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04 Jan 2016

Seasonal Detox: Healthy Foods To Help You Through The Festivities

With a roll of events on the agenda, there’s no time than the present to embark on a healthier eating scheme.

While there are countless detox juice programmes and diets on the market, we’ll be ditching fad diets and taking a more enjoyable route by cleansing our fridge of all things sugary and salt-laden, and replacing them with nutritious nibbles.

Detox foods needn’t be tasteless or unappetising, now more than ever the options for healthy bites are bountiful. So we’ve scoured the aisles at Carrefour supermarket in the Dubai shopping malls to find you our top three nutrition-boosting bites to try.  

 

BLUEBERRIES

You may have heard that these indigo berries are an antioxidant, but did you also know that just a handful a day can help lower your risk of heart disease and cancer as well as providing powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Blueberries also come packed with potassium and vitamin C.

KALE

This curly green veggie is not only a great addition to your morning smoothie, but makes for a tasty and nourishing supper too. Bursting with antioxidants, vitamin C and beta-carotene, kale is best enjoyed steamed and topped off with a sprinkle of fresh chilli and a squeeze of lemon.

COCONUT

This exotic fruit has major superfood credentials and is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. We recommend cooking with coconut oil, which is a healthier alternative to other oils such as olive or sunflower oil. We’ve also taken to keeping a jar in our beauty cabinet to use as a moisturising treatment on hair and skin.

All items are available at Carrefour supermarket in Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif.

Visit http://www.malloftheemirates.com/, http://www.citycentremirdif.com/ and http://www.citycentredeira.com/

 

 
16 Dec 2015

Spa Sessions: Your Route To Relaxation Starts Here

Steal a few hours for yourself and enjoy a relaxing trip to the spa.

Dubai’s shopping malls are home to peaceful sanctuaries sure to leave you thoroughly preened and pampered from top to toe.

 

 

 

Here are two of the best beautifying treatments to try right now.

 

Treatment: Luxury Hammam Ritual

This two-hour treatment takes place in the spa’s Arabian hammam room. As warm steam works to open your pores, your therapist will begin by deeply cleansing your body with traditional black soap before vigorously scrubbing your limbs with a loofah. Every ounce of dead skin will be sloughed off leaving you silky smooth and invigorated. To top off the treatment, a nourishing body mask will be applied, followed by a relaxing hair wash and condition to complete the experience.

Book now: Dhs475, Sisters Beauty Lounge,City Centre Mirdif, call (04) 2843554

 

Treatment: Caviar Facial

Set in the calming surroundings of the Softtouch Spa, this luxurious caviar-infused facial is offered for both men and women. Using Pevonia Botanica Skin Care, the treatment aims to revitalise, hydrate and firm lacklustre complexions. The rich botanicals fuse vegetable extracts, crushed pearls and marine caviar to penetrate your pores, delivering a youthful glow in just 75 minutes.

Book now: Dhs995, Softouch Spa, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, call (04) 4095909

 

* Prices shown are at the time of the visit to the mall and could change at any point.

Visit http://www.malloftheemirates.com/, http://www.citycentremirdif.com/ and http://www.citycentredeira.com/

 
01 Nov 2015

In Bloom: How To Make Your Flowers Last Longer

Fill your abode with fresh florals with this go-to guide to creating the most beautiful bouquets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here, we reveal our top five florist tips to getting the most out of your bouquet.

  • Start with a colour scheme and look for flower combos that complement one another. Pick a base hue first such as white or green and mix in a few bright buds such as hot pink peonies or bright blue hydrangeas.
  • Once you have selected your flowers and vase, snip all of the stems at a pointed angle using sharp cutting shears. This will ensure your flowers soak up plenty of water. Re-snip every few days and change the water daily for a longer-lasting display.
  • The price of fresh flowers in the UAE can get costly, we advise mixing in a few faux flowers to help flesh out the bouquet. The One located in Mall of the Emirates has a huge selection of artificial silk flowers.
  • If you’ve run out of flower food, use a spoonful of sugar instead. This will keep the water from appearing cloudy and avoid bacteria growth.
  • Place your display near a window to make sure your flowers get plenty of sunlight, this will prevent the buds from sagging.
  • Stock up on all your favourite buds at Worood Florist located in Mall of the Emirates. This one-stop-shop offers fresh, artificial and dried flowers, perfect for at-home arrangements, gifts and events.

 
20 Oct 2015

Crowning Glory: The Best Blow-Dries In Dubai

Enjoy some post-shop pampering at one of the many hair and beauty hotspots in the Dubai shopping malls.

 

 

 

SISTERS

Sisters Beauty Lounge is one of the region’s favourite places for grooming. Head to either their City Centre Mirdif or Mall of the Emirates branch, where you’ll be treated to a thorough wash, scalp massage and blowout by one of the highly trained stylists. You’ll leave the salon with squeaky clean and shiny hair.
Price: Prices start at Dhs120
Book now: Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif, call (04) 2843554

 

NSTYLE

Refresh your tresses with a trip to NStyle’s salon in Mall of the Emirates or City Centre Mirdif. After a speedy cleanse and deep condition in the sink, your ‘do will be whipped into pristine shape by one of the hairstylists. Whether you’re after sleek and straight or big bouncy curls, this is a great shopping pit stop for gleaming locks in under an hour.
Price: Prices start at Dhs100
Book now: Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif, call 800-NStyle

 

MANUELLA

With vibrant hot pink and white décor, this glamorous salon in City Centre Deira is one of our favourite pampering havens. Whatever the occasion, book in for a blowout at Manuella Ladies’ Salon and confidently leave your tresses in the masterful hands of the pros.
Price: Dhs180
Book now: City Centre Deira, call (04) 2950605

 

* Prices shown are at the time of the visit to the mall and could change at any point .

Visit http://www.malloftheemirates.com/, http://www.citycentremirdif.com/ and http://www.citycentredeira.com/

 
12 Oct 2015

Fix It: Top Spots To Get Things Mended In The Mall

Need something fixing, amending or altering? Head to the mall.  Here’s our guide on where to go in the UAE shopping malls to get things fixed.  

 

 

 

 

TOP TAILORS

While there are plenty of tailors in town, finding somewhere that you truly trust with your precious threads is rare. Luckily for us (and you), we’ve found just the place. Al Madani, located in City Centre Deira, has become our new go-to spot for last-minute alterations. Whatever your wish, be it a speedy hem nip and tuck or updating an old frock, Al Madani will do a top job for an affordable price. They also have a fantastic selection of fabrics and will custom create a piece just for you.
The details: Al Madani, City Centre Deira, call (04) 2951133

 

QUICK FIX

With locations across Dubai, including Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Deira, Minutes offers a diverse range of services, including repairing mobiles, timepieces and shoes, as well as engraving, photo-copying, key-cutting and much more. Their motto is ‘get it done in minutes’, and that they do. Whether you need an extra hole punched in your belt, shoes reheeled or your watch strap replaced, this is the best place for speedy fixing.
The details: Minutes, Mall of the Emirates, call (04) 3408281, City Centre Mirdif, call (04) 2845124, City Centre Deira, call (04) 2950754

Visit http://www.malloftheemirates.com/, http://www.citycentremirdif.com/ and http://www.citycentredeira.com/

 
03 Oct 2015

Excess Baggage: Tips For Travelling With Kids

The upcoming school holidays offer the ideal opportunity to escape on a family getaway. Whatever your plans – a weekend road trip to a neighbouring emirate, a flight home to see relatives or even a far-flung destination abroad – travelling with tots can bring with it a fair amount of stress for parents.

First up there’s all the washing and packing, followed by games and entertainment to keep them quiet, next it’s onto the snacks to ensure their blood sugar levels don’t drop – all this, while attempting to relax yourself.

 

 

 

However, fear not, we’ve got you covered with our expert tips on how to keep your kiddies happy.

  

SNACK SMART

Be sure to pack a variety of different treats to keep hunger at bay. Ditch the salty crisps and sugar-laden candy (which can increase hyper behaviour), and replace with healthy substitutes such as berries, sugar-free granola bars and carrot sticks.
Visit Carrefour supermarket in Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif to stock up before you leave.

 

PLAY TIME

Card games and toys will go down a treat on long-haul flights and car journeys. Our favourite pick for little ones over the age of three is the Acting Card Game available from The Early Learning Centre for just Dhs29.
Visit the store at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif.

 

LISTEN UP

Audiobooks and tunes are a great way to keep children amused on a long journey. Young ages will love the audiobook for Disney’s popular Frozen film. You can pick up a copy for Dhs29 at Virgin Megastore located in the Dubai shopping malls. Visit the store at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif.

* Prices shown are at the time of the visit to the mall and could change at any point

 

Visit http://www.malloftheemirates.com/, http://www.citycentremirdif.com/ and http://www.citycentredeira.com/

 
01 Oct 2015

Relaxing Remedies To Help You Snooze

We spend one third of our lives asleep, yet many of us aren’t getting enough rest at night. The average person needs between six to eight hours of shut-eye in order to function and stay healthy.

Stress, exercise and eating patterns all come into play with sleep deprivation. So hit the snooze button and get more Zs by following these relaxing ideas available at the malls in Dubai.

 

 

 

 

  1. Before hitting the hay, make a cup of herbal tea. A warm brew such as chamomile tea is a comforting treat to help you relax and unwind before bed. Visit Carrefour supermarket in Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif
  2. A tidy room and soft, luxurious bed sheets are a sure-fire way to aid with a longer sleep. Look for a high-quality thread count at interior stores such as Crate & Barrel at Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif, Pottery Barn at City Centre Mirdif and Zara Home at Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Deira.
  3. A hot bubble bath infused with aromatherapy essentials oils will relax muscles and put you in the mood to snooze. Try Sleep Luxury Bath Cream, Dhs75 by Bath & Body Works. Visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif

* Prices shown are at the time of the visit to the mall and could change at any point.

Visit http://www.malloftheemirates.com/, http://www.citycentremirdif.com/ and http://www.citycentredeira.com/

 
01 Oct 2015

Go Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Millions of women worldwide have been affected by breast cancer in one way or another. It is now the most common cancer in women with one in eight likely to be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.

However, there is some positive news: through regular self-examination, medical screenings, early detection, increased awareness and improving treatment options, the incidence rates have been declining in recent years.

Whether it’s been a personal health journey, a family member or close friend whose battling the disease, it is important to step up and learn about ways to support the cause.

Running throughout October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual campaign with the aim to educate and increase awareness of the disease. Over the years, through numerous fundraisers and initiatives, the foundation has raised the vital funds to provide mammograms for women in need. The charity organisation also pairs with leading fashion and lifestyle brands to release special edition pink ribbon items with a percentage of the proceeds going towards their mission.

While most people are aware, it’s easy to push to one side and overlook the important steps to detecting the disease in its early stages and doing regular examinations.

Majid Al Futtaim healthcare and malls has a selection of medical clinics on hand to help. See below for where to visit in the Dubai shopping malls now.

 

CITY CENTRE DEIRA CLINIC

Conveniently located adjacent to City Centre Deira, this clinic offers breast ultrasound scans and X-rays for women in their Radiology department by a team of specialist medical professionals.

To book an appointment call (04) 2052777

MEDCARE MIRDIF

Visit MedCare’s branch in City Centre Mirdif’s Central Galleria for regular mammogram and ultrasound scans. This leading medical centre has a team of top doctors trained in the treatment of breast disease.

To book an appointment call (04) 2840722 or visit http://www.medcarehospital.com

For donations and further information about Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please visit http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

 

* Prices shown are at the time of the visit to the mall and could change at any point.

Visit http://www.malloftheemirates.com/, http://www.citycentremirdif.com/ and http://www.citycentredeira.com/.

 

 
01 Sep 2015

Weekend Guide: Kids Activities At The Mall

Keep the kids entertained while you shop with these fun-filled activities.

Looking for things to do in Dubai with kids? Read on below for our guide to the best entertainment for children in the malls…

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORK OF ART

Your mini geniuses will love the creative environment at DUCTAC. Located in Mall of the Emirates, this top Dubai theatre and arts centre offers plenty of fun classes for your little ones.

Throughout September, DUCTAC is offering a Drawing and Painting workshop for tots aged six and above. Prices start at around Dhs550 for five sessions.

If your kids are keen on drama, treat them to one of the theatre’s acting packages. The workshops run for several months leading up to a show finale where you can see your little star in action.

For more information visit http://www.ductac.org/

WINTER WONDERLAND

Adventure-seekers will love a day out at Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates. This popular in-door Dubai ski resort has plenty of snow-laden fun for children to revel in, from ice sculptures to penguins, a toboggan run, ski runs and a Freestyle Zone with jumps and rails. There are plenty of great deals on offer for kids, including ski lessons, snowboarding, and swimming with the penguins.

For more information on packages and day passes, visit http://www.theplaymania.com/skidubai or http://malloftheemirates.com/ski-dubai.aspx 

SPLASH AROUND

Treat your tots to a fun-filled day at Aquaplay, a marine-inspired play zone located in City Centre Mirdif. Featuring a two-ramp/two-chute indoor flume ride, a tugboat swing ship and 12 pool bumper boats, this is an action-packed experience for all ages.

For more information and bookings about this indoor waterpark.

FUN AND GAMES

With exhilarating rides, fun games and lots of amazing prizes to be won, Magic Planet is the perfect spot for kids. Located in Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif, Magic Planet appeals to all ages. For the youngsters there is a Ferris wheel and merry go-rounds, while for teenagers can get their thrills at the arcade games, a climbing wall and bowling alleys.

Prices start at Dhs50, for more information, visit http://www.theplaymania.com/magicplanet or http://www.malloftheemirates.com/entertainment/magic-planet.aspx

 

Visit http://www.malloftheemirates.com/, http://www.citycentremirdif.com/ and http://www.citycentredeira.com/

 

 
01 Sep 2015

Beauty Superfoods: What To Eat Now

The key to great skin lies way beyond expensive creams and facials. It’s also about what you eat. These nutrient-rich bites are not only packed with essential vitamins and minerals to keep hunger at bay but they will also leave you glowing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KALE

It’s the number one superfood of 2015 – the world has gone crazy for Kale. Filled with powerful antioxidants including vitamin C and beta-carotene, it can be eaten raw or sautéed with a drizzle of olive oil. Get your daily dose and throw in a handful of leaves in your blender along with your favourite fruit. Great for breakfast or post-workout.

AÇAI

Sourced in the South American rainforests, açai berries are packed with high levels of anthocyanins, an antioxidant which helps fight cancer and heart disease. Fresh açai can be hard to come by, so check the frozen aisle in the Dubai supermarket or look for the berry in powder or juice formula.

SEAWEED

This sea-grown vegetable is filled with omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent heart attacks and stokes. A member of the algae family, it also comes loaded with powerful minerals, including calcium and zinc. Add seaweed to your salad or buy a dry formula to snack on the go.

SALMON

This lean pink fish is not only low in fat, but it’s full of protein and omega-3 fatty acids to increase your metabolism, reduce cholesterol and strengthen your cardiac muscles. Salmon fillets can be cooked in a variety of delicious ways, but keep it simple and cook with a pinch of salt, pepper and fresh lemon juice.

 

 

All items are available at Carrefour supermarket in Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif.

Visit http://www.malloftheemirates.com/, http://www.citycentremirdif.com/ and http://www.citycentredeira.com/

 
01 Aug 2015

Learn arabic in under five minustes

From friendly greetings to local courtesies, we share the top words and phrases to help improve your Arabic language skills.

Boost your linguistic skills with our guide to the most common Arabic sayings and phrases.

From how to ask a price to simple introductions and expressing gratitude, these easy-to-learn words will help you in everyday life.

Arabic, like all other languages, requires time and motivation, so try speaking, listening, reading or writing on a daily basis.

 

Here are a few key phrases to get you started:

Hi – Salam سلام
Thank you – Shokran شكرا
Welcome – Marhaba مرحبا
My name is ... – Esmee… إسمي....
Good morning –Sabah ala-kheir صباح الخير
Good afternoon – Masa' al-kheir مساء الخير
Yes/ No – Na’am/ Laa نعم / لا
How much is this? – Kam Thamanoh كم ثمنه
I'm lost – Ada'tu tareeqi أضعت طريقي
Where is the (bathroom/ pharmacy)? – Ayna ajedu (al merhaad/ assaidaliah)? أين أجد (المرحاض/ الصيدلية)؟
What time is it? – Kam essah? كم الساعة؟
Good-bye – Ma’a salama مع السلامة
How are you? - Kaifa haloka/ haloki (f) ) كيف حالك؟
Good/ Bad/ So-So – Jayyed / saye'/ 'adee جيد / سيء / عادي
Nice to meet you! – Motasharefon/ motasharefatun (f) bema'refatek
متشرف / متشرفة بمعرفتك
Congratulations! – Mabrouk! مبروك
What is This? – Ma hatha (th as in that) ما هذا؟
Do you speak (English/ Arabic)? – Hal tatakallamu alloghah alenjleziah/ alarabiah? هل تتكلم اللغة الإنجليزية /العربية؟

 

If you’re keen to take your learning to the next level, pick up a language tape or a phrase book at one of the below stores in the Dubai shopping malls:

Virgin Megastore in Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif.Borders in City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif. For children’s books and tapes the Early Learning Centre in City Centre Mirdif.

 
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