Monthly Archives: October 2017

Yas Racing Series Returns To Open An Exhilirating New Season Of Non-Stop Motorsport Action At The Meeting Place Of Champions

The wait is finally over as local motorsport returns to the home of the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX for the highly anticipated Yas Racing Series first round.

Making its return to Yas Marina Circuit for a fourth consecutive season will be the TRD 86 Cup. The Circuit’s single-make championship, features a mix of professional and amateur drivers competing head to head for a place on the podium across two separate categories – Gold and Silver – in the first of six competitive rounds that will see the TRD 86 Cup winner crowned in March next year.

Fighting to put points on the leader board early will be 2016-17 champion Karim Al Azhari. The 2017-18 season will also see the return of some familiar faces fighting for the top spot as well as the addition of some new drivers wanting to make their mark.


Apple Pay Arrives In UAE

The much awaited Apple Pay made its debut today in UAE. Six local banks – Emirates NBD, Mashreq, RAKBank, Emirates Islamic, HSBC and Standard Chartered are the first to offer Apple Pay in UAE, supported by Visa and MasterCard.

Recent research reveals that card spending has increased substantially in the last couple of years and UAE is heading towards a digital economy with cashless environment. Interestingly, the UAE is now among only 20 countries worldwide that now enjoy this payment facility.

How Does It Work?

Using Apple Pay is as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Add your credit cards information to your iPhone’s Wallet app from the ‘Settings’ tab and following the prompts. You can even upload cards by using your phone’s camera to read the card details.
  2. Hold your device near a contactless card reader at where you’re making a purchase and use Touch ID to complete it. You can also do this action with your Apple Watch and even if you leave your iPhone far away, you can still use the Watch for Apple Pay.
  3. The Touch ID step is also available on iPads and Macs that support it. For in-app purchases, a user just needs to tap the ‘Buy with Apple Pay’ button.

In the soon to be launched, iPhone X. Face ID will be used to authenticate an Apple Pay purchase.

Who Can Use It?

Users will have to update their devices to iOS 11 or later and select United Arab Emirates as their region as well as have an iCloud account.

Apple Products Supported

  • iPhone 6 or later in stores, apps, and websites in Safari
  • iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 and later for use on apps and websites
  • Apple Watch in stores and apps
  • Mac introduced in or after 2012 running macOS Sierra or later and Touch ID on Macbook Pro Touch Bar

How Secure Is It?

With Apple Pay, your card number isn’t exactly stored on the iPhone, on Apple servers or shared with merchants. Instead of the traditional method of storing details in devices, a unique device account number is assigned and encrypted, which is securely stored in a secure element on the device. Each transaction then, is authorised with a one-time dynamic security code.

You can view your last transactions in your Apple Wallet, and some allow you to see the last ten transactions. Each bank differs on what information will be displayed, so it’s best to check with your bank to see exactly how this works.

And even if you lose your iPhone, you don’t have to panic. By using ‘Find My iPhone’ or by going to, you can put a device in Lost Mode, which automatically suspends all the cards in Apple Pay.

What’s Coming?

Soon, you’ll even be able to send and receive money over iMessage. Move over banks!

Cyber Gear is now offering regional ecommerce web sites and mobile apps, the facility to integrate their shopping carts to accept payment through Apple Pay.


City Football Schools Training Sessions To Kick Off In Abu Dhabi Next Week

While Ross Bond is delighted with Manchester City FC’s fantastic start to the English Premier League season, he knows it takes hard work and dedication when it comes to being a great football player and coach, as he explains ahead of City Football Schools new term, which gets under way in Abu Dhabi next week.

With the team riding high in the English Premier League, Bond is preparing for a fresh influx of budding players all eager to emulate their heroes at the next City Football Schools term, which will take place from October 29 to December 14 at Emirates Palace, Zayed Sports City and New York University Abu Dhabi.



Announcement: Grand Slam Champions Novak Djokovic And Stan Wawrinka Complete The Mubadala World Tennis Championship 10th Edition Line-up

Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) has announced the final two players to take their places in the 6-star line-up for this year’s event. Twelve-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic (no.7) and three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka (no.9) have been confirmed to join current world number one, Rafael Nadal, Pablo Carreño Busta (no.11), Dominic Thiem (no.6) and Milos Raonic (no.12) in what is set to be a thrilling 10th edition tournament.

With an established reputation as one of the UAE’s unmissable sporting events, the world renowned tennis competition, running from 28-30 December, is set to ‘wow’ spectators with a strong 2017 line-up.

Stan Wawrinka


The Mall At World Trade Center Shines Brightly In Its Festival Of Lights (Diwali) Celebrations With Bollywood Star Neha Bhasin

Around 10,000 visitors celebrated The Festival of Lights (Diwali) this weekend in spectacular vibes at The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (WTCAD).

With Bollywood star Neha Bhasin making an appearance and performing some of the most favourite Bollywood songs and dances to her fans, The Mall made it a night to remember for everyone at this special night of Diwali.



NSO Symphony Orchestra To Present ‘A Night At The Symphony’ Opening Its Season Of Friday Night Galas

The NSO Symphony Orchestra is launching its new season of ‘Friday Night Galas’ with A Night at the Symphony, on Friday 17 November at the Emirates Palace Auditorium in Abu Dhabi.

NSO promises to continue to delight audiences with its ‘Friday Night Gala’ season, which is sponsored by TwoFour54 Media & Entertainment Hub as Presenting Sponsor, in addition to Platinum Sponsors Gulf Capital, Abu Dhabi Classic FM, and Emirates Palace Hotel.

As NSO’s season is launched, concertgoers will be able to experience the excitement of live and passionate performances with big savings! When purchasing a three-concert ticket package, in the same section, they will receive a group discount: Platinum AED1,100, Gold AED825, Silver AED600, Balcony AED425 – all available online now at: Ticketmaster.


WWE Signs First Female Talent From The Middle East To Developmental Contract

WWE has signed Shadia Bseiso from Jordan to a developmental contract, becoming the first Arab woman from the Middle East to have the opportunity to train to become a WWE Superstar.

Bseiso, a trained Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athlete and CrossFit enthusiast, attended WWE’s invitation-only talent tryout in Dubai earlier this year. The talent pool for the tryouts comprised 40 men and women from the Middle East and India with diverse backgrounds in sports and athletics, including power lifters, rugby and football players, amateur wrestlers, martial artists and fitness experts. Bseiso’s athletic abilities, confidence, and natural charisma earned her the opportunity to begin training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida this January.


Personification Art Exhibition at Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi

Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Art Hub launch “Personification” a Two-Man Show by Reem Al Subiy and Jake “Catah” Catahimikan.

The two artists from different countries collaborate to broach their image of peace in the exhibition titled “Personification” where Nature and animals embody the human desire for peace.

“The differences between creatures wouldn’t be an obstacle for them to live peacefully, if they are raised in peace. The soft tinges on the faces of the animals left no trace of wildness in their natural form even the known fiery wolf and leopard” said Reem Al Subiy from Saudi Arabia.



The exhibition will be launched on 17th October at 7pm and will run until end of October 2017; open to visitors and guests of the Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi daily from 9am to 10pm.