Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2017: Jess Towl, a former pro triathlete and an in-demand crossfit coach, put her extensive experience to use, bagging the top honours at the XDubai Spartan Women’s Sprint, the first ladies-only Spartan race in the Middle East and Africa region that was held at the Jebel Ali Race Course on December 16.
Organised by Spartan Arabia, in cooperation with Dubai Sports Council, the Sprint race attracted more than 1,000 participants, many of them Emiratis. Englishwoman Towl, 30, finished ahead of them all, completing the 5km and 20-obstacle course in 34 minutes and 09 seconds.
Amina Mhih, 34, came second in 37:59, while Ivana Kolaric, 32, was third in 41:07. The 45-year-old Essarokh Latifa (43:24) finished fourth, ahead of 26-year-old Elma Aquino (44:33).
“We are delighted with the participation ......read more
December 17 2017, Dubai, UAE: Defending champion Viktor Axelsen reached his third straight Men’s Singles final at the Dubai World Superseries Finals with a demolition job of China’s Shi Yuqi in front of an appreciative and vocal crowd today.
In the final tomorrow at Hamdan Sports Complex, Axelsen faces familiar foe Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia), a four-time champion at the World Superseries Finals but who has never triumphed in Dubai.
The Women’s Singles final will see India’s Pusarla V Sindhu against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi’s in-the-trenches resolve saw her fight out of trouble against Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon. The Japanese had a mountain to climb at 11-16 in the third game of an engrossing semi-final against Intanon, but staged a magnificent rearguard action ......read more
16 finalists vie for honours for 13 weeks at Al Meydan Fort of Global Village
DUBAI, 16th December 2017: The 13th edition of Al Meydan Program and 18th edition of the Fazza Championship for Youlah kicked off at Al Meydan Fort at Global Village with the second episode producing some exhilarating performances on Friday 16th December night which began amid the back drop an explosion of dazzling fireworks.
Organized and supervised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) to revive heritage sports, 16 finalists are vying for the grand prize of AED 1 million and the Fazza Youlah Championship Cup over 13 rounds of the competition every Friday at 9pm. Held at HHC’s Heritage Village at Dubai’s Global Village, the qualifying rounds saw the participation of 411 contestants, prior to the launch of ......read more
December 16, 2017, Dubai, UAE: Dubai fan favourite Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017 at the Hamdan Sports Complex tonight, frustrated by his failure to recapture the sparkling form that swept him to four tour titles this season.
Again plagued by inconsistency and unsure strokes, India’s top gun fell in straight games to Chou Tien Chen who, like Kidambi, was under pressure, also have lost his opening Group B match yesterday. The do-or-die battle looked to be heading towards a decider – with Kidambi ahead 17-14 – when he suddenly slumped into an error-strewn patch of play, gifting four consecutive points to his appreciative rival. Chou seized full advantage and went on to take the honours, 21-18 21-18.
Ruing his demise, the vanquished 24-year-old reflected on his ......read more
MK Fencing Academy’s International Epee Cup to see the world’s best in action at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex this weekend
Dubai, UAE, December 14, 2017: Some of the world’s top fencers, including Romanian legend Ana Maria Popescu, two-time World Champion Nikolai Novosjolov and reigning women’s world No1 Julia Beljajeva, will be in Dubai this weekend, regaling fans with their mastery of the sword at the 6th MK Fencing Academy International Epee Cup.
Defending women’s champion Popescu, who returned from the Rio Olympics with a team gold, has won the World Cup series a record three times and picked up an individual silver at the 2008 Beijing Games. The 33-year-old has also won two World team titles.
Estonian Novosjolov, 37, won the men’s epee gold at the 2010 and 2013 World Championships ......read more
140 films from near and far brought cinephiles, film fans and industry professionals together
Final day recognises excellence in regional filmmaking with Muhr Awards announced
Dubai, 14 December 2017: Eight days of DIFF’s trademark silver-screen magic closed today with an epic Closing Night Gala, marking the close of the 14th edition of the Festival. DIFF took over the city between 6 – 13 December with screenings of 140 films from globally acclaimed filmmakers and regional talent, and unparalleled industry networking opportunities and insights from the best in the business today. Continuing to raise the profile of Arab film on an international stage, the renowned film festival hosted a diverse selection of galas, special presentations, live performances, red carpet events and informative industry ......read more
58 award winners announced at the MEPRA Awards
INFINITI Middle East with TBWA RAAD, OMD and Four Communications Group win Best Integrated Campaign of the year
Etihad Airways wins in-house team of the year
December 14, 2017 Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The region’s public relations industry gathered last night in Dubai to celebrate the 9th annual Middle East Public Relations Association Awards,
Weber Shandwick MENA won the coveted Agency of the Year award. INFINITI Middle East with TBWA RAAD, OMD and Four Communications Group won the Best Integrated Campaign of the year for the "Together for a world first" campaign, while Etihad Airways won the In-House Team of the Year.
Overall, 58 campaigns and individuals won for their creativity, innovation and execution, with Hill and ......read more
The musical event witnessed participation of over 600 students
United Arab Emirates, Dubai, December 13th 2017: Dubai City rolled out the red carpet for Brooklyn Melodies Music Center as students of all ages performed their much-loved arts – playing music, ballet and dance. The musical event which runs from December 11th to 15th at City Walk Dubai witnessed participation of over 600 students.
“This has been true community collaboration and we are very excited about this event. At Brooklyn Melodies Music Center, we are committed to showcasing the talent of young musicians and there couldn’t have been a better platform than this. The musical event not only offers our students an opportunity to perform before a live audience, but also serves as a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these all of them,” ......read more
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; December 13, 2017 – Masdar Park at Masdar City has reopened with even more family attractions, further enhancing the city’s image as a popular community destination.
The expanded park, now double in size at 2,500 square metres, includes more F&B outlets, a children’s playground, music wall, sports facilities and design installations themed on sustainability.
Open daily from 09:00-22:00, Masdar Park is also hosting music, games and other community activities on weekends until The Festival at Masdar City on January 19-20, a fun-filled sustainability-themed celebration held at the end of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
Besides great food, refreshments and an expanded play area, visitors can enjoy the 2.5km-long Al Mamsha trail ......read more
Gideon/Sukamuljo and Chen Qingchen take top honours
Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2017: Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and China’s Chen Qingchen walked away with the Player of the Year honours in the male and female category respectively at the Players’ Reception and Gala Dinner in Dubai last night.
The Indonesians, winners of six World Superseries titles this year, won the vote of the Awards Commission ahead of three other nominees – Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen, India’s Kidambi Srikanth and China’s Zheng Siwei. The awards recognise the year’s most outstanding players and are held on the eve of the Dubai World Superseries Finals.
“It’s not often that doubles players get the attention ahead of singles, so it was ......read more
Dubai, UAE, December 12, 2017: We are opening entries for all talented photographers from across the region to participate in Splash competition for choosing 12 images for Splash 2018 calendar.
Splash will select 12 winners , 12 images , each winner will get 3000$ and his selected image will be in Splash 2018 calendar
Splash invites you to add your name to fashion's illustrious hall of fame.
Shoot and submit your best Fashion Portrait on the concept 'In Love With Fashion' for a once in a lifetime chance to feature as the winning photo in the Splash Calendar 2018.
Fame, fortune and fashion await you. Go on. Make your year.
Dubai, December 12, 2017: UAE-based Russian teen actor and singer-songwriter Polina Butorina released her debut album, titled ‘Ocean of Emotions’, in Dubai. The anthology of 10 original English songs are written and sung by the 15-year-old student of Raffles International School Dubai.
The album was launched simultaneously with the premiere of the recent Hollywood motion picture ‘Maximum Impact’, in which Polina played a main role. The album’s three tracks – ‘Higher Than the Sky’, ‘I Want to Be Free’ and ‘Like Thunder’ were part of the movie’s soundtrack.
Launching the album, Polina said, “The album explores the idea of love in its different appearances. The main concept revolves around that universal feeling – ......read more
Dubai, 11 December 2017: Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) has announced the opening of the registration in Fazza Championships for Falconry 2018.
The first in the series: Fazza Championship for Falconry Tilwah (lures) will kick-start on the 2nd until the 15 of January 2018. The following falconry tournament: Fakhr Al Ajyal will take place from the 1st till the 15th of February 2018. Contestants willing to participate this season can register by going directly to the F3 parking area at Global Village in Dubai.
This year, the qualification system for the championships, which are organized annually by HHC and are hosted in their established dedicated location in Ruwyya, Dubai, has completely changed to direct “win” matches.
With this regard Ms. Souad Ibrahim ......read more
Mohamed Ismail Laouti’s The Syrians nominated to progress to the next round of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung
Dubai, 11th December, 2017: The Dubai International Film Festival, renowned for its ongoing support of local and international cinema, and its commitment to recognising and rewarding incredible filmmaking talent, presents the Robert Bosch Stiftung – the latest initiative to grace the Festival’s 14th edition.
Each year the Robert Bosch Stiftung issues three Film Prizes for international cooperation to teams of upcoming German and Arab filmmakers to realise a joint film project. The prizes are awarded across three categories; short animation, short fiction and feature documentary – with the winner receiving an award of 60,000 Euros. More than just a prize-giving ......read more
Rob Reiner, Sverrir Gudnason, Ser’Darius Blain and Madison Iseman grace the Madinat red carpets
Madinat Souk abuzz during Q&A with Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin
Dubai, 10 December 2017: Saturday at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) showcased works of adventure and action, beginning with the political drama ‘Shock and Awe’ from Academy Award-nominated actor, writer, producer and director Rob Reiner, at the Madinat Arena. The afternoon gala followed, bringing with it family fun as castmates Ser’Darius Blain and Madison Iseman attended the screening of ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’.
Over at the Souk Madinat Theatre, doors opened with the wondrous journey of ‘Ana and Bruno’. Audiences were then taken courtside with the afternoon ......read more
Dubai, UAE, December 9, 2017: Academy Award winner, Hollywood actress and IWC Schaffhausen Ambassador Cate Blanchett presented the sixth IWC Filmmaker Award to Haifaa Al Mansour from Saudi Arabia for her project, “Miss Camel”. The award ceremony was held at the IWC “For the Love of Cinema” gala event in the One&Only Royal Mirage’s Arabian Court during the 14th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). The winner received a grant of USD 100,000 for her project and an IWC Da Vinci Automatic 36 with a blue dial (Ref. IW458312) from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer.
The IWC “For the Love of Cinema” gala was presented by IWC brand ambassador and TV personality Raya Abirached and TV presenter Wissam Breidy. Among the celebrities attending were IWC brand ambassadors Sonam ......read more
Legend of stage and screen Sir Patrick Stewart thrilled fans with ‘In Conversation’ at Souk Madinat
Red carpets featured tales from the across the globe, from the Australian outback and the Arabian Gulf to post-war England and Soviet Russia
Luis Fonsi raised the roof with his hits at the Global Gift Gala
Dubai, 9 December 2017: December 8th saw cinema take over the city once again with another day of red carpets and storytelling adventures at DIFF. A triple-bill of screenings at the Madinat Arena opened with the Children’s Gala ‘Ferdinand’, from renowned Brazilian director, Carlos Saldanha. The journey continued with critically praised ‘The Death of Stalin’, with film talent Olga Kurylenko and Adrian Mcloughlin attending the film’s MENA premiere. Award-winning ......read more
Empire will distribute Synergy Films’ lineup exclusively in the Middle-East.
The lineup includes a minimum of 9 movies to be released in 2018 with an ultimate goal of 1 Million admissions
Synergy Films will be the sole acquisition agent of Empire International for Egyptian films.
Dubai, December 7th, 2017: Empire International and Synergy Films have today announced a new partnership agreement under which Empire will be the sole distributor of Synergy Films’ lineup of movies in the Middle-East, while Synergy will be the sole acquisition agent of Empire International for Egyptian films.
The announcement was made at a press conference hosted in collaboration with the Dubai International Film Festival and attended by Empire’s Chairman of the Board and CEO Mario Georges Haddad, President ......read more
Dubai, UAE, December 7, 2017: With the busy festive and new year period just around the corner, it’s an exciting time for the whole family. It can be lovely to experience the season through the eyes of your child, but all the excitement and changes of routine can lead to many little ones – who used to sleep perfectly through the night – regressing in their sleep habits and an army of tired parents reaching for the coffee. Or perhaps you are a parent whose little love has never slept soundly through the night and you are determined to make 2018 the year of excellent sleep for everyone involved!
Parenting experts the world over agree that one of the key components to encouraging your baby or toddler to drift swiftly into the land of nod is establishing a predictable bath and bedtime routine. By ......read more
Dubai, UAE, December 7, 2017: To celebrate the end of the UEFA Champions League group stage, Nissan surprised football fans on their way to a match by challenging them to put their playing skills and knowledge of Europe’s biggest club competition to the test.
Teaming up with former stars and UCL legends Marcel Desailly and Mario Basler, Nissan took to the streets of London and Munich to find fans who would have what it takes to not only answer a series of tough questions on the history of the UEFA Champions League but also test their football skills against Nissan’s formidable Crossover the New X-Trail.
Those fans capable of rising to the challenge won tickets to the matchday 6 crucial final group games at both Chelsea and FC Bayern München.
Nissan announced a three-year extension to its ......read more
Sir Patrick Stewart, Cate Blanchett, Wahid Hamid, Irrfan Khan, Hend Sabri and Sonam Kapoor, amongst the stars who walked the DIFF Opening Carpet Youssra, Mona Wassef, Aida Riad, Abdel Rahman Abu Zahra, Safeya Al Omary, Ahmed Helmy, Ahmad Ezz, Menna Shalaby, Olga Kurylenko, Claes Bang, Vanessa Williams also in attendance, shining a spotlight on global cinema
Dubai, 7 December 2017: The Dubai International Film Festival opened its doors with a star-studded Opening Gala at the Madinat Jumeirah on December 6th. Local, regional and international talent graced the red carpet on the inaugural night of the eight-day festival for the MENA premiere of Scott Cooper’s Western masterpiece, ‘Hostiles’, starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike. The film was the first of more than 140 works from 51 countries ......read more
Dubai, UAE, December 6, 2017: The 2017-2018 Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club season moves into top gear when the UAE’s only Royal Polo Club hosts the prestigious 17th Emirates Open Polo Championship International this month.
Officially presented by Maserati – Premier Motors, the tournament starts on Sunday, December 10 and culminates in the grand final on Friday, December 22.
The Emirates Open is widely regarded as one of the region’s most important polo events as it attracts some of the world’s top professional players.
Five leading teams will compete in the 14 goal handicap level tournament which was first held in 2000.
Teams participating in this year’s Emirates Open are the Maserati Polo Team, Habtoor Polo Team, Desert Palm Polo Team, Abu Dhabi Polo Team and UAE Polo ......read more
Three of the Maldives luxury resorts Amilla Fushi, Huvafen Fushi and Finolu offering blissful vacations
Favorite brand to the stars, Issa with House of Fraser to debut its latest collection
Fine Jewellery Label INTISARS Debuts on the Red Carpet
Dubai, UAE, December 6, 2017: As Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) gears up to celebrate its 14th edition (6-13 December),the team at the DIFF VIP lounge are busy once again preparing to welcome the celebrity guests in their usual luxurious style. Back for its sixth year, the lounge has brought on board luxury wine and spirits boutique Le Clos as the hospitality host serving up drinks from brands such as Patron, Macallan and Aperol in a glamorous bar area fit for celebrities and VIP guests . They will also be introducing their boutique gin range as well as a selection of fine ......read more
14th Festival will welcome incredible lineup of films and stars with 140 works screened over eight days
Dubai Film Market brings exceptional opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking with 28 industry talks, panel discussions, masterclasses and events
Tickets on sale now at www.diff.ae, VOX at Mall of the Emirates, Madinat Theatre and Madinat Arena
Four awards will be presented on opening night to Wahid Hamed, Sir Patrick Stewart, Irrfan Khan and Cate Blanchett
Dubai, 05 December 2017: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will celebrate the magic of cinema once again this December, as film fans, international stars and rising talent descend on the Emirate for the opening of its 14th edition on December 6th. Over the next eight days, an incredible mix of films and forums ......read more
Dubai, UAE, December 4, 2017: With a view to propagate the message of peace to the world, The Islamic Art Forum in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Art Hub opened their “Verses of Peace” Exhibition showcasing works of well known artists around the globe including the work of Syrian artist Aksam Talla and Salvatore Savoca from Italy, Mohammad Althagafi from Saudi Arabia.
At the opening night, the gallery displayed works closely interlinked to the world of Islam, Islamic Art and its forms. Some of the devoured pieces at the exhibition include replicas of:
The Lock and Key of the Holy Ka’ba
The Sword of Prophet Muhammad
Also displayed at the exhibition are Saudi sculptures by Saudi Artist Mohammed Althagafi: The peace and purity
Italian sculptures by Salvatore Savoca: The peace and freedom
Speaking on ......read more
Ecolog-sponsored KF Shkëndija Tetovo to face AC Milan for a place in the UEFA Europa League
August 15th, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Ecolog, a Dubai-based leading provider of supply chain, construction, technology, facility management, and environmental services, will celebrate a sponsorship milestone this week as Macedonia’s KF Shkëndija Tetovo heads to Italy to play European giants AC Milan in the UEFA Europa League playoffs.
The 2011 winners of the Macedonian First League and the Macedonian Football Super Cup had an interesting run in the UEFA qualifiers so ......read more
Students from Elite Private School, Abu Dhabi won the prize under ‘Global Citizen’ category for their video titled ‘Afflictions’
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The team from Elite Private school Abu Dhabi clinched the winning spot under the ‘Global Citizen’ category in the Kid Witness News (KWN) Contest 2017, organized by Panasonic. The award ceremony this time was held as a part of the first-ever KWN Global Summit 2017 Week, held in Tokyo from August 1 to 5.
Two Grand Prix winners and winners of six other categories were also felicitated at the event, ......read more
A contemporary look at a vampire in a different mould
Dubai, 15th August 2017: DIFF365@VOX powered by du presents audiences with Michael O'Shea's brilliant and intense debut feature The Transfiguration, which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. The atmospheric vampire thriller set against the grit of New York City will darken the screen at DIFF365 at VOX Cinemas (cinema 9), Mall of the Emirates from from 24th August until 6th September 2017.
The Transfiguration follows troubled teen Milo (Eric Ruffin) who hides behind his fascination ......read more
13 August 2017, Abu Dhabi: The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery (NYUAD Art Gallery) is pleased to announce their upcoming autumn 2017 and spring 2018 exhibitions. In the autumn, Inventing Downtown New York: Artist-Run Galleries, 1952–1965 will open to the public on October 4, bringing to Abu Dhabi a major collection of historical artworks organized by the Grey Art Gallery, New York University’s fine art museum in New York City. Then, spring of 2018 will see a landmark, mid-career retrospective of art world duo Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, featuring artworks and site-specific ......read more
The Middle East PR Association Awards will celebrate region’s ‘Super Stories, Super Storytellers’ on 6 November
Entries to be judged by expanded jury of top regional PR industry leaders
Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 10 August, 2017: Entries open today for the ninth annual Middle East Public Relations Association Awards.
MEPRA is the regional trade association for communicators. MEPRA’s annual awards are the ultimate recognition by the regional industry of its best communications work.
The 2017 awards will be judged by a newly-expanded jury of the leading ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10 August 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has hosted a calligraphy workshop at the Erada Center for Treatment & Rehab in Dubai. The workshop was held on 25th and 26th July, hosted under the supervision of calligraphers Abdul Fattah Mohammad Malha and Mr. Abdul Khaliq Ayat Ibreza, and attended by Erada Center patients and employees.
This type of initiative is aligned with Dubai Culture’s wider efforts to improve lives in Dubai and enhance the ......read more
The MoU ratifies the naming of Sharjah as the World Book Capital 2019
Dubai, UAE, August 8, 2017: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has recently been signed by Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President of the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), Head of Sharjah’s World Book Capital Organising Committee; and Irina Bokova, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in Paris.
The MoU aims to enhance cooperation in culture, especially in organising events and launching initiatives that ......read more
Winter returns to winning ways in Masters
Dubai, UAE, 8 August 2017: After a series of previous appearances on the lower steps of the podium, Ahmed Al Hammadi finally secured the top step with a convincing win during the Sodi World Series (SWS) race night on Monday (7 August) at the Dubai Kartdrome.
Veteran racer Carsten Winter returned to the podium with a Masters triumph, denying Mohammed Ismail a third consecutive victory.
A special race format was introduced for the evening, which included two points scoring heats followed by a winner-take-all final race.
Coming ......read more
Dubai: Monday, 8th August, 2017: With a stable mind set and a rich portfolio of experience across multi-national, local & regional brands, Alisa D’souza, Owner & PR Consultant at ALISA PR brings in a perfect blend of professionalism, strategic perspective, hard-core PR operations, extensive knowledge of the region’s media industry, client relationship management, creativity, team leadership, and hands on experience in PR & Social Media across all verticals of business in the UAE & Middle East region.
ALISA PR service offerings include: Strategy & ......read more
A selection of young UAE Team Emirates riders will tackle Colorado Springs – Denver route
United Arab Emirates. Monday, 08 August 2017: Six UAE Team Emirates riders will feature at the inaugural Colorado Classic race from August 10 – 13, 2017. Making his race debut, Emirati rider Yousif Mirza will be joined by Italian riders Simone Petilli, Edward Ravasi and Seid Lizde - a young trainee joining UAE Team Emirates from team Colpack for the second part of the season - and Norweigian Vegard Stake Laengen.
Confirming the line-up, UAE Team Emirates’ Sporting ......read more
The workshops and sessions aim to raise awareness of UAE heritage
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 07 August 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has kick started its ‘Summer Heritage’ event, which is designed for students wishing to make the most of their free time during the summer break. The event which is taking place at the Al Rashidiya branch of the Dubai Public Library began on the 06th of August and will run till the 17th August 2017.
The event aims to educate all ......read more
By Maria Baghdoyan, Corporate Nutritionist, Nestlé Middle East
Breastfeeding is by all means the best way to nourish your baby from the day he/she’s born.
The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life, and continued breastfeeding up to two years or for as long as possible.
Why breastfeeding is best
The secret lies in the breastmilk, which consists of a special mixture of antibodies and nutrients and provides many health benefits for your baby. What makes breastmilk even more unique is the fact that ......read more
Rui Costa finishes in General Classification top 10, whilst Modolo records stage victory
Sunday, 6 August 2017, United Arab Emirates: UAE Team Emirates’ riders produced a series of strong performances at the Tour of Poland, with Portuguese rider Rui Costa finishing in the General Classification top 10, whilst teammate Sacha Modolo notched up a stage victory.
Making his first appearance for UAE Team Emirates since the Tour of Switzerland in June, Rui Costa was in fine form and looked to improve as the Tour progressed, with two top ten finishes ......read more
5 August—5 October 2017
Gallery 1 & Gallery 2
Al Mureijah Square
Sharjah Art Foundation invites you to Vantage Point Sharjah 5 (VPS5), the fifth iteration of Sharjah Art Foundation’s (SAF) annual initiative, supporting the practice of photography within the GCC. The aim is to foster the development of local and regional photographers and to encourage their engagement with one another as well as the wider cultural communities in the Emirates and the GCC.
This edition will feature photographs centred on the theme of Architecture and Urban Landscape. As in previous ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 03 August 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has launched ‘Namaa’ – an internal paper recycling project that encourages the Authority’s employees to reuse paper and reduce waste.
‘Namaa’ has been launched by Dubai Culture’s corporate social responsibility team across the Authority, and will see all paper recycled into new materials. The project aims to help Dubai Culture achieve sustainability and avoid wasting resources by ......read more
Video Now and Future is a series about raising the bar on mobile video creativity. For the second post, we’re partnering with Facebook’s Creative Shop—a team of creative strategists who help our industry part- ners unlock the creative potential of our platforms —to walk you through how to repurpose your TV assets for the mobile environment on Facebook and Instagram.
Attention on mobile is vastly different
Mobile video is exploding: Over half of all video views are on mobile [Inc. 2016, “Why 2017 Will Be the Year of Online ......read more
Honouring seven-year-old Mahra Al Shehi for her enthusiastic participation and inspiring journey with HH Sheikh Mohammed
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 02 August 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has successfully concluded its ‘SIKKA Around the City’ creative workshops, which ran from 24th to 28th July and encouraged children to express themselves through artistic activities including ‘3D Doodling’, ‘Sculpture & Shadow’ and ‘Photograms.’ ......read more
Located above Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo’s main tank, the new OLED screen received three Guinness World Records titles
Dubai, UAE; August 2, 2017: Emaar Entertainment, the leisure and entertainment subsidiary of Emaar Properties, has unveiled a record-breaking organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen above Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.
The screen has successfully received three Guinness World Records titles, in partnership with LG; another exciting advancement in Emaar Entertainment’s ongoing commitment to providing world-class edutainment using ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 2 2017: Calling on all cricket fans, City Centre Al Shindagha is inviting shoppers to experience a new immersive virtual reality game, Pitch Hero from July 28 – August 10. Mall visitors can show off their batting skills to score four out of six balls to win instant prizes.
From 3pm – 10pm on weekdays and 12pm – 10pm on weekends shoppers who spend AED50 at mall dining outlets, AED100 at any mall retailer and AED300 at Carrefour, can redeem their tokens to play at the customer service desk. Pitch Hero winners will receive mall gift ......read more
Ben Swift finishes 13th, narrowly missing out on a top ten finish at Prudential Ride London
Monday, 31 July 2017, United Arab Emirates: UAE Team Emirates’ Ben Swift was unlucky to miss out on a top 10 place at the Briton’s homecoming race in London, as a bunched sprint finish crossed the line, having been in the saddle for just over four hours.
The breakaway group of Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-SEGA Fredo) looked as though they had seen off the sprinters, but a last minute dash from Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha – Alpecin) ......read more
UAE Team Emirates’ rider secures first place on Stage Two and rises to third place in the General Classification
Dubai, UAE, July 31, 2017: Team Press Release, Monday 31st July: Sacha Modolo gave UAE Team Emirates a stage win at the Tour of Pologne and in doing so breaks into the General Classification (GC) top three. The Italian sprinted to victory in what was a closely fought battle across the 142km course, from Tarnowskie Gory to Katowice, with the Venetian sprinter prevailing over Danny Van Poppel (Sky), whose second place finish made him the new leader in the ......read more
Dubai, UAE, July 31, 2017: Memac Ogilvy, the leading advertising and public relations agency in MENA, succeeded to partner with Zain Iraq, part of Zain Group – the leading telecom and mobile data service provider across MENA, to offer communication services following a lengthy review with competitors. Held at Zain Iraq headquarters in Baghdad, the signing ceremony was attended by senior executives from Zain Iraq and Memac Ogilvy Beirut marking the strategic communication partnership including advertising, public relations and social media.
Based on tough standards and lengthy ......read more
Fifty youngsters enjoy sightseeing tour around the capital and meet with cast from Masha & the Bear on Ice
Abu Dhabi, July 31, 2017: Stars from Masha & the Bear on Ice, in the UAE capital for Abu Dhabi Summer Season (ADSS), gave young orphans their first skating lessons on a special day out as part of the UAE’s Year of Giving.
The day-long visit, organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) along with the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) in Dubai, saw the children visit the martyrs’ memorial Wahat Al Karama and Sheikh Zayed ......read more
Part of Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre Programme 2017-2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 31 July 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has announced the launch of a ‘Best Script Award’ as part of its programme for the Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre 2017. The competition will take place under a ‘Year of Giving 2017’ theme and see the winner’s work produced during National Day celebrations; it is one of a series of new initiatives that have been introduced to ......read more
DSC Eagles will cater for both boys and girls at youth, junior and senior levels with twice-weekly training sessions, matches and more
DSC Eagles’ training sessions take place every Monday and Wednesday evening at Dubai Sports City’s Sports Park
DUBAI, 30 JULY 2017: Ahead of the 2017/18 rugby season Dubai Sports City has launched a brand new rugby team, the Dubai Sports City Eagles (DSC Eagles), a community-led rugby team which aims to bring people together through sport.
The DSC Eagles will have youth, junior and senior divisions and ......read more
Saturday 29 July, UAE Team Emirates: UAE Team Emirates is pleased to announced the signing of three young trainee riders; Seid Lizde, Aleksandr Riabushenko and Francesco Romano – effective from Tuesday 1st August.
Francesco Romano (Italy) and Aelksandr Riabushenko (Belarus) join from Team Palazzago, whilst Seia Lizde (Italy) joins from Colpack.
Each year, UCI World Tour teams can recruit three riders from the Under-23 category with the possibility of each featuring in a professional race.
The trio will join UAE Team Emirates for the second part of ......read more
Briton Ben Swift leads strong six-man line-up
United Arab Emirates. Thursday, 27 July 2017: Fresh from competing in last week’s Tour de France, UAE Team Emirates’ resident Brit, Ben Swift will lead the charge as the team compete in the newly appointed UCI World Tour race, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
Amongst the UAE Team Emirates line-up are Italian riders Simone Consonni, Federico Zurlo, Filippo Ganna, Oliviero Troia, Slovenian Marko Kump and Norweigian Vegard Stake Laengen, whom like Swift, also competed at La Grande Boucle.
Fondly remembering his ......read more
If you don't know Fun City as yet, your kids certainly do. And the huge, fun play areas, all across the city have an incredible membership deal available right now.
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This includes UNLIMITED access to the Play Zone and Fun and Learn centers at every Fun ......read more
Rui Costa leads General Classification charge, with teammate Modolo on hunt for sprint victories
United Arab Emirates. Wednesday, 26 July 2017: Former World Champion, Rui Costa will be leading the charge for UAE Team Emirates at the upcoming Tour de Pologne (Tour of Poland). The Portuguese rider, making his race debut, will be joined by Italians Sacha Modolo, Valerio Conti and Roberto Ferrari, Moroccan Anass Ait El Abdia, Slovenian Matej Mohoric and Pole Przemyslaw Niemiec.
Commenting on his Tour de Pologne debut, the 2017 Abu Dhabi Tour champion Rui Costa said: ......read more
Louis Meintjes and Diego Ulissi to lead charge at the hilly post-Tour Classic
United Arab Emirates. Tuesday, 25 July 2017: UAE Team Emirates is thrilled to announce its rider line up for the 37th edition of Clásica de San Sebastián, taking place on Saturday 29th July.
Amongst the UAE Team Emirates line-up are riders who have recently competed in the Tour de France, including; South African rider and eighth place Tour finisher, Louis Meintjes, Italians Diego Ulissi and Matteo Bono, and Croatian Kristijan Durasek. Joining the riders will be UAE’s Yousif ......read more
Call for entries now open across 29 categories, including new addition: ‘Renaissance’
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 27, 2017: The ninth edition of the MENA Effie Awards (Effies) is set to take place on November 15, 2017. The awards programme was launched to honour the most effective marketing efforts in the region and the ceremony is expected to attract more than 2,000 attendees, including the best marketing and advertising minds in the Middle East.
The call for entries is now open across 29 categories, including a new addition for this year – ......read more
Second Consecutive Masters Victory for Ismail
Dubai, UAE, 25 July 2017: Following six weeks off due to injury, Rami Azzam returned to Sodi World Series (SWS) racing on Monday night (24 July) at Dubai Kartdrome and was right back to his winning ways with a Senior Cup triumph. Mohammed Ismail continued his domination of the Masters category, nabbing his second class win in a row.
A new, smaller circuit configuration, dubbed the Speedway Circuit, was announced for this round and a full grid of 30 Senior Cup and Masters drivers turned up to try it out.
A hand injury hauled ......read more
Saturday Night Live’s Kyle Mooney stars in Dave McCary's feature debut
Dubai, 23 July 2017: DIFF365@VOX powered by du once again brings UAE cinema fans one of the world’s top independent films. Following Andrew Rossi’s fashion-themed non-fiction “The First Monday in May”, the all-year around initiative lightens the mood with a cuddly comedy. “Brigsby Bear” is Saturday Night Live’s (SNL) Dave McCary’s debut feature starring his childhood friend and colleague at SNL, Kyle Mooney, along with famed voice and film actor Mark ......read more
IPSOS ranks B4U plus the second most viewed channel in the Middle East
UAE– July 20, 2017: The leading Bollywood entertainment channel, B4U Plus today announced that it is ranked the second most preferred and viewed Asian entertainment channel in the UAE by the leading market research company, IPSOS.
In its recent affluent survey, IPSOS has ranked B4U Plus second - due to its highly engaging content and popularity among females from the age group of 25 – 44. In addition, it popular ‘Star Stop’ programme (airs every Saturdays at 19:00 hours) which ......read more
Dubai, UAE, July 20, 2017: Canadian University Dubai and Sylvain Tremblay, a Montreal/New York based artist and former lecturer in Art History at the University, recently premiered a documentary titled The Master Project: Leonardo Da Vinci, which follows the life of the renowned Renaissance artist at the Chateau du Close Luce in Amboise, France.
The documentary follows Tremblay as he explores Leonardo Da Vinci’s life from his birth in Tuscany to his death at the Chateau du Close Luce. The film was shown by the Chateau as part of their 500th anniversary celebrations. In ......read more
Today, Facebook has rolled out the ability for Pages to create new Facebook Groups, or to link existing Facebook Groups with their Page. This feature began testing in April and is now available globally.
This new tool will help the nearly 10 million Page admins who also administer a Group to build communities and drive authentic conversations in Groups around their business, brand, or non-profit as their Page identity.
Leading AV brands look to capitalise from promising ME region
Dubai, UAE: Already the Middle East region's premier exhibition for the pro-AV, events and entertainment industry, Prolight + Sound Middle East 2017, is expecting to attract more than 40 exhibitors, representing close to100 brands from over eleven countries, drawn in by the exciting potential held out by the many mega events scheduled for the near future, as well as the rapidly growing events industry with its demand for the latest in professional AV equipment.
"The Middle East, with its rapid evolvement as a ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 19 July 2017: The Etihad Museum commemorates one of the most important moments in the UAE’s history – the birth of the nation at the 1971 Union Agreement. The seven Founding Fathers, whose inspiring lives are celebrated at the museum with a dedicated display. By sharing the personal history and belongings of these pioneering men, the Etihad Museum brings the story to life for visitors and gives them a human insight into the events surrounding this historical event.
The Founding Fathers display begins with Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al ......read more
Weather wreaks havoc for riders as UAE Team Emirates’ Meintjes retains eighth in GC standings
19 July 2017, United Arab Emirates: UAE Team Emirates’ Louis Meintjes has held on to eighth place in the General Classification (GC) standings after strong crosswinds marred stage 16 of the Tour de France. With 15km to go and the peloton splitting, Meintjes joined fellow GC contender Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) at the back of the pack, finishing the race in 29th place.
Australian Michael Matthew (Team Sunweb) took the stage victory in a photo finish ......read more
TCA Abu Dhabi launches programme of performing arts showcasing contemporary culture
Abu Dhabi, UAE – 18 July 2017: Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is launching a series of live performing art shows called ‘Abu Dhabi Unplugged’ to allow young people to display their innovative talents, creativity, skills and abilities in public.
The initial event, being held on Friday July 21st at Yas Mall from 5pm until 10pm, will be the first in a programme of similar performances in the emirate to provide a platform for youngsters ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 18 July, 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate's dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has launched the second edition of its reading corner at Modhesh World – Dubai’s ultimate indoor fun destination for families and kids. Following the success of last year’s reading corner, the new edition features an expanded range of educational and entertainment activities for children alongside Dubai Summer Surprises at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The reading corner allows children and their parents ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 18 July 2017: The Etihad Museum has been a very prestigious landmark in the UAE since its inspection and tells the story of the 1971 Union Agreement through the eyes of the Founding Fathers. The museum honours the Founding Fathers dedication, commitment and patriotism by showcasing their achievements and some of their private collections while inviting individuals from all walks of life to follow their shining example in everyday life.
The museum’s story begins with the Founding Fathers display, which features majestic portraits of the seven ......read more
Abu Dhabi-UAE: 17 July, 2017: A delegation from Abu Dhabi University’s Dubai Campus (ADU) recently met with representatives from the Welfare & Rehabilitation for People of Determination Department at the Ministry of Community Development to discuss opportunities for collaboration in identifying and developing the talents of people with special needs on par with international standards in education and vocational training.
During the visit, the delegation headed by Dr. Ibrahim Sidawi, Director of ADU’s Dubai campus, offered insights into the University’s diverse ......read more
Italian Ulissi sprints to second place, securing team’s best result of the Tour
17 July 2017, United Arab Emirates: UAE Team Emirates’ Diego Ulissi produced an inspirational ride to grab second place on stage 15 and in doing so, recorded the best result for the team on this year’s Tour. The Italian looked full of confidence as he joined the counter-attacking group early on in the race and was successful in the sprint finish, overcoming three other riders in the battle to the finish line.
There was also good news for UAE Team ......read more
UAE Team Emirates’ Louis Meintjes maintains top ten whilst teammate Marcato finishes in top 20
16 July 2017, United Arab Emirates: Stage 14 saw UAE Team Emirates’, Louis Meintjes hold on to his ninth position in the overall General Classification standings whilst Italian teammate Marco Marcato finished amongst the top 20. This stage saw Chris Froome (Team Sky) regain the Maillot Jaune with an 18 second lead between him and his next rival Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team). The stage was won by Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) who finished 15 and 25 seconds ahead of UAE ......read more
A full programme of educational and entertaining activities across five branches of Dubai Public Library
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 15 July 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate's dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage – has announced the launch of its ‘Our Summer is filled with Culture & Arts’ 2017 Programme at the Dubai Public Library. The activities will be held across five Dubai Public Library branches and will start on the 16th of July and will run till the 10th of August 2017.
Dubai Public Library ......read more
South African Louis Meintjes finished in top five of the 12th stage of the Tour de France moving to tenth in the GC
Dubai, UAE, July 15, 2017: Stage 12 came to a conclusion with UAE Team Emirates’ Louis Meintjes taking fifth place as part of the leaders group crossing the finish line, moving him up to tenth position in the overall General Classification of Tour de France.
The stage was won by Romain Bardet (Fra) (AG2R La Monidale) whilst Fabio Aru (Ita) (Astana Pro Team) clinched the GC lead taking the Maillot Jaune from Chris Froome (Team Sky) after he ......read more
Abu Dhabi, UAE – 15 July 2017: Rashid Al Dhaheri, overcame one of the toughest fields in junior international karting with a stunning performance to win the fourth edition of the Trofeo Adria Raceway, in Italy on Sunday this weekend.
The nine year-old triumphed over a field of over 50 international drivers in the Mini Class, aged between 8-12, the majority of whom were from the top Italian junior categories and the prestigious WSK championship. After two days of practice and testing, the Abu Dhabi schoolboy signalled his intent early by claiming pole position in qualifying on a ......read more
Italian Marcato led breakaway for 175km of stage 11, whilst teammate Swift sprints to top 10 finish
15 July 2017, United Arab Emirates: UAE Team Emirates’ Marco Marcato produced an exciting attacking display during stage 11 of the Tour de France, leading the breakaway for over 175km of the 203.5km race. Fellow UAE Team Emirates rider, Ben Swift also had a promising race, finishing ninth amongst General Classification (GC) contenders in a solid sprint finish.
It was another stage win for Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) whose breath-taking sprint to the ......read more
Sharjah-based crafts council launches pop-up store with Fenwick of Bond Street
UAE Ambassador to the UK: Irthi pop-up store represents UAE’s rich aesthetic experience and heritage
Dubai, UAE, July 15, 2017: Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council launched yesterday (Tuesday) its pop-up retail space in collaboration with luxury department store Fenwick of Bond Street, in London, reinforcing its status as a leading platform for designers in the United Arab Emirates to reach a key global audience.
On the occasion of the launch, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, ......read more