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03 Oct 2017

Get Great Hair Every Day: The Tips You Need To Know

No time for a blow-dry? Beat a bad hair day with these quick fixes loved by the pros.

 

Kim Kardashian hairstyle

                                                                

Summer in the Middle East can certainly take its toll on tresses; we blame it on the humidity overly drying but necessary air conditioning.

Therefore, if like us your locks are in need of some major TLC, you will want to read our insider tricks to getting a healthier hair.

 

The Oil

Mega make-up mogul and beauty blogger (hudabeauty.com) Huda Kattan credits the Ouai Hair Oil with tending to her tresses: “Straight, wavy, curly, coiled, whatever your hair is, this oil will werk it! For your hair, the oil fights frizz, nourishes, and gives a silky, high-gloss finish.”

We wholeheartedly agree – this multitasking wonder oil by Jen Atkin, the go-to hairstylist for the Kardashian clan, combats a number of hair woes and can be used on your body to treat dry skin.

 

Ouai Hair Oil at Sephora Dubai

                                          Ouai Hair Oil at Sephora Dubai, visit City Centre Mirdif

 

The Mask

A deeply nourishing mask will be your saviour when it comes to treating tired tresses. Look for a paraben-free formula enriched with ultra-moisturising oils, such as this rich intensive mask by Botanics.

For an extra pampering, leave on overnight and rinse out in the morning - your locks will be softer than silk and much easier to manage.

 

Botanics Intensive Treatment by Boots Pharmacy at City Centres

Botanics Vibrant Colour 3 Minute Intensive Treatment, Boots Pharmacy at City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain, and City Centre Muscat

 

The Cream

This BB Hair Cream does the same for your locks as a similar product would for your complexion.

This do-it-all cream/balm hybrid by H&M beauty contains avocado oil, keratin and silk amino acids to reduce frizziness, repair and add a major shot of moisture. Work through wet hair before blow-drying of leaving to air-dry and you are good to go.

 

BB Hair Cream by H&M at City Centres

BB Hair Cream, H&M at City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Qurum, City Centre Alexandria, City Centre Maadi, and City Centre Beirut

 
30 Aug 2017

The Back-To-School Special: The New Academic Year

Send tots back to class with the kit they’ll need and a smile on their face

Back to school in Dubai 2017

As the long summer break ends, the week leading up to the first day of the term can be a whirlwind of preparation. No matter how many lists are penned, there always appears to be a seemingly never-ending array of errands, from buying new school supplies to stocking the fridge with lunchbox snacks and updating uniforms for your ever-growing tot.

Before battling out your to-dos, take a look at our insider guide to getting everything your youngster will need for school from the Dubai shopping malls.

The Perfect Pencil Case

We’re yet to come across a kid who doesn’t love picking out a brand new pencil case along with lots of colourful new pens and stationary goodies for the new school year. The shopping malls in Dubai are filled with plenty of shops filled with fun learning tools to ensure they’re thoroughly prepped for class. Typo is one of our top picks and stashed with a fun hoard of quirky stationary treats.

Rainbow pencil case in Deira, Mirdif and Me'aisem

Rainbow pencil case available at Typo, visit City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, and City Center Me'aisem


Sole Mates

Nothing signals the start of a new academic year like a brand new pair of smart shoes. Clarks is our go-to for quality leather school shoes for both boys and girls and offers a free measuring service to ensure the perfect fit.

Boys leather school shoes in Dubai

Boys leather school shoes available at Clarks, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Deira and City Centre Muscat

Back At It

The best school bags are usually backpacks or drawstring rucksacks to offer neck and shoulder support as well as enough room for all your child’s school books and class necessities. Marks & Spencer’s offers a variety of different styles, and most recently, the best-selling Star Wars design – little fans of the films will go nuts for it!

Star Wars bag available at Marks & Spencer

Star Wars bag available at Marks & Spencer, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Beirut, City Centre Alexandria, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif

A Lesson in Lunch Boxes

For us parents, the secret to filling a daily lunchbox successfully is to pack in healthy and nutrition-packed bites (which they’ll actually enjoy eating) to keep kids fuller for longer.

Carrefour Dubai in Mall of the Emirates, one of the best Supermarkets in Dubai, houses a special organic section, offering a wide selection of low-carb, sugar-free and gluten-free snacks along with every day groceries to all fill your little one’s needs.  

Healthy lunch box treats available at Carrefour in Mall of the Emirates


Healthy lunch box treats available at Carrefour Dubai in Mall of the Emirates

 
22 Jul 2017

Our Most In-Demand Travel Destinations Of 2017

Two Instagram-worthy trips to take this summer

Woman on a red scooter in Europe

 

Island Escape

Luxury pool and beach in the Maldives 
Are you tired of the city life? Escape to the tropical surroundings of the Maldives for a real taste of paradise. Clear azure waters, luxurious resorts, and exotic marine life make these exclusive atolls one of the most popular travel spots in the world.

The chain of islands is located in the warm Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka and India, ensuring visitors can spend their sunshine-filled days relaxing on the postcard-perfect beaches or scuba diving in the clear turquoise sea.

Where to stay: JA Manafaru is an award-winning resort located just over an hour’s seaplane transfer from the country’s main airport in Malé. This family-friendly resort has plenty to keep you occupied on your holiday, from pristine beaches and a variety of swimming pools to a host of restaurants and specialised children centres.

What to pack: Bright swimsuits to ensure you stand out poolside.

Printed swimsuit from Ted Baker at City Centre Mirdif

Printed swimsuit, Ted Baker, City Centre Mirdif

Also available at:

http://www.citycentredeira.com
http://www.citycentrebahrain.com

 

Sightseeing Adventure

The pyramids of Giza, Egypt   

One of the ancient world’s most important historical lands, Egypt has more than enough to offer for eager culture vultures.

In Cairo, the capital and Africa’s largest city, visitors can capture sight of the iconic Egyptian pyramids at Giza – including the biggest of the structures, the incredible Great Pyramid have been built for the Pharaoh Khufu and it was finished around 2560 B.C.E.

Situated just on the outskirts of Cairo, the impressive pyramids are the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world and are not to be missed on your trip.

You will discover lots more to explore in Cairo, from historical mosques to century-old palaces and enough museums to fill a guidebook - we recommend the Egyptian Museum, home to the world's largest collection of pharaonic antiquities and artefacts.

To refuel after a day of extensive sightseeing, head to the newly opened Mall of Egypt. The sprawling retail haven contains countless shops, restaurants and entertainment activities, including Ski Egypt, Magic Planet Egypt and Vox Cinema Egypt.

For the second leg of your sightseeing trip, jump on a 45-minute plane journey (you can also drive or take the train) to Alexandria. Take to the vibrant streets filled with souks, market stalls and cafes.

If the heat gets too intense (temperatures can reach up to around 30 degrees Celsius in the summer months), seek solace in the air-conditioned comfort of City Centre Alexandria. With well over a hundred shops, plus a wide variety of food and beverage options, this bustling retail complex will keep the whole family entertained.

Where to stay: The Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano is a luxurious stay complete with a spa, swimming pools, fitness facilities and a number of gourmet restaurants.

What to pack: Comfortable sandals to save tired soles after long days out and about seeing the sights.

Printed sandals from Aldo at City Centre Mirdif

Printed sandals, Aldo, City Centre Mirdif

Also available at:

http://www.citycentredeira.com
http://www.citycentrebahrain.com
http://www.citycentresharjah.com
http://www.citycentreajman.com
http://www.citycentrefujairah.com
http://www.citycentremeaisem.com
http://www.citycentreshindagha.com
http://www.citycentremuscat.com
http://www.citycentrealexandria.com
http://www.citycentremaadi.com

 
15 Jul 2017

The Summer Skin Edit: Put Your Best Face Forward

Beat the heat, sweat and dry air by treating yourself to an at-home facial. Our pro tips and secret wonder products will help you achieve amazing skin in a flash

Kendall Jenner on the red carpet

Kendall Jenner on the red carpet.

For a lucky few, summer means glowing golden skin worthy of some serious selfie-snapping. But if like us, your skin is prone to heat-induced pimples, patchiness and other niggling skin concerns, scroll down below where we reveal the ultimate beauty hacks to whipping your pores into tip-top condition. 

Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel from Boots Pharmacy

Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel from Boots Pharmacy found at Majid Al Futtaim City Centres

We all know the importance of thoroughly washing our face daily, and while gentle cream cleansers might suffice during the cooler months when skin is at its driest. During summer opt for a slightly stronger formula to ensure skin is squeaky clean and rid of excess oil as well as any sunscreen residue that can clog pores.

Our top pick, Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel, will keep your complexion clean and refreshed without leaving skin feeling stripped.

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum from Sephora Dubai

 

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum, Sephora Dubai

If our mother’s taught us anything in the beauty department it’s to always cleanse, tone and moisturise – and while you can now skip the middle step (toners can be overly-drying), a good moisturiser is key all year round.

Swap thick and heavy cream formulas for a lightweight but deeply penetrating serum packed with Hyaluronic Acid – the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum is a new favourite.

 

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment from Sephora Dubai

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment, Sephora Dubai

Whether you’ve got a few minutes spare in the morning or an evening free after work, take the time to treat your skin with a pampering mask. You’ll find a mask for every skin woe under the sun, be it resurfacing, rejuvenating or nourishing. But during the hotter months when skin can become congested, look for skin-clearing ingredients such as sulphur and salicylic acid.

We can vouch for the GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment - this multi-tasking mud mask draws out dirt and fights breakouts while brightening and softening skin.

 

 
08 Jul 2017

How To: Pack Like A Pro And Fly Like The JetSet

The insider’s guide to travelling in style and know how to save space in your suitcase.

Model Izabel Goulart arrives at Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival

Model Izabel Goulart arrives at Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival.

Preparing for a trip starts with the suitcase and more to the point what exactly to put in it.

If you’ve ever seen those well-dressed girls, the ones gliding effortlessly through the terminal with little more than a compact carry-on, and thought ‘how on earth do they manage to squeeze all their worldly goods in such a small case’? The answer is easier than you think, simply plan each and every outfit in advance. While this might seem like more work than it’s worth, you’ll reap the rewards and end up with a carefully curated holiday wardrobe, and no excess baggage!

Expert packing requires pre-planning and a thorough edit – after all, will you wear ten pairs of heels on a week-long holiday?

Scroll down below to discover our essential packing tips…

  • Look for lightweight luggage (always on wheels for ease) and invest in good quality cases by brands such as Samsonite or Tumi.

  • Pen a list of everything you want to take or lay everything out on your bed into piles, e.g. swimwear, sun dresses, sports gear, etc…before removing at least two items from each heap.

  • Think about your holiday itinerary, the activities you’ll be doing and the places you’ll be visiting. Embrace your inner stylist and piece outfits together, including undergarments, accessories, and shoes – heels are heavy so only take styles than can be worn with numerous outfits.

  • Pack versatile items (think little black dresses or tailored shorts) which can be worn for a multitude of occasions day or night - you can always jazz up plain pieces with statement jewellery.

  • Try rolling clothes as opposed to folding. This saves precious suitcase space and reduces creases.

 

The capsule closet 

To look the part on the plane (and perhaps bag yourself an upgrade), opt for foolproof airport chic such as skinny jeans (with stretch for comfort and in a dark wash to hide stains) paired with a bright printed blouse (because plane dressing doesn’t have to be boring) and always layer with a cosy cashmere or soft wool throw to ward off the fierce airplane air conditioning.

There is little need for towering heels, especially as feet can swell due to air pressure, instead go for embellished ballet flats or beaded sandals, and swap for in-flight socks once you board.

Look for a smart leather tote with enough space to fit your in-flight skincare essentials, reading materials and most importantly, a stash of snacks.

Skinny jeans available at H&M at City Centre Mirdif

Skinny jeans, H&M, City Centre Mirdif

Also available at:

http://www.citycentrebahrain.com/
http://www.citycentremuscat.com/
http://www.citycentrequrum.com/
http://www.citycentresharjah.com/
http://www.citycentreajman.com/
http://www.citycentrefujairah.com/
http://www.citycentredeira.com/
http://www.citycentremeaisem.com/
http://www.citycentrealexandria.com/
http://www.citycentremaadi.com/
http://www.citycentremallbeirut.com/

Flat shoes available at Steve Madden at City Centre Mirdif

Flat shoes, Steve Madden, City Centre Mirdif

Also available at:

http://www.citycentrebahrain.com
http://www.citycentremuscat.com/
http://www.citycentredeira.com/

Leather Tote Bag available at Michael Kors at City Centre Mirdif

Leather Tote Bag, Michael Kors, City Centre Mirdif

Also available at:

http://www.citycentrebahrain.com/

 

 
08 Nov 2016

HOME BODY: Décor Finds To Give Your Abode A Speedy Boost

Chic little buys to transform your living space


A beautifully decorated abode always makes for a welcoming atmosphere after a long day out.

Take the time to invest in your space and pick up pieces to reflect your lifestyle and interests, whether that’s through ornaments, furnishings or books and photographs.

The shopping malls in the Middle East are brimming with interior shops, from luxurious décor stores such as The One, Villeroy & Boch and Harvey Nichols Dubai, to more purse-friendly buys found in Zara Home, Crate & Barrel Dubai and Home Centre.

Scroll down below where we share our top three buys to elevate any room in a flash.
White bedspread, Zara Home, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat
We spend more time in our bedrooms than anywhere else at home, so we say make it a little extra special with a few finishing touches, such as this luxurious white fluffy bedspread - a cosy addition for the cooler months ahead.  

Décor tip: Most of us sleep better in clutter-free rooms, with simple and soothing colour palettes. So opt for natural shades of whites and light greys or taupe. You can always add interest with different textures, fabrics and prints.

Marble cheese board, Dhs89, Crate & Barrel, visit Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif

A sleek cheese board is a guaranteed way to impress visiting guests. Load up this stylish marble board with a few of your favourite gourmet treats and garnishes.

Wire baskets, Zara Home, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat

We’ll admit to having our fair share of untidy corners at home. No matter how hard we try, clutter just seems to accumulate  - especially when it comes to children’s toys. Help keep any odd-ends from messing up your space with stylish baskets and boxes.

For more information on store locations within our malls visit the below:

UAE
www.malloftheemirates.com
www.citycentresharjah.com
www.citycentreajman.com
www.citycentrefujairah.com
www.citycentredeira.com
www.citycentremirdif.com
www.citycentremeaisem.com
www.citycentreshindagha.com    
 
BAHRAIN
www.citycentrebahrain.com    

OMAN
www.citycentremuscat.com    
www.citycentrequrum.com    

EGYPT
www.citycentrealexandria.com    
www.citycentremaadi.com    

LEBANON
www.citycentremallbeirut.com
 

 
13 Oct 2016

Where to Buy Oud in Dubai

One of the most widely used ingredients in perfumery, Oud is known by many names: Agarwood, Ood, and Agar. For thousands of years, oud and oud oils were held in great esteem in the palaces of kings and queens across Asia and the Middle East. In fact, oud features extensively in the Vedas of India, some of the oldest books ever written.

The Oud scent is derived from a fragrant resin found in a heartwood native to Southeast Asia. Oud has an incomparably rich, woody scent that is both complex and pleasing to the senses. One of the most expensive natural raw materials in the world, oud is much sought-after for use in incense and perfumes.

Oud perfumes are one of the best souvenirs that you can get from Dubai, for yourself or as a gift to someone special. Here are some of the best places to pick the fragrant souvenir. 

Ajmal
Ajmal is one of the most popular names in the world of oriental perfumery. With stores across the world, the brand has a long history of successfully predicting and meeting the needs of international customers. Customers at Ajmal’s stores are also allowed to mix, match and customise perfumes as per their preference.

Arabian Oud
Arabian Oud specialises in oud perfumes and incense. The brand’s creations are designed to represent Arabian heritage and culture in its purest form. With over 750 stores in 150 cities and 35 countries, Arabian Oud is one of the largest manufacturers of Arabian perfumes in the world. The brand owes this success to the near perfect attention to detail they observe with all their products, from the mixing of the fragrances to the designing of bottles.

Yas Perfumes
Yas Perfumes is a highly respected perfume house in the Middle East. The brand offers some of the most innovatively designed Arabic and Western perfumesat high customer value. The company was founded with a vision to make high-end, exclusive perfumes more accessible to customers in the GCC. To this end, Yas Perfumes operates more than 42 outlets in the region.

Paris Gallery
The flagship brand of the Paris Gallery Group of Companies, Paris Gallery is a leading luxury chainin the Middle East. The brand has a portfolio of over 450 product categories under its name. Paris Gallery’s storesfeature perfume and oud products from across the world, offering its customers an extensive range of oriental and western creations.

Swiss Arabian
Swiss Arabian prides itself of being able to offer its customers the perfect mix of oriental and western perfumes and oud products. Swiss Arabian’s creations are the designed using the brand’s extensive knowledge of perfumery and manufactured using modern technology. One of the first perfume manufacturers in the UAE, the brand produces more than 35 million perfumes annually and exports to over 80 countries.

In addition to these, the city of Dubai offers you many more options to indulge your love for Oud and Oud fragrances. Be sure to check out stores likeAl Rasasi Perfumes,Al Haramain Perfumes,Abdul Samadal Qurashi, Areej,Khas Oud & Perfumes, L'Occitane, Jo Malone and Sephora.

 

 
13 Oct 2016

The modest elegance of Abayas

Abayas have a very important role to play in the daily life of an Arabwoman. Abayas are often seen as a symbol of a woman's devotion to her culture and her faith. In the Arab world, a woman in an abaya is held in great esteem, respected for her modest beauty and her refined taste.

Even in the 21st Century, abayas have retained their status as a garment of cultured elegance. The modern abaya is designed to be functional and fashionable, without compromising on traditional values. Below we explorea few stores,located at the leading malls of Dubai, thatoffer both traditional and modern versions of abayas to cater to the varied needs of the Arab woman of today.

Hanayen
Hanayen is one of the foremost brands for sheilas and abayas in Dubai. Well known for their unique and exclusive designs, Hanayen's creations offer a modern twist to the traditional Arabian attire.  In addition to their custom-made creations, Hanayen's collections feature sheilas and abayas in a variety of elegant designs and styles to reflect every woman's individuality and taste. Founded in 1990 in Dubai, the brand has grown exponentially over the years and today operates 12 retail stores across the UAE and 2 stores in Oman.

Al-Motahajiba
Over the last three decades, Al-Motahajiba has become one of most well-known fashion brands among Arab women. The brand is famous for its ability to marry traditional Gulf styles with modern trends in fashion. Al-Motahajiba offers a wide selection of fashionable indoor and outdoor clothing for Arab women. Al-Motahajiba not only designs its own creations, but also manufactures them. Today, the brand operates over 36 branches in the Middle East, out of which 10 are in the UAE.

Dar Al Kashkha
Kashkha" translates to "elegant" in English.The brand is very popular among Arab women for its flowing fabrics with intricate handwork, sophisticated prints and embellishments that represent the rich Arab heritage and legacy. The brand combines traditional and contemporary trends to create affordable, stylish and modest designs for the modern Arab woman.To maintain its assured level of quality, Kashkha's creations are manufactured at the brand's own facilities using high-quality hand-picked fabrics from across the world. Today, Kashkha has an extensive distribution, sales and retail networkspread across 4 continents.

So, if you're in Dubai for a day of shopping and looking to pick an abaya or any other traditional Arab wear for women, you know where to go.

 

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13 Oct 2016

5 good gifting stores for your next event

In theory, birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas parties would be less stressful if one could remove the legwork involved in getting “the perfect present”.
Of course, if you’re in Dubai, it’s a feat if you are caught unprepared. The city is jam-packed with gift shops, so it’s best to narrow down your search to a particular area that yields good variety and value. That’s why City Centre Mirdif is a great place to shop for presents – you get a broad range of gifting ideas for all occasions.

Here are some of the best gift shops at City Centre Mirdif.

Early Learning Centre
Why not get your child a gift that stimulates their curiosity and creativity? Early Learning Centre Dubai is a convenient hub for every type of indoor-outdoor children’s toys from hundreds of brands. ELC takes pride in the toughness of their products, tested according to the brand's website by being pushed, thrown, squashed, knocked over, poked and even licked!

Hallmark
Hallmark specializes in greeting cards but has a select range of gift items, stuffed toys, and souvenirs. The brand’s products tend toward classy and elegant, so they’re a safe bet for corporate gifting as well as anniversaries.

Paperchase
If you want to make a gift special, make it personal. Paperchase allows you to create customized stationary for your recipient from their online store. The brand retails stationary, greeting cards, gift items and craft materials which are beautifully designed and distinctly quirky. Bonus points for combining good looks with practicality.

Sanrio
You may not know Sanrio, but who hasn’t heard of ‘Hello Kitty’? The brand oozes cuteness in every product from school stationery and toys to home and lifestyle accessories, travel kits, cosmetics and even fashion clothing. ‘Hello Kitty’ is a good choice, unless your recipient is male and above thirteen years old - in which case, avoid it.

Virgin Megastore
Virgin Megastore Dubai has an excellent collection of music CDs and DVDs as well as video games, collectibles, and gift items. But if you want to gift an experience instead of an object, Virgin Megastore also has a physical and online ticketing platform that gives customers access to the best music concerts, festivals, clubs, theatricals, sports events and theme parks.
Finding the perfect present doesn't mean you have to do tons of legwork. If you're in Dubai, gifting doesn't get any easier than this.

 
09 Oct 2016

The Best of Arabic Perfumes in Dubai

Arabic perfumes have a distinct and exotic scent that makes them unique and instantly recognizable. They offer the wearer an experience of rich luxury, and the warmth of a heritage that spans millennia.

Perfumes and scents have come to play a very important part in the everyday life of Arabs. They are one of the first civilisations in the world to have adopted perfumes as a part of their daily life.  The use of perfumes in Arabic society dates back almost 5,000 years. In fact the modern perfume industry owes a great deal to ancient Arabic perfumery.

If you are out and about in Dubai, looking to buy Arabic perfumes, for yourself or as a gift, here are few places you should definitely check out:

Al Rasasi Perfumes
Over the past three decades Al Rasasi Perfumes at City Centre Mirdif, has built a worldwide reputation for creating exclusive oriental and western fragrances that are unmatched in quality, luxury and elegance. The Dubai-based brand offers its customers an expansive portfolio of perfumes that vary in notes, types and applications. Al Rasasi’s fragrances are designed and manufactured at a state-of-the-art facility by skilled perfumists and exported to over 50 countries across the world.  In addition to this, brand operates an extensiveretail and distribution network across the GCC.

Al Haramain Perfumes
Founded in the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia, Al Haramain Perfumes at City Centre Mirdif has over four decades of experience in manufacturing innovative, high-quality oriental perfumes for customers around the world. The brand specializes in Arabic fragrances, and each of its creations has a distinctive personality and offers a unique combination of the exotic and the contemporary.

Swiss Arabian
Swiss Arabian’s perfumes are designed with an expansive knowledge of legendary Arabian perfumery, oriental craftsmanship and ultra-modern technology. The brand operates with a vision to offer its customers the perfect mix of oriental and western perfumes. One of the first perfume manufacturers in the UAE, Swiss Arabian produces more than 35 million perfumes annually and exports to over 80 countries.

Yas Perfumes
Yas Perfumes is said to be one of the most distinguished perfume houses in the Middle East, offering some of the most innovatively designed Arabic and Western perfumes at high customer value. The company was founded with a vision to make high-end, exclusive perfumes more accessible to customers in the Middle East. To this end, Yas Perfumes operates more than 42 outlets in the region.

In addition to these, the city of Dubai offers you many more options to indulge your love for Arabian fragrances.Be sure to check out stores like Abdul SamadalQurashi, Ajmal, Arabian Oud, Areej,KhasOud& Perfumes, Paris Gallery, L'Occitane, Jo Malone and Sephora.

 

 
07 Oct 2016

A Fashion Blogger's Guide to the New Season

Born and raised in Dubai, Zahra Lyla is one of the region’s most loved fashion bloggers.

The graphic designer turned fashion content creator behind website justlyla.com has garnered a loyal following on social media platforms since launching her blog seven years ago.

The IT girl can often be found combing the shops at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. “It’s my one-stop destination for everything I might need (or want!), from high-street fashion at Zara, to high-end labels such as Gucci and Burberry,” Zara told us. “I love the location as it has everything under one roof and isn't too big a mall that you can't navigate and walk around it easily.”

Zahra also visits Mall of the Emirates for a spot of pampering. “As well as fabulous fashion stores, MoE also has my favourite beauty brands – I shop at Sephora Dubai and go to get pampered at the new TNS location,” she revealed.

Here, Zahra shares her top new season picks from the Middle East’s leading shopping malls.

Jumper, H&M, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Ajman, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Qurum, City Centre Alexandria, City Centre Maadi and City Centre Beirut

“What is better than a cosy grey knitted sweater? One with ruffles of course. Two of my favorite things in one piece! I would pair this H&M sweater with my trusty boyfriend jeans for a casual day look.”

Dress, Zara, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, Centre Alexandria and City Centre Maadi

“Floral prints are all the rage this season so I just have to have this Zara dress in my wardrobe. I will keep it casual with a pair of sneakers during the day or dress it up with my highest pair of heels.”

Shoes, Alameda Turquesa at Harvey Nichols Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates

“How can a girl say no to pompoms on her feet? These Alameda Turquesa flats are going to be my wardrobe staple this season.”

Sequin top, KOCHÉ at Boutique 1, visit Mall of the Emirates

“I am a total magpie, so this sequin top by Koché is calling out my name. Paired with some skinny jeans and strappy heels and I am ready for a night out with my girls.”

Visit Zahra’s blog http://www.justlyla.com/ and follow her Instagram https://www.instagram.com/zahralyla/

For more information on store locations within our malls visit the below:

UAE
http://www.malloftheemirates.com
www.citycentresharjah.com
www.citycentreajman.com
www.citycentrefujairah.com
www.citycentredeira.com
www.citycentremirdif.com
www.citycentremeaisem.com
www.citycentreshindagha.com          

BAHRAIN
www.citycentrebahrain.com           

OMAN
www.citycentremuscat.com       
www.citycentrequrum.com              

EGYPT
www.citycentrealexandria.com          
www.citycentremaadi.com                 

LEBANON
www.citycentremallbeirut.com

 
04 Oct 2016

Jewellery Shops in Dubai

Dubai is one of the most sought-after locations in the world for purchasing jewellery.  The city's strategic geographical position, tax-free business system, and strict monitoring process have turned it into a major hub for buying high-quJeality jewellery at comparatively low rates.
Thanks to the high demand, Dubai has an abundance of shops where you can indulge your passion for jewellery of all kinds. Since it’s more convenient to shop at a mall, we’ve given you a list of some the best jewellery stores in City Centre Mirdif Mall Dubai.

Agatha
This French fashion jewellery brand was founded by Michel Quiniou at the Rue de Rennes in Paris and has been around for three decades. Agatha’s jewellery bridges the gap between high fashion and mass-manufactured ornaments, and utilises different materials apart from metal including clothing threads, beads, shells, and glass.

Damas
Damas Jewellery Dubai has been a pioneer in jewellery retail since 1959 and is one of the leading retailers in the Middle East. Their high-end boutique in City Centre Mirdif includes majestic bridal jewellery and branded jewellery collections, like Boudoor, Farfasha, Fior, Diamond Leela, Fairouz, Harmony, Dibla, Al Manthourah, and Aura.

Dhamani Jewels
Dhamani is a high fashion store that specializes in precious stones, particularly diamonds – as both ornaments and loose stones. They have been awarded the exclusive right by the Government of Dubai to market the limited edition Dubai Cut diamond. 

Frey Wille
This Viennese brand is unique because their designs take inspiration from famous artists and historical motifs. Frey Wille crafts their collections from 24-carat gold fused with enamel, and each collection depicts a different historical era. Their jewellery tends to be flamboyant and colourful, so pick them if you’re planning to make a statement.

Malabar Gold
Malabar Gold Dubai sells a broad range of hallmarked jewellery in gold, platinum, diamonds and other precious stones, along with a collection of watches.  This renowned brand is quite popular with the city's shoppers because of their services – they offer lifelong free maintenance, one-year free insurance coverage, and buy-back guarantee for all ornaments.

La Marquise
The craftsmanship of their collections is exquisite, and their service is not bad either! If you love diamond jewellery, La Marquise Dubai has a magnificent array of diamond ornaments in different cuts, colours, and types of clarity. They are the flagship of Brilliant Diamonds LLC, a key player in wholesale diamonds.

Don’t take our word for these, because the beauty of a jewel is in the eye of its beholder. Whether you’re looking for a statement piece or an inheritance that will be passed to the next generation, Dubai’s jewellery shops always have something to give.

 
13 Aug 2016

The Great Outdoors - Décor Buys In Dubai

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    With the cooler months on the horizon, it’s high time to overhaul your backyard. After many months of retreating to the air conditioning and neglecting our gardens, we’re looking to spruce up our outdoor space with a few new décor purchases.

    The shopping malls in the Middle East are filled places to pick up homewares, from high-end interior stores such as The One, Villeroy & Boch and Harvey Nichols Dubai, to more affordable spots including Zara Home, Crate & Barrel Dubai and Home Centre.

    We’ve scoured all of shops to source the most stylish pieces to buy now.

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    Artificial tree, Marina Home Interiors, visit Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif
    Even the most eager green-thumbed friends wouldn’t know this orange tree was a faux.

    Décor tip: If you’re not one for gardening look out for fake plants and trees instead – Artificial greenery is a lot less upkeep than the real thing and won’t malt leaves all over your patio. You can always add small succulents and cactuses into the mix, both of which require little care or watering.

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    Outdoor pillows, Crate & Barrel, visit Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif
    Pair bright bohemian prints with block colour cushions on outdoor chairs and sofas.

    Décor tip: Colourful cushions and printed rugs are an easy way to add instant life to a compact balcony or terrace. To keep the look cohesive, stick to a colour scheme but mix it up with a selection of different textures and patterns.

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    Metal lanterns, Zara Home, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat

    Décor tip: Load up on Arabesque lanterns in a mishmash of metals such as bronze and burnished silver. We advise buying battery candles as opposed to the real thing - they last longer, don’t make a waxy mess and won’t blow out in the breeze.


For more information on store locations within our malls visit the below:

UAE
http://www.malloftheemirates.com
www.citycentresharjah.com
www.citycentreajman.com
www.citycentrefujairah.com
www.citycentredeira.com
www.citycentremirdif.com
www.citycentremeaisem.com
www.citycentreshindagha.com          

BAHRAIN
www.citycentrebahrain.com           

OMAN
www.citycentremuscat.com       
www.citycentrequrum.com              

EGYPT
www.citycentrealexandria.com          
www.citycentremaadi.com                 

LEBANON
www.citycentremallbeirut.com

 
01 Jun 2016

The Art of Entertaining

The key elements to a successful dinner party can be broken down into four essential categories; food, lighting, music and the all-important seating plan.

Once you have the menu mastered, candles lit, playlist spinning and place cards arranged, it’s on to the table setting.

The most beautiful tablescapes are often the simplest. So ditch the over-the-top candelabras, mish-mash of ornaments and towering flowers (which can distract and obstruct guests’ view during conversation) and follow our insider guide to creating a memorable bash below. 

The shopping malls in the Middle East are filled with décor havens, from luxurious interior stores such as The One, Villeroy & Boch and Harvey Nichols Dubai, to more affordable buys found in Zara Home, Crate & Barrel Dubai and Home Centre. 

When browsing the shops be sure to keep a colour-theme or style in mind to avoid your space looking cluttered. For example, do you want a blue and white nautical look, a dramatic monochrome palette or perhaps a relaxed bohemian theme running throughout? Make up your mind and stick to your vision.

 

Scroll down to discover a few of our favourite finds in store now…

 

Marble bread plate, Zara Home, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Navy and white printed dinnerware, Crate & Barrel, visit Mall of the Emirates and City Centre Mirdif

Décor tip: Serving dishes and plates are an easy area to inject a little colour and personality into your table. Invest in good quality china that will stand the test of time, and look for porcelain collections with classic prints such as Chinoiserie or Ikat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glass pitcher, Zara Home, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Bahrain and City Centre Muscat

Décor tip: Pretty pitchers and sleek carafes make for a much more elegant table. Decant water, grape and juices into glass dispenses for guests to help themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on store locations within our malls visit the below:

 

UAE

www.malloftheemirates.com

www.citycentresharjah.com

www.citycentreajman.com

www.citycentrefujairah.com

www.citycentredeira.com

www.citycentremirdif.com

www.citycentremeaisem.com

www.citycentreshindagha.com          

 

BAHRAIN

www.citycentrebahrain.com           

 

OMAN

www.citycentremuscat.com       

www.citycentrequrum.com              

 

EGYPT

www.citycentrealexandria.com          

www.citycentremaadi.com                 

 

LEBANON

www.citycentremallbeirut.com

 

 
28 Apr 2016

All Things Tech

We all know that Dubai is one of the best places to buy electronics. But just being in Dubai isn't enough when it comes to landing high-quality gadgets at affordable prices.  You need to know where to go for your purchase.  Here are five stores offering you the best deals on electronics in Dubai.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emax Dubai

Emax Dubai is one of Middle East's most trusted electronics dealers. Its lifestyle oriented products has ranges in over 20 broad categories, giving you a lot to choose from.  With constantly updated collections, you are sure to get the best in electronics that today’s global markets have to offer.  Visit the Emax Dubai store at Level 1 of City Centre Mirdif.

Jumbo Electronics

Jumbo Electronics, located at Level 1 of City Centre Mirdif, specializes in Sony products. As the chief distributor of Sony in UAE, Jumbo Electronics is the place to go for everything from the latest PlayStation to Sony’s HD TVs.  Other brands available at Jumbo Electronics are Acer, Apple, Asus, Bajaj, Blackberry, Brother, Casio, Daikin, Dell, Dyson, Epson, Gorenje, HP, HTC, Hisense, Lava, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Obi, Oppo, Ricoh, Samsung, Sennheiser, Xolo and YOTA.  Additionally, Jumbo Electronics is very well -known for the high standard of customer service they offer.  This consumer electronics giant has been their customers in UAE with the best of products and superlative customer service for the past four decades.

Al Falak Electronics

Al Falak Electronics, at Level 1 of City Centre Mirdif, is the ultimate go-to place for next generation technology. With killer offers on the latest Apple products to state-of-the-art cameras and lenses from Canon, Al Falak Electronics has grown exponentially and proved to be a tech lover’s paradise.

Grand Stores Digital

Renowned for its superior distribution network, Grand Stores Digital at City Centre Mirdif is known for their guaranteed quality.  The top brands available at Grand Stores Digital includes Nikon, Fujifilm, MSI, Epson, Lexar, Ferrari and many more. Apart from a whole range of camera and related products, Grand stores digital is well stocked in IT and related accessories as well.  Check out the store at the ground floor of City Centre Mirdif.

ECity Dubai

Best known for carrying the highest-quality notebooks, tablets and smartphones in the region, ECity at Level 1 of City Centre Mirdif is the ultimate destination for hi-end electronics in Dubai.  To ensure their high standards and 100% customer satisfaction, the store has a dedicated well-staffed customer services wing called ServiceSquad.

Axiom, Kansas Digital, Virgin Megastore, Tchibo Prozente, Sharaf DG 4U, Samsung, Pineapple, One Mobile, Kansas Digital, I Style Computers, Harman House, Fono, Eros Electricals, Canon, Bose and 050 Telecom are some of the other places to go for the best deals in electronics in Dubai. It’s time for that gadget purchase that you've been mulling over for so long.

 
23 Apr 2016

Trade up for smart workout

Health is the new mantra in the UAE. Dubai has a host of options for the health conscious and fitness freaks, from Pilates, Bikram Yoga and Zumba to Paddle Boarding. It helps to have a workout buddy to keep you motivated and get you to the gym or go for that run. But there’s nothing like a range of workout wear that makes you look and feel good, to keep your motivation levels high. The comfort factor plays a big role when you choose your workout wear. It is important to look good while you exercise, but what is even more important is your ease of movement.

 

Many shopping malls in Dubaihave trendy collections of workout wear. They are designed for comfort and for a specific workout. Here's a list of targeted workout-wear and where you canfind them.

 

Inner wear

Starting with the basics - for women, finding the right sports bra is most essential before looking at any other workout gear. The right sports bra gives you that perfect support and comfort you need while working out. As different activities require different levels of support, be sure to get one that fits you and your activity best. City Centre Mirdif has several sporting stores like Adidas, Sun & Sands Sport and Reebok with options in various styles and fits. Try on a few styles to see what feels best.

 

Yoga gear

Prefer doing Yoga instead? Reebok store at Level 1 of City Centre Mirdif boasts of a special range for yoga enthusiasts. The carefully selected collection from this global giant includes some of the best yoga wear available, to handle the stretching and bending that yoga demands.

 

For sport enthusiasts

If your fitness routine is all about sports, then you need something more than the regular workout gear. Check out DecathlonDubai at the ground floor of City Centre Mirdif for its wide collection of sportswear,forover 70 sports. Whether you are an amateur or an accomplished sportsperson, the affordable yet quality products are sure to make you come back for more.

 

Outdoor Sports

Are you all about the great outdoors? Is your fitness dose all about surfing, sea diving and mountain climbing? Then Rip Curl at Level 1 of City Centre Mirdif is the place to be. With over 30 years of expertise and patented technologies in wetsuits, surfboards and mountain-wear, you will definitely find the highest quality, most affordable versions of whatever it is you need to set off on your next trek.

 

The Perfect Pair

Almost all forms of exercise involve a significant use of your legs. And nothing makes you feel more comfortable and energetic like the perfect pair of shoes. Converse, a subsidiary of Nike, has wide-ranging collections of specifically targeted performance footwear. Check out Converse Dubai at Level 1 of City Centre Mirdif to find your perfect fit.

 

Many more options for smart and stylish workout wear, sportswear and yoga wear are available at stores like Billabong, Columbia, Modell's, Nike and The North Face. They are all guaranteed to make you look good and feel comfortable at the same time. It's time to trade up for some smart workout wear.

 

 

 

 
18 Apr 2016

Keep time in style

A watch isn't just about keeping time; it's a constant reminder about how precious time is.The ultimate jewellery, everyone has that one special watch that they dream of owning one day. Whether you are out to get one for yourself or as a gift for someone special, Dubai has some of the best brands in luxury watchesfor you to choose from.

 

 

 

 

 

Agatha

Founded with the unique proposition of creating a jewellery line that fuses the fashionable with the affordable, Agatha Dubai has an exquisite collection of designer watches. Each Agatha piece is expertly designed in France, with the greatest of care and comes with a 2-year Agatha International Guarantee. Glamorous yet charming, their collections stand a class apart. Agatha is now available in Dubai at the Agatha store at City Centre Mirdif.

               

Breitling

The ultimate in precision timekeeping, Breitling is known for its performance and reliability. Famed for being the timekeepers of the airline industry, each Breitling piece is enabled with chronometer-inspired technology. It is one of the last remaining independent Swiss watchmakers. Check out the brand’s extensive collections at Breitling Dubai at the ground floor of City Centre Mirdif.

 

GC Boutique

Ever since they came into being, watches have always walked a thin line between being jewellery and timekeepers. Now in the age of innovation, the lines have been crossed. The luxurious GC Boutique, located at the ground floor of City Centre Mirdif, is a watch-cum-jewellery emporium offering fabulous watches, luxurious jewellery, and special and limited edition timepieces. With one of these on your wrist, you're sure to hold the spotlight wherever you go.

 

Hour Choice

Not everybody has a favourite brand. Some people just want to buy a great watch. And to save them from having to visit multiple showrooms to try out different brands, there is Hour Choice. Located on the ground floor of City Centre Mirdif, it has everything from designer watches to value-oriented lifestyle brands. Be it classic or contemporary, with brands like Rado, Tissot, Balmain, Certina, Mido, Calvin Klein, Swatch, Coach, Timberland, Lacoste, Kenneth Cole, Juicy Couture, Ferrari, Tommy Hilfiger, JLO and many more, Hour Choice has something for everyone.

 

Longines

Melding elegance with a sportive spirit, Longines is the epitome of sophistication and precision when it comes to watches. Ever since its inception in 1832, Longines has been timing some of the major sporting events in the world. With watches like the famed Longines Aviator collection and the legendary Lindbergh Hour Angle Men's Pilot Watch, a Longines watch is truly a collector’s itemand a class apart. Come check out the wide ranging collections at Longines Dubai at the ground floor of City Centre Mirdif.

 

With many other places like Trendy Time, Tissot, The Watch House, Swatch,Seddiqi Fashion Watches,Rivoli,On Time, Omega, Kenneth Cole, Ice Watch and G-Factory, time-shopping in Dubai should no longer be a time-consuming task.

 
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