Winners of Women’s World Car of the Year announced at DIMS

The winners in all categories of Women’s World Car of the Year for 2019 has been announced at the Dubai International Motor Show.

The Supreme Award for 2019 Women’s World Car of the Year goes to:

MAZDA 3

The decision was arrived at by 41 jury members from 34 different countries across five continents.

From Japan, Mr Ayumu Doi, the General Manager Corporate Communications Division for Mazda Motor Corporation, said hewas delighted with the award. “This model is resonating with a broader range of people than ever before and Mazda aims to make a special bond with customers by offering products, technologies and services that appeal to more people.”

Accepting the award on behalf of Mazda in Dubai was Dr Axel Dreyer, CEO of Galadari Auto, Mazda Distributors for the United Arab Emirates. 

Category winners for the 2019 Women’s World Car of the Year are:

Urban Car Award:Kia XCeed

Family Car Award:Mazda 3

Green Car Award:    Kia Soul EV

Luxury Car:   BMW 8 Series

Performance Car:Porsche 911

SUV/CrossoverRange Rover Evoque

Two other awards from Women’s World Car of the Year were announced at the Dubai International Motor Show:

Holly Reich Dream Car Award.  This award is named in honour of a jury member from New York who passed away in 2016.  Judges were asked to name one car they would love to have.  The winner is:

Porsche Taycan

Accepting on behalf of Porsche for winning both the Performance Car category and the Dream Car award was Dr Manfred Braeunl, CEO, Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE.

Other automotive executives accepting Women’s World Car of the Year awards at the Dubai International Motor Show were:

Jimmy Chamata, Marketing Manager, Regional HQs of Middle East & Africa, for Kia Motors Corporation for the Kia Soul EV winning the Green Car category and the Kia XCeed winning the Urban Car category. 

Dr. Benjamin Trespe, Brand Director, Jaguar Land Rover for the Range Rover Evoque winning the SUV/Crossover category.

Ayhan Olcer, CEO for AGMC, BMW Group for the BMW 8 Series winning the Luxury Car Award.

Woman of Worth Award:  This award was introduced in 2018.  The 2019 finalists in this category are racing driver and television presenter, the late Jessi Combs; Mary Barra (CEO & Chairman of General Motors) and Linda Jackson (CEO) of Citroën.  The winner for 2019 is:

Linda Jackson, CEO, Citroën

From France, Linda Jackson said she was honoured and proud to receive the award.

“Beyond my person I believe it rewards the success of Citroën’s renewal, which I have undertaken for the past five years with my teams, passionate women and men whom I would like to thank warmly. This prize is also theirs! This award also has a very special dimension for me in this year of Citroën’s Centenary.”

 

Accepting the award in Dubai on behalf of Ms Jackson was Emirati businesswoman and entrepreneur, Thoraya Al Awadhi.

Representing Woman’s World Car of the Year was CEO, Sandy Myhre (New Zealand) and Shereen Shabnam of Dubai, Editor in Chief of Millennium Millionaire Group, Editor of Trending Business Insights and Founder of All About Wheels.

Sandy Myhre said the activities for women at the Dubai International Motor Show were ground-breaking. “Women’s World Car of the Year has never announced their results live from a motor show so that’s innovative and to be able to interview women driving instructors from Saudi Arabia live on the stage ispioneering. The fact all these things are happening in Dubai in the UAE is highly symbolic,” she said.

Sandy Myhre also conducted interviews with former Formula One team owner and TV personality, Eddie Jordan. 

WWCOTY is the only car awards in the world voted entirely by women motoring journalists  41 jury members from 34 different countries with a collective audience of 268 million worldwide.

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Stage is set for ‘The HEAT’ Fashion Show at Mushrif Mall

Mushrif Mall

Mushrif Mall is inviting shoppers to the annual ‘The HEAT’ fashion show on the 14th and 15th of November 2019 for the kids category and on 21st and 22nd November for the adult category from 5pm to 9pm. The event is on the annual calendar of the mall and brings out the latest fashion elements to the central area of the mall each year.

According to Aravind Ravi Palode, Mall Manager of Mushrif Mall, “The HEAT Fashion show is the perfect platform for tenants to parade their latest designs and brands to shoppers and the local community. Mushrif Mall always strives to bring engaging experiences to customers and they always look forward to new collections offered at the retail outlets.”

Over 60 kids and adults participating shops will be showcasing their fashion collections, accessories and related products to shoppers and there will be games in between the fashion shows where customers can win exciting prizes from the mall.

Mushrif Mall, located on Airport Road, Abu Dhabi hosts renowned brands and a wide range of dining outlets, hypermarket and services spread over three levels. It has over 200 luxury fashion retailers across all categories including fashion, jewellery, electronics, home appliances, cosmetics, gift items, clothes, perfumes, toiletries and much more.

Line Investments & Property LLC gets on board with Get Fit Abu Dhabi

Campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle and increase fitness level of the shoppers

Get Fit Photo 

Al Wahda Mall, Mushrif Mall and Khalidiyah Mall under Line Investments & Property L.L.C, the shopping mall development and management division of Lulu Group International will be participating in Get fit Abu Dhabi, a campaign for fitness movement and retail promotions. Initiated by the Department of community  Development (DCD), the mall promotions and fitness driven events will be from 10th to 30th November.

Mr. Wajeb Al Khoury, Director of Line Investments and Property LLC said,“Encouraging an active lifestyle is a foundation for good health and our partnership with the Department of Community Development is a positive step towards being a platform to champion healthy living and inspire our mall visitors to get motivated towards a more dynamic and enriching life.”

Mushrif Mall will have an activation area on the 3rd floor where customers can try fitness programs arranged by the Mall’s tenant Personal 20 and mall visitors will also have a chance to try different types of exercise equipment.

Khalidiyah Mall will have a fitness zone in the main atrium where customers can try different Activations while Al Wahda Mall is part of the campaign with a fitness activation zone and Gold’s Gym activities from 6pm-8pm during the campaign period.

There will be competitions during the campaign in all three malls and winners get a chance to win gifts and mall vouchers.

There will also be a raffle draw in all three malls where every AED 200/- spent gives shoppers a chance to enter a raffle draw promotion to win cash prize of Total AED 600,000. There will be a raffle draw every week (November 16th, 23rdand 30th) and each week there will be 40 lucky winners of AED 5000/- with a total of 120 winners.

Women take centre stage at Dubai International Motor Show

By Shereen Shabnam

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In addition to us as Jury announcing the Women’s World Car of the Year Award 2019 at the Dubai Motor Show, we are also excited to meet with Deborah Sherwood who is currently training females to be instructors in Saudi Arabia due to the change in law that allows women to drive.

Deborah went through a selection process and was thrilled to find out that she had been selected to be part of the team of four to help further develop and implement the training program for the instructors, examiners and lecturers.

We get some insights from her before the Dubai International Motor Show begins.

When did you first venture into the world of driver training?

I trained to be an instructor at the age of 21 as my local driving school needed an female instructor.   I used the income to put myself through University to become a Primary School Teacher. Both Driver Education and Primary Education have always remained my passion. Learning to drive is such an amazing life skill.

How has the Saudi experience been so far?

Honestly, amazing! I arrived with no preconceived ideas. I wanted to just experience Saudi with an open mind and heart. On first arrival I did feel a sense of culture shock but it didn’t take long to appreciate my surroundings, the people and their traditions and the sense of excitement about the vision for Saudi Arabia.

What are the challenges you face as a female driver trainer and how much support have you received from the students?

From the beginning there was a little concern about how the change in law would be accepted. It proved to be of no concern as the immense support of the public became evident. All the students have been so excited to have this opportunity they have really given their training their absolute all.

Tell us about a proud trainer moment since you arrived in Saudi?

There has been many proud trainer moments. One of the most emotional was when the initial instructors received their actual Saudi drivers’ license in preparation for 24th June 2018. Then listening to their stories and seeing the videos of them driving with their families at exactly one second after midnight. Hearing and participating in the joy was overwhelming. It was truly an honour to be part of this amazing change in the country’s history. As time goes on and you speak to many successful graduates of the driving centre you become increasingly aware of how vastly this is affecting their future in such a positive way.

What else is being done in breaking gender barriers for women drivers in Saudi Arabia?

There have been multiple awareness campaigns throughout Saudi to encourage the support of all drivers to be respectful and helpful to the addition of female drivers on the road. There are many employment opportunities available for women that require them to drive to work or drive company vehicles. It has very quickly become the norm to see both male and female drivers in all situations in the region I’m based in.

How many students are you currently training?

I myself along with 3 other assessors have been training instructors since we arrived. Our amazing instructors have gone on to teach thousands of students.

What are your key messages for the visitors to Dubai International Motor Show?

Quite simply, enjoy the show, have fun and feed the dream. But most importantly be a safe driver, drive defensively, respecting the road and other road users. Remember driving is an earned privilege.

 

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Women’s World Car of the Year 2019 winners to be announced at DIMS next Saturday

Womens world car of the year

Voting has commenced to find the Supreme Winner for Women’s World Car of the Year 2019 which will be announced at the Dubai International Motor Show in the presence of Founder of WWCOTY, Sandy Myrhe from New Zealand and the GCC Jury Shereen Shabnam.

Forty-one women motoring journalists from 37 countries make up the Women’s World Car of the Year Jury. Given the rise and rise of female car purchasers world-wide, the female voice is more important than ever and the female demographic is, in fact, the fastest-growing consumer segment in the world and arguably the most influential.

‘The awards will be presented by Sandy Myhre who has covered motor racing from all the major tracks of the world. She was the first woman member of NZ Motoring Writers’ Guild, the first woman member and first President of the NZ Motorsport Media Association.  She is an award-winning journalist and the author of six books.

“It’s an honour to be announcing our awards in Dubai for two main reasons,” she said.

“First, it means we are recognized as an international entity by the organisers which is important to us as journalists. “Secondly, the motor industry, the media and visitors to the show will hear our voice from a significant platform.

“It’s well-known that women aren’t always acknowledged as major buyers of cars but by being in Dubai and giving our opinion on what cars we think were the best in 2019 will take that recognition factor up by a consideration notch.”

Accompanying Sandy will be Shereen Shabnam, a pioneering motoring journalist based out of the UAE since 1999. Shereen is the only female Jury of the Middle East Car of the Year Awards, Founder of All About Wheels, Editor in Chief of the Millionaire Group and Motoring Editor of Trending Business Insights and Madame magazine. Shereen has tested cars all over the world and has been the female voice for motoring in the regional media for over 17 years.

Finalists in this years WWCOTY are Audi e-Tron Quattro, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla, BMW 3 Series, Tesla Model 3, Volvo S60, Citroën C5 Aircross, Ford Escape, Ford Kuga, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Xceed, Porsche 911, Range Rover Evoque, Renault Clio and Lexus UX.

Winners will also be announced according to the Budget, Family, Green, Luxury, Performance and SUV/Crossover. Models in these categories include, Kia Xceed, Renault Clio, Skoda Scala, BMW 3 Series, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla, Audi e-Tron Quattro and Kia Soul EV, Tesla Model 3, BMW 8 Series, BMW X7, Porsche Cayenne Coupé, Mercedes AMG A35/45, Porsche 911, Toyota GR Supra, Citroën C5 Aircross, Range Rover Evoque and Lexus UX.

Judges are asked to nominate their Top 10 from a list of eligible cars. These nominations are then collated and put into the various categories including one category for the Supreme Award. Votes are then received for analysis by international accountants, Grant Thornton, from their Auckland (New Zealand) office.

Two other awards are in the 2019 line-up. The Holly Reich Dream Car Award is named in honour of a judge in Women’s World Car of the Year who passed away in 2016 in New York. Judges name the car they would love to have, if only they could. The Woman of Worth Award is in its second year. This award goes to the woman whom judges feel has contributed significantly to the motor industry or motor sport.

Results for the 2019 Women’s World Car of the Year will be announced at the Dubai International Motor Show, United Arab Emirates, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre between 12-16 November 2019.

High quality accommodation offered by La Riviera Apartments

While there may be no shortage of quality accommodation within Dubai’s midtown district, acquiring luxury apartments for either residential or investment purposes is not without its challenges. The exciting La Riviera Apartments project, however, guarantees high-quality living within a vibrant community of like-minded individuals.

A landmark project

This landmark project takes opulence to the next level and is certain to appeal to both younger first-time buyer/investors and seasoned home-seekers. In fact, anyone looking to establish themselves in one of the city’s affluent and upcoming districts is likely to act promptly in securing one of the projects fabulous apartments before they are snapped up.

Establish a home within a stunning fusion of art and architecture

Progressive art and tasteful modern architecture have been melded to produce a stunning and functional design which is evident both in the external profile of the building and its interior finishes. From the moment visitors enter the triple-height lobby with its specially commissioned chandelier and artwork, it becomes evident that no expense has been spared in ensuring that the project has been intentionally focused on quality living.

An opportunity to invest with confidence

Buyers who make the astute decision to invest in La Riviera Apartments are able to do so with total confidence, thanks to the outstanding reputation of the project’s consultancy partners. While having the prestige of being one of UAE”s longest-standing architectural and construction engineering consultancies, Bel- Yohahah has also acquired an enviable track record. From the current 100% occupancy levels of their previously completed projects to on-time and within budget completion, they continuously provide in excess of client expectations.

A prestigious project in its ideal setting

While it may be a well-worn adage “location, location, location” is still one of the strongest guarantees against the rising cost of property investment. Therefore, it is not by accident that this is one of the key areas which the developers of the La Riviera Apartments have successfully addressed in both the project’s strategic location and how it perfectly fits its environment.

Boutique quality living and established Dubai midtown chique come together to provide a lifestyle that enjoys access to every facility. While the city continues its vibrant pulse outside, those on the inside enjoy the calm and tranquillity afforded by the projects thoughtful design.

Addressing the need to act promptly

Astute investors and interested parties are encouraged to make prompt enquiries concerning availability of units at the Riviera Apartments project so contact Sherwoods Property now for more information.

Nature inspired Forsan Central Mall highlighted at Retail Congress MENA

Line Investments Team

Line Investments & Property L.L.C, the shopping mall development and management division of Lulu Group International went home with five awards last night from the Retail Congress MENA Awards 2019.

Held at the Ballroom of the Ritz Carlton, DIFC, the Awards ceremony honored the most outstanding achievers in the shopping mall industry in the MENA region. Line Investments & Property L.L.C took part in the event together with entries from Mall of Um Al Quwain, Al Wahda Mall, Mushrif Mall and Khalidiyah Mall winning one gold and 4 silver awards.

Mr. Wajeb Al Khoury, Director of Line Investments and Property LLCsaid,“Our vision is to enhance the retail experience for our customers and partners and receiving awards for all the malls that took part is a testimony that the Line Investments & Property team is committed to excellence in the new age initiatives and community events they bring to the mall.”

Contributing to the success of the five awards were the malls detailed submissions accompanied with images, videos and editorial coverage for the participating malls.

Line Investments & Property L.L.C won in the following categories:

Design & Development

-Line Investments and Property LLC – Mall of UAQ (Gold)

Net Operating Income (NOI) Enhancement

– Al Wahda for Celebrity Visit (Silver)

Traditional Marketing – Cause Related Marketing

– Al Wahda Mall for Operation Smile (Silver)

Traditional Marketing – Digital/Social Media

– Khalidiyah Mall for enhanced website (Silver)

Traditional Marketing – Sales Promotion

– Mushrif Mall for Talentology 2019 (Silver)

The winners of the Retail Congress MENA Awards 2019 were selected by a jury of regional and international industry experts in retail.

Line Investments & Property LLC showcases Forsan Central Mall at Retail Congress MENA 2019

Line Investments & Property L.L.C, the shopping mall development and management division of Lulu Group International will highlight the progress of the Forsan Central Mall as an all-in-one shopping, dining and entertainment destination at the Retail Congress MENA convention held from the 26th to the 29th of October 2019.

Set to open in August 2020, Forsan Central Mall is designed around the concept of a bamboo forest with a restful ‘garden in the city’ ambience. The Mall is located strategically in central part/area of Khalifa city.

Mr. Wajeb Al Khoury, Director of Line Investments and Property LLC said, The Line Investments & Property team remain at the forefront of the regional retail industry and are at the Retail Congress MENA to stay abreast of industry market trends and new age innovations aimed to enhance the retail experience in our projects. This year, we will be speaking to stakeholders about our latest project, Forsan Central Mall in Abu Dhabi.

Forsan Central Mall’s strategic location in the heart of Khalifa city, nature inspired ambience, extensive retail offering, unique dining concepts, iconic experiences at the family entertainment centre and the state-of-the-art cinema will keep residents and visitors engaged and entertained all year round and offer every convenience at the doorstep.

Forsan Central Mall offers a state-of-the-art Lulu Hypermarket with a brand-new design concept, trendy fashion retailers, electronics shops, bookstores, school supplies, home decor stores as well as retailers for perfumes, cosmetics and personal care in a three level one stop destination mall. A nine-screen cinema offers cinemagoers the ultimate movie experience in state-of-the-art theatres or have the option to enjoy an interactive family entertainment centre.

There will be cafés and a wide choice of diverse global cuisines and specialties including Indian, Arabic, gourmet burgers, vegan, seafood, popular brands and themed restaurants, juice bars, gourmet food vendors and ice cream outlets. The experiential dining options in the highly atmospheric indoor garden will in itself be calming and relaxing. On the first floor, a number of international restaurants and Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) cater to those regular to the mall and crave variety.

Services at Forsan Central Mall include banks and financial services, beauty salons and spa, telecommunications services, laundry services and tailors. The Mall has 1,258 parking spaces across two levels.

Forsan Central Mall is 70% completed and is scheduled for handover to tenants for fit out in January 2020. With a GLA of 43,114 sqm, there will be 89 retail stores, 22 Food & Beverages Outlets and an entertainment area spanning 3,123 sqm.

The nature inspired Forsan Central Mall will soon be a second home to nearly 30,000 families in the primary and secondary catchment area within the residential neighbourhoods of Al Raha Gardens, the gated communities of Rayyana, Golf Gardens and Sas Al Nakhil Village, among others, and the Emirati community of Al Watani and Masdar.

The Line Investment team will be at the Retail Congress MENA until 29th October at Ritz Carlton DIFC networking with retail industry leaders and related service providers.

Ethnic flavours attract food lovers to Moodgood Restaurant at Al Foah Mall

Embark on a culinary journey sampling wholesome traditional regional cuisine

Al Foah Mall welcomesMoodgood Restaurant as it brings new energy to the mall F&B experience, serving traditional Yemeni and Saudi cuisine with an aromatic blend of ethnic flavours, regional spices and fresh ingredients.

Moodgood Restaurant specialty includes madghut – a flavourful rice and meat dish, salads, grilled chicken, fish and shrimps as well as kunafa with cream or cheese at reasonable prices.

Mohammed Al Rakhees, General Managerof Moodgood Restaurant said, “We look forward to welcoming guests at Al Foah Mall to experience a traditional menu that reflects the true essence of regional dishes coupled with the warm Arab hospitality. We are delighted to be part of this community and hope to offer residents a taste of our local cuisine.”

Irfan Idaris Kundawala, General Manager, Al Foah Mall said, “Moodgood Restaurant brings traditional local flavours to our guests in a comfortable and serene setting, so they can unwind, enjoy good food and great company before and after their retail experience.”

Al Foah Mall is located within easy access to Dubai and Abu Dhabi and provides food lovers a diverse mix of restaurants, coffee shops and food court outlets under one roof.

Memorable arcade games at Al Wahda Mall until October 26th 2019

Old favourites highlighted during ‘Games and Tech’ week

The very first ‘Games & Tech Week’ is currently attracting gaming enthusiasts in Al Wahda Mall, powered by a jam-packed list of memorable arcade games until October 26th 2019.

Located on the first-floor of Al Wahda Mall extension, thrill seeking mall visitors will find an entertainment hub with retro gaming machines and experiential arcade zones. Old favourites to indulge in include Street Fighter Zero, Space Invaders Dx, Pacman, Sonic the Hedgehog, Frogger, Donkey Kong and Mario Bros.

Mr. Navaneeth Sudhakaran, General Manager, Al Wahda Mall said, “Visitors to Al Wahda Mall can get introduced to different arcade games and go down memory lane with their favourite games from the past as well as get a fresh perspective on the thriving gaming and tech industry. We look forward to welcoming our customers to try these games out.”

The Games and Tech event is part of an activation by The Department of Culture and Tourism that brings gamers to experience fun, immersive and educational games together.