Enticing Thailand

The land of beautiful beaches, great viewpoints, temples, nightlife and countless excursions

Shereen Shabnam

While Thailand is popular as a holiday destination to many, it was more of a wedding destination for me during my first visit when I tied the knot in Hat Yai and felt grateful for the many memorable experiences as we headed to Krabi soon after for some sand, sea and beach life. The Krabi region is one of the most beautiful areas in southern Thailand.

Our trip was full of countless surprises, from meeting friendly people who married us, to becoming food-obsessed with the countless choice of food all around while losing count of the country’s many glittering temples and the lazy days spent on tropical beaches.

Visiting Thailand a number of times since that first trip, we came across bustling cities and tropical forests dramatically different from the turquoise sea we initially went in search of. The foodie experience of course is the best in Nakhon Sawan where seafood is in abundance.

We also hosted an exhibition in Bangkok not long ago. As the capital of Thailand, Bangkok can be overwhelming the first time but there is so much to do that you wish you had more time. The best option is to plan ahead what you would like to experience as there is so much on offer from food experiences, cultural sites, river tours and the best shopping if you like retail therapy.

If you like monuments of the past, I suggest heading to the historic town of Sukhothai and the UNESCO World Heritage site and discover lost history and ancient treasures. Another popular destination is Chiang Mai that offers the best of nature in from of jungle treks, hot springs, waterfalls, old town visits, festivals and vibrant markets.

No visit to Thailand is complete without going to Phuket which is Thailand’s largest island and a popular holiday destination. It has a great nightlife, plenty of restaurants and good base to do island hopping across to Koh Phi Phi, Koh Yao Yai and Kon Bon,

My husband is a big fan of Koh Samui as well. This is the third largest tropical island in Thailand with beautiful beaches and it had less tourists in the past when he ventured there a number of times. Today, Koh Samui is full of life and caters to tourists looking for an idyllic island holiday with various water activities but that old island charm still remains.

Synonymous with the exceptional service and authentic hospitality, Thailand has always offered us an experience that will remains memorable forever. For me, being married there at short notice with the hospitable locals is one memory I will always cherish.

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Attractive discounts offered by Line Investments & Property malls for summer in Northern Emirates

Line Investments & Property (LIP)malls announces ‘Spend and Win’ promotions for summer and Eid holidays till 31st August 2021

The shopping mall and management division of Lulu Group International, Line Investments & Property (LIP) announces the launch of a “Spend and Win” summer promotion campaign across three Malls in Northern Emirates; RAK Mall, Lulu Mall Fujairah and Mall of Umm Al Quwain from the 15th of July until the 31st of August 2021.

The 7-week ‘Spend and Win Summer Promotion’, that covers the Eid holiday period will see shoppers win Laka Gift Vouchers worth AED 50,000 in daily prizes and rewards on social media channels like Mall’s Facebook and Instagram. The attractive discount offers from retailers provide a perfect opportunity to get gifting ideas for ‘Eidiyah’ as well as options for those taking gifts away to friends and family back home for the summer holidays.

Lulu Mall Fujairah has retailers such as Adidas, REO, Jawhara, Basicxx, Brands World, V Perfumes, Iris Optical and The Perfect Time offering either discounts of up to 75%, Buy One Get One Free offers or vouchers during the summer.

Shoppers at RAK Mall can also enjoy discounts of up to 75% and special offers at Homes R Us, Nazih, Matalan, Basicxx, Lifestyle Fine Jewellery, Time center and Yateem Optician. Homes R’Us will be giving half back to customers spending AED 500 and above.

At Mall of UAQ, Jawhara is offering 50% off on selected diamond and pearl jewellery while BAsicxx is offering a AED30 voucher back for every spend of AED 150. Special discounts are also offered at Bath and Body Works, Oud Elite, V Perfumes and Max. Shoppers can also enjoy holidays with mouthwatering meals at KFC and Shakespeare & Co. All Line Investments & Property Malls place great emphasis on safety measures regarding COVID-19, ensuring the public areas remain a safe place to shop and dine in.

Transform your home for the summer season: Chattels & More

By Shereen Shabnam

Summer has arrived and since most residents are not able to travel, why not invest in the home environment with the latest collection from Chattels & More. Titled “Fancy Accessories”, this latest collection features elegant furniture and stylish accessories in exciting textures and materials.

With an array of eccentric designs to decorate the home with unique statements, shoppers can explore the new range of unique, artistic and practical furniture that caters to a broad-spectrum of styles and tastes allowing consumers to explore their imagination and express their individuality with the new collection.

Filled with accessories made from raw materials such as stone and terracotta, this fanciful selection is bound to provoke attention and provide superior comfort, aesthetics, and functionality to the home. The collection’s elegant range fits multiple styles with an interesting colour palette from premium yellows to robust greys. A collection that promotes a calm and luxurious atmosphere, it’s minimal yet exotic statement pieces can make the home stand out as unique and original.

Ass. Butterfly Black/Gold on Globe D23x38h

Featuring glittering golden butterflies, this stunning ornament can make a classy statement on any table. Especially the stunning stone grey statement table to promote a cool and premium atmosphere.

Cocktail Glass Hommage

Enjoy elegant summer dining with a set of cocktail glasses from Chattels & More. Its gold accents exude an exquisite aura, perfect for refreshing the palette with ice-cold beverages.

Deco Object Leopard Mosaic 129 cm

Add a unique flair to any room with a bold accessory such as this Leopard Mosaic. Perfect for those with an individual style, when placed with minimalistic decorations such as these traditional and bold vases, a statement will certainly be made.

Gwayi Dia Set

This delicate dinner set displays a classic geometric pattern to calm the mind – an ideal way to dine in peace and class, away from the Summer heat.

Decorating a space with a range of bold wall art and accessories will uplift any space. From soft throws to opulent terracotta vases, the whole room can make a statement when fanciful accessories are well-placed to complement each other.

Whether working from home, or diving into a great book after a long week, relax in a comfortable space by adding some cushions, lighting and layers of textures around your comfortable arm chairs. #GlobalTrendMonitor  #Homedecor #Furniture #SummerCollection #magazineUAE #magazine #mediaUAE #UAEbusiness #myDubai 

Journey of Discovery: Barcelona

 

By Shereen Shabnam

Every time we go to our Spanish home, we try and explore a different city and Barcelona, the second-largest city in Spain has been delight for all senses from visiting cultural sites, city attractions, art venues, trying out Catalan dishes and evening tapas experiences as well as taking a cruise ship that saw us visiting a number of nearby countries.

It is a city steeped in history with so much to see, especially in the Gothic Quarter which is the oldest neighborhood of Barcelona. Here you will find medieval structures, Gaudi’s architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries, winding alleys, the Cathedral of Barcelona, plazas and Roman ruins.

After a week on a cruise ship, we spent a lot of time in Las Ramblas, a pedestrian only street lined with cafes with the best tapas and drinks, shops and a bustling vibe. We also went to the La Boqueria nearby which had some beautiful Spanish gift items and then stopped at Placa Reial, a beautiful square perfect for people watching.

One late afternoon we drove to El Born which is the most trendy and artistic part of the city and explored a few avant-garde galleries, indulged in vintage shops vintage shops and took a stroll with our daughter who loved the idea of sampling little plates of dishes at tapas outlets. Our favourite dishes were laced with olive oil and include seafood dishes, fried potatoes and Spanish omelettes stuffed in baguettes.

Spain is famous for their tapas that are meant to be snacked on but we ordered a wide range of dishes and made a meal out of it. Seafood paella in Barcelona is an absolute must try dish and so is seafood done in different styles. I always enjoyed the cold sweet Spanish coffees that seem to inject life and energy into me in between the tours.

After fuelling up on food and drinks, head to L’Eixample for some famous architectural highlights such as the La Sagrada Familia and to El Raval which has some interesting boutiques and restaurants. We were on a trail to see as many of Gaudi’s work so we explored the area of Gràcia which has great views of the city and home to Gaudí’s famous hilltop park, Parc Güell. Gaudi is Barcelona’s most famous architect whose Gothic and Art Nouveau styles made him legendary around the world. We also loved Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, and Casa Milà.

If you are into art, head to the Picasso museum to learn about the life of one of the most influential artists in the 20th century. There are over 3,000 pieces of art and one of the biggest Picasso museums in the world.

If you have a lot of time, head to Barcelona History Museum. There are4,000 square meters of Roman ruins located beneath the city that you can walk through and learn more with an audio guide explaining the mosaics, wall frescoes and ancient documents.

Barcelona is one of those cities where you can easily spend weeks exploring. We rented a car and drove up to Cadaques to see Dali’s House – this remains of the best experiences ever even though it took a full day to get there with multiple coffee stops, tapas breaks and winding roads but it was well worth the journey.

It is best to stay the night there, get rested and explore the many attractions on the way back. It is a beautiful city with impressive architecture, charming medieval streets, amazing beaches and has something for everyone.

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The City of Music: Nashville

By Shereen Shabnam

The first thing I fell in love with in Nashville, the music city was Nashville’s premier hotel, the Gaylord Opryland Resort & convention center and the beautiful guitar exhibits. I went there to attend an IT conference with Epicor and expected a simple resort but the ambience, excitement and energy of the place made me feel I could live there for years and not get bored.

The beautiful gardens beneath climate-controlled signature glass atriums, the meandering Cumberland River plus an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping and recreation options made me feel like this was more of a getaway and I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere in between the conference.

I walked through various indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls and took a boat ride in the indoor river and still had time for the spa and fitness center. Most times, the lush greenery reminding me of my own country Fiji Islands and made me feel right at home.

Inspired by elements of music everywhere in the resort, I set out to see more of what the rest of Nashvile had to offer. Music is in the DNA of people from Nashville and the award-winning Station Inn is considered to be one of Nashville’s premier venues for bluegrass music. Notable artists have performed at this venue, which is perfect for concerts and jam sessions by up-and-coming artists.  

Then there is the Tennessee State Museum that tells the story of the state’s rich history over three floors of the building. Creative visitors will love the Frist Center that hosts Visual Arts displays by local, state and regional artists along with national and international exhibitions.

Music lovers will find the ‘Two Old Hippies’ a haven as a retail store offering a large selection of guitars, music, clothing and other novelty merchandise. The shop has a stage with an organ, several guitars and a drum set as well as lighting and a mixing board in a deco where walls are full of music artefacts and memorabilia.

Alternatively, head to Curb Records, an independent music label founded by Mike Curb. The label’s top recordings include hits by legendary artists. A philanthropist, Curb has been instrumental in restoring historic buildings, including Columbia’s Historic Quonset Hut, a recording studio originally established by Owen Bradley, and the Johnny Cash Museum.

Then there is the music Row, home to several businesses and attractions related to the city’s musical heritage. Considered the heart of Nashville’s entertainment industry, the area has the historic RCA Studio B, Columbia’s Historic Quonset Hut, Owen Bradley Park and numerous shops and restaurants. “Musica,” a large bronze statue designed by Alan LeQuire, is the centerpiece of the Music Row Roundabout.

It is all about Music in Nashville. The Musicians Hall of Fame at Historic Nashville Auditorium honors the artists and session musicians who have accompanied legendary performers in a broad range of musical genres, including country, rock, jazz and soul.

I naturally stopped at the Marathon Motors Factory in the heart of downtown Nashville. This area has an array of music recording studios, numerous shops, studios etc. If you like walking, head to ‘The Gulch’, a historic walkable neighborhood with hip restaurants, eclectic boutiques and vibrant nightlife venues.

In Nashville’s Centennial Park, the Parthenon stands as an exact replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. You can see the 42-foot gilded sculpture of Athena, and temporary shows and exhibitions.

There is so much to se and do in Nashville but Music is really what makes this city stand apart. I enjoyed Nashville and look forward to going back again.

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Picturesque Prague

By Shereen Shabnam

Every time I go back to Prague, there are a host of new surprises the city that keep us busy an entire week and my favourite place to stay each time is the Buddha bar Hotel in Prague which is a place that is hard to leave and my favourite past time is exploring the city in vintage cars.

Prague is a truly unique city, unlike any other with some of the world’s most exquisite architectural styles and a city where we love walking. Apart from tours in classic cars, my family has walked together on cobbled lanes, iconic bridges, and hidden alleys and courtyards and its never enough.

Every day there are new areas to wander around especially near the Old Town Square you can stumble across ancient chapels, exotic gardens, cafes with amazing views plus the vibe of art, music and live performances at every corner keeps the people entertained all day.

We lovePrague’s art galleries that offer contemporary art, sculptures, Bohemian art, Gothic altarpieces, luscious art nouveau of Alfons Mucha plus a magnificent collection of the 20th-century surrealists, cubists and constructivists.

We walked most of the time and came across Prague Castle which has several buildings and palaces with a cathedral (St Vitus) that attracts visitors with its magnificent gothic architecture. We walked along the ‘Golden Lane’ and found the small colourful houses, viewing areas, and local goldsmiths, which gave the lane its current name. 

The iconic Charles Bridge offers a stroll through ancient history and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed watching artists doing caricatures of us while we enjoyed live music by some very talented youth and posed near the many baroque statues along the way. Not to be missed is Prague’s Astronomical clock built in medieval times and is the world’s oldest functioning clock.

Staying at the Buddah Bar Hotel meant we were spoilt for choice at our doorstep but it is worth trying some classic Czech dishes outside such meat with bread dumplings topped with a creamy sauce, local cheeses, goulash and schnitzel. 

Out hotel recommended we go to a riverbank area called Naplavka which was picturesque and lined with boats offering various refreshments perfect for a picnic while watching swans and ducks on the water. The gardens in Prague are also lovely for afternoon visits.

Retail therapy on Prague is a delight. One of the cutest images I have of my daughter is when she is holding a host of shopping bags when we discovered we could get more choice in premium brands in Prague at much better prices.

When it comes to family holidays, Prague is always a good idea – for food, long strolls, street art and music, clothes and jewellery shopping, vintage car tours, sunset boat rides and of course evenings at the Buddah Bar Restaurant.

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In 2050, Michelin tires will be 100% sustainable

Inspired by the VISION concept tire introduced in 2017, an airless, connected, rechargeable and entirely sustainable solution, the Michelin Group is committed to making its tires 100% sustainable by 2050.

Today, nearly 30%* of the components used in the manufacture of tires produced by the Michelin Group are already made from natural, recycled or otherwise sustainable raw materials.

A Michelin tire is a high-tech product comprising more than 200 ingredients. The main one is natural rubber, but the many ingredients also include synthetic rubber, metal, fibers and components that strengthen a tire’s structure, like carbon black, silica and plasticizers (resins, etc.). Incorporated in perfect proportions, these materials interact to deliver an optimal balance of performance, driveability and safety, while steadily reducing the tire’s environmental impact.

Michelin reveals how to make a tire 100% sustainable

Check out the video showing you the recipe

An objective being met with powerful R&D capabilities….

Michelin’s maturity in materials technology stems from the strength of its R&D capabilities, which are supported by 6,000 people working in seven research and development centers around the world and mastering 350 areas of expertise. The commitment of these engineers, researchers, chemists and developers has led to the filing of 10,000 patents covering tire design and manufacturing. They work hard every day to find the recipes that will improve tire safety, durability, ride and other performance features, while helping to make them 100% sustainable by 2050.

….and bold partnerships with innovative companies

Michelin is also aware that the speed and nature of innovation requires new forms of cooperation, which is why it has forged partnerships with innovative companies and start-ups whose advances offer unlimited prospects. The developed technologies go well beyond the world of tires and could be used in other industries, enabling them to benefit as well from recovered raw materials that are infinitely reusable. These technologies will also make it possible to recycle polystyrene and recover carbon black or pyrolysis oil from used tires.

Axens and IFP Energies Nouvelles, the two companies that are spearheading the BioButterfly project, have been working with Michelin since 2019 on producing bio-sourced butadiene** to replace petroleum-based butadiene. Using the biomass from wood, rice husks, leaves, corn stalks and other plant waste, 4.2 million tonnes of wood chips could be incorporated into Michelin tires every year.

Signed in November 2020, the partnership between Michelin and Canada-based Pyrowave can produce recycled styrene from plastics found in packaging, like yogurt pots and food trays, or in insulating panels. Styrene is an important monomer used to manufacture not only polystyrene but also synthetic rubber for tires and a wide variety of consumer goods. Eventually, several tens of thousands of tonnes of polystyrene waste could be recycled back into its original products as well as into Michelin tires every year.

The revolutionary process developed by French startup Carbios uses enzymes to deconstruct PET*** plastic waste into its original pure monomers, which can be infinitely recovered and reused to make new PET plastics. One of these recovered plastics just happens to be the polyester yarn used in tire manufacturing. Some four billion plastic bottles could potentially be recycled into Michelin tires every year.

Lastly, Michelin announced in February 2021 that it will launch the construction of its first tire recycling plant in the world with Enviro.  This Swedish company has developed a patented technology to recover carbon black, pyrolysis oil, steel, gas and other new, high-quality reusable materials from end-of-life tires. It will enable everything in these tires to be recovered and reused in several types of rubber-based production processes.

Michelin also supports the circular economy, as attested by its participation in the European BlackCycle consortium. This project, which is coordinated by the Group and financed by the European Union, brings together 13 public and private-sector partners to design processes to produce new tires from end-of-life tires.

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Anker Innovation reveals exclusive deals for Amazon Prime members

Prime Day sales on Anker products starts at midnight on Monday June 21, and continues for 48 hours where members enjoy free international shipping with no minimum purchase

Anker Innovation unveils exclusive deals for Amazon Prime members in the UAE from midnight on Monday June 21 for 48 hours to Tuesday 22nd of June 2021 where shoppers can enjoy free International shipping with no minimum purchase. Anker will have offers on all its brands including eufy, eufySecurity, Soundcore, Nebula and Anker charging products.

Some of the best Prime Day deals members can expect from Anker include the following:

eufy Security eufyCam 2

Designed to protect your home as well as your wallet, eufyCam 2 is a one-time purchase that combines security with convenience. It is a wireless Home Security Camera System with 365-Day Battery Life (with one charge) and comes with features that include HD 1080p for clear crystal footage, IP67 Weatherproof that withstands all weather conditions, state of the art Advanced Night Vision and is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Homekit.

The 3-Cam Kit comes with 3 cameras & a home base and does not bind users to a monthly fee which means a one-time purchase that combines security with convenience. eufy Security products store, process, and calculate user data locally using AES 256 military grade encryption.

In eufyCam 2, the Smart Image Enhancement feature gives a clearer, brighter view of the people in-shot while the built-in AI technology identifies and focuses on the human in the image.

The Instant Mobile Alerts notifies users in seconds when suspicious motions are detected while Real-Time Response allows being able to speak directly to anyone who approaches your home via a two-way audio giving you complete control over your surveillance and meets the growing demand in smart home products and security solutions.

Prime members can save 25% on the eufy Security eufyCam 2 Wireless Home Security Camera System and 40% on eufy Indoor Cam Pan & Tilt. Enjoy 365-day battery life from just one charge with detailed recordings and streaming in low-light scenarios.

Nebula Capsule Max

A 25% off deal is offered on Nebula Capsule Max, a Pint-Sized Wi-Fi Mini Portable Projector with 200 ANSI Lumen, Native 720p HD, 8W Speaker, Movie Projector, 100 Inch Picture and 4-Hour Video Playtime. Nebula Capsule Max is powered by Android 8.1. So you can download and stream YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and more straight to Capsule Max. Use the Nebula Connect app on your phone to control Netflix.

You can stay entertained at home with Capsule Max’s 100-inch image by watching your favourite movies, or keep the kids entertained with online classes, cartoons and educational videos. Nebula Capsule Max comes with remote control, quick start guide, DC-in charger and a 12-month warranty.

Other Offers

Prime members can also save a lot on eufy appliances and get up to 29% on RoboVac G30 Hybrid selling on Prime day for just AED 849.00 and 31% on RoboVac L70 Hybrid, selling at just AED 1099.

During Prime Day Deals, also save 20% on Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro wireless earbuds. It is designed to sound great, offering accurate sound and clarity at all frequencies and comes with ​advanced active noise-cancellation (ANC), transparency and PureNote driver technology. 

For social distancing at work, one of the best investments you can make is getting PowerConf from Anker for which Prime members can save 29% during the sale. The device features Omni-Directional Voice Pickup with six microphones arranged in a 360° array to pick up voices of up to eight people in a room without distracting noises and is compatible with all popular online conferencing services, including Skype, Google Hangout, Facetime, Zoom, WebEx, GotoMeeting, and Chromebox.


Below is the list of all the products and amazing offers from Anker Innovations during Amazon Prime day.

NameMSRPDeal PriceDiscount %Quick Link for Deal
eufyCam 21599119925%https://amzn.to/3vwbTjR
Nebula Capsule Max1899119937%https://amzn.to/3wAWRe3
PowerConf34924929%https://amzn.to/35tRdP1
Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro 49939920%https://amzn.to/3gxQIcW
RoboVac G30 Hybrid119984929%https://amzn.to/35vc0C0
RoboVac L70 Hybrid1599109931%https://amzn.to/3gDEKNS 
Nebula Capsule II2199159927%https://amzn.to/35s6Oyr
Indoor Cam Pan & Tilt 1298940%https://amzn.to/3wC2gS9

UAE based Music Producer and Singer, Zak Zorro releases an Afrobeat Music Album

Zakeer Hussain popularly known as ‘Zak Zorro’ releases his latest album ‘Afrolina’ today on June15, 2021. The homegrown artist will reveal an original album with 11 distinct dance tracks namely ‘Carolina’, ‘Maria’, ‘Dubai Way’, ‘Killempa’, ‘Chikka’, ‘Oley’, ‘African Lady’, ‘Somebody’, ‘Dil Pe’, ‘Superhero’ and ‘Call my Name.’

With this album, Zak Zorro gets the unique distinction of becoming the first Indian Music Producer and Singer to produce an Afrobeat Music album. Speaking on the release, Zak said “Music is the strongest form of magic. It is an explosive expression of love and we are all touched by it no matter what culture, race or country we come from”.

Further expanding on his fascination for afrobeat in particular, he said “The thing about Afrobeat is, it just uplifts your mood from the very 1st beat and makes you move your whole body and I think that is what people around the world need now more than ever.”

Zak sees himself as a global artist not bound by any single genre or style, he has always been influenced by world music and his vision is to record in as many different styles as possible. However, as a music purist he makes sure to follow important elements and protocols of each different genre in their pure form. Afrolina is an honest attempt at ensuring the authencity of the music remains while the vibe only gets one to groove to each beat.

The Album is produced by Icon Art Productions. All the songs are written and composed by the very talented award-winning music producer, Sammyoung (Dubai based afro music producer). ‘Afrolina’ released on 15th June ‘2021 on all the digital stores iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, Gaana, Saavan & YouTube on the ZakZorro channel worldwide.

About the singer

  • Founder of Icon Art Production (Amongst UAE’s biggest studio, production & equipment rental company)
  • 3000+ productions including films, web-series, tvc’s , music-videos, documentaries and corporate films
  • As a singer and music composer, Zak has recorded over 70 singles in the last 4 years.
  • A versatile artist who has sung in over 15 different music genres
  • Released 3 music videos which have crossed 6 million+ views organically.

Music lovers can enjoy Zak Zorro Poetry and Music videos on YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/ZakZorro. and Spotify