Samantha WG MY Dubai Team52 MDMH
Leaving high school I joined the advertising industry and start my carrier as a junior graphics artist. After a tenure with a couple of traditional companies, he was inspired to start an advertising & marketing business. I am particularly passionate about identifying products with opportunities and convert those to brands. The last decade has introduced many successful brands. As an extension to this, in 2014 I have launched BizBiz.Biz.
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UAE authorities announces new Covid-19 precautions to celebrate a safe UAE National Day holiday and festive season.
Tougher restrictions have been rolled out as we move closer to the busiest time of the year...
As we reach the end of a long 2020 in the UAE, during which we've met with job losses, bans on travelling to see loved ones, and the ever changing nation-wide restrictions, expats in the Emirates may be wondering... What kind of festive season are we having this year?
Here's what we know so far.
During the UAE’s official media briefing on Tuesday November 17, a spokesperson said, "No gatherings are allowed for celebrations. No food or gifts can be exchanged. People can take part in the celebrations virtually. Concerts that last for more than three to four hours cannot be held without prior approval.”
Following the briefing, NCEMAUAE tweeted: "With #UAE National Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve celebrations approaching, we stress the importance of adhering to precautionary and preventive health and safety measures during all activities to tackle #Covid19."
Basically, in the coming weeks when the country celebrates UAE National Day, Christmas and New Year's Eve - we must all take extra precaution.
What are the Covid-19 guidelines?
During the UAE National Day and Christmas celebrations, residents are called to adhere to the following rules:
Concerts and other live events can be held only after receiving approval from authorities and only with the application of all precautionary measures.
Workplace celebrations are cancelled.
All are called to wear face masks when outside the home.
Do not hold gatherings or marches.
Do not circulate, distribute, or exchange celebratory gifts and food.
Numbers will be limited for watching celebratory fireworks.
Virtual, remote digital celebrations are strongly encouraged by UAE authorities.
A physical distance of at least 2 metres must be kept in public spaces.
Follow basic rules such as temperature checks, wash and sanitise hands and follow all safety guidelines.
Public facilities must be continuously sterilised every hour.
Make the most of your holiday with an unforgettable stopover in Dubai before heading on to your final destination. With the city continuously introducing new things to do that suit every type of traveller, there’s never been a better time to plan your Dubai stopover. Here’s a few of our favourite things to do during your 48 hours in Dubai...
What better way to begin your stopover than with a trip up the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa? Rising over 2,710ft, this marvel can be spotted from miles away on a clear day, from Palm Jumeirah to the Dubai Creek. Taking just 90 seconds to reach Level 124, you can then view the breathtaking city from above and even enjoy an outdoor photoshoot with the city below. This is sure to impress your social media followers.
With over 95 malls scattered across Dubai, it is a shopper’s paradise that features the largest mall in the world, The Dubai Mall, which has over 1,000 shops to peruse at your leisure. Other notable malls in the city include Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta Mall and Dubai Festival City Mall. Of course, shopping isn’t to everyone’s taste, which is why some malls feature fun alternatives including SkiDubai, Dubai Aquarium and KidZania©.
Taking a trip to the Dubai desert is a must during your stopover as the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is located just outside of the city, making it easy to access while on an Arabian Adventures excursion. With the opportunity to go dune bashing, witness wildlife in their natural habitat or even dine in the desert, this is always a notable part of any trip to Dubai.
Dubai has an abundance of adrenaline-fuelled activities that have visitors going back for more on every visit to the city. Some of these activities include:
- The splash-tastic Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm or Wild Wadi Waterpark™
- Visiting Dubai Parks and Resorts, the three-in-one giant complex featuring three theme parks including over 100 rides
- Skydiving from a plane over the city with SkyDive Dubai
EXPO 2020 Dubai
Although it is still a year from opening, EXPO 2020 is set to be a phenomenal six-month festival and the first EXPO to be hosted in the Middle East, Africa or South Asia. It is open to everyone, where visitors can see more than 200 participants including nations, businesses and educational institutions showcase their innovations. The three main themes of the EXPO are opportunity, mobility and sustainability. With many ticket types available to purchase, a one or two-day ticket will be perfect to utilise during your Dubai stopover.
At over 828 metres (2,716.5 feet) and more than 160 stories, Burj Khalifa holds the following records:
Tallest building in the world
Tallest free-standing structure in the world
Highest number of stories in the world
Highest occupied floor in the world
Highest outdoor observation deck in the world
Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world
Tallest service elevator in the world
1. Build your tribe
“Surround yourself ASAP with good people, whether that’s co-founder(s) or key first hires.”
2. Focus on your finances
“Be laser focused on cash flow- it is the lifeblood of your organization; if you have a business model that has a longer or variable sales cycles, ensure you have adequate capital to get you through the rough patches- everyone will eventually face them.”
3. Look for smart money
“Find supportive investors who provide not just capital but active mentorship; be open to advice.
4. Be kind to yourself
“Protect your personal free time and invest in yourself; you are no good to your business or your employees if you are not of sound body and mind.”
5. Give back whenever you can
“Don’t forget to thank the people who have helped you along your way.”
Dubai's JLT Park has opened its annual festive market from December 18 to December 24 with Christmas trees, decorations and all things festive and sparkly.
There are stalls to grab yourself some festive food as well as kiosks selling presents should you need to tick a few last-minute things off your list.
There will also be a special festive trail around the whole of the festive market. Keep your eyes peeled kiddos and you might just spot the cute penguins and Santa's elves going about their Christmas business.
A tree-lighting ceremony kickstarted the festivities at 6.30 pm on December 18.
Roll on Christmas and all of those festive feels.
Daily 4pm-9pm Dec 18-Dec 24.
JLT Park, Gate 2 between Cluster O & P,
Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai.
As the Prancing Horse’s first production plug-in hybrid spider, the SF90 Spider sets new performance and innovation benchmarks not only for the marque’s range, but for the entire sports car sector. The new convertible has the same extreme supercar specification and record-breaking performance as the SF90 Stradale yet also adds further driving pleasure and versatility to the mix, thanks to latest iteration of Ferrari’s signature retractable hard top architecture. This makes the SF90 Spider the ideal car for owners that demand the very pinnacle of Ferrari technology, but still want the thrill of open-top driving.
The retractable hard top (RHT) was again adopted because it guarantees optimal noise insulation and protection from the elements when raised, does not deform at high speeds and provides exceptional occupant space and comfort. The RHT is so compact, simple and light it can be actioned in just 14 seconds and can be deployed when the car is on the move. The key to the success of the Ferrari RHT, which premiered on the 458 Spider in 2011, and which has been constantly evolved in the intervening years, is that it takes up just 100 litres of space rather than the 150-200 litres required by a traditional system. The use of aluminium in its construction also means that it is around 40 kg lighter than a conventional retractable hard top. An adjustable electric rear window guarantees superb occupant comfort even at high speeds when the RHT is lowered.
As is the case with the SF90 Stradale, the SF90 Spider is also available with an additional specification option for owners that want to push its track car vocation to the extreme. The Assetto Fiorano pack includes a list of exclusive upgrades that set it apart from the standard car, not least Multimatic shock absorbers derived from the Ferrari’s GT racing experience and optimised for track use. Others include the adoption of high performance materials (such as carbon-fibre and titanium) that have shaved 21 kg off the car’s weight, a carbon-fibre rear spoiler and road-homologated Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres designed to improve track performance in the dry, thanks to a softer compound and fewer grooves. Lastly, the Assetto Fiorano offers an optional two-tone livery that further underscores the car’s racing vocation.
In a first for a Ferrari production spider, the SF90 Spider has plug-in hybrid architecture in which the internal combustion engine is integrated with two electric motors at the front, which comprise the RAC-e (Cornering Angle Regulator, Electric) system, and one at the rear derived from and named after a Prancing Horse Formula 1 innovation, the MGUK (Motor Generator Unit, Kinetic). The synergy between the internal combustion engine and the electric motors allow the car to unleash a maximum of 1,000 cv and put the SF90 Spider not only at the very top of the Ferrari range of road cars, but also its category.
The SF90 Spider’s powertrain architecture features the V8 turbo ICE, an 8-speed DCT with E-diff, the RAC-e electric front axle with two independent electric motors that also provide all-electric propulsion, the MGUK electric motor located at the rear between the engine and the gearbox, the high voltage battery and electric motor control system ((inverter).
In addition to a massive 780 cv (and 195 cv/l specific power output), the V8 also unleashes 60 cv more than any other V8 turbo ever built by Ferrari. To deliver this extraordinary result, Ferrari’s engineers completely redesigned the intake and exhaust systems. To improve internal fluid dynamics, the ducts are now all horizontally lined up at engine head height, the turbo charger assembly has been lowered, and the exhaust line is higher. This rationalisation also produced both a lower centre of gravity and a reduction in overall weight thanks to the use of Inconel instead of steel for the exhaust manifold.
The SF90 Spider sports the completely redesigned 8-speed, oil-bath, dual-clutch gearbox launched on the SF90 Stradale. An optimised layout, achieved through the adoption of a dry sump and a significantly more compact clutch assembly with a 20% smaller exterior diameter than the one in the 7-speed gearbox, has shaved 15 mm off the installed height in the car. This, in turn, lowers the centre of gravity of the running gear by the same amount. Despite the addition of an eighth gear and the need to transmit a maximum torque of 900 Nm (an increase of more than 20% on the current 7-speed), the gearbox’s overall weight is actually 10 kg lower than its predecessor. The clutch’s performance is 35% higher than the 7-speed, transmitting up to 1,200 Nm in dynamic torque during gear shifts. Thanks to new-generation actuation hydraulics, clutch fill times are now 30% faster and total gear shift times have been slashed to 200 ms, an improvement of 30% on the previous 7-speed DTC.
Meticulous attention was lavished on sound quality when redesigning the exhaust system as the soundtrack is one of the pivotal factors in the exhilarating pleasure of driving a Ferrari. The introduction of a “hot tube system”, which transfers sound more directly to the cockpit, has produced fuller, richer harmonics across the entire frequency range, improving both in-car sound quality and intensity as rev rise compared to previous Ferrari V8s.
Just as the SF90 Stradale redefined the aerodynamic performance levels of the Ferrari range, the SF90 Spider is pushing the limits of the results delivered still further. The goals that drove the aerodynamic development of the car from the very earliest stages of the platform design were threefold: maintaining the SF90 Stradale’s performance levels with the RHT deployed, minimising aerodynamic turbulence and noise with the RHT retracted, and optimising flows in the engine bay.
No pricing details have been revealed as yet