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‘It’s Important To Dream,’ Says The Dream Girl

Hema Malini, famous Bollywood superstar, addressed an overflowing hall of fans at Sharjah International Book Fair 2017 during. Appearing alongside the veteran actress to discuss her latest biography ‘Beyond the Dream Girl,’ was its author Ram Kamal Mukherjee, with the two taking time to conduct a question and answer session with the audience.

The discussion started with the author giving details on the subject and purpose of the book, the foreword of which has been written by the present Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi. The subject of the biography then went on to have a candid chat with her many admirers present about her career, her political life and more.

“Hema Ji was very reluctant in the beginning. There are already two books that talk about her as we know her, but this book is about the Hema Ji who is beyond the limelight and celebrity life. As the title says – it is ‘beyond the dream girl’. It was when she realised this that she agreed to do it,” said Mukherjee.


Author Rania Zbib Daher Brings A Song Of Hope And Happiness To Children At SIBF17

In a world where people resort to war in order to find peace, where innocent lives are lost in the crossfires between right and wrong, and the disillusionment of building a stable future on the foundations of plunder and destruction seems very real, the only hope for a better tomorrow lies with the future generations.

In these pictures we see the award-winning writer from Lebanon, Rania Zbib Daher, at the at the pavilion of the Sharjah-based publisher, Kalimat Group, at the Sharjah International Book Fair 2017 (SIBF 2017), who has a young audience rapt in attention listening to her reading out from her book The Sound of the Sea published by Kalimat.

Through her book, the author introduces children to the serious issues of forced displacement, war, crises and their far-reaching effects on people in a tale whose protagonist, Leen – a girl around the same age as the young listeners of the story – fills her costal town with hope and happiness through her songs that are sourced from the waves of the sea.

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Emirati Authors Tell Book Fair Audience Folklore Is A Challenge To Write But Essential To Read

Three Emirati authors spoke about their desires to maintain the heritage of traditional storytelling and some of the challenges they faced while trying to produce it to an audience at Sharjah International Book Fair, which is taking place at Expo Centre Sharjah until 11 November.

The authors participated in a four-day workshop in April this year aimed at reviving the art of traditional folk tales in book form, marking the sixth annual edition of UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) and Goethe-Institut Gulf Region cultural collaboration, ‘Books – Made in UAE’.


Veteran Indian Media Couple Talk About Their Latest Books At SIBF 2017

A room full of journalism students, book lovers and current affairs enthusiasts greeted celebrated Indian media couple Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghose at Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) 2017. The husband and wife reporting team had arrived to take part in a book discussion at the fair, with the forum starting with the authors explaining the subjects of their respective books and taking the time to share some episodes from them.

Talking about his new book on cricket, titled ‘Democracy’s XI,’ Sardesai – a well-known TV anchor who is presently the Consulting Editor at India Today group – said; “I am a romantic when it comes to cricket. I always thought that there should be a book that tells our youngsters that there was a cricket beyond (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni and (Virat) Kohli.”


“Xposure” Zooms In On Global Environmental Issues

As photography takes a leading role in telling some of the most inspiring and powerful stories around the world, Xposure, Sharjah’s first international photography festival, is to use its world-leading photography platform to bring award-winning photographers from around the world to share their inspiring stories on global environmental issues.

The upcoming edition of the festival, organised by Sharjah Government Media Bureau and taking place on November 22 – 25, 2017 at the Expo Centre Sharjah, will spark a region-wide engagement and inspiration, educating visitors against a variety of ecological threats, such as global warming, marine pollution, land degradation and desertification, as well as natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.

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Sharjah Uses Robots To Make Numbers Attractive At SIBF 2017

The Sharjah Department of Statistics and Community Development (DSCD) is at the 36th Sharjah International Book Fair, and is attracting a lot more attention than the average census generators in town with snazzy robots and other interactive digital technologies.

In a bid to sensitise the UAE community about their role in community development and welfare protection, DSCD has introduced two new age robots, Ahmad and Khalid, to interact with fair visitors and tell them about who they are, what they do, and more importantly, making the citizenry understand the importance and effectiveness of statistical data in the development and advancement of societies and peoples.

36th Sharjah International Book Fair Kicks-Off Tomorrow (Wednesday) With Stellar Line Up Of Authors, Speakers And 1.5 Million Books

Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), the third largest book fair in the world, kicks-off tomorrow (Wednesday) with a vast range of literary celebrities and publishers sharing the stage with more than 1.5 million books with the participation of 393 guests from 48 countries taking part in more than 2,600 events.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah, SIBF will host 1,650 publishing houses from 60 countries, providing the perfect business networking platform for potential international partners.

Held under the theme ‘A World in My Book,’ SIBF 2017 reflects the infinite possibilities of the written word in all genres from works of fiction, science, poetry and philosophy to history, technology, biographies and cultural knowledge.

Al Qasba – A Gateway To Family Fun And Entertainment

With its inspiring architecture, its array of facilities and its high-end services, Al Qasba has continued to maintain its position as one of Sharjah’s premier leisure and family destinations. The popular attraction offers a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy an exceptional entertainment experience throughout the year.

Located near to Khalid Lagoon, which provides easy access from across the emirate and from Dubai, Al Qasba has carved its niche as a destination of choice for both residents and visitors. It is also a major venue for cultural and art events throughout the year, offering an immersive ambience for all.

Everything that visitors need for a great day out is available at Al Qasba, which boasts world-class facilities and premium leisure attractions. Visitors can also make the most of the delicious dishes served by an impressive array of restaurants and cafes located along both sides of its water canal.

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Apple Pay Arrives In UAE

The much awaited Apple Pay made its debut today in UAE. Six local banks – Emirates NBD, Mashreq, RAKBank, Emirates Islamic, HSBC and Standard Chartered are the first to offer Apple Pay in UAE, supported by Visa and MasterCard.

Recent research reveals that card spending has increased substantially in the last couple of years and UAE is heading towards a digital economy with cashless environment. Interestingly, the UAE is now among only 20 countries worldwide that now enjoy this payment facility.

How Does It Work?

Using Apple Pay is as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Add your credit cards information to your iPhone’s Wallet app from the ‘Settings’ tab and following the prompts. You can even upload cards by using your phone’s camera to read the card details.
  2. Hold your device near a contactless card reader at where you’re making a purchase and use Touch ID to complete it. You can also do this action with your Apple Watch and even if you leave your iPhone far away, you can still use the Watch for Apple Pay.
  3. The Touch ID step is also available on iPads and Macs that support it. For in-app purchases, a user just needs to tap the ‘Buy with Apple Pay’ button.

In the soon to be launched, iPhone X. Face ID will be used to authenticate an Apple Pay purchase.

Who Can Use It?

Users will have to update their devices to iOS 11 or later and select United Arab Emirates as their region as well as have an iCloud account.

Apple Products Supported

  • iPhone 6 or later in stores, apps, and websites in Safari
  • iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 and later for use on apps and websites
  • Apple Watch in stores and apps
  • Mac introduced in or after 2012 running macOS Sierra or later and Touch ID on Macbook Pro Touch Bar

How Secure Is It?

With Apple Pay, your card number isn’t exactly stored on the iPhone, on Apple servers or shared with merchants. Instead of the traditional method of storing details in devices, a unique device account number is assigned and encrypted, which is securely stored in a secure element on the device. Each transaction then, is authorised with a one-time dynamic security code.

You can view your last transactions in your Apple Wallet, and some allow you to see the last ten transactions. Each bank differs on what information will be displayed, so it’s best to check with your bank to see exactly how this works.

And even if you lose your iPhone, you don’t have to panic. By using ‘Find My iPhone’ or by going to, you can put a device in Lost Mode, which automatically suspends all the cards in Apple Pay.

What’s Coming?

Soon, you’ll even be able to send and receive money over iMessage. Move over banks!

Cyber Gear is now offering regional ecommerce web sites and mobile apps, the facility to integrate their shopping carts to accept payment through Apple Pay.


Shurooq Prepares For Major Announcements At WTM London

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), one of the most ambitious environmental tourism developers in the Middle East, will be announcing exclusive updates regarding its business management and project expansion during World Travel Market London 2017 being held from 6-8 November.

Shurooq, which has helped to drive the region’s luxury eco-tourism industry and attract overseas investment to its authentic and historic cultural destinations, will be playing a central role for the United Arab Emirates at the event, revealing its latest property management appointments, updates on its project phases and partnerships with new tour operators.