Monthly Archives: July 2016

Family Fun’ch At Ting Ire

WHEN: Every Friday from 1pm – 4pm
WHERE: Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, entrance from Souk Al Manzil
WHAT: All-you-can-eat small plates served family style including handpicked selection of Jamaican specialities. From 2pm DJ Cheriana will be on the decks setting the mood
PRICE: AED 195 for adults and AED 95 for Pickneys (ages 6 – 11) Pickkneys under 5 eat free! 
A la carte menu also available
Wagwan! What is brunch other than code for “celebrating life,” right? It’s the weekend, and you have all day to eat, chill, and catch up with your fellow bredrins. The city’s favourite Jamaican hangout will now be the hottest place to spend your Friday’s with their vibin’ Family Fun’ch. At Ting Irie, life is beautiful!Ready for a taste of the islands? The Family Fun’ch menu oozes Jamaican flavours with staples including the famous Jerk Chicken, Fish Escovich, Jamaican Patties and a scrumptious amount of sides and desserts to share including the incredible Carnival Funnel Cake that will have you licking your plate! This lively, colourful spot has that easygoing, cool Caribbean feel, with DJ Cheriana setting the tone with her ambient beats to match! Oh, and did we mention that there will be a table filled with games for the little ones to play while parents enjoy the good vibes! See you there?

GRK Fresh Greek Is Thrilled To Announce The Launch Of Its Second Restaurant In Burjuman, Dubai


Aged Feta Watermelon Salad

GRK Fresh Greek continues to bring authentic Greek street food, bursting with flavour, to the city of Dubai, with the opening of its second restaurant in August 2016 at BurJuman Centre, Dubai.  

GRK’s philosophy is simply to source the best quality products from Greece, including extra virgin olive oil, pure and natural Greek honey and Greek yogurt, with the highest quality meats, fresh salads, herbs and spices, delivering an authentic dining experience, perfect for on-the-go lunches or relaxed evening meals. The GRK experience is a blend of new and old, offering the highest quality Greek food with a menu of delicious, fresh, customisable dishes, now available in two Dubai locations.

The much-loved GRK favorites remain on the menu, with the introduction of some new must try dishes, featuring the brands iconic, quality Yeeros meat, which is all natural, grass and grain fed, marinated in a special blend of aromatic spices and fresh herbs. The meats are then hand layered and roasted on a traditional rotating spit, referencing the Greek word “to spin”.  The new restaurant is 3000 sq ft and seats over 100 people with outdoor and indoor seating, where guests can enjoy the best Yeeros in Dubai.

Besides the best Yeero’s in town, GRK also serves traditional Greek Salad, a range of unique house-made Tzatzikis and mouth-watering desserts, like the rich Salted Caramel Baklava Cheesecake. Some of the other signature dishes include the fresh and flavoursome Aged Feta & Watermelon Salad, delicious GRK Meatballs and the indulgent GRK Donuts. The new GRK Fresh Greek restaurant opening is part of the brand’s on-going expansion aimed at further consolidating its footprint as the authentic Greek food destination in Dubai.

Andres Gonzalez, General Manager of Fast Casual division at Foodmark says, “We are pioneering Greek urban food in the fast casual segment of Dubai and are proud to be expanding the GRK group of restaurants in the region with the addition of our second opening in BurJuman Centre. GRK has proven to be a strong brand within the fast casual segment, making a lot of sense to seek expansion in a prominent location, with a wider client base.”

Fans of GRK Fresh Greek will now be able to feast on GRK’s famous Yeeros and new Souvlaki in two convenient Dubai locations.  GRK delivers an authentic dining experience & tasty Greek food that will leave you craving for more. GRK Fresh Greek at BurJuman Centre will be open daily from 9am to 12am on weekdays and 9am to 2am on weekends.

Eight UAE Fashion Designers To Receive First-Class Mentorship From London College Of Fashion

Eight aspiring fashion designers from the UAE are this week embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will see them receiving mentorship at the renowned London College of Fashion, one of the world’s most esteemed and highly regarded fashion schools. Commencing Monday, July 25, the young designers will be the first participants of a unique programme launched by Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council, under (Nama) Women Advancement Establishment umbrella, an organisation established to foster the entrepreneurial attributes of women working in the creative fields.

Titled ‘Azyame,’ the Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council’s fashion programme sees the 8 successful applicants participate in a comprehensive mix of workshops, business mentoring and showcasing opportunities, with the activities delivered both in Sharjah, UAE and at the London College of Fashion London, UK. The initiative has been designed to equip talented young designers from the UAE with the skills needed to make it on the big stage and to launch an array of successful new Emirati brands.

“The Azyame Fashion Entrepreneurs Programme provides an unrivalled opportunity for UAE fashion entrepreneurs to achieve global recognition and have their work reach new markets. Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council has teamed up with the esteemed London College of Fashion for the first time to offer a package of dedicated support designed with the joint aim of bringing out the best in the country’s talented designers and launching a number of exceptional fashion labels from the Emirates. We are delighted that the first 8 recipients of the programme will soon be embarking on their exciting new venture,” said HE Ameera BinKaram, Deputy Chairpersion of Nama Women Advancement Establishment and Chairpersion of Sharjah Business Women Council.

An initiative under NAMA Women Advancement Establishment,  Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council was established to nurture the talents working in the fields of fashion as part of its support for contemporary and traditional crafts. The council forms a tangible component of NAMA’s vision to create a structure of subsidiaries dedicated to activating and elevating women’s role and enhancing their opportunities in the economic, professional and social sectors. Mandated to launch, manage and supervise programmes that develop women in the UAE, the region and internationally, (Nama) works to achieve its objectives by forging collaborative ventures and partnership agreements with renowned local and global bodies.

Azyame targeted fashion businesses in their first one to two years that want to take their existing fashion labels to the next level, alongside fresh graduates and young designers keen to start up their own fashion companies. The scheme selects 8 winners who go on to receive expert tuition on how to set up and run a label, with a strong component focusing on the business and technical aspects of building a brand. With each of the participants having their programme individually tailored to their career level and business objectives, the organisers of the course say that it offers a major opportunity for fledgling and prospective designers to make it on to a global stage, as well as brings new ways of thinking to traditional practices.

“It’s vital for the fashion industry that we, as a college, support new and exciting talent. We have a genuine interest in regions outside of the industry’s traditional markets, as they often provide fresh ideas and innovative approaches.  We are delighted to have partnered with the Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council for the Azyame Fashion Entrepreneurs Programme, which will introduce the UAE’s fashion designers to new audiences, and offer them the opportunity to grow in the global fashion marketplace,” said Barbara Bell, London College of Fashion.

The inaugural batch of eight students under the Azyame programme will receive mentorship from London College of Fashion’s Toby Meadows, fashion business consultant and author of ‘How to Start Your Own Fashion Label,’ with the names of the talented young designers aiming to put the UAE on the world fashion stage being: Alia Al Falasi, Asma Abuseem, Faisal El Malak, Hessa Al Obeidli, Latifa Al Gurg, Megan Jonk, Mona Fares and Sama BinKaram.

Each of the students will enjoy an array of other benefits over the course of its 12 months, including the opportunity to present their brand ideas and gain valuable feedback from a panel of experts, attendance at brand workshops designed to assist taking their business development to the next level, and meeting experts in buying, PR and production that are matched according to their individual requirements. They will also be able to showcase their collections at number of fashion events both in the UAE and the UK.

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’Golf In Dubai’ Lauds Morocco’s Haddioui For Olympics Qualification

Promoters and organisers of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters have hailed Morocco’s trailblazing golfer Maha Haddioui, who has qualified for the Rio Olympics, calling it a ground-breaking achievement for women’s golf in the Arab world.

“Being the only Arab in the 60-player field, Maha’s qualification for the world’s biggest sporting extravaganza will leave a lasting legacy for the future generations, but her winning a medal there could well change the way the game is played in the region,” said Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi.

“Maha has emerged as role model for aspiring female golfers not only Morocco, but in the entire region.

“Morocco is leading the way when it comes to professional golf in the Arab world, and it’s definitely important for people from other countries to see how their golfers are shaping up.

“The rising standard of the game in the country is certainly a tribute to years of investment in golf from the Royal family,” he said, adding: “Maha is optimistic and so is the Arab world.”

The Moroccan ace will carry the hopes and expectations of the entire Arab world when she tees up at next month’s Summer Olympics where the game is making its long-awaited return after 112 years.

“My ultimate goal is to be the top player in the world, but playing the Olympics and getting a medal is the ultimate dream,” said Haddioui, who believes the experience of regularly playing in world-class events like the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters and the Lalla Meryem Cup would come in handy on the Olympic golf course.

“I know it is going to be incredibly challenging to win a medal, but I’m going to give it my all. I am upbeat and focused as I am quite used to the high pressure that comes with playing in big tournaments,” said Moroccan ace, who is also the only Arab woman to earn full playing status on the Ladies European Tour.

“But, it would be absolutely amazing representing Morocco and being part of the African contingent at the Olympic Games. I am looking forwards to the honour,” she added.

“We have had some great Moroccan athletes who have made the country proud, and my dream is to follow in their footsteps,” said the 27-year-old from Agadir.

With 22 medals — 18 in athletics and three in boxing — Morocco enjoys a strong a strong pedigree of world-class athletes led by Hicham El Guerrouj, who boasts two gold and one silver medals.

Saïd Aouita, with one gold and one silver, is the other multiple medal winner while Nawal El Moutawakel created history at the 1984 Los Angeles, becoming the first Arab woman to win a gold medal, a feat she achieved in 400-metre hurdles.

“It’s a little girl’s dream, even if you are 27, you still have a dream to win a medal. It’s something really strong in my heart. If that happens if will sort of inspire other women in the Arab world to take up golf,” said the US-educated professional, who is supported by Trophée Hassan II Association (ATH).

Haddioui spent four years at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, to fine tune her talents before turning professional in 2011. She was a four-time All American scholar and NCGA First-team All American, graduating with a Masters in Accounting and International Business.

Keeping a quiet mind is her mantra for what she called an important week for her. “As soon as I am set up on the ball, nothing else matters. Once I have made my decision, I just go for it. That’s it, I don’t think about anything.”

Elaborating on her positive mindset, she said: “I have a set routine with my that involves a lot of thinking of a happy place, a happy smell and a happy sound. It’s like a trigger before I play every golf shot.

“It has worked for me in practice rounds and, hopefully, it will work during the competition as well. Let’s see.”

Omega Dubai Ladies Masters - Day One

Chef, Restaurateur And Writer Peter Gordon Will Host Cooking Demos, Masterclasses And Two Exclusive Dinners

Known as the ‘godfather’ of fusion cuisine, chef Peter Gordon is coming to the UAE this September to host a series of gastronomic events at Jones. Whether you are an aspiring foodie or a full blown epicurean, there will be something to suit your palate during his visit.

Included in the line-up of events are; Two exclusive four-course meals prepared with Peter at the helm of the Jones kitchen; A cooking demonstration, featuring three signature dishes from Peter’s recipe collection; A masterclass where Peter will be working hands-on with attendees to prepare two different dishes; Various book signing opportunities of Peter’s newest cookbook, available exclusively at Jones; and a special menu created exclusively for Jones the Grocer featuring dishes from the newly released book SAVOUR: Salads for all Seasons, on offer throughout eight different Jones locations in the UAE and Qatar.

For more information or to book in for any of these events, please email

A Summer menu on offer through 31 July 
Our summer specials menu is prepared using seasonal produce that’s bursting with fresh ideas and delicious flavours.Here’s a taster; Frozen banana parfait drizzled with peanut butter & cacao smoothie and crunchy brittle. Multigrain baguette with beetroot tatziki, fennel and marinated chickpeas. Marinated tuna, wakame seaweed and tofu salad with toasted garlic dressing and togarashi dukkah (pictured). Gazpacho with rock melon, cherry tomato, chorizo and burrata. Pan seared corn fed chicken with freekeh salad and katafi wrapped feta.

Cheese, grape and jazz at Jones 
Jones The Grocer at Dusit Thani Dubai hotel is running weekly grape and cheese nights accompanied by live music.These take place every Wednesday from 8:00 – 11:00 pm and feature an unlimited grape and cheese package for AED 199 alongside live music from the talented duo: Krystle & Randy.Bookings on: