Thursday, April 27, 2017

April

What an amazing month March turned out to be, we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary for an entire week, starting of at Le Meridien Al Aqah and finishing at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, with a trip to Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Emirates Golf Club inbetween!!  The weather has finally broken and we are experiencing a rise in temperatures, it's no secret I prefer the hotter months over the cooler ones. It's Easter this month, so I hope the Easter Bunny is really kind to you all. Have a fabulous month wherever are you are.

GA

Geordie Armani

As a long term resident here I am more than familiar with the local laws in the UAE. Whether we are resident or a tourist in the UAE we need to be aware of what is right and wrong with regards to the Laws here.  One thing that we should all know, is that sex outside of marriage is not permitted in Islam, under any circumstances.  Non Muslims who become pregnant outside of marriage are encouraged to return to their Home Countries or get married to make the union legal.

It saddens me to see in the Daily Mail, that Danielle Lloyd and her fiance were recently living it up at the local Meridien, this may not seem out of the ordinary to you, but Danielle who is pregnant, and a single parent is basically flouting the Law.  I think I am right in assuming that she will be sharing a room with her fiance Jamie O'Hara, and we all know the rules on cohabitation.  I am pretty sure that Danielle has no idea how much risk she could have been putting herself under, and I hope and pray her stay here was an uneventful one.  BUT if she had to go and seek any medical attention regarding her pregnancy she would definitely have found herself on the wrong side of the Law, celebrity or not.

For many years we have known that to consume alcohol in the UAE you have to have an Alcohol Licence, to obtain that you have to first obtain your residency visa.  However, recently a man was charged with consuming alcohol illegally whilst visiting the Country. We all know that the hotels serve alcohol quite freely so it does make you wonder how often this is enforced, one would have said never until this recent incident which I read about in The National.

The article in The National states "Federal law makes it a crime to consume or purchase alcohol without a licence, whether a person is a tourist or a resident". How far they will go to enforce this is anyone's guess but it is better to be on the safe side. I personally don't think they will enforce it unless there has been a serious crime taken place at the time the alcohol was consumed, however, you can never really be sure.

With all these rules and laws in place it came as no suprise today that I read an article in 7days stating that Britons ranked Dubai 5th (when it came to holiday jitters) place to visit in the World for a holiday.  I think we know why.  Laws written in sand can drift, but at the end of the day the Law is the Law and it would do us all good to remember them.

The Office of National Statistics recorded 87,000 travellers from the UK set off to the Emirates in the last quarter of 2010 and it is estimated British tourists will hit the one million mark by the end of 2011.

I am not sitting here in judgement, far from it, no society is perfect. I think what we need to remember is that we are guests in the UAE and we should live by their rules, whether we like it or not.  I think the Government would be better placed to make handbooks for tourists that are issued on arrival explaining the Laws of the Land to ensure that there is no confusion.

Thank you

For those of you who are a fan of this American franchise you might like to know that if you dine in any of their restaurants in the UAE, you will recieve an invitation to take part in a satisfaction survey, which will give you a 20% discount the next time you dine at Chili's.

Takes about 10 minutes if that to do the survery.

There you go, enjoy!!

 

Exciting news for 13-17 year olds in Dubai!

Teens Club Culture is a brand new social club for teenagers aged 13-17 in Dubai. TCC aims to get UAE teens out of the malls at the weekends through a variety of weekly events and activities. Fun activities, sports, classes, movie screenings, beach parties and music gigs, are just a small part of their action-packed events calendar, all to take place in a safe and secure environment. No adults are allowed at events but REPS aged 18-21 will be in attendance, not to mention plenty of venue staff to ensure the teens have a great time and stay safe. All events will be completely catered for them, so they can hang out with their friends, have the chance to win some great prizes and just have a lot of fun really!

TCC kick-starts its impressive calendar with a launch extravaganza on Friday 23rd September, at Aquaventure beach, Atlantis, The Palm, and will feature artists such as Chipmunk, Mann and local band set to conquer the world, Juliana Down. It starts at 5:00pm and ends at 10:30pm. The dress code is beach casual because the the rapids section will be open for the teens to splash about in, as well as beach games and a scooter park, not to mention the main attraction...the stage on the beach! Kris Fade from Virgin Radio will be hosting the stage entertainment from 6:30 to 10:30 pm.

The launch event is members-only, and only the 1st 3000 members get to go, so if you know any teens who don’t want to miss out on this fantastic opportunity, they need to sign up online with their parents (credit card payment required) or buy a membership pack from Virgin Megastore and validate the unique code on the website.

The sponsors are well-chosen, teen-related and responsible. The events will allow teenagers to get some fresh air and fun. Because it’s  brand new, TCC is still developing its ideas for more activities, so the sooner they get teens signed up and giving them feedback, the sooner they can tailor the activities to their likes and dislikes.

For updates and further information visit their website, and Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter...There’s a chance to win some great prizes once they get their likes and followers up!

 

 

 

The lovely team over at DMG Events, in association with Pipeline Magazine, have very kindly given me two tickets for the Oil Barons Charity Ball which is taking place at Meydan on Friday 18th of November.

I have written about this event previously as I have a vested interest in it being a success due to the charity; Friends of Cancer Patients, who became the official Charity Partner of the Oil Barons Charity Ball in 2008.  To date this collaboration has raised 1,247,385.00 AED.  Websites don't run themselves and sadly my partner in web based crime has lost both her Brother and her Mother to cancer in the last year. I don't think there is anyone in the World who hasn't been touched by this horrific disease.

This year to celebrate in real style, under the stars at the amazing venue of Meydan Racecourse the Oil Barons Ball is going for it's ultimate challenge, to raise 1 Million AED for Friends of Cancer Patients. It will be a night to remember for all of those who attend.   The theme for the evening is *Everyone needs Someone* and a Blues Brothers Tribute Band, "let the good times roll", featuring Aretha Franklin and James Brown tributes is being flown in for the occasion.

I have a pair of tickets for the Charity Ball which includes all your food, drinks and entertainment, the face value for these tickets is 350 USD each.  All you have to do to be in with a chance to win this pair of tickets is Read more...

Last week we were warned that there was going to be a cyclone hitting the Dubai coast around about lunch time on the day that I was planning lunch with The Geordie One.  With this in mind I thought it best we stay locally so we headed off to Links at The Academy. The Academy is actually a state of the art golf teaching facility, adjacent to the Montgomerie Hotel, but we weren't there for golf, we were after some lunch and shelter from the impending cyclone.

Major major plus point about The Academy is that there is loads of parking, I really don't like having to park in a Mall to dine especially at lunch time.  The Academy restaurant is light and spacious and decorated in lovely tones of beige and green, very relaxed.

We ordered the tuna tartare, capers, parsley, gherkins, garlic mayo and brown bread (45 dhs), which is actually of the starter menu.  My friend ordered the griddled fillet of salmon with green pea sauce, asparagus, brocolli, garden peas, dill and new potato (70 dhs), which was from the main menu. I have uploaded some pictures here.  The food was well presented and served quickly, however I did feel that for 45 dhs the tuna tartare was on the small side, portion wise.

All in all a great venue for lunch with dining al fresco which would have been perfect if we hadn't been waiting for the imminent cyclone!!  we left The Academy at 2 pm expecting to be confronted with a cyclone, the car park was peaceful and there was very little wind....

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