Coya Gets ‘SOLE-FUL’ With Sustainability

This summer, Coya Dubai supports its first CSR initiative to promote sustainability in collaboration with ARTSPACE. From July until the 15th of August, this multi-dimensional Peruvian outlet showcases its first public recycled art display by Ocean Sole and a photographic project ‘Genesis’ by renowned Brazilian photojournalist Sebastio Salgado.

Supported by ARTSPACE, Ocean Sole– a collection of colourful, inspiring and handcrafted animal sculptures conveey an important message about marine conservation to Coya Dubai’s guests. Each artistic piece is created with 100% recycled flip-flops- a symbolic medium representing its hazardous qualities to marine wildlife. The foundation of Ocean Sole also raises awareness to the emerging field of sustainable entrepreneurship as each piece highlights the creativity and resourcefulness of the artists– who hail from the coastal communities of Africa–and their efforts to improve their lives through the re-appropriation of other peoples’ waste.

Coya Dubai hoped that Ocean Sole’s vibrant pieces would be a fitting platform introduce the importance of recycling– by showing the possibilities of using recycled and alternative materials in design—to Dubai’s public.

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The project ‘Genesis’ by the social documentary photographer, Sebastio Salgado represents the unblemished faces of nature and humanity. The award-winning photographer travelled an epic, 30 trip expedition in extreme conditions between 2004 and 2011 to capture a series of photographs across landscape, wildlife and indigenous human communities that continue to live in accordance with their ancestral traditions and cultures. The black-and-white photography series is conceived as a potential path to humanity’s rediscovery of itself in nature and showcase the beauty of a still-pristine planet that has so far escaped the imprint of modern society. The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Salgado depicts the name of the project saying, “some 46% of the planet is still as it was in the time of genesis. We must preserve what exists.”

Set against its main entrance, Coya Dubai showcases his compiled work to visitors, raising awareness to the emblematic message of the piece; reversing the damage done to earth, and driving the importance of preserving it for the future.

Record 40,000 Visitors At Ramadan Night Market In The First Four Days

Thousands of ds of shopping enthusiasts continue to stream into the Ramadan Night Market as the souq completed its fourth day at Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre. The exhibition that opens at 8pm and closes at 2am every night surpasseda staggering 40,000 visitors with the number expecting to grow further. Offering a wide range of products, entertainment and food, the market has been a source of attraction to people from various backgrounds, nationalities and ages. Visitors were seen enjoying themselves milling around the shops, browsing, bargaining and buying, while youngsters were immersed in games, rides and all sorts of fun. The huge food pavilion, of course, remained one of the star attractions with foodies luxuriously picking and choosing among their favourite international culinary.

This is a great place to be, exclaimed Nasreen a visitor at the souq, “Families need avenues like these to relax and enjoy especially given the exceedingly busy lives we lead. At Ramadan Night Market, all my family members can find something that would interest them, similar to a mall, but without having to walk so much. The variety is quite impressive too.

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The gilded, curtained Henna Majlis standing tall in the centre of the hall remained a continuous source of delight for ladies. Decked in traditional floor arrangement, the enclosure was a buzzing place while women and young girls sat patiently watching their hands and feet being embellished with various henna designs.

This is the first time I’m getting my hands painted with henna, and I can’t get over how pretty they look, said Carla, a British national working in Dubai, I think Ramadan Night Market is a great idea since it puts together so much fun under the same roof, and I’d love to explore the rest of the market.

Outlets that sold garments and jewellery drew the most crowds as people did their Eid shopping, besides stocking up generally. Readymade kurtas (long shirts) in traditional Indian and Pakistani designs and sparkling colourful jewellery were very much in demand, while visitors browsed through furniture and decorative knickknacks as well. Most attendees seemed quite happy with the wide range that market offered and enjoyed the bazaar-like environment which they felt provided a refreshing change from regular mall-shopping. The vibrant décor of the hall and organized system was also lauded.

Shopping apart, some visitors claimed they would be returning to the market just to taste the mouth-watering array of cuisines. With over 50 food stalls, the pavilion catered to various taste-buds, offering choices from fresh fruit to juices to Arabic, Indian, Chinese and fast food among others. With everything from traditional to international just a few steps away, decision-making was not easy. As icing on the cake, many food outlets were giving away free coupons.

Sunil Jaiswal, President, Sumansa Exhibitions who are the organisers of the event, said: “It feels great when you see such a great welcome to Ramadan Night Market, and the fact that people love it so much. On the inaugural night, there were people at the entrance of Sheikh Rashid Hall waiting for souq to open its doors. The next day, we clocked in more 700 visitors in just first 10 minutes of the opening. The rising popularity graph simply goes to show that the market is catering to wide range of interests which makes it an ideal family recreational venue.

Besides food, the gaming zones also remained a hot favourite among children and adults alike. While visitors tried their luck in the Play and Win Area, children and teenagers enjoyed themselves immensely on fun rides, merry-go-rounds and other games at Kids Play Area and Fun Play Area. Parents also appreciated the massive play zones where they could keep an eye on their kids as they completed their shopping or grabbed a bite at the same time. Scores of visitors participated in the daily raffle draw as well.

Cutting Chai serves as the Gold Sponsor and Jet Airways as Official Airline partner for this year’s event, while Physique TV is the official TV partner. Official radio partners include 89.1 Radio 4, Channel 4 FM 104.8 and Al Rabia 107.8 FM.

 

Compareit4ME See Huge Growth In Applications During First Half Of Ramadan

Just two weeks into Ramadan, compareit4me.com, the largest financial comparison site in the Middle East, has seen a 70% increase in user applications in the UAE. compareit4me is expected to generate more than 300,000 applications in 2015, boosted by regional expansion and continuous growth in the finance comparison industry as a whole.

After enjoying stellar success in 2014, being named Best Finance Comparison Site in the UAE by IFM Awards, and Best Comparison Site in the Middle East by the Global Banking and Finance Review, the company which is now live in 6 countries has seen huge growth in its platform, which now generates over 45,000 live finance applications each month. They are poised to dominate the market with over 300,000 applications in 2015 – a big increase on its already impressive feat of 200,000 applications in 2014, more than any other comparison platform in the region.

“In past years we have seen a huge increase in the number of people applying during Ramadan, said Jon Richards, CEO of the compareit4me group. “ The first few weeks of Ramadan 2015 achieved even greater numbers and have exceeded our expectations, which can be largely attributed to the earlier arrival of the holy month and the fact that children were still in school”. He added, noting that car loans are one of the most popular products for UAE consumers, with most car dealers dropping prices and adding benefits such as free insurance or servicing.

compareit4me have no doubt benefitted from the wider economy which remains buoyant, with current foreign currency reserves standing at AED12.121 billion (USD33 billion). As rising liquidity and capital adequacy in the region bolsters regional banks’ confidence, financial powerhouses such as ADIB, CBD and Doha Bank in the GCC, a region widely considered to be a key market for facilitating the global growth of Islamic finance, are also taking advantage of the Ramadan shopping craze and aiming to increase customer numbers by offering low rates on financial products such as loans, credit cards, and personal lines of credit.

Though many banks and finance providers see this month as an opportunity to offer discounts and promotions, Richards cautions consumers to consider their commitments and finances carefully before committing to additional finance. He added “It’s easy to get carried away and purchase a new car or take out additional debt because it’s a good deal. Consumers need to think about the long term impact of the debt and most importantly, ensure they can afford the additional commitment should their personal circumstances change”.

“We want to democratize consumer finance in the Middle East and the first step towards achieving that is facilitating accurate product comparisons,” added Richards.  With its services in strong demand from UAE customers, this Ramadan is turning out to be the perfect opportunity to cement compareit4me as a market leader in 2015.

 

Get Emirates Collectibles Delivered To Your Door

Emirates Official Store, the home of Emirates collectibles, makes it easier for fans of the airline to ‘Fly Emirates’ no matter where they are in the world.

Emirates merchandise brings aviation, travel and sport fans togetherconnecting people and their passions around the globe. With a few clicks on www.emiratesofficialstore.com, shoppers can now choose from the full range of Emirates merchandise and complete their transaction using MasterCard and Visa debit/credit cards.

The enhanced feature on the Emirates Official Store’s website offers delivery to UAE and international customers with a flat fee US$5 and US$25 respectively.

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“As Emirates continues on our journey to becoming a global lifestyle brand, we regularly look at new and interesting ways to reach people around the globe and outside of an airport or aircraft. Emirates Official Store has something for everyone – from football jerseys for fans of Emirates-sponsored clubs, aircraft models for aviation enthusiasts, apparel for all ages, children’s products and travel accessories for the frequent flyer. The list does not end there and we are continually adding new products and redesigning them,” said David Staff, Manager of Emirates Merchandise.

For the Sports Fan

Fans of football clubs and sports events sponsored by Emirates can buy the latest football shirts (http://bit.ly/eos-footballkit) on the website and at its official store at The Dubai Mall (Ground Floor, ‘The Village’).

The new Paris Saint-Germain football shirts are now available and the new season’s shirts for AC Milan, Arsenal and Real Madrid will coincide with the clubs’ global launch dates this Summer.

Following the recent sponsorship agreement with Portugal’s Lisboa e Benfica, the football club’s new season kit will also be available later this year.

Rugby enthusiasts are not left behind as the official store website is selling the Rugby World Cup memorabilia (http://bit.ly/eos-rugbyworldcup) ahead of the tournament in September.

For the Frequent Flyer

The latest travel essential for this summer is the Emirates’ Urban Travellers (http://bit.ly/eos-urbantravellers) range which consists of various mini bags for swim gear, laundry, and gadgets to keep the items neat in a luggage.

The Store also offers basic travel essentials such luggage tags of various designs and sophisticated passport wallets made of leather.

For the Young and the Young at Heart

Another latest addition is the Emirates’ Cabin Crew and Pilot uniforms (http://bit.ly/dressupuniform) for children aged 3 to 8 years old retailing at AED 210 ($US 57). To complete the crew and pilot look, shoppers can buy the iconic Emirates red hat and pilot hat which cost from AED 95 ($US 26).

For the Aviation Enthusiast

Aircraft models (http://bit.ly/eos-aircraftmodel) of varying sizes are the all-time best-sellers for the Store. These detailed replicas of the Emirates Airline fleet are either made of plastic or die-cast metal. When Emirates specially dresses an aircraft in conjunction with some of its famous sports sponsorships, the miniature version of the same aircraft are sold as well.

Pinkberry Introduces Mint Lemonade Frozen Yogurt For Ramadan

Pinkberry, the world’s leading frozen yogurt retailer, has unveiled the new Mint Lemonade frozen yogurt flavor, exclusively during Ramadan in all stores across Kuwait, UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Lebanon, Qatar, Jordan and Egypt.

Developed locally, this flavor is inspired by the refreshing taste of the region’s popular Mint Lemonade drink. The blend of lemons and fresh aromatic mint leaves provides a welcome relief from the summer heat. The Mint Lemonade frozen yogurt can be paired with fresh cut fruits to enhance the flavours, and premium dry toppings like almonds and granola to add some crunch.

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Pinkberry is committed to providing customers with a delicious culinary experience in every cup. All Pinkberry frozen yogurt is made with real milk and yogurt packed with live and active cultures. It is loaded with calcium and protein, which help support a healthy immune system and may help regulate digestion.

Visit our stores and try this cool and refreshing frozen yogurt flavor. Available for a limited time only.