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
Dubai, UAE, December 4, 2017: Following a successful debut last year, the Dubai International Rhythmic Gymnastics - DuGym Cup is back, promising a bigger and better show this weekend.
Organised by DuGym Rhythmic Gymnastics, UAE’s first club of its sort, and supported by the Dubai Sports Council, the second edition of the tournament, which had attracted 285 gymnasts from 21 countries last year, will be held at the Al Manara Sports Hall in Jumeirah from December 7-9.
The DuGym Cup 2017 is set to raise the benchmark further this weekend with more than 450 participants, aged 5 to 16, from 17 countries, including 62 teams – five of which are from the UAE – competing for 48 gold medals in the individual categories and 12 in team disciplines.
The event has attracted a world-renowned panel of judges as well, ......read more
Dubai, 04 December 2017: The Dubai International Film Festival is pleased to announce that Quantum Global are the latest sponsor to join the roster of benefactors at the Festival’s 14th edition. Quantum Global partner with DIFF to sponsor the Muhr Awards – now entering its twelfth year of competition – a showcase that honours the best of cinema from the United Arab Emirates and the Arab World. The Muhr competition will run throughout the DIFF which takes place from 6-13 December, 2017, and will feature a wide variety of films across Muhr Feature, Muhr Shorts, Muhr Gulf Shorts, and Muhr Emirati categories, with prizes being awarded, by an esteemed jury, to the best projects on 13 December at the Muhr Awards ceremony.
Launched in 2007, Quantum Global is a trusted and recognised partner for investment management, ......read more
Dubai, 04 December 2017: The Dubai International Film Festival welcomes one of India’s most prominent and celebrated actors ever, Irrfan Khan, to receive the DIFF Honorary Award in commendation of his contributions to film throughout an illustrious and imperious career that began over 30 years ago. With his name emblazoned on the world stage Irrfan Khan, the former Muhr AsiaAfrica Award winner for ‘Best Actor – Feature’ for the Lunchbox in 2008, returns to DIFF to have his undeniable talents celebrated once more when he is presented with the DIFF Honorary Award on 13, December, 2017.
Irrfan Khan began his acting career working in Indian Cinema, starring in a number of TV Series, and the Academy Award-nominated Salaam Bombay!. Khan first gained international acclaim for his role in The Warrior (2001), a ......read more
‘Belad Alkhair’ sings about the love of the homeland
Dubai, 4 December 2017: Global Village, the region’s first and largest multi-cultural festival park, commenced on Friday the celebrations for the 46th National Day of the UAE with the epic performance of "Belad Alkhair", which is one of the largest theater production in the history of the Global Village as an ode to the UAE National Day.
The play saw a huge engagement by the guests on the first day of its presentation, interacting with the innovative experience offered. Where the content of ‘Belad Alkhair’ spans over six scenes that reflect the history of giving and goodness in the UAE. The play opens with a song about UAE traditions and continues as a poetry epic by Emirati poet Abdullah Saleh.
The scenes ......read more
The Al Balooshi brothers in emphatic victory, complete a first and second double in the events closest finish
Dubai, 4 December, 2017: The third edition of the National Day Camel Marathon was held on Sunday, December 3rd, at Dubai International Endurance City in Seih Al-Salam, Dubai. With 42 participants, who set off in the early hours of the morning, around a challenging 25km desert course.
The marathon, organized by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center, is held annually in cooperation with the Dubai Camel Racing Club, as part of UAE’s National Day celebrations. In celebration of the 46th National Day this year, the third edition, saw the riders displaying their full range of skills, with the finest performances along the course, as a testament to their true heritage.
On the occasion, Ms. Souad Ibrahim ......read more
South African moves up to 11th place in the overall General Classification after a tough stage nine
Dubai, UAE, July 10, 2017: One of the toughest stages on this year’s Tour saw UAE Team Emirates’ Louis Meintjes moving up in the General Classification and Youth Classification to place 11th and second respectively. The stage was won by Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) while Chris Froome (Team Sky) retained the Yellow Jersey.
Speaking after the stage the South African UAE Team Emirates’ rider said: “Today was terrible but the team ......read more
South African secures 12th place in stage eight as riders gear up for the biggest test on the Tour
9 July 2017, United Arab Emirates: UAE Team Emirates’ Louis Meintjes finished 12th on stage eight of the Tour, in what were challenging conditions for all riders. With temperatures again hitting 30 degrees and the most difficult test to come – tomorrow’s stage nine – General Classification (GC) contenders failed to make any headway in the race for the yellow jersey.
Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) was able to open up a ......read more
Andrew Rossi's film gives the audience an inside look at the infamous Met Gala
Dubai, 09 July 2017: The independent cinema initiative, DIFF365@VOX powered by du has revealed the latest addition to its global line-up, Andrew Rossi’s non-fiction, “The First Monday in May”. After a peak into Egyptian cinema through “Ali, the Goat, and Ibrahim”, the initiative travel halfway around the globe to urban hub New York City. Showcasing a unique collide of art, fashion, commerce and celebrity, Rossi takes audiences behind the elite event in early May at ......read more
Italian Mori produces another attacking display for UAE Team Emirates during stage seven of the Tour de France
Friday, 8 July 2017, United Arab Emirates: UAE Team Emirates produced another attacking display on stage seven of the Tour de France as Italian, Manuele Mori headed the breakaway group for over 200km. The flat nature of today’s stage suited the sprinters as they finished in Nuits-Saint-Georges. German, Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) produced another sprinting masterclass to clinch victory in the final metres.
Mori, whose father Primo ......read more
Thrilling ride from UAE Team Emirates’ Norwegian in 210km three-man breakaway
Thursday, 6 July 2017, United Arab Emirates: UAE Team Emirates’ Vegard Stake Laengen put up a thrilling attacking display during stage six of the Tour to win the award for the most aggressive rider of the day and will go into stage seven wearing the red numbered bib. A breakaway specialist, the Norwegian – who is competing in his first Tour de France - formed part of the three-man breakaway group that went on to head the race for over 210km. The group were eventually caught just ......read more
Underwater, aquatic themed indoor attraction invites families to venture into a maritime deep-sea of fun this summer season
Dubai, UAE, July 6, 2017: City Walk, the urban living destination by Meraas, continues to entertain families over the hot summer months with the opening of ‘Under the Sea’, an interactive underwater themed experience launching in celebration of the 2017 Dubai Summer Surprises. From the 7th of July 2017 until the 12th of August, ‘Under the Sea’ will take over City Walk, bringing together elements of the ocean to create a truly unique and ......read more
UAE Team Emirates’ Louis Meintjes finishes 11th to rise 100 places in General Classification
Wednesday, 5 July 2017, United Arab Emirates: UAE Team Emirates’ Louis Meintjes put in a strong display amongst the climbers on stage five of the Tour de France, crossing the finish line in 11th place, only denied a top 10 finish by Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), who had started the day wearing the yellow jersey, only to see it taken by team mate Christopher Froome at the end of this stage. The result boosts Meintjes 100 places to 13th in the General ......read more
DUBAI, 5 July 2017: In its efforts to enhance innovation and to empower the youth, the Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC) launched a “Design Competition”. The open call is for participants to design HHC’s stand at the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) 2017.
The competition is open to male and female participants living in the UAE within the age group of 18-30. Applicants need to register either through the website or via an email.
“Since the Center is specialized in preserving heritage, immensely using ......read more
UAE Team Emirates’ Ben Swift denied a top 10 finish following controversial crash in finishing sprint
Tuesday, 5 July 2017, United Arab Emirates: UAE Team Emirates’ Ben Swift was denied a top 10 finish on stage four of the Tour de France as the rider was caught up in a controversial crash, metres from the finish. Fellow UAE Team Emirates rider Maneule Mori was fortunate to avoid the crash and went on to finish the race in 8th place. As a results of the crash, Peter Segan (BORA – Hansgrohe) has been disqualified from the Tour.
Today’s ......read more
Services enhancement team meets with six government entities to learn from their ideas and suggestions for upgrading the Authority’s support services
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 04 July 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has hosted a focus group aimed at enhancing its culture and arts support services. The meeting was held in the presence of a number of Dubai Culture’s stakeholders and was led by the Authority’s internal services enhancement team, which drew opinions, ideas and ......read more
By Naomi Gleit, VP of Social Good
Dubai, UAE, June 29, 2017: Today, we reached a new milestone: there are now two billion people connecting and building communities on Facebook every month.
This wouldn't have happened without the millions of smaller communities and individuals who are sharing and making meaningful contributions every day. Each day, more than 175 million people share “love,” and on average, over 800 million people “like” something on Facebook. More than 1 billion people use Groups every month.
To show our appreciation for the many ......read more
June 29, 2017, United Arab Emirates: We are proud to announce a new important partnership, which will commence at the Tour de France. First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest financial institutions, will become one of the main partners of UAE Team Emirates, where its logo will be placed on the center and the sides of the team’s new jersey.
The new jersey will be debuted in the most important race of the year, where Diego Ulissi, Louis Meintjes and Ben Swift will be aiming for victorious wins.
FAB’s partnership is ......read more
UAE colours to adorn the legendary cycling race for the first time as Team seeks stage wins at the 104th Tour de France
United Arab Emirates. Wednesday, 28 June 2017: UAE Team Emirates will tackle its first Tour de France, the second Grand Tour of the season, this Saturday with a line-up that includes both strong Climbers and Attackers, all seeking stage wins on the ultimate test of professional cycling.
Among the UAE Team Emirates line-up is South African rider and eighth place finisher in last year’s Tour de France, Louis Meintjes, who will be ......read more
June 27, 2017: Orient Planet, an award-winning and a leading public relations (PR) and marketing communications agency based in Dubai, has recently been awarded with an ‘A’ rating as a Dubai SME Rated Business, receiving a certificate from Dubai SME following a rigorous review of its business under the Dubai SME Rating Framework--a ratings system initiative that aims to provide a comprehensive review of small and medium enterprises’ (SMEs) performance based on financial and non-financial criteria.
The Dubai SME, an integrated division of the Department of Economic ......read more
A number of UAE Team Emirates’ riders will battle it out for their respective National Championships this week. Individual time trial and road race events will be contested by 16 of our riders across four countries on Friday 23rd June and Sunday 25th June, with Przemysław Niemiec kicking things off on Friday as he goes in search of a Polish Road race title.
Champion riders earn the right to wear a distinctive jersey or skinsuit with their national colours on them for the next 12 months and later on have the colours of their nation adorning their sleeves.
Two ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 21 June 2017: Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has announced the July workshops of the Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre 2017, including three that will be hosted from 2 to 23 July in collaboration with the Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts in Cairo.
The first workshop, ‘Theatrical Script Writing’, will run from 2 to 8 July at the Al Twar branch of the Dubai Public Library and cover several topics including the basics of writing theatre scripts, harnessing ......read more
MTiS celebrates the finale of the eighth annual mini-tennis initiative inspiring the next generation of UAE Tennis talent
Abu Dhabi, 21 June 2017: Following a successful run of the Mubadala Tennis in Schools (MTiS) initiative over the last five months, fifteen talented youths from local schools were selected to put their tennis skills to the test during a tournament to celebrate the programme’s finale. Taking place on Centre Court at Zayed Sport City, Abu Dhabi on 20 June 2017, the championship saw the culmination of months of hard work and dedication, from young boys ......read more
Ismail defends Masters and Al Azhari brothers sweep Junior Cup
Dubai, UAE, 20 June 2017: Champions were crowned following the fourth and final round of the Sodi World Series (SWS) 2017 Ramadan Challenge on Monday night (19 June) at the Dubai Kartdrome.
Atef Al Barwani claimed a narrow victory over Romaldo Labrooy to earn his second Ramadan Challenge Senior Cup title, with his last SWS championship win in 2015.
Keanu Al Azhari scored an emphatic double race win to seal the 2017 Ramadan Challenge Junior Cup title, with his brothers Enzo and Adam also on the podium to complete an ......read more
Portuguese World Champion Rui Costa successfully defends fifth place in final audition before Tour de France
United Arab Emirates. Tuesday, 20 June 2017: The 2017 Tour de Suisse concluded on Sunday with Portuguese World Champion and three-time Tour de Suisse winner, Rui Costa defending his fifth place in the overall General Classification. Following a good performance at Tour de Suisse, UAE Team Emirates will now look ahead to its goals for Tour de France, which is less than two weeks away.
Commenting on the results of the race the Portuguese UAE Team Emirates’ rider ......read more
#67 Ford GT takes second in GTE Pro at the Le Mans 24 Hours in thrilling finish
Marks second year in a row that Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has made the podium at the legendary event
The podium earned the #67 team double points toward the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship title
DUBAI, UAE. June 20, 2017: The #67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Andy Priaulx (GB), Harry Tincknell (GB), and Pipo Derani (BRA) grabbed the runner-up spot in the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours at the end of the final lap. Last minute struggles for the second-placed Corvette gave Tincknell ......read more
Facebook selected 3 winners from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from 60 finalists as part of the first-ever Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. The Bots for Messenger Challenge was launched on February 15th this year, in 64 countries across the wider Middle East and Africa to recognize and reward developers who were able to create the most innovative new bots on Messenger.
The 3 winners won a prize of $20,000 USD and three months of Facebook mentorship. In addition, from the Middle East and North Africa, three runner-up teams won $10,000 and three months of Facebook ......read more
The leading Ramadan event is the first of its kind in the UAE and includes eight different sports
Shaikha Al Kaabi: The tournament has established its position at the forefront of upcoming youth gatherings
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 19 June 2017: The Abu Dhabi Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel (AFOCH) – the Emirate’s leading comprehensive hospitality, entertainment and sports destinations – is currently hosting the 21st edition of its Annual Ramadan Tournament under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime ......read more
Italian sprinter places second as three-time winner Rui Costa maintains top five in General Classification
United Arab Emirates. 19 June 2017: The curtain was drawn on stage eight of the Tour de Suisse on Saturday with UAE Team Emirates’ Italian sprinter Sacha Modolo crossing the finish line in second place behind stage winner and World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora - Hansgrohe). Meanwhile three-time Tour de Suisse winner, Modolo’s teammate Rui Costa, maintained his top five position in the General Classification. The podium finish marked the second of the race ......read more
Abu Dhabi-UAE: 18 June, 2017 – Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has scooped two prestigious Association of Event Organisers (AEO) Awards at a special ceremony held in London.
The award recognised Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre as the ‘Most Sustainable Exhibition and Conference Venue’ and ExCeL London as the ‘Venue of the Year’, confirming ADNEC Group’s growing industry recognition as an international venue developer that delivers consistently excellent facilities and services to events community.
Following a record ......read more
Enjoy a summer of refreshing experiences from 20 June – 12 August at Dubai World Trade Centre
Dubai, UAE, 18 June 2017: Modhesh, the ever smiling mascot of Dubai is back to entertain families and children this summer with a very fresh, imaginative and extremely connected side of his world. This year, Modhesh World, one of the region’s most popular indoor edutainment destinations, returns with more than just things to do, as an exciting line-up of activities allows every visitor to feel relaxed, joyful, curious, and, most importantly, happy!
For 54 amazing ......read more
Over 629,000 students participate in the second round of the competition.
Riyadh: 18 June, 2017: Arab Reading Challenge (ARC) participants were honoured at a ceremony held under the patronage of the Minister of Education His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Al Isa and ARC Secretary General Najla Al Shamsi in Riyadh.
His Excellency honoured two winners in Saudi Arabia; male competition winner Mohammed Mukhtar Al Salman, in grade seven from the Eastern Region, and female competition winner Shatha Basha Al Toweirqi, in grade five from Ta’if. Al Isa also honoured the winner of ......read more
Slovenian aiming for strong GC performance at home race
United Arab Emirates. Tuesday, 13 June 2017: UAE Team Emirates’ Jan Polanc will look for a top place in the General Classification at the 24th Tour of Slovenia which starts on Thursday. The 2017 Slovenian Time Trial Champion will lead UAE Team Emirates at his home race which takes place over four days ending on Sunday.
The UAE Team Emirates’ rider said: “At the end of the Giro d'Italia I was very tired, however I continued training because I didn’t want to miss racing in my home country. I ......read more
Ismail prevails in Masters and Al Azhari brothers make Junior Cup history
Dubai, UAE, 13 June 2017: Hussain Umid Ali joined the ranks as the latest Senior Cup victor on Monday night (12 June) at Dubai Kartdrome, Mohammed Ismail earned his first Masters win and Keanu Al Azhari seized control of the Junior Cup making SWS history with his brothers in an all-sibling finish on the podium.
Senior Cup & Masters
Emirati drivers dominated Round Three with Hussain Umid Ali having a near perfect night to take the Senior Cup, and defending Masters champion Mohammed Ismail returned to ......read more
Third place on final stage propels South African into a top ten General Classification spot
Monday, 12 June 2017, United Arab Emirates: The 69th Critérium Du Dauphiné, one of the traditional curtain-raisers and preparation races for the Tour de France, concluded on Sunday with UAE Team Emirates’ Louis Meintjes finishing eighth in the overall General Classification after a third place on the final stage. Meintjes’ podium finish saw him surpass Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Andrew Talansky (Cannondale) in the final General ......read more
Black Belt winners in all categories will receive cash prizes of: 1st - $2,500 | 2nd - $1,500 | 3rd - $1,000
The Best Academy in each of the five host cities will receive cash prizes of: 1st - $3,000 | 2nd - $2,000 | 3rd - $1,000
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 12th June, 2017: The UAE Jiu-jitsu Federation® (UAEJJF), the official authority for the sport of jiu-jitsu in the United Arab Emirates, will offer cash prizes of over $125,000 in each of the four host cities [and over $200,000 at the Abu Dhabi leg of the tour] at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® Jiu-Jitsu World Tour Season ......read more
Impressive finish for UAE Team Emirates’ Swift at Critérium Du
Dauphiné stage seven as Meintjes moves into 11th in General Classification
Sunday, 11 June 2017, United Arab Emirates: UAE Team Emirates’ Ben Swift clinched a podium finish at the top of the legendary Alpe d’Huez mountain on the seventh stage of the Critérium Du Dauphiné on Saturday, as teammate Louis Meintjes moved up to 11th in the overall General Classification.
Swift took an impressive second behind former team-mate and fellow Brit Pete Kennaugh (Team Sky) who won the stage.
The ......read more
Press conference: 12.30-1.30pm, Wednesday 14 June 2017
Location: Audemars Piguet Lounge, Collectors Lounge, Art Basel
Prior Accreditation is essential for access into the lounge
Le Brassus, 6 June 2017: Audemars Piguet is delighted to announce that LA-based, American artist Lars Jan has been selected to create the 3rd Audemars Piguet Art Commission. The multidisciplinary artist will work with guest curator, Kathleen Forde to present a major new artwork during Art Basel in Miami Beach in December 2017. As Associate Partner of Art Basel, Audemars Piguet has presented ambitious works ......read more
June 11, 2017, DUBAI UAE: The PSA Dubai World Series Finals reached a thrilling conclusion tonight at Dubai Opera as England’s Laura Massaro successfully defended her title, and Egypt’s Mohamed Elshorbagy claimed his first PSA World Series Finals trophy.
The 33 year old Massaro was appearing in the final of the World Series Finals for a third time in a row and in beating World Champion Nour El Sherbini, became only the second woman after Nicol David to win two World Series Finals titles.
The pair had met earlier on in the tournament – with El Sherbini winning the ......read more
Saturday, 10 June 2017, United Arab Emirates: UAE Team Emirates celebrated twin victories in Europe on Thursday as Jan Polanc won his National Time Trial Championship at the Ljubljana-Domzale-Ljubljana in Slovenia, while hot on his heels a few hours later, Italian Sacha Modolo won the sprint stage at the Grand Prix Canton d’Argovie - Gippingen in Switzerland.
25-year old Polanc completed his time trial in 50 minutes 3 seconds ahead of Gregor Gazvoda (Champion System Pro Cycling Team) to cross the finish line as the new Slovenian Time Trial Champion. The victory was his third ......read more
2017 programme includes 10 specialised academic workshops supervised by experts from the Higher Institute of Theatrical Arts in Cairo
A more comprehensive programme will be launched in 2018 to support the requirements of the performance arts sector in Dubai and the UAE in general
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10 June, 2017: In the run up to the eleventh edition of the Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) – the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage – has announced the new festival programme for ......read more
June 10, 2017, DUBAI UAE: The PSA Dubai World Series Finals semi-finals served up all the drama usually expected on an Opera House stage tonight, as the players fought it out for a place in the final of the lucrative season-ending squash extravaganza.
And it will be two England – Egypt finals as defending champion Laura Massaro will meet World Champion Nour El Sherbini in the women’s final, and James Willstrop will play Mohamed ElShorbagy for the men’s title.
El Sherbini was the first player through to the finals after defeating World number three Camille Serme in a ......read more
79% of people in the UAE have increased video viewing on Facebook over the past year
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 8 June 2017: Mobile devices and the visual web are making beauty more transparent and accessible than ever before for women in the UAE. This has led to the emergence of real women who are shaping beauty trends alongside established beauty brands and recognized industry experts. Facebook IQ commissioned GfK combined with conversation data from Facebook and Instagram, to better understand the beauty consumer decision journey and help get to know today’s beauty ......read more
Top Talents in U18 and U16 categories train to play competitive matches against top LaLiga Youth clubs including Sevilla, UD Almeria, Granada, Malaga and Cadiz
Dubai, UAE – 8 June 2017 – du LaLiga High Performance Center (HPC) announced today the names of its top 18 talents in each of the U18 and U16 categories will be travelling to Spain in August for a 21-day intensive LaLiga training camp during which they will also play competitive matches against some of the top LaLiga youth clubs and a chance to be scouted by LaLiga clubs.
The du LaLiga HPC is committed ......read more
June 8, 2017, Dubai, UAE: Squash fans in Dubai were treated to another thrilling day’s play yesterday in the group stages in the PSA Dubai World Series Finals, and by the end of the day’s play the first semi-finalists had been decided.
The early session saw two players move one step closer to the title, with French World No.3 Camille Serme and Marwan ElShorbagy posting their second wins, all but guaranteeing them a berth in semi-finals. Serme prevailed in a thriller with World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar after beating England’s Alison Waters on Day 1, while Marwan ......read more
Three time winner Rui Costa aims for top five GC position at 81st Tour de Suisse
United Arab Emirates. Thursday, 07 June 2017: Three-time winner of Tour de Suisse, Rui Costa, will look for a top five place inthe General Classification in the 2017 edition. The Portuguese World Champion will lead UAE Team Emirates during the race which takes place over nine days in Switzerland from Saturday, 10 June until Sunday, 18 June.
The UAE Team Emirates’ rider, who has previously won three editions of the race between 2012 and 2014 said: “This is a race that I really ......read more
Renato Paratore wears a Royal Oak in steel with blue dial Ref. 15400ST.OO.1220ST.03
Dubai - UAE, Monday 7th June 2017 – Renato Paratore won his first European Tour Title in Malmö, Sweden at the Nordea Masters on Sunday June 4th. Renato displayed impressive composure under pressure as he battled to regain the lead and beat Chris Wood and Matt Fitzpatrick by one shot. He carded a 3 under for the day, finishing at 11 under for the tournament.
Having started the day one shot behind, Paratore birdied back-to-back holes before the turn and added two more birdies on the back ......read more
Sennheiser endorsed by the National Media Council (NMC) brings its state of the art hearing and visual assistance platform CinemaConnect, to DIFF 365@VOX powered by du, the exciting new film platform at Mall of the Emirates and the Festival this December
Dubai, 7 June 2017: In support of the ‘The Year of Giving', as announced by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and in line with the Dubai Disability Strategy 2020, DIFF and Sennheiser have teamed up with full endorsement from the National Media Council ......read more
June 7, 2017, DUBAI UAE: The first day of play in the PSA Dubai World Series Finals served up some spectacular squash in the stunning Dubai Opera yesterday.
The first session saw every match go to three games, and some surprise results as World Champion and top seed Karim Abdel Gawad was toppled by Simon Rosner, and three time World Champion Nick Matthew fell to Marwan ElShorbagy in ElShorbagy’s first World Series Finals match. World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar also tasted victory over former world number one Raneem El Welily, and the newly crowned Female Player of the Year ......read more
June 06, 2017 - Dubai, UAE:
There was double delight for France at the 2016/17 PSA Awards as Men's World No.1 Gregory Gaultier and Women's World No.3 Camille Serme collected the Player of Year Awards during a gala dinner at the Vida Hotel, Dubai.
On the eve of the PSA Dubai World Series Finals, Gaultier, who begins the defence of his title today (June 6) against Ali Farag, was presented with the Men's trophy following a run of form that has seen him collect six consecutive titles and go 27 matches unbeaten so far in 2017.
Gaultier narrowly edged Karim ......read more
Tournament dates announced as Abu Dhabi celebrates Women’s Golf Day
Abu Dhabi, UAE - June 6, 2017: The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open (FBMLO) will return to Saadiyat Beach Golf Club from November 1st – 4th, organizers announced today.
The tournament dates were confirmed as Abu Dhabi celebrated Women’s Golf Day with a series of events and activities at its flagship courses across the city. The global golf day initiative is hosted to help grow the game internationally and to attract women into golf.
To recognise the day, the FBMLO supported ladies’ ......read more
At Facebook, we work around the clock to help create a safe and secure community for the people who use our products each day. But security is about more than strong infrastructure. It’s also about giving you simple, helpful tools to help protect yourself. That's why over the past few weeks, we have rolled out a new security settings page that makes it easier than ever to take control of your security on Facebook.
We always try to put people at the center of design choices. So, we recently conducted some research to better understand how people used Facebook's security ......read more
Rubio wins Masters Class and Agha collects Junior Cup
Dubai, UAE, 6 June 2017: The Round Two Senior Cup at Dubai Kartdrome on Monday night (5 June) saw a return to form from Five-time Sodi World Series (SWS) UAE Champion and 2015 Ramadan Challenge title holder Atef Al Barwani, with Dario Rubio topping the Masters category of the Senior Cup and Kamal Agha scoring double win to take home the Junior Cup.
Senior Cup & Masters
After an incredible run of five dominant years in the SWS ending in 2015, local karting legend Atef Al Barwani had been out of the spotlight for the past year. ......read more
June 5, 2017, Dubai, UAE: The elite of world squash are back in Dubai this week to battle it out for one of the most prestigious and fiercely contested titles in the sport, the season-ending PSA Dubai World Series Finals, which will take place at the Dubai Opera from 6-10 June.
Only the eight top-ranked players from the PSA Road to Dubai Rankings have earned a place at the prestigious tournament, which offers a US$160,000 prize pool for both men and women. To qualify for Dubai the players had to amass points from PSA World Series tournaments held around the world in the 2016-17 ......read more
Palestinian filmmaker, Farah Nabulsi, invited to UN in New York to screen her three films, highlighting the injustice faced by Palestinians as 50th anniversary of occupation approaches
Dubai, UAE, June 4, 2017: Farah Nabulsi, the filmmaker and the daughter of Palestinians living in diaspora, has today screened her three short films in the trustee council chambers at the United Nations in New York, where she also addressed attendees, by invitation from Ambassador Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the United Nations.
The three short films that ......read more
May 31, 2017, DUBAI UAE: Egyptian World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad says he is relishing the chance to compete in the PSA Dubai World Series Finals for the first time in his career, when he will hope to cap a dream year with victory at the season-ending event taking place at Dubai Opera, June 6-10.
The 25-year-old finished top of the PSA Road to Dubai Standings after claiming maximum points at the Qatar Classic and Tournament of Champions during a season that also saw him win the PSA Men's World Championship last November. And after reaching World No.1 for the first time in his career in ......read more