Monthly Archives: June 2014

Paramount California University launches Executive MBA Program in the Middle East

Paramount California University now offering Executive MBA program for working adults in the Middle East

Irvine, CA – Jun 25, 2014 (PRN): Paramount California University launches its flexible Executive MBA Program designed for working adults eager to accelerate their careers, specifically in the Middle East. Through partnerships with professors and education providers, the program makes it easy for professionals eager to brush up their skills or improve their qualifications to meet the demands of the changing workplace.

The Middle East region being the center for many industries is the hub of businesses globally, which in turn puts pressure on today’s professionals to consistently improve. As a result MBA graduates demand a more flexible and diverse program to help them develop a competitive skill-set.

Through well-crafted course outlines, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students, the executive MBA program provides valuable knowledge with flexible self-paced education. The course material can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere using an internet connection.

The Executive MBA program has been tailored to meet the needs of working professionals in the region so they can spend more time on coursework preparation, career development and business networking. Each high-quality course in the program includes comprehensive lessons and a discussion area. The program attracts senior-professionals in the Middle East region with an average of 3 years of work experience or more and remarkable leadership competencies.

The Executive MBA Program intends to develop each candidate’s intellectual standing, professional integrity, global sensitivity and local networking so they can contribute meaningfully to the business community in the Middle East region.

About Paramount California University
Paramount California University (PCU) was founded on the ideals that students of all ages, from all backgrounds across the globe should have online access to accredited higher education. Veterans, professionals, and those transitioning into the workforce can earn degrees through Paramount California University at times and locations that are most convenient.

Busy working professionals can complete the requirements for an Associate, Bachelor, Master or even Doctoral degree programs from the comfort of their home or office, at whatever time of day best suited to study. At Paramount California University, students earn a valuable degree, but even more importantly in today’s global economy, professional credibility and the skills necessary for a thriving career. The University has global divisions in UK, France, Australia, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar. The divisions are a representation for the university in the respective regions and all local employer verification requests, financial queries or concerns are managed through the relevant offices.

For further information, visit website: http://www.pcu.edu

Top ten activities for kids in Dubai

At first glance, Dubai doesn’t seem the ideal place to raise your family. The glamour and glitz seem far removed from the busy, messy reality of young children. You may worry that your usual options of playing in the park or garden just won’t be suitable in high summer temperatures.

According to the HSBC Expat Explorer Survey carried out in 2013, the UAE ranked 18 out of 37 in the ‘raising children abroad’ league tables – scoring poorly for factors including health and wellbeing.

Issues such as the heavy traffic can make it hard to stay active, and affect both adults and children. Similarly, the heat at certain times of the day can restrict outdoor play.

However, there is a solution. Carefully chosen activities will ensure your children stay fit, inspired and feel culturally engaged with this exciting place. You’ll find that simply heading out of the city centre can bring many advantages too – you escape that traffic for a start, and you will find more peaceful, educational options for your children.

As Nic Brown, the Global Head of Distribution at Aetna International, says, “It’s vital for your family to spend time away from the hustle and bustle of city life. More space and a change of scenery can work wonders for their health, wellbeing and behaviour.”

Luckily, there are many fantastic opportunities for your family to unwind together, both in and not far outside the city.

1. Learn about the local culture
There’s no point living somewhere so different to home if you stay in that expat bubble and fail to learn about the local culture. The Dubai Heritage Village, located in the Shindagha, near the creek’s mouth, is a fabulous traditional village. It provides an engaging way of discovering Dubai’s traditional culture and lifestyle, including its maritime history and pearl diving traditions.

2. Explore the desert
Dune_bashingChildren will be fascinated by experiencing the desert surrounding the city. Older children may enjoy the high-octane ‘dune bashing’ but for a more educational, gentler experience, then a wildlife safari is fantastic. Not many companies are permitted to conduct wildlife safaris actually within the Dubai Desert Conservation reserve, so do check that yours is one of them! You’ll travel through the stunning dunes, looking for native animals such as sand gazelles, Arabian hares and caracal. Do have a go at camel riding while you’re at it.

3. Go skiing
ski_dubaiThere is something so fun about leaving the heat to head to sub-zero temperatures. Learning to ski or snowboard is a great life skill and provides lots of exercise too. Ski Dubai offers reasonably priced children’s discovery lessons, and it is hassle free because all clothing and equipment is provided. However, bear in mind that it’s not suitable for under twos.

4. Experience falconry
Hunting with birds is embedded in local culture. Falcons were used for hunting hares and houbara to supplement the Bedouin diet. Seeing the birds in action is breathtaking, and you may have the chance to fly a falcon yourself.

5. Go crazy at water parks
Wild Wadi Water ParkFor masses of activity that is guaranteed to make them sleep well, then the city’s water parks really make the most of both Dubai’s fantastic ability to entertain and the hot weather. You can choose between Wild Wadi Water Park and Aquaventure at the Atlantis. Both will give you more slides and splashes than you thought possible and you’ll find rides and activities suitable for all age groups.

6. A day at the park
Creekside Park is a very popular location for families. The children can enjoy the waterside green space and have a good run around in the fresh air. You’ll find playgrounds and beautiful gardens, as well as a 30-metre-high cable car. Hiring bikes is a lovely option too. To whet your appetite and see what other families think, check out the brilliant reviews on Trip Advisor.

7. Learn about marine life
Did you know that the waters of Dubai are rich in marine life? They are home to more than 300 species of fish as well as the endangered Hawksbill and Green Turtles. The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project lets you meet some of these turtles, while they are recovering from illness or injury. Your kids will be entranced by these gentle giants, as well as learning lots about the threats they face and what we can all do to help.

8. Make music
The Centre for Musical Arts offers a high standard of musical tuition to youngsters across a range of instruments. Group, as well as individual, lessons are available for most instruments. It won’t be long before your child will be able to take part in performances. The regular sessions are a great way of children meeting new friends outside school.

9. Set their imagination free
Kidszania_DubaiKidszania is an interactive city, where everything is built to the scale of children. They will explore the streets and buildings and can try out over 80 jobs, such as doctor, chef and firefighter. This sort of imaginative play will really inspire them, as well as giving you lots to talk about as a family.

 

10. Defy gravity
iFly_wind_tunnelIt is incredible that children over the age of three can have the opportunity to experience sky diving! Luckily, there is no need to chuck your infants out of a plane. At iFLY, the wind tunnel allows you to float in the air, three metres high!

 

World cup stars and their super cars

The FIFA World Cup has officially started; footballers from across the globe are heading to Brazil to put everything on the line for the pride of their nation. However, away from the field of play, none can deny that most of these football stars have a reputation of splurging unabashedly on racy cars. Do you know how much pride they place in their rides? Carmudi, the leading international car classifieds, digs into the brands and budgets of the super rides that catch the fancy of some of the best football players across the world.

Ronaldo – Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

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Officially recognised as the best player in the world currently, Ronaldo’s car exudes the same type of panache the footballer does with the ball at his feet. The Lamborghini Aventador is not a shy car with a lofty 700 Brake Horsepower (BHP) to help the vehicle reach a top speed of 217mph. The Ballon D’or winner’s car comes in a stealthy matte black to add that extra touch of understated style. However all this flash will set you back a hefty 450,000 USD

Lionel Messi – Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

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A car befitting of a player held in the same regard as some of the greatest of all time. When needing to get from A to B, Messi uses a his Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale. His vehicle comes in a clean looking white, reaches a top speed of 188mph and costs upwards of 181,000 USD. Certainly a worthy drive for the only man who can stand toe-to-toe with Ronaldo in world football.

Wayne Rooney – Aston Martin Vanquish

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For the talismanic Englishman it is fitting to choose a car that is British. The Aston Martin Vanquish is a car which expresses the same class on the road that Rooney does on the field. This car set Rooney back a fair amount costing 280,000 USD. However, with a top speed of 183mph and a booming engine of 565 BHP it is most certainly a car for a superstar.

Samuel Eto’o – Maybach 57 S Xanatec Coupe

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At a time Eto’o was the highest paid player in the world. He is said to have a fleet of cars costing an astonishing 6,700,000 USD. Of his collection the car that stands out is his Maybach Xanantec Coupe. It costs over a million dollars and has a huge presence on the road, similar to that of the Cameroonian captain’s on the pitch.

Ribery – Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder

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Ribery, referred to as ‘the jewel of French football’ by the legendary Zinedine Zidane will once again be the focal point of France’s bid for World Cup glory. Ribery’s glory on the road is in the form of his Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder. Able to reach 201mph and costing 225,000 USD, his ride comes in an eye catching bright green so he is never out of the spotlight.

Neymar – Audi R8 GT

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The man with the weight of a nation on his shoulders and the face of the Brazil World Cup. The talented forward chooses to cruise the roads in the Audi R8 GT. Costing nearly 250,000 USD, it reaches top speeds of nearly 200mph. Neymar has decided to keep the design simple and sleek in a bright white paint job and a classical red leather upholstery interior.

Get it All Fresh with OSN’s SUNDANCE Channel

On January 2014, the Sundance Channel was founded by Robert Redford in the USA, they just launched a regional version for the Middle East and North Africa after signing a deal with Dubai-based-TV network OSN.

The Sundance Channel started by offering independent feature films, world cinema, documentaries, short films, series and original programmes, many of them taken from the Sundance network in the US.

Spending time at home with family and friends is no more an ordinary experience. The Sundance’s Channel programming offers fascinating series, reality TV programs and award winning movies from independent film festivals around the world available in the content’s original language and with Arabic subtitles exclusively on OSN. All to be viewed for the first time in the region.

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If you are looking for the TV channel that won’t make you bored and with which you can enjoy amazing moments either by yourself or with your family and friends then you will absolutely find pleasure discovering more about the OSN’s Sundance. Your Friday evening will not be the same with the all fresh movies, series and other programmes offered for Middle East and North African audience. Enjoy your own experience with the Sundance channel and visit us on: http://www.osn.com/Announcements/2014/may/sundance_en_gb.aspx