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Sharjah Film Platform: A Shout Out To All The Aspiring Filmmakers



Sharjah Art Foundation has launched the open call for film submissions for its second edition of the annual Sharjah Film Platform (SFP). Films selected for this edition of SFP will be included in the platform’s film programme from 11 to 21 December 2019 at Sharjah Art Foundation’s open-air Mirage City Cinema and the nearby Al Hamra Cinema, Sharjah.

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#SharjahArt invites emerging and established filmmakers to submit their films to the Sharjah Film Platform (SFP) open call. Running from 11 to 21 December 2019, this year's SFP, Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual film festival, features talks and workshops as well as a wide selection of film screenings. The deadline for film submissions is 1 June 2019. For more information, contact or visit تدعو مؤسسة الشارقة للفنون صنّاع الأفلام لتقديم أفلامهم إلى برنامج منصّة الشارقة للأفلام الذي يقام هذا العام من 11 إلى 21 ديسمبر 2019، يتميز منصة الشارقة للأفلام هذا العام بجلسات حوارية وورش العمل بالإضافة إلى مجموعة واسعة من عروض الأفلام. الموعد النهائي لتقديم الأفلام هو 1 يونيو 2019. للمزيد من المعلومات، يرجى التواصل عبر البريد الالكتروني أو زيارة

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So if you believe you’ve got what it takes to join the competition, then hurry up  to enter, as films selected will be included in the platform’s film programme next December.

The competition was first launched last year, as a way to support upcoming filmmakers in the UAE and surrounding region. In addition to the film programme, SFP supports two other core components: a public programme featuring workshops and discussions, and the premieres of the Short Film Production Grant recipients’ films. 

Last year’s inaugural SFP featured the screening of over 140 short and feature-length narrative, documentary and experimental films made by local, regional and international filmmakers from 40 countries.

The competition truly sets a great opportunity for both upcoming and established filmmakers, critics, film producers and students.

Deadline for submission is June 1, to apply visit


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Son of Sharjah Ruler Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi Has Passed Away




Sharjah Media office has sadly confirmed that the Fashion Designer and son of Sharjah ruler, Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi, has passed away in London last Monday.

The news of the 39-year-old son of the ruler of Sharjah and fashion designer of eponymous label Qasimi was announced earlier on social media, and the royal family has been receiving messages of condolences from across the country ever since.

Moreover, three days of mourning have been announced in Sharjah and flags across the UAE have been ordered to fly at half-mast.


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Amazon Prime Now Available in the UAE




The online shopping experience has now become even more intense with the launch of Amazon Prime in the UAE following the official launch of Amazon back in May.

Now, with more than 100 million paid members, Amazon prime is available in both English and Arabic and will be giving lots of privileges that are expected to change the course of your shopping.

So if waiting isn’t your strongest suit, then hear this out!

Amazon Prime blesses customers with access to exclusive deals on Prime Day, free shipping and Amazon Prime Videos aka Amazon Original TV series and movies.

This means you can have anything -from local to international items- shipped to you for free on the very next day. Having an account is obviously a must and it costs Dhs16 a month or Dhs140 annually, and in case you’re the non-committal type, you can try it out for free for 30 days first.

“We are thrilled to bring Prime to the UAE just one month after the launch of,” said Ronaldo Mouchawar, Vice President of Amazon MENA. “We are working hard every day to expand our product range, give customers even greater value, and continually improve the shopping experience here in the UAE. With the addition of Prime, customers can now enjoy the most convenient way to shop, access unlimited and award-winning entertainment, and shop exclusive deals on Prime Day.”


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Dubai’s Hotel Deals For An Exceptional Eid Vacation




Eid is just around the corner and it is this time of the year where we take advantage of the extended weekend to pause reality and unwind, and the best way to do so, is by hunting down the best offer deals and spend some quality time at the comfiest hotels.

Here’s a list to help you make the right decision!

1- Take Advantage of the ‘UAE Residents Stay Offer’

Jumeirah’s luxury hotels and resorts are blessing your vacation with a 15-20% off the best available rates, only if you are a Dubai resident though.

Hotels include Dar Al Masyaf, Al Naseem, Mina A’Salaa and more. So make sure you check out the most convenient offer for an exceptional vacation, offers include complimentary breakfast and a lunch or dinner across 40 restaurants, in addition to a limited access to Wild Wadi Waterpark and Kids Club.

2- Manadarin Oriental Dubai 

“Overlooking both the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s glittering skyline, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is a stunning destination with an enviable beach setting.”

The hotel is hosting an event on June 8th with lots of activities in store for you for Global Wellness Day, activities vary from kickboxing and Mo Mac classes to yoga, meditation and Zumba sessions. Making the hotel a perfect getaway for couples whom interests are different, yet want to spend the holiday together.

The event will kick off with a nutritious meal, followed by a zumba session and ending perfectly with a massage and facial cleansing sessions.

3- Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort

Enjoy a cozy one-bedroom villa with breakfast for two and a private pool, and enjoy a variety of desert activities or spend your time relaxing at the spa.

Details: From Dh1,999++ per night, inclusive of buffet breakfast for two adults.

4- Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort

If you are looking forward for this holiday just to sit back and unwind from all the work that has left you undone, then this is the place for you. You get to select two 30-minute treatments for only Dhs280, which we all need at the moment.

5- Dukes The Palm

Enjoy a private beach and the stunning views of the Dubai Marina with Dukes’ Eid offer that allows you a four-nigh stay for the price of three. You will get access to fitness centre, indoor pool, water-sports, kids club and the outdoor infinity pool.

Also, the Hotel’s Great British Restaurant will lay out an Eid feast with an open buffet including Arabic and Indian cuisine, in addition to multiple live cooking stations.






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