Monthly Archives: September 2016

Dubai Parks And Resorts To Open Legoland Dubai And Riverland Dubai On 31st October

Dubai Parks and Resorts will open LEGOLAND® Dubai and Riverland™ Dubai on 31st October and Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, LEGOLAND® Water Park, Lapita™ Hotel and MOTIONGATE™ Dubai will follow closely after

Dubai Parks and Resorts, the region’s largest integrated theme park destination, announced  today that it will now open on 31st October with LEGOLAND® Dubai and Riverland™ Dubai, the retail dining and entertainment district.

Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, LEGOLAND® Water Park and the Lapita™ Hotel will open to the public on 15th November while MOTIONGATE™ Dubai will premiere on 16th December.

Daily tickets for LEGOLAND® Dubai will be on sale starting October 4th at and, while Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, LEGOLAND® Water Park, and MOTIONGATE™ Dubai daily tickets will be available for purchase closer to the parks’ opening dates.

Riverland™ Dubai offers over 50 themed retail, dining, and entertainment experiences set across a waterfront district which is free for all to enjoy.

Raed Kajoor Al Nuaimi, CEO of DXB Entertainments PJSC, the owner of Dubai Parks and Resorts, said: “Building the Middle East’s largest integrated theme park destination in three years has been an incredible experience. With over 100 rides and attractions spread across 25 million square feet of land, Dubai Parks and Resorts will now open on the 31st October and will premiere LEGOLAND® Dubai and Riverland™ Dubai first, followed closely by Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, LEGOLAND® Water Park and the Lapita™ Hotel.

“We are focused on delivering a destination which exceeds international standards on every level – from guest experience to state-of-the-art rides and attractions and the highest of safety standards – and we want to make sure we take the time to get everything just right and launch a destination the UAE and our shareholders can be truly proud of.  We cannot wait to show our guests everything Dubai Parks and Resorts has to offer from 31st October this year.”


Ali Saleh Alshunnar Becomes Youngest Emirati To Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Ali Saleh Alshunnar recently beat his brother’s record as youngest Emirati to climb Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, at only 15 years old. Standing at 5,895 metres above sea level, Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world.

Ali beat his brother Moawiya’s record by a five-month age difference, completing the challenge only a month after turning 15 years old; Moawiya was 15 and a half years old when he summited the mountain in 2012.

A grade 10 student at Jumeira Baccalaureate School (JBS) in Dubai, Ali has always taken an interest in a variety of sports and high endurance activities such as tennis, football, basketball, horse riding, and Tang Soo Do (a Korean martial art), in which he is a black belt.

Commenting on his decision to climb the mammoth mountain, Ali said: “In the UAE, we always challenge ourselves and strive for the best—a quality that has been passed down to us by our biggest role models, the nation’s leadership.”

Ali, who wanted to embark on the remarkable journey at age 14 but was unable to travel at the time, finally began the ascent on 14th August, 2016 with a group of three other climbers, including his father. They hiked several thousand metres each day for many hours, and camped in tents for six nights. They reached the summit, Uhuru Peak, on 19th August, 2016.

He continued: “Although the climate started out as very pleasant at the base of the mountain, it soon became extremely cold and we were faced with low levels of oxygen, which made the last few days particularly difficult and tiring, and caused a loss of appetite.”

Ali also explained that although the feeling of joy and elation when reaching the top is incredibly memorable, the journey itself holds the most memories—ones of struggle, of the pride felt when holding the UAE flag atop the mountain, and of an overall life-changing experience.

“Though it becomes hard to sleep at such extreme altitudes, I learnt that the only way to overcome this and other challenges was to control and conquer my mind.  We are all capable of doing so much more than we ever think possible, and the end result is always worth it.”

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While Ali highly recommends the trip, especially to likeminded teenagers, he stresses the need to be mentally and physically fit and ready before attempting the trek. Taking safety into consideration is vital, so potential hikers should research expert group leaders and organisers before starting this once-in-a-life-time expedition.

City Centre Me’aisem Marks First Anniversary With Month-Long Family Entertainment And Complimentary Fitness Classes

City Centre Me’aisem—the community-oriented shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination located in the Me’aisem area of International Media Production Zone (IMPZ) in Dubai—is inviting surrounding communities to come and join the exciting festivities marking the malls’ first anniversary. Visitors will enjoy fun family-entertainment and complimentary fitness classes, from now until Oct 17, 2016.

To celebrate its first anniversary, City Centre Me’aisem is welcoming its neighbors to join the month-long celebrations featuring: complimentary fitness classes, roaming parades, stage shows, professional caricaturist, and instant prizes to win.

In partnership with lululemon athletica and fitness studios Naya, Souplesse Cycle, and CrossFit Sands, the community mall will offer complimentary yoga, pilates, spinning and cross fit classes to fitness enthusiasts of its 11 surrounding communities.

To improve flexibility, core strength and overall well-being, visitors are invited to join the yoga and pilates classes, offered by Naya studio, held at City Centre Me’aisem’s East Venue, from 8:30 to 10 am, on Sept 30 and Oct 1, 2016.

Spinning goers will enjoy the dynamic and motivating spinning classes on specially designed bikes allowing more freedom in movement, by Souplesse Cycle. The classes will be held on Oct 7 and 8, 2016, offering three morning sessions from 8:30am to 11:30am.

Adults and children will be able to sign up for some serious sports sessions with cross fit classes offered by CrossFit Sands, from 8:30am to 10am for adults, on Oct 14 and 15, 2016. City Centre Me’aisem will be providing refreshments to boost energy levels, as well as matts, towels and other fun gifts and surprises, while GRK Fresh Greek restaurant will be inviting all participants for a complimentary healthy breakfast after each class, and Jamba Juice will offer complimentary healthy smoothies.

“City Centre Me’aisem is now the go-to destination for all surrounding communities who appreciate having a quick, easy and accessible close-by option, with a retail and entertainment mix tailored for them. The mall has definitely found its place in the community’s heart and in line with Majid Al Futtaim’s vision to create great moments for everyone, everyday, we would like to invite all our neighbors to celebrate this milestone with us,” said Maryam Ahli, Mall Manager of City Centre Me’aisem for Majid Al Futtaim – Properties.

City Centre Me’aisem features a City Centre Clinic and more than 53 retail outlets including a Carrefour hypermarket, a Magic Planet and a range of fashion and lifestyle brands such as Centrepoint, H&M, Max and Sun & Sand Sports, and Patchi. City Centre Me’aisem offers a line-up of casual dining options and cafes that feature outdoor landscaped seating areas, as well as various service providers including banking, beauty salons, fitness and a mobile operator.


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Coya Dubai Extends Brunch Offering This Weekend

In celebration of the Islamic New Year and due to popular demand, our client COYA Dubai has extended brunch offering to this Friday and Saturday. Guests who wish to experience the brunch during the long weekend can choose between two days to check it out.

Packages remain as always:

Non- alcoholic AED 328.00
House beverage AED 448.00
Champagne AED 598.00

For bookings/reservations: +971 (0)4 3169 600 or e-mail-

Hard Rock Cafe Dubai Brings Back Meatless Menu For Veggie Lovers

For the second year in a row, Hard Rocck is going green with new offerings from its limited-time vegetarian menu, just in time for Vegetarian Awareness Month. Beginning on Saturday, October 1 through Monday, October 31, 2016, Hard Rock Cafe Dubai will expand its legendary menu and serve up fresh and satisfying vegetarian-friendly dishes and plant-based beverages, including Cauliflower ‘Wings’served Buffalo-style, a Grilled Ratatouille Wrap featuring grilled vegetables and Sriracha mayo, and our freshly squeezed Beet, Orange & Ginger Juice. Â

Hard Rock Cafe Dubai has added several new menu items to provide guests looking to expand their palate with flavorful and satisfying options in various categories of classic, all-American cuisine. Additionally, many of the items featured on Hard Rock Cafe Dubai’s meatless menu can be prepared to accommodate vegan requirements. A full list of offerings includes:

Cauliflower Wings – crispy Buffalo-style cauliflower served with bleu cheese, celeryy and carrot sticks
Grilled Ratatouille Wrap – grilled ratatouille vegetables topped with Sriracha mayonnaise, olive oil and baby arugula, served in a seasoned grilled flour tortilla with a side salad
Pico de Gallo Quinoa Arugula Salad – a fresh mix of pico de gallo, quinoa, lime juice and chopped cilaantro mixed with arugula and topped with shredded Brussels sprouts, spicy pecans, feta cheese and craisins, tossed in a citrus vinaigrette

Cauliflower Burger – a housse-made patty of cauliflower, garlic, egg, goat cheese, oregano and breadcrumbs, topped with zucchini, squash, Monterey Jack cheese,  arugula, tomato and garlic aioli, served on a toasted brioche bun
Grilled Vegetable & Halloumi Wrap – flour tortilla loaded with grilled zucchini, eggplant, pepperss, mushrooms, asparagus and grilled halloumi cheese, served in a seasoned grilled flour tortilla with a side salad
Roasted Root Vegetable & Kale Salad – kale, balsamic glazed turnips, beets, carrots and rutabaga, spicy pecans, tofu and green onion tossed with an apple cider vinaigrette
Quinoa Burger – A house madde patty of quinoa, red onion, Portobello mushrooms, eggs, Cheddar, pecans, barley, soy sauce and breadcrumbs, topped with Sriracha hummus, arugula and tomatoes
Black Bean & Quinoa Burger “ a house-made patty of quinoa, black beans, breadcrumbs, red peppers, red onions, garlic, cumin, cheddar, egg and hot sauce, served on a toasted bun and topped with arugula, tomato and a tofu lime and garlic crema

With the success of last year’s vegetarian offerings and the increased consumer interest in meatless dining options, we wanted to introduce a new menu that goes beyond the typical, said Antonio Bautista, Senior Vice President of Franchise Operations for Hard Rock International. Whether it’s one of our new vegetarian-friendly salads or my personal favorite the Pico de Gallo Quinoa Arugula Salad, we have something to satisfy our guests ever-changing cravings.

Vegetarian Awareness Month

The new menu items celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month, which was designed to spread awareness of vegetarianism and the benefits of a meat-free diet. The International Vegetarian Union encourages individuals worldwide to spread the word and experience the vegetarian lifestyle. What began as World Vegetarian Day has blossomed into a month-long celebration of vegetarianism that involves educational events and festivities.

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Guests can stop by Hard Rock Cafe Dubai to try out the latest items, listen to live music from 8.30pm every night and on Mondays, participate in our Monster Music Quiz.  Alternatively, visit for more information.