The Arab Fashion Week Kicks Off Exclusively on Facebook platforms Lebanese Superstar Maya Diab & Arab Fashion Council Launch The Arab Fashion Week’s Campaign

The 12th season of the Arab Fashion Week supported by Microsoft is set to kick off on the 21st of October 202 at 8 pm GST (Dubai Time) being broadcasted exclusively on Facebook platforms.

The AFW schedule will kick off with a special appearance by the Lebanese superstar, Maya Diab, who is named, by the Arab Fashion Council, the Fashion Icon of the Arab World. 

In this appearance Maya will address a special message of resilience and hope  to the fashion industry before announcing the AFW officially open. 

While few hours away from the big event, Maya Diab & the Arab Fashion Council surprised everyone with a teaser of what is coming up tomorrow, that showcased the Lebanese Super Star owning the runway. 

The AFW 12th edition is set to launch on the 21st of October with Maya Diab’s opening speech at 8.00 pm Dubai Time before appearing again on the same night in an exclusive interview at 8.35 pm hosted by Sally Hajjar on “The Hue Of Fashion” Platform.


“COVID-19 is pushing fashion labels to reimagine everything. Many brands and retailers have had to rethink how they have traditionally promoted themselves. At Facebook, we think that this behavioral shift is an invitation for brands to relook at digital’s role in the omnichannel, and more importantly, reimagine the product experience. Our platforms host a huge range of short-form, long-form, and interactive content formats – be it Facebook Like or Instagram Shops that can be used to chic effect for storytelling. AFW is the 5th largest fashion week globally; we are happy to partner with them and empower the region’s creative community of designers and stylists to bring, for the first time, an exclusive original fashion content on the platform from the region.” attributed to Joana Jamil, Strategic Partner Manager, MENA, Public Figures & Social Influencers at Facebook.
Day One, 21st October 2020, Calendar is featuring:Maya Diab Declaration at 8.00 pm (GST, Dubai Time);Dubai based designer, Amato Couture at 8.05 pm (GST, Dubai Time);Los Angeles based designer, RC Caylan at 8.20 pm (GST, Dubai Time);The Hue of Fashion Interview by Sally Hajjar x Maya Diab at 8.35 pm (GST, Dubai Time);Dubai based designer, Euphoria at 8.50 pm (GST, Dubai Time);Dubai based graduates, FAD Talents at 9.00 pm (GST, Dubai Time);Istanbul based designers, Ezra Tuba at 9.13 pm (GST, Dubai Time);Dubai based designer, Baravia at 9.20 pm (GST, Dubai Time);PARISIANS in DUBAI Showroom:Parisians in Dubai by the Arab Fashion council in partnership with the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (FHCM) the French institution that coordinates Paris Fashion Week, showcasing:BoyarovskayaBlue MarbleDaweiMossiNeith NyerVictoria / TomasAddress: 1422 Store, Citywalk, Dubai1.00 pm GST – 10.00 pm GST

Fusion Amaravathi

Fusion Amaravathi - فيوجن أمارافاتي Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Fusion Amaravathi is nestled in Dicovery Garden. The restaurant serves delicious Andhra cuisine. Quality food and service has made it a busy restaurant. Attracts customers, be it for proper meals, tangy chaats ot just a cup of special Zafrani Chai with hot crispy jalebis which are prepared live at station.

The menu has tempting Thalis, we had this exotic Thali which is an aromatic blend of spices and ingredients. This special Thali is Nizam’s Treat ( special Bhojanam) amazing blend of Veg and Non-Veg dishes.  Each tasting katori ( bowl) has curries full of taste and some are spicy too. Curries include Coconut Curry, Fish Curry, Saambhar, Daal, Karela, Rassam, Chicken Curry, Chicken Biryani, Cauliflower Lollipops,raita, special Chutney ,Paapar & Roti to accompany all this.

Seafood ……

King Fish ….  They served us a piece of soft perfectly fried fish, very good addition to go with the mains.

 We also had  Prawn Masala, those are lightly battered fried prawns, good in taste.

Fish Chilli Manchurian ……. boneless fish in spicy gravy . If you like a bit spicy food, you will enjoy savoring this dish with boiled rice.

Desserts …. They have traditional sweets mithais on display. We opted for the Grma Garam (hot) Jalebis so delicious and crispy coming out fresh as they make it at the spot in pure desi ghee, dipped in sheera ( sugar syrup) so rich and tempting!! Must try Jalebis.

You can also have fresh orange juice, milkshakes or other cold & hot beverages.

Sultan Baba Iskender – Dubai Festival Plaza

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If you are looking to try delicious traditional Middle Eastern food, and a restaurant ambiance so calm , reflecting traditional touch in its décor, Festival Plaza  has this perfect  place to dine in. We had our wonderful dinner time spent at their location. Quality food, service & ambiance  are the key aspects to make your dining experience perfect. We had all of these here. Moreover, their menu offers very reasonably priced dishes adding value for money.

We were served the traditional warm buttery puffy bread too good to go with the special Turkish dips. Dip dip and start your meals in a true Middle Eastern way.

I saw a mixed platter of salads in the menu. It consists of all favorites Hummus, Moutabel, Fattoush, & Tabbouleh.

We had the famous grills , as I cannot resist ordering grills at any Middle Eastern restaurant. The way they are served on a thin pita bread or Naan along with salads and fries and rice.

Delicious  grilled chicken pieces ……. Chicken Shish Kebabs

Adana Kebabs   ………..  their serving sizes are Small, Medium & Large as per your choice of quantity. Kebab is prepared by mixing minced chicken meat along with  minced lamb. This specialty makes the dish unique and rich.

Variety of desserts are offered at their restaurant. We had Kunafa drizzled with warm sugar syrup. Enjoyed it with Qehwa. I would like to add about the remarkable service offered by the staff.

Dubai Knowledge Park, International Centre for Culinary Arts Launch the Pasta & Pie Mystery Box Competition

Winners will receive certified culinary courses worth AED 35,0000

Competition aims to uncover the UAE’s best cooking, patisserie talent

Dubai Knowledge Park and its business partner the International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA Dubai) have launched a cooking and baking competition to fire up creative talent and identify Dubai’s finest in amateur gastronomy.

The Pasta & Pie Mystery Box Competition aims to separate the fusilli flops from the choux champions by challenging baking and cooking enthusiasts alike to prepare their best fresh pasta or dessert pie using secret ingredients from a mystery box during a live cook-off at the ICCA Dubai.

Dubai Knowledge Park is a community of more than 3,000 people and 500 companies including ICCA Dubai, an internationally renowned and world-class vocational education training centre in culinary arts. The competition aims to identify the best aspiring chefs in the UAE and provide them with ICCA Dubai certified culinary courses in cookery and patisserie worth AED 35,000.

Commenting on the contest, Mohammed Abdullah, Managing Director of Dubai Knowledge Park, said: “As the region’s largest vocational training and human resources ecosystem, we work closely with our business partners to develop new and exciting ways to engage the community. Food is something that binds all of us together and through this joint initiative with ICCA Dubai, we hope participants will garner a rich appreciation for food and showcase their culinary creative flair. Dubai is home to some truly incredible restaurants that underpin the emirate’s thriving tourism and hospitality sector. All of them need talent and our community provides an environment where people can develop new skills and expand their horizons.”

Sunjeh Raja, CEO of ICCA Dubai, added: “This is a great joint initiative by the Dubai Knowledge Park and ICCA Dubai, to encourage, identify and develop potential talent within the community and in the process celebrate the spirit of togetherness and partnership in a meaningful way with the coming together of minds, culture and possibilities.”

To enter the competition, participants must submit a nice photo of their favourite fresh pasta or dessert pie dish, along with the recipe and summary of it, also a selfie with the dish. The best submissions will be shortlisted and invited to take part in the live cooking and baking showdown on Saturday 21 November, wherein each finalist will be given a mystery box of ingredients with three hours to prepare their best dish from scratch. A panel of Dubai Knowledge Park, ICCA Dubai and celebrity judges will select a winner and runner up for both categories. 

The competition is now open, and registration closes on Saturday 7 November. Anyone is free to enter but entries submitted after this date will not be accepted. The shortlisted candidates will be jointly announced by Dubai Knowledge Park and ICCA Dubai on social media, with the winners contacted directly via email on or before Wednesday 11 November and thereafter will be formally invited for the Competition Briefing & Facility Familiarisation on Saturday 14 November, 2020, at the ICCA Dubai.

Enter the Pasta & Pie Mystery Box Competition HERE.

For more information, visit: http://www.iccadubai.ae/ & http://www.dkp.ae/

Yellow Chilli Burjuman

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We had a chance to try delicious food from the menu at Yellow Chilli Restaurant in Burjuman Mall. Restaurant has kept all safety measures intact. Cravings for our favorite cuisine by Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor took us to Yellow Chilli few days back. I have already experienced food at their location in JLT. This time had the chance to try Burjuman location, the restaurant with its calm ambiance offer a wide menu of reasonably priced dishes.

We had our refreshing drinks, fresh juices amazingly mixed with fizz.

 Chicken Tikka, an indulgent starter named Angara Lal Mirch Tikka is a must try.

 Dal and Mutton Rogan Josh were also perfectly done & well immersed with flavors. Enjoyed with freshly prepared hot tandoori Rotis.

Amongst the list of Biryanis, we had the famous Dum Pukht Chicken Biryani. They have well kept heir standards with such delightful and aromatic dishes. Such a delectable biryani it was!

I need to visit the place again for their mouthwatering desserts which include Gulab Jamun Gulkand ice cream, Chaina Ram Wala Ghewar, Motichoor Panjari Tart with Rabdi Mousse to name a few! What an infusion of recipes! Will definitely share the experience once tried!!

Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai receives ‘Stay Safe’ Hotel Certification from StaySafe Hospitality

The Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai has received another Stay Safe Certification audited by the StaySafe Hospitality. StaySafe provides a fresh approach to how hotels manage their risks. Developed and managed by hospitality professionals, the tools, audits and standards are all generated with a goal to continually improve the risk standards in the hospitality sector.

Mr. Simon Moore, General Manager of Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, said, “We are delighted to be recognised again by our trusted partner like StaySafe Hospitality.  This achievement reflects the tremendous hard work and dedication that our team members have been putting in to meet always the high-quality standards of cleanliness, fire safety, food safety and security expectations of our guests. The comprehensive result enables us to benchmark and compare our procedures against the industry best practices as well as work on areas of improvement.”

Mr. Moore further added, “Our guests safety and well-being is and always our utmost priority. Having a positive health and safety culture throughout the hotel helps to create a comfortable environment and we would like our guests to feel safe during their stay with us.”

The Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai features 341 spacious rooms & suites, distinctive choice of restaurants and bars, meetings and event spaces such as magnificent Al Garhoud ballroom and outdoor garden area perfect for any type of large events and 7 meeting rooms with high-end meeting facilities for corporate meetings and conferences. The hotel also offers a range of leisure options including a superb large outdoor swimming pool, spa, saloon and fully-equipped fitness centre.

For further information or inquiry, please call +971 4 702 8888 or email us on sales.mahd@millenniumhotels.com

Shop KITOPI Online shopping – Efficient Delivery at your doorsteps

Free Delivery on all orders above 100 AED

Shop kitopi  is a full service online grocery store delivering to your home in less than 90 minutes covering all of Dubai – the best part – you can shop by lifestyle: keto, paleo, gluten free etc.

I had my grocery order delivered well on time. It included dairy, fresh fruits, vegetables  & fresh Chicken.

You can also get offers while you go online shopping at their website.

You can opt ‘Add to Cart’ while browsing through their different sections and order from the wider range of products which are Organic, Sugar Free, Gluten Free and much more.

Combating the Long-Term Economic Repercussions of COVID-19

PREVENTION, by plm Offering a New World of Safety & Trust in the UAE

Transforming people’s experience and accelerating adaptation to the new norms

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has dealt a severe blow to an already fragile global economy.  Although the full scope of the human and economic impact of the pandemic will not be known for some time, the toll in both respects will be high. Pre-existing macroeconomic vulnerabilities make emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) susceptible to economic and financial stress and this may limit the capacity and effectiveness of policy support at a time it is needed most. Even with policy support, the economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic are expected to be long-lasting , as we find in our latest analysis, as mentioned in a recent report by the World Bank issued on June 8th, 2020.

By early April, nearly 150 countries had closed all schools and mandated cancellation of events, and more than 80 had closed all workplaces in order to control the spread of the virus. Travel restrictions were widespread. The mandatory lockdowns, together with spontaneous social distancing by consumers and producers, have wreaked havoc on global activity and trade, and have been accompanied by gyrations in financial markets and sharp declines in oil and industrial metals prices.

To combat those horrendous effects of the pandemic on the economy, transportation systems, educational and health institutions, PLM Middle East has announced the deployment of the first units of a solution (SIAS) Prevention, that will forever transform the customer experience a launch event that took place on Wednesday the 26th of August at Armani Hotel, Dubai. And, was attended by Pedro Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer of PLM, Joaquim Moreira de Lemos, Ambassador of The Republic of Portugal in UAE, Pit Cheng, Consul Embassy of Singapore in UAE, , among others.

PLM is a world-class provider of leading-edge functional design and technological integrated solutions, trusted by well-known brands like Microsoft, Alibaba Group, Nestle, Lenovo, Canon, and Panasonic among many others is now expanding in the UAE & the ME, committing to develop and deploy exclusive and customized disruptive designs, to provide extra safe, smart and digital solutions to fight COVID-19 economic turmoil and support the UAE’s efforts in overcoming the pandemic’s damage to the economy by contactless , smart access control and sanitizer solutions.  

PLM Middle East, LLC is introducing “PREVENTION”, a line of innovative solutions that aim to welcome us to a trusting new world where social distancing and sanitizing are crucial. SIAS is one of those solutions: a smart integrated access system, that will allow a one-stop, touchless solution, for costumers and employers to check entrance, and clear safety procedures, like temperature and mask, while integrated with traceability and customer relations systems. 

Considering the importance of checking passers’ temperature, and their compliance in wearing protective equipment like masks, controlling number of people in order to ensure social distancing ,SIAS achieve smooth and smart monitoring, in addition to security features like face recognition, and the ability to integrate it with the main database of the user, which will reduce human interactions and increase dependence on touchless technologies, that will eventually lead to lower contamination, and infected cases in workplaces, mass transportation, malls and public areas. SIAS is also capable of using other user interfaces, like events’ access management, commercial, HR, catering, transport terminals, healthcare or education, according to customer needs.  

PLM is constantly improving the systems and plans to upgrade it at the local innovation hub, with distribution channels already open with Africa, Asia, and Europe. Products are being assembled and exported from the United Arab Emirates.  

PLM is a Global  Retail Specialist, fully integrated technology and production agency, with a presence in Portugal, Germany, Spain, Brazil, and China and, recently, launched PREVENTION  in the United Arab Emirates to bring together the best in the world of functional design thinking and technological design thinking, through integration. All this added by a huge experience of years of living and learning with demanding customers.

PLM was founded 43 years ago in Portugal and have chosen the United Arab Emirates to experience and innovate at the retail sector, by creating solutions with exquisite design to enhance business, found an innovation lab and start to disrupt the future of retail by creating and producing solution in UAE and exporting it worldwide. PLM’s solutions are creatively designed and scientifically founded on the in-house capacity for research and development, to eventually produce functional design, what allows us to think, design, create and deploy disruptive solutions for our costumers

PLM is a holder of the ISO 27001 certification the internationally recognized best practice framework for an Information Security Management System (ISMS).  PLM is also certified in NP 4457 an innovation European certification model supported by interfaces and interactions between scientific and technological knowledge”. 

According to the World bank report issued last June; deep recessions inflict lasting scars on potential output through lower investment and innovation; erosion of the human capital of the unemployed; and a retreat from global trade and supply linkages.  The long-term damage of COVID-19 will be particularly severe in economies that suffer financial crises and, in energy exporters, because of the collapse in oil prices. In the average EMDE, over a five-year horizon, a recession combined with a financial crisis could lower potential output by almost 8 percent while, in the average EMDE energy exporter, a recession combined with an oil price plunge could lower potential output by 11 percent.

The pandemic can also be expected to stifle productivity growth, which has been anemic during the past decade.  Past epidemics were associated with 6 percent lower labor productivity and 11 percent lower investment five years later in affected countries, unless we fight back with all solutions, and ways possible to combat its devastating effects on our economies and way of living.

Cactus Jacks at Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai Launches Its “Amigos Brunch”

Cactus Jacks - Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

There’s a new brunch in town, it is cool and it is fun! On Fridays, the Cactus Jacks will take guests on an “Amigos Brunch” journey showcasing the all-time Mexican favourites from cold and hot starters to main course, side dishes all the way to desserts on a sharing menu platter. To name a few, there will be Tex – Mex Chicken Fajitas or Combo Fajitas in Chicken and Beef, Baked Chicken Enchilada, Vegetable Burrito, Baja Caliente Fish Tacos, Chipotle Chicken Tacos and many more. The bar also offers a new selection of cool Mexican-inspired mocktails, cocktails and beverages perfect to beat the heat.

In “Amigos Brunch”, your food and drinks will be served by the “lady on wheels, a very unique experience that no one offers in town. Brunch diners can also enjoy wearing our popular Cactus Jacks sombrero, can go for a swim in the hotel’s beautiful outdoor pool as we offer free pool access and can play their favourite songs from mobile or ipod that keeps the atmosphere alive.

Mr. Simon Moore, General Manager of Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, said, “Our Cactus Jacks Amigos Brunch” is truly special and features an irresistible variety of Mexican dishes and delectable desserts. The setting is fabulous and allows you to have a unique Mexican experience with your family or friends on Fridays.”

Cactus Jacks was launched in 2002 and immediately scored a hit as a popular Mexican venue offering the very best Latino cuisine, mocktails and cocktails. The outlet is known for its famous frozen margaritas and mojitos and offers late night fiestas.

Amigos Brunch

  • Day & Date: Every Friday
  • Time: 12:30PM to 3:30PM
  • Venue: Cactus Jacks, Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

 Brunch Packages:

  • AED 109 Food with 2 soft beverages or 2 mocktails
  • AED 149 Food with 2 alcoholic drinks or 1 jug of cocktail
  • AED 199 Food with 5 alcoholic drinks or 2 jug of cocktail

For bookings please call 04 702 8855 or 04 702 8888

email: cactus.mahd@millenniumhotels.com

Ladurée UAE collaborates with H.E. Dr. Sara Al Madani  unveiling a new signature product “Mango Tree Box”

1ST Arabic Emirati Collaboration

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French luxury bakery and sweets maker, Ladurée, in collaboration with H.E. Dr. Sara Al Madani, has unveiled its latest edition of premium double-decker macarons box, as part of its unique way of celebrating women in the region on 26th February 2020 at Ladurée Restaurant The Dubai Mall Fashion Avenue, in the presence of media and VIPs.

Ladurée UAE selected HE. Dr. Sara Al Madani for this remarkable collaboration as she represents all its values, when it comes to entrepreneurship, beauty, fashion, elegance and success.

Named as the Mango Tree Box, this special box was inspired by Dr. Sara’s upcoming book, that showcases how women can become the best version of themselves by rebelling against their weaknesses and fears.

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“We are delighted to launch the iconic Mango Tree Box – a bespoke and women-inspired creation of elegantly theme that celebrates women in the region. Our collaboration with Dr. Sara is anchored on a common goal – to inspire women and encourage them to follow their dreams no matter what,” said Nicolas Bonnier, Operations Manager, Ladurée UAE.

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The Mango Tree Box has eight macarons and will retail at AED139 across all Ladurée outlets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The Mango Tree Box features three distinct elements; the butterfly, which portrays the process of life one goes through, including the numerous challenges that one also encounters before finding who you are and how beautiful you are.

The birds, which signifies freedom; your legs are your wings to freedom; they take you places. Your hands are the tools of freedom, they open doors and opportunities for you.

The lip-biting the leaf, which represents a rebel with a good cause. A rebel that banishes fears and worries, a rebel that does not tolerate unfairness, lack of respect, injustice, discrimination, prejudice.

A prolific talent of versatile fields, Sara has emerged in recent years as a key figure in a multitude of areas in fashion, beauty, entertainment, and more.

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In 2014, she was selected by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi as a board member at Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, making her the youngest on the board. In 2017 Sara was selected to sit on the board of the UAE SME Council in the ministry of economy, Dubai.

Sara was inspired to start her own business at the age of 15. Following her success as a young entrepreneur and businesswoman, Sara was selected to inspire women in the UAE to be more active and self-confident in order to achieve business success.

Recognized for her creativity and hard work, Sara is an honored speaker in many higher learning institutions across the region.

Sara truly believes that it is important to be an active member of the community, inspiring the younger generation and continuously sharing knowledge, experience and information.

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