Where do you buy craft supplies from, in Dubai ?

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This is one of the most asked questions I receive in my blog. There are several other places too which I will address in another post.

The whole point of this post is to give you information of

  • where you can buy craft supplies,
  • what kind of supplies can be bought from which stores
  • what uses can certain products adapt to.

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Let me clarify one thing in the very beginning of this post ~ I am NOT a hoarder.

Ok, so now that we have THAT out of the way, let me explain, that over the past 3 months, while the house was frequented by a regular stream of visitors, I still managed to utilize some of the shopping time with them to pick a few craft goodies for myself too.

 Carrefour at Mall Of the Emirates.

Now, I know, your probably looking for specific stuff – but let me tell you…

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Am I driving safely !!

I duly appreciate, that Dubai Police does implement several creative and innovative ways to tackle reckless driving. However, as much as I commend them, I fail to understand, why have companies started these strategic ways of evading penalties.

On one two many occasions, I have jotted down the number of the vehicle and called the company telephone number (which is displayed in the “am I driving safely, If not call so and so”) But of late, I have noticed that the telephone numbers are mobile numbers which are generally switched off !!! or in this particular case, an email address is displayed.

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The mind wonders, how does someone manoeuver a car, jot down the email address and then scan for the car plate ????

I mean, is this ridiculous or WHAT ???

Victory Heights Craft Fayre 2011

Like I said in my previous post, the fair season is running in full swing. People are holding craft sales in their homes, coffee mornings are hosting table sales and what not. Today we attended the Victory Heights Craft Fayre at the Els Club. It was my first visit to the club and I loved the beautiful lush green grass and the gorgeous golf course was mind blowing. The club ofcourse, was rather small but there was alot of festivities in the atmosphere, with kids playing around, residents and visitors enjoying the many colorful stalls hosting a good variety of goods/products.

Most of the vendors were nice enough to allow me to take pictures. And here they are for those of you who were unable to attend this small but lovely  fayre :-

 

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I hope you guys are inspired by all the glamorous colors and gorgeous creativity in these pics ! I know I am 🙂

See you and have a pleasent weekend.

Till my next post,

Creatively yours

Naush

Market Day at Arabian Ranches 2011

We have already entered the fair (events) season, with the first one being the Arabian Ranches Market Day which was held on the last Friday of October. I was participating in the popular Arabian Ranches Market Day, last year, but this year, my schedule was too tight with the inlaws visiting us from Saudi and all the transformations I am working on at home presently.

 As always the Market Day was excellently organized.  We spend a lovely afternoon finding some amazing stuff and enjoying all the activities organized. Not only did we have over 100 stalls selling clothes, shoes, decoration items, cds, electronics, toys, books, games,  furniture and heaps of many more things, but we also had stalls for games, face painting, rodeo rides and ofcourse tons of more activities. I managed to click a few lovely photos which I am sharing here.  As a community, Arabian Ranches, always amazes me with friendly and mostly helpful residents. 

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Needless to say, I bought myself a heap of lovely stuff from the table top sales !

 

 

Halloween in Dubai ??

  1. What IS with Halloween ?? I mean, celebrating the devils / demons / witches !! And all in the name of calling it childish costume parties ???
  2. If a muslim man/woman wishes to carry out any of his religious practises in a western country, he is easily targetted as being anti-democratic ! However the very same westerners bring and introduce these weird practises here and we are to just accept it ??? As a muslim, I find it appalling.
  3. As an artist, I am even more appalled, becoz Whats worse is the thorough lack of creativity involved ! I mean, if you look around at the Ranches decorations, its really pitiful. Seems like everything is clearly just bought off the Le Marshe shelves. Sad.

Sharing with you’ll the ghastly celebrations !

  

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Eid in Dubai 2011

Like I said in my previous post, Ramadhan this year was exceptionally blissful. And equally blissful was Ramadhan Eid. This year, for the first time, I accompanied Sam and the boys to the morning Eid Prayers. The ambience and atmosphere of the masjid, the khutbah (sermon), ladies and girls with henna on their hands doning gorgeous colorful outfits and men in their fashionable Kurtas ! Everything was so delightful. After prayers ~meeting and greeting all our brothers and sisters in deen, we had to hurry to get some chopped almonds which sam had forgotten to get along with the chopped pistachios, the previous night.

We have a tradition in my moms household which I have carried forward in my own home, is to make Sheer Khorma (A sweet milk drink loaded with dryfruits) and sevian (a sweet vermicilli dish)  Traditionally both these dishes are prepared only for Eid, in our household. Generally it would be ready before sam got home from the morning prayers but since one essential item was missing, we went shopping for it on Eid morning !!!!  Now where in a muslim country, are you going to have a store open on Eid morning, which is a national holiday ??????? Well what do you know !!! In Dubai, ofcourse, since we have gotten so commercial about EVERYTHING.  So we did find it eventually at Union Cooperative Market in Al wasl road although Choithrams had opened, but they were out of stock on the said item.

After getting back home, I had a very looooooong date with my kitchen. 4 Hours later ~ I was ready with my buffet of more than half a dozen dishes !! Yippe … open the gates for the guests 🙂 

Here are a couple of pictures :-

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Drooling ????  70 Chicken sandwiches and it was over before half the guests had arrived !!

Ofcourse the entire day was spent entertaining and with family, friends and relatives. But then all festivities are always about sharing with family, isnt it ?

Please do leave a comment to tell me how you spend your Eid and what are the special dishes you cook.

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Till we meet again.

Allah Hafiz

Naush

 

 

Ramadhan in Dubai.

Hello everyone ! I hope all of you are having a wonderful year so far ! I know, I have been neglecting this blog a wee bit becoz there have been so many events and things that have been keeping me tied up.

Reasons for delay in updating this blog :-

  • July – Visit to Turkey
  • August – Ramadhan
  • Sept – Visit to Khasab
  • Sept – Schools reopen 😦
  • October – Too many party favor and baby shower orders !!!

If your interested in viewing any of my recent party favors or baby shower pictures, please click Here.

We travelled to Turkey this July. I will be posting several pictures in my next post. To say that its a beautiful place is an understatement. But I’ll keep the details about that for the next post.

We returned to Dubai early August and Ramadhan, the holy month for muslims when they fast from Dawn to Dusk, had already begun. This year’s Ramadhan has probably been the best so far. why ? All the boys fasted with all 5 prayers  …. and Taraveeh  ….. that too ….. 20 rakahs  …… and they also went for Qayam !!!! How awesome is that !!!! Needless to say, I am so so proud of them. Bilal is 12, Sawaab 10 and Eman 9. They were so true to their fast, refraining from music, playstation and even tried to guard their tongue.  Mashallah.

Here is just one of their pics :

Ramadhan in the Gulf is really special. Empty streets at Maghrib, short working hours for all, a lively atmospher in the evening and everyone (muslims and nonmuslims both) refrain from eating in public areas during the day time.  Probably one of the only things that I did not really like about Istanbul.

I’d like to share with you’ll one of our Iftaars ( meals to open the fast taken at dusk) ~ Although every year, we decide that we’re going to stick to fruits followed by a proper meal, invariably we land up having fritters and chaat ! Thats a weird connection between Indian/Pakistanis and Phulkas (fritters) for Iftaar !!! Here is one of the Iftaars :-

What your seeing here are onion fritters, potato fritters, chicken fritters, chilly fritters,  Chana masala (chickpeas masala) and dahi bhallas ( fritters in yoghurt)  Ofcourse we break the fast with a glass of water and some dates, followed by a few of the above items, finish our Maghreb prayers and relax a bit. Again by 9:00 we’re already off for Isha and Taraveeh prayers.  Mostly Sam would have a little something to eat after returning from Taraveeh and then rise again for Fajr.

Ramadhan this year has been especially blessed. I pray Allah swt accepts our duas and fasts and forgives us for all the small and big sins we commit. Ameen.  I hope so much to carry on all the rituals we did this year into next year too. Inshallah.

Thank you for visiting me today.  I hope you visit again.

Before, I forget, You can subsribe to my blog as well, by pressing the icon on the right or follow by pressing the icon in the top left side. Till then. Allah Hafiz

Naush