Monthly Archives: October 2017

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.

Al Qasba

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.


Sharjah Ladies Club Branches Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

In conjunction with the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is celebrated in October every year, the Sharjah Ladies Club Branches (SLCB) launched a breast cancer awareness programme, featuring an array of seminars, training workshops, sports activities and special membership offers, at Wadi Al Helo, AL Dhaid, Mleiha, Kalba and Dibba Al Hisn.

The programme, which runs until October 31, 2017, forms part of SLCB’s commitment to engage with international events and national initiatives that highlight social issues on the health and well-being of individuals and communities. The programme’s spectrum of activities focusses on promoting awareness about breast cancer, the importance of early detection, addressing concerns and dispelling misconceptions.


22 Countries On The Kids Programme For Sharjah International Book Fair 2017

The 36th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF 2017) is set to amaze young visitors and challenge their creative imaginations with a rich programme of live performances, entertainment acts, acrobatic shows, cultural events a series of workshops in art, literature and writing. The Kids Programme this year will be delivered by more than 44 artists and performers hailing from 22 countries around the globe.

A packed calendar of activities and interactive experiences has been crafted to turn the fair into a live carnival of knowledge and entertainment for children and young adults from 10am until 10pm every day from 1 to 11 November at Expo Centre, Sharjah. The best theatre outfits for children and live performances have been handpicked from countries like the UK, Kuwait, Poland, Jordan, Australia, Moldova, Russia, India, Bahrain, Iceland, Mongolia, Syria, Italy and Ukraine, who will indulge young visitors in a variety of entertaining shows and activities.


Kalimat’s Books Add Literary Flair To SICFF 2017

One of the UAE’s strongest advocates of the Arabic children’s book industry, Kalimat Group, the Sharjah-based publisher of Arabic books, did not miss the opportunity to bring books and young readers together once again at the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival 2017.

With a beautiful book stand and a reading space for children at the film festival’s activity area, the publisher hosted a series of fun activities with books at its centre. Among these was a reading session by author, Sahar Naja Mahfouz, who read out her own Kalimat publication, Ummi Shantat Safar (My Mom, a Travelling Bag).


Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival Turns 5!

The fifth anniversary celebrations of the Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICFF 2017) commenced last evening with a five-tier cinema-themed chocolate cake, a large turnout of young film enthusiasts, animation’s favourite characters, social media influencers, and Hollywood’s wonder boy, Jacob Tremblay.

Organised on the last day of the film festival, the colourful celebrations made a visual spectacle especially for the younger ones in attendance. Arranged in SICFF’s workshops and activity area, the proceedings of the evening began with cutting of the cake, and a few words by the festival organisers as the attendees enjoyed their share.


Sajaya Young Ladies Of Sharjah Performs ‘Dreams Of Colours’


Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah (Sajaya), a subsidiary of the Rubu’ Qarn Foundation for Creating Leaders and Innovators (Rubu’ Qarn), performed its first ever operetta on Thursday. Titled ‘Dreams of Colours,’ the musical took place at the Sharjah Cultural Palace theatre.

Telling the story of a group of colours that unite to fulfil their dreams, the performance from Sajaya was organised in collaboration with Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, Sharjah Children’s Centres and the Art for All Centre. The event was planned as part of Sharjah’s goal to support theatre movement in the UAE and to participate in realising UAE Vision 2021’s aspiration of creating a knowledge-based community that enjoys a strong position in the regional arts scene.


Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival 2017 Commences

A six-day cinematic extravaganza commenced on Sunday evening with the opening of the fifth edition of Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICFF 2017) at the Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Centre.

Inaugurated by Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation and organised by FUNN – Sharjah Media Arts for Youth and Children, SICFF 2017 features an unprecedented 124 films from 31 countries, as well as workshops, seminars and appearances by celebrated industry professionals.