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Hi Dubai TV Series went live on Dubai One Channel from 30th November to 2nd December 2018.
After the great success of the series on air, you can follow the inspirational and motivational stories of the 24 protagonists, 12 Emirati and 12 Expat women, and their love for the UAE, on line on www.dubaipost.ae and www.emirates247.com.
The Italian Producer of the series, Benedetta Paravia, addressed “Hi Dubai” to a cosmopolitan audience and dedicated it to people who are up to date with their surroundings, with a medium-high educational level, interested in a better and promising future so that they could move to Dubai after watching the series, as women are a pillar of empowerment and enrichment for the whole community.
The first episode is dedicated to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the Spirit of the Union, while the 6 other episodes are dedicated to Youth, Tolerance, Happiness, Culture, Sport and Future.
In each episode 4 women share their inspirational and motivational stories.
All personalities share how the UAE and the city of Dubai empowered them, through their experiences, culture, traditions, professions and lifestyles.
The 12 Emirati women who are protagonists are Aisha Saeed Harib, Suaad Mohammed al-Hammadi, Shamsaa al-Shamsi, Khadija Mustafa al-Yousuf, Suhaila Mubarak al-wali, Khulood Mahmood al-Rais, Amina al-Memari, Sara Khalifa al-Mubarak, Maryam Bartawi, the two sisters Sharifa and Samia Naser Yateem and the young Shahed Ahmad Kharam.
The other 12 expats are: Tenzin Choeyang, Celeste Lo Turco, Shanthi Thangaraj, Sana Sajan, Tala Badri, Al Anoud Ghazzawi, Diana Ganeva, Simona Briggiotta aka Samira Cooper, Dareen Barbar, Esmeralda Anton Lopez, Priyal Bhartia and the Godmother of the series is the Egyptian renowned actress Safia El Emari.
All the 24 women has participated in the production as volunteers, sharing their gratitude and love for the UAE and they end their interviews with the right hand making the salute gesture of WIN, VICTORY, LOVE which was created by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The gesture inspires Ethic, Success and Love for the Nation.
The beautiful logos of the series have been created by Alia al-Ansari, Zayed University Alumni from the College of Art and Creative Enterprises.
For HiRes pictures of the protagonists and the backstage by Dubai Events Blog, Please visit the official website: www.hidubai.ae
Official hashtags: #HiDubai #womenofDubai #weloveShaikhMohammed #winvictorylove
Watch it out all the episodes: each day, one lady story
UAE National Day 2018 Celebration: 47th Anniversary Spirit of the Union
The United Arab Emirates celebrates 47 glorious years as a Nation on this day. The seven Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain joined together to become one of the world’s fastest growing and most successful countries.
The entire city comes alive with the spirit of the union as Dubai fires up the grand celebration of the UAE National Day on 2 December.
The sky sparkles with magnificent fireworks and light displays, parades brighten up the streets and festive decorations adorn the city. Special concerts, cultural festivals, delectable traditional cuisines, attractive shopping deals and exclusive staycation packages add to the festivities as residents get together to celebrate the union of the seven emirates and formation of the beautiful country.
Join the celebration on UAE National Day 2018 to experience the festive spirit and hospitality of Emirati culture.
This year’s National Day will see the entire horizon over the Arabian Gulf illuminate in a scintillating display of fireworks. Witness a visual symphony of fire, lights and colours take over the sky from The Beach in Jumeirah Beach Residents all the way to Al Seef.
Make an evening of the celebrations and catch the show over dinner at one of The Beach, La Mer or Al Seef’s many dining destinations. Each of the locations is home to exciting attractions perfect for all ages and interests, from movie theatres to sports activities.
Fireworks will set off at The Beach at 8pm, followed by Al Seef at 8:30pm and finally at La Mer at 9pm. Bring out the whole family to enjoy the celebrations or attend one of the many cultural events taking over the city during a the National Day weekend.
Concert @ Burj Park
Bring the whole family to Burj Park for live concerts by celebrated regional artists, as it lights up for two days to commemorate the UAE National Day. Framed by the iconic Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, Burj Park is one of the most scenic and appropriate destinations to celebrate the national holiday.
Join Waleed Al Shami on 1 December, as he serenades crowds at the open-air venue with his repertoire of self-composed tracks that made him an Arabic icon. Waleed Al Shami will be followed by local jewel Ahlam. A star in the Arab world, Ahlam has left a noticeable mark in the music industry with ten albums and a four-season stint as a judge on MBC’s Arab Idol.
The following day, pop icon Balqees will take the stage alongside Hussain Al Jasmi to ring in the national day celebrations. Daughter of well-known musician Ahmed Fathi, Balqees grew from a young musical prodigy into a global phenomenon with three albums to her name. Award-winning singer Al Jasmi will follow up with a playlist of his hit national songs, such as his debut single ‘Bawada’ak’.
IMAGE Show @ Dubai Festival City
The spectacular IMAGINE Show at Dubai Festival City Mall is gearing up to celebrate 47 years of the UAE with a state-of-the-art show reflecting the colours, spirit and heritage of the nation. Visit the attraction to witness the newest choreography of laser, water and lights alongside a scintillating fireworks display over the Dubai Festival City sky at 8pm and 10pm on 2 December.
Watch the spectacular show designed by talented audiovisual artists from one of the many restaurants located around the waterfront at Dubai Festival City Mall. Several of the mall’s leading retail stores will also host incredible sales, so be sure to shop, dine and shine this 2 December.
Hamad al Amri @ Global Village
Hamad Al Amri fans, this National Day brings a special treat for you. The independent Emirati singer is taking over the main stage at Global Village, the region’s largest multicultural festival, for a concert to honour 47 years of the union.
Hamad Al Amri is a seasoned national day performer, having wowed and excited local crowds during past anniversaries. Well known and well loved in the region, the artist has commanded the stage at festivals in Oman and Muscat and is returning to the UAE right in time for the release of his fourth studio album.
Don’t miss out on his spectacular performance while enjoying Global Village’s expansive spread of entertainment, from diverse shopping and live shows to delicious food from foreign countries. Attend the concert as part of your AED15 entrance ticket to the park.
VOD Dubai International Jewellery Show from November 14 to 17, 2018
VOD DUBAI INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY SHOW 2018 & NEW UAE INITIATIVES REAFFIRM DUBAI AS PIVOTAL LINK IN GLOBAL JEWELLERY MARKET CHAIN
The VOD Dubai International Jewellery Show (VOD DIJS), the MENA’s only B2B and B2C jewellery industry mega event, returns for its second instalment on November 14 to 17 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). With strengthened show features and strategic partnerships alongside newly announced UAE initiatives aimed at positioning the country as an incubator for innovators and a hub for investors, this year’s VOD DIJS is set to further enhance the emirate’s standing as a pivotal link in the global jewellery market chain.
UAE Initiatives Bolster Trade
Recently announced UAE initiatives – such as the new VAT reverse charge mechanism for the jewellery B2B trade, the introduction of long-term investment visas, and 100% company ownership for international investors – are making VOD DIJS even more enticing for international jewellery producers interested in taking advantage of Dubai’s trading location.
At the wholesale level, a reverse VAT charge was announced last month with immediate effect for gold, diamonds, jewellery and precious metals, effectively nullifying the VAT cash outlay, meaning no payment or collection of VAT is required for B2B operators. This is likely to add a renewed vitality to the industry as investment is stimulated and customers benefit from more competitive prices.
The UAE government also confirmed that 10-year investor visas will become available by year end, while global investors will also be able to retain 100% ownership of their companies in the country – a move well-received by business owners and industry experts in the region, as it will enable the UAE to remain at the forefront of the trade and continue to act as an incubator for innovators and a hub for investors.
More than a gateway, Dubai is traditionally one of the foremost importers and exporters of jewellery worldwide. These new moves along with VOD DIJS are likely to boost its standing even further, as the emirate attracts more investment and drives increased trade across the jewellery industry.
What is VOD?
VOD DIJS is a combined effort organised by DV Global Link, a joint-venture company between Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) and Italian Exhibition Group (IEG). Its trade-meets-consumer vision, strategic location, comprehensive pre-event road show, hosted buyers program, expansive trade opportunities and boutique customer experience provide a definitive platform to satisfy the dynamic demands of its stakeholders from international trade organisations to wholesalers, manufacturers, traders, retailers and end consumers.
The show promotes all aspects of the global jewellery industry including craftsmanship, production, distribution, precious materials, trends and more. It’s divided into four distinctive districts – Global Brands, Fine Jewellery, Gemstones & Diamonds, and Packaging & Technology – as well as a Trade Area dedicated to exhibitors that are primarily interested in the B2B markets.
Tools such as the pre-promotional road show and hosted buyers program have been designed to give maximum support for the event exhibitors. The road show, the largest of its kind for any Middle Eastern jewellery event, is designed to raise buyers’ awareness and drive exhibitor participation in Dubai’s only B2B and B2C jewellery fair. It will target selected buyers, international brands, boutiques, wholesalers and retailers across the GCC, as well as the greater Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. On the other hand, the hosted buyers program pairs top-brand local and international retailers and department stores with wholesalers and event exhibitors to ensure access to unique collections, a competitive advantage, and the chance to build new relationships in the industry.
With more than 500 local, regional and international exhibitors launching brand new product lines, collections and jewellery, and over 200,000 square feet of exhibition space, VOD DIJS delivers a unique approach and innovative format and layout, culminating in an enhanced visitor experience.
Strategic Partnerships Sealed
The second VOD DIJS will also continue to increase the emirate’s jewellery trading potential this year via several ongoing strategic partnerships with local and international trade organisations starting with Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group (DGJG) and India’s Gem Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), with more to be announced in the coming months.
DGJG is the largest trade body for Dubai’s jewellery industry representing all sectors of the trade including bullion, gold and diamond jewellery manufacturing, wholesale and retail of jewellery, precious metals, diamond and pearl. The group was formed under the directives and the guidance of Dubai Department of Economic Development and is committed to developing and sustaining Dubai’s status as the ‘City of Gold’ and ‘The Jewellery Destination of the World’.
GJEPC was set up by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India (GoI) in 1966. It was one of several Export Promotion Councils (EPCs) launched by the Indian Government to boost the country’s export thrust. Representing almost 6,000 exporters in the sector, GJEPC has emerged as one of the most active EPCs striving to expand its reach and depth in its promotional activities as well as widen quality services to its members.
The upcoming shows on the International Jewellery Calendar are VOD Dubai International Jewellery Show from November 14 to 17, 2018 and VICENZAORO from January 18 to 23, 2019.
VOD DIJS is open from 2pm to 10pm on November 14, 15 and 17, 2018 and from 3pm to 10pm on Friday, November 16. Entry is free. For more information please visit www.jewelleryshow.com.
World Pasta Day @ Auditorium DKP on 25th October 2018
PASTA CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF GLOBAL POPULARITY ON WORLD PASTA DAY 2018
On Thursday, Oct. 25, World Pasta Day will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Since its inception, pasta’s popularity has grown globally, and continues to win over new fans daily.
The city of Dubai will host World Pasta Day 2018. The choice of Dubai is a tribute to the contribution that Arab culturehas made to the invention of the most famous pasta format. In the 9th-century the Arabs brought to Sicily the Ittriyya, thin strands of dried pasta, later perfected by the Italian “Vermicellari,” that would become modern-day spaghetti. Pasta is extremely popular in Dubai, a global city where 88 percent of its residents are of foreign origin. Dubai, home to EXPO 2020, is a gateway to the Middle Eastern and Asian markets.
This year, World Pasta Day, organized by the International Pasta Organization (IPO), Italian Association of Confectionary and Pasta Industries (AIDEPI), and Italian Trade Agency (ITA), will focus on the healthful, sustainable and great-tasting aspects of pasta, as well as its growing and enduring popularity around the world. It will feature information and thought sharing from renowned pasta makers, industry members, scientists, media and other opinion leaders, as well as in-depth research analysis related to the healthful and nutritional aspects of pasta and its place as part of the gold-standard Mediterranean Diet.
“Pasta is an extraordinary product that brings joy and conviviality to the table of millions of people all over the world every day,” said Paolo Barilla, IPO President. “We, pasta producers, like to see how chefs continue to reinterpret it, how culinary experts describe it, and how nutritionists recommend it for a healthy, balanced diet.”
According to IPO, worldwide pasta production has increased 63 percent since 1998, growing from 9.1 million tons to almost 15 million tons in that time. Today, it is reported that pasta is produced in more than 40 countries around the world, and there is a pasta for everyone to enjoy — whole grain, organic, gluten-free, specialties, and, of course, traditional.
Today, countries that consume the most pasta are Italy (23.5 kilograms per capita), followed by Tunisia (17 kilograms), Venezuela (12 kilograms), Greece (11 kilograms), Chile (9.4 kilograms) and the United States (8.8 kilograms).
Raffaello Ragaglini, General Secretary, IPO, said, “Pasta is a universal food, rich in history and culture, and more than ever before a symbol of healthy eating, whose consumption is constantly developing, thanks to its internationally recognized nutritional values. World Pasta Day will be an opportunity to present pasta as the perfect food it is, a true food of the future that combines taste and conviviality with well-being and sustainability.”
Health & Inclusiveness
Pasta’s healthfulness and ability to adapt to diverse cultures will be showcased at the event.
Pasta is a nutritious complex carbohydrate that, when combined with vegetables and legumes and other healthy pairings, is one of the easiest and healthiest of mealtime choices. Ongoing studies on the health benefits of pasta in conjunction with many international universities continue to assess the impact of pasta consumption on weight, glycemic response and risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Locally, Dubai is actively educating school age students with its “Food & Nutrition in Schools in Dubai” initiative by the Dubai Municipality. The program is designed to curb obesity and help build a healthier generation. Guidelines ensure children have access to nutritious, safe and wholesome food during their school time. Pasta is among the recommended foods.
A Pasta Cooking Show that showcases the inclusiveness of pasta will take place at the International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA) Dubai, featured amongst the Top 10 Culinary Institutes in the World. Syrian Chef Mohammad Orfali, Italian Chef Luca Marchini, Argentinian Chef Victoria Andrade, and an international team of student chefs will present signature pasta dishes inspired by delicious and diverse recipes from different countries such as Lebanon, Egypt, India, South Africa, the UAE, and the United States.
Power of Pasta: 2 Million Pasta Plates to Fight Hunger
According to a UN report, for the third year in a row, there has been a rise in world hunger. The number of undernourished people has increased, returning to levels from almost a decade ago, and putting the Zero Hunger Development Goal at risk by 2030. More than 820 million people suffer hunger and more than 150 million children have delays in growth because of it. This is why pasta makers from all over the world have committed themselves to the second “Power of Pasta,” a global charity initiative donating about 2 million pasta plates to local organizations involved in the fight against hunger.
Join the Celebration!
In addition to the World Pasta Day festivities in Dubai, there will also be a “Pasta Challenge” held on social networks everywhere. Food lovers, chefs, journalists and bloggers are all being encouraged to share their most inspired and popular pasta recipes, adding a “local” touch, with the hashtag #WorldPastaDay. Everyone is invited to attend this “Spaghetti Social.” To participate on Facebook, access the page here.