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DUBAI, UAE: Soulful. Sultry. Jazzy. Just a few words to describe singer/song writing beauty Layla Kardan and her body of work. The independent artist, whom is already prominent on the Dubai music scene, is set to share her original music at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival ahead of her EP launch.

A true global citizen, the Australian national is currently living and producing her first EP in the United Arab Emirates. Born in Belgium with Iranian roots, Layla’s exposure to different cultures and appreciation for diverse genres of music brings a fresh and edgy approach to not only her soulful music but also her creative direction and personal style.image003

Cementing her reputation as a strong musical force, Layla will perform at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival for her second year, taking place at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on the 24th February.  Attendees can expect a performance ennead of well-thought out vocal delivery, music composition and lyrical content communicating Layla’s signature sensual, and sultry sound.  image001

Speaking about the event, Layla says “The Emirates Airline Jazz Festival is one of the most anticipated events on the Dubai calendar for me, I’m so honoured and excited to be amongst the local artists selected to perform this year”

Layla has been busy working with International writers and producers from the likes of Sweden and New Zealand to craft her EP of all original tracks, with melodies such as ‘As one’ as just one of the stand outs. The launch date of Layla’s EP will be revealed at a later date, in the meantime to get a taste of the singer/ songwriter at the Emirates Airlines Dubai Jazz Fest purchase tickets at

About Layla Kardan LAYLA KARDAN

Layla Kardan is set to debut her all-original EP with a soulful and sultry voice expressing undertones of Jazz and Soul music infused with Middle Eastern and poetic movements.image005

Already prominent in the Dubai music scene, she has performed at Emirates Jazz Festival, Art Dubai, The Global Education Forum, Emirates Literature Festival and collaborated with international brands to produce original songs. The singer is also a regular at exclusive venues such as Coya, OKKU, Blue Bar, The Music Room and Little Black Door.

A true global citizen, the Australian national is currently living and producing in the United Arab Emirates. Born in Belgium with Iranian roots the singer started performing from a young age inspired by Sade, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, India Arie and Nina Simone.

Aiming to represent ethnic euphoria on a global stage through her melodic riffs and rhythmic beats, Layla Kardan captivates her audiences with true flair.


Art Dubai 2017: Gallery line-up, tickets and everything you need to know!

Art Dubai is a leading international art fair, welcoming the global art world to Dubai each year. The fair acts as a gateway to art from around the world and is the preeminent place to discover works from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

Here all you need to know about the event of the year.


Art Dubai is taking place March 15-18, 2017 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.


  • This is the 11th edition of Art Dubai
  • It will take place from March 15-18, 2017
  • 93 galleries are participating
  • From 44 countries
  • Featuring over 500 artists
  • Representing 60+ nationalities
  • Last year we had just over 27.5K visitors over the week
  • 25 galleries attending the fair for the first time and almost three quarters of galleries returning
  • 30+ galleries focusing on solo or two-artist exhibitions
  • 12 galleries participating from the UAE
  • 9 galleries participating from Iran
  • 4 from South America and 1 has a space in La Habana
  • 4th edition of Modern section – will feature 15 galleries from 12 countries

New Fair Director, Myrna Ayad, shares what not to miss this year

Art Dubai is held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai. An international art fair with roots in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, the eleventh edition of Art Dubai takes place March 15-18, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Art Dubai Contemporary

One of the most exciting aspects about this hall – and which will be immediately perceptible and palpable – is the curatorial effort that has gone into each booth. The works of some of the world’s aspiring and emerging artists through to established, respected names will be exhibited through 78 galleries. That variety in itself is unique and attests to Art Dubai’s positioning as the most global of art fairs. We’ve got a strong contingent of galleries from Iran as well as those from South America this year, and it’s always interesting to feel the ‘pulse’ of the times and trends in this hall.

Art Dubai Modern

If ever there were a visual anthology of the 20th-centry histories of the Middle East, South Asia and Africa regions, every edition of Art Dubai Modern would constitute a chapter. This vault is where secrets and told and untold histories are held – from political and economic hardship through to the many layers between tradition and modernity and social issues, the prized artworks exhibited in this hall testify to culturally rich regions with long, colourful histories. With 15 galleries this year, it’s a different energy altogether – pensive and momentous with a lot more time spent exploring the narratives behind each work.

The Abraaj Group Art Prize

I’ve followed Rana Begum’s career for many years now and each time I’ve seen her work, I sense a reinterpretation, a rethinking and an exploration of new variations, specifically the fusion between architecture, minimalism and Islamic abstraction. I’m excited at the prospect of this young Bangladeshi artist presenting her winning work for the ninth Abraaj Group Art Prize under the curatorship of Omar Berrada, a curator whose work I admire. I am keen on seeing how she will push boundaries (quite literally!) as will the shortlisted artists Doa Aly, Raha Raissnia and Sarah Abu Abdallah.

Art Dubai Commissions

This is the first time that our Commissions will be wholly performance-based and I am excited about this for several reasons. Primarily, there is something to be said about casually waltzing through the fair only to be pleasantly interrupted by a performance. That definitely offers a different energy altogether. Yasmina Reggad returns to curate our Commissions and will, along with Lana Fahmi, will pay tribute to the late, great Emirati artist Hassan Sharif. I appreciate that these performances – including those by Iván Argote and Pauline Bastard, Eglé Budvytyté and Manuel Pelmus – altogether add another dimension to experiencing art. Personally, I value how these presentations continue to resonate, because ultimately, we recall emotions and a lot comes through with performance.

Global Art Forum

As someone who has lived in the UAE for over 30 years, the concept of trade was and still is prevalent, from seeing the dhows along the Dubai Creek bring in goods from Iran, India, which made their way into souks and retails outlets to witnessing the construction of ‘trading hubs’ in the form of huge shopping malls, the DIFC and others. Much as the UAE has been a nucleus in the regional trading industry, so too is Art Dubai as far as art and ideas are concerned and I am excited at how the Global Art Forum, aptly titled Trading Places and led by the indefatigable Shumon Basar, will tackle the exchange of ideas, narratives, concepts and goods.

Art Dubai Modern Symposium

There is something to be said of great minds coming together, as they will at the inaugural Art Dubai Modern Symposium. This is a great opportunity to hear otherwise untold stories, unknown truths and the sharing of knowledge on the region’s modernity and its key figures. These modernists, were, after all, documentarians of a time gone by and it is through their practices, told to us by participating curators, scholars, museum directors and patrons, that we can piece together different eras, influences and inspirations. I’m sure this will be a real eye-opener that will widen the dialogue on modern art from the region.


The Sheikha Manal Little Artist’s Programme

Provides hands-on and engaging workshops for children between the ages of 5-17. The programme encourages young people to get involved in the arts, creating a platform for creative thinking and artistic expression.


PRIVATE DAYS (by invitation only)

Monday, March 13, 6.30-8.30pm: Art Dubai Modern Preview

Tuesday, March 14, 3-9.30pm: Art Dubai Preview

Tuesday, March 14, 7pm: The Abraaj Group Art Prize Unveiling

VERNISSAGE (by invitation only)

Wednesday, March 15, 1-4pm: Ladies Day Preview (open to all ladies)

Wednesday, March 15, 4-9.30pm: VIP Opening


Thursday, March 16, 4-9.30pm

Friday, March 17, 2-9.30pm

Saturday, March 18, 12-6.30pm

*Please note that last entrance into the fair is at 9pm


Tickets can be purchased at the fair or online at a discounted price here.


Day ticket (valid one day, either March 16, 17, 18): AED 50 if purchased online, AED 80 if purchased onsite

Free entry for youth under 18 and students with valid ID.


Parking for Art Dubai is at the nearby Dubai Police Academy, with continuous shuttles to the fair.


Please note that at peak times there will be no valet parking available at Madinat Jumeirah, and we strongly advise coming by taxi for the evening events.


Organisations taking part include:

· Art Dubai, the week’s anchor event, will announce its extensive programme that includes 93 international galleries, the eleventh edition of the Global Art Forum and an exhibition of works by winners of the Abraaj Group Art Prize, and much more.
· Design Days Dubai will present its largest list to date of participating leading design galleries, studios and solo designers, and returns for its sixth edition at a new location within Dubai Design District (d3).
· The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority will present the 4th edition of the Emirates umbrella arts initiative ‘Dubai Art Season’, headlined by SIKKA Art Fair amongst other key cultural events happening across the city in March to April 2017.
· Alserkal Avenue will present its commissions for Art Week and its inaugural event at their new OMA-designed venue.
· Sharjah will present exhibitions that include Beloved Bodies II at the Barjeel Art Foundation and Once Upon A Time: Hadiqat Al Umma at The Maraya Art Centre.
· The Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority will present the second exhibition of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection The Creative Art: Performance, Process, Presence at Manarat Al Saadiyat, and the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and Warehouse 421 will present the exhibitions Lest We Forget: Emirati Adornment & Intangible and Bayn: the In-Between.

The format will allow you to meet the participants of Art Week on a one to one basis in an informal setting.

Should you require transport to the event, please book a Careem car and enjoy a free ride, valid 15th February between 9:00am – 1:00pm, using Promo code: artweek2017. Pick up or drop off must be within d3.

We look forward to meeting you at 10am on the 15th February, Building 7, the Dubai Design District (d3). Light refreshments and breakfast will be served.

Art Week is an Art Dubai Group initiative that is supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and Meraas.

Art Dubai 2017 Guide

Let Love Flourish at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa!

Kuwait, February 12, 2017: Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, Kuwait’s idyllic resort, invites couples to celebrate this Valentine’s Day with some of the most enchanting personalized dinner experiences in its various dining outlets.2


In Olio restaurant, Italian Chef Rosario presents the Evening in Venice menu with its enticing dishes such as the romantic heart-shaped risotto. The Steakhouse Pepper offers unforgettable fine cuts from buttery peppered beef tenderloin to lamb croquettes and a white chocolate 15-2sphere of passion fruit for dessert. At Salt Seafood & International restaurant, inspired cuisine of seafood bisques, honey-glazed salmon and oven-baked shrimp will stir any sweetheart’s appetite within intimate ambiance. In Garden Café, Valentine’s Day themed buffet presents tempting offerings and an atmosphere made to charm your significant other.


Couples seeking a candlelit dinner out can enjoy a dreamy Dinner by the Sea in the private seaside Gazebo with its picture-perfect setting. For a private hideaway, couples can opt to enjoy heart-to-heart time in the Secret Garden. The cosy outdoor venue captures the mood perfectly amidst lush greenery and live violin music while enjoying a sumptuous five-course set menu or customized live barbeque.


The luxurious sanctuary of relaxation Talise Spa, also has it covered for Valentine’s occasion. The Spa recently introduced a new line of NEOM Organics treatments from London guaranteed to make couples feel loved and pampered with a range of stimulating oil scents. A different kind of indulgence can be experienced with the new Spa Suite menu in the Himalayan and Oriental suites ideal for couples.


الكويت، 12 فبراير 2017: يدعو فندق ومنتجع جميرا شاطئ المسيلة، الوجهة الفندقية الأكثر فخامة في الكويت، الأزواج للإحتفال بمناسبة يوم الحب وقضاء أمسية مميزة مع أروع تجارب مذاقات الطعام المعدة خصيصاً في مطاعم الفندق المختلفة.


وإحتفاءً بهذه المناسبة الخاصة، يقدم الشيف الإيطالي روزاريو في مطعم أوليو قائمة طعام ’أمسية في البندقية‘ التي تضم العديد من الأطباق الشهية مثل وجبة الريزوتو المعدّة على شكل قلب. بينما يقدم مطعم بيبر ستيك هاوس لزواره أشهى الأطباق الفاخرة بدءاً من طبق تندرلوين اللحم البقري بالزبدة ولفائف لحم الضأن وصولاً إلى كرات الشوكولاتة البيضاء بنكهة فاكهة باشن فروت. ويقدم مطعم سولت للمأكولات البحرية والعالمية المتميز بأجوائه الحميمية قائمة طعام مبتكرة من أشهى الأطباق بما فيها طبق الحساء المعد من المأكولات البحرية وطبق السلمون بالعسل وطبق الروبيان المشوي بالفرن. كما يتيح مطعم غاردن كافيه أمام العشاق فرصة فريدة للاستمتاع بأمسية ساحرة لا تنسى مع العروض المميزة في بوفيه يوم الحب.


وبالنسبة للأزواج الراغبين بقضاء أمسية رومنسية لا تنسى على أضواء الشموع، فيمكنهم الإستمتاع بوجبة عشاء ساحرة بالقرب من شاطئ البحر في شرفة الجازيبو الخارجية الخاصة التي تتميز بموقعها وإطلالتها المثالية. فيما تقدم الحديقة السرية ملاذاً خاصاً يتسنى فيه للأزواج قضاء أجمل الأوقات، حيث يوفر الموقع الخارجي الشاعري مكاناً مثالياً لهذه المناسبة وسط المساحات الخضراء الخلابة وأنغام العزف الحيّ على الكمان مع تذوق أطباق قائمة الطعام الرائعة المكونة من خمسة أطباق أو أطباق الشواء المحضّرة خصيصاً لهذه الليلة.


أما تاليس سبا فيحتفل بهذه المناسبة بأسلوب خاص، حيث أدخل المنتجع مؤخراً مجموعة جديدة من العلاجات العضوية ’نيوم‘ من لندن والتي تضمن للإزواج الإستمتاع بتجربة مليئة بالدلال وتجربة راقية مع مجموعة متنوعة من الزيوت العطرية الفريدة. كما يوفر المنتجع العديد من تجارب الإسترخاء الفريدة مع قائمة خدمات السبا في الأجنحة الخاصة مثل جناح الهيملايا والأجنحة المستوحاة من سحر الشرق.

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The BEEHive Opens its doors in Dubai!

The BEEhive, Dubai’s newest edutainment play-area for children, opened its doorsb32202325be0b3c4_org along the shores of The Dubai Canal in Business Bay last week. The concept is the brainchild of Mumpreneur, Shahdan ElKhatib; a mother to three children.

The idea of the BEEhive was ignited when Shahdan realized that more and more parents are getting frustrated from the current generation’s addiction to technology, gaming and tablets. She was quick to identify a gap and the need of developing a concept to aid children’s motor skills and cognitive skills development.84c011b197af38fe_org

“The concept was inspired from the fascinating beehive hard-working productive structure; where bees go through different developmental stages, and each stage dictates their role in the hive”, explains ElKhatib.

The BEEhive is themed to consist of many independent hives; each of different interactive activities covering Science, Music, Art and Crafts among others that allow children to explore, learn, break out of their social shell and uncover their hidden talents while acquiring new skills.    b283b772e5a6ce76_org

“We provide an environment that promotes creativity, cognitive development and exploratory play that allows children to de-tach from their virtual worlds and get more connected to their surroundings”, adds ElKhatib. The BEEhive will also be hosting regular interactive workshops for children.

Play Rates at THE BEEhive start from just AED 45 per hour while a full day pass costs just AED 95. Monthly and annual membership packages are also available.b283b772e5a6ce76_org

Furthermore, children can celebrate their birthday at The BEEhive’s dedicated party hall which promises a memorable celebration inclusive of a healthy catering menu and plenty of entertainment options.

The BEEhive caters to children from 1 to 12 years old and is located on the Ground Floor of Blue Bay Tower (next to Steigenberger Hotel) in Business Bay. For further information, please contact 04- 431 0347.


Samsung Announces ‘Launching People’ Initiative

They say business is about ideas, and ideas come from people. Recognizing this philosophy, Samsung has pioneered the concept of ‘Launching People‘, an idea that is gathering momentum on the Social Media.

The ‘Launching People’ program is easy to join. Submit your idea to any one of the 4 project categories:

  1. Start-up
  2. Fashion
  3. Invention
  4. Education

With Samsung’s support, you could be launching your business idea sooner than you think!

Here is the schedule for the program:


Before you submit your ideas, view some related videos, here.

Note: The competition has been extended till 15 March 2014.