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25 Nov 2017

Where To Celebrate UAE National Day 2017

UAE National Day 2017

You won’t want to miss these celebratory events to mark the region’s biggest public holiday 

One of the region’s most important holidays on the calendar, December 2nd marks the UAE’s National Day. 

Commemorating the historic moment in 1971 when all seven Arab kingdoms came together to form one country, the United Arab Emirates. 

Along with celebrating the unification, both the UAE flag and the country’s first president, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who led the movement, are also honoured at this time - you will see plenty of cars on the roads brandishing the flag and the Sheikh’s portrait throughout the public holiday. 

The United Arab Emirates flag
The United Arab Emirates flag 

During the occasion, locals and visitors alike can enjoy a celebratory extravaganza across the Emirates. 

In the lead-up to the big day, City Centre shopping malls across the UAE will be ringing in the festivities with a whole host of not-to-be-misses sales, entertainment parades and decorations. 

At City Centre Deira, one of the best shopping spots in the city and the closet mall near to the airport, there will also be special National Day entertainment shows from December 1st to 3rd, including stilt walkers, live music, jugglers, mascots, and circus performers with UAE themed outfits. 

One for the whole family, you can even play an exciting National Day-themed game on an interactive screen, whereby you will need to master seven puzzles, each one representing one of the Emirates - those who complete the puzzle in time will win a special prize. Once finished, the puzzle will showcase the UAE map in all its glory. 

Both City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif installed  National Day décor (expect plenty of lights!) and distributing the UAE flag and scarves to visitors joining in on the celebration from December 1 to 3. 

National Day at City Centre Deira
National Day at City Centre Deira

At City Centre Mirdif, from November 27th to December 3rd, there will be a special stage show focusing on the region’s traditions, culture and rich history, taking shoppers on a desert discovery chronicling the UAE’s epic growth - expect with pearl fishing, souks and lots more. On December 1st, the mall will also be hosting a concert at the Central Galleria for Shamma Hamdan, singer and reality star who was the first Emirati woman to make it to the finals of Arabs Got Talent.

From December 1st to 3rd, there will be two unique performances; a live string show (to create the UAE National Day logo) and Money Mosaic - a worthwhile experience where you can donate to the Emirates Red Crescent, and for every donation you will receive a mosaic to create the ‘Year of Giving’ logo.

While over at City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Fujairah and City Centre Ajman, the elaborate decorations alone will be well worth a trip down to the malls. 

Save big at the mega sales throughout National Day celebrations
Save big at the mega sales throughout National Day celebrations

A Taste Of The Emirates

Enjoy the authentic flavours of the Middle East at two of the best Arabic restaurants
In the Emirates, Hatam and Ahwak in City Centre Deira. These foodie favourites both serve up some of the region’s most popular dishes, including meaty mixed grills, mouth-watering mezzes, and of course plenty of hommus. 

Feast like a sheikh at the best Arabic restaurants in Dubai

Feast like a sheikh at the best Arabic restaurants in Dubai

 
11 Sep 2017

How To: Detox Your Wardrobe

Keep, store or sell? Make room for the new with our essential guide to clearing out your closet

How to Detox Your Wardrobe

Your alarm rings, perhaps you hit snooze, then it’s onto shower, breakfast and finally the all too often challenge of what to wear – a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing that seems just right.

Despite a seemingly full array of clothes in front of you, we all have those dreaded days when it feels as though we have nothing to actually put on – and usually when we’re running late.

The remedy? A major closet clear out!

Here, we uncover the easiest ways to part with the old and show you exactly what to invest in to ensure no more closet overload ever again.

 

Keep

In our eyes, if you love it, hold onto it tight. Whatever your personal style, if you re-wear an item at least once a month, be sure to keep it at easy access within the front of your wardrobe. 

Your favourite denim, smart blazers, well-fitted smart/casual dresses plus an array of blouses and tops make for a well-curated collection to begin with – you can always update with different accessories.

Keep clothes colour-coordinated and divided into sections that best suit your lifestyle. For example office wear, party dresses, weekend comfies, etc…this will make daily outfit planning a whole lot more simple.   

 

Store

Just because the sun is shining, and you can’t bear the thought of leather and velvet, doesn’t mean you won’t want to wear it once the weather cools.

Bulk buy a selection of clear plastic boxes to store above your closet or under your bed. Neatly fold anything you haven’t worn in at least six months – be it biker boots, knits or sparkly festive frocks - you can pull it out again as the seasons switch.

Chances are you’ll reach for these items during Autumn/Winter, but for now, they’re better left in storage to free up rail space in your wardrobe.

 

Sell

If you haven’t worn it in over a year it’s time to chuck it in. Whether it’s a way-too-tight leopard print mini skirt or a slightly-too-cowgirl fringed jacket, there’s usually a reason why you haven’t worn it out the house.

Purge your closet on unwanted items and pass onto friends, or better yet donate to a charity of your choice.

 

The Love-forever Pieces

These classic sartorial staples will have a year-round place in your closet.

White Shirt from Mango

Shirt available at Mango, visit City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, and City Centre Qurum

We could wax lyrical about our love for the classic white shirt - a piece so versatile it can be worn for quite literally any occasion, from the boardroom to the bar. This new season style by Mango Dubai is given a summery twist with embroidered blooms along the shoulders.

Black heels available at Aldo

Black heels available at Aldo, visit City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Ajman, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Al Shindagha, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Alexandria, and City Centre Maadi

In addition to being extremely comfortable, these chic black chunky heels will be the finishing touch to any outfit.

Dress available at Zara

Dress available at Zara. Visit City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Alexandria, and City Centre Maadi

Zara Dubai has delivered the ultimate wear-anywhere shift dress, complete with super flattering batwing sleeves and a knotted waist detailing in a bottle green shade perfect for all-year round.

 

The Insider Tips to Buying Better

First up, lend a few hours to thoroughly clearing out your closet and getting rid of anything you don’t wear or love anymore – and be brutal. Trust us, it will be a morning or afternoon well spent, and even save you outfit-planning time - as well as freeing up precious space for new purchases.

Are you heading to the mall? Before of the trip, go through your wardrobe and make a mental note of what items you wear the most. Be it a black A-line skirt or a floral maxi dress, look for pieces that you know you’ll get maximum wear out of.

Make a list and stick to it. Whether you need a classic camisole top to team with everything from off-duty denim to office blazers, or a floral summer frock to wear to the beach and beyond, go with the item in mind and you might just find what you’re looking for.

You don’t necessarily need to buy there and then on a whim. Many shops will hold the item in your name for up to several days. That way you go back, revisit the piece and purchase with clear conscious knowing it’s meant to be.

 
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