Monthly Archives: March 2013

SIKKA 2013 launches in Dubai to promote intercultural dialogue

DUBAI: H.H. Sheikh Majed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), officially inaugurated SIKKA 2013, the Authority’s contemporary artist-led fair in Dubai.

The fair is held in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, which served as centre of the city in the past. 24th March, SIKKA 2013 features works from 70+ Emirati artists, and 14 multi-disciplinary initiatives and collectives, an array of special projects, workshops, panel discussions, live music and entertainment, film screenings, performances and a children’s educational programme, in addition to guided and self-led tours.

The SIKKA will last 11 days, visitors can discover over 45 new works on display and experience a diverse selection of interactive projects and hands-on workshops, shedding light on Dubai’s alternative arts and cultural scene.

H.H Sheikh Majed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “Dubai’s cultural scene is witnessing incredible growth and the city has evolved as one of the world’s leading hubs for fine arts today. SIKKA stands apart in the arts sector of Dubai with its focus on promoting Emiratis and UAE-based artists. Over the past three years, the contemporary art fair has served as a platform to highlight the rich talent in our country. With the largest showcase of works, performances, and community-centric initiatives to date, SIKKA will continue to build on Dubai’s rich artistic identity and promote intercultural dialogue.” With numerous acts scheduled each day, SIKKA’s commissioned musicians will take the stage with their most recent creations. These include: As per Casper; Beatbox Ray; Fables of Cantt; Gayathri; Harrison Rice; Jabbar; Layla Lacole; Liminal Roots; Nada Dada; Regal Beats; Sach Holden; Shay; Swerte; THEM;’ and Valentin Spasov, in addition to performances from Imagyne, Paul D, and Star TOO.

Works by up-and-coming filmmakers include Amal Agroobi’s 90% Psyche; Anushka Anand’s Lonely @ Night; Camille Mallat’s SIKKA Photo Booth; Hania Ansari’s My Heart My Fellow Traveler; Mohammed Al Marzouqi’s Travelling Through Time; and Salma El-Shami’s Shiddi ?eilek.

This year will also have a special house dedicated to design, comprising young designers exploring the medium beyond the commercial context. These include: Khalid Mezaina; Layan Attari; M?bius Design Studio; Nada AlYafaei; Talin Hazbar; and Tulip Hazbar.

All visits and activities at SIKKA 2013 are open to the public. Participation is free of charge; however registration is required for workshops due to limited seating.

SIKKA 2013 will be held concurrently with Art Week, Dubai’s premier umbrella arts initiative encompassing of Art Dubai and Design Days Dubai.

With cultural events like SIKKA Dubai can be promoted more than just a shopping or desert safari destination for the tourists around the world.

Miracle Garden – World’s largest flower garden in Dubai opened.

Dubai has launched yet another mega project that has converted the desert into an oasis of flowers. According Gulf News, Miracle Gardens’ landscaper, Akar, says it wants to demonstrate “that it’s possible to green the desert through judicious re-use of waste water, through drip irrigation.”

Some pictures of the Miracle Garden more available here

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The Dubai Miracle Gardens has more than four kilometers of walkways. It’ll be a miracle if you get through it without breaking a sweat

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Billing itself as the world’s largest natural flower garden, the 72,000-square-meter Dubailand attraction contains 45 million flowers.

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The Dubai Miracle Garden will be closed from June to September, when temperatures average 40 degrees Celsius (104 F).

One can visit Miracle garden by taking a city tour of Dubai or bu just renting a car to Dubai Land

Air Arabia adds second Sri Lanka route with launch of Mattala

Sharjah, Mar 02nd, 2013 – Air Arabia  announced today that it has added its second destination in Sri Lanka with the launch of non-stop flights to Mattala. The new route marks Air Arabia’s 84th destination worldwide. The inaugural flight G9508 will take off to Mattala Rajapakse International Airporton on March 18, 2013.Sharjah International Airport at 21:30 and arrives Mattala Hambantota International Airport at 03:45. Return flights on the will depart next day from Mattala at 04:25 and arrive in Sharjah at 07:35 (local time). 

Adel Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia, said: “Today’s announcement is a continuation of Air Arabia’s longstanding commitment to expand our presence in the Indian Subcontinent. Just a few months after our inception in 2003, we launched a direct service to Colombo, which was our first destination in the Subcontinent, and we are delighted to now add a second route to the country. Our new service to Mattala is in direct response to passenger demand, and while contribute to the trade and tourism ties between UAE and Sri Lanka.” The launch of services to Mattala will complement Air Arabia’s existing nine weekly flights from Sharjah to Colombo. The airline currently offers daily flights to the capital city, and twice daily on Tuesdays and Fridays.

DUBAL leverages golf sponsorship for community benefit

As part of its CSRs, Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) consciously seeks opportunities to invest meaningfully in socially deserving causes, especially projects and programmes that benefit the disadvantaged within UAE society.

Over the past 5 years, this has included leveraging the company’s annual sponsorship of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament (“the Omega DDC”) as a platform to enrich the lives of children with special needs.

The practice continued at the 2013 Omega DDC, which took place at the Emirates Golf Club from 31 January to 3 February, with this year’s activity comprising a multi-faceted CSR programme:
• On 31 January (the first day of the tournament), DUBAL hosted a group of students from Dubai Centre for Special Needs at the Emirates Golf Club, during which the youngsters had the opportunity to meet several of the world’s top golfers. The students were also taken on a tour of the golf course and given golf lessons.
• Within the “village” built at the course, which provided sponsors with exhibition opportunities as well as being home to diverse retail and refreshment outlets, a DUBAL-branded golf-putting centre offered those attending the tournament the chance to try their hand at the game – along with the invitation to donate cash to the Dubai Centre for Special Needs.
• DUBAL presented a cheque to the value of Dhs 100,000 to Dr Mahshid Salehi (Director: Dubai Centre for Special Needs) during the tournament prize-giving ceremony.

Commenting on the success of the programme, Mohammed Yahya (Manager: Corporate Relations & International Affairs) said, “DUBAL has been a major sponsor of the Omega DDC since 1992, our involvement being motivated by our commitment to by supporting the broader goals of the Dubai government – specifically by showcasing Dubai’s superb tourism and business infrastructure to international audiences, which contributes to the socio-economic growth of the city and Emirate of Dubai. Our 2013 CSR programme took this to a new level by giving members of the public the opportunity not only to interact with our brand in a positive way, but also to add their financial support to ours.”

For Dubai Centre for Special Needs, the funds raised will be put to good use in enhancing its facilities and covering some of the centre’s operating costs. Moreover, the outing for the centre’s students provided priceless value.

“Sports play an integral role in establishing a whole-centered approach to maintaining motivation, inclusion and integration for our students,” explains Roula Farah (Public Relations Coordinator).

“Within the centre, they play basketball, table tennis, soccer and badminton in our multi-purpose hall; and use gymnasium equipment to help build and strengthen their muscles. Extra-curricular sports activities – such as the golf lessons offered through this DUBAL-sponsored activity – are highly appreciated for the tremendous value they add. Not only are such activities beneficial for our students’ physical health, but they also help with their mental well-being, socialization and community participation, all of which are vital for their independence.”