EXCLUSIVE FLOW BOARDING SESSION at Wild Wadi

A week ago, we visited the Wild Wadi WaterparkTM  to experience a day in the life of a professional flowboarder.

For those of you who don’t know, flowboard is a surf like sport, in which basically you surf on artificial waves.

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Under the supervision of the professional flowboarder Alfian Affandi, we were introduced to the technical aspects of flow surf.

Alfian is a professional flowboarder, sponsored by Billabong, with numerous achievements in his biography.

Mostly, he is quite remarkable for being the first Asian flowboarder to be sponsored.

Except participating in international contests, Alfian is also “wave manager”, coaching flowboard enthusiasts all over the world.

The experience was exceptional, with high levels of adrenaline and a huge effort to balance yourself and stay steady on the board without make others laugh (the last one was not successful).

In the highlights was of course the free pass to Wild Wadi WaterparkTM  for the rest of the day!

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Wild Wadi WaterparkTM is conveniently located on Jumeirah Beach Road and it offers breath-taking views of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Madinat Jumeirah.

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With over 30 rides and attractions, we had plenty of choices to choose and endless fun.

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For the bravest, Jumeirah Sceirah offers the ultimate adrenaline rush, with a race down the slide at 80km per hour!!Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 8.42.28 PM

After long hours of fun, you can enjoy a well-deserved meal at one of the many restaurants included in the theme park.

We don’t know about you, but Dubai Cat seemed to enjoy herself at Wild Wadi WaterparkTM, even if she rode a camel instead of the waves XD.

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An article by George Dimakis from WhereInDubai


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Burjuman’s Calling Out all Shoe Lovers

BurJuman Celebrates Shoes And Their March Through Time!

November sees the Mall taken over by all things shoe-related!

Put your best foot forward, a spring in your step and head down to BurJuman this November where, the humble SHOE, in all its glory will be celebrated.

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During the month of November, BurJuman Centre offers fashionistas and shoppers alike the opportunity to be part of its Shoe Crush events. A number of exhibits and installations, along with some vibrant live dance performances, will highlight the huge impact that shoes have made and continue to make throughout the decades of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as their general influence on the evolution of fashion trends and styles.

Watch out for The Shoe Show Exhibition being organised in partnership with the Virtual Shoe Museum from Holland. This retrospective, will feature an exclusive collection of rare footwear creations by internationally renowned designers, architects and artists, ranging from futuristic boots to jewel encrusted shoes. Marvel at the spectacle of six pairs of freestanding giant shoes, which all stand over 1.5 metres high. Be entertained every weekend in the Pavilion Garden and throughout the Mall by Irish and Vintage Tap dancers respectively. And finally, participate in the weekend raffles whereby when you spend AED 300 or more, you stand the chance to enter a prize draw to win AED 40,000 weekly. And double your chances of winning by shopping at any fashion store and receive two vouchers instead of one!

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A big thank you to Ela Eldem, Marketing Director of BurJuman Centre for the private tour she offered me and DubaiLoving!

See you all there!


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Gisella by Nana – A beautiful fashion moment in the heart of Dubai

On the 3rd of November I found myself in the heart of Dubai, at the beautiful Fortnum & Mason in Dubai Mall, where the Co-Founder and Creative Director of British luxury fashion label “Gisella by Nana” Ms. Nana Agyeman Ennuson invited us for the launch of the new collection.
The carefully selected models, showcased a collection inspired by the designer’s African roots and her life in UK.
Soft, aerial fabrics, feminine yet elegants lines for women who are ready to make a statement in every appearance they make.
Enjoy a small video as well as some of my favorite garments from the collection.
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Thank you for the lovely morning and I can’t wait to see more from you 🙂


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Dubai Watch Week

A week ago, Dubai Watch Week event open its doors to the public. DubaiCat was kind enough to secure us a place for the watchmaking session by Peter Speake-Marin (www.speake-marin.com).

Under the supervision of top-class watchmakers, we were introduced to mechanical watches, and we’ve gained hands-on experience in assembling mechanisms.

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As part of the event there was also an exhibition with some of the most creative, independent watch manufactures such as MB&F, Hautlence, Cabestan and Bovet, to name a few. During our time there, we met watch enthusiasts, collectors, famous bloggers and we engaged with key contributors of the watch industry.

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MB&F, HM6 ‘Space Pirate’ inspired by the unknown environment of space.
MB&F, HM5 ‘on the road again’ inspired by supercars of 1970’s.
Cabestan, ‘Luna Nera’ inspired by the moon phases.

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Luckily enough, we had the opportunity to try on our wrists some of the most expensive and rare watches on the market, and experience the results of complexity combined with creativity.

Dubai watch week has come to an end, and we hope to see more events like this in the future.


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Fogueira – From Brazil to Dubai

About a week ago I had the pleasure to visit the infamous Fogueira Brazilian Restaurant in Ramada Plaza JBR.

Located on the 35th level with stunning views of Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah, Dubai’s 1st Brazilian Churrascaria offers authentic all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbeque and features endless meat cuts that are served straight to your table; along with traditional appetizers and a salad bar.

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Among the highlights of that night were:

– The professional, yet friendly service, the very attentive waiters who were explaining us the different types of meat served by them and from which you could eat as much as you wanted.

– The playful yet elegant atmosphere (you were called to indicate whether you were ready for more meat or you needed a break, simply by placing in front of you a green or red coaster (green for more, red for break).

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– The live performance of Giselle & Diego with modern and classic Latin tones with their beautiful voices and the brilliant remixes.

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– Of course the Samba dancers who will mentally transfer you in Rio’s carnival and invite you to dance with them!

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– The fact that our glasses were always full.

As for the food, my well trained meat lovers/friends were amazed by the meat (no wonder why they call Fogueira “the meat lover’s paradise”) and I, as vegeterian, have to say that the alfredo pasta, the mushroom soup, the authentic brazilian cheese breads and fried banana were mouth watering! For dessert, make sure you’ll try the traditional grilled pineapple with cinnamon and the passion fruit mousse (if you like sour desserts) and you’ll have a taste of heaven!

Now the weather is getting better, make sure you’ll reserve a table on the terrace. The view of Marina, JBR and the Palm will take your breath away!

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Thank you Fogueira team for this memorable evening.

Oh and thank you for making me realize what my next travel destination will be. Rio, here I come!


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Prices: AED 315 inclusive of free flow of soft drinks, chilled juices & still water  /  AED 425 inclusive of free flow of soft drinks and house beverages  /  AED 875 inclusive of free flow of bubbly

Outlet Timings:  Friday Brunch: 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm  /   Dinner:  Saturday to Wednesday: 6.30 pm to 12.00 am  /  Thursday & Friday: 6.30 pm to 2.00 am

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Introducing “Speakeasy”

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Last night I had the pleasure to be among some of the best lifestyle bloggers in Dubai, at the “Blogger’s Night Out” event the incredible team of Ramada JBR hosted at Speakeasy, the very atmospheric pub that’s been located on the Lower Plaza Lever and has been voted as “Best New Pub 2013” by Time Out Dubai.

After I massively failed at the first Darts mission (yes, there’s an area with darts and jukebox), at least I had the chance to blow off some steam from the long day I had and I moved on to the next mission: “The make your own burger” Mission.

I made a vegetarian one. Super minimal. Well, in this mission I cannot say that i failed, -although i had some serious competitors, adding green apple and other gourmet elements to their burgers-, simply because the taste of the actual burger was so delicious that it really added value to my simple yet yummy vegetarian burger.

The signature J  Wellington Wimpy Burger
The signature J Wellington Wimpy Burger

By the end of the second and last mission, the Ramada team and all bloggers had dinner, while the GM of the hotel and the Chef were tasting our burgers in order to announce the winner. Apart from our personal burgers, we had the chance to enjoy an amazing selection of salads (my personal favorite, the one with Avocado and Egg), as well as 3 different types of potatoes (sweet potatoes are a must try!) dipped in tasty sauces and melted cheddar cheese (yes yes RIP diet, but it was oh so worthy!)

Congratulations to the Dart challenge winner Bianca (http://biancadanise.com/) and the Make-Your-Own-Burger Challenge winners Ritu (Fussfree) and Mae (La Petite Dame).

So next time you feel like traveling back in time, Speakeasy is your one and only option: The kind of pub you dream of stumbling across, this ancient-looking brewery-owned boozer, offering a wide selection of drinks, cigars, burgers, grills and entertainment is one of the most authentic pubs in the city.

A big thank you all of you who made this night so special! Ramada team rocks!

Matt & Angel live performance, not to be missed.
Matt & Angel live performance, not to be missed.
DJ Keith Dobbs in action
DJ Keith Dobbs in action

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TRIBECA Night Market

Tribeca Night Market is an eclectic mix of fashion, art, lifestyle and wellness vendors set in a lounge bar environment.

In keeping with the venue’s ethos of promoting home grown talent, the launch of Tribeca Night Market will see one of Tribeca’s resident artists, Martin Beck exhibiting from his ‘We Can Be Heroes’ collection. Further information can be found from www.martinbeckphotography.com

Promoting a social vibe, there will be live music from a guest DJ and organic wine tasting.

Guests can enjoy a complimentary welcome drink on arrival and then take advantage of HAPPY HOUR till 8pm.

See you tonight!

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Meet Marie and MARKAT ME – Brands for a good cause

Living in Dubai is making you be surrounded by some of the most fashionable people on earth. Only a walk at the mall can bring you back home with a bunch of “shopping steals”. How cool would be to make some space to your closet by giving away some of the pieces you’re not using anymore, whilst you’re also giving back to the society?

Marie Baagoee, a fashionista who wanted to fill the gap of pre-loved brands in Dubai, thought of that and created Markat ME.

Markat ME is the Middle East’s first concept that spreads the joy of fashion by giving back.

DubaiLoving spent some time with this lovely, young entrepreneur and is happy to introduce her to you.

– So, who is Marie and why she chose to live and work in Dubai?

I came to Dubai the first time in 2007 and i just fell in love! This city is sparkling for business, entrepreneurship and it seems like no business idea is impossible here. I always wanted to start my own businesses, so this just seemed like the perfect place for me to live.

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– What inspired you to start Markat ME?

In Denmark we have a lot of similar platforms, that allows you to resell your brands. Its a normal thing to sort your closet every now and then, both to get space but as well to get cash for new shopping adventures. It hurts me when brand new or nearly used items are left in the closet, getting dusty and forgotten. Why not pass it on and let someone else to love it? There are so many great aspects of dealing with secondhand goodies, one is as i just mentioned the waste of a brand new items being forgotten and left alone, but also the environmental aspect. We kill a lot of animals, and waste a lot of chemicals every time we produce new products. Why make all this harm if it’s not even being appreciated and loved? That cow suffered to please your image, so if you change your mind and end up not using the item, at least pass it on to someone who will appreciate and love what it took to produce this specific product! 

Another great aspect of secondhand is the fact that it’s off the market. Especially in Dubai, people tend to buy the same things, but here is a change to stand out – to form your own style and identity, even for a good bargain!  

So this is how Markat ME started. I wanted to bring this whole subject in the spotlight, in a region who is really developing in the art scene as well as the environmental!

– What are the elements that differentiate Markat ME from the other e-shops?

So to make Markat ME stand out, I was looking into this market, where our members might not need to sell out in order to make cash for new shopping founds, so to make it attractive here, I attached charity! When you upload your items for sale, you not only decide the price yourself, you can also choose to donate a portion of the sale to charity. We have selected four options at the moment, but always welcome more projects to support.

– How would you describe UAE’s women?

I definitely think of business – even though she might be a housewife, women here just tend to care a lot about their look, image and style. I believe the UAE woman is very independent and strong, one who has an opinion and dare to stand out!

– Favorite saying? 

Your biggest potential is hidden in your fear.

– Any future plans you would like to share with DubaiLoving?

Yes – We are very excited to be sponsoring a new POP UP concept in Dubai. The first weekend of every month, ‘Designers POP UP Market’ will take place in Urban Bistro, Dubai Media City. We will of course have a live sale of great designers bargains as well as another 20 designers and art crafters will showcase their products! There will be a lot of activities and complementary spa treatments, so please don’t miss out on that!

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Moments from Designers POP UP Market

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Besides that, we are open for uploads, sales and charity 24/7 on www.markatme.com 🙂

DubaiLoving and I wish all the best to Marie for her future plans. We’re always glad to see young people with smart ideas to conquer the world! We’ll see you at “Designers Pop Up Market”. 🙂


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‘Meydan One’ : A glorious project coming soon

Developer Meydan has announced the launch of Meydan One featuring a 711m-high residential tower, a huge new mall complete with a retractable roof, the world’s largest indoor ski slope, a 25,000 sq metres indoor sports facility, the biggest dancing fountains in the world, and a beach.

Located in the area  between the Meydan Hotel and Al Khail Road, the project is scheduled to be completed “before 2020”, according to statement from the developer.

“This development is a forward thinking, interactive enterprise geared towards the Dubai of tomorrow. The encouragement and support we have received in the past from our trusted partners will now help the Meydan One development come to life. The first phase will be completed as Dubai prepares to host the World Expo 2020,” said Saeed Humaid Al Tayer, Meydan’s Chairman.

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The Meydan One Mall will cover an area of 25,000 square metres with restaurants, cafes and luxury retailers, and a retractable roof which opens in the winter months.

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Longest indoor ski slope

Next to the mall will be an indoor ski slope, expected to be the world’s longest at 1.2 kilometres. The current ski slope in Mall Of The Emirates stretches 0.4 kilometres.

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Tallest residential tower

The Dubai One, expected to be the world’s tallest residential tower, and its connected podium will include almost 900 residential apartments and a five-star hotel.

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Sports and leisure

There will also be a yacht club and an indoor multi-purpose sport facility with a 5.3 kilometes of bicycle and jogging trails. Meanwhile outdoors, you’ll find tennis, football, basketball, volleyball, a baseball batting cage, lacrosse, and hockey facilities.

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The ambitious project also plans to include a dancing fountain, expected to be the world’s largest at more than 420 meters in length as well as a gigantic Meydan Arena that’s able to host sporting events, live concerts and theatrical shows.

City beach

There’s even plans for a beach in the heart of the city. The 300m long beach will offer visitors swimming, paddle boats, sea kayaking, beach volleyball as well as direct access to a new waterpark.

Can’t wait!


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Introducing “Spill the Bean”

Being located in one of my favorite malls in Dubai, the Sunset Mall, “Spill the Bean” is here to stay and spoil us with the exquisite tastes and the laid back atmosphere.

The cool, chatty staff – led by Ola herself – serve incredible coffee and delicious food in a beautifully decorated coffee shop.

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Let’s meet Ola, the owner and manager and see what she has to say about “Spill the Bean”:
How did “Spill the Bean” get started?
The idea for Spill the Bean started a long time ago. My husband and I are both coffee lovers and we’ve always been looking for a laid back place to hang out in and enjoy a great coffee, with some delicious munchies, and a good book. So a few years ago, we decided to bring that dream place to life. That’s how Spill the Bean came to life.

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Why “Spill the Bean”? (How did you come up with the name?)
Are you familiar with the expression to “spill the beans”, which means to let out your secrets, what’s on your mind, the things that are bothering you, or the things that are pleasing you? Well, there’s nothing like a cup of coffee to bring people together; and when good friends and good coffee are joined in a great set up, beans are split. That chit chat between friends, family, colleagues, is very important, especially in Dubai where often you’re far away from your family and loved ones. I think for many people that little bit of chitchat over a cup of coffee fuels them to keep going.

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What do you strive to offer to our city?
Spill the Bean is an independent specialty coffee shop built on the marriage between single origin coffees from different areas of the world and reinvented coffee shop food to create a healthy but decadent affair aimed at serving and delighting the community around us.

We aim to be that neighborhood coffee shop, that is both business friendly, with communal tables for meetings, outlets for laptops everywhere and wifi, and family friendly with a mummy and baby room, child friendly foods and decaf for mummies, and regular playgroups. We even regularly have events planned for our customers, ranging from blogger networking events, to holistic healing seminars, to coffee cupping events, to keep them engaged and coming back for more than their daily caffeine hit.

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What’s the concept behind the food you serve?
So with the coffee, every month we have at least 3 different coffee beans from different regions of the world. Think of a caffeinated sensorial journey to Columbia, Peru, Ethiopia, Guatemala, or Mexico, maybe. Think of the flavor profiles, aromas, cremas, and body specific each of these regions and savoring the nuances in the sights, smells, and tastes. Now pair that little party in your mouth with healthy but indulgent yummies. Low fat, low sugar, low cal, gluten free, and dairy free are no longer synonymous with taste free. Let’s just say you’re definitely going to get your fair share of super foods in our delicacies for some added goodness. That’s our food concept- healthy food that doesn’t tastes indulgent.

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What are the most popular coffee drinks at your cafe? And your personal favorite menu items?
A lot of people are use to espresso based drinks (cappuccino, latte, espresso, etc…) but we try to promote our brewed coffees too as that’s often how the flavor profiles of the coffee is best experienced with single origin beans. Chemex and aerpress have become some of our most popular brewing techniques that customers always ask for.

Our hot chocolate is also a best seller as it’s made with good quality dark chocolate- no syrups or powders or added sugars. It’s silky, smooth, rich, and oh so chocolatey 🙂

Another favorite is the date cold brew, which is single origin cold brewed coffee blended in with date. A healthy drink that tastes like a dessert and coffee all in one- you can’t go wrong with that.

My personal favorite right now is the Kenyan cold brew.

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Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I come from a design background and worked in advertising then branding for a long time before setting up a brand consultancy business.

What do you love the most about your job?
The coffee!! And meeting so many cool new people all the time.

What’s next on the horizon for “Spill the Bean”?
We are currently working on 2 new outlets and are gearing up for the coffee competitions that are coming up towards the end of the year. We also have a new menu coming up soon. Lots of exciting stuff for us 🙂

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To sum up: “Spill the Bean”, with the excellent flavours and depth to both hot and cold drinks, the cosy ambiance and the smiley stuff will be your next favorite coffee shop in Dubai, in case it’s not already! See you there!

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