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Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

FACT Magazine Abu Dhabi Edition • JANUARY 2018 VOLUME 04, ISSUE 07

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER GREG HUGHES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SHABANA ADAM (shabana@fact-magazine.com) PUBLISHING DIRECTOR ANGELA BEITZ

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omething that you might not know about the magazine industry is that, in all its glamorous glory, it really never sleeps! Being in the media, especially in the Gulf, is somewhat of a 24/7 dedication – from research and writing to picture sourcing, interviewing and mingling at meetings and events – this is one challenging and super demanding sector. So, when the holiday season and the New Year come around, it’s an absolute heaven-send that after all the chaos comes the calm and some well-deserved time to relax (just a little though). I have to confess, until now I’ve never really made or written down New Year’s resolutions – ever. Of course, like many of you out there, I have goals and a hundred to-do lists, both in my head and written on odd scraps of paper, that I often refer to for a quick reminder or guidance. But, for 2018, I did something new – I wrote down some resolutions (mainly something about eat clean, train dirty, less tech, more travel) and I’m hoping that putting pen to paper means that I’ll be able to make them stick – a girl can dream. With that in mind, we’ve put together a #LiveYourBestLife (p21) feature with a round up of the UAE’s top organic, natural and all-round good-for-you brands and products to encourage a more “go green” approach to your every day, without sacrificing on all the indulgent things in life. From getting farm-grown fruit and veg delivered to your door to switching your beauty brands to more naturallycreated products - there’s at least one thing that each of you can commit to doing for a better 2018! And if more travel is what’s on the agenda for your 2018, what better way to begin the New Year than with plenty of inspo for your next trip. Cultural, naturefilled experiences await in Sri Lanka where Resplendent Ceylon bring boutique adventures to life (p47), whilst regional escapes call out from the shores of The Chedi Muscat (p57) – take your pick! The next few months are going to be busy in the FACT office as we plan the 4th annual FACT Dining Awards Abu Dhabi, ready to recognise all the amazing food and beverage outlets in the city – keep an eye out for the shortlist of nominees in our next issue and don’t forget to vote online for your favourites! I’m not sure how I’m going to survive an entire year without a new season of Game of Thrones, but it’s all the more reason for re-watch weekends and GoT gatherings – who’s in? In the meantime, I’ll just be over here on meme watch from the comfort of the couch. Happy New Year everyone.☺

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Benvenuto al LARTE ITALIAN FOOD LOVERS, UNITE! LARTE, A MODERN RESTAURANT, BAR, TERRACE AND COMMUNITY SPACE CONCEPT, FROM THE HEART OF STYLE CAPITAL MILAN, HAS LAUNCHED IN ABU DHABI.

PART OF THE LARTE PROJECT, showcasing modern, contemporary Italian hospitality and community experience, served alongside art, fashion and design – the new venue is a combination that is truly unique to the Abu Dhabi dining and social scene. Located in the capital’s flourishing Cultural District, Manarat al Saadiyat, LARTE Abu Dhabi is a joint venture between LARTE Milan and Roya Hospitality. The licensed restaurant offers an all-day dining experience combining a counter service ‘caffé’; stylish, marble bar ‘trattoria’ and large outdoor terrace. While the creative community garden and adjoining pavilion, presents a relaxed vibe and light-filled canvas for social events. Living by the philosophy of ‘bello, buono e ben fatto’, meaning ‘the beautiful, the good and the well-made’, the concept is a model example of simple, honest Italian excellence and hospitality. Guests will enjoy traditional Italian cuisine with a creative twist. Italian head Chef Lorenzo Pagliaro and his team have carefully selected only the finest flavours for their innovations. The team source ingredients directly from Italy as well as locally with a 8

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tradition of daily visits to the Abu Dhabi fish market. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, signature dishes set to become fast favourites comprise saffron and lobster arancini, stone bass carpaccio, oven baked ziti and eggplant parmigiana. Throughout the day, a fresh ‘caffé’ deli display offers a variety of salads; sandwiches and antipasti that can be conveniently ordered for take out or dine in, alongside world-class coffee from Illy, and cakes, pastries and desserts. The ‘trattoria’ marble bar area features an extensive grape list including many well-known Italian labels. The Terrace with its lush green lawns and tranquil corners makes the perfect backdrop for yoga and meditation classes, which will be hosted regularly during the cooler winter months. ✤

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ART ALERT Get your culture fix with the Lourve Abu Dhabi’s newest exhibitions Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoir-faire

From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first special exhibition, From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone, is now open to the public and will run until April 7. The exhibition traces the history of France’s Musée du Louvre in the 18th century through 150 paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and other works of art from the world-renowned collections of the Musée du Louvre and the Château de Versailles. From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone tells the story of the creation of the Musée du Louvre two centuries ago, when Europe’s first museums were founded to share access to magnificent royal collections with the public. Divided into three sections, the exhibition explores the royal collections at Versailles under Louis XIV, the Louvre as a palace for artists, and the creation of the Musée du Louvre.

LEONARDO DA VINCI’S SALVATOR MUNDI Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism has acquired Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece Salvator Mundi. The work, hailed as one of the greatest artistic rediscoveries of the last 100 years, will go on display at Louvre Abu Dhabi, alongside another da Vinci masterpiece, La Belle Ferronnière, which is currently on loan

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Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoir-faire, is a unique exhibition of four contemporary works of art created by UAE-based artists in collaboration with premium French manufacturers. The exhibition will be on display until 25 March 2018 in the museum’s Forum. Co-Lab is part of the Emirati-French Cultural Programme: Dialogue with Louvre Abu Dhabi, an initiative established by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and France’s Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture and the Institut Français. Conceived and produced jointly by the Emirati and French authorities, the Emirati-French Cultural Programme in dialogue with Louvre Abu Dhabi - fully embraces the creative momentum set in motion by the creation of the museum. The artworks on display in this exhibition combine the artists’ creativity and artistic vision with the technique and know-how of the French manufacturers. The four artistic projects revolve around the central theme of ‘Time’. Each artist expressed this theme using different approaches and materials. ✤

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from musée du Louvre. Painted by one of history’s greatest and most renowned artists, Salvator Mundi is one of fewer than 20 known surviving paintings by the Italian Renaissance master. Dating from around 1500, it is an oil on panel painting depicting a half-length figure of Christ as Saviour of the World, facing the viewer, and dressed in flowing robes of lapis and crimson. The figure holds a crystal orb in his left hand as he raises his right hand in benediction.


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BRUNCH ENVY AT TORO TORO SEEING THAT FRIDAY BRUNCH is an institution in Abu Dhabi, it’s no surprise that the hottest new venue in town has joined the club. Rest assured, the Friday brunch at Toro Toro Abu Dhabi is quite special, just like everything else in the restaurant. A mix of table service and live stations, brunch-goers will kick-start their afternoon with Toro Toro’s signature smoked guacamole, served at their table. They can then head over to the cold buffet station and enjoy favourites such as the seafood ceviche and Huachinango not to mention the famed Toro Toro salads. The anticuchos station is a popular stop for meat lovers, as is the wide selection of Rodizzo at the charcoal grill, sent to the table once ready. Other live stations include a taco stand and a hot station for steaming empanadas and cachapas. Sides such as sweet potato fries and quinoa salad are served at the table for added convenience. In addition to delving into a selection of the restaurant’s signature desserts, guests, young and old, can cool down with a scoop or two at the Toro Toro ice cream stand. The soft beverage package is AED295 per person, whilst those who opt for the house beverages and signature blends will pay AED445 per person. The traditional bubbly brunch package is also available at AED545 per person. A Pisco station and Mojito trolley where Toro Toro’s seasoned mixologists and bartenders work their magic are certain to be popular with the more adventurous. Toro Toro’s Friday brunch entertainment will be provided by the resident Cuban band performing live and DJ Katalina on the decks. This lively Friday offering is enhanced with a spectacular waterfront terrace, a truly perfect setting for a midday meal. Not to mention the stunning interiors, which are the perfect option for a fiesta to remember. The innovative menu, bespoke cocktails and original add-ons such as the beverage stations, ice cream stand and charcoal grill are just the icing on the cake. ✤ 12

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CULTURAL HERITAGE

PICTURE PERFECT THE ST REGIS ABU DHABI and Sony MEA announced the winner of their #MyStRegisSonyMoment UAE competition, choosing Claire Mcteigue’s picture as the winning photograph! The competition which launched in August 2017, urged aspiring photographers and social media fanatics of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels to capture the moment with images that featured The St. Regis Abu Dhabi hotel, either inside, outside or from the hotel, on a mobile device. These were posted via Instagram with hashtags #MyStRegisSonyMoment and #LiveExquisite. Participants also needed to be following and mention the @StRegisAbuDhabi, @SonyMEA and @ StRegisMauritius Instagram profiles for consideration. All 195 entries were judged, and a shortlist of five top finalists were invited to shoot the world’s highest suspended hotel suite, the Abu Dhabi Suite using the award-winning Sony α7R II (model ILCE-7RM2) camera. Taro Kimura, Managing Director, Sony Middle East and Africa, said: “Sony MEA would like to extend its heartfelt congratulations to Claire Mcteigue for winning this competition. Her skill and passion for photography was clearly visible through the stunning imagery she captured with the Sony α7R II. This award celebrates Sony’s commitment to the photography industry and is one of the many events that Sony supports to encourage photography in the region and around the world.” The grand prize consists of a 3-hour private sunset shoot on The St. Regis Abu Dhabi helipad and a stay to remember at The St. Regis Mauritius Resort, as well as Sony store gift vouchers. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi helipad is the highest active helipad in the Middle East at 255m, currently accessible for only 20 guests exclusively at the highly popular once-monthly Helipad Sunset Supper experience; the city’s most exclusive photoshoot location. ✤

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THE UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has added the traditional UAE performing art of Al-Azi onto the list of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding’. Al-Azi is a significant and important cultural heritage performance reflecting UAE culture and Emirati society. The art of Al-Azi depends on the repetition of poems without music or rhythmic instruments. It is practiced at national and social events to instill pride, loyalty and national values. It also praises the traditions of welcoming and praising achievement. The performance focuses on the singer and the supporting reciters who give him answers that emphasise his words. Reciters stand in lines behind the lead performer in a symbolic scene of unity and solidarity. HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, said: “AlAzi’s inclusion in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage In Need of Urgent Safeguarding’ list is reflective of our leadership’s directives to support our authentic cultural heritage, and to emphasise on its importance in building national identity and maintaining communication between different generations.” ✤

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JANUARY DINING Emirates Palace CHEESE & CHARCUTERIE IN BBQ AL QASR Whet your palate with a sumptuous selection of meats and cheeses from around the world. Begin your meal or make a meal out of a cheese and charcuterie board carefully curated and composed by the talented team of chefs in BBQ Al Qasr. European seasonal treats, such as raclette, fondue and tartiflette will delight diners seeking creamy, melted winter comfort food. Call (0)2 690 7999 for more info.

The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa SATURDAY PICNIC Every Saturday, enjoy the warmth of the sun, take a refreshing dip in the pool, and enjoy mouthwatering treats in your picnic basket. There’s a ton of fun activities planned for the day which kids will love, whilst mum and dad take some time out. Picnic basket includes bottle of house pour, juices, water, salads, main course and desserts. AED450 net - including picnic basket (for two adults and two kids), food and beverages and pool access. From 10am to 4pm. Call (0)2 616 9999 for more info.

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi BUSINESS LUNCH AT CHO GAO With three delicious menu options, lunch is all about getting good grub and great service at Cho Gao! The Hari Kasih special includes three courses accompanied by a soft drink, an iced tea or a bottle of water for AED70 net; the Berkelas is for really hungry diners and serves up a nutritious soup, Cho Gao sampler plate, a selected main course with rice and an ice cream for just AED80 net; and the Oishii is a quick Japanese food fix including miso soup, a bowl of salad, maki roll and bottle of water, all for a cool AED90 net. Available Sun to Thur from 12noon to 4pm. Call (0)2 616 6166 for more info. 16

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Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort UNLIMITED SPANISH TAPAS Every Friday and Sunday nights it’s Spanish cuisine galore at Bravo restaurant. A cosy dining area with an open kitchen and a bar create the perfect setting for winter dining. Indulge yourself with the all-you-can-eat selection of hot and cold tapas accompanied with a carafe of sangria for AED220. When you’re done mixing and matching the tasty bites, freshly prepared paella comes to your table to complete the explosion of Mediterranean flavours. Bravo is an ideal place if you’re looking for a relaxing intimate venue with a touch of medieval romance to it. There’s live flamenco guitar music too. Call (0)2 677 3333 for more info.

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers RAY’S GRILL UNIQUE FLAMBÉ EXPERIENCE If you’re a carnivore at heart and love the finer things in life – this is the dining deal for you! You’ll savour a 180g Tenderloin cut into medallions, cooked with butter and shallots then flamed in Cognac, tableside. Guests can then choose one of the following sauces Peppercorn, Mushroom, Truffle or Red Wine to accompany. As part of the price, you’ll getone potato dish and one side dish from the à la carte menu to go with your meaty main. AED240+++ and served from 7pm to 11pm. ✤ Call (0)2 811 5666 for more info.


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ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style at The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal. February brings with it the most romantic day of the year, and The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is pulling out all the stops to ensure that you and your loved one can enjoy a Valentine’s Day to remember. After all – it’s never too early to plan! Choose from a romantic dinner a deux at The Forge, Li Jiang’s Chinese take on romance, or the sumptuous Arabian specialties at Mijana. Book a table at The Forge and start your night off with 30 grams of genuine Sturia caviar served with traditional blini and sour cream accompaniments, followed by a middle course of tuna with smoky raspberry-habanero sauce, pickled onions, hibiscus flower and red cabbage purée. Following a refreshing orange raspberry granita, savor a main course of bone-in striploin and lobster with purple mashed potato and asparagus and sauce Béarnaise. To round off the evening, enjoy Cupid Delicatessen – a decadent red choux pastry case filled with caramelized mango puree and caramel mascarpone cream, along with petits fours of berry tartlets and Valentine macaroons. Head to Li Jiang to enjoy an appetiser of pan-seared scallops, crab, avocado, wasabi mayonnaise and homemade chili tomato, followed by an indulgent starter of foie gras dumpling with creamy shimeji mushroom, Thai basil and bok choy. For your main course, choose between wok-fried lobster, wagyu beef in black pepper sauce or seafood fried rice. And for dessert it’s Tiny Pavlova, with petits fours of berry tartlets and Valentine macaroons. Savour hearty Arabian favourites at Mijana with a romantic twist, topped off with a special Valentine’s dessert. Enjoy a tempting selection of appetisers, including hummus with cranberry, and labneh with truffle oil, before sharing delectable lobster and shrimp kibbeh, almond and hazelnut falafel, and shrimp kanufa, followed by a traditional Arabic mixed grill. Then, for dessert, “Kubid Delicatessen” – a red choux pastry case filled with apricot purée and caramel mascarpone cream, with a pistachio crust. How delish does that sound? ✤ 18

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#DUSIT #THANI #ABU #DHABI #CHRISTMAS #TREE #LIGHTING Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi kick-started the year end festivities with the lighting of the Christmas tree. The spirit of revelry and celebrations was at an all time high on this special occasion. Guests were invited for an exuberant evening at the hotel’s lobby where everyone gathered to usher the beginning of the festive month. The atmosphere was buzzing with chatter and visitors were seen enjoying the Dusit’s distinct Thai hospitality. This was followed by a series of singing performances by the hotel’s very own choir made up of talent from varied departments of the property. Mr. Desmond Hatton, General Manager of Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi delivered the welcome speech and shortly after, the Christmas tree, one of the tallest in the city, was lit up by one of the little guests of the hotel.

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#LIVEYOURBESTLIFE Of course, living your best life is all about fun but why not change it up a little in 2018 with a more healthy, organic and all-round sustainable approach to your every day? FACT‘s Aanchal Duggal rounds up some of the best local talents, UAE-based brands and our favourites that you should check out if and when considering to “go green” – there’s beauty, food and everything in between!

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BALMESSENCE

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Instagram: @balmessence An advocate for all things green, Balmessence helps you put your best face forward without hurting our precious environment. A homegrown e-boutique for ethical beauty and niche perfumery, Balmessence delivers clean and non-toxic beauty directly to your doorstep. Making your transition to a more ethical lifestyle a whole lot easier, Balmessence offers an array of products, accessories and niche perfumery that are bound to please every beauty aficionado in the city!

Instagram: @rawsensations Enriched with all the raw goodness that nature has to offer, Raw Sensations’ natural skincare range is every beauty fanatic’s dream come true! Boasting an all-natural, toxic-free, synthetic-free and no added filler formulation, the thick and creamy concoctions are kind to your skin and the environment, all at the same time. Their reusable jars filled with handmade blends of the best skin nourishing oils and a whole lotta love promise you the softest skin ever!

FARMHOUSE FRESH MIDDLE EAST Instagram: @farmhousefreshme Crafted with wholesome raw ingredients, Farmhouse Fresh’s deliciously created personal care products and spa treatments are the only food your skin needs! Packed with fruits, vegetables, milks and more, all the products are either certified organic or use up to 100% naturally derived ingredients. From gorgeous glass bottles to pots of complexion perfecting goodness, they’re all you need to pamper your skin back to its best behaviour! 22

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HONEYCOMB SALON AND SPA Instagram: @honeycombuae Combining modernity with minimalist features, Honeycomb Salon and Spa offers a tranquil getaway for the woman on-the-go. Entrenched in age-old cultures and traditions, the salon provides exclusively tailored organic treatments for your every health and beauty concern. Featuring spacious treatment rooms, streamlined treatment menus and tasteful artwork in a calm and serene environment- Honeycomb Salon and Spa is the exotic escape you need and deserve!

THE ORGANIC GLOW BEAUTY LOUNGE Instagram: @organicglowuae Making gorgeous, naturally beautiful skin a reality, The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge is a firm believer of ethical and eco-friendly beauty solutions. The UAE’s first completely green ladies salon, the spa is committed to the exclusive use of organic, cruelty-free natural products, down to their eco-friendly interiors. The safe, toxic-free treatments coupled with their impeccable service definitely make it a winner in our eyes, especially as the treatments are ideal for expectant mums too!

GREENHEART ORGANIC FARMS Instagram: @greenheartorganicfarms The dream of every fresh food enthusiast, Greenheart is a farm that was born out of co-founder Elena Kinane’s determination to eat only the freshest organic greens right here in the UAE. If it’s nutritionally valuable produce that you want, Greenheart can help you take a step towards cleaner eating with its farm-grown fruits and vegetables as well as gluten-free baked goods, organic dairy, eggs, meat and fish products, and some of the most delicious imported exotic ingredients. The best thing? Greenheart also does home delivery, taking the stress out of fresh food prep! fact magazine

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DETOX DELIGHT

MY GREEN CHAPTER

Instagram: @detoxdelightdubai Giving a whole new meaning to ‘You are what you eat’, Detox Delight makes sure your every spoonful is bursting with natural goodness! Offering a range of delicious and innovative flavours, it helps you become the best possible version of yourself while providing a whole different type of convenience food. Armed with the Big Five- Organic, 100% natural, gluten-free, vegan and cold-pressed, it is the first step towards a healthier you!

Instagram: @mygreenchapter From organic seeds and plants to an array of fun gardening products, My Green Chapter is an outdoor classroom for the entire family! With the cooler months upon us, the brand’s decorative range of products by Bries Ltd is the perfect way to get off your screens and experience your natural surroundings. My Green Chapter offers easy access to the best gardening tools and accessories including gloves, knee pads, garden bags, herb pots and lots more!

ENCAS Instagram: @encas_sweet_escapes Experience ultimate nutritional indulgence with Encas’s all natural gourmet sweet treats! Giving clean eating a decadent and fulfilling makeover, their preparatory methods preserve the nutritional value of the products while still delivering yummy results. Indulge your sweet tooth the healthy way with their luscious Artisan Chic and Gourmet Sweet Treats or spice up your yogurt and oatmeal breakfast with their hearty Spreads. Snacking will never be the same! 24

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MODERNO HOME ACCENTS Instagram: @moderno.homeaccents Borne out of a deep admiration for the creativity of South East Asian artisans, Moderno Home Accents uses ethically occurring materials to produce creative masterpieces. With the aim to promote outstanding craftsmanship and artistry from the region, the company transforms natural materials to Homeware and Personal accents. From traditionally classic to exquisitely contemporary, these stunning creations will definitely add a little something to your home!

TEESING CLOTHING Instagram: @teesingclothing Revolutionising the way we dress, Teesing Clothing’s ethically charged initiative is exactly what the world needs right now. Made with 70% bamboo fibre and 30% organic cotton, these ethical cotton/bamboo blend T-shirts are manufactured in an environmentally and sociallyconscious way. Packed with natural antibacterial properties, they are available in a number of customisable and on-trend designs. Everything from the ink to the printing process is as natural as it gets!

LOVE LEXI CANDLES Instagram: @lovelexicandles Heavenly scented candles in adorable vintage teacups? Say no more! Made with only 100% eco soy wax, ECO wicks and no lead or other harmful metals, Love Lexi Candles are the perfect addition to your home. Presented in delicately designed vintage style teacups, the candles are all individually hand poured and every creation is one-of-a-kind. Ideal for gifting to your loved ones, these candles not only look great but also smell super amazing!

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THE RAW PLACE – WORLD TRADE CENTRE SOUK Instagram: @therawplace Redefining healthy eating, The Raw Place’s yummy range of detox juices and scrumptious snacks are so good, you’ll forget they’re healthy! Organic, plant-based and dairy free, The Raw Place offers a collection of cold pressed juices, superfood smoothies and sweet as well as savoury eats that taste just as amazing as they look. From healthy Pad Thai Noodles to Mushroom Risotto and gluten-free Banana Bread, healthy eating has never been tastier!

SOULFULL – AL NAHYAN, RAHA MALL & BOUTIK MALL, AL REEM Instagram: @soulfull_restaurant Fresh, healthy and creative, Soulfull offers delicious culinary creations wrapped up in a healthy package. Paving the road for a healthier way of living, they offer gourmet healthy food that is prepared from the freshest and finest ingredients from the local market. With a menu filled with items that are deliciously high in essential nutrients per calorie, they rate their food based on the balance of calories per nutrient-win! Try their scrumptious new Black Burger and Matchamatics Smoothie.

NOLU’S CAFÉ – THE GALLERIA, AL RAHA BEACH & AL SEEF VILLAGE Instagram: @nolusrestaurants Offering an eclectic mix of health and simplicity, Nolu’s Café is all about complex flavours and diverse palates served in a wholesome, modern way. A delectable mix of Californian cuisine with an Afghani twist, Nolu’s Café practices a “farm to table” approach to create delicacies that are healthier and made fresh to order. Everything from their traditional dishes to classic American fare is prepared with fresh, honest ingredients with a homemade touch! 26

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LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN – YAS MALL ABU DHABI Instagram: @lpqmiddleeast Delivering you the best each and every day, Le Pain Quotidien believes that organic is the way forward. Deeply rooted in the time-honoured tradition of breaking bread, the café takes mindful eating to a whole another level. As soon as you enter the venue you are greeted by the delicious fresh-baked smells of their handmade and organic delicacies. Indulge in their piping hot chocolate, warm and fragrant loaves, mouthwatering jams and so much more. The Le Pain Quotidien experience not only fills your tummy but also feeds your soul!

BITERITE RESTAURANT – OPP ABU DHABI BUS STATION Instagram: @biteriteworld With the aim of making healthy food super delicious and readily accessible, BiteRite brings to you wholesome and holistic cuisine without compromising flavour. An excellent option for people looking for healthy, balanced food and guidance, BiteRite specialises in great tasting healthy food for various health demands. With everything from decadent Coconut Pancakes with Goji Berries to mouthwatering Noshi Salmon up for grabs, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice!

CAFÉ 302 – AL MAHA ARJAAN BY ROTANA Instagram: @cafe302 Anyone with a plant-based diet and vegetarians too will LOVE the menu at Café 302 which serves up an assortment of food and beverages including premium and organic retail items such as virgin pressed olive oils, organic fruits and kitchen tools. But, best of all, check out the food on the café’s new vegan menu with brekkie, lunch, dinner and desert options. Highly recommended is the Moroccan Tomato and Onion Soup and the Baby Gem & Asparagus Salad.

ALMAZ BY MOMO – THE GALLERIA Instagram: @almazbymomo Fusing the incredible tastes, flavours and traditions of North Africa and Arabia, Almaz by Momo provides an all around sensory experience with its tantalising cuisine and innovative mocktails. Made fresh with locally sourced spices and ingredients, the carefully crafted and deliciously sumptuous menus are bursting with authentic flavours. Almaz’s healthy and nutritious juice bar as well as their extensive vegetarian menu will have you packing up on your five-a-day, fast! fact magazine

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• FITNESS INTERVIEW

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At only 21-years-old, Luca Múller has managed to maintain a strict plant-based diet and a consistent workout regime to keep his fitness in check – and as desired. Going into the New Year, FACT caught up with the Abu Dhabi-based personal trainer to bring you some major health inspo and highlight that just like Luca, it’s totally possible to achieve your fitness goals. Beast.Mode.On!

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IT’S NO MIRACLE, YOU HAVE TO TRAIN HARD AND EAT CLEAN. IN MY TRAINING THERE’S PLENTY OF VARIETY, I’M TRYING NEARLY EVERYTHING I HEAR ABOUT, SO I CAN DECIDE WHICH FITS ME THE MOST.

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i Luca! Take us back to the beginning – how and when did your fitness journey start? It’s been a long time since I had my first contact with fitness. I started early in my youth practicing Taekwondo, later taking part in competitions and I was also teaching kids’ classes. The first time I did weight training was when I was 16. I practiced earlier on at home with pull-ups, dips, etc, but my first gym membership was at 16. I had no real clue what I was doing and everything I know I learned more or less by teaching myself through YouTube and my own experience.

me the most. It’s bad when you get into a complete routine. You have to get used to eating a lot when you’re eating on a vegan diet, because the calorie density is not that high.

You’re quite a unique example of someone who has managed to build an enviable physique whilst being vegan – that must be a very disciplined lifestyle, how do you do it? First of all, I wouldn’t say that I’m quite unique with that. There are lots of other really good athletes on a completely plant-based diet, for example the German strongman Patrik Baboumian or the Bodybuilder Mischa Janiec. It’s no miracle, you have to train hard and eat clean. In my training there’s plenty of variety, I’m trying nearly everything I hear about, so I can decide which fits

What are three foods that you can’t live without, things that you would recommend people to include in their diet? I would recommend everyone eating a lot of fruits, especially bananas; on some days I’m eating up to eight. Another food I wouldn’t miss is rice. Even though I know it’s not the healthiest one, I’m in love with basmati rice. However, if anyone would ask me, I would recommend whole meal rice. A big part of my protein intake is based on lentils, so that’s the third food I would mention here.

Veganism has become such a huge food trend and way of life for millions of people – what inspired you to start eating clean? I was always curious about this diet. Me and some friends tried it out together and everyone of us still follows their plantbased diet. For all of us, it had health benefits we wouldn’t miss anymore. This was three and a half years ago now and I won’t change anything in the future.

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DON’T START ALONE; GET A FRIEND TO START WITH YOU. IT’S WAY EASIER WHEN YOU’RE NOT TRAINING ALONE. What are some of the best and the most difficult things about being a vegan? The only difficult thing is, that you don’t get food that easy when you’re out. But after some time you know what you can eat, so even that is only hard in the beginning. There are some advantages as to why I’m still keeping the vegan diet. First of all, I think that it’s the healthiest way you can live, if you’re doing it right. Mentally and physically, I’m in the best condition I’ve ever been in at the moment, which strengthens my opinion. Of course there are ethical reasons. If you can avoid any harm to other living beings just by such small changes in your diet, then that’s a plus. I don’t want to fund the industry of animal agriculture anymore. For those people who find it hard to get motivated about exercising – can you give three top tips to get them started… Don’t start alone; get a friend to start with you. It’s way easier when you’re not training alone. Second, focus on why you want to start, doesn’t matter if it’s just living healthier or getting a better physique. And finally, get yourself idols - people who inspire you. What keeps you motivated to continue with this healthy lifestyle? I think I’m way beyond the time where I have to motivate myself. It’s more an addiction in my case. Eating clean and my training fulfill me, I even get into a bad mood when I miss some training sessions! What are some of your health and fitness goals for 2018… I have no real answer to this question. I want to become stronger and to maintain my physique. Maybe there’s a 170kg bench press in 2018? ✤

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• SOCIETY

#AL #WAHDA #MALL #CELEBRATES #NATIONAL #DAY Al Wahda Mall, an Iconic landmark & favourite shopping destination located in the heart of Abu Dhabi city with over 350 plus stores and over 100 Kiosks hosted visitors this upcoming National Day. Visitors enjoyed the long weekend with activities that are planned for kids, youth and families alike. Keeping up with the spirit of the nation, mall visitors got a glimpse of the UAE culture and traditions through exhibitions showcasing and highlighting the rich UAE culture, along with the National Day Parade, various walk around mime artisits, fashion shows and dance. There were contests organised for kids who walked away with exciting gifts through participation.

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THE 10 YEARS OF EMIRATES PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION EXHIBITION CELEBRATES A DECADE OF THE POPULAR ANNUAL CONTEST, SHOWCASING SOME OF THE WINNING SUBMISSIONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE PUBLIC TO VIEW AT MANARAT AL SAADIYAT. fact magazine

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The Emirates Photography Competition has been an integral platform for professional photographers and enthusiasts globally. It has been an outlet for creatives to express themselves through their art and lens...

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he exhibition, presented by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, will host a selection of the winning works and the best entries from the past ten years of the competition under the theme ‘Ten’. Over the years, the Emirates Photography Competition has developed the photography community in the UAE whilst receiving entries from all over the world under the auspices of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), the American Photography Association, the International Association of Photographers (IAP) and the Union of Arab Photographers (UAP). The exhibition is divided into two main sections: ‘Spotlight’ features a selection of works by 10 of the best Emirati and international photographers, dealing with various topics such as nature, wildlife, portraits, people, sports, movement, journalism, abstraction, colour, monochrome, approximation, sceneries and travel. The second section, ‘Through Time’, includes a selection of photographs that were shortlisted in previous editions and that met the criteria and terms of the competition. HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “The Emirates Photography Competition has been an integral platform for professional photographers and enthusiasts globally. It has been an outlet for creatives to express themselves through their art and lens, with works that touch the soul. It has seen the emergence of art that deserves to be admired and observed globally,” he continued. “It is with great pleasure that we are showcasing the best of these works again, celebrating the competition as we prepare for the next stage in supporting the creative community.”

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Through a vibrant annual programme including exhibitions, workshops, masterclasses, competitions and projects, as well as the establishment of a dedicated space for the art of photography, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi is developing an infrastructure for a photography community in the capital. As part of this mandate, the department will launch a dedicated space for the art of photography in the newly refurbished Manarat Al Saadiyat. The exhibition will also include a talk on January 17, entitled ‘Journeys in Photography’. This panel will include two talks; starting with a photographer’s journey towards international recognition by Mohammed Arfan Asif, and ending with a talk on travel photography entitled ‘From Liwa to Ladakh’, by Abbas Kapadia. The Emirates Photography Competition was first launched in 2006 and participation in the first and second editions was limited to UAE nationals. The third edition expanded participation to embrace the works of photographers from all GCC countries until the competition moved on, in the fourth edition, from the domestic and regional field to the global one, welcoming and opening its doors to photographers from all over the world. ✤ 38

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OPEN DOORS BY JAMES DOMINÉ GALLERY ONE CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND PHOTOGRAPHER, JAMES DOMINÉ, HAS RELEASED A NEW SERIES OF OPEN DOORS LIMITED EDITION ARTWORKS. A TRUE REFLECTION OF HIS GLOBAL TRAVELS, THE COLLECTION DRAWS PARTICULAR INSPIRATION FROM DOMINÉ’S OBSERVATIONS IN EUROPE AND THE FAR EAST.

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ominé applied everyday urban scenes, as the photographic foundation for his Open Doors compositions, transforming the seemingly mundane sights surrounding us, into striking metaphorical reflections. He developed the artworks from multiple sources and juxtaposing images to create beautifully constructed montages. On a trip to Tunis, North Africa, Dominé explained that he became fascinated by the architecture within the historical Medina area, a world heritage site where generations of stories have unfolded down the narrow lanes and alleyways. “The ancient doors scattering the streets are vast and impressive and I became increasingly curious about what was behind these imposing structures,” he said. Today, Dominé photographs inspiringly unique doors throughout the Middle East and North Africa; including Tunisia, Turkey, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The composition often being led by each unique location explains Dominé. “In some towns, for example Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia, the vast majority of homes have blue doors, so it is often the location that dictates the colour choice of compositions,” he explained. “I am naturally curious, when I am immersed in a photo-shoot I find myself contemplating the lives and customs of the people that surround me. I imagine glancing through open doors into the homes of people to experience a part of their culture. In the MENA region I have learned that people are warm and inviting, hence there is always one open door in my artworks.” His artistic endeavors and graphic style combined with an innate understanding of how to use natural light to create exquisite results sees the fourth series of Open Doors sold in the eclectic retail spaces of Gallery One. Inspired by the retail stores of the world’s greatest galleries and museums, Gallery One launched in the the UAE in 2006 and has since emerged as one of the region’s leading cultural retailers. Driven by the one core philosophical belief, ‘Art in Everything’, Gallery One has grown into a inspired network of retail spaces, which showcase and sell accessible and affordable regional artwork within beautifully packaged products and creative gifts, many of which are inspired by regional pattern, motifs, calligraphy and designs. ✤

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I am naturally curious, when I am immersed in a photo-shoot I find myself contemplating the lives and customs of the people that surround me. I imagine glancing through open doors into the homes of people to experience a part of their culture.

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• ENTERTAINMENT

BIG SCREEN The Post WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

In their quest to uncover a massive cover-up, Katherine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, along with Editor Ben Bradlee embarks on a mission that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they risk their careers and freedom to unearth long-buried secrets.

DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg CAST: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson

WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING?

Exemplary screenwriting and soul-stirring productions, Steven Spielberg’s unparalleled work never ceases to amaze us. Chronicling an event that rocked the entire nation, The Post details a story about the 70s that is relevant even today. Letting the dialogues and the performances speak for him, Spielberg brings us a compelling narrative when we need to hear it the most. The plot is inspired by the real life events that led to an unprecedented battle between journalists and the government. As Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), first female publisher of The Washington Post and Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), a hard-driving editor get their hands on the controversial Pentagon Papers, a conflicting moral dilemma ensues. What follows is their quest for justice while putting their careers and freedom on the line. A comprehensive and incredibly timely plot.

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Letting the dialogues and the performances speak for him, Spielberg brings us a compelling narrative when we need to hear it the most.

Proud Mary WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

A hit woman working for an organised crime family, Mary’s life is turned upside down when she meets a young boy owing to a professional hit gone awry. With the young boy entering her bullet-ridden lifestyle, Mary gets in touch with the maternal instinct she never knew she had.

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DIRECTOR: Babak Najafi CAST: Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Danny Glover

WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING?

Armed with a secret weapons closet that could rival James Bond, Proud Mary offers a fresh new take on the assassinfocused action subgenre. Following an exceptionally distinct tone, the film features a strong action lead with Taraji P. Henson coupled with a never beforeseen-plot line. The film follows Mary Goodwin (Taraji P. Henson) who works for an organised crime syndicate in Boston. However, when she encounters a young boy on a hit gone wrong, it’s the end of life as she knows it. The movie experiences a shift from the main plot in hand as the boy awakens Mary’s hidden maternal instincts and forces her to reflect on her life choices. 44

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FOOD/HEALTH

Bobby Flay Fit By Bobby Flay, Stephanie Banyas and Sally Jackson

HIP-HOP/FUNK RAP/HIP HOP

Revival

By Eminem

Make way for the real Slim Shady as the most prolific rapper of ALL time has just dropped a fire new album! After months of teasing, we were finally able to get our hands on Eminem’s ninth studio album and it has more than met our expectations. Featuring big names including Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Pink and Alicia Keys, Em’s star-studded new record has been hyped up for a long while now – no doubt due to his stealth marketing strategies. Opening to mixed reviews, Walk on Water, an emotional power ballad has Eminem fretting about his own obsolescence. Featuring Queen Bey herself, the track pairs a softly crooned hook with fuming, escalating verses, reminiscent of his Love the Way You Lie era. A far cry from his previous controversial content, Marshall Mathers seems to be exploring a newfound wisdom. That being said, Revival has a high bar to climb to compete with the Detroit rapper’s past chart successes. As for us, we’re definitely stanning for life!

No_One Ever Really Dies By N.E.R.D

If there’s anything better than Pharrel Williams solo, it is Pharrel Williams rocking it out with his mates as part of the hip hop collective, N.E.R.D. Luckily for us, the American funk rock band is back with another glorious record! Featuring an impressive roster of guest artists including Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane and Future, this is the trio’s first full-length album in seven years. Bidding adieu to the warm, live-instrument feel of its early work, N.E.R.D. is all set to dive into a much harsher digital realm. Lemon featuring Rihanna trades live instrumentation for a rock hard beat and drum machine kicks. Armed with RiRi’s usual swagger, the track is a surefire banger! 1000 featuring Future keeps with the signature N.E.R.D. production. After continuously transcending genres and bringing new sounds to hip hop, it seems the band can do no wrong.

If you thought healthy eating was flavourless and boring, Bobby Flay has some news for you! The chef shares his secret to eating right without compromising taste. Using an arsenal of low-calorie flavour bombs including rubs, relishes and marinades, Flay transforms lean proteins, whole grains and fresh produce into crave-worthy meals with 200+ recipes.

DRAMA/MYSETRY

Live and Let Fly By Clover Tate Emmy Adler hopes to overcome the seasonal drop in business by winning the annual kite festival. With her ambitions soaring, even an altercation with reality TV star and contestant judge Jasmine Normand can’t bring her down. But when Jasmine’s body is found the morning after the argument, Emmy is no longer flying high.

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# S O L E # D X B #2017 Sole DXB, in partnership with d3, held another spectacular event, the sixth edition of the annual three-day street culture fair in early December. With the support of Cadillac, Coca Cola and in association with Dubai Tourism, Sole DXB returned to spotlight the legacy and influence of Japanese contemporary design through its five key pillars: art, food, music, sport and style. Cinema Akil and Sole DXB proudly joined forces to present a special programme on the power of women and word in defining the Hip Hop universe as we know it today. Live music and shows included NxWORRIES (Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge) presented by PUMA, Goldlink, Kano, H.E.R, IAMDDB, Pusha T, and Teyana Taylor presented by Reebok. There were industry talks, fashion and apparel stalls and pop-up shops and some of the coolest crowds from across the UAE.

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S P L E N D O U R S RAVAGED BY THE DEVASTATING TSUNAMI OF DECEMBER 2004 AND A CIVIL WAR THAT ENDED IN 2009, SRI LANKA HAS UNDERGONE A SUCCESSFUL PROCESS OF RE-INVENTION INTO A WORLD-CLASS TOURIST DESTINATION. AN INTRIGUING LAND OF TEMPLES, BEACHES AND UNEXPLORED NATIONAL PARKS. FACT SENT DAVID TAPLEY ON A CULTURAL TRIP TO EXPERIENCE THE COUNTRY’S MOST BOUTIQUE GETAWAYS; RESPLENDENT CEYLON’S TEA TRAILS FOLLOWED BY A VISIT TO WILD COAST TENTED LODGE NEAR YALA NATIONAL PARK. HERE’S WHAT HE FOUND ON THE FASCINATING FIVE-DAY ADVENTURE EXPLORING THIS SEDUCTIVE EYE IN A SAPPHIRE SEA…

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HELLO, SRI LANKA Bursting through the cloud cover above the teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka we’re greeted with a landscape of verdant green, where tangled jungle hugs up against long stretches of untouched coastline bashed by the incessant momentum of ocean waves. We touch down in Colombo during the worst cyclone to hit the country for many years, yet this tropical downpour marks a refreshing change from the desert climate of the UAE we’ve become accustomed too. As tuk-tuks weave between heavy traffic, Buddhist stupas and waterlogged roads it feels a world away from the ‘bubble’ we’re used to.

THE TEA TRAILS

Our first stop is Sri Lanka’s central highlands affectionately referred to as ‘tea country.’ We board a small amphibian aircraft from Colombo’s domestic terminal which once formed part of the original route between London and Sydney. Traveling skywards away from the capital, we head inland towards the conical shaped topography of Adam’s Peak, before landing on the emerald-coloured waters of Castlereagh Lake. The seaplane journey with Cinnamon Air (approximately $600

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“Ascending the gentle hillside away from the lake, we pass eucalyptus trees and dancing butterflies as the early morning mist dissipates over a tranquil infinity swimming pool. Manicured gardens surround the impeccable bungalows complete with sarong-clad private butlers...

one way) provides a memorable 25-minute experience, combining a spectacular vantage point and the excitement of landing on water, a sensible option when compared to a fourhour journey by road. Described as ‘the benchmark for boutique’ our first stop is Tea Trails, the world’s first tea bungalow resort which offers five beautifully restored planters bungalows in distinct colonial style. Ascending the gentle hillside away from the lake, we pass eucalyptus trees and dancing butterflies as the early morning mist dissipates over a tranquil infinity swimming pool. Manicured gardens surround the impeccable bungalows complete with sarong-clad private butlers

on hand to take care of your every need. It’s a more personalised service style than we’re used too but one that’s always paired with a friendly smile and the assurance that nothing’s too much trouble. Soaking up the tranquillity of the mountain air and a backto-nature approach, Tea Trails is more than just a boutique resort. Each of the five bungalows can be found scattered around the waters edge, but many kilometres apart, providing the opportunity for cultural immersion with a distinct luxury touch. Each bungalow has been flawlessly restored, with specially curated furniture that provides a throwback to the colonial summerhouses. Tientsin may be the most

grandiose due to spacious outside terraces, while Dunkeld presents a honeymooners delight with an outdoor jacuzzi, but the old-world feel of Norwood had us instantly charmed. Surrounded by tranquil gardens and the maze of tea plantations rising above, our stay at Norwood Bungalow offered an all-inclusive experience with a difference. A four-poster bed and free-standing bath tub take centre stage across the six bedrooms, all of which share communal living and dining areas and a large outdoor pool flanked by bamboo. Taking to the tea trails themselves is an enchanting experience as dirt paths meander through the tea plants seemingly unsure of the final destination. This is all part of the fun as we encounter school children in perfectly pressed uniforms and tea pluckers in bright coloured saris. Lost in the encroaching cloud cover amongst crumbling churchyards and nothing but the calls of nature, it’s a soul awakening experience and one that’s further enhanced by the property’s lack of television. Instead, we seek solace in fireside tales and the crackle of vinyl on an antique gramophone. With two per cent of Sri Lanka’s landmass covered in tea plants, we learn more about the process during an early morning visit to the Dunkeld Tea Factory, owned and operated by Dilmah who pioneered the concept of single origin tea in 1988 before branching out into the world of hospitality with Resplendent Ceylon. fact magazine

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Offering the luxury hotel experience with a humanitarian objective, 10 per cent of the company’s profits go into the MJF Foundation, a support centre for underprivileged children in Colombo. Tea is understandably the inspiration behind the tea trails experience with a tea-inspired dinner menu designed by Australian celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita. Think vanilla tea mushroom soup, Moroccan mint tea encrusted lamb and tea-centric cocktails (don’t miss the Dilmah Dream). It doesn’t stop there though, with bath products containing tea sitting beside tea-infused massage oils (massages are undertaken within the comfort of the rooms by mobile therapists). Our stay in Tea Trails also introduces us to the novel concept of ‘bed tea’ with cups of freshly brewed tea brought to the room as part of the morning wake-up call. After two days, we leave the mesmerising lake on a long and picturesque journey to our next stop…

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WILD COAST TENTED LODGE Dark granite boulders permeate through the vibrant green tea plantations as we follow the mountainous paths carved out by cascading waterfalls. We skirt along escarpments to our next destination, the Wild Coast Tented Lodge on Sri Lanka’s South Eastern Coast, a five-hour journey by road traversing mountains and floodwaters as we journey to the coast like some long forgotten tributary. Our journey is broken by a brief stop at the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home supported by the MJF and Born Free Foundation and an opportunity to watch the feeding of orphaned elephants. The Wild Coast Tented Lodge situated on the fringes of Yala National Park feels remote. An arid landscape with the odd flourish of green vegetation. Wiry trees with twisted bows provide shelter for roaming jackals, while crocodiles peer ferociously beneath floodwaters. Beaten by waves and lashed by the wind, the coastline is as rugged and wild as the name would suggest. On an isolated stretch of sand and accessed via a 2km track of red earth lies Resplendent Ceylon’s latest venture into the hospitality sector, the Wild Coast Tented Lodge, a haven in the wilderness. The immediate appeal of the domed architecture fashioned from bamboo components and mirroring the rocky outcrops of the landscape, is swiftly revoked by warning signs alerting us to the dangers of roaming leopards and the instruction not to venture outside after nightfall (unless accompanied by a member of hotel staff). The landscape, architecture and interiors has been designed and built by the team at Nomadic Resorts, and it surely is a feat of the ambitious. After seeing the rooms, or more accurately, the cocoons - it’s unlikely that you’d want to leave this gorgeous space in the day, let alone at night; they’re the epitome of luxury. The resort is made up of 28 cocoon-shaped rooms clustered in small groups around watering holes to resemble the pattern of a leopard paw if viewed from above. fact magazine

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Nomadic Resorts have used natural materials which integrate seamlessly into the environment with bamboo and shingle imported from Thailand and the outer membrane of the cocoons brought in from France. If feels as though no expense has been spared in bringing a unique sense of luxury into the wild. The rooms represent safari chic and feature wooden chests, thick carpets, copper pipe work, heavy drapes, and a regal, copper bath tub that gives us all the instagram-worthy goals. Each cocoon is slightly raised off the ground like a mini treehouse and large windows are positioned to take advantage of the landscape and passing wildlife. The bark of a samba deer in the middle of the night signals leopards may be close by and the sound of creatures scuttling beneath our tented paradise brings some unease to this dubious city-dweller – but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I’m ALL in! Breakfast brings stories of elephants roaming into the restaurant late at night and with the current making it too dangerous to enter the sea, a brisk swim in the salt-water pool enlivens our senses for the trip into Yala. Yala National Park is home to the world’s highest concentration of leopards per square meter and the worn track beats our bodies into numb awareness but it’s all worth it for the briefest glimpse of a leopard perched high on a protruding rock amongst crumbling stupas, like a forgotten king surveying his lands. I take my picture, and we’re on our way.

SUSTAINABLE LUXURY TRAVEL Only a four hour flight from the Gulf, Sri Lanka marks a land of encroaching nature located South East of mainland India. Resplendent Ceylon also offers the tropical beach experience at Cape Weligama and a forthcoming resort in the cultural heartland of Sigiriya. The company is paving the way for sustainable luxury tourism in Sri Lanka, which may currently be a niche market, with the majority of tourists looking to beach flop in all-inclusive resorts on the east coast. But, for the luxury market, the adventure seekers and the culture vultures as well as those looking to explore Sri Lanka’s history and cultural traditions, Resplendent Ceylon provides an entirely new and breathtaking experience, one with a conscientious strategy and a humanitarian heart. ✤ 52

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GO: VISIT THE CEYLON TEA TRAILS AND WILD COAST TENTED LODGE WITH RESPLENDENT CEYLON. GO TO WWW. RESPLENDENTCEYLON.COM FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. FLY DIRECT FROM ABU DHABI TO COLOMBO WITH ETIHAD AIRWAYS. VISIT WWW.ETIHAD.COM TO BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS TODAY.

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# M U S I C # I C O N # S I R # E LT O N # J O H N # L I V E # AT # A U T I S M #ROCKS #ARENA Musical icon Sir Elton John was the perfect finale to Dubai’s Autism Rocks Arena’s 2017 concerts, as he showcased his huge repertoire of hits to an 8,000-strong crowd. Sir Elton took to the stage in a sparkling green jacket and matching statement sunglasses for his long-awaited live show in Dubai. Taking root behind his signature black Yamaha piano, the pop superstar and his long-time band treated fans to a back catalogue of infectious hits as part of the ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’ tour. Undoubtedly the song that coaxed the loudest applause on the night was ‘Your Song’, which the singer dedicated to his late mother. The legendary singer rounded off his unforgettable 130 minute set with an encore featuring his most memorable hit, ‘Candle in the Wind’.

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Muscat Musings LOCATED ON THE FRINGES OF MUSCAT, THE CAPITAL CITY OF THE SULTANATE OF OMAN, THE CHEDI IS A PROPERTY SYNONYMOUS WITH SECLUSION AND LUXURY AND ONE THAT’S REFERENCED IN ALMOST MYTHOLOGICAL TERMS. GUESTS WHO VISIT THE 21-ACRE OASIS, WHERE THE CRAGGY HAJAR MOUNTAINS MEET THE TURQUOISE WATERS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN, SHOUT THE PRAISES OF THIS TRANQUIL RESORT. LET’S SEE IF FACT’S DAVID TAPLEY DOES THE SAME…

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ould The Chedi be Muscat’s best-kept secret? An ultraexclusive hideaway targeting a clientele of worldwide jetsetters. It certainly appears to be the case when team FACT visited for a recent weekend stay. Unrestrained grandeur and high levels of service begin from the moment we touch down in Oman, as we’re transported via private limousine into the very heart of luxury. We didn’t expect The Chedi to be situated in such close proximity to the city centre but upon passing through the white-washed perimeter walls, it feels as though we’re miles from civilisation. The hotel lobby greets us with Omani charm as the scent of oud drifts out into the starscattered sky, while a collection of rainbowcoloured glass lanterns are suspended overhead painting a picture straight out of the stories of 1001 Arabian Nights. The Chedi’s architecture is Moorish in style emanating a sense of zen-like serenity and it’s this hybrid of Arabian and Asian that provides much of the property’s appeal. We’re gifted a handy map to help us navigate the expansive grounds and as our hands brush against door handles inlaid with mother of pearl, we know we’re in for a real treat...

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(replenished daily) complete with glass decanters of liquor for an additional touch of class. Each Club Suite sports a small outside terrace with reclining sun-loungers from which you can glimpse the sea through natural sand dunes and meadows of pampas grass. Booking the Club Suite also provides access to the Chedi Club where afternoon tea and pre-dinner cocktails and canapés are provided.

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With 158 guest rooms and suites available we had the privilege of staying in one of the 38 Chedi Club Suites. These standalone units sleep a maximum of four guests and offer the feeling of a private villa, generously-sized and tastefully-decorated in traditional Omani furnishings. Taking a minimalistic approach, the living area features majlis seating that easily converts into divan-style beds. The bedroom juxtaposes dark mahogany against the ample natural light streaming through the shuttered windows, while a king-size bed provides the utmost comfort, superseded by a silver dome housing a large Arabic lantern. It’s not all traditional though as modern

touches heighten the experience and can be found in the technological aspects - a Nespresso machine and two 42-inch flat screen televisions. The bathrooms are literally the stuff of dreams (#TubEnvy), with double vanities, separate rainfall shower and a sunken tub big enough to fit an entire family! Acqua Di Parma toiletries add to the pampering nature of the property and are almost as comforting as the slippers and robes which forgo the usual ‘fluffy’ texture in favour of a more kimono-like approach. The benefits of the Club Suite also entitle guests to complimentary limousine transfers, laundry service and a mini bar

Many guests select The Chedi as a hideaway from the world, if only for a day or two. With discreet levels of service and a respect for privacy, guests are valued in a way shown by few properties in the region. Set amidst tranquil water gardens inspired by the oasis falaj system, perfectly shaped hedgerows and curved archways, The Chedi is flanked by a 370-metre stretch of private beach and it’s refreshing to see a natural coastline in the Gulf unencumbered by the construction that blights other GCC cities. With three swimming pools on site, the Long Pool is a symbol of The Chedi used in magazines and on postcards for the best part of a decade. At 103 meters in length, the body of water is recognised as the longest swimming pool in the Middle East. Lined by slender palm trees mapping out the trajectory of the water, a polished black-tile finish adds an uber-cool vibe to the monochromatic stylings of cabanas and lounge furniture. Two of the temperaturecontrolled swimming pools are reserved for the use of adults only (the Long and Chedi pools) but the Serai pool, situated close to the beach is conveniently shaded for families with young children. fact magazine

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The health club and spa (the largest in Muscat) present a state-of-the-art gymnasium and a selection of treatment rooms (two of which are conveniently set up for couples). Continuing the Zen approach, the treatment rooms are home to jacuzzi baths and steam rooms, meaning all your wellness needs are taken care of in one place.

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Those in search of fine dining have six restaurants, two lounges and a myriad of cuisines to choose from. Breakfast is served in The Restaurant and offers both buffet and a la carte dining beneath Omani arches and crystal chandeliers. The Restaurant is also home to The Chedi’s popular Friday Champagne Brunch, a more sophisticated and restrained affair than the ritualistic party-orientated brunches of the region. For something a little special guests can opt to dine al fresco on freshly grilled seafood at the Beach Restaurant, which is one of THE places to dine in Muscat while taking in sunset views over the Indian Ocean. The Long Pool serves up distinctive Asian fare and represents our personal favourite of The Chedi’s dining options with the pool area taking on an ethereal quality after dark.

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The Chedi is the ideal place to escape for a few days and situated just over an hour’s flight from Abu Dhabi, it’s perfect for a long weekend. The beauty of a resort like this is in its proximity to Muscat’s main sights and attractions - Mutrah Souq, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, and the opportunity for dolphin watching - while promoting a feeling of complete isolation. At almost 15-years-old The Chedi, is beginning to show minor signs of wear and tear BUT with such exclusivity and Arabian hospitality on display, you’ll barely notice. Go for the peace and the perfection of hospitality. ✤

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# V I P # L O U N G E # AT # D I F F #2017 This year’s VIP Lounge at the 14th Dubai International Festival sponsored by Le Clos, was frequented by VIP festival goers who made their way to the ballroom atMina A’Salam to discover a number of special brands, mix and mingle, expect celeb sightings and walk away with a handful of giveaways. From media, to industry insiders and celebrities, the lounge welcomed people from around the world as they made their rounds to the different stands. The biggest stars and starlets were seen wearing items from the brands participating in this year’s lounge. Cate Blanchett and Yousra wore jewellery from INTISARS, designed by Sheikha Intisar AlSabah from the Kuwaiti Royal family; while Egyptian actress Bushra wore two evening gowns from United Designers, a fashion boutique located in Mirdif City Centre, and Menna Shalaby, Yasmin Raes, Bushra, Yousra and Buthaina all wore dresses and clutches from ISSA London by House Of Fraser, which launched exclusively during DIFF.

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In a country where SUVs reign the roads, it’s rather exciting to come across a sedan that can give its mighty motoring competitors a run for their money. Enter the BMW 5 Series Sedan – a seventh generation line-up of models that keep things sporty and stylish all in one.

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hen we first pick up the BMW 5 Series Sedan 540i, there’s one thing that immediately strikes us; this vehicle was MADE for the UAE. It cuts a sleek yet elegant figure – the kind of car you want to pull up in at any 5-star hotel around the country and later watch the valet bring it around at the end of the evening. The design of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan exudes athletic prowess and stylistic assurance. The new model therefore remains the quintessential sporting business sedan – with some new high standards that BMW fans will really like. The exterior dimensions of the 5 Series are only slightly larger than those of its predecessor. But, you can really feel this difference when you’re out on the open road and more so when you’re parking or trying to get through narrow spaces – the car is wider, taller and has an elongated silhouette that any sedan lover will appreciate. BMW offers the Sport Line and Luxury Line equipment packages for the 5 Series, allowing it to be tailored as closely as possible to the customer’s personal wishes. Sport Line shines the spotlight on the car’s dynamic character and stands out with numerous trim elements in high-gloss black and line-specific 18-inch light-alloy wheels (optional 19-inch) in a bi-colour polished finish. Opening the doors reveals illuminated aluminium door sill strips with a BMW logo and Sport Line badge. Luxury Line emphasises the car’s elegant character with features such as chrome kidney grille bars, Air Breathers and window surrounds. Line-specific lightalloy wheels (standard: 18-inch, optional: 19-inch) underscore its exclusive looks. The aluminium door sill strips with BMW logo bear Luxury Line lettering. With its exterior look on point – we get into the

driver’s seat, eager to explore the inside and take the 5 Series for a spin. Now, don’t be fooled. As much as the car is attractive on the outside, it also lives up to our expectations of BMW with sophisticated interiors. Sport Line adds BMW sports seats with cloth/leather covers in the front, a BMW sports leather steering wheel and specific trim strips. Luxury Line brings leather covers with contrast stitching and special decorative inlays that shine an even brighter light on the high-class character of the interior. The instrument panel is covered in Sensatec. Our test drive vehicle boasts interiors that are decked out in a subtle desert beige – and you’ll sink right into your seat as if it’s a memory foam mattress. There’s a fine balance between sporty driver focus on the one hand and stylish elegance on the other. Top-class materials, supreme build quality and attention to detail all provide a great feeling of spaciousness with new technologies in abundance, offering both driver and passengers comfort and driving pleasure. For those long tiring days spent in and out of meetings, you can maximise on-board comfort in the 5 Series with not one, not two, but eight massage functions, not to mention innovative seat operation using touch sensors and four-zone climate control complete with ionisation and discreet air fragrance. But how does it drive, we hear you ask? The answer is, beautifully. For those, much like us, who may have business all over the Emirates, when driving up the E11 to Dubai or hitting it south into quieter territories, a wealth of assistance systems are on hand in the new BMW 5 Series to offer the driver unbeatable support – not only at critical moments but also in less demanding situations at the wheel, such as traffic jams, slow-moving traffic and monotonous stretches of motorway. fact magazine

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There’s a stereo camera, which teams up with optional radar and ultrasound sensors to monitor the area around the car. Alongside the evasion aid and crossing traffic warning, the two new features in the BMW 5 Series which helped us greatly on the drive to and from the capital are the Lane Change Assistant and Lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection. The latter keeps an eye on the lane markings and the area around the car, and actively helps the driver to avoid looming collisions by applying corrective steering inputs – this is a HUGE help especially at times when drivers are in a rush and sudden overtaking occurs or when visibility is low like recently with the foggy weather. The display and control concept in the BMW 5 Series Sedan has been revolutionised to bring intuitive usability and extensive comfort to the forefront of 64

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the driving experience. With even greater userfriendliness as its goal, the car is equipped with the latest-generation iDrive system. In top specification, it displays navigation, telephone and entertainment features, plus vehicle functions, on a high-resolution 10.25-inch screen. The system can be operated using the iDrive Controller, by voice command or gestures, or by touching the display controls directly, as the driver wishes (voice command is a little touch and go – but all other controls work perfectly). The large, tile-style panels can be arranged as desired and show the content of the underlying menus in constantly updated form. The latest-generation full-colour BMW Head-Up Display has a projection surface that is 70 per cent larger than before and displays traffic signs, telephone listings, radio stations, music tracks, navigation instructions and warnings from the assistance systems. And what about performance? Whether you’re in Sport or Comfort mode, be rest assured that the 5 Series Sedan ticks all the thrills of driving a BMW. All the engines in the 5 Series Sedan line-up belong to the newly-developed, modular BMW EfficientDynamics family of power units. BMW TwinPower Turbo technology imbues all the members of the family with outstanding performance combined with exceptional efficiency. The 540i and 540i xDrive are the two petrol variants, working in tandem with rear-wheel drive and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, respectively. The BMW 540i benefits from a six-cylinder, 250 kW/340 hp unit under its bonnet. This three-litre, straight-six produces torque of 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). Despite its extra output and sharper dynamic edge, average fuel consumption stands at only 6.5 l/100 km (43.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions are kept to just 149 g/km. Meaning, the car is not only fast, efficient and powerful, it’s also designed with the environment and your wallet in mind! BMW is recognised for its long-distance comfort and wonderfully dynamic driving experience – this is no exception when we talk about the 5 Series Sedan. This model line-up has certainly set the bar high for cars within its class. In just a few days, we were emotionally attached to the car and all its technological features. Taking us from A to B, events, meetings, casual gatherings and important social happenings, the BMW 5 Series not only remains the epitome of the business sedan, it also opens up the door into new territory for those motoring enthusiasts looking for a balance of style and performance on the roads. ✤

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• PLUGGED-IN

APP-LICIOUS LET’S SEE WHAT’S ON THE SMARTPHONE AGENDA FOR JANUARY…

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If you’re looking to add more greens to your diet but can’t be bothered with salad, Oh She Glows should be your lifesaver! Featuring over 95 plant-based recipes, Oh She Glows offers you an array of meal options that are not only healthy but also incredibly aesthetically pleasing. While the pictures are enough to get you drooling, the interface is super easy to use. Each recipe has a brief description, directions, tips, nutritional information as well as detailed search filters. From butternut squash “mac ‘n cheeze” to cheesy lentil Bolognese casserole, the options are endless!

Whether you’re looking for scores, breaking league news or professional analysis, theScore app has got your back! Supremely efficient in delivering up-to-the-second game updates and statistics as well as breaking sports news, theScore has the entire scoop. The event calendar lets you keep up with upcoming games, statistics for past matches and the latest scores and most important plays. Game reports include detailed statistical breakdowns as well as play-by-play breakdowns. While the social features make stories, stats and game summaries easy to share with friends.

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IONIC SMARTWATCH Be it sl eek, stylish or sporty, smartwatches have come a long way since the bul k y designs and b asic features of the past. Thanks to new and improved ope rating systems and independent functioning, smartwatches have de throned your traditional timepieces for goo d. Jumping on the b andwagon is F itb it’s ve ry fi rst ‘Ionic’ Smartwatch!

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rom tracking your activity level and keeping you connected to performing a ton of other novel tricks, smartwatches are so much more than just a pointless accessory. After motivating people around the world to be healthier, one of the leading global wearable’s brand, Fitbit, aims to provide users with a highly personalised experience. Building on the brand’s health and fitness expertise with a new relative peripheral capillary oxygen saturation (SpO2) sensor, the Ionic makes it possible to track deeper health insights like sleep apnea, GPS tracking, ondevice dynamic workouts and so much more. Boasting a five-day battery life, automatic activity and sleep tracking and cross-platform compatibility, the smartwatch provides you everything you need, all in one device! While definitely leaning more towards health and fitness, the Ionic takes it to a whole new level with onboard music, the new automatic Run Detect feature as well as a stronger industry-leading GPS. The amazing new swim exercise mode with up to 50 meters of water resistance means you can use Ionic in any body of water and monitor your real-time laps, exercise duration and calories burned. How cool is that? Sticking with the spirit of keeping fit, the Fitbit Coach App lets you work with a personal trainer by accessing workouts or expert-designed running and walking audio coaching sessions. While the enhanced PurePulse technology enables heart rate tracking with greater accuracy during exercises, better calorie measurement as well as tracking resting heart rate 24/7. Apart from delivering the essential features of a quintessential

smartwatch of our times, it also provides extended smartphone notifications that let you receive call, text and calendar alerts as well as notifications from apps on your smartphone. Compatible with both Androids and iPhones, the Ionic arms you with information you want the most in a highly customised way with the Fitbit App Gallery. The App Gallery offers a range of health and fitness apps from Fitbit that are designed to make life easier and for convenience on the go. In addition to these new features, the Ionic is also equipped with what Fitbit does best, including automatically tracking your steps, calories, floors climbed, cardio and more. “A smartwatch with a purpose”, the Ionic’s built to last design and easy to read display definitely make it Fitbit’s strongest and lighest GPS watch. While it offers a myriad of really cool features, it can definitely be classified as a more fitness-focused smartwatch. Inching more towards the pricier side, Fitbit’s belated yet equally impressive evolution is sure to spice things up in the smartwatch realm. It’s a YES from us! ✤

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#MICHAEL #ANDREWS #BESPOKE #CELEBRATES #UAE #ANNIVERSARY Michael Andrews Bespoke, New York’s premier custom tailor, welcomed Abu Dhabi’s suit wearing elite for an exclusive evening at the St. Regis Bar to celebrate the brand’s second year of providing their bespoke tailoring services in the UAE. The custom tailor’s sophisticated clientele rubbed shoulders with other style enthusiasts in attendance as the brand’s VP, Cory Sylvester, and GM, Frasier Saunders, greeted and engaged their guests. Drinks and canapes were enjoyed while business cards and conversations were exchanged all before the night’s most unexpected highlight – Champagne sabering, a tradition of the St. Regis for celebrating and welcoming new guests.

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UNDERSTATED AND ELEGANT, THIS SEASON’S COLLECTION FROM COS PRESENTS NEW PROPORTIONS AND SOFT TAILORING INSPIRED BY ARCHITECTURAL LINES AND THE EXPERIMENTATION OF GEOMETRIC DRAPES AND RICH TEXTURES – OFFERING A NEW TAKE ON CLASSIC PIECES.

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HER The influence of tailoring is evident in the collection, garments are reimagined with a modern twist; a wool blend suit in burgundy features menswear-inspired voluminous slacks that drape at the feet, a tailored wool blend top with zip detail is paired with a silk ivory shirt and a long deconstructed sleeveless waistcoat feels effortless in a relaxed, unstructured material. Taking its inspiration from the lines of architecture and industrial references, the collection experiments with the proportion of silhouettes and details – featuring exaggerated lapels, cuffs and vents, sharp pleats inspired by press folds and the use of geometric shapes. Bold forms are complemented by innovative and technical materials inspired by experimental art and design. Fabrics are clean and compact, whilst draped and cut in interesting ways. Accessories are inventive and forward-thinking: deep red square toed lace-up shoes with a geometric heel take centre stage alongside a structured leather shoulder bag and belt with exaggerated buckle – in the same distinctive red hue. ✤

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HIM The focus on reinventing classics continues in menswear, taking a fresh and casual approach. A wool blend grey melange coat is given an effortless twist with rounded shoulders whilst a relaxed cotton poplin shirt in oatmeal is tucked into flat-front wide-legged wool trousers, revealing an updated and modern silhouette that accentuates the waist and shoulders. The urban theme is exemplified in an oversized cotton utility shirt jacket in midnight green, paired alongside wide cropped trousers with a dropped crotch in the same deep shade. A long quilted technical parka highlights the focus on new materials and the significance of bold shapes in the collection. The nod to architecture is referenced in the collection’s industrial palette of slate blue, charcoal grey, midnight green and cream. The tones are offset by a strong presence of red, inspired by the Italian architecture studio Pedevilla’s use of red-pigmented concrete at a Tyrolean fire station. Outfits are styled together with tonal colour blocking and dark shades that create undefined border lines. ✤

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The Future Files The winter catwalks once again welcomed high shine and space-age inspired looks. Models were adorned in head-to-toe glittering pieces worthy of Studio 54 while sci-fi style brought more optimism to this season’s fashion. Remake your very own futuristic outfit with everything from chain mail dresses to slinky silver and gold or funky moonman-esque footwear. We’re ready for lift off!

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Go Business Class An undercurrent to this season’s runway shows, business dress is what winter attire is all about! Whether you add a slightly sinister or a more sophisticated edge, business dress is kicking it back to old-school Wall Street with extra-large shirts, patterned neck ties, long coats and big jackets – this is your anti-skinny trousers version of workwear done right.

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get Scandaleyes’d. Shaped, plumped, and exaggerated to perfection. Wonder Wing Liner is an innovative felt tip eyeliner that quickly gives a perfect, symmetrical cat’s eye on each peeper. It’s all thanks to its unique applicator that’s been exclusively developed for Rimmel. Use the tip of the pen to line the eyelid with true black colour. Then turn the liner on its side and press the stamp applicator onto the outer corner of the eye… you’re left with the ideal flick that’s symmetrical on both sides. What’s more, the intense, smudge-proof colour lasts all day and night for wonder wings with staying power. ✤


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Winter Face WITH THE CLIMATE WELL AND TRULY BRINGING THE COOL FACTOR, HERE ARE SOME OF OUR TOP BEAUTY PICKS FOR JANUARY…

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Shiseido WASO SOFT+CUSHY POLISHER Inspired by the Japanese tradition of washoku, Shiseido’s new Waso Soft+Cushy Polisher is what skincare dreams are made of! Crafted with painstakingly chosen ingredients, it respects the natural balance of the skin while delivering all the goodness you need. Formulated with plant-based cellulose granules in a whipped, tofu-like formula, it gently reveals a fresh and smoother-looking complexion.

Nouveau Lashes & Beauty LASH AND BROW CONDITIONING SERUM Get brows and lashes for days with Nouveau! Packed with incredibly nourishing ingredients, the daily use serum conditions your lashes and brows while giving them a fuller appearance. The complex blend of multi-vitamins and conditioning actives protects your lashes and brows from everyday environmental pollutants while leaving them looking their best.

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JUICELAB FACE MASKS

REVITALISING NIGHT SERUM

Unlock the secret to gorgeous glowing skin! Packed with ash freeze-dried 75% Vitamin C crystals and an Activator Serum, the masks deliver a nutria-boost for the skin to reveal maximum glowing results. Designed to be a “power smoothie for healthy, glowing skin”, its highly nutritive ingredients deliver a healthy glow in just 15 minutes - yes!

Treat your skin to long lasting hydration; formulated with the exclusive Edelweiss extract, this intensive regenerating serum gives your skin a firm lift, while smoothening out wrinkles. The nutritious argon oil visibly hydrates your skin, while the antioxidant properties of Coenzyme Q10 and saffron regenerate and rejuvenate your skin, leaving it feeling refreshed.

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Winter Care FROM YOUR HAIR TO YOUR SKIN AND EVEN THE LATEST SCENT, CHECK OUT OUR PICK OF THE TOP WINTER GROOMING ESSENTIALS FOR JANUARY...

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Guerlain HABIT ROUGE DRESS CODE

Sophisticated and audacious, Guerlain’s fresh new take on a classic is the only fragrance you need this winter! Starting with a fizzy head note of bergamot and neroli associated with a touch of rose, the spicy heart notes give way to a woody leather base. Its irresistible attraction is enhanced by its tonka, praline and vanilla notes. This luscious oriental aroma is sure to please!

Ursa Major FANTASTIC FACE WASH

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Formulated with 36 naturallyderived ingredients including soothing aloe and brightening sugarcane, this is definitely one of our favourite face washes of all time. The concentrated foaming gel delivers a thorough and invigorating cleanse, plus a hit of exfoliation, without stripping your skin of its natural moisture.

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INTENSIVE PURIFYING MUD MASK

Revive and brighten tired skin! Containing algae extract and hyaluronic acid, the weekly clay mask treatment aims to hydrate and condition dull and tired looking skin. The purifying mask reduces the harmful effects of a busy lifestyle on the skin by drawing out oil, dirt and toxins and diminishing tension lines.

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Kiehl’s MAGIC ELIXIR Treat your hair to some much-needed TLC! Packed with a cocktail of nutritive ingredients, it immediately restores moisture balance to scalp and hair. Ideal for dry and damaged hair, the potent concentration of natural oils helps deliver insanely shiny and healthy hair while eliminating frizz and improving manageability.

Martial Vivot SHAMPOO Indulge in a truly immersive hair care experience. Enriched with a host of botanical oils and extracts like quinoa and bamboo, it helps repair damaged hair shafts while hydrating strands for a thicker, healthier appearance. The organic aloe-based formula energizes the scalp while promoting colour retention and healthy hair growth.

Taylor of Old Bond Street SANDALWOOD SHAVING CREAM Enriched with natural botanical extracts, this product guarantees a great shave! A luxurious and masculine concoction, the classic shaving essential provides moisture to the skin while enhancing the smoothness of your shave. It lathers to produce the ideal cushion for a comfortable shave while leaving you smelling totally irresistible!

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CANDLE IN THE WIND

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The winter season is all about cute candles dotted around the home to create a cosy and intimate vibe. Check out our pick of beautiful tea light holders to bring some warmth into your abode‌


SO BLUSH It’s no secret‌ Blush is the new Black! The new heavenly collection from Maisons du Monde welcomes winter with powdery shades, metallic tones, cute animal inspired decorations and timeless romance to warm the house this season. The soft and pale pink-peach colours with a nude tone infuse a space with a calming sophisticated effect and contemporary elegant vibe. Used on walls, flooring, textiles or tableware, here are some pieces that will go beautifully in your home this season.

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CULINARY SPOTLIGHT •

FRENCH FLAIR Fine dining in a stunning setting, with amazing service and a great atmosphere? Look no further than La Petite Maison (LPM) at The Galleria as Angela Beitz discovers…

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e’ve been spoilt for choice this year when it comes to restaurant openings in the capital and there have certainly been some great new venues and big names to join the city’s flourishing food scene. One of the most exciting openings in Abu Dhabi has to be La Petite Maison. Everyone has either heard of it or has dined at its famed Dubai location in DIFC and it’s really not hard to see what all the hype is about. The Abu Dhabi venue, like its counterpart is achingly chic with white walls, quirky art and the signature fresh lemon and tomato on each table with a large bottle of olive oil to accompany. The space also boasts a large terrace over-looking the water and Al Maryah Island. Be sure to start your dining experience with a signature drink or two at the bar - the bartenders really know their stuff. What makes this restaurant so successful is its strong brand identity – LPM knows what it’s about and it does it well. The service is flawless and professional and the food is beautifully simple yet full of flavour, leaving diners in awe of their experience – just what a good restaurant should do. We start with the Burrata which is fresh and creamy, and served neatly with tomato and basil. We also try the Escargot – a dish made up of cooked land snails tucked away in their shells, alongside the most decadent butter and garlic flavouring. French food does not get much better than this and again it’s so simple but oh-so-tasty. There are many enticing main options to choose including Gnocchi, Dover Sole and Lamb Chops, but on this occasion we opt for the Grilled Prawns and the Duck. The latter is a standout dish and comes served as slow-cooked duck legs with a delicious orange glaze. With unmatched LPM expertise, the chefs cook the duck just perfectly and the result is tender meat falling off your fork with nice crispy skin on the outside. The 84

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What makes this restaurant so successful is its strong brand identity – LPM knows what it’s about and it does it well. The service is flawless and professional and the food is beautifully simple yet full of flavour...

prawns are also very good, cooked in a finger-licking (though we did our best to not get caught doing this!) rich butter and garlic sauce Dessert at LMP must not be skipped and our tip is to order the French Toast – after all, it’s not just a breakfast dish! Oh my goodness – sent straight down from the food Gods, this just might be one of the best things we’ve eaten in Abu Dhabi (or life) – super fluffy with a crisp exterior and served with a Spice Ice Cream. We only wish there was more on the plate – you won’t want to share this one! LPM is a total foodie experience. It’s a complete sensory journey of tastes and culinary discoveries, presented in the most sophisticated and simple presentations. A fabulous place for a celebration or romantic dinner, we couldn’t recommend LPM enough. ✤


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GO: VISIT LA PETITE MASION AT THE GALLERIA. CALL (0)2 692 9600 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

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# A M E R I C A N # V I N TA G E # O P E N S # AT # D U B A I # M A L L American Vintage officially opened its doors at Dubai Mall with a special launch event. Shoppers were lucky enough to receive styling tips from fashion influencer Kat Lebrasse, customised t-shirts with embroidered designs and goody bags. The essence of American Vintage is its effortless relaxed style which is given a sophisticated twist and guests on the day certainly reinforced the quality that must be felt to be believed! Despite the name, American Vintage is a French brand that now operates from over 140 stores and points of sale across the globe and has since become synonymous with informal, easy to wear pieces that every woman and man can experience and enjoy. Put simply, the brand has redefined the definition of basics into trendy and timeless pieces. These are simple, stripped back clothes made from the purest and most comfortable of fabrics, featuring unique details, and this desirable combination makes them a joy to wear.

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Al Fresco Goals

With the arrival of cooler climates comes one more thing that we love – outdoor dining! Abu Dhabi’s winter months represent a transitional period for the city, as terraces and seasonal eateries re-open for business and residents and tourists relish the opportunity to sit outside in comfort once again. David Tapley went to indulge at one such venue; BBQ Al Qasr at the stunning Emirates Palace… fact magazine

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inner of the Best Al Fresco Dining award at the 2017 Fact Dining Awards Abu Dhabi, BBQ Al Qasr at the Emirates Palace boasts one of the most romantic locations to dine in the capital. Curtains flutter dramatically against the cool sea breeze, while wooden walkways traverse the golden sands leading to raised gazebos for dining. It’s an idyllic beachside setting of the kind you’ll only find in the UAE and one which brings a touch of luxury to the outdoors, accompanied by the outstanding levels of service for which the Palace is renowned. The natural surroundings of sand, sea and slender palm trees complement BBQ Al Qasr’s concept well. The pride of this particular venue is understandably the prime cuts of meat, yet the concise menu also offers a good selection of crisp salads and grilled seafood. We begin with the Honeymoon Salad, a visual treat of a dish that takes on the appearance of a potted plant. Spiralled cucumber and carrots are meticulously arranged amongst mushrooms and a ‘soil’ of guacamole, adding to the illusion of a bouquet of flowers in bloom. With vegetable chips for dipping and a quaint watering can used to apply the ginger, honey and mustard dressing, this dish’s interactivity and innovation are only matched by the exquisite taste. We deliberate between the Octopus In Variation or Hand Dived Scallops for our appetisers and eventually settle on the latter. It’s a worthy choice and one that reflects our dining location, where the sound of ocean waves lapping against the shore takes precedence. Delicate scallops are plated with cecine de Leon (smoke-cured beef), confit ceps (mushrooms) and a pistachio puree, providing a contrast in textures that works to enhance the harmonious flavours. With seafood dominating our appetisers, beef becomes the focus of our main courses (steaks are BBQ Al Qasr’s signature after all). Showcasing the finest cuts from around the world, all of which are “simply cooked on charcoal”, the high quality of meat offered is a real testament to the culinary team at the Palace. Opting for the 250g Mr. Fillet of Margaret River Australian Wagyu and the 160g Mrs. Fillet of Australian Organic Angus Beef, both come plated with a small salad and the additional touch of a vegetable crisp, burnt into which you’ll find the cooking temperature of the meat. Accompanied by garlic spinach, gluttonous truffle potatoes and a

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Showcasing the finest cuts from around the world, all of which are “simply cooked on charcoal”, the high quality of meat offered is a real testament to the culinary team at the Palace. dazzling array of sauces, we’re suitably impressed by the high marbling and seductively tender nature of the Wagyu. Our knife slides easily through the meat, taking on a slight char from the charcoal cooking method. Two courses in, we’re beaten and a little too full for dessert. Making a mental note to return specifically for the BBQ short ribs and dark chocolate fondant with kumquat, we know it’s only a matter of time before we’ll be back on the golden-sand shores of this beautiful outdoor venue. Next time perhaps at night when BBQ Al Qar is illuminated by flickering tiki lights to add an extra level of romanticism. In a property where 24 karat gold cappuccinos, ice creams adorned with sheets of gold leaf, and camel burgers are the norm, the Emirates Palace once again steps things up with a grandiose offering. Described as a casual dining venue, we would note that BBQ Al Qasr is anything but! Granted it may be less opulent than some of the 12 other restaurants and bars, therefore casual by the Emirates Palace standards, but BBQ Al Qasr manages to evoke a magical quality with a touch of luxury found at very few places in Abu Dhabi. ✤


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GO: VISIT BBQ AL QASR AT EMIRATES PALACE. CALL (0)2 690 9000 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

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# L O N G C H A M P # U N V E I L S # A F R I C A N # I N S P I R E D # S S ’18 # C O L L E C T I O N # AT # K I Z A The world-renowned French leather goods and clothing house hosted fashion’s elite at the upscale African dining concept, Kiza for the launch of its new Spring/Summer 18 collection – a location that perfectly encapsulated the vibrancy and culture of the new season. Longchamp has designed a sophisticated, exotic summer collection for the modern, independent and cosmopolitan woman who appreciates luxury. The event was a true reflection of Longchamp’s tradition of excellence with each piece of the collection a symbol of French craftsmanship and savoir-faire.

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Dining Done RITZ-STYLE

This month, the award-winning South East Asian restaurant, Li Jiang, is cooking up all things tasty for diners to experience in 5-star surroundings. Check out some of our culinary picks at the beautiful venue in the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal…

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SUNDAY SPRING ROLL FESTIVAL AT LI JIANG Guests can discover different types of spring rolls from across South East Asia. With a selection from Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam, the springs rolls feature duck, chicken shrimps or vegetarian. TIME: Sundays, 7pm to 11pm. PRICE: AED35++ per portion. MONDAY UNLIMITED DIM SUM IN LI JIANG Enjoy expertly prepared dumplings paired with the house beats from the resident DJ bring out the taste of authentic Chinese cuisine. TIME: Mondays 7pm to 11:30pm. PRICE: AED95++ per person for a selection of unlimited dim sum. Regular a la carte menu available. TUESDAY TUESDAY LADIES’ NIGHT AT LI JIANG Ladies dressed in red will be offered a free flow of bubbly at this popular ladies’ night at Li Jiang’ spectacular outdoor lounge tucked away in the olive grove. Resident DJ will ensure everyone is on the dance floor in no time. TIME: Tuesdays, 8pm to 10pm. WEDNESDAY NO-MOBILE DINNER CHALLENGE We’re bringing conversation and good company back to the dinner table, with a fun challenge for Wednesday evening diners at The Forge, Li Jiang and Mijana – lock away your mobile phone for the duration of your meal, and earn 15% savings on your bill. They’ll provide your table with a lockable box in which to store your phones (it’s transparent, so you’ll still be able to see calls or messages as they come in). All you have to do is resist the temptation to open the box until the end of the meal. Easy? We’ll see! 92

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TIME: Every Wednesday at Li Jiang and also The Forge and Mijana, excluding holidays. Not valid in conjunction with Any other promotion. SATURDAY SATURDAY BRUNCH AT LI JIANG All eyes turn east on Saturdays, as Li Jiang, our modern Southeast Asian restaurant, offers up its innovative Saturday Brunch. From the bustling open kitchen, our expert chefs will be serving a tempting variety of pan-Asian delicacies, including delicious dim sum and authentic rice and noodle dishes. With live entertainment, it’s the perfect destination for some healthy adult recovery time. TIME: Every Saturday, 1pm to 4pm. PRICE: AED 370++ Bubbly and cocktails package AED270++ Vino and hops package AED170++ Soft drinks package. 50% discount for children between six to 11 years; complimentary dining for children five years and below.


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GO: VISIT LI JIANG AT THE RITZCARLTON ABU DHABI, GRAND CANAL. CALL (0)2 818 8282 OR EMAIL ABUDHABI. RESTAURANTS@ RITZCARLTON.COM FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.

DAILY MIDNIGHT HAPPY HOUR AT LI JIANG Every day, Li Jiang hosts happy hours for night owls between 11pm and midnight, where guests will be able to craft their own beverages with doit-yourself kits. TIME: Daily, 11 p.m. – midnight. PRICE: AED25++ on selected beverages AED600++ per bottle of House Pouring Blends & Spirits. AED600++ on Do It Yourself mojitos inclusive of ingredients and garnished. AED600++ on Do It Yourself old fashion cocktails inclusive of ingredients and garnished. ✤

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#PAULE #KA #LAUNCHES #NEW #SS18 #COLLECTION #IN #DUBAI Paule Ka’s SS18 collection preview was an affair to remember! Guests were invited to The Maine in JBR to discover 2 collections from the Parisian brand; the SS18 pre spring collection, which is the last collection made my former creative director Alithia Spurri Zampetti and the Black Carpet collection designed by the PAULE KA studio, which embodies the Spirit of the founder Serge Cajfinger, who will make his return this fall. The SS18 pre-collection is inspired by sunset on the City of Lights and colors that slide from the vivid tones of the day to the subtle shades of night. Alithia Spuri-Zampetti envisioned a Parisian woman influenced by many cultural sources, and seeking new horizons. Therein resides the magic of the Paule Ka 2018 Pre-Collection: a delicious slide into the city and the impressions and souvenirs of Oriental voyages.

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DETOX & DESTRESS If the Festive season has left you feeling a little sluggish then we’ve got the perfect cure. Angela Beitz heads to Atarmia Spa in the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas to try their new detox treatment… fact magazine

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CITY INSIDER

Annie Turnell

Account Director, Q Comms

What are your three favourite cultural hotspots in Abu Dhabi and why? Firstly, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, for remarkably intricate design and picturesque sunsets to take your breathe away. Then there is the amazingly informative and interesting Falcon Hospital, where you can discover all about the majestic birds. And finally, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a long awaited WOW, has so much to offer and will continue to evolve with each exhibit, an absolute must with many more visits required.

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Recommend the best places to dine at in Abu Dhabi... There are so many! From visiting the local fish markets to the latest five star arrivals and Rosewood Abu Dhabi afternoon teas; the capital is home to some amazing, inspirational culinary talents and innovators. New destinations to check out include Eat Greek, La Petit Maison and fresh flavours at LARTE Abu Dhabi - don’t miss the upcoming yoga mornings and classic movie screenings! Then, of course, there are my long term loves, the unbeatables... Zuma brunch, Cipriani Yas Island burrata, and Cafe 57 for divine breakfasts and cheeky Toffee Skillet or two.

For 2018, tell us some of your goals with Q Comms... At Q Comms we are ready to rock in 2018! The team is stronger than ever and we have some fantastic longstanding and new clients, both here in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and beyond, who we are delighted to support and work with moving into the new year. As we looking increasingly at digital marketing, alongside traditional and innovative PR campaigns, it is great to see the whole team grow and expand there knowledge for an exciting year ahead.


French classics, set menus, sharing starters, a gorgeous chef’s table, Bord Eau restaurant’s all-new menu has it all!

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ISLAND LIFE'S PLEASURES at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas. Enjoy perfect moments with uninterrupted views of the pristine Saadiyat shores and gently lapping waves, where you are instantly spellbound by an idyllic rise and shine day. Hearty or healthy, indulge in a masterfully designed wholesome weekend breakfast menu collection at Beach House. fact magazine 100 For reservations,

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