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    In pics: Throwback to Sheikh Hamdan’s most heartfelt childhood moments


    by Sarah Joseph
    13 hours ago

    His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, often gives his loyal fans a snippet into his childhood.
    Having garnered over 14.3 million followers, Fazza has always shared some of his favourite moments from when he was young.
    Ever since he was young, travelling around the world has been a core component of Sheikh Hamdan’s childhood and the old pictures on his feed portray the same.
    From precious family moments to embracing the wild with his favourite animals, we just can’t get enough of these adorable occasions caught on camera.
    As Emirates Woman scrolls through Fazza’s Instagram there are a host of throwback moments that shed light on his memorable moments as a young boy.
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    Etihad Rail: Everything you need to know about UAE’s ambitious rail project


    by Ruman Baig
    3 hours ago

    In 2004, the Gulf Cooperation Council’s six nations initiated a feasibility study for a regional railway network. Etihad Rail, founded in June 2009 through Federal Law No. 2, is responsible for overseeing the construction, development, and operation of the UAE’s national freight and passenger railway system.
    The primary objective of Etihad Rail is to connect key industrial and population hubs within the UAE and link them to other railways across the Gulf Cooperation Council.

    Etihad Rail links major trade hubs in Abu Dhabi and the UAE, through an extensive network of numerous depots and 593 bridges and crossings. The project will facilitate freight and passenger transport, supporting further social and economic development in the UAE.
    — مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@ADMediaOffice) August 13, 2023

    Has the construction of Etihad Rail been finished?
    The UAE Network, constructed by Etihad Rail, is now finished. The 1,200 km railway spans the country, connecting Saudi Arabia’s border to Oman’s. It links key trade, industry, and population centers, enhancing trade and becoming part of the GCC railway network. Stage One has operated since 2016, moving sulphur, while Stage Two is done, connecting Emirates from Saudi border to Fujairah on the east coast.
    Is Etihad Rail intended for passenger use?
    The Etihad Rail Project encompasses a dual-purpose rail system, tailored to accommodate both cargo and commuter operations. The endeavor includes a substantial industrial facet, which has already commenced with the movement of granulated sulfur within the western region of Abu Dhabi.
    What is the estimated cost of the Etihad Rail project?
    Etihad Rail constitutes a significant 1,200km railway initiative under construction within the United Arab Emirates. Stretching from the Saudi border to Fujairah along the Indian Ocean coastline, this railway project is being built with an estimated investment of AED 40 billion ($11 billion).
    What are the planned destinations for the Etihad Rail network?

    Spanning the vast expanse from Al Sila to Fujairah, traversing through enclaves like Al Ruwais, Al Mirfa, Dubai, Sharjah, Al Dhaid, and Abu Dhabi, this visionary endeavor aspires to curtail the vehicular migrations between Emirates by a notable margin of 30 to 40 percent. Anticipated travel times project the trains to gracefully glide through the landscape, with a journey of 1 hour and 40 minutes earmarked between Abu Dhabi and Sohar. In a striking contrast, the journey from Al Ain to Sohar will be an expeditious 47-minute odyssey.”

    Which nations will be linked by the Etihad Rail system?
    The Etihad Rail map displays a vast 1,200-kilometer network that links key urban areas such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Al Ain, along with industrial centers and ports. This rail system will also extend to Oman and Saudi Arabia, boosting trade and logistics.
    While cargo trains are currently in operation, passenger services will be introduced in the future.
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    Want to plan ahead? Here’s the next public holiday in the UAE


    by Sarah Joseph
    1 hour ago

    If you’re thinking of a short-haul getaway or in need of a quick staycation, then there’s some good news for you.
    During the month of September, Prophet Muhammad’s birthday towards the end of the month, allowing the UAE residents to potentially have a three-day long weekend. Known as Al-Mawlid Al-Nabawi, which translates to ‘birthday of the prophet’, this occasion is known as the 12th day of the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal, known as the third month of the Islamic Lunar calendar.
    As September 29, 2023 falls on a Friday, this means another three-day weekend for UAE residents at the end of the month allowing them to have Friday, Saturday and Sunday off.
    While official announcements are still yet to be released for both private and public sectors, there could most likely be a holiday as last year in 2022, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) declared this occasion a public holiday, however, it fell on the weekend on Saturday, thereby leading to no additional day off.
    The remaining holidays…

    Official holidays remaining in 2023.#UAE_BARQ_EN
    — UAE BARQ (@UAE_BARQ_EN) April 22, 2023

    After September, the remaining holidays for the year include National Day on December 2 and 3, 2023, which will officially be declared one to two weeks prior.
    During the month of December, UAE residents can expect December 1, 2023, which is Commemoration Day and was previously known as Martyrs’ Day to fall on Friday 2023, after which National Day will fall on December 2 and 3, making it another three-day long weekend of the year.
    Following this, the holidays for 2024 shall be released and will start with a public holiday on January 1, 2024 which happens to be a be a Monday.
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    All the luxe hotels with private pools in the UAE


    by Sarah Joseph
    2 hours ago

    As the sweltering heat is here to stay for the next couple of months, there’s nothing like cooling off in the privacy of your own private pool.
    From temperature-controlled swimming pools to luxe views of the UAE’s skyline, these exotic properties offer their own private swimming facility to unwind with friends and family.
    Emirates Woman has curated a list of must-visit resorts located both in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, that offer their own space to unwind as you book a premium villa or suite that best fits your needs.
    Abu Dhabi
    Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa

    If you’re looking for a city escape in the heart of Abu Dhabi, this urban waterfront retreat offers an expanse of mangroves with waterfront swimming and mangrove kayaking during your stay as you unwind at the Mangrove pool suite. It offers a host of privileges from an abundance of space to basking on your terrace or in the mini plunge pool, which elevates your stay in UAE’s capital.
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    Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island

    Located on the pristine white beach of Abu Dhabi’s breathtaking Saadiyat Island, this one-of-a-kind five-star property features a striking modern Arabic architecture with uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf. Starting with the one-bedroom beach villa, guests can rejuvenate at their very own large private plunge pool with a fully furnished terrace, as they absorb unrivalled sea views that are reminiscent of an elegant beach house with a location that is hard to beat.
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    Al Wathba, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa

    Rooted deep within the desert landscape of Al Wathba, an intimate retreat with natural beauty lies at the hallmark of this hotel experience, with guests ready to embark on an individual wellness journey, immersed by privacy. With a secluded plunge pool, guests can take in serene views of the Arabian Desert from their villa with a generous amount of space as they lay back and absorb the beauty of the property.
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    One&Only The Palm

    This glittering sanctuary with lush gardens is secluded on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah with opulent hotel rooms, while also featuring beachfront villas with their own private swimming pools as you witness breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf. The premium villa allows you to step into the world of luxury with complete relaxation as you’re surrounded by lush private gardens and can cool off in your private temperature-controlled swimming pool with a majlis-style space shrouded by an oversized gazebo.
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    Anantara The Palm

    With a private sanctuary that overlooks the beach and Arabian Gulf beyond, you can enjoy luxurious sunny days by the poolside with private concierge services at the Villa with options for one or two bedrooms as you unwind in style with oversized daybeds featuring a lagoon that is made into something special.
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    Nikki Beach Resort & Spa

    With a relaxed yet effortless atmosphere, Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts prides itself in providing guests with an unrivalled luxury lifestyle experience, while offering guests contemporary dining with an enhanced Nikki Beach experience. The Nikki beach pool villa is pleasant to the eye, with a uniquely designed space featuring an external shower pool and vast recreational areas that are perfectly conceived down to the smallest detail. With a perfect combination of white, light blue and beige colours in the interiors, the outdoor area is fitted with high-quality furniture offering a unique area for private dining or relaxing.
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    Melia Desert Palm

    This urban oasis offers lush green surroundings with an elegant oasis in the one-bedroom hideaway villas with ground floor living and dining spaces that extends to the spacious outdoor as guests enjoy a home away from home for the ultimate privacy with an alfresco dining area, complemented with a stone-walled courtyard for utmost serenity. With fascinating views of Dubai’s skyline and your own space to unwind at, there’s enough of room in this superlatively designed area to relax with friends and family.
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    Bulgari Resort Dubai

    Bringing the Mediterranean style to the Middle East, while being surrounded by ocean views with a nautical spirit imbibed at the property, guests can unwind at the luxurious beach view villas with stunning landscaped gardens and a temperature-controlled pool, as the villas offer the perfect amount of space to have the ultimate luxury gathering with the feeling and privacy of being at home, while enjoying the details of a sunken marble bathtub in the layout.
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    Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa

    Just under an hours drive from the city of Dubai is Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa. This luxury hotel, which resembles a luxurious Bedouin encampment, is the perfect escape for a weekend recharge. While the resort’s location already ensures maximum privacy for guests, Al Maha’s 42 suites take luxury and privacy to the next level. Each suite boasts a private temperature-controlled pool overlooking the infinite desert views, alongside opulent interiors which pay tribute to Arabian heritage with handcrafted furnishings, antiques and artefacts.
    Ras Al Khaimah
    The Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach

    Escape to the shores of Ras Al Khaimah at The Ritz-Carlton Al Hamra Beach resort which has 32 luxurious villas that each have their very own private pool, as well as direct beach access.
    The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

    For those seeking a desert escape in Ras Al Khaimah, The Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert resort is ideal. Similar to its sister resort, there are 100 villas available each with its own private pool.
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    8 romantic hotels in the UAE to book for a short-haul getaway


    by Sarah Joseph
    1 hour ago

    In need of some quiet time with your partner, why not book a romantic staycation to relax and recharge as a couple?
    If you’re in the need of some inspiration, Emirates Woman has collated a list a of properties to have a wonderful experience with the ones you love.
    Anantara, The Palm

    Immerse yourself in island bliss as you soak up the sun and sand at this world-class accommodation with an exclusive Dubai escape including luxurious spa treatments, a stylish resort and an exclusive beach escape to unwind all day at the Palm Jumeirah hotel’s spa with views of the Arabian Gulf.
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    One&Only Royal Mirage

    Indulge in abundant space, luxurious rooms and suites, nine inspiring restaurants, and dramatic, Arabesque architecture at One&Only Royal Mirage with immaculate gardens, for you to instantly feel at home while you lead down to the one-kilometre sweep of Jumeirah Beach and dream of a magical glamorous evening.
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    Burj Al Arab

    As one of Dubai’s most glamorous hotels, you can unwind in true luxury. Enjoy the private pool 150m above the ground with views of the scintillating skyline as you relax in awe of the luxurious views. While being a global icon of Arabian luxury, you’re sure to have a romantic getaway.
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    Palace Downtown

    Adding a dose of Arabian heritage, this tastefully decorated hotel is fully-equipped with luxurious rooms and suites, allowing the hotel to stand out for its individualistic architecture and commitment to offering the highest service standard.
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    Atlantis, The Palm

    Nestled on the calm turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf, overlooking Dubai’s magnificent skyline at this world-famous Palm island in Dubai. This world-renowned resort has an array of award-winning celebrity chefs with one-of-a-kind signature suites and 360-degree views for you to stay in style.
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    Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

    Inspired by the Bedouin setup from back in the day, amidst the dunes lies one of Dubai’s most romantic hotels with its sumptuous tents complete with their own private pools, handcrafted furnishing and its very own butler service. With all the privacy you need, this luxurious getaway is definitely a romantic staycation for all.
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    Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

    This Ottoman-inspired elegance on the West Crescent of Palm Jumeirah has an elegant design with club lounge access dedicated to awakening your senses amongst the calm of Talise Ottoman Spa definitely making it a stay to remember.
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    Oberoi Al Zorah

    If you’re looking for a romantic weekend away, Oberoi Al Zohrah is the perfect staycation to book this weekend. Located just 25 minutes by car from Dubai and set in the midst of nature, Al Zorah feels like a world away from its bustling urban counterpart with pristine natural white sand beaches, forests, lagoons and a biodiversity of 100 species of birds. With minimalist architecture and wide-open spaces, this rejuvenating resort ensures each guest remains at utmost comfort. The resort’s 56 rooms and 33 suites and villas, including both two and three-bedroom private villas with 24-hour private butler service, are flooded with natural light and fantastic garden and sea view. Visitors can dine at the resort’s luxury beachfront restaurant Aquario and other fine-dining spots. Prices start at Dhs2,400 per night with a private garden.
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    6 mental wellness clinics to book a session in Dubai


    by Sarah Joseph
    43 mins ago

    With the high-pressure society we live in, mental health is quite often an overlooked subject.
    To delve into the matter, it’s important to provide an opportunity for people around the world to make mental health care a reality for all.
    As the UAE continues to break the stigma surrounding this, mental health clinics have gained popularity to address factors surrounding depression, fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks and more.
    With the outbreak of COVID-19, several clinics have adapted to Zoom healthcare services, adding a new meaning to virtual sessions, along with in-person sessions as per usual.
    If you, or anyone you’re aware of, might require these services, Emirates Woman has curated a guide to all the mental health clinics here in Dubai.
    The LightHouse Arabia

    With a team of over 30 psychologists to address different areas in one’s life, The LightHouse Arabia provides high-quality services to help with a wide range of mental health and well-being challenges. From adoption support to psychotherapy, the in-depth sessions make it one of the leading mental health clinics in the UAE. With various events hosted every month, the interactive sessions make it helpful for people to address their problems in a community-driven environment. Located in Villa 1, Al Wasl Road, Al Safa 2, it’s open daily from 8am to 8pm with Fridays being closed.
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    Priory Wellbeing Centre

    Each treatment programme is tailored to the specific needs of each individual ensuring the best possible outcome is achieved. Knowing that everyone has a different pace, the sessions are tailored to each person’s potential in their own time. With a team of professionals, the therapies provide an experience to suit each patient. From cognitive behaviour therapy to individual therapy, the clinic helps everyone to work through their problems and discover more about themselves. Located in Dubai Healthcare City, Block F, it’s open on Sunday and Monday from 8am to 7pm, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am to 6pm and Thursday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm, with Fridays being closed.
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    Thrive Wellbeing Centre

    In a judgment-free environment, this clinic helps clients accomplish their goals while supporting them in a warm, empathic and seamless manner. Combining the latest research, the professionals know that mental health is just as important as physical health. From parenting support to individual therapy, the expert psychologists support people through a range of challenges including depression, anxiety, grief, relationship issues and trauma. The clinic also conducts a host of workshops for people together in a group. Located in Saba Tower 1, Cluster E in JLT, it’s open from  Saturday-Thursday: 9am–8pm and Friday: 9am–5pm.
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    Wise Mind Centre

    This clinic is committed to building a sense of community and belonging ensuring that anyone who visits is never treated as an outsider. Creating a confidential space to explore and harbour lasting change, Wise Mind Center ensures its clientele is kept small for quality over quantity. With individual access to each therapist, the services are provided in Arabic, English and Dutch. Located in Lake Central Tower, 1209, Business Bay, it’s open daily from 10am to 8pm, except Friday’s are closed.
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    American Wellness Centre

    As the ever-increasing societal pace wears people down, the clinic was born to make the brunt of modern life a lot easier. This multi-specialty clinic ensures every session is carefully tailored as per the customer’s surrounding concerns. From mindfulness training to parenting skills training, both children and adults are looked after in a safe environment with highly qualified experts. Located in Al Faris Building 39, Dubai Healthcare City, it’s open from 8am to 10pm.
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    Camali Clinic

    With a step-by-step guided programme created to address any challenges, the clinic creates a personalised schedule to overcome each obstacle. By identifying the root cause of each patient’s personal challenges, clinically proven counselling sessions provide a holistic approach to addressing its client’s mental health. Various emotional and behavioural issues are addressed with love and support. With two locations, it’s situated in Block A, Ibn Sina building no. 27 in Dubai Healthcare City and Cluster M, HDS Center, in JLT.
    For more information visit
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    Temperatures surpasses 50°C in UAE: 4 activities that will help you cool down


    by Ruman Baig
    4 hours ago

    The scorching summer temperatures in the UAE have reached unprecedented levels, surpassing 50°C for the first time this year.
    On July 16, at 2.45pm, an astonishing temperature of 50.1°C was recorded in Bada Dafas, located in the Al Dhafra Region of Abu Dhabi. This sweltering heatwave extended across the country, with Abu Dhabi city experiencing highs of 48°C, while Dubai reached 46°C in the city and 47.9°C in the desert.

    #أعلى_درجة_حرارة سجلت على الدولة هذا اليوم 50.1 درجة مئوية في بدع دعفس (منطقة الظفرة) الساعة 14:45 بالتوقيت المحلي لدولة الإمارات..#The_highest_temperature recorded over the country today is 50.1°C in Bada Dafas (Al Dhafra Region) at 14:45 UAE Local time.
    — المركز الوطني للأرصاد (@NCMUAE) July 16, 2023

    When it comes to the hottest month overall in Dubai, extensive data collected by the National Centre of Meteorology & Seismology (NCMS) from 1977 to 2022 reveals that August consistently claims the title. With almost all temperature indicators reaching their peak during this month, it is undeniably the hottest period in Dubai.
    As we’re approaching the hottest month of the year, it’s time to indulge in activities to beat the heat. Here’s the Emirates Woman guide that will help you cool down (literally).

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    Istituto Marangoni Dubai becomes first foreign university to gain the CAA Accredation


    by Ruman Baig
    4 hours ago

    Istituto Marangoni Dubai has achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first foreign university specialising in fashion and design to gain accreditation from the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) in the UAE.
    The UAE’s Ministry of Education (MoE) has granted institutional licensure to Istituto Marangoni Dubai, solidifying its position as the first accredited foreign university in the creative fields in the UAE.
    Additionally, the Bachelor of Arts programs offered by Istituto Marangoni Dubai in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Visual Design, and Product Design have successfully completed the program accreditation process and are now listed in the CAA National Register.
    The CAA has awarded Istituto Marangoni a 5-year accreditation for the mentioned Bachelor of Arts degree programs, and the institution is now in the process of launching new Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in Fashion Styling, Fashion Business, Fashion Luxury Brand Management, and Interior Design.
    Istituto Marangoni, a renowned higher education institution, has been dedicated to supporting and nurturing creative talent since 1935. Its Dubai campus, located at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), opened in September 2022, expanding the school’s network of fashion, art, and design schools in Milan, Paris, Florence, London, Mumbai, Miami, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. By combining Italy’s esteemed fashion heritage and craftsmanship with cutting-edge digital technology, the institution focuses on innovation and preparing students to enter the industry.

    Continuously striving to enhance its academic offerings, Istituto Marangoni has achieved a place among the top 100 universities in the world in the field, according to the QS World University Ranking 2023.
    Commenting on the Dubai accreditation, Stefania Valenti, the Managing Director of Istituto Marangoni, expressed her honor and gratitude for this achievement, attributing it to the positive collaboration between the institution and the UAE Ministry of Education. She stated that being recognized as a university further validates their high standards and skilled teaching staff.
    Valenti added that the Bachelor of Arts degree programs at Istituto Marangoni Dubai are designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to embrace the opportunities and challenges arising from the growth and prosperity of the UAE economy. The CAA’s accreditation, recognized throughout the Middle East, will enable Istituto Marangoni Dubai to attract more students from both the local and global communities, positioning itself as an appealing hub for future talented professionals in the fashion and design industry. Valenti emphasized that this achievement is only the first step toward more opportunities and projects planned by Istituto Marangoni in the region.
    Roberto La Iacona, the School Director of Istituto Marangoni Dubai, described this as a significant milestone for the institution, solidifying its position as one of the leading educational institutions in the creative disciplines. He emphasized their commitment to maintaining the highest standard of excellence and providing students with the necessary skills to succeed in today’s competitive creative arena.

    In line with the strategic objectives of UAE Vision 2030, Istituto Marangoni Dubai is adapting to the challenging education landscape in the UAE by implementing innovative teaching practices and modern education models.
    Istituto Marangoni Dubai expressed gratitude to the Commission Evaluation Team and external Commissioners for their positive response and feedback. The school reaffirmed its commitment to meeting the academic standards set by the CAA and providing the best learning opportunities for students from the UAE and abroad.
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