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6 Chances For You to Give Back During Ramadan



The essence of Ramadan doesn’t revolve only around fasting, its essence can be found in the small gestures and in giving back. It is this time of the year, where we all join our forces for the better good of the community, because it is a month that gives a spiritual relief, and a great sense of wanting to do what is better for others.

Now, in case you were wondering how you can give back this Ramadan, the following is a list of brands who are partnering with local charitable organizations, to help you make the best out of this Holy month.

1- Benefit Cosmetics x Al Jalila Foundation

For every purchase of their limited-edition ‘Days of Our Lights‘ set, Benefit will give part of the profit to Al Jalila Foundation in the UAE. In doing so, you will be helping the cosmetics company empower women and girls locally in the UAE.

What is a better way to do some good? Glowing while doing so!

Days of Our Lights includes the following:
1 face primer & 2 highlighters
Retail price: 245 AED (incl. VAT)
Available in May 2019 – Exclusively at Sephora

2- Meraas x Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital

The Real estate giant Meraas and Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital has joined hands to help draw a smile on the faces of the children at the hospital. Their campaign extends throughout Dubai, and if you want to participate, then keep an eye out for their photobooths at La Mer and The Beach. Where you will be able to donate not only money, but also new or unwanted toys.

3- Jimmy Choo x Unicef

The brand has joined forces with Unicef to show support for the world’s most vulnerable young lives. Now with every purchase from their limited-edition shimmering capsule collection, a portion of each sale will be donated.

Available exclusively in Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and UK.

You can choose from a variety of accessories, which will perfect your Eid outfits.

Avaliable online and in Jimmy Choo stores across the Middle East.

4- McDonald’s UAE x Emirates Red Crescent

Once again, for the second year in a row, McDonald’s UAE has joined forces with Emirates Red Crescent and launched its Ramadan Books campaign. If you’re wondering how to contribute, well it’s very simple, all you have to do is purchase one of the books available at McDonald’s across the UAE for only Dhs5!

Profit will go to Emirates Red Crescent, which aims this year at reinvesting the earnings into local programmes to bring about community-wide improvements.

Just last year, McDonald’s UAE’s Ramadan Books campaign was able to generate a whopping AED320,000 through the sales of more than 60,000 books, all of which was donated to Emirates Red Crescent.

“At McDonald’s UAE we believe that giving back to those less fortunate and the spirit of generosity should not be limited to a special time period – it’s an ongoing responsibility that we embrace, and are constantly looking for ways to bring about a positive change to the lives of those less fortunate all year round. I am confident that the Ramadan Books campaign, will not only deliver positivity to children, but also bring great joy to the lives of the underprivileged,” said Rafic Fakih, managing director and partner at McDonald’s UAE.

5- Dumyé

In purchasing a handmade doll from Dumyé, the UAE-based enterprise will gift another to an orphan in need. It is a simple gesture, one that will ensure that an orphan from the region will get to have a handcrafted gift for Eid.

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6- Marina Mall Abu Dhabi x Make A Wish Foundation

The Marina Mall Abu Dhabi has teamed up with ‘Make A Wish‘ Foundation, together they’re making the dreams of critically ill children come true!

The mall is hosting a traditional bazaar, where you can purchase abayas, paintings, handicrafts, bokhours, perfumes and other traditional Arabic accessories on sale. Best part is, ALL of the income will go to the foundation, who will then make sure that the children’s wish-list come true.

Items on their wish-list range from electronics to bedrooms, from visits to Disneyland to a pilgrimage to Mecca. And it is just the most heartwarming gesture, to take part in making someone’s dream come true.

The mall is also supporting the less fortunate with their Ramadan tent, that distributes more than 200 free daily meals to the public.

The Marina Mall’s Ramadan Bazaar is open daily throughout Ramadan.


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Dubai Reopens Beaches And Major Parks This Friday




Dubai Municipality announced on Thursday night that several beaches, major parks and the Dubai Frame will all reopen on Friday for Visitors.

Following a complete lockdown that lasted for months, the public can now finally enjoy visiting JBR, Al Mamzar, Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim beaches.

Major parks and the Dubai Frame will also be open from Friday onwards.

There are of course some rules that the public must abide by for their own safety, the municipality asked ‘all to adhere to the public safety measures and guidelines to ensure the health & safety of all.”

Precautionary measures include visitors to wear masks at all times and maintain social distancing. No masks are necessary while in the water.

Gloves are not necessary in open beaches, however they must be worn in parks and closed areas such as the Dubai Frame and Ski Dubai.

According to Dubai Municipality’s contact centre, children under the age of 12 and adults above 60 are allowed on the beaches and parks.

It was also announced last night that Dubai’s museums will reopen in a phased manner, starting from Monday, June 1.

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Gyms, Cinemas, Businesses and More to Reopen in Dubai




Shout out to Dubai residents, we know that the lockdown is driving you insane but we have got some exciting news for you!

Dubai is expected to reopen gyms, cinemas and other businesses as of this Wednesday, in light of its efforts to ease the restrictions that have been imposed amidst the spread of coronavirus.

Nightly restrictions will be pushed back from 8pm to 11pm and be lifted at 6am each morning.

Besides gyms, sports academies and fitness clubs, as well as cinemas will also be reopened with continued social distancing and regular disinfection.

However, gyms will have to operate at 50 per cent of capacity, require the wearing of masks at all times and must install plastic dividers between machines, while changing facilities will remain closed.

Entertainment and leisure attractions, such as Dubai Ice Rink, will reopen.

According to a protocol update by Dubai Economy, offices in Dubai can start working normal operating hours with an increased occupancy ceiling of 50 per cent in common areas and within the premises.

The announcement was made at a meeting of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, chaired by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai.

“Everyone is responsible,” Sheikh Hamdan reminded the public, in a news release on Monday night.

“What makes us different is our ability to deal positively with changes and our agility,” Sheikh Hamdan said.

“We have all the elements necessary to adapt to these challenging circumstances.

“I am confident that all members of the society will come together to overcome this crisis as soon as possible.” He added.

Let us all abide to the safety measures and hope that together, we can get through this.


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Dubai COVID-19 Center Is Now Providing Testing To Nationals & Expats For Free




Dubai COVID-19 Center Is Now Providing Testing To Nationals & Expats For Free

The UAE has been taking remarkable measures in fighting off the virus by testing people as quick and effective as they can. Last month, Abu Dhabi even launched a drive through COVID-19 testing center and after its huge contributions, another is now open at the city’s Al Nasr Club.

The Dubai Health Authority announced the drive through test center, in an attempt to follow in the same successful steps of Abu Dhabi’s.

The COVID-19 test center is open every day from 8 A.M to  6 P.M and tests are available for free for both nationals and expats and they only take 5 minutes. Results are then sent to the patients within 48 hours.

The drive through test centers are a very effective way of testing the virus, as they ensure minimal contact between patients.

Since more than 250 tests are carried out daily, priorities for testing is given to the elderly, pregnant women, those with existing chronic health conditions and those who experience symptoms of the contagion.

You can book your appointment by calling the Dubai Health Authority on 800342 and register. Once you do that, a confirmation message with your appointment is sent to you via a text message.

When you arrive at the test center, you must present this text along with your Emirates ID before the medical staff verify information and approach your car to obtain a nasal swab

Results can be sent on the DHA’s app.


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