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Safety Hacks to Revel in the Rain

Monday, 23 November 2015

The Emiratis woke up to the pitter-patter of the rain drops last week, which subtly announced the arrival of winter. In Dubai, the wet weather was a welcome sight to many.
Enjoying the first rain shower of the year is an experience in itself, to watch children play in the rain, sailing their paper boats and elders enjoy their hot nibbles. However as the rains progress, inconveniences start creeping in.Even the slightest nudge on the wrong side could result in serious catastrophe.

safety hacks to revel in the rain

To facilitate safer revelry, you’ll have to follow these simple tips.

Drive Safe

Before heading out make sure you check traffic reports to see if there is any flooding, traffic collisions or road closures in your route. The rain water would contribute to slippery roads. Hence two wheelers need to exercise caution while driving. Check your tires as only proper ones provide the needed traction on wet roads. Consider taking a portable car starter and turn on your headlight for better visibility on foggy or rainy days. Drive at a reasonable speed as it takes a bit longer to halt in wet weather.

Eat Healthy

The rainy weather could bring in symptoms off flu and cold. However eating right could help ward off those infections. Drink warm soup and eat Vitamin C rich food to revitalize and boost your immune system. Don’t eat contaminated or unwashed fruits or veggies.

Dress Safe

Wear comfortable rain gear. Carry an extra pair of clothing and microfiber tower. It is unwise to walk around wet. Don’t forget to use hankies with droplets of eucalyptus oil to avert infections.

Protect Gadgets

This hack works. When your gadget gets wet, put it in a bag of dry rice as soon as possible for 24 hours. The rice will absorb the moisture from your phone without damaging your gadgets. Leave it in there for 24 hours and try again. If it does not work now, place your gadget on top of a dehumidifier.

Use Technology

There are several mobile apps that could be of great help during rainy season.


Accuweather provides hourly weather forecasts for over 2.7 million locations globally, along with health reports.


This app helps you dress yourself appropriately according to the weather.


My Radar app gives you an accurate, easy-to-read map with live weather radar so you can see what's coming on your route.

Get your Home Ready

Inspect your ceilings, walls and pipes for cracks that would result in leaks. Make sure your gutter system drains well with proper sealing in place. Have absorbent rags ready to wipe out any water leakage or spill.

Plan Indoor Fun activities

Children as well as adults, tend to get bored and cranky during torrential rain. Plan fun indoor activities such as treasure hunts, word/card games, movie marathons and kids kitchen sessions to engage and entertain.

The rain doesn’t mess things up, people do. Who are we to say “Rain Rain Go Away”!

One cannot think well, love well, and sleep well, if one has not dined well. -Virginia Woolf

Of course, the belly rules the mind. In Dubai, the word’s business hub, seasoned professionals from around the world, work hard, contributing to the economy while insightfully balancing work and family. They sometimes get too worked up, needing a break from routine, to avoid stress. Although, cooking serves as a great stress buster, many a times it turns out to be the major cause for stress. The challenge of keeping up with the culinary demands of the family with limited time & energy makes cooking a nightmare.

This is when technology never ceases to impress yet again. Your bestie, the smart phone could help you with it! You can download food ordering mobile apps and enjoy yummy food from your favourite restaurant. Food would be delivered home/office hot and delightful.

Dubai, the gastronomic capital of the Emirati region, offers a delectable multi-cuisine environment to choose from. Most food joints in Dubai have adopted the mobile app technology as there is a drastic reduction in ordering errors that drives in greater customer satisfaction.

Mobile Apps for food delivery

Now there are several mobile apps that could deliver delicious food at the click of the mouse or rather at the tap of the finger with great deals and discounts. Do not worry if you do not have cash in hand, they allow you to pay online, via bank or credit cards.

All you need to do at app is to simply specify your area name and preferred cuisine. Immediately a list of restaurants that would be able to deliver to your location is populated. Everything else is downhill from here!


EatEasily is the world's first offline/online food ordering app. You could place your order from hundreds of restaurants and order from a variety of cuisines.


Talabat app, part of Delivery Hero, lets you order food from over 200 restaurants in UAE online. Simply choose your favourite restaurant, peruse the menu, place your order online and pay cash on delivery.

FoodonClick is similar to Talabat but focuses more on home-grown eateries. Order anytime even in the wee hours and food will reach your food step in time.

Zomato app lets you surf through menus, reviews and pictures of restaurants .You can filter recommendations by cuisine, brunches, and much more.

Evernote Food

Apart from regular food delivery, Evernote app enables you gift your foodie friends a lovely dinner. You could quickly find, save and even book reservations at restaurants anywhere in the world. Food aficionados can enjoy their own personal food diary using photos and notes.

Foodspotting gives you a bit more, with reviews of specific dishes and restaurants in Dubai. The high quality photos posted offers diner you a glimpse of what you can expect before ordering.

GuidePal app is of great help to expats .It gives you info on best restaurants, quick-bites and cafes in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, also highlighting the finest hotels, activities and shopping venues. Ordering food would be a breeze at GuidePal.

De-stress now, relax, don’t worry about queuing up at a take away joint, just sit back, order and enjoy your food. Could there be love so pure than the love for food?

Women & Cars are the two things men love raving about!

Driving a luxury car is beyond ergonomy, an intense sensual physical indulgence, filled with hidden punches that leave you breathless, yet hungry for more.

Dubai offers you that extreme fast & furious experience this November from 10th to 21st at its Third Annual Motor Festival. The 2015 Dubai Motor Festival is sure to titillate you with its super luxury & classic car parades, driving experiences, and the Dubai International Motor Show.

Dubai International Motor Show (10th to 14th November 2015)

The icing on the motor festival cake is certainly the Dubai International Motor Show (DIMS) that showcases the most iconic superfast luxury and classic cars, motor trikes, bikes and extreme sport vehicles that are beyond priceless.

The best part of DIMS is that there is something for every market segment. World’s best automobile manufacturers present their latest models, with other service providers, after-market resellers, tuners, motor finance & insurance players and other major industry stakeholders exhibiting their savvy too. Rides with Ace Racer, Ken Block and contests that could win you luxury cars make DIMS, the highlight of this event.

Dubai Motor Festival

For Women who love their wheels

Buzz has it that DIMS has included many women targeted events to rope in women motoring enthusiasts.

Although, men drive about 20% more than women on an average, their honeymoon period with any car (utility or luxury) is just 4 months as compared to 14 months for women. Whoever said Women and Motors are worlds apart!

Ride, Drive, Camp & Learn

You could enjoy scenic drives and rides across Dubai in the world's most amazing cars, such as Ferrari 458 Italia, a McLaren MP4-12C and Lamborghini Huracan.
Seize the opportunity to enrich your motoring skills, learning from prolific racers, right behind the wheels or just learn motoring hacks over a drink. For those hungry for more, you could relish the serene stillness the desert offers in Bedouin-style desert camping and brave the desert dunes with lessons from world-class drivers.

Motor Village (20th & 21st November 2015)

Motor Village provides you with a rounded experience, hosting several contests, providing a something for every kind of motor fan, both young and old.

Marques D’Elegance (21st November 2015)

You could participate in Marques D’Elegance, the largest procession of luxury and exotic automobiles to showcase your own prized motor vehicle.

Dubai Grand Parade (21st November 2015)

A pageant of automotive beauties, led by Dubai Police’s fleet of supercars is indeed a sight to your sore eyes. The parade signifies Dubai’s passion for motoring, innovation, and grandeur with its extensive collection of the most awe-inspiring cars and bikes in the UAE.

Best Decorated National Day Car Competition (21st November 2015)

This is an opportunity for the citizens, visitors & expats to express their pride and love for UAE. The best creative car decoration would win amazing prizes.
Now go, feel the rush, in the adrenaline driven combo of just you & the motor vehicles. What are you waiting for? Get ready for the ride of your life!

The fact that human beings are a migratory species is clearly revealed when we look at the development of human civilisation. Some of the greatest and strongest nations on earth have been built around empires, adventurers and immigrants.

The reasons for migration vary immensely. Some people may be forced to migrate due to war, famine, and poverty or lack of political or personal freedom. Others may emigrate in search of better education systems, welfare programmes, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. Some others are drawn by the cultural richness and that certain countries offer. So here’s a list (in no particular order) of some amazing countries that are immigrant friendly.

best immigrant by uaeexchange

United Kingdom, the sixth-largest economy attracts immigrants because of its high quality of life. Since it is an EU member state, immigrants from other EU member countries are free to live and work in the UK. The country has a stable economy and is a great destination for career and educational purposes.

Excluding the Vatican City, the United Arab Emirates has a higher percentage of immigrants than any other country in the world. This oil-rich country attracts many foreign workers, a majority of whom are from Asian countries. The facilities in UAE are world class, high standard of living, excellent work opportunities and handsome pay.

Germany is considered to be the most populous country in the European Union. The points that work in its favour are its excellent health care, education systems and highly developed infrastructure. Germany also has one the lowest birth rates in the world, coupled with the problem of an ageing population. Therefore, it needs migrants to keep the economy afloat, and the country is vigorously recruiting highly educated and skilled labourers from overseas.

The second-largest country in the world, Canada boasts an impressive education system and offers a high quality of life. Liberal immigration policies, good employment rates and multicultural cities also encourage migration to this country.

Seen as the “land of opportunity”, the United States is the home of the American Dream. The largest national economy in the world, it has well-developed infrastructure and high educational and social mobility. Host to almost twenty per cent of the world’s migrants, it possesses a harmonious blend of traditions, races, and cultures.

Some of the other immigrant-friendly countries are Norway, Australia, Brazil, Sweden and Denmark.

The countries that offer immigrants stable political and economic policies, opportunities for business and employment, and high standards of living attract people to migrate.

A feast for the taste buds!

Monday, 24 August 2015

It is a well-documented fact that the United Arab Emirates is a cosmopolitan country. Besides providing umpteen attractions for tourists across the world, the UAE also is a foodie’s delight. Loaded with Middle Eastern traditions that date back centuries, the local food here is simple, but packed with flavour and character. It provides travellers an opportunity to experience and enjoy tasty, traditional middle-eastern delicacies.

top foods in UAE

A famous dip, hummus is made with chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini (sesame) paste, salt and garlic. An ideal appetizer, it can be served with dishes like Shawarma (seasoned meat (usually lamb or chicken) served in thin bread (lavash) and at times topped with vegetables or a sauce) and pita bread.

One of the UAE’s most common appetizers, this snack is typically served with soup, hummus and olives. It resembles a Mexican Quesadilla and is made with a spiced mince filling called Kefta placed in the centre of folded flat bread layers.

Al Haree
Commonly served during Ramadan, Eid and weddings, this dish is simple, yet offers a highly exotic taste. It is made by cooking wheat and meat with a pinch of salt in boiling water for hours so that they can be made in to a smooth paste. This is then further cooked overnight in a covered clay pot with coal. Al Harees is topped with cinnamon, sugar and ghee and served on flat plates.

Al Machboos
Another traditional dish in the UAE, Al Machboos is one of the favourites across the gulf. It is cooked with rice, meat, onion and dried lemon (loomy) and is seasoned with spices and salt. Here, all the ingredients are cooked well in boiling water until tender, then the meat is separated, rice is added to the remaining mixture and it is again cooked well. After that the meat is again added to the rice, vegetable mixture and cooked again for two hours. Needless to say, the flavour is phenomenal.

Now on to desserts. Luquaimat is a classic Arabic dessert where small pastry balls are deep fried and decorated with sugar. These crunchy sweet dumplings are a common Ramadan dish and are made from flour, yeast and sugar. These simple floury balls are totally, totally irresistible.

Some other must-try dishes include Matchbous, Ghuzi, Falafel, Esh asarya, Tabbouleh and Mehalabiya.

So go ahead and explore these dishes and more when you are in the UAE!

Have you ever wondered how famous companies got their names? While we are familiar with the companies’ success, we are unaware of the hidden meanings behind their names. So, here’s a list of some popular technology company names and their origin. 

Successful companies Brand Name


Adobe, a computer software company was founded in December 1982. It is named after Adobe Creek, a river stream that ran behind the houses of co-founders John Warnock and Charles Geschke.

Reportedly named after co-founder Steve Jobs’ favourite fruit, Apple Inc., a multinational corporation was founded on April 1, 1976 and is headquartered in Cupertino, California.

Short for San Francisco where the company was founded, CISCO is a multinational networking equipment manufacturer founded in 1984, by Leonard Bosack and Sandy Lerner. Even their logo is half a Golden Gate Bridge (cut lengthwise).

Formed by the combination of Compatibility and Quality, Compaq is a computer company headquartered in Harris County, Texas, United States. It was founded by Rod Canion, Jim Harris and Bill Murto in 1982.

Pierre Omidyar, eBay’s founder owned Echo Bay Technology Group, a consulting company, before he started eBay.At first, he wanted to register the domain name EchoBay but since was taken, he shortened it to

A deliberate misspelling of the word googol which means digit 1 followed by 100 zeroes, Google is multinational computer software and internet related services company. Headquartered in Mountain View, California, United States, it was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin on September 4, 1998.

IBM is an acronym for International Business Machines. The company was formerly called Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company or C-T-R. Thomas J. Watson, Sr., the company’s president renamed it as International Business Machines in 1924 to align it with the expansion and extension of its activities.

Founders Jack Smith and Sabeer Bhatia wanted a name that included the word ‘mail’. They chose Hotmail because it included the letters HTML which is the programming language they used to create the site.

A combination of the words voice, data and telephone, this multinational telecommunications company was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

Named after founders, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard. The story goes that both tossed a coin to decide if the company would be named Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett. Though Packard won the toss, he chose to leave it as Hewlett-Packard.

The founders chose the name BlackBerry because the device’s buttons looked like seeds, and the device was black.

The name started out as Sky-Peer-to-Peer, was shortened to Skyper, and was then shortened further, to Skype. The reason for dropping the R was simply due to the fact that the domain was already taken.

The name refers to a directory used at American universities. This directory consists of individual’s name and photographs. These directories are colloquially referred to as facebooks or face books. University administrations give students these directories at the start of the academic year.

Paul Allen, the company’s co-founder, came up with the name which is a combination of two words microcomputer and software. Originally it was hyphenated as ‘Micro-Soft’. Later the hyphen was dropped.

Do you know how other well-known brands got their names? Let us know!

ÔÇ£We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.ÔÇØ- Aristotle

The majority of successful, wealthy people didnÔÇÖt get there by accident or luck. Amassing wealth entails a lot of hard work, dedication, and not to forget, following a precise set of habits that promote success. Listed below are habits of wealthy people that can help enlighten your path to success.

Wake up Early: A lot has been said and written about the benefits of getting up early. Rising early is a key way to success. Wealthy people do not sleep in ÔÇô they have so much to get done every day.

Eat Healthy and Exercise Regularly: Financially successful people place much significance on their health and arrange their eating habits accordingly. They count their calories and avoid eating junk food. Coupled with healthy eating, wealthy people also stay fit by opting to exercise regularly. They always make time to work out and keep themselves in top form.

Email is Not Top Priority: While most believe that starting the day with a glance through email inbox is productive, wealthy individuals are of the opinion that there are better things to be done in the early morning time. It could be writing, meditating, reading something educational or ploughing through an important project.

Have a Primary Goal: Wealthy people decide on a primary life goal and concentrate on it even if it seems impossible and unattainable. This unwavering focus is why successful people are able to get to where they want to go as opposed to what others only dream about.  Not satisfied with just setting the goals, they also write it down.

Believe That Time Is Money: Successful people work very hard to achieve their goals. They do not waste their time on non-productive activities like social media and television, focusing on what they should be earning every hour instead.

Be Penny-wise: Wealthy people avoid overspending. They execute reasonable budgets, and stick to them.

Read a Lot ÔÇô But Not for Pleasure: Successful people consider self-improvement important. So they tend to read a lot and their material of choice is invariably nonfiction. They spend at least 30 minutes each day reading on that subject.

Give Back: Charity and generosity are trademarks of the wealthy. Improving the world and giving back to the community is an important trait of the wealthy.

Control Emotions: The broad assumption is that rich people can afford to be honest and frank, but the wealthy understand that it is not necessary to air every thought or emotion. They realize that maintaining good relationships is crucial for financial success, and that speaking your mind may break those relationships. 

Money doesnÔÇÖt solve all problems, but itÔÇÖs often seen as a symbol of passion, capability, and drive in those who have attained it. What do you think are the other habits of wealthy people?

On 8th May, 2015, Kala(Art) Kuwait, a Progressive Art and Socio Cultural Organization among the Indian community in Kuwait, conducted ÔÇ£Keraleeyam 2015ÔÇØ, a variety entertainment program. The event was held at the Indian Central School, Abbasiya, and was officially inaugurated by the Indian Ambassador, His Excellency Mr. Sunil Jain.

UAE Exchange participates in Keraleeyam 2015The programme included a dance performance by Dr.Tara Kalyan, ghazal hits by Bushara Bava, a music concert, a fusion cinematic dance and a myriad of other traditional dances and cultural activities.

In appreciation and recognition of her outstanding contribution to field of classical dance,Dr. Tara Kalyan was presented with the Kala Kuwait-Sambasivan Award.

The highlight of the program however, was the releasing of the multicolour souvenir by Mr. Renjith Pillai, Country Manger -UAE Exchange Kuwait. The souvenir was received by Mr.Tathidas and Mr.Vibin. Kala (Art) Kuwait.



SOORYA is presenting a Malayalam real time drama ÔÇ£Deergha ChathuramÔÇØ (The Rectangle) on 7 June in Ruwi, Al Falaj Hotel and on 8 June in Nizwa, Marina Hall (Next to KIA Motors). The Drama ÔÇ£Deergha ChathuramÔÇØ revolves around the concept of the realisation that there are still travellers who are treading through the ways one has covered.

Soorya KrishnamoorthyÔÇÖs plays are known for being intense and also to make people think. His plays always had a social touch with a moral where ethics had prominence. Some of his humorous plays include Prema Lekhanam and Sookshma Charcha which were staged in Muscat and Salalah earlier.

The main characters in the play ÔÇ£Deergha ChathuramÔÇØ are played by Devan Nellimoodu and Cine artist Mahalakshmi.

ÔÇ£We always had overwhelming responses from the audience for each of the Soorya plays staged in Oman. We are sure that this time also it is not going to be any different. We wanted to give opportunities for more people to watch the drama which is why we decided to stage 2 shows in Oman. After doing it on 7 June in Ruwi, we will be staging the Play in Nizwa as well on the following dayÔÇØ ÔÇö Tonny George Alexander ÔÇô CEO of Oman UAE Exchange said.

The invitations for the Soorya event can be collected from the branches of Oman UAE Exchange.


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