Valentines Day Gift Guide from Anker

A selection of innovative practical gadgets that eases the life of your loved ones

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Anker with the perfect gift for your loved ones that lasts a lot longer than flowers and chocolates. Gifting gadgets for special occasions satisfies any personality from Anker Innovations where products range from Bluetooth speakers, headphones to power banks.The products are now in major retail stores in the Middle East.

Soundcore Flare:

Soundcore Flare is a cylindrical Portable Bluetooth speaker that provides immersive 360Oall around sound with BassUpTMTechnology. The uniquely designed Flare is water proof with IPX7 protection and comes with a beat driven ambient light show as well as offers 12 hours of continuous use on one charge. A perfect gift for someone who loves music on the go.

Liberty Air:

Liberty Air, true wireless in-ear headphones come with two built-in microphones with uplink noise cancellation and filters out ambient noises to ensure you sound crystal-clear even in noisy spaces. The latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology and a FPC antenna create a rock-solid connection for skip-free music. One-Step Pairing ensures automatic connection to your device. A seamlessly concealed sensor in both the earbuds allows you to effortlessly answer calls or adjust music without reaching for your phone. The charging case provides a longer battery life on the go for the earphones.

Soundcore Space NC:

The Soundcore Space NC, the state of the art over-the-ear headphones, are affordable, extremely comfortable and have a collapsible design making them perfect for travelling. Withleading active noise cancellation technologyand exceptional battery life, it is the perfect choice for the ultimate listening experience. The convenient touch controls on the on-ear touch pads and buttons allows users to have easy control on the music playback and effortless call answering. Soundcore Space NC is perfect for long haul listening with 20 hours playtime of uninterrupted music.

PowerCore IQ 5200mAh:

The PowerCore IQ 5200mAh is compact and perfect for charging your phone on the go. Equipped with High Speed Charging Power IQ technology, it detects the optimal and fastest charge speed required for the device.  It comes in incredibly compact candy bar size with cutting-edge technology and has enough charge to power your average smartphone up to 2 times. The intelligent high-speed charging, premium battery cells, together with advanced materials ensure reliability.

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Lebanese Pop Star Melissa will be attending the Grand Finale of the third edition of Talentology 2019

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Musician to attend Grand Finale at Mushrif Mall

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Lebanese Pop Star Melissa will be attending the Grand Finale of the third edition of Talentology 2019 at Mushrif Mall Abu Dhabi on 16thFebruary, 2019 at 6pm. Voting for twelve entrants competing for the grand prize in two categories has commenced to support young talent and stimulate growth in the creative industry.

Aravind Ravi Palode, Mall Manager of Mushrif Mall, said, “Melissa has launched successful music albums and has performed before large audiences in Dubai, Cairo, Amman and Beirut. We hope her talent and musical career will inspire our Talentology finalists this year.”

The six selected entrants in the Kids Category includeTarah Retnaraj, Jasryl Mignonette Salvador, Vishnu Badrinath, Danisha Keyla Azzahra, Ella Etemovic McKeanand Charles Henry A. Llandelar.

In the Adults Category, the talents selected include the Diversity Dance Crew, Jewel Anne Mallari, Laportedessy, Al Angelo Bernal, Dynamic Moversand Angelu Adna.The twelve finalists portfolio will is placed onwww.mushrifmall.comfor voting untilFebruary 16th.

The selected contestants will be judged for appropriate artistic attire, stage presence and presentation on the 14thand 15thof February as they perform on stage in the evenings from 6pm to 9pm at the central court of Mushrif Mall. On the 16thFebruary at 12noon the voting will end.

Talentology is an energy packed competition organised by Mushrif Mall for talented youth with a passion for success.The grand finale winners will receive AED 5,000/- worth of mall vouchers and all finalists will get AED 1,000/- mall vouchers.

Art Perspective launches the new art exhibition ‘Palette Tranquility’

New season of Art Perspective Exhibition to launch at Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts

“For an added value experience at Le Patio, we want to offer our guests a window into the world of Art presented in a modern and versatile manner with a careful selection of artists. The hotel has always been dedicated to support emerging talent and we hope the new collection will leave viewers in awe as they discover each masterpiece in a venue that is for art and culture events,” said Abdelhadi Laabi, Director of Marketing at Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts.

A graduate in spatial design from university of art and Design Olivier de Serres in Paris, Karine lives and works in the UAE and her art has been showcased in museums and galleries in the Middle East, Europe and Asia and are in private, corporate and municipal collections.

The exhibition will also showcase the work of artist Annabelle Smith Bigno from France and UK who is fascinated with how each subject fuses and connects into its surroundings. Pigments flow, diffuse and merge together over threads and a multitude of textures. This technique is then used to enhance and personalise her inspiration, which is often drawn from local themes. The result shows subject, composition and colour strike their own unique balance on canvas.

Annabelle has lived, painted and exhibited work in Oman, Venezuela, France, the US and the UAE from 2001 to 2018. In her art she likes to play with that fine line between abstract and figurative and her art is inspired by the interconnection of subjects with surrounding energy and flow – a place beyond the world of noisy human thought.

Annabelle uses fibers, collage and modeling paste to capture and re-diffuse the flow of pigment and water, which is often sprayed on or applied with a large brush. Acrylics, watercolour or vivid inks combine with rice paper and organic threads to create a magical process of fluids, textures and subtly graded hues on canvas or paper.

Artist Leila Barakat Mukhaimer will also be exhibiting her current collection, which is inspired by life and natural phenomena. The theme of her artwork is a journey through the abstractionism in nature. A dive into the radiance, color, and magnitude of what is around us.

From one piece to the next, a viewer is able to experience bursts of imagination that are all linked and inspired by the beauty and splendor of nature. Leila studied at the American University of Beirut and her love of art, drawing and painting started at a very young age.

For diversity, the exhibition will also be hosting Sculptor Anne Bester, a South African born artist who has adopted New Zealand as home country. Anneke honed her sculpting skill while working as sculptor and props sculptor on Movies including “The Hobbit”, Narnia’s “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” and many more.

Her one off delicately cast bronze sculptures seems to defy gravity. Anneke is exploring her African roots with thin tall figures. She celebrates the human form in highly expressive poses telling the story of each piece with strong movement.

The cloaked figures speak of her experiences living in the Middle East exploring the perception of others as well as herself when it comes to being covered up. The fabric that cover these pieces in some instances become the structure to keep these figures up, becoming what they lean on their grounding.

A brainchild of Sulty events and the late Regina Sio, Art Perspective celebrates the work of established and new artists. The art selected in this initiative are ideal as masterpieces in art galleries and private Collectors residences.

Diplomats, Art Collectors, regional Business leaders and media attend the opening night and visit the exhibition during the two months of display.

Voting for Talentology 2019 commences

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Voting for the third edition of the annual Talentology 2019 where twelve entrants are competing for the grand prize in two categories has commenced to support young talent and stimulate growth in the creative industry.

The six selected entrants in the Kids Category includeTarah Retnaraj, Jasryl Mignonette Salvador, Vishnu Badrinath, Danisha Keyla Azzahra, Ella Etemovic McKeanand Charles Henry A. Llandelar.

In the Adults Category, the talents selected include the Diversity Dance Crew, Jewel Anne Mallari, Laportedessy, Al Angelo Bernal, Dynamic Moversand Angelu Adna.

The twelve finalists portfolio will be placed onwww.mushrifmall.comfor voting from January 31st untilFebruary 16th.

The selected contestants will showcase various artistic performances and judged for appropriate artistic attire, stage presence and presentation on the 14thand 15thof February. They will perform on stage in the evenings from 6pm to 9pm at the central court of Mushrif Mall. On the 16thFebruary at 12noon the voting will end.

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According to Aravind Ravi Palode, Mall Manager of Mushrif Mall, “We are delighted to recognize the role the young play in society and Talentology helps build their self-confidence in what they are passionate about. The grand finale winners will receive AED 5,000/- worth of mall vouchers and all finalists will get AED 1,000/- mall vouchers.We hope to see the community come and support the event on the 14th, 15thand 16thof February.”

Talentology is an energy packed competition organised by Mushrif Mall for talented youth with a passion for success.

 

Largest talent show in Abu Dhabi Talentology 2019 selects finalists

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The third edition of the annual Talentology 2019 at Mushrif Mall announce the selection of twelve entrants who will now compete for the grand prize in the biggest talent show in Abu Dhabi that supports young talent, builds their confidence and stimulates growth in the creative industry.

The six selected entrants in the Kids Category includeTarah Retnaraj, Jasryl Mignonette Salvador, Vishnu Badrinath, Danisha Keyla Azzahra, Ella Etemovic McKeanand Charles Henry A. Llandelar.

In the Adults Category, the talents selected include the Diversity Dance Crew, Jewel Anne Mallari, Desmond Laporte, Al Angelo Bernal and Cipriano Mayor (Duet), Dynamic Moversand Angelu Adna.

The twelve finalists selected will have an AV company make a portfolio for them.  From the 31st of January, their profiles will be placed onwww.mushrifmall.comfor voting untilFebruary 16th.

The selected twelve contestants will be showcasing various artistic performances and judged for appropriate artistic attire, stage presence and presentation on the 14thand 15thof February. They will be performing on stage in the evenings from 6pm to 9pm at the central court of Mushrif Mall. On the 16thFebruary at 12noon the voting will end.

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According to Aravind Ravi Palode, Mall Manager of Mushrif Mall, “Talentology 2019 selection process was overwhelming with a large number of entries but we have selected the best talents and hope to give the winners our full support by helping them build a portfolio that helps to nurture their talent.”

“The grand finale winners receive AED 5,000/- worth of mall vouchers and all finalists will get AED 1,000/- mall vouchers.We at the Mushrif Mall recognize the role the young play in society and Talentology helps build their self-confidence in what they are passionate about. We hope to see the community come and support the event on the 14th, 15thand 16thof February,” continued Aravind.

Talentology is an energy packed competition organised by Mushrif Mall for talented youth with a passion for success.

RTA commences exclusive Dubai Ferry route for Emaar’s visitors and residents linking The Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina Mall

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New Dubai Ferry service builds on the agreement between RTA and

At the Top, Burj Khalifa to promote sale of Dubai Ferry tickets among visitors

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) today commenced the operation of an exclusive Dubai Ferry route for Emaar’s visitors and residents linking The Dubai Mall, the world’s most-visited retail and lifestyle destination in Downtown Dubai, and Dubai Marina Mall.

Inaugurated in the presence of senior officials of RTA and Emaar, the new Dubai Ferry service will add to the delight of visitors to Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina, as well as tourist groups and Emaar residents, as it links two of the most popular lifestyle destinations in the city through an environment-friendly urban transport service.

The new service builds on an earlier agreement signed between RTA and Emaar’s At the Top, Burj Khalifa to promote the sale of Dubai Ferry tickets to the popular tourist attraction in the iconic tower.

The ferry service, for a duration of about 1 hour 20 minutes one-way, will offer Emaar’s residents and tourists a new perspective to the city’s skyline. Assuring majestic views of the cityscape – from The Palm Islands to the skyscrapers along Sheikh Zayed Road and the Dubai Canal, the ferry will ply between the Dubai Marina ferry station, located behind the Dubai Marina Mall, and Al Wajeha Al Maeyah station, from where a complimentary shuttle service will take guests to reach The Dubai Mall and back.

Tickets can be purchased from At the Top, Burj Khalifa, from the guest service desks at The Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina Mall or http://www.burjkhalifa.ae as well as from the ferry stations. They are priced AED 68.25 per adult and AED 52.5 for children from 5 to 12 years.

Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency, said: “The marine transport network of Dubai is gaining considerable interest among visitors and residents, especially following the ongoing promotion of the Dubai Ferry service by At the Top, Burj Khalifa. The new service will add to the delight of users, who can cover two of the most popular malls effortlessly while enjoying scenic vistas of the city.”

Ahmed Al Falasi, Executive Director of Group Operations at Emaar Properties, said: “The new ferry service is a remarkable addition that will add to the touristic attractions in the city. Following the promotion of Dubai Ferry to visitors and tourist groups touring At the Top, Burj Khalifa, we had seen a growing interest in using the ferry service. Now with this exclusive service for Emaar’s visitors, residents and tourist groups, they have the added convenience of touring to of the city’s most popular lifestyle destinations.”

RTA has a fleet of nine ferry boats shuttling between eight stations including Ghubaiba, Marina Mall, Jaddaf, Water Canal, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Wajeha Al Maeyah, Marasi and the Dubai Design District as well as provide charter service.

Talentology 2019 the biggest talent show in Abu Dhabi

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The largest nationwide competition celebrates young talent of mixed nationalities and attracts over 15,000 entries annually

Mushrif Mall launches the third edition of the annual Talentology 2019, the biggest talent show in Abu Dhabi, which aims to support young talent, build their confidence and stimulate growth in the creative industry.

Entries are open until the 11thof January 2019online onwww.mushrifmall.com. From the 31st of January, the profiles will be kept together on a website and voting starts and it closes on February 16th,after the 14thand 15thFebruary where finalists will be performing on stage in the evenings from 6pm to 9pm.

On the 16thFebruary at 12noon the voting ends. The selected twelve contestants will be performing live at the Mushrif Mall on February 14th and 15that the grand finale showcasing various artistic performances judged for appropriate artistic attire, stage presence and presentation.

There are two age categories for the competition – 9 to 14 years (for kids) and age 15 and above (adults) and participants can upload their talent details which mall management along with Event Company will scrutinise to select 700 entries. Twelve finalists will then be further selected and informed following which an AV company will make a portfolio for finalists.

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According to Aravind Ravi Palode, Mall Manager of Mushrif Mall, “Talentology provides a platform to our younger generation to explore the realms of performing arts, artistic design, robotics, virtual reality and other mediums to showcase their talent, build their confidence and brings the community together to celebratethe diversity and ingenuity of our children.”

“Nurturing talent requires motivation and Talentology helps develop and promote hard workby giving maximum support to winning entrants and celebrate their achievements.Talentology is a brainchild of Mushrif Mall and has always had an overwhelming positive response from entrants over the last two years,” continued Aravind.

“Over the last two years, out of 10,000 registrations from mixed nationalities, 18 finalists were selected with three winners. Given the popularity of the competition, we hope to attract more entries to support and enhance talented and motivated youth of our community and to provide an appropriate, competitive forum to display their talents,” added Aravind.

The grand finale winners receive AED 5,000/- worth of mall vouchers and all finalists will get AED 1,000/- mall vouchers.

Talentology is an energy packed competition organised by Mushrif Mall for talented youth with a passion for success.The Mall recognizes the role the young play in society and Talentology helps promote unity in the community, assists in gaining self-confidence and provides an unforgettable experience of being part of a memorable event.

 

Natural Perfection – Sun Siyam Iru Fushi – Maldives

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By Shereen Shabnam

There are very few countries in the world that come close to the beauty of my home country Fiji Islands and theRepublic of Maldives is one of few that does come close. Located in the Indian Ocean, Maldives has 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atollswith almost 400,000 inhabitants.

We recently ventured into Maldives to visit the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, a paradise resort known for luxury, romance, water sports, picturesque clear blue sea and tropical bliss.

We started our journey as a group together at the Etihad Business Lounge in Abu Dhabi sampling delicacies and getting to know each other better. From Check-in to the lounge and to aircraft, our experience was seamless and the attentive service by the crew was a bonus.

Being an islander I love the sun, sand and sea when on holiday and the marine world in Maldives is known for its beauty, especially the coral reefs that are home to a variety of marine ecosystems.

During my first two days at the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, I explored the cool and contemporary spaces, stylish interiors, and beautiful gardens around the island. I was offered water based activities such as scuba diving, fishing, swimming, water skiing, wind surfing and snorkeling but I opted for a sting ray feeding experience and a boat ride to spot dolphins at play – both experiences were magical.

Guests at Iru Fushi can enjoy the unspoilt islands of Noonu Atoll, where Maldivian past life is reflected with boat builders working meticulously sanding wood to reveal a silken finish, children being educated about local marine species and farming of fruits and organic vegetables.

My room was a water villa on stilts with a small glass on the floor that gave me a view of the area below serving as personal coral garden and natural aquarium. The area felt like having a large natural swimming pool that protected me from the ocean waves and strong tidal currents beyond the villas. Close by, other guests enjoyed walking on the soft sand and sun bathing before jumping into the crystal clear waters.

Spas are my weakness and the resort offers a 20-room tropical spa with an enormous range of treatments, including massages, relaxation therapies and facials set in a tranquil environment. It is the perfect place for a beauty break.I enjoyed walking barefoot along the cobbled paths; the white sands and watched the palm trees as they gently leaned into the breeze after my massage session.

While waiting for my flight, I waited at the hotel’s private lounge near the airport where I tried a refreshing welcome drink, a quick snack and a short shoulder massage. Designed to be the one of the best airport lounges in the Maldives, the spacious private lounge can be used by guests arriving to The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi.  The lounge also has a children’s play room, outdoor balcony, free WiFi, computer stations as well as showers and changing facilities.

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi’s Deluxe Beach has Villas with Pool, Pool Beach Villas, Sunset Horizon Water Villas or Infinity Water Villas. The resort features 221 luxury oceanfront villas, including 70 over-water bungalows, 14 restaurant and bar choices with a wide range of activities.

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is 45 minutes seaplane journey from the capital, Malé, where Velana International Airport is located. Guests are met by a uniformed team member on arrival and then taken on a 10-minute drive by shuttle to the seaplane terminal to the designated seaplane lounge while waiting for the seaplane boarding call.

Visit Sun Siyam Iru Fushi and take in its vibrant local life, which has been influenced by various cultures and yet remains unique and a perfect holiday destination with relaxing days that are long and sun-filled and nights that are exciting and energetic.

We flew to Maldives with Etihad Airways because of the convenient timings and premium service and took a domestic fight to the Island. I just wish I could experience this mesmerizing award-winning resort for longer.

 

 

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Positive Change – Mission Winnow

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By Shereen Shabnam

We recently ventured out to the F1 to get to know more about Mission Winnow, a PMI-driven campaign leveraging a long-term partnership with Scuderia Ferrari to demonstrate PMI’s unwavering commitment to continuous innovation and development of new solutions that can expedite positive change for society.

The Mission Winnow began with Philip Morris International transforming, learning from their past in order to build a better future for the 1.1 billion people who smoke and those around them. They relentlessly explore and research every option and focus only on the solutions that drive radical change. Like their partner Scuderia Ferrari, they take the best, refine it and make it better. This is winnowing.

Mission Winnow is PMI’s demonstration to do better and work to enable a better future. It is a PMI-driven campaign to demonstrate a unwavering commitment to continuous innovation and development of new solutions that can expedite positive change for society.

This campaign demonstrates how transforming their business through science, a new way of thinking, and by learning from the mistakes of the past. The campaign does not and will not advertise or promote any PMI-branded products.

In fact, Mission Winnow offers engaging, relevant and informative content on a dedicated website and across multiple digital channels for people interested in the visionary thinking fueling PMI and Scuderia Ferrari.

The brand wants to create global awareness around fundamental principles that encourage people to strive for and support positive change. Potentially less harmful products that adult smokers switch to is an opportunity for public health.

Harm reduction is a policy approach that seeks to reduce the harm caused by a dangerous activity rather than simply banning the activity itself. As its supporters note, harm reduction is an underlying principle of countless public health policies. For example, even though driving is dangerous, governments do not suggest that people give it up. Instead, they set rules for the road that make it safer, encourage (or mandate) seatbelt use, and build cars with safety features.

Science, innovation and Technology applied to tobacco can benefit society. PMI is playing its part to drive this change. Science, technology and innovation have a long history of improving public health, from refrigerating food in the 19th century, through seatbelts, airbags and other innovations and to devices that can help disabled people to walk. Why wouldn’t this principle extend to applying new technologies with the goal of reducing the risk of smoking-related disease?

Science, innovation and technology are at the core of PMI’s vision of convincing all those who would otherwise continue smoking to switch to smoke-free products as soon as possible.

Since the beginning of its smoke-free program in 2003, PMI has hired more than 430 scientists and R&D experts, and invested over US$4.5 billion to develop, assess and produce products with the potential to be significantly less harmful than cigarettes.

PMI is today the 58th largest patent filer in the EU and the only tobacco company in the top 100 filers. We hold over 4,300 patents and over 6,000 pending patents on our smoke-free products.

Popular Bollywood singer Arijit Singh heading to Dubai for a live performance

Arijit Singh Picture.jpgThe globally celebrated and the most in-demand Bollywood singer Arijit Singh is gearing up for a live performance in Dubai. The much loved artist will be performing in Dubai after almost a two-year hiatus, with the show scheduled for Friday, January 11, 2019 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

The 31-year old sensational singer is known for being mellifluous, soulful and melodious. He is applauded and praised for his art of lending emotions and soul to lyrics through his vocals. Though he has sung quite a mix of genres of songs, Arijit is most popular for his romantic songs like Tum Hi Ho from Aashiqui 2Channa Mereya from Ae Dil Hai MushkilAgar Tum Saath Ho from TamashaHamari Adhuri Kahani title track etc.

The event is conceptualized, designed and promoted by Navin Rishi and his company Speed Entertainment Dubai.Navin Rishi is credited for organizing several key projects in UAE, India and Canada within the entertainment, hospitality and sports management domain and has successfully orchestrated many high-profile events across the globe.

“The countdown has already begun for the mega event! Arijit is one of the most versatile and successful singers in the history of Hindi cinema. Since he is coming to Dubai after a long gap, we are expecting a packed house for his upcoming performance. In the past, we have organized and delivered many stellar shows and this time again we promise to enthrall the audience with a spectacular event.” said Navin Rishi, the promoter of the concert.

The Arijit Singh – Live with World Musicians is in association with Mashreq Bank and is managed by Speed Entertainment.

Tickets priced at AED 150/- AED 250/- AED 400/- AED 700/- AED 1500/- AED 2000/- AED 4500/- are available now on Platinum list UAE. Please visit https://dubai.platinumlist.netfor further ticketing details. For info or any queries email :info@speed-entertainment.comor call +97150 7342004