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As I sit down to write the July intro, I really want to make a World Cup winner prediction, but it’s sort of way too soon. All I can say at this point is that it is definitely the year of the underdogs so far, with some very surprising and pleasing results. It would be amazing for a new team to win for a change. The kind of result that would inspire countless teams, countless people and countless small businesses to be optimistic about their futures too... but, of course, we all know that the Brazilian team could smoothly Samba its way to the final, as could France, Portugal and the other usual suspects!
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But World Cup or not, life will still go on, no matter who ends up winning. And life going on is a mainstay theme during Kuwait’s summer seasons, whethear you’re staying in the country or not – because your summer might not turn out the way you want it to, but don’t give up hope because there’s always something to do!
In true form, this issue of bazaar is double trouble: a combined July-August edition that’s filled to the brim with features that will help inspire your summer plans. We delve into the definition of the good life with hospitality consultant, gastronomist and avid traveler Talal Al Rashed as our Up Close and Personal candidate, as well as peeking into the hotelier life of PR guru Aynur Mamedova at the opulent Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya. Between the two of them and the work they do for the luxury hotel franchise, we’re already planning our next weekend getaway at this splendid property. We also have some summer wardrobe hacks in this issue, introducing gorgeously designed jewelry by one of our favorite people to work with, Layan Ezzo. Treat your eyes to a fabulous photo-shoot showcasing her minimalist jewelry, and if you’re feeling a bit sportier, then divert your attention to our photo-shoot with Cole Haan and Ecco for some ideas on fabulous fashionable footwear for the summer. And if you’re staying in Kuwait, don’t feel discouraged – you know we got you! Craving a push to start creating? We highly recommend you read our Truth or Dare subject, Bruha Eve’s story. This artist is spectacular, and can also provide you with summerready accessories to rock poolside. And as always, because we’ll always have your back, we have a series of curated ideas centering around how you should spend your staycation in Kuwait. From beach clubs to budget beaches, fitness options and cultural activities, we’ve just about covered everything. We’ll leave you with this, though – when in doubt, reconnect with breakfast like we did at the delicious brunch place in Kuwait City, Coucou. Happy Summering! Ahmed El-Adly
A seamless, combined perspective of Al Shaheed Park and Kuwait Towers, this creatively edited capture by local Kuwaiti photographer Bassam Al Ruwaih left us gawking in awe. The landscape, portrait, street and studio photographer has always had creative inclinations ever since his younger days. What began as an artistic journey led art teacher Bassam towards taking up photography professionally since 2010. He successfully competed in photography competitions across Kuwait, winning 1st and 2nd place, and Bassam aspires to one day showcase his work at his very own solo exhibition. Follow @Bassamalruwaih on Instagram for more details.
Boss Ahmed El-Adly
Operations Tim Burns
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Mixed Media Solutions Jennifer Cádiz
Design Ahmed Al-Ashab
Staff Writer/Online Media Amira Haroun Yasmine Dalloul Yasmin Gamal
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Communications Hala Y. Sharara
Editor Alia Al Duaij
Contributing Writers Ayman Nassar Dyfed "Fred" Richards Faris AlMussallam George Tarabay Mashaan Almashaan Dr. Susannah-Joy Schuilenberg
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Local creative Bruha Eve tells it how it is as our July/August Truth or Dare candidate! This artist has loads of talent on her resume, from painting to repurposing and aesthetic design, and in this issue, she lets us in a bit, exposing us to her work and her personal life.
We’re calling it: 2018 is the summer of breakfast, and what better place than Coucou to spend your days brunching away? Read our review of this innovative breakfast spot in this month’s issue – trust us, it’s breakfast like you’ve never had it before!
It’s no secret that Layan Ezzo’s incredible sense of style and experience with luxury retail marketing equals a passion for fashion. So when it parlayed into her very own jewelry line, we were beyond excited! We meet with Layan to chat about her Layan Jewelry, while taking some gorgeous photos in the process.
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It’s ladies first at The Regency! If you’re looking for a women’s-only venue to laze the summer days away beneath the hot sun, this place is a winner. Read our review of it in this month’s issue.
Congratulations, Porsche! To commemorate their 70th anniversary, Porsche Centre Kuwait held an event to showcase Porsche’s most innovative car models, including its most iconic model, the 911 – a true game changer. Celebrate Porsche’s heritage through the highlighting of 7 memorable cars over 7 memorable decades.
Ever wonder what Eloise felt like living at The Plaza? Aynur Mamedova, Director of Public Relations and Communications at Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya knows a taste of it – because though she doesn’t actually live at the hotel, sometimes she feels like she does! Read all about her adventures as a hotelier in this issue.
There’s a new beauty hack in town! As soon as the Scandinavian brand made its way to Kuwait, we reveled in the opportunity to ask founder Marianne Tromborg a little bit more about the brand and its long-awaited arrival. Read all about it in this month’s issue, and get beautiful!
TALAL AL RASHED This month’s Up Close and Personal column acquaints us with Talal Al Rashed, a true visionary in the PR, travel, gastronomy and hotel industry. Talal takes a moment between his excursions to open up with us about his journey, getting to the point where he truly loves what he does.
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D’RIP SESSIONS Location: Universal American School, Hawalli Date: Every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday 6pm – 7pm Beat the summer bloat and check out these weekly fitness sessions. Authentic. Aspirational. Athleticism. Evidence based training, D'rip guarantees results! Athletic bodyweight training classes. For more information, visit Instagram @drip_fitness.
FILMMAKING SUMMER CAMP Location: Zain Innovation Center, Kuwait City Date: 1-12 July, 10am – 3pm If you have a passion for film, don't miss this two week “Filmmaking” summer camp at ZINC Innovation Centre for young adults ages 12--15 years old. The sessions are developed and curated by creative film-making professionals. The program will teach participants on how to develop video content under any of the following categories: Short films, YouTube Channels, TV Campaigns and Music videos. Each group selects a project category and starts developing and executing from day one. For more information visit www.in-dig-go.me/film-making.
INTRO TO UNITY 3D Location: Tamdeen building, Ahmad Al Jaber Street, Sharq Date: 15-21 July Would you like to create and develop video games? Ever wanted to explore this field but didn’t know where to start? The games developing expert Dherar AlRashoud and Byte Tech. prepare you a training course to learn the main principles of Unity 3D, the best video game making program. The course will be carried out through effective educational lessons. Requirements: Background in programming languages ( C# / Java ). Please bring your laptop and install the latest version of Unity3D software. For more information call 66206890 or visit www.bytetechkw.com.
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What: @luna_beau Info: Boutique, groomers and a pet-friendly café. Editor’s Note: The ideal way to spend summer closer to your pets.
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CLASSIC AND QUIRKY HELSINKI The Traveleye guidebook
By Faris AlMussallam
It’s that time of year again when everybody begins to scramble within one question on their mind, “Where will I travel this summer?” For sure, you could stick to the usual suspects - London, Paris, Barcelona, Mykonos, and Dubai. But why not try something new? Isn’t the whole point of travel to explore more of this planet we live on? Why join the masses when you can visit a new city without compromising on having a good time. This year, I suggest you head to Helsinki, the capital city of Finland. Although not a part of Scandinavia, it still shares much with its Nordic neighbors - long summer days, mild temperatures, great food, friendly people, culturally-rich with a twist of quirkiness that is only found within that band of countries. Getting there Getting to Helsinki is much easier than you think, with one-stop options to suit all budgets through Doha, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and London. Where to stay My personal recommendation is the spacious and comfortable Klaus K hotel, which boasts a central location on Bulevardi, and puts you within walking distance of virtually any place you’d want to visit in the city. I also have to comment that the breakfast buffet was of a very high standard, with lots of hearty healthy options to help kick-start your day! Cultural Helsinki Finland, as a country, has made countless contributions to the art and design scene, with famous names such as Marimekko and Iittala. Another famous name that seems to have slipped from the minds of mainstream audiences is Nokia – the mobile brand that revolutionized how we interact with our mobiles, made them into brand status symbols, and by default rendered them extensions of our personalities. Kiasma – My first stop on the art trail in Helsinki was the Museum of Contemporary Art – also known as Kiasma. Kiasma is the Finnish word for chiasma (a point at which paired chromosomes remain in contact during the first metaphase of meiosis, and at which crossing over and exchange of genetic material occur between the strands, to get technical), and is a nod to the building’s basic architectural design. Amos Anderson Museum - The Amos Anderson Museum in Helsinki isn’t one you’d find easily, but 24
nonetheless, I consider this place a hidden gem. The museum houses a bunch of quirky art pieces, and it’s that quirkiness that unites the displays, as you’d be hard pressed to find a common theme among the pieces. This is the kind of place that has paintings and sculptures that cause you to have a conversation with your travel buddy (or yourself, if you’re a solo traveler like me) on what art is, what qualities each piece has to elevate it to the threshold of art, and even the simple question, “Why is this here?”
as well as appreciation for the diverse ways people from around the world soothe their souls.
Where to eat Olo - When one thinks of Finland, one rarely thinks of the high-end gastronomy. Olo, Finnish for the word “feeling”, offers a culinary journey that incited feelings of astonishment, wonder, curiosity, and the feeling of tasting deliciousness – whatever that word is. Everything on the menu comes from fresh ingredients, served straight from farm/barn to your plate and incorporates some very innovative dishes, such as a salad bowl which had edible flowers. Another dish to order is chicken liver with blueberry shaped into the form of an egg, and placed in hay, accompanied by a chicken skin cracker.
Kamppi Chapel (Chapel of Silence) - The Chapel of Silence is located in a busy commercial area, and almost looks like something extra-terrestrial. Smooth lines made of honey-colored wood envelop the chapel, and without any signs or indicators of what this is, it’s almost as if the peculiar design invites passers-by to come check out the place. Once you’re in, the same minimalism is reflected in the interior, and the lack of any edges or decor almost force you to into silence to observe and take in the silence. Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church) - The second church I visited in Finland was Rock Church. And no, the name isn’t an allusion to any style of music, but rather a nod to the fact that it was built INTO a rock. I was excited to visit this place the most, as a lot of the “architecture” is left to nature, which I believe is a genius idea, as it leaves one to ponder nature’s majesty. Although Rock Church is certainly bigger than the Chapel of Silence, it still stuns you into silence once you walk in!
Spiritual Helsinki One of my favorite places to visit whenever I travel are places of worship. It gives one a sense of humility,
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH JOSH BROLIN Brolin talks Deadpool 2, the role of Cable, and more! By bazaar staff
On how he got involved in the film. They called me. They called me over a weekend; I was doing Avengers, and I didn’t expect the call. I heard there was like short list for a year or two or since the last Deadpool. You know I know that the tag of the first Deadpool is like you know, him coming out in his bathrobe and he’s saying the one thing to look forward too is Cable and all that. And I had no idea who Cable was and I didn’t really react to that thing. I wasn’t a comic book geek like that or you know a lover of comic books. And then they called me over a weekend and they said look you got to decide, there was just somebody who’d dropped out. I wasn’t on the short list. I talked to Simon Kinburg who produced this, I talked to Ryan, which was a great conversation. I had always been a fan of his, so I was like I don’t get nervous very often, but I got nervous talking to him, and I was trying to be funny and I was more irreverent. You know that’s what you do with comedians, you try to be funnier than they are, but it never works. That was my relationship with Ryan. On working with Ryan Reynolds. You know I had been very lucky to work with 26
unpretentious people. You know, like the Cohens and all that. They’re not really sticklers for you know compliments and stuff like that. So I’ve kind of gotten used to that whole thing, where everybody’s not stroking each other, they’re like overcompensating with their power and like screaming out you because they have the ability to scream at you cause they know you’re not going to run away. Whatever that is, he doesn’t have that at all. I mean he so finesses the producer, writer, “hey maybe what if you try this.” You don’t feel like it’s ever a manipulation with him. He’s a pleasure to work with, man. On his character. Yea, I mean I said look, cause I had come from Avengers, and I said you know should I read the comics? Because I was given this great huge bible for Thanos and it was great to be able to go back and kind of research it, talk to people at comic book stores and all that. And Ryan was like nah you don’t need to do that. So I went back and I talked to Rob Liefeld and I kind of got into the idea or his idea of who Cable was. But there’s so many renditions of it that you almost get confused, so it became more about basing it off of one type of comic book, or
one genre of that comic book, or one era of that trajectory, and then just going off with you know our imaginations. And it seems to have worked. On his mood on set. With like dramas, I find myself joking around all the time, I try to like go the opposite because when you finally do the drama, you’re getting into it, and you’re saturated in this horror and you’re in a bad mood and whatever it is. And this thing guy is so curmudgeony to start with, so I was stuck in this purgatory of having a good time but trying to respect the character ad what was going on. On reprising his role. You know I signed on for a few of them and I’ve never done that before. And I was reticent until I read it. I thought it was so fresh, and funny, and different than anything I had ever experienced in film. You know I saw the first one, I thought it was like beautifully inappropriate, which I can understand totally. And so this will go on. If this does well, we’ll go on the X-Force, and then we’ll do that, and then I don’t know what he has in store for Deadpool 3, if X-Force is Deadpool3? I don’t even know. I’m not producing the thing.
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THE GOOD LIFE
FOLLOWING TALAL AL RASHED’S JOURNEY By bazaar staff
You know, I really don’t like the ‘question and answer’ format of interviews,” hospitality consultant, gastronomist and traveler Talal Al Rashed says as he guides us through the tunnel-like vortex of the indoor pool at the Four Seasons Kuwait at Burj Alshaya. Embracing bazaar’s “get to know you” method of interviewing, we venture throughout the opulent hotel under Talal’s patronage, where he has access to all amenities and secret passageways as a guest and consultant. 28
He tangents enthusiastically as we stroll, about the hotel’s beauty in comparison to others around the region, [“it’s one of my favorite Four Seasons properties in the world!”] his opinion on people embracing and respecting their own paths in life, and the book he’s been reading: The Art of the Good Life: Clear Thinking for Business and a Better Life, by Rolf Dobelli. “I feel connected to it because it ties into my ideology of life: keeping things simple, humble and straight to the point without comparing yourself to anyone else, and living in the moment. That’s what will guarantee you the Good Life.” As the co-founder and managing director of the creative agency The Contourage, Talal knows all about the good life. It’s no coincidence that his explorative nature landed him notoriety in the social media sphere, different regional publications, and a spot on Arab News’ “The 5
offbeat Arab travel bloggers you need to follow.”“As a teenager, I was always invested in trying out new restaurants. I’d try everything – especially if it was a concept or involved an ingredient that wasn’t usually found locally, or that we weren’t used to.” This enthusiasm for trying new things ushered Talal towards different opportunities. Starting off with a degree in accounting from Kuwait University, Talal coasted with the pragmatic life he had planned for himself in accordance to his educational background. “Though I always felt drawn towards the hospitality industry, I couldn’t imagine stemming away from my degree- despite the fact that my job at the time saw my potential in public relations.” Not because he didn’t want to delve deeper, but because, as he put it, he “didn’t think it was a possibility at the time”, due to the lack of growth in hospitality careers around Kuwait during the mid-2000s.
As Kuwait was, however, catching up quickly for loss time in the hospitality world, Talal was using his personable demeanor, zest for life, and knack for making experiences come alive to continue tasting the gastronomical pleasures of food and travel while working in real estate development in Toronto. “I was constantly driving around in the snow towards little cities and towns outside of where I was living, all to try new and authentic cuisines I’d heard of.” With this, it was made clear to him that he had an undeniable interest in the restaurant world, and carefully decided to utilize his passion, making moves towards turning his love of food and hospitality into a career. “I was throwing everything away – my degree, my career in finance, investment and real estate, my accounting background, my savings – but I had to give it a shot. I couldn’t ignore it anymore.” This mindset took him to Switzerland, where he enrolled in the Glion Institute of Higher Education and obtained a degree in hospitality management, while focusing on restaurant culture. This then took him on a journey towards a month-long internship at the Fairmont Montreux Palace in Switzerland, then onto Bodrum, Turkey, where he spent four months interning at the luxury Kempinski Barbaros Bay resort. And so, the trip back to the region adjusted his focus towards restaurants, and while temporarily settling back into real estate, Talal reaffirmed his passion for the hospitality field by gaining a job as a waiter at the prestigious Gaucho steakhouse in DIFC. “Working as a waiter was such a humbling and rewarding job for me. People think it’s low-end, but in actuality, you need to have a lot of power to be a waiter. You’re responsible for other people’s happiness and enjoyment and with the right attitude, you can affect their whole experience.” What he also loved about the position was the amount of people he met and personal connections he made, on top of giving the public a fun and fresh look on the service industry with his applauded flair. This didn’t go unrecognized by Gaucho’s owners, and Talal was granted a slew of promotions to follow: a one-year contract, a position as receptionist, graduating to guest relations manager, and eventually acquiring media and clients for the restaurant as a PR rep. Coupled with high praises received by friends and family following his impressive Instagram account, coaxing him to make it public for all to enjoy his adventures, the precedent was set for him to manage The Countourage PR and Events Creative Agency. But to this day, he insists, that he had "no clue that people could even create a brand out of social media. The thought had never even occurred to me." Hardly a social media hub project, The Contourage, (a portmanteau of “contour” – definition – and “entourage” – the support of the crowd,) sums it all up and allows Talal to expose his savoir-faire by working with regional clients. On top of that, The Contourage’s umbrella also makes efforts to bring people from different walks [Continued...]
of life together through organized dinners – what Talal considers to be his greatest extravagance – and takes their dining experiences to the next level. “At these dinners, I don’t want to seat a bunch of people in the same field together. Why should I have media dinners where only media people can meet? I think it’s more impactful to congregate an eclectic range of backgrounds and professions.” It’s all about effectiveness, but not in a way that benefits him, but the people. “I want us to change the way we look at travel, food and different indulgences of life – the beautiful things. Eat mindfully, live in underrated luxury, and go against the grain of comfort.” Either way, Talal will always tell us what’s worth it – he has the know-how.
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL QUESTIONNAIRE What do you most value in your friends? Genuineness. What is your idea of perfect happiness? A table of truly nice people having a warm conversation while eating delicious food made with love. What is your greatest fear? Losing compassion for others. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Fakeness. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? An intolerance to fake people (it makes my life harder.) Which living person do you most admire? Anyone doing something significant or dedicating their lives for saving or protecting our environment, animals, plants and cultures around the world (Mother Earth). What is your greatest extravagance? Dining out and throwing dinners. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Amazing hahaha” – but I mean it each time I say it. What is it that you most dislike? Needlessly loud people, noise, over compliments, and manipulation. Which talent would you most like to have? Pianist, or Russian dancing.
What is your most treasured possession? The many languages I speak.
If you could have any job, what would it be? What I am doing now: hospitality consultancy, food critique and travel and events expert.
What is your most marked characteristic? Sociability, refined-taste and approachability.
What would you consider your greatest achievement? Having an international experience and a global mind set.
Where would you most like to live? Where there is abundance of pure, fresh water; great seasonal ingredients and genuine, happy people.
What are your favorite words to live by? If you want something badly, let it go. If it comes back to you, it is yours – if it doesn’t, then it was never yours to begin with. Follow Talal Al Rashed on Instagram to keep updated on his travel, hotel and foodie adventures @talal.alrashed. For more information on The Contourage, visit their website at : www.thecontourage.com.
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USING FLOWERS FOR PAINT
Bruha Eve’s enchanting art By bazaar staff
Small and mighty, Bruha waltzes into bazaar’s meeting room with an effervescence and confidence as though she’s been there a million times before. “I came with gifts for you ladies!” she says, toting a range of her handcrafted slides, just one of the many beautiful artisan pieces she designs and sells under her offshoot brand, By BEA. “This bag is made from pineapple fiber,” she tells me enthusiastically, gesturing towards the tote her one-of-a-kind creation was packaged in. “And the upper for the slippers is made from the same fabric and pattern that Islanders used as loincloth,” she says, with a wicked smile. Wicked is the way to describe the enchanting Bruha, (whose name, in Tagalog by no coincidence means “enchantress”) but not in the traditional sense of the meaning. The word’s definition tends to connote evilness, but Bruha is the extreme opposite of that. She’s honest, raw and exudes a “what you see is what you get” nature. As she goes on to tell me about her method of painting with her hands, and the fact that her canvas art, the time she takes to create, and her internal self are darker than she’s externally perceived, it’s clear that she just has the soul of an artist. “An artist, to me, is someone who isn’t afraid to create – isn’t afraid to be themselves.” She tells me, as she describes her life with gusto: her Philippines hometown Nueva Vida (where she was recently given an award: The Outstanding Daughter of Nueva Vida) her cats – subjects who have made themselves present on Bruha’s canvas, many a time –and her (notso-secret) passion of cooking, expertly plating her creations, and hopes and ambitions to one day own a restaurant. Amidst it all, her fiery ball of energy, her ever-changing but currently ice-blue hair, catch my attention as she says “Let me tell you about my background: then, you will understand me.” Bruha Eve was born in the Philippines some 30 years ago on the Island of Zamboanga. Her family soon after relocated to the jungle landscapes of Nueva Vida, where, despite their lack of income, Bruha was given every opportunity her mother, 32
aunties and her favorite uncle, an American man working for the military, could give her. “I remember, I went to a public school” Bruha begins one charming anecdote in particular, reminiscing about a local poster competition held by the county's schools. “Most of the the private school kids had their fancy craypas oil pastel crayons, but I had nothing, and my mother couldn’t provide me with the same tools everyone else had.” But Bruha isn’t one to give into such parameters! She reportedly went home, gathered the pigment-releasing begonias from her backyard, and proceeded to produce colors out of them, thus creating a poster her school would never forget. “I didn’t end up winning the contest, but I did get an honorable mention for being the most creative!” she beams. Anyone with eyes can easily see that Bruha is in fact, the most creative, and especially the name brands she has worked with. On her resume, her close collaborations boast bits and pieces of marketed illustration with Alyasra brands such as Jimmy Choo, Alshaya brands like West Elm and our local Louis Vuitton – one that is in fact, a collaboration she’ll never forget. “I was commissioned to implement customer-requested illustrations onto everyday items from rubbish bins to tissue box holders and other knick-knacks and tchotchkes. The rich are quirky,” she grins “but I love that they appreciate my style!” And because people appreciate her style, her use of color, raw emotion and organic matter to create beauty, Bruha birthed her art world to distribute her wearable art to the masses. This galaxy of art in fashion includes her customization skills, and restoring and revamping vintage pieces for clientele. By BEA offers an earthier approach, with paint-splattered and customized wide-brimmed straw hats, crossbody bags with tropical emblems, those gorgeous slippers we’re obsessed with (which are, by the way, extremely comfortable!) beach-ready handbags, sunglasscases… just to name a few. The cherry on top is the fact that many of the fibers and materials she uses also hail from her roots, as a nod to the raw materials that are abundant in the jungle. “I love implementing my heritage onto these accessories, and I love that locals in Kuwait can appreciate my use of color and patterns.” Her heavily incorporated jungle-style motif is a transparent appreciation for the close ties Bruha keeps with her homeland – the place where she has indeed, left her heart. “I’m actually darker than I appear to be (artistically speaking.) But I really just make art with emotion. That’s why I paint with my hands – to really feel everything that I’m doing.” With that, and a peaceful smile, she excuses herself to go back home to be with her art, her husband, cats and beautifully plated concoctions. Meanwhile, we’re just excited to see what the enchanting Bruha will create next. 34
TRUTH OR DARE QUESTIONNAIRE How would your mother describe you in one word? Cunning. How would you describe your mother in one word? bipolar. What is the most ridiculous question you’ve ever been asked? “Nice hair, you work in the salon?!” (Very racist.) What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done? Quitting my job as a US army contractor. What is your theme song? Nosi Ba Lasi (Reverted Filipino words meaning “Who are they”). What word in the English or Arabic language do you wish you had invented? Lunatic. Where would you like to live? What is your dream retirement location? Beach house, somewhere isolated. What is the first famous quote that comes to your mind? “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” - Steve Jobs. What animal best describes the kind of partner you’d be interested in? Cat.
What do you miss about your childhood? Less technology. If you could change your name, what would you change it to? I would add a “!” (Click sound) to my name. How would you describe your handshake in one word? Solid. What is the toughest part of your character? I’m too opinionated – I speak the truth. Who is your favorite historical figure? Van Gogh. What in the world do you least desire? Stress. What do you think is lacking in the world, which if there was more of would make the world a better place? Transparency. Why do you think most girls/guys like you? Because I’m charming and straightforward. Finish this sentence: “Happiness is a thing called...” Contentment. To keep updated on (and purchase!) her art, customizations and fashion pieces, follow Bruha on Instagram @bruhaeveartworld and By BEA @bybea.kw. Photography by Jalil Marvin, for more check out @JalilMarvin on Instagram.
WHEN LESS IS MORE
Layan Ezzo on her minimalist brand Layan Jewelry By bazaar staff
You can’t mistake fashion guru and jewelry designer Layan Ezzo if you ever come across her. She is very petite and works hard at the gym to stay so. With an incredible sense of style acutely honed by six years of luxury retail marketing, the jewelry she wears also draws you in to gaze more closely at her. Beautifully minimal, Layan layers her pieces with the exuberance of youth but you can immediately see that each piece can stand alone because of its quality and the meaning behind it. bazaar spent some time with this talented and fun designer to chat about her background and Layan Jewelry. Growing up with your father in the jewelry business, did you always want to design jewelry? It's always been something I've been so passionate about. I've always seen jewelry as a beautiful expression with a beautiful untold story. What made you choose fine jewelry? It's just been in the family for so long so I wanted to do something that was close to home but also defines me. 36
What is your fondest memory of your father working in the jewelry business? Naming it after me. Do you have a favorite piece of your mother’s jewelry which was given to her by your father? Lots! But my all-time favorite is the pair of earrings with a cluster of pearls and diamonds. Pearls are one of my favorite gemstones and earrings are my favorite piece of jewelry (I don't know if you can tell with my 12 ear piercings!). What’s the most sentimental piece of jewelry you own or have had made? A necklace with a "w" on it which is the first letter of my father's name. Your pieces when you started out were very delicate and you still produce great layering pieces. What was your inspiration behind creating these petite looks? To me, minimalism is everything! I believe in anything small but with a great meaning behind it; it just means so much more and it's appreciated a lot more than when it's right there in your face. You’ve had successful collections inspired by runes, chakra symbols and calligraphy; all are very meaningful pieces for the people who wear them. What is next for Layan Jewelry? I do know I enjoy working closely with clients on bespoke
pieces. Who knows really what’s next when it comes to collections as with Layan Jewelry I'm a spur-of-themoment kind of a person. I see something, fall in love with it, get inspired and get to work! I will definitely continue looking for different ways to create collections that describe different personalities, whether it's with signs, scripts or even stones. This inspiration also helps me to design extremely personal bespoke pieces. When someone comes to you for a bespoke piece, what is the process like from coming up with an idea all the way through to creating the piece? I send over a sketch to get the client’s thoughts and feedback, share it with the workshop, the workshop then sends over a prototype for my approval and if all goes well, we finalize the design. It's usually a 2-day process and for the piece to be ready it needs 3-5 days. You’ve made some very intricate pieces, where did you find the craftsmen who work on Layan Jewelry and what makes their work special? It took a while to find the right "team" but thankfully, I've been able to establish a great working relationship with the same workshop my father worked with in his earlier days. Have you ever designed anything that they have not been able to make? So far nothing yet and there have been some very precisely cut, cleanly set pieces. They are supremely skilled. Where do you source your materials from? Europe has a such a long history of excellence in high quality metals and stones with provenance that I only use Swiss gold and Belgian diamonds. If you could create a piece, no expense spared, what would it look like? I'm already wearing it! A tiny diamond stone bezel set on a delicate gold cable chain. It’s a timeless piece with my favorite stone!
Follow @LayanJewelry on Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates. To commission a bespoke design, call or WhatsApp 6668 7282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. With special thanks to ecru @Ecruonline on Instagram. 37
AROUND THE WORLD WITH MUSAED & SULAIMAN Your dream travel experience starts here!
By Mashaan Almashaan
Many people gained fame on social media for fashion, food, and coffee. That’s why Musaed Almejren and Sulaiman Alroudhan stand out; they are gaining popularity because they are two Kuwaitis who organize breathtaking adventures around the world for people like you and me to enjoy. In this interview, we catch up with them and learn more about what they do. Can you introduce one another in your own words? Musaed: Sulaiman is a nice professional guy who wakes up early, unlike me! He takes care of the day and I take care of the night. Sometimes he can be stubborn but whatever issue we face, we resolve it. Sulaiman: Musaed is easygoing but can be stubborn sometimes. He is creative. I like his energy, and he always pushes me to do the ideas that I have and our trips are one of the things that he pushed me to pursue. How did you meet each other and get started? Musaed: I knew Sulaiman from social media, then while on an organized trip to Nepal I found that we shared a room by coincidence. We got along and became friends. We then went on a trip to Madagascar and shared a room again and that’s when it all started, we arranged our first trip together to Brazil. What’s the reason behind your passion for traveling? Sulaiman: I feel that I was not born to stay in one place, and organizing trips allows me to get paid to travel and meet new people and see new places. Traveling also inspires you to become creative, think differently, learn about other cultures, and adds to me as a person. Musaed: Since I was a kid I spent hours reading maps and history books. I always wanted to know about other cultures and people, see everything, and do everything. I love traveling because it takes you out of your comfort zone. It shows you that there is much more to life than living and dying in the place you were born in. What is the craziest thing that happened to you on your trips? Musaed: We were rafting in Brazil and the raft was heading to a big fall. It was so powerful to the point that the raft flipped over and my helmet flew off. Sulaiman: I thought I was out of the water when it flipped over but I was under the raft breathing water. I couldn’t get out from under the raft and I felt like that was it. But luckily we survived. How do you ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for those who join your group? Sulaiman: We interview everyone before the trip and we make sure we clarify all issues that might 38
arise from the trip. We don’t leave a chance for any surprises, as much as that is possible. Musaed: We would rather go with less people and less profit than risk it by accepting someone of whom we are not 100% sure will be safe. What we care about the most is the energy of the group. What sets you apart from your competitors? Musaed: We are building a community and long lasting memories and friendships. We even meet with previous travelers from the GCC every six months or so. We are a family and we do what we do not for the money but for the passion. And it shows. Sulaiman: We also make sure that everyone on our trip is on the same page and same mentality through interviews. That’s what ensures the quality of our trips.
What advice do you have for readers? Musaed: If you want to make a decision you should do your own reading about the matter then consult with someone but make sure that the final decision is yours. Sulaiman: Do what you want to do. People’s opinion might be different from yours because each person has their own perspective. If you had one last trip in your life where would you go? Musaed: I’d go to Greece. Sulaiman: I’d stay home. Follow travelers Musaed @mejroxy and Sulaiman @sulaiman.plus on Instagram to learn more about their adventures around the world. Interview conducted by Mashaan (@iammashaan).
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ART GALLERIES, MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES The one very good thing about art galleries, museums, libraries and book stores is that in order to preserve the items, temperature and humidity are strictly controlled. Voilà, your ideal place to peruse, ponder and consider in climes that are infinitely more bearable than being outdoors. While some of the cultural centers may not have a scheduled program of events until September, they would feature permanent art collections, gift shops and cafes and restaurants nearby. BAIT AL OTHMAN MUSEUM An original house, now an historic museum, with exhibits that represent at all aspects of pre-oil Kuwait life. Located in Hawalli, Abdallah Abdullatif Al Outhaman Street. Call 6999 9761 for more information. DAR AL ATHAR AL ISLAMIYYAH-AMRICANI CULTURAL CENTER AND YARMOUK CULTURAL CENTER This former American Hospital is located off the Arabian Gulf Road next to the Evangelical Church locally known as the Indian Church in Kuwait City. The Yarmouk Cultural Centre is located in Yarmouk, Block 3, Street 3, opposite the Gulf and Boubyan Banks. Call them at 6707 0876. Follow DAI on Instagram @dai_kuwait and visit their website at www.darmuseum.org.kw. MUSE LOUNGE Café, art gallery and bookstore-come-library absolutely packed with couches, sofas and armchairs to relax in. Find Muse on the Basement 40
floor of Symphony Mall, Salem Al Mubarak, Salmiya. Follow Muse on Instagram @museloungekw or call 9419 9853 for more information. NATIONAL LIBRARY OF KUWAIT Established in 1923, the new building houses over 5 million volumes. Located along the Arabian Gulf Road, Kuwait City, Qibla, Block 15 Al Ma’arri Street. Call 2292 9803 for more information. KUWAIT NATIONAL MUSEUM [AND PLANETARIUM] The National Museum has recently been freshly curated and greater care has been taken over the presentation of some of the collections in the halls and corridors of the main building. Often a location for performances in the theatre, it’s worth a promenade taking in the displays in the vast space that is the National Museum foyer. A quick jaunt around the corner form Sadu House. Located along the Arabian Gulf Road, Kuwait City, Qibla, Block 15. Call 2245 6534 for more information. SADU HOUSE With a rich and diverse textile heritage of the Kuwaiti culture, from nomadic weaving traditions to urban weaving practices. Located on the Arabian Gulf Road, next to the National Museum of Kuwait and opposite the National Library. Call 2243 2395, follow them on Instagram @saduhouse and visit their website at www.alsadu.org.kw for more information. SHEIKH ABDULLAH AL SALEM CULTURAL CENTRE Peruse six fantastic museums: Natural History, Science, Islamic History, Space, Fine Arts Center and Theater. ASCC is located in Shaab on Gulf Road and has a continuous flow of interesting workshops! Visit their website for more information, www.ascckw.com or call 2206 6444 for further enquiries. SHEIKH JABER AL-AHMAD CULTURAL CENTRE Lovingly nicknamed “Jacques” or JACC by the locals, The Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Center houses a Theatre Centre, Music Centre, Conference Centre, the National Library for Historical Documents, and the Kuwait Opera House. JACC offers an array of some of the finest eateries in the country. Located in Shuwaikh, you can follow them on Instagram and Twitter @jacc_kw, and visit www.jacc-kw.com for more information.
SOPHIA The only bookstore-come-library with a piano in it, find Sophia on the M2 floor in The Promenade, located on 3rd Ring Road, Tunis Street, opposite Qadsiya. For more information follow them on Instagram and Facebook @thepromenadekw or call 2227 7130. TAREQ RAJAB MUSEUM This little museum has an incredibly rich history, housing a collection of over 30,000 artifacts collected over the past 50 years. Located in Jabriya, Block 12, Street 5, and is open from 9 am-12 pm and 4 pm-7 pm on weekdays, and 9am-12pm on weekends. Call them at 2531 7358 for more information and visit their website at www.trmkt.com. THE HUB GALLERY Peruse this melting pot of creativity and ideas with gallery space on the ground floor, library and café upstairs. Located off the Arabian Gulf Road, Villa 76. Call 2247 2255 and follow @hubkuwait on Instagram for more information. For more information and listings please visit www. bazaar.town.
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Packaging, sadly, is one of the last things considered when it comes to the marketing mix. Advertising, PR events, stunts, social media and other “glamorous” initiatives seem to get preferential attention over the primary delivery of many brands – the package. So when do you really know it’s time to reevaluate and update packaging graphics? What are the rules? We get a lot of questions regarding when and how to tackle packaging updates. Here are the top six signs it’s time to update (and pitfalls to avoid) based on 25+ years of experience.
4. THE TIMES ARE CHANGING There is a difference between an “aesthetic trend” and real category movement. Many agencies miss the difference and are quick to pour scorn on a new design look and feel, especially if it comes from a competing agency. First, identify the category design language – every category has one. Understanding the brand’s assets within this context is critical before you embark on any design exercise. Then look to the styles, languages, shapes, and effects that can be applied to amplify the brand’s message. Don’t trend for trend’s sake, but ensure the brand remains relevant. 5. YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE ISSUES FROM THE RETAILERS’ POINT OF VIEW Now more than ever, we hear that retailers are under increasing pressure to delight consumers within
aisles, especially in the center of the store. With increasing category growth and brands competing for the same retail space, categories and entire aisles have become fragmented. The change, if addressed correctly, could be as simple as basic design housekeeping, not a drastic overhaul. Try to understand what the retailer is seeing that the design brief is not addressing. 6. YOUR BRAND MESSAGE HAS GOTTEN LOST Every brand should continually look in the mirror and question why certain assets or packaging details exist. Understand the stories behind the elements. The brand message on a package is often diluted little by little with small changes over time, but it’s hard to see without taking a step back. True brand consultancies will find creative ways forward that are based on brand fundamentals and consider the underlying strategy.
1. IT’S BEEN SIX YEARS SINCE THE LAST UPDATE Six years is adequate time for any package design to be considered for an update. Within that time, the category itself and the internal team responsible for the brand have evolved. This is a critical distinction from the outdated and overused terminology of “evolution” or “revolution” of the brand’s articulation at shelf. An update should not be made for the sake of change or a fleeting trend. Marketers and designers should collaborate to craft the package design with the aim of tying it closely to a strategic positioning that is relevant to the consumer. 2. YOUR COMPETITORS HAVE CHANGED As mentioned, six years in a fast-moving, consumer goods category is a long time for some brands to stand still, especially if you want your brand to be positioned as a category leader. At the beginning of any design initiative, it is important to evaluate what has changed and who has changed. Tracking is critical to understanding the trends and agility of any competitor. That is not to say that we are proponents of benchmarking versus the competition, but it’s important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your competition to know when best to strike. 3. YOU’VE DISCOVERED WHAT CONSUMERS AREN’T TELLING YOU The obsession with consumer research sometimes adds to the fog of war of when to change and why. Consumers are getting smarter, but as much as they want better products and brands that cut through the bull, they’re not very good at articulating what is in their heads. However, consumers leave crumbs of evidence if you know where and how to look. Get out of the research labs and away from the late night takeout. Go to their homes, have a conversation, use the brand with them, and go shopping. Open up, be honest and enjoy the journey with the consumer. If they feel respected and knowledgeable, they will tell you everything, including the truth! [Continued...]
YOU HAVE A VISION. WE CAN GET YOU THERE. Kaleidoscope is an independent brand consultancy with a global reach. Our teams connect insights with strategy, design and prototyping to deliver integrated solutions with speed and agility. But it's not just about how we integrate, it's why. Regardless of the product or service, your brand’s potential for sustainable growth is in the hands of consumers. Our approach to developing your brand’s strategy is not just about big ideas; it’s about delivering tangible business results across multiple touch points. Integrating strategy, design and prototyping ensures your brand assets are firing on all cylinders and delivering a return on your investment. ABOUT THE AUTHOR As CCO, Dyfed “Fred” Richards ensures that Kaleidoscope leverages its diverse creative talent from all offices across the globe to generate fresh, strategic packaging design solutions for clients. 44
Fred has worked in the international design industry for more than 25 years, specifically in the “Fast Moving Consumer Goods” category. Having worked for some of the world’s leading branding and design companies in Britain, USA, Switzerland, Fred brings a multifaceted perspective and rich design philosophy to Kaleidoscope’s design.
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YOU PERSON! Why we’re officially the worst species on the planet By George Tarabay
Before I start, allow me to state that this article veers off from my usual topics, but please keep reading, as this is not about me, or you, it’s about US! Let’s begin by taking a look at this statement: “YOU ANIMAL!” Depending how you intonate the above statement while reading it, then it could mean one of two things: 1. A huge compliment you give to someone for doing something great. 2. An insult, because someone did something bad! Now I mean the latter, but let me adjust the verbiage there. The insult is officially now: You Person! And no, it can’t be used in a complimentary manner. Because what I have been noticing recently in the region is that people and specifically humans (yes, I had to double fortify my statement) are the worst species to roam this earth. If you go to Instagram and start typing #saving, you will be amazed by the amount of rescue missions posts for animals in the region and a huge quota of that is saving animals from abuse. Now when I say abuse, I don’t mean neglect, but I actually mean physical abuse, where people actually spend resources like time and effort to induce physical pain on an innocent animal. Why? Because why not? And before people start trying to steer my words towards one race of people, or one person, let me clarify that this statement applies to all of us. Through the simple monitoring of these rescues, I noticed that being “People” (remember? Because it’s an insult now) is independent of origin, race etc.… It’s just people being people. Lately, all across your socials, you might have seen posts calling to defame a certain social media figure for what he/she has done to an animal that was under his/her care. But, I refuse to do that, because this issue is not an insulated incident. This is an epidemic that is bigger than just one person. In my own country of Lebanon, where gun laws are very loose (that’s another topic for another article) people shoot stray dogs just because they barked. Let me re-iterate: A rational adult person heard a noise produced by an animal that solemnly behaves out of instinct and he was annoyed by it, so he brought a weapon meant to be used …NEVER!... to solve an issue that he faced, by which taking the life of the creature. In this region, some children who are supposed to be our hope for a better tomorrow 46
spend an excessive amount of time on the streets tying up dogs and beating them up with sticks, because you can only play with your gaming console so much before it gets boring. All the while, people here and there, who are entrusted with these children, encourage this behavior for various reasons. Be it a lack of interest in their children’s development or their own personal unrealistic reasons why dogs should be killed. All that being said, it’s not their fault: it’s ours. Ours who George? Ours, as in us, as in the people who care so much about animals but never go beyond shaking their heads at the crime being committed daily against these genuinely pure souls. I totally understand that citizens cannot be changed overnight, but change is a product of a rational conversation. And to bring it back to our beloved home Kuwait, officials are constantly trying to make the change happen, but it is our duty as residents of this beautiful country to assist them and make their job easier. Nothing warms my heart more than seeing a message being circulated on WhatsApp by the Ministry of Interior giving people directions on how to deal with the extreme summer heat we are currently facing, and right at the bottom of the message, they asked people to leave bowls of water and food outside for birds and stray animals. Bravo! From the bottom of my heart. But are
we, as citizens, helping to ease their job? No. Here is a list of ideas that could better the lives of animals in Kuwait, while also giving local officials some help in their efforts to protect them: 1 – Donate your time to rescue, foster or shelter an animal that needs your help. 2 – Spark a conversation whenever you see an aggression towards an animal, be calm and logical and don’t act emotionally. 3 – Donate money, no matter how little, believe me that helps. If each person who cares spares 1 KD a month, this could feed an animal for 10 days or give rescuers an opportunity to pay medical bills when all these donations are combined. And that is a lot, believe me. I wish people can act to make change happen, because I have a dog: she barks, she is annoying most of the time, and she soils almost everywhere, but she loves me unconditionally and I can never repay her for that love. She was one of the “People” (I guess we can use it as a compliment, in her case) who restored my faith in myself. I wish everyone can experience this kind of love.
George Tarabay is a marketing expert/Filmmaker/ comedian/Podcaster. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Youtube, SoundCloud @GeorgeTarabay. Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash.
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STAY FIT WITH OPTIONS THIS SUMMER! Don’t let go of your health this summer. We know it’s too hot to go out sometimes, and that doesn’t do much for the body’s desire to stay active, but we also know you’re tougher than that and won’t compromise your fitness goals because of a little heat! ALIVE YOGA This all-inclusive yoga studio offers a variety of classes suitable for people at different yoga and fitness levels. Follow them on Instagram @aliveyoga to find out about how to book a class! ARC PILATES Ladies, this one is for you: in a safe and pristine place dedicated to women, you can satisfy your curiosities about Pilates. Choose from their different classes and different levels, and check out their Instagram account @arcpilateskwt to get started. JON P FITNESS If you feel that your summer belly is catching up with you, then look no further than Jon P Fitness. Aptly named “Stop Crying Studios”, Coach Jon is the life hack you need to get your fitness in order. With classes ranging from boxing, cardio and functional weights, this strangely addictive group class setting will leave you feeling partially dead, but ultimately accomplished. Follow him on Instagram @jonpfitness for more information. ZAINA ZUMBA While there are a slew of Zumba offerings around Kuwait, (and you could find most of them at private beach clubs and hotels,) our personal favorite class to attend is Zaina’s. At Zaina’s Zumba class, you’re joining a community of likeminded people who just 48
want to dance their way to healthy! Moreover, most of Zaina’s regular classes are female-only, but she also hosts a once a week mixed class, and a functional HIIT class called “Strong” where it’s abwork and squats galore. The package pricing isn’t bankbreaking either! Follow her on Instagram @zainazuma to start, then put your dancing shoes on. PILOT GIG ROWING This might have to wait till September, but it’s become one of our favorite activities, it’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors, and it’s such a sneakily good workout. All you need to do to get on one of Kuwait’s Pilot Gig Club’s boats is to contact them according to their Instagram account (@kwt_pilot_gig), and then Coxwain Hamid Qabazard will take it from there! WAKING AROUND The biggest myth about Kuwait is that there are no places to walk around in. This is extremely untrue! We won’t pretend that it isn’t trickier in the summer, but if you wait till the evening time, our favorite outdoor walkways are: Mishref Mamsha, Marina Walk, Shaheed Park and The Boulevard. Too hot outside? We don’t blame you – just lace up your trainers and hit the freezing cold malls for some mall walking! The never-ending stretch of The Avenues and the vast grounds of 360 MALL are the ideal venues for this activity.
P5M If the above isn’t tickling your fancy, then get on your phone! Project 5 Miles (or P5M) has revamped itself to an app! Download the app on both Google Play and the App Store to make your fitness bookings easier, and get access to most of the above, and plenty others too. Check out more details on Instagram @p5m_app. For more information and listings please visit www.bazaar.town.
7 CARS ACROSS 7 DECADES CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF THE SPORTS CAR AT PORSCHE BY BAZAAR STAFF
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The 356 “No.1” Roadster was the first Porsche vehicle registered for road use in 1948. Seven decades on and the Stuttgart-based manufacturer has become renowned for producing high performance, emotional sport cars. Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company, commemorated the 70th anniversary by inviting customers, enthusiasts and brand representatives to a special event held at The Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya. Forming part of the first Sportscar Together Day global calendar of celebrations, Porsche Centre Kuwait’s event featured a showcase of Porsche’s most iconic model, the 911. Presented to the public for the first time in 1963 and now with more than one million models produced, the two-door rear engine model is the centerpiece of the brand’s evolution. 50
70 Years of Porsche Celebration
Third Generation Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Macan (Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur)
A highlight of the event was the unveiling of a unique model, the 911 Carrera S, Porsche Club Kuwait Special Edition. With a winning Porsche Car Configurator design by Ahmad Al Hadhoud (Porsche Club Kuwait member), the vehicle which features a range of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur options, was put into production and displayed in public for the first time during the celebration. The Porsche journey commenced with a dream that has continued to fascinate generations. Porscheâ€™s iconic 911 model is among a range of vehicles that intensify the passion for sports cars, innovation and individualization. Porsche 911 âˆ’ the consistently cutting-edge classic The Porsche 911 has enjoyed a unique history: for over 50 years, it has been not only a sports car but a way of life. There are over 20 models now available, combining individuality, sportiness and comfort in typical Porsche style. The 911 has won the hearts of sports car fans from the very beginning. Following the celebrated world premiere at the 1963 IAA trade fair in Frankfurt, the first models were received by customers one year later. Porsche quickly expanded the range, presenting the 911 Targa in late 1966. A milestone in
the history of the model was the unveiling of the first 911 Turbo in 1974, boasting a three-litre engine, 260 horsepower and an eye-catching rear spoiler. Year after year and generation after generation, Porsche has continued to develop the 911. Body variants such as the convertible and speedster were added to the portfolio, as were upgrades including all-wheel drive and the lightweight chassis. The iconic 911 continues to fascinate sports car aficionados at annual motor shows in Kuwait and all-year long. Porsche Cayenne – the first four-door model The Cayenne is the Porsche sports car for family and off-road use. As the brand’s first SUV, it is both a bestseller and a pioneer for new technologies. In 2002, the first models to hit the market were the eightcylinder Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo, combining superior engine power with sophisticated chassis technology such as air suspension and a variable damping system, wide-ranging off-road capability and comfort. The six-cylinder Cayenne variant followed in 2003, the Cayenne Turbo S arrived with the model update in 2006 and the characteristically sporty Cayenne GTS was unveiled in 2007. The Cayenne also offers a platform for the introduction of new drive concepts, with the Cayenne Diesel debuting in 2009 as the brand’s first car featuring a compression-ignition engine. When Porsche launched the second generation of the Cayenne in 2010, this was accompanied by the introduction of parallel hybrid technology. The Cayenne S Hybrid used the electric motor not only for increased efficiency and environmental friendliness, but above all to raise performance. This generated 52
Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo fresh impetus in the field of hybrid development. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid was subsequently released in 2014, featuring a battery that can also be charged from a socket. The third generation of Porsche Cayenne arrived to Kuwait earlier this year, representing a full-scale redevelopment of the Cayenne. Powerful turbo engines, a new eight-gear Tiptronic S gearbox, new chassis systems, and an innovative display and operating concept featuring comprehensive connectivity provide a significant boost in the coverage of both sporty and comfort-related aspects. Boasting an enhanced appearance, this SUV is also the first to be provided with mixed tires and rear-axle steering.
Porsche Macan – the compact sports SUV With the Macan, Porsche has transferred the successful concept of the sporty SUV to the compact segment. Featuring powerful drives and a sophisticated chassis, the fifth Porsche series delivers the best driving dynamics in its class. The Macan assumed pole position in its segment from the very beginning. Both the top model Macan Turbo, featuring a 3.6-litre engine and 294 kilowatts (400 horsepower), and the Macan S, with a three-litre engine and 250 kilowatts (340 horsepower), defined a new performance class eclipsing all other competitors. The Macan is the first Porsche series in which all variants are equipped with the sporty double-clutch
Porsche Panamera (G2) gearbox as standard. The double-clutch gearbox comes into its own during off-road driving, making it possible to change gears without interrupting the tractive force – on steep uphill and downhill gradients alike. The Macan has always been a hero vehicle to Kuwait’s enthusiast combining efficiency, comfort and stellar driving dynamics of a sports car that is more practical for everyday use and adventure. At the start of 2016, a new basic model was launched on the compact SUV market – the first Macan with a four-cylinder engine. The turbocharged two-litre engine delivers 185 kilowatts (252 horsepower), enabling outstanding driving performance for this class. The Macan races to 100 kilometres per hour in 6.7 seconds, with the new compact SUV achieving a top speed of 229 kilometres per hour. Porsche 718 – the mid-engine sports car The concept of the successful sports cars from the 1950s has been brought back to life in the Boxster & Cayman to carry the 718 legend forward. The Porsche Boxster was first introduced at the 1993 Detroit Motor Show. Three years later, the Boxster (986 generation) was launched recalling the design of the legendary 550 Spyder racing car. The Boxster realized its potential and became a major success, with the second generation of the Boxster and Boxster S being debuted in 2004. Porsche developed the roadster into a coupé, which closed the gap in the range between the Boxster and 911 Carrera when it hit the market in November 2005 as the Cayman S. In 2015, Porsche began launching a new series of the Boxster mid-engine sports car models to feature turbocharging. It is available in two versions, boasting 300 hp and 350 hp respectively. The following year saw
the release of the entirely redeveloped mid-engined 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S coupés, which were showcased by Porsche Centre Kuwait to Porsche customers and enthusiasts at an exclusive event held at Dar Hamad. In 2017, the GTS variants took over top spot from the roadster and coupé with their uprated engines delivering an additional 365 hp. The Porsche Panamera – Courage changes everything A few years ago, everything to do with the saloon suddenly changed. Large, cumbersome and thickly padded instantly seemed outmoded qualities. On the road, something happened – something rather fast and dynamic: a sports car came along. A sports car with four seats, an unmistakable silhouette and performance figures normally associated only with a Porsche, and the result was the introduction of the Porsche Panamera. Soon after, the same courage created a new generation of the Panamera that is completely reimagined by the Porsche engineers. The new generation was launched in Kuwait in January 2017 and revolutionized the Panamera concept boasting increased performance, comfort, connectivity, innovation and efficiency. Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur – The dream factory Each and every Porsche vehicle is unique to its owner and this exclusivity can be attainable through the offerings of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. The customization of production vehicles is the core competence of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur and relies on the interaction between craftsmanship, finesse and passion for detail. With a wide range of visual and technical customization options in the areas of external and internal finishes, lighting, wheels, engine and drive, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur offers an extremely broad palette of options with which to turn a
special production vehicle into an individual and highly personal customer vehicle. Porsche Centre Kuwait takes pride in being the first Exclusive Manufaktur Partner in the region and has provided numerous customers with the exceptional experience of reflecting their personality and character onto their Porsche vehicle of their dreams. Porsche E-Performance – An electrifying performance Porsche engineers constantly explore new and innovative drive concepts to increase the vehicle’s performance and power. The Porsche E-Performance comes as no surprise to take the future of e-mobility to the next level. Porsche E-Performance was first tested on the 919 Hybrid, the most technologically sophisticated race car. And the result? A three times overall winner at Le Mans. Porsche never stopped there and went after creating the future of the sports car. The optimum combination of combustion engine and electric motor is what Porsche E-Performance feels like. Today, Porsche is proud to be bringing a new reality to the roads with the Porsche E-Hybrid models. The recently introduced Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, which made its debut in Kuwait at the Sportscar Together Day celebration, is an incredible proof of what E-Performance can achieve as it produces a combined output of 680 hp, of which 136 hp is derived from its electric motor. For more on Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company, call 1870 870 or visit www.porschekuwait.com. For the latest updates on social media, follow Porsche Centre Kuwait on Instagram @PorscheCentreKuwait and Facebook: PorscheCentreKuwait. [...Continued]
Live the perfect dream wedding at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa By bazaar staff
Without a doubt, the wedding day is one of the most important days that any couple can experience together. It marks the start of a journey toward what we can only hope will be a long, healthy, and happy marriage. There is so much to attend to, ensuring that the big day runs perfectly, and each moment runs smoothly. Understanding the significance of this symbolic event are the luxury wedding planners at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa. They are there for you every step of the way so you can enjoy the celebrations held in the luxurious surroundings of this idyllic resort. As well as on the day itself, the highly-skilled wedding planners put detailed thought into the run-up to the main event, scheduling luxury spa treatments to relax and pamper the happy couple. If you fancy a bit of a nibble before getting hitched, taste the complimentary cake too. It’s all part of the Jumeirah STAY DIFFERENT motto where great pride is taken in paying close attention to detail guaranteeing a memorable occasion for the special couple and their guests. 54
Badriah Ballroom, Kuwait’s largest ballroom, is the centerpiece of Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa’s luxury wedding venue. With a capacity of 2350 people, depending on the set-up, the newlyweds can welcome all their friends and family to witness the start of their wondrous journey. This venue is particularly luxurious with walnut-paneled high walls, intricately carved ceilings boasting elegantly twinkling chandeliers, and a unique Bridal Suite, perched atop the ballroom making the Badriah Kuwait’s ultimate wedding destination. The intimate, luxury suite promises a full view of the day unfolding beneath, allowing the bride to perfectly time her show-stopping entrance. The advantage of having a full resort at your disposal means that you can choose exactly the kind of day you wish to have and venue to celebrate in. The needs of every guest is understood and if a much more intimate celebration is called for the luxury resort has the Messilah Ballroom. With no compromise on luxury, the ballroom has a capacity of up to 450 persons. Coupled with tasteful design and grand lighting options, there is the bonus of additional state-of-the-art facilities to enjoy. The commitment to excellent service is evident with the special wedding package offers available at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa. The “Badriah Wedding Package” includes a tailored wedding dinner buffet, a
complimentary five-layered wedding cake, custom-made Bridal Kousha, as well as two bridal suites for a onenight stay. There is also a memorable romantic dinner for the newlyweds in the famous Salt Restaurant for Seafood & International Cuisine with breakfast the next morning and the option of a late check out. The unique promotion includes relaxation time for the bride and groom thanks to a complimentary 60-minute Swedish massage at the hotel’s award-winning Talise Spa. In addition, the newlywed couple can unwind and savor the early stages of married life in peace and tranquility with the use of the Spa’s Oriental and Himalayan Suites. This special package is designed to ensure a magical experience for the married couple with a focus on health and wellbeing. All the couple’s family and friends as wedding guests are offered exclusive room rates and complimentary parking, so everyone can enjoy these luxuriously serene surroundings. Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa offers a distinctive atmosphere with attentive staff to exceed all your expectations; the ideal location for a dream wedding. For more information please visit www.jumeirah.com. To book your next event, email JMBEvents@jumeirah.com or call 9696 4312. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook @JumeirahMessilahBeach for the latest updates.
SUMMER IN THE
LIFE’S A BEACH
What better way to soothe the undeniable discomfort that comes hand in hand with extreme heat then by enjoying the natural bounty that we’ve been blessed with in Kuwait. Don’t fret if you’re without chalet, or don’t live in a building where a private pool is included in the rent. The good news is, pools and beaches are accessible in Kuwait, you just need to find the one that’s right for you.
REGENCY HOTEL KUWAIT LADIES LOUNGE It’s ladies first at The Regency! The upscale hotel, known for its exceptional service and beautiful beachfront property has sectioned off a part of the exclusive club to cater to the comfort of women. If you’re looking for a women’s-only venue to laze the summer days away beneath the hot sun, this place is a winner. RADISSON SAS VIKING CLUB Ambiance? Check, and in our opinion, that’s really all you need! The Radisson SAS has been a family favorite for as long as we can remember! Our favorite thing here, besides the food? The Adults Only pool they have right next to the family pool – if you want to take a break from the kids, that is. Call the Viking Club at 2567 3888 to find out more on memberships and day passes. AL CORNICHE CLUBE Corniche is another great club to join, and falls into the same “pool and gym” category as other clubs – but what sets it apart is their gorgeous beach! If you’re a beach person more than a pool person, Corniche can cater to that! Call them at 2574 0006 for information on memberships and day passes. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL KUWAIT AT BURJ ALSHAYA Downtown dwellers have a relaxing and chic haven to escape to this summer at the luxury Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya. What they have on offer is unbeatable, from a beautiful indoor pool, to a breathtaking outdoor pool with unbelievable views, and a spa so ornate that any care in the world could undoubtedly be washed away just by walking in for a massage. Follow them on Instagram @fskuwait for more information. SYMPHONY STYLE HOTEL KUWAIT For the urbanite, Symphony Style Hotel is your ideal destination. Set conveniently in the hustle and bustle of busy Salmiya, all that you need is right around the corner! They also have a gorgeous pool, and it goes without saying that you get amazing discounts to the luxurious Six Senses Spa. As a member, you also
get discounts for affiliated restaurants, and unlimited access to the club’s tasteful facilities. They also tend to have great deals for the summer and throughout the year! Follow them on Instagram @radissoncollectionkuwait for more information. JUMEIRAH MESSILAH BEACH HOTEL & SPA Taking opulence to a whole other level, the Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa is situated in a convenient part of Kuwait that will still make you feel as though you’re jaunting off to a chic getaway. But the true winner in our books here, (other than getting to eat at Pepper regularly) is the Talise Spa. If you aren’t planning on joining as a member, do yourselves a favor and treat yourselves to a day at the spa. Find out more by following them on Instagram @jumeirahmessilahbeach. BUDGET BEACH CLUBS These old favorites are actually on the beach, and have been in full effect since before the 1990s giving all walks of life the chance to enjoy Kuwait’s refreshing coastlines. Entrance to these clubs is a wallet-friendly 3KD, making them the perfect venue for a commitment-free day spent having fun in the sun. There are a few littered around Kuwait, but our favorite two are Sha’ab Club (next to Corniche), and Ras Salmiya Club (next to Pearl Marzouq). WATER SPORTS This hot-weather outlet might require some more resourcefulness, but we know firsthand, (because we see it all the time) that renting jet skis is possible in Kuwait. Our sources tell us that this happens around the Shaab area, Marina area, and near the Kuwait Towers. Get sleuthing and rev up those engines!
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Aynur Mamedova and Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya By bazaar staff
Walking into downtown's Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya is always a pleasure. From the moment the friendly valet escorts you out of your car, the first steps you take into the hotel, to settling into the comfortable yet elegant seating at the Al Soor lounge. While you take in the hotel’s opulence, you might be in for a tasteful glimpse of behind the scenes action – the hard-to-miss Aynur Mamedova with her vibrant red curls and melodic voice, watching after the hotel and talking to everyone along the way. “It comes with the job,” she laughs, as she finally makes her way over to me to attend our meeting– “on my way down here alone, I had five different conversations!” 58
The Azerbaijani hotelier was not ungracious with her two-minute tardiness. In fact, it was refreshing to see how flawlessly she handled the pressure that comes along with her job title as Director of Public Relations and Communications at the hotel, embracing each interaction and challenge with pleasure. And though she breaths a huge sigh of relief as she gets to finally perform an unheard-of act in her busy day, sit back and relax, the rewarding gasp is followed by “I’m always so busy, but I love it.” Aynur’s skill for supporting the spotlight precedes her, and as a result, being busy comes as second nature. Starting off as a TV host in Azerbaijan after completing her post-secondary studies, her resume reaps experience of music and entertainment presentation. “I worked in different sources of media, back to back: TV, radio, and OK! Magazine, where I would present and discuss the latest in music and entertainment. It wasn’t until I was approached to manage the PR for this new (at the time) mall in Azerbaijan that I started working in public relations.” And so, her first PR job was the inevitable
path that led her to her current occupation, the one that she confidently states sums up all of her life experience. “I met a gentleman during an art exhibition I had curated at the Mall I was working for at the time. He liked the way I handled myself and offered me a position at Four Seasons Hotel Baku, which was just about to open.” This gentleman would eventually reveal himself to be her first Four Seasons GM Tarek Mourad, who taught Aynur all that he knew. Within a whirlwind 7 years of travelling globally, ticking off a significant amount of the 100+ locations of the hotel franchise around the world, Aynur found herself in Kuwait during the summer of 2017, where, she was about to meet and eventually "marry" one of her favorite Four Seasons locations, thanks to the GM Didier Jardin and his incredible team. “The funny thing about working for Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya is that it reminded me of my initial employment with the Four Seasons Hotel Baku,” she says thoughtfully, bemused by the fullcircle her job has taken her to. “Like Baku, I was helping Kuwait with its opening – but somewhere
along the line during the time that I spent here, I fell in love with it.” So much so that after four months back to back, immersed in a courtship with Kuwait’s branch of the hotel, she found herself committed to Kuwait and living here full time. “I love Kuwait. It’s such a hospitable country, and even the other internationals I work with agree that the city has a soul – it attracts you and envelops you, making it easy to call this place home. I miss Kuwait whenever I’m away from it.” This sentiment, combined with Aynur’s personal favorite touches of the hotel, (the art, the detailing in design, the exquisite indoor and outdoor pools and the breathtaking view of the city on the 21st floor, to name a few) easily makes Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya one of her favorite branches in the world. “I really love them all! But Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait and Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet – those two are special to me.” But ultimately, what is really special is the sense of home and comfort Aynur finds at Four Seasons in general. “Four Seasons as a company values its employees, and makes moving and relocating easy. Although I’ve never actually lived outside of Azerbaijan (with exception to travels and business trips), I’m able to find a sense of home in each Four Seasons hotel I’ve visited around the world.” That doesn’t come as a surprise to us, as every time we’ve ever stepped into Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya, we’ve mutually felt nothing but warmth. “Kuwait gave me such a warm welcome,” Aynur agrees wholeheartedly at my statement, “and I don’t just mean the weather!” she continues with a laugh. “But in all seriousness – one of my favorite examples regarding the familiar sense this hotel chain offers to its guests and employees is 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. I was in New York during that time, and couldn’t leave the hotel for five days. Though I was halfway across the world from home and people were worried about me, I didn’t even feel scared! The hotel has a way of making people feel at home. It always feels like home to me, no matter where in the world, or which Four Seasons hotel I step foot at.” And with this July marking Aynur’s 7-year anniversary working for Four Seasons, and approaching one year since her budding relationship with Kuwait, she feels more at home than ever. “What can I say – I just love this place. I love Four Seasons! From the dining, the service, the guests and the employees – I love it all!” I can’t help but beam back at her as she gushes – and looking around at the warm, serene and friendly atmosphere, I have to agree with her – I love it too.
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Geeks & Gamers
THE BEST OF E3 2018
Beat the heat this summer with these awesome releases By Bazaar staff
It seems like only a week ago we were watching E3 2017, and getting excited over new games such as A Way Out. Hard to believe that it’s already been a year, and most of those new games have been released and completed, and that we’ve just watched E3 2018. How time flies! The announcement shows for each publisher ran between 9-12 June and, as ever, were packed full of great looking future titles. While many are excited for the new Call Of Duty, Battlefield, or (urgh) Fortnite news, I’ve chosen to run down my personal highlights from the show. Anthem- The only decent game EA showed this year. An MMO shooter with the promise of a deep story, both for single players and online teams. With EA’s recent business practices, fans were worried this would be a disaster, but thankfully they confirmed NO loot boxes and NO pay to win. Doom Eternal- The sequel to the recently rebooted (and amazing) Doom, we got to see a short trailer showing the chaos spreading to Earth. More news to come at Quakecon in August! Shadow Of The Tomb Raider- While this looks to be more of the same from the last 2 games, in this case, that’s never a bad thing. This game looks awesome, AND it’s out in September this year! Just Cause 4- My friends aren’t as excited as me about this, but I enjoyed the destruction of the last games (especially the 3rd). It doesn’t get more fun than being let loose in a virtual world with the ability to blow everything up! 60
The Division 2- Initially I didn’t care much about this, having grown tired of the first game and its repetitive nature. But after seeing this sequel a 2nd time, I think I’m willing to give The Division another chance. Assassins Creed Odyssey- The last AC game (Origins) was a welcome change in location, protagonist, combat and much more. With this new instalment, set in ancient Greece, we’re promised a more RPG style experience. Visually, the game looks stunning too. Beyond Good & Evil 2- After a beautiful trailer last year, we got to see another well-made teaser this year along with some actual details of what to expect and in game footage, not to mention the collaboration with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his company HITRECORD, where fans can contribute artistically toward the game. Skull & Bones- A new Ubisoft game, taking the best part of Assassins Creed Black Flag (the pirate/ sailing aspect) and building on that to deliver a very promising pirate game. Definitely something Sea Of Thieves could learn a few things from! Gears of War 5- Along with 2 other Gears Of War titles for mobile devices, Microsoft announced the 5th instalment to the popular franchise, and showed off some footage. Following from GOW4, it looks fantastic! Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course- One of my personal favorite games of 2017, released after many years of waiting and delays, Cuphead is getting an expansion, and as per the main game; it won’t be for the faint of heart. More bosses, more
levels and a new main character to play as, I can’t wait to get gamer rage all over again. Cyberpunk 2077- A game I hadn’t heard of until E3, but has been rumored for some time. Made by the same company as The Witcher 3, and delivering the same experience but this time set in a futuristic world run by cyber punks (think of Akira to get a good idea). If it’s as in depth as The Witcher, I’m totally sold. Ori and the Will of the Wisps- I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since Ori and the Blind Forest was released. All the better though, as the next instalment was announced at E3 this year, and it looks even more beautiful than the first game (an extremely hard accomplishment!). Forza Horizon 4- I’m a real sucker for the Horizon series; the combination of fast driving, gorgeous scenery, banging tunes and mad stunts keeps me hooked for weeks. So naturally I was very happy to see Horizon 4 announced. Plus, as an added bonus, this time around it’s set in my home-the UK! Battletoads- A nice surprise from Microsoft, but no real details-it was just a tease of a little skit and the BT logo. Retro gamers should be excited for 2019, when this is released, hopefully we’ll see some in game video shortly. All in all it was a good E3 this year. No huge surprises, no new consoles, but we’re in the middle of the current generation now and gaming is good. We have some outstanding hardware, so all we really need to see are more games, more games and more games.
BLADES OF UNGLORY Re-lacing our skates at Promenade Ice By bazaar staff
“I’m so scared!” are words that I constantly find myself exclaiming throughout the course of most bazaar Tries excursions. This month, when myself and the team decided to recapture our collective youth by spending an hour ice skating, I especially felt the pressure. I’ve never personally been one for ice skating, always finding myself in a trend of being excited about it prior to its actual occurrence, but by the time I make my way onto the ice, my fear of falling takes over me. This experience was no exception. Nonetheless, we made the short trek from our Salmiya headquarters to the immaculately maintained ice rink at The Promenade – or colloquially known as, “Promenade Ice”, where a leisurely hour of skating around the smooth, icy surface had been organized for our experimentation. Myself, armed with other fearless members of the bazaar team, hesitated as we’d picked up our provided skates and awkwardly buckled them on, beaconing toward one of the sturdy coaches/"icemen" for assistance. 62
Next thing I knew, one by one, each coworker was making her way onto the ice, gliding gracefully or at the very least, keeping a much more confident stance than mine. I admittedly cowered, holding onto the generous railing circling the rink, while instructors, colleagues and even passersby were persuading me within a fit of giggles who had to be persuaded on the ice in a fashion that was reminiscent of every other scary moment in my life, where someone was trying to coax me toward bravery with a cookie or treat to reward my perseverance. Not today! After watching children as young as five whiz past me with pizazz, as well as couple of tweenaged kids dancing across the ice with ease and precision, I grabbed one of the provided skating aides (adorably shaped like a whale) and gripped onto the handlebars for assistance. Mind you, at first, I awkwardly tiptoed across the door and back, resembling a timid granny with a humpback, much like my newly acquired whale friend. My colleagues, however, were way more adventurous. They soared, attempted twirls, and even skated backwards, and forwards through an intense looking tunnel! And at one point, the rink became abuzz with A.R. Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls’ “Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)” and we all couldn’t help but
dance along to the decade-old track. Mind you, at this point, my whale had been taken away and I was with the slightly less efficient polar bear version sporting a similar purpose, but I was able to do the twist. What struck me about the experience was my gained confidence – which doesn’t seem like a lot, but if you’ve ever witnessed me on the ice before this moment, you would have seen the improvement. I think that the main reason this confidence was boosted, however, was due to the fine facility that Promenade Ice offers. The ice itself was smooth and nicely broken in, with minimal slip! I was convinced that even with my extra-cautious nature, I’d fall onto the ice and sprain a wrist or an ankle. At the very least, I thought I’d have a heart-shattering wobbly moment – but everything was extremely smooth! My coworkers shared this sentiment, which would explain why they all turned into sudden Michelle Kwans on the ice. Michelle Kwan I am not, (and have a long way to be) but thanks to my seamless experience at Promenade Ice, the possibility isn’t too far-fetched. Perhaps I’ll be strapping on those skates again in the near future. Call Promenade Ice at 2227 7138 for information on rink activities and ice camps. Follow The Promenade on Instagram @thepromenadekw for updates.
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IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS The all-new Taiba Hospital By bazaar staff
Taiba Hospital has quickly gained notoriety since its initial opening as a clinic in 2002. Because of its uniqueness as the only private healthcare provider in Kuwait to specialize in one-day surgeries at the time, its 2006 transition towards a full-fledged hospital was inevitable. Today, the Sabah Al Salem facility stands tall and proud after having recently completed a three-year long renovation, while maintaining and exceeding Kuwait’s expectations of the standard of quality care the hospital has bestowed to patients and doctors alike. “My father was an ENT Consultant, and this was his” COO Lama Al Fadala says fondly, gesturing towards the repurposed office drawer set she keeps next to her desk. Memorabilia of her father and Taiba’s founder, Dr. Sanad Al Fadala, illuminate her office, making it alive with nostalgia. Though Dr. Sanad had recently retired as a surgeon, placing his Otoscope, his input is still very much active as the hospital’s Chairman. It’s impossible for Lama to forget this, and she confirms with a nod towards her father’s first clinic’s signage, which she displayed in her office, “He’s our mentor and leader, and I still go to him for advice. We couldn’t have achieved Taiba’s renovation without him.” From Plant & Facilities Director to Chief Operating Officer, Lama plays a pivotal position as a COO that stresses on maintaining the modern, state of the art, safe and comfortable atmosphere that the hospital has strived to achieve since its inception. Handling everything from administrative matters to problem-solving with all standards, supplies and employees that come into the hospital, Lama arms herself with Taiba’s strong team to ensure that the inner-workings of the facility runs smoothly from A-Z. “Investing in human capital is a serious business. As COO, I provide leadership and problem-solving skills to make sure that doctors are happy, staff are happy, and most of all, patients are happy.” Which is why, on top of up-keeping services during the Taiba renovation, another priority was to spruce up the space to make overnight stays more pleasant. “We are a hospital, and we’re responsible for people’s lives here. But, it doesn’t mean that patients should feel like they’re in a hospital.” 64
However, all throughout Taiba’s renovation and expansion, the hospital maintained that all departments kept running, not allowing the process of expansion to interfere with regular schedules. The magnitude of patients and procedures that run seamlessly through Taiba on a daily basis requires it. Not only does the hospital hold the statistic of having the highest number of local surgeons, doctors and physicians employed within Kuwait’s private medical sector, but also operates 24 different departments, each of which containing a slew of talented doctors with international credentials. “Between the doctors we hire full time and part time, and the upgraded technology we ensure on maintaining at the hospital, people utilize our resources to the fullest.” One of their proudest departments is Gastroenterology, and the hospital prides itself in using the most in its state-of-the-art facilities to diagnose, a sses, follow up with and treat several conditions in addition to performing a number of surgeries and operations. “People have a lot of confidence in this department, and they come to the hospital ready. They book their appointments, meet their Consultants, do the surgery, and go home the same day – because that’s how advanced our department is.” Another department Taiba takes great pride in is their Orthopedic Surgery Department, which has, with its outstanding qualification, recently received an Orthopedic Center of Excellence JCI Accreditation. This accreditation joins others on Taiba’s resume, including their prized Joint Commission International (JCI) Accreditation, maintained for three consecutive times, and their Baby Friendly Hospital Accreditation – a true testament to the beautiful delivery rooms that Lama herself beams at with pride. “They’re so comfortable and accommodating to new mothers.” And lest we forget Taiba’s outstanding care. Nurses at Taiba live up to the hospital’s growing reputation for being efficient and easy to communicate with. In fact, the aftercare services are so strong at the facility, that it is one of the many reasons why doctors choose to join Taiba. And with aftercare also comes food! It doesn’t surprise us at all that with Taiba’s vision, mission, and the strategy of the CEO comes thoughtful food that’s comforting and healthy. Taiba exclusively works with one of Kuwait’s favorite food sources, LeNôtre, to deliver wholesome and nutritious food to the Taiba patients – without of course, compromising on taste and luxury. “Classic hospital food has such a bad reputation!” Lama laughs “and what we’ve noticed over the years is that at hospitals, a lot of the time, patients won’t eat what they’re given” With Taiba and LeNôtre’s collaborations, patients can happily cut out the middle man and dine with delight on healthy modifications and original dishes created specifically for the hospital. Pasta dishes, bamia, and soups will [Continued...]
have you feeling like you’re at home. “Simplicity is key, and what are dietary restrictions? Everything is made low fat and with less or no oil, things can be made sugar free, if a patient is on a soft food diet there are soft foods available. But even with its thoughtful renovation, upgraded equipment and superior management, there’s one thing that Taiba has always had that’s never needed to be upgraded, and remained untampered with: soul. Perhaps it’s due to the humble beginnings of the clinic, 66
intertwined with the rich history and prosperous future of the hospital. It could also be reflective on the seriousness in which the administration, management and staff take the people around them, from employees and patients. Or maybe it’s because that in a family-run facility, everyone who steps foot in it will always be family, and working together, the goal of attaining a top of the line, tightly run ship with the brightest medical future can be achieved. It’s the above details that matter, and that are guaranteed to
make you feel that you’re in good hands when choosing your hospital to stay in, or work at.
Taiba Hospital is located in Sabah Al Salem, off of route 30 on Road 3. Call them 24 hours at 180 80 88. For updates and information, visit their website at www.taibahospital.com, and follow them on Instagram @taibahospital.
SUMMER IN THE
BOREDOM BUSTERS Beat the heat, and lonesome summer boredom, with these fun activities that can take up to anywhere from half an hour to an entire day! You’re welcome. COZMO Embrace your inner kid, and visit the one-stop entertainment destination that is Cozmo! Perfect for kids, teens and families, choose from bowling alleys, trampoline parks, VR Games, 8D cinema, Billiards, Arcades, Kiddie Rides, Play Structures and much more! Call 1885 888 for more information, and follow them on Instagram/Twitter @cozmo_group or on Snapchat / Facebook @cozmogroup. TRAMPO Who doesn’t love doing backflips in a massive space filled with trampolines? At Trampo, you’ll have guaranteed fun times for friends and family, regardless of their age groups! Adults and children alike can enjoy the benefits of trampolining from both a physical and entertaining standpoint — because really, what else is out there that’s as fun as hopping around on a trampoline for as long as you want? Trampo has three locations across Kuwait, Murouj, The Promenade and Discovery Mall. Check out @Trampoofficial for more details. TEKZONE Try something completely different this summer with Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality experiences for all ages, from VR rides, physical activities, skill games, escape rooms, a soft play area, the first in the world VR Bumper Cars, redemption games and an arcade with many popular games. Tekzone is located at The Avenues. For more information, check out @tekzoneme on social media. ARTSPACE We can never recommend this destination enough! With a new expansive relocation in Salmiya, Artspace is effectively spaced out into different studio sections, as well as offering yummy bites by the healthful concept Alice and Co. Take this summer to learn all about art, clean cooking, crafts, and so much more! Head to @Artspaceq8 on Instagram for the latest updates. MASAHA13 Dubbed as a non-profit, art-infused, community space, Masaha13 always has something to offer if you’re looking to while away the long hours in a typical summer day. Using only locally made decor with reclaimed wood, and with its exposed brick walls and high ceilings, you feel like you're in a trendy art gallery in Bushwick. But the showstopper at Masaha13 is the lectures, talks and workshops they host. Masaha 13 is located in Shuwaikh Industrial on 5th street and follow them on Instagram @ masaha13. YADAWI Founder Lubna Saif Abbas describes this gem 68
as “a collective of artisans and a center for workshops in arts and crafts.” Yadawi delivers on the promise of learning something new, be it calligraphy, fine arts, jewelry and glass making. Located in Yarmouk, you can stay updated about Yadawi’s workshops this summer by following @Yadawi on Instagram! MINDBENDING FUN We love that Kuwait now offers concepts like Trapped In and Escape Hunt to help relive the glory days of The Crystal Maze! Sharpen your problem solving skills while having some fun as a group at any of these destinations that offer varied theme rooms as well as different difficulty levels. The best part? You’re away from the scorching sun! Find Escape Hunt in Al Bida’a and check @EscapeHuntkwi on Instagram for more details! Trapped in is located in Symphony Mall, Salmiya and you can check out @Trapped_In for more details! THE SCIENTIFIC CENTER With three main attractions, the Aquarium, Discovery Place and IMAX Theater, The Scientific Center of Kuwait offers an educational experience for the whole family. The Aquarium is an entertaining journey in itself, taking you on an epic
journey of marine life, plants and land animals that is indeed unforgettable. The Scientific Center is located on Gulf Road in Salmiya. Call 1848 888 for more information on your upcoming visit or head to @SciCenterKw on Instagram for the latest updates. THE PRINT ROOM Ignite your passion for print at this special hub! From printing and print-making to fun and educational workshops, pick up a new talent this summer! For more information about The Print Room, head to @Printroom.club on Instagram. For more information, events, and listings please visit www.bazaar.town.
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BEAUTY AND THE GEEK
Natural and innovative Tromborg hits the beauty stands By bazaar staff
An absolute triumph of science and nature working together is exactly what Tromborg cosmetics and skincare represents. This Scandinavian beauty brand can now be found in Kuwait, and exclusive to Alshaya. bazaar revelled in the opportunity to ask founder Marianne Tromborg a little bit more about the brand and its long-awaited arrival in Kuwait. What first ignited the passion that led to you becoming a make-up artist? When I was in my early 20's, I studied Danish and literature at the University of Copenhagen. As a hobby, I painted pictures in a studio and displayed them in cafes. One day in the studio there was a photo shoot where the makeup artist never showed up. The photographer asked that if I could paint on a canvas, could I paint on skin too? These photos were seen by another photographer who wanted me to do a big shoot in Stockholm, and since then, I’ve never looked back. Describe the journey from make-up artist to cosmetics line founder. What inspired you to create Tromborg? As a make-up artist, I traveled the world, saw places I would have never imagined and I met some amazing people. One of them is my husband Tim, a biochemist, and I was so lucky to meet him in 1991. This became the initial footstep for starting the Tromborg company. Tim is super allergic, and I have psoriasis, so we wanted to make products that suited our needs. In the beginning we made our own creams at home in the kitchen. We have improved this immensely ever since! Tim joined the company as a partner in 2006. He has used his many years of scientific experience from the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, including research and knowledge about skin care, to develop the perfect combination of innovative active ingredients necessary for a modern, natural and effective product line. There is so much science behind Tromborg, and there is also a great respect for nature. Why is it important to have this balance? A lot of plants are known for their beneficial effects and we are known for our work with plant extracts and aromatherapy, but Tromborg is all about ground-breaking technology too. This way, the creams will work! When a great make-up artist and photographer work together the creativity can produce incredible results. Did you meet founding partner and fashion photographer Michel Wendt on set? Yes, we did a lot of jobs together back in the day. We have known each other for many years and have become good friends. He knows and shares my “less is more” philosophy and approach to beauty, and he can capture 70
Marianne Tromborg founder of the beauty brand.
Science and Nature are pillars of Tromborg’s success
the very essence of that. This makes it easy to have a successful business relationship together. The Kuwaiti woman loves to look made-up; the lashes, the eye liner, the lips, yet the Tromborg look is so effortless and naturally pretty. What would you say to convince them to try Tromborg? I am very happy about bringing our Scandinavian approach to skincare and beauty to the Middle East and to show you that the way we work with innovative ingredients and science behind beauty truly is a great fit for this region. My approach to skincare and beauty is not to cover up with layers of make-up, but to take good care of your skin. The best base for perfect makeup is a perfect skincare routine and I am very proud to have a range of skincare products that work perfectly for the climate in Kuwait. The makeup collection can be mixed and matched. We have a lot of creamy textures and baked minerals that won’t melt in Kuwait’s warm weather. Plus, if you mix our powder shadows with the creamy ones you will get a look which lasts the whole day. Our mineral foundation is a layer of perfect skin and is perfectly suited for the humid weather here. Tromborg has a number of unisex products and gifts. Kuwaiti men love to look after themselves but may prefer to step into a salon rather than a store. What can they see and find in store that is truly enticing for them? This is a perfect fit for the Tromborg brand. Entering the store is the same as entering your own spa facility. Tromborg offers a complete range of unisex products. Men can be assisted by our staff to choose the perfect skincare routine. We have a cleansing foam which can be used for shaving and a calendula facial mist which can be used as an aftershave to calm the skin. All products can be mixed and matched to be used simply and easily by the whole family. Tromborg's first store in the Middle East, in Grand Plaza, The Avenues.
Which is the wonder Tromborg product that you would recommend every person should have? I am often asked: “If you can bring just one product with you on a deserted Island, which would it be?” I would bring my Herbal Cleansing Water an alcohol- and oil-free makeup remover, which carefully refreshes and hydrates the skin. It is very easy to use. I also love the Anti-Aging Molecular Messenger cream from Beauty of North, which helps me achieve the maximum anti-aging effect on my skin. Are there any exclusive products that are in Kuwait or that you will launch in Kuwait first? We are planning to exclusively launch in the Middle East additional colours to our baked minerals eye shadows. More golden tones that are perfect for the Kuwaiti woman. I think Middle Eastern women are so beautiful. They have perfect eyes, bone structure and skin. I would like to be a pioneer of natural beauty here because with Tromborg, you will get a skincare and beauty routine that is easy to use and very beneficial for your skin.
Marianne's top product: Herbal Cleansing Water.
The first Tromborg store can be found in Grand Plaza, The Avenues. The second store is now open in Gate Mall. Keep an eye on the latest updates by following @tromborgmiddleeast on Instagram and Facebook.
THE MYTH OF HEALTH, WEALTH, & HAPPINESS Everyone has monsters in the closet By Dr Susannah Joy Schuilenberg
Mental health has been in the news and all over social media for a couple of years now, and most recently as a consequence of several high-profile suicides. There are many good things happening ~ more and more people are talking openly about mental health, mental illness, and the stressors of life that contribute to the development of mental distress and disorders. In Kuwait, the Government is addressing the mental health act; there’s alnowair, Taqabal, numerous reputable counselling practices, and an ever-improving psychiatric department with the Ministry of Health. There are options for mental health services now. It’s time to talk about something that often isn’t specifically addressed. Even with all these positive changes there is a truth in this equation that cannot be ignored. Happiness is an inside job. We are led to believe by the dominant social discourse that when we are healthy, wealthy, beautiful, successful, [insert measuring stick here] we are guaranteed to be happy. Not so. Mental health is not guaranteed no matter who you are, where you live, whom you know, whom you love, what you do, or your socio-economic status. None of that matters when it comes to depression, anxiety, or any other form of mental illness you care to mention. The prevailing myth that having some sort of external status is inoculation against being unhappy doesn’t reflect how life actually works. Statistically we all know that someone who is struggling with mental health issues. In reality, no matter where we fall on the “health & wealth scale” there are monsters in the closet. Everyone has monsters in the closet. Think about that for a moment. There is nothing external that guarantees happiness because happiness is entirely dependent on the quality of our thought life. External circumstances are experienced through the lens of an internal belief system which means the largest single influence on our internal state is what we believe about ourselves and by extension, about the world. Beliefs are the foundation of thought habits which cause feelings which produce behavior. Notice what’s missing in that equation? Health. Wealth. Beauty. Successes. A partner. Children. A career. Really, anything external is missing. We can experience an internal state of happiness in the most trying of circumstances and we can 72
experience excruciating unhappiness in the best of circumstances. If health and money (and all they represent) don’t guarantee an emotional and psychological sense of wellbeing, what might? 1. Recognize that if you’re not happy, you need to do something about what’s going on inside. The end result may be that you change something outside but start with the inside. 2. Understand your own internal belief framework. If you can’t articulate what you believe about yourself and your place in the world spend some time with a personal coach defining your values, anti-values, and core beliefs. 3. Balance work, leisure, and play so that life is equally about you and others. Altruism is emotionally rewarding. 4. Cultivate a habit of gratitude. Nothing does more to change our internal landscape and thus our perspective of our circumstances than to be habitually thankful. Sometimes, all we can be thankful for in the moment is that we’re breathing. Start with that, build from there. 5. Accept that every human being on the planet
has ‘monsters in the closet’ and if they get loose, we may need help to slay them. When your thoughts go dark and stay dark for more than a week make an appointment to talk with a counsellor. Don’t let the darkness take hold. There is so much research supporting the reality that how we think is the primary factor in our sense of happiness that it just can’t be ignored. Being healthy won’t make you happy. Being wealthy won’t make you happy. Being unhealthy doesn’t mean you can’t be happy, and poverty may be difficult but doesn’t actually have the power to destroy happiness. Your internal landscape is yours to care for. If that space is uncomfortable, dark, wounded, or unhappy, ask for help to make it better.
Dr Susannah is a leading psychologist, registered professional counsellor and Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling based in Canada. For more information, please follow @DrSusannah on Twitter and Instagram and stay tuned for her latest updates.
SUMMER VIBES AT THE LADIES' LOUNGE
The Ladies' Lounge at The Regency Hotel Kuwait offers the perfect summer escape! By bazaar staff
Enjoy your time under the sun, lounge, relax and get that much needed dose of Vitamin Sea that you truly deserve. The Ladies' Lounge at the prestigious Regency Hotel Kuwait offers the perfect summery escape, right in the heart of Kuwait. Indulge yourself in what feels like your very own private pool area and seashore, and let the friendly staff pamper you for an unforgettable experience! We all love spending time with our families, but sometimes, some peace and quiet is much needed! The Regency recognizes this and just so you don’t feel any guilt at all for escaping, they’ve made The Ladies’ Lounge a haven that no one could blame you for indulging in, even if just for a day. Alternatively, you can even pamper your family and friends by bringing them along to enjoy a day of fun under the sun at The Ladies' Lounge at The Regency. The more the merrier! The experience at The Ladies' Lounge is all about comfort, luxury, relaxation and of course, achieving the perfect tan. It all begins with a refreshing welcome drink, which changes every day. From options like delicious lemonades to a zesty Mojito, the very first sip sets the mood for the entire day, and the experts at The Ladies' Lounge know how to do this perfectly. Be prepared for a long day of tanning, poolside splashing and swimming! Because, for a full ten hours, women only can make their way through first one door and then another to a section privately tucked away at one end of the beachside of the hotel. You're invited to feel comfortable, be yourself, and simply relax at The Ladies' Lounge. As you step out into the sunlight, an expanse of beautifully landscaped leisure areas is presented before you, with delineated spaces for lounging, tanning, swimming, there’s even a dipping pool. No children under the age of twelve years are allowed access to this lounge area, so there won’t be any childish tantrums coming from pre-teens to divert you from your pleasurable enjoyment of the lounge areas. The Ladies' Lounge is also the perfect spot to catch up on your summer reading! So, grab your favorite book, get in your favorite tanning pose, and let the glorious sunshine do its magical thing. Perfectly placed, the private beach in The Ladies’ Lounge is complimened by beautiful lounge chairs. If you've had your fill of the pool, then head down to the beach for a relaxing saunter. If you are spending the entire day soaking up the sun and splashing about poolside, you may require a little more sustenance and The Ladies’ Lounge have thought of this already. There is a dedicated food counter in the indoor lounge, with easy access to self service offerings that include a variety of 74
sandwiches, salads, muffins, pies, cookies and sweets. If you're feeling a little extra peckish, then the menu at The Ladies' Lounge will satisfy every craving. From poolside canapes to refreshing salads, indulge and nibble on the most delightful delicacies. For the health conscious, we cannot recommend enough the Watermelon Tomato Salad with crumbled Feta cheese and juicy grilled prawns, and if your appetite is wanting more, then you should definitely try the Schnitzel Sandwich! We're still dreaming about the yummy mocktails, smoothies and iced coffees at The Ladies' Lounge. Vibrant and refreshing, get your daily dose of nutrition from any of their healthful smoothies, and choose the Mocha Iced Coffee for the perfect pick-meup under the sun. The Ladiesâ€™ Lounge isnâ€™t all outdoors of course. For those super-hot hours of the day, and if you want to relieve yourself from the intense sun as to not ruin that perfect tan in the making, then you can retreat to an indoors lounging area. This inner sanctum is pleasantly decorated, with wooden floors, air conditioning and lots of natural light to maintain that airy, outdoors feeling. You can choose to sink into overstuffed sofas or sit up eagerly chatting to friends at the country-style tables. There really could not be a more unique, exclusive and enjoyable way to rejuvenate yourself in preparation for a return to the work week or as a mid-week treat! Head to The Ladies' Lounge at The Regency for your time under the sun, in a comfortable and luxurious setting.
The Ladies' Lounge at The Regency Hotel Kuwait is open every day from 8 am-7 pm, 7 days a week. For further hotel and lounge offers visit the hotel's website at www.regency.com.kw and follow the hotel on Instagram @theregency.kw for the latest updates and offers. 75
THINGS CAN GO RIGHT TOO
You will never know until you are neck-deep in elephant trunk! By Ayman Nassar
“You only live once!” an idiom that defined an entire generation of ridiculous risk takers, from the planking challenge to the cinnamon challenge, and every other crazy endeavour in between. However, much to the chagrin of all, there is a huge misinterpretation in the phrase. Make no mistake, I am not casting any stones, for I too am guilty of indulging in the recklessness that is thrill seeking. I got my first taste at a young age after passing by a pedestrian bridge on my bicycle and deciding “lets spice things up!”, I pushed my bicycle up one end to ride down the other - I cannot remember exactly how old I was when this happened (in the unenlightened ages before Netflix and 5G), but the scar on my left elbow is an indication of “sheer pain and suffering” followed by the euphoria of accomplishment. My most bizarre thrill happened much later during a vacation on the island of Phuket. As part of a tourist group enjoying many delights such as MuayThai, kayaking and an elephant show, the viewers of the latter were invited to experience an “elephant massage”, lying down on your stomach whilst an elephant faux taps you on the back. As I was a more vocal viewer, I was singled out for something 76
“special”. I was told to lie on my back and had the elephant's foot square on my chest, little did I know the staff had slipped a banana into my shorts, and that the hungry elephant was searching for said banana (yes there is a video, yes it is hilarious). At the time, the farthest thing from anyone’s mind was “what could go wrong”? Little did I realize that if something as insignificant as a common household insect had decided to bother said elephant, I would have been forest pizza. That is the reality of the scary world we live in. Every comfort placed on this earth for our enjoyment can equally be a tool for our destruction, whether external (I.e. elephant massages) or internal (our own minds at work). There is risk in everything - but we never think that far ahead for to do so would be to condemn ourselves to a life of cowering under tables, avoiding sunlight, dairy, processed foods, television death rays and gluten. How else can we think when plagued with the morose notion that the only thing promised in life is death? However, it seems almost maniacal how one can have such a gung-ho attitude towards mortal peril, and yet exhibit a more averse, meek attitude when it comes to professional risks, like taking examinations for a professional certification, standing up to your manager or becoming your own boss. The greatest
paradox lies in how most of those that tend to classify themselves as risk seeking in their promotional endeavors, such as skydiving, are quite averse when it comes to risks of their professional lives. We view stunt related risks as being calculated, believing there to be an invisible safety net that will catch us should anything go awry, that since its public, everything will go as planned. Unfortunately, the news sites are filled with unfortunate incidents where coordinated activities such as parasailing, hot air balloon rides and scuba diving ended in tragic disaster. Some would not think twice about jumping out of a moving car or off of a great height or going at a great speed, however they would think a dozen times before speaking up at work about a stressful situation or worse, remain silent and take the abuse for fear of the unknown of joblessness. In business there is no safety net. Yet the calamity that can occur is contained, it is none life threatening. If an elephant steps on your stomach, that's it. Game over. If you leave your job, you can find another one, or take some time to rediscover your passion, or even start your own business. Things can go wrong, at any point in time. Yet, they can also go your way. You will never know until you are in neck-deep, at which point you need only roll the dice and pray you land on Mayfair (Monopoly reference).
A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF AUK
AUK shows us what it really means to be a university By bazaar staff
Most of us look back on the year in December or January, but for academic institutions the year ends when a new batch of students graduate. The hot summer months are just the right time for looking back on the entire year and reminiscing on how packed and exciting the year was for one of our favorite universities in Kuwait: University in Kuwait: the American University of Kuwait (AUK). During the summer months leading up to the new 2017-2018 academic year, Shaikha Dana Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, Founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Kuwait was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Dartmouth College. Darthmouth recognized nine accomplished men and women who have made impactful contributions to their communities. It is always wonderful to start or end a new year with a bang. Exciting things were also happening over the summer and before the year officially started. Two students, Leena El Hawary and Yara E. AlQuorashy won the AUK Study Abroad Summer Programs Scholarship. The young women spent six weeks immersed in education and life in George Washington University. The scholarship is part of the Universityâ€™s commitment to providing students with more global educational experiences. By September 2017, it was time to welcome returning and new students back to campus. The Office of Student Life organized a welcome back barbecue, with music performances and a production of West Side Story by the Department of Music & Drama. Welcome Week is the best way to integrate new students to their new and exciting life at university and is a great chance for old students to catch up with their friends before everyone needs to get their head down for studying. The faculty and staff went head-to-head with the students in competitive sport events. A movie night and a Club Fair were just some of the other events that happened during the week. AUK is committed to its academics but is also invested in its studentsâ€™ wellness and extracurricular activities because it knows that well-rounded students are better equipped for life beyond the walls of its campus. It is probably why students like Shaikha AlOfan, a student in the Department of Art & Graphic Design qualified for the semifinals of the 2017 Adobe Design Achievement Awards. She was selected as one of the 642 semifinalists, out of 78
AUK Campus- Salmiya
Founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees of AUK Shaikha Dana Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah is awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Dartmouth College
a total of 2444 entrants. The university offers a rich and diverse selection of clubs, groups and opportunities for students to explore, create and grow within their formal education and beyond. Students are constantly supported and encouraged to find their own voices and then use them. From hosting the Inspirational Talks Forum by the Student Council to opening the Art and Music Therapy rooms, there is always an opportunity for students to explore their creative and introspective sides. Students and staff can try out different musical instruments or try new mediums for their artistic expressions. In the age of anxiety and stress, these spaces promote mental health, wellbeing and a sense of community. All of which are core values at AUK. There is a lot of focus on creativity and arts on campus, but STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are just as important too. In October, the Center for RISE held a talk entitled, "To Mars and Beyond: Women Leading the Way in Space Exploration and STEM" by Dr. Kim Binsted, Professor of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawaii and Principal Investigator of the NASA-funded HI-SEAS project. This confirms AUK's commitment to the sciences and the advancement of women in these fields. The students are driven by this environment to achieve more, and in November alone, two AUK teams qualified for the Advanced stages of the Global Management Challenge in Dubai, a Computer Engineering graduate won the best poster award at an International ACS/IEEE Conference in Tunisia and students represented Kuwait at the Fourth Volunteering Youth Forum in Qatar. In February, sixteen students travelled to India to help teach children and repair school chairs and tables in impoverished areas. The following month eight students flew to the Netherlands to take part in the Diwaniya Project which aims to enrich cultural and academic relations and to increase communication between Kuwait and the Netherlands. March was just as busy, as four students majoring in Graphic Design were among the winners of the TypoDay 2018 Poster Competition. Lindsay Gomes, a first-year student won the prize for a digital art poster in COMFEST's movie poster design competition. From the very creative to the very serious, members of the Model United Nations students at AUK, participated in the United Ambassadors Model United Nations Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. The team was awarded the Outstanding Delegation Award for the second year in a row and several team members received individual awards. It is inspirational students like these that make us hopeful for the future of Kuwait. While the students were busy doing their thing all year, the staff and faculty were even busier ensuring that AUK as an academic institution remained at the top of its field. The Tutoring Center at the American University of Kuwait's Learning Support Services was awarded the International
TED Talks at AUK
AUK graduates look to the future Tutor Training Program Certification by the College Reading and Learning Association. Dartmouth College and AUK renewed their institutional cooperative agreement that promises to build on the success of a 15-year relationship. The University and the French Sciences Po signed a memorandum of understanding to establish cultural and scholarly interactions between their students. But one of the most exciting things to happen this year at the university was hosting the first TEDxAUK Conference on campus. The theme for the event was "RISEâ€?; embracing life's challenges, overcoming adversity, learning, personal growth, and self-actualization. Speakers from all over Kuwait and the world including entrepreneurs, media leaders, scientists, innovators, and poets took to the stage to talk about what RISE means to them. Conferences like TED are the birthplace of dialogue that helps propel communities and societies forward. Like any educational institution, the year ends by saying goodbye to the graduates. It is a bittersweet celebration of the end of university life and the start of entering the real world. The
class of 2018 officially graduated on Thursday the 7th of June. A total of 424 students became AUK graduates. Not only do we welcome them into the workforce, but weâ€™re also pretty sure that whatever these young men and women decide to do, they will excel at it. Because for the last four years, they were immersed in a community that valued an ethic of excellence, hard work and creativity. These were just some of the highlights of a very full year at AUK. Yet, it is a typical year where students impress us with their creativity and ingenuity and the faculty wow us with their commitment to the institution that supports and empowers the next generation that will be changing the world. It is promising.
If you are interested in applying to AUK or finding out more about what they can offer you for furthering your education visit their website http://www.auk.edu.kw. You can also follow them on social media to stay up-to-date with their news on Instagram @auk_kuwait, Twitter @AUKtweets and Facebook @AUKuwait. 79
SENSORWAKE TRIO SCENT-BASED ALARM CLOCK
HOT WHEELS ZOOM IN GOPRO CAR
D-MASK SMART DIVING MASK CONCEPT
The Sensorwake Trio is the first alarm clock to wake you up using smell, light, and sound. The tastefully designed clock gives users nine fragrance options naturally embedded in capsules that begin the wakeup process for one minute. The minute of smell is followed by a minute of soothing light, followed by a minute of sound. It's simple to set up, is safe, healthy, and mess-free and each capsule will last 30 mornings before needed to be replaced.
No longer will your children (or you) have to imagine what it looks like to go through a loopy, twisting Hot Wheels course. Developed in collaboration with the action cam maker, the Hot Wheels Zoom In GoPro Car is designed to hold a Hero Session or Hero5 Session. It's compatible with most Hot Wheels tracks and playsets, but be mindful: it weighs a lot more than a typical car with the camera attached, so you'll need some added momentum to get through the most extreme elements.
SONY CYBER-SHOT RX100 VI CAMERA
NISSAN PITCH-R SOCCER FIELD ROBOT
RED HYDROGEN ONE SMARTPHONE
Sony reinvented the pocket camera with the RX100. Its ZEISS 24-200mm f/2.8 - f/4.5 lens is sharp corner-to-corner, letting you capture incredible telephoto shots and great wide-angle images. It's paired with a 20.1-megapixel 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS sensor and upgraded Bionz X image processor, letting its c315-point Fast Hybrid AF system acquire focus in as little as 0.03 seconds. Burst mode allows for 24 fps shooting and it captures 4K HDR footage as well as 960 fps slow-mo video.
One of the reasons soccer is such a universal sport is you can play it anywhere there's enough flat ground. The Nissan Pitch-R takes this idea one step further by autonomously marking the pitch. Using four-camera vision, GPS, and collision avoidance systems, it can draw all the lines necessary for a soccer field in as little as 20 minutes. It works on grass, tarmac, or gravel, and its paint is both eco-friendly and dissolvable, recently making an appearance at the UEFA Champions League Final.
Created by Chinese designer DDG, the full-face design secures below the mouth and above the forehead, providing a 180-degree field of view. There's a transparent screen that lets you overlay information like depth, water temperature, and weather, and an attachment point on the side is compatible with both snorkels and oxygen tanks. Finally, a light and camera are built in, and a bone conduction headset lets you hear communication from the surface or listen to music as you explore.
The Hydrogen One Smartphone applies this ethos to your most-used gadget. Its 5.7-inch display is being labeled a "4V" screen, with the ability to display holographic images. To capture them, it has 3D cameras on both the front and rear, as well as A3D spatial audio, dual SIM slots, a Snapdragon 835X processor, and a connector that works natively with the company's camera systems. There's also a Cinema Camera module you can snap onto the back for higher-quality video capture.
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COMFORTABLY CREATIVE “Fashion is pain” they say, but style is effortless when it comes to Cole Haan and Ecco footwear this summer. Spend this July and August beating the heat by exploring artistic creativity; confidently plan whiling away many hours walking around cool art galleries. Try standing before a studio still life, brush in hand, carefully considering the potential before you, knowing you can trust in Alyasra footwear performance.
2. Cole Haan Men’s Pinch Weekender LX Loafer with Stitchlite ™
3. Ecco Men’s Lhasa
4. Ecco Women’s Demara
5. Ecco Men’s Reciprico
6. Cole Haan Men’s 2.ZERØGRAND slide
7. Cole Haan Men’s Grandevølution woven Oxford
8. Cole Haan Women’s Grandevølution
Cole Haan is located in 360 MALL, Al Kout Mall and The Avenues. Follow @colehaan.kw on Instagram and Facebook: Colehaankuwait for the latest fashion updates.
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Ecco is located in Marina Mall, The Avenues, Muhallab, Muthana and The Promenade. For the latest styles available in stores, new collections, offers and special promotions follow @eccoarabia on Instagram and Facebook. For more information on the brands visit www.alyasra.com or call 1820012 for more information. With thanks to Artspace Studio/Gallery, open every day from 11 am-10 pm and Fridays 3 pm-10 pm. Follow @artspaceq8 on Instagram or call 9777 5273 for further enquiries. Art Direction and Styling: Bazaar Studios / Photography: Jalil Marvin / Location: Artspace Salmiya.
THE NOW NOW By Gorillaz
By Let's Eat Grandma
I’M ALL EARS
ALL THAT RECKONING
The Now Now was produced by Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford, who most recently worked with Arctic Monkeys on Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. Unlike its guest-heavy predecessor, last year’s Humanz, The Now Now features only three additional contributors: George Benson, Jamie Principle, and Snoop Dogg, the latter two guesting on “Hollywood”. Albarn described The Now Now as a “summer record” which mostly focuses on his own singing. “I thought I should make a record where I’m just singing for once,” he explained. “It’s pretty much just me singing, very sort of in the world of 2-D… I feel really good about it.”
Let’s Eat Grandma, the experimental pop duo comprising multi-instrumentalists Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingsworth announced their sophomore album, I’m All Ears. They’ve also shared “Falling Into Me,” which follows lead single “Hot Pink.” “It’s about getting to know someone and getting over your fears about feeling insecure,” Walton said in a press release. “Some of the lyrics reference being in control as a woman in a romantic relationship, and being the one to initiate,” Hollingsworth said. “It’s the importance of if you feel something, tell them. You don’t know what’s going to happen in life, you might as well just do it.”
Cowboy Junkies will end the six-year wait for a new album with the July 13 release of All That Reckoning. It's been the Toronto group's longest gap between albums so far, which guitarist and chief songwriter Michael Timmins says was not by design. "We've released a lot of records," Timmins explains, "and in the business climate the way it is today it becomes harder and more difficult to figure out why one does that besides for the art of it. And you can get that part of one's personality massaged by doing live shows and small projects. A whole album is a lot of work.'
LAMP LIT PROSE
After a five year absence, Dirty Projectors returned last year with a self-titled album full of band mastermind David Longstreth’s heartbreak. A year later, Longstreth and the band are back with a new record, Lamp Lit Prose, and a revitalized attitude. Lamp Lit Prose is described as “the yang to the yin” of Dirty Projectors. Where that self-titled effort found Longstreth expressing his loneliness through glitchy dance songs, this new record brings back bright guitars and intricate vocal harmonies.
Throughout his more than 40 years as a songwriter, producer and recording artist, Rodney Crowell has explored an expansive musical landscape from intimate, heartbreaking ballads to spirited honkytonk rockers. For his 19th album, the Grammywinning musician, whose health issues forced the cancellation of several 2017 tour dates, finds himself unplugged and recharged all at once with the release of Acoustic Classics, a 12-track collection of some his most recognizable songs in all-new settings.
Marauder is Interpol’s sixth studio LP—their first since 2014’s El Pintor. They worked with Dave Fridmann on Marauder, marking the first time they recorded an album with an outside producer since 2007’s Our Love to Admire. In a press release, frontman Paul Banks said, “Marauder is a facet of myself. That’s the guy that fucks up friendships and does crazy shit. He taught me a lot, but it’s representative of a persona that’s best left in song. In a way, this album is like giving him a name and putting him to bed.”
By Dirty Projectors
By Rodney Crowell
By Cowboy Junkies
KIDZANIA SUMMERS A summer camp that can make everyone happy! By bazaar staff
Summer is the season of sea, flipflops and sleeping in. It is also the season when our children roll their eyes the most to tell us how bored they are! The long, unstructured days of summer can leave even the most curious and resourceful child feeling like they have too much time on their hands. And while we would all love to spend the entire three months of summer lazing around on a beach on the Mediterranean, road-tripping in the USA or museum hopping in Europe, reality bites. The next best alternative to living a life of luxury and eternal summer vacations for kids? Summer camps! They offer the best of both worlds with the structure of a school day, and the interaction with other children, but it is still a laidback, no homework environment. It also tuckers them out, so when bedtime comes around, the little ones are sleepy-eyed angels. We know that parents all over Kuwait are going to let out a collective sigh of relief when they find out what KidZania’s Summer Camp is offering this year. We know there are tens, if not hundreds, of summer camps available, but we still think that KidZania’s is “kooler” than everyone else's. Planned around seven thousand square meters of fun, the kids have a lot of space to roam and enjoy themselves trying out different professions and jobs just like a real, grown-up economy. We’ve never heard a child leave KidZania to complain of crowds or boredom. And there is absolutely no worrying about the weather. The indoor setting guarantees that the extreme summer heat or surprise dust storms will not stop the little ones from having a great day. But that’s not what is special about the camp this year. Guaranteeing an unforgettable experience, the program is completely customizable. Children can easily choose their one favorite activity from the available workshops for a unique camp experience. And they have so many fun and diverse activities to choose from. From photography and movie making to board games and street dancing, to archaeology, animal care and everything in between, there is a class for everyone. With more than twenty-five different workshops to choose from, this solves the age-old sibling conundrum. Parents with more than one child find it difficult to send their children to a themed camp if both kids are not interested in the same things and things can become even more difficult if they were to send them to a generic camp where 88
both of them will be bored. The other option of having to send each child to a different camp is a logistical nightmare. So whether you have a science and tech-savvy younger child teamed with a dedicated athlete for an older sibling, or even a poised fashionista prodigy, there will be room for them to learn and grow at KidZania’s summer camp. KidZania are also offering very flexible packages. Kids can register for a day, a week, two weeks or three weeks. So you can work around any other family obligations or traveling that you might be doing during the summer. Your children will be learning all about building selfesteem, developing their sense of imagination and creativity, to enhancing their communications and social skills regardless of how many days they eventually decide to attend the camp. While the program is designed for children aged five to twelve, toddlers (2-4 years old) have their own area, where they can enjoy different physical and mental activities that are set to aid development of their motor, creative, social and movement skills, all whilst embarking on a fun exploration journey. The Kidzania Summer Camp runs from the 24th of June until the 16th of August.. And, unlike many other summer camps in Kuwait that only have a three-hour day, the day starts at 9 am and ends at 3 pm. Lunch is included, so your little ones won’t be too hungry to have fun either. Here’s another added bonus: the kids can stay after camp for free play time! Based on all of these awesome plans and activities planned at KidZania Kuwait, we are sure that they won’t be in a hurry to go home since they will be living out their dreams of being police officers, doctors, journalists or shopkeepers. All while earning and respectably spending their KidZos. We know that kids love KidZania on a regular Tuesday, so think of the KidZania Summer Camp as the same experience but on steroids! It is definitely the best choice for the little ones and their parents.
KidZania Kuwait is located at The Avenues.For more information on KidZania’s Summer Camp, please visit www.kidzania.com.kw and follow them on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook @KidZaniaKuwait. 89
Here in the Middle East, it’s common to do the ritual calculation and splitting of the bill after an outing with friends. Forget about awkwardness and money disputes with this clever app. Splitwise makes it easy to track exactly how much you owe, how much is owed to you, and to make sure that everyone is paid back. Whether you’re splitting bills with roommates or paying your share of a group gift, this app will help with swift calculations, reminders, and real-time updates.
Omni Group released the latest version of OmniFocus, its task management app. The app lets you track todos big and small, from simple grocery lists to massive professional projects. With OmniFocus 3, there are a number of new, useful features available for devotees of the app, including tags for organization, a customizable interface to show only the features that you use, batch editing, an updated Forecast view to sho takes and calendar events in order. There are also new features for Pro-level users, including a tag-specific vide in Forecast.
Camera+ 2 has a number of features that let you take your photography up a notch, such as manual controls, RAW capture, and depth editing. The app features the same shooting and editing tools across iPhone and iPad, letting you have the same capture and editing workflows on each. You can view and edit the photos you take in the Photos app or in the Camera+ Lightbox. Take advantage of the advanced tools in the app to get more clarity out of your image, or add one of several interesting and editable filters to give your photos an even more personal touch.
If you don’t eat meat, or you want to avoid gluten, it can be tricky to find suitable restaurants, especially if you’re somewhere unfamiliar. Enter HappyCow, which lists vegan and vegetarian restaurants, cafes, and stores. You can choose different filters to suit your diet and find something close to your location with directions and everything else you need to get fed. The great thing about this is that you can use this for finding suitable eateries at home, and also when you travel since HappyCow covers most countries and regions throughtout the world.
If you want edit together videos on your Android, then you should check out this powerful app. It goes beyond basics like trimming, adding music and transitions, and cropping, to include speed controls, animated text, and optional effects that you can purchase. It strikes a good balance between features and accessibility. This, nor any phone app, is going to be able to match the big boys like Final Cut and Adobe Premier for sheer power and features-you’ll need to jump on a computer for that. But as far as advanced editing on a mobile device goes, you can’t go far wrong here.
Another Apple Design Awards winner, iTranslate Converse is a more nimble version of iTranslate's mobile app, focused entirely on two-way voice translation for 38 different languages, with automatic language detection. Speak into the phone mic, and the app quickly translates your speech into your selected language, complete with text and audio. Then, it's ready to listen for an answer and translate to the first language you used, and provide text transcripts. Converse's main virtue is its ease of use, with a simple interface and few extras to get in the way.
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BREAKFAST, WE MEET AGAIN Starting our day the Coucou way By bazaar staff
Breakfast is a meal we often take for granted. If you’re anything like me, you tend to not make a big deal out of it – grabbing some fruit on your way out to work, fixing yourself a little sandwich and indulging in a manousheh on the weekends. But sometimes, when you take a minute for yourself to enjoy the free time you’ve been given, it could be a bit more of an indulgence. Indulgence for breakfast is key at Coucou, a relatively new breakfast concept that had opened earlier this year. Brought to you by the creative genius of Fatima Razzouqi, whose time spent in France gave her an appreciation for elevated bistro food – especially that of the brunch variety. Partnered with the founders of Ora and JOA, Coucou – a charming endearment for “hello” in the French language was born to redefine the way people see breakfast in Kuwait. Redefined indeed, right down to the décor! Everything in the breakfast-focused café exudes chicness, guaranteeing you an unforgettable experience. Set up in a layout that reminded me of mi-classic, slightly upscale diners in urban European and North American cities where the smoked salmon is cold and the pancakes are steamy. Elongated and pristine, with lush accents of greenery peeking throughout, interesting art, and jazzy music afloat, Coucou offers a cozy ambience that’s flooded with natural bright light with its wall to wall windows. The menu, one-paged, is simple yet so imaginative that you wouldn’t even know where to begin. Luckily, we had some help with a friend of ours who was well-acquainted with the concept. Divided into respective sections categorizing daytime favorites, our dishes were curated for us. Eggs: Classic Benedict (naturally), and Coucou’s rendition of a Croque Madame. Light Options: a cult classic, Avocado Toast – with a side of two poached eggs, please! Brunch Specials: Steak Frites, Short Rib Sliders and – get a load of this one – Truffle Rigatoni. What would rigatoni be doing in a brunch menu? We were about to find out. The benedict arrived in a way that one would normally expect it to: fluffy and lovely, perched atop a nest of English muffin and generously slathered with hollandaise sauce. What gave Coucou’s benedict an elegant touch, however, was the use of a single strip of turkey bacon at the base of the poached egg. Upon tasting this, I’d have to confidently say that turkey bacon with eggs benedict might just be my new favorite thing – step aside, salmon! The Croque Madame – all I can say is wow. Picture two beautifully thick slices of rustic bread 92
sandwiching layers of béchamel and real turkey breast (i.e. unprocessed) with raclette cheese crusting the top of the concoction. Then, top it with a fried egg for an Instagrammable feast and a breakfast friendly feel. I liked the way the egg was incorporated, giving the diner an option to remove it if he or she would prefer. Personally, I thought the sandwich was the perfect dish to cut into even without the egg, but what do I know? Perfect for sharing, my companions ate heartily, egg and all, while I swooned over the crust, béchamel, raclette and turkey combo. Next up, the Avocado Toast. This is something that I could see myself returning to Coucou for. Whenever avocado toast is on offer at an eatery, the bread vessel that houses the dish tends to be, for lack of a better term, epic. Homemade, thick sliced, that delicious version of brown or rye toast – it’s always perfect, and Coucou’s gluten-free multigrain loaf was no exception to the satisfying rule. To elevate it further, the smashed avocado mixture had a tangy zest to it that reflected upon the simple and colorful ingredients used to make this dish come alive. All that topped with a decorative sprig of baby edible flower for a hint of sass during your Saturday brunch makes for a happy meal. In fact, though each dish that made its way to our table seemed almost better than the last, I clung to the Avocado Toast like a mother with her newborn child – and found a playmate to complement it with: Steak Frites. I’m going to be honest and say that the fries were nice. Matchstick isn’t my style, so I wasn’t overly enthused, but their seasoning and quality definitely didn’t go unnoticed. However, all honorable mentions must go to the steak, which was secretly my winning dish in this whole experience. It was so simple yet elegantly presented, but extremely effective in flavor. Each perfectly seared piece of meat is crusted with a blend of spice (which, let’s face it, is probably just Himalayan salt and black pepper) and is accompanied by a little pot of pepper sauce. To quote myself, as I was hogging the steak bits and leaving the fries for my friends to enjoy, I turned to them and said mid-chew, “Guys, I could come back here and literally just eat the Avocado toast and the steak.” It goes without saying that I had to be pulled away from the steak to sample other specials at the table, consisting of the Short Rib Sliders, and the mysterious Truffle Rigatoni. I was glad I did, because the sliders were absolutely lovely, with an egg patty over succulent pieces of sweet, marinated short ribs, giving the sandwich a candied effect. If that’s your thing, go for it! But what you should definitely try is the rigatoni. Did it seem like an initial outlier on our breakfast table? I’m not going to lie – it was a weird thought to wrap my head around, especially with the egg placed on top. But, once the yolk was prodded with a fork, and the egg mixture disappeared into the plate of pasta, all of the dish’s ingredients started to reveal themselves on the palate. Crisp bacon. Creamy pasta. Spices. And of course, the aromatic, heavenly, buttery and smooth taste of truffle with parmesan cheese – a gorgeous combination that makes its way into fond memories of real-time food porn.
As usual, we were too full to have dessert. Just kidding! When have we ever said no to a little something sweet after a meal? Coucou’s “dessert” section, however, doubles as a mainstay for sweeter breakfast preferences. In short, yes, this is where the pancakes and French Toast dishes live. But these pancakes aren’t just any pancakes! At Coucou, pancakes are turned into festive, ornate cakelike concoctions of magic. We selected a stack of buttermilk pancakes with white chocolate, rose and raspberry, and a plate of Pain Perdue: sugar-crusted
French toast, salted caramel sauce, berries and cream. Needless to say, this was all meant to share, and share we did! Down to the last scraps of our offerings, we said au revoir to the charming Coucou, leaving with memories of the delicious experience, and the promise to return soon. If not for the snazzy pancakes, for that melt-in-your-mouth and cut-with-a-spoon steak. Coucou is located in the Aqarat Building on Mubarak Al Kabeer street in Kuwait City. Follow them on Instagram @coucou.kw for more information. 93
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BMW WIRELESS CHARGING STATION
VAONIS STELLINA TELESCOPE
FERRARI SP38 SPORTS CAR
ZEN FLOAT TANK
HUSQVARNA DEMOLITION ROBOT
BITCOIN MINING DATACENTER
Given that we now charge gadgets wirelessly and electric cars are basically gadgets on wheels, it only makes sense for the tech to migrate. The BMW Wireless Charging Station is a giant Qi-like pad for your 530e iPerformance sedan. The system includes an inductive charging station they're calling a GroundPad and a secondary CarPad that attaches to the bottom of the vehicle. With charging power of 3.2 kW, a complete fill-up takes around three and a half hours, and special software appears on the display to help ensure you get lined up correctly.
Fight back against the effects of sensory overload with a little sensory deprivation. The Zen Float Tank is an inflatable, at-home relaxation solution. Inside the fin-shaped structure is 10" of water, saturated with Epsom Salt to make you feel weightless, and warmed to the same temperature as your skin: 34° C. It's also completely dark inside, and with your ears under the surface of the water, all you'll be able to hear is your heartbeat. Silence, weightlessness, and darkness, or the complete opposite of sitting there slumped over your phone.
The Vaonis Stellina Telescope lets you explore the sky right from your device. It sets up automatically in as little as 5 minutes and connects via an app to let you pick and choose what planet, star, or constellation you'd like to view. It uses a 6.4-megapixel CMOS image sensor, image-stacking technology, and custom optics to capture outstanding images of the night sky which you can immediately share with friends and family. And since it fits into a backpack, you can take it far enough away from light pollution to make it fully worthwhile.
The Husqvarna DXR 310 Demolition Robot is like having your own life-size Transformer to play around with, breaking down walls, roofs, and anything else that stands in your way. It features a robotic arm that reaches over 15 feet, a modern remote control that offers Bluetooth, a 3.5-inch screen, one-handed operation, and the ability to pass through normal doorways and climb stairs — if it hasn't ripped them apart already. This is the face of demolition in the run up to the 20’s (2020, that is).
Based on the 488 GTB and vaguely inspired by the iconic F40, the Ferrari SP38 Sports Car is a spectacular one-off. It retains the 488's chassis, twin-turbo, twin-intercooler V8, and suspension, but has all-new bodywork with less-pronounced — or altogether hidden — air intakes, a slim bumper lip that recalls the 308 GTB, a new engine cover with three slats for heat dissipation, and an integrated rear spoiler, the latter two directly influenced by the F40. It's finished with custom carbon fiber trim and a special three-layer metallic red paint job.
Forget desktop rigs, if you're serious about mining Bitcoin, you need Bitfury's BlockBox AC. Housed within the 500 square-foot container are 176 air-cooled mining servers delivering a cumulative hashrate of 8 PH/s. Each one is fully upgradable, can be linked to other units to build larger farms, and can be placed nearly anywhere to optimize performance and operation costs, with monitoring happening on your phone. The Blockbox is available through a profit-sharing model; you get 50% of the proceeds once your initial $1 Million (KD 330,000) investment has been reached.
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THE PROMISE OF THE GOLDEN ARCHES
McDonald’s is changing the world, one community at a time By bazaar staff
Regular movie screenings Of Happy Meal Programs for select groups of the community
No brand insignia is as globally recognizable as the golden arches of McDonald’s. While we’ve gotten so used to what these golden arches promise us in terms of unforgettable flavors, there’s more to them than meets the eye. McDonald’s mission is to always be an active member of any local community it belongs to. When McDonald’s Kuwait opened its doors in 1994, they took that core driving principle to heart. 96
Owned and operated locally by Al Maousherji Catering Company, McDonald’s Kuwait constantly strives to engage the people of Kuwait through a number of different platforms that seek to foster a true sense of community and drive positive impact. While McDonald’s Kuwait social responsibility program continues to be broad and diverse, supporting a wide range of local organizations and initiatives, it focuses primarily on two key platforms: supporting people with disabilities in the community and championing the local sports culture. A decades-long history of advocating for people with disabilities Supporting people with disabilities has continued to be one of the top social responsibility priorities at
McDonald’s, and it constitutes the cornerstone of its community engagement program. Today, McDonald’s remains committed to doing everything possible to champion and advocate for those living with disabilities within the local community. The company whole-heartedly embraces a spirit of diversity and inclusivity, and actively encourages everyone else to follow suit. Over the past two decades, McDonald’s has worked with a multitude of local community groups, civic society organizations and NGOs to help those with intellectual and physical disabilities fully integrate into the community. More importantly, they’re extremely proud of the long-standing and very special relationship that McDonald’s Kuwait has with the community of people with disabilities in Kuwait. Now more than ever,
Ongoing hospital visits McDonald’s offers its moral and financial support to this very special community through a series of its own-led programs as well as a number of sponsorships. Most recently, they sponsored the Kuwait National Team for People with Intellectual Disabilities, who participated in the Middle East & North Africa Special Olympics Regional Games, which took place in the United Arab Emirates’ capital of Abu Dhabi. However, the most cherished and beloved McDonald’s tradition is a series of private screenings that are specially organized for children with disabilities. The children love watching the latest family-friendly blockbuster hits. Through the magic of movies, the company has for years sought to spread joy amongst children with disabilities in Kuwait, doing what the brand does best: drawing smiles on the faces of people.
A key supporter of sports culture: globally and locally Nothing says commitment to sports like officially sponsoring two of the world’s largest sporting events. McDonald’s has a long-storied history of serving as an official sponsor for the Olympics and the World Cup. Locally, the company is committed to raising awareness about the importance of physical activity in people’s daily lives and support the local sports scene. Throughout the year, McDonald’s spearheads several of its own sports initiatives, and also seeks to support and sponsor a diverse range of local sporting programs and events. Up-and-coming athletes in Kuwait know they can find financial and moral support from McDonald’s
Kuwait. Recently, McDonald’s sponsored the Kuwait National Jet Ski Team, which went on to compete in the World Jet Ski Championship . All in all, as it continues to be one of the country’s leading quick service food brands, McDonald’s Kuwait still has one goal firmly in mind: to be a proud corporate citizen working with and giving back to the local community.
For more information about McDonald's Kuwait, please visit the McDonald’s Kuwait official website www.mcdonalds.com/kw. For the latest updates and news, follow McDonald's Kuwait on social media @mcdonaldskuwait. 97
by Stephen King
An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories. An elevenyear-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad. As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense.
THE SUN DOES SHINE: HOW I FOUND LIFE AND FREEDOM ON DEATH ROW by Anthony Ray Hinton
In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty–nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free. But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty–seven years he was a beacon transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates.
By Davis Sedaris
by Anthony Bourdain
SHELTER IN PLACE by Nora Roberts
If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny-it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled.
Hungry Ghosts is cooked up by the best selling author and veteran chef, Anthony Bourdain and acclaimed novelist Joel Rose (Kill, Kill, Faster, Faster). Featuring all-new original recipes prepared by Bourdain, plus a guide to the ghostly legendary spirits behind these horrifying tales. On a dark, haunted night, a Russian Oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles--where each storyteller tells a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings--and prays to survive the challenge. Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food. Including stellar artists Sebastian Cabrol, Vanesa Del Rey, Francesco Francavilla, Irene Koh, Leo Manco, Alberto Ponticelli, Paul Pope, and Mateus Santolouco as well as amazing color by Jose Villarrubia, a drop-dead cover by Paul Pope.
It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tending to customers. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, hopelessly clutching her cell phone--until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. As the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait.
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The latest from the big screen playing in cinemas across Kuwait in July
ANT MAN AND THE WASP
MAYA THE BEE: THE HONEY GAMES
THE FIRST PURGE
MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN
Release Date: July 5th Theaters: Cinescape Kuwait-wide Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi Cast: Evangeline Lilly/Hannah John-Kamen/Walton Goggins Synopsis: From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: Ant-Man and The Wasp. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission.
Release Date: July 5th Theaters: Cinescape Kuwait-wide Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi Cast: Marisa Tomei/Lex Scott Davis/Luna Lauren Velez Synopsis: Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of a country's 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.
Release Date: July 5th Theaters: Cinescape Kuwait-wide Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy Cast: Coco Jack Gillies/Benson Jack Anthony/ Richard Roxburgh Synopsis: When an overenthusiastic Maya accidentally embarrasses the Empress of thriving hive Buzztropolis, she is forced to unite with a team of misfit bugs and compete in the iconic Honey Games. The stakes couldn't be higher; if Maya loses, her hive on Poppy Meadow will be depleted of all its honey. In order to save the fate of her hive, Maya must call on her friendship with a cohort of clumsy, loveable and trustworthy bugs in the face of her biggest ever challenge.
Release Date: July 12th Theaters: Cinescape Kuwait-wide Genre: Action, Crime, Drama Cast: Dwayne Johnson/Pablo Schreiber/Neve Campbell Synopsis: Global icon, and ‘guy that’s in every film made’ Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary's Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he's been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and rescue his family who is trapped inside the building...
Release Date: July 5th Theaters: Cinescape Kuwait-wide Genre: Comedy Cast: Jeremy Renner/ Ed Helms/Jake Johnson Synopsis: For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a noholds-barred game of tag they've been playing since the first grade--risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry "You're It!" This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they're coming... and he's ready. Based on a true story, "Tag" shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.
Release Date: July 19th Theaters: Cinescape Kuwait-wide Genre: Comedy, Musical Cast: Lily James/Amanda Seyfried/Stellan Skarsgård Synopsis: Mamma Mia Here We Go Again is going through Donna's (played by Meryl Streep and Lily James) young life, experiencing the fun she had with the three possible Dad's of Sophie (played by Amanda Seyfriend). Sophie is now pregnant and finds out more about her mother's past while seeking guidance on how to handle her pregnancy. Like Donna, she will be young when she has her baby, as such this is where she realizes she will need to take risks like her mother did.
For more details on movie timings and the cinema nearest you, visit Cinescape at www.cinescape.com.kw. *Above programs are subject to change without prior notice. 100
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ROCKET WORLD From trendy gifts and funky accessories to cool toys, Rocket World offers a large spectrum of gifting ideas that promise great experiences. People who are on the lookout for cool and quirky trinkets and gifts will have their fill of Rocket World’s fantastic lines including the famous Kikkerland home and kitchen accessories as well as functional gadgets for travel and one’s office space. Rocket World’s unconventional gifts also include a wide variety of items you can present to your food loving friends such as hotdog-shaped staplers, burger-shaped lip balms, watermelon and orange-shaped juice containers and even a bicycle-shaped pizza cutter. The younger crowd will be enchanted with cool school accessories that will add a touch of fun to their day-to-day experiences while the nostalgia-loving crowd will be instantly charmed with the Mini Arcade and the Retro Pocket games. Bookworms have the chance to complement their lifestyle with practical products like the Cuddly Readers, Flexilight reading lamp, Book Chair and beautifully designed bookmarks. Designed in a maze type aisle, Rocket World provides customers with a comprehensive view of the entire store as soon as they step inside due to functional store design. Rocket World is located in Shuwaikh, Al Sager Complex across from Mayar Complex. For more information, please call 2225 2596. L’HUILE DE LEONOR GREYL L’Huile de Leonor Greyl is a deep repairing treatment for dry hair damaged by tinting, bleaching, highlighting, perms or straightening. It leaves the hair soft, healthy, shiny and easy to style. Because it is waterproof and contains UVA/UVB filter, it is also very effective at providing protection against the damaging effects of sun, seawater, and chlorinated pool water. Directions: Meant to be applied to dry hair and then rinsed out in the shower. Pour a small amount into palm, apply to dry hair, length and ends only. Evenly distribute with a natural bristle brush. Leave on 10-15 minutes, or overnight for a deep conditioning treatment. Shampoo out. Exclusively distributed by beautique cosmetics international. Please call 2225 1285 for more info or visit beautiquecosmeticsintl.com.
MCDONALD’S CELEBRATES THE WORLD CUP FIFA WITH EXCLUSIVE NEW MENU OFFERINGS McDonald’s Kuwait has introduced a new exclusive line-up of menu items to celebrate the world’s largest football event. The all-new World Cup special offerings feature the introduction of Team Big Tasty, where joining the classic Big Tasty are two brand new limited-edition Big Tasty sandwiches: Big Tasty Chicken and Big Tasty BTL. The Big Tasty Chicken features a succulent and crispy Halal chicken patty, with three slices of Emmental cheese, tomato, onion and lettuce topped off with the classically smoky Big Tasty Sauce. On the other hand, the Big Tasty BLT adds an all-new twist to the fan favorite, with a juicy 100% pure halal beef layered with Emmental cheese, an assortment of fresh veggies and a dash of Big Tasty Sauce and chicken bacon strips. All new sandwiches feature a special, one-of-a-kind football shaped bun for an added bit of football fun. To keep the buzz and excitement going, McDonald’s is also taking its iconic red-boxed fries to the next level, adding the all-new Chili Cheese Fries to its menu. Guaranteed to be an instant fan favorite, the Chili Cheese Fires see the world-famous McFries topped off with nacho cheese, spicy jalapeños and crispy onions with Chili con carne sauce. All are available now. For more information about all McDonald’s products and new offerings, please visit McDonalds.com/kw. You can also follow McDonald’s Kuwait on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@McDonaldsKuwait) to learn more about all the latest McDonald’s offerings and promotions.
FIVE WAYS TO ADD VARIETY TO YOUR RUNNING WORKOUTS This season, Intersport is sharing with you 5 simple ways to build variety into your running workouts. Vary duration: Add longer runs to your routine, gradually increasing total duration and building your endurance. Find ways to include both long, easy runs, during which you can carry on a conversation, as well as long “tough” runs at a sustained faster pace. Embrace speed training: Speed work helps you get faster and improves your skill overall. Incorporate it into your training using strides where you accelerate almost to a sprint, but not quite, for about 20 seconds. Try different routes and terrains: Running on varied terrain engages your muscles in different ways, improving your form and strength. Running in nature is a mood-booster. Add strength training: This improves performance ability and reduces your risk of injury. Aim for 3-5 sessions per week. Try other sports: For running purists, this might seem daunting at first, however, exercises like swimming or cycling can combine well with running, to ensure all muscles in the body are strengthened. Want to find out more about Intersport? Follow Intersport on Facebook /IntersportKuwait, Instagram @IntersportKuwait, Twitter @IntersportKw, and contact the store at 2226 1800, or their storesd at Murouj Strip, Sahara Resort located in Mubarak Al Kabeer and Al Corniche Club, Salmiya.
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THE FUTURE OF FUN’ IS FINALLY HERE AS TEKZONE OPENS IN KUWAIT! Imagine being transported to the future over flying cars, walking through a bushy jungle amongst wild creatures, or exploring the underwater world whilst being immersed in the ultimate entertainment experience! Families in Kuwait can now step into the future of fun as TEKZONE is officially open at the Avenues’ new Phase IV extension at the Forum Area. TEKZONE gives families and friends a futuristic and fun entertainment experience with over 100 attractions and rides to select from, including those based on the Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) experiences. The newly debuted attraction brings in several exclusive concepts that are seen for the very first time in the world, the Middle East and in Kuwait. Covering a total area of 4,250 square meter, TEKZONE features the first in the world VR Bumper Cars that take riders into a fascinating outer space experience, the first in the Middle East finger coaster with the option to design one’s own track and enjoy riding in a VR simulator roller coaster, the first in the Middle East interactive 360 rotating room with a range of dynamic 3D games, and Kuwait’s first augmented reality wall, combining motion tracking and projected graphics to create fun and interactive challenges. In addition to a wide range of VR and AR experiences, TEKZONE also offers an interactive, safe Toddler’s Play Area, a huge Soft Play Area for younger kids, digitally-enhanced escape rooms with three exciting themes, adrenaline-packed physical and skills games, and an arcade and redemption area with many popular games. With over 85 video projections across the floor along with over 70 screens and LED screens, visitors will be transported into another dimension that alternates between three themes: ocean, jungle and future city. Visitors of TEKZONE are encouraged to purchase and scan their unique ‘Time Mission’ Bracelet in front of every attraction to collect points knows as ‘Crystals’ as they play, redeemable against giveaways or free rides. Visitors looking for a break from all the fun can grab a quick bite at any of TEKZONE’s food outlets: Starbucks, Raising Cane’s and the snack stand. TEKZONE is situated at The Forum Basement, Phase IV - The Avenues. To discover more about TEKZONE, follow them on Facebook or Instagram on @TEKZONEME.
KIDZANIA AND ASNAN TOWER CONTINUE PARTNERSHIP TO EDUCATE YOUNG VISITORS ABOUT ORAL HYGIENE KidZania Kuwait, the one and only child-centric city, announced that it has joined hands with leading dental clinic, Asnan Tower, through a renewed marketing partnership. The continued partnership came as a result of the success both parties had witnessed over the past years in accomplishing aligned business and marketing objectives. Utilizing KidZania as a platform and a strategic educational partner, Asnan Tower will continue providing children with a unique edutainment experience, by teaching them about proper dental and oral hygiene, to have healthy and ever-glowing teeth. The Asnan Tower dental establishment will continue using role-play to give children the opportunity to work as dental assistants, to learn how to prevent cavities and perform root canals. In the future, the dental establishment will introduce further new activities, such as the proper technique to brush one’s teeth, the safe timing to eat sweets without causing harm to the teeth, and some safe practices to prevent cavity and teeth decay. Asnan Tower aims to continue inspiring children to develop an interest in the dentistry field, while having healthier, bright teeth and beautiful smiles. For more information about KidZania and the facility locations, visit www.KidZania.com.
AUDI A8 MOST INNOVATIVE MODEL OF 2018 The Audi A8 is the most innovative model of the year 2018 and Audi is the most innovative premium brand in the “Autonomous driving and safety” category. The “Center of Automotive Management” and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, who together present the “Automotive Innovations Award,” reached this verdict. The victory for the Audi A8 is testimony to the numerous innovations which the brand’s flagship delivers. The active suspension took first place in the rankings. In the case of a side impact it mitigates the risks for passengers by instantly raising the body by a few centimeters. The exit warning, the laser scanner and the HD Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light also provided the large sedan with important points. For the award as the most innovative premium brand in the “Autonomous driving and safety” category, the fourdoor design vision Audi Aicon proved compelling alongside the assistance systems in the Audi A8. The futuristic design study is geared entirely to autonomous driving and dispenses with a steering wheel and pedals. You can find Audi in Kuwait in Shuwaikh – Pepsi Cola Street. For more on Audi in Kuwait, please visit the website www.faa.com.kw.
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FANTASY WORLD Since it opened its magical doors in 1996, Fantasy World has entertained and entranced children with its wonderful array of the world’s latest and best toys. After the success of its first 11000-square feet store in Al Rai, Fantasy World proudly spread its wonder to include 6 strategically located stores across Kuwait, the latest being two newly opened branches at Kout Mall in Fahaheel and Boulevard Mall in Salmiya. Fantasy World is every child’s go-to destination for the greatest toys imaginable. The store offers internationally reputed quality toy brands and one of the largest collections of product categories that answer the diverse wants and needs of children from birth until their teenage years, an element that highlights Fantasy World’s slogan, Kids deserve the best. The upscale and brilliantly designed shopping environment envelopes competitively-priced toys that are perfectly introduced to every child who walks into Fantasy World’s realm by an energetic and informed sales team who welcome every curious child with exciting details on the toys he/she is interested in. The sales team also provides excellent follow-up sales service and care so as to offer both parents and children the chance to experience the overall satisfaction when shopping at Fantasy World. Since its establishment, Fantasy World has been dedicated to improving the quality of children’s imaginative and entertaining playtime in and outdoors. While it is inspired by sundry ideas, the main propeller behind Fantasy World’s commitment to brightening children’s lives is their joyful laughter, a precious sound that starts within every showroom and continues all the way to every happy customer’s home. Fantasy World is divided into seven convenient sections, an element that makes it easy to find the designated boys and girls section. The Early Years includes entertaining learning toys for infants and toddlers while the Amazing Minds section has mentally stimulating educational games for older children. The Outdoor & Sports section offers new games that comprise physical fitness and outdoor fun. Lastly, The Edge includes innovative and entertaining games and gifts for older children and adults. Visit the nearest Fantasy World store with your children as they deserve the best with Kuwait’s best and favorite toy store. To discover more about Fantasy World’s on-going activities, please visit any of Fantasy World’s social media platforms, Facebook (fantasyworldtoyskuwait), Instagram (fantasyworldtoys) and YouTube (fantasyworld Kuwait).
GET THE GLOW FROM OFRA, AVAILABLE AT FACES! On The Glow is the ultimate tool for achieving a bronzed glow. This stunning palette is suitable for all skin tones and can also be used as eyeshadows in addition to highlighters and bronzers. Whether you are a makeup artist on the go or a beauty enthusiast who loves variety, this palette is all you need for a radiant makeup look. OFRA uses the highest-grade pearls and utilizes liquid-to-baked technology to provide an unparalleled pigment payoff and rich sheen. Faces was born in Kuwait in 1987. Today, Faces has 5 stores in various locations. Follow @Faceskw on Instagram to keep up to date with the latest make up, skincare and fragrances.
INVISIBOBBLE CHEATDAY LIMITED COLLECTION Sweet scents for the ultimate cheat day with no regrets!! Have a craving for sweets?? This is your lucky day. The invisibobble ORIGINAL hair rings just got sweeter. invisibobble® proudly presents quite possibly the sweetest alternative: the new Limited ORIGINAL Cheatday Collection, scented invisibobble hair rings. How sweet is that??? Comes in four sweet new color shades are not only presented in a new packaging, but also smell like their corresponding names. Every sweet tooth can find their favorite smell with Cookie Dough Craving, Donut Cream, Crazy For Chocolate and Macaron Mayhem. Discover your new favorite scent! Exclusively distributed by beautique cosmetics international. Call 2225 1285 for more info or visit their website www.beautiquecosmeticsintl.com.
NEW KIDS OPTICAL BOUTIQUE NOW OPEN IN KUWAIT At International Optique, the all-new Kids Optical Boutique ensures that their experienced & qualified opticians offer a customized service to your children's individual spectacle needs. The boutique is colorful, cheerful & inviting. This makes children of all ages feel at ease when choosing a frame from the widest selection of children's eyewear in Kuwait. International Optique ensures that the most precise lens measurements as prescribed by your doctor is presented in a fashionable & functional pair of spectacles. For trusted advice & service, you & your children are most welcome at International Optique's Kids Optical Boutique. Located at Central Plaza, Salem Al Mubarak Street, Salmiya. (Opposite American University of Kuwait), you can call 2571 3003 or 9723 4751 for more information.
LEO JUL 23 – AUG 22
PISCES FEB 19 – MAR 19
Without a doubt, your day will have important consequences for the future of your love life. The doubts you may have, especially concerning your feelings, are likely to push you to think about things before you make any decisions. Should you go back on what you've done or march on with conviction? This is what is at stake right now. Don't be too hasty about things.
Have you been working yourself too hard and denying yourself many of the pleasures that you see others enjoying that you'd like to have? Is there a new pair of shoes calling to you from a store window that you just can't let yourself buy? Indulge yourself. You won't regret it. It's important that you not confuse an object's price with its value. Think about it.
VIRGO AUG 23 – SEP 22
ARIES MAR 20 – APR 19
You're naturally involved in things and bursting with energy. You're also trying to work on how you relate to other people. However, you tend to want to get too involved in their lives at home and at work. You even have a tendency to do their work for them sometimes. Try to avoid overworking yourself. Think about how you fit into the group around you.
Perhaps your family is far away and you miss them a lot. You need to realize that you can count on your friends. They'll able to prove their love for you and show you that you're as important as the air they breathe. They'll also keep people from taking advantage of you on your journey toward the impossible.
LIBRA SEP 23 – OCT 22
That little child you once were and that you're trying so desperately to forget is still causing you problems. Why do you try so hard to deny that sweet and tender part of you that comes out even in your adult life? You'll forget about your faults, imperfections, and complexes more easily if you just remember your childhood fondly, and maybe even smile about it.
You may be wondering just how much you should get involved in a certain conflict between family members or in your career. There's a lot of pressure on you to find an answer to this problem. But all you have to do is not take sides and everything should work out fine. You may finally realize that it's probably best to just let things happen for once.
SCORPIO OCT 23 – NOV 22 You need to cut down on stress and stop getting upset over nothing. Even if up until now you haven't been able to figure out what is really bothering you, you'll understand some of the mysteries of your personality, and understand what it is exactly that causes those chronic mood swings of yours. You'll see that you have nothing to worry about.
TAURUS APR 20 – MAY 20
GEMINI MAY 21 – JUN 21 You'll have all the inspiration you need to get to work on some of the problems that have been plaguing your group lately. You'll use your pragmatism and tact to efficiently tackle those things that have been making life difficult for the people you love. Help people to stay calm in the anxious atmosphere that could surround all of you.
CANCER JUN 22 – JUL 22 Your family is encouraging you to reconsider some of your long-term plans. In fact, some of your loved ones' needs are changing. But the solutions you come up with may not be enough. Just don't panic. You may need to rethink some of your strategies, especially concerning your relationships with the people closest to you.
SAGITTARIUS NOV 23 – DEC 21 Those arrogant types really need to watch out around you. Even if they don't mean you any harm, you head straight to the attack in order to make them understand that they don't intimidate you. This constant state of war should calm down a little with the current celestial energy. You may even discover that people can respect and appreciate you even if you aren't constantly on the defensive.
CAPRICORN DEC 22 – JAN 19
This is an important time for you, especially if you're an artist. The work you have already begun is beginning to escape your grasp. It's time to give it a name and its own identity in the world. Of course it's painful, but you knew it wouldn't belong to you forever. This is your lot in life. You need to accept both the joy and the pain of creation.
AQUARIUS JAN 20 – FEB 18 Are you an intellectual, poet, novelist or a playwright? The celestial energy leaves you alone with your anxieties and questions. You are sure of only one thing - words are the friends you've decided to spend the rest of your life with. This is a kind of dream and challenge that corresponds with your identity. Get to work. You'll find your vocation and passion in your writing.
In true form, this issue of bazaar is double trouble: a combined July-August edition that's filled to the brim with features that will help...
Published on Jul 1, 2018
In true form, this issue of bazaar is double trouble: a combined July-August edition that's filled to the brim with features that will help...