Friday, November 17, 2017

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As most of you are aware I am a big supporter of women in business in the UAE, it's tough setting up a business anywhere in the World but I think it's a bit tougher when you are a female of the species in a Middle Eastern Country. 

It's with great pleasure that another young lady has launched a new business right here in Dubai but as it's an online business she can deliver anywhere in the UAE, free!!!  I first came across the site on Twitter where Tanya, the enthusiastic owner of Party Souq asked me to do a write up on her new venture. Party Souq currently has more than 2000 items available from an extensive range of party themed supplies. There is everything for a perfect party from Birthdays to Easter and with Valentines Day just around the corner there are some fabulous valentine party packs.

We all have a reason to celebrate something every year, and now we don't have to trail around the shops trying to find the perfect theme, at the click of a finger Party Souq will take over!!!

Congratulations Tanya, I am pretty sure you have a huge success on your hands.

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Over the next few months I am going to be taking a look at restuarants that are not so well known in Dubai and checking them out.  Before Christmas I was invited to the Cavendish Restaurant at The Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers and was not disappointed.

The Bonnington has fast become an established hotel in Jumeirah Lake Towers, both its bars McGettigans and Healey's have a huge following of regular clientele and boast various different events taking place each week.  You don't hear as much on the grapevine about The Cavendish Restaurant though do you?  Conveniently located downstairs from the reception area of the hotel The Cavendish Restaurant discreetly offers a fabulous menu of diverse dishes that won't disappoint you one bit.   The evening I visited there was an extensive buffet available with the best creme brulees I have had in a long long time, sad to judge a Chef on a creme brulee but that's just me. 

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant especially if you are living the area, it makes perfect sense! it is also walking distance from the Metro, which is just fabulous at this time of the year.

So complliments to the Chef! 

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Everyone likes to save a bit of money, or grab a bargain for themselves.  Here in the UAE there are few loyalty cards I would like to recommend, if you haven't got them already that is, so here goes!

AIRMILES
The most popular of cards, handy to have in your wallet, build up your airmiles and then redeem them against anything from weekends away to kitchen appliances. Easy to apply for and completely free. You can find out more information about AirMiles on their website www.airmilesme.com

SKYWARDS
Very popular choice, it's the one of choice when Flying with Emirates.  However many people fail to realise that the Skywards card can be used in various partner hotels, car hire companies and on another 8 airlines. Easy to register on line with all the benefits there for us all to see. Check their website www.skywards.com for further information.

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It has been many years since we had been on The Bateaux Dubai for one reason or another but shortly after Christmas I saw a promotion for High Tea on board with a short cruise up and down the Creek.  As it was a day time event, and suitable for families I decided it was worthy of investigation.

On Saturday we headed down to the Creek, just before 3 pm and boarded The Bateaux Dubai, we were greeted by Imran who had a huge smile on his face and three mocktails in his hand! they were mango, orange and lychee syrup, divine!!  If you do decide to do the Cruise make sure you bring a few dirhams for the parking meter, it is free until 4 pm.

Mitten headed up to the Upper Deck and a had a great time on the bean bag cushions.  As other families arrived we made our way into the cabin of the boat, it is beautiful, light and airy with air conditioning, not such an issue in January but later in the year it will be a blessing.

As we prepared to set sail, Imran came and poured us water followed by tea/coffee, then along came the three tier cake holder with an array of sandwiches and cakes, the lemon meringue pie was fabulous.  This was followed by two scones perfectly placed in their own holder with clotted cream, jam and marmalade. We were also presented with some fabulous fruit sweets and little coloured biscuits, Mitten was well impressed, just as well as neither of us were planning sharing our scones!!  By this time we had set sail, the guitarist on board was playing that old favourite, by Rod Stewart, We are Sailing, made us laugh but it set the ambience all the same.  Our champagne glasses had been filled and we raised a toast to 2012, the setting was perfect.

We headed up the Creek, with little dhows and abras winding their way across the creek, doing their daily business.  Mitten went back up to the bean bags for the last fifteen minutes, and we eventually arrived back at the shore just before 4.30 pm.

The Manager on board made a point of coming and speaking to all the guests asking for their feedback on their experience, he told me with enthusiasm that any guest who wanted to alter the food they had received or add to it only had to speak up, it was at this point that I had wished he had mentioned this before I had halved the lemon meringue pie with my husband and before we were about to disembark!!

A fabulous experience that will be repeated as soon as Nanna Armani arrives in the land of sand, this time I won't forget to request the extra lemon meringue pie!!

You can find out more about Bateaux Dubai and their High Tea Cruises here.

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To celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan I thought it was only fitting that the Twitterati have a little get together and share an Iftar experience.

The first thing that is always discussed at great length is the location and various places were suggested and dismissed due to access to the venue, lack of parking, accessability and then ultimately the cost.  We all know that the majority of hotels here see Ramadan as a licence to up their prices and cash in on what is supposed to be a time of giving and sharing. I of course turned to the world of Social Media (because it does work) in an attempt to find a location that would suit all and offer us value for money in a serene setting too.

After contacting various Hotels via facebook and Twitter one came up with everything we needed, the Pullman Hotel at Mall of the Emirates, were to be our hosts for the evening.  The restaurant in question was the fabulous Sanabel, located adjacent to the foyer of the hotel.  For those of you who are not aware Sanabel means "wheat" in English and the restaurant reflected the theme in every way.   Rustic wood with an amazing display of various forms of bread met us on arrival. We were welcomed warmly by Mahendra, Roxanne and the rest of the team.

The buffet was quite simply amazing, there was everything you could possibly think of, the salad bar and selection of leaves was second to none, the king prawns from the grill were huge!  the tandoor grill supplied an endless supply of hot naan bread, our glasses were never empty with a selection of soft drinks.  Everyone commented on the standard of the food especially the desserts. Now this is where it gets really good, not only was there a table with tantalizing arabic desserts and cheesecakes there were 5 floor to ceiling fridges full of individual desserts, the frozen blueberry yogurt seemed to be everyones favourite.

I, on behalf of the Twitterati who were in attendance would like to to thank the entire team at the Pullman Hotel at Mall of the Emirates for making our evening so special. We will be back later in the year to enjoy a Friday Brunch and closer towards Christmas a little festive get together.

Sanabel is currently open for lunch and Iftar, lunch is 120 dhs, Iftar 150 dhs per person, but there is a group discount if you contact them directly to make a booking for groups of over 10.

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