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.

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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.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

 

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
FEB
1/2/3

MAR

8/9/10

MAR

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

APR

12/13/14

APR

Movie OVERDRIVE VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS MONSTER FAMILY FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS ALL NIGHTER SPECIAL SCREENING SPECIAL SCREENING CLOSING WEEKEND SPECIAL

 

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 & FLEUR DE PEAU

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

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.

FLEUR DE PEAU

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.

DESIGN

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