Win 10,000 AED with Pizza Express

In the spirit of giving back this Ramadan, PizzaExpress has launched their ‘Golden Ticket’ campaign, where every pizza delivery box is accompanied by a gold, silver, bronze or white ticket to reveal prizes such as a free brunch for four people, your height in pizza or an iPhone 6s.

The first ‘Golden Ticket’ winner, Laura Chamberlain, 40, a British marketing expert living in Dubai, was announced by PizzaExpress yesterday. Winning the top prize from the Jumeirah branch following a delivery order for the classic ‘Margherita Romana’, Chamberlain was ecstatic to see she was the first of the possible two winners to pick up 10,000 AED in holiday vouchers.

“I just couldn’t believe it; this is the biggest prize I have ever won! It’s mine and my husband’s 12-year anniversary so an Eid trip is definitely on the cards and then we are going to use the rest for a trip to South Africa’: – said Chamberlain, who collected the prize at the branch yesterday.

Well folks, there are two more Golden Tickets left to be won, one for a year’s supply of pizza and the other is for the second 10,000 AED holiday voucher. The campaign will run until the end of Ramadan and deliveries are available in all areas of Dubai so get ordering!


LOCATIONS: Jazz@PizzaExpress – Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers open all day

PizzaExpress – Al Safa, Al Wasl Road (open until 11.30pm) only deliveries and takeout available during the day

PizzaExpress – Near Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Rd only deliveries and takeout available during the day

PizzaExpress – Ibn Battuta Mall (open until 1am) only deliveries and takeout available during the day

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Instagram: @PizzaExpressuae / Facebook: PizzaExpressUAE / Snapchat @PizzaExpressuae

City Centre Al Shindagha Mall

Last month, another mall opened on our sandy shores! City Centre Al Shindagha is the 7th City Centre in the UAE and is nestled in the historic centre of Dubai beside Heritage Village.

City Centre Al Shindagha is small but suffice for its location. The area predominantly has Indian residents and the mall caters to their needs.  Majid Al Futtaim is notorious for always catering specifically to his locations.

“The launch of City Centre Al Shindagha underscores the company’s commitment to further innovate and invest for the benefit of the communities we serve,” said Hamad Al Lawati, Manager – Community Malls for Majid Al Futtaim Properties.

At the City Centre Mirdif you will find a host of Arabic shops for example and at City Centre Al Shindagha, I saw popular Indian shops such as Fab India as well as the seven-centre VOX cinema screening mostly Indian films. Of course the mall caters to all residents needs with a huge Carrefour hypermarket,  Splash, Babyshop, Max Fashion, and Sharaf DG amongst 75 stores and a variety of 10 dining experiences .

“With its proximity to Dubai Creek and the area’s tradition as a trading hub, Shindagha is an ideal location for Majid Al Futtaim to open its 7th City Centre in the UAE and continue its vision of offering contemporary malls to communities living and working in the surrounding areas while creating great moments for everyone, everyday. City Centre Al Shindagha offers a convenient and accessible retail experience which meets the growing demand for smaller lifestyle malls in Dubai that provide a tailor-made mix of retail options, international dining outlets and premium family entertainment,” said

City Centre Al Shindagha is a good size and easy to navigate with a host of stores for your convenience!



The Re-opening of Zaman Awal

Al Boom Tourist Village has opened its doors with a new extension, Zaman Awal, it captures the true heritage of Dubai boasting the first commercial dhow to ever set sail down the Creek.

The venue is simply breathtaking, positioned creek-side, the views are unbelievable and so quiet compared to the creek by heritage village. The set-up is also great and I really enjoyed the calm, ambient setting. The first ever commercial Dhow to cruise down the creek, Al Aref, now sits proudly on the land and you can dine inside or explore the museum underneath it which has a collection of authentic artifacts.

The restaurant is huge and the walls are adorned with traditional relics making the place quirky yet authentic.  The chairman explained that most restaurants in Dubai cater to the tourists palette, however Zaman Awal makes dishes the way locals enjoy them. It is one of the few places I have visited in Dubai that has an air of nostalgia and reminds you of days gone by.

Mattar bin Lahej, a local artist that contributed to design elements of the venue said, “Al Boom Tourist Village spans over 6 hectares of land, with this premiere destination sitting in close proximity to the cultural landmarks, Dubai Creek, Wonderland and Garhoud Bridge whilst overlooking the modern architectural icon – The Burj Khalifa, worlds tallest building. In addition to its signature restaurant, the venue offers many other reasons for tourists and locals to visit. Each of these elements have been designed keeping in mind the true artifacts of an Emirati lifestyle and aims to take visitors back in time to the history of our land.

The Freej Village inspired by the famous cartoons has also opened which features the characters amongst heritage sites and retail spaces.

Mohammed Saeed Harib, creator of Freej cartoon. Another interesting addition to the venue is the Dara ship, also known as the Gulfs Titanic. Very few people in the region are aware about the history behind this ship, adding it to the venue will allow people to learn more about the travel history of Dubai. The Dara ship was used for travelling purposes along the Gulf countries and it carried from about 850 to 1000 people, the ship sank in the Persian Gulf in 1961 due to an explosion. Many rescued passengers were brought back to Dubai and were treated for injuries at Al Maktoum Hospital.

Dubai Women’s Association will set up a bazaar with merchandise, further enhancing the true cultural experience for all visitors. You can also take dhow cruises for dinner and touring around the Creek. Sailing in traditional boats is also offered at the venue, offering a full recreational experience for the entire family.

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George Bahgory at Sharjah Art Museum

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George Bahgory came to Sharjah Museum Department to introduce his exhibition Lasting Impressions: George Bahgory to an audience of art enthusiasts and journalists.

Egyptian born Bahgory started his career over half a century ago and showcases disciplines ranging from caricature to sculpture.  Running until December 31, the exhibition features 80 of his pieces from his student years in Cairo in the 1950s to his most recent work.

It is the sixth installment of SMD’s Lasting Impressions series, which features a different guest artist every year, and the first time SMD has collaborated with the man known as the ‘Grandfather of Caricature’ for his political cartoons that featured in the Arabic press for decades.

His collection was beautiful and his work was divided into periods of his life, the story was as captivating as his pieces. Such a lovely, warm, eccentric character, it was a pleasure to celebrate his work with him and have him present his collection that was so intrinsically linked with him.

If you have a chance before the 31st December to head down to the Sharjah museum, I would highly recommend it. They are currently featuring works from Khalil Gibran too. It is an authentic, beautifully designed museum as opposed to the pop-up galleries we often see in this region and well worth a visit.



Essie Cashmere Collection

Essie Cashmere Collection

Zohra and Rita Remark

Essie Cashmere Collection

Comfy In Cotton

The launch of Essie’s Cashmere collection at the Belle Femme Salon was amazing, the colours were so on point for Autumn. It’s satin-matte finish blends a durable Essie polish with a mattifying iridescence for a supersoft effect that is truly one-of-a-kind. It’s a creative alternative to classic gloss for a very chic look. Nails take on the appearance of a matte surface with a subtle flash of colour for a texture that‘s never been seen before. I opted for the shade Comfy in Cashmere which I loved so much I brought it home with me!

I really enjoyed chatting to Rita Remark, the Global Lead Educator dictates which trends will appear at New York Fashion Week and got me up to speed. She said subtle colours are in with cut-out or block patterns, for example a Nude with a triangle left unpainted, “it’s just all really super simple and all about negative space”

Rita brings a wonderful combination of energetic charisma along with an easy, accessible approach. Her polished expertise has earned her a place in the spotlight since 2011, when her early editorial work led her to become essie’s Lead Nail Artist in Toronto. In this role, Rita oversaw the development of the most anticipated and innovative nail designs on the runways at Toronto Fashion Week. From there, it was only upwards and onwards for Rita as she went on to be part of essie’s Global Team for New York Fashion Week, lending her dazzling artistry and ideas to the event. Now, as Essie’s Global Lead Educator, with an impressive portfolio as well as a finger on the pulse of the latest trends, she drives professional training on brand launches around the world.

The Essie Cashmere collection is available from this week in salons such as Belle Femme Dubai and Essie retailers in the region.


Iconic AW15 Fashion Trends

Zizzle went down to the Iconic AW15 Launch In Tribeca Dubai and we were really impressed with the new collection! There were a few key fashion trends spotted, a collection with something for everyone.

The Mod Modernism collection was very 60’s inspired, A-line dresses were scattered about in monochrome prints juxtaposed with midi skirts and tailored jackets in yellow and blue hues.

Another Iconic fashion trend this season is the Neo Sports look made up of day and sportswear with a luxe feel to it in bonded mesh, scuba and lasercuts. The metallic silver pieces gave a galactic feel to the 90’s inspired collection. I loved the Military Tribe trend pieces, olive green really suits caramel skintones and the military inspired jumpsuit was definitely my favourite piece of the collection. The Dark Delicacy pieces were extremely glamorous in rich lace and velvet with intricate beading to embellish.It was certainly the most lavish of trends.

This was my favourite collection from Iconic, it is so versatile and you can pick anything from edgy club-wear to elegant evening gowns. The tailored jackets and dresses were perfect for business chic and my wardrobe has quite a few new additions from the AW15 collection which I can’t wait to wear!

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Perseid Meteor Shower in the UAE

The new moon tonight brings a dazzling opportunity for stargazers to see the annual Perseid meteor shower, which is at its peak now according to astronomers.

The UAE’s stargazers will be able to spot between 50 – 100 meteors per hour  tonight and over the weekend. Meteors have been visible since late July but will peak tonight. Try and get away from the city lights to a dark spot in the desert, lie down and let your eyes adjust to the darkness then look towards the northeast (Use your GPS) you should see the Cassiopeia and Perseus constellations. Nasa adds that the Perseids are considered to be the best meteor shower of the year. With very fast and bright meteors, Perseids frequently leave long “wakes” of light and colour behind them as they streak through the Earth’s atmosphere. Perseids are known for theur fireballs which are larger explosions of light and colour.

Have fun stargazing and send in any photos you manage to snap to

The Cove Rotana

I spent an amazing day at The Cove Rotana in Ras Al Khaimah, it was blissful! Each villa has its own pool and the resort has bigger shared pools as well, the infinity pool was stunning and the backdrop of the Arabian Gulf was just divine. Walking around the resort, you feel as though you are in a Spanish or Italian Town on the seaside. You walk through the cobbled streets lined with villas to get to the restaurants, swimming pools or to make your way to the beach. A lot cheaper then 5 star beach resorts in Dubai and I also thought it was nicer than most of them! I would highly recommend a stay there if you are in RAK! Here are some snaps:

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Dubai Wins Expo 2020 …FREE ICE CREAM :)

So Dubai won the bid for the Expo 2020 and with the announcement coinciding with the National day weekend, everyone is in good spirits!

Children were given the day off school and many chains are giving out free ice creams. I’m heading to the Cold Stone Creamery to pick up mine, may as well enjoy the freebies while we can, soon enough we will be complaining about the crazy inflation…

Happy weekend and National Day!

Lots of Love x

P.S This happened, just saw this picture that my friend posted on Facebook, I would avoid the Al Ain Centre if I were you!


Sahareej Designs

Sahareej designs is a Middle East based Fashion Boutique owned by Lina Emam.  At just 22 years old, she explained that she had an interest in designing since she was a little girl. Her fashion designer dreams started when she used to make clothes for her Barbie’s! Of Yemeni and Ukranian origin, she uses this mix of cultures to incorporate in her designs. Her clothes appeal to the Middle Eastern market as although very modern her clothes are conservative and perfect for the hijabista’s of Dubai!

We were eager to know what inspires her, “My main inspiration is books . I read a novel before going to bed and in the morning designs just come to my mind . I don’t like to inspire designs from big brands like Chanel or Dior , that is what most Emirati designers do . It is wrong , you can not call yourself a designer if you take other’s ideas . My latest collection for example was inspired from a book ( The Old Man And The Sea ) so I used pearls and shells in many designs.”

She has a shop in Aden City, Yemen and also displays her collections at MA Fashion Boutique in Jumeirah 1 (behind Dubai Zoo) Alternatively you can shop her designs on Facebook (CLICK HERE) until her website is up and running.

We found Lina inspirational, following her dreams and making a name for herself at 22! Here is one of our favourite Summer outfits by Sahareej.