Selfie TV to release “Identity / Pehchaan” a documentary on the multitalented photographer Mobeen Ansari

Identity/Pehchaan to be streamed on www.selfietv.co on July 3rd 2021

Dubai based online channel and production house Selfie TV is all set to launch the much-awaited documentary on one of Pakistan’s most prominent photographers, Mobeen Ansari. The documentary follows the work and personal life journey of Mobeen Ansari, who is widely celebrated for his portrayal of Pakistan’s landscapes, people and stories. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including Canada, China, Italy, India, Iraq, Pakistan, Qatar, United States, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.

Sahar Mahmud – Producer of Identity/Pehchaan (Selfie TV)

Sahar Mahmud – Selfie TV says, “Pehchaan is an Urdu word, and in English it means “Identity”. The title came long after the documentary was complete. We wanted a word that spoke about the essence of this film and we realized while compiling Mobeen’s work that he is in a constant state of connecting to his roots. His own story lies within the stories of the people, places and historic sites that be captures so beautifully. This has been a journey for us as well, since the time we began filming in 2019 until today when we are about to release the film. We are grateful to tell the story of one of the most phenomenal storytellers of our times.”

Mobeen Ansari – Photographer

Being part of this documentary was also a journey that helped me better understand not only my work, but myself as a person and it was a deep dive into some of my most memorable journeys and encounters that I was able to share through this film. We filmed the documentary, whilst I was showing my work in the UAE. It was nothing short of an adventure working with team Selfie TV and W2W events for this documentary and experiencing the hospitality of Dubai. I have always attempted to explore my own identity, by traveling and photographing heritage sites, culture and people across the country. It is an ever-evolving journey that continues today” adds Mobeen Ansari

The Documentary is titled “Identity” / “Pehchaan”. The filming of the documentary began in September 2019 when Mobeen was in the UAE for his solo exhibitions and the work continued over a span of two years and will be released on Selfie TV’s channel on 3rd of July 2021.

Mobeen has also authored two books. His first one, ‘Dharkan: The Heartbeat of a Nation’, features portraits of iconic people of Pakistan from all walks of life and his second book, called ‘White in the Flag’ is based on lives & festivities of religious minorities of Pakistan. As a filmmaker, his two films include ‘Hellhole”, which is an award wining black and white short film, based on the life of a sanitation worker, and “Lady of the Emerald Scarf” is based on the life of Aziza, a carpet maker in Hunza.

Official Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otfhiqBARnY

This Documentary is Produced by: Selfie TV (www.seflietv.co) & w2w Events (www.w2wevents.com)

To view Mobeen Ansari’s profile: www.mobeenansari.com

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen@w2wevents.com – +92 3125659527

The beauty of gifting with “Dipti Makwana” the founder of Craft Corner

Craft Corner was established in 2018 and since then has offered a wide range of products including, handcrafted greeting cards, decorative gift boxes, personalized photo albums to home décor & visual merchandising products; such as miniature flower pots, floral wreaths, decorative wall clocks & photo frames, as well as personalized door name plates.

“I have always been passionate about arts & crafts, and have learned different forms and techniques since a young age, including painting on fabric and glass. Over the years I found that, paper crafting became my specialty. At craft corner, we believe every occasion can be made even more special by adding a personalized touch!” says Dipti Makwana

Each product is priced differently based on the size, and the design and involves various techniques.

Follow us:

instagram & Facebook: @dcraftcorner

To place an order or for further information: dcraftcorner@gmail.com

  

Special “Art class” for seniors by renowned artist Anjini Laitu

79yr old artist Anjini Laitu will conduct an exclusive art class on 6th of June at DIAC for seniors of 4get-me-not

Dubai International Art Centre offers space to host a special art class for seniors of 4get-me-not on 6th of June at 1:30pm. The talented Sharjah based artist Anjini Laitu will facilitate the session. The art class will be held for 10 -12 members from 4get-me-not; offering the seniors the opportunity to explore arts and create their very own hand-painted T-shirts to take back home with them.

Giving wings to his life-long dream of being an artist at the age of 60, post retirement, Anjini Laitu embodies the fact that it is never too late to pursue your passion.

The session was conceptualized and bought together by Tessy Koshy an independent journalist based in Dubai, with over 20yrs experience who had previously shared Anjini’s story with UAE readers and also offers support to the non profit organization 4get-me-not.

“Tessy introduced me to the wonderful group 4get-me-not and encouraged me to share my own personal experience with the members. I had been fond of Arts and wanted to be a painter, but in my younger days it was not considered as a conventional career & my parents did not agree. The vacuum of not doing anything for Art remained deep in my heart. I myself picked up the brush to paint at the age of 60yrs, after retiring from my job; in the beginning I painted on everything, from fabric to porcelain and then canvas but in 2013 – 2014, I decided to choose canvas as my medium of spreading joy with colors.

Doing this session will be a sheer pleasure to share my experiences with them and learn from them as how they feel about this change because life is a celebration of change” explains Anjini Laitu – Artist

Sahira Ameen – The Manager of the Dubai International Art Centre adds, “We appreciate the work that 4get-me-not is doing for seniors in the UAE and are extremely happy to host the session for 4get-me-not at our venue. The art centre was built to offer the community a safe space to explore all forms of art and encourage creative endeavors.”

The art class for 4get-me-not will be held on Sunday 6th of June from 1:30pm till 2:30pm at the Dubai International Art Centre. The session will be free of cost for senior members of the organization and will be conducted by Anjini Laitu, followed by a talk on his artistic journey.

About 4get-me-not:

4get-me-not, the only Social Enterprise in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East which focuses on seniors (60 years old and above) as part of its mission to address Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), was launched in 2013. It’s Founder – Desirée Vlekken, belongs to a community touched by AD where both her father and father-in-law drew inspiration to create a social platform for families and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients.

4get-me-not creates a positive impact to the society, particularly the senior community by creating awareness on the importance of giving proper attention to their wellbeing and quality of life as one of the means to prevent AD. Positive lifestyle approaches are considered to help seniors cope with physical and cognitive changes.

AD is a growing global health issue that affects a large majority of the senior community with one person in every three seconds reported to have it. 4get-me-not has been working with various International organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) London office, Dementia Friends of Alzheimer’s Society UK and World Health Organization (WHO) through its Eastern Mediterranean Office, to build a vibrant community that addresses Alzheimer’s in a preventive, holistic and innovative way. http://www.4get-me-not.org/

About DIAC – Dubai International Art Centre:

The Dubai International Art Centre (DIAC) is a non profit organisation offering an integral environment for artistic expression. It is committed to culturally and creatively enrich the local community by developing, stimulating, nurturing, encouraging and promoting artists, enthusiasts and art.

DIAC is owned by the members and managed by a board of directors. It is the premiere center for arts education in Dubai, offering the community over 80 different art courses and workshops, language courses, and gallery exhibitions. DIAC was founded in 1976 by the initiative of a few artists and art enthusiasts residing in Dubai. Today membership stands at over 1,100 from 67 different nationalities and growing.

DIAC’s primary goals are to promote arts in the GCC and Middle Eastern region by exhibiting artists” work, offering a range of professionally taught courses year round, and giving teaching opportunities for qualified professional artists. We are one of the main resources for the public to learn about arts in this region, from local gallery exhibitions, to courses, museums shows and more. Additionally we offer guided tours with curators of galleries and museums, lectures and special workshops.

 www.artdubai.com

To follow Laitu’s work: http://www.laituap.com/

To follow Tessy’s work: https://linktr.ee/TessyKoshy

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen@w2wevents.com

Meet the visionary Sahar Mahmud – behind the regions leading online channel”Selfie TV”

Selfie TV was launched in 2014 in Dubai and has since gained fans and followers globally making it one of the top entertainment channels in the UAE

When I envisioned Selfie TV, I felt it had to become the pulse of the city, hence our slogan says ‘Providing Entertainment at your Fingertips’ and to achieve this goal. My team and I worked tirelessly on capturing every major news, event, launch and happenings. Over the past years, I am proud to announce that we have successfully covered UAE’s largest events, award ceremonies, conferences, film launches, and many more. We have produced our own online TV shows, content and even directed music videos and documentaries. As we continue to grow, we are grateful to our supporters who are constantly follow our work and cheer us on!” ~ Sahar Mahmud – Founder of Selfie TV

Sahar Mahmud with her team
Selfie TV covering a Film Launch
Behind the scenes with Selfie TV

Services that Selfie TV offers:

In-house Production

Photography

Events Coverage

Commerical Advertisment

Documentaries

Corporate Videos

Sahar Mahmud – living her dream

“My goal is to give out the creative and best of Entertainment content which is easily accessible to a wider audience around the world” ~ Sahar Mahmud – Founder of Selfie TV 

Follow Selfie TV online

Web: http://www.selfietv.co

FB: @selfietv2

Insta: @selfietv1

Twitter: @selfietv1

Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa invites participants to the annual Biryani Muqabla competition

The Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa, is inviting aspiring chefs to its annual Biryani Muqabla competition, to be held at the award-winning Mumtaz Mahal Indian Restaurant on 29th May 2021.

Ten lucky finalists will get the chance to show off their culinary skills to a panel of judges comprising renowned food critics, writers and chefs. The competition is open to all aspiring chefs, they will be judged on preparation and presentation of their Biryani dish. The winning Biryani recipe will be added to the official Mumtaz Mahal Restaurant menu offering diners a chance to taste the delectable dish.

Habib Khan, General Manager, Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa, says: “We are pleased to announce that we are holding our annual Biryani Muqabla competition on 29th May this year, at Mumtaz Mahal we have always believed in offering a chance to aspiring chefs at creating their perfect Biryani. Hence, we keep this competition open to everyone who loves to cook and show their skills in preparing and presenting.”

The deadline to enter the competition is 23rd of May 2021, for more information on entering the competition call Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa at +971-4-3519111 or email us at ‘mumtaz@arabiancourtyard.ae

About Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa:

Set in the historic heart of Dubai, Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa is inspired by old Dubai’s heritage it offers a unique experience which is a combination of warm Arabic hospitality and state-of-the-art amenities designed to cater to both tourists and business travelers. It is opposite Dubai Museum and is a stone’s throw-away from the famous Dubai Creek and the timeless Souk Al Kabir, more commonly known as Meena Bazaar.  At a walking distance to Historic Bastakiya, Bank Street, Diplomatic Area, Computer Street and Port Rashid, this hotel is just 6 kilometers away from Dubai International Airport. It offers a splendid accommodation of 173 tastefully furnished rooms, including 41 executive rooms and 23 suites with non-smoking and interconnecting rooms also available. The hotel offers all business services and conference/meeting rooms as well as a variety of dining options. A fully equipped health club, temperature controlled swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and a Wellness Spa complete the picture.

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen@w2wevents.com 

“Chocoholics” – a grief support group in the UAE launched by 4get-me not

Chocoholics –“ Life is sticky but sweet”

The founder of 4get-me-not Desirée Vlekken recently launched “Chocoholics” a grief support group, with a purpose to provide seniors and caregivers who are living with grief, a safe environment to share, connect and heal. The group plans to meet monthly, over a hot cup of chocolate and share their personal journeys.

Desirée Vlekken – founder of 4get-me-not says “I felt compelled to start Chocoholic; since there are many senior and caregivers in our organization that are hurting from losing a loved one. Most often, whenever we have a group activity or gathering; someone from the group would volunteer a personal story about the husband or wife or child they have lost.  I thought it would make perfect sense to introduce a platform where seniors/caregivers would have a safe space to share, grieve and move forward. On a personal note, I carry my own heavy grief; I have recently lost my dad (79yrs) last 20th Jan 2021 from Pneumonia and complications of Alzheimer’s.  And about 1 week after launching Chocoholics, I lost my mom (81yrs) from battling Covid. I was unable to attend their funerals due to travel restrictions to Manila.”

The group’s name Chocoholics – “Life is sticky but sweet” was inspired from learning about the benefits of consuming dark chocolate, which helps with memory, blood pressure, and act as a mood enhancer whilst alleviating depression and it also has anti-inflammatory properties, which is good for the brain. This is what Chocoholics intends to achieve, for its participants to heal, one chocolate at a time.  

Chocoholics held its first meeting earlier this month with 6 participants. The program ensures that everybody gets a chance to speak.  The program moderator was Kim Smith, an Inclusion specialist for people of determination and book reviewer; her background enables her to manage delicate topics such as grief and mourning. Before the end of the session, each participant created a one-page collage with a photo of a loved one with colours and special messages. This will be filed and stored in the Chocoholics Time Capsule.

“It was vital to create a sweet and safe environment where we start each session with a cup of hot chocolate. People who are grieving (like myself) can feel detached and this needs to be addressed and enable us to be functional again” adds Desirée Vlekken – founder of 4get-me-not

If anyone is over 60yrs + and would like to attend one of Chocoholic’s monthly group meetings, they can email the team at info@4get-me-not.org to register. In order for the group to continue the group meetings, it needs support through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) sponsorships. This will enable Chocoholics to hold meetings twice a month, subsidize refreshments for participants, materials and offer a stipend for program Moderators.

About 4get-me-not:

4get-me-not, the only Social Enterprise in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East which focuses on seniors (60 years old and above) as part of its mission to address Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), was launched in 2013. It’s Founder – Desirée Vlekken, belongs to a community touched by AD where both her father and father-in-law drew inspiration to create a social platform for families and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients.

4get-me-not creates a positive impact to the society, particularly the senior community by creating awareness on the importance of giving proper attention to their wellbeing and quality of life as one of the means to prevent AD. Positive lifestyle approaches are considered to help seniors cope with physical and cognitive changes.

AD is a growing global health issue that affects a large majority of the senior community with one person in every three seconds reported to have it. 4get-me-not has been working with various International organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) London office, Dementia Friends of Alzheimer’s Society UK and World Health Organization (WHO) through its Eastern Mediterranean Office, to build a vibrant community that addresses Alzheimer’s in a preventive, holistic and innovative way.

http://www.4get-me-not.org/

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen@w2wevents.com  

“Creamy Melts” homebaked delicacies by Rajeena Mohammed

Creamy Melts was launched 12 years ago in UAE, by Rajeena Mohammed a Certified Cake Artist-PME Knightsbridge. 

Our Business Woman of this week is the passionate Cake Artist “Rajeena Mohammed”, I have had the pleasure of meeting Rajeena a few years ago for an event; her positive energy is contagious and she was my go to baker for cakes, cupcakes, cookies and brownies. All my clients would have gotten a box of Creamy Melts in the last few years. Rajeena’s work ethics and her dedication to baking is truly admirable, I am so happy to share her story with all of you!

“Since childhood, my earliest memory of a vacation or birthdays at home.. The house used to smell cakes and cookies. My Mom’s baking and unique recipe’s used to mesmerize me as a child which is the reason I did my Masters in Sugar crafting, after graduating in Engineering. Satisfying the sugar rush of many in UAE since 12 years, I combined my love and taste for drawing and painting into the cakes, to come out with designs and shapes of every individual’s dream or theme. Creamy Melts play a vital role in many celebrations and as a cake artist, the smile and joy of the celebrant when they see the cake, gives me the adrenaline rush and their review after they have it completes my day.” ~ Rajeena Mohammed

Her designer cakes are a work of art, here are some of her beautiful customized artisan cakes:

If you want to try melt in your mouth brownies, order them from creamy melts:

If you want to make someones day, creamy melts cookies are the best to share:

During the festive seasons, we have ordered a variety of dessert jars, that come in many flavors, check out a few here:

Order customized Cake filled geohearts from creamy melts to spread love:

For your sweet cravings, try out creamy melts delicious cupcakes:

Last but not the least, is the signature ghee cake, which is seriously one not to be missed!

To follow and order from Rajeena Mohammed’s baked goods on instagram: @creamy_melts

For any further details please email zareen@w2weventsdubai

“Storymelts” personality candles by Zainab Malubhai

Storymelts candles are based on a personality or on a  moment with a story weaved through it. Each fragrance blend is also chosen to match that particular personality. 

The candles are made from a vegan soy and coconut wax blend. The wax is gluten free, parabin free, phthalate free, and come from renewable sources and are hand poured with love here in Dubai. We use pure essential oils which are also cruelty free and do not contain any CMR ( carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction) substances. 

“ I have always wanted to make something with my own hands and nothing takes us back to a place or a time than smells and fragrances. I have an insatiable passion of telling stories and they excite me to no end. So I decided to bring my love for story telling to a new venture, and hence Storymelts was born” ~ Zainab Malubhai – Founder of Storymelts

Here are a few of the best selling Storymelts candles:

1. The Binge Watcher

2. The Super Mom

3. The Teaholic

4. The Go-Getter 

5. The Spontaneous

6. The Book Lover

7.  The Dreamer

8. The New Mom 

To order your own personality candle at Storymelts, DM on instagram: @storymelts

For more details about our Businesswoman of the week email us at zareen@w2wevents.com

“The Meethi EID Delicacy Muqabla” cooking competition winners announced

The award winning fine dining restaurant Mumtaz Mahal hosted a first of its kind “The Meethi EID Delicacy Muqabla” to offer a platform to amateur chefs, to demonstrate their culinary skills and prepare desserts for the upcoming Eid and Ramadan festivities. The contestants were judged on preparation and presentation; and were encouraged to use their own family/home recipe as an inspiration for their sweet delicacies.

“Mumtaz Mahal has always welcomed aspiring chefs & food enthusiasts and with Ramadan around the corner, we really felt that the best way to kick-start the celebration of this season was by hosting a cooking competition dedicated to desserts of Eid! We were extremely pleased to see youngsters join the competition to try their hand at cooking, the results were exceptional and I am sure the judges had a hard time deciding the winners” says Habib Khan – General Manager of the Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa

There were 7 participants who churned out some of the most innovative desserts, including Vermicelli bites, Jashan-i-mithaas, Carrot Kheer & Sticky Dates pudding. The winner of the Meethi Eid Delicacy Muqabala was Kristina Derevleva with her own take on the Strawberry Manhattan Cake; the first runner up was Kavita Khira with her twist on Mango Paneer Delight and the second runner up was Bhupinder Kaur Chandhoke with her creation the Malpua Phirni Tacos. The Judges  for the event included Dr. Samar A. Mustafa – Lifestyle blogger joined by Ms. Hina Saleem and Ms. Zoobi who are both Food & lifestyle bloggers in the region. 

About Mumtaz Mahal:

An Award winning Indian specialty restaurant “Mumtaz Mahal”, located in the heart of Bur Dubai at the Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa. Mumtaz Mahal is a fine dining restaurant serving North West and Mughlai delicacies using authentic ingredients that will offer every taste bud a palette of flavors! The restaurant is a themed outlet that is adored by Indian/Pakistani and other nationals residing in Dubai & tourists alike. The Interior is flattered by attractive colors and decor, along with comfortable dining furniture & live band performance with cultural, classical songs and traditional dancers.

Mumtaz Mahal achieved several awards from different prestigious competitions in the year 2006 & 2007. Mumtaz Mahal restaurant has been awarded 2 White hats in the price category of up to Dhs 249′ for its exceptional level of cuisine and service in the year 2012 and was nominated in the Finalist for What’s On Awards in the year 2013, 2015 & 2018.  It is by far one of the most recognized Indian themed restaurants reputed for its Mughlai cuisine, unmatched service and family entertainment. This Ramadan, it is offering Iftar buffet with live station at AED 89  and dinner buffet from 8:30pm to 10:30pm at AED 49.  Special rate is available for group.

For more information, call Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa at +971-4-3519111 or email us at fbsales@arabiancourtyard.com

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen@w2wevents.com ; +923125659527

Zoui Sar Expedition team prepare to attempt the summit in May

Qudrat Ali and Namal Sididiqui gear up to ascent the un-summited Zoui Sar located on the Malangudi glacier, Pakistan

The Zoui Sar expedition team includes, Qudrat Ali (Climb Leader) and Namal Siddiqui (Expedition Member); have just returned after a 10-day attempt to summit Zoui Sar. Unfortunately, since this was their first attempt, there were a lot of unknown variables that kept them from successfully making the ascent; one major factor was the harsh weather conditions and the terrain itself was challenging, consisting mostly of jagged and craggy rock formation, along with loose stones and during this season there was fresh soft snow, taking all this in to account and accessing the safety of the team, it became too risky for the team to keep going forward this winter and a unanimous decision was taken to extend the summit to May of this year.

Qudrat Ali during his recent expedition this March towards Zoui Sar

“Zoui Sar sits among magnificent mountains like Dastgir Sar (7885m), Malangudi Sar (7200m), Odver Sar or Whitehorn(6400m) in the West Bank of Malangudi glacier. Zoui Sar is not as high as the others, however it remains unclimbed due to its technical level of climbing. The terrain was unreliable with snow as there are loose rocks while it only allows for pure alpine style rock and ice climbing. It’s base camp is at 3,300 meters whereas summit around 6,100 meters so you can see that the climbing distance is about 2,900 meters and this distance is longer than the climbing it takes on an 8000 meter range. Due to unavoidable weather conditions and considering safety measures, we decided this time to end our winter expedition but this times effort has only made our next attempt easier, and we are hopeful to make it next time” explains Qudrat Ali

Namal Siddiqui photographed during her recent expedition to Zoui Sar

Namal Siddiqui adds, “This time the weather was not on our side, but we powered through to open the route up to camp 3 and we are proud of this, as this will make our task easier for the next time. We believe in exploring the unclimbed and untouched gives us an opportunity to present Pakistan’s hidden gems and create curiosity in adventure tourism while making sure the bearer of this message are both men and women in a safe and secure Pakistan.”

The Zoui Sar expedition team are now back in Islamabad and are training to go forward to climbing the un-summited Zoui Sar this May.

About the Team:

The lead climber on this expédition is the celebrated mountaineer Qudrat Ali, hailing from Shimshal Valley in Pakistan. Among the many mountains he has summited there are 4×8000m summits: (Broad Peak, G1, G2, Nanga Parbat) and 2 winters ascents of 6000m while also attempting a winter ascent of Broad Peak but had to abandon the climb 200m before the summit. Qudrat has walked barefoot from Gilgit to Shimshal to honor his ancestors who roamed the land barefoot, spending 14 hours outside in -25C using a sleeping bag only and sleeping in a crevasse. He also holds the world record of traversing three mountain ranges.

Namal is a Pakistani, born and raised in the UAE. She recently gave up her corporate life of 14 years to exclusively pursue her love of mountaineering by moving her base to Islamabad, Pakistan. She has summited 2 of the 7 highest summits of the continents: Mount Elbrus and Mount Kilimanjaro along with Mount Toubkal, highest in North Africa. Besides this she has attempted Mount Kazbegi. She has been on a winter survival training camp, ice climbing and rock climbing training to fine tune her technical skills.

This expedition is supported by:

Hashmi Pakistan

GREE Pakistan

Manaky

W2W Events & PR

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen@w2wevents.com ; +923125659527