MET Opera – Verdi’s Falstaff

I guess the whole world knows by now that I live with a little diva who is absolutely crazy about MET Opera and gets fully immersed in the story line and emotions that the brilliant actors of MET Opera portray.

The exciting news is that Meydan IMAX Theatre is presenting the MET Opera’s 4th installment: Verdi’s brilliant final masterpiece Falstaff has its first new Met production in nearly 50 years, conducted by James Levine and directed by Robert Carsen.

Ambrogio Maestri sings the iconic basso buffo role of Sir John Falstaff, the boorish, blustery character originally seen in Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Merry Wives of Windsor.Angela Meade is Alice Ford, one of many objects of Falstaff’s affection, and Stephanie Blythe is the sharp-tongued Mistress Quickly in a cast that also includes Lisette Oropesa as Nannetta, Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page, Paolo Fanale in his Met debut as Fenton, and Franco Vassallo as Ford.

The International Herald Tribune praised Carsen’s staging, first seen at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, as a “production of eye-catching ingenuity.”

Hope to see you there – even though it’s a school night, Little diva is already jumping up and down in preparation of yet another immersive Opera evening at Meydan IMAX.


Sound of Music workshops in Bahrain

Sound of Music Shereen Shabnam

Bahrain Science Centre continues to amaze the visitors with its Sound of Music workshops which introduces the audience to the basic concepts and science behind sounds and music. The goal is to illustrate, using enjoyable games and experiments, terms such as sound wave, wave length, frequency, and pitch to the audience in a both interactive and comprehensible manner.

By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to differentiate between different forms of sound (i.e. Noise, music) and types of waves. They will also understand how the human ear functions in addition to identifying how different musical instruments produce different sorts of sound waves.

Interested visitors can download the weekly programme on the website for more information. The Bahrain Science Centre is located in Building 334, Road 109, Block 801, Riyadh Avenue, Isa Town, Kingdom of Bahrain.

February Offers from The Address Dubai Mall

 Ever since I moved near Downtown Dubai, I’m amazed at the number of places I can indulge in the best food one can find in the region. Apart from walking across to City Walk, another venue close by, The Address Dubai Mall has some awesome offers this February:

Cabana Brunch


Karat Tapas Evenings: Soulful and Spirited Sumptuous and Spanish,

Celebrate the Andalusian spirit with tapas and virgin sangria that inspire the palate and lift the soul. Join us every evening at Karat, as we come alive to the sights, sounds and tastes of Spain.

Venue: Karat

Day: Daily

Time: 7 pm to 11 pm

Price: AED 85 with including unlimited homemade virgin Sangria.

For reservations, please contact + 971 4 438 8888 or email



Mesmerizing Friday Brunch with delectable views.

Experience an Al Fresco BBQ Brunch with breathtaking views of the Burj Khalifa. Our sumptuous Brunch, perfectly styled for sharing with family and friends. Savour our signature dishes from global tapas to freshly grilled seafood and prime cuts, and specially blended tropical beverages to please every taste.

Venue: Cabana

Day: Every Friday

Time: 12.30 pm to 4 pm

Price      AED 225 per person with soft beverages

AED 335 per person with selected beverages

For reservations, please contact + 971 4 888 3444 or email

Savour Latin Passion at Cabana Churrasco Night

Try our fiery Churrasco fiesta feast, serenaded by Latin guitar at this exclusive poolside restaurant, every Thursday night. Sample the unlimited skewers of succulent beef, lamb and poultry, sizzled to perfection and carved ‘rodizio-style’ at your table.

Venue: Cabana

Day: Every Thursday

Time: 7.30 pm to 11 pm

Price      : AED 210 per person with soft beverages

AED 300 per person with selected beverages

For reservations, please contact + 971 4 888 3444 or email

Cabana valentine Shereen Shabnam


Relish your love story in a private cabana with elegant décor, where you can feast on an exceptional six-course tasting menu. This special experience is a superb choice for Valentine’s Day that combines privacy, a unique setting and wonderful cuisine.

Venue: Cabana

Day: Friday 14th February 2014,

Time: 7.30 pm until 11 pm

For reservations, please contact + 971 4 888 3444 or email


Enjoy our Stylish Friday Brunch

Indulge yourself every Friday with Arabic and International specialties. Arabic Chef de Cuisine Hanna Dib leads you through a culinary journey where you can explore original recipes of the region as well as International dishes. Experience the vibrancy and excitement of seeing our chefs prepare your dishes at the open plan kitchen in this sophisticated and modern setting.

Venue: Na3Na3

Day: Every Friday

Time: 12.30 pm to 4 pm

Price      AED 210 per person with soft beverages

AED 295 per person with selected beverages

For reservations, please contact + 971 4 888 3444 or email

Na3Na3 Hosts Seafood Nights Every Thursday

Dive into Seafood extravagance at Na3Na3. Delicacies served at the outlet include spicy gazpacho to lobster tail and tiger prawn. This buffet is a lavish start to the weekend.

Venue: Na3Na3

Date: Every Thursday

Time: 7 to 11pm

Price:  AED 210 including soft beverages; AED 265 including selected beverages

For reservations, please dial 8883444 or email

Oriental Taste of Asia Night at Na3Na3

Indulge in the delicious and authentic taste of Asian food with contemporary delicacies that reflect a broad diversity of flavours and cultures. Mark ‘Asia Night’ at Na3Na3 with a buffet boasting live stations, salads, appetisers, and dessert stalls, from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, and India, to complete your dining experience.

Venue: Na3Na3

Date: Every Friday

Time: 7pm to 11pm

Price: AED 210 including soft beverages; AED 265 including selected beverages

For reservations, please dial 8883444 or email



Aprés Midi: The Perfect Time for a Stylish Slice of Café Society at Madeleine Café and Boulangerie

Experience the joie de vivre of France right here in Dubai. Delicious pastries freshly made for you to enjoy with your choice of juice, hot or soft beverages. Now you don’t have to travel far for the fine French patisserie.

Venue: Madeleine Café & Boulangerie

Date: Everyday

Time: 2pm to 6pm

Price: AED 120 for two people with soft beverage

For reservations, please contact 04 438 4335 or email

Mystic Dreams from THE ONE

THE One Shereen Shabnam

Decidedly dramatic and darkly romantic, THE One’s Mystic Mélange boudoir look is the stuff that dreams are made of. Combining raven black, gorgeous gold and mystical purple hues with rich velvets, mixed patterns and Oriental touches, it oozes gothic glamour….a bit like what I would like my room to be.

To recreate this magically moody bedroom scene, set the stage for drama and romance with deep purple paisley wallpaper, before introducing the star of the show: a stunning gold velvet upholstered bed, dressed to the nines in charcoal, plum and beige. Accessorize with  luxurious satiny bedspreads in old gold and black and a pair of dog cushion covers, for a playful touch. Next up are the supporting acts in the form of strikingly graphic monochrome statement pieces like a handcrafted bone inlay side table and chest of drawers in addition to an upholstered box stool at the foot of the bed.

Finish dressing the set with an eclectic assortment of props ranging from a French Baroque-inspired table chandelier and weathered sunburst mirror, to a jet-black Chinese ginger jar, bejewelled perfume bottles and a gothic candlestick. Throw in an ornate crystal ball and you’re all set to drift off in style. Who knows where your dreams may take you?

The awesome team at THE ONE have put together a list of items you need to recreate the perfect boudoir:

Get the Look:

JAGGER gold velvet bed 180x200cm

DABKA bedspread 230x250cm

THIERRY Poncelet10 cushion cover 45×45

BOX stool 170x40cm

KANOR side table d50cm

KANOR 5-drawer chest

MILANO table lamp h74cm

SCENIC black ginger jar h64cm

FILIGREE picture frame 20X25CM

ROYAL candlestick h49cm

CRYSTAL ball deco h24cm

BURST mirror

Shereen Shabnam KANOR chest