Monthly Archives: July 2015

Dubai To Be Guest City At Beijing Design Week 2015

Dubai Design Week and Beijing Design Week Organizing Committee are pleased to announce Dubai’s participation in Beijing Design Week (BJDW) as the Guest City for the upcoming 2015 edition, to be held from September 23 until October 7 in the Chinese capital. As part of a reciprocal agreement to foster further cultural exchange, BJDW will be welcomed as a ‘guest international design week’ at the inaugural Dubai Design Week in October this year.

BJDW names Dubai as Guest City, the first time for a city from the Middle East, in recognition of the emirate’s growing reputation as a global meeting point for the international art and design communities. The story of Dubai’s development and dynamic cultural scene was recently highlighted at Dubai Week in China, a seven-day event held in Beijing in May this year, and is further reinforced by the launch of Dubai Design Week in late October 2015.

BJDW Creative Director Beatrice Leanza comments: ‘’The appointment of Dubai as the 2015 Guest City resonates across a wider set of actions BJDW has undertaken to strengthen productive relations within the Asian region and encourage dialogue among its vibrant and diverse design cultures.’’

A key section within BJDW’s programme, the Guest City project aims to empower a network of global creative cities to work towards visionary solutions to common challenges and foster cultural exchange, knowledge-transfer and economic cooperation. Dubai follows in the footsteps of London, Milan, Amsterdam and Barcelona, all of which have featured as Guest City in the past four years.

The Dubai Guest City programme, supported by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Dubai Design District (d3), and Falcon and Associates, will include an exhibition curated by Emirati designer Moza Almatrooshi and a series of educational activities in partnership with Chinese institutions.

“By presenting design from Dubai and the United Arab Emirates at Beijing Design Week, we aim to create a cultural bridge between Emirati and Chinese cultures.  Both countries are distinctive and rich in their own ways, yet there are several similarities that lay in the history and the present of their cultural and urban fabric. By highlighting these similarities the two cultures are able to form a closer relationship; through visual communication we are able to transcend linguistic barriers, and find ease in coming together as citizens of the world,” says Moza Almatrooshi.

To maximise the potential for cultural exchange, in October this year, BJDW will be part of the inaugural edition of Dubai Design Week, participating in a unique initiative entitled ‘Destination’ that will be held within d3. BJDW will join five other international Design Weeks (Helsinki, Istanbul, Melbourne, Mexico City and San Francisco) and each city will have the opportunity to present a selection of their most exciting and emerging brands to a global audience.

Etisalat Launches First Smart Machine To Sell Sim Cards In UAE

Etisalat today announced the launch of the first interactive touch screen ‘Smart Service’ machine to sell new activated prepaid SIM cards for the first time in UAE.

The automated innovative machine will enable customers to buy SIM cards within minutes with an inbuilt ability to verify the Emirates ID. At the time of the launch, prepaid SIM cards will be available to customers. Etisalat plans to sell postpaid and introduce services such as SIM Swap (SIM replacement) and SIM re-registration via the machine in the near future.

Etisalat will be introducing the first machine at its office located at Al Kifaf in Dubai. Before the end of the year, there are plans to add 20 machines across UAE in Etisalat business centers, airports and malls. 

DEWA Supports Expo 2020 Dubai

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), said that DEWA is working in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to host the best World Expo that the world has ever seen in Dubai. DEWA will contribute to achieving the promise of His Highness by building world-class energy infrastructure that meets Dubai’s development demands. HE Al Tayer stated that DEWA has launched a wide variety of initiatives in this regard, allocating more than AED 2.6 billion to boost water, electricity and renewable energy projects according to the highest international standards.

DEWA’s major goal is to contribute to organising the Dubai Expo 2020 as per the vision of the leadership as well as demonstrate DEWA’s leadership in the public utilities sector by adopting renewable energy sources that support the ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development’ initiative, as well as Dubai Expo’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and its three sub themes of sustainability, mobility and opportunity.

Al Tayer said that Dubai’s energy investment will be AED 56 billion over the next five years, in an effort to meet the Emirate’s increasing demand for water and electricity as well as to promote the growth of green economy, set new international standards and create a competitive edge for the UAE in clean energy technology and energy efficiency.

“DEWA is implementing the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park project, one of the largest strategic Independent Power Producer (IPP) projects worldwide in renewable energy with anticipated 1,000 MW production capacity by 2019 and 3,000 MW by 2030. Allocating 100 MW to power Expo 2020 Dubai, the pioneering Solar Park also endorses Dubai Plan 2021 that seeks to consolidate Dubai’s position as a smart, integrated and connected city with cutting-edge infrastructure that supports the Emirate’s phenomenal social and economic development.

Furthermore, the project reflects DEWA’s unwavering commitment to sustainability, a fundamental pillar of Expo 2020. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park also supports the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, developed by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to diversify Dubai’s energy mix. Solar energy will account for 7% of the total energy production by 2020 and 15% by 2030. Occupying 4.5 square km, the Park will help in reducing carbon emissions by approximately 400,000 tonnes by 2020, which is a substantial contribution to the green initiatives and programmes implemented by the Government of Dubai to reduce carbon emissions,” said Al Tayer.

The Address Dubai Marina

“The Hassyan Clean Coal Power Plant is another pioneering project implemented by DEWA based on the IPP model. With a production capacity 1200 MW, the first phase will be operational by 2020. DEWA has awarded the German company Siemens a contract for the expansion works of its M Station, the largest power generation and water desalination plant in the UAE. The project adds new power generation units to produce 700 MW of electricity, raising the total production capacity to 2760 MW upon completion of the project in 2018. The M Station will be a significant boost to DEWA’s current installed capacity of 9,656 MW of electricity and 470 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) of desalinated water to meet Dubai’s demand. Several other projects are being implemented such as allocating part of the capacity of a 400/132 substation, building three 132/11 kV substations with high voltage (132 kV) cables reaching 45 km in length, and building power distribution networks with medium and low voltage cables and additional transmission stations. The total cost of the electricity overall projects will be AED 2.180 billion. DEWA will also roll out water transmission networks with pipelines that are 600 and 1200 mm in diameter, pumping stations and distribution stations. Expected to cost AED 515 million, these projects will increase water flow rates and ensure adequate water supply that meets the increasing demand,” added Al Tayer.

Additionally, DEWA’s smart initiatives, supporting Dubai’s Smart City initiative to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest city, will contribute to strengthening the services and facilities for hosting the Dubai Expo 2020. ‘Shams Dubai’ will connect solar energy to exhibition venue while the ‘Green Charger’ initiative will provide three types of electric vehicle charging stations: fast charging stations that take (20 – 40 minutes), medium charging (2 – 4 hours) and home charging (6 – 8 hours).

The ‘Smart Applications via Smart Grids & Metres’ initiative will enable DEWA to build an integrated smart grid for Dubai Expo 2020. Covering generation, transmission and distribution systems. The AED 7 billion smart grid will include demand side management, asset management, automation, transfer stations, automation of distribution networks and the integration of systems and smart meters. All these initiatives will undoubtedly contribute to achieving the ‘Smart Dubai’ initiative.

Al Tayer also highlighted DEWA’s preeminent international position as an exemplary utility company underlining its ability to provide excellent services to host Dubai Expo 2020. DEWA is establishing the required infrastructure to provide electricity and water to more than 25 million expected visitors as well as the needs of the the mega infrastructure projects being executed in preparation for hosting the major international event.

“DEWA has achieved highly competitive results that surpass those of leading European and American utility companies in terms of efficiency and reliability. This is demonstrated by our reduction of losses in the electricity transmission and distribution networks to just 3.26%, compared to 6-7% in Europe and the US. Network line losses in the water sector decreased to 9.1% compared to 15% in North America, setting another international benchmark, and highlighting our commitment to meet the growth in demand for water and promoting sustainability,” said Al Tayer.

“DEWA’s achievements contributed to the UAE ranking fourth worldwide and first in the Middle East and North Africa in 2014 and 2015 in ease of access to electricity according to the Doing Business Report issued by the World Bank. DEWA will persist in its quest for success through the comprehensive development of its operations to achieve excellence by adopting global best practices. DEWA is a leading, world-class utility service provider that has several drivers to make it an active contributor to organising the best edition of the World Expo in Dubai,” concluded Al Tayer.

Listing: ‘Dine & Dream 2015’ Campaign By Emaar Hospitality Group Lends Wings To Dreams This Summer With Incredible Deals

The delightful ‘Dine & Dream 2015’ campaign by Emaar Hospitality Group is rolling out a wealth of incredible offers to guests this summer. The food lovers’ ultimate fantasy, ‘Dine & Dream’ is designed to impress foodies with the most deliciously prepared dishes and also fulfil their wishes of experiencing a memorable trip to their favourite world city destination.

Until September 30, 2015, ‘Dine & Dream’ gives customers discounts of 20% on the total food and beverage bill every time one dines in across 37 outlets under Emaar Hospitality Group, as well as the opportunity to enter a special draw to win incredible trips. Lucky customers will win exclusive Business Class return air tickets for the trip of a lifetime to New York (first prize), London (second prize) or Singapore (third prize).

To benefit from this fantastic offer, one only has to register online at Dining options are endless and discounts can be availed throughout the summer season. AED 50 spent on a dining experience at one of the selected restaurants is equal to a chance to win one of three prizes with the perfect opportunity to dine and fly! The amazing opportunity to win dream prizes is valid on the delectable brunches too, which doubles the joy of diners.

The Address Dubai Marina

Among the participating properties are The Address Hotels + Resorts and Vida Hotels and Resorts, Emaar Leisure Clubs and Emaar’s Lifestyle Dining division, each providing guests with exceptional experiences. Some of the participating outlets include:

The Address Hotels + Resorts

CUT by Wolfgang Puck, The Address Downtown Dubai

The pinnacle of the fine dining experience, the award-winning CUT invites visitors to indulge in an impeccable array of succulent meat that is beyond fulfilling. CUT offers an elegant dining experience with a menu that will make the diners crave more.

Asado, The Palace Downtown Dubai

The lively Argentinean Grill offers dining in a truly idyllic setting. Asado offers premium meat cuts prepared on a ‘Parrilla’, an open grill in the centre of the restaurant giving visitors choices of an a la carte menu and a set menu featuring some of the finest Argentinean cuisine. A large selection of traditional Argentinean beverages accompanied with music and live entertainment set the scene.

Monty’s, The Address Montgomerie Dubai

Named after the golf legend and course designer, Colin Montgomerie, Monty’s is a fantastic place to relax by the 18th hole while having some delicious international cuisine and drinks. Guests are encouraged to try the signature dishes including the Crab and Lobster or the succulent Black Angus T-bone Steak. What’s more, Monty’s offers a range of tasty delights that many can enjoy.

Mazina, The Address Dubai Marina

This bustling restaurant serves an eclectic variety of Arabic, Asian and European dishes in an extravagant show kitchen. From wok hot Cantonese to Rotisserie, Mazina caters to all.

Na3Na3, The Address Dubai Mall

An Arabian speciality restaurant with all day dining that offers an authentic buffet experience of unsurpassed Middle Eastern hospitality. Guests can enjoy Na3Na3’s spectacular array of Arabesque delicacies prepared for all to enjoy.

Vida Hotels and Resorts

3in1, Vida Downtown Dubai

This trendy restaurant serves cutting-edge oriental cuisine. Its casual dining atmosphere is great for family and friends to enjoy a day or night out. Boulevard Kitchen, Manzil Downtown Dubai

Boulevard Kitchen is an all-day restaurant and lounge, offering guests authentic cuisines inspired by Levant flavours infused with western favourites. Drawing inspiration from the greater Middle East region, Boulevard Kitchen has tailor made a nose-to-tail menu of delicious delicacies, featuring all parts of a lamb.

Emaar Leisure Clubs

Aquara, Dubai Marina Yacht Club

With a backdrop of the shimmering lights of Dubai Marina, Aquara is the perfect venue to entertain business partners or to enjoy relaxing times with family and friends, offering a seafood-inspired menu with an Asian twist. Aquara offers a choice of indoors in a cozy atmosphere, or unwind on the unforgettable al fresco balcony.

Epona, Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club

With its casual setting, Epona restaurant is a family friendly venue for all ages. Located adjacent to the polo field, it offers a lit up backdrop in the early evening while riders practice. The terrace creates a picturesque atmosphere that complements the exquisite food choice.

Birdies Sports Lounge, Arabian Ranches Golf Club

Located within The Academy building at Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Birdies Sports Lounge is specifically designed to accommodate sports fanatics who appreciate a relaxing, comfortable lounge to enjoy their favourite sports on large screens. Choose from the sports themed menu specially created for half time!

City Restaurants

The Pavilion Downtown Dubai

The Pavilion Downtown Dubai is a trendy urban café in the Emaar Pavilion. Located on the Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, the venue offers unrivalled views of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. The café has an extensive menu that can be enjoyed inside or on the stunning outdoor patio.

OKKU Introduces Ladies Wine Club

OKKU Japanese Restaurant, Bar and Lounge, introduce their wonderful weekly edition to Tuesday Nights, Ladies Wine Club. Hosted by OKKU’s very own expert Head Sommelier, Eric Eybert,  between 6-10pm ladies are welcomed on a journey through iconic vin yards with three complimentary glasses of first class wines. With each glass served the OKKU team will be on hand to talk guests through the varied styles, charactersitics and backgrounds  of the grape so by the end of the evening ladies will be one step closer to becoming wine coinesseaurs themselves.  To round off the perfect ladies night each guest will receive a decadent chocolate fondant created from chefs lovingly created.

Each month a new variety will be introduced, giving guests fresh flavours and knowledge, keeping them coming back for more.

Relax, laugh and enjoy with the girls whilst OKKU takes care of the rest.