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ife is full of ups and downs. Having a ready arsenal of coping mechanisms can help in getting through the rough patches. Some situations leave scars behind. They can be physical scars that we can see or emotional ones which tear us apart from the inside. Neither is good and both should be dealt with. Traumatic experiences assault our boundaries as a person and can play out in negative thoughts and actions. Common responses to traumatic situations include anxiety and depression, feelings of worthlessness and acting out. Find a trusted person to talk to or, if that isn’t a possibility right now, there are virtual and ground community support groups available. Many are free or offer sliding scale payments. You pay what you can. It is important to take the first step in getting help. Filter out positives Dealing with cognitive distortions means filtering out all the positives and not harping on the negative. We all know people who see the dark side of everything, ignoring or downplaying the good. This person allows the negative to overtake their thinking. It results in becoming absorbed in negative thoughts. This can turn into physical symptoms like headaches, stomach aches and diarrhea. Stress can lead to serious complications with the heart and spirit. Counseling and support groups are good for helping sift through the hard stuff.

Jumping to conclusions Avoid jumping to conclusions before you’ve vetted the details of a given situation. It’s a trait that isn’t very well thought of. People may hesitate to share things because they know it’s going to be a drama. Practice listening skills and the art of hearing people out without interrupting them. Take at least two ways to view a situation. Learn to flip the coin and examine both sides before jumping to a conclusion without all the facts.



Man up and focus on promoting a positive self-image. We all make choices every day. The best way to be righteous is to keep it 100%.

Comparing personality First, you have to know that you rock; that you are not a bad person. It’s when we walk in self-doubt, comparing ourselves to others (we don’t know their struggle), that we lose confidence. Know you are a good person, with a good heart, living life. That knowledge comes from inside. If you have nasty traits you need to address them. We all have something we can work on. It doesn’t mean we’re inadequate, our stuff is just different. Get to know your stuff so you can work at eliminating the need to compare yourself to other people. They have their journey, you have yours. Get moving!

Thinking you’re always right

Blaming others

You’re not always right. No-one is. Get over yourself. Get in the habit of apologizing with sincerity when you’re wrong. It’s such a huge step. If you can get there you cut a lot of negativity out of your life with one brave act.

Blaming others instead of taking responsibility is weak. That’s not the person people want to hang out with. If you play the blame game at work, enemies are sure to follow. People won’t trust what you say, even as your lips move.

You rock. You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Understanding cognitive distortions can help you be the best ‘you’ possible. Go for it!


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An Interview with His Excellency, Nelson Valencia Garcia, Hondorun Ambassador to Kuwait.

Your Excellency, tell us please how you became a diplomat? I began my career at the age of 24, driven by the wish to serve my nation in the diplomacy world. I was raised in a family with strong patriotic values. My father and elder brother served in the armed forces but I decided to serve my country in a different way. Diplomacy offered me a rich cultural growth and greater interaction with people around the world.

What is the work of an Ambassador? Can you briefly tell us more about your main responsibilities? As Ambassador of Honduras, my biggest and most important role is to represent my country by strengthening relationships. It is my commitment to guide through the path of a true political, economic and cultural development.

Please describe your country and its business sectors. Honduras is a geologically blessed country in the heart of Central America that has access to oceans allowing transit and commercialization of goods to Europe and Asia. The country's opening policy to foreign trade, through an ample network in trade agreements, has allowed the country to sustain an economic growth model that has exports of goods and services as one of its pillars. Honduras now has a growth and development strategy based on investment and employment. The country is focused on enhancing the strengths and the opportunities that we have as a nation.

How would you describe the Honduras-Kuwait relationship in three words? Fraternal, supportive and strong.



You have been meeting lots of people and visiting different places. What are the main differences and the main similarities between the two cultures? One of the main similarities I have found while serving my country in Kuwait, is about family. The family in both countries still remains the nucleus of society and the relationships inside the family are very similar. The differences are mainly cultural, specifically those attached to our roots that define each country particularly.

How close are the business and cultural relations

between Honduras and Kuwait?

There is a niche for Honduran agricultural products in Kuwait. This has recently started to be exploited. We are looking forward to the continued promotion and establishment of solid ties with Kuwaiti companies and to have a bigger presence in the market. Part of our aim is to strengthen the economic and cultural ties with Kuwait. Agreements in economic co-operation and other areas have been signed but others are yet to be signed in order to foster cultural and economic relations between both countries.

What opportunities exist for Kuwaiti businesses wanting to explore the Honduras market? What are its main sectors? Honduras 20/20 - The National Program of Economic Development Honduras 20/20 - a Public-Private Partnership that drives six productive sectors of the country (textile and apparel, outsourcing services, light manufacturing, tourism, social housing, and agribusiness) that will generate more than six hundred thousand jobs in the next five years. Every day, more entrepreneurs and local and international investors approach Honduras 20/20 with a strong interest in expanding

What is so special about the culture and heritage of Honduras? The people of Honduras play a big role in this and it is probably one of the biggest assets of our country. The ancient Mayan Ruins of Copan, for example, represent an important era of the Maya civilization that spread from south of Mexico to Honduras and El Salvador, making Copan the ‘Paris’ of the Mayan civilization due to its advancement in astrology and astronomy studies. Also the Government of the Republic of Honduras, in collaboration with National Geographic, recently discovered one of the most ancient ruins of a civilization which, until now, had only been a legend known as the City of the Monkey God or White City. This was on records for past centuries but had not been discovered due to the densely populated jungle.

Do you have a special message for the Honduras community in Kuwait? The Honduras community is a small community, but a community with a big heart. My message to them is to enjoy their stay in Kuwait and promote the values and traditions of our culture.

Tell us about your favourite places in Kuwait and what you like most in the city. I have enjoyed the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre and the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre. Their architecture is formidable and helps expand the cultural knowledge of the citizens through art, history and music. Diwaniyas are a good example of freedom of speech in Kuwait as well as an opportunity to expand the knowledge about the traditions and customs of the country.

Kuwait is known to be the Global Cultural District. How have you been enjoying whatever free time you have? The National Cultural District shares its majesty alongside the biggest cultural centres of the world. I have had the opportunity to visit and attend different events and have enjoyed their first class spectacles that are side by side to those that can be seen any place in the world.

In parallel to your busy schedule, what are your hobbies? I like football; I used to practice it when I was younger. Nowadays I enjoy recreational fishing with my family and friends. Also I support and help my wife and daughter to protect and rescue animals.

What would you advise your successors, or any future candidates who would follow you in this position? My advice to them would be to continue working daily in the strengthening of the bilateral relations between Honduras and Kuwait. or developing new investments and taking advantage of doing business from Honduras with the world. Employment and Economic Development Zones (ZEDE's) which contemplate the establishment of special production zones with international investment for the processing of goods on a large-scale, with specialized courts to settle disputes between economic agents.

What do you hope to achieve during your role as Ambassador over the next few years? Since the opening of the Embassy in 2014, our job has been to lay the grounds for strong friendly relations in order to develop an integral system that mutually benefits the development of the relations between Honduras and Kuwait. The promotion and establishment of solid commercial ties is one of the objectives for the upcoming years.

You've travelled a lot during your life. Can you tell us about the most interesting places you've been to? I believe that all countries offer something unique and special. The most important thing is to enjoy and learn about the different cultures around the world

What is your message to young Kuwaitis and our readers? I encourage young Kuwaitis to maintain their national pride and to continue the humanitarian labour of their visionary leaders.

Your message for us at CP magazine: I thank you for the opportunity to offer an important space in your magazine to promote knowledge of the Honduran-Kuwaiti relationship.

What are the key projects on which Honduras stands alongside Kuwait today? Honduras has a similar stand to Kuwait when it comes to situations in the international agenda. These positions are consolidated in the International Organizations where they mutually support each other and stand together on international matters.

How can Honduras attract more tourists from Kuwait? One thing the Embassy has been developing is the promotion of our culture, values and traditions. There is a diversity of touristic attractions such as archaeological parks and sites, living cultures, beaches, diving, nature sites, colonial architecture, water parks, and various destinations for engaging in extreme sports including canopy (zip lining), rafting and hiking. One of the main tourist attractions are the Copan Ruins, the cradle of ancient Maya civilization, declared by UNESCO as World Heritage. The country also has several nature reserves for ecotourism, including 112 protected areas that account for 25% of the national territory, as well as more than 750km of glorious beaches on the Atlantic, considered some of the best in the world. Islas de la BahĂ­a (Bay Islands), off the North coast of Honduras, boasts the second most important coral reef in the world and the most important in America. This makes it an ideal place for diving, boating and fishing. These islands have been rated as the best place to observe whale sharks and one of the top five destinations for diving.





ith the FIFA World Cup well and truly over, it’s time for football fans to focus their attention on their club team and look forward to another season of hope and expectation. With the exception of the French, of course, who are no doubt still glowing with pride following their national team’s triumph in Russia. As for the other thirty-one unsuccessful nations, they must by now have tired of analyzing (their team’s performance), criticizing (their manager’s selections) and fantasizing (about what could have been). After all, there’s always Qatar. Or is there? The 2022 tournament is already the subject of much debate. There has been talk of bribery and corruption ever since the state was announced as the host back in December 2010. And just when they thought they’d put those allegations well and truly to bed, further accusations followed. Last month, Qatar was accused of undermining rival bids; claims which, if proved, could cost the desert state dearly. 12


However, at the time of writing, Qatar can still look forward to being the first ever Arab country to host the World Cup. Assuming the rumours are proven to be just that, the biggest concern surrounding the 2022 tournament is the climate. The World Cup is traditionally held in June and July when European teams are free from club commitments. But with temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius, it’s far from ideal for either players or fans. Temperature controlled stadia could perhaps have provided the answer. However, FIFA have now announced that the tournament will be held from November 21st to December 18th instead of the usual summer dates. With temperatures closer to 30 degrees C, the decision has been applauded by many. But how will this impact those clubs in the middle of their competitive season? FIFA have yet to provide a satisfactory answer to this widely asked question leaving fans to speculate the consequences of a winter tournament. Would it be correct to assume that those clubs with players away on international duty must simply play without them? Hardly fair when you consider what’s at stake in

the modern game. And would this discourage players from wanting to play for their country? If the chances of winning the league title with their club were higher than winning the World Cup with their country, would they sacrifice the opportunity to play in Qatar? A dilemma indeed. As for the fans, those travelling to Qatar will expect to see the world’s best players in action. After all, that’s what the World Cup is all about. Imagine their disappointment if key members of their national team were absent having decided not to travel. On the other side of the coin, those fans paying to watch their club team in the Premier League or La Liga, would expect to see its star players giving their all to secure another three points. The alternative is to kick-off the 2022/23 Premier League campaign (and others) in July instead of August, thus allowing for a month long break for the World Cup. It’s widely believed that matches would then resume on December 26th, retaining the traditional Christmas and New Year fixtures – an obvious money spinner for the clubs involved. The apparent down side to this, from the point of view of the players at least, is the shorter summer break between the end of one season and the start of the next. Somehow, I doubt many people will sympathise with the players on this particular issue. After all, their mega salaries must more than compensate for any forced holiday curtailment. Perhaps this attitude will change when fatigue kicks in early season and valuable points are lost. Opinions on the subject vary. There are those who insist the World Cup should be a summer tournament and that it should remain so regardless of where it is being played. Others believe it’s right to hold it in winter but to leave the European club fixtures unaltered; and some feel a break in the club fixtures is a small price to pay for a successful Middle East tournament. Of course, there are also those who don’t actually care one way or the other; we’re not all football fans, after all. Regardless of your opinion, it’s fair to say it all comes down to money. You only have to look at players’ transfer fees and salaries to realise how much money is involved in today’s game. Christiano Ronaldo’s recent transfer deal from Real Madrid to Juventus, for example, was worth a whopping €100million, rewarding him with a salary of €625,000 per week. Similarly, Neymar is reported to be earning €670,000 per week at PSG. Can any player really justify that kind of salary? Again, opinions differ. There’s no denying that top level football is a short career so it’s understandable that players should want to earn as much as they can, while they can. That said, footballers these days are not just sportsmen (and women), they’re also celebrities. As a result, they can command high financial rewards for product endorsements. Who doesn’t remember David Beckham’s Armani underwear ad? Many players also go on to earn substantial salaries as commentators or pundits. Thierry Henry was rumoured to be pocketing €4.5million a year for doing just that. Not bad work if you can get it. And what about the players who go on to become managers? Thanks to water-tight contracts, even those who are unsuccessful take home eye-watering amounts of money (Gary Neville’s brief period at Valencia springs to mind). It must be the only job in the world where you get paid a fortune for underperforming. Which brings me back to the World Cup. Historically, it was considered an honour to play for your country and

financial reward was not expected. However, players nowadays receive significant win bonuses when playing for their national team. It’s interesting to note then that French striker, Oliver Giroud, failed to get one single shot on target throughout the 2018 tournament. He must be extremely indebted to his team mates! Talking of which, teenage superstar Kylian Mbappe chose to donate his entire earnings from the World Cup to charity. The sum (thought to be in the region of €470,000) will provide free sports education to sick and disabled children. What a fine example to set to other players. It’s hard to believe – on and off the pitch – that he’s only nineteen years old. Of course, in the absence of major injury, Mbappe (and other elite players) can be assured of a financially secure future. Thanks to the money ploughed into the sport from broadcast revenues (home and abroad), sponsorship deals and other commercial activities, clubs these days have plenty of money to satisfy even the most demanding of players. And that’s before they’ve even sold a ticket! So is it fair to charge the fans so much for a ticket? Football is supposed to be a family sport yet ticket prices are forcing more and more fans away from the game (along with the constant play-acting of certain players). Coupled with the cost of official merchandise (a shirt will set you back in excess of €56) it’s no longer a sport for the working class. Yet there seems no end to this financial escalation. Transfer fees and player salaries continue to rise. Where will it all end? Surely there must come a time when the amount of money involved in player (and manager) contracts reaches a plateau. Whether it happens in our lifetime or not, remains to be seen. After all, many believe that the best players in the world deserve their sky-high salaries. They’re of the opinion that without ‘performers’ such as Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar, gate receipts will fall. So too will profits from club shirts and other official merchandise (Juventus sold €51m worth of CR7 shirts just 24 hours after signing the Portuguese star). Not forgetting that the payments made to clubs at the end of the season differ greatly depending on where in the league they finish. Those precious Champions League positions are also vitally important when it comes to club revenue. So if a club wants to guarantee a place in the Champions League, it must attract, and invest in, the best players. Thanks to the World Cup, those clubs were able to identify the next generation of superstars to help them do just that. Because like it or not, Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi won’t be around forever. It’s the likes of Kieren Tripper (England), N'Golo Kanté (France) and Diego Laxalt (Uruguay) that will be turning heads in Qatar. These names (and others) may be unfamiliar now, but these are the players likely to be demanding jaw-dropping salaries in the future and encouraging fans to make the trip to Qatar. So how will Qatar cope with the influx of visitors in 2022? Undoubtedly, the state will benefit from the massive amount of money pumped into its economy, assuming it has the infrastructure to cope with the deluge. It certainly has a hard act to follow. Russia exceeded all expectations as hosts of the FIFA 2018 World Cup displaying not just impeccable organisation skills but also a certain level of tolerance towards visitors. With viewing figures across the entire tournament estimated at half the world’s adult population, it was vital that Russia projected the appropriate image. Qatar must now focus on doing the same. Thanks to the ongoing rumour mill, it certainly has its work cut out.





veryone wishes for a nicer world where Earth is filled with beauty within.

This is not the best world but it is the best way to get to the best world. People wait for somebody to act or make a change. But you are that somebody, so be the change. For someone to know, it means they are able to act and it moves you to do something about it. If we start with our community, we firstly have to consider the divinely inspired purpose of Islam. The word Islam means 'making peace' which yields a just worldly order. Society taught us what is approved or rejected is decided by society. The individual view explains that when someone decides to value something it is basically because it is beneficial to oneself. But God created everything, including freewill. When it is abused humans do wrongful acts because they are corrupted. People are only striving for wealth, power and control. No person is perfect yet everyone wants to grow. So they must want the will to change. There are still many who live with the principle of doing good and being kind, other than the fact that we do good because it is the right thing to do. A selfless act teaches us patience, trust and self-sacrifice which has great value and gives joy. People become miserable from pointless things in their lives, such as waiting in line or a car curving in front of them, and they don't take a moment to acknowledge the real 14


problems of life; countries are going through war, people are losing their homes and children are starving to death. If everyone took a moment during a situation where they felt their lives were a mess, to re-evaluate their lives compared to those who are less fortunate, they would appreciate what they have and change their perceptions about the world. Progress can’t happen unless you start with yourself. When you have gained inner peace and have reached contentment then you can take the next step into making the world a better place. People get caught up with this busy world and don't stop and take time to appreciate its beauty; a child discovering his shadow, the accomplishment of gaining a degree, a family dinner, an elderly couple's stroll in the park. All these things, if paid close attention to, will have an impact on one's attitude and will help the person give back to the world even in the slightest way. For example, a smile to greet people, sincere and productive advice, lending a hand to make somebody's job easier or a protest for a good cause. Gandhi was a vegetarian and fell sick one day. His doctor prescribed him to have chicken broth but he refused for he would never eat another living being. Instead, he made his own plant remedy. People followed his beliefs and slaughter houses were - and are still - banned in some cities in India. His act resulted in what he wanted to see in the world and soon after used his power to free an entire country with his peaceful movement. Mahatma Gandhi taught us to never underestimate how, even with a small personal contribution, you can change the world.

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all me old fashioned but I’m a great lover of the English language. It is one of the top three spoken languages in the world (along with Mandarin and Spanish) and is viewed by many as the world’s most influential language. So why do people insist on playing with it, changing it and adding to it? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not averse to change, but is it really necessary to invent new words just for the sake of it?

Chillax is another one. Unsurprisingly, it means to chill and relax. Why invent a new word when the original two offered a more than adequate description?

I’ve had my trusty Oxford Dictionary since I was at school. It served me well throughout my education as well as my career and is still referred to on a regular basis. It looks a little battered (well, don’t we all?) but it’s still a useful tool that I wouldn’t be without. Of course, I could replace it with a new, pristine version but I much prefer the traditional definitions in my original copy than the weird and wonderful interpretations in today’s version.

Sadly, it doesn’t end there. New words are added to the Oxford English Dictionary every year. Admittedly, some are justified, born from modern technology and therefore created and used out of necessity. Examples are hyperconnected, defined as the widespread or habitual use of devices with internet connectivity and tech-savvy, meaning well informed about or proficient in the use of modern technology.

For example, in my dictionary, canary is accurately defined as a small, yellow songbird. In the new version, however, it is also described as losing one’s composure. What? Similarly, sick is correctly listed in my dictionary as unwell, distressed or likely to vomit. Since when did it also mean awesome? And, in my world, a snowflake will always be a flake of snow, not an insulting term for someone easily offended.

But other words are less warranted. The term starchitect is now used to describe a famous architect. A listicle is an article presented in the form of a list and a normie is someone who goes along with popular opinion without thinking for themselves. Is it just me or are these words totally unnecessary?

As if these double meanings weren’t bad enough, we’re also forced to endure new, slang expressions. On fleek was apparently first used to describe perfectly groomed eyebrows but is now applied to anything from hair to fashion. What’s wrong with perfect or impeccable or exquisite? 16


To make matters worse, good, solid words like obviously and totally are now being abbreviated to form new shorter, slang alternatives such as obvs and totes. Really? What is the point? The only reason (or excuse) for such terminology is laziness. It’s not good to dis (disrespect) the English language in this manner! Whatevs (whatever).

Thanks mainly to social media and what is now commonly referred to as text-speak, we also have to tolerate abbreviations in our dictionary. Initialisms such as SMH (shake my head), WDYT (what do you think?) and ICYMI (in case you missed it) all appear in the Oxford Dictionary, in my opinion, making a mockery of its original intended use to provide a comprehensive resource to scholars and academic researchers. But like it or not, these slangsters are here to stay. Deffo.



“I see Islamic geometric patterns, calligraphy and Sadu naturally finding their way into my work.”



Ricardas Blazukas enjoys an artistic career within the fields of architecture, art and design. Recently having exchanged his fulltime architect’s job for an independent artistic career he is due to complete some of his most exciting work yet. CP Magazine sat down with the talented designer to learn more about what’s to come.


Ricardas, please tell us about yourself. I am an independent architect, artist and designer who calls Kuwait home. I was born and raised in Lithuania and educated in the UK. I moved to Kuwait to work as a design architect at a local multi-disciplinary firm right after graduation in London four years ago. Now, I am in my first year working independently and it’s a pretty fun ride.

Tell us about your education. I grew up in a musical family and attended a music school for eight years. I also went to art school and was involved in a graffiti movement as a teenager. The street culture heightened my awareness of the urban environment that surrounded me and made me think about how architecture affects the way people live. So, I decided to move to London to study architecture and after finishing a master of architecture degree at Westminster University, I ended up in Kuwait.

What fascinates you in architecture? Architects design spaces for people and to do that successfully the architect must have an open mind – he or she must be able to approach design briefs from different perspectives, whether the client’s or the user’s. Architecture offers a continuous learning process. One day you might be designing someone’s house and the next you might need to learn everything there is to know about how a certain institution works, how people use their facilities and how architecture can improve their daily lives. My first project at university was a youth centre inspired by my own childhood memories. It was interesting to look back at my life and understand how architecture played an important role in the way I chose to do things. Approaching architecture from this perspective fascinated me and it felt good to pursue this field as my career.

Were you always interested in art from a young age or was it something you came to love over time? I always enjoyed art, but my understanding of art grew with time. I was fortunate to have professors at university who approached architecture from the perspective of art. Throughout my university years, I studied art, made many sculptures and created many drawings and paintings, all of which informed the projects I design.

When did you make your first sculpture?

How did living in the UK influence your work? I was most influenced by two professors, Sean Griffiths and Kester Rattenbury, at the University of Westminster. The work that I do today stems from the two years that I spent as a member of their Design Studio 15. I became particularly interested in chance in art and design. I was introduced to John Cage, who composed music using the Chinese Book of Chance, I Ching, and then, similarly, I created a series of paintings driven by chance. I also built kilns for ceramics, where I experimented with different types of firing techniques to achieve unexpected aesthetics in product design.

Tell us about your artistic collaborations and projects in Kuwait. I am currently working with a product designer Kawther Al Saffar and an architect Jassim Al Nashmi on a Kuwait City Pavilion project to be built as part of Abwab - the highlight concept of Dubai Design Week this coming November. Our pavilion called ‘Desert Cast’ displays how functional objects can be cast from metal using sand. Our focus is to present the accessibility of craftsmanship in Kuwait and push the boundaries of local design. I am also the curator of the ‘50 Years of Architecture in Kuwait’ exhibition, which will take place in October. It is organized by architecture firm Pace, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The highlight of the exhibition will be an archive displaying some of the oldest architectural drawings of Kuwait. I am also working with my past collaborators – a young architecture firm in London, Boano Prišmontas, on an exciting design installation concept made for a specific location in Kuwait, so watch this space! Last but not least, I have a number of artwork commissions regionally including original art for a high-end villa, a 5-star hotel in Qatar and a local design concept store.

Which tools do you use the most?

I was in my second year at university when I created a mixed mortar and gypsum block of ‘Schaulager’, one of my all-time favourite buildings designed by architects Herzog & De Meuron in Switzerland. It was just an abstract architectural model, but it had so much beauty in the form and depth in the texture. I didn’t think of it as a sculpture when I made it, but I wish I hadn’t thrown it out as I would have it displayed at home with my other sculptures.

Since my work is so broad, I’ll mention a few. For paintings, I usually go for acrylics on canvas or wood. For murals, I print and cut stencils and use spray paint. For ceramics, I use my own built kiln which I fire outdoors. Plus, of course, a variety of software to conceptualize my designs such as Rhino, AutoCAD and Adobe Illustrator.

What are some of the projects you worked on in Kuwait as an architect?

First and foremost, I start with a pen and a sheet of paper. I sketch and scribble, which helps to loosen up my mind in search of ideas.

The first project I worked on was the New Maternity Hospital, which is currently undergoing construction. It’s worth mentioning that I also worked on plans for the New Palace of Justice, an iconic project to be built in Kuwait City some years from now.


What mediums do you work in and why? I enjoy taking up new briefs and exploring new processes, constantly expanding my eclectic portfolio. I have created large-scale murals, small and large-scale ceramics and various castable sculptures. I’ve also used both woodwork and metalwork in my creative projects. That said, all my work shares common aesthetic elements, including a juxtaposition of bold colours and geometry.


Do you have a typical working process?

What are you currently fascinated by and how is it feeding into your work? During my first years in Kuwait, many people asked me how Kuwait influenced my work. I didn’t feel like it did at the time,


but now – four years later – I see Islamic geometric patterns, calligraphy and Sadu naturally finding their way into my work. It’s not overly apparent, but the motifs are there. It’s an organic process.

How much does your work studio influence your creative thoughts? A creative environment is a key element in my work process. I see my work as an ongoing development. Being surrounded with the work that I’ve done helps me find and develop new starting points.

How would you describe your design ethos and how do you ensure that you stick to it? It is important to me that my work reflects original thought. Sometimes I even avoid looking at precedents and try to build on my own work. I enjoy an element of chance in my work and sometimes deliberately choose to work in an environment where things can go off track. I try to embrace errors and look for opportunities for them to inform my work.

What is your favourite ever project that you have worked on and why? My favourite project must be ‘Aidah – An Invisible City’, an installation done for Dubai Design Week 2017 in collaboration with my friends Jonas Prišmontas and Tomaso Boano, who are founding partners of the previously mentioned architecture studio Boano Prišmontas based in London. I enjoyed the creative energy that we all brought into our project, the challenges that we managed to overcome, the final result of our work and the good times we had together.

What subject matters interest you? What are some of the stories behind your work? Through our ‘Aidah’ installation, we spoke about Dubai – the way the city was built and the future that it awaits. Through ‘Ceramic Stools Collection’ project, which was awarded a runner-up position at Middle East Emergent Designer Prize last year, I experimented with 'chance' in the process of firing ceramics. Through our ‘Desert Cast’ project, we want to shed light on the accessibility to different crafts and skills in Kuwait.

Who or what has been the biggest influence on your approach? My work pivoted after I first saw a Ken Price sculpture at a gallery in New York. For me, it had everything I was interested in – ceramics, geometry, colour and architectural form. I then dug deeper into the Memphis Art movement and became fascinated by creative artists such as Ettore Sottsass and Peter Shire – who have completed a range of creative work from pottery to product design to large-scale sculptures and even architecture.

Is there any other creative work you’d like to explore in the future? I would love to create a large scale public art sculpture to be built somewhere in Kuwait City and hope that this can happen soon. I also enjoy curatorial work and hope to pursue more projects within that field.

What are some of your upcoming projects? The above mentioned ‘Desert Cast – A Kuwait City Pavilion’ at Dubai Design Week, ‘50 Years of Architecture in Kuwait’ exhibition, as well as a solo show displaying my latest paintings at one of the galleries in Kuwait.

What advice can you give to beginning artists? Aim to bridge the gap between creative fields. Experiment with different media, scales and materials. The experience of using a variety of crafts and techniques will inform your work and help your work get noticed.

What’s the best piece of advice you have heard and repeat to others? Search for things that bring you happiness and self-fulfillment; everything else will follow. 22


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The City of Winds In The Land Of Fire The Land of Fire might sound like something you could only visit in a film or a book, but it’s actually nestled between Armenia, Iran and Russia, on the border of Asia and Europe, in the country of Azerbaijan. The country is as magical as its nickname makes it sound, with a mixture of rural countryside, impressive mountain backdrops, and dry landscapes dotted with volcanoes. Throughout the country’s history there have also been a few fiery mysteries that have helped to form Azerbaijan’s reputation as the Land of Fire. Flames would burst not only from the mountains, but also from the ocean, and fires would burn seemingly constantly. As you can imagine, the fires of Azerbaijan were regarded with suspicion, fear and wonder, but there’s actually a scientific explanation behind them. The land in Azerbaijan is rich in oil and subterranean natural gas, which often leaks up through the earth and is then ignited, which causes a fire to burn until the gas runs out. Azerbaijan is also a gateway between the east and the west. It is home to different cultures and industries, and the influence of different historic empires can be seen in every village, town and city. But the capital city, Baku, is where everything in Azerbaijan comes together. Baku literally translates as ‘wind-pounded city’ and it’s known around the world as the City of Winds, thanks to the cold winds from the Caspian Sea that blow through Baku year-round. But there’s so much more to the city than its infamous strong winds. Baku is the meeting point of different cultures and industries in Azerbaijan. As the country’s capital and a city with traces of human settlement that date back to the stone age, the city is the perfect place to visit for those wanting to taste everything Azerbaijan has to offer. Even just a short visit to Baku will be packed full of history, culture and beautiful natural scenery.



Setting foot in Baku Having decided to visit the City of Winds, we flew to Baku on 11th July and were greeted by one of the most efficient airports we’ve ever flown to. There were plenty of counters open at security and, thanks to our e-visa, we practically flew through security. After we’d collected our bags and made our way into the arrivals hall, several people approached us offering taxi services. Whilst we were hoping to get a taxi to our first hotel, we decided to play it safe and make our way to the official airport taxi counter. We hadn’t brought any of the local currency with us though, so we stopped off at the currency exchange counter and in no time at all we exchanged 20 of our Kuwaiti Dinars for 100 Azerbaijani Manat, which was more than enough to pay for the taxi fare of 28AZN.

modern Azerbaijan and its deep connection with both the past and the future. Each part of the Centre’s logo also has a deep meaning; the silver symbolising leadership, struggle and wisdom; the lines symbolising Azerbaijan’s dynamic development; and the overall logo representing Azerbaijan’s progress, future and aspirations. With the Centre having so much meaning behind it, and with it being such a beautiful building, even just the drive past it was emotional and awe-inspiring. Finally, we had made it to the City of Winds.

The official taxis were easy to spot, as they were exactly the same style as London cabs, the only difference being that rather than black they were purple in colour. Inside was comfortable enough too, with plenty of space for the four of us. We were able to sit facing each other, so we could chat and enjoy the views of the city as we drove to our first hotel. Our twenty minute taxi ride gave us the chance to take in the city and we were pleasantly surprised by how modern the cityscape was. Baku might have a lot of history but its streets are lined with modern buildings and the contemporary Flame Towers define the city’s impressive skyline. We also drove past a lot of the places we were planning on visiting during our trip, including the Heydar Aliyev Centre: a cultural centre and an architectural masterpiece by the late architect Zaha Hadid. The Heydar Aliyev Centre was an attraction I had been excited to visit for a while and the main reason we chose Baku as our destination. The Centre is one of the most iconic buildings in Baku, its design symbolising


Holiday Inn: our first hotel in Baku Just a few minutes after driving past the Heydar Aliyev Centre, we approached Holiday Inn, our home for the next two nights. The area around the hotel seemed even more city-like than what we’d already seen, with surrounding office buildings, shopping malls like Port Baku Shopping Mall, popular fashion shops and luxury car showrooms. Two towers stood tall above these buildings though and as we got closer, we realised that these two towers were part of Holiday Inn, our hotel. The two towers actually formed each side of the ‘H’ shaped building, with the lobby in the middle. After thanking our taxi driver, we entered the hotel and found ourselves in a sleek and modern lobby. There was a long front desk, with several staff checking people in and out, and helping with any queries, and beside the front desk there was also an 26


Holiday Inn Baku Keykab Khanim Safaraliyeva Street 5, AZ1010, Baku – Azerbaijan Phone: +994 12 599 1105 Fax: +994 12 599 1101

electronic information point. We had arrived around midday and there were plenty of people coming, going and waiting in the lobby. That being said, the lobby was so spacious that it didn’t feel busy at all and within a few seconds we were greeted by friendly and helpful staff who helped us check-in quickly and smoothly. After the check-in process, we made our way to our room on the 6th floor. The room had a simple yet elegant design, with a comfortable king bed and a big window offering great views of the city. There was also a large TV, a laptopfriendly workspace and an armchair by the window to relax in. The effective air conditioning and black-out curtains also made the room the perfect place to escape from the heat for a while.

Venturing into the Old City After exploring our room and unpacking some of our luggage, we decided to make the most of the rest of the afternoon and get out and about. We asked reception for recommendations on where to go for the afternoon and where to grab a bite to eat. They suggested we took a taxi to the Old City, so we did just that. The Old City was just a ten minute drive from the hotel so the taxi fare hardly cost us anything, although we could easily withdraw money from the ATM in the hotel’s lobby. Our driver dropped us just outside the Maiden Tower, a monument dating back centuries and one that I’d been excited to see. As one of Azerbaijan’s national emblems, and as a monument that appears on the local currency notes, it was a must-see. I’d also heard so much about the myths and legends surrounding the tower. No-one knows exactly when or why it was built, but there are several interesting tales about the Maiden Tower’s history. In some legends, the tower was a fire temple tower, which stood amidst the constantly burning fires of Azerbaijan. One myth even states that

fire actually burned on top of the tower and when a piece of this holy fire fell to the ground, a fiery haired girl arose from the flames, who then saved the slaves of Baku. The mystery and historic value of the Maiden Tower has made it one of the most valued national emblems, so it’s now a much loved tourist attraction which houses a museum about the history of the city and also a gift shop. Unfortunately, by the time we got to there, the Tower had actually closed for the day, but we were still able to enjoy the sight of the Maiden Tower, take our photos and enjoy the surrounding area: The Old City. We strolled through the streets of the Old City, taking in the lively atmosphere and quaint buildings in the city’s historic centre. We browsed the shops selling gifts, souvenirs and antiques, before deciding to find somewhere to eat. Choosing a restaurant wasn’t an easy decision, as there were so many delicious looking places, but eventually we decided on the Hanimeli restaurant which had outdoor seating and a local feel. The food was even better than we’d imagined and we couldn’t have asked for a better price per dish. After our late lunch we were pretty tired and the thought of walking wasn’t quite

so appealing anymore. We took a short stroll though to walk off some of our lunch and picked up some tour package leaflets to take a look through. Then we took a cab back to the hotel so we could relax and make the most of the hotel facilities for the rest of the day.


A relaxing afternoon at Holiday Inn Once we got back to the hotel, the first thing we wanted to do was check out the indoor pool. We stopped by the room quickly to gather our swimming things before heading down to the 2nd floor to take a refreshing dip. The indoor heated pool was just what we needed after a long day of travelling and exploring in the sun. We had the pool pretty much to ourselves, so we had a good swim and relax on the rattan loungers. We could even order soft drinks, protein drinks and milk shakes by the poolside. As well as the pool, there were also a few spa facilities, including a steam room, a sauna and hydrotherapy jets. So we were able to get the full spa experience just four floors down from our hotel room. We also had the option to book spa treatments with the team of professional therapists. There was a whole spa menu, including skin treatments, massages, beauty treatments like manicures, pedicures and reflexology therapies. If we’d have had the energy, we could also have made use of the fully equipped fitness centre which had all the gym equipment you could possibly imagine, including rowers, treadmills, bike machines, weights and more. There was even an on-site fitness trainer for anyone that needed any help or advice. Once we’d finished our swim, we headed back up to our room. We connected to the highspeed Wi-Fi and used our spare time to call family and friends and share our experience and photos so far. We then decided to make a plan for the next day, so we could fit as much in as possible. We browsed all of the tour leaflets we had picked up earlier that day and eventually we all agreed on a full-day tour of 7 tourist locations in the city. We called and booked the tour for 200AZN and suddenly couldn’t wait for tomorrow. All of the excitement meant we’d built up an appetite, so we thought we’d try out the Holiday Inn’s room service, rather than going back out into the city. The hotel offered both a room service menu and the chance to order in from off-site restaurants, so even without leaving our room we were spoilt for choice when deciding what to have for dinner. We chose a few things from the room service menu rather than ordering in, as we’d had a big lunch. Our food arrived quickly and was just what we needed after a long day.



Breakfast was a continental buffet, with every breakfast item you could ever want or need, from fruit, to cereals, to pastries. There was so Breakfast with a view much to choose from we ended up having a little of almost everything so by the time we The next day we woke up refreshed and ready had finished we were absolutely stuffed! for our full-day tour. We’d had the perfect sleep, thanks to the comfortable beds and our Around us in the restaurant was a mixture of previous afternoon of relaxation. The black-out other families and tourists getting ready for curtains and air conditioning had kept us cool a day of sightseeing, plus those traveling for during the night and stopped the sun breaking business. The hotel’s facilities meant it was perfect for any kind of traveller. through the room too early in the morning. There was plenty of space in the room for us all to wash and get ready for the day and the walk-in shower was the perfect way to freshen up after a long and deep sleep. Once we were all ready, we made our way up to the 18th floor, where our included breakfast was served. When we walked into the restaurant, we were instantly stunned by the amazing views over the city. The large windows meant that we could look out and admire the view whilst eating. I’m honestly not sure what was better, the food or the view!

One day, five sights After breakfast we made our way down to lobby to wait to be picked up for our tour. We weren’t the only ones off on a day tour, as there were several groups waiting to be picked up in the lobby, all them looking as excited as we felt. We didn’t have to wait long though, as our driver was already waiting for us and he showed us to a Mercedes Viano, our ride for the day. The SUV was modern and comfortable and the air conditioning gave us a welcome break from the hot sunny weather.

mosque that was destroyed by the Bolsheviks in 1936. The mosque was definitely a sight to behold, its three domes decorated with turquoise and green mirrors and inscriptions from the Qur’an. The mosque is also home to the tomb of Ukeyma Khanum, a descendent of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and is now the spiritual centre for Muslims in this area of Azerbaijan. The mosque has become well-known around the world, thanks to Alexander Dumas and his book ‘The World’, in which he wrote ‘The mosque - a place of worship for infertile women, they come here on foot, worship, and within a year gain the ability to give birth.’

The first destination of the day was the Mud Volcanoes. These volcanoes were grey in colour and more flat-lying than most typical volcanoes. They erupt every twenty years or so, when gas trying to escape the earth ignites below the surface, causing an explosion. It sounds scary, but the mud volcanoes are quite far out from the cities, so rarely do they interfere with human life.

This was quite a sight to see, with flames burning high into the air. Knowing that this fire had been burning for who knows how long made the whole experience even more magical. We decided to end our tour there, as we were all exhausted after an early start and active day of sightseeing in the sun. So we hopped back in the SUV one last time and made our way back to the hotel.

The tour had definitely been a success. We’d seen more of Baku in one day than we could have managed to fit in on our own and we’d seen just how vast and varied the natural sights of Azerbaijan are. After visiting the Bibi-Heybat Mosque, we were all exhausted and hungry. Our guide recommended we stop for lunch at the MD Palace Elita Restaurant. The food was fantastic, with a range of European and Mediterranean dishes available, but more than anything we were grateful for a rest. We then continued our trip with a visit to the Fire Temple, also known as Ateshgah. The temple is built like a castle-complex, with a pentagonal shape, and dates back to the 17th century. The temple was built above a natural gas vent, where natural fires would occur, and in the middle of the temple’s courtyard there is an altar, once used for fire rituals. When the natural gas would ignite, it would light a fire in the alter and in the rooftop corners of the temple.

Our guide told us that the mud from these volcanoes can actually be used as a cure for skin problems, so we seized the opportunity to fill a few bottles with it to take home to my Mom, who struggles with skin problems.

The friendly greetings of the hotel staff when we returned made it feel like we’d come home. We’d made our way up to our room, kicked off our shoes and collapsed onto the bed. Somehow, our room felt even more comfortable and homely after a big day out. We’d had a long day in the hot sun, so we each had a much-needed shower before taking some time out to just relax in the room. Once we had recovered from the day of adventure, we thought we’d make the most of our last night in Holiday Inn by visiting the pool again. This time though, we probably did more relaxing than actual swimming! When we got back to the room we decided to order room service again. It was so good the night before that we couldn’t wait to have it again and we were definitely too tired to go back out for dinner.

Our last morning at Holiday Inn

We then moved on to the Gobustan Caves, where an English speaking guide told us all about the ancient carvings in the caves which depict prehistoric life in the Caucasus region. There were carvings of boats and battles, dances and rituals, even the sun and stars. After the caves we went to the Bibi-Heybat Mosque, a recreation of the 13th century

The Fire Temple used to be a place of worship first for Zoroastrians and later for Hindus, but in the 19th century it was abandoned completely. The fires now no longer burn at Baku’s Ateshgah, as the land’s natural gas has been removed and exploited. Our next stop was again fire related, as we visited the Fire Mountain (Yanar Dag). Baku’s Fire Mountain is also known as the eternally burning fire of Azerbaijan. This hill is located on top of a natural gas pocket, and with no source of liquid to extinguish the fire, the fire has been burning in this very spot for as long as anyone can remember.

The next morning was our last morning at Holiday Inn, as later that day we were checking in to Baku’s Four Seasons Hotel. We made the most of breakfast once again, trying the different breakfast items that we didn’t have room for the morning before. We took in the view from the 18th floor one last time and then ventured out for a stroll around the hotel. We went to the Port Baku Mall, which was directly opposite the hotel. The mall was a huge modern shopping centre with a beautiful design and lots of designer and luxury brands. After we’d browsed the shops and taken in the grandeur of the mall, we headed back outside to continue walking around the area. Once we were satisfied we’d seen as much as we wanted to, we took a cab to our second hotel: the Four Seasons Hotel.


A royal welcome at the Four Seasons Hotel It only took us ten minutes or so to drive to the Four Seasons Hotel from Holiday Inn. As we approached we were delighted to see that the Four Seasons Hotel was just a stone's throw from the Old City. In fact, it was almost within its boundaries, so we were excited to be so close to the Maiden Tower. When we entered the hotel, we were struck by the grandeur of the lobby. Intricate glass chandeliers hung above a marble floor and luxe gold ornamental candleholders lined the walls. A grand staircase spiralled round the Roman-style pillars, leading to the rooms and suites, which we were now desperate to see. As if the classically elegant design of the hotel wasn’t a grand enough welcome, we were greeted by a friendly team of staff, who called me by name without me even having to introduce myself. It wasn’t just one member of staff who knew my name and was expecting me, every 30


Four Seasons Hotel Baku, Azerbaijan 1, Neftchilar Avenue, Baku, AZ1095, Azerbaijan Phone:+994 12 404 2424 Fax:+994 12 404 2425 Email:

staff member we came across greeted me personally (again using my name), making me feel like royalty. This was shaping up to be one of the most impressive hotels we had ever stayed in, with the building being an architectural work of art and the staff being so attentive. We took a seat on one of the comfortable sofas in the lobby whilst the staff sorted our room and prepared our keys. Without us even asking, a waiter brought us all some cold and fresh water. The hotel had a total of nine floors, and our room was on the 7th, which was one of the top floors. Above us, on the eighth floor there were more guest rooms, as well as two Presidential Suites. Above that was the much-anticipated Jaleh Spa and treatment rooms. The pool was actually on the same floor as our room, but to reach it we had to enter the Health Centre on the 9th or 5th floor to take a private elevator to it. .

We could barely contain our excitement as we opened the door to our room - we definitely weren’t disappointed! The room had more space than we knew what to do with. It was as elegant and luxurious in design as the lobby had been, with a gold frame around the huge bed, fresh flowers in a delicate vase and matching armchairs, foot stools and ottomans. Tall glass double doors opened out onto a balcony where we could take in the beautiful view of Baku’s water promenade and, for the evenings, floor length drapes could be pulled across to block out the light. The moment we saw the view we were thrilled to be on the highest possible floor.

There was also a generously sized desk with a swish and comfortable office chair and a useful desk lamp, so had we been traveling for business, the room would have been perfect for work as well as leisure. Once we’d finished marvelling at the luxury of our room, we took a look at our bathroom. We were already in love with the Four Seasons Hotel, but after seeing the beautiful bathroom, we didn’t ever want to leave! A gold framed mirror filled the space above the two silvertapped sinks and two lamps either side of the mirror lit up the bathroom perfectly, making the silver and gold shine in contrast with the sleek black surface tops and marble panels. We had both a rainfall shower and a bath with complimentary toiletries fit for a King.

After taking in the splendour of our room and the view, we freshened up, unpacked some of our luggage, then headed out for lunch. It was tempting to just spend the day enjoying the hotel, but we only had a couple of days left in Baku and wanted to make the most of it. The friendly team of staff on the front desk recommended that we try the Burc Qala restaurant in the Old City. The restaurant had a historic theme, with stone walls and tapestry-style seats inside, and an al fresco seating area covered with a trellis. This was by far the best restaurant we had visited in Baku. The food and the ambience were perfect and the location couldn’t have been better. The staff were friendly, welcoming and helpful and despite the prime location, the price was very reasonable.


There was also sun loungers around the pool’s edge were we could sit and relax or read after a swim. Once we’d had a swim and enjoyed the pool area, we made our way back to the room where we were able to catch one of the FIFA matches on TV. We didn’t want to miss the finals, so were more than pleased that we could watch the football on our large flat screen, whilst relaxing on our comfortable beds. After lunch we took a short walk before visiting the Carpet Museum that we’d heard so much about. The Carpet Museum was directly opposite the hotel and displayed different Azerbaijani rugs, carpets and weaving styles. The museum has the largest collection of Azerbaijani carpets in the world.

Once the match was over we got up and went back out to explore the city some more. We walked for around fifteen minutes to Fountain Square, which turned out to be a busy and interesting place, with lots of people gathering to enjoy the good weather. We walked around the area for a while, taking in the atmosphere before grabbing a quick burger from one of the food trucks. We then decided to call it a day and headed back to the Four Seasons to get a good night’s rest. From the museum we walked back to the hotel, using the underground subway. The second we entered the hotel, we were hit with the loveliest fragrance you can imagine. Everywhere we went in the hotel, even in the elevators, this fragrance filled the air making each moment sweeter. We had seen a little of the area outside, but now we were keen to explore the pool and the spa, so we gathered our swimming things from the room and made our way up. We stopped by a balcony overlooking the indoor pool before making our way down where we were amazed to see that it was absolutely huge. In fact, it was probably the best pool we had ever seen inside a hotel. The high ceiling seemed to be miles above the pool, making it feel even grander, and the window-shaped arches in the wall were filled with gold paintings of trees, making the pool feel connected with the outside world. 32


Visiting the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre We woke up feeling a little reluctant to leave our beds as they were so comfortable, but we were excited to see what the Four Seasons had in store for breakfast, and today was the day we were going to visit the Heydar Aliyev Centre. Breakfast was held in Zafferano’s, an elegant dining room, with the same luxe gold theme as the rest of the hotel. There was plenty to choose from at breakfast, with a continental breakfast buffet, a separate Zafferano’s breakfast buffet serving both hot and cold items, a bakery section, egg dishes to order and more. As you can imagine, we made the most of

ground floor housed a photo and art exhibition, whilst the next floor was full of miniature models of buildings in Baku. The next floors had exhibitions on dolls, fashion from different eras and other art exhibitions.

A pampering afternoon at the Four Seasons Spa That afternoon, I had booked myself in at the spa for their famous Jaleh massage. This massage used pressure techniques and Moroccan Argan oil to relieve stress. I can definitely say, I felt amazing afterwards! Travelling is obviously a lot of fun, but it also involves a lot of walking and planning, which can build up tension in the muscles, so this massage was just what I needed.

After we’d made our way through everything in the first part, we moved on to the second part, where we saw exhibitions and displays dedicated to the history of Baku and the personal life and achievements of Hayder Aliyev. After this, we walked along to the museum of miniature books – the only one of its kind in the world.

It had been a busy and tiring day so far, so we made our way back to the hotel and ordered food to the room.

breakfast and took our time enjoying the delicious food and friendly atmosphere. Once we were satisfied we’d eaten enough to set us up for the day, we took a taxi to the Heydar Aliyev Centre. Even though we’d driven past it on our journey from the airport, we were still amazed by the beauty of its design when we approached it for the second time. The curved design blended so seamlessly with the city that it seemed just to rise out of the pavement.

There were two parts to the building, the first part consisted of five floors, and the second had four floors, so there was plenty to explore. Even just the first part was packed with displays, exhibitions and information. The

After the treatment I was able to relax in the spa and health club. The 9th floor Jaleh Spa was even more luxurious than what we’d seen of the rest of the hotel. There were windows offering the best views in the whole hotel, comfortable heated loungers to relax on, a Jacuzzi, and a Turkishstyle hammam. It’s safe to say that when I left the spa, I felt more relaxed than ever before.


From the National Museum of History we took a taxi to the second largest mall in Baku: the Ganclik Mall. The mall was modern with a glass ceiling, several floors and lots of international brands to browse. We had The next day we decided to try and fit a few things in, as it was our last lunch here in the food court, as there were so many different restaurants full day in Baku. I was feeling rejuvenated after my spa afternoon the to choose from, before returning to the hotel to relax and watch the FIFA finals. previous day, so I was raring to go and excited to see more of the city.

Our last full day in Baku

The first thing on the agenda was Upland Park, which was fairly close to the hotel. The park is one of the most picturesque places in Baku. There were lots of steps to walk to the top of the park, but it was definitely worth the climb. We had a great view of the city and the Flame Towers from the top and we were able to take some amazing holiday photos. After the park, we visited the National Museum of History, which was split into two parts, much like the Heydar Aliyev Centre. We started with the first part which was a museum about the history of Baku and Azerbaijan, before moving on to the second part which focused on the life of Haji Zeynalabdin Taghiyev, an Azerbaijani national industrial magnate and philanthropist.

After the finals, we went for a walk to the Boulevard Park, which ran alongside the seafront. We enjoyed the evening breeze as we walked along the promenade in the City of Winds. We couldn’t help but feel a little sad that this was our last evening in Baku. We walked to the Old City to have dinner at the Mangal Restaurant before heading back to the hotel to prepare for our flight the next day.

Saying goodbye to Baku The next day we had a leisurely morning, taking our time to get ready and have breakfast. We weren’t in any rush so we ordered some of the cooked dishes from the breakfast menu, which, no surprise, were delicious. When we left the breakfast dining room, the staff recommended that before leaving we visit Hi-VIP, Baku’s best sweet shop, to buy and try some local sweets, so we headed out into the city one last time, on a mission to find some tasty and sweet souvenirs. Hi-VIP definitely lived up to our expectations. The owner of the store was friendly and helpful and recommended different sweets to us. We bought some local sweets including Shekerbura and Pakhlava, to take home for friends and family, before getting a taxi to the airport. Our time in Baku had been amazing, but it was now time to say goodbye to the beautiful city, and catch our flight home.





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Hamburg, a major port city in northern Germany, is connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River. It's crossed by hundreds of canals, and also contains large areas of parkland. Near its core, Inner Alster lake is dotted with boats and surrounded by cafes. The city's central Jungfernstieg boulevard connects the Neustadt (new town) with the Altstadt (old town), home to landmarks like 18th-century St. Michael’s Church.


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Park Hyatt Hamburg

Set off Mönckebergstraße shopping street, this elegant hotel is 1 km from the Hamburger Kunsthalle art museum and 2.6 km from St. Pauli Piers.

Hotel Atlantic Kempinski

Dating from 1909, this grand luxury hotel on the shores of Alster Lake is a 9-minute walk from Hamburg Hbf station, a 15-minute walk from the Old Town and 4.6 km from the Alter Elbtunnel.

Pizza Puro Steigenberger Hotel

Overlooking the Alsterfleet canal, this elegant hotel is a 9-minute walk from St. Michael’s Church and 2.4 km from the Kunsthalle Hamburg art museum.

Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall

Overlooking the Alster Canal in the historic old town, this upscale hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Rathaus U-Bahn and a 12-minute walk from the Chilehaus.


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Port of Hamburg Cruise

Get a spectacular view of one of the world’s largest ports from the vantage of the water. With Hamburg’s skyline providing the backdrop, you board a boat for engaging stories about the sea trade as you glide by the historic Speicherstadt warehouse complex, luxury yachts, and container terminals.

Blankenese Bicycle Tour

Explore the longtime fishing village of Blankenese, renowned for its little thatched cottages, half-timbered houses, and large mansions on the banks of the Elbe. Let this bicycle tour show you the charm of the community at your leisure.



Kunsthalle Museum in Hamburg, Germany is an art gallery that showcases famous drawings and paintings by various European masters of art dating back to the 14th century. The museum is home to masterpieces by German, Dutch, Flemish, Italian and French artists. The gallery was founded in 1850 with an objective to display the progress of European art through a collage of art works of various painters and artist of different centuries starting from the middle ages.



Miniatur Wunderland

Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany is a park that offers something unique for the young and the young at heart as well. It is a truly miniature world that boasts of the largest model railway system in the world. Located in the Warehouse District of Hamburg, it is spread over an area of 1300 sq. meters. Thousands of tourists make their way to the park every year. This is a massive miniature project where construction started in 2000 and is slated to continue well into 2026.

Bon voyage!


joseberrocoso Currently based in the GCC and exploring the Middle East, I have lived in three continents, four countries and have visited over 250 cities across the world. Join me in this adventure to find out more about the latest and coolest travel recommendations. ‘Embrace new cultures; be inspired; take a technological break; bring out your adventurous side; TRAVEL, it´s fun!’

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ulinary holidays are becoming more popular now than ever before. We´ve all started to realize that many of our favourite things to do on holiday and the strongest memories we take back home with us have to do with food. Maybe you took a really great food tour, or you learned to make curry in a cooking class, or you ate at a particularly amazing restaurant. Those are all cherished memories now. This month we travel to some key food spots. From the most extravagant performance in the White Island of Ibiza, to a romantic dinner in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the highest all day brunch in London, the lobster fever in Zanzibar Island and the world´s first scuba restaurant in Brussels.

THE UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Where: Sublimotion, Ibiza, Spain.

Famous for being the party hotspot of the Balearic Islands, Ibiza is also home to one of the most exclusive and innovative restaurants in the world. Situated in the suave location of Ibiza's Playa D’en Bossa, at Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, Sublimotion is one of the world´s most exciting and groundbreaking gastronomic ventures to date. Architects and designers have joined forces with engineers, illusionists and screenwriters to craft immersive audio/ visual experiences to accompany Sublimotion’s Sci-Fi cuisine. The result is a spectacular 3-hour banquet that takes patrons on a journey through different times, places and stages of emotion, from the bottom of the ocean, an air dining experience, street food in Hong Kong or a futuristic dinner with friends in 2050. The multi-sensory journey consists of a single white dining room set with a table for 12 lucky diners. Using 360 projections and VR technology, Sublimotion literally takes the diner on a journey with their food. Better yet, there´s a restricted and hidden entrance to the space! Guests truly have to experience this dining revolution to fully understand it.




Where: The Rock, Zanzibar Island, Tanzania.

The Rock restaurant is one of the most original restaurants in the world, with its unique position on the waters of the Indian Ocean in the exotic island of Zanzibar in Tanzania. Originally a very basic structure, having been used as a local fisherman´s post, The Rock is now leased by a local business from the residents of the village of Michamvi. Restructured and decorated in a simple, unfussy local island style, the restaurant specialises in seafood and local tastes. A panoramic terrace is also available to welcome the guests for a drink or to enjoy a romantic evening under the African sky. The restaurant is reached off the beach on foot at low tide or by boat at high tide.

HIGHEST 24/7 ALL DAY BRUNCH IN LONDON Where: Duck & Waffle, London, United Kingdom.

Getting to Duck & Waffle is an experience in itself. A glass lift whisks you up to the 40th floor of the Heron Tower and one of the best views in all of London, with the Gherkin and the Shard gleaming in the near distance and the Thames snaking away beneath you. Considered one of the must-visit food places in the city, it offers all-day-dining, literally, as it serves diners from sunrise to sunset, all night and every hour in between, 7 days a week. The food is a playful take on traditional British cuisine and its European influences, using local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Dishes are designed for sampling and sharing and are complemented by an iconoclastic cocktail experience served in a vibrant atmosphere that welcomes guests 24/7. Its signature dish, Duck & Waffle, is a crispy duck leg confit resting on a fluffy waffle, then topped with crisp fried duck egg. Served with some mustard maple syrup on the side, the duck is excellently crisp on the outside, juicy inside.


INTO THE INDIAN OCEAN Where: Baros, Maldives.

The restaurants and destination dining experiences available in the Maldives are beyond compare, taking you from the serenity of a beach at sunset, to the lush greenery of the jungle, to the glittering turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Thanks to Destination Dining at Baros, guests can enjoy a fine dining experience anywhere on the island. Sometimes a romantic dinner by the ocean is all you need to escape reality for a while and just be in the moment. Nowhere is off limits, from the comfort of their villa terrace, on the beach, to a romantic cruise at sunset on the resort’s traditional wooden dhoni, ‘Nooma’, or a secluded sandbank for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Private dining is also available on the Piano Deck, a unique wooden deck shaped like a grand piano, floating off the coast of Baros. Rise early to witness the sunrise over a breakfast on the piano spot, while away an afternoon with a seafood picnic, or treat a loved one to an unforgettable sunset dinner of reef fish and prawns seasoned with Thai herbs.


Located inside the Nemo33 diving centre in Brussels, the Pearl sits five metres below the surface of one of its pools. The restaurant can seat four and features waiters in wetsuits. The spherical eatery is white and has a number of windows that allow diners to look out. It’s also watertight, so customers don’t have to sit in their scuba gear whilst they eat. If you do dine and dive, you can expect a pretty snazzy experience once you’re down there. Food is served by expert scuba divers who deliver foie gras, lobster salad and champagne in waterproof cases before leaving the diners peering out of the portholes, enjoying the strange tranquillity of eating in an air pocket, completely submerged. You don’t actually have to wear your air tank – or any scuba gear for that matter – while eating either, because the golf-ball shaped eatery is supplied with oxygen and is air tight. So there’s no chance of your food getting soggy, don’t worry.



15.450 14 Kabbab Skewers, 1 Tabouleh, 1 Fattoush, 1 Baba Ghanouj, 1 Hummus, 1 Warak Inab Bil Zeit, 1 Batata Harra, 1 (French Fries or Rice), 1 Soft Drink 1.250 Ltr.

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“There is a certain humbling nature evoked by modesty.” Ashley Al Busmait likes to constantly reinvent her style and to test the limits when it comes to fashion. Thanks to her mixed heritage and the humility instilled from her Emirati and Mexican roots, she can experiment with style without compromising on modesty.

Please introduce yourself to our readers. My name is Ashley Al Busmait. I am the girl behind Desert Vogue, an online visual diary dedicated to curating modest fashion looks with an editorial spin. I come from an Emirati/Mexican background and am so proud of my mixed heritage and the angle it allows me to see the world from. I have been a hardcore fashion enthusiast for as long as I can remember. It all started the moment I put on my very first pair of heels. I vividly remember the blue velvet kitten heel and feeling like I could conquer the world as I clumsily took my first steps. Fast forward 12 years my affection for fashion only grows stronger. I’m on a quest to revolutionize modest fashion by taking my followers on a poetic journey where I express my honest appreciation for fashion as an art form. My page is a compilation of my muses, my background and my avant-garde and always unpredictable take on modest fashion.

Tell us about your education. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and now work in Event Management at one of the busiest convention centers in the world. As soon as my daytime job ends, I commit myself to focusing on my Fashion Page.

Where did the name ‘Desert Vogue’ originate from? The name took about 3-4 months to conceive. It was so important for me to choose a name that represented who I am, which is essentially the story of a girl who emerges from the desert and time travels to different eras in fashion history and takes inspiration along the way. One day I was sitting in the car staring out the window letting my mind wander and the name suddenly came to mind.

Tell us about your blog, Desert Vogue. My blog is a digital storybook of my love affair with fashion. As a little girl I was always seeking inspiration from different avenues whether it be a fashion magazine, a stylish girl walking past me on the street, or even from a song that sparked an emotion. I often found myself looking back at some of the most iconic eras in fashion and trying to reinvent them with a modest twist without 42


compromising style. I try to highlight different themes within my blog such as women empowerment and cultural diversity, using fashion to tell a story.

How did you initially get started in the fashion industry? It all began two years ago when I was chatting with my colleagues in the office and they brought up the idea of starting a blog. I initially hesitated because I was not a social media buff and the thought of being an open book worried me. Nonetheless, I took a leap of faith and decided to create my page. Post after post I began to engage more with creatives in the industry and venture into a world of art.

What message would you like to convey to Arab women or women in general? Through my blog, I hope to convey to women from all walks of life that fashion can be a positive and powerful reflection of who you are, where you came from, and what you stand for. I often say, “never change for the world, let the world change with you”.

Tell us about some of your collaborations. •Working with the Hothur Foundation in an effort to raise awareness for acid attack victims by modeling turbans handmade by the survivors themselves. •Participating in a film project called the Braille Blocks Project by Mahallati Jewellery done to raise awareness for the visually impaired in the UAE. A special line of necklaces were created that included blocks and carefully crafted diamonds that spell out letters in braille. •A fashion editorial shoot with The Modist. I have been a big fan of the brand direction of the luxury modest online shopping platform and it was a wonderful experience to be a part of their magazine. en/magazine-post?postid=take-cover •Very recently I did a photo shoot showcasing Fendi’s Pre-Fall Collection. This shoot was special to me because it was all about representing modern day Arab women. I chose to wear two very contrasting outfits; a power suit and the other a regal feminine cape. The underlying message was to depict how a woman can have multiple

Photography: @malfarran - Mohammad AlFarran / Wearing: @katyakovtunovich


Photography: @cedricribeiro - Cedric Ribeiro / Wearing: @bintthani_studio

personalities, a soft and feminine side and an androgynous masculine side, and that it is indeed okay to be confident to exhibit both.

How do you decide which brands to partner with, and how do you ensure that your fans are receptive to sponsored content? I decide which brands to work with by identifying a common link between us in terms of the ethos of the brand, the message they are trying to get across and, most importantly, their passion for their craft. It makes me happy to see that my followers appreciate the content that I post and often give me feedback that it inspires them to experiment more with fashion. I’m very close to them, so much so that they send me photos and say, ‘that’s so you’ or ‘have you seen this editorial, you have to try it’. In return, I share mood boards with them of what I think would suit their style. I believe openness and transparency is key.

How would you describe your personal style? My style is minimalistic, edgy, and polished. I like to constantly reinvent my style and challenge myself by experimenting with new concepts and deriving inspiration from the arts, music, culture and, above all, the great eras in fashion. It is always so exciting for me to test the limits and be daring when it comes to trying out different styles. I would say my style is greatly influenced by a variety of different elements in my life. I enjoy curating unpredictable and bold outfits while paying tribute to modesty that was instilled by my beloved Emirati and Mexican cultures. Another major influence in my style are the great iconic figures from the various decades of fashion from Grace Kelly to my favourite rock band, Guns n Roses, decked out in their rocker gear. Nearly every era has had quite an impression on me.

Do you have fashion rules that you follow when you put an outfit together? A rule of thumb for me is to have no rules. I have adopted a style approach quite similar to Carrie Bradshaw, where as long as you have the perfect heel on, you can pretty much get away with letting your creativity run wild and free when it comes to your outfit.

Which Social Media platforms do you use? I use Instagram as my main social media handle in addition to my blog. I have tried getting on 44


the Snapchat bandwagon but I always seem to gravitate back to Instagram for the simple reason of the pool of inspiration that is available right at your fingertips.

What does modest wear mean to you? The concept of modesty is very close to my heart not only in fashion but as a lifestyle. I have always found there to be a great beauty in being modest in your manners, in your way of dress and ultimately, in the way you carry yourself. There is a certain humbling nature evoked by modesty. The Abaya holds great meaning to me because it has been worn for decades by the great women of my beloved country. For me, it reflects my identity and radiates sheer elegance.

Name one beauty tip that you live by. I am currently at a transitional phase where I am taking my mother’s advice and wearing less makeup. I think that a lot of times we are influenced by what we see trending in the media but it’s so important to make sure to be comfortable with the way you choose to present yourself. One tip I would give, to young girls especially, is to focus more on skincare, particularly on organic products and keep makeup quite minimalist. I’ve come to learn that nothing beats natural beauty!

Where are your favourite places in UAE? It would most definitely either be the beach in the summer or the desert in the winter. When I am amongst nature I feel a great sense of peace.

Photography: @malfarran - Mohammad AlFarran

Photography: @malfarran - Mohammad AlFarran

What are your favourite fashion items that you can’t live without? It would probably be Cindy Crawford mom jeans circa early 90’s with an oversized white button down or a perfectly tailored menswear inspired pantsuit - à la the glamorous Katherine Hepburn in the 40s. Oh, and I mustn’t forget a pair of black stiletto pumps – you can never ever go wrong with those!

What is one thing people don’t know about you? Most people are surprised to learn of my strong connection with Texas. My mother was born and raised in the lone star state which explains my undying love for endless cotton fields and country music.

Any exciting 2018 projects that your fans should know about? I will be re-launching my website ( very soon! It will be a more intimate outlook into my journey with fashion for my readers where I will be expressing more of my personality and encourage open discussions. Stay tuned!

Your message for us at CP magazine: I would like to sincerely thank CP Magazine for allowing me the opportunity to share my story with their readers. I hope that it can ignite a sense of inspiration and encouragement for each person to pursue their dreams in wherever their heart may lie. I would like to leave you with the words of Selena Quintanilla, a woman I so strongly admire, "Be strong minded and always think that the impossible is possible." Photography: @malfarran - Mohammad AlFarran / Wearing: @katyakovtunovich








eeling the heat and humidity of the August desert climate? Then a quick trip to cool Norway may be the perfect way to refresh!

My journey from sunny Riyadh took me to Istanbul and then on to Oslo in only 12 hours. In this time, the hot sand gave way to the green tree-covered expanse of this northern paradise, landing me in the capital city of Norway. Sea, ships, ferries, waterways, fishing and shopping are the lifelines here. Even on a hot summer's day, which can be more than 30 degrees, the architecture tells its story. It expresses the winter by showing us the winter colours, reminding all who visit of the long winter which will soon arrive. I enjoyed the most fabulous fish dinners in the harbourside Pipervika fish restaurant, choosing the fish I wanted to eat, freshly cooked - delicious! I also passed a cultural afternoon enjoying the piano accompanied male voice in the futuristically designed angular concrete and wood paneled, Oslo Opera House. Oslo combines northern nature with historic and contemporary city life, setting up my feelings for the change I was soon to experience! Only 8 hours after beginning the drive north and west, crossing rapidly changing scenery from hills to highlands to mountains, and down the other side into the deep valleys (called fjords), where the mountains meet the North Sea, I


saw the expanse of cold – and often stormy – sea, reaching towards Scotland and Iceland. I stayed in Alesund, where I saw the sea and two adventurous wild reindeer seeking their dinner in the garden, all from my window. Here, I felt the cool, wet fresh sea winds cutting into the rugged landscape. It was a photographer's dream and a mariner's nightmare; jagged mountain edges and rocks, sunlight, changing clouds, deep narrow waterways, the sanctuary of small harbours and gigantic working ships. The water was perfectly clear. In this landscape I felt the environment touching my emotions. I chose the Atlantic Road for a day of exploration. Driving this route, linking the North Sea facing islands, was one moment a boat ride and the next a fairground rollercoaster. Vast curved bridges rose and fell steeply above the sea; the winter sea lashed the road with torrents of sea water. I was becoming close to our planet's feelings too. My days were spent travelling by boat; seeing harbours and historic seaside towns, eating fresh foods, wearing pullovers, hats and woollen scarves crafted locally and harmoniously with the climate. I found one of my favourite foods, salt dried fish, in Kristiansund. It was sold by Gustav in his fishery, Klippfisk av Skrei, overlooking the arriving fishing boats. Gustav sold me fabulous locally caught cod fish, dried and salted to perfection by his hands using his experience from his family's long tradition. Summer fruits were sold at the seafront; strawberries, deep red in colour, raspberries, sweet and soft, blueberries, freshly picked. I felt the togetherness of summer and winter in one moment. The rain would soon turn to blue sky and back again. The summer nights would be daylight to mid-night and beyond. The seafront cafe would be open to the sky and then heated with radiant electricity.

The time came for change again and I travelled to the highlands, passing once more over the mountains, into the heart of the Rondane National Park. The sea weather stayed behind me and I was met with blue sky, radiant sun, cool air and the freshness of mountain lakes. I sat beside clear water, saw fish and heard the bleating of mountain sheep. I walked narrow paths between trees, my feet sinking into the moss as I tried to follow reindeer footsteps. My host, Nilssen, part owner of the mountain hotel in Mysusaeter, told me about the winter snow season and soon expected rainfall. He told me of his family's long association with this region. It is a land of long history, of working with the elements, of nature almost pure from our busy city lives. I shall return again to this region, perhaps taking to the far north of Norway by motor caravan, staying under the bright summer night sky, cooking the amazing fresh ocean fish. The food in the hotel was fabulous too! 48



Authentic Turkish cuisine and bearing the historical legacy of the Hatay province and the spirit of the capital Antioch. @hataysofrasi_kw


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A firsthand account of the 3-day mania that swept the French nation, and a closer look at the origins behind the French notions we’ve all become very familiar with.

France has had quite an exciting past month. Between winning the World Cup for the second time in 20 years, and having this symbolic victory coincide perfectly with the National Day celebrations – Bastille Day, it’s safe to say that as a Paris resident, I’ve probably heard the French National Anthem being sung during the month of July at least 100 times. In fact, I think I must have heard it more during the past month than in the entirety of the 6 years that I’ve lived here! I’ll admit, I too got swept up in the French fever. Before every match, I painted my cheeks with blue, white and red stripes, and I’m not even a football fan! On the 14th of July, I woke to the sound of helicopters buzzing in the sky. Every National Day, a military parade takes place in the early morning along the Champs Elysées in the presence of the President. Three jets fly across the sky leaving a trail of blue, white and red fumes - the colors of the French flag - and all the early birds who gather to watch the show cheer on the President and the men and women in service. At night time, Parisians and out-of-towners gather around the Eiffel Tower, or else tune into their 50


television sets from around the country to watch the annual National Day firework display. I sat at my windowsill in anticipation. This was my first year at my new studio with my Eiffel Tower view, so I knew I would never forget this experience. The show, with a ‘love’ theme and preceded by a free concert, was simply magical. The next day, the celebrations following the final match of the World Cup

The French National Day

were like nothing I had ever seen before. As I walked along the city from Trocadéro Square to the Arc de Triomphe and along the Champs Elysées, scores of revelers came onto the streets chanting and singing. All norms of society were forgotten; it was as though everyone knew everyone else and the entire city was, in the words of Hemmingway, ‘a moveable feast.’ Strangers were hugging, flags were being waved everywhere you looked, and cars and motorbikes were honking and swerving along the streets, their occupants even inviting random people to hop on. It was like a scene from a dream and I definitely didn’t get much sleep that night from all the noise! On the following day, hardcore football fans gathered on the Champs Elysées, this time to await the return of the champions, aka Les Bleus. Some came out five hours in advance to see the players up close in

July 14th is a national holiday in France marking the beginning of a democratic republic. Before that, France was under the control of King Louis XVI who was a tyrant, plunging the country into economic turmoil. He left his people to starve and demanded they paid high taxes so, on July 14th 1789, angry protestors broke into the Bastille prison and released the political dissidents jailed by the King. Eventually, the monarchy was brought down in what is now referred to as the French Revolution, marked by the imprisonment and execution of King Louis and his wife, Marie Antoinette.

The National Anthem The French National Anthem is called La Marseillaise. It was written in 1792 and then later adopted as the National Anthem in 1795. The anthem’s lyrics are pretty brutal! Here’s what they say: Let's go children of the fatherland, The day of glory has arrived! Against us tyranny's bloody flag is raised! In the countryside, do you hear the roaring of these fierce soldiers? They come right to our arms to slit the throats of our sons, our friends! Grab your weapons, citizens! Form your battalions! Let us march! Let us march! May impure blood water our fields! Yep, pretty violent!

The Blue, White and Red Flag

person. The French National Team were set to wave at the crowds as they were driven down the Champs Elysées on an open-top bus. Upon their arrival, more jets flew across the sky leaving behind the blue, white and red trail as the players headed towards the Elysée Palace, en route to meet President Emmanuel Macron. Having witnessed these three days of French pride and patriotism, it got me thinking about the origins of all these notions, the colours of the flag, the words to the national anthem, the story behind the French National Day! So I thought I’d share them with you, in light of this trèstrès French past month.

It is said that the colours of the flag originally symbolized the King (white) and the city of Paris (blue and red). Over the centuries however, the flag has been known to disappear and reappear. Today, the French flag is becoming a more accepted symbol. Many French people will admit to not opting to wave the French flag because it was, for a certain time, linked to the far right movement with extreme political views like anti-immigration. However, it has been slowly losing that connection. In fact, with France now winning the World Cup for the second time, it would appear that the flag has regained its popularity among the French population. Like I said, it flooded the streets of Paris last month. Even store managers have admitted that the French flag and other blue, white and red ornaments have never been more popular than this year, which was a great boost for their business. Well, that’s all for this month, but stay tuned for more upcoming French content!



DISCOVERwith YOUR STYLE Carla & Marie TheStylistes


hat does style mean to you? Perhaps what is displayed in leading fashion publications? Or maybe what comes out of Milan, New York or Paris Fashion Weeks? We certainly have our own stance when it comes to defining style; which, by the way, has nothing to do with the latest fashion trends.

Style is a beautiful combination of our outer expression and inner essence. It speaks about our overall look, individuality and wardrobe choices. Whether we like it or not, our individual style defines who we are and it sends a clear message straight out to the world. Are you ready to discover the seven universal styles? Your only task will be to identify your universal style - bearing in mind that you may fit into more than just one.

Image Consultants: Carla & Marie (IG: @thestylistes) Source: Style Source by Alice Parsons

SPORTY ‘Known for their casual, outdoor and outgoing nature.’ Wears: both functional and comfortable clothing, loves layering, mixing and matching to add versatility. Colours: neutrals such as tan, khaki, brown, beige and other earth shades. Celebrities: Jennifer Aniston, Lauren Hutton, Meg Ryan. The message: approachable, spontaneous, optimistic and fun.

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TRADITIONAL ‘Known for their conservative, timeless and moderate nature, by no means extreme or showy.’ Wears: tailored suits with single breasted jackets, conservative skirts, always chooses timeless pieces over trendy outfits. Colours: neutrals such as navy, grey, beige camel and brown. Celebrities: Meryl Streep, Martha Stewart, Claire Danes. The message: trustworthy, organised, dependable and responsible.

ELEGANT ‘Immaculately dressed, refined and graceful.’ Wears: perfectly co-ordinated outfits, including shoes and accessories, tailored jackets and mono-chromatic dressing. Colours: cream, beige, grey, black and slate blue. Celebrities: Nicole Kidman, Grace Kelly, Cate Blanchett. The message: cultivated, refined, meticulous and proper.

CREATIVE ‘Are you a creative individual who just loves unusual and unique clothing?’

ROMANTIC ‘Soft, gentle and very feminine.’ Wears: soft, feminine pieces, loves pretty colours, prints and details (in the collars or shoulders), fabrics flow loosely over the body. Colours: white, cream, powder blue, dusty navy, light pink, lavender, peach or pale yellow. Celebrities: Kate Hudson, Princess Diana, Kate Winslet. The message: Supporting, caring, gentle and warm.

Wears: imaginative approach to fashion by mixing fabrics moods, colors and shapes in unusual ways. Colours: black (used as a base to add stronger accessories and prints), mustard, pumpkin, avocado or espresso shades. Celebrities: Diane Keaton, Christina Ricci, Gwen Stefani. The message: innovative, independent, unique and emotional.

ALLURING ‘For those curvaceous and sensuous ladies.’ Wears: clothes evolve around the enhancement of the body. One or two pieces worn at a time e.g. just a dress without a jacket - to bring attention to their figure. Colours: black, white and daring colours; such as purple, red, strong pink, electric blue, turquoise. Celebrities: Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta Jones, Marilyn Monroe. The message: exciting, daring, provocative and self-assured.

DRAMATIC ‘Strong, confident and powerful presence, also reflected in their clothing.’ Wears: statement pieces in the shapes of coats, jackets and suits, exaggerated fashion cuts, colours and bold accessories. Colours: black, white plus a bold colour such as purple, red, intense yellow, royal blue or emerald green. The message: Powerful, sophisticated, assertive and confident. Celebrities: Diana Vreeland, Paloma Picasso, Anjelica Huston.

‘Style is a beautiful aura surrounding each of us as individuals.’



GREEN SKIN Sonya Vajifdar


ast month I decided to style and direct a beauty shoot using only ethical makeup. I was stunned at how good the model looked. My first experience with ethical makeup was early last year when I tried a specific illuminator. It ended up being cakey and ruined my foundation so I reverted back to my original makeup. However, after recently making the full switch to organic skin care, I decided to give the makeup another try. I am so glad I did! Besides being fragrance free with no harsh reactions and containing vegetable oil that moisturises your skin, it’s good for the environment. Organic makeup is generally more nutrient rich and tends to contain more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Many consumers are fans of its true environmental benefits and look at using organic products as a way of cutting down the amount of pollutants that can enter the body. Special thanks to all the makeup and skin care brands that sent me their products from all over the world to review, and also to the brands who sponsored the beauty shoot here in Dubai.

100% natural, vegan, cruelty free, gluten free and at least 70% organic. The highest quality raw ingredients have been selected according to skin compatibility and are enriched with nourishing elements. The range contains no artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances, parabens or phthalates. The products are also free from nano particles and heavy metals. I got to use almost all the lipsticks that were sent to me in our beauty shoot. They also sent me their vegan mascara, the cream blush (which has become an evening favourite), their natural setting powder and brow sculpt. The product that really stood out (and my favourite of this entire review) is the natural liquid foundation. It’s extremely long lasting, aloe vera based and moisturizes while doing its job as well! NUI products are all priced between 11-35 Euro. Last, but definitely not least from Suave, was a brand called ILeur which has a gold luminosity skin serum - an intensely hydrating and luxurious skin serum based on only seven powerful and pure ingredients with balancing skin properties. The composition is based on tradition, pureness and innovation. Hyaluronic Acid smoothes the skin from inside and tightens and evens out wrinkles. Pores get refined. Gold has a smoothing and toning effect. It makes the skin look radiant and smooth and is priced at 69 Euro. All these brands are available online at Moving on to Inika Organics, an Australian-owned certified organic beauty brand. Inika’s promise is premium quality, 100% natural products that meet the highest organic standards possible and are certified vegan and cruelty free, always. I tried their Baked Luxury bronzer and Illuminisor in the shades of Sunbeam, Sunkissed and Dewdrop, all priced at 65 USD and enriched with magnolia extract (for its antimicrobial properties). Available at

Starting with SAVUE Beauty, a Berlin based online portal for natural niche beauty and organic cosmetics with sustainable concepts. They are the distributers for Hynt Beauty, dedicated to creating a line of known toxin-free cosmetics and skin care products that are free of everything unwanted. Instead, they are packed with the safest and most natural botanicals that work to accentuate your skin’s natural glow and appearance. Aside from their commitment to adding only nature’s finest botanical elements, their line of makeup with natural ingredients is free of parabens, nanoparticles, artificial preservatives and gluten. All of their products, unless otherwise stated, have also been certified vegan by PETA and have received a low hazard rating on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin CUPID & PSYCHE have the trendiest lipstick shades, interestingly made from Deep Database. Japanese honeysuckle which gives anti–inflammatory, antibacterial and soothing properties while Vitamin E, grape seed and Jojoba oils provide natural moisture. SUVUE sent me their skin prep serum, finale-finishing powder, concealer brush The lipsticks are handmade in small batches with natural ingredients and plant and flawless blending sponge (which is made of Latex free PU foam and tested waxes and all packaging is made from post consumer recycled paper! Another for safety at a qualified lab and is CFC and VOC-free), Aria lipstick, Libre lip-gloss great initiative taken by them is that a percentage of their sales contribute to wildlife and their duet concealer. My favourite has to be a tie between the skin prep (a and domestic animal charities. The colours were so yummy it was tough to find seawater based powerhouse that is formulated with multiple types of organic a favourite shade. I think it had to be between INDIRA and AOIFE. The products alge) and the duet perfecting concealer (one of their best sellers, providing total correction to spots). Not forgetting Aria which is one of the sexiest red shades ever! The products range from 9– 50 Euro. SAVUE also sent me NUI Cosmetics, a high-performance make up brand which is



are all priced at 23 USD and sold on shop/ Not leaving out organic perfume, RICH HIPPIE sent me two of their samples to try as well. Rich Hippie perfume is made using traditional methods. Their wine alcohol is natural and better, yet it’s made from organically grown grapes harvested from the great wine regions of California. Made in small batches with tremendous care they are concerned with giving us a product that is safe for our health and the environment! Rich hippie is priced at 345 USD and available at MISS-PALETTABLE, a Dubai based online store, also sent us a few HYNT products for our beauty shoot. We were able to use the eye pencil and eye shadow for almost all shots and they blended in beautifully for the ethical beauty shoot. Plenty more organic products are also available on https://misspalettable. com/ with deliveries worldwide. All products found on Miss Palettable have been carefully curated by their founders and are available because of their genuine belief in their quality. Balmassance, also based in Dubai, invited us to try their LIVING NATURE Lipstick in Wildfire (their best seller - an organic hand-made, classic red lipstick, good enough to eat!). This colour is not only bold and stunning but gave so much moisture to my lips it was like a balm and lipstick in one. Their Illuminating Foundation in Evening Glow (to be used as a beautiful bronzy highlighter or under normal foundation for super dewy skin) also gives a glittery glow. My recommendation would be to use it at night. Balmassance provided us with a lot of products for the shoot including Living Nature’s eye shadow pallet, other lipstick shades, Dr Huacshkas mascaras, lip liner, eye liner and skin prep. One item we used for every single shoot was the non-toxic, chemical free nail polish from FEDUA. This Italian brand has the most beautiful shades and I highly recommend them. All available on Finally, we go to Annabelle Organics. Believe it or not, this package was delivered to me from Poland. The colours of the eye shadows are simply to die for. I was so enamored by the shades of pink in the blushes that I struggled with which one to try first. The products sent ranged from different shades of matt mineral foundation, to coverage mineral foundation, to radiant mineral foundation - as well as brushes! Annabelle Minerals was born out of a dream and the desire to learn from the best of nature. Their passion is finding beauty in the surrounding reality, which is why the mission of Annabelle Minerals is making sure that every woman believes in the beauty that she has inside; the beauty that is a reflection of her soul. They believe that this kind of beauty has many shades and is found in each of us, regardless of our age, skin tone or the size of the clothes we wear. Made from just four ingredients this brand is available on http://www. and trust me on the eye shadow shades – drool worthy! I had to fit in a couple of skin/hair care products as well, as they are my new go to guide for healthy skin and hair. Sodashi is a brand that stays true to its name (sodashi means wholeness, purity and radiance in Sanskrit) from seed to shelf, dramatically regenerating the skin and infusing a deep sense of wellbeing to spirit and mind. They sent me their Arabian Oud body oil and Blemish Treatment Cream. The oil has the most fabulous smell - I loved it so much I poured some into our decanter and the aroma covered our home! Blended with the highest

quality cold pressed oils, Oud has been known for its profound ability to release stored emotions! The blemish gel has spike lavender which helps the skin stay clear while the calendula and chamomile reduce redness and inflammation. This product smells amazing as well! It’s a must to check out more of their products at Biofficina Toscana has certified ecofriendly cosmetics made with high quality Tuscan ingredients and contain locally sourced products. They sent me their purifying facial serum (with the combined action of lemon and rosemary), their age countering eye contour treatment, high quality organic Tuscan sea buckthorn oil, and a large bottle of their leave-in conditioner (with the extract or organic Tuscan kiwi and a vitamin packed fruit mix). Not to mention several other little packets of leave-in conditioner to try. My favourite would definitely be the kiwi one for its anti-frizz element. More on all of their products at . Finishing off with Evolve from the UK. They make small batches of skincare by hand in an artisan studio in Hertfordshire, which means that your skincare is fresher when you open the bottle. When you buy from Evolve Organic Beauty, you are buying a bottle full of care and passion. All of their products are vegan and cruelty free; not only to animals but also to our incredible planet to ensure we try to reduce pollution and waste. They also offer up-cycling information on their website! I tried their shampoo, radiant glow mask and, my pick of the lot, their Nourishing Hair Elixir, made from Moroccan Organic Argan oil, mixed with Organic Baobab oil and Tahitian Monoi. This is a winning formula for controlling frizz and taming fly-away hair. Rich in anti-oxidants, it protects hair from environmental damages and helps regain lost moisture. This one is priced at 16 GBP and all the products are available on


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MEET THE TALENTED DUBAI-BASED FASHION DESIGNER WHO IS UNIQUELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FAUX FUR TREND In 2015, Ollia launched Tzarina by Ollia, a cult-favourite collection of colourful faux fur and since then, it has taken the Hollywood industry by storm. A-list celebrities such as Arabic pop icon Haifa Wehbe, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Ora, Ciara, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, The Kardashian Sisters including Kylie and Kendall Jenner and self-proclaimed vegan, Ariana Grande, are seen wearing the brand through several media appearances, photo shoots, music videos, TV guestings and billboards. While the young designer is working to expand her brand to include more than outer wear, she’s enjoying the summer and getting ready for the busy fall and winter season. Ollia shares some of her unforgettable experiences in running a business at a young age, dressing up A-List Hollywood celebrities and the era of faux fur: 58



You are one of the only few designers who's fortunate to dress up The Kardashians and The Jenners, how was it dressing them up? I feel lucky! They have a very powerful social media presence, so for any start-up brand this is a dream come true and a fantastic platform for the brand to be promoted. Do you remember your first feeling when the IG queen and one of Forbes’ Youngest Billionaire - Kylie Jenner wore your fur? I remember that moment when my team told me that Kylie wore the fur and obviously I got pretty excited because of the way she looked in it. It literally looked like a ready-made ad campaign after she posted the photo on her Instagram account. It made my day or probably my year! Christina Aguilera wore your fur at her latest guesting at RuPaul Drag Race, what is your favourite Christina Aguilera song in the 90s? I LOVE Christina Aguilera!!! She’s an icon. I used to perform her songs ‘Genie in the Bottle‘ and ‘What a Girl Wants’ during school concerts. It was super fun! Mary J. Blige is considered the Hollywood's Queen of RNB and Soul, why did you chose a yellow fur for her? She had an outfit which matched the fur perfectly, Mary is fearless when it comes to the colours, she has a good eye for her stage outfits. Toni Braxton is one the living legends of our time, if



you can dress her again with your new Anonymous line or your new fur collection on her birthday in October, what style and colour would it be? I would put her in a navy one shoulder sleek gown; very classy but with an edge. Any dream celebrity that you want to dress up? Megan Fox Out of all products and line, why faux fur? Faux is a very important segment of the ready-to-wear industry. The UK is the biggest consumer of faux! When was the last time you wore a faux fur yourself? Last night! I attended a party and wore that white ‘Queen’ jacket the way it should be worn! You are now focusing on fur faux, is there any reason behind it? Massive customer outreach and a global movement towards the eco-fur. It is very strong What is your next greatest target maket and why? The Middle East is one of my favourite markets to concentrate on. Faux Fur is always fab for celebrities, how long do you think this will last? We have to wait and see. A lot of the celebrities prefer to say they wear faux, but in reality it’s real. That’s a secret. Don’t tell anybody


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Luiza Ave, from Russia with love, answers questions about the Arab fashion industry as a new segment in the Russian platform of high level fashion.

Luiza please tell us how you became involved with the Arab fashion industry as a fashion producer.

new segment of the market with professional points of view. However, I adjusted quickly and at the moment I am the founder and CEO of Meroving Production LLC, where my company works in two directions. This is shooting professional turn-key products from ideas to launch (advertising, video clips, movies, television sales and professional blogging, plus movies, television titles and professional YouTube blogs and photos) and international fashion producing. In international fashion production, my company co-operates with more than fifteen world fashion sites (including Dubai, Riyadh, Beijing, Kazakhstan, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, Miami, New York , London, Paris, Beirut, Cyprus, Moscow) for the participation of designers in fashion shows, exhibitions, show-rooms, PR support, plus work with buyers and celebrities in local markets. Also we work closely with the Russian state sector and the government in Moscow on the development of the Russian fashion industry and we support foreign brands in entering the Russian market.

First of all, I thank you for your interest in me and my work. I'll start from the beginning. I am passionate about fashion. My development in the fashion industry began in 2016. However, the fashion industry and design is not something new for me. My grandmother in the 60s was the leading designer of clothes in Yerevan (Armenia) and had her own Fashion House, and my mother is now a famous and popular designer/ decorator in Moscow. So we can say that the fashion in my family is inherited. Since my childhood I was a spoiled fashion girl, dressing only in brands of foreign manufacturers; many brands were bought by my grandmother from the countries of the Middle East and Europe. My entry into the Arab fashion market began in 2016 in Dubai. I accompanied brands from Russia and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) to participate in various fashion shows and exhibitions in Dubai, Beirut and this year in Riyadh, and also to open With your experience of working with Arab designers, who is their own showrooms in the Middle East. Thanks to my company, more than eight brands have been successfully brought to the market of the your favourite designer? Middle East. Amato Couture. I just adore him, he's a genius! Also, Michael Cinco, Zuhair Murad, Jordan Hobeyka, Aiish Ramadan (a clever beauty), Jamal Taslaq (creating sophisticated and articulate collections) and Hiba Why is Arab fashion your passion and not western fashion? (a young and stylish designer from Riyadh who gave me a very The east is a delicate matter, as they say in Russia. As for the western Farash world fashion sites, whether it be Paris, London, New York or Milan, beautiful Abaya). naturally it is a city of fashion-makers. However, for the last five-seven Where is the nearest fashion event where we have the chance years we have observed many high-profile names among Arab designers like Zuhair Murad, George Habake, Eli Saab and Tony Ward, who have to see you? conquered the world's catwalks and are dressing stars on the red carpets 11th- 13th October in Moscow in the Petrovsky Palace, the summer of film festivals. In this case, I believe that the cities of the Middle East residence of the past Russian Emperors. With the support of the are already able to compete with global fashion sites in terms of the government of Moscow, it will be the first fashion show with designers level and quality of Arab brands. However, in the organization of the from the Middle East - historical in its significance. The event is the shows themselves, there is something to work on. In general, I really love Al Arabia Fashion Days and with pleasure I invite CP Magazine to the Abaya, I have five of them from different Arab brands and I dress become a participant of this truly grandiose fashion event for Russia. in them with pleasure, regardless of whether I'm in an Arab country, in I am very proud to finally be able to implement the project, of which I Europe or in Russia. have dreamed for the last three years. I am also pleased to invite your readers, Arab designers and Arab companies producing goods and services, to become our project partners and to discover the Russian When and where did you start your career? market. All information about the project and the terms of participation Before the start of serious activity in the international fashion segment, can be found on the website,, as well as on official for about eight years I worked as a lead producer of popular television accounts on facebook and instagram @alarabiafashiondays. programs on federal TV channels in Russia and I was the founder of I would very much like to see brands in the shopping centers of Moscow; many talk shows, game shows and documentaries. Producing is given Arab manufacturers of clothing and accessories, Arabian perfumery, to me easily! In Zurich in 2016, there was a fateful meeting with the Swiss jewelry brands, chocolate products and much more. This is sadly investor and owner of the Arab Fashion Council company, Mr. Antonio lacking in the Russian market. More than five million Muslims live in Rubel. Knowing my experience and professional skills and taking into Moscow so there is high demand but very little quality supplies from account my recommendations for the opening of the Middle East Arab manufacturers. market for Russian brands, he offered to lead the position of director I myself have been using Arabic perfumes and oils for the last 7 years of AFC (Arab Fashion Council) in Russia and the CIS countries. At the but unfortunately, high quality Arab perfumery can be bought only in beginning, it was very difficult for me, as it was necessary to master a the Middle East and very rarely in Europe. 62


It’s very trendy to have your own YouTube Channel. What about you? Where can we follow you? I have a YouTube channel called Show Producers. You can see how international projects are organized from within, through the eyes of an international fashion producer. This is a new format for YouTube which I am leading. We try to show the behind-the-scenes life of fashion shows. The first blog will be about the fashion weeks recently held in Riyadh. In this project there is material that we were forbidden to shoot locally, but we will show in this forum. So if you like to spy and want to learn about fashion from the inside, go to YouTube and look for Show Producers!

Do you think there can be friends in the fashion business? If you create high quality content about fashion, then you can become a good platform for PR and promoting your own brand. You know, showing how to apply makeup is so boring. We need new ideas. Fashion is the creative first!

How do you combine your private life with your work? I have travelled a lot in the last five years. Sometimes I manage only to change my bags. I have friends in different corners of the world, but even with my Moscow friends, unfortunately we rarely see each other. My job takes a large part of my time. However, what I do gives me great pleasure. Over the past year, I began to think about creating a family and marriage, and I realized that I am ready to become a wife and mother. For me, it is important to marry for love and therefore it is one of the most important decisions in life. I believe in God and that marriages are first made in heaven and that life is influenced by accidental and magical images. These souls are already on earth, regardless of their nationalities, culture or race. Take the marriage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, for example. In 2019 I am considering moving to Dubai or Riyadh because I want to

live in a constant summer, near the sea and maybe open a branch of my company in the Middle East! Each of these cities is very sympathetic to me and important in its own way. In Riyadh, I fell in love with people; such benevolent, intelligent, sympathetic and pure with their soul. In Dubai, I like the atmosphere of the city as a whole; its energy, speed and capabilities.

We know that this year you visited Saudi Arabia for the first time. Tell us how you feel about the Saudi fashion industry? I remember my first acquaintance with the Saudi design. It happened in Istanbul about eight years ago at on official event. In front of me sat a very beautiful Arab woman and she was dressed and embroidered in stones and sequins. After we met and talked about it, she told me told that the dress was made by a Saudi designer from Jeddah. Saudi designers are very creative and sensitive to a woman’s needs. In the fashion segment, they have a great chance to conquer the world podiums and I sincerely hope they do. The only thing that the Saudi fashion market needs is quality and an organized fashion platform for fashion shows with local designers. The Saudi designers need an official fashion venue in Riyadh to show their talent to the world and I very much hope that soon the laws of the country will allow it to be done. I could talk about Riyadh for hours! I will say that I'm in love with this city and its people.

What is your favourite fashion destination in the Middle East? I really like the restaurant, Billionaire Mansion. Also, the bar atmosphere in Burj Khalifa. I like to go to Nikki Beach; and do not hurry to smoke a hookah in Jumeirah Al Nasim! I choose locations depending on my mood, but my special passion is the restaurants with a panoramic view on the top floors of buildings, where the city seems to be in the palm of your hand.



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The tech accessory brand Anker has ventured into audio peripherals, starting with this wireless speaker. Revolutionary with its intensified bass and beat-driven lights, the Soundcore Flare has two back-to-back drivers and thumping bass radiators, which produce 360-degree surround sound to fill every inch of your room. With just one press, the speakers enhance your music’s bass automatically through the BassUp technology. It also gives you freedom to customize its equalizer and ambient lighting via the Soundcore mobile app. With an IPX7 certification, it is resistant to elements and is capable of 12 hours of continuous usage.

Acer once again delivers a cutting-edge monitor in the Predator X27. This display is the first in the market to have a 4K HDR display with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, for smooth, tear-free graphics. Its full 10-bit HDR support, epic 1,000 nits of brightness, 144 Hz refresh rate, and a whopping 3840 x 2160 resolution make it the best monitor in the Predator line. Thanks to the adaptation of an AU Optronics IPS panel and the Quantum Dot system, the 27-inch monitor can respond even to the most demanding RPG and FPS games.



Panasonic Lumix TS7 If you’re looking for a rugged digital camera for your actionpacked adventures, then the Lumix TS7 is for you! Waterproof up to 102 meters, with drop and freeze protection up to 6.6 feet and 14 degrees fahrenheit, the TS7 raises the bar for adventure photography. The 20.4-megapixel MOS sensor captures smooth 4K video at 30 to 24 fps, and gives outstanding results even in low light. There’s also the built-in 28 mm wide-angle lens with 4.6x optical zoom that provides shooting versatility. It comes with a 3.2-inch rear LCD, with a 1040k-dot resolution screen, and a 0.2-inch electronic viewfinder for more serious action photographers. Lumix TS7 is also equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity for swiftly sharing your memories online, and in-camera USB battery charging. It’s tough, small, and shoots photos everything you need for your next adventure.

Parrot Anafi Drone A new generation of drones have arrived. Ideal for filming landscape videos and photos, the Parrot Anafi has a 21-megapixel Sony CMOS sensor capable of producing stunning 4K HDR videos. Its wide-angle aspherical lens is engineered to reduce lens flare and chromatic aberrations, producing exceptional results. The built-in gimbal, which can be tilted up to 180-degrees and has 3-axis image stabilization, is an unprecedented feature that maximizes possibilities as well as allows impeccable low-angle shooting. You can even capture moments up in the air, thanks to the drone’s innovative 2.8X lossless zoom technology, still in highdefinition. Lightweight and foldable, this drone can fit perfectly in your backpack or suitcase.

Fiio M7

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music

Chinese audio company Fiio has dropped its newest high-res audio player. The blocky yet stylish M7 comes with a 3.2-inch touchscreen display and physical buttons for easy music listening. Featuring Samsung’s Exynos 7270 SoC at its core, the music player is also powered by an ESS Sabre 9018 chip. It also supports high-fidelity wireless audio through the aptXHD and LDAC audio codecs. The revolutionary USB-C port works for charging, syncing files, and music playback through USB-C headphones. Among its notable features are built-in FM radio, 2GB of internal storage, expandability via a microSD slot, and a play time of 20 hours.

Known as a leader in GPS devices, Garmin just rolled out its best multisports smartwatch yet. Built for audiophiles, the Vivoactive 3 Music can store up to 500 songs to spice up your daily workout routine. Seamlessly transfer tracks from your computer through Garmin’s specialized software and enjoy every beat hands-free with its Bluetooth connectivity. The fitness trackerslash-music player serves as your health watchdog and smart assistant by sending you alerts about weather, text messages and incoming calls, app notifications, vital statistics, fitness age, and stress levels. There’s also a pre-installed Deezer app, which grants you access to thousands of songs. Stylish and sporty, this smartwatch has excellent battery life that can last up to a week.

Logitech K480 Turn your smartphones and tablets into convenient work machines with this innovative product from the world’s leading provider of computer accessories. Be limitless by connecting up to three devices with this universal keyboard via Bluetooth. Just twist the easy-switch dial to transfer the connection from one gadget to another. Aside from iOS and Android devices, the cute and compact keyboard is also compatible with Windows and Mac. Maximizing its potential, the tool has an integrated dock which securely fits your electronic device and is convenient and easy to use. This keyboard is powered by 2 AAA batteries.

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 From leading photography brand Fujifilm comes their first ever square analog format Instax camera. Rendering photos on 2.4-inch by 2.4-inch film, the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 is the perfect gift for memory hoarders. Featuring autoexposure control for better contrast, the latest model from the Instax line comes with different shooting modes such as double exposure, macro, landscape, and selfie mode that let you better express your creativity. Taking group photos is also made even better with the camera’s built-in tensecond timer and tripod socket.


‫اختيار مح ّرك فيراري بثماني أسطوانات بشكل ‪ V‬مع‬ ‫توربو المح ّر َ‬ ‫ك األفضل للسنوات العشرين الماضية‬

‫مح ّرك الثماني أسطوانات بشكل ‪ V‬سعة ‪ 3.9‬ليتر يكسب جائزة المح ّرك العالمي‬ ‫للسنة الثالثة على التوالي فيراري تحقق رقم قياسي بالفوز بست جوائز‬

‫تم اختيار النسخة األحدث ّمن مح ّرك فيراري بثماني أسطوانات بشكل ‪ )V (V8‬مع توربو الذي يج ّهز بأشكال مختلفة ّ‬ ‫كل سيارات فيراري ذات مح ّرك ‪ V8‬كأفضل‬ ‫ّ‬ ‫مح ّرك في العالم للسنة الثالثة على التوالي وذلك خالل حفل جوائز المح ّرك العالمي لـ‪.2018‬‬ ‫وفي النسخة العشرين لهذا الحفل‪ ،‬حصدت فيراري ما ال ّ‬ ‫ّ‬ ‫ألي مصنّع سيارات في سنة واحدة‪ ،‬ما يجعل مجموع الجوائز‬ ‫يقل عن‬ ‫ست جوائز‪ ،‬وهو الرقم األعلى يُحصد ّ‬ ‫التي كسبتها فيراري ‪ 27‬جائزة ‪ -‬رقم قياسي ألي شركة سيارات رياضية‪.‬‬ ‫فضالً عن جائزة أفضل مح ّرك لعام ‪ ،2018‬فاز مح ّرك ‪ V8‬سعة ‪ 3.9‬ليتر بق ّوة ‪ 720‬حصانا ً الذي تض ّمه سيارة "‪ 488‬بيستا" ‪ Pista 488‬عن فئات ‪ 3‬ليتر و‪ 4‬ليتر‬ ‫في فئة مح ّرك األداء وترشح أيضا ً لجائزة "أفضل األفضل" ‪ Best of the Best‬الخاصة‪ ،‬حيث ُطلب من الح ّكام الـ‪ 68‬التصويت على المح ّرك األفضل من بين ّ‬ ‫كل‬ ‫المح ّركات الفائزة في السنوات العشرين الماضية‪.‬‬ ‫ً‬ ‫ّ‬ ‫ن‬ ‫وأوضح دين سالفنيش‪ ،‬أحد رؤساء لجنة جوائز المح ّرك العالمي‪ ،‬أنّ "مح ّرك الثما ي أسطوانات سعة ‪ 3.9‬ليتر في سيارة ‪ GTB 488‬شكل مثاال شبه كامل عن‬ ‫مح ّرك عالي األداء مج ّهز بتوربو‪ ،‬م ّما رفع المعايير كثيرا ً لدرجة أنه أطاح بالمح ّركات األخرى بالكامل‪ ".‬وأضاف‪" :‬لكن مع تعديل هذا المح ّرك لطراز ‪،Pista 488‬‬ ‫ّ‬ ‫شك في أننا نرى أمامنا درسا ً من فيراري في اإلبداع الهندسي‪ .‬فال تأخير في التوربو‪ ،‬والمح ّرك يعطي الق ّوة بسالسة‪ ،‬ويمنح الكثير من‬ ‫غدا المح ّرك أفضل أيضاً‪ .‬ال‬ ‫ّ‬ ‫ويتحلى بصوت آسر وبق ّوة هائلة‪ ،‬فهذا المح ّرك من فيراري تحفة فنية بدون شك‪".‬‬ ‫المشاعر‪،‬‬ ‫ً‬ ‫ً‬ ‫ف‬ ‫وتتويجا ً لهذه السنة التي حققت فيها فيراري رقما قياسيا ي الجوائز‪ ،‬كسب مح ّرك ‪ V12‬سعة ‪ 6.5‬ليتر بسحب هواء طبيعي وق ّوة ‪ 800‬حصان الذي تض ّمه سيارة‬ ‫"‪ 812‬سوبرفاست" ‪ Superfast 812‬جائزتَين‪ :‬فئة ما فوق ‪ 4‬ليتر‪ ،‬وفئة المح ّرك الجديد‪ ،‬نظرا ً إلى أنّه خضع إلعادة هندسة شاملة مقارنة بمح ّرك ‪ 6.3‬ليتر الذي‬ ‫ض ّمه طراز "أف ‪ 12‬بيرلينيتا" ‪ ،F12berlinetta‬ألنّ ‪ 75‬في المئة من مك ّوناته جديدة‪.‬‬ ‫‪AUGUST 2018‬‬




he latest iteration of Ferrari’s turbo-charged V8 that equips, in various forms, all Ferrari’s V8-engined cars, has been nominated the best engine in the world for the third year running in the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards. In this, the award’s 20th anniversary edition, Ferrari took no fewer than six awards, the highest number for any manufacturer in any one year, bringing the total of Ferrari’s trophies up to 27, a record number of wins for any sports car company. Along with the overall Engine of the Year honour, the 720-cv 3.9-litre V8 that powers the new 488 Pista also took the 3-litre to 4-litre class, the Performance Engine category and the special nomination for the ‘Best of the Best’, with the 68 international judges asked to vote for the top engine from among all the winners over the last 20 years. “In the 488 GTB, the 3.9-litre eight-cylinder was a near-perfect example of a high-performance turbocharged engine, setting the bar so high that it swept aside rival powertrains,” said Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the IEOTY Awards. “But redeveloped and tweaked for the 488 Pista, the best engine in the world just got better. Without doubt, we’re looking at an engineering masterclass from Ferrari. No turbo lag, beautiful delivery, raw emotion, a furious growl and so much power – this Ferrari V8 is a work of art.” Crowning Ferrari’s record-breaking year, the naturally-aspirated 800-cv 6.5-litre V12 powering the 812 Superfast also won two awards: the Above 4-litre class and, due to it being comprehensively re-engineered from the 6.3-litre unit that equipped the F12berlinetta with 75% new components, the Best New Engine category.






It seems the destiny of some timepieces has already been mapped out. Through its new Record collection, Longines conveys its essence; one of timeless elegance and excellence. Qualities that are sure to raise these models to the rank of future success of the brand, as a link between tradition and innovation. A decidedly classic collection, which is expressive and emblematic of Longines’ watchmaking expertise. Behind this ambitious profile, is an exceptional heart. This heart is the balance spring, the watch’s regulating organ. Coupled to the balance, it oscillates around its equilibrium position, ensuring its fundamental purpose: to beat with extreme regularity. Yet, between magnetism, temperature variations and wear and tear (many hundreds of millions of “breaths” per year), everything seems to be working against its smooth operation. For increased accuracy and longevity, Longines decided to add single-crystal silicon balance spirals to its best movements – a resistant and light material that is inoxidizable and unaffected by standard temperature variations, magnetic fields and atmospheric pressure. A high-tech heart housed in a timepiece created in the purest watchmaking tradition! Such excellence deserves recognition. Based on their high accuracy, all of the Record collection’s models have received the COSC’s “chronometer” certificate. Equipped with automatic calibres, all of the pieces were tested one by one by this neutral independent organization, and can thus display the CHRONOMETER label stamped on their dial. Bestowed with significant added value, these certified “chronometers” achieve the status of authentic, exceptional timepieces. With four sizes (26, 30, 38.5 and 40 mm), the Record collection is designed for both women (7 dials) and men (6 dials). All of the models feature the 3 working hands/ date version, with a steel case – and a diamond-set steel case on two dials, for women – fitted on a steel bracelet or alligator watch strap.

American Eagle (NYSE: AEO) announces the launch of its multifaceted Ne(X)t Level Jeans Campaign as an extension of its #AExME brand platform, which celebrates freedom, individuality and difference. The fall campaign intersects the worlds of fashion, music, and youth culture by highlighting how real customers express themselves in their Ne(X)t Level jeans. “Our fall campaign and back-to-school collection— featuring Ne(X)t Level jeans at the core—is setting standards for innovation, style, fit and quality,” said Chad Kessler, American Eagle Global Brand President. “This fall we are delivering a curated assortment of great fashion to inspire our customers to take what we make, and make it their own.” Along with #AEXME, the Ne(X)t Level Jeans Campaign includes: a ‘Make Moves’ video, shot across the U.S. by French cinematographer, Mathieu Plainfosse, #AEXME Artists, a collaboration with Universal Music Group to select and support young, emerging artists that represent today’s youth, and the #AEJeans Made For You denim guide. A digital guide that celebrates diverse body shapes and highlights how its range of sizes are made to move and make the customer feel their very best.

KidZania Kuwait, the exciting kid-sized metropolis, cordially welcomed the Public Authority of Minor Affairs (PAMA) by recently hosting an exclusive eventful open day. The first-time event with PAMA took place at KidZania where the Children of PAMA connected in an engaging experiential learning environment full of fun activities for everyone. The eventful day was well received by the children of the Public Authority of Minor Affairs. The event commenced with role-play –KidZania’s fundamental core of its undertaking edutainment concept, thriving parades and live shows to celebrate KidZania Kuwait’s fifth anniversary. There were many enjoyable activities for the kids including face painting to arts and crafts guaranteeing endless entertainment, coiled with an educational element in each activity. Barrak Ali Al Shaitan, General Manager, Public Authority of Minor Affairs said: “We thank KidZania, for hosting this fun day where our children were not only entertained, but were also educated on different life skills and learnt about the practicality of the work environment in a fun way.” Vice President of the Leisure and Entertainment Department at M.H. Alshaya Co., Fernando Medroa said: “It’s been a pleasure to host the children of the Public Authority of Minor Affairs, to a fun day where they were enlightened with a learning experience about industries and enjoyed all the fun activities throughout the day. We look forward to hosting more ministerial entities in the future, to give children the opportunity to learn whilst having fun. The children were also entertained with astounding performances held by KidZania’s five RightZkeepers: Urbano, Vita, Chika, Beebop, and Bache who promote the children’s essential rights to know, to care, to share, to create, and to play. Children also enjoyed memorable photo opportunities with the RightZkeepers.

Nokia 2 is now available to fans in Kuwait HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has announced the arrival Nokia 2.1 in Kuwait. This addition completes the portfolio of new Nokia Android smartphones that have been launched in the previous month. Together with Nokia 5.1 and Nokia 3.1, Nokia 2 also offers access to the latest Google services, such as the Google Assistant, and continues to deliver a pure, secure and up-to-date Android experience with Android One and Android Go, combined with the premium craftsmanship and design expected from a Nokia smartphone and the performance to match. Nokia 2.1: The 2-day battery life smartphone gets even better Serving long-lasting entertainment needs for consumers who are always on the go, Nokia 2.1 comes with a 2-day battery life, a large 5.5-inch HD screen and dual frontfacing stereo speakers. The Nokia 2.1’s huge 4,000mAh battery now charges even faster so you can get back up and running even more quickly than before. With its HD display almost 20% bigger than the original, you can enjoy high-definition videos on the go while the dual speakers with bespoke 3D formed stainless steel detail gives you an amazing stereo sound.



ANOTAH expands its presence in Kuwait with the opening of their second branch at The Avenues Mall Anotah, a leading regional fashion and lifestyle brand known for its luxurious mix of richness and subtlety, extravagance and elegance, has opened the doors to its second store in The Avenues Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in Kuwait. Located at the Ground Floor Level at Phase 1, this store is dedicated towards showcasing the Anotah Lady collections, and immersing their customers into their exceptional world of fashion. The resplendent opening event was hosted by Anotah ambassador, renowned social media influencer Dalal Al Doub and was attended by media members and fashion and lifestyle social media socialities and influencers. The event coincides with the second-time collection launch of the highly anticipated Dalalid X Anotah High Summer Collection.

The First Successful Uterus Transplantation in the MENA Region under clinical research



A breakthrough uterus transplantation procedure that will change her life, as well as the lives of many women with uterine factor infertility, was done to the Jordanian 26 year old Riham, whose donor was her 50 year old mother, for the first time in Lebanon, under clinical research by a team of 6 Lebanese specialists in transplant surgery and high-risk obstetrics, in coordination with a Swedish team of 4 doctors headed by Professor Mats Brännström and the Lebanese Dr. Randa Akouri. The procedure was done on June 11th; the donor’s procedure took 12 hours, while the recipient’s took 6, and both were very smooth. The patient then stayed in Lebanon under supervision for one month, to prevent undesirable side effects. She is now doing well, waiting for the IVF (in-vitro fertilization) process, which can be initiated in 9 months, to be followed by a healthy pregnancy. A remarkably innovative procedure that is still under evaluation and development, uterus transplantation is likely to change the lives of many women who are not able to carry a pregnancy due to Uterine Factor Infertility. It is estimated that in the MENAT region (MENA & Turkey), 100,000 women have Uterine Factor Infertility. The trial requires that potential participants undergo a complex protocol and extensive medical and psychological evaluations to make sure she is a good candidate. The selected woman will maintain the transplant for as long as she needs to have children, and then have it removed, saving her from long-term use of immunosuppressive drugs. It is worth mentioning that Lebanon is the first country in the MENA region and among the only 10 countries in the world till now that are giving back hope to many women who are not able to carry a pregnancy. Back in 2016, Bellevue Medical Center had signed an agreement with the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, to become among the first teams worldwide to perform the uterus transplantation trial and was chosen as the first hospital to realize the procedure in the MENAT region (MENA & Turkey), for meeting the high quality standards needed for it.

Cartier Middle-East Exclusivity Limited edition

The new Marine Torpilleur Military: a modern Marine chronometer for those who captain their own destiny. Riding on the wave of success of its Marine Torpilleur, Ulysse Nardin is releasing the Marine Torpilleur Military edition, a chronometer for a whole new generation of adventurer. Bold and dashing, this is a direct descendant of the pocket chronometers prized by the sea captains of 19th or beginning of the 20th century, radically redesigned for a resolutely modern era. Featuring the same Ulysse Nardin UN-118 in-house movement as the celebrated Marine Chronometer, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military takes on a more imposing air, as if daring the wearer to rise to a new level of challenge. Dynamic design is in every line; military bearing in every aspect of this contemporary dynamo. Its two interpretations take inspiration from the eternal elegance of vintage military timepieces. One with an eggshell white dial, whose outlined Arabic numerals enable quick reading of the time, matched by an elegant tan leather strap. The other in chic black, with orange Arabic numerals and superluminova-coated hands – ideal for legibility in the dark – and attached to the wrist with a black strap with orange stitching. Both editions command respect with an oversized crown, and a formidable 44 mm case with a steel sand-blasted finish, water-resistant to 50 meters, and stamped on the back with the distinctive Torpilleur. Remarkable for a more accessible chronometer, it is powered by the Ulysse Nardin UN-118 manufacture movement. Featuring the proprietary Silicium anchor escapement crafted in-house at the Swiss manufacture, it boasts both COSC certification and the Ulysse Nardin certificate, a double guarantee of the highest performance standards. A small seconds function at 6 o’clock is complemented by a red serial number, showing the timepiece’s status as one of only 300 in a limited edition. The initials C.W. proudly proclaim it is a Chronometer Watch, referen-cing the military models of the past, whose design followed the strict codes of the armed forces.



Certina joined forces with the Sea Turtle Conservancy and its Tour de Turtles migration-tracking project in 2017, and has since been supporting the group’s wide-ranging conservation, awareness, research and educational activities in the Caribbean and beyond. This Special Edition Watch represents a renewed commitment to the partnership: as a substantial portion of proceeds from the sale of the watch will go to support the Florida-based conservancy. The purchase of the STC Special Edition of Certina's DS Action Diver thus permits the customer to participate and support in the effort to protect sea turtles, at no extra charge. The notable differences which make the STC Special Edition DS Action Diver watch different from the other colourways available are that the second hand is the colour of the Sea Turtle Conservancy logo even the"Diver's Watch 300 m" lettering. The organisation's unmistakeable turtle logo being featured on the back of the case, rather than the usual Certina turtle shell design. Certina's connection to turtles goes back to the introduction, in 1959, of its acclaimed DS Concept protection system – poetically the same year that the Sea Turtle Conservancy was founded. The DS Concept brought new levels of reliability and resistance to watchmaking and led to a natural association with turtles and turtle emblem featured on Certina watches. The turtle has been part of the Certina logo for many years and so is a fitting inspiration between this partnership with the Sea Turtle Conservancy. Certina is especially proud to support the STC's fascinating, fun and tech-savvy Tour de Turtles migration-tracking program, which allows the public to follow sea turtle migrations online and feel a closer bond to these majestic under-water creatures.

‫ من كارتييه‬Juste Un Clou ‫يطل سوار‬ ّ ‫بنسخته الجديدة األقل سماكة ليلتف حول‬ .‫المعصم في حركة انسيابية واحدة‬

‫ مع الحفاظ‬،‫ويتمتع بشكل مستدير وطابع ثوري مناسب للجنسين‬ ‫ الحية منذ إطالقه للمرة األولى خالل‬Juste Un Clou ‫على روح‬ ‫السبعينيات ليشك ّل منعطفا ً هاما ً في عالم تصميم المجوهرات؛ حيث‬ .‫ ويمنحه دفقا ً من الحضور اآلسر‬،‫يعانق المعصم بأناقة الفتة‬ ‫ ويمكن ارتداؤها‬،‫تأتي النسخة الجديدة بالذهب األصفر أو الوردي‬ Juste Un ‫ليشعا معا ً بألق‬ ،‫بشكل منفصل أو مع النسخة األصلية‬ ّ .‫ الذي لطالما كان رمزا ً لألصالة والذوق الرفيع والحرية‬Clou 76 AUGUST 2018

NAS Pearl Assist Arrivals Baggage Delivery Service

National Aviation Services (NAS) has introduced the Pearl Assist Baggage Delivery Service at Kuwait International Airport. This service allows passengers arriving at the airport to have their luggage delivered to their doorstep allowing them to exit the airport faster without waiting for the checked in baggage. The Pearl Assist Baggage Delivery Service is open to all passengers flying any airline arriving at the Kuwait International Airport and the luggage can be delivered to any area in Kuwait. Passengers can avail of this new service by pre-booking online via or at the Pearl Assist Baggage Delivery Service counter located in the arrivals area at the Airport. The NAS Pearl Assist team will ensure that the luggage is kept safe and secure during the whole process. Bags are safely sealed at the luggage belt and scanned for tracking. This seal will be intact till the bags reach your doorstep and can only opened by you. You will receive SMS messages alerting you on the status of your luggage at different stages of collection or delivery. The Pearl Assist Baggage Delivery service adds to NAS’s varied portfolio of services aimed at making travel easier. This includes Pearl Assist Meet and Assist services, that help you avoid unnecessary queues to complete check-in, and also allowing the immigration process faster and Pearl Lounge services that allow you to relax in a comfortable space, before, after or in between flights.

Insights into the A. Lange & Sohne design process

At the Geneva Salon early this year, A. Lange & Söhne presented five debuts in elegant black: two models each of the SAXONIA MOON PHASE, the SAXONIA OUTSIZE DATE and one of the 1815 CHRONOGRAPH. Now, they are available on the market. Berlin-based photographer Attila Hartwig took the opportunity to focus on the design of the watches with a series of architecturally inspired stills. The watch as an architectural structure The clearly structured dial of a Lange watch conceals a highly complex mechanism that can easily be compared with the Cloud City location in Star Wars. A. Lange & Söhne’s Director of Product Development Anthony de Haas sketched out a science fiction scenario: “If we could beam ourselves into a multi level watch movement, we would be exploring a mechanical universe in which everything is designed with architectural precision and lo-cated in exactly the right place.” Starting from a certain scale, the apparent chaos be-comes organised, structures are discernible, and order sets in.

Express yourself with New Arabic Bitmoji Stickers




Starting today, Snapchatters and Bitmoji-lovers have access to brand new Arabic-language Bitmoji stickers. The new Bitmoji stickers will begin rolling out globally from Aug 2nd, for all whose devices are set to Arabic. This follows on from local stickers in French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Hindi/ English, launched earlier this year. When sending a message in Chat, Snapchatters can use Stickers that feature thier own Bitmoji and feature a range of expressions that reflect their mood and feelings. To send a Bitmoji sticker in Chat, just tap the sticker drawer icon and select the Bitmoji. Tap once on a sticker to send instantly. Bitmoji was the world's most downloaded iOS app in 2017, used by millions of people around the world to communicate using their own personal avatar. It allows you to choose from a vast library of stickers to express yourself and bring more of “you” - your likeness, body language, and how you’re feeling - into the conversations that happen online. Since the Bitmoji app launched in November 2014, millions of people have created and used their Bitmoji as a personal extension of themselves in the digital world. When creating your own bitmoji, users can choose from a variety of physical attributes and styling options (lips, eyes, eyebrows, noses, dimples, hair, outfits etc.) that can be tailored in thousands of unique ways. To create the bitmoji builder and the hundreds of bitmoji stickers available today, the Bitmoji team use techniques from cartooning, comic creating and animation. They keep their finger on pop culture and listen to the community to come up with new scenes and emotions. They see what's trending and feedback to design what the community wants and is searching for within the app. A recent example is the Yanny vs Laurel debate. You can talk with Bitmojis in a variety of places including: Snapchat, iMessage, Gmail, Google Gboard, Chrome Extension, Slack and wherever else you chat online! You can even add your own Bitmoji to your very own Geofilter. You can also experience Bitmoji in 3D augmented reality within Snapchat as well as 3D Bitmoji Friendmoji - starring you and your friend in a single animation. DON’T MISS THE MUSHROOM SWISS! INTRODUCING THE MUSHROOM SWISS BURGER AT ALL MIDDLE EAST SHACKS

Pottery Barn Kids launches new ‘Back-to-School’ collection Pottery Barn Kids has unveiled its ‘Back-to-School’ Collection with a creative line-up of must-have school accessories – including backpacks, lunchboxes and water bottles for the little ones. Popular collections include the ‘Disney Frozen’ collection featuring best-loved characters from the film, including Anna, Elsa, Hans and everyone’s favourite snowman Olaf. For kids looking for a slightly different style, the Mackenzie backpacks are the perfect buy for the pre-kindergarten to the pre-teen years. The backpacks come loaded with design details like ergonomic padding, side pockets and sturdy zippers – perfect for rough and tough usage. It also has a reinforced bottom and extra buckles for added convenience and safety.

The long-standing partnership between Oris and the Williams F1 Team is brought to life once again in a limited edition piece that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Martini Racing Team, Williams’ current major sponsor. The watch is a highperformance chronograph based on the Oris Williams Chronograph, and showcases the design, technology and engineering values shared by both companies. It features the iconic dark blue, light blue and red stripes of Martini race cars on the dial, while the case back carries Martini Racing’s 50th anniversary logo. Only 500 pieces will be made available.

Rado DiaMaster Diamonds Minimalist design, classic style and durable, modern materials are the key attributes of Rado’s DiaMaster collection. New models for 2018 include those using precious diamonds in a way that has great significance in the Rado ‘master of materials’ story. Now, combining the high-tech materials Rado has created over years of experience and adding a sprinkling of full-cut diamonds, Rado has combined two of the hardest materials available in watchmaking to stunning effect. Softness and feminity are added thanks to mother-of-pearl dials and leather straps. The ‘Dia’ in the DiaMaster name comes from the original Rado term ‘DiaStar’, coined in 1962 when the Swiss brand first succeeded in its mission to create a scratchresistant watch designed to stand the test of time. It was taken from the word ‘diamond’ – the hardest natural material which is of a hardness Rado has striven to equal through innovation.

Make room for ‘shroom! The Mushroom Swiss Burger, a 100% all-natural Angus beef burger topped with Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, portobello mushrooms, and herb cheese spread, is now available across all Kuwait East Shacks for a limited time. The Mushroom Swiss Burger puts a refined twist on a traditional cheeseburger, using Swiss cheese, sautéed portobello mushrooms and onions, and a Shack-made spread of cheese and herbs.





1. The long 'lost' 1927 Walt Disney animated Christmas film, found in a Norwegian archive in 2014 is called Empty: Nest, Pudding, Socks, or Heads?



















2. A Weihnachtsbaum or Tannenbaum in Germany is a Christmas: Carol, Pudding, Tree, or Party? 3. The big-selling country and western hit song, notably by Elvis Presley in 1957, is '(What?) Christmas'? 4. A square grid of square cells, with five cells in each of its longest diagonals, contains how many cells in total? 5. What's the only major traditional British pantomime based on a real life person?

6. The Geminids of December are a: Christmas house-plant, Seasonal flu variety, Meteor shower, or Region of the brain? 7. Latin 'Aurum' refers to which precious commodity?


8. Salvia is the genus name for what vast and useful plant family, associated with wisdom?

TEST YOUR VOCABULARY My friend accompanied me to the offices of a large private foundation well known for its activities and donations in the civil-rights area.

9. In Austria and Germany an Eierpunsch is a: New Year holiday, Santa's helper, Egg drink, or Slap to the side of the head? 10. What sort of song takes its name from old French for a circle dance?

11. Anser is the genus name for which family of creatures whose fat is

In this sentence, donations means: a.

earnings of a corporation


payments made to corrupt a person of trust


slurs or remarks of racial bias


voluntary gifts made to some worthwhile cause

traditional in cooking?

12. The notable drinks brands/makers Warninks, De Kuyper and Bols all originated in what country?

A donation is a gift someone gives to a cause they believe in. If you have ever put a

13. In the Christian calendar the 1st of January is traditionally a feast

dollar into a collection plate or hat, you have made a donation.

celebrating Christ's what?

No one has to give a donation; donations are voluntary. In addition to disease research, many schools, arts groups, museums, churches, and groups that help the poor rely on donations. Donations usually take the form of money, but giving anything away to a cause could be considered a donation- like giving books to a library or bringing deviled eggs to a school potluck.

14. According to biblical tradition the three 'magi' (wise men or kings) came from the: North, South, East, or West?

15. The equatorial Republic of Kiribati's 'Kiritimati' (Christmas) Island, among the first land to see each new day/year, is in which ocean?


16. What is an interface, a side, a logistics facility, and a geographically protected drink name?

Simple Calculations

17. What's the traditional name for a cockerel or rooster that's been castrated, to improve the quality of its meat?

Find the sum: -1.54 + 5.093.

18. Name Tchaikovsky's famous ballet which begins on Christmas Eve?

A. 3.553

19. What creature is Equus africanus asinus?

B. 6.63

20. The 'Last Adam' is an alternative name for whom or what?

C. -3.553




ANSWERS: 1.Socks, 2.Tree, 3.Blue, 4.25, 5.Dick Whittington (fully, Dick Whittington and His Cat, based on the London merchant and Lord Mayor Richard Whittington c.1354-1423), 6.Meteor shower, 7.Gold, 8.Sage, 9.Egg drink (like egg nog), 10.Carol (from carole), 11.Goose, 12.Netherlands (Holland), 13.Circumcision, 14.East, 15.Pacific, 16.Port, 17.Capon, 18.The Nutcracker, 19.Donkey (or ass), 20.Jesus Christ

D. -6.63





(March 21 - April 19)

(July 23 - August 22)

(November 22 - December)

August 1 starts off with a Mars-Uranus square. Control your temper, and let any flare-ups be for the good. Romance could peak on August 7 as Venus trines Mars. What happens now could be made to last. The new moon (and solar eclipse) on the eleventh presents tempting but risky opportunities. Loosen your death grip on controlling everything and cautiously indulge in a fantasy. Find a new passion with money potential. Resist any knee-jerk reactions. Mars enters Capricorn the next day, and there's more energy for work. Mercury goes direct on August 18, so a stalled project or relationship should move forward soon.

On August 8, the sun conjoins retrograde Mercury. It's easier to read between the lines and hear what is not quite said out loud. The new moon and solar eclipse on August 11 could bring a sudden opportunity to do something important. You may have wanted to do this for a long time, or it may have never crossed your mind before. Mercury goes stationary direct on the eighteenth. You may think that you're ready to pounce on a new project, but take some time for conditions to get back up to speed. The sun leaves Leo and enters Virgo on the twenty-second. Make full use of a slower pace and having more time to address enjoyable details.

The sun squares Jupiter on August 6. If your generous impulses are overlooked or misunderstood, let it go. Let the August 11 new moon and solar eclipse widen your world. Some disapproval or barrier may block some avenues for adventure, but there are countless offers to satisfy your dreams and taste for adventure. Mercury goes stationary direct on the eighteenth. You may not promptly untangle what the retrograde knotted up, but it will all straighten out. You might want to spend less time at home at the August 26 full moon.




(April 20 - May 20)

(August 23 - September)

(December 22 - January 19)

The moon-Venus trine on August 5 can soften an awkward situation and lead to more romance when Venus trines Mars on August 7. Uranus goes retrograde in Taurus that day, too. What you say may not be what is heard. Home life gets dicey with the new moon (and solar eclipse) on the eleventh. Too much of a good thing might create a problem or disagreement later. On August 18, retrograde Mercury sextiles Venus. Get a deeper look into an artistic or romantic matter. Mercury goes direct that night. What you learn from the sextile will be useful soon.

The noisy, crazy world may try to invade your headspace during the new moon and solar eclipse on August 11. Take a deep breath and don't shout back. You have a lot of powerful supporters. Mercury goes stationary direct on the eighteenth. It may take a little time, but it will get easier to think clearly and get reorganized. If you misplaced anything, you'll find it soon. On August 22, the sun leaves Leo and enters Virgo. Give priority to treating yourself well and being more healthy and active at home. Do you need another kitten or puppy? Maybe a bigger garden or more planters?

A major challenge or lurking problem could arrive with the new moon and solar eclipse of August 11, but don't fret. Be strong and sure of your facts and do what’s needed. You have some unexpected support from friends. Mars retrograde backs out of Aquarius and enters Capricorn the next day. Make solid career plans now. Prepare for August 27. Mercury goes stationary direct on the eighteenth. You could finally get replies to some old e-mails, texts, and phone calls.




(May 21 - June 20)

(September 23 - October)

(January 20 - February 18)

The sun conjoins retrograde Mercury on August 8 and empowers your intuition and insights. See an issue - or a person - in a new light. Life in the hood heats up with the new moon (and solar eclipse) on August 11, and the background chatter could get painful. Pick what you want to do with whom and don't get too scattered. On the eighteenth, Mercury retrograde sextiles Venus, and twelve hours later Mercury goes direct. Listen closely and pay attention to what a loved one is showing you.

Venus enters Libra on August 6 and romance ramps up. Life gets even more romantic with the Venus-Mars trine the next day. Your social life could get wild and crazy with the new moon and solar eclipse on August 11. People may challenge and argue with you, but don't take the bait. There are plenty of others who share your vision and desires. Mercury goes stationary direct on the eighteenth, which could make for smoother days, but not right away. Get organized and be patient.

The solar eclipse and new moon on August 11 could enliven an exciting romantic relationship. Not everyone may approve - and will say so - but listen to your own heart and head. Mercury retrograde ends on the eighteenth. Mercury direct in Leo should have a lot to say, so expect some replies to earlier unanswered communications. It's easier to get and stay organized now. The sun trines Uranus on August 25. If you have a bold, fresh idea, this could be the time to make it known. Surprising, effective actions will be admired and well received. The full moon the next day could set the stage for more money or gifts to find you in the near future. Be patient and agreeable and see what develops.




(June 21 - July 22)

(October 23 - November)

(February 19 - March 20)

August 7 could be a romantic day rich in flirting, surprises, and misunderstandings. Uranus goes stationary retrograde, Venus and Mars form a trine, and the moon enters Cancer. The next day may be more pleasant if you don't overthink things. The sun conjoins Mercury retrograde, heightening intuition and psychic hints. The moon in Cancer trines Jupiter, then trines Neptune. Sweet dreams! The new moon (and solar eclipse) on the eleventh could light up a financial matter and bring you something valuable. There could be some mixed messages, but you should hear good news in the end.

Mars squares Uranus on August 1. Watch your temper, and don't let anyone push any of your buttons (they may try). Look for a breakthrough at work or in some social setting during the new moon and solar eclipse of the eleventh. There may be friction or resistance at first, but afterward you’ll be the one to advance. Mercury goes stationary direct on the eighteenth. Take your time getting reorganized and back in touch with anyone who flaked out on you recently.

Daily life could get complicated by the August 11 new moon and solar eclipse, but it will be all little things. Any bumps in the road will be from pebbles, not boulders, and will go away on their own. Mercury goes stationary direct on August 18. Whatever got misplaced will soon surface. Misunderstandings will be corrected over the next few days. Unanswered communications will be addressed. The Jupiter-Neptune trine on the nineteenth is an enduring aspect. This will let you feel good about your dreams and aspirations for a long time to come.


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CP Magazine August 2018