‘Street Art Goes To The Opera’ Exhibition Debuts At Cities Boutique

The regions pioneering art & design concept store, Cities hosted an intimate launch event for the first in-store solo art exhibition entitled “Street Art Goes to the Opera”. The who’s who of the Dubai social scene and the elite of the interiors world attended the event at the store in Galleria Mall, to admire the stunning hand-painted work of Greek-American artist Fotis Gerakis who choses skateboards instead of canvas.

Hazem Aljesr, owner of Cities boutique personally welcomed the guests and treated them to a selection of exotic drinks and intricately crafted canapés that match the urban artistic theme of the event. Inline with the street art theme, skateboarders performed tricks on the pavement and on a quarter pipe at the entrance of Cities Boutique giving the event an extra edge.

“The aim of this exhibition was to primarily introduce the unique work of Fotis Gerakis to the region while at the same time, encouraging new forms of artistic expression,” explains Hazem Aljesr, “His showcase is part of a series of events scheduled to take place in the boutique over the course of the year. Such exhibitions are designed to enrich our audience with endless forms of art and design in the relaxed and warm ambiance of Cities Boutique.”

Fotis Gerakins flew in for the occasion and mingled with guests explaining his inspiration behind the hand painted skateboards. The concept is a challenging perspective on possession and identity as it represents an acquisition of a style and medium that is typically used to characterize a specific societal group: the urban youth. With his possession of this medium, and his contrasting approach, he rebrands it as art worthy of being hung in homes and museums.

Visit Cities from April 19 ­ 29, 2015 to catch the

‘Street Art Goes To The Opera’ Exhibition by Fotis Gerakis.

Wild Wadi Waterpark Launches Thursday Ladies’ Nights

As the temperature begins to rise and the blazing heat of the summer kicks in, Wild Wadi Waterpark, situated between sister properties Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, has re-launched its popular ladies’ night with a twist.

A favourite spot for locals and visitors, this year’s ladies’ night will run from April to September (excluding Ramadan). The night has been introduced to allow women of all ages to enjoy quality time and unwind with their friends and family. The waterpark will stay open until the early hours of the morning and ladies can choose from 30 exciting rides, while a respected female guest DJ plays the latest hits.

Female lifeguards and security guards will be onsite to ensure the safety of guests in a carefree environment. Dubai’s leading waterpark promises a fun and memorable experience.

Guests looking to skip the queues can pre-book tickets online. Once through the gates, the fun begins with access to Wild Wadi’s daredevil rides including the adrenaline pumping Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj, or the Wipeout Flowrider – a wave simulator that shoots out seven tonnes of water per second. For those looking for a more laid-back setting, the long, lazy river of Juha’s Journey provides the perfect lounge setting for friends to catch up on the latest gossip.

General Admission on ladies’ night is AED 205 per person, and those below 1.1m in height only pay AED 165.

World Classical Music Series Piano Duo

M Premiere in collaboration with Dubai Concert Committee present prodigious piano virtuosos.

Kotova & Borovikov Piano Duo is a unique ensemble of prodigious pianists who have been praised for their dazzling performance, exquisite mastery as well as innovative and expressive creativity. Their repertoire is very diverse: music of different styles and genres from the classics to modern composers. Being the active propagandists of the best examples of piano duos’ music N.Kotova-V.Borovikov perform compositions by I.Bach, W.Mozart, I.Brahms, R.Shuman, F.Liszt, I.Straus, S.Rachmaninov, A.Skrabyn, A.Schnittke, I.Stravinsky, V.Gavrilin etc. They demonstrate spectacular synchronization, play as one and deliver impeccable performance every time.

The extraordinary talent combined with priceless experience and great love for music – therein lay the duo’s success and popularity. Duo has a great popularity locally and internationally, plays in the best concert halls of Belarus, Russian and Europe.

Valery Borovikov is one of the founders of the ensemble and is well-known for his concert transcriptions in various genres and forms: symphonic music, ballet, opera, music for theatre, etc. Some of his works issued by prominent publishing houses. Pianist is a multiple prize-winner of various international music competitions.

Natalia Kotova gives a lot of solo performances and concerts with different orchestras. She possesses excellent artistic talent, wonderful ensemble skill and high professionalism. At present she is also the Assistant Professor at the Special Piano Department of the Belarus State Academy of Music.

Event Date: 8 May 2015

Venue: The One&Only Royal Mirage, Royal Ballroom

Doors Open: 19:00 – Performance Starts: 20:00

Pricing: Gold Seating: AED 250 / Platinum Seating: AED 350 / VIP Seating: AED 550

Reservation: info@mpremiere.com

Hotline: +97150 870 2674

Website: www.mpremiere.com

Tickets at: www.platinumlist.net

Aswaaq’s Online Shopping Platform Brings ‘Grocery Shopping’ Home

Aswaaq launched a brand new online shopping platform accompanied with a delivery service. The platform will be an extension of their retail chains in the region, considering quality standards that form the base of the company.

With the aim to provide customers with enhanced e-shopping services, Aswaaq will also leverage its strong customer relationships to reach a wider audience of online shoppers. The retailer’s extension falls in line with government’s vision to provide a happier, life for the citizens and residents of the UAE.

In the first phase, several areas in Dubai will have access to Aswaaq’s online delivery service including Umm Suqeim, Umm Al Sheif, Al Manara, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, Knowledge Village, JLT, Tecom, Dubai Marina, JBR, Palm Jumeira, Al Sufouh, Al Safa, Al Wasl and Al Badaa.

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Paired with several payment options such as e-payment, credit card online, credit card on delivery, cash on delivery or by using the points in their aswaaq Loyalty accounts “Wafa”, customers will also receive points by using their Wafa loyalty programme number. These points can be redeemed on purchases from any Aswaaq supermarkets.

Deputy CEO, Affan Al-Khoori shared the company’s views “We are eager to provide the highest quality services to our customers and aim to abide by Dubai Smart Government’s objective to serve customers with easy and convenient services. Our vision is to enable our customers with complete access to a range of products that exceeds 5000 SKU in phase 1 of the service, anytime, anywhere.”

He added, “Aswaaq is a HACCP certified company and is keen on the effective use of technological tools to make business processes and relationships more efficient, that’s why we stand as one of the best retail companies in the region.”

In addition to redeemable points that Aswaaq provides Wafa members with, Customers can expect added features such as instant discounts, special offers and more with the Wafa loyalty programme.

The online shopping system allows users to pick a preferred time and date of delivery.

Customers can take advantage of the available delivery service by aswaaq fully equipped vehicles from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM and place their orders through their smart phones.

Explore Downtown Dubai As Emaar Rolls Out World’s First Hydrogen- Powered Dubai Trolley

Emaar Properties has marked another achievement with the roll out of the world’s first hydrogen-powered, zero-emission street trolley tram, the Dubai Trolley.

Plying along Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai Trolley is the region’s first-of-its-kind hop-on hop-off transit system that will offer easy and free access for visitors and residents to several iconic attractions in Downtown Dubai.

As part of the initial phase, the driver-operated Dubai Trolley will traverse a distance of 1 km, offering a relaxed transport experience for people and enhancing access to landmarks such as Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building; The Dubai Mall, the world’s most-visited and largest retail and entertainment destination, and Souk Al Bahar, an Arabesque shopping and dining destination.

Dubai Trolley also offers convenient hop-on hop-offs at three world-class hotels – The Address Downtown Dubai, Vida Downtown Dubai and Manzil Downtown Dubai, thus adding to the convenience of the hotel guests, assuring them a memorable touristic experience through the vibrant thoroughfare of the world’s most prestigious square kilometre.

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Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director of Emaar Properties, said: “Dubai Trolley is another innovative addition to Downtown Dubai that also redefines the concept of urban mobility. By integrating the unmatched aesthetics of a trolley tram with a state-of-the-art locomotive system, Emaar is presenting a sustainable transport mode for visitors and residents in Downtown Dubai.

“Apart from being environmentally sustainable and enhancing the convenience of the public, it is designed to be another compelling tourist attraction in Dubai. Just as a visit to the city is not complete without a tour of Downtown Dubai, a trip on Dubai Trolley will become a must-do in the tourist itinerary.”

Operational from 4pm to midnight on weekdays and from 3pm to 11pm on weekends, the double-decker trolley tram can carry 50 passengers and is developed to the highest safety standards.  The trams have been specially designed for Emaar, and are resplendent in bright red with aesthetic gold pin-stripes and green trim colours, featuring Arabesque design elements.

Three marvelously styled Dubai Trolley stations have also opened, where visitors can relax in air-conditioned comfort. The stations, with an aesthetically appealing façade, are located near The Address Downtown Dubai, Vida Downtown Dubai and Manzil Downtown Dubai. The Trolley Terminus near Old Town Island will feature F&B offerings.

When fully operational, Dubai Trolley will eventually span 7 km across the entire breadth of Downtown Dubai. Several crossings have been provided along the tramway to safe pedestrian traffic.

Downtown Dubai is also linked to the Dubai Metro through an air-conditioned travellator. It is well-serviced by public transport including Roads & Transport Authority’s buses and taxis.

The flagship development of Emaar Properties, Downtown Dubai welcomed over 80 million visitors in 2014, and is also most sought-after residential and commercial property destination. Fascinating attractions also include The Dubai Fountain, which offers a spectacular waterfront for The Dubai Mall and Souk Al Bahar, and the recently opened At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY, the highest outdoor observatory in the world.