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WELCOME DC Magazine is the official magazine of Diners Club International, UAE, and has been exclusively developed in partnership with CRE8 NETWORK. Diners Club logo are official trademarks of Diners Club International, and the DC magazine brand; concept and design is full copyright of CRE8 NETWORK. No element of this publication can be used or copied without prior permission from CRE8 NETWORK. EDITORIAL CONTACTS Hanif Saddiq Managing / Publishing Director e. hanif.saddiq@cre8network.com Will Rankin Editor e. will.rankin@cre8network.com Jay Ferris Features Editor e. jay.ferris@cre8network.com Hussain Jian Director of Photography CONTRIBUTORS: Chris Stocker, Jonathan Taylor-Horne, Philip Moore, James Murphy, Helen Quin, Oscar James, Kim McCarthy, Julie Henderson, Andrew Flint, Damian Oakley, Phil Inglis, Wajid Darr ALL ADVERTISING & MEDIA PLANNING: t. +971 4 313 2386 M. +971 56 7350 657 e. info@cre8network.com ALL PRODUCTION & ARTWORK ENQUIRIES: Mark Radford e. info@cre8network.com CRE8 NETWORK Emirates Towers, Level 41, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai United Arab Emirates, P.O. Box 31303 PRINTED BY: ATLAS PRINTING PRESS [COMPLIMENTARY TEST COPIES FOR APPROVAL]

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Welcome to the new official magazine for Diners Club cardholders, partners, sponsors and stakeholders. CRE8 NETWORK is very proud to bring you this new title; which represents the beginning of a long and illustrious working partnership between Diners Club and us. What you hold in your hands is an extension of the community to which we all belong; and the chance for Diners Club to entertain, to explore and to elucidate upon its growing brand. Diners Club has been here in the UAE since 1976, and has seen the country grow along with its business. We live in an age where what we can do today was unimaginable when Diners Club launched in this very young nation. Diners Club aspires to provide convenience, simplicity and effective control over finances; all the while building up our community of exclusive offerings, solutions and products. DC Magazine is the chance for you to conveniently understand and fully embrace what it means to belong to one of the most exclusive clubs in the world. Each issue embraces the lifestyle we all enjoy; travel, entertainment, fine dining, sport, motoring and in-depth interviews with celebrities, business gurus and the people who influence and impact our every day lives. Diners Club is excited about its future in the region. We hope this publication goes some way to convey that excitement. Enjoy the Issue.

Hanif Saddiq Managing / Publishing Director CRE8 NETWORK.


SELECTED PREVIEW 26. EXPLORING EXPO POTENTIAL We look forward to the prestigious Dubai EXPO 2020 29. EMIRATES NBD Q&A R. Sivaram, SVP ENBD, discusses the Diners Club difference 30. TRAVEL ATTACHÉ Exclusive locations from an exclusive Diners Club partner

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36. ROBERTO CAVALLI [EXCLUSIVE] The man behind the brand - and his Dubai club 40. GAUCHO We take a visit to the highly reccomended meat treat in DIFC

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04. WELCOME & CONTENTS 06. A MESSAGE FROM US Diners Club describes its offering, and the exclusive nature of the Club to which we all belong

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08. DCI PRO-AM GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP We look back at the 22nd Diners Club Pro-am International Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi 14. SEASON TO DO A small selection of the best things to do this season, globally and regionally 18. BENTLEY HOME The iconic marque launches a range of stylish furniture

44. YAS LINKS There’s more to golf at this luxury Abu Dhabi club 48. FERRARI WORLD A fun-packed day out for all the family 52. HOME ON THE RANGE Range Rover Sport takes on the Atlas mountains 56. PORSCHE SPYDER A dream drive for all 60. McLAREN P1 Chris Goodwin, chief test driver, describes the latest super car 64. MR.PEABODY & SHERMAN A Special viewing for DC members 66. DC EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL OFFERS A selection of the exquisite properties offering privileges to Diners Club card holders 68. THE LAST WORD Airports get tech-savvy

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iners Club International, founded in 1950, became the first independent credit card company. It always feels great to say that Diners Club pioneered the credit card business. Diners Club has a long history in the United Arab Emirates, having been here since the 1970s. It was owned by Emirates Bank, which later became Emirates NBD, and our decision this year to have the business run by Network International is so that we can develop a regional champion. Network International now owns the Diners Club Franchises in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and the UAE By bringing them together under one umbrella, we hope to create a Middle East mini cluster, to better enjoy a closer working relationship, explore the synergies and leverage crossborder initiatives. Network International is a leading provider of payment solutions in the Middle East. Market leader in the acquiring business and this definitely helps us in ensuring maximum card acceptance coverage.

Muhammad Asim Mushtaq Regional Head, MENA - Diners Club International

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Community Community, as we all know provides a sense of belonging and feeling valued. It is a sense of belonging that does not necessarily have boundaries and that is exactly how we would like our card members, customers and partners to experience Diners Club. Associating with Diners Club promises superior status, outstanding customer service, global rewards and a feeling of belonging to an Exclusive Club. We would like Diners Club to be part of your wealthy lifestyle, your choice of payment while you define your everyday lifestyle.


Associating with Diners Club promises superior status, outstanding customer service, global rewards and a feeling of belonging to an Exclusive Club.

Golf Golf is a game of precision that our card members enjoy playing. For the last 22 years Diners Club International has been hosting clients, partners at the annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament. The tournament has had the privilege to be hosted at the world’s finest golf courses in USA, Spain, South Africa and Mauritius. This year the tournament was hosted in Abu Dhabi, UAE - which was a great success, and was played at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club Yas Links recently in November 2013. A number of Diners Club franchises from across the globe took part by flying in their golf playing card members to compete at a highly competitive tournament which was won by our countreparts in South Africa. The golfers had an opportunity to experience the

local zest with entertaining evenings. It also served as a networking opportunity to share their business experiences. We feature the DCI Pro-am in more detail on the next page. Future With Discover Financial Services owning the Diners Club International brand and our local strategy to move the UAE franchise to Network International, the future looks very bright with some exciting challenges ahead. Over the last few years Discover has heavily invested in the brand to ensure acceptance gaps are covered and the brand is re-energized. Today we are widely accepted across the globe and our card members are growing rapidly. We will continue to invest in our corporate products as well.

The Diners Club travel account solution is a best-in-class product to manage and track your company’s travel related expenses. We are also very excited about the new product launch in partnership with Emirates NBD, our issuing bank partner. So plenty of action to look forward to. Voice This magazine is a voice for Diners Club; a lifestyle publication that serves to communicate some of our new strategies; but also offers a chance to keep up to date with our ever-expanding array of partner deals. We hope the magazine engages people, and becomes something they look forward to receiving. It’s a high quality, niche publication aimed at our Middle Eastern audience. I would like to thank our exclusive publishing partner CRE8 NETWORK, a team of professionals with rich corporate publishing and branding experience – They have done a marvellous job in putting this great first issue together. Thank you to all the partners for showing a lot of enthusiasm in supporting this magazine and a whole hearted thanks to the readers – this magazine is for you. Enjoy Reading!

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The Teams Austria Colombia Croatia Evens Croatia Odds Ecuador Germany Evens Germany Odds Poland Serbia Evens Serbia Odds Slovenia Evens Slovenia Odds South Africa Evens South Africa Odds Switzerland UAE USA

Diners Club cardholders and management descended on Abu Dhabi at the end of last year to play the 22nd Diners Club International Golf championship. The three-day golf extravaganza is the culmination of a year’s golf – played out all over the world. Teams from 17 countries attended the final in Abu Dhabi, in a better-ball Stableford Pro-Am tournament where teams where made up of three Diners Club card holders and a professional golfer. Muhammad Asim Mushtaq, Country Head, UAE-Diners Club International said: “There nothing like this really, it’s an out of this world experience that money simply cannot buy. While admitting he’s not much of a golfer himself, Asim said the camaraderie on the course – and the relationships that are built on the links - are second to none. “Diners Club holds this annual golf event partly as a brand- and relationship-building exercise. We were honoured and delighted to host the 2013 edition in Abu Dhabi. And of course, the friendships made on the course are very solid. The chance to learn and play alongside professional golfers is rare indeed, ” Local tournaments are played throughout the year; with the prize of taking part in the final tournament. The first two days took part at the Yas Links course, with one day for practice and one day for the first round. The third day – the final of the annual tournament – took place at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa.

As well as the Pro-Am international competition there is a chance for local card holders, corporate cardholders and Diners Club staff to play in a Sponsors and Guests tournament, a one day event aimed at the less serious golfers. The winning team in the Pro-Am tournament was the South African quartet; followed by the US team; the Swiss, the UAE and Slovenia coming in forth and fifth place respectively. The South African team comprised Kenneth Dube (SA Club Pro of the Year), Michael Haramis, Gustav Botes and John Papademetriou, with Asim commenting that “the South Africans coped admirably with both the heat and wind to post a total of 174 and fend off a determined charge from team USA.” The USA team, led by Pro Mark Booth and admirably supported by Diane Offereins, Ebrahim Matthews and Nasser Mohamed fell just short of the South Africans with a total of 170 to take second place. Enjoying the heat and playing great golf, Switzerland, comprising of Pro Ricky Willison, Reto Aeberhart, Francois Hasler and Andrew Marshall secured third place by posting a total of 163 and just pipping the host nation UAE on a countback. Local course knowledge and clearly well conditioned to the heat, team UAE with Alan Tait, Liam Wholey, Peter Churchill and Aamir Inam can be proud of their deserved fourth place finish.

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Former Liverpoool Player, Jerzy Dudek shows us the way ahead

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DCI PRO-AM CHAMPIONSHIP 2013

FINAL STANDINGS POS

1ST PLACE: SOUTH AFRICA: 174 Kenneth Dube Michael Haramis Gustav Botes John Papademetriou

2ND PLACE: USA: 170 Mark Booth Diane Offereins Ebrahim Matthews Nassar Mohamed

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3RD PLACE: SWITZERLAND: 163 Ricky Willison (83) Francois Hasler Reto Aeberhart Andrew Marshall

4TH PLACE: UAE: 163 Alan Tait (80) Aamir Inam Peter Churchill Liam Wholey

5TH PLACE: SLOVENIA ODDS: 162 Chris Moss Marko Štirn Robert Žitnik Drago Banovic

MAIN COMPETITION Longest Drive Men: Gustav Botes SA Longest Drive Ladies: Erica Lefson SA Nearest the Pin Men: Cedomir Ilie Serbia Nearest the Pin Ladies: Diane Offereins USA

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HIGH DIVE Constance Halaveli Maldives was named global winner of the Luxury Island Resort 2013 Award at the ‘World Luxury Hotel Awards’. Constance Halaveli Maldives – around five hours’ flight from the UAE has also created the world’s most exclusive and luxurious dive experience. The north Ari Atoll is one of the world’s best dive sites, with whale and reef sharks, and hawksbill turtles. You and up to four guests can dive from the hotel’s 20-meter luxury Azimut yacht, which includes a personal dive instructor, massage therapist, chef and videographer. Breakfast on fresh truffles, Beluga caviar, fresh fruit, fresh seafood and fish delicacies. After breakfast, cruise to the dive site, sunbathe and take advantage of an on-board massage. Later in the day, on the return sailing to Halaveli, a light snack of oysters, caviar and chilled Champagne is offered. halaveli.constancehotels.com/ dive@halaveli.com

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THERE’S ‘SNOW’ BETTER TASTE

LOUIS VUITTON JOINS BMW

Magnolia Bakery at Dubai Mall’s Bloomingdale’s Home revealed the secrets of its Sno-Cap cupcake recently, when executive pastry chef, Kiran Shivaram Shetty, gave an exclusive cooking demo to show invited guests first-hand how its Sno-Cap cupcakes are made.

FORWARD-LOOKING TRAVEL BAGS FOR PROGRESSIVE DRIVING MADE FROM CARBON FIBRE

The near-legendary cupcakes are just one of a range of crowd-pleasers from the Magnolia, which opened its first location on a street corner in the heart of New York’s West Village in the summer of 1996. From its inception, Magnolia has been cherished for its classic American baked goods, vintage decor and warm, inviting atmosphere.

The innovative luggage collection comprises two travel bags, a business case and a garment bag. To ensure optimal use of space, the luggage items have been tailor-made to fit perfectly into the interior of the BMW i8.

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Luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton has created a tailormade set of luggage for a progressive sports car – the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid.

“BMW and Louis Vuitton share both a profound appreciation of tradition and a commitment to constant further development,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, senior VP, BMW Group Design. “The use of CFRP in the BMW i8 sports car is indicative of an intelligent lightweight construction philosophy. And Louis Vuitton has demonstrated a similar belief in innovation, aesthetics and lightweight design in creating an exclusive luggage collection tailored perfectly to the new BMW i8.”

BEACH CINEMA OFFERS ULTIMATE LUXURY The newest entertainment destination in the city, Reel Cinemas, The Beach, is now open and is envisaged to be the go-to entertainment destination for residents of Jumeirah Beach Residence and New Dubai. Managed by Emaar Retail, the opulent new venue offers a distinctive cinema experience with a spectacular waterfront location along the shoreline of Dubai Marina. Reel Cinemas, The Beach is an integral part of the aesthetically designed ‘The Beach’ lifestyle destination by Meraas Holding. The cineplex features seven standard screens and three Platinum Movie Suites, in addition to the Platinum Lounge, the ultimate in cinema luxury featuring a full-fledged dedicated kitchen to serve the cinegoers and magnificent views of the Arabian Sea.

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DUBAI WELCOMES WORLDRENOWNED DON ALFONSO 1890 Italy’s world-renowned two-Michelin starred Italian restaurant, Don Alfonso 1890 celebrated its arrival in the Middle East recently with the opening of the new resturant in the Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai. Now open to customers, the restaurant features an impressive open-format kitchen at the heart of its dining space, with chef Christian de Nadai at the helm, who learnt his trade under celebrated Chef Don Alfonso himself. Standout dishes include Lobster and Mozzarella Skewer with Lemon Flavoured Lettuce Coulis and Shaved Black Truffle, and Fresh Tagolini Flavoured with Shrimps and Citrus from Sorrento. The restaurant follows successful Don Alfonso 1890 launches in Macau, Marrakesh and Rome and will draw on its impressive pedigree to serve authentic yet contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. DON ALFONSO 1890 IS OPEN DAILY FOR DINNER FROM 7PM – 11.30PM. FOR BOOKINGS AND FURTHER INFORMATION, CALL +971 (0)4 443 8215 OR LOG ON TO WWW.DONALFONSO.AE

M.MICALLEF LAUNCHES FIRST UAE BOUTIQUE Luxury French perfume brand M.Micallef has opened its first stand-alone store in the Middle East with the opening of Boutique M.Micallef in Dubai. With its exclusive perfumes already distributed in 54 countries across Europe, the Middle East, the US, Africa and Asia, the brand’s expansion in the GCC marks the start of an exciting enterprise. The Dubai boutique is M.Micallef’s second and comes five years after its first showroom opened in Cannes. The company has chosen Grosvenor House, the Dubai Marina hotel, to host its first UAE boutique. The brands “fit wonderfully well” together, reveals Co-Founder of M.Micallef, Martine Micallef. A special edition fragrance will be unveiled at the grand opening. Priced at AED70,000, this one litre handmade and hand-decorated flacon of perfume is adorned with an exquisite crystal eagle’s head. WHEN: Open Since November 2013 WHERE: Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai VISIT: www.mmicallef.com PRICE: AED 1,000 to AED70,000

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he new Bentley Home collection is inspired by the renowned craftsmanship and exquisite materials that characterise the interiors of all Bentley cars. Designed to furnish luxury homes and offices, the collection combines Bentley’s craftsmanship, heritage and tradition, exclusivity and style, with the exacting design of one of Europe’s leading furniture makers. The exclusive collection blends the finest elements of traditional and modern design, incorporating functional performance with comfort and luxurious, sensuous quality. The bodies of the new Richmond pieces are created with an embracing double shell and can be covered in either leather or a fine veneer of burr walnut. The same wide selection of veneers which is available for Bentley car customers is also available for most pieces in the collection. The wood is then carefully matched to a padded structure covered in a light cashmere. The iconic quilted diamond pattern embossed in the leather interiors of a Bentley has also been interpreted into the unique designs of the furniture.

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An elegant and sophisticated line of seating which includes sofas, chaise longues and armchairs. The enveloping external structure can have a veneer finish or leather cover. In contrast, the inner structure is covered in leather or linen or in fine cashmere velvet. The profile is embellished by a leather braid.

02. Sherbourne & Kingsbridge Tall and short leather-coated cabinets with veneered fronts; these are also available in smooth or quilted leather. Tone-on-tone lacquered interiors with external coatings and shelves of crystal represent the luxury and quality of both Bentley and Club House Italia, part of the Luxury Living Group. The handles and feet are also made from steel with a complementing gun-metal grey finish.

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A large oval or round meeting table with refined Kendal chairs embellished with leather and the Bentley logo which can be embroidered on the back, on request. A trapezoidal structured table made of curved wood panels with edges embellished in hand-made leather coating. The feet are made of steel with a gun-metal finish.

04. Harlow A modern coffee table with metal steel structure and a complimentary gun-metal grey finish. The surface is made from onyx, or leather coated.

05. Canterbury This bed is characterised by an imposing headboard, embracing coated structure available in leather or fabric. The shapes are soft and convoluted, working in harmony with the contemporary and informal line. An innovative duvet cover, Fibra di Legno, is a high-quality fabric made from wood pulp that gives the yarn softness and smoothness, adding to the luxurious feel of this piece.

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and individuality that makes our pieces adaptable from boardroom to beach.” Delvero offers a complete solution for the apparel requirements of a modern gentleman. Its luxurious Italian tailored goods are complemented by custommade Italian leather shoes, as well as wardrobe management and personal styling services. Not only this, but the company also tailors Neapolitan-inspired separates, including shorts, trousers, shirts and jackets, both casual and formal (from its studios in London, Naples and Dubai it services clients in the UK, Italy and the Middle East region, either in the showroom or the comfort of your private residence). “Delvero’s highly personalised, comprehensive customer service has made us a tailor of choice for several luxury global concierge and lifestyle management services including Vertu, Quintessentially and Diners Club International,” said Izzi. Delvero delivers the level of quality you’ve come to expect as a Diners Club card holder; the distinctive Delvero look is built on a foundation of excellence in cutting, construction and materials. Delvero suits are exclusively made-toorder from premium suiting fabrics from the world’s best manufacturers; each piece has fully hand-stitched floating canvasses and are exquisitely finished. “All our products are made by hand, to our clients exact specifications, by highly-experienced artisan tailors and cutters in our Naples atelier, and unique paper patterns are cut and retained

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for each individual client. The highest standard of craftmanship combined with luxury suitings and premium-quality linings, interlinings, canvassings and buttons means a Delvero suit looks and hangs exactly as it should - elegant, modern and sexy, ideal for the man at the top of his game,” she enthused. The cloth is of course the most vital component of any ensemble. “At Delvero we only use premium cloth from the world’s best fabric manufacturers. Our cloth collection includes wools and blends from Dormeuil, Scabal, Loro Piana and Ermenegildo Zegna. In our Dubai studio, we have taken care to select cloths that are suitable for the warm Middle Eastern climate and have a strong collection of mohair blends for smart and business outfits plus innovative naturals blends (including wool, cotton, silk and linen) for luxe, light, easy-to-wear smart casuals,” she said. Mindful of the frequent travellers who live here, Delvero also offers thicker cloths to accommodate clients who travel to colder winter climates such as London, Moscow, Bahrain and Tehran.

To top off the range, Tillyard-Jones described a wonderful selection of evening-wear cloths, of fine Super 150s wool and silk, for dates, dinners, weddings and other special occasions. Honesty Delvero means ‘the truth’ or ‘honesty’ in Italian; a reflection of the brand’s nononsense approach to delivering a real, honest return to good old-fashioned tailoring (which, according to Izzi, has been hijacked by big international brands), when men had their own tailor (and shoe-maker!). “We have a close personal relationship with our clients – there are no faceless sales people, and is why we have a small studio set-up rather than a shop in a mall. With no big advertising campaigns and other expensive trappings of luxury brands, we are able to offer an honest price for our products, at considerably less than a designer brand for the same, if not better quality,” she explained, while underlining the luxurious feeling of the Delvero personalised touch.

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And her advice for a gent who wants to look stylish? “Make an appointment with us and leave it to the experts! Joking aside, for a man to look stylish, it is imperative that his clothes fit - both suits and casuals. This means going made-to-measure unless you’re a standard size, and is especially important for those who are on the shorter side of average. A modern cut is absolutely essential narrow trousers cut higher in the crotch, soft and easy tailoring, and a fitted jacket with high armholes to give a better shape to the chest and body. “Of course we might be a little biased, but at Delvero we feel our classic Neapolitan cut is the most stylish. It is also important to have a sense of individuality - there is no point in slavishly following a cut or colour trend if it just doesn’t work on you. Finally, we are big fans of the humble pocket square - especially with smart casual outfits.”

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Delvero we excel at this kind of look and cut. Contrasting buttons, such as wood, are also a key style point this season. Finally, grey-on-grey ensembles are modern, chic, current and easy to wear,” she added.

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HAUTE RIGHT NOW Rami Al Ali’s designs have gained him an A-list following including the likes of Rachel Bilson, Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé. Diners Club got to catch up with the couture sensation to get the low-down on his latest collection, what it was like working with legendary photographer, Sante D’Orazio, presenting in Paris and what we can expect next from the designer who’s taking the international fashion scene by storm. Can you tell us about your latest collection and why you chose Gustav Klimt as the inspiration behind this line? My AW2013/14 collection consists of 26 pieces in total and is made up of feminine shapes including cinched in waists, high necklines and A-line cuts. The line showcases opulent fabrics such as chiffon, lace, tulle and organza and explores a bold colour palette incorporating rich purples and vibrant blues that are broken up by neutral undertones. I initially came across Klimt’s work several years ago and was mesmerised by his eye for detail and by the graphic element running throughout his work – particularly his Golden Phase. Intricate detailing is something that is part of my own design aesthetic so I wanted to encapsulate Klimt’s pieces in my latest collection, which has been achieved through the use of graphic details and metallic tones.

What are your predictions for the fashion industry in the Middle East? Over the past couple of years there have been a lot of very exciting developments within the fashion industry in this region. In the past, emerging designers have often rejected their culture altogether or opted for something that is very Middle Eastern. Now, however, there is a new wave of fashion and people are doing something different that is unique to them rather than following Middle Eastern or international trends. What do you hope the Dubai Design District will bring to the industry? The Dubai Design District is a large project that I think will create a huge movement in this region and finally give

Kelly Rowland

Are there any celebrities who have worn your designs? I’m very lucky to have dressed several A-list celebrities including Carla Gugino, two-thirds of Destiny’s Child - Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé – top models Petra Nemcová and Bianca Balti, as well as, more recently, Rachel Bilson. I’m also very thankful to have dressed celebrities within the region who took a chance on me when I was still establishing my label – they have been a great support.

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Dubai the recognition within the fashion industry that it deserves. It’s a very exciting project, not only for established designers, but also for new generation designers; I think it will be received very positively by the global fashion scene and will allow Dubai the opportunity to showcase home-grown talent on an international scale. What are your plans for the festive season? I love nothing more than to travel; visiting new places, exploring new cultures and enjoying new cuisines. I’m looking to book a short getaway this year but haven’t decided on the location yet. My favourite holiday destination is the Mediterranean – it has such a great vibe. Whatever I decide, as long as I’m surrounded by family and close friends, I’ll be happy. What can we expect next from Rami Al Ali? Everything up to this point has all been very organic so it’s difficult to predict what’s next but I hope that the company will continue to grow. It’s very strong rooted and we’re branching out into fashion capitals with a view to expansion. I’m also currently working on a ready-to-wear line which I hope to launch in 2014, but this is still in the early stages of development. Watch this space!


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he six-month long exposition is set to attract millions of visitors, and will bring massive benefits to the construction industry, business in general, the tourism sector and hospitality. Each World Expo is a catalyst for economic, cultural and social transformation and generates important legacies for the host city and nation. For instance, Shanghai 2010 World Expo helped transform a heavily industrial city-centre area into a thriving cultural and commercial district while also bringing its theme “Better City, Better Life” to the attention of 73 million people. Despite having never hosted an Expo, the UAE has a long history with World Expo stretching back four decades to Abu Dhabi’s participation in the 1970 Expo in Osaka, Japan. Today, the relationship continues, with the UAE taking part at Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea. The Expo theme, “The Living Ocean and Coast”, resonates deeply with the UAE, which has a proud seafaring history. The UAE Pavilion in Yeosu reflected the nation’s commitment to the responsible development and protection of its coastline and marine habitat.

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Comprising two dune-shaped peaks –the highest reaching 20 metres – the UAE pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai attracted almost two million visitors. Now permanently located on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, the Pavilion is a landmark exhibition centre. Praised for its sustainable design, the Foster + Partnersdesigned pavilion won awards from the Illinois Society of Structural Engineers and the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations. Zaragoza in Spain welcomed the world for its Expo in 2008, with a theme of Water and Sustainability. The UAE Pavilion was particularly successful, winning the golden award for excellence

of design and quality of items and content on display. The award was shared with the pavilions of Germany, Jordan, Japan, Oman and the Philippines. In 2000, the World Expo took place in Hannover in Germany, with the UAE showcasing its cultural heritage in a pavilion that was designed to resemble Al Jahili fort. A replica of the Al Ain landmark that was built in 1898 by Sheikh Zayed The First, the UAE Pavilion spotlit the commonalities between the Emirates and the theme of Expo 2000, Man, Technology and Nature. The next World Expo takes place in Milan, Italy, in 2015, under the title: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.


Billions of dollars will be sunk into a range of new projects from infrastructure to property to theme parks in the next seven years in Dubai, but do you really know much about World Expos?

Notable structures which came from Expo hosting include The Eiffel Tower in Paris (1889), the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco (1915), the Atomium in Brussels (1958) and the Space Needle in Seattle (1962).

01 The World Expo is held every five years for a period of six months.

07 > Forty per cent of employment opportunities are expected to be in the travel and tourism sector.

02 > The first World Expo was held in London in 1851. Dubai is the first city in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia Region to host the event.

08 > Dubai Expo 2020 expects to attract 27 million unique visitors and up to 33 million visits over the six-month period.

03 > Dubai’s theme for the Expo is Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. Its proposed schedule is October 2020 until April 2021.

09 > Architectural innovation is at the heart of many Expo events - from the Crystal Palace at the first Expo in London in 1851 to Expo 2010’s China Pavilion in Shanghai, there are many well-known architectural landmarks that have resulted from Expos. Other notable structures which came from Expo hosting include The Eiffel Tower in Paris (1889), the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco (1915), the Atomium in Brussels (1958) and the Space Needle in Seattle (1962).

04 > Dubai’s Expo masterplan proposes a site on 438 hectares of land off Jebel Ali, at the new Dubai World Central Aerotropolis site, a mega-city within the city, which by 2020 will be a thriving airport zone surrounded by purpose-built facilities for the Expo. 05 > To support its theme of sustainability, the structure that will cover the Expo halls and site will have photovoltaic fabric that should generate at least 50 per cent of the Expo’s power on site. 06 > Dubai Expo 2020 expects to create more than 277,000 jobs between 2013 and 2021.

10 > Mascots are a key way to engage children in the Expo – and there have been many weird and wonderful characters, from animals, to water droplets, to Korea’s anthromorphic plankton for the 2012 Korea Expo.

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Tell us about your Diners Club offering at Emirates NBD? Diners Club Cards are recognised the world over as a premium offering for the affluent traveler. The key benefits offered on this card complement the lifestyle needs of a frequent traveler with benefits such as unlimited complimentary access to over 450 lounges worldwide, global travel and entertainment offers, comprehensive travel insurance and rewards for all retail spends on the card. How does Diners Club stand up against other card offerings? Diners Club Cards have stood the test of time and are a symbol of stability and dependability. The key strength is having the most robust lounge access offering as compared to any other card product. With unlimited complimentary access to over 450 premium airport lounges worldwide, this card makes an ideal choice for a frequent premium traveler. Additionally, the exclusive global travel, dining and entertainment benefits make this a very attractive proposition for a customer who is looking for a T&E card. What are the key benefits to a local card holder? Apart from the global benefits, cardholders in the UAE also benefit from local dining, shopping and entertainment offers. The flagship dining programme – Bon Appetit, offers up to 30% discount at over 1,000 restaurants across the UAE. Also, there are periodic sales (such as the Emirates NBD Warehouse Sale), which is organised in partnership with leading premium merchants to create enhanced value for cardholders.

Who is your target audience? Frequent travelers in the affluent and emerging affluent segments, who need a differentiated product with travelrelated benefits, are the ideal target audience for this product. Where do you see the DC offering in the next few years? As the leading bank in the region, Emirates NBD is keen to ramp up the product offering on the Diners Card by leveraging the best of benefits on the rest of our portfolio. We are looking at introducing some key benefits such as installment plans, a more robust rewards programme, Dial A Cheque, etc. With these changes, the Diners Club Card will be a best-inclass product in the travel cards space in the UAE.

Tell us about any new product launches in the future? At the moment, we are looking at revamping the product proposition on the existing Diners Club Credit Card. In parallel, we will be exploring opportunities to launch other products which would provide tremendous value to our customer base. What about Diners Club in the corporate space? Is it still popular with corporate accounts? Diners Club Travel Account Services are very popular with Travel management Companies (TMCs) and Corporates. Diners Club provides companies which have high travel needs a simple solution to manage, track and reconcile travel payments. This continues to be a core benefit and focus area.

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THE TICKET ATTACHÉ Accessing tickets to sold-out events, worldwide, The Ticket Attaché specialises in gaining entry to the world’s most prestigious events. With a little black book of contacts unlike any other, our team can arrange front-row seats, celebrity encounters, tickets to soldout football matches and VIP packages that include flights, transfers and accommodation. In addition, Diners Club International members enjoy a 5 per cent discount on all ticket purchases, making each of these moments even more unforgettable.

Our clients in the Middle East are increasingly interested in exploring new destinations and immersing themselves in authentic, cultural experiences, without any compromise on quality or service. EXPERIENCE THE EXPERIENCE BUSINESS The Exclusive Travel Group, recently appointed its first regional representatives in the Middle East. The partnerships come just two months after the company expanded to the GCC. Luxury travel specialists The Travel Attaché will act as regional agents of the inbound destination management company, helping to promote its services and ultra-luxury travel packages to their discerning clientele. “The Exclusive Travel Group is more than a travel company. We are in the experience business and craft bespoke, personalised holidays for the ultraluxury traveller. It is important for us to find partners that really understand this demographic and how our services can meet their particular travel requirements,” said Rob Young, founder and managing director, The Exclusive Travel Group. Granting The Travel Attaché access to destinations not yet covered within their portfolios, The Exclusive Travel Group hopes the partnerships will introduce more of the region’s high net worth individuals to Australasia.

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“The spectacular landscapes and unspoilt nature found in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific introduce a new class of understated luxury to travellers from the GCC that want more privacy and a more discreet style of indulgence during their holiday,” added Young. The Travel Attaché anticipates strong interest in the experiences offered by The Exclusive Travel Group, which include leisure, corporate and VIP travel. From simple to sophisticated, understated to indulgent, or relaxing to thrill-seeking, The Travel Attaché’s itineraries are as individual as the travellers who book them. Liam Wholey said, “We make it our personal quest to unearth the most beautiful spots in the world, so our customers can simply enjoy them. Our success rests largely on the partner network we cultivate and we are confident we have found in The Exclusive Travel Group a partner who shares our values and philosophy on travel that can surpass our clients’ expectations.”

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DC Magazine unpicks the threads of Roberto Cavalli’s incredible life Words: Will Rankin | Art Direction: Hanif Saddiq | Photography: Hussain Jian

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hink of big names in fashion, and the chances are the name Roberto Cavalli will come to mind. Famous for toting a fat cigar, even though he no longer smokes; renowned for his revealing fashion; his thick accent and his love of women, life and adventure, Cavalli is a name synonymous with the high life, the good life; the epitome of the dolce vita. The 72-year-old Italian fashion designer has had a prolific career, and now heads an impressive empire, spanning clothing, accessories, eyewear, watches, perfumes, underwear, beachwear and shoes. Born in Florence, Tuscany, Cavalli was clearly influenced by his grandfather, Giuseppe Rossi, who was a member of the 19th century Macchiaioli movement, a group of young artists dedicated to painting al fresco; and breaking traditional artistic conventions. Cavalli enrolled at the local art institute in Florence, to study textile print, where his flower prints on knit caught the admiring attention of major Italian hosiery factories. By the early 1970s, he invented a revolutionary printing procedure on leather. After revealing his technique in Paris, he gained commissions from legendary fashion houses such as Hermès and Pierre Cardin.

Even so, the printed leather didn’t sell well, so he turned his attention to denim, cutting up a container-load of jeans acquired from a prison, and sewing them together to make patchwork jeans, mini-dresses and maxicoats that caused a sensation when he unveiled them in 1972. At age 30, he unveiled his first collection at the Salon for Prêt-à-Porter in Paris. This first Roberto Cavalli collection was seen on the catwalks of the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti in Florence. Soon, he was showing jeans made of printed denim, intarsia leathers, brocade and wild prints, developing the styles he is renowned for, with his simple philosophy: “It is important to be chic.”

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Having hit his first million by 1971, in 1972, Saint-Tropez, France, held the honour of hosting his first boutique, Limbio, frequented by the likes of Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot. Renowned for his love of fashion and his love of women, Cavalli remains meek, despite fame, fortune and the adoration of fashionistas. He once told the press: “Sometimes incompetence is useful. It helps you keep an open mind,” and was quoted as saying: “Today, I’m very happy about myself, because I realised my dreams. I learned how to understand what people want.” In 1980 Roberto Cavalli married Eva Düringer, his lifelong companion and business partner. She is often described as Roberto’s ‘secret weapon’; while maintaining a low profile, and his fortunes rose and luck changed after meeting the former model and gaining inspiration from her. In 1993, as his empire was in decline, and his styles out of favour, he had a brainwave to add Lycra to jeans, creating tight, sexy, ‘skinny jeans’ which turned the business around again. Supermodel Naomi Campbell wore a pair of his new jeans adorned with a snake on the Milan catwalk in 1993, and the trendy trousers became a must-have. The house of Cavalli is synonymous with fast living, red-carpet-friendly glitz

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which includes dressing an astonishing list of celebrities such as Beyoncé, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. Cavalli is the name behind the crystal and lamé outfits for the Spice Girls’ comeback tour; and it was Cavalli who put Shakira in the grass skirts for the opening and closing ceremony of the last FIFA World Cup in Africa. While Cavalli’s fashion is renowned, he is also behind a range of pet’s clothes, a café and club in Florence, a nightclub in Dubai and his own vodka, wine and chocolates. And yet, despite the trappings of his success, (Three homes, a yacht, helicopter, Ferraris, motorbikes...) he has admitted in the past to “feeling under pressure to keep up the Cavalli lifestyle. “I know I have to be like people expect,” he told The Independent, “because people love to dream with me, they like to think that I love my boat of 50 metres, that I drink Cristal for breakfast, that I dance until five o’clock in the morning. I am not like that.” Today, his success has brought him an estimated US$500 million and turned him into a global brand. Like him or not, Cavalli’s story of his rise from a humble son of a miner and a seamstress to creator of a phenomenal fashion house, is a great tale, and Cavalli the man remains larger than life.

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aunched in 2009, Cavalli Club, Restaurant & Lounge is a destination for the world’s jet-setting elite. Bringing a whole new lifestyle concept to Dubai, Cavalli Club lives true to every element of Roberto Cavalli’s style. From Swarovski crystal-adorned walls to the shiny black quartz flooring, the opulent space exudes luxury, sophistication and glamour. Located in the Fairmont Hotel, Cavalli Club draws a clientele just as prestigious and elite. On the top floor, patrons can enjoy culinary delights from Italy at the fine dining restaurant, or if it is something light and exotic you are after, try the range of sushi and caviar at the chic and trendy lounges. The club also includes a downstairs boutique, showcasing luxurious designer jewellery, watches, and home accessories; an alluring selection of Roberto Cavalli’s couture.

The Restaurant Seating 120 guests, the restaurant is truly an expression of pure sophistication and glamour. The opulent space exudes luxury: particularly noteworthy are the Swarovski crystal-heavy drapes, adorned with the Cavalli logo, surrounding visitors with Cavalli magic as they dine in style. The restaurant serves gourmet

Italian cuisine, with select international options available. The Celebrity Lounge The Celebrity Lounge accommodates approximately 250 guests at a single time, and has played host to worldrenowned celebrities such as Chris Brown, Nelly, EVE, Jay Sean, Flo Rida and Ashanti. It was in this lounge area that the most expensive champagne in the world was sold in 2012 - The Louis Roederer, Millennium Cristal Brut 1990, priced at AED500,000 for a single bottle. The Leopard and Roberto Lounge The Leopard Lounge and Roberto Lounge extend the additional option of exclusivity. Accommodating 60 and 30 guests respectively, guests can celebrate a special occasion with dedicated VIP service and private bar area. Surrounded by the designer’s infamous ‘animal print’, guests can still be part of the pulsating ambiance of the rest of the venue. Roberto Cavalli himself hosts some extraordinary private parties in his very own “Roberto Lounge”.

that one can sit back and enjoy a glass of crisp Champagne, a premium cigar or an impressively satisfying cognac. Let’s just say The Cristal Lounge attracts those who enjoy the Veblen goods in life... The Bars While listening to the hypnotic rhythms mixed by renowned international DJs enjoy award-winning cocktails prepared in front of you by expert bartenders using fresh exotic fruits and premium spirits.

FOR RESERVATIONS Call Toll Free: 800 Cavalli (2282554) Landline: +971 4 332-9260 Hotline: +971 50 856 6044 Email: reservations@cavalliclubdubai.com Web: www.cavalliclubdubai.com Location: Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE.

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All Gaucho beef comes from Argentina. The menu proudly states that only cattle fed on the rich pampas grass of carefully selected farms qualify. The butcher’s block concept is fun, interesting and encourages you to stray from the steak au poivre. Champagne aside, the extensive and impressive list of more than 200 wines – red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert – are all Argentinian. I must admit, I never knew there were so many varieties from the south Americans. One of Gaucho’s signature dishes is ceviche, often called Argentine or Peruvian sashimi, which is prepared at a dedicated ceviche counter. The classic salmon ceviche comes cured in citrus juice, served with diced avocado and palm hearts in a roasted pepper dressing. The tuna ceviche is my personal favourite, which comes adorned in a flavourpacked combination of toasted sesame seeds, spring onions, orange, cucumber, wasabi and soy dressing. If you are unsure about which ceviche to indulge in, you can always opt for the sampler plate, which comes with Ecuadorian ceviche,(shrimp) tuna ceviche and scallop tiraditos (scallop with pomegranate, palmito and coriander). If you haven’t gorged on ceviche as we did, tuck into the empanadas as a starter – two little pillows full of joy; we opted for the duck – tasty - and the cheese and onion. Calling it that doesn’t do it justice, this traditional little pastry comes bursting with Provolone, mozzarella and cheddar with onion and a touch of oregano – and cries out for a sip of ice cold white grape to accompany it. The starters offer shrimp, king prawns, cured organic salmon, seared scallops, pan-fried Provolone cheese, beef chorizo and our favourite, braised beef cheeks. The cheeks are indeed cheeky, described as ‘veal sweetbread popcorn in almonds and breadcrumbs with humita (the South American staple, boiled corn and milk) and chocolate jus’. Humita is a true comfort food thick, creamy and subtly sweet with just a hint of spice – and we couldn’t


help thinking it would be nice the morning after a heavy evening. A seafood heavy starter menu is a great idea, when you hit the main menu, given that it contains no less than 15 steaks. Remember that proud grass-fed comment; remember the meat is cut to order, grilled and turned only once to seal the juices and promote the flavour, and you realise why there area lot of variations on the steak theme here. From lean to fatty, the choice is yours. Call us oldfashioned, but we like a bit of fat on our meat. Rump, sirloin, rib-eye and fillet, I opted for the rib-eye, 800 grammes of deep joy, and probably the most expensive cut on the menu, at AED450. But worth it. Pronouncing the name of my main course steak, the Cinta de ancho, didn’t roll off my tongue, but the dish itself happily rolled onto my tongue. Spiral cut, and slow grilled with chimichurri – another appropriately authentic Argentinian taste – chimichurri is a tangy sauce made with fresh parsley, oregano, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and red pepper flakes. I eyed the strip of crackling that accompanied my dining partner’s 300g sirloin with envy. Her churrasco de chorizo sirloin – spiral cut, and marinated in garlic, parsley and olive oil – was apparently divine. She wouldn’t share the crackling. Purely as we were reviewing the place, you understand,

we opted for a third main, a Jerusalem artichoke risotto, with chives, pecorino and artichoke crisps. Slightly sweet, slightly nutty, creamy and moreish. Having said this is a place for the meat eaters, there’s a fair choice for the vegetarians – as well as the risotto, there’s a quinoa side dish that ticks all the superfood boxes, a beet salad, and you could make a hearty, comforting meal from the selection of sides that include an incredible humita saltena, with roast pumpkin and sweetcorn. Desserts sounded tempting, but this reviewer had no room left for the likes of the salted dulche de leche and hazelnut cheesecake, praline mousse or tarta de limon. Heartbreaking, but possibly also heart-saving. Gaucho scores well on atmosphere, service and price – but the key thing anywhere when dining out is the quality of the food, and here, it also gets full marks. A perfect place for a business meeting, or a significant meal with a significant other. Gaucho is located at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Podium Level, Gate Village 5. Reservations through Open Table on the Gaucho website or via email dubai@gauchorestaurants.com. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Licensed.

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[ACCESSORIES] PERPETUAL ELEGANCE IWC’s Big Pilot is a timeless timepiece; exuding elegance among those who know since the first iteration appeared in the 1940s. Today, this limited edition in 18 karat rose gold is a pinnacle of style, design and warm sophistication.

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Limited to jut 25 pieces, the watch features a luminescent black outlined hour, minute hands, white painted Arabic numeral hour markers, luminescent hour markers at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock, date and 7-day power reserve indicator subdials at 3 o’clock, month subdial at 6 o’clock, day and seconds subdial at 9 o’clock, and a perpetual calendar subdial at 12 o’clock.

ANOTHER CLASSIC FROM HERMES Hermes is to watches what Coco Chanel is to fashion. Continuing with the tradition of boundless class, Hermes has released a new style of watch – designed to be worn around the neck, and more akin to a stunning piece of jewellery than a watch. This buttonhole watch is studded with four hundred and eighty stones bedecking the crown and middle; modestly concealing the white gold that lies beneath. The sapphire crystal on the front emphasises the roundness of the creation. It is protectively nestled in the arms of the natural white mother-ofpearl, also featuring the circular grained hour markers. With every rotation, the ball rolls and radiates with the diamonds. This brilliant beauty is known as the Pendentif Boule, and is available at Hermes stores across the Middle East, including Dubai Mall, and the BurJuman centre in Dubai.

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VACHERON CONSTANTIN TOUR DE L’ILE This exquisite timepiece is truly something special to behold. Often described as the most complicated double-face watch, the piece was produced in a very limited edition of 7. Tour De L’Ile is made with a totally original combination of horological complications and astronomical indications, comprising a list of sixteen different points including a minute repeater, sunset time, perpetual calendar, second time zone, a tourbillon device, the equation of time and the representation of the night sky. If you’ve missed your chance to own one of the seven; don’t worry, the Swiss company offers the chance to customise your own Tour de l’Ille from its collection of six pieces in the range.

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natural attraction Head for Yas Island with your clubs and you’re sure for a golfing treat... Words: Will Rankin | Photography: Yas Links

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he first links course in the UAE by world-renowned designer, Kyle Phillips, Yas Links is a championship course located on the west shores of Yas Island, just outside Abu Dhabi and an hour from Dubai. With rolling hills and seashore green holes, Yas Links presents a unique environment for a game. Nearly half of the holes play along the coastline, with every hole offering a view of the coastline. The site is of high ecological significance, surrounded by mangrove plantations, numbering some 130,000 plants, giving it a relaxed, close to nature feel, just moments from the hubub of the city. There’s a luxurious clubhouse, world-class, floodlit practice ranges and a golf academy. Opened in March 2010, the par 72 course features no less than112 bunkers; 300,000 m3 of capped sand and 1.8 million m3 of dredged material.

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Designer Kyle Phillips is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) and has more than 25 years of world-class golf course design experience in locations such as the Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, North America and South America. His design work has taken him to more than 20 countries, on behalf of 60 clients, where he has earned a reputation for developing creative design solutions to a variety of environmental and planning issues. During his nearly 25 years of designing courses in Europe, Kyle has studied and been influenced in his designs by the landforms and strategic qualities of the great links and heathland courses. These courses continue today to define the standard for the best in golf course architecture. Well-known Kyle Phillips courses include The Grove, London; Dundonald - Loch Lomond Golf Club, Troon and the Kingsbarns Golf Links, in St. Andrews.


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ACCOLADES It’s not just golfers who enjoy the site. The experts are paying attention to this fledgling course, too. Yas Links was ranked the 24th World’s Best Courses Outside of America - Golf Digest USA – 2012; 70th Top Golf Course in the World, Golf World, 2012; Crowned Best Sporting Club and Best Bar in Abu Dhabi at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Best in Abu Dhabi Awards hosted by Ahlan!; and received a Certificate of Excellence for 2012, rating 4.5 stars / 5 stars on Trip Advisor. Middle East Sports Talk magazine’s Golf Awards lauded the club with Best Course, Best Club, General Manager of the year 2012; the IAGTO Awards gave it the title of “Golf Destination of the Year” and numerous other magazines have described it as the best course in the entire Middle East. Memberships are available for individuals, couples, juniors, families and corporations in both ‘Classic’ and ‘Social’ categories; with very reasonable pricing. The upmarket facility has a marina, an infinity pool and a spacious events lawn; so it’s not always all about the golf. Nine holes are floodlit, creating a Par 3 Academy course, along with a floodlit practice area. There’s also a short game chipping and bunker practice area. Everyone can always improve their game, and Yas Links has a Golf Academy with six covered hitting bays and two indoor swing studios, accompanied by the latest golf instructional instruments.

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Within the Andalucía-style clubhouse, as well as the pro shop; there are places to relax and dine after a hard day’s golf. Hickory’s Sports Bar casual all day dining restaurant features large plasma screen TVs so you don’t miss any sporting event from around the globe. It’s open early for a preor post-game breakfast, and stays open until late providing an extensive and varied menu of informal, yet elegant fayre. The bar’s terrace is the place to be during sunset. A croquet lawn and putting green next to the terrace offer further recreation as your day draws to an end. Barranca’s Mediterranean restaurant offers a more formal dining experience; and can cater for a variety of different size groups, up to around 100 people in total. Yas Links also provides space for conferences and meetings, offering a unique combination of elements to help create the right event: flexible spaces give you multiple options; with natural light that helps delegates feel more alert, relaxed and receptive, with numerous food options to choose from.

It’s no surprise with such a beautiful setting, the course can also host weddings. Yas Links’ spectacular pool area and events lawn are perfectly designed to host events and weddings with beautiful vistas of the mangroves and ocean; while the clubhouse itself can host indoor events on a more personal scale with stunning terrace areas offering similar views. Corporate team building is possible, with a variety of activities on offer, from Golf Academy lessons to kayaking amongst the mangroves. A spokesman said “The surrounding natural environment is so stunning it enhances how people feel, respond and interact.” Entertain clients and reward employees with a Corporate Golf Day at Yas Links which includes PGA Professional corporate services including tuition, clinics and presentations for the non-golfers; a dedicated corporate golf co-ordinator, and preferred rates within the Yas Hotel network, to name just a few of the benefits.

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Ferrari-branded theme park is drawing in record crowds with its unique offering of high-adrenaline rides, family-friendly attractions, state-of-the-art simulators, live shows and a unique taste of Ferrari’s homeland through its authentic dining experiences. CENTREPIECE The park is the centrepiece of Yas Island - the UAE’s hippest leisure destination - home to the Abu Dhabi Yas Marina F1 racing circuit, a championship golf course, a public park, a concert arena and iconic hotels and facilities. Yas Island’s location means it is ideally placed to tap into tourists arriving at the UAE’s two gateway cities - just a 30-minute drive from Abu Dhabi and a 50-minute drive from Dubai. Yas Island’s newest attraction, Yas Waterworld, is the largest waterpark in the UAE capital. “Increasing the value

of the leisure offering on Yas Island, we have just introduced the Yas Park Pass which allows guests to experience both Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld during one day or more on the Island,” said Bruno Wiley, Sales Director at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. “What we bring to the table is unlike anything else in the Emirates and really completes the UAE experience in terms of one-of-a-kind attractions that you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the world. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi brings together the winning appeal of an iconic brand and attractions that are designed to appeal to all ages,” said Wiley. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi brings together more than 20 Ferrari-inspired rides and attractions, all of which incorporate impressive Ferrari design and technology. Top of that list of heart-stoppingly thrilling list of attractions are Formula


Rossa - the world’s fastest rollercoaster that clocks an acceleration speed of 0 to 240 kmph in 4.9 seconds, and the spine-chilling 62-metre drop on the signature ride G-Force. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi also launched several exciting new attractions in 2012, including the breathtaking virtual journey over the homeland of Ferrari, Viaggio in Italia; an interactive quiz game, Fast Lane, that tests your racing knowledge; and the new family tea-cup style ride, Tyre Twist, that lets you whirl around an enormous turntable in giant tyres, putting a unique Ferrari spin to a much-loved amusement park ride. The new live show RED, which brings together a stirring soundtrack and stunning choreography, has also proved a big hit with visitors. The Park’s multi-sensory attractions are also amongst the biggest pulls for visitors. “There is a real appreciation for

rides like ‘Speed of Magic’ and ‘Driving with the Champion’ which make clever use of motion and special effects to really transport the visitor right to the heart of the experience. We’ve had many guests tell us that they have never seen anything like it anywhere else,” concluded Wiley.

The world’s fastest rollercoaster clocks an acceleration speed of 0 to 240 kmph in 4.9 seconds

What’s more, the Park recently threw open its doors seven days a week. The move – announced in May and launched in September - sees the theme park open all week long, including Mondays when the Park normally closes to the public. “Our move to a 365-days-a-year operation was prompted by the growing entertainment demand on Yas Island, which is now firmly established as a regional leisure destination,” said Mike Oswald, General Manager, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. “We opened on several Mondays in the past to meet high demand during major holiday seasons and the response from visitors and travel partners was very positive. The seven-day operation also fits perfectly with the continuous entertainment offering available on Yas Island through other key attractions such as Yas Waterworld.”

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MAGAZINE TAKES THE RANGE ROVER ON A NORTH AFRICAN ODYSSEY Words: Phil Moore | Imagery: Jaguar Land Rover

FROM THE TINY AIRPORT OF ESSAOUIRA, VIA THE HIGHEST TRAIL OVER THE DRAMATIC ATLAS MOUNTAINS, TO THE OPEN HIGHWAYS OF MARRAKECH, THE NEW RANGE ROVER TURNED HEADS ACROSS NORTH AFRICA.

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ssaouira Airport is a dust speck on the landscape of Morocco. On arrival, the first thing the visitor notices in the tiny immigration hall is a montage of pictures – actor/director Orson Welles, and legendary rockers Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison. Each of the above visited this part of the world, left an indelible legacy and the memories are treasured by locals. Welles filmed much of Othello in the charming, quirky coastal town of Essaouira in 1948, and it’s said he met Winston Churchill in a bar. Hendrix and Morrison came to town to, er, do what rockers did a lot of back then. But they made such a big impression the pictures had to go up at the airport. It won’t surprise that Bob Marley later found his way to Essaouira, but keeping things even-handed, Maria Callas was a regular too. From what DC Magazine witnessed, there’ll be another picture up at the airport before too long – the all-new Range Rover. The impact of this vehicle on passers-by in Morocco was nothing short of staggering.

We kicked off the most broad-spectrum test drive imaginable at Essaouira, tearing up the dune banks before taking on the daunting Atlas Mountains via their highest trail, and relishing the open highways to Marrakech. On the open road, ‘Roadhouse Blues’ has never sounded so good as 29 speakers were on hand to ensure you got the message. Land Rover design guru Gerry McGovern told us over dinner in Marrakech: “This is the vehicle that can take you to the opera or the Outback.” However, while it may not have been a trip to the opera, the mighty 4x4’s first

Range Rover has always been a brute off-road, but the new version rules the tarmac as well

VIP drive was in London when it ferried Daniel Craig to the London premiere of the latest James Bond film, Skyfall. It looked as comfortable chauffeuring 007 to the Royal Albert Hall as it was when we gave the vehicle a punishing during some great mud-plugging, thanks to unseasonable downpours all over Morocco. The dunking swamped the broadband network in numerous places, leaving many regions without internet … bliss! The Range Rover has always been a brute off-road, but the new version rules the tarmac as well, all the time keeping driver and passengers in style and comfort. Designers crawled all over luxury limos like Bentleys, Rollers and Mercedes S-Classes to benchmark the glamour and sophistication never found in earlier Range models. The latest offering is a quality, streamlined-looking vehicle but still instantly recognisable as a Range Rover, adhering to the brief to the designers and engineers: “improve it, but don’t change it.” So, fear not, it looks like a Range Rover; the main changes are under the skin.

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Tradition? You better believe it. The fourth generation Range Rover comes 42 years after the first Range Rover was unveiled in 1970, and 64 years after the launch of the first Land Rover in 1948. The latest vehicle, with its impressive overall design and top-gun acumen on and off-road is geared to attracting new buyers to the Range Rover owners’ fraternity. More than 800,000 have been sold since the first one left the showroom floor, and it’s difficult to see any disruption to the success story. But there is scope to broaden the customer base, according to the blueprint for this vehicle, and the new iteration is pitched at the heart of cashed-up executive motoring. The exterior is fine looking, and stays true to tradition although it looks Flex-ish and the lamps, particularly the tail lights, resemble those of an Explorer.

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Exterior is more an evolution than groundbreaking; the joy is in the electronic wizardry and improved comfort. The Range Rover’s on-road performance never matched its offroad supremacy. It used to be tough going around corners if you put your foot down and attempted to drive it like a sedan. The CO2 figures didn’t get you too much applause from environmentalists either. Those days are in the rear-view mirror. The new Range has agility and handling the equal of executive sedans. The steering turns on a dime (or dirham) and the 5-litre V8 does the 0-100 kph sprint in 5.4 seconds - which is up there with supercars. Away from the tarmac, the Range struts its stuff with an array of amazing off-road technology. You can set the second generation ‘Terrain Response’ central rotary dial to automatically

adapt to the type of surface on which you are driving – or manually override it to one of the five settings: general driving; grass, gravel and snow; mud and ruts; sand and ‘rock crawl’. Basically, the new model’s systems can sense the ground conditions and make adjustments automatically without any intervention from the driver. This means the most demanding off-roading can be handled and enjoyed by mere mortals. You can also adjust the height setting. Alex Heslop, Range Rover chief programme engineer, says the automatic mode has “moved the game on.” “Even non-expert drivers will be able to benefit from the system’s full capabilities, confident that the vehicle is configured in the best possible way for each moment of their journey, however tough the conditions.”


And it can swim an even deeper 900mm thanks to special channels under the bonnet, so you will be more comfortable on the road behind Ibn Battuta Mall if and when the local flooding happens. You have a choice of two petrol engines (5.0-litre 375 PS LR-V8 and 510PS LR-V8 Supercharged), paired with eight-speed auto. The drive in Morocco threw up searing desert, rocks, flowing river beds, frightening but spectacular mountain passes, and potholes that would have done Vietnam’s tunnel rats proud. The big vehicle bested them all without breaking sweat. It was all part of an epic drive that would have endeared the vehicle to Bond and no-one was left either shaken or stirred. The Range Rover Sport is tasteful and luxurious, but tough as an old boot underneath. On the road it presented a quiet, refined drive and was tight around corners without any of that nervous feeling you get from many other 4x4s. Many major improvements stem from the vehicle having been on a healthy diet. The Range Rover is the first SUV to be made all of lightweight aluminium, another technological innovation, cutting its weight by 420kg. It makes the vehicle more agile and also the most aero-dynamic Range Rover ever. Fuel economy is boosted

and pollution levels reduced. But the weight loss is felt by the improved handling, overall lighter ‘feel’, general ride comfort and far better pick-up during the acceleration. The outgoing model was quick; but in a Jonah Lomu way. An extra 40mm in length has allowed Range Rover to add 118mm more legroom in the rear, along with electric reclining seats. This is most welcome as rear leg room has long been a gripe concerning earlier models. Fuel consumption and pollution are further reduced due to the latest ‘stopstart’ technology which cuts out the engine when idling. And there’s more eco-friendliness on the way as the line-up will soon be joined by the first ever mega-green diesel-electric hybrid Range Rover. The number of dials and switches on the dashboard has been reduced by 50 per cent to give a cleaner look, and make it easier to find your way around. It does beg the question of why there were so many before, but it also shows that the automaker has been listening to customers. If you’re keeping a boat at Dubai Marina you’ll be pleased to know the Range Rover boasts towing weight of 3.5 tonnes. Poor air-conditioning is the kiss of death in the Gulf but this one is a gem.

It was tested at up to 50 degrees in the UAE, we were informed. There’s something sophisticated and cool about being at the wheel of a Range Rover - and it stems from sitting high; being master of all you survey. A Range Rover is obviously about prestige, and the loyal customers in the Gulf will write out a cheque for the model, irrespective of whether there are many improvements such as it does more, it’s lighter, more environmentally friendly, fuel efficient and so on. But many of the potential buyers at the top end of the executive motoring segment will like the sound of all that. One thing is for sure, the criticism of vehicle once slammed by some as a gas-guzzling ‘Chelsea tractor’, is a thing of the past. Now all we need is for the picture to go up on the wall at the airport at Essaouira – that’s when you’ve really made it.

The Range Rover Sport is tasteful and luxurious, but tough as an old boot underneath

The New Range Rover Sport is available from Al Tayer Motors Tel: +971 (0) 4 303 7777 Web: www.altayermotors.com

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PORSCHE 918 SPYDER BODY: TWO-SEAT SPYDER

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Engine power: > 608 hp at 8,600/min (V8 engine) > 115 kW (hybrid module on rear axle)

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of the facility, are on what was once a secret military installation. A number of concrete bunkers litter the off-road course, another stark reminder of life behind the wall. The 918 Spyder is a particularly exotic supercar with main competitors being Ferrari’s LaFerrari and the upcoming McLaren P1. We scored the chance to drive the prototype on a bleak, wet day in Leipzig. You can buy one in the Gulf next January if you have AED3,294,000 lying around. “This prototype gives you a fair idea of what the car will be like,” says the project chief, Dr Frank-Stefan Walliser, when we test drove the car, ahead of its launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The 918 Spyder is an exotic supercar with competitors being Ferrari’s LaFerrari and the McLaren P1

“The benchmark for the 918 Spyder was actually the Yas Marina F1 Grand Prix track in Abu Dhabi in the heat. Our target was to be able to handle this circuit. “We initially revealed an intention to build a successor to the Carrera GT with a concept we showed at the Geneva motor show in 2010. But with Porsche’s change of top management at the time a definitive decision to go ahead wasn’t made until 2011. It is a cleansheet project, the whole car has been developed from scratch.” The Porsche 918 Spyder is a ‘plug-in’ hybrid with two electric motors alongside a V8 engine. The car has Porsche racing DNA so the combustion engine doesn’t have a belt. The speed - and there’s plenty to be had - is helped by using lightweight materials. Drivers get to choose between maximum efficiency and performance with the Spyder. This a car that packs 887 horsepower yet is as friendly to the planet as a Prius - and a lot more fun. We might even see some environmentalists abandoning their bear hugs on trees for a stint in the cabin of a 918 Spyder. Being force-fed into cars like this is nothing new for a gentleman of height and girth but refreshingly, once inside,


there is ample head room. The view from the cockpit is a treat. Rear view is a bit awkward at this stage. But just slipping into those comfy buckets, even for a driver or passenger who walks on the wide side, makes you want to grab a helmet and rip around the Yas track and check out the effectiveness of that benchmarking. There are five modes for three motors and that’s really the core of this vehicle, the distribution of power among the units and how they work together. Porsche developers defined the five operating modes that can be activated by a ‘map switch’ on the steering wheel as happens in motor sport vehicles. Even when you’re in full flight the switch couldn’t be more user-friendly. You turn the key and when the vehicle is in ‘E-Power’ it’s basically the calm before the storm. This is the default operating mode as long as the battery is sufficiently charged. Nudging the Spyder on to the track and taking it in E-Power for half a lap you’re dealing with a quiet and sensible car.

Yet in pure electric mode the Spyder accelerates from 0-100kmh in less than seven seconds and can cover 30kms on just electric power. In this mode the combustion engine is only used when needed. Should the battery’s charge drop below a set minimum value the car automatically switches to hybrid. Next comes efficient and comfortable ‘Hybrid’, followed by ‘Sport Hybrid’, ‘ Race Hybrid’ and the lethal ‘Hot Lap’. In Hybrid mode the electric motors and combustion engine work

alternatively focusing on efficiency and fuel consumption. In ‘livelier’ situations, the combustion engine operates continuously and provides the main propulsion force. The electric motors support with boosting. This mode is all about performance and sport driving at real-deal speed. Unlike the rest of the species, this Spyder isn’t finished if you stamp it on the floor. When you hit the pedal hard it’s like being hit in the back by an NFL giant. Race Hybrid is for max performance and you make the combustion engine earn its keep; but there’s nothing you can throw at it that the vehicle can’t handle in spades. It also charges the battery when the driver isn’t using the maximum output. And the gear-shifting programme of our buddy PDK is set up for even sportier driving. Again, the electric motors are kicking in with boosting.This mode uses all available energy in the battery. Porsche has produced a game-changer here in the new Liepzig. And it’s all good.

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the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made.” McLaren Automotive confirmed performance figures for the vehicle. It accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.8 seconds, and 300 km/h (186 mph) in just 16.5 seconds. First deliveries to regional customers are promised by year end. “During my time with McLaren, I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to drive many of the cars the team has built, and the P1 is the only road car I have ever driven that comes close to what these focused track racers are capable of. comfortable and usable exhilaration.

“Two key factors make the McLaren P1 so great. Firstly, the powertrain provides not only power that will blow you away, but is available instantly. On top of that the RaceActive Chassis Control suspension system is a breakthrough in technology so that the 903 bhp can be complimented with superb handling. “There’s a long queue of people waiting to test drive this car, and very, very few people outside of the company who have driven it. The first customer in Europe has taken delivery, and Middle Eastern customers should get theirs by the end of the year. “We have taken a lot of learning from the 12C [the P1’s predecessor] although we kicked off the P1 project before the 12C. It shares a lot of the same key ingredients on paper, but with some

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differences; the suspension is similar, but it has a massive range of rides. It’s an amazing race car that you can drive on the roads.” Indeed, Goodwin says the McLaren GT race cars have around 600 horsepower; while the P1 packs 900! “We have tried to make it as hi-tech as possible in order to deliver a pure driving performance,” he said. The P1’s enhanced turbo V8 engine has no lag – so it offers instant throttle. In other words, when you floor the accelerator, this vehicle goes immediately. But don’t worry, the car has Formula 1 braking capabilities, too. Goodwin might be a superb race driver himself, but he’s quick to underline that while the P1 is undoubtedly one of the fastest and most dynamic supercars ever built, comfort and enjoyment were high on the drawing board. “We want people to enjoy driving this car; we don’t want people to crash, either. It’s not an intimidating drive; driveability was always high on the agenda, too,” he said. In normal drive mode, the P1 roughly equates to the feel of the 12C in sport mode; but with lots more performance, and “we have this hybrid power that gives it a totally different dynamic.” What? Goodwin revealed that the P1 has an electric mode, too. “If you

are cruising in the city, you can press a button (e-mode) and the vehicle runs on electric power. It’s so cool, driving along in absolute silence. You can go for 12 miles with the same performance as a sporty hatchback on purely electric power,” he said.

A supercar with a conscience, then? Definitely. Is it for everyone? No. But Goodwin points out: “We will never produced a car that pleases everyone, unless we use all the technology we have developed. Why not make it comfortable if you know how to do that?” he said. You can control the ride, speed and suspension at the press of a button, with the test driver explaining this simply allows you to drive it according to your mood. “You can have your cake and eat it,” he quipped. It can drive like a track car, but for 90

per cent of the time if you simply want to drive it sedately to work, you can. A supercar shouldn’t be difficult to drive. A car is only as good as the driver, but we didn’t want to compromise on comfort or vision; yet you still want to feel cocooned and safe.” He said an F1 car is the ultimate example of this, an experience the company has translated superbly to the P1. But what about the future for McLaren? “There’s always more to do,” he said, “and we are a young company, expanding globally. We had zero dealerships a few years ago, now we have 50. We have four cars: The P1, the 12C coupe, the 12C Spyder and the 12C GT sprint, for track only. We have an established niche in the market. We are working on the new product, as we plan to release one car per year. The next vehicle fills the niche below the 12C, with a different price point.” McLaren’s scarcity and use of unique technology will always give the brand the wow factor. Goodwin says drivers in the Middle East love the marque; “like Italians love Ferrari.” With just 375 P1s in the world, you are sure to shout ‘Wow!’ if you see one. The price tag will also make you gasp – around US$1.2 million. But worth every cent.

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman Twentieth Century Fox presents DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

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customers both globally and in local markets. The incredible adventures of this dynamic duo links well with the Diners ‘Belong’ campaign, which recognises and celebrates the life journey of our card members.” An exclusive red carpet movie premiere for Diners Club card members and corporate clients took place earlier this year in Dubai on March 5th.

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he film is a fun, adventurous animated story of father and son as they travel to exotic locations and times throughout history. Twentieth Century Fox has approved the promotional collaboration of Diners Club International in the theatrical release of Mr Peabody and Sherman internationally. Muhammad Asim Mushtaq, Country Head of Diners Club International, UAE, said: “The agreement continues to help strengthen the Diners Club brand and enhance engagement of its

About the film Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine - the WABAC - to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes the WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time travelling trio will make their mark on history. Mr. Peabody & Sherman is an adventure-comedy featuring science fiction, time travel, outlandish characters and clever dialogue, all of which are bound together by the unexpected relationship between the titular heroes – a dog and his boy.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman is, at its heart, the story of the relationship between a father and his son. “Mr. Peabody adopted Sherman and raised him the best way he knows how,” explains the film’s director, Rob Minkoff, whose previous hits include the beloved animated film “The Lion King” and the live-action/CG animated “Stuart Little.” “Like with any family, things become complicated, so they both must grow and learn from their experiences and ultimately become an even better family.” Even a world-class genius like Mr. Peabody will always have a lot to learn when it comes to parenting. “Mr. Peabody has to acknowledge that he doesn’t always completely understand his son,” adds producer Alex Schwartz. “Peabody discovers that giving up control is one of the greatest challenges one faces as a parent.” Some of Mr. Peabody’s parenting lessons come via decidedly nontraditional child-rearing methods – like taking Sherman in a series of incredible adventures travelling across time. Time travel is a compelling notion that lends an intriguing dimension to an exciting, adventure-filled story. The film’s contemporary characters interact with equally entertaining famous figures from history – a dynamic that provides surprising fish out of water moments and myriad culture clashes.

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ST.REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND RESORT

One of Dubai’s best kept secrets, The Palace – The Old Town is a focal point in the labyrinth of private residences and apartment blocks that make up Dubai’s so-called ‘old town’. Directly connected to Souk Al Bahar and a stone’s throw away from Dubai Mall, the hotel is ideally placed for shopping aficionados.

Just 21 suites form The Address Montgomerie Dubai, set within one of the city’s most exclusive golf courses. 265 acres of immaculate greens and fairways surround the property which, despite its diminutive size, houses an Angsana Spa, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, a breath-taking infinity pool and the exquisite restaurant Nineteen.

Located on a sea-fringed island, minutes away from the heart of the city, St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi offers its guests the best of both worlds. Each room overlooks the soothing greens of Saadiyat Beach Golf Club or the turquoise waters of the Gulf, views of which can also be enjoyed from the seven dining venues on offer.

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PLAY AND STAY PACKAGE

Stay 2 nights and receive a complimentary green fee per person at The Montgomerie or The Arabian Ranches golf clubs. Offer valid until 31 May 2014.

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(MENTION MAGAZINE OFFER WHEN BOOKING)

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, QARYAT AL BERI

THE RITZ-CARLTON, GRAND CANAL

THE WESTIN ABU DHABI GOLF RESORT & SPA

Surrounded by the majestic sights of Abu Dhabi, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi is a tranquil oasis into which to retreat from the bustle of city life. A network of waterways weaves its way around the hotel, with guests transported from the hotel’s souk to the privacy of one of 220 rooms, suites and private villas by traditional abra.

Overlooking the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is a 447-room and suite residence that offers a beach, city and cultural break combined. In amongst the manicured gardens, a further 85 villas are also available for larger groups and families and make the very most of the emirate’s year-round sunshine.

Resting in the midst of the 27-hole Abu Dhabi Golf Club, home to the PGA European Tour Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa offers a tranquil retreat from city life. 172 rooms look out over the surrounding greens and fairways for an altogether different view of the United Arab Emirates, one that is perhaps best enjoyed from the Heavenly Spa.

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FREE NIGHT OFFER

Stay for 5 consecutive nights and pay for only 4.

FAMILY PLAN PROMOTION

Book two rooms and receive 25% off the second room, when it is occupied by children under 12.

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EARLY BIRD OFFER

25% discount for all bookings made 60 days in advance. Offer valid only on Double Deluxe Rooms and includes transfer.

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[THE LAST WORD]

A majority - 68 per cent - of airports questioned in SITA’s 2013 Airport IT Trends Survey consider passenger experience as the most important driver of IT investment. Global airports are expected to spend around five and a half percent of revenues on IT investments in 2013, which totals US$6 billion for the global airport industry. Approximately 90 percent of airports plan to increase or maintain their spend in 2014. We highlight the most significant changes that flyers should be on the lookout for through 2016. Kiosk check-ins at 98 per cent of airports Almost all airports will offer kiosk check-ins by the end of 2016, speeding up passenger entry into the airport and cutting down on staff for airlines. One of the main challenges faced is making the kiosks accessible for all flyers, including the disabled. Check your own luggage Kiosks with bag-tag printing will become commonplace. In three years, 82 percent of airports will extend self-service to flyers with check-in bags, more than

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double the 40 percent of airports that currently offer the service. European airports are particularly keen; with more than 90 percent planning to roll out self-service kiosks with bag-tag printing by 2016. Bag drops Assisted bag-drops, where airport staff takes bags off flyers’ hands, are available at 41 percent of airports surveyed and 90 percent of hubs expect to offer the service by 2016.

Unassisted bag-drop has real opportunity for growth, with availability expected to increase from 13 per cent to 68 per cent of airports in the next three years. Mobile Apps Almost every airport (95 percent) is currently investing in building a mobile app to deliver real-time information to passengers’ pockets, up from the 50 percent of airports that currently provide flight status updates to passengers via mobile. Two-thirds of airports surveyed rate ‘keeping passengers informed’ as the highest value of investing in a mobile. The percentage of airports that offer retail promotions on mobile apps is expected to grow from 17 percent to 54 percent by 2016. Eighty percent of airports said they will invest in technology that helps build revenue opportunities, monitor passenger flows, and sort through their massive amounts of customer data. Other exciting opportunities for airports that use technology internally are more efficient airport security, expedited cargo operations, and smoother baggage processing.


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