Al-Futtaim’s latest local community mall was inaugurated in the presence of Omar Al Futtaim, Vice Chairman of Al-Futtaim Group

 The shopping destination will be home to IKEA, Marks & Spencer, Lulu Hypermarket and Pan Emirates amongst many more 


 Al-Futtaim today opened the doors to its 64,800 square metres shopping centre, Festival Plaza, located in Wasl Gate Community in the South of Dubai. The new mall was opened in the presence of Mr Omar Al Futtaim, Vice Chairman of Al-Futtaim Group, Timothy Earnest, Group Director of Al-Futtaim, and Al-Futtaim employees, mall staff and community members.

The retail precinct will serve as a convenient and local lifestyle destination, consisting of 120 stores in addition to key flagship stores IKEA, Marks & Spencer and Lulu Hypermarket. This is complemented by a 500-seat food court, over 40 dining and eating options, a Stay and Play offering, family entertainment Kids Club and over 2,300 parking spaces.

The construction of Festival Plaza began in 2017 and required a total of 14.5 million man-hours and around 4,000 manpower to complete the project. The Mall is built around its customers’ needs, which were identified through extensive research in order to truly address customer demand. The convenience of its location gives it a distinct advantage as well as providing customers with access to anything they may need in their everyday lives. With this destination, Al-Futtaim Malls is bringing to life the Festival brand of celebration, in a lively and convenient way that appeals to the community that surrounds it.

Timothy Earnest, Group Director of Al-Futtaim Malls commented: “We are excited to welcome our first customers at Festival Plaza today. This is another milestone on our journey as we position ourselves as the leading malls and retail experience developer in MENA. The addition of Festival Plaza with all it has to offer strengthens our mall portfolio and reiterates our position as retail pioneers in the region.”

 “Al-Futtaim is committed to providing customers with the best in class experiences and celebrations from shopping, entertainment and dining. Today, we extend our Festival brand and its celebratory concept to the South of Dubai to offer community members a contemporary destination that combines spectacular experience and convenient services that meet their day to day needs,” he concluded.

One of the highlights of the destination is the biggest IKEA store in Dubai which also opened its doors to customers today. The store is spread across 35,500 square meters including a 5,000 square meters training area for IKEA employees and is also home to the World’s Tallest IKEA Navigation Tower. IKEA Jebel Ali will also be home to the first IKEA bakery in the UAE that offers customers the chance to taste mouthwatering traditional Swedish baked goods such as rye bread, cinnamon bun, baguettes and croissants.

Lulu Hypermarket is set to provide customers with their everyday essentials across its 4,586 square metres of space, of which 85% is allocated to Grocery Food and Fresh Foods when it opens at the end of December. This is the first time Lulu hypermarket customers can sit in and eat their freshly prepared food from the live stations that offer fresh Sushi, Pasta and Pizza. Cheese connoisseurs can enjoy a selection of over 700 cheeses imported from around the world.

Families and friends can dine at the 500-seater food court and choose from the 13 global food chains available including Popeye’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, Hardee’s, and Baskin Robbins amongst others. Meanwhile customers looking to unwind and dine in style have 40 cafes and restaurants to indulge in, offering a variety of cuisines including American, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Turkish and Italian. The region’s first Grain of Salt restaurant is set to open in the following weeks and give customers an exemplary culinary experience with its vibrant live cooking stations.

The mall will also have a stay and play facility which allows children to spend time playing while the parents shop or run errands at the mall. The communities nearby can also take advantage of the Kids Club, which has an eventful calendar of activities that will keep little ones busy all year round.

From day of launch until Christmas, kids can enjoy face painting, cookie decorating for some festive fun, with caricatures on offer for the adults.  The mall will have a variety of family fun on offer for all visitors, including four secret rooms connected by an infinity tunnel that will be discoverable through Festival Plaza’s Instagram page and a confetti room for people to snap their own photos of the 60 seconds of celebration.  Finally, Festival Plaza will be the first mall with its own community garden. Children will be able to plant their own plants each weekend as well as attend workshops to watch the progress of their plant. All participants will receive a certificate and seeds to takeaway and replicate what they learn at the workshops.

With a multitude of retail, dining and entertainment options and 2,310 parking spaces, Festival Plaza serves as a convenient and family lifestyle mall easily accessible from Sheikh Zayed Road, fifteen minutes from Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah and a few minutes away from RTA Energy Metro Station.

For more information on the Festival Plaza development, please visit: http://www.dubaifestivalplaza.com/

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Healthy Eating At Pita Pit Bay Avenue – Dubai

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Bay Avenue in Dubai is another great place with a lot of eateries, perfect to wind down and enjoy the weather. We visited Pita Pit, they serve richly stuffed Pita Rolls. Chicken , Beef , Turkey etc are grilled & you can customize your pita with the selection of your protein filling & choice of veggies. The good thing is you can watch your calorie count as you place your order. It will be grilled & served with lots of dressings which are available to add according to your choice. Healthy bowl of salad with a good portion of fresh salad, veggies & meat of your choice.

The salad bowl we had was Souvlaki with chunks of chicken , olives & veggies.


The rolls we opted for …… Thai Flax Chicken, Grilled Steak ……. Beef chunks with veggies, & Kale Chicken Ceasar.

Organic fresh juices & Vitamin drinks are available.

Thai Cuisine At Khao Siam 45- Business Bay Dubai

Khao Siam 45 Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Those pleasant days are back again to enjoy outdoor dining in UAE. I spent an afternoon in Business Bay at Khao Siam 45 restaurant. I opted to have my lunch outside to enjoy weather along with Dubai Canal flowing besides the restaurant.


The restaurant serves delicious Thai food. I had my favorite Tom Yum Goong. As weather calls for warm bowl of soup, enjoyed seafood , lemongrass & kaffir lime flavors in the soup.

For salad I had Som Tam Thai healthy Papaya & Shrimp Salad followed by Fried Chicken Wings.

Stir Fried Large Rice Noodles, Pad Ka Praow Talay …..this is stir fired mixed seafood with chili garlic & basil.

Gang Kiew Wan Gai …. lip-smacking Thai Green Curry.


Special dessert offering is the Mango & Sticky Rice with Coconut Cream Sauce.


They also offer special set menu with few different options & prices starting from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Dinner at Street Cafe Ibis Styles Jumeirah


Ibis Styles Jumeirah is offering dinner buffet with lip-smacking veg & non-veg dishes at a reasonable package at Street Cafe. I have frequently visited  Ibis Styles , &  have experienced dining  with  calm ambiance & delicious food. The new chef at the restaurant has created great dishes in the menu. The starters & salads include an assortment of seafood delicacies, poached prawns, smoked salmon, steamed salmon, Arabic mezzehs, vegetable spring rolls, meat Kibbeh, fried fish with tartar salad, & continental salads.


The main dishes will attract you with a selection of meat cuts with gravies like roasted beef with brown sauce, grilled chicken breast with cheese sauce, in veg options eggplant moussaka, vegetable rice, penne ala pomodoro are available.


Variety of  cakes & fresh fruit is available in the desserts section. The  buffet with these  quality dishes is priced at 59 Dhs per head.



Claypot Restaurant Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai

Change in weather calls for new menu across many restaurants in UAE. Claypot Restaurant in Bur Dubai have recently launched their new menu. A  great variety of tantalizing dishes  is available in veg & non-veg.  Mocktails & juices are also served with innovative combinations. I had Mango Chilli Margarita. If you fancy spicy, tangy combinations then do try this one.


The dishes are richly prepared by adding flavors & assorted ingredients by containing the traditional touch & authenticity in each recipe. The dishes mostly had cashewnuts in them. As due to my own dietry requirement , I had to resist from those dishes. Thanks to the staff & chef who selected & prepared a nut free menu for me.

Live performances are done during  dining hours.

Enjoy complimentary popadums with tangy pickles to munch on while your food is under preparation.


In starter I tried Murgh Cafreal , the Goan recipe with addition of mint, coriander & green chillies.


In main I had the Prawn Curry , the gravy had perfect & balanced flavors, enjoyed eating with Garlic Naan.


Gajjar Halwa. The rich mouth melting Carrot Halwa is a must try .

I ended up with green tea & soft live melodies.


Breakfast At My Govindas

My Govinda's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

My Govindas restaurant launched their new menu. Offering a few healthy options & the authentic taste from the region. The new menu has delish desi varieties to kick start your day. I was invited last week at My Govindas Karama outlet for breakfast.


I tried Jowar Upma for the first time , liked the healthy concept with slight aroma of desi ghee.Home style Aloo Paratha & if you like a dollop of butter on top is also available.

Whole Wheat Avocado & Sprout Sandwich is another delish item. All these items are served with chuttneys , Raita & Yogurt. You can also have Poha, Cheese Sandwich & Porridge for breakfast.

All varieties in tea, which includes Sweet & Salty lassi ,booster is in the menu. I enjoyed freshly brewed tea in Claypot.


Breakfast timings are 7:30 am to 10:30 am.
You can also order online . Call 043960088

The S Hotel Al Barsha Hosts A Special Arabian Nights Dinner

Fusion Restaurant - The S Hotel, Al Barsha South Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The S Hotel Al Barsha, a stylish four-star property in Dubai Science Park, launched their themed Dinner ‘Arabian Nights’, an unforgettable and authentic foodie experience featuring the new Arabic-themed buffet every Thursday night.


‘Arabian Nights’ showcases Middle Eastern cuisine, charm and hospitality. With its proud Emirati heritage, the new F&B offering aims to showcase local culture and cuisine cooked with exotic spices, this Emirati / GCC Cuisine Night aims to delight local patrons with dishes such as Hummus, Mutable, Fattouh, Fattoush labneh with mint lobelia, Baljit Eggplant Mushka, Feta cheese and Zaatar tomato salad.


The main star is the Lamb Oozi live station where you can sample tender, melt-in-your-mouth lamb and a hot mezzah which features lamb kibbeh, spinach fatayer, cheese sambosek. The main course includes Arabic mix grill (lamb kofta / shish taouk / chicken kofta), lamb salona, vermicelli rice, Moroccan traditional tagine (chicken / lamb / fish), jereesh, machboos, vegetable saloona, chicken mandi, chicken molakia and shish brak.


End the lavish dinner on a sweet note with Arabic sweets & assorted fruit tarts, cakes, Macaroons, Umm Ali to name a few.



If you have friends visiting Dubai, Fusion restaurant every Thursday night is the perfect place to show them what Arabic cuisine is all about.
To book a table, please call reservations at 04 871 2277 or e-mail: reservations@s-hotelsinternational.com

Kobe Sizzlers Karama

Kobe Sizzlers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The restaurant with its specialty dishes like Steaks,Burgers & Sizzlers, Kobe Sizzlers had their grand opening few days back. Situated in Karama, this small restaurant has a variety in its menu. Seafood, Chicken & Beef & different Veg Sizzlers and shashlik to savor on.
Appetizers & Salads also have a good selection.And for this cooler weather if you want to try some soups, the restaurant offer soups as well.

We tried Seafood Sizzler & Shashlik .The dishes are generously served with a selection of meat and assorted grilled veggies are added as sides. The sizzling platters are healthy & filling with a balanced combination of meat & veggies.


Do try their melt in mouth dessert Sizzling Brownie with a dollop of icecream and drizzled with thick chocolate sauce.

Wakha launches newest luxury diner at Jumeirah

Wakha Cafe & Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Restaurant invites customers new and old to embark on a culinary adventure where they create and name their own dish.

The acclaimed restaurant chain Wakha, that specializes in Afghani and Shinwari cuisines, has launched its latest diner at Jumeirah, Dubai. The restaurant adds flavor to its dishes by using ingredients from the region to make recipes that delight customers with a memorable dining experience.


What we experienced at the launch day was an amalgamation of two great cuisines on one table. Afghani & Pakistani cuisine. Dishes from Peshawar & specialties from Afghanistan took us to a great culinary journey. Peshawar known for its hospitality & specialties from the generous land of Afghanistan are all available here at Wakha restaurant. Generous portions are served in each of its dishes. The flavor , juiciness and quality of meat and serving portions is all remarkable. We had the Wakha Platter which is a combination of Shinwari Lamb Tikka, Shinwari Chicken Tikka, Kabuli Beef & Chicken Tikka served on Kabuli Pulao & Naan. This generous portion is good enough for four people.


We had the sumptuous Kebabs & Shinwari Lamb Karahi.

A true meat Indulgence where all flavors are intact in dishes with not much spices so as to meet the choices of the mix culture living in UAE.
Yet another location to enjoy the upcoming cooler days in Dubai with an outdoor seating arrangement & Shisha.

The menu has a lot of interesting items to enjoy. We ended up with Qehwa & Semolina Halwa.


Muhammad Azam, Co-founder, Wakha, said: “At Wakha, our ambition has always been to serve our valued customers with the healthiest, freshest and most authentic Shinwari and Afghani cuisines available without the use of any processed spices and oil. We constantly strive to facilitate the best possible dining experience to everybody who walks through our doors and all customers are now able to choose their meat, how it is cut, pick different combinations of flavors and cooking styles, and also name their dish and take the precise details of their recipes.”

He continued: “We believe in providing a platform for a culinary adventure like no other and the approach we are adopting at our new restaurant places no restrictions on visitors with regards to eating options. We only use natural ingredients such as green spices, tomatoes, salt and lamb fat or fresh butter while all our signature cuisines are 100 percent halal. We look forward to welcoming everyone who visits the new restaurant in the coming months and years and providing them with a special dining experience like no other.”

Wakha, co-owned by Waqas Talat, Aqeel Sarwar, Saad Talat and Muhammad Azam was established with a clear vision to offer a true and authentic taste in the UAE and other international markets. The distinctive feature of the Shinwari cuisine is that all meat is charcoal grilled or cooked with lamb fat and salt with no or customized spices to provide a delicious and real taste of meat. The most famous items from the Shinwari cuisine are: Shinwari lamb karahi – fresh lamb cooked in natural lamb fat, tomatoes, green chillies and salt; Shinwari chicken karahi – fresh chicken cooked in natural lamb fat or fresh butter, tomatoes, green chillies and salt; Shinwari lamb tikka – charcoal-grilled fresh lamb seasoned with salt and natural lamb fat; Dumpukht/Rosh – succulent fresh lamb meat cooked on a very low flame in its juices and bone marrow for three to four hours with potatoes and seasoned aromatic herbs.

Wakha’s Afghani cuisine provides a real-time alternative for those interested in the rich Central Asian culture of Afghanistan. The flagship dish of the Afghani cuisine is the Kabuli Palao, which consists of tender lamb or beef, long grained steamed rice, raisins, julienned carrots, Kofta Nakhod, beef meat balls and grounded chickpeas.

Ligo Electric is looking forward to a prosperous cooperation with the highly committed partner TNS and great success for the Swiss brand VALERA in the UAE.

The Swiss brand VALERA is starting through in full force to conquer the UAE consumer market with its high quality professional hairdryers and styling appliances. For this aim, Ligo Electric SA, the Swiss manufacturer of the brand, has started a cooperation with the established distributor company TNS in 2019.


VALERA is already enjoying a strong reputation as a Swiss Quality brand in many important markets worldwide. Since 1955 VALERA has been producing haircare equipment and has gained its particular expertise in professional hairstyling appliances from its close cooperation with the professional hairdressing industry. All hairdryers and straighteners are MADE IN SWITZERLAND: designed, developed and manufactured in the company’s own factory in Ticino. Since 1995 the company’s processes are ISO 9001 certified. The concept of «total quality» is constantly and uncompromisingly applied to all business sectors. Furthermore, own manufacturing guarantees important advantages in lead time and market flexibility. VALERA keeps what the Swiss cross promises in terms of values like quality, precision, respect for health and environment, exclusivity.
After having established the cooperation in 2019, VALERA and TNS will take off in 2020 with important product launches and promotions. The vision is clearly defined as becoming one of the leaders in the consumer hair care appliances category, offering high demanding private consumers the experience of real salon quality at home. VALERA, known worldwide as the Swiss Hair Specialists, has all the credentials to make this dream come true. The brand is already leading the hairdryer category in the Hospitality sector in the UAE.

VALERA professional hairdryers distinguish themselves from the competitors with exclusive and patented technical features such as ROTOCORD, the swivel device preventing tangles in the 3 meters long professional cord, and the cool TOUCH ME nozzle.

Beside its strength in professional hairdryers, VALERA convinces with special product solutions such as Swiss Bébé, a gentle and safe infant hair & body dryer, unique on the UAE market.


VALERA is „Best Brand of the Year 2019“  within the hairdryer product category

The title is one of the highest awarded by the PLUS X AWARD jury. It is only awarded once a year to the brand that has received the most awards in its product category.

VALERA thus joins the illustrious league of globally known brands in the consumer goods industry, which have already won this title in other product categories. The award recognizes the innovative strength and excellent quality of the hairdryers produced in Switzerland.

The hairdryer ePower2020 is „Best Product of the Year 2019“

VALERA›s new hairdryer, which combines professional styling performance with environmental sustainability, has already won the PLUS X AWARD in three categories: High Quality, Design and Ease of Use. On top of that, ePower2020 now gained the title «Best Product of the Year 2019».

This special award is given only once in each product category, to the best of the best products, namely the one that has been awarded in the most categories.

We are proud that our modern vision of sustainable performance has impressed the experts at the world›s largest innovation award for technology, sports and lifestyle. ePower2020 is the perfect hairdryer for demanding hairstylists and private users who wish to use an environmentally friendly appliance while saving on energy costs without sacrificing drying performance or styling results.

Compared to a standard 2000 Watt hairdryer, it consumes 25 percent less energy. The digital brushless motor does not emit carbon dust and guarantees an extremely long service life (up to 10,000 hours). On the performance side, ePower2020 scores in this comparison with 29 percent more airflow and a 26 percent higher drying rate.

Highest quality and environmental sustainability are the success factors that distinguish Valera, the Swiss Hair Specialists since 1955.

High Performance. Low Impact.

Who says that outstanding performance indicators are associated with high energy consumption, rapid component wear and a short product lifespan?

VALERA proves with its latest hairdryer, ePower 2020, that it’s possible to combine excellent drying results with a low environmental impact and a long service life.

Behind the slogan “Dry smart, save energy” and the “e” in the name, there are tangible values:

  • “e” for energy – powerful air production (m³/h) +29%*
  • “e” for excellence – excellent hair drying power (g/min) +26%*
  • “e” for efficiency – high energy efficiency [ (g/min)/Wh ] +32%*
  • “e” for eco-friendly – low energy consumption [Wh/(g/min) ] -25%*

The “EVOLUTION Brushless Digital BLDC” motor is the latest generation of digital technology and the core of VALERA’s professional hairdryer for a sustainable future. It is small and lightweight, but extremely powerful and longlasting (up to 10,000 hours). Unlike traditional motors, it does not pollute the environment with carbon emissions. The ePower 2020 is ultra-silent and super light, and is fitted with all exclusive VALERA accessories: the ROTOCORD swivel device with a 3-metre cable, two ultra-slim professional concentrator nozzles, including the cool TOUCH ME nozzle and a diffuser. There’s a choice of two elegant colours: Pure White and Crystal Black.

ePower 2020 is professional hairstyling with responsibility towards the environment. By VALERA, Swiss Hair Specialists since 1955.

*Compared with standard 2000 W hairdryers.

Pure Luxury 24 Karat gold-plated

With its Swiss elegance, VALERA excels in combining traditional values and classic design with today’s technical standards. A beautiful example of this is its series of SWISS METAL MASTER metal hairdryers – salon tools for hairdressers and attractive appliances for individuals who like to surround themselves with gorgeous vintage style.

A very special eye catcher in the salon as well as in private homes is certainly the GOLD model within this popular series. The premium steel body of the Swiss Metal Master Light GOLD is 24 Karat gold-plated to impart an extra touch of luxury.
The popular features of this appealing hairdryer include:

  • Powerful air flow with negative ions, which protect the hair from drying out
  • Narrow blow dryer nozzle for precision styling
  • Diffuser attachment to gently dry curls
  • 3-metre long professional SuperFlex cable

As with all VALERA metal hairdryers, it comes with a cloth bag for stylish and protective storage. Even though the Swiss Metal Master Light GOLD is far too beautiful to hide!

Swiss Metal Master Light GOLD – classical design, cutting edge technology. By VALERA, Swiss Hair Specialists since 1955.

The brightly coloured fashion statement

For everyone who likes creative, bright colours that are inspired by fashion and trends, there is now VALERA VANITY, a line of professional hairdryers in the latest colours: Pretty Purple, Royal Blue and Hot Pink. These attractive devices are fitted with cutting-edge technology, to meet the needs of hairstylists and demanding private consumers.

For each of the three colours, there are three technical models to choose from:

  • Vanity Hi-Power – extremely powerful and durable with brushless digital motor and 2400 W, Vanity Performance – powerful and reliable with Long-Life AC-Performance motor and 2400 W,
  • Vanity Comfort – super light and ultra-silent with Long-Life PM-Pro motor and 2000 W.

All models are fitted with Smart Airflow Technology which offers maximum hairdrying performance with minimal noise.

VALERA’S exclusive accessories, the ROTOCORD swivel device and the cool TOUCH ME nozzle complete the product’s high-quality features.

VALERA VANITY products are professional hairdryers featuring tried and tested Swiss top quality in new and exciting colours. By VALERA, Swiss Hair Specialists since 1955.

The new generation of VALERA hairdryers raises the standard for professional hairdryers.

Using modern fluid dynamics simulation software, CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics), VALERA has developed Smart Airflow Technology. It optimizes and compresses the path of the internal air-stream eliminating unwanted friction and dispersion. This guarantees maximum performance with minimum noise levels.

The efficient air flow enables the Swiss Silent Jet hairdryers to achieve outstanding performance characteristics, which are unique to the market in their combination.
Swiss Silent Jet is number 1 in performance and noise minimization.

The new line comes to the market with three versions:

  • Swiss Silent Jet 8600 (2400 W) and
  • Swiss Silent Jet 8500 (2000 W), both with extra long-life AC-Performance motor, • Swiss Silent Jet 7500 Light (2000 W) with light PM-Pro motor.

All three of them are equipped with VALERA’s exclusive accessories ROTOCORD (swivel device in the cord preventing tangles) and TOUCH ME (styling nozzle that remains cool).

Swiss Silent Jet – powerful, quiet, elegant. The Jet among hairdryers. By VALERA, Swiss Hair Specialists since 1955.

Drying a baby’s fine hair: with Swiss Bébé in a gentle and safe way. 


It is essential to be safe and gentle when taking care of a baby.

A baby’s hair is usually like soft down; and the scalp is very sensitive. A high noise level and a harsh air flow are unpleasant to a baby and could even give the baby a fright.

This is why Valera is now bringing a new hairdryer onto the market, especially designed for baby care.

Drying a baby’s hair and body with Swiss Bébé is:

The temperature is lukewarm: only 45°C (70°C for standard hairdryers)


A weak air flow: only 10 l/s (17 l/s for standard hairdryers)


Low noise level: only 68 dBA (78 dBA for standard hairdryers)

This compact (12 cm long) and light (310 g) dryer fits comfortably in the hand and offers extra protection thanks to its on/off safety button: the hairdryer only operates if the button on the front of the handle is held in.

Swiss Bébé: the ultra-delicate infant hair & body dryer.

Swiss Made by VALERA, the Swiss Hair Specialists since 1955.

The new SWISS‘X models set on agility.

VALERA introduces to the market a new design of its made in Switzerland Swiss‘X professional hair straightener range.
The three models Swiss’X Super Brush & Shine (Mod. 100.20/IS), Agility Ionic (Mod. 100.20/I) and Agility (Mod. 100.20) are particularly comfortable: the buttons and the display are located at the top of the handle making them more ergonomic and easier to see. The temperature can easily be set with just one hand, even during use.

VALERA has more than 60 years of experience in manufacturing hairdryers. The Swiss’X hair straighteners were added to the made in Switzerland professional product range in 2010.