Barakat Quality Plus Factory Tour

Barakat Quality Plus

Barakat Quality Plus

Barakat Quality Plus Factory Phase I. Jebel Ali Ind. Area 2 catering to Hospitality & Retail Industries.

This post is most fit for the season of the Holy month of Ramadan as it is around the corner and couple of days away. Hence, the reason for reserving the post. Not to mention that it is still practical throughout the year for those who are meticulous about their health and nutritious eating and drinking habits.

As part of family traditions in Ramadan, and especially during summers in UAE, where heat is at its peak, most families opt to stock up on ready to drink healthy juices and smoothies to quench that thirst at Iftar meals. What better way to break your fast than by natural juices you are confident do not have any added flavors and sugar? For those of you who offer natural juices off the supermarket shelf to your kids, you could vouch for the quality of Bakarat juices if you either: have had tried their range of juices and smoothies OR had a life time opportunity to witness the juice production process of carefully picked fruits and vegetables. I vouch because both, I have tried and witnessed the production process:)

Consumers often purchase so called “natural” juices at supermarkets and groceries without focusing on the ingredients list, and many a times most supermarket shelves are stocked up on variety of natural juice brands, which do not necessarily are all “natural”.

Most of you might have heard or already know about this brand of bottled juices labelled Barakat. Those of you who know and have tried Barakat’s most natural juices, know that they are by far the only true sugar, preservatives & concentrates free juices in the market. (This post is not sponsored. It is an honest review).

Prior to being invited to eyewitness behind the scenes at Barakat Quality Plus factories, I was already a loyal customer of their juices and smoothies. I just love how their smoothies taste, it’s a meal on its own.

Networking with my fellow bloggers and friends.

Networking with my fellow bloggers and friends.

Bloggers and reviewers were invited to gather and network at Fresh & Easy Shop, located in Jumeira. Following the chit chat, we were introduced to the General Manager of Barakat, Mr. Santosh who familiarized us with the company’s values and their sincere work attitude. Barakat in translation from Arabic relatively means blessings or prosperity. And it truly is. We were explained about the measures taken at each production stage at Barakat to ensure that only fresh and highest quality products were delivered with utmost Health & Safety guidelines. I can’t testify enough how clean, sanitized and spotless Barakat facilities are! As a cleanliness freak, I tend to observe surroundings wherever I go and honestly I could not find a spot that would draw my attention. Bravo to the entire Barakat management and team (applauding).

Variety of juices from Black Lemonade to Coconut with Vanilla. So refreshing.

 

Hundreds of flavors

Hundreds of flavors

Mango Smoothie

Mango Smoothie

The factory tour to Barakat Quality Plus was a mind-boggling experience for all of us along with my fellow bloggers and reviewers. The size of their (Barakat Quality Plus) factories, the sophisticated equipment and techniques practiced to achieve the most natural and delicious juices and smoothies, their dedicated workers and chefs, and each process carried out to deliver the best quality, all was a wonderful experience for all of us.

At the factory. Thermal coats are a must as all Barakat raw materials are temperature controller.

At the factory. Thermal coats are a must as all Barakat raw materials are temperature controlled.

We had the pleasure of meeting each other post the tour, networking and discussing what juice, salad, smoothie and ice-cream each liked the most. Personally, I tasted every possible product from their range and fell in love. How could you possibly not love a freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juice, when you have dozens of flavors for every mood and taste. But I still have my all time favorite juice flavor from Barakat, the carrot juice.

My favorite carrot juice.

My favorite carrot juice.

Check out Barakat range of:

Juices available in various bottle sizes as well a detailed ingredients list Barakat Juices

Ice cream range. Did you know that Barakat Quality Plus has a dedicated Chef who has created 200+ flavors of ice creams? See for yourself Barakat Ice Creams

The process of vegetables peeling, slicing, chopping, dicing, packing etc at Barakat is so precise and pleasing Barakat Fresh Vegetables

 

Lettuce leaves sanitation process

Lettuce leaves sanitation process

Chopped onions

Chopped onions

 

Pre-packing of vegetables at Barakat factory

Pre-packing of vegetables at Barakat factory

Post Factory Tour- Fresh Juices & Food Tasting Session

This shrimps salad is everything

 

Good to know Facts

  • Barakat fresh juices, smoothies, light lunch meals, soups, sandwiches and much more are easily available in most major supermarkets, ENOC & EPPCO gas stations and in their Jumeira Fresh & Easy café as well
  • Barakat distributes packed fruits and vegetables to Dubai’s leading Airline company
  • Barakat products are sold at one of the world’s top coffee shops
  • Barakat caters to industries such as Hotels, Hospitality, Retail Businesses
  • Barakat has an in house juice bottles rinsing, filling, capping, labeling, and packing solutions, aside from juice processing
  • Barakat has its own record of converting fruit to juice in 4 minutes. It has a huge capacity to produce up to 25k litres of fresh citrus juices/ day
  • Barakat has its own in house lab to test each production batch which is then followed up by an independent off-site lab analysis.

Barakat Contacts

 

Seraphine Store in Dubai Festival City Mall

Seraphine Flagship Store opens in Dubai

“Seraphine, Dubai’s one-stop store, fulfilling all your maternity & babymoon fashion needs “

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Breathtaking interior décor

 

Dubai Festival City, 1st floor

Dubai Festival City Mall, 1st floor

 

A Seraphine frame group photo with fellow bloggers in Dubai.

A Seraphine flower frame group photo with fellow bloggers in Dubai.

 

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Girls having fun during the opening of Seraphine store in Dubai Festival City Mall

 

Canapés served

Canapés served

 

Love. Dubai. Seraphine.

Love. Dubai. Seraphine.

Seraphine Maternity Wear

Most mothers will agree that prior to becoming pregnant and giving birth, wardrobe shopping in Dubai is a paradise on earth; whereas maternity wear options become painfully limited when a woman becomes pregnant. Not any more, ladies. Seraphine, one of a kind luxury maternity wear store is now open in Dubai’s most popular Festival City Mall.

During the official opening of the Seraphine store a couple of days ago I discovered stunning maternity collections. Speaking of high-end & glamorous fashion, Seraphine gowns & dresses are some of the most loved picks of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. She has been spotted wearing Seraphine’s popular dresses on several occasions, which caused a massive hype among the fashion fans.

 

Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge wearing Seraphine dress

 

Kate Middleton spotted wearing Pink Fuchsia Knot Front Maternity Dress

So mamas-to-be, if you run out of stylish maternity wear options in Dubai, or are looking to rejuvenate your mama fashion, you need look no further than Seraphine store for all your babymoon shopping needs.

 

Stylish & Versatile Breastfeeding Shawl

Nursing Shawl in Ice Blue Bamboo Summer

Luxury Knitted Nursing Shawl can be used for layered look

 

Nursing Shawl Ice Blue Bamboo Summer

Stylish Nursing Shawl Ice Blue Bamboo Summer

 

Seraphine’s maternity fashion line does not end there; it extends from Maternity Dresses to Maternity Jeans, from Maternity Swimwear to Exclusive range of Baby Clothes & many more. Explore the entire collection on Seraphine website http://www.seraphine.com/

Long Sleeve Pink Trim Cotton Baby Grow

Long Sleeve Pink Trim Cotton Baby Grow

 

Seraphine Maternity Jeans

Seraphine Maternity Jeans

 

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Blossom Honey Launch in Dubai

Launch venue and its theme in photos

A heavenly view from the launch venue. Jumeirah Fishing Harbour.

A heavenly view from the launch venue. Jumeirah Fishing Harbour.

Well picked launch venue-

Well picked launch venue- Omnia Gourmet.

Entrance decoration.

Entrance decoration.

Showcasing variety of honey types to the guests and visitors.

Stunning upside-down garden themed set up. Creatively suspended honey jars from the ceiling.

Stunning upside-down garden themed set up. Creatively suspended honey jars from the ceiling.

Nature inspired theme.

Nature inspired theme.

Honey jars floating in garden.

Honey jars floating in garden.

 

Countless Benefits of Honey

Honey has long been known for its extraordinary healing potential. Its exceptional medical uses have been carried down from generations. Since the ancient era honey has been used to clean and protect open wounds, as it is known to accelerate the healing process as well as fight infections. The Yemeni honey is rich in antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties along with an array of potent antioxidants.

 

Types of honey available at Blossom Honey

  • Raw Blossom Honey & Nuts – AED 650/kg. The presence of manganese, copper and riboflavin in nuts helps in energy production and metabolic rate. Nuts are loaded with fiber and monounsaturated fats that contribute to the sensation of being full. Prevents Alzheimer, osteoporosis and regulates blood pressure.

 

  • Yemeni Wildflower Honey – AED 390/kg. Rich nectar of fragrant flowers from the highest Yemen mountains. Amongst all the benefits, the most impressive is the powerful immune system booster for kids. Reduces cough and throat irritation, fights infections and treats allergies. Perfect for skin’s moisturizing and nourishing effects.

 

  • Raw Blossom Honey, Cinnamon & Sesame Seed – AED 510/kg. It has been established that raw honey mixed with cinnamon and sesame seeds is a miraculous recipe that prevents heart diseases, regulates blood sugar, reduces LDL cholesterol levels, helps in digestion, cures skin infections, and helps in weight loss.

 

  • Raw Blossom Honey & Black Seed – AED 520/kg. This type of honey is a cure for every disease and especially for all types of cancers. The high content of phytosterols in black seed is necessary for our body to endocrine hormones, vitamin D and bile acid, aiding in endocrine disorders, immune deficiency and cardio-vascular diseases.

 

  • Yemeni Sidr Do’ani Honey – AED 530/kg. Sweet and aromatic nectar of the ancient Sidr tree in Yemen. Reduces ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders, increases athletic performance, contains flavonoids and antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart diseases, regulates blood pressure.

 

  • Yemeni Bitter Honey – AED 950/kg. Exotic and distinctive nectar from the mysterious islands of Yemen. Extremely rare and made in limited quantities is to be used especially by diabetics. It is also known to be beneficial for lung health and revitalization of the pancreas.

 

  • Yemeni Sumar Honey – AED 470/kg. Powerful nectar of the Sumar tree in Yemen. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, which protect the body from bacteria and boost immune system. Cold & flu symptoms, such as cough, sore throats, and congestion are also kept at bay when treated with Sumar honey.

 

  • Yemeni Royal Sidr Honey – AED 1900/kg. Finest and most luxurious nectar of the ancient Sidr tree in Yemen. Contains natural jelly from the queen bee and it has been reported to be good for liver, stomach, ulcers, respiratory infections, digestive problems, constipation, eye diseases, infected wounds and burns, strengthens the immune system.

 

  • Raw Blossom Honey & Ginger – AED 450/kg. The mixture is capable of treating asthma as well as respiratory difficulties and diseases like cough, cold, sore throat and runny nose.

 

  • Raw Blossom Honey & Royal Jelly – AED 650/kg. A miraculous mix for longevity and life extension. Treats ulcers, improves cardio-vascular health, and helps with inflammation and immunology. Brain function enhancement and liver protection.

 

  • Organic Raw White Honey – AED 495/kg. Honey from the mountains of Kazakhstan with a very unique color and texture that has an amazing explosive taste of flowers, enhances, stimulates, and boosts the memory taken in combination with walnuts and/or dates.

 

Having explored the variety of honey types in depth during the launch of Blossom Honey, one is tempted to purchase the entire collection of honey and store sufficient supply to cure and prevent health conditions and diseases. After all, prevention is better than cure.

 

With gorgeous Diana.

With the gorgeous Diana.

Goodie bag give aways- jar of honey.

Goodie bag give aways- jar of honey.

 

Where To Purchase

Blossom Honey can be found in Town Centre and Al Barsha Mall in Dubai.

Blossom Honey website

Mother of 2 Photoshoot campaign

Mother of 2 Photoshoot campaign: The 2nd Annual Natural Birth & Breastfeeding CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION by Nature’s Way

It’s been such a pleasure working with the founder, her little bundle of joy, my son Sultan and of course the highly talented photographer Asha from Velvet Images. The photoshoot took place at the comfort of Asha’s apartment studio in DSO, where we completely felt welcomed and relaxed throughout the photoshoot. Asha is specialized in newborn, maternity & family photography. I hope you love the photos as much as I do. See for yourself.

Here are few of our fun moments captured in amazing photos:

Photoshoot

Photoshoot

Photoshoot

Photoshoot

 

Photoshoot

About Nature’s Way:

If you are a mother, father, a baby’s or child’s relative, or even just affectionate about baby developmental stages, then Nature’s Way, a Dubai’s established organizer of exclusive Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting events and workshops is certainly the answer to all your mother, birth and baby related concerns.

Founder of Nature’s Way:

The inspiration behind Nature’s Way are 2 adorable angels, whose warm-hearted mother, Umm Muawiyah (Mother of Muawiyah) who also happens to be the founder & owner of Nature’s Way is of British and Arab background. Umm Muawiyah is very passionate about empowering and supporting women throughout her life. She is a generous woman and mother with vision who has been involved and worked in various charitable jobs. Remarkably, she is also a certified AMANI Child Birth Educator and Blossom & Berry Baby Massage Instructor as well as a KG Hypnobirthing Instructor. Have I missed to mention any of her great accomplishments as a woman and mother?

Yes, you are yet to read on and explore more about the conference on your own (for more detailed information), that was initiated by Nature’s Way back in 2015, which was likewise inspired by her personal birth experience.

Nature’s Way website link

Show her some love on Instagram: @natures_way_international

 

The Healthy Home ME Treatment

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“Keep Your Home Healthy”- motto driven company, based in Dubai, UAE.

As I had already shared a post treatment instant review of the Healthy Home ME cleaning services yesterday on my Instagram, it is now time for disclosing my thorough review on the same along with some useful researched facts and why you should have the treatment done ASAP.

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Known Facts:

Many of you might have heard or read from an online Health article excerpt that bed mattresses are invaded by 2M dust mites in an average. Since we all spend 1/3rd of our life in bed, it is only natural that the mattress will blot up millions of dust mites which feed on our dead skin flakes and sweat expelled from our bodies, that eventually increase /help grow the amount of fungi, bacteria and mites present in the mattress.

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For those who live in regions with extremely high climate temperatures and humidity, like the UAE, where air conditioners are almost always working, it is the most appropriate and recommended mattress cleaning and sanitizing procedure performed by The Healthy Home ME.

In the past, where such innovative procedures were not available to the public, the most effective natural disinfectant source had always been the direct Ultra-Violet sunlight. Nowadays, on the contrary, it is out of the question to have one’s bed mattress, pillows and blankets/duvets etc laying out in the balcony /porch or veranda to absorb the sun light for three or more hours in order to kill all the dust mites. The sunlight will kill the dust mites, but it will not clear the allergen off your mattress, which is the main thing that triggers allergic reactions, such as, coughing, sneezing & wheezing. Such symptoms, if left without correct deep cleaning & sanitizing of your house, office etc surroundings could lead to some of known chronic diseases, such as Asthma, Eczema, Bronchitis and Sinusitis etc.

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About The Healthy Home ME:

The good news is that The Healthy Home is here in the UAE, to replace the not-so-effective traditional treatment using the sunlight only. They are specialized in agitating and abolishing any such micro-organisms off mattresses, carpets, curtains, A/c ducts etc. Their innovative deep-vacuuming and sanitizing devices help reduce the exposure of our homes & offices etc to indoor allergens.

The Healthy Home ME makes it magically easy to get rid of dust mites that lives all around us. They recommend that mattresses be sanitized at least twice a year. The treatment is even more crucial to pregnant women, children and to those who suffer from allergies.

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My Opinion:

Overall, I am satisfied with their level and quality of service and customer care approach. From the moment the service was booked over the phone, throughout the service was being carried out, up until they completed the treatment. Highly recommend using their services.

Call the The Healthy Home ME:

Dubai 04-4425616 ; 800 SANITIZE

Instagram @healthyhomeme