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>UAE national Chef Khulood Atiq cuts calories with healthy traditional dishes. >Tobacco-free initiative promotes healthy lifestyle.
Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East and North Africa, today highlighted a range of health-conscious and family fun initiatives at City Centre Mirdif from 28 May – 1 June.
The UAE’s most widely-renowned female chef, Khulood Atiq, has just returned from Expo Milan 2015 to showcase how to prepare the best-loved Emirati dishes in a lighter and healthier format. As part of The Heartburn Public Awareness Campaign, jointly organized by the Emirates Digestive Diseases Group (EDDG) and the Health Promotion Students Committee (HPSC), at the College Of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Chef Khulood will be serving her version of Emirati dessert ‘sago’ made without oil and naturally sweetened. Visitors to City Centre Mirdif can also consult with Chef Khulood on other favorite family-friendly recipes prepared with fewer calories.
“Given the rising levels of obesity in the Emirates, it can be a major challenge for families in the UAE to make healthy food choices that satisfy everyone’s palate,” said Chef Khulood, the Arabian and Emirati cuisine specialist for Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC). “From traditional Emirati desserts through to snacks and special dishes for Ramadan, visitors to City Centre Mirdif this weekend can learn more about family food choices that suit their taste buds as well as their waistlines.”
Complementing the family wellness theme, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Dubai Municipality (DM) are hosting a ‘Tobacco-Free Dubai’ event at City Centre Mirdif from 30-31 May for both smokers and non-smokers to enjoy free health screening, lung testing and counselling about healthy lifestyle choices.
“Providing a platform to promote healthy lifestyle for families is part of our commitment to our valued guests, in addition to creating great moments for everyone, everyday. Our partnership with several health organisations and Dubai Government agencies strengthen our ambition to have a sustainable community,” said Mohamed Al Jasmi, Mall Manager for City Centre Mirdif.
The family’s youngest members also have something they can look forward to – the celebration of Hag Al Laila, a tradition in the UAE, during which children wear national dress to collect sweet treats ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. On Monday, 1 June, families visiting City Centre Mirdif as well as City Centre Deira can enjoy Hag Al Laila festivities.