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How to Attest Degree Certificate in Dubai

Attested highest education certificate or degree certificate is a requirement when processing your employment visa in Dubai. This apply mostly to professionals and managerial post. Depending on your position, the company who employs you will ask for this document when it is time to process your visa. You may want to ask them whether they need it or not because there are some position that does not require to have it although it is always better to keep it handy for future use and reference. Attestation happens first in your home country or in the country where you graduated. It must be certified by the school, notarized by a public notary, then attested by the Ministry of Foreign affairs before the UAE Embassy in your place. When you arrived to Dubai, the certificate must go to the Dubai Ministry of Foreign Affairs for attestation before it can be acknowledge by the immigration as an official document. MoFA is in embassies area, at the corner of Khalid Bin Walid Road and Al Seef

Gozo Garden - Thursday BBQ Nights with Phil Collins Tribute

Dubai got a lot of rain fall last week until Wednesday and thank goodness Thursday was a sunny spring day again. It was a pleasant Thursday night with stars gazing down to us, beautiful weather and superb atmosphere around Dubai. We started our weekend right and sit down to a BBQ dinner al fresco at Gozo Garden at Millenium Airport Hotel with the company of good friends. We are back and this time was with a Phil Collins tribute, the last time I was here, it was for The Blues Brothers . It was a fun filled evening which got even livelier when Andrew James takes center stage and started singing Phil Collins songs, here's one of the performances that I've recorded, oh dear I can dance into it - and yeah just like the song, this is another day in paradise. The night was even more special since I finally get to meet the blogger behind , Angelo is now blogging in the sandpit. Also the ever gorgeous and fashionista - Rosell of Kero's Celebration  was with

Anil Kapoor inaugurates Concept Big Brands Carnival

Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor inaugurated the much awaited 5 day shopping extravaganza Concept Big Brands at the DWTC last March 26, 2014. Yours truly had the privilege to meet and greet the famous actor and producer from India. Concept Brands Group is a leading  distributor  of kid’s brands and luxury brands in the UAE. The company is also the organiser of mega events and carnivals for over 10 years in UAE. Established by Mr Vijay Samyani (left), Concept Brands is a Dubai-Headquartered company that brings luxury brands from across the world to the UAE at affordable prices. The motto of the company is to bridge the gap between luxury brands and the consumers If you are looking for branded items with affordable prices head now to hall 7 of DWTC for your shopping needs, lasting five days you still have today and Sunday. There are bags, perfumes, accessories, watches, shoes and more. Use your Emirates NBD debit or credit card with a total purchase of 1000 Dirhams to get 7

The Dubai Mall Dino

The kids were excited when I told them we will go to Dubai Mall to see the dinosaur fossils. They know many kinds of dinosaurs because they both love to watch the dinosaur train - it's a cartoon show on TV about dinosaurs that live in different era like Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous etc. They know all these terms more that me and their dad and my eldest can name more dinosaurs than I do. The Dino fossils are displayed at the main atrium of the Dubai Mall and it is there to stay permanently. Isn't it nice that we have our own slice of Jurassic Park here in the UAE adding more attraction for the city and the mall itself. I was excited to see it honestly and when we had a peek of it from far away, I am thrilled with goosebumps. Me and hubby jinx when we said "Night at the Dubai Mall" and I jokingly told the kids that this Dino runs around the mall after midnight and I have 4 wide eyes staring at me. :) Amphicoelias brontodiplodocus is a female vegetarian sauropod d

What's Up Dubai: Shop till you drop at Concept Big Brands Carnival

Hugo Boss, Micheal Kors, Armani Exchange, Diesel, Salvatore Ferragamo, Rebecca, Burberry, Thierry Mugler, Lancaster, Gianvito Rossi, Nina Ricci, Cerrutii 1881, Armand Basi Does it ring a bell? ok here's more... Azzaro, Burberry, Fossil, CK, Dior, Givenchy, Hello Kitty, Von Dutch, Barbie, Aigner, Joop, Tonino Lamborghini, DKNY, Ice Berg, Miss Sixty, Lacoste, Paul & Shark Yes, you got it right! These big names are back at this year's Concept Big Brands Carnival at the DWTC. Starting tomorrow 26th March to the 30th of March you can shop till you drop with the biggest discounts on luxury items from as much as 25% up to a whopping 75%. If you are looking for fragrances, handbags, watches, sunglasses, shoes, apparel, travel luggage, leather goods, fashion accessories, jewelry, and cosmetics with huge discounts this is the place to be.  Not only that, if you go tomorrow you might bump with one of the hottest Bollywood actors - Anil Kapoor as for the first time he

Chicken Caldareta fit for a Prince

Prince wouldn't eat the viand I cooked for lunch last Friday and insist on having the viand his auntie cooked. "I don't like that, its dry, I want their food because it has sauce in it!" he exclaimed with a very grumpy look on his face "It's not our food and we have to eat what's on our table," I said There was a knock on the door and when I opened it, my cousin's wife brought him some of their viands. To make the long story short I ended up cooking the same for dinner because he wants it so much he wanted it more. In fairness to myself, this is also by far the tastiest Chicken Caldereta I have ever cooked that even a picky eater will not say no to this one. 1. Start by chopping the whole chicken into serving pieces (I will have to show you a tutorial on how to chop your bird in another post if you prefer choice cuts, it is available in supermarkets as well) 2. Marinate the chicken pieces in the juice of 1 lemon, 1/3 cup soy sauce

Easy Apple Tart

The kids are craving for apple pie and the store bought ain't satisfying them. Apple pie seems a little too much for me tonight so I thought of baking an apple tart instead. It's easy peasy and ready in less than an hour. When I went to the grocers to get the ingredients for tonight's dinner, I also bought some frozen puff pastry squares. I let it thaw in the kitchen counter before laying them in a baking sheet and then brushing with some egg wash and scoring the sides. Scoring all four side half an inch from the edge of the pastry will make the side puff up. Here is Mica applying the egg wash on all five squares. Here is our homemade apple tart. It smells divine and taste great. This recipe has 6 ingredients and the frozen puff pastry is your cheat here. 5 puff pastry squares thawed but kept chilled 2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1 cup of sugar 1 egg yolk 2 tbsp peach marmalade 2 tbsp butter Procedure Preheat oven 350 degrees 1. Lay the thawed p

Luxury fine diamond jewelry retailer Devi Jewels Opens in DIFC

Devi Jewels - a leading luxury diamond jewelry retailer has recently open its doors at Dubai's commercial and cultural hub, the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC).  Devi Jewels is a pioneering concept in fine jewelry retailing bringing exquisite and one-of-a-kind designer collections by world-renowned designers to the UAE. The launch of the showroom was marked by a formal inauguration by Mr. John Harris, Chief Commercial Properties Officer, DIFC and Mr. Nirav Sanghvi, Founder and Director of Devi Jewels, among other senior officials of the DIFC. The launch also saw the opening of a fine jewelry exhibition by India’s largest and oldest jewelers, Jewels Emporium, being held on March 16-18, 2014 at Devi Jewels. Jewels Emporium is showcasing its most exclusive jewelry collection, Master Strokes during the three-day exhibit.  This is my personal favorite - Panache (peacock).  Panache An exquisite peacock feather goes around the neck ending with a 1.2

How to Register your Tenancy Contract with EJARI

Just recently, I needed to process the residence visa for somebody and to do that, a tenancy contract registered with Ejari is required by Dubai immigration. Since the contract is not yet registered, I went to register it myself. Ejari is "my rent" in Arabic language but technically it means a revolutionary system that shall move Dubai real estate sector to be one of the best regulated rental market in the world. Everybody in Dubai who lease an apartment must register their tenancy contract with Ejari especially those individuals with dependents who requires a residency visa in Dubai. Documents you must have with you before going to the Ejari counter to register 1. Original tenancy contract and copy 2. Emirates ID or passport copies and visa page of all parties for individual (landlord/owner and tenant) 3. Copy of security deposit receipt voucher for leased unit issued by DEWA or current DEWA bill 4. Copy of Title Deed 5. Emirates ID copy of applicant (in thi

New Da Vinci Italian Trattoria with Entertainer Chef Manolo Mosconi

I took a week off from work last week to spend time with my family, to unwind, relax and socialize and now I am back again to the daily grind. Working moms sometimes need a break too, don't you agree? I can hear moms cheering :) yeah! I wasn't expecting that the short vacation I filed will be hectic but I have no complaints, it was short but sweet. What did I do with my week? I went to party with Novotel Al Barsha Grand opening on Monday, discovered real authentic French food and drink at Gulfood on Tuesday and participated at Fashion Different with Iconic and Al Sada Publication on Wednesday then had a little break on Thursday, the rest of the time I have was well spent at home with my two kids and by Friday night I am up again for another event. It's irresistible because it was the launch of one of the first if not the oldest authentic Italian restaurants in Dubai, about 27 years in business. The New Da Vinci Italian Trattoria at Millennium Airport Dubai is reinve

Be Fashion Different with Iconic and Al Sada Magazine

Iconic is celebrating its 4th Birthday and as part of a month long celebration, Iconic is giving away a trip to Paris for 2,  skydiving for 2, macbooks, iPhones, iPads,  and a lot more. Just spend AED 150 at any Iconic store in the UAE to get a scratch and win coupon. Another event organized by Iconic Landmark Group for it's birthday and in collaboration with Dar Al Sada Publication as one of the main sponsor is "A Fashion Different Evening" at Iconic Dubai Mall last Wednesday whereby the Fashion Editor of Al Sada Magazine - Rehab Al Eifa taught us how to wear the seasons best trends. We were asked to put together clothes, shoes and accessories from the store and me and my friend come up with an outfit for Spring/Summer which was chosen by Ms. Rehab as one of the best outfits. The other outfit was by Ms. Noor Abbas and we both became the nights fashion icon :) and got ourselves a AED 500 voucher to spend at Iconic stores Thank you Al Sada Press for the in

Novotel Al Barsha GRAND Opening: Mardi Gras and Carnival Style

Just in time with the Rio Carnival in Brazil and Mardi Gras in New Orleans, we, here in Dubai had a taste of both worlds during the Grand Opening of Novotel Al Barsha earlier this week. * * * "Novotel Al Barsha is Accor's fifth Novotel property in the UAE with 465 rooms, this four star hotel located along Sheikh Zayed Road and a few blocks away from the popular Mall of the Emirates and can be reached easily via Dubai Metro stopping at the Sharaf DG station offers both business and leisure travellers spacious guest rooms and meeting facilities with panoramic views of the Dubai coastline. It has five restaurants such as Cravin Cajun, the region's only Cajun Louisiana restaurant with all day dining space, Cafe Java - a 24 hour boutique pastry takeaway coffee corner, Bubbles Bar - a contemporary bar and lounge, Deck Se7en for some live music and the tropical inspired poolside terrace. For relaxation, guest can unwind at In Balance Spa - complete with latest Technogym equ