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Emaar’s ‘Light Up 2018’ spectacle in Downtown Dubai set to be a Guinness World Records attempt

Light Up 2018 GWR attempt

The ‘Light Up 2018’ spectacle in Downtown Dubai to usher in the New Year is set to be an official Guinness World Records title attempt that will add to the UAE’s pride.

With preparations fully afoot for an innovative show with layers of surprises, Emaar’s bid for the Guinness World Records will be in the celebrations category, with specific details to be revealed in due course.

The ‘Light Up 2018’ spectacle will celebrate the UAE’s achievements and also pay tribute to the founding father of the nation, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to mark the ‘Year of Zayed’ in 2018. The festivities will span Downtown Dubai with Burj Khalifa, the global icon, taking center stage with a never-before marvel.

Emaar is working closely with government and private sector entities in organizing the event, with special viewing decks being set up for the public in Burj Park, South Ridge, and the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. A dedicated viewing platform for 100 people with determination will also be arranged.

The ‘Light Up 2018’ celebrations will kick off at 5pm starting with The Dubai Fountain shows and live deejay, and continue until 1am. The public is urged to be at the venue by 6pm.

The event will be broadcast live on televisions globally and beamed on big screens in Downtown Dubai. The experience can be watched online at

For further details, please visit

What: ‘Light Up 2018’ Downtown Dubai

When: December 31, 2017

Where: Downtown Dubai

Celebrate AWESOME Festive Fun at LEGOLAND® Dubai


From 10 Meter tall LEGO Christmas trees, to festive building experiences and photos with Santa, LEGOLAND® Dubai is the place to be for families this holiday season 

LEGOLAND® Dubai, part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the region’s largest integrated theme park destination in the region, is getting into the holiday spirit with loads of family-friendly fun with its second annual Christmas Bricktacular running from 8 December- 8 January 2018.

In celebration of the holiday season, FACTORY and LEGO® City in LEGOLAND Dubai will be transformed into festive wonderlands, decorated with snow, LEGO® holiday themed décor, wreaths, garlands, Christmas lights and more.

Families are invited to join in the yuletide cheer by meeting the LEGO Santa character, participating in a festive themed building experience and visiting the Elves’ Workshop where they can create a personalized holiday card and receive the limited edition Christmas LEGO Brick.  The best takeaway of all: the awesome photo opportunity in Santa’s LEGO sleigh!

Those who are feeling artistic can visit The Café Terrace and show off their creative side by decorating their own Christmas cookies for only AED29 per person.

Not to be missed is the centrepiece of the celebration: the 10 meter tall LEGO Christmas tree, which was built using 364,481 DUPLO® bricks over 2,852 hours and weighs an incredible 4,035 kilograms.

In addition to the festive activities, the Market Restaurant will serve the Christmas Bricktacular buffet for AED85 for adults and AED50 for children. The Café will also be serving a delicious Christmas set menu for AED65 per person with festive themed dishes and a soft drink including pulled turkey wrap with twist of cranberry, prawn and mango salad and Christmas pudding.

Families are invited to take part in this awesome festive experience, which is included complimentary in LEGOLAND Dubai tickets and Annual Passes. UAE/GCC residents aged 3 and above can visit for just AED 165 for a day ticket to LEGOLAND Dubai or LEGOLAND Water Park.  For those still in need of an awesome holiday present for loved ones, give the gift of year-round fun with the LEGOLAND Dubai Annual Passes.  Now priced at AED 275 per person for LEGOLAND Dubai or AED 430 for LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park, with benefits including free all year parking, 10% discount in all cafes, restaurants, and retail stores in the Parks, it is a fantastic Christmas present option.

For additional information about the LEGOLAND Dubai Christmas Bricktacular and tickets, visit and

LEGOLAND Dubai, together with LEGOLAND® Water Park, is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts which also features Bollywood Parks™ Dubai a first-of-its-kind theme park that showcases rides and attraction based on some of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters and MOTIONGATE™ Dubai – a unique theme park showcasing some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters from DreamWorks Animation, Colombia Pictures and Lionsgate. The entire destination is connected by Riverland™ Dubai, the free to enter themed recreational hub with a multitude of dining, shopping and unique entertainment options, that connects the theme parks, perfect for friends and families of all ages, and guests can stay at the Lapita™ Hotel, a Polynesian themed family hotel part of the Marriott Autograph® Collection. Expected to open in late 2019, Six Flags Dubai will be the destination’s fifth theme park and the region’s first Six Flags theme park.

Eight Reasons Not To Miss Dubai Modest Fashion Week

 Burj Park, Downtown Dubai Friday 8th – Saturday 9th December

 Dubai, December 2017: Fresh from successful launches in Istanbul and London, highly anticipated Dubai Modest Fashion Week (DMFW) debuts on 8th – 9th December at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai. Created by the founders of Think Fashion and Red Connect, the two-day event will include an action packed roster showcasing the latest modest fashion trends from an eclectic mix of established and emerging designers from across the globe.

Want to know why Dubai Most Fashion Week is the event every style savvy lady will be hitting this weekend? Try these eight reasons for size…

No. 1 – Spectacular opening show starring supermodel Halima Aden

Starting Modest Fashion Week off with a bang, hijab supermodel Halima Aden is set to star in the opening show – making it a must see event for any self-respecting fashionista. Widely known as the global face of modest fashion, Somalian-born Aden was famously discovered by Vogue Paris Editor Carine Roitfeld; and has graced the catwalks of mainstream fashion designers including Alberta Feretti and MaxMara as well as fronting campaigns for the likes of Nike. Don’t miss the chance to see her in action at the Modanisa Fashion Show 4:30pm – 4:50pm on December 8.

No. 2 – Meet famous faces of the modest fashion industry from across the globe 

With over 100 influencers and celebrities in attendance, it will be more unlikely not to spot a famous face at Dubai Modest Fashion Week. Coming from 5 continents across the globe, notable modest fashion names include hijab supermodel Halima Aden, British icon Dina Tokio, the face of modest fashion Mariah Idrissi, Bollywood celebrity Gauahar Khan, supermodel Tulin Sahin, British Miss Universe Muna Jama and well-known influencers Leena Asad, Melanie Elturk, Manal Rostom, Rumena Begum, Nabiilabee, Habiba da Silva, Sebinaah, Chinutay, Saufeeya Goodson and Safiyah El of Modestroute, Manal Rostom, and Soha MT amongst many others. If shaking a fashion icon’s hand is at the top of the ‘to do’ for the weekend, the Biggest Meet and Greet on December 9 at 8:45pm– 9:10pm is the perfect way to tick this off the #lifegoals list.

No. 3 – Inspirational talks from Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassemi & Dubai Design Fashion Council

Grab the chance to gain insight into the industry, learn secrets on the modest movement or simply get style tips from top bloggers at a roster of hotly anticipated inspirational talks and workshops taking place throughout the weekend. Featuring big names and experts in their field, the Talkshow Tent is the place to be for modest fashion fans and budding designers looking for ways to break into the multi-billion pound modest industry.

Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassemi on behalf of The College of Fashion and Design will lead a talk show on The Evolution of Abaya – From Local to Global | December 8 from 5:00pm – 5:20pm. Speakers including hijab supermodel Halima Aden, Dina Tokio, Manal Rostom and Haifa Beisesso will take part in From Nike to The Cover of Vogue – Why Representation Matters | December 8 from 8:45pm – 9:10pm. A must see Fashion and Activism: Use Your Platform for Good will bring Sara Al Madani, Isra Chaker, Mariah Idrissi to the stage on December 9 on 1pm-1.25pm. Followed by Style Talks on the 9 December and The Fashion Panel led by Dubai Design Fashion Council and Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre takes place on December 9 at 6.45pm – 7.05pm.

No. 4 – Over 30 designers from across 5 continents and more than 20 countries

Bringing together the best in modest fashion, the two-day event will see over 30 top designers showcase under breathtaking views of the Burj Khalifa. The talent-packed schedule includes the exclusive show of, Muslima Wear, Selma Sarı and Raşit Bağzıbağlı, plus live shows from Hilal Oguzkan-talented Turkish designer,Anggia Handmade showing amazing embroidery works, Huw Roman – Japan’s leading modest fashion designer, prestigious leather bag label Doris Dorothea, iconic modest label Fllumae-USA, famous Kuwaiti brand Anotah, as well as contemporary ready-to-wear Malaysian label, aere, and renowned German-designer Meriem Lebdiri’s brand Mizaan. The Emerging Modest Fashion Designer Award supported by The Modist will present the creative works of three finalists on the last show.

On day two see, luxury Australian-based brand Anjilla Seddeqi, teen brand from Canada- Yours Truly, and renowned local label Sara Al Madani presented by The College of Fashion and Design will be on show. The final day will also host an exclusive Wardah Beauty Show, featuring an array of favored modest designers worldwide; Etu, Ria Miranda, Norma Hauri, Zaskia Sungkar and Vogue Arabia’s ‘Modest Muse’ Dulce by Safiya Abdallah (UAE). The closing show will present one-to-watch Sumayya & SSS, Ajmal Perfumes presenting Annah Hariri, Miss Ayshe and India’s first abaya designer Murcyleen Peerzada presenting Bollywood celebrity Gauahar Khan.

No.5 – Get Artsy

As well as live shows and stimulating talks, DMFW will showcase a series of exhibitions dedicated to fashion, photography and painting. Drop by the Art Point between shows to check out the works of WWAGS, Run into Hijab, Mona Munshi, Silver & Soul, Imen Bousnina X Asma Aiad and captivating paintings from one-to-watch artist Sarah Kayed.

No. 6 – Feel like a star for the weekend and walk the #DMFW red carpet 

Kick off Dubai Modest Fashion Week by walking the red carpet like a star, stopping along the way to snap the experience at one of the social media booths located throughout the entrance. After taking in the latest modest trends, visitors can kick back at the various majlis areas with eight food trucks from the likes of NKD pizza, Moshi Puffitos, Royal Crepe and The SPOT.

No. 7 – Show stopping performances from world famous music artists, including Hisham El Hajj 

Bringing Dubai Modest Fashion Week to an unforgettable close, the finale night will see the runway welcome Lebanese artist and world-famous musical icon, Hisham El Hajj. Joining him will be a host of other special guests including musician Salah Kurdi and Sara Elhani, along with Muslim Miss Universe Muna Jama amongst many others.

No. 8 – Entrance is FREE

The best part about Dubai Modest Fashion Week? It’s free. Pre-register now for fast track tickets by heading to

Dubai Modest Fashion Week will take place at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai on Friday 8th from 3.00pm – 10.00pm and Saturday 9th December 2017 from 11.00am – 10.00pm. For full event schedule and to register for free entrance, visit Dubai Modest Fashion Week:

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About Modest Fashion Week

This groundbreaking concept is the brainchild of Think Fashion. MFW started its journey in May 2016 under the name of Istanbul Modest Fashion Week, closely followed by London Modest Fashion Week in April 2017. Attended by influencers, emerging and established brands, burgeoning talents, well-connected buyers from USA, Asia, Europe, Australia & Africa and high-profile guests such as hijab supermodels Halima Aden and Dina Tokio, both events attracted global news headlines from New York Times, Washington Post, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Vogue Arabia, Kuwait Times, Al Arabiya and Elle USA.

About Think Fashion

Created by two young female entrepreneurs Franka Soeria and Özlem Şahin, Think Fashion is a marketing and events company with the focus on Modest Fashion, serving as The Think Tank of the industry.

About Red Connect

Founded by Arif Ebrahim as a part of Red Event Services, Red Connect was formed to build special event properties unique to the region. Red Event Services is a UAE based award winning events company, one of the biggest names in creative media and events in the GCC region well renowned for delivering distinctive events with excellence. Boasting 13 years in the industry, the Dubai-based company have organized more than 500 events and won over 70 awards.

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