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elcome to the brand-new digital version of magazine, packed with news, views and topical features. Published quarterly, this interactive online edition is divided into four handy sections – Finance, Travel, Shopping and Livesmart – each designed to cover the topics that matter most. On page 8, we round up the top five ways to discover the desert, from dune bashing to sandboarding and everything in between. For a more sedate drive, the new Infiniti JX is a better option. We shine a spotlight on the car on page 16 and find out how it offers both safety and style. On the topic of motors, why not take your wheels out for a spin? Turn to page 12 to plan your perfect weekend getaway with our guide to the UAE’s best resorts. Wow your colleagues on your return to work with a sharply cut suit. On page 14 we feature the latest trends in tailoring from one of our newest TouchPoints partners, Raymond Made-to-Measure. Happy reading! Martin Scott, Chief Marketing Officer ADCB

The latest updates from Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

14 Cutting a dash Raymond Made-to-Measure talks top trends

06 Under the spotlight 15 Small touches Bringing environmental Striking accessories to issues centre stage

set off your business suit

action-packed desert adventure

combines safety and style

08 Against the grain Discover the dunes with an

16 The right direction How the Infiniti JX

12 Relax and unwind 18 Party tricks Enjoy a spot of luxury with an Dynamic decorations indulgent weekend break

for any social occasion

Email us at Editorial Design

Editorial Director Philip Fenton Group Editor Kathryn Roberts Deputy Group Editor Lauren Steadman Features Writer Helen Morrogh

1.Winner spies opportunities

An Australian entrepreneur has seen her firm go from strength to strength since winning an ADCB-sponsored accolade. Colette Griplas was voted 2012 Ambition Award winner at the Emirates Woman of the Year Awards, held in November, for launching her online spectacle store Specs Addict. She says: “We are seeking formal investors and having the award gives us validity – it’s an amazing feeling. The endorsement also provides comfort to our customers.” Visit to learn more.

Creative Director Carl Bergman Senior Designer Mohammad Marei






4. instant redemption

2. Calling all

BlackBerry fans

The latest high-end handset is both sleek and sophisticated. Durable yet lightweight, the BlackBerry Q10 is also stylish while offering the high specifications needed by today’s busy professional. The built-in QWERTY keyboard offers effortless typing, while its 8cm touchscreen renders pictures sharp


and vibrant. Enjoy video chats via BlackBerry Messenger and capture the perfect still shot every time using the 8 megapixel camera. Boasting seamless integration of features and apps, this phone is both a pleasure to use and an invaluable asset for business.

3. ADCB touchpoints

pairs with Carrefour

ADCB customers can now redeem TouchPoints at Carrefour shops across the UAE. The loyalty programme is the first bank-wide rewards scheme of its kind in the country. It rewards customers every time they use ADCB’s products and services – and the benefits are growing.

Ravi Nair, the bank’s Head of Customer Experience Management, says: “At ADCB we believe in value creation for all our customers. “We are extremely pleased to enter into this strategic partnership with Carrefour which offers our customers a unique opportunity to redeem TouchPoints.”

ADCB customers can now redeem TouchPoints straight away at more than 100 stores. Purchases of as little as one dirham can be made at TouchPoint terminals in participating outlets. Cardholders who opt to pay by credit card can redeem a predetermined sum of points against any item or service of their choice. The terminals, which are available at various well known shops, will display the number of points available and any remaining cash balance. To find out more, visit



Desert discovery There are so many ways to experience the UAE’s sprawling desert. Focus Online rounds up the top five action-packed activities


Dune bashing

Jump in a 4x4, strap on your seatbelt and hold on tight – dune bashing is a thrilling adventure not to be missed. As the expert driver weaves up and down the steepest of dunes you’ll be flung about and turned on your side at breakneck speed. With shrieks of laughter at every corner, it’s fast, furious and not for the fainthearted.



Moonlight drumming One of the more unusual desert activities, moonlight drumming is ideal for families. Jump in a 4x4 and drive to the designated camp far away from the city lights. Bag a spot next to a bongo drum and follow the lead drummers who involve each and every guest in a fun and interactive way. With a traditional Arabic buffet and sessions interspersed with dancing, the evening offers a great way to meet new people.



Snowboard enthusiasts will love sandboarding, the desert-based equivalent. Fasten the board to your boots, place your weight on your back leg, stretch out your arms and glide effortlessly down the sand dune before grinding to a natural halt at the bottom. It might take a few attempts to perfect, but with the wind in your hair and sun on your face, this is a fun activity for sporty types of all ages.






Arabic flavours

For something more relaxing, an Arabic barbecue under the stars is a culturally rewarding experience. Offered by many tour operators, the evenings often include a belly dancing performance as well as the opportunity to smoke shisha while sitting majlis-style on cushions on the floor. The real star of the show, though, is the food, which includes tasty salads, grilled meat and delicious desserts.


On the road

If you prefer to go it alone and avoid organised tours, jump in your car and take the Dubai to Hatta road. The further you go, the bigger and redder the dunes become as their rich iron oxide content increases. After approximately 40 minutes you will reach Big Red, also known as Al Hamar, a 300ft sand dune as steep as a black ski run. The scenery alone makes the trip worthwhile, but avoid the area on Friday afternoons and public holidays, when the dunes become crowded and the roads sometimes jammed.


In the know

Many tour operators offer excellent excursions into the desert. Oasis Palm Tourism, Lama Desert Tourism and Asia Pacific Travels & Tourism are all established and reputable firms through which you can redeem your TouchPoints.




Best for: couples Tucked away at the end of The Palm Jumeirah, One&Only The Palm Dubai is hopelessly romantic, with immaculate gardens, intricate fountains and sparkling pools. Ideal for couples looking to escape the fast pace of city life, the award-winning property offers a choice of rooms, mansions and villas as well as superb local and international cuisine at one of three restaurants. The tranquil spa is also worth exploring and boasts a multitude of luxurious, world-class treatments.

Best for: friends With unrivalled views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and beautiful Arabianthemed interiors, Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri is one of the most sought after hotels in Abu Dhabi. What makes this property especially appealing for groups of friends is the adjoining souk, which is brimming with lively bars and restaurants. Built over two floors, the souk is also home to quaint boutiques selling handcrafted souvenirs.

Great escapes Abandon city life and unwind at one of these luxurious weekend retreats Best for: families Nestled between the UAE’s Hajar Mountains and the Indian Ocean, the Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa – Al Aqah Beach (above) is home to a huge temperature-controlled outdoor swimming pool complete with water slides, bridges and inflatable toys. A child’s paradise, the sprawling property also offers a wealth of thrilling water-based activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, parasailing and bananaboat rides. For those who prefer dry land, there’s table tennis, table football, beach volleyball and tennis.


Best for: colleagues Perched on the edge of Sir Bani Yas island, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara offers a selection of exciting activities, from hiking and horse riding to kayaking and mountain biking. The highlight, however, is the two-hour nature and wildlife drive through the Royal Nature Reserve. Taking in cheetahs, giraffes and the once endangered Arabian oryx, it’s the perfect opportunity to bond with your team. Take a 25-minute flight from Al Bateen Executive Airport and you’ll be there in no time.






Formal finishes Add a touch of class to your smartest suit with one of these stylish accessories


Fashion-forward ADCB customers can now redeem their TouchPoints at Raymond Made-to-Measure. We speak to Mrinmoy Mukherjee, spokesperson at the top tailor, about the latest trends in luxury suits What is the best fabric for high-end suits?

Have men’s tastes changed since you started designing suits?

Wool-rich fabrics or wool blends are ideal as they are Men’s tastes in suits are versatile, comfortable and constantly evolving and wrinkle-resistant. are driven by changes in the workplace and in the What cuts are popular at nature of professions. the moment?

Slimmer cuts and silhouettes are on-trend as well as slim lapels and slim trousers. But they do not suit all body types, so one must be careful. How can you spot a badly designed suit?

The key to a tailored suit is to ensure it suits your body type. Sometimes people want a suit that is not right for their contours and end up with something illfitting. When one raises both arms, the fabric should rest comfortably against the body without being pulled. Loose-fitting suits have too much fabric around the body.



What colour do customers request most often?

Blacks, blues and beiges have always been popular. Based on recent trends, black has made way for less severe grey.



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Describe your typical customer.

Our clients are discerning and seek perfection. They are often involved in the creation of their garments, working with us on detailing such as cuffs, collars, lapels, pockets and even embroidered initials. See to learn how to save money at Raymond Made-toMeasure (04 325 3091)

1 Finish your sleeves with a pair of silverplated heavy knots from Thomas Pink 2 Every gentleman should tuck a handkerchief into his breast pocket. Why not add a splash of colour with this silk square from Pierre Cardin? 3 Step out in confidence with Baldessarini’s Secret Mission men’s fragrance 4 Complement a navy suit with this sky-blue silk tie from Thomas Pink

5 This ultra-thin Grande Reverso Lady watch from Jaeger Le-Coultre makes a bold statement 6 Emilio Pucci’s square silk scarf makes a colourful addition 7 Add a hint of pink to your outfit with these Evita Peroni earrings, bracelet and hairpin 8 With a quirky bottle and vibrant packaging, Marc Jacobs’ Dot perfume is a fun and fragrant addition to any business outfit

Use your ADCB credit or debit card to make fast and convenient purchases, collecting hundreds of instantly redeemable TouchPoints as you go



car review

Infiniti and beyond An impressive family car combines unbeatable style with safety and comfort. Could the new Infiniti JX be for you?


The world’s first Backup Collision Intervention system helps detect crossing vehicles at the rear and, if necessary, can automatically engage the brakes to help avoid a collision.


With a long wheelbase and short overhangs, as well as a low roofline that doesn’t compromise interior headroom, the JX provides the benefits of a large family passenger car without the usual exterior styling restrictions.



Matching its luxury exterior, the interior is comfortable and classy. Key design features include the signature driveroriented cockpit and an elegant colour palette. Choose from wheat, graphite or java leather.


The instrument panel is highlighted by a new Infiniti Intelligent-View display, along with large, easy-to-read Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges and a standard seven-inch colour vehicle information display.


Start the 265-horsepower engine remotely with the keyless entry system, ideal for cooling or warming the interior prior to driving.

Pedal to metal

For ADCB car loans at rates as low as 2.49% and repayment periods of up to five years, see T&Cs apply.



Home style


Tie linen napkins with brilliantly coloured ribbon. This personal touch will bring a stylish twist to any proceedings.


Print off photographs of your friends, cut into circles and scatter across the table for a dotty decoration sure to impress.


If you’re celebrating a birthday, spell out the person’s name in tealights either in the garden or on a balcony table. We love this bright idea.

DĂŠcor with a difference Add a few simple flourishes to your home for a dinner party to remember 18


For something dramatically different, release hundreds of helium-filled balloons, in keeping with your colour theme, letting them rise to the ceiling in a sea of bubbles and streamers.


Avoid wilting floral centrepieces by opting for a bowl overflowing with jeweltoned grapes. Teamed with colour-coordinated table accessories, it will be a juicy talking point.


For birthdays, anniversaries or even graduation parties, unearth old photographs, postcards, keepsakes and mementos that have accrued over the years, spreading them around your home.




c s i u m s o k b o s a se s l m e i l e r t n F e m in a t er the latest ent films Now You See Me Director: Louis Leterrier

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off heists during their shows and reward audiences with the money. Starring Morgan Freeman and Mark Ruffalo, and featuring a turn from screen legend Michael Caine, this quirky comedy-thriller has all the ingredients of a magical movie.

After Earth

Director: M. Night Shyamalan One thousand years after humans fled the Earth, a father and son find themselves stranded on the now forsaken planet. With dad Cypher injured, it’s down to teenager Kitai to save the day. Will and Jayden Smith star in this dark Buy film tickets sci-fi adventure. with your ADCB credit card for 50% ‘cashback’. See

BOOK And the Mountains Echoed

Author: Khaled Hosseini The bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns has produced another moving family saga. This hotly anticipated release unravels the complex relationships between siblings, exploring how the choices we make can resonate through generations. Available in Kindle and hardback formats.

ALBUM Trouble Will Find Me Artist: The National

Sleepless nights with his baby daughter sent The National guitarist Aaron Dessner off at a new musical tangent. Too exhausted to be hypercritical, he helped the New York band create some of their most visceral music in years.


Wreck-It Ralph

Director: Rich Moore A video game villain longs to be liked in this charming children’s animation. Wreck-It Ralph will go to any lengths to be recast as a hero. Can he achieve his aims before it’s ‘game over’? This Disney production is voiced by top comic actors, including Glee star Jane Lynch.


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