THE PERFECT IFTAR EXPERIENCE THIS RAMADAN

 The Novotel World Trade Centre team organized an exclusive Iftar Preview on the evening of 22nd April, 2019. The event brought together some of the clients, partners, social media influencers, bloggers, and press to experience a special pre-Ramadan buffet. 

The Iftar dining options ranged from authentic Arabic, Mediterranean, and a variety of International dishes. Chef Jean Ballouz and his team of chefs at Entre-Nous Restaurant, prepared traditional Ramadan sweets and beverages, along with cold and hot Mezzeh. A live cooking station was also available for guests to enjoy watching while the food was being prepared. The dining experience was complete with a delicious selection of Arabic desserts and coffee/tea. This Iftar experience was the perfect way to celebrate togetherness with families and friends. 

Iftar Buffet from sunset to 11.00pm for AED 139 per person inclusive of Ramadan beverages 

Children under the age of 12 receive 50% discount when dining with their families 

10-30 guests AED 119/ person and 30+ guests AED 109/person 

The hotel team ensured that each guest left with a heart-warming memory and would look forward to experience it again in Ramadan. 

Say Yo! to sushi and so much more

The brand-new menu will entice return guests and convert first-time visitors

If you’re the sort of person who lives to eat, rather than eats to live, then this one’s for you. With 11 exciting new additions to their already amazing menu, Yo! Sushi has just made eating more fun.

Dubai’s most popular spot for Japanese street food has added lots more colourful plates of delicious non-veg and even more tasty vegetarian dishes to the roster. And they have an all-new menu design, making it so much harder for you to choose just one!

Take a seat right next to their signature kaiten conveyor belt, and reach out for the scrumptious Mixed Maki rolls. If you swear by non-veg, then pick the Prawn Star or Chicken Avocado rolls instead.

Give your palate a unique hit with the Chunky Tuna pieces, rolled in coriander and quickly seared to perfection. Or try the Shichimi Seared Salmon, with just a touch of lemon juice. Yum!

Your vegetarian friends need not fret. The Glazed Aubergine and Avocado Nigiri are finger-lickingly good, and will have you reaching out for more.

There’s also the Tenderstem Salad, served on a rich sesame sauce, and the Stir Fried Pak Choi and Garlic plate. If you think vegetarian food cannot make a meal, the Shiitake Mushroom Ramen dish is a game-changer for sure.

Stack your table with bright colours as you fill your tummies with delicious food. You can wash it all down with our selection of beverages, and don’t forget to snap a picture and share it.

You can enjoy your favourite dishes at any Yo! Sushi outlet in the UAE, or find them on popular Online Ordering Apps with delivery across the UAE.

LULU LAUNCHES FOOD CARNIVAL WITH GLOBAL CUISINES AND AMAZING OFFERS

LuLu, the largest hypermarket chain in the region, unveiled its annual Food Carnival, a two-week food festival that highlights a wide variety of special offers and culinary delights inspired from flavours around the world. The food fest features great discounts on food products and an exciting series of cooking competitions across the UAE until 7thApril 2019.

More than a great shopping experience, customers can participate in cooking competitions in different categories, such as vegetarian and non-vegetarian dish cooking, dessert making, decoration for cakes, icing, fruit platter, salads, pizza, muffins, and burgers, carving, and mother and child tandem. The contests will be held in LuLu Hypermarkets located in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, and Sharjah.

LuLu Group Executive Director Ashraf Ali M.A shared: “We have always believed in giving more than a great shopping ambience, but innovative events as well. Food Carnival is one such event that brings food and culinary delights from around the world in one place. In the next 14 days, shoppers can enjoy a wide variety of food products at the fairest prices and also shop for their favourite brands at great discounts. Our international range of food products has been consistent in both quality and supply, which satisfies the lifestyle requirements of our customers, and we will continue to do so in the future.”

Get ready for a culinary feast of flavours at the food festival with LuLu’s great range of products in special price offers. From cooking essentials to packaged beverages, spices, and sauces, the food variety offers your favourites in one place. Hot food and fresh fruits, vegetables and meat are on the spotlight with affordable rates to complete your grocery shopping, along with deli items, dairies, cereals, biscuits, and spreads on offer. Moreover, discounted kitchenware, appliances and dining accessories are all set to bring ease and comfort in your kitchen.

With 164 stores operating worldwide, LuLu has continuously been exerting its greatest efforts to provide and sustain the supply of global products at the best rates. With the excellent combination of high-quality offerings and organised logistics system, LuLu remains to be the favourite shopping destination in the KSA when it comes to a broader selection of international products.

MonViso Water to have an active presence at the Mother of the Nation Festival

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MonViso, the purest and minimally mineralized Italian water, reiterates its ongoing commitment to promoting empowerment, conservation, collaboration, and sustainabilitywith its presence at the Mother of the Nation Festival organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi to pay tribute to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak.

According to Stefano Iorini, Managing Director, MonViso Trading LLC, “MonViso’s shared values and vision is evident in the brand’s “Take Water. Give Life” campaign. The humanitarian and sustainable aspects of the Mother of Nation event also highlights the best of humanity through its multiple and diverse activity zones, as well as an entertaining and immersive atmosphere that welcomes the entire community of all age groups and nationalities.”

“We are delighted to support the Mother of the Nation Festival as we value the community spirit that brings people together in local events promoting tolerance. This is central to our principle as a brand committed to humanitarian values that promote solidarity and collaboration within the new generation,” added Stefano.

Stefano also appreciates that the festival focuses on people’s nutritional choices on their bodies and the environment, and the collective responsibility of the community towards the development of a healthy sustainable society. The festival is also known to celebrate the UAE’s rich heritage, cultural diversity, and the impact of the nation through recent history with impressive achievements.

The MonViso stand at the festival will emphasizethe vision and principles of the brand as for every 1 litre sold, MonViso is donating 1 AED to the Al Jalila Foundation, which supports the global cause of transforming lives through medical education and research.

The brand’s humanitarian and sustainability commitment is evident, as since January 2017 till February 2019, MonViso has donated the equivalent of over 347,190 liters.

Visitors to the MonViso stand at the Mother of the Nation Festival will be able to sample the Alpine Italian mineral water from Europe’s highest source with the lowest content of sodium in the world,contaminant-free purity, low-grade mineralization and low nitrate content.

An eco conscious brand, MonViso recently launched a recycling program for homes, in association with HomeCycle, which is the brand’s logistical partner for home collection of plastic bottles and glass. The sustainability program’s revenues from the net sales are donated to Al Jalila Foundation.

From the health perspective, the minimally mineralized waterhelps avoid fatigue, purifies the kidneys, helps maintain optimal blood pressure and makes it safe to consume in large quantities. The Italian Ministry of Health recognizes MonViso water as suitable for the preparation of baby food and formula. 

Launched in Dubai 4 years ago, MonViso is now available in several outlets across the UAE.

Bar Baar Launches New Street Food Menu in Town ‘Gully Boy’

Capturing on the recent Bollywood’s backstreet rapper movie – ‘Gully Boy’, it would be hard not to imagine strolling through the crowded streets of Mumbai without grabbing a ‘Vada pav’ or indulging in some lip-smacking ‘Chicken Chilly’ and relishing the Indian (Gully) Street Food.

India is one proud nation well renowned for giving hunger pangs through its wide varieties of scrumptious, quick and heap street food. And to ensure that you don’t just reminisce the mouth-watering delights, Bar Baar, recently nominated for the ‘Best Bar Food’ at the Time out 2019 awards introduces the new street food menu ‘Gully Boy’.

Promising to offer a vegetarian and non-vegetarian street-food paradise, the tantalizing delights in the ‘Gully Boy menu’ is certain to leave you drooling from its ‘Bawa Chicken Puffs’, ‘Full Too Samosas’, ‘Bhai Ka Mutton Biryani’ and ‘Ek Dum Mast Momos’. It will be available every day of the week for lunch and dinner from 1:00 p.m onwards till 3:00 am starting from the range of AED 15 to AED 55 only.

“Garnering on the Gully Boy Fever, where Bollywood has made its first movie about rap music, we intend to take you on a delicious journey and give you the authenticity of Real India with the opportunity to taste the Indian (Gully) Street Food and introduce the spirit of Indian Hip Hop and Rap culture through the soul of our food”. said Mr. Parvez Mhd – Managing Director of Bar Baar.

He further added, “Bringing in new Indian Hip Hop and RAP culture with Live performances from India’s most talented, prominent and elite will be a new genre to Dubai – the city that never sleeps. Through the Indian (Gully) Street food which has originated from the streets, we want to introduce the raw feel of hip hop, evoke talent and inspire the millennials. We will also start a new venture of outdoor delivery ‘Gully boy’ by BarBaar to cater to our customers and ensure that Indian (Gully) Street food reaches every doorstep.”

The new ‘Gully Boy” menu offers all food-lovers an experience that will evoke memories, ignite the passion for Indian Rap culture, perfect to excite a smile on their faces and that certainly makes Bar Baar the best place to hang out and enjoy the company of good friends, food and drinks.

LULU PROMOTES FOOD IS GREAT BRITAIN: A BRITISH FOOD FESTIVAL

LuLu, the largest hypermarket chain in the region, launched its annual British food festival “Food is Great Britain: Truly British, Truly Delicious”. The week-long fest highlights a wide variety of food products imported from the UK, which is available at great discounts from 18thto 26thMarch 2019.

The launch event was inaugurated by H.E Patrick Moody, British Ambassador to the UAE, at LuLu Hypermarket at World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi, in the presence of LuLu Group Chairman and Managing Director Yusuff Ali M.A, other top officials, and government authorities.

Speaking on the occasion, Yusuff Ali M.A said: “For over two decades of serving a multi-ethnic customer base, LuLu has managed the lifestyle needs of both the locals and expat community. From food offerings to fashion, home essentials, electronics, and much more, it is a one-stop shop that showcases global flavours and culture. “Food is Great Britain” is one such event that puts a spotlight on the traditional flavours, culture and quality produce of the UK. Our British sourcing offices and food processing units have helped us become successful in guaranteeing non-stop supply at the most competitive prices all year round.”

LuLu brings delicious British classics at pocket-friendly prices for the food festival. Savour the fresh flavours of dairies from Rachel’s Organic, which are perfect for breakfast or quick snacks to help you with proper digestion and strengthening immune system. Nutrient-packed juices are available to quench your thirst, from Coldpress, Robinsons and The Berry Company. For high quality frozen fruits and vegetables that you can use daily for cooking and baking, Ardo’s well-chosen product range can help you save a lot of time and energy in the kitchen, as they are pre-washed and pre-cut. Moreover, enjoy the famous flavours and crisp taste of Walkers crisps, made from the finest potatoes from over 80 farms around Britain.

LuLu has flown in more than 2,000 products across brands like Horlicks, Whole Earth, Longley Farm, and John West—from cheeses to organic and healthy range, fruits and vegetables, dairies, sweet delicacies, and many more classic offerings, which will highlight an authentic British shopping experience. Moody said: “I am extremely delighted by the range and quality of products Lulu has imported for this promotion and I am sure these products will be highly appreciated not only by British nationals, but also the local and other expat communities residing here.”

With 163 stores operating worldwide, LuLu has continuously been exerting its greatest efforts to provide and sustain the supply of global products at the best rates. With the excellent combination of high quality offerings and organised logistics system, LuLu remains to be the favourite shopping destination in the UAE when it comes to a broader selection of international products.

 

Alpine Attractions Zermatt

By Shereen Shabnam

My favourite place in Switzerland is Zermatt, situated far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at an altitude of 1,600 metres above sea level. The historic village oozes with charm and the high street is lined with luxury shopping, world-class restaurants and local gatherings post the day’s adventures.

I usually stay at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof Zermatt, which is more like a second home for me in Zermatt because of the warmth of the staff, the hotel location and the fact that I can see the Matterhorn from my bed as I wake up in the morning.

Dominated by the Matterhorn, Zermatt is a rare place where everything works in synergy and GCC travellers can enjoy memorable summer and winter stays that includes a generous breakfast buffet during the festive season at this majestic property.

My favourite memory from my visit is the transfer to and from the Zermatterhof and Zermatt station in a horse-drawn carriage – most places use an electric bus on the day of your arrival and departure but I always inform the desk on my preference before arrival.

Guests at the Zermatterhof can enjoy a generous breakfast buffet, mineral water and soft drinks from the minibar, Ronnefeldt-Tea, Nespresso coffee machine with capsules, use of the spa, pool, steam bath, saunas, jacuzzi, ice grotto and gym and wireless Internet in the room and in all public areas.

Once you step into the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, hospitality and luxury takes on a whole new meaning. It is a hotel you want to spend time in, meet with other guests and enjoy a hot chocolate while gazing at the Matterhorn.

And Grand Hotel Zermatterhof is where time means something different from what it means in the city. It is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

For ski enthusiasts, there is no better place than Zermatt to flirt with adventure and enjoy the sport with untouched stunning terrain and a helicopter to give you a lift there. Zermatt is the Alps’ largest heli-skiing destination and offers the best snow with the stunning beauty of the Alps.

My last visit to Zermatt was with family so we did more exploring of the mountains, train rides to closer viewing points of the Matterhorn and the highlight for my teen was the Glacier Palace.

The Glacier Palace was filled with sparkling ice sculptures enchanting visitors with artworks carved into different designs. It is a fairy-tale palace deep under the perennial snows leading through the glacier to sites such as a glacier crevasse and an ice toboggan run.

Zermatt is a private playground for guests who truly want to get away and indulge in a memorable holiday. For me, it is always a destination I go to when I am in Switzerland.

 

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