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MILLENNIUM FALCON LANDS IN DUBAI

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Dubai’s iconic landmark Burj Al Arab inspired Instagram artist Paperboyo (aka Rich McCor) to give the modern marvel a Star Wars spin; depicting the Millennium Falcon spaceship – which appears in the recently released Solo: A Star Wars Story – landing on the world’s most luxurious hotel’s helipad.

Rich McCor comments on his work: “I’m a huge fan of both U.A.E architecture and Star Wars, so creating this bespoke artwork here in Dubai was a career highlight for me. Dubai has so many globally recognised landmarks and I enjoyed exploring the architecture – from Bur Dubai to Palm Jumeirah, to Dubai Marina. With such a rich landscape of varied architectural style, I was spoiled for choice as to which buildings to use for the Star Wars shots.”

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SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

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Ahead of the upcoming release of Solo: A Star Wars Story this week (showing in cinemas in the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman on 24th May and Egypt on 21st June 2018.

Film Synopsis

  • Genre: Epic adventure/ Action-Adventure
  • UAE Rating: PG15
  • Release Date: 24th May 2018 – UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan and Oman
  • Release Date: 21st June 2018 – Egypt
  • Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany with Joonas Suotamo
  • Directed by: Ron Howard
  • Screenplay by: Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan
  • Produced by: Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel
  • Executive Producers: Lawrence Kasdan, Jason McGatlin, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Lucasfilm presents “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” charting the adventure-filled past of Han Solo, the iconic, galactic scoundrel and one of the most beloved characters in cinema history. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo will meet his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounter the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that sets the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

SOLO: A Passion Project

The camera is turned on Han Solo, the legendary smuggler with the heart of gold, in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the second story film from Lucasfilm, following 2016’s mega hit “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

Producer Kathleen Kennedy, describing what makes Han Solo such an iconic and beloved character, and one whom Lucasfilm was inspired to feature in a film, says, “He’s very authentic. He’s a scoundrel, he’s a maverick, and there’s a mystery to him. Handsome, incredibly charismatic and adorable—that’s a pretty great combination for a Star Wars action hero.”

Interestingly, the “Solo” project was one of the first George Lucas talked about when he outlined his plans to Kennedy for the Star Wars stand-alone stories. They both agreed that Lawrence Kasdan, writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, would be the perfect person to pen it. “Larry Kasdan knows Han Solo better than anybody,” says Kennedy. “Given his long association with Star Wars, and deep understanding of Han Solo’s character, there was no one better to tell the story, and preserve the spirit and feeling of the original movies.”

Director Ron Howard, a self-avowed Star Wars fan, whose friendship with George Lucas goes back to Lucas’ early film, 1973’s “American Graffiti,” appreciated the merit of this father-and-son writing team. “Larry Kasdan is the greatest resource, not only his sense of Star Wars, but his overall sense of movies and movie heroes, where those muscular action situations intersect with character and test the character in ways that are thematically interesting, and sometimes moving and surprising.”

“Solo” explores Han Solo’s formative years and follows his journey through a series of impactful encounters, combining themes of trust, loyalty, love and betrayal with light-hearted humor, wit and rollicking action. As Howard explains: “This is a rite-of-passage story, consistent with Star Wars, with many themes that will resonate with audiences. It’s about one character’s journey, the way that he is tested by the unique challenges that he faces and by the people he meets, to become the character we know so well.”

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The Springs Souk opens with about 100 retail and F&B outlets

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  • 6-screen Reel Cinemas cineplex and family entertainment concept to open soon

Good times are here for hundreds of thousands of residents in Emirates Living, the family neighbourhood comprising Emaar’s pioneering master-planned communities, as The Spring Souk, a brand-new retail and leisure destination is now open.

Located in the heart of The Springs community, The Springs Souk brings convenient retail stores closer to residents in addition to leisure and wellness amenities. To feature about 100 retail and F&B outlets, The Springs Souk will soon open a new family entertainment concept and a 6-screen Reel Cinemas that will bring the latest blockbusters to the doorstep of the Emirates Living residents.

The Springs Souk is conveniently located to serve The Springs, The Meadows, The Lakes, Emirates Hills, The Views and The Greens communities of Emaar in addition to residents in the Barsha locality, who will now have all their desired retail choices under one roof.

With a gross leasable area of about 23,000 square metres, The Springs Souk has two levels of retail and leisure in addition to a full-fledged gymnasium and the Reel Cinemas on the first floor. There will also be a family clinic.

Carrefour Market is an anchor tenant bringing its inimitable supermarket experience for visitors, while an assortment of retail outlets awaits them offering all-desired shopping and F&B options in one destination. Several kiosks and pop-up stores offer more choices with brands and shopping experiences that are relevant to the customers.

Adding to the convenience of visitors, The Springs Souk has over 650 parking spaces as well as 95 bicycle racks. The Springs Souk is a brand-new addition by Emaar Malls, the shopping malls and retail business majority-owned by Emaar Properties.

 

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New ‘Iftah Ya Simsim’ series encourages healthy eating and cooking with family

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  • ‘Iftah Ya Simsim’ returns with new episodes produced at twofour54, to air during Ramadan
  • 30 special episodes to air on over 20 channels in the GCC and MENA region

twofour54 has once again welcomed Bidaya and the Muppets of Iftah Ya Simsim, an Arabic version of Sesame Street, to its studios for a new cooking and healthy eating show for Ramadan!

Bidaya, the leading children’s education Arabic content developer in the region, recently returned to twofour54’s studios to film the upcoming Iftah Ya Simsim series, centered on the values of caring, sharing, and self-improvement through healthful eating and cooking with family.

The 30-episode series, which started on the first day of Ramadan, showcases the importance of good nutrition and encourages parents and their children to prepare easy, delicious, and balanced meals together. The Iftah Ya Simsim Muppets make cooking and having a balanced diet a fun and engaging practice for all—with nutritious recipes endorsed and sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Department of Health. Mubadala Investment Company is also a sponsor of the show and encourages healthy lifestyles for children and families in the region.

H.E. Maryam Eid AlMheiri, CEO of Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi and twofour54, said: “It is so wonderful to see our partner companies thriving and producing compelling content which conveys important values and life skills. We are particularly excited that Bidaya is introducing new programming in addition to its regular Iftah Ya Simsim seasons – which are extremely popular with Arab children.

“This new series is a wonderful example of quality, original Arabic content that is being produced. The making of the series also demonstrates the power and value of twofour54’s ecosystem including Media Mania as it is bringing together leading professionals from the twofour54 community to connect and create content for young people in our native language.”

Mr. Mohamed Hamad Al Hameli, Acting Undersecretary of the Department of Health Abu Dhabi said: “Building a healthy and active generation remains one of the top priorities at the Department of Health Abu Dhabi towards its vision for a healthier city. Our increased efforts to come up with innovative tools is aimed at reinforcing healthy habits for the next generation.

“With ‘Iftah Ya Simsim’ series showing in Ramdan, we stress that parents are the key to a healthier generation, and lead by example. Parents have the responsibility to help children maintain healthy lifestyles in order to make healthy food choices.”

Dr. Cairo Arafat, Managing Director of Bidaya, said: “Ramadan is the ideal time to reflect on ways we can improve ourselves and inspire others, most importantly reminding families that lead busy lives of the importance of spending quality time with their children”.

“Humbled by winning the prestigious Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Arabic Language Award in April 2018, we’re delighted and ever more excited to be back at twofour54’s studios and launching this special series that encourages parents and their children to work together to make healthy choices in the kitchen in a fun and engaging way of life.”

Filming for the Ramadan cooking series took place in twofour54’s state-of-the-art studios, which are equipped with world-class post-production facilities and equipment to support productions of all sizes. Freelancers and partners from the twofour54 wider community have also been involved with the production of the show.

The series is set to run on over 20+ television channels across the GCC and be available for the MENA region, with segments also available on the Iftah Ya Simsim’s YouTube channel.

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Embrace #Ramadan with various Twitter-only activations

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Twitter’s public nature allows Muslims all over the world to access real-time information and connect with one another during #Ramadan. From faith and wellness to food and entertainment, live conversations unfold during the holy month keeping everyone informed about #WhatsHappening in the moment.

To enhance your #Ramadan experience, Twitter has rolled out exciting plans including the launch of new emojis, live broadcasts and much more:

Emojis

 

Want to add more character to your conversations? Include the following hashtags in your Tweets during the holy month to unlock a newly-designed crescent moon emoji:

Last year, we launched two additional emojis that were a great success, so we decided to bring them again to you with a new design. The first is an illustration of a date with a glass of yoghurt, that is commonly used to break fast.

The second emoji is that of a #Ramadan-themed lantern.

Live broadcast of the Holy Mosque

We’re excited to announce the Periscope broadcast of the Holy Mosque live from Makkah through @MOCI_KSA. Experience the spirit of #Ramadan this year by viewing the daily evening broadcast of the prayers from 8.30pm – 10pm KSA, brought to you by the Ministry of Culture and Information in Saudi Arabia.

First live show on Twitter in MENA

In the Middle East and North Africa, we’re launching the first ever live show streaming on Twitter, #HawanahZein. The show will take place in broadcast partnership with YallaFeed and will focus on what’s happening in the Arab world on Twitter during the month of Ramadan. Sponsored by Unilever, it will air every Monday and Thursday from 12am – 12.20am KSA via @YallaFeed. The first episode will be streamed on May 17.

TV Guide Direct Message experience

We’re also launching a Ramadan TV Direct Message experience on Twitter. TV viewers can send a Direct Message to the Arabic lifestyle publication @Layalina that will automatically display a variety of categories to choose from; ‘Channels’, ‘Series’, ‘TV shows’ and ‘Now showing’. Once selected, viewers will automatically receive a message that will include a list of series, TV channels, timings as well as a daily recap of their favorite series based on their selection.

https://twitter.com/layalina/status/996637152233578497

Celebrity Q&A’s

Live celebrity Q&A sessions will take place exclusively on Twitter throughout the month to connect fans with their favorite stars. Fans can participate by Tweeting their questions via a specific hashtag that will be announced by the celebrity in advance of the session.

Twitter Moments

During the holy month, partners across MENA will also produce Twitter Moments; which are a collection of Tweets combined into one, across different topics from food, entertainment, lifestyle, fashion, beauty and #Ramadan trending topics.

Twitter usage has spiked during #Ramadan2017, recording 118 million #Ramadan related conversations globally, with a 22% year on year increase. People spent 10% more time on the platform and watched 17% more videos. For example, Saudi Arabia alone has recorded an 88% increase in Tweet volume in comparison to #Ramadan2016.

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Montreux Comedy Festival, the Biggest Comedy Festival in Mainland Europe and Swissquote Bank Bring World-Renowned Comedians to Dubai for Their First International Bilingual Comedy Festival

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Comedy-lovers will get the chance to be entertained by the international line up of world renowned comedians at the Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. On 28th February and 1st March the French comedy galas feature Fray (FR), Roman Frayssinet (FR), Jason Brokerss (FR), Yoann Provenzano (CH) and Lenny M’Bunga (FR). On Friday 2nd March the English gala features Ali Al Sayed (UAE), Francesco De Carlo (IT), Athena Kugblenu (UK), Tats Nkonzo (SA) and Yoann Provenzano (CH).

Jacques Barakat, CEO of Swissquote Bank Dubai Rep. Office, commented, “The Montreux Comedy Festival has become a benchmark in its field by combining expertise, quality and diversity. The festival and Swissquote Bank share the same objective of promoting innovative ideas internationally and striving for excellence. We are glad to support the Montreux Comedy Festival and we look forward to a successful edition in the United Arab Emirates.”

Emphasizing the importance of the partnership between the festival and the Swiss Embassy in the UAE, H.E Swiss Ambassador Maya Tissafi stated: “As a francophone country celebrating youth and humour, we believe the Montreux Comedy Festival will participate in bringing the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland ever closer!”

Fary is famous for his stand-up performances in Fary is the new Black. JAMEL Comedy Club and TV show “On n’est pas couché” on France 2. In France, the media see him as the new “King of Stand Up”.

Dubai’s award-winning Ali Al Sayed is well known for his performances at the Comic Strip Live in New York, the Gotham Comedy Club, the New York American Arab Comedy Festival and Caroline’s on Broadway. Ali has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was awarded “Funniest People of 2012” by Rolling Stone and “Comedian of the Year 2016” by Esquire Magazine.

Opening French shows: Wednesday 28th February & Thursday 1st March 2018. Closing English show:  Friday 2nd March 2018. Doors open at 8pm, shows start at 8.30pm.

Tickets are available from AED 150 – AED 220. Book tickets online: www.madinattheatre.com call 043666546.

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UNITE With Tomorrowland Brings the Magical Party Back To the UAE on July 28th

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  • Pre-registration is now open at tomorrowland.com for the exclusive pre-sale of UNITE with Tomorrowland 

Last year, UNITE with Tomorrowland introduced Dubai to an unending playground of magic, with live local and international DJs transforming the party into a haven of dance and music. The live satellite connected more than 230,000 souls all over the globe and set them on an unforgettable journey with incredible artists from the main stage of Tomorrowland in Belgium and show effects happening at the same time in all countries. This ultimate party travels across the world yet again, to tell a fascinating new tale in 7 countries; Italy, Malta, Spain, Taiwan, Mexico, Lebanon and UAE. This time Abu Dhabi hosts this event on 28th July 2018!

Pre-registration to the event is now open via tomorrowland.com! Only those who Pre-Register are able to join the 48 hours exclusive Pre-Sale. The People of Tomorrow across GCC can join the exclusive pre-sale of tickets between Tuesday, 27th February at noon (12:00pm UAE time) until Thursday, 1st March at noon (12:00pm UAE time). Tomorrowland in Belgium is known for being sold out almost instantaneously and organizers advise festival-goers to pre-register to avoid being disappointed. You can finally experience the magic without leaving the UAE!

“The first edition of UNITE with Tomorrowland Dubai was an overwhelming success, and this year we’re back for more!” said Nicolas Vandenabeele, Director at Envie Events. “We’re eagerly waiting to host visitors at Abu Dhabi’s first ever and biggest EDM festival to connect with the indescribable and surreal Tomorrowland vibe. This magical ride is strictly for ages 21 years and above and pre-registration is the only secure way to get hold of these tickets. We urge our visitors to buy their tickets from credible online sellers only and join us in celebrating this music extravaganza.”

Tomorrowland is the world’s biggest and most prestigious electronic music festival held at Boom, Belgium. 2017 was the first year when UNITE with Tomorrowland descended on the City of Gold Dubai and had temperatures sky-rocketing. The exclusive party hosted a seamless live connection between the holy grounds of the Tomorrowland mainstage in Belgium and the rest of the world, including Dubai. Dazzling laser shows, cold flames, confetti and CO2 streamers ensured the crowd in Dubai had the global magical experience of Tomorrowland right on the dance floor in the city. Audiences escaped reality and shared the love of this beautiful festival, which united EDM lovers across the globe.

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Thirteen Influential Arab Women Participate TV Series

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  • Produced by B4U Aflam, ‘Imraa W aftakher’ mini-series reveals candid stories of 13 well-known women from the Middle East

As part of its global initiative to empower 5 million women by 2020 through the power of its brands; B4U Aflam has produced a mini- TV series named ‘Imraa W aftakher’ along with Unilever Middle East.

The new show features 13 influential women from the Middle East who share candid stories about their personal experiences, challenges and what it takes to be a proud strong woman.

This special 15-minute episode will be featured exclusively on B4U Aflam every Wednesday at 8 PM UAE till March 2018 with a re-run-on Thursdays at 1:30 and 7:30 PM UAE. The women featured in the series include: Raha Moharrak, Mona Al Mansouri, Huda Al Khurayif, Dr. Maryam Matar, Nayla Alkhaja, Luma Bourisli, Diana Hamade, May Al Abani, Noora Almarzooqi, Zeynab El-helw, Sara Bint Mohammad, Hatun Madani, and Lara Tabett.

Unilever spokesperson said, ““We are happy to associate with a show where women are proving to be a key driving force. Be it a mother or an entrepreneur; every woman deserves to be proud of herself and this series is produced to inspire and empower them.”

Zeeshan Sajid Amin – Business head B4U Network ME said, “The mini-series gives a strong voice to all women to be empowered and “how-to” achieve personal success. The show features real – women discussing today’s issues, struggles and achievements.”

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PETE TONG AND YOUSEF AT BLUE MARLIN IBIZA UAE

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  • Dynamic and electrifying performances by Pete Tong and Yousef will dominate the stage at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE this Friday, February 16th.

The UAE’s original Balearic beach club is welcoming the weekend with all around good vibes. Thirst quenching cocktails and delicious entrees will set the mood for a fun afternoon complimented by great music and even greater company.

As nighttime comes, a name synonymous to dance music is taking control of the floor. The legendary Pete Tong is here to deliver the best in electronic music, a genre he has mastered over the last two decades. His musicality has majorly influenced the music scene over the years, earning his ranks among the industry’s icons. Joining him is another force to be reckoned with. Yousef is showcasing his unparalleled talent and multi-artistic approach to his craft, delivering the best beats that has captivated a worldwide audience.

Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE continues to reinvent itself with stellar DJ lineups, upgraded food selections, and unlimited drink choices for everyone looking for the ultimate beach club experience.

Location:

Sheikh Zayed Road, Ghantoot, Exit 399 in Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Abu Dhabi, 25 minutes from Mall of the Emirates.

Hours of Operation:

Friday and Saturday: 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Reservations until 9 p.m.)

Saturday Brunch hours and prices:

Restaurant

First seating 01:00pm to 03:30pm

Second seating 04:00pm to 06:30pm

Beach & Terrace

01:00pm to 04:00pm

Restaurant: AED 295/pp.

Beach & Terrace: AED 325/pp.

Moet Ice Imperial AED 550/pp.

For information, details, guest list, reservations and bookings, please call: +971 56 113 3400 or email reservation@bluemarlinibiza-uae.com  Safety driver service available, please call +971 56 113 3400. (48 hours-notice required)

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Disney On Ice presents Passport To Adventure announces special family ticket packs in the UAE

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  • Families can now enjoy 20% off with new ticket offer 

Disney On Ice presents Passport To Adventure has announced new family-friendly priced ticket packages, with parents and their little ones receiving 20% off when purchasing four tickets of the same category. The offer is available on all shows and tickets excluding Royal and Bronze.

Passport To Adventure brings a fun-filled ice spectacular to the Dubai World Trade Centre Arena, from April 4 to 7, 2018. Families are invited to celebrate the most memorable Disney tales with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck and Goofy, on a journey to the timeless worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Frozen. 

Spectators will explore the African Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa, voyage deep under the sea to Ariel’s mystical underwater kingdom and tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy before flying to Neverland to meet up with Tinker Bell. They will be whisked away to the wintery wonderland of the number-one-animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, for an extraordinary adventure with sisters, Anna and Elsa, and rugged mountain man Kristoff. Followed by everyone’s favorite huggable snowman Olaf, as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all.

Arrive early for the pre-show, featuring Zootropolis. Energetic music, lovable characters and thrilling moments make Disney On Ice presents Passport To Adventure an experience to cherish forever.

Family packs for Disney On Ice presents Passport To Adventure are available on Platinumlist.net. Visit disneyoniceme.com for more information or follow us on Facebook @disneyoniceme for the latest updates.

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