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ur latest edition focuses on the noble act of giving. We bring you stories of individuals from around the world who have dedicated the greater part of their lives to actively give away their wealth and time to support the underprivileged. We introduce you to the secretive billionaire you didn’t even know existed. Chuck Feeney (p.49), the reclusive co-founder of Duty-Free Shoppers, has given away billions to charity and in the process inspired the like of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to give away the more significant part of their wealth during their lifetimes. Closer to home, we speak with Tariq Al Gurg, the CEO of Dubai Cares, who gives us an insider’s view of the Dubai Cares Initiative (p.52). Founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, this UAE-based global philanthropic organisation, has successfully launched education programs reaching over 18 million beneficiaries in 53 developing countries. To commemorate the 100 years since the birth of the founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, His Excellency Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Emirati businessman and philanthropist, announced the establishment of the AED 100 million Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund (p.21). It will run for three years and is expected to support the education of a minimum of 5,000 children and youth. For our cover story (p.33) we speak with Joe Gebbia, the co-founder and chief product officer of the disruptive hospitality company, Airbnb. Operating in over 65,000 cities in 190+ countries, Airbnb has forever changed the way people travel and experience home away from home. Dubai never ceases to impress with its superlative feats. This time around it is Emirates Airlines Catering, the in-flight catering diving of Emirates Airlines, and their latest vertical farming facility near Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (p.45. Covering an area of 130,000 square feet when complete, this indoor vertical farm will be the largest in the world and will be able to harvest 2.7 Metric Tons of high-quality, herbicide-free and pesticide-free leafy greens daily, using 99% less water than outdoor fields. A production output equivalent to 900 acres of farmland.

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n celebration of the Club’s 10th anniversary, we’re offering “The Capital Club will be making 200 life memberships available members and invited guests the opportunity to become a in celebration of our 10th anniversary, which will mark the relife member of the Capital Club. As with every other level launch of the Capital Club after ten great years,” adds Palmer. This of membership at the Club, this opportunity is by invitation window of opportunity is a small one. Only 200 life memberships only. Existing members will be able to nominate or recommend will be available – and once they’re taken, life membership candidates for this life membership. The Club will also accept will be capped. In addition to the prestige of joining the upper membership enquiries, which will then go through a strict vetting echelons of the Club, life memberships come with increased process by our Membership Committee and Board of Directors. benefits, as well as a generous credit towards food and beverage. This will ensure we maintain the business focus But perhaps more significant than the returns and sociable membership that the Capital Club is the membership generates is the chance it offers The Capital Club will recognized for. The concept of life membership for members to make their mark on the Club’s be making 100 life is almost as old as the concept of private evolution. Already we’ve made huge strides. memberships available members clubs. However, it is for the first time We’re particularly proud of our stunning lightto members and 100 that the Capital Club brings this opportunity flooded fourth floor gallery, and the prowess to this part of the world; an opportunity that and the prestige of the work that hangs within to invited guests, in will allow our members the chance to establish it. Our Bollinger Garden attracts crowds and celebration of our 10th generations of family memberships, as well as compliments in equal measure all year around, anniversary, which will contribute to the Club’s future. “Being a member and with executive chef Andy Blas and a team and having the privilege to be part of a club of of visiting Michelin-star chefs at the helm, our mark the re-launch of like-minded souls is one thing. Being a Founder dining room is fast becoming a destination in its the Capital Club after Member certainly carries with it great status, as own right. But these changes are just the tip of ten great years. the individual is known for being part of a group the iceberg. As the DIFC expands, so will the Club. that started a wonderful movement; like Charles Taking into account the DIFC’s development, the Ian Palmer Dickens, who founded The Arts Club in 1863, Capital Club anticipates as many as 1,000 new CAPITAL CLuB, GEnErAL MAnAGEr for example, or Francesco Bianco, who actually membership enquiries next year (subject to our founded White’s Club, in 1693. But there is one other category strict vetting process), doubling the networking opportunities of membership that holds great esteem – the Life Member,” says the Club creates for its members. Which is why we’ve developed General Manager Ian Palmer. “The Life Member is known for an ambitious programme of new and upgraded spaces, including being part of a group that sustained a movement. “Members with new meetings rooms, an on-site gastro pub, updated members’ such status have been invited to carry the honour and esteem of bar and a second champagne bar amongst other refurbishments. membership with them for life, often passing that membership Big changes are coming to the Club. Life membership gives you down for generations, depending on the rules of the Club. the chance to be a part of them.

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The global watch community gathered for the first international Horology Forum in London


he Horology Forum, an original concept created by Dubai Watch Week, is designed to foster freeflowing conversation covering a broad spectrum of industry topics by providing a space for intellectual discussion between leading watch curators, pioneers, authors, historians, collectors, brands and industry professionals. The first edition of the Horology Forum took place at the inaugural Dubai Watch Week in 2015. Dubai Watch Week and Christie’s hosted the first international Horology Forum in London on the 11th and 12th of September 2018. It was the first edition of its kind in partnership with Christie’s and attracted a growing number of visitors from the global watch community as it gained international momentum. Founded in 2015 by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture

& Arts Authority, Dubai Watch Week is “a global platform dedicated to the preservation of watchmaking culture and heritage by creating one of the largest non-commercial events for the international watch community.” At the time of announcement of the event, Melika Yazdjerdi, Director of Dubai Watch Week and Senior Marketing & Communication Director, Seddiqi Holding commented: “We are delighted to announce the first international Horology Forum alongside our partner Christie’s. Dubai Watch Week aims to connect the international watch community and increase appreciation for the art of horology. We are committed to establishing our position on the world’s horological map by creating alternative platforms for education and networking.” Christie’s, the British auction house founded in 1766, is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. With

a global presence in 46 countries, with ten salerooms around the world, it offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectables, and more. In the first half of 2017, Christie’s combined global auctions along with private and online sales totalled £2.35 billion or $3 billion. Christie’s watch auctions attract a wide audience of collectors and record-breaking prices for the finest vintage and modern timepieces featuring names such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, Breguet and Vacheron Constantin. Of the top ten most expensive watches ever sold at an auction, five were auctioned at Christie’s with a combined value of $21.2 million. Christie’s Watch Shop offers a selection of watches available for private sale while its global team of specialists offer free and confidential valuations of single pieces or collections. With its existing network related to horology, Christie’s was the ideal partner to host the international Horology Forum.

About the partnership, John Reardon, Senior Vice President of International Head of watches at Christie’s said: “The exchange of ideas and academics of leading voices in the watch world is pivotal to the future of our field, and the Horology Forum has proven time after time to be the leading platform globally in a non-biased open dialogue on all things horological. Christie’s is honoured to open its doors and host this exciting educational event with all our friends from Dubai Watch Week.” The international Horology Forum as promised, engaged and educated attendees as panellists discussed current topics and trends focusing on the generational gap in the industry. The panels brought together renowned watchmakers, industry icons and collectors to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and share their expertise and insights on some of the most debated and trending topics in the horology industry.


His Excellency Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Emirati businessman and philanthropist 21 SEPT / OCT 2018



Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair launches a special fund to help educate Arab refugees.


n the UAE, 2018 is being celebrated as the Year of Zayed. It marks 100 years since the birth of its founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, whose humanitarian impact transcended boundaries and sowed the seeds for several of today’s philanthropic efforts. June 20 of this year marked World Refugee Day. To commemorate these two important occasions, His Excellency Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Emirati businessman and philanthropist, announced establishment of the AED 100 million Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund. The initiative aims to benefit refugee youth in Jordan, Lebanon and Arab children affected by wars and disasters residing in the United Arab Emirates. It will run for three years and is expected to support the education of a minimum of 5,000 children and youth. Speaking on the occasion, Al Ghurair said: “I established this fund during the Year of Zayed because I believe that philanthropists have a role in helping to support one of the most acute challenges of our region: lack of educational opportunities for young people who need it the most. Young people whose education has been interrupted by conflict deserve a chance to rebuild their lives and have a shot at a good future.” The Fund is designed to impact on two fronts. One, it will support high-impact education programs at the secondary, vocational and tertiary levels of education for refugee youth in Jordan and Lebanon. Two, it will provide the fund to support children of families who, due to wars and disasters in their home countries, temporarily reside in the UAE but are unable to afford school fees. Grants will be awarded through a competitive selection process to education institutions and NGOs working with refugee children and youth from countries affected by wars and disasters. The first round of grants to partner organisations in Jordan, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates will be announced before the start of the new school year. The next call for proposals will be in early 2019. The initiative couldn’t come soon enough as international

funding for refugee education has not been able to keep up with the vast needs of the host countries. According to UNICEF, over 80% of out-of-school children and youth in the region are affected by conflict. The Syrian conflict has severely exacerbated the situation with 2 million children out of school and hundreds of thousands of youth unable to continue their education. Filippo Grande, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, applauded the initiative and said: “We welcome the generous commitment by Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair. This significant contribution is in-line with UNHCR’s direction towards a whole-of-society approach where individuals and organisations work hand-in-hand to ensure that people who have been forced to flee are able to rebuild their lives and take control of their futures. The Fund highlights the importance of the Arab world’s business community in creating a positive impact through supporting the region’s displaced communities.” Gordon Brown, the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education said: “There can be no better investment in the future of the Arab region than to support the education of the most vulnerable – refugee children and youth. I have long advocated for new partnerships and solutions to address funding education for refugee children and youth. This important initiative will make a difference in the lives of thousands of young people, and I am encouraged that other business leaders will follow.” The Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund is the largest Arab private refugee education initiative. It will be administered by the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education. Founded in 2015 and based in Dubai, it is the largest privately funded foundation in the Arab world focused exclusively on education. It aims to improve access to quality education for high-achieving, underserved Emirati and Arab youth. Abdulla Al Ghurair, Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair’s father, had pledged one-third of his wealth to the Foundation and set out a target of reaching 15,000 youth over ten years via secondary and higher education programs and scholarships 2018 SEPT / OCT 22


valued at over US $1 billion. Elaborating on how the fund will be managed, Maysa Jalbout, CEO of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, said: “We are grateful to our Chairman Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair for entrusting the Foundation in developing and administering this important initiative. The refugee education fund will allow us to reach thousands of children through partnerships with educational institutions and nongovernmental organisations.� Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair is currently the CEO of Mashreq

Bank, UAE, and the Chairman of Al Ghurair Investment LLC, a diversified industrial group with a core focus on Foods, Commodities, Construction and Properties and additionally on Energy, Printing, Retail and Education. He was the Speaker of the House of the Federal National Council of UAE from 2007 until 2011. He is also an avid supporter of many charitable organisations and initiatives in the local and international arenas such as the UNICEF, UNESCO, Planet Finance and the UAE Disabled Sports Federation.

Maysa Jalbout, CEO of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education 23 SEPT / OCT 2018




Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons in partnership with Rolex have recently inaugurated the world’s largest Rolex Boutique


hmed Seddiqi & Sons, one of the first watch distributors in the Gulf region and the Official Rolex Retailer in Dubai for almost 60 years, inaugurated the world’s largest Rolex boutique at the world’s largest shopping mall this year. Rolex’s new flagship boutique, located at Dubai Mall’s latest extension - the Fashion Avenue, is a three-storey structure with a total retail space of an unprecedented 850 square metres and includes an area devoted to the exploration of the world of Rolex. Commenting on the launch of the new store, Jean-Frédéric Dufour, Chief Executive Officer of Rolex SA, said: “This outstanding boutique offers a total Rolex experience. We are delighted to bring the history of the Rolex brand and its knowhow together in this way in association with our long-time partner, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.” The ground level of the boutique features a visually spectacular showroom. The decor, sales counters, tables,

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furniture and the watch collections on display are in keeping with the tradition of Rolex boutiques around the world. A wide range of the legendary watchmaker’s timepieces are on display to suit all tastes and requirements. The interior space is dominated by a chandelier; a spectacular glass lighting installation that was specially designed and custom-made for the boutique. Handcrafted in the Czech Republic by glass specialists, it features layers of coloured glass which are inspired by the ‘Cyclops’ lens on Rolex watches that magnify the date display. As a result, the glass pieces on the chandelier also have a magnifying effect. The imposing chandelier illuminates the ground floor as well as the mezzanine floor above as they share an open space. The chandelier is just one example of the many specially designed features present throughout the boutique. For example, the pillars made from Noce Travertine stone from Italy and covered in bronze. They add to the elegance of the


space and also create a sequenced means of separating areas within the boutique. The wall panels that surround the room have gold elements which project the fluted bezel of a Rolex watch in 3D. The acoustics have been given careful attention to enhance the comfort of the customers. For the convenience of the patrons of the store, the mezzanine and third floors can be accessed by a lift. On the second level is the mezzanine, an exclusive area with a dazzling decor. It has a shared open space with the ground floor because of the common open space which houses the chandelier. The walls feature leather trim and gold-leaf detailing and are adorned with images inspired by the cut of a diamond, or Rolex crowns made of gold watch indexes and appliques. The entire third floor is dedicated to the aptly named ‘Rolex Experience’, a genuinely unique experience being offered by Rolex for the first time in Dubai. It provides the visitor with an opportunity to immerse themselves into the world of Rolex; its heritage, its watches, its savoir-faire, its manufacture, its sponsorships, its philanthropic activities and testimonials from notable clientele. The Rolex Experience space consists of four distinctive areas: the reception, the screening room, the exhibition space, and the lounge. In the darkened screening room, the film entitled ‘The epic of the Oyster, the watch that defies time and elements’ takes the visitors through the story of Rolex; about the brand’s founder Hans Wilsdorf; his pioneering invention, the Oyster,

the world’s first waterproof wristwatch; it recounts its many adventures from the highest summits to the deepest part of the oceans, and on the wrists of pioneers, artists, athletes and visionaries. The exhibition space features various themed exhibits presented on display panels inspired by the Oyster bracelet-link structure. To mark the boutique opening, the ‘Sea-Dweller’ exhibit will be on display for the first few months. Subdivided further into three parts - Deep, Deeper, and Deepest - it chronicles the evolution of Rolex divers’ watches, from the Submariner to the Sea-Dweller to the Rolex Deepsea, and the part Rolex chronographs have played in the exploration of the deepest, darkest depths of our oceans. The lounge, with its elegant and relaxed atmosphere, is where visitors can relax, converse, enjoy refreshments, and read books or magazines about Rolex. The decor features such refinements as stone flooring and silk carpets, wood wall panelling, use of luxurious fabrics and leather sofas. Six screens situated around the lounge transport the visitor to the inner workings of the four Rolex sites in Switzerland, to the watch assemblies, to the workshops and unravels the magic behind the brand. “The latest Rolex Boutique will showcase Rolex watches in spectacular surroundings,” said Abdul Hamied Ahmed Seddiqi, Vice Chairman of Seddiqi Holding. “This collaboration marks an enduring relationship and our continued passion for the Rolex brand.”

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Orlebar Brown’s tailored approach to men’s swimwear makes its Middle-east debut


n February 2005, Adam Brown was invited to a friend’s 40th birthday in Rajasthan, India. Around the pool, he noticed that the men’s swimwear paled in comparison to the women’s style as they were wearing a mix of briefs, board shorts and shapeless boxer-style shorts. Then Adam noticed that the men had to change for lunch. It was a moment of epiphany for Adam and the idea of “a tailored short you can swim in” was born. In 2007, this idea became a reality as Orlebar Brown: a tailored approach to men’s swim shorts. It has now grown into a global brand with an ever-increasing number of international stores, an enviable list of stockists and a burgeoning expansion into ready-to-wear. Adam Brown was born in Kuala Lumpur to British parents. They moved to Hong Kong when he was four years old, and 29 SEPT / OCT 2018

then on to Japan. At ten years old, his family moved back to the UK. For years, Adam worked as a fundraiser for a variety of different charities including children, prisons and HIV. Making it through to the final interview stage for a particular job, he realised his interests lay elsewhere and went back to college to study photography. This led to him working as a portrait photographer in London for six years for editorial, private and corporate clients. Unable to find direction within this industry, he was on the lookout for a new adventure when he came across the idea for Orlebar Brown. Based on the 17-piece pattern of a pair of traditional men’s suit trousers, Orlebar Brown’s classic swim shorts offer something you can wear on the beach or by the pool, yet smart enough to wear to lunch or for a drink. They were developed


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to feature a four-part shaped waistband, zip fly closure and side fasteners to adjust for the perfect fit. The core styles, known as Springer, Setter, Bulldog and Dane, still form the focus of each collection with new iterations each season. All Orlebar Brown classic swim shorts are guaranteed for five years. To commemorate their 5th Anniversary, Orlebar Brown pioneered the use of photographic prints on their hero swim shorts. They partnered with Getty Images Hulton Archive for Slim Aarons’ vintage photographs documenting the glamour and grandeur of the Côte d’Azur in the 1950s which “perfectly encapsulate the Orlebar Brown way of life: sunshine, travel, happiness and good times.” Alternatively, customers can opt for the ‘Design Your Own’ service which enables customers to create their own bespoke pair of photographic swim shorts using the #SnapShorts app in-store or online. In 2010, Orlebar Brown progressed from the beach to resort with a full range of holiday clothes that can also be incorporated into everyday wardrobes, including polos, chinos and shirts. Ten years on from its founding at Notting Hill, the brand now operates twenty stores worldwide. This global expansion of the brand has brought it to the shores of Dubai. Mizzen has officially launched Orlebar Brown in the UAE with exclusive omnichannel rights to distribution. Launched in 2017, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Seddiqi Holding, Mizzen focuses on developing potential partnerships with retail chains, e-commerce platforms and franchises that specialise in fashion, beauty, accessories, and wellness.

Adam Brown, commenting on the new partnership, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Mizzen to support the growth of Orlebar Brown in UAE. The group’s wealth of experience and expertise will support significant growth with both physical stores and our online presence in what is already a strategically important territory for Orlebar Brown.” Seamus Clune, General Manager at Mizzen, added: “This partnership with Orlebar Brown is a testament to our commitment of providing our customers with innovative brands that are leaders in their niche categories and Orlebar Brown is a shining example of that.” Orlebar Brown’s Summer 2018 collection takes its inspiration from “tropical paradises, desert island days and lush coastlines brushed with coastal flora - be it the turquoise bays of Bermuda or the sun-bleached shores of St Barths.” The palette features toucan yellow, paradise pink, orchid purple, brilliant azure, as well as blue and fern green. The signature Themis and Barthmann patterns get seasonal colour updates while the Aruba print joins the ranks as a new chevron tessellation in two colourways. The sport capsule introduces innovative bioceramic fabrics in new variants of the OB-T and Sebastian styles. Core classics are updated in a new towelling stripe in navy and white. The collection also features knitted Rushton resort polo and a range of merino pieces. The latest collection is now available at the new store in Dubai Mall as well as at Boutique 1, Harvey Nichols and the One & Only Royal Mirage in Dubai.


BELONG ANYWHERE One revolutionary idea that changed the hospitality business forever

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irbnb is a San Fransisco based company that operates an online marketplace and hospitality service, which allows people to rent short-term lodging including family homes, holiday cottages, apartments, or hotel rooms, as well as facilitate travel experiences with the single click of a button. After having stayed in an Airbnb unit; whether a mountain villa in an Italian fishing village, a cozy apartment in the outskirts of Paris, or a hip penthouse studio in New York City, one felt the comfort, the warmth, and the feeling of home in every single space. The sense of belonging- no matter what part of the world you were in- and being part of a community of hosts and guests

eager to accommodate to your travels and your comfort, was truly unique to the hospitality industry. Turns out, unique was just what people wanted. Over 300 million people all around the globe have surrendered to the phenomena that completely disrupted the hospitality and travel industry with its revolutionary and open- minded concept. Today, Airbnb operates in over 65,000 cities in 190+ countries worldwide. We sat down with the Airbnb co-founder, and now Chief Product Officer, Joe Gebbia, and asked him a few questions about the inspiration, the journey, and the significance of Airbnb today.

Were you always entrepreneurial? Yes! As a kid, I sold candy bars at my sister’s swim meet, started a lawn mowing business, and redesigned (and sold) my high school senior class t-shirts. That was the time of the first dot com boom, so I taught myself to design websites in my free time. In college, I started my first business, CritBuns, to explore what it takes to bring a product to market, and after I graduated, I launched my first internet company; a marketplace to help architects, designers, and creatives source eco-friendly materials. Each of these experiences taught me key lessons that I brought to starting, and building, Airbnb.

three guests and became the first “Airbed and Breakfast” hosts. What we originally thought would be a way to make rent, turned into an incredibly meaningful experience and started what would eventually become Airbnb.

How did Airbnb start exactly? Back in 2007, Brian Chesky and I were living in San Francisco and one day we got a letter from our landlord informing about raising our rent. We couldn’t afford it, so either we had to find a way to come up with the money or move. At that time, there was a major conference coming to town, the Industrial Designer’s Society of America (IDSA), and when I noticed that the hotels were completely sold out, I saw an opportunity. What if we blew up some air mattresses and hosted a few conference-goers right here in our apartment? So, your home was technically the first to test the Airbnb concept? Yes, we built a quick website and got coverage on design blogs. Emails began to arrive from around the world. We chose

Can you give us a sense of the scale and size of the business – are there still new markets and countries to conquer? On New Year’s Eve 2017, there were 2.5 million people using our service on the same night, in over 120 countries. There are billions of homes on the planet, and we’ve listed only 4.5 million of them. There are plenty of hosts we’re yet to meet. Let’s talk about increasing regulation. Is it a concern? Anytime a new idea enters the world it’s usually met with some resistance. The 20th century is full of examples: the VCR, the ATM, the automobile. All these eventually became commonplace. Laws were passed to ban them. Eventually, as the enormous value of these conveniences became clear, policy makers adapted accordingly. What are your ambitions for the business? Housing is just one piece of a bigger story that we want to offer to help our guests. We believe that companies in the 21st century have a responsibility to give back more than grants. We have an obligation to take what we’re good at, go out into the world and directly solve problems. 2018 SEPT / OCT 34


I have the privilege of overseeing the division that created OpenHomes, a way for Airbnb to provide shelter to those in the greatest need. We take the same technology that makes it easy to book a vacation and use it to match a displaced person with someone offering to host them. Think after Hawaii volcanoes, Mexico earthquake or family fleeing war violence. The number of generous hosts now exceeds 20,000 worldwide. Having completely revolutionized the hospitality industry – are you thinking of bringing the same approach into other fields? We have long desired to make travel easy and magical. The average vacation takes 30 hours to plan and uses 12 services. What happens if we imbue our values of authentic travel, great design, and community first approach into other areas of a trip? Imagine discovering where you can go, how to get there, and what to do offered conveniently in one place, through our app. The Airbnb’s ‘belong anywhere’ has become a universal symbol of global freedom and mobility. How can you describe this notion? Through Airbnb, we are now able to go places with the aim to understand and be changed — get out of our comfort zone, immerse in a different community, and get lost in the neighborhoods of the world. What personal experiences have impacted you to become an advocate of building, and belonging to, this global community? I’ll never forget standing in the mud hut of a Burundi woman in a refugee camp in Rwanda. This woman, holding her toddler in one arm, and the hand of her 3-yearold in the other, told me her story of fleeing violence in her homeland, walking for weeks to make it to the dusty, makeshift hut she now called home. She said it was the first 35 SEPT / OCT 2018

time in a long time she’d been able to fall asleep at night and feel safe. When you hear stories like this — people struggling for the basic human right to fall asleep at night feeling safe — you feel compelled to help. In that same refugee camp, I learned about the systemic problems created by lack of access to education by women and girls. It inspired me to get involved in the Malala Fund, where I now sit on the leadership council, advocating for girls’ education globally. Airbnb has become an international phenomenonhow do you think this will help your global mission? I think entrepreneurs have the power to not only change the world but to save it as well. The global problems we face today are too numerous and complex to rely on institutions or governments to solve. There is someone out there, right now, who’s fed up with a problem, like lack of clean water, and it’s the entrepreneurial spirit that will create the solution no one else has seen before. You have signed the ‘Giving Pledge’ along with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Are their specific areas you plan to donate to? My early giving has targeted education, through the Malala Fund, TED Audacious Project, and scholarships at the Rhode Island School of Design, where I studied. But I’m just getting started. My goal is to make philanthropy cool for the next generation of entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurial spirit drives people to improve the world around them, to solve problems that benefit others. I want to help unlock that spirit in every corner of the globe. You are also a designer. Who are your influences? The work of some of my favorite creative people is all around my apartment: design and art by Charles and Ray Eames, Gerrit Reitveld, Kenya Hara, Heather Day and on my stereo: the music of Beck and Thelonious Monk.


“The entrepreneurial spirit drives people to improve the world around them, to solve problems that benefit others. I want to help unlock that spirit in every corner of the globe.” • Joe Gebbia

Tell us about your new business Neighborhood. “Neighborhood” was born when Bernhardt Design reached out to see if I’d be interested in a collaboration. I jumped at the opportunity to do industrial design again. The brief was, “If you could design anything for your office, what would it be?” After 8 years of observing what does and doesn’t work in our open floor plan offices, and a work culture built around flexibility, the ideas started flowing out in my sketchbook. One concept stood out that eventually became Neighborhood: an infinitely configurable set of modules that are easily rearranged to form expansive landscapes or small intimate settings. The benches and low-back seating are great for casual conversation or brainstorming while the high-back seating modules create a sense of safety and comfort within an open office — a design principle that mimics how our early ancestors’ found safety in savannalike environments.

How do you unwind with such a busy schedule? The first thing I do when I get home from the office is feed my dog and then sit down at my piano and unwind playing songs I know, or riff and make something new up. I’ve played sports going all the way back to little league baseball. These days I shoot hoops and practice jiu-jitsu. All-time favorite book or movie? One of the best books I’ve read lately is ‘Start with Why’ by Simon Sinek. It explains why people affiliate themselves with causes (or brands) and offers profound insights on how to communicate your own cause better. Senna is a great documentary film about passion and drive. Exclusive scoop into Joe Gebbia’s favorite San Francisco experience? Bar Agricole — definitely my favorite spot to eat and drink in the city. 2018 SEPT / OCT 36



Breitling enters into a new era with its renewed strategies

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reitling, with over 133 years in the industry, has built its very own place among watch brands, especially in case of precision-made chronometers. The brand has always devoted premier importance to the quality of its products, designed to withstand intensive use in the most trying conditions. Last year, Tim Sayler joined the company as their Chief Marketing Officer. He comes with a vast experience having worked with names as big as Audemars Piguet and with a plan to support Breitling in making a new niche in the market. We sit down with him to discuss the way forward for the brand. In 2017 you were named as the new Chief Marketing Officer at Breitling. Can you please share with us your achievements in the last 12 months? 2017 was a year of continental shift for us. The second half of 2017 witnessed the change of guard to a new management team. Together with the CEO George Kern, in a period of 12 months, the new team has already crossed important milestones in achieving much of what was meticulously

planned. We have rebranded, upgraded, and rejuvenated the look and feel of the brand. Moreover, we launched an entirely new collection and a new brand advertising campaign, under the theme of “Squad on a Mission�. Those are just a few, but the most visible initiatives that were successfully launched during this very short time and progressed to completion. How are you going to help in leading Breitling into its next era? In this new team, we are all unanimous in our conviction that Breitling is a great brand and has even greater potential which lies in two directions. One is in revitalizing the brand towards not just aviation, but also towards other options in which the brand has a distinguished history and direct play. The second is, to make the brand relevant again for a younger audience and that is what we are all together aligning our efforts on. My role as a Chief Marketing Officer is specifically focused on the brand and its communication side, and especially on the digital dimension, which is a key channel to engage with our consumers.

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How does Breitling describe a “perfect watch”? A perfect watch is something totally individual and totally subjective. There’s a perfect watch for you, a perfect watch for me and so on. Therefore, each person has their own description and expectations of their perfect watch. It is how you think about it or judge it, how does it look on your wrist, does it feel good, does it express who you are and underline your personality, etc. Breitling is a very specific brand that stands for a certain type of lifestyle. It is a watch made for purpose-driven action and thus for urban active people, to whom also appeals the luxury of style. So, this would be the perfect watch from the Breitling point of view. Share with us the main reason for the global success of Breitling Breitling ranks high among the most successful brands globally because it enjoys an incredibly high awareness, in fact it figures among the top five brands in terms of awareness worldwide. I think this is due to two primary reasons: first, Breitling has one of the richest histories in the watchmaking industry. If you look at the catalogue of vintage Breitling, you will find an incredible number of innovations and some exceptionally beautiful watches. Second, Breitling stands for something very unique and very distinctive. As I mentioned, it is the

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concept of a tool watch, a highly reliable instrument used by professionals. It is this idea of purposeful intent, confident action and sophisticated style that makes Breitling stand out. We aim for authenticity, credibility, and honesty for our brand and our products, as well as in our interactions with our clients. Why do you focus on men’s watches in your collection? And do women have a share in Breitling watches? We have many collections of women watches and also ones that are entirely dedicated to women. Of course, we have a much higher share of watches for men than women, but we are working on broadening and strengthening our brand to resonate more emphatically with women, too. Can you please share with us more information about the ‘SQUAD ON A MISSION’ campaign? And what markets will it cover? “Squad on a Mission” is the new headline of our campaign and it is rooted in two core ideas of the Breitling brand. The first one is a mission; and, as I said, Breitling is a brand for doers and offers watches, that are instruments to help you to fulfill a task and to achieve a certain result in accordance with distinctive standards. So, Breitling offers timepieces that you can embark on a mission with and this is, where the mission part comes in.


The squad members are doing certain activities together as a team to achieve a certain result. That is deeply rooted in the core history and essence of the brand because Breitling is an aviation brand that soars with the idea of flying in formation in a squadron. Further, we believe that the concept of a team and its goal is extremely relevant today and on the other hand rather unique when it comes to communication of a watch brand. So, all this combined, is what makes the idea of “Squad on a Mission”. Essentially there will be a number of squads from all kind of areas consisting of people, who are all recognized masters in their respective professional fields and working together to complete a mission. This will be showcased emphatically in Breitling’s advertising campaigns. The first squad that we launched was the Breitling jet team and is on air right now. Over the coming months, we will roll out several other additional squads. Among them will be the “Explorer Squad” bringing together some very talented personalities in the field of Explorers and adventurers. Then, later in the year, we will announce our Cinema Squad with Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron and Adam Driver. The whole campaign is on a global scale, covering all markets. Why do you only focus on aviation in your

communication? This is one of the key changes we are bringing to the brand. If you look back at the history of the brand, Breitling was never just aviation. The close historical link to aviation is the legacy of Breitling, but it was always an instrument for professional use in many fields, in sports such as diving, sailing, cycling, in business, and in science. That is the real spirit of the brand. Our watches are designed for all kind of challenges in the air, in the sea, and on land. What are the quality values that define Breitling? Purpose, mission and style. As I mentioned, every Breitling watch is a tool and instrument for action and you can take it on an adventure. But it is also about style and luxury, because a watch is part of your personal style and your personality. How would you compare the Saudi appreciation of luxury watches with other markets; European or Eastern? The watch industry made an incredible progress in terms of global awareness and interest in watches in general. But in the Middle East and in Saudi Arabia, in particular, the appreciation of luxury watches is much higher than the rest of the world which is why this region is so important to us.

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The new EQC to be launched soon is “the Mercedes-Benz among electric vehicles.”


t the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz first presented its new product and technology brand EQ for electromobility, the Mercedes-Benz EQC Concept. The EQC, whose series production will start in 2019, is set to become the first Mercedes-Benz vehicle to be launched under the EQ brand. It is classed as a crossover SUV because of its muscular proportions, extended roofline and window layout with a low waistline and the coupé-like roof recess at the rear. A striking feature at the front is the large black-panel surface enclosing the headlamps and grille. It is bordered at the top by an optical fibre illumination which links the daytime running lamps. The inner housings and tubes of the standard Multibeam Led headlamps are in high-gloss black and are contrasted by the blue stripes and blue Multibeam lettering. The high-quality interior of the EQC also pioneers an avant-garde electro-look. One example is the ribbed edge of the instrument panel, which resembles the cooling ribs of a hi-fi amplifier. The instrument panel is designed as a driveroriented cockpit. The typical Mercedes-Benz wing profile is asymmetrical, with a “cut-out” in the driver area. This is where one of the visual highlights of the cockpit is located - a 41 SEPT / OCT 2018

high-tech, high gloss cassette housing flat air vents with keyshaped, rosé-gold coloured louvres. The EQC is equipped with the innovative multimedia system MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience - which has numerous EQ specific functions such as the display of range, charge status and energy flow. EQ optimised navigation, driving modes, charging current and departure time can also be controlled and set. The MBUX display has a special EQ tile where numerous features are grouped. Alternatively, the user can access the EQ menu of the MBUX system directly using a key in the lower left control panel. Thanks to natural language recognition, the driver can operate the EQC using voice control. Other conveniences include pre-entry climate control; the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems which include new functions such as predictive speed adjustment when approaching the end of a tailback; Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC reduces the speed to around 100 kmph as a precaution. In a tailback on the motorway, the lane guidance system keeps the vehicle off-centre to leave space for the emergency services. The EQ optimised navigation bases its calculation on the


fastest route taking into account the shortest charging time and is capable of responding dynamically to changes. It also helps drivers to easily find charging stations while ‘Mercedes me Charge’ gives them convenient access to the charging stations of numerous providers. To enhance the noise comfort, the power packs are isolated by rubber mounts at two levels and are further supplemented with insulation measures. The result is an interior that is extremely quiet. To assist the driver in managing the power consumption and range, the EQC has five driving programs, each with different characteristics: Comfort, Eco, Max Range, Sport and an individually adaptable program. The EQC also meets the highest requirements with respect to passive safety, particularly the stringent safety standards for the battery and all component parts carrying electrical current which Mercedes-Benz claims exceed the legal requirements. The high-voltage battery is positioned beneath the vehicle floor and is surrounded by a stable frame that can absorb energy. Deformation elements are installed between the frame and the battery to absorb additional forces in the event of a severe side impact. A battery guard in the front prevents it from being pierced by foreign objects. In the event of an accident, the high-voltage system automatically shuts down.

There are also shutdown points where emergency teams can deactivate the high-voltage system manually. The EQC is powered by a lithium-ion battery with an energy content of 80 kWh. To recharge it, the EQC is equipped with a water-cooled onboard charger with a capacity of 7.4 kW, making it suitable for AC charging at home, or at public charging stations. Charging at a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox is up to three times faster than at a domestic power socket. It is faster still with DC charging. The EQC features an all-new drive system with compact electric drivetrains at each axle. The front electric motor is optimised for best possible efficiency in the low to medium load range, while the rear one determines dynamism. Together, they generate an output of 300 kW and a maximum torque of 765 Nm. As a result, the EQC has the driving characteristics of an all-wheel drive. With its seamless, clear design and colour highlights typical of the brand, the EQC is a pioneer for an avantgarde electric look while representing the design idiom of Progressive Luxury. With respect to quality, safety and comfort, it may be considered, according to the marque, “the Mercedes-Benz among electric vehicles.”

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Volvo Cars reports record operating profit of SEK 4.2bn for the second quarter of 2018


olvo Cars today reported its highest ever quarterly operating profit of SEK4.2 billion for the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 28.6 per cent compared with the same period last year driven by a strong increase in global retail sales. Revenue in the second quarter increased by 26.9 per cent to SEK66.0 billion, as retail sales rose 14.6 per cent to 170,232 cars. The operating profit margin for the period came in at 6.4 per cent, up from 6.3 per cent the same period last year. For the first six months of 2018, Volvo Cars reported an operating profit of SEK7.8 billion, an increase of 15.7 per cent compared to the same period last year and the highest ever profit for a six-month period. Revenue in the first half of 2018 increased by 23.6 per cent to SEK122.9 billion, boosted by the company’s best ever first six months of sales of 317,639 cars, an increase of 14.4 per cent compared to the first half of 2017. The operating profit margin for the period came in at 6.4 per cent. “These results confirm that Volvo Cars is now wellpositioned for a new period of sustainable global growth,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “I expect us to achieve another year of record sales in 2018, as we aim to establish ourselves as a diversified, global mobility provider under our new vision Freedom to Move.” As for Middle Eastern markets, Volvo Cars have retained its position across the region, where XC60 continues to be the primary force driving sales momentum in the SUV segment

followed by XC40. “We now have a complete dealer network for the Middle East, with which we expect to significantly grow our market share in the region.” said Jesus Fernandez de Mesa, Volvo Car Group’s Managing Director, Importers EMEA. Since being acquired by Zhejiang Geely Holdings in 2010, the company has completely transformed operations. It has expanded its global manufacturing footprint and completely renewed its model portfolio in recent years. In the first half of 2018, it launched the new V60 premium estate and S60 premium sedan, while it opened a brand new manufacturing facility in South Carolina, its first in the US. Volvo Cars recently announced new ambitions for the upcoming years, highlighting its ongoing transition from being merely a car maker into a provider of mobility services. Volvo Cars aims to position itself as a leading player in the global automotive business. The longer term ambition is to generate half of all sales annually from fully electric cars, one third of all cars sold to be autonomous driving cars and provide half of all cars it offers to customers via its subscription service. It expects these initiatives to transform its connection to its customer base, with the aim to build a total of over 5 million direct consumer relationships some time by the middle of the next decade, creating new sources of recurring revenue. This will also offer the company far greater potential to develop connected and other services for customers. 2018 SEPT / OCT 44



Dubai is set to become home to the world’s largest vertical farm. Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC), one of the world’s largest catering operations have embarked on a joint venture with U.S.-based Crop One Holdings, the world’s leading vertical farm operator, to build the world’s largest vertical farming facility near Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central. The two entities will co-invest US $40 million on the project. Vertical farms produce crops in indoor farms using digital and mechanical technology, rather than chemical or genetic, to ensure, pesticide-free, optimal growing conditions. Plants are grown in a soil-less growth medium using nutrient solutions that produce fast-growing, healthy plants. The temperature, humidity, light, water and plant nutrients are all provided in a controlled environment, which means that the farms can be located anywhere, even in the middle of a city. 45 SEPT / OCT 2018

The vertical farm facility at Dubai World Central will cover 130,000 square feet when complete but will have a production output equivalent to 900 acres of farmland. At full capacity, the facility will be able to harvest 2.7 Metric Tons of highquality, herbicide-free and pesticide-free leafy greens daily, using 99% less water than outdoor fields. The proximity of the indoor vertical farm to the point of consumption ensures quick delivery of the fresh produce, reaching customers within hours of harvest while maintaining high nutritional value. It will also substantially reduce the costs and carbon emissions associated with transportation. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group said: “Today’s announcement is an important milestone for the Emirates Group, for Dubai, and for the UAE. This investment


to build and operate the world’s largest vertical farming facility aligns with the UAE’s drive for more agricultural selfsufficiency, a vision which began with the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE’s founding father. The introduction of ground-breaking technology at the facility also enhances Dubai’s position as a global innovation hub.” Emirates Flight Catering offers catering services to airlines, airport lounges, hospitality groups, events, VIPs and UAE government entities. It also provides ancillary services such as laundry and food production. It currently caters to over 105

airlines and 25 airport lounges. It employs around 11,000 people to prepare an average of 225,000 meals and handle 210 tonnes of laundry daily. “As one of the world’s largest airline catering operations, Emirates Flight Catering constantly looks at innovation, and ways to improve our productivity, product and service quality. Introducing the latest technology to our operations, we secure our own supply chain of high quality and locallysourced fresh vegetables, while significantly reducing our environmental footprint. We are pleased to partner with Crop

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One, the industry’s leading grower, packer and distributor, and a successful company that shares our corporate values. Together we look forward to delivering a best-in-class product and excellent value to our customers and stakeholders,” said Saeed Mohammed, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Flight Catering. Based in San Mateo, Ca., Crop One is a holding company focused on vertical farming ventures. It has been in commercial production longer than any other major vertical farmer in the U.S. It produces the highest crop yield per square foot, at 25% of the capital cost, of any vertical farm, due to its unique combination of proprietary technology platform and best-in-class plant science. The joint venture with Emirates Flight Catering is the second subsidiary of the Crop One holding company. Its primary subsidiary is the brand FreshBox Farms, based in Millis, Mass. All of its produce is grown hydroponically in specially outfitted, fully sustainable farms. Since 2016, it has produced nine different leafy green retail products, serving 47 SEPT / OCT 2018

38 different supermarkets and home delivery services in the Boston metropolitan area. Some of the greens grown include red and green lettuce, spinach, arugula, romaine, kale and Rainbow Chard. “Our proven business model has demonstrated profitable commercial production longer than any other major vertical farmer,” said Sonia Lo, Chief Executive Officer of Crop One Holdings. “We are farmers using the most sophisticated plant science and proven business efficiencies to provide marketleading consumer products every day. Our selection after a 10-month search by EKFC is a validation of our successful business model that uses patented technology and processes to optimise crop yields and facilitate hyper-growth.” The construction of the Dubai World Central facility is scheduled to commence in November 2018 and will take approximately one year to complete. The first products are expected to be delivered to Emirates Flight Catering’s customers by December 2019.


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A brief look into the life and times of Chuck Feeney; the man Warren Buffett called “my hero and Bill Gates’ hero”

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huck Feeney is 87 years old and lives in a nondescript rented San Francisco apartment with his second wife. He does not own a car, travels economy-class, eats at simple working-class restaurants and carries his documents in plastic bags. This is the lifestyle of the man that Forbes magazine in 2012 dubbed “the James Bond of philanthropy,” for giving away nearly all of his wealth, worth billions of dollars, anonymously to various philanthropic causes around the world. What is even more admirable is the fact that Feeney didn’t just give his money away but played an active role in determining where and how it should be spent. Chuck Feeney was born in 1931 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to an Irish-American family in the midst of the Great Depression. His mother was a nurse and his father an insurance underwriter. He graduated from St. Mary of the Assumption High School in 1949. Feeney has credited his mother, a kind and generous person always eager to help a neighbour, and

his Catholic schooling for his charitable sensibilities. Another significant influence was Andrew Carnegie’s essay, Wealth, which argued that the best use of one’s wealth was to help others. Feeney’s four-year stint as a radio operator with the U.S. Air Force intelligence in Japan and the GI Bill made it possible for him to attend Cornell University where he graduated with a degree in Hotel Administration. The high tuition did not leave him with much for his expenses. So, he began selling bologna sandwiches to hungry classmates and soon became known as the “sandwich man.” Cornell was also where he met Robert Miller, with whom he co-founded Duty-Free Shoppers in 1960, the company that went on to become the largest duty-free retailer in the world, and the company that made Feeney a billionaire. While being successful in business was satisfying to him, Feeney was uncomfortable with the trappings of great wealth. He always

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saw wealth as a means to an end and not an end in itself. “I grew up with my parents having these parties and having a grand old time. We were the house where people came, had barbeques and parties. People always came with their kids as it was always adults and kids’ parties,” says Caroleen Feeney, one of Chuck Feeney’s four daughters in the RTÉ Factual documentary ‘Secret Billionaire: The Chuck Feeney Story.’ However, as Chuck Feeney’s wealth grew, so did his anxiety about how it would affect him and his children. Caroleen adds: “My dad was kicking us in the butt since we were fourteen, get out of the door, do this yourself, figure it out. He was pushing us to be active and sporty and tough. More than anything he wanted us to have goals and passions, and he thought well, how could they have this, they are born with everything already. You know people have to fight and strive, so he made sure we did.” Chuck explains the reasoning behind this approach: “I felt that they should have the opportunity to see how money is earned. They knew there was a difference between what you make and what you’re given.” The documentary also quotes Harvey Dale, a lawyer and friend of Feeney’s: “I remember having a conversation with [Feeney] and quoting to him..[what] Reverend Gates said to John D Rockefeller... ‘Your wealth is rolling up, rolling up, and if you don’t do something about it, it will crush you, and it will crush your family.’ And Chuck kind of got that.” Thus,

“If you want to give it away, think about giving now. It’s a lot more fun than when you’re dead.” - Chuck Feeney

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was set in motion one of the greatest philanthropic stories of our time. Feeney secretly transferred all his holdings in Duty-Free Shoppers to the Atlantic Philanthropies. The first grant was made in 1982 to Cornell University which has now received grants totalling $1 billion. Of all his contributions worldwide, his generosity towards Ireland is a model of how philanthropy is not just about giving money but doing it within the confines of well thought out objectives designed to bring about a positive change in society. When he began donating to various institutions in Ireland, in particular Limerick University, the country’s economy was in the doldrums, the youth were underqualified, and politics handicapped by sectarian conflict in the north. Just a couple of decades later, Ireland was one of the economic tigers of Europe. Feeney also played an important role, along with other prominent Irish-Americans, in bringing to a civil resolution the conflict in Northern Ireland; first by helping to bring Sinn Féin into the Political mainstream and then opening a dialogue between the warring parties. In December 2016, Feeney gave a grant of $7 million to Cornell University, thus bringing Atlantic Philanthropies’ account balance to zero; as he had promised. He explained: “If you want to give it away, think about giving now. It’s a lot more fun than when you’re dead.”

“Chuck has set an example...he is my hero and Bill Gates’ hero. He should be everybody’s hero.” - Warren Buffett

“Chuck Feeney is a remarkable role model and the ultimate example of giving while living.” - Bill Gates



Tariq Al Gurg, the CEO of Dubai Cares, gives an insight into what makes Dubai Cares a global philanthropic organization 2018 SEPT / OCT 52



n September 2007, a leader, visionary and humanitarian embarked on a mission that was solely driven by the desire to provide children the opportunity to learn and build a promising future for themselves and their communities through education. Founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, the UAE-based global philanthropic organization, Dubai Cares, has successfully launched education programs reaching over 18 million beneficiaries in 53 developing countries. His Excellency Tariq Al Gurg was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares in 2009 and has since been responsible for leading the organization in working towards providing children in developing countries with access to quality education. He has been the driving force behind Dubai Cares’ involvement in global development efforts such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We had an opportunity to interview him and understand the vision and mission that drives this noble organization. As the CEO of Dubai Cares, please elaborate on your

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role in the organization? I joined Dubai Cares in 2009 when the organization was young operation-wise. But I saw the organization going global in the long run. All I could think about was where Dubai Cares will be 10 years down the road. My role in the beginning made sure that our growth was in line with international standards of education. We tapped into the global education agenda and followed the lead of UN agencies, international NGOs as well as local NGOs – working in collaboration on a large scale. The primary issue was poverty, not education. But poverty can be eradicated through education and through innovative and sustainable models. That was how Dubai Cares’ journey started. Today, we invest not only in innovative programmatic interventions but also into programs that take a holistic approach for a better impact, aligning them with governments’ policies and investing in research. We cannot keep on providing children and young people with the same kind of programs or at the same kind of pace. The pace must be faster, we have to innovate and introduce newer models, and this is my main job here – to look at the overall strategy, the long-term strategy, to innovate these new models to position Dubai Cares globally.


You were in the banking industry for about 12 years, how did you make this shift to philanthropy? Since I was a child I’ve always had a charitable side. As a child, I’d put coins into donation boxes. As I grew up, I donated more to help those less fortunate and tried to help people with their personal issues and that was the non-monetary side of things. At the same time, another passion that I had was travelling. I always dreamt about a job that involved a lot of charity work and travelling. In 2007, Dubai Cares was launched and two years later, I got an offer to become the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares and I didn’t think twice. Running an organization like this required someone who knew how to manage finances because a lot of funds were raised, and we had to be smart about utilizing and investing the funds. With my background in banking, I had the

finance skills and the management skills to run and grow an organization from the start. Tell our readers about Dubai Cares, the organization and what was the driving force behind it? What is the vision of Dubai Cares? His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum believes that education is the most effective tool to break the cycle of poverty. Our vision is to break the cycle of poverty by ensuring all children have access to quality education. For the launch of the organization, His Highness started an 8-week fundraising campaign, and in that time, we were able to secure $480 million from the government sector, high net worth individuals, and the private sector. When the day came, he organized a big event, announced the amount raised and 2018 SEPT / OCT 54


launched Dubai Cares, matching the $480 million that was raised from the UAE community. So, our start-up capital was USD 960 million, that’s how we started. We immediately we started working on what we wanted to do. It was very important to look at what was happening in the world, what the gaps were and how we could contribute towards increasing access to education. How does the organization aim to achieve its vision? Our programs are designed to reduce the greatest obstacles that prevent children and young people in developing countries from attaining quality education. We do this by 55 SEPT / OCT 2018

focusing on supporting innovative solutions that address these barriers in a holistic and sustainable manner. We test and pilot new programs around the world with our implementing partners and in consultation with local governments. When the program comes to an end in four or five years, we go back to the governments and share with them the program’s success and encourage them to take it forward. In some cases, we get other international donors to come in and scale up the program. With each intervention, we evaluate the need for assistance across two key areas: Access to Education and Quality of Education. Access to education in developing countries is often


obstructed by an extreme shortage or complete lack of schools. Severely dilapidated buildings, long distances, poor and/or unsafe roads and lack of transportation often render them inaccessible to many, especially in rural areas. By building and renovating schools, gender specific latrines, and providing classroom furniture and equipment, we increase the access of education, increasing enrollment, improving attendance and improving gender parity. We combat absenteeism and drop-outs due to incidences of waterborne related diseases, by rolling out Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs. Another focus area is enhancing the overall health of children in schools

which encompasses providing quality nutritious food to children as well as deworming children in areas where there is a high prevalence of intestinal worms. A focus on the provision of Quality of Education enables early learning, enhances educational attainment and school progression, improves literacy and numeracy skills among children, enables teachers to access teacher training resulting in better learning outcomes, reduce dropout rates and increase primary school attainment. If you have good teachers, you will have educated students. So, we make sure that we not only train teachers, but we motivate teachers to deliver quality

education. We also support governments in the development of their curriculum. Another big focus area is early childhood development. During this critical period between the ages of 0-5, children will be most adversely affected by poor care and most positively influenced by quality care. Therefore, young children particularly need high quality nurturing care and learning experiences. In some countries that have very rural and remote areas, we tend to support adult literacy and numeracy programs for the parents too. Gender equality is a cross-cutting theme in all our programs. We ensure that boys and girls have equal access to education. We also put a lot of emphasis on monitoring,

evaluation and learning, without which we will never find out the progress and outcome of these programs. When Dubai Cares team conducts field visits, they bring feedback on how the programs are working. This helps us to know what works and what doesn’t, and we also get the evidence to help support us, as we innovate new programs for the future. Are there any annual goals and if so, how does the organization fare at the moment? As a global philanthropic organization, our vision is based on three main goals: 1. Ensure access for all children and young people globally 2018 SEPT / OCT 56


2. Ensure that they get quality education 3. Global advocacy – we have always tried to globally advocate for children and young people’s right to quality education Can you tell us about some of the key projects that Dubai Cares has worked on? We run various programs such as deworming programs, school hygiene and nutritional programs. With some programs, it makes more sense to tackle several issues at once. In Ethiopia, for example, we worked on a school health and nutrition program with the Ministry of Education and with the help of local farmers. We also had three partners there: the WFP (World Food Program), PCD (Partnership Child Development, SNV (Netherlands), along with the Ethiopian Government, and the Ethiopian Public Health Research Institute (EPHI). WFP was there to implement the schoolfeeding component, PCD with the deworming component

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and SNV with the hygiene component. We knew that a nutritional program was not enough because no matter how much we feed the children, unless we deworm them too, we were also feeding the intestinal worms, which are highly prevalent amongst school-aged children in many developing countries. So, we decided to also incorporate a deworming activity into the program. However, we realized that we would also need to incorporate a hygiene education component. If you teach the children and the parents the importance of washing their hands with soap before and after eating and after going to the bathroom, they would develop this habit and the overall risk to contracting worms would be reduced. Before starting this integrated approach, we did the research to look at the feasibility of running the program as an integrated one and realized that this was definitely the case. Meanwhile, in Laos PDR the issue was that it had one of the biggest primary school dropout rates in the world. We rolled out a program in Laos tackling this issue in partnership


with the World Bank and Plan International. Research carried out by the World Bank revealed that the ethnic minorities (who constitute the majority of the population) who don’t speak the Lao language often only come to contact with the language on the first day of school as the national curriculum is in Lao language only. As such many of them fall behind and struggle to keep up as the language of instruction is not familiar to them. So, our program in Laos focused on supporting children from pre-primary age up to grade 2 in Lao language preparedness, so that by the time they started school, they were already familiar with the language and less likely to fall behind. Another example is Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka experienced more than 25-year of civil-war, which ended in 2009 and the Tamil area in the north of Sri Lanka did not get a lot of support to re-build, so Dubai Cares decided in 2013 to launch a threeyear literacy boost program to support more than 40 schools located in some of the most impoverished communities in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. The USD 930,000 program

in partnership with Save the Children has directly supported the improved learning and development of more than 8,500 children, 10,000 indirect beneficiaries ranging from parents to members of the communities in which the schools are located, and 370 teachers who have received specialist literacy skills development training. Are there any specific countries that Dubai Cares works with? Our aim is to support increased access to quality education in the world’s least developed countries. Countries with poor indicators and that are not on track to achieving SDG4 (inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all), as well as crisis and conflict affected countries, or countries hosting large numbers of displaced populations, such as refugees, are strong candidates for receiving support from Dubai Cares. As a global philanthropic organization, Dubai Cares aims to provide children and youth, regardless of religion, creed, 2018 SEPT / OCT 58


nationality or gender with the skills necessary to realize their full potential. By doing so, the organization is supporting and enabling these countries to achieve a consistent path towards socio-economic growth. To date, Dubai Cares has reached more than 18 million children in 53 developing countries. How do you choose what projects to invest in? Are there certain categories that you work on? Example children’s education, or health care, etc.? Our programs tackle obstacles to access to quality education from the early years all the way to youth. Our early childhood education programs that support children aged 0-3 tackle issues such as health, nutrition and care. Other programs for children aged 3-5 provide pre-schooling support to prepare children’s transition to primary school. Our work also focuses on lower secondary and secondary level, as the biggest dropout rates happen after the primary level. We also focus on the youth by supporting youth empowerment programs and skills development. The end goal is to support programs that provide vocational training, skills development, job creation and entrepreneurship skills that are market and context appropriate therefore creating sustainable pathways to employment. Currently, there is a huge need to focus on education in emergency situations and protracted crises. As a CEO, I advocate globally for these important issues. Dubai Cares is part of “Education Cannot Wait” which is a new global fund that aims to transform the delivery of education in emergencies - one that brings governments, humanitarian actors and development players. The fund is chaired by the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education represented by Rt. Hon Gordon Brown, , the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and UNICEF. It is governed by a high-level steering group that consists of 12 representatives, including heads of UN agencies such as UNHCR, UNICEF and UNESCO, key donors such as DfID, USAID, Global Affairs Canada and the EU, and also civil society representatives. Dubai Cares is also a founding member and represents private foundations on it. Education Cannot Wait comes as a ground-breaking initiative bringing together public and private partners eager to work together differently and mobilise the funding required to deploy immediate and sustainable programs tailor-made to the educational needs of children affected by conflict, natural disasters and epidemics. Another issue we tackle is gender inequality through our girls’ education programs. We rely on a number of global indicators such as UNESCO’s Global Monitoring Report(GMR), the UNDP Human Development Index (HDI), Extreme poverty incidence, Improved sanitation facilities, Malnutrition prevalence, Net school enrolment rate in primary school, Primary school attendance ratio, Parity Index Girls/Boys in primary school, and Literacy rate, as well as on our international partners for the selection of countries and then based on what the issue is, we select the right partners to work with. What is your latest project? We’ve recently announced an education in emergencies program in Colombia. The program aims to support 59 SEPT / OCT 2018

Venezuelan refugee and Colombian returnee children and youth affected by conflict, through education. The program addresses four major challenges: the increasing number of out-of-school children and youth, low transition rates from primary to secondary schools, highly-dispersed rural areas and the poor quality of education. Moreover, the program engages out-of-school children and youth through a bridging program and Flexible Education Models and provides technical support to the Secretariat of Education and schools to ensure educational services for the out-of-school children and youth. I believe that this educational program is vital to building peace in that region. What future plans does Dubai Cares have? We’ve just started to expand our focus to cover the secondary levels. Over the past ten years, our programs used to only focus on the primary level and the transition in secondary level. With this increase in focus, we’re going to work towards ensuring youth empowerment and skills development. Besides this, there is an emphasis on providing education to children and youth affected by emergencies and protracted crises. These are the three main areas we are focusing on for the next two to three years. How can our readers contribute to Dubai Cares in terms of their service and donations? We’ve been working extensively with the corporate sector where companies would dedicate merchandise or a certain service that they want to provide and, thus, contribute to Dubai Cares. In terms of donations, we have different schemes: one is where funds are provided directly through donation boxes spread across the city or donating through a cheque in the name of Dubai Cares or a bank transfer to support our cause. Alternatively, we have a co-funding mechanism where a donor might be interested in a program in collaboration with Dubai Cares. So, if the program needs a certain amount of funding, an individual or corporate donor may come in and co-fund this program with Dubai Cares and we monitor the progress of the implementation of the program and provide them with all the reports. Another scheme we have is “Adopt-a-School”. We support the operations of smaller schools with funds ranging from $35,000 to $50,000. Through these programs, we also provide training to teachers as well as literacy training for the parents. As for our advocacy efforts, we are constantly advocating for our cause among the community with particular focus on young students. For example, we have the Dubai Cares Distinguished Philanthropic Award in Schools. We have a number of community engagement and volunteering initiatives such as Volunteer Globally, Volunteer Emirates, Dubai Cares Scavenger Hunt and the Walk for Education. Full details of upcoming volunteering initiatives are announced on Dubai Cares’ website as well as by email to Dubai Cares’ supporters and via our social media platforms. I also encourage people to register on the UAE Volunteer Platform (www.


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Jaguar Land Rover’s Carpe launches a new, all-inclusive car subscription service.


arpe is a new, all-inclusive car subscription service that offers UK residents hassle-free access to brand new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles every 12 months. The service is aimed at busy, high-mileage UK residents who spend many hours a week driving. Carpe is an initiative launched by InMotion, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jaguar Land Rover. Sebastian Peck, Managing Director, InMotion Ventures, said: “We know there is an appetite for unlimited motoring packages and demand is growing rapidly for subscription services that better meet individual needs. For people who love driving premium vehicles but are tired of inflexible contracts, a subscription to Carpe is the solution. We aim to give our customers as much flexibility, freedom and choice as we can. We are excited to see Carpe come to market.” Subscription driving is designed for people who love driving beautiful, luxury cars but don’t want any of the hassle or strings that can come along with owning them or with long-term leasing. Subscription driving contracts are for just 12 months, which means the customers can change their car once a year. It requires the customer to commit to paying one, all-inclusive price, which is divided into 12 monthly payments. It’s not for

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everyone though. It is designed to benefit those who clock a lot of mileage, and like the idea of changing things up more regularly than most. Those who sign up to Carpe, subscribe to driving a brandnew Jaguar or Land Rover for 12 months, with no restrictions on mileage and no deposit. The vehicle’s specifications can be tailored to meet individual needs. The vehicle’s servicing, maintenance, insurance, roadside assistance, pick-up and delivery is included in the all-inclusive, unlimited motoring package cost; “Carpe includes everything but fuel.” The vehicles on offer, according to their website, include the Jaguar E-PACE with monthly payments starting from £ 890, Range Rover Evoque from £ 980, Land Rover Discovery Sport from £ 1,080, Jaguar XE from £ 1,200, Jaguar XF from £ 1,225, Range Rover Velar from £ 1,185, Jaguar F-PACE from £ 1,265, Land Rover Discovery from £ 1,525 and Range Rover Sport from £ 1,825. The prices listed are subject to change and are not inclusive of VAT. Customers have the option of making a payment upfront to reduce the monthly payments. The service is currently only available to UK residents. Customers must also satisfy Carpe’s creditworthiness assessment and meet their insurance eligibility criteria.


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The Bamford Domino Set is a luxury take on the classic game and doubles it into a sophisticated showpiece. The perfect way to pass time with family and friends, the Bamford Domino set looks amazing at home or in the office. Each tile is formed out of wood and is hand-painted in a glossy black lacquer. Embedded magnets planted in the ends hold the lines during play while also keeping them neatly stacked when travelling or when displayed in their acrylic case. USD 326


This motorcycle helmet is a fashion statement created by the French luxury brand Berluti in collaboration with Veldt. A standout piece in their new 11-piece runway collection, the helmet boasts a Japanese-made carbon fiber shell with a glossy black finish and a Scritto graphic pattern. It has Venezia-leather accents throughout, black galvanized metal hardware, Coolmax padding, and a modular design with a removable chin guard that helps it evolve into a full-face helmet. USD 4,150

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This one-off amphibious wonder is the creation of noted Pro Street builder Rick Dobbertin who handled every aspect of the craft’s design and fabrication over a ten-year period, and personally invested over 18,800 man-hours in the process. With about $1 million invested in its development, the car has full-length articulating pontoons that raise when on land to become the car’s fenders and with the flip of a switch, drop eight inches in the water, transforming it from a road car to a tunnel-hulled watercraft. It’s powered by a 762 hp Bill Mitchell Racing engine, with a 750 hp Arneson Surface Drive for the water, and arrives complete with a custom trailer.


The Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron is a 1:8 scale replica of the original model and is made up of 3,599 pieces. Details include a Technic 8-speed gearbox with movable paddle gearshift, an active rear wing that can be moved with a speed key, spoked rims with lowprofile tires, and a detailed W16 engine with moving pistons. Each model bears a unique serial number and an overnight bag stored under the hood. Finished in Bugatti’s signature two-tone blue, the replica surely does the original proud and arrives in a collector’s box with a coffee-table style instruction booklet. USD 349.99



The 670: a unique anniversary gift from Ferretti Yachts


n the occasion of its 50th Anniversary in 2018, Ferretti Yachts decided to present “a gift to itself and the rest of the nautical world;” the Ferretti Yachts 670. The sleek 67 feet (20.24 metres) yacht elevates to the next level the standards of style, comfort and performance that have always defined Ferretti Yachts’ DNA. The product of a partnership between Ferretti Group’s Engineering Department and its Product Strategy Committee, the 670 is the first Ferretti Yacht to feature an exterior designed in collaboration with renowned architect Filippo Salvetti. The design, characterised by precise and stretched lines that provide the yacht with an elegant and sportive look, is typical of all the recent Ferretti Yachts creations but with some significant new features. On the stern, there is a large swimming platform with an H+B vertical tender lift capable of accommodating a 3.45 m jet tender. Among the distinctive features in this area are two storage compartments: one in the upper part and one in the lower part of the stern sofa. A Seabob can be kept in the latter. The outside fore area has an ample living area, thanks to innovative space optimisation, and is bordered by three spacious sofas that face one another. The entire area can be covered by a bimini top. Optionally, two dining tables can be installed along the side sofas facing each other, which can, in turn, be converted into relaxation surfaces so as to transform the whole area into one big sun pad. A glass door in the cockpit opens up 65 SEPT / OCT 2018

onto the main deck lounge, with its two beautiful facing sofas, upholstered in Zimmer + Rohde fabric, and centralised coffee tables. The dining area features an open-plan kitchen and dining table. The 24 square metre flybridge is one of the most spacious in its class. It can be fitted with free-standing furniture, while in the central area, to the left, is a fully equipped bar that faces an entertainment area with a C-shaped sofa and a dining table. Further forward is a second control station and then generous sea-facing sun pad. Ferretti Yachts offers three different layouts for this flybridge: a standard open version, a version featuring a roll bar for satellite systems with built-in Bimini top, and finally a hard-top version. Below deck, owners can choose either a 3 or 4-cabin layout. In the 3-cabin layout, the 18 square-metre owner’s suite is located amidships which includes a study that can double as a private space, a walk-in closet, and an ample bathroom. The layout is designed to offer better soundproofing against the noise from the engine room. On the starboard side, there is a double cabin, while the foredeck is home to the VIP cabin. Both have a bathroom and a separate shower. The study next to the owner’s cabin can be converted to a fourth cabin. There is also a crew cabin with bathroom with easy access to the cockpit. The decor is characterised by linear modules and wood strips, with contrasting light and dark hues. Precious woods abound, with opaque surfaces for ceilings and floors and glossy


ones for the furniture. Below deck, there is walnut essence on the bulkheads, stripped wood furnishings both glossy and opaque, lacquered surfaces and nubuck upholsteries. Beds, drawers and bookshelves present a refined leather effect. A number of metallic elements in the lounge and bronze-glass details in the owner’s suite provide a stunning visual impact. Headrooms feature the generous use of Calacatta Gold by Florim. Designer luxury brands featured on board include Lealpell, Dedon, Disenia, Casamance and Perennials. On the technical side, the 670 is fitted with twin MAN engines rated at 1200 mHP as standard, giving it a top speed of 32 knots and a cruising speed of 28 knots. The MAN 1000 mHP engines are available as an alternative. The stabilisation package is available as an option with two gyroscopic Seakeeper stabilisers designed to provide utmost stability while cruising or when docked.

The helm station is equipped with integrated Naviop-Simrad instrumentation found on larger models such as the 780, 850 and 920. For the first time in this length-class, the integration of a single innovative multi-display interface makes it possible to monitor all the main functions, not just from the main helm station but also from the flybridge. The state-of-the-art electro-hydraulic steering system is developed in collaboration with XENTA. Among its many benefits is greater steering comfort thanks to the effortless handling of the helm and maximum efficiency when turning, in any sea conditions. The steering system can be integrated with a joystick package, and paired with a powerful proportional thruster, which includes the DOCKING and TILLER/CRUISE functions. An innovative Dynamic Positioning System (DPS) for shaft-line propulsion is also present. 2018 SEPT / OCT 66


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Introducing Harry Winston’s newest visual masterpiece: the Project Z12


he Harry Winston Project Z12 is a sporty, ground-breaking timepiece that displays retrograde hours and minutes in a unique layout: central, concentric and subtly asymmetric. The layout and nature of the complications forge the identity of each Project Z timepiece. In keeping with the tradition established fourteen years ago by Harry Winston, the timepiece is housed in a case made of Zalium™, the brand’s exclusive, comfortable and high-performance alloy. The signature element of the Z12 is the large, arched bridge that straddles the central axis of the dial. Following in the footsteps of Project Z10 and Z11, it is built like a steel beam, made of transversal reinforcements that provide Project Z12 with sturdy construction and design. It evokes “the unyielding structures of Manhattan’s great bridges,” and “recalls Harry Winston’s New York City heritage.” At the centre of this bridge is the Harry Winston emerald, its signature hallmark and a recurrent design featured on its timepieces. Likewise, the Zalium™ bridge is marked by the three arches surrounding the crown. The Project Z12 relies on concentric levels of indicators and near-perfect symmetry. Its hands move under the large, openwork blue bridge over a 140-degree field and when each

reaches the end of its rotation, it jumps back. In total, this retrograde choreography occurs 26 times a day, right in the middle of overlapping circles. The hands create an illusion in which the hands appear to trace a complete 360° circular trajectory. This impression is strengthened by the hour, minute, and date circles, as well as the other intermediate layers. The Project Z timepieces’ allure consists of an interplay between classic elements and appearances. Thus, despite its symmetry and concentricity, the Z12 features a display with the same off-centred touch that has always given Project Z timepieces their dynamism. This appeal is also supported by the specific presentation of the date displayed on a disc located on the edge of the dial. This sapphire disc is fixed and punctuated by transfers bearing numbers between 1 and 31. Luminescent material moves beneath its surface to illuminate the date. Behind the scenes of the highly characteristic displays lies a brand-new movement, developed exclusively for Project Z12. The HW3306 automatic-winding calibre boasts a power reserve of up to 72 hours. It is fitted with a silicon balance spring and wound by the brand’s signature white gold openwork rotor. 2018 SEPT / OCT 68



Zanzibar is a true paradise lost that is being re-discovered by international holidaymakers.


anzibar, from the Arabic zanjibar, which is in turn from the Persian zangbar, a compound of zang meaning “Black” and bar meaning “coast.” The Assyrians, Sumerians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Omani Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and the English all came; seduced by the aroma of her spices and profits. Blessed by the trade-winds, she lured merchants seeking spices and slaves to trade in the days go by. Today she attracts tourists with her heritage, pristine beaches, teeming waters, and lush flora and fauna. A visit to Zanzibar is a journey through the ages and a journey through the senses. Zanzibar is today a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. It is an archipelago made up of two large islands and many small islets in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres off the coast of the mainland. The two large islands are the Unguja, the main and largest island informally referred to as Zanzibar, and Pemba Island. The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja. Stone Town, a World Heritage Site, is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar where little has changed in the last 200 years. The town gets its name from the Coraline rock of Zanzibar used to build many of the grand Arab houses and other important structures. Winding narrow alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses intertwine to create a historical labyrinth lost in time. Most of the Arab houses that can be seen today were built by wealthy Arab traders in the 19th century when Zanzibar

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was one of the most important trading points in the Indian Ocean trade network. The merchants vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings and are particularly reflected in the brass-studded, carved, wooden doors of their mansions. Stone Town is a living community, where real people live and work. Therefore, sensitivity should be shown to the local people, their custom and traditions. Visitors can explore its narrow and sometimes buzzing maze of streets with the help of a map, or with one of the local tour guides. The more adventurous visitors also have the option of hiring a moped to explore the town and the rest of the island on their own. Some of the highlights are the nearby villages, mangrove shorelines, local woodland, rarely visited caves, animist shrines, historical sites, the Forodhani Gardens and the Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond. Most visitors to Zanzibar fail to take advantage of the fact that it is part of an archipelago, with several other islands and numerous islets each with stunning beaches and sea life. Bawe and Prison Islands are good for day-trips and are excellent for snorkelling. Mnemba is a private island with luxury accommodation with water-sports facilities. It is surrounded by a vibrant coral reef, ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling. Pemba, the second biggest island is relatively isolated from the outside world, receiving fewer tourists. The infrastructure is not as developed as Unguja. For some, this is a plus. It boasts beautiful pristine and secluded beaches, natural forests and excellent diving.



A national and world heritage asset, it was the first Anglican cathedral in East Africa, constructed in the 1870s on the site of the former slave market. On the grounds outside the cathedral is the moving Slave Memorial, depicting five slaves standing with metal neck collars in a pit below ground level. It also houses the East Africa Slave Trade Exhibit. David Livingstone was inspirational in its construction, which is why a stained-glass window is dedicated to him, while the cathedral’s crucifix is made from the tree that grew where his heart was buried in Zambia.


A great place to visit even if one does not want to buy anything. It is a vibrant place where everything under the sun is bought and sold, where people bring their fresh produce from all over the island, and where people come to buy things they can’t get in their villages. Several stalls cater to tourists selling packs of spice and other souvenirs. Nearby is the Kanga St, where shops sell a huge selection of brightly coloured local prints known as khangas, as well as fabrics of all other kinds.

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An icon of Stone Town, overlooking the waterfront, it is a very large square-shaped building, with several stories, surrounded by tiers of pillars and balconies, and topped by a large clock tower. It was built in 1883 as a ceremonial palace for the Sultan. Known for its enormous carved doors, it was the first in Zanzibar to have electric light, an electric lift and running water; hence the name Beit el Ajaeeb or House of Wonders. In 2012, a large section of the balcony collapsed, closing its interior to the public, but it can still be admired from the outside.


This grand four-story building with peppermint-green latticework balconies and a sculpted clock tower is one of the most attractive landmarks on the waterfront. Originally built as the residence of a prominent Ismaili Indian merchant, it served as a charitable dispensary in the 19th-century. It fell into disrepair in the 1970s and 1980s and is now one of the best examples of Stone Town buildings that have been successfully restored. Visitors are free to wander through the interior, which now accommodates offices. In the airy courtyard on the ground floor is the Abyssinian’s Steakhouse restaurant.

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Sitting majestically on the beach-front, in the heart of Stone Town, the town’s key attractions are easily accessible by foot from the hotel. It offers 67 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, including 11 suites, which seamlessly blend understated elegance, contemporary style, modern technology, and timeless regional accents. The distinguished suites are: The Royal Residence, a three-bedroomed suite with a private elevator, a fully equipped kitchen and a 12-seat dining room. The Zamani Presidential Suite offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and Stone Town, an outdoor shower and an outdoor terrace and garden. The Zanzibar Suite’s Living Room and Bedroom are hosted on two floors. The Spa features three large suites and a private, outdoor relaxation centre. It offers a selection of holistic therapies and body treatments. The stunning 18 meters long infinity pool faces the ocean and overlooks the beach below. Zamani Residence offers the guests a selection of elegant restaurants showcasing both authentic cuisine and more casual fare.


A collection of 30 magnificent villas, all opening onto the pristine beach with some featuring outdoor showers. Inspired by the beautiful African architecture, and ecologically built with locally sourced materials like limestone, aggregates, and coconut brooms, the villas are dressed in a minimalist luxury décor with a Zanzibari touch; high ceilings, pastel colours, fragrant gardens and water feature. Ideal for those seeking to get away and unwind, for nature lovers, bird-watchers, divers and adventure seekers; for those seeking “a memorable sensory holiday.” The Constance Honeymoon Offer is designed especially for those seeking a romantic luxury honeymoon. It includes “couple massage at luxurious spa overlooking the ocean, spectacular sunset to capture lifetime memories, romantic beach dinner under a collection of stars.” Aiyana Restaurant offers Zanzibari as well as international cuisines featuring fresh local seafood. The resort also has a private bar and a Shisha lounge area.

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NYU Abu Dhabi’s NYUAD Art Gallery presents its fall exhibition titled ‘Ways of Seeing’


he NYUAD Art Gallery, the academic museum-gallery of NYU Abu Dhabi, the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated by a major American research university, presents its fall exhibition titled ‘Ways of Seeing’. It brings together 26 artists through 41 works spanning a variety of media from painting, sculpture and photography to sound, film and installation. It “invites the viewer to investigate the manifold ways by which artists accord forms and concepts that are otherwise familiar with renewed appearances and meanings.” The exhibition is curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, founders of the multi-disciplinary curatorial platform Art Reoriented, Chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation, and Affiliate Curators at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. In this, its third iteration, the exhibition features a substantial number of new artists and artworks, while keeping the core works from its previous presentations. Its themes will be further investigated through talks, workshops and screenings that draw on NYU Abu Dhabi’s diverse academic disciplines. Sam Bardaouil said: “Artists use form and technique to express something about themselves and the world. Each of the artworks on display beckons us to take a second look, upon which the contours of a new reality begin to emerge.” His cocurator Till Fellrath added: “We encourage viewers to be active rather than passive in the way they look at the works in this exhibition. There is no one ‘correct’ way to look at art, and our wish is that our audiences should both be aware of and embrace their individual reactions and points of view, as these are borne of unique personal experiences.” The exhibition includes a number of seminal works that invite

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the viewer to take a second look, upon which the contours of a new reality begin to emerge. Works such as the 1968 projection piece by James Turrell, a 1992 vertical construction installation by Fred Sandback, along with a 1966 mirror installation by Michelangelo Pistoletto, all blur the boundaries between the artwork and the space in which it is displayed. Video pioneers Paul and Marlene Kos’s 1976 Lightning video, two of Gustav Metzger’s 1996 Historic Photographs, and two photographic prints by Lateefa bint Maktoum from 2011 and 2014 respectively, play on the tension between presence and absence, providing the viewer with new ways of accessing the artwork and its corresponding subject matter. Works by Salvador Dali, Alicja Kwade, Hassan Sharif, and Andreas Gursky change our perception of familiar objects by altering their function, display context, or physical appearance, making us ponder the way in which narratives are constructed through what we see. Maya Allison, Executive Director of the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery and Chief Curator at NYU Abu Dhabi, said: “This exhibition covers incredibly diverse art forms, from conceptual to Orientalist art, contemporary and historical. In many ways, it is a microcosm of what we seek to do in our overall exhibition program: provide dramatically different perspectives on art, from one exhibition to the next. We are investigating, through art, the diversity of human experience. We invite everyone to visit the gallery and explore their very own unique way of seeing these artworks, and by extension, the world.” The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, bilingual English and Arabic 181-page catalogue that will be available for purchase at The Art Gallery, and at the NYU Abu Dhabi bookstore. The exhibition’s run will be accompanied by a full


program of public events, including talks, workshops, and family-friendly activities. The Project Space, the community-driven exhibition space housed within the NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center and managed by the NYUAD Art Gallery team, launched a new exhibition ‘Kim Robertson: Constructions of Reality,’ to run in conjunction with the Ways of Seeing exhibition between September 3 and 17. Abu Dhabi-based artist Kim Robertson is a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art in London with an MA in fine arts specialising in print and has been based in Abu Dhabi for ten years. She works across photography, print, video and installation and her most recent works have taken the form of

the digital panoramic print. Robertson’s exhibition investigates the notion of fantasy within our reality, with her work revolving around panoramic photographic images taken with a mobile phone. In creating poor, low-quality images that offer movement and blurring, the artist specifically looks for the point of failure within the image, where voids and fissures are created, and clarity gives way to abstraction. By inverting the images, Robertson challenges the audience’s perception of reality, inviting them to contemplate the filter by which they view the world, thereby hinting at an alternate interpretation.

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LEGACY RE-INVENTED Omega’s new Limited Edition is driven by its pioneering past


n all my years at this company, I’ve never seen a project quite like this one,” says Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of Omega. He is referring to the ‘First Omega WristChronograph Limited Edition,’ an ambitious new collection comprising of just 18 watches; each one housing an original ‘18’’’ CHRO’ calibre from 1913. Omega is a company world-renowned for its pioneering history of exquisite craftsmanship, and for its latest creation, the brand has chosen to reintroduce a significant piece of that pioneering history. In 1913, Omega became one of the world’s earliest producers of wrist-chronographs, and the acclaimed 18’’’ CHRO calibre was integral to that achievement. For this project, the Omega Museum played a significant role by supplying the 18 original 18’’’ CHRO calibres, which were retrieved from heritage timepieces within their vaults. Through a special and dedicated process, the prized calibres have been delicately refurbished by the experts at Omega’s Atelier Tourbillon and given a new lease of life for use inside these new Limited-Edition models. The limited-edition was launched at the brand’s “Museum Night” in Biel, Switzerland on July 2, where guests were treated to the first glimpse of the new watch. “The movements are 105 years old, but now their story is set to continue. The skill involved in the refurbishment and craftsmanship is remarkable, and we’re very proud to now share the results.” - Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of Omega. For the outside design of the 47.5 mm timepieces, Omega has followed the look of an Omega wrist-chronograph from 1913, with classic details such as the riveted leather strap and the white enamel dial with blued “Empire” hands and hollow Arabic numerals. This design was a favourite amongst military personnel during the First World War. Aviators, especially, were drawn to the easy-to-read dial design and 15-minute counters which were ideal for the most challenging missions. Numerous models were delivered to the Royal Flying Corps and used by some of the most famous wartime pilots and soldiers in history. Modern materials have also been included, such as 18K white gold for the case, and 18K Sedna gold for the crown and pusher. The classic design also features a hatched caseback, which can be flipped open to reveal the refurbished movement positioned behind sapphire-crystal.

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Boghossían and Stéphane Rolland create a fusion between Haute Joaillerie and Haute Couture

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aison Boghossían of Geneva recently collaborated with Haute Couture brand Stéphane Rolland resulting in a masterful fusion of Haute Joaillerie with Haute Couture. The synergy found in their collaborative effort is thanks to their obsession with contrasts. The Maison Boghossian draws its inspiration from its founders’ origins on the Silk Road, a family journey that began in Armenia, via Syria, Lebanon and Belgium, to now call Geneva home. The creations of the maison reflect the duality of the House where the East meets the West, where there is a perpetual dialogue between tradition and modernity, between heritage and innovation, between the timeless and the contemporary. Haute Joaillerie as Haute Couture requires the meticulous and delicate work of “little hands.” One of the great strengths of Maison Boghossian has been to use the know-how of other crafts and put them at the service of Jewellery. The technique of the inlay, the marquetry, have become signatures of the creations of the House. The Haute Joaillerie collection ‘Silk’ planned for the fall is the expression of this duality and resonates perfectly with Stephane Rolland’s vision. Commenting on the collaboration, Albert Boghossian remarked: “Stéphane perfectly described the essence of our Maison. It’s the reflection of our own story, built on one hand

from the Middle East, with its softness, the attention they give to details and to opulence, and on the other hand, from the West with its contemporary audacity and its technology. Our pieces are a natural fusion of this reflection. What I love about Stéphane and his style is the structured side to his cuts, combined with fantasy and creative freedom. You can really tell there is a will to break free from the rules and take his designs to the borders of creativity”. Stéphane Rolland was exposed at an early age to some of the finest black-and-white photographs of the day as his mother worked at Pictorial Service, one of the most famous Parisian photographic studios. “Everything was black-andwhite; everything was about volume and contrast. My eyes were trained early on with these concepts, and everything I do is about contrast, volume and movement. It’s in my DNA,” he once told CoutureNotebook magazine. Rolland joined Balenciaga aged 20, and within a year, he was the Creative Director of menswear and international licenses. After various high-profile appointments and personal collections, Rolland opened his first boutique at the Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi in May 2013. Rolland is also a full member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, and therefore his brand can officially bear the “Haute Couture” label.

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Ahmed Seddiqui & Sons welcomes Bell & Ross to its portfolio and showcases some key themed collections by the brand


hmed Seddiqi & Sons, an advocate of horology in the Middle East’s retail landscape, has added the renowned Franco-Swiss watchmaker, Bell & Ross, to its extensive portfolio, thus, continuing to support the innovation of watchmaking. Commenting on the latest addition to their portfolio, Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi, Chief Commercial Officer, Seddiqi Holding, said: “Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons is proud to announce the addition of Bell & Ross timepieces to its portfolio. Bell & Ross draws its inspiration from the history of aviation and the military specifications that accompany it. Each timepiece is a combination of expertise, know-how and design driven by Swiss-made function. We are confident that this iconic brand will appeal to our customers, allowing us to offer yet another expression of innovative and exceptional watchmaking.” In addition to other novelties from the brand, Ahmed Seddiqui & Sons will also be showcasing the Diver Collection by Bell & Ross. Bell & Ross made a strong impression on the diving world when it launched its first square diving watch BR03-92 Diver in 2017. This watch was the starting point of an entire collection which is now expanding to include two new versions, the BR0392 Diver Blue and the BR03-92 Diver Bronze. The color of the BR03-92 Diver Blue is symbolic of the sea. This version aims to achieve maximum legibility with indices

coated in White SuperLuminova® and a yellow hour hand. Underwater, due to loss of light intensity, the colors vanish one after the other and give precedence to the minute hand, which must be visible to ensure the diver’s safety. This new color combination, paired with the emblematic square shape of the BR collections gives the BR03-92 Diver Blue a sporty yet attractive aesthetic. The BR03-92 Diver Bronze is a limited-edition collection of 999 pieces added to the BR03-92 Driver Collection.With the case and bezel made of bronze, a material used in the past for diving helmets, this version evokes the historical roots of underwater exploration. With time, bronze can also form a patina depending on its environment, gaining a unique shade over the years.The case-back has an engraving of a diver and the strap is made of aged leather but can be replaced with a rubber strap for use underwater. The ISO 6425 standard lists a great number of obligatory technical parameters that define a true diving watch, which include water-resistance to a minimum depth of 100 meters, an operation indicator and luminescent markers, to list a few. The new BR03-92 Diver Blue and BR03-92 Diver Bronze completely meet these requirements, and go even further than the minimum requisites, featuring a water-resistance of 300 meters.Legible, accurate and reliable, they are efficient companions to divers under all conditions.

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Hackett collaborates with Aston Martin for their Spring/Summer ’18 capsule collection


ackett has been the official team clothing supplier for the Aston Martin Racing team since 2005. The cliche “match made in heaven” seems fitting when describing this partnership as they both share a distinctly British style heritage; of understated refinement, of elegance, and of uncompromising quality. The story of this partnership began one day, 14 years ago, when David Richards, the then top man at Aston Martin walked into one of Hackett’s London stores. Jeremy Hackett, the brand’s founder, happened to be there and they got chatting about doing something together. The branded clothing line that resulted from that chance meeting proved to be such a success that today Hackett produces two lines of Aston Martin branded men’s clothing; Aston Martin Racing collections and the capsule collection Aston Martin by Hackett. Aston Martin Racing collection began with Hackett producing official branded team-wear for Aston Martin’s racing team. Then Hackett started manufacturing replicas of Aston Martin teamwear in limited quantities for sale in their stores. The replicas proved to be so popular that Hackett could barely keep up with the demand.

As time passed, Hackett gradually expanded the Aston Martin range of sports-inspired menswear, which today includes t-shirts, polos, sweatshirts, gilets, jackets, chinos, and jeans. The collection also includes branded accessories: caps, cotton towels, wallets, backpacks, and so on. The collection is the result of a close collaboration between the two brand’s design teams which is in line with the colours and details seen on the Aston Martin race cars. The Spring/Summer ‘18 collection “was inspired by a flash of lime green from the current racing car and has been paired with a super classics colour palette of navy, cobalt blue, red and stone grey. The Aston Martin and Hackett logos adorn the items as a point of reference with subtle elegance for sporting attire,” according to a statement by Hackett. Aston Martin by Hackett is a capsule collection that began in 2016 and is a more formal range of clothes including jackets, flannel trousers and classic-cut shirts. “Attention to sumptuous detail, combined with the finest fabrics are evident within the capsule range and pay clear tribute to the elegance and quality that remain a constant feature of the Aston Martin, Hackett partnership.” (

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ntersect by Lexus is a hidden gem nestled in the iconic DIFC locality. It is the favourite luxury space amongst the DIFC crowd, where they converge and form connections that make great ideas even better. The venue recently launched a sensorial brunch experience inspired by ingenuity and supreme flavours. Twice a week, the stylish and creative venue invites guests to delve in an unparalleled culinary experience with their brunch involving a thoughtfully crafted multi-course set-menu. The brunch begins with a selection of unique salads, including the Smoked Chicken Salad dressed with kohlrabi and delicate honey lime dressing which is followed by starters, the highlight of which is a Baby Squid cooked to perfection with sweet corn and herbed black puffed rice. A variety of outstanding choices satisfy all cravings with the freshly prepared main courses such as the flavourful Grilled Octopus with Tomato and Romeso Sauce. The gourmet experience concludes with delightful homemade desserts including delicious numbers such as the Cheese Cake finished with pear compote or the Cooking with Watermelon jam. With its enchanting setting, Intersect by Lexus creates a perfect stage to explore a menu that indulges and ignites the senses. Intersect by Lexus, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Gate Village 7. Reservations:, +9714 3559524

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sia de Cuba, the famous Chino-Latino eatery, boasts a menu that refreshes Dubai’s culinary scene. The two-storey venue underwent a complete makeover earlier this year to reflect Asia de Cuba’s quirky personality, with bespoke wallpaper, furnishings and décor. It also has a huge wrap-around terrace with a true Latin-American feel to it. The restaurant, in itself, is an interior décor masterpiece. The menu, a perfect culinary marriage of Latin and Asian ingredients, techniques and flavours, is an interpretation of Asian-influenced Cuban food curated by Executive Chef Luis Pous. Consisting of five main sections: Ceviches, Sushi, Small Plates, Entrees and Cuban BBQ, the menu also features an extensive selection of desserts and hand-crafted cocktails that are built on classic formulas and draw inspiration from Asia and Cuba and mirror the approachable and tropical nature of the food. Asia de Cuba’s signature small plates include Tunapica Tartare with crispy wontons, Spanish olives, almonds, currants and avocado, ‘Ropa Vieja’ Spring Rolls with braised beef short rib; Octopus al Ajillo with kale tabbouleh, lychee and garlic chips. The Ceviche Bar’s standouts include Salmon, which is house cured with coconut, passion fruit, cucumber and chili mignonette; Shrimp, with aji panca, horseradish cream and lime, and Tuna with Asian pear, orange and seared Foie Gras. Guests can enjoy a carnival-like atmosphere with the restaurant’s live Latino band whilst enjoying a mouth-watering selection of dishes. Asia de Cuba, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. Reservations:, +9714 5117333


Molton Brown’s new scent-sational collection is an alchemy of nature’s fragrant contradictions


olton Brown’s new Vetiver & Grapefruit collection features a scent that is an innovative reconstruction of a classic cologne. The finest vetiver from Haiti takes form as the earthy base note while colliding and fusing with the vibrant grapefruit to accentuate the friction, and to find a cultivated balance. “Vetiver & Grapefruit has been skillfully constructed to play on contrasting aromatic materials: the warm sophistication of Haitian vetiver conflicts with the cool, tonic freshness of grapefruit resulting in a tense union,” explains Virginie Daniau,

an Independent Fragrance Specialist. “A closer look at vetiver oil reveals subtle grapefruit undertones - just enough to relieve this tension and convey a sense of effortless elegance. Enriched by the juiciness of lychee, floral accents of neroli and rose and livened up by the spice of white pepper and cardamom, the fragrance is highly addictive.” Perfect for layering, the collection includes the Vetiver & Grapefruit body wash 300ml at AED 130, body lotion 300ml at AED 160, and deodorant spray 150ml at AED 135.

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