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Private Government Launches ‘Come and Take’

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Dubai Based Metal Collective’s second record now available at all Virgin Megastores and Online across all streaming services.

UAE-based metal collective Private Government have started 2019 with the release of their second album Come and Take (created and titled as Μολὼν Λαβέ in Greek) as a very limited “Olympus Bundle” digipak edition, which includes additional segue tracks and a Private Government plectrum in the package. This version is now available in all Virgin Megastore outlets in the country, distributed by Cavo Music, and is also available through CD and other online vendors for international fans. The collective hosted a listening event on Friday 8th at Moto Cafe to celebrate the release.

Inspired by a distant dystopian future, ‘Come and Take’ is a journey focusing on the human spirit’s resilience and endeavour to always rise again in the face of tyranny.

“What I tried to accomplish with this album is to create a timeless record”, says Miltiadis Kyvernitis, founder of Private Government. “I am very proud of what we have produced on this album, and I am certain that we will put Middle Eastern Metal on the global map with the theme we have chosen.”

Miltiadis Kyvernitis is joined on the album by lead guitarist and co-producer Joe Akkawi.

“We have produced something special here”, added Akkawi. “We see this record as a stepping stone in the right direction for the local music scene and we hope to inspire other bands to write, record and release music.”

‘Come and Take’ features a line-up of guest musicians from a wide variety of musical backgrounds including award winning hip-hop producer Swerte, internationally acclaimed bassist Rami Lakkis, industry vocalist Nadeem Bibby of regional progressive-metal band Anuryzm, guitarist Royden Mascarenhas of Point of View, Serge Lutfi of Aramaic and soul-singing sensation Hamdan Al-Abri of ABRI.

Tracking Listing

  1. End of Days (Τέλος Ημερών)
  2. Come and Take (Μολὼν Λαβέ)
  3. Eyes Wide Shut (Λαγνεία)
  4. Genocide (Γενοκτονίας)
  5. Thermite (θερµίτη)
  6. Lair of Hela (Πρωτοτοκία)
  7. Tainted with Blood (Αποκάλυψης)
  8. Exodus (Εξοδος)
  9. Four Minute Men (Ψευδής)
  10. Rising Sun (Ἀνατολή)

The album was originally released for digital download and streaming in August last year through all digital music platforms including Spotify, Anghami and Apple Music.

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SAE Dubai to Host ‘Study 4 A Day’ workshops for students interested in a career in creative media

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  • Students are invited to come for a taste of a career in the areas of Audio, Animation, Graphic Design, Film-making and Games Development

SAE, the world’s leading educator in creative media industries will host a study day at its Dubai campus on Saturday, 23rd February for students interested in a career in the creative fields.

The full-day workshops will give participants a chance to experience student life, learn from the industry professionals as well as provide access to hands-on training with a taster of coursework from degree programs. The study day is great way to experiment with the creative media fields and can provide great insight for those who are still unsure of their study plans. The lecturers will introduce participants to technical skills in their discipline of choice and provide insight into careers in the chosen field.

Study 4 A Day will cover the following curriculum across the various creative disciplines:

  • Animation: Participants will be introduced to the principles of Modelling, including both 2D and 3D Animation software, character animation, game art, 3D modelling and rigging and visual effects.
  • Audio: Participants will be introduced to the principles of Audio production, including recording and music production software, studio signal flow, microphone techniques, and other audio elements including mixing techniques.
  • Graphic Design: Participants will be introduced to the basics of the principles of Graphic Design, including Adobe design software, typography, logos, vector based designs versus raster based designs and poster collage design.
  • Film: Participants will be introduced to basic principles of Film production, including storytelling, cinematography and post-production.
  • Games: Participants will be introduced to the tools and software used in Games Development in addition to the basics of programming, games design and level design.

The workshops will run from 10 am to 4 pm and students will receive a certificate of attendance. The event is open to anyone in Year 10 and above or aged 16 years and above.

With over 50 campuses throughout the world, SAE is renowned for delivering outstanding industry focused education as a mix of theory and practical trainings and have set the benchmark for higher education in creative media.

For more information or to register your interest, please visit Call 971 4 360 6456 or email the SAE Dubai at for more details.

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ZEE5 Originals for Feb 2019 starring Arjun Rampal, Kunal Kemmu

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Zee network’s video on demand platform ZEE5 available in 190+ countries, including the MENA region has a wide range of exclusive ZEE5 Originals lined up for February 2019. Actor Kunal Kemmu stars in his first digital film with Hindi crime thriller Abhay, and Arjun Rampal debuts with The Final Call. ZEE5 also has Bengali Original, Sharate Aaj, Tamil Originals D7 & Kalavu among others for its South Asian global audience.

The Final Call: premiering on 22nd February stars Arjun Rampal, in his digital debut, as a suicidal pilot on duty. Based on Priya Kumar’s book, ‘I will go with you, this gripping thriller also stars Sakshi Tanwar and Jaaved Jaaferi.

Abhay: Kunal Kemmu in his digital debut plays an investigative officer who solves bone chilling murder cases while dealing with his own personal demons, in the first procedural format crime thriller Abhay which premiered on ZEE5 on 7th February

Sharate Aaj: ZEE5’s biggest Bengali Original yet, Sharate Aaj, debuts on February 21st and stars well known Bengali actor Parambrata Chattopadhyay. Shot completely in London, the show traces the lives of a close-knit Bengali community getting set to celebrate Pujo while being hit by a terror attack conspiracy.

Also lined up for February are Tamil originals like D7 and Kalavu, Malayalam originals like Mirror and Aarpoo as well as Marathi original Sex, Drugs and Theatre. While ZEE5 Originals, Rangbaaz and the Marathi show Date with Saie are now also available in Tamil, Telugu, Bangla, Kannada, Marathi and Malayalam.

“We’re constantly working to layer our offering with a range of high- octane Originals, handpicked movies and our ever-popular TV Shows, across languages and genres for our global audiences. We’ve got a tremendous response for ZEE5 especially in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. With such a fabulous lineup of shows, we’re looking forward to replicating this success very soon across other markets too.” said Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer – ZEE5 Global

With over 1,00,000 hours of Indian TV Shows, Movies, News and Videos, ZEE5 offers the largest bouquet of content across 12 languages to South Asian audiences across the globe. ZEE5 also offers 60+ popular Live TV channels, including ZEE’s best loved channels.

ZEE5 is available on Google Play Store, iOS App Store, as well as on Samsung Smart TVs, Apple TV, Android TVs and Amazon Fire TV.

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  • Dubai-based fashion label being recognized at the New York Fashion Week

From Hollywood celebrities such as the Kardashians, Ariana Grande, Cardi B, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Ora, Ciara, and now, Ollia – the queen of luxury faux fur brand Tzarina by Ollia, conquers the universe after Miss Catriona Elisa Magnayon Gray, the reigning Miss Universe 2018 wears her creation during the Valentine’s Day Wonderland event at Planet Hollywood Times Square in New York City and New York Fashion Week guest appearance arranged and coordinated by YUGEN PR, a boutique celebrity, entertainment and fashion PR based in Dubai.

Miss Universe Catriona is all smile while wearing a gray Faux Fur matching with Pink silky cocktail gown.

Catriona is the fourth Filipina crowned as Miss Universe in Bangkok, Thailand last December 2018. She is now in New York City to fulfill her duties as the title holder and expected to travel the world to amplify awareness on her advocacies such as access to quality education and AIDS awareness.

Commenting on the partnership, Josh M Yugen, Founder and Managing Director of YUGEN PR said, “We are extremely happy to work with the Miss Universe team and the reigning Ms. Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. We are humbled that the Dubai-based brand Tzarina by Ollia was chosen to be Catriona’s glam outfit for her special appearance during the New York Fashion Week, it’s a proud moment for us and the whole Dubai fashion industry to be continuously being recognized not only on a regional scope but globally.”

Tzarina by Ollia started last 2015 with showroom in Milan, with headquarters located in Los Angeles, California and Dubai in United Arab Emirates. Ollia’s jackets are made by faux fur- a type of textile fabric fashioned to simulate genuine animal fur. Because of its luxurious, elegant, and fashionable appearance, no doubt that it was worn by many Hollywood celebrities. The 29-year-old faux fur fashion queen shares the story on how she started.
I literally set the brand up by accident, I couldn’t find a fur coat of a certain color and really needed one, so I had it made. I took some photos for my Instagram and everybody went crazy for it.” says Ollia.


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  • Plenty of thrills and spills with weekly Girls Just Wanna Have Fun ladies’ night every Tuesday at the first-of-its-kind new hotspot at Atlantis, The Palm

Cyndi Lauper was definitely on to something when she sang “girls just wanna have fun”, and it’s the soundtrack to the unmissable new ladies’ night at Atlantis, The Palm’s uber-cool new hangout, Wavehouse. Taking place every Tuesday night from 7pm to 1am, girls can take advantage of free drinks from a selected menu, 50 percent off bowling, free access to Surf’s Up, as well as AED 100 bonus credit for gaming at Levels.

Enjoy live beats from the resident DJ on the tropical-themed Wavehouse terrace as the girls sit back and sip on a well-earned Margarita, Pina Colada or a premium selection of grape and spirits. Feeling adventurous? Test your skills on Surf’s Up Wave Rider, free exclusively for the girls. And the fun certainly doesn’t end there.

Challenge the girl gang and make a bee-line for the adjacent arcade games haven, with classics such as Pacman, air hockey, shoot ‘em ups and even the world’s first three-axis rotation simulator Stereo VR. There will also be a chance for friends to battle it out on one of the four lanes at the licensed ten-pin bowling alley with 50 percent off the lane fee.

Wavehouse, which opened on 1stFebruary 2019, is shaking up Dubai’s definition of dining, entertainment and nightlife with an all-in-one venue boasting something for everyone. Located in The Avenues at Atlantis, The Palm and overlooking Aquaventure Waterpark, it brings together live music, gaming, bowling, great food and chilled drinks with high tides and good vibes. The Girls Just Wanna Have Fun ladies’ night is part of a string of exciting new events at the rustic beach bar and gastropub fusion.

Ladies’ Night 19:00pm- 1:00am every Tuesday. Three complimentary drinks from house beverages, frozen cocktails and grapes. Complimentary credit of AED100 for LEVELS and a ride on Surf’s Up. 50 percent off bowling.For reservations please email

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FUNN Opens Registration for Seventh Edition of Sharjah International Children & Youth Film Festival

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  • This year’s edition comes with added new award categories and an extended age-group

FUNN, the Sharjah-based organization that promotes and supports media arts learning for children and the youth, has announced the opening of registration for the 7th edition of Sharjah International Children & Youth Film Festival (SICYFF).

Children and youth, who are aspiring and/or professional filmmakers with a passion for cinematography, are encouraged to submit their entries to the organisation, no later than 31st March 2019.

It is notable that organized annually as Sharjah International Children Film Festival, this year the event has been renamed Sharjah International Children & Youth Film Festival to reflect the extended age-group and new added categories for this edition.

As per its youth-focused theme, the festival, this year, comes with three new award categories in addition to the existing seven award categories, namely Best Child-made Film, Best Student-made Film, Best GCC Short Film, Best International Short Film, Best Animation Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Feature Film. The added new categories are Best Teenage-made Film, Best Youth-made Film and Best UAE Short Film.

Sheikha Jawaher Bint Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of FUNN and Sharjah International Children & Youth Film Festival, said: “Widening the scope of the Festival, this year we have set new objectives, thereby including participation of youth aged 18-30 years, in addition to children and teenagers. Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the Festival has been renamed reflecting the interest and commitment of His Highness to support youth in contributing towards uplifting the filmmaking industry.”

Sheikha Jawaher added: “The festival is open for all cinema professionals, aspiring filmmakers, and young film enthusiasts, in all categories. We hope that the seventh edition will take the festival to another new level, giving young talents the opportunity to promote the Arab film industry and make a mark in the regional and global film market.”

The annual celebration of cinema and movies aims to promote creativity and talent in children and young people by providing them a platform to nurture and develop their skills in visual arts and showcase their filmmaking talent to the world. The purpose of the festival is to allow the young aspirants to thrive as creative and inspiring filmmakers, who can make competitive Emirati and Arab movies, based on their dreams and ideas.

Submissions are now open online via Deadline is 31 March

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WAFI’s Science Factory is coming soon!

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  • An interactive edutainment experience for everyone

An incredible activation is coming to WAFI and visitors will be able to witness the best from the world of science. In collaboration with ‘World Touring Exhibitions’, WAFI will host an interactive science exhibition called ‘WAFI’s Science Factory’ from 26 February – mid-April.

The activation combines both knowledge and fun challenges where visitors can experience and play with science. Produced in conjunction with a team of scientists, physicists, geologists and astronomers, these exhibits will cater to adults, students, children and people of all ages.

“Following the success of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, we are really focusing on bringing exciting, educational events to WAFI which appeal to families. We want people to come and enjoy activations that are interactive, innovative, fun, educational and entertaining. WAFI will be buzzing with this family-friendly activation and children will be wowed with the extraordinary elements spread across the site. Visitors will experience science, math, physics, natural disasters, nature, solar energy, biology, music and more while having fun at WAFI’s Science Factory.” said Katherine Revett, Head of Central Marketing, Wafi Property LLC.

Visitors will have the chance to enjoy 40 interactive machines across a range of experiences including an earthquake, tornadoes and being invisible. There will also be some exciting prizes for those who visiting the activation, as well as special prizes on social media. To learn more, please visit

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  • Meet Mowgli, Balu and more as the cast of H2 Productions – The Jungle Book swing into Fairmont The Palm

No monkeying around, Fairmont The Palm is pleased to announce its one-off Jungle Book themed family brunch, taking place at Flow Kitchen restaurant on Friday 29 March.

With a slate of international food specials inspired from the original book by Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Jungle Book’ – guests can enjoy delicious twists on everything from pizza to French toast all packed with fresh, exotic flavors whilst meeting your favorite jungle characters!

One of the best ways to meet and interact with Mowgli and his animal friends are to join them for the ‘character tables’. Get up close and personal with the characters of Jungle book ― and be sure to bring your camera and autograph book!

Experience The Jungle Book Brunch on Friday 29 March between 12:30pm – 3:30pm from just AED 295 per adult or half price for children between 6 and 12 years – 6 and below dine for free. For reservations or more information about the Jungle Book Brunch, please call 04 457 3388 or email

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Pop Star Melissa endorses Talentology 2019

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  • Musician to attend Grand Finale at Mushrif Mall

Lebanese Pop Star Melissa will be attending the Grand Finale of the third edition of Talentology 2019 at Mushrif Mall Abu Dhabi on 16th February, 2019 at 6pm. Voting for twelve entrants competing for the grand prize in two categories has commenced to support young talent and stimulate growth in the creative industry.

Aravind Ravi Palode, Mall Manager of Mushrif Mall, said, “Melissa has launched successful music albums and has performed before large audiences in Dubai, Cairo, Amman and Beirut. We hope her talent and musical career will inspire our Talentology finalists this year.”

The six selected entrants in the Kids Category include Tarah Retnaraj, Jasryl Mignonette Salvador, Vishnu Badrinath, Danisha Keyla Azzahra, Ella Etemovic McKean and Charles Henry A. Llandelar.

In the Adults Category, the talents selected include the Diversity Dance Crew, Jewel Anne Mallari, Laportedessy, Al Angelo Bernal, Dynamic Movers and Angelu Adna. The twelve finalists portfolio will is placed on for voting until February 16th.

The selected contestants will be judged for appropriate artistic attire, stage presence and presentation on the 14th and 15th of February as they perform on stage in the evenings from 6pm to 9pm at the central court of Mushrif Mall. On the 16th February at 12noon the voting will end.

Talentology is an energy packed competition organised by Mushrif Mall for talented youth with a passion for success. The grand finale winners will receive AED 5,000/- worth of mall vouchers and all finalists will get AED 1,000/- mall vouchers.

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  • Spectacular show, brilliant performance!

For the eleventh edition of Swiss Days Dubai 2019 – presented by Nescafe Gold – Swiss Art Gate UAE brought creative young performance artists and fascinating rock musicians to Dubai.

Swiss Days Dubai has already established itself as an annual event that appeals to a wide audience. Swiss Days 2019 – presented by Nescafe Gold – took place again this year at the Madinat Theater, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, and is under the patronage of the Embassy of Switzerland to the UAE and Bahrain.

It is incredible to see the music and entertainment talents that Switzerland has to offer. Every year Swiss Art Gate UAE succeeds in delighting the local and international public with new highlights.

On Thursday, 31 January 2019, the five gifted young artists from The Blackouts performed their unique LED light show. Their witty performance was an exceptional treat for the eyes. In the completely darkened Madinat Theater, lightning fast flashes of fluorescent effects were executed and controlled by the ambitious dancers. Their routines were presented with phenomenal skill and delightful aesthetics, and carried out to absolute perfection with millisecond accuracy.

Stand-up comedian Charles Nguela set a contrasting note, challenging the audience with his sharp-witted linguistic talent. With a huge dose of humor and comedy, the amusing side of everyday Swiss life was presented to the Dubai audience, along with many entertaining anecdotes from his extensive travels.

On Friday, 1 February 2019, the Madinat Theater was transformed into a rock arena. Mozart Heroes, who usually perform for European audiences, gave an extraordinary concert. Using only a guitar, violoncello and some drum-samples, Chris and Phil lifted the audience from their seats with their energy and passion, and a dance party ensued. The audience thanked the two musicians for their mix of classical and hard rock music with standing ovations.

Congratulating the entrepreneur and Swiss Days’ founder Kurt Blum on the successful program, the Ambassador of Switzerland to the UAE and Bahrain, Her Excellency Maya Tissafi, said: “Believing and investing in Culture and Diversity is a belief our country, Switzerland, strongly shares with the United Arab Emirates. The new edition of the Swiss Days brought comedy, music and light performance to Dubai and showed the world that even a small country such as Switzerland is able to produce incredible artists.”

Some reactions from our audience:

“It was a great pleasure and a storm of emotions to listen to the performance of the Mozart Heroes! Phil and Chris, you brought us such a fantastic gift from Switzerland – your performance was absolutely brilliant and I am looking forward to meeting you again.” – Yasmine of July, Instagram Blogger

“Thank you all for a spectacular show of Mozart Heroes, what a brilliant performance! What a fantastic show,” Anita Sachan, Event organizer, Dubai

“The days in Dubai were incredible, full of emotions, energy and adventure. We have met so many people, and we had lots of fun with you,” Christina Schneider, Nobel Sense

Kurt Blum, general manager of Swiss Art Gate UAE said, “We did it again! This time we presented three entertaining performances from Switzerland. Each group has its own unique characteristics – Charles Nguela with his energetic talent for languages, The Blackouts with their maximum-power visual performance and Mozart Heroes with their varied music styles ranging from atmospheric to rocky, which left no spectator sitting in their seat. I would also like to thank our generous sponsors who made such an event possible. The Swiss Days would not be possible without our partners. We are already looking forward to the next Swiss Days in 2020″.

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