“Stage Business” a Business Networking event at the Hive

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Business Networking event with a theatrical twist for all creative individuals on 23rd Jan

The Hive, Dubai leading hub for performing Arts opens its door for a unique Business Networking event; “Stage Business” on Saturday 23rd of January from 4:00pm till 6:00pm. The Event is open to the public and in Free to attend upon RSVP.


Owner and Founder of The Hive, Darshana Thakkar explains, “We wanted to offer the public a taste of theatre can offer, tools and techniques used by actors to boost confidence in business. The event we will be introducing theatre games, vocal techniques and also improvisations.”


“At the Hive we like to do things that are unconventional, so when people come to this Business networking event, they will be given costumes, props and the stage to act out their professions. We aim to make this experience fun for all attending” adds Co Founder of the Hive, Jimish ThakkarUnder the training and guidance of Theatre veteran Jimish Thakkar, each participant will get an opportunity to be on stage – to wear costumes and use props to discuss their business in theatre style.


To register for this event, email w2w.events.dubai@gmail.com; the event starts at 4:00pm on the 23rd of January at the Hive.



 Date- Saturday 23rd of January 2016

Time – 4:00pm till 6:00pm

Venue– The Hive (Located 601, Al Safa M Tower, (Above Mostafawi Carpets) Al Fahidi Metro Gate 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

RSVP- w2w.events.dubai@gmail.com

 About The Hive:

The Hive is a space for theatre workshops, dance classes, public speaking workshops, audio-visual screenings, stand-up comedy & Improv theatre. – to create, to rehearse, to perform, to exhibit, to jam, to learn, to entertain, to meet or to watch.

We organize and promote Theatrical shows, Carnivals, Concerts, Operettas, Drama & Musical productions from all over the world to public and private groups in Dubai.

For information about the Hive, please contact:

Email: darshana@liveathive.ae

Phone: 043344799

Web: www.liveathive.ae

Location: 601, Al Safa M Tower, (Above Mostafawi Carpets) Al Fahidi Metro Gate 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates



Cairo and Beirut host Middle East Council of Shopping Centre’s Next Generation Networking Reception


MECSC’s Next Generation Events – connecting retail professionals across Middle East

The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres and the International Council of Shopping Centres host the Next Generation Networking reception in Cairo, Egypt at the Radisson Blu Heliopolis on the 19th of January from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. Another networking reception will take place in Beirut on the 21st January from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at the Palais Chehab, Baabda, Beirut, Lebanon.


The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres emphasizes on educating and offering a successful Networking platform to its members and therefore MECSC has progressively organized several Next Generation Networking events throughout the Middle East region.  These events aim to bring together specialists from the Retail industry to share knowledge, ideas and promote business growth.


David Macadam, CEO, MECSC highlights that “The MECSC covers a territory of over 17 countries in the MENA region and 46 Worldwide.  Its vital for us to meet, interact and connect with retail professionals across the region; the Next Generation Networking reception offers the perfect platform for us to do so; the event in Cairo and Beirut are bound to be a great gathering of like-minded industry professionals to chat and learn more about the industry regionally and globally.”


Event Details: NextGen Cairo

Date: 19th January 2016

Time: 1:00pm till 4:00pm

Venue: Cairo, at the Radisson Blu Heliopolis

Zaghloul and Magrabi Retail are the sponsors for the Next Generation Networking Reception in Cairo, Egypt at the Radisson Blu Heliopolis.

To RSVP for this event, please click the link Register Online or visit www.mecsc.org for more details. Local Contact: Mohamed Galal +201 222 106 706

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Event Details: NextGen Beirut

Date: 21st January 2016

Time: 5pm till 8:00pm

Venue: Palais Chehab, Baabda, Beirut, Lebanon

LIA Insurance, Liban Park, Pikasso, Protectron, SMAG and Magrabi Retail sponsor Beirut Next Generation Networking Reception.

To RSVP for this event, please click the link Register Online or visit www.mecsc.org for more details. Local Contact: +961 71983367 

About MECSC:

Established in 1994, The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres affiliated to the New York based International Council of Shopping Centres has over 70,000 members globally (www.icsc.org), the MECSC provides its members with unparalleled local and international business contacts. Facilitating members to grow their business through retail industry education, business development, conferencing and networking opportunities. The MECSC covers memberships throughout the MENA region and globally through the ICSC.

Web:http://www.mecsc.org / FBhttp://www.facebook.com/MECSC.org

Twitter: @MECSC.org/LinkedIn: MECSC/ Instagram: MECSC/ Pinterest: MECSC

For information about the MECSC, please contact:

Email: info@mecsc.org  phone +971 4 359 7909

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com – 052 – 765 55255

Miss January from Calendar Girls – Juri as Mulan an interview by Ruqya Khan

Juri Daendler as Mulan graces the cover for the month of January 2016 of Calendar Girls project!


Juri Daendler is a 28 year old brave heart from the Philippines. She is driven by the passion to showcase her community in a different light of respect and dignity. “We are so often perceived as nice and submissive. We get walked all over. I want to stand up for the people. I want the world to see us differently. Value us for our capabilities and for that I have to be a strong example!”


At a young age of 19 Juri began working. She started from the bottom and went up the ladder of success through hard work and dedication. From being receptionist to teacher’s assistant to office manager – it has been quite a rising graph. “Someday I might even go solo and have a (business) project of my own. I do not believe in hurdles or excuses. I feel disillusioned when people who are senior to me in age and experience aspire of less they should. They play small. Can someone be unfair to their goals and ambitions for the sake of comfort and familiarity? I should hope not but often we do.”


Coming from this values and strong ideals about herself and her own it was therefore no surprise that she selected to portray Mulan for the Calendar Girls project. “I loved the idea of being Mulan! She is such a brave and determined character. She is resourceful and fiercely protective of her family which I can completely relate to. She is the hero of her story. She dresses as her father to fight the battle. She cares for him. She values his age and does not want to see him hurt or injured. She therefore takes the lead to fight his battle. She is driven and unafraid of ‘breaking through the mould’ for what she believes in – something every female should always remember to do.”


Family is Juri’s driving force. She is the bread winner for them and works harder at every opportunity so that she can help them better in every way. “I want them to see me for what I do, how I achieve and grow. I want them to be strong headed and never settle for less.”


Being the first frame for the Calendar Girls project came as a surprise for Juri and she is highly honoured. Her association with the project was from the early beginnings and the idea to bring the true essence beauty to the fore got her interested. “The best part about the project is that it chooses to inspire. It breaks through the mould. It sends out a message to young girls who chase the illusion of beauty not realising that what lies within reflects outside. The fad of photo shopped faces, airbrushed bodies and perfect photo shoots is a mirage. It is time that we accepted the real.”

“I think true beauty is soul deep. Being beautiful goes beyond having a pretty face. It is when our ‘inner light’ radiates outwards through our actions or how we treat others. For me, beautiful is more than what is on the outside. I admire people who are courageous enough to care about other people more than themselves. I respect people who go out of their way to achieve their dreams so that others may follow their own hopes.”


“The one lesson I take from this project and the many beautiful souls with whom I have worked with for Calendar Girls is that one must always strive to be unique and challenge the status quo. I believe that everyone should embrace what makes them special and exceptional. Be proud of who you are and always confide into what others think of you. Dream big, achieve yet stay humble and true to yourself. A woman is beautiful when she is true.”

I admire women with substance – those who face adversity with determination, who are strong and compassionate. Those who move and inspire others make for a beautiful woman…

Calendar Girls 2016 :

The ethos behind the program is to develop campaigns through marketing and events that promote positive body image in Men and Women.

Calendar Girls had over 14 role models for young women to identify with and inspire from, the personal stories of these 14 women will be showcased in this unique calendar.

Theme for 2016 : Fairytales – each image for the photo shoot was inspired by the person’s own favourite character – the idea behind it is, the each one of us really are, “our own super heroes”.

We are grateful for all the  amazing support from many individuals!

The Fashion Designers of Calendar Girls 2016:-
Anisa Couture
Aisha Alia – Hayaatii
Dutchess Riley
Desi Sari Dewi
Kash Kouture
Reve Du Soleil

Calendar Girls Sponsors:-
Splendour Salon
Selfie TV
Shaby Designs
RK rites (Ruqya Khan)
MAD (Mad About Dance Institute)

To learn more about w2w: w2w.events.dubai@gmail.com