Xiaomi opens second store in Dubai

•December 13, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Store Opening-22
By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

Xiaomi, global technology leader, has opened its second authorised Mi Store in Dubai and announced to open three more in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, next year.
The company is number one in China and India to selling most smart phones while staying in the top five slots in 13 other global markets. We are confident to achieve 10 per cent share of smart phone market in the UAE and offer a wide range of smart phones on affordable prices.
This was stated by Raymond Tian, Xiaomi’s Global Strategy Director on the opening on the second authorised store in Deira City Centre. The firm in partnership with its local distributor TASK FZCO, launched the Mi store in the UAE, less than four months after the first store. This highlights Xiaomi’s unwavering efforts to bring more innovative products at accessible prices to Mi users in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.
Raymond Tian said, “The opening of our new Authorised Mi store reflects our commitment to provide UAE customers with greater accessibility to our broader product range. They will not only experience a rich array of Xiaomi’s smartphones and Mi Ecosystem products, including Mi Band 2, Mi Power Bank, Mi Bluetooth Speaker and more, but also purchase them directly.”

“The UAE with its immense potential is a key market in our expansion strategy in the MENA territories thanks to its rising economy, growing middle class, surging consumer confidence in technology, and increasing domestic consumption. Xiaomi, which is at the forefront of cost-efficient technological innovations, will capitalize on these many local and regional growth opportunities as we aspire to be seen as a leading technology company in the regional,” he added.
At the opening ceremony, it was announced that the newly launched Mi MIX 2 will be available across the UAE.
Located at Deira City Centre in Dubai, the company’s second physical store is the largest of its kind in the region and features a wide range of Xiaomi products—providing customers in the UAE and other MENA nations with best-in-class experience of its top offerings, from Xiaomi’s smartphones such as the flagship Mi 6 to Mi Ecosystem products including Mi Air Purifier 2, Mi Band 2 and the 10000mAh Mi Power Bank, among others. Customers can also purchase the recently launched Mi A1 and Redmi Note 5A at the new store.
Ravi Mathew, Chief Operation Officer of TASK FZCO, said: “The overall mobile market in the region is changing rapidly. The UAE is responding well to the introduction of connected smart handheld devices available at affordable prices. And since its entry into the UAE market, Xiaomi has seen remarkable growth. TASK is more than pleased to continue our partnership and collaboration with Xiaomi to enable more people to enjoy Xiaomi’s high-quality products with amazing prices.”
-Published At The Gulf Today

Hot topic

•December 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Tea & Coffee
By Jamil Khan | SHARJAH

A group of friends gathered at Corniche as their weekly meeting to catch up. All have one common habit of reading news, either on paper or social media, and spend most of their time highlighting their favourite topics.
Some weeks ago, the hot topic was about taxes as the prices of cigarettes and energy drinks were doubled. After an hour-or-so fierce debate, two decided to quit smoking permanently and one decided to reduce the daily dosage.
That was easy to discuss and decide according to one’s “health and wealth.”
“Okay, listen,” the senior said. “We are just a month away to have VAT on many items. Do you think it will affect in any way on Karak Chai (a cup of takeaway mix tea costing Dh1)?” he asked.
This was not an easy question for everyone as all they are “addicted” to tea and they consume many cups in a day.
“I’m not going to quit TEA for VAT but definitely reduce the daily consumption,” one declared, and all agreed.
-Published At The Gulf Today

Holiday season preparations gain momentum

•December 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

WITH the fast approaching of the holiday season, preparations to enjoy winter and Christmas have already started gaining momentum.
The Legoland Dubai, part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the region’s largest integrated theme park destination in the region, is getting into the holiday spirit with loads of family-friendly fun with its second annual Christmas Bricktacular running from Dec. 8 till Jan 8.
In celebration of the holiday season, Factory and Lego City in Legoland Dubai will be transformed into festive wonderlands, decorated with snow, Lego holiday themed décor, wreaths, garlands, Christmas lights and more.

The time of family enjoyment of the year has already started. Gather family and friends this December and Step into the festive season and experience the true spirit of this magical time at Mercato.
From great shopping to a host of family activities; Jumeirah’s best loved community mall invites you to join in with the festivities.
Mercato’s festive activities and events will commence on Dec 7-23 and during this period, the cobbled streets of Mercato will come alive with captivating festive roaming parades and an array of entertainment for the whole family.
Children will love to meet Santa and the Elves at Mercato’s gingerbread house while you shop for gifts, food and party essentials. What’s more your little ones can get creative in the interactive artistic festive workshops for children of all age.
Kids will enjoy Mercato’s festive spectacular stage shows; The Winter Fairy Tale ; Magic Phil Winter and the comedy magic show The Winter Wizard .
Mercato’s sister mall Town Centre Jumeirah festive activities will commence on Dec. 9 and end on Dec. 23; kids will love to meet their favorite characters from Alice in Wonderland and will have the opportunity for a photo caption with them.
What’s more; the spectacular festive show Tea Time with Alice and Friends will spread joy and festive spirit and will take the audience on an incredible journey with a spectacular dance, great comedy and juggling act.
-Published At The Gulf Today

The Fred Hollows Foundation

•December 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Foundation aims to reduce blindness in the region, opens office in Dubai

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

THE UAE is one of the biggest donors and supporter of international organisations working on preventable blindness. The Fred Hollows Foundation, an international development organisation that works to eliminate avoidable blindness in more than 25 countries around the world, has announced the opening of a new regional office in International Humanitarian City (IHC), Dubai.
According to the International Association for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) there are 15 million people in Middle East and South Asia who are blind. Four out of five of these people can easily be treated but they don’t have access to eye health care as they live in poverty and cannot afford the cost of travel or treatment.
This was stated by John Brumby AO, Chairman of The…
-Published At The Gulf Today

46th National Day greetings

•November 30, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Rashid Centre students share UAE National Day greetings

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

A delegation of Rashid Center along with a group of students with determination have visited Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Emirates Group Chairman and Chairman of Rashid Centre for the Determined Ones to share the greetings of 46th National Day of the UAE.
The students, accompanied by Maryam Othman, Director General congratulated Sheikh Saeed on the 46th National Day and presented a painting of Burj Al Arab and a date box handmade by the children in vocational training workshops of the centre.
He expressed his great pleasure in this attention from the students of Rashid Centre, for which he is also chairman. He lauded their keenness to visit on the occasion of the National Day, besides participating in the country’s joys and achievements.
“I am delighted by the gesture of the students of Rashid Centre for the Determined Ones of this auspicious and extraordinary celebration event through their visits to the institutions and government departments to provide congratulations,” he said.
The students also visited Paul Griffith, CEO of Dubai Airports, and presented him with a gift and a plaque in recognition of the support of Dubai airports.
To celebrate the UAE’s 46th anniversary, Mercato on Jumeirah Beach Road, has announced an exciting and patriotic line up of events and activities to make Dec 2 a memorable day for all.

Activities at Mercato Mall, Town Centre Jumeirah
Jumeirah is where the Spirit of the Union started. Even today, Jumeirah holds a very special place in the UAE’s hearts. Every year, Mercato celebrates National Day in a big way and this year will be no different.
Decorated with beautiful lights and patriotic UAE themed decor inside, Mercato sets the scene for the 46th anniversary. The National Day celebration will last till Dec 3 at Mercato, hosting an array of traditional entertainment to get you into the National Day spirit.
From complimentary patriotic nail art and children’s interactive workshops to colorful roaming performances throughout the mall where our stilt walkers distributing chocolates to mall visitors and the lively beats of the roaming Dixieland Orchestra playing the UAE National Anthem.
On Dec 2, Mercato will host the traditional Emirati local dance Al Ayyalah which will spread joy and the spirit of the union, the dance will take place at 2:30pm, 4:30pm; 6:15pm and 8:30pm on the ground floor of Mercato.
For visitors at the Town Centre Jumeriah, complimentary patriotic nail art and colorful roaming performances throughout the mall, where stilt walkers distributing chocolates to the traditional Emirati local dance Al Ayyalah which will spread joy and the spirit of the union, the dance will take place at 3:00pm, 5:00pm and 7:30pm.
Meraas will be hosting a full schedule of events to commemorate the 46th UAE National Day, at a number of its destinations across Dubai. The exciting programme includes various indoor and outdoor activities that will transform City Walk, The Beach, The Outlet Village, Al Seef and La Mer into places where families and friends can come together and make the long weekend one to remember.
-Published At The Gulf Today

Life in Abu Dhabi

•November 30, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Residents applaud Abu Dhabi airport visa on arrival service

By Jamil Khan | SHARJAH

Abu Dhabi Airport’s new visa counter, launched on Monday as part of the ‘Life in Abu Dhabi’ initiative, which will grant visas to transit and arriving passengers within 15 to 30 minutes has been lauded by frequent flyers, who shared their opinions with The Gulf Today.visa-story-combo
Syed Tabish Zaidi, a resident of Dubai for over 10 years, who is also a business unit manager of a multinational, lauded Abu Dhabi airport’s move. Zaidi stated that the development will be of enormous benefit to residents who wish to bring their relatives or friends for a short visit. “It has been taking three to five working days to get a short-term visa. However, this initiative has solved all such worries for many residents who want to bring around anyone for a short visit or to join in different occasions of life. Last night I returned from Pakistan. I wanted to bring along my mother, but was unable to, because I was …
-Published At The Gulf Today

Cultural Centre organises literacy day

•November 30, 2017 • Leave a Comment

rashid -cultural

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

Over 200 students from the Rashid Center for the Determined (formerly Rashid Centre for Disabled) took part in a day-long literacy activities organised by the Rewaq Ousha Bint Hussein Cultural Centre recently.
The event was held at Zabeel Park and accompanied by Maryam Othman, Director General Rashid Centre, Dr Moza Ghobash from the cultural centre and a number of teachers and supporters of both organisations.
Dr Ghobash while talking to media said that she was delighted that the wise leadership has instilled in us the ambitions and the will of the people. “Today, they are taking part in the reading day in response to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai,” she said and added that the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) provides hundreds of valuable books, especially those that tell the story of the auspicious union and the founding father Sheikh Zayed, may God bless him and grant him peace. The visit also coincides with the celebrations of the 46th National Day of our beloved country and to present their paragraphs and reviews to emphasize their potential. They also affirm that they are an active part of the community. The country shares its joys, and no segment or class is excluded.”
She also said that the visit from the student with determination was full of joy and really inspired everyone. “The students showcased a number of products they made products and their creations from the vocational workshops at the Center were more than beautiful we will preserve them. This confirms the depth of the Center’s mission to rehabilitate and integrate this category and to reduce the economic cost that our societies were suffering from in which to work and production, and today confirms the determined ones that they no longer need doses of sympathy, and compassion, but to our faith in their abilities and the maintenance of their rights and their gains.”
Maryam Othman expressed her deep gratitude to Rewaq Ousha Bint Hussein Cultural Centre and its chairwoman for her integration with the students and the beautiful impressions she left on them.
The students in a chorus recite a poem from the book by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum as Dr Ghobash was impressed with the products of the vocational rehabilitation workshops in the centre, which confirms the reality of the capabilities of this category and their determination by the owners of inspiration.
-Published At The Gulf Today