The Arab Water Council and Partners Convene the Environment & Development Forum 2022; The Road to Sharm El Sheikh Climate Change COP27 under the Patronage of the Government of Egypt Presidency of COP27

To be convened by the Arab Water Council under the patronage of the Government of Egypt Presidency of Climate Change COP27, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, the Environment and Development Forum 2022 will take place at InterContinental City Stars Cairo, Egypt from September 11 to 13, 2022 gathering national, regional and international partners, in preparation for the upcoming COP27.

The three-day Forum brings together thought leaders across different sectors and industries in this unique Event highlighting environment and development climate change impacts and solutions including adaptation and mitigation measures in several sectors.  Themes to be discussed include clean and renewable energy, sustainable development, ecological conservation, biodiversity protection, CO2 emissions control, food and water security under climate change, as well as sustainable transportation and cities.

Pre COP discussions will have a significant impact in supporting thepreparation for the Climate Change COP27 through forming of relevant visions and initiaives and improving collaboration amongst decision makers and environment and sustainable development experts.

 The Forum will focus on developing recommendations for the Sharm El Sheikh COP27, highlighting innovation and advancement in environment protection and identifying key challenges facing climate change and the best sustainable development strategies to overcome them.

H.E. Professor Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, Arab Water Council President, World Water Council Honorary President and Former Minister of Water Resources & Irrigation of Egypt

H.E. Professor Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, Arab Water Council President, World Water Council Honorary President and Former Minister of Water Resources & Irrigation of Egypt said: “We are pleased to convene the Environment and Development Forum as a global platform for innovators, experts, government representatives, and international organizations to discuss climate change impacts, and measures to mitigate and adapt to this global challenge.  The event will also host an Expo to demonstrate technologies and innovations in the field”.

H.E. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, COP27 Envoy and Ministerial Coordinator reiterated, ” The lack of sustainable measures has affected the planet’s equilibrium, and we hope this Forum will be a platform for cross border cooperation and collaboration to address climate change challenges.  In fact, we see the EDF 2022 as a key milestone for Egypt in preparations for the COP27 of the UNFCCC. The Forum will pave the road with concrete ideas and innovative solutions for the future generations by which they can face climate change impacts, as well as overcome all negative impacts of urbanization, population growth, and thus head towards the achievement of sustainable development”.

H.E. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, COP27 Envoy and Ministerial Coordinator

The interactive Forum will discuss key eight Main Themes and three Cross-cutting Themes, all addressing climate change challenges on most countries’ agendas.  Research & Development, Policies & Strategies, Green Finance, Knowledge Sharing, Skills & Human Capital Development, Creativity and Technology Innovation are tools and solutions which will be discussed.  A Youth and Innovation Stage will provide an opportunity for a platform to demonstrate youth initiatives.

There will be more than 50 speakers in the panel discussions andnumerous technical workshops covering key challenges and trends.  The world-class international exhibition for the latest innovative technologies and equipment will provide a meeting place for stakeholders to watch.  The EDF Awards are yet another aspect of the -Forum, created to recognize and honour best practices for Waste Reduction, Net Zero initiatives, Innovative Climate Change Adaptation/Mitigation Products, Green Building and Best Water Savings and Reuse.

With the presentation of new technologies in the environment and development, the Forum intends to look for solutions for climate change, environmental governance, waste management, land resources management, clean energy transformation, sustainable growth and sustainable transportation.

Sponsors and exhibitors will be showcasing their products, technology and innovations in the climate change space for over 800 conference delegates who are committed to driving change, reducing their carbon emissions and building more sustainable futures for their business.   More than 30 countries will be attending. The attendees include Ministers and Government Agencies, Global Policy Makers & Regulators, International & Regional Organizations, Chief Executive Officers, Managing Directors, General Managers, Directors for Climate Change Action, Water and Agriculture Experts, Heads of Carbon Capture and Utilization, Chief Technology Officers, Carbon Management Technologists, Scientists and Researchers, Heads of Climate Change, Heads of Clean Energy & Sustainability, Chief Economists, Heads of Finance & Investment and local and international media.

The Forum COP27will be organised by Great Minds Events Management, a Dubai-based multi-faceted event management company of international repute, having organized numerous successful Forums and exhibitions that highlight critical issues faced by various economic sectors and industries across the MENA region.

La Senza Opens its 36th Store in the UAE in Dubai Hills Mall

Empowering the everyday woman to fall in love with herself

This month sees Canadian fashion retailer, La Senza, continue further expansion in the region with the launch of its new store in Dubai Hills Mall, the 36th store in the UAE. The sleek new retail concept is set to become a destination for the hottest trends in bras, panties, lingerie and sleepwear – think black and pink lacquered fixtures, neon lights and bold, edgy pop-art, resonant of the brand’s identity and ethos.

The 262 square metre store, located on the ground floor, will house the Tropical Dawn, Floral Extravaganza, G Friend and Nuit De Fleurs collections, as well as the best-selling Double Push-Up Bra collection, known to instantly take you up to two cups with its intense, high-level push, plunging neckline and lightweight padding.

Working with the industry’s finest to craft statement lingerie pieces, La Senza continues to stay true to the brand’s vision to create value-based and quality collections, catering to the modern-day woman, with its stylish bras, panties, playful lingerie and sleepwear, making her feel empowered from within.

Today, La Senza owns and operates 134 stores throughout Canada, and over 250 stores in more than 29 countries around the world including the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain, solidifying its position as a leading retailer in the industry.

Prices from:  AED 99- AED399

For further information, please visit https://liwastores.com.

Ramadan Festivities and Eid promotions announced by Line Investments & Property (LIP) malls

Festival Promotions planned across Dubai, Sharjah Northern Emirates in RAK Mall, Lulu Mall Fujairah, Mall of Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah Central and Silicon Central, Dubai.

The shopping mall and management division of Lulu Group International, Line Investments & Property (LIP) announces mall deco, facade lighting, Ramadan and Eid promotions at RAK Mall, Lulu Mall Fujairah, Mall of Umm Al Quwain and Sharjah Central and Silicon Central with the mall tenants offering exciting products and Ramadan sales.

Ramadan deco and facade lighting features in all five malls throughout the holy month and will conclude with Eid entertainment featuring different world class shows. With eight international artists, there will be four different and unique entertainment shows daily over five days starting from the first day of Eid

The ‘Spend and Win Eidiyah’ promotion in Lulu Mall Fujairah, RAK mall and Mall of UAQ starts 22nd of April and will continue until May 8, 2022. Based on the Ramadan theme, visitors who spend AED 100 in any store in the mall and AED 200 in LULU hypermarket stand a chance to win daily Eidiya prizes and the grand prize. The daily Eidiya prizes of AED 1,000/-, is offered in Mall Gift Voucher (LAKA Gift vouchers) each and there will be a grand prize worth AED5,000 in Mall Gift Vouchers  LAKA Gift vouchers.

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.

Stay Radiant in Ramadan: Beauty Tips for Healthy Skin During Fasting

Whether you practice cultural beauty routines, traditional tips or simply just devour every product you come across, one thing remains certain: we are all striving for the healthiest skin we can. 
 
Keeping your skin healthy is as important as having a healthy diet during Ramadan. These tips will help you detox your skin during the holy month.
 
Skincare can be overwhelming with over thousands of “must have” products or your favourite influencers swearing by methods that may not work for your specific skin type. We are here to relieve you of the “trend” with current, universal and most importantly, effective beauty secrets directly from local dermatologists. 
 
“As the seasons change, so should your beauty and skincare routine.” says Dr. Roya Pourghorban, founder of Roya Medical Centre in Dubai. “Your products and techniques that transform your skin over the cooler months may not provide the same protection and effect during Ramadan or the warmer season.” she added. 
 
In the growing world of social media and “skinfluencers”, it is important to be aware of the beauty routines that work for you and your specific skin type. To help you this Ramadan, here are 7 beauty tips and secrets Dr. Roya and dermatologists swear by for healthy skin during fasting:
 

  1. Daily SPF! 
    Did you know that 90% of how your skin ages is in your control and is directly linked to sun exposure? You may not be able to avoid the sun but you can’t avoid wearing your SPF. Wearing sunscreen is simply the easiest and most effective universal beauty tip and is not just for Ramadan but for each day of the year, including cloudy ones. Pro tip: for good protection, use SPF30 or higher.

2. Stop over-exfoliating

Over-exfoliating is one of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to their skin-care regimes. You will find exfoliation is an essential step in any good skin-care routine, however, over-exfoliating can dry and irritate your skin quickly. Breakouts can be due to a buildup of dead skin cells and clogged pores and exfoliating effectively removes these buildups and promotes skin regeneration.

3. Topical Vitamin C 

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and is the supreme glow-getter that protects your skin from environmental stressors that can accelerate ageing, as well as working overtime to brighten your complexion. Pro tip: a few drops of Vitamin C Serum underneath your sunscreen increases sun-protection

4. Lymphatic Drainage Massage

This type of massage that can be achieved from anything from your hands to a jade roller or a gua sha stone has several health benefits. The form of massage helps maintain proper blood circulation in your face as well as balanced body fluid and supports your immune functions. Using a jade roller or simply massaging your face with your clean hands in upward circular motions can reduce puffiness, drain toxins from your skin and improve circulation amongst many other benefits.

5. Laser hair removal and resurfacing

Although there’s no scientific backup as to the myth that hair tends to grow much faster during warmer months, lasers are a highly recommended tool not just to prevent hair growth in certain body areas but also to improve various problems of the skin such as sun spots, acne scarring and more.

6. Jelly Mask Facial

It’s no secret that too much sun exposure can damage and make your skin breakout. To keep it under control, experts recommend a jelly mask facial to hydrate, moisturise and reduce redness and inflammation to your skin. They’re also incredibly fun because the masks feel exactly like Jell-O.

7. Hydration is key

Drinking enough water benefits your skin. Drink at least eight glasses between iftar and suhoor. Avoid drinking carbonated or sugary beverages such as soda and juices, as well as caffeine since it is dehydrating. If you do not like plain water, you can infuse it with fruits. It boosts your immune system, flushes out toxins, keeps you hydrated, and is calorie-free. Great combinations to infuse your water with are: lemon, cucumber, mint – orange, ginger, strawberries – blueberries, raspberries, mint, lime – lime, orange, lemon – pineapple, mint, orange.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with LOOKFANTASTIC

Mother’s Day is a celebration that honors the iconic women who have helped shape, mold, and nurture generations – Spoil your mum on this special occasion with LOOKFANTASTIC’s roundup of stellar gifts, featuring an array of options that are sure to sweep her off her feet. Whether you’re spending the day with her, or sending love from afar, LOOKFANTASTIC rounds-up the best beauty buys; from memorable treats to little luxuries, she deserves it all!  

Discover the complete range across each brand on www.lookfantastic.ae/ ar.lookfasntastic.ae

San Marino Pavilion celebrates National Day at Expo Dubai with memorable events

Series of performances and activations held at Expo Dubai venues across two days

The Republic of San Marino planned a host of activities over two days to celebrate their National Day at Expo 2020. The National Days at Expo 2020 Dubai give country pavilions an opportunity to celebrate their culture and achievements while showcasing the special features of their pavilion and the San Marino pavilion highlights the country’s unique attractions, treasures, natural resources and heritage elements.

San Marino’s presence at Expo Dubai reinforces the country’s efforts to position itself as a resourceful country with must-see tourist destination nestled within Northern Italy and easily accessible via key airports such as Rome and Bologna. San Marino is an independent country founded more than 1700 years ago with 33.000 inhabitants.

The San Marino Pavilion, located in the Opportunity District is dedicated to the replica of the “Treasure of Domagnano” found in San Marino in late 1800. The most important piece of the treasure, the fibula is now at Louvre Abu Dhabi. The pavilion tells the History and tradition of the country as well as its modern economic system based on tourism but also in innovative companies.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence of the United Arab Emirates and Commissioner-General of Expo 2020 Dubai represented the UAE as the host country at the formal ceremony.

Officials attending the San Marino National Day at the Expo will be the two Heads of State, S.E. Francesco Mussoni and S.E. Giacomo Simoncini, the Republic of San Marino’s Minister for Tourism and Expo, Federico Pedini Amati, the Minister of Work and Sport, Teodoro Lonfernini, Minister of culture and instruction Andrea Belluzzi,Minister of Economy and Industry, Fabio Righi and GIAN Primo Giardi, The president of CONS – Sammarinese National Olympic Committee. Also attending will be the General Commissioner, Filippo Francini.

The celebrations on the 12th of February included the San Marino Flagwavers Show across different Expo Plazas (Arrival, Earth, Sea and Sun). The San Marino Crossbow Men’s Federation, an artistic ensemble founded in 1956 by Master Giuseppe Rossi, dressed in traditional medieval costumes performed a historical commemoration of a typical medieval show. 

This was followed by the San Marino Medalist Event at the San Marino Pavilion VIP Lounge to celebrate the first olympic medals for a small country in the disciplines of fighting and shooting. Present were Alessandra Perilli and Gian Marco Berti, winners at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics in the skeet shooting discipline who, together with Miles Amine, in the wrestling discipline, won the first three medals Olympic Games for the oldest Republic in the world. San Marino entered history as the least populous nation to have ever won the highest number of medals at the Olympics.

Another highlight on Day one was the Flagwavers and Medalists Evening Parade. An authentic and suggestive parade ventured around the streets of expo dressed in traditional medieval costumes, which included the crossbowmen along with noblewomen and noblemen, flag-wavers and musicians performing medieval songs and melodies using trumpets and drums along with the presence of the two olympic medalists. The elegance, the beauty, and the ability in their shows make the Republic of San Marino proud to be represented by them highlighting its oldest medieval heritage to the rest of the world.

San Marino’s National Day at Expo, 13th of February sees MSV + Giostremia Music in the Garden perform at Al Wasl Plaza. The ensemble was born from an all-female friendship story that binds the seven musicians of classical music education all together for the first time, for this extraordinary celebration of San Marino National Day in Dubai.

They interpret an unpublished repertoire of different musical genres, with strong theatrical combinations linked to Central European operetta, the French café chantant and Latin American rhythms. The proposed pieces are admirably adapted by the Master Marco Capicchioni who has exceptionally created a unique show performed for the first time at Expo Dubai.

The Official Ceremony at Al Wasl Plaza ceremony hosted by Expo 2020 Dubai was attended by delegations from San Marino and the United Arab Emirates. The ceremony, held at  the jewel of Expo 2020 included the flag raising and speeches by the San Marino delegates and UAE institutions. This Instrumental moment was followed by performances that saw MSV + Giostremia and The Flagwavers Cultural Performers enthrall the audience.

The flag and some videos of San Marino were projected on the most spectacular 360′ screen of the world with the anthem as a soundtrack followed by a Flagwavers and medalists Evening Parade to conclude the celebrations.

Running until 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 has invited visitors from across the planet in a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and culture. The Expo has been an ideal platform for the Republic of San Marino officials to communicate and engage with partners, media and sponsors about the deep cultural and economic ties between San Marino and the UAE as well as helped strengthen crucial relationships to  encourage  more  collaborations between the different countries and the Republic of San Marino.

Pomellato brings its passion for colour to the gold Iconica collection just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The Iconica double-band rings and earrings are simple yet deeply symbolic, eloquently expressing the power of two in a very Pomellato way. Now, with the addition of vibrant sapphires, emeralds, rubies and diamonds, the language of love has a richer vocabulary, making Iconica the ideal Valentine’s Day gift.

Iconica is one of Pomellato’s standout designs. Its audacious and sinuous forms highlight the house’s rich heritage of outstanding craftsmanship and its mastery of all-gold jewels. Steeped in tradition yet bold and contemporary, Iconica’s refined volumes are the hallmark of the brand’s style. Today Pomellato invigorates Iconica with its unstoppable love of colour.

The double rings showcase Milanese understated elegance at its best. Two round gold coils are united by a flat transversal link: two perfect and pure forms are forever bound together to create a greater whole.  Pomellato has chosen the gemstones most associated with love that speak straight to the heart. For some, sapphires evoke the purity of everlasting love and rubies the fire of passion. The soothing green of emeralds promises hope and peace while the timeless diamond is the eternal messenger of unity.

The white gold rings are available with either blue sapphires or diamonds and the rose gold ones are offered with emeralds or rubies. Double loop earrings in the same gold and gemstone combinations match the rings.

With its timeless sophistication and new attractive hues, Iconica offers a meaningful gift for Valentine’s Day and for every day, forever.

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

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.

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.