•September 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Experts asked to seek professional help on healthy hair
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Sept 15, 2014
DUBAI: More than 80 per cent of women in Dubai are struggling to maintain their hair, as the high humidity and the harsh weather are having a very high impact. There are a substantial number of salons in the emirates where qualified professionals help women get desirable results and healthier hair.
This was stated by Sandra Hopkins, a hair stylist and trainer from the UK-based Kebelo brand in an exclusive interview with The Gulf Today on Sunday. She visited Dubai to attend the launch of Europe’s top hair brands Kebelo and Swell in the UAE.
“Curly, wiry and highly dehydrated hair textures are common as humidity is very high in this region. Around 86 per cent of women are struggling to maintain a good look, as visiting the salon frequently is hard. They spend too much time and work hard but results are not very evident,” she said.
Hopkins stated that they are introducing a new range here in the UAE through the platform of Mohsin and Saleh, the exclusive distributor of the finest internationally-acclaimed professional beauty brands in the entire GCC and neighbouring countries – Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.
“We have trained salon experts from the UK. We found here many salons have trained professionals who not only have good knowledge of brands they are using, but also suggest the best solutions to women who are hair-conscious and want to maintain a good look,” she added.
Earlier at the launch, celebrity hairdresser, David John, graced the private launch by sharing different expert views with the media.
“The UAE’s beauty and personal care industry is booming in the region. We’ve seen great potential in the market for hair care products. Based on Euromonitor, the Middle East and Africa region registered sales of $24.2 billion. Thus, we have decided to introduce the best products available in the market — Kebelo and Swell,” stated David John, who is also a Brand Ambassador and Head of Education of Mohsin and Saleh.
Kebelo and Swell hair care lines and solutions are the vanguard of creative hair care technology and designed to address the most common hair problems such as frizz and fine, limp or thinning hair. The naturally sourced products concentrate on targeting those concerns, delivering a remarkable result.
•September 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Italian artist draws huge crowd on first solo exhibition
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Sept 11, 2014
DUBAI: The number of art and cultural events by Italian artists are increasing in Dubai as more and more artists are expressing interest to showcase their creations in this vibrant market for expatriates.
This was stated by Giovanni Favilli, Italian Consul General in Dubai, while talking to The Gulf Today on the sidelines of a painting exhibition by an Italian artist, Anna Arcese, running at the central galley of the Mercato mall located in Jumeirah, Dubai.
“We are delighted that one of the famous Italian artist Anna Arcese showcasing her fine art paintings at the mall, which is also a true masterpiece reflecting Italian architectural model.
“We are also in collaboration with local organisations to initiate a series of cultural events in Mercato Mall as well as other parts of Dubai to offer a multi-cultural experience to the expatriate communities residing in Dubai,” he said.
It is also mentioned that around 10,000 Italian nationals reside in the UAE and every year more than 100,000 tourists from Italy visit the country while more than 45,000 from here visit Italy.
Anna, who has been showcasing her paintings all over Europe and Japan, is exhibiting for the first time in Dubai in a show that will go on till Oct.1.
“The exhibition was opened on Sept.8 and it was great to see such a huge number of visitors interested in my paintings. People are inquiring about my techniques as well as prices,” she told The Gulf Today.
Anna’s exhibition at Mercato is showcasing a variety of different canvas paintings, which range from still life to flowers and fruits.
She pointed out that her other medium comprising of people and landscape will also be part of her next show to be held in Dubai soon.
Mercato has announced the names of the two lucky winners of the mega Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) promotion, held as part of the month-long summer festival, organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), and organizers of DSS.
The draw was held on Sept.7 at Mercato.
As part of their grand prizes, Adel Rajab Abdul Wahab Ahmad from Kuwait took home a gorgeous white GMC Yukon Denali (2015 model) and Neda Khaji of Iranian nationality won a family mini-break in Salalah, Oman at the Rotana Hotel and return flights for a family of four.
•September 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Traders hope for good days ahead of Eid Al Adha
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Sept 10, 2014
SHARJAH: Traders dealing in sacrificial animals are hoping that the momentum of sale for animals ahead of Eid Al Adha will be accelerated as supply from neighbouring countries is seeing a rapid increase.
The cattle and birds market in Sharjah near the central bus station in Rolla is one of the major destinations for the faithful to buy sacrificial animals for Eid Al Adha expected to be observed either on Oct.4 or Oct.5, depending on the sighting of Zul Hajj moon, as Eid is celebrated on the 10th of Zul Hajj.
Talking to The Gulf Today on Tuesday, a number of traders pointed out that the volume of trade is low as people who wish to sacrifice will approach the market after next week just a couple of days ahead of the Eid.
“Currently we are busy with our routine business as locals as well as expatriates are buying small animals likes young goats and sheep for their regular feasts as the sale of sacrificial animals for Eid Al Adha will boom in the next two weeks,” said Muhammad Sharif, a trader from Pakistan’s Dera Ghazi Khan area.
Interestingly, a majority of the traders and workers in Sharjah’s cattle market belong to one particular city, Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab province.
Sharif narrated that the market is full of animals from Iran, Saudi Arabia, India and Pakistan.
“Last year, we didn’t have a single supply from Pakistan due to the government’s policy but this time during Eid we are expecting it to resume as a majority of expatriate communities in Sharjah prefer Pakistan’s sacrificial animals,” he said.
Waqas Rabbani, another trader, pointed that presently the price of Indian and Saudi goats is between the range of Dhs500-600, depending on the size and weight while sheep sell for around Dhs400 and cows are priced at Dhs3000-3500.
“Currently in the market we have abundance of Indian goats and as soon as we put our hands on Pakistani supply, we are expecting a slight drop in the rates which is good for the buyers,” he pointed.
Shaukat, another trader, said that the buyers who consist of locals and some Asian communities residing in the Emirates are currently buying young animals for their weekly parties as most of the families prefer to serve traditional meat dishes in which the whole animal is cooked and served with rice.
“Locals as well as Asian communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, India love meat and everyday we are dealing with such customers who desire to buy animals for their parties but we have many customers who bought and donated the meals as charity which is also popular among the locals,” he said.
However, the traders in the market are hoping that the supply as well as the demand in the next couple of days will increase the momentum in the market especially ahead of Eid Al Adha.
•September 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Workshop held for overcoming stress, enriching life
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Sept 08, 2014
DUBAI: Everyone in general and professionals in particular have an abundance of stress factors in their lives which engulf them from early morning till late evening.
There is a need to adopt a healthy balanced lifestyle and give ourselves due attention.
Addressing a gathering of a workshop, Rudra Dev, Managing Director of Your Bigger Impact (YBI), told the audience about the latest research and scientific studies that show how to overcome stress factors in daily life.
It also discussed how to enjoy more time with friends and family and improve relationships and brings positive changes to businesses as well.
The workshop was organised at the Ramada Jumeirah Hotel and attended by professionals and business persons from different fields with the aim of learning about time management, techniques to overcome stress, and how to be more productive.
“Everyone has a large number of stress factors in his or her life either at home, office, with relatives, friends and others.
“Through a number of ways, we are helping participants to identify the reasons and increase our resilience to make our lives more productive,” he said while talking to The Gulf today on the sidelines of the workshop.
Dev who has been organising leadership workshops for professionals and businessmen for the last couple of years have also started a 90-day training programme full of fun-based learning activities.
“In addressing the stress issue, we impart to our participants three steps to handle the stress finding out the causes, re-work inside and set priorities. Through these steps, the participants were asked to adopt different ways like 1-minute, 2-minute and Stop Rules, which aim at giving people more importance and time,” he said.
He pointed out that meditation is a major factor in improving brain power, and that there are many ways to mediate, even while walking or eating.
Under the YBI, Dev has engaged a number of groups in different activities to control stress and adopt healthy habits for more productive lifestyles.
•September 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Pledges promised to complete PAD’s mega project soon
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Sept 04, 2014
DUBAI: Work on different segments of the long-awaited multipurpose hall in the Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) has resumed as the pledges from the community pour in to complete the project, which is slated to open in the first quarter of next year.
The multipurpose hall, which will have 600 plus seating capacity, indoor sports facilities, meeting rooms, e-library and others was conceived a long time ago and the former office-bearers of the association completed the concrete structure in their tenure till last year.
The revised cost of the project is estimated at around Dhs7.2 million and so far the association has spent around Dhs3.2 million to complete the infrastructure and other works.
“After a gap of over a year, the work on different segments on the hall project has been resumed since May after generating the funds donated by the community and contributed by philanthropists and others. Still we have a shortfall of around Dhs4 million in which businessmen from the community have promised to provide construction material worth Dhs1.5 million as the contractor is busy to finish the project on priority basis,” said Dr Faisal Ikram while talking to The Gulf Today on Wednesday.
Ikram pointed that the financial support from the community was enormous as one member of the Pakistani community donated Dhs500,000 while members of Pakistan Professional Forum, a wing of the association donated Dhs100,000 as their share to complete the project.
“The hall with so many facilities will be a great place for the all the community for their usual gatherings from seminars, workshops, stage shows and other such facilities, even the banquet hall will also be served for different purposes,” he said.
The association, to overcome the shortfall of the funds, is planning to organise a fundraising event once the plaster, colour, installation of air-conditioning ducts, tiles, electricity fitting and fire safety equipment are completed in next couple of months.
“With the current pace of work on different sections of the hall we are assured that the soft opening of the hall will be carried out anytime in the first quarter of 2015, Inshallah,” Ikram said.
The association has appointed a new contractor, Al Meher Group, who has promised to continue the work without waiting for funds as the community has already been waiting for the multipurpose hall for years.
“We have put a huge workforce on different segments of the project to accelerate the work pace as engineers, labourers working continuously with the aim of completing the project without any delay,” said Captain Amjad Chaudhry, the contractor of the project.
However, the association has also been working to format a marketing proposal to promote the hall in the community once it is completed as revenue source for the association as well as a facility to serve the community in different ways.
Members of the present office bearers of the association are striving hard in their respective community circles to encourage philanthropists in the community to contribute for the hall.
•September 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Emirati entrepreneur named president of non-profit organisation
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Sept 03, 2014
DUBAI: A group of professionals from various companies and members of Toastmasters International in Dubai organised a meeting to celebrate the achievement of an Emirati, Colonel Mohammed Murad, who become the highest officer of the global educational organisation.
The ceremony was held at the Al Futtaim Training Centre, Rashidiya, Dubai and was attended by members and guests of the global organisation in the UAE.
The UAE has 109 Toastmaster clubs and Dubai is home to 67 of them with members from all walks of life coming together with the aim of honing their communication and public speaking skills.
Murad, an Emirati entrepreneur, has been a member of the organisation since 1996 and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation — the highest level of educational achievement in the organisation.
His home club is the Dubai Toastmasters Club — the oldest Toastmaster Club in the UAE.
He was appointed the new International President of the Toastmasters International during the organisation’s 835rd annual International Convention, held on Aug.20-23 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
This was also the first time that the International Convention was held outside the USA.
As the highest-ranking officer of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Murad is a “working ambassador” for the organisation.
He will work with the board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organisation that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organisation’s membership exceeds 313,000 in more than 14,650 clubs in 126 countries.
Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.
Addressing the gathering in his honour, Murad said, “It’s a privilege to serve an organisation that helps people gain the confidence and skills to improve their lives in many ways. I’m looking forward to giving back to the organisation that has given so much to me,” he said, and appreciated the members.
Murad is managing director of three companies. Along with an extensive experience in global marketing and branding, he has more than 27 years of experience as director and chief executive officer in the fields of emergency medical services management, human resource development and strategic planning.
He holds an MBA and a Master of Quality Management degree from the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia.
He is also a graduate of the City of Dubai’s Leadership Development Programme, and has received training at Harvard, London Business School and the Singapore School of Government.
•September 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment
A balanced diet, healthy lifestyle could reduce ageing process
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Sept 01, 2014
DUBAI: Only a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle could slow the effects of the ageing process. Junk food and excessive exposure to sunlight are some of the major reasons why skin deteriorates, especially on the face.
This was stated by Sunny Shaper, an international personal care expert with 30 years of experience in the beauty and personal care industry, while talking to The Gulf Today on Sunday. The visiting beauty expert from Malaysia was in Dubai to demonstrate a new range of skincare products during an interactive workshop.
The workshop was conducted by QNET exclusive to introduce its latest Physio Radiance beauty range, which consists of a complete skin care collection and a facial toning device.
The private launch was fun, relaxing and interactive, and was performed in the presence of beauty editors and bloggers at the Nassima Tower in Dubai.
“There are three major factors that speed up the ageing process: genetic, which we inherit from our parents; external, which is related to long sun exposure; and third, our eating habits — especially junk food, and a large number of food items include different types of chemicals which result in premature ageing,” he said.
The expert pointed out that the new beauty product range they are introducing — besides there already being a large selection available in the local market – only affects the skin externally.
“The best way to protect our skin and look healthy and radiant is to adopt a healthy lifestyle, especially eating fresh produce and having proper vegetables, fruits and proper nutrition. In the meantime, quitting smoking and other such unhealthy habits are helpful,” he suggests.
Sharing the renowned dermatologist’s remarks, he pointed that Dr Irene Lee is a registered dermatologist and internal medicine specialist in the National Specialist Registry, Malaysia. Proper skin care translates to better health: “Dry skin is prone to skin diseases, as a skin disease opens skin barriers, letting various types of bacteria in. When we have a skin disease, it affects the quality of our lives,” she said.
He pointed that the Physio Radiance is designed for all – male or female, young or mature, whether Asian, Caucasian, or African and possessing normal, oily or dry skin. Despite physical differences, we all share the same physiological functions. Our cells are identical and need the same care.
“Through extensive research, Physio Radiance is distinguished by its unique formulation – an exclusive combination of ingredients to activate your skin cells to work naturally at their best, assisting in restoring your skin’s youthfulness and radiance,” he added.