Miral Takes Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island To New Heights With The Announcement Of Its New Project, CLYMB

Miral announced today the next new exciting attraction CLYMB to be developed on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Miral will bring the world’s widest flight chamber and tallest indoor climbing wall to the island in 2018, complementing Yas Island’s existing array of experiences, reinforcing its status as the region’s leading leisure and entertainment destination.

Visitors to the flight chamber will be able to mimic the experience of skydiving within an unmatched width of 9.75 metres (32 feet); making it the world’s widest.

CLYMB will also feature the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall at a height of 43 meters. The climbing walls offer a challenge to beginner, intermediate and expert climbers as they will have the chance to scale 4 walls of varying difficulty. The tallest expert-level wall will tower 43 meters above the ground.

Alongside the flight chamber and climbing wall, CLYMB will include retailers, food and beverage outlets, and a space to host parties. The attraction will also be linked to the nearby Yas Mall, connecting CLYMB with even more of Yas Island’s entertainment and leisure offerings.

On this occasion, Mohammed Abdullah Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral said: “CLYMB project is an important and distinctive addition to the unique portfolio of destinations developed by Miral on Yas Island. With the world’s widest flight chamber, and tallest indoor climbing wall coming to Abu Dhabi, we will offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy exceptional experiences that combine excitement and adventure together.”

“This announcement endorses our continuous commitment at Miral to develop and create leading destinations with the highest global standards on Yas Island that offer unique immersive and exciting experiences to everyone, as well as contribute to the development of the tourism sector in Abu Dhabi, and the UAE as a whole”, Al Zaabi added.

Zublin Construction L.L.C has been appointed by Miral as the main contractor to carry on the construction work which has already commenced on the site. As of beginning of this month, project development progress reached 35%, and the US $100 million project is expected to open its doors on Yas Island for visitors from across the world by 2018.

The announcement of this new project follows Miral’s recent reveal of the new Yas Island vision for the year 2022, aiming to make Yas Island one of the world’s top destinations for family fun attracting 48 million visits annually.  Yas Island also looks to host 100,000 corporate travellers, and is projected to have 4,000 hotel rooms catering to various guest requirements.

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The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi Debuts The Refreshed 55&5th The Grill Restaurant

This October, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi presents the highly anticipated debut of its refreshed 55 &5th The Grill restaurant offering an uplifting entertainment and an innovative dining experience, set in a seductive ambience.

Inspired by the address of the original St. Regis New York, the resort’s signature restaurant will be entering the “Big Band Era” with the arrival of the new South African resident band, The Jade Trio. Featuring the sensational vocalist, Jade McDonald along with Gerant Boje on bass and Andre Behnke on piano performing both classic and original Swing & Jazz swaying tunes.

“We’ve created a new and exciting dining concept for 55&5th The Grill, our flagship restaurant, in which the entertainment is as important as the culinary offerings. With our recently appointed resident band, Jade Trio Band and Chef de Cuisine, Chef Manuel Olveira, we look forward to creating an engaging dining experience for our guests and set a new standard for fine dining in the UAE’s capital,” said Marwan Fadel, Hotel Manager at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi’s elite gourmet connoisseurs can step back in time while savouring the new enticing menu offerings, created by Chef Manual Olveira. With a background of running Michelin Star restaurants globally, Chef Manuel brings his passion for food and unique cooking techniques to the UAE capital. The seasonal menu is inspired by modern European cuisine and created using locally sourced farm-fresh ingredients. Packed with flavours and plated in a simple and yet refined presentation, every dish is as exciting as the next.

Enhancing the culinary discovery, the resort’s Head Sommelier, Steve Fernandes compliments the menu with extensive grape infused offerings and pairing concepts.

The 55&5th The Grill is a popular evening address among The Saadiyat residence and Abu Dhabi’s fine diners and the new offerings and thematic promotions are sure to create more timeless memories.

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Anantara’s Falcons Now Back In Sir Bani Yas’ skies

As temperatures drop and humidity decreases, Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island guests again have the chance to enjoy the truly indigenous experience of falconry. Whilst they are introduced to the heritage of falconry and learn as well how falconers teach their falcons to be their loyal companions, guests can discover everything about this ancient tradition of the UAE with Anantara from mid-October until April 2017.

Falconry forms an integral part of desert life and has been practiced in the UAE for centuries. Originally, falcons were used for hunting to supplement the Bedouin diet with some meat. The Arab region was one of the first to practice falconry, when Al Harith bin Mu’awiya, an early King of Saudi Arabia started to train and hunt falcons several millennia before BC. Today, falconry is predominantly practiced as a popular sport in the region. While the beauty and the power of the falcon remains highly valued, the skill of the falconer is also of great esteem.

During Anantara’s falcon show, guests get to experience the majestic and skillful flight of a falcon up close. They can witness this amazing predator flying at a speed of almost 360 kilometres per hour, before tasting traditional Arabic coffee and island dates in company of family and friends. The beauty of the powerful birds spreading their wings and fly, complemented by the view of the island’s sunrise or sunset invites to create unique memories. As the show ceases, guests are invited to hold the falcons and take pictures with them. A morning or afternoon spent at Anantara’s falcon show is an exciting and truly unique family experience.

Anantara’s falcon show commences from mid-October and is available two times a day for all Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island guests. The show is priced at AED 250* for adults and AED 150* for children.

Sir Bani Yas Island offers a choice of three luxury Anantara resorts. For the month of October, rates start at AED 1200** for a one night stay at Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara for two persons including breakfast.


Life is a Journey. Book your next Anantara escape to Sir Bani Yas Island at anantara.com. To book the falcon show please call Anantara Activities at Sir Bani Yas Island on +971 02 801 5266 or email activitiesdirs@anantara.com.

Dubai Launches Largest Solar Project In Middle East

Dubai, on Wednesday, launched the largest project of the Shams Dubai initiative at a press conference held on the margins of the 18th Water, Energy, Technology and EnvironmentExhibition (WETEX).

The Shams Dubai initiative allows customers to install PV panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power, and connect the systems to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s grid. The electricity is used onsite and the surplus is exported to DEWA’s grid. An offset between exported and imported electricity units is conducted and the customer account is settled based on this difference.

Construction of the largest distributed solar rooftop project in the Middle East is underway after DP World commissioned the installation of 88,000 rooftop solar panels on its Dubai facilities in Jebel Ali Free Zone and Mina Rashid.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DP World, launched the project in the presence of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

“We are glad to announce the launch of the largest projects by our customers, as part of the Shams Dubai initiative, in co-operation with DP World. This will enhance our efforts towards achieving the Smart Dubai initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the happiest and smartest city in the world. We are determined to continue building and developing a greener economy, to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021. We will continue to strive to achieve the Dubai Plan 2021 to establish Dubai as a smart and sustainable city, whose environmental elements are clean, healthy, and sustainable,” Al Tayer said.

DEWA is keen on co-operating with all public and private sectors corporations, to promote Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, Al Tayer stated.

“This landmark initiative will have major environmental benefits, and we are pleased to contribute to Dubai’s Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 as well as the UAE vision 2021 for a sustainable environment. We aim to ensure that everything we do has a long-lasting positive impact on economies and society. By raising awareness of renewable energy, we are working towards a carbon neutral future for the UAE. This project demonstrates the scale of DP World’s ambition to be a world leader in sustainability and we look forward to sharing the learnings across our business and also with our stakeholders,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO.

Upon the completion of phase one in 2017, the project will provide enough clean power for 3,000 homes a year. It will result in 22,000 tonnes of carbon being saved annually, equivalent to taking 4,500 cars off the road. The solar panels will provide 40 percent of the total energy consumption of Jafza, one of the world’s largest free trade zones.

The DP World Solar Programme will contribute to energy diversification in the region as part of Dubai’s Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which seeks to reduce energy demand by 30 percent by 2030. It also supports the UAE vision 2021 for a sustainable environment, the national initiative for building a green economy launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The solar scheme is one of the largest initiatives to be implemented under the recently launched Shams Dubai programme by DEWA.

Phases two and three will follow phase one (which is planned to produce a total of 22 megawatts at peak), with further solar installations due in JAFZA and Mina Rashid. With 77 marine and inland terminals in over 40 countries, there is significant scope for DP World to implement the learning from this project across its operations.

Cyber Gear Emphasizes Importance of Guest Blogging For Higher SEO Rankings

Cyber Gear, the award winning internet company based in Dubai is now offering guest blogging services through a network of global content writers. At the same time Cyber Gear is also accepting publication of guest posts on most its major portals:







Sharad Agarwal, CEO of Cyber Gear stated, “The biggest challenge facing organisations is to be visible in an overcrowded internet. Online advertising is not as effective as online advertorials and testimonials from clients. Through our experience, guest blogging is an extremely cost-effective way to reach out to new people and build an online community interested in your specific domain. According to independent studies, guest posting on other sites is five times as valuable as creating new content on your own site. Besides the Google Algorithm, rewards third party mentions!”

There are three reasons why guest posting is such a key strategy for every blogger to build their online influence:

1. Guest posting builds relationships

Bloggers need good content. By being a good guest blogger and adding value to someone else’s blog, you’re going to build relationships with other bloggers. Bloggers make up a large percentage of conversations happening on the Internet, especially on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. They can be tremendously influential. By making friends with other bloggers through guest posting, you’re going to grow your influence in the realm of social media, which will ultimately lead to more blog subscribers.

2. Guest posting is great for search engines

The one non-negotiable you should have for guest-posting is this. The host blogger must include a link to your blog in the post somewhere (usually at the beginning or end). Over time, these backlinks will raise the value of your blog to search engines, making your content easier to find via Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other search portals.

3. Guest posting introduces you to new people

Perhaps, the best part of guest posting is that it allows you to enter an already established community, and share your message. It allows you to connect with new people, which can ultimately benefit you, if you do it right. If you’re adding value to the discussion, you’re going to see that convert over time to more readers, fans, and followers. Conversely, if all you’re ever doing is asking or selling, you may end up famous, but with a reputation you don’t want. Add value. Help people. Be patient. And over time, you’ll win.

About Cyber Gear

Since 1996, Cyber Gear has been a pre-eminent force in the e-business industry by developing award winning web and mobile projects. Positioned as an industry leader, Cyber Gear provides state-of-the-art internet solutions to a large number of multinational, government and private sector organisations.

Cyber Gear services include design of knowledge portals, intranets, e-CRM, e-business, CMS, e-commerce & mobile applications, Social Media, IoT and e-marketing. Cyber Gear has signed contracts with leading retail, educational, financial and healthcare sector organisations for implementing web based projects. These include Al Ghurair Centre, Sahara Centre, Mega Mall, British University in Dubai, GEMS Education, Emirates Development Bank, Gulf Capital, MENA PEA, PKF UAE, Canadian Specialist Hospital, Mediclinic and Aster Group.

For more information, contact:

Sharad Agarwal
Cyber Gear
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Masdar Institute Showcasing Sustainable Energy Innovations At WETEX 2016

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy, and sustainable technologies, is displaying key research projects in waste conversion, solar cells, and thermal energy storage and systems at the Water, Energy Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) 2016 in Dubai.

The 18th edition of WETEX is to be held from 4-6 October at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance, and President of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

Masdar Institute is showcasing key research projects and presenting two seminars as part of the conference’s Innovation Platform. The projects will include a novel biodiesel reactor that converts waste cooking oil into high-grade biodiesel at a much lower cost than conventional reactors, an innovative multi-junction solar cell that leverages a unique “step-cell” design to harness more sunlight, which in turn, can produce more energy, and a novel thermal energy storage system developed by researchers at Masdar Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to absorb and store thermal energy using molten salt in a single tank system.

Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Interim Provost, Masdar Institute, said: “Sustainable solutions have become essential in today’s world as the global community seeks to overcome climate change. Our participation in WETEX 2016 will not only highlight our research outcomes but will also offer an opportunity for industry stakeholders to learn about the collaborative R&D expertise we offer to local industries. We believe the resulting knowledge exchange will benefit those in the UAE’s strategic sectors exploring sustainable solutions.”

Dr. Ammar Nayfeh, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is presenting present a seminar on ‘Ultimate Multi-Junction Solar Step-Cell,’ while Dr. Isam Janajreh, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, will be speaking on ‘Waste Cooking Oil to Biodiesel in Al-Raha Community: Social, Technical &  Economics’. Dr. Nicolas Calvet, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Chair of the Masdar Institute Solar Platform, and his team are showcasing two projects at the Innovation Hall. Master’s student Mohammed Hussain and Post-Doctoral researcher Dr. Sabina Abdul Hadi will be present with Dr. Ammar and Dr. Janajreh, respectively.

As a sustainability and research-oriented institution, Masdar Institute continues to pioneer research of relevance to the UAE and the region. As of September 2016 the research-based institution has filed 73 patent applications and been issued 14 patents from the outcomes of its research projects.

In line with the UAE’s focus on developing strategically important sectors, Masdar Institute drives its research in strategic areas including clean energy production, sustainable energy and water desalination, climate and the environment, microelectronics and advanced materials.

WETEX brings together solutions providers, investors, decision makers in government departments, consumers, and business partners from private and public sectors, providing a platform to discuss and review all topics relevant to sustainability, environment and natural resources preservation.

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Global Superstar Lionel Richie Announced As Saturday Yasalam After-Race Artist At The 2016 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Following months of speculation, Yas Marina Circuit and FLASH Entertainment today jointly revealed that global music icon Lionel Richie will get the crowds singing as part of his ALL THE HITS WORLD TOUR at the Yasalam Saturday night After-Race Concert, at the du Arena, Yas Island, during the 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX.

The announcement was made via an exclusive video message from the artist, alongside the Chief Executive Officers from FLASH Entertainment & Yas Marina Circuit at a live media launch event held at Yas Mall.

Global superstar Lionel Richie (#LionelRichieAtF1 ) will take to the du Arena stage on Saturday 26th November performing hits from his extensive and much loved repertoire, spanning decades all the way from the Commodores to the present day. With a celebrated career including over 100 million albums worldwide and countless awards, including four GRAMMYs, a Golden Globe and an Oscar, Lionel’s shows are renowned for their party atmosphere and singalong moments. Lionel has recently wowed crowds at Bonnaroo, Life Is Beautiful as well as Glastonbury in 2015 where he drew a record breaking crowd.

Lionel Richie joins a fantastic line up for the 8thedition of Yasalam. Friday 25thNovember will see the legendary duo The Chemical Brothers (#ChemBrosAtF1) kicking off the weekend in style. Wrapping up the weekend festivities with an unmatched bang is global superstar Rihanna (#RihannaAtF1), who will play the only Middle East date on her ˜ANTI WORLD TOUR on Sunday 27th November.

The announcement of today’s Saturday night artist completes another really strong line-up for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.  With something for everyone, it underlines our effort to always improve and build so our Grand Prix stays one of the best in the F1® calendar.  Of course, it remains a huge event for the region and we look forward to another sell-out and exciting F1® weekend.” said Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit.

UAE residents and international travellers are being urged to buy their race tickets or risk missing out on the spectacular Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, as many popular ticket categories are already sold out. Other categories are selling fast.

Yasalam is the largest entertainment festival in the region and has built a legacy for Abu Dhabi and the community. Its diverse program of music, sports and community activities across the capital makes it a draw for residents and visitors alike, said John Lickrish, CEO, FLASH Entertainment. With the legendary music talent Lionel Richie completing the exceptional three-day line up, we know the Yasalam weekend will be on the top of everyone’s calendar and we can’t wait to announce the Beats on the Beach acts.

Yasalam (#Yasalam2016) forms a programme that unites Abu Dhabi in excitement and celebration and is the largest entertainment festival run by any race host city in the world. The festival includes weeks of activations and to date has created incredible memories for over 2.5 million people. Even more festivities are yet to be revealed, including the highly-anticipated Beats on the Beach line up – the largest free concert experience in Abu Dhabbi. For more info, visit: https://youtu.be/eD2PcHNVX1g

Further enhancing the value of this yea’;s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and with an aim to showcase the range of entertainment and attractions available across Yas Island, all ticket holders will have free access to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi. Available for the first time, and valid across the race weekend, Formula 1® ticket holders will this year be able to access the two world-class theme parks on each corresponding day of their F1® ticket.

Staying on the pulse of entertainment throughout the year, all race ticket holders will also receive 2 Friends Friday invitations (first 15,000 UAE based race ticket holders), and selected After-Race Concert Golden Circle upgrades. Ticket holders also benefit from a 20% discount* on selected FLASH events until February 2017.  *discount applies to selected ticket categories.

Tickets for the 2016 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX are available at Virgin Megastore’s 12 outlets throughout the Middle East as well as in all Etihad Shops, online at www.yasmarinacircuit.com and through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre (800 927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800.

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You can also download YasHUB app from the Apple and Android stores

Crepe Delicious Opens In Abu Dhabi

Canada’s largest and fastest growing mall-based creperie now open in Dalma Mall

Crepe Delicious, Canada’s largest and fastest growing mall-based creperie, is pleased to announce the opening of its first location in the UAE. Located in Dalma Mall, one of the largest shopping centers in Abu Dhabi, Crepe Delicious offers an impressive menu.

The menu boasts a wide range of signature sweet and savoury crepes including the popular ‘Brownie Bites’ crepe that is made of freshly baked brownie pieces, topped with three different types of the finest Belgian chocolate and served with fresh strawberries on the side. The ‘Lotus Crepe’ made with Lotus spread, crunched Lotus biscuits and chocolate is also very popular. The ‘Cordon Bleu’savory crepe is made of smoked turkey, diced chicken breast, rocca leaves, tomato and mozzarella cheese.

Other healthy dining options include fresh salads, sandwiches and even pastas that are showcased along with a selection of fresh juices, mojitos, ice-cold beverages and hot beverages. A wide selection of handcrafted gelato flavors are also available.

According to Mr. Nasser Al Darmaki, Chief Executive Officer, Challenge Investment LLC; the Master Franchisee for Crepe Delicious UAE, ‘We are absolutely delighted to introduce Crepe Delicious to the UAE. It is a great concept that specializes in the creation of world-class sweet and savoury crepes. The company is a leader in the trend towards healthier eating and this is what consumers are looking for today.’

Crepe Delicious uses only the finest and freshest ingredients to fill its signature, fresh to order crepes. The crepe itself has only 130 calories and 3.5 grams of fat; and it can be filled with endless possibilities of nutritious choices including fruits and vegetables, the finest dressings and sauces, and premium lean meats.

Elik Farin, Crepe Delicious Vice President of Business Development and Franchising. ‘We feel Crepe Delicious’ value proposition will resonate well with guests across the UAE. As an upscale lifestyle alternative to conventional fast food, our concept combines the traditional sit down service with the grab-and-go enjoyment; in addition, we will offer regional menu items to cater to local tastes’.

Craving a Crepe? Visit Crepe Delicious Dalma Mall, Abu Dhabi and enjoy a fresh one off the warm griddle! ‘What’s in your Crepe?’™