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The open air festival of the season returns to Reform come November, round up the family and head down to your favorite local for an action-packed weekend filled with fun, games, food and entertainment. Harvest Fest will run at the venue on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of November with a ton of excitement and activities packed in through the weekend including unforgettable live musical performances on all three days.
Welcome back the cooler months whilst grazing in Reform’s lush gardens at Harvest Fest that kicks off on Thursday 6pm on the 1st of November. The three day long open air festival brings to the fore live band performances, proper British barbecue and Hog Roast, a home-grown food market including vegan food and vegan booze along with drink stalls and an endless selection of hops and ciders in over 50 varieties!
That’s not all; the festival will have a host of activities running through the day for kids and adults including a drumming masterclass for children to a wondrous show lead by Magic Phil on Saturday and musical performances by celebrated bands including Jamie Wrecs, Faux – Asis setting the stage on fire on Friday, About last night and Sheenagh Murray Duo.
What’s more? A treasure hunt for adults will be organized around the Reform foyer, bar and outdoor area as well as a lot of fun activities for the kids, including face painting and arts & crafts activities. The festival will have food carts and stalls serving up delicious treats including a Mini Jelly Belly cart, boozy popsicle, mini hotdogs and burgers, a mocktail bar – and of course, ice cream, making Harvest Fest at Reform an ideal spot to camp out at for the weekend with friends and family.
Harvest Fest tickets are priced at AED 50, which can be redeemed against a drink and can be purchased on the door.

Increasing Immersive Retail Landscapes in Dubai & Northern Emirates

Line Investments & Property LLC to showcase three new mall projects at RECon MENA 2018

Line Investments & Property L.L.C (LIP), the shopping mall development and management division of Lulu Group International will highlight the progress of key projects at the annual REConMENA convention with senior management of LIP at the convention to meet key stakeholders.

Lulu Group International Director, Mr. Salim M.A. said, “Line Investments team remain at the forefront of the regional retail industry and attend RECon MENA to stay abreast of the market trends and new age innovations aimed to enhance the retail experience in our projects. We look forward to Mall of UAQ grand opening, which already has stores open for business since this year.”

Marcello Larizza, General Manager at Line Investments & Property LLC – Dubai & Northern Emirates said, “Our new projects have grown steadily in three different Emirates and the team will showcase the USP’s of our suburban community malls especially with key anchor stores already signed up to add value and increase footfall. As we gear up to open Mall of UAQ, our projects in Sharjah and Silicon Oasis are also getting interest from a wide spectrum of retailers.”

The grand opening of Mall of UAQ, is scheduled in the firstquarter of 2019, whichis already changing the retail landscape of the Emirate with some of the outlets already open to public. Outlets open for business include Orange Hub a 2,313 sqm Family Entertainment Centre, a 9,122 sqm Lulu Hypermarket & Department Store, Joyallukas, SONY, Jawhara, Hour Choice, V Perfumes, Oud Elite, Ahmed Al Maghrabi Perfumes, and Optic Zone

More stores to open in Mall of UAQ this year to include a 5 screen Star Cinemas, Starbucks, Gloria Jeans, Bath & Body Works, Damas, Mumuso, Wow Salon, Tawjeeh, Mothercare, UPIM, Etisalat and much more.The single level mall is of 20,000sqm GLA will also offer 13 F~&Boutlets with F&B outlets confirmed to open including KFC, Hatam, Pizza Company, and much more, all supported with 600 parking spaces.

The Line Investments Mall project in Sharjah features 42,000sqm GLA of unique mid-range retail to suit the relevant catchment area profile. Scheduled to open in 2019, the mall already has Vox Cinemas and Lulu Hypermarket & Department Store on board.

The wide range of F&B outlets with a unique food street experience offers visitors a wider choice of dining options that suits all tastes and budgets. The mall USP’s include a 15,700 sqm Lulu Hypermarket & Department Store, 11 screen VOX Cinemas, 3,300sqm Orange Hub a new Family Entertainment Centre in town and over 1,800 parking spaces.

In the early stages of development is the Line Investments mall project in Silicon Oasis scheduled to open in 2020. With 81,500sqm GLA, it is designed to accommodate premium retail,and positioned as a leisure destination offering easy accessibility to the neighboring communities with a user-friendly layout. Lease agreements are already signed with Lulu Hypermarket, 12 screen VOX Cinemas and Train, a gym to keep the community in shape.

It has a comprehensive retail mix over 35,500sqm, 3,200 parking spaces and 16,700sqm of `lulu hypermarket and department store, 25 food court units, 13 casual restaurants and cafes, and 6,800sqm of FEC.

The Line Investment team will be at the convention on Stand # 24 and 25 from the 28thto 30thOctober at Ritz Carlton DIFC networking with retail industry leaders and related service providers.



Coffee Table book “Motion Buildings Meeting Places“ launched at d3 Dubai


With retail playing an integral role in elevating Dubai on the global stage, leading retail architecture firm, Design International are launching their own international journey in a hard back edition of “Motion Buildings, Meeting Places” at their office in the Design District in the presence of clients, media and local dignitaries.

The book highlights key take home design messages by the partners at Design International who take us back down memory lane when Design International began and how over the years the founding partners have transformed the standard design of shopping malls and buildings into functional and yet unique immersive environments.

Paul Molle talks about the value of differences and how different cultural and artistic influences during his travels shaped the way he looks at evolving retail spaces. In the following chapter, Lucio Guerra talks about his creative journey and designing and constructing buildings as solid as rocks but at the same time as flexible and fluid as water.

Chapter four sees Davide Padoa talking about creativity and design culture and how he ventured into the world of architecture and design, from working in a design firm and teaching architecture in University in Jakarta.

The Partners have worked in different parts of the world with a work ethic that is founded on international experience and local knowledge and hence Design International today has a diverse team looking after projects in multiple countries.

The book highlights the vision of Design international with their portfolio of projects. The book particularly aims to inspire young students, architects and ambitious designers into following their passion and creativity for future success.

Originally founded in Toronto, Canada in 1965, Design International is now headquartered in London, with offices in Milan, Shanghai and Dubai. It works across six integrated divisions: Architecture, Master planning, Interior Design, Lighting Design, Landscape Design, and Graphic Design.

Dubai Culture highlights best photos of ‘Mosques of the World’ exhibition



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Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts, heritage, and literature, launched a photo exhibition in August under the theme ‘Mosques of the World’ in cooperation with the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) and Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU).

This exhibition aimed to highlight the role of mosques in societies and reveal unique architectural masterpieces in the Arab and Islamic world. Visitors can learn about the evolution of architecture, designs, and styles from one civilization to another.

The best photos were selected from a pool of diverse photographers who participated in HIPA on Instagram, each portraying a different mosque from all over the world, reflecting the beauty inherent in these magnificent structures. Some of the photos being showcased at the exhibition are for Esam Omar Kabli (KSA) – Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Siraj Basheer Alquraish (KSA) – Ahlu Albayt Mosque, KSA.

The exhibition comes in line with Dubai Culture’s mandate to support local and international talents in the field of Islamic culture and arts, highlighting its tireless efforts to build partnerships and develop innovative projects and initiatives that support the leadership’s vision of strengthening Dubai’s global position as one of the most artistically conscious and established cities in the world.

The launch of the exhibition coincided with the Hajj season, supporting the Authority’s efforts to highlight the importance of Islamic arts and culture, and to establish Dubai as the capital of Islamic economy. The collaboration with HIPA and SMCCU is one that highlights the architectural mastery of the mosques, placing the Islamic cultural economy in the forefront to create this unique visual experience.

Dubai Culture aims to enhance Dubai’s cultural scene and draw attention to the UAE’s rich heritage. The Authority’s mandate is to build bridges of constructive dialogue between different civilizations and cultures to enhance Dubai’s position as a creative and sustainable global city for culture, heritage, arts, and literature, with the aim to empower these sectors by developing creative and innovative projects and initiatives locally, regionally, and globally.


Modest fashion made easy with Sakinah Scarves


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Easy to use comfortable scarves launch by Malaysian brand Sakinah

Malaysia’s visionary entrepreneur known for introducing exquisite products to the Gulf, Sakinah Sheikh Osman will be launching her new modest fashion brand, Sakinah for the modern and on the go powerful and glamorous women looking for traditional yet timeless easy to manage scarves.

The ambitious brand aims to meet the needs of the modest wear clientele globally, starting with the Middle East market by introducing a design of scarves that are easy to manage and yet look elegant.

The concept gave birth when Sakinah started wearing scarves and realised how difficult it was to get scarves that looked great and yet felt comfortable, stayed on and came in colours that are easy to combine with different outfits.

According to Sakinah, it was necessary to start the project with conventional styles and use embellishments such as the use of Swarovski crystals to appeal to the Arab region.

Sakinah was inspired by the fashion sense of the confident, career minded and yet sensual Muslim woman who valued simplicity, practicality and comfort combined with elegance and glamour.

Combining Sakinah scarves with existing modern and traditional attire in the wardrobe helps the wearer make a fashion statement for all occasions.

Sakinah scarves are available at all Lulu Hypermarkets in various colours including green, maroon, purple, black and brown. A video link on the styling of scarves is available online.



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The Museum of Illusions, the world’s fastest growing museum chain, has officially opened its doors at the heart of the emirate’s signature Al Seef by Meraas development near the iconic Dubai Creek.

Boasting the largest collection of optical illusions in the Museum of Illusions’ worldwide portfolio, Museum of Illusions Dubai is a flagship attraction in the heritage and cultural Al Seef development.

“Museum of Illusions Dubai brings together the respective fields of science, mathematics, biology and psychology to create a truly sensory experience that defies logic,” said Dr Mohammed Al Wahaibi, Owner, Museum of Illusions Dubai. “Visitors can learn a lot about vision, perception, the human brain and science through bespoke exhibits that highlight how and why our eyes see things that our brain does not understand.

“Our exhibits are mostly reinvented classical illusions that have been carefully selected to ensure the widest possible appeal to the city’s uniquely cosmopolitan residents and international tourists. In that sense, our exhibits rekindle childhood memories among adults and bestow a sense of wonder in children. The museum is an interactive and visual concept unlike anything else in Dubai that is perfect for all ages to enjoy.”

Counting 80-plus exhibits of all shapes and sizes, Museum of Illusions Dubai has classified its unique visual and sensory experiences into three categories: Master Illusions, Grand Illusions and Optical Illusions.

A key highlight, and one which has captured the imagination of visitors to its existing museums will be the Clone, which allows you to sit at the table beneath a chandelier with five clones of yourself. The Infinity Roomwill have you walking in circles as you try and navigate through infinite corridors around an endless space.

The Dubai venue will also feature TheVortex Tunnel, a rotating cylinder that tricks the brain into thinking the ground under their feet is shifting, as well as the Ames Room, where guests shrink or grow depending on their position in the exhibit. Other exhibits include a collage of indented Albert Einstein heads, called Hollow Faces, that stalks visitors with their strangely moving gazes; the Chair Illusion, whichexplores perception and size using the most common of everyday objects; captivating holograms; and Head on a Platter.

With a dedicated playroom full of didactic games and puzzlesfor younger visitors, Museum of Illusions’ also features a number of full-size illusions in dedicated spaces, including The Infinity Room, TheTilted Room, The Rotated Roomand The Colour Room.

Unlike more ‘classical’ museums, visitors to Museum of Illusions Dubai will be encouraged to interact with the exhibits and take as many photos as they can during their visual, sensual and educational adventure.

In coming weeks, Museum of Illusions Dubai will also house a full-time magician to entertains visitors as they move through the 450 square metre venue. Visitors can also pop into the Museum of Illusions Dubai gift shop and purchase souvenirs such as Dilemma Games, miniature optical illusions, 3D lighting, T-shirts, pencils, notebooks, and educational toys for little ones.

Museum of Illusions Dubai is the ninth permanent branch, with a dozen more openings slated for 2018 alone, including Athens, New York, Toronto and Berlin. The first Museum of Illusions opened in the Croatian capital of Zagreb in 2015.

Museum of Illusions Dubai is open from 10am to 10pm from Sunday to Wednesday, and 10am to 12am (midnight) on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays. Entry prices are AED80 for adults aged 16-years-old and up, and AED60 for children aged 16-years-old and below. Children under the age of five-years-old enter for free. Special family packages are priced at AED225 and include two adult and two child tickets. There is no age limit for entry – Museum of Illusions Dubai is open to all.

Celebrating the legacy of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Art Perspective Exhibition 2018


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To commemorate the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, The St. Regis Dubai, in collaboration with Sulty Events and Entertainment opened an exhibition this week featuring over 15 artists from 8 countriesin the surrounding area of ‘Le Patio”.

Over ten of the artists are from Alfalasi Artz. Emirati Artist, Ahmed Al Falasi is the founder while the art curator is Bhairavi Mistry. Ahmed Alfalasi said, ”We are promoting a number of new artists and in future see alfalasi.artz as an institution for all types of art form. We also see us arranging art events in cafes and fairs in the future.“

Artists Chris Robb represented by Art Couture gallery said, ”My use of colour reflects not only my mood and general demeanor, but my appreciation for the wonderful experiences and life I have in the UAE. Each art piece is hand drawn, and my pigments mostly hand mixed to achieve the depth and vibrancy that is so important to me. My paintings are a celebration and a manifestation of positivity and happiness.”

Mahsa Jasfaazadeh from Mahsa Art Gallery said, “We are delighted to have six of our artists with Persian influence. We hope that the audience at Le Patio find our art inspirational.”

Vanessa de Caires, Owner of Sulty Events and Entertainment Dubai said: “The new exhibition brings together a strong line up of artists for art enthusiasts and the public alike. We are delighted with the range of artists showcasing their work and hope the platform gives them the exposure they deserve.”

The artists featured include Chris Robb, Reem Al Falasi, Shair Aboushi, Dr. Sharmila Tulpule, Ahsan Khan, Swanil Javale, Sonu Sultana, Israa Shajar, Mahsa, Shahd Almutawa, Amr Wadea, Sana Maarrawi, Bushra Malik, Jan D’Sa, Rashm Dayal, Hend Rached Abdulrahman and Mohammad Reza Rafatneshan.

Sulty Events and Entertainment, and Coral Coast PR will be supporting the Event.

Prayer is the ‘The Power’ to feed your soul this Ramadan


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New indie movie by Zenofer Fathima is a timely release that highlights prayer as a mighty spiritual force

Guest Blogger: Natasha Dury

The debut of the independent film ‘The Power’ is especially strong with a timely theme and a compelling ending that is sure to give viewers a spiritually uplifting Ramadan.  Produced and starred in by Zenofer Fathima and directed by Sachin Ramdas, the short film premiered last night at Marriott Hotel in Al Jaddaf, Dubai with Her Highness Sheikha Hend Al Qassemi as guest of honor.

The Power is inspired by a true story and offers a stirring testimony that a strong faith and consistent prayer can indeed bring miracles.  Zenofer plays the lead role opposite Casey Shannon, the double for Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.  The female lead, on her way home from work is faced with fearful circumstances when a strange man started watching and following her, delivering the tense, suspense sequences in the film.  The thrilling ending comes with an exceptionally moving, yet motivating message that will lift spirits up this Ramadan and beyond.

“The Power is a concept I derived from my own experience in a very similar situation and how my strong faith yielded miracles to this day.  My personal experience instigated my desire to share my story with everyone. This is a perfect story for this special Holy Month.  Whatever your faith is, prayer plays a crucial part in it so this movie is something everyone can relate to,” Zenofer commented.

The movie was shot in Dubai’s old souks, easily capturing the charm and rich heritage of the Emirate.  More than just film aesthetics, Zenofer however said there is a deeper reason why she chose old Dubai as the setting for the movie.  “Dubai is now acknowledged as one of the hottest movie locations among international filmmakers, and I can honestly say that the city indeed offers a lot to make movies standout.  The choice of Dubai’s old souk district as location is somehow symbolic and adds extra meaning into the film.  The Power takes place in the modern era yet days of old are entrenched in the film, to assert that the message The Power conveys is as true today as it was ancient years ago,” Zenofer explained.

For his part, Casey was grateful for the experience of being a part of an indie movie teeming with a special universal message. “The Power is worth watching especially because it focuses on something that transcends time, gender, ethnicity and religious beliefs,” he said.

The Power is now available for viewing on Zenofer’s official YouTube channel House of Zen.

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