9th Muslim World Business and Investment Zone to be held in September

Time is getting closer to the much awaited OIC International Business Centre’s 9th Muslim World Business and Investment Zone annual trade exhibition and conference with preparations to welcome local and international participants from 4-6 September 2019 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia.

Organised in collaboration with the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT) in Morroco, a subsidiary organ of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Saudi Arabia, together with the Association of Muslim World Business Malaysia, the 9th Muslim World Biz will be introducing new activities and involving more participants.

Exhibitors, trade visitors, speakers and delegates from over 35 countries have confirmed their participation in the event. The profile of participants includes business owners, CEOs, entrepreneurs, government officials, economists, academicians and community leaders. This year, the 9th Muslim World Biz will consist of three components the exhibition zone, the conference zone and the prestigious award ceremonies categorized as follows:

  1. International, multi-sectoral trade exhibition – 4thto 6th September
  2. The Round Table Talk – 4th & 5th September
  3. The Muslim World Women’s Summit- 5th & 6th September
  4. The OIC Arab-Asia Trade and Economic Forum – 4th September
  5. Jewels of the Muslim World Award – 5th September
  6. The Muslim World Rania Award – 6th September

“We have been working with our internationalpartners to identify the needs within the global Islamic economy, and then formulate workable strategies to fulfil those needs adequately,” said Mr. Muhammad Raja Talib Bin Dato’ Dr Raja Mohamad Abdullah, Chairman of the 9th Muslim World Biz.

At the Exhibition Zone, the organisers expect 15,000 trade and public visitors to explore the various products and services offered at 500 booths by more 300 companies representing various industries worldwide. Long-term partnership agreements are expected to take place during the pre-arranged business matching sessions. At the Conference Zone, 1000 renowned speakers and enthusiastic delegates deliberate various compelling issues.

The distinct glamour of the entire event is the award ceremonies. The Jewels of the Muslim World Award will be presented during the official launch, with 1200 VIPs and invited guests witnessing the honouring of a group of the movers and shakers of the Islamic economy. The Muslim World Rania Award will be presented in a special ceremony to some of the most outstanding women in the Muslim world.

The outcomes of the Muslim World Biz have been overwhelming and progressive in a way that is reflected in the expansion of the event itself, and also in the increasing participation of individuals and organisations from across the globe, beyond the 57 OIC member countries.

Mazyad Mall attracts shoppers with mega savings and entertainment events

Shoppers to enjoy arts and crafts, roaming acts and mega savings

Over summer, shoppers at Mazyad Mall Abu Dhabi can enjoy amazing deals, enjoy entertainment activities and win big with the ‘Mall Millionaire’ campaign that offers shoppers a chance to win AED 50,000/- weekly until 3 August 2019 with a mega prize of 1 million at the end of the summer sales.

Sineesh Vaikkattil, Mazyad Mall Manager said, “We look forward to welcoming patrons during our events in August especially as we have outlets catering to shoppers for Eid clothes and gifts. An added value is the opportunity to win big with the ‘Mall Millionaire’ promotion where shoppers who spend AED200/- can present their receipts to the customer service and enter the competition.”

In addition, the mall will have various entertainment and roaming acts over the summer as well as art and craft activities from the 5th to the 6th of August 2019.

The Mazyad Mall retailers will also have special sales for Eid and back to school promotions offering shoppers great deals and savings and a reason to splurge across a wide range of fashion items along with sporting goods, toys, cosmetics, jewellery, books, home furnishing, hypermarket and electronics.

 

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.

 

Mushrif Mall Mega Sale a success

Flash sale offered discounts up to 75% in selected stores

Mushrif Mall saw enthusiastic shoppers exploring attractive deals and discounts across selected brands during the ‘Mushrif Mall Mega Sale’ for 24 hours while enjoying live entertainment recently.

According to Aravind Ravi Palode, Mall Manager of Mushrif Mall, the24-hour mega sale was a memorable shopping experience and patrons enjoyed live entertainment, F&B offers and activities for all age groups through the night while shopping from over 200 luxury fashion retailers in the mall.

Visitors also had an opportunity to win exciting prizes during the sale. Mushrif Mall, located on Airport Road, Abu Dhabi hosts renowned brands and a wide range of dining outlets, hypermarket and service outlets spread over three levels of mall.

 

Ramadan and Eid events take centre stage in Abu Dhabi & Al Ain Malls

Malls under the Line Investments & Property LLC to host a diverse range of activities to make the holy month special this year

Ramadan is a special time for residents and as part of the celebrations, malls under the portfolio of Line Investments & Property are welcoming visitors with Ramadan decorations as well as a variety of entertainment options during the holy month and for Eid ul Fitr celebrations.

Wajeb Al Khoury, Director of Line Investments and Property LLC said, “Our malls are marking Ramadan with a diverse range of activities to make this month a memorable one for families. Numerous festive treats, sales, discounts and activities await mall visitors during the Eid holidays catering to the local communities.”

With over 350 brands to choose from, shoppers at Al Wahda Mall can delight in shopping while capturing Ramadan deco in different parts of the mall. The mall will celebrate Eid across three days with fun traditional and modern roaming entertainers.

Mushrif Mall in Abu Dhabi is also decked up in Ramadan colours and deco and currently has a popular dates festival in the mall’s market area. The mall will be hosting Eid activities that include traditional and modern Arabic stage shows over the 3 days.

 Khalidiyah Mall during Ramadan days have created a host of traditional, cultural and interactive activities organized for customers. The entire exterior and interior of the mall is decked up themed around Ramadan with families enjoying the kids’ corner. During the Eid holidays, guests can also visit the mall to see the different performances and roaming activities.

On the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, Al Raha Mall will also have surprises during this season for mall visitors. The mall has organized an exciting kids area for art and crafts, activities like card making for Eid, coloring, face painting, balloon bending, magic shows to entertain the kids as well as dance performance for the mall visitors during shopping as entertainment which includes the Dabka, Shandelier, Shamadan and butterfly dance etc.

Madinat Zayed will be the perfect venue for visitors during the Eid festival for those looking for a traditional souk experience. For traditional Eid gifts, guests can head to the Gold souk area for a wide variety of jewellery in traditional and contemporary designs as well as local wares from home grown brands.

Mazyad Mall over Eid will be having a variety of Russian, Brazilian, Mexican, masquerade, carnival and fusion dance shows as well as family games and competitions. Families can take part in competitions and win vouchers. They can also enjoy games such as darts, bowling, golf and shootout as well as a face painting and henna corner.

In Al Ain, Al Foah Mall will be hosting kids activities throughout the month of Ramadan and during Eid, the mall will have games, magic shows, Tanura dance, mascots, hip-hop dancers and jugglers.

Bargain hunters will be delighted to know that the Barari Outlet Mall in Al Ain will be having 24-hour sales over the Eid period starting 5th of June and ending on the 6th of June. The Barari Outlet Mall has a lineup of exciting activities for the three days of Eid that includes kids workshops (sand art, coloring & free kids drawing), clown Show, clown balloon bender, mascots of different characters, magic show, a butterfly show, Tanura show and a Latino dance show.

With a host of new events and activities planned throughout the year in the different malls, Line Investments & Property LLC reiterates its commitment to invest in both community outreach activities as well as to enhance the retail experience for mall patrons.

Soundcore by Anker introduces ambient light-enhanced Bluetooth speakers

Revolutionary audio experience enhanced with intensified bass and ambient beat driven lights

Soundcore by Anker introduces the Flare Series of audio products to the region in the form of ambient light-enhanced Bluetooth speakers that bring life to the rhythm accompanied with a synchronized brilliant light show.

Thoughtfully engineered, Flare’s custom, dual full-range speakers deliver room-filling 360-degree sound, perfect for party lovers. It features Soundcore’s proprietary BassUp™ technology, allowing music to blast with solid lows at any volume.

To provide true left-right stereo sound to any room, two Flares can be paired for enhanced music plus the Boost Mode doubles the volume sound without distortion and amp-up any get-together.

For user convenience, the ambient LED ring can be controlled through the Soundcore app, which includes multiple preset options. And to ensure the music stays with you all day long, Anker’s world-class charging technology in Flare features 12-hours of wireless playback.

To enjoy music on the go and true portability, the compact and resilient Flare’s unique cloth-covered, spherical design provides visual accent while the LED light ring at the bottom highlights its minimalist design.

For party and adventure enthusiasts who like music on all occasions whether they are by the beach, camping by the wadi or at a party by the pool, Flare Series is rated at IPX7 waterproof, which makes pool parties, beach games and boating trips much more entertaining.

In keeping with Flare’s design and versatility, the speakers come in four color options: red, black, blue and gray to suit all tastes and available in major retail stores in the Middle East.

New bus service for Mushrif mall eases commute for local residents

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Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, Mushrif Mall, in collaboration with Department of Transport (DoT) represented by the Integrated Transport Center (ITC) in Abu Dhabi announced the implementation of a free bus service to and from nearby areas in a bid to reduce traffic congestion and enhance community comfort and happiness.

As part of a community outreach campaign on sustainability, the initiative is inspired to improve the quality of services for public transport by adopting a focused, integrated and sustainable infrastructure set up by the Mushrif Mall and endorsed by DoT and its commitment to champion innovative solutions in eco transport around Abu Dhabi.

Mohammed bin Hamad Al Muhairi, Executive Director of Public Transport Sector at the ITC, reiterated the positive benefits of the initiative and said “We are delighted with the sustainable integrated transport offer provided by Mushrif Mall as it such cooperation between the private and public sectors fulfills the sustainable economic growth demands in Abu Dhabi, reduces the negative impact resulted from carbon emissions from large number of cars on the road and hence improves quality of life.”

Al Muhairi added that the new bus service launched in Mushrif Mall aims to decrease the traffic congestion in the areas around the shopping mall. The service will include three routes in its first phase and will operate within 10km in the surrounding area. The Bus Transport Team from the ITC worked closely with Mushrif Mall team to identify the routes and bus stops needed to meet the public demand. He added that this service is expected to attract many of the residents in the neighboring area.

Yusuffali M. A, Chairman and Managing Director of LuLu Group said, “The free and comfortable bus service to Mushrif Mall is a campaign that outreaches to the community and takes an initial step to promote sustainable and eco friendly living in Abu Dhabi. We hope that the popularity of the service will prompt other malls to implement similar green initiatives.”

In addition to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with DoT and the flag off of the bus service at the launch, the mall also unveiled the route map of the buses at the entrance of the mall forcustomer ease and convenience.

The free community bus service will be operated from Mushrif Mall and cover the catchment of the surrounding area as well asevaluate the customers’ feedback and satisfaction to improve the bus service further.

The bus service is a CSR initiative of Mushrif Mall offering alternative and innovative solutions to reduce traffic congestion in the nearby communities.

MonViso Water to have an active presence at the Mother of the Nation Festival

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MonViso, the purest and minimally mineralized Italian water, reiterates its ongoing commitment to promoting empowerment, conservation, collaboration, and sustainabilitywith its presence at the Mother of the Nation Festival organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi to pay tribute to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak.

According to Stefano Iorini, Managing Director, MonViso Trading LLC, “MonViso’s shared values and vision is evident in the brand’s “Take Water. Give Life” campaign. The humanitarian and sustainable aspects of the Mother of Nation event also highlights the best of humanity through its multiple and diverse activity zones, as well as an entertaining and immersive atmosphere that welcomes the entire community of all age groups and nationalities.”

“We are delighted to support the Mother of the Nation Festival as we value the community spirit that brings people together in local events promoting tolerance. This is central to our principle as a brand committed to humanitarian values that promote solidarity and collaboration within the new generation,” added Stefano.

Stefano also appreciates that the festival focuses on people’s nutritional choices on their bodies and the environment, and the collective responsibility of the community towards the development of a healthy sustainable society. The festival is also known to celebrate the UAE’s rich heritage, cultural diversity, and the impact of the nation through recent history with impressive achievements.

The MonViso stand at the festival will emphasizethe vision and principles of the brand as for every 1 litre sold, MonViso is donating 1 AED to the Al Jalila Foundation, which supports the global cause of transforming lives through medical education and research.

The brand’s humanitarian and sustainability commitment is evident, as since January 2017 till February 2019, MonViso has donated the equivalent of over 347,190 liters.

Visitors to the MonViso stand at the Mother of the Nation Festival will be able to sample the Alpine Italian mineral water from Europe’s highest source with the lowest content of sodium in the world,contaminant-free purity, low-grade mineralization and low nitrate content.

An eco conscious brand, MonViso recently launched a recycling program for homes, in association with HomeCycle, which is the brand’s logistical partner for home collection of plastic bottles and glass. The sustainability program’s revenues from the net sales are donated to Al Jalila Foundation.

From the health perspective, the minimally mineralized waterhelps avoid fatigue, purifies the kidneys, helps maintain optimal blood pressure and makes it safe to consume in large quantities. The Italian Ministry of Health recognizes MonViso water as suitable for the preparation of baby food and formula.

Launched in Dubai 4 years ago, MonViso is now available in several outlets across the UAE.

Why Turkey is a must visit

Natasha Dury

We absolutely love everything about Turkey and mum flies Turkish Airlines a lot to discover their new destinations in other parts of the world. From amazing shopping in places like Grand Bazaar, boating on the Bosphorous, the most amazing fresh cuisine to art and culture heritage sites…Turkey has it all.

Some pictures below give you an idea what you will see in Turkey.