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Kids Fest Returns to Season 22 of Global Village

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Global Village, the region’s first multicultural festival park, has announced the return of Kids Fest, for its 3rd successive year, from 3rd – 24th February 2018. Kids Fest will be a 21 day celebration dedicated to elevating the Global Village experience for children. Several new attractions and games have been added to the festival that will be held around the Roman Amphitheater in the park. As the region’s premiere hub for family entertainment Global Village’s commitment to deliver new and innovative attractions for children and young adults is evident in their efforts for Kids Fest.

Highlights of the festival include the Global Show Academy and the Global Village Football Challenge for kids, to be played among students from 40 different schools in the country. In addition to the performances, professional artistes from them Global Show Academy will organize dedicated workshops for children that will allow them to learn a range of performances. The workshops will be held daily in the Roman Amphitheater and then kids will get the chance to perform live on the Main Cultural Stage in front of thousands of other guests. It is a great opportunity for children to engage in self-confidence building activities.

This edition of Kids Fest will also see the Global Village Football Challenge for the first time. Students from more than 40 schools in the country will participate and exhibit the spirit of positive competition. During the festival, between 3rd and 24th February 2018, the area surrounding the Roman Amphitheater will be abuzz with free face painting, balloon modeling and multiple street performances. A life size Snakes and Ladders installation will offer participants the chance to take home goody bags courtesy of Global Village. Adults can join the fun too as kids participate in a traditional game of Snakes and Ladders, engaging with unique live entertainment away from technology and gadgets.

Announcing the return of Kids Fest this season Bader Anwahi, CEO of Global Village, said “The return of Kids Fest for its 3rdseason shows our dedication to provide quality entertainment for the whole family. Bringing together cultures from around the globe and promoting goodwill among all ages goes hand in hand with our commitment to the community and family values. In this edition of Kids Fest, we are keen to present the football tournament as sport is one of the most important pillars of the healthy physical and intellectual development of children. Playing and promoting sport is in line with the UAE’s orientation, being one of the most important contributors to happiness in society. As a leading tourist destination in the UAE it is our mission to continue innovating the park and its various offerings, especially for young children and families; reinforcing our role as not only the biggest outdoor park of the region but also the best.

Children will also be able to meet their favorite cartoon characters such as Angry Birds and Chhota Bheem, and take photos with them and other characters including Globo and his gang – the mascots of Global Village. Kids will also be able to tackle an obstacle course complete with a Globo bouncy castle. Throughout Kids Fest street performers, magicians and clowns will entertain families alongside the unique, limited time, attractions reserved for this celebration.

All events of Kids Fest are included in the price of the ticket to Global Village – AED 15 as it continues to host guests in its 22nd season with a bouquet of entertainment events and festivals that will last until 7th April 2018.

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Yas Marina Circuit to Host Four-Day #ABUDHABIGP Festival

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With the four-day Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race festival just around the corner, Yas Marina Circuit is buzzing with activity as the world-famous F1 landmark prepares to welcome 60,000 motorsports fans with 55% visiting internationally, despite the current challenging conditions. Hundreds of team officials along with VIP guests, celebrities, international media, and, of course, the world’s best drivers will all be in attendance.

Making sure everything is ready and set to go ahead of the big race is a huge team of dedicated cleaners, painters, gardeners, and skilled technical experts who will be hard at work across the Circuit’s track, grandstands, and landscaped areas. As one of the world’s iconic motorsports venues, it’s vital that Yas Marina Circuit looks its very best for the tens of thousands of fans packed into the stands and the many millions watching live on TV around the globe. Squads of painters will work around the clock to apply a fresh coat of paint to the newly reconfigured 5.28-km track.

This year Yas Marina Circuit used new robot technology for the first time to mark out and paint special track run-offs to celebrate the UAE’s Year of the 50th. The innovative Robot Plotter was used for a compact and autonomous way to mark lines quickly and accurately, providing a safe and cost-effective technique. Other unique murals, painted by UAE-based artists, will feature across Yas Marina Circuit to celebrate the Golden Jubilee and the future of the region.

Before this year’s four-day racing festival, a small army of cleaners will be given the essential task of clearing away the dust from the Circuit’s impressive Grandstands. Equipped with high-pressure hoses, the team will set about tackling the Circuit’s 228 canopies over a mammoth 6,920 hours of non-stop cleaning work in order to have the venue looking spick and span and ready to welcome spectators.

Away from the track and the Grandstands, Yas Marina Circuit’s 88.4 acres of landscaped areas are also given special attention with teams of gardeners pruning and planting 2.52 acres of seasonal flowers and petunias. The green-fingered gardeners will install more than 1,750 different kinds of foliage along with 886 varieties of Palms and 529 potted plants to bring a splash of natural colour and the wonderful scented aroma of flowers to Yas Marina Circuit.

While the huge cleaning operation is going on ahead of the F1 long weekend’s official start, behind the scenes the huge logistical task of organising this epic motorsport event is already well underway. Teams of motor racing experts and logistics managers direct fleets of transporters carrying everything required for the FIA F2 Championship and the non-championship F4UAE race.

Squads of highly skilled technicians and safety experts will inspect every inch of the Circuit as part of intensive procedures to ensure the safety of the drivers, teams, and the spectators watching the F1® action unfold. With the huge to-do list slowly being completed the job by job, the time arrives for the 10 teams to land in Abu Dhabi. Fresh from the season’s penultimate race in Saudi Arabia, the teams and the hundreds of personnel that travel with them will sweep into the UAE’s capital city in a fleet of planes, ships, and lorries, all loaded with the essentials that keep F1 on the road and racing.

After 21 rounds of racing the 2021 F1 season is guaranteed a thrilling grand finale in Abu Dhabi – and Yas Marina Circuit is guaranteed to be looking great.

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India Palace Announces Royal Biryani Festival

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Among the festivals to look forward to this summer is Biryani Khaas at India Palace – an authentic heritage biryani festival celebrating the very best of India. India Palace, an award-winning Indian fine dining restaurant is hosting its Biryani Khaas festival for the 4th time in UAE.

Taking place at all twelve India Palace outlets in the UAE in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al Ain from the last week of June 2021, the specially curated seasonal menu is designed to highlight the flavors and variety of biryanis found across the different regions in India.

The selection includes six authentic biryanis with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Guests can avail of this special menu till the end of August. Patrons can savor a distinctive array of authentic biryanis, each reflecting the flavors, spices, and herbs synonymous with the region they originated from.

The menu includes:

  • Noor Mahal Biryani, priced at AED 42, named after the Noor Mahal Palace, is a true royal dish, with tender juicy chicken balls tossed in sauce and arranged like gems in a jewel.
  • Raan Biryani, priced at AED 150, A meat lover’s delight, this gorgeous dish is prepared with a whole leg of lamb marinated overnight in spices, slow-cooked and chargrilled to perfection.
  • Shahi Jheenja Biryani, priced at AED 79, A Royal dish fit for a King, combining ingredients typical in the Mughlai style of cooking- prepared with king prawns simmered in aromatic spices and tomatoes, layered with long grain rice.
  • Lucknow Murg Biryani,priced at AED 46, A famous Lucknowi delicacy, made in the typical Shahi Mughal style with chicken marinated and simmered in a gently spiced rich creamy gravy, dummed to perfection.
  • Subzi Qabuli Pulao, priced at AED 36, This vegetarian version of Qabuli Pulao is an ethereal mix of rice and sweet warm spices, slow-cooked with chana dal and flavored with cinnamon and green cardamom
  • Coorgi Murgh Biryani,priced at AED 46, Reminiscent of the unique spice rich and scenic Coorg, the dish is flavored with black peppercorns, curry leaves, coconut, fennel seeds, and grinded whole spices.

Biryani Khaas brings together a fine curation of authentic recipes and culinary classics perfected by the master chefs of India Palace for the ultimate pleasure in dining. On the launch of the much-anticipated Biryani Khaas Festival, Rohith Muralya, Director Concept Cuisine SFC Group, said, “India Palace as a brand echoes the tradition and cultural heritage of India adorned by the royalty, richness, and diversity of flavors found across the country. The Biryani Khaas festival is an extension of our commitment of introducing the flavors of India, in all its glory to the residents of UAE.”

He further added, “The selection of the biryanis to be included in the special menu for the Biryani Khaas festival took months of research in finalizing the 4 that we have today. Each dish speaks of the region it represents, the diversity in the spices used and the type of rice and protein used.” The Biryani Khaas festival with its special menu will be held across all India Palace outlets in the UAE until August 2021. Everyone is invited to relish the true taste of Indian heritage through the most scrumptious spread that awaits.

What: Biryani Festival
Name: Biryani Khaas
Where: All 12 India Palace outlets across UAE
When: June – August 2021
Time: 11.30 AM – 10.30 PM

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Rove Hotels and Playtonia Launch Region’s First-Ever Gamer Rooms Powered by Razer

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Gaming is about to reach the boss level at Rove Hotels with the unveiling of Rove’s Gamer Caves – the MENA region’s first-ever hotel rooms designed exclusively for gaming. Rove’s Gamer Caves, powered by Razer, the world’s leading lifestyle brand for gamers, are being launched in partnership with Playtonia, a Dubai-based technology company that focuses on promoting and organising eSports leagues, with the support of the Dubai Sports Council.

The Gamer Caves, located at Rove Downtown and Rove At The Park, will be available to book online via www.rovehotels.com, from June 15th, so gamers can look forward to the ultimate summer in front of the screen. The first-of-its-kind gaming rooms will be fully decked out with top-of-the-line set-up, courtesy of Razer, which will feature their Huntsman V2 Analog gaming keyboard with Razer analog optical switches, Viper 8KHzesports gaming mouse, Kiyo Pro USB camera with high-performance adaptive light sensor, BlackShark V2 wired esports headset with USB sound card, Seiren Mini streaming microphone, Iskur gaming chair with built-in lumbar support and more – all the essentials needed to level up for the ultimate gaming experience for everyone involved, from esports pros to noobs, and anyone in between.

In addition, the Gamer Caves will host a unique in-room dining menu curated to enhance the experience with an assortment of game-themed dishes, including the Cloud Strife chicken slider, Lara Croft’s calamari, Kitana flatbread, and many more. Bianca Litonjua, Head Gamerof Rove said, “As a hotel brand that embraces popular culture, celebrates sub-cultures and always looks to create experiences for people to live their passions, Rove Hotels is extremely proud to design and launch the region’s first-ever hotel gaming rooms with the outstanding support of Dubai Sports Council, Playtonia and Razer. We are confident that Rove’s Gamer Caves will provide a welcome boost for the growing eSports community in MENA, and we can’t wait to welcome gamers from home and abroad to enjoy this first-of-its-kind gaming experience in the heart of Dubai.”

Nabil Hasan, General Manager of Playtonia UAE, added, “We are delighted to partner with Rove Hotels, with the support of Dubai Sports Council and Razer, for the launch of the region’s first-ever hotel gaming rooms. At Playtonia UAE, we strive to play a pivotal role in developing an eSports and gaming industry with the potential to eventually equal the professionalism, resources, and popularity of some of the biggest sports in the world. Consequently, we see the opening of Rove’s Gamer Caves as massively positive signs of the major progress being made in gaming and eSports – an industry that continues to go from strength to strength locally, regionally, and globally.”

Rove’s fully equipped Gamer Caves will offer a wide and diverse range of gaming titles provided by Playtonia, including Overwatch, DOTA 2, Diablo 3, GTA 5, Doom, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Red Dead Redemption 2, Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition, Final Fantasy XIV Online, and Faster Than Light. Ready Rover One? Book your Gamer Cave now via www.rovehotels.com.

The launch of the first exclusive gaming hotel rooms is deemed as a hugely encouraging step forward for the future of gaming and virtual events in the region, providing a fun, accessible, and affordable platform for amateur and professional gamers alike to pursue their passion and further strengthen the UAE’s thriving eSports community as a result.

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