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You can now take photos and tweet on White House tours
Visiting Washington any time soon? First Lady Michelle Obama has the perfect message for you.
The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, has lifted the ban on photography and posting to social media during White House tours. Visitors are now able to take photos and keep the memories, so long as you do not use flash, a selfie stick, record on video or stream.
The first lady posted a video on her Instagram account to announce the end of the long-standing ban. "If you've been on a White House tour, you may have seen this sign," a serious-sounding FLOTUS says in the video, holding up the "No photos or social media allowed" placard that greeted White House tour takers.
"Well, not anymore," she says, and then tears the sign in half. That's followed by an outtake of Michelle Obama playfully imitating her sign disposal technique.
Last Updated on Sunday, 05 July 2015 15:09
The Hunger Games exhibition now open in New York
The Hunger Games: The Exhibition will ignite fans of the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise as never before. Immersive themed environments, hundreds of authentic costumes and props, and highly interactive digital and hands-on experiences will invite visitors to step inside and explore the world of Panem as created by the films. Guests will follow Katniss Everdeen's inspirational journey, from her humble beginnings in District 12 to her emergence as the Mockingjay, sparking curiosity and excitement, as the real-world themes underpinning the stories and the technological wizardry and amazing artistry that carried them to the screen are revealed.
The exhibit will be held at the Discovery Times Square Museum until the 3rd of January 2016. If New York is not in your travel plans this year, "The Hunger Games: The Exhibition" will also be in San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts in February.
Tickets cost $29.50 for adults and $22.50 for children aged 3 to 11.
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Wednesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday - Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Final entry 45 minutes prior to closing.
A number of hotels are offering special packages, including VIP tickets for the exhibit. These hotels include, the Intercontinental New York Times Square, The Westin New York at Times Square and the Sheraton New York Times
Last Updated on Sunday, 05 July 2015 14:52
Hidden wonder: India’s Chand Baori steps
Built by King Chanda over a thousand years ago, during the 8th and 9th centuries in the eastern part of the Indian province of Rajasthan, lies one of the most architecturally beautiful hidden wonders of the world.
A baori, or ’step well’, is a well in which water may be reached by descending a set of steps. What makes the Chand Baori a unique step well is that it has 3,500 narrow steps arranged in perfect symmetry, descending 20 meters below water.
Centuries ago, step wells were built in the arid zones of Rajasthan to provide water all year through. Today, the construction is not used as a well anymore but its exquisite geometry attracts local and international visitors alike.
About 64 feet deep and consisting of 13 floors, the Chand Baori is India's largest and deepest step well. The steps form a magical maze and the consequent play of light and shadow on the structure gives it a captivating look. The stairs encircle the water on three sides, while the fourth side boasts of a pavilion with three stories of beautiful carved windows (jharokhas), galleries supported on pillars and two projecting balconies with beautiful sculptures.
One must take quite a detour from the closest city of Jaipur to reach this hidden landmark, which is why it remains as one of the less sought after destinations. Located in Abhaneri, about 95 km from Jaipur, one must travel through a rather neglected road to access the Chand Baori, but once discovered all efforts of finding it would be worth it.
Entry to this architectural wonder is free of charge and is open seven days a week - except on major holidays.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:10
Enjoy Ramadan at Coya Dubai
Coya, Dubai’s favourite Latin American restaurant, invites you to celebrate Ramadan their way. The restaurant and lounge will offer guests complimentary dates and a bowl of the soup of the day upon arrival. Fresh, Ramadan-inspired juices with energy boosting ingredients like ginger, maca and mint and other exotic blends will also be available during this month.
The Peruvian hotspot also introduces two new additions to its menu. Starting in Ramadan until the first week of August, the outlet shall be home to a delectable, limited edition cake and smoothie featuring the Middle East’s staple fruit; dates.
Having been in cultivation for thousands of years, dates have long been a beloved fruit in the region especially during the hot summer months. They have also had a significant meaning during the holy month of Ramadan as it has been said that the prophet Mohammed broke his fast with this now popular fruit. In addition to aiding the body ‘s strength in the heat by being an excellent source of natural sodium, iron, sugar, magnesium and potassium, dates are also rich in multi-vitamins, carbohydrates and dietary fibers; ultimately protecting the stomach from parasites and aiding digestion especially after a heavy meal.
This season, Coya Dubai plays tribute to this important ingredient with a delectable date cake --served with almond milk sorbet and yoghurt cream, topped with a generous pistachio crumble and a hint of orange zest—the perfect ending to any meal. Also on offer this summer is a special Canelita (smoothie) to complement any meal. Complete with dates, almond milk, bananas and a dash of cinnamon, this creamy delight is the perfect indulgence to battle the summer heat and celebrate Eid Al Fitr with family and friends over an unparalleled dining experience.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 17:08
This years top 5 Ramadan tents in Dubai
The Holy Month of Ramadan is an important time for Muslims to reflect and worship, as they submit to regular prayer and daytime fasting. Upon sunset, Dubai comes to life as families and friends head out to the elaborate and beautifully decorated Ramadan tents to open their fasts with an iftar (sunset feast) or suhoor (early morning feast). And you’re invited to join in, with many hotels and restaurants across Dubai hosting pop-up Ramadan tents for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. There, you can sample traditional Ramadan dishes and celebrate being in the company of family and friends. Here are the top five best tents to look out for this season in Dubai.
5. Mamemo Majlis Four Seasons
Mamemo Majlis at Four Seasons provides a contemporary Arabesque interpretation of a classic Ramadan tent, with a unique setting for your iftar and suhoor. Overlooking Jumeirah Beach, this two-story, glass-walled space hosts up to 300 people. Enjoy traditional favourites and healthy interpretations of an iftar buffet or suhoor menu. Relax in comfortable lounges or private Majlis seating while you listen to live music by an Oud player or savour a variety of shisha on offer. Four Seasons promises the warmest hospitality in a captivating setting.
Open daily from sunset until 3:00 am
Iftar, AED 260 per person
Children 5 and under, free; children 5-12, 50% off
4. Asateer, Atlantis the Palm
Asateer encourages you to enjoy the ultimate Ramadan experience at their beautiful tent, where glittering lights, oriental entertainment and a wide array of buffet dishes and traditional delicacies at iftar awaits. Known as the most glamorous Ramadan tent in the city, you shouldn’t be surprised at how every single detail, to the last hand-picked date, is taken care of, and worth the price you’re paying.
Iftar Buffet: AED 195 per person including water and Ramadan juices Dress code is conservative, no shorts allowed Non smoking during Iftar
3. Al Yamama Tent
Despite opening just this year, Al Yamama Tent has easily become one of the most popular tents in the city - and its reputation for attracting Arab celebrities only helps make it bigger. From amazing decor, sumptuous catering and attentive staff, this place is not one to miss.
Al Yamama Tent located at Skydive Dubai Marina.
2. Al Hadheerah
Al Hadheerah invites you to experience the traditional Emirati way of opening your fast. Built to resemble an Arabian desert village, complete with rustic buildings, meandering routes, Arabian carpets all lit up with Islamic stained-glass lanterns, this lavish outdoor buffet is the epitome of perfection. You do not want to miss out on this experience.
Their family-friendly Iftar buffet is for AED 225 per person inclusive of still water, soft drinks, Arabic Coffee & Ramadan Juices. Live Entertainment: Arabic Band (Tablah + Oud Player) Camel & Horse Caravan Show from Iftar time till 11:00pm
1. Al Majlis, Madinat Jumeirah
Being conveniently located at Madinat Arena and with a seating capacity of 1000 guests, Al Majlis once again establishes itself as a truly exceptional venue this Ramadan. It forms as a perfect platform for the ideal Iftar and Suhour while retaining the warmth and hospitality of the Arabian tradition. This Majlis retains top spot this year because, despite hosting 1000 guests every night for a month, it consistently provides the best service, catering, and ambiance. Don’t be surprised if you can’t get a reservation!
Iftar Timing: From sunset to 21:00
Iftar Price: AED 210 per person including Ramadan juices, water and soft drinks
Suhour Timing: 21:30 to 03:00
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 June 2015 14:58
Celebrate Ramadan at the Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah
Renowned for its commitment to the local culture and creating unforgettable moments, the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah hosts one of the most elegant Iftars in Dubai.
During the holy month of Ramadan from sunset to 8:30 p.m. and for AED 190 per person, the Waldorf Astoria Iftar is a delectable family-friendly experience including live cooking stations, flavorful Middle Eastern dishes and delicious international delicacies. The wonderful food selections include hot and cold mezzes, fresh juices, tasty soups, mixed grills and staple Arabic sweets. The welcoming atmosphere will enable guests to create a memorable experience during the Holy month.
Early Bird Group Exclusive
Groups of 50 or more guests who plan ahead and reserve the Waldorf Astoria Iftar will enjoy the following discount:
20% off before 1st June 2015
10% off before 18th June 2015
Waldorf Astoria Spa Ramadan Exclusive Offer
Move indoors and avoid the warmest part of the day with a calming massage or body therapy. Enjoy 35% off all massages and body therapies throughout the month of Ramadan at the Waldorf Astoria Spa Dubai.
Choose from a wide variety of luxurious treatments including a traditional Hammam, an Artic Hydrating Body Wrap for cooling and hydration; a Soothing Bamboo Massage using warm bamboo and lomi lomi techniques or a Golden Body Polish drawing on the inflammatory properties for gold.
Offer excludes bookings on Fridays.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:26
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