New Stores Open At Dalma Mall, More Expansion On The Cards

A long-standing name associated with quality and classy range of options for customers in retail and food, Dalma Mall is the go-to place in Abu Dhabi for a refined shopping experience. As a constant and ongoing effort remains in place to reinvent itself, Dalma Mall is all about giving customers the best of the world’s shopping and culinary avenues. In pursuit of this goal, and in keeping with its aims for business expansion, Dalma Mall has been host to several new shops and food outlets this year.

Speaking about the expansion, Mr. Bhupinder Singh  General Manager & CFFO at Dalma Mall said, We are constantly striving to give our customers the best that they deserve  be it bespoke fashion, lifestyle needs or in eating out. As a furtherance of that very exercise, we have consciously sought to renew ourselves through expansionary endeavours. We welcome all the new brands into the Dalma Mall family and look forward to working together to provide customers with the best shopping and eating experience imaginable.


Starting in January 2015, Hind Al Oud and Junaid Perfumes had their first outlets coming up in Dalma Mall’s complex. They were joined by Federal Arabian, Art Fashion and Kidoos Entertainment in February, which opened up new avenues for shopping, fashion and entertainment. March was a packed month with Sushi, Buona Sera, The Cotton Basket, Holland & Barrett, Just Kunafa, The White Company, Charlie & Me, Opty Sports and Galitos coming up in the mall. With these new shops, customers have been given an expanded experience to serve their every need.

On April and May, the summer rings in a whole world of promise, with Ace Hardware being opened recently and London Dairy, DU Retail, Make Shake, Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Bombay Chowpatty coming on the scene first, in April. May will see the arrival of Joe Raad Gent Salon, NBAD, Al Salem Carpet, Pynkiss Milano, Feather Fashion, Tee & Putt Mini Golf, Vans and Al Medar. It’s time to gear up for an interesting summer shopping extravaganza ahead! With all these new additions, Dalma Mall will achieve 95% occupancy rate and hopefully by the end of 2015 will reach full 100%.

Dalma Mall has the distinction of being a hotspot for shopping and culinary adventures in Abu Dhabi. One of the most prominent centres in the region, the Mall has stood tall among its competitors in the market for its stellar achievements and its many accolades. Earlier this year, Dalma Mall had come out with its own culinary symphony experience as it brought the best of food options from all over the world, and has also recently been the recipient of two prestigious awards, namely, The Golden Europe Award and the Business excellence Award. In the light of these many milestones, these celebrations were but in order.


Abu Dhabi Offers Business Insight Into Emirate At IMEX Frankfurt 2015

Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry will be in Frankfurt, Germany this week at Europe’s largest exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events to promote the emirate’s evolving credentials as a leading business destination.

IMEX Frankfurt 2015, which runs from 19 to 21 May, is expected to draw nearly 3,500 exhibitors from 150 countries and 9,000 decision-makers from all over the world. The award-winning trade show promotes innovation in the Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) sector.

Led by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the delegation will comprise a 19-strong portfolio of products, including the emirate’s national airline Etihad Airways, leading hotels, destination management companies, resorts, attractions and tour operators.

TCA Abu Dhabi forecasts that the emirate’s Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) segment will double in value by 2020 to reach almost $1.4bn, with the sector earmarked for a significant role in the emirate’s overall economic expansion aligned to Abu Dhabi Government’s 2030 Economic Vision.

Abu Dhabi’s innovative and world-class business tourism and meetings facilities position the emirate as a destination for large-scale international conventions and association events. There are now more than 160 hotels and hotel apartments across the emirate offering 28,000 rooms at highly competitive prices, said Mubarak Al Shamsi, Director of Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, a division of TCA Abu Dhabi.

Already we have in operation the Advantage Abu Dhabi incentive which offers a range of support mechanisms and incentives to corporate meetings, international conferences and exhibitions and we have further initiatives to come.

Al Shamsi added: “There are currently 63 flights a week to Abu Dhabi from Dusseldorf, Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich, and Germany is now our fourth largest provider of overseas visitors, rising 23% last year on the previous 12 months. We obviously hope to build on these impressive visitor figures during our visit to IMEX Frankfurt 2015.


Abu Dhabi’s innovative and world-class business tourism and meetings facilities have positioned the city as a destination for large-scale international conventions and association events. Aside from traditional venues including the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the largest convention centre in the Arabian Gulf offering 12 halls, two conference halls and 20 meeting rooms, other venues abound throughout the emirate, such as a convention centre in the heart of the world’s most advanced falcon hospital, ballrooms in beachside resorts or city centre business hotels, retreats in the tranquility of oasis settings, stunning hideaways set in breathtaking desert surroundings and island idylls in the midst of a nature reserve.

Joining the delegation will be Farah Leisure Parks Management, the operator of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari-branded attraction and largest indoor theme park, and Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s unique Emirati-themed waterpark.

Bruno Wiley, Vice President of Sales, Farah Leisure, said: Our theme parks are great venues for incentive trips and events, and we’re hoping to see more growth in this segment from the European market. We provide a range of options as well as tailor-made solutions to meet the requirements of any type of incentive trip or event; from teambuilding and beach BBQs to receptions, gala dinners and award ceremonies.

At the Arabian Travel Market, held recently in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the company announced plans for the new Flying Aces roller-coaster, which is set to break two world records: the world’s tallest loop and steepest looping steel roller-coaster.

The luxury five-star St. Regis Abu Dhabi, which opened in 2013 offering 283 rooms and suites, 10 restaurants and bars, five meeting rooms, one ballroom with a capacity of up to 1,000 people and the Nation Riviera Beach Club, will also be part of the Abu Dhabi pavilion in Germany.

Arlette Richter-Picardo, Director of Catering and Group Sales at the hotel, said: “This year, we opened in December 2014 two new restaurants – Asia de Cuba and Catch whichh are part of the Nation Riviera Beach Club as well as our Events Lawn which can accommodate up to 250 persons in banquet style. We budgeted this year a 34% increase in overall revenue in comparison to 2014, especially from our Leisure business from the German, Italian and UK market as it is constantly increasing.


The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi Awarded Capital’s Best Beach Resort For Fourth Consecutive Year

The St. Regis Saaadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi has been awarded Abu Dhabi’s Leading Beach Resort for the fourth consecutive year at The World Travel Awards.

The bespoke Saadiyat Island resort competed against a high number of hotels and resorts in the nation’s capital to receive this recognition at the prestigious ceremony this week.

“We are delighted to receive the Abu Dhabi’s Leading Beach Resort Award and we wish to extend our gratitude to all those who voted for us and to those who have supported us throughout. Our constant strive to exceed our guests’ expectations and to set industry standards has been affirmed with such esteemed recognition, and we will continue to work towards our goal of delighting and impressing our valued guests,” said Stewart Selbie, General Manager, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort.


The prestigious World Travel Award is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, and was presented after a comprehensive vote by travel and tourism professionals from across the world. The annual awards program is internationally renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the travel and tourism industry, with over 650,000 individual votes cast by travel professionals and high-end tourism consumers in 2014. This year, the ceremony took place at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah Beach, where global industry leaders met to celebrate the success of hotels from around the world.

Inspired by the distinctive, century-old legacy, the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, combines a unique blend of refined elegance with enduring heritage. The award-winning resort is set on the island’s pristine white sand, and is the city’s true beachfront leisure address. The resort features 377 guestrooms, all with private terraces, offering panoramic views of the turquoise Arabian Gulf, and is strategically located just 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, and 10 minutes from the city’s bustling downtown.

Rice Creamery Opens The First Abu Dhabi Outlet In Dalma Mall

Having already savoured the sweet taste of success in Dubai, the innovative dessert company has set eyes on an ambitious expansion programme with the aim of bringing healthy, original rice-based desserts to the UAE and beyond.

The Rice Creamery certainly sets taste buds alight, with its retro-inspired rice pudding, which offers the universally-loved, traditional dessert with a modern, delightful twist.

A range of 25 sumptuous flavours like chocolate, coconut, pistachio, date and orange are just some of the au naturel ingredients which are added to the generously creamed rice to produce desserts which burst with flavour and which provide a healthy alternative to high-fat, high-sugar ice creams. Delicious toppings include strawberries, raisins, caramel sauce, chocolate chips and honey.

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Abdul Kader  Saadi, Co-founder, Rice Creamery & MD, Glee Hospitality Solutions,, explains more about the concept, “We realised that rice pudding is everyone’s childhood favourite, irrespective of what region of the world one comes from! We’ve taken it to the next level by putting a new twist to it so that adults can rediscover the joy of eating it and children can experience this delicious dessert for perhaps the first time! We used a tried and tested traditional recipe to produce a pudding which is rich and creamy ­ the precise ingredients are a closely-guarded family secret!”

“The Rice Creamery already has plans in place to expand even further, with more outlets planned for Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and even the United Kingdom. It’s testament to the popularity of this simple but delicious dessert that the company is able to offer its innovative twist and re-imagine the humble rice pudding for the 21st century.”

Rice pudding is such an integral part of so many cultures across the world and is served both as a daily treat and as the culmination of elaborate celebrations such as weddings and birthday parties. It’s a dessert that everyone loves, and because we use the finest, natural ingredients, we can replicate the taste and texture of the sweetest childhood memories.

Abu Dhabi To Showcase Destination Credentials At Expo Milan

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is set to thrust Abu Dhabi’s diversity to the fore in an extensive destination promotion and awareness push at EXPO 2015 in Milan to build visibility for Abu Dhabi.
The destination activation, in partnership with Etihad Airways ­ the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and EXPO Milan 2015 Official Global Airline carrier in partnership with Alitalia ­ will be staged in the official Imagination Lounge of the Alitalia and Etihad Airways joint pavilion and feature three themed bespoke promotional activities to highlight the depth and breadth of the destination’s visitor experience opportunities.
Each theme will run for a week during the six-month Exposition, and will focus on experiential, visual and digital activities highlighting the identity of Abu Dhabi through Food & Culture; Dynamic Abu Dhabi, a focus on Abu Dhabi’s thriving events and business scene; and the emirate’s nature & sustainability credentials via a Natural Abu Dhabi theme.
“The eyes of the world will be on Milan during their hosting of EXPO2015 and with the United Arab Emirates taking up the mantle for the hosting of EXPO2020 we have a golden opportunity to project our vision of the emirate to a global audience and shape perceptions of our nation over the next six months,” said HE Jasem Al Darmaki, TCA Abu Dhabi Acting Director General.
“Through our partnership with Alitalia and Etihad Airways we can build awareness of our world-class hospitality and deliver experiential tourism activities to give a taste of Abu Dhabi through a series of engaging, stimulating and traditional activities,” he added.


“By identifying attributes of our destination through specific themes, we are able to highlight the quality of our tourism experiences and showcase the diversity of activities to engage with Expo visitors,” added Al Darmaki.
The identity of Abu Dhabi through food and culture will be featured in the expo’s opening week with celebrated Emirati chef and TCA Abu Dhabi culinary consultant Chef Khulood Atiq set to bring the tastes and smells of traditional Emirati hospitality, foods and spices to life through a series of cooking demonstrations and cultural sessions.
Unveiling the secrets of the Emirati kitchen, Chef Khulood will also introduce the importance of coffee and dates to Emirati hospitality and present Emirati coffee ­ or gahwa ­ to show visitors how the preparation, brewing and traditions of serving differ from international coffee.
Joining Chef Khulood in a unique collaboration to break down cultural barriers through the love of food will be Chef Rubio, the acclaimed and unorthodox host of Discovery Channel Italia’s DMax station’s street-food show to illustrate how production, consumption and conservation can help a chef creatively adapt traditions to match healthier dietary choices with modern lifestyles.
Together with up-and-coming Chef Badr Najeeb Badawi – the young Emirati TV chef and star of “Sukkar Zyadah” on Sama Dubai TV and “Ma’a Bader” on Abu Dhabi TV Al Emarat ­ visitors can expect a mix of traditional and contemporary culinary experiences reflecting the broad range of culinary experiences across the emirate.

TCA Abu Dhabi Unveils Stunning Line-Up Of Three-Month Emirate-Wide Entertainment For Abu Dhabi Summer Season

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has today unveiled the Abu Dhabi Summer Season programme for 2015, a thrilling show-packed summer season for all the family.

Abu Dhabi Summer Season – ffeaturing headline theatre shows, a world famous illusionist, live international children’s shows, top Arab and European comedy acts, and live concerts will take place across the emirate with events in Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain and Al Gharbia (Western Region) for almost three months.

The Summer Season will run from June 11 to September 5 with the period covering the school holidays, Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr. PromisingFun for All, the season of major events will also involve malls, attractions and hotels to make Abu Dhabi an attractive proposition in which to spend summer.

TCA Abu Dhabi has teamed up with leading UAE event organisers to bring some spectacular events and deliver a memorable three-month season for our stay-at-home residents and visitors, particularly from the GCC, India and Europe.  Flash, Alchemy Project, YAK Events and MBC Group will deliver a programme packed with different headline shows from across the world.

A wide-scale marketing and promotional campaign to promote the summer season has been launched across the GCC and India.

Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director of Tourism Sector, TCA Abu Dhabi, said at a press conference in Abu Dhabi: “With the support of its partners and stakeholders, Abu Dhabi Summer Season 2014 witnessed great success in providing exceptional experiences to visitors and residents alike. This year we are welcoming additional partners and stakeholders on board who are excited in offering thrilling shows and promotional offers in Abu Dhabi.

The 2014 Summer Season saw 786,376 guest arrivals, an increase of 20% during June, July and August with the corresponding period the previous year. Guest nights from the GCC, not including from the UAE, increased by 25%, from India by 26% and from Europe 19%.


We saw significant interest in last years Summer Season and hotel occupancy with an additional 2,495 hotel rooms grew by a total of 7% from 2013, and obviously we are aiming to improve that figure again this season,added Al Dhaheri.

Working closely with our key partners including Etihad Airways, Visa, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, and Abu Dhabi Media we aim to deliver an unforgettable summer season for all the family with mall activations and the best summer deals around for hotels and attractions. Abu Dhabi Summer Season 2015 will also feature a mega shopping mall promotion to offer winning opportunities throughout 12 weeks

Abu Dhabi-based FLASH Entertainment will be bringing a weekend comedy extravaganza of international and regional comedians to Abu Dhabi city. To help celebrate the first night of Eid Al Fitr, Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Abdo will serenade his legions of fans at Yas Island’s du Forum, while fans of Emirati singer Habeeb Alyasy will be treated to two of his performances in Al Ain and on Yas Island.

Abu Dhabi Summer Season epitomises the pinnacle of family entertainment,said Alexis Djiksterhuis, Vice President of Strategy, FLASH Entertainment.This is the third year we have worked with the TCA to assemble a line-up of shows that appeal to residents and visitors of all ages. The line-up of Arabic artists and a side-splitting comedy weekend is sure to dazzle attendees during the summer months. FLASH Entertainment applauds the vision of the TCA to continually position Abu Dhabi as the epicentre of culture, arts and entertainment in the region.




Maybach- Icons Of Luxury Opens Its First Showroom Outside Europe In Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi

MAYBACH ­ ICONS OF LUXURY and Yateem Group are honoured to welcome H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan who will inaugurate the grand opening of the Maybach Boutique at Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi on 25th April, 2015.
MAYBACH, one of the most iconic and luxurious brands in the World since 1909, is delighted and honoured to announce that the company’s first boutique showroom- MAYBACH- Icons of Luxury in the UAE was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. The ultimate luxury accessories brand was launched yesterday at the Yateem Optics showroom at Ground Floor, Lounge Area in Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi.
MAYBACH offers products which are hand-crafted and tailored to ensure their uniqueness and quality. MAYBACH’s philosophy is To create the very best from the very best and the range of eyewear, accessories and leather items which the German company designs and produces can be said to be the epitome of luxury for connoisseurs with exceptional taste.
Mr Nasser Yateem, Executive President of the Yateem Group, described his feelings about the new partnership, maybachWe are extremely proud and humbled by His Highness agreeing to inaugurate MAYBACH’s boutique within our showroom. Our aim, throughout our long and prestigious history, has been to provide the highest possible levels of eye care and optical services, and with the addition of the MAYBACH brand into our range, we are continuing with the tradition. We are glad to have Mr. Christoff Mies (Global Sales Director), Ms. Jutta
Kahlbetzer and Mr. Wolfgang Thelen from Maybach in Germany; grace us on this occasion.

We are also grateful for the support of Mr. Dirk Fetzer of Mercedes Benz cars Middle East.

MAYBACH products are hand-crafted by specialists with decades of experience and are created from unique, natural material such as gold, diamonds, leather, horn and wood which bring an aura of opulence and striking individuality to each piece. The MAYBACH Limited Edition Collection of eye wear is one of the most sought-after collections in the world, with only 50 of each item being available globally.
The MAYBACH boutique, within Yateem Optics in Yas Mall, houses one such collection featuring eye wear which incorporates solid gold and blue diamonds set within stunning contemporary designs. The collection available at Yateem Optics is derived from the newly-launched MAYBACH Car series which sees MAYBACH’s collaboration with renowned luxury brand Mercedes Benz.
In addition to luxury accessories and eye wear, MAYBACH also produces its own Saddlery range which allows horse owners to order custom-made saddles to ensure a perfect fit and comfortable ride.
It is only fitting that such a select range of goods is to be found exclusively in one of Abu Dhabi’s premier optical showrooms under the Yateem family, one of the biggest and most prestigious optical brands in the UAE.
The Yateem family has been providing the highest levels of eye care in the GCC since 1910, and the new showroom in Yas Mall has one of the widest collections of international eye wear brands in the UAE.

Spanish Culinary Virtuoso Opens The Door To His Signature Restaurant, P&C By Sergi Arola

P&C by Sergi Arola will officially open its doors on the 24thApril 2015 with a fresh take on Mediterranean cuisine, set in a theatre of food, beverage and jazz.

The eponymous eatery from Spain’s renowned two-Michelin star chef, p&c by Sergi Arola is destined to add another dimension to Abu Dhabi’s increasing gastronomy choice. With this opening at the Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, the restaurant will further raise the profile of the city as a key centre for culture, arts, and now food.

As a Shangri-La experience, this signature restaurant from the acerbic Spanish chef, who has created dining sensations across Europe, South America and South Asia, will blend Mediterranean flavours with Sergi’s unique finesse and Spanish charm for an unmatched dining experience.

“Food is a necessity; but it should also be a pleasure. Our creations, our menu; it’s an experience, flavour, colour, presentation and delivery, designed to be shared and enjoyed together. We’re looking to bring those elements to the dining table, so our guests can have the best time possible with friends and loved ones,” states Arola.
Taking the Spanish sharing concept of tapas, Arola’s eclectic menu takes on board cultural sensitivities, and provides a broad selection of taste sensations, prepared with Mediterranean flair and the freshest ingredients. Expect to see Sergi’s take on classic dishes such as Patatas Bravas, Steak Tartare and also adaptions of rice dishes, paella and risottos.

Thomas Guss, General Manager, Shangri-La Abu Dhabi expands, “Pearls & Caviar is an important part of our history, a brand much-loved by our guests.  The restaurant quality, service and ambience will remain unchanged, we are simply bringing a top chef with a winning concept to further enhance our guests experience and knowledge of Michelin star cuisine. Adding to this a live jazz radio station, we think it will win the hearts and minds of all who visit.”

p&c by Sergi Arola, while a standalone restaurant, forms an integral part of the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. The restaurant will feature the main dining room on the ground level, with a Gin Bar on the upper deck, serving a variety of cleverly infused gins to be enjoyed with Sergi Arola’s tapas sharing menu.
Whether there to socialise or dine, guests will be able enjoy their time at p&c by Sergi Arola surrounded by the relaxing and uplifting tones of Jazz, as, the region’s first music station dedicated to the genre fills the air live from the restaurant.

“We’re ready, I can’t wait to see how people react to the food, the beverages, the music. Like I said, it’s an experience, and you need everyone in place to make the production perfect. The team has worked hard, but the guests are the final ingredient; I can’t wait to welcome our first guests, me gusta,” concluded Arola.

Strong Economic Fundamentals To Attract Investments In The UAE

Tebyan, a leading Dubai-based Real Estate Developer, is participating at Cityscape Abu Dhabi running from tomorrow 21 till 23 of April 2015 taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, UAE, to showcase state of the art project Sparkle Towers at Dubai Marina – Space Marveled by Swarovski. As the world balances economic factors like oil prices and regional conflicts, the stability seen in Dubai and the UAE powered by its diversified economy will continue to attract investments. This continued vision for diversification of the UAE’s economy, and strong population and tourism growth will continue to see Dubai as the hub of commerce in the MENA region.

Tebyan’s Managing Director – Mr. Naji Alia – said: “Our sales are robust and we are pushing ahead with our marketing plans to bring the exciting investment opportunities provided by Tebyan to investors. Sparkle Towers, Tebyan’s flagship project, is part of the premium segment and among the most unique developments in Dubai. Investors are confident of Dubai’s growth prospects, based on strong economic diversification strategy and inspirational leadership”.

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Sparkle Towers is strategically located in the heart of one of Dubai’s trendiest waterfront attractions in Dubai Marina. The architectural masterpiece consists of two towers: the first (G+29 floors) offers panoramic views of Dubai Marina from three sides while the second (G+14 floors) overlooks Jumeirah Beach Residence with partial views of the marina and the sea. A residential podium (G+4 floors) connects the two towers, and residents are guaranteed world-class comfort and unsurpassed views.

The industry event is part of the overall strategy to push economic diversification of the UAE that aims to create steady growth across the non-oil based sectors. Cityscape Abu Dhabi is the annual meeting point for governmental authorities, key investors and developers, consultants, architects, designers and other real estate professionals to drive growth in Abu Dhabi’s real estate market. With over 15,000 participants in attendance, Cityscape Abu Dhabi is the opportunity to build and maintain a good presence in Abu Dhabi’s real estate market.


Jiu-Jitsu Masters Battle On The Beach

The Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2015 is set to begin on April 20, with elite fighters from across the world readying themselves for the showpiece event in the UAE capital, including six-time World Cup champion Rodolpho Vieira and the UAE’s own World Champion Faisal Al Ketbi.

Vieira, who is also the four-time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion, and Al Ketbi took the opportunity to get to grips with fighting in Abu Dhabi by warming up for the championship, which runs until April 25 at the state-of-the-art IPIC Arena at Zayed Sports City, with an impromptu showdown at one of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic locations.

Jiu-Jitsu fighters grapple in

The two heavyweights of the Jiu-Jitsu world grappled at the luxurious St. Regis Nation Riviera Beach Club in Abu Dhabi, as they honed their skills ahead of the competition, with Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship mascot Azzam the falcon in close attention as the two superstars clashed.

The Championship, now in its landmark seventh year, will also feature a ‘Children’s Cup’ for younger fighters and is free to attend. For more information visit