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May 2014

A different path

(ISSUE #171) MAY 2014


Trade the luxury for some charity

Travel essentials

What to pack for to keep looking glamorous

Geneva More than just the UN


The Femi9 collections offer women the spotlight


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Across deserts, just to bring you style

After successful openings across the region, Femi9 has finally touched down in the UAE


Beauty travel tips

Say goodbye to frizzy hair and dry skin with these travel tips

66 Best places to shop Need your shopping fix? We list some of the best places to shop around the world


24 hours in Geneva

Follow us on our one-day adventure around this charming Swiss city

Amato by Furne One

Michael Kors Summer 2014 RTW

Regulars 12 Editor’s pick 14 aw trends 50 Glam events 90 artsy 92 entertainment 94 A-list celebs 98 the coveted


editor’s letter


Issue Exploring the world, whether by land, air, water or even feet, is one thing we love doing. We like to experience new things, and travelling is one way to do it. This month, we invite you to travel with us as we seek adventure in different lands, in various areas of life, and with new interesting personalities. In fashion, we uncover the newly opened Femi9 shop that went all the way from Saudi Arabia to Abu Dhabi, in order to share their beautiful collection of ready-to-wear pieces that are perfectly suited to the elegant preference of savvy, modern shoppers. We also delve into the essentials of stylish travel, and the beauty secrets of some of the city’s well-known jetsetters. To add to this revelations are the tips of frequent flyers on how to pack your luggage, and avoid loading excess baggage. In this issue, we allow you to discover the things to do if you happen to be in the Swiss city of Geneva – our 24-hours in the city is a must read. Marvel too at the obvious display of luxury that we had the privilege to view when we came to visit the Abu Dhabi Suite of The St. Regis Abu Dhabi. High life experiences continue during our stay at the newly opened Waldorf Astoria in The Palm Jumeirah.


Meanwhile, our recent travels to the small but charming cities of France paved the way for us to understand the heritage of the century-old company of Groupe SEB. Chopard

If these were not enough, then further browse through this May issue’s constant columns about fashion, beauty, luxury, arts, entertainment and celebrities. We hope that in your read, you’d continue to be inspired to explore the world, and seek its wisdom and beauty.

Jimmy Choo

Live and love,

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editor’s pick

Before the snow falls Fashion Forward Season 3 was as successful as expected by everyone in the region’s fashion industry. The season’s spectacle presented stunning pieces from remarkable talents, making it difficult for us to choose from the long list. But since we have to, we’re vowing our heartfelt liking to this floorsweeping frock by EZRA. The whole look reflects freshness that fits perfectly in the coming season, and sheer femininity that’s present in the flowing layer fabrics. Yet despite the dainty, romantic look, the styling (and accessories used in particular) evokes strength that defines a modern woman. This, along with the collection and show with surprising snow element, is indeed captivating.


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AW trends

Lace it up

For those who want to keep their look romantic and delicate, the sunny summer days are not a bad time to wear lace. Ultra-wearable daytime pieces from fashion houses abound this season, with styles crafted in bright hues and interesting cuts to keep the frilly material casual and versatile. An absolute standout from our edit is Marc by Marc Jacobs’ sporty lace skirt in electric pink!

Crop tops

As the region turns into one big microwave oven, get funky with our hottest crop top picks. Designed to be flirty, functional or downright statement-making, these pieces pair extremely well with high-waisted skirts and pants, giving off a chic, on trend vibe without being too revealing. Check out Peter Pilotto’s mini kimono for a clever way to wear a crop top this season.

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Marc By Marc Jacobs AED1236

Jonathan Saunders AED1627

Jonathan Simkhai AED1418

Alice + Olivia AED3282

Burberry SS2014

Saloni AED972 Just Cavalli SS 2014 Notte by Marchesa AED3308

Peter Pilotto AED3204

Mary Katrantzou AED2998

Givenchy AED3072 J Mendel AED8574

Chloe AED13548

Nicholas Kirkwood AED3150


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Tibi AED1549

Christopher Kane AED2967

Oscar De La Renta AED13362

AW trends

Sister By Sibling AED1103

Philip Stein AED7,630

Roksanda Ilincic Spring 2014

Just Cavalli SS 2014

Maison Martin Margiela AED3675

J.Crew AED998

Mellow Yellow

Aeropostale AED130

Preen Line AED3098

It doesn’t get as much air time as Kenzo the lilacs and the fuchsias of the AED1208 colour spectrum, but there’s no shade more summery than yellow. Glistening beautifully in the sun, the lively tone instantly breathes energy into your sartorial mood. From nifty accessories to full-on solid frocks, we’ve got the designer low-down on what to wear to radiate in yellow this summer.

Pretty in P laid

Carven AED2150

Balmain AED6589

Tibi AED2076

Halston Heritage AED1680

Who knew something as butch and manly as a lumberjack plaid could be fashioned into some of the most feminine pieces? Working on the pattern’s classic check, designers went back to the drawing board to beautify plaid this season. With playful embellishments and prints, creative dip-dyes, elegant silhouettes and girly hues, tartan has never been such a coveted theme in any woman’s wardrobe than now.

Elizabeth and James AED2678


Christina Louboutin AED3940

Jil Sander AED2494

Karl Lagerfeld AED1470

Balmain AED2784

Jim Joquico, Editor-in-Chief at, shares with AW the best trends to follow this coming summer.







It’s the third! Fashion Forward closes the most successful season to date with the third edition featuring standout collections and record attendance.

Fashion Forward (FFWD) welcomed over 18,000 guests for the third season of the region’s definitive fashion platform, showcasing the most carefully curated and dynamic programme thus far. During the three-day event, a selection of the region’s most celebrated design talents showed catwalk collections, industry experts imparted invaluable knowledge through the ‘d3 Fashion Talks’ and an eclectic mix of accessories designers showcased in The Garden retail space. Over the three days, news and images of


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Season Three filled newspaper front covers, online news sites, blogs, social media feeds, plus the cameras and notebooks of buyers, regional and international editors. “Season Three has raised the bar for the fashion industry here in the Middle East,” said Bong Guerrero, Founder and CEO of Fashion Forward.“Our designers this season have been outstanding. Their collections were concise, carefully edited and showcased with individuality and flair.” “Having launched just under a year ago, Fashion Forward is still in its infancy and we have much further to go. However, everything we have learnt along our short but insightful journey so far was channelled into making Season Three as successful as possible,” added Guerrero. Carefully edited couture and ready-to-wear

runway collections were presented across three catwalk halls from both returning FFWD designers and fresh talent selected from across the Middle East. Runway images from all 18 shows were shot by a team from Getty Images and shows were live-streamed worldwide on The ‘d3 Fashion Talks’ saw discussions and presentations from some of the most influential names in the industry including Ennio Capasa, creative director of CoSTUME NATIONAL, international blogger Bryanboy and the creator of New York Fashion Week, Fern Mallis. Dr. Amina Al Rustamani, Group CEO of TECOM Investments, the master developer behind Dubai Design District (d3), said, “Much like Dubai’s ambition to become a global design and fashion capital, Fashion Forward is gaining real momentum – with record attendance this season and popular initiatives such as the ‘d3 Fashion Talks’ generating insightful debate about the future of this important industry. “As a dedicated location for the region’s creative community, d3 is committed to fostering the growth and development of the design and fashion industry. FFWD reflects the d3 vision to support regional platforms, and its commitment to engage with such initiatives which mirror the vision and goals of d3, and enable both emerging and established talents to shine on a local, regional and international scale.” Fern Mallis closed the programme for the ‘d3 Fashion Talks’, giving both FFWD and the industry in the Middle East sound advice from her experience in creating New York Fashion Week. “The Middle East is one of the fashion industry’s most vibrant markets,” said Mallis. “There are USD8 billion in luxury spending each year despite an economic crisis, and a third of the world’s couture clients come from the Middle East. The world’s top fashion brands are not only courting you, they are here. So I say, enjoy it. It’s a growing process, but you are in the right place at the right time and you do have many of the right people on your side and on your team.”

talent caught the attention of regional and international buyers, and representatives from Al Oustoura (KSA), Bloomingdale’s, Chalhoub, Cream, Farfetch (London), Galeries Lafayette, Harvey Nichols, Impressions (Qatar), Mahino, Sauce and Valleydayz, cast their eyes over the runway presentations and accessories collections in The Garden. Increasing emphasis was placed on fostering the commercial side of the industry for this season’s designers. Through partnerships with crowd investing site and Galeries Lafayette, selected FFWD designers have been given the opportunity to raise funding and have a physical retail space for their collections following the event. Several accessories designers from The Garden were offered mentorship sessions with Swarovski and Azza Fahmy, to help not only with the creative side of their brand, but also the business and strategic aspect. Through its continued partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), FFWD continues to push forward as an event and help grow a sustainable fashion industry in the region. The success of Season Three is testament to the ever increasing visibility and credibility of Dubai and the Middle East as a hub for creativity and fashion.



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The Garden was once again a must-visit location throughout the three days, with guests and buyers shopping the collections of the region’s finest accessories designers. Season Three’s stellar line up of design



Style Crush

Royal Blue Spotted in floral blooms was the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, who sported a dress by British brand L.K. Bennett in her attendance at the Royal Australian Air Force in Amberley last month – and to say that we’re drooling at her effortless chic would be understatement. We love the whole look, which she matched with an equally bluish clutch by Australian brand Oroton and pumps by Alexander McQueen.


FOCUS What makes HF Boutique unique?

We create and set our own style based on beauty and comfort. – Hessa Al Falasi

the traditional Arabesque art, inspire Al Falasi – inspirations that get transcended in her creative direction of each and every HF collection. Perfection is strived in each design; the HF brand strives to implement this at all phases of the creation process: from conception to completion. Each garment is the result of a long and rigorous artisanal savoir-faire that creates the ultimate experience in MiddleEastern chic. Since its inception, HF Boutique has widely evolved from offering stunning abaya collections. Now, the brand extends to remarkable pieces of kaftans, dresses and cardigans even. HF has also collaborated with luxury boutiques across GCC, and initiated private luxury events participated by other designers. Moreover, HF is a constant top choice among fashion icons, bloggers and celebrities in the region.

HF Boutique: Fashion in tradition

Aimed to dress the stylish and the trendsetters, Hessa Al Falasi’s creations under her own brand, HF Boutique, goes contemporary without overstepping traditions. Her present collection of abaya, kaftans and cardigans is something any modern fashionista should check out this season. Hessa Al Falasi’s mission is to bring the best of traditional Middle Eastern culture to her customers. Indeed, she has been consistently successful in doing so since she set up shop in 2011. A passionate fashionista, Al Falasi used her knowledge and talent in fashion designing, and pursued to establish her own line. HF Boutique was born in Dubai after her graduation at Zayed University, and a two-year course in fashion.

Largely influenced by a contemporary mix of old world charm and elegant sophistication, the essence of the brand is clearly reflected in graceful flowing designs. Inspired by Arabic culture, traditional abayas are given a modern twist with a variety of high quality fabrics, a kaleidoscope of colours in fully on-trend fashion. Local and international artists, geometrical and linear patterns, textured fabrics, artistic handworks, and

For this season, HF Boutique has prepared fabulous sets of Hessa Al Falasi Spring/ Summer 2014 as well as Ramadan & Eid collections. The SS14 collection is inspired by elements of nature and modern women that love to stand out with style and simplicity. It is a produce of collaboration of handcrafted pearls, palm trees and textured fabrics, all shown in contemporary and luxurious traditional abaya designs for trendsetters. Meanwhile, the Ramadan & Eid collections follow through the Arabseque designs and artistic influences. Looking forward to future, HF expects more designer exclusive exhibitions for the GCC (mainly for Qatar, Kuwait, KSA), and further line expansions for beautiful dresses. No doubt this future is not far fetched as Al Falasi has blossomed into becoming one of the most sought after designers in the region. Her innovative creations, wellthought selections of colour patterns and fabrics, and aesthetic redesign of previous collections would guide her in pursuing her mission of bringing unique and classic style ready-made traditional abayas perfect for any occasion, and utterly suited for modern women. To get more information about HF Boutique, please visit the website,



Brush me pretty Perfecting make-up has never been easy and comfy. This year, in conjunction with its 30th year anniversary, MAKE UP FOR EVER unveils one of its main launches with the release of its finest professional brush collection. This range includes 76 new premium brushes to offer women and makeup artists the ideal tools to get the most perfect makeup results. Every brush is handcrafted and custom-made with 100% cutting edge synthetic fibres to combine top-level performance with premium signature design, bringing makeup results to a whole new level. Meeting the different needs and desires, this state of the art collection includes 30 brushes for complexion, 35 for the eyes, three for the lips and eight for artistic makeup, all convenient for any kind of texture whether cream, liquid or powder and every makeup purpose.

Montegrappa salutes Quincy Jones Over the years, Montegrappa has celebrated the world of music and paid tribute, with exquisite editions of writing instruments, to its illustrious creative forces: the operatic genius Giuseppe Verdi, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley, and now, one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, Quincy Jones. The Quincy Jones Montegrappa pen features the legendary musician’s logo – a solitary colourenhanced ‘Q’, engraved on the top of the cap. The textured barrel in black carbon is accented in the middle and at both ends with bold, multi-coloured resin rings in a marble pattern.The end of the barrel is finished with a sculpted loudspeaker cone, whilst the sleek, modernist, arched pocket clip is made of brass. The collection features fountain pens, rollerball pens and luxury markers, each available as a limited edition of 1933 pieces (marking the year of his birth). For the rollerball and marker models, Quincy Jones’ signature is engraved at the finger grip, while the solid 18K gold nib carries his signature on the fountain pen.

The new face of FENDI FENDI is collaborating with Kasia Smutniak, the muse of the new fragrance for her magnetic and intense beauty. She is not only a beautiful woman but also one of the most talented actresses at the moment, not to mention determined, independent, always charming and elegant. Smutniak started her modelling career at the age of 17. She was instantly successful, working with top photographers, and appearing in leading magazines.

The Giant Mugler Inspired in the space of a magical night, Alien celebrates the dance of the extreme with this prestigious edition. Thierry Mugler drew inspiration from the sumptuous, enigmatic world of grand hotels to magnify the most generous of his talismanic bottles. Adorned with a solid 18-kt gold necklace ornamented with semi-precious stones, the amethystcoloured bottle reveals all its splendour. This jewel, with four interlacing chains, created by a master jeweller, unveils the secret of timeless elegance. The 14 glittering amethysts are a source of mysterious light, while the four tangerine-coloured citrines cast their incandescent reflections on this sensual jewel. Enhanced with gold and natural light, the faceted bottle glows with the extraordinary aura of Alien. And its radiance illuminates the woman who wears it.

A rare edition of Alien that is limited to just five bottles, it is made in France by the Verreries Brosse, Polish-born, Italian raised Smutniak is the quintessence of the in the finest tradition of Alien limited editions. FENDI woman: free, sophisticated and with strong character. Her Each piece is engraved with a unique number charismatic presence is unforgettable, always leaving an impression guaranteeing its authenticity. A collector’s item, and a mark. Indeed, she embodies the new women’s fragrance the splendour of this most precious of Alien essence. Her sophisticated beauty, Mediterranean charm and jewels is eternal. One limited edition Alien determination meant she was destined for the big screen. prestigious giant bottle will be sold at the DFS Masters Of Fragrance 2014 exhibition, The new FENDI feminine fragrance will be launched as of which will take place in Abu Dhabi in September 2014. April and May 2014.



Fragrant Chopard

For centuries, Chopard designers excelled to conceive the most sought-after jewellery pieces. This longlasting heritage marked by Chopard’s incredible imaginative world, extended to another refined universe: perfumery. Chopard’s fine jewellery universe and perfect craftsmanship heritage is clearly defined in the following perfume creations: Enchanted and Enchanted Golden Absolute. If we look closely at Chopard Enchanted fragrance, we can witness the flask’s gleaming curves that carries the jewellery line’s traditional signature; a Happy Diamonds cap holding three entrancing gems in a golden ring. The final design has been undoubtedly inspired by Chopard’s use of precious stones. Working the same creative magic on Enchanted Golden Absolute, the fragrance alchemists designed a potent blend of elegance and outstanding bottle design. Sprayed in gold powder with a pearly finish, the glass flask is reminiscent of a flawless piece of jewellery. A precious jewel worn next to the skin, the scent encapsulates notes of plum, ylang, patchouli and Gaiac wood. Elegance and allure are hallmarks of Chopard’s unique designs, shared by exquisite pieces of jewellery and perfume creations alike. Enchanted and Enchanted Golden Absolute are designed to perfectly complement the sophisticated woman who demands the most superior craftsmanship possible.

Dinz For Clinique Introducing Misahara You’ve seen it on Hollywood celebs, you’ve seen it on international models as they strut their way down global catwalks and you’ve even seen it on Lady Gaga. Misahara, the bespoke jewellery collection predominantly inspired by the homesteads of Africa, drawing subtle influences from the global fashion catwalks of New York City, Paris, Milan, Rome and Belgrade has launched in the MENA region, with Dubai as its first stop. The brand was recently unveiled in an exclusive preview of the exclusive handcrafted signature line – the Adriatic collection – handpicked exclusively for the event, and was met with phenomenal response. Being the jewellery brand of choice by world celebrities, Misahara aims to be adorned by the thriving population of the UAE, and continue its path down the road of creativity and inspired by its tenets of unity and travel, emphasised through its spectacular colours and design.

Introduced this Spring is the first collaboration of Clinique with Middle East designer Dinz, with free limited-edition Dinz bracelet exclusively for the region. Launched and based in Dubai since 2007, Dinz is one of Dubai’s leading fashion and accessories brands. Rima and Dina Zahran, renowned Dubai-based fashion designers and founders of Dinz, have teamed up with Clinique to create a limited-edition makeup trend and a one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery. The Dinz for Clinique collection mixes rich colours that specifically target the Middle Eastern consumer. The eye shadow palette, eye liner, mascara, foundation, blush and lip balm can be used to create either a softer look for the daytime or a more dramatic look for a special occasion. The Dinz For Clinique limited-edition bracelet plated in rose gold will be gifted with the purchase of three products from the Dinz For Clinique makeup trend in any shade from May to June, 2014 and while stocks are available.


Kid’s Fashion

Stylish Tots Your boys and girls need not grow up fast to experience stunning fashion flair. Thanks to Armani Junior, your little tots can dress up as stylishly as mum and dad this season. For the gilrs, Armani Junior has a collection where the focus is on colour, polka dots, fruit prints and floral designs. From shirts to dresses, it pays homage to various themes of which glamorous ‘it’ girl look is on highlight. The collection also offers accessories include sandals and ballerinas in soft leathers, patent leather or lamé, decorated with brass studs and bows, and polka dot print flip-flops. For the boys, the collection’s explosive ‘street’ theme is marked by a veritable explosion of bright hues, such as ginger orange and apple red, paired with mottled grey and white. Another stand out is the New Blue line, presented in different shades and paired with white. Cleanlined canvas and gabardine trousers are paired with jersey polo shirts and t-shirts with large pinstripe-effect motifs.


Armani Junior

Kid’s Fashion Arlo Butterscotch

Max Butterscotch

P layful Flair

In anticipation of the upcoming worldwide release of Disney’s film ‘Maleficent’, Stella McCartney has teamed up with Disney to create a capsule Stella McCartney Kids collection. The collaborative designs are inspired by the new film based on the untold story of the iconic villain from the 1959 classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’, withAngelina Jolie in the lead role and Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora.

Billy Pebble

Dragon Black

Inspired by the characters and visuals from the imaginary tale, the Maleficent by Stella McCartney Kids capsule collection includes eight playful styles for boys and girls ages 4 to 14. The range includes contrasting pieces, feminine princess-like dresses and sandals or dark and edgy t-shirts and sneakers.

Stella Maleficent

The Maleficent by Stella McCartney Kids capsule collection is available in store at The Dubai Mall.

Maleficent Purple Stella Maleficent

Linda Black

Linda Turqouise Aurora Dress Vi Turqouise


High Street

Kate Moss x Topshop Supermodel and former Topshop co-designer Kate Moss is back with another hotly anticipated fashion collection. The new capsule range, focused on Balearic dressing, evening tailoring and cocktail pieces and the pajama theme, marks Moss’s second collaboration with the beloved British high-street label. “I have really missed being involved in the design process, and working with the team at Topshop,” said Moss.“I am very excited to create a new collection that bears my name. Now more than ever, with London being at the forefront of fashion, as it feels like I’m back home working with Topshop.”

Alexander Wang x H&M unveiled We’re absolutely excited about H&M’s latest collaboration with American designer Alexander Wang. We’ve been rooting for the luxury street wear master to design a capsule collection for the Swedish power brand, and it looks like Fall 2014 is going to be our lucky season. The Alexander Wang x H&M collection will feature apparel and accessories for women and men. Typical for his irreverent approach, Wang will propose a new take on the lifestyle product offering that goes beyond fashion. The full collection will be available in 250 H&M stores worldwide, and online starting November 6, 2014. In an official press statement, Wang says,“I am honoured to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations. The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.”


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High Street

Aeropostale releases Summer 2014 trends

Specialty retailer of casual apparel for young women and men Aéropostale introduces its Summer 2014 fashion trends Influenced by the Mediterranean seaside and nautical prep. The sea inspires this collection’s colour story as clear ocean blues and turquoises wash ashore crisp whites. Bright orange, red, green, pink and yellow add a pop of colour to the seaside palette. Prints with a Mediterranean feel mix with embroidery to create newness for the season. Denim and chambray emerge in all silhouettes including jeans, shorts, shirts, vests, jackets and shirt dresses to complete the assortment.

AED150, Shirt Dress

Bright colours play against pastels with hints of neutrals and pops of neon. As the season moves toward summer, inspiration from the Miami Mod trend becomes stronger. To support this trend, black and white are depicted in clean stripes, dots, and zig zag patterns in a variety of fabrications.


AED150 AED65, Scarf

AED50, Style 3069

AED150, Bedge Braided Sandals AED150

Aeropostale AED130 AED150

La Martina’s ‘Coleccion Privada’

Unique floral prints are paired with rigorous tweeds, a legacy of an English heritage never forgotten by the first South American colonisers. The La Martina ‘Coleccion Privada’ capsule collection brings perfectly up to date this marriage of British and Argentinean culture. The La Martina ‘Coleccion Privada’ capsule collection is the fruit of a deep exploration of the style of the first colonisers, and evokes a unique look rediscovered from old photos of the big English families who first made the vast Argentinean land their home. The alchemy of a passion for polo and memories of a far-off homeland made for an unmistakeably British style of sportswear: a style kept alive in Argentina, through the combination of traditional English fabrics with new local ones. Gradually, England became a more distant memory, and the Argentinean influence created a taste for bright floral-printed shirts which would be worn under tweed jackets in a lasting allusion to British culture. Meanwhile well-worn polo jerseys would be decorated with colourful contrasting diagonal patches, a useful way to conceal the wear and tear, and make last the beloved uniform of one’s team. Waistcoats, with front in traditional English style but back in blue oxford cotton as if a made from a reused shirts, would be paired with trousers cropped above the knee climate and practicality demanding such an exaggerated cut - and tweed jackets were made with generous bellow pockets in order to easily carry polo balls.



You’ve decided which cit y to explore this Summer and finalised your travel plans. Now you’re getting all stressed out about what to pack. Throw your worries out the window because we’ve rounded up the hottest travel essentials for you and your man so you can take your mind off the mundane stuff and focus on making the most of your getaway. Philip Stein sleep bracelet

ECCO Lagoon water sneakers Looking to engage in some fun water sports on your getaway? Don’t worry about getting your shoes wet if you’re wearing a pair of ECCO’s innovative Lagoon water sneakers. The exceptionally versatile sneaker boasts a patent-pending drainage system which bridges the gap between high-performance water and multisport shoes. They’re quick drying too, so you don’t have to take them off whenever you take a dip at the beach. AED575

The joys of travelling and discovering new frontiers can sometimes be marred by unpleasant jet lag. Beat this jetsetter’s nightmare with Philip Stein’s sleep bracelet. Infused with the brand’s natural frequency technology, it will regulate your circadian rhythm and improve your quality of sleep, so you can feel rejuvenated as you embark on your trip. AED1,400 at Precious Jewels, Dubai Mall and all Rivoli stores.

Missoni wrap dress What’s the first rule to being a tourist? Don’t look like a tourist. It keeps up-to-no-good eyes away from you and helps you blend in so you can truly experience the local culture of your destination. Tour in style with this versatile signature print frock from Missoni. AED2888

Anya Hindmarch straw bag Looking for a trusty bag to put all your essentials in, whether you’re hitting the beach or taking a stroll at the local market? Leave your exotic skins at home and grab this spacious, functional and sturdy straw bag from Anya Hindmarch. AED2678


Kenzo scarf Sometimes it can be a real task to get all dressed up when you’re on a vacation. Firstly, your wardrobe is at home. Secondly, you can’t quite relax if you’re all decked in layers of designer gear. But that’s no excuse to start looking drab in a foreign city either. Add a dash of polish to your basic outfit with a luxurious designer scarf like this lion print style from Kenzo. AED972

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS Sony Alpha 3500 Camera Capture your special travel moments with Sony’s Alpha 3500 camera. With a 20.1 megapixel sensor and full HD video recording capabilities, the camera packs advanced features that can help any photography novice get professional quality shots.

Smythson textured leather notebook Getaways are the perfect opportunity to unwind and let your mind rest – which ironically allows you to generate your most creative ideas. Keep a pen and stylish notebook at the ready to jot down any bulbs that light up in your head. We recommend Smythson’s ‘Top Secret’ textured leather notebook to keep your ideas safe. AED294

Burberry Brit cotton jacket “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” they say. If you’re heading to one of those seaside towns where the lifestyle is more casual luxe than painfully dapper, you should pack a lightcoloured cotton jacket like this Burberry Brit number. Wearable with a tee, a button down, capris, pants or shorts, you can’t go wrong whatever you pair it with. AED2082

ECCO Contoured shoes Most travels demand a lot of walking. While many men pack a pair of comfortable shoes as well as a more sharp-looking pair for those restaurant dinners, you can merge these into one with ECCO’s classy Contoured shoes. They’re stylish enough to wear to any occasion that calls for smart dress, and comfy enough to get you through the city streets.

Mulberry holdall Any stylish man needs a carry-on to keep all his essentials safe in one place. Get into the holiday groove with this fantastic lilac Mulberry holdall. It’s canvas so you won’t have to worry about getting precious materials damaged during your flight, while the sophisticated shape and luxurious leather trim keep your overall look refined and cultured. AED4380

Want Les Essentials de la Vie passport case Passport holders have the dual purpose of keeping your passport safe and your nationality unknown to strangers at the airport. Slip your super important travel doc in this Saint Laurent passport sleeve. Meticulously crafted from supple textured leather, this sleek passport cover comes in a hand painted finish to add flair to your airport essentials. AED649






AW’s exclusive edit of must-have additions to your beauty cupboard



4. 4 Mikyajy’s Sabaya Gloss Lipstick It is formulated with conditioners, UV filters and anti-oxidants that keep the lips healthy, moisturised and lusciously smooth. Its creamy soft textures release deep and long-lasting colour that stays hydrated and supple even hours after application.


1. Elemis Pro-Collagen Super System This complete system combines iconic anti-ageing Pro-Collagen products with the latest and most powerful addition to the range, Pro-Collagen Super Serum. Together this anti-ageing technology helps new skin cells below the surface to be perfectly formed to give skin a natural, youthful bounce and importantly, targets the top layer by ‘filling in’ existing wrinkles and protecting the lipid barrier. 2. Illamasqua’s Shattered Star Nails Gleam up with Trilliant, Marquise and Fire Rose nails. Three shattered shades of champagne, orange and pink for one new multi-dimensional glitter finish. 3. Rimmel’s Colour Rush Lip by Rita Ora Lips get loud with Lasting Finish Colour Rush Intense Colour Balm, a fun, long-lasting jumbo crayon style lip colour balm, which twists up for fast and precise application.


5. Kiehl’s Crème de Corps This super-effective all-over body moisturiser works wonders on extremely dry and flaking skin. The Cocoa Butter and Sesame Oil work together to soften and lubricate skin while Beta-Carotene, a naturally derived antioxidant found in many orange/ red vegetables gives the skin a good dose of Vitamin A and helps improve skin texture. 6. LE ROUGE GIVENCHY It is essential because it fulfils all our contradictory desires: coverage with a weightless sensation on the lips, comfort and a matte effect. It comes in two new luminous and intense colours in a limited edition. One electrifies the day like a vitamin tablet in the early morning, the other enhances the lips every day, to complement your sun-kissed summer glow. 7. Guerlain’s Terracotta Sun Celebration A bronzing powder and blush rolled into one, this multi-tasking compact creates a sublime sun-kissed glow at a stroke. The soft, lightweight formula of this virtuoso illusion artist replicates a natural healthy glow and brings a fresh flush of colour to cheeks.

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The Gold Facial Have you ever wondered how gold feels under the skin? AW finds out at the Kaya Skin Clinic what this beauty adventure is all about. Known for its wide range of fabulous beauty therapies, Kaya Skin Clinic is one trusted stop for skin and facial needs. And having heard the rave about its new Kaya Couture face treatments, we tried the one that has caught our attention, the Kaya Gold Radiance (other therapies in this category are Kara Youth Glow and Kaya Organic Face Therapy). The promise The Kaya Gold Radiance infuses the skin with the legendary goodness of 24

Karat Gold. The gold, the softest metals on earth, is easily absorbed by the skin to help remove toxins, repairs oxidation damage and fights the effects of pollution. With the gold peel, the skin becomes soft and regains the power to repair sun damage, lighten your complexion, improve blood circulation and accelerate cell renewal. The facial, which takes 90 minutes, leaves the face deeply regenerated with a lustrous richness. The treatment After being greeted by the friendly and accommodating staff of Kaya Skin Clinic at their branch in Dubai Marina’s Marina Walk, and asked to fill out customary treatment forms, I was then ushered immediately into the treatment room. The space looks clinical, which actually elevates it into a serious skincare spot rather than an indulging destination. Lying down the bed, I was prompted with what the process would be. First, my expert therapist cleaned my face with water and milk cleanser, following it up with the use of dermabrasion in order to remove dead skin, and extraction of black and white heads after. The clean face was

then applied with Vitamin C Serum that penetrated further into the skin with the use of the Accura machine. Small massages on the face and in the eye area followed as she applied the really refreshing eye serum. As she continued on the light massage, she placed deep day moisturiser on the face and neck. Then, the gold mask was applied upon the face for about 10-15 minutes. As the mask was on, she gave my hands a good massage then left me in total relaxation. The verdict It’s refreshing. The Kaya Gold Radiance gives the face an instant boost, especially with the rather cold but definitely awesome icy feel of gold mask on the skin. The eye serum was particularly good since it gives that after-treatment glow, and reduces puffiness. I also like the mini massages plus the gold mask that I get to take home for another 3-4 times of use within one month. No doubt, it’s called Kaya Gold Radiance – not only that it uses the much-coveted element for luxurious facial therapy, it is also a facial that gives one a golden moment right after the treatment.



1. Smell like a million bucks with AW’s choices of must-have fragrances


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1. My Little Chloés This season, Roses de Chloé, the latest addition to the signature line, joins the collection of miniatures that also consists of of Chloé and L’eau de Chloé – all three in delightful 20ml miniature versions. 2. Davidoff Cool Water Coral Reef Collection Launching three new fragrances, this season sees Davidoff with scents inspired by the beautiful coral reefs. Available for Coral Reef Man, Coral Reef Woman and Sea Rose editions, the limited edition fragrances are in characteristic flacons bathed in summer colours. 3. Daisy Marc Jacobs Delight Edition A luminous bouquet of fresh-picked florals, Daisy Delight Edition is a vibrant expression of Daisy signature. The fragrance blooms into a burst of quince flower and iris brightened with crisp red apple, sun-ripened woods and musks dry down to a warm sensual embrace.





4. GUESS Girl Summer Limited Edition It’s a sexy, young interpretation of the original GUESS Girl fragrance that calls out to her inner beach bombshell. As fresh and feminine as GUESS Girl, Summer’s juicy citrus notes blend irresistibly with blooming floral accents. 5. BOSS NUIT INTENSE POUR FEMME Following the successful launch of BOSS NUIT Pour Femme in 2012, BOSS NUIT INTENSE Pour Femme features an increased depth of florals blended with dazzling, intensified top notes for a heightened and more dramatic fragrance experience. 6. Ajmal’s Evoke for her Deeply feminine and with a touch of a woman’s sensuality, this scent weaves a delicious web of contrasts. At the top, the fragrance bursts open with pink pepper and fragrant bergamot. 7. Chanel’s EAU PREMIÈRE It is a fresh perspective on this concept of timeless femininity. It’s a new approach to the N°5 experience. A new olfactory interpretation revisited by Jacque Polge in 2008; a new way to live the legend.

Gucci Guilty pour Femme is a warm and striking Oriental floral with hedonism at its heart. Gucci Guilty pour Homme is an aromatic fougère that provokes as it seduces. Both assert their presence with an opening spike of pink pepper, and close with a suggestive pulse of patchouli.


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From Saudi to Abu Dhabi Fashion travels, and now a growing company from Jeddah recently opened its doors in the UAE’s capital. Making its mark in different countries before coming to Abu Dhabi, Femi9 is a go-to shopping destination in KSA, Bahrain, Syria, Egypt, and even Switzerland. It says to celebrate the essence of the woman. With graciously feminine ready-to-wear pieces, the Femi9 (a playful coin around the word ‘feminine) fashion provides women with an alternative to mass brands. Whether it’s a Mediterranean boho-chic demeanor or a neo-nomad practicality from Arabia, Femi9 delivers fine elegance in the form of contemporary everyday wear. It elegantly dresses the socially outgoing woman, giving her a romantically warm glow that makes her stand out from the crowd. Founded with the vision of providing glamorously inimitable garments to the Middle Eastern woman, it employs a talented multicultural team that plans, designs and markets three annual Femi9 collections tailored to appeal to the lifestyle of modern Arab women. With sincere dedication and devotion, the enthusiastic team at Femi9 works from their headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In each collection, customers are offered original style trends that best convey their feminine appeal. Celebrated by many style conscious and trend-savvy shoppers, Femi9 has quickly become a source for the most current fashions at the greatest value.


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People and Events It’s amazing how people enter each other’s lives, though the reason is not always clear.


Beauty Secrets of Frequent Flyers From flyaway hair and chapped lips to angry red breakouts, most of us who travel are all too familiar with the havoc flying wreaks to our looks. To address these concerns, Saadiya Ahmad met with a few frequent flyers who revealed their beauty tips and secrets and what we should be toting to look our most fabulous‌



The Jet Setters’ Roxane Ferrer, a Public Relations Manager, started travelling as a child because her father is a pilot for Air France. “My best friend while travelling is the Cellular Water Spray by Institut Esthederm; a water spray that leaves your skin very fresh and moisturized when it dries,” she says.“I always carry a travel size of this product with me, and it can also be applied on top of makeup. While on the plane, I also try to drink lots of water.” “I always travel with my Hydra Beauty Gel by Chanel and, to clean my skin on-the-go, I always have wet wipes. Finally, I am a huge fan of eye patches to avoid eye puffiness. I like to use the Institut Esthederm Eye Contour Lift Patches an hour before landing, underneath a sleeping mask to rest my eyes.” “The secret to avoid crazy hair while traveling is after your blowout at home, spray a very light leave-on conditioner to keep your hair smooth but not greasy. I like to use the Instant Daily Care Oil Therapy Spray by Garnier which leaves your hair smooth and shiny and does not make them greasy at all. And as I like my bag to be light, the only thing I take with me is my Tangle Teezer brush.” “For the hands and feet, I recommend the Nourishing and Rejuvenating Hand Cream by Chanel. In makeup, I recommend mascara which is your best friend when you travel. It will give the illusion of big open eyes. Also you don’t want to travel with a lot of makeup on, so I like to apply a moisturising nude lipstick. Mine is by Chanel in the shade ‘Boy’. If you need foundation, just opt for a BB cream, to keep your skin moisturised. Travel light and apply only basic products on your skin.”


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Nutrition Consultant who frequently travels to the UK, US and Canada as well as within the GCC and the Far East. She tells,“I generally do not like to wear heavy makeup and especially when travelling, it is critical for your pores to be able to breathe. Hence I keep the makeup very light and make sure my skin is well hydrated. Before I travel I ensure that I cleanse, tone and hydrate my face thoroughly. Then I will put on a light spritzer of Evian spray which helps close the pores and freshen the skin. Next I use a simple light tinted moisturiser and an eye cream, both of which keep my skin supple and hydrated. And finally I gently dust my face with loose mineral powder and finish the look with a light eye liner, lipstick and some lip gloss. I always wear a sunblock to ensure I do not get any sun related damage.” “My personal favourite essentials for travel include MAC products which I find are both light and hypo allergenic. My favourite is the MAC lip balm, mineral loose powder, Dermalogica under eye cream and the Super Rich Skin Repair. I also carry the Dermalogica Skin toner and the Evian Mineral water spritzer. On long haul flights, I like to take off all makeup with MAC makeup remover wipes which I always carry and then apply Evian spritzer and pass out.” “For travel hair woes, my favourite way to keep hair fresh and bouncy is to start with a clean head before travelling. I use John Frieda Shampoos and conditioners as they give a lot of bounce and body to the hair. Secondly I use a serum to seal the flyaway ends and finally a use a glossing mist to bring shine and life to my hair. I also make sure I carry a scrunchie in my bag and some bull dog clips.” “For my hands and feet, I always ensure that I begin my journey with a fresh mani-pedi as that keeps you feeling fresh and well groomed during the travels. I sometimes opt for the gelish manicures if I plan to be away for long. For the feet and hands, I carry a cocoa butter cream which keeps me feeling soft and supple.”


Tanya Kassab is a PR Manager who travels for mostly work


She tells of her travel routine: “Moisturising the face before getting on the plane is very important. Then, drinking water during the flight, applying lip balm, cream on arms and hands, and spraying revitalising water on the face.” “Some key products all women must tote along for the plane journey includes Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm to avoid chapped lips due to the cold on the plane, Institut Esthederm Eau Cellulaire Spray to freshen up, and Sally Hansen Hand Creme – works miracles on hands and arms. For the hair, I use Herbal Essences spray before leaving for the airport which keeps the hair hydrated.” “For my hands and feet, I keep a nail polish bottle with me as well as Sally Hansen Nails and Cuticles Hand Crème. “For makeup, the must-pack essentials for travel include Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base to ensure an ongoing glow to the face, Clarins Hydraquench to keep the skin moist in any weather condition, Sally Hansen Nails and Hand Crème to maintain elegant nails and fingers, Instant Concealer to hide dark circles and lip balm or a hydrating lipstick to avoid chapped lips.”

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Consultant and self-proclaimed wanderlust who travels twice a week for work then treats herself to a weekend away once a month for pleasure. “While travelling, key products I cannot travel without are Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery which is especially good for overnight flights, Kiehl’s Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate to really fight the dark circles that come with my lifestyle as well as Laura Mercier’s Crème Brulee body cream and Carmex lip balm.” “My secret to avoiding ‘travel hair’ is showering a couple of hours before I need to be at the airport, keeping my hair a little damp, adding Moroccan hair oil and keeping it all together with a braided high pony tail. This also reduces the time I would have needed to curl my hair when I get to my destination. Two things I cannot leave behind are my GHD ceramic flat iron and Tangle Teezer hair brush.” “For my hands and feet, I do my best at scheduling weekly manipedis when I’m home. However, if I’m going to be travelling for more than five days, I try to take my nail polish with me for touchups. I also keep solar oil in my make-up bag to keep my cuticles in check.” “I try to keep my handbag light when I travel, so my makeup bag is usually in my carry-on that I put in the overhead compartment. My handbag has the essentials though – YSL Touche Eclat concealer, MAC Studio Fix Powder and a well-sharpened Bobbi Brown eyebrow pencil.”

Minal Bodani is a freelance designer who travels extensively for both pleasure and work. “For my personal travels, I swear by the Black Tea Face Mask by Fresh and plenty of water,” she shares. “For my hair I use the Bumble and Bumble hairdressers Invisible Oil which is amazing. And I always tip my head down and tie my hair up high into a simple ponytail during flight time. This is great for keeping my hair full of bounce and out of my way.” “For my hands and feet, I will have a mani-pedi before I travel and again keeping it simple with nude colours on my hands. And I always have a hand cream and a lip balm to keep hydrated during the flight. “Regarding makeup, I only recommend the most minimal of products. The only thing I carry is a high factor sun cream and blotting papers in case of any shine. And my lip balm is something I cannot live without. I love Sally Hansen lip hydration. I love hats and will always carry a hat but have learnt that a good sun protection cream is a must, so I use Sun protection by Peter-Thomas Roth.”



What to Pack

With the weather getting warmer, most of us are already planning our summer wardrobe for the holidays. And we would love to take our entire wardrobes along with us, unfortunately one suitcase can only handle so much. To help solve the ‘what to pack’ crisis, Saadiya Ahmad met with some travel addicts who reveal what we should all be packing…

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The answer to the questions of what to pack essentially boils down to where you are going; is it a business trip, a fun weekend getaway, or a long trip? It’s all about choosing the right items of clothing which perfectly meets the travel requirements and ensure each item can be mixed and matched. Another tip to consider is when there seems like too much to take and you just can’t decide which key pieces to pack for your holiday, practice the ever effective ‘divide and rule’ factor. This basically means to lay out everything you want to take with your on your bed. Then simply cut it in half. While it seems extreme, it basically guarantees you take exactly what you need and helps you to focus on setting limitations whilst packing for your holiday. Another key factor to consider is specific activities you have on your itinerary which require very specific kinds of clothing. Going to the beach? Pull out your sarong, swim suit, sandals, towel, hat and sun block. Going for a business trip? Then accordingly take the smart blazer, crisp white shirt and nude pumps. By clarifying your events, you can easily and readily prepare and anything that doesn’t have a specific use should be left at home.



Antonella Versace, Operations and Marketing Manager of Valleydez Boutique For travelling, she tells,“Some sure shot key pieces all women must pack include nude pumps/beige wedges. The nude tone matches with most colours from your clothes, so I always take a pair with me on all my trips, as they match every outfit. Also don’t forget a statement necklace – the perfect accessory to add an element of fashion and style to a simple outfit. A hat is another accessory that adds style besides protecting your hair and skin from the sun. Denim shorts are another and can be worn at night with heels or dressed down in the morning with sandals. A printed kaftan is also another essential clothing item in my summer packing list, as you can wear this during the day on top of your bathing suit or dress it up at night with accessories and heels. And don’t forget Havaianas – one of the most comfortable and stylish items for summer holidays, and sunglasses; I cannot live without My Ray Ban ‘all stars’. “Women should invest in a few basic items as they can match them with most outfits, therefore reducing the amount they pack. Besides the basic items including jeans, a black and colourful cocktail dress, the white basic tee and the black blazer, women need to make sure they always pack one statement piece, either statement pants or a statement skirt, which they can pair with different tops. But shoes are to me the most important items to carry.” “I think when packing for a trip, there are three basic items that you should always take with you – little black dress, high heel shoes and a simple gold clutch. These items match with everything, and at the same time you will look glamorous and stylish.”


tips Banker by profession; Sandy Gomez is also a part-time makeup artist, stylist, beauty and fashion blogger. She explains,“Basically anything white – blouse, shorts, trouser, bikini and anything and everything in white, is safe and is what’s hot right now.“ Also maxi dresses are a saviour in disguise for the sea and cocktails in the sunset, as a nod to the seventies Grecian trend with a pleated maxi in ice cream shades; flowing, comfortable and chic. Sandals /flats are must-take-along essentials for any holiday and can be paired with pants, skirts and jeans. In heels, metallics are a safe option and can be matched to any colour and style. Also a trilby or floppy hat gives an off-duty look and protects against sun exposure especially on the beach or during a sight-seeing adventure.” “Pick versatile items of clothing that fit your travel plans, especially items that can do double duty,” she says, for example, be sure to pack pieces in simple colours and patterns that can be mixed and layered easily. Be sure to include comfortable and functional footwear and remember that accessories increase your outfit options. A key point is to wear bulky items on travel days.” “For working women, colourful blazers are functional and works well for an office and an off-duty look. Also, dark skinny jeans in navy blue or black are great for work and play and these can take you from a meeting with your boss to a casual dinner to a night at theatre, throw a silk blouse or a sweater and you are good to go. And finally, dresses are a jet-setting lady’s best friend.” “My personal favourites for travel include maxi dresses; plain flowy styled for the day and a dressier style fitted maxi for the evenings. Also shorts – be it in cotton, denim or leather. I always carry my shorts, especially from high-street brands like Zara and H&M as well as basic t-shirts from Cos which are soft and super comfy. And finally, Repetto leather ballet flats, Havaianas rubber flip flops, a Mulberry The Willow leather Tote and Asos round sunglasses.



Anne-Marie Martinez, Branding and Lifestyle Expert at Cavalli Club Dubai She explains,“Some sure shot key fashion recommendations for a summer holiday include a sarong which can be used to wear or throw on the beach bed or sand to rest your head so no towel is needed, a pink or teal bikini paired with wedges, an oversized straw sun hat that will protect you, sunglasses, and a maxi dress.” For glamorous women, she adds that the answer is simple and practical.“Stick to all black, for example, a classic black pump. I carry my pair of classic six-inch black leather pumps from YSL that can be worn with a pair of denims and a cropped jacket or my dress of any colour. When in confusion about colours to tote, carry pieces in black, grey or royal blue as you will never go wrong.” “For the journey, always wear comfortable flats or thong slippers – with comfortable pair of trousers or denims paired with light-coloured jumper and vintage sunglasses. My personal favourites for travel include a classic V-neck t-shirt that fits you perfect, my eighties vintage Fendi purse, high wasted shorts or the j brands skinny jeans, and a trendy pair of sneakers. When packing, the only mantra is to be practical. Stick to classics and you will never go wrong..




profile I find it a great place to be inspired, to laugh, to cry because it reflects human life.

empowers women further From digital world to real world, Facebook has entrenched itself firmly into our lives. Nicola Mendelsohn, Vicepresident of Facebook EMEA, shares with us why this social media is more than just about posting your thoughts. According to reports and studies, what is the greatest impact Facebook has on women in general, and women in the MENA region? The fantastic thing about Facebook is that it allows people to share things with people that they love and care about, and also to have relationships with businesses. For women especially, it’s a place where they can go to keep up with their friends, families and to discover the businesses and the causes that matter to them. In this time of great change, there are a lot of causes that are dear to every woman’s heart and a lot of information that they can share and pass on to other women. We see that across the world from things like issues of domestic violence and health issues. They can socialise these issues on Facebook and help each other out.

perspective, I share everything, warts and all, because I want people to know how I am feeling; if I am not having such a good day, then my friends are there to comfort me. It reflects society and yes there are people who put a spin and put on a show but I see it as an outlet for people to share what matters to them, good and bad.

What are your thoughts on Facebook users who only promote their good and hide the bad, ie two-faced personalities? To me, people are their authentic selves on Facebook. That is the point of Facebook and there is no benefit to be something you are not. From my

How does Facebook empower women, especially when many feeds from other users can make the readers feel insecure? Facebook is what the users put on there. I always encourage people to be yourselves and share how you feel about things.

There is a story of a woman who saw the problem of illiteracy among children and she posed the question, ‘what are we going to do about this?’. She then went on to start a business, ‘Kitabi, Kitabak’, where she gives children access to books and literacy. And today, she has over 30 public libraries that she has created as a result. This example shows the opportunity to share a negative side of society on Facebook and then finding a positive solution for it.

Facebook is what the users put on there. I always encourage people to be yourselves and share how you feel about things. I find it a great place to be inspired, to laugh, to cry because it reflects human life.

What initiatives are you planning for the region? Any plans to secure ambassadorship from well known female personalities in the MENA region? I am here to be inspired by the female leaders in the MENA region and it certainly comes from the very top. So having someone like Her Highness Sheikha Fatimah Bint Mubarak, a real role model here, encouraging women to really go out there and think about new ways of doing things, making sure that girls are getting the education, and the huge amount of work she has done across so many charities, that is a huge inspiration for me. I came here to create the first ever Facebook event for women in the region and we have been overwhelmed by the response that we have had, to have so many leaders coming together. The most surprising thing to us is the fact that many of them do not know one another. We are creating a place in the real world from the digital world for people to meet and come together, and what I have heard is that new friendships have been made and business cards have been swapped. This could just be the start of something good. And I think that female bonding is a really important thing, to share advice, thinking and to tell their stories of how they’ve got to be where they can be. Why do you focus specifically on women in the MENA region, and why now? I see part of my role as being a senior woman in business, to share with people the experiences that I’ve gone through. It is very easy to look at someone and think ‘I can never do that’ or ‘I can never be like that’. It’s never true and women have a responsibility to other women to help them. Whether I am in MENA or any other region that I am looking after, making time to have the ‘women conversation’ is a very important thing, especially in this region where I can see is going through such fantastic change, in terms of the empowerment of women. That is a conversation that I want to be a part of, and to do my part in any way I can to stimulate the conversation.



Caudalie arrives in Dubai The French skincare brand has made its debut in the MENA region, and to introduce the brand to media and inf luencers in the UAE, it kicked off with a press conference and V IP evening. Since the brand's inception, it has always been known for its natural and environmentally friendly active ingredients, thus building the concept of 'C osm-ethics' (meaning effective formulas, luxurious textures, glamorous fragrances, natural ingredients and eco-friendly practices). Caudalie skincare treatments incomparably protect, repair, and revitalise the skin with formulas that contain a maximum of natural active ingredients and molecules of the vine. And, no doubt, this is a sure start for hitting success in the region.



Loewe unveils 'Skin' Loewe, the Spanish luxury leather house founded in 1846, held an exhibit at Cuadro Gallery to introduce to its guests the exquisite universe of the Maison and its latest 'Skin' collection.. The event gathered an array of personalities from Dubai's art enthusiasts to its up-and-coming fashion trendsetters. The cocktail was also an occasion to present the traditional craftsmanship and flawless qualit y that defines Loewe's products. One of the in-house artisans came especially from Madrid to explain the gestures and the dedication that are required to make each one of Loewe's celebrated bags. Archive pieces from the last Century from a vanit y case made to order from the 1920s to the 1975 iconic Amazona bag, video projections and visuals featuring Loewe's brand ambassador, the Oscar winner Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, helped creating the perfect atmosphere to illustrate the exciting present moment of the brand.



Little fashionistas rule Bloomies’ runway Bloomingdale’s-Dubai showcased playful trends as little fashionistas ruled the runway at the Spring/Summer 2014 Kids Fashion Show. Highlighting the latest season offerings in kidswear, the show also presented a line-up of activities for kids and their parents. The afternoon featured a charming assortment of fashion, fun and flair as the show commenced wit h a range of colour blocking, florals and playground worthy prints on the runway.   The festivities continued after the show, wit h an entertaining after-party for the kids complete wit h child prodigy DJ Roomstar spinning the latest dance hits, an airbrush ‘tattoo’ artist, colouring, flower planting, photo opportunit y, games and much more.   This Spring/Summer, you can find the latest in fun fashions in ‘’ Kidswear Department located on the Second Floor of Bloomingdale’s – Dubai, The Dubai Mall.



Dazzling night with Pomellato The JW Marriott Marquise set the stage as Dubai’s social and fashion glitterati gathered at ‘The Vault’, a popular nightspot on the 71st and 72nd f loors, for a cocktail reception to celebrate the arrival of the charming Pomellato 2014 jewellery collections. Guests were welcomed through heavy bank safe-style doors into the cosy, vertiginous venue offering a panoramic vista of the Dubai skyline. The fine jewellery novelties exhibited across both levels included line extensions of Arabesque, Tango, Capri, Sabbia and Nudo. Also on display was the Rouge Passion capsule collection in rose gold with beautifully crafted synthetic rubies, as well as the ‘rock and roll chic’ Pomellato 67 silver line. Black and white brand campaign imagery from Pomellato’s archives lined the walls, and the short Icon Movies recently launched at Milan Fashion Week were also presented. One of the region’s leading record producers, international DJ Frederick Stone, entertained guests with a live 2-hour set as they enjoyed inventive mixed cocktails created especially for the occasion, and warm, savoury canapés.



Chilling at Rixos’ I-Chill Rixos The Palm Dubai had the pleasure to host a beach party at I – Chill Beach Lounge, their newly introduced and innovated beach lounge. Select guests had the chance to enjoy the pristine beach of Rixos The Palm Dubai. Guests were invited to unwind and enjoy shisha, cocktails and a scrumptious BBQ while basking in the sun and enjoying an attractive panoramic view of Dubai Skyline in a laid back atmosphere while serenaded by live Trio Columbian Band and Hawaiian Dancers. In addition, I-Chill Beach lounge exclusively offers a silent cinema show that would also attract movie lovers in the coming days.



Bebe’s Fashion Voyage Leading women’s fashion brand Bebe recently hosted the Summer C ollection Preview Event at Dubai Marina’s – House Glass Boat. The evening was filled with tropical moments wherein every design and decor was screaming Bebe’s versatile summer look. Bebe showcased the best of its summer line in a tropical house boat that created a true summer paradise in the midst of the Arabian Sea. Undeniably feminine, yet powerful, beautiful and stylish; Bebe officially launched its Tropic Rendezvous collection and the Iconic fragrance Bebe NOUVEAU. Four beautiful catwalks from Bebe’s Tropic Rendezvous collection were featured at the event along with the showcase of sunglasses and swimwear for the first time. Fashionistas attending Bebe’s House Boat C ollection Preview were given a chance to experience a true summer paradise with an exotic fashion show.



LPG at Dubai Derma 2014 The world leader in natural cellular stimulation concluded a successful participation at this year’s edition of the annual Dubai Derma exhibition

Launching its award-winning New Endermolift technology, LPG attracted huge interest at its outstanding exhibit during Dubai Derma 2014. Dubai Derma is one of the largest and most advanced conferences focusing on skin care, and attracts the most specialised dermatologists from all over the world. A leading event in the Middle East region, it showcases the best practices in dermatology science and the latest technology in skin care through specialised exhibitions, lectures, courses and workshops. Known to be the first and only technology in the world, this New Endermolift technology is scientifically proven to increase the natural synthesis of hyaluronic acid by 80 per cent to leave a glowing complexion, with fine lines smoothed and plumped, and puffiness and dark circles treated. With the ability to act deep within the dermis, targetting and naturally stimulating fibroblasts and fat cells, collagen production is also boosted by 23 per cent, softens wrinkles on the skin surface (21 per cent less wrinkles), and the natural synthesis of elastic fibres increased by 46 per cent, dramatically improving the skin’s suppleness. The New Endermolift, launched in January in the region is the next generation in non-aggressive, anti-ageing treatments to naturally rejuvenate skin from within.


Professor Humbert, Head of the Dermatology Department at the University Hospital of Besançon, France and Director of the European Skin Study and Research Centre, carried out a one-of-a-kind study on the biopsies of 20 individuals who were treated on half of their face with New Endermolift. “This study is a world first that really proves the revolutionary effectiveness of Endermolift, giving hope to those looking to stay young naturally,” says Professor Humbert.“After analysing the biopsies, we could see how fibroblasts were able to move and secrete substances in skin that decrease as we grow older: collagen which makes the skin firmer, elastin which makes it elastic, and hyaluronic acid which keeps it hydrated.” Clinical Research Engineer, Thomas Lihoreau, also attested to the effective results of this study conducted regarding the LPG New Endermolift. His presence at the exhibition provided another expert voice about the said technology. Ludovic Loffreda, CEO of LPG Bella Concept said,“We were happy and satisfied with our successful exhibition at Dubai Derma where we were able to promote LPG’s breakthrough products and services in anti-ageing and body slimming. We have exchanged ideas with top skincare specialists and dermatologists, and shared

our products with potential clients and industry experts worldwide.” At the exhibition, LPG showcased its latest machines that offer treatments for antiageing, body contouring, reshaping, cellulite smoothing, lymphatic drainage, and body slimming which are being distributed in the Middle East region. For 100 per cent natural, non-invasive treatments for both body and face, LPG is the first to introduce machines that operate on mecano-stimulation technique which provide rapid, risk-free and painless results. The technology reactivates the cells responsible for youthful skin and slimming (i.e. fibroblasts and adipocytes) which result in a younger, slimmer physique and a radiant glowing complexion for the face. The machines on showcase included the latest generation LPG CELLU M6 which delivers the most advanced LIPOMASSAGE and ENDERMOLIFT techniques for precision facial and body treatments.




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Exclusive It’s a country that has been popular for its kings, history, beauty, and fashion. But, did you know that France is home to the world’s most famous pressure cooker, non-stick pots and pans? Well, our recent visit paved the way to witness the heritage of a brand that has century-old chronicles of ensuring families around the world with better living.


elongey is a pretty yet small village in the Burgundy region of France. Just as we entered the village, I knew quite well that there’s something hidden, something totally interesting behind those quaint charming houses and surprisingly quiet town. Apparently, Selongey has been witness to the existence of a 150-year old multi-specialist company, the Groupe SEB (Société d’Emboutissage de Bourgogne). The world leader in small domestic equipment, Groupe SEB operates in nearly 150 countries with a unique portfolio of top brands marketed through multiformat retailing. Selling some 200 million products a year, it deploys a long-term strategy focused on innovation, international development, competitiveness and service to clients. Groupe SEB has more than 25,000 employees worldwide. In our visit at Selongey then at Groupe SEB’s factories in Pont-Eveque and Rumilly, I took part in the long-running history of the company – understanding every single step that’s entailed in the production of its

innovative products. Back there, I figured that each and every user of their famous creations has been part of their heritage – just like me who has been exposed to these Made-in-France products since my childhood, since my family started using non-stick pots by Tefal and its ever-reliable pressure cooker. And, while being aware of the many practices and innovations made in its French factories, three stories caught my attention – that of the Groupe, the famous Tefal and Moulinex.

succumbing to the charms of a demoiselle from Burgundy, he traded in his itinerant lifestyle for a permanent home. Antoine bought a hardware store and began to make his own tin ware items: buckets, watering cans, tubs, and later, kitchen implements. On 15th September 1857, he opened his ledger. It was the start of what was to be a long story,” the book ‘Chroniques du bien vivre’ relayed. The subsequent history of the Group would take shape through successive phases of acquisitions and organic growth over the last 40 years, and these have enabled Groupe SEB to diversify its activities and expand internationally. With operations in almost 150 countries, Groupe SEB is today the world leader in Small Household Equipment. It has earned strong positions on all continents through a wide, diversified product range and an exceptional brand portfolio including the big names All Clad, Rowenta, Tefal, Krups, Moulinex and Lagostina. Known as a multi-specialist, Groupe SEB spans its diversity in making Cookware (frying pans, saucepans, casseroles, bakeware, oven dishes, pressure cookers, low pressure cookers, kitchen utensils, etc.), Kitchen Electrics (Electric cooking: deep fryers, table-top ovens, rice cookers, induction hobs, electric pressure cookers, barbecues, informal meal appliances, waffle makers, meat grills, toasters, steam cookers, breadmakers, etc.), Preparation (food processors, beaters, mixers, blenders, juicers, small food preparation appliances, coffee makers, electric kettles, instant hot

The Groupe SEB Story “It all started with a wedding. A simple tinker, Antoine Lescure, from the Auvergne region, travelled the roads of France each summer by donkey cart, repairing ladies, knives and pans – and when the opportunity arose – selling a few kitchen items. On 4th February 1840,


Exclusive used aluminum which although heated rapidly, did not glide smoothly, deteriorated quickly and scratched easily. The Tefal iron soleplate has been the subject of endless attention, in how to glide smoothly. More so, in 2010, Tefal earned a ‘Number 1 in Europe for Glide’, among the 200 top selling irons on a territory of 20 countries. As part of its endeavour to continually bring leading edge products to households around the world, Groupe SEB, one of the industry leaders in small domestic appliances, places significant emphasis on its Research & Development (R&D) to regularly innovate and create unique products that aim to make cooking easier and healthier for the whole family.

water dispensers, home beer-tapping machines, soya milk makers, etc.), Home and personal care (Linen care: steam irons and steam generators, semi-automatic washing machines, garment steamers etc.), Home care (vacuum cleaners, fans, portable heaters and air-conditioners appliances, etc.), and Personal care (hair care appliances, depilators, bathroom scales, foot massage appliances). Evidently, making household appliances available to all and improving the convenience of everyday life implies in the Groupe’s constant invention of new ways of carrying out tasks, to enhance daily lives and give it new meaning. The path taken by Groupe SEB and its brands is fundamentally one of constantly renewed creativity – some of which were making the pressure cooker safe by the process of pressing, using a non-stick coating to fry an egg, drawing on the carbon filter technology used in wartime gas masks to produce the odourfree electric fryer. Further into the future, Groupe SEB vows in carrying on its heritage of innovation, and in fulfilling its mission to always provide ways for better, easier daily life. The Tefal Story Tefal is one of the industry leaders in small domestic equipment, offering a host of stylish, high quality and innovative products designed to simplify everyday tasks at home. In 1954, Tefal invented the first non-stick frying pan, thus creating the non-stick cookware category. By doing so, it was simply making every cook’s life easier. It was also setting itself on an endless course towards innovation. In 2000, Tefal invented the unique Thermo-spot, a


patent technology, which is a heat indicator patterned red spot in the centre of the frying pan that changes to solid red when the pan is perfectly pre-heated. Tefal has become the leading non-stick cookware maker worldwide and a world leader in pressure cookers, electrical cooking appliances, food and beverage preparation, irons and scales. Tefal’s mission is to offer ingenious products to make cooking more simple and rewarding as well as making ironing easier and faster. Tefal is dedicated to understanding the consumer’s needs and bringing innovative solution. Tefal’s history is marked with world-class innovations and is present in 120 countries. Tefal started to promote a healthier lifestyle dating back as far as to the 1950s to make sure communities consumed a healthier diet. In 2008 they became the inventors of the first revolutionary Actifry, the appliance that uses hot air circulation and allows frying of 1kg of French fries with just one spoon of oil. In 1968, Tefal diversified its range and ventured into domestic appliances. The brand became synonymous with fun cooking: pancake pans, cake moulds, waffle irons/sandwiches toasters, reclette and fondue machines, barbecue, grills, grill stones. Furthermore, Tefal irons have a permanent anti-scale system, using a chemical component fitted to the water reservoir. The soleplate of the iron plays a critical role in the quality of the ironing. The first generation of electric irons

With its unique portfolio of six international notable brands, Groupe SEB’s Tefal is among the top brands that stands out, as it continually evolves and enjoys major patented technological advancements and features that have been built over the years. An innovative category leader in kitchen appliances that stands out is the Tefal’s Actifry, which is a range of fryers made in France. Tefal has pioneered healthy cooking innovations by launching the Actifry in 2007. To steadily combat this growing epidemic, Tefal has continued to develop a variety of products that have helped to educate the public about healthy eating habits and alternative cooking methods. In recent years, Tefal has championed several innovations to encourage people to adopt healthy diets and explore healthier ways of preparing their meals.It promotes healthy frying with the use of only one spoon of oil for fresh food and no oil for frozen food, as one spoon of oil can cook 1kg of French fries. The fryer’s most impressive feature is that, despite the lack or absence of oil, the inventive product ensures that there is absolutely no compromise on the taste. Tefal’s Actifry 2in1 has been designed with two cooking zones to allow cooking

Exclusive it can eventually become stained with scale deposits and must therefore be regularly cleaned. If left stained, the steam station will become blocked as the scale reduces the steam output, which ends up spoiling the soleplate and leaving marks on fabrics. With the Anti-Calc collector, there’s no need to worry about that as the steam station will alert you, when it is time to descale it. Doing this when needed will extend the long-life of the steam station.

of wider variety of food on two different trays. With patented 2in1 technology and healthy cooking plate and bowl, the Tefal Actifry 2in1 is set to raise the standards of healthy cooking appliances. Actifry Family has a large capacity of 1.5kg, which has been adapted to suit the size of an average family in the Middle East and to promote the tradition of strong family bonding. Actifry 1.2kg with a special snacks grid, a larger capacity of 1.2 kg and a snacking grid catered to perfecting more delicate foods such as Kebbe, chicken nuggets and Sambosa. In its range of cookware products, Tefal has developed an innovative titanium coating, the longest lasting non-stick coating. It is extremely durable, improves its non-stick capability, results in healthier cooking and increases the life of the product by 20 per cent. With patented fusion process technology of the titanium coat, Tefal has proved to be the industry leader of the cookware range. The inventive coating allows for meals to be cooked without the need for oil or fat since it is non-stick, ensuring easy cleaning. In addition, over the years, Tefal has championed a number of innovations aimed at people to eat better and adopt healthier diets and easier lifestyles. Also, one of Tefal’s most substantial innovations has been made in the linen care category. In 2008, Tefal invented a revolutionary device called the ‘Anti-Calc Collector’, which is unique and patented, that would provide the hassle-free ironing experience. Tefal’s range of powerful Ultimate Anti-Calc stations is built with technology for long-lasting steam and to help users with every step. When filling a steam station with tap water,

Another example of Tefal’s innovation that comes to mind is the company’s famous non-stick cookware and wide range of pans. The inventive coating allows meals to be cooked without any oil or fat since it is nonstick, ensuring easy cleaning. Tefal’s pots and pans have been creatively developed with know-how and passion to provide its customers with enhanced comfort and pleasure, while ensuring healthy and successful cooking every day, without compromising on taste or quality. In 2000, Tefal invented the unique Thermospot. A patent technology, it is a heat indicator patterned red spot in the centre of the frying pan that changes to solid red when the pan is perfectly preheated. This helps seal in the flavour of the food and preserve all the nutrients. The Moulinex Story Moulinex was first founded by Jean Mantelet who in 1932 invented the Moulin-Légumes, a hand-crank food mill for puréeing vegetables, and is known as a manufacturer of small household appliances including food processors, mixers, blenders, bread makers, fryers, irons and vacuum cleaners. Today the brand is owned by Groupe SEB, a French producer of household appliances.

10 million units. La Moulinette was used over generations and has gone through several evolutions with the latest one being the Red ruby Moulinette. Even today, the use of the machine is the same as the original model: simple pressure on the lid. Moulinex was on a crusade to put small household appliances within everyone’s reach, not just in the kitchen, but throughout the house: toasters, coffee makers, carving knives, tin-openers, vacuum cleaners, hairdryers, and etc. Between 1956 and 1980, Moulinex launched 70 new types of appliances, in addition to updated version of existing ones. Having designed the mini-oven in 1976, it marked the first microwave in France in 1979, and was the first to introduce coloured appliances in the kitchen in the 80’s. Moulinex’s philosophy ensured rapid international success for the brand. Subsidiaries began to appear after the war and multiplied in the 1970s; Moulinex already made nearly half its sales abroad. Its ‘Genuine’ blender was a start in the Middle East. In the 1990s, Moulinex became a true international group. Simple, ingenious and good value for money, Moulinex products revolutionised how the French prepared their food: peelers, grinders, orange squeezers, juicers, whisks, mixers and finally food processors. Besides being a brand, Moulinex makes everyday life more dynamic with easy to use products with simple and obvious functions. The designs are audacious and joyful. The trends and flashy colours emphasise its visibility to consumers who are looking for novelty.

In the early 1950s, the firm had to adapt to the upsurge in electrical kitchen appliances. Jean Mantelet, assisted by engineers recruited from the car industry and launched an electric coffee grinder that cost two to 10 times less than its competitors in 1956. It was a massive success, selling one and a half million in its first year. This was a rebirth for the company, which immediately adopted the name of its flagship product: ‘Moulinex’, from Moulin-Express or expressmill. In the 1960s Moulinex launched their most famous product; La Moulinette, the historical product that was sold more than



Holidays That Make a Difference Planning your annual holidays? This year, why not make a difference in someone’s life instead as Saadiya Ahmad learns about the latest charity holidays trend.


feature The Trend Catches on Volunteer vacations really came into their own after the Asian tsunami in 2004, when thousands of women, on their own or with their families, tried to help. Many people watched the news on TV in horror and dismay, wondering what they could do to rebuild the devastated beaches of Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and India. This drive to help others on a global basis was only further strengthened by Hurricane Katrina and then even more recently the Japanese earthquake in March 2011. Some are even embarking on trips to war-torn Syria to help distribute food packets, clothing; generally lending a helping hand to orphans and women affected by the brutalities of war and political turmoil. The Concept Explained Be it volunteering to teach English in a school or helping local villagers to build huts, charity or volunteering holidays are those which involve the holidaymaker giving back in some way to the destination, community or environment they are visiting. “Usually this takes the form of a volunteer project, with the most sustainable involving tourists spending time sharing their skills and life experiences to benefit an ongoing, community-driven project,” explains Sasha Chisholm, Head of Marketing, at Other charity holidays may revolve around the completion of a challenge, for example trekking the Great Wall of China or cycling across Costa Rica, for which participants will be sponsored by friends and family to take part, raising money for a charity of their choice. The Involvement Volunteer holidays will involve the tourist spending their time contributing practically to an ongoing project, says Chisholm. This could be a teaching placement, an environmental project or a community initiative. The best projects, she adds, will involve participants working closely with local people, sharing ideas and skills with them. “Sometimes volunteers will also be staying with members of the local community in homestay accommodation where they have the chance to learn more about the day to day living in their host community.” It is actually quite usual for the costs of volunteer travel to include a financial donation to the project in which the tourist is participating. The Motivators Why individuals embark on these kinds


feature tangible positive difference then feedback suggests that tourists find volunteering a very fulfilling, enriching experience. “However, it is extremely important that the need for emotional fulfilment or the desire to ‘give something back’ does not impact negatively on the destination to which you are travelling,” she says, relating that recently removed 42 orphanage volunteering trips from its site after research and consultation with experts suggested that orphanage volunteering (and an increase in well-intentioned volunteers) is creating a surge in residential care homes, including orphanages, because parents are tempted to give up their children in response to the Western ideal of education and upbringing. She cites the example of Siem Reap, a town with a population of less than 100,000 and gateway to the famous ruins of Angkor Wat, has 35 orphanages. Safety Net However Chisholm does advise that it is wise to do your research before signing up for a charity trip. She urges you to ask lots of questions.“ has put together a list of 10 key questions to ask a volunteer holiday provider to ensure the project in which you will be participating will be sustainable and beneficial for local communities and environments, and that you will be having a positive impact during your stay.” Some of these include ‘Why are my skills appropriate for this project?’, ‘How much of what I pay covers overheads, and how much goes directly to the project?’, ‘Exactly what work will I be doing and how will I be useful as part of the wider project as a whole?’, ‘Can I speak with some ex-participants and the local contact on the ground before I leave?’ and ‘What level of support will I have if something goes wrong and how is my payment protected?’ The correct answers can be found on http://www.

of holidays as opposed to the traditional ones, she says, are diverse. There are many reasons individuals volunteer; some do it due to spiritual faith while others are keen to learn about different cultures and languages. “Factors may range from the desire to have a more in-depth, authentic experience in a destination to a desire to ‘give something back’ and use holiday time to make a positive difference in the wider world. Volunteering experiences also often allow tourists to get off the beaten track and experience areas, communities


and cultures that may not be accessible by simply passing through.” The Deep Satisfaction Let’s face it; when people go for these kinds of holidays, there is a unique and completely individual internal satisfaction achieved that you will most likely never get from a spa holiday or safari. This, says Chisholm, is very dependent on the project undertaken; when the project has been genuinely sustainable, well-planned and the volunteer has been able to make a

feature The regions most popular for volunteering holidays on, tells Chisholm, are Thailand and other areas of south-east Asia, South Africa, Peru and some areas of east Africa. S volunteering-in-thailand-wildlife-rescue-centre Credit Images: PoD Volunteer holiday/4470/elephant-conservationholiday-thailand Credit Images: PoD Volunteer

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Learn some of the local language nuances and key phrases before going. Do your research on the customs and protocol of the culture; is it acceptable to shake hands with a women? Is it acceptable to photograph locals? This will enable a better understanding of your destination. Aim to discover about the plight of the country you are visiting; is it war stricken or famine ridden? This will help you ascertain your reasons for helping. Make optimal use of the skills you already have; for example teaching English or sewing in a school.

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shopping tourism

Shop all things luxe Admit it. Travelling is not all about sightseeing, meetings and photo shooting – it’s also about shopping! Here are the world’s top destinations to splurge…

Bond Street London, United Kingdom

Bond Street in Mayfair is one of London’s most posh shopping spots with boutiques tucked alongside fashion stalwarts. Keep time with watchmakers and jewellery giants including De Beers, Cartier, Harry Winston, Bulgari and the British shop Asprey. While many prime shopping areas cater to women, the fashionable stretch of Bond Street helps the proper British man suit up with specialty shops including a number of stores carrying Italian menswear labels.

Central Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Central is literally the center of Hong Kong’s business district. Among the powerful financial institutions, there’s an equally impressive collection of designer boutiques and high-end department stores. Shops are located in a series of buildings including Alexandra House, Chater House, Prince’s Building and The Landmark. There are widely recognised names like Prada and specialised shops like Paule Ka for high-end French fashion, Ascot Chang for hand-tailored Italian suits and Baccarat for luxurious crystal and jewellery.


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Champs Elysees Paris, France

With its trademark wide sidewalks and looming Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysees is the most well-known shopping street in Paris. Real estate is at a premium on this swanky thoroughfare, so it’s no surprise that only the most luxurious shops and popular chains have outposts here. The Louis Vuitton shop at 101 Champs Elysees is an architectural gem as stunning as the company’s signature bags. It’s also the only one of its kind in the world. Venture off this street to another shopping stretch on Avenue Montaigne with shops like Dior, Chanel, Chloe and French fashion house Courrèges alongside international design powerhouses.

Fashion Avenue Dubai, UAE

Among the other names that have remained consistent on the list of most shopped at places, Dubai does not have a historic record but is slowly emerging as a major player in the present time. Tagged as the ‘shopping capital of the Middle East’, Dubai has a host of malls including one of the largest malls in the world, The Dubai Mall. Located at The Dubai Mall is the Fashion Avenue, a dedicated shopping section meant for the luxury aficionados. From standalone boutiques of Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci and Christian Dior to multibrand destinations such as Bloomingdale’sDubai and Galeries Lafayette, shoppers are awarded with tons of choices to bag.


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Fifth Avenue New York, New York

Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and stroll the Avenue. The fun starts at 49th Street with the original Saks Fifth Avenue and continues uptown with other department store greats like Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel where the oldmoney ladies do lunch and nouveau-riche fashionistas employ personal shoppers. There’s no breakfast at Tiffany’s, but you can gaze in the same window made famous by New York movie icon Audrey Hepburn. Even the wee ones get into the luxe life at the flagship FAO Schwartz with its giant dance-on floor piano, Middleton Doll Newborn Nursery and the Muppet Whatnot Workshop.

Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills, California

Who wouldn’t remember the shopping scenes in the chick flick ‘Pretty Woman’ that made it classic? The popular shopping strip in Beverly Hills, known as one of the swankiest zip code in California, is actually home to the ultra-posh Rodeo Drive. The shops here take up just three city blocks, but it’s an expensive walk with more than 100 boutiques and fancy hotels. There’s Hermes, Hugo Boss, Chanel, Etro and Max Mara, and those are just a handful of the shops between South Santa Monica Boulevard and Brighton Way. Moving down the drive, you’ll find Ferragamo, David Yurman, Michael Kors, Miu Miu and more.


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Tretyakovsky Proezd Moscow, Russia

Visitors may be surprised at the opulent shopping on Moscow’s Tretyakov Drive, but serious shoppers know this is the spot to find the most expensive brands and labels. There are showrooms for the cars of the super-rich, including Bentley and Ferrari. Swiss watch company Chopard has a shop here as well as Bulgari and couture visionaries like Roberto Cavalli, Brioni and Gucci.

Via Montenapoleone Milan, Italy

As the world’s fashion capital, Milan has no shortage of high-end shops and cuttingedge boutiques. Many of these are located on the tony Via Montenapoleone. Fashion greats Giorgio Armani, Mila Schon and Gianni Versace all started their careers in this fashion-forward city and have shops along this street. For great Italian shoes, shoppers head to Tanino Crisci and Ferragamo, while Frette and La Perla peddle fancy knickers and silk nightgowns.



24 Hours in Geneva

How do you spend a day in the land of chocolates, watches, lakes and mountains? Here’s what AW discovered in exploring the city also famous for housing the headquarter of United Nations.


1300H From about an hour and a half road trip coming from Annecy in France, I decided to pull a stop at the Geneva International Airport and head to the city before flying back to Dubai. To get to the city centre, a 10 to 15 minute train ride was accessible and free, so I dragged my luggage and made the move. 1400H After the train adventure and a quick taxi ride, I reached my camp for the night: the Mandarin Oriental Geneva. As expected, the hotel personnel were helpful and welcoming, something that’s a;ways appreciated especially when you’re traveling alone. The lobby of this cosy five-star city hotel was not as massive as you’d see in Dubai, but the displays of Rolex watches were something that remind you how grounded the hotel was to the culture of the city. The check-in was a breeze, despite the number of guests coming in. 1415H Finally, I was home – or at least that’s how I would like my home to be. Huge for a single traveller, the Premier River View room provided luxurious space with the breathtaking site of the majestic River Rhone. I particularly loved the choice of contemporary mix of decors, the particularly big walk-in closet, the huge king bed and pillow menu, the divine and separate bath and shower rooms, and, yes, the colour palette were totally appealing to the young business and leisure travellers.

Travel it’s the best, it really is hailed by various food critics in the region as ‘the’ best (not to mention it’s the first ever fine dining Indian restaurant in the city). Bustling with stylish professionals, it welcomed guests with an open kitchen to the sight of one of its chefs demonstrating how to make the sumptuous paratha bread.

1500H I had to literally drag my feet out of the room. It’s such a comfy and homey haven that you’d simply want to stay in and have a quiet time in. But I knew I had to. So, with swift steps, I went to the Concierge Desk, asked for advice on where to go and what to do. After hearing the tips from the hotel’s experts (and getting a map with their small scribbles), I braved Geneva on my own. Great thing about Mandarin Oriental Geneva was its strategic location. It’s situated on the right bank of the river where every point essential to a traveller was easy to reach. It’s a short walking distance to the financial district, the old city, some of Geneva’s chocolate boutiques and restaurants, and of course, its famous lake and fountain. 1515H A few minutes of walking, picture-taking and map-browsing, I finally lost my way around the United Nations building on my way to the old town. The sight of busy bankers and serious-looking chaps amused me as I tried to find the right street to get to the Vielle Ville or the Old Town. And, thankfully, Geneva is such a cosmopolitan city, the people actually speak a lot of English. After asking two or three strangers, I finally found my foot at the amazingly beautiful historical city filled with cobble streets, Swiss flags, quaint shops, old towers and the famous St. Peter’s Cathedral (Cathedral SaintPierre) that was built in the 12th century. Unfortunately, the cathedral, which was usually open for tourists, was closed for the day and would only open in the morning of the next day. So I decided to take this as an opportunity to further my journey to other areas of the city.

1630H Another must-visit site close to Geneva was Carouge, and it took a quick tram ride from the old town to get there. Carouge is a smaller yet independent city that lies adjacent to Geneva. With its perfectly manicured view of preserved 18th-century architecture, it offers a venue of appealing shops that range from fashion, household design, art (lots of art), tempting bakeries and patisseries, and sinfully delicious chocolates.

The sleek and dramatic interior of the restaurant blended so well with its menu that offered diners modern interpretations of traditional Indian dishes. From the salmon starter to the curry main course, and the delectable desserts – it’s a beautifully designed appetising meal that would take you to the remote parts of India yet still remind you that you’re seated in a buzzing city. 2200H The meal at Mandarin Oriental Geneva’s Rasoi By Vineet was a fantastic way to cap the night, I must say. Although the hotel’s retro ladies’ night was quite tempting, I had to say no – the fantastic Swiss companion, delicious flavours and amazing dining venue were more than enough to complete the day.

1800H Back at the hotel, I found the sweetest surprise: a selection of Swiss chocolates hanging like laundry with matching wooden clips, and a note ‘Eat your laundry’. Such a wonderful treat from Mandarin Oriental Geneva to a guest who’s been tired from strolling the city, I thought. 1900H Dinner was served in the best Indian restaurant in town, the hotel’s Michelinstarred Rasoi by Vineet. And when I say



0900H I woke up to the best view of the city, and to start my sunny yet breezy day, I headed to the Mediterranean brasserie of the hotel, Le Sud. The breakfast buffet was a great mix of healthy dishes, and I liked the outdoor seating they offer. After taking quick bites and sipping the last drop of my coffee, I made my move back to the old town to visit the top of St. Peter’s Cathedral. 0930H Want to see the whole of Geneva in one place? Well, I needed to climb more than 150 steps to the top of the Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, and got rewarded with a 360degree view of the city. Worth the sweat and time, the panoramic scene was the closest and most romantic sight of Geneva (as well as the impressive display of cathedral’s architecture and bells). 1030H Walking down from the steep cobbled


streets of the old city, I went through the lakeside to get a glimpse of the city’s landmark, its Jet d’Eau de Geneve (water fountain). Shooting 140 metres into the sky, the fountain was a dazzling sight to all the city’s visitors. Apart from this, the lakeside was a perfect stroll to catch a glimpse of bikers, joggers and amateur photographers (aka tourists) who were simply having the best quiet moments in the city. 1100H I went back to the hotel for a quick tour around Mandarin Oriental Geneva. Having been one of the oldest hotels to operate in the city, Mandarin Oriental Geneva had to undergo renovations over the years. With the refurbishments, the hotel is now an enjoyable abode with 164 rooms and 26 suites, all of which have stylish and contemporary design. I couldn’t take my eyes off of its Grand Presidential Suite that provides ultimate privacy and luxury – its living room has a fireplace, a huge walk-in closet and jacuzzi. The only downside to

the hotel was the lack of a spa, which it was already putting in the pipeline along with further refurbishments. 1130H Before closing my suitcase, I had to run to Manor, a department store that’s two blocks away from the hotel, to buy the required souvenirs and chocolates for homecoming gifts. Indeed really convenient, the supermarket is home to a wide range of must-take-home sweets and stuff to commemorate my 24 hours in Geneve. 1300H With a swift check out and always-readyto-assist hotel staff, I was bidding goodbye to the marvelous accommodation, and one-day journey to the small but bustling city of Geneva. As the English speaking cab driver drove me to the airport, I took a last glance at the river, the mountain backdrop and the fountain and, managed to whisper, “see you next time”.



Inside the

Abu Dhabi Suite I Want to know what’s inside the AED 100,000 room per night at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi? Read on…

t’s a privilege only the super rich can afford. At least, this was what came to mind as we stepped inside the Presidential Suite of The St. Regis Abu Dhabi. But, with a strong demand from the GCC’s ultra high net worth individuals, there’s little wonder that the room has not shortage of takers, especially with its promise of bespoke privacy, security and relaxation.

Coined as the Abu Dhabi Suite, it spans over 1,120sqm, suspended between the Nation Towers’ 48th and 49th floors, more than 200m above the ground, providing panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf and the UAE capital’s skyline. Guests can land their helicopter on the helipad atop


the Nation Towers, then discreetly take a private elevator, monitored by its own security staff, to enter the suite. An intimate foyer guides guests to the impressive majlis living room, the suspended centerpiece that connects the suite’s two wings. The majlis blends Arabian traditions and contemporary sophistication, with floor-to-ceiling windows, an alluring Gilded Age atmosphere, and Art Deco-inspired furniture. Throughout, 24-karat gold leaf accents, velvet upholstered walls in jewel-toned colours, intricate glass mosaics, and cascading crystals lend a regal air to the entire space.

Accommodating a wide range of guests,


the Abu Dhabi Suite includes three guest rooms, staff quarters, four bathrooms, a kitchen and a dedicated fitness area. Guests can relax in the fully-furnished private spa with a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, and two treatment beds. The suite also features a private library, a four-seat cinema, and 14-seat dining room. From the majlis, guests ascend a staircase to the Master Suite, with an elegant lounge, en suite bathroom with freestanding bathtub, and a spacious walk-in leather-clad wardrobe. A dedicated St. Regis butler delivers roundthe-clock, personalised service to fulfill every guest’s needs. “The Abu Dhabi Suite provides our

GCC guests with the ultimate in luxury hospitality with the privacy, security, and relaxation they need to have a completely secluded stay,” said Oliver Key, General Manager, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi. “Our guests staying at the Abu Dhabi Suite can find the comforts of home, together with unparalleled, personalised and anticipatory service.” The St. Regis Abu Dhabi hotel merges authentic Arabic hospitality and more than a hundred years of bespoke St. Regis tradition. Part of the iconic Nation Towers on the Corniche, the hotel is located minutes from new World Trade Center mall, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, many of the embassies and major business institutions in the city.

Nation Riviera debuts The St. Regis Abu Dhabi also opened the Nation Riviera Beach Club on the Abu Dhabi Corniche, featuring 200 meters of private beachfront with exclusive fitness facilities, children’s club, and myriad group activities to relax and stay healthy. To arrive inside the Nation Riviera Beach Club, guests can take a walk from The St. Regis Abu Dhabi through a discreet, air conditioned, marbled-clad tunnel that runs below the Corniche. On the club’s 200m-long beach, guests can engage in a variety of sports, or join social group activities such as beach circuit training, Pilates, or sunrise and sunset yoga. It also houses The Treasure Island Children’s Club that provides a safe and enjoyable area for children, with fully-supervised indoor and outdoor activities at a pool and water slide. Nation Riviera Beach Club is open to guests of The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, and exclusive memberships are available to Abu Dhabi residents, as well as oneday-access passes.


White castle


by the beach

It’s one of the latest beach resorts to open on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah. And being fans of the Waldorf Astoria brand, we knew we just had to get a taste of what it has to offer. 76


fter being utterly gobsmacked by the beauty of Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, it was only natural that the anticipation, and expectation, of the newly opened Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah would be at a certain skyrocketed level. Any comparisons between the two, given that both are beach resorts, would then be inevitable. Located on the eastern branch of the Palm, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah is sandwiched between two other similar beachside offerings, Sofitel and Anantara. While it was easy to understand and grasp the theme of its competitors merely from the façade, it is unclear what Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah is going for, a lack

of identity of sorts. Far from the grandeur and intricacies of its sibling in RAK, it can hardly boast of any inspiring architecture, underwhelmed even further by its white complexion. And as we later found out during our stay, due to the design of the building, there are various ‘dead’ spaces in and around the hotel, most notably an extended terrace beyond some of the balconies in the rooms. These extra terraces are not accessible to guests and are also not part of a function area. It’s just there for no reason, besides restricting some of these rooms from better views. Nevertheless, we know that the Waldorf Astoria brand is more than just its shell. Reviewing a hotel is not unlike going on a blind date – not quite the supermodel


and the famed Peacock Alley. While it lacked the interesting conceptual history or the utilisation that its cousin in RAK has, the clock in Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah still remains the centrepiece of the lobby. Peacock Alley, while grand in RAK, is a little more subdued on the Palm, offering sanctity and peace instead of the ‘look-I’mcool-and-hanging-out-at Peacock Alley’ vibe that RAK gives off. In fact, it seemed that that is the running theme at this hotel, that everything is more toned down. And given Dubai’s obsession to be the best at everything, it’s a little puzzling that up to this point, the Waldorf Astoria in RAK is ahead in many aspects.

looks you were hoping at first yet you’re still interested, simply because the character and personality has not come out to play just yet. For Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, the character lies in its interior décor, and once inside, we could exclaim, “Yes, this is more like Waldorf Astoria!”. Where Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah excels with its punchy colour tones, subtle nude colours bring warmth and chicness to the whole hotel here, a big contrast to the starkness that welcomed us outside. Intricately designed railings adorn the corridors, soothing piped-in music calm the tired minds, and extravagant chandeliers sparkle in majesty. Then there are the signature Waldorf Astoria installations: the showcase clock

Though one real advantage that Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah has over its sister, or any beach resort for that matter, is the ability to offer its guests two different types of sea views; the skyline view with the Burj Al Arab in the foreground and the Burj Khalifa with its surrounding buildings at the back, or the Palm view, where Atlantis Hotel can be seen in the distance and the pool and beach a mere jump away. The rooms are typical Waldorf Astoria opulence; marbled bathrooms, a big walk-in closet, deep tub with accompanying television (both TV sets are connected to the internet by the way), comfortable seating and of course, that sweeping view to boot from a surprisingly large balcony. Despite the temptation to just laze around in the room and soak in the tub, the hotel facilities beckon. Like many luxury hotels in the current age, a spa is a given. Here, the Waldorf Astoria Spa offers bespoke treatments that blend traditional philosophies with signature techniques to create therapies designed to balance, revive and rejuvenate.

Have a penchant for all things organic? The spa offers Neom Luxury Organics. All treatments using these products have been specifically customised by the good people at Neom themselves to ensure that the use of the product is maximised and results fully achieved. If you’re looking for some fun time in the sun, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah has got just the array of activities for you. Choose to have a relaxing swim in the pool or just laze around on one of the dozens of reclining benches scattered around the pool area. If you’re looking for a more competitive edge, the lap pool or the tennis court would be more suited to you. If not, there is always the pristine beach where you can bask in the sun with the sand under your feet; real holiday kind of imagery. Keen on a workout? The fully equipped gym, complete with a makeshift squat rack, is more than enough to burn some major calories. And with a studio space set for yoga lessons, the fitness choices will just continue to grow. Oh by the way, if you’re in the mood for some quiet time with your partner away from the kids, simply drop them off at the kid’s club where they have a variety of activities to keep your little ones occupied, including a Sony Playstation. Do note though that the kid’s club is for children aged 3-12 and that they do not provide meals. Plus, it’s their recommended policy that parents come in every 2 hours or so to check on their children. So, drop the tots off and head down to one of the many dining outlets at the hotel. The most buzzed about restaurant in the hotel is arguably Social, the stylish eatery by



were fantastic. However, from their new age styling presentations to unique taste combinations, these are not your typical desserts and would be more appreciated by those who love molecular gastronomy or deconstructed dishes. multi-award winning master of gastronomy, three Michelin-star European chef and author Heinz Beck. The other noteworthy option is Palm Avenue, a chic oasis in the heart of the hotel’s elegant gardens, where you can actually have your meal in a private cabana on the main swimming pool. Pretty neat. With the abundance of choices, we eventually decided on Lao, a stylish southeast Asian contemporary dining option. Let me just say from the start that Lao serves up some of the best Asian starters in Dubai. From the shrimp dumplings to the moneybag dim sum and duck spring rolls, each one of the dishes that went into the mouth was nothing short of culinary enlightenment. And the crowning glory of it all was, without a shadow of a doubt, the lemongrass beef, served on live charcoal so that you can choose your meat’s doneness yourself. The beef is unbelievably soft and tender, not to mention juicy. If we were served this dish as an appetiz=ser, main and dessert, you still would not hear a single complaint from us. It was just that good! Love soup? Indulge in their Pho – rice noodles with beef meatballs in beef broth. Piping hot broth is poured in front of you and you can see the slices of medium beef cooked right before your eyes. The broth is made of 100 per cent beef, not a single pinch of salt or pepper added to it. For mains, the delightful hosts served up black pepper beef, nasi goreng, crispy fried chicken and Singapore fried noodles, claimed to be the best in Dubai by restaurant manager Lily. While we sadly cannot fully agree with that claim, the rest of the dishes do spring up some surprises. For instance, the crispy chicken is literally


With all the facilities, dining options and incredible views, there is very little to fault the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah. However, we have intentionally left its location till the end because this is its double-edged sword. The isolated location means it’s a boon for some travellers and a bane for others. If you’re on the lookout for a proper beach holiday where all you do is bask in the sun and enjoy the amenities that the hotel offers, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah might fit your bill. On the other hand, those who want to explore the city might find it a hassle to get around, especially since the hotel does not provide any shuttle services. It is a consideration for the management but for now, this limits the appeal of the hotel. that: crispy chicken, but its accompaniment of potato curry is both a little unexpected yet interesting. Nevertheless, it does provide more flavour and texture to the chicken. The taste of the black pepper beef however, was spot on, so much so that we commented that perhaps the chef should have opened a steak joint instead, given her expertise in incorporating and infusing flavours into beef. But Murphy’s law kicked in and as we gobbled up more pieces of meat, we realised that they’re not quite cooked consistently, with several pieces more medium rare while others were almost well done. A blip perhaps, but one which the sublime taste more than makes up for. Dessert is a whole different story. We tasted the variations of lemon and the pineapple crepe. The crepe mixes sour cream, caramelised pineapple, a sorbet and some melted sugar while the lemon dish involved lemon balls, jelly of some sort, seeds and also a sorbet. The sorbets on both

The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah has a lot going for it but it does fall a little short of that magical standard that its sister in RAK sets. Furthermore, with its eyecatching Polynesian and Thai neighbours, there is a chance that the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah might be overlooked. And that is a shame because for all that is missing in this hotel, it is after all a Waldorf Astoria brand and with that, comes a level of luxury that rivals any other.

Top tip If you’re looking to stay at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, be sure to say yes to the option of paying AED300 per day per room for access to the Club Lounge. The Club Lounge affords you all three meals for free, a business area, superb sweeping sea views, and everything else you need, 24 hours a day. Compare this to paying AED144 per head for breakfast at their allday restaurant and you can quickly figure out why the Club Lounge is worth the extra cash.


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Dining Offers

Cave’s New Menu Conrad Hotel’s Cave is the city’s Parisian soul food alcove and wine bar. Pretty recently, it started inviting guests to savour its new à la carte culinary creations. The trendy hangout, hidden on the mezzanine level of the luxurious hotel, entices guests with its soft lighting, chalk cave walls and mood-setting fireplace, creating a warm and relaxed atmosphere for guests to explore. Diners can embark on an appetising journey of French classics from the old world and new starting with traditional soups of Lobster Bisque and Soupe à L’Oignon. Discover the irresistible ‘entrées’ showcasing the best of quintessentially French creations including Terrine De Boeuf, Rillettes De Canard and Escargots à La Bourguignonne.

allow for real indulgence whether enjoyed as a ‘croques’, fondue or a cheeseboard complimented with an assortment of cured meats.

This new and distinctive menu’s signature ‘plats de resistance’ include old time favourites such as Steak Frites, Lobster Thermidor and Moules Frites. For cheese connoisseurs, an array of famous names will

To satisfy sweet cravings, the traditional trio of desserts – Crème Brulée & Raspberries, Chocolate Fondue and Canneles & Foie Gras Ice Cream – will wrap up a truly gastronomic affair.

Culinary Refinement at Sofitel The Palm Dubai

From delectable seafood in Moana, succulent steaks in Porterhouse, authentic Chinese cuisine in Hong Loong to modern French cuisine in Studio du Chef, Sofitel The Palm Dubai entices the taste buds and invigorates the senses with their culinary offerings. This month, the hotel calls on guests to ‘Trust the Chef’ and let him guide you on a culinary journey, where the menu will change on a daily basis based on the chef’s creativeness and ingredients available on the day. Available daily and priced at AED475 for a five-course menu. Meanwhile, its Tahitian restaurant Manava invites guests to experience The Grand Brunch. The extensive international brunch buffet sets the tone as you commence on


your culinary journey through the signature delicacies from each of the six restaurants: Porterhouse, Moana, Studio du Chef, Hong Loong, Bottega and the Maui Beach Restaurant & Bar. For those with children, there will be a separate buffet catered to their needs and for their enjoyment. After brunch, give yourself an added treat by continuing to Porterhouse bar from 4pm for a happy hour on the terrace. The Grand Brunch is available every Friday and is priced at AED325, inclusive of soft drinks and signature mocktails, AED85 for youngsters between the ages of 6 to 11 and AED135 for teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17. It is complimentary for children up to 5 years of age.

Dining Offers

First Gourmet Restaurant on Wheels Arrives in Dubai The UAE social scene is set for a delicious new addition to its range of event dining options with the arrival of Ghaf Kitchen, the first gourmet restaurant on wheels in the Middle East. Operating from a beautifully restored vintage Citroen H van and led by an all-star team of hospitality and business professionals, Ghaf Kitchen is transforming the business of event catering in the UAE. Quirky, charming and utterly gourmet, Ghaf Kitchen provides personalised and bespoke turn-key catering services that range from private party catering

to corporate events, and from pop-up restaurant to gourmet street food and food production. Using the best quality fresh ingredients, sourced in an ethical and sustainable manner and prepared simply by Ghaf Kitchen’s on-board chef, menus can be easily adapted to any size event and almost any taste. Ghaf Kitchen’s restaurant on wheels can cater for canapé parties of up to 150 people or sit down dinners for up to 50 guests. It is also a gourmet street food vendor for larger public events such as music, cultural, community or sporting events.

Luxury Dining at Jumeirah Restaurant Week 2014 Recognised internationally for culinary excellence and creativity, Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, has announced the return of Jumeirah Restaurant Week. The renowned dining experience and prominent food event will run from May 23-31 and invites diners to experience the world’s finest cuisine for a set price. In two years, the Jumeirah Restaurant Week has expanded its range of participating restaurants from 38 in 2012 to over 60 restaurants in 2014. Diners can indulge in a diverse selection of international cuisine with participating restaurants to include outlets from Abu Dhabi, Baku, Dubai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Kuwait, London, the Maldives, Mallorca and Shanghai. Jumeirah Restaurant Week brings exceptional dining globally at

special rates for everyone to enjoy. Participating restaurants across Dubai include top steak houses such as The Rib Room, MJs and Italian cuisine such as Alta Badia and Toscana with menus at special rates. For a three-course set menu, 33 signature restaurants are priced at AED180 per person, 28 casual dining options are priced at AED120 and the noodle house at AED90. For a special treat, diners can enjoy a luxurious dining experience at the renowned Burj Al Arab where a three-course set menu will be priced at AED270. With over 60 participating restaurants, diners will have plenty of casual and gourmet options to choose from, catering to every international taste with the highest quality produce and presentation combined with unparalleled service standards.

Michelin-starred Italian Chef Alfredo Russo Brings World-Class Cuisine to Dubai’s Dining Devotees Culinary master chef Alfredo Russo is bringing his highly renowned cuisine to the shores of Dubai Creek, with Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers announcing that he will create the menu for its signature restaurant, now named Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo (Vivaldi.) Vivaldi, which has long been considered one of Dubai’s best Italian restaurants since it opened in 2000, returned in April after refurbishments – in tandem with the re-opening of the hotel – delivering its renowned combination of authentic pan-

Italian cuisine and excellent service. The restaurant will comprise a gourmet, casual traditional trattoria and trendy lounge menu that will be available all day, with signature dishes and beverages across all menus. They will draw heavily upon Alfredo Russo’s rich experience that he has gained through his accomplished career. This is the second time that Alfredo is working with Starwood Hotels & Resorts; he currently consults on the menu of Rossini’s at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok, A Luxury Collection hotel.



Up in Saudi’s Air AW exclusively chatted to the airline’s top executives in conjunction with the inaugural flight of British Airways 777 from Jeddah to London. Read our special report…


ritish Airways bolstered its commitment to KSA with the introduction of a Boeing 777200 on its London to Jeddah route. The aircraft, complete with the airline’s award winning First class cabin, touched down at King Abdulaziz International Airport on March 31, 2014. To celebrate the launch, Keith Williams, Executive Chairman of British Airways along with senior executives at British Airways including Jamie Cassidy (Area General Manager, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, British Airways) and Paolo De Renzis (Area Commercial Manager, Middle East and Central Asia, British Airways) answered queries regarding the seemingly expanding operations in the Kingdom. Based on the world financial crisis, what are the challenges facing the airline sector? Keith Williams (KW): On the financial crisis, looking at the UK I would say that in 2014, the UK is getting back to where it was in 2008. The London market in particular has been stronger than the country overall, which as an airline operator based in


London, is to our advantage. Looking outside the UK, Europe is slowly improving and the US has been doing well for the last two years. The Middle East and Far East on the other hand have been growing quickly – and one of the reasons that we’re able to promote our 777 Jeddah to London route is because of the opportunities that are available to British Airways in Saudi Arabia. If you look at the GDP growth in Saudi Arabia, it is higher than global growth. Saudi Arabia has been growing at 3.6 per cent, which in worldwide terms is good growth. What considerations do you take when deciding what aircraft to fly to Saudi Arabia? KW: I think it’s important to mention that before we launch a new aircraft, we take into careful consideration the passenger requirements so that we allocate an appropriate aircraft to serve the route. British Airways currently operates a daily 747-400 to Riyadh and have started a daily flight on a 777-200 to Jeddah. We see strong opportunities in Saudi Arabia and the wider region. We fly 63 flights to the GCC every

week and the Middle East is an important part of the British Airways network. What opportunities are available to British Airways in Saudi Arabia? Would British Airways consider becoming a local service provider in Saudi Arabia? KW: At British Airways we connect countries around the world with our London hub. If I use our UK market as an example, we don’t fly between other cities in the UK because we’re primarily an operator out of London. Similarly, if you look at the Saudi Arabian market, we wouldn’t look to serve the domestic market in Saudi Arabia as our strength lies in being an international carrier, connecting passengers flying from Saudi Arabia to London and the rest of the world. Paolo De Renzis (PDR): Globally, the Middle East is one of the key regions for British Airways. Saudi Arabia in particular is a hugely important market for us and we see lots of opportunities for growth in the country. Over the past five years, British Airways has grown its capacity by 40 per cent in the GCC and it really reinforces our commitment to the region. When British Airways re-commenced flying to Saudi Arabia in 2009, the airline was offering five flights per week from London to Riyadh and Jeddah. We have seen capacity increase year on year and today we are offering seven flights per week, which again reinforces our commitment to Saudi Arabia.

REPORT 777-200 aircraft can experience the new and improved First class cabin, which offers personal window blinds, increased privacy and a personal wardrobe. We have invested GBP100 million in our First class cabins and we are confident that it will prove popular with our Jeddah customers.

In terms of new players and old players, how can British Airways compete in the aviation market with new competitors and better products? There are the big players like British Airways, Air France, TWA and now there are new players that have come in with new, fascinating products and services, for example Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines and Cathay Pacific who are playing very strongly. What is the new product that British Airways can compete with the new players in the long run? KW: Over the years we have seen new competition coming into the market both from the growth of Middle Eastern carriers and also low-cost carriers. One thing that we have done very successfully at British Airways over the years is to adapt to changes within the business. For example, when I joined British Airways in 1998, the airline employed 65,000 people. Today, we employ approximately 40,000 people yet we have a bigger business that we did 15 years ago. Fifteen years ago, the internet booking systems didn’t exist. We brought out, and today 30 per cent of passengers book online, which is not only better for the customer, it’s actually a saving in cost for us at the same time. Furthermore, airlines have started to consolidate within the industry to take advantage of synergies, revenue and cost benefits that didn’t previously exist. Consolidation has happened for British Airways in two ways. Firstly, in 2011, British Airways merged with Iberia (the Spanish national carrier), and the group holding company became International Airlines Group (IAG). This created opportunities both to improve revenues and reduce costs. British Airways and Iberia complement each other very well as British Airways is strong in the Middle East, the Far East, Africa and North America and Iberia is strong in Europe and South America. It’s been a merger that’s created revenue, opportunity and cost synergies.

Secondly, British Airways has a joint business with American Airlines, which serves the transatlantic route. This means that British Airways and American Airlines combine our revenues in terms of arriving at profitability, which gives the customer a huge choice of destinations to fly to, as well as added benefits. Passengers can earn frequent flyer miles with British Airways and American Airlines and with American Airlines’ merger with US Airways – which started April 1, 2014 – it is now the single largest airline in the world. We have a very strong relationship as IAG and British Airways with American Airlines, so what you are seeing as the industry evolves into bigger, major players is that we are a bigger player in that market with our partners and our mergers. Over the years, British Airways has adapted with new products, services, mergers and alliances because of the competition in the market. We will continue to be flexible and evolve to stay ahead of our competitors. Jamie Cassidy (JC): British Airways is fortunate that its natural home is London, which is the leading aviation market in the world. London is also one of the key commercial and tourist cities so we have a natural market there, which other airlines don’t have and this is one distinct advantage. Secondly most people prefer to fly point to point and not transfer during their journey. The local Middle East carriers do fly to many of the destinations that British Airways does, however passengers would have to transfer in Dubai or Doha for example. The only place that we really compete with Emirates is on the Dubai route on a point to point basis, and we do compete well here also. What does the 777 have on-board, which will offer the standards of service you promise? What difference will passengers see? PDR: Customers travelling on our Boeing

In business class, our customers will be able to experience our latest Club World cabin, where every passenger has a comfortable, six-foot long, fully flat bed, which is part of a spacious suite suitable for working and relaxing. Flexible dining options, access to private lounges and luxurious spa treatments are all part of the service. World Traveller Plus seats offer customers seven inches of extra leg room compared to economy, with double the free checked baggage allowance in a private dedicated cabin. Travellers in the World Traveller (economy) cabin can enjoy personal on demand entertainment and delicious food and beverages in a family friendly environment. In addition to the improved aircraft interiors, all passengers will be able to enjoy the customer service that British Airways is renowned for across the world. By providing a smooth, discreet and attentive service we give the ‘best of British hospitality’ experience to all travellers from start to finish.

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British Airways has been flying to the Middle East for over 80 years The airline operates 63 weekly flights from eight different cities in the GCC region on the 2014 summer schedule British Airways has increased its capacity to the GCC by 40 per cent in the past five years due to a high demand from passengers in the region

Saudi Arabia is one of British Airways’ best performing markets in the Middle East and continues to show strong appetite and potential for growth BOAC, predecessor to British Airways, launched flights to Jeddah in May 1968. British Airways took over operations in 1974 as BEA and BOAC merged to form British Airways British Airways now operates daily direct flights to London from both Jeddah and Riyadh. The Jeddah route operates a four-cabin Boeing 777 and the Riyadh route operates a four-cabin Boeing 747



Travel event of the year! Keen to find out the latest happenings in the travel industry? Here’s a sneak peek into what some of the big names have in store for the 2014 Arabian Travel Market (ATM).

HMH - Hospitality Management Holdings Coral Hotels & Resorts will roll out its new corporate identity at the ATM after undergoing a major brand overhaul. Laurent A. Voivenel, CEO, HMH – Hospitality Management Holdings, said,“ Having been in operation for 10 years, we felt it was time to refresh the identity of Coral Hotels & Resorts because of the challenges and opportunities we see as we expand. The overhaul was driven by an acknowledgement that given the highly digital environment today, guests want to be simply more engaged. Therefore, as part of our marketing and rebranding strategy we are investing in new digital platforms to optimise the consumer experience. Our primary objective is to engage and build strong relationships with our guests.” The new look will be introduced to consumers with a 360° campaign utilising print, digital and broadcast media as well as a series of media road shows and strategic on-site promotions at the various hotels under the brand across the MENA region.

Cristal Hotels & Resorts Abu Dhabi-based Cristal Hotels & Resorts under the Cristal group will unveil its expansion plans at the ATM. The group aims to triple its portfolio within two years, operating 13 hotels in the Middle East region by 2016 with a target of 50 properties within five years – thus doubling its previous goal of 25 hotels. According to President & Chief Executive Officer Peter Blackburn, the show will enable Cristal Hotels & Resorts to update the regional and international travel trade on new developments at the group and showcase upcoming properties including the 5-stars, 95-room Cristal Erbil hotel opening in June and the recently-signed 198-room Cristal Grand Erbil, scheduled for launch in 2016. In other developments, Cristal Hotels& Resorts has recently signed an agreement with Delta Leisure Resorts (DLR) for West Africa’s first premium theme and wildlife resort, recognised as The Best Future Urban Development Project at the ‘Luxury Living’ Nigerian Urban Development Awards in March. The project includes a theme park, luxury retail village, wildlife safari park and two hotels, both of which will be under the management of Cristal Hotels & Resorts.


PREVIEW Portrayed as an ideal destination for short holidays or weekend escape, Tilal Liwa Hotel recorded an impressive growth in 2013, with 36 per cent increase in overall revenue compared to 2012. The hotel occupancy increased by 6 per cent and the guest level surged by 91 per cent. Commenting on their participation, Ashor said,“The Arabian Travel Market is a much-awaited event for Tilal Liwa Hotel because this meeting is attended by key decision makers in the travel and hospitality industry so we can receive immediate feedback. Our meeting with our partners will focus on strengthening the relations and update them about our growth this year and the plans throughout the season. We will be presenting to them our unique and customised packages during summer that will include hotel stay, activities, transfers and other fantastic offers.” Tilal Liwa Hotel Tilal Liwa Hotel’s serene location, first-rate facilities and fine dining outlets will be highlighted at the ATM, where the team headed by General Manager Ayman Ashor will be meeting with existing and potential partners to promote the hotel and Abu Dhabi as a destination.

The Danat Summer Promotion will also be unveiled with its attractive rates and added value combined with fun-filled activities for guests. For the next season the hotel has organised more adventurous activities to offer to guests such as stargazing, desert football, volleyball, and desert walk to amazing dunes, tours to the Liwa Oasis, Moreeb Dune, forts, date plantation and other kids’ activities. Grand Millennium Dubai Grand Millennium Dubai has embarked on a strategy to diversify international source markets, while additionally strengthening regional GCC visitor numbers through its presence at the Arabian Travel Market.

Royal Rose AT ATM, Royal Rose, the first 5-star property of the Bin Ham Group and its flagship property in Abu Dhabi, will showcase the splendour and grandeur of the hotel, built in a style resembling a 17th century French palace. Gianni Malerba, General Manager of Royal Rose, remarked, “Royal Rose is now open to business and leisure guests so we would like to introduce the property and its excellent features to potential business partners. Arabian Travel Market attracts high level decision-makers and buyers representing every aspect of the leisure travel industry. This is an event we can’t afford to miss. I’m sure visitors and exhibitors are eager to learn about Royal Rose.” The 5-star property features 355 well-appointed luxury rooms and suites, state-of-the-art meetings rooms, signature restaurant and dining outlets, a fully equipped Health Club, swimming pool and a full service spa. The hotel is within walking distance from the city’s business hub, government institutions, shopping malls and other leisure facilities.

“Saudi Arabia, UK, USA, Russia, Germany, Oman, and China were our top visitor generators in 2013, but at the Grand Millennium Dubai we are looking beyond these traditional markets to tempt new countries with a taste of Dubai,” said Peter Mansourian, General Manager. At Arabian Travel Market, the hotel will be promoting new summer sales initiatives including tactical early bird offers, for both leisure and corporate visitors; longer-stay promotions with discounts for stays of four nights or more, and a focus on the new refurbished apartment tower mainly for the GCC market. In addition, the hotel is planning to target stopover traffic with attractive packages such as complimentary early checkin for those arriving on overnight flights such as those form Australia, and will also be introducing guaranteed room upgrade options as a sales incentive. “In addition, we are focusing on the Indonesian and Malaysian markets to boost summer occupancies, and are also working with more overseas tour operators to widen our sales platform.”


PREVIEW Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Dubai Park Regis Kris Kin HotelDubai, aims to capitalise on its strategy to diversify source markets.

Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel The Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel (AFOCH) will be reinforcing its unique sports, convention and accommodation features to the travel trade. According to Peter Freeman, Deputy Director General of the Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel in addition to extensive premium accommodation options, the hotel has two exceptional elements that can be used by the travel trade to sell the complex to visitors to Abu Dhabi.“We have some of the most extensive meeting facilities in the region, including a Club Garden with space for 10,000 at al fresco events, the Abu Mousa Hall that can cater for up to 2,000 in a cocktail set-up, a cinema with capacity for 185 and a theatre seating 650 with advanced audio/sound and video projection systems – as well as a variety of other rooms and halls that can be customised to suit all requirements from the MICE market,” he said. “With 600 rooms and suites, we can also offer on-site accommodation for groups, while our leisure facilities are second to none, including two gyms, indoor Olympic swimming pool, squash courts, aerobics hall, bowling centre, multi-purpose hall, martial arts stadium, outdoor football, tennis, paintball, track and field and multi-purpose courts, plus ladies health club, private pool and spa, and the Caracal Shooting Club. The AFOCH operates a series of sporting and family events throughout the year, ideally suited to regional families looking to keep children of all ages entertained, he added.

Scott Butcher, General Manager of the Park Regis Kris Kin HotelDubai said,“While we will be reinforcing contacts with the regional players mainly for the GCC countries – where we have seen an upturn in business and leisure traffic following recent road shows – the Arabian Travel Market is also a platform to introduce the Park Regis Kris Kin to new audiences, such as longhaul travellers seeking a few days stopover”. “Following the alliance between Emirates and Qantas, visitor numbers to Dubai from Australia were up 39 per cent last year, and while we have seen a 66 per cent increase in business from tour operators there, as well as a 50 per cent rise from New Zealand, there is always scope to build this business.” Another growth sector for Dubai which is reaping rewards for hotels in the Emirate is cruising, with passengers boarding or disembarking ships at Port Rashid increasingly adding a few days stay in the city to their itineraries. “More than 20 global cruise lines called in to Dubai in the 2013/2014 winter season, bringing in around 300,000 passengers and this number is set to rise as port facilities are expanded at Port Rashid, enabling it to cater for up to five cruise ships simultaneously. Dubai is the big draw on many regional cruise itineraries, and we have noted passengers are keen to extend their time in the city. Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel- Dubai is the ideal choice for them being in close proximity to Port Rashid as well as the city’s major tourist attractions.”

Currently, Golden Sands Hotel Apartments is undergoing refurbishment in the Golden Sands 10 units to provide a more relaxing and enjoyable stay to its clientele. Aside from the GCC market, the property is eyeing travelers from markets such as Australia, Latin America and the Far East.

Goldn Sands Hotel Apartments Golden Sands Hotel Apartments is set to attract new and potential business partners at the event. The team of Golden Sands Hotel Apartments headed by General Manager Mohammed Khoori will meet with potential clients looking for hotel apartments that offer good value for money, great location and excellent facilities.


Commenting on the participation, Khoori said,“After Dubai won the bid to host Expo 2020, there is great interest from other markets who were previously not considering Dubai as a holiday destination. We have also seen an increased demand from the business sector as new companies are setting up offices in Dubai in light of the increase in many new developments. Dubai is getting attention from outside investors as it begins its preparations for 2020.” He added,“With Dubai aiming to bring 20 million visitors to Dubai by 2020, we are keen to remain on top of our partners list in the hotel apartment category. The Russian and Chinese travellers are increasing in numbers including the Australian markets so we hope to get a bigger share from these markets by presenting our product offering to the key players, decision-makers and buyers representing every aspect of the leisure travel industry at ATM.”

PREVIEW Ramada Downtown Dubai The Ramada Downtown Dubai will use the region’s major travel show as a platform to expand source markets and build awareness of the hotel’s prime location adjacent to the city’s biggest attractions including Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountains and Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. With an inventory of 181 suites and a location within walking distance of the Dubai Mall, the hotel is already very popular with the GCC family market, while there was also growing interest from emerging markets: “We are in the process of sourcing new markets and diversifying our guest profile – our strategy is to target those visitors receptive to our core strength, an alcohol-free, family environment. Aside from countries such as Russia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brazil, we are looking at Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan where family group travel is popular,” said General Manager Samir Arora. In a bid to enhance its competitive position, the Ramada Downtown Dubai has begun an extensive refurbishment of interiors. The phased refreshment of public areas and room furnishings was scheduled for completion by early next year. “It will be done in stages, with minimal disruption to guests, and we will be taking this message to ATM to inform all travel agents and tour operators.” Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham Dubai, Jbr Management from the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Dubai, JBR will be exhibiting on the Wyndham Hotel Group stand at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) to offer both regional and international travel trade an opportunity to learn more about the brand which has begun international expansion outside the United State with properties in Nigeria and now the Middle East. According to General Manager Wael El Behi, the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Dubai, JBR is a new name to many travel professionals, but the brand concept is one that is ideally suited to both regional and international visitors to Dubai. “The mix of residential style living with superior hotel facilities appeals to family groups, such as those from the GCC and Indian sub-continent, as well as longer-stay travellers from farther afield who favour the independence inherent in the extended-stay brand,” he said.“Coupled with a location in JBR which is alive with an extension range of cafes, restaurants and increasing entertainment and shopping options, the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Dubai, JBR will be a valuable addition to the beach-front hotel inventory in Dubai, and one we expect to be well received by the travel trade at ATM.”

Luxury Hotels Grou p Following the launch of a dedicated Middle East office earlier thi the Luxury Hotels Gr s year, oup is now expandin g its international rea member hotels also ch, with located in three coun tries in the Arabian Gu well as Turkey, Moroc lf, as co, South Africa and Zanzibar. It’s aiming to further promote its services to the regional trave Luxury Hotels Group l trade; offers ease of booking and access to a portf unique hotels in desti olio of nations popular with regional travellers. “According to the lat est STR Global resea rch, there are 504 ho the Middle East/Afric tels in a development pipeli ne, with the Upper Up segment accounting scale for the largest portio n of new rooms, at 34 cent, while luxury seg .4 per ment made up nearl y 20 per cent of the tot said Mark Jones, Vice al,” President of Luxury Hotels Group.“Whil of these hotels will be e many managed by internati onal brands, there is increasing trend for an independent operatio ns as new age travelle demand a unique ho rs spitality experience rat her than that offered worldwide brands. Fo by r these properties, Lu xury Hotels Group off the support, distributi ers all on and market pene tration to place them competitive footing wi on a th those global name s.” The Luxury Hotels Gr oup currently repres ents 126 properties acr three collections – Lu oss xury Hotels Collection , Luxury Boutique Collection and Luxu ry Residences Collecti on – and offers reserv sales, marketing and ations, PR, revenue manage ment and IT solution independent hotels. s for Through their global reach and market pre Luxury Hotels Group sences, enables hotels to rea ch a global audience cost-effective and eff in a icient manner.“Arab ian Travel Market pre ideal opportunity for sents an the travel trade to lea rn more about Luxury Group and how we Hotel can upgrade their pro duct portfolio and kn to win more client bu owledge siness.”

lowcostbeds Aiming to build on its successful launch in the Middle East at last year’s Arabian Travel Market, lowcostbeds will participate in this year’s event to boost its network of regional travel agents in a bid to foster greater growth in the region. Part of the lowcosttravel group, it celebrates 10 years of operation in 2014 and, according to Group Director of Sales, Paul Riches, global expansion has enabled the group to target sales of £1bn within two years. As a trade only bed bank, lowcostbeds operates via high speed XML with a combination of 52 integrated XMLs offering a response time for agents of less than 3.5 second and enabling them to offer real-time availability and rates to their customers. Response in the first year of trading in the region has been very positive, said Riches, and he looked forward to renewing contacts at ATM as well as updating the trade on the extent of the lowcostbeds inventory and its potential to reap rewards for agents looking for last minute reservations.

“With a trend towards late bookings out of the Middle East, the use of the lowcostbeds system to source availability and the best rates is invaluable in peak seasons such as the pre-Ramadan and school holiday periods.”






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artsy And what would life be like without a little bit of art and culture…

Toys In The Attic

Have you ever wondered what happened to all those toys of a childhood gone by, left behind in the dusty dark corners of the attic? Come take a journey as they are sprung back to life, and for one night they are no longer forgotten... celebrate the very purpose of their existence! Join them in their pageant to a land of fantasy, as your imagination encapsulates the souls of your inner child! TOYS IN THE ATTIC... A production presented exclusively by The Act Dubai. Blending theatre in a spectacle of imagination and creativity with a fine dining experience of Peruvian delicacies, created with the most premium ingredients and cutting-edge culinary techniques by Master Chef, Roberto Segura.

The Greater Middle East Unveiled

Art of the month Synergy

May 7 - June7 at Art Couture in the Al Badia Golf Club

A unique project that celebrates the coming together of talents in what has proved to be a remarkable testament to the generosity and intrinsic goodness of humankind. The premise of the exhibition was to invite well-known and talented artists from the main stream to donate half or partially finished art works to be completed by the talented artists of Mawaheb, an art studio for adults with special needs. Synergy, from the Greek word ‘ synergia’, denotes combined work which produces an effect that is greater than the total of the separate effects. It was decided to keep the colour red as

‘The Greater Middle East Unveiled’ is a unique collection of modern and contemporary works from Middle East. Selected artists from different countries and cities ranging from Cairo to Tehran, Baghdad to Damascus, and Jerusalem to Istanbul, unveiled their work on a wide spectrum of media like the traditional oil on canvas, car paint on cardboard, including unique sculptural and photographic works, a collection which truly embraces the


the common factor in all the paintings in this exhibition so from a hint of red to a lot of different shades of red you will be able to spot the colour thread. When mainstream artists were approached with the request to donate their artworks, the response was overwhelming. They handed over their art unconditionally and when the Mawaheb artists completed the paintings, magic happened. Synergy the exhibition demonstrates to the world that people with special needs are creative and talented; happily though, it is also living proof that the world is full of generous, good people.

contemporary art movement. The exhibition features artists and curators like Yousef Ahmad, Arzu Akgun, Samira Alikhanzadeh, Mahi Binebine, Vahid Danaeifar, Morteza Darehbaghi, Reza Derakshani, Mohammad Ehsai, Ali Esmaeilipour, Hossein Fassih, Golnaz Fathi, and many more. Exhibition runs until May 6 at the Opera Gallery, DIFC.


Arts of the Islamic World

Last month, Sotheby’s Arts of the Islamic World sale brought to the market an exquisite selection of paintings, manuscripts, textiles, ceramics, weaponry and rugs.

Spanning over 1000 years, these objects offer a remarkable testimony to the astonishing scope of artistic production in the lands under Islamic patronage from Spain to China. It included an array of spectacular jewellery that sheds new light on ancient Islamic jewellery craftsmanship and even illustrates the influence the designs of the past 1000 years play on jewellery today. Benedict Carter, Head of Auction Sales, Middle East, commented, “This year’s spring sale offers opulent and luxurious objects befitting the world’s finest

collections. The selection of Turkish works are especially notable, led by a rediscovered imperial Ottoman silvergilt penbox and an astounding group of 27 watercolour portraits of the Ottoman Sultans. Additionally, following the success of our inaugural sale of ‘Art of Imperial India’ last year, we are delighted to once again have sourced for sale a superb array of Indian jewellery, jade and silver. Ranging from an 11th-century Fatimid chess piece to an 18th-century Ottoman metal-thread curtain of the Holy Ka’ba door, the sale reflects the remarkable scope of artistic production and craftsmanship in Islamic culture.”

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Leading up to the eagerly anticipated opening of Zayed National Museum in 2016, the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority in collaboration with the British Museum, opens A History of the World in 100 Objects – an exhibition that captures a history of the world through a vivid display of compelling objects. Open for 100 days from April 23 – August 1 at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island, the exhibition will allow visitors to travel back in time and across the globe to see how humans have shaped the world, and been shaped by it. A History of the World in 100 Objects presents 100 significant objects in a narrative that brings contemporary audiences face-to-face with cultures across time and space. Bringing to life

the material culture of the past, the exhibition will feature a variety of objects such as a lifelike cast bronze hand from Yemen that was made between 100 and 300 CE, an Egyptian granite statue of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II discovered on Elephantine Island at the Temple of Khnum, and the famous Royal Game of Ur, found in a royal cemetery in southern Iraq and estimated to be around 4,500 years old. Within the exhibition narrative, the story continues to contemporary time and to the celebration of today’s objects such as Reem Al Marzouqi’s recently conceived Prototype Footcontrolled Car. An Emirati student from the UAE University, Reem’s car showcases how inventors of today create objects that add new stories to

our history. Becky Allen, the British Museum’s Curator of A History of the World in 100 Objects, said,“A History of the World in 100 Objects celebrates human ingenuity, placing the things we make and use in the spotlight. The exhibition has a global scope, helping visitors to see the similarities that connect human beings across time and place. The objects we use today express something about the world in the present moment, just as the objects used by our ancestors tell us about the cultures of the past. Whether ancient or modern, all the objects in the exhibition express human hopes, desires and ambitions. At its heart, this exhibition is about investigating and honouring the power of objects.”



Tube Talk

HTC One (M8) Available in Gunmetal Grey, Glacial Silver, and Amber Gold, the HTC One (M8) features the all-new HTC Sense 6, with a high quality metal unibody and a Smart Sensor Hub that anticipates your needs, using Motion Launch controls to make everyday tasks easier. Another exciting addition to the HTC One (M8) is its Fitbit integration capability, which allows everyone to take a more active interest in their activity levels to improve their health and wellbeing. The HTC One (M8) experience is enhanced by the newly-launched HTC Dot View Cover which offers instant phone access while the case is still closed, allowing users to take calls, receive email notifications, schedule reminders, weather updates and more. The HTC Dot View Cover is available in five colours: Warm Black, Imperial Blue, Orange Popsicle, Atlantis and Baton Rouge.

‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’

Within an artistic challenging role, heartfelt entertainment and spontaneity that utilise both a comedic twist and a charitable cause, a group of celebrity contestants from the Arab world undergo a performance competition in the new global TV format ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’ in its local Arabic version, on MBC4 and MBC MASR. During the weekly competitions, the celebrity contestants will impersonate several singing divas and the most prominent pop stars of all-time, mainly from the Arab World. The jury, made up of Haifa Wehbe, Hakim and Mohammad Samy, will judge the stage performances and grant the contestant’s points based on their successful impersonation and accuracy of that particular artist. The format includes a total of eight celebrity contestants: Abdelmenem Amayre; Tamer Abdelmenem; Wael Mansour and Khaled Al Shaer representing the Men; and Dima Kandalaft; Mays Hamdan; Bassima and Jennifer Grout, representing the Women. The weekly prizes that the celebrity contestants will win will go to charitable organisations within the Arab world.


Classical Vienna – World Classical Music Series The Dubai Concert Committee in collaboration with M Premiere and supported by the Austrian Embassy Abu Dhabi presents an evening of ‘Classical Vienna’ performed by the Antonio Sorgo Ensemble on May 22 at the One&Only Royal Mirage, Royal Ballroom. The Ensemble consists of Herbert Faltynek (Clarinet), Rudolf Leopold (Violoncello) and Hrvoje Jugovic (Piano). Each one of them is a true master of classical composers like Mozart and Beethoven, so this unique experience in Dubai will be a rare opportunity to enjoy the trio performing together for the first time in UAE.

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NOW 87 That’s What I Call Music by Various Artists NOW That’s What I Call Music is back with the first numbered edition of 2014. NOW 87 won’t disappoint with the biggest recent chart hits from the best global pop stars..

Inspirato by Yanni Starring opera superstars Plácido Domingo, Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and many more.
The haunting instrumental melodies of internationally renowned composer YANNI have gained him over 40 platinum and gold albums throughout the world. His timeless hits have been transformed by the addition of lyrics, many of them written by Plácido Domingo Jr., and Nathan Pacheco. Working in partnership with the legendary operatic superstar Plácido Domingo, YANNI has assembled a stellar line-up of the greatest singers of the opera world to perform on this disc.

Sex & Love by Enrique Iglesias The album includes his new single ‘I’m A Freak’ featuring Pitbull and a collaboration with Kylie Minogue.
‘I’m A Freak’ sees the longtime friends and collaborators light up an enticing beat from The Cataracs with a soaring hook perfect for dance floors worldwide. Alongside Kylie and Enrique’s first ever collaboration entitled ‘Beautiful’, the track listing also features the infectious and intoxicating ‘Heart Attack’ and ‘Turn Up The Night’.

oks o B d e end m m o c Re Letters of Note by Shaun Usher From Virginia Woolf’s heartbreaking suicide letter to Queen Elizabeth II’s recipe for drop scones sent to President Eisenhower, from the first recorded use of the expression ‘OMG’ in a letter to Winston Churchill to Gandhi’s appeal for calm to Hitler, and from Iggy Pop’s beautiful letter of advice to a troubled young fan to Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable job application letter, Letters of Note is a celebration of the power of written correspondence which captures the humour, seriousness, sadness and brilliance that make up all of our lives.

Mary Berry Cooks by Mary Berry This all-new collection of 100 mouth-watering, simple recipes offers the perfect meal for any occasion. It includes dinner party staples such as Slow-Roast Shoulder of Lamb or Cottage Pie with Dauphinoise Potato Topping, special summer lunches such as Fiery Red Rice Salad and Summer Pudding, and of course, her trademark cakes and bakes. Accompanied by Mary’s no-nonsense, no-fuss advice on preparing ahead, each fool-proof meal is made easy, so that you can cook with confidence.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Love isn’t an exact science – but no one told Don Tillman. A 39 year-old geneticist, Don’s never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie - ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ – throwing Don’s safe, ordered life into chaos. But what is this unsettling, ali en emotion he’s feeling?


A-list Celebs

Who, what, where Angelina Jolie in a pair of nude patent pumps to the presentation of Cinemacon 2014 in Las Vegas.

Katie Holmes clad in sapphire and diamond jewels from the Blue Book Collection at the debut of the Tiffany & Co. 2014 Blue Book, Guggenheim Museum in New York Cit y.

Kate Moss wore Saint Laurent by Heidi Slimane at the annual amFAR Inspiration Gala in Sao Paulo.

Emma Stone wore a full Sandro look from FW14-15: JAM skirt & Sisters top while appearing on the Ellen Degeneres T V show


Andrew Garfield wore Louis Vuitton to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro’ premiere in Berlin.

A-list Celebs

A.Keys C ourt

Reebok Classic launches its 5th partnership and design collaboration with Alicia Keys with the introduction of the A.Keys Court, the first style to be released from the Spring/ Summer 2014 collection. The A.Keys Court is a retro-inspired sneaker, a celebration of both Keys’ inner tomboy and her love for basketball. Keys re-interprets the Classic Court silhouette with a feminine shape and modern details, whilst the basketball inspired cut adds an urban edge and reflects her street sensibility. “Honestly, I’m in LOVE with the A.Keys Courts, and not just because I designed them! I have always been a bit of a tomboy and getting the opportunity to put my signature touch on a basketball style has been such an honour. I love how these sneakers have that cool, street, edge which simultaneously appeals to my feminine and tough sides. Reebok have really supported and encouraged my creative desire to celebrate iconic basketball style while bringing an edgy, feminine and modern feel with the A.Keys Court.”

Gisele Bundchen and H&M for UNICEF Gisele Bündchen is not only the face of the H&M Summer 2014 campaign but also its singing representative, this time a summer hit, a re-interpretation of Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’ produced by the acclaimed Bob Sinclair. H&M, Gisele Bündchen and Bob Sinclar will donate royalty from ‘Heart of Glass’ to UNICEF and their work for education. The revenue from the download will support UNICEF to help the most vulnerable children have a better future through education. The summer collection meanwhile is a glamorous take on the boho chic trend, with a vibe of seventies nonchalance: voluminous dresses, kaftans, wide leg trousers and statement jewellery. The colour palette includes shades of blue and green accentuated by graphic elements in white and purple.


AW Shops Vickisarge Basilica Oxidized Gold-Plated Swarovski Crystal Clip Earrings

Emilio Pucci S/S 2014 Accessories

Etro Printed StretchCotton Dress Charlotte Olympia’s Archie Comic embroidered crepe de chine clutch

Crazy on Art

The long-running love affair between fashion and art is hugely present in this season’s high fashion and high street collections. Wearable art is definitely a must addition to any fashionista’s wardrobe. Here, AW shortlists the Spring/Summer’s favourites. Givenchy

Mcq Alexander Mcqueen Printed Stretch-Cotton Dress

Marni Printed PVC Tote

Sergio Rossi Belted Stilleto Heel Ankle Boots


Dolce&Gabbana Women’s Show S/S 2014 Miu Miu Printed Leather Pumps


Halston Heritage’s floralprint Georgette gown

AW Shops

Alexander Mcqueen’s two-tone stretchJersey dress

Michael Kors’ Miranda watersnake clutch

Sass & Bide’s Ivory Voile ‘The Telegram’ jumpsuit embellished with silver sequins and gold and mint beads

Kotur Peter elaphe clutch




What’s not to love about the monochrome trend? It’s classy and stylish – and it’s something you can wear from day straight to night events. Check out our top choices you must have in your closets for this season. Missoni fringed crochet-knit kaftan

Balmain’s plunge-front sweater is crafted for a comfortably loose fit. Made in France from semi-sheer piqué and ribbed Jersey, it feels both smart and sporty

Marni’s chunky off-white resin necklace sparkles with crystals and gold paillettes

Fendi’s statement knee-kength skirt is crafted from soft leather and layered with an eyecatching Zigzag motif

Peter Pilotto delivers another must-have print with this ‘Astrid’ stretch-silk top

Jimmy Choo’s monochrome ‘Lottie’ sandals in woven faux raffia And trimmed with glossy patent-leather

Proenza Schouler two-tone sandals


The Coveted

There’s a New Kid in Town Introducing Memorigin to the UAE is indeed a way of further bridging the Orient and Middle East. Memorigin is the first Hong Kong brand to make tourbillon watches. Their design merges Asian design with top watch-making techniques from the West to create a tourbillon which has a strong Hong Kong cultural character. The Memorigin philosophy is reflected in the company’s name, which derived from the words ‘memorial’ and ‘original’. Their timepieces not only record the passage of time, they also preserve memories from significant moments in your life. The brand name Memorigin therefore evokes the company’s goal of providing clients with a selection of timepieces that serve a unique purpose to celebrate life’s moments and preserve lasting memories. The brand may be popular for its unique men’s collections, but they have Ladies series that’s wellloved, too. One in particular that caught our attention is this Tourbillon Ladies Series - Skeleton which showcases full skeleton movement, delicate and intricate alligator strap, 158 pieces of subassembly module, and sapphire crystal in both sides. With this, we’re officially fans of Memorigin.



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Arabian Woman May 2014 Issue  

This month, Arabian Woman explores the world with its travel-themed issue. With how-to guides and special exclusive features, it's a must-re...

Arabian Woman May 2014 Issue  

This month, Arabian Woman explores the world with its travel-themed issue. With how-to guides and special exclusive features, it's a must-re...