I’m sure most people would agree that jumping out of a moving vehicle to do a dance you saw on the internet is probably not the safest thing to do for yourself or others. With this in mind, the Dubai Police have issued a warning to residents against doing the challenge which could get you arrested, along with a Dhs2000 fine and getting 23 black points added to your driver’s license. Three social media influencers have been arrested.
The Kiki Challenge.
In case you've been living under a rock and have no idea what the Kiki Challenge is all about, it was started by comedian, Shiggy who posted the first ever clip of himself doing the dance and challenged all his followers to do the same on the 30th of June. He did not jump out of a car by the way. Shiggy hashtagged the post #DotheShiggy and #Kikichallenge because it used the single "In my feelings" from Drakes latest album which makes reference to a girl named "Keke". The challenge went viral and many celebrities partook including Ciara and Will Smith. But somewhere along the line I guess people started jumping out of cars and, well here we are.
Three Social Media Influencers Arrested.
The Abu Dhabi Public Prosecutor ordered the arrest of three social media influencers this week who took part in the challenge for endangering themselves and others on the road. According to Gulf News the department also encouraged young people to rather engage in useful activities that are compatible with the values of society and contribute to physical, social, mental and moral developments". They also called on "celebrities to of social networking sites to show a sense of responsibility towards children and society".
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Yes, you read right. People seeking help to get rid of their addiction from a rehabilitation programme will be exempt from prosecution instead of the previous penalty which was a minimum of four years and a minimum fine of Dhs 10 000 (unless they are profiting from it in which case, "Stahhhp!")
In an interview, Whatson Dubai spoke to Shabaan Metwally, a partner at BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem to get more info and clarification on this relatively new law passed which apparently means that drug use is now classified as a misdemeanour offence rather than a felony.
Shaban Metwally stated that Article 43 of the Anti-Narcotics is all encompassing and applies to any nationalities residing in the UAE. It also provides an exemption for those visiting the UAE on business, as a tourist and even those in transit through the UAE. There is an exception to the law and this would be anyone profiting from drugs for example selling, drug traffickers and smugglers would not be able to invoke this law. You can read more about the interview here.
Basically, if an individual comes forward voluntarily to admit their addiction, or a first or second degree family member (parents, spouse or siblings come forward on their behalf and the induvidual with the addiction submits) they will be offered a place in a (maximum) two year rehabilitation programme - most of which will be out-patient treatment.
So if you find yourself or an immediate family member in need of help with addiction you can contact the National Rehabilitation centre, the Police department, the Public Prosecutor, Abu Dhabi Rehabilitation Centre Erada or Priory Wellbeing centre.
This article does not constitute legal advice for unique situations so if you're unsure of the finer details or dont know where to start, contact one of the rehabilitation centres or your legal representative to find out more info about how the law affects you.
By now I should probably be over the amount of luxurious developments popping up from month to month in Dubai but jokes aside - how can the lines and the silhouettes of innovative architecture with strong visual appeal *not* excite the senses, it never gets old. One needs only to gaze out the window for daily motivation to see what humans are capable of when they put their minds to it - it’s truly inspiring. Below are the latest developments and attractions I’m looking forward to in 2018/ 2019.
World class Spanish Cuisine is always a good idea so I’m thrilled that Chef Jose Andres is bringing one of the top rated brands in the genre, Jaleo to Dubai. This is the first instalment of the restaurant in the Middle East and he has picked the perfect setting in the Royal Atlantis Resorts and Residences development scheduled to open next year. The famous chef who also made the list as one of Time’s 100 most influential people enthused about the launch saying “Guests will be able to experience Jaleo like they never have before”.
The Palm Jumeirah
As a lover of beachside locations I can’t wait for these upcoming developments in the Palm Jumeirah area, it’s like the final cherry on top for the location and will definitely drive even more activity into the area. On Thursday and Friday nights you may want to give driving a break and try the new Metro point due for completion shortly to avoid the traffic.
St Regis Beach Club
The first is St Regis Beach club on the Palm, for which development is currently underway. It looks ah-mazing. The format in the renderings remind me a little of Potatohead in Bali – I can definitely see myself soaking up some sun here. Perhaps the next addition for my list of the best Daycations in Dubai? Let’s see. The venue is described as a Dhs 79.7 million dining, leisure and fitness destination, adjacent to the second St Regis hotel coming soon to the the Palm Jumeirah - the other being in Al Habtoor City. All will form part of the new Palm Tower development.
Read: The Address Hotel Downtown has reopened.
This massive development spans a jaw dropping 1.4 million square feet of prime Palm Jumeirah estate and is costing around Dhs 800 million to complete. It will also be home to a second set of dancing fountains such as ones in a similar style to the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall location. In addition, there will be about 100 restaurants and shops and a 5km promenade. Restaurants options range from Guy Fieri’s dine-in cinema (similar to the one at the Jabel Ali recreation Club) which you can read about here, Chicago meatpackers, Russo’s New York pizzeria and loads more.
Read: The Lowdown on the Salvadore Dali Exhibition.
The DIFC is getting its own state of the art 14 500 square metre mosque which will accommodate up to 500 worshippers. The mosque will be situated in the Gate Avenue and the interior looks incredible. It’s been described as “modern, non-conformist facility with references to tradition”. The building will resemble a cube within a cube with the hanging Mashrabiya acting as a veil for privacy when need be but also has the ability to lift so that the décor of the mosque can be appreciated by the public as well. Check out the interior below. Heart eye emojis for real though.
Movie fanatics have another reason to get excited because ScreenX cinema is taking things to the next level by opening in Reel Cinemas at Dubai Mall later this year. The ScreenX technology was first created in 2012 and it’s a basically a theatre experience that expands the images into a 270 degree panoramic view as you can see by the image for an innovative, bigger and better perspective with all the visual and aural bells and whistles. There hasn’t been word yet on its launch date so I’ll keep you posted on that.
Read Next: The Arts Club and Other Venues Opening in Dubai.
As it turns out, there is yet another great reason to visit the best Peruvian restaurant in town besides the mouth-watering anticuchos and Josper grilled octopus. Coya Dubai will be showcasing an exhibition of Salvador Dali's surreal wall candy from 19 June to 31 August. There is no entry fee to the exhibition areas.
So if you're a fan of Mister "I dont't drugs, I am drugs", then you are in for a treat as Coya will be displaying 60 pieces by the artist in partnership with Alpha Soul. Some of the wall art works to look forward to include Space Elephant and the Surrealist Flowergirl as well as a variety of prints and lithographs of pieces in private collections around the world.
Address: The Four Seasons JBR
Have a look at some other amazing restaurants opening in Dubai over the next twelve months here.
What a twist. Catch Dubai one of my favourite seafood restaurants downtown has closed its doors. Permanently.
In case you had never checked it out before, the venue was kind of a New York style eatery featuring leather booths, exposed brick faced walls plus one of thee best industrial themed restroom designs. It arrived on the scene in 2015.
It comes as a bit of a surprise since the restaurant also underwent a revamp at the beginning of 2018 and it was named Time Out’s Seafood Restaurant of the year last year. Sad news indeed however word is that a new funky concept is set to take its place in the Fairmont hotel.
I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned to find out.
.Who can forget New Years 2016 when the iconic Address Downtown caught alight ahead of the record breaking NYE fireworks display? The fire was found to be caused by an electrical fault which caused considerable damage to the building. However the hotel has finally been reopened and been given a totally fresh new look.
Read: Get the lowdown on the Salvador Dali Exhibition in Dubai
The hotel is possibly one of the most centrally located down town hotels and overlooks the Burj Khalifa. CEO of Emaar Hospitality Group Olivier Harsnisch stated to The National, Emaar is bringing to life a crowning glory in its hotel assets. Working with world-leading designers and consultants, the all-new address Downtown ushers in an exceptional lifestyle choice and set new standards in luxury hospitality.
The Address showcases some new features, a fresh interior and The Galliard which serves Spanish, Turkish and French Cuisine as well as another instalment of STK restaurant and a revamped Neos on the 63rd floor.
Want to check out which other amazing venues will be opening in 2018? Click here.
When it was revealed last week that The Arts Club, one of London's most famous private members clubs is opening in Dubai next year, everybody got excited but that's not the only new venue we're welcoming into the city. Lets have a look at what else is happening over the coming months.
The Arts Club
The Art's Club was founded by none other than Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope in 1863 and is described as an arts and cultural hub for people coming together in a sociable but exclusive members-only setting. How exclusive? It's around Dhs10 000 for current annual membership fees at its Mayfair site on Dover street besides the joining fee which is also Dhs10 000 - not forgetting that you need to have your application to join supported by an existing member. The Dubai edition, which is the first overseas location for the club will take over 40 000 ft. of indoor space and 23 000 ft. of outdoor space consisting of a cigar club, a rooftop terrace, art exhibition spaces, three restaurants and a business centre spread over five levels. It will be housed in the new development, ICD Brookfield Place in the DIFC in 2019.
Avli by Tasha's
South African restaurateur, Natasha Sideris is taking over Dubai one location at a time. After her success with the Tasha's cafe brand in the Galleria Mall and also in Outlet Village, she launched her elegant restaurant concept, The Flamingo Room in Jumeirah Al Naseem. Natasha will now be launching a Mediterranean-style restaurant in September this year called Avli which means "courtyard" in Greek open for a more relaxed breakfast and lunch vibe.
Coming soon to the 70th floor of the Address Boulevard Hotel, Downtown is Dolce Sky and it sounds like it’s going to be pretty spectacular. Think aerial performances above the tables - as seen in their rendered image above - and multiple venue choices. The concept will be made up of two restaurants, French La Vie led by Michelin starred Chef Jerome Lagarde which is said to come with a floating kitchen and Japanese spot, Takumi, lead by acclaimed Chef Hide Yamamoto which comes with the regions first Sake Lounge. The venue also features a rooftop terrace - with what I imagine to be breathtaking views from the 70th floor as well as a members-only space called Ellecti Lounge.
This Hollywood famed restaurant will be setting up shop in the Dubai Marina in the InterContinental hotel on the Waterfront level. Its been described as Japanese cuisine with a modern twist and embraces "traditional Kyoto culture from 1920 to the modern and futuristic Tokyo of 2050". That's hot. Chefs will uses their authentic Japanese cooking styles and a bar area will serve up exotic mixed drinks and traditional teas using spices and Japanese ingredients. The restaurant was originally in LA before closing down in 2013 and looks like it’s all set for a dazzling revival in Dubai - the opening date has not been confirmed.
The Trophy Room
Something a little different to the usual pub and grub style sports venues is coming to the Fairmont on the Palm at the beginning of June. The intimate 75-seater venue offers guests the option to listen to sports commentary in a variety of languages by using disposable headphones and downloading a dedicated app on their phones. The menu includes options like golden chicken nuggets to beverages topped with bacon stuffed olives and parmesan cheese accompanied by homemade beef jerky as a stirring stick. And they will be deducting 5% off the bill for every goal scored during selected Premier League Games.
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It was announced this week that finally Marvel has created its first Muslim superhero and guess what? It’s a girl!
In an interview with BBC Marvel Studios President said that Marvel cinematic Universe would be including Ms Marvel who's identity is 16 year old Kamala Khan, a Muslim girl from New Jersey.
After discovering her own superhero powers by shape shifting and lengthening her arms and legs, she dons a red, blue and yellow costume before kicking ass. And in the meantime she juggles her medical studies and her family's expectations. The character was created by Sana Amanat and was inspired by her own life growing up in New York.
What brought on Marvel's decision for a more diverse superhero army? Could it have something to do with realising that cultural diversity opens up a whole new world of box office bucks especially with Black Panther's massive 1.3 billion dollar success at cinemas? Maybe, maybe not but then again, does it really matter? I think it’s definitely a huge leap in the right direction.
Super excited to see how it turns out.
When it comes to the biggest and best of most things, you’ll probably find it in Dubai so it comes as no surprise that the worlds biggest Rolex store should be housed in the biggest shopping centre in the world, Dubai mall.
Rolex brand ambassador and one of the best tennis players of all time Roger Federer was on hand at the opening this week with CEO Jean Frederic Dufour. Also in attendance were the guys from Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons - including the gentleman renowned for wearing various exquisite watches - but on both wrists - Mr Abdul Hamied Seddiqi who is Vice Chairman of Seddiqi Holdings. The boutique was made possible by the partnership between Rolex and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.
What’s really awesome about this three storey boutique (besides being surrounded by some of the most elegant watches ever made) is that every interior element is based on details related to the design of Rolex. For example the façade resembles the fluted bezel found on the majority of Rolex watches and the centrepiece of the store is a chandelier inspired by “the Cyclops” which is the little bubble shaped element in the magnifying the dial on many Rolex models.
The second floor is accessible by invitation only and showcases the brands gem-set and precious metal Rolexes while the third floor is a space referred to as “The Rolex Experience”. Set up like a plush loungey area, the space is where watch enthusiasts are welcome to explore the history of the Rolex heritage.
Have a look at some of the other offerings in Dubai Mall's Fashion Avenue from Prada and Alaia.
It might sound dramatic at first glance but whether you’re into Burberry or not, as this is currently the last collection we may see of the brand as we know it - in all its prim and proper British glory - I’ve been savouring it more in the months leading up to Riccardo Tisci’s first show. The label is unlikely to remain anything as traditional as we’ve come to expect and if Givenchy’s ex-creative director lives up to his reputation it’s going to be very exciting to see how it evolves in the future.
The arrival of The Burberry Conservatory in Dubai is something to look forward to then, as it takes over the Farjam Foundation in DIFC from Sunday May 6 to May 10. The aim of the event is to celebrate the latest runway tote, named “The Belt Bag”. Designed by previous creative director, Christopher Bailey, The Belt Bag is inspired by the iconic Burberry trench coat. Customers can have a first-hand experience of the bag as well as shopping the latest Burberry collection to a gorgeous, English summer garden backdrop created for the experience.
Shop the collection below:
Speaking of which, if you haven't seen model-activist Adwoa Aboah's Burberry photo project with her family in Ghana, shot by Juergen Teller - you're missing out on some heart warming moments. Take a look here.
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