Monthly Archives: December 2014

AB’s, Renowned New-Concept Grill Restaurant, Comes To Dubai

Absolute Barbecues, better known as AB’s, the grill restaurant chain acclaimed for its multi-cuisine live cooking concept, has made its debut in Dubai, after being consistently ranked among the best restaurants in the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.

AB’s winning formula is based on its unrivalled ‘Do-It-Yourself’ grilling experience that incorporates a wide array of cuisines from around the globe. There is a LIVE CHARCOAL GRILL at each table, a central live WORLD GRILL station offering exotic choose-it-yourself culinary option and an extensive main course offering a choice of veg and non-veg dishes and desserts.

AB’s marks its foray into international market through this distinctive outlet located at Fraser Suites (inside Sidra Tower), near Gems Wellington School, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, offering discerning diners an innovative buffet dining experience in a quality setting (in a four-star hotel) at surprisingly reasonable prices.

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Spread over 6300 sq. ft., AB’s has a capacity for 174 diners, making it one of the largest buffet destinations in Dubai. An army of nearly 30 serving staff are employed to assist and advise customers on grilling suggestions and provide information on each dish served at the table.

“AB’s in Dubai raises the buffet experience to the next level through personalized service and a personalised grilling experience, far superior to run-of-the-mill buffet places in the Gulf,” says Razeen Parambil, GM of AB’s. “This is because AB’s was created by people who pioneered the ‘high quality’ buffet concept in India and are now ready to take on the world. We are driven by passion, and not just by money motives, and this is reflected in every aspect of our operations and service.”

The main USP of AB’s is that it offers a large selection of meat, seafood and vegetables that customers can grill to their own preference. The restaurant’s accompanying sauces, salads and side dishes are lovingly prepared in-house, with many featuring signature recipes and ingredients exclusive to the brand.

AB’s prides itself on the prime grade of every ingredient and menu item it serves, and uses only the most succulent cuts of meats and freshest garden offerings. AB’s perfection of taste is mastered through spices and marinades that are prepared in-house by dedicated chefs. These gourmet grillers often visit diners at their tables to gather recommendations and suggestions.

“We are driven by the philosophy that grilling is about fun, bonding and celebration.  This is reflected in the general ambience of AB’s in Dubai. We have customized the original menu to suit diverse taste buds of the international community in the UAE,” says Razeen. “The menu is more international here, compared to our Indian outlets.  There is a wide selection of dishes for vegetarians as well, which is rather unique in a multi-cuisine buffet restaurant.”

The grill offerings and main dishes are complimented by a range of delectable dessert items, including Indian desserts and sweet servings, such as the popular Cold Stone Creamery offerings, customised to the diner’s preferences.

Other unique feature of AB’s is that it allows free parking, offers complimentary bottled drinking water and operates a ‘no-tips’ policy, allowing customers feel comfortable knowing that there are no additional charges.  As part of its commitment to ensuring that their diners’ experience is of the highest standard, the restaurant only employs staff members with proven expertise in being friendly, hospitable and passionate about providing the best level of service.

AB’s offers a variety of dining options, with buffet lunch available from 12 noon to 4pm and buffet dinner from 6pm to midnight. It is an ideal venue for corporate lunches, casual gatherings, celebrations and festivities.

AB’s entry into Dubai is part of an expansion strategy that will see the acclaimed chain taking the number of outlets to 15 by the end of 2015, including new ones in Hyderabad, Mumbai and other cities in India.

ABs is strategically located on Sheikh Zayed Road, near GEMS Wellington School. Guests traveling from both sides of Sheikh Zayed Road can reach the restaurant by using Exit 36.

Listing: Become A Millionaire This DSF At The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest retail and entertainment destination, is marking the 20th anniversary of the globally-renowned Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2015 with a spectacular line-up of events and initiatives, aimed at underlining the city’s reputation in the international retail arena.

Visitors to The Dubai Mall will have the chance to become a millionaire this DSF 2015, wherein upon spending AED 300, each shopper can participate in a draw to win the AED 1 million cash prize.

From January 2 to 9, visitors to The Dubai Mall can watch the multiculturalism of the city come to life, kicking off with 30-minute performances by Italian Flamenco ‘Vivancos’ Dancers at the Waterfall Atrium. The performances will be held at 5pm, 7pm and 10pm.

The mall will play host to a number of A-list international celebrities. Giuliana Rancic, E! News personality will make a presence on January 2; and acclaimed brand MAC, following the reveal of its new collection, will provide customers with complimentary makeovers from January 15 to 19 at the Bloomingdale’s Atrium.

Celebrating the popularity of Bollywood, The Dubai Mall will host top-ranking actor Hrithik Roshan in a dedicated meet and greet hosted by Rado. The store will also host a limited edition timepiece exhibition from January 2 to 12.

Stitched PanoramaDubai’s arrival in the international fashion circuit will take centrestage from January 14 to 16 with Abbati exhibitions at the Souk Atrium, showcasing the latest trends in regional attire

Additionally, the annual Hamleys’ Parade will once again energise the corridors of the mall every Thursday and Friday from January 8 to 31.

The Dubai Mall will have extended operating hours during DSF from 10am to 2am, including for the F&B outlets. The Waterfront Promenade restaurants will be open until 2am from Thursday to Saturday, giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy the cool weather outdoors.

‘Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala’ Clinches Guinness World Records Title For ‘largest LED-Illuminated Façade’ On Burj Khalifa

With just a day to go for the much-awaited Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala organised by Emaar Properties, the event has already set history by clinching the Guinness World Records title for the ‘Largest LED-Illuminated Façade’ on Burj Khalifa.

A team from Guinness World Records adjudicated the preparations for the Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala and awarded the honour for the impressive wrapping of the world’s tallest building with LED panels, spanning a total area of 32,467 sq metres.

This surpasses the existing record held by Mall Taman Anggrek in Indonesia, with the LED screen area around Burj Khalifa nearly 3.75 times larger.

The record-breaking LED display has an impressive 70,000 LED panels placed in position using over 100,000 brackets and linked seamlessly using 55,000 metres of cabling for the perfect visual display.

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On New Year’s Eve, the façade will display a spectacular multi-media display highlighting the rich heritage of Dubai, its visionary leadership and iconic accomplishments.

The LED illumination on the tower, laser beams that will light up the entire Downtown Dubai neighbourhood in spell-binding hues and The Dubai Fountain dancing to the rhythm of world music will set the stage for the magnificent fireworks atop Burj Khalifa. It will serve as the crescendo for the celebration to usher in 2015 in unmatched grandeur.

A record crowd is expected to attend this year’s Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala, the flagship celebration in Emaar’s mega-development described as ‘The Centre of Now.’ The event will be streamed live on www.youtube.com/DowntownDubai, with four different camera angles including an aerial view by drones being introduced this year, for the complete effect. Additionally, live feeds of the event will be telecast over major international channels.

Make A Wish With ‘The Man In Red Suit’ At City Centre Deira

There’s a jolly old man in a big red suit spreading holiday cheer all across City Centre Deira and this is the perfect time for kids to whisper their festive wishes to the man who can make them true! Until December 27th, Santa Claus along with his trusty elves will be waiting at East Court for photo opportunities, creating great moments for children and adults alike.   It’s a picture perfect opportunity filled with many great moments.

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There’s no shortage of holiday cheer at Majid Al Futtaim’s pioneering landmark, where giant baubles, hanging ornaments, glittering lights and a beautiful festive display all await you. For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/CityCentreDeira

First Ever Bollywood Movie Shot In Dubai Gold Souk

Kanz Jewels, one of UAE’s leading and oldest Jewellery brands played host to the blockbuster Bollywood movie – ‘Welcome Back’ as the movie was shot extensively at the store in Dubai Gold Souk, Deira. This was the first Bollywood movie to be shot at Dubai Gold Souq according to Kanz Jewels. Bollywood artists Anil Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia charmed the crowd at the Kanz store and interacted with them post the shoot.

‘Welcome Back’ is an upcoming Bollywood comedy movie directed by Anees Bazmee and produced by Firoz Nadiadwala. It is a sequel to the 2007 comedy Welcome and features an ensemble cast that includes Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor re-enacting their roles respectively from the prequel, along with Paresh Rawal. John Abraham and Shruti Haasan are the new additions to the cast. The film is expected to be released in the month of May 2015.

The movies production team had done a survey in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and they wanted to identify a jewellery story that has the luxurious ambience as required by the movie’s script. They finally selected the Kanz store as its personality perfectly blended with the movie’s requirement.

“We are delighted to have Anil Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Anees Bazmee and the crew among our midst and are proud to be associated with the movie ‘Welcome Back’ as it is the first Bollywood movie to be shot at the Dubai Gold Souq, Deira. Several celebrities have visited our store in the past but this was the first time we shot a scene at the store. It was a great experience for us,” said Anil Dhanak, Managing Director, Kanz Jewels.

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In the recent past several celebrities including Hollywood actors Nicholas Cage, Steven Siegal, cricketers – Clive Lloyd, Brian Lara, current South African team captain Hashim Amla, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lasith Malinga and several other cricketers have visited the store. Bollywood artists like Jackie Shroff, Suniel Shetty, Gulshan Grover have also visited the store on many occasions.

Anees Bazmee, the Director of the film said that, “We were looking for something unique in the Gold Souk as per the plot in our movie. As per our research we found that this shop had a 63-kilogramme gold ring, which happens to be one of the world’s heaviest gold rings. So we approached Kanz and they agreed to accommodate us and we are delighted to know that we have created a history of sorts by shooting the first ever Bollywood movie in Dubai’s prestigious Gold souk”.

‘Kanz’ is an Arabic word and actually means “The Treasure”. The store offers some of the most unique creations that cater to the tastes and preferences of discerning celebrities, diplomats and royal families in UAE and across the globe. Kanz infuses several features in its creations that are inspired by various regional and global cultures. This makes Kanz one of the most popular must visit tourist destinations at the Dubai Gold Souk.

With staff strength of over 200 people, Kanz has six outlets in Dubai Gold Souk, one outlet in Gold and Diamond Park (Free Zone), and also a workshop for jewellery manufacturing. Kanz will be opening another outlet in early 2015.