Monthly Archives: February 2016

Meraas To Launch Hub Zero – Region’s First Immersive Entertainment Park At City Walk, A Premier Urban Lifestyle Destination In Dubai

Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company, has announced the launch of Hub Zero, the region’s first immersive entertainment park that is set to offer innovative experiences created in association with world-famous video game developers including Electronic Arts, Capcom, KONAMI, Microsoft and Square Enix.

Hub Zero will be located at CITY WALK, a premier urban lifestyle destination in Dubai, and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2016. The state-of-the-art indoor entertainment destination will comprise a total of 18 thrilling attractions, rides and experiential zones, with a substantial number exclusively developed for Hub Zero.

As the region’s first indoor theme park based on video games, Hub Zero is set to address the increasing global demand for innovative and distinct gaming experience. In 2014, the total consumer spend on the games industry was $22 billion[1]. The global market for video games was predicted to jump by 9.4 percent in 2015, with researchers predicting that at this pace global revenues will reach $107 billion in 2017[2].

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In the ever-evolving entertainment industry, Hub Zero introduces a new dimension of electronic gaming by inviting visitors to immerse themselves in a vibrant virtual environment and delve into a world of their favourite gaming characters and ‘Live the Game’. Several rides will be powered by artificial intelligence and feature real-time engines to provide an unmatched interactive and non-predictive gaming experience.

Spread over an area of approximately 15,000 square metres on two floors, the immersive entertainment park will also feature an extensive e-Sports LAN gaming zone and a children’s play area. Furthermore, the three Hub Zero event rooms will offer a unique setting for private celebrations and get-togethers. Shopping enthusiasts will be offered a wide-ranging collection of Hub Zero and video game merchandise. Several themed food outlets will provide refreshments and help visitors prep-up for the next round of adrenaline-fuelled activities.

Hub Zero is poised to bring refreshing innovation to the region’s theme park landscape by capitalizing on the growing global demand in the gaming industry and delivering a radically new gaming experience. It is designed to cater to people of all ages who love thrills and want to spend a fun-filled day with their friends and families.

The experiential entertainment at Hub Zero will challenge visitors’ perceptions and revolutionise how they see and experience video games. The stimulating, engaging journey will compel visitors to come back time after time.

With its unique attractions, complemented by a calendar of exciting events and tournaments, Hub Zero is certain to appeal to gamers and non-gamers alike. As the first destination of its kind in the region, the immersive entertainment park is poised to emerge as a hub for the Middle Eastern gaming community and serve as a must-visit destination for UAE visitors.

Hub Zero will add to Meraas Leisure & Entertainment division’s rapidly growing portfolio of innovative and unique attractions. Meraas has recently announced The Green Planet, the region’s first bio-dome, and Mattel Play! Town, a themed ‘eduplay’ attraction for children, both of which will be located at CITY WALK. The two upcoming assets will complement the current leisure and entertainment offering encompassing The Dome Box, the region’s first 360-degree dome theatre at BOXPARK, Splash Pad, a wet play area for children at THE BEACH opposite JBR, as well as Reel Cinemas THE BEACH.


City Walk, The Beach And Boxpark Set To Showcase Local Talent In Photography With ‘Urban Pixels’

CITY WALK, THE BEACH and BOXPARK are set to launch ‘Urban Pixels’, a one-of-a-kind photography competition that will offer hobbyists and amateur photographers in the region aged 12 and above a platform to showcase their talent.

Starting 3 March 2016, the unique outdoor destinations by Meraas will host the talent-spotting event in association with Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the Emirate’s dedicated entity for heritage, arts and culture, as part of Dubai Art Season 2016. The event will draw on the expertise of a panel of award winning, international industry personalities to judge the entries.

In an effort to support amateur photographers and encourage them to capture the most evocative and well-composed images, a workshop will be hosted on Saturday, 19 March at THE BEACH. For more information, please email

To participate in ‘Urban Pixels’, candidates must capture images at one of the three lifestyle destinations, CITY WALK, THE BEACH or BOXPARK, and submit entries to,, and/or Submitted images must have resolutions above 2MB in order to qualify for the competition.

City Walk

Winners of the Urban Pixels competition will be selected based on the composition, creativity, originality and technical skills that have gone into their images. Adding to the excitement, Samsung is sponsoring a themed sub-category called the ‘Samsung Smartphone Category’. Upon registering, participants will be given the option to take part in the category by borrowing the latest Samsung Galaxy Smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S7, delivering brighter and sharper images, even in low light. Once the device is returned, each participant will be given the images they have captured for submitting into the competition.

Four finalists from 30 shortlisted entries selected as ‘Winner’, ‘Runner-Up’, ‘People’s Choice’ and in the ‘Samsung Smartphone Category’ will be announced at a special VIP Award Ceremony at CITY WALK on Monday, 4 April 2016. As a finale to the month-long initiative, the work submitted by the top 30 shortlisted entries including the winners will be displayed for public viewing from 5th – 16th April 2016.

Azizi Developments Launches Dhs.350 Million Royal Bay Residence Project On Palm Jumeirah

Dubai real-estate developer, Azizi Developments has announced the launch of Royal Bay Residence, an exclusive collection of 90 fully serviced luxurious residential apartments situated on the crescent of Palm Jumeirah, next to Anantara Hotel. The new project is part of company’s Dh4.5 billion development plan to build thousands of flats in Nakheel’s Al Furjan project and Palm Jumeirah. Overlooking the picturesque skyline of Dubai Marina, Hotel Atlantis and Burj Al Arab, among other landmarks, Royal Bay is offering home buyers a unique chance to secure a place in one of the few remaining developments on the eighth wonder of the world.

The building has been designed with 45 degree orientation to allow all the living rooms, kitchen and bedrooms to get sea view. Sizes range between 802 sqft to 1,638sqft for the apartments, while prices start at approximately AED 2.2 million and go up to AED 4.5 million. The project also offers an attractive 20:80 payment scheme, wherein buyers pay 80% only upon handover.

With a plot area of 4,787 sq. m and built up area of 11, 246 sq. m, the development offers a choice of 58 one bedroom, 30 two-bedroom units spread over 8 floors and two outstanding penthouses located on the 9th floor, offering the most spectacular panoramic views in the area and having its own pool and Jacuzzi. Construction of the Dhs. 350 million project has already commenced and is expected to complete by March 2017.

“Azizi Developments has a different strategy. We prefer to start construction in our projects before the launch and sales process takes place, the construction of our boutique offering of Royal Bay Residence has already commenced and the response on the project is very positive. Royal Bay blends contemporary architecture with supreme level of comfort and flair. Every detail exudes quality and style. It’s a home with a resort feel – direct beach access, swimming pools, gymnasium, recreational options, landscaped gardens and  concierge services are few of the many features of the development”, said Farhad Azizi, CEO Of Azizi Developments.

“We are in a very healthy phase of the property cycle, the next few months of market stabilization and then economy is going to recover very fast by mid 2017 and these are good times for buyers to invest in a good location and good property to make a profit and capitalize on quick price appreciation. Royal Bay is one of the last few developments at the crescent on Palm Jumeirah and will offer buyers great returns on their investment of up to 10%. Owning a one-, two- or three-bedroom unit on the crescent is an enticing proposition as Palm Jumeirah continues to lead the Dubai market in both rental yield and property value retention”, further commented Farhad.


Alaa Masoud, Marketing Manager at Azizi Developments revealed that the company will participate at the forthcoming edition of International Property Show that will take place between 11 and 13 April 2016 in Dubai Convention and Exhibitions Centre.

The International Property Show boasts wide participations this year from around the world and on display will be projects showcased by European, Asian, American, Arab and local exhibitors. Masoud said that the company participates each year at prominent exhibitions such as Cityscape Dubai and International Property Show because of their significance to the company’s operations and expansion plans.

Masoud explained that what sets International Property Show apart and makes it unique is the fact that it is a transactional show where the end user can directly buy and finalise the transaction onsite on the show’s floor. Moreover, it offers an opportunity to meet other real estate developers from around the world.

Royal Bay Residence features

Royal Bay offers spacious and well-designed bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and large terrace with unobstructed sea views. The bright and functional spaces are created with high quality materials and contemporary lighting fixtures. The kitchen is fully equipped with state-of-the-art European appliances and all apartments are fitted with a selection of integrated appliances, including built-in cooker and built-in oven that seamlessly blend into the space for a modern and stylish look. Dishwasher, refrigerator/freezer and washing machine are also supplied.

Distinctive and elegant en-suite bathrooms are designed and built to the highest standards with high-end European fixtures.

Other key features of the project are 3 Gourmet restaurants, Housekeeping, Room Service, Personalised butler, Valet parking, Chauffeur-drive service, Climate-controlled infinity pools, Children’s pool & play area, State of the art gymnasium and sauna, 24-hour concierge service, Area with CCTV surveillance and 24-hour security.

Azizi Projects and plans

Azizi Developments is the biggest sub-developer in Al-Furjan and currently owns 24 plots in the community with plans to purchase more in the latter half of this year. Al Furjan is a residential development located between Sheikh Zayed Road and Mohammed bin Zayed Road, adjacent to Discovery Gardens. It is in the proximity of Al Maktoum International Airport and the Expo 2020 site. It is an up-and-coming community. In Palm Jumeirah, the company has three plots where it has completed 25 percent of construction on one with sales already underway. The company also owns plots in Dubai Healthcare City and Ajman.

The company, which is owned by the chairman Mirwais Azizi, owner of the second-largest commercial bank in Afghanistan, has witnessed around US $217m (AED800m) worth of sales in 2015 for its projects in Dubai. Starting this March, Azizi is expected to deliver 8 projects at Al Furjan – Azizi Feiruz, Azizi Yasmine, Azizi Liatris, Azizi Ochide, Azizi Iris, Azizi Daisy, Azizi Tulip and Azizi Freesia during 2016. The company also plans to develop hotel and hotel apartments on its plots in Al Furjan, Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Healthcare City.

Marhaba Unveils New Lounge In Dubai International’s Concourse D

Premium meet-and-greet-service, marhaba, now offers passengers arriving and departing from Dubai more choice to spend their travel time in comfort, with the opening of a dedicated lounge at Dubai International’s new Concourse D facility.

The flagship marhaba lounge at Terminal 1’s new Concourse D has a modern and contemporary design, with a capacity of 255 seats. Additionally, the lounge has introduced new features and services such as a mini theatre, bedrooms with double and single bed options, a special kids area, designated smoking zone, and a VIP room with 12 seats and a television which can be pre-booked for groups.

marhaba-lounge-in-Concourse-DThe lounge also offers free Wi-Fi, food service with an enhanced buffet selection, and marhaba representatives to assist passengers as needed. Open 24-hours a day, the new marhaba lounge welcomes walk-in customers or advance bookings from travelers expected to arrive in Concourse D.

Marhaba is very popular service that enhances the airport and travel experience for tourists, families, VIPs, and corporate customers. In keeping with the increased traffic at Dubai airport, we anticipate serving more than one million passengers this year across all our lounges. Our new facility at Concourse D will be the sixth marhaba lounge in Dubai, and we will continue to look at new ways to enhance and expand our services to delight our customers, said Jon Conway, Divisional Senior Vice President, marhaba.

marhaba was launched in December 1991 to help passengers arriving in or departing from Dubai International. From speedy clearance through arrivals or departures to helping with transfers, baggage and family travel, marhaba ensures a swift, smooth and safe passage through Terminals 1, 2 and 3 at Dubai International and Bahrain International airport.

To meet the needs of passengers, marhaba representatives are always on call, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, providing a range of services tailored to the needs of each passenger. For more information visit