The Eastern Mangroves Suites by Jannah in Abu Dhabi, UAE, was announced the winner in the category of the Best Hotel Apartment in the Middle East Awards.
The announcement was made by 16 official judges, experts in their in hospitality careers, during a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, where over 400 hoteliers from across the Middle East gathered to hear the results.
Celebrating 20 years
City Centre Bahrain, the largest shopping, leisure and entertainment destination in the country, treated visitors with special prizes on June 20 in celebration of Majid Al Futtaim City Centre brand’s 20th anniversary.
During the Holy Month of Ramadan, lucky shoppers at City Centre Bahrain received vouchers for complimentary Iftar and Suhoor from the mall and participating food and beverage outlets.
Majid Al Futtaim will continue to offer suprises, special promotions and activities every 20th day of every month as part of this year's anniversary celebrations.
Summer Sale has just begun at Ritu Kumar's flagship boutique at BurJuman Shopping Centre in Dubai.
During the period shoppers get to enjoy 25 to 65 per cent reductions across the brand's bridal and Pret range.
The boutique at BurJuman Shopping Centre in Dubai is stocked with all three lines from the brand namely Ri Ritu Kumar (Indian festive and occasion wear), Ritu Kumar (Classic ethnic wear) and Label Ritu Kumar (Global contemporary fashion clothing).
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) – the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) Champions – made it a triple triumph on Saturday, after adding the In-Port Race Series (IPRS) title to its overall title and IWC Schaffhausen 24-hour Speed Record Challenge trophy with a sixth place in the Swedish heat of the short course competition in Gothenburg.
The result sees the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi)-backed team top the final IPRS standings by a margin of one point, adding the ‘sprint series’ accolade to the overall Race trophy the team won earlier in the week.
Charge it up
Emirates airlines has launched 30 wireless charging trays for most smartphones in its First Class and Business Class Lounges in Concourse A, B and C in Dubai, allowing passengers to now stay fully charged while travelling.
Placed in highly visible locations around the lounges, the wireless charging trays can currently be used to charge mobile phone devices only, accommodating up to two phones at a time.
The charging tray is compatible with Android, Blackberry, as well as iPhones using a cable. Customers can simply place their compatible device on the tray to charge it wirelessly.
Fitness First Middle East (FFME), a leading health and fitness club chain and a franchise owned and operated under license by the Landmark Group in the Mena region, has opened its 31st club in the United Arab Emirates.
The new platinum club is spread across 21,000 sq ft is located at Vision Tower, Business Bay, Dubai and it is the first club which is in line with the new, vibrant and energetic look. The club will offer its members platinum facilities, best-in-class exercise equipment and free group exercise classes with certified instructors in an outdoor GX (Group Exercise) studio.
The expansive facility will also feature an impressive Cycling studio, a Core Juice Bar, extensive free weights, strength and exclusive freestyle and Fitzone areas purpose built for functional training.
Al Salam Bank-Bahrain has announced its Ayadi monthly draw winners for the month of March with a combined prize pool of $24,000.
Hooreya Hasan Anan won the top prize of $2,000 in addition to 39 winners of cash prize of $500 each.
Furthermore, five students - Hussain Abdulaziz Ahmed, Budoor Adel Abbas, Masooma Abdulaziz Ghuloom, Asma Mohamed Al Mutawa; and Khyati Pankajkumar, won “Ayadi for Students” cash prize of $500 each.
Abu Dhabi's luxuriuos Emirates Palace has opened its doors for guests to experience the very best in authentic, Emirati hospitality and the largest Ramadan pavilion in the emirate.
Comfortable seating enclaves, folkloric-style décor and a myriad of Arabian flavours and signature dishes create an absolutely magical ambiance for the perfect Iftar and Suhoor throughout the holy month of Ramadan.
Emirates Palace’s Ramadan Pavilion is open to the public from sunset to 21:30 hours for Iftar and from 22:00 to 02:00 hours for Suhoor.
Travel made easier
The Netherlands Embassy in Saudi Arabia has launched their visa application service in the kingdom, in alliance with leading outsourcing and technology services specialist, VFS Global.
The service was inaugurated at Al Khobar by Laurens Westhoff, Ambassador of the Netherlands to the Saudi Arabia.
The new service at the Schengen Visa Application Centre will cater to the growing demands of travellers in the Eastern Province, offering new services, facilities and benefits to visa applicants.
Ringing in the new
Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World, rings the market-opening bell to celebrate the listing of a $500 million conventional bond on Nasdaq Dubai on June 22, underlining Dubai’s expansion as a global centre for debt capital markets.
The total nominal value of conventional bonds on Dubai’s exchanges has now reached $11.82 billion.
Race to the finish
Celebrating the Middle East launch of the new Veloster Turbo, Hyundai Motor has launched the Hyundai Racing Challenge, allowing virtual racing fans to compete against the best online racers from across the region.
Up for grabs at the comeptition are three brand new Veloster Turbo cars and amazing packages to attend the Rally RACC Catalunya stage of the World Rally Championship in Spain in October.
Fans can register to participate at www.hyundairacingme.com.
Leading from the front
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi led tens of thousands of people in a yoga session in the centre of the capital on Sunday to showcase the country's signature cultural export, which has prompted criticism of fomenting social divisions at home.
The ancient Hindu discipline which has become an estimated $27 billion industry in the US is being celebrated across the world as an International Yoga Day which Modi pushed for soon after taking power last year.
More than 35,000 people, clad in white, rolled out yoga mats at Rajpath, a ceremonial boulevard in Delhi, to perform 21 aasanas, or postures, that were kicked off by a prayer and chants of Om.
Modi, clad in loose kurta and trousers with a scarf depicting the colours of the Indian flag, also joined in the demonstrations, working on various parts of the body such as the neck and the spine. It ended with some light meditation.
"This programme is only about human welfare, about freeing the universe from stress and about spreading the message of love, peace, unity and goodwill," Modi said in a speech before the 35-minute session that was being marked across the country.
But activists and minority groups say Modi's hardline Hindu nationalists are trying to force yoga on minority groups and schools.
"This is about the mind and the body. Let us not play politics with yoga," Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi and a bitter Modi foe, said after taking part in the Delhi event.
More than 170 countries including the US and France are expected to join in mass yoga gatherings. Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj will lead the event in New York's Times Square.
Yoga, a discipline that dates back thousands of years, has gained immense international prominence over the last several decades as a holistic regime for the mind and body.
Modi set up a yoga ministry last year as part of efforts to reignite interest in its country of birth.
The government has also applied to the Guinness World Records to record Sunday's event as the largest gathering of people doing yoga together in the capital.-Reuters
India set to create history
Indian yoga enthusiasts display different forms of Yoga posture on the eve of World Yoga Day, in Bangalore, India, on June 20.
India's ancient discipline of yoga will be a uniting force across the world on Sunday (June 21), cutting across religion, borders and differences, as over 200 million people will participate in events to mark the inaugural International Yoga Day, with a record 37,000 people striking up yoga poses in the national capital alone.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an ardent proponent of yoga, will himself be present at the mega early morning function at Rajpath.
It was none other than Modi on whose behest the United Nations decided to declare June 21 as 'International Yoga Day'.
While the main function will be at Rajpath, which has been placed under unprecedented security cover for the event that will see diplomats too joining in, the International Yoga Day events will be held across cities, towns and districts in the country.
Yoga day events are being held in 192 countries, including in the Arab world.
Indian missions abroad are all geared up the mark the occasion with some public events.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is to participate in the headline inaugural event at the UN that will be addressed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and attended by well-known spiritual guru Ravi Shankar.
In the national capital, 37,000 pink, blue and other coloured mats will make for a pretty backdrop on Rajpath as participants bend and stretch for the 35-minute event.
India will seek to break a few records on the day, besides of the largest yoga gathering at a single spot with 37,000 people performing different yogic asanas or positions.
More than 50 diplomats are expected to join in the yoga on Rajpath that day - another record.
Yoga guru Ramdev will be present on the stage with Prime Minister Modi who will give a short address, after which some yoga asanas will be performed.
More than 25 giant screens will beam the programme live across Rajpath and also to millions of homes in India and across the world.
Around 5,000 Delhi Police personnel along with commandos, sharp shooters and dog squads would be deployed at Rajpath and within a two-km radius to provide tight security.
Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), one of the leading employers in Bahrain, honoured more than 260 workers at a ‘Long Service Award’ ceremony held on June 16, 2015 at the Alba Club.
Alba workers who completed 40, 30, 20 and 10 years of service as of 2013 were awarded with individual gifts and certificates to mark their dedication and exceptional performance.
Ontime, a leading dealer of several top watch brands, has launched the new Diesel 2015 collection in its stores across Kuwait. Stronghold delivers the next phase of oversized style housed by a powerful 51 mm case. - TradeArabia News Service
Walk the talk
Stunning tableaus highlighting the traditions of Lebanon, Egypt, UAE and the Gulf in general, will be presented during the Bridal Night to be staged by Beirut-based Afrah Group at the famous Pleine Nature in Lebanon on June 30.
The fiesta will include dances and cultural performances, according to Majdi Zebian, founder and managing director of Afrah Group that owns the UAE based AG Concept.
Elaborate folk dances and theatrical works, accompanied by spectacular fireworks and attractive sets, will be bring alive the bridal night, which will be first of kind in terms of ideas, costumes, decor, lifestyle, dialogue, human interaction and historical milestones, catering to preferences of Lebanese and Arab couples for their wedding ceremonies.