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    The incredible Malala Yousafzai to headline the Emirates Literature Festival

    IN PARTNERSHIP: It’s that time of year to get your literary fix – and after a pretty horrible year, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature has got wonderful treats in store with literary icons, the hottest new novelists, a Bollywood goddess and an international hero who has inspired the world with her courage.
    Nobel prize winner and activist Malala, and author Elif Shafak are among the top names announced by for the 2021 event (29 January – 13 February) featuring an unmissable programme with live and virtual sessions embracing literature, art, film, food and performance.

    The incomparable Malala will be in Dubai to tell her story and her vision for the future, while Shafak, one of the most influential novelists writing today, best known for Forty Rules of Love, will be exploring her writing and the importance of bridging the gap between the East and West.

    Avni Doshi, whose debut novel Burnt Sugar was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, will be comparing notes on the journey to get published with Derek Owusu whose own debut work, That Reminds Me, has also received international acclaim.
    One of the most talked-about books last year, London-based author, pop culture writer, commentator and self-confessed “romcomisseur” Bolu Babalola breathes new life into mythical love stories and folk tales from around the world. Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel, Lagos noir My Sister the Serial Killer was shortlisted for a host of awards and oozes sharp, dark humour.
    Author and screenwriter Satyarth Nayak will be celebrating the phenomenon of Bollywood star Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess, hailed as the first pan-Indian female superstar, looking at her rise from child star to one of the greatest movie luminaries who changed the narrative of Indian cinema.
    The latest health and well-being advice enables you to live your best life, including a panel considering the dangers of the anti-facts movement. With fearmongering, disinformation and dangerous conspiracy theories drowning the science, our medical experts will take a scalpel to the mass of confusing data on topics from fad diets to the coronavirus outbreak considering.

    “The biggest impact on your health is…with the simplest solution. It’s how we feed ourselves” is the advice from Dr Rupy Aujla with his all-new practical guide to take you on a culinary journey through food in medicine showing the medicinal benefits of eating well.
    This year there are even more chances to get involved as the Festival is spread over three weekends with family-friendly literature and art-themed events and activities at Jameel Arts Centre and Alserkal Avenue, in addition to the Festival’s home, the InterContinental Dubai Festival City.
    Tickets will be required for each session, including the free events, with prices starting at Dhs60 for adults, Dhs40 for a child.
    The Festival will be fully compliant with all COVID-19 prevention regulations and guidelines.
    See full details of the festival online. For the full list of authors, visit
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    8 key interior pieces to give your home a refresh for 2021

    IN PARTNERSHIP: As it’s the start of a new year, it’s the perfect time to breathe some new life into your home, giving you the ultimate clean slate to start 2021.
    AMARA’s upmarket SS21 furniture collections are sure to suit any taste while offering a range of contemporary pieces for the perfect revamp.

    From the most exciting collections all at the heart of AMARA ranging over 300 unmissable brands along with the perfect interior inspiration. With new brands added weekly to their website, you’ll always be up-to-date with the latest interior trends.
    The concept helps you create the perfect home with unique brands designed by AMARA such as Global Explorer, Retreat and Luxe this season.
    Global Explorer

    This carefully curated brand calls for sophisticatedly sleek aesthetics while emphasising on its ethos with woven prints, tactile embellishments and unforgettable experiences across every interior category.

    Using sustainable fabrics for that added rustic element, this brand offers neutral tones and organic materials for a relaxed setting with classic checks and soft textures while being made for every room in your interior.

    From faux fur materials to luxurious marble elements, Luxe is a beautifully assured brand with timeless animal prints that are sure to create a statement in any home. With confident colours and textures, being a focal theme of the brand, they are certain added elements that will get your home noticed.
    The Hero Buys
    With so much to choose from at AMARA, we’ve narrowed down eight hero buys which are on our wishlist for our home refresh in 2021.

    Luxe Leather magazine basket in gold & black, Dhs378

    Retreat Float 18 E27 pendant in copper, Dhs657

    Global Explorer Charred log candle stand, Dhs202

    Global Explorer Metal Hammered Bowl, Dhs227

    Global Explorer Silver Coil Napkin Ring – Set of 4, Dhs126

    Global Explorer Omber round vase, Dhs252

    Luxe Leather studded drawers in black, Dhs2,213

    Retreat Rope handled carrying basket, Dhs277

    Visit now to view all of their incredible home interior collections. For more interior inspiration follow AMARA on Instagram – @amaraliving.
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    5 reasons why this luxury car is the perfect investment for 2021

    IN PARTNERSHIP: Buying a car is often a tedious process which requires in-depth research, making it an important purchase. From features to aesthetics, each aspect should be carefully considered before making the choice.
    If you’re on the lookout for a state of the art intelligent drive with enhanced comfort setting, this new Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan is offers comfort with premium settings.

    With both emotion and intelligence, the latest launch has a range of exclusive features, which might make this the perfect purchase for you this year.
    The Keyless-Go

    As a reinterpretation of modern luxury, this symbol of opulence features a luxe button for maximum functionality with a contemporary feel. As an upgrade to the usual, this feature offers you with technology for an easy way to unlock, lock, start and stop your Mercedes-Benz without the hassle of digging out your keys from your purse of pocket.
    Steering wheel touch-sensitive controls

    With features similar to the swiping motions on the screen of a smartphone, the driver can control the functions of the entire infotainment system without removing their hands from the steering wheel for maximum safety while offering the DISTRONIC and cruise control, along with LINGUATRONIC voice control.
    A bespoke wellness set-up
    From a climate control system with fragrancing features to a heater, ventilation and massage for the seats, each environment is tailor-made according to the mood of the passengers for enhanced performance. By energizing comfort control, the ambience lighting offers a wealth of individual setting inclusive of 64 colours. With the vitality program being a key component, a visualised central display with colour graphics, backed by suitable music is available.
    An advanced multimedia system

    With a topographic map display inclusive of photo-realistic 3D buildings and 3D map rotations. There’s a wireless charging system included with central console suitable for large smartphones with a multifunction telephone, allowing for the best possible telephone connections and data transfer. Including the audio 20 multimedia system, featuring two USB ports, an SD card reader, bluetooth connections and a media interface, an additional sound system can also be offered as an option.
    State-of-the-art active safety

    Offering a higher standard of safety The new C-Class features the latest driving assistance systems, offering the driver cooperative support and an improved camera and radar systems allow it to see up to 500 m ahead. Inclusive of an extended Active Brake Assist as standard which can help to mitigate the consequences of rear-end collisions with slow-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles ahead, and even with crossing pedestrians and cyclists, or prevent them altogether.
    For more information visit the Mercedes Benz MENA website or call 800BENZ.
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    5 reasons why this homegrown Dubai restaurant will be your new go-to

    IN PARTNERSHIP: Beloved homegrown Dubai restaurant chain London Dairy Cafe recently launched its latest offering into the F&B space.
    Say hello to LDC Kitchen + Cafe, which recently opened its doors in One JLT. As the new player on the block, EW had curated five reasons why this new venue will be your new go-to.
    The new mantra

    It’s sometimes hard to find an establishment that caters to everyone including our furry friends. That’s where LDC Kitchen + Cafe comes into play. With its clear mantra of inclusivity, the venue welcomes everyone as it states, “Everyone has a seat at our table.”
    The new chef
    A new head of culinary for LDC has recently been appointed. Previously at Flamingo Room by tashas Dubai, Chef Omar Basiony is here to make this homegrown Dubai concept a power player in the F&B space.

    The new menu
    Chef Basiony has also created a new menu for LDC Kitchen + Cafe. With everything made in-house, restaurant-goers can look forward to hero dishes including veggie eggplant shakshuka, a slow-cooked French onion soup made with homemade stock, a delectable assortment of pancakes, Kung Fu chicken burger, tagliatelle ragù, pan-roasted salmon and steak frites and more. While the new menu is only currently available at the new JLT venue, it will soon be available at other LDC establishments around Dubai.
    The new venue
    Not only is the new space stylish and chic making it a great place to meet for a post-work dinner, it’s also a fabulous place to go to have a day of working away from the office. There’s also a pet-friendly terrace at the new venue, truly in-keeping with its inclusivity mantra.

    The location
    While there’s no shortage of LDC venues around Dubai, this new opening marks the brand’s first establishment in the JLT area. For those who work in the local area and in Dubai Marina, it’s the ideal place for lunch meetings, a post-work dinner with colleagues or even a pre-work breakfast.
    LDC One JLT is open daily from 7am to 12 midnight and until 1am during the weekends.
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    9 places you need to visit on your next international trip

    IN PARTNERSHIP: While travel is still largely on hold, that doesn’t mean you can’t stop planning your trip and we know just where you should go. Soon, Germany will be welcoming tourists once again.
    With that, we have rounded up a number of places in the European country which it’s famous for including historic sites, restaurants with delicious food, places offering picturesque views and more.
    Lake Königssee

    Located in eastern Germany, this picturesque nature reserve is located in Berchtesgaden National Park. With incredibly panoramic views and many trails to hike, escape in nature at this destination.

    This charming region is located in the south of Germany and is loved by many avid nature fans. A notable highlight of Allgäu is the Lech and Eller rivers which run alongside the Alps. The area is also famed for its dairy produce including Hirtenkäse (Shepherd’s cheese) and Bergkäse (mountain cheese).
    Moritzburg Castle

    Built between 1542 and 1546, Moritzburg Castle is rich in history. Named after the Duke Moritz of Saxony, it was a base for hunters who would use the surrounding woodlands and lakes to hunt.

    Wolfenbüttel is a historic town located in Lower Saxony, Germany. Previously the home town of the Royal House of Hanover for more than three centuries, it was the first city to be built under the influence of the Renaissance era. It’s also home to the world-famous Herzog August Library and the first Protestant church in the country.
    Baden Baden

    Known as the spa state in Germany, Baden Baden is famed for its thermal baths. It’s the perfect place to pamper yourself with natural remedies.
    Saxon Switzerland

    This national park is located Elbe valley south-east of Dresden in Saxony, Germany and covers an area of ​​93.5km. For those who love sport and rock climbing, this is the place to go as there’s over 700 peaks and 12,600 climbing trails to choose form. There’s also cycling trails, too. And to get the perfect Instagram shot, make sure you visit Basti Bridge.
    Hellabrunn Zoo

    Located in the Baravian capital of Munich, Hellabrunn Zoo was founded in 1911 and was the first zoo which housed animals which came from different countries.

    For a cultural cityscape in Germany, visit Cologne which is over 2,000 years old and spans. the Rhine River in western Germany. Prominent landmarks include the Cologne Cathedral and Museum Ludwig. In addition, visit Cologne’s famed Chocolate Museum, which is a must-visit for any chocolate lover.
    Black Forest

    The Black Forest is known for its striking beauty, as it embraces trees, flowers, lakes, waterfalls and animals. It’s also the inspiration for the famed dessert black forest cake.
    For more information visit the Germany Tourism Arabia Facebook page. 

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    The elegant Dubai venue that is the perfect place to spend Christmas Eve

    IN PARTNERSHIP: Are you staying in Dubai for the festive season this year and still on the hunt for a place to spend Christmas Eve? Not to worry, we’ve found the perfect place.
    To get into the true Christmas spirit, Rixos The Palm Dubai’s elegant venue L’Olivo Ristorante is the place to be.

    With a festive-inspired four-course menu full of Italian favourites with a contemporary twist combined with sweeping views of Dubai’s skyline, it’s the ideal place to spend the night before Christmas with family and loved ones.
    For starters choose from the Christmas amuse-bouche which includes a series of chef-recommended delectable for sharing; tranche de foie gras; the L’Olivo signature burrata; the Christmas oysters; or the smoked prime beef carpaccio.

    Then for the first course choose from a delicious Italian porcini mushroom risotto with truffle carpaccio or homemade lobster ravioli in lobster bisque espuma and rosemary smoke.

    For the main show of the evening enjoy Christmas turkey breast and leg with all the trimmings or slow-roasted barbecue-glazed wagyu beef ribs. However, for those who fancy a lighter option, opt for the grilled sea bass fillet, garlic, kalamata olive, semi-dried tomatoes, baby fennel.
    And, finally, for dessert choose from the deconstructed black forest cake, the chef’s special tableside dessert performance or the modern petit fours. For those who prefer a savoury option, enjoy all that the L’Olivo wine and cheese trolley has to offer.
    Throughout the night guests will be treated to live string music with violin and cello performances.
    Prices for the L’Olivo Ristorante Christmas Eve package start at Dhs309 inclusive for soft drinks; Dhs369 for wine and dine; and Dhs399 for unlimited exclusive beverages which include wines and spirits. Meanwhile, children between six and 12 years dine with a 50 per cent discount and children under six dine complementarity.
    L’Olivo Ristorante, Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotel & Suites. For bookings please contact:, call 04 457 5454 or visit their website. 
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    This Dubai terrace has launched the most amazing sunset deal

    IN PARTNERSHIP: Now that the Dubai winter has well and truly arrived, and with festive season fast-approaching, it’s the perfect time to be enjoying the plethora of terraces the city has to offer.
    One standout hotspot for EW is Ninive which offers some of the best views of the DIFC skyline.

    The restaurant, located at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, serves up a range of delicious Arabic and North African favourites, with the menu inspired by the flavours of Morocco, Iran, Iraq and Turkey.

    In perfect timing for the cooler weather arriving and for party season, Ninive has launched a new daily sunset aperitif offer making it the ideal spot to meet with colleagues and friends after work.
    From 5pm to 7.30pm daily enjoy a mixture five of hot and cold mezze dishes and two cocktails, mocktails, house wine or beer of your choice for just Dh175.
    Dishes include maast o Khiar, spicy avocado, Lahmacun, cheese briwat, tuna briwat, tamarind chicken, spiced beef, mini lahmacun and more.
    So, get a group of close friends together to enjoy the delicacies of this Arabic and North African restaurant in a traditional yet stylish setting accompanied by the amazing skyscrapers of DIFC and take advantage of this amazing new deal.
    To make a booking call 043 266 105 or visit 
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