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.

Don’t forget to visit the exciting Tantrum Alley and the Burj Surj with your whole family, and the Flood River for unceasing relaxation.Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 8.42.39 PM

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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Billabong was founded on the Gold Coast of Australia in 1973. Created for the simple purpose of providing boardriders with the most functional and high quality products available. Surfing and Billabong have been at the foundation of the “global boardsport movement”, that today provides a dynamic platform of self-expression for the ever creative and rebellious youth. Billabong’s focus and values remain firmly committed to the ongoing development of quality product, and the board sport channels of surfing, skateboarding, wakeboarding, snowboarding and those who participate and aspire.

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 🙂





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.


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.

By George Dimakis

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.


– 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!





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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Help “Dubai Cares” spread the gift of education

Since its inception in 2007, Dubai Cares has changed the lives of more than 13 million children in 39 developing countries around the world. Built on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Cares believes that education is one of the most effective tools to break the cycle of poverty.


Dubai Cares started this exciting social media campaign called – ‪#‎IsFor. It drives the creation of the first ABC Book with the support of the UAE community. They encourage everyone to post photographs of objects whose words start with each letter of the alphabet, such as an image of an apple and a description “A #IsFor Apple” or an image of a bike “B is for Bike” or a picture of a train “T #IsFor Train”. In the book, we’ll feature many of the images and use the profile pictures and usernames of the users who shared them. We will distribute the book in English, Arabic and French in our beneficiary countries.

Post your photos now and help give the gift of education to children around the world.

If you want to find out more ways to help Dubai Cares please visit: http://www.dubaicares.ae/en/campaigns/campaigns-events/section-5/campaigns-24.html#sthash.rclb1p3t.dpuf





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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.


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.


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.


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.


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 🙂



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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“Why You Need A Pair Of Maui Jim” – Play along and win

Maui Jim Sunglasses invites you to join in the summer fun! Show us “Why You Need A Pair Of Maui Jim” and get a chance to win a pair of sunglasses. Post a creative picture/video that highlights why your on-the-go lifestyle deserves a pair of the sunglasses that offers four different lens materials that are designed for optimal optics for a wide range of outdoor activities. Simply use the hashtag #INEEDMAUIJIM and add a link of their social media pages (Facebook / Twitter/ Instagram links below) to enter the game.  The post with the most likes and retweets will win the trendy pair of Maui Jim sunglasses!


Voted Reader’s Choice Sunglass Company of the Year and Women’s Sport Sunglass Brand of the Year by Opticians, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists, Maui Jim’s patent nine-layer PolarizedPlus2® lens technology combats harmful UV rays, 99.9 percent of glare from above, below and behind each lens and increases definition and depth perception. What’s more? Maui Jim sunglasses have been awarded the Seal of Recommendation from The Skin Cancer Foundation  as an effective UV filter for the eyes and surrounding skin.


So don’t miss out on the summer fun, and be a part of the game to win a pair of Maui Jim’s stylish PolarizedPlus2® lens sunglasses to enjoy the great outdoors this summer without worrying about your eyes. Beat the Dubai heat with a pair of Maui Jim!

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Iftar @Sofitel JBR – A must try

Experience one of the most significant periods in the Islamic Calendar, the Holy month of Ramadan, with Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach.


Situated at a prime waterfront site in Dubai Marina, a stone’s throw away from the new low-rise retail and leisure destination “The Beach” and along Dubai’s trendy “The Walk” promenade, the luxury 5-star hotel epitomises a flawless amalgamation of French ‘art de vivre’ and Arabic hospitality and warmth. The hotel’s restaurants are offering delectable dining offers this Ramadan.

IMG_5242Observe the ceremonial breaking of the fast with family, friends or business partners at the popular A.O.C. French Brasserie this Ramadan.  Indulge in a plentiful array of sumptuous Middle Eastern, North African and International specialties and beverages. The appetizing buffet includes the classic cold and hot mezze, harira and lentil soup, tajines, slow roasted lamb Ouzi with oriental rice, Arabic mixed grill, couscous tfaya, biryani rice, a shawarma station and a delightful variety of traditional sweets such as Um Ali, kadaif, halwa, date pudding and a range of refreshing Ramadan beverages.


In conclusion, the food was delightful and beautifully presented, the people extremely sweet and helpful and the overall experience very satisfying! Thank you Sofitel JBR! See you soon!


 Iftar at A.O.C. French Brasserie
From sunset to 11:00pm
AED 140 per person.





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4 Days in Bahrain with AIESEC

I have so many reasons to consider myself as the luckiest person in Dubai. One of the most important is that I’m surrounded by nice and ambitious young people who happen to conduct AIESEC UAE. 🙂

AIESEC members organized a 4 days trip to Bahrain and this video is just my way to thank them for the hospitality, the effort they put, the energy and the happy attitude throughout the whole trip.

I’ve been around them the past year and I had the chance to get to know what exactly this organization is about, but I’m not gonna go in details, you can find everything here: http://www.aiesec.ae/

What I feel it’s worth sharing, is that I actually saw people’s lives changing with the internship opportunities AIESEC provided them with.

I knew Arabs are very hospitable but that was more than I could imagine. Thank you all guys. Keep us the great work. AIESEC is lucky to have you Sara, Samara & Mahmood.





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