“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

Sheworks on the ramp at Rozana Fashion Show

 UN Women Pakistan in collaboration with Sheworks hosted “Rozana” Fashion ShowRozana held on 12th of March at the UN Women Country Office in Islamabad

In line with International Woman’s day celebrations the United Nations Women office in Islamabad hosted the “Rozana” Fashion show showcasing the finest hand embroidered collection for ladies from Sheworks & Sabah Pakistan; along with an exquisite collection for men by Mohataram.

Jacqui Ketunuti High Commissioner Maldives walks the ramp wearing SheWorks

This fashion show broke away from tradition, by curating designs made by artisans from rural communities of Pakistan and offering a prestigious line up of models, who represented the crème de la crème of the diplomatic community.

H.E. Androulla Kaminara EU Ambassador to Pakistan fashioning a SheWorks creation on the ramp

Rozana Fashion show models included the EU Ambassador – H.E. Androulla Kaminara; the Canadian Ambassador – Ms. Wendy Gilmore; the Maldivian Ambassador –Farzana Zahir- Ms. Lina Mousa; Rebekah Bell FAO (Food & Agriculture Organization) Representative from Australia to Pakistan , the Deputy County representative – Ms. Jacqui Ketunuti and the Head of development at High Commission of Canada- Mr. Chris Khug to name a few.

Farzana Zahir – Ambassador of Maldives to Pakistan adorned in SheWorks Kurta

“We were extremely elated to be invited by UN women to participate in Rozana Fashion show; it gave us an opportunity to exhibit our work and also share our brands story, for us this is a labor of love, focusing on functional design whilst highlighting traditional techniques of hand embroidery and aesthetic appeal in our work. We look forward to many more opportunities and collaborations.” says Samina Mahmud, Founder of SheWorks

Rebekah Bell – FAO (Food & Agriculture Organization) Representative from Australia to Pakistan dressed in Sheworks
Anna Ostby- Spouse of Resident Representative UNPD Pakistan dressed in SheWorks

UN women gave a voice and platform to the artisans who have created the intricate designs, artisans present at the show from Bhawalpur were Zareena Bibi from Wazir Wali, Tasleem Bibi & Rubeena Bibi from Jan Muhammad; and Faiza Bibi

Nosheen Bibi & Rubina Bibi came from Haripur district KPK, Faiz Buttry Village. They were invited to share their inspiring personal journey as artisans with the audience.

The Rozana Fashion show was instrumental in supporting and highlighting homegrown fashion brands, Sheworks which is a Social enterprise for change based out of Islamabad and works with artisans from South of Punjab; Sabah Pakistan a non profit organization based in Haripur district – KPK and Mohtaram the men’s brand of fashion.

SheWorks team with the artisans at Rozana Fashion Show

About SheWorks:

A platform connecting business to textile artisanal communities

Artisanal activities generate income, create jobs, foster economic communities, sustain ancient techniques, and preserve culture and meaning that is an essential component of healthy and sustainable development.
SheWorks strives to launch a campaign and a set of related activities to build awareness and broaden support of the artisan sector (assess need, audience, potential partners, conduct research to make economic case, develop communication messages)

We work with business, supporting product development and design, implementing the production through the artisans collaborating with SheWorks

Web: www.sheworkspvt.com

Facebook: SheWorks

Instagram: sheworks.official

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

Attempt to ascent the 6,100-meter high mountain Zoui Sar this winter

Two mountaineers gear up to conquer the un-summited Zoui Sar located on the Malangudi glacier, Pakistan

There are many unclimbed peaks in Pakistan and as Pakistan opens up itself to travelers, the unexplored mountains become an opportunity for climbers to discover new heights. This march, the team involved is passionate and has the skills and expertise to climb; with unique backgrounds, they represent diversity, inclusivity and love for climbing. Attempting this summit are Qudrat Ali (Climb Leader) and Namal Siddiqui (Expedition Member).

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. He has been actively encouraging female climbers to participate in all his expeditions since 2007, ensuring equal opportunities for everyone who is passionate about mountaineering.

Qudrat Ali

“One of the reasons of attempting this climb is to create a positive and inviting image of Pakistan to the world. I have co founded the Shimshal Mountaineering School, so that we can train and groom mountaineers, there are many times I sponsor students because I believe that no one should miss out on their dreams because of financial constraints. We also want to provide equal opportunities for girls and boys both, and build their confidence in this as a vocation.” says, Qudrat Ali

Namal Siddiqui

Namal Siddiqui adds, “With great love and respect for the ones we have lost, we continue to keep their legacy alive. Losing Ali Sadpara this winter, has been a wake up call for mountaineers and the country. Ali Sadpara had a dream: to create opportunities for his people and to put Pakistan on the map. This dream is not a one man’s job, it requires faith and support from our country and from people who have a voice – collectively. I am excited to be part of this community while representing female climbers.”

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.

Namal Siddiqui

Qudrat is an expert world record holder climber, Namal is experienced and learning the ropes. Their objective for this climb is to promote Pakistan and stand for inclusivity, Namal is aiming to represent and inspire more female mountaineers in the region. This 10-day expedition begins from 10th till 20th of March, a first time attempt to summit the magnificent Zoui Sar. If they are able to climb before 21st March, it will be a winter ascent and if weather conditions don’t allow them before, it will be the first ascent of Zoui Sar.

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

“Women of resilience” a celebration of women artisans of Pakistan

Photographer: Mobeen Ansari

 SheWorks and The Embassy of France join hands to acknowledge women artisans from South of Punjab

As part of this year’s international woman’s day celebrations, SheWorks and the Embassy of France join hands to pay a tribute to women artisans with “Women of Resilience”, an online campaign conceptualized to shed light on the artisans behind the art of embroidery. The campaign will begin from the 1st of March until the 15th of March on all SheWorks social media platforms, comprising of stories and visuals by the award winning photographer Mobeen Ansari.

Photographer: Mobeen Ansari

The founder of SheWorks – Samina Mahmud, is the brainchild behind this campaign. Her organization, has been rooted, since long, in a mission to improve livelihood opportunities for skilled rural artisan communities, whilst creating high quality products for the luxury market.

“It was important for us to share the stories behind the textiles. These beautifully handmade crafts are products of skilled and hardworking artisans. There is immense economic potential in the creative manufacturing sector for skilled artisans and we aim to guide and to create opportunities for designer and artisan collaborations, offering sustainable income and financial independence to empower women in rural areas of Pakistan” explains Samina Mahmud, Founder of SheWorks

Photographer: Mobeen Ansari

Mr. Marc Baréty, Ambassador of France to Pakistan adds, “Socio-Economic empowerment of women is at the core of France’s international strategy on gender equality. In Pakistan, rural women artisans are custodians of a rich and diverse cultural heritage, particularly in textile. By providing livelihoods to their communities and preserving this heritage, they are an essential driver for sustainable development.”

This campaign is supported by embassy of France and by creative professionals from across the globe with the common objective to highlight and acknowledge the stories of artisans from South of Punjab. The regions covered include the Cholistan desert and Jaan Muhammad, Dera Bakha and Wazir Wali villages.

“Women of resilience” will run from the 1st until the 15th of March 2021 on SheWorks.

About SheWorks:

A platform connecting business to textile artisanal communities

Artisanal activities generate income, create jobs, foster economic communities, sustain ancient techniques, and preserve culture and meaning that is an essential component of healthy and sustainable development.
SheWorks strives to launch a campaign and a set of related activities to build awareness and broaden support of the artisan sector (assess need, audience, potential partners, conduct research to make economic case, develop communication messages)

We work with business, supporting product development and design, implementing the production through the artisans collaborating with SheWorks

Web: www.sheworkspvt.com

Facebook: SheWorks

Instagram: sheworks.official

Official Photographer: Mobeen Ansari

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

Mobeen Ansari’s award wining film “Hellhole” is now available to watch on Alaska Airlines

Starting February 2021, Mobeen Ansari’s award wining film “Hellhole” will be available to view on Alaska Airlines inflight entertainment; Hellhole is a short silent film based on the life of conservancy workers, better known as gutter cleaners as seen through the life and often forgotten humanity of one such worker.

This is an initiative by “Tasveer” South Asian Film Festival who have successfully curated a collection of some of the most thought-provoking South Asian short films for Alaska Airlines in-flight entertainment. The films will be shown from February 1st 2021

Follow Tasveer and support South Asian Film Makers & Storytellers:

FB – TasveerOrgUS

Insta – tasveerorg

To learn more about Mobeen’s work: http://www.mobeenansari.com

For media and press information: zareen@w2wevents.com

Dubai based Artist, Kim Oberoi’s Series “Meditation” is now available on Context Art Gallery

Meditation by Kim Oberoi is now represented by Context Art Gallery

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Kim Oberoi is an Indian born contemporary artist based in Dubai, her experiences have passionately led her as a painter with an extensive international portfolio of exhibits including, UAE, Germany & China.

Kim is largely a self-taught painter; her dedication to her craft has successfully seen her work represented globally. Her latest accomplishment includes her series on Botanical arts curated by Context Art Gallery, which is listed with “Artsy”, “Koonessofficial”, “_artsail_”, “artmajeur”, “wdwlls”; Kim’s work will be displayed in all the platforms.

“This series started in 2019 and is currently ongoing, I use watercolors, coffee and acrylics as my mediums for this set of works. This series draws inspiration from botanical art and is a result of meditative and energy-healing practices, which leads to a calmness that allows space for creativity to grow and brings about clarity in vision. It is nature that I connect with at this stage and…

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Dubai based Artist, Kim Oberoi’s Series “Meditation” is now available on Context Art Gallery

Kim Oberoi is an Indian born contemporary artist based in Dubai, her experiences have passionately led her as a painter with an extensive international portfolio of exhibits including, UAE, Germany & China.

Kim is largely a self-taught painter; her dedication to her craft has successfully seen her work represented globally. Her latest accomplishment includes her series on Botanical arts curated by Context Art Gallery, which is listed with “Artsy”, “Koonessofficial”, “_artsail_”, “artmajeur”, “wdwlls”; Kim’s work will be displayed in all the platforms.

“This series started in 2019 and is currently ongoing, I use watercolors, coffee and acrylics as my mediums for this set of works. This series draws inspiration from botanical art and is a result of meditative and energy-healing practices, which leads to a calmness that allows space for creativity to grow and brings about clarity in vision. It is nature that I connect with at this stage and the gratitude I have experienced towards the elements of the environment that gives this series it’s name “Meditation”says Kim Oberoi

Context Art Gallery is an international art gallery specialized in contemporary art. The gallery is dedicated to the promotion of established and contemporary artists, with a special focus on abstract, non-figurative art, photography and sculpture. In a time when fast communication and media have a direct impact upon our lives, the gallery concentrates on the online representation and art selling, as well as on pop-up exhibitions and the participation in selected European art fairs. We are collaborating with various art galleries, art institutions, interior designer and concept stores worldwide, aiming to create multiple opportunities for our artists and offer best art advisory services for our art collectors. ​

 To view Meditation: https://www.artsy.net/artist/kim-oberoi/works-for-sale

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

Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club President Sheikh Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla meets with senior players of 4get-me-not

Senior Chess players were honored by a visit and encouragement by Sheikh Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla on Wednesday 20th of January. The Sheikh himself, is extremely passionate about Chess and has organized many world class chess competitions in Sharjah.

Desirée Vlekken – founder of 4get-me-not says “We have been coming to play Chess every Tuesday since December and the lovely staff has always offered us a VIP welcome, but we were beyond touched by getting a surprise visit from Sheikh Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla himself, he warmly mingled with the players and encouraged comradeship amongst the players!”

As 4get-me-not, we continue to organize events for seniors since, according to Dubai Statistics Center and (UAE) and Alzheimer’s disease International (UK) Demonstrate a downward trend of Alzheimer’s cases among the elderly who are engaged in activities; there is a growing body of evidence that sharing experiences and teaching skills are beneficial for seniors. While not a formally recognized therapy, it is a powerful medicine for all who are involved in the process. Research shows that for seniors to have the opportunity to help others as mentors improves their self-esteem, enhances feelings of control, lessens depression and best of all improves cognitive functioning.

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  

“Vintage Vloggers” – Senior Citizens curate the best restaurants & cafes in UAE

Team Vintage Vloggers comprises of two passionate senior foodies; 73 yr old Emirati Hafez Redha and 92 yr old Indian American  Narindra Singh Pujji

“Vintage Vloggers” is a unique initiative launched by Desirée Vlekken the founder of 4get-me-not, a social enterprise that focuses on seniors (60yrs+) as part of its mission to address Alzheimer’s disease.

The concept of “Vintage Vloggers” came about when Desirée found it difficult to find suitable restaurants and café’s serving senior citizens; as their requirements include accessibility, healthier food options and comfortable seating amongst other aspects; she was surprised to learn that there was no blog or reviewer in the region that catered to this segment.

Desirée Vlekken – founder of 4get-me-not says “This discussion begged the question, ‘where can senior friendly-meals be found anyway? 
Just over Thai lunch last week, I convinced two of our coolest seniors Mr. Puji and Mr. Hafez to be the 4get-me-not Vintage Vloggers! The challenge was for both seniors and myself to embark on a Food Road Trip in search of the senior friendly meal in the UAE.”

“One of our main missions at 4get-me not is to actively create a favourable environment for seniors to feel happy by preserving their memories and creating opportunities for meaningful engagement and by establishing a platform like “Vintage Vloggers” with Mr. Pujji and Mr. Hafez we come closer to our goal of integrating seniors in our community and protecting them from self isolation”, adds Desirée

Vintage Vloggers (VV) are set to review restaurants and cafes across the UAE, some of the points to keep in mind when inviting (VV) to review a place is, as a standard procedure there must be a lot of Tender Loving Care (TLC) for senior citizens because that is on top of the list. 
Attendants should be sufficiently trained and must possess valuable information when serving senior customers. It’s very helpful if the menu or their F & B recommendations highlight nutritional value, level of salt, sugar and spice, meal size and portions, etc. Food outlets should understand that seniors can be loyal customers too and will keep coming back when they genuinely feel valued as a consumer. Comfortable seating chairs with good back support is a plus. Senior discounts also would give the place a high rating on the Vlog.

The Vlog will appear on 4get-me-not Alzheimer’s Youtube channel:

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM45DKsludyx8T1RhWeSCoA

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/