#ChallengeReality at the ultimate new attraction by Emaar Entertainment – VR Park at The Dubai Mall

Emaar Entertainment opens doors to a game-changing virtual world

Emaar Entertainment, the leisure and entertainment subsidiary of Emaar Properties, has announced that Dubai’s latest and most exciting attraction – VR Park – opens on March 1, 2018, at The Dubai Mall.

VR Park - Entrance

Blurring the lines between perception and reality, VR Park combines Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (VR), providing unforgettable rides, journeys and games in an unbelievable two-storey attraction.

Through partnerships with some of the world’s leading VR developers, Emaar Entertainment is delivering an unprecedented and awe-inspiring experience, with the all-new mind-blowing attraction set to transform the VR leisure and entertainment landscape through the breadth of games, rides and experiences to suit all ages.

At VR Park, feel like you’re propelling down the side of Burj Khalifa in Burj Drop, or hold on tight as your Dubai Drone taxi spins out of control on a rollercoaster adventure like no other!

Adventure activities are for everyone, with a skydiving experience giving aerial views of in Plummet; and a hair-raising Dune Bash experience featuring close encounters with camel spiders, scorpions, snakes and other thrilling creatures.

Allowing visitors to interact with one another and live the experience together, The Raft requires players to grab their VR guns and work together to defend the swamp against an infestation of supernatural creeps; whilst gamers will love PAYDAY 2’s VR heist, and the challenge to survive a zombie infested hospital in the apocalyptic The Walking Dead Outbreak.

There’s something for everyone with a PVRK Café serving out-of-this-world treats, and rides spanning horror, adventure, leisure, a multi-sports arena, and more. Younger children will especially enjoy Geminose: The VR Carousel, as beautiful and playful creatures join an exploration of magic, music and dance in their mystical world.

The family-friendly VR Travel Bus explores cities from around the world, without having to visit an airport; whilst space explorers can man their own spaceship and navigate a world full of aliens and space stations, in RobocomVR.

Emaar Entertainment’s 7,000sqm VR Park is located in The Dubai Mall on Level 2, between Reel Cinemas and KidZania® Dubai. Open from 10am to 11pm Sundays-Wednesdays and 10am to 1am Thursday-Saturdays, VR Park offers free entry for all to explore, and experiences priced at AED 15-45.

VR Park is the latest pioneering attraction to be delivered by Emaar Entertainment, as the entity continues to transform the Leisure & Entertainment sector of the region. Leading partner and superlative content and technology developer, Starbreeze, will premiere four brand-new VR-experiences at VR Park, totalling eight titles in the attraction where several are utilising the high fidelity Virtual Reality HMD StarVR. Alongside additional partners, including ARKUB, Robocom and Virtual Reality technologies, VR Park is paving the way for world-leading innovative and immersive experiences.

VR Park - The Raft

For more, visit VRParkdubai.com. Age and height restrictions apply to some attractions.

Honda Middle East launched the New 2018 Accord and Gold Wing Bike at St Regis Polo Resort and Club, Dubai UAE.

The 2018 Accord is the 10th generation of Honda’s perennially best-selling midsize sedan. All new from the ground up, the new Accord is built on a new platform with a lower, wider stance, a lighter and more rigid unibody structure; a lighter and more sophisticated chassis; two advanced new power units, including Accord’s first-ever turbocharged engines, a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

Dynamic Shot of Accord

 The Honda Gold Wing, since its introduction as a naked 1000cc machine in 1975 has always been the ultimate in two-wheeled travel. It is a motorcycle that has been very much on its own journey, growing in physical size and displacement over the decades, all the while creating an enduring and unrivalled reputation for luxury, quality and comfort. It has amassed a huge fan base here in the GCC and numbers grow each year, with the riders wanting to be part of the Gold Wing heritage.

2018 Honda Gold Wing

Cooking food turns digital at City Centre Deira

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 1, 2018: Majid Al Futtaim—the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia—is hosting an exciting array of innovative gastronomic experiences for visitors of all ages, in celebration of Dubai Food Festival, until March 10, 2018.

At City Centre Deira preparing food has turned digital. Families and friends visiting City Centre Deira are invited to show off their culinary skills at the malls’ first-of-its-kind digital kitchen. Surrounded by touch screens featuring kitchen appliances, participants will cook in a virtual gaming environment but will still be able to smell the aroma of their creations!  Prizes worth AED 2,000 will be up for grabs each day from Feb 22 to March 10. In addition, diners who spend AED 150 at City Centre Deira and present their receipt at the customer service desk will automatically get an instant VOX ticket.

Don’t miss the culinary experiences at each of Majid Al Futtaim’s shopping malls:

Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Me’aisem.

Stay tuned for more details on www.facebook.com/CityCentreMirdif or https://www.instagram.com/citycentremirdif/ or https://twitter.com/CityCtrMirdif or www.citycentremirdif.com or CityCentreMeaisem.com or Facebook.com/CityCentreMeaisem or Instagram.com/CityCentreMeaisem.



Dubai International Boat Show is ready for the weekend! Bumper offering of fantastic activities to enjoy at show’s new location at Dubai Canal in Jumeirah

 Something for all ages with underwater drones, super cool seabikes, kayak competitions, Funky Monkeys children’s play area and live music



Dubai, UAE: There is fun for the whole family at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show, with team building challenges, fun-filled entertainment venues, great food and more on offer. All this, plus the event’s line up of glamorous boats and yachts make for an unforgettable weekend, guaranteed.

Located at its new temporary location at the mouth of the Dubai Canal near the Dubai Ladies Club, the 26th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show, running until March 3rd, is the ideal place to bring the family for a great day out by the water.


Visitors with a competitive streak should sign up for the DXB Paddle Race. This fun challenge will see up to 150 people hit the water in kayaks, stand up paddle boats and canoes. For those craving more competition, the Build-A-Boat competition is a great team-building exercise for families and friends who love being on the water.

For those who like their fun motor-powered, the Seabike – an entry-level underwater vehicle with a propeller can be used both on the surface and under water – will be on display at Dubai International Boat Show this weekend.

Or how about checking out The SeaScooter? This high performance, portable and easy handling dive propulsion vehicle, features proprietary battery technology for prolonged use, is lightweight, easy to carry and can be used in fresh or salt water recreation.

For the gadget lover in the family, innovative Canadian company Deep Trekker will impress visitors of all ages with its display of the latest range of underwater remote operated vehicles and drones. These state-of-the-art machines are packed full of the latest camera technology to make exploring the deep even more exciting and easy.

Live entertainment is at the heart of the Dubai International Boat show, and this year is no exception. Visitors can watch live performances by acclaimed Arab singers Faisal Al Jassem and Oraib Hamdan, who will take the stage on Thursday and Friday night respectively between 6:30pm-7:45pm on both evenings.


Other live acts performing at the show include Spinal Jazz, Leone Murphy and DJ Mark Shakedown to name a few.

The Beach is a popular spot to relax after spending the day exploring the exhibits and activities on offer. The venue offers wonderful food, drinks and entertainment, plus it is a great location to soak up the unique atmosphere of the Dubai International Boat Show.

Youngsters will love the Funky Monkeys children’s play are featuring a range of family friendly activities from face painting, sand art lessons, arts & crafts and carnival games.

Getting to this year’s Dubai International Boat Show has never been easier. Plenty of free visitor parking is available at the show’s temporary location near the Dubai Ladies Club in Jumeirah, while free bus and water taxi stations are located nearby from Al Habtoor City Marine Transport Station at the Dubai Water Canal.


The 26th Dubai International Boat Show at the Dubai Canal is open to the public from 3pm – 9:30pm daily until March 3rd, 2018. Tickets will be available at the gates priced at AED 65 each. Family tickets are available at AED 160 (two adults and two children over 12) saving families 20 per cent of the entry fee, while government employees can attend the show for AED 50 per ticket.


Italian expertise celebrated in the nautical industry

Dubai, UAE; March 1, 2018:  As the Dubai International Boat Show 2018 comes to an end this week, the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) along with UCINA Confindustria Nautica, the Italian Marine Industry Association, hosted an evening reception to celebrate the country’s thriving boating sector and flourishing relations with the UAE.

 Held at the Italian pavilion inside the tent, the event was attended by institutional bodies represented by Valentina Setta, Consul General of Italy to Dubai; Gianpaolo Bruno, Italian Trade Commissioner to the UAE, Oman and Pakistan; and Carla Demaria, President of UCINA – Confindustria Nautica – Italian Marine Industry Association; along with a collective of companies operating in the nautical sector that are exhibiting to showcase Italian innovations and solutions at the five-day show.

Gianpaolo Bruno, Valentina Setti, Carla Demaria

 Presenting a global boating industry overview based on a survey by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations, Demaria said: “The last three years have been the fastest growing years for Italy with two-digit growth.  Leasing, which grew 70% in value, was the biggest booster and resulted in 26% increase in the number of contracts.”  While sharing the newly-approved Italian nautical code, she commented: “We are delighted that the new codes which will benefit the maritime industry have been finally approved by the Authorities. These will simplify processes in boat registrations and licensing, and very economical as well.”

 The Italian pavilion is located at Stands E18 – E19, part of the Equipment Supplies & Services area. Taking place at the Dubai Canal until March 3, 2018, the show opens at 3pm and ends at 9:30pm.  For more information on ITA’s participation, please visit: www.ice.gov.it;www.eventsitadubai.com 



In celebration of reaching one million fans on Facebook, the resort will reward followers with free stays in the specially created ‘Atlantis Fan Suite’

Social Media Fan Suite (4)

 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates(1st March) – In celebration of reaching one million Facebook fans, Atlantis, The Palm will reward followers with the launch of the world’s first social media suite. Launching on 18th March 2018 at the destination resort in Dubai, Facebook fans will be invited to book a free one night’s stay in the Atlantis Fan Suite with bookings being taken every day until December 2018.

The unique room will offer breathtaking views of The Palm Island and will be specially adapted to suit a social media users every desire. Upon check in, guests will enter their Facebook log in at the door of the suite to unlock the room and can sit back and tune into the special Facebook Fan channel on the in-room TV. For those that need a little help during their stay, guests can ‘poke’ their personal butler using a special in room intercom system. For those who want to share every moment of their stay with their friends and family, the suite comes with a special Facebook Live Lounge, where guests can place their handset on a stand and relax on the thumbs up shaped chair to record their messages.  Exciting additions extend to the bathroom, where a social media mirror is in prime position to message friends as you put your make up on and even the amenities from bath soaps to flip flops and shaving kits, depict catchy social media slogans.

In addition to the complimentary stay, all guests to the Atlantis Fan Suite will receive a host of additional VIP amenities and experiences including unlimited complimentary access to The Lost Chambers Aquarium and Europe and The Middle East’s number one waterpark, Aquaventure.  Guests will also receive Atlantis Imperial Club benefits worth over AED 3000 per day, including VIP check in, breakfast, access to the Imperial Club lounges for daily afternoon tea and evening drinks and canapes, as well as a personal Concierge service, Kid’s Club entry, use of the exclusive Imperial Club Beach, plus much more.

Ravini Perera, SVP, Sales, Marketing and PR comments “It has been such an achievement to reach the one million fan mark on Facebook and we felt now was the time to give back and say thank you to all of our fans for their continuous support and for sharing their content with us over the years. Atlantis, The Palm’s social media platforms receive an average of 2,500 posts tagging the resort every week and 147,762 uses of #AtlantisThePalm every year, and the variety of imagery and videos depicting every part of our resort in beautiful and creative ways is overwhelming. We hope that our fans enjoy the Atlantis Fan Suite as much as we’ve enjoyed and valued their content and ongoing support”.

Atlantis, The Palm is no stranger to excellent social media content, in 2017, the iconic destination resort situated on The Palm Island in Dubai took the official title as Instagram’s most photographed hotel in Dubai and The Middle East and fourth most snapped hotel in the world. On average, the resort receives 350 images posted on Instagram every day, 4,500 posts tagging the resort on Facebook and Instagram every week and 147,762 uses of #AtlantisThePalm.

With social media fans across the world, the top 10 counties to interact with the resort include

  1. UAE
  2. India
  3. Pakistan
  4. UK
  5. USA
  6. Egypt
  7. Saudi Arabia
  8. Australia
  9. Philippines
  10. Germany

To book a stay in the Atlantis Fan Suite, Facebook fans can visit www.atlantisfansuite.comfrom March 1st.  All entrants must have ‘liked’ the Atlantis, The Palm Facebook page to be eligible to book a free stay in the suite.

Free signature dishes, free movies and first-ever outdoor events at Majid Al Futtaim shopping malls this Dubai Food Festival


  • Get your FOODIE TICKET at Mall of the Emirates
  • City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Me’aisem present ‘Outdoors by City Centre’
  • Watch a movie for free when dining at City Centre Deira

 Majid Al Futtaim—the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia—unveils an exciting array of innovative gastronomic experiences for visitors of all ages, in celebration of Dubai Food Festival, from Feb 22 to March 10, 2018.


The highly anticipated food extravaganza—renowned for its diverse cuisine and world-class entertainment—will feature events at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Me’aisem.

“As a strategic partner of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment —the organisers of Dubai Food Festival—Majid Al Futtaim is hosting an array of delicious activations for the whole family. With free dinners and movie screenings, and new ‘Outdoors by City Centre’ community events, Majid Al Futtaim continues to innovate by bringing bespoke events for all.” said Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, Managing Director for Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Shopping Malls (UAE, Bahrain & Oman).

Visitors of Mall of the Emirates who dine in any of the mall’s restaurants can bring their receipts to the customer service desk and get a FOODIE TICKET. From Feb 22 to March 10, the FOODIE TICKET will offer shoppers discounted dishes across the mall’s participating restaurants. Those who will share their experience on social media will get a chance to win AED 1,000 daily. Shoppers spending 350 AED or more at the mall will get a chance to win AED 5,000 daily, while those who spend at any F&B outlets will get double the chances of winning.

Dinning at any of the 95 F&B destinations at Mall of the Emirates might turn into a very rewarding experience, as visitors will be able to participate in exciting digital games. Those who are able to recognize and identify some of the mall’s restaurants’ famous dishes will win instant dining vouchers.

 City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Me’aisem will host their first open-air community event: “Outdoors by City Centre”. In line with Majid Al Futtaim’s mission to deliver innovative sensory experiences, the event will feature a temporary garden, complete with picnic tables, beanbags, lighting and greenery. Visitors will enjoy international cuisine from the venues’ food stalls and food trucks while watching movies under the stars at the open-air theatre.


The community events will offer live music in a variety of genres performed by some of the emirate’s most talented musical acts. Little ones will be kept entertained with skill, redemption and video games at the pop-up Magic Planet amusement zone. Visitors of City Centre Me’aisem will be able to bring their pets along to be pampered at the mobile grooming parlour.

“Outdoors by City Centre” will take place from Feb 22 to March 10, is open to everyone and entrance is free. Outdoors by City Centre Mirdif will be open from 4pm to 10pm on weekdays and from 10am to midnight on weekends.  Outdoors by City Centre Me’aisem will be open from 4pm to midnight on weekdays and from 10am to midnight on Weekends.

City Centre Mirdif shoppers will have the chance to win a whopping AED 5,000 daily, while City Centre Me’aisem’s, in collaboration with Dubai Shopping Malls Group, will offer a chance to win a “Nissan Kicks Car”, when spending AED 50 or more at the mall.

Families and friends visiting City Centre Deira are invited to show off their culinary skills at the malls’ first-of-its-kind digital kitchen. Surrounded by touch screens featuring kitchen appliances, participants will cook in a virtual gaming environment but will still be able to smell the aroma of their creations!  Prizes worth AED 2,000 will be up for grabs each day from Feb 22 to March 10. In addition, diners who spend AED 150 at City Centre Deira and present their receipt at the customer service desk will automatically get a free movie ticket.


Stay tuned for more details via the malls’ Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media feeds and their respective websites, www.malloftheemirates.com, www.citycentredeira.com, www.citycentremirdif.com and www.citycentremeaisem.com.


Boracay is still the top tourism destination for Middle Eastern travellers

 Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) announced an increase of 10% on tourist arrival in Boracay islands for the first month of 2018.

Boracay received a total of 186,893 tourists from January 1 to 31 of this year; 17,050 higher than those the island welcomed in January 2017.

Of the total tourists recorded in the first month of this year, foreign tourists listed were 125,910; while domestic tourists were 55,216; and the Overseas Filipinos were 5,767.

The said number of tourists generated a total of P5,948,343,105.60 (USD114,505,604.78) in tourism receipts; wherein P4,962,853,459.20 (USD 95,534,929.09) came from the foreign tourists and Overseas Filipinos; and P985,489,646.40 (USD 18970675.69) were from the domestic tourists.

Meanwhile, Chinese and Korean tourists remain the top foreign visitors of the island in January this year with 54,615 and 44,458 arrivals, respectively.

Also included in the top 10 foreign visitor list were nationals from United States of America with 2,567 arrivals; Russia 2,360; Australia 2,107; Taiwan 1,915; United Kingdom 1,820; Malaysia 1,385; Saudi Arabia 1,351; and Canada 1,205.

The Department of Tourism-Boracay said that the island is targeting 17 international cruise ship calls in the first six months of the year that could bring in a total of 58,000 tourists in the resort island.

The Philippines has seen the consistent growth in tourist arrivals from the Middle East. In 2017, the Philippines received a total of 89,932 tourists from the region. Tourist arrivals from Saudi Arabia and UAE, the two largest markets out of the region for the Philippines, reached 54,716 and 16,399 respectively.

The PDOT aims to achieve 100,000 tourists from the Middle East by the end of 2018 and proactively developing strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in the Middle East to capture a sizeable percentage of its high-yield tourist market.



The palm-studded island of Boracay – with its white, talcum-fine beach, balmy weather, and warm, crystalline waters – is like a hypnotic magnet. In this tiny, butterfly-shaped island at the northwestern tip of Panay in Western Visayas, days can be spent simply lazing on the beach while nights are for indulging in the tropical party lifestyle.

The best part of the island is the four-kilometer White Beach hailed as the “finest beach in the world.” The surrounding water is shallow and the sand is finer and brighter than most beaches in the archipelago. White Beach is so, soooo fine, it feels like treading on miles of baby powder!

The code in Boracay is strictly informal. There is an undeniably easy atmosphere in the island, where walking barefoot than shod is the rule rather than the exception. Even swinging discos have the beach for a floor, giving dance a new twist. There are no hang-ups here. During the day, tourists having a soothing massage under the shade of a coconut tree beside the shoreline is a common sight. And from dusk to dawn, Boracay turns into one big party place where everyone is welcome to join in. But first, let’s toast that sunset cocktail!

Diversions are not a problem, with leisure activities calendared throughout the year and amenities offered by some 350 tourist establishments. There is plenty to do other than beachbumming and partyhopping. For the adventure-driven, there is “”Mambo Number 5″” – a little bit of boating and wind surfing, a little bit of scuba diving, a little bit of trekking, a little bit of mountain biking, and a little bit of golf. On the eastern side of the island is Bulabog Beach, a boardsailor’s mecca that draws enthusiasts from all over the world, especially during the peak season from November to March. In January, it is the site of an International Funboard Cup.

Sailboating and kayaking are popular sporting activities, with Boracay playing host to the annual Paraw Regatta, an international sailboat race that makes use of the native outrigger. Dive sites surround the island and are learning venues to both novice and professional divers, guided by competent instructors of the many dive shops that operate in the area.

Trekking and mountain biking can also bring the intrepid to the island’s quaint interior villages and to the edges’ scenic rocky cliffs, discovering along the way many hidden coves with isolated beaches far from the tourist crowd. And for golf bugs, Fairways and Bluewater Resort Golf and Countryclub has an 18-hole championship course.

For further information about the Philippines visit the Philippines Department of Tourism English and Arabic social media sites at:

Facebook: @funinphili

Twitter: @PhilTourismME

Instagram: @PhilTourimME

Or the Philippine Department of Tourism Middle East Marketing Representative Office at:

Tel: +971 (0)4 433 5952     E-mail: dotmiddleeast@aviareps.com

Website: http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com

Breakfast At 21 Grams Park Regis Boutique Jumeirah

21 Grams Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Our recent staycation was at unique Boutique Hotel. The famous chain of Park Regis have recently launched their concept of Park Regis Boutique. This small but sophisticated property lies at the main location at Jumeirah Road just at the Kite Beach and next to Umm Suqeim Park. The Boutique Hotel comprises of rooms with elegant interior which is a mix of Contemporary & traditional décor. The distinctive touch has been given by using cane, jute, wood & rust shades & basic amenities have been provided in the hotel.

21 Grams, Urban Balkan Bistro is the only mini restaurant situated within the property at Park Regis Boutique.

You can have your a la carte meals & if you enjoy reading spend quality time with coffee & books.
We had our breakfast , the timings for breakfast are from 7am to 11 am. In breakfast, the mini bread basket for two includes sliced bread pieces & croissant with a serving of butter, plum & apricot jams,with two Garnny Smiths & coffee.

Our order from the breakfast menu was Fried Eggs sunny side up with two slices of bread, the other was Wild Mushroom Omelette with Feta Cheese Mousse. I liked the sumptuous serving & delicious taste of omelette.