Al Majaz Waterfront to Complete Second Phase with More World Class Food and Beverage Selections

Al Majaz Waterfront has announced that eight new restaurants and cafés will be opened later in the year in conjunction with the completion of the extension’s second phase and an increase in the number of parking lots to manage the increased capacity.

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The new extension includes the opening of new Arabic and international outlets, some of which will open in Sharjah for the first time, but all of them providing a variety of premium hospitality services, and sharing an excellent reputation in the UAE and across the region. The new restaurants will promote Al Majaz Waterfront’s unique setting even further and provide visitors with high-end experiences in hospitality, tourism and leisure.

The list of the new restaurants includes Emirati ‘Al Fanar Restaurant & Café’, Lebanese ‘Levantine Restaurant’, Indian ‘Ushna Restaurant’ and Iranian ‘Anar Restaurant’. The cafés include the genuine Italian coffee bar tradition of ‘Illy Caffè’, ‘Amorino Gelato’ Ice-cream and Coffee shop, ‘Al Rawi’ library café – a literary and cultural café with many branches in the region, although this will be the first in the UAE, and a ‘Dunkin’ Donuts’ franchise.

“Al Majaz Waterfront has become one of the leading tourist and leisure attractions in Sharjah, differentiating itself by providing premium and luxury services and facilities, particularly hospitality.” said Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer, COO of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).

“The selection of regional and international restaurants and cafés perfectly aligns with our strategy of increasing the number of visitors to Al Majaz Waterfront through increasing the number of their options. People of all nationalities visit the attraction, and this development caters to different tastes and preferences while achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction,” he said.

Young Riders Prepare to Join the Breast Cancer Awareness Drive in the UAE

As anyone will agree, there is no better way to reduce the occurrence of breast cancer and mitigate the social taboos and suffering that come with it than sensitising future generations about the risks and remedies of cancer from an early age.

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For the first time in the Pink Caravan Ride’s six-year history, young advocates of breast cancer awareness will participate in a 6-kilometre horse ride to mark the seventh edition of the campaign. Named the ‘Pink Caravan Children’s Ride’, this momentous event will take place on Friday, 10 March, at Desert Palm – Dubai, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

The event will also bring together young equestrians from Dubai Riding for the Disabled Institute, who will be showing their support to the cause by undertaking a professionally supervised 1.5-kilometre ride.

The event has been organised to join the voices of the youth with the Pink Caravan’s breast cancer drive in the nation, which has been working tirelessly to dispel the numerous myths that surround the disease, and has travelled the seven emirates providing free breast cancer screenings to 41,391 at 455 medical centres.

The event is open to both children and adults, participating with their own horses. All riders will need to pre-register via the online application form available at http://www.pinkcaravan.ae/register/children-form.php.

Sharjah Girl Guides Scale The Heights Of Sir Bani Yas Island

Twenty enthusiastic Guides between 12 to 15 years of age recently set off on an adventurous wildlife hiking expedition to Sir Baniyas Island in Abu Dhabi, organised as part of the third edition of Sharjah Girl Guides’ (SGG) ‘Under the Moonlight’ sleepover camp.

Held under the theme, ‘Discover the Wildlife of Sir Baniyas’, the two-day camp featured several resistance training and teambuilding exercises for the young Guides.

Shaikha Abdulaziz Al Shamsi, Assistant Manager at Sharjah Girl Guides, said: “As envisioned at the conclusion of the second camp, the main focus of the third ‘Under the Moonlight’ sleepover camp was to provide Guides a chance to hone their guiding skills at a location that would provide a truly authentic camping and hiking experience, connecting the girls with their inner strength and with nature.”

“As expected, this one too was a runway success, where 20 enthusiastic Guides were seen supporting their peers, boosting each other’s morale and working as a close-knit team through the challenges and adventures posed by their camping activities and the forces of nature,” she added.

During the two-day camp, the girls set off on 10 km and 25 km hikes within the 1,400-hectar property. They also went kayaking, swimming and snorkelling, witnessing around 13,000 bird and animal species residing in the island, which are indigenous to the Arabian Peninsula.

In the midst of these physically and mentally challenging activities, the Guides were seen picking up physical skills of camping, hiking and kayaking, alongside mental fortitude, self-dependence, responsibility and teamwork. They also learnt how to keep up each other’s morale, trusting and supporting one another by working as a strong cohesive team.

The guiding movement was first established in Sharjah in 1973, after which it spread across the Emirates, giving rise to the Girl Guides Association of the United Arab Emirates in 1979. Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, SGG aims to inspire and nurture future generations to become progressive global citizens by providing a platform for girls to develop to their fullest potential.

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#MobileFirst: The Importance Of Mobile Optimization

In 2016, mobile overtook desktop as the primary device used to access websites.

In 2017, the following are a given:

1. Today, more people search on mobile phones than computers

2. People are five times more likely to leave a site if it isn’t mobile friendly

3. Over half of mobile users will leave a website if it takes longer than three seconds to load

Because more people search on mobile than on computers, mobile generates more page views. If your site is not mobile friendly, users are less likely to stick around. And if your site is slow, they may go elsewhere. Remember, on the internet competition is just a click away!

Responsive website design is Google’s recommended way to tackle mobile friendly sites. Google has several tools for testing for mobile usability and the ‘Search Console’ has a mobile usability report that details problems on a page-by-page level.

Search Console looks at the following mobile usability issues:

Flash usage – Most mobile browsers do not render Flash and you will want to use more modern technologies.
Viewport not configured – The viewport metatag aids browsers in scaling a page to suit a specific device.
Fixed width viewport – This problem attempts to circumvent mobile design with fixed width pages and is best shelved when a responsive design is adopted.
Content not sized to viewport – Here the page content does not fit the window, and a user has to scroll.
Small font size – This is a scaling issue and requires users to pinch the screen to zoom in.
Touch elements too close – This is a common usability issue where it is too hard to tap a given element without also hitting the neighboring element.
Interstitial usage – A full-screen pop-up often represents poor user experience on a mobile device and is a big no no.

Keyword placement plays a part in how Google finds sites. Google looks for keywords throughout each Web page, but some sections are more important than others. Including the keyword in the Web page’s title is a good idea. Google also searches for keywords in headings. Headings come in a range of sizes, and keywords in larger headings are more valuable than if they are in smaller headings. Keyword dispersal is also important. Webmasters though should avoid overusing keywords.

The Google algorithm’s most important feature is arguably the PageRank system, a patented automated process that determines where each search result appears on Google’s search engine return page. Most users tend to concentrate on the first few search results, so getting a spot at the top of the list usually means more user traffic. Many people have taken a stab at figuring out the exact formula, but Google keeps the official algorithm a secret.

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It is a given that number of backlinks to your site help in achieving higher Google rankings – that translate to higher traffic to your web site.

It is important to identify the right publishers to ensure that you are part of reputable and high traffic sites. Other than that, you need to be sure you research the following criteria for your guest posts:

• When was the domain registered (Whois)
• Have an authoritative link profile (Page Rank)
• Are related to your site/content
• Cover your demographics/geography
• Only post high quality content
• Have a real following
• Can bring you targeted traffic
• Won’t bury your link in an author bio area far below your content
• Rank well on other search engines
• Have a significant amount of Twitter followers and Facebook fans
• Will even do Social media postings

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International Bands Treat Visitors To Al Majaz Waterfront With Foot Tapping Tunes

In what visitors witnessed last evening at Al Majaz Waterfront was part of a series of entertaining musical performances by popular international musical outfits – the Latin Street Band, Trio Allegria, and Nina & The Guitar Player – will go on throughout the duration of the Sharjah World Music Festival 2017 (SWMF 2017) organised by Furat Qaddouri Music Centre and sponsored by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), up until 14th January.

Visitors to this leading leisure destination in the emirate, which becomes even more popular during these months with fantastic weather, were seen jiving to a spectacular world music feast created by these artists, who blended tango, jazz, oriental, Caribbean and Latin American beats to create a unique medley of signature sounds.

Trio Allegria from Ukraine featured three female musicians on the flute, violin and cello, who performed a series of fusion compositions blending jazz and Arabic music as well as Tango, classic and flamenco. They also received special appreciation from the audience with famous Lebanese singer Fairouz’s popular Arabic songs.

The Latin Street Band have come all the way from Cuba and Colombia, whose sizzling Caribbean tunes and dancing took viewers through the narrow streets of Latin America. The performers had their viewers cheer with excitement and joy as they shared their street-style performances on Al Majaz waterfront walkways.

Nina and the Guitar Player from Lebanon played nostalgic oriental music combining classical Arabic music and soothing guitar chords. Their performance included popular Arabic compositions by Fairouz’s, Ziad Al Rahbani, and old classical gems by Um Kulthum. The band’s beautiful music and Nina’s golden voice left the audience mesmerised.

In case you were unable to catch these great performances last night, do not be a tiny bit upset because these artists will be giving four more performances at the Al Qasba from 6pm to 10pm on 10th, 12th and 14th January! Their performances will also be featured at Al Majaz Waterfront 11th and 13th at the same time.

All these performances are free for general public and do not require any admission tickets or fee.

Music enthusiasts and visitors to Al Majaz will have also the opportunity to meet Elena Dueto from Ukraine, Tarabich from Syria, and Drums of Love – an international band percussions band – during the course of SWMF 2017.

By organising this extraordinary music festival, Furat Qaddouri Music Centre seeks to boost the cultural and art presence of Sharjah and the UAE, introduce various musical cultures around the world to the UAE community and add a new dimension to the emirate’s repertoire of tourist, art and culture attractions.

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Monte Carlo Circus Arrives In Al Qasba For The First Time

UAE fans of the big top are set for an exciting three months of action with the arrival of the Monte Carlo Circus in Al Qasba, Sharjah for the first time ever. Running from December 28, 2016 until March 18, 2017, the popular show will be featuring a host of acrobatic performances and thrilling entertainment acts for all family members to enjoy.

“The Monte Carlo Circus is one of the worlds’ most popular and entertaining travelling fairs and we are proud to welcome its performers to Sharjah for the very first time. The circus is taking up a three-month residency at Al Qasba as befits its status as one of the UAE’s leading leisure destinations and a prime focus for family-themed fun. We can promise a packed schedule of Big Top activities at Al Qasba that will run through until the mid of March next year. With so many performers that make up the Monte Carlo Circus, this will be the most entertaining and exciting of shows this season,” said Sultan Mohammed Shattaf, Manager of Al Qasba.

Taking place in collaboration with “Eventoh” Exhibition Management, the Monte Carlo Circus’s appearance at Al Qasba will feature internationally acclaimed artists with exceptional skills and agility who undertake sensational and awe-inspiring performances. Visitors keen to see a repertoire of death-defying acts will be captivated by the circus’s high-wire walkers, trapeze daredevils, motorcycle stunts and many other exciting shows, while those who enjoy humor will be entertained by its comedy acts and laugh at the slapstick antics of its clowns. Other enthralling performances include, jugglers, a magic show and Stunt shows, with every one designed to be fun for all generations.

The Monte Carlo Circus has pitched its Big Top in front of Al Qasba’s Block F; with two performances taking place every day at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets for the circus are available at the circus site and at Al Qasba Information Desks in four categories: Diamond tickets are priced at AED 200, Gold tickets at AED 150, Silver tickets at AED 100 and Bronze tickets at AED 75. There will also be a special rate for dedicated school shows in the morning.

Al Qasba, one of the UAE’s, premier leisure, tourism and family destinations, is operated by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq). It offers state-of-the-art facilities including restaurants, cafés, the Masrah Al Qasba Theatre with a 250-spectator capacity, the Multaqa Al Qasba Conference and Meeting Halls, the Eye of the Emirates wheel, the Kids Fun House, the Al Qasba Musical Fountain and Maraya Art Centre, among others.

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Founder Of Gypsy Kings, Hiba Tawaji And Oussama Rahbani At SWMF 2017

The nine-day Sharjah World Music Festival (SWMF) 2017 recently unveiled their line-up of 24 award-winning international artists and bands from France, Spain, Holland, Ukraine, the United States, the UAE, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Cuba, Columbia, Egypt and Jordan. In this fourth edition, we have seen the addition of some fascinating new genres and quality artists, which promises a festival more entertaining than ever.

Speaking of new and unconventional genres – SWMF 2017 is bringing the famed eight-member French band, Chico and the Gypsies, to Flag Island on Thursday, 12 January at 9pm. Led by French-born Moroccan artist, Jalloul Bouchikhi or more popularly ‘Chico’, the band will perform Andalusian Flamenco, blending pop and rock in a characteristic gypsy style.

Bouchikhi founded ‘The Gypsy Kings’ in late 70s, and then went on to establish his own group Chico and the Gypsies in 1992.

Moving on to Friday, 13 January, Flag Island at 9pm will showcase a special night featuring international singer Hiba Tawaji, popular Lebanese singer and actress along with Oussama Rahbani, one of the most renowned producers and composers in the Arab world, with whom Hiba has been collaborating with since 2011.

Tawaji’s voice reminiscent of the fruits of longing, shone at the Rahbani theatre with Mansour Rahbani’s musical, The Return of Phoenix where she dazzled the audience with ‘Like the Wind’. She released two albums and participated in ‘The Voice – France’. Hiba has been recently cast in the famous French musical, Notre-Dame de Paris.

Rahbani is a member of Al Rahbani family who brought Lebanon’s Baalbek and Beirut’s Piccadilly Palace music to Sharjah, blending together occidental and oriental music. His compositions have been played by many acclaimed orchestras across the world. Oussama has produced, orchestrated and composed the music of several musical plays, and introduced the world to several musical talents like Hiba.

Tickets for both concerts are priced at AED 250 and AED 350 each for the general admission and VIP categories respectively, and can be purchased at the customer service counters of Al Qasba, Flag Island, Al Majaz Amphitheatre and Al Majaz Waterfront. Tickets are also available online at http://www.ticketmaster.ae/

The fourth edition of Sharjah World Music Festival will run from the 6–14 January 2017 in celebration of the best Arabic and Western musicians and bands from 14 countries. Every year, the SWMF hosts a collection of renowned singers, musicians and artists. Although the concerts’ titles and languages may differ, they all converge at one place, Sharjah, and fulfil their overarching purpose of entertaining and enlightening visitors from several countries and walks of life.

By organising this first of its kind festival, Furat Qaddouri Music Centre seeks to boost the cultural and art presence of Sharjah and the UAE, introduce various musical cultures around the world to the UAE community and add a new dimension to the emirate’s repertoire of tourist, art and culture attractions.

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Sharjah Chamber Set To Launch Sharjah Spring Promotions 2017

Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has finalized its preparations to launch the new edition of the highly-anticipated Sharjah Spring Promotions. organized from 15 January – 11 February 2017. The promotions will be held in cooperation with an array of government entities and authorities and supported by shopping malls, supermarkets and specialized shops in Sharjah.

The promotional offers aim to drive economic activity, especially the retail sector. It also helps boosting the number of visitors to the shopping malls and retail outlets across the Emirates.

“The committees supervising the Sharjah Spring Promotions’ events have finished its preliminary activities,” said Ibrahim Rashid Al Jarwan, SCCI’s Director of Economic Relations and General Coordinator of Sharjah Spring Promotions.

“The media committee has successfully completed its promotional activities for the event by setting up outdoor advertisements, and targeted marketing campaigns on all social media platforms, to reach out to the largest number of people. For its part, the subscription committee continues registering participating brands and shops, offering decor and advertisement items through multiple outlets set up to facilitate the registration process.” He added.

He also noted: “Sharjah Spring Promotions will offer discounts up to 70%, as well as entertainment, heritage, family and children events hosted by the emirate’s shopping malls, parks and outdoor venues. The promotions coincide with the touristic high season, especially as visitors from neighboring countries spend their winter vacation in the UAE.”

Sharjah’s major shopping centers and retail outlets will participate in the promotions, offering the world’s top brands at competitive prices, as well as big discounts and surprises on a wide range of products to satisfy the shopping and entertainment needs for residents and visitors of all ages and interests.

 

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Al Majaz Winter Festival Has Bigger Tricks Up Its Sleeves This Weekend!

With its frosty decorations, snowfall, ice rink and other winter-themed attractions, Al Majaz Waterfront’s first ever Winter Festival, has been delighting visitors since 15 December, and has recently announced a weekend packed with entertainment shows and lots of fun from 22 to 23 December.

Visitors will be treated to an array of entertainment performances and interactive acts performed by touring bands and street performers who will be traversing the walkways and generating even more fun in a true lively winter ambiance. On Thursday, 22 December, a mime duo will enthral audiences with an act of silent comedy along Al Majaz Waterfront’s walkways, and with incredible skating routines on the ice rink.

The same evening, the festival will feature an incredible magic show by a cyclist who will mesmerise the audience with his fantastic acts along the venue’s walkways. This 30-miunte magic show will showcase thrice at 6pm, 8pm and 10 pm respectively.

Friday will arrive with a long list of thrills. Visitors will be greeted by the popular Panda Band comprising 14 adorable panda-costume wearing performers. They will be seen traversing the walkways to bring pleasure and joy to the hearts of guests of all ages. This 30-minute show will showcase thrice at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm respectively.

Children are in for a treat with the interactive and highly entertaining ‘Fantastic Tree’ show, which will be featured at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm respectively.

The three-week Winter Festival continues to enthrall visitors and allow them to enjoy the sensational ambiance of the chilly weather, with specially installed features, including an outdoor ice rink, frosty decorations, snow-tube slides, a cool inflatable maze, snowfall and a fun parade among other activities designed specifically for children to enjoy an unforgettable experience with their families and friends.

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It commenced on 15 December and will run until January 2017.