Traditional culinary experiences: Turkish Village Restaurant

Shereen Shabnam

Recently we ventured to the Award-winning Turkish Village Restaurant to sample their diverse range of unique authentic culinary experiences that included especially curated dishes blending authentic Turkish ingredients and flavors, complete with the much-loved art of Turkish hospitality.

We discovered that the restaurant offers so much more than just good food as we entered the Jumeirah branch of the restaurant. Starting from a retail experience to a selection of delectable food with seasonal flavours and impeccable presentation, we tried different inspiring food concepts, and each was a fun and social culinary experience best enjoyed in a group.

The Turkish Village Restaurant has a capacity for large events that can accommodate over 500 guests over three levels and can curate menus that can be custom made to suit any corporate or family event. When I visited with family, we opted for the a la carte menu as we wanted to try different dishes and each one was better than the next. My favourite was a metre long ‘pide’ or pastry which came with interesting fillings of meat and cheese fresh from the oven.

More recently we ventured with there with a group of friends and tried the Turkish mangal or barbecue that includes staple starters with meat marinated with spices overnight. We selected tender marinated chicken, succulent lamb, beef, kebabs and sausages and prepared the meal together at grill tables that come equipped with a private charcoal barbeque and a custom-made extractor.

The mangal meal was served with salads, fresh bread out of the oven, sauces, cold starters and water or ayran. The Mangal experience can be enjoyed for lunch and dinner at AED 50/- per person that includes charcoal, water, ayran, salad and cold starters on the table while the chicken and meat can be availed from the in-house butcher starting at AED 110/- per kg to share.

We then ended the meal on a sweet note with traditional Turkish sweets that include kunafa, baklava stuffed with cream and pistachios and the creamiest rice pudding in the city. This was the best Turkish culinary experience we have had in Dubai as it offers an authentic dining experience at par with what we normally find in Istanbul or other parts of Turkey.

Before leaving the restaurant, we stopped at the gourmet grocer named Bakkal (Meaning Grocery store in Turkish) on the ground floor for retail therapy. Bakkal features a diverse range of fresh, dried and frozen goods imported from Turkey every week and is a dream store for party lovers looking to get ready snacks that can be prepared easily for large families and intimate parties.

The three level Turkish Village Restaurant is located strategically in Jumeirah 1 (across La Mer, next to Spinneys and the Jumeirah Grand Mosque). It offers a laid-back memorable and interactive dining experience, within a warm and welcoming ambience and is also a one-stop shop for artisanal Turkish products. We left with bags full of Turkish delights and naturally, I got some extra desserts to enjoy at home later.

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Luxury Island Getaway: Atmosphere Kanifushi

Shereen Shabnam

Escaping to a secluded Island to escape the pandemic is on the mind of many and we recently discovered the perfect luxury retreat at Atmosphere Kanifushi where private island laid back life meets award winning mouth-watering culinary adventures and spa indulgence.

We arrived at the pristine Kanifushi resort after an exhilarating 35-minute seaplane ride from Malé. welcomed by musicians on the island that is blanketed by dense tropical vegetation and blessed with vibrant, natural coral reefs.

Situated amidst the azure ocean with stand-alone beach and water villas spread along the 2 kilometres long island, we enjoyed impeccable service and elegant living spaces with picture-perfect surrounding ocean and serene sunsets.

At Atmosphere Kanifushi, the convergence of cotton candy clouds in the day, fiery orange skies in the evenings and turquoise waters during boat rides imbed an image that will be forever seared in our memories.

The five-star resort offers an all-inclusive luxury package, an extensive range of restaurants and bars plus a choice of excursions, sunset fishing, snorkelling and discounts on spa treatments and diving. Atmosphere Kanifushi has some of the best diving in the Maldives. The resort is five-star luxury all the way.

Dining at the Atmosphere Kanifushi is a delight as the resort has Maldives first top-quality vegetarian restaurant and a great all-day restaurant offering sumptuous ‘all you can eat’ buffet-style selection of Asian, European, and Maldivian favourites, live cooking stations, theme nights, and grills. Guests can also enjoy Selection of snacks during the day and a la carte fine dining experiences.

Activities at Atmosphere Kanifushi include sunset fishing, boat excursions, water sports with Dive and Sail, complimentary snorkelling equipment for every guest during the stay, snorkelling excursions and much more. There is a fully equipped gym with flood lit tennis and a children’s centre.

The rooms at Atmosphere Kanifushi come with stunning views. The water villas stretch along the crystal-clear lagoon, perfect for a romantic getaway. The outdoor deck comes with comfortable sun loungers and features a wooden ladder leading to the marine life-rich lagoon for a dip in or a swim anytime.

The sunset beach villas offer a secluded sanctuary where one can soak in the pleasures of island living in a private garden complete with lush tropical shrubs, soft sand beneath your feet, and an inviting private pool. There are also over water villas with a pool offering ultimate overwater luxury. The rooms have a luxurious bathroom and world-class amenities designed to indulge all senses.

The Kanifushi Grand one-bedroom villas have sweeping oceanfront views with a fabulous poolside setup, an airy, luxurious bathroom with a deep alfresco bathtub for an indulgent experience.

The two-bedroom sunset family beach bungalows have two interconnected rooms with a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces making it the best private villa in Maldives. With easy access to the kid’s club, sports complex, and the main restaurant, these villas are perfect for experiencing all the activities that the resort offers.

The Kanifushi Residence is a dream family hideaway, complete with a living cum dining room with a pantry, an entertainment room with two bedrooms and an attached nanny’s bedroom. This sprawling residence with extra privacy is ideal for large families, groups who want to share a common space, and multi-generational travellers.

Atmosphere Kanifushi serenades you with white, sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, and lush tropical gardens. We definitely felt the staff were the resorts best asset at Atmosphere Kanifushi as they offer impeccable service for blissful relaxing experiences and by going that extra mile for guest comfort and convenience.

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Turkish Mangal Meets South African Braai

Explore traditional BBQ experiences at Turkish Village Restaurant

One of the most socially interactive culinary experiences the world over is having a barbecue with friends and family and this concept is most popular in South Africa, where a ‘Braai’ or barbecue can be a weekly experience.

In Dubai, the best on table barbecue experience comes in the form of the Turkish Mangal at the award-winning Turkish Village Restaurant where chefs use premium meat, authentic Turkish ingredients and flavors and like the South African Braai, the meat is cooked over sizzling hot coals to bring out the best flavours in the meat.

The atmosphere surrounding a Turkish mangal experience and a Braai is one full of enjoyment and common on weekends, birthdays, national holidays, graduations and on any occasion to celebrate with family and friends.

At Turkish Village Restaurant, diners select premium meat cuts and marinated meat from the restaurant’s in-house butcher to enjoy a feast at grill tables that come equipped with a private charcoal barbeque and a custom-made extractor. The choice of meat includes marinated chicken, kebabs, lamb chops, sausages and beef cubes for guests to prepare the meal together with friends and family.

The Mangal or Braai experience is ideal for gatherings during lunch and dinner at AED 50/- per person that includes charcoal, water, ayran, salads and cold starters on the table while the chicken and meat can be availed starting  at AED 110/- per kg to share. The meal is also served with fresh bread out of the oven, a selection of sauces and water or ayran.

Diners can end the meal on a sweet note with traditional Turkish sweets that include kunafa, milk infused tres-leche cakes, baklava stuffed with cream and pistachios as well as the creamiest baked rice pudding in the city.

The three level Turkish Village Restaurant is located strategically in Jumeirah 1 (across La Mer, next to Spinneys and the Jumeirah Grand Mosque), and in Dubai Festival City Mall promenade overlooking the fountains. It offers a laid-back memorable and interactive dining experience, within a warm and welcoming ambience. It is also a one-stop shop for artisanal Turkish products.

For bookings please call +97143449955 or send to reservations@turkishvillagedubai.com

AnadoluJet is starting its Sharjah – Istanbul flights

AnadoluJet, the brand of Turkish Airlines, is starting Sharjah – Istanbul flights. For the launch, the flag carrier brand will set the prices of tickets starting at 755 AED for round trips from Sharjah.

Starting on 15 December 2021, AnadoluJet will operate reciprocal flights four days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday) a week between Sharjah and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen. Flights will depart from Sharjah International Airport, flights will depart at 01:20, from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport at 20:15 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Sundays and at 20:20 on Tuesdays in local time.

AnadoluJet guests will have the option of making changes to their tickets until (including) 31 May 2022 if purchased before (including) 31 March 2022. For more information, you can visit http://www.anadolujet.com website and learn about the details of your options on cancellation, refunds and changes on the “Flexible Ticket Rights” page.

AnadoluJet ensures that all hygiene precautions are always taken at the highest standards in order to provide a healthy and safe travel experience for its passengers and flight crew. For detailed information, you can visit our website at www.anadolujet.com/en/corporate/news-and-annoucements/guidelines-for-safe-travel.

Line Investments and Properties LLC bags four awards at the MECS+R Retail Congress MENA Awards 2021

Line Investments & Property LLC bagged four awards at the recent MECS+R Retail Congress MENA Awards. The team walked away with a Gold Award for the futuristic Architectural Design for its new development, Silicon Central, Dubai. Silicon Central also received a Silver Award for Operational Efficiencies & Cost saving Efforts.

Silicon Central is considered a new landmark in Dubai, strategically positioned 12 km from the city-centre and 15 km from Dubai Airport in Dubai Silicon Oasis, the first eco sustainable district in Dubai focused on low carbon footprint, AI, and technology.

Another Gold Award was received by Khalidiyah Mall, Abu Dhabi for Design & Development of Gymnation under New Developments category while Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi received a Silver Award for enhancing its customer experience with the latest addition of IKEA to the Mall under NOI Enhancement- Leasing category.

The Retail Congress MENA is organized by The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres and Retailers (MECS+R) in partnership with the Dubai Association Centre (DAC) and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce,l bringing together retail professionals globally for a conference, exhibition, dealmaking, networking and awards celebration.

Mr. Salim MA, Director Lulu Group said, “Retail Congress MENA Awards recognises Industry Excellence and uplifts the spirit of retail community positively. Being part of the event this year as a sponsor and winning four awards stamps our commitment to enhance the customer experience through design, sustainability initiatives and impactful campaigns. We applaud MECS+R for putting up a successful congress this year.”

Line Investments & Property LLC was shortlisted for all the entries submitted which also included Functional use of open roof space by opening Gymnation at Khalidiyah Mal, the ‘Be Our Guest’ by the Line Investments & Property Northern Emirates Malls and the COVID Test and Vaccination Drive by Lulu Mall Fujairah.

Artissima Art Agency launches Dubai Art Expo with over 500 artists from 170 countries under the Patronage of H E Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan

Be part of a historic three-day Event that brings art and cultures together and highlights achievements of the nation’s Art initiatives for Jubilee celebrations

Artissima Art Agency introduces the Dubai Art Expo with a record of over 500 artists from over 170 countries with the grand opening on 4th November at the Meydan Hotel with visual artists, followed by performances from five continents including Art Talks and Shows.

The event is held under the Patronage of H. E Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and curated by Aurela Cuku, Founder of Artissima Art Agency.

The historic event is an initiative from the UAE for the world artists to celebrate the golden jubilee of the UAE and will showcase exquisite art and foster mutual cooperation that builds bridges between nations. There will be a series of talks on art by renowned artists and performing arts personalities.

On the 5th of November, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhoods with Akaas Visual Arts will play host to the Association of Colours of Peace exhibition, a non-profit association that promotes children’s art internationally to reduce cultural, social and economic distances between rich and poor countries with messages of peace, tolerance and unity. Children from the UAE will be drawing for peace.

The President of ‘Colors for Peace’, Antonio Giannelli, Bernard Dika, Councillor at National Park for Peace Sant’Anna di Stazzema and Councillor for Innovation and Youth Policies of the Tuscan Region, Italy together with the President of Peace Run, Alfredo De Joannon will endorse the Peace torch to Angelo Baldini, the President at Cycling team MG K VIS. The cyclists will ride from the Meydan Hotel to Al Fahidi area for the awareness of the Colors for Peace initiative. This is followed by the show ‘Symbols of Peace and Love’ by the well-known Syrian artist Badie Jahjah.

On the 6th of November, there will be Art Talks with the Secretary General of the Foundation Centro Conservazione e Restauro “La Venaria Reale” Sara Abram in presence of Dr Platon Alexiou, Dr Mariana Turchio, Dr Najat Al Saeed and Jassim Al Awadhi. This is followed by the show “Caravaggio” by the well-known Italian artist Mimmo Centonze. There will also be additional  insights from Dr. Nasser Palangi and Dr. Carla Barbara Coppi.

Aurela Cuku, Curator of the exhibition and Founder of Artissima Art Agency said, “We have had an overwhelming response from artists all over the world for the Dubai Art Expo and we are delighted to bring all forms of art this year, including the performing arts. Over the last decade, we have been a catalyst in bringing art from all over the world to encourage a culture of art and heritage appreciation and this time we have also brought sports into the equation.”

Artissima Art Agency has helped evolve the art community consistently over the last decade, launching the region’s best artists and art shows under one roof. The event is sponsored by San Marino Welcome, Morals General Contracting LLC, Anker, Studio Emme and Creative Artestic.

Taking healthy food to the next level

Lulu Hypermarkets in the newly launched Line Investments & Property LLC malls reveal elevated culinary experiences and health-based products

As the main anchor store in the new Line Investments & Property LCC shopping malls, LuLu Hypermarkets introduces a wide range of healthy, organic, vegan plant-based and gluten-free food products, becoming a one stop shop for health-conscious consumers.

Consumers are now adopting a vegan diet due to health awareness and a sense of responsibility towards livestock and the environmental ecosystem and the team at Lulu Hypermarkets source new products that cater to the needs of a diverse client base.

The much-anticipated new products are a welcome addition to the existing stock and the team are dedicated to sourcing new healthy, natural, feel-good products to fuel and energize the new generation of health-conscious consumer. We also offer healthy and nutritional dishes and snacks inspired by wellness focused menus alongside the excellent selection of high-quality food products featuring meat alternatives and plant-based dairy alternatives.

Popular organic and vegan products in the hypermarket include vegan burgers, grains, unsweetened juices and milk, lentils, cheeses, tofu, soy protein, chia seeds, organic quinoa, probiotic yogurts, gluten free rice, noodles and pasta, vegan pastries, organic shampoo and conditioner and alkaline Ionised water. 

Popular brands available are Beyond Meat, Biona, Blue Diamond, Blue Dragon, Clearsping, Delicatalia, Pereg, Rainforest, Sacla, Kallo, Mr. Organic, The Berry, Snatt, Whole Earth, Woodstock, Yolloh, Birds Eye, Gardein, Le Duc, Linda McCartney, Oatly, Quorn, Smooze, The Vegilantes, Alpro, Good Karma, Pascual and Mandul.

Whether you are looking for organic, vegan, gluten free, meat free pantry essentials and meals or general wellness products, Lulu Hypermarket has you covered.

Toshiba Gulf FZE to highlight Surveillance, Enterprise HDD and KIOXIA SSD storage solutions at GITEX 2021

Focus will be on 18TB MG09 Series HDDs, S300 for the enterprise and KIOXIA Solid State Drives for thr Enterprise and Canvio Gaming for the Consumer segment

Toshiba Gulf FZE will be offering a complete 360 of Data storage solutions for Consumers and Enterprise at Hall 4, Stand H4-B2 at GITEX 2021 held at DWTC from 17th to 21st October 2021. On display will be Toshiba range of Storage products  and KIOXIA (formerly Toshiba memory) NAND Flash memory products.

Visitors to Gitex can view a wide range of innovative hard disk drive (HDD) products to meet the varied demands of the diversified storage marketplace. Products displayed will include high capacity power-efficient storage for Cloud Data Centers, capacity and performance HDDs for Entertprise IT, client HDDs for PC/Desktop, and specialty drives for Surveillance, NAS systems, set-top box video, gaming and external storage for Windows and Mac PCs.

The 18TB MG09 Series Hard Disk Drives,3rd-generation 9-disk Helium-sealed design and innovations in energy-assisted recording helps customers achieve new levels of storage density and power efficiency. With 12.5% more capacity than prior 16TB models, 18TB MG09 CMR drives are compatible with the widest range of applications and operating systems.

For KIOXIA various flash memory such as NAND flash BiCS FLASH™ & Solid State Devices (SSD) will be displayed. Flash memory has become a standardized memory device and KIOXIA, the inventor of flash memory, has carved out a path to a new era in which we are able to carry videos, music and data with us wherever we go.

Kioxia puts great emphasis on retaining the same excellent quality, performance and reliability standards, that consumers are used to expect from the formerly known Toshiba Memory product line-up, dedicated to the development and production of innovative class-leading flash storage solutions.

Santosh Varghese, Vice President, Toshiba Gulf FZE said, “With our competence and experience combined with our value chain of highly driven and proven channel partners and distributors, we look forward to the visitor response to our new products at Gitex 2021. Our 18TB MG09 Series delivers new levels of storage density and power efficiency to our cost-conscious cloud-scale and storage solutions customers and it is compatible with the widest range of applications and operating environments.”

Also highlighted at GITEX will be Canvio® portable storage lineup with new applications and designs, adding new Canvio FlexTM and Canvio GamingTM models along with new colors and textures. The next generation of Canvio® designs delivers seamless portability, high storage capacity and broad compatibility for various USB devices. It meets the evolving needs for storage solutions suited for a broad range of users, including multi-platform users, gamers, business professionals, outdoor photographers, and students. There’s a model that fits everyone’s needs.

Toshiba Gulf FZE will be in Hall 4, Stand H4-B2 at GITEX 2021. Activations on the stand include a photo booth competition where winners can walk away with attractive prizes.

New offers for customers from Express Auto Wash

Car owners get attractive offers for 30 Express Gold Exterior Wash valid for six months

Express Auto Wash (EAW), a premium environment friendly automatic car wash facility located behind Mushrif Mall in Abu Dhabi introduced a new package this month where car owners can have 30 Express Gold Exterior wash for AED 500/- valid for six months.

The facility recently also introduced new express gold service packages as well as VIP sanitization packages for cars. The Express gold packages offers residents six washes for AED 100/- valid for 30 days for a single plate number and can be booked online. Thorough sanitization for sedan and SUV’s can also be purchased for AED 100/-.

Open from 9am to 9pm daily, the car wash facility is known for their thorough five-minute exterior wash, ideal for busy executives. The cars are cleaned thoroughly using premium products from the USA as the environment friendly facility allows multiple cars to be washed simultaneously, saving valuable time and ensures 95% of the water is recycled.

Express Auto Wash has the most reliable and safest high-tech car wash systems with high-pressure undercarriage water nozzles that add to the efficiency of the wash while the MN Tech 21 Turbo Drying System completes the drying process.

The fast and yet thorough clean saves customers valuable time that can be spent more productively at home and in the office. Auto Wash also offers touch free car wash for the more delicate and premium cars.

An Exterior Sedan wash costs AED 30/- and Exterior SUV costs AED 35/-.