The latest quarterly Global Average Connection Speed Report by Akamdai is out, and it shows a quarterly global increase of 8,6% to 5,6Mbps. South Korea remains in the Top Spot of the list with the highest speeds followed by Sweden and Norway. The US comes in on 14th and Germany on position 22 with an average speed of 12.9Mbps.
The UAE reaches with 6.9 Mbps the 55th spot on the list while Brazil is down on 88th position. The Philippines even make it to position 107 ony with an average speed of 3.2Mbps.
So if you choose the place of living based on the internet speed, than the UAE is not the best place to be, specially if you compare how much you pay for this pretty bad service. South Korea really seems an option here.
If you are interested in the Full list you should check out Akamai´s website here: [LINK]
We had visited the Grand launching of Mc Donald’s Al Ghurair for their newly automated machine selection ‘Create Your Taste’ which lets you create your own burger and the choices of toppings into it. Also payments will be done whether cash or card.
The choice for the kind of bun you like and also to beef it up, to make it cheesy, to make it easy, to make it more tasty depends on your choice of selection. Choices of kind of buns, which kind of cheese whether american cheese, swiss cheese natural, pepper jack cheese, gouda cheese and add ons for a choice of tortilla strips, guacamole a blend of avocado, grilled pineapple ring, grilled onion, grilled mushrooms, choices of fresh N it up, red onions, cucumber slice, jalapenos, elongated pickles and others.
I was amazed with the new way Mc Donalds make it more easier and convenient to their customers and to be able to have great selection and variety of choices to feed their hunger and follow their taste buds.
I really love the new option and the Burger look as tasty as they are. A must try!
Here are some Impressions we snapped:
Here is the official Press Release:
In an effort to add more variety and options to its menu, McDonald’s UAE has launched its new “Create Your Taste” concept to its oldest restaurant in the country located at Al Ghurair Centre, Dubai.
Create Your Taste encourages customers to order from a tablet-like kiosk where they can customize everything from choice of buns and cheese to original toppings and sauces, new to McDonald’s, allowing them to build their own perfect burger, or try new signature burgers namely: The Classic, Grilled Thriller and Hot All Over.
In the upcoming months, customers in other areas across the UAE will also be able to build their own customized burgers from the Create Your Taste platform.
“As a global brand making the UAE its country for the last 20 years, we realised the importance of personalisation to our customers. Introducing ‘Create Your Taste’” is another step in our journey to serve the community we are part of.” said Rafic Fakih, Managing Director and Partner at McDonald’s UAE.
He continued, “We are proud to bring our customers this unique and innovative dining experience, and are planning to roll-out in selective restaurants soon.”
McDonald’s UAE is rolling out Create Your Taste to appeal to customers who increasingly seek to customize their quick service restaurant experience.
Orders placed from the Create Your Taste menu are cooked to order at customized kitchen stations, orders typically take 5-8 minutes to prepare and are hand delivered by a crew member directly to the customer’s table, and arrives open-faced, in a special wooden tray. Even McDonald’s World Famous Fries® are served in a mini stainless wire basket.
To cap off the distinctive and high-tech dine-in experience, tables will be outfitted with GPS devices so that food is delivered directly to customer’s tables by a dedicated service team.
CYT concept has first launched in California earlier this year, and is gradually expanding to a number of locations across the world.
Last Monday we have attended the very first evening of Tribeca Movie Monday. Tribeca is located in the center of the Jumeirah Beach Residence inside the JA Ocean View Hotel. Parking is easy and friendly as the accommodating valet parking service is ready to assist you. Else you can park as well in The Beach Underground Parking if you fancy (paid of course).
Tribeca is a restaurant & bar featuring wholesome and organic food and alcoholic beverages, live entertainment and an impressive collection of art from local artists which is also for sale. A Mediterranean cuisine, a healthy eating throughout with a new York minded Theme is bringing a modern American style to JBR that made a Dubai twist on a cool urban vibe chichangout. The word Tribeca originated means:’ Triangle Below Canal’ which discribes a corner of the big Apple, better said in Lower Manhatten.
Tribeca has been launched 6 months back and it’s doing well in terms of customers satisfaction along with good offers, newly developed gigs and good programmes such as kitchen, bar & arts. Talented musicians on weekends are playing songs in live show, ladies nights on Tuesdays, Fridays brunch, nice paintings made by selected and professional painters, encouraging those artists to expose their paints for sale within the same place. The Tribeca team launched a new ideas of bringing out the best American movies on their 2.5m/3m screen that are airing every Mondays at a package price of AED 50 including one drink and one organic popcorn per person. The cool ambiance of putting cinema and a chic bar together gives a great ambiance and the feeling of having a home cinema along with bar and restaurant atmosphere. It was cool having Bluetooth headsets making customers more comfortable being able to listen and follow the movie without the needs that everybody around you is quiet. It feels like you are in the cinema at home.
We really appreciated the warm and welcoming along with the accommodating staff who served us during our visit to the bar/ lounge cinema. We even got a show around by the Manager Miss. Michelle who allowed us to see and check all above mentioned information about the restaurant in and out. She explained in details about Tribeca and the newly launched Movie Monday created by the team.
We enjoyed the Movie Night having had a rather unconventional cinematic experience that gives you the impression of watching cinema at home sitting in a very comfortable Leather Sofa & Traditional table and having your food and drinks served in the same time according to your choice. While we were watching the first Movie of the Tribeca Movie Monday (Pulp Fiction) , we were able to place orders for our food and beverage:
Tribeca Burger & Fries: Organic ground beef, Cajun, mayonnaise, tomato, caramelized onion and Cheddar. How Cool is the presentation of the Burger?
Tribeca Hot Dog: sweet potato fries, organic beef sausage, bell peppers, shredded carrots, beetroot and feta cheese. As well here the presentation with the News Paper Wrap is soo cool.
Tribeca Eton Mess with meringue strawberries and cream.
Tribeca Organic Ice cream mango and pistachio.
Tribeca organic white wine and the organic popcorn.
Overall our visit to Tribeca and its Movie Monday was perfectly great and we were extremely satisfied, we were amazed by the 3 in 1 concept that has been offered by Tribeca and we have really enjoyed having food and drinks with popcorn and burgers, dessert and ice cream while watching the movie using the provided Bluetooth headsets. This was awesome.
If you want to try it out now as well, here is the Movie schedule for the next week which you can find of course as well in our Events section:
24th August – Wall Street
31st August – Zoolander
7th September – Back to the Future – Part 1
14th September – Rocky IV
21th September – Star Wars
I am looking forward for Star Wars, and would certainly watch Back to the Future if I could be sure part 2 and 3 will follow, or how about all 3 in one night ? Or even better put on Forrest Gump.
Last night we had attended the Premiere screening of “Pound of Flesh” directed by Ernie Barbarash (Assasination Games) and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Deacon (Jean Claude Van Dame) was preparing to donate his kindly to his little nine years old niece Isabella, who was dying in the bed in requirement of a Kidney. Her father George registered her name in the list awaiting for the organ to be arranged by the hospital which is naturally taking time. On the day before the arrival a gang of dealers had stolen his kidney to be sold to one rich man. This man is controlling the city through a company called Harmony Corparation which controls the most bars and night clubs in the city with the assistance of the police. The love to his niece pushes him to take a revenge against this issue and to help Isabella to survive. With the help of his old friend and his brother George, Deacon begins the hunt for the man that has his kidney.
The movie is an eye-opener to what is happening in our world today and that the world is facing a humanitarian issue that has evolved into a fairly negative dimensions of murder and robbery of human organs from those who have no other options left in their life becoming an easy target for human trafficking member without pity and mercy. It shows in a pretty scary way on how the human life itself has become an article only for many people and having less value than money.
With the Far East being the setting of the Movie it is happening in an area where crimes for human organ is happening in wide and non-humanitarian way in reality. It is not only the Far East, this is also a worldwide problem mostly happening in third world countries where a huge number of people has no money for daily food, it gives a chance for high profile people to invest in this black market and to generate big money out of it and to give the ones who can afford it a new life.
What you get is still a typical Van Damme Action flick with loads of fight scenes and Action. Another thing I enjoyed was that there were quite a few twists in the story. Some of these might really surprise you. Whenever you think that you know something up comes something else to consider and change your mind. That said you the movie is backed with some surprises up to the end.
Acme Blog Movie Rating:
“Dark Places” is showing in UAE Cinemas starting today and as usual you can watch the Trailer below:
The other day we had visited Logma in Dubai’s recently opened BoxPark, a chique Container Style Shopping and Dining destination, on Al Wasl Road in Al Safa. It offers a modern take on traditional Emirati cuisine in a friendly and authentic ambience that mirrors Dubai’s flair for combining the traditional with the contemporary. If you did not find parking in the free front row parking area, then you can easily catch a backside parking space ,and even this is not available then you can drop your car in the valet parking service that is provided.
Logma offers an indoor as well as an outdoor sitting arrangement , we selected an indoor table as it offers such a cozy and at the very same time very cool ambiance where we could feel the arabic modern yet classy design. The setting is very impressive and relaxing. The very hospitable team showed us a warm welcome with their traditional uniform giving you the full Arabic touch. The menu is well described and ingredients are well seen along with the posted picture which makes it very easy to choose dishes even without knowing them actually. The music played in the background is as well relaxing yet cool mixing arabic music with western sounds and beats.
We started the meal and ordered some appetizers such as Logma Fries crispy with Khaleeji spices and crisp herbs that have a great taste and feels like a biryani touch. You could never imagine the flavors of eating French Fries with this twist in your whole life. We couldn’t.
Personally, we liked the Samboosa beef and Samboosa cheese. These are delightfully served and mouth Watering, they as well easily can catch your hunger while waiting for the main course to be served. But careful here, if you eat too much you probably won’t make it to the mains! Quinoa salad is also yummy mixed with different herbs and dates that made it a sour sweet salad with a sweet taste because of the dates. Pomegranate mozzarella then served as it blends the taste of pomegranate, baby greens, yellow and red baby tomatoes with their own Logma dressing.
We ordered a wide variety of drinks and all were very refreshing and cool, One of the best Milk Shakes we had over here as well.The LOGMA SHAKE. And there is something different about this one for us, being mixed with dates, banana and honey. Also the Passion Of Arabia that have crispy passion fruits seeds with pineapple juice, and Atlants juice mixed with lychee, passion fruit, and lime. A must try!
The main course which were Logma Shrimp rice, suitable for seafood lovers, with mixed taste of biryani with crispy herbs besides the Logma chicken rice with brown crispy nuts and perfectly grilled meat.
Logma is serving sandwiches as well. We tried the Turkey Cheese and Pepper sandwich which was surely nothing less than a highlight in itself, as well we liked the chicken avocado sandwich that was so juicy and yummy.
At this point we were extremely full already from the nice and tasty food we had. But we were able to get ourselves to try the Lugaimat along with date syrup and with nutella and nuts, It was very light, fluffy and tasty, a perfect ending to the meal. At last we had tried the Chebab Katayef with crispy pancake and vanilla ice cream along with saffron cardamon syrup. Taste wise as well this was simply amazing. A cool and chilling way to finish our dinner we found in Emirati and Saudi coffee which was strong and pure and helps you to digest all the eaten food.
Overall Logma was an unexpected excellent experience with nice and delicious food along with an excellent hospitality service. Even if you are not into Arabic dishes, this will make you change your mind! Check out the pictures in the gallery below!
Reviewed: Logma @ Boxpark Dubai
Cool location, great ambiance
Simply Amazing, nothing more to say
Super friendly and attentive Staff
A lovely place with great ambiance and superb food.
The weekend is there and we got plenty of things going on. Eid starts today so for some it will be only a normal weekend while others eventually win a day or two extra on it. It is the last day of Ramadan at The Walk today so you might want to visit this. As well we got finally plenty of new Movies rolling in. Another must watch is surely the Eid Fireworks at The Beach in the next three days.
If you are an Etisalat eLife customer you will find from today onwards till the 25th of July all channels open (not OSN). For Free. Not enough with this, Etisalat give you as well 10 Free Video on Demand Movies to watch. Great stuff.
This is the same since a couple of years already, but it is always welcome…
Starting today, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced, it is free to park vehicles in surface public parking bays during the days of Eid Al Fitr starting from Thursday 29 Ramadan 1436H (16 July 2015) to Shawwal 3, 1436 Hijri.
DoT has urged public to adhere to the regulations regarding the resident permit parking bays from 9pm to 8am.
As well in Dubai and Sharjah parking is generally fret too during the public holidays. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said paid parking zones all over Dubai will be free of charge, except for the Fish Market and the multi-level parking lot during Eid Al Fitr holidays from 29th of Ramadan till 3rd of Shawwal.
We passed by last night at Boardwalk which is located within the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Being located directly at the Dubai Creek makes it almost needless to say that the location is stunning. Specially the outdoor seating is giving a great view on the Skyline and over the Dubai Creek. We had not had the luck of very clear weather, but still you could see Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa. Thanks to the outdoor AC units you can sit easily outside.
The menu contains of mainly Italian, Mediterranian and Seafood dishes which is matching quite well my taste. We went for a Bottle of still water, a Vanilla Milkshake and a Coke as drinks. On the food side we ordered the Fried Calamari as starter, a Margherita Pizza and a Lasagne Bolognese as main course. Complementary served was bread with a dip which was tasty.
The Fried Calamari are a pretty big portion and can easily be shared with tweo or three persons. They come with lemon and garlic dip which is a tasty combination. The Calamari where crispy and delicous. While still enjoying the ambiance and looks over the water the main courses arrived already. The Margherita Pizza was crispy and flavorful and well worth ordering. The Lasagne was perfect in taste and just mouthwatering.
Even if you just go for a few drinks Boardwalk is a perfect combination with the amazing views of this location and the really tasty dishes they serve. Value for money wise you are not paying more than in other places serving similiar cuisine. We ended up with a bill of 261AED which is well worth it in my opinion. We will be back and the next time I will carry around a proper camera…
Reviewed: Boardwalk @ Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Amazing outdoor seating, enjoyable views and setup
Good taste and selection
Very friendly and attentive Staff
A great Place to hangout over a few drinks and dishes with a stunning view.
Contacts for Boardwalk @ Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Having spend the last few years before I left Germany to Kuwait almost every evening of the week in an American Diner in my Hometown this was something I have quite missed. A traditional looking Diner in 50s or 60s style that not only looks this way but as well has great Shakes and food (Sorry Johnny Rockets) is rare to find. I had not heard about the 82 American Diner previously, but when passing through Motor City the other night it caught my attention.
Today was no plan for dinner anyways, so we passed by in Motor City. Biggest fear I usually have over there is the parking, but luckily just around the corner is free visitors parking in the building, brilliant, that saves some stress driving in circles trying to find a parking. Though the Diner has an outside seating area we found it is not the right time of the year to sit outside and hence decided to go in. I love the traditional benches and style of this place with the huge Neon sign lightning on the Wall. Surely this does not match everyone’s favor, but it fits mine.