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Season 2 of Reality Show “I am a Nat Geo Photographer” Announced

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Nikon Middle East FZE in partnership with National Geographic Abu Dhabi have announced the new season of reality TV show, ‘I am a Nat Geo Photographer’. The show offers an opportunity for aspiring photographers from around the Arab world to showcase their photography skills. Through this show, four aspiring photographers will traverse the United Arab Emirates and explore scenic landscapes in search of the perfect shot under expert guidance of renowned photographers.

‘I am a Nat Geo Photographer’ reflects Nikon’s and National Geographic Abu Dhabi’s partnership and shared mission to nurture the development of Arab youth photographers across the region. In addition to the expert mentoring contestants will receive during the show, they will also receive pre show intensive training at the Nikon School in the UAE, where they will further sharpen their creative and technical skills and mastery of the camera. The photography equipment that the contestants will use in each episode are from Nikon’s range of professional cameras based on the theme of that episode.

Narendra Menon, Managing Director, Nikon Middle East FZE said, “We are very happy to have found a partner like National Geographic Abu Dhabi that understands the impact photographs can have. This aligns perfectly well with our aim to provide a platform for young photographers in the region to explore their talents. We truly believe that there are a lot of untold stories in the region that are yet to see the light of the day. By empowering young talent, we want them to be at the helm of the narrative by providing them with quality solutions and global exposure. We look forward to yet another season of stunning photographs and great television.”

The show will follow the four photographers as they embark on a quest to find the perfect photograph worthy of the National Geographic’s Al Arabiya magazine. The four-part show will take you on a visual journey across the UAE as the contestants tackle various challenges. Unlike most reality shows, there will be no eliminations and wildcards as the sole focus remains on photography. The participants will be mentored by experts throughout their journey and will also be a part of an intensive training programme at the prestigious Nikon school in UAE.

Hitting the trifecta, the 2018 season aims to encourage local photography talent, introduce the viewers to the iconic locales of the UAE and find the next Steve McCurry for the Nat Geo magazine. The show will be hosted by Saudi media personality, Tariq Edrees. Joining him as the main Judge on the show is the renowned photographer, Marwa Abu Laila. She is the founder of Photopia, a forum for photographers and is the publisher of Photo Egypt. Under her stewardship and aided by Guest Judges, each photographer will receive expert guidance to guide them through the tasks.

The contestants are a lesson in diversity, hailing from different regions. Obaid Al Budoor hails from the UAE and has been in the field for eight years. He is passionate about traveling and finds solace in exploring nature. Hesham Al Humaid is a young Saudi health management technician who picked up the camera at an early age. Since then, he has combined his love of exploration and photography into stunning visual masterpieces. Representing Beirut, is Cynthia Ghousoub, a young Lebanese photographer and artist who employs various media to explore themes of self, memory and social identity. Completing the tally is Amina Sabry, a freelance Egyptian photographer based in Cairo who specializes in food and wildlife photography.

The series will unveil the winning photographer at the end of the fourth episode. The winner will be decided by an impartial points system that will take into account both technical and artistic talent. The winner will receive Nikons’ top of line photography equipment worth $7,500 as well as an all-expense-paid National Geographic photography Expedition Trip to Tanzania worth over $10,000.

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Dubai Parks and Resorts Turns Into a ‘World of Wintertainment’

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Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Middle East’s largest theme park destination, is set to thrill guests with a wide range of holiday experiences. These include spectacular Festive-themed laser show, festive events and workshops, live shows and parades, along with the park’s exciting rides, rollercoasters and attractions from Friday, 8th December 2023 to Thursday, 7th January 2024.

At RIVERLAND Dubai, the night sky will come alive with a dazzling new Laser Show, Wednesday to Sunday at 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM, and 9:30 PM, creating a mesmerising spectacle with colourful lights and laser beams choreographed to festive themed music for all to enjoy. Guests can explore Santa’s Grotto and meet Santa himself at Viva Ristorante Restaurant and immerse in the festive spirit at the Peninsula Stage with Christmas carols and sing-along performances every Friday through Sunday. Guests can’t miss Sandy’s Candy World Spectacular, a parade that runs every Wednesday to Sunday at 9:00 PM, promising a sweet and vibrant procession to captivate audiences of all ages. To extend the holiday celebrations even further, friends and families of all ages are welcome to enjoy the heavenly tunes of 35 children of Dubai Youth Choir singing festive carols on 16th December.

MOTIONGATE Dubai invites guests to step into its Hollywood Holidays, promising an unforgettable festive season filled with parades, character meet and greets, mesmerising snowfall, and a magnificent 40-foot Christmas tree. The park transforms into a spectacle of lights and enchanting decorations, setting the perfect festive ambience. Adding to the holiday cheer is the debut of a new live stage show, ‘Home for Christmas’ at the Hollywood Theatre. Guests are invited to watch this heartwarming experience, adding an extra layer of joy to the holiday celebrations.

Meet Rudolph and his reindeer friends as they dance to popular holiday tunes in the ‘Time to Sleigh!’ street show or catch the elves and toy soldiers dancing to popular seasonal hip hop tunes in the ‘Toy Factory Fellas’.  For those craving delicious holiday treats, MOTIONGATE Dubai’s festive night market will offer various delights, including crepes, gingerbread cookies, churros, hot chocolate, and much more. To enhance the holiday experience, guests can explore the 15 themed retail shops, each offering an exclusive selection of souvenirs inspired by fan-favourite films such as Kung Fu Panda, Ghostbusters, Hunger Games, Shrek, and more.

Meanwhile, at LEGOLAND Dubai Resort, families are invited to join the Festive Bricktacular from Thursday, 14th December 2023 to Sunday, 7th January 2024. Guests can participate in the LEGOLAND Countdown to Christmas, an advent calendar that will give them the chance to open a door and win a LEGO box set every day until 24th December 2023. In addition, guests can also explore Santa’s Grotto and meet LEGO Santa himself (an Exclusive Paid experience for just an additional AED 125 when visiting LEGOLAND Dubai this December) who has special presents awaiting a limited edition Festive Bricktacular bag, a photo with LEGO Santa, exclusive Santa’s Grotto LEGO Brick, LEGO box set and a letter from LEGO Santa. Even more daily prizes await guests with the introduction of a new Countdown to New Year advent calendar from 25th December to 31st December.

The fun doesn’t have to end there, families are invited to join Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts’ third edition of the Lu’WOW Weekender. The UAE’s first and only Polynesian resort will be hosting exclusive festive-themed staycation packages from 24th to 26th December 2023, starting from AED 1,399++ for a King Room and AED 1,799++ for an Upgraded Family Suite. Two children under the age of six are welcome to stay and dine with the hotel’s compliments. Here, families will start Christmas day with a nutritious breakfast, followed by a festive brunch from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, with the resort coming alive with live music and street performances.

Outdoor kids’ activities and attractions will ensure the little ones are entertained, with a festive-themed scavenger hunt featuring prizes as well as a special meet & greet with Santa, spreading joys and gifts to his young fans. On Tuesday, 26th December, guests can start their day with morning yoga sessions, while those seeking to stay active can enjoy Aqua Gym sessions at the family pool and children are invited to participate in Mini Olympic competitions, for some perfect family bonding.

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IMG Worlds of Adventure Partners with PUBG MOBILE

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The 1.5 million square feet IMG Worlds of Adventure, one of the largest indoor theme parks in the world, has formed a partnership with PUBG MOBILE, the leading mobile game in the MENA region. This collaboration aims to provide an enhanced experience for both theme park visitors and PUBG MOBILE players.

As part of the collaboration, PUBG MOBILE has introduced a captivating update called Dinoground, which features an interactive dinosaur theme within the game. This exciting addition allows players to engage with prehistoric creatures and explore dinosaur-themed environments, adding a new level of immersion and excitement to the gameplay.

To celebrate this partnership, PUBG MOBILE players now have the opportunity to enjoy exclusive benefits at IMG Worlds of Adventure. By showcasing their PUBG MOBILE account, players can avail of special ticket discounts at the park’s counters, making their visit even more enjoyable and affordable.

Furthermore, dedicated PUBG MOBILE lounges have been strategically placed within various zones of the theme park. These specially designed lounges provide a space for players to take and immerse themselves further in the world of PUBG MOBILE. Equipped with state-of-the-art gaming stations and comfortable seating areas, these lounges offer a unique environment for players to connect with fellow gamers and share their gaming experiences.

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Elife TV Subscribers May Not Be Able to View beIN Channels From June 1, 2023

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In a brief media alert, Etisalat announced that Elife TV subscribers may not be able to view beIN channels from June 1, 2023. The company did not elaborate on the reason behind this service disruption.

“etisalat by e& informs its valued customers and stakeholders that beIN channels on elife TV may not be available effective 1st June 2023. Further updates will be communicated to our valued customers via email, SMS, and/or on our website on or before 1st June 2023,” the company said.

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