Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Paris Gallery's Valentine Launch - Express your love with a Clarins gift this Valentine

“Express your love with a Clarins gift this Valentine by offering her a beauty gift that will make her look more beautiful and happy!
Clarins and Paris Gallery have teamed up together to make this Valentine’s day a very special one to love and be loved.”

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Abu Dhabi Media Announces Key Structural Changes and the Recruitment of New Executives

Ayman Safadi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Media (ADM), one of the largest media companies in the UAE and the region, owning and operating TV and Radio stations, as well as newspapers, magazines, and digital brands, announced today a number of key structural changes aimed towards further streamlining operations to ensure that ADM remains a leading company across all media verticals.

ADM also announced the recruitment of seasoned executives, equipped with the qualifications and expertise required to assist the company in improving its output via the development of world class operations.

The company announced the creation of the Digital Media Services Division to focus on extending the organization’s offerings in the digital space and pursue the creation of dynamic digital content. Digital Media Services will position ADM as a regional leader in digital media, as well as focus on supporting Arabic content creation and distribution in the region.

Abdul Hadi Al Sheikh has been appointed Executive Director of Digital Media Services. Al Sheikh has enjoyed a successful career in the media sector over the past 15 years. Previous posts at Emirates Media (now ADM) include Head of Digital Media, Director of Technology, and Chief Technology Officer. In 2008, he was appointed CEO of LIVE, ADM’s outdoors production and broadcasting company, which he built into a world-class profitable business. Al Sheikh will continue to serve as CEO of LIVE. He holds an MBA from the University of Strathclyde (Scotland).

In line with necessary transformations on the digital front, ADM announced the appointment of Mohamed bin Taliah as Chief Information Security Officer. Bin Taliah will strive to establish and implement a robust security program for the company, as it actively seeks to protect and safeguard its assets. Prior to joining ADM, Bin Taliah served as Manager of IT Governance for the Program Management Office of Emirates Aluminum Company (EMAL), specializing in IT Governance and Security. Previously, Bin Taliah worked at Thuraya Telecommunications Company as a Manager of Information Security.

To further drive inter-departmental collaboration, ADM announced the appointment of Waleed Saeed Al Awadhi as the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications. Al Awadhi brings extensive local and international experience to his new role.  Prior to joining Abu Dhabi Media, Al Awadhi worked as Head of Priority Banking at Emirates Islamic Bank, and was also Deputy Head of Retail Banking Group and Deputy Chief Marketing Officer at Dubai Bank.  Al Awadhi also served as Director of Marketing and Sales at Sama Dubai - Dubai Holding, where he led the company’s sales and marketing efforts across 20 international markets spanning Asia, Australia, Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Levant.

Abdulwahed Almuwalekh has been appointed as Deputy Chief Commercial Officer. Almuwalekh is a seasoned sales professional with a wealth of experience and knowledge within the marketplace, and will support the delivery of the company’s commercial objectives. Prior to joining ADM, Almuwalekh was the Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing at First Gulf Bank, where he played an active role in developing the company’s corporate brand and managing its public relations. Earlier in his career, Almuwalekh held the position of Chief Commercial Officer at Arab Media. He earned an MBAfrom The American University in Dubai.

Abu Dhabi Media also confirmed Mohamed Dobay as Chief Financial Officer as a result of his stellar performance at Abu Dhabi Media, over the past 12 years, in the fields of financial management, strategic financial planning, governance, and financial applications. Dobay holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, with a concentration in Accounting, and is a CMA (Certified Management Accountant).

To focus on the execution of strategic initiatives at the company, Roy Hintze has also been appointed as the Director of The Office of Strategy Management. Prior to joining Abu Dhabi Media, Hintze worked in the private sector, and has invested in and founded a number of companies in the Middle East. He was also the Executive Director of Corporate Development for Musanada, the Abu Dhabi Government's shared services organization, and has also worked as an engagement manager for Booz & Company in the Middle East. He holds an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, with honors.
“We need to ensure that Abu Dhabi Media’s operating model, and its senior team, equips the company with the agility it requires to meet the demands of a continuously-evolving media sector. These changes are in line with best practice, and will better help ADM enjoy continued success,” commented CEO, Ayman Safadi.  

Pampered healing for New Mothers with 100% Natural Post natal care range from Tanamera

Tanamera pre- and post-natal packages are based on traditional natural treatments passed on through generations

Tanamera, the leading Malaysian brand of 100% natural personal care products has announced the availability of its popular range of pre-and post natal care at its promotional outlets in Dubai.  Based on traditional Malay after-birth therapies passed on from generation to generation, Tanamera Tropical Spa range of pre and post-natal products are specially formulated to ease the stresses and strains new mothers go through following the delivery of their child.

These traditional offerings which have helped accelerate physical and emotional recovery of Malay mothers for hundreds of years are now available to the rest of us.
Every product is formulated on 100 per cent plant-based ingredients, which make them suitable for use by new mother’s and offer a convenient and comprehensive solution to post-natal well being.

Naseem Ahmad Jawa, General Manager, SPRET Retail says, “Pregnancy and motherhood are magical and life-changing experiences for a woman. After giving birth, a new mother get’s involved in caring for her baby, and often tends to ignore her personal health, which eventually leads to stress and post partum depression”. He continued, “Tanamera pre and post natal care products are designed to provide care during pregnancy to help prepare for smoother delivery, and provides care during confinement to help new mothers rest, recover and rejuvenate to pre-pregnancy body and shape, in the shortest time possible”. 


Matt Kuchar Maui Jim Golf Brand Ambassador

Along with the leading international golfers who will be at this year’s Omega Dubai Desert Golf Classic, Maui Jim is pleased to be on site presenting an interactive booth with a selection of the world’s fastest growing manufacture of premium sunglasses ongoing until February 3, 2013.

As part of the energetic and playfulness of the brand, visitors of all ages are encouraged to visit the interactive Maui Jim booth at the Omega Dubai Desert Golf Classic to get better acquainted with the sunglasses. Specialist Cragg Martch will be onsite to share explanations and advantages of the technology and protection provided, and possibly humorous anecdotes from his experience working with Maui Jim and the brand ambassadors.

Try on various pairs of sunglasses, and see for yourself how this technology makes colors pop, and see things clearer and with such preciseness. The patented colour optimisers lift and enhance the natural colours within the course, increasing and sharpening the contrast. Stopover and experience a new outlook of the golf course with Polarised Plus Lens 2 at the booth available in a number of styles and colors, frames and unique fun names such as the trendy ‘Pearl City’, cool ‘Keanu’ and sporty ‘World Cup’ sunglasses- all which make Maui Jim what it is!

Discover new, exciting dining options this season at Mall of the Emirates

Amidst much clamour, the world’s largest The Cheesecake Factory Restaurant  has opened, and is now offering  exquisite dining with views of the slopes of Ski Dubai. Mall of the Emirates’ total dining offer is now more than 90 international options – many of which are first-time brands to the region.
With one of the most dynamic views of any restaurant in the city, The Cheesecake Factory   at Mall of the Emirates seats 526 guests and includes private dining rooms for a more exclusive experience. Diners will be spoiled with an extensive and creative menu of more than 200 delicious selections all made fresh, from scratch, in house with quality ingredients and of course, the legendary dessert menu featuring more than 50 incredible cheesecakes and specialty desserts. This new restaurant truly has something for everyone to love, not to mention the amazing views of Ski Dubai! 
Mall of the Emirates houses a number of unique dining options not found anywhere else in the city including the first IHOP outside theUnited States, Tribes - the first African-themed restaurant in the UAE and the hip Moroccan-themed cafe, Almaz by Momo.
Burj Al Hamam enhances the trendy dining offer within the luxury grounds of the Fashion Dome, bringing the “art of Lebanese cuisine” to diners, with over 40 years of history and providing delicious home cooking to guests. Taqado has recently opened its doors, and created a loyal following with its healthy take on authentic Mexican fare using locally-sourced ingredients where possible.
With such a wide variety of international restaurants, cafes and fast food options, visitors will be spoiled for choice whether they are looking for a light snack, quick meal, or sit-down meal with family and friends. 
For further information, please click on the links below to download press release (English and Arabic) + images.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Bariatric Surgery Offers Hope to Diabetes Patients, Says Expert

·        Operation on hormones can help control hunger and diabetes, said Professor Karim Meeran
·        ICLDC kicks-off 2013 by leading Middle East Diabetes Conference at Arab Health Congress
January 28-29 2013
Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Dubai

From Middle East Diabetes Health Conference at Arab Health, Dubai UAE January 28 2013: One of world’s leading diabetes experts said that surgery can boost efforts to defeat diabetes.

The message was delivered to delegates at  the Middle East Diabetes Conference in Dubai by Professor Karim Meeran, Imperial College London Diabetes Centre’s (ICLDC) Consultant Specialist and Professor of Endocrinology, Imperial College London, who outlined how bariatric gastric bypass surgery offers hope to many people with diabetes.

Bariatric surgery can offer hope to
 diabetes patients, said 
Imperial College London Diabetes Centre’s
 Professor Karim Meeran at the 
Middle East Diabetes Conference in Dubai.
“Research suggests that this operation works on the hormones that control hunger and eating, and changes in these hormones cause the person to feel less hungry and lose weight. It offers hope to many and demand is set to explode in the next few years.”

However Professor Meeran stressed that living a healthy and active lifestyle is the best way for a person to avoid the need for surgery and was cautious to explain that that the operation must only be used when appropriate.

“Surgery may have risks and side effects. We must target patients who will benefit most from the treatment. It seems that patients who are living with diabetes and obesity benefit more than those who are obese only.”

Specialists from Abu Dhabi’s ICLDC are leading the Middle East Diabetes Conference in Dubai this week. The two-day event on January 28 and 29 runs alongside Arab Health 2013 and takes its place among 19 specialist conferences accredited by HAAD for Continuous Medical Examination (CME).

Professor Meeran also said that one of the aims of the conference is to highlight preventative measures.

“Exercise is key and it’s not just us as doctors who’re involved in promoting such strategies, actually it is more at a public health level. It comes with how our lives are structured, how cities are engineered and the way our time is organised.”

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the UAE currently ranks 11th worldwide, with 18.9 per cent of the population living with diabetes.

“This is an important gathering of world leading experts in diabetes. Among other topics, we are all ready to discuss the critical challenges facing doctors treating diabetes and its related complications, and how we can better prepare them to manage diabetes at a regional level,” Professor Meeran concluded.

The Middle East Diabetes Conference is one of several specialist events from ICLDC this year. As the conference got underway a group of doctors are also taking the coveted Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) parts 1 and 2 at ICLDC’s Abu Dhabi facility. This follows the European Society of Endocrinology’s Clinical Update for more than 100 practitioners, earlier this month.



FLC Models, an UAE based Talent Agency in association with Lutece Holding/Elite Middle East, the ELITE MODEL LOOK 2013‘s licensee for United Arab Emirates and Qatar, are pleased to announce their collaboration in the organization of the world largest and renowned model search “ELITE MODEL LOOK”.

A Worldwide Contest
Created in 1983, the ELITE MODEL LOOK competition is organized in more than 60 countries to discover the most promising young talents in modeling from among the winners of the national competitions organized in each of the participating countries.

ELITE MODEL LOOK is the most famous model search contest offering the opportunity to upcoming models from all nationalities to enter the world of fashion, to become a model and to begin a modeling career in the best conditions, in one of Elite Model agencies.

Organizers, especially selected by Elite Group, handle the organization of more than 800 live castings events throughout the world with the participation of more than 370,000 contestants wishing to enter the national contests. The winners of every national final then go to the international final where they will get the opportunity to represent their country along with other national winners.

A great first step in the Middle East Region 
For the 30th consecutive year, Elite is organizing the most prestigious modeling contest in the world offering thousands of girls and boys between the age of 14 and 22, the opportunity to achieve their dream and to follow in the footsteps of top models such as Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Gisele Bundchen, Sigrid Agren and Constance Jablonski.

In 2013 and for the first time in the Middle East region, FLC Models with Elite Middle East bring together their expertise and know-how to organize the ELITE MODEL LOOK UAE & QATAR.

Talking to the press, Adriana USVAT, Managing Partner, FLC MODELS said, “The World -Renowned Elite Model Look competition has offered many young girls a chance to be discovered and to literally take over the fashion world. We are proud to bring the first Elite Model Look to UAE & Qatar and offer an international platform to the amazing talents in the region. We would love to see the next World Winner coming  from our region. Let’s make history together!”
Ganesh IYER, Managing Partner, FLC MODELS also added that “Our region has seen many of world’s biggest & highest, we are now proud to bring the ‘The World’s BEST Model Look Contest’ to the region. Exciting days are ahead for the fashion industry in 2013”.

Shana SEBBAN-MANNARINI, the Owner & Chairwoman of Elite Middle East said “We are proud to introduce to United Arab Emirates and Qatar, and for the first time in 2013 our world renowned Models search contest.“
By selecting a Partner as FLC Models, we are confident that the reputation of our ELITE MODEL LOOK will be maintained and that it will be a successful Partnership in searching for the next Elite new Model Faces in the region” she added.

A unique springboard to integrate the modeling universe…
The ELITE MODEL LOOK UAE & QATAR team comprising FLC & Elite ME will be touring in Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai with several castings taking place during the first semester of 2013 to select the Model contestants who will then attend the ELITE MODEL LOOK National Casting. It aims to offer optimum opportunities to contestants for participating in the most renowned modeling contest and becoming a part of the world’s most prestigious agency.

At the end of this UAE & QATAR tour, about 60 contestants will be selected to participate in the national casting that will be held on September 2013. At the end of the day, the Elite Model Look jury will choose the 15 contestants who will participate in the UAE & QATAR Final.

The winners are selected not only based on their photogenic qualities, their personality and their natural beauty but also for their potential to correspond to current fashion trends.

The ultimate goal is to win a spot in the ELITE MODEL LOOK WORLD FINAL, bringing together the girls selected in each country, and to secure a 3 year contract with the Elite agency.

To take part in one of the Elite Model Look castings, applicants must be:
-           Female and Male
-           Between the ages of 14 and 22
-           At least 5’8in or 172cm tall

Feminine finery at Soiree boutique

Ash Haute Couture at Soirée boutique 

Ashna Kalra will be attending a special event marking the launch of her new collection at Soiree boutique on February 13, Invitation to follow.
Ash Haute Couture is an exciting new label spearheaded by designer Ashna Kalra, combining contemporary feminine tailoring from the west with eastern influences now exclusively available at Soirée boutique in Dubai. With her background in fashion and luxury branding and her family's background largely in footwear and textiles, Ashna has been able to combine her skills to put together beautiful collections of couture meets ready-to-wear. 
The label produces luxury clothing and clutches that portray an image of playful yet glamorous femininity. With attention to detail and with the use of high quality fabrics and workmanship the collection is young and accessible and can be worn day into night.  It’s the divine obsession to make the perfect dress, the urge to preserve for all eternity in that dress. The focus is on the fusion of age-old techniques of hand embroidery and interpreted with a very modern expression to produce contemporary silhouettes. The intricacy, beauty, energy and sparkle of each outfit etch a lineage, an era of royalty and exclusiveness.
Inspiration for SS’13 collection
The inspiration for ‘Amour’, lead the collection into colourful and romantic elements working with bright and soft colour palette of reds, pinks, yellows and blues. The focus was on the silhouettes and the textures of the collection, adding and enhancing the colours.
The silhouettes for this collection have a soft and gentle form, adding to or enriching the curves of the body. The look is chic, modern and very delicate.
It’s not just a dress or just a blouse; it’s a jewelled piece of art. It’s the divine obsession to have the perfect dress, the urge to preserve for all eternity in that dress. Focusing on the fusion of age-old techniques of hand embroidery and interpreted with a very modern expression to produce contemporary silhouettes. The fabrics for the collection are Chiffons, Nets and Silk. Softness was the key appearance of this romantic attitude. Interlacing with grace and strength, the natural essence of these fibres explodes in the nobility of the fabrics.

Thai Tourism Arrivals Cross 22 Million Mark in 2012

Arrivals from UAE recorded a 4.20% growth-

hailand has achieved record-breaking visitor arrivals, crossing the 22 million mark for the first time in 2012. Figures tabulated by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports for January — December 2012 show total arrivals by nationality of 22,303,065, up 15.98 percent over 2011.
Commenting on the performance, TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni said, “We are overjoyed to have achieved this result in the year the people of Thailand commemorated the 85th birthday of His Majesty the King. It is also a tribute to the cooperation and creativity of the entire Thai travel & tourism industry for the huge effort that has been made to ensure that travel & tourism remains a leading industry for job creation, distribution of income nationwide and contribution to culture, heritage and environmental preservation.”
The governor said that the primary contributor to this result was the prevalence of global, regional and local peace and stability. “Last year, the world was generally at peace and there were no major geopolitical, economic, environmental or natural disasters and no health pandemics. Travel & tourism can only flourish worldwide if the underlying conditions that support it remain free of disturbance and disruption. That is one of the most important lessons for the entire industry to learn worldwide,” he said.
The highlight of the results was the fact that six countries, five of which are within the Asia-Pacific region, are now producing more than one million annual visitor arrivals. These are Malaysia, China, Japan, Korea, India and Russia.
The following performance analysis by market is based on the figures tabulated so far:
OVERVIEW: Visitors from East Asia totalled 12,502,194 (+20.84%), Europe 5,617,817 (+10.12%), the Americas 1,080,148 (+13.40%), South Asia 1,289,641 (+11.36%), Oceania 1,046,753 (+12.13%), Middle East 604,659 (+0.58%) and Africa 161,853 (+17.36%).
EAST ASIA: East Asian visitor arrivals to Thailand comprise the biggest market share of all visitors. Of the 22.30 million arrivals in 2012, a total of 12.50 million (+20.84%) were from East Asia regions.
By this year, two source-markets, China (2.7 million) and Malaysia (2.5 million) are now generating more than two million annual arrivals each. And two source-markets, Japan (1.3 million) and Korea (1.1 million) are generating more than one million arrivals each.
The ASEAN countries in total are generating over six million arrivals, with spectacular growth by Cambodia (+59.74%), Vietnam (+24.36%), Indonesia (+21.02%), Myanmar (+17.40%) and Laos (+6.63%).
EUROPE: The European visitors showed a good growth rate of 10.12% to 5.61 million. Russia is the largest source market from Europe with arrivals of 1,317,387, up 24.97%. United Kingdom is the second highest source market with a total of 870,164, up 2.98%, followed by Germany 681,566, up 10.08%.
THE AMERICAS: Arrivals from the Americas showed a good growth of 13.40% to 1,080,148 the main market, US, increased by 12.57% to 767,420. Arrivals from both Canada and Brazil showed positive growth of 12.18% and 22.18%.
SOUTH ASIA: Arrivals from South Asia grew by a strong 11.36% to 1,289,641. India has become a top of the list from South Asian market with arrivals up by 11.03% to 1,015,865, making it the region’s fastest growing market, followed by Sri Lanka 73,338, (+36.73%).
OCEANIA: Arrivals from Oceania grew by 12.13% to 1,046,753 visitors. Australian visitors were up 12.14% to 930,599 and New Zealand +12.28% to 113,509.
MIDDLE EAST: Arrivals from Middle East showed a slight growth of 0.58% to 604,659 with all markets up. with UAE receiving 113,174 visitors (+4.20%) and Kuwait 64,536 (+15.68%). 
AFRICA: Arrivals from Africa were up by 17.36% to 161,853. South Africa is a major market and has showed significant growth of 10.22% to 75,496.
In 2013, the TAT is confident that if the global, regional and local situation remains stable, this year will see Thailand receive 24.5 million arrivals, generating a projected tourism income of 1,149 billion baht.

ARTDECO - combines numerous collections into one integrated concept at Paris Gallery, Dubai Mall

ARTDECO is more than just a cosmetics brand as it combines numerous collections into one integrated concept,
which makes it unique in the market.
The secret of ARTDECO's success in becoming the market leader in the
European market has been its constant focus on the individual wishes and needs of all women,
combined with uncompromising quality and very reasonable pricing.

MusicHall opens at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai

MusicHall opens at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai

MusicHall is definitely taking Dubai’s nightlife to another level of entertainment. Dubai has been long over due for a cultural nightspot to entertain it’s global community. The iconic live music show from Beirut saw a grand opening this weekend to an enthralling crowd. José Gálvez energized the crowd with his enthusiasm on stage performing in his signature style ‘Cante Jondo’, while sicilian tenor Tino Favazza filled the venue with his powerful Bel Canto voice singing an opera aria and a Neapolitan song. Diverse performances brought the crowd alive with talented artists like Bilal the Gipsy prince, an Egyptian folk singer singing on a loudspeaker in front of a projection made of belly dance passages taken from black and white Egyptian movies, Cuban salseros, Sabreen a charismatic American Soul artist and Russian folk singers to name a few.
MusicHall Dubai is based on the popular music venue that was pioneered by the Elefteriades brothers in Beirut, Lebanon in the early 2000s. The show became an overnight success with its modern and innovative take on the ‘dinner & dance cultural entertainment’ concept.
From rock, reggae and jazz, to Arabic, gypsy and Latino, music from every corner of the globe will be showcased with a distinctive blend of more than ten live acts per night, combining a unique lively atmosphere with quality entertainment and good food.
MusicHall Dubai’s permanent quarters will be in the theatre of Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, located next to the main entrance of the palatial hotel, and can accommodate up to 1000 people. Whilst enjoying the distinctive live music, guests can enjoy a meal on one of the plush, comfortable sofas in the levelled seating areas or opt for drinks and finger food at the bar. Throughout the night, an international DJ mixing world music provides an interlude between acts, offering a refreshing alternative to the UAE’s nightlife and music scene. 
The venue will be open year-round on Thursdays and Fridays between 9pm until 3am. Entry is subject to a minimum-spend on food and beverage, Dress code is smart casual. MusicHall is also available for hire throughout the week for private functions including weddings, corporate entertainment, product launches and other events. 

NLP Enables Paradigm Shift in Sales Training

New Results Comes with New Behaviour Says Expert

Sales teams across the world can use the power of observation and insight in human behaviour to accelerate success, according to Carol Talbot, considered the region's foremost NLP Master Trainer. Talbot is also a certified Firewalker and published author.

Talbot shared how NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) can have a long term substantial impact on performance.

The real advantage of NLP training is not in the learning,
 but in how you can apply these in an actual business
 environment or situation, according to Carol Talbot.
“Research indicates that almost half of the learning is lost by sales teams within five weeks and close to 85 per cent is lost within three months. The ad-hoc training approach and lack of reinforcement of key learning are often cited as the reason for the poor uptake of training.

“Clearly, the approach to sales training needs a paradigm shift that brings real changes at the behavioural level, beyond the cosmetic changes a sales seminar or short term training course could deliver.” 

Talbot said that NLP is a perfect tool to bridge this gap, and enable a real change in thought process and behaviour that can be sustained, for life.

“According to a key axiom of NLP, behaviour is the most informative indicator of the mind's internal processing. NLP equips us to be far more astute in observing what people do and assessing the feedback their behaviour gives us. The real advantage of NLP training is not in the learning, but in how you can apply these in an actual business environment or situation.”

Talking specifically about the competitive sales environment, Talbot suggested that the strategies of NLP enables sales professionals to get remarkable insight into customers’ minds, their requirements and more importantly, what is driving their needs, fears and objections.

“Once you have mapped your customer’s mind, it is much easier to satisfy these needs, which invariably brings more business and success in the long term.”

She noted that the corporate world is now willing to explore the positive impact NLP brings to diverse business situations.

“Initially NLP training was thought of as an HR domain, however we see increasing numbers of sales and customer service professionals coming to our NLP practitioner programmes. This shift has come as professionals across the board are realising how NLP could be used to enhance success and hence, revenues.

“The tools and techniques of NLP enable you to achieve your goals much faster, be it to build relationships or to create alignment and agreement in meetings, running a large team or managing a diverse portfolio of clients,” she concluded.

NLP Training in UAE with Carol Talbot
Talbot is an NLP Certified Trainer (American Board of NLP), Trainer of Hypnosis & Time Line Therapy® and has trained with some of the best presenters in the UK & US including Steve McDermott, European Business Speaker of the year in 2003 and 2004. In addition, she is a certified Master Firewalk Instructor and Certified EQ Practitioner (Emotional Intelligence) and has shared these tools and techniques in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. 

Talbot has been successfully running Corporate NLP, Practitioner and Master Practitioner programmes in UAE. Considered by some to be the region’s leading expert and Master Trainer in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), she has worked with more than 20,000 people across multiple sectors in her twenty year career as a trainer. 

NLP is the core foundation for all her training programmes in UAE as she believes that it provides the tools and techniques to transform performance. 

NLP Practitioner Programmer February 2013
February 2013 NLP Practitioner Certification Programme: Designed as a seven days accelerated NLP Practitioner Certification programme, it also offers multiple certifications in NLP, in NLP, Hypnosis & Time Line Therapy™. 

The certificates are fully approved and recognised (ABNLP, ANLP, AHB & Time Line Therapy Association™) and offer credits towards an MA in NLP & Coaching with a leading UK university.

Registration is still open for the February event. Information available at

Reward Desert Hands, Elbows and Feet with Human+Kind’s New All-in-One Hand+Elbow+Foot Cream

Hands, feet and elbows - the toughest skin on your body. With different moisturisers for each part, not only does your bathroom shelf get overloaded, but making your skin soft can become a chore. So, save yourself precious time and don’t neglect the tough spots by enjoying the feeling of lovely skin with the brand new Human+Kind all-in-one Hand+Elbow+Foot Cream!

This intensive treat for skin exposed to the desert climate is light and packed with moisture, whilst fast absorbing and non-greasy. In keeping with the Human+Kind ethos of simple, natural and dependable beauty products, this new cream gives you the opportunity to multi-task your skincare regime!

And, with the sandy winds blowing from the desert and drying out your skin,
Human+Kind Hand+Elbow+Foot Cream is the perfect remedy to restore moisture and freshness to those all important areas. Made completely from natural ingredients, this cream repairs and protects skin from the desert climate while softening even the driest patches.

Human+Kind Hand+Elbow+Foot Cream is enriched with avocado oil, a deeply penetrating moisturiser renowned for its skin healing properties that defies premature ageing due to its high levels of sterolins. There is no end to the beauty wonders of avocado oil, as it smoothes your stretch marks and wrinkles and has been recognised as a treatment for dried out and itchy skin. This makes it an ideal remedy against eczema and psoriasis too.

This new cream also contains a substantial amount of Vitamin E, the anti-oxidant superstar, which protects the epidermis from UV damage and free radicals, while simultaneously protecting your skin collagen levels. The natural moisturising factor also comes from the delicious shea butter, preventing dermal irritation and aids skin regeneration while combating the elements.

Make Human+Kind’s all-in-one Hand+Elbow+Foot Cream a part of your daily regime this sandy spring and by summer your skin will be softer and lovelier than ever!

Human + Kind All-in-One Hand, Elbow and Foot Cream retails for AED 38.

The Human+Kind skincare line is currently available at Boots The Pharmacy, Milk & Honey, Organic Foods & Café, Make Up Etc. in Palm Strip Mall Jumeirah, The Change Initiative, Down To Earth and Organic Glow Beauty Lounge, as well as online through & To learn more about the story of the Human+Kind brand, log on to

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Send something new this Valentine's Day with a personalized Doodleclick card!

DoodleClick can't wait to help lovers send lots of lovely love across the UAE this Valentine's Day with personalized cards for every type of romantic - luuurrved up, photo upload, funny, mushy, classic and even anti Valentine's Day cards!

Doodleclick delivers a new way to send greetings cards across the UAE. Choose a card, add your photos, name and message, then Doodleclick prints it and asks a lovely cuddly courier to deliver it to the door of your sweetheart on Valentine's day (unfortunately we can't guarantee the lovely cuddly bit!). Or, if you've left it late…. you can upload it straight to the lucky recipients Facebook page.

If your loved one is back home, drop them a big heart shaped hint! With next day delivery, there is no excuse for not receiving their card on the big red day; after all, a Valentine's card arriving a week late just isn't the same!
Doodleclick is excited to offer romantics something new this year and can't wait to send lots of love across the UAE this Valentine's Day! / Facebook (doodleclick) / Twitter (@doodleclick)

Real Results For Real Women With PURE Fitness At James & Alex Dance Studios!

**Special Offer – Buy one class and get one free – Until 16th March 2013**

You work. You run the house. You have a family... Juggling the kids, their school runs, their packed lunches, their play dates, their homework, their dance classes, their football games, their dirty washing, their bath times, their... what about Mum?! Isn’t it important for Mum to keep fit and be healthy too? But with so many classes on offer, what is a realistic option for a busy Mum? What can real women wish to achieve?

PURE Fitness has the answer! The complete fitness solution for women and especially mums, PURE Fitness is a specialist company run by busy working mothers who are devoted to offering real women real results. The difference between regular workout classes and PURE Fitness is that the PURE Fitness instructors care about and understand what it takes to be a mum and busy working woman. They understand how your body changes during and after pregnancy, and how time consuming your children and your real life can be, leaving you with little time to take care of yourself. From group fitness (with and without the kids!), to personal training, massage and nutritional therapy, to Pilates, yoga and strong Tabata classes, PURE is the CURE for all Dubai mums and real women who wish to get fit.  PURE Fitness provides the magical combination of getting results, but without injury and with empathy at every step of the way.  

You can now start training with PURE Fitness at James & Alex Dance Studios, situated in the heart of Dubai Media City. And with such a selection of fabulous fitness programmes to choose from you’ll become a Yummy Mummy in no time!  Current PURE Fitness classes on offer James & Alex Dance Studios Include:

The PURE R.I.P - A body fat buster workout that focuses on the high intensity Tabata Training which works your entire body in just one hour... perfect for those who are super time consumed!

PURE Power - If you want to let off some steam with other empathetic women and mums, then perhaps this premier martial arts exercise is for you. You can use combat style moves to punch and kick your way through stress, sweat, tension and calories, enabling you to feel fit, balanced, fulfilled and looking amazing!

So, who are these Super Mums? Well, PURE Fitness was founded in 2007 by Dubai Expats Elaine Luck and Catherine Williams. Scottish born Elaine has a Premier Diploma in Personal Training, Nutritional Therapy, Massage and is a fully qualified & experienced Exercise to Music Instructor . She has two children aged 14 and 12 and is the founder of BuggEfit, a Dubai exercise class for Mums involving their babies in buggies. Elaine also has a strong interest in ante-natal and post-natal fitness. Irish Mum of two children, Catherine, is a qualified ACE instructor, YMCA Level 2 & 3 Personal Trainer, a CHEK Level 1 and Chek Lifestyle and Nutrition Consultant and was a Reebok sponsored athlete. Together, Elaine and Catherine are trained in scientific rehabilitation, and understand the problems women face physically and emotionally after giving birth. Their passion and commitment to exercise is inspiring, and they hope to share their advice, knowledge and enthusiasm with other real women all over Dubai.

There has never been a better time than now to get involved with PURE Fitness at James & Alex Dance Studios. Classes are run on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 8.30am-9.30am and are priced at AED 50 per session. As a very special introductory offer, you can buy one class and get another absolutely free until 16th March 2013.

James & Alex Dance Studios is one of the largest studios in the heart of the city, boasting three stunning studios and 4,000 square feet of space. So, enjoy the space and share this experience with other real Women and PURE Fitness. For more information and the latest class schedule, please visit or call +971 (0)4 4470773. 

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2013 in its Fourth Year of Success

One of the most prestigious polo events in the region announced at press conference

The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 2013 (Dubai Open) 16 Goal Handicap was announced at a press conference, at the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa at 10am today.

This is the fourth year in a row that the much anticipated event will be held. It takes place at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club at the Arabian Ranches in Dubai. 

The tournament will kick off with the Silver Cup, beginning February 2 and ending February 16. The Gold Cup will commence on February 25 and will end on March 15, 2013.

There will be six teams competing at this year’s Dubai Polo Gold Cup series; a draw will be held at the press conference to determine which teams will compete against each other. All of the team patrons attended including
Mohammed Al Habtoor of Habtoor Polo; Rashid Al Habtoor of Mahra Polo; Amr Zedan of Zedan Polo; Saeed Bin Drai of Bin Drai Polo; Faris Al Yebhouni of Abu Dhabi Polo; and HH. Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Ghantoot Polo.                              

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, the
tournament has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai. 
With its exciting mix of top-class sportsmanship and glamour, it has earned a reputation as one of the most prestigious events on the international polo calendar. It’s also one of the most important annual tournaments in the region and always attracts a high profile crowd. This year it looks set to be more popular than ever and some of the most respected names from the world of polo have confirmed their participation.

As always the Dubai Polo Gold Cup series promises the very best in sportsmanship, entertainment of the highest level and an atmosphere unlike any other polo event.
I am proud to see Dubai playing host to yet another top polo event,” message by Mohammed Al Habtoor, the Chairman of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. “Each year the event reaches new heights. Dubai has quickly gained popularity and found its place on the Polo world stage. In 2012 the Dubai Gold Cup Series was recognised by the World Polo Tour (WPT). We have been privileged to attract some big names to the event year after year. Of course it is lovely to see many familiar faces (players, officials and spectators), but it is also great to see new faces on and off the field. This year we have upped the stakes by increasing the handicap from 15 to 16 goals. This means the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open) is now the highest handicapped tournament in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. A great achievement! Last year I was fortunate to lead my team to victory.