Wok & Wrap

Wok & Wrap Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

If you plan to be in Dubai to celebrate this festive season & Winter break…… must be looking for good eating spots, where not only you can enjoy good food but a perfect hangout & outdoor place to spend time with friends or family.

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More over if the food is served in generous portions……

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You can get all this at WoknWrap siuated in JLT cluster C. The restaurant offers sushis, wraps, noodles, soup & much more in the menu. We had sumptuous & tempting dishes at dinner few days back with generous servings. Sushis & Noodles can be customized according to your choice. Sushi making & cooking is done live.

They have both indoor & outdoor arrangement, we opted to sit outside enjoying the weather & food.

In Starters, we opted for Dynmaite Prawns. This delightful generously served platter of big shrimps was amazingly done, richly drenched in dynamite sauce & topped with rice noodles.

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Our Sushi Platter was beautifully presented & so was its taste.
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The menu for wraps also has options for beef, chicken etc. We had Chicken Teriyaki. It was served with potato wedges.

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In Noodles we had seafood & veggies in Noodles with Szechuan Sauce.

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The restaurant is ornamented to celebrate the festive season & Christmas.
Make your winter evenings enjoyable with Wok & Wrap’s delicious food, warm soups & Sushis.
They also provide home delivery.

Vigo Video announces $50 Million investment to cultivate social media broadcast talent in the Gulf

Announcement commenced during the region’s first Vigo Video Gala hosted at the Burj Khalifa, awarding top regional talent.

Over 200,000 million people watched the live stream of the show to vote for their favorite Vigo broadcasters.

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Vigo Video announced a USD $50 million worth of (AED 183,625,000) investment plan in the next year to cultivate talented social media broadcasters in the gulf region. The announcement was made at the Vigo Video Live Streaming Gala at the Armani Privé club in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

In a bid to attract more talented broadcasters in the region and to enrich the content production on the platform, the investment/broadcasters growing plan is of upmost importance to the platform as plans to invest deeper and grow in the region. According to the plan, Vigo Video will select a “Vigo Star” every month who will have the opportunity to travel across the world with Vigo and take part in international events with world exposure of their own unique style. All users can compete to be a super star on the world-leading platform.

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The Gala gathered top Vigo broadcasters, influencers, media, partners and fans, including special guests Danyah Shafei and Azza Zarour who showcased their top performances.

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Seven region Vigo broadcasters competed for the title “Most Popular Host” and “Most Talented Host”. The online voting activity for the seven broadcasters started on 10 December and, after 6 days of voting, TOMAS won the top prize and was crowned as the “Most Popular Host.” He has also been awarded the Challenge Cup and a Huawei Mate 20.

About 200,000 people tuned in to the gala through the Vigo Video app, Youtube and Facebook at the same time.

Vigo Video is an original short video and live streaming platform that allows users to create and share compelling stories and show their broadcasting talent. Vigo Video provides users with professional editing tools, creative stickers, unique filters and special effects to capture the moments that make up each day and share them with a community of users who have similar interests.

A fast-growing platform, Vigo Video quickly won the hearts of users across approximately 150 markets around the world with its advanced AI technology and user-friendly interface. Vigo Video will continue to invest and encourage creators and talents to shine on its platform in UAE. Vigo Video has a dream that anyone who wants to be a broadcaster can become one.

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Feast on Lebanese Seafood at Ya Bahr Now Open at Royal Central Hotel The Palm

Craving for tables filled with delicious Lebanese seafood, refreshing mezzeh and delectable desserts? Newly opened, Ya Bahr restaurant at Royal Central Hotel The Palm takes you on a rendezvous of senses with a unique dining experience in a rustic setting with a modern feel – where every bite has a story to tell. Developed by Dynamic Operator, Ya Bahr is the perfect place for seafood lovers that reinterprets traditional Lebanese flavours with a modern twist.

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We were invited at the festive launch event.  The restaurant décor is beautifully done & set to celebrate the upcoming Christmas.

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A perfect place for seafood lovers & Arabic Cuisine, either you dine outdoor or indoor, surely gonna enjoy either ways as the indoor has a classy touch  of seafood theme, & a display of fresh seafood.

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Where as the outdoor has widespread seating too,  so calm & relaxing with beautiful Atlantis view & Palm Jumeirah. The outdoor seating is ideal for both romantic candlelight dinner as well as groups. The restaurant also serves a variety of flavored shishas.

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We tried the  Mezzehs & Salads, very delicious Seafood Soup followed by succulent Seafood Grill  Platter.

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To end up our dinner we had the special Arabic ice cream which is seved with cotton candy & sliced water melon.

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Ya Bahr invites diners to ‘feast, share, laugh – and repeat!’ Here is a place where you can dip the homemade warm bread in puddles of flavours or tuck into sizzling seafood as you enjoy the laughter and music with your family and friends.

Zaid Al Hachem, Group Director, Dynamic Operator, stated, “Ya Bahr is a laid-back and lively coastal style Lebanese Seafood Eatery where our chefs flirt with exotic and authentic flavours to produce extraordinary dishes. On the menu are lavish, soul-satisfying Lebanese seafood served in a beautiful ambience with great views and vibes including live music.”

Mohamed Hassan, General Manager of the Royal Central Hotel The Palm, said, “We are delighted to announce the opening of Ya Bahr restaurant at The Royal Central Hotel The Palm. We are confident it will establish itself as one of the finest Lebanese seafood outlets in the UAE offering a wide range of Lebanese dishes combined with outstanding hospitality.”

 

 

Explaining the concept behind the restaurant’s name, Zaid said, “The name is inspired from Ya Bahr which is counted as the Mediterranean cuisine that is a hybrid of local, Ottoman, Levant (the areas of Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria) and Persian as well as other cuisines from cultures that influenced the area through the centuries. Its base ingredients include olive oil, garlic, onions, lots of greens, veggies, grains and of course a variety of seafood!”

Ya Bahr is open for Lunch and Dinner from 1.00pm till 1.00am

For reservations: Call +971 4 873 9300 

or email fb.rc@central-hotels.com

Lilly’s Social House, a New Orleans Style Bar, Opens at Canal Central Hotel Business Bay

Dubai has a buzzing new spot – Lilly’s Social House at Canal Central Hotel Business Bay – that officially opened its doors few days ago with a grand party. Lilly’s Social House, is an ode to the rich culture and vibrancy of New Orleans.

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The main attractions  are   Jazz music , live singing  performances & outdoor dining with fascinating views of Dubai Canal & Burj Khalifa. With Dubai’s pleasant weather & Winter which  is so perfect here to enjoy outdoors, I would recommend to try this place . Lillly’s Backyard  has a cool & funky atmosphere with an offer of wide selection of cocktails & pub. Fabulous food accompanies a great line-up of local artists. The music on offer is an exciting mix of live jazz and blues acts.

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Canal Central Hotel Business Bay is located only a few minutes away from The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Dubai Design District and Dubai International Convention Centre and Exhibition Halls. Equipped with the finest amenities, each of Canal Central’s 280 spacious rooms and suites offer spectacular Canal or Burj Khalifa views. Completing the experience are a hand-picked selection of dining outlets including La Cruise and Lilly’s Social House, flexible meeting spaces, state-of-the-art gymnasium and spa, a stunning infinity swimming pool and male and female salon.

Zaid Al Hachem, Group Director, Dynamic Operator, said, “Lilly’s Social House is an urban historic New Orleans style community bar where guests can enjoy their meals and drinks while listening to classic soul blues and jazz tunes. It is the perfect place for casual lunches with friends, relaxing dinners, after work hang-outs, ladies’ nights, and of course the ‘take me back to New Orleans’ Friday brunch.”

 

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Lilly’s Social House is open for Lunch and Dinner.

For reservations call +971 4 873 2100 or fb.cc@central-hotels.com

National Geographic Abu Dhabi & Almarai Announce Winner of 2018 ‘Moments’ Competition  

Aspiring photographer Mohammed Al Baraway from Palestine named winner of this year’s competition for his striking image celebrating the theme ‘Stories From Arabia’

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 National Geographic Abu Dhabi (NGAD) and Almarai in partnership with Abu Dhabi Media, announced today the winner of the 8th edition of ‘Moments’, its annual regional photography competition to nurture aspiring photographers from around the Arab World at an unveiling event that took place at Burj Khalifa in Dubai and was attended by executives from National Geographic Abu Dhabi, Almarai, the photography community, members of the press as well as other distinguished guests.

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Selected from among 40,000 entries and 64 short-listed photos, 22-year old Mohammed Al Baraway from Palestine has been named as winner of this year’s competition, in recognition for his talent and creative interpretation of this year’s theme, “Stories From Arabia.”

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This year’s competition witnessed a marked increase in the number of entries from Saudi Arabia, UAE and the rest of the GCC.

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The quality of this year’s entries, which captured the wide breadth and diversity of people’s stories, showing people engaged in their daily lives, at home, at work, at prayer as well as people engaged in more formal occasions, were praised by the judging panel which featured Tasneem Al Sultan, an award-winning Saudi photographer who is a professional National Geographic photographer and Mr. Hussam R. Abdulqader, CMO, Almarai.

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‘Moments’ is held in partnership with Almarai, the largest vertically integrated dairy company in the world and MENA’s largest food production and distribution company. The competition reflects Almarai’scommitment to foster Arab talent and provide them with the exposure and the possibility to be discovered on such a prominent platform. 

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Hussam R. Abdulqader, CMO, Almarai, said, “We are so proud of this year’s Moments competition, which reflects our commitment to support talent across the region. Year on year, we are seeing photographs with increasingly powerful storytelling. Many of this year’s photographs are living portraits of the stories of the region, historical, cultural and social stories, but above all human stories. I believe many rival internationally renowned photographs.”

Abdulrahman Awadh Al Harthi, Acting Executive Director of Television & Executive Director of Abu Dhabi Radio Network at Abu Dhabi Media, said: “The launch and support of this competition is part of Abu Dhabi Media’s commitment to encouraging creativity and artistic expression within the community, particularly amongst the youth and providing them the platform to showcasing their technical skill and artistic potential.”

“The quality of the participating images from across the Arab World have exceeded all expectations this year, achieving the international standards set by the judging committee. This is a true testament that the competition has succeeded in reaching a wide spectrum of serious and highly committed photographers, ambitious to achieving the highest standards,” Al Harthi concluded.

Sanjay Raina, General Manager and Senior Vice-President of Fox Networks Groups (FNG), said, “Congratulations to this year’s Moments Competition winner. We would like to also recognize all short-listed entries and every photography enthusiast from across the MENA region who entered in this year’s competition. At National Geographic Abu Dhabi, our mission is not only to share stories of exploration, adventure, travel and life through the lens of our photographers and cinematographers, but we want to encourage everyone to go out and be the explorer, the adventurer and the traveler who uncover their moments and bring their stories to the region and to the world. That’s what ‘Moments’ is all about. We are so proud to offer this platform that enables budding photographers to be discovered, while encouraging many others to pursue their Art, through giving them access to some the best mentors in the field, our National Geographic photographers.”

This year’s Grand Prize winner will have their photograph printed in the National Geographic magazine Arabic edition and is heading to a 10-day photography expedition trip to Italy, where he will be mentored by National Geographic expert photographers, in addition to $10,000 worth of photography equipment.

In this year’s competition, each story will carry with it an authentic, detailed and complete description of the story behind the image, which aims to add geographic, social and cultural context to the photo. In addition, the integrity and ethics behind the photo will be of utmost value – keeping up with National Geographic’s Global standards of ensuring images accurately represents cultures, ecosystems, and wildlife.

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Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One, launches the Tallest Tower of its prestigious D1 Residences

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City, District One – part of the master development Meydan – announced the launch of the tallest tower of its prestigious D1 Residences.

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The 16-storey tower was launched alongside the launch of the 1, 2 and 3 bedroom show apartments held on 11th December 2018 at District One Sales Centre. The event was attended by Senior Management of Meydan Group, dignitaries and Senior Management of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City, District One, media representatives, expert market influencers and other prominent guests. They were treated to a tour of the show apartments as well as a special boat tour of the iconic Crystal Lagoon.

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The newly launched tower located in the luxurious Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City, District One is the Tallest Tower of “D1 Residences” comprises 16 floors with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom contemporary waterfront apartments catering to various family sizes. These cutting-edge homes are bathed in natural light streaming through the ceiling to floor windows, offering a stunning panoramic view of the greenery surroundings and the world’s largest man-made 7-km Crystal Lagoon.

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This mesmerizing crystal lagoon is set on a pristine private beach marvel, surrounded by acres of lush greenery. Created with a patent technology that keeps the water looking crystal blue all year long. The Crystal Lagoon at District One offers residents exclusive access to swimming, paddle boarding, and other non-motorized aquatic leisure activities.

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Mohammad Abdul Nasser Al Khayat, Vice President Commercial and Freezone, Meydan Group LLCwho delivered the welcome speech said, “We are particularly proud of this tower launch as it is the Tallest Tower of “D1 Residences” that is overlooking the phenomenal world’s largest man-made 7 km Crystal Lagoon. Since the launch of “D1 Residences”, it has received positive interest from buyers and investors across the world and the interest is definitely growing as we continue to provide extraordinary features, and exquisite surrounding facilities for this prestigious community.”

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City, District One is an exclusive residential destination comprising opulent Mansions, luxurious villas and the waterfront apartments. Furthermore to the community’s unique lifestyle features of 7-km crystal lagoon, 14-km boardwalk, over 8.4-km cycling and running track, and 26 million sq-ft of green open spaces, residents will enjoy a premium destination in the heart of Dubai, minutes away from many of Dubai’s world-class attractions, landmarks, airports and metro links.

The luxurious community is located minutes away from the upcoming Meydan One, Dubai’s iconic new shopping and recreational destination. In addition, the community provides mosques, schools, premium retail brands, F&B outlets and supermarkets across the premises for an all-rounded experience for the families residing at District One.

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La Vigna – Century Village

La Vigna Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

This was my second visit to Century Village to review La Vigna, a restaurant so Italian, not only by its food, but as you walk inside Century Village the Italian Vibes are felt from far.

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Much attractive & widespread outdoor seating arrangement with red & white checked table clothes, antique style wooden door & all things Italian in its inside & outside décor.
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Aroma of wood fired pizza is spread in air. Pizzas are prepared in front of you in the wood fire oven. The inside atmosphere is clam & classy so is the ambiance outside, a lot of greenery & fascinating plantation done in the dessert is just amazing!
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We had delicious food from their menu, here’s what we had for our Italian lunch …….
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While we waited for the lunch to be served we munched on fresh bread with olive oil & the garlic bread.
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Had juices & Strawberry Smoothie.
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Antipasti or Cold Appetizers:
Cocktail Di Gamberetti …….. delicious Prawn Cocktail richly drenched in pink velvety sauce.
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Pizza :
We had their special Crispy Fresh La Vigna Special Pizza topped with Tomato Sauce, Mozarella Cheese, Chicken, Black Olives, Mushrooms, Roasted Capsicum & Sun dried Tomatoes.

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Panzerotti Pasta, stuffed with Chicken & Ricotta Cheese & served in very savory sauce made of Tomato & Cream.

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Carne / Meat & Seafood:
Salmone Lesso in Salsa Allo Zafferano ……. …. A good portion of Salmon Steak so delicious alongwith Mussels & Lemon Cream dip, do not miss this dish of Poached Salmon In Saffron Sauce.

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Desserts:

Tiramissu & Crème Brulee. Both desserts had a beautiful presentation & done to perfection.

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Crème brulee was topped with Black Berry Sauce which made each bite so pleasurable.

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Not only you will enjoy the food here but will surely be lost in the enticing atmosphere. Moreover, their festive arrangements are all set to welcome guests for Christmas.

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Al Bustan Centre & Residence – Al Teaba Food Restaurant

Al Teaba Food Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Few days back had sumptuous lunch at Al Bustan Centre & Residence with some great offers on their Steaks & Sizzlers.
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Inside their food court which is very spacious with well arranged seating & the caring staff provides a complete restaurant setup.
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At this dining venue, you can have everything starting from fresh juices, Salads, variety of main course & mouth watering Steaks & Sizzlers which we experienced here. The chef prepares variety of steaks & meat cuts done to perfection.

Separate counter for fresh juices provides variety of freshly squeezed juices at the spot.
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Mixed servings of our favorite salads were offered to us from the Salad Bar.

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And in main course we had our favorite platters of steaks …..
Norwegian Salmon Steak & Shish Taouk.
Enjoyed the flavorsome grilled portions of Chicken & Salmon each served along with fries & veggies.

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Their Pastry Shop include a wide range of desserts like Cakes, Cheese Cakes, Pastries, Cream Caramel, Muhallabia, Ice Cream & a lot more.
We had Muhallabia & Cream Carame, both so delicious!

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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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