Wednesday, October 28, 2009

CIMA president in conversation

was joined by Aubrey Joachim, president of CIMA, for s conversation about how to keep the profession relevant.

www.cimaglobal.com

The Guf Beween Us!

Mohammed Kazim joined me to talk about his belief in the people of the Gulf region.

Mohammed's article in THE NATIONAL was the fuel of the discussion.

http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091020/OPINION/710199924/1080 Bridge the gulf between peoples of the Gulf Mohammed Kazim *

Last Updated: October 19. 2009 10:47PM UAE / October 19. 2009 6:47PM GMT

Driving down Sheikh Zayed Road, I could not help but notice a new flag adorning the streetlights alongside that of the UAE: the flag of Bahrain. It was there to honour the marriage of the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to the son of the King of Bahrain. Such relationships between GCC member states are not a new phenomenon, and can be traced back to a time before formal boundaries were known in the region. In fact, the intermingling of fellow “Khaleejis” occurred at many levels and for a plethora of reasons which range from maintaining peace and political stability to improving trade relationships and distribution networks. Forms of collaboration between the inhabitants of the Arabian Gulf involved business partnerships and joint ventures, political treaties, loans and credit purchases, as well as marriages. Keep in mind that all this happened at a time when travel wasn’t as simple and convenient as it is today, and communication not as developed. However, Khaleejis would still manage to congregate during travel for business, pilgrimage and education. For example, Khaleeji merchants who operated in India would frequently meet in Mumbai and Khaleeji students in Iraq or Egypt would spend time together. This level of collaboration was integral to the success of many prominent business families and for the development of society. As these businesses and political powers were passed down to newer generations and borders began to play a more important role, the maintenance of these interstate relationships slowly faded. More regulation was introduced and the movement of labour and resources was to some extent restricted. Then the discovery of oil created an entirely new lifestyle and introduced enormous wealth to the region. Every country was deeply focused on developing itself and businesses started benefiting from agency laws that restricted “foreign” institutions to using local distributors and sharing profits with them. Despite its many advantages, this system also introduced another setback for Khaleeji integration. With these indirect barriers and the sudden emergence of wealth, new mentalities also evolved. With businesses and social activities focused locally, integration gradually ceased to be the norm. Intermarriages, in many cases, were frowned upon, and inter-GCC business partnerships became anomalies. More recently, the need to diversify economically and to reinvest Khaleeji oil wealth in the region became paramount. At this point, most of the GCC countries had focused on developing the institutions required for economic activity, such as infrastructure needs, regulation and foreign direct investment. Prominent political and business figures, through the GCC, pushed for more flexibility and free movement of resources across boundaries in the region. Consequently, business entities that had initially operated in only one country found ways to expand into neighboring GCC states. Today this can be witnessed in many industries, from Emaar Properties building cities in Saudi Arabia to the Al Futtaim group operating malls in Bahrain. Although we have begun to see a revival of this Khaleeji integration recently, there has clearly been a shift in how it is perceived: witness my surprise at the Bahraini flag on the streetlights. Suddenly, the family not living on my street or the person from another tribe is considered “foreign”. Khaleejis have begun to forget the essence of what historically led to business success and made trust, loyalty and humility intrinsic elements of their personalities. As I write this in Riyadh, sitting at a table with Saudis and Qataris, I look around to note with surprise that we are the only “integrated” table. As did our grandfathers, we have also met in pursuit of education in a foreign country. However, I think to myself, why are we not bonding in the way that previous generations did? To maintain the integrity of the region and improve trade and business networks, it is incumbent upon every Khaleeji citizen to actively encourage and support integration and to fight this new perception of unfamiliarity. Although we have seen Emirati initiatives, Kuwaiti initiatives, Saudi initiatives and so on, we have yet to see true Khaleeji initiatives (which were very apparent with early merchants in the region). The recent recovery in GCC business collaboration is evident, and it should be further encouraged. The time has come for every Khaleeji to rekindle the relationships with their brethren and collaborate in every aspect of life. The GCC today is ideally set up to allow for this integration. Only when every young entrepreneur thinks on a Khaleeji scale, every Khaleeji parent supports his or her son or daughter to be part of other Khaleeji families if they choose so, and every Khaleeji country facilitates this integration, will we be able to relive what our grandfathers had and more. Only then will we benefit from the unlimited doors that will be opened through improved networks and integrated mentalities. That’s when every Khaleeji flag will be seen as a norm on our streetlights and greeted with pride rather than surprise. Let’s mingle, let’s unite, and let’s take that Khaleeji initiative. Mohammed Kazim is an Emirati health-care analyst and commentator based in Abu Dhabi

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

How to Get a Better University!

Dr. Vaneeta D'Andrea is Director of Academic Affairs and Operations at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London and Professor of Higher Education Development.

And Mr. Martin Prince, Registrar of the British University in Dubai, joined us for a discussion about how we might think about a better University.

From Dr. D'Andrea's latest book.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Improving-Teaching-Learning-Higher-Education/dp/0335210686/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1256704054&sr=1-1

Improving Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: A whole institute approach (Society for Research into Higher Education) (Paperback)


* What are the aims of higher education? * What are the strategies necessary for institutional improvement? * How might the student experience be improved? The emergence of the discourse around learning and teaching is one of the more remarkable phenomena of the last decade in higher education. Increasingly, universities are being required to pay greater attention to improving teaching and enhancing student learning. This book will help universities and colleges achieve these goals through an approach to institutional change that is well founded on both research and practical experience. By placing learning at the centre of organizational change, this book challenges many of the current assumptions about management of teaching, supporting students, the separation of research and teaching, the use of information technology and quality systems. It demonstrates how trust can be restored within higher education while advancing the need for change based on principles of equity and academic values for students and teachers alike. Improving Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is key reading for anyone interested in the development of teaching and learning in higher education, as well as policy makers.

www.palmtopalmswim.com

Jason Thom is going to be doing the 1st ever swim, 25km, between the Palm jebal Ali and the Palm Jumeirah November 14th!

Why?

To bring attention to diabetes.

www.palmtopalmswim.com

050-880-3203

A 25km Ultra- marathon endurance swim in support of World Diabetes Day – The idea I had was to identify both the swim and diabetes as a massive challenge, but both are achievable with the right attitude. The event will be a FINA registered endurance event which will be held annually to mark the 14th of November as a real challenge that can be overcome. But Why? To enhance awareness of Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome in today`s society, and how it can be prevented through simple changes to your lifestyle. The concept could be used to focus the spot-light on Diabetes Awareness within Dubai, and eventually throughout the world. It offers the World Diabetes Day campaign another medium/ platform from which to leverage a far-reaching message that Diabetes can be prevented. It is a charitable event as well as being as serious as the disease itself. An iconic event to grab the world`s attention. Get Involved!

Better Arabic Education

Jonathan Featherstone of the Center for the Advanced Study of the Arab World and Mick Randall, Dean if Education at the British University in Dubai talk about how to teach Arabic better.

The Carrot Principle

Chester was at Leaders in Dubai 2009 and took a few minutes to talk to Nightline about how to create a better work environment.

The Carrot Principle January 25 2007 -

In 'The Carrot Principle - How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their People, Retain Talent, and Accelerate Performance' management consultants Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton explain how organizations and managers can use praise and recognition to motivate their workforces.

The authors base their conclusions on a groundbreaking survey of 200 000 employees in North America. Results indicate that job satisfaction has never been lower. Lack of motivation and disengagement leading to increased turnover represents the most significant uncalculated expense for employers.

It is estimated that replacing a staff member can cost up to 250 per cent of the person's annual salary. Key survey findings include: * 65 per cent of respondents report that they weren't recognized at all in the preceding year * 79 percent of people leaving an organization report 'lack of appreciation' as a key reason * Of those reporting the highest morale at work, 94.4 per cent agree that their managers are effective at recognition * Organizations that effectively recognize excellence tend to be more profitable and can have more than three times the return on equity than those that do so the least. The authors suggest 125 ideas for recognizing employees drawn from interviews with managers around the world. These include: * 'On a new employee's first day, set expectations high by planning a small celebration. Then send out an email about the new person and why they were chosen to join the team.' * 'Invite an employee to take their spouse on a business trip. Pay for the spouse's airline ticket and extend the trip by one day for some sightseeing.' * 'At the beginning of each day, put three coins in your right pocket. Transfer one to the left each time you reward an employee for a behavior that is critical to your goals, your customers, your employees, and your company.' * 'How do you recognize a poor performer? Carefully. The idea is to praise even the smallest movement toward valued behavior.' * 'Personally deliver your employee's next paycheck to them. Before you hand it over, spend a few moments defining exactly what they contribute to the company. It's never the money that makes a person feel like a million bucks - it's the praise.' * Performance Management Articles * Performance Management Books Carrot Principle

Monday, October 26, 2009

Colin the Movie

I spoke to Marc Price about the movie he made for 45 Pounds! This is the ultimate example of storytelling and leadership in one package!

www.colinmovie.com check out the trailer!

SYNOPSIS Our hero Colin is bitten by a zombie; he dies and returns as one of the undead. We follow him as he wanders through suburbia during the throes of a cadaverous apocalypse. Through his encounters with objects, places and people, we learn who Colin was and more pertinently, what he has now become. Including a broad daylight zombie versus human street battle, an epic housebound siege and bags of gore. Colin is the must see Zombie phenomenon of the year. THE FILM Already a worldwide phenomenon with huge media coverage, COLIN is the first zombie movie told from the zombie’s perspective, it is a film truly like no other. THE FILM MAKERS Written and directed by Marc Price COLIN is the first feature film for Nowhere Fast Productions. Starring Alastair Kirton in the title role, it was an attempt by the film makers to produce a low budget zombie movie that offered an original angle on the undead that would be of interest to both fans and newcomers to the genre. Without funding it was very important from the start of production to make COLIN using more enthusiasm and inventiveness than dependency on a budget to solve any problems (technical or otherwise). It was difficult trying to come up with an original idea using zombies when everything has been done so perfectly in the films of George Romero, Shaun of the Dead and even non-zombie epics such as 28 days later and Planet Terror. So Nowherefast have always considered COLIN a distant, switched at birth-disowned and adopted cousin of these films.

Pakistan Association in Dubai

www.pakassociationdubai.com

A conversation with the Pakistan Association about their role in the community.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

UAE plastic bag elimination challenge!

The UAE has said the plastic bags are DANGEROUS!

2013 is the nation-wide phase out date!

I challenge ONE, just 1 company to say 2013 is too late we will do it, eliminate ALL our plastic bag use by March 21, 2010!

YOU HAVE BEEN CHALLENGED!

Here read it again to really get what it, change now because there is no easy way into this!

The UAE has said that by 2013 it will phase out plastic bags! Are there any really brave and truly globally aware companies in the UAE?

Prove it!

I challenge any company to phase out their non bio degradable plastic bags by March 31, 2010 and come on Nightline to tell the world! Thomas Lungrean www.theoneplanet.com is doing his part.

Georgina Hearson www.jute-couture.com is doing her part.

WHAT ABOUT You?

Kabul Wazir an ordinary guy doing the extraordinary!

Kabul Wazir, kabulwazir@gmail.com, is just like any other person. Kabul was made redundant last year, after 7years in HR, and followed a dream, to help those in the Swat Valley and Afghanistan. Just an ordinary guy who wanted to help make a difference and is doing it. Kabul is not wealthy, he is just driven to help. Kabul is an inspiration and needs your help to make a difference that will change the lives of many!

050-351-9776is his Dubai mobile help him in any way you can!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

3M and your public health!

Caroline Bilen of 3M's Infection Prevention talks about how to keep safe in a world awash with bacteria.

Magnus, www.shufflegazine.com, and gadgets

Magnus Nystedt Managing Editor, Shufflegazine www.shufflegazine.com, talks to us about this week's gadgets that you must have.

The Text!

2009-10-20

I spoke
Michael Tatelman, Dell’s vice president of Global Consumer Sales and Marketing, and he showed some upcoming products, including the Dell Adamo XPS, out this Thursday at $2000
http://gizmodo.com/5355448/dell-adamo-xps-half-as-thick-as-air
http://www.adamobydell.com/xps/us

I figured we'll spend quite some time on du's announced iPhone 3GS plans. So far Etisalat has announced nothing about 3GS other than that it's coming in October.
(curious about the pay as you go plan)

Du is also getting more aggressive on Blackberry, you can now get the Curve 8520 for free if you're on a Business plan. Data plan is 100-175 per month.

Etisalat introduced cheaper iPhone 3G plans, down to AED99/m including 10GB data/m

GITEX is on, I've been at the Trade show part all week, not been to Shopper yet.

Western Digital TV Live HD Media Center
  • http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=735
  • Similar to the LG portable hard drive we looked at last time.
  • This one doesn't have internal hard drive, you plug that in.
  • Interface is smoother and cooler looking. More responsive and better looking interface than the previous generation.
  • It has networking (wired and wireless), you can search and watch Youtube, for example.
  • Full HD 1080p.
  • Extended the types of media it supports.

LG GD910 Watch phone
  • http://www.lge.com/products/model/detail/gd910.jhtml
  • Think James Bond!
  • A large wrist watch that is also a mobile phone
  • Touch screen
  • 128x160 pixel display, 1.43-inch
  • Requires Bluetooth headset, no headphone jack
  • 80MB memory
  • 3G data connection
  • video calling
  • MP3 player
  • speaker phone
  • voice recognition, text-to-speech
  • Around AED4999

Blackberry Curve 8520
  • http://na.blackberry.com/eng/devices/blackberrycurve8500/
  • Small, light and very slick looking
  • EDGE (not 3G)
  • 320 by 240 display
  • 2 megapixel camera (no flash)
  • Trackball's been replaced with trackpad
  • media play buttons on the outside (next, prev, play/pause)
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • 3.5mm standard headphone jack
  • If anything like previous Curves, battery life is great
  • Replaces Curve 8900 (had GPS, 3.2mp camera w autofocus, 480x360 pixel display, flash)

Ian Gilbert on where education needs to go

Ian Gilbert of wwww.independentthinking.co.uk joined me for a conversation about where our education systems need to be tomorrow, literally!

From
October 16, 2009

Children start school too young — wait till they’re 6, experts say

Primary school students participate in an early reading program

Formal schooling should be delayed until children reach 6, according to the biggest review of primary education for more than 40 years.

The Cambridge Primary Review, published today, says that five-year-olds should continue with the play-based curriculum used in nursery schools. Trying to teach literacy and numeracy at such an early age is “counterproductive” and can put children off school, according to the committee that produced the report.

Professor Robin Alexander, the report’s editor, called for a debate about whether to raise the age of compulsory schooling, which has been set at 5 since 1870. But the review was more concerned about the style of learning offered in state schools.

Successive governments’ insistence on the earliest possible start to formal schooling went against the grain of international evidence, he said. Children who started school at the age of 6 or 7 often overtook English pupils in tests of reading before the start of secondary education.

Most continental countries start school later than in Britain, preparing children for formal classes through extended nursery education. The review proposes a similar model for England, continuing the current Foundation Stage for an extra year and following it with a single stage of primary education taking children to the age of 11.

The suggestion was not supported by the Government or the Opposition.

Dame Gillian Pugh, who chaired the review’s advisory committee, said: “If you introduce a child to too formal a curriculum before they are ready, you are not taking into account where children are in terms of their learning and their capacity to develop.”

A separate review, by Sir Jim Rose, that was commissioned and accepted by the Government, called for four-year-olds to go straight into primary reception classes. But Sir Jim recommended that parents be able to defer their child’s entry to school by up to a year if they felt they were not ready.

Chris Woodhead, the former Chief Inspector of Schools, who undertook a more limited review of primary teaching for the previous Conservative Government with both Professor Alexander and Sir Jim, said he feared a later start would lead to lower standards: “It is reasonable when children arrive at school for the emphasis to be on socialisation, but I see no reason to postpone the start of formal learning.”

John Bangs, of the National Union of Teachers, described the proposal as an “innovative idea” that deserved support: “We have seen problems with early admission to reception classes. It is an absolutely crucial stage of a child’s development and I think there is merit in extending the Foundation Stage.” The 600-page report, entitled Children, their World, their Education, says that many practitioners believe that the principles shaping pre-school education should govern children’s experience of primary school at least until the age of 6, if not 7. The Welsh Assembly has already extended the Foundation Stage to the age of 7.

Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary, said that it would be a backward step not to make sure children were learning as well as playing through the Foundation Stage and beyond. “It is vital to get children playing and learning from an early age.”

Funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and based at the University of Cambridge, the review took six years and drew on 4,000 pieces of evidence. It depicts primary schools struggling with interference from the Government and its agencies, but remaining “fundamentally in good heart” .

Professor Alexander said: “There is room for improvement but, after 20 years of pretty continuous change and reform, how could it be otherwise?” The introduction of more specialist teachers would help schools cope with the modern curriculum, he said.

Professor Alexander described the “crisis of childhood” as a media obsession and said it was evident mainly among those from poor backgrounds, who were farther behind their peers than those in comparable countries.

The review accuses the Government of abandoning the convention that it did not dictate how children were taught, and imposing a “state theory of learning” through its literacy and numeracy strategies. Such policies’ “Stalinist overtones” had produced an air of pessimism and powerlessness in the teaching profession. Existing tests at the end of primary school should be scrapped, the review says, and replaced by assessment of the whole curriculum, rather than just English, mathematics and science.

It describes politicians’ exclusive focus on ensuring that children can read, write and add up as narrower than that in Victorian elementary schools.Among the changes recommended by the review are longer training for graduates intending to teach in primary schools which, it says, should take two years not one, and a review of special educational needs. Long summer holidays might also be reduced.

Professor Alexander said that the review was intended to inform long-term planning, not “pre-election pointscoring”. The main parties nevertheless seized on the findings.

Nick Gibb, the Shadow Schools Minister, said: “We agree that the wave of bureaucracy over the past decade has been deeply damaging and we must trust teachers more. We also agree that we need more specialist training for primary teachers.” However, the Conservatives would not support a delay in the start of formal schooling.

Vernon Coaker, the Schools Minister, said: “It’s disappointing that a review which purports to be so comprehensive is not up to speed on changes in primaries. The world has moved on since this review was started.”

Mr Coaker added: “We’re putting in place fundamental reforms following Sir Jim Rose’s primary review, to make the curriculum less prescriptive. A school starting age of 6 would be completely counterproductive — we want to make sure children are playing and learning from an early age and to give parents the choice for their child to start in the September following their fourth birthday.”


Monday, October 19, 2009

Dubai Flea Market

How do you create a flea market culture in the UAE?

Melanie talks to us about the dream to reality of her idea!

www.dubai-fleamarket.com

Life Assurance issues

Keren Bobker of Holborn Assets Insurance Brokers speaks to about life assurance and critical illness cover.

www.holbornassets.com if you have more questions!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Islamic Finance 101

We hear the words ISLAMIC FINANCE a lot today but what is it? And why would I even consider Islamic Financing over conventional financing? Mr. Ranjit Gajendra of the University of Strathclyde and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and, Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar, the managing director of AMANIE Dubai join us to sort the issues out.

www.amaniedubai.com
www.cimaglobal.com

Artificial Intelligence.

I was joined in studio by Dr. Iyad Rahwan and Dr. Sherief Abdalla, both of the British University in Dubai for a conversation about AI. What is interesting here is how AI is being used in business today.

So Safe Water Technology

Usman Mahmood of So Safe Water Technologies joined us for a conversation about water!

www.sosafe.com
04-887-5055

Sustainable City Project

Professor Dina Faour and her students from the department of visual communication at the American University in Dubai join us for a conversation about projects that could combine to create an authentic sustainable city.

Gender and the Media

Professor Cathy Strong from the college of communication and media sciences joins us for a conversation about gender issues in the media.

Workplace based leadership

Professor Ashly Pinnington speaks to Nightline about leadership in the workplace.

professor Pinnington is the dean of the faculty of business at the British University in Dubai.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

TEDxDubai's Amazing list of sponsors

We did it, you did it!

TEDxDubai happened yesterday and there is no question at least one person has started to put their ideas and energy into action to change, improve, revise some aspect of their environment!

TEDxDubai could only happen with the help of sponsors and sponsors who believe that it is not money but the space and power of ideas that make magic happen!

All of the sponsors listed below did amazing things for no financial return JUST BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF MAKING THINGS HAPPEN ONE PERSON AT A TIME.

Dubai Media City for hosting this event and providing this fabulous venue without their guidance, direction and trust none of this would be happening today, thanks you.


When we started planning TEDxDubai in late may we spoke to many people about this extraordinary idea and only a handful said YES, we want to be part of this.

We would also like to thank:


SAE for allowing Giorgio Ungania, my co-currator, to take on this project and of course their support in the filming and post production of the event


BARAKA our online partner. For making our web presence sing.


Zayed University and especifically the publications department for all things printed you are seeing today


The Kanoo Group for organizing the TEDxDubai Gala this evening.


Core Management Consultants for their unwavering business sense and guidance .imagine doing an event of this scale based all on barter deals Pervais nasir thank you.


Emirates Airlines for flying our international guests to Dubai


The Westin for housing our international guests


Ford for their support with transportation


Google for the TedxDubai T shirts


Jebal ali Hotel for their assistance with food and beverage


The Palladium for the amazing venue that worked


Oasis Enterprises and JVC for all the HD Cameras you see recording this event


Delta Sound for the fact you can hear me


DLC for the lights they came through at the 11th hour, a dark moment


Phillips for their generous support of the idea


The One for the stage decorations and also goodies you are taking home


Arab Business Machines for the Mac’s keeping our speakers on track


Dubai Eye for facilitating Leo Laportes Broadcast to the US.


Again thank you to Dubai Media City for hosting this event and all the sponsors who have made this day happen.


Thursday, October 08, 2009

TEDIndia in conversation!

www.ted.com

TEDIndia: The Future Beckons

Even the site of our conference is a powerful metaphor for the reshaped world of the 21st century. It's being held at the incredible high-tech campus built by Infosys to train its thousands of engineering graduates, representing the heart of the Asian outsourcing industry. We can think of no more appropriate place to gather to think about tomorrow.

Details of the speaker program will be revealed approximately 2 months prior to the conference (as is always the case with TED events), but it’s already shaping up to be an extraordinary line-up. Speakers will include India’s most promising innovators, from entrepreneurs to artists, storytellers to scientists. And about one third of the program will come from outside India. We’ll hear from celebrated global icons as well as undiscovered talent that’s due broader recognition.

Some of the questions we’re planning to tackle:

  • Which local innovations are destined for global impact?
  • Who are the young thinkers and doers capable of shaping the future?
  • Can there be economic advancement without environmental destruction?
  • Can a pluralistic democracy survive in the face of rising fundamentalism?
  • Can we make money and be good? Really?
  • What should we learn – or fear? -- from China’s investment in Africa?
  • Do we have enough water for everyone?
  • How do we keep our youth challenged and our aged healthy?
  • How can anti-poverty solutions be brought to scale?
  • Is there wisdom to be found in traditional medicine??
  • Which other ancient traditions can illuminate modern life?

Claire Fenner www,easylivingdubai.com on a UAE Weekend

Nightline Brief for Claire Fenner - October 7th

Claire Fenner

Managing Editor & Publisher of Easy Living – The Parent’s Guide to Dubai

Dubai’s only FREE bi-monthly magazine and website for families, www.easylivingdubai.com


DUBAI

ARTE SOUK

What: The ARTE soukh for Artisans of the Emirates organised by Artisans of the Emirates, will have a wonderful variety of original and high quality products handmade by artists, crafters and designers who live here in the Emirates. Many vendors will show case their new lines, designs and creations.

When: Friday October 9th, 12noon to 7pm

Where: Times Square Centre

Contact: www.arte.ae

THE FAIR

What: ‘The Fair’ at the Dubai Ladies Club is a unique concept to bringing retailers of unique exquisite products from the region to shoppers here – most of the products can’t be found in the malls here. From tailor made crockery inspired by artists and countries, Lucknowi chiffon kurtas, Saree from a manufacturer in Lucknow, paintings at great prices, Anita dongre with her pret collection from Mumbai, jewellery from Jaipur with beautiful stones, gold and ruby, emerald bracelets, diamonds, silver.......

Where: Dubai Ladies Club

When: October 12th-14th, 10am – 9pm

Cost: Free

Contact: www.thefairdubai.com

COVENT GARDEN MARKET

What: With the cooler weather on the horizon it can only mean one thing... the return of Covent Garden Market Dubai! Each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday thereafter until the end of April 2010 with a whole host of great new vendors and activities.

Where: The Walk, JBR

When: Wednesdays & Thursdays - 5pm to Midnight. Fridays & Saturdays - 10am to 9pm.

FRENCH CINEMA

Where: Alliance Francaise

For Kids: Disney’s Peter Pan 1 (1953). Sat Oct 10th at 10.30am (1hr 20 mins)
For Adults: Tirez sur le pianiste Director : François Truffaut (1960). Starring:
Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Bobby Lapointe. French version - English subtitles. Sat Oct 10th, 7pm.

Cost: FREE

THE RAT PACK

What: Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, and Frank Sinatra or THE RAT PACK as they were known, are simply legends and icons of the 20th century. They would perform at the Las Vegas Sands at night, and in between the partying and womanising they would make films such as Oceans 11 during the day.

This sensational all-new production invites the audience to once again party alongside three of the most incredible entertainers and singing talents the world has ever seen. With wonderful songs like; Fly Me To The Moon, That Old Black Magic, Amore, New York New York, Everybody Loves Somebody, Mr Bojangles along with the spontaneous humour and fantastic dancing of Sammy Davis the show is sure to be a hit.

When: October 7th to 10th

Where: First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat

Cost: Dhs175 each.

ASTRONOMICAL EXPEDITION INTO THE DESERT

What: Jupiter, the Milky Way, the desert ... Patrick Jourdin is your guide on the land and in the sky.

When: Friday 16 October Only by reservation, no later than 12/10 (Next dates : 12/12 - 23/01 - 20/03).
Cost: 50 AED* - 70 AED (free admission for children under 15 years old). * Special rate for the members and the students of the Alliance Française

Contact: ossama@afdubai.com

DUBAI DRUMS MORNING FUN

What: Introduce kids to rhythm and have lots of fun! Using drums, percussion instruments, boom-wackers and using group drumming, African rhythms, song & dance to allow children to get rhythmically empowered and gain confidence

When: Saturday October 10th onwards, 10.30-11.30am

Cost: Kids 6 and under Dhs50 per class. Mums & Dads Dhs40 each.

Contact: For further information please email info@dubaidrums.com.

MAGRUDYS CELEBRATES CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK

What: for the first time, Magrudy’s are holding story telling sessions at their Dubai Festival City shop, in both English and Arabic. There will also be Arts and Crafts and prizes.

When: Saturday October 10th, 2-4pm

PANTOMIME AUDITIONS

What: UK based classic fairytale pantomime production Sleeping Beauty is coming to The First Group Theatre at Souk Madinat Jumeirah in December. Auditions are being held at 10am on Friday October 9th for girls and boys aged 7 to 12 and less than 5 feet tall for roles as panto babes, villagers & general ensemble. At the audition children will be required to learn and dance a simple routine set by choreographer, Louisa Allen, and may also be asked to perform a short acting piece.

This is an "OPEN" audition; children do not have to be from a dance school or theatre group.

Call-backs and a final selection will be made on the same day.

When: 10am on Friday October 9th

THE SINGING KETTLE

What: Scotland's leading children's entertainers, The Singing Kettle combine traditional children's music with fun action singalong songs. Having performed in hundreds of venues, the Singing Kettle have turned children’s theatre into an art form.

BAFTA award winning and decorated with MBE’s for services to children’s entertainment, audiences worldwide are hooked on their madcap musical adventures flavoured with playful Scottish humour.

Contact: www.singingkettle.com, www.timeouttickets.com & www.ductac.org

Where: Centrepoint Theatre @ DUCTAC

When: Oct 17th & 18th

Cost: AED80 AED

GUINNESS RECORD BREAKING EVENT HOSTED BY LULU CATY

What: The Stylish Star of The LULU CATY show is presenting a surprise Guinness Record Breaking Event at the Dubai Mall. Take the children along to be part of history and meet LULU and have their photo taken with her.

Where: Dubai Mall, Star Atrium, Lower Ground Floor, next to Patchi store

When: Saturday 10th October, Starting 4:00pm

LITTLE PASTY CHEFS FOR KIDS

What: Learn how to make, mini-brownies with pecan nuts

Cooking classes for 7-12 year olds! Come and join in the fun and learn great recipes that can be recreated at home with ease!

When: Sat Oct 10th, 4-5.30pm

Cost: Dhs150 per child

Where: L’atelier des Chefs at Le Méridien Dubai

Contact: www.atelierdeschefsdubai.com

VISIT STARGATE

What: New edutainment centre in the heart of Dubai has finally opened. Boasts an indoor/outdoor roller coaster, ice rink , karting circuit, 3D cinema, and a massive soft play area.

When: Opening times Saturday-Wednesday 10am-10pm and Thursday-Friday 10am-midnight.

Cost: Entry is FREE. Visitors buy a plastic card for AED 2 and then add credit to use the Stargate facilities.

Where: Stargate Dubai location is Zabeel Park Gate 4, entry off Sheikh Rashid Road between Zabeel Park and Karama. Good car parking. Or Dubai Metro access from Jafiliya station on the Red Line, but it's at the other side of Zabeel Park and a long walk from Gate 4 if in the midsummer heat.


COMPETITION AT ART SAWA
Seniors: Take a creative picture of the MINI COOPER designed by ZENA ASSI and win many prizes.
Juniors: Draw or Color on A5 the MINI COOPER designed by ZENA ASSI and win goody bags.

Where: Art Sawa, Al Quoz

When: Saturday 10th Oct 2009 - Thursday 15th Oct, Sat - Thu 10am - 7pm


PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES

What: An Architectural Heritage Society lecture on "Conservation Science" by Professor Luigi Campanella

Where: Ismaili Centre, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai, near the Creek

When: Wednesday, 14th Oct, 8.30pm - 10pm

RAJA A. KANAFANI AT BOUTIQUE 1 GALLERY

What: The walls of Boutique 1 Gallery are imminently due to come alive again with the introduction of Lebanese photographer Raja A. Kanafani. Raja worked as a copywriter for prestigious advertising agencies in Beirut and Doha before picking up a camera and focusing his lens on Beirut’s streets. The work exhibited at Boutique 1 Gallery this autumn features black and white prints depicting snatched moments from the Lebanese capital. Grumpy old men whose life stories are worn into the lines of their faces; lovely ladies wearing floral skirts and pretty pumps; and the military youth patrolling the city in dusty tanks: just some of the scenes that capture day-to-day reality in a city of contrasts.

When: Wednesday 7th Oct 2009 - Monday 16th Nov, Daily 10am - 11pm

Where: First Floor, Boutique 1 Store, The Walk, JBR

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IMPERIAL IMPRESSIONS

What: Curated by Nalini Malhotra & Manjula Dhawan, the exhibition includes 19th and early 20th century art and Mica paintings from the Indian subcontinent.

Where: The Red Gallery, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 1

Tuesday 13th Oct - Thursday 15th Oct, Sat - Thu 10am - 7pm

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ONGOING.......

GROUP OF FIVE

What: Exhibition of five young Latvian artists showcasing art in Painting, Mini textiles and Porcelain:

Andris Eglitis
Daiga Kruze
Daiga Alise Freimane
Andris Vezis
Rolands Krutovs

When: Wednesday 30 September - Wednesday 14 October 2009

Where: Location : Gallery of Light, Manu Chhabria Arts Centre @ DUCTAC

Contact: For more information call DUCTAC: 04 341 4777

EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY IRAQI ARTIST AYAD ALKHADHI

What: Iraqi born artist Ayad Alkadhi's work centers on Arabic calligraphy in stylized forms. Calligraphy in the form of caligrams is used in his paintings as trenchant commentary on the intersection of Near Eastern and Western culture, politics and religion. These creations are deeply personal and sometimes incorporate his painted image - a reflection of an artist at the crux of East and West polarities. Alkadhi has exhibited in the Middle East, New Zealand, Europe and in the U.S.

Where: Artspace Gallery, DIFC

When: Oct. 6 - 31

HOLY QURAN EXHIBITION AT THE FARJAM COLLECTION

What: More than 100 Pieces from The Farjam Collection, featuring rare Quranic manuscripts from the 3rd to the 13th century AH, the exhibition presents remarkable examples of the art of calligraphy and illumination. It provides exceptional insights into the rich religious, cultural and artistic heritage of the Islamic world. The Qurans on display at The Farjam Collection reveal a variety of ancient scripts that were employed over the centuries including: Hijazi, Kufic, Thuluth, Mohaqqaq, Naskh, and Rihani. Master calligraphers of the time, as early as the 4th century, followed strict rules of design making their artistic representation of the Holy Quran a masterpiece of illustration, graceful ornamentation and overall sophistication.

Where: Dubai International Financial Centre’s (DIFC) Gate Village

When: Sunday to Thursday, 10am to 8pm; Saturday 12pm to 8pm until the end of October.

Cost: FREE

SAE PHOTOGRAPHY BOOTCAMP

What: Photography Boot Camp - The course is a comprehensive, hands on program teaching students the ins and outs of digital photography. Oct 9th & 10th.

Cost: Dhs2,100 (10% off online).

Where: SAE Institute, Knowledge Village

Contact: www.sae-dubai.com or contact Michelle Estano, 04 361 6173



ABU DHABI

ADRENALINE SPORTS LIVE

What: If someone in your family is into adventure sports or you’d like to learn more about the more extreme sporting activities available in the UAE, don’t miss the Adrenaline Sports Live event in Abu Dhabi being held from October 8th to 10th at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. This action-packed family event promises to be bursting with the latest in indoor and outdoor extreme sports trends and demonstrations.


This year the festival will even be home to Abu Dhabi’s first indoor ski slope! Try the activities, talk to local sports clubs and organisations and buy the latest equipment and sports apparel. Sports include helicopter rides, wake boarding, kayaking, climbing, skateboarding and now even skiing and snowboarding so there will be something for all the family.

There will be plenty of opportunities for visitors to show off their skills at the ArabAM skateboarding championship, the Abu Dhabi National Dragon Boating festival and the Wakeboarding Championships will take place at the same time.

Where: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

When: October 8th to 10th (Thurs & Fri)

Cost: The ticket price is Dhs50 for adults and Dhs25 for children (under 16) which allow entry to the show plus entry to the Barbican Turbo festival for custom car and motorcycle enthusiasts. Tickets will be available from mid-August at www.boxofficeme.com or log on to www.adrenalinesportslive.com for more details

MIDDLE EAST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

What: Festival full of screenings and award including world cinema, short films etc.

When: October 8th to 17th

Where: MEIFF ‘09 will have screenings at the following locations:

  • Emirates Palace Auditorium
  • Cinestar Cinemas, Marina Mall (Theaters 1-4)
  • Grand Cinema, Abu Dhabi Mall (Theater 1)

Additional festival events will take place at the MEIFF Festival Tent at the Emirates Palace, on the main terrace behind the hotel. The MEIFF
Festival Tent is open to the public throughout the festival.

Cost: From Dhs20

Contact: http://www.meiff.com/program/events/






SHARJAH

AL QASBA LUXURY FLEA MARKET

What: you can sell and buy original used luxury brands, high end vintage, antiques, exclusive ceramics, unique arts & handcrafts!

Where: Al Qasba, Sharjah

When: Launching on October 10th. 9am – 3pm.

Cost: FREE entrance. Dhs230 per table to sell.

WEEKEND FAMILY MUSEUM WORKSHOP

What: Weekend Family Workshop on Islamic interior design: floral and geometric patterns in paintings. This programme is designed for children 6-11 and their parents/caregivers, and is held bilingually. First come first served basis so get their early!

When: Saturday October 10th, 11am.

Where: Sharjah Art Museum

Cost: FREE

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

land Art Generator Initiative

Professor Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry join us for a discussion of a very interesting way to promote a better environment.

The Land Art Generator Initiative.


The UAE Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is a landmark initiative to bring together artists, architects, scientists, and engineers in a first of its kind collaboration. The goal of the Land Art Generator Initiative is to design and construct a series of land art installations across the UAE that uniquely combine aesthetic intrigue with clean energy generation. The LAGI viewing platforms will be tourist destinations that draw people from around the world to experience the beauty of the collaborative art creations here in the United Arab Emirates. At the same time, the art itself will continuously distribute clean energy into the electrical grid with each land art sculpture having the potential to provide power to thousands of homes in the UAE.

Shufflegazine.com on gadgets

Magnus Nystedt joined us for a conversation about the gadgets you need to have!

www.shufflegazine.com

Show notes 2009-10-06: An alien tablet with dual displays [updated]

October 6, 2009 by Magnus Nystedt

radio1038Tonight’s show is a mixed bag of tricks. We have an Alienware M15x gaming notebook, the Samsung ST550 digital camera with dual LCD displays, a portable home theater hard drive from LG, and a 7-inch internet and multimedia tablet from Archos.

Remember you can subscribe to http://shuffle.to/podcast to get the radio shows as a podcast in iTunes or other client.

Update: You can now download the show as MP3 file [66MB].

Alienware M15x PC gaming notebook

  • http://shuffle.to/alienwarem15x
  • Especially designed and built for gaming, fast graphics, fast processor, fast memory
  • 15-inch display, 1600×900 pixels (can get 1920×1080)
  • 512MB NVIDIA GeForce GT240M graphics (can get 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX260M)
  • Intel Core i7 1.6GHz (can get up to 2GHz)
  • DDR3 1066/1333MHz RAM
  • All different kind of storage options, hard drives, solid state drives, and optical drives
  • Weight just over 4kg
  • Price TBA ($1500 in US, with full/top specs about $5000)
  • The M17x (about $3000) will launch in Middle East at GITEX, the M15x will arrive later in the year

LG Portable Theater HXF1

  • No web link
  • Small device containing 500GB hard drive
  • Connect it to computer, copy movies, music and photos to it
  • Then connect it to TV and using remote you play all that back
  • You can do same with iPods but this is more compatible and larger storage space
  • AED899

Archos 7 Internet Tablet

  • http://shuffle.to/archos7
  • 7-inch screen, 800×480 pixels
  • Touch interface
  • 320GB hard drive
  • Linux OS
  • Wi-Fi
  • Multimedia and internet on the go
  • US price $320

Samsung ST550 Dual LCD compact digital camera

  • http://shuffle.to/samsungst550
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • Nice 24-124mm lens
  • 1.5-inch display facing forward, can show cartoon face on it to distract young kids
  • 3-inch touch display on the back
  • Tap to focus like iPhone 3GS
  • “Blink Detection Mode”, “Smile Mode” , “Beauty Shot” mode
  • Video 1280×720p resolution at 30 frames per second in H.264 format
  • AED1299

Related posts:

  1. Show notes 2009-09-15: Netbooks and cameras [updated]
  2. Show notes 2009-08-11: Mobiles and cameras
  3. Show notes 2009-09-01: A Buffalo and a Monkey in the Jungle
  4. Show notes 2009-08-23: iPhone, social networking and more
  5. Mac of the Month: iMac

A conversation with Ben Zander

A great conversation on leadership.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Zander

In 1979, he became the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he still holds. Their extensive repertoire includes an emphasis on late Romantic and early 20th-century composers, especially the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, of whose work he has become a notable interpreter. With the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Zander has released five critically acclaimed recordings of works by Stravinsky, Beethoven, Mahler, Shostakovich and Ravel. Among the many accolades and high praise, Classic CD magazine awarded the Boston Philharmonic’s recording of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring the highest rank of all available recordings of the work, and of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, (produced by Dominic Reeves), American Record Guide wrote: “This joins the Rattle and the two Bernstein recordings as the finest on record…All the glory to Zander and his semi-professional orchestra, for the sixth is probably Mahler’s most difficult and complex symphony…All things considered, when I reach for a recording of the sixth to play for my own pleasure, it will most likely be this one.” To celebrate the orchestra's 25th Anniversary in 2003-4, the BPO completed a nearly all-Mahler season, including a concert of Mahler's Second Symphony in Carnegie Hall.

Zander is currently (as of 2006) recording a series of Beethoven and Mahler symphonies with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London for the Telarc label. Each of his recordings includes a full-length discussion disc in which he explains the music. High Fidelity magazine named his recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 6 as the best classical crossover recording of 2002. His recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 3 was awarded the 2004 Critic's Choice by the German Record Critic's Award Association, and his recording of Mahler's 9th Symphony was nominated for a Grammy Award.

On 19 July 2006 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Leeds Metropolitan University. On 17 May 2009 he received another from New England Conservatory as he conducted the Boston Philharmonic and New England Conservatory/Tufts University choirs at Symphony Hall in Boston.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Education, are we on the right track?

Fiona Coutts and Clive Power joined me for a conversation about education in the UAE.

FMCoutts@gmail.com
www.powertutoring.com

Paul Bennett from IDEO

Paul Bennett joined us for a conversation about design and society.

READ about IDEO and Paul Bennett's thinking, he is their chief creative officer and the managing partner of the Europe Office.
And he is speaking at TEDxDubai.com

Open Conversation

IDEO has been invited to speak at TEDx in Dubai around the theme of ‘Dream. Do. Be’. It’s our intention to go to Dubai and learn rather than turn up with answers. We hope to understand the aspirations and dreams of the local population, enabling and inspiring Dubai’s citizens to co-create their city of the future. But we need your help: we are looking for thoughts and lively discussion around the following question: “What is YOUR dream for Dubai?”. [Join the discussion on Facebook.]

Monday, October 05, 2009

UAE Students on promoting culture through art.

6 Students at Zayed University are behind the IDOLS campaign to promote role models for the youth to take up writing, poetry,sculpture, the arts!

AdWomen in the UAE

We talked about AdWomen Middle East!

Adwomen Middle East is the first ever Women’s Marketing and Advertising platform in the region. As a not-for-profit organization, we are bringing together some of the best advertising & marketing female talent in the region to discuss work, drive innovation, inspire ideas and get to know our peers.

Apart from creating a fun professional forum for women, one of our key objectives is to also give back to the community through educational development initiatives. Plans are to establish a mentorship program that will bridge the gap between current industry leaders and female students passionate about advertising, marketing, and communications through mentorship programs.

As part of the educational initiative the group will also hold open house meetups for members and all women from the industry on a regular basis. Meetups will feature different key speakers each time around; there will be screenings of members’ work from across the region and discussions on hot new topics and popular trends affecting the industry. The essence is to keep the dialogue fun and creative, and encourage out-of-the-box thinking.

On this site, members will be showcasing work and creating original content. We will be creating message boards for members to support and provide feedback to one another. The site will also keep everyone updated on the latest industry developments and forthcoming events.

Eventually, we hope to establish professional affiliations with other industry networks throughout the region and beyond. This connection will allow our members to link with like-minded industry leaders.

We hope you join us as we revolutionize the Advertising and Marketing Communications industry for women by finally creating the kind of network we deserve.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Weekend planner with Claire Fenner

Claire Fenner joins us to plan the weekend.


Nightline Brief for Claire Fenner - September 30th

Claire Fenner

Managing Editor Publisher of Easy Living – The Parent’s Guide to Dubai

Dubai’s only FREE bi-monthly magazine and website for families, www.easylivingdubai.com

Activities

Adrenaline Sports Live

What: If someone in your family is into adventure sports or you’d like to learn more about the more extreme sporting activities available in the UAE, don’t miss the Adrenaline Sports Live event in Abu Dhabi being held from October 8th to 10th at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. This action-packed family event promises to be bursting with the latest in indoor and outdoor extreme sports trends and demonstrations.


This year the festival will even be home to Abu Dhabi’s first indoor ski slope! Try the activities, talk to local sports clubs and organisations and buy the latest equipment and sports apparel. Sports include helicopter rides, wake boarding, kayaking, climbing, skateboarding and now even skiing and snowboarding so there will be something for all the family.

There will be plenty of opportunities for visitors to show off their skills at the ArabAM skateboarding championship, the Abu Dhabi National Dragon Boating festival and the Wakeboarding Championships will take place at the same time.

Where: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

When: October 8th to 10th (Thurs & Fri)

Cost: The ticket price is Dhs50 for adults and Dhs25 for children (under 16) which allow entry to the show plus entry to the Barbican Turbo festival for custom car and motorcycle enthusiasts. Tickets will be available from mid-August at www.boxofficeme.com or log on to www.adrenalinesportslive.com for more details on this much anticipated event. Or got to the 'Enter to Win' section on this website to win one of 5 family 3-day passes (2 adults and up to 3 children)!

SAE Open Day & Photography Bootcamp

What: An open day from 2-5pm for people to find out more about the various courses available at SAE (photography, media, DJing, Graphic Design Animation & more). Oct 3rd – 2-5pm open day find out more about

What: Photography Boot Camp - The course is a comprehensive, hands on program teaching students the ins and outs of digital photography. Oct 9th & 10th.

Cost: Dhs2,100 (10% off online).

Where: SAE Institute, Knowledge Village

Contact: www.sae-dubai.com or contact Michelle Estano, 04 361 6173




Pantomime Auditions

What: UK based classic fairytale pantomime production Sleeping Beauty is coming to The First Group Theatre at Souk Madinat Jumeirah in December. Auditions are being held at 10am on Friday October 9th for girls and boys aged 7 to 12 and less than 5 feet tall for roles as panto babes, villagers & general ensemble. At the audition children will be required to learn and dance a simple routine set by choreographer, Louisa Allen, and may also be asked to perform a short acting piece.

This is an "OPEN" audition, children do not have to be from a dance school or theatre group.

Call-backs and a final selection will be made on the same day.

When: 10am on Friday October 9th

Weekend Family Museum Workshop

What: Weekend Family Workshop on Floral designs in Islamic art. This programme is designed for children 6-11 and their parents/caregivers, and is held bilingually. First come first served basis so get their early!

When: Saturday October 3rd, 11am.

Where: Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization

Cost: FREE

Weekend Family Aquarium Workshop

What: Weekend Family Workshop on Green Sea Turtles. This programme is designed for children 5-12 and their parents/caregivers, and is held bilingually. First come first served basis so get their early!

When: Saturday October 3rd, 3pm-5pm.

Where: Sharjah Aquarium

Cost: FREE

Dubai Flea Market

What: Take your second hand goods to sell. Buy some bargains.

When: Sat Oct 3rd 8am-3pm then at Al Mamzar Park on Oct 17th

Where: Safa Park, Entrance 5

Cost: Dhs3, Al Safa & Dhs5 Al Mamzar. Dhs230 to book a table to sell.


Al Qasba Luxury Flea Market

What: you can sell and buy original used luxury brands, high end vintage, antiques, exclusive ceramics, unique arts & handcrafts!

Where: Al Qasba, Sharjah

When: launching on October 10th. 9am – 3pm.

Cost: FREE entrance. Dhs230 per table to sell.

Little Pasty Chefs for Kids

What: Learn how to make, mini-brownies with pecan nuts and Cherry Clafouti

Cooking classes for 7-12 year olds! Come and join in the fun and learn great recipes that can be recreated at home with ease!

When: Sat Oct 3rd, 4-5.30pm

Cost: Dhs150 per person

Where: L’atelier des Chefs at Le Méridien Dubai

Contact: (971) (56) 6900

Chill out at Shoreside

What: Dubai’s latest Beach Club is open in Jumeirah. Offering water sports, a restaurant and bar and childrens activities such as a bouncy castle, treasure hunts and face painting.

Where: Old Jumeirah Beach Club

When: Daily

Cost: Dhs150 weekdays and upwards. Children form Dhs100, under 4’s free.

Contact: www.shoreside.ae

Full Moon Desert Drumming

What: The full moon beckons, the djembe drum calls and the desert awaits. Grab the family and friends and join in the rhythmic excitement and energizing fun of Dubai’s drumming crowd. Meet people from all walks of life and all ages. Enjoy a night of drumming with the family, dancing with DJ Hany, desert barbecue, great weather & the marvelous ambience of playing group rhythms under the full moon.

When: Friday October 2nd, 6.30pm onwards

Cost: Dhs 175 for adults, Dhs 75 for children (5 to 13 years) and under five years free. Price includes drumming, barbecue dinner, DJ, camel rides & sand boarding.

Contact: For further information please email info@dubaidrums.com.

Dubai Dolphinarium Reopens

What: After a summer break for tank cleaning, the Dolphinarium, re-opens.

When: Thursday October 1st

Contact: www.dubaidolphinarium.ae

Games 09 (Games Alliance Middle East Show)

What: The three day event will see brand new games being showcased for the very first time in the Middle East. Gaming fans are advised to pre-register for a chance to win prizes and be the first in the region to play hugely anticipated titles including Modern Warfare 2, FIFA 2009 and Assassin's Creed 2.

When: 1st - 3rd October

When: Dubai Festival City

Breastfeeding Support Group

What: Farangis runs the Breast Feeding Support Group in Dubai via Yahoo Groups. You can join by sending an email to breastfeedingqa@yahoo.com. They have one meeting on the first Sunday of the month at Organic Cafe Greens and one meeting the last Sunday of the month at the Al Wasl Hospital.

When: Sunday October 4th, 11am.

Allergy Support Group

What: An Allergy Support group to help recognise allergy symptoms, identify causes, understand digestion, steps to diagnosis, allergy issues in children, food intolerances and treatment options. Dr Parviz Rashvand Naturopathic Doctor & Maureen Callister Kinesiologist are on a mission to help.

Where: Synergy Integrated Medical Centre, Al Wasl Rd

When: Wednesday 7th October, 7pm

Contact: 04 348 5452

Cost: FREE

Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi

What: Festival full of screenings and award including world cinema , short films etc.

When: October 8th to 17th

Where: MEIFF ‘09 will have screenings at the following locations:

  • Emirates Palace Auditorium
  • Cinestar Cinemas, Marina Mall (Theaters 1-4)
  • Grand Cinema, Abu Dhabi Mall (Theater 1)

Additional festival events will take place at the MEIFF Festival Tent at the Emirates Palace, on the main terrace behind the hotel. The MEIFF
Festival Tent is open to the public throughout the festival.

Cost: From Dhs20

Contact: http://www.meiff.com/program/events/

GROUP OF FIVE

What: Exhibition of five young Latvian artists showcasing art in Painting, Mini textiles and Porcelain:

Andris Eglitis
Daiga Kruze
Daiga Alise Freimane
Andris Vezis
Rolands Krutovs

When: Wednesday 30 September - Wednesday 14 October 2009

Where: Location : Gallery of Light, Manu Chhabria Arts Centre @ DUCTAC

Contact: For more information call DUCTAC: 04 341 4777

Get Out of the Rat Race in One Year

What: Spend a FULL day with Ernesto Verdugo, Bob Urichuck, Reg Athwal, Dave Crane, Phil Bedford Islam Naieb and Ramez Helou and discover how you can generate enough passive income to pay for all your expenses FOR LIFE!

~ The Recipe for a Richer Life: The Fastest Way to Cash!
~ How to Turn Your Problems into Profits!
~ Ka-Ching Thinking: How to Fill Your Bank Account to the Brim:
~ How to take advantage of today's market!
~ How to take your Idea and turn it into reality!
~ How to create a new business!
~ And Financial Education for our Children

When: Sat 3rd of October

Where: DUCTAC

Cost: Dhs 100

Contact: http://www.getoutoftheratraceinoneyear.com






Exhibition of works by Iraqi artist Ayad Alkhadhi

What: Iraqi born artist Ayad Alkadhi's work centers on Arabic calligraphy in stylized forms. Calligraphy in the form of caligrams is used in his paintings as trenchant commentary on the intersection of Near Eastern and Western culture, politics and religion. These creations are deeply personal and sometimes incorporate his painted image - a reflection of an artist at the crux of East and West polarities. Alkadhi has exhibited in the Middle East, New Zealand, Europe and in the U.S.

Where: Artspace Gallery, DIFC

When: Oct. 6 - 31

Holy Quran Exhibition at The Farjam Collection

What: More than 100 Pieces from The Farjam Collection, featuring rare Quranic manuscripts from the 3rd to the 13th century AH, the exhibition presents remarkable examples of the art of calligraphy and illumination. It provides exceptional insights into the rich religious, cultural and artistic heritage of the Islamic world. The Qurans on display at The Farjam Collection reveal a variety of ancient scripts that were employed over the centuries including: Hijazi, Kufic, Thuluth, Mohaqqaq, Naskh, and Rihani. Master calligraphers of the time, as early as the 4th century, followed strict rules of design making their artistic representation of the Holy Quran a masterpiece of illustration, graceful ornamentation and overall sophistication.

Where: Dubai International Financial Centre’s (DIFC) Gate Village

When: Sunday to Thursday, 10am to 8pm; Saturday 12pm to 8pm until the end of October.

Cost: FREE