Children In The UAE Will Enjoy Creative Play With Meraas’ New ‘eduplay’ Attraction At CITY WALK

Play is widely recognized as an essential component to a child’s development that contributes to their cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being. And, as the early years of a child’s development set the basis for learning, behaviour, and health that last a lifetime, it is important to allow a child the freedom to play and be engaged in activities that maximise their development potential.

Recent studies have highlighted the positive trend of children in the UAE spending more time playing – with much of this play time expended in physical activities.

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However, experts note that there is still room for improvement when it comes to encouraging creative pastimes among children. Instead of relying on structured programs and learning, specialists suggest that engaging in problem-solving and role-playing activities can go a long way in optimising a child’s creative potential.

Given this backdrop, the recent announcement by Meraas, a Dubai based holding company, to launch Mattel Play! Town is certainly timely. The new attraction will offer children in Dubai between two and 10 years of age, a safe indoor ‘eduplay’ attraction where they can enjoy playing and learning important life lessons in a relaxed setting.

Mattel Play! Town will leverage the ‘eduplay’ concept – a play-based education model that highlights the importance of stimulating children’s imagination and love for fantasy to facilitate the development of social skills. The hub is set to captivate children’s senses and allow them to step into the world of their favourite animation characters.

Across five themed play zones, children can join Barneyᵀᴹ, Thomas & Friendsᵀᴹ, Bob the Builderᵀᴹ, Angelina Ballerinaᵀᴹ, and Fireman Samᵀᴹ, in a variety of activities that have been carefully designed to enhance communication, self-sufficiency, and adaptive skills. In addition, children will also learn inter-dependence, team building, and problem-solving.

Each play zone has been tailored to fit different age groups and provide diverse eduplay benefits. For instance, toddlers and pre-schoolers will learn that sharing is caring and develop social skills with Barney, while Bob the Builder will help children hone their problem-solving skills and ability to work as a team by building his way through challenges with his Can-Do Crew. In addition, an on-site café serving healthy and nutritious meals and snacks will teach children the importance of wholesome eating habits.

Parents can also play alongside their children at Mattel Play! Town and join the excitement of engaging with characters they themselves loved as kids.

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For more information, please visit www.playtowndubai.com

Top Tips For Travelling In Style From British Airways’ Style Ambassador And Fashion Stylist To The Stars, Elizabeth Saltzman

  1. If possible I prefer a carry-on only unless you are going for more than four days. Make your outfits versatile so you can use things more than once. Plan ahead, for instance if you pack a navy blue tuxedo as an outfit to wear in the evening, you can also use the tuxedo jacket with your jeans, white shirt and flats for the day. Brooks Brother, J Crew, Saint Laurent and Tom Ford tuxedos are my favourites! A small amount of effort when packing can help you get really organised, plus there are some packing tips at

http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/baggage-essentials/packing-tips

Travel with clean, well-moisturised skin. Everyone has their favourite products. I swear by Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream and Shiseido Eye Mask. I love to freshen my face up during the flight with the Crème de La Mer Mist. I can’t travel without these products!

Water, water, water. Hydrating yourself inside as well as outside helps with jet lag and dehydration. Also, keeps hair looking glossy and your skin looking fresh.

Stretch! Every hour you should get up and stretch your legs and do at least 30 seconds or one minute of exercise to get your blood circulating. I always stretch my arms over my head and move my hands like I’m playing a phantom piano. Try leaning against the doorway to stretch your shoulders and to open up your chest. And for three simple options without even getting up from your seat: try a seated spinal twist; a half-forward bend; and slow neck rolls, five times in each direction.  Check out http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/health-and-wellbeing for more advice

Pearly whites!  Nothing is more welcoming than a pretty smile. I can’t fly without toothpaste and a toothbrush.  Keeping my mouth fresh and my teeth clean is a priority and certainly one that is appreciated when greeting people after a long flight.  British Airways’ Club World amenity kits are great as they contain both items!

I like to tie my hair up on a plane. I think it gets less static and less dirty that way, and if I twist it up into a bun I can let it out when I deplane. Magic: it’s like an instant blow-dry effect. If you have to go straight to a meeting I use Frederic Fekkai Dry Shampoo to quickly freshen my hair.

Sunglasses are a great way to accessorise an outfit while travelling. I firmly believe in my Tom Ford glasses, as well as a solid pair of Ray Bans.  It’s the ultimate jet-setter accessory.

Speaking of accessories… Scarves, everyone should have one in their bag while travelling. Great for warmth on the plane. They can be used as a blanket for your children or hoodie or neck warmer. I also love them during my trip to change up an outfit, it can be a sarong or an evening shawl.

Reset your watch and try to eat and sleep in sync with your new time zone as soon as you board. Immerse yourself in that film you’ve always wanted to see. British Airways has an exceptional catalogue of entertainment, from silver screen classics to Oscar buzz-worthy films.  Plan your viewing at: http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/entertainment/in-flight-entertainment

Hats are hard to pack so choose one wisely. A fedora works in many situations, it’s great for sun protection, it’s great for styling and it’s great if you didn’t have time to style your hair before travelling. My favourite is Maison Michel.

Bring a bag that isn’t too big to carry and that doesn’t unbalance your shoulders. The last thing you need is a crater-sized knot in your back.  As my tote, I would choose something simple and streamlined, like the Michael Kors Collection Large Leather Tote; or opt for a little whimsy with the Tory Burch Penn Applique Canvas Tote. As for a carry-on suitcase, I love the Tumi Tegra Lite Carry-On; the Victorinox Spectra 2.0 Carry-on; and both Globe-Trotter and Rimowa are firm favourites. Of course, you can never go wrong with Hermès… It was good enough for Grace Kelly.

Shoes! They are every woman’s guilty pleasure. Rather than packing more shoes than are necessary for your trip it is great to travel in ones that you can use more than once. If that means you are wearing a pair of heels, just remember to take them off in flight, stretch your toes, put on your circulation socks and relax. I always have a pair of Laurence Dacade sandals in my carry-on.

As any sports person knows layering is essential. I consider travelling a sport. Every person is different, layers are easy for travelling. You can always add one when you are cold or take one off if you get too warm. I always have a navy blue Celine cardigan in my bag when travelling.

A great trench by Burberry Prorsum can travel the world with you.  It goes over a LBD (little black dress) or blue jeans. It is extremely versatile. For instance look at Heidi Klum and Amal Clooney’s airport looks.

Wear minimal jewellery when travelling and pack statement pieces. I love jewellery, so I always have a small Smythson travel case with me where I keep my accessories.

Invest in headphones. My favourites are Beats by Dr Dre or Bose. They allow you to get in your own headspace and really enjoy your favourite tunes.

Clothing is only part of looking good at the airport but feeling healthy only makes you look better. I love vitamins and vitamin boosters, Berocca is a savior as is Bee Prepared. After a long flight anything that revitalizes is great to have on hand.

Everyone seems to have a phone, iPad or laptop in their hand at some point while travelling. Accessorising your electronics brings your personal style to their lives. My favourite way to accessorise is with the Anya Hindmarch permanent stickers, every designer seems to have a fun phone case at the moment.

A quick touch up before landing. Lips, bronzer and concealer are all you need. My personal favourites are the Tom Ford bronzer, Trish McEvoy concealer and Charlotte Tilbury’s Kissing Lipstick in pale pink. Make sure you have a small bottle of your favourite fragrance too.

Use the time wisely. Get some rest. Use the flight as a mini-vacation. You’re away from your emails! You have the luxury of not being bothered for a few solid hours so de-stress with a colouring book for adults! Write a letter to an old friend, and just take some time to think and savour this uninterrupted sojourn.

Victoria Beckham Tops List Of World’s Best Dressed Travellers

Victoria Beckham has been named the best dressed celebrity traveller by British Airways, which today unveiled its inaugural list of the World’s Best Dressed Travellers.

With her effortless ability to turn the airport arrivals lounge into her personal fashion runway, Victoria pipped Amal Clooney to the coveted top spot.

The list has been compiled by British Airways and top Hollywood fashion stylist Elizabeth Saltzman to celebrate the relationship between flying and fashion and to honour today’s globe-trotting trendsetters, spanning the worlds of film, music and entertainment.   As one of the world’s leading global premium airlines, British Airways exudes style and sophistication with every detail of its cabins designed to make customers feel special.

Elizabeth, whose clients include Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman and Academy Award-nominated Saoirse Ronan, said: “Victoria Beckham always gets it right when flying and it’s so impressive. Usually there is a menswear element to her travel wardrobe, it is chic and sophisticated but still classic and comfortable.”

Featuring some of the world’s most famous female fashion icons, the British Airways World’s Best Dressed Travellers list is a mix of inspiring celebrities who travel in style and instigate major wardrobe envy every time they step on the plane.  The judges reviewed hundreds of images of the international jet setters taken at airports around the world last year to help compile the list.  The full top 10 is:

1. Victoria Beckham

2. Amal Clooney

3. Kendall Jenner

4. Angelina Jolie

5. Gwen Stefani

6. Charlize Theron

7. Taylor Swift

8. Marion Cotillard

9. Lupita Nyong’O

10. Heidi Klum

Abigail Comber, British Airways’ Head of Customer, said: “We’ve always been associated with travelling in style – most recently with our elegant, new short-haul cabins and our new-look First cabin, created especially for the 787-9 aircraft.  We wanted to honour today’s style elite and those frequent flyers who embrace the enduring glamour and excitement of jumping on a plane.”

“Flying today is more accessible than ever,” added Elizabeth Saltzman. “People are more aware of themselves, whether it is their health and beauty regimes, time management or carbon footprint. The women on this list are all powerful examples of the modern world. Their style is classic with a personal twist. This is about the power of women and being able to balance it all.”

Hollywood fashion stylist and British Airways ambassador Elizabeth Saltzman started her career at Giorgio Armani in 1983. A prominent figure in the world of fashion, Elizabeth is often listed as one of the most influential industry insiders and one of the most accurate trend spotters.  Here, she shares her exclusive insights on the World’s Best Dressed Travellers:

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Betadine Releases “supporting My Journey” Webisode Series Focus On Healthy Living

Today Betadine announced the launch of its healthy living webisode series
“Supporting my Journey” targeting young consumers through mobile viewership. Bespoke Ride Studio,

Al Quoz hosted the event with the presence of Dubai’s media, along with sport enthusiasts and the five local Champions.

The webisode series follows the progress of five champions to reach the goal of completing a triathlon for the first time. The local champions are: Lifestyle Editor of 7 Days, Caitlyn Davey; Editor In Chief of Ahlan!, Aline Khoury; Blogger of Dubai Fit Foodie, Gbemi Giwa; Stand Up Comedian, Salman Qureshi; and local student Ali Diab. All of whom, embarked on an intensive 12 week fitness journey designed and led by a local triathlon and fitness company, ‘Go Strong’ and its internationally certified coaches.

In addition to triathlon training, the participants worked with a nutritionist and psychologist, among other professionals, to positively impact all aspects of their lives. The trainers and five Champions were on hand to discuss their experience, how they stayed motivated and the challenges they faced in the process and working with the talent, during the event.

Dr. Ashraf Allam, Regional Vice President of Mundipharma Middle East and Africa region commented “We hope that Betadine’s “Supporting my Journey” webisode series will serve as a motivational gateway for viewers looking to boost their fitness path by following the progress of our local champions who, just like the viewers, want a step change in their lifestyle.”
These webisodes will be released on BETADINE’s YouTube channel, and will also be available from their Facebook page. Follow the campaign through the following hashtags – #nevergiveup #betadine
#supportingmyjourney
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Formation Flower Power At Inflight Dubai As Girls Storm To Scrambles Crown

Competing for the first time as a team, the all-girl foursome of Shavon Simpson, Kim Myers, Kristen Johnson and Nada Almarr powered to the top in the 4-Way Formation Intermediate Category at the second 2016 SandStorm Scrambles event at Inflight Dubai.

The foursome the only all-girl group in the 16-team competition open to both Intermediate and Rookie skydivers – produced a stunning final jump to ssnatch the title after a closely-fought battle saw the four-round competition go to the wire.

Combined together by the event judges in order to represent a spread of ability, the girls adopted the team name The Mighty Morphing Flower Arrangers and certainly blossomed as a 4-Way Formation team scoring 87 points to win by seven from runners-up the ˜E-Lemon-ators, featuring Gabor Molner, Iurri Railean, Alexander Staschenko and Janina Huschle (80 points).

Also scoring 80 points but given third place due to an inferior top scoring round were Glen Lowerson, Clare Greenwood, Emma Merritt and Cornelia Mihai (˜Break Like The Wind).

As we hadn’t flown together before and were the only all-girl team in the competition, it certainly went better than we expected, said a delighted Shavon Simpson The great thing about competing with people you have never flown with before is you learn, you adapt and you have fun.

Obviously there is pressure on you as you’re not competing with your usual team-mates and you don’t want to let anyone down but it is a great format.

Staged in inflight Dubai’s 5.03m x 20.73m indoor tunnel, the two-category event saw competitors combined into teams by highly experienced judges and SkyDive Dubai instructors Eliana Rodriguez and Alena Chistova.

Competition was fierce throughout as the teams performed a number of formations in the tunnel under the watchful eyes of both Rodriguez and Chistova. Going into the final round, the eventual winners were lying in third place but produced a near-flawless final performance to score 30 points – the best of the night – and take the title.

dont think any of us were breathing on that last jump, added a delighted Simpson, who helped her team to the winners cheque of AED 16,000. “We knew we had to score well if we were going to win so we stayed completely focused on getting a big enough score. Fortunately, it paid off.

In the 4-Way Formation Rookie category, victory and the first prize of AED 12,000 went to the Dutchys team of Ahmad Abdulla Hashim, Pablo Rua, Sioned Taylor and Nawaf Alawadhi on 57 points, seven ahead of the ˜Heroes and Zeros team of Abdulla Aldosari, Sean Hahessy, Andy Salisbury and Khaled Mahdy (50 points). Third place went to ˜Chitty Chitty Bust Bust comprising Khaled Abduljalil, Ana Fratila, Karim Madour and Margo Weber on 47 points.

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A big thank you to everyone for making it an exciting competition, said Meet Director Ian ˜FreddyMacdonald.The Scrambles format is one of our most popular events and we look forward to staging even more indoor tunnel flying competitions in the near future.