Vibrance expo

•September 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

Vibrance, Dubai’s premier fashion pop-up, will be holding its 16th edition with a handful of premium and niche designers from the region and internationally. Designers will display a wide array of their pieces ranging from Indian and fusion wear to jewellery and home décor at The Taj Dubai on Sept 23.
This year will see a collection specially catered to men. The luxury multi-designer exhibition is every trendsetter’s dream, as the exclusive platform gets first dibs on many of the season’s looks from some of the most popular names on the Indian fashion scene.
The brands participating are Pallavi Puri, Studio XI.06 by Taran C, Puja Bajaj, Joey and Pooh, Namaha, among others.
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The Unspoken Things

•September 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

7 artists exhibit unspoken elements of life in journey of exploration

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

A GROUP exhibition of seven established artists from diverse nationalities started at the Studio Seven Art Gallery in Dubai. The opening night received an exceptional crowd of art lovers of Western, Asian and other nationalities.
The artworks, under the theme ‘Unspoken Things Exhibition’ representing diverse techniques, themes and mediums were submitted by artists including Catherine Le Paih, Jadis, Jana Naumovska, Madiha Idrees, Margaret Szubert, Maria Noga and Wasim Siddiq.
The exhibition will continue till Oct.2 at the gallery located in Business Bay, Dubai.
The artists exhibited their works as unspoken elements of life reflecting emotions, passion and untold stories. As the majority of artworks with use of colour is important and is a journey of exploration depicting aesthetic techniques with a positive….
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Interview: Abdullah Hamad

•September 20, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A Force-ful young Emirati with big dreams

By Jamil Khan | RAS AL KHAIMAH

Seven-year-old Emirati boy from Ras Al Khaimah Abdullah Hamad Al Ketbi is on cloud nine. He became a news sensation all over the country once the story about his dream to perform the role of a police officer was splashed all over the papers and went viral on social media.
Abdullah Hamad had spent a full hour in field operations organising traffic. He was wearing a uniform with a lieutenant rank, which was specially tailored for him by his father, to fulfil his long-time wish.
It was not just a dream that came true for Abdullah but also for his family – known for their contribution to police, army and other forces – proud to receive congratulatory calls from everywhere. The majlis at his home in Ras Al Khaimah became a vibrant place, bustling with well-wishers who had lined up to bask in the celebratory mood.
The Gulf Today on Sunday met the boy Abdullah Hamad and his proud family of policemen and armymen for an exclusive interview.
Clearly, the boy has a strong desire to become an officer and serve his country. “I love and admire police officers as my father is serving in the Ras Al Khaimah…
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Pak developers in Cityscape get huge response

•September 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

city scape global 2017

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

MORE than a dozen Pakistani companies to offer a wide spectrum of real estate opportunities in all over the country are participating in the 16th edition of the Cityscape Global being held in Dubai World Trade Centre.
The 3-day event showcasing all kind of real estate projects in and outside the UAE by over 300 top companies with wide range of price range.
Talking to The Gulf Today, represen¬tatives of Pakistani real estate expressed that the Dubai has been one of the major platform to offer local projects with the aim of targeting overseas Pakistani especially based in UAE and have effective share in local real estate scene to invest billions of dirhams.
“With a wide range of projects from commercial to residential based in Karachi, we are here for the first time to provide first hand information to our community members based in the UAE especially in Dubai as there are many forums spreading negative news,” said Kamran Shah, marketing manager, Front Line. There are number of residential projects underway in different parts of the city (Karachi) as in the past 5 years the value has been surged many folds, he told.
Many participants at the Pakistan Pavil¬ion of Cityscape Global are first timer but had been represented their projects in various international real estate exhibitions and expecting more buyers as a huge number of overseas Pakistanis are investing in these projects already which has became safe and lucrative opportunities for their capital.
“There is a huge property demand in the local community especially desire to invest in major cities for the safe return of their investment. We have noticed that the major projects in Karachi have around 30 per cent share of overseas Pakistani based in over the world and cater to this huge need we are reaching our community at their doorstep to offer information to cover every aspect,” he said.
Munawar Butt of Kaizen Consulting & Services offering Askari and Dawood Homes, corporate and residential projects in Lahore told that the response from the community was positive as majority was serious buyers to know about safe and sound investment opportunities back home.
“We are here to promote our brand and sell the ongoing projects to offer right price which has been drawing a positive response from the different segments of the Pakistani community,” he said.
Ejaz Mehmood Khan of Al Jalil Garden Lahore pointed that the price of residential and commercial plots are being offering at the Cityscape platform as many buyers are also showing interest in such opportunities.
Arsalan Asif Khan from Twincity Marketing pointed that the projects based in Islamabad, plots and townhouses, have been drawing attention as these are being underway according the bylaws of capital development authority. “Phase one of D-17 has been sold out and now work is in full swing on Phase II which we are present¬ing to the overseas community to grab the opportunity,” he said.
Haseeb Nasir, Director Fast Marketing mentioned that they are presenting different kind of real estate projects from residential to commercial located in all over the country including in the major cities like Lahore, Sialkot, Multan, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Islamabad and others. We are participating twice in UAE to present our wide range of projects to the huge Pakistani community in the country besides attending other real estate expos in different Gulf countries where the community is present,” he said.
He mentioned that the attending of international events in the Middle East is more than selling the projects but focus is on branding and presenting the massive satisfaction of our overseas customers towards on various ventures especially in which they are already investing. “We are as well as other developers and marketers in Cityscape have been receiving huge response from different segments of the Pakistani community as many are interesting to buy in our projects with the aim of lucrative investment,” he said.
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4th SZABIST-Dubai Convocation

•September 12, 2017 • Leave a Comment


By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

AS MANY as 133 students have graduated and been conferred with degrees in the 4th convocation of Pakistan’s only offshore campus of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) in Dubai.
The ceremony to award degrees and confer medals on high achievers was held at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dubai on Saturday evening.
The graduates passed from the three disciplines of management sciences, media sciences and computer sciences.
The Dubai campus of SZABIST is the only Pakistani institute of higher education based in the UAE that has been serving the Pakistani community since 2003, besides being operating in four cities of Pakistan since 1995 after being established…
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Second-hand books in Dubai

•September 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment


By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

DEVELOPING a reading habit is a bid that not only helps one increase their knowledge about various topics, but also also helps one explore new fronts without much effort.
Catering to the needs of book lovers in Dubai, prominent books stores offer for sale varied titles from all over the world in numerous common languages.
Whereas some book stores go the fancy way by displaying the books on huge glass shelves, others opt for the minimal way by displaying the books on wooden book racks; some of these books are collected from readers and offered for sale at a second-hand price range.
Such second-hand book stores seem a treasure trove. The Gulf Today talked to the people who have attended to the needs of bookworms by offering them for sale second-hand books at prices starting from Dhs5 and above depending on the condition of the book and its theme.
The House of Prose has been providing a wide range of used books at affordable prices. It has three locations including; the main branch in Jumeirah ..
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Revving up celebratory pace

•September 3, 2017 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | SHARJAH

The spirit of Eid started accelerating as residents from different communities in Dubai and Sharjah braved the scorching summer and visited picnic spots as their must-do activity in the holidays besides meeting and enjoying a feast with qurbani ghosht (meat from sacrificial animals).
The foggy conditions were marked by high temperatures, keeping some of the residents indoors. But there were many who went out to picnic in remote areas to enjoy evenings with family and friends.
Talking to The Gulf Today, residents shared their activities during the holidays and pointed that the first day of Eid was spent in the task of sacrificing animals. “Living in Dubai for a long time, we have the opportunities to streamline our Eid arrangements with the support of local authorities like Dubai Municipality. Like hundreds of other faithful, we visited the local abattoir in Al Qusais where the workers of the municipality handed over the meat of our sacrificial animals to us in four huge pieces which was further cut into small portions by our local butcher. The whole procedure is highly sophisticated and managed on the practice of hygienic methods which is highly appreciable and provide ease for everyone,” said Tahir Husnain, a resident of Dubai who offered Eid prayers in a mosque in Oud Metha…
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