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CONTENTS 10.2016——ISSUE 145

11——E D I T O R ’S N O T E 12——F R O M T H E C OV E R 14——E S S E N T I A L S——The emirate’s top attractions, events and activities

25——S H O P 26——I N T H E S P O T L I G H T——The future is bright for Swarovski 30—— I N S E A S O N——Designer f lair and the latest beauty edits

36—— B Y A P P O I N T M E N T——Discover MadebyNative’s homegrown luxury leather accessories 38——T A L K I N G T O U R B I L L O N S——Concierge showcases the finest horological creations 44——S H O P P I N G S PAC E——Travel back in time at Khan Murjan Souk 47——E X P E R I E N C E 48—— A T T H E S P A —— Indulge in five-star spa rituals across the city 54——P H O T O E S S AY——The ancient art of calligraphy is undergoing a revival 60——B R E A K I N G B O U N D A R I E S——Dubai Design Week nurtures creative talent 69——T A S T E 70——C H E F S P O T L I G H T—— Prashan Perera, executive sous chef at Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach 72——FA R E A S T F E A S T S——Concierge highlights Dubai’s finest Chinese restaurants

79——T H E C O L L E C T I O N The very best of the UAE curated by myconcierge.com

96—— A S K T H E C O N C I E R G E——Roger Geadah, chief concierge at InterContinental Dubai Marina, recommends the season’s best highlights

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E D I T O R ’S N O T E —— Winter is coming and we couldn’t be more excited about all that’s in store. From concerts by award-winning artists and regional fashion showcases to culinary debuts and family fun, Dubai is the place to be in October. This month, make sure to visit Dubai Design Week. Celebrating the art and skill behind multiple disciplines, ranging from graphic and product design to architecture and more, the event has put the emirate on the world design map and is encouraging a new generation of artists to break convention. Read more about the event on page 60. For other unique finds, discover more about homegrown luxury leather goods brand MadebyNative on page 36 as well as the most striking tourbillon timepieces of the year on page 38. One of the most remarkable aspects of our city is its ability to blend the old and new with ease and while striving for modern ambitions it doesn’t forget its past and continues to nurture its cultural heritage. This is also evident with the growing popularity of Arabic calligraphy, which is the topic of our photo essay this month on page 54. Then, in celebration of Chinese National Day, book a table at one of Dubai’s finest Far East restaurants that each present a wide array of authentic fare as well as delectable modern twists to classics. Turn to page 72 to find out more. Finally, if you’re feeling inspired by our magazine, visit myconcierge.com to book an experience and start your Dubai adventure.

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FROM THE COVER

DARING DESIGNS The latest collection by designer Arwa Al Banawi reflects on her roots, reinterpreting the past in an innovative fashion. This fresh, contemporary approach permeates across the emirate’s many offerings and will be showcased at Dubai Design Week and Fashion Forward this month.

Image——Arwa Al Banawi Fall/Winter 2016


Pioneering since 1906. For the pioneer in you. Inspired by an era of technical awakening, the Montblanc 4810 Chronograph Automatic embodies remarkable precision with its self-winding Calibre MB 25.07. Discover the full story at montblanc.com/pioneering. Crafted for New Heights.

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ESSENTIALS October 2016

AIGNER

—— Fashion icon Iris Apfel always manages to reinvent herself while retaining a classic aura, which makes her a wonderful choice for Aigner’s latest fall campaign. Starring alongside model Toni Garrn and shot by renowned photographer Terry Tsiolis, the campaign is a celebration of contrasts and highlights the famed Cybill bag, which comes in refreshed versions this season, and new models Carla, Chris and Olivia. Contact: 04 4341333


B RO U G H T TO YO U I N A S S O C I AT I O N W I T H

FA M I LY FU N

—— The world’s largest indoor theme park, IMG Worlds of Adventure, promises a fun day out for all the family. The 1.5 million square foot park is divided into four zones – Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard with plenty of adrenaline-pumping rollercoasters and rides based on popular Cartoon Network and Marvel superhero characters. Contact: 600 500962

MYCONC IERGE RECOM M EN DS

Fuego Dubai at Souk Al Bahar hosts the fun ‘Mexilicious’ brunch every Friday afternoon where you and your friends can enjoy flavourful fare and creative cocktails from just AED215 per person. myco.ae/fuegobrunch

O K TO B E R FES T

—— BUR JUMAN

—— Recently refurbished, BurJuman mall is an urban shopping haven in the heart of the city. Spend the day discovering the latest fashion and accessories from top brands and enjoy the latest blockbusters at the 14-screen Vox Cinemas. With nearly 200 new stores and a dedicated restaurant precinct, one of the city’s most loved malls is more appealing than ever before. Contact: 04 3520222

Eat, drink and be merry at the popular Long’s Bar at Towers Rotana on Sheikh Zayed Road. Sample a variety of hearty meat-inspired favourites such as thuringer bratwurst, weisswurst and berner wurstel as well as a premium range of beers from all over the world. The longest bar in the Middle East will be hosting the largest volksfest (people’s fair) in the world until October 3 so make sure to book your table soon. Contact: 04 3438000

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H A RV E Y N I C H O L S

—— This much-loved store at Mall of the Emirates has recently revamped its menswear department to feature a host of new brands, including New York-based denim favourite Earnest Sewn and high-end Berlin brand AMH. The floor also features a dedicated fragrance and grooming lounge for men, an in-house salon and a boy’s toys area that is filled with all manner of gadgetry. Visit: 04 4098888

S H O P AT D U BA I D U T Y FR E E

—— Whether travelling in or out of Dubai International, Dubai Duty Free is on every visitor’s radar. The sprawling space is home to premium and designer brands, representing the finest in fashion, accessories, gifts, technology and more. The Dubai Duty Free is also a highend cosmetics haven and this season we’re loving the new skincare boosters from Clarins (pictured) that expertly aims to detox, repair and energise skin. Contact: 04 2162453

TA PA S B RU N C H

—— For a Friday to remember, head over to the Huddle Sports Bar & Grill at Citymax Hotel Al Barsha. Hosting a tasty tapas brunch complete with live music, delicious hot and cold tapas from live cooking stations and free-flowing sangria, this is one weekend fiesta you’ll be keen to return to. The Friday brunch, which takes place from 12 noon to 4pm, is available from just AED149 per person. Contact: 04 4098000

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S EC R E T GA R D E N

—— Perched on the seventh floor of Conrad Dubai is Vii Dubai – a chic terrace bar and lounge that is encased in a glass dome and features lush greenery, dramatic décor and a glamorous take on contemporary and fusion fare. Vii Dubai’s new seasonal menu is sure to impress and features signature highlights such as the panko-coated jumbo shrimps, volcano maki rolls and asparagus and wild mushroom risotto with parmesan crisp. Visit: viidubai.com


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C U R TA I N C A L L

—— The legendary tenor José Carreras will be performing at Dubai Opera on October 4 and 8 as part of his final world tour – A Life in Music. Carreras is credited with popularising opera by performing with Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo as one of the Three Tenors. The unforgettable night will reflect on the musical life of one of the greatest tenors of all time with soprano Nataliya Kovalova and conductor David Giménez joining Carreras as he takes his final bow. Visit: dubaiopera.com

MYCONC IERGE RECOM M ENDS

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Celebrate a great British tradition at Fortnum & Mason at The Dubai Mall. The venue’s Piccadilly Afternoon Tea features the finest tea blends and an assortment of light bites from just AED245 per person. myco.ae/fortnumtea

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—— If you’re hankering for a Spanish feast with a difference, a visit to LaLuz at the Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre should be top of your list. The sleek restaurant and lounge serves up signature Catalonian and Mediterranean fare with a contemporary twist – think spherical olives and tomato tartar to start and impressive mains of Marble 8 Wagyu strip loin with confit piquillo peppers. The tangy and caramel sweet popcorn and dulce de leche is a personal favourite for dessert. Contact: 04 3597777

We’re admiring the brand new creations in Van Cleef & Arpels iconic Perlée collection this season. Three Between the Finger rings feature twin motifs linked by an open ring – one in hard stone, the other in gold set with diamonds. Matching these creations, a pendant and earstuds reinterpret the diamond-set cabochon in yellow, white and pink gold. Discover the latest jewellery from Van Cleef & Arpels at Mall of the Emirates. Contact: 04 3472487

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S T Y L E T H E S E A S O N W I T H N E W PA N D O R A R O S E The PANDORA Rose collection combines a unique blend of metals, blushing with a beautiful rose colour. PANDORA Rose charms from AED 195. Explore the new Autumn collection, be inspired and share #TheLookOfYou

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Montbl anc

—— Combining elegance and modernity, the Montblanc 4810 Chronograph automatic timepiece boasts a bold 43mm stainless steel case and a silvery-white guilloche dial. Powered by Montblanc’s self-winding MB 25.07 calibre with a 46-hour power reserve, this integrated two-pusher chronograph indicates central hours and minutes, seconds in a subdial at 9 o’clock, date in a subdial at 6 o’clock with a triangle indicator, chronograph seconds hand in the centre, 30-minute chronograph counter at 12 o’clock and hour chronograph counter at 6 o’clock. The Montblanc 4810 Chronograph is available at the flagship boutique in The Dubai Mall. Contact: 04 4340300

P O R T R A I T S BY R ANC I NAN

—— Opera Gallery Dubai will be hosting a special exhibition by worldfamous artist and photographer Gerard Rancinan from October 5 to 20, showcasing portraits of major figures such as Alexander McQueen and Jacques Cousteau (pictured). For the first time, Rancinan will also shoot ten portraits for private collectors in Dubai at a dedicated ‘studio Rancinan’ recreated at the gallery, so get in touch to secure your spot. Visit: operagallery.com

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LO E W E

—— We’re updating our wardrobes with new essentials from Loewe’s striking Autumn/Winter 2016 collection. A playful experimentation worthy of admiration, dresses and shirts are deconstructed with novel textures while the new Loewe Joyce bag shares the spotlight with its dramatic round-metal logo branding. Discover more at The Dubai Mall. Contact: 04 3253754

BY T H E B E AC H

—— For a picture-perfect setting, enjoy sundowners by the beach at The Jetty Lounge at One&Only Royal Mirage with stunning Dubai skyline views in the distance. A gourmet menu of light snacks including delicious quiches and Asian-inspired platters complements the bar’s creatively named cocktails such as the schooner, runabout and brigantine. Contact: 04 3999999

CELEBRITY DINING

—— Marina Social at InterContinental Dubai Marina ref lects the culinary brilliance of Michelinstarred British chef Jason Atherton. While panoramic views of the waterways and five-star service are sure to impress, the restaurant surpasses all expectations with its British-Mediterranean inspired menu. Don’t leave without trying the snow peas, feta cheese, mint and radish salad and the smoked lobster. Contact: 04 4466664

C H E F FO R A DAY

—— Hone your culinary skills at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort. The hotel offers cooking classes every weekend that includes tours of a local market as well as the resort’s own herb and vegetable garden before choosing what to prepare from a menu of traditional Thai recipes. The classes, which cost AED750 per person, include lunch and a small gift. Contact: 04 5678304

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—— The city’s most anticipated fashion event is back. Returning for its eighth edition from October 20 to 23, Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD) will take centrestage at Hai d3 at Dubai Design District (d3). The latest installment of this popular twice-annual event will showcase a total of 31 designers, with five labels making their FFWD debut this season. Also new this season, thanks to its continued success in providing a forum for the region’s rising talent, is the launch of EPIC (Empowerment Programme through Industry Collaboration) that provides valuable business development opportunities to regional fashion talent through a series of exciting initiatives. Participants of the EPIC programme will also benefit from regional and international exposure to the top tier of the fashion world at FFWD’s dedicated showroom space in Paris during Paris Fashion Week. At Fashion Forward in October, style seekers will be able to peruse the latest apparel and accessory designs from some of the hottest names in the region. In addition to previewing collection shows and presentations from local talent, visitors can also attend the popular d3 Fashion Talks that are hosted by industry insiders, providing key insights into the rapidly evolving world of fashion. We’re also looking forward to luxury watchmaker and Fashion Forward celebratory sponsor Baume & Mercier’s collaboration with top regional fashion stylists for a special photoshoot featuring FFWD apparel designs inspired by Petite Promesse, a new women’s timepiece collection that will be officially launched at the event. Commenting on FFWD Season Eight, Nez Gebreel, CEO of Dubai Design and Fashion Council said: “We are pleased to extend our support to Fashion Forward. Now in its eighth season, Fashion Forward has established itself as an important platform to celebrate creativity and fashion, and to showcase the work of our designers from the region. The event continues to gain momentum each season and we look forward to witnessing the breadth of talent on display during this edition.’’


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SHOP Franck Mu ller

Regarded as the master of complications, Franck Muller impresses with the Gravity timepiece this season. It features the spectacular concept of a tourbillon cage that takes on an innovative elliptical structure. Designed and manufactured entirely in-house, it remains a symbol of technical creativity and precision. Discover the latest collections at The Dubai Mall. Contact: 04 4214648


THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT ——— Coupling its traditional sensibility with a penchant for on-trend collaborations, Swarovski’s history is as innovative as it is intriguing. Concierge talks exclusively with brand CEO Robert Buchbauer

From couture gowns and designer accessories bedecked in brightly coloured crystal stones to decorative crystal lighting and multi-faceted figurines, Swarovski has infiltrated every creative avenue from fashion to jewellery and beyond. “Our material can be put into so many different contexts, each time becoming an integral part of the design so we actually have growth possibilities into many directions when it comes to product categories,” says Swarovski’s enigmatic CEO Robert Buchbauer. It’s an all-encompassing that statement that not many brands can, so successfully, lay claim to. Yet, with over 120 years experience in mastering crystal cutting, it’s a fact that rings true for the Austrian house. The company was founded on Daniel Swarovski’s vision to create ‘a diamond for everyone’. “He invented a mechanical machine that could cut crystal stones in never seen before quality and quantity,” explains Buchbauer. “This was the ideal combination as he was able to bring down the price of sought-after stones while at the same time increase their quality. This premium condition has always been important to the manufacturers that use our stones, because they in turn need to use a standardised and consistent quality for their products to then be considered high quality as well.” Staying true to the brand’s fundamental values has been instrumental to the company’s triumph. “The whole history of the company is about reinventing itself without abandoning its original principles.

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And at the core of Swarovski is cut crystal.” Buchbauer reveals it was the expansion into jewellery that really helped the business grow to today’s global level. “The jewellery required a lot of experimenting and there was internal resistance when we first launched finished jewellery products because some members felt this would be in direct competition with our customers’ businesses and the products they used to create with our stones. “However the demand of the market proved to be too strong and we first launched our own collections through third party distribution, which became very successful. This in turn helped create a new jewellery market which our customers also benefitted from. Fashion jewellery became a category in its own right with proprietary designs that were far beyond just imitation of real jewellery. This encouraged a huge growth in the jewellery industry overall and the result made everybody happy.” As the great great grandchild of Daniel Swarovski, and the fifth generation to helm company, Buchbauer reveals that, as with many family businesses, this sort of ownership is not without its challenges. At a time when many premium brands underestimated the world of digitalisation, Swarovski, through Buchbauer, took an early lead in e-commerce opening their digital operations in 2001. “At the time I had a lot of internal advisors telling me this is going to fail, but this new venture brought out a lot of ambition with our


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partners. Today we have both our online business, which happens to be a very profitable, and we have a growing base of independent retailers running our mono-brand stores.” This base impressively now includes nearly 2,700 boutiques around the world and 8,000 multibrand retailers. Delving further into the complexities of a family-run business, Buchbauer says: “The older the company gets the more you have to professionalise its organisation as it passes from one generation to the next. I would say from the first generation to the second, it was an organic progression. We had a founder and three adult sons, who grew naturally into the company actively participating in growing the business from, more or less, day one. And then from the third generation to the fourth and now the fifth, each stage has been a different story.” Having progressed over time to a business-to-consumer model, generational change is not the only evolution Buchbauer is projecting for the future. “There are a few developments that will again change and shape the way we’re doing business, specifically in consumer goods. The industry is gravitating towards megacities. It’s been said there’s going to be about 450 really big cities in the world that represent a ‘make it or break it’ potential and this trend is probably 9

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going to change our distribution model to a large extent as we hone our focus more on the wealth and potential of these megacities.” No doubt Swarovski’s knack for forming relationships with creatives from the industry’s upper echelons, not to mention its ever-expanding portfolio of arresting collaborations, will continue to see the brand march forwards towards further global domination. Currently it’s the fall brand campaign, a striking series of eight portraits shot by talented snapper Tim Walker, that has jewellery aficionados doing a double-take. A collective of fashion heavyweights, lead by catwalk darling Karlie Kloss, Swarovski’s newest ambassador, Brilliant Inspiration sees top influencers such as designers Jason Wu, Mary Katrantzou and Charlotte Olympia Dellal lend their artistic charms to Swarovski’s latest season of sparkle. Commenting at the time of Kloss’ appointment, Buchbauer said: “We wanted to bring our brand to the next level but also the next generation — we thought that Karlie would be a perfect match. She represents a certain openness and a new philosophy. She is very fashionable and very beautiful, which is key when you talk about the next generation of consumer — specifically, powerful women who should become our long-term customers.” The latest jewellery Autumn/Winter 2016 collection, entitled Crystal Galaxy, takes its inspiration from vivid cosmic nights and iridescent space icicles. Creative Director Nathalie Colin explains: “It’s the perfect theme to play with light and shadow and to create some pieces exuding this mysterious appeal of the galaxy, either in a figurative or in a more abstract way. We worked on round and 3D volumes, new shapes, versatile silhouettes in a gradation of shades evoking eclipses, stars and constellations.” Much like the brand itself, this latest collection reflects an inimitable creative attitude that signals there’s plenty more to come from the Austrian house. —— Swarovski collections are available at Mall of the Emirates. Contact: 04 3549420

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1. Gucci Autumn/Winter 2016 — Ever the master of mix ‘n’ match magpie styling, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele runway collection once again tops our wish list. The Dubai Mall, 04 3398576 2. Brunello Cucinelli Autumn/Winter 2016 — Notorious for serving up essential boy-meets-girl styling, the Italian house reingnites our love for voluminous cuts with this generously tailored plum coat. Mall of the Emirates, 04 3945531 3. Chanel Autumn/Winter 2016 — Fashioned with tweed, coloured leather and even denim, the Parisian house’s collection of broad-brim padded boater hats sit on the right side of prim. Mall of the Emirates 04 3818400 4. Ralph Lauren Autumn/Winter 2016 — Undeniably sultry, summon the season’s best trends with this pleated velvet frock. The Dubai Mall, 04 3308601 5. CH Carolina Herrera Autumn/ Winter 2016 — Thanks to its flattering silhouette and romantic details, this demure gown will have you falling in love with femininity. The Dubai Mall, 04 3398132 6. Salvatore Ferragamo Autumn/Winter 2016 — No winter would be complete without a new pair of sensational ankle boots. This season walk tall in these sumptuous suede and velvet beauties. The Dubai Mall, 04 3308590 7. Etro Autumn/Winter 2016 — Chic and cosy, what’s not to love about luxury leisurewear? As per Etro’s style masterclass, temper the look with rich detailing and opulent textures. The Dubai Mall, 04 3308774

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LIFE IN COLOUR ——— Chase away your winter blues with this month’s edit of luxury timepieces and gemstudded jewellery in vibrant designs that stand out in style


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1. Cactus de Cartier —A celebration of sculptural pieces, the collection features showstoppers like this 18-carat yellow gold necklace set with lapis lazuli and 61 brilliant-cut diamonds. The Dubai Mall, 04 4340434 2. Graff Diamonds Princess Butterfly — Delicately crafted with 365 pink diamonds, the timepiece’s majestic wings open to reveal a concealed mother of pearl watch dial. The Dubai Mall, 04 3399795 3. Piaget Sunny Side of Life — This eclectic new collection champions a vibrant palette of gems including tourmalines and pink sapphires. Mall of the Emirates, 04 3476336 4. Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Jour Nuit Fée Ondine — Exceptional in both form and function, this striking timepiece boasts a delicate sprinkling of diamonds and precious gems. Mall of the Emirates, 04 3472487 5. Bulgari Serpenti — Be hypnotised by the house’s mesmorising range of jewelled pendants from the Eyes on Me collection. The Dubai Mall, 04 3308834 6. Roberto Coin Shanghai — A burst of bright green peridots, the collection’s sparkling pieces pay tribute the Asian city’s luxuriant gardens. Damas, The Dubai Mall, 04 3398846 7. de Grisogono Lovivi S03 — We love this double bangle’s captivating blend of turquoise sapphire glass and white gold case dotted with emeralds. The Dubai Mall, 04 3308633 8. David Morris — Dripping in marquise diamonds and bold Sri Lankan blue sapphires, these eyecatching earrings embody the London jeweller’s exuberant nature. The Dubai Mall, 04 4343888

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1 Mix and match is the theme for the autumn collection from Guerlain. From natural nudes to sophisticated pops of colour, it’s effortless beauty at its best. Paris Gallery, The Dubai Mall, 04 3308289 2 Accentuate lips with this Le Crayon Lèvres in Séduction lip definer pencil from Chanel. Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates, 04 4098888 3 Lively and fresh, this Jo Malone Basil & Neroli fragrance was inspired by urban botanical gardens. Jo Malone, Mall of the Emirates, 04 4190519 4 Have the slickest pout around with the new Intense Colour Gloss in Vibrant from Dolce&Gabbana. Paris Gallery, The Dubai Mall, 04 3308289 5 To highlight and contour like a pro, Nars introduces the NARSissist Dual-Intensity Blush Palette. Sephora, The Dubai Mall, 04 3399828 6 Transform your skin with the Teint Visionnaire correcting foundation from Lancôme, Paris Gallery, The Dubai Mall, 04 3308289 7 Craft a multitude of elegant looks with the gorgeous Dior 5 Couleurs Skyline palette, Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates, 04 4098888 8 Sensual and enticing, sparkle with the new Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris eau de parfum, brimming with notes of red berries and pear. Paris Gallery, The Dubai Mall, 04 3308289 9 Blend, smudge and define with this double-ended Dolce&Gabbana The Eyeliner in Nude 9. Paris Gallery, The Dubai Mall, 04 3308289 10 One of our star buys for the season, build sensationally sultry eyes with this Guerlain Palette 5 Couleurs in Rose Barbare. Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates, 04 4098888 11 For an enviable flush, snap up Dolce&Gabbana The Blush Luminous Cheek Colour in Strawberry 42. Paris Gallery, The Dubai Mall, 04 3308289 12 Perfect your pout with Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Ingénue. Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates, 04 4098888 13 We’re loving fall’s sequin frenzy. Get nails to match with the Burberry Runway Nails in Ruby Glitter. Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates, 04 4098888 14 Boasting fierce shades and supreme hydration, you can’t go wrong with Burberry Kisses luscious lipsticks. Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates, 04 4098888 15 Packed with highly concentrated illuminating pigments the Dior Nude Air Luminiser in 001 works with any skin tone. Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates, 04 4098888 16 Crayon meets lipstick with the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in limited edition Consuming Red. Sephora, The Dubai Mall, 04 3399828 17 Combat winter dryness this Moisture Surge Overnight Mask from Clinique. Sephora, The Dubai Mall, 04 3399828 18 Championing anti-aging properties, protect against environmental factors with the anti-aging Sisley Supremya Baume. Sephora, The Dubai Mall, 04 3399828

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TOOLS OF THE TRADE ——— MadeByNative founder Lewis Adams reveals the art behind the brand’s bespoke leather goods

Watching leather craftsman Lewis Adams at work is oddly mesmerising. He handles soft, supple leather with deft ease and takes his time to visualise every fold and crease before measuring and cutting the fabric. With each stroke, a new shape is born and the finishing saddle stitching, a signature touch, adds a wonderful burst of colour. Adams, founder of the homegrown leather goods company MadebyNative, is hard at work in his new atelier at The Courtyard in Al Quoz. Since launching the brand two years ago, MadebyNative has caught the attention of discerning clientele in the UAE as well as international luxury brands for its refreshingly honest approach to design that champions a backto-basics creative ethos. MadebyNative’s product range includes functional wallets, premium bags and travel totes as well as elegant lifestyle accessories. Signatures such as the Rowan watch roll that houses treasured timepieces, the Jay folding card case wallet and the Branwen tote bag all stand out for their versatile yet functional aesthetics. Every product from the growing range is handmade to order and takes about three weeks, on average, to produce, adding to its bespoke charm. “I’ve always had a love for well-made products and heritage eccentricities. Growing up in a small, rural farming village in Yorkshire Dales in England, I quickly became used to working with my hands on farms as well as with horse saddles and equestrian tacks. The heritage of crafting leather equestrian items has always been with me but this

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later progressed to me training with horse saddlemakers and discovering more about the techniques behind handcrafted products. This, combined with my enthusiasm for minimal and in some cases zero environmental impact, helped form my vision for MadeByNative. “All the leather we use are by-products of the meat packing industry meaning that animals are not harmed for their hides. In addition to this, we use an ancient vegetable tanning process that is native to Tuscany in Italy. My idea was to create a brand of quality leather goods that last,” explains Adams. After studying art and design at university, Adams tested and honed his creative skills over the years by designing and sewing his own fashion items, studying typography and developing photographic film before finding his true calling as a leather goods craftsman. “I travelled to England and Europe several times over a period of a few years to seek out the best makers and learn from them, seeing how they managed to build a brand and retail store using just a small craft workshop. Europe has fantastic craftsmen who are specialised in a range of mediums including pottery, clay, leather and metal. These people have been my inspiration and the ones I consider my mentors. “While working in my previous job in Dubai as a brand consultant, I began to make different leather items in my spare time. I would experiment with various products and then gift them to

friends and family. The feedback and support was so encouraging that I decided to eventually change career paths to pursue my passion as a craftsman and develop my own unique brand,” says Adams. Luxury car manufacturer Maserati recently chose Adams as one of 100 exceptional craftsmen and artists around the world for its premium hardcover book, One of 100: Maserati and Zegna. Custom products for Maserati are also in the works, while other recent collaborations with Microsoft and Design Days Dubai have put Adams in the spotlight as a craftsman of note in the country. While the accolades and applause roll in, Lewis Adams remains focused on producing quality leather goods that stand the test of time. “I always put a lot of attention and effort into designing new products and client orders so that every MadebyNative piece is special. “As a craftsman I tend to focus a lot on the small details and often notice all the tiny things most people miss in a product. My fascination with traditional techniques has enabled me to create a brand that ref lects classic heritage but with a modern twist. For me, it really is a form of art and a labour of love.”

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LEGACY TIMEPIECE

HARRY WINSTON —— Nothing quite compares to the ingenuity of the Histoire de Tourbillon collection by Harry Winston and the new edition reflects this legacy. The dramatic aesthetics, technical brilliance and attention to detail of the new Histoire de Tourbillon 7 timepiece really does break conventionality with its two biaxial tourbillons that dance with time, each on its own axis. This is all visible through a pyramid-cut on the dial that also houses the minute and hour hands, while the power reserve indicator is presented in a unique roll form. Limited to 20 pieces.

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HUBLOT —— Hublot has won us over with the new MP-05 ‘LaFerrari’ Sapphire that takes the original marvelous design of the MP-05 ‘LaFerrari’ and presents it in a case carved out of sapphire, which results in a movement that appears to be suspended in mid-air. Designed in collaboration with Ferrari’s design director, Flavio Manzoni, this timepiece effortlessly fuses art and technique. Its tourbillon boasts a 50-day power reserve and the movement boasts the highest number of components for a Hublot movement to date – 637 in total. Limited to 20 pieces.

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LOUIS MOINET —— Independent watchmaker Louis Moinet’s latest creation, the Sideralis inverted double tourbillon, is an ode to the universe. Driven by two oversized opposing tourbillons set above the movement, it also depicts the galaxy and constellations in animation. It’s claimed to have the largest assembly of two tourbillons in existence. Look closer and at 12 o’clock, there is a circular opening that depicts the planet Mars, the Moon, and Mercury in succession where each of these micro-paintings features genuine dust from the respective planets. Limited to 28 pieces.

—— Damas Les Exclusives, The Dubai Mall, 04 3398535

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RICHARD MILLE —— The new Richard Mille 68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo watch sees the calibre itself act as a canvas for contemporary art. It took a year to develop the delicate painting technique and it’s the first time artwork of this kind has taken shape on the bridges and baseplate of a watch. A special airbrush was developed so the artist could spray colours, one droplet at a time, to avoid jeopardising the calibre’s equilibrium. Each watch has been hand painted by graffiti artist Kongo, making it an entirely unique collector’s edition. Limited to 30 pieces.

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VA C H E R O N C O N S T A N T I N —— The Malte collection, with its emblematic barrel shape, remains synonymous with Vacheron Constantin. The new Malte Tourbillon Openworked is another testament to the Swiss manufacture’s craftsmanship. It takes artisans around 540 hours – from the development of the calibre to the manual finishing of each of its 246 components – to achieve the clever balance between a tourbillon mechanism and the airy openworked aesthetic. The play on shadow and light emphasises the hand-engraved barrel-shaped tourbillon movements in this unique three-dimensional mosaic.

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ULYSSE NARDIN —— Celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Marine collection, Ulysse Nardin proudly pays tribute to its roots in the Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon. Designed to resemble the teak deck of a sailboat, the time display pulls a ‘boom’ – the horizontal spar used to angle the mainsail on a boat – across a wooden marquetry dial using high-tech nanowire around a series of winches that emulate the rigging of a ship. The mechanism is linked to the 60-second flying tourbillon in the manual-wound calibre UN-630, which is made up of 469 components. Limited to 18 pieces.

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TREASURE TRAIL ——— Discover a world of heritage and craftsmanship at Khan Murjan Souk

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Designed to resemble a centuries-old marketplace in the Middle East, Khan Murjan Souk at Wafi mall is a one-of-a-kind shopping haven in Dubai with plenty of Arabian soul. This is a place where traditional inspirations and architecture blend with a lively modern souk atmosphere for a memorable retail experience. Take the time to explore labyrinthine corridors and marvel at the stained glass ceiling that has been meticulously crafted by talented artisans. Arabic dĂŠcor takes centrestage from vintage lanterns and intricate patterns decorated on the walls and flooring, through to stunning art and prized Persian carpets. All the boutiques and stores here lend a vibrant souk feel, each offering a range of exciting souvenirs and gifts for visitors with pieces that celebrate regional art and craftsmanship. One of the most ancient art forms, poetry is still revered in the region and a true master of the form is Iranian artist Abbas Saberi. At his

Swan Palace workshop, he crafts storytelling art with extraordinary scenes inspired by Persian poetry that are embossed, engraved and painted on copper and aluminium sheets. The artwork is then further embellished with semi-precious gems, which makes for an exquisite gift. Another highlight at Khan Murjan Souk is the sheer variety of traditional oud perfume stores such as Dar Al Misk that sell exotic scents using precious oil from regionally-sourced agarwood and rich, woody bukhoor incense for the home. Statement accessories are also available at furniture and home dĂŠcor boutiques where you will find artistic ceramics, kitsch items, handmade carpets and ornate furniture. Afterwards stop by Khan Murjan restaurant that is set in a stunning marble courtyard complete with water features and trees. The restaurant menu features the best of the Middle East, including authentic Egyptian, Gulf, Moroccan, Iranian and Lebanese specialities.

KHAN MUR JAN SOUK AT WAFI M ALL IS A ONE-OF-A-KIND SHOPPING HAVEN IN DUBAI

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Located in Downtown Dubai, Dubai Opera is the latest centre of culture and arts in the city, delighting thousands of fans with its inaugural season. From Rossiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic Barber of Seville (pictured) last month to upcoming shows with Arabic composer Omar Khairat and Spanish flamenco star Sara Baras, a new era of entertainment and culture has arrived. Visit: dubaiopera.com


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THE LUXE LIST ——— Concierge highlights five-star spa treatments in Dubai that are inspired by precious ingredients

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Sparkle this season at Anantara Spa. Located in Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, this holistic haven features a comprehensive spa menu that combines the wellness traditions of Thailand and Arabia. The 120-minute Rejuvenating Experience stands out for its use of products from the Natura Bissé range that harnesses the inherent beauty properties of diamonds. The ritual begins with a delicate exfoliation using a scrub infused with Damask rose and diamond dust to leave your skin renewed and is followed by an energy-boosting massage using rose oil. Finally, enjoy a diamond-infused multi-sensory facial that aims to enhance hydration, elasticity and complexion.

Originally inspired by Turkish and Moroccan elements, hammams have long been considered an important cultural and social tradition throughout the region. Today this ritual is given a five-star twist at luxury spas such as the Talise Ottoman Spa in Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. Try the decadent Gold Mask Hammam that features a traditional exfoliation using a kese mitt and pure olive soap that will leave you feeling renewed. A gold body mask then boosts skin health with anti-aging and brightening properties. With a private hammam and spa area that can be exclusively reserved for private parties too, it’s an alternative way to celebrate or catch up with friends.

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Ideal for those keen on a luxurious retreat in the heart of the city, the spa presents a welcoming ambience with elegant décor. Nestled within the plush surrounds of Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road, the spa is a tranquil space where the needs of each guest are given special care and attention. There’s a lot to choose from and one of the most exclusive treatments from the spa menu is the Caviar Deluxe Facial. The 90-minute anti-ageing facial at CHI uses the nourishing effect of protein-rich caviar to leave your skin feeling immediately hydrated and refreshed. Regular use of caviar extracts is said to significantly boost texture and tone in the long-term.

With a five-star setting at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa and a holistic approach to wellbeing, So Spa is a discerning choice in the city. While there are a number of signature spa treatments to try from the menu, the 90-minute Amethyst and Volcanic Stone Massage is a distinct highlight as it sees precious hot stones placed on strategic energy points on the body. Amethyst has long been revered for its healing and energy balancing properties while volcanic stones, which are formed by cooling lava on the earth’s surface, are said to help rejuvenate and illuminate skin. The therapist’s expert massage techniques will ensure you leave feeling relaxed and ready to face the day ahead.

THE 90-MINUTE ANTI-AGEING FACIAL AT CHI USES THE NOURISHING EFFECT OF PROTEIN-RICH CAVIAR TO LEAVE YOUR SKIN FEELING IMMEDIATELY HYDR ATED AND REFRESHED

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Ancient art ——— Concierge chats to Dubai-based calligraphy artist, Majid Alyousef, about this timeless art form

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“IT IS LIKE A FOR M OF MEDITATION AND INNER EXPLOR ATION. IT IS ALSO A L ANGUAGE THAT REPRESENTS M ANY CONCEPTS IN AN ABSTR ACT AND VERBAL WAY”

There’s an inextricable link between Islam and writing. This connection stems from the fact that calligraphy was the primary means of preserving the Qur’an. Found amongst mosques, books, tombs, architecture, paintings – Arabic calligraphy has left a unique visual stamp in every conceivable corner of the Islamic world.


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Masterfully inscribed on coins, paintings, mosque interiors and ancient architecture, Arabic calligraphy is a treasured creative form that bridges the gap between religion and the art of writing. Requiring decades of practice to truly master, there’s a unique sense of serenity attributed to this traditional art as calligraphers thoughtfully contemplate each inky stroke. “For me it is like a form of meditation and inner exploration. It is also a language that represents many concepts in an abstract and verbal way” explains artist Majid Alyousef. It was an early passion that spurred on his fascination in calligraphy. “I started drawing and painting at the young age of eight, although over the years it was my interest in calligraphy that really flourished. I went on to gain a BA degree in Fine Arts and a MA degree in Interaction Design and during my career I’ve worked with several internationally recognised branding and advertising agencies.” Now working out of his studio in Dubai, Alyousef says a typical day begins with an assessment of on-going projects and requests. “Usually it starts with a quick review of the work currently under construction, be it paintings or sketches. It’s good to take notes with a fresh eye early in the day. Then I do some warm up lettering and calligraphy exercises before moving on to the tasks for that day. Although a traditionalist in some respects, in many others Alyousef is no doubt keen to keep his style innovative. “For the classical artworks, though I use contemporary tools, I usually

follow the traditions of the old masters keeping the techniques similar. Then for modern styles I do more intuitive and improvised sketches in the first stages – although the final art piece is far from improvised and would be more of a studied result.” From calligraphy paintings to typography consultancy and type-face design the Saudi artist offers a variety of interesting services. Among them includes the ‘Arabisation’ of existing foreign brands. Alyousef explains designing an Arabic logotype in this way “involves a visual analysis of the typographic style used in the original brand mark, followed by a design in Arabic that visually matches the logo”. While he enjoys experimenting with contemporary styles, for those who are just starting to explore the art, he suggests starting with more classical types. “Most calligraphers, especially beginners, like modern styles that look good, but are not extremely difficult to master.Young artists tend to learn these styles to make pieces in a short time with a lot of creative flexibility. Classical calligraphy is difficult, but to be really good, in any modern style, you have to start with the classics to understand the basic rules of aesthetics and then develop your own style.” He also stresses that it’s important to keep evolving as an artist. “I think the artist should also be an intellectual person, so beside continuous practicing, reading and learning, the theory and philosophy of art is important. There is always something new to learn and discover, and that should be the attitude of an artist.”


The word ‘calligraphy’ originates from the Greek meaning ‘beautiful writing’. Centuries of expertise have been handed down the generations to preserve the ancient art of calligraphy.

Approaching the science behind the art, Alyousef explains that, for him, essentially it comes down to three key elements – geometry, a sense of vision and neuro-aesthetics. “Geometry is a very critical part of composition and the attractiveness of geometrical shapes is directly related to the way the brain perceives them. The visual process in the brain comes from two main components; the first one defines lines and contours and the other is concerned with colour and tonality. Neuro-aesthetics, on the other hand, is the study of aesthetics from a scientific perspective. I use some of these principles in order to create compositions using paints. When looking at a painting our eyes only take in small segments of the painting and then the brain stitches them together to form the whole experience. In reality we can’t recognise more than five centimetres of any object we look at any given moment. But, as the eye scans the canvas area capturing its many segments, it allows us to put the image together and understand the subject in that particular painting. In my artwork I try to shuffle the stages of that process and rearrange multiple segments in more intricate forms. I also play with the spacing and positioning of objects – the result is very interesting.” Traditionally, Islamic calligraphy is drawn using a carved reed pen and there are several styles within the genre, each with distinct shapes and characteristics. Mastering this kind of calligraphy means mastering the Arabic alphabet which consists of a script of 28 letters

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distinguished by a dot or dots placed above or below the letter. Discussing the similarities, as well as the differences between traditional Arabic calligraphy and other mainstream forms, Alyousef tells us: “the main similarity is the skill. Arabic, Latin and Chinese calligraphy require a lot of patience and practice. Yet the differences can clearly be seen in the way you acquire that skill. Arabic calligraphy needs a lot of control when moving the slanted cut pen on the paper and a lot of retouching and refining is done to complete an art piece, in Latin a steady hand is required but some areas do need quick and sharp moves to achieve the desired form, and usually they use broad straight cut pens. While in Chinese and Japanese calligraphy the artist uses a delicate brush held almost perpendicularly to create strokes with quick sharp moves. “Looking at my paintings, the most recognisable characteristic is the strong motion gestures that is suggested by lines. I focus on defining the contour of letters and showing their unique forms with lines, this component works in harmony with the other important component, which is colour and coloured spaces.” Constantly evolving, while calligraphy has been adopted and embraced in many modern day aspects, from logo creation to graffiti-style paintings, its unbreakable link back to religion and ancient expression remains a significant part of its enduring appeal. —— For more information about this artist’s work, visit: majidalyousef.com


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BREAKING BOUNDARIES ——— Eager to further establish the region’s emerging art and design scene, the second edition of Dubai Design Week returns for what’s expected to be another successful year

Over six bustling days, the second season of Dubai Design Week looks set to wow regional and international visitors and exhibitors with a captivating programme packed with over 100 events. Held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the event, established by Art Dubai Group, taps into the city’s creative resources as it acts in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), and with the support of Dubai Design & Fashion Council (DDFC) and Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. The evolution of the emirate’s design scene leading up to this point has certainly been an interesting one, and although its still in its infancy Dubai Design Week has been attracting all the right kind of global attention, shining a spotlight on the region as it boldly joins the community of cities around the world all hosting prestigious design weeks. Although last year’s inaugural event saw 23,000 visitors and over 150 designers descend on the city from across the globe, this edition is being billed as bigger and better. Ahead of the design week, running from October 24 to 29, we highlight some of the show’s most-anticipated exhibitions and chat with several key event personnel as well as local conceptual artist Zeinab Alhashemi.

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—— With borders being drawn tighter around many of the countries in the region, I believe it is vital to have a place like Dubai Design Week to gather and nurture talent. A place to allow access for both designers and audiences to mix, and create a moment in time that is enjoyed, but more importantly, sought after once the event is over. I’m the creative director of Abwab, which is a regional design exhibition housed in a temporary pavilion within the walkways of d3. This year we have interactive and immersive installations that explore the theme of ‘The Human Senses’ from Algeria, Bahrain, India, Iraq, Palestine and the UAE. The preparation ahead of this big unveil has been the result of months of cross-country idea nurturing. From a jacket that transforms into a sleeping bag and a new architectural plan for the Jerash refugee camp in Jordan to a set of geometric

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figures for intravenous poles designed to change how child patients relate to medical treatment, the exhibition promises to be truly fascinating, and I think, uplifting. My role also involves programming for the Dubai Design Week. Working closely with d3 we create temporary exhibitions on site, free and open to all, creating an interplay of indoor and outdoor exhibitions for audiences to wander through. Alongside these exhibitions, d3 will be alive with pop-ups, site-specific installations, a design-dedicated Ripe Market (at the weekend) along with fun, educational workshops for all ages. This year, there is also a large focus on recording, archiving and creating history. Whether through literature from the region or the celebration of milestone anniversaries such as the 10th year of UAE-based jewellery design brand Bil Arabi by Nadine Kanso.

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—— Dubai Design Week is a landmark event that shines a spotlight on Dubai as a leading design hub and it’s closely aligned with DDFC’s objectives of positioning Dubai as a global destination for design. As the governmental entity established to develop Dubai’s design industry, we have supported Dubai Design Week from its inception and worked with them by facilitating collaborations within the design community and sharing key industry insights and knowledge. The event addresses this need by offering a unique platform for our wealth of local and regional design talent to share their work on a global scale. It also offers an opportunity for young designers to be immersed in a curated and inspirational environment, in which they come together to learn, collaborate and innovate – and this is such a crucial step towards creating a world-class design community in Dubai. This year’s design week will span six days with events scheduled to take place across Dubai in over 70 venues, with significantly more visitors and internationally renowned exhibitors expected to attend.

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The programme for 2016 is curated to explore the design narratives of countries within the MENASA region, especially within the Abwab initiative. In addition to Abwab and the Global Grad Show, the exhibition ‘Iconic City: Cairo Now! City Incomplete’ is one that really resonates with me. It is a multidisciplinary exhibition, which will be exploring Cairo’s creative scene by drawing inspiration from the city’s famous red brick buildings in varying stages of completion and is curated by Mohamed Elshahed, editor-in-chief of the Cairobserver. Dubai’s design, arts, and culture scene is growing rapidly with many exciting campaigns and events on the horizon. The rise of gallery openings around the city, as well as the newly opened Dubai Opera House shows how keen Dubai is to embrace a more culturally diverse environment celebrating the artistic endeavours of multiple disciplines.


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—— I’m a visual artist and designer and this is my second year participating in Dubai Design Week with a commissioned piece. Last year I showcased a piece commissioned by Dubai Design Week and Meraas – it was a public art piece displayed at City Walk whereas this year I’ve been working with Swarovski. The brand actually approached me during last year’s design week and I was really thrilled that they were so keen to work with me. The company is really good at researching and approaching a certain kind of artist and designer and the experience of working with them has been so unique. To put it into perspective, usually the process of creating a piece like this on my own could take up to a year, just to find the right resources, manufacturers and so on. But in comparison, thanks to the extra support I received from the Swarovski team, I was able to push my vision in a shorter time frame to a new perspective that I’m very pleased and happy with. The idea behind the collaboration is to be inspired by Swarovski crystals and incorporate these elements into your style of work – in my case its an interactive piece. By this I mean taking an object that was previously viewed as art and then placing it into a public space where people can not only just look at it but also use it.

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I’m really excited to be involved in Dubai Design Week again, it’s such a great event and a great platform for new and upcoming designers who want to meet, network, converse and be inspired by established designers in their field. One of the things I’ve come to realise from my to travels to various design weeks around the world, and from stints studying abroad in cities like London and Barcelona, is was how advanced the designers are and how much of it is down to team work. You’ve got a designer, an engineer an architect – people with different backgrounds and experience all collaborating to complete one project. It’s factors like this that have made designers from the region push for a better platform to showcase their designs and realise the importance of having their work actually made and manufactured in Dubai. Before some factories and manufacturers didn’t even know what a prototype was, but I think thanks to the influence of so many well-known designers now coming to the region its brought about a lot of collaborations and a lot of opportunities have arise with many companies realising the importance of attending such a event. At Dubai Design Week, they are now approaching us! I think it’s a beautiful and amazing place that we’ve reach in just a few short few years. —— For more information, please visit: dubiadesignweek.ae


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NEW EMIRATI RESTAURANT THEREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S A NEW PLACE IN THE OLD TOWN WHERE CULTURE IS STILL ON THE MENU Aseelah at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek invites you to experience Emirati cuisine made with the freshest local ingredients in an authentic Old Dubai location. Book your table inside or on our terrace for a taste of the traditional from a menu featuring a selection of old favourites and modern gourmet interpretations. Shisha is also available.

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Taste E p i c ure

Savour a refined afternoon tea experience at Epicure in Desert Palm PER AQUUM Dubai. This serene property is miles away from the bustle of the city and offers the perfect escape. Enjoy delectable cakes, rich scones and a premium tea selection as you take in unrivalled views of lush polo fields. Book with myconcierge for just AED145 per person. Visit: myco.ae/desertpalmtea


FINE FLAVOURS ——— Executive sous chef Prashan Perera reveals the inspiration behind culinary highlights at Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach

Nestled in a vibrant beachside locale, Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach is a culinary hotspot for those in the know. The hotel’s five restaurants and bars each offer something unique from the fantastic Brazilian churrascaria at Fogueira Restaurant to the international favourites at Shores and hearty pub fare at American-themed Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant. At the helm is executive sous chef Prashan Perera who joined the property as a sous chef in 2012 and quickly rose up the ranks thanks to his talent and expertise. “I started out as a simple commis II and am now an executive sous chef, who is responsible for managing and inspiring the entire kitchen staff as well as motivating them to work efficiently, without sacrificing quality. It’s all been career highlights for me. I have also been involved and recognised at a few well-known competitions such as the Emirates Guild Culinary Salon from 2004 to 2015, which was an amazing experience and brought honour to both me and the hotel,” says Perera. Chef Perera, who was inspired to take up the profession by his mother, believes that there is no substitution for hard work. “I discovered my passion for cooking because of my mother. At the tender age of 14, I would help her at home in Sri Lanka and was inspired by how she managed to convert a simple dish into something extraordinary. From there, I underwent a lot of training and practice to enhance my culinary skills, earning a diploma and then securing my first job at a Japanese restaurant in Sri Lanka. “Now in Dubai, I explore and discover various specialities and ingredients from all over the world. The culinary scene in Dubai remains a big aspect of this city. There’s been a rapid evolution in the industry over the last few years and there is an extraordinary choice of restaurants as it’s a cosmopolitan city with a blend of different nationalities.” At Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach, a typical day at work begins early in the morning as the team prepares the daily breakfast buffet for guests and, after

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this is complete, Perera reviews and plans for the following day before starting with lunch and dinner preparations. Every day is challenging yet exciting. “We offer a range of culinary options at the hotel from international, Arabian, American and Brazilian cuisine. One of the most-visited restaurants is our signature Fogueira Restaurant on the 35th floor of the hotel. It is famed for serving unlimited portions of 15 different meat cuts and authentic Brazilian cuisine. Alternatively, Sama Lounge, which is located on the same floor, offers traditional Arabic mezzes and shisha. “We also have our American-themed bar, Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant that offers excellent snacks, grills, burgers and, last but not the least, for a family friendly place, our all-day dining restaurant Shores serves fine international fare,” explains Perera, who works with global and local suppliers for the highest quality ingredients. Chef Perera recommends every visitor to the hotel try the delicious J. Wellington Wimpy burger from Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant as well as the succulent barbeque ribs. “I love to eat and, in our hotel, there really are a lot of dishes for every type of diner. While there’s plenty to choose from, I personally like the Kenny Rogers’ Fire Flaming Burger at Speakeasy. It is absolutely delicious and comes with your choice of tender ground beef or chicken patty in a toasted bun with generous helpings of bacon, fried egg, lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles. It is served with French fries and a delicious coleslaw on the side. “I really believe that food is a journey. Every dish tends to tell a different story and reflects the inherent passion and emotion of the person who’s preparing it. No matter where you travel in the world, the one common experience that brings us together is food.” —— For more information, or to book a table at any of the restaurants at Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach, contact: 04 4398888


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FAR EAST FEASTS ——— Enjoy a five-star dining experience at Dubai’s finest Chinese restaurants

A culinary journey around the Far East is every gourmand’s dream. Chinese cuisine, in particular, is renowned as one of the most diverse culinary heritages in the world and inspires memories of fragrant rice, noodles and communal-style dishes bursting with traditional vegetables such as fresh bok choy cabbage and gailan broccoli, expertly complemented by the flavours of rich sauces and seasonings. The ‘eight culinary cuisines’ of China are widely recognised as Anhui, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shandong, Cantonese and Sichuan. While these regional styles all contribute greatly to China’s rich culinary scene, the latter two are perhaps the best known and most influential today, inspiring the menus of thousands of restaurants around the world. To mark National Day of the People’s Republic of China, celebrated annually on October 1, Concierge showcases restaurants that serve an eclectic variety of traditional Chinese and modern Cantonese flavours.

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Offering a contemporary twist to traditional Chinese cuisine, Hong Loong at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa looks the part with red, black and gold décor and live cooking stations where you can view all the action. The noodles and dim sum here are standouts, prepared fresh by the restaurant’s team of creative chefs. Start off with the Chinese herbal soup infused with fresh ginseng and the distinctive sautéed king prawn skewer with fragrant chilli sauce. The clay pot dishes such as the stewed beef brisket and baby lamb shoulder are also definite menu highlights. We love the fresh take on seafood here, especially the cod and grouper fish marinated in a delicious Chinese barbecue sauce while the Chilean sea bass can be presented four ways, including in traditional Cantonese and Hunan styles. Aside from its comprehensive menu, Hong Loong is renowned for its fivestar hospitality so don’t hesitate to ask for the team for signature recommendations and special pairings.

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—— This signature restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai stands out for its premium hospitality and welcoming ambience. The Shang Palace Master Yum Cha menu, where diners can enjoy free-flow alcohol as well as classic Chinese fare, is a popular choice and a worthy indulgence. From the steamed sole with ginger in spicy sauce and fried chicken filled with honey wasabi to the fried noodles with shredded chicken and beef tenderloin in black pepper sauce, this menu of greatest hits will not disappoint. The restaurant’s regular menu is also remarkable with highlights such as the Beijing duck, cod fish in Chinese wine sauce and barbecue beef ribs with homemade green apple sauce. The restaurant’s sommelier can also recommend fine wine pairings based on your preferences, making Shang Palace the ideal choice for special occasions with family and friends. 6

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—— Decked out with distinctive murals, lanterninspired fixtures and the symbolic colours of red and black, Royal China at Dubai International Financial Centre presents an elegant take on Chinese flair. Like its other international outposts, Royal China is best known for its authentic dim sum creations. Here, these delicate handmade parcels boast their own dedicated menu and are prepared fresh daily by an expert team under the guidance of executive head chef Man Yuk Cheung. Try the delicious prawn and chive or chicken and coriander dumplings and, if you’d like to sample a greater variety, the steamed dim sum platter is second to none. Save room for the traditional Hong Kong-inspired Chinese dishes featured in the restaurant’s à la carte menu. On our last visit, we had to stop ourselves from ordering seconds of the king prawns with tea leaves, roasted duck and chicken sautéed in delicately-spiced malt caramel.

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Located in The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, China Grill’s terrace is perfect for alfresco dining but even if you choose to be seated inside, the chic restaurant and lounge won’t fail to impress with delicate lanterns hanging from the ceiling, a showstopper bar area and a dining space decorated in warm earthy tones and patterns. The ambience is slick and refreshing, reflecting China Grill’s culinary approach that is rooted in ‘eclectic Asian-inspired world cuisine’. Chinese-inspired dishes here include crab dumplings, Jade five-vegetable pot stickers and shrimp crispy purses from the dedicated dim sum menu, while the Beijing duck and foie gras wontons, Szechuan Wagyu striploin with sweet soy and spicy shallots and sublime Cantonese steamed seabass will ensure you’ll be booking your next dinner here again soon.

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Hong Loong / 04 4555656 —— Shang Palace / 04 4052703 —— Royal China / 04 3545543 —— China Grill / 04 5117139


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THE COLLECTION ———

A curated selection of the very best of the UAE from myconcierge.com

m alls / souks / bout iques / fash ion / culture / tours / watersports adventure / activities / BRUNCHEs / fine dining

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A DAY AT THE MALL Visit myconcierge.com to discover the best shopping spaces in the city

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Level Shoe District at The Dubai Mall is our guilty pleasure. The world’s largest luxury shoe store boasts over 300 labels that cover designer, contemporary and mens footwear. We love Level Shoe District’s Trend department for its fresh new designs, and always stop by Sole Lounge by Margaret Dabbs to pamper our feet. Aside from Level Shoe District, some of the best names in fashion can be found at The Dubai Mall as well as some of the city’s most popular attractions including Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, while record-breaking Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain are just outside. Open from 10am to 10pm Sunday to Wednesday, 10am to midnight Thursday to Saturday. Visit: myco.ae/dubaimall

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There aren’t many malls in the world that boast their own ski slope – that honour goes to Mall of the Emirates. We’ve already mastered the slopes at Ski Dubai and have now taken up zorbing in the cool space. To thaw out, enjoy some retail therapy at the mall which boasts more than 560 international brands and a host of exceptional dining options. Open from 10am to 10pm Sunday to Wednesday, 10am to midnight Thursday to Saturday. Visit: myco.ae/moe DESIGNER CHARM

If you’re looking for a more exclusive shopping experience in the city, head to BurJuman mall in Bur Dubai. With its bright airy spaces, attentive staff and a laid back vibe, it’s the best place to pick up a few designer pieces to update your wardrobe. BurJuman is also home to the UAE’s only Saks Fifth Avenue department store with its rails of ready-towear collections and accessories from international designers such as Carolina Herrera, Missoni, Issey Miyake, Prada and John Galliano. Open Saturday to Wednesday, 10am to 10am, Thursday, Friday 10am to 11pm. Visit: myco.ae/burjuman

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Walking through Mercato mall in Jumeirah you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in an Italian Renaissance-era town. The colourful shopping mall is full of character with a café-filled piazza in the central atrium and cobbled-style streets. The atmospheric setting is home to more than 140 stores. Open 10am to 10pm, daily. Visit: myco.ae/mercato B Y T H E WAT E R F R O N T

Few shopping destinations can boast as distinctive a location as Dubai Marina Mall. Occupying a stretch of the shimmering Marina waterfront, the mall features a wide selection of high-street fashion brands and high-end watch and jewellery boutiques. Dining options include the al fresco cafés lining the water’s edge. Open from 10am to 10pm Sunday to Wednesday, 10am to midnight Thursday to Saturday. Visit: myco.ae/dmm


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TIME TO SHINE Add some sparkle with stunning watches and jewellery

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Al Zain is famed for its wonderful blend of traditional and contemporary styles. The Bahraini jeweller’s main collections include Natural Pearls, Bridal, Bronze and High Jewellery, while there are also limited-edition pieces available. Natural Pearls is arguably the most striking of the collections, and each piece contains precious Bahraini pearls. The jeweller is steeped in tradition, and has its roots in the pearl trade of the 1930’s. The family-run business has gone from strength to strength since then with stores across the Middle East, and of course, in Dubai with a presence that includes a boutique at Mall of the Emirates. Visit: alzainjewellery.com

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We love shopping at Damas where you’ll find collections from some of the most prestigious jewellery houses. Whether you’re in the mood for something that sparkles from Graff Diamonds, a heritage feel with an exquisite piece from Fabergé or a Roberto Coin design straight from the red carpet, there is something to suit all tastes. Established in 1907, from the start Damas was known for exceptional craftsmanship. Twenty years after opening its first store in the Gold Souk in 1959, Damas has become one of the region’s biggest jewellery brands. Its network spans 300 stores across Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Visit: damasjewellery.com

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If you’re in the market for a world-class timepiece then look no further than Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. The family-run firm has been in operation for decades, and has grown from humble beginnings on the banks of Dubai Creek to become one of the biggest purveyors of premium watch brands. As one of the region’s most established and trusted timepiece purveyors, only the most exclusive names can be found here. With boutiques across the city including at The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates, each boasts an impressive selection including Rolex, Audemars Piguet, A. Lange & Söhne, Baume et Mercier and Breitling. Visit: seddiqi.com

This is the place to come for premium accessories, from watches and eyewear to leather goods and writing instruments. There are more than 380 stores in the region, and of course plenty peppered across Dubai, meaning there is ample opportunity to pop in and browse the hundreds of international brands under Rivoli’s umbrella. You’ll be spoiled for choice here with an array of must-have pieces from brands such as Omega, Longines, Rado, Gucci, Tissot and Montblanc. For an even more exclusive experience, The R Lounge at The H Hotel Dubai, caters to Rivoli’s VIP clientele with bespoke collections in a plush space. Visit: rivoligroup.com

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If you’re in the market for a Persian carpet, Dubai’s National Iranian Carpets is the name to remember. Helpful staff are on hand to advise clients on the quality, design and heritage of the selection available. Persian carpets increase in value as they age so they make a great investment. Visit: myco.ae/moe

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SOUVENIR SHOPPING Visit myconcierge.com for the best gift items this side of Arabia

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Driven by his love of Persian poetry, Iranian artist Abbas Saberi crafts storytelling art at his Swan Palace workshop in Souk Khan Murjan. Combining multiple techniques, he painstakingly creates extraordinary scenes that are embossed, engraved and painted on copper and aluminium sheets. They are then embellished with semi-precious gems. Swan Palace is open from 10am to 10pm Sunday to Wednesday, 10am to midnight Thursday to Saturday. Visit: myco.ae/khanmurjan

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Dubai’s newest creative zone, d3, is a purposebuilt development aimed at inspiring and nurturing Dubai’s creative industry. Located near Downtown Dubai, this impressive art hub is already home to an assortment of funky art galleries and boutique stores. Make sure to stop by the familyowned Sconci Art Gallery, which houses an impressive collection ranging right from the seventeenth century to the modern day. Pieces of note include a signed Andy Warhol print, as well as one of the most important works in modern Italian art history, I’m Infantile, by Italian painter Mario Schifano. Visit: myco.ae/khanmurjan PA S H M I N A S AT S O U K M A D I N AT J U M E I R A H

The name pashmina originates from the Persian word meaning ‘made from wool’ and we love shopping for colourful pashmina scarves at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. If you’re nervous about quality and authenticity, this plush modern souk is one of the best places to visit in Dubai. There are a number of retailers here including Al Jaber Gallery and Pride of Kashmir where the staff are knowledgeable when it comes to the quality and craftsmanship of handwoven pieces. Stores open daily from 10am until 11pm. Visit: myco.ae/madinat

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Those in search of a true taste of Arabia need look no further than Café Bateel, a charming boutique offering an array of gourmet dates. Café Bateel allows visitors to immerse in local culture by discovering over 20 varieties of sticky, sweet dates, grown in Saudi Arabia. Each lavish variety is neatly stacked in impressive pyramids behind a glass counter alongside sumptuous chocolate-covered confectionaries. There are several Café Bateel outlets across the city and we recommend you drop by to try their innovative date-infused drinks and selection of desserts with a twist, such as opera cake made with date cream. Pick up preserves including date jam, date balsamic vinegar and date honey along with a signature sparkling date drink as a unique souvenir for friends. Visit: bateel.com


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If you’re in the market for something sparkling, head to Deira and visit Dubai’s historic Gold Souk. Jewellers from around the world are represented here and there’s countless choices in all shapes, styles and colours. Normally open from 10am to 10pm, daily. Visit: myco.ae/goldsouk

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Souk Madinat Jumeirah offers a contemporary take on the traditional souk shopping experience. Designed with a strong Arabic influence, stalls are set up along labyrinthine corridors. Lata’s offers unique gifts such as colourful lamps, Arabesque jewellery and intricately-decorated khanjars. Stay until the evening when bars and restaurants come to life. Stores open daily from 10am to 11pm. Visit: myco.ae/madinat

The Spice Souk conjures a particularly evocative scene. Shop fronts here are filled with every imaginable herb and spice. You’ll love the heady mix of aromas that fills the air, enveloping your senses with hints of vanilla, chilli, turmeric and saffron. Those who know their ingredients will be at home chatting to the friendly vendors and bartering over prices. Normally open from 10am to 10pm, daily. Visit: myco.ae/spicesouk

Designed to resemble a 14th century bazaar, Souk Khan Murjan in Wafi mall impresses with its array of stores selling artistic items with a heritage feel. Enjoy Moroccan mint tea at the souk’s restaurant in an exquisite marble courtyard after a spot of shopping. Stores open daily from 10am to 11pm. Visit: myco.ae/khanmurjan

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A delight for the senses, the Perfume Souk in Deira is a warren of storefronts with all manner of scents. The traditional Arabian oudh fragrances make excellent souvenirs. Normally open from 10am to 10pm, daily. Visit: myco.ae/perfumesouk C O L O U R F U L FA B R I C

On the opposite side of Dubai Creek from the Gold Souk, and just an abra ride away, the Old Souk (also known as Bur Dubai Souk) is the city’s oldest. We’ve picked up gloriously kitsch lanterns, intricate hand-woven carpets and stunning silk scarves here. Normally open from 10am to 10pm, daily. Visit: myco.ae/oldsouk

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For the ultimate escape and a little bit of ‘me’ time, head to Desert Palm PER AQUUM’s tranquil Lime Spa and enjoy a wonderful 30-minute facial, 60-minute intuitive massage and delicious light bites. This fabulous men’s day package is available for myconcierge members from just AED480. Visit: myco.ae/spaperaquum

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Book some time for a bit of fun and sun at Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah. Lounge by the pool or take a walk down the stretch of white sandy beach at this beautiful hotel. Head to the spa for an express treatment and choose from a 30-minute back or foot massage. Expert therapists will help you to relax, before you enjoy a delicious afternoon tea at the hotel from just AED410 per person. Visit: myco.ae/waldorftea

Treat yourself to an authentic Turkish hammam at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort. This ageold ritual that was prevalent during the Ottoman period helps purifiy the body allowing the release of any toxins you might be holding onto. myconcierge members can then enjoy a complimentary choice of a back and neck, foot or head massage to complete the experience from just AED600 per person. Visit: myco.ae/anantaradxb

With a comprehensive spa menu and luxurious amenities, the spa at Fairmont Dubai is an indulgent treat. myconcierge members can choose from a range of 90-minute treatments, including the signature Fairmont massage, and can then receive a 30-minute complimentary neck and shoulder, Indian head or foot and ankle massage as part of the package, priced from AED659 per person. Visit: myco.ae/120mintreat


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Enjoy a dream day at this luxurious desert resort, miles away from the bustle of the city. A fantastic spa day package is available exclusively for myconcierge members from just AED1,000. Choose from any 60 minute spa treatment and, afterwards, relax by the resort’s fantastic pool. The daycation package includes access to all the resort’s five-star spa facilities as well as a delicious lunch. Visit: myco.ae/almahadxb

Brilliant for a day off from your busy schedule or a pampering date with someone special, The Spa at Steigenberger Hotel Dubai invites you to unwind in premium luxury. The spa’s Relax & Unwind package allows you to choose from a selection of seven spa therapies and, after your rejuvenating session, you can unwind by the hotel’s swimming pool, all from just AED315 per person. Visit: myco.ae/indulgence

Pack the most into your visit to this exclusive resort in Ras Al Khaimah with the Sense of Exploration package from just AED275 per person. Try your hand at archery, observe indigenous owls up close, tuck into a three-course lunch at Al Waha restaurant and then round off your day with the spa’s 60-minute Rainforest experience which offers access to 16 hydrothermal therapies. Visit: myco.ae/explorerak

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Dubai Creek and the surrounding area of old Dubai has its very own traditional charm that is best explored on a helicopter tour with Helidubai. Don’t miss the aerial views over the city’s oldest district, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood as well as the Jumeirah coastline. The 12-minute tour can be booked from AED565 per person. Visit: myco.ae/helidxbheritage

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—— SUNSET SPECIAL

Enjoy spectacular sunset views from Burj Khalifa’s observation deck located on levels 124 and 125. The incredible At The Top experience showcases the beauty of the emirate with 360 degree panoramas. Afterwards, embark on a memorable abra ride along the waters of Burj Lake, all from just AED325. Visit: myco.ae/burj

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M A K I N G WAV E S BY T H E C R E E K

A cruise along Dubai Creek is one of the most charming ways to see the city’s historic quarter. Explore the waterways on a dinner cruise in a traditional dhow with Tour Dubai. After a buffet-style dinner of Arabic and international favourites, it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the views. Book this package on myconcierge.com from just AED250. Visit: myco.ae/cruisendine

One of the best ways to explore the city is cruising down the turquoise waters of the Gulf and taking in the iconic sights of Dubai’s coastline. Starting from AED629, enjoy a private luxury boat charter, ranging from 30 minutes to a leisurely two hours, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a one of a kind adventure with family and friends, SeeXSea promises to be one of the most luxurious ways to take to the waters. Visit: myco.ae/seexsea


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ACTION AND ADVENTURE Enjoy high-adrenaline fun in Dubai

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Whether you’re a beginner or an expert off-road motorcycle enthusiast, mxDubai has just what you need. Discover new routes through the desert on a KTM motorcycle desert adventure tour. As a myconcierge member, you get to enjoy a complimentary barbecue at the campsite after a thrilling ride for just AED771 per person. Visit: myco.ae/ktmtour

If you’re still mustering up the courage to go skydiving, visit Inflight Dubai that boasts the world’s largest indoor wind tunnel. Here you can experience the weightlessness and adrenaline rush of skydiving without the need for a parachute. A minimum of two people can enjoy a two or four minute indoor skydiving experience for just AED249 on myconcierge. Visit: myco.ae/skydive

Queue up for Jumeirah Sceirah, one of the park’s most famous rides. The thrills begin from the moment you are dropped through a trapdoor, falling 120 metres at speeds of 80 kilometres per hour. Enjoy a day pass to the waterpark, which has many other daredevil rides, from AED295 per person. Contact: 04 3484444 DU N E BU G GY TO U R

Race over sandy peaks on a dune buggy safari. This action-packed adventure, which includes transportation to and from various locations in Dubai, is perfect for those seeking to explore the thrilling side of the otherwise serene desert. Book a buggy tour from just AED713 for two people. Visit: myco.ae/sandbuggy


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BEST OF BRUNCH Indulge in the finest feasts this weekend with myconcierge.com

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We’re fans of Dusty’s Departures Brunch, a funfilled airline themed brunch complete with staffed dressed as cabin crew, a pilot on board, food trolleys and even in-flight entertainment. The menu features the best in international fare and can be booked on myconcierge.com from just AED330 per person. Visit: myco.ae/airplanebrunch

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Friday dining at Gaucho Dubai is far from your typical weekend brunch affair. Located in the heart of DIFC, this culinary hotspot hosts a lavish fourcourse feast inspired by authentic Argentine food and wine. Book the Signature brunch package which features house wines, spirits and cocktails for just AED435 and receive a complimentary upgrade to the Virtuoso package for free-flowing sparkling wine. Visit: myco.ae/gauchobrunch

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Nothing quite compares to Claw BBQ’s RockStar brunch at Souk Al Bahar with its mix of delicious American fare and imaginative beverages. It’s the perfect place to go with friends if you are looking for a laid back and fun Friday. myconcierge.com offers a free upgrade from the house beverage package to cocktails and shooters for just AED329 per person. Visit: myco.ae/bbqbrunchclaw

Begin your weekend in high spirits with the popular Karma Karvery Friday brunch. Take your pick from a fantastic à la carte menu packed with Asian and international favourites. As a myconcierge member, you will enjoy a complimentary upgrade to the house beverages package when you purchase the standard package for just AED295 per person. Visit: myco.ae/karmabrunch


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When it comes to sheer choice of cuisine and a family friendly atmosphere, Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate ranks high among our favourite Friday brunch spots. Book a table on myconcierge.com from just AED295 and whether you fancy Asian, Indian, Italian or even Moroccan, you will be spoilt for choice at the Al Bahou Friday brunch. Visit: myco.ae/albahoubrunch THE THAI KITCHEN

At The Thai Kitchen in Park Hyatt Dubai, an open layout allows you to watch as the expert chefs cook up a storm at the wok, noodle and grill stations. From the refreshing papaya salad to delicious Pad Thai and curries, the exotic flavours at this SouthEast Asian favourite are delicious. Enjoy great Thai cuisine in a five-star setting. Contact: 04 602 1814

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Brunch at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach’s A.O.C. French Brasserie. It’s perfect for a casual gettogether with your loved ones, especially if kids are joining in on the Friday fun. While little ones are entertained at the dedicated Kids’ Zone and enjoy their own special child-sized buffet, there’s plenty of time to treat yourself to delicious French fare, all for just AED245 per person. Visit: myco.ae/sofitelbrunch

We had a great time during our recent visit to Mint Leaf. It’s superb value for myconcierge members as it’s just AED 215 per person for the alcohol package. The delicious food is a contemporary take on authentic Indian and, after brunch, you can head to the adjacent lounge and enjoy select sundowners at 50 percent off along with a generous 30 percent discount on food from the lounge menu. Visit: myco.ae/brunchmint

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Escape the busy city life and head to PER AQUUM Desert Palm estate. The Jewel afternoon tea at the delightful Epicure restaurant includes beautifully handcrafted sweet and savoury treats as well as a complimentary glass of bubbly. You can also request for a tour of the camels’ stables to see the UAE’s most beloved animals up close. Book this memorable experience for just AED145 per person. Visit: myco.ae/jewel

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Enjoying a prime location along Dubai’s bustling Jumeirah Beach Road, and just a short walk from the area’s lively beachfront promenade, The Hamptons Café is a great spot for leisurely summer dining. Perfect for a get together with the girls, tuck into the café’s afternoon tea, packed with freshly baked breads, mini croissants, delicate desserts and a wonderful selection of loose tea leaves. Book with myconcierge.com and enjoy a special rate of AED150 per person, with a minimum of two people dining. Visit: myco.ae/newyorktea

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Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at this wonderful eatery located at The Beach. Here, classic dishes are given a stylish twist – pancakes are served with mascarpone cheese and maple syrup, bakery baskets are filled with mini croissants and Danish pastries, while eggs are prepared the way you like them and served with La Postreria’s delicious sides. Add to that creamy yoghurt, fresh fruit and freshly squeezed juice, and you’ve got the perfect start to your morning. Contact: 04 4303174

Enjoy the taste of Istanbul right here in Dubai at Tike. Located at The Beach, opposite The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residences, Tike is one of the best places to enjoy a relaxing breakfast in the sun. The menu celebrates traditional flavours with freshly baked Turkish breads including authentic posha and semit variations, a wonderful cheese selection including rich Turkish cream, homemade jams and plenty of fresh vegetables to help you kick-start your day in a healthy way. Contact: 600 545540


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Making its way from New York to the gleaming corridors of Shangri-La Hotel Dubai, Junoon is among the city’s most popular fine-dining Indian restaurants. Translated as ‘passion’ in Hindi, this sleek restaurant, developed by Michelin-star chef Vikas Khanna, delivers haute cuisine in plush surroundings. myconcierge members can enjoy an exclusive four-course menu, which champions exotic flavours with a contemporary twist, paired with cocktails or wine for just AED324 per person. Visit: myco.ae/junoonwine OKKU DUBAI

This experience is perfect for avid sushi fans who would love to know how to prepare this Japanese classic for themselves. During our masterclass at OKKU, we learned how the skilled chefs preparedelicious sushi creations, before giving it a go ourselves. Afterwards, enjoy a set menu, expertly paired with wine from just AED600 per person. Visit: myco.ae/okkusushi

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If you’re looking for a unique venue for a special occasion, look no further than Mediterranean restaurant, BOCA. Located in the heart of DIFC, this stylish space boasts a fantastic wine cellar with a sommelier-selected collection of more than 200 labels. It’s within this enchanting cellar, which houses some of the best vintages from France, Spain and Italy, that we recommend you try a private dinner. Sample eight delectable dishes including BOCA signature black rice and seared scallops, each expertly paired with eight fine wines. A welcome drink and chauffeured transfers to the restaurant is also included in the package that costs just AED3,000 per couple. Visit: myco.ae/bocapvtdinner

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Thanks to its exquisite food and first-class setting, Asian haunt Wakame at Sofitel Downtown Dubai has been working its way into the hearts of the city’s gourmands. See what all the fuss is about with the venue’s decadent eight-course set menu. Nibble on flavoursome dim sum and rainbow sushi, along with duck tacos and rock shrimp tempura followed by acacia soy black cod. This sumptuous dinner is priced at just AED650 per person. Visit: myco.ae/dineatwakame

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ASK THE CONCIERGE

Roger Geadah, chief concierge at InterContinental Dubai Marina, reveals seasonal highlights in the city

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Located in the heart of the Middle East, Dubai welcomes and connects so many different cultures. The city is a unique hub for international business, cultural and leisure tourism, as well as for world cuisine. One of the emirate’s many highlights is Dubai Marina. Considered one of the largest manmade marinas in the world, it offers a unique skyline with a large selection of shopping options, restaurants and nightlife. Relaxing beaches are a stroll away and the eco-friendly tram helps you easily connect to key districts and then on to further areas on the Dubai Metro. Visitors can even reach parts of old Dubai using the popular Dubai Ferry. The city’s latest must-visit attraction is Dubai Opera. The architecture of this stunning building is a tribute to Dubai’s maritime past and the venue represents a brand new cultural and entertainment hub. I personally can’t wait to enjoy the Les Misérables musical being staged there in November. For the best in designer shopping, head to The Dubai Mall. The dedicated Fashion

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Avenue boasts the best luxury brands and also offers select areas specialising in shoes. For unique art, I like to visit the ProArt Gallery located right across the Jumeirah Mosque. They offer masterpieces by famed artists and a captivating selection of sculptures and paintings. I also like the unique art scene offered by diverse warehouse galleries at the Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz. From underground art to new local artists in the making, you can find it all there. No weekend in Dubai would be complete without a desert safari trip. Dubai has a rich past so discovering the old neighbourhoods around the picturesque Creek where traditional wooden abras can still be seen crossing the waters should also be part of any itinerary. Be sure to practice your bargaining skills before heading to the iconic gold and spice souks nearby. Another remarkable highlight in the emirate is the musical Dubai Fountain shows that take place beside the majestic Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai. The evening shows take place every half hour from 6pm until 11pm. After a day out in the sunshine, enjoy sundowners at Ginter at InterContinental Dubai Marina that boasts the city’s largest selection of gin and a wide range of cocktails that are complemented by a wonderful array of sharing platters. Ynot, our wine bar, also offers more than 24 wines by the glass and 130 references by the bottle to combine with international cuisine served in Spanish tapas style. For a dinner to remember, book a table at Marina Social by the Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton. The venue introduces deformalised fine dining to the city’s gourmands. The innovative British-Mediterranean cuisine, orchestrated by chef patron Tristin Farmer, really is a treat for all the senses.

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