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Contents Editorial Editor in Chief Khalid Ahmed Juman Features Editor Laura Templeton Art Art Director Geir C. Erdal Marketing and Sales Media Manager Hussain Al Zaimoor Production Production Support Thomas Kuttiyil IT support Digital Manager Hussain Al Anjawi

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010 First Impression Word from Durrah’s Editor-in-Chief

012 Bahrain in Bloom The Bahrain International Garden Show celebrates 10 years

020 Architect of the Kingdom Durrah speaks to Bahraini architect Ahmed Bucheery

026 The Jeweller of Kings Cartier: Style and History exhibition in Paris

032 Beyond Extravagance Delving into the world of Indian jewellery

040 Wearing the Weather

The world’s first weather telling watch is Breva’s Génie 01

046 The Year of Ulysse

Ulysse Nardin tributes the Year of the Horse with Classico Horse

050 125 Years of French Fashion

Lanvin celebrates being France’s oldest Fashion House

056 Letters to Ishtar The new exhibition from Iraqi artist Himat

062 Like Father Like Son Artists Abdullah and Khalid Al Muharraqi join forces

070 Journey Through Art Museum of Islamic Art displays Hajj exhibition

074 Art of Islam 500 Years of Islamic Calligraphy shows in Bahrain

080 Pearls of Bahrain Durrat Al Bahrain launches Fayrooz 800

088 Facing the Future

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100 The Magic of Meisei New menu from Bahrain’s popular dining hotspot

106 Culinary Competition Travel to Mauritius for the Constance Culinary Festival

110 Designer Discoveries The latest dazzling designer boutiques

124 Nordic Gem Discover Norway’s capital city Oslo

130 Levels of Luxury Luxury hotels from across the globe

140 Relax and Revive Spa experiences at top locations

Cover Image The Queen of the Belgians’ garland-style tiara, 1910 Image courtesy of Cartier

148 Dream Dining Delicious dining experiences around the world

160 Aboard Elegance Art Marine presents the Riva 68’ Ego Super yacht

164 Saudi Epic Faisal bin Laden’s road trip across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

172 Exceeding Expectation The latest luxury automobiles on offer

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184 Must Haves The most sought after luxury items

188 Equine Beauty Beautiful photography from Raphael Macek

193 Final Pearl Bahrain’s Formula 1 Grand Prix

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elcome to the first issue of Durrah for 2014! Spring is a wonderful time in Bahrain, as we can enjoy the pleasant weather, as well as the increase of events that comes with it. We open the magazine with a look at this year’s Bahrain International Garden Show, under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa and with the support of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the show has only grown bigger and better, strengthening the agricultural industry and providing support and opportunities for local Bahraini farmers. The theme for this year’s show was Agricultural Technology and involved a showcase of the latest tools and machinery to help improve productivity and sustainability in crop growing. It is safe to say that with the awareness and support provided by the show, the future looks bright for greenery, gardening and growth in Bahrain. The Spring of Culture, now in its 9th year, has continued to supply us with several exciting and

cultural occasions, a number of which we have covered in this issue. One of these is the dual exhibition by award-winning Bahraini artist Abdullah Al-Muharraqi and his son Khalid Al-Muharraqi. Taking place at Bin Mattar House, it is the first time these two renowned artists have joined forces in their work, and we speak exclusively to Khalid to hear about the show as well as the joys of working with his father. Durrah also spoke to Ahmed Bucheery, Principal Architect and Managing Director of Gulf House Engineering, who gave us fascinating insight into his work and design processes. Ahmed spoke of the changes he has seen in Bahrain over the years, and described his positive vision for the future of architecture in the Gulf. This year we also celebrate the Chinese Year of the Horse, and Durrah has explored some of the finest tributes to the occasion. The perfect complement to appreciating the beauty and nobility of the horse is best represented in Raphael Macek’s new book Equine Beauty: A Study of Horses. Raphael manages to

capture the animal in all its splendour, in his stunning collection of photographs. Ulysse Nardin features in our Watch section with their timepiece Classico Horse dedicated to the animal, as well as S.T. Dupont’s collection of horse-themed writing instruments on our Must Haves list. We have once again kept you up to date will all the usual luxury offerings you have come to expect with each issue of Durrah, sharing information on all the latest hotels, boutiques, restaurants and more, plus all the extra bits and pieces that we know you will love. Launching into the New Year we have started with a bang, and here’s hoping 2014 is the best one yet!

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Bahrain in Bloom

Under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa and with the support of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa and the National Initiative for Agricultural Development, Bahrain is proud to celebrate the nation’s much awaited tenth annual Bahrain International Garden Show. Durrah caught up with Shaikha Maram Bint Isa Al Khalifa, General Coordinator of the show, before the launch to find out all the details about this year’s event.

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ach year over 20,000 visitors, hobbyists and experts alike visit the Bahrain International Convention & Exhibition Centre in support of the Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS), the country’s premiere garden and agriculture show organised by the National Initiative for Agricultural Development (NIAD). This year’s show ran from February 26th to March 1st, and took on the theme of Agricultural Technology; defined by the Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) as the application of techniques to control the growth and harvesting of animal and vegetable products. As the past decade has seen a rise in agricultural development in the country, the Bahrain International Garden Show provides a platform for companies and families who are in the business to further expand their


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Visitors to the show this year ranged from architects, consultants, developers, VIPs and other industry professionals, as well as retail consumers.

01 His Royal Highness Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa are greeted at the opening of the show 02 Larissa stall with flower displays 03 Aida Gardens Landscaping stall 04 Bahrain University was awarded best stall for Hall One

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opportunities and client bases. Due to an increase in demand for agricultural services, a number of startup companies that specialize in farming, landscaping, green house technology and agricultural training have been established. Farming has also become the job of choice for a number of families who have responded to the demand for fresh produce in the local market. The year 2012 saw the launch of the first Bahraini Farmer’s Market, which provided an exclusive chance for Bahraini farmers to showcase their goods to the public, and work is currently ongoing to build a permanent Farmer’s Market that will become a destination for consumers who crave fresh local produce. As well as this, a number of new gardens and parks have been built and old parks have been renovated all over the country, paving the way for a greener Bahrain. As part of this year’s Agricultural Technology theme, visitors were able to enjoy a high tech glimpse into the future of the agriculture industry, with a showcase of new machinery and tools that can help improve productivity, lower costs and enhance environmental sustainability. The technology aimed to show agricultural producers ways to overcome some of the challenges they face, including agricultural mechanization, modern methods of crop production, natural resource management techniques, and post-harvest marketing. Among the technologies on display were various types of greenhouses, ‘green walls’ (walls used as a growing medium, partially or completely covered with vegetation), ‘green roofs’ (planting on the roofs of buildings), kitchen gardens, and other equipment to help grow plants in a domestic

environment. Also on display was the latest in urban planning and landscaping, and methods of producing, treating and economically utilising water. Among the main attractions this year was a particularly large group of Italian exhibitors, who in addition to showcasing their goods also assisted the organisers with the event’s theme, and showcased some of their own advanced agricultural technologies. The popular Bahrain Garden Club’s 49th annual Flower and Vegetable competition took place, and the BIGS Farmer’s Market hosted six Bahraini farmers who were chosen through a raffle draw, as well as the Agricultural Centre for Vocational Training that is run by the Bahrain Society for Mental Disability and Autism. More highlights included an art exhibition and free workshops by world renowned marine abstract artist Christopher Hogan. The Australian artist showcased twenty abstract pieces themed around gardens alongside his distinctive ‘ArtEnergy’ workshops, with part of the proceeds of sales of his art pieces going to charity. The ArtEnergy program was developed by Hogan as a team-building platform with both educational and therapeutic value, and proved popular with Forbes Global 2000 corporations and hotel groups in Australasia. Among the more than 130 exhibitors taking part in the event were twenty international companies who participated through the UNIDO stand, and another thirtyone regional and international companies who exhibited independently. The Royal Gardens and Farms Directorate, which is under the Royal Court of Oman, participated with a large stand showcasing the rich agricultural products

of the Sultanate of Oman. Other countries participating included France, Belgium, Spain, Japan, Morocco, Uganda, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Jordan, Iraq, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Visitors to the show this year ranged from architects, consultants, developers, VIPs and other industry professionals, as well as retail consumers. Sponsorship was made possible by the National Bank of Bahrain, who looked after the main theme stand for the third year in a row, and other supporters included Bahrain World Trade Center and the Four Seasons Hotel, who sponsored the event’s anniversary ‘10 Years of Growth’ stand. Overall, the main objective of the Bahrain International Garden show is to recognise the challenges faced in all areas of the agricultural industry, and to provide opportunities for those involved to promote their business to a wide local and regional client base of different levels of expertise and interests. Tamkeen partnered with the show this year, offering the Growth Assistance Scheme, one of the several schemes offered under its Enterprise Development Support programme. The Growth Assistance Scheme was designed to aid companies’ participation in local and regional trade exhibitions such as BIGS, giving many small businesses taking part in the show a great advantage. After yet another successful year and the most impressive show yet, the Bahrain International Garden Show will return in full force in 2015 to continue the work of developing and maintaining the thriving agricultural industry in Bahrain. www.bigs.com.bh


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Durrah speaks to General Coordinator of the Bahrain International Garden Show, Shaikha Maram Bint Isa Al Khalifa What would you say are the main goals the Bahrain International Garden Show hopes to achieve through it taking place? Our main aim has always been to promote gardening and agriculture, and increasingly the focus has been on returning agribusiness to the prominence it once held. In the past agribusiness was one of the driving forces of the Bahraini economy. In recent years it has reduced in importance, but we believe that with the right support it can return to a position of prominence as a contributor to Bahrain’s GDP. Another important message we would like to deliver is food security. It is important for all countries to ensure that they meet the food requirements of their populations and Bahrain is no different. We want to help ensure that what is grown here can meet growing local demands just in case there are some kinds of supply shortages in the future. And this year, with our technological theme, our message is to show people how sophisticated agriculture has become in recent years and to introduce them to new technologies. These technologies can help improve output, lower costs and ensure food security.

exhibitors have increased from around 40 to more than 130. We expect the show to continue to gain interest, especially from abroad. We have around 20 international participants this year just through UNIDO. Another 31 international and regional companies are exhibiting independently. The show has also changed in terms of the quality. This year, for example, we have attracted some high tech companies who are showcasing very sophisticated products. This highlights that agriculture is no longer a simple, low tech business. There are many sophisticated new methods and techniques which can maximise yields and profits.

Why do you think it is important to sustain the development of parks and farms in Bahrain? As I mentioned above, two important reasons are food security and economic development. In addition to that, there is an environmental benefit to increasing greenery, which we also support. Our common goal is a greener Bahrain!

This is the 10th year for the Bahrain International Garden Show. How has it changed and developed over the years?

How would you describe the current agriculture sector in Bahrain, and how does the Bahrain International Garden Show help to develop this further?

Well, the most obvious way would be the size of the show. In the first few years we had around 6,000 visitors, whereas this year we expect more than 16,000. The size of the show is also bigger, from around 4,000 square metres to more than 7,000 square metres today. The

Although Bahraini farmers do produce a wide variety of crops, the current situation is a shadow of what it once was. As you may know, Bahrain was once called the land of a million palm trees. Most of that is now gone and agriculture is limited to certain geographic locations


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in Bahrain. Still, there is growing demand for agriculture and so there are opportunities for investors to take advantage of this. I am very optimistic. There is a lot of room for growth and development, which is something we highlight through our show every year. The Government is also very supportive of our initiatives, and to the agriculture sector. The Farmers Market was launched by the Agriculture Affairs under the Ministry of Municipality Affairs and Urban Planning. It has provided an exclusive platform for Bahraini farmers to sell their produce and has become a very popular destination attended by thousands every Saturday during the plating season. Our partners, UNIDO and Tamkeen have also supported the growth and development of the show through facilitating the participation of many companies every year. I think that with the proper support we could see huge improvements in this sector in coming years.

What are some of the exciting events taking place at this year’s show? We have the Bahrain Garden Club’s Flower and Vegetable competition as usual. We have an especially large Italian contingent, who will be showcasing some of their latest technologies. The Omani delegation is also big this year with the participation of the Royal Gardens and Farms Directorate, which falls under the umbrella of the Royal Court of Oman. This year›s BIGS Farmer›s Market will host six Bahraini farmers (chosen at random through a raffle draw), as well as the Agricultural Centre for Vocational Training that is run by the Bahrain Society for Mental Disability and Autism.


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Marine abstract artist Christopher Hogan, who proved to be extremely popular last year, is again exhibiting his work and also conducting art classes for visitors, including a session with autistic children.

The National Initiative for Agricultural Development (NIAD) was launched in 2010 and is the organizer of the BIGS. What are some of the ways this initiative has advanced Bahrain economically, socially and environmentally? Since its inception NIAD has forged many connections in the government and agriculture sector. Their work has been invaluable in widening the scope and reach to encourage new projects and promote existing ones in order for the sector to grow and thrive. The Bahrain International Garden Show is the annual occasion where accomplishments are showcased and future plans are announced for all concerned organizations.

How does the food industry benefit from the work of the National Initiative for Agricultural Development and the Bahrain International Garden Show?

NIAD has numerous activities to help increase the agricultural sector’s GDP contribution, and also Bahrain’s greenery. They serve as a unifying force among the different stakeholders and their work has proven quite effective. NIAD also plays an important role in spreading awareness about the issues that Bahrain faces, and seeking solutions to them. It provides research and information. Basically, it acts as a caretaker of the sector, promoting values of conservation, the adoption of modern technologies, entrepreneurship and improved productivity, among others.

Who would you recommend visits the Bahrain International Garden Show? Anyone who is interested in gardening or agriculture should attend. Those looking for new business opportunities should also come and see what is on offer. Our visitors traditionally include VIPs, architects, consultants, developers and also retail consumers who want to beautify their homes or gardens. School students visit the show to learn about the educational theme each year and families also visit to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere while their children play and learn and participate in gardening activities. We always have a wide mix of people attending the show.


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Architect of the Kingdom

With over twenty years experience, Principal Architect and Managing Director of Gulf House Engineering Ahmed Bucheery, has played a major role in developing the Bahrain skyline to what it is today. With projects including the National Assembly, Al Dana Novotel, Al A’ali Shopping Mall and many more, Bucheery has received both local and international acclaim for his work. Finding out what inspires, motivates and drives this renowned architect, Durrah spoke exclusively to Ahmed Bucheery himself.

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fter graduating with honours from the College of Architecture and Planning, King Faisal University in 1992, Bahraini architect Ahmed Bucheery went on to practice architecture as a senior architect in a number of different offices. His talents were soon recognised, and from 1995-96 he served as a Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Bahrain. It was in 1996 that he became the Principal Architect and Managing Director of Gulf House Engineering, and with hard work and determination, he managed to transform the company from a small consultancy to be one the largest in the Gulf, with a subsidiary in Abu Dhabi, and satellite offices in Dubai and India. Since then, the excellence of Ahmed Bucheery’s work has been recognised by the Arab Town Organization in Qatar for Al Dana Novotel in 2008 and for Bab Al Bahrain Renovation in 2013.

His works have also been nominated for the Aga Khan Awards in the Cycles of 2007, 2010 and 2013. He has delivered lectures in several universities in the region, been invited to be a jury member in many competitions, and authored several articles on the subject of Architecture and identity. Ahmed Bucheery’s approach to architecture focuses on the moral duty of producing work that is responsive to the cultural and physical contexts without neglecting modern technologies and methodologies. Interpretation of the traditional architecture as a means to develop contemporary architecture in continuity has differentiated his work from the mass and commercial production of architecture. His enduring pursuit for truthful and meaningful architecture has earned him a place among the top architects in the region who have influenced and contributed to the architectural movements in the Arab World.


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Durrah speaks to Ahmed Bucheery What inspired you to pursue architecture as a career? Many things, but most importantly I would say that it was my upbringing. I was born in Muharraq, a city rich in its architectural heritage with its variety of forms, details and types. Growing up in this background, I became fascinated with the art of building, and I learned from an early age to observe the intricate details of the traditional buildings, as well as the spaces in between. I had also developed an ability to sketch, and of course buildings and spaces were, and still are, my favourite subject. Those observations to sketch made a lasting impression on me and when the opportunity came to decide what to do as a career, it was natural that I chose architecture as my first preference.

How do you think the built environment of Bahrain has transformed over the years? Bahrain has changed tremendously over the years starting from around the 1930s. Cities have grown bigger and buildings have become taller. Undeniably, these changes are natural responses to the ongoing transformations in our socio- economic and administrative structures. From “Form follows Family” to “Form follows Function” To “Form follows Finance”, the skyline of Bahrain has transformed from a tradition driven built environment to a modernised one. This has generated an array of responses. At the beginning, as we faced new challenges of developments and demands for new kinds of buildings, which did not have references in the traditional, solutions were sought outside the cultural sphere. However in the last two decades, one could observe a new trend

that emphasises on exploring the potential of the architectural heritage and the possibility of employing its values in modern buildings and urban developments. Changes are a fact of life and one should evaluate the transformation of the built environment of Bahrain not simply in terms of good or bad, and surely not in isolation of the circumstances that generate the changes, but as an evolving experiment in which mistakes are made, adjusted and new solutions are discovered. Reaffirming identify within the context of sustainability, with its various dimensions, is an overwhelming challenge which needs to be comprehensively addressed. Being stagnant at a point of time means death, and being drifted by modernisation and global forces means loss and confusion. In my opinion, an approach that harmonises between tradition and modernity is the way forward to ensure continuity and consequently to guarantee everlasting progress.

How has the Kingdom of Bahrain inspired you throughout your work? Bahrain has inspired me in many ways; firstly in the richness of the architectural heritage, which has shaped and influenced my architectural language and expressions. Elements and idioms are derived from the local architecture in the pursuit of reinforcing identity in the built environment. Inspiring from or dialoguing with tradition has been my aim rather than simply copying or duplicating, and surely there is a very fine line between the two. Secondly is the spirit of hope and confidence for a better future that has dominated our history especially after independence. Bahrain has always provided opportunities for people to develop, prosper, and make a contribution to the country. This spirit of hope, encouragement, and

optimism drove me to develop as an architect and as human being; resulting in the growth of the Gulf House Engineering from a small Bahraini practice to be one of the largest in the Gulf region competing on international level.

How do you balance functionality with design in your work? I would like to clarify that design is a totality; it is a coordinated process that aims to resolve numerous issues of which function is one of the fundamentals. Hence, function should be viewed and evaluated in relation to other factors of cultural, social, technical, financial, artistic and physical nature. Harmonizing between all these aspects is to find the right balance and integration between many tangible and intangible factors that require visionary thinking and ingenuity of expressions. In this way architecture is a creative design process that involves analysis, synthesis, and coordination between various factors, some of which are competing with each other, in order to create architecture responsive to time, place and people. Working towards this aim has been my enduring search for meaningful and truthful architecture.

What were some of your first projects outside of Bahrain? In the early days of Gulf House Engineering, the quality of architecture that I managed, and still aim for in projects in Bahrain, had attracted many clients from the neighbouring countries. One could list Al Seef Multi Purpose Hall in AL Khobar – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Al Maya Island Boutique Hotel in Abu Dhabi and Al Oyun Village in Al Ain; both in United Arab Emirates. In addition


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Regarding your international projects, do you feel as though your style had to change or adapt to the different environments? I am very hesitant to use style when talking about architecture, because styles tend to fade or to be outdated with time. As mentioned before, architecture is the outcome of harmonizing between various aspects, such as cultural and physical contexts, project requirements and constraints, and finally client’s aspirations and demands. Architecture does not happen in a void or in a laboratory where all conditions are controlled; hence it is the art of possible that arises from the genuine resolution of all these complexities. I do no approach architecture from style point of view; the emphasis is always on the creative response to human needs and the site conditions. As we speak different languages, so architecture should be. This is beyond being confined to the narrow classification of architecture as traditional, modern or post modern; it is just simply architecture that responds to time, place and people.

01 Difaaf Residential Development Bahrain 02 Portrait of Ahmed Bucheery

Which project are you most proud of? As a practicing architect, each project has its own place and a special affection. I do not make distinction between projects based on scale, budget, place or the client. To me every project that I do should be a positive addition to the built environment and I also learn and mature through every project. Each project is unique

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and gives me pride that I have been able to accomplish the task of making places for people. From a less than 100 square meters house in Muharraq to the National Assembly in Manama and to the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, each project is an expression of the accumulation of all previous experiences. It makes me proud as an architect that I was able to contribute to the architectural renaissance of Bahrain and the Gulf. Having said that, I have a special affection towards some of which were my first projects, such as Al A’ali Shopping Mall which I worked on, before GHE, in Ahmed Janahi private office. In GHE, Al Jasra Tower, Al Dana Novotel, Al Zamil Tower, Royal University for Women and the Master Plan of Amwaj Islands were one of the first projects which had contributed to the growth of Gulf House Engineering. I had also a special affection to the conservation projects of which many were developed through a partnership with Sh. Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture & Research including Al Zayed House with both extensions, Iqra, Kurrar, Ebrahim Al Arayed, Bin Matter and Nuzul. It gives me extreme satisfaction as an architect that I had the chance to contribute to the protection and regeneration of the architectural heritage in Bahrain which has led to establish Ewan Al Bahrain; a group of young Bahrainis who are well trained and acquainted with the traditional buildings skills and materials.

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What advice can you offer to young Bahraini architects? One has to consider architecture not as a job, but as a way of life. It requires total commitment of oneself to the high ideals of serving one’s community by creating places and enriching the ones that already exist. My advice to the young architects is to go beyond the popular ‘form–seeking approach’ and temptations of creating mere iconic buildings. Consider the social and cultural obligations and responsibilities of architecture. Trustful architecture is to resist the easy solutions, financial temptations, and superficiality of architectural expressions. It is a process that has no temporal boundaries based on analysis, synthesis and most importantly on ability to find relevant references from local culture and natural settings. Responding to the context – cultural and physical – is to produce architecture rooted in the past, and responsive to the present needs and future aspirations. However focusing on the local context should not blind us from learning from other peoples’ experiences, but without copying them, especially in our world that became a global village.

Do you have any upcoming projects planned? It is an exciting time for practicing architects after the

recession and the decline in construction that has swept the Gulf region, similar to many other parts of the world. I am delighted to say that the Gulf is now showing an early sign of recovery and is becoming once again the laboratory of architecture. Great new ideas are being explored and many projects are in the pipe-line. For example, the social housing and conservation projects in Bahrain, the urban initiatives in Abu Dhabi, the Expo in Dubai, and the World Cup in Qatar among many other projects are energising the construction industry and providing ample opportunities for architects to excel and be creative. It is certainly an exciting time for architects, especially to prove local talent and to enhance the vibrancy of Gulf contemporary architecture. In Gulf House Engineering, we are dealing with a number of interesting projects varied in their nature and geographical context. Just to name few in Bahrain, I am looking forward to taking the National Assembly, for which all studies are completed, to the implementation stage while the Royal Maternity Hospital is already on site. We are also involved in several Social Housing and Conservation Projects. We are also working on a large VIP Complex in Dubai, and the Bahrain Embassy and National Defence College in Abu Dhabi. The portfolio is a wide ranging and with determination and optimism we aim to produce architecture with a difference that is socially responsive and environmentally compatible.


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The fame of the name and the dazzle of the diamonds have perhaps overshadowed the complex, multifaceted history of the great jewellery house, yet Cartier has played a prominent role in the history of the decorative arts. In an exhibition that took place earlier this year at the Grand Palais in Paris, ‘Cartier: Style and History’ explored the history of the brand from its foundation in 1847 and gave visitors an insight into the beauty and complexity of their creations.

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hen he took over Adolphe Picard’s workshop on Rue Montorgueil in Paris in 1847, Louis-François Cartier was just another goldsmith and jeweller. In 1859 he moved to premises on Boulevard des Italiens, known to be a glittery neighbourhood. In this shop he and his son Alfred built up a loyal clientele that included not only newly affluent businessmen but also eminent figures from Napoleon III’s court, such as the countess of Nieuwerkerke and, later, Princess Mathilde. As Cartier steadily rose to his status of jeweller to kings, cameos and ornamental chains gave way to jewellery in the so-called ‘garland style.’ These lavish pieces, made possible by the discovery of South African diamond mines in the late 1860s, played upon the opulence of the gemstones and stylistic allusions to France’s ancien régime. Cartier designs, from classic pieces worthy of kings to radical Art Deco creations, both geometrical and exotic, are an intriguing testimony to the changes in taste and social


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codes. Cartier seduced the most elegant personalities of the 20th century with jewellery, clocks and watches, and even refined practical objects. Taking place at the magnificent Grand Palais in Paris, Cartier: Style and History was designed as an art history exhibition. As works of art in their own right, the jeweller’s creations were shown in the context of changing usages and styles. The history of the house of Cartier from its foundation in 1847 until the 1970s was an opportunity to open the door to a laboratory of forms and enter into the workings of a sophisticated company, which creates jewellery and accessories for their intrinsic beauty as well as for their social function. Some 600 pieces of jewellery, objects, watches and clocks were teamed up with dresses and accessories, advertising photographs, engravings and fashion magazines to give visitors an idea of the art and taste of the time. By looking at the sources of each step in the house’s history, the exhibition aimed to put Cartier’s stylistic choices into perspective. Over 300 preparatory drawings and numerous archival documents such as stock registers, books of ideas, drawings relating to the shop in the rue de la Paix, photographs and plaster casts took visitors behind the scenes of Cartier creations.

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Taking place at the magnificent Grand Palais in Paris, Cartier: Style and History was designed as an art history exhibition.

01 The Duchess of Windsor’s Panther brooch, 1949. Image courtesy of Cartier 02 Showcase with a selection of Cartier Archives. Image by PierreOlivier Deschamps, courtesy of Cartier 03 Ganna Walska’s Chimera bangle, 1928. Image courtesy of Cartier 04 Barbara Hutton’s Tiger clip brooch and pair of Tiger ear clips, 1957 and 1961. Image courtesy of Cartier 05 Emerald and diamond brooch, 1913. Image courtesy of Cartier 06 María Félix’s Crocodile necklace, 1975. Image courtesy of Cartier

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07 Tiaras on display. Image by PierreOlivier Deschamps, courtesy of Cartier 08 Santos-Dumont wristwatch, 1904. Image from Studio GÊrard, courtesy of Cartier 09 Tank wristwatch 1917 10 Showcase dedicated to the Maharaja of Patiala. Image by Pierre-Olivier Deschamps, courtesy of Cartier 11 Marie of Romania’s sapphire of 478 carats in its floral-inspired Cartier setting. Loaned from Qatar Museums Authority. Image by Pierre-Olivier Deschamps, courtesy of Cartier

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This exhibition, the most important ever devoted to Cartier, neglected none of the activities that built its reputation, presenting all types of objects from ceremonial jewellery to the most personal pieces: vanity cases, cigarette cases and wrist watches; three emblems of modernity. Star pieces from Cartier’s history were also on show, starting with a series of sumptuous diadems, illustrating the virtuosity of the craftsmen and the ambitions of a certain clientele. Underlining the importance of watch making in Cartier’s identity, the exhibition also presented an unprecedented number of mysterious clocks; a spectacular ensemble of fifteen pieces, each one a masterpiece of refinement and craftsmanship. The pieces on display came mainly from the Cartier collection, supplemented by eighteen loans from public institutions and private collections. A prestigious ensemble of about twenty pieces, some official and others more personal, from the Prince of Monaco’s collection revealed Princess Grace’s elegant taste. Visitors also captured a glimpse of the extraordinary Marjorie Merriweather Post, the heiress of a huge business empire. Post was a great collector of Russian and French art and the most assiduous customer of Cartier New York, thanks to the most exceptional support of the Hillwood Foundation installed 11

in her last abode in Washington. The exhibition presented several emblematic figures in Cartier’s history including important customers, actresses or heiresses such as Barbara Hutton, Marlene Dietrich, Liz Taylor and Maria Félix, maharajahs from the Indies – just a dream at the time and now not so far away – as well as trendsetters from various periods who left their mark on history from Daisy Fellowes to Mona Bismarck to the Duchess of Windsor. Cartier: Style and History was the first exhibition to be held in the newly restored grand reception room, and was ideally suited to the grandiose space and beautifully served poetic design. Rather than evoking a jeweller’s shop, the exhibition unfolded like a story, creating a different atmosphere for each section, achieving its twofold aim of letting the magic of the objects speak for itself while giving visitor the keys to understanding this eventful tale. Tracing the history and the evolution of style from Cartier, this exhibition brings to life a journey that has revolutionized the world of jewellery as we know it and inspired generations of beauty and excellence. www.cartier.com


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Beyond Extravagance Delving into the unique world of Indian jewellery, Beyond Extravagance: A Royal Collection of Gems and Jewels is a vivid collection of essays and images based on the magnificent Al Thani private collection. Presented by Assouline Publishing, the book celebrated its recent international launch across cities including New York, London and Paris and offers insight into the evolution and transformation of Indian jewellery over the years.

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eyond Extravagance: A Royal Collection of Gems and Jewels will awaken a new understanding of the subject, please the eye and inspire a love of Indian jewellery today among future generations,” says Dr. Amin Jaffer, Christie’s International Director of Asian Art and editor of the book. As the title suggests, Beyond Extravagance is an extravagant and stunning publication, composed of vibrant colourful images, and essays by world-renowned jewellery specialists and scholars on the topic of Indian jewelled objects. The book is based on the sumptuous collection of Sheik Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani, the son of a former Qatari prime minister. Sheik Hamad exercised a keen efficiency in collecting Indian jewels after his interest was first piqued in 2009 as a result of seeing Maharajah, the 2009 V&A exhibition about India’s royal courts, curated by Dr. Jaffer. Thereafter Sheik Hamad began acquiring rarefied pieces under the guidance of Dr. Jaffer himself, which portray the passion of its savvy collector and offer insight into the evolution of the jewellery over the years. Four years later, Sheik Hamad has managed to assemble one of the most important and comprehensive collections


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Assembled with a passion for gems and a love of Indian craftsmanship, each item sheds light on the evolution of style and technique in court jewellery.

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01 Cover of Beyond Extravagance: A Royal Collection of Gems and Jewels 02 A turban clip worn by the Maharajah of Nawanagar, circa 1907 and remodelled in 1935. Image by Laziz Hamani 03 Necklace from India 1850-1900, with seven foiled emeralds in closed gold settings, separated by diamond clusters in closed silver settings. The cord ends are wrapped with fine natural pearls. Image by Laziz Hamani 03 Paul Iribe’s splendid carved emerald, pearl and diamond aigrette, circa 1910

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of Indian jewellery in the world today. The book takes readers on a journey through the history of Indian jewellery, and awakens a new understanding of the diverse traditions through pieces that span more than four hundred years. Assembled with a passion for gems and a love of Indian craftsmanship, each item sheds light on the evolution of style and technique in court jewellery. Starting with the peak of the Mughal imperial patronage, Beyond Extravagance explores everything from the rich commissions of Maharajas under the British Raj, to the celebrated Indian commissions of Cartier, to the inventive creations of the 21st century. The extraordinary publication looks at every aspect throughout Indian jewellery’s illustrious, and rather long, history. Key pieces from the collection include a carved jade dagger hilt owned by Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal; a group of engraved imperial Mughal spinels; a collection of enamelled objects from Hyderabad, the Arcot II diamond and Taj Mahal emerald; a choker made by Cartier for the Maharaja of Patiala, as well as stunning contemporary creations by JAR and Bhagat using historic Indian stones. A truly collaborative project, Beyond Extravagance benefits from the scholarship of a celebrated team of contributors, including Dr. Robert Skelton, Michael Spink, Dr. Jack Ogden, Dr. Stephen Vernoit, Dr. Katherine Prior, Judy Rudoe, and Vivienne Becker.

06 A pen case and inkwell known as a qalamdan, a highly symbolic object used in the distribution of rank within the Mughal Empire, circa 1575. Image by Laziz Hamani 07 The Arcot II Diamond 08 Detail of The Nizam of Hyderabad Ceremonial Sword with diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Image by Laziz Hamani

The extraordinary publication looks at every aspect throughout Indian jewellery’s illustrious, and rather long, history.

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After three years of research and investigation, Breva Genève has broken boundaries with a world first development. The high-end Swiss brand launched their first masterpiece the Breva Génie 01, a wristwatch that keeps the wearer updated not only on time, but the altitude and weather forecast. Designed exclusively for Breva in association with Jean-François Mojon of Chronode, the Breva Génie 01 gives wearers a comprehensive sense of the environment around them, which has never been experienced before.

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n 2010 Breva founder Vincent Dupontreué came up with the name for his company after spending a weekend on the beautiful Lake Como in Northern Italy. The name ‘La Breva’ is a warm southern wind contributing to the agreeably mild micro-climate around Lake Como – and fit perfectly with his idea of creating a mechanical timepiece that forecast the weather. Much of the information in the Breva Génie 01 is on display through the watch’s open dial and display back. A dial side tour reveals a plethora of easy-to-read indications about current time, altitude, remaining power in the mainspring, and a weather forecasting barometer. Hours and minutes are displayed on a semi-transparent smoky-sapphire sub dial at 8 o’clock, with small seconds


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Much of the information in the Breva Génie 01 is on display through the watch’s open dial and display back.

below 12 o’clock, and a scale displaying altitude arcs around the top perimeter of the dial. Barometric pressure is indicated on a second semi-transparent smoky-sapphire sub dial at 2 o’clock, with icons providing scientifically based forecasts of likely weather conditions to come. A 65-hour power reserve indicator at 4 o’clock is instantly recognizable thanks to its engraved compass rose – an icon found throughout Génie 01. At 6 o’clock, an anaerobic capsule measuring air pressure dominates the lower section, with another identical anaerobic capsule underneath it to maximize sensitivity to the slightest change in air pressure. Three dual-purpose crowns on the case band provide power to, and allow setting of, the proprietary Breva movement. On the left at 9 o’clock, a two-position crown is dedicated to winding the watch and setting the time. On the top right at 2 o’clock, a knurled exterior ring adjusts the barometric pressure scale, while an inner pusher adjusts the position of the altitude indication.

At 4 o’clock, a second crown on the right has a knurled locking ring that rotates 90° to lock/unlock an air valve. When unlocked, the valve opens and allows a small amount of air to equalize air pressure inside the case with the exterior air pressure. Longevity and reliability of the timepiece are maximized by means of an osmotic Teflon membrane that filters any moisture from any air before it enters the movement. Just above the crown, a red indicator on the dial marked ‘Sealed’ warns when the valve is unlocked. The technological and visual feast continues through to the back of Génie 01. A circular scale engraved around the perimeter of the case-back provides a scale providing correlations between altitude and air pressure, as the altitude affects air pressure as well as the weather. Through the display back, it is the vibrantly oscillating balance wheel that first catches the eye; however a more careful inspection unveils yet more of the beautifully finished movement. When winding the movement you can see compass roses rotating on the cap of the mainspring barrel.


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The barometer and altimeter within the Génie 01 measure air pressure with two small aneroid capsules, which were especially developed to Breva’s specifications to optimise their precision and use in a wristwatch. The capsules are made from a special non-magnetic memory-metal (Breva patented invention), which is lighter and stronger than aluminium and has twice the ductility of steel. The aneroid capsules are stacked one above the other – the top one being clearly visible on the dial side at 5 o’clock. Before using or adjusting the barometer, air pressure inside the movement should be equalised with the exterior air pressure using the valve at 4 o’clock. Forecasting the weather is determined by the recent changes in air pressure, rather than the pressure itself. Rising pressure indicates good weather coming, and falling pressure is a sign of inclement weather ahead. The faster the pressure changes and/or the larger the change, the more extreme the coming weather is likely to be. As for the altimeter, before using or adjusting this device, air pressure inside the movement should be equalised with the exterior air pressure valve at 4

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o’clock. Due to weather changes and varying air pressure throughout the day, the altimeter should be regularly set at a known altitude to ensure accurate results. As the hand is directly linked to the air pressure, the pusher at 2 o’clock moves the altitude dial (rather than the hand) left or right to synchronise the correct altitude with the indicator hand. The impressive Breva Génie 01 has opened a whole new world of horology, from a young and forward thinking Swiss company. As visually striking as it is technically impressive, the watch is made up of 46 jewels, with a sapphire crystal and display back treated with anti-reflective coating on both sides. The dial is smoked sapphire with galvanic growth text, numbers and markers, and the strap is made from hand stitched alligator with a folding buckle that matches the case material. The special Génie 01 is a limited edition of 55 pieces in white gold and 55 pieces in 4Npink gold, and is a watch that will be treasured for generations to come. www.breva-watch.com

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The Year of the Horse is upon us and in tribute to the spirit of the animal, Swiss watch manufacturer Ulysse Nardin has developed the Ulysse Nardin Classico Horse. The unique timepiece is a reflection of the wild horses, made with the independent free-roamer in mind.

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ince the manufacturer’s earliest days more than 166 years ago, when founder Ulysse Nardin began making marine chronometers in a mountainous location in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, the watch-making powerhouse has continually shown a passionate spirit of invention. Science, innovation and imagination are its navigating forces, and technological advancement combined with exemplary artisanship is what drives the brand forward. Leading the world watch-making community with its unrivalled developments, the Ulysse Nardin Classico Horse timepiece is no exception to the manufacturer’s unprecedented inventions in horology. Graceful with power, self-determined with emotion, and untamed with control, the horses on the watch’s dial appear to gallop with liberty. Expansive plains and majestic mountains in the background meet their arrival. For the Classico Horse, Ulysse Nardin employed the intricate champlevé method where cells are carved with a chisel directly on the dial and filled with enamel. Its earth-tone palette of black, white, tan, gray and green was created from different metallic oxides, perfectly depicting the natural landscape and its small band of beautiful creatures. The piece was then fired until the enamel melted, and polished when the surface cooled; resulting in an exceptional creation produced by the hands of master artisans. The new Classico Horse timepiece was crafted as a limited edition of 88 pieces in 18-karat rose gold, the 40mm featuring the self-winding UN815 movement, visible through its sapphire crystal exhibition window located on the case back. The watch has a power reserve of approximately 42 hours and a COSC certified chronometer. The design of the Classico Horse charges forward with passion, as if symbolizing one’s personal drive


through life. Designed to evoke emotion, the watch was intended to be a symbol of one’s free will balanced by self-discipline. Like Ulysse Nardin’s autonomy, it is a timepiece for made for the independent-minded. As with all Ulysse Nardin enamel pieces, the Classico Horse has an intriguing, lifelike quality. For more than 25 years, the watch-making house has been bringing this realism to its dials through the rare art of enameling. Acquiring long time collaborator and famed dial enameller manufacturer Donzé Cadrans in 2011, Ulysse Nardin remains one of the only watchmakers devoted to this highly specialized, centuries old craft. Steadfast in its journey to remain in the lead, Ulysse Nardin looks to its own universe to plot its course. Steering the Ulysse Nardin spirit of innovation and independence into new, unchartered territory is the brand’s main objective. At its Switzerland-based headquarters, true invention and design meet to form the most remarkable timepieces of today and tomorrow. www.ulysse-nardin.com


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125 Years of French Fashion

As France’s oldest fashion house Lanvin celebrates its 125th year, the brand unveils exclusive and never before seen photographs, video footage, and original paintings from founder Jeanne Lanvin. The images are showcased on the brand’s website and through social media, using new technologies to tell the story of the fashion house’s rich and stylish past. Durrah takes you through the history of Lanvin, detailing the key moments in the brand’s journey.

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eanne Lanvin was born in Paris on January 1st in 1867, and the celebrations for Lanvin’s 125th anniversary kicked off on the same date this year. From the first day of 2014, updates have been posted every Thursday, giving Lanvin lovers insight into the captivating history of the fashion house. A new section has appeared on the brand’s website, titled Lanvin History, which will feature previously unseen images and videos from the archives, accompanied by information on the story of Jeanne Lanvin and the rise of the label. The information is presented via an interactive timeline, which can be scrolled through and clicked for further information. The brand’s social media platforms Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram will all be showcasing the exclusive content also. Some of the images posted include pictures of items found in Jeanne Lanvin’s preserved office at the house’s historic headquarters at 22 Rue du Faubourg SaintHonoré in Paris. The office houses material including embroidery books, magazines, travel journals and more. Additionally, the French brand has also customized its


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The digital celebration is a new strategy for Lanvin, which in recent years has focused most of its communications efforts on the brand’s reinvention under artistic director Alber Elbaz.

former logo, originally designed by fashion illustrator Paul Iribe, with the number ‘125’, which pictures mother and child, Jeanne and Marguerite Lanvin. The digital celebration is a new strategy for Lanvin, which in recent years has focused most of its communications efforts on the brand’s reinvention under artistic director Alber Elbaz. Take a walk through the ages with the fascinating French history of Lanvin. 1867: Jeanne Lanvin was born. The oldest of eleven children, her love for the fashion industry became clear at a young age. She began an apprenticeship with a milliner on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré at age sixteen and was in charge of delivering hats to clients. It was here she created her own first hat designs. 1889: Following the success of her design work, Jeanne Lanvin opened her fashion house for the first time on the corner of Rue Boissy d’Anglas and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. 1897: Jeanne Lanvin’s muse, her daughter Marguerite Marie Blanche, was born. Following her birth, Jeanne decided to turn her label into a children’s wear line, a groundbreaking idea for the time. Customers of the boutique and mothers of the other small girls attending her private school turned to the designer to create the same charming outfits for their own children. 1901: Writer Edmond Rostand asked Jeanne Lanvin to design his academic attire; a bespoke highwaisted suit with an empire neckline, embroidered with olive branches and golden threads. Some sixty other suits would follow for high profile customers

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such as Paul Valéry, Georges Duhamel and André Maurois, entering Lanvin into the exclusive world of men’s bespoke tailoring. 1907: A famous picture of Jeanne Lanvin and Marguerite at a costumed ball was taken, showing mother and daughter in their gowns with matching tiara-shaped hats, the mother’s decorated with a coiled false feather. In 1923, noted illustrator, decorator and costumier Paul Iribe turned the photograph into an image used to represent the Couture house, stylizing the voluminous dresses and suggesting mother and daughter were dancing. Later reworked by Armand Albert Rateau for the round Arpège perfume bottle, this emblem placed above the inscription ‘Jeanne Lanvin’ became the ultimate illustration of Jeanne’s love for her daughter. 1909: Following the opening of her ‘Young Girls and Ladies’ department, Jeanne Lanvin joined the official ‘Syndicat de la couture’ and became a member of the very exclusive world of the Couture houses. 1911: The first Lanvin wedding dress was created as part of the brand’s summer collection. With soft, romantic lines, Jeanne created a long flowing gown, delicately belted at the waist. The sleeved dress was subtly decorated with a bordered skirt and a lace bodice. A white muslin veil, held in place by a crown of leaves, fell gracefully down the back. 1915: Lanvin, along with three other French fashion houses represented the Haute Couture boom by participating in the San Francisco World Fair. For Jeanne, the success of this exhibition allowed her to gain a stronger, more sustainable presence in the United States than her other Parisian colleagues.


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1920: Ever expanding, Jeanne Lanvin decided to produce luxury décor at a time when the sector was industrialised. Partnering with architect and interior designer, Armand-Albert Rateau, together they created a home decor store at 15 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, opposite her fashion house. The store offered furniture, rugs, curtains, chandeliers, tiles, stained glass, wallpaper, paneling, marble or wood wall sculptures, ornaments, gilding and embroidery. 1924: Parfum Lanvin opened. Working with a mysterious Russian known as ‘Mademoiselle Zed’, Jeanne Lanvin created a dozen fragrances. In 1925 the company built a factory in the Paris suburb of Nanterre and launched the hugely successful perfume ‘My Sin’. 1926: Lanvin’s men’s clothing line was launched, and Jeanne Lanvin hired her nephew Yves to assist with designing. The range became in-demand among ambassadors, members of the Academie Francaise, and aristocrats. Branches of Lanvin soon opened in Biarritz, Nice, and Cannes and the now-famous couturier was named Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. 1927: Following the success of fragrance My Sin, Jeanne Lanvin built her own scent laboratory near the Nanterre factory and put perfumer André Fraysse in charge. In celebration of Marie-Blanche’s 30th birthday, she introduced the perfume Arpège, which became the company’s biggest fragrance hit. 1938: At 71 years of age, Jeanne Lanvin was promoted to Officier de la Légion d’Honneur. 1946: Jeanne Lanvin passed away, and her daughter now known as Mademoiselle de Polignac, took over as head designer and owner. http://125ans.lanvin.com

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Letters to Ishtar Iraqi Artist Himat Mohamed Ali drew inspiration from Ishtar the enticing goddess of love and war, in his thought provoking exhibition, which showcases a dialogue between poetry, painting, sculpture and the art of collage. Titled ‘Letters to Ishtar’, the unique project involved collaborations with contemporary international poets whose words complemented and completed Himat’s visual masterpieces.

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orn in Kirkuk, Iraq in 1960, the Kurdish abstract painter Himat Mohamed Ali has had a thriving and prominent international career, moving to Paris in the early 1990s, where he now still resides. The artist has worked and exhibited in Japan and hold solo exhibitions in Paris, Switzerland, the Netherlands, as well as several Arab countries. He has said that his art has been strongly influenced by the philosophy and work of his mentor, the late Iraqi painter, sculptor and writer, Shaker Hassan Al Said, who is considered one of Iraq’s most innovative and influential artists. Farouk Yousef has said, “Each time I see Himat’s works, I am reminded of the precision of Far Eastern painters, of their gentleness and extreme sensitivity


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to nature and their total absorption into the images it evokes through line and colour. Himat, a painter who has abandoned painting - in the traditional and literal sense - does not paint what he sees. The lines guide his hand, leading him to their nerve centres; he restrains himself, like any traditional calligrapher, to master his own emotions. Himat is not afraid of what might result from the adventure of losing himself in the midst of this vast, infinite world of lines. It is almost like being swept away in a never-ending song of praise.” In some of his previous exhibitions is “Iraqi Artists in Exile,” and much of his work is in various public collections of museums across the Middle East and France. Himat has worked on a number of Art Books and has also collaborated on the creation of artists’ books with such well-known poets as André Velter, and Gotaro Tsunezumi.

For the exhibition ‘Letters to Ishtar’, Himat Mohamed Ali has once again collaborated with a group of contemporary and international poets to complement his work. Himat described the process of working on ‘Letters to Ishtar’ to as if he were writing his memoirs. The artist called on a selection of international poets, including Adonis from Syria, Qassim Haddad from Bahrain, Mohammed Bennis from Morocco, Saadi Yousif from Iraq, Abdel Monem Ramadan from Egypt, and Bernard Noël and Michel Butor from France to help him master the language of what he wanted to express. After receiving his first response in 2001 from Michael Butor, Himat began his work and the result conveys a complex and intimate vision of each poet, which Himat translates into artworks combining painting, sculpture and poetry.


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The ‘Letters to Ishtar’ project consists of fifty art books, executed between 2001 and 2012 in mixed media and bronze. Each art book contains 12 pages and measures 377 x 45 cm. The books numbered from I to XXI are presented in a wooden box, and the remaining twenty-nine books are numbered. Of his work, Himat has said, “Maybe the texts don’t need the paintings that accompany them. Maybe too the paintings are sufficient onto themselves without need for them to turn toward the texts. But for me the silent dialogue between the texts and paintings I witnessed moment by moment, may, in the inferno of my quest for the eternal woman, possibly embody a sort of salvation.”

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Like Father Like Son

For the first time, world-renowned and award-winning Bahraini artist Abdullah Al-Muharraqi will join forces with his talented son Khalid AlMuharraqi, to appear in a duo exhibition titled ‘Muharraqi: Father & Son’, taking place at Bin Mattar House. Durrah speaks to Khalid to hear more about the unique exhibition, which will run throughout March and April as part of Bahrain’s Spring of Culture celebrations.

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ne of the pioneers in contemporary fine art in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Abdullah AlMuharraqi’s work has been exhibited across the globe, and the surrealist artist’s rare and dystopian depictions of culture are instantly recognizable. From his designs on postage stamps and official emblems, to his witty and bittersweet newspaper socio-political cartoons, Abdullah’s legacy continues to be honoured in the most distinguished of museum halls and galleries all over the world. Khalid Al-Muharraqi’s work is some of the finest in the realm of digital art, through which he portrays artistic depth and painstaking precision. His dedication to experimentation has resulted in his production of

award-winning and breathtaking pieces that speak for themselves. Khalid’s work has aligned him with world recognized film, video game and television digital artists, and his architectural visualizations have assisted in development of massive cities and stadiums, such as Bahrain’s 2030 Master Plan and Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium. Now the pair will join forces, combining their talents to present an exhibition that will consist of pieces by both artists, as well as an artistic masterpiece that Abdullah and Khalid have collaborated on as father and son. www.muharraqi-studios.com


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Can you tell us a bit about the Muharraqi: Father & Son exhibition?

Where do you mainly draw your inspiration from?

For the first time an exhibition for my father and I will be under one roof. The concept was to put the traditional and the digital, the classic and the modern, the teacher and his student, all together. In the centre of the show we will have a combination of a piece that both my father and I worked on together, as a fusion art painting. It will be clear for you to see how I was influenced from my teacher, as I learned everything from him.

When I was a young boy, my inspiration came from my dad and seeing him at work, both his paintings and sketches got me infatuated with art. Since my father also had a huge library of books about artists, art, and everything under that topic, I had time to look page by page into these books and get inspired and infected with it... in a good way!

Will there be a particular theme to this exhibition? No exact theme, other than two Muharraqis, and a father’s work with his son. We will be showing museum pieces from my father that go back to the 60s, which are not for sale. You will also find my limited edition work, which will be a collection of art pieces I have created and will be printed in a limited manner.

How do you feel about hosting a show together as father and son? Well I’ve had this idea for over eight years now, and I never really got the chance to do it. It was only after a struggle with my time that I finally realized I had to do a duel exhibition with my father, as it would be the most fun experience to be side to side with my mentor. Seeing my father very excited means the world to me!

How have you influenced each other over the years? From my side, I have been influenced by my father’s work since I was a kid, and it helped me to reach my style today; in many ways you can see my father’s sketch style in my work. I can’t help but to have my lines looking like his.

Do you think the style of your work is similar or different? It is different, but in essence we are the same. I even have a few pieces that are like updated versions of his. The medium is different for sure; oils versus digital, but in essence we are both romantic and have very much have involved our soul with our art.

What did you enjoy about working together on the masterpiece that you will display at the exhibit? For sure I enjoyed it; it gives me great pleasure to see my father work on something that I’ve been part


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of. And the greatest feeling of honour for me was to see both my father’s name and mine on one painting, which was a pleasure that I cannot explain! I enjoyed the work flow, creating a concept that we both can relate to, the discussion and the work around it all got me closer to my father and made it all worth it.

that all comes from my environment. Not to forget all my friends and supporters in Bahrain, who have all pushed me to the next level and added fuel to my work. Thankyou!

What are some other projects you have worked on that you are most proud of?

I don’t like to say what sets me apart, but I feel this will be easy for others to see how different I am. What I want to be is free from all restrictions – and believe me – day by day I am getting closer to it. The tools for me as an artist have never been better than in the last decade.

With my dad, I have worked on a lot of projects before such as stamp designs, where we’ve created over 40 stamps for the Government of Bahrain and we continue to do so. On my own, I don’t have a particular project in mind, but I was happy to participate in the FIFA world cup stadium designs for Qatar 2022, as it was challenging and fun for me to be part of. I am also proud to be part of the development of software that is used daily by artists in top films all around the world, including programs such as Lightwave, Modo, and Zbrush.

How does the Kingdom of Bahrain influence your work?

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Bahrain is my home, so naturally my work will have similar colours from this part of the word; the sky, the green, it all comes from Bahrain. Even my mood is inspired by the weather; hot, cold, happy…

What do you think sets you apart from other artists and designers?

Do you have any upcoming plans for the future? Yes, many. For one I will continue to collaborate with my father – he already has a sketch for a huge museum piece that will be a story from the old times, and will be approximately seven art works combined as one to complete a whole story. We will start work on this after the exhibition and I will keep you posted for sure! As for personal projects, I have gotten into sculptures and 3D printing, which is my newest infatuation – I can’t stop sculpting these days! There will be many more as well.


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For more than 1400 years, pilgrims have travelled to the city of Mecca for Hajj, and today about 3 million Muslims take part every year from all over the world. Recently taking place at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Hajj – The Journey Through Art presented audiences with groundbreaking pieces of art focusing on this prominent event. The exhibition is the first of its kind in the Muslim world and exhibited many never before seen objects and artworks, put together by MIA’s Curator of Manuscripts Dr Mounia ChekhabAbudaya, and former Curator of Coins Cecile Bresc.


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01 From the Series the White Cube, 2010. Acrylic and cryon on paper 02 The Pearl of Wonders and the Uniqueness of Things Strange. Courtesy of Museum of Islamic Art, Doha 03 Timurid‘Umracertificate, 837 AH (1433 CE). Ink, opaque watercolours and gold on paper. Courtesy of Museum of Islamic Art, Doha 04 Mahmal, Damascus, 19th century CE. Metal threads embroidered on silk. Courtesy of private Collection of HE Sheikh Faisal bin QassimAl Thani 05 Section of the Hizam, Egypt,c. 1890 CE. Metal threads, embroidery on silk. Courtesy of Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

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reaking new ground, Hajj – The Journey Through Art took visitors on a journey exploring and illuminating the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj, focusing on the rituals as depicted through art, the routes taken and the experiences of pilgrims upon their return. The exhibition offered a local interpretation of the pilgrimage, presenting artworks from Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) and objects from Qatari collections. The pieces on display focused on the journey taken from Qatar to Mecca, and included gifts brought back by local pilgrims, with a section dedicated to the oral histories of Qatar. The exhibition consisted of 144 objects, including photographs, videos, books, manuscripts, historic artefacts, textiles, coins, maps and contemporary works of art, all of which demonstrated the depth and breadth of the museum’s masterpiece collection. Aisha Al Khater, Director of MIA explained, “Exhibitions such as this have traditionally been the purview of European and North American museums. MIA is dedicated to shedding light on our past to inspire future generations, and we believe the power of art is essential to bringing the story of our cultures to life.” The exhibition made the most of its location at the beautiful Museum, designed by noted architect I.M. Pei,

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who was inspired by elements of Islamic architecture. Overlooking the iconic Doha skyline, the MIA was the perfect backdrop for such an exhibit. For the first time at MIA, the experience was not limited to the museum galleries, with an art installation in MIA’s atrium by contemporary artist Idris Khan and an outdoor photography exhibition. The international photographers participating in the exhibition included Peter Sanders from Britain, Reem Al-Faisal form Saudi Arabia, Kayuzoshi Nomachi from Japan, Juliette Sawyers from Australia and Khalifa Al-Obaidly a local Qatari. MIA’s Curator of Manuscripts Mounia Chekhab-Abudaya stated, “We are very proud of the work we have done to provide a truly unique vision of Hajj and offer a local lens through which to view it. By using objects from our own collection and those of a number of generous local contributors, we bring to light the breath-taking artistry that has revolved around Hajj since the beginnings of Islam and continues to this day. This is a perfect example of the continuation of Islamic artistic traditions.” In support of the event, the Qatar Museum Authority’s Media Department lent the MIA old footage of one of the pilgrimage trails, and called upon the residents of Qatar, both national and expat,

to contribute their own Hajj souvenirs and artefacts, making the exhibition a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see some truly rare works of art. The exhibition, which was organised in collaboration with the British Museum, was supported and enhanced by a full educational programme. This included art and calligraphy workshops, special tours and classroom materials for schools, lectures by a number of experts including Tim Mackintosh-Smith, and a panel discussion with three of the contemporary artists involved in the exhibition; Ahmed Mater, Walid Siti and Khalifa Al-Obaidly. The Museum also partnered with Doha Film Institute (DFI) to present four Hajj-related films that reflect the themes of the exhibition, shown at MIA’s auditorium. The series began with the documentary Journey to Mecca, directed by Bruce Neibaur and narrated by Ben Kingsley, which tells the story of Islamic scholar Ibn Battuta’s 18-month pilgrimage to Mecca. Highlighting the importance of Mecca as a holy site for Muslims’ every day existence, Hajj – The Journey Through Art provided a comprehensive insight into one of Islam’s most sacred events. www.mia.org.qa


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Calligraphy dates back to the earliest origins of Islam and has been embedded into the cultural heritage ever since. The art form, which is based on Arabic script, was used as a primary means for preservation of the Qur’an. Showcasing exceptional masterworks of the script, the 500 Years of Islamic Calligraphy – Masterpieces from Sakip Sabanci Museum exhibition was opened on January 19, 2014 by Her Excellency Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammad Al-Khalifa at the Bahrain National Museum and will run until April 13, 2014.


Among the private collections in Istanbul, Sakip Sabanci Museum has the finest collection of Turkish-Islamic arts of the book.


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eeply entrenched in the history and culture of Islam, calligraphy has been used as a form of expression, art, religion and tradition throughout the ages. Honouring this, the Ministry of Culture has inaugurated an exhibition in cooperation with the Turkish Sakip Sabanci Museum, which officially opened on January 19 in the presence of many diplomats and lovers of historical calligraphy and art heritage. Taking place at the Bahrain National Museum, the exhibition titled 500 Years of Islamic Calligraphy – Masterpieces from Sakip Sabanci Museum, showcases exquisite examples of illuminated Korans, prayer books, albums, panels and calligraphic tools dating from the 14th to the 20th century AD. Moreover, an outstanding collection of Turkish paintings depicting the arts of the book, and calligraphy and landscapes showing Istanbul and its environs by painters who lived in Istanbul in the 19th and 20th centuries are also on display.

The Sakip Sabanci Museum Collection of the Arts of the Book and Calligraphy consists of more than 200 examples of calligraphic compositions written by well-known calligraphers, illuminated official documents bearing the imperial cipher of the Ottoman sultans, as well as calligrapher’s tools. The founder of the museum, Sakip Sabanci, was one of Turkey’s leading businessmen. In the 1970s he began to collect paintings by Turkey’s leading artists and foreign painters who worked for the Ottoman sultans, as well as illuminated manuscripts and calligraphy. Since 1989 the collection has been exhibited in major European and American museums, and the keen interest attracted by these exhibitions encouraged Sabanci and his family to further enlarge the collection and to found a museum. In 2002 Sabanci donated his historical mansion in Emirgan – a district on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, where he had lived with his family for many years – to Sabanci University to use as a museum. Today Sakip Sabanci Museum is the only museum in Istanbul and Turkey with a permanent exhibition of illuminated manuscripts and calligraphy. The Arts of the Book and Calligraphy Collection was re-launched with a new design and a contemporary display, including 200 works of Islamic Art.


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Among the private collections in Istanbul, Sakip Sabanci Museum has the finest collection of Turkish-Islamic arts of the book. This includes selected examples of illuminated Korans and prayer books dating from the 16th to early 20th centuries, with calligraphy by Istanbul artists, some of whom served as calligraphy teacher to the sultans. Large calligraphic panels, again by Istanbul artists, that hung on walls like paintings, and albums of calligraphic compositions are displayed in the Bahrain exhibition, as well as a collection of outstanding examples of Turkish painting. Besides handwritten Qurans and prayer manuals, there are framed inscriptions, calligraphic collages, deeds of trust, decrees bearing the stylized signature of the sultan, and documents such as titles of privilege and royal patents. Calligraphic instruments are also featured, including for

example a decree dated December 1459, written in the Divanî script and bearing the signature of Mehmed the Conqueror. Other highlights include a Quran penned by Bayezid II’s son, Crown Prince Korkut; a verse panegyric written for Bayezid II; a calligraphic exercise in the Thuluth script by Ahmed Karahisarî, a renowned calligrapher from the period of Süleyman the Magnificent; a silver inkpot and writing set belonging to the 17th century calligraphic master, Hafız Osman; pen-cases, and many other masterpieces. The exhibition will run until April 13, and is a truly educational and enlightening experience of the art of calligraphy, and the important role it has played in Islamic society. www.moc.gov.bh

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Pearls of Bahrain Bahrain’s luxurious development Durrat Al Bahrain is located on a series of islands with sprawling views of the sparkling southern coast of Bahrain. Therefore it is fitting that the name should derive from ‘Al Durrah’, the most valuable pearl found in Bahrain’s waters. In their latest project, Durrat Al Bahrain has developed Fayrooz 800, which consists of three types of residential villas designed to the highest of standards. The new villas have also taken the names of precious pearls, Hassbah, Jomanah and Fareedah, which have been carefully chosen to reflect the identity of each villa. Durrah also speaks to Khalid Al Hashimi, the architect behind the project.


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urrat Al Bahrain is known as the premium luxury address in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where a series of fifteen islands offer the buzz of a world-class city combined with the beauty and tranquility of an island getaway. It is a place where urban living meets island style, where desert meets sea, and contrasting lifestyles complement each other. The 21 square kilometre development will host over 2,000 beautiful beachfront villas, 3,600 executive apartments and offices, luxury hotels and spa resorts, parks and entertainment precincts, mosques and international schools, premier retail malls and restaurants, a 400-berth marina, as well as an Ernie Els designed 18-hole championship golf course. Upon completion, Durrat Al Bahrain will be the region’s most prominent seaside resort city, capable of accommodating 60,000 residents and up to 4,500 daily visitors, putting Bahrain on the upscale tourism map. Fayrooz 800 has been Durrat Al Bahrain’s latest project to follow in the footsteps of high quality design and lavish appeal that has so far defined the property. Overlooking the Gulf’s deep blue seas and reflecting picturesque views of the island, the new villas


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A major improvement has been enhancing the villa’s smart house feature, which allows residents to control functions such as air conditioning, lighting and security cameras via their mobile phones.

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encompass the high standard of service and luxurious levels of comfort that are key to Durrat Al Bahrain. The two sophisticated islands that make up the first stages of Fayrooz 800 propose a wide variety of resources conveniently located within the vicinity. These include social entertainment and sports facilities, and services that will evolve and flourish such as coffee shops, retail and restaurants, for the pleasure and comfort of the island’s residents. The villas themselves have been improved and innovated as much as possible, as architect Khalid Al Hashimi has taken into careful consideration previous resident’s feedback and consolidation on villa features and overall architectural design. The design endorses the harmony of urban and contemporary architecture that has made up the identity of Durrat Al Bahrain. Some of the new additions to the villas include an elevator, seven parking spaces, increased privacy, a pre-built sun deck including electricity and water, a pool bathroom and changing room with shower and W.C., and access to the pool pumps, water tanks and heaters. A major improvement has been enhancing the villa’s smart house feature, which allows residents to control functions such as air conditioning, lighting and security cameras via their mobile phones. Each of the three designs of the Fayrooz villas vary in their details, and have been named accordingly. The

three names Hassbah, Jomanah and Fareedah are names of precious pearls, directly relating to the sea, which is the essence and location of Durrat Al Bahrain. The Hassbah pearl comes second after the Dana pearl in its size and quality, and the Hassbah villa exudes an eclectic vibe with noble elegance. The lifestyle of Durrat Al Bahrain forms the base of the sand-coloured palette, and bold natural richness of tones, which works perfectly in this vintage style space. The Jomanah is a beautiful medium sized pearl that is stunning when designed as an ornament on a piece of jewellery. The concept of the Jomanah villa lends itself to a clean and crisp sanctuary of pleasant urban desires. The inspiration of Durrat Al Bahrain are circular lines, which is achieved in this villa through organic curved lines and soft elegant contemporary elements and textures that create a soothing yet fresh ambience. The Fareedah pearl is characterised as the large and most exclusive amongst the precious pearls, and the Fareedah villa evokes feelings of blissful warmth and strength. The atmosphere is captured in a colour palette with mixed textures and symmetry, to echo the unique experience of Durrat Al Bahrain. All of the ultra spacious five-bedroom villas measure out with two private garages and an additional area for two cars within the plot. The ground


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floor offers a commodious open-plan reception area with an urbane designed kitchen, which extends to a vibrant exposed lounge area in front. The extensive ground floor also includes a bathroom, an en-suite guest bedroom, en- suite maid and driver quarters, working kitchen, guest WC, store and a private swimming pool. A barbeque platform overlooks the garden and swimming pool area, with sprawling views of the surrounding ocean. The first floor of the Fayrooz 800 villa master bedroom has a spectacular terrace with heightened sea views, and the lobby of the first floor comprises of a storage area. All of the four upstairs bedrooms are fitted with an en-suite and modified designed dressing area. The superior quality of the luxury villas is reflected in the modern construction of all floor and wall surfacing, bathroom fittings, central air conditioning and the fully equipped interior kitchen. Overall, the character and design of the new Fayrooz 800 development is a testament to modern technology, unveiling a new metropolitan system of living. Durrat Al Bahrain is an oasis of comfort and a reflection of the highest quality of design principles, which will set a new standard for urban development in the Kingdom. www.durratbahrain.com


The basic architectural design and layout is maintained in all types, the variation is mainly in the finishing materials and colours, which suit different styles and individual tastes.

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Interview with Architect Khalid Al Hashimi What was your main inspiration when designing the Fayrooz 800 Villas? Durrat is more than a resort – in the sense of an occasional or temporary stay – this is how people perceive the project. Residents dwell on spaces near the sea as it provides them with the fantastic experience of enjoying the water, whether they are viewing it, swimming in it or riding on it. Upon this understanding we structured our design based on what was learned from Phase 1 and 2, with an attempt to offer our clients a pleasant experience and enjoyable lifestyle in Durrat. This was achieved through a serious evaluation and thorough review conducted by our experienced Technical Team in DKAB in addition to the constructive feedback received from our clients and owners in the resort.

Can you tell us about some of the special features of the Villas? The Fayrooz 800 Villa design has many special features advanced from the previous Villa design of the same category and size. The features can be summarized as the following: 1. The design of the Villa is more oriented towards local families style of living, this can be observed in the kitchen layout, the addition of a water basin in the service courtyard, separate maid and driver bedrooms, a hall on the first floor, and so on. 2. All the external walls of the Villa were covered with 50mm polystyrene thermal insulation to ensure a complete protection of the building skin and spaces. This application of external insulation is considered the most efficient method in building construction for the best thermal insulation performance. The thermal insulation will contribute to both cooling and heating, providing comfort for residents and also helping to preserve the interior equipment and furniture in the Villa. 3. The Villa design incorporates smart home technology to assist residents with basic devices for house management such as controlling the lights, air conditioning, operation of door lock, and security cameras

in the external yards. 4. Though the need for a lift is not common, the Fayrooz 800 layout has allowed a location for a lift in case it is needed, with a slight construction modification that can be applied inside the villa. 5. The developer realised the importance of developing the rock revetment edge, and at the same time avoiding a major construction on the Villa once the resident moved in. Therefore, the decision was to cover the rock revetment and build the sundeck platform and steps with basic finishing materials. This additional space will immediately add an extra depth to the Villa garden and offer residents the opportunity to be closer to the water and enjoy the beautiful sea experience. 6. The Villa design centralises the pumps and water heaters in one space, for easy maintenance from outside to avoid disturbance of other residents. 7. The Villa site plan layout allows parking of seven cars within the Villa’s boundaries in the front yard. There is a two carport garage, and shade structures for an additional two cars behind the front wall. This arrangement will reduce the amount of parking off-street and provide clear street space for visitors and pedestrians. 8. The privacy as raised by DKAB resident in Phase 1 and 2 was given high attention in the design of Fayrooz 800. The boundary walls between the neighbours were extended towards the sea, as well as a wall at the front of the property to prevent intruders and secure privacy of the front. The wall also holds the Villa’s number and mailbox. 9. We were keen to design the Villa efficiently, so as to prevent uncontrolled building extension and future changes. A clear building guideline was issued to assist the owner to retain the architectural style of the Villa and maintain visual quality of the development.

How do the Villas incorporate modern technology? One of the main comments against the Villas from Phase 1 and 2 was the accessibility and the possibility of activating various operations such

as air conditioning, lighting, entering the Villa for maintenance, and so on. Therefore, we were eager to utilize modern technology to equip the Villa with smart home applications and basic devices that are user friendly, secure and able to be used from afar.

What kind of lifestyle experience can residents of Fayrooz 800 expect? We are proudly happy with the lifestyle experience that was achieved in Phase 1 and 2, and we believe that Fayrooz 800 will further improve on this by overcoming some of the challenges that were previously faced. Fayrooz 800 has been arranged to capitalize on its location on the water’s edge with larger built-up areas for Villas, and more space in the middle of the island for landscaping and greenery for residents to enjoy. Fayrooz 800 offers a nice wide terrace from the bedroom/activity room on the first floor above the garage, to enjoy the inner landscaped environment of the island and maintain the connection and communication between residents and life in the island.

How do the three Villa models Hassbah, Jomanah and Fareedah differ and who would you say is most suited to each design? The basic architectural design and layout is maintained in all types, the variation is mainly in the finishing materials and colours, which suit different styles and individual tastes. There are also five different types of swimming pool arrangements for the residents to select.

How would you describe the overall aesthetic of Fayrooz 800? We were concerned with maintaining the architectural and urban style as much as possible so Phase 3 would be in harmony with the earlier Phases of the project. Fayrooz 800 is a continuity of the contemporary architectural style achieved in Durrat Resort, with simple lines, clear forms and wide openings, incorporating wavy lines to match the Phase 1 and 2 Villas.


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eir to four generations of Alsatian bakery and pastry-making tradition, Pierre Hermé began his career at the age of 14 as an apprentice to renowned pastry chef Gaston Lenôtre. After learning the skills of the trade, he established his business with Charles Znaty more than 15 years ago, opening the first Pierre Hermé Paris boutique in Tokyo in 1998. This was followed in 2001 by a boutique in the fashion district of Paris, at 72 rue Bonaparte. Success was immediate in Tokyo and Paris alike, and every day enthusiastic gourmets discovered Pierre Hermé pastries, macarons and chocolates while connoisseurs from around the world flocked to these temples of sweet delights.

Picasso of Pastry Internationally famous and a master at his craft, Pierre Hermé has revolutionised the world of pastrymaking with regard to taste and modernity. Labelled the ‘Picasso of Pastry’ by Vogue magazine, Pierre Hermé has invented a totally original world of tastes and sensations, using “pleasure as his only guide”.


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In late 2004, a second Parisian boutique with its very innovative interior design opened at 185 rue de Vaugirard, and in early 2005, Tokyo saw the inauguration of the latest Pierre Hermé Paris concepts: the Luxury Convenience Store and the Chocolate Bar. The business continued to expand, and in 2008, Pierre Hermé and Charles Znaty launched the first Macarons & Chocolats Pierre Hermé Paris boutique on rue Cambon in Paris. In 2010, they inaugurated the Maison Pierre Hermé on rue Fortuny in Paris, home to the Atelier de Création, the culinary laboratory in which house creations are conceived. Today, the Pierre Hermé Paris company is amongst the top in its business sector and has around 450 employees and 30 sales outlets across Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Paris, Strasbourg, Lyon, Nice, London, Hong Kong, Dubai and Doha. It is no surprise then that praise has often been lavished on Pierre Hermé, who has been called “pastry provocateur” (Food & Wine), “an avant-garde pastry chef and a magician with tastes” (Paris-Match), “The Kitchen Emperor” (New York Times) and “The King of Modern Pâtisserie” (The Guardian), along with honours and decorations, as well as – most importantly – the admiring gratitude of connoisseurs of gourmet sweets.

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With his original approach to the profession of pastry chef, Hermé revolutionizes even the most firmly entrenched traditions. Refusing to sit on his laurels, he is always revising his own work, exploring new taste territories and revisiting his own recipes. Charles Znaty describes how Hermé is often asked where and how he gets his ideas for taste, texture and flavour combinations, as it is these things which make up his brand and are recognizable among a thousand. He willingly answers that his inspiration comes from his weakness for sweets, pleasure, sensations, encounters, fragrances and textures – Pierre Hermé is curious about everything and everything inspires him. He admits that he owes his passion for the profession and his excessive taste for work well done to a variety of factors, such as the lineage of pastry chefs he comes from, his training with the master Gaston Lenôtre, and his Alsatian heritage. To these criteria, he also adds his eye for detail and mental imagery as important factors in his work. However Znaty says that after fifteen years of working by Hermé’s side navigating the mysteries of his creative repertoire; it seems as if the heart of his inspiration is still to be unveiled. At Pierre Hermé boutiques, the pastry chefs come from all over the world, yet all of them speak the same

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language. Their technique is perfectly mastered, implemented by Pierre with extreme skill and knowledge. Regarding ingredients, Znaty says that each are ‘tamed’ before being given a place in the recipe, as not all pistachio nuts or chocolates are alike, and vanilla and rose can exhale very different aromas. As for sugar, it is used sometimes as a backdrop and sometimes as a seasoning or a condiment, which contributes to the balance of the composition without ever seeking the leading role. Because Pierre Hermé considers the end of the meal as ‘a grand finale’, he has brushed aside pastries in which sugar flattened the flavours and masked the lack of nobility of the composition. When it comes to childhood tastes, by showing in his creations that sweets are not the prerogative of youth, Pierre Hermé opened wide the doors of the Gastronomy circles to admit pastry chefs once and for all. He does not rely on Proustian madeleine effects or ‘kiddie cartoon’ mixtures, the reason being that nostalgia will always taste the same. In 1986, when Pierre Hermé began to seek inspiration from the cycle of the seasons to invent new sweet


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The freshness of the seasonal fruits, the climate, the fluctuations of his cravings commanded new recipes.

pleasures, he chose the path of Nature. The freshness of the seasonal fruits, the climate, the fluctuations of his cravings commanded new recipes, new creations – this was not the simplest avenue of exploration. About a thousand recipes and several pâtisserie windows still testify to that era. Znaty explains that it is said no man is a prophet in his own land, stating this as a possible reason why himself and Hermé had to go all the way to Japan to open the first Pierre Hermé Paris Pâtisserie boutique. By inventing the ‘Pâtisserie Haute Couture’ concept and by making the ‘Collection’ idea popular, the pair proved to a well-informed and novelty-eager Japanese public that they were different. And it was a big success. Today Pierre Hermé and his company continue to work tirelessly and with patience, with a delicate touch and that special tenderness which they have become known for. Hermé’s mental landscape where he cultivates, composes, imagines, and invents what our pleasures of tomorrow will be, is ever expanding and a constant inspiration to those around him. www.pierreherme.com 07


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Many know Meisei as ones of Bahrain’s most happening dinner and nightspots, attracting a diverse crowd that ranges to everyone from socialites to families to businessmen and professionals. However as Chef Michael Sang-Kyu Lee launches a mouth-watering new lunch menu, the fine dining restaurant has become one to watch as the new lunchtime location.

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hen translated, the name ‘Meisei’ is the definition of honour, elegance and integrity. These are three things that certainly come across in every aspect of the restaurant, from the ambience and atmosphere, to the friendly and helpful wait staff, and most particularly in Chef Michael’s approach to crafting the delectable menu items. With links to Seoul in Korea, Osaka in Japan and Toronto in Canada, Chef Michael has 25 years experience in food, working in a vast number of exotic locations all of which he says have contributed to his work today. At Meisei, Chef Michael combines modern Japanese cuisine with influences from the southern region of Asia and a love for Italian food. He cites his wife – an exceptional Italian cook – and mother as his main sources of inspiration. One of the most popular dishes on Chef Michael’s menu is courtesy of his mother’s kitchen, and is a dish she used to serve him when he was a child. Meticulous in every aspect of his kitchen management, Chef Michael ensures that his team meets the highest standard of excellence when it comes to health and

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hygiene. Through the window of the Meisei kitchen, a number of brightly coloured chopping boards are clearly visible. Different colours are used to chop meat, chicken, fish and vegetables, ensuring no cross contamination in the food. The knife wall holds over fifty knives, killing all germs and bacteria as the knives are replaced to it. It is this important attention to detail that allows Chef Michael to reach the level of quality that he achieves. Another of his main drives is ensuring that the food is made to the freshest and most nutritious standards, while never sacrificing taste or flavour. Everything deep fried is done so in soya oil, which contains antioxidants, omega-3 and no cholesterol. Chef Michael also uses organic fruits and vegetables wherever possible, and no MSG or preservatives. Everything from sauces to pastries are made in house from the most top quality ingredients, which have been imported to his kitchen. The chicken he uses is corn-fed and therefore much more tender, and meats come from overseas locations offering the best in quality. The new lunch menu is a perfect example of his approach to cooking, with an exciting range of new dishes made to suit the lunchtime diners’ needs. Dishes include items such as Grilled Hammour Jap Tang, Spicy Assorted Sashimi Rice, Cornfed Chicken Teriyaki or Black Angus Teriyaki, Beef or Seafood Cantonese Crispy Noodles, Vegetarian Dol Sol, plus a range of traditional Bento Boxes and more. All lunch meals are of generous size and at a lower price point than dinner options, while still retaining the gourmet quality that Meisei is known for. Each dish is served with a complimentary miso soup and Meisei signature salad to complete the meal. When visiting the restaurant, guests are given a variety of dining options to suit whatever experience they desire. The ground floor offers a traditional fine dining and lounge area, for guests to enjoy an intimate yet relaxed meal at a table or in one of the more private booths. Warm tones and mood lighting make for a comfortable yet classy atmosphere, and the open plan kitchen allows

guests to observe a number of trained chefs hard at work, through a huge glass window. For a more interactive dining experience, the sushi counter and robata grill offers the perfect seating, as some of the oldest Japanese techniques and traditions are brought to life through the skilled sashimi carving and careful maki rolling. Climbing the stairs past a slate waterfall to the second floor, guests will find the Onyx Lounge. With a more energised and lively atmosphere, the Onyx Lounge is perfectly suited to those looking to extend their lunch or dinner experience further into the evening. The dĂŠcor is modern and sleek, and as the sun sets the resident DJ sets up to spin some excellent tunes. The Meisei rooftop takes the experience and excitement to a new level. With an open plan bar and seating area, it is the perfect place for mingling and

socialising, with the freedom to move from standing at the bar to sitting at the illuminated tables to dancing the night away by the DJ booth. What sets the rooftop apart from most happening nightspots is the option to order from the full Meisei menu, as the area is equipped with full dining facilities, allowing guests to get the best of both worlds. Open for lunch, the rooftop is also a spectacular location to enjoy a meal during the day, as the sprawling views are made more visible in the daytime sun. As Chef Michael explains, at the end of the day it’s about service, quality, and providing the best dining experience possible. With its unrivalled quality of food, service and ambience, Meisei is the place to be to enjoy a sumptuous, healthy and incredible dining experience. www.meiseirestaurants.com


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For the last eight years the Constance Culinary Festival has seen six Michelin chefs come from Europe to pair up with six of the best ‘Island chefs’ from Constance resorts in Mauritius, Maldives and Seychelles. The teams are challenged to create the most tantalizing and winning dish that will impress the festival judges and the guests. This year from March 29 to April 6, the highly anticipated festival returns to celebrate the passion of gastronomy at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius.

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he culinary battle is back for the ninth consecutive year between the six Michelin Chefs from Europe versus the six best Constance Hotels & Resorts ‘Island chefs’ from Seychelles, Maldives and Mauritius. Taking place at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius, the competition consists of teams made up of one European Chef and one Island Chef who work to create the most appetizing and authentic dish possible. Teams are given specified pre-determined fresh and organic products sourced from PortLouis market in the capital of Mauritius, which they must use. In order to preserve the genuine Mauritian touch, all spices must be prepared using the traditional ‘roche-cari’, a stone used for crushing spice ingredients. The idea is to encourage creativity

in design using only local seasonal products. Every cook of the Constance Hotels Group, from commis to Chef de partie, can take part in the Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival as an ‘Island chef’. Candidates must go through the three stages of the rigorous selection process, which is made up of a theoretical questionnaire, the design of two traditional recipes, and the creation of the dishes within the confines of specified local products. Final participants are therefore selected purely on their skill, knowledge and innate talent. The festival culminates in a cook-off competition for the best Euro-island inspired menu which puts Constance on the gourmet map as a temple of fine dining and gastronomy. Dishes prepared by the finalists are tasted and critiqued by a panel of


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The festival culminates in a cook-off competition for the best Euro-island inspired menu which puts Constance on the gourmet map as a temple of fine dining and gastronomy.

judges presided over by Mrs. Dominique Loiseau, CEO of the Relais Bernard Loiseau. Participating in this year’s Constance Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau are Michelin chefs Mirto Marchesi from Switzerland, Tim Allen from England, Jens Rittmeyer from Germany, Jacob Holmstrom from Sweden, and Nicolas Masse from France. During the festival the world renowned chefs and judges will be offering special menus and cooking demonstrations to guests at both Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice. This professional and cultural pairing gives rise to great and exciting moments in the festival and becomes a rare treat for guests to sample some of the world’s best food in one of the world’s most beautiful locations and idyllic setting of the of the Mauritius coast. The festival cultivates one of Constance Hotels and Resorts core values, which is gastronomy, and is truly a rare treat for foodies from around the world. www.constancehotels.com

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Dazzling designer boutiques are opening from Hong Kong to New York to Riyadh and Durrah is bringing you the best selection of stores to have on your fashion radar. These stylish landmarks are home to some of the most sought after exclusive luxury brands, which guarantee a mix of style, prestige and elegance.

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Roberto Giovannini, San Giuseppe Vesuviano The first Roberto Giovannini mono-brand store has opened in the heart of San Giuseppe Vesuviano, in the immediate outskirts of Napoli. The store is housed by a wonderful historic palace dating back to the end of the 19th century and owned by the Nappo Family. This initiative is part of a larger project called ‘Negozi d’Autore’, which aims at promoting a new historical brand and distributing exclusive classic made-in-Florence decors, as the brand has been doing since 1958. The 350 square metered area houses the finest pieces of the latest collection created by Maestro Giovannini, which have been interpreted to the style and taste of architect Giuseppe Migliarino. The luxurious classic-style carved decors and designs blend flawlessly with the elegant setting, thus creating a cosy and exclusive atmosphere.


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The Rialto set characterizes the collection La Notte, designed for bedrooms; the Venetian style headboard stands out with its new refined Oro Leggero finishing, characterised by an oak base. The raw silk upholstery perfectly matches the tones of the dresser and the small Venetian tables. The stool in front of the bed and the furniture are complements to the bedroom and create a magical atmosphere. Named after a historic Florentine palace, the Pitti living area decors designed by Roberto Giovannini feature elegant and refined sofas, which are reminiscent of the past; when objects were created to stand the test of time. In the dining room, different styles blend harmoniously thanks to selected finishings, which include the Blanc finishing of Louis XVI chairs and the mix of Rovere sbiancato and Oro Leggero (Light Gold) characterising the Venetian table. The solid wood cabinets, an expression of the 18th century Tuscan style, are set in the magnificent Pompeian wall created for this occasion. The white candleholder contributes to creating a romantic atmosphere in the most used living areas. The shop windows overlooking the main street frame three gorgeous small settings and offer a preview of the Roberto Giovannini decor concept, based on timeless classic standards of beauty. www.robertogiovannini.com

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01 Bedroom display inside the Roberto Giovannini boutique 02 Exterior of the boutique at night 03 Classic Made-in-Florence decors 04 The finest pieces of the latest collection created by Maestro Giovannini 05 Shop windows overlooking the main street


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06 Sleek exterior of the 75 square meter store 07 The store’s elegant furniture is sheathed in beige leather 08 Glass displays protect the beautiful products

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La Montre Hermès, Shanghai The Hermès watch-making tradition dates back to 1912, when Jacqueline Hermès, fourth generation of the family, received from her father Emile, a pocket watch with a clever system that holds it in place on a leather strap. Now over 100 years later, La Montre Hermès has opened its latest of 23 worldwide stores dedicated solely to watches, with an exclusive 75 square meter store at the IAPM mall in Shanghai. Located on Huaihai Road in the historic centre of Shanghai, it is within a major economical and high-end residential centre as well as in the hub of the city’s culture. Viewed from the outside, the store front features grey metal panels and a large glazed glass with tower showcases behind it. Two wide entrances reveal a beautiful interior with cherry wood showcases, wooden panels lacquered in the emblematic Hermès orange, and elegant furniture sheathed in beige leather. The store hosts the full collection and provides a wide choice, thus allowing the customers to find the perfect watch matching their own style and offering them a unique shopping experience. At the entrance, visitors are immersed into the world of Hermès watches. On the left, a large variety of colours and materials for leather straps are available to help customers choose their best personal combination before purchasing a watch. The store houses a range of watches to suit every personality, including the elegantly sporty Dressage watch, classic Arceau watch, innovative Cape Cod watch, sporty and unique Clipper watch, and the iconic Heure H watch. Within the boutique to the right, a discrete area provides an intimate and private setting for visitors that wish to view exceptional pieces at their own leisure. www.hermes.com


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Mouawad, Riyadh Mouawad, the luxury jeweller and watchmaker, officially opened the doors of its boutique on Tahlia Street in Riyadh and inaugurated another at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotel. The new showrooms are a first for Mouawad in Saudi Arabia’s capital and are to be designed as per the new generation store concept. The prestigious contemporary concept was first originated by brothers and co-guardians of the brand Fred and Pascal Mouawad and initiated with the opening of the Dubai Mall boutique in 2010. It is an ultimate reflection of the enhanced direction and innovative strategy of the brand. With the distinctive décor in the grey and gold of the Mouawad brand, the new Tahlia boutique features an exclusive private VIP room for customers to try on select pieces from the exquisite jewellery and watch collections the company is renowned for. The boutique glistens with signature Mouawad haute joaillerie sets, watch collections and objets d’art, all entirely designed and produced by Mouawad. At the boutique opening, co-guardian Pascal Mouawad said, “We feel privileged at the loyalty and


love that our customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have for Mouawad. Opening this boutique is our way to express our appreciation by way of enhancing and enriching their experience within the boutique and with us. I am delighted to be able to invite all of our local clientele to visit the new boutique, to experience the new surroundings and admire our latest jewellery and watch collections.” To celebrate the opening, the L’Incomparable will be on display for a week at the new Mouawad boutiques on Tahlia Street and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The L’Incomparable was awarded the “Most Valuable Necklace in the world” by Guinness World Records 2013, the fourth such occasion that a Guinness World Record has been presented to Mouawad. The extraordinary necklace features the world’s largest internally flawless diamond – the 407.48 Incomparable Diamond. After its appearance in Riyadh, The L’Incomparable will be displayed for another week at the Mouawad boutique in Jameel Square, Jeddah. www.mouawad.com


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Salvatore Ferragamo, Hong Kong Salvatore Ferragamo, one of the world’s most renowned luxury brands, has announced the reopening of its fully renovated flagship store at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong. Situated in the heart of one of the most exclusive international shopping areas, the Salvatore Ferragamo store in Hong Kong has become a major landmark in the city since it first opened in 1986. Following the renovation, the flagship store now spans a total surface area of roughly 350 square metres, showcasing the brand’s men’s and women’s collections in special areas devoted to the various product ranges, which include everything from shoes and bags to eyewear and fragrances, watches and silk, accessories, the men’s ready-to-wear lines and jewellery. The boutique’s interior is elegant and luxurious, in line with Ferragamo’s signature style, creating a refined, understated ambience with a decor that reflects the design concept for Salvatore Ferragamo stores around the world. The furnishings, colours and structure of the space are perfectly balanced to welcome guests into an intimate atmosphere that offers a modern shopping experience. To mark the reopening of its Hong Kong historic flagship store after the renovation, Salvatore Ferragamo officially unveiled its “L’Icona Ferragamo” project in Greater China, an online initiative to celebrate and promote the rediscovery of the Vara, Ferragamo’s most famous women’s shoe. For the launch of “L’Icona Ferragamo”, in an evocative series of shots, US based photographer Cedric Buchet has captured various moments in a day in the life of a handful of iconic women, each wearing the Vara or Varina in her own personal style. Visitors from Greater China will be able to view the photographs on the Group’s website in a specific section dedicated to the project. www.ferragamo.com

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Paule Ka, New York A firm believer that women the world over are looking for fashion that suits their personality, Serge Cajfinger of Paule Ka has spent over twenty five years designing clothes with this in mind. His vision of femininity reflects the many different lives a woman leads throughout her life. Following a summertime Southampton pop-up shop, the Brazilian designer has opened his first permanent US store, featuring the brand’s modern yet ladylike threads. Caljfinger wanted his sixtieth international store opening to build a bridge between the rue-SaintHonore home to the Paule Ka flagship and Madison Avenue in New York. Inspired by the grace and elegance of the 50s and 60s Paule Ka brings a modern twist to their new boutique. The Foscarini chandelier, which adorns the centre of the space with its harmonious composition of solid brass tubes, is

accented by the boutique’s displays and balustrades. The sparkle of the chandeliers and mirrors, the soft chartreuse shades, and the warm and sensual lacquer, are all so wonderfully Parisian. The New York touch is expressed through the sixties-style furniture, which lends a vintage feel to the store, recalling the world of the Mad Men of Madison. The space mimics the Paule Ka style with sophisticated yet urban colour schemes, the neutral palette of black and bronze is accented by a splash of bright lime. The casual charm of the Madison Avenue store is a reflection of the brand’s aesthetic; timeless elegance, femininity without sentimentality, and that unique blend of Parisian chic that is so undeniably Paule Ka. www.pauleka.com


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Nordic Gem

Beautifully situated at the head of the Oslo Fjord and surrounded by forested ridges, the city of Oslo is blessed with the kind of picturesque scenery that can be enjoyed all year round. Buzzing with trade, politics and industry, the Norwegian capital is also bursting at the seams with museums and topnotch art galleries. It is this combination of business, culture and pure natural beauty that makes Oslo the fastest growing city in Europe. Find out what else the diverse and fascinating capital has to offer, and why it should be your next holiday destination.

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ne of the most happening capital cities in Scandinavia, Oslo is also the oldest, with history dating back over 1000 years. Characterised by a mixture of old and new architecture, the city is surrounded by forests and parks and is located innermost in the 100 kilometre long Oslo Fjord, which is home to over 40 islands. Just ten minutes from the city centre is the famous Frogner Park, the biggest park in Norway, which features hundreds of sculptures from Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland. Nature is entwined in the urban landscape and Oslo has been recognised as one of the world’s greenest, most liveable cities. An inner-city waterfall can be found walking along the footpaths that align the Aker River, as water crashes down at the Beier Bridge, forming the Waterfall at Molla. The close proximity of the city to the pristine Oslo Fjord means a quick ferry trip will take you to the islands Hovedøya, Gressholmen or Langøyene for the perfect


sunny day trip. The islands are best visited during summer to make the most of the hiking trails or a day by the sea. If you are planning on making the most of the many cultural offerings and attractions of Oslo, purchasing an Oslo Pass gives unlimited entry to most of the museums and the Holmenkollen ski jump, as well as free travel on the city’s public transport. Oslo’s National Gallery is a must-see, featuring international as well as local art, including world famous painting ‘The Scream’ by Norwegian artist Edward Munch. The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History is a large open air museum featuring typical buildings from various periods in the country’s history and is worth visiting, as well as the recently re-opened Henrik Ibsen Museum. Tjuvholmen, or Thief Island, along the waterfront has been transformed into a vibrant arts district and its centrepiece is the modern art museum Astrup Fearnley Museet. Outside, explore Tjuvholmen’s pedestrian lanes, where several art galleries have taken up residence. The architecture in Oslo is very diverse, with


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everything from the impressive Royal Palace built in the 19th Century, to the Oslo Opera House, which was Norway’s first entry into the top league of modern architecture. Shaped like a giant ship, the Opera House was built in 2007 and is known for being the first Opera House in the world to allow pedestrians to walk on the rooftop and enjoy panoramic views of the city. It was awarded the prize for best cultural building at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in 2008, and the prestigious Mies van der Rohe award for best European contemporary architecture in 2009. If you are out to shop there is plenty of choice, from the main pedestrian street Karl Johans gate and the chestnut tree lined Bygdøy allé, which focuses on exclusive Norwegian kitchenware, furniture and interior design. Food lovers will be spoiled for choice in Oslo, as the city offers a variety of cuisine for every price range. One standout is Hanami in Tjuvholmen, a polished Japanesefusion restaurant with a focus on fresh seafood pulled mostly from the nearby Norwegian seas. Mathallen is the city’s extraordinary food hall, which

occupies an old brick factory building beside the river and gathers more than 30 stalls, shops and restaurants under one roof. Here you can shop for both local Norwegian produce and international food, grab a quick meal or snack, or just relax and enjoy the atmosphere. For more fine dining options, Maaemo is well known on the world’s culinary scene, after earning two Michelin stars in 2012, just over a year after opening. You can also head to the upscale Frogner neighbourhood to visit the rustic restaurant Kolonihagen, which is co-owned by Maaemo founder, and sources organic local ingredients from the same producers that supply Maaemo. The delicious results are simple, seasonal dishes on an everchanging menu, which consists of a seven courses dinner or à la carte options. During the winter months, ride the metro up into the forested hills northwest of the city centre to the majestic Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Skiers have been hurtling through the air here since the 19th century, but in 2010 a reconstructed version of the landmark was unveiled. With steel curves reaching for the sky, the modern structure

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Nature is entwined in the urban landscape and Oslo has been recognised as one of the world’s greenest, most liveable cities.

looks more like a work of art than a sports venue. Hop back on the metro heading north where the sprawling forest, known as Nordmarka, takes over and lures adventurers year round. In winter, cross-country skiers make the most of the nearby trails and warmer weather brings mountain bikers and hikers. To ensure you make the most of your stay, choosing the right hotel is vital. The Grand Hotel Oslo is where Nobel Peace Prize winners stay when coming to Oslo for the award ceremony, and offers a variety of first class services, as well as excellent views over the main street Karl Johans gate. Hotel Continental Oslo is another superb option, with outstanding service the family-run hotel has a large Vienna-style café known as Theatercafeen, which is the place to be seen in Oslo. In the midst of an archaeological surge, it’s no doubt that the city will only develop further in terms of its urban landscape and cultural scene. As the population rises, the city’s buildings rise with it and Oslo is at the brink of its future as one of the top cities of the world. www.visitoslo.com/en/‎


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Capturing the sensation of being both at home and away, these hotels are not just places to be passed through, but places for staying, offering travellers the chance to experience something memorable. Durrah explores the epitome of Parisian excellence with Le Royal Monceau-Raffles, the cultural hotspot that is Ritz Carlton Kyoto, the timeless elegance of Waldorf Astoria Berlin, and the local luxury of Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa Bahrain

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Waldorf Astoria, Berlin Setting a new standard in luxury for Berlin and the wider German market, Waldorf Astoria Berlin marries the timeless elegance of the legendary flagship, Waldorf Astoria New York, with a unique design inspired by Berlin’s vibrant and contemporary personality. Featuring 232 luxury guestrooms and suites, the hotel sits within the spectacular Zoofenster skyscraper, designed by renowned German architect, Professor Christoph Mäckler. With a total of 32 floors and a height of 118 meters all crafted with stone and glass, the hotel boasts the city’s highest suite, with the splendid presidential suite on the top floor. The hotel’s interior design has been conceived by the renowned Parisian agency, Inter Art Etudes, in a timeless yet contemporary interpretation of art deco style. From the lobby to the guest rooms and suites, the hotel’s interior design, is worthy of the prestigious legacy of the famed Waldorf Astoria, which opened its doors in 1931 on New York’s Park Avenue. Waldorf Astoria Berlin boasts an impressive range of dining and drinking experiences in a variety of settings and styles. The outstanding attraction is the restaurant run by world-renowned French chef, Pierre Gagnaire.


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With a total of 32 floors and a height of 118 meters all crafted with stone and glass, the hotel boasts the city’s highest suite, with the splendid presidential suite on the top floor.

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With an impressive 12 Michelin stars at restaurants across the globe, Gagnaire tables at the opulent ‘Les Solistes by Pierre Gagnaire’. In addition, the Romanisches Café - renowned as a legendary meeting place for literati, local artists and musicians - has reopened on the ground floor of the hotel, just a stone’s throw from where it was first located around 100 years ago. The New York-styled Lang Bar offers upmarket ambiance, whilst in the shadow of the famous Waldorf Astoria grandfather clock, Peacock Alley provides signature afternoon teas in a stylish, yet relaxed, environment. In addition to the hotel’s exclusive spa and wellness facilities, Waldorf Astoria Berlin also provides a spectacular venue for meetings, conferences and events hosting from 10 people up to 1200. The second floor of the hotel features a range of exclusive facilities including a 3550 square foot ballroom perfect for extravagant weddings, award ceremonies or banquets. Five private rooms all with the benefit of state of the art equipment and natural lighting throughout, are also available and a wonderful terrace overlooking the city, for up to 200 people, is located on the sixth floor. www.waldorfastoriaberlin.com

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Le Royal Monceau-Raffles, Paris

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Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris has made real a dream of creating somewhere different; somewhere nourished with its own history as well as with Paris; woven from encounters, sensations and emotions, inhabited by the French spirit, impregnated with culture, and dedicated to elegance. After opening in 1928, the Royal Monceau hotel became a rendezvous of choice for artists and intellectuals. Its worldwide clientele appreciated its gardens, its spacious dining, its gaming rooms for bridge, table tennis, or billiards and its barbershop. Everything had been thought out to provide luxury, calm and modernity. Each of the eighty- five rooms are full of a life and a history which its occupants, no matter how long or short their stay, are invited to extend; books placed here and there on the shelves, party photos leant against a wall, a signed acoustic guitar; the poetry is in the details. This history continues in the stone, steel and glass world of the bathroom and the dressing room, which reveals a succession of mirrors and neoclassical furnishings. PrivÊ, the wonderfully elegant collection of private suites, has levels of service worthy of a great private house. Set over five floors, the largest suites have a private hammam and gym (with a personal trainer) and a home cinema with next-generation technology. A sublimely skilled florist is on hand, and the ultimate of luxuries - a chef who will interpret the culinary desires of every guest, day or night, to create unforgettable meals. Restaurants at the Royal Monceau range from sophisticated Italian cuisine to French fine dining. The hotel offers customers a range of cultural options including an art bookstore dedicated to contemporary art, a modern cinema, a contemporary art gallery, and a private collection of over 300 works of art. In a unique world first, Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris also has an Art Concierge to guide and advise guests as they visit Paris, and offer customized visits of the hotel’s private collection. Voted Best Hotel Spa in 2012, the luxurious Spa My Blend by Clarins at Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris opened its doors in September 2011 and was designed exclusively for the hotel. Over the years, the hotel has remained a rendezvous for Parisians and a select address for travellers from all over the world. www.leroyalmonceau.com


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The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto Heralded as one of the most highly-anticipated openings of 2014 in one of the world’s most culturallyrich cities, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto has opened its doors, and is the city’s first truly international luxury hotel and Japan’s first urban resort. Located in the heart of a city famed for its Zen temples, palaces and gardens, the riverside resort brings the unsurpassed elegance and renowned service of The Ritz-Carlton to Kyoto, while honoring the cultural heritage of the city through design. The hotel’s luxury guestrooms and suites offer full views of the river and the Higashiyama Mountains, and the architects and designers have retained the character and aesthetic of a traditional Meiji house and courtyard into the architectural structure of the building. The interiors pay homage to the traditions of Japan, with patterned motifs created by local artisans and the incorporation of Zen rock gardens and water features are aesthetically positioned in the heart of the hotel. The Kamogawa Suite and its sister suites with their moon deck gardens and floor to ceiling windows offer luxurious accommodations with enviable panoramic views of the river and mountains, forming an unrivalled

sanctuary of luxury refinement and service. The Japanese restaurant Mizuki is modeled around a dynamic landscape composed of stone garden, water fall and historical features and serves modern Japanese cuisine. The restaurant includes an outdoor terrace complete with fire pits for gourmet diners to enjoy the dynamic scenery during Sakura and autumn seasons. La Locanda, the Italian restaurant, pays homage to the hotel site’s history as its private room Ebisugawatei is a preserved historically-listed building while the restaurant also features its own walk-in cheese cellar. Meanwhile, Pierre Hermé Paris, creator of Haute Pâtisserie, will bring his popular creations and introduce an exclusive range of signature desserts to The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto also introduces extraordinary meeting, luxury weddings and special events spaces with four rooms, each named after a cherry blossom species, which will transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. In a city famed for its cultural offerings, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto adds new and distinctive experiences against an elegant backdrop. www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Kyoto 08


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Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, Bahrain Ramee Group’s first five-star property in Bahrain’s Seef District has been welcoming and alluring guests ever since opening mid last year. The hotel features twelve two-bedroom Ambassador Suites and eighteen one-bedroom Contemporary Grand Suites. The 110 spacious Deluxe Rooms are the largest in the Bahraini market at 54 square meters, and feature floor-to-ceiling windows. Ramee Grand Hotel has a 2000 square meter spa complete with thirteen treatment rooms, ladies salon, gents salon, health club, pool, steamer and Jacuzzi. The hotel also caters for small to large events with 800 square meters of conference and banqueting facilities. However the primary strength of Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa is its fine dining experience. With eight different outlet concepts, the hotel offers diversity in all its aspects. Rialto is the only place in Bahrain where guests can delight in the traditional taste of Italy with ingredients coming straight from Europe. The restaurant features a fresh pasta station where visitors can purchase their favourite ingredients to enjoy traditional Italian taste from home. Rasoi is a fusion between Indian aromas and continental presentation, for a contemporary dining experience that does not compromise traditional Indian flavours. Rasoi takes guests on a culinary journey with its open exhibition kitchen, which is led by Chef Subir who 12


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has been trained by one of the greatest Indian chefs, Mr. Vineet Bhatia. Set within opulent interiors, Ruka offers a distinctly genuine take on Japanese cuisine. Inspired from the Japanese name meaning ‘bright blue flower’, Ruka aims to present itself as the region’s most luxurious Japanese restaurant and lounge. With breathtaking views of Bahrain from the 24th floor, the vast azure Arabic Gulf & the infinite cerulean skyline, Ruka’s connotation to its name certainly holds true to its core. Ibrida is the largest and most popular nightspot in Bahrain and is the perfect venue to unwind for weekend revellers, and has hosted some of the biggest events in Bahrain including the very successful Boney M concert, Snap and more recently, the Ministry of Sound. Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa’s Lemon Tree offers a continental buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with theme nights such as Seafood Night, Arabic Night and Friday brunch. The Tea Garden offers a connoisseur’s collection of tea, pastries and homemade ice cream and is ideal for relaxing in a peaceful environment. Finally, guests can sink into comfortable chairs and couches to view the world’s biggest sporting events at Red Lions, or hang out at the Pool Bar, a peaceful spot to enjoy the healthy dishes from the hotel’s Spa menu. www.rameehotelsbahrain.com


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Holistic wellness, serene ambience, and award winning concepts are what guests can expect to discover from these world renowned spas. With an array of services and resources, each spa works on rejuvenating and invigorating the senses to leave guests with a sensation of freshness in both body and mind.


The Royal Monceau Spa, Paris At the base of a large, warm-toned wood and mirrorclad staircase, a door opens to reveal a dazzling world of pure white. Designed by the legendary Philippe Starck, the spa is infused with the same luxurious simplicity that effortlessly pervades the whole of The Royal Monceau, Paris. The centrepiece consists of an eye catching 28-metre swimming pool, the largest in any Parisian hotel. The ceiling above is a skylight, made from the glass tiles that form the base of the pond in the Hotel gardens, resulting in an aquatic, underwater world bathed in daylight. By the swimming pool, the Spa Lounge equipped with comfortable white sofas delivers an invitation to slow down and relax. The entire 1500 square meter area is designed to resemble a labyrinth where guests can lose and rediscover themselves. The spa offers the essential Clarins treatments, from Europe’s number one cosmetics brand. Clarins wanted to create a quality of welcome and treatment worthy of Le Royal Monceau, so every guest who enters the Spa immediately feels the reassuring


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presence of skilled and attentive experts; experts who are sincere and passionate about what they do. Clarins trained twelve Beauty Coaches specifically for the spa, to listen to and understand each skin’s needs, soothe it and then restore its natural balance with charmed fingers and precious advice. Pool coaches including the pool superintendant and swim coach specialise in aqua gym and other water sports, helping guests make the most of the white paradise pool. Twelve personal trainers are available to help guests define their fitness priorities, select the right approach and equipment, and motivate and monitor their progress. Each Body Coach specialises in a particular area, including fitness, body building, Pilates, yoga, and so on. At Le Royal Monceau Spa, the Clarins ‘power of touch’ reigns supreme. Clarins has developed massage techniques inspired by the best of the cultures experienced in the 150 countries where it operates. Whatever the precise objective, whether it’s figure shaping, body firming or muscle toning, Clarins treatments offer targeted responses. The

menu is rich in promise, from Tonifying or Relaxing Fruit & Salt Scrub to Green Clay Body Wraps. A wide range of massages are also on offer, from the highly specific to the sublimely holistic. Their names speak for themselves; an Unwinding Feet, Hands and Scalp massage for immediate stress relief, the marvellously Relaxing Face and Back massage, or a Chill Out Massage, one hour on a cloud of well-being. Naturally, men are as welcome as women to enjoy My Blend and Clarins treatments and massages that best correspond to their needs and desires. However, the ClarinsMen offering includes additional services designed specifically for men, such as the Anti Jet Lag Skin Blitzer Facial, or the Royal Abs and Back Firmer. Whether you need a relaxing break in exceptional surroundings or a workout that drives you towards specific endurance objectives, the Spa My Blend by Clarins can offer effective and enjoyable responses to your needs. www.raffles.com/paris/spa/ 03


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Each of the eight therapy rooms amid the spacious 1,000 square meter Guerlain SPA, Waldorf Astoria Berlin are individually designed to complement the range of treatments on offer.

Guerlain SPA, Waldorf Astoria, Berlin Located in the spectacular Zoofenster skyscraper building, the luxury Waldorf Astoria Berlin boasts Germany’s first spa by French beauty specialists, Guerlain. Guerlain SPA continues the brand’s philosophy of providing transformative treatments to guests using cutting-edge innovation with customised techniques that evoke emotion and sensuality. Founded in 1828 by Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain, the cosmetics company opened one of the world’s first beauty salons on the Champs-Elysées in Paris: the famous Institut de Beauté. Guerlain quickly established the brand as a global trendsetter in the world of beauty and luxury due to its heritage in innovation and unique techniques and over the years Guerlain has become one of the most exclusive beauty brands on the market. Each of the eight therapy rooms amid the spacious 1,000 square meter Guerlain SPA, Waldorf Astoria Berlin are individually designed to complement the range of treatments on offer. Guests are able to personalise their experience, choosing from hydrotherapy and Vichy showers to facials and body beauty treatments, relaxing massages and ‘treatments for two’ - for guests who wish to experience their sumptuous spa experience with their special someone. From 60 minute facials to full day transforming experiences, a team of expertly trained Beauty Coaches

transport guests to Guerlain’s universe and reveal their beauty. Guerlain has also developed the Beauty Revelation exclusively for Waldorf Astoria Berlin. With a full facial and body diagnosis, Beauty Revelation leaves guests with a feeling of complete wellbeing. The rhythmic, expert hands of the Beauty Coaches restore youth and vibrancy to guests’ features for a more luminous complexion and alleviate all body tensions. In addition, the luxurious Orchidée Impériale Prestige treatment offers guests a two-hour anti-ageing treatment combining an exclusive firming massage with the high-technology and efficiency of the products of the Orchidée Impériale range. This treatment offers guests a moment of absolute well-being, the skin recovers a perfect finish: supple and velvety, with a natural glowing effect. After launching the first Guerlain Beauty SPA concept in 2005, the iconic brand developed a philosophy as simple as it is exclusive: treatments tailored to the personal needs of each and every guest. Under the watchful eye of experienced therapy and spa manager, Karin Pollinger, Guerlain SPA, Waldorf Astoria Berlin promises to be a total embodiment of these values. www.waldorfastoriaberlin.com/Guerlain-Spa‎


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Nestled in the heart of the bustling Seef district, Reborn Spa, Salon and Slimming Wellness Centre at the Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa in Bahrain offers guests a delightful and stress-free environment, which promotes a healthy lifestyle with a wide array of relaxing spa treatments including body, skin and hair care. Guests are in for a completely lavish experience amidst tranquil surroundings as they escape to another world, and embark on an ancient cultural journey with spa rituals designed to elevate a sense of wellbeing. Excite the senses with aromatherapy inspired body and beauty treatments, or rediscover the radiance of your hair in our Salon that features cutting-edge hair treatments. The Reborn Spa, Salon and Slimming Wellness Centre covers 2000 square meters and is located on the 3rd floor of the luxurious Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa. The spa features thirteen treatment rooms with steam and shower facilities, including a couples room complete with Jacuzzi and a couples Moroccan Bath (Hammam). There are a variety of services on offer, including traditional body massages, facials

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and slimming treatments. The Beauty Salon for ladies includes a Mohajaba section, in addition to offering a variety of hair treatments (cut, colour, blow dry and more), nail art (manicures and pedicures), make up and styling. The Barber Shop for men offers haircuts and colouring, shaving, nail treatments, and specially designed facials for men. Catering to every fitness need, the spa is equipped with a gym; an upscale fitness centre complete with the latest modern equipment and qualified, professional instructors available. Perfect for leisure and workout activities, a temperature controlled infinity pool and kids pool are available. In addition, there is a spacious cantilevered pool bar as well as relaxing Jacuzzis and sun-beds. Reborn Spa, Salon and Slimming Wellness Centre takes the spa experience further, going beyond pampering to a place of extraordinary well-being, where guests will relax as never before. www.rameegrandbahrain.com/health-spa


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Dream Dining Taste your way across the globe with Durrah’s selection of the finest restaurants from Singapore, Doha, Paris, Manama and Melbourne. With everything from seafood to Chinese to classic French cuisine and more, there is something to entice every taste!

Bacchanalia, Singapore An alternative gourmet hotspot that celebrates innovation and challenges expectations, Bacchanalia is a seamless blend of exquisite dining, carefully crafted beverages and lush interiors – all the elements that encompass a night to remember. Founded by Alex Chew and Raj Datwani, Bacchanalia is a dining destination that encourages interactivity as it focuses on multiple plates and dishes to share. Atypical yet clever, Bacchanalia’s menu is categorized according to the following categories: vegetable, seafood, meat and dessert. Stripping the fuss and formality commonly found in fine-dining, portions are larger than appetizers but smaller than main courses to encourage diners to share and take food from each other’s plates. The food at Bacchanalia features reinvented classics and distinctive, thought-provoking creations that present familiar flavours in unfamiliar ways. Bacchanalia’s kitchen is headed up by a talented all-star culinary trio comprising of Executive Head Chef Ivan Brehm, Sous Chef Mark Ebbels and Executive Pastry Chef Kostas


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Papathanasiou who all previously worked at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck. Under the culinary direction of Chef Ivan who has also worked in the kitchens of Per Se, Mugaritz and Hibiscus, expect western and eastern classics revisited and constantly evolving new dishes that draw inspiration from across the world. Diners will delight in dishes such as Tahitian Vanilla Confit Salmon paired with a roasted garlic puree, fennel salad, orange and black olive tapenade and honeylemon emulsion. Or the Cauliflower Gratin – a unique version of the comforting classic comprising of deep fried cauliflower florets served on a bed of herb gremolata and cloaked in a feather light white truffle and cheese foam. Those hoping to satisfy their sweet tooth will also not be disappointed with a revisited version of Tiramisu or a rendition of marsala mousse; with coffee and cocoa gel concealing a surprise that is only revealed upon tasting. Bacchanalia was designed by Josh Held, the dark wood panelling is complemented by an amber glow and deep tufted leather banquettes. Upping the ante, guests sit under a canopy of 400 hand-blown illuminated glass ‘bubbles’ from the United States, and a brass and etched glass wall cleverly separates the restaurant from an elevated private dining room. www.bacchanalia.asia

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Hakkasan, Doha Hakkasan was founded in London in 2001, and has now established itself as one of the most successful modern Chinese restaurant concepts to become a worldwide fine-dining brand. Following the successful launch of Hakkasan in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Doha was the location of the third restaurant in the GCC region, when the fine dining restaurant opened its doors in the St Regis Doha in January 2013. Beautifully designed by Woods Bagot UK, Hakkasan Doha features a private valet service access set within the gardens of the St Regis Hotel Doha. The 120 cover restaurant features a dramatic entrance through its iconic long corridor in slate stone and offers an additional capacity of 60 seats on its outside terrace. The stunning terrace features cascading wooden pavilions surrounded by exquisite greenery, creating a relaxed garden atmosphere and serving as the perfect venue for both private gatherings and large parties. The restaurant also features a Ling-Ling Lounge ideal for small intimate gatherings. Head Chef Lai Min Wei, formerly of Hakkasan Dubai oversaw the creation and preparation of the Hakkasan menu, which has been rigorously tested and tweaked

in order to ensure the highest of standards. Hakkasan Doha continues the proud tradition of including signature dishes found across its restaurants including Peking Duck with Caviar, Jasmine Tea smoked Wagyu Beef Ribs and Grilled Chilean Seabass with Chinese Honey. In keeping with Hakkasan’s ritual, Doha has a number of specially designed dishes, including Stir-fried Duck with Wing Bean or Shanghai Fried Lamb Tenderloin. Since the opening of Hakkasan Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Hakkasan has quickly earned its title as the Emirate’s foremost dining destination, attracting the likes of Uma Thurman, Morgan Freeman, and Clive Owen and achieving a staggering line up of accolades as a testament to its success. Since its 2001 opening in London, Hakkasan has developed a loyal following across its US, UK and Middle Eastern restaurants. A favourite amongst the internationally renowned trendsetters, Hakkasan restaurants have long been synonymous with contemporary Chinese dishes in elegant surroundings whether it be in New York, Los Angeles, London or Dubai. www.stregisdoha.com/en/hakkasan


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In 1925 Adrien Rech transformed 62 avenue des Ternes into a gleaming Art-Deco seafood restaurant, where customers could dress up and enjoy oysters from various origins. From one generation to the next the success of this family run business was undeniable until the end of the 1990s. In 2007, when Alain Ducasse took over Rech, he used his power to renew the restaurants lustre and it is now in a new décor that Adrien Trouilloud’s cuisine can be enjoyed, under the leadership of Jacques Maximin. Much more than a seafood restaurant, Rech is a Parisian instiution, serving beautifully prepared cuisine that adapts to what the sea has to offer. In September, “you can enjoy John Dory with chanterelle mushrooms and almonds,” explaines Trouilloud. “In the autumn I enjoy working with porcini mushrooms…and in the winter a line caught sea bass with citrus fruit, the lightness and fresh flavours contrast with the winter season. In the spring, langoustines are at their best.” Desserts at Rech are classics that have been refreshed respecting taste and quality by Alain Ducasse’s

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Vue de monde, Melbourne Originally housed in a quirky terrace building in Drummond Street Carlton, Vue de monde relocated in 2005 to the historic Normanby Chambers building in Melbourne’s central business district. Evolving from a classical French style restaurant with a niche following, the move signified a shift in direction with a focus on theatrics and the dedication to the dining experience as a whole. In June 2011 Vue de monde relocated to the 55th floor of Melbourne’s iconic Rialto building, finally bringing a ‘view’ to the Vue de monde experience. A pared back, sophisticated space, the design reflects on Australia’s history, referencing Melbourne’s glory days during the gold rush. A stunning neon art piece by seminal conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth interpreting one of Charles Darwin’s sketches forms the back drop for the restaurant together with sweeping views across the city and beyond. The restaurant has received many awards in its time, and chef owner Shannon Bennett was given the inaugural award for Australian Gourmet Traveller ‘Best New Talent’ in 2003. The menu at Vue de monde has evolved from its original, classical roots to a lighter, more natural approach. Moving from using mostly European ingredients with 14

guidance from the masters of classical cuisine; today the restaurant celebrates choosing more local, heirloom and organic vegetables and fruits and allowing them shine and to stand proudly on their own. All meat and seafood is local and sustainable, and inspiration is driven by simple ingredients produced with care and dictated by the seasons. Vue de monde combines techniques used by generations past together with modern culinary techniques. All this is aimed at presenting beautiful food that appeals to the senses and is revered not for the perception of luxury but for the honesty and integrity of its presentation. Their focus is derived from the desire to evoke emotion and thought through simplicity and purity, and to present a balanced and satisfying experience with a sense of theatre and a sense of fun. The large, completely open kitchen employs the latest in energy efficient technology and reclaimed and recycled materials are used where possible throughout. The custom designed events space provides for Vue de monde style experiences for larger private occasions. www.vuedemonde.com.au

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Located in the heart of the popular culinary area of Al Quadaibiya, The Meat Co has taken the Bahrain dining scene by storm and is one of the must visit dining destinations in town. The originally South African restaurant has worked on re-defining the meat lovers’ dining experience, with a range of top quality lunch and dinner options. In keeping with its sister restaurants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, The Meat Co serves the finest steaks in Bahrain, complemented by an impressive selection of beverages with international appeal. Menu items include an extensive range of steaks, imported from America, Australia and South Africa. Guests can choose from certified American Black Angus, certified Australian 150 days grain fed Angus, Wagyu strip loin, and much more. Cuts range from rump, rib eye, fillet, T-bone and prime rib, and are basted in The Meat Co’s unique house sauce or with a pepper crust. A variety of other menu options include burgers, chicken, ribs, pasta, lamb, seafood and even vegetarian options, all with the touch of excellence that is an assurance at The Meat Co. The cutting edge décor of the modern restaurant spans over three floors of a beautifully decorated old Bahraini building. There is the option for dining on the roof top terrace when the weather permits, with a sprawling and impressive view of Manama. By day, large expansive windows let in natural light complimenting the contemporary fit-out and feel. By night, oversized chandeliers and a rich autumn colour palette build on the fresh and welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant is the perfect location to celebrate a special occasion, host a function or simply enjoy the quality of a deliciously well prepared meal. www.themeatco.com


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Leading UAE-based yacht dealership and marina operator Art Marine have officially revealed the stunning Riva 68’ Ego Super yacht to the Middle East public for the first time at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show. The award winning yacht delighted guests of the show, and is certain to be well received by the discerning customers of the Middle East.

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rt Marine is the region’s largest and most comprehensive 360-degree leisure yachting enterprise, and one of the Middle East’s largest regional dealerships for the Ferretti Group. A 100% owned portfolio company of The Abraaj Group, the business was first incepted in 2005 and quickly became the exclusive supplier for the Ferretti Group’s Riva brand and its stunning array of yachts. With on the ground operations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar, Art Marine continuously strives to offer a complete all-round yachting experience providing its clients with world-class products, state-ofthe-art facilities and personalized services. The business ultimately aims to meet the ever growing demands and expectations of the most discerning boating enthusiasts and yachting connoisseurs. Art Marine has kept to its outstanding standards with its presentation of the spectacular Riva 68’ Ego Super, for its Middle East premiere at the Dubai International Boat Show. The Riva 68’ Ego Super has won numerous awards since its international launch, including the prestigious Millennium Yacht Design Award and the renowned European Powerboat of the Year. The sleek design of the 68’Ego Super is typical of a Riva built yacht, reflecting the company’s tradition of seamlessly mixing timeless elegance with innovation. In the cockpit the reclining sofas can face in either direction, allowing for the ultimate flexibility for on-board guests, whilst guests seated at the bow can make use of a specially designed electric awning; once again showing that adopting new technologies does not come at the expense of comfort. The interior is just as luxurious, with every element being re-examined to improve the ownership experience. The deck has been raised to allow additional headroom in the cabins, giving a more airy and spacious feel for the occupants. In addition the main salon has been moved to the upper deck; again altering how the space is best used. Greg Stinner, CEO of Art Marine commented, “The 68’ Ego Super is a very special yacht that represents what Riva is all about. With the highest degree in luxury and design, and the incorporation of state-of-the-art technologies, a Riva always stands-out, ultimately matching the needs and requirements of the most discerning clientele.” He continued, “Yacht buyers in the Middle East are gradually shifting to high-quality brands rather than size, maximizing their use to primarily day use and fast cruising.

The business ultimately aims to meet the ever growing demands and expectations of the most discerning boating enthusiasts and yachting connoisseurs.

The 68’ Ego Super is an ideal compromise between a sizeable fly bridge yacht, yet allowing maximum flexibility, performance and ease to operate.” Mario Chessa, Ferretti Group EMEA Regional Director added, “We are delighted that the 68’ Ego Super has made its long-awaited Middle East debut at the Dubai International Boat Show. This is undoubtedly one of the best boat industry shows in the region, and was the perfect place to launch the Ego Super to our loyal customers and partners. Art Marine has done an excellent job in promoting and placing the Riva brand and associating it with the right target audience and clientele, and we are certain that the Ego Super will prove to be a very popular addition to the Middle East market.” www.artmarine.ae

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The fascinating new documentary Saudi Epic covers an incredible road trip that captures scenery and culture of Saudi Arabia never before seen on film. The incredible four day, 2000 kilometer journey through the Kingdom was completed in a convoy of McLaren 12C and 12C Spider supercars, with the famous Saudi Arabian racing driver Faisal Bin Laden hosting the trip.

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skyline. It is most famous for the 24 meter diameter, 655 panel glass globe near the summit. After a short stop at the Reem International Circuit, the road trippers travelled to Buraidah, exploring an antiques shop full of everything from historical documents to old Coca Cola bottles. They examined local coins, inscribed pottery and some of Saudi Arabia’s oldest citizenship documents. Next stop was a date shop where they sampled some of the 45 to 50 types of dates on offer. Buraidah is well-known for its cultivation of dates and recently hosted the world’s largest date festival. The toffee-like Sukkari date is the best-selling variety. The centre for Saudi Arabia’s agricultural production, Buraidah is also home to several street markets. The team stopped off at a watermelon market where business paused temporarily as curious traders inspected and admired the cars.

Other highlights of the trip included the group visiting a huge collection of 1950s American cars amassed over the years by a local car enthusiast. No trip to Saudi Arabia would be complete without visiting a camel farm, where the team witnessed the colour variations of local camels, including the coveted black camel. For the last part of the journey Faisal was joined by a number of other McLaren 12C and 12C Spider owners to drive the Al Hada Road, which was built in the 1960s and is one the greatest driving roads in the world. The winding highway connects the holy city of Mecca to the central and eastern provinces of Saudi Arabia. Although closed for renovations at the time, the road was opened especially for the group. Faisal said, “We turned a lot of heads on the trip, when we stopped at one petrol station people seemed to appear from nowhere to take pictures and videos. I


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am a huge McLaren fan so it was great for me to drive my 12C on such an epic journey. Especially to areas of Saudi Arabia that are more accustomed to seeing SUVs and Pick-Up trucks. Given the nature of the terrain and industries in those regions, the 12C was a new sight for many of them.” He continued, “To be able to make such a trip in McLaren 12C and 12C Spider supercars demonstrates the incredible versatility these sports cars are capable of. The trip provided a great insight into the culture of Saudi Arabia and it was really exciting to produce such an exciting film that contrasts the pinnacle of modern sports car innovation against just a few of the historical and cultural settings throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. If the film is a success maybe we will come back to explore further”.

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Speeding their way to the top of the most wanted automobiles list, the latest luxury models to come from some of the world’s leading brands are a tribute to excellence. Displaying the most powerful engines, latest technologies, and sleek and elegant design, these cars have it all.


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The LF-NX’s exterior styling is full of aggressive lines, muscular motifs and bold forms.

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The LF-NX is the latest concept car crafted by luxury automobile maker Lexus. Not only is it the brand’s first attempt at compact SUV modelling, but the car also signals one of Lexus’ bravest vehicle designs. “To use boxing terminology, the LF-NX is a lightweight fighter,” says designer Nobuyuki Tomatsu when asked to describe the latest Lexus concept car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013. “While cutting his weight down to the bare minimum required, he has developed muscles essential for competing at the top of his game.” The LF-NX’s exterior styling is full of aggressive lines, muscular motifs and bold forms – innovative design elements that have taken Tomatsu and a talented group of Lexus designers a significant amount of time to perfect. Using a 1:1 scale model, the team worked hard to refine the vehicle to its optimum form. Tomatsu explains, “We tried every conceivable idea to sharpen its overall look as much as possible so you wouldn’t see even an ounce of ‘fat’ on the resultant shape.” It’s immediately apparent that the LF-NX has inherited design cues from its predecessors, notably the LF-LC and the LF-CC concept cars, which both took the automotive industry by storm with their stunning style. Those unique elements have been further refined, advanced and developed in the LF-NX, greatly bolstering the SUV’s credentials. For example, the front lights have a brand-new look. Three independent LED lighting units have been placed side by side to form one headlight component, just as on the LF-CC, but each unit has been developed into an L shape. Lexus’ famous spindle grille has also received a more 01 The new Lexus LF-NX has inherited and updated design cues from its predecessors 02 Interior features innovative design elements and up to date technology 03 Pronounced lines flowing from the front to rear doors give the car an athletic body shape 04 The brand’s first attempt at compact SUV modelling

dynamic design treatment, which, along with the car’s bulging front fenders and 20-inch tires, has strengthened the vehicle’s frontal expression. The exterior profile of the car’s cabin is now incredibly distinctive. A diamond shape can be seen when viewed from above, and the muscular rear fenders and unique roof treatment – the flowing roofline gradually rises to a peak at the halfway point between the B and C pillars – combine to a body contour akin to that of a formidable beast about to launch an attack on its prey. The visuals on the vehicle’s sides are similarly impressive. Refined, pronounced lines flowing from the front to rear doors give the car a laser-sharp appearance, resulting in an athletic body shape that signals high agility and performance levels-both essential features of a great SUV. Lexus has undoubtedly taken its bold design direction to the next level with the LF-NX, but the introduction of this new concept is significant for another reason: it is the first time the marque has investigated the styling of a compact SUV model. “The compact SUV segment is very important for Lexus because it appeals to those whom Lexus has yet to reach out to,” Tomatsu says. Ebrahim K. Kanoo, the sole distributor of Lexus in the Kingdom of Bahrain, will be introducing the Lexus LF-NX in February 2015. The new model will be under the name Lexus NX 200t. The LF-NX is equipped with Lexus’ first turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine. www.facebook.com/LexusBahrain

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Maserati Ghibli The all-new Ghibli is set to break new ground for the Italian sports, luxury and prestige maker Maserati. The Ghibli’s design ethos emphasizes its more dynamic driving characteristics by maintaining visible links with the larger Quattroporte while delivering a more aggressive visual personality. The outline of the body reflects a coupe-like philosophy for the four-door sedan, the grille takes its inspiration from the current GranTurismo and it can draw a line back to the classic A6 GCS of the 1950s. It also maintains Maserati’s distinctive C-pillar treatment, which delivers much of the coupe-like stance and carries the classical Saetta Maserati logo, carrying on a tradition dating back to 1963. Inside, the Ghibli sets itself apart from the Quattroporte with its own dashboard design that perfectly meets the buyer’s need for a sportier and youthful experience without losing any of the luxury expected in a Maserati. The Ghibli will have a more-focused, sportier philosophy than the larger Quattroporte. It will be available with two turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 gasoline engines, an eight-speed automatic transmission and both rear-wheel drive and the new Q4 all-wheel drive system. The most powerful of the V6s will be the twin-turbo unit in the Ghibli S, which produces 301kW of power at 5500rpm and 550Nm of torque from just 1750rpm. This engine is shared between the rear-wheel drive Ghibli S and the all-wheel drive Ghibli S Q4. The all-wheel drive Ghibli S Q4 will reach 100km/h in

just 4.8 seconds, while the rear-wheel drive version takes just 0.2 seconds longer. The Ghibli S has a quoted top speed of 285km/h, which is just 1km/h faster than the Ghibli S Q4. The second turbo-charged 3.0-litre V6 gasoline engine available on theGhibli not only has an impressive powerof 243kW (330hp) and 500Nm of torque,but deliversa fuel economy figure of just 9.6 litres/100km. It is much more than a fuel saving car, though, because itis capable of accelerating to 100km/h in just 5.6 seconds. Sharing much of the technology with the Quattroporte’s 3.8-litre V8 engine, the V6 engines use gasoline direct injection technology along with two low-inertia parallel turbochargers, four continuous camshaft phasers and deliver their fuel at around 200 bar of pressure. This technology means that while the Ghibli S V6 has a rev limiter at 6500rpm; it still delivers 90 percent of its torque from less than 1500rpm. Every Maserati is instantly recognizable by its engine note and the Ghibli Diesel is no different from its petrol sisters, thanks to the new Maserati Active Sound system. Two sound actuators, fitted near the exhaust tailpipes, accentuate the engine’s most distinctive tones and modulate them precisely to suit the way the car is being driven. When the driver presses the Sport button on the central tunnel, the sound becomes even more resonant and utterly inspiring. www.maserati.com

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BMW 7 Series The Middle East is the third biggest market worldwide for BMW 7 Series sales, with the luxury sedan reaffirming its success and celebrating a 16% sales increase in 2013. The vehicle was chosen by the Dubai Airport Management for the transport of VIP passengers travelling between the aircraft and the terminal, and used by the Civil Aviation Authority in Bahrain for the Bahrain International Airshow to provide luxury transportation for its VIP guests. Commenting on the success of the BMW 7 Series in the region, Alexander Eftimov, Director Sales & Marketing for BMW Group Middle East said, “We have a focused strategy with our importer partners across the region to ensure that we maintain the 7 Series’ leadership position, and it has proved extremely successful making the Middle East the third biggest market worldwide for 7 Series sales.” The BMW 7 Series’ roots lie in its superior blend of luxury, elegance, innovation and engineering. The latest BMW 7 Series with its distinctive design modifications make it bigger, more luxurious, more comfortable and dynamic than its predecessors. It features are especially prominent from the front with new Adaptive LED headlights with hallmark BMW double corona rings and a smart accent strip, which enhance visibility which gives the vehicle a distinctive appearance both day and night. The luxurious interior of the BMW 7 Series makes

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use of top-class materials; quality workmanship and outstanding practicality define the interior of the BMW 7 Series Sedan. The driver and front passenger can relax in plush leather seats offering optimum lateral support and long-distance comfort whilst they experience the most peaceful of rides with BMW’s best-in-class noise insulation. The optional rear seat entertainment package comes with a new 9.2-inch flat screen monitor to ensure a refreshing diversion for extended journeys, while a new 1,200-watt Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System with 16 speakers delivers unimpeachable sound quality. In the cockpit, behind the steering wheel, features a multifunctional instrument display with blackpanel technology and 10.25-inch screen, including instruments that use different colours and graphics depending on the driving mode selected, and provides the driver with situation-specific information. The Control Display in the centre of the instrument panel has also benefited from visual and technical improvements that use high-resolution 3D graphics. Alongside the flagship BMW 760Li with its 12-cylinder powerplant and the entry level BMW 730Li engine, customers can also choose from new sixcylinder in-line engine powering the BMW 740Li and a V8 petrol engine in the BMW 750Li. www.bmwgroup.com

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Bentley Continental GT V8 S Bentley Motors recently unveiled the newest member of its Continental GT line-up – the Continental GT V8 S – for the first time in the Middle East. Revealed in February, the new model builds on the V8 platform to deliver improved performance and a sleeker and sportier look and feel, and will officially go on sale across the region in April 2014. Available in both coupe and convertible forms, the new Continental V8 S models feature an upgraded version of Bentley’s twin-turbo, 4.0-litre engine that now develops 521 bhp (528 PS / 389 kW) and 680 Nm (502 lb.ft) of torque, together with careful suspension modifications and a selection of new exterior and interior features. The power and performance of the GT V8 S models are complemented by a range of chassis enhancements which deliver greater agility and a more involving driving experience without compromising the Continental’s legendary ride comfort. The Continental GT V8 S is given a lowered suspension and lower-body styling that includes a sharp front splitter, discrete side sills and a subtle rear diffuser finished in Beluga gloss. The Electronic Stability Control has also been optimised, and the retuned system allows increased wheel slip at higher speeds with engine torque reinstated more quickly after a system intervention. This provides the spirited driver more opportunity to exploit the full potential of the uprated chassis and increased power. While the elegant coachwork of the Continental GT

is inspired by iconic Bentleys of the past, its modern, sculpted design, with crisp, highly defined feature lines, is formed using advanced body construction techniques, achieving class-leading standards of quality and body integrity. The signature 20-inch wheels are unique to the ‘S’ models with an open-spoke design that reveals distinctive, red-painted brake calipers. Subtle ‘V8 S’ badges are applied to each front fender, and as with the other members of the Continental V8 family, the famous Bentley Wings badges feature a red centre. The cabin of the Continental GT is renowned for its supreme luxury with soft-touch leathers, wood veneers, polished metals and deep-pile carpeting, hand-crafted in Bentley’s unrivalled workshops at the factory in Crewe, England. As with all Continental models, the ‘S’ models include advanced infotainment technology as standard, including an 8-inch touch screen which displays the car’s navigation, audio and telephone systems as well as the ride and comfort settings for the air suspension, all complemented by a 30GB on-board hard drive. It is a luxury car that makes the joy of driving its central focus. In an era of mass production, it stands at the pinnacle of British luxury motoring. For further information please call +973 17238822. www.bentleybahrain.com.bh

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15 The new Cadillac CTS sedan 16 LED front signature lighting detail 17 A spacious interior combined with integrated technology 18 A lower and more athletic looking sedan

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Cadillac CTS Sedan Cadillac has introduced the all-new 2014 CTS sedan, which ascends into the heart of the midsize luxury market with expanded performance, elevated luxury and sophisticated technology. The third-generation CTS sedan is based on the high-performing rear-drive architecture of the awardwinning ATS sport sedan, moving Cadillac into the prestigious class of midsize luxury sedans. It will be the segment’s lightest car, enabling the most agile driving dynamics in the class. A range of power-dense power trains underpin its performance and eight-speed automatic transmission. A longer, lower and more athletic-looking proportion is introduced on Cadillac’s landmark sedan. While growing 127 mm in length, including a 30 mm longer wheelbase, the roofline and cowl – the base of the windshield – are about an inch lower, dimensions that complement the longer exterior to accentuate the car’s lean aesthetic. Lightweight features, including Cadillac’s first aluminum door structures, contribute to the lower weight and a 50/50 weight balance. And for the first time on CTS, Magnetic Ride Control, Cadillac’s real-time damping system, is standard on base models. Cadillac’s shield grille and signature vertical lighting elements – including LED front signature lighting detail – evolve on the CTS. The grille is wider, with a more detailed texture, while the headlamps flow up with the hood line, incorporating crystalline LED light guides for a technologically advanced appearance with more uniform illumination. Inside, a roomier, driver-centric cockpit interior with integrated technology and hand-crafted appointments complements the exterior and supports the CTS sedan’s driving experience. Eight available interior environments

are offered, each trimmed with authentic wood, carbon fiber or aluminum. Leather seating is available, including available full semi-aniline leather, with hand-crafted, cut-and-sewn executions. The 2014 CTS is also available with a naturally aspirated 3.6L V-6 rated at an estimated 321 horsepower and also matched with the new paddle-shift eight-speed automatic in rear-wheel-drive models (or six-speed automatic with all-wheel drive; and a 2.0L turbocharged engine rated at an estimated 272 horsepower and paired with a six-speed automatic). Cadillac’s new, paddleshift eight-speed offers efficiency and performance advantages over a six-speed transmission, including 1.5-percent greater fuel economy. Excellent power-to-weight ratios advance CTS’s performance with greater feelings of feedback, control and response. The low mass and optimal brake sizes are expected to give it braking performance that is among the best in the segment, with standard Brembo brakes. Blending comfort, convenience and safety, new technologies provide alerts and intervene when necessary to help avoid crashes. At the core of the car’s intuitive technologies is CUE, Cadillac’s infotainment system that uses smartphone and tablet influenced controls and commands to access information and entertainment data. A 12.3-inch highresolution LCD cluster complements the CUE display and supports the active safety features. It offers drivers four layouts – from basic to performance-oriented – each delivering bold, crisp graphics tailored to the level of vehicle information desired. A full-color, configurable head-up display is also available. www.cadillacarabia.com


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My Wish List The latest and most exclusive luxury items

Kodewa Lotus C-01 Following two years of careful planning and intense development, Kodewa has released the world’s first Lotus motorcycle, from the world renowned sportscar manufacturer and engineering consultancy. The C-01 combines ample power via a V-twin engine with a distinctive body designed by Daniel Simon integrating carbon fibre, titanium and aerospace quality steel. The C-01 will be available in a range of liveries some of which pay homage to Lotus’ sporting pedigree. A customisation service is also available and the production will be limited to an exclusive 100 superbikes. www.lotus-motorcycles.com


New Year New Creations from the Desert Prince Internationally recognised for its impeccable quality and stunning presentation, Designer Shaik is proud to announce the launch of its new Astro Duo Astrolable of Moments in Time. Many scholars and historians agree that the Garden of Eden was most likely located in what is now Designer Shaik’s desert kingdom. From the battlements of his Palace of Horology, Designer Shaik can gaze across the sands and see the ancient and enigmatic Tree of Life. The beautiful and ingenious watches boast many unique and intriguing features and the intricately detailed patterns on the face are a visual expression of the complexities that lie beneath. This fascinating collection of different movements and sophistication is a luxury timepiece for generations to come. www.shaik.net

By Atelier iPhone 5s By Atelier has introduced four collections of cases for the iPhone 5s crafted with excellent materials, rare craftsmanship, and singular design. The collections include the Sapphire Crystal Collection, Alligator Collection, Carbon and Gold Collection, and lastly the Clous de Paris Collection. Owners of the case become By Atelier Club Members and are provided with an application that gives them access to a 24/7 worldwide concierge service offered in five languages. Like a fine timepiece, By Atelier is both an investment piece and a reflection of character. www.byatelier.com


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Montblanc Falcon Glove Montblanc has paid special tribute to the passion and heritage for the art of falconry, with the creation of the world’s first Montblanc falcon glove. Crafted in the finest calf and alligator skin in Florence, Italy, the glove carries the distinctive Montblanc logo and has been created as a set together with a complementary handcrafted calf skin falcon hood. The Montblanc falcon glove is currently on display in the Montblanc boutique, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi. www.montblanc.com

S.T. Dupont’s Horse Limited Edition Collection Celebrating the Chinese year of the horse, S.T. Dupont has designed a collection of unique writing instruments, lighters and accessories featuring two exclusive series. The Horse Prestige collection is composed of a Néo-Classique President fountain pen, iconic Ligne 2 lighter and yellow bronze ashtray, each limited to 88 pieces. The Horse Premium collection is composed of a Néo-Classique large pen, the iconic Ligne 2 lighter and cuff links numbered out of 888 pieces each. Created in partnership with the French jeweller Philippe Tournaire, each piece is entirely handmade. www.st-dupont.com


Fillico Bella Vita Nero Japanese brand Fillico is renowned for their luxury glassware and has now released Bella Vita Nero, the world’s most expensive water. Following the first and second edition, this third edition is the last of the La Bella Vita series. The bottle is crafted from polished glass with gold and Swarovski crystals, while the contents are sourced from a highly regarded Nunobiki spring in Kobe. Each bottle and cap is handmade piece by piece, with a limited quantity made each month. The incredible design of the Fillico Jewelry Water bottle makes it a piece to be treasured. www.fillico.com

J.P. TODs Sartorial Collection TODs have introduced a new Sartorial Collection for men, which represents the most exclusive elements of the brand. The collection selects the best leathers available, which are kept looking as pure and natural as possible by the skills of TODs craftsmen. The processes used artfully employ techniques of brushing and polishing that allow the leather to display its true essence. The shoes and bags that result from this approach are conceived with the demands of the modern-day professional in mind, catering to both travel and business needs. sartorial.tods.com


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Equine Beauty The legendary and complex relationship between humans and horses is an enduring one. In Raphael Macek’s new book, Equine Beauty – A Study of Horses, readers are presented with a series of fine art photographs that do justice to equine nobility. A true dedication to the beauty and nobility of the animal, the book is a must have for all horse lovers.

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aphael Macek was born in Brazil into a family of animal lovers, and his love for horses was instilled into him from an early age from his father, a horse breeder. In 2007 Macek graduated with a Masters of Fine Art degree in New York City, and from the beginning decided to translate his early hobby into a career. Today he is one of the most important contemporary horse photographers in the world, with his work being published in countries such as Germany, Belgium, Spain, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America. In 2009 he photographed on safaris in Africa, particularly in Tanzania and Kenya. Working so closely with different people and their cultures had an impact on his life as well as his style, and helped to shift his focus toward the natural world. Over the course of his career, Macek has become known for his unique ability to capture the beauty of his animal subjects along with their emotions and the essence of their nature. Horses of different breeds


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Raphael Macek’s inspiring images of equine majesty in his latest book feature both close-ups and complete figures against the backdrops of artful landscapes.

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from around the world have served as Macek’s top models. The artistic view expressed in his work has been recognized worldwide in important art exhibitions, private showings, and publications. More and more Macek is dedicating himself to his own projects, and Equine Beauty – A Study of Horses is a perfect example of this. His ongoing mission is to show animals in all their splendour—horses in particular, as they represent his true passion. The horse’s distinctive blend of grace and strength and its sleek beauty has long been analyzed, admired and represented in artistic form – whether through painting, sculpture or photography. They are animals that many regard with respect and admiration and have played a part in the history of humankind unlike any other animal, uniting people and culture through history, war, competition and recreation. They represent strength, pride, and beauty and are capable

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of showing feelings and emotions. Raphael Macek’s inspiring images of equine majesty in his latest book feature both close-ups and complete figures against the backdrops of artful landscapes. His balanced composition and exquisite lighting highlight the form, texture and muscularity of each unique creature. There’s a liveliness and immediacy to this collection. So much so, that at times, it’s as if these compelling portraits might just come to life at any second. A photo by Macek shows far more than just a beautiful horse in a breathtaking landscape, as his unique talent and eye for seeking an ongoing communication with nature enables us to understand the harmony and sensitivity that exists between animal and artist. www.raphaelmacek.com

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Final Pearl

Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix

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hen the first Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix took place on April 4, 2004 in the Kingdom, it made history as the first Formula 1 Grand Prix to be held in the Middle East and was given the award for the ‘Best Organised Grand Prix’ by the FIA. Now celebrating the 10th year since its inception, the Formula 1 Grand Prix is taking place in 2014 from April 4 to 6 at the Bahrain International Circuit, and will be held as a night race under floodlights. Grand Prix organizers for Bahrain have announced a decision to name the first corner of the iconic track after former seven-time champion German driver Michael Schumacher in honour of his achievements and also in support after the driver suffered an almost fatal skiing accident late December 2013. Testing for the 11 Formula 1 teams took place over eight days at the BIC, “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”, and was divided into two sessions earlier this year. With some of the biggest rule changes in Formula One history being implemented for the new season, in particular the switch to new V6 turbocharged engines, there is much at stake for all those involved in the action in Bahrain. Among the drivers involved are four-time defending World champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing,

and former World champions Fernando Alonso of Ferrari as well as Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes. Others set to join them out on BIC’s 5.412-kilometre track are Romain Grosjean of Lotus, Nico Hulkenberg for Force India, Daniil Kvyat for Toro Rosso, Jules Bianchi for Marussia, Robin Frijns for Caterham and Kevin Magnussen for McLaren. Other top Formula 1 stars include Williams’ Felipe Massa, and Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson. Rock group The Scorpions will be performing on the Saturday (April 5) of the race weekend, as well as two-time Grammy-nominated DJ/producer AVICII, who will be live for his first show in the Kingdom. In addition, Saudi Arabian pop star Rabeh Saqer, will be taking the stage on the Friday (April 4) night. A spectacular programme of kids’ shows will also be held as part of the off-track celebrations of BIC’s 10th anniversary, as well as a wide array of main stage and roaming acts, extreme activities, food and beverage stalls and much more. All three-day ticket holders will be able to attend each of the three concerts lined up, while enjoying the racing festivities. www.bahrain-grand-prix.com


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