April Fool's Day: From 'Emireats' to schools that start 'whenever', UAE brands are back at their pranks

Several companies pull off stunts to poke a little fun at their customers



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Published: Fri 1 Apr 2022, 6:17 PM

Last updated: Fri 1 Apr 2022, 10:48 PM

It's April Fool's Day, and UAE brands are back at their pranks.

From small stunts to elaborate hoaxes, poking a little fun at customers can go a long way in the marketing world.

Dubai's Emirates airline kicked things off on Friday with a proposal: "What if you could enjoy authentic cuisine from anywhere in the world, without stepping on a plane?"

If you're still craving that unforgettable meal you had on holiday, Emirates offered up a simple solution to customers worldwide: Emireats.With Emireats, customers can browse for their favourite meals and place an order — but this isn't your typical delivery app. Emireats allows users to order food from 'anywhere' in the world and have it delivered 'straight to your door'.

In a video campaign, an Emirates 'flight attendant' is seen flying from Dubai to Rome to pick up an order from a pizzeria. And just when you might think it's all true, a tagline appears: "Delivering soon. Maybe."

Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) also got in on the fun early in the day.

Taking to Instagram, KHDA posted that school timings had been changed "to improve well-being" this Ramadan. "In line with students' recommendations, schools will start at 'whenever' and finish at 'soon after that'. Staying awake is optional for both students and teachers."

Social media users delighted in the joke, with one person commenting: "Love your sense of humour."

And just when you might've thought you've seen it all today, McDonald's unveiled its 'latest' release: a combination of fries and McFlurry called 'Fries McFlurry'.

"We’ve made your life easier with this one… Introducing the Fries McFlurry, available for a limited-time someday," McDonald's wrote on Instagram.

And despite being April 1, many users fell for the announcement, with one person writing: "How I wish! Please make it come true!"

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