A truly British experience


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Natasha Dury – Guest Blogger

As a young British teen iblogger in Dubai, I was impressed with the Beautiful Britain Festival in Lulu Barsha that I attended. The ‘Truly British Truly Delicious’ promotion is a groupwide weeklong event dedicated to promoting the impressive range of high-quality food items from Britain. Among the brands are: Biona, Heath & Heather , James White, Kallo, Ambrosia, Of The Earth, Better Than, Bfree, Whole Earth ,Bio Planete, Doves Farm, Biofair, Koko, Marigold, Clarks, Eat Water, Epicure, Freedom, Heavenly, Meridian, Mister Freed, Moma, Mr Organic, Organix, Raw Health, Rowse , Cadburys, Walkers Crisps & Biscuits, Baxters are some of the brands being sold directly from Britain Beautiful Britain Trivia: Did you know:

• LuLu Group was awarded the Queens Award for International Trade 2017

• We sell almost 5,000 products across about 600 brands from UK in the UAE.

• More than 75 container loads of UK products are brought in each month

• 60+ brands from UK are sold in the “Free From” category


Food extravaganza at Lulu Hazana in Sharjah


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V.Muerang – Guest blogger
Last night saw Lulu Hazana regulars taking part in the cooking competition organised by Lulu Hazana for the World Food Expo 2018. The dishes were brought in cooked by customers in five different categories and judges and well known food bloggers from the UAE selected 2 winners per category. It was a fun filled event with some really good and innovative cuisine

Impressed with LuLu Food Expo 2018


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Verna M – Guest Blogger

Lulu Hypermarket is my favourite place to shop and The Food Expo 2018 – Taste the best of the World was an impressive selection of food from the world.

The event is dedicated to promoting the impressive range of high-quality food items from around the world. It also creates an engaging shopping experience for the customers, while continuing to provide shoppers with the most competitive prices in the store and online.

As part of the Food Expo 2018, several food-related competitions including Cookery Contests, Junior Chef Contests, Family Cooking, Salads & Sandwich, Cake Icing, Fruit & Veg Carvings & Potato Peeling, as well as live-cooking demonstrations, are being held in the stores.

During the Food Expo 2018 shoppers can win Gold, Range Rover, FJ cruisers, Quadbikes, Gift Vouchers and more. For our fans on social media, there is a game which can be played by adults and children alike to win prizes.

Below are some impressive information on Lulu Hypermarket

Lulu prepares over 20 different types of world foods from Indian and Chinese to Arabic and Thai and many more countries of the world. They have different types of spices – nearly 40 – from all over the world to complement our in-house produced quality foods

They have over 20 different types of biryanis, they sell over 700,000 Shawarmas’ a year and also 100 types of salads, and over 500,000 kilos of fruits.

The meat is sourced from various countries around the world- Local meat, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Ethiopia. Most lamb, veal and beef are imported live processed locally in the slaughterhouses certified by the Municipality.

The fresh fish is sourced from various parts of the world- Norway, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Oman, Kuwait and the UAE. We import smoked salmon from Norway and the UK.

Lulu imports almost 100 different product ranges from various countries across the world, USA, UK, Spain, Italy, India, Canada France and the Philippine’s to sell in our bakeries in Dubai

They sell many types of health-related ranges such as Organic and Vegan.

They make in house 60 specialty breads, 70 Arabic products and 21 specialist Filipino products.

Bakery Trivia: Did you know Lulu sells…

  • 1 Million+ bread loafs in Dubai alone
  • 500 tons of Arabic sweets
  • 6 Million Croissants
  • over 2 Million Muffins and Croissants

In February 2017 Deloitte in Annual Global Retailers Report has ranked LuLu Group as the top retailer in the Middle East and 27th among the top 50 fastest growing retailers in the world.

Lulu’s organic Food Festival features over 1200 organic products


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Healthy eating is a new thing for me so I went to the Lulu Organic Festival which started on the 7th of March and will end on the 13th of March.

  •  LuLu sells 1,200+ organic products across many categories.
  • These include Imported ranges and Locally procured Fruits and Vegetables from the U.A.E.
  • Please be aware that any promotion prices will revert back to normal but availability and range will be the same.
  • Items on sale include fresh and dry organic food products as well condiments and oils.
  • Items include yoghurts, salmon, rice cakes, honey, sauces, quinoa, rice, pasta coconut oil, tea, vinegar, juices, butter, vegetables, meat, fruits and many more.
  • There is a range of Textiles which are produced using Organic Cotton sourced from India.


#LuLuUAE #HappyAtLuLu #Organicfestival #Luluhypermarket #luluhypr #luluwebstore #healthyeating #healthyliving #organiclife #eatclean #LuluOrganicFoodFestival

Expanding Horizons Design International to open doors at d3


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Well known for anticipating market shifts and integrating them into highly creative architectural concepts, Design International is set to open the latest addition to its office network at Building 4 of d3 in the presence of dignitaries and the trendy community of the Dubai Design District attending the 2018 edition of the Italian Design Day on 6th March.

Speaking ahead of the office opening, Davide Padoa, said: “We are delighted to open our new office in Dubai. This is testament to our long-standing connection with the region and reflects our admiration for the way the city of Dubai has chosen to embrace the architecture and design industries. We look forward to working in the Dubai Design District with its stimulating vibe that reflects innovation in a space that educates, entertains and supports creativity.”

Design International’s philosophy is rooted in the belief that every design has its own individual story created with the aim to trigger a unique experience for guests in different environments – be it retail, hospitality, commercial, residential or recreational leisure projects.

Recent examples of Design International’s work include Il Centro in Arese, which skilfully integrates the use of interior and external space through its city street concept; and the Lulu Group’s Mall in Silicon Oasis Dubai, which creates a sustainable, dynamic sanctuary where people can meet and share a wealth of different experiences.

Both centres embody the firm’s philosophy of shaping stories to create transformative experiences. Design International is in Office 103A of Building 4, d3.

Experience Masters of Kung Fu with du


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du welcomed performers from Dubai Opera’s latest international sell-out show, ‘Shaolin Warriors,’ in-store on Monday.

du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) welcomed Kung Fu Masters from the Shaolin Warriors to its Al Salam, Dubai store on Monday 26th February 2018. Shaolin Warriors performed and taught special moves to du customers and employees. du strives to enhance the customer’s experience by bringing shows from around the world to Dubai.

The Shaolin Warriors will make their debut appearance in the GCC at Dubai Opera from 27th February to 3rd March, 2018. Their fully-choreographed performance, which tells the story of a young child’s initiation and journey to become a warrior, will include trained warriors balancing on sharp spears and smashing slabs of marble with their bare hands – it truly has to be seen to be believed.

du has partnered with the Dubai Opera since it originally opened in 2016. The Dubai Opera is a prominent hub for the artistic and cultural legacy of the emirate and aligns with du’s mission to promote engagement in a creative and knowledge-based country as well as to give customers interesting opportunities and experiences.

Emirates NBD unveils painting dedicated to Year of Zayed at new Dubai Design District branch


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Bank commissions Emirati artist Fatema Al Mazrouie to honour history and culture of UAE and Emirates NBD

In loving memory of the UAE’s founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Emirates NBD today unveiled a commissioned painting by celebrated Emirati artist Fatema Al Mazrouie, at the official launch of its new Dubai Design District (d3) branch.

Ahead of Dubai’s annual art month and in the Year of Zayed, the bank’s specially commissioned painting pays tribute to the rich history and culture of the UAE, and the growth of Emirates NBD, under the leadership and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Zayed. The painting will be on display at Emirates NBD’s newly opened d3 branch, which has been designed in line with the bank’s philosophy of blending high tech with high touch, featuring a self-serve zone with cash machines and tablet stations, digital information walls and a lounge area for customers, in addition to conventional teller and agent services. The new branch is also disability-friendly, empowering people with disabilities (people of determination) to bank with greater ease.

Commenting on the unveiling, H.E. Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Emirates NBD said: “As a bank embedded in the community, Emirates NBD has always been interested in encouraging Emirati talent and creativity. We could think of no better time than the Year of Zayed to commission an art piece that captures the rich history of the bank and its success story, led by our nation’s founding father. His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan remains a source of inspiration and pride for us, and his values and teachings are deeply instilled within our business model. I would like to thank Fatema Al Mazrouie for the beautiful artwork that she has created and welcome our customers and the UAE community to visit the branch and appreciate our tribute.”

Emirates NBD’s d3 branch, the only bank branch in the district, is located in Building 1B of Dubai Design District and will be open for extended hours from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week. The commissioned painting will be on display at a central location in the branch and can be viewed by anyone who visits during working hours.

Talking about the branch concept, Suvo Sarkar, Senior Executive Vice President & Head – Retail Banking & Wealth Management, Emirates NBD added: “The design and functionality of our branch in d3 has been adapted to cater to the people that live and work in the area. Emirates NBD continues to realign its network to keep pace with how cities and communities are evolving as well as in line with the nation’s changing demographics and customer requirements, combining digital innovation and personalised services to provide enhanced experiences for our customers.”


Hollywood comes to a Helipad


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The first helipad cinema in Dubai launches this week at Dubai Festival City Mall

Dubai Festival City Mall is launching the first cinema on a helipad from 22 February to 14 April. In collaboration with Al-Futtaim Toyota, the unique Camry Helipad Cinema is situated on the iconic Festival Bay and will screen family favourite movies each weekend, including Overdrive, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Monster Family and more.

Shoppers need to simply provide any receipt of purchase from the Mall to get their ticket to the cinema experience.

As part of Dubai Festival City Mall’s redevelopment, the once operational helipad has now been converted so that shoppers can enjoy “one of the most instagrammable sunsets in Dubai”, with views of the entire Dubai skyline and the Burj Khalifa.

In the month of March, Dubai Festival City Mall shoppers can get up-close and personal with the recently launched all-new Toyota Camry and experience its ultra-modern design and the powerful performance of its 3.5L engine on the following dates: 15-17th, 22-24th and 29-31st.



Special IMAGINE Toyota Camry Show

Date: 22 Feb – 14 Apr

Time: Once a day, 8.00 PM, Location: Festival Bay – Free of Charge


Experience the all-new Toyota Camry with ultra-modern design and powerful 3.5L engine

Dates: 15-17 Mar, 22-24 Mar, 29-31 Mar

Time; Mall operating hours


Movies Schedule:

Date 22/23/24




15/16/17 MAR 22/23/24 MAR 29/30/31 MAR 5/6/7






diptyque’s fragrances celebrate its 50th Anniversary


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Having witnessed history, through its windows.

Having travelled the world, each and every continent,

met and loved so many people, famous or anonymous, from all cultures.

Having looked through all these eyes, watched.

Collecting ideas and multiplying the surprises along the way,

(but not) having aged over time…

diptyque, despite its respectable age, has not lost any of its clever vivacity nor its appetite for all that is vanguard. Loyal to its curiosity, its sense of refinement, its delight in undertaking, today it celebrates the 50th anniversary of its very first eau de toilette launch and, at the same time, announces the birth of two new creations. Respectively the 36th and 37th opuses in a constantly flourishing repertoire.

In Paris, in the early 1960s, three happy artists manage a Parisian corner shop at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain. Their names are Desmond (Knox-Leet), Christiane (Gautrot) and Yves (Coueslant). This painter,

interior architect and theatre set designer are part of the great upheaval. In this chic bazaar, predecessor to the concept store that they opened at the beginning of the decade, you can find rare and wonderful things. a few homemade treasures including printed fabrics and the brand’s first scented candles (Aubépine (Hawthon), Thé (Tea), Cannelle (Cinnamon), as of 1963) and, spurred by the British influence of Desmond, English colognes (lilacs, lilies of the valley, mock orange, and various exotic frictions such as bay rum, ignored south of the Channel). Since the store had two display windows, the store was named diptyque.

The first niche perfume. The first genderless perfume. The first perfume authored like a tale. L’Eau also distinguished itself with two canons that became integral to the brand: product names bearing the sound O (in homage to “Eau”) sound (Oponé, Tam Dao, Ofrésia, Eau des Sens, Olène, etc.) and the olfactory “accident”, meaning an unexpected note (making a connection, breaking away or making an exclamation), the serendipitous surprise we never imagined… L’Eau, the origin of all that was to follow.


Tempo and Fleur de Peau, the latest works of art by diptyque, are not only new and completely modern, they’re also reverent nods to their big sister, L’Eau, to her historic birth year, 1968…


Tempo, written for diptyque by its long-time friend, the perfumer Olivier Pescheux, revisits the patchouli theme, but (of course) refining it to reveal its most exquisite beauty and artfully combining three different extractions, each from a sustainable supply chain managed by Givaudan on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. A persistent vibration, like an ongoing echo of a musical wake. A bit of moist earth deep within a primitive forest, amidst a fray of ferns, beneath the towering teak trees, laced in the mysterious shadows of the ancient endemic tribes that still live there. They call it Nilam.

Powerful pinnacles of remarkably pure woody notes (softened by a maté absolute) almost camphoric, edged in green (bolstered by violet leaves). Leading to the slightest impression of wild cocoa beans. It resists and embellishes all that chimes in. Pink peppercorns, bergamot and fresh jasmine add peps and colour.


The smell of skin: the smell of musk. Sometimes natural (imported from Tibet where it is still available), but usually synthetic, the most beloved smell that echoes (almost to a tee) that of lovers’ bodies: navel, back of the knee, palm of the hand. That which, on an olfactory level, is rather akin to the soft, surprising scent of the fringed nubuck vests young bare-chested men used to wear.

Opening with Italian notes of mandarin orange and bergamot, and a dash of pink peppercorns that hover between petals and seeds. Aldehydes. Everything awakens, and fuses. Then, an unusual contrast (the happy accident) follows, round and moist.


No doubt the three founders of diptyque were above all visual, tactile artists, so their approach to making fragrances is as visual and tangible as it is ethereal – inviting you to discover the invisible.

Each raw material is like a dab of paint on the artist’ palette, like the memory of a place, a landscape, a time.

The illustrations on the bottles are of utmost importance to each narration.

For Tempo, it’s the vision of a shaman (referred to as a guru in India) communicating ritually with the forest where patchouli was born, where animals and spirits live freely.

For Fleur de Peau, the illustrator was inspired by the word psychedelic, rooted in an ancient Greek myth in which an incomparably gorgeous princess falls madly in love with Aphrodite’s son. He sneaks out at night to meet with her. She wraps herself around him in her dreams.

Just like the first illustration Desmond Knox-Leet designed for the L’Eau bottle 50 years ago, the ones created for Tempo and Fleur de Peau were drawn with Indian Ink. Each is also double sided – the story continues on the back, visible only from the inside, through the fragrant liquid. Floating

images, like in a dream! Figurative, they tell the tale of each fragrance as much as they reflect it. Back and forth, in harmony, like a twin ship. Around the iconic oval, the trademark font stamps the immutable address: diptyque, 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 5e.

Tempo, Eau de Parfum, 75 ml

Fleur de Peau, Eau de Parfum, 75 ml

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Revealed New Plans for Disneyland Paris, Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney World


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Guest Blogger – Natasha Dury

Last night I ventured across the street to City Walk to attend the Walt Disney Parks & Resorts  event in Dubai to celebrate key announcements about Disneyland Paris, Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney World. Some of the new exciting bits revealed are below:

Marvel Summer of Super Heroes 

From 10 June to 30 September 2018, the Marvel Super Heroes will be assembling at Disneyland Paris for the very first time! Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Star-Lord, Gamora and Spider-Man will all be at Walt Disney Studios Park for a unique season of events, boasting shows and interactive experiences of truly epic proportions:

Marvel: Super Heroes United 

Marvel: Super Heroes United is a truly immense show at the Studio Theatre in the heart of Walt Disney Studios Park. The programme for this superproduction includes live-action on-stage antics with Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Spider-Man – to name just a few. It also features cutting-edge special effects and spectacular projections along with a whole host of other big surprises. This 20-minute show will be performed several times a day at Walt Disney Studios Park.

Stark Expo presents: Energy for Tomorrow! 

Tony Stark invites you to the open-air Production Courtyard to present the latest version of his revolutionary invention – an ‘Arc Reactor’ that generates green energy.

Several times a day at the foot of the Hollywood Tower Hotel, guests will have the opportunity to see this amazing show that’s as action-packed as it is offbeat.

Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Dance-Off 

As the name suggests, guests will have the opportunity for a dance-off with the Guardians of the Galaxy on 70s and 80s tunes. Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Dance-Off will take place several times a day in the Production Courtyard and is set to be a truly wild experience!

Heroic Encounter: Captain America 

The Marvel Summer of Super Heroes is also giving you the chance for a heroic handshake with the very first Avenger: Captain America.

This unique season is a spectacular conclusion to Disneyland Paris’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.

Disneyland Paris also revealed plans to bring the Marvel Super Heroes to life in an epic way at Walt Disney Studios Park with a completely new Marvel-themed attraction.

New Marvel-Themed Attraction 

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will be completely reimagined into a new Marvel-themed attraction where riders will team up with Iron Man and their favorite Avengers on a high-speed, hyper-kinetic adventure.

The addition of the new attraction provides a permanent presence of Marvel making this Park even more of a must-do for guests.

Avatar Flight of Passage on Pandora Ð The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Pictured: A scene from Avatar Flight of Passage, a 3-D thrilling adventure on Pandora Ð The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Avatar Flight of Passage offers guests the chance to connect with an avatar and soar on a banshee over Pandora. The journey begins in the queue, as guests get a peek inside a high-tech research lab to view an avatar still in its growth state inside an amnio tank. The room features charts and screens that show just how humans will “connect” with a fully developed avatar for their upcoming flight on a banshee. (Disney Handout)

Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel 

Additionally Disney’s Hotel New York® will soon be reimagined to become Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, becoming the first Disney Hotel to showcase the thrilling world of the Avengers. With exclusive artwork and a new design, it will be a residence fit for Tony Stark himself.

Disney Cruise Line Disney Cruise Line announced the new itineraries for summer 2018, including magical sailings in Europe from Barcelona (Spain) and Rome (Italy) and sailings with two stops at Castaway Cay, Disney’s own private island in the Bahamas.

New sailings from Rome and Barcelona 

For the first time, Disney Cruise Line guests can experience the rich culture of Barcelona and inspiring history of Rome as bookend experiences in a single cruise.

Castaway Cay: More opportunities to explore Disney’s exclusive private island 

Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, is consistently a top-rated destination. In summer 2018, the Disney Dream will sail a series of cruises that include two stops at Castaway Cay so guests can have twice the fun in the sun and enjoy even more of the pristine island paradise.

Marvel Day at Sea 

From January to early March, 2019, special five-night Disney Magic sailings will take guests to the Caribbean and Bahamas, along with an action-packed, day-long celebration of the Marvel Universe.

Marvel Day at Sea combines the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series, with the excitement of a Disney Cruise to summon everyone’s inner Super Hero for adventures that lie ahead during this unforgettable day at sea.

Occurring on one action-packed day during each of the select Disney Magic sailings, Marvel Day at Sea transports guests to a new realm of possibilities when the largest collection of Marvel Super Heroes and Villains assembles on a cruise ship.

The event features all-day entertainment including interactions with some of the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes and the menacing foes who oppose them, an extraordinary deck show spectacular, Marvel-themed youth activities, special merchandise and unique food and beverage offerings.

Walt Disney World 

Walt Disney World shared the opening date of Toy Story Land and revealed details of the new Star Wars themed hotel and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a brand new land set to open in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Toy Story Land 

The fun will soar to infinity and beyond on June 30, 2018 with the opening of Toy Story Land. This playful new land will transport guests into the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard where guests will feel like they have been shrunk to the size of Woody and Buzz, as they are surrounded by oversized toys. Using toys like building blocks, plastic buckets and shovels, and game board pieces, Andy has designed the perfect setting for this land that includes two major new attractions.

Slinky Dog Dash is a family-friendly coaster that will send riders dipping, dodging and dashing around turns and drops through the world of Andy’s toys. Guests can also spin around with little green aliens aboard Alien Swirling Saucers and quick refreshments will be on tap at Woody’s Lunch Box.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge 

This highly anticipated new land is set to open in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – on a grand scale – including the creation of a full-sized fleet of X-wing star fighters and a life-size Millennium Falcon starship.

The totally immersive land will include two jaw-dropping attractions that allow guests to have control of their experiences. One attraction will put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance—inside a Star Destroyer. In the second attraction, guests will have the chance to fly the Millennium Falcon – the most famous ship in the galaxy. Throughout the land, guests will also have the chance to interact with Chewie, the lovable BB8 and members of the First Order, plus wander through a toy shop in the street market run by a Toydarian, one of the creatures from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

Immersive Star Wars-Themed Hotel 

Fans can live out their Star Wars adventures beyond the theme parks with an immersive experience at a groundbreaking new Star Wars–themed hotel concept. The epic new experience will take guests to a galaxy far, far away and will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new land set to open in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Unlike anything that exists today, the new luxury resort will completely immerse guests in an authentic Star Wars story. The journey through space begins the moment guests arrive, as everyone boards a starship and departs together for a multi-day Star Wars adventure. An opening date for the new hotel has not been announced.