Monthly Archives: October 2016

Changing Views: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Unveils Scape Restaurant & Bar’s Remarkable Open Air Space

Scape Restaurant & Bar on Burj Al Arab Terrace has unveiled the venue’s remarkable outdoor area. A space which awakens all of the senses, giving those who step on board a totally different and very accessible perspective of a reimagined Dubai icon.

Set in the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, the vibrant and ultra chic location is truly unique. Providing new 270 degree views of Dubai from the sea, the venue is unlike any others by Burj Al Arab and offers a much more energetic, beachside vibe. This, along with an eclectic mix of affordable signature beverages and Californian fusion cuisine, ensure the mood inducing, day to night space; will be a mainstay for Dubai’s creative crowd.

Without a doubt raising the standards for Dubai’s social scene, the outdoor spot provides guests with a stunning alfresco venue and an dynamic ambiance. Giving the effect of a stylised tropical forest canopy, with contrasting areas of dappled light and shade, the mood of Scape Restaurant & Bar is energetically revived by internationally acclaimed, Moroccan-born DJ Naz (former resident DJ at Buddha Bar and Toro Toro

Scape Restaurant & Bar is open for lunch from 12:30pm to 3:30pm, dinner from 6pm to 11pm and Shisha from 12pm. Booking is required for all guests via Burj Al Arab Restaurants Reservations. Email or call +971 4 301 7600.

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COYA Dubai Hosts The Return Of Global Artist Suzi Nassif

Dubai’s pioneering F&B Art outlet opens the fall season by inviting Lebanese artist, Suzi Fadel Nassif back to showcase her newest exhibition Viva la Vida, Viva el Amor to enter Mo-vember. As part of the COYA Collective and to raise awareness for the wellbeing of men this month, Nassif’s exhibition carries pieces where the subject dons a moustache and will run for six weeks starting 13th November at Dubai’s most famed Peruvian outlet, COYA Dubai.

This will be Nassif’s second time exhibiting at COYA Dubai, with her first exhibition taking place last November, where she sold 8 out of 12 paintings. Since then, the award-winning artist has toured COYA properties globally in addition to Moscow, Tokyo and Venice as well as auctioning her work in different charity organizations. Nassif’s Viva la Vida, Viva el Amor exhibition will be making its Middle East debut after showcasing in COYA London this summer.

Her signature use of vivid colors and bold styles and colors are present in this collection as it includes the Latin American spirits, faces and backgrounds, in an artistic manifestation of Latin American culture through which you can almost read a special dialogue in each work, about themes such as Love, Art, Life, Challenge, Culture and Differences. The exhibition is mainly between some of the most famous, historical faces from that region from different eras like Fernando Botero, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali and “Che” Guevara, who, in a one way or another portray the Latin American world.

“My fascination with the Latino culture began during an early age, I used to make little illustrations on my notebooks of people with colorful clothes and hair garments and a mix of gypsy/gitanas and Mexican moods. Totally fascinated with their Fashion, music, food, Art, traditions, struggles, paradoxes, social, political and cultural heroism, I could not but be inspired to create a tiny fragment of that rich culture. The title of this exhibition was inspired by Frida’s last written words on one of her paintings only a few days before she died, she wrote: “Viva la vida” and because I have this intense Love affair with Latino Art I added: “Viva el Amor”! It was poetic and theatrical to plan an unusual Rendez- Vous between those great immortals from different times to communicate and live vividly on the surface of my canvas: it’s epic!” says Suzy Nassif.

This is exactly what we are all about at COYA. As part of our rich and vivid soul, Art is an element that we have been supporting since the opening of COYA London and continues through our birth in the Middle East in 2014 to the present day. Our collaboration with Suzi Nassif is the perfect example of what we are able to do- to lend a platform to artists, designers and talents to be a part of our Collective and have the opportunity to showcase not only in Dubai but grow and tap into a wider global audience with exhibitions in London, Miami and soon in Abu Dhabi as well,” said Cedric Toussaint, Director of Operations, COYA Dubai.


Al Ahli Holding Group’s New Age Fitness To Launch Unique Mixed-Martial Arts Based Gym Concept ‘MCage’


 MMA legend Randy Couture named as New Age Fitness’ new brand ambassador

New Age Fitness, subsidiary of the Al Ahli Holding Group, has launched a new and exciting unique mixed-martial arts based gym concept called ‘MCage.’ The announcement was made in a special event held at the (Golds Gym, Barsha Mall, Dubai). Present during the event was UFC Hall of Famer and MMA fighter Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture, who was also announced as the new brand ambassador for ‘MCage’ & ‘Yalla Fitness’. The launch of ‘MCage’ complements the company’s continuing commitment to provide its customers with fitness and health services that are based on high international standards–throwing the spotlight on its significant role as a leading promoter of health and fitness.

Mohammed Khammas, CEO of Al Ahli Holding Group said, “We are proud to announce this new offering from New Age Fitness, ‘MCage,’ which falls in line with our continuing efforts to promote health, wellness and fitness across the UAE. In line with this, we have also invited world-renowned MMA fighter Randy Couture to Dubai and have appointed him as ‘MCage’s new brand ambassador. We are confident that Randy can further inspire and encourage members of the UAE community to stay fit through exercise, clean living and healthy eating.”

Randy Couture has been selected as their new brand ambassador because of the positive impact he has made on the public—promoting a healthy lifestyle and encouraging exercise as a key way to keep fit. Couture is also in the UAE to attend this year’s edition of POPCON, the largest pop-culture festival of its kind globally, which was held from recently at the Dubai Outlet Mall.

The event is themed around a various genres of pop culture such as movies, television, comics, games, collectibles, music, anime, digital content, cosplay, beauty, sports and fitness. During the exciting three-day event, Couture is expected to promote ‘MCage’ and its availability across Al Ahli Holding Group’s diverse portfolio of fitness facilities—New Age Fitness, Gold’s Gym and the soon-to-be-launched boutique fitness gym, ‘Yalla Fitness.’

Matsuyama Becomes First Asian WGC Winner

Straight after becoming the first Japanese winner of a WGC event – the HSBC-WGC Champions – the 24-year-old Hideki Matsuyama was being asked about majors. “I think I’ve got closer to being able to compete,” he warned. “I’m going to start preparing well for them.”

Matsuyama won by a cool seven shots from Henrik Stenson and Daniel Berger, with Rory McIlroy and Bill Haas one shot further back. His rounds of 66, 65, 68 and 66 took in as many as 29 birdies – and he had been trying desperately to bring that tally up to 30 when he knocked his second into the water at the 18th.

Needless to say, that 30th birdie did not materialise, but he was still well pleased with himself for getting up and down – his putt was an 18-footer – for a closing par.

In amateur days Matsuyama, who won two Asian Amateur titles, was  known as the boy with a strong heart.  A strong heart was what he demonstrated today. Three ahead overnight, he felt nervous standing on the first tee before calming himself down with an opening birdie, courtesy of a beautifully rhythmic eight iron.  The eighth was a bit of a problem as he played his way down the rough rather than the fairway but, as at the 18th, he walked off with a par. He saw that early hole as a key point in his round: had he failed to make his par and Berger made his 25-footer for a birdie, his lead could have been cat to two. “After that,” said the winner, “everything became much easier.”

He did one media interview after another and posed for all the Japanese photographers who had arrived to see if their man could win so big an event.  And at the end of it all, he wanted nothing so much as to ring his parents who, he said, had made everything possible and who had never wanted anything more for him in life than to be happy in his career of choice. “I owe it all to them,” he said, feelingly.

Stenson, who for much of the afternoon was concentrating on trying to finish ahead of Rory McIlroy, who is likely to be his greatest rival when it comes to the season-ending Dubai DP World championship, was full of praise for Matsuyama.

“He’s not the most aggressive golfer but he’s a good, solid striker and he’s on a great roll. He showed everyone how he could keep his foot on the pedal. It was an impressive runaway win.”

Berger, while thrilled with his own performance, was no less in awe of his Eastern rival. “Hideki played just unbelievable and it was a pleasure to watch. You can learn a lot from watching him at work.”

The same, you would have to think, would have applied to the countless Chinese children who have been following play over the week at Sheshan. Matsuyama, when asked about the advance of golf in China, prophesied that the Chinese players at Sheshan would be competing in the big events before too long.

If such a thing should happen, no-one would be more delighted than Giles Morgan, HSBC’s Global Head of Sponsorship and Events and the man who first recommended that his company play the HSBC Champions in China.

“I’d love it if Li Haotong or one of his compatriots were to have his name etched on this trophy at some point,” said Morgan. “I’d feel a huge sense of pride.”

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Operation: Falafel Unveils Delectable New Menu Items

New additions to Operation Falafel’s Menu – OF Lotus Crust, Apple Crumble and Chococake Jars

Dubai’s favorite Middle Eastern street food brand Operation: Falafel launches exciting new additions to their hugely popular menu, with a selection of fresh new salads and mouth-watering desserts. The casual dining restaurant re-engineers classic Middle Eastern recipes with locally sourced fresh ingredients and are best known for their famous Falafels, Chicken and Beef Shawermas.

High on the taste factor, the new menu boasts traditional Middle Eastern flavors with a modern twist, such as the Chicken Salad that features a chicken breast breaded with zaatar and sumac, served on a bed of greens and pomegranate seeds with a special tangy tomato dressing. The 4 Cheese salad is a great vegetarian option that offers the best of Arabic cheeses, including string cheese, cheeseballs, Nabulsi and Bulgari cheese; combined with mixed watermelon and greens with a special cheese dressing.

For the sweet tooth in all of us, Operation: Falafel’s new dessert menu is a must try and includes scrumptious mouthwatering dessert jars such as the delicious OF Lotus Crust, a Lotus cheesecake topped with blueberries and the Apple Crumble Crunch, a decadent cheesecake with a toffee base, topped with an apple and cinnamon crunch mix. All delectable desserts are now being served and displayed in stylish Jars, with the addition of the Chococake Jar, a delicious twist on a chocolate souffl’ dessert, filled with a hint of Arabic coffee, nutella and ganache.

Manhal Naser, CEO of Operation: Falafel says, ‘We are delighted to be expanding our offering to our customer’s in the UAE and to introduce more authentic flavors while retaining the quality and the taste that they love’

Operation Falafel has seven outlets located in The Beach Mall, Kite Beach, BoxPark, Last Exit, Downtown MBR Boulevard, Outlet Village, and Motor City.