Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Top events to look forward to in the UAE - if the world does not end this Friday...

If the Mayan prediction is wrong and the world does not end this Friday, December 21, here are a few things you might want to look forward to in the UAE during the first few months of 2013…
Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
January 17 - 20
Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jason Dufner, Ernie Els, Justin Rose and Matteo Manassero will all be in Abu Dhabi for the HSBC Golf Championship, one of the biggest events on the European Tour.
Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi
January 24
The water park, with 43 themes rides, slides and attractions + shopping, dining and entertainment options, is due to open its doors to public on January 24.
More info: Yas Waterworld and The National 
Dubai Jazz Festival
February 14 -22
The 11th edition of the Dubai Jazz Festival will be packed with international acts from all music genres. Already confirmed: The Script, Deep Purple, One Republic and 3 Doors Down.
More info: Dubai Jazz Festival 
Abu Dhabi Festival
March 3 – 31
Expect a spectacular star-studded line-up for the 10th Anniversary of the Abu Dhabi Festival. Make special note of three grand attractions at the Emirates Palace: Placido Domingo, tenor who needs absolutely no introduction (March 20), Joshua Bell, the violin virtuoso (March 22) and Yundi, China’s sensational piano player (March 24).
More info: Abu Dhabi Festival 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas gift ideas - UAE style

Still can’t seem to find the perfect gift for that special someone? Well, here are a few, let’s say, out of the ordinary ideas for you…
Chocolate or gold?
Burj Al Arab, the fancy hotel in Dubai, has created a distinguished chocolate log that resembles – what else – a bar of gold. Made from the finest ingredients, it promises to tantalize your sense. Not sure how your pocket will feel about it though: AED 500 (USD 136).
For more info: Burj Al Arab 
Champagne fit for a king
The One has the perfect gift for champagne lovers (or perhaps someone who suffers from megalomania - psychopathological disorder characterized by delusional fantasies of power, relevance, or omnipotence): a champagne chiller shaped like a crown. The price, however, will probably send you down depression lane… AED 3495 (USD 953).
For more info: The One
Fashion help
Dreamdays offers great options for those in need of some fashion help (maybe the boyfriend whose wardrobe consists of a pair of jeans, khaki shorts and a couple of old t-shirts or that colleague at work who can’t seem to color coordinate?): the Sense of Style experience (AED 550 = USD150) will take you on a shopping spree with an image consultant expert while the Wardrobe Evaluation experience (AED 790 = USD 215) will help you evaluate and organize your closet, by replacing the old and creating new outfits.
For more info: Dreamdays

Things you probably only see in the UAE…

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gelish delish

There is no denying that a mani and pedi have the power to make us women feel good. But, let’s face it: sometimes this whole nail process is extremely time consuming – especially since a nail polish never lasts too long…
Ever since I became a Mom a few months ago, I’ve been on the lookout for ways to optimize my time - or, better yet, find magical ways to multiply the little and precious time I have.
So, I can’t tell you how happy I was when I came across Gelish, this new (to me at least…) nail polish that stays on for weeks and weeks without cracking.
When the lady at the salon showed me this little miracle in a bottle I quite frankly did not believe her. But it does work! I applied it on November 19 and only removed it today, December 12!
-         It does take a little more time to apply it.
-         Removing it can be a bit tricky.
-         Immediately after it is applied, your nails are completely dry.
-         You can perform any task (including doing the dishes or changing dirty diapers) with no risk of damaging your nails.
-         Your nails will look great throughout an entire business trip or a family vacation.
-         You don’t have to go for a mani and pedi every single week!
Not sure if this is one of those things that we only see in the UAE, but I am guessing it will soon be everywhere - or perhaps it is already and I’m the only one in the world who has never heard about it (if this is the case, shame on you girlfriends for not telling me about this before)!
Note: No, I’m not being paid to promote the product. I’m just a happy girl who thinks this Gelish is simply delish!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Five easy steps to acquire your liquor license

It’s finally December, the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la... But before we chill that bottle of bubbly or buy our favorite red, we must make sure we have our liquor license at hand here in the UAE.
Until recently, the process to acquire one was complicated, costly and lengthy. Now, however, things have changed – and for the better.
A special office was set up earlier this year to regulate all legislative alcohol-related matters across the Emirate and it surely made the application process a whole lot easier for all of us non-Muslim residents.
Here are the five steps to acquire your liquor license:
1. Make sure you scan the following documents and have them ready in your computer: photo, Emirates ID front, Emirates ID back, passport, residency visa, salary certificate.
2. Go to the special office website ( and register by clicking on ‘Register’ at the top right corner of the home page.
3. Once registered, click on ‘New Card Application’ at the menu located on the left corner of the home page.
4. Fill out the necessary information and attach the required documents.
5. Select a preferred retailer so that your license can be sent there for collection once it is ready.
It took me about five minutes to complete the application. Soon after, I got an email informing me that the application was received and would be processed. About a week later, I received a second email to let me know the application was successful and that my preferred store would be in touch with me to arrange the handover of my new license. Ten days later I had my license!
That’s it! No hassle and totally free of charge!
Now, to avoid major headaches or hangovers the day after, make sure you read the terms and conditions – which I have reproduced below for you:
1. Individual alcoholic beverage licenses can only be granted to non-Muslim residents of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, over the age of 21.
2. The maximum limit of alcoholic beverages purchased is 20% of one’s basic salary.
3. Purchased alcoholic beverages are for personal use only and resale is strictly prohibited.
4. The licensee can consume purchased alcoholic beverages only at one’s personal residence, or at any private residence where he/she is a guest.
5. Purchased alcoholic beverages cannot be displayed or carried openly in public.
6. Licensee can purchase alcoholic beverages only from Abu Dhabi-licensed retail stores.
7. The licensees are only allowed to purchase up to the monthly alcoholic beverages limit.
8. Anyone caught inebriated in public spaces or in the road will be jailed as per UAE law (including driving under the influence, where the zero tolerance rule is observed).
9. The license will be withdrawn upon any violations of the previously mentioned rules and regulations.
10. The license must be renewed on an annual basis.