Well known for its luxury hotels, ultra-modern architecture, insane skyscrapers and towering skyline vibrant nightlife, Dubai is an extravagant metropolis that boasts grand scale luxury both outside and inside the buildings. For this reason interior design and fitout in Dubai and UAE is huge and important industry here. Not by chance INDEX (Interior Design Exhibition) is one of the most important exhibition in the Gulf.
September will see INDEX return for a second edition in 2018 – offering up a twist on our traditional show and an exploration of one of the most significant design journeys of all time.
During last edition we had chance to meet Sofya Shamuzova, CEO and Founder of Casa Shamuzzi, a Dubai-based company with manufacturing facilities in Asia. Thier core business is interiors, design, complete fit-out works and FF&E supplies for the hotels, serviced apartments and residential projects, but with a special focus on hotel projects.
We discussed about the industry in general; a recent report has found that the GCC’s interiors industry has surged in value by more than US$2.2bn in the last year alone, to $17.7bn. A region-wide study, conducted by market analysts Ventures, found that despite oil price fluctuations, the Gulf’s interiors industry has grown in value by more than US$2.2billion in the last 12 months alone.
With the current slowdown in the market and the fast-approaching dates for Expo 2020 and FIFA World Cup 2022, developers and consultants are bound to turn their attention towards providing high-quality refurbishments to their existing projects, in turn fuelling the demand for interiors and fit-out contractors. The value of projects in the construction and interiors pipeline is four times the value of projects completed in the past ten years.
Behind the brand Casa Shamuzzi there is a team of professional, creative and innovative designers and draftsmen lead by Roberto Serio from Italy, revered as of the world’s leading designers of our time. Having been in the industry since 2008, they are confident that to be able to provide customers with the best solutions with an unbeatable price/value ratio.
Some highlight key hotel projects led by Casa Shamuzzi
A. Manufacturing to Installation
1. Le Meridien Airport
2. Auris Inn Al Muhanna Hotel
3. Premier Inn – Ibn Battuta
B. Design to Installation
1. Taj Grandeur
2. Royal View Hotel – RAK
3. Signature Hotel
The UAE has started a while ago to focus on the development of new technologies which have allowed it to diversify its economy. During the past decades, the country has seen an extraordinary development and has become one of the most advanced places in the world. Research and innovation has been pushed by the central authorities and now Dubai and Abu Dhabi have a wide range of digital services which have eased the life of the population.
Regarding specifically Dubai, the local government encourages the development of SMEs operating in the innovation industry and at the beginning of the current year it has even issued its own cryptocurrency EmCash as a payment method.
A cryptocurrency company in Dubai can be a successful business and can be settled in a Free Zone.
According to the law, companies are allowed to accept digital payments which opens the door to the cryptocurrency business. A crypto currency is a digital trading currency which uses cryptography to make guarantee the safety of transactions and to generate money. It is not managed by a centralised body and its safety is guaranteed by the blockchain technology. The use of digital currencies which was previously banned, was approved by the Dubai government at the beginning of the year when the new Regulatory Framework for Stored Values and Electronic Payment Systems was enabled.
Foreign investors who want to start SMEs in the innovation field can open cryptocurrency companies in Dubai and are encouraged by the UAE Central Bank and by the Dubai Supreme Legislation Committee which promote the use of digitalcurrency.
To start-up a cryptocurrency business in Dubai is not difficult and there are no specific requirements related to the registration of a company in Dubai, as investors must only register one of the types of companies available and apply for one of the business licenses under which it can operate.
Ramadan to begin on Thursday May 17th! Ad will last up to June 15th 2018.
The Australian Muslim Council of Imams has declared that Ramadan will fall on Thursday May 17, 2018. In a circular issued on Tuesday, the council stated that “following extensive consultations with nationwide Islamic leaders and imams from the Australian National Imams Council Executive Committee and their representatives from all Australian states, the first night of the holy month of Ramadan and Taraweeh prayer – extra prayers performed by Sunni Muslims at night in the Islamic month of Ramadan – will be on Wednesday the 16th of May after Maghreb (sunset)”.
Saudi Arabia and other Muslim nations (Lebanon, Bahrain, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iraq and Jordan), joined this decision based on a moon-sighting methodology. That means Millions of Muslims around the world will begin the of dawn-to-dusk fasting on Thursday.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. The month of Ramadan is a happy occasion for Muslims; it is the Holy Month during which the Quran, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims are called by their religion to celebrate the Ramadan by coming together in worship, fasting each day for 30 days from dawn until sunset.
While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations. Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behavior that may negate the reward of fasting, such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc.) and fighting except in self-defense.
Pre-fast meals before dawn are referred to as Suhoor, while the post-fast breaking feasts after sunset are called Iftar. Spiritual rewards (thawab) for fasting are also believed to be multiplied within the month of Ramadan. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat (prayers), recitation of the Quran and an increase of doing good deeds and charity.
Ramadan is a time for community and charity. There are iftar dinners held at mosques every night (you are welcome to join the fun – even if you’re not fasting!) and night time prayer vigils throughout the month. Most of Muslims give charity in abundance and make an extra effort to partake in community service. Throughout it all, they maintain an ambiance of joy and gratitude for all that God has blessed us with, and reflect on those in this world who have been given much less. This is a time for all of us – not just Muslims – to renew our spiritual intentions, increase our knowledge, and change ourselves for the better. Something similar to what should do spirit of Christmas.
Make it a little easier on Muslim people by following a couple of simple rules: http://www.dubayblog.com/ramadan-guide-for-non-muslims-in-dubai/
And – why not? – join this experience with your local friends, for example celebrating a real iftar with them (and not only a commercial dinner somewhere around).
Dubai has always been considered a destination for business and people looking for luxury and nice entertainment. During the past years, attractions for children have increased: from water parks to indoor skiing, and tourism in Dubai has changed quite a lot. The city is now full of attractions and entertainment and is perfect for a nice and dream holiday with the whole family. In fact, now it is possible to swim close to the dolphins, practice indoor parachuting and indoor skiing while outside the temperature is above 35 C°.
IMG Worlds of Adventures is the world’s largest indoor themepark and features four zones including one dedicated entirely to dinosaurs. The temperature-controlled indoor park is home to more than 20 rides and attractions, many themed around Marvel comics and Cartoon Network characters. Here you can find huge dinosaurs and have close encounters with Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man and all the Marvel characters.
Among the city records you can discover Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East! Fun for the whole family, the world’s largest indoor snow park houses an amazing 3,000 square meters of snow. An amazing mountain-themed wintery set-ting where you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing. It will be an extravagant and surreal experience, considering that you are in the desert area, but certainly unique in the world.
The Green Planet is another park which recreates the enchanting world of the tropical forest with over 3,000 plants and animals and the world’s largest indoor man-made and life-sustaining tree. This park is set to raise awareness for the delicate balance of nature and the preciousness of one of our world’s oldest living ecosystems, making it the ideal educational destination for the entire family.
You can also explore the Dubai desert at night in search of nocturnal animals, using night vision binoculars. Then, relax at the desert camp of local royalty, and see a desert sky filled with stars as you snack on complimentary treats and Arabic coffee.
Miracle Garden is one of a kind in the Emirates and in the world for such a unique display and extravagant outdoor recreational destination. It is the largest flower garden in the world, with entire buildings and art works made of flowers.
If you get to Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis the Palm you will experience the ultimate day of fun and adventure geared towards all ages. You’ll get to splash down water slides, ride in lazy rivers. Younger guests will have a blast playing at Splasher Children’s Play Area with its water cannons, climbing frames, water slides, rope bridges, water jets, a giant tipping water bucket, and more – all geared towards the younger crowd.
If you want to experience the thrill of world-class skydiving without jumping from a plane you have to visit the most advanced vertical wind tunnel on the planet at Inflight Dubai. Here you will get the same feeling loved by skydivers across the world without a parachute or an aircraft.
Moreover, there are different family-friendly beaches in Dubai with all the services and facilities and with restaurants offering menus for children and lots of attention and kindness.
You just have to pack and leave to have an unforgettable holiday with your family in Dubai!
If you have to relocate to Dubai, you have to choose a suitable area where to live. This will depend upon different factors such as the place where you are going to work, the average price of the accommodation and if you are not a single also the location of your child’s school.
Moreover, you have to take in consideration the traffic in Dubai. Rush hours run from 7am till 9am and 5pm till 7pm and the general rule is in the mornings the traffic jam will be from Sharjah direction into Dubai and reversed in the evenings on all major roads. This is due to an extremely large number of people living in Sharjah, where house rents are cheaper than Dubai.
Here are listed the main characteristics of popular expat area, from north to south, to try and help you pin point the ideal place for you and the purpose is to be a guideline.
Please note that prices vary greatly based on the exact location and size of home you’re looking for.
Mirdif is a popular residential base for expatriates with convenient connections to the original areas of Dubai, the airport, as well as the highways connecting the other Emirates. This suburb has different shops, its own super mall and schools. It is a more affordable area for people looking to live in a villa with a garden. Apartments are also available at different prices here so it is a good mix. Watch out for the flight path though- check out the aircraft noise before you move in!
Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
JBR is a residential area located in Marina and is a long line of high-rise buildings with beach views. There are only apartments which vary in size from one bedroom to up to 5 bedrooms in a duplex apartment, with sweeping ocean vistas.
All residences have balconies and underground allocated parking bays.
Nearby facilities are excellent restaurants, cafes, boutique shops, and even a cinema along the beachfront promenade known as The Walk. Due to the popular beach and the prime location, weekend and evening traffic can be infuriating, although there are usually police trying to maintain the flow.
Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT)
JLT offers the same selection of apartment accommodations for a slightly more affordable area compared to JBR. Although not sea-facing, many apartments still have wonderful views looking out over the artificial lakes and green spaces winding their way around the base of the towers. The area has different restaurants and café.
A beautiful, residential gated community located on the Emirates Road. The project consists of different kinds of villas and townhouses. This is a very popular residential area with a majority Western expat community having family. There are excellent schools in the immediate area, as well as clinic and hospital facilities and a compact shopping complex, which includes a selection of cute cafes and restaurants. The rent prices are very high. Due to its location on the outskirts of the city, it is also essential to have a car.
Downtown is the city centre where you can admire the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which is visible from every part of Dubai on a clear day.
Downtown has also the world’s largest mall (the Dubai Mall) and various attractions such as the magical musical fountains, there are plenty of villas and apartments around the area, but very expensive.
The traffic on evenings and weekends is the stuff of nightmares, so you have to be prepared.
Emirates Hills is a refined prestigious gated community and is definitely among the top and most exclusive. It is a place of utmost beauty and wealth, reflecting a high class lifestyle of emirates living. This development is the most desirable luxury residential community in Dubai, and everything about it conveys quality and perfection. With a collection of residential areas known as the Springs and the Meadows, leafy streets lead off to spacious villas and children play ball in the road, men play golf and women go to gym.
Dubai Silicon Oasis is an integrated residential area offering different residential and lifestyle facilities. The technology park has been specifically planned and designed to create an authentic community of comfort and convenience providing an array of education, shops, services and leisure facilities. A selection of villas and apartments are scattered just past a major intersection, down the road from the airport. The accommodation is almost all set back from the roads so traffic noise is not an issue.
The Gardens consists of low and high rise apartment blocks all surrounded by well-established gardens and community areas including swimming pools. It is behind Ibn Battuta Mall, so it is excellent for shopping. Compared to other areas it is less expensive and prices can vary.
The Green Community
Still considered a bit too far away by many, the residents of this community don’t seem to care. The villas are beautiful and there is a real feeling of peace and serenity in this well planned gated community. There are plenty of services, including bus facilities to the first Metro station and living there is a great experience. There are also apartments available. It is very close to Jebel Ali and handy for those who commute to Abu Dhabi.
The name of a city usually derives from its geography or history. Regarding the cities of UAE, it is difficult to trace their origins because their history was traditionally passed down by word of mouth through folklore and poetry. In fact, not much was written down and much has been obscured by time.
There are only few written records of the cultural history of the UAE. The National Atlas of the UAE, brought out by the UAE University, was first published in English and lost a lot of words and names, many of them became distorted, when it was translated into Arabic.
Most of the names of places in the UAE have roots in the Arabic language, including Dubai.
There are some researchers which destroy the myth that the origin of the word Dubai is not Arabic for the reason that Arabs have always named areas that they have inhabited. Somebody contend the name of Dubai has Persian root although Dubai is a city that has been known for its Arab population ever since it was established.
Dubai, is a diminution of the word Daba meaning baby locusts. An Arabic proverbs says “they came with Daba Dubai” meaning they came with a swarm of locusts from this area.
Some researchers say that the mention of the name “Dubai” can be found in many stories. One old story is about a woman who was called Dubaa and who lived in the area, another story refers to an insect that used to crawl.
The word Dubai may have come also from the word daba (Arabic: دبا) a past tense derivative of yadub (Arabic: يدب), which means “to creep”, referring to the slow flow of Dubai Creek inland. The term is likened to the way a snake creeps into the sand.
Other researchers believe that the name’s origins can be attributed to the term Dubbor (bee), which are also called Dibi (bees).
In the 1820s, Dubai was referred to as “Al Wasl” in books by British historians. That geographical record included the present day areas of Jumeirah, Shindagha, Deira and Bur Dubai.
The area across the creek is known as Deira. Deira does not mean a house or Deyar of Bani Abis, but it means al estedarah, or roundness, a term describing the rounded shape of the creek when it joins land.
Dubai as a name was mentioned in the sixth century in books as a name of a location. Very little evidence can be found about the origins of Dubai except for references in stories narrated by the elderly of Dubai. Many other theories have been proposed as to the origin of the word “Dubai”.
One theory suggests the word was used to describe the souq, which was similar to the souq in Ba.
Another theory states that the name came from a word meaning “money”, as people from Dubai were commonly believed to be rich due to the thriving trading centre of the location. An Arabic proverb says “Daba Dubai” (Arabic: دبا دبي), meaning “They came with a lot of money
An inhabitant or native of the city is a Dubaian.
The Dubai Sports Council’s Board of Directors (DSC) has greeted the merger of the Dubai and Abu Dhabi Tours, two of the cycling world’s most prized events and said the merged “UAE Tour” became possible thanks to the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council.
This merger was reviewed, along with a number of other important matters, during the 30th meeting of DSC’s Board, which was held on Monday, April 9, at the Council’s premises in Dubai Design District.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between HE Aref Hamad Al Awani, general secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and his counterpart from Dubai Sports Council (DSC) HE Saeed Hareb.
The “UAE Tour” will be one of the top world cycling races, to be broadcasted to massive cycling fans throughout the various continents, conveying the civilized, prosperous, architectural, tourist and well–based infrastructure of the UAE.
The Dubai Tour was founded in 2014, with the Abu Dhabi Tour launched the following year. The Abu Dhabi Tour quickly gained increased status and was added to the UCI World Tour in 2017 – the third edition of the race.
The Dubai and Abu Dhabi Tours have both attracted some of the finest riders in world cycling, including Britain’s Mark Cavendish, Italian Olympic gold medallist Elia Viviani, and Caleb Ewan of Australia.
It was decided by the DSC and ADSC to utilize the success of both cycling events and move forward together to enhance the World Tour event in the UAE to be one of the best races in UCI’s calendar of events. What this means for the riders and spectators is that it will take place in seven Emirates taking participants to explore more places of the country’s landscape from the beachside areas to the sand dunes and the mountains. The only remaining matter on the table that’s being discussed is what’s the best time of the year to hold the UAE Tour; in the past, the merging races usually happened sometime between January and February.
Over the years, UAE’s capital debut tour and Dubai Tour cycling race have gained much media exposure and spectators; DubaiBlog will help you stay tuned for more details through the Stage one of the UAE Tour 2019.
In the meantime, much is being done to ensure a strong representation in the new UAE Tour, ranging from sponsors to media partners on to establishing the new logo, new trophy and dates to get additional cycling teams coming to the emirates to ride the big race. Apart from the cyclists that will pedal across various cities, be expecting the UAE Tour to create a bigger impact all-round that will allow the world-wide television audience to discover new areas and locations in the country, said DSC HE Saeed Hareb.
Health authorities have warned residents not to use three brands of unregistered skin whitening creams that were found to have been circulating in the UAE. The Department of Health, the regulatory authority of the health care sector in Abu Dhabi, announced that the skin whitening creams were banned in the UAE for containing the harmful ingredient Hydroquinone.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention warned people against using skin-whitening creams without consulting a physician, particularly products marketed on line and explained that, “while hydroquinone is an active ingredient in therapeutic creams, very long-term use of these type of creams could cause permanent skin damage, including facial bleaching and lead to skin cancer.”
Dr Ameen Hussain Al Amiri, the ministry’s assistant undersecretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing, said there is a growing demand among teenage girls to use skin-whitening products.
Such big demand has made some social media influencers promote creams that should only be administered by medical prescription. Most of these products are not registered and could be harmful for the skin. Any suspicious advertisement should be reported directly to the Ministry by calling 80011111 any other government health authority in the UAE.
Dr Al Amiri urged the public to ignore misleading advertisements that promote some skin-whitening creams without medical consultation. He said many ads on social media are misleading and promote products that are not medically proven to be safe or effective.
Creams containing corticosteroids, should be dispensed by a medical prescription and used under the supervision of a specialist. Corticosteroids have side effects that usually occur after prolonged use, high dose or lack of medical supervision, such as skin numbness, atrophy, itching and stinging.
Differin Gel can cause some adverse effects, including dryness and allergy, and it must be applied at night time only because it reacts with sunlight. It should be used under medical supervision and it could cause skin irritation on initial use. Unregistered products promoted on line contain four per cent hydroquinone. These creams may whiten the skin, however, when exposed to the sun, adverse effects will soon occur leading to the tanning of the skin and the occurrence of dark spots. Very long-term use of these type of creams could lead to skin cancer.
ZAS architects in Dubai are building a first-in-kind, ultra-luxury urban resort destination with its own rainforest. The Rosemont Hotel and Residences will have over 186000 square metre of hotel, residential, and leisure space, an artificial beach and a glass-bottom pool suspended above the streets of Dubai. The hotel is bound to open later this year and will be operated by Hilton Worldwide under its Curio brand.
Rosemont hotel will have a 53 storey twin tower of the same height housing 280 residential properties. All entertainment facilities, including the 7000 square metre rainforest, will be located in the podium at the base of the two towers.
Even the lobby has a rainforest feel to it, being designed with LED screens on its ceiling. Arriving at the hotel is an experience in itself. Artist’s renderings show guests being immediately greeted by dynamic 3D projections which will transform the drop-off point into a rainforest or a huge aquarium. Once they head into the main foyer, visitors will be greeted by robotic luggage handlers.
The main attraction remains the 7000 square metre foot jungle complete with waterfalls, streams, and a sensory rain system which mimics the rainforest climate. If you get tired of exploring the rainforest, you can head to the 26th floor. Swimming in the outdoor pool on the 26th floor won’t be your typical rooftop dip. The 9,14 metre zero-edge pool has a glass bottom that’s lit from below to look like a starry night time sky. Just remember these water safety tips to keep you safe while you swim!
Don’t worry if all this sounds a little too outdoorsy for a city visit. The Rosemont will also have laser tag, trampolines, and a bowling skyline. Connected to the Sky pool is an ultra-luxury spa and health club.
The Hotel Tower is 448-key, 53-stores and conceptualized as a flowing river – the facade’s dynamic lighting enhances its bold architecture. Wrapping the tower, lighting spirals around the podium, shaping the dynamic form. Rosemont five-star Serviced Apartment Tower is representing a shell & pearl, moving lights illuminate the 280-key, 53-stores tower in a pattern inspired by atomic, orbital rings.
Water in the U.A.E. is in very short supply and it is becoming a concern. The United Arab Emirates is one of the top 10 most water-scarce countries in the world, and its per capita consumption is the highest in the world. With 550 litres per person per day, a UAE resident consumes more than double the global national average of 250 litres per person per day. Due to increase in population growth, economic development and changes in lifestyle of the people over the last several decades, the demand on municipal water supply has increased significantly in the U.A.E.
Besides, water is used by many sectors such as industry, building construction, agriculture and domestic purposes. This is one of the biggest contributing factors that puts a strain on freshwater supply in the country. The problem of waterscarcity is expected to increase in the next future, since the population of the region is bound to double by 2050.
In the United Arab Emirates, 51% of the water supply comes from groundwater, a resource that is expected to be exhausted in the coming decades. According to Prof, Waleed Zubari of ’Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain most of groundwater systems are not renewable.
The Minister for Energy has declared that United Arab Emirates water consumption is now a major concern for the country and he has planned water saving programs.
According to Minister H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, every member of society must take its part in reducing the amount of water it consumes.
The Emirates are among the 10 most arid states in the world and around 15% of the world’s desalinated water is consumed here.
Due to lack of existing freshwater sources in the UAE, limited annual rainfall, high water evaporation rate, the only source of potable water in the region is the desalinated sea water, whose cost is still very high.
Forecasts show that the demand for desalinated water is expected to double by 2030. Not only the potable water production creates the problem, but also the resulting wastewater generated by the users poses many sustainability challenges such as putting strain on treatment facilities, land and surface water contamination due to overflow of untreated water, disposal of treatment sludge and expensive to production method.
H.E. Al Mazrouei has said that the UAE houses alone consume 44% of the country’s water use and this is a high percentage that has to be reduced at least to 40%. Efforts are to be put in order to exploit every drop of water that falls in the country by recycling it. Use of rainwater should reach 95% by 2036.
Alternative solutions to reduce water consumption are under study. Water saving programs also include the installation of water consumption meters for citizens of the United Arab Emirates, which could reduce consumption by 20%. Similar procedures will be applied to schools, governmental buildings and hospitals.
The Ministry plan includes also the establishment of more water desalination plants in the Eastern coast.
Fewa is also testing a technology that uses algae to absorb salt from water, and if it proves effective the UAE will be the first country to use that technology.
“The solutions are few, unless we are able to reduce consumption, which is a huge concern for the ministry and authority”.
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