Monday, October 27, 2014

ITALIAN ARTISTRY SHINES IN DUBAI - Ritz Carlton, DIFC



If you revere style, elegance and sophistication you will not be unfamiliar with the scintillating Italian artistry. From being a major power player in the fashion world, to being the manufacturer of the racy and luxurious Ferrari, style is Italy’s middle name. So when Buzzingtales got invited for Italian Luxury Interiors Exhibition at Ritz Carlton it set out to spread the word. If you love sleek designs, a fascinating work of art check out the details of this unique exhibitions below.



·        The event is open to public with free entrance. 
·        Unique and high in style 
·        Art and design lovers invited

The Italian Luxury Interiors Exhibition is set to return with its fourth edition to Dubai on 18-21 November 2014 at the Ritz Carlton, DIFC. Organized by the Italian Trade Commission, Trade Promotion Office of the Italian Embassy, in cooperation with Confartigianato and CAN – the national Confederation of crafts and SMEs - the Exhibition brings together more than 20 carefully-picked companies displaying their finest works crafted through techniques passed down, refined and adapted through the generations, and working in areas as diverse as textiles and lighting, with materials as varied as ceramic, gold leaf, leather and iron.

This year's event showcases various exclusive furnishings, such as furniture, decorative and household items, lighting, textile products and more from a number of Italy's globally renowned brands.


Italian Trade Commissioner Ferdinando Fiore, speaking ahead of the Exhibition, notes that: “Since 2010, Italian Luxury Interiors has carved itself a solid name in the UAE as the place to admire the very best of Italian interior design. The Italian handicrafts legacy is very important to us and the UAE are the perfect partner to boost export of high end “Made in Italy” products to the Gulf region. The Exhibition is an extraordinary four-day event connecting the best of Italy to discerning buyers in the UAE, including trade buyers, professionals, designers and art lovers.”

The companies attending thisyear’sExhibition are: Ammirati Progetto Legno; Dr. Vranjes Firenze; Arte Arreda; Caino Design by Stv Italia; Calma e Gesso; Fantini Mosaici S.r.l.; Florida; Fonderia Artistica Ruocco; Lampe Srl; Laser Line Italia Srl; Mabele by Ma-Bo Srl; Made a Mano; Maison Claire; Mee Murano; Mobilificio Bordignon Camillo Srl; Multiformesas di Zorzi Renata & C.; Opificio Serico Fiorentino Srl; PvzSrl – Neonero; Sabina Ascanelli; Santoni Vetri (Vetro Giardini); Selezioni Domus; Valli Srl (Ecotono); Vetrart di Bagnara Daniele & C snc.

Entrance is free. Not only do we expect traders, local companies and distributors in the furniture sector, but art lovers and design devotees as well!

Timing of the Event
18th November, 3pm - 7.30pm
19th November, 3pm - 9.30pm
20th November, 3pm - 9.30pm
21st November, 3pm - 9.30pm

To know more about the Italian Luxury Interiors Exhibition:


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween Doll At O1NE Yas Island

Legendary Theme Nights take centre stage at O1NE Yas Island
in October



Prepare to be spooked at O1NE Yas Island - It’s Halloween, doll!

It’s the spookiest time of the year... Creepy dolls will be haunting O1NE Yas Island on Friday 31st October... 


The start of the new season at O1NE Yas Island in September 2014 has seen the mega club open two days a week, on both Thursdays and Fridays. Each Friday night, O1NE is completely transformed into one of three themes – New York, Jungle or 1990’s, with the entire look and feel of the interior totally transporting partygoers into that mindset.


From the revolutionary 360-degree 3D projection mapping, to professional entertainers, a decor overhaul, and even staff immersed in the theme, O1NE offers an out of body experience and the ultimate nightclub experience.

O1NE Yas Island is open till 4am, with shuttle and its new Concierge service entails premiere hotel and restaurant rates, exclusive reservations, and limousine shuttles from both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.





Thursday 30th October – The Original O1NE Night

Friday 31st October – Halloween Party


Halloween Party (Friday 31st October) At Jazz@PizzaExpress

Jazz@PizzaExpress

Jazz@PizzaExpress is the newest and first licensed addition to the UAE PizzaExpress family, based in JLT, Cluster A. The iconic live music venue and restaurant offers a fresh new menu loaded with new recipes that compliment this signature restaurant, as well as all the old favourites! Listen to live music every night from fantastic performers.
For reservations: 04 441 6342


Halloween Party (Friday 31st October)
On Friday 31stOctober, guests can enjoy games, special Halloween-themed menu items and superb live entertainment at Jazz@PizzaExpress’ Halloween daytime brunch party, which will also continue into the evening with plenty of tricks and treats on offer.
Adding a twist to their traditional Italian dishes, expect to see a mix of creepy cuisine, such as pumpkin salad, spicy petrifying pasta, phantom pizza and spider web chocolate desserts. There will also be a concoction of special spooky beverages on offer, plus the chance to win prizes with a variety of competitions throughout the day – including best fancy dress.
Time: 12pm – close

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (throughout October)
Jazz@PizzaExpress has announced its participation in Breast Cancer Awareness month during October. During the whole of next month, the trendy eatery will offer an array of specially created dishes, with a percentage of the proceeds going towards the worldwide charity.
To increase awareness and show its support for the annual campaign, Jazz@PizzaExpress will have a menu of special items on every table in the shape of a pink ribbon – the international symbol for the charity.
Saturday Family Brunch at Jazz@PizzaExpress
Launching 13thSeptember 2014, Jazz@PizzaExpress is adding another fantastic value brunch for the weekend. The Saturday Family Brunch offers superb live music along with mouth-watering dishes for both children and adults.
Children under eight eat for free whilst being entertained with cupcake decorating, balloon making and a variety of arts and crafts.
Friday Brunch at Jazz@PizzaExpress
Jazz@PizzaExpress presents brunch, a jam-packed afternoon of delicious Italian food, beverages and live music and music from DJ Lucy Pink. The brunch provides the perfect atmosphere to indulge with family, friends and loved ones in the wide variety of quality dishes whilst enjoying optional unlimited house beverages for only AED 189 – we think it’s the best value brunch in town!

It’s the Weekend!
Each Thursday and Friday evening at Jazz@PizzaExpress is filled with Funk, Reggae, Soul, NeoSoul & Originals with a touch of Hip Hop and RnB. Thursday’s we’re treated with Abri & Funk Radius and each Friday evening following the cheapest brunch in town is Expressed - we truly are spoiled.
Acoustic Open Mic Night Hosted by Abbo
Join host Abbo Abbondandalo for Acoustic Mic Night every Sunday from 8pm. We ask all those who can sing, play guitar or any other unplugged instrument to come and show off their talents. Sign up between 7pm and 8pm for the chance to perform up to three songs. This is a brand new night and is quickly proving popular!
Happy 2-for-1 Mondays
Every Monday at Jazz@PizzaExpress get the best deal in town with a 2-for-1 offer on all starters, main courses, desserts, drinks, and house beverages.
Tuesday Jam Sessions
Each Tuesday at Jazz@PizzaExpress join in with our Jam Sessions by either supporting local talent or signing up and singing on stage in front of a packed out venue.
The Swing Revue
The Swing Revue jives into Jazz@PizzaExpress with big band music and big band dancing. They offer free swing dance lessons before jumping on stage and throwing us into the classic hits from the swing era. This night is one to definitely bring your dancing shoes and your hipster attitude.

Jazz@PizzaExpress has recently launched their world-famous Chef’s Table, giving diners the chance to create their own pizza. Each Chef’s Table gives guests behind-the-scenes access and the opportunity to learn insider secrets from the restaurant’s pizzaiolos and create their very own pizza – just the way they like it. Ideal for families, birthday parties and corporate team building, for groups of seven to 10 people.

Halloween At Dubai Golf- Frightening Fun

Get Ready for Frightening Fun at Dubai Golf this Halloween
Celebrate with Spookylicious Brunches and a Spine Chilling Par 3 Competition with the Family


23 September 2014, Dubai UAE – Get into the Halloween spirit with frighteningly fun events this year down at Dubai Golf. Grab your fancy dress costumes and get ready for a day of entertainment, with Spookylicious Friday Brunches at Dubai Creek and Emirates Golf Club as well as The Green Keeper’s Revenge Par 3 Tournament at Dubai Creek.

The iconic Legends Restaurant at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club will be transformed into a Halloween haven for all the family to enjoy. The unique brunch experience will be filled with ghoulish games and live entertainment, as well as fun activities for the children from noon to 3:30pm on Friday, 31st October. Guests can revel in an endless starter and dessert buffet along with a selection from the a la carte menu.

Over at Emirates Golf Club, what better way to celebrate Halloween than indulging in a delicious brunch buffet at M’s with a live carvery! Enjoy a vast selection of international cuisine from noon to 3pmwith face painting and plenty of other activities to keep the kids entertained. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume at both brunches so be sure to get creative.

The fun doesn’t end there on Halloween. When the shotgun goes off at 3pm and 5pm, head Greenkeeper “Perry” will be arranging horrible Halloween hazards which will catch you off-guard at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club’s Par 3 golf course. It’s not just the bunkers you need to be aware of.

Be afraid, be very afraid! Who knows what spine chilling challenges might be lurking behind a tree or blocking your way to the green at this frighteningly fun stableford golf competition for teams of one adult and one child. Treat yourself to a delicious buffet on the Academy terrace from 5pm to 8pm after the competition.

Legends Brunch Prices:
AED 250 for food and soft beverages
AED 370 with selected beverages
AED 400 with sparkling, AED 550 with Moët & Chandon
AED 595 with Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial
AED 85 for children between 7 and 12 years
Children below 7 dine for free
For more information and bookings please contact Legends restaurant on +971 4 295 6000 or email creekdining@dubaigolf.com.

M’s Brunch Prices:
Brunch buffet and free flowing house beverages AED 325 per person
Brunch buffet and soft beverages AED 165 per person
Children (5 to 12 years)  AED 75
Children under 5 go free

For more information and bookings please contact M’s on +971 4 417 9999 or email emiratesdining@dubaigolf.com

Underground Pub’s Halloween party-Spellbinding Entertainment


The Underground Pub today announced details of it Halloween party for Friday 31st October. Starting from 7pm, guests can enjoy a host of creepy cuisine, bewitched beverages, gruesome games, and there are prizes on offer for the most spooktacular costumes.
On arrival, guests are welcomed with delicious Halloween themed cocktails in a pumpkin, and everyone who has dressed up will be automatically entered in to The Underground’s fancy dress competition. Expect to see broomsticks, ghosts, skeletons, fog – with the bar staff also joining in the fun by donning spooky costumes. Throughout the eerie evening scary movies will be played on the big screens.
Massimo Bernardi, Food and Beverage Director at Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa commented: “Following the success of last years’ party we wanted to make this one bigger and better. As well as themed cocktails and cuisine, we have our regular selection of beverages and British culinary favourites such as fish and chips and steak and kidney pie.”
“We would also like as many people as possible to once again come in fancy dress – with the winner of our competition winning dinner for two at Fish Bazaar,” continued Bernardi.
In addition to Halloween entertainment, there is live music from Rich Kennedy from 5pm until 8pm, as he performs various hits from the past 50 years to kick-start the party. Male duo Jet Lag will also be on stage afterwards, singing their signature numbers.
For table bookings and more information, please call The Underground Pub on 04 408 4257.
Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa
Restaurant and Bar Promotions
Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa is playing host to a variety of promotions across their wide selection of food and beverage outlets this October including a spooky Halloween party at The Underground Pub.
The Underground Pub is the quirky gastro pub that epitomises the vibrancy of British culture. With a selection of traditional items on the menu, including favourites such as fish and chips or steak and kidney pie, this is a renowned Dubai hotspot located on the ground floor of the hotel podium.
Open daily for lunch and dinner from 12.30pm to 3.00am
Happy Hour Every Day: From 4.00pm to 8.00pm
Monday: Live acoustic entertainment from Darren Constable from 8.00pm onwards.
Tuesday: **BRAND NEW** Ladies Night – free flowing house beverages from 8.00pm to 11.00pm  Jetlag perform live from 8.00pm until 12.00am.
Wednesday: Teams of four can put their IQ to test with prizes up for grabs at the Quiz Night from 8.30pm. Registration starts at 7.00pm and the winning teams will receive vouchers and other great prizes
Thursday: Back-to-back live entertainment from Jetlag playing the best of today’s hits and classic tunes. Rich Kennedy will also perform live playing motown, pop and R&B from the past 50 years.
Friday: Post Brunch Party! Promotions on selected beverages from 4.00pm to 8.00pm with live entertainment from Rich Kennedy then Jetlag until 12.00am

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Middle East’s 1st Online Market-Place for Kids’ Fashion

Mini Exchange, the brain child of Sarah Appleton is a unique online market-place. It empowers the parents to buy and sell new and like-new kids’ clothing and accessories, fancy dress and school uniform. Mini Exchange also works as an outlet for retailers looking to sell end-of-season stock.




Mini Exchange does the hard work for sellers and gives buyers easy access to discounted branded and designer clothes. Items are collected from sellers for free and quality-checked by the team. They are then professionally photographed, described and listed on the site. When they sell, Mini Exchange deposits the profits directly into the seller’s account. Buyers can order from the comfort of their own homes and are assured that items purchased are nothing less than perfect – genuine, freshly laundered and in great condition.

Giving back to the community

Mini Exchange gives users the opportunity to support some great causes across the Middle East whilst clearing out their kids’ wardrobes. The company has tied up with three reputable organisations – START, Little Wings and Action Care – all of which work in different ways to help and support children across the region. Sellers can make a real difference to their community by listing clothes and gifting the profits directly to one of these good causes.

The website also allows individuals and organisations to support causes close to their own hearts by creating a “Mini Group”. Users can invite friends, family and colleagues to clear out their kids’ wardrobes by listing items on the site, and when the items sell the profits can be contributed to the good cause. Whether it’s supporting victims of a natural disaster, or trekking the Himalayas for a personal charity, Mini Groups allow users to support causes that matter to them.


Who started it?

The revolutionary platform is the brainchild of Sarah Appleton who saw a gap in the market and left a successful career in finance to start the business. As one of seven children growing up just outside London, Sarah learnt the value of hand-me-downs at a very young age. “Children grow, but their clothes don't and the sheer volume of kids’ clothes only worn a handful of times is testament to that. I want to give parents a fun, easy and hassle-free way to clear out their kids’ wardrobes so that they can make space for all the new clothes to come.”

Progress to date

Mini Exchange, has shown unprecedented growth in the six months since launch. Having started with less than 600 items on the site, visitors can now expect to find around 5,000 items listed on Miniexchange.com. Successfully partnering with more than 20 leading international brands and also multi brand boutiques locally, and with many more in the pipeline, Mini Exchange strives to become the regions number one online destination for buying and selling kids clothing.

“The positive reaction to the website has been overwhelming from both buyers and sellers alike” says proprietor, Sarah Appleton. The platform has also been lauded internationally, winning the ArabNet Beirut StartUp Demo Competition and the prestigious PITME Labs Middle East Impact & Ingenuity Award earlier this year.

Website

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Arabic Art Exhibition At Noon Hotel,Dubai

 Recently Buzzingtales was invited to the Arabic Art Spirit, an exhibition hosted by Noon Hotel      Dubai.The   Highlights of this event included:

                         
                   


1.Showcasing of works from Ismail Fatah Al Turk, Fateh Al Moudarres, Paul Guiragossian and Dr. Khalid Al Jader
2.Book signing from globally renowned artist Nasser Soumi.
 Arabian Art Spirit – a two-week long art exhibition featuring the works of the region’s finest artists from International House Real Estate’s collection – opened in Dubai on 15th October. The exhibition is on till 28th October 2014


The venue is appropriately Noon Art Boutique Hotel Apartments, the city’s first completely art inspired hotel and gallery which opened in February this year. Guests were invited to admire a showcase of beautiful artwork from over 25 local and regional artists from Dubai’s International House collection. Noon Hotel’s art gallery, located on the first floor, will feature pieces from award-winning artists including Ismail Fatah Al Turk, Fateh Al Moudarres, Paul Guiragossian and Dr. Khalid Al Jader.

Noon Hotel’s entire décor is heavily influenced by Arabic art, with three artists – Dr. Najat Meky, an Emirati; Ali Hassan, a Qatar resident; and Tunisian Khaled Ben Slimane – providing the inspiration and beautiful creations throughout the property and its 45 serviced apartments. Each individual apartment has its own style from a distinct idea, which offers guests and visitors a unique experience.
Rasha Al Mutawa, Managing Director of Noon Art Boutique Hotel Apartments enthused: “It is an honour and we are very excited that International House Real Estate is sharing their collection of beautiful artwork with art lovers in Dubai at our hotel.”
“Given the success of Noon Art Boutique Hotel Apartments and Gallery since it opened, we want to give something back to the local art community. We will be showcasing a number of exceptional exhibitions on a regular basis in the coming months. This exhibition, which starts on 15thOctober at 7pm, will last for two whole weeks,” she continued.


Call 04 347 7676 to find out more details or to book your place for the art exhibition and book signing.
 Noon Art Boutique Hotel Apartments:
Noon Art Boutique Hotel Apartments is Dubai’s first art inspired hotel apartments located in Al Barsha, near the Mall of Emirates. The new concept has been brought to life by three acclaimed Arabic artists: Dr. Najat Meky (Emirati), Ali Hassan (Qatari) and Khaled Ben Slimane (Tunisian). These three artists have created the concept of ‘art of hospitality’ and the entire hotel has been inspired by the art of the three artists too.

Noon Art Boutique Hotel Apartments opened in February 2014 and has 45 serviced apartments with 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. Each room is the vision of one of the three artists; they have added a unique design to showcase their individual artistic style. There is an Art Gallery on the first floor boasting various art pieces in exhibitions from local and regional artists. The Restaurant and Café has an international menu and caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The hotel is a mixture of Arabic modern art and décor. All of the artists have a contemporary style, which includes sculpture, ceramics and paintings.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

THREE EMIRATIS REACH ARAB FILM STUDIO FINALS


Award ceremony to be held at this year’s ADFF
Abu Dhabi, 11 October, 2014: Three Emirati filmmakers have reached the final of Image Nation and twofour54’s amateur film competition, Arab Film Studio, including mother of seven, Fakhrah Abdullah.
The will attend an award’s ceremony held at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival for the first time in the competition’s history.  
Fakhrah, 34 from Fujairah, whose short film tells the story of a wheelchair bound boy, said: “I am overwhelmed at the news that my film has been selected as one of the final six. It’s been an incredible few months learning from industry experts and getting a behind the scenes, up-close look at the film industry. I’m lucky to even get this far in the competition, winning would just be the cherry on top!”
Six awards will be given out during the event, including the coveted Best Film which includes a 50,000AED prize fund and a chance to work with Image Nation on future projects.
Final Films
THE PARROT
Ali Al Marzouqi (UAE)
A lonely businessman searching for a parrot buys one from a questionable source. He is attracted to the intelligence of this talking parrot and over time builds a friendly relationship with it. However this friendship finishes with a strange and unexpected end.

THE LAST PETAL
Fakhrah Abdullah (UAE)
This film tells the story of a child that ends up wheelchair bound after an accident. His mum tricks him into believing he will recover, despite the chances of this being slight. After many years, he is still not able to walk, but finally realizes that his mum played a vital role in him having a life full of happiness and hope.  

ALABAYA
Maryam Alabbad (Kuwait)
Set in Kuwait, 1938, a young girl dreams of going to school but must fight against social stigmas of the time, and her father who believes a girls life is more purposeful in the home. 
SHADOWS
Mohamed Magdy (Egypt)
A story about a female painter who delivers messages from the dead to their beloved, seeking for the opportunity to deliver her own message to her deceased parents.
RENDEZVOUS
Salman Ahmad (Pakistani/UK)
Two strangers with family and work issues on their mind meet randomly at the airport when their flights are delayed. In their ensuing conversation, they find comfort in each other and vow to make the right choices going forward.
KALELIS
Shahad Al Shehhi (UAE)
A young colorless (black & white) girl struggles in accepting herself and feels unfortunate for the fact she is deprived of having the privilege of wearing colorful clothes and makeup. Whatever she wears, its colors fade away. Her only way to play with colors is through her talent of painting. When a young blind girl visits, she is forced to see the world through her eyes.


This year’s finalists, chosen by a panel of judges including David Hasselhoff, include Ali Al Marzouqi from the UAE; Maryam Alabbad from Kuwait; Mohamed Magdy from Egypt; Salman Ahmad from the UK and Shahad Al Shehhi from the UAE.
Last year, Sara Saber from Egypt won the top prize and has gone on to screen her final film, In Her Eyes, at festivals around the world, including the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco.
Three of the AFS participant’s films, Shadows by Mohamed Magdy, Kalelis by Shahad Al Shehhi and Taboo by Aisha Al Hammadi (not a finalist) have also qualified for ADFF’s Emirates Film Competition.

The Arab Film Studio award’s evening will be held on October 30.

STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING- Humans are not commodities



Opening a news channel on TV can leaves you feeling depressed and drained powerless in the face of the negative forces at work. Yes TV is a powerful mass media, but what lends it power are the human actions (negative or positive) that it revolves around or as in the case of news channels covers.  You have to be devoid of human emotions if you are not affected by the umpteen cases of child abuse, human trafficking and rape reported in the various platforms. At one point you are left feeling so helpless that the only sane thing to do is switch off the channels, numb your senses or pretend these are alien stuff that happens in a different world and you will remain untouched by it. Some other reactions span as these – 1.become paranoid and make the lives of those around you miserable with your paranoia or 2. a voracious upholder/proponent of human rights.




There is some NEWS however which give you hope, brighten up your day, becomes a reason for you to smile. One such NEWS that brightened up my day was the rescue of a 5 year old child trafficking victim in Jammu Kashmir. This child was kidnapped from Bandra, Mumbai; forced to beg and subsequently abandoned after the recent flood. The child was found hungry and in frail condition by a Kashmiri family. The Jawans too pitted in to help when they were alerted by the family. While the search was on for the girl’s family the Kashmiri family not only took care of the child but had also decided to take in the child as their own if no one claimed her. What a show of humanity by the poor Kashmiri family with 4 kids of their own to sustain. The little 5 year old was all praises for the caring Jawan's as well. It is these little stories of hope & humanity that come up as sparks of light dispelling the engulfing darkness.While the tentacles of Human Trafficking so deep rooted that every effort to 
combat it seems insignificant every step matters.



While the tentacles of Human Trafficking so deep rooted that every effort to 
combat it seems insignificant every step matters.




1. Believe that you can make a difference. Everyone has the potential to identify a human traffickingvictim. Identify and learn the red flags of human trafficking so that you can help in identifying a potential trafficking victim. 



2. Become a cautious consumer. Determine your Slavery Footprint. Find out the Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. 


3. Integrate human trafficking information into places and platforms where you think you can make a difference.


4. Join or initiate an anti-trafficking coalition; donate fund or items to an anti-trafficking organization; start a fund raiser or awareness event.


7. Create public awareness and distribute materials relevant to the topic

8. Volunteer to reach out to victims or offer professional services to a local anti-trafficking organization.


12. Educate your child about it and also help spread awareness. Try to make a difference as a parent, educator, or school administrator, be alert of how traffickers target school-aged children.


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