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Review : Iftar at Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Dubai!

Hey friends,

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina is welcoming the Holy Month of Ramadan with a stunning Iftar and Suhoor offering, at the Serdaal Ballroom & Terrace. The property itself is breathtakingly beautiful with a gorgeous interior too.

Westin

Westin

Serdaal ballroom

Serdaal ballroom

Recently, I was invited to review the iftar there. I’ve been to many buffets in my life (being such a foodie that I am) but frankly I’ve never seen a buffet with such an extensive variety of food. It’s lavish & simply stunning, to say the least.

Westin iftar

Ramadan Kareem

Bread section

The generous buffet features an array of Middle Eastern dishes such as traditional hot and cold mezze items, succulent mixed grills, a dedicated shawarma corner and lamb ouzi. There are also European and Indian selections on offer, plus a sushi and pasta station. Save room for dessert, as an abundance of Arabic sweets, including a dedicated Turkish delight corner and an entertaining live Turkish ice-cream station.

Westin iftar

Westin iftar

Westin iftar

Chicken shawarma station

Westin iftar

All dishes were absolutely delicious, a feast for the taste buds!. I couldn’t try some items simply because I didn’t have room for it. The number of dishes were that many. The chefs have done an excellent job putting forth such a diverse range of cuisines. I even got to try out certain things that I’ve heard of before but never had had yet, namely scallops, gnocchi & seared tuna.

I was delighted to find a live pasta station. Pasta is my weakness 😉. I got a penne pasta with turkey, mushrooms and cheese in tomato sauce. It was really great.

Pasta

The dessert section was decadent and rich. Be it the Arabic ones or the others, the selection as amazing.

Arabic sweets

Chocolate fountain

Chocolate fountain, marshmallows, fruits and more

There was live entertainment (music) that was soothing and mesmerising. There is also a henna corner.

Musician

My son absolutely loved the Turkish ice cream station. We got him a chocolate ice cream. The guy serving was playing around with him, not handing him the ice cream from the get go. Finally, my 3 year old got frustrated and tried to run away. Lol!. It was hilarious. He definitely loved the ice cream. It’s texture is so different from the regular ice cream. I tried some from my son’s. If I had space in my stomach I would have gotten one for myself but I just didn’t. I was so full.

Turkish ice cream

The Iftar will be offered daily from sunset to 9.30pm throughout Ramadan. It’s all priced at just AED 155 for adults and AED 55 for children under 12 (kids under 6 dine for free). I think it’s a steal for this price.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Westin at +971 04 511 7373.

There is Shisha service 8pm onwards on the Serdaal terrace. Suhoor is offered from 9pm – 1 am on week days and 9 pm – 2 am on weekends.

I highly recommend iftar at Westin. It’s something to definitely experience and rave about!

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Naz ♥

Note : I was not paid to do this review. However, myself and my family were given free entry in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Review : Museum of Illusions, Dubai!

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Dubai is home to several topnotch attractions. Today, I will be reviewing one of them, Museum of Illusions, that’s located in Al Seef.

Al Seef

This whole area is built to reflect the traditional side of UAE. It’s old world charm is really refreshing, compared to the modern feel of Dubai. Here is the entrance of the museum :

Museum of Illusions

The reception staff were friendly and helpful. It’s a beautifully designed place, minimal in decor and so pleasing to the eye. On the left side, you can find a section where you can buy intellectual games that will challenge your mind. Prices are AED 50+ per game. Each of these games are available for playing inside the museum. Once you are done with the tour, you can come back and decide which one to buy and take home.There are some tshirts for sale too.

Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions

Once you enter the area of illusions, you will find things that are inexplicable and mind boggling. Here are several things you will see there :

Museum of Illusions

Frames that look empty at first glance. But once you step up to them, 3D and extemely real images come up on it!

Museum of Illusions

A chair that’s completely an illusion. From a certain angle it looks like a chair, that’s all.

Museum of Illusions

Head on a plate llusion 😨

Museum of Illusions

Strange looking contraption isn’t it?. One person can stand on one side of it and the second person on the other side, looking into the mirrored inside of it. First person then clicks a picture with the flash on. The second person’s photo comes out looking like this :

Naznin

I just love this pic so much!

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This was my attire for the day by the way..

Museum of Illusions

Such an awesome illusion!. A table with 6 of me..

Museum of Illusions

An upside down room. Did I mention that coming here, you’ll get some great Instagram worthy pictures?.. 😊

Museum of Illusions

These are the games I mentioned earlier in the post. They can be enjoyed by both adults and kids. It will make your mind work in ways you didn’t know, to solve those.

Illusion

My absolute favorite illusion is the Ames room. Depending on one’s position they will look either big or small in this room. It’s soo awesome!

Meanwhile my son’s favourite room was probably the room with these lights giving an awesome shadow play.

Museum of Illusions

Overall, it’s a very thrilling and intriguing experience. There are so many more illusions in the museum. You have got to go and see it, if you are someone who appreciates and enjoys things that are out of the norm. It’s a great place to go with your family and kids are just gonna love it. You will find some more attractions and some videos that I captured (like the room that spins and makes you dizzy even though you are standing still!), in the following video. Please watch it :

The museum is open from Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am – 10 pm and from Thursday to Saturday from 10 am – midnight. Ticket prices are AED 80 per adult, AED 60 per child above 5 years and AED 225 for a family (consisting of 2 adults and 2 kids). For more information, check out www.museumofillusions.ae or call 043573999. You can also get AED 10 discounted per ticket if you book your tickets online.

Here are the nearby attractions. I love how peaceful and serene it is. The market area gives a glimpse into the Arabic lifestyle.

Al Seef

Al Seef

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Note : I was not paid to do this review. However, myself and my family were given free entry in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Giveaway : Makeup Classes at DHD Beauty School, Dubai!

Hey guys,

I am so excited to team up with DHD Beauty School in Dubai, to give away makeup classes to TWO winners!. Each winner will win an admission each in a public group class. A class is 3 hours long and held at DHD Beauty School’s bright and spacious private classroom/studio.

Makeup class

The group classes are for seven women, to learn how to master the art of make-up on themselves. Taught by their own master trainer Dahlia, these small, intimate classes allow for a relaxed, and personalized teaching experience. These classes normally cost AED 450 per person.

Dahlia DHD Beauty

Dahlia

How these classes works usually is, people put down their names on DHD’s public class registry form, and when they get seven names on the list who all has the same learning outcome goal, from three options, they host a class.

Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win this amazing opportunity to learn from the best!. Onto the giveaway details :

● There are 3 mandatory entries to enter this giveaway. Complete that and then do the rest of the entries for more chances to win.

● Giveaway is open to UAE residents only, because, well obviously the classes are being held in Dubai.

● There are three class options, to learn- Everyday daytime make-up, Glam evening make-up & Bridal make-up. Since each winner will go into two separate classes, I am going to let the first winner (whom I’ll choose randomly using Rafflecopter) decide which class she wishes to take. Then the second winner will choose a class out of the remaining two options.

● Giveaway will end on June 8th, 2017.

● Winners will be contacted via email by June 10th & also announced on the blog.

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If you have any doubts at all, just ask in the comments below. Good luck!

Here are some more details about DHD Beauty School’s classes, that you might wish to know :

Participants are encouraged to bring their own kits for evaluation (to be able to recreate the look at home) but also to use DHD’s professional kit to try new products and tools as well. They are based in Barsha Dubai. They also hold private makeup classes whereby a group of seven women can book a session together at a cost of AED 3000. This would be a fun and unique idea for a bridal shower, hen party, bacherolette party, birthday party, baby shower or just a casual girls day out. Decorations and catering are available on request.

Definitely check out DHD Beauty’s website for more information and share this giveaway with your friends right now, because it’s a great opportunity!.

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Naz ♥

Kick Your Way To Fitness with Rafat Shawe this October!

Martial arts based fitness training and cardio kickboxing is one of the hottest fitness trends across the world in recent years.  Spurred on by the success of Billy Blanks and his Tae-Bo, as well as the unprecedented popularity of the UFC and champions Anderson Silva and more recently Ronda Rousey, martial arts-inspired workouts are motivating many people to get off the couch and into a fitness program.

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Dubai based professional MMA fighter and former international karate gold medalist Rafat Shawe is just one of the fantastic martial arts talent to be based in the Middle East and this October sees him launch his new kickboxing bootcamps in Dubai. Rafat’s kickboxing bootcamps blend boxing, martial arts and cardio kickboxing in a fantastic total body workout.

 Well-known as an excellent form of stress release, martial arts-inspired workouts also improve strength, aerobic fitness and flexibility. The variety of movements used in kickboxing can sharpen reflexes and improve co-ordination and balance. Even better, most participants can expect to burn at least 600 calories during a typical cardio kickboxing class. Rafat’s new outdoor cardio kickboxing bootcamps kick off on Sunday 11th October.

The bootcamps will take place as follows:

• Sunday 7.00pm, Palm Park, Palm Jumeirah
• Tuesday 6.30am, Palm Park, Palm Jumeirah

Additional bootcamps at other locations in Dubai will be announced soon.  Each bootcamp costs AED 100 or AED 800 if you sign up for a package of 10. 

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Note: This is a press release, aiming at promotion to a wider audience. I am not compensated in any way for the publication of this post.