Jumble, the UAE’s First Interactive Maze

Jumble has a number of themed rooms brimming with both physical and mental challenges (Source: Instagram - @jumble.ae)

Jumble has a number of themed rooms brimming with both physical and mental challenges (Source: Instagram – @jumble.ae)

I love brainteasers of any kind. Give me a good crossword puzzle and I’ll probably be hooked for hours. So, when escape rooms started opening across the UAE in 2014, to say I was excited is something of an understatement. Well, escape rooms are still high on my list of favourite UAE activities – but it looks like they now have competition.

Jumble has recently been making waves so team WKND decided to give it a whirl so we can see what the fuss is all about. The 3,500sqm activity space is a maze of brightly coloured doors and brick walls, and it was buzzing with activity (shouts from players, clearly enjoying themselves, can be heard from time to time). Don’t worry about getting lost; the helpful staff will lead the way and have you fitted with special wristbands that do everything from noting your name and team name, to opening your locker door (where your stuff is safely stowed away). Are you ready to play?

Jumble has a number of themed rooms, brimming with both physical and mental challenges which you have to solve in teams of three to six. Finish those. and you get to enter another room, with its own set of rules and puzzles. And so on it goes. It’s actually not too different from an escape room, except that puzzles here are time-sensitive – don’t expect the luxury of an hour. Another difference? Fail to solve a puzzle in time and you have to leave and enter the first room all over again, quite a shift from escape rooms where you’re literally locked in until you solve the mystery.

Perhaps sensing our inclination towards more mental challenges, a staff member led us to a room. that turned out to be an impressive-looking library. We managed to solve the riddle, which got us to the next room where another challenge awaited. A trickier one at that, and much time was spent as we, by trial and error, attempted to solve it. No secrets – it’s harder than it looks and more than a little frustrating, especially since we had to leave the room every time we lost the challenge. There was talk of giving up. But that just made it sweeter when we finally cracked the code to enter the next room. Alas, that’s when our clock ran and our journey for the day ended, although, according to the staff, we weren’t too far from the finish line. Word to the wise: observe your surroundings and look for clues. Also, use time spent outside to plan strategy.

Luckily. the staff also took some time to show us some of the other rooms, and suffice it to say that there’s something for everyone. Some rooms require pretty fit players. Some are just plain fun. Some are a little too interactive. All of them will make you lose track of time – but in a very good way indeed. So, choose wisely. and let the games begin. 

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I’m an Emirati, Get Me Out of Here! Thousands in UAE Apply for Jobs in Space

It’s the hottest job for Emiratis at the moment and for good reason as they’ll be working in outer space. But what will it take to make the cut? (AFP/File)

It’s the hottest job for Emiratis at the moment and for good reason as they’ll be working in outer space. But what will it take to make the cut? (AFP/File)

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It’s the hottest job for Emiratis at the moment and for good reason as they’ll be working in outer space. But what will it take to make the cut?

More than 1,000 Emiratis have applied to become the UAE’s first four astronauts within five days since the application process for the UAE Astronaut Programme was launched on December 6.

Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director-General of the Mohamammad Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), said the public’s reception of the programme is strong as expected. “It’s a very unique programme in this region so we expected a lot of interest. We expect more as well going forward. This is just the first week,” Al Shaibani told Gulf News.

Al Shaibani said any Emirati who is 18 years and above and has a university degree may apply for the job and become the country’s first ambassadors to space. Online applications will be accepted for two months.

A higher committee established at the MBR Space Centre and experts from other departments will form the board that will screen the applicants, details of which will be released soon.

Asked what characteristics would make for a perfect astronaut, Al Shaibani said being a team player is one.

“They have to be strong leaders but they also have to be very good followers. They have to be people you’d want to spend a long time with in a very small contained environment so they have to be likeable from that perspective,” Al Shaibaini said.

“They have to be able to make decisions under extreme stress and even in dangerous situations. We need a well-rounded individual with a lot of skills set,” he said, adding there is no age limit so long as the applicant is fit to work in space.

The most important characteristic, Al Shaibani said, is a passion for the mission.

“We’re looking at anybody from the society who believes in the mission. Sending humans to space is the pinnacle of what we’re doing now in the space industry. It’s a dream to have such a mission for a country like the UAE, for any country,” he said.

Between 2018 and 2019, applicants will be screened in two rounds of medical and psychometric exams and two rounds of interviews. Those who make the cut will undergo two rounds of astronaut trainings that will take roughly three years.

Salem Humaid Al Merri, Assistant Director-General for Scientific and Technical Affairs in the UAE and Programme Manager of UAE Astronaut Programme, said the programme provides Emirati youth with a unique opportunity to make significant contributions to the advancement of UAE’s space exploration and innovation industry.

The MBR space centre will choose one strategic partner from three agencies with astronaut programmes — Nasa in the US, Roscosmos Headquarters in Russia, or the European Space Agency.

All the trainings will be covered under the government budget since it is part of the UAE’s National Space Programme. Remuneration and benefits are still being decided.

“This is something that we’ve looked at strongly and we’ll do studies for the UAE but I think getting the chance to represent your country in space is payment enough,” Al Shaibani said

“I invite Emiratis to this very important mission as we make history for the UAE by sending astronauts to space and take our flag there. They’ll be conducting very important scientific experiments and that will showcase to the rest of the youth in the UAE and the region that if we really put our minds onto something, we can do it.”

How to apply: https://mbrsc.ae/astronauts/en/joinprogram

Timeline

2017: Start of Application Evaluation, Launch of Online Application

2018: 1st Round Medical and Psychometrics Test
Start 1st Interview Round
Intensive Medical and Psychometric Test
Start 2nd Interview Round

2019: Selection of Astronaut Corp
Who may apply?
Nationality: Emirati
Minimum Age: 18+
Language: Proficiency in Arabic and English
Education: University Graduate (Bachelor’s or Higher)
Training: (Source: space.com)

Basic classroom training about the International Space Station and space flight generally. Other trainings include survival training, swimming tests and exposure to high and low atmospheric pressures, doing simulated spacewalks in a buoyancy laboratory, among others.

Awesome: WWE Just Signed on Nasser Al Ruwayeh, From Kuwait

“It is an honour to sign with WWE and represent the Middle East,” said Al Ruwayeh in a statement. /Courtesy WWE

“It is an honour to sign with WWE and represent the Middle East,” said Al Ruwayeh in a statement. /Courtesy WWE

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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has signed on Kuwaiti national Nasser Al Ruwayeh, giving him the opportunity to train to become a WWE Superstar.

Al Ruwayeh was introduced to the crowd during Friday’s WWE Live Abu Dhabi event at the Zayed Sports City International Tennis Complex, where the new recruit and met with Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque, WWE Executive Vice-President, Talent, Live Events and Creative, to sign his developmental contract.

“It is an honour to sign with WWE and represent the Middle East,” said Al Ruwayeh in a statement. “I look forward to competing with world-class athletes as I begin my journey in becoming a WWE Superstar.”

“Signing Nasser is another example of WWE’s ongoing commitment to building a talent roster that mirrors the diversity of our fan base,” said Levesque. “We are confident that Nasser will inspire future WWE Superstars from the Middle East as we continue to recruit the most talented athletes and entertainers from around the world.”

Al Ruwayeh is a national CrossFit competitor with a background in MMA and boxing. He was recruited following a performance at the WWE tryout in Dubai earlier this year. Al Ruwayeh was one of 40 men and women from the Middle East and India with diverse backgrounds in sports and athletics, including powerlifting, rugby, football, amateur wrestling and the martial arts.

Al Ruwayeh will develop his talents at WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.

His recruitment follows the announcement in October of Shadia Bseiso as the first woman from the Middle East, and Kavita Devi, the first Indian woman, to sign WWE developmental contracts. Both women also took part in the Dubai tryout.

John Cena in the UAE!

John Cena was spotted in the UAE attending a promotional fan event for his newest movie Ferdinand (Source: Twitter - @johncena)

John Cena was spotted in the UAE attending a promotional fan event for his newest movie Ferdinand (Source: Twitter – @johncena)

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The 40-year-old star who is best known for his WWE ways was spotted in Dubai’s Gold’s Gym, UAE. Let me give you a guess, he’s big and he’s every little boy’s idol.


(Source: Twitter – @johncena)

John Cena was spotted in the UAE attending a promotional fan event for his newest movie Ferdinand, that will be in available theaters on the 15th of December.

The event happened at Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates at 6:30 pm on the 1st of December, we’re quite sure he wasn’t hard to spot, considering his size.

(Source: Instagram – @get_uae)

However, it looks like Cena enjoyed his stay in Dubai a little too much as he was seen by the UAE News Events Daily at Gold’s Gym doing his ‘thang’, while a fan barged in to take a photograph

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Priorities? The UAE Opens Its First Ever Dog Park

UAE is taking a big step in favor of all the dog lovers. How’s that, you say? Well, by building the Pawesome Park, of course. /Shutterstock.

UAE is taking a big step in favor of all the dog lovers. How’s that, you say? Well, by building the Pawesome Park, of course. /Shutterstock.

UAE is taking a big step in favor of all the dog lovers. How’s that, you say? Well, by building the Pawesome Park, of course.

An outdoor dog park is set to to open in the UAE starting the 1st of February of 2018. Pawesome Park wants you to unleash your furry friends and let them roam freely without having to worry.

“The park’s main aim is to provide dog owners with a place where they can take their dogs to play freely and safely away from traffic and without any restrictions. It will also serve as a place where dog owners can socialize and share tips on responsible pet ownership and make new friends,” Dr. Chenjerai Sigauke, RAKAWC Manager and Head Veterinarian, told Gulf News.

 The park is being built by Ras Al Khaimah’s government and it is set to be located in Al Jazeera Al Hamra at the RAK Animal Welfare Center.

It expands to 7,000 square meter area and it will allow dogs to play with each other. It will also have spaces where pet owners can interact along with dog care services. 

“The park will offer off-leash areas for dogs to play and run freely, a dog walking path, a fully equipped agility park and a swimming pool,” he added.

Though fees have not yet been announced, Gulf News reports that they offer both monthly and yearly memberships, as well as day passes.

Ed Sheeran in Love with Jamaican Jerk in Dubai

Ed Sheeran turned out to be Jamaican food’s biggest fan (source: DFree - Shutterstock)

Ed Sheeran turned out to be Jamaican food’s biggest fan (source: DFree – Shutterstock)

If you think you’re Jamaican food’s biggest fan, Ed Sheeran would like to compete with you for that title.

Ahead of his sold-out gig in Dubai, everyone’s favorite ginger was seen at Miss Lily’s restaurant at the Sheraton Grand hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road. According to Pop Sugar, the “Shape of You” singer ordered jerk corn, hot pepper shrimp and jerk chicken.

(source: Instagram – @Miss Lily’s)

Needless to say, Sheeran definitely beats any of you who think can compete with him over the Jamaican Food Lover title.

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Chinese Lady in Dubai Caught Walking Naked on Street For Passport

In June, the Dubai Misdemeanours Court sentenced the couple to three months in jail. /AFP

In June, the Dubai Misdemeanours Court sentenced the couple to three months in jail. /AFP

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The 28-year-old Chinese woman was reported having been seen walking naked in the streets of Dubai before she told policemen that she had been involved in a sexual affair with the 25-year-old Emirati employee, who was also found with her at the time of arrest in December 2016.

The woman told the arresting police officers that she had allowed the employee to have sex with her after he had promised to help release her passport that had been confiscated earlier when she was stopped for lifting up a signboard in which she criticised the Chinese government inside a mall.

After being taken to a police station, the woman told investigators that she had sex several times with the Emirati. The man was said to have confirmed to police the woman’s story.

Prosecutors accused the couple of having consensual sex.

In June, the Dubai Misdemeanours Court sentenced the couple to three months in jail.

The Chinese defendant was also handed a deportation order.

However, the Appeal Court later accepted the woman’s appeal and reduced her three-month imprisonment to one month, citing leniency grounds, and upheld her deportation

Meanwhile, the Emirati lodged a separate appeal, pleaded not guilty and sought to have his punishment overturned.

The defendant’s lawyer Yousuf Al Beloushi, of Bin Suwaidan Advocates and Legal Consultants, argued before the appellate court that his client was convicted and handed an imprisonment on what he described as “fabricated allegations and unfounded evidence”.

“My client’s confession that he had consensual sex with the woman was extracted under coercion and bogus promises,” the lawyer argued.

“Law-enforcement officers talked my client in to confessing that he had sex with the Chinese defendant after they had promised not to take legal action against him and that the case would be dropped.

“Out of the fear of losing his job, my client willingly signed papers that he didn’t even read. Besides, forensic examination reports confirmed that the woman was not found to have been involved in a sexual encounter at the time of her arrest.

“The whole case and accusations were based on the woman’s malicious claims and prosecutors’ uncorroborated evidence,” argued lawyer Al Beloushi.

Prosecution witnesses gave contradicting and inconsistent statements, the lawyer told the appellate court.

“The Chinese woman claimed that the last time she allegedly had sex with my client was two days prior to her arrest … yet the forensic examination report came to prove her to have lied since the findings confirmed that she was found not to have been indulged in a recent sexual encounter,” said the lawyer. 

“According to the forensic report, examiners couldn’t find any traces of DNA or semen when she was examined physically. She also contradicted herself during questioning when she once claimed to prosecutors that she had sex 10 times with my client and prior to that she told police interrogators that they had sex four times.

“Furthermore, it was a Moroccan woman who complained to the police that she saw the Chinese defendant nude in the street. She also bit my client’s hand when she saw him walking with his wife in the street and fabricated the sex claims against him,” contended lawyer Al Beloushi, who asked the appellate court to acquit his client.

A ruling will be heard soon.