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The Outlet Village, Dubai’s indoor shopping and leisure destination by Meraas, will entertain visitors this festive season with a spectacular family-friendly line-up of activities.

From 13 to 29 December, The Outlet Village will transform into a magical wonderland with larger-than-life decorations, including reindeer, teddy bears, gift boxes and enchanting ornaments. The picturesque Tuscan-inspired architecture, illuminated with holiday lights and heart-warming décor will create the ideal holiday ambience.

Spreading festive cheer this season, bands of merry elves and other beloved characters will roam the destination, juggling and zipping around on unicycles.

Kids can stop by the Elf Gift Factory to send letters to Santa Claus and will have a chance to participate in the exciting weekly prizes. Even better, they can express their wishes to the man himself during one of the meet-and-greets that will take place during the festive celebrations. They can also create their own gifts and help the elves wrap and decorate them, or get their faces painted in festive colours.

In addition, a daily ‘Spend and Win’ promotion at participating retail outlets will offer visitors a chance to take home exclusive prizes during the festivities. With every spend of AED200, shoppers can win the newly launched Meraas Gift Card, loaded with AED5,000, that unlocks the doors to a world of unmatched lifestyle experiences across Dubai.

Located in Jebel Ali, in close proximity to Al Maktoum International Airport and with easy access from Dubai and Abu Dhabi, The Outlet Village is also the perfect place for discounted holiday gift shopping. Shoppers can benefit from great bargains at a wide range of brands, including Adidas, Aigner, Al Jaber Optical, Armani Outlet, Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Diesel, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Tumi, Tommy Hilfiger, and more.

Event:                                     Festive season celebrations at The Outlet Village

Brief:                                      The Outlet Village invites Dubai’s residents and visitors to celebrate the festive season with an exciting line-up of entertainment, including kids’ art and craft workshops at the Elf Gift Factory, face painting, Santa Claus meet-and-greet, roaming performances, and a daily ‘Spend and Win’ promotion.

Date:                                       13 to 29 December 2018

Location:                                The Outlet Village, Dubai

Time:                                      10am to 12 midnight for shops

10am to 1am for F&B outlets

Date Activity Time
Every Wednesday to Saturday from 13 to 29 December 2018 Santa Clause Meet-and-Greet From 2pm to 8pm
Every Wednesday to Saturday from 13 to 29 December 2018 Face painting From 2pm to 8pm
Every Wednesday to Saturday from 13 to 29 December 2018 Roaming Entertainment From 2pm to 8pm
From 13 to 29 December 2018 Elf Gift Factory From 2pm to 8pm

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Bringing a unique combination of Belgian chocolate and Danish liquorice,Lakrids by Johan Bülow has unveiled its first flagship boutique at The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall in the UAE. Aiming to introduce the region to the succulent world of liquorice, this luxury hand-crafted liquorice brand uses only premium raw materials with no additives and is completely gluten-free.

While the brand already enjoys several pop-up spaces across Dubai and over 25 shops across Europe, this is the first stand-alone Lakrids boutique outside of Europe, whose interiors have been specifically designed to cater to the international audience. Located in the Fashion Avenue at the lower ground level, the interiors showcase the story of Founder, Johan Bulow and his deep-rooted passion for liquorice.

The cosy and inviting walls are built from natural stones found in Palermo, Italy to make the guests feel at home, and combined with the warm and dim lighting lend the space a very welcoming and elegant touch.

The highlight of this boutique remains the liquorice library (which also happens to be the world’s largest liquorice library) where you can learn more about the story behind the brand and its various flavours, while experiencing a taste of its delectableness.  This storytelling station will also educate patrons on how the liquorice roots are harvested and the origin of the cocoa bean, as well as the production and maintenance process behind each of the delicious flavours to how they are paired and coated with a complimentary chocolate taste.

There is also a private lounge section for customers to sit back and discover the world of Lakrids and see the different gifting options available for special occasions, as well as a very instagrammable corner with a Heart made out of Lakrids very own jars.

With a mission to make the world fall in love with liquorice, this one-of-a-kind boutique has all the mouth-watering flavours one can’t resist some of which include Salty Caramel, Rose, Mint Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Chocolate, Blueberry Chocolate, Dark and Sea Salt, Passion Fruit, and Coffee.

This confectionary brand has also unveiled an exclusive UAE collection for the region, which adheres to the metallic tones inspired by Dubai’s architecture and the iconic Burj Khalifa colours at sunset including Silver, Bronze, a fiery Gold and a beautiful Rose.

Lakrids promises to make their unique and varied flavours of chocolate covered liquorice the latest acquired taste across the region.

Location: The Dubai Mall, Lower Ground

www.lakridsbyBülow.com

@Lakrids_uae @lakridsbybulow

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Snakes and Ladders at City Centre Fujairah

City Centre Fujairah has brought back its popular larger-than-life Snakes and Ladders boardgame for visitors to have an engaging time with friends and family during the winter break. A massive snakes and Ladders boardgame with vibrant gridded squares, colourful snakes and ladders will be spread out near the food court.

To participate, all visitors need to do is shop for AED 200 and redeem their receipts for player tokens. Players will then be invited to roll the big dice and make their way up the grid trying to avoid squares with snakes to win instant prizes. From December 1-30 Fore more info, visit https://www.citycentrefujairah.com/

Art Lab at Matajer Al Juraina

Matajer Al Juraina is hosting free creative workshops for families and millennials. From piano and drum playing sessions to a diverse range of visual artforms, including glass painting, pointillism and calligraphy, kids and adults can unleash their inner artist at the exclusive Art Lab set up at the mall. Art Lab will open from 4pm to 11pm daily until December 15 For more info, visitwww.instagram.com/matajersharjah

Fun Factory at City Centre Ajman

City Centre Ajman is inviting visitors to the vibrant indoor entertainment pop up ‘Fun Factory’ that will offer unlimited fun for kids and millennials! Video games have been set up for teenager, while younger children can plop on beanbags to enjoy the cartoons and animated movies. For little artists, City Centre Ajman has organised special arts and crafts workshops. Millennials can ditch their phones for a few hours to spend time with friends and family playing air hockey, foosball and billiards.

Until December 31 For more info, visit http://www.citycentreajman.com/

Free robotics workshop at City Centre Me’aisem

City Centre Me’aisem are hosting free robotics workshops for kids of all ages as part of ‘The Backyard’, the mall’s leisure and F&B pop-up.

Children with have continuous fun as they learn how to design and assemble a robot of their choice using toy bricks and small machines. The workshop aims to provide children and youngsters with the right skills to expedite their learning, express their creativity and help them explore their science potential.

Last chance on Saturday, December 15, 12 PM to 8 PM https://www.citycentremeaisem.com/

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Al Ghurair Centre, the GCC’s first shopping center, join hands with Nike Middle East, the global sportswear giant, to further promote the brand’s much talked about ‘We Play DXB’ campaign that has set in motion a number of city-wide events and installations honoring the city and its love for sports.

As part of this popular campaign by Nike, Al Ghurair Centre is one of the iconic landmarks in Dubai featuring graffiti murals by well-known artists that depict the diverse and eclectic mix of the city’s youth and aspiring local athletes.

Located at the Dining District, the massive mural will be part of Nike’s global graffiti collection that aims to build a creative & diverse space and make a positive impact in communities where we live and work.

The mural is upon display for art enthusiast and guests to view.

For more information, visit http://www.alghuraircentre.com/en/

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As the festive season nears, Dubai Festival City Mall has a surprise for families and shoppers. On Thursday, 6th December, Santa Claus and his elves will arrive at Dubai Festival City Mall from the North Pole, and they are bringing with them Dubai’s most magical Festive Market! Taking place at Festival Bay, this is a one-of-a-kind Festive Market, and a must-see event this holiday season.

Starting from Thursday, 6th December and running until Tuesday, 25th December, Festival Bay will be completely transformed for the festivities. Dubai Festival City Mall invites you to join the opening evening festivities on Thursday, 6th December, when Santa and his elves arrive at 6:00 pm at the Dubai Festival City Mall helipad. A larger-than-life Christmas tree, visible all the way from Business Bay Bridge, will be lit up at the official tree lighting ceremony, followed by holiday carolling, festive-themed IMAGINE shows, and most exciting of all – the very first snowfall at Festival Bay!

The Festive Market also features daily meet and greets with Santa from 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm on weekdays and 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm on weekends, daily hourly snowfall alongside the special festive IMAGINE show starting after sunset, delicious food, activities for kids, carnival rides and more.

The Dubai Festival City Mall Festive Market opening event takes place on Thursday, 6th December from 5:30 pm onwards at Festival Bay. Entry is free and open to the public.

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Assouline, the first luxury brand on culture, renowned for collectible books on subjects ranging among fashion, design, art, travel, and epicurean arts, is excited to announce the opening of its second worldwide Maison Assouline in Dubai. Housed in the Fashion Avenue section of The Dubai Mall and neighboring boutiques like Dior, Chanel, and Fendi, Maison Assouline’s newest home is one of the world’s most impressive shopping destinations. This luxury culture concept store is designed to create new memories of experiences that go far beyond just books.

To walk through the doors of the newly opened Maison Assouline is to immerse yourself in a full sensory journey, from the intriguing and specially formulated aroma that transports you to a stylish library to the big screens showing classic footage curated by Martine Assouline and the carefully curated playlist. Beyond the glossy books that adorn the grand floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, the Maison promises to bring brands to life. Walking past the books, you begin to realize that the space resembles a retro yet contemporary concept store. Fully equipped with chic vintage rounded vitrines, each filled with one-of-a-kind items, Maison Assouline will be the go-to destination for sophisticated and unique gifts. Monthly pop-up stores will give guests the chance to purchase exclusive items that have been part of Assouline’s most successful titles. Peek closer into the glass and your eyes will be met with unique antique jewelry pieces, collectibles, and sentimental ornaments.

Glancing around this cabinet de curiosités, you will soon realize that each object is carefully placed to tell a story: the two long library tables from the 1900s, sourced from the well-known British Library; made-to-order items like the fabulous head sculptures that rise above the books; or antique divinités. Pieces like a vintage jewelry box from the film Sunset Boulevard or a display of early twentieth-century hand-spun Louis Vuitton and Goyard trunks showcase the best of old glamour and cleverly transport you back in time.

The nucleus of the Maison is the glamorous Swans Bar, a stylish eatery featuring a larger-than-life bar with grand gold mirrored beams, surrounded by perfectly poised stools. Guests will be offered a tasteful food and beverage menu inspired by some of Assouline’s most captivating titles. Diners will appreciate this attention to every detail and will savor the special presentation of their food and drink.

Nestled in the heart of the Maison is a lush private room, where clients are fully immersed in the world of Assouline and feel inspired to discuss private, custom-made books, their dream bookshelves, and realizing their home’s ultimate interiors.

Extending out to a beautiful terrace overlooking the famous Dubai Fountain, the leafy outdoor pergola feels like an elegant Mediterranean haven, housing tables ornamented with flickering candles that lend themselves to the pleasing ambience.

With a mission to create a unique cultural refuge, the international flagship, Maison Assouline on Piccadilly in London, was first introduced in 2014 and was meticulously kitted out to resemble the library of a grand private residence. The unique store features expertly curated bookshelves, as well as an elegant bar that transforms throughout the day to provide clients a wide range of luxury offerings.

Replicating the original concept in the United Arab Emirates, Maison Assouline Dubai will be an oasis for people seeking style, culture, and art de vivre. Prosper and Martine Assouline, the brand’s founders, explained, “We wanted to create a place that embodies the spirit of the brand, and, like our books, tells a story; we wanted to share a place that would be an extension of our private residence. It’s a magical getaway for clients to escape to, a place where knowledge is infinite and where their hunger for it can be beautifully satisfied. The intricate surroundings coupled with the attractive menu will inspire and ensure good moments. It’s intended to be a place where fond memories are born, relationships initiated, and bonds formed.”

Creating moments of inspiration, Maison Assouline looks forward to welcoming you.

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