Friday, 9 December 2016

UAE Business News: Discount markets still a draw for Abu Dhabi residents

UAE Business News:Discount markets still a draw for Abu Dhabi residents
Abu Dhabi News: The capital may be teeming with shiny new stores sporting the latest electronics, fashion and homeware collections, but throughout the year, it is the everyday discount markets that see the greatest consumer footfall.
UAE Business News: Discount markets still a draw for Abu Dhabi residents

Most of these outlets feature a variety of items at extremely affordable prices. While some products are priced as low as Dh1, most items cost between Dh5 and Dh30.
But it is not just the prices that attract customers; the other draw is that the stores feature a range of products — from bedding to garments, and crockery to skincare.
“Today, I’m here to buy a pair of slippers and some soap and shampoo. I regularly shop here for my everyday uses, as everything is available across the store,” said Sohail Khan, a 23-year-old restaurant worker from India who was shopping at a discount market off Hamdan Bin Mohammad Street.
“The prices are very cheap here and they suit my budget. I usually spend Dh150 per month on personal belongings and items, as well as perfumes and watches. In addition, I always come here to buy presents for my family and friends before I go on holiday,” he added.
For Mounir Tibari, a 35-year-old maintenance manager from Morocco, discount markets cater to his specific needs.
“I’m single and live alone, so I don’t like spending time on laundry. So I come here to find affordable and cheap underwear, socks, towels, blankets and bedsheets that I can discard and dispose after using them,” he said.
Despite the regional economic slowdown, the capital saw a number of new discount markets open their doors this summer in downtown Abu Dhabi.
Abdus Subhan Megoon, 24, a sales associate from India, was buying socks from a recently opened two-storey discount market on Zayed the First Street.
“I find the quality to be good, and the price is cheap too. I find out [other] shops charge much more for almost the same kind of product,” Megoon, who takes home Dh3,000 every month, said.
The large collection of products also makes shopping convenient.
“When I am looking for something specific, this is the best place to find it,” he added.
Beauty products for women are aplenty at the discount markets, which draw their fair share of the fairer sex.
“I come here and usually go back with quite a bit of make-up — nail polishes, lipsticks, nail kits and soaps. The best thing is that you can find almost everything at this shop, and the prices are perfect,” said Shammi Munni, a 32-year-old tailor from Bangladesh. She was stocking her shopping basket with cosmetics at a long-established discount store on Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street.
“I earn an average salary of Dh2,000 and reserve about Dh300 for cosmetics and beauty products,” she said with a smile.
Contrary to popular perception, it is not just low income-earners who frequent discount markets. Many expats prefer to pick up gifts for friends and family, especially as buying many items does not require a huge outlay of cash.
“We’re leaving for our annual vacation on Thursday, and coming to a discount market is perfect when you want gifts for family and friends,” said 38-year-old graphic designer Sree Kumar, who was out shopping with his wife and one-year-old son. The family has an average monthly earning of Dh10,000.
“We find everything here, from our household items to electronics and personal products. Today, we are here to get perfumes, watches, clothes and toys,” said Kumar’s 27-year-old wife, Anju. She works as a nurse at a private hospital in the capital.
Apart from residents, visitors too hunt for bargains at Abu Dhabi’s discount outlets.
“I’m here on a two-month trip, so I’m looking to buy myself several outfits today, as well as some for my wife and children,” said Thomas Talakkottur, a chef from India. He added that he found the prices to be so reasonable that he was planning to buy watches, perfumes and cosmetics as gifts before he left the store.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

LIVE Dubai International Film Festival 2016

LIVE: Dubai International Film Festival 2016 raises curtains
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Dubai International Film Festival has returned for its 13th edition today, December 7, with a diverse line-up of international and regional films. 
WE brings you all the action from the red carpet of Dubai's one of the most prestigious and glamorous events.
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7:45 pm
American actor Samuel Jackson speaks to media at the red carpet.
7:20 pm
Here are some candid moments from the event.
7:00 pm
6:45 pm
Waiting at the red carpet (Photos by Juidin Bernarrd)
6:30 pm
Maan Jalal from City Times reports live from the red carpet.

Friday, 2 December 2016

UAE LABOUR LAW :Employee must report sickness in 2 days

UAE Employee must report sickness in 2 days

I was absent from work in a Dubai company on December 27 and 28 (two days) last year due to an illness. I could not inform the office about the same. For that, our Human Resources Department has taken disciplinary action against me.
UAE LABOUR LAW :Employee must report sickness in 2 days

1) They withheld my whole month’s salary; 
2) stopped me from coming to work and told me to be on leave without pay for 10 days; 
3) told me to clear all outstanding money I had taken from the office at one go; and 
4) shifted me from the Sharjah branch to the Dubai branch without consent or notice.
Is this fair? Why am I not being allowed to join work? Why should I accept their leave without pay? I am a woman who is financially dependent on the company salary for surviving in a foreign land. My rents and bills are due. My company has put me into financial trouble for being absent for only two days. Isn’t this violation of the UAE Labour Law?
It is understood that you are employed by an entity registered in Dubai which has its branch in Sharjah, and that you could not attend office for two days owing to illness and that you could not inform your office about the same. As a result of this, the HR Department of your employer decided to take disciplinary action against you. It is presumed that your employment is subject to provisions of the Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 on the Regulation of Labour Relations (the “UAE Labour Law”).
Pursuant to your question, it may be noted that if an employee contracts an illness not resulting out of an employment-related injury, the employee must report about his/her illness within a maximum of two days. This is in accordance with Article 82 of the UAE Labour Law which states:
“Where a worker contracts an illness otherwise than as a result of an employment injury, the worker shall report his illness within a maximum of two days and the employer shall thereupon take the necessary steps to have the worker medically examined immediately for the purpose of verifying his illness.”
In view of this, it may be noted that you were absent from work for two days without informing your employer and you reported to your work on the third day. Considering this, your employer may initiate disciplinary action against you. However, you may rely on Article 83 of the UAE Labour Law to plead with your employer that you are entitled to sick leave which states:
“1) The worker shall not be entitled to any paid sick leave during the probation period; and
2) If the worker completed more than three months after the probation period in the continuous service of the employer and falls ill, he shall be entitled to sick leave not exceeding 90 days whether continuous or otherwise, in respect of every year of service. Such leave shall be calculated as follows:
a) The first 15 days with full pay;
b) The next 30 days with half pay; and
c) Any subsequent periods without pay.”
The various other penalties being imposed on you as part of disciplinary action such as holding full one-month’s salary and not allowing you to attend work are not in accordance with those prescribed by the UAE Labour Law and, as such, they are in gross violation thereof. However, transferring you to the Dubai branch of the employer and seeking immediate repayment of loan taken by you from the employer are at the discretion of the employer.
No ban after two years at managerial level
I am presently working as an assistant manager in a Dubai-based LLC company for the last seven years. I have a ‘Limited’ period labour contract with my employers which will expire in November 2015. The labour contract states Federal Act No. (8) for the end-of-service benefits and Clause 120 of Federal Law No. (8) of 1980 if employer wants to terminate the services of an employee.
I want to know if I resign before the expiry of my contract period, what kind of ban my employer can impose on me? Also, if I resign after the expiry of my contract, will there be any ban on me? My employer had put one-year ban on my ex-colleague who had an ‘unlimited’ labour contract.
It is understood that you are working as an assistant manager at an entity based in Dubai for the last seven years under a limited-period contract which is set to expire in the month of November this year. Further, it is understood that your employment is subject to the provisions of Federal Law No (8) of 1980 (the “UAE Labour Law”).
It is learnt that in the event of termination of an employment contract under the volition of the employee, an employer has a right to seek a labour ban on such an employee.
However, it may be advised that your employer may not be able to impose any labour ban on you, should you choose to resign from your employment before the expiry of your employment contract, as you have already completed seven years of employment with your current employer and that you are holding a managerial position.
This is due to the reason that labour bans are not imposed upon employees who have continuously worked for two years or more. This is in accordance with the provisions of Article 2 of the Ministerial Resolution No. 1186 of 2010 which states:
Likewise, your employer also may not impose a ban even if you choose not to renew your employment contract after the expiry of the employment contract as you would be duly completing the period of employment mentioned in the employment contract.
However, it may also be noted that if a labour ban does get imposed on you, you may contest such a ban and try to have it removed if your subsequent employer is offering you the prescribed salary pertaining to your educational qualifications. This is in accordance with Article (4) of the Ministerial Resolution No. 1186 of 2010 which states:
“As an exception to the provision of Item No. (2) of Article (2) of this Resolution, the Ministry may issue a work permit to the employee without requiring the two-year period in the following cases:
a) In the event that the employee is starting his new position at the first, second or third professional levels after fulfilling the conditions for joining any of these levels according to the rules in force at the ministry, and provided that his new wage is not less than Dh12,000 at the first professional level, Dh7,000 at the second professional level and Dh5,000 at the third professional level;
b) In the event that the employer violates his legally stipulated obligations to the employee, or in the event that the employee is not the cause for terminating the work relationship as mentioned in Article (3) of this Resolution; and
c) In the event that the employee moves to another establishment owned solely or jointly by the same employer.”

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

UAE National Day in the UAE

UAE NEWS:11 amazing things to do this 45th National Day in the UAE

From thrilling races to unbelievable hotel rates, here’s how to make the most of your long weekend for the 45th UAE National Day
UAE National Day in the UAE

1. Book now!

Dh45 a night for a night at a five-star hotel? Possible in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for the fastest of the lot at four hotels of Jannah Hotels and Resorts group in the UAE. The first five rooms at each of these hotels go at a rate of Dh45 per night for December 1 and 2 when directly booked from them. The offer is available at Jannah Burj Al Sarab, Jannah Place Abu Dhabi, Jannah Marina Bay Suites and Jannah Place Dubai Marina.
2. Let your colours fly at Yas Marina Circuit
Yas Marina Circuit is the place to be for UAE National Day if you reside in Abu Dhabi – with their many family activities and annual fireworks shows, everyone gets to have a good time. Highlights of the day include fireworks, live music, oud player, human claw, story-time with Dr. Ahmed, Arabic calligraphy, henna painters, falconry, harbiye dancers, face painters, art and crafts section for the children, inflatable amusement rides and caricaturists.
Cost Free entry Timings 2pm to 7pm Dates December 2

3. Racing like a pro

This UAE National Day will give racing kart fanatics a 35 per cent discount on their Arrive and Drive session for December 2 and 3. Each session will include a full safety briefing, racing gear and track time (normal sessions only have 15 minutes of track time). The sessions are suitable for all levels from novices to professionals. Call ahead for details on height and weight restrictions and available timings.

4. Box Park outing

One trip to Boxpark is a must for all UAE residents and this weather is perfect to take advantage of the chic outdoor seating available in almost all outlets here. While you are there, go see the 3D letters of Boxpark (opposite Filfil restaurant) decked in national flag colours and a touch of abstract creativity by Mariusz 'Clash' Krakówko Рa Dubai based graffiti artist. The re-designed letters can be seen up to December 2.

5. Kids’ splashing day out

Get all-day access to one of Dubai’s latest waterparks, Splash ‘n’ Party, for children at Dh45 per child (one adult goes free with every child). Kids gets to experience a weekend filled with splash pads, live underwater mermaids, fantastic fire shows, live entertainment, magic shows and much more.
Location Splash ‘n’ Party, Villa no. 1, Street 8A, Al Safa 2, Jumeirah, Dubai Cost Dh45 for all day access per child (one adult goes free), Dh50 for additional adult pass Timings 9am to 8pm DatesNovember 30 to December 1 Contact +971 4 388 3008

6. Party at Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace is going all out with its UAE National Day celebrations and highlights include fireworks, a beach party, festive hampers, lucky draws for Emirati visitors, an exhibition of 45 different types of dates and video mapping visible to guests as well as visitors.
Location  Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh200 per person (includes food and beverages for National Day party); Dh750 for festive hamper (includes festive season cookies, traditional German stollen, a bottle of bubbly, truffle honey, chocolate truffles, duck rillettes and smoked salmon with 24 carat leaves Contact +971 2 690 9000

7. Winter Mania Carnival and Funfair

The first of its kind, this festival is all about giving back to the local community. Featuring a collection of unique and never before experienced carnival games, inflatable challenges, contests, activities and live performances in Ras al Khaimah, this will make the national day weekend a fun one for the family.
Location Bin Majid Beach Resort, Ras Al Khaimah Cost Dh35 for everyone aged 5 and above Free for younger children Contact 800 5700 

8. Dine at Dh45

The restaurants at Cascade Dining have united and created a limited-edition menu of 45 dishes for Dh45, available for 45 hours to celebrate the 45th UAE National Day. Ensuring fun for all the family - there will also be UAE National Day activities taking place at Cascade Dining over the weekend including face painting, flag giveaways and there are also many prizes to be won. 
Location Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Cost Dh45 per dish (for 45 hours during UAE National Day celebrationsTimings 9am to 12am Dates December 1 to 3

9. Luxury stay at 45 per cent discount

Al Seef Resort by Andalus, a luxury getaway spot in the main city of Abu Dhabi yet away from the typical hustle of the city is joining the entire nation in celebrating the 45th UAE National Day by offering 45 percent discount on the best available rates. This is subject to taxes and availability of rooms. 
Location Abu Dhabi Cost As per room booked with 45 per cent discount (subject to taxes - not available in conjunction with other offers) Dates November 30 to December 3 Contact +971 2 652 6722

10. Dubai Parks and Resorts tickets at Dh45!

You are not going to get a deal like this anytime soon and what a perfect way to explore the newly launched Legoland Dubai and Bollywood Theme Parks. 4,500 tickets will be given at the festive rate of Dh45 on a 'first-come first-served' basis. While the majority of these will be sold online, a limited number will be available at the park gates as well over the weekend.
Location Dubai Parks and Resorts, near the Outlet Village, Dubai Dates Sale online starts on November 26 Dates of offer December 1 to 3

11. Special rates for aerial Uber tours  

On Saturday, December 3, over the 45 National Day weekend – you can lift off in Uber SEAWINGS for a stunning 25-minute aerial tour of Dubai at over 50 per cent off which includes Uber car transfers. Sitting in the comfortable Cessna seaplane which takes off from Dubai Creek. you will experience some of Dubai’s most iconic hot-spots Burj Al Arab and Palm Jumeirah. Limited sale on November 29!

from the sky, including Burj Khalifa,
Location Take off from Dubai Creek (offer include Uber car transfers) Online sale November 29 (Tuesday) from 12pm to 4pm Cost Dh500 per person for entire experience Payments and booking Through Uber

Thursday, 24 November 2016

UAE News:7 UAE world records you should know

7 UAE world records you should know

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Apart from wearing the record of the world's tallest building with pride, the UAE has many more world records it can be proud of. Here are just some of those great world records you should definitely know about.

Tallest hotel In UAE

Apart from titleholder Burj Khalifa, the UAE is also home to the world's tallest hotel. The JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai stands at 1,165.84 feet with 77 floors. And if that isn't enough, it beats it twice since the hotel has two towers - both of the same size.

Largest standing lantern In UAE

Measuring up to 42 feet and 11 inches, the largest standing lantern can be found in the emirate of Sharjah in Souq Al Jubail. The lantern is made of wood and copper.

Most expensive headwear sold at auction In UAE

Be careful putting this one on as it costs an astounding Dh24,050,000! The headwear was sold at an auction organized by the Al Jalila Foundation in Dubai and was actually worn by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Highest restaurant from ground level In UAE

The highest restaurant can be found where else than the tallest building. At.mosphere sits on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa and is elevated to a height of 1,447 feet and 10 inches. But before you get excited, bookings have to be made in advance.             

Largest flag suspended In UAE

Made by the Meydan group, the largest flag ever suspended measures 26, 496 ft2, 15.8 inand is the largest UAE flag to have ever flown. The unfurling of this flag was observed by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Most nationalities washing their hands simultaneously 

72 nationalities washed their hands together in Dubai to celebrated Global Handwashing Day with more than 200 participants. They hailed from all four corners of the globe such as Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bolivia, Estonia, Hungary, Iraq, Malawi, Palestine, Syria, Ukraine and Zimbabwe.

Largest synchronised 'car dance' In Dubai

Cars? Dance? In the UAE that is a resounding yes. With 121 cars, Pepsi collaborated with Impact BBDO, Swerve Entertainment and INSA to form a peace sign using 4x4s in the Margham Desert of Dubai.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

UAE Holidays 2017

UAE National Day,Commemoration Day holidays for public and private sectors announced

ABU DHABI News: The UAE National Day and Commemoration Day holidays for the public sector will begin on December 1, Thursday, with work resuming on December 4, Sunday.
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The private sector holiday will be on December 1 and 2, Thursday and Friday.
The holidays were announced through circulars issued by the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources and Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
The authority extended its greetings to President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, and the people of the UAE.
We’re calling 2017 the Year of the Long Weekend. And the reason for this is because almost all holidays, this year, fall around a weekend, giving most workers at least a three day-holiday.
You can read our guide to the UAE public holidays scheduled for 2017. Those working in the public sector can expect more days off than those in the private sector. All public holidays are paid, and may not count towards an employee’s annual leave.
All dates marked with an asterix (*) are tentative and will only be final once confirmed by the UAE Government.

Date - 2017
January 1 
New Year's Day
April 24 *
Al Isra'a Wal Mi’raj – Ascension day
May 25 *
Ramadan expected to begin
June 25 *
Eid Al Fitr
August 31 *
Arafat (Haj) Day
September 1 *
Eid Al Adha – Feast of Sacrifice
September 21 *
Al Hijri - Islamic New Year
November 30 
Commemoration Day
November 30* 
Milad Un Nabi - Birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)
December 2
UAE National Day
*Dates subject to change in accordance with moon sighting 

January 1 – New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day is fixed on January 1 to celebrate the dawn of the new Gregorian year. The UAE joins the global party with fireworks, parades, and parties. Last year, Burj Khalifa was the centerpiece for one of the greatest firework displays the UAE has ever seen.
In 2017, New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday, so it will be a 3-day weekend in the UAE. Make sure you make your NYE plans well in advance.

April 24 – Al Isra'a Wal Mi’raj – Ascension Day

Al Isra'a Wal Mi’raj is an Islamic holiday, which is observed annually on the 27thday of the Islamic month of Rajab, according to the Hijri calendar. The holiday marks the night Allah took Mohammad (PBUH) on a journey from Makkah to Jerusalem, and then to heaven. The journey was made in a single night, hence the name.
In 2017, as far as the Gregorian calendar is concerned, the holiday falls on Monday April 24.
The date is subject to moon-sighting and could change.

June 25 – Eid Al Fitr

Roughly translated, Eid Al Fitr means “festival of breaking the fast”. The holiday is a celebration which marks the end of Ramadan (which is forecast to begin on June 25). It is a time to show kindness to others and love for Allah.
Eid Al Fitr begins automatically after the last day of Ramadan, on the first day of Shawwal. In 2017 it is predicted to begin on Sunday June 25. Holidays vary between two and three days from the start of Eid Al Fitr, so expect a long weekend.
The date is subject to moon-sighting and could change.

August 31 – Arafat Day

Arafat Day is the second day of the annual haj (or pilgrimage). The holiday takes place the day before the start of Eid Al Adha. At dawn, Muslim pilgrims make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside called Mount Arafat and a plain called the Plain of Arafat.
In 2017 Arafat Day falls on a Thursday, so get ready for a long weekend.
The date is subject to moon-sighting and could change.

September 1 – Eid Al Adha

Eid Al Adha translates to the “festival of sacrifice”. The holiday honours Ibrahim and his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail for Allah. Ismail is happy to oblige before Allah sends his angel, Jibraeel, to inform Ibrahim that he has already accepted the sacrifice from his heart.
Goats are sacrificed and divided into three parts: one part for the family, one part for relatives, and one part for the poor. The holiday begins on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hijja – the last month of the Hijri calendar.
In 2017, Eid Al Adha is expected to begin on Friday September 1. Usually lasting for three days, it is very likely that workers will celebrate with a long weekend.
The date is subject to moon-sighting and could change.

September 21 – Al Hijri – Islamic New Year

Al Hijri is the Islamic New Year. Expected to fall on Thursday, September 21 in 2017, it is likely that workers in the UAE will enjoy a long weekend.
In 2017, the new Islamic year will be 1438.
The date is subject to moon-sighting and could change.

November 30 – Commemoration Day

Commemoration Day (sometimes referred to as Martyr’s Day) is a new public holiday and is fixed on November 30. The day was declared by His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, in 2015 to honour Emiratis who have died for their country.
The remembrance will fall on a Thursday in 2017 and workers can expect yet another long weekend.

November 30 – Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) Birthday

The birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi Al Awwal. In Arabic, the holiday is referred to as Eid Al Mawlid an Nabawi.
In 2017, November 30 falls on a Thursday and with Commemoration Day also falling on this day, it is possible an extra day will be granted on Sunday to create a long weekend.
The date is subject to moon-sighting and could change.

December 2 – UAE National Day

The UAE’s National Day is fixed on December 2 each year. Although the UAE – or the Trucial States as it was known until 1971 – was never part of the British Empire, it was a British Protectorate. The protectorate treaty was withdrawn on December 1 1971, paving the way for the federal unification of the Trucial States.
Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah made up the original UAE, with Ras Al Khaimah joining in a year later in 1972. 2017 will be the UAE’s 46th birthday.
One or two days are granted as public holidays, and as December 2 is a Saturday, it is possible that Sunday, December 3 is also granted as a holiday and workers could receive a long weekend.

Monday, 12 September 2016

20 amazing things to do on Eid in the UAE

Eid Al Adha 2016: 20 amazing things to do in the UAE

Eid Al Adha is a great time to be in the UAE. Celebratory shows, events and offers across malls, shopping centres and dining outlets ensure that your holidays are fun-packed and entertaining. Here are our top picks of things to do this Eid Al Adha.
Watch the Eid Al Adha fireworks
 Eid Al Adha fireworks in dubai,uae
One of the best parts about Eid is getting the chance to watch impressive fireworks. In Dubai, the Beach, opposite JBR, will play host to six nights of fireworks shows from September 11 to 16. The show will start at 8.30pm each night. Yas Island in Abu Dhabi will have Eid Al Adha celebratory fireworks on September 12 at 9pm. Al Qasba and Al Majaz Waterfront in Sharjah will also have fireworks on September 12, The shows will be at 10.30pm in Al Qasba and from 9-10pm at Al Majaz Waterfront.
Family fun at Cascade Dining, Yas Mall
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Have a family day out at one of the 23 food outlets in Cascade Dining with free entertainment. While the fun starts with Magic Max, the resident magician and roaming jugglers add to the excitement. It’s not all about the performers though, as the outlets gear up to serve up their very best with special Eid promotions.
When: September 12, 13 and 14. Performances start at 3.30pm on September 12, and 12.30pm on September 13 and 14.
Jaguar and Mercedes AMG Driving experience in Yas Marina circuit
Jaguar and Mercedes AMG Driving experience in Yas Marina circuit
Experience driving a Jaguar F-type or a Mercedes AMG on the Yas Marina race circuit in Abu Dhabi. Get a passenger experience on SST Radical, Jaguar F-type or a drift taxi passenger experience — all on the circuit that hosts the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. You also get 50 per cent off on the next experience you buy.
When: Until September 17.
Cost: Jaguar F-type Driving Dh1,300; Jaguar F-type Passenger Dh500; SST Radical Passenger Dh440; Mercedes AMG Driving Dh1,500; Drift Taxi Passenger Experience Dh330. Get 50 per cent off on passenger experiences when you buy a driving experience for Jaguar F type or Mercedes AMG; Get 50 per cent off on the second SST Radical Passenger experience.
Contact 800927 or go to

Titan the Robot visits Yas Island
Titan the Robot visits Yas Island
World-famous android, Titan the Robot, will visit attractions on Yas Island over Eid. Titan’s celebrity fans include Hugh Jackman and Jackie Chan. Meeting Titan is free for visitors to Yas Island and he will be making stops at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi (September 9 and 10), Cascade Dining (September 13, 14, 16 and 18), Yas Mall (September 15) and The District at Du Forum (September 17). Get ready to chat and take photos with this celebrity as he impresses you with his dance moves.

Cinderella Theatrical Musical at Al Qasba, Sharjah
Over Eid, Al Qasba will bring to life the much-loved fairy tale ofCinderella on stage. Backed by singers, dancers and other performers, the cast will keep you enthralled in the story, but only until the clock strikes midnight.
Cost: Dh50 per ticket.
When: September 12 to 14. 40-minute shows at 5.30pm, 7.30pm and 9.30pm.
Tickets available on

Family day out at Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort
Fujairah’s famed family destination spreads the warmth of Eid Al Adha with its festive offers. For families looking to get away just for the day, Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort offers an Eid Day Out package. The Eid Day Out offer includes pool and beach access and a Dh50 voucher that can be redeemed at any of the restaurants in the resort during the days of Eid.
Cost: Dh200 per person.
When: September 11, 12 and 13.
Call 09-2449000.

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan live concert
Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan live concert
Pakistani Sufi maestro Rahet Fateh Ali Khan will perform in Dubai. The singer started performing when he was just seven, joining his uncle’s Qawwali group at 15. It is his only live performance in 2016 and the night promises to be one of a kind featuring a live acoustic segment. He will perform all his Bollywood and Qawwali hits in this three-hour concert.
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre.
Cost: From Dh250 onwards
When: September 16. Show starts at 8pm.
Tickets available on

Nickelodeon Play Park in Dubai Festival City
Nickelodeon Playpark in Dubai Festival City
Inspired by the Nickelodeon HD and Nick Jr TV Channels, Dubai Festival City has created a Nickelodeon Playpark where children can take part in interactive experiences and enjoy their favourite shows. Kids can tour play forts inspired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, visit jewellery crafting sessions and use the iPad station to explore the Nickelodeon app. Visitors will also get to watch a live street theatre show, The Spark!, for free. The show combines high impact drumming, dynamic choreography and beautiful lighting designs.
Cost: Free.
When: The Spark! is on every day at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm until September 17; Nickelodeon Play Park is on until September 26.

Al Capone Jazz Band
Al Cappone Jazz Band
A roaming music act from Italy, this band features a combination of classic jazz and swing music. You can participate in it too as it involves the entire audience singing and clapping.
When and where: September 12 at City Centre Deira; September 13 and 14 at Mall of the Emirates; September 15, 16 and 17 at Dragon Mart 2

Family fun at The Galleria
Shoppers at The Galleria in Al Maryah Island can enjoy special activities including a live henna station and a falconry stand. Children can participate in the arts and craft activities and visitors can get individual craft pieces created by the resident calligrapher.
When: Until September 13, 5-10pm.

Eid celebrations at Mercato Mall
The Quick Change Show will feature performers changing into different dresses in split seconds in front of the audience. Other events include acrobatic performances on rollerblades, roaming acts, and a kids’ workshop conducted by the performers, which will include painting, themed arts and crafts activities.
When: Until September 17.

Comedy Illusion Show at City Centre Mirdif
These comedy illusionists combine stunning illusions, magic and comedy into one action-packed show. They won British Idol 2012 and were voted the best illusion act in the UK National Magic Championships.
When: Until September 17.

Eid Al Adha celebrations at Wafi Mall
Eid Al Adha celebrations at Wafi Mall
With a traditional majlis area, Emirati dance performers, henna booth and other traditional activities, Wafi Mall is embracing Eid in a culturally significant way. Visitors can also take pictures to keep as mementos at the falcon corner or have their pictures printed instantly at the mall photo-booth with options of dressing in the UAE attire. Children will be greeted by cartoon characters Khosa and Boosa, who will be roaming around the mall from 3.30pm.
Dates: Until September 14.

Looney Tunes at Ibn Battuta Mall
Looney Tunes at Ibn Battuta Mall
The Looney Tunes show featuring Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and Taz will perform live and will run for 10 days in Ibn Battuta Mall as part of the Eid Al Adha celebrations. At the workshop, children can make film strip bookmarks, engage in games such as spot the difference and also take part in colouring activities.
Dates: Until September 17.

IMG Worlds of Adventure
IMG Worlds of Adventure
Eid celebrations at the world’s largest indoor park, IMG World of Adventure, will see world-renowned superheroes such as Spider-Man strolling through the park. Other entertainment includes dance shows, magicians, acrobats and street artists. IMG Boulevard will be transformed into an Arabic souq with henna artists, Al Ayallah dancers, a falconry display and an oud player. This is in addition to the rides and attractions on offer.
Where: IMG Worlds of Adventure near Arabian Ranches, next to Global Village, Dubai
Dates: Until September 13.
Tickets: Adult Dh300, children Dh250; Two-day passes for adults Dh500, children Dh400; Annual passes are Dh2,495; Fast track passes available on

Circus Follies
Circus Follies
The comic juggling group from Italy will perform in Dubai’s malls featuring equilibrist performers and comedy animation.
When and where: September 12 at Ibn Battuta Mall; September 13 and 14 at City Centre Deira; September 15 and 16 at Mall of the Emirates; September 17 at Dragon Mart 2.

Larger than Life Mimes
These silent performers will walk above everyone on stilts, but they will also turn heads with their silence. The group refuses to use sound to attract an audience as they draw crowds in a visual way with their colourful lined costumes complete with shaggy lace, and crazy facial gestures that tell a wonderful story.
When and where: Until September 14 at Mall of the Emirates; September 15 to 16 at Dragon Mart 2; September 17 at Ibn Battuta Mall.

The Jungle Book
Create fun memories with your family at The Jungle Book experience where visitors are taken on a journey deep into the jungle with a feast of visual and audio effects. With some real animals and real-life forest foliage, visitors can participate in interactive activities as well.
Where: City Walk expansion, located at Multaqa Al Adua’a (next to Hub Zero).
When: Until September 17.

Live concerts – Arabic music
Live concerts – Arabic music
Mohammad Abdo, Rabeh Saqer and Shamma Hamdan will perform at the Dubai World Trade Center. Saqer and Hamdan will perform on September 13. Mohammad Abdo will take centre stage on September 16.

iMall celebrations
iMall celebrations
From September 12 to 14 (7pm to 10pm), Sharjah’s newest mall’s list of activities include Creative Robo Olympics, Creative Robo Olympics, Virtual Reality games, Play and Win game series as well as a henna stall and a specialised hi-tech digital caricature artist. Creative Robotics CR8 will have special classes at discounted prices to teach children the science of designing and engineering robots and more.

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