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    In pics: Princess Reema Bandar Al Saud visits Saudi Arabia’s first female astronaut


    by Sarah Joseph
    3 hours ago

    Saudi Arabia is making waves by sending their first Saudi female astronaut, Rayana Barnawi to space this year.
    To congratulate both Barnawi and Ali Al Qarni who will accompany her on this mission, Princess Reem Bint Bandar Al Saud, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States of America visited them this week.
    She visited them in Houston and toured the facilities of NASA Johnson with Axiom Space where the astronauts are currently training and even saw the site’s mission control center first-hand.
    In a post shared on her feed, the caption said, “I had the pleasure to meet with #Saudi astronauts Ali & Rayyanah (the first Arab & Muslim female astronaut) who will shape science through 11 experiments which they’ll take park in while joining the Ax-2 space mission’s crew this quarter.”

    I met with #Saudi astronauts Ali & Rayyanah (the first Arab & Muslim female astronaut) who will shape science through 11 experiments which they’ll take part in while joining the Ax-2 space mission’s crew this quarter.@saudispace @Astro_Rayyanah @AstroAli11#Saudi_towards_Space
    — Reema Bandar Al-Saud (@rbalsaud) March 21, 2023

    With an additional set of images shared on her Twitter feed, she wrote, “It was a privilege to visit @NASA_Johnson in Houston and tour their facilities including the Mission Control Center, and see our astronauts in training. I would like to thank NASA and @Axiom_Space for their gracious hospitality.”
    Set to make history, the mission comes nearly 40 years after the Kingdom had sent the first Arab, Prince Sultan bin Salman to space in 1985.
    Scheduled to launch from the US to the ISS, Barnawi and Al Qarni will join the crew of the AX-2 space mission, to activate scientific innovations at the level of space sciences and develop human capital by attracting talents and necessary skills to keep in line with the country’s 2030 mission.
    Swipe through the gallery to see portraits from Princess Reema’s visit to the International Space Station:

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    UAE announces the official start date of Ramadan


    by Sarah Joseph
    43 mins ago

    The most sacred month of the year begins this week in the UAE on Thursday, March 23, 2023.
    Depending on the moon sighting, the Islamic months last for 29 or 30 days, marking tomorrow as the start of a month in the Islamic Hijri calendar, which was not spotted on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 night.
    Special Iftar tents will be set up outside mosques and prayers will last well into the evening as this sacred month begins tomorrow.
    Marking the first holy month this year without any COVID-related restrictions, residents will be able to host Iftars along with gatherings and family. Additionally, masks are not required to be worn by worshippers inside mosques or any public places in the country.
    For those abstaining from food and drinks from dusk to dawn will observe shorter working hours during this period.
    Shorter working hours

    The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has announced a reduction of 2 working hours per day for all employees in the private sector in the UAE during the holy month of Ramadan.
    — وزارة الموارد البشرية والتوطين (@MOHRE_UAE) March 13, 2023

    According to the UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE), the official work timings for private sector employees during Ramadan have been reduced by two hours. Government employees will work 9am-2.30pm, Monday to Thursday, and 9am-noon on Fridays while private sector workers will see their hours reduced by two hours per day.
    Eid Al Fitr break
    If you’re looking to plan ahead for this year’s first long weekend. The official Eid Al Fitr holiday in the UAE will commence from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3. As per the current astrological predictions, the break will take place from Thursday, April 20 to Sunday, April 23, 2023.
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    Dubai’s Raffles The Palm is now offering an ultra-luxe membership programme


    by Team Emirates Woman
    1 hour ago

    IN PARTNERSHIP: For the ultimate rejuvenation, Raffles, The Palm has launched an elite membership programme to experience.
    The ultra-luxurious resort offers a holistic approach to hospitality with its all-in-one programme set to offer a myriad of unparalleled benefits throughout the year across stays, dining, wellness, and fitness experiences at the resort.

    For an idyllic escape, the property offers unlimited Raffles Club Access, private cabana preferred bookings and once-a-year 24/7 concierge services.
    Guests can embark on a culinary adventure with an array of benefits including a complimentary Chef’s table experience at Matagi with authentic Japanese cuisine along with brunch and afternoon tea experiences for up to four guests and 25 percent off food and beverages across all the restaurants.

    Matagi at Raffles The Palm
    If you’re looking to unwind, the property’s ultra-luxe spa Cinq Mondes Spa, promises a sanctuary of blissful well-being with an array of world-class services and treatments including wellness services for a holistic approach to living. Customers will have access to six 60-minute Royal Balinese Massages for single membership members and six Wellnamis Binaural Acoustic and Vibrational Therapies with three for singles membership members. For a refined retail experience, members can avail 10 percent off on all Cinq Mondes retail products and 20 percent off the spa menu with access to the indoor pool, gym and unlimited outdoor pool and beach access.

    Cinq Mondes Spa at Raffles The Palm
    In addition to all the benefits, each customer also receives silver, gold, platinum and diamond membership including full access to exclusive Diamond members benefits such as suite night upgrades, access to the Executive lounge and free breakfast on the weekends.

    Piatti by the Beach
    Priced at Dhs60,000 for a single membership and Dhs80,000 for a couple’s membership, customers can rejuvenate at this oasis that’s ideal for families, couples and everyone all throughout the year. To sign up for all the exclusive benefits visit
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    Experience a relaxing iftar by the beach in the heart of Ras Al Khaimah


    by Team Emirates Woman
    2 hours ago

    Looking for an unwinding cityscape iftar?
    For a big city detox, the UAE is home to a myriad of unique glamping spots and Longbeach Campground is one of them with an exquisite iftar for visitors to experience.
    Visitors can break their fast after sunset in the beachside dining at Longbeach Campground with a magical iftar featuring a signature live BBQ dinner, an array of live stations and a selection of other delectable dishes, unlimited selected beverages every Thursday to Sunday from sunset until 11 pm.

    For a relaxing evening, guests can feast after a long day of fasting featuring the relaxing sounds of the waves along with the soft tunes performed by the resident entertainment team.
    Additionally, the resort features a plethora of recreational facilities such as a beach, yoga, sea view aerobics, kite flying and enticing water spots to ensure the 300-metre stretch of beach keeps you entertained all day long. Bringing together a traditional camping ethos with luxurious amenities and engaging activities, this one-of-a-kind venue is not one to miss out on this season.

    If you’re looking for a fun-filled camp, kids will be far from bored with all the host of onboard activities for them to try out during their stay. There’s also a pleasant site of farm animals for kids to interact with at the petting zoo. Starting at Dhs249 for the authentic deluxe tent with a comfortable setting, this will make the perfect home for your next camping trip in Ras Al Khaimah.
    The packages for the Iftar start at Dhs110 for adults and Dhs55 for kids, below the age of 12 years old.
    To make a reservation visit
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    30 Sheikh Hamdan-approved restaurants in Dubai you need to try ASAP

    When it comes to knowing the best restaurants to dine at in Dubai, the emirate’s Crown Prince always knows best.
    From sophisticated alfresco havens to all the authentic food choices, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is regularly seen dining out at some of the best F&B concepts Dubai has to offer.
    No stranger to Dubai’s foodie scene, when it comes to dining at the city’s fine-dining spots, Fazza knows best. From alfresco havens to new speakeasies, Dubai’s Crown Prince has paid a visit to a myriad of restaurants, to ensure he’s always on top of the food game.
    If you’re in need of some inspo on where to dine next, Emirates Woman has curated a list of all the sophisticated restaurants that have received Sheikh Hamdan’s stamp of approval.
    L’Amo Bistro del Mare

    Sheikh Hamdan made a visit to L’Amo Bistro del Mare in May 2022, an Italian restaurant that opened its doors at Dubai Harbour this year. The waterfront restaurant welcomed His Highness for lunch on Saturday. The Dubai Crown Prince also posed for a photo with Chef Lorenzo Buccarini, Carlo Tinelli, General Manager of the restaurant and Piero Giglio, MD & Partner of MINE Lifestyle Managing. This upscale seafood restaurant is a partnership between Sunset Hospitality Group and Mine and Yours Group, making this yet another notable addition to the Dubai dining scene. From signature dishes such as red and violet prawns, delicate sea urchins, Margherita Pinsa and Italian oysters and scallops, the restaurant is sure to transport visitors to the rustic streets of Italy with every serving of each dish. With freshly caught seafood, the flavours are enhanced to capture the essence of the Mediterranean sea.Situated in the heart of the city at the Dubai Harbour Yacht Club, L’Amo Bistro Del Mare is open daily from 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to midnight.

    Spotted at Chef Izu’s latest venue, Alaya in DIFC this month, Sheikh Hamdan gave the restaurant his royal seal of approval.Masterminded by Chef Izu and one of Emirates Man’s former cover stars Evgeny Kuzin, the concept is nothing short of extraordinary, with a combination of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. Inspired by their travels, each dish is prepared with the freshest ingredients. After only opening last month, the restaurant has gained quite a bit of traction as the duo has brought a new concept to DIFC. By taking each visitor on a culinary journey, the warm inviting space, ensures guests feel at home from the moment they enter.
    La Maison Ani

    On one of his most recent foodie outings, Sheikh Hamdan paid a visit to a brand new concept by Chef Izu Ani and Evgeny Kuzin. Fazza stopped by La Maison Ani at the end of May 2022 just weeks after it officially opened.  The restaurant’s team described it as an “honour” to welcome the Crown Prince, sharing a photo from his visit. “It was a complete honour and privilege to host The Crown Prince @faz3 at La Maison Ani by Chef Izu,” they said. “The first of many visits we hope.”

    This restaurant is already a household name in London and Las Vegas. Having arrived in Dubai late last year, SUSHISAMBA has already made its mark on the emirate. So much so, Sheikh Hamdan thought it fit to host one of his most famous friends at the restaurant on his recent visit to Dubai. The emirate’s Crown Prince was seen visiting the hotspot with famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. In late January, the pair enjoyed lunch together with some of their entourage. We’re definitely adding this new hotspot to our list of must-trys.
    11 Woodfire

    For one of the first outings in 2022, Sheikh Hamdan visited this new concept – the brainchild of chef Akmal Anuar and Ahmass Fakahany, CEO and Founder of Atelier House Hospitality – which opened later last year. Located in a villa on Jumeirah Beach Road, 11 Woodfire opened in November 2021. Sharing the news of the Crown Prince’s visit to 11 Woodfire with a photograph, the restaurant said it was an “honour” to host him.

    This picturesque new restaurant brings a piece of Aegean paradise to the heart of Dubai. Situated at the Address Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan was spotted there in January 2022. This outdoor venue perfectly captures views of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountains which were captured in Sheikh Hamdan’s story. From fresh seafood to a plethora of must-try dishes, these delectable mezes are sure to be savoured with your loved ones as Dubai’s Crown prince did.

    Gohan, the new Japanese speakeasy by the team at La Cantine du Faubourg is one of the latest hotspots to visit. The space is quite intimate being able to seat no more than 30 diners at a time and Fazza gave his stamp of approval in late 2021. While the restaurant may have been a well-kept secret previously, now that Fazza has paid a visit the word about Gohan is well and truly out.
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    The Arts Club

    This sophisticated private members-only club is situated in the heart of DIFC. Having welcomed Sheikh Hamdan last year, this ultra-luxe venue was honoured to have him and even posted a picture on their feed. The Crown Prince enjoyed a hearty meal at Rōhen.
    For more information visit
    Mimi Kakushi

    Known for their cosy interiors and ultra-luxe décor, this restaurant is a must-visit with all the Japanese classics under one roof. On the UAE’s 50th National Day, Sheikh Hamdan paid a visit and was so impressed by hospitality and service as he celebrated the country’s birthday.
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    Sheikh Hamdan’s a fan, and so are we. This contemporary Japanese restaurant opened back in 2020 and Sheikh Hamdan was one of the first to visit post-lockdown. Known for its contemporary Japanese robatayaki cuisine and sushi, this restaurant has become a firm favourite on the Dubai dining scene.
    Twiggy by La Cantine

    The Crown Prince of Dubai stopped by this incredible venue late last year and no doubt enjoyed the impeccable views that Twiggy has to offer. At the time, Sheikh Hamdan shared a series of images on his Instagram story of some of the exquisite cuisine he was enjoying. Twiggy by La Cantine opened at the beginning of 2021 and it’s safe to say it has been the go-to hotspot for Mediterranean dining in Dubai.

    Bringing the charm of Greek cuisine to Dubai, this restaurant provides an unforgettable experience with authentic Mediterranean hospitality offering culinary textures and aromas to your plate. Located in Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, Fazza has previously been spotted dining there.
    Sal at the Burj Al Arab

    In mid-December 2020, the Crown Prince of Dubai was pictured at Sal at the Burj Al Arab. This restaurant opened its doors back in September 2020 and has been a popular destination for restaurant-goers ever since. It offers guests endless ocean views with seamless service and a sophisticated menu. Described as “barefoot luxury meets Southern European culinary excellence”, the restaurant also comes fully equipped with a 100-metre infinity pool to relax at after a delightful meal.
    Caviar Kaspia

    Fresh from the hustle and bustle of Paris, Caviar Kaspia opened its first venue outside the French capital in Dubai late last year. One of the first people to visit was the Crown Prince of Dubai. A photo of Fazza’s visit was posted to the restaurant’s Instagram page, where His Highness was seen posing with a Matryoshka Doll, which is a signature to the restaurant and is known to hold caviar.
    The MAINE Land Brasserie

    Sheikh Hamdan and his entourage visited this luxe steakhouse located in the ME by Melia Hotel in Business Bay at the beginning of 2021. It’s the third restaurant in Dubai by restauranteur Joey Ghazal and has become a firm favourite on the Dubai dining scene.
    Avli by Tashas

    Having opened just over three years ago in January 2019, Sheikh Hamdan is a frequent visitor to Avli by tashas in DIFC. The restaurant captures the essence of Greek cuisine combined with a chic and sophisticated space reminiscent of the Mediterranean.

    Loved by Sheikh Hamdan, Gaia is the brainchild of Chef Izu. The restaurant encompasses the Greek Goddess of Earth, the mother of the sun, the mountains and the sea and is the inspiration for each exquisite Mediterranean dish. In January 2019, the Crown Prince of Dubai and his father, the Ruler of Dubai, were spotted dining at the Grecian-inspired restaurant. But even before that, Sheikh Hamdan gave Gaia his seal of approval back just five days after it opened in October 2018. After his visit, Chef Izu posted a cheeky picture with the Dubai royal, as he sported a wide grin.
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    Il Borro

    This high-class Tuscan Bistro welcomed the Crown Prince of Dubai along with his team, with authentic cuisine and dishes that are made with ingredients that are freshly imported for a bespoke Italian experience. In 2021, it was one of the first outings Sheikh Hamdan made following the announcement he has become a father to twins, Rashid and Sheikha.

    While continuing to extend his support to several homegrown restaurants in the UAE, Sheikh Hamdan has been a long-time fan of Chef Izu, the brainchild behind two notable restaurants in the UAE. Seen posing in this snap with Chef Izu, Sheikh Hamdan paid a visit to Carine, located in Emirates Golf Club. At the time of his visit, the Dubai-based restauranteur said, “Always an honour and great pleasure to have HH Sheikh Hamdan with us at Carine.”
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    L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

    Adding another high-end eatery to his list of restaurants with his stamp of approval is L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. His Highness paid a visit to the eatery to the authentic French restaurant in June 2021, with a photo being shared by the DIFC-based restaurant on their official Instagram page. This establishment is famed for its celebrity clientele alongside its Michelin star cuisine which offers guests dishes including a crispy poached egg with caviar, truffle pizza and Dover sole à la plancha, all prepared in front of the guests.
    Gudee Pizza Café

    Known for their Afghani specialities, this eatery pushes beyond the borders of authentic cuisine in the heart of Dubai, with some of the most creative pizza combinations offered under one roof in the highly comforting atmosphere with a modern interpretation of the aforementioned cuisine with innovative desserts. Located at Gate Avenue mall level in DIFC, the Crown Prince’s uncle, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, also known as Uncle Saeed on Instagram, is a regular at Gudees.
    BB Social Dining

    The homegrown concept serving Eastern cuisine has a compact space offering various cuisine options. Located in Gate village 8 DIFC, the atmosphere is both sophisticated and elegant.

    After having spotted Sheikh Hamdan at this stunning seafood restaurant, he posed for a picture with the head of operations and also seemed to enjoy the restaurant’s freshly baked bread with one of the lighthouse salads on his visit.

    This Mediterranean-inspired travel-themed café is extremely Instagrammable and is known for its topographic design. Located in Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue extension, the theme of the restaurant has certainly caught everyone’s attention.
    She Burger

    Are there any burger fans here? Then you would be happy to know that Fazza is a fan of this edgy urban burger chain. Open in Dar Wasl Mall, the burger place caters to chicken and beef lovers alike, and if you are vegetarian, then you should try She Burger’s ‘Krazy Kale’ or ‘Avo Salad’ salads.

    Located in the popular tourist spot of Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the Crown Prince of Dubai has previously made a visit to this quaint Greek restaurant. Taverna is located on the waterfront of Souk Madinat Jumeirah and embodies the true rustic charm of Greece with exposed wood, white walls and neutral tones used throughout the venue.

    A Mykonos favourite, Nammos Dubai offers incredible views of the Arabian Seam, as well as incredible cuisine.  the iconic Dubai Skyline – if you’re looking for a fun afternoon, this is the location. Sheikh Hamdan made a visit at this delicious eatery back in December 2019.

    This popular spot first opened back in 2018 and one of the first to visit was Sheikh Hamdan. Located in the secluded area of La Mer, the Masti menu offers a reinterpretation of Indian cuisine, designed to share.
    CZN Burak

    This Turkish-Middle Eastern restaurant is the first Dubai-based establishment for Chef CZN Burak, who is hugely popular on social media with over 17 million followers and already has three popular restaurants in his home country of Turkey. In late 2020, he decided to crack the Dubai F&B space and within the first month of opening welcomed Sheikh Hamdan to his Downtown Dubai venue.

    This uber-chic Mediterranean and Greek experience is inspired by modern and contemporary testes in a lively atmosphere. By bringing warm Emirati hospitality in a luxurious setting, the restaurant is definitely a hit amongst all its visitors. Fazza visited the restaurant in June 2019 and the team shared an image with the caption: “We are always blessed and honored to have HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum dine with us.”
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    Mother’s Day 2023: Where to treat your mum in Dubai on this special occasion


    by Sarah Joseph
    3 hours ago

    Mothers truly deserve the world every single day.
    If you’re looking to make her feel a little extra special on the upcoming Mother’s Day on March 21, 2023, we’re here to guide you.
    From a memorable afternoon tea to a sophisticated fine-dining experience, there’s a myriad of experiences to make this year an unforgettable one.
    So, to ensure your plans are sorted, Emirates Woman has curated the ultimate guide of experiences to cherish with her.
    Indulge in some sweet treats

    One of Dubai’s most popular dining spots, Carine celebrates a sweet collaboration with the beautiful bakery Mémère Coco. Available until March 21, 2023, guests are invited to indulge in a selection of delicate and fanciful cakes, freshly baked daily by Carine Ani’s homegrown brand Mémère Coco. Inheriting her love and skill for baking from her beloved grandmother, Carine Ani launched Mémère Coco as an ode to her. Blessed with wonderous memories of her grandparents and her childhood, and the nostalgia of baking and enjoying precious moments, Carine was inspired to continue that legacy with Mémère Coco. Recreating treasured and humble recipes and new signature bakes, every sweet treat is baked by Carine Ani herself. From 12pm daily, guests can enjoy Carine’s elegant French Mediterranean-inspired cuisine for lunch & dinner, while breakfast is served every weekend from 9-1pm. Located at Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills 2, this restaurant is a must-visit.
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    Experience Neapolitan cuisine

    Scalini welcomes you and your loved ones to revel in an evening steeped in Neapolitan heritage and tradition with a tantalising live mozzarella preparation and a special performance from renowned neo melodical singer Tony Cossentino. Throughout the month of March, the restaurant celebrates the arrival of spring with an exquisite menu of specially curated dishes that exude the essence of primavera and an exhilarating evening of entertainment to honour Mother’s Day. From 7pm guests can indulge in Scalini’s signature dishes alongside the special menu that pays tribute to the gastronomical regions of Italy on March 21, 2023. Dishes start from Dhs35 and it’s located at Restaurant Village, Four Seasons Resort.
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    Unwind at a Parisian afternoon tea

    TWG Tea, the luxury tea brand, has created a special Mother’s Day offering that will delight any mum. Priced at Dhs218, the Parisian Afternoon Tea for two is a delicately infused gastronomic experience that pairs TWG Tea’s finest blends with an assortment of tea-infused finger sandwiches, truffle croques, freshly-baked muffins, scones, and pastries. Additionally, TWG Tea has also curated a selection of floral tea blends perfect for sharing quality time and memories with your mother. The Breakfast Queen Tea is a vivacious blend of precious green teas brilliantly balanced with notes of sweet lemon and a fragrant hint of rose, giving an enveloping floral aroma fit for her royal highness. This exclusive afternoon is available now at the TWG Tea Salon at Dubai Mall.
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    Stock up her vanity shelf

    Show your love and appreciation for your mum with our exquisite collection of Mother’s Day gift sets, available exclusively at Eluxura. Explore the selection of rare and luxurious skincare and perfume sets for her to stock up on her vanity shelf. For a special discount, the code ‘SET10’ for a 10 percent discount on the selected gift sets will be applied with free delivery on orders above Dhs250. So happy browsing, for your mum.
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    Take her through a self-care journey

    Honour the wonderful women in your life on 21 March 2023 with special Mother’s Day events at Anantara Downtown Dubai Hotel and treat her to a special spa treatment. Your mom deserves to take the weight off her feet. Surprise her with a visit to Anantara Spa where you can enjoy a day of indulgence. Take advantage of our facilities before and after a facial treatment of your choice. A complimentary 30-minute foot massage is included for every facial booked. This offer is available throughout March for Dhs600 per person.
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    Savour a special dessert

    LPM Restaurant & Bar, the home of the French Mediterranean, will offer guests the chance to indulge in a Tarte Tatin with Citrus-infused Greek Yogurt. This delectable dessert is sure to transport you back to simpler times and make the perfect addition to any Mother’s Day celebration. The dessert will be available until March 21, 2023 for only Dhs52. Located in the heart of DIFC, this restaurant is a must-visit.
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    Soak up the sun

    This Mother’s Day, let Palazzo Versace Dubai take care of the planning for you, and choose from a range of special offers in honour of the most special lady in your life. Located in the idyllic Dubai Creek, the extravagant hotel has curated a range of culinary, spa and pool offers, so you can celebrate Mother’s Day in style. Mums can enjoy a variety of delectable dishes while dining in one of Palazzo Versace’s award-winning restaurants or spend the day at the hotel’s pool while soaking up the sun. You can take your mum out for a memorable pool day at La Piscina, where from 1-4pm ladies can enjoy three complementary drinks upon ordering a dish and spend the afternoon lounging in the picturesque setting of the pool. Whichever way you choose to honour mum on her special day, Palazzo Versace Dubai has you covered.
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    Impress her with a bespoke cake

    The Cake Boutique by Waldorf Astoria DIFC takes inspiration from the colourful blooms and impresses with their latest Mother’s Day celebration desserts. To honour mothers on this day, they’ve introduced a coral-themed floral collection featuring stunning cakesicles and a Mommy & Me duo cake of coral hues and intricate floral designs. The Cake Boutique’s Mother’s Day Collection is a delicious delight, and their very own award-winning cake artist Beth Lauren has yet again outdone herself. The cakesicle set is priced at Dhs295 and the Mommy & Me Cake set is priced at Dhs395.
    For more information visit
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    Selena Gomez becomes the first-ever woman to cross 400 million followers on Instagram


    by Ruman Baig
    2 hours ago

    Celebrating this major milestone with her insta-family through a heartfelt post, Selena stated, “Wishing I could hug all 400 million of you.”

    Being the only woman to cross this massive number, the Disney alumni is known for keeping it raw, real and relatable on social media. This also makes her the third-most-followed person on the platform after football players Cristiano Ronaldo (with 562 million followers) and Lionel Messi (with 482 million followers).

    Recently, the Rare Beauty founder has been in the news because of cooked-up social media drama with reality-star Kylie Jenner and model Hailey Bieber. While the trio maintained their silence about all multiple theories emerging on both TikTok and Instagram—Selena took a sabatical from the platform, right after she dethroned fellow beauty-moghul Kylie Jenner as the most followed woman, who held the top slot for a while. Setting an example even through this, Selena’s move declared that even when you’re on the top of your game, you are allowed to take a step back.

    Returning to the platform to share her gratitude, Selena shared snippets of moments with fans that she cherishes. Over the years, the singer-actor-producer has been vocal about all her struggles on social media and has used the platform to constantly voice her opinion on issues that matter. Whether it was publically thanking her bestfriend and Kindey donor Francia Raisa for saving her life or candidly talking about her constant battle with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.

    Taking unfiltered to a whole new level, her authenticity on Instagram is what sets her apart. A platform where images are constantly retouched and only the best parts of a celebrity’s life are careully revealed, Selena unabashedly showcases herself sans any filter or alteration. Embracing everythng from weight fluctuations to bad hair days, Selena is continually inspiring millions of women to love themselves regardless. Her Apple TV documentary, My Mind & Me, shows an extension of her jounery from a child star to a pop sensation, and how life under the limelight is more than what meets the eyes.

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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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