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Contents

Dilmonic Expressionism: His Vision

Bahrain Ministry of Interior Commision: Patriot’s Stand

Jewels of Arabia: Z-Axes

rior Commision: Melodic Patriot

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FASHION BLOGGERS

FASHION INTERVIEW

A brand new Bounce revolution has begun and you should join in!

Some of the GCC’s top fashion-lovers and digital influencers share their style.

Simplicity, minimalism and quality - that’s what drives designer Deborah Henning.

Jewels of Arabia: Y-Axes

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ARTS Meet the man behind the Visual Da’awa series - art like you’ve never seen it before.

Jewels of Arabia: X-Axes

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GLOBETROTTER

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FACT brings you all the highlights from our recent trip to beautiful Thailand.

Check out what our resident motoring man has been driving this month..

Dilmonic Expressionism: Her Vision

Domed Mosque

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CHEF’S TABLE

The ultimate AW16 trend report starts right here. Get ready for seasonal inspo!

Meet the man who is shaking things up at The Forge steakhouse.

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SPA REVIEW

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THE EDITOR

What to Wear? “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” - Rachel Zoe.

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f you find yourself staring at a closet full of clothes and still wondering what to wear (guilty as charged), you’ll know what it feels like to try and nail that perfect sense of style EVERY day. Thankfully, there’s really no better place for on-trend inspiration than the thriving fashion scene in the GCC – after all, the streets are the real runways of the world, and we’ve got plenty of proof. Turn to p19 and meet some of the region’s coolest bloggers who are doing a pretty amazing job of slaying their personal style and sharing it with thousands of followers. We also talk with UAE-based fashion designer Deborah Henning about the current fashion market, tips on starting your own brand and why ethics and simplicity are important in such a competitive industry (p29). If that’s not enough to get your style flowing, there’s a MASSIVE AW16 trend report starting p60 to get you thinking ahead about your seasonal wardrobe. From bright colours to big prints and bold accessories, there’s absolutely something for everyone. If there’s one reason you may have picked up a copy of FACT this month, it’s probably (most definitely) because of the cover. Pretty awesome, right? This unusual but striking piece of work belongs to Bahraini artist Rashed Al-Araifi who looks to all the different sciences as well as social issues for a subject matter to translate into a visual. I sat down for a chat with the talented man himself and you can read all about his brand new Visual Da’awa series starting p35. That’s not all, the September issue is packed with travel, tech, hospitality, dining and more on everything you need to know about the next 30 days in Abu Dhabi. Maybe I’ll spend some time cleaning out my closet for the new season trends. Or, maybe, I’ll jump in my joggers and just continue to admire all the instagrammers who do the whole #OOTD thing really well.☺ Shabana Adam Editor-in-Chief shabana@fact-magazine.com 4

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FACT Magazine Abu Dhabi Edition September 2016 Volume 3, Issue 3

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BOUNCE ABU DHABI THE tRAMPOLINE REVOLUtION HAS HIt ABU DHABI AS tHE CItY’S FIRSt FREEJUMPING VENUE OPENEd ItS dOORS LASt MONtH!

Bounce, an awesome new trampoline warehouse, is now open for visitors to test out their jumping game. Packed full of amazing features, like the MAMMOTH, a never-seen-before 40-metre slide and two brand-spanking new slacklines, this is the newest place for adrenaline junkies to try out. Experience a euphoric rush of flight in true Bounce style with a dorsal-harness zip line that runs across the venue so you can go head-first, Superman style! The Bounce team has also created the ultimate adrenaline kick with the Quick Drop, a freefall experience for only the brave. The new site also has a kick ass Super Tramp, not one but two dodge ball courts, two giant air bags that contain a whopping 200 cubic metres of air between them, a humungous performance area with the epic Infinity Wall, a 5.5m behemouth for aspiring wall runners, a monster 19-metre fastrack trampoline for the ultimate tumbling kings and five party rooms for birthdays or private events. Yes, ALL of this incredible, energy-filled area in one huge space! Located at Marina Mall, Bounce Abu Dhabi is around 30 per cent bigger than Bounce Dubai and has a whole host of new features. From seriously extreme stunt lovers, sports 8

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fanatics and all round crazy Bounce champions will call this place home. This new jumping universe is filled with over 100 interconnected trampolines, allowing you to literally fly through the air and bounce off the walls. Perfect for family outings to get kids away from the screens get active in a fun and safe environment as well as groups of friends looking to do something completely different in their spare time! For adults looking to keep active, 10 minutes on the trampoline is a better workout than 33 minutes of running, according to a study carried out by NASA. Not only is it good for keeping you in great shape and burning calories, the trampoline bed absorbs the majority of the impact, so bones and joints are protected whilst exercising, improving general muscle health and core strength. Bouncing also releases endorphins which can help to combat stress and anxiety. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t get bouncing right away! ✤ GO: Visit www.bounce.ae for more info. Use the hshtag #bouncemideast when sharing your Bounce Abu Dhabi experience on social media.


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Eid Goals With Eid Al-Adha taking place this month; we’ve picked three awesome dining deals to celebrate the occasion.

WHAT: Eid Al-Adha Special Buffet WHERE: Rosewater, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers WHEN: September 10 an 11 (dates tbc) If you’ve been to the incredible lunch buffet here, you’ll know that even on a regular day, it’s something to marvel. So, just imagine what the special buffet for Eid Al-Adha will include. Tuck into all your celebratory favourites, and let the little ones enjoy a buffet set up especially for kids as well as a face painter too. AED160+++ for lunch, served from 12.30pm to 3.30pm and AED200+++ for dinner, running from 7pm to 11pm. Call (0)2 811 5666 for reservations and more information.

WHAT: Eid Al-Adha Lunch WHERE: Giornotte, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal WHEN: September 10 Decorated with ornate Arabic lanterns, traditional date displays and luxurious fabrics, Giornotte will be serving an enhanced Arabic lunch to celebrate Eid Al-Adha with family favourites such as lamb ouzie, international cuisines and live cooking stations. AED336++ with house beverages; AED231++ with soft drinks and AED195++ for food only. Children below the age of 12 pay AED47++ and kids ages 13 to 16 pay AED167++. Under four-year-olds go dine free. Served from 12noon to 3.30pm. Call (0)2 818 8282 for reservations and more information.

WHAT: Eid Al-Adha Brunch WHERE: Café Palmier, Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi WHEN: September 9 Go and join in this Eid Al-Adha dining deal for a delicious evening meal and a perfect time with family and friends. Gather around for mouthwatering dishes blending local flair with international cuisine. AED190+++ with soft beverages and AED299+++ with house hops and vino. Kids ages six to 12-years-old pay AED95+++. Served from 1pm to 4pm. Call (0)2 695 0404 for reservations and more information. 10

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Abu Dhabi’s Annual Tradition returns Opening October 5th, until October 14th Live music daily from 18.00 Advanced reservations for group bookings strongly suggested, minimum charge of AED 50 per person Food-Musik-Gemutlichkeit Only at the Beach Rotana... For bookings call 02 6979011 or email fb.beach@rotana.com

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London Afternoon Tea

Restaurant Month Abu Dhabi In what is set to be an incredible celebration of food, and a first for Abu Dhabi, September will see the official Restaurant Month take place in the capital. Residents and visitors alike will be able to immerse themselves in luxury dining for a set price of AED195 net per person. That’s right – you can go out and enjoy gourmet three-course dinners at Abu Dhabi’s most sought-after restaurants – how awesome is that? Boasting 30 amazing participating venues, Restaurant Month will offer something for every palate from Indian, Steak, Thai, Sushi, Arabic, Greek and Latin American cuisines to name but a few. From the newly-opened Four Seasons Abu Dhabi Hotel to the long-standing favourites at InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, and even the exciting openings at the Venetian Village – this is THE month to finally try some exquisite food for an amazing price. Restaurant Month Abu Dhabi will run from September 1 to 30. Tickets are not necessary but reservations are recommended. Go on, get eating! ✤ GO: Visit www.zomato.com/abudhabi for all the menus and more information.

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No one quite knows afternoon tea like the British, so with the London Afternoon Tea at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, guests will be transported to where this tradition all began. An ocassion to enjoy with a group of friends or loved ones, your experience will begin with a selection of sandwiches, offering unique twists on much-loved classics. From the Truffled egg and watercress to the salmon and lemon cream, and the Cheddar cheese and chutney as well as the Homity pie and cheddar, all sandwiches will take your taste buds straight to the English capital. For those with more of a sweet tooth, the Cheesecake Berry Trifle, Blueberry and Vanilla Tart, Bakewell Tart and Pistachio and Raspberry cake will not disappoint, all finished off with freshly baked scones served with clotted cream and jam. Priced at AED156++ per person, tea lovers can also opt for their package with a glass of sparkling grape for AED196++ or a glass of bubbly for AED236++ per person. Available throughout September from 1pm to 5pm, daily. ✤ GO: Call (0)2 407 1138 for reservations and more information.


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Carluccio’s Refreshed Menu

The Return of Jazz Bar & Dining One of Abu Dhabi’s favourite live music venues, Jazz Bar & Dining at the Hilton Abu Dhabi, is back with a renewed vibe and new band, who bring an innovative entertainment concept of a four-hour, non-stop live show! The much-loved live music venue will now offer the crowd two additional hours to enjoy its new menus in a revamped atmosphere. The new experience will introduce revelers to a fabulous Steak and Seafood menu and DNA – the new resident five-piece band and DJ who will be putting on a non-stop show playing rock, funk, jazz and blues. While much of the interior has been transformed, several of the venue’s popular traits have remained, including the separate dining, lounge and high table areas as well as the piano design dancefloor. Previously open until 1am, the Jazz Bar & Dining has now extended its opening hours from 8pm until 3am. The venue will host Girls Night Out every Monday offering free house beverages for ladies while Bubble Wednesdays will offer free-flowing sparkling grape juice for the female music lovers. It’s party hour and we’ll see you there! ✤ GO: Call (0)2 692 4247 for reservations and more information. 14

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Nothing says Italy quite like its food and very few capture this better than family favourite Carluccio’s. This summer, with new Executive Chef Christo Nortier at the helm, the authentic Italian café and restaurant will be launching a brand new menu; combining Carluccio’s classics and new favourites to give diners in the UAE an innovative yet traditional take on the very best Italy has to offer. The menu showcases an array of signature dishes, indulgent desserts, pizzas and pastas plus a kids’ menu, all of which perfectly fit with Carluccio’s philosophy of ‘minimum fuss with maximum flavour’. Looking to bring a fresh look and taste to the existing menu, Chef Christo has not only spiced up a few of the signatures, he has also included a couple of new soon-tobe favourites including the Seafood Skewers, Beef and Gorgonzola Salad and Provolone Fritti. Sweet tooth? The sinfully delicious Date, Nut and Honey Tart offers a base filled with sweet sticky dates and crunchy almonds, pistachios, pecans and walnuts. Oh. Em. Gee. Yummy! ✤ GO: Visit www.carluccios.com for more information.


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HAPPENINGS

Getting Out & About This month in abu dhabi Say goodbye to boredom this month and mark your diaries with these all-important dates. We’ve put together a calendar packed with great events just for you!

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This sumptupus Friday Brunch offers steak, seafood, Italian, Indian, BBQ, sushi, German and more top cuisines to bite into. There are live stations, a DJ, kids area and guaranteed fun! Adult packages start from AED270+++ and kids aged 6 to 12 pay AED135+++.

Tuck into a yummy selection of Olives Mezze with different dips, marinated olives and grilled flatbread. There’s a free flow of house beverages too, all to be enjoyed in cool and classy surroundings. Make an evening of it with friends! AED60++ from 5pm to 8pm.

This scrummy new taco selection has six different versions of the popular Mexican dish. Opt for tempura fish, braised lamb, grilled beef, chilli marinated chicken or fried shrimp, you will be in gastro heaven with live Latino music too. AED99+++ for four tacos and a drink.

Escape the heat with the Palace’s Summer Body Sculpt experience and enjoy a brief reprieve from summer in the city. Book any 60-minute massage with expert therapists and enjoy an additional 30 minutes with compliments. Starting from AED495+++. Aaaah, me-time!

Internationally renowned Greek composer and multiinstrumentalist Yanni will take to the stage to mesmerise fans with a brand new show including new compositions from his latest album ‘Sensuous Chill’. Tickets start at AED495. Visit www.

THE BEST OF BEACH Brunch at Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi

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APERITIVO AT TODD English’s Olives, Venetian Village

Call (0)2 404 1941 for more info.

TASTE OF TACO at El Sombrero, Sheraton Abu Dhabi

Call (0)2 677 3333 for more info.

SUMMER BODY SCULPT at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana

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YANNI LIVE IN Abu Dhabi at du Forum

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Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) 2016 took its final bow on August 20, after a 43-day, city-wide celebration featuring great events, rewarding deals and family fun that spread cheer amongst residents and visitors. Organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), DSS 2016 transformed the city into a cool and fun summer oasis for the whole family with an exciting line-up of events and activities including shows by world famous cartoon characters, activations featuring global brands and products, and unique dining and shopping promotions. 18

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THE FASHION BLOGGER CHRONICLES FA C T M E E T S S O M E O F T H E R E G I O N ’ S B E S T FA S H I O N B L O G G E R S T O T A L K S T R E E T - S T Y L e , autumn winter 2 016 trends and what it ’ s like to be A digital influencer in the gcc . G E T R E A D Y T O M A K E A N O T E I N Y O U R S T Y L E D I A R Y. . .

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FASHION SPOTLIGHT

“With all of the perks that come with the blog, it’s important to point out that I wouldn’t have reached to this point without the undying support of my beloved followers and readers.”

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ot only do we find his blogger name catchy, we also love that Paul, a.k.a The Style Choreo, is one of the most consistent and active men’s fashion bloggers in the region. His everyday getup is a smart mix of edgy and corporate, blending both street casuals and office formals. “Honestly, my style is a little bit of everything,” Paul says. “I think it appeals to my readers and followers, simply because men are becoming more conscious about what to wear and they need something or someone to rely on.” And reliability is definitely key with Paul’s fashion persona, as he’s got nearly 30k insta followers keeping an eye on his style choices. H&M is one of Paul’s favourite fastfashion brands: “They always have amazing pieces that are always on trend and most of all you can look like a million dollars without breaking the bank,” he explains. He’s also a fan of Zara’s more savvy designs for men, and British brand F&F (where he currently works as the visual merchandiser). Even though we don’t really get a proper 20

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autumn/winter season here, it’s important for Paul to shine a spotlight on some of the best trends for the cooler months ahead. “I showcase looks on my blog and social media channels,” he shares. “Outfit inspirations highlighting pieces that can be worn during the season, like the camel trench coat, Chelsea boots, knit scarves, and double breasted suits in wool which are impeccably dapper.” Where the regional female fashion

blogger world is bursting at the seams, Paul’s distinct advantage is, simply, that he focuses on men’s attire and that he does it well. He believes that the fashion scene in the GCC is rapidly catching up with more mainstream trends, something he suggests could be a result of events and initiatives like Fashion Forward Dubai, Vogue Italia Fashion Experience, and influences from the wider fashion blogger community. You’ll often find Paul posting from his latest staycation spot in Abu Dhabi or Dubai, or talking about a special collaboration with a brand, getting access to press previews, or even trying out the newest food menus in town – it’s clear that fashion is a way of life for him, and his blog - www.thestylechoreo. blogspot.com - is your insight into this lifestyle. “With all of the perks that come with the blog, it’s important to point out that I wouldn’t have reached to this point without the undying support of my beloved followers and readers,” Paul says. And as if his humble attitude wasn’t enough, The Style Choreo’s advice for budding fashion bloggers will have you clicking that follow button SO fast. He says: “Credibility, passion and dedication are the main key. Do what you love and love what you do!” Preach! ✤


FASHION SPOTLIGHT

BANA ABUJABER @SIDENOTEBANAA AMMAN, JORDAN

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n a world of incredible fashion freedom it can be difficult to find your own sense of style, and to stay true to it. But Bana Abujaber has got it just right. She’s cool, confident, style-savvy and knows exactly what she wants – to wear, that is. “My personal style is definitely mixing and matching high and low fashion,” she says. “It’s aimed at showing my followers just how easy it is to look good and feel good everyday, no

matter what you’re doing, where you’re going or what your budget is. What makes me appeal to my readers and followers is that I’m definitely relatable and the things I post about are easily accessible.” This we can easily see through Bana’s numerous collabos with local boutiques in Amman as well as her #OOTD combos of designer brands with high-street faves. Her three go-to accessories are chokers, below the waist belts and her Gucci Soho leather disco bag – yes, this young lady is slaying in the style stakes, but, surprisingly, Bana’s vision and popularity as a fashion blogger

took time and grassroots effort to grow. “I faced a lot of challenges as three years ago the social media scene wasn’t as powerful in Amman as it was abroad and a lot of people just didn’t understand the concept of a blogger,” Bana recalls. “So it was tough trying to break those barriers especially when it came down to persuading brands to partner up with me. It took a really long time to create a name and have that name be considered as one of the best fashion influencers in Jordan,” she adds. Now that Bana’s hard work has paid off and her street cred is intact, she’s enjoying

the growth and recognition of the Middle Eastern fashion industry: “Many new designers have emerged and are hungry for blogger collaborations and vice versa,” she says. “At the same time the industry is quite small, which makes it easy to connect with the right people.” Bana’s experience of interning at a fashion PR agency in New York followed by gaining a fashion marketing degree from Parsons New School for Design have, no doubt, given her the knowledge and skills to run her blog – www.sidenotebanaa.com – which has gained her the nomination for Blogger of the Year by Living Well magazine in Jordan. When asked what her favourite high-street brands are, Bana gets straight to it: “Zara, of course! No need to explain here,” she says. “& Other Stories has definitely become one of my favourite fast-fashion brands. Anything you wear from there, makes you look super polished. I also love that they have really cool jewellery, cosmetics and shoes.” She also can’t survive a single fashion season without Topshop denim - we don’t blame her! Well-versed in all things trendy, Bana is looking forward to the velvet, prints and coloured fur trends for the upcoming AW16 season, and just like her dedicated 10k+ followers, we’ll be keeping a watchful eye on her insta feed to see how she incorporates these looks into her everyday style. ✤

“Many new designers have emerged and are hungry for blogger collaborations and vice versa.” fact magazine

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CHIARA AMODEO @BONJOURCHIARA DOHA, QATAR

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robably one of the most fun fashion bloggers in the region, Chiara doesn’t always take herself seriously, and this is also an element of her lively style. “My style is girly, quirky, feminine and colourful,” she says. “It’s a mix of designer pieces, high street brands and creations from new talents. I like playing with clothes, accessories and colours but always putting together outfits that are really wearable,” Chiara adds. “I think my followers love my style for that.”

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There are two trends that have already caught Chiara’s attention for the AW16 season embroidered clothes and velvet shoes. And where is she picking up the pieces to put these looks together? “I love Zara because it always has the power to catch the latest trends and make them affordable,” she explains. “The quality is also pretty good. I’m also a big fan of Topshop’s shoes and I like buying basic pieces and jewellery from & Other Stories.” Chiara loves the multiculturalism that is present in Doha, with people from all over the world living and working in the city. “This inspires me so much,” she says. “And it also influences my idea of fashion. Furthermore, the fact that the country is growing so fast and that the blogger scene isn’t developed as much as neighbouring countries, creates a lot of opportunities.” It has worked to Chiara’s advantage that her blogging journey started at a time when sharing fashion tips and advice online and through social media, wasn’t really a BIG deal in Qatar. Now, she’s amassed 17k+ followers through her blog www.bonjourchiara.com and is one of the most well-respected female fashion bloggers in Doha. This, however, does come with its challenges. “Sharing outfits in this weather and with certain cultural rules makes it hard, sometimes, to choose the right look,” she explains. “You’re not totally free to wear what you want or sometimes there are trends that you can’t follow here even if you wanted to. I like turning this challenge into an opportunity to build up a look that is respectful of rules but stylish at the same time,” Chiara says. Her enthusiasm and adoration for fashion in the Gulf is also a creative drive for Chiara. “I’m constantly impressed by the talents of GCC-based designers,” she says. “For example, Saudi designers are so sophisticated and chic, and they really create haute couture pieces. While UAE-based designers are glamourous and they know how to rock the street style scene. In general, I think GCCbased designers are amazing at mixing traditional details with modern trends.” Chiara’s most useful piece of advice has to be: “Don’t be scared, no one is an expert at the beginning,” she admits. “You’ll improve your skills and learn so much with time. But what really matters is to find your own voice and your own style. Be different and you’ll be successful.” Amen to that! ✤


ALI AL BANA @IMALIALBANA BAHRAIN

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here’s something to be said about passion, talent and natural flair when you’re designing your own collection at the age of 14 to participate in a fashion week. For Ali, this was his reality when Bahrain – as small as it may be – hosted its own fashion week back in 2010. It was here that he won first place in the emerging talent category, however, it was also this same event that caused Ali to realise the challenges within a relatively small market. After juggling school with producing a collection, and facing a lack of financial support, Ali decided that his best, most feasible and practical way of keeping a foot in the fashion world, was to write about his style experiences and reviews, and so came www.imalialbana.com. He describes his personal style as: “Imagine a male version of the late Isabella Blow, may she rest in peace, on a budget. My style revolves around emotional provocation, and I find that it appeals to my readers and followers because, in the words of Isabella Blow, ‘People want to look, they want to be amused’.” It’s no surprise then that Ali’s three go-to accessories for a trendy day-to-evening look are a black leather murse (the fashionable term for a ‘man bag’), a classic, statement

watch, and three personalised bracelets. Ali’s cool and contemporary style definitely has his own personal touch, but when he does go out on the prowl for the next big fashion buy, he likes to shop at Cos for its minimal and beautiful, almost buttery fabric; French brand Kenzo for its Parisian chic niche, and H&M’s Conscious Exclusive and Studio collections. Ali’s the first to admit that being a blogger still comes with its challenges. “People need to understand that what bloggers do isn’t easy, and it’s not to be taken lightly,” he explains. “It’s not just about taking photos and coming up with captions, nor is it about getting dressed up for an event where the goody bag contains a USB or a key chain that’s as big as your phone with the designer’s initials on. It’s a lifestyle and it’s hard work,” he adds. “And overcoming this main challenge is still in the works.” On the other hand, being a male fashion blogger has also allowed Ali to learn new things in a new way. “Be it from applicable fashion sense, to the way people perceive your elaborate articles and interests,” Ali says. “You acknowledge the stability of your confidence. I mean, sure, all the flashes from the media can be an ego booster but being comfortable in your own shoes, that’s what you figure out and get accustomed to.” For AW16, Ali wants to see more risks being taken with leather harnesses, backpacks, murses and structured jackets for men - “A little bit of kink never hurt anyone, yeah?” he says, playfully.

Perhaps his most poignant piece of advise to budding bloggers is something so apparent in his own work: “Create content with an educated perspective. Don’t just follow a hype and don’t rely on fluff. Know your content, research, and develop it,” he advises. It’s this very reason why Ali’s 2k+ insta followers have grown to love his humble, provocative and utterly unique approach to fashion. Watch this space, we predict big things in the fashion future for Ali! ✤

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USHI SATO @THESHADESANDSCARF DUBAI, UAE

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hen Ushi left the Philippines for Dubai eight years ago, his role as an assistant designer for a local fashion house was exciting and interesting not only for him, but for his family and friends back home as well. So, the idea of having one place where he could share his fashionable experiences and whereabouts naturally led to the creation of his blog www.theshadesandscarf.com. “The main content of The Shades and Scarf is all

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about my personal love affair with fashion,” he says. “But as the blog evolved over the years, it also now discusses interesting topics about arts, shopping, lifestyle and travel.” Fashion has been the foundation of Ushi’s career and his blog is a fancy curation that works as a representation of his personal style. “I’m a maverick in terms of style choices,” Ushi tells us. “I know when to take risks and when to be a minimalist. I love to mix and match the old and the new, the simple and the bold. And storytelling through clothes is what I love to do,” he adds. You can see this throughout Ushi’s insta and blog posts – there’s colour, creativity and a canvas for distinctive trends. “I share well researched posts and most of the topics are relevant, informative and relatable,” he says. Something his 5k+ followers really value. With Dubai having quite a saturated fashion

blogger scene, Ushi manages to stand out by always embracing the advantages that his digital platform has to offer. “Being a blogger, I have the freedom to share an independent perspective to influence and inspire readers and followers,” he explains. “You’re able to share your passion and connect with others, and show them to be positive about their sense of style.” Ushi also loves the fashion in this region, describing it as “young and adventurous. It stand’s out because there’s a defined taste of elegance yet there’s also a hint of playfulness.” It’s all about accessories for Ushi, who admits that he doesn’t actually spend much on clothes. “I’m more practical in terms of shopping, that’s why fast fashion with great quality and reasonable prices is perfect to rely on,” he shares. “I do shop in H&M, Topman, River Island and Gap. I like how most of their products look basic but you can create a different vibe by playfully styling the pieces.” See, it IS possible to look uber on-trend without spending your whole salary on clothes! It’s also no surprise that for AW16, Ushi is looking forward to the different accessories like hats, caps and scarves, ready to hit the high street. “With accessories your whole wardrobe can embody a different mood,” he says. “It’s also one of the fashion staples that men can easily pull off.” On that, we agree! On surviving in the busy blogger world, Ushi advises: “Be consistent and original and know your target readers. Do it because you’re happy doing it.” It’s this postive outlook that we’re sure will keep The Shades and Scarf going for many years to come! ✤


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Ashwathy Shyamkumar @askthestylecouncil BAHRAIN

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Her blog – www.askthestylecouncil.com – was initially started with a friend and only discussed designs and trends, but Ashwathy’s strong passion for all-things fashion, food and beauty led to a more focussed progression into the lifestyle arena. Her biggest challenge is actually not being able to do more shoots and coverage for the blog due to her full-time job. She only has weekends to delve into the creative side. Still, Ashwathy manages to strike a chord with local and regional fashionistas who look to her everyday style for inspiration.

“stay focused, be passionate, don’t just do it for the freebies, learn to ignore the negative comments... BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.” “I love that I get good responses from my readers; it’s what keeps me going,” she says. “I love the fact that I can inspire them and give them tips on styling without spending too much money. “I want to be the kind of blogger they can look at and say – “She’s slaying in that jacket, I want to own it too” – and just

like that, they can!” Ashwathy explains. Some of her favourite high street brands include Mango, Quiz, Topshop, and Zara, and she’s excited for the Sports Luxe trend, which incorporates boxy slogan tops, fun prints and relaxed trousers, to come in for the AW16 season. “The looks are getting more androgynous and I love the fact that trainers can be worn with anything and everything,” she says. But it’s not just street style that Ashwathy admires, she loves the mix of Arabic and western trends in the Gulf. “Modest bloggers even show us how to look stylish without showing skin,” she tells us. “Now that’s really something and I think the Middle East has so much to offer in the fashion scene. What’s even better is that we have Vogue Arabia coming out soon. It’s about time,” she adds. One of the best experiences for Ashwathy, which came as a result of her blog and following, has been the chance to become the brand ambassador for two noted brands in Bahrain – last year it was Gloss Salon & Spa, and this year it’s Hunkemoller. And if you want to follow in her fashion footsteps, Ashwathy advises to “stay focused, be passionate, don’t just do it for the freebies, learn to ignore the negative comments” and, perhaps the most important thing, “believe in yourself.” ✤ fact magazine

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lmira’s love affair with fashion started many years ago when her mother would make her cute dresses from Borda Magazine and her father would bring home new clothes and shoes for her, from his travels overseas. And it just so happens that Elmira’s journey into the blogosphere was somewhat accidental as much as it was coincidental. “I started posting pictures of my new shoes, or a selfie of what I was wearing, on instagram, tagging #Doha #Qatarfashion, and that’s when everything started,” she recalls. It’s safe to say that the power of hashtags is very real! Elmira’s everyday style is a mix of sport chic and modern classic, and you’ll see from her posts just how much she loves colour and prints. “Fashion is a way to express and experiment,” she says. “You can still look glamorous in jeans; you don’t need to match your shoes and bag, and if it’s risky then risk

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it, because that’s going to be YOUR style. “The best way to accessorise, for me, is with prints, fabrics and details. I believe my followers appreciate my way of putting looks together and the idea of how to do certain things, because I always share how to do it in my own way,” she adds. Elmira’s fashion individualism really does make her stand out in what has become an overcrowded digital world where #OOTD sis everyone’s go-to tag for style inspiration (and admiration). She’s come a long way from the days of the useful hashtags, which have gained Elmira a loyal following of 5k+ instagrammers. So, does she face any challenges? “Definitely. Expressing and satisfying people with different nationalities and styles as well as accepting the different culture is not always an easy thing, but I found that the best way to overcome this is to keep doing what you really love,” she says. On the other hand, Elmira really adores and believes that it is the very culture in the Gulf that feeds the many creative fashion minds. “The uniqueness of the fashion in the Gulf region and lots of creative minds, especially the local designers is incredible,” she says. “They make amazing clothes, for example, abayas designed to make every woman want to own one. The type of fabrics and prints and the beautiful accessories is what I always enjoy in this region,” Elmira adds. For AW16, Elmira wants to see lots of shiny fabrics, metallic and silvers, velvets, greens and chokers – well, if our trend report is anything to go by, her fashion stars have proved lucky! If that fashion forecast wasn’t enough to show how on top of her game Elmira is, then take her advice instead: “Express your signature style. Find it. Build it. There are always lots of others but no one like you.” ✤


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L iving your dream after working for over a decade to achieve your fashion goals is every young designer ’ s wish and for D eborah H ennin g it ’ s become a reality after her move to D ubai four years ago . H ere , she tells FA C T ’ s S habana A dam about her own minimalist collection , why ethics in fashion is im p ortant and what it really takes to get to where she is today …

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hen you’ve worked for noted brands like Alexander McQueen and Ghost in one of the world’s biggest fashion capitals, it can either prepare you to take on the industry or throw you off completely. Luckily, for Deborah Henning, her experience in London and also with Sass & Bide in Australia was an invaluable learning curve that has helped her to create a beautiful, fresh collection. “The right kind of experience is super important,” Deborah says. “For me, it was always my ambition to start a brand and learning all the skills needed to do this allowed me to develop the kind of brand that I wanted.” But, this wasn’t always the case as Deborah had previously launched a brand under the same name in London, back in 2007. “It was like prints and colour and dresses, and silks,” she recalls. “Basically the polar-opposite of what I do now. I was young and I wanted to make nice things for girls.” Fast-forward seven years and Deborah’s new line of clothing has a defined contemporary and edgy look. “When I moved here, I’d matured as a designer and took two years to figure out the market in Dubai and exactly what I wanted and what the customers wanted.” The result is a minimalist line that uses three of fashion’s most simple and chic colours; black, white and grey. “Again, the polar-opposite of the city I’m in,” Deborah smiles. “But it’s worked quite nicely as it’s come at a time when people want something fresh and new, clean and simple, that can still be luxury and still be contemporary. For me, it’s a lifestyle brand.”

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Style is not the only thing that’s different in Dubai, so is the fashion business. Where designers face heavy competition in places like London and Paris to get the attention of magazines, stores, bloggers, and even customers, Dubai has its pros for up and coming brands. “Here, the media and the stores are easier to get in touch with, to speak to and they’re a bit more open,” Deborah tells us. “Stores like my brand because it’s contemporary and offers flexibility; the quality is good enough to wear a piece in the daytime, to then style a top with a necklace for the night time, and it’s also comfortable and cool to travel in.” All of these mix and match elements infused in a playful, adrogynous collection, with the option to dress your Deborah Henning piece up or down, is something that the brand’s customers have fallen in love with. Next to the pros, there are some challenges with launching a brand out of Dubai too. “This business is a bit of the wild west here, in 32

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that people work differently and it’s probably not as organised as other places,” Deborah shares. In order to keep the balance, she advises: “The strategy, the mind set, the time scale, everything – you have to really be on it, really hassle people and really know what you’re doing. You have to be dedicated to doing it the right way.” Quality is of the utmost importance to Deborah and she has spent the past two years sourcing the best fabrics from the UK, Italy, Japan and Hong Kong. “For me, it’s about all things working in unity,” Deborah says. “The clothing has to be well-designed, has to be fashion-forward, and has to have incredibly good quality fabric and stitching.” It’s utterly refreshing to hear Deborah talk about certain issues in the fashion industry that many high-end designers and fast-fashion brands find too sensitive to address. “Fast fashion can be a complete designer killer because they take what’s on the runway and some produce it to a decent

quality,” Deborah says. “Even I wear Zara, H&M and Cos. I think my customer is the type of girl who really buys into the quality of my brand, but who might team one of my pieces with Zara trousers, for example. And that’s ok. “I do appreciate slower fashion though, from a conservative point of view,” she continues. “My problem isn’t with what fast-fashion brands produce but how it’s produced and how they run their business, in terms of working conditions and pay for factory workers and the amount of fabric and clothes that go to waste. That’s my major issue.” Suppliers are put under pressure to produce cheaper, quicker, faster, and stronger – something that Deborah doesn’t condone from an ethical perspective. She uses organic cotton and sustainably-sourced material; she regularly visits the factory that makes her clothing to check that workers’ conditions are good, that they’re paid at least minimum wage and, most of all, that they’re happy. “There’s a big amount of ethics in what I do,” she says. “It’s not just about making money. At the end of the day I’m giving people jobs and I want them to stay in that job and also do a good job. If you put out and do good, you’ll get it back - I try to keep that in mind for the whole ethos of the brand.” For all those who want to learn from Deborah, who need some creative guidance, and especially anyone who’s starting a brand but feels overwhelmed, Deborah is currently running two-day workshops to give advice on structure, strategy and everything from licensing to promotion. “To have a fashion brand you really need to be focussed and switched on, and know a thousand things at once because this industry is ruthless,” Deborah admits. “The business side can stump you from being creative. These workshops give a helping hand to stop people from going nuts! The weekend course can literally change the path of people’s careers.” With 13 years of experience and a brand that is honest, sincere and super stylish, it’s taken Deborah some serious hours and hard work to get to this stage. “I wasn’t built for anything else, I was made to do this,” she says. And the proof is in the product. ✤ GO: Pictured is the AW16 Deborah Henning lookbook. Visit www.deborahhenning.com for more information on the two-day workshops and the Deborah Henning collection.


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VISUAL DA’AWA Aiming to challenge certain modern-day perceptions, Rashed Ahmed Al-Araifi puts an innovative spin on narrative art with sketches and paintings inspired by contemporary issues. FACT’s Shabana Adam sits down with the Bahraini artist to learn more about his unorthodox approach and how architecture and the social sciences play a big role in his artwork.

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“Being exposed to contemporary art at such a young age enabled me to find and adapt my own technique. In my opinion, art should have a function and what better function than education.”

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n all of our time in the GCC, we’ve come across some truly exceptional artists. However, nothing could’ve prepared us for the chills and “wow” moment when we first saw Rashed Ahmed Al-Araifi’s work. It’s far from the traditional. Rashed, who recently returned from studying in London where he completed a degree in architecture, is not your typical artist. His admiration for the social sciences and solving socio-political, cultural, and in some cases, random issues, through art and design are the ideas often discussed in his work. From humanitarian matters, to emotional subjects of the human heart; themes of love, time, and death can be evident. These topics also act as the ultimate creative drive for Rashed, providing a deeper context for him to soak up new knowledge and translate his perspectives into an interesting visual. “What’s good about architecture and what I admire about the profession is that it encompasses all the sciences,” he says. “Like sociology, politics, economics, and you’re exposed to anthropology too, not just the design aspects, and that’s what I like about the creative industry.” He describes himself as, simply, an artistic nomad who shares his opinions visually. Rashed believes in the power of narrative and tries to use his art as a catalyst to add value to modern-day issues. “I’m a nomad, a man of the desert, a wanderer,” he says. “Being exposed to contemporary art at such a young age enabled me to find and adapt my own technique. In my opinion, art should

have a function and what better function than education,” Rashed adds. His latest series, pictured on these very pages, and on the magazine’s front cover, is titled Visual Da’awa, and it’s a fine example of his vision of using art to educate people about certain social, cultural, and religious issues, amongst other things. “The pieces from the Visual Da’awa series are basically a translation of particular verses in the Quran,” Rashed tells us. “I try to give a sense of dynamism to the verse because it has so much depth and so many layers, and it could be read in so many different ways. At some point I would like to make a children’s book so I’d educate people with simple visuals like these and show them just how rich the religion of Islam is,” he says. For anyone viewing Rashed’s work for the first time, the Visual Da’awa series may just be the furthest thing from simple. But, for Rashed, having 3,636 verses to reference means his work is open to interpretation for both young people and more artistically mature viewers too. “You’re exposed to so many different levels of audiences but in a way I try to make a universal artistic translation,” he says. “I sometimes do work like a six-year-old by, simply, translating thoughts into visuals – that’s my equation.” Rashed zones in on a particular issue, finds the missing variable, and then offers a new translation on that subject. The missing variable is, often, whatever he believes is lacking from the topic in question.

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“I appreciate all art, but sometimes there’s not enough to take in... I need to be a sponge, that’s why people like Imam Al-Ghazali and Ibn Al-Haytham are the people whose literature and hypothesis I look to for inspiration.”

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“When it came to the Visual Da’awa series, I saw a missing variable in explaining a verse from the Quran through imagery,” he explains. “People have seen so much of the traditional styles of calligraphy, for example. My art presents them with something more unorthodox, but, also, it’s not just about translating a verse, it’s a mix of realism, proportion and beauty.” Take the artwork titled Visual Da’awa: Path, which took nine hours straight to complete. This image is a translation of one line – Ihdinas-Siratal Musta-qeem (guide us to the straight path) – from Surah Al-Fatihah. “As a Muslim, I read that verse everyday, five times a day, so it rings in the heart,” Rashed

shares. “That line in particular was a very significant turning point in terms of my Visual Da’awa series. It’s a very simple line, composed of very simple words that anyone can understand, but at the same time it has many different layers that give it a sense of richness,” he continues. “It’s powerful and surreal and its translation to a visual shows the head of a young person reflecting on himself, forecasting the future, and begging God to keep him on the straight path until he’s an old man.” As someone who is just as much the architect as he is an artist, sometimes it can be challenging for Rashed to find the balance between linear drawings and


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emotional portrayal. “When it comes to the actual expression, I believe in the holiness of the art,” he says. “That translation is not linear because it comes from the heart and I try to deliver work in its purest form, with visual responses that reveal my opinions, perceptions, and experiences of the world we navigate through.” After being exposed to art his whole life – Rashed’s father is a noted interior designer and his uncle is none other than the master of art himself, Rashid Al-Oraifi – it’s fascinating to learn that Rashed himself started drawing as just a hobby, with his biggest interest being Japanese animation. Now, most of his work is conceptual,

with a main focus of trying to bridge functionality and narrative, and building upon that foundation whilst maintaining an innovative artistic expression. Unlike many mainstream talents, Rashed doesn’t look to other artists for inspiration. Instead, he values the work of anthropologists, sociologists, leaders, economists and even the study of semiotics, specifically how to relate sound and imagery, to develop his work. Why? Because, it’s all about context. “I appreciate all art, but sometimes there’s not enough to take in,” he says. “I need to be a sponge, that’s why people like Imam Al-Ghazali and Ibn AlHaytham are the people whose literature

and hypothesis I look to for inspiration.” Rashed projects his stream of opinions through architecture, painting, sketching, and other creative pursuits. His problemsolving skills, eye for connotation, and ability to translate opinions through visuals are all the things that keep his unique artistic flair alive. “The main goal is to challenge the viewer and tell their mind to think,” he explains. “This kind of art will have challenges at first but I think it will pave the way for a more dynamic audience and new contemporary artists to come forward.” We’ve got just one question: How did the Visual Da’awa series challenge you? ✤ fact magazine

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Big Screen Sully What’s it about: Based on true events, this is the story of Chelsey Syllenberger, the pilot who became a hero after landing his plane in the Hudson River, New York, after the aircraft suffered engine failure at low altitude. His efforts saved the lives of all 155 crew and passengers onboard. Director: Clint Eastwood cast: Tom Hanks, Anna Gunn, Laura Linney Why it’s worth watching? There are so many reasons why this film is going to be worth watching – the suspense, emotion, the build up, Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks in the driver’s seat (oh, pun), and because everything you see actually happened. It was January 15, 2009 when US Airways flight 1549, an Airbus 320 jet, made the remarkable emergency water crash landing after both of its engines crippled at a lower altitude than any jet in aviation history. Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III used his 40-year training, experience and discipline as a glider pilot to safely glide the aircraft onto the Hudson River, in what is famously known as “a miracle on the Hudson”. Not only are we looking forward to seeing what occurred during the aftermath of this heroic and historical event, we’re even more excited to see Tom Hanks take on the role of the real-life pilot. After all, the man has a phenomenal talent for portraying highly-intense, real-world, situations on the big screen (remember Captain Phillips?). Our favourite line of the film is: “I’ve spent 40 years in the air, but in the end I’m going to be judged on 208 seconds,” now, if that’s not powerful, we don’t know what is!

Highlights “Not only are we looking forward to seeing what occurred during the aftermath of this heroic and historical event, we’re even more excited to see Tom Hanks take on the role of the real-life pilot.”

Queen of Katwe What’s it about: Also based on a true story is the fantastic book-to-film drama Queen of Katwe. A poor single mother is raising her 10-year-old daughter in rural Uganda. The young girl’s life takes an unexpected turn when she meets a missionary teaching local children how to play chess, and discovers she has a natural talent for the game.

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“The film addresses many real-life scenarios... we hear awards season buzz. ” – Queen of Katwe

Director: Mira Nair cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo Why it’s worth watching? It’s been a hot while since we’ve seen Lupita Nyong’o beautiful and expressive face in front of the camera (her two biggest recent roles, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Jungle Book have kept her behind the screens), but she’s making a comeback with a bang. The film addresses many real-life scenarios; life in a poor African village, the uplifting power of chess, the will and determination of young women, and the struggles to achieve your dreams. Expect touching stuff and a fantastic find in the unknown lead actress, Madina Nalwanga. We hear awards season buzz!

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An Untimely Frost By Penny Richards

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Wild World

By Bastille

The last four years have been pretty ridiculously amazing for Bastille. They’ve toured extensively, released some hugely successful tunes and become the go-to alt-pop band of the decade. The list of their achievements so far goes on and on: from four million albums sold to a British Breakthrough BRIT Award, Grammy nominations, platinum-selling singles, duets with top artists, and sold-out festivals and concerts, the South-London quartet has come a LONG way. In Bastille’s true intimate, synth-pop, and bombast style, the band announced the coming of Wild World in a 120-minute trailer called Hello. If the chilling yet soothing sound and vocals in the video don’t give you goosebumps, we don’t know what will. It’s only surprising that the group hasn’t released a studio album since their debut Bad Blood in 2013 – guess you can’t rush perfection after all. Fans will absolutely love it!

Young As The Morning Old As The Sea

We’re in 1881 Chicago where the idea of a female detective is completely unheard of. That is until famed crime buster Allan Pinkerton opens his agency’s doors to a handful of women. One intrepid actress with her own troubled past is driven to defy convention and take on a new and dangerous role. This is the first book in the Lilly Long mystery series and it’s packed full of twists that you won’t see coming. You will learn and grow with the character of Lilly who begins with something simple, but turns out to be complex. An enjoyable read!

By Passenger

Another British export, Passenger, a.k.a singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg, is releasing his seventh studio album this month and, truthfully, it is nothing short of a serene dream. The lead single Somebody’s Love is a mellow, melodic jewel. His angelic voice tells the story of a person pushing away those around her, but then wanting people around her when she comes back. This is a song about burning bridges, and whilst Passenger’s voice would make it very easy to sing about the happy side of love, he brings a real emotion to Somebody’s Love – something we’re hoping will seep into the rest of the album. We’d highly recommend ordering the deluxe version of Young as the Morning Old as the Sea, for the acoustic gems on the CD. Passenger along with his trusty guitar has more beautiful sounds coming your way.

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Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World By Rachel Ignotofsky

It’s a scientific fact that women rock and this book is about to prove to you how true that is! A charmingly illustrated and educational book, Women in Science highlights the contributions of 50 notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. It’s full of trailblazing thinkers, fascinating doers and both well-known and less prominent pioneers too. A great read for knowledge and inspiration.

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Getting There Every travel experience begins with a voyage, one that sets the tone for the adventure ahead. I was fortunate enough to fly with Qatar Airways, who offer daily flights to Bangkok which will get you there in under seven hours from Doha. Even flying economy class, the experience was a comfortable one, especially in the new Airbus Industrie A380-800 Jet. With that little bit of extra leg room and adjustable headrests, the flight seemed to pass by serenely whilst I enjoyed the premier movie selection on the inflight entertainment system. The attentive and friendly staff were always on hand to ensure the passengers’ comfort. With plenty of air hostesses present on the flight, it felt as if there was ample attention to go around, with no such thing as a long wait to be seen to. The food was nothing short of tasty and filling; a menu came with options for both meat eaters and vegetarians too. To my surprise, we also received a second snack later in the flight, assuring that we didn’t hit the ground running on an empty stomach – bonus! 44

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Beautiful Bangkok As the largest and most populated city in Thailand, this capital is about as alive as it gets. Dating back to the 15th century, there’s no end to the culture and history on offer. Seething with a chaotic energy and thousands of stimulants for each of the senses, some time spent in this central location is a must. Whether travelling by metro, bus, taxi, tuk tuk or boat, this intricate maze of streets and canals is a vibrant adventure waiting to happen. I was lucky enough to be escorted on a half day tour of the heart of Thailand, beginning with a boat ride on the Chao Phraya River. Even as the journey first began, the contrast between tradition and progression was easy to notice. Temples stand alongside five-star hotels and old wooden boats cruise alongside their modern tour counterparts. Our first land stop was the Grand Palace. It’s difficult to describe something which can only truly be appreciated in person. The majestic structures dwarf the thousands of tourists visiting this site on a daily basis. The sheer grandness of the historic architectural offerings is overwhelming and at times, I had to pause in order to fully take in what was in front of me. The intricacies of the details are absorbing as every wall tells a story of Thailand’s history. Soon afterward I found myself racing

through the streets of Bangkok in a tuk tuk (three-wheeled taxi) towards The Queen’s Gallery. Both the King and Queen of Thailand have been working tirelessly for decades to improve the plight of the common people and are beloved by the country’s citizens. This particular undertaking by her majesty Queen Sirikit, serves as a space for Thai artists to display their talents. A rich offering of fabrics, paintings, sculptures and other artisan creations are what can be enjoyed at this location. As always, a glimpse of traditional Thailand is presented alongside contemporary talent within these displays. An art-filled hour, one coach ride and another boat trip later, I landed at Supatra River House. This two-storey traditional Thai house on the bank of the river offers a charming atmosphere and scrumptious menu. A most satisfying way to end a half day tour of a magical city.

Both the King and Queen of Thailand have been working tirelessly for decades to improve the plight of the common people and are beloved by the country’s citizens.

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Bangkok: Where to Stay The Shangri-La Hotel

There are countless options when it comes to places to stay in Bangkok. From backpackers’ hostels to lodges and simple hotels or five-stars, there is accommodation to suit any budget. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) was kind enough to set me (and the other 83 media guests) up at one of the top locations in 46

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the city, the Shangri-La Hotel. This fivestar venue offers an experience second to none. Overlooking the Chao Phraya River, the lavish rooms offer large beds, a comfortable window seat to look over the passing boats, a flat screen TV, mini bar and a bathroom complete with shower and bath. Immediate comfort is the result. The hotel boasts a stylish gym area complete with plenty of useful equipment. Yoga and other classes are on offer too. Various massages are also an option for those who wish to experience one of Thailand’s most famous exports. The dining options are abundant too. With a buffet that never seemed to end, the choices available were extensive and delicious. One lap around the cuisine circuit never proved to be enough, as scores of dishes and desserts called out, ready to be devoured. A beautiful deck area on the river is the perfect spot to relax and to enjoy these culinary offerings. Thailand is a country of a million smiles, many of which are housed in the ShangriLa Hotel. The staff are some of the friendliest and most proactive employees I have experienced. Always ready to help and to predict your needs. With great security and options for travel from the hotel, the Shangri-La Hotel enables you to get quickly settled and get out and about, to whatever point in the city your heart desires.


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Northern Stars: Chiang Mai and Lampang

Having travelled to Thailand before, I’ve experienced the amazing beaches of the South. From Phuket to the Islands, there is no end to the beauty of the oceanside locations. This time however, I was to venture to the North toward the mountainous regions closer to the country’s borders with Burma and Laos. And am I glad I did so!

- Top 5 Experiences Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden These botanical gardens are a creation of the queen in order to preserve the invaluable plant resources of the country. Situated in the foothills of the Doi Suthep-Pui Mountains of Chiang Mai, the location is massive in size and truly beautiful to behold. The Natural Science Museum holds an explanation of the project, showcasing what its presence is achieving. The lushness of the surroundings sets the stage for the curated gardens and numerous greenhouses, filled with all kinds of flora of Thailand. Lastly, the country’s longest canopy walk takes you on a journey above the treetops, gifting a bird’s eye view of the majestic surroundings.

Temple Viewing in Lampang

Thailand is steeped in rich history, which is most apparent when taking in the array of historic temples. An hour and a half drive from Chiang Mai, you’ll find the picturesque town of Lampang. This quieter location houses several temples, all of which are impressive in their own way. The architecture and intricacies of these structures are to be admired. Skilled craftsmen were responsible for their construction and they were no doubt a labour of love. From Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, one of the most revered temples in Thailand, to the smaller temples of Wat Pratu Pong and Wat Pongsanuk, various style influences are apparent, showcasing further examples of the country’s diversity.

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ma” in Thai, means “Horse Carriage City”. This is apparent when you see the amount of brightly decorated, single horse drawn carriages on the roads. This mode of transport has been used for hundreds of years in the region and is still widely utilised to this day, not only for tourism but for local travel too. A trot through the quiet streets of Lampang is a real treat as it gives you the time to notice the finer places of interest. The carriages are covered, so you’re shielded from the elements. Fitting two to four people, this quaint experience is a must as it draws you closer to the local culture and way of life.

Chiang Mai Night Tour

Chiang Mai comes alive after dark. The hustle and bustle of the streets seems to amplify as the sun disappears below the horizon. A night tour is a great way to experience the other half of the local lifestyle. Waroros Market is a buzzing indoor and outdoor market complete with resident shops, freshly prepared local


GLOBETROTTER dishes, clothing, flowers, souvenirs, trinkets and more. From haggling over the prices of desired items to partaking in the range of tasty food, an entire evening could be dedicated to this location, but there is more. Continue on to Thai Phae Gate, which is the reconstructed main entrance to the old walled city. Carry on until you reach Wat Chedi Luang, the most important temple located in the ancient walled part of the city. Walk past the small but interesting temple, Wat Phan Toa, towards Anusawari Sam Kasat (The Three Kings Monument), and you’ll have completed a full evening of new experiences.

Afternoon Biking Tour Through Chiang Mai

This time however, I was to venture to the North toward the mountainous regions closer to the country’s borders with Burma and Laos. And am I glad I did so!

There’s nothing like a peaceful pedal through a lush and green neighbourhood on a sunny afternoon. After hoping on a bicycle at Ban Rai Kong Khing village, proceed to Wat Ton Kwen, the most perfect example of old Lanna architecture remaining in the North of Thailand today. Charming villages in the Hang Dong district allow a passing glimpse into real local living. Tunnels of trees enclosing the roads is a surreal escape into nature as the circular route flows past a temple on the way back to the quiet village.

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Chiang Mai: Where to Stay Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa The Staff

From the moment you step out of your vehicle, staff at Siripanna are exactly as you would want them to be, friendly and helpful. They’re ready to assist you in any way to ensure your comfort. Checking is handled quickly and efficiently, allowing you to get to your room within minutes of your arrival.

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There are many room types on offer, all of which are luxurious in nature. Spacious and stylish, the comfortable beds and large bathrooms provide a homely base for your travels which you always look forward to returning to after a day of exploring.

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With a buffet serving restaurant, offering a wide selection of both traditional and international dishes, there is reason to get excited at least three times a day. Each meal comes with an assorted offering of fruit juices and hot beverages. Once again the friendly service is always readily available and an enjoyable experience is virtually guaranteed.

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A beautiful moat-like swimming pool surrounding a large wooden deck area is a welcome addition to the hotel. A swim in the warm waters is just what is needed after a long day of seeing the sites. A spa is also present where you can enjoy the talents of skilled masseurs. Bookings for these heavenly sessions can be made through reception. Security is also taken seriously at this venue and you’ll always feel well looked after. ✤ 50

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Travel Tips SIM Card Get yourself a sim card at the airport. There are many stations near the exit where one can do so. If you buy a seven day sim, you receive free internet for that week. Cover up When visiting many of the historical sites in Thailand, certain dress codes apply. Often sandles are not allowed. Uncovered shoulders or skirts above the knee are also not allowed at certain locations. Woman are not allowed to wear pants at certain locations. To counter all of this, carry a sarong or a shawl to cover exposed areas or unfitting attire. Umbrella Thailand’s weather can be unpredictable. One moment you are baking in the sun and next you are being rained on. A small umbrella provides protection from both. Mosquito repellent Thailand has a tropical climate which is ideal for mosquitos, especially in the warmer months. Don’t forget to pack some repellent to avoid those annoying itchy bites. GO: Fly to Bangkok with Qatar Airways (www.qatarairways.com). Visit www. tourismthailand.org for more information on things to see and do in Thailand.


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The latest offering from the BMW X collection excels in extravagance, power and athleticism - IT'S the complete package.

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The new BMW X6 showcases an array of exclusive equipment, openly displaying the evolution from its predecessor. These include: 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission with steering wheel shift paddles, 19-inch light-alloy wheels, automatic tailgate operation, bi-xenon headlights, as well as two-zone climate control and auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The stylish leather trim cannot be forgotten either. The enhancement to functionality needs to be appreciated. The 40: 20: 40 split/folding rear seat backrests allows the load compartment capacity to increase by 75 litres on the previous model, taking it from 580 litres to as much as 1,525 litres. A massive upgrade! Now for what motor enthusiasts want to hear. More power! And with great power comes great response ability‌. or at least it should. The creators at BMW understand this concept and have applied it poetically, infusing brutish strength with control and driving comfort. So what do these supped up engines have to offer? Nothing less than the latestgeneration V8, developing 450 hp for the BMW X6 xDrive50i with the BMW X6 xDrive35i 306 hp. Impressive. What is even more impressive is the ability of the BMW TwinPower Turdo technology saving the consumer an average of 22% when it comes to fuel consumption. The standard-fitted eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission, extensive BMW EfficientDynamics technology, weightsaving optimisations and enhanced aerodynamics all play their part in ensuring a cost-effective driving experience. So how could one improve on the package so far? Include a standard (and permanently active) intelligent all-wheeldrive system, of course. With BMW xDrive, not only is traction performance optimised, but so too is directional stability and cornering dynamics, helping to keep you safely on the road. Good to know. Want more? Dynamic Performance Control combined with Dynamic Drive active roll stabilisation as part of the Dynamic adaptive suspension package, helps you to effectively handle this sporty 54

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inclusion to the BMW X family. Air suspension at the rear axle and Dynamic Damper Control enhances comfort and is included in both the Comfort adaptive suspension package and Adaptive M suspension (part of the M Sport package). Modified, sports-oriented suspension tuning is also included in this line-up of substantial offerings. In truth, another page could be written, dedicated solely to further features and offerings of this luxurious motor vehicle. It is hard to put on paper, what needs to be experienced in person, for a real understanding of what the designers at BMW have achieved this time round. Perhaps a test drive is the logical next step in your introduction to the new BMW X6. I seriously doubt anyone would be disappointed. ✤

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All-New Infiniti Q30 At an exclusive event in Beirut, Infiniti Middle East unveiled the hotly anticipated all-new Infiniti Q30. The Infiniti Q30 active compact is a new type of premium vehicle for a new type of consumer. Representing Infiniti’s first entry into the fast-growing premium compact segment, the Q30 will play an important role in continuing to drive the growth of the brand here in the region. Juergen Schmitz, Managing Director, Infiniti Middle East, said: “When we first debuted the Infiniti Q30 to the region at the Dubai International Motor Show last year – it was met with widespread critical acclaim. The Infiniti Q30 is a completely new segment and direction for the Infiniti brand and we are confident that this vehicle will continue to deliver Infiniti’s premium experience to a new segment of customer.” The Q30 takes Infiniti’s signature design cues and evolves them into new dynamic shapes. The double-arch grille with 3D mesh, for example, has grown from the Q50, with a more fluid movement into the headlamps. The dramatic curves and turbulent lines flow up the bonnet, over the fenders and across 56

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the body line into the strong shoulder of the car. The signature C-pillar arcs forward in a dynamic crescent shape that emphasises motion, even when stationary. The contrast of the long, low-slung roof-line, conjuring an image of a rakish shooting brake in silhouette, and elevated stance add to the visual impact. This also adds to a sleek look that gives the impression of the car being in motion even when standing still. The balance of sculptural shapes moving past one another creates a harmonious design that can be appreciated at a glance. An important, differentiating characteristic of the Q30’s design is its combination of elevated stance with an overall height that is comparable with models in the traditional compact segment. The Q30’s height (1,495mm) allows for a higher hip point (531mm), which aids ingress and egress. The A-pillar design is intentionally slim, contributing to enhanced visibility for a confident driving experience. Book your test drive at your nearest Infiniti dealership!


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WHAT IS IT? This new Airfryer uses unique Turbostar Technology to produce fast, healthy meals and snacks. You can fry, bake, roast or grill everything from chicken wings to muffins, French fries, quiche, meatballs, prawns, bread and so many more delicious foods. All of this and more can be cooked using little to no oil – how awesome is that? HOW DOES IT WORK? Mimicking the properties of a turbine to improve airflow circulation, the appliance’s new TurboStar technology swirls hot air continuously throughout the whole cooking chamber, resulting in fair heat distribution for evenly cooked food. This constant, circulating heat ensures all food is cooked through simultaneously, without the need for turning. In addition to this, powerful direct heat from above quickly crisps the food on the outside, while the inside remains tender, for great tasting dishes every time. Throughout every stage of the process, the new Airfryer TurboStar has been developed to make your life easier. There’s no need for pre-heating meaning it is ready to use immediately, and 58

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you can have perfectly cooked food in less time (more time to eat!). WHY SHOULD YOU GET IT? We used the Airfryer to make roast potatoes with tuna and Mediterranean chicken nuggets with fries (both yummy recipes that you can find on the Philips website). Perhaps the most surprising factor is that food STILL tastes just as good, if not better, and the whole cooking experience feels revolutionary, especially when you get tasty fries and chicken without the greasiness of oil – we love it! It’s a much safer alternative to frying with oil and it also helps to eliminate the pungent odour caused by deep-frying. Additionally, with the QuickClean basket – which includes a removable non-stick mesh – cleaning it is super easy. If you’re a culinary enthusiast and also like things to be nice and neat, you’ll be happy to know that this Airfryer is 20 per cent smaller, making it space efficient whilst allowing you to fry up to four servings at a time (800g of food). What more could you ask for? THE VERDICT After using the Philips Viva Collection Airfryer Turbostar to cook a number of dinners, all we can say is that the technology does what it says. You can enjoy all your favourite foods without the guilt or hassle of cooking with excess oil. Best of all, you won’t be compromising on flavour, taste or texture. It’s time to change your eating habits today and switch to the Airfryer. Trust us, you will not be disappointed. ✤


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The day most of our team landed in Abu Dhabi, they downloaded this app to their phone and have never looked back. Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app, with over 50 million active monthly users globally. So how does it work? Millions of drivers interact with the app, reporting road hazards, traffic jams, speed cameras, accidents and much more. In this way, you are always one step ahead of the traffic and can always select the best route currently available. Best of all, it’s free! Just insert your desired destination and drive with the app left open on your phone. If you spot something worth reporting, wait until it is safe to do so and enter in the data. The app is very easy to use and voice assisted. We would literally be lost without it.

Need an easy and convenient way to learn a new language? Well the app Duolingo offers you a chance to learn any of nine European languages, absolutely free. The creators used a scientific approach to ensure retention of information. The art of gamification has been applied, which encourages learning through speech, audio, photos and typing. One of our team has been learning Spanish through the app and will attest to it being user friendly. They quickly picked up the basics and are improving each day. The app monitors and stores your process and will even send you reminders to practice each day if you ask it to. You earn points as you progress through the levels and can exchange these points for items at the virtual store. Interactive, fun and effective. Duolingo es muy Bueno.

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A trend that never gets old made a heavy appearance for AW16 looks. Long checkered coats, dense sweaters, trousers, jackets and accessories, all took over the runways as checks were given a colour boost and a pattern twist. This trend is no doubt the perfect choice to stay fashionsavvy and cosy at the same time! On the runway:

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pea coats, bomber jackets, crinkled trousers and coats, and astronaut-inspired boots all completing a futuristic aesthetic reminiscent of the Space Age. Pick your glossy piece and start shining like the man on the moon!

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The seasonal change has put us in a mellow fashion mood this month. Ladies, swap out your bright fuchsia shades for warm pastel pinks, bubblegum and blush tones. Try headto-toe hues for a high impact look, or add complimenting white or gold, or mix and match fabrics, for a subtle nod to the trend.

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This year’s festival crowd pulled off some truly eclectic looks with all sorts of retro inspiration in their outfits. Gone are the days of ultra-skinny jeans, as tailored trousers are the latest headliners. Couple these with crisp floral shirts fresh from the 70s and tasteful 90’s sportswear, and you’re winning.

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ottega Veneta introduces Parco Palladiano, a new collection of fragrances for men and women inspired by the Palladian gardens of the Veneto region of Italy, where Bottega Veneta was founded in 1966. The six fragrances are a collaboration with three perfumers. Each scent captures different moments and experiences in a Palladian garden. The Parco Palladiano collection is numbered by simple Roman numerals – I, II, III, IV, V, VI – to reflect the classical heritage of the Palladian villas. From magnolia to cypress leaves, azaleas, pear, rosemary, sage and laurel, there are captivating scents to please every perfume connoisseur.

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Sephora Jumbo Shadow Liner Change your eye beauty game and go for something fun and easy! These jumbo pencils create a range of cool and pretty effects, from bold lines to blending out eye shadows, so you can have a one-stop eye product on-the-go. the pencils are also resistant to water, heat and humidity, with a high-pigment formula that applies smoothly. 76

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We’re give summer its last run with these amazing products to take your beauty routine to the next level.

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MAC Transformed Huggable in Flaming Lips Forgo a heavy lippie and take your pout to another world of perfection. With a gel-like feel and a rich, glossy shine, this super hydrating lip colour lasts up to six hours. So, don’t worry about keeping your lips neat from day to night, because it’s time to get playful for every time of day!

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OPI Soft Shades in One Chic Chick While summer is still here, pave the way with soft and pastel shades. Get creative in the nail department as OPI delivers the very best for end-of-summer nails. Go funky and wild with some nail décor, too, or keep it fresh and feminine with one bright colour to match your outfit. Go on, get your nail cred on point.

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Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer With so much humidity these days, lock your look and set everything with this summer-friendly primer. No sweat, no gain! Make sure to dab a small amount all over your face and make your foundation last up to seven hours with this genius product. Perfect for day to evening wear. We love it!

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Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Balancing Softener Enriched Stay hydrated with this wrinkle-resisting, age-defying softener, which contains effective ingredients to challenge visible signs of aging. Remove the excess surface cells with this cult beauty product as it also, deeply moisturises for smoother, rejuvenated skin.

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Starskin The Master Cleanser Foam Detoxify your skin with this luxurious rich cleanser and keep your skin nourished. Infused with active marine extracts and sea kelp, it also combines pure glacier water with a potent blend of sea kelp leaves, brightening green caviar seaweed, softening sea cucumber and nourishing Spirulina. Go get radiant!


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THE BODY SHOP Shea Body Butter It’s one of the most-loved products from The Body Shop, and it works a treat! Much like your face, the skin on your body needs moisture – especially, the knees, calves and elbows which have fewer oil glands. This vitamin E-rich moisturiser has been putting the lustre back into skin for some time now. Moisturising is a breeze!

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DAVIDOFF Cool Water Davidoff Cool Water is now leading the way to help protect the ocean, so we thought it was only fitting to give this fail-safe fragrance a shout out. The brand and its ambassador Scott Eastwood are working to safeguard one of the world’s most endangered natural resources. Plus, it smells amazing too – bonus!

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CLINIQUE FOR MEN Oil Control Mattifying Moisturiser Moisturising your skin is essential to keep it looking and feeling smooth and healthy. Achieve a matte, shine-free complexion with this product. Ideal for daily use, the fastabsorbing cream soothes shaving irritation and cools razor burns for longlasting comfort.

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NIVEA Nivea Men Crème Pulling triple duty, this crème cares for the skin on your face, body and hands, by giving it a boost of hydration. The light formula is non-greasy, non sticky and absorbs quickly. It’s also the perfect size to throw into your gym bag and it works to feel good ON your skin so you can feel good IN your skin.

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GILLETTE Fusion ProShield Razor ProShield Lubrication before and after the blades, lays down a protective layer to shield from irritation whilst shaving – basically, you’ll evict more whiskers in fewer strokes! Five precision blades provide less tug and pull for incredible comfort – in fact, this might just be the “closest ever” shave of your life!

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JACK BLACK Hair & Scalp Conditioner Not only will it give you a fresh, minty jolt in the morning, to kick-start your day obvs, this product will also fortify follicles and stimulate hair growth. The lightweight conditioner detangles and adds shine, even to graying, curly, and coarsely textured hair as well as deeply moisturising the hair and scalp. fact magazine

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Technicolour Lines Playful colours are making an interior splash right now with rainbow shades appearing on everything from bookshelves to oven gloves, vases and towels. Bring some bright, bold, and colour-filled vibes into your abode with our top picks for the home this month‌

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FAIL-SAFE FONDANT DESSERT KIT Nothing beats a perfectly baked sponge encasing a gorgeous, gooey centre, and you can’t go wrong with the new Fondant Dessert Kit from Lakeland. Thoroughly tested to guarantee great results and give you absolute peace of mind, it’s a sure-fire way to impress and make every single spoonful a truly melt-inthe-mouth experience. Comprises six individual silicone pudding moulds and a silicone tray to make up to 12 fondant centres. Includes five recipes. Oven safe up to 240°C. | AED150 fact magazine

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“I love the fact that steaks take centre stage at The Forge� Chef de Cuisine Gerardo Recabarren

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The Forge Steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is well known in the capital for its stylish venue and excellent steaks. The restaurant has just launched a new menu so we sat down with chef de cuisine, Gerardo Recabarren to try it. Prior to his appointment as Chef de Cuisine at The Forge, Chef Gerardo was based in North America where he first worked as a sous chef at Steeplechase restaurant, Florida, specialising in modern American cuisine, before moving to North Dakota to gain experience at an all-day dining restaurant. Chef Gerardo began his professional career in his home country of Argentina, starting as a trainee and rising through the ranks to the chef de partie role shortly after graduating from Celia Escuela Integral Gastronómica in Cordoba, Argentina. Chef Gerardo explains that his cooking is all about finding the right flavours. “My philosophy is to respect the ingredients and to enjoy the day-to-day routine. Finding the right flavours and textures, and utilising new cooking techniques is a quest that I enjoy and when I don’t find the right combination I will start the process again until I get it right.” The delicious new menu is representative of the style of food served at The Forge - a cuisine that touches all cultures and tastes through its diversity and flavours. “Before I started working on the new menu for The Forge, I listened to the guests’ feedback, analysed industry trends and talked to suppliers to determine what ingredients are available and how many times a week they can guarantee deliveries,” Chef Gerardo shares. “Being in the UAE means we rely on deliveries from around the world, so having close communication with our suppliers is a must.” 82

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Chef Gerardo’s favourite dishes come from his Argentinean background. “My favorite dish to cook has to be an Argentinean Asado where a different range of cuts are cooked over a ‘parrilla’ (an Argentinean term for grill). I don’t like to rush the Asado so taking your time with this dish is very important. “I enjoy the cooking process as much as I love the delicious dish itself - the aromas of the freshly grilled meat and the sound of the dripping juice evaporating on contact with hot charcoal,” he adds. When it comes to cooking the perfect steak chef lets us in on his best tips. He says: “Let your steak rest at room temperature before cooking it; this will help you to control the temperature as


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you grill it. Meanwhile get your grill very hot. “For the steak to have a nice smoky flavour from the charcoal, make sure not to flip it over too many times. I like to season the steak before placing it on the grill, using coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper. Once you are about to reach the temperature that you desire, remove the steak from the grill and leave it to rest for about five minutes. After that put it back on the grill for about one minute for each side and serve immediately.” After all this glorious chat about delicious food, we couldn’t wait to try the new menu. We started with a dish that has a special meaning for the chef as it’s from his home country of Argentina

– the Pampa-style beef carpaccio. This delicate Argentinian beef marinated in chimichurri sauce that gives the beef spiciness and freshness, in a true pampa style. This is without doubt the best carpaccio dish we’ve ever tried and we truly appreciate the different flavours with caper foam and parmesan crisps – yummy! Next we’re off to France with a traditional French onion soup. This dish represents simplicity and is perfectly cooked. From the times of the French revolution, the recipe never changed. Onions, bay leaves and thyme are carrying the dish wonderfully. For the main course it’s the best of the land and sea, a Spanish tenderloin and lobster tail surf and turf. This grass fed beef that has been dry-aged for 12 days had the most amazing, juicy, flavours. The dry-aging process concentrates the flavours, making the taste more intense and the meat more tender. To finish off the meal, the crème brulee with its interesting chocolate chantilly texture and well-balanced flavours of lime and cocoa strudel and pineapple jelly is perfection. We are seriously impressed with the dishes from the new menu and we love that they’re created by such a passionate chef who is a massive foodie himself. Now, it’s up to the diners to tuck in and enjoy a mouthwatering meal. ✤ GO: Visit The Forge at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal. Call (0) 2 818 8888 for reservations and more information. fact magazine

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Crust Means Business Crust at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island launches their new business lunch and being the massive foodies that we are, FACT went to check out what’s on offer‌

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f you’re looking for a new lunch spot for a delicious and relaxing afternoon break, business meeting or just some quiet time with good food and views, look no further as we’ve found just the place for this. Crust, the modern, market-inspired neighbourhood restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi has launched its Business Lunch and we’re suitably impressed. Professionals looking to impress, entertain or simply take a short break in the working day can visit the relaxed, waterfront location for a wholesome lunch in a convenient 45 minutes. Blending urban chic and understated luxury, Crust presents a vibrant atmosphere where guests can enjoy something for everyone. You can choose between a selection of soups or salads to accompany a main course. Fresh preparations from the Crust kitchen include a health conscious Red Quinoa and watercress salad with sumac marinated shallots and mustardlemon dressing, or try our favourite, the Cobb Salad with grilled chicken breast, crispy beef bacon, avocado, hardboiled egg and house dressing – it’s simply irresistible. If it’s something heartier you want, go for the succulent Lamb Meat Balls with maize mash and spicy tomato dip (highly recommended) or experience the New York Steak served with grilled red chicory and hollandaise sauce – yes, it tastes as good as it sounds! Crust’s live juice and coffee bar serves up refreshing juices and aromatic blends, the perfect complement to energise and awaken, keeping creativity flowing throughout lunch and the business day. We love the Healthy Green juice with zingy lemon and spinach. Light, bright and situated overlooking the water, Crust welcomes guests with a friendly team delivering service that never feels rushed. It’s the prime meeting place for the entire Al Maryah Island and wider Abu Dhabi community. As far as business lunch goes, or just a catch up meeting with friends, Crust delivers in all areas. We’re sure that it’s set to become a favourite foodie spot! ✤ 86

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GO: The 45-Minute Business Lunch at Crust is served on weekdays from 12noon to 3.30pm, priced at AED55 per person. Call (0)2 333 2222 for reservations and more information.

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f you’ve not heard of Tamba or haven’t yet been then you must have been living under a rock and it’s time to come out from under it! The restaurant blends traditional Indian cuisine with innovative fare and certainly lives up to the hype surrounding it. Set in The Hub at the World Trade Centre Mall, prepare to be wowed upon entering. The restaurant has a slick décor and low lighting to create a relaxed and inviting atmosphere – perfect for afterwork catch ups, special occasion dinners, casual meals out, and for more intimate gatherings too. The venue showcases a clever blend of originality, innovation and tradition, with its loft-style interior, floor to ceiling windows, exposed Tandoor ovens representing the true roots of Indian cuisine, and extensive copper bells dangling elegantly from above. The menu is made up of different options including bites, salads, raw, vegetarian and meat (including everything from fish and seafood, to chicken and duck or beef and lamb). Throughout September, Tamba is 90

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putting a major focus on their raw bites, light bights and mouthwatering salads to satisfy your palate. An absolute must-try is the watermelon, rocket and burrata salad; an unusual mix of flavours when you hear it, but an incredibly tasty option. It’s become a real favourite with the FACT team and we order it every single time. The Light Bites are a delicious mix of Indian food with an international twist and the Raw Bites at Tamba offer a delicious solution to the incredible heat outside.


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The Light Bites are a delicious mix of Indian food with an international twist and the Raw Bites at Tamba offer a delicious solution to the incredible heat outside.

Whether you opt for Seared Salmon, Raw Red Snapper Kachumbar, Spicy Tuna Churmuri or King Crab Puri, your taste buds will be left refreshed and revived. Team this with either the Arugula and Tomato Chutney Salad or Prawn, Papaya Pomelo and Green Pea Crush and your light, summer affair is complete. Helping you cool off even further are a selection of Indian-inspired signature drinks, made perfectly to compliment the summer bites. Finish this all off with The Bride, a totally white dessert mixing chili meringue, chantilly cream, raw mango and coconut sorbet which is a truly scrumptious, light and clean offering for the summer. The staff at Tamba are amazing and explain the dishes with ease whilst providing very attentive service. All this makes for a refreshing and memorable dining experience in the capital. It’s not hard to see what all the fuss is about – go and see for yourself at Tamba! ✤ GO: Visit Tamba at The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Centre. Call (0)2 672 8888 for reservations and more information.

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Spice Route of Indian

Sushi Nights at Kahraman

Chino-Latino Bento Box

Introducing a month-long special menu this September at Teatro, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, you can tuck into an amazing and authentic Indian feast, featuring selected dishes from every corner of the country. Highlights include Paneer Lababdar from the North, Sukha Jinga from the South, a spicy Keema Mutter from the East or a home style Tariwala Murgh from the West. Prices are a la carte and the menu is available from 6pm, daily. Sounds yummy!

Enjoy an unlimited buffet of the finest in house sushi and makis during Kahraman Sushi Nights at Southern Sun Abu Dhabi. Tuck into Kahraman’s signature dish, the Dynamite Maki, as your taste buds experience an explosion of appetising flavours that you’ll remember for days to come. Due to popular demand, the restaurant has added an extra evening to enjoy the incredible array of famous Japanese dishes on offer. Sushi Nights can now be enjoyed by guests every Monday and Wednesday evening at the same great value as before. AED149++ for the buffet and soft drink package.

Asia de Cuba welcomes celebrated signature Bento Boxes to its seasonal daytime menu. The Bento Box lunch options are ideal for diners who are onthe-go, and are seeking to experience the signature chino-latino offerings in a quicker yet still tasty format. Asia de Cuba elevates the traditional Japanese concept by offering a choice of two and five compartment boxes, re-mastered by Chef Philip Harbin, who includes some of Asia de Cuba’s signature favorites. There are four different Bento Boxes, starting from AED65 that include everything from Chili Rubbed Scallops to Roasted Duck Salad, Plantain Chips, Edamame, and Black Bean Empanadas to name but a few of the delicious treats. Available Sun to Thur from 12noon to 3pm.

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CRUST’S FRIDAY BEST BRUNCH

Wild Mushroom at Mezzaluna

Bistro’s Brunch & Beyond

Crust at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, welcomes friends and families to dress in their ‘Friday Best’ as Brunch launches. Guests can sit back, relax and be taken care of experiencing the best seasonal seafood, cocktails and roast meat cuts served family-style to the table, complimented by a variety of delectable global cuisine, all displayed buffet style with live cooking stations. Handcrafted creative cocktail and mocktail concoctions, free flowing grape and hops and fresh juices accompany the flavourful journey. Mini Brunchers’ can discover a series of creative activities too. AED275 with soft drinks; AED375 with cocktails and house beverages; AED75 for mini brunchers aged six to 12-years old; free for under six-year-olds.

The wild mushroom season in Europe is in full swing and Mezzaluna at the stunning Emirates Palace, showcases the delicate flavours of the famously sought-after mushrooms. The chefs have conjured up a spectacular à la carte menu featuring the perfect marriage of fresh Italian ingredients with this season’s finest mushrooms, porcini, morel and Chanterelles. The chefs highly recommend the sea bass served with wild mushrooms or the spectacular tagliatelle with ragout of Chanterelles for pasta lovers.

Sit back and relax with family and friends in a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere, while enjoying a sumptuous buffet that includes a selection of delectable dishes and refreshing drinks. You’ll find all of this in Bistro, at the Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Centre. It’s perfect for families with younger children, who will be entertained with a movie corner and fun activities such as face painting. After the feast, make your way to Up and Below, the rooftop bar, offering guests a selected concoction on the hotel! Every Friday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. AED135 per person inclusive of soft beverages; AED250 per person inclusive of selected house beverages; children between six and 12-years-old pay AED65 and under six-year-olds eat for free.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Get Refreshed at Mizan Spa FACT’s Angela Beitz steps into Mizan Spa at Hilton Capital Grand for a luxurious facial and rejuvenating wellness experience. Here’s the verdict…

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Upon entering the treatment room, which consists of modern décor with lots of marble, I’m immediately calm and ready for the treatment. This facial aims to lift the skin and is designed to combat signs of ageing such as loss of firmness and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The facial starts with the Thalgo cleansing ritual, where skin is cleaned with a cleanser depending on your skin type. Since my skin is super dry, a lovely milk cream cleanser is applied to remove surface dirt 96

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and impurities. Next, the skin is intensely exfoliated and smoothed to optimise the penetration of the anti-ageing ingredients. It’s such a great feeling to have all the dead skin cells removed. An expert anti-ageing massage is performed to boost circulation and to lift complexion. A super-lifting mask is then applied to fill deeper wrinkles and lift and contour the face and neck. This wonderfully-thick mask is placed all over the face including the eyes and lips to ensure your whole face is covered. While

I’m waiting for the mask to do its magic, a relaxing foot and arm massage is carried out. To end the treatment, soothing serums, eye cream and some moisturiser are applied to relevant areas. I’m ecstatic and impressed with the immediate results – my skin feels and looks so much better. Fine lines are diminished and there’s have an overall natural glow, a difference that remains over the next few days. I’d highly recommend Mizan Spa as it offers a number of amazing other


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“I’m ecstatic and impressed with the immediate results – my skin feels and looks so much better.”

treatments too, including invigorating body therapies, relaxing massages and hammams, all in one of the gorgeous 15 treatment rooms. For the ultimate spa experience, choose a signature treatment or ritual, such as the Detox Algae Wrap, an aromatic journey beginning with a seaweed wrap, moving on to Deep Tissue Massage and ending with a de-sensitising facial. I’ll be back for sure! ✤ GO: Thalgo Silicium Facial is AED575 for 75 minutes. Visit Mizan Spa at Hilton Capital Grand, Airport Road. Call (0) 2 617 0014 for reservations and more information.

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Tanja Friedl

Guest Relations Manager, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

WHAT keepS you excited about BEING in Abu Dhabi? Having lived in Abu Dhabi for the past six years, it is always impressive that one cannot get bored of the city. The cultural diversity allows each and every person living here to explore and indulge in different traditions and culinary treats. There is always something new to discover, be it a restaurant, a leisure activity or just relaxing at one of the many pristine beaches and enjoying good conversation with friends. Abu Dhabi is a destination for global business, cultural and also leisure events, which provides so many options to spend your free time. As Guest Relations 98

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Manager, I enjoy, every day, the conversation with our guests, making sure their holiday, business trip or stop over is memorable.

What are some of your favorite hotspots in THE CITY? It is always a pleasure when friends or family from home come to visit, or hotel guests enquire about the city. At first I would lead them to the Heritage Village, where an insight into the history, traditions and life of the city’s ancestors is available. A visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a must. I would always recommend Yas Island with all of its entertainment and adventure offerings, but also a stop at Masdar City,

where the future of renewable energy and technology can be explored.

Share with us some of your goals for the rest of the 2016 I look forward to further enhancing the personalised services we offer to our guests. The coming months will be busy with Formula 1 and the fifth anniversary of our hotel. In December, we’ll celebrate the 45th UAE National Day and the Festive Season. Throughout all these events, the hotel is putting great offers on to treat guests and my part will be to provide a culturally connected experience from the first step into the lobby up until the themed in-room amenities.


Take Fridays to a new level and immerse yourself in an interactive Brunch featuring live food and beverage stations, offering all your favourites from our award-winning restaurants tuned up with live entertainment. Date: Starting September 02, 2016 from 12.30 to 15.30 Price: AED 495* Inclusive of bubbly | AED 385* Inclusive of hops and grapes AED 285* Inclusive of soft drinks For more information, please call +971 2 811 5666 or email JADrestaurants@jumeirah.com fact magazine

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