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.

Forsan Central Mall to open next year in the heart of Khalifa City

A new Mall in the heart of Khalifa City

Line Investments & Property LLC, the shopping mall development and management arm of Lulu Group International, introduces Forsan Central Mall as an all-in-one shopping, dining and entertainment destination set to open in August 2020.

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 Khalifa city.

Mr. Wajeb Al Khoury, Director of Line Investments and Property LLC said, “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 CentralMall 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% completedand 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.

Al Raha Mall’s Brand4U outlet offers affordable branded lifestyle products

Shoppers attracted by leading international brands at affordable prices

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Al Raha Mall Abu Dhabi introduces Brands4U factory outlet, subsidiary of Concept Brands Group, a global fashion and lifestyle retail conglomerate known for international branded luxury goods.

Mr. SadiqAfridi, Mall Manager at Al Raha Mall said, “Al Raha Mall shoppers will find Brands4U a one-stop destination for multiple fashion brands at affordable prices all year. The store offers luxurious products for customers at competitive prices.”

Vijay Samyani, Founder and Managing Director of Concept Brands Group adds, “Our vision is to cater to the average luxury consumer at Al Raha Mall with affordable prices and quality lifestyle products. We are delighted to be part of the retail portfolio at Al Raha Mall.”

The 892sqm Brands4u at Al Raha Mallmeets the requirements of luxury connoisseurs and brand conscious customers looking to buy perfumes, cosmetics, skincare, watches, jewellery, writing instruments, designer footwear and clothes.

Shoppers at Al Raha Mall can win AED 50,000 weekly and grand prize of AED 1 million as part of Line Investments & Property LLC’s ‘Mall Millionaire’ campaign. To become a ‘Mall Millionaire’, shoppers spending AED200/- can present their receipts to customer service and their entries will reach them digitally via email and SMS.

Al Raha Mall outlets include, Lulu Express Supermarket, Al Raha Cinema, Party Center, Zaks, Dubai Library, Tas-heel, Tasleem, Low cost Travel, Tadbeer, Brands4U, Sparky’s, Etisalat, Al Ansari Exchange, Asfar Laundry, Thrifty Rent A car, Salons, Photo studio, ATM’s and Green Land Flowers.Food lovers can enjoy Subway, Papa Murphy’s, Charley’s, Burger Hut, Soulful Restaurant, Samurai Japanese Restaurant, Sapori Veri Restaurant, Fresh Bakes Café, Bonjour Bonsoir Café, Caesar’s Restaurant & Confectionery and Tche Tche Boulevard Restaurant.

Attractive summer sales at Barari Outlet Mal

 

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Barari Outlet Mall, Al Ain

 

Barari Outlet Mall is enhancing the summer shopping mall experience in Al Ain with mall wide offers.The mall is best known for value shopping every day of the week, throughout the year offering branded clothes, personal care items and household products at consistently low prices.

Riyas Cherichi, Mall Manager at Barari Outlet Mall said, “With over 70 shops spread over 400 thousand square feet, we have world class brands, a family entertainment center, a cinema, game arcades and a food court. This summer, we offer a spectacular shopping experience as part of the ‘Mall Millionaire’ campaign thatoffers shoppers AED 1.5 million worth of prizes with weekly draws of AED 50,000/- and a mega prize of 1 million at the end of the summer sales.”

“We also introduce V Perfumes which has a prestigious mix of luxurious products and a wide range of original items from globally renowned brands. We look forward to welcoming V Perfumes to our mall as its presence adds value to us and Al Ain’s vibrant retail sector,” added Riyas.

Barari Outlet Mall also has regular attractive summer sales and hosts fun filled entertainment events for all age groups. For customer comfort and convenience, services and facilities available include money exchange centers, ATMs, Etisalat and car wash services.

Al Foah Mall enhances mall experience with new outlets and ‘Mall Millionaire’ promotions

Ongoing summer sales and ‘Mall Millionaire’ promotions attract mall patrons

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Al Foah Mall is enhancing the shopping mall experience by introducing three new tenants, Gelato Divino, Moodgood Restaurant and Ruby Salon and Spa.

Irfan Idaris Kundawala, General Manager, Al Foah Mall said, “We are delighted to welcome our new tenants, Gelato Divino, Ruby Salon and Moodgood Restaurant to Al Foah Mall as they enhance the mall experience of our patrons and bring new energy to the retail mix we offer.”

Gelato Divino offers premium quality ice cream made the Italian way, complete with fresh and natural ingredients.It was originally a small family-owned ice-cream shop in the beautiful town of Alba in the North-Western Piemonte region of Italy, internationally famous since the first expansion outside of Italy started in 2009 in the United Arab Emirates.

Ruby Salon is an organic full-service salon and spa for men offering a variety of services from facials to massages that are designed to put your body, mind and soul at ease. The multilingual staff are handpicked from the best in the industry.

Moodgood Restaurant which will open this month serves wholesome Yemeni and Emirati cuisine and its specialty includesmadghut – a flavourful rice and meat dish, salads,grilled chicken, fish and shrimps as well as kunafa with cream or cheese at reasonable prices.

Al Foah Mall has rewarding summer sales and engages residents and visitors regularly with fun filled entertainment events for all age groups. This summer, the mall offers a spectacular shopping experience as part of the ‘Mall Millionaire’ campaign that offers shoppers AED 1.5 million worth of prizes with weekly draws of AED 50,000/- and a mega prize of 1 million at the end of the summer sales.

 

Alpine Attractions Zermatt

By Shereen Shabnam

My favourite place in Switzerland is Zermatt, situated far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at an altitude of 1,600 metres above sea level. The historic village oozes with charm and the high street is lined with luxury shopping, world-class restaurants and local gatherings post the day’s adventures.

I usually stay at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof Zermatt, which is more like a second home for me in Zermatt because of the warmth of the staff, the hotel location and the fact that I can see the Matterhorn from my bed as I wake up in the morning.

Dominated by the Matterhorn, Zermatt is a rare place where everything works in synergy and GCC travellers can enjoy memorable summer and winter stays that includes a generous breakfast buffet during the festive season at this majestic property.

My favourite memory from my visit is the transfer to and from the Zermatterhof and Zermatt station in a horse-drawn carriage – most places use an electric bus on the day of your arrival and departure but I always inform the desk on my preference before arrival.

Guests at the Zermatterhof can enjoy a generous breakfast buffet, mineral water and soft drinks from the minibar, Ronnefeldt-Tea, Nespresso coffee machine with capsules, use of the spa, pool, steam bath, saunas, jacuzzi, ice grotto and gym and wireless Internet in the room and in all public areas.

Once you step into the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, hospitality and luxury takes on a whole new meaning. It is a hotel you want to spend time in, meet with other guests and enjoy a hot chocolate while gazing at the Matterhorn.

And Grand Hotel Zermatterhof is where time means something different from what it means in the city. It is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

For ski enthusiasts, there is no better place than Zermatt to flirt with adventure and enjoy the sport with untouched stunning terrain and a helicopter to give you a lift there. Zermatt is the Alps’ largest heli-skiing destination and offers the best snow with the stunning beauty of the Alps.

My last visit to Zermatt was with family so we did more exploring of the mountains, train rides to closer viewing points of the Matterhorn and the highlight for my teen was the Glacier Palace.

The Glacier Palace was filled with sparkling ice sculptures enchanting visitors with artworks carved into different designs. It is a fairy-tale palace deep under the perennial snows leading through the glacier to sites such as a glacier crevasse and an ice toboggan run.

Zermatt is a private playground for guests who truly want to get away and indulge in a memorable holiday. For me, it is always a destination I go to when I am in Switzerland.

 

 

 

 

 

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Seeking the Sun – Lanzarote

By Shereen Shabnam

Lanzaroteis the perfect weather destination for holiday seekers almost all year round with diverse landscapesthat range fromvolcanic caves, lava lakes and craters, sandy beaches and transparent waters.
The natural heritage areas, dramatic landscapes, bustling tourist towns, parks and long sandy beaches makes Lanzarote an island of exceptional beauty and an ideal place to visit. If you are a nature lover, drop in at the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya, (Timanfaya National Park) which is one of the island’s greatest tourist attractions.

With excellent year-round climate and unique landscape, Lanzarote allows sun and the beach lovers to enjoy a series of activities likediving,surfing, windsurfing, swimming and kite surfing. It is a paradise for surferswith powerful waves and on calm days, visitors can dive anywhere in Lanzarote.

If you really enjoy surfing, head to Famara Beachwhere both beginners and advanced surfers gather and head to the sea to get practice. Sailingin Lanzarote is also perfect in the summer when the island receivesTrade Winds, ensuring you can sail without risk and enjoy the full experience of being out on the water.

The weather in Lanzarote is perfect for hiking, running, golfing, trekking, bikingand much more when exploring the local outskirts. The cycle network routes to suit all levels of bikers who can enjoy the view the island offers of volcanoes and unique landscapes. Runners can enjoy trails through mountains as they come across wild coasts, cliffs and nature trails as well as shops and cafes to enjoy local food.

If you enjoy golfing, Lanzaroteis known for enjoying each hole against an unbelievable backdrop formed by sea and volcanoes.  Golf can be played year-round in favourable climatic conditions, thanks to the island’s average temperature of 22°C. The two golf courses in Lanzarote are built in perfect harmony with the landscape and close to beaches, restaurants and other leisure activities.

Families can enjoy spectacular crystal-clear waters and superb stretches of white, golden and black sand. Popular beaches are Papagayo, Puerto del Carmen and Matagorda, Famara, Arrieta, Caleton Blanco, Orzola and the island of La Graciosa.

Because of the lush vegetation and natural resources, food in Lanzarote is fresh and mostly organic and visitors can try local traditional cuisine contemporary gastronomic dishes featuring fresh seafood, vegetables and meat.

If you are my type of a holidaymaker who makes spas a reason to go on holiday, you will not be disappointed in Lanzarote which has serene and sophisticated wellness centres, spas and thalassotherapy with massages and treatments that help your mind and body reach unwind and relax.

If you like celebrations, the traditional festivals and the famous Carnival should be perfect for you and on a smaller scale, the popular markets held every Sunday morning are fun with food and music.

Another place to go with children is The Atlantic Museum, the first underwater art museum in Europe that has a large artificial reef formed by 300 sculptures made with the neutral pH concrete that will in time increase marine biomass.

For nature lovers, Cueva de los Verdes is a fascinating cave to visit, created by the eruptions of the La Corona Volcano and The Cactus Garden is perfect for walks. Then there is the Mirador del Río, whichhas a balcony from where spectacular views over the Chinijo Archipelago can be enjoyed.

If you have time, the island of La Graciosa is a must visit as it is the most distinctive island in the Canaries, with only 600 inhabitants and is an idyllic destination full of peace, nature and serenity both in the popular areas and by its many beaches. Lanzarote is indeed a destination that has all one needs in one place for visitors of all ages.

 

 

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Natural Perfection – Sun Siyam Iru Fushi – Maldives

By Shereen Shabnam

There are very few countries in the world that come close to the beauty of my home country Fiji Islands and theRepublic of Maldives is one of few that does come close. Located in the Indian Ocean, Maldives has 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atollswith almost 400,000 inhabitants.

We recently ventured into Maldives to visit the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, a paradise resort known for luxury, romance, water sports, picturesque clear blue sea and tropical bliss.

We started our journey as a group together at the Etihad Business Lounge in Abu Dhabi sampling delicacies and getting to know each other better. From Check-in to the lounge and to aircraft, our experience was seamless and the attentive service by the crew was a bonus.

Being an islander I love the sun, sand and sea when on holiday and the marine world in Maldives is known for its beauty, especially the coral reefs that are home to a variety of marine ecosystems.

During my first two days at the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, I explored the cool and contemporary spaces, stylish interiors, and beautiful gardens around the island. I was offered water based activities such as scuba diving, fishing, swimming, water skiing, wind surfing and snorkeling but I opted for a sting ray feeding experience and a boat ride to spot dolphins at play – both experiences were magical.

Guests at Iru Fushi can enjoy the unspoilt islands of Noonu Atoll, where Maldivian past life is reflected with boat builders working meticulously sanding wood to reveal a silken finish, children being educated about local marine species and farming of fruits and organic vegetables.

My room was a water villa on stilts with a small glass on the floor that gave me a view of the area below serving as personal coral garden and natural aquarium. The area felt like having a large natural swimming pool that protected me from the ocean waves and strong tidal currents beyond the villas. Close by, other guests enjoyed walking on the soft sand and sun bathing before jumping into the crystal clear waters.

Spas are my weakness and the resort offers a 20-room tropical spa with an enormous range of treatments, including massages, relaxation therapies and facials set in a tranquil environment. It is the perfect place for a beauty break.I enjoyed walking barefoot along the cobbled paths; the white sands and watched the palm trees as they gently leaned into the breeze after my massage session.

While waiting for my flight, I waited at the hotel’s private lounge near the airport where I tried a refreshing welcome drink, a quick snack and a short shoulder massage. Designed to be the one of the best airport lounges in the Maldives, the spacious private lounge can be used by guests arriving to The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi.  The lounge also has a children’s play room, outdoor balcony, free WiFi, computer stations as well as showers and changing facilities.

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi’s Deluxe Beach has Villas with Pool, Pool Beach Villas, Sunset Horizon Water Villas or Infinity Water Villas. The resort features 221 luxury oceanfront villas, including 70 over-water bungalows, 14 restaurant and bar choices with a wide range of activities.

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is 45 minutes seaplane journey from the capital, Malé, where Velana International Airport is located. Guests are met by a uniformed team member on arrival and then taken on a 10-minute drive by shuttle to the seaplane terminal to the designated seaplane lounge while waiting for the seaplane boarding call.

Visit Sun Siyam Iru Fushi and take in its vibrant local life, which has been influenced by various cultures and yet remains unique and a perfect holiday destination with relaxing days that are long and sun-filled and nights that are exciting and energetic.

We flew to Maldives with Etihad Airways because of the convenient timings and premium service and took a domestic fight to the Island. I just wish I could experience this mesmerizing award-winning resort for longer.

 

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Sicilian Vibes – Taormina

By Shereen Shabnam

Seeing Sicily by road with a Jeep Cherokee proved to be one of the most exciting trips I did last month visiting the most famous areas in Taormina, staying on the bay with a picturesque view of the bay, going on a dinner cruise and exploring ancient ruins before continuing the journey to other parts of beautiful Sicily.

Taormina is one of Italy’s most historic holiday resorts perched on a slope high above the Ionian Sea on the eastern coast of Sicily. It is a popular and trendy destination with numerous attractions and dining options close to the site of one of the earliest colonies founded by the Ancient Greeks in Sicily. It is known for its favourable position, mild climate and captivating atmosphere.

The town is on the hill of the Monte Tauro, dominating two grand, sweeping bays below and on the southern side, the top of Mount Etna, the European highest active volcano. From my hotel room in Hotel Villa Diodoro, I still have a vision of a memorable view of almost one hundred miles of Mediterranean sea and the mountains in the distant.

We drove through the tourist town in the new Jeep Cherokee and stopped at the town cathedral to explore the town for a taste of Sicilian dolce vita and ended up indulging in the best home made chocolates, exotic cheeses and gourmet food while going through colourful art, roadside gelato stands and taking in the breathtaking vistas.

The best part of Taormina was visiting the stunning ancient Greek theatre, which although in ruins in most parts, has both a magical and mythical atmosphere, seeing the Roman “Naumachiae”, the 10th century Palazzo Corvaja, the 13th century Cathedral of Saint Nicolò, the 16th century Palace of the Dukes of Saint Stefano and the public gardens.

The preservation of history and culture is evident as we walked through streets with a charming atmosphere exuded from the old town pedestrian areas. We were given the option of seeing art performances at the Greek theatre, painting exhibitions held in local palazzi and churces but we opted to use the day to walk along the famous “Corso Umberto” with its classical music cafès and pastry shops.

Sicilian cuisine uses a lot of natural locally grown ingredients and this is reflected in the taste of the food in the restaurants, pizzerias and cafes. We tried local pasta dishes, gelatos and cafes that were delicious and worth going back for. The quaint shops sold typical Sicilian products such as the renowned hand made ceramics, local gourmet items, fine leather, wrought iron and wooden products.

When we reached the bay area in the evening for a dinner cruise, we noticed a lot of locals and tourists enjoying water sports such as windsurfing, sailing, fishing, scuba diving and canoeing. Our guide mentioned that the Town of Linguaglossa is the point of departure of most excursions heading into the Mt. Etna Nature Park. We never made it to the top but seeing the live lava at night on the top from a distance was special and brought home the message of how nature can be so powerful in its different terrains.

Taormina is easy to reach from Catania Fontanarossa. The journey takes about an hour and a half and our journey was particularly special as we drove the new Jeep Cherokee through different parts of Sicily and explored the best of the natural terrain.The mid-sized SUV offers the pleasure of the open-air driving experience withthe optional CommandView dual-pane power sunroof, an off-road attitude its capability to ease itself through in the city.

 

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Destination of choice – Laax, Switzerland

By Shereen Shabnam

Switzerland is always a good idea as there are so many destinations within the country that have different attractions and vibes. One such place is Laax, a family-friendly haven dedicated to alpine adventures but offering more than just skiing. The area comprises the village of Laax, together with Salums, Cons, Laax Murschetg, and Laax Dorf.

Laax is part of the Weisse Arena Gruppe, which combines and markets the resorts of Flims, Laax and Falera under two brands. The winter programme is thus positioned under brand Laax, while the summer programme of Flims Laax Falera falls under brand Flims.

We enjoyed being there in the summer, as Flims Laax Falera becomes one large outdoor ‘playground’ for active guests.It offers a large network of hiking trails for walkers and has numerous wellness hotels. Falera, with its many patrician houses preserves the charm of a Graubünden mountain village, great for family holidays.

We especially enjoyed taking a Gondola to the summit of Crap Sogn Gionmountain 2252 meters above sea leveland toured the fascinating Galaaxy, which took us back to the past era of vinyl records, VCR videos and much more.

We then headed to the hiking trails, leading to beautiful lakes and enjoyed a culinary trail, which allowed us to sample some lovely local delicacies and organic, homegrown, innovative, gastronomic dishes.

We also spent a lovely afternoon visiting Lake Cauma, a breathtaking area where we walked through thick woods and relaxed by the exquisite turquoise lake, watching people swimming, chilling out, sunbathing and rowing. The Lake is surrounded by forests and contains a wooded island in the centre, where you can relax in complete tranquility.

Among the other beauty spots we came across here is Laaxersee or Lag Grond in the village of Laax Grisons, an excellent place for fishing in the summer.During one of our hikes, wealso managed to catch a glimpse of the breathtaking gorge, Ruinaulta, a canyon created by the Anterior Rhine between Ilanz/Glion and Reichenau and known as Switzerland’s `Grand Canyon’.

In the winter, visitors can enjoy 235 kilometres of snow-assured pistes across 100+ square kilometres around the ‘Crap Sogn Gion’ mountain. In fact, Laax attracts snowboarders and skiers from all over the world to its surrounding pistes and hosts important international snowboarding contests, such as the Burton European Open and the European Freeski Open LAAX.

Laax facilities include four snowparks, over 230km of pistes for all levels, as well as The Freestyle Academy, an indoor freestyle hall, which has trampolines, various skateboarding facilities, boulder area, airtrack, slackline and different sized kickers for skiers, bikers, snowboarders or skaters.

For bikers, Flims Laax Falera is a haven offering330 km of bike routes with marked trails and plenty of variety for every level, whether professional or beginner. An exciting way to explore the region is to book a bike guide and combine summer sports, such as hiking, downhill and mountain biking. 

The villages in the area are great places to have coffee, chocolates and make use of the facilities, including supermarkets, post offices, bakeries and various shops. There are around 40 shops spread through the three base villages, the majority of which are in Flims selling holiday essentials, ski gear, and local souvenirs. There are also food speciality stores where you can buy Swiss cheese and chocolate.

Both Flims and Laax have witnessed a design explosion in recent years, with architects favouring contemporary cool. In spite of this, traditional styles are still very much in evidence. The oldest surviving building in Laax was built in 1580 and the first hotel in 1880. Of particular interest is RestaurantCavigilli, Flims’ oldest house, dating from 1453, which comprises a Gothic parlour and an elegant dining room.

In Laax, we stayed at the Signinahotel overlooking a beautiful mountain panorama and close to great restaurants and places with a variety of recreational activities. We spent our evenings sampling Italian delicacies in the Ristorante Camino and other gourmet restaurants in the neighboring Rocks Resort, which, in addition to great eateries, features shops, biking tracks, skate boarding and roller-skating arenas.

To get there, Laax is only 45 minutes away from Chur by bus and roughly two hours from Zurich by car. We took the Swiss Pass and travelled from Zurich to Chur by train and then on to Signinahotel in Laax by bus – a wonderfully scenic journey in itself.