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Celebrate ‘Pascua’ with an authentic afternoon of Mexican food and drinks

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Fuego, Souk Al Bahar’s hottest Mexican restaurant announces their Easter menu serving a variety of traditional specialities, carefully crafted for this special period. Pascua –  which literally translates into Easter, is a joyous period in Mexico – a time for the whole family to come together, eat, drink and be merry.

This Easter menu available for Easter Sunday will be a set-menu with a wide variety of choices available. To complement each dish, Agave expert Eugenio has carefully paired selected traditional Mexican beverages for an ultimate taste experience. The meal will  commence with a light chipotle infused cream of corn soup, served with breads and garnish.
Guests will then move onto starters, where diners will have the choice of prawns in tangy tamarind and mango sauce, or pastry of beef chorizo with potatoes. For the mains, daring guests can opt for the ox tongue in tomatillo sauce whilst guests with a rich palate could opt for the prawns heirlooms, oven cooked with cheese and wild mushroom. Also on the menu is
chicken breast served Milanese style or the ultimate Mexican delicacy – stuffed and baked  poblano chillies. Finally, to end on a happy and sweet note, Chef Jose will be offering  Mexican style cheese cake or the all-time favourite molten chocolate lava cake.

This special menu is being offered only on Easter Sunday, 20th April and is priced at AED 299 per person inclusive of 3 selected beverages. Kids under the age of 10 eat free and get a surprise Easter gift.


TECOM invests AED 4 billion in the first phase of Dubai Design District

Following the announcement made yesterday (Saturday) by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, TECOM Investments, the developers of Dubai Design District, has today said that it aims to complete phase one of this dedicated industry community by January 2015, with construction of ten buildings already underway.

TECOM is investing AED 4 billion in the first phase of Dubai Design District, which marks the start of what will become a world class creative community for the Middle East that promotes and nurtures local and regional designers. In addition, it will be home to some of the world’s leading brands and talent, as well as showcasing Dubai as an international design, fashion and luxury destination that can compete with the more established global centres.

TECOM Investments has also announced that during phase one’s construction period, businesses and individuals looking to be licensed within Dubai Design District can secure licenses to operate in any of TECOM’s nine other purpose built free zone business parks. Under TECOM’s existing offering, the legal and commercial framework for licensing specific design-related activities is already available.

Commenting, Ahmed Bin Byat, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Holding, said:

“The UAE’s resilient and growing retail and tourism sectors, its strong infrastructure and logistic network, and the potential of the MENASA region, have already attracted several of the world’s top design and luxury brands to set up their regional headquarters in Dubai.

“To further strengthen Dubai’s knowledge-based economy and ensure its sustainability, we must create an environment that would produce and nurture future business leaders and entrepreneurs. Dubai Design District aims to provide this environment for the local talent interested in this sector. Furthermore, these talents will be able to draw on the experience of the leading regional and international operators who we are looking to attract to the district.

“Dubai Design District will be a dedicated home to the growing and increasingly popular local designer community who are emerging onto the global stage. We are confident that the district will play an integral role in diversifying Dubai’s economy once developed.”

Dr Amina Al Rustamani, Group Chief Executive Officer at TECOM Investments, added:

“The announcement of Dubai Design District is a landmark moment for TECOM and a natural expansion for the creative industries we have already established. Extensive market research into the design, fashion and luxury industries, coupled with our track record in creating, operating and growing successful, industry-focused business parks in Dubai has led us to create this new district.

“In the same way that we have supported IT companies in Dubai Internet City – the region’s first knowledge cluster – and media companies in Dubai Media City, we want to give design and luxury goods companies a platform for growth and an appropriate base for their operations in Dubai. TECOM’s pioneering and industry-focused business parks have helped play a key part in the development of Dubai’s knowledge economy and in growing employment levels across the UAE.”

According to a recent report on the knowledge economy published by the World Bank, the UAE has the highest employment growth rate in the MENA region having seen employment reach 3.5 million in 2009 from 1.7 million in 2000.

Dr Amina Al Rustamani continued, “Luxury brands like Hermes, apparel brands Nike and Puma, educational institutions focused on the industry like ESMOD, and related media such as Harper’s Bazaar are already doing business in some of TECOM’s nine free zones and we want to see others join them.”

Dubai Design District aims to be the Middle East’s key destination for the design, fashion and luxury industries and will offer people a dedicated district that will be the heart of the region’s design scene. TECOM Investments is creating a purpose built environment for these industries with the  vision of a world class creative community that engages, nurtures and promotes local, regional and global design talent, which supports Dubai’s goals for a diversified and thriving economy.

This new Dubai-based fashion, design, and luxury goods district also builds on the Emirate’s strengths in tourism and will be a major contributing factor in achieving the goals of Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020.

In terms of facilities, Dubai Design District will offer residential, commercial, retail and hospitality real estate, characterised by distinct public spaces, unique street furniture and shaded walkways. The development will include a creek side promenade with international and boutique hotels, a pop up shop area, amphitheatre and convention centre.

Dubai Enforces its Position as a Centre for Fashion, Design and Luxury through a New Dedicated Business District

DDD - A2 - Aerial View - Final Image - LR (2)His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai today announced that a new district will be created in Dubai, dedicated to developing the Emirate’s fashion, design and luxury sectors.

The “Dubai Design District” will be adjacent to the Business Bay area of Dubai. The district is expected to become a full service commercial hub for design industry-related organizations, brands, and supporting enterprises within the value chain. It will feature a custom built creative community that will encompass purpose built commercial and retail facilities for established and emerging designers, design institutes, waterfront promenade, convention centre and event venues and related academic institutions.

located a short distance from Dubai’s arterial highways and the Emirate’s two international airports, the district is in sight of the Creek, Dubai’s historic trading epicentre, the “Burj Khalifa”, the world’s tallest building, and “Dubai Mall”, the world’s largest shopping complex. It is expected to be the most connected fashion district in the world, with Dubai being only 8 hours flight time from 90% of the countries in the world.

The district will be operated by TECOM Investments, a member of Dubai Holding, which has an impressive track record in creating, operating and growing successful, industry focused business parks in Dubai.

The new fashion, design, and luxury goods district builds on Dubai’s strengths in tourism, which is expected to double the number of visitors to 20 million by 2020, and in retail, which is estimated to grow to AED151billion in the next two years.* These strengths coupled with Dubai’s strategic location and business-friendly environment, have encouraged major industry players like Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Ralph Lauren to set-up operations in Dubai.

Dubai Design District will be a vital part of the process as we look to deliver against the objectives set out in our Tourism Vision 2020, and it will provide an additional key element in Dubai’s bid to host Expo 2020.

Over the past decade, Dubai has become an international location of choice for numerous world-class events, such as the Dubai World Cup, Art Dubai, Fashion Forward and Dubai International Film Festival, which all gather renowned personalities from the worlds of art, design and film.

UAE nationals and expatriates alike are showing a keen interest not just in consuming fashion, design, and luxury goods and services, but also in the development of their own design and creative skills. One indication of this emergent trend is evidenced by rapid growth in enrolment rates on fashion and design courses at institutions in the UAE. The talents of the UAE’s home-grown designers, from those who have already made their mark on the international stage to the stars of tomorrow, will be the vital spark driving this community.

The new district seeks to increase the number of local and regional designers who are currently attaining international distribution and accolades.

The UAE also holds the second position in the 2011 Apparel Index, driven by a population with a high disposable income and immense fashion consciousness.

Dubai’s rapid growth in the areas of fashion, luxury and retail is typified by the success of The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and leisure destination, which welcomed 65 million visitors last year – more than the number of people who visited New York in 2012.

The Middle East luxury market saw growth of 10 to 15 percent from 2011 to 2012, establishing the region as the tenth largest luxury goods market globally.**  Dubai sits at the heart of this achievement.


Residents And Tourists Can Party Away At The Biggest Desi Night In Dubai

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AKS has been a platform for some of the biggest Indian DJs in the world. A night club well known for its uniqueness and theme based nights; is promising the residents of Dubai weekends filled with fun, excitement, hip swaying Bollywood gigs and pulsating hinglish/ desi music.

Residents can groove to the magical beats of Dj Manoj and Dj Shadow every Thursday at Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel and to the enchanting rhythm of Dj Zubair at the AKS Xclusive every Fridays at Mansion Club, Melia Hotel.

“AKS is all about reflecting your wild side. A party you don’t want to miss if you want to join the biggest social circle,” said Bharat Harpalani, Owner, AKS Nights. “This September and in the coming months you can anticipate more surprises, excitement and entertainment. As always, you will be left wanting for more from our best of resident and international DJs – playing music from all genres that range from bollywood mixes, bhangra with a mix of commercial house and rnb. We would like to invite all desi lovers to party the night with us.” Bharat added.

Costs and entry policy

  • Entry is free for Ladies
  • Entry Free for couples until midnight and AED 100/- thereafter.
  • You can be on the guest list provided they send their names before 8pm on the day of the event to bb pin 2860D67F.
  • Emirates Airlines Facecard members get 50% off on all beverages