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Popular UAE Radio Host Gaggan Mudgal to ignite Dubai stage with laughter and comedy

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“Radio Dekkh”, a crack up comedy written and directed by Gaggan Mudgal depicts the funny world of Radio and the life of RJs at a radio station

Gaggan Mudgal, the veteran UAE Radio Host is all set to tickle Dubai audiences with his dose of comedy through his upcoming live performance “Radio Dekkh”. Scheduled to take place on Friday, June 28, 2019 at Emirates Theatre, Emirates International School, Jumeirah, Dubai, the show with its funny take on situations faced by RJ’s in their day to day lives will have audiences cracking up all throughout.

Speaking about the comedy, Gaggan said, “It’s my attempt to present the amusing life in, on and around radio in the funniest way – its routine, challenges, situations and also the various aspects of the life of an RJ through this comedy act. It is fresh, fun and full of laughter and audiences are sure to have a great time”.

Engaging the viewers with his fascinating mix of theatre and standup, Gaggan Mudgal’s show presents 14 characters depicting the life of RJs at a radio station. Through various acts they present what goes in the studio during the programme, after and during their free time. There are mainly four spaces where the acts are placed and these include: studios where the RJs go on-air from; reception area where contestants come to receive prizes; recreational area where RJs chill out and gossip; changing space which depicts the listener’s side or a back-story of an RJ amongst other hilarious situations.

The event is organized by the entertainment app VIU which is available for free on playstore and Appstore.

Tickets for the event are available at and starts from AED 49

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Dubai Roads and Transport Authority supports World Tolerance Summit

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The Organizing Committee of the World Tolerance Summit appreciates the sponsorship of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) for the second edition of the Summit. WTS 2019 will be held on 13-14 November 2019 in Dubai and is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. WTS carries the theme “Tolerance in Multiculturalism: Achieving Social, Economic and Humanitarian Benefits of a Tolerant World”.

The event is a comprehensive platform for dialogue, discussion, exchange of views and experiences. It also offers the means where stakeholders can work to build creative partnerships to adopt initiatives that promote the principles and values of tolerance among people based on the consolidation and dissemination of concepts that accept diversity, pluralism and respect for differences. Likewise it aims to establish global bridges of humanity, culture and unity with the participation of more than 2,000 professionals, experts, academics, social activists and envoys from the international diplomatic community.

Dr. Hamad Al Shaibani, Managing Director of the International Institute for Tolerance and the Chairman of the Higher Committee for World Tolerance Summit, stressed that the great support given by the sponsors of the Summit will have a significant impact on the success of the event and will enhance the prestige of the UAE as a role model for tolerance and coexistence thanks to the great role played by its wise government under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, in consolidating the values of tolerance, respect for the rights and freedom of thought, and acceptance of others regardless of race and religion to strengthen human ties. He also pointed out the participation of officials and respective personnel to come up with a number of recommendations and decisions, and to formulate effective strategies that promote a culture of tolerance and peace around the world.

“Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is a strategic partner of the World Tolerance Summit as part of the cooperation agreement signed by the Authority with the International Institute for Tolerance, a part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives. This is to strengthen the partnership and the exchange of experiences to consolidate UAE’s initiative to observe 2019 as the Year of Tolerance,” Shaibani said.

HE Mr. Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said: “Tolerance has become an integral part of the UAE society which has been attributed to the efforts of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and continued on by HH  Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai through national initiatives that have been adopted to build up our nation’s vision for tolerance.

“At RTA, we are committed to making a significant difference in the UAE community in which we live and work to achieve community happiness through the development of a network of public transport and transport systems at the global level. We are working within the framework of a strategic plan to support all social and cultural programs and initiatives aimed at spreading the principles of Islam, based on tolerance, compassion and affection, in addition to introducing the authentic values ??of the UAE society based on tolerance, openness and coexistence particularly in the “Year of Tolerance” in the United Arab Emirates, the land of humanity, peace and love.”

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Screening of an Awards Winning Pakistani Documentary “Indus Blues” in Dubai

Pakistani award winning documentary “Indus Blues: The Forgotten Music of Pakistan” was screened at the Ismaili Center Dubai on Wednesday 25 June 2019. The event was attended by diplomats, local dignitaries and a large number of Pakistani community. The documentary was very well appreciated by the audience. The event was arranged by Pakistan Consulate Dubai in collaboration with Ismaili Centre, Dubai and Poetic Strokes.
The live performance of Pakistani folk musicians after the screening of movie also enthralled the audience. Several folk songs in Sindhi, Balochi and Pashto were played.
Addressing to the event, Consul General of Pakistan, HE Ahmed Amjad Ali said that display of culture is a unifying force and such events are attended by art lovers from all walks of life and all nationalities.
“There is great diversity in Pakistani folk music, which represents our rich cultural heritage. This event has provided an opportunity to present and promote soft image of Pakistan”, he added.
Vice President of the Ismaili Community of the UAE, Aziz Merchant welcomed the audience, spoke of the special bond that the Ismaili Community has with Pakistan and emphasized how “the Ismaili Centre Dubai regularly promotes a culture of tolerance, pluralism and understanding through the performing arts.”
Indus Blues explores the struggle of Pakistani folk musicians, who are trying to sustain their art and keep the fading art alive in a world dominated by modern musical instruments. In fact it highlights the struggle and plight of folk musicians and fading craftsmen. The Producer of the documentary is Jawad Sharif. The documentary has won many International awards worldwide.
The Ismaili Centre, Dubai is one of six Ismaili Centres, located in Vancouver, London, Lisbon, Dushanbe, and Toronto. The Ismaili Centre, Dubai facilitates the promotion of cultural, educational, and social programs from the broadest, non-denominational perspectives. In 2010 The Ismaili Centre Dubai was awarded the prestigious 2010 Patron of the Arts Award by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in recognition of its contribution to Dubai’s cultural landscape.

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Covering Concepts Hosts Yoga And Well-Being Retreat For UAE Residents

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Celebrating International Day of Yoga; the free to attend retreat will include yoga sessions and activities focusing on overall well-being

To commemorate International Yoga Day, Covering Concepts will host its second edition half a day Yoga and Well-being retreat on June 20, 2019 at their studio at Dubai Design District (9 – 2 pm) – with an aim to promote happiness, physical and mental health, and productivity.

The half a day retreat will include five sessions from well-known international yoga and well-being experts – Maria Paz, Rajeev Daswani, Zarine Dadachanji, Basma Saimua and Meetu Singh. The sessions will feature techniques on how to de-stress; cope with depression / anxiety; Sound journey; Celebrate Love and Life; and an interactive talk on creating a positive workplace culture.

In addition, Eupepsia Wellness Clinic will provide analysis on hair and skin, body physiotherapy assessment and diet management sessions. The sessions will conclude with a quick massage by Altitude Spa leaving participants completely rejuvenated.

Jay Vasu, Director – Covering Concepts said, “Dubai is the first city in the world to commemorate the International Day of Yoga. Yoga is an excellent way to approach an individual’s health and happiness.  We would like to invite everyone to participate and adopt a more holistic approach towards life.”

Held in collaboration with A Happiness centre, Miss Palatable, Altitude Spa, Nab Drinks, Pistachino, Eupepsia and Jackfruit 365; the free to attend retreat will be held at Studio# 107, Building 5, Dubai Design District.


When:  Thursday – June 20, 2019

Where: Covering Concept Studio# 107, Building 5, Dubai Design District

Cost: Free

  1. 9:00 – 10:00 am: De-stress through Yoga with Maria Paz. Learn new mindfulness techniques to help manage daily stress and enrich the quality of life.
  2. 10:00 – 11:00 am: Creating positive workplace atmosphere. A fun-filled interactive session with Rajeev Daswani & Maria Paz
  3. 11:00 – 12:00 pm: Sound Journey with Zarine Dadachanji. Experience relaxation with the sounds of the ancient Gong.
  4. 12:00 –1:00 pm: Coping with depression & anxiety through Yoga with Basma Saimua. Learn techniques to relax yourself from anxiety using Yoga
  5. 1:00 – 2:00 pm: Love & Life Celebration with Meetu Singh. It will help develop deep self-love while relaxing your body and mind.
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Dance as a hobby, a way of relaxation, the opportunity to make new acquaintances

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Dance is a wonderful hobby; it improves your mood and helps your body be healthier. Everyone should have a hobby. If he does not have this, then is not very interesting even to communicate with such a person. Having no hobbies, a person becomes completely boring and annoying. Modern society calls such people “empty”. Hobbies can be very diverse, someone like boxing, someone loves fishing, someone collects stamps or stickers, someone enjoy playing or watching football, tennis or basketball, someone loves to collect mushrooms, someone like swimming or rowing, and someone visit a dance studio. Hobby makes our life brighter and allows us to develop, to find new friends and to distract our mind from work and everyday home fuss.

Nowadays there are no restrictions for people who want to dance – there is no certain age for different styles and ways of dancing. You can choose ballroom dancing (these are various waltzes, foxtrots, rumba or pasodobl). If you want something more energetic with hot rhythms, then choose Latin American dances (flamenco, capoeira and others) or find classes in folk dances – the most popular now is belly dance. Modern dance is also very popular now; here you can choose something from jazz to Hip-Hop, Strip-dance and others. Each new lesson will be for you new impressions and new emotions because you will learn new elements and get new acquaintances. There are pair dances where you will often interact with a partner. Most often, paired dances have one pair so that people could learn to feel each other and the rhythm.

Dancing can be not just a hobby for you; it can be your work or professional occupation. Dancing gives a magical feeling filled with bright emotions and positive energy. It is both a sport and an art. And dance has several obvious advantages over other activities. Even non-professional dancers have poor physical shape very rarely. Dancing increases the overall tone and strengthens all systems in the human’s body. Such a hobby will help you to get excellent coordination of movements, as well as to make the gait of the clumsiest person flying, and the posture is perfectly straight. Also, such activities very quickly develop the respiratory system, which plays a major role in protecting the body against colds. And dancing also helps to relieve nervous tension and completely relax, and this has a positive effect on the general emotional background of a person – he becomes more stress-resistant and he will no pay attention to trifles stimuli in the future. In addition, any dance helps to lose weight and subsequently maintain an excellent shape, ensuring the dancer slender and taut figure.

To the effect of dancing was positive, you can not forget about safety. It is important to do all movements correctly, as well as to avoid the possibility of injuries when making complex exercises. At first, it is necessary to make new movements with small amplitude, smoothly, slowly and as accurately as possible. Be attentive to the sensations of your body because any type of dance should give you pleasure, not pain. Dancing will also help you to understand yourself better, to establish contact with your own body; it will open for you new opportunities and ways for self-improvement. You will learn to move in new directions, to move in ways that you have not even thought about trying before. The flexibility and plasticity of the dance will affect your character, also making it flexible; give you positive thinking and lightness. And the external liberation will lead to inner freedom and freedom of thought.

Have you ever visited a party and when did the dances begin, just walk away? Did you hesitate to dance in the club and spent most of your time on the sofa and at the table? A couple of dance lessons and you can better understand your body to move gracefully and surely. Any type of dance gives your body the opportunity to open up, show its ability and highlight your virtues. You will feel comfortable dancing to any music. Many choreographers offer to learn a few movements that would be ideal for slow and rhythmic music. Your body will become more beautiful and plastic, and you will feel better and more positive.

Dancing is an amazing activity; it will allow you to become better so that you will love yourself. People around you will notice a change in you because it will be seen immediately. Your gait, your eyes, and your movements – all this will look brighter, more beautiful and graceful. You can improve the condition of your body, find new friends, relax and get an excellent source of energy. For many people, dancing is not just a way to remove extra kilos; it is a way of their life. They love to listen to music and move the body in rhythm. Maybe you should start by listening to your favorite song at home and trying to make some movements? The only thing that can keep you from dancing is the lack of time and laziness. But you can dance at home, even 15-20 minutes of any type of dance will give your body the necessary energy and you will have a positive mood.

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Beautiful Way to Donate

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Cancer is a disease that affects the cells of the body. Cells are extremely small units that build together and form all living things, which include human beings. In any given person’s body, you will find billions of cells.

Cancer occurs when unusual and abnormal cells grow and spread very quickly. Normal cells in the body divide, grow to a certain size and then stop. Over the course of time, cells will even die. Cancer cells do not follow this normal pattern of division and growth, however. They divide very quickly and just continue to grow. Normally, cancer cells do not die and they clump together in groups to form what are called tumors.

The cancer cells in a tumor can damage and destroy surrounding healthy body tissues. When these healthy tissues are damaged and destroyed, the person with the tumor can become very sick.

Cancer is capable of spreading to other parts of the body, as well. It is not unusual for part of a tumor to break off and travel to a distant area. Once that piece of the tumor comes to a stop in another area of the body, it will continue to grow and can create a new tumor. When cancer spreads like this, it is called metastasis.

When in the body, cancer can cause a person to feel very sick. Since early detection is a big factor in treatment, it is good to be aware of the signs of this disease. Some signs of cancer include:

  • A lump in the breast or testicles
  • A change in the skin, a wart or a mole
  • A persistent sore throat that doesn’t heal
  • A significant change in bladder and bowel movements
  • Coughing blood or a persistent cough that won’t stop
  • Indigestion and trouble swallowing
  • Unusual bleeding or vaginal discharge
  • Chronic fatigue

Many of these symptoms can be from other illnesses which are not as serious as cancer. However, if you are ever faced with any of the symptoms above, it might be a good idea to see your family physician right away. Although the exact cause of cancer is still somewhat of a mystery, it is known that cancer is not contagious. You cannot catch cancer like you can the common cold. Unhealthy habits like smoking and excess drinking can increase your chances of getting cancer, but doctors aren’t sure why some people get this serious disease and others do not.

There are always good people in society who run in the background but the society is governed by their good deeds, A classic example is of Arfaan. He donates 16 inches of hair to Locks of Love, who are a non-profit organization that accepts human hair to make wigs for children with a medical condition that cause them to lose their hair. When We asked Arfaan “what made you donate your hair?” he replied, ”Well last time I cut off 12 inches of hair and just seen it goes into the trash bin and I felt a bit guilty, thought to myself what a waste, there has to be something we can do with this hair. Then I searched around for a few days for the organizations accepting hair donations and locks of love were a right fit. So after 2 years, I had enough hair length to donate”.

Guys like Arfaan who are putting their efforts for cancer patients by donating hair. We need to make it a culture to follow so more and more people can get into this.

You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram to know more about him and you can take your part to donate for their noble cause.

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Fabula Jewels Curates Special Eid Gift List

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Fabula Jewels, the Arab homegrown jewellery brand, has specially curated a gift list for loved ones this Eid. Founded in 2015 by best friends, Darine Abu Salim and Saada Domloge; Fabula Jewels aims to narrate stories through their delicately crafted pieces which are known for being highly customisable as well as made in three gold finishes with certain pieces featuring rare, precious stones and glittery diamonds.

Receiving a piece of jewellery is one of the best things in the world! Add the joyous occasion of Eid to it – and it’s the best surprise one could ever get. In lieu of Eid, Fabula Jewels have specially picked pieces from their various collections to bring you a comprehensive guide of the best trinkets to gift your loved ones.

And with an offer of 20% off on selected collections – now is the perfect time to add to your jewellery with precious additions from Fabula Jewels.

Best Necklaces:

Oval Stars Locket

Starts at AED 3200

Inspired by the lockets that our grandmothers used to have, the oval stars locket is meant to symbolise heirloom pieces that were passed down generations. Staying true to the aesthetic of customisation, Fabula Jewels allows you to engrave the inside of the locket with a message, date, or name and make it your own.

Moon Phase Gold Choker

Starts at AED 2100

A piece from the newest magical collection, Moon Phase – the gold choker features the various phases of the mystical moon from its crescent to the full moon. Customisable in three different gold types, you can alter the length of the choker to fit your needs.

Bubbled Coin

Starts at AED 1900

Fabula Jewels is known for a pretty selection of coin necklaces which can be customised with letters for the buyer. You can customise it with the initial of your loved one and buy it in two different gold types with the choice of a thin or thick chain. The bubbles around the coin add to the retro feel of the necklace.

Best Rings:

Skinny Diamond Ring

Starts at AED 1500

The superior ring for the superior kind of woman. With delicate diamonds set in glimmering gold – buy your mother, wife or even yourself a new kind of elegance with the skinny ring. Perfect for stacking with other rings, or wearing alone – this piece of bling can accentuate any outfit, and is suitable for the starry nights.

Leo Constellations Ring

Starts at 1650

For the woman who likes to wear her personality – the Leo Constellations ring would fit right in. The rings are a part of the Constellation collection so where you’re an Aquarius, Taurus, or Virgo – you are bound to find your ring and matching necklace. The rings are delicately crafted in 18K solid gold with 0.18 carat diamonds.

Love Ring

Starts at AED 750

Show your mother how much you love her…literally. The Love Ring is skillfully framed and absolutely beautiful. You will be spoilt for choice between rose, yellow and white gold to decorate your mother’s fingers. Available in 11 sizes, there’s the perfect fit for every mother.

Best Bracelets and Bangles:

Heart Beat Bracelet

Price available upon request

A perfect gift for new mothers in Eid get the moment you heard your child’s heart beat immortalised in the form of a bracelet. Fabula Jewels offers personalisation of the bracelet as per the heartbeat patterns of your angel. Framed in 18K gold and with three gold choices – you’ll be spoilt rotten on which colour to pick. Pick all three if you can’t decide!

The Engravable Bangle

Starting from AED 1600

With three sizes, and three different 18K gold types, the engravable bangle can be customised with whatever you choose. Engrave your little angel’s birthday on it, or the date you got married – the possibilities are endless with this trinket.

Horoscope Bracelet

Starting from AED 750

Nothing is more personal than wearing the zodiac sign of the month you were born in. Fabula Jewels allows you to choose your zodiac sign, and have it carefully crafted in 18K gold with three different gold types. Your personality will shine through these bracelets and will last you a lifetime as they will never tarnish


Fabula Jewels is available on and Fashion Vault in Dubai, Boutique17 in Abu Dhabi and Harvey Nichols in Kuwait. Orders placed through the website are shipped worldwide.

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Ramada Downtown Dubai awarded with TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame distinction

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The hotel secured Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years

Ramada by Wyndham Downtown Dubai was bestowed with the esteemed TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame award.

The property earned the review-based Hall of Fame distinction by securing Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years – from 2015 to 2019 – from the world’s largest travel site.

Mark Fernando, general manager, commended the team: “I would like to thank all the staff and heads of department for their commitment in continuously providing exceptional service to our guests throughout the years. Their hard work has definitely paid off as we attained the Hall of Fame accolade from TripAdvisor.

“On behalf of Ramada by Wyndham Downtown Dubai family, we share this achievement with all our loyal guests. With the opening of new hotels and increasing room inventory in Dubai, we take pride in our product’s capacity to stand out amidst the competition through our key location and premium amenities, complemented by unparalleled service.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

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Pearl Initiative Rolls Out Second Phase of Governance in Philanthropy Programme

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The Pearl Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation extend their partnership to enhance the effectiveness of giving across the Gulf Region

The Pearl Initiative, the leading non-profit organisation promoting a corporate culture accountability and transparency in the Gulf Region, announces the launch of the second phase of its Governance in Philanthropy programme.

The programme was launched in August 2017 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as a one-year initiative to promote the value of good governance practices in philanthropy and their role in enhancing the effectiveness of giving in the Gulf Region.

The research report released from the first phase titled, “The State of Governance in Philanthropy – Gulf Region”, highlights that evaluating and reporting on the impact of philanthropic initiatives remains a challenge for the regional ecosystem. While most Gulf-based institutional donors undergo some form of impact assessment, the Pearl Initiative’s research indicates that the ecosystem requires further training to ensure that their philanthropic efforts create their intended impact.

The objective of the second phase of the programme is to address these challenges and promote the adoption of improved governance practices in philanthropy through the delivery of practical workshops, case studies and knowledge-sharing discussions.

Further, the Pearl Initiative launched the “Gulf Business Philanthropy Circle”, bringing together leading corporate and family business donors from the Gulf Region to address opportunities and challenges in their philanthropic endeavours. The Circle’s ultimate goal is to strategically drive the agenda of institutional giving in the Gulf Region.

Commenting on the programme objectives, the Pearl Initiative’s Executive Director, Yasmine Omari, explains: “With increasing philanthropic capital in the region, we have an immense opportunity and responsibility to optimise the effectiveness of the sector. This programme demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to fostering a culture of accountability and transparency not only across the Private Sector, but also across philanthropic organisations in the Gulf Region.”

Founded in 2010, the Pearl Initiative develops programmes and publishes regional research reports and case studies, with aims to influence the regional business and student communities towards implementing higher standards of corporate governance within the Gulf Region.

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Get Iftar delivered to your loved ones across Dubai

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  • Emly Chilli offering “Ramadan Family Iftar Boxes” at AED 99 for 5 people
  • Delivered to doorstep, restaurant is offering delectable array of dishes for family and friends

 Whether it’s gifting Iftari to your loved ones, or ordering one for yourself, Emly Chilli has you covered with affordable and super delicious food this Ramadan that can be delivered to your doorstep. Offering their specially created ‘Ramadan Family Boxes’, the restaurant has put together a variety of delectable items in one box that is guaranteed to tickle everyone’s taste buds while catering to a diverse set of foodies. Everyone from a chaat and pakora lover, to biryani and chargha fans, to those who crave pizza and khaosa, will have something to gorge on. The deals also include the famous Emly Chilli bunkebabs and rolls known for their lip-smacking, spicy flavour.

The boxes are exclusively designed to be delivered across many locations in Dubai, giving a convenient option to people who want to treat their friends and family to Iftar, but are unable to invite them to their homes. One can even book orders a few days in advance.

“A mix platter is always in demand since even in groups, people have different preferences in food,” said Alisha Sajjal, Marketing Executive, Emly Chilli, “In these boxes, we have carefully put together a deal that is diverse in terms of choice and yet would appeal to most people. Emly Chilli has a built a distinct reputation of serving food that harks back to home for some, while offering a new twist to the old taste for others. And for the uninitiated, the food is no less than a revelation of incredible taste cooked in distinctive spices. Besides hygiene we also ensure that the meat we used is fresh, and not the frozen variant available elsewhere.”

The boxes are priced at AED99 and AED149 with portions generous enough to feed 5 people and 8 people respectively. The deals are available at Oud Metha outlet as well as the recently opened restaurant in Mamzar.


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