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    UAE President announces the crown prince of Abu Dhabi


    by Ruman Baig
    54 mins ago

    On 29th March, 2023, UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan appointed his son Sheikh Khaled as the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
    His Highness Sheikh Khaled is the eldest son of the President. At 41, the crown prince is also a member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of both the Abu Dhabi Executive Committee and the Abu Dhabi Executive Office.
    Revealing the next generation of successors, the head of the state also designated his brothers in pivotal roles. His brother Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan is now the vice president of the UAE alongside Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The 52-year-old Sheikh Mansour is also the owner of the Manchester City football club. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is currently UAE’s national security adviser and chairman of the ADQ sovereign wealth fund — along with his third brother, Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed, have been named as Deputy Rulers of Abu Dhabi by the ruler himself.

    Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan
    Sheikh Mohammed became the president and ruler of Abu Dhabi last year after the demise of Sheikh Khalifa. Announced through an official statement by the media office, this decision about the vice presidency was made with the approval of the UAE Federal Supreme Council.

    The UAE president has issued a resolution, with the approval of the UAE Federal Supreme Council, to appoint Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister of Presidential Court as UAE Vice President.
    — مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@ADMediaOffice) March 29, 2023
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    How I got my job as… Founder of this luxe Dubai-based interior design company

    Welcome to the Emirates Woman weekly series ‘How I got my job as…’ where we speak to some incredible entrepreneurs and businesswomen both based in the UAE and globally to find out about their career paths that led them to where they are now; what their daily routines look like; the advice they’d give to those starting out; and the hurdles they’ve had to overcome.
    This week we chat with Yasmin Farahmandy, founder of Ydesign Interior, an architectural and interior design firm based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Known for its reputation in providing innovative quality pieces for clients according to their needs.
    Focused on one-of-a-kind designs, refined details and impressive quality, the company transforms different scale projects from preliminary concepts to beautiful, bold, luxurious and surreal reality.
    Emirates Woman sat down with this interior designer to find out more about her creative process and what inspired her to launch her own sophisticated brand.
    What was your favourite subject at school?
    My favorite subjects from elementary school all the way to my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees were always related to art and design. In Art class, I was always intrigued by materials, colors and textures and I found things came naturally to my eyes at a young age. I have been blessed with opportunities to explore different mediums in both art and design over the years – from graphic design to fashion. I created a series of fashion shows aged 16, and in my work today I continue to admire and be inspired by the fashion and art scene, from how I dress to how I design the next beautiful space. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Furniture Design in Canada and ended my educational journey at Domus Academy in Milan, where I obtained my Master’s degree in Interior and Living Design.

    What was your first job?
    Since I was young I have been driven to work and learn, not just to earn money but because I have always been curious and wanted some independence. When I was 15, I was working as a barista and then restaurant manager and I then went on to run a retail store until I was 20 when I started working in a global design firm. All those early employment experiences have added great value to being a designer today, helping me understand spaces and the need of a venue or brand much better.
    What brought you to Dubai?
    I moved to Dubai when I was five years old then moved to Canada when I was 13. Later on, I moved to Milan, the design capital of the world, to complete my Master’s degree. I returned to Dubai because to me it is a city of opportunities and the design and art scene has grown at an exciting pace here, especially over the last 10 years. Now, it really is one of the main hubs for design and for me, working in the hospitality sector, where better in the world to be than Dubai.
    What inspired you to enter the interior design space and launch Y Design?
    Being a designer was a vision I had since a young age. I always knew I wanted to be part of the creative world and felt it was where I belonged. The older I got, the more obsessed with interior design I became. I love how all design disciplines can be incorporated into interiors. I learned so much working with some of the world’s best global design firms such as HBA and Gensler. That experience, coupled with my lifelong obsession with beauty and luxury, opened the doors for the most exciting chapter of my life – launching Ydesign Interior during the pandemic.
    Talk us through the inspiration of your pieces.
    I am inspired by different cultures and spaces therefore traveling is one of the biggest parts of my inspiration journey. While we like to stay up to date with recent trends, we also try to incorporate historic styles. Like fashion, design trends repeat themselves, whether that be through style, material, or design.
    What are the key elements of your role?
    As a designer and as an entrepreneur, it is very challenging to maintain both identities every day. The designer side of me is a creative soul with a vivid imagination, and day-to-day I manage projects, clients and construction sites. But as an entrepreneur and business owner, I have to wear many different hats and play different roles. I am a representative of my own brand, and I manage the company’s finance, accounts, and team members, all while building new relationships and business leads.
    Talk us through your daily routine.
    Exercise is very important to me. I believe it elevates your mind and your mental health as well as your body, which as an entrepreneur and designer is very important. I need to be able to create and be inspired, and my brain and imagination is my main tool as a designer. It is like a muscle you need to train therefore exercising is part of my daily lifestyle everyday. I wake up very early and either go for a run, do weight training, or hot yoga. I do this every single day before I begin any work. My day is a mix of catching up with emails, meeting my clients and suppliers, and visiting construction sites. After work, I visit newly opened restaurants, hotels and bars to firstly admire the interior spaces, but also to understand and observe how people relate and interact with the spaces, which is a huge part of the concept journey for any hospitality or commercial project.
    What advice do you have for anyone looking to follow in the same footsteps?
    Be passionate, persistent, and patient. Passionate: “Do what you love, and love what you do”, always in whatever you do in life. I always advise younger designers – when you do what you love, it is no longer an 8-5 job, it’s your baby, that you are growing, and will always be part of you. Be persistent as starting a firm is not easy, but you should always remain persistent and maintain the same drive everyday – have a vision and go after it. Also, be patient: Your dreams or goals don’t happen overnight. When you start your company, you need to be financially stable while you are growing, because you won’t have a steady salary. Make sure your finance is in check. Be patient. There might be some days you have a couple of projects at the same time, but some days when you are waiting for one project. Be prepared for good and bad days in all areas – whether that is finance or team capability. We have grown today to a team of five designers at Y Design in the past three years, but only because we’ve been ‘passionate, persistent and patient’.
    What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
    As long as you are really passionate about what you do every day, you will find some joy in both the good and bad days.
    We are living and working in a very competitive market, but if you can maintain energy, passion and a positive energy, you will attract clients who admire this and want to be a part of your journey.
    And what is the worst?
    “You are too young to start your own company”. There is no right or wrong time – it is different for each one of us. It’s going to be scary, challenging, and push you out of your comfort zone whatever age you are – only you know if and when you are ready to take the challenge.

    What has been the biggest challenge you had to overcome?
    The biggest challenge was the launch of my company, as it was right in the middle of Covid. I had been contemplating for a year when the right time would be to start my own boutique firm. We were in the midst of the chaos and in lockdown, and I had lost my job. It was the scariest and most challenging decision I have made not knowing how the market would respond or if I could succeed. But here we are three years later, and I can say that all that chaos resulted in the most beautiful outcome with the launch of Ydesign Interior.
    What are the future plans for your brand?
    I would like to expand Ydesign Interior globally and work on international projects, while still maintaining our identity and feel of a boutique firm. We are very selective with the projects we take on and operate with an ethos of quality over quantity, which is key to our brand identity, as a luxury boutique firm. I feel it is important to build and develop a great friendships with our clients – that is what makes the journey enjoyable, even amid the inevitable challenges we face with every project.
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    This luxe Abu Dhabi hotel is the ultimate celebratory wedding venue


    by Team Emirates Woman
    2 hours ago

    In PARTNERSHIP: Choosing a venue can be one of the most stressful yet crucial parts of the wedding planning process.
    To make your big day special, Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences promises to throw a lavish ceremony to remember for a lifetime.
    While Dubai delivers some of the most romantic wedding venues, there is no reason why Abu Dhabi shouldn’t be on your list.
    So if you’re looking for a potential wedding venue, this property offers a myriad of reasons why you should tie the knot here.
    Just minutes away from the city’s most notable landmarks, celebrate in the heart of the city at Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences. Nestled in the iconic West Corniche district, it is an idyllic destination to exchange vows and craft memories weaved with emotions, opulence and sophistication.
    Wedding venues

    With its perfect blend of unparalleled grandeur, elegance and charm, Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences is the ultimate location for big celebrations beyond every expectation. Offering one of the largest and most elegant wedding venues in the capital, every couple can choose between a micro wedding for an intimate celebration or a full-on wedding festivity.
    ‘Al Bateen’ is a high-celling ballroom that allows you to customize your big day to your style and preferences and can comfortably host large weddings of up to 600 guests, making for an excellent pick for an eloquent large-scale celebration. The venue boasts a theatrical staircase that leads you from the private entrance to the beautifully designed pre-function area as you make your way toward your magical ever-after. The well-appointed bridal suite and the plush VIP lounge are thoughtfully designed keeping in mind the comfort and privacy of the bride and the groom, making it one of the largest in the city, adorned with luxurious decors.

    For a more intimate affair, there is the ‘Mouza’, a stunning event space with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, a sea-view private terrace and a dedicated pre-function area. The ‘Lum’a Terrace’ offers a space apt for receptions and ceremonies, and delivers breathtaking views of the palace.
    For traditional weddings, Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences also provides a private ladies-only setting in an exclusive set-up that includes female chefs, security personnel and hostesses.
    Dedicated wedding planners
    To ensure a smooth sailing wedding prep you will get to work with an experienced team of event consultants to do all your ‘wedmins’ and ensure your wedding perfectly matches your vision. From an elevated guest experience down to the smallest of details, their years of expertise will allow you a stress-free wedding prep and bring together tradition, culture, and your personal style to create exciting and memorable moments for you and your guests.
    Exquisite catering
    Embark on an epicurean journey with bespoke menus carefully curated by the master chefs, a personalized service, and a customized wedding cake on the house – these culinary offerings add a meaningful touch to your big day.
    Luxurious guest rooms and facilities
    When all the dancing and festivities wind down, Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences can host you and your guests throughout the wedding celebration. The property features luxurious rooms and spacious suites and residences providing the perfect space to relax and prepare for your big day. Its world-class amenities include an outdoor pool, spa and in-house salon – allowing the utmost convenience for the day of your dreams. Special stay rates are offered for guests as well as a complimentary first night at the Grand Suite followed by a lavish breakfast spread for the newly-wedded couple.
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    Elevate the art of tea-drinking at the world’s first tea majlis by Newby in Abu Dhabi


    by Team Emirates Woman
    60 mins ago

    IN PARTNERSHIP: Newby Teas brings a bespoke concept to the heart of Abu Dhabi for all tea enthusiasts.
    Savour an authentic Middle Eastern style experience, as the brand has opened its first-ever Tea Majlis in Abu Dhabi for an unforgettable experience. Embark on a tea journey to discover blends from around the world in this one-of-a-kind tea haven.
    Reminiscent of the social gathering in Emirati culture, this exclusive Tea Majlis invites guests to discover speciality teas, rare teas and Ultra-rare teas. Rare teas like Delicate Oolong from the misty mountains of Taiwan, and Ultra-rare Teas like Gulshan, a blend of rare black and green tea are a few of the blends offered in this tea haven transporting customers to the finest tea estates around the world.

    With this beloved brew seen in many forms, this most awarded luxury tea brand brings a unique concept to the table with the first majlis. Born to represent an opulent oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, the tea majlis has been initiated with a clear mission to reintroduce quality tea and revive the world’s love for it.
    Designed with fine attention to detail, visitors can witness the sophisticated pieces in the new boutique on display. From the Victorian-era antique silverware on display to the hand-painted tea cups, pure amber tea ware, and art from the exclusive Chitra Collection, each element is carefully selected to complement the theme.
    As an homage to the country’s rich history, this one-of-a-kind immersive experience, each and every element within the majlis has been curated to embody the glory of tea culture in history.

    For a limited-edition blend, visitors can purchase the newly offered Romance tea which is a testimony to the grandeur of ancient tea culture.
    So, make an appointment at the latest boutique for a luxurious tea experience unlike ever before. Newby’s Tea Majlis is located in Abu Dhabi at the Nation Towers, Level 1, with operating hours from 10am to 10pm daily. To book the majlis, please contact or contact +971 50 3754 609
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    Everything to know about the upcoming ULTRA music festival in Abu Dhabi


    by Sarah Joseph
    3 hours ago

    One of the most highly-anticipated music festivals is coming to Abu Dhabi in March 2023.
    Since its inception in Miami in 1999, ULTRA Music Festival has grown into an internationally renowned, three-day event that showcases top-tier electronic music acts and unparalleled production every March.
    After gaining worldwide traction, this festival has paved its way to the Middle East.
    So, if you’re looking for upcoming plans in the month, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming ULTRA Music Festival in Abu Dhabi.
    When is it happening?
    This first-of-its-kind festival in the UAE is set to take place on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday March 5, 2023.
    The festival will take place at the largest open-air venue in the region, Etihad Park, located on Yas Island. One of the world’s fastest-growing leisure and entertainment destinations and a pinnacle of luxury in the United Arab Emirates, Yas Island will provide the perfect setting for the destination festival.

    Phase one headliners
    With top global DJs all set to play at this enticing music festival, the lineup includes Adam Beyer, Afrojack, Amelie Lens, Calvin Harris, ILLENIUM, KSHMR, NGHTMRE, Sasha_John, Digweed andSkrillex.
    Final line up
    ULTRA’s famed resistance concept has added five more industry stalwarts to the event. Ilario Alicante, Kolsch, Melanie Ribbie, Mind Against and Pan-Pot are the latest world-class acts set to grace the Resistance stage this year.
    Premium offerings
    ULTRA Abu Dhabi will offer a Premium General Experience pass that allows access holders to dedicated entrance gates, toilets, F&B offerings as well as their own lounge area where they can experience the most amazing night of their lives.
    A VIP experience
    The concert will also offer bespoke VVIP Experiences at both stages, packed with bottle service, mind-blowing theatrics, and the very best view in the house. Details on table sales will be announced shortly on ULTRA Abu Dhabi’s social media channels and website.
    The advance 2-day tickets are priced at Dhs480 and regular are priced at Dhs540 for general admission. The premium general admission 2-day tickets are priced at Dhs680 and regular 2 day are priced at Dhs765. They can now be purchased online at
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    8 fabulous things to do in the UAE this weekend


    by Sarah Joseph
    1 hour ago

    Your ultimate weekend guide in the UAE – January 27 to January 29, 2023.
    Put self-care first

    Stretch it out at Dubai’s popular beach haven Koko Bay, with an hour-long yoga session, in partnership with lululemon, led by expert practitioner Wellness with Dina, a local specialist in yoga, meditation, and reiki and Pure Cure Yoga, lululemon ambassador. Taking place on Saturday, January 28 at 8.30am, this yoga session will include a sumptuous breakfast at the popular restaurant for all guests attending the class. Priced at Dhs100, this all-inclusive wellness session will promise tranquil views of Dubai’s skyline, making it the perfect way to start the weekend.
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    Shop at this skincare haven

    Welcome to the future of skincare at Aēsop’s latest store at Dubai Mall. With space-age experimentation, visitors can embark on a new beauty journey and explore a complete range of skin, hair and body care products displayed in its sci-fi spacecraft interiors. The store’s trained consultants are able to offer complimentary advice about products best suited to individual needs. A concealed Fragrance Library adds to the sense of mystery: here, guests can imbue a piece of clothing with their aroma of choice, taking it with them on their imagined journey. So get ready to enjoy this one-of-a-kind skincare experience in Dubai.
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    Enjoy this delectable Greek haven

    The award-winning Greek restaurant Mythos Kouzina and Grill has officially opened its second branch at The Square in City Walk. With authentic dishes crafted to perfection and natural aesthetics, the restaurant offers a host of crave-worthy dishes such as Fava, Feta in Filo, succulent grills and more. With fresh ingredients re-imagines through a Greek lens, this venue will transport guests to the timeless charm of the country. The interiors are deep rooted in natural materials, earthy colors, raw and unfinished textures. Attaining a laid-back modern space that draws guests in effortlessly with its charming beautifully-crafted pottery, handwoven rattan chairs and artistic tableware. Located in the heart of City Walk, it’s open daily from 12:30pm until midnight and until 1am on weekends.
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    Visit this new winter pop us

    This season is all about spending it outdoors. By adding to the list of chic desert cafés in Dubai, Cactus Grove is the latest winter pop up in Alfaya Desert to be added to your list. Open daily from 4pm to 12am, this luxe hotspot promises delicious coffee and the perfect Instagram-worthy shot in the middle of nature. Designed with cactus and other botanical elements, this venue is definitely a must-visit this weekend. The location can be found here.
    Book a fine-dining experience

    Indulge in contemporary Anatolian cuisine at the newly opened Rüya at The St. Regis Dubai. With flavors from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, signature stylish beverages, and music by the resident DJ for a vibrant night to remember. With an array of unmatched dishes such as wild mushroom ragout, grilled seabream, pulled lamb and more, guests can indulge in a sharing-style menu for a wholesome experience. For the complete experience, dishes are curated from the theatrical open kitchen with inventive cocktails. To embrace the outdoor seasons, visitors can dine on the terrace to take in the exquisite views of the Arabian Gulf. Byzantine architecture-inspired dome-shaped chandeliers and intricately designed Turkish carpets are reminiscent of a bygone era through the restaurant’s interiors. The restaurant is open daily for dinner from 6pm onwards and will most definitely promise a memorable evening.
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    Take your culinary skills to the next level

    If you want to become a sushi expert, Katsuya at Hyde Dubai has launched an exclusive masterclass to learn from the specialist, Chef Pavel. Priced at Dhs299 per person, visitors can learn how to add innovative twists to any classic dish and work with Truffle to give all creations a decadent touch. As it’s limited to 10 guests per class, do ensure all bookings are made in advance prior to the session. The class takes place every Sunday between 12pm to 8pm. To make any reservation, visit here.
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    It’s brunch time

    Need Saturday night plans on The Palm Jumeirah? Look no further as Barfly set to launch their evening Barfly Soiree Brunch. The evening’s atmosphere will be charged with live entertainment and delectable Asian-inspired dishes, which promise to take the soiree brunch to new heights Packages for the brunch start from Dhs385 for soft beverages, Dhs445 for house pouring and Dhs545 for premium beverages with their own menu of signature cocktails included and a delicious range of mocktails. The evening’s atmosphere will be charged with live entertainment, from energetic dancers to live DJ, which promises to take the soiree brunch to new heights. Every Saturday from 7 to 11pm come and take in the stunning view, delicious menu, and live entertainment at the Hilton’s liveliest venue.
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    Attend this K-pop concert in Abu Dhabi

    By making their way to the UAE, BLACKPINK World is set to perform live in Abu Dhabi this weekend at Etihad Park, Yas Island. Along with the BLACKPINK Abu Dhabi concert, the group will perform in Riyadh, Manila, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney and more. So, mark your calendars as this K-pop group will hit the stage in the UAE capital.
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    Top female tennis stars headed to UAE for first-ever ‘Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open’


    by Team Emirates Woman
    2 mins ago

    IN PARTNERSHIP: The UAE has become one of the key destinations for international sports in recent years and now the Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open will be making its mark in the Middle East.
    The ‘Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open’ will be held in the capital from 5–12 February 2023 hosted in partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Mubadala, the major 500 event will bring together the world’s top female players at Zayed Sports City. 
    Including World No. 2, Ons Jabeur, Daria Kasatkina, Paula Badosa and Danielle Collins have all confirmed their attendance.  Onus Jabeur will be returning to Abu Dhabi following the success of playing both Wimbledon and US Open in 2022, becoming the first Muslin Arab player to reach a Grand Slam final.

    Held across eight days, the tournament will feature more than 60 singles and doubles with a variety of entertaining activities for families and sports heads alike.
    Swipe through the gallery to see all the tennis players attending

    Tickets start at AED 50 for adults (including premium tickets on Monday and Tuesday), whilst full tournament packages are available at a 15% saving, including hospitality tickets that promise an unparalleled event experience. Additionally, tickets for children under 12 accompanied by premium and regular ticketholders will be free during the first four days.
    For more information visit and @MubadalaAbuDhabiOpen
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    UAE to ban single-use plastic bags from 2024


    by Sarah Joseph
    2 hours ago

    By making a conscious effort to protect the environment, the UAE will ban the production and circulation of single-use plastic shopping bags from January 1, 2024.
    As per the state news agency WAM, the resolution prohibits the import, production and circulation of single-use plastic shopping bags from next year.
    Additionally, the government has told authorities, retailers, suppliers and consumers to prepare “suitable, sustainable and multi-use alternatives in all shopping stores, retail stores and sales outlets on a permanent basis,” as reported by the agency.
    A rule has already been implemented in Dubai since last summer for a nominal 25 fils charge on plastic bags in Dubai on plastic bags with most plastic bags banned in Abu Dhabi since last year.
    In order to ensure, certain produce remains fresh, thin bag rolls will be excluded from this decision and will require a clear label in order to proceed with in the future. Other bags made with recycled materials shall also be exempted from the rule.
    Without limiting to plastic bags, the UAE will also ban plastic products such as cups, plates, cutlery, containers, straws, stirrers and boxes from January 1, 2026.
    With four emirates having already regulated the use of plastic and announcing bans, others will soon become part of the vision to follow sustainable practices and for the UAE’s pledge to reach net zero by 2050 was a first for the MENA region.
    Looking for plastic bag alternatives? Swipe through our full edit below

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