End of the year bargains at Khalidiyah Mall as it celebrates 12th Anniversary

Khalidiyah Mall

Grand Anniversary Sales in selected stores held with competitions online

Khalidiyah Mall will be celebrating their 12thyear anniversary with attractive sales on popular brands from the 17thDecember to 21stDecember 2019. The Grand Anniversary Sales in selected stores across the mall is perfectly timed for shoppers looking for end of year bargains for the festive season.

MayankM Pal, Mall Manager at Khalidiyah Mall said,“We are thrilled to celebrate our 12thanniversary with milestones that has positioned Khalidiyah Mall as a vibrant destination with diverse options to eat, shop and play. We look forward to more years of celebrations as we continue to build on our strong retail lineup with new events, entertainment offering and attractive sales.”

Over the last 12 years, Khalidiyah Mall has truly transformed itself with enhanced retail experiences, new F&B concepts and events that brings the local community together.

Khalidiyah Mall is located at the nerve centre offering patrons three levels of elegantly laid out outlets ranging from fashion to furnishing and cosmetics to consumer electronics. The mall’s multicultural food court offers an intriguing array of international cuisine, alongside a number of cafes, restaurants plus an amusement centre with arcade games, a cinema and a bowling alley.

 

Family activities and events in malls during UAE National Day weekend

Malls in the Line Investments & Property LLC portfolio in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain will be hosting a wide range of family activities and events during the UAE National Day celebrations.

 

Mr. Wajeb Al Khoury, Director of Line Investments and Property LLC said, “It will be an action-packed weekend for the eight malls over the weekend and shoppers can expect fun filled entertainment and exclusive surprises for the UAE National Day celebrations.”

 

Al Wahda Mall will host a musical evening with Lebanese Music sensation “Joe Koueik” on the 2nd and 3rd of December with a wide range of entertainment and activities for kids during the long weekend.

 

Khalidiya Mall National day celebration will be over three days from 2nd Dec to 4th Dec with dance and roaming performances.  There will be Arabic drummers, Arabic Theatre, Stick show, Khaleeji dancers, theme parade and mascots.

 

Mushrif Mall will host different Arabic performances and games as well as a “buy to spin and spin to win” promotion on 2ndand 3rdDecember from 6pm to 9pm.

 

Al Raha Mall will have cultural dance activities and kids arts & crafts activities with games on 2nd and 3rd December from 6pm to 10pm. There will be Khaleeji, peacock, Tanoura, wings and other cultural dances.

 

In Al Ain, Barari Outlet Mall will have Ayala dance, face painting, mascot, balloon bender, kids games shows on December 2nd. The next day there will be balloon benders, Mascots, a Dabka dance and magic show.
Mazyad Mall will host stage events and shoppers can participate in games for the family to win mall vouchers from 6.30pm on December 2nd and 3rd.

 

Al Foah Mall in Al Ain will be decorated in UAE colours and there will be kids workshops, games, mascots and various types of dances that include Ayala, Harabiya, Tanoura and Debka from 6.30pm on December 2nd and 3rd.

 

Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre will be hosting over two days kids activities, various dance shows, Balloon twisters, henna designs, mascots, clowns and face painting. Am emcee will be hosting the games challenge and will offer gifts to 200 kids. There will be live music as well from 6 to 10pm.

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.

Eclectic Poland

By Shereen Shabnam

Poland is an European treasure that remained off the radar of most intrepid travelers in the past but not anymore. The Poland of today is filled with global influences alongside long-standing local traditions.

Polish culture and history runs deep from medieval times to wars but it is the picturesque natural wonders, the food, the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque architecture plus the natural sites that offer many adventures to remember.

I started my Polish adventure by lunching at the trendy Koszyki Hall. It is Warsaw’s social and culinary center, where you can choose a meal in one of numerous restaurants and pubs sitting on tables laden with different cuisines of the world.

A visit to Vistula, the biggest and longest river in Poland was another highlight. Vistula River in Warsaw runs the entire length of the city and walking along the river or taking a scenic cruise seem to be a favourite past time of the locals so we took an evening cruise on a catamaran enjoying the sites and finishing off the evening with a meal at the famous STIXX Bar and Grill.

STIXX is a highly energetic gastronomy venue offering a diverse selection of exquisite dishes from around the world with the vibe of New Warsaw – elegant and sophisticated, yet stylish and entertaining. The restaurant sits amongst curving walkways, water features, modern art and the ever-impressive Warsaw Spire building.

Another favourite was exploring Warsaw in a vintage Nysa 522, which is a spacious and very retro minivan that once used to drive around Polish streets. A guide can give you a history of the city, take you to the most important monuments of Warsaw and tell you about the key historic events of the city.

If you have time for lunch,stop at the Restaurant Concept 13 located on the 5th floor of DH VITKAC. Its large, glassed interior looks out on a beautiful panorama of the capital which can also be enjoyed from the summer terrace. The dishes are international classics with a polish twist partly prepared on teppanyaki grills or in the open kitchen – their bread is addictive so try and pace yourself before your delightful meal arrives.

Another great place to eat is Zoni Restaurant at Koneser Center perfect for food connoisseurs. Zoni offers creative cuisine of Michał Gniadek, the titled Chef of the young generation whose chef’s signature menu is inspired by international cuisine.

If you love fashion, stop by the Gosia Baczyńska concept store. At the junction of old and new Warsaw Praga, the concept store of Gosia Baczyńska features her own design – both in terms of decor and the fashion presented in it with clothes and accessories of world-famous designers.

Another great place to visit is the Wilanow Palace – the royal summer residence of King Jan III Sobieski. Its joyful to explore this wonderful baroque palace which is a place of great beauty. The original architecture of the palace merges European art with old Polish traditions of construction. I really enjoyed strolling through the beautiful garden and the park which was so relaxing that it was heartbreaking to leave.

My next stop was stopping for lunch at MOD restaurant which serves the best ramen soup in Warsaw. It is a small hidden place at Oleandrów Street where you can try the best Asian and international cuisine and finish your meal with delicious doughnuts. If you still have a craving for sweets later in the afternoon, stop at a Wedel chocolatier and taste different kinds of delicious hot chocolate.  Dinner was at Flamimg & Co. which is a place created from passion for travel and unique things and serves Italian, French and American cuisine.

Golf lovers would enjoy a day out at the Sand Valley Golf Course. You can rent a villa, gp for a round of golf, have a casual evening dining with your friends or enjoy a moonlight dip in your private swimming pool. We enjoyed a lovely lunch and a walk around the property.

From the golf resort, we went to the Hotel SPA Dr Irena Eris where I enjoyed a lovely massage, got introduced to great skincare products and strange as it may sound, I found the best one-off artistic pieces of jewellery for everyday wear. The next day I headed back to the airport with a heavy heart making a mental note to get back to Poland with my family and experience more of this amazing country and the many natural attractions it offers travellers and adventure seekers.

From the UAE it is easy to get to Warsaw. I took an Emirates flight to Warsaw and arrived there just in time for a sumptuous lunch. Emirates has daily flights to Warsaw serviced by Boeing 777-300ER departing Dubai at 0810hrs, and arriving in Warsaw at 12:10 local time. Return flight departs Warsaw at 1500hrs and arrives in Dubai at 2245hrs.

Picturesque Romania

By Shereen Shabnam

My journey into Romania revealed a country with spectacular sights dotted with nature, medieval castles and quaint villages and the best food and culture. The visit to Prahova Valley with a stop in Sinaia, one of the most beautiful mountain tourist resorts in Romania is a must. 

A hidden gem for travel aficionados, Romania was full of surprises. For instance, the Palace of Parliament is the second largest administrative building and the most expensive administrative building in the world as well as the world’s heaviest building. We found the building served as a perfect backdrop to show the amazing architecture of the city as the building was built with 100% Romanian resources and materials.

Another must visit is the PeleşCastle. Recognized as royal residence by Carol I, the king of Romania, the castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, built between 1873 and 1914 as the summer residence of the kings of Romania. The building, currently owned by the Royal Family of Romania ids filled with the most beautiful decorative art pieces.

As we ventured further to Brasov, we came across variants of gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture with continued our journey exploring the Town Hall Square and enjoyed a walk to the walled citadel and the pedestrian only boulevard for retail therapy. Surrounded by mountains, a walk around Brasov reveals quaint shops and restaurants serving authentic local cuisine.

After a brief stop in Bran at a wine cellar, we then visited Bran Castle, built in the medieval period as a strategic point of defense. Bran Castle, set on a 200 foot high rock was associated with the famous Bram Stoker’s novel and is nowadays known as the “Castle of Count Dracula”. It was one of the dark, scary and yet the most exciting attractions we went to during our trip.

Our journey to Bâlea Cascadă, Transfăgărăşan, the best road in the world according to Top Gear was particularly exciting as we visited the Paltinu Chalet, built during the communist regime and had a Romanian-style lunch on Bâlea Lake, a glacier lake at an altitude of 2034 m.

From Bâlea Lake, we headed to Sibiu, which was European Capital of Culture in 2007. We visited the Astra Museum in Sibiu, the largest outdoor ethnographic museum in Europe. The visit included a carriage ride through the museum park with a tasting of authentic Romanian products. The city was founded at the end of the 12thcentury and is one of the main tourist centers in Romania. Another must stop is Alba Iulia, a town considered Romania’s “second capital” and a place full of history.

My favourite visit was to the Salina Turda, a real Salt Mining Museum in Transylvania. Salt air is good for health, and the place is considered to have the purest air on the planet. It was a surreal experience and we thoroughly enjoyed strolling near the lakes at the bottom of the mine.

These are many reasons to visit Romania from the charming disposition of the locals, the breathtaking landscapes, vampire tourism and the wide variety of fresh wholesome food.

I flew to Romania with Turkish Airlines with a stop in Istanbul. There is enough time to experience the Turkish Airlines award winning lounge in between the flights or enjoy the retail experience at the new airport in Istanbul.

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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