DSS At Mercato

•July 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

DSS visitors enjoy mix of shopping and fun at Mercato
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 28, 2016

DUBAI: Hundreds of children along with their families and visitors at the Mercato shopping mall were enthralled by the extravagant performance of young troupe members of the Circo Latino as part of Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS).
The shopping mall located in the heart of Jumeirah is running a series of circus themed activities aimed at offering families and tourists an enriching shopping experience.
The shopping excitement engages DSS visitors with the Circo Latino show that was specially staged for media personnel and their families.
With stunning Latino themed circus acts, the event provided an awesome experience for DSS visitors to Mercato.
This energetic Latino circus show entertained the audience with Flamenco music and fascinating acts from dancers, jugglers, contortionists, and comedians.
The fun continued after the show with children being offered a chance to interact with circus performers and learn a few of their unique tricks at the Kids Circus Workshop, located on the first floor of the mall.
In addition to Circo Latino, which runs until 30 July, the mall will also host Il Circo, an Italian and European themed circus from Aug 1 – 20, and roaming artistes.
Meanwhile, the “Shop & Win” promotion at Mercato this DSS has received a huge response, with shoppers being enticed to participate with a range of luxury prizes on offer.
Shoppers who spend Dhs200 get the chance to win a dream seven night holiday for the whole family to the exotic island of Mauritius, or a Cadillac Escalade car or a jewellery prize worth Dhs25,000.
The show at Mercato is part of various entertainment options lined up for DSS this year, to position the city as the summer destination of choice for visitors and families.
DSS 2016 runs until 20 August under the theme “Own The Summer” offering residents and visitors unbeatable deals, great events and family fun.

Summer Season for Giving

•July 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Community encouraged to take part in ‘Summer Season for Giving’
Summer Season For Giving
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 28, 2016

DUBAI: ‘Summer Season for Giving’, a charity campaign that collects toys and clothes for children who are differently-abled, is in full swing as the organisers asked the community to get involved in the drive that will be continued till Eid Al Adha, which will fall on the second week of September.
The drive was initiated by Chuck E Cheese in the holy month of Ramadan and will be continued till Eid Al Adha 2016. The campaign encourages the community to gift toys and clothes for differently-abled children and to those in need through the participation of non-profit Senses Residential and Day Care Centre and volunteer humanitarian organisation Emirates Red Crescent.
The Chuck E Cheese will be collecting toys and clothes at donation boxes within its outlets located in Oud Metha and Ibn Battuta Mall. For Eid Al Adha, the gifts will be donated locally to the Senses Residential Care Home– which provides a safe and comfortable environment for differently-abled children – and regionally to communities abroad through the Emirates Red Crescent.
In addition, as part of “Summer Season for Giving”, the children from Senses will be hosted at Chuck E Cheese during Eid Al Adha for a fun-filled event of laughter, love and entertainment, during which they will also be able to collect in person the kind-hearted gifts gathered from the community.
The event will be attended by several social media influencers, among them will be Emirati figures on the UAE Instagram scene and avid supporters of giving back to society.
“This Holy Month, we’ve taken our motto of “Where a Kid Can Be a Kid” a step further by organising a collection drive for those in need. These children also deserve love, smiles, entertainment, gifts and special days out. We’re counting on the generosity of the community during the month of Ramadan, and are delighted at being able to invite the kids from Senses Residential over to our stores to experience an unforgettable day while receiving their special gifts,” said Nader Fouad, Deputy CEO of Gardenia Family Entertainment, an affiliate of Magnolia RM Investments.
As part of the campaign, Chuck E Cheese will also be working with schools to reward children who have given gifts to their differently-abled peers. Fun activities, mascots and songs will celebrate generosity while drumming up awareness for the collection drive.

GTX Challenge

•July 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Region’s best gamers come together to battle it out
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 25, 2016

DUBAI: Four top YouTubers from the region along with a number of youngsters took part in the three-day gaming in the Acer & Nvidia recently hosted and much anticipated GTX challenge, powered by Acer Predator 17.
The event at Sharaf DG, Times Square Centre in Dubai, hosted seasoned gamers from the region’s most prominent YouTube gaming channels: Mohamed from Multi Gamers, Alaa from DvLZStaTioN, Mohamed from MxR, and Ahmed from Extrava Gaming.
The pros went head to head with each other, and then with lucky fans, to play popular games such as Fifa, Project Cars, Tomb Raider, Doom, and Street Fighter. Moreover, gaming enthusiasts went against one another to showcase their gaming prowess and win exciting prizes throughout the event.
The first day of the three-day challenge had the YouTube pros compete to score the highest points in a three-round battle.
The two days following the challenge were centred around gamers from all around the UAE battling it out on the Predator 17. Fans could sign up for a time slot and one lucky fan ended up winning an Acer R11. This event is one of many gaming events hosted by Acer, and many more events can be expected in 2016.

The pros went head to head with each other, and then with lucky fans, to play popular games such as FIFA, Project CARS, Tomb Raider, DOOM, and Street Fighter. Moreover, gaming enthusiasts went against one another to showcase their gaming prowess and win exciting prizes throughout the event.
“In order to cater to the growing interest amongst the gaming community for devices specifically designed to address gaming needs, Acer products like the Predator series which are powered by Geforce GTX GPU, not only provide the ultimate gaming experience but also gives gamers the best equipped technology in the market,” said Celeste Gibbens, Marketing Manager at Acer Middle East and Africa. “The Predator GTX challenge is a chance for professional gaming players and fans to come together under one roof and compete against each other in a bid to gain the winning title. We were thrilled to welcome gaming experts and supporters to the event and provide them with an unforgettable experience.”
Kiran Bokar, Trade Marketing Manager Middle East and Africa while talking to The Gulf Today on the sideline of 3-day said that “Gaming especially playing online games on highly robust devices are one of the phenomenal trend among the youngsters in the region as now consumers prefer highly sophisticated devices to comply all their requirements,” and added that “In the last 6-month, the Acer has seen 20 per cent of market share in laptop while became leader in providing gaming devices with the share of 40 per cent in the region.”
The Predator Series, named after a fierce hunter, was designed for fierce gamers – members of what Acer calls the Predator tribe.For those with a need for speed, the Predator series of gaming notebooks combines the powerful 6th generation Intel® Core™ processor with advanced cooling and stellar audio capabilities.With NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980M, the Predator Series delivers extremely fast and fluid gameplay, and provides incredible performance.Sporting red accents and a black chassis with geometric lines and soft texture coating for extra grip, the Predator notebook is ready to tackle any challenge and allows gamers to Conquer New Worlds.

Health Day At Centro

•July 23, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Hotel holds Health Day to promote fitness
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By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 23, 2016

SHARJAH: The Emirate of Sharjah is recognised as the first Healthy City in the region by World Health Organisation (WHO). To revel in this and support the initiative, Centro Sharjah, in association with Sharjah Health Promotion department and Fitness First Gym, organised a Health Day at the hotel premises attended by over 100 employees of the hotel.
The Health Day is an initiative to collectively invite the community for a number of free health tests and wellness lectures conducted by authorities from Sharjah Health Promotion department. The aim is to create awareness about health related issues affecting our society today and work towards cumulative betterment.
“We are extremely eager to play our role in the Healthy City project,” said Michael Kasch, General Manager. He added, “This distinction for Sharjah compliments its reputation of being the Cultural Hub and is a great step forward to improve health.”

Sharjah Health and Tourism is a campaign organized by Health Promotion Department in the Supreme Council for family affairs that aims in increasing the awareness of health practices that tourists can adopt in different tourism places in Sharjah. The program has targeted 55 different tourist sites and addressed more than 1000 health facts and practices that are related to the targeted sites. The campaign gained huge public attention with more than 300,000 views through social networking accounts. The campaign was successful because of the different collaboration of public and private sectors. The team behind the campaign is headed by Eman Rashed Saif, The manager of Health Promotion Department in Supreme Council for family affairs.
Health Day to create awareness about importance of health & wellness was conducted  as over 100 staff and guests attended the event wearing sports gear and were treated to healthy snacks.

Dubai Summer Surprises

•July 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Shoppers enthralled by DSS shopping, entertainment
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 21, 2016

DUBAI: Since day one of the 19th edition of Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), the region’s longest running summer extravaganza, malls and shopping centres in Dubai have been bustling with shoppers of different nationalities and ages, enticed by the numerous deals, bargains and unique offers on a wide range of merchandise from local, regional and international brands.
Organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), DSS 2016 features discounts of up to 75 per cent offered by participating retail outlets, in addition to great bargains and promotions with fabulous prizes from luxury cars to shopping vouchers.
The Dubai Mall, the world’s most visited shopping and entertainment destination, embodies what DSS 2016 is all about. The Dubai Mall houses over 80 luxury boutiques within luxury precinct Fashion Avenue, over 1,200 stores, 200 restaurants and cafes, in addition to unique entertainment destinations including Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, SEGA Republic, Kidzania, Dubai Ice Rink and the flagship 22-screen Reel Cinemas.
Oasis Mall, the community mall and part of Landmark Group, has launched its much awaited Dubai Summer Surprises promotion for consumers to enjoy unique and rewarding shopping experiences during the summer till the Aug 20.
As part of the Dubai Shopping Malls Group (DSMG), the mall will be rewarding consumers with 12 luxurious Infiniti Q50cars, through raffle draws on a minimum spend of Dhs200. More lavish prizes are up for grabs with summer holiday packages being given to 15 lucky couples. The all-expense paid trips to some of the world’s favorite destinations like Bangkok, Goa and Malaysia are part of the mall’s lavish rewards. Partnering with Club Mahindra, these destinations are bound to be mesmerising (T&C’s apply).
Sanjay Kapoor, General Manager, Oasis Mall said: “Dubai Summer Surprises plays a pivotal role in leveraging Dubai’s vibrant retail sector while offering a platform to malls and retailers to maximize on its reward offerings. As one of the most convenient shopping destinations in Dubai, Oasis Mall believes in offering mesmerising experiences to its shoppers and visitors and is once again inviting the people of UAE to enjoy the best in benefits, entertainment and fun.”
The visitors to the mall will also be able to indulge in various other family activities through the month like weekly raffle draw for cars, kids’ activities at weekends and art exhibitions and parties with radio DJs.

Meri Pehchan Pakistan

•July 20, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Pakistan I-day anticipation

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 20, 2016

DUBAI: The Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD), the social body of Pakistan community members residing in Dubai, has lined up an array of activities to celebrate the country’s Independence Day (on Aug.14) with traditional and national enthusiasm.
Members of the executive committee and PAD office-bearers held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss a variety of programmes, from poetry session to traditional games, bringing together youths and families to provide a platform for the national celebration.
After the meeting, Tahir Zaidi, Joint General Secretary, told The Gulf Today that the association had discussed the details of the activities under the theme of “Meri Pehchan Pakistan” (My Identity Pakistan) to celebrate the national event and dedicate them to the country’s prominent humanitarian personality, Abdul Sattar Edhi, who died recently.
The celebrations, as part of “Meri Pehchan Pakistan,” will start with the holding of poetry session on July 29 at the Pakistan Auditorium in the PAD premises in which a number of Dubai-based Pakistani poets will enthral the audience.
On Aug.11, community members belong to different parts of the country will compete in a wide range of traditional regional activities under the banner of Pakistan Desi (local) Games Night.
The traditional local games will be like Punja Aazmai, Bazoo Pakrai or Bazoo Geeri, Wanji,Koodi, Carom Board, Lido, Pithu Garam and Rassa Kashi (Tug of War).
The games will include the variety of domestic games being played and enjoyed by youths all over Pakistan and will make an interesting scene for local and expatriate communities residing in the UAE.
However, the major day-long activities at the PAD will be held on Aug.14 with quizzes, national songs, and games for families as well as youngsters marking Independence Day with traditional zeal.

Pokemon Go Craze in Dubai

•July 18, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Expert delves into bright side of Pokemon Go phenomenon
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 18, 2016

DUBAI: With the latest sensation in mobile gaming in smartphones on the rise, the number of Pokemon Go users is also increasing as the days pass and experts commenting on the phenomena explore its positive side.
Jawad Ahmad, a Dubai-based software engineer and expert in web-designing a developer of smart phone applications, told The Gulf Today on Monday that like attaching both positive and negative aspects to sports, the players of Pokemon Go can benefit while catching the maximum number of characters in the field.
The craze has already gripped a large number of tech-savvy persons, especially young adults, who love the variety of games on their mobile phones.
With the release of a couple of countries in the first stage, USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand last week, the USA-based developers Niantic starting rolling out the game in further countries.
In the last over one week, the Pokemon Go players, also known as “trainers,” were seen roaming their neighbourhoods while glued to their screens, using geographical positioning and camera hitting the number of characters and increasing their scores.
“We have witnessed a number of smash-hit entries of games like Angry Birds, Crush Candy and others in the last couple of years, and their popularity spread very quickly.
“With the release of this new major hit, players are not sitting like couch potatoes on their seats, but rather seen roaming outside.
“The game uses augmented reality features like a GPS and camera making real-time surroundings into interesting game zones,” said Ahmad.
He pointed that the other major positive aspect of the game is that players are forced to go outside and pay close attention to their surroundings and explore their neighbourhoods.
“Like in Dubai, the players are experiencing very interesting and new attractions in their surroundings as earlier they had not paid them such close attention.
“This game if used with caution has some good effects,” he said, pointing to issues like depleting battery or massive consumption of mobile data for users.
According to experts, some areas surrounding Dubai Mall had open access to downloads, which resulted in an increasing number of local users who already uploaded their adventure for capturing characters like Bulbasaur, Mewtwo, Pikachu, Moltres or others seen in different places while using the augmented reality game.
There are a total of 151 Pokemon (characters) in the current version of the game, and players are trying to catch the maximum number while roaming and exploring their surroundings around the world.
It was also mentioned that the local telecommunication authorities have already issued a warning for the users of the game as the GPS and other features might be used by criminals to harm the residents.


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