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taste-of-dubai-thumbnailTaste of Dubai returns from 13 – 15 March at the Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City with 30 restaurants, celebrity chefs and live music.

Indulge your senses at the world’s greatest restaurant and music festival! If you love food, drink and music, you’ll love Taste of Dubai. The food lover’s favourite festival now in its 7th year will bring together the city’s highly acclaimed restaurants, prestigious celebrity chefs, premium beverage brands, gastronomic exhibitors and an incredible entertainment stage playing host to live international acts. Read more

The seasoned expat always has great stories about what it is like living in far flung destinations, mixing with the locals and being totally absorbed into their local customs. In Hong Kong, I worked and socialized with my Chinese colleagues enjoying Dim Sum lunches, was made to eat chicken feet and sing karaoke (badly). As a child, I enjoyed and took part in all the local Chinese Festivals as much as any local child. However, soon after arriving in the UAE, I soon realized there was little opportunity to come in to contact with the local population and therefore was left wondering how will I get that chance to learn about local culture, religion and etiquette of the local Emirati society. Read more

the-archive-dubaiThe Archive opened in December 2012. It is a library dedicated to arts literature from the Middle East and North Africa, as well as a café and community space. With books on regional photography, architecture, art, calligraphy, art history, textiles, and interior design, as well as children’s books, it aims to promote the rich cultural and artistic heritage of the area, as well as celebrate its growing contemporary art scene. The books are seen as a resource for research and inspiration – they are not for sale, but guests are encouraged to browse and read during their time at The Archive.

The Archive provides something brand new for the people of Dubai. Not only is it a hub in which to work, discuss art and creativity, and to learn about the Middle East’s rich cultural heritage, but the addition of the café draws in a widely varied crowd that might not otherwise take advantage of such a resource.

Being located in Safa Park also puts The Archive in a unique position – in such a modern, urban city, it provides a haven of relaxation and calm among greenery and nature that is all too rare in Dubai. The location is also reflective of The Archive’s position on promoting environmental awareness. Most of all, it is a place that nurtures art in all forms, and promotes the MENA region as a culture of creativity. Read more

Dubai has adapted to accommodate the large expat community and tourism industry and one will find that most everything is in English around town. However as with any international assignment, learning the language can help one cope and settle into their new surroundings and experience pieces of the local culture one could not without the language. Half a billion people speak Arabic worldwide allowing one to use this language even after their assignment is over. If you are interested in learning at least the basics there are numerous courses available of differing lengths and tailored to suit various needs. Read more

gpp-kids-workshopHave you bought a DSLR and your kids use it more than you do? Are they always pestering you to show them how it works? Do you want to get them out the house and let them get creative?

Let GPP teach your kids how to take control of their (your!) DSLR camera now, with this hands-on workshop.

This 4 hour introductory course requires no prior experience at all!

The objective of this class is to get your kids comfortable with a DSLR, show them its most useful functions and give them basic tips and rules for creating more compelling photos. Read more

diff6 – 14 December, 2013

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the leading film festival in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. Read more

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