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The use of robots in ecology is still in the infancy stage of development. However, the recent popularity of drones has developed a number of research groups around the world who are working diligently to develop as many different uses for these small machines as possible. Their most frequent application so far has been for monitoring previously inaccessible areas and for creating a map of the wildlife that lives there. Ecology has only flourished as an area of research in the last 50 years, once the impact of global change became evident on both the lives of animals and those of humans as well. Researchers have since developed methods in ecology to monitor and help understand the impact of ongoing global change, improve the Earth’s biodiversity system, and predict the future trends of ecology and its development. In order to achieve these goals, the Earth must be monitored through a complete, accurate and rapid collection of data, which can now be done very efficiently with the help of drones.

School children from around the world scooped some of the top awards at the finals of a major international STEM competition in London earlier this month, where they showcased their ideas on how they would use drones to conserve endangered species.

Teams from the Silver Oaks International School (age 9-11 category) and Visakha Valley School (age 15-17 category) came won awards for Champions and Second Runner Up respectively.  These teams spent the day speaking to judges presenting their ideas for animal conservation.

Coming from across the world, multiple teams from China joined the BIEA in London on July 4th, taking two spots in the top awards of the day. They worked hard displaying their presentations, flying and evaluating their solutions to animal conservation via drones. Two teams from Hangzhou Shanghai World Foreign Language Primary School spent the day with the BIEA at the Royal Air Force Museum. The BIEA was happy to have multiple teams from the No. 2 High School of East China Normal University in London to represent their projects.

Taking an Outstanding Achievement Award in the 15-17 age category was the Macau Pooito Middle School team.

Team Delta Project from 1LO im. Stanislawa Dubois w Koszalinie in Poland snagged an Outstanding Achievement Award for their project that showed ways to help conservation efforts for the Grevy’s Zebras.

From Southern California, USA, two teams from the Topkids Center came to London to showcase their projects. In the 15-17 age group, Team Zuberi was awarded the Best Creativity and Best Display as voted by their peers. Team Paracop in the age group 9-11 had their hard work paid off as they were awarded Champion for their age group.

The overall grand prize of £5000 was won by the United World College in Mostar, Bosnia, for their impressive strategy to protect the endangered vultures of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a task made even harder by the estimated 80,000 landmines in 8500 locations around Bosnia and Herzegovina left over from the Balkan Wars.

David Busley, 17, from the Bosnian team said:

“Vultures may have an image problem, but they are crucial to our country’s ecosystem. They are endangered, yet their plight often barely registers with many Bosnians as they are out of sight and out of mind.

“Drones offer the perfect way to reach them safely in their natural habitat, and our hope is that by monitoring and tracking their numbers properly, we can encourage the government to take action to help conserve these vital animals.”

They all won a trophy and medals for their school.

More than 25 teams from countries including China, the USA, India, Pakistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland and the UK converged on the Royal Air Force Museum to contest the International STEM Youth Innovation Competition.

The competition was organized by the British International Education Association (BIEA), which champions British education ideals around the world, and backed by the Born Free Foundation, the competition aims to fire the imagination – and test the creative and technical expertise – of young science students with the theme of ‘Fighting Extinction via Drone Technology’.

Finalists in the three age groups – 9-11, 12-14 and 15-17 – from 18 countries were shortlisted for the grand final. Each school was given a budget of just £100 to build a drone for its entry, ensuring a level playing field. They battled it out in a day of tough competition, during which saw them each fly their drone and explain how they would use the technology to tackle species extinction.

Judges headed by the Chief Scientist of the Born Free Foundation, Professor Claudio Silleron, Dr Shaun Fitzgerald of The Royal Institution and STEM Chairman of the BIEA David Hanson, also included drone expert Stephen Prior from Southampton University, Education Innovations Manager for the British Science Association Jane Dowden and Competition Manager Amelia Perry from Engineering UK.

The STEM competition runs each year with a different theme. In 2018, schools were challenged to create a drone for a rescue situation. Registrations are already open for the 2020 competition at

David Hanson, STEM Chairman of the BIEA, said: 

“How these groups of young people planned and executed their impressive strategies to protect endangered species was hugely impressive and we were all overawed by the talent and enthusiasm on display.

“As a not-for-profit education organization working around the globe, the BIEA champions British education, STEM and innovation. Our competition brings all those themes together, and aims to inspire young people to use tech for good – and to fire young creative and technological minds around the world.”

Professor Claudio Sillero, Chief Scientist at the Born Free Foundation said:

“What a wonderful day! I was privileged to present the STEM Youth Innovation Competition grand prize to the United World College team from Mostar. Smart modification of their drone for efficient battery recharging and data offload delivered an inexpensive device to remotely monitor threatened vultures in the rugged mountains of Serbia-Herzegovina.

“Born Free sees a promissory future for greater engagement of STEM professionals to devise smart conservation solutions. Born Free invests in a better future for both people and wildlife. The STEM Youth Innovation Competition provides a great vehicle for that aspiration. By addressing specific technical challenges to protect wildlife, – as illustrated by  some of the cool uses these youngsters have found for their drones, we foster their interest in technology while developing innovative ways of valuing and protecting wildlife.”

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The Consul General of Pakistan H.E. Mr. Ahmed Amjad Ali and the team of the Welfare Wing of the Consulate General visited Al Quoz Labour Camp on June 21, 2019.

The Consul General also took the round of the labour camp and viewed the living standard of Pakistan labourers and listened to their complaints.

Mr. Ahmed, said that the labourers are the “backbone of the economy of Pakistan, as their remittances play a key role in development of the country.  Therefore, their hard work in such a hot weather of UAE should be rewarded and appreciated”.

The Consul General assured the Pakistani labourers of resolving all their issues on priority and directed the Welfare Wing to meet the management of the company in this regard.

The open house ended with distribution of fruits to the Pakistani labourers and Consul General thanked them for participation and sharing their problems in the public hearing.

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International Coach Federation’s #ExperienceCoaching Series Features Stories of Empowerment from Around the World

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ICF launches a 12-week series celebrating the power of coaching.

The International Coach Federation (ICF), the preeminent global organization dedicated to advancing coaching, has released the second episode of #ExperienceCoaching.

The video features Abu Dhabi coach Suhair Fakhoury, PCC, and her client, Siba Ayoub.

#ExperienceCoaching is a six-part series featuring life-changing stories that highlight the power of professional coaching. These stories of real people from around the world and their ICF-credentialed coaches premiered May 28, 2019, at ICF will release subsequent videos every two weeks through August 6.

“These videos showcase the powerful impact coaching has on people’s lives,” ICF CEO and Executive Director Magdalena Nowicka Mook said. “ICF continues to set standards for professional coaches and equips credentialed coaches to serve their clients with excellence, integrity and the highest quality. In our fast-paced world, effecting change for the better in the lives of coaching clients—whether on a personal or professional level–is more important than ever.”

Each video shares the story of an individual whose life changed for the better through coaching. The series features a global community of coaches and clients, with episodes filmed in the United Arab Emirates, United States, Canada, and Qatar.

“Coaching is a profession with relevance and appeal to individuals and teams around the world,” 2019 ICF Global Board Chair Jean-Francois Cousin, MCC, said. “We are passionate about the positive impact of coaching and hope these stories about individual growth and success will inspire others to experience coaching for themselves.”

For more information, visit and sign up for notifications. Details about the series will be available across ICF’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

To find a coach, ICF offers the Credentialed Coach Finder as a free tool to find qualified coaches who fit your criteria.

For coaches interested in being part of ICF, learn more about ICF Membership requirements here, and about the ICF Credential here.

The International Coach Federation (ICF) is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches across a variety of coaching disciplines. ICF is active in representing all facets of the coaching industry, including Executive, Life, Leadership, Relationship and Career Coaching. Its 36,000-plus members located in 145 countries work toward the common goal of enhancing awareness of coaching, upholding the integrity of the profession, and continually educating themselves with the newest research and practices.

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Experts call for citizen engagement to help protect zoos

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There is a need to rethink the fundamental approach toward the animals, zoos and wildlife conservation, where animals should not be treated as an object but as species with some basic rights like other species of the planet Earth. In order to protect the zoos and wildlife parks, there is a need of enhance civil engagement and educating the public about the rights and importance of the animals for biodiversity and ecosystem.

Experts during a seminar titled “The State of Zoos in Pakistan: Searching for Humanity”, organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) said citizen involvement will help resolve the issues of poor management of zoos where citizen liaison committees can be instrumental in reporting the miserable situation directly to the authorities.

Dr. Nadeem Omar Tarar, Executive Director, Center for Culture and Development said animals are part of human habitat and same humanity must be extended to all species on the planet Earth. He said, unfortunately, there is general denial of rights of the animals, where animals are being treated as an object. He termed the zoos as prisons where animals are being kept as innocent prisoners. Inefficiency of the management, poor governance structure and lack of accountability mechanism are largely responsible for the miserable state of zoos in the country, he added. He urged the need for educating the general public about the rights of the animals and civil engagement to help protect the zoos and Wildlife Park in the country through citizen liaison committees to report on malpractices and mismanagement.

Dr. Imran Khalid, Head Climate Change Unit and Research Fellow SDPI while highlighting the history and evolution of zoos along with best global practices said zoos can serve to educate us about the value of biodiversity amid extinction of species all over the world as a result of climatic changes. He said environmental degradation and extreme weather events in the form of heat-waves and droughts are only negatively impacting the humans but also other species including animals, which need to be protected. The state of zoos in Pakistan is questionable on many fronts including capacity gape, lack of skill human resources, poor infrastructure and lack of security, he lamented. He urged the authorities to take the responsibility of conserving the zoos and wildlife as per international biodiversity conventions.

Dr. Ejaz Ahmed, Biodiversity Specialist said it is unfortunate that the state of the zoos in the country deteriorated over time, but zoos and wildlife parks has the important role to play in conservation of extinct species. He said the need is to educate the public and especially the visitors about the importance of the animal conservation and biodiversity for the ecosystem. However, the authorities need to take care of the animals’ food, health and provide a recreational environment as per international standards.

Katie Sipra, Scientific Officer, Bio Science Department, Comsats University stressed the need of conservation of animals in zoos through animal management, research, recreation and educational programs. She said Zoos should be taken care by highly trained individuals who are passionate about their profession. Zoos and wildlife parks should be accredited and must meet the international standards which include living environments, social groupings, nutrition, enrichments, veterinary programs, involvement in conservation and research, education programs, safety policies and procedures and physical facilities, she added.

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Signing of MoU between Pakistan and the UAE in the field of Manpower

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The UAE and Pakistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster cooperation in the labour and human resources sector.

The MoU was signed by Nasser Bin Thani Al Hameli, the UAE Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, and Tahir Hussain Andrabi, Acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, on the margins of the ongoing 108th session of the International Labor Conference in Geneva, in the presence of senior officials of both countries.

The MoU aims to institutionalize the collaborative administration of contractual employment of Pakistani workers in the UAE, through use of information technology, the exchange of information and continuing studies in the area of labor.

Under the MoU, Pakistan and the UAE Governments have decided to undertake joint collaborative programs and activities, including pre-departure and post-arrival educational programs in pursuit of the objective of improving the administration of contract employment cycle.

In order to ensure legal and risk free working environment for Pakistani workforce upon arrival in the UAE, it has been decided that Employment Job Offer will be signed by both parties prior to the worker’s departure from Pakistan. That Job Offer will clearly state the rights and obligations of the worker and employer. In addition, that Job Offer will provide the basis for the Employment Contract to be registered in the UAE.

Moreover, Article 6 of the MoU deals with the dispute resolution between the worker and his employer. As per the MoU, in case no amicable settlement is reached within 6 weeks of the complaint filed by the complainant, the complaint will be referred to the judicial authorities.

The two Governments have also agreed to establish a Joint Committee to implement this MoU. The Committee will meet regularly to monitor and evaluate/assess the implementation of this MoU.

This MoU is an important step forward in streamlining the contractual employment regime for Pakistani workers and protect their rights through institutionalized mechanisms.

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Activists pledge to make efforts for protection of human rights

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The Peoples Commission for Minorities’ Rights (PCMR) and Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) organized a training workshop on human rights advocacy & lobbying as part of a more extensive training program aimed at building the capacity of lawyers, journalists and activists on how to effectively undertake efforts for the promotion and protection of minority rights.
27 lawyers, journalists and activists affiliated with different non-governmental organizations (NGOs), media houses & law firms participated in the training – a sequel to an earlier training workshop focusing on human rights fact-finding, monitoring and documentation. Peter Jacob, Tanveer Jahan, Saroop Ijaz and Shakeel Ahmed facilitated the sessions, and shared their personal experiences of engagement with the decision-makers for protection of human rights.
Peter Jacob stated that affirmative measures in the area of legislation, policy making, awareness and implementation of court orders need to be taken to make equality of rights for the minorities possible. Saroop Ijaz stated that engagement at multiple levels is imperative to influence the decision-makers introducing legal, administrative and remedial mechanism for protection of human rights. Tanveer Jahan stated activists need to do context analysis and stakeholders analysis, and must develop research based evidence and a concrete advocacy plan in support of the human rights issue that want to address. Shakeel Ahmad stated activists must acquaint themselves with modern social media tools for effective advocacy and lobbying to improve implementation of human rights.

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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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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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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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