Paradise Game Center has officially opened its doors on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Located in the neighbourhood with the largest population of the Ivorian capital, the first floor of the new shopping center Cosmos Yopougon, is now home of the largest video game venue of West Africa.
With 1200 sq. meters of space, the center has the latest equipment and focuses on the promotion of esports in Africa through tournaments and eSports players training for international competitions. Video game fans can now enjoy the latest games while preparing for the upcoming FEJA, the largest eSports event in Africa.
Starting in September 2019, a dedicated room of 80 m² will host middle school and high school students for training sessions on computers, robotics, and the development of video games. In 2020, the game center will host the first “edtech and e-learning program” of Yopougon where startups, teachers, students, and entrepreneurs will work together on creating future educational tools for Africa.
These two initiatives are aimed at getting the youth to join the new technology wave and be abreast of robotics, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. Paradise Game provides entertainment for children and parents as well. Through various games and activities, they will learn how to build a stronger parent-children relationship.
For the opening of the game center, the entire month of August will be dedicated to celebration activities both inside and outside the Cosmos Yopougon shopping center. From video game crash courses to learning poems and playing board games, the community will be able to discover everything Paradise Game Center has to offer.
“We aspire to transform the entertainment industry in Africa by using games as a way to learn and by allowing young Africans to discover the video game field, robotics, and virtual reality,” declared Sidick Bakayoko, founder of Paradise Game. With more than 500 000 visitors expected per year, Paradise Game Center is positioning itself as a platform to entertain, educate and empower young Africans.
Yas Marina Circuit to Host Four-Day #ABUDHABIGP Festival
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.
India Palace Announces Royal Biryani Festival
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
Rove Hotels and Playtonia Launch Region’s First-Ever Gamer Rooms Powered by Razer
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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