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Are you are a fan of Bollywood music or simply in love with Bryan Adams, Justin Beiber and Guns NÔÇÖ Roses? Then a trip to Dubai in 2017 could be the ultimate musical experience for you. Imagine long nights of enthralling music, exemplary performances by top musicians, electrifying concerts and soul-stirring music ÔÇô a music loverÔÇÖs groovy paradise.
Here is a peek into some of the most glitzy and glamorous music festivals held in Dubai:
Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival ÔÇô Promising much more than jazz, this unbeatable mix of quality live entertainment is one of the oldest music concerts held in Dubai, and it will celebrate its 15th edition in 2017. This year the festival is all set to commence on February 22nd , 2017 and the performers lined up for this yearÔÇÖs show are: Tom Jones + The Rad Trads, Mariah Carey + Raul Midon, Enrique Iglesias + Nathan Sykes. Get set for music explosion!
Cairo Sound Music Festival ÔÇô This is a new cultural project launched and is all set to become a series of festivals in the UAE. This festival promotes Egyptian culture and music in Dubai, bringing together Middle-Eastern expatriates and music lovers from all around.
Redfest DXB 2017 ÔÇôThumping music, good food and an exotic setup, could it get any better? This year the festival takes place on February 2nd and 3rd and will feature Demi Lovato, Alessia Cara, Sean Paul, The Veronicas, Mike Posner, to name a few.
Party in the Park ÔÇô This one-day music festival is a must visit for both music lovers and non-music lovers. This festival celebrates the end of summer and beginning of winter. Let your favorite DJs tear up the night while you groove the night away. This hugely successful party saw an attendance of 10,000 people last year and this year itÔÇÖs all set to blow your mind away on November 11th .
Piknic Electronik ÔÇô This is also a one-day music fest, which is renowned internationally. This festival is ideal for families - adults as well as kids can have the time of their life here.
And, donÔÇÖt worry if you find it difficult to pay for tickets online. Customers can now visit any UAE Exchange branch to buy tickets for all major entertainment events in the UAE. And if youÔÇÖre travelling from to Dubai, to soak yourself in music, you can always purchase a travel card and load it on the go and enjoy.
Now get ready to hum, sing, and groove the night away with music, food, fun and laughter.
Motherhood (and indeed fatherhood too) is a life-changing experience. The first few weeks of being a new parent can be an emotional and anxious time. Thankfully, there exists a host of baby-related technologies that can make life easier for worried new mummies. Here, in alphabetical order, is our list of the top technologies for parents of small babies.
Breastfeeding app: There are lots of apps available which allow you to keep track of nursing sessions, the side you nursed on last, and alternate breast and bottle feedings. A popular app you can try is ÔÇ£Baby Tracker: NursingÔÇØ.
Online forums: Online communities have come into their own, lending much needed advice and support. ÔÇ£British Mums DubaiÔÇØ is an example. The website is aimed primarily at expat mums and offers baby advice, weaning tips, competitions and access to a community of mums whoÔÇÖve already been there and are ready with helpful advice. ItÔÇÖs linked to their Facebook group, which you can request to join.
Digital Ear Thermometer: You will use it many times every day, to check whether that crying is because your baby is ill or just fussing! You can also use it at night without waking the baby up if he or she feels hot. ItÔÇÖs not glamorous, but is an essential piece of technological kit.
Itzbeen Pocket Nanny: This hand-held device helps you record and monitor your babyÔÇÖs naps, feedings and diaper changes- essential for those sleep-deprived weeks where you canÔÇÖt remember the last time you changed your baby!
White Noise Machine: There are many of these available, and all emit white noise similar to that heard in the womb, to help shush your baby to sleep. A popular option is the Baby Shusher, which emits a constant rhythmic shushing sound designed to mesmerise your baby into a calm sleep.
WiFi baby monitor: The days of the static ÔÇ£radioÔÇØ baby monitor are long gone. Baby monitors have revolutionised in the digital age, and now use WiFi, 4G and smartphones so you can easily keep an eye on your sleeping baby from anywhere. The best ones offer high-security, password-protected streaming to keep you and your baby secure.
There are many technological advances to help make your parenting experience better. But perhaps the most essential piece of technology is a data-enabled smartphone, whether to google a strange rash, look up baby products, or simply while away the midnight feeds with some gentle browsing.
If youÔÇÖre concerned about climate change, youÔÇÖre probably already recycling. Though recycling is a great practice, there are better alternatives available. Meet upcycling - recyclingÔÇÖs prettier friend.
Upcycling takes old unwanted items and gives them a new purpose and a new lease of life. Creative upcyclers take disposable or used things, and make something useful (and often beautiful) from them. Upcycled products never see a recycling plant or landfill, completely minimising environmental footprints. For consumers, upcycling is also a good way of saving money while nurturing their creativity.
Here are some ideas to get you started on your upcycling:
Brighten up a chest of drawers with some new paint for instant shabby chic. Plus, you get the benefit of a creative activity - exercise for mind and body.
Keep egg cartons and cardboard boxes as childrenÔÇÖs play materials. Kids will love using their imagination working with simple items, transforming them into toys.
Make a guitar plectrum out of an old credit card. The plastic used in credit cards is the perfect weight for a plectrum. Cut it yourself or use a guillotine.
Make a snuggly cushion cover out of an old sweater. Some old sweaters are too shabby to be worn, but very comforting to touch. Keep them around by turning them into cushion covers.
Reuse old tissue boxes as plastic bag dispensers. Plastic bags bursting out of your kitchen cupboard? Tame them with a gaudily painted tissue box.
Reuse toilet paper rolls to organise cords and cables. Fed up of tripping over the many cables in your home? Use redesigned toilet rolls to keep them tidy.
Reupholster your old sofa with some bright new fabric offcuts. Even the oldest, tattiest furniture can be given a new lease of life with a new cover made from dresses and the like.
Turn an old doorframe into a table. It can be a coffee table with books as legs. Or if youÔÇÖre feeling up to the challenge, try your hand at some carpentry and make a dining table.
Turn an old picture frame into a serving tray. Some creative thinking produces a conversation piece and a useful household item.
Turn your babyÔÇÖs old clothes into a patchwork quilt. The sentimental value of the new keepsake will be priceless.
So, there you have it. Boost your creativity and beautify your home while looking after the environment with upcycling.
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Are you an entrepreneur with a brilliant idea, but not enough money to turn your idea into a profitable finished product or service?
While banks may have teams dedicated to financing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), that option may not be suitable for entrepreneurs just starting a business. To mitigate their own risk, banks will ask for guarantee or collaterals. These are difficult for entrepreneurs to furnish early in the business cycle.
So what can you do?┬á
You can try other practical alternatives to bank finance. One such great option is crowdfunding. Having emerged as a saviour for start-ups with promising ideas, crowdfunding attract small denomination capital from many people. All you have to do is, use technology to pitch your ideas to a large audience. The crowdfunding revolution was sparked by the very successful Kickstarter.com, which by November 2016 had funded over 115,745 successful projects and raised over USD 2.7 billion in pledged money.
Crowdfunding comes in three basic flavours ÔÇô donation or reward-based, debt-based, and equity-based. Reward-based crowdfunding, as popularised by Kickstarter.com, sees investors give money to promising ideas based on the premise that the project creator will reward them with finished goods and services. For debt-based crowdfunding, the creator or entrepreneur promises to pay back the money borrowed. Meanwhile, equity-based crowdfunding sees the entrepreneur give away a stake in the business to each contributor.
UAE based start-up Beehive enables debt-based peer-to-peer lending. The idea is that investors lend money to promising businesses, and get returns on the capital they have invested. Start-ups benefit from lower capital-raising costs, while investors enjoy higher than average rates of return.
On the other hand, UAE based start-up Eureeca uses technology to enable its investor network to buy shares in promising businesses. These investors range from friends, family and casual investors to angel investors, venture capital funds and institutional investors.
Crowdfunding isnÔÇÖt the only venue available to entrepreneurs. But it certainly is helping plug a large financing gap. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) estimates a USD 2.7 trillion gap in funding for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in developing countries alone, with the MENA region alone needing an additional USD 320 billion in credit for MSMEs.
So if youÔÇÖre in the early stages of bringing your start-up to life, try crowdfunding. ItÔÇÖs a powerful addition to your capital-raising toolbox.
Emitting a sublime aura, the gorgeous tiger mesmerises us while strolling around with its bold golden coat, black stripes, amber eyes and strong physique. These glorious creatures are sadly on the verge of extinction now.
On this International Tiger Day, letÔÇÖs take these three practical steps to help save the magnificent tigers.
- Be a responsible tourist. Experience wildlife without polluting or disturbing the ecosystem.
- DonÔÇÖt buy products made from poached tiger parts. Report poaching activities to the concerned authorities. This will help prevent wildlife trade.
- Lend voice to the tigers. Reach out to the public and policy makers about the benefits and importance of habitat conservation for tigers.
What steps have you taken to rescue this big cat?
Manama, 2 June 2016: It is said that beauty with brains is a rare combination but, last evening the Indian Club in Manama, the Kingdom of Bahrain, was filled with striking looks, elegance, talent and intelligence together. 13 gorgeous beauties from across the globe sashayed the ramp at the UAE Exchange May Queen 2016 beauty pageant.
Shyann Horton from Mumbai was announced as the winner after winning all the four rounds in the competition. Vineesh Kumar, General Manager, UAE Exchange ÔÇô Bahrain presented her with a sash and crown. She was also adjudged with the title of ÔÇÿBest HairdoÔÇÖ and ÔÇÿBest WalkÔÇÖ.
Vineesh Kumar, General Manager, UAE Exchange ÔÇô Bahrain presenting the crown to Shyann Horton, winner of UAE Exchange May Queen 2016
The august gathering, of over 500 people, was left spellbound when the curtain to the spectacular evening was opened. Dressed in casual, the contestants made their grand entry with the distinctive sound of the Harley Davidson bikes being ridden onto stage by The Bahrain Desi Riders. The contestants then donned ethnic and party attire for second and third rounds. Seven finalists were selected for the last Q&A round with the judges.
Hosted by Anand Lobo, the evening also witnessed traditional and international dancers gyrating to DJ Andy and his music. A BMW 6 Series Convertible motor car was also on display.
Pradnya Walke and Sharada Chamur, both from Mumbai, were named first and second runner up respectively, while Deshi Fernando from Sri Lanka won the title of ÔÇÿBest SmileÔÇÖ.
Do you know which is the most toxic space, for any person?
It is the office, crammed with task sheets, to-do lists, meetings, and weary work hours. The overload of mundane work in enclosed drab spaces tarnishes your innate creative potential and physical health, plummeting down your overall productivity.
So, how do we achieve creative healthy workspaces?
Research proves that workspaces filled with plants, can increase creativity by 45%, boost productivity by 38% and even reduce your sick days. Now who can afford to lose that sizeable percentage!
Wondering which plant would survive your cubicle? We’ll help you with the list of 5 easy maintenance plants and their benefits.
Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena Sanderiana)
If you sit in a windowless office and have no time for a muddy mess, then the lucky bamboo shoot is the plant for you. You don’t need manured soil to grow bamboo. It can thrive very well, if just immersed to a certain depth in water.
English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
Most of the people working in closed environments suffer from respiratory allergies. English Ivy quickly fixes 60% of airborne mould in the room within just 6 hours. This climber with pretty tendrils thrives beautifully in hanging baskets and pots.
Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Miller)
This plant of immortality is an excellent choice for any office where you have access to an open window. Aloe Vera removes the toxic formaldehyde from the air and its gel contains amazing medicinal applications. You need not water this succulent plant every day.
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata Bostoniensis)
This efficient air filtering plant is easy to grow in minimal lighting. It completely purifies the air from moulds and impurities. The fern’s humidifying property provides a good remedy for patchy dry skin, which is usually a side effect of air conditioning.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
If you are a busy person who could forget to water or care for plants, then this resilient spider plant is the one for you. With rich foliage and tiny white flowers, this beautiful plant has excellent air purifying properties. It completely absorbs the toxic carbon- monoxide from the air.
Let’s go on a gardening spree! Any low-maintenance cubicle plants you know?
Nature’s wild child never ceases to fascinate us. Our legendary gentle giants, the magnificent elephants are turning monsters now, all thanks to abusive human greed! The raw tiff set against the pristine nature hypnotises the watchers, often sending shudders down the spine.
“The future of wildlife is in our hands” is the theme for the World Wildlife Day (WWD) commemorated on 3rd March 2016. Owing to unsustainable land use and poaching, the global wildlife population has decreased by 52% between 1970 and 2010, according to 2014 Living Planet Report by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF). This major slump has upset the ecological balance endangering the livelihoods of all beings on this planet.
Here are 3 vows we could make to harmoniously coexist with our wilder cousins for a better future.
Vow 1: Dissuade irresponsible wildlife tourism
Would you ever fancy being inseminated, locked up in a cage or having a leopard handle your baby or giving a pig a ride on your back for a living? If the answer is no, then its high time you stop riding on elephants, taking selfies with tigers, petting lion cubs, cuddling sea turtles or kissing snakes. World Animal Protection believes that every year, at least 550,000 wild animals suffer at irresponsible tourist attractions with 110 million people visiting them unaware of the animal abuse involved.
Abandon zoo trips and visit animals in their natural habitat or sanctuaries. It’s breath-taking to watch them in their home turf. We don’t want performing dolphins or dancing monkeys or the worst, civet dropping coffee!
Severe pain is inflicted on them since their infancy to break the free animal spirit and establish human dominance that results in intense physical and psychological abuse.
Vow 2: Knock out animal tested cosmetics
Haven’t we done enough damage being selfish? Animals are blinded, burnt and poisoned in laboratories during testing of a lot of cosmetics we use. Let’s ensure, we check for the labels saying ‘Not Animal Tested’ before we buy any product intended for human use.
Vow 3: Never buy any product made from animal parts
After the world’s first ever Giant Club’s Summit (April 2016), Kenya intends to burn more than 120 tons of illegal Ivory recovered from poachers. A seed indeed, which would grow into an intense uprise against animal cruelty, exploitation and loss of habitat!
Poaching and trafficking for ivory, leather, meat and medicines are driving the elephants, tigers, rhinos, leopards, gorillas and turtles into extinction. Never buy any artifacts, bags, jewellery or even medicinal products made from animal parts to battle against the international web responsible for this crime.
The future belongs to Mother Nature and her children. Appreciation and respect for them, and the right to life needs to be instilled inside the mind of every child. Wildlife is indeed awe-inspiring, bringing us in touch with the superior force.
We are sure you have great ideas on how each one us could help conserve wildlife, and would love to hear from you.
It is true, never trust an animal hater!