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(ISSUE #173) JULY - AUGUST 2014




Time for giving One person can make a difference

Ramadan tips Reset your body this holy month

Beauty in modesty Be in tune with culture and tradition

Oscar de la Renta Kaftan at Harvey Nichols, C’est Moi Kaftan at S*uce, Zayan the label Kaftan at S*uce





Features 44 Making a difference Meet the women who give selflessly back to the society and spreading happiness around


Ramadan 101

AW shares some insights into what makes up the holy month of Ramadan

Karl Lagerfeld @ Bloomingdale’s


Modest chic

Who says you can’t still look fabulous if you don’t show some skin?


London guide

We pick out some of the most iconic and best shopping spots in London


DKNY Summer Pre-Fall Looks 2014

Regulars 12 Editor’s pick 16 aw trends 38 Glam events 90 artsy 92 entertainment 94 A-list celebs 98 the coveted


editor’s letter

Summer/ Ramadan


It’s that time of the year again when we’re blessed with family gatherings and friendly get-togethers. Indeed, the Holy Month of Ramadan renews not only our faith and our respect for traditions, but it also strengthen our family ties. In this issue of Arabian Woman, we celebrate with you, our dear readers, the many blessings this month brings. To begin, we share with you the stories of women who give back to the community. We also share some answers to your frequently asked questions regarding Ramadan. Our practical tips in going through the fasting healthily are must-read as well. C Wonder Summer Collection 2014

The Row

Meanwhile, the Eid/Summer offers will keep you informed where to go and what to do during the much-awaited holidays. And, of course, our dedicated photo shoot that display the stunning fashion pieces perfect for Iftar, Suhour and Eid gatherings must not be missed. Our beautiful cover is a testament to the remarkable styles you can choose from. But aside from the Ramadan special, AW also boasts of our exclusive interview with ‘the’ Jenan Moussa, the Al Aan TV war reporter who has been in the frontline of dangerous zones, covering and sharing with the world what’s happening in war-torn Syria, Libya, Egypt, to name a few. The one-on-one interview has allowed us to witness her passion and dedication in journalism. Our constant sections of travel, dining reviews, fashion and beauty will definitely feed you with amazing delights this month, too.

Christian Louboutin’s Mariniere

Have fun reading our combined July/August issue – and we’ll ‘see’ you after the Summer! Live and love,

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editor’s pick

Pre-Fall Essentials Attending the Gucci unveiling of PreFall 2014 collection, we couldn’t help but get hooked on its crisp and concise – with precise tailored lines – pieces. The collection has an unembellished style that places emphasis on volume, shape, and physicality. The silhouette is sleek and features solid lines with tactile sensibility. And of course, the sharp silhouette calls for saturated, bright hues that alternate with contrasting graphics. Fuchsia, mandarin orange, ruby, brick red, bumblebee yellow, royal blue and sky paired with tones of camel, tobacco, navy, black, and white. This look in particular has our eyes fixated with the bright Gucci trench teamed with the House’s present ‘it’ bag – the bucket shaped Diamante.




Fashion Beauty Luxury

Modesty creates a mystery so beautiful that the world fears it.


The Elder Statesman’s Picasso Striped Cashmere Sweater

Derek Lam Pre-Fall 2014

Back to the ’70s

Marni Piped SilkMarocain Blouse

Valentino Pre-Fall 2014

Pre-Fall 2014 is an exciting period; a throw back to the golden era of the 70s with flared denims, platform mules, peasant blouses and miniature leather satchels splashed on trend. Rock this look by teaming with statement pieces, to add more contemporary flair. M Missoni Jacquard-Knit Cotton-Blend Mustard Top

Tod’s Gommino Leather Loafers

Chloé’s The Marcie Mushroom Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag

Gucci Striped Wool, Silk and CashmereBlend Sweater Michael Kors’ LooseFit Midnight-Blue Maxi Dress

Eugenia Kim Sunny Toyo Wide-Brim Hat

Altuzarra Redwood Striped Wool and Cotton-Blend Bootcut Pants

The Row Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses

Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2014

Nautical Return

Alice By Temperley’s Pleated Georgette Maxi Dress

Victoria Beckham Denim’s Mid-Rised Flared Stretch Jeans

Another comeback we’re looking at is the nautical trend. Make sure you’re stocking double-breasted jackets, sharp gold buttons and butter-soft white loafers (well aside from the staple monochrome stripe, that is).

Maison Martin Margiela’s Burgundy Leather Sandals

Heidi Klein Striped StretchJersey Mini Dress

Valentino Pre-Fall 2014

Herve Van Der Straeten Hammered Gold-Plated Cuff

Gucci’s ‘Lady Tassel’ Tote


Paloma Barceló Espadrille Sandals

Roksanda Ilincic’s WideLeg Pair Of Culottes

AW TRENDS Emanuel Ungaro AnimalPrint Wool-Blend Blazer Fendi Textured Gold-Plated Earrings

Temperley London’s Folk Lace-Paneled Crepe Jumpsuit

Giambattista Valli’s Oversized Shirt is Cut From White Cotton-Poplin

Paul & Joe’s Soft Leather Pair

Mm6 Maison Martin Margiela’s Oversized, Italian-Made WoolBlend Coat

The Row Cashmere Cape

Adam Lippes Embellished Duchesse-Satin Top

Givenchy Snake Sandals

Diane Von Furstenberg Printed Silk Jumpsuit

Disco Fever

High-octane gold accessories on the ready as Pre-Fall 2014 permits you to pair that jumpsuit and silky dress. Think classic dance ensemble you can rock when you hit the streets. Be inventive!

Michael Kors Alpaca and Silk-Blend Turtleneck Sweater

Structured Oversize

Adam Lippes Embellished Duchesse-Satin Top

Oscar De La Renta’s SilkBlend Lamé Wide-Leg Pants

The Row has a number of pieces for you, we’re sure. This trend requires softly structured and gently oversized items that the Olsen twins are known for. Offset longer-length proportions by revealing an elegant ankle or wrist. These are your investment pieces.

Moschino Pre-Fall 2014

Gucci LeatherTrimmed Wool and Alpaca-Blend BoucléKnit Sweater

Valentino Wool and Silk-Blend Crepe Culottes

Bottega Veneta Small Intrecciato Leather Tote

Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane’s Black ‘Monogramme’ Quilted Shoulder Bag

Lanvin Patent-Leather Point-Toe Flats

Stella Mccartney Pre-Fall 2014

Gianvito Rossi Leather PointToe Flats

Charlotte Olympia’s Natalie PvcTrimmed Suede Pumps

Elie Saab Pre-Fall 2014

Bottega Veneta Pre-Fall 2014

Guild PatentLeather Jimmy Choo Guild Patent And Snake-Effect Leather PointToe Flats



Sunny Mosaic Dolce&Gabbana proudly honours once more the traditions of Italian craftsmanship, and for the fist time applies the art of micro mosaic to its eyewear. This process has its roots in ancient Roman culture: the technique of micro mosaic, or filato minute mosaic, required the spinning of the tiles that composed the mosaic, resulting in tiles that were much smaller and thinner than those used in classic mosaics. The micro mosaic, created exclusively for the Dolce&Gabbana eyewear collection, involves masterly expertise in the spinning of Murano glass, resulting in micro tiles that are then delicately and accurately laid by hand by skilled craftsmen, a technique that constitutes the very foundation of their craft. To create the floral compositions in mosaic that embellish the eyewear of Dolce&Gabbana Mosaico Collection, over 30 different filato designs were developed that beautifully recreate the leaves, pistils, and petals of the flower. The result is a true inimitable ‘artwork’ expressing the most refined premium luxury, and it acts as a tribute to those floral themes that are so beloved by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, themes that are deeply embedded in the DNA of the brand.

The Louis Vuitton Museum

Aquazzura X Olivia Palermo

The Fondation Louis Vuitton will open its doors in Paris in 2014. This extraordinary space for art and culture was conceived by architect Frank Gehry as a vessel whose sails soar amidst the trees of the Bois de Boulogne. The building’s construction represents unprecedented technological challenges.

The fabulous shoe metropolis, Level Shoe District announced the collaboration between the luxury footwear brand Aquazzura, created by designer Edgardo Osorio and Olivia Palermo, style icon and charity ambassador. This exclusive ‘one of a kind’ collection will be available in 12 selected stores worldwide and Level Shoe District has been chosen as one of them.

The building counts 12 immense glass sails, joining a longstanding tradition of glass architecture in Paris, including the Grand Palais. Gehry also drew inspiration from the Palais d’Hiver and the Palmarium, two glass and steel structures that graced the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the 19th century, bringing Parisians opportunities for discovery and elegant promenades.

This ultimate ‘survival pack’, created after hours spent in Palermo’s closet and Osorio’s archives, includes styles perfect for a relaxed and casual day or a sophisticated evening: Elegant ‘over the knee’ suede boots, statement jewel sandals with crystal ornaments inspired by one of Olivia’s vintage Victorian necklaces. Metallic leather sandals featuring an ingenious architecture which creates an impression of a never-ending leg. Laced-up gladiator sandals perfect for fashion week or dancing the night away. A perfect everyday suede and snake pump. The suede bootie (made with Aquazzura’s patented, ultra-soft cashmere leather) which can easily be dressed up or dressed down. This collection is everything any woman will ever need, for any occasion.

The architecture is a bold dialogue between tradition and modernity, expressing ‘the artistic vision of the Foundation’. Devoted to contemporary art, the Fondation Louis Vuitton will enable a broad public to enjoy a multitude of artistic creations, deepening LVMH’s ongoing commitment to promoting culture. The Fondation Louis Vuitton is committed to respecting High Quality Environmental Standards (HQE), acting as a pilot project for certification of cultural buildings.


Aquazzura X Olivia Palermo collection will carry six exclusive to Level essential styles, showcasing how the creative power between Osorio’s modern vision of luxury and his attention to detail comes together with Palermo’s innate sense of style and art of mixing accessories.

What started out as a friendship and mutual admiration – Palermo has always been a supporter of the brand. The iconic fashion celebrity was seen wearing Aquazzura since its inception, which evolved very naturally into a creative partnership.


Welcome to Paris Glittering with Tiffany & Co.’s world-renowned diamonds and legendary colored gemstones, Tiffany welcomed guests from around the world to its newest store at 62, Avenue de Champs Élysées. The approximately 300 guests included Jessica Biel, Hilary Swank, Emmanuelle Seigner, Melanie Doutey, Marina Hands, Caterina Murino and Elsa Zylberstein. Guests were welcomed to a cocktail reception at the store where they were able to explore the magnificent new interiors and jewellery collections displayed across three floors. Also on view for a limited time, is the legendary Tiffany Diamond. The 128.54-carat fancy yellow diamond is mounted in a necklace of white diamonds totaling more than 100 carats. It is the heart of Tiffany’s diamond legacy and the inspiration behind every Tiffany diamond. Tiffany’s brilliant new store reflects the company’s global reputation as a luxury brand and a 177-year history that includes Paris, where Tiffany first opened a store in 1868. The new store is Tiffany’s fourth location in Paris and fifth in France.

For the love of shopping The Chic Outlet Shopping Villages in the UK, France, Germany and Belgium – Bicester Village; La Vallée Village; Ingolstadt Village and Wertheim Village; and Maasmechelen Village, respectively – have created an exceptional experience for guests visiting the cities closest to the Villages. Located within an hour of these iconic destination cities, the Villages offer international guests further rewards; through partnerships with numerous airline partnerships – including Lufthansa and Etihad Guest – members of their frequent flyer programmes can earn air miles as they shop in the boutiques of the finest luxury brands in the world. Because time is precious, Chic Outlet Shopping have also partnered with Dnata and Emirates Holidays to offer their customers special VIP services when they visit the Villages, which will enhance their day of luxury shopping, including personal stylists, Valet Parking, international delivery service and a tax-refund scheme for nonEU visitors. Chic Outlet Shopping is making sure that each and every Village in Europe is ready to offer a warm welcome and luxury experience for its most special guests.

Piaget’s Rose Garden

Patron of both the rose and the gardens that cultivate it, Piaget remains committed to the preservation of this graceful and seductive flower in its natural form. This commitment is reinforced in Piaget’s support of the refurbishment of the Princess Grace of Monaco Rose Garden, originally planted in 1984 in honour of Prince Rainier’s wife. This idyllic garden located in Fontvieille has been reopened to the public on June 15, 2014. Eight months of work resulted in the addition of 2,500 new roses thanks to a 1500sqm expansion to accommodate new varieties for the enjoyment of visitors, many of whom travel from all corners of the world to admire these magnificent flowers.

For the first edition of the International Rose Competition of Monaco saw the Maison creating a trophy in its workshops reflecting the stylistic elements of the Piaget Rose jewellery collection. The award doubled up as a piece of fine jewellery in rose gold (30.4g), set with a precious diamond pistil (0.5 ct). When it is not worn as a brooch or pendant, the intricate flower can be clipped onto a stem handcrafted from amaranth wood by a Swiss sculptor and artist. This prized set is presented to the winner of the contest in a triptych case decorated with rose motifs. With the reopening of the Rose Princess Grace of Monaco and the crowning of a second winner of the Monaco Rose Competition, Piaget expresses once again its admiration for the rose in all its splendour, with a desire to protect its great, yet ephemeral beauty.


Men’s Fashion

Just In The beloved British retailer brings yet another option for quality shoe shoppers in the UAE with the launch of the Clarks Originals collection at Level Shoe District in The Dubai Mall. The stylish collection features the Clarks Originals iconic styles including the Men’s and Women’s Desert Boot. First launched in 1950, this lace-up ankle boot has remained virtually unchanged since the time of its design by Nathan Clark. The Desert Boot was inspired by a boot made in Cairo’s fabled Old Bazaar and was the footwear of choice for off-duty Army officers. This iconic Desert Boot is known not only for being versatile but also extremely durable. The crepe sole has been an essential feature of Clarks Originals since its very existence. One of nature’s great shock absorbers and water-repellents, crepe is made from latex tapped from the para rubber tree. Mixed, mashed and dried, it’s rolled into sheets before being trimmed to size, with any off-cuts recycled. The outer suede, supplied by Charles F. Stead, a tannery in the north of England, has roots going all the way back to 1893. This entire boot collection is exclusive to, and now available at, the Level Shoe District.

The ECCO Arabic Slippers On the hunt for stylish footwear to go with the clean lines of your kandoora? Give it a stylish match with ECCO’s Arabic slippers. For the first time in its brand history, ECCO is launching a footwear collection specifically catered to the Middle East region. With the introduction of the Arabic slippers, ECCO is bringing its pioneering shoemaking philosophy to national dress-clad customers. Flexible, supple and breathable, each pair is tailored from premium quality materials with utmost precision to provide maximum comfort and give a rich look that complements the beauty and clean silhouette of the kandoora. ECCO’s Arabic slippers are constructed with the brand’s proprietary direct injection production technology, one of the secrets behind the renowned ‘instant fit’ of ECCO shoes. Detailed for comfort with flexibility in mind specifically, ECCO’s Arabic slippers are light and easy to move in. Ready to wear on-the-go, each pair is designed for effortless walking that will have you prepared for any occasion.


Jeremy Scott x Love Moschino The designer extraordinaire continues to weave magic in the Moschino land. This time, we see his beautiful creation for menswear for Love Moschino. The collection is now available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Men’s Fashion

A first for Jimmy Choo Spring Summer 2015 sees the Jimmy Choo man taking a journey out of the familiarity of his native Mayfair. Unburdened, free from the constraints of formality, he is an urban adventurer, exhilarated by the prospect of broadening his cultural horizons. Experimenting with an effortless style, the collection merges the formal tradition signified by the Sloane smoking slipper with the contemporary spirit of the Belgravia trainer. The collection concentrates on uncomplicated silhouettes that, on closer inspection, incorporate surprising details calling upon innovative design technology and traditional craftsmanship to work in harmony. Denim, the fabric of today’s urban uniform, features heavily, signalling a utilitarian freedom in design, an industrial inspired sensibility, representing an authentic and modern mood.

Summer Watch Summer is a time for rejuvenation and seasonal fashions. Stylish men can restore balance and add flair with the Signature Collection of watches from wellbeing technology and premium lifestyle brand, Philip Stein. Each Philip Stein timepiece is beautifully crafted with a fashionable design that includes the Natural Frequency Technology to help promote wellness. The groundbreaking technology helps ease the day for the contemporary and fast moving individual. The coupling of the wellness technology and round chronograph dial, make the Signature Collection an elegant accessory for active men. With key features such as interchangeable straps for any occasion and the Natural Frequency Technology, the Philip Stein Signature Collection offer’s today’s on-the-go man more than just a timepiece.

Emirati luxury brand launches design exhibition In celebration of its 5th year anniversary, Private Collection, a Dubaibased luxury brand specialising in exclusively designed leather footwear and accessories, unveiled Private 5 - a stunning live exhibition that highlighted the company’s dedication to world-class quality and artistry. Held at The Dubai Mall, the exhibition featured master leather artisans using timeless techniques to create the premium, high quality leather goods that have become synonymous with the Private Collection brand. Guests were thrilled to discover the intricate steps involved in creating every pair of Private Collection footwear: from pattern cutting and edging, to hand stitching and trimming, to polishing the leather to a handsome finish. Private Collection takes enormous pride in its Emirati roots, and has gone to great lengths to produce timeless designs that resonate strongly with the Middle Eastern market. Despite being a relatively young player in the UAE’s vibrant luxury retail sector, Private Collection has created an extensive list of high-profile clientele due to its strong commitment to quality, coupled with a design aesthetic that blends tradition and modernity, resulting in a product range that celebrates Arabian culture whilst promoting an outlook of discovery and global exploration. As the UAE continues to assert itself on the global economic, social, and cultural platform, Private Collection sets its eye firmly on expanding its regional footprint. In addition to exclusively designed footwear and leather goods, the company also offers luggage, signature fragrances and other accessories sourced from luxury brands based in the world’s trendiest capitals.



Shoe Love Looking for your holiday sole mate? Look no further as Steve Madden has glamorous items that you can choose from. From stunning styles that are fitting for quiet and peaceful dinner by the poolside to casual chic pieces that are good for long city walks, you’re covered for stylish company indeed.

Dubai welcomes Boux Avenue One of the UK’s leading lingerie brands, Boux Avenue, is set to launch in the Middle East with its first store opening in July. Boux Avenue is a stylish, innovative lingerie brand that is an irresistible shopping haven for lingerie, nightwear, swimwear, and accessories.

Sporty H&M H&M’s expanded range of sportswear pieces incorporates performance with a natural instinct for fashion. Autumn is about new vigour and fresh energy, whatever the chosen activity, with pieces for men, women and children available from July 24 in selected H&M stores. “The new season for women at H&M Sport has both fashion and function. We’re inspired by urban street wear as well as the activities themselves, this season mixing together autumn shades with flashes of neon for energy,” says Petra Smeds, H&M Sport women’s designer. “Autumn is one of the most exciting times for sport. For men, the inspiration is a mix of urban protection and functionality with an update of varsity and sporting classics, with vivid colours that are fresh for the season,” says Jonas Blom, H&M Sport men’s designer.


To mark its entry into the market, the brand organised an exclusive collection preview where a catwalk was held for the ladies attending the event. The exclusive collection preview was held at the Waldorf Astoria, The Palm. The event was to set the stage for Boux Avenue’s luxurious appeal in the minds of the women of UAE. Mannequins were positioned throughout the room, dressed in Boux Avenue products so that guests could experience Boux Avenue’s beautifully designed lingerie, nightwear and swimwear first hand. Boux Avenue is launching in the UAE under the brand umbrella of Al Ghurair Retail.



The summer capsule collection includes a selection of items that represent DKNY’s striking colour palette and key looks for the season. It is cool, feminine and authentic - created for women that aspire to a more personalised style for the holy month of Ramadan. An exclusive photo shoot accompanying the DKNY Ramadan Capsule was shot in Dubai by Emirati photographer Saeed Al Khalifa and was a spirited collaboration between leading New York stylists for DKNY and two social media sweethearts of the Middle East - Yalda Golsharifi and Tamara Al Gabbani. The shoot beautifully captures the thematic quality and aesthetic vision of the collection with each individual look reflecting DKNY’s penchant for functionality, style and innovation. The accessories which include trendy bags and clutches in a variation of bold and neutral colours, together with the striking urban inspired hair and makeup (hot red lips with winged eyeliner) further enhance the harmony between DKNY’s urban chic image and the region’s culture.

Here Comes The Sun This summer, global fashion house Bebe presents a gorgeous collection of sensual, summery looks inspired by provocative Mediterranean themes. As part of the summer 2014 Collection, the new line boasts Bebe’s signature party wear, formal looks, active wear and the introduction of swimwear in the region. Bebe’s ‘Here Comes the Sun’ Collection draws its influence from the warm ambience of the Mediterranean coasts and sultry seas of the Middle East. Beautifully designed for the chic, modern Bebe girl, the new summer collection is as delightfully fresh, as it is glamorous and charming.

Photographer: Saeed Al Khalifa; Makeup: Revlon Middle East; Hairstylist: Ricci Capricci Beauty Salon

Donna Karan popularised the concept of the capsule collection in 1985 and today has nurtured the brand’s evolution by identifying the cultural sensibilities of DKNY’s global consumer market as well as reaching out to fashion forward communities on a more personalised level. For the brand’s first regionalised campaign, DKNY is proud to introduce the #DKNYRamadan Collection for Summer 2014.

The new evian Dubai has been selected as an elite global fashion capital – along with New York and Tokyo – to enjoy the new look evian bottle. evian, which has long been the water brand of choice for the fashion world and has collaborated with designers including Elie Saab, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jean Paul Gaultier and Issey Miyake for its annual limited edition bottles, recently debuted its new bottle designs – its first makeover in more than a decade – in the UAE, following hot on the heels of global launches in the US and Japan. With its sleeker and cleaner lines, the new evian bottle uses transparency to celebrate its natural mineral water contents. The bottle dons a ‘label-less’ look. Its front features a simplified, elegant reduction of the previous logo design – a panorama of mountains which celebrates the water’s source in a corner of the French Alps. This region is protected by the farming community to ensure that evian water maintains its pure, natural form. The bottle’s simple shape and beveled mountain ridges echo the source of the water. The brand’s story is told on the back of the bottle, and ‘evian’ is carved into the base as a playful design touch. Additional formats are set to debut in the following months.

The collection’s colour palette is ‘INTENSE’, flaunting tie dye, bright colours, black on black and mixed shades of white. From neon pinks to sunset orange, soak in the long summer days in dynamic jumpsuits and zesty high low dresses. Denims in summery hues of mint green, hot fuchsia and whites make a statement this season. The key pieces from this collection include crop tops, high waist skirts, cocktail dresses, white denim and jumpsuits. Make a statement with standout accessories such as metal plate belts, chainfringe jewellery and tassel-trimmed handbags. Indulge in gorgeous footwear with Bebe’s metallic wedges, zip-detail platform sandals, strappy gladiator boots and bejeweled flats for head-to-toe styling.



What every woman should know AW asks Balsam Al Khalil, Etiquette specialist & Image Consultant, the most important things all women must remember. Here are her answers‌


FASHION GUIDE What are the golden rules that every woman must live by? Treat people as you wish to be treated. Therefore, respect is one of the major rules to live by. Always remember that your personal image is your ticket to success so carry yourself gracefully and show self-confidence. Keep yourself groomed at all times. Always speak softly and never raise your voice, complementing your words with a smile. What are the must-have items a woman should live with? Black & white tops (short and long sleeves), a pair of jeans, trousers in black and nude colour, formal dark suit, little black dress, denim jacket, cardigan, and as many accessories as she can afford. What are your fashion/etiquette tips for women this Ramadan? It is the time to show respect and to be conservative in whatever we do, wear and say. Therefore the dress code and the conversations should follow accordingly. On the other hand, it is the right time to pull out that Abaya resting in your closet and wear it to an Iftar or Sohour invitation. If there is one thing every woman should remember when conducting themselves in public, what would it be? Never speak in a loud voice. Any more tips? A woman must always be reminded to wear attractive clothes that fit body type

and the occasion. Being well-groomed by having the right hairstyle and makeup sends a solid, powerful, positive, and confident image of yourself. Always complement your look with a smile, and always appear successful.

About Balsam Al Khalil

Lastly. What are your 10 essentials of fashion etiquette? 1.

Always remember that the first impression is very important in determining who you are so always look your best. 2. Dress up according to the time, place and the occasion. 3. Dress up for your body shape (not too tight, not too loose) 4. To guarantee a win-win situation, always keep your Business attire chic, neat and conservative (covering 90% of the body (no cleavage or very short and tight wear). 5. Keep your casual wear smart at all times as you never know whom you might meet along the way. 6. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes while travelling but without any metal accessories as that calls for security alarms and therefore delays (use scarves instead to complement the look). 7. Cocktail party invitations mean short dresses or what is known as cocktail dresses. Shoe type depends on the venue (outdoors or indoors). 8. Formal or black tie party invitations mean long dresses. Choose your best shoes and jewellery to complement your look. 9. White dresses aren’t recommended to wedding parties as they might outshine the bride. 10. Buy less, wear more by creating an extensive wardrobe through the mix.

If there is one thing every woman should remember when conducting themselves in public, what would it be?

Never speak in a loud voice.

Balsam Al Khalil, Chief Representative Officer for Bank of Beirut in UAE and the Gulf Region, is a holder of a law degree and a woman specialised in business investments with the region. She is a senior banker who has spent her life in the corporate world focusing on growing businesses for individuals. Being a perfectionist, Balsam proceeded at a later stage of her life to study etiquette, in addition to fashion styling and image consultancy, both at the London College of Fashion and the Finishing Touch Academy in Dubai. Having an eye for details and a passion for seeing things better, Balsam started writing several articles aboute etiquette in relation to sheer manners and lifestyle. Most recently she published her first book, ‘Travel Etiquette’, a guide for the modern traveller that contains helpful travel tips put by ‘Miss B’, the representative character created specially for this topic.





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




7. 1. Vita Liberata’s Dry Oil Dew An advanced body, face and hair oil that offers extensive sun protection while the repair actives will instantly smooth, soothe and protect the skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. The aromatic blend of Passion Flower, Argan and Sweet Almond Oils will leave your skin luxuriously soft, nourished and energised, while your skin is effectively protected with a built-in broad spectrum SPF. 2. Reyne’s Unique Face Cream The divinely light and soft Unique Face Cream from French skincare brand, Reyne, stimulates the beauty of your skin. The high concentration of Argan Pearls supports tired skin by protecting it, revitalising it and bringing it an immediate sensation of lightness and comfort. Acting as a messenger, a Matrikine peptide takes part in cellular restructuring and skin repair. It reinforces the skin’s repair processes, notably at the dermis level, for effective wrinkle reduction. Your skin appears radiantly beautiful. 3. Clinique New Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick This lipstick is matte yet moist, comfortable, nondrying, stain-free. In usage tests, following one application, it retained 60% of its colour and cover after hours of rigorous wear. Panelists drank coffee, talked, ate – without experiencing any creeping, flaking, or feathering. 4. Human+Kind’s Skin Lightening Cream It assists to lighten, brighten and even out the tone of your skin whilst working on areas of hyperpigmentation. What’s more, it has an instant effect! As with the entire Human+Kind range, the Skin Lightening Cream contains no parabens and no


chemicals. It is multi-functional and effective, formulated with high quality and a high percentage of active ingredients to provide you with more than just a beauty fix. 5. Guerlain’s Terra Tropica by Terracotta The legendary formula of Terracotta – the number one bronzing powder – has been reinvented for a limited edition. From a cult product to an unmissable collector’s item, it has become a bronzer and blush Powder Duo. Incredibly seductive in its XXL format, the powder is etched with a unique design. It is set to be the season’s absolute musthave to create a radiant tan glowing with beauty. 6. Mikyajy’s Prom Princess The popular make-up box comes in a lavish purple box and has everything you need to achieve a glamorous look. Each kit contains over 80 options – a psychedelic range of eyeliners, eye shadows, mascaras, lipsticks, lip gloss, blushes and lacquers, even beauty tools like tweezers, various brushes, nail cutters and nail files. If you’re on the hunt for the ultimate cosmetic kit to create all kinds of looks, from natural to professional, Prom Princess is your best bet. 7. MAKE UP FOR EVER Black Eyeliners Introducing three intense black, long-lasting eyeliners (Ink Liner, Artist Liner, Graphic Liner) with different finishes to its range, MAKE UP FOR EVER now offers you the must-have eyeliners which adapt to your preference and provide you with any look you desire…be it defined eyes, enchanting eyes, intense colour, adjustable line or precise line.

SPANX Skinny Looking for some sheer shaping power that will give you that stunning silhouette? Well, fret not. The Britch is back, and better than ever. Tackle those dreaded wardrobe malfunctions this summer with SPANX’s Skinny Britches, a light as feather, body shaper that covers assets and streamlines your shape. With strategically positioned Criss-Cross Britch Strips, this super powerful shaper targets the tummy, to keep you looking slim and sleek under those summer dresses.


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

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For Him:

Nuit d’Issey Sharp, crisp and mysterious, the fragrance is an ode to wood. An effervescence of rich ingredients, mingled with opulence and potency. The strength of woods and the potency of sensual, leathery notes underscore the intentionally very masculine character of Nuit d’Issey, a spicy, woody, leathery fragrance.

1. ‘W’ Series by Ajmal Perfumes The first ever Signature Collection takes inspiration from the lure of wood – this range aptly known as the W-Series, boasts of a trio of the best niche fragrances – Amber Wood, Hatkora Wood and Santal Wood and is an extension of Ajmal’s promise to continue offering the best fragrances to the consumers in the region. 2. Gucci Oud Gucci Oud is a unisex fragrance for those connoisseurs who have the confidence and desire to seek new experiences and search out a scent that is powerfully seductive and, as befits the spirit of Gucci, interpret ancient ingredients from the East in a modern, iconic way. The intense richness of the fragrance is created with a natural and unique source of Oud, which has been specially selected, cultivated and purified for Gucci. 3. ELIE SAAB’s La Collection des Essences It’s a series of what he calls ‘couture’ fragrances, the collection is unisex and inspired by the meticulous and artful know-how required in the making of a haute couture garment. The collection consists of four editions: Essence No 1 Rose, Essence No. 2 Gardenia, Essence No. 3 Ambre and Essence No. 4 Oud. 4. By Terry’s FRUIT DÉFENDU and BLEU PARADIS For the second Haute Perfumery Collection by TERRY de GUNZBURG, a new world of colours and scents surprises us, mischievous, floral, fruity, smoky and passionate! Both joyful and luxurious, where detail is everything, this new fragrance duo is captivating with shades of fresh green and sky blue. The green rose, impetuous and fruity which became FRUIT DÉFENDU, and then his blue rose, velvety, clearly sensual, which became BLEU PARADIS. 5 M.Micallef’s Watch Representing the time for love, Watch originally launched in 2002 with a delicate clock built within the perfume’s frame. Now the symbolic bottle, adored by many, has been lovingly re-sculpted to offer the gift of time. Watch cocoons a glorious vanilla, Jasmine and mandarin entrance, while base notes of Amber and Musk shine through.

The Rose Malaki In 2012, the worldrenowned jeweller and watchmaker Chopard launched a new fragrance designed to celebrate the fertile meeting of western craftsmanship and eastern inspiration. Based on the noblest components, this perfume was called Malaki, from the Arabic word signifying ‘royal’. And Chopard Oud Malaki soon became a symbol of elegance and refinement. Chopard Rose Malaki is the latest addition to the Malaki line. This spicy floral fragrance is a sensual tribute to one of the most revered ingredients in the ancient art of perfumery: the Rose. This fragrance revisits the oriental origins through the unique combination of Damascena Rose absolute and a rose petals accord. The Damascena Rose is one of the oldest cultivars in existence, renowned for its voluptuous, almost carnal scent and its addictive honeyed undertones. Wearing Chopard Rose Malaki provides an empowering feeling of sensuality and refinement. This fragrance for men and women is a tribute to a timeless Love the Ocean For each Davidoff Cool Water bottle sold, Davidoff helps to protect 10.000m² of ocean. To mark this renewed commitment, the male and female versions of Davidoff Cool Water and the brand new Davidoff Cool Water Night Dive will be sold in limited-edition Love the Ocean sleeves. An exclusive edition of Davidoff Cool Water for Man 200ml will also be revealed to celebrate the success of the Pristine Seas missions. This collector’s item will be branded with a special logo and packaged in a beautiful underwaterthemed sleeve.


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The Long and Short of it …The Hottest Summer Hair Trends From super red carpet Ombre hair colour to loose pretty waves, Saadiya Ahmad learns the summer’s hottest trends and how to get your tresses in perfect condition…


Beauty special and created using the Balayage technique whereby thin pieces are finely coloured and lifted just about two shades to give a super natural beachy sun-kissed look,” she says.

Keratin Treatment

While the days of poker straight flat hair are passé, Moustakime points out that the Keratin treatment is still going strong. “This is more of a smoothing treatment rather than a straightening treatment,” she says and explains that it’s a perfect must-do for the summer as it alleviates most of the need for blow drying and styling. “This lasts for about three to four months and removes frizziness; but the best part is that this is actually a hair treatment as it adds more keratin to our hair, making it stronger and healthier over time.”


The Showstopper is Ombre

From Khloe Kardashian to J. Lo, today’s must-have hair colour trend is Ombre, tells Lydia Moustakime, Senior Stylist at Sisters Beauty Lounge in Dubai Mall. “Basically Ombre is the look that starts darker at the crown and gets progressively lighter going downwards towards the ends of the hair,” she tells. Ombre can be done using several techniques but the most popular at the moment is the Bronde technique. “This is the hottest summer hair trend but unlike Ombre, has a few strands weaved in-between to break the contrast between light and dark,” she explains, adding that the Ombre colouring technique is actually very versatile and can suit any complexion and can be done in a huge variety of colours and colour combinations. It is also extremely low maintenance and grows out beautifully well. “We have clients requesting dark blonde on the crown and lighter ash blonde going downwards; that is hugely popular

right now,” she says, however the warmer colours are not too popular. And because colours can be played with and looks can be completely customised, each client can walk away with a completely unique look, from red carpet glamorous to beachy sun kissed and relaxed. “Basically if a client wants to look tan and golden, we can work with warmer shades but if she prefers to cool her look down and look paler, we will use cooler shades which are what is huge here at the moment,” she says. Also once your hair is lightened, she advises strongly that your eyebrows should also match and be lifted accordingly with the shade of your hair or it will look completely unnatural.

According to Moustakime, wavy, soft and feminine hair styles are hugely hot right now. “Many women these days are requesting glamorous looks that involve rollers and blow drying for a bouncy, larger than life look,” she says and haircuts are more about texturising and layering to give shape and volume.


Consider these as facials for your hair which not only give a boost for gorgeous hair but help you save money on your next trip to the salon. Salon treatments, says Moustakime are a must-do for all women. “Even if you buy the products yourself and do it at home, hair products created for salons are much more concentrated than the products made for home,” she explains. Be sure to treat your tresses to a luscious professional quality hair masque such as the White and Orange Masque Intense by Kerastase which Moustakime says will help your hair maintain its shine and infuse it with

Low Lights

While Ombre is the look at the moment, Moustakime adds that low lights are also very hot for the summer. “These are usually done in shades of honey, caramel and mocha


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moisture. “Also if you have coloured hair, use the Kerastase Hair Masque in the pink range to maintain the colour in between salon visits. “Also as water here has excessive saline, this range will infuse your hair with anti-oxidants and keep your colour from fading,” she says. “Daily blow-drying can be really drying for the hair and can eventually damage the hair.” Therefore use a heat protector cream before drying to maintain your blow-dry which will also make the hair easier to blow-dry.

Shampoo and C onditioners

Most hairdressers agree that it’s worth investing in good quality shampoo and conditioner, especially if you have coloured hair. Professional products have more intensive ingredients which is why they are more expensive, but you also have to remember that you need to use less of the product as they are extremely concentrated. When choosing a shampoo and conditioner, it is important to focus on the most pressing issue concerning you at the time. Moustakime advises to shampoo your hair around three to four times a week, not daily as this will increase the sebum on your scalp and can cause oiliness and scalp irritations. “Dry shampoos are great because they can help you in a rush and give you the quick –fix your hair may need,” she says.

Must have Hair Tools: •

Tangle Teezer; the perfect tool to remove tangles and brush your hair out without any breakage especially when it’s wet. • High quality medium sized round brush for blow drying • A good quality blow-dryer (Lydia Moustakime, Senior Stylist at Sisters Beauty Lounge in Dubai Mall) Contact: Sisters Beauty Lounge, Dubai Mall Tel. No. 04 339 8500 and 04 339 9307


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This Summer’s MustHave Hair Products: SACHAJUAN Sun Products Hair in The Sun With Ocean Silk Technology, this helps protect your hair and hair colour from the sun with a UV-filter that stays in the hair even after a bath or a shower. It also works as a styling cream, providing a light styling effect to keep your hair in place while enjoying the sun. Price: AED120

Hair After The Sun Also with Ocean Silk Technology, this re-moisturises, highly conditions and restores shine in your hair after exposure to sunlight. Can be left in or rinsed out, then styled as desired. Price: AED120

Treatment For Luscious Locks: Unlike Keratin and the Brazilian blowouts, Hair B.TOXX not only removes the frizz but also restores lost proteins into the hair to leave it shiny, soft and manageable. The secret to the treatment’s success is an innovative concentrate of active ingredients including caviar oil, B5 and E vitamins and collagen that, when combined, create a revolutionary complex, which penetrates the inner part of the hair, rather than just coating the outer part of the hair strands. As well as eliminating frizz and repairing split ends, this complex guarantees to moisturise, nourish, repair and revive hair, adding incredible shine and softness. The treatment starts off with a wash using the Hair Botox shampoo and next the B.TOXX treatment is applied and left on the hair for 45 minutes to allow its active ingredients to penetrate the hair cuticle. The hair is then washed with a mask to seal the cuticle, as well as moisturise the hair and the scalp before being washed again, dried and smoothed to seal the ingredients into the hair. The best part is the results last for between two and four months, allowing you to showcase silky, smooth tresses that will be the envy of all. Price: AED300; available at Vivandi Hair Spa

SACHAJUAN Shine Serum Say goodbye to summer frizz with SACHAJUAN Shine Serum, a protecting and repairing serum for damaged hair. Light enough to use even on the finest hair, the serum is also great for smoothing frizz and flyaways. Apply a few drops for a deep shine and a protective finish. Price: AED135

Herra Protect Hair Perfume Herra Protect Hair Perfume is a luxurious, daily, weightless hair treatment that protects and hydrates the hair whilst the captivating scent works in harmony with your own perfume. It shields the hair against every day stresses whilst protecting and saving precious time, as well as complimenting any other product range which makes it the perfect finishing product. Price: AED185 (Products are available at: Beauty Solutions Trading, Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdales, and Makeup Etc.)



People and Events

Enjoy new experiences with close companions to make it even more memorable


On the spot where a scud missile exploded (Aleppo)




Living while roving

Female war reporter for Al Aan TV, JenanMoussa, tells AW what it is like to witness history happens before her eyes, and what privilege it gives to share such to millions of people. Here’s our exclusive interview with the lady who threads the dangerous zones.


he young pretty little thing that was donning a beautiful summer dress when we met did not look like a war reporter to us. She was fresh, bubbly and full of life. So different from the television persona we expected her to be – so different from her image as the first and only reporter who managed to obtain the burial pictures of former dictator Muamar Ghadaffi.

a different sense of the word ‘travel’. If having had to illegally break into borders for more than twenty times were part of traveling, then yes, she’s been onto it still.

“Dubai is a rehabilitation center for me,” Jenna says with a smile.“I try to manage my sanity from every trip whenever I come back to this city. It sorts of takes me back to a normal, safe, happy environment. It’s difficult though. For the first week I’m back, I don’t talk to anyone. I help myself get back the balance I need. There were times that I felt guilty, you know. With all the invites and food I indulge with here, the thought of those people I met like the super skinny Somali children, I would really think a lot about how I do things. But at the end of the day, I need to detach myself, and find to disconnect. Otherwise, I would lose it.”

In Syria, she reported directly from the war zones of Aleppo, and even survived bombing raid by Syrian army as buildings around her collapsed. Jenan recalls,“It was emotionally devastating. The building we were hiding from in that old center of Aleppo was filled with one hundred plus people who were screaming with cries for help. We couldn’t get out. There was no electricity, no water supply. We were stuck there for two weeks with bare necessities. At that point in time, I realised that being in the front line is about living to tell the story. We managed to get out of it alive.”

Passionate and committed, the charming Jenan forgets everything when she’s doing horse riding believes, and she swims, dances and leads a very active sporty lifestyle during normal circumstances. She used to love traveling, but having had the chance to follow her passion gives her

Indeed, being in the frontline is no joke. Since she’s given the opportunity to go out in the field, the Al Aan correspondent has been a voice and witness of numerous groundbreaking news especially of the so-called Arab Spring.

“Yet, the images and voices of the people who were with me during those helpless times were something. There was this special child who was shouting ‘Mama, Mama’ all the time. There was Abdullah, a paralyzed man who couldn’t move but who could understand what’s happening around, who appeared so weak without his medical machine that

needed electricity to work. These stories of survival are what journalists should live to tell,” Jenan continues. Indeed the underground experience that led her not to shower for two weeks got retained in Jenan’s memory like a moment of truth. But that was just one of many overwhelming situations she encountered in the frontline for the past four years of being in Al Aan TV, and covering the major uprisings in the Middle East. As a prelude to her job as a crisis reporter, Jenan already covered the 2006 summer war in Lebanon.She also discovered a gruesome video of a Pakistani woman being stoned to death by the Taliban.Her work brought her also from Somali refugee camps in Kenya to the compound of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.She also reported from Timbuktu,

I’m not an activist but I try to help. Coming from those war-torn areas, I feel like it’s rather unfair for them to suffer. Since I am very active on Twitter, I use it to tell the needs of some of the people I met 35

ExclusivE Running past black curtains to avoid sniperfire (Aleppo, Syria)

…being in the front line is about living to tell the story.

Mali on the French intervention against Al Qaeda, and from Myanmar on the tragic situation of Muslim Rohingyas. And, Jenan also covered the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic embassy in Benghazi, Libya. One of the highlights of her career, she would say, is having had the opportunity to report and share the first burial images of the late Libyan dictator, MuamarGhaddafi. At that time, she was out and about Libya, roaming with rebels from town to town during the long desert war. Not knowing that she would be led standing 5 centimeters away from the dead Ghadaffi. With all her journalistic instincts, she managed to capture the moment clearly and firstly. Without doubt, Jenan’s passion for journalism has resulted in many scoopsof which international channels such as ABC, BBC and Reuters had picked up. Other than the breaking news she shares to the world, Jenan has also been a great voice of war-torn Syria where she tried to highlight the enormous human suffering of the Syrian population. Having been noted by Washington Post as one of the Twitter accounts to follow to better understand what’s happening in Syria, Jenan has taken into such social media channel to share her stories in a wider scope and audience. Jenan explains,“I’m not an activist but I try to help. Coming from those wartorn areas, I feel like it’s rather unfair for them to suffer. Since I am very active on Twitter, I use it to tell the needs of some of the people I met. Like for


ans ent with civili Jenan in basemg (Jarjanaz, Syria) in mb bo g rin du

example this Syrian family of whom five children need wheelchairs. I ‘tweeted’ the need, and practically minutes after I did that, people from the US and Qatar were sending support for them. Another case was this little Syrian born in a refugee tent. I also ‘tweeted’ about this wonderful life coming out in an age of war, and again a Kuwaiti family promised to provide help and adopt the kid until he is 18 so he would be raised properly.” Quite rewarding for someone who is only lending her voice to these less fortunate beings, Jenan finds great and immediate feedback from her thousands of followers in social media. She says,“I believe a lot of people empathise with each other. There are so many people out there who want to help.” There are definitely two sides to the story – her difficulties and rewards to being a crisis and roving reporter. But Jenan’s story has a third face. And, that is her being a woman crisis and roving reporter. She says,“I totally respect Al Aan TV for giving me this opportunity. I did not feel any sort of discrimination being a woman assigned in the field. You don’t see a lot of Arabic media that give opportunities to women, so for that Al Aan’s effort is

very commendable. Although I personally think that not too many women push for what they want, they don’t impose enough to get out there.” Thankful for the break that Al Aan Tv provided her, Jenan shares,“Al Aan TV is more known for its lifestyle shows. The news section we have actually focuses more on human interest stories. Yet they manage to give me the opportunity to report from the war and crisis zones. I’m so lucky to have Al Aan airs my stories.” Obviously, in a conservative Middle Eastern society, being a woman reporter in a dangerous field is quite peculiar. How did she manage to get the yes of her family to pursue her passion? Well, she never got the yes. “They never said yes, but I still do it,” Jenan quips with a laugh.“My father is my biggest supporter. They tend to worry of course but they don’t say no, don’t do that, but they also don’t say yes, go for that. Personally, I don’t tell them where I am assigned especially if it’s really dangerous, because they tend to worry and that brings emotional distress. They only get to know where I would be when they’d see me on Al Aan TV, and then they get to be happy knowing that I’m safe.”

ExclusivE Safety is one of the major challenges she faces by being in the dangerous war zones. Jenan tells AW,“Physical danger is the scariest thing. The bomb actually does not figure out a woman over a man, or a child over an adult. So, whether you’re a young woman doing your job in the field, you’re not being differentiated. Now being a woman adds extra challenges in this highly conservative region. One of the main challenges I faced in being a woman reporter was during my coverage in Egypt where women reporters and activitists were publicly harassed and raped, even. At that time, I tried my best to protect myself.” Recalling further instances when she had to take means beyond what she would usually do, Jenan furthers,“Back in Libya, I stayed one week in a hospital because we thought it was the safest place to hide from bombing.” Indeed, the hospital was not attacked but she had to live with all the screams, cries and sights of blood. “In Syria, while I was waiting for one commander to come join his troops, and get the chance to interview, I stood along with the men. Wearing helmet and vest, he mistook me for being one of his troops, and kissed me. He was so surprised to realise that I was a woman. He left, and the troops laughed after. But deep inside I was so scared, praying he wouldn’t kill me.” But being a woman in the field is not all hazardous. There are good sides to exploring the streets in a feminine body (dressed modestly). Jenan continues, “A woman’s perspective is somehow different from men. We tend to see things differently, and in my stories, those perspectives come through. Also, not everyone can speak to Arab women because of religious reasons. That gives me an edge, I think, plus the fact that I speak the language. Being an Arabic

speaker gives me the better ability to understand what’s happening as I read things perfectly, I hear people’s opinions and I can talk to them easily.” There is competition among fellow journalists on who would get the first scoops. But, Jenan competes to no one but herself. She aims to be her best version, wants to go international like the journalists who inspire her (Liz Ducett of BBC and Christian Amanpour of CNN), and she even recommends being a war reporter as career option. She declares, “I am just in the beginning of my career. I plan to stay here for as long as I can. Getting married and having children won’t stop me since I know several other journalists who are able to continue their passion in journalism yet still able to have family lives.”

journalism is to be a witness to history. The best form of journalism, for Jenan, is to be out there in the field and live to tell story. She won’t stop in investigating and searching for answers if her stories are still developing. She undoubtedly is one to follow. Jenan Moussa’s footsteps are slowly wandering through Middle East’s war areas, but her sturdy and committed stand will surely get her to reach her goals of international recognition. “I look at the pictures of myself in the field and I even ask myself how I did that. I was crazy. When I’m in the field, it gets so overwhelming. I just do it,” she concludes.

Holding a diploma in Radio and Television journalism from the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut, she also studied English Literature at the Lebanese university. In 2008,Jenan won Lebanon’s GebranTueni press award. Years after her studies, she became a handled projects and positions in various publications. It would be easier to stay in, and climb the corporate ladder by writing from the desk, but she does not find happiness in that. For her, without question, the most amazing thing in Jenan with Kurdish female fighters (Aleppo, Syria)

Posing next to female policewomen (Aleppo, Syria)

You don’t see a lot of Arabic media that give opportunities to women, so for that Al Aan’s effort is very commendable.”



Microsoft x Nokia In a full-packed ballroom, technology enthusiasts gathered at a regional conference to witness Microsoft Devices’ launch of first Lumia handsets that run Windows P hone 8.1 software. With Windows P hone 8.1, people the story continues with a number of new features – like Action Center, Word Flow and Senses – that are more personal than those offered by any other platform. The conference also saw the unveiling of the new Nokia Lumia 630, Lumia 635 and its f lagship smartphone Lumia 930, in an eventful night filled with info, models to try, caricaturists and musicians to entertain, and colourful popcorns to munch.



Hello, Summer! In a fun-filled afternoon, luxury brand Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons took the country’s top media to drumming and surprising activities in appreciation of continued support. Led by Hind Seddiqi, VP of Marketing, who develops a comprehensive plan to head up the company’s Marketing Department overseeing all marketing and promotional activities for the f lagship chain which retails more than 90 per cent of the world’s renowned luxury watch brands, the group’s appreciation lunch certainly witnessed a relaxed and excited bunch. 39


Limited edition unveiled GUESS presents a range of stylish creations, ideal for cocktails and parties perfect for any occasion. Soft f lowing dresses featuring cami and sleeveless tops are offered in red, black and electric blue, with refined leopard print or rich brocade details and trendy, hi-lo hemlines. A f luid gold Grecian tunic is a key piece, while 他 sleeved, maxi pencil dresses are available in black and silver or black and red lace, soft gold mesh jersey, as well as in short sleeved, midi versions in beige and gold or black and silver lurex weaves. The darling of the collection is the Nicola strapless, rhinestone embellished, bustier dress in electric blue, with a full-length chiffon skirt descending in a delicate caress.



EID Fashion Preview The much-awaited festive season is round the corner and Iconic’s Eid collection is your perfect bet to add that glamour to the celebrations with your loved ones. Iconic showcased the collection in an Arabic themed event which saw key pieces in luxurious fabrics and details along with delicate shimmering accessories. Guests also enjoyed the preview of the AW'14 range. 41

Ramadan The most blessed of months allows you to further your spritual journey, so rejoice and immerse yourself in a time filled with reflection and contemplation. Following which, let the festivities begin!


The Women Who Give Selflessly‌ In the true spirit of Ramadan, most of us try even harder to spare a few dirhams or some of our clothes to give to the needy. Yet there are some truly inspiring women who have taken the concept of altruism to a higher level. Saadiya Ahmad met with these dynamic women to learn how giving for them has become a way of life‌


Charity Saher Shaikh is the Founder of Adopt-a-Camp and Founder of Care Packages for Labourers which takes care of labourers in labour camps. It currently has more than 53,700 labourers across 52 labour camps under its wing. Adopt-a-Camp provides educational, health and emotional support, all alongside events to give the men working here fantastic memories and experiences. What motivates you? “What motivates me is the thought that Allah has blessed me with everything a person could want: health, loving family, and food on the table. One day I’ll be facing Him and he’ll ask me that He gave me so much and what did I do with it? I need to have an answer for Him, that I was grateful, that I didn’t take His blessings for granted and that I tried to share them with others. It’s how I was raised.” Can one person make a difference? “Of course. If everyone created little circles of caring around them, eventually those circles of caring would start to overlap and the world would be a much better place. Change starts in our own backyards. Everyone can make a difference.” Visit:

Tricia Evans is a Freelance Leadership Coach and volunteer on the Board of Gulf for Good, a Dubai-based charit y. The group organises adventure challenges around the world, in order to raise funds for children’s charities in the areas where these challenges take place. Anyone partaking in a challenge also has to raise sponsorship money which goes directly to the children’s charit y in the area. How long have you been engaging in charity work? “In 1988, I went to Africa (The Gambia) for the first time, and saw first-hand a very different world from the privileged world I lived in – I was shattered by the levels of poverty and abuse we encountered. We immediately sponsored a girl from a village we visited, and made sure that she received a good education. Then when I had my own daughter in 1997, I was driven by the desire for every child in the world to grow up safe, loved and educated – just as my daughter has been.” Can one person really make a difference? “Sadly, people who say and believe that ‘one person can’t make a difference’ rarely do anything much with their lives. One person can make a TREMENDOUS difference and the power of millions of people across the world doing things that make life better for others is a powerful force sweeping the world. We hear so much about wars and the bad things in life, but working with Gulf for Good has exposed me to literally hundreds of people who are doing amazing things to help others.” Visit:


Charity Dr. Houriya Kazim is a breast surgeon who runs Brest Friends, a charit y to raise awareness and educate women on breast cancer; to financially help wit h their treatment costs and to work as a support group for breast cancer patients. How long have you been doing charity work? “10 years ago, I rarely had women come to me just to have a check but would rather wait until they felt something wrong with their breasts. Many times, that was too late. So, the first thing I had to address was changing the psyche of women here to be more proactive with their breast health and have regular check-ups and not to wait until something goes wrong. Initially, the cost of cancer treatment was covered by the government for all residents, locals and expats. A couple of years ago, this changed and expats are not treated for free anymore. I found this left a significant number of women out there with no/inadequate insurance or no money to pay for their treatment which can run you upwards of AED500,000. So, we help as much as we can to make sure that everyone gets treated, not just the ones who can afford it. Then, I had many patients in my office wanting to speak to other women who had gone through similar experiences, so that is how we set up the support group, which is now in its 10th year and we meet once a month for talks, laughs and socialising.” Can one person make a difference? “They definitely can! The reason I chose to specialise in Breast Surgery is because I used to see, as a junior surgical intern, so many really advanced cases of breast cancer. Once I specialised and came back to Dubai and started my awareness program and talked to ladies groups and colleagues. I have to say that, in a relatively short period of time, I now don’t see that kind of advanced disease that I used to see all those years ago. And now I do have women who come to me with nothing wrong but just wanting to be checked. That’s real progress.” Visit: (currently being updated)


Charity Maria Conceicao, Social Entrepreneur, spearheaded the Maria Cristina Foundation which focuses on slum dwellers, mainly children, to provide them wit h a good level of education which will enable them to break out of poverty.

Roxana Jaffer, is not only the CEO of Holiday Inn Dubai in Al Barsha and Director of Sovereign Hotels (BV I) Ltd but also the Founder of abcF – an NGO entit led ‘an Advent for Building Human Capital’ that works extensively in Pakistan, wit h Chapters under progress for Tanzania and India wit h a remit to develop human capital for hospitalit y placement in ideal employment rather than in low ranking positions so they may in return help build a civil society. How long have you been doing charity work? “Whilst project managing the building of the unfinished hotel in 2006 and 2007, I saw contract labourers working under extreme temperatures of over 45 degrees toiling hard to make sure deadlines were met. Although they were employees of the contracting company I decided to treat the 500 or so workforce to a sit-down lunch in the basement car park. The tears in the eyes of this labour workforce and the words of Shukran being uttered were signs of how a small gesture of care had made such a huge difference.”

How long have you been doing charity work? “In 2005, I visited the slums in Dhaka and was so taken aback by what I saw – people carrying on with their everyday life in such extremely poor conditions. But what really made me think is that I could see an image of myself in each child and adult of how my life could have turned out if I had not been helped myself. My own mother became ill when I was two years-old and gave me to a friend to look after, but she never returned. I was raised in Portugal by a poor African immigrant who already had six of her own children. She fought hard to give me a good upbringing. Her motto was ‘if you can feed 6 you can feed 7’. This is my inspiration. More than anything though, I saw so much potential, although they were living in extremely harsh conditions, it was clear to me that these children were bright and determined.” Can one person make a difference? “I don’t really think about it. I am just doing something that I believe in and that I think will make a difference, not just today but permanently. I have had help along the way from volunteers, donors and sponsors, of course I couldn’t do without them – every person who donated to our cause is ‘one person who made a difference’ because a donation can pay towards a year’s education for child. I cannot express enough how much we need donations. We received tremendous support from Right Bite over the past months and they continue to support us. They have a great system where they donate a percentage of revenue from their healthy meal plan packages to pay school fees for MCF, if more companies could do this we would have much less financial struggles and possibly educate more children.” Visit:

Can one person make a difference? “Did Nelson Mandela not make a difference to South Africa’s apartheid by fostering racial reconciliation? Did Gandhi not lead India to independence and inspire movements for civil rights and freedom across the world? It just needs the one person to start a movement, start an action which is what I have done through my position of CEO. My take is that if I did not think of Allah’s bounty and did not appreciate him through my daily profit – seeking time, I would have lost an opportunity. An opportunity of allowing others to understand about the principles of our lives, for the betterment of our tomorrow, and it would have been for me a sunless today of despair.” Photo Credits: Imran Ahmed



Are You Ready For Ramadan? Ramadan is here once more and with that comes the delicious and specially prepared Iftar treats. Yet to stay within the true spirit of the Holy month and maintain optimal wellness, Saadiya Ahmad reveals effective ways to stay balanced and lead a lifestyle that will nourish the mind, body and soul.


TIPS The Reasons From flaky filled pastries and delectable sweets to fried fritters and dumplings, Lovely Ranganath, a senior nutritionist working with ‘Healthtrendz’, the healthy meal delivery initiative of the Event & Hospitality Services, Dubai World Trade Centre, explains that so many of us actually fall off the healthy eating bandwagon during Ramadan.“It’s a combination of different factors; the Holy month of Ramadan focuses a lot on being together with family, sharing family meals, inviting friends over, being invited by friends, loads of Iftar parties, and is essentially a month when women have the opportunity to display their cooking abilities,” she says.“It’s actually a proven fact that people tend to eat more than their requirement if they are offered food in large amounts and even more when sharing meals with friends and family.” This happy scenario, she adds, encourages the tendency to fill up with their favourite food items which will undoubtedly be in abundance.“Furthermore, with the weather being extremely hot and humid during Ramadan, people are not encouraged to go out for evening walks, visit the park or beach and prefer to stay indoors, which can exacerbate their health issues,” she explains. What to avoid It is paramount to remember that as we fast during the day, our stomach remains empty and will react somewhat differently to the foods we normally eat out of Ramadan. For example, Ranganath points out that it’s advised to avoid excessive spices as the stomach lining is sensitive post fasting.“Subjecting it to spicy food, especially at the time of breaking the fast, can potentially trigger digestive disturbances such as gas and heartburn,” she says.“Basically fried food items such as kibbeh, samosas, spring rolls, fritters and the like are really nothing but ‘empty’ calories for the body, meaning these foods have no nutritional value.” Added to this is the fact that these kinds of foods are loaded with fat that our liver cannot process, so our bodies store


TIPS it away as fatty tissue, especially around our waist. Another reason to avoid these foods is that these take a toll on our digestive tract and is one of the common causes of acidity. “Also remember that waking up for Suhour becomes difficult as the digestion of fried foods interferes with our sleep cycle as the body needs to put in more effort to break down the fats which is a long process,” she explains and in fact, a lack of proper sleep is also one of the reason people gain weight as this interferes with the hormonal balance in the body.“Also if the above fried items are ready-made and packaged then the sodium content in these would be even higher,” says Ranganath, and most people may not drink up on their water which causes water retention to our already dehydrated bodies making one feel bloated and uncomfortable after Iftar. What to Consume Fresh fruits, advises Ranganath, are a definite yes as this offers a great way to replenish all the electrolytes lost through the day during long hours of fasting.

form of grills or kebabs are great to ensure muscle loss does not happen. Breads And while breads are an integral part of our diet, Ranganath advises to completely remove starchy white processed breads. “White breads will only support a quick rise and fall in sugar levels making one hungry for more bread and of course

consuming dates is that it also works as a mild laxative and eases constipation, which is quite common due to a sudden change in lifestyle required during Ramadan,” she tells.“I also recommend including a few raw nuts as the good fats in these will help release the sugar in dates even more slowly keeping one feeling full up and in control, without the need to binge.” encourages fat accumulation,” she says.“A personal favourite is the Dr. Pape Evening Protein bread available in all major supermarkets and hypermarkets.” Lentils and Beans Also lentils and beans are most definitely under used in most Iftar menus… Ranganath advises to think mixed bean salad and lentil soup.“Fresh vegetable salads, for example the ever popular fattoush or tabbouleh are excellent for Ramadan as these are low in calories,

“By the end of the fast, most people would have low blood sugar levels and fresh fruits can provide the complex carbohydrates and fibre which will help with the body a gradual rise in glucose levels as well as improved digestion and prevent constipation,” she states. Dates With regards to fruits, Ranganath stresses the importance of consuming dates and says they are an absolute must-have.“Dates are high in vitamins A, B6, potassium, natural sodium, iron and magnesium,” she says. A fasting person’s body has low reserves of these nutrients which dates will help replenish. Essentially the natural sugars in dates will give the instant energy boost required for evening prayers.“The best part about


Protein Furthermore, Ranganath emphasises that meat, chicken, and/or fish definitely need to be part of a healthy Iftar meal.“The protein content will help one feel fuller faster and for longer,” she explains and in fact, one major issue most people face is losing muscle tone during Ramadan due to reduced muscle mass. Therefore consuming more than adequate portions of beef, lamb, chicken or fish mostly in the

high in fibre, satisfying and will provide that extra dose of nutrients and fibre along with improving digestion and supporting the sleep cycle. Must-Do A great tip, advises Ranganath is to drink one litre of lemon water apart from the one to two litres of regular water.“This is a great way to boost the digestive system


Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth Eating healthy in Ramadan does not have to mean forgoing your sweet

treats entirely. Ranganath elaborates, “My personal favourite, which is quite simple but takes care of your cravings, is a delicious nutrient rich dessert made from one ripe avocado, one to two tablespoons of raw nut butter or tahini paste, four to five ripe dates and one to two teaspoons of raw unsweetened cocoa powder; blended to make a dessert that will resemble a mousse.” This, she adds, is delicious and from just a few teaspoons, will fill you up and make you say goodbye to your ‘sinful’ unhealthy cravings. Another healthy suggestion is the latest Air Fryers; “These are a great alternative where one wins the battle between taste and health and I encourage people to buy these amazing kitchen appliances which can be best used during Ramadan,” she says.

Golden Rules to Follow for Ramadan: • • • •

Avoid too much fat, sugar, salts and caffeine. Always have fresh food available. Stick to a low-fat diet. Cut out fried foods. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables when possible.

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as lemon flavoured water has a positive impact on your liver, provides you with sufficient vitamin C as well as hydrates your muscles making you feel less tired and lethargic,” she says, but also drink lots of water.“It seems obvious but do drink plenty of water between Iftar and sleep to avoid dehydration,” she says.“Drinking too much tea will increase urine output and inevitably cause the loss of valuable mineral salts.”Also avoid caffeinated drinks such as coke, coffee or tea four to five days before Ramadan, gradually reduce the intake of these drinks since a sudden decrease will result in headaches, mood swings and irritability.



For healthy, fit you How to keep fit with exercise this Ramadan? Read on‌






ith so many things happening in your life during Ramadan, it can get quite difficult to keep your fitness regimen in check. You have to meet family and friends, change your daily routines, and most importantly, fast from sunrise until sunset – all factors that can deter you from following through your fitness plans during the Holy Month. We sought the help of Nathan Brown,


Group GX Manager at Fitness First Middle East, to give us expert tips on how to keep fit with regular exercise this Ramadan. Stay Hydrated As it’s generally coming into the hotter season, keeping hydrated is important for everyone whether you are fasting or not. Plain water is sometimes not enough so you may need an electrolyte drink to replenish the sweat factor lost especially

if you have been fasting. In addition, hydrate before, during and after exercise – it doesn’t necessarily need to be fluids,you can also source the necessary hydration from fruits as an alternative. Vary Your Training Your training needs variation during Ramadan. If it’s cardio training, do a combination of body weight exercises and equipment-assisted exercises. For example, perform body weight squats (50 reps), a treadmill run (Level 10+ 400


meters), body weight burpees (50 Reps), rowing machine (Level 10+ 400 meters) and complete the cycle four times. This will definitely burn the unwanted calories away. For those who are fasting, complete only 25 reps, and run 200 meters for both the treadmill and the rowing machine, adjusting variation in speeds. Resistance Training Is Imperative Along with cardio training (TIP 2) –

remain vigilant in obtaining resistance training throughout Ramadan. This could be in the water, in the gym lifting weights or at home walking up a flight of stairs. Either way you must look at resistance to maintain muscle tone and conditioning. The process I would recommend is attend a TUFF, Bodypump or XFIT class before or after Iftar. An alternative option is combine these weighted exercises and complete five sets in total. Station 1: Bar squats combined with Body weight squats (20 reps each) Station 2: Push-ups combined with Bar Chest press (20 reps each), Station 3: Sumo High Row combined with a Dead LIFT (20 reps each) Station 4: Thruster combined with a Overhead lunge ( 20 reps each) Station 5: Sit ups, shoulder touching floor and hands reaching to touch feet (20 reps), Plank holds for (20 seconds) – complete five sets. It’s All In The Timing Most government and private companies have shortened hours over Ramadan – this means you have the chance to train

and exercise well before Iftar. It also means your timing to burn calories can be effective and more efficient resultswise. How? EPOC stands for ‘exercise post oxygen consumption’. In other words, when you have exercised you will keep burning calories after because your metabolism is still in an active state. Remember the key is timing your workout right so you stay in the caloric working zone even after you have completed your workout and enjoying Iftar at the same time. Don’t Lose Your Motivation, Keep Moving! During Ramadan, we tend to lose the energy or just can’t be bothered. If you use the escalators or travelators, keep walking. Don’t just stand there waiting for it to take you to the top as it breeds laziness. Avoid using the lift, use the stairs instead and walk as long and as far as you can when inside a shopping mall. *fitness feature also published online in



Understanding Ramadan AW shares some religious facts and social issues about the blessed month to remind all Muslims on its great significance. For the non-muslims, this will provide a deeper understanding of the Islamic practice and pave the way for greater harmony between all.


FAQ What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. Since Islam uses a lunar calendar, Ramadan is not on a fixed Gregorian date each year. Rather, the month typically moves ahead around 10 days year on year. The significance of Ramadan is that this is the month in which the Quran was sent down, as evidenced in the Quranic verse, “Ramadan is the (month) in which the Quran was sent down, as a guide to mankind and a clear guidance and judgement (so that mankind will distinguish from right and wrong)”. Why fast in Ramadan? There are 5 pillars of Islam, with fasting being one of them. Contrary to what’s often thrown around as the reason for fasting – to let Muslims have a taste of the ‘less privileged life’ – fasting was prescribed by Allah so that first and foremost Muslims can attain piety and righteousness. Every other result of fasting – and there are many advantageous ones – are secondary. How long do Muslims have to fast? From dusk till dawn, as per the Quranic verse, “...and eat and drink until the white thread (of light) becomes distinct to you from the black thread (night/darkness) of the dawn. Then strictly observe the fast until/to the night”. Scholars have granted some countries special exemptions, such as those with round the clock daylight or round the clock nightfall. In these cases, the Islamic scholars recommend two options: either follow the timings of the closest country that has proper sunrise and sunset, or follow a Middle Eastern country, particularly KSA. If you are living in a country where you can clearly distinguish between day and night, many scholars believe that you are required to fast from the break of dawn to sunset

regardless of the length of day. Does every Muslim have to fast? Every Muslim that has reached puberty is obligated to fast. The only exceptions are those who are sick or are travelling. This is found in the Quranic verse,“And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, (let him fast the same) number of other days. Allah desires ease for you; He does not desire hardship for you; and (He desires) that you should complete the period.” Children who have not reached the age of puberty are not obligated to fast, though they are recommended to be trained to do so early. One common method is to let them fast half a day as training. Menstruating women are not permitted to fast and would have to ‘pay back’ the days they missed by fasting once they have finished their menses. What is zakah? One of the components within Ramadan is zakah al-fitr. This is essentially an obligatory alms-giving at the end of the month by every Muslim. This was related by the Porphet’s companion Abdullah bin ‘Abbas when he said,“The Messenger of Allah, may Allah praise and send peace and blessings upon him, obligated Zakah al-Fitr to serve as purification for the one fasting for any vain speech or indecent behaviour; and also to serve as food for the indigent. It is best for Zakah al-Fitr to be given to the poor and indigent.” How are Ramadan and Eid determined? Traditionally, the method in determining Ramadan and subsequently Eid, is by visibly spotting the crescent moon which signifies the start of a new month. The Islamic calendar is of either 29 or 30 days and Muslims would go out for ‘moonsighting’ on the 29th of each month. If the crescent moon is sighted, then the next day

is Ramadan, or Eid. If not, then the month is completed to 30 days following which the new month begins. In some countries, Ramadan and Eid are now based purely on astronomical calculations and very rarely do these countries follow the moon-sighting tradition verbatim. What is the importance of the last 10 days of Ramadan? Anyone living in a Muslim country can sense the increased vigour and determination of Muslims during the last 10 nights of Ramadan, especially for the voluntary night prayers known as ’taraweeh’. The reason for the buzz is that within these last 10 days of Ramadan lies a special night: Laylat Al Qadr. Any worship on this night is counted as better than worship of a thousand months. The Prophet PBUH said,“Whoever stays up (in prayer and remembrance of Allah) on the Night of Qadr, fully believing (in Allah’s promise of reward) and hoping to seek reward, he shall be forgiven for his past sins.”The fact that the exact moment of the night is unknown, except for the vague fact that it’s in the last 10 days, results in Muslims striving harder all throughout the last 10 nights. What is the significance of eating dates in Ramadan? The Prophet PBUH advised us to break our fasts with dates, or the second best option is by drinking plain water. Furthermore, as of late, more and more findings have revealed just how beneficial the humble dates can be, especially for people who are observing fasts. These benefits include easy digestion, satiety, fibre, allowing the right juices to be secreted after a whole day of fasting, etc. What breaks the fast? Cultures have added unnecessary instances whereby one’s fast would be broken. However, Islamically, the scholars have detailed seven: - eating and drinking - sexual intercourse - masturbation - letting of blood (eg. cupping) - deliberately vomiting - menstruation - anything that can be regarded as eating and drinking Greetings It is customary to use the greeting ‘Ramadan Kareem’ or ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ when meeting Muslims, and at the end of Ramadan, for the Eid celebrations, ‘Eid Mubarak’.




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There’s nothing more joyful than this period of reflection, prayers, and traditions. The Holy Month is here and we welcome it in festive fashion. In this special shoot, AW guides you on celebrating it in style.

Marchesa gown at Saks Fifth Avenue, Jimmy Choo clutch and heels.

Photography: Butch Delatina of Models: Camila, Maria and Isis of FLC models ( Stylist: Hommam Arbi HMUA: Ivy Peralta, Kerwin Solo and Darwin Perez Assistant: Darwin Tiambeng



Nothing beats the effortless and simple chic of this comfy maxi perfect for lazy afternoons

Thomas Wylde kaftan at Harvey Nichols Jimmy choo sandals



Turn into a sophisticated swan in time for family gatherings during Iftar

Tamara Mellon jumpsuit at S*uce, Kotur clutch at Saks Fifth Avenue, Jimmy Choo heels



Modern prints bring life to this ultra conservative black-and-white ensemble

Rachel Zoe kaftan at Harvey Nichols Jimmy Choo heels



Mix conventional fashion with colours and stylish flair

Tsumori Chisato kaftan at Harvey Nichols Nicholas Kirkwood sandals at Harvey Nichols


COVER SPECIAL Rock traditional look with statement accessories

Zayan the label Kaftan at S*uce



Channel glamorous vogue in this stunning, highly embellished dress

C’est moi Kaftan at S*uce



Holiday Mode Make your Eid Al Fitr extra special. Head off to these wonderful destinations for some of the best summer holiday fun you can have!

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris Le Gray Beirut Summer in Beirut is the season for socialising, festivals and shopping! Located in the historic downtown, Le Gray, Beirut – one of the city’s top 5 star properties – is the perfect destination for an unforgettable summer break in the capital. This summer guests can book three nights in a 40sqm Deluxe Room for $\ USD300 + 10% VAT per room/per night for a minimum stay of 3 nights. Guests booking three nights in a 50sqm Premium Room will enjoy an upgrade to a wonderfully larger 60sqm Executive Suite including complimentary breakfast for USD370 + 10% VAT per room/per night for a minimum of three nights. The ‘Summer Breeze’ packages are valid until July 27.

This year Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris offers families the chance to make Ramadan extra special with an escape to the heart of Paris. It is the perfect choice for families wanting to run from the heat and looking for a picturesque summer holiday as the hotel celebrates the holy month of Ramadan with its guests. Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris will be dishing up a large selection of culinary options for iftar, welcoming guests to embrace the traditions of Arabic hospitality. Feast at ‘La Cuisine’ or in your room with such Arabic delights as hot & cold mezzeh, the restaurant oriental specialties and more. Take your pick from the restaurant Arabic favourites with all halal dishes such as Chicken or Lamb skewers, Veal Cutlets, Lamb Chops, Fillet or Rib Steaks. You can also enjoy your Suhoor or breakfast with the special ‘Oriental Breakfast’ menu with an extensive selection of cold mezzeh and fresh salads. Compliment your Suhoor with pastries; breads, milk, fresh juices, omelets, cereals, dried fruits, seeds and more.

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi It is ideal for a summer family break, perfectly located in close proximity to the major tourist and leisure attractions such as Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Families can spend all day out having fun before heading back to the iconic hotel in the evening for some R&R and dinner in one of the six dining outlets. With ‘Splash Or Speed’ At Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, you can spend time with your loved ones with and indulge in a day of fun at Yas Waterworld or Ferrari World Abu Dhabi before retreating to the cool interiors of Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. This family-friendly package includes: One night stay, Two adult daily tickets to Yas Waterworld or Ferrari World Abu Dhabi (complimentary entry for children under 12), and Buffet breakfast for two adults and two children. Terms and conditions apply.



The Chedi Muscat Escape the city heat and relax in style this summer at The Chedi Muscat. Cool down in one of three temperature-controlled swimming pools, indulge in fine dining and be pampered with specially chosen spa treatments all designed to help you stay cool this summer. Takeg advantage of the Summer Breeze package, exclusively for GCC residents. Rates for Summer Breeze are from OMR115 per room per night or add an additional night and receive a complimentary three-course dinner for two at the award winning-restaurant. Avail of a 30% discount at The Spa and indulge in a treatment designed to help you overcome the stresses of summer. Treatments include the traditional Moroccan Rhassoul Envelopment and Ren’s Bio Active Bespoke Facials perfectly designed using ingredients to help combat the effects of the sun. The Chedi Muscat is renowned for its exceptional cuisine, boasting six of the capital’s top restaurants. Available August 31.

Banyan Tree hotels in Ras Al Khaimah Ras Al Khaimah is renowned for adventure and beauty, an ideal destination for guests looking to escape the busy cities of the GCC this summer. The luxury resorts of Banyan Tree Al Wadi and Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach have created a special Summer Indulgence package offering relaxing wellness, fine dining, an array of unique activities and special experiences to keep cool this summer in a stunning nature reserve or on the private beachfront of Al Hamra. Echoing traditional Arabian design, the villas at the two Banyan Tree resorts offer stunning views and refreshing shelter from the summer heat. Each villa includes a chilled personal pool ensuring guests will never be far from water, perfect for a refreshing dip anytime, whilst the bellowing canopies on the sundecks offer a shady refuge. During the hottest part of the day, guests can retreat to The Rainforest. Unique to the UAE, the Rainforest at Banyan Tree Spa Al Wadi offers refreshing hydrothermal therapies. As the sun sets and the temperature cools, guests can take part in a special archery session at the Mews and even try out their aim in a friendly family competition. Guests can replenish their appetite with a selection of international cuisines at Sands or Al Waha restaurants, with a three-course dinner from a selected menu. The Summer Indulgence package is valid for stays at Banyan Tree Al Wadi and Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach until September 30. Prices start from USD510 for two adults and two children below 6 years old at Banyan Tree Al Wadi; or USD515 for two adults and one child below 6 years old

Corinthia Hotel in Prague Travellers from the GCC will be spoilt this Eid when they visit the fairy tale city of Prague. Emirates Airline’s daily flight to Prague makes it easy for travelers from the GCC to make the most of the Corinthia Hotel Prague’s enticing ‘Jazz Boat Experience’ offer, designed to offer tourists affordable but luxurious accommodation, combined with the chance to experience Prague at night. After a day of exploration, guests will have the opportunity to see Prague from a different angle, with an atmospheric jazz river cruise. Holidaymakers can listen to the hottest musicians on the Czech jazz scene as they float past the riverside landmarks including the Charles Bridge and historic Prague Castle to a soundtrack filled with lively jazz moods. The package starts from EUR80 per Superior Room per night, including VAT and City Tax. The package does not include the entrance to the boat.



Six Senses Zighy Bay Six Senses Zighy Bay unveils an array of summer and Ramadan highlights specially crafted with family travellers in mind which provide a series of unforgettable experiences for the whole family to enjoy. The resort understands the value of family by extending complimentary dine and stay benefits to children under 12 years old when sharing their parent’s pool villa accommodations for a minimum of three nights. The resort’s young guests can hang out at the Chaica’s Club, an exciting destination for children from 4 to 12 years old. There is watersports, Zighy Cinema, cupcake and pizza making classes, sand castle building, treasure hunts and learning about Arabian history and local culture. Parents can relax knowing that their children are embarking on their own adventures, supervised by expert staff. The Family Friendly package is valid until September 30, excluding Eid holidays. Moreover, Six Senses Zighy Bay welcomes the holy month of Ramadan with distinctive dining experiences. For the guests’ convenience, a special Suhoor menu will be available in the privacy of their villas including a selection of freshly prepared pastries, organic yoghurt and lavish selection of homemade mezzes. Staying true to Iftar tradition, guests are invited to break their fast with traditional home-grown dates before enjoying an array of traditional dishes such as Omani hares, beetroot hummus billahm, koussabilburgul with Omani salona or shua. Iftar is served at Spice Market.

Hotel Alila Jabal Akhdar Alila Jabal Akhdar is a stunning resort nestled high up above a gorge in the Al Hajar mountain range in Oman. Translating as ‘The Green Mountain’, Alila Jabal Akhdar is Alila Hotels and Resorts’ first venture in the Middle East, which opened its doors on the May 8, 2014. Alila manages unique city hotels and resorts in India and the Asia Pacific region. The hallmark of Alila is stylish, relaxing environments and superb hospitality that creates a unique guest experience, continuously redefined to reflect the very best of a contemporary lifestyle. The new Omani destination offers Mountain Escapade which includes: Two nights’ accommodation of your choice, daily breakfasts at the Juniper Restaurant, 90 Minute Spa Alila Treatment, One Welcome Dinner for Two (excluding beverages), and access to Alila Hospitalities for In-house Guests. This Introductory Package is subject to availability and only valid till September 30.

Hotel Salalah Rotana Resort Salalah Rotana Resort promises guests a wonderful stay during the Summer season with its offer from now until September 15 of a complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi and 20% discount on all other services during their stay, including food and beverage, spa treatments, minibar and more. Ideally located only 20km from Salalah airport and nestled along the Arabian coast, the Salalah Rotana Resort sits in front of the famous Salalah Beach boasting unrivalled access to its sandy white shores. The 400 rooms and suites are built around waterways, whisking guests away to a coastal utopia. The hotel prides itself on providing guests with traditional Omani hospitality mixed with the five-star opulence synonymous with the Rotana brand. Salalah Beach is located in one of the most breath-taking natural settings in the Sultanate between spectacular mountains, fresh water springs and tropical scenery where wildlife and frankincense trees can be marveled.



Sofitel The Palm Dubai Nestled within the tranquil groves of Palm Jumeirah, Sofitel The Palm Dubai is a one of a kind 5-star luxurious Polynesian-themed resort that is bringing the true spirit of the Ramadan season to the heart of its outlets. Break the fast at this alluring resort with a wide range of delectable choices from iftar delights and Eid celebrations at Manava restaurant to festive events at the Sofitel ballroom and casual bites at the lobby lounge. Enjoy a full array of traditional Iftar delights including a live ouzi station, Ramadan desserts, dates and a dried fruits section that will be served along with four Ramadan beverages: Kamar Al Din, Jallab, Irk Sous and Karkade. Manava Iftar is from sunset until 11pm Wake up to a calming, casual Suhoor served at the Lobby Lounge. Specially designed to suit the needs of the Ramadan season, the Suhoor a la carte menu is offering a selection of traditional Arabic breakfast items. After the month of fasting has come to an end, a celebration and feast await. Rejoice during Eid Al Fitr at Manava with a Eid breakfast buffet for the first day after Ramadan. The buffet will satisfy with delectable treats, bidding the month of fasting a bittersweet goodbye.

The Dolder Grand, Zurich It is the magical fairytale castle of Switzerland, where special Ramadan treats await. Guests are invited to break their fast by enjoying a spectacularly sparkling view over Lake Zurich while surrendering all inhibitions to the glow of twilight and the wondrous illumination of the Alps. Besides its impeccable location and exquisite services, The Dolder Grand is also reputed for accommodating their Muslim clientele. The hotel provides a peaceful experience that will reflect the spirit of the Holy Month of Ramadan. To further guarantee an authentic experience, Lebanese Chef Firas El-Borij provides guests with a true Ramadan experience of Arabic amenities and Halal food available throughout the holy month. Whether guests want to enjoy Suhoor on their private balcony, indulge at one of the hotel’s award-winning restaurants or dine with authentic Ramadan cuisine accompanied by the Swiss Alps and nature itself, The Dolder Grand is worth the visit. Amongst the perfection of the Eid getaway filled with exploration and tranquility, the nearby city of Zurich also provides a variety of activities including shopping and leisurely boat tours on the lake. For guests wishing to unwind and rejuvenate, Dolder Grand’s Award winning 4,000 square metre spa, combining European and Japanese influences, is a perfect way to de-stress and enjoy the serenity of the surrounding environment.

Tschuggen Grand in Switzerland Ever wondered which hotels in Europe have taken Ramadan into consideration so they can escape the Middle Eastern heat and travel somewhere where the temperatures are cooler? This summer, the Tschuggen Grand, which is set in the beautiful alpine surroundings of Arosa Switzerland, has created a dedicated package, ideal for Arab travellers. The ‘Arabian Nights’ package enables guests to unwind at the spa that is built into the side of the mountain which offers exquisite views even whilst indoors with the stunning glass sails channelling light into the serene interior. For those that are wanting to take a more active approach to their stay, the package includes a free pass to the private Tschuggen railway of the Swiss Alps and stops along the way. For those travelling during the Holy Month, from July 4, traditional Halal food, and prayer mats will be available. Additionally, several rooms in the hotel are equipped with separate gender facilities, directions for Mecca are available upon request, and room service that is respectful of Ramadan hours, as well as a private spa suite with a Ladies-only sauna.



Travel and Lifestyle

Travel to a place of inner peace and calm during this period of contemplation.

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Fresh start With a fresh new look, new menu, new staff and renewed optimism, Eric Kayser reopened its doors to much fanfare. Is it finally their time to shine?


t’s sad when a well-known French culinary institution inches towards obscurity, which was exactly what was happening to Eric Kayser in Dubai. Though much-loved around the world, you could sense that the specialty outlet here in Dubai was being overlooked even by the great masses of human traffic in The Dubai Mall. The tired dÊcor, uninspiring food menu and an overall lack of charm, was in the end too much for even its delectable pastries and breads to overcome. It needed a reboot, and it got one. Now under new management, the outlet was given a much-needed facelift, along with sweeping changes in personnel, including the chefs. The changes seemed to have made a positive impact, on both


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staff and patrons alike, and what was once a barren restaurant is has now reached its busiest best. The new spruced up place features an ‘outdoor’ seating area, ala Paris style, perfect for diners to people-watch. Inside, the restaurant has opted for a more contemporary approach, with clean, fresh colours. Gone are the dark woods of the previous franchise, replaced by bright orange cushy seats coupled with minimalist chairs that seat you comfortably. Fancy light fixtures, a proper bricked wall and artsy photographs complete the new look. What they have retained however is the popular pastry section on the outside of the main dining area, where sinful cakes and pastries can be marvelled at by passers-by and ultimately, enticing them in. Only the freshest ingredients are used, whereby even the flour is imported from France to make their breads. The menu suggests that Eric Kayser is more of a diner than a full-blown restaurant; standard breakfast fare, lots of sandwiches and salads, as well as pizza thrown in for good measure. We started our dinner with the classic French onion soup and Steak Parisien, which is grilled slice tenderloin mixed in with mustard, onions, cheese and tomatoes. We’ve been bowled over by the simple French onion soup before and this time is no different. The soup is sweet and silky in texture, served in a pot of hard bread. That combination, added with the melted cheese, just puts you in the right mood for a flavoursome dining experience. The Steak Parisien meanwhile is cooked slightly medium well and individually, the flavours are quite sublime but when you eat it as one whole dish, some flavours are lost while others are put to the fore. For instance, while the mustard is just a thin spread, the distinct zing from it hides the taste of the melted emmental cheese, and dare I say, also overpowering the beef itself, which is a pity. Perhaps it would have tasted like

a more coherent dish if the mustard was lessened, or removed altogether, in which case there would be less of a kick, but other flavours would have their chance to shine as well. For mains, we were recommended the house’s signature, and most popular, dish: Poulet Au Pistache. This is basically grilled chicken breast topped with pistachio cream sauce and served together with steamed veggies and mashed potatoes. You would not immediately connect French cuisine with pistachios and this is sort of a wild card and it’s a bit of a hit and miss to be honest. The chicken was expertly cooked as it was juicy and tender. The sauce has a surprisingly subtle flavour and the flavour of the pistachios was not as strong as we had expected it to be, which is not necessarily a bad thing given that some flavours are better left suppressed and left to linger. This dish is the exact opposite of the Steak Parisien; each element when fused with the rest created a harmony that is delicious, with the chicken soaking up all the cream sauce, leaving your taste buds in delight. Next we had the Alfredo Au Poulet Et Champignon, spaghetti in cream sauce with grilled chicken, fresh mushrooms and basil. Yes, we ordered another cream sauce dish but there are certain dishes that can give you an indication of the type of kitchen that is operating behind, and whether the chefs can execute a simple traditional dish well. So we chose this as the benchmark. Our pasta was cooked well, and the mushrooms actually tasted like they were sautéed first and not just dumped in. Overall, the dish was lovely, though a little more salt would probably be more towards most people’s liking. The star of the night, not surprisingly, was a dessert, particularly the Pain Perdu, a vanilla and brown sugar pan-seared brioche topped with vanilla ice-cream and caramel. Just the sound of that is pleasing and once you put that soft bread into your mouth,

all the world’s problems seem to just melt away. The brioche lends a sophistication to the dish while the caramel and the vanilla brings you back to your childhood, to a time when everything sweet was heavenly. This all results in a dish that is truly divine. And the portion size was good too, enough to really savour every little morsel that you scoop. The other dessert we tried was Berry Berry Crepe, crepe filled with cream cheese, and served with mixed berries and creme anglaise. This is a combination of sweet and salty, though more sweet than salty as there was nowhere near enough cream cheese to balance all that sweetness. For anyone with a sweet tooth, this is your dish right here. And if you’re still in the mood for more desserts, just walk over to the pasty section and indulge, indulge, indulge! After a tumultuous time, Eric Kayser has been given a new lease of life. The second wind looks promising as loyal customers to the brand have embraced this new offering, along with new patrons that are attracted to the brand name and surely after their dining experience, the food. Diners kept streaming into the outlet while we were there and considering that it was a weekday yet almost completely full, it bodes well for the future of Eric Kayser in Dubai.



– bridge to great shopping We all know just how big a shopping mecca London can be. So the next time you’re there, drop by some of our best picks to have your shopping fix.

New Bond Street

If Dubai has Dubai Mall, then London has New Bond Street, the destination for all your high-end luxury goods. The flagship stores of the most famous of brands like Louis Vuitton and Chanel are located here. This street also runs adjacent to Old Bond Street, where jewellers of the highest order set up their shops.

Regent Street

Regent Street is a long curved stretch of road that divides Mayfair and Soho. Named after Prince Regent in 1825, it rivals the famous Champs Elyssee in Paris as the shopping street capital of the world. Regent Street runs southwards from Oxford Circus all the way to Piccadilly Circus. Almost 2km of anything and everything can be found on THE shopping district in London. From your high-street fashion houses like Esprit and Diesel to local retail store Primark, there is something for every age, taste, and style here. And if you get hungry, satisfy your desires with food that range from local English fare to Arabic delicacies.



Saville Row

If you want tailor-made suits, this is the place to be. A whole row of artisan tailors all ready to serve you and make you look dapper in well-fitted suits. From Winston Churchill to Jude Law and even Prince Charles, Saville Row is synonymous with bespoke men’s tailoring where many of these fashion houses have been established for well over a century. Single-breasted, double-breasted, thick lapel, thin lapel… your wish is their command. Everything is made to the best of standards, which is why the cost of one suit is upwards of AED12,000 at the low end of the spectrum. And you’d need to spend time too especially first-timers who are requested to make at least three visits to ensure everything is cut to perfect specifications. But then once ready, you can choose for your much-anticipated suit to be delivered to you. Service at its best!

Bicester Village

Getting to Bicester Village is an event in itself but once there, you will understand what the fuss is all about; rows and rows of luxury shopping haven. From brands like Prada to Burberry to Coach, Bicester Village is every woman’s shopping desire come true, where the high-end brands go for bargain prices. And that too, before claiming a further tax back. Styled as little houses, each shop is filled with people looking to get the best deals they can find. Though the styles may not always be the latest, the prestige and quality are always guaranteed. Every luxury handbag-toting woman should make Bicester Village a must-visit place the next time they come to London. The downside though is, unless you’re willing to pay almost USD350 for your own chauffeur service to Bicester Village and back, you’re going to have to take the train, or the designated coach, both of which will take some considerable time. Thus, it’s better to pen this down as a whole day event.



Portobello Market

The already famous market made even more famous by the movie Notting Hill and its ‘blue door’ house. Opened Friday to Sunday, this is one of those typical English markets that has been extremely commercialised. Nevertheless, you can still find a whole lot here. There are your food stalls selling the freshest ingredients from vegetables and fruits to meat, antique stores and stalls and many other kinds of shops selling knick knacks like old maps and photographs or old records. There are surprisingly many shoe shops here as well, most of them selling sneakers and such. Antiques range from your normal old cameras and books to memorabilia and really fine China. So bargain your way to the best deals. If you love your tea time and cakes, there’s a specialty shop that sells gorgeous Royal Albert pieces. Best of all, most of the proper shops will offer VAT returns. There are also vintage shops selling pre-loved luxury goods and those are your best bet to find an authentic luxury piece because unless you know your high-end stuff well, it’s easy to be sold a good knockoff at one of the stalls.

Spitalfields Market

Located in East London, Spitalfields Market is a London icon, in operation for centuries. The site was a Roman cemetery before it became a convent which has a hospital attached to it. And that is where the word Spitalfields originated from; the last bit of ‘hospital’. The market started out as a food market in 1682 where people sold mainly fish and vegetables. In the 1920s, it was the biggest food market in London. However, as time went on, it became a victim of its own success and in 1991, massive overcrowding forced vendors to just up and leave. Now, a revamped market under a new roof was opened and it’s reported that 25,000 people visit the everyday market per week. Complementing the food and vegetables market are the antiques and clothes market, ensuring that the buzz and spirit of the old market remains alive.




The British institution with a lot of tradition. Supposedly the place that introduced England to the escalator, Harrods has survived a fire, rebuilding and takeovers and yet is still one of the most iconic destinations in the city. Now owned by Qatari Holdings, Harrods is an upmarket department store in Knightsbridge that goes floors up, with each level dedicated to specific sections. At the ground floor is where you find your luxury items, for both men and women. Lovers of LV, Gucci, Chanel and the likes will be treated to whole array of products, most of which are from the very latest collections. Move upwards and you will find everything else from high-end homeware to suitcases. On the upper floor is the Tea Room, a little dining abode where you can indulge in some traditional English tea and cakes. The food is lovely and the cake tiers are enormous but the chocolate cakes come in really tiny bite-sized pieces. So be sure to order more. Also on that same floor is the Harrods shop where you can get all your Harrods paraphernalia and souvenirs, including the popular Harrods ‘shopping’ bag. Also not to be missed out on are the Harrods chocolate-covered nuts; simple but addictive. Totally worth all the extra calories!

stay? Where to Café Royal Once a trendy coffee house that serves the who’s who of London’s social elite, Café Royal is now a luxurious hotel located along Regent Street. Modern contemporary rooms marry the old charm of the hotel. For instance, the elevators use a clock-like pointer to indicate the floors, just like how it was in the old days. While the hotel serves up modern amenities, the café itself has been restored to its former glory, replete with the famous gold-plated walls. Step onto the rooftop terrace and you will find sweeping views of the London skyline with some of its more famous landmarks visible in the distance. Directly below is the sightseeing spot Piccadilly Circus, a place where it’s always buzzing with activity, with tourists and locals alike.



Rose among thorns Royal Rose’s distinct identity allows it to stand out from its peers, at least from the outside. But does it manage to hold its own as well in other aspects? AW visits this ‘French palais’ in Abu Dhabi.




t’s easy to spot the Royal Rose hotel, one of Abu Dhabi’s latest 5-star city hotel; its French grandeur and intricacies on the building façade seems almost surreal in the midst of the ordinary, and may we say drabby, buildings that surround it. The roofline, the windows, all scream French and baroque. But if anyone is under the illusion that the outside is just a gimmick, then a surprise awaits when they step inside. Opulence. That is the only word that can describe how the lobby of the Royal Rose looks like. From the round twin pillars bathed in flowery painting to the huge crystal chandelier that hangs majestically in the centre to the French décor and baroque influence, it takes a bit of time for the visitor to soak everything in. There is so much detail involved in every corner of the lobby alone that every single look brings about a new discovery. The red and gold colour scheme really drives home the point that you’ve entered into old European baroque territory and all you want to do is explore more. The flooring is exquisite with patterns that reflect artisan culture. It truly does feel like you’ve stepped into King Louis’s main hall. And all around the hotel, from the lobby to the diners to the gym, you can find red flowers everywhere to further punch those gold accents. We say ‘baroque’ a lot in this review and yet we feel that it’s still not enough to fully capture and describe what the hotel offers. It’s easy to be awestruck and forget that you’re in the desert. Intricately-designed winding staircases lead you to the eateries within the hotel or downwards to the business centre. There are no ramps in the lobby so there are two elevators with limited service that brings you from the lobby to either the mezzanine or the lower floors. There are six main elevators, the kinds that have the floor options on the outside. It may seem fancy but these kinds of lifts have its own restrictions, none more so than if you wish to change floors midway while you’re inside. The hotel features 355 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, including 112 Boutique Suites, 20 Luxury Suites and one Royal Suite. Elegance and comfort are key elements of the hotel’s elaborate and arty interiors. The corridors to the rooms are decked out in grand carpets and paintings hang off the walls. Even the wallpaper used adds to that rustic, aged but authentic feel of European sophistication. Walk into the

room and you will be greeted with such decorative indulgence that your head will be spinning in the baroque-ness of it all. French mirrors, vintage-looking wardrobe, cosy armchairs, French lamps, and more, all there for you to immerse yourself in full culture. There is also a French balcony though the view of residential rooftops and satellite dishes is not quite Parisian. The hotel is 19-storeys high with the swimming pools on the rooftop. The pools are quite a letdown; tired-looking, no views and an overall sense of afterthought rather than one whose design was incorporated into the initial hotel layout. The spa on the other hand was more than adequate with separate areas for both men and women. Each of these areas offer their own Jacuzzi section and treatment rooms. The gym is decked in modern equipment and for a hotel of this size, is pretty well-stocked and for the convenience of the female of the species, there is a direct door to the women’s changing area from the gym. Elsewhere, the six banquet rooms and conference facilities feature state-ofthe-art conference equipment to cater to every need and the staff will ensure to accommodate clients’ specific needs from pre-planning, set-up and arranging for technical support and other services from within the hotel or third parties. Service-wise, the staff was friendly and eager to help though a little unsure. Again, this is nothing that can’t be improved over time as they get more familiar with the hotel and its inner workings. However, for a 5-star hotel, perhaps it might be a good idea to hire a greeter at the door to make every visitor feel more welcome instead of just finding their own feet, and way, to the reception area. Eating options The hotel houses three restaurants; Brasserie, a café of sorts, Barocco, the fine dining outlet, and Printannia, the all-day dining option. Brasserie offers a good range of light finger food to fill you up between meals, like the chicken trio and such. And for your sweet tooth, there is a range of desserts including some yummy cheesecakes. Décor-wise, the French theme flows seamlessly into the café, with gold accents and plush seating. On the opposite side of the lobby is Barocco, almost a carbon copy of Brasserie in terms of layout and not too dissimilar in terms of décor as well. Unfortunately, Barocco was not in full operation during our stay and thus we



could not sample the menu. We were however offered the menu from Printannia. Printannia offers a good mix of dishes from Middle Eastern to European and even Asian. We started our dinner with Smoked Salmon, some Shrimp Wontons and crunchy spring rolls. The spring roll had a bit of a surprise to it when it came served with a side of barbecue sauce. It may seem a little unorthodox but it somehow worked, or perhaps it was just something new rather than the tried and tested sweet chilli combination. For mains, we ordered the quartet of Wagyu fillet of beef, Roasted Grouper, Mushroom Tagliatelle and Crab & Prawn ravioli. The ravioli was flavourful, with a very generous amount of tomato sauce. It would have looked prettier if they had added some garnishings on top, be it some greens or even grated cheese as it looked a bit dull. Thankfully, all that was more than made up by its great taste. The Wagyu Beef was on the dry side even though we had asked for it to be mediumwell. Here again the presentation is lacking with practically a bare plate with a chunk of meat, a dollop of mash and the sauce poured over the meat. There was even like a tiny drizzle or drop of an unknown sauce just to perhaps add variety but the amount was not enough to influence the dish, visually or taste-wise. The Roasted Grouper was a nice surprise; two thick fillets of juicy fish marinated in some herbs and served


with veggies and a seafood sauce. The sauce was strong and complemented the fish brilliantly. Lastly, the tagliatelle was a good portion size, enough to be shared between two people. The pasta was wellcooked and the sauce creamy and thick but there were only three visible mushrooms on the whole plate, which in the absence of everything else like meat, provided the only solace from the rich pasta and sauce. Nevertheless, as a whole, the pasta was well-received by all. We finished the night with dessert; the traditional knafeh. Anyone who follows our reviews would know that we have put the knafeh from Al Feras Sweets on a pedestal and all others would have to reach that lofty height. This one from Printannia didn’t, though to be fair, it was a quite different interpretation of the dish, one which we have never encountered before. The cheese was soft and not chewy and it was served together with a cream sauce, which balances out the taste quite well. So despite not being quite there, we do have to give props to the chefs for invention and at least daring to take the humble dish in a different direction. The Royal Rose is a sight to behold, especially at night. It is still undergoing its soft opening and many tweaks and minor adjustments have to be made. But once everything has settled down and the hotel runs in full swing, it can be a treasure, one that offers a unique experience that is unlike the city has ever seen.

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A Summer Heaven Staying at the Ritz-Carlton’s only property in the capital paved the way for an insightful view of Abu Dhabi. Here’s a recount of our wonderful staycation in the city… Abu Dhabi, the largest of UAE’s seven emirates, was a fishing village known regionally for its pearl trade just 50 years ago. Today, luxury and style are infused with traditional values of hospitality and culture, and make this dynamic city a draw for over 2 million visitors annually. Made up of 200 small islands, Abu Dhabi’s stunning beaches, expansive desert and lush oases provide a venue for exhilarating adventure or tranquil retreat while the old souks and majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – recently named one of the world’s top visitor attractions – offer an intimate look into Arabian culture. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi’s Grand Canal and neighbouring sites are must-visit for tourists and residents, no doubt. For those looking to


enjoy the history and traditions, a few days off in this beautiful destination should be in place this season (any time, actually). And where to stay to enjoy all these? We say, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal. The hotel Inspired by 15th to early 17th century Renaissance architecture and the urban planning of the city of Venice, The RitzCarlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is located at the waterfront and consists of 10 stately buildings arranged in a crescent formation. Overlooking the 1,600sqm pool, the backdrop of the luxury hotel is the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The property features 447 luxurious guestrooms and suites, in addition to 85 private one- and two-bedroom villas.

getaway and divisable by three, the ballroom also provides an exclusive elevator directly from the private Bridal Suite into the venue. Two expansive marble foyers with natural daylight, 14 additional meeting rooms, and a traditional majlis (literally meaning ‘a place of sitting’ in Arabic) ensure The RitzCarlton is the perfect venue for all special celebrations and events. Late last year, the hotel elevated its service in the most luxurious way by adding the Ritz-Carlton Royal Suite. Offering panoramic views of Abu Dhabi’s historic Al Maqta’a area and occupying the entire top floor of one of the luxury hotel’s Venetianinspired buildings, the 250sqm venue comes with an adjacent security room, butler quarters, two spacious bedrooms as well as elegantly appointed living and dining rooms. Boasting a spacious balcony overlooking lush gardens and a sandy beach, the luxuriously appointed master bedroom opens into a marbled bathroom inlaid with a stunning gold and turquoise tile mosaic. In keeping with the Venetian theme of the resort, the floral mosaic is inspired by the acanthus leaf motif typical of the Italian Renaissance architecture of the 15th to 17th centuries. Featuring intricate wood inlays and semi-precious stones in the flooring and counter tops, the bathroom offers state-of-the-art technology such as the unique colour therapy rain shower combining water, colour and light features for the ultimate relaxation experience. Renowned Ritz-Carlton chefs will please every palate in any of the 10 hotel eateries including three signature restaurants

created by award-winning Japanese designer Super Potato. Li Jiang, meaning ‘beautiful river’ in Chinese, is a modern Southeast Asian restaurant with an open kitchen specializing in noodles and dimsum; Mijana, a contemporary Arabic restaurant, showcases the very best in traditional Lebanese and regional cooking; while The Forge, a signature steak house, serves specialty cuisine in a stylish setting paired with the world’s finest wines. The all-day dining restaurant, Giornotte (blending the Italian words for ‘day’ and ‘night’), has an indoor seating capacity of 358 and serves light Mediterranean fare. Dolce, an Italian gelato and coffee café; Alba, the lobby lounge serving Afternoon Tea; Sorso, a traditional Ritz-Carlton lobby bar; Al Fresco, the pool restaurant; plus two pool bars round out the remaining food and beverage offerings at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal. A 1,600 sqm outdoor pool, one of the largest in the UAE; a fully-equipped health club; and the Ritz Kids Club are just a few of the other leisure facilities available for guests to enjoy. The experience Much has been said about this remarkable resort but nothing beats the actual experience of staying in it. The beauty of The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal begins with its majestic gated property, and transcends (without ending) to the charm of its holistic hospitality. Lost in Abu Dhabi, we had difficulty navigating our way to the hotel. Yet instead of tiring us with street names we’re not familiar with, the Concierge immediately

Beautifully manicured lawns, unique water features, and private beaches over an expansive 57 acres give an immediate sense of wellbeing to guests upon arrival at the Venetian-designed luxury hotel and resort. Leisure and business travellers alike will enjoy the refined elegance of the 85 one- and two-bedroom villas complete with spacious outdoor terraces, separate arrival palazzo and private butler service. The Ritz-Carlton Club Level provides a dedicated concierge, private check-in, plus five food and beverage offerings throughout the day within an exclusive lounge boasting panoramic views of the property, canal and city skyline, The 1,550sqm Roma Ballroom is the epitome of elegance on a grand scale. Able to accommodate up to 900 guests


getaway down the fountain and pool area. The massive lobby was also a must-see, radiating with great beauty especially in the evening. Yet the morning sun was another sight to behold. Waking up to a marvelous view of the Grand Canal, and munching healthy sumptuous options from the Club Lounge’s buffet was worth remembering. Precious moments of bonding with family would happen by the beachside and the pool, as well as in the spacious Ritz Kids Club where children would be safe to stay while parents get some time away.

happened there while we’re sipping our refreshing welcome drinks and marvelling at the magnificent view of the Grand Canal and the rest of the resort from the lounge. Afterwards, we went on to the room that appeared to be a massive one-bedroom suite, complete with baby amenities and balloons! The room was perfect for families seeking relaxation (as well as travelling mothers or fathers who would need some time to do work). For someone who requires divine bathrooms, I would say that the room’s bath area was more than what I expected. I could stay in there the whole day, soaking myself in the grand-looking tub.

took to the rescue by sending a car to lead us the way. This does not happen always, but the hotel would definitely extend efforts to assist guests in every possible way. Thanking the staff that helped us through, the friendly and warm gestures continued as we made our way to our Executive Suite. Having access to the hotel’s Club Lounge, our easy and convenient check-in


But we had to get out, eat and explore the property. The first night’s dinner at the Asian restaurant Li Jiang was amazing. The interior was wonderfully thought of – with the open kitchen where chefs displayed expertise in tossing noodles in the wok, and the masterful lamps and walls that made the restaurant as admirable as the delicious food. Meanwhile, walking back to the room at night was something we’d recommend doing at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal. The property, well secured and well lighted, was beaming with fascinating lights, and definitely an enticing view to marvel at while walking

Other than these, we decided to go the hotel’s neighbouring landmarks. Thankfully, the hotel launched a shuttle service that eased our worries of getting lost again. Complimentary water and land shuttle services enable guests to explore the picturesque Al Maqta’a creek and surrounding areas in ultimate comfort. The Grand Mosque lies within walking distance from the hotel but can also be reached by the luxury shuttle bus leaving from the hotel’s main entrance every hour from 9am until late. The guests can also take advantage of the luxury boat services departing from resort’s private jetty and making a total of four stops along Al Maqta’a creek, including the bustling Souk Qaryat Al Beri – a lively market with souvenir stalls and alfresco dining options. The boat ride lends a wonderful photo opportunity providing a breathtaking backdrop of the hotel and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at sunset. And, before we bade goodbye to the property, we indulged ourselves in the delightful delights of Arabic cuisine at Mijana. The restaurant, another beauty that The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal boasts, was a house of the best Lebanese food we’ve tasted in the country. Yes, to say that we’re stuffed with totally scrumptious choices would be understatement. At the end of our stay though, we collected tons of pictures and memories of the luxurious elegance of The Ritz and the cultural sights neighbouring it. But more than these, we had experienced the best stay because of the perfect hospitality provided by its friendly and efficient staff. From the drivers to the doormen to the reception, restaurant and corporate staff, they treated us not just as guests but as their family. Aside from everything else, this marked the difference – and this is the reason why we will surely return.


Indulging, Relaxing There’s a new spa in town, and AW went down to try it. What’s our verdict? Read on…


e’re acquainted with the brand and So SPA of the Sofitel hotels group is a favourite. But, frankly speaking, the recently opened Sofitel Dubai Downtown’s spa gave us a few unique attributes not present in its siblings. From the interior decors to the spa treatments, we’re amazed at how this newbie is doing. The spa Conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Dubai (practically steps away from the Metro station and minutes away from The Dubai Mall), the Sofitel Dubai Downtown offers comfort as well as amazing views of Burj Khalifa and its neighbouring skyscrapers. So SPA, where ancient traditions from around the world meet the refinement and skill of the latest in French cosmetology, welcomes guests with an artful blend of French art de vivre as the Op Art inspiration of the hotel continues with its elliptical design elements and hints of purple hue popping amidst the white fixtures. Sofitel So SPA features a full range of stateof-the-art equipment facilities, including treatment rooms with infinity bathtubs, two hammams with private baths, scrub and deep relaxation room, dry sauna and steam room. It also boasts of a couples’ room offering the idyllic time for finding inner peace. So SPA is an oasis dedicated

to tranquillity, a haven where guests come to replenish and refresh. Moreover, So SPA creates unique, personalised spa experiences that combine the richness of natural ingredients, latest research in cosmetology and professional expertise through made-to-measure prescriptions of Anne Semonin treatments and with exclusive therapies of THEMAE, designed around the natural healing benefits of tea. The experience We guess we came to the spa at the best time; spent from rigorous crossfit training, a workout session that’s highly intense, our bodies were totally in need of a good old massage. After the initial discussion with (and recommendation of) our expert therapist, we decided to try the deep tissue massage. As we entered the quiet pathway to the treatment rooms, we managed to take a quick peek of the whole spa. Indeed offering serene environment to its guests, So SPA also does not lack with functional

amenities. The bathrooms and toilets are very clean, while the luxurious treatment rooms are like the stunning hotel rooms you don’t want to ever leave And always in touch with our love for anything pastel, we loved the colour palette used in the treatment rooms. We thought they added to the cheerful vibe of the spa. Going down to the massage business, we were delighted to have been lying down on the massage bed for the next 60 minutes; an indulging and relaxing moment. It was an overwhelming one-hour session, maybe because the sore body badly needed it. Yet nonetheless, the expert therapist was able to combine various techniques of as well as the aromatic scents of the oil, resulting in a spa high. It was the perfect escape to the tiring, busy buzzing city life. In the end, we agreed that whether a spa-goer wants to indulge in an ultimate spa experience or just needs that quick fix to ease the tension of a busy day, So SPA helps one to unwind in a relaxing paradise in the heart of Dubai’s vibrant downtown.


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Hot New Travel Destinations Looking for new places to go to from the Middle East? Read on, and learn about these buzzing tourism spots… Poland The Polish Tourist Organisation has declared its intention to promote the country as a new travel destination for UAE residents. A country with a vast diversity of architecture, historical monuments, castles and palaces open to public, it has 13 UNESCO sites, some of which compose not only of one building, but whole city complexes, such as the Old Towns of Warsaw, Krakow, Torun, and Zamość. Warsaw, the Polish capital, was rebuilt by its own inhabitants after World War II from complete ruins and in consequence, its painstakingly reconstructed Old Town was put on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites. Thanks to the diversity of landscapes, Poland is an attractive destination for active tourism. It is a dream come true for water sports enthusiasts thanks to the long coast line, thousands of lakes, and many rivers and channels. It is also a winter sports destination. Poland also offers a large number of golf courses and bike and trekking trails in all kinds of terrain with good conditions for alpinism due to the diverse types of mountains. Aside from being a paradise for those interested in culture, as there is an endless list of various cultural festivals, music competitions and outdoor events, Poland has also became a major spot of foreigners travelling abroad for medical purposes. They take advantage of various kinds of mineral waters and mud for healing and relaxation, combined with the use of modern equipment. Increasingly popular are also salt caves. Says Monika Pasiorowska, Senior Specialist, Marketing Planning Department, Polish Tourist Organisation,“With daily direct flights between Poland’s capital Warsaw and Dubai by Emirates, and Doha with daily flights with Qatar Airways, visitors from the Gulf States and beyond can conveniently discover a new holiday destination in Europe. Poland is a fascinating country, which surprises the majority of first-time visitors.”

USA Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for launching the United States’ nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort, promotes a total of 20 US tourism, hotel and travel organisations including Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport, Golden Travel USA, Greater Miami and the Beaches, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, NYC & Company, Universal Orlando Resort and Visit Florida. The increased interest in wooing Middle Eastern visitors to the United States follows an increasing number of direct flights to the US by Arabian Gulf carriers and the establishment of preclearance at Abu Dhabi International Airport which is expected to facilitate ease of entry for visitors to the US. 2014 has also already seen additional flights come on line with Saudi Airlines launching to Los Angeles, Emirates Airlines to Boston, Qatar Airways to Philadelphia and Etihad Airways expanding its New York flights to a daily service. In addition to new direct air services between the Gulf and the United States, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility has been established at Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminal 3 as a purposebuilt facility that allows passengers on certain flights to the United States to undertake all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in Abu Dhabi prior to departure. Having cleared CBP, passengers can checkthrough their baggage to their final destination in the US. On reaching the US, passengers will be treated as domestic arrivals, which allows for faster processing at their arrival airport. Jay Gray, Brand USA’s Vice President, Global Partnership Development, notes,“We realise the potential, need and importance for us to proactively engage with the Middle East tourism industry in order to maximise the opportunities that increased direct flights, preclearance and pent-up travel demand from the region offers. We come with a message that there are at least 56 excellent reasons to visit the United States, with each reason representing a state or territory, and each area offering unique travel experiences all of their own. We are here to welcome visitors from the Gulf region and invite them to experience the diversity, inspiration and excitement that the United States has to offer.”


Travel news Jebel Sifah 2014 is set to be an exciting time for visitors and residents in Jebel Sifah, one of the two largest hospitality and residential projects being developed at the moment in Oman, by Muriya Tourism Development. Accessibility to this destination is at the foreground of Muriya’s plans with the residential development’s infrastructure almost complete. Most recently, the 800-metre entrance road from the gate has been completely tarred along with the Marina and Sifawy Boutique Hotel roads. Work on the 1100-metre main boulevard, which is the main road going through the entire length of the project, is rapidly progressing and completion is expected within the next three months. Due to increased sales for residential units in Jebel Sifah, bespoke retail outlets are starting to open, accommodating resident’s requirements and taking advantage of the new market. At present, five shops have already opened in Jebel Sifah including Totem, a boutique that carries collections by designers exclusive to the region, a florist, a candle and frankincense outlet, GIB (German Interior Brand) furniture showroom and a supermarket.

Philippines The Department of Tourism of the Philippines, headed by Department of Tourism Assistant Secretary Benito C. Bengzon, Jr., recently announced its efforts to further promotion in the region as it has identified the Middle East as a priority opportunity market. The region has registered a growth rate of 20.3% year on year from 57,275 in 2012 to 68,916 in 2013. Key markets for the Philippines from this region are KSA which registered 38,969 arrivals and the UAE with 15,155. The WTO has declared the Middle East as the smallest yet the fastest growing outbound market in the world today.

Already underway, the 18–hole golf course has been roughly shaped and golfing enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that the first five holes of the course are due to be complete and green by June 2014. Hamza Selim, CEO of Muriya Tourism Development has said of the progress,“Jebel Sifah has been designed to provide the best experience for local and international tourists and investors in Oman. As this phase moves quickly towards completion, we are proud to provide our visitors with an overall destination experience.”

Recognising the importance of business to business meetings in the market, Philippine hotel and resort executives, airline representatives and tour operators visited the recent Arabian Travel Market in full force. Bengzon added, “They represent the best quality of products and services from the destinations visited by tourists from the UAE in particular and the GCC in general. Boracay, Cebu, Davao and Palawan are the favorite destinations among the Middle East tourists coming to the Philippines.

Indonesia Increasing visitor numbers, developed infrastructure and a lot of new destinations for the travel year 2014 – the archipelagic state of Indonesia is facing numerous tourist developments. According to the Vice Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, H. E. Sapta Nirwandar,“We will convey a message of Wonderful Indonesia as the World’s Heart of Wonders. Why is Indonesia the World’s Heart of Wonders? Simply it means tourists will find countless wonders centered in Indonesia.” In addition to the eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, the second largest mega biodiversity in the world, and incredible nature including the prehistoric Komodo dragon, Indonesia also boasts a rich cloth and culinary heritage across the archipelago, fascinating living traditions such as the traditional phinisi boats and a huge variety of herbal products that are still being used. Bali, the Island of the Gods, is still a magnet. However, with some 13,466 islands, there are numerous other amazing areas in Indonesia to discover. Therefore, the nation’s policy from 2013 put 16 destinations in focus and will be presented with more information, including Bunaken (Sulawesi), Raja Ampat (Papua), Tanjung Puting (Kalimantan). Wonderful Indonesia have more hidden paradise presented, from mysterious beaches like Togean Beach in Sulawesi, to adventurous excursions to caves as Barat Cave on Java and sports highlights such as rafting on the river Kayan in Borneo to visits of cultural treasures, including the Ratenggaro villages in Sumba.


Travel news Slovakia The Slovak Tourist Board would like to promote Slovakia as the land of spas and water fun for residents of the Gulf States. Slovakia ranks among one of the most significant countries in the world from the viewpoint of abundance, yield and chemical composition of its mineral waters. Written records of the medicinal use of curative waters in Slovakia date back to the 12th century. Archaeological finds, however, suggest that the curative waters were used much earlier. Slovakia also boasts five other interesting water parks as well as 15 thermal swimming pools that are open all year round and are fun-oriented and family-friendly. Also, there are interesting monuments, castles, chateaus, museums, galleries and historical centres in the towns surrounding Slovak spas. Towns with shopping centres are also nearby. The capital city, Bratislava, hosts unique cultural and sports events all year round: jazz concerts, operas, classical music concerts with world famous performers and groups, expositions of significant historical and modern works of art, fairs and markets and workshops of folk crafts, as well as dramatic hockey or football matches, marathons, and athletic contests. Slovak Convention Bureau (SCB) offers one-stop shop consulting for international planners. SCB members include highly qualified Professional Congress Organisers (PCOs), Destination Management Companies (DMCs), international hotels, local and regional tourist boards, MICE venues and service providers. Members of SCB have the expertise to handle every aspects of MICE events, including overseeing of budget, liaising with suppliers, use of local knowledge and network to select the most suitable accommodation, transportation, sightseeing programs and other services to suit international organisers and delegates’ requirements.

Kyoto Kyoto City has opened a promotional office in Dubai to encourage Gulf nationals and residents to visit Japan’s ancient capital for holidays and leisure. The opening of the office, which takes immediate effect, makes the office the first in the Middle East by a Japanese tourism authority. As the capital of Japan for over 1000 years, Kyoto was the kitchen of the Imperial Court. Kyoto is Japan’s ancient imperial capital, home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and most of Japan’s cultural and traditional arts and crafts traditions, including Kyoto’s famous geiko and maiko (apprentice geiko) as well as Japanese kaiseki cuisine among others. With a history that expands 1,220 years, 1,000 of which were as the capital of Japan, Kyoto has a rich tapestry of attractions, shopping and cultural experiences suitable for urban lifestyle travellers that enjoy the juxtaposition between traditional and modern worlds that only Kyoto can provide. Says Yoshikazu Kuki, Director of Kyoto City Tourism & MICE Office, “It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we are the first Japanese tourism authority to open a permanent promotional office in the Middle East. While Kyoto is an ancient city, our outlook is extremely modern. We warmly welcome visitors from the Middle East to experience our unique culture, shopping, sites, activities and cuisine, as well as our internationally renowned ‘omotenashi’ hospitality.” To make Kyoto even more hospitable for Muslim travellers, Kyoto City has been working closely with its local tourism and hotel industry to ensure cultural and religious needs are well taken care of. Local seminars have been held regularly to educate the travel industry on the importance of providing Halal and Muslim-friendly cuisine and other services and amenities that would be appreciated by guests from the region.

Czech Republic CzechTourism highlighted trends in modern spas to focus on specialised stays for the 2014 season. The trend is expected to especially interest families with children, sports lovers and young couples. In this regard Czech spas will continue their efforts to present themselves as a place for powerful relaxation, cultural, as well as gourmet experiences in the new season. In addition to attractive ceremonies, the opening of the spa season also brings an offer of new stays with it. They focus on the combination of spa treatments with cultural or sports activities. For example, the Moravian Sulfurous Spa in Ostrožská Nová Ves has prepared a special stay connected with a traditional folk festival – Ride of the Kings. Gourmets will be drawn by a unique package at Teplice spa, which is celebrating its 860th anniversary this year. Visitors will be able to enjoy local specialties and beverages in the oldest Czech Spa. Sport activities are becoming an especially popular addition to spa stays. In addition to active holidays, Czech spa centers also focus on family stays.


Travel news Hungary Hungarian Tourism Ltd, the national body responsible for the international promotion of destination Hungary, aims to boost promotion of its unique health tourism products, Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions (MICE) travel packages and facilities, the capital city Budapest, and Cultural Tourism within the Middle East in 2014. Perfect as a holiday destination with the highlight of its historical attractions, the city of Budapest and Hungary as a honeymoon destination will all be highlighted with a focus on the excellent and comparative high-quality experiences Hungary can provide within these niche travel segments. Moreover, the city is also famous for traditional medicinal water therapies, making its health tourism cosmetic procedures and spas something to visit for. According to Gergely Horváth, CEO of Hungarian Tourism Plc., “The Middle East market has been a growing and increasingly important source market of visitors to Hungary over the last couple of years, and we see positive signs to suggest that this trend will continue. We expect a further increase in visitors from the region in 2014.”

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport To Become the Middle East’s Leading Gateway To The Americas Qatar announced it would begin service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) this July and Etihad Airways announced new direct flights to Dallas/Fort Worth beginning December 3, 2014. “With the launch of these flights and the extensive networks the Gulf State carriers provide to destinations in the Indian Sub-Continent, East Africa and the Middle East, travellers will have greater and more convenient access to all major cities in the United States,” said Ken Buchanan, DFW Executive Vice President. In its 40-year history, DFW Airport has grown into one of the world’s preeminent global hubs, now serving 61 million passengers annually and consistently ranking among the world’s best large airports for customer service. Customer-centric features such as free Wi-Fi, Minute Suites, spas, a Group Zone that groups can reserve when traveling together, yoga studio, USD6 million art collection, and newly-added lounges, eateries and entertainment choices for customers have kept DFW as a top choice for both business and leisure passengers. This year, Premier Traveler Magazine named DFW the best airport. DFW provides one of the quickest immigration and customs experiences of all airports in the United States and in recent surveys, Emirates passengers have rated their overall customs experience at DFW an impressive 8.67 out of 10. “As one of only seven airports in the world to have over 200 direct, nonstop destinations, DFW connects communities, cultures, and is the economic driver for business and investment opportunities between North Texas and the world – the Middle East being of particular interest to us,” said Buchanan. DFW is just four hours from every major city in the U.S., Canada and Mexico and provides 147 direct destinations, many with multiple flights a day from DFW.


artsy And what would life be like without a little bit of art and culture… Every year during the month of Ramadan, Art Couture brings an exhibition that reflects the mood of the region in this holy month. This year artists Ayham Hammad (Palestine) Beena Samuel (India) Terry Onanain (UK) Aarti Bahl (India) Reta Richards (Canada) and a few others share their Contemporary artworks related to Calligraphy along with figurative works and nostalgic scenes from and around the region, mosques, interesting relief works on Hatta and some bold woven rug designs. Beena Samuel Her passion for Art started while she was still in school. Colours, textures, shapes, and the play of light and shadow all prompted her to draw and paint. Her style is abstract

Ramadan ‘N’ Art and lyrical with a penchant for organic forms and free flowing compositions expressing the amorphous inner experience through her art. Watercolours and Silk Paintings are her first love but she enjoys working in Acrylics, Mixed Media and Mosaics too. Her artworks have evolved over the years with her experimental attitude and the openness to new ideas and media. Aarti Bahl Bahl is a selftaught artist who enjoys acrylics and oils, with a special interest in paper crafts. Her work enables her to portray her thoughts and feelings in abstract forms. She uses a lot of turquoise, blue and green in her paintings to provide a balance between stimulation and serenity. To her, these

colours emanate positivity and create a calming environment. Terry Onanian

As Monet has his obsession with ‘Water Lilies’ so Onanian has hers with ‘Hatta’. Having initially studied Textile and Fiber Arts in England Onanian developed her very own style and passion for bold textures and even bolder colours. Working with various creative mixed media including textiles, and her very own handmade paper, sometimes embossing, etching and using all kinds of art tools has enabled her to develop her very own signature style of relief work that one gets to view in her Hatta series - contemporary representational abstractions that bursts out of the canvas in colour.

Rare Mickey’s Service Station Service Station’, featuring Mickey Mouse and Goofy, will cross the block at Heritage Auctions as part of the company’s Animation Art Signature Auction. It is estimated at more than USD60,000.

An incredibly rare piece of animation history, an all-original, unrestored production cel and master background from Walt Disney’s 1935 classic ‘Mickey’s


“The early Disney cartoons are some of the most difficult animation cels to find and it’s even harder to find one with an original background,” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Auctions at Heritage. “Yet here was have one of the best I’ve ever seen, from one of the best early Mickey cartoons and one of the very last black and white

Mickey cartoons before Disney proved that colour worked in the medium.” Besides the amazing rarity of the cel and the background, it is also believed that this is the only known black and white production cel featuring Goofy in private hands. In the classic cartoon Mickey (voiced by Disney himself), along with Goofy and Donald, do their best to find a squeaking sound in Pete’s roadster. Naturally, they take the car apart looking for the source of the annoying sound, which turns out to be a cricket.


‘DubaiDino’ It is official: The 155 million-year-old female dinosaur exhibit that has earned tremendous appreciation from visitors all over the world at The Dubai Mall has been named ‘DubaiDino.’ The name was chosen from thousands of entries for the #NameTDMDino competition held on social media platforms and across educational institutions, since the exhibit was unveiled in March this year. Nearly 300 entries were received every day. ‘DubaiDino’ emerged as the clear favourite surpassing other names suggested. Sporting the new identity, the 155million year old dinosaur fossil will now also feature a bilingual logo and illustration. Visitors will soon be able to take home souvenirs from their visit to the magnificent exhibit with a range of branded products to be showcased near the exhibit shortly.

The ‘DubaiDino’ exhibit is open to the public daily at the Grand Atrium of The Dubai Mall. At 24.4m long and 7.6m high, ‘DubaiDino’, a Diplotocus Longus dinosaur fossil, is set apart by its long tail sweeping behind and an equally slender long neck rising eerily high as if bracing for battle.

With nearly 90 per cent of its bones being original, the fossil is rated high in scientific integrity and is an unmatched specimen in terms of quality in any museum or private collections. Visitors can learn more about the Late Jurassic Period dinosaur from a dedicated team on-site.

Seeing Through Light

Porta Mosque On the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, Capsule Arts will release a new limited edition art print by Emirati artist Khalid Mezaina. Porta Mosque is inspired by the temporary mosques that can be found across the UAE, from the construction sites of Dubai to the wadis of Fujairah. These makeshift structures have been a long-standing feature of Islamic architecture in the Emirates. In keeping with the spirit of giving during Ramadan, Capsule Arts will be donating 25 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of each print to the Big Heart Campaign, a UAE charity dedicated to helping Syrian refugee children. This encompasses donations from both Khalid Mezaina and Capsule Arts.

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi has announced the inaugural Guggenheim Abu Dhabi exhibition, ‘Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection’, opening on November 5, 2014 at Manarat Al Saadiyat. Presenting for the first time in the capital artworks acquired for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection, the exhibition will feature the work of 18 artists from the 1960s to the present who work in multiple countries and regions around the globe and whose work encompasses a variety of media. ‘Seeing Through

Light’ remains on view until January 19. The exhibition introduces Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s curatorial vision through a theme-based collection presentation that explores the concept of light. In conjunction with the exhibition, public programmes, film screenings, adult and youth workshops, and performances by several leading contemporary artists whose works are now part of the permanent collection of the museum will be presented.



This Eid, celebrate the musical genius of Salim and Sulaiman, two of the biggest Hollywood singers right now. The two brothers, who go simply by SalimSulaiman, will perform a show at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Thursday, July 31. They will serve up some of their best hits from Bollywood box office successes showcasing their eclectic tastes, combining Western, folk, Hindustani and Sufi influences in their music.

Dubai’s only night market during the holy month of Ramadan is back with exhilarating activities, offers and unique shopping opportunities. Ramadan Night Market offers a great ambiance with loads of fun, frolic and family time along with tempting offers from the retailers coming together at the market from across the globe. Organised by Sumansa Exhibitions, the night market will be held over the 11 nights of Ramadan from July 17-27 at the Dubai World Trade Center offering residents and tourists a great opportunity to shop for all their festival needs under one roof. The entry to the consumer fair is free and it’s open to one and all from 8pm-2am. With over 350 plus retailers at the show offering everything from clothing, fashion, accessories, cosmetics, health & beauty products, jewellery, perfumes, leather products, healthcare, electronics, toys & childcare, educational products, gift items, Eid gifts, souvenirs, collectibles, art, a variety of seasonal & festive food and many more exciting items, the market will be a buzzing place and the one to fulfill the needs of the entire family.


Galaxy Tab S is Samsung’s thinnest and lightest tablet to date. This Super AMOLED tablet combines the most advanced display technology with a full range of premium content for an unrivalled entertainment experience. The Galaxy Tab S is also powered with enhanced productivity features for effortless multitasking, all elegantly housed in a highly stylish, yet practical design.

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X by Ed Sheeran ‘X’, pronounced as ‘multiply’, is the second studio album by English singersongwriter Ed Sheeran. At the age of 23, Sheeran already has three Grammy nominations and two BRIT Awards on his rapidly filling CV. His follow-up sees him working with producers Rick Rubin and Pharrell Williams, among others.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days but as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realises. A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.

Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence is the third studio album by American singersongwriter Lana Del Rey. It was preceded by the digital release of four singles, ‘West Coast’, ‘Shades of Cool’, ‘Ultraviolence’, and .Brooklyn Baby’. Music videos were released for ‘West Coast’ and ‘Shades of Cool’, directed by Vincent Haycock and Jake Nava, respectively.

Little Coffee Shop In Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez In a little coffee shop in one of the most dangerous places on earth, five very different women come together. Sunny, the proprietor who needs an ingenious plan to keep her café and safe. Yazmina, a young pregnant woman stolen from her remote village. Candace, a wealthy American who left her husband for her Afghan lover,. Isabel, a journalist with a secret that might keep her from the biggest story of her life. And Halajan, the 60-year-old den mother, whose long-hidden love affair breaks all the rules.

If You Wait by London Grammar If You Wait is the debut studio album by English electronic music band London Grammar. The album debuted last year, at number two the UK Albums Chart, selling 33,130 copies in its first week. The album’s lyrics are mainly based upon vocalist Hannah Reid’s personal life, in particular her troubled teenage years. The Guardian suggested that this was ‘the first quarter-life-crisis album’.

Body Book by Cameron Diaz Cameron Diaz shares her formula for becoming happier, healthier, and stronger in this positive, essential guide that is grounded in science and inspired by personal experience. The Body Book offers a long-term approach to a long, strong, healthy life. Informed by experts and grounded in science, but brought to life by Cameron’s passion and personal experiences, The Body Book is an empowering, educational, and inspiring handbook for women everywhere.


A-list Celebs Award-winning French actress Laura Smet wearing a Tommy Hilfiger shirt in Paris

Who, what, where Steven Tyler, Giorgio Armani and Joe Perry at the Emporio Armani SS15 Mens show in Milan

French actress, singer and model Josephine de la Baume wearing a Hilfiger Collection shirt and trousers in Paris

Karolina Kurkova carries a Bally Spring/Summer 2014 Collection Albinea handbag while walking around in Tribeca in New York Cit y

Rosie HuntingtonWhiteley wearing Salvatore Ferragamo sunglasses at JFK Airport NY

Lupita Nyong’o wearing Salvatore Ferragamo sunglasses at the Seventh Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Jersey Cit y


A-list Celebs

Diesel Dresses Beyonce For ‘On The Run’ Tour Beyoncé and Jay-Z Kicked off their blockbuster On The Run tour at Miami Gardens (Miami, FL) where the singer wowed fans in custom Diesel outfit changes designed by the brand’s Artistic Director, Nicola Formichetti. The special garments were conceptualised in line with Formichetti’s energetic FW’14 debut runway collection for Diesel. The collection’s design aesthetic paired perfectly with this tour’s Bonnie and Clyde story line and overall rebellious spirit – channeling a glamorous game of cops and robbers. Beyoncé’s custom looks included body conscious denim playsuits made from Diesel’s patented Jogg Jean material, accented with various hand applied hardware and studwork, Swarovski crystal elements and black leather accessories. Diesel’s team hand painted, distressed and embellished each piece using techniques that were exclusively created for Beyoncé based on her specific requests.

Seems like Louis Vuitton has given the celebs a new ‘It’ bag judging by the number of fans toting the new Lockit bag

Beyoncé and her crew of female backup dancers also wore matching custom metallic striped ‘jailbait’ bodysuits during the performance of the ‘Run the World (Girls)’. During the performance of ‘Baby Boy’, her male dance duo, Le Twins, donned complete head to toe off-the-rack Diesel FW’14 looks including patchwork denim jeans, vests, tank tops and accessories. During this song, Beyoncé also sported an off-the-rack FW14 black leather motorcycle jacket personalised with the word ‘Texas’ on the back, representing the singer’s home town pride.


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Elizabeth Cole Silvertone crystal earrings AED525

Issa Embellished silk-georgette maxi dress AED2490

Thierry Lasry Round-frame acetate sunglasses AED834

Fiona Paxton Trina gold-tone chain necklace AED822

Marc Jacobs Skunk striped leather clutch AED2780

Oscar de la Reanta Laser-cut patentleather sandals AED2088

The EID Gift Guide

Scouring stuff to give to. your loved ones this Eid? Here’s our edit of amazing finds from premiere online shop, Enjoy the season of gifting (and shopping)!

Kenneth Jay Lane Silver-tone crystal necklace AED358

Elizabeth Cole Gold-plated, howlite and crystal earrings AED988

Vanessa Bruno Printed leather cosmetics case AED400

Versace Printed silk scarf AED605 Verscae Printed silk scarf AED605

Missoni Metallic leather moccasins AED1452


Marc Jacobs Safari small ayers-trimmed leather and calf hair shoulder bag AED2966

Iris & Ink Cecile silk sacred heart maxi AED432

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Iris & Ink Silk Pussybow Blouse peppermint AED525

Ji,Sander_Round-frame acetate sunglasses AED896 Lanvin Floral crystal necklace AED8195

Roland Mouret Dolls elaphe and leather sandals AED1965

Iris & Ink Silk Croc collarless blouse AED710

Kevia Gold-plated topaz drop earrings AED828

Roland Mouret Bohemes snake-trimmed leather wedge sandals AED1656

Matthew Williamson Embellished metallic leather clutch AED3090 Iris & Imk Amelie cotton-lace skirt AED896

M Missoni Bobbletrimmed stretchwool belt AED377

Marc Jacobs Isobel striped leather clutch AED2546

Iris & Ink Mayfair leather shoulder bag

Lanvin Crystalembellished suede sandals AED5495

Roland Mouret Demoisels elaphe and leather sandals AED1532

Oscar de la Renta Embellished suede and leather slippers AED1285


The Coveted

Deseo, Deseo This month, our eyes are fixed on ARTĒ Madrid’s rose gold necklace and bangles from its Deseo collection. Representing a charismatic audacity that appeals to all as iconic jewellery, the Deseo jewels are more than just pieces of art, they’re an ensemble of magic and imagination. These inspiring luxuries are produced using the finest quality cultured gemstones, meticulously designed by European designers and handcrafted by skilled craftsmen. Founded in 1898 by the Barranco family in Madrid, Spain, ARTĒ Madrid has over 50 stores across Europe, Greater China and parts of Asia. ARTĒ Madrid is currently expanding in the Middle East and over the past two years launched four outlets in the United Arab Emirates in: Mirdif City Centre (Dubai), Festival Centre (Dubai). Bawabat Al Sharq Mall (Abu Dhabi), and Al Ain Mall (Al Ain). The Deseo necklace is priced at AED18,950 and the bangle is priced at AED3,110.



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Arabian Woman July/August 2014 Issue  

Embracing the Holy Month of Ramadan this Summer, AW takes you through some of the best offers and trends to look out for this season. Happy...

Arabian Woman July/August 2014 Issue  

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