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As we transition into the autumn months, we are delighted to bring you an issue packed with insightful interviews, groundbreaking innovations, and the latest trends in technology, automotive, horology, and fashion.

Our cover story features the inimitable Idris Elba, charting his inspiring journey from the streets of London to becoming a Hollywood sensation. In our interview section, we sit down with industry leaders such as Patrick Moulay, SVP for Commercial Business at Bell, and Muhammed BinGhatti, the visionary mind behind Binghatti. Bugatti’s CEO, Mate Rimac, shares insights on a dynamic collaboration with Binghatti, while acclaimed interior designer Yasmin Farahmandy discusses blending cultures and colours. Also, don’t miss our conversation with Zeina Hallassou Saki on redefining success at The Qode. In the world of horology, we celebrate three decades of iconic watchmaking with Audemars Piguet and explore masterpieces of haute horlogerie from BREGUET, Breitling, Bulgari, and Vacheron Constantin.

Automotive enthusiasts will be thrilled with our features on the 2024 Aston Martin Vanquish, Audi e-Tron, 2023 Ferrari Purosangue, and Jaguar i-Pace, all of which showcase pioneering designs and sustainable futures.This issue also unveils the impact of strategic philanthropy by Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation and explores luxurious destinations like Belize, Monaco, and New York City. Dive into articles on iconic beach residences in Dubai, Michelin-starred restaurants, the future of AI, and the internet, plus a new architectural landmark in the UAE.

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Modern Renaissance Man

Step into any room and mention the name “Idris Elba,” and you’re likely to hear a chorus of approval. From his humble beginnings in London’s East End to his dizzying ascent in Hollywood, Elba has consistently charmed audiences with a powerful blend of vulnerability, charisma, and undeniable talent.

With a career spanning three decades, Elba has defied typecasting and demonstrated versatility time and time again. And now, with the launch of his latest Apple+ series, Hijack, the man who once said he’s “just trying to leave a mark,” is making sure that mark is indelible.

Born in 1972 to a Sierra Leonean father and a Ghanaian mother, Idrissa Akuna Elba’s love for performance was evident from a young age. Drawn to the theatre and acting while attending school in Canning Town, it was clear to many that the arts were Elba’s destiny. Yet, like many artists, Elba faced his fair share of rejections and challenges, using them as fuel to push forward.

In the late ‘90s, he caught his break with a series of British television roles, but it wasn’t until HBO’s groundbreaking series The Wire that Elba would gain international acclaim. As Stringer Bell, the sharp-minded, calculated second-in-command of Baltimore’s Barksdale Organisation, Elba showcased a capacity for depth and nuance that quickly made him a household name in the U.S.

However, it’s Elba’s refusal to be pigeonholed that sets him apart. His roles range from the tormented detective in Luther to the commanding Heimdall in Marvel’s Thor franchise. Elba oscillates between these roles effortlessly, proving he’s as comfortable in an intense drama as he is in a blockbuster fantasy.

Amidst the flourishing of his acting career, Elba pursued another passion: music. A lover of soul, hip hop, and more, Elba has spun records under the moniker DJ Big Driis, reminding us that no medium is beyond his reach. It’s this intrinsic relationship with music that lent authenticity to his role in Turn Up Charlie, where he portrayed a DJ looking for a second shot at fame.

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Beyond the screen and turntables, Elba has ventured into production, giving a platform to stories he believes in. He’s also actively been involved in philanthropy, leveraging his influence to aid in the fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa and advocating for racial and social justice causes worldwide.

One of Elba’s most enduring qualities is his authenticity. He remains deeply connected to his London roots, often speaking about the significance of his upbringing in shaping his worldview. While many stars of his stature might find themselves detached from their origins, Elba’s East End sensibilities ground him. It’s this down-to-earth nature combined with an unrelenting drive that makes him not just a star, but a role model.

Now, in 2023, Elba is returning to our screens with Hijack on Apple+. Without giving too much away, the series promises high-octane action, intrigue, and of course, a dose of Elba’s signature charm. It›s a testament to his enduring appeal that, after all these years, any project with his name attached still generates a buzz of excitement.

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In a recent interview about the show, Elba remarked, “Every project is an opportunity to challenge myself, to step into unfamiliar territory. Hijack is no different. I want people to see a side of me they haven’t before.” Given his already vast repertoire, that’s a tantalising proposition.

As we reflect on Idris Elba’s illustrious career, a few truths become evident. One, talent, when combined with grit and determination, can overcome the staunchest barriers. Two, versatility is not just about dexterity in roles but in life; be it as an actor, DJ, producer, or philanthropist, Elba exemplifies this. And three, in an age where celebrity often comes with pretence, Elba’s authentic connection to his roots and his audience is refreshing, proving you can attain global stardom without losing yourself in the process.

To witness the trajectory of Idris Elba’s career is to see a masterclass in evolution. As he continues to “leave a mark” on the world, one can only wait with bated breath to see where he will take us next. Whether it’s on the streets of East London, the bustling nightlife scene behind DJ decks, or an action-packed adventure in Hijack, one thing is certain: wherever Idris Elba goes, we will gladly follow.

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In the fast-paced world of aerospace, innovation and vision are key. Bell, a pioneering force in aviation for over 80 years, continues to shape the future of flight with groundbreaking advancements.

Headquartered in Texas, this titan of industry boasts an impressive history, including being the first to break the sound barrier and certify a commercial helicopter. Bell’s impressive legacy is carried forward by its passionate team, and one of its luminaries is Patrick Moulay.

Patrick Moulay, appointed Senior Vice President for Commercial Business - International in 2018, is at the helm of Bell’s international commercial activities, including aircraft sales, aftermarket sales, and customer support.

Since joining Bell in 2011, Patrick has been instrumental in expanding Bell’s international presence, especially in Europe and Russia. With a rich history in the helicopter industry dating back to 1996, Patrick brings a wealth of experience and a keen vision to Bell.

In this candid interview, Patrick Moulay sheds light on his career, the ever-evolving aviation landscape, and the future of Bell in an increasingly digital and sustainability-focused world.

What were your career goals growing up?

I grew up with a fascination for everything that flies. My ambition was to be part of the aviation industry and to make a significant contribution to it. It’s incredible to play a role in shaping the future of the aerospace industry, and looking at the growth over the past 20 years, I’m thrilled to have been a part of this journey.

How is Bell adapting to global demands for technology that supports sustainable goals?

At Bell, we are committed to ensuring a sustainable future for our products and customers. For instance, in March 2021, we began using Sustainable Aviation Fuel for the Bell Training Academy and demonstration fleet. The Bell 525 and 505 have both completed their first flights with sustainable aviation fuel, a testament to our commitment to sustainability.

How has aviation changed in the digital age? And how is that reflected in Bell’s product lineup?

Bell is leveraging new technologies to enhance our helicopters for our global customer base, with a focus on cleaner and more advanced solutions. For example, the Bell 525 integrates FlyBy-Wire technology, and the Bell 505 combines affordability with advanced technology.

Who were your mentors or role models as you progressed in your career?

While I didn’t have a specific role model, working internationally has allowed me to meet industry players who have been sources of inspiration and influenced my career.

Do you have mentees of your own now?

Absolutely! Coaching and helping young talent is vital. It’s extraordinary to watch talented individuals develop into true leaders. My goal is to ensure they fulfil their full potential and enjoy their journey at Bell.

What are some of your proudest achievements to date?

My proudest achievement is collective. When you see what we have accomplished as a company, developing products that provide the best solutions for our customers, it makes me proud.

Textron was named one of Forbes World’s Best Employers for the third consecutive year; what do you think is the secret to being an employer of choice?

It’s the variety of programs, challenges, and opportunities we offer. With modernisation and integration of software into design processes, Bell provides learning experiences to a new generation of engineers.

As Senior Vice President of Commercial Business - International at Bell, what plans do you have for the brand in the coming months/years?

Bell is experiencing strong demand. We are investing in technologies and certified onboard equipment to deliver reliable, cost-competitive aircraft. We are also growing our aftermarket services capabilities and global presence.

Do you have any favourite quotes or words of wisdom to leave us with?

I love the quote from Oscar Wilde, “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss…you will land among the stars.” It means that we should dream without limits, and one day we will achieve great things.

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In the realm of property development and holding companies, few names shine as brightly as Binghatti. Established by the esteemed Emirati entrepreneur, Dr. Hussain BinGhatti, and his visionary sons, Binghatti has left an indelible mark on the landscape of the United Arab Emirates. At the helm is Muhammed BinGhatti, a dynamic leader and the driving force behind Binghatti’s remarkable success.

In an exclusive interview, we delve deep behind Binghatti’s meteoric rise and its pivotal role in shaping the UAE’s real estate landscape. As we explore the company’s journey, we discover a remarkable blend of passion, innovation, and unwavering dedication to excellence.

Can you please tell us about Binghatti’s journey and how it has become one of the leading property brands in the UAE with a portfolio of prime projects in Dubai?

The journey has undoubtedly been a tremendous challenge. From the very beginning, Binghatti has remained a familyowned and privately-owned business, driven by a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Our mission and vision were crystal clear: to redefine the entire real estate industry. We drew inspiration from various industries such as automotive, fashion, and horology, all of which share a common trait - a distinct brand ethos and design philosophy that permeates their product lines. At Binghatti, we strived tirelessly to achieve this same level of iconic architecture and design philosophy. This vision became our guiding principle. Rapidly expanding our portfolio across Dubai and the UAE, we ventured into multiple segments of the market. Throughout this journey, our core pillars of integrity, delivering projects ahead of schedule, and providing unparalleled quality and value for money have been instrumental. Binghatti Benji is renowned for developing properties with exceptional architectural design.

How does the company approach the process of creating such unique and aesthetically appealing buildings?

The approach we embrace at Binghatti draws significant inspiration from the automotive industry. Similar to designing a car, our process involves extensive prototyping. Our ideas stem from an emotional perspective, always driven by a captivating story. This approach mirrors that of leading automotive brands that have set the industry standard for centuries, and it’s the approach we have adopted at Binghatti. When you enter a luxury apparel store, each product, whether it’s a watch, bracelet, handbag, or even a car, has a unique story behind it. This is precisely the approach we have implemented at Binghatti - no product is without a story and a narrative. The story and brand philosophy serve as the foundation, guiding the entire design process.

We are deeply committed to building a remarkable brand, placing greater emphasis on this than on purely commercial considerations. We firmly believe that by creating an exceptional brand, commercial success naturally follows. This approach has proven immensely successful for us.

How do these partnerships contribute to the overall value proposition of the company’s projects?

Our vision has always been to challenge conventions and redefine the rules of the game. Both Bugatti and Jacob & Co. embody this very spirit in their respective industries, having done so for many years. Take Bugatti, for example, with a history of consistently achieving unparalleled excellence and dominating their industry for hundreds, if not more, years.

For us, it is crucial to learn from their invaluable experience and leverage it to translate the narrative from the automotive and horological worlds into the realm of real estate. Equally important to us is being the first.

Being the first to introduce Bugatti-branded residences worldwide, as well as the first Jacob & Co. residences, is a significant distinction we seek to attain. This uniqueness serves as a key selling point, aligning with our brand vision. With an investment value exceeding AED 10 billion, Binghatti holds a substantial financial presence in the real estate market.

What strategies has the company employed to achieve such significant growth and success?

Holistically, our primary focus has always been on integrity. We heavily invest in developing our projects on time and ensuring exceptional quality. At the mother company level, we have a dedicated quality team with full autonomy and authority to oversee the engineering aspects of our projects. Establishing such a reputation in the market leads to trust and confidence from investors.

From a financial standpoint, we are predominantly selffinanced and maintain a conservative approach towards debt. The majority of our growth has been fueled by the company’s free cash flows. It is worth noting that Dubai boasts a highly competitive real estate market.

How does Binghatti differentiate itself from other developers and maintain a competitive edge?

We drew inspiration from renowned global brands across various industries. Our journey with customers or clients, from the initial stages until project handover and even beyond, is an engaging and visually captivating experience.

At Binghatti, you can closely follow the progress of building your property through multiple platforms, similar to the experience of ordering a Bugatti. This approach is a direct result of our admiration for these industries. Furthermore, we prioritise exceptional customer service. As an example, we have a tradition of personally calling clients on their birthdays to extend our warm wishes.

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We strive to establish a relationship with clients that goes beyond the corporate realm, embodying our family business heritage.

Our goal is for every client to feel valued, important, and connected to something greater — to become part of the Binghatti family. This approach serves as a significant reason for our success and acts as our unique selling point, setting us apart from competitors.

Additionally, our vertical integration as a business practice allows us to have control over the supply chain, ensuring quality, timeliness, and cost-effectiveness. We manufacture the joinery used in all our buildings and produce our aluminium, which guarantees a consistent level of quality in everything we deliver.

Sustainability and eco friendliness have become increasingly important in the real estate industry. How does Binghatti incorporate these principles into the projects? And what initiatives does the company undertake to minimise the environmental impact?

We have three main approaches that distinguish our projects. The first revolves around site management itself, where we ensure waste management that is fully compliant with global green building regulations. Within Binghatti, we have a dedicated in-house sustainability team that oversees material selection.

For instance, our HVAC systems adhere to global Ashray standards, and the glass we choose exhibits higher Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) values compared to standard blocks. These materials are not only high-performing but also highly sustainable.

The second approach pertains to human sustainability, which may be considered unconventional. In the case of Bugatti Residences by Binghatti, we prioritise the well-being of residents.

The project offers more than just a spa; it encapsulates the essence of the French Riviera, providing a rejuvenating experience akin to visiting a resort in that region.

The project’s amenities, including the Riviera-inspired beach, are designed with this notion in mind. Binghatti has successfully developed numerous prime projects in Dubai, each reflecting our commitment to excellence and innovation.

Can you highlight some of the standout projects and their significance within the company’s portfolio?

We have previously announced remarkable projects such as Bugatti Residences, Jacob & Co. Residences, and Binghatti Avenue, which had an investment value of half a billion dirhams. Binghatti Avenue stands out as a particularly challenging endeavour since we launched it just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the unprecedented circumstances, we persevered with sales and construction, even obtaining special permits to drive on empty roads to ensure the site’s continuous progress. We remained committed to investing in the project, undeterred by disruptions in the sales and marketing process. This project holds a special place in my memory due to the obstacles we overcame.

Additionally, projects like Binghatti Canal and Business Bay, which were delivered three months ahead of schedule, and Binghatti Creek, achieved record-breaking construction timelines. For example, Binghatti Creek, a 24-storey tower, was developed from start to finish in just 11 months. These projects exemplify the company’s success in upholding integrity and providing valuable investments for our clients. While the real estate market can be subject to fluctuations and challenges, we have consistently proven our ability to navigate through them.

How does Binghatti navigate these uncertainties and ensure the long term sustainability of projects and investments?

Vertical integration plays a significant role, and our adaptability is a key strength. As a closely-knit team, we embrace a handson approach, and this includes myself. We take pride in being actively involved in every aspect of our work, leaving no room for hesitation. It is this hands-on mentality that has been the primary driving force behind our success.

As a CEO of Binghatti, what is your vision for the company’s future? Are there any upcoming projects or expansion plans that you would like to share with us?

When we initially started, our first phase focused on establishing the brand identity. We aimed to position ourselves as more than just a real estate developer; we strived to become a brand. That was phase one. In my vision, phase two involves incorporating technology into our properties. I firmly believed that the real estate industry had a lot of ground to cover in comparison to other industries, such as the automotive sector. Collaborating with the automotive industry presented an incredible opportunity for us to learn from their advancements.

Let me give you an example that I often use. When you sit in a car, its primary function is to transport you from one point to another. However, if you look at the capabilities of cars today, they have evolved tremendously. You have hypercars, luxury cars, and even cars that provide massages as you sit in them. The technology integrated into cars has been highly successful in the market. Interestingly, the cost of developing such technology in the automotive sector is far more manageable compared to implementing similar innovations in real estate.

For instance, if I wanted to create a door that automatically moves with a simple gesture, like some cars today, the cost would be significantly higher to execute in a real estate setting. This is precisely what Binghatti aims to change. We strive to revolutionise the entire real estate industry by commercialising products that excel in design and execution, offering much more value than mere shelter.

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In the realm of automotive excellence and architectural grandeur, a groundbreaking partnership has emerged, captivating the world with its fusion of innovation and luxury. In this exclusive interview, we have the privilege of delving into the visionary collaboration between Bugatti and Binghatti, led by the remarkable CEO of Bugatti, Mate Rimac.

In this discussion, we discover the essence of this remarkable collaboration. Rimac shares invaluable insights on how Bugatti’s legacy of automotive perfection aligns seamlessly with Binghatti’s commitment to crafting exceptional real estate experiences.

Tell us about the collaboration between Bugatti and Binghatti on the extraordinary project Bugatti Residences. Certainly! Bugatti is renowned for its pursuit of perfection and being the best at what we do. We are considered the pinnacle of the automotive industry, known for our performance, attention to detail, quality, and advanced technology. This exceptional brand experience in the automotive sector inspired us to extend it to residents through real estate. Two key factors played a significant role in this endeavour. Firstly, the location of Dubai, which we believe is the perfect place to introduce the first Bugatti residence.

Secondly, we needed the right partner to help us translate the Bugatti experience into a tangible and truly Bugatti-like building. Binghatti emerged as the ideal collaborator, as they share our vision and have the expertise to bring it to life. Our close ties with Binghatti, both in terms of design and other aspects, allow us to apply the Bugatti DNA and principles effectively, making this project a remarkable achievement.

Can you provide us with an overview of the Bugatti Residences by Binghatti project and its significance within the real estate market?

For us, it’s about incorporating Bugatti’s brand values into everything we do, including real estate, for the first time. The significance lies in being the pioneers in this realm. This project marks our first venture of this nature, and thus, the partnership with Binghatti holds tremendous importance. We are dedicated to ensuring that Bugatti Residences adhere to the highest standards.

It’s not sufficient to merely attach a logo to a building and claim it as a Bugatti structure. Every detail must align with our strict standards and vision. This project is significant as it allows people to experience Bugatti beyond the realm of cars. While we have previously collaborated on lifestyle projects, such as the Jacob & Co. watch and other brand collaborations, this is our first holistic approach to showcase Bugatti on a large scale outside of the automotive world.

How does Bugatti’s partnership with Binghatti Real Estate developer enhance the overall value proposition of the Bugatti Residences?

As a car company, we recognise that we are not experts in the real estate field. Therefore, we needed a partner to realise a project of this magnitude. We firmly believe that Binghatti is the perfect collaborator for three key reasons.

Firstly, Binghatti is a family business, and having Muhammad, supported by his father, brothers, and sisters, fully committed to this project is essential. Their dedication and shared commitment ensure that we collectively strive to make this venture the best it can be.

Secondly, Binghatti possesses the expertise required to execute complex projects like this. Managing large teams, navigating regulatory and technical challenges, and effectively deploying capital are critical aspects that Binghatti has consistently demonstrated mastery over. Their track record of timely deliveries aligns perfectly with Bugatti’s commitment to punctuality.

Lastly, and equally significant, Muhammad and the entire organisation understand the importance of attention to detail and the design DNA of Bugatti. They comprehend the significance of translating this DNA into the building itself. We don’t aim to create just any building but rather the epitome of excellence. As Ettore once said, “nothing is too good, nothing is too expensive.” This sentiment echoes throughout our collaboration.

What specific elements or design aspects inspired by Bugatti can residents expect to see in a Bugatti residence?

During the initial sketches, one might have expected a literal translation of certain design elements from a Bugatti car into the building itself. For example, the distinctive front of a Bugatti car with the horseshoe-shaped cooling intake could have been directly incorporated. However, we chose a different approach. We sought to understand the true essence of Bugatti’s design DNA—the lines, the expected quality, and the feeling one experiences when in a Bugatti. We aimed to translate these elements into the building, not literally, but through the building’s form, technique, and tangible Bugatti furniture.

We are developing a special line of Bugatti furniture that will feature prominently in the building. The furniture, crafted with the same materials and approach as our cars, will be used for beds, couches, chairs, tables, and more. Additionally, we aim to bring the experience of our historic location in Molsheim, France—where customers and visitors have been welcomed for over 100 years—to Dubai. We intend to create a unique experience that reflects the spirit of the French Riviera. For instance, instead of a conventional pool, we will have a beach in front of the building. Moreover, selected apartments or mansions, as we call them, will showcase cars within them, enabling residents to have their own cars parked inside their residences.


What does this collaboration mean for the Bugatti brand and its expansion into new territories?

This collaboration allows us to bring the Bugatti experience into a different environment. It goes beyond cars and enables people to live, sleep, and spend their day in a Bugatti-inspired setting.

Furthermore, it offers us the opportunity to share our brand with a wider audience. Since the number of Bugatti cars produced is limited, and Bugatti Residences are exclusive and limited as well, this collaboration allows us to expand our reach to various locations and more individuals.

Are there any future plans or upcoming projects in collaboration with Binghatti or other real estate developers that Bugatti would like to share?

This is our first project, and it will certainly not be our last. We are keen to explore more opportunities with Binghatti. However, our primary business remains in making cars. We will evaluate the success of this significant first step and then approach future projects with an open mind. Bugatti is open to further collaborations, not limited to Dubai or the Middle East but expanding to other locations as well. As always, we prioritise delivering excellence and ensuring that any future endeavors embody the best of Bugatti.

How does the collaboration with Binghatti Real Estate align with Bugatti’s vision and values as a brand?

The collaboration with Binghatti Real Estate perfectly aligns with our vision and values. Both companies share a common goal of pursuing perfection and pushing boundaries, going beyond industry norms. Binghatti understands Bugatti’s essence and vision, ensuring that every detail of our values is reflected in the project. Bugatti’s commitment to excellence is mirrored in our partnership, where attention to detail is paramount. Together, we strive to create an experience that embodies the very best of Bugatti.

Is Bugatti going to launch any electric cars at some point?

As a car company, we recognise that we are not experts in the real estate field. Therefore, we needed a partner to realise a project of this magnitude. We firmly believe that Binghatti is the perfect collaborator for three key reasons.



Meet Yasmin Farahmandy, a multi-talented interior designer, furniture designer, and emerging artist, whose vibrant creativity transcends boundaries. With over seven years of experience in Hospitality & Residential Design, Yasmin’s global upbringing in Dubai, Vancouver, and Milan has cultivated a deep appreciation for diverse cultures, which is reflected in her captivating designs. Her bespoke furniture collection launched in 2018 showcases her daring personality and an eye for luxury. GC delves into her exciting journey and gain some design insights from the founder of Y Design Interior.

Yasmin, tell us about yourself!

I am the founder of Y Design Interior, a Dubai-based boutique interior design studio that specialises in hospitality, commercial, and residential projects. Born to Canadian-Iranian parents, I studied in Canada and Milan before establishing my business in Dubai. The city’s embrace of experiential design deeply inspires me.

How did you get into interior design?

My love for colour and texture began in childhood. Sketching and fashion design were my early passions. However, exploring furniture design led me to pursue a Master’s in Interior and Living Design in Milan. That’s when I knew that interior design was my calling.

Where do you look for design inspiration?

Travel is my muse. Experiencing different cultures, architectures, and natural hues fuels my creativity. When designing hotels, I immerse myself as a guest to understand the brand and clientele. For residential projects, it’s essential to recognise the client’s background, which helps in reflecting their culture within the interiors.

How do you begin the design process?

For commercial projects, we begin with in-depth research about the brand. Similarly, for residential projects, understanding the client through questionnaires is key. Once we gauge the emotions that space should evoke, we start discussing materials and styles.

Any top design tips that you can share?

Understand the colour spectrum and shades to create a harmonious balance. Observation is key; take inspiration from nature’s colour combinations.

What is your favourite room to decorate and why?

I adore designing living rooms or hotel lobbies as they set the first impression and allow one to showcase their essence.

Do you have a secret skill?

Material selection excites me. Our detailed material boards with rich textures often amaze our clients, showing how a single element can transform space.

How would you describe your design style?

We cater to clients’ preferences, but organic shapes are a signature element in Y Design Interior projects.

Favourite current trend?

I’m loving the colourful, eclectic designs emerging lately, with a richer, more vibrant feel compared to the minimal Boho styles.

What are the most common mistakes people make when redecorating?

Mixing too many styles and failing to have a focused vision is common. It’s crucial to have neutral shades for larger pieces and walls, then accessorise with colours and trendy elements that can evolve with time.

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In this exclusive interview, Zeina Hallassou Sakr, General Manager for The Qode PR Firm in Dubai, shares her wisdom on embracing challenges, empowering others, and the secret behind The Qode›s monumental success.

A lot has been discussed on the influence of women and their leadership in PR. In your view, what has changed in these last few decades?

Women have played an integral role in PR, Communications and events for millennia, no matter what cultural background or status. The main change from those earliest days is that we’ve transitioned our honed common practice to becoming a viable capability and instead of focusing our efforts on promoting a patriarchal family leadership structure, which was the global societal norm, over the past few decades, women have assumed the leadership role and refocused our efforts on the companies we champion.

Instead of communicating, hosting and introducing our family brands to our communities through kitchen conversations and community events, today we harness these sharpened skills to weave communities around the brands we represent and shape the modern narrative. Women have always been the underlying network that binds; the difference is that today, the network speaks for itself.

Tell us about your career journey. What inspired you and who has been your hero?

Throughout my career journey, I’ve had the opportunity to work with top-level clients from various industries, shaping regional brand narratives for some of the world’s most celebrated brands. Alongside my multi-lingual skills and scholastic background in advertising, marketing, and journalism have allowed me to accumulate experiences that today permit me to expand the agency’s regional presence and develop our client portfolio as the General Manager in charge of the region of The Qode in Dubai, UAE.

My career started in Lebanon as a culture and arts reporter at a prominent newspaper until I stumbled into Public relations and totally fell in love. I found that my studies of marketing and journalism were all preparing me for my place in the world, Communication. A start-up job at a small local agency, working with an array of multinational clients from diverse industries taught me the practical foundations of the field that would later become my professional calling. I then moved to Dubai and designed and managed communications strategies for international companies from various industries.

I continued to grow in the industry and with several recognised communications and management programmes under my belt, I maintain a ‘never stop learning’ philosophy and unwavering commitment to being a leader in my field. With concrete relationships and the consummate reputation that I have developed over the years, I strive to deliver the highest-yield strategies to consumer, corporate, and government clients from across the MENA region and beyond. Throughout my journey, I’ve had many professional heroes who inspire me; I was privileged to have been mentored by great bosses over the years.

But my true heroes are personal ones, starting with my parents who never gave up and taught me resilience, to my brother who always pushed me to think harder and dream bigger, to my husband who -cliché as it may seem- is my true cheerleader and who always believes I can achieve more, all while reminding me of what makes life so wonderful.

As a Lebanese National, I’d have to say that it never fails to inspire me that no matter how dire the situation in my country, whether due to war or economics, we’re always able to keep a positive attitude, deliver oversized hospitality, and offer a generous and heartfelt smile. When you stop to think about it, how could anything be more inspiring than that?

With your wealth of experience in the GCC and MENA region, how has the industry changed since you started? The industry has come a long way since I started, with the most significant shift being the digital transformation, with PR, communications, and events professionals relying heavily on smartphones and social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok to engage with audiences.

The arrival of influencers has significantly impacted our industry, revolutionising the way businesses connect with their target audiences. They’ve become the most powerful voices and brand ambassadors for brands looking to establish a connection with, or on-going communications capability with, their target markets. As a result, companies must leverage influencers in their marketing strategies to create relatable content, drive engagement, and strengthen brand presence. In short, the message today fades in contrast to the messenger delivering it. It’s a matter of connecting the right team of messengers from an army of celebrities to put their weight behind your brand.

This evolution into the digital era has given rise to smaller, local agencies, leading to intensified competition and flourishing innovation. Larger agencies now collaborate with local partners for tailored, region-specific campaigns. The world understands now that they can no longer talk at us, but rather need to understand us and look us in the eyes and talk to us.The industry is not changing alone; our region is fast becoming the point of interest to the global communities, brands, and even governments. The region has attracted high-profile international events, such as Expo 2020 in Dubai, FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, COP27 in Egypt, and the upcoming COP28 in Dubai. These events have boosted the industry and attracted major brands, investors, and agencies globally.

Growing emphasis on corporate social responsibility (CSR) has made companies more focused on showcasing their commitment to social and environmental sustainability, impacting our work in the PR and communications industry.


Political events like the Arab Spring and ongoing regional conflicts have influenced the industry, highlighting the importance of effective crisis communication and management. The Gulf’s strategic move away from fossil fuels has opened new opportunities, with Saudi Arabia emerging as an economic powerhouse.Businesses in our region will face a unique mix of challenges and opportunities as we move into 2024.One of the most significant challenges will be navigating the ongoing digital transformation. With technological advancements accelerating at an unprecedented pace, businesses will need to stay ahead of the curve and adapt to new tools and platforms. Investing in upskilling the workforce and embracing a culture of continuous learning will be essential to staying competitive. Additionally, the proliferation of artificial intelligence poses significant business and social disruption, and companies will need to factor in the destabilising effect on worklife balance and mental health. The ability to fact-check information on a personal and business level will also be a paramount challenge.

Sustainability and social responsibility present significant business opportunities, with an educated and informed MENA population expecting businesses to demonstrate their environmental commitment and adopt sustainable practices. Companies should seize the golden opportunity to reassess their operations and implement sustainable policies and practices early on. This will foster customer loyalty and offset any cost of conversion while building a strong brand reputation.

The dynamic geopolitical climate in the MENA region requires businesses to be adaptable to changing dynamics and prepared for any potential crises that may arise. Developing comprehensive crisis communications and cultivating strong relationships with local stakeholders is a priority.High-profile international events in the region, such as COP28 in Dubai, will bring significant opportunities for businesses to showcase their products, services, and expertise on a global stage.

Companies should capitalise on these events by aligning their PR and marketing strategies to drive visibility and engagement. To prepare for the challenges and opportunities ahead, businesses should focus on fostering a culture of adaptability, innovation, and resilience. By embracing change, prioritising sustainability, and investing in the development of physical and mental health, companies will be well-positioned to overcome the challenges and thrive in the coming years.

As a business in the MENA region, we must be aware of the current trends and align our strategies to meet the expectations of customers and stakeholders. We’ll focus on customer experience, innovation, and sustainability.

Additionally, businesses should prepare for the impact of geopolitical changes, continued fallout from Brexit.

How will you address these challenges and turn them into successes?

We prioritise digital transformation by ensuring our team stays updated with the latest tools and platforms. This helps us stay ahead of the curve and adapt to the fast-evolving business landscape.

We put a strong focus on mental health and work-life balance by implementing policies and initiatives that support our team members to maintain a healthy worklife balance. By investing in our employees’ well-being, we believe we will foster a more productive and resilient workforce in the long-term.

We will leverage sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) by helping our clients maximise consumer benefit from implementing sustainable practices and CSR initiatives. This will not only benefit the environment and society but will also enhance our clients’ brand reputation and customer loyalty.

We will keep ahead of the political landscape to develop comprehensive crisis communication plans that deliver impactful messaging to our clients. By being proactive and prepared, we will help our clients navigate any potential crisis and minimise any negative impact.

We will take advantage of opportunities presented by highprofile international events in the region by aligning our PR and marketing strategies with the communications opportunities they provide. By showcasing our clients’ products, services, and expertise on a global stage, we will drive visibility and engagement for their brands.

Despite potential turbulence ahead, we are confident that with effective planning and by prioritising employee wellbeing, we can create a culture of adaptability, innovation, and resilience that will help us thrive in the years ahead.

As a woman in business, what is the importance of having a good work-life balance and how it can help you and other women leaders become more successful?

I cannot stress the importance of a good work-life balance, not just for women but for everyone in the business world. Finding the right balance between our professional and personal lives has a big impact on our well-being, productivity, and career success.


For women in leadership positions, it can be quite challenging to handle multiple responsibilities, including both professional and personal commitments. However, when we strike the right balance, we can stay focused and efficient. This balance is vital for our mental and emotional well-being, helping us avoid burnout and maintain a high level of performance at work.

By setting an example and giving priority to work-life balance, we can inspire and support other women in the organisation to go after their career goals without sacrificing their personal lives. This approach helps create a more inclusive and supportive work environment that values everyone’s overall well-being, and that is of high priority for me.

Working with likeminded people such as Ayman Fakoussa and Dipesh Depala, the founders and managing partners at The Qode, who not only believe in the importance of the human but strive to create an environment that puts the employee first, I was lucky to find my home.

Furthermore, having a balanced perspective can lead to more innovative and diverse ideas in decision-making and problem-solving. When we take time to recharge and reflect on our experiences outside work, we bring fresh insights that contribute to the growth and success of our organisation.

A good work-life balance is crucial for all leaders to achieve both personal and professional success. We need to remind ourselves of this and place value in it for the benefits it offers us. By focusing on this balance, we can create a more supportive, inclusive, and productive workplace that benefits everyone.

Do you have any advice to offer aspiring female leaders?

“You were born an original, don’t become a copy” is something I repeat all the time. Celebrate your unique perspective as a woman. Be confident in sharing your viewpoints and experiences. Embrace your identity and opinions, and use your insights to make meaningful contributions. Recognise that diversity of thought fuels innovation and progress, and leaders will value your unique perspective.

Don’t hesitate to advocate for yourself—communicate your value and aspirations, and request what you deserve, whether it’s a promotion, a raise, or a new challenge. Champion your own achievements and ensure your hard work is acknowledged. Remember, self-advocacy is a strength, not a weakness, when climbing the corporate ladder. Believe in your capabilities. Confidence is magnetic, attracting people to you and expanding your network, inspiring others to follow your lead.

Persevere through self-doubt and commend yourself for overcoming it. This resilience cultivates a growth mindset, essential for success. Consistently invest in your personal and professional development—keep learning, actively accept new challenges, and be open to feedback. A growth mindset will keep you adaptable and receptive to change, crucial in today’s fast-paced business landscape.

Support and empower others throughout your career. Mentorship and collaboration create an environment conducive to growth. By empowering others, you’ll build a strong network. Your network is your superpower. Surround yourself with diverse mentors, peers, and allies who inspire you and avoid negativity traps.

Embarking on your leadership journey may appear intimidating, but with determination, resilience, and the right mindset, you possess the potential to achieve greatness. Remain authentic, embrace challenges, and never underestimate the power of your unique perspective as a female leader.

What is the secret to Qode’s success?

Though we are noted for our unparalleled network and wide-ranging capabilities, the secret to The Qode’s success lies in our people. We offer a variety of services that stand out, such as public relations, events and production, creative services, content production, digital marketing, social media, influencer campaigns, luxury and lifestyle showrooms, and guest list services. However, what truly sets us apart is the feeling people get when working with us.

Beyond our exceptional services, it’s our philosophy of “consultants not executives” that resonates with our clients the most. This philosophy highlights the importance of being genuine and authentic in our interactions, and our clients feel comfortable with our team and the way we work.

Our goals are always long-term partnerships, not shortterm financial gain. Our people make the company work, and when combined with our consultancy mindset and the outstanding results we always deliver, this combination proves to be a winner.

In essence, it’s the combination of our talented team, our unique culture, outstanding services, and the energy we bring to every project that makes The QODE stand out from the competition.




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Audemars Piguet is commemorating the 30th anniversary of its iconic Royal Oak Offshore collection with its special edition timepiece. The Royal Oak Offshore Self-Winding Chronograph 30th Anniversary edition commemorates the original groundbreaking design while incorporating contemporary updates and innovations, solidifying its status as a modern horological masterpiece.

The Royal Oak Offshore Self-Winding Chronograph 30th Anniversary edition maintains the distinctive design DNA of its predecessor. The iconic octagonal bezel, exposed screws, and robust silhouette exude a sporty and masculine elegance that has become synonymous with the Royal Oak Offshore collection. This anniversary edition carries forward the timeless aesthetic while infusing it with subtle modern elements.

Whilst honouring the heritage of the Royal Oak Offshore collection, Audemars Piguet has introduced thoughtful updates to the 30th Anniversary edition. The watch features a contemporary 42mm case size, offering a balanced and comfortable fit on the wrist. The dial showcases the signature “Méga Tapisserie” pattern, accentuated by a choice of stylish colour variations, which adds a touch of contemporary sophistication.

Crafted with exceptional precision, the Royal Oak Offshore Self-Winding Chronograph 30th Anniversary edition exhibits Audemars Piguet’s commitment to superior craftsmanship. The case is meticulously finished, with alternating brushed and polished surfaces, exemplifying the brand’s attention to detail. The sapphire crystal case back reveals the intricate workings of the selfwinding chronograph movement, a testament to the brand’s technical expertise.

Equipped with Audemars Piguet’s self-winding chronograph movement, the Royal Oak Offshore 30th Anniversary edition guarantees precise timekeeping and reliable performance. The chronograph function enables the measurement of elapsed time with accuracy and ease. The watch is water-resistant, further enhancing its versatility for everyday wear or active pursuits.

To mark this significant milestone, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-Winding Chronograph 30th Anniversary edition is released as a limited edition collection. With a strictly limited number of pieces available, this timepiece encapsulates exclusivity and rarity, making it a highly sought-after collector’s item.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-Winding Chronograph 30th Anniversary edition is a fitting tribute to three decades of horological excellence. With its timeless design heritage, updated aesthetics, superior craftsmanship, and exceptional performance, this limited edition timepiece embodies the spirit of Audemars Piguet’s commitment to innovation and luxury watchmaking. As a collector’s item or a statement of refined taste, the 30th Anniversary edition exemplifies the enduring legacy and enduring appeal of the Royal Oak Offshore collection.

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Audemars Piguet is commemorating the 30th anniversary of its iconic Royal Unveiling the BREGUET Classique Repetition 7637: A Masterpiece of Haute Horlogerie

As fascinating as it is intriguing, the minute repeater is one of the most remarkable complications in watchmaking history. An outstanding technician, Abraham-Louis Breguet quickly developed a passion for the subject and sought ways of improving the mechanism. For this reason, as early as 1783, he created the first repeating watches striking a spring blade instead of the bell-type gong used until then. Today Breguet pays tribute to them through a new timepiece.

Minute repeaters are one of those major horological complications described as small mechanical masterpieces. In addition to the movement, they involve a chiming mechanism consisting mainly of hammers striking a gongspring. Additionally, the various materials used in its design must have obvious acoustic qualities. Finally, all the components have to be small enough to fit into a modestly sized case. It is a skill that requires exacting standards, many years of experience, and unrivalled dexterity. It takes more than a month of work to create a minute repeater. Breguet has been perpetuating this art for nearly 250 years at its Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux.

Meticulous craftsmanship

In addition to the expertise of a watchmaker specialising in high complications, an acoustician, constantly on the lookout for perfect sound, is essential to the development of the timepiece. Once the movement has been assembled, the work of tuning the gong is carried out in two phases: harmonic and melodic. Inside an anechoic chamber specially dedicated to this horological complication, the specialist will first seek to ascertain the resonant frequency of each gong. Once this note has been determined, further work is carried out to find the melody most closely resembling Breguet’s signature sound. As each timepiece is hand-crafted, the acoustics differ subtly from one watch to another, making this complication even more unique.

Aesthetic and technical mastery

Contrary to appearances, the minimalist dial of the 7637 requires a particular craft that few artisans still practise today: the grand feu enamelling technique. Representing a mixture of silica and ground oxides, the coloured powders are dissolved in water before being applied to the dial using a variety of methods. The secret then lies in the firing process. Each layer and colour applied requires an additional firing at a set temperature of over 800 degrees Celsius and for a carefully programmed time. The watch case measures 42 mm in diameter and is newly available in rose gold. It houses Calibre 567.2, whose balance oscillates at a frequency of 2.5 Hz. When the watch is turned over, the entirely hand-chased mechanical hand-wound movement can be admired through the sapphire crystal caseback, as can the hammers made of polished steel. In addition to the aesthetic expertise of the hand-crafted decoration, this movement is ingenious in terms of the positioning of the gongs, gong-holders, and hammers. The gongs are fixed to the case middle instead of the plate.

The BREGUET Classique Repetition 7637 is a testament to the centuries-old craftsmanship, technical mastery, and aesthetic expertise that Breguet has been renowned for. From the meticulous tuning of the gongs to the grand feu enamelling technique of the dial and the ingeniously positioned gongs, gong-holders, and hammers, every element has been carefully considered and hand-crafted. This horological masterpiece not only pays tribute to Abraham-Louis Breguet’s pioneering work in the field but also showcases the brand’s unwavering commitment to innovation, excellence, and preserving the art of high horology. A symbol of the past, present, and future of watchmaking, the Classique Repetition 7637 is a remarkable achievement that continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the world of haute horlogerie.



Breitling, the renowned Swiss watchmaker, has once again teamed up with Ford to create a timepiece that captures the spirit of the legendary Mustang. The Breitling Top Time B01 Ford Mustang edition combines automotive heritage with precision timekeeping, resulting in a timepiece that pays homage to the iconic American muscle car.

The design of the Breitling Top Time B01 Ford Mustang edition draws inspiration from the classic Mustangs of the past. The watch features a 42mm stainless steel case, reminiscent of the bold and robust design cues found in the Mustang’s bodywork. The black dial with contrasting silver chronograph sub-dials emulates the speedometer and tachometer instruments found in the Mustang’s dashboard.

Equipped with Breitling’s in-house B01 mechanical movement, the Top Time B01 Ford Mustang edition offers exceptional accuracy and reliability. The movement boasts a power reserve of approximately 70 hours and operates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Additionally, the watch features a chronograph function, allowing users to measure elapsed time with precision.

While paying tribute to the Mustang, the Top Time B01 Ford Mustang edition incorporates subtle automotive references throughout its design. The red chronograph seconds hand, adorned with the iconic Mustang pony logo, adds a touch of sportiness and recalls the car’s emblematic emblem. The calfskin leather strap, available in brown or black, is reminiscent of the Mustang’s luxurious interiors.

To add exclusivity, the Breitling Top Time B01 Ford Mustang edition is released as a limited edition timepiece. With only a predetermined number of watches produced, owners will have a sense of owning a unique collector’s item that celebrates both the Mustang and Breitling’s craftsmanship.

The Breitling Top Time B01 Ford Mustang edition exemplifies the harmonious blend of automotive heritage and horological excellence. By capturing the essence of the iconic American muscle car in its design and incorporating high-quality Swiss craftsmanship, this timepiece offers Mustang enthusiasts and watch aficionados a unique opportunity to own a limited edition masterpiece that symbolises the spirit of two legendary brands.

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Bulgari, the renowned Italian luxury brand, has recently unveiled its highly anticipated Aluminium Capri Edition watch collection. Combining sleek aesthetics, impeccable craftsmanship, and a touch of nostalgia, this limited-edition series pays homage to the picturesque island of Capri, a beloved destination known for its elegance and natural beauty.

The Bulgari Aluminium Capri Edition collection showcases a striking blend of contemporary design and classic influences. The watches feature a lightweight aluminium case, a signature characteristic of the Bulgari Aluminium line, providing both durability and comfort. The vibrant colours and bold accents pay homage to the vibrant landscapes and iconic architecture of Capri. The attention to detail in the Aluminium Capri Edition watches is truly exceptional. The dial is adorned with a unique pattern inspired by the island’s mesmerising coastline and the intricate mosaic floors found in Capri’s historic villas. The indices and hands are elegantly crafted and treated with luminescent material for enhanced legibility in any lighting condition.

Bulgari Aluminium Capri Edition is a limited-edition collection, making each timepiece a coveted item for collectors and watch enthusiasts. With a strictly limited number of pieces available, these watches embody exclusivity and rarity, ensuring their value will endure over time.

Beneath the stylish exterior, the Aluminium Capri Edition watches house a high-precision Swiss quartz movement, guaranteeing accurate timekeeping. The watches are also water-resistant, adding to their versatility and reliability. Whether worn during formal occasions or casual outings, these timepieces offer exceptional performance and reliability.

To further enhance the allure of the collection, Bulgari has created a range of exclusive accessories. These include stylish interchangeable straps made from fine materials, allowing wearers to customise their watches to match their personal style and mood.

The Bulgari Aluminium Capri Edition collection effortlessly combines luxury, innovation, and Italian heritage. Its captivating design, meticulous attention to detail, limited availability, and superior performance make it a truly exceptional timepiece. Whether as a collector’s item or a stylish accessory, this limited-edition series captures the essence of Capri’s timeless elegance and adds a touch of luxury to any wrist.



Vacheron Constantin, the esteemed Swiss watchmaker with a rich heritage, has collaborated with Les Cabinotiers, its prestigious bespoke department, to create a remarkable collection of timepieces that exemplify the pinnacle of luxury and craftsmanship. The Vacheron Constantin X Les Cabinotiers collaboration showcases the art of personalised haute horlogerie, where each watch is meticulously tailored to the wearer’s individual taste and desires.The Vacheron Constantin X Les Cabinotiers collection offers unparalleled customisation options, allowing clients to bring their wildest horological dreams to life. Through a highly collaborative process, clients have the opportunity to work closely with master watchmakers and artisans to create a one-of-a-kind timepiece that reflects their unique personality, style, and preferences.

Every watch in the Vacheron Constantin X Les Cabinotiers collection is a masterpiece of craftsmanship. The skilled artisans at Les Cabinotiers meticulously handcraft each component, from the intricate dial and the finely finished movement to the delicately engraved case. Attention to detail is paramount, resulting in timepieces that exemplify precision and artistry.The collaboration between Vacheron Constantin and Les Cabinotiers offers an extraordinary range of complications and innovations. From traditional complications like tourbillons, perpetual calendars, and minute repeaters to more contemporary features such as celestial charts and astronomical indications, the collection pushes the boundaries of horological innovation while maintaining a sense of timeless elegance.

The Vacheron Constantin X Les Cabinotiers watches feature a wide array of exquisite materials and finishes. Clients can choose from precious metals like platinum or gold, as well as unique materials such as Damascus steel or gemstone-encrusted cases. The dials can be adorned with exquisite hand guilloché patterns or enamel paintings, showcasing the brand’s commitment to artistic excellence.

Given the bespoke nature of the Vacheron Constantin X Les Cabinotiers collection, these timepieces are available in limited quantities. Each piece is made to order, ensuring exclusivity and rarity. The limited availability adds to the allure and collectability of these exceptional watches. The collaboration between Vacheron Constantin and Les Cabinotiers represents the epitome of bespoke haute horlogerie. The collection offers clients the opportunity to embark on a creative journey, resulting in a personalised timepiece that is a true reflection of their individuality and discerning taste. With unparalleled customisation options, exquisite craftsmanship, an impressive range of complications, and limited availability, the Vacheron Constantin X Les Cabinotiers collection represents the pinnacle of luxury watchmaking, embodying the essence of exceptional timekeeping artistry.


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Aston Martin, renowned for its luxurious and high-performance vehicles, is set to redefine automotive excellence with the highly anticipated 2024 Aston Martin Vanquish. This next-generation grand tourer represents the pinnacle of Aston Martin’s engineering prowess, combining breathtaking design, cuttingedge technology, and exhilarating performance. With its unrivalled power, refined craftsmanship, and a host of innovative features, the 2024 Vanquish promises to deliver an unforgettable driving experience.

The 2024 Aston Martin Vanquish boasts an arresting design that commands attention on the road. With its sleek and aerodynamic lines, muscular contours, and signature Aston Martin grille, the Vanquish exudes a sense of timeless elegance and power. The use of lightweight materials and precision craftsmanship results in a vehicle that is not only visually striking but also optimised for superior performance and handling.

Under the Vanquish’s sculpted bonnet lies a formidable powertrain that elevates the driving experience to new heights. Equipped with a robust V12 engine, the Vanquish unleashes a symphony of power, producing exhilarating acceleration and top speeds that will leave enthusiasts in awe. The precise engineering and advanced technologies employed by Aston Martin ensure that every aspect of the driving experience, from cornering to braking, is as thrilling as it is refined.

The 2024 Vanquish embodies Aston Martin’s commitment to delivering a driverfocused experience. With its precisely tuned suspension, advanced chassis systems, and cutting-edge aerodynamics, the Vanquish offers exceptional handling and stability on any road. The driver can effortlessly switch between driving modes, tailoring the Vanquish’s performance characteristics to their preferences, whether it be a thrilling sports mode or a comfortable cruising experience.

Step inside the 2024 Vanquish, and you’ll be immersed in a world of opulence and fine craftsmanship. The cabin exudes a sense of refined luxury, with meticulously crafted materials, hand-stitched leather, and exquisite detailing. Every element is thoughtfully designed to create an ambiance of sophistication and indulgence, providing an elevated driving experience that surpasses expectations.

The Aston Martin Vanquish embraces cutting-edge technology to enhance both driving pleasure and convenience. The intuitive infotainment system integrates seamlessly with the digital instrument cluster, providing access to a range of features, including navigation, entertainment, and connectivity. Advanced driver-assistance systems offer an extra layer of safety, ensuring a secure and confident driving experience.

The 2024 Aston Martin Vanquish represents the epitome of automotive excellence, blending timeless design, thrilling performance, and unparalleled luxury. Aston Martin’s unwavering commitment to craftsmanship and innovation is showcased in every detail of the Vanquish. With its captivating aesthetics, powerful performance, and state-of-the-art technology, the 2024 Vanquish offers a driving experience that is both exhilarating and refined. This grand tourer is a true testament to Aston Martin’s enduring legacy and dedication to creating extraordinary vehicles that leave an indelible mark on the road.




The automotive industry is undergoing a remarkable transformation, with electric vehicles (EVs) taking centre stage. In this era of sustainable mobility, the Audi e-tron emerges as a symbol of innovation and luxury, pushing the boundaries of electric driving. This groundbreaking electric SUV combines Audi’s renowned craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology, delivering a thrilling driving experience that is both eco-friendly and exhilarating.

The Audi e-tron commands attention with its striking design, seamlessly blending elegance and aerodynamic efficiency. Its sleek lines, bold contours, and signature LED lighting create a visually captivating presence on the road. The spacious and luxurious interior is adorned with high-quality materials and advanced features, offering a seamless blend of comfort and sophistication.

Under the bonnet, the Audi e-tron boasts a powerful electric drivetrain that delivers impressive performance. Equipped with dual electric motors—one on each axle—this SUV offers exceptional acceleration, instant torque, and remarkable handling capabilities. The intelligent quattro all-wheel drive system ensures optimal traction and stability, making every drive a thrilling experience.

Range anxiety is a thing of the past with the Audi e-tron. Its advanced battery technology and efficient energy management systems provide an impressive all-electric range, enabling drivers to embark on longer journeys with confidence. Whether it’s a daily commute or a weekend getaway, the Audi e-tron offers the convenience and peace of mind needed for electric driving.

Charging the e-tron is effortless, thanks to its compatibility with various charging options. Whether using a home charging station, public charging infrastructure, or high-speed DC fast charging, the e-tron can be charged quickly and conveniently. With rapid charging capabilities, drivers can replenish the battery to 80% in a matter of minutes, minimising downtime and maximising driving pleasure.

The Audi e-tron embraces cutting-edge technology to enhance the driving experience. The virtual cockpit displays essential information and customisable driving data, while the intuitive MMI touch response system provides seamless control of vehicle functions and entertainment features. The e-tron also integrates advanced driver-assistance systems, ensuring a safe and confident journey.

Connectivity is at the forefront of the e-tron’s experience. The Audi Connect system provides real-time information, including charging station locations, traffic updates, and route planning. Additionally, over-the-air software updates keep the vehicle up to date with the latest features and enhancements, further enhancing the ownership experience.

Audi’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond the e-tron’s zero-emissions driving. The company takes great pride in its eco-conscious manufacturing processes, employing renewable energy sources and reducing carbon emissions during production. The e-tron’s battery pack is designed for longevity and recyclability, further minimising its environmental impact.

The Audi e-tron represents a groundbreaking leap into the future of mobility. With its captivating design, exhilarating performance, impressive range, and advanced technology, the e-tron paves the way for a sustainable and thrilling driving experience. Audi’s commitment to luxury, innovation, and environmental responsibility is embodied in this remarkable electric SUV, setting a new standard for electric vehicles and inspiring a new generation of drivers to embrace the electric revolution.




Under the bonnet, the Audi e-tron boasts a powerful electric drivetrain that delivers impressive performance. Equipped with dual electric motors—one on each axle—this SUV offers exceptional acceleration, instant torque, and remarkable handling capabilities. The intelligent quattro all-wheel drive system ensures optimal traction and stability, making every drive a thrilling experience.

Range anxiety is a thing of the past with the Audi e-tron. Its advanced battery technology and efficient energy management systems provide an impressive all-electric range, enabling drivers to embark on longer journeys with confidence. Whether it’s a daily commute or a weekend getaway, the Audi e-tron offers the convenience and peace of mind needed for electric driving.

Charging the e-tron is effortless, thanks to its compatibility with various charging options. Whether using a home charging station, public charging infrastructure, or high-speed DC fast charging, the e-tron can be charged quickly and conveniently. With rapid charging capabilities, drivers can replenish the battery to 80% in a matter of minutes, minimising downtime and maximising driving pleasure.

The Audi e-tron embraces cutting-edge technology to enhance the driving experience. The virtual cockpit displays essential information and customisable driving data, while the intuitive MMI touch response system provides seamless control of vehicle functions and entertainment features. The e-tron also integrates advanced driver-assistance systems, ensuring a safe and confident journey.

Connectivity is at the forefront of the e-tron’s experience. The Audi Connect system provides real-time information, including charging station locations, traffic updates, and route planning. Additionally, over-the-air software updates keep the vehicle up to date with the latest features and enhancements, further enhancing the ownership experience.

Audi’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond the e-tron’s zero-emissions driving. The company takes great pride in its eco-conscious manufacturing processes, employing renewable energy sources and reducing carbon emissions during production. The e-tron’s battery pack is designed for longevity and recyclability, further minimising its environmental impact.

The Audi e-tron represents a groundbreaking leap into the future of mobility. With its captivating design, exhilarating performance, impressive range, and advanced technology, the e-tron paves the way for a sustainable and thrilling driving experience. Audi’s commitment to luxury, innovation, and environmental responsibility is embodied in this remarkable electric SUV, setting a new standard for electric vehicles and inspiring a new generation of drivers to embrace the electric revolution.



Jaguar forges a trail towards sustainable transportation with the Jaguar I-Pace, a cutting-edge all-electric SUV marrying the brand’s signature design and performance with eco-conscious driving. With a sleek design, exhilarating drive, and an impressive range, the I-Pace dismantles the notion that electric vehicles can’t be stylish and thrilling.

The I-Pace’s aerodynamic profile blends Jaguar’s iconic aesthetics with functional excellence. Its low stance, sweeping lines and distinctive grille give it a mesmerising presence, while optimised aerodynamics reduce drag and enhance efficiency.

Beneath the hood, a potent electric drivetrain propels the I-Pace. Dual motors supply power to all wheels, offering unyielding control. The instant torque delivers a surge from 0 to 60 mph in a heartbeat, satiating electric enthusiasts.


In addition to performance, the I-Pace boasts a remarkable electric range thanks to cutting-edge battery technology and efficient energy management. Its versatility ensures that, whether commuting or embarking on a road trip, the journey doesn’t end prematurely. Charging is seamless. Compatibility with home and public charging stations, coupled with rapid charging capability, means the I-Pace can recuperate up to 80% of battery life in minimal time.

Inside, luxury abounds. A spacious cabin, adorned with premium materials and modern amenities, envelops occupants in comfort. Thoughtful design features, including intuitive controls, ample storage, and lavish seating, ensure an indulgent experience. Tech-savvy drivers will appreciate the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, providing access to a plethora of features and entertainment options through an effortless interface. Meanwhile, the digital instrument cluster and head-up display ensure critical information is effortlessly within sight.

Jaguar doesn’t scrimp on safety. Advanced driver-assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, work in tandem with a suite of safety features to ensure peace of mind. Sustainability is at the I-Pace’s core. Use of recycled materials in its production and a zero-emissions drivetrain exemplify Jaguar’s commitment to the environment. By opting for the I-Pace, drivers ally themselves with the pursuit of a greener future.

In summary, the Jaguar I-Pace is a bold foray into electric luxury. Combining enthralling design, electrifying performance, and sustainable engineering, it sets a new standard in electric SUVs. The I-Pace epitomises Jaguar’s dedication to innovation and sustainability, heralding a thrilling and conscientious future for electric motoring.



Belize, a gem in Central America, beckons luxury travellers with its blend of pristine wilderness and opulent retreats. From its captivating coastline to the verdant jungles, this tropical haven marries luxury with adventure.


Exclusive Accommodation

Whether it’s the resplendent island resorts in Ambergris Caye and Placencia or secluded jungle lodges, Belize offers unparalleled elegance and privacy. Immerse yourself in luxury with private infinity pools overlooking the azure Caribbean Sea, or find solace in lavish villas enveloped by rainforest. High-end amenities, bespoke services, and sumptuous interiors accentuate the experience, while waking up to the sound of waves or the rustling leaves adds an unmatched layer of tranquillity.

Beaches and Marine Life

Belize’s coastline, adorned with immaculate beaches and crystalline waters, is a sanctuary for marine enthusiasts. The Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a diver’s paradise boasting vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine biodiversity. Snorkel alongside sea turtles, delve into the Great Blue Hole, or simply relish the sun on powdery sands. The islands of Caye Caulker and Turneffe Atoll are must-visit destinations for their pristine ecosystems and diving spots.

Culinary Treasures

Belizean cuisine is an epicurean’s dream, amalgamating Caribbean, Latin American, and Mayan influences. Top-tier restaurants and resorts present a delectable array of dishes, from fresh seafood to local produce. Explore farm-to-table dining, sumptuous tasting menus, and exquisite wine pairings as you delve into a gastronomic journey, savouring tropical flavours and refined culinary artistry.

Thrills and Adventures

Belize is a treasure trove for adrenaline-seekers. Helicopter tours provide a bird’s-eye view of Mayan ruins like Caracol, while zip-lining offers exhilarating rainforest excursions. The enigmatic Actun Tunichil Muknal cave fascinates with its Mayan artefacts. Besides, sailing excursions to hidden cays, cave tubing, and exploring ancient archaeological sites make for an adventurous sojourn. Belize’s eco-lodges provide the perfect base for jungle treks, wildlife encounters, and birdwatching.

Wellness Retreats

For those seeking rejuvenation, Belize’s resorts present an array of wellness experiences. Spa treatments utilizing natural ingredients, yoga sessions amidst scenic vistas, and meditation retreats foster physical and spiritual renewal. Embrace serenity as you indulge in holistic therapies surrounded by nature.

Belize is an enthralling mix of indulgence and adventure. From its luxurious accommodations and gastronomic wonders to heart-pounding adventures and serene wellness retreats, it promises a rich tapestry of experiences. This tropical sanctuary awaits those yearning for an extraordinary escapade that pampers the senses and enlivens the spirit.



Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation’s event at Capital Club unveils the Annual Impact Report, highlighting innovative philanthropy needs in the UAE and support to over 26,000 Arab youth, with a notable increase in female participation.

A fireside chat between H.E. Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi and H.E. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair underlined the importance of strategic investment as a catalyst for creating meaningful impact. Their shared insights and personal experiences called for deeper engagement from the Next Generation of philanthropists to continue making a tangible difference in their respective communities.

H.E. Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi said: ‘Philanthropy is about so much more than funding – it’s about bringing together knowledge with financial resources and applying them to areas with proven needs. For the greatest, lasting impact, philanthropy should be data-driven, and not done in isolation. When donors combine their efforts, they can deliver meaningful change on some of the biggest challenges of our time, such as climate change and sustainability. My overriding message is ‘give with your head, not your heart’, because although a donor might feel an affinity with a certain issue, their money may well be put to far greater use in another domain altogether.’

H.E. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Chairman of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation said, “I am honoured to have shared the stage with H.E. Sheikha Bodour reflecting on the potential of strategic philanthropy and discussing the possibilities of a UAE-inspired philanthropy framework that may be replicated beyond our borders. This important occasion also coincided with the release of the Foundation’s Annual Impact Report showcasing our unwavering commitment to results. Last year, the Foundation supported 26,000 young individuals to advance their career prospects. We have made significant strides, through our successful partnerships helping to prepare them for a highly digital, knowledge-based economy. The results captured in the report highlight the role of strategic philanthropy in this region, and I hope can serve as an example for the next generation of philanthropists.”


Underscoring the importance of participation of the business community, Mohamed Karmoui, General Manager, Capital Club Dubai stated, “At Capital Club, we recognise the indispensable role of the private sector and businesses in driving impactful philanthropy. As corporate citizens, businesses possess unique resources and expertise that can drive transformative change. Our business club members are keenly aware of the responsibilities that come with success. Today’s event has provided not only great encouragement and but also wider understanding on the core values and operational strategies needed for scalable impact.”

Dr Sonia Ben Jaafar, CEO of Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation, during her closing remarks officially launched the Foundation’s Annual Impact Report 2022, highlighting the outcomes of the foundation’s efforts in the last year.

In a 12-month sprint, the Foundation positively impacted the lives of 26,000 youth, marking a 40% surge from the previous year. This highlights the Foundation’s role in helping to unleash the power of Emirati and Arab youth through high-quality education and skill-enhancing opportunities. Thus far, the Foundation’s impact has reached an impressive 76,000 Emirati and Arab youth throughout the region.

The Foundation’s commitment to improving the lives of young people through a data-driven approach in the region also resulted in the launch of several tailored new programmes in 2022, including - TechUp, Siraj, Project Hama, and Work Integrated Learning.

TechUp - Launched in partnership with Udacity, to train youth in diverse levels of in-demand digital skills, the programme witnessed more than 7,300 Arab youth enrolled in the programme, which included 84% Emiratis, 68% females, and 75% youth aged between 18 and 28.

Siraj - In collaboration with CNN Arabic, Siraj aims to provide 300 Emirati and Arab youth with critical skills, strategic and creative thinking, and public speaking, to enhance their competitiveness and prepare them for the job market. 85 Emirati youth have now completed the programme of which 58% are females.

Project Hama - launched in August under the leadership of the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, Project Hama focused on enhancing the career-readiness of Emirati female military recruits, by equipping them with professional and transferable skills necessary for employment in a variety of fields, including design, project management, and entrepreneurship. The programme effectively conducted 5 workshops and trained more than 200 military recruits.

Work Integrated Learning – the Work-integrated learning programme developed in collaboration with the University of Waterloo in Canada, focuses on capacity building, training, and resourcing, allowing students to develop skills for increased chances of employment.

The Foundation also established the Al Ghurair Foundation Youth Advisory Council comprising of 14 Arab youth from diverse backgrounds last year. These impressive young leaders have been advising the Foundation, facilitating effective communication with stakeholders, supporting research projects, and representing the Foundation at national, regional, and international events.

With online learning continuing to be the preferred option for students, Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation’s initiative, University Consortium for Quality Online Learning, launched in 2020 in collaboration with the UAE’s Ministry of Education and nine leading universities in the UAE, to design and develop high-quality and accredited online programmes, has operated in full swing last year. In 2022 alone, the Foundation, with the help of the initiative, trained more than 100 educators and supported the universities to launch innovative courses that opened new learning opportunities for over 8,000 students. The Foundation also invested and dedicated more than 1,300 hours of professional development design sprints and workshops for Arab youth keen to upskill.



The Armani Group has revealed an exciting partnership with Armani/Casa Interior Design Studio and UAE’s Arada. Together, they’re crafting the illustrious Armani Beach Residences Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, with the striking design by famed architect Tadao Ando. The project is set to redefine luxury with Ando’s signature blend of nature and architecture.

Nestled on the outer crescent of Dubai’s legendary manmade islands, the Armani Beach Residences boast an opulent living space with spellbinding sea views. Alongside meticulously designed residences, including a handful of exclusive penthouses, the development offers top-tier amenities for a refined, active lifestyle.

HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, Arada’s Vice Chairman, enthused about the synergy of Armani’s timeless elegance with Tadao Ando’s modern design flair. Situated on the coveted Palm Jumeirah islands, the Armani Beach Residences are set to be a one-of-a-kind addition to Dubai’s booming luxury property market.

Tadao Ando, the mastermind behind the design, sees the Armani Beach Residences as an art-infused sanctuary. Alongside Giorgio Armani, Ando aims for a seamless interplay between the stylish interiors and the captivating ocean surrounds, using light and shadow to enrich the experience from the entrance to each exquisite residence.

This collaboration is a grand meeting of creative titans, committed to providing unparalleled luxury. The Armani Beach Residences are poised to be a crowning jewel, encapsulating the zenith of elegance, art, and architectural splendour in Dubai’s property scene.

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Ras Al Khaimah The Nature Emirate of the UAE

A hidden gem in the UAE, Ras Al Khaimah is just a 45 minute drive from Dubai International Airport. Home to world class hotels and set against a breathtaking nature, Ras Al Khaimah is renowned for its spectacular mountains, terracotta desert and clear coastline.

Ras Al Khaimah offers more attractions, activities and scenery than you would ever believe possible. All year round, there’s plenty to experience – from relaxing by the beach to action packed water sports and soaring down the world’s longest zipline.



Bloom Holding, one of the UAE’s foremost real estate development companies, has unveiled an enticing investment opportunity with a guaranteed annual return on investment of up to 8 percent over five years for its hotel apartments at Bloom Arjaan by Rotana. The availability of these premium units is limited, making it a highly sought-after opportunity.

Located in Bloom’s prestigious Park View on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, the hotel apartments are managed by Rotana Hotel Management Corporation (Rotana) and offer a range of options, including studios, one-bedroom, and twobedroom hotel apartments, with sizes spanning from 44 sqm to 114 sqm.

Set to open in the fourth quarter of 2024, Bloom Arjaan by Rotana is mindfully designed to provide the comfort of a home and the convenience of a hotel. The development offers generous living spaces, intuitive technology, and professional services. With its exceptional blend of a second home and a hotel experience.

Bloom Arjaan by Rotana offers a variety of amenities and facilities. Residents will have access to a state-of-the-art fitness center, ample green spaces, and a remarkable floating infinity swimming pool, perched thirty meters above ground on a bridge that connects the two buildings. Additionally, a variety of retail, food, and beverage outlets, including renowned eateries and cafés, as well as the hotel’s main restaurant, will be available for residents to indulge in.

Bloom Arjaan by Rotana enjoys a premium location in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s cultural district. The development’s strategic positioning across from the world-renowned New York University Abu Dhabi makes it an appealing destination for university students, professors, and their families. Moreover, it attracts visitors drawn to Saadiyat Island’s unique lifestyle and offerings.

Bloom Arjaan by Rotana benefits from its proximity to numerous attractions. Within a short drive, residents can explore a number of museums including The Louvre Abu Dhabi and Zayed National Museum, with the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi planned for 2025. Other attractions include Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, SeaWorld, Snow Abu Dhabi, and Yas Island featuring the Yas Marina Circuit and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

Carlos Wakim, CEO of Bloom Holding, said: “Bloom Arjaan by Rotana provides investors with an unmatched opportunity to secure exceptional long-term value. It offers a developer-backed guaranteed return of investment of up to 8% over 5 years, which falls in line with our commitment to delivering unparalleled products and creating value for our customers”.

“Our partnership with Rotana will bring a new offering to Abu Dhabi’s real estate and hospitality sectors providing high returns on investment in sought-after locations such as Saadiyat Island. Bloom Arjaan by Rotana represents the realisation of our vision to combine Bloom’s extensive experience in designing beautiful homes with Rotana’s deep understanding of hospitality to elevate residents’ lifestyles,” he added.

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Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, heir to the L’Oréal fortune, has etched her name in the annals of history not just for the dazzling wealth she commands, but more importantly for the magnanimity and vision with which she has chosen to wield it. With an imposing net worth of $80.5 billion, she has held the title of the world’s wealthiest woman for three successive years. Beyond her financial might, she has embarked on an inspiring journey of philanthropy, fostering growth and excellence in science, and ensuring the preservation of arts and culture.

L’Oréal: The Cornerstone of Beauty

Bettencourt Meyers’ staggering fortune owes its genesis to L’Oréal, the beauty powerhouse founded by her grandfather over a century ago. The global behemoth, boasting $38.2 billion in revenue for 2022, has been the bedrock of her wealth. L’Oréal’s diverse range of beauty products and unrelenting commitment to innovation have rendered it a household name across the globe, making Bettencourt Meyers the empress of a beauty empire.

Grace Under Pressure

Inheriting a lion’s share of L’Oréal was not an unblemished golden ticket for Françoise. In the face of a highly publicised family legal battle that threatened to tear at the very fabric of her legacy, she showcased resilience and poise. Françoise emerged from this tempest stronger and took the reins of L’Oréal, forging ahead with her vision.

Philanthropy: Impactful Generosity

The fulcrum of Françoise’s legacy lies in her philanthropic spirit. After the tragic Notre-Dame fire, she didn’t hesitate to open her coffers and alongside L’Oréal, pledged an astounding $230 million for the cathedral’s restoration. As the driving force behind the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, she continues to passionately support scientific research and the arts.

Guardian of Culture

Françoise assumes a guardian’s role in protecting and nurturing French heritage. Through grants, initiatives, and personal involvement, she supports the preservation and proliferation of art, literature, and cultural heritage. For her, it is a mission to ensure future generations are bestowed with a vibrant cultural legacy.

A Legacy Beyond Wealth

Françoise Bettencourt Meyers stands as a beacon of grace, resilience, and generosity. Her narrative extends beyond the immense wealth to include a fervent commitment to betterment and enrichment of society. As she gracefully stitches together her contributions to arts, science, and philanthropy, she weaves an enduring tapestry that is her true legacy.

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Isabel Allende, the celebrated Chilean author, has dazzled the world with her enthralling stories and deep insight into human experiences. Besides her literary triumphs, Allende is fiercely committed to social justice and championing the underprivileged. Allende’s vibrant prose and magical realism have earned her global admiration. She’s adept at exploring human emotions, identity, and history through her diverse novels. “The House of the Spirits,” her first book, was a sensation due to its compelling storytelling and analysis of politics and society. Later books like “Eva Luna” and “Daughter of Fortune” reinforced her storytelling prowess, garnering a worldwide following.

Allende’s tales mix everyday life with extraordinary elements, making her narratives engaging. She uses this to talk about love, hardship, and strength, blending personal tales with historical and societal settings. Her books often have strong female characters, challenging old gender ideas and illuminating women’s lives. Allende has become an inspiration for women writers and a catalyst for discussions on feminism.

Allende doesn’t stop at writing. A vocal supporter of social justice and human rights, her own experience as a refugee during Chile’s Pinochet dictatorship has led her to use her fame to highlight injustice and support the downtrodden. She’s also founded the Isabel Allende Foundation, which empowers women and girls around the world.

Allende has also shared her personal life through memoirs. In “Paula,” she pens a moving tribute to her late daughter, and “The Sum of Our Days” explores ageing, love, and family. These works let readers into her personal world, sharing her joys and sorrows. Allende’s literary and activist work has had a powerful impact on literature and society. Her stories, interwoven with social and historical themes, have made her a towering figure in literature. Her books, translated into many languages, have won several awards. More than that, they inspire readers to think deeply about life, question old ideas, and work for a fairer world.

Isabel Allende is more than just an author; she’s a changemaker. Through captivating stories, shedding light on women’s lives, and fighting for social justice, she has carved out a lasting legacy that resonates worldwide. She stands as an extraordinary contemporary writer and a guiding light for those seeking a just world.

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Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab is an awe-inspiring luxury development that aims to redefine Dubai’s coastal landscape. Situated near the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, this ambitious project by Dubai Holding is set to become a symbol of opulence and innovation. This article explores the visionary concept behind Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab, highlighting its key features, anticipated offerings, and the impact it is poised to make on Dubai’s luxury hospitality scene.

A Coastal Oasis

Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab is located on two stunning man-made islands, strategically positioned to complement the exquisite Burj Al Arab hotel. The development spans an impressive area, offering breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s skyline. With its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a private marina, Marsa Al Arab aims to create an exclusive coastal oasis for residents and visitors alike.

Luxury Hospitality

At the heart of Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab lies a collection of exceptional luxury hotels and resorts. These properties will embody the renowned Jumeirah brand, known for its unparalleled hospitality experiences. The development is set to introduce new iconic hotel concepts, offering guests a range of lavish accommodations, world-class amenities, and personalised services that cater to the most discerning of tastes.

Entertainment and Leisure

Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab aims to create a vibrant entertainment and leisure hub, enriching Dubai’s cultural landscape. The development will feature a wide array of attractions, including a state-of-the-art theatre, art galleries, and entertainment venues hosting international performances. Marsa Al Arab also promises exciting retail offerings, upscale boutiques, and gourmet dining experiences that showcase the finest culinary delights from around the world.

Sustainability and Innovation

Sustainability and innovation are at the forefront of Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab’s design philosophy. The development integrates environmentally friendly practices, utilising renewable energy sources and implementing sustainable technologies to minimise its ecological footprint. Furthermore, Marsa Al Arab will embrace cutting-edge architectural designs, incorporating innovative concepts to create a visually striking and immersive environment.

Cultural Preservation

Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab places a strong emphasis on preserving Dubai’s cultural heritage. The development will feature a dedicated cultural centre, serving as a platform for showcasing local art, traditional crafts, and cultural events. This commitment to preserving and celebrating the Emirati culture ensures that Marsa Al Arab remains deeply rooted in Dubai’s identity.

Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab represents a visionary luxury development that embodies Dubai’s commitment to innovation, luxury, and sustainability. With its breathtaking coastal location, luxurious accommodations, and a diverse array of entertainment and cultural offerings, Marsa Al Arab aims to redefine the concept of luxury hospitality in Dubai. As this ambitious project comes to life, it is poised to captivate global travellers, further cementing Dubai’s position as a premier destination for discerning luxury seekers.

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MAG, a titan in the UAE’s real estate domain, has unveiled the sale of 90 opulent villa plots in its awe-inspiring AED 3 billion development, Keturah Reserve, nestled in the prestigious Mohammed Bin Rashid City, District 7, Meydan. This high-profile project, heralded as a milestone in transformational living, is expected to reach completion by the second quarter of 2025. Spanning between 480 and 1,080 square metres, these plots offer discerning buyers the liberty to conceive and build bespoke villas, harmoniously integrated within the larger masterplan of Keturah Reserve.

Meticulously planned, Keturah Reserve is a sanctuary of luxury that comprises 93 townhouses, 90 villas, and 540 apartments scattered across six buildings, with an additional eight palatial penthouses. It stands out as the Middle East’s first residential development to espouse ‘Bio Living’. Through thoughtful spatial design and incorporation of nature, it aims to positively impact residents’ physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

The visionary behind this magnificent project, Talal Moafaq Al Gaddah, Senior Executive Vice Chairman of MAG, has a striking portfolio valued in excess of AED 15 billion. As one of the youngest and most ambitious real estate moguls in the region, Talal’s progressive thinking has been instrumental in steering MAG to uncharted territories.

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Keturah Reserve boasts communal spaces such as The Park, an outdoor swimming pool, gyms, and spas, fostering a thriving and harmonious community. The residences are ingeniously angled to capture the best of natural light, sans heat or glare. Open-plan interiors, devoid of corridors or hallways, and augmented by custom-designed furniture and fixtures, optimise the flow of space. Double-volume spaces enable the circulation of naturally cooled air, thereby mitigating reliance on air conditioning.

Speaking at the launch, Talal Moafaq Al Gaddah expressed his enthusiasm: “We are elated with the launch of the villa plots at Keturah Reserve, empowering buyers to create their tailor-made homes. Each element of this project is meticulously crafted to enhance the lives of our residents across generations. We believe that Keturah Reserve will set new benchmarks in the regional real estate sector.”

Keturah Reserve is Talal’s second venture under the Keturah brand, building upon his groundbreaking luxury wellbeing real estate and hospitality concept that made its debut with Keturah Resort at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Dubai Creekside.

Through innovative concepts such as ‘Bio Living’, Talal and MAG are not just constructing buildings, but meticulously crafting spaces that transcend traditional living experiences. Keturah Reserve is poised to redefine the realm of luxury residential developments in the Middle East.

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At the dazzling Atlantis, The Royal, Dubai’s food scene sparkled with the unveiling of the Michelin Guide Dubai 2023. This year, three restaurants bagged two stars, while 11 others earned one star, totalling 14 Michelin-starred spots in Dubai.

Two eateries held onto their two-star status from last year, but Tresind Studio stole the show by jumping from one to two stars. To add spice, three newcomers grabbed a coveted one-star each. Michelin Stars mark culinary greatness. One star signals “high-quality cooking”, two stars mean “excellent cooking”, and three stars herald “exceptional cuisine”.

A whopping 38 out of 44 restaurants from last year’s Guide clung to their spots in 2023, joined by 21 fresh faces, making for a grand total of 59 Michelin-selected restaurants.

The Michelin Guide also salutes people behind the plates. Tomislav Lokvicic from La Mar by Gaston Acurio received the Service Award for outstanding hospitality. The Sommelier Award went to Arturo Scamardella from Dinner by Heston Blumenthal for his wizardry in matching wines and dishes.

For rising stars, the Young Chef Award was snapped up by Omkar Walve from Avatara. Known for his bountiful style, keen eye and zesty dishes, Walve heralds an exciting new chapter in Dubai’s food story. New this year, the “New Opening of the Year” award went to Ariana Bundy from Ariana’s Persian Kitchen. A thrilled Bundy thanked the Michelin Guide, sealing her status as a fresh force in Dubai’s culinary arena.

In a green twist, the Michelin Guide’s Green Star shines a light on sustainability. Lowe, already a Green Star holder from 2022, held onto its eco-crown. Boca and Teible joined Lowe as Dubai’s green culinary leaders. The Michelin Guide Dubai 2023 has put the spotlight on the city’s booming food scene and the masterful chefs behind it. With a growing constellation of stars, Dubai is a magnet for food lovers worldwide.

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Sunny Varkey, a prominent entrepreneur and philanthropist, has made significant contributions to the field of education and community empowerment. As the founder of GEMS Education, one of the world’s largest K-12 education providers, Varkey has transformed educational opportunities for millions of students globally with his innovative approaches to education, and his tireless efforts to improve lives and empower communities through education and philanthropy.

Sunny Varkey recognised the transformative power of education early on and embarked on a mission to reform and enhance the quality of education worldwide. In 1959, his parents established the first GEMS school in Dubai, and under Varkey’s leadership, the organisation expanded exponentially. GEMS Education now operates in multiple countries, offering a diverse range of educational programmes, including international curricula and specialised initiatives to cater to individual student needs.


Driven by a belief in the fundamental right to education, Sunny Varkey established the Varkey Foundation in 2010. The foundation focuses on initiatives aimed at improving the quality of education, teacher training, and empowering marginalised communities. Through partnerships and programmes, the Varkey Foundation strives to ensure that all children, regardless of their backgrounds, have access to quality education.

One of Varkey’s notable initiatives is the Global Teacher Prize, an annual award that recognises exceptional teachers from around the world. Launched in 2015, the prize celebrates the invaluable contributions of teachers and their profound impact on students’ lives. The prize has elevated the status of teaching globally and has become a platform to inspire and promote excellence in education.

His philanthropic endeavours extend beyond education. Varkey has supported various social causes, including healthcare, youth empowerment, and refugee support. His philanthropic efforts aim to address systemic challenges, uplift communities, and foster sustainable development. Through strategic partnerships and collaborations, Varkey works to create positive and lasting social impact.

Varkey is a vocal advocate for global education reform and has consistently highlighted the importance of education as a catalyst for social and economic progress. He has actively engaged with international organisations, governments, and thought leaders to shape education policies, address educational inequalities, and promote the role of education in building more inclusive and equitable societies.

Sunny Varkey’s visionary leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and philanthropic initiatives have revolutionised education and empowered communities around the world. Through GEMS Education and the Varkey Foundation, he has championed educational excellence, teacher empowerment, and access to quality education for all. By recognising and celebrating outstanding educators through the Global Teacher Prize, Varkey has brought attention to the pivotal role teachers play in shaping future generations. As an advocate for global education reform, Sunny Varkey continues to inspire change and make a lasting impact on the lives of countless individuals, demonstrating that education is a powerful force for personal growth, societal progress, and global transformation.



Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer the stuff of science fiction; it is here, revolutionising our lives in ways we could hardly have imagined a decade ago. From healthcare and industry to travel and shopping, the tendrils of AI have penetrated deep. But as we embrace this brave new world, we must pause and consider the cost.

Transforming Healthcare: A Double-Edged Sword?

The use of AI in healthcare has been touted as a miracle. Indeed, AI systems have helped diagnose diseases swiftly and accurately. However, there’s a darker side to this. When AI systems misdiagnose, the consequences can be fatal. Further, as these systems collect data, questions about privacy and the security of our most sensitive information arise.

Streamlining Industries: But What About The Human Element?

AI in industries brings with it automation and efficiency. But what happens to the factory worker, the telephone operator, or the countless others whose livelihoods are rendered obsolete? We must weigh the efficiency gains against the potential for creating swathes of the population who find themselves struggling to retrain or, worse, permanently out of work.

Revolutionising Travel: Safety or Freedom?

The advent of self-driving cars and AI-driven public transport is exciting. Yet, as we cede control to AI systems, we must ask what freedoms are we trading for this convenience? There’s also the ethical dilemma of how these AI systems make decisions in life-threatening scenarios, and who is held accountable when things go wrong.


Personalising Shopping: At What Price?

AI-driven shopping experiences are undoubtedly convenient. But at what cost? The data that drives this personalisation is culled from our browsing habits, our purchases, and even our social media engagements. Is the cost of convenience a loss of privacy?

Combatting Climate Change: Too Much Power?

AI’s role in combatting climate change is laudable. The ability to process vast amounts of data can inform policy. However, we must be cautious. As we centralise data and empower AI systems to make decisions, we must ask who controls these systems? Who ensures they act in the public interest and not just for the few?

Educating the Future: Personalised or Homogenised?

AI in education holds the promise of personalised learning experiences. However, there is a risk that we create a homogenised learning environment where AI algorithms, instead of experienced educators, dictate what is ‘essential’ learning. As we stand on the cusp of a world moulded by AI, it is incumbent upon us not just to embrace it wholesale but to critically assess the trade-offs. We must ask the difficult questions, ensure robust legislation and ethical guidelines. AI promises a brave new world, but we must ensure it is one we want to live in. The guardianship of our values, our freedoms, and ultimately our humanity must always be paramount.



Insights from Mirko Maccarrone, Director of Web3 Technologies at LIGHTBLUE, awarded best experiential agency of 2022 in the Middle East.

How Web3, ‘Phygital’ Experiences, and the Metaverse are Shaping the Digital Landscape

In a rapidly evolving world, staying ahead of the curve is crucial for success. Mirko Maccarrone, an award-winning marketer and public speaker, has emerged as an expert in Web3 marketing, shedding light on the future of the Internet. With a focus on the Middle East, Mirko shares his insights on Web3, ‘Phygital’ experiences, the metaverse, and their transformative impact on businesses in the region. Web3 is a decentralised, blockchain-based internet that prioritises user empowerment and data control. Mirko emphasises the significance of Web3 technologies, which can revolutionise industries like healthcare and finance, empowering individuals and transforming digital interactions.

To thrive in the Web3 landscape, businesses must ask critical questions to shape their strategies. Mirko highlights the importance of identifying the problem, leveraging Web3 benefits, targeting users and engagement, devising monetisation strategies, ensuring security and reliability, and building a strong community. The intersection of physical and digital worlds, known as ‘Phygital’ experiences, has become crucial in the experience economy. By creating unique and immersive experiences, businesses can tap into the emotional needs of customers. Web3 enables the creation of seamless and personalised ‘Phygital’ experiences that bridge the physical and digital realms.

The metaverse, an internet-accessed virtual world, offers infinite possibilities for engagement. Mirko suggests finding the added value that the metaverse can bring to businesses through gaming-led metaverses, virtual stores, or digital twins. Creating tangible use cases or desirable experiences is key to harnessing the potential of the metaverse. The Middle East, especially Dubai, is positioning itself as a hub for Web3 innovation, aiming to become a top metaverse economy. The region’s commitment to digital development, exemplified by Saudi Arabia’s digital transformation strategy and other GCC countries’ initiatives, highlights the potential economic contribution of the metaverse.

Looking ahead, Mirko identifies trends such as NFT adoption, scalability and performance improvements, mainstream adoption, and regulatory developments that may shape the Web3 landscape in 2023 and beyond.While the benefits of Web3 technologies are becoming evident, businesses must embrace innovation, adapt to change, and harness the potential of this transformative landscape to seize its vast opportunities.



Wynn Resorts, known for setting global standards in design and premium luxury experiences, is preparing to unveil its upcoming resort on Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. This ambitious project aims to become a new architectural landmark, inspired by the breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf.

Wynn Al Marjan Island is a multi-billion-dollar integrated resort developed in partnership with local companies Marjan LLC and RAK Hospitality Holding LLC. Set against the backdrop of the pristine Arabian Gulf, the resort will rise more than 1,000 feet above the sea, offering visitors an unparalleled luxury experience with exceptional entertainment and gaming amenities. This marks Wynn Resorts’ first foray into the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, and the company is dedicated to creating a serene and stylish setting that seamlessly blends the beauty of the sea with modern, world-class hospitality.

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With an estimated cost of approximately USD 3.9 billion, Wynn Al Marjan Island is poised to transform Ras Al Khaimah into a major global tourist destination, while also generating substantial economic value through tourism and job creation. The project is expected to foster the growth of related sectors and accelerate the emirate’s development. Construction work on the foundation began earlier this year, signaling the exciting progress of this iconic resort.

The resort will boast approximately 1,500 lavishly styled rooms, suites, and villas, reflecting Wynn Resorts’ signature opulence and high-design aesthetic. Visitors can look forward to a wide range of entertainment options, a gaming area, 24 dining and lounge experiences, innovative spa and wellness facilities, a luxury shopping esplanade, a state-of-the-art events center, a theater featuring a unique production show, and various other amenities. Designed to accommodate longer stays and day trips from neighboring emirates, the resort will offer diverse and immersive experiences, including nightly state-of-the-art laser and light shows.

The design of Wynn Al Marjan Island draws inspiration from the surrounding natural landscape and the distinctive design aesthetic of Wynn Resorts. The curved shape of the beach on the island is mirrored in the podium structure, reminiscent of a grand opera house, creating majestic views of the beach, sea, and horizon. Every guest dining at the beach-facing promenade restaurants will enjoy sweeping views of the sea, enhancing the overall experience.

“We have spent the past year meticulously programming and concepting Wynn Al Marjan Island, carefully considering its unique location,” said Craig Billings, CEO of Wynn Resorts, “I am incredibly proud of our design and development team’s ability to impart our legacy of rich, thoughtful design into a sun-soaked beachside resort that will delight customers, new and old. We look forward to opening Wynn Al Marjan Island in early 2027.”

Al Marjan Island, where the resort is located, is a flagship development of Marjan and has played a significant role in establishing Ras Al Khaimah as a leading investment destination for high-quality hospitality projects. With an expanding portfolio of luxury five-star hotels and residential developments, boasting over 7.8 kilometers of sparkling beaches and 23 kilometers of waterfront, Al Marjan Island is rapidly transforming into a world-class resort destination.

Ras Al Khaimah is positioning itself as a sustainable and nature-based tourism hub and is one of the fastest-growing tourism markets in the MENA region. With its well-preserved history, rich archaeological heritage, and nature tourism offerings, the emirate has earned recognition on CNN Travel’s list of the best 50 destinations to visit in 2023 and was featured on TIME magazine’s World’s Greatest Places in 2022.

As Wynn Resorts unveils its design vision for Wynn Al Marjan Island, anticipation is building for this upcoming architectural marvel that promises to redefine luxury and hospitality in the UAE. With its stunning location and commitment to providing exceptional experiences, the resort is poised to captivate visitors and further enhance Ras Al Khaimah’s global reputation as a premier tourist destination.

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Monaco, nestled on the sun-drenched French Riviera, epitomises luxury. This enchanting principality, though small, packs a punch with its opulent hotels, Michelin-starred eateries, chic shopping avenues, riveting entertainment, and outdoor adventures.

Plush Stays

The renowned Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo and the contemporary Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort are just two of Monaco’s accommodation jewels. Guests are treated to lavish suites, tailor-made services, and arresting Mediterranean views. Bask in the elegance that only Monaco’s hotels can offer.

Culinary Extravaganza

Monaco’s culinary scene is second to none. With an array of Michelin-starred restaurants, such as the illustrious Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse and the modern Blue Bay, culinary enthusiasts can savour exquisite dishes. Helmed by globally-celebrated chefs, these restaurants marry the finest ingredients with cutting-edge techniques to create gastronomic marvels.

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Elegant Shopping

For retail therapy, Monaco doesn’t disappoint. The iconic Avenue des Beaux-Arts is the goto for haute couture, featuring heavyweights such as Chanel and Dior. Carré d’Or complements this with its fusion of high-end fashion, glittering jewellery, and art galleries. It’s a shopper’s elysium.

Thrilling Entertainment

Monaco is a hotspot for entertainment. The grand Monte-Carlo Casino, with its splendid architecture and diverse gaming options, is a must-visit. Additionally, the Opera de MonteCarlo and Princess Grace Theatre host an array of enthralling performances, ranging from ballets and operas to concerts, contributing to Monaco’s vibrant cultural tapestry.

Outdoor Adventures

Beyond the urban opulence, Monaco is a treasure trove of natural beauty and outdoor escapades. Charter a yacht to sail the crystal-clear Mediterranean or get your pulse racing with water sports like jet skiing and paddleboarding. If you’re looking to connect with nature, the scenic landscape offers idyllic hiking trails, coastal cycling routes, and serene gardens that are perfect for a leisurely stroll.

Monaco is more than a destination; it’s an experience. With its rich tapestry of luxurious accommodations, culinary delights, shopping extravaganzas, stimulating entertainment, and invigorating outdoor activities, it leaves no stone unturned in offering an unrivalled travel experience. Whether you’re looking to indulge in opulence or seek thrilling adventures, Monaco promises a sojourn that’s nothing short of extraordinary. In the realm of luxury travel, Monaco reigns supreme.

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New York City, the ceaseless metropolis, offers a plethora of luxurious experiences for the refined traveller. Delve into plush accommodations, Michelin-starred dining, elite shopping, and upscale entertainment that define the epitome of grandeur in the Big Apple.

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Sumptuous Stays

NYC’s array of hotels is legendary. From The Plaza Hotel’s regal Central Park views to the contemporary Four Seasons Downtown, indulgence knows no bounds. Revel in opulent suites with staggering city vistas, avail of personalised concierge services, and unwind with exquisite spa amenities.

Culinary Masterpieces

An epicurean’s paradise, NYC’s gastronomic landscape boasts an impressive collection of Michelin-starred restaurants. Be entranced by the culinary wizardry at Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin, and Per Se, where acclaimed chefs serve inventive dishes. These establishments bear witness to NYC’s vibrant culinary tapestry, offering tantalising menus and immaculate wine pairings.

Shopping Extravaganza

NYC is synonymous with luxury shopping. Stroll down the famed Fifth and Madison Avenues, where eminent brands such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton dominate. For a bespoke retail experience, explore iconic department stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue, known for their customised service and carefully curated collections.

High-end Entertainment

NYC’s cultural milieu is unmatched. Secure your place at sought-after Broadway shows or relish the opulence of operas, ballets, and classical concerts at illustrious venues like the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center. NYC’s vivacious entertainment scene is sure to captivate.

Sky-high Elegance

Absorb NYC’s grandeur from ritzy rooftop venues. With sweeping skyline views, these luxurious spots let you soak in the city’s dynamic spirit. Enjoy craft cocktails and sumptuous bites in settings that leave you spellbound.

New York City is an indomitable haven for the luxury seeker. From its regal accommodations and world-class dining to exclusive shopping and vibrant entertainment, this city is a beacon of luxury. Whether it’s relaxation, a culinary adventure, cultural immersion, or a dip into its effervescent energy you desire, NYC is poised to offer an unforgettable escape into the world of sophistication and opulence.

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This season, we’re prioritising elevated staples that offer both style and practicality. When it comes to indulging in the world of luxury travel, having the right accessories can elevate the entire experience. Renowned for their impeccable craftsmanship, attention to detail, and timeless designs, certain brands stand out in the realm of luxury travel accessories. GC presents our top recommendations for the discerning traveller seeking exquisite travel companions.

Louis Vuitton

Synonymous with opulence, Louis Vuitton offers a range of iconic luggage, travel bags, and accessories. From their renowned monogram canvas designs to their signature pieces, Louis Vuitton seamlessly blends luxury and functionality, ensuring your belongings travel in style


Hailing from Germany, Rimowa has garnered acclaim for its sleek and durable aluminium and polycarbonate suitcases. Boasting innovative designs, lightweight materials, and uncompromising quality, Rimowa is a favourite among those who appreciate both aesthetics and performance.


Synonymous with Recognised worldwide for its premium luggage, business cases, and travel accessories, Tumi excels in crafting products that combine functionality with elegant design. Durable materials and innovative features make Tumi the go-to brand for travellers seeking reliability and sophistication.

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While renowned for its fine writing instruments, Montblanc also extends its expertise to a range of luxury travel accessories. From meticulously crafted leather travel wallets and passport holders to stylish luggage tags and travel organisers, Montblanc embodies timeless elegance in every detail.


As a symbol of luxury and craftsmanship, Hermès captures the essence of refined travel. Their leather duffle bags, silk travel blankets, and passport covers showcase meticulous artistry, elevating your journeys to a new level of sophistication.


Italian brand Bric’s specialises in luxury luggage and travel accessories, expertly blending traditional craftsmanship with innovative designs. Their creations not only exude Italian charm but also offer practicality and style, catering to the discerning tastes of travellers worldwide.


For those seeking a vintage-inspired aesthetic, Globe-Trotter is a British brand that delivers in abundance. Handcrafted using traditional techniques, their travel cases and luggage combine heritage charm with modern convenience, offering an exquisite travel experience.

Bottega Veneta

With its reputation for exquisite leather goods, Bottega Veneta presents a range of travel bags, wallets, and small accessories that epitomise understated luxury. Craftsmanship takes centre stage in their creations, reflecting a perfect blend of artistry and functionality.


As a French luxury brand, Moynat excels in the art of creating travel trunks, leather goods, and accessories. Meticulous craftsmanship and timeless designs come together to offer travellers refined and enduring pieces that speak to a refined sense of style.

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ZEGNA has redefined elegance and innovation with the launch of its Luce Sunglasses. Combining ZEGNA’s hallmark sophistication with cutting-edge technology, Luce Sunglasses are the epitome of style and functionality.

The ZEGNA Luce Sunglasses are a triumph of meticulous research and innovation. They feature a bio-based Mazzucchelli-acetate frame with a unique hinged design, allowing them to fold compactly into the palm of your hand. This makes them not only chic but also incredibly practical for those on-the-go or partaking in outdoor activities.

The sunglasses are crafted to deliver an unparalleled aesthetic experience without compromising on comfort. The lenses are specially treated with a finish that resists water and impurities, ensuring impeccable clarity even in the most challenging environments.

Model EZ0215 showcases the ingenuity and elegance that ZEGNA is known for. The foldable acetate frame is incredibly convenient and comes with a luxurious stainless-steel case. The Navigator-style frame boasts rounded edges and features a transparent grey hue paired with grey polar lenses. Additionally, the lenses come with an oleophobic coating, which actively repels impurities, further enhancing visibility.



Linen Blazer

Opt for a lightweight linen blazer in a neutral or pastel shade. This breathable fabric is perfect for warm climates and adds a touch of sophistication to your ensemble.

Crisp Button-Down Shirt

Choose a high-quality, well-fitted button-down shirt in a light colour or a subtle pattern. Linen or cotton fabrics work well for a resort setting, providing comfort and breathability.

Tailored Chinos or Linen Trousers

Opt for tailored chinos or linen trousers in a relaxed fit. Choose a light-coloured pair such as beige, light gray, or pastel tones. Ensure they fit well and are appropriate for the resort’s dress code.

Luxury Leather Sandals or Loafers

Select a pair of luxury leather sandals or loafers to complete your resort outfit. Look for high-quality materials, impeccable craftsmanship, and a design that balances comfort and style.


Add some tasteful accessories to elevate your resort look. Consider a high-end woven belt in a complementary colour, a stylish straw hat for sun protection, and a pair of quality sunglasses that suit your face shape.


Finish off your ensemble with a luxury watch that complements the relaxed yet sophisticated resort ambiance. Choose a watch with a sporty or casual design, perhaps featuring a metal bracelet or a rubber strap for durability.

Light Scarf or Pocket Square

Depending on the weather and your personal style, you can add a light scarf or a pocket square to enhance your outfit. Opt for breathable fabrics like linen or silk and choose colours or patterns that complement your attire.



Tailored Suit

Select a pair of luxury leather sandals or loafers to complete your resort outfit. Look for high-quality materials, impeccable craftsmanship, and a design that balances comfort and style.

Dress Shirt

Choose dress shirts made from fine fabrics like Egyptian cotton or silk. Stick to classic colours such as white, light blue, or subtle patterns like stripes or checks. Ensure the shirt fits well and complements your suit.

Luxury Tie

Add a touch of elegance with a high-quality silk tie. Choose from a range of colours and patterns that coordinate with your suit and shirt. Opt for classic styles like solid colours, stripes, or subtle geometric designs.

Leather Shoes

Invest in luxury leather shoes that are both stylish and comfortable. Classic Oxford or Derby shoes in black or brown are versatile choices that pair well with formal attire. Look for high-quality leather and impeccable craftsmanship.

Luxury Watch

A high-end watch adds a sophisticated touch to your work attire. Select a reputable brand known for its craftsmanship and timeless design. Consider both dress watches and versatile options suitable for everyday wear.

Fine Accessories

Pay attention to details with luxury accessories. Consider adding a tasteful pocket square, a refined tie clip or cufflinks, and a high-end belt that complements your outfit. Choose accessories that reflect your personal style and enhance your professional image.

Briefcase or Business Bag

Carry your work essentials in style with a luxury briefcase or business bag. Choose a premium leather option with functional compartments to keep your belongings organised and protected. Opt for a design that reflects your professional image.



The Amazon Echo (4th Gen) is the latest iteration of Amazon’s popular smart speaker lineup. With its sleek design and upgraded features, it offers an enhanced smart home experience for users. At first glance, the design of the Amazon Echo (4th Gen) stands out. It features a spherical shape with fabric mesh covering the speaker, giving it a modern and stylish look that seamlessly blends into any home decor. The compact size allows it to fit comfortably in any room, whether it’s placed on a shelf or a countertop. One of the key upgrades in the 4th Gen Echo is the improved sound quality.

It features a 3.0-inch neodymium woofer and two front-firing 0.8-inch tweeters, delivering crisp vocals and balanced bass. Whether you’re streaming music, listening to podcasts, or asking Alexa for information, the audio output is rich and immersive. The Amazon Echo (4th Gen) is powered by Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant, which has been continually refined and expanded with new capabilities. With voice commands, you can play music, control smart home devices, set timers and reminders, ask general knowledge questions, and much more. Alexa’s ever-growing skills library ensures that there are endless possibilities for what you can do with your Echo speaker.

The device also serves as a hub for your smart home ecosystem. With built-in Zigbee support, it can directly connect and control a wide range of compatible smart devices, such as lights, thermostats, and locks, without the need for separate hubs or bridges. This simplifies the setup process and provides a centralized control point for your smart home. Privacy and security have also been prioritised in the Amazon Echo (4th Gen). It includes a microphone off button that physically disconnects the microphones, giving you peace of mind when it comes to privacy concerns.

You can also view and delete voice recordings through the Alexa app, providing transparency and control over your data. The Amazon Echo (4th Gen) is a feature-packed smart speaker that combines stylish design, powerful sound quality, and an ever-expanding array of Alexa skills. Its ability to serve as a hub for smart home devices adds further convenience, making it a versatile and valuable addition to any smart home setup.

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Apple, renowned for its technological innovations, has once again surpassed expectations with the launch of its avant-garde product, the Apple Vision Pro. This spatial computer melds digital content with the physical realm, fostering an immersive yet grounded user experience. With its state-of-the-art features and peerless design, Vision Pro heralds a paradigm shift in personal computing, propelling us into the age of spatial computing.

Central to Apple Vision Pro is visionOS, the world’s inaugural spatial operating system. Through its three-dimensional user interface, visionOS brings digital content to life, inviting users to interact using instinctive inputs such as eye movement, hand gestures, and voice commands. This bestows a matchless level of engagement and immersion.

Vision Pro boasts an ultra-high-resolution display, sporting a staggering 23 million pixels across twin screens. Coupled with Apple’s custom dual-chip silicon, this pioneering design ensures an experience akin to reality, with seamless and rapid responses.


“Today heralds the dawn of a new epoch in computing,” declared Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The Mac acquainted us with personal computing, the iPhone with mobile computing; the Apple Vision Pro now acquaints us with spatial computing. Featuring revolutionary input systems and cutting-edge innovations, it paves the way for phenomenal experiences for our users and developers alike.”

Apple Vision Pro holds the promise of transformative experiences across spheres. Whether for work or leisure, the device’s infinite canvas through the three-dimensional visionOS interface enables unconstrained multitasking. Apps manifest side by side, unfettered by traditional screen limitations. Further, compatibility with Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad ensures a flawless integration into existing workflows.

In the entertainment domain, Apple Vision Pro is a game-changer. The device morphs any space into a cinema with its dual ultra-high-resolution displays, which create an almost boundless screen. The incorporation of Spatial Audio technology enriches three-dimensional movies with immersive audio. Additionally, Apple Immersive Video boasts 180-degree high-resolution recordings with Spatial Audio, thus transporting users to previously unexplored locales. With compatibility for over 100 Apple Arcade games, gaming too is taken to a whole new level.

The Environments feature in Apple Vision Pro creates enveloping settings by extending the user’s space through dynamic landscapes. These serve to augment focus and declutter, thereby boosting productivity. By a mere twist of the Digital Crown, users modulate the level of engagement within these environments.

The Vision Pro’s three-dimensional camera transforms the way users capture and reminisce memories. With Spatial Audio accompaniment, each spatial photo and video whisks users back to precious moments, simulating physical presence. Moreover, users can access their iCloud photo library, allowing them to view photos and videos in a life-size scale, surrounded by rich colours and impeccable detail. Panorama shots taken on the iPhone now encompass users, engendering the sensation of being at the exact location.



The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is a popular home automation device that offers convenient and secure keyless entry to your home. With its sleek design and advanced features, it has gained widespread acclaim among homeowners. The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock connects directly to your home’s Wi-Fi network, eliminating the need for an additional hub or bridge. This streamlined setup process makes it easy for anyone to install and start using the smart lock in no time.

One of the standout features of the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is its compatibility with voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. This allows you to control the lock with simple voice commands, adding a new level of convenience to your daily routine.


The smart lock also offers robust security features to ensure the safety of your home. It uses AES 128-bit and TLS encryption, which are industry-standard protocols to protect your data and prevent unauthorised access. Additionally, the lock integrates with your existing deadbolt, keeping the exterior appearance of your door intact while providing enhanced security.

Another notable feature of the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is its ability to grant temporary access to guests or service providers. You can create virtual keys and set them to expire after a specified period, ensuring that only authorised individuals can enter your home during a specific timeframe.

The accompanying August app provides a user-friendly interface for managing the smart lock and monitoring its activity. From the app, you can lock or unlock your door remotely, check the lock’s status, and view a log of who entered and exited your home and when.

Overall, the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock combines convenience, security, and versatility in a single device. With its easy installation, compatibility with voice assistants, and robust features, it has become a popular choice for homeowners seeking to enhance the accessibility and protection of their homes.



Indoor air quality is a crucial aspect of maintaining a healthy and comfortable living or working environment. Airborne pollutants such as dust, allergens, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and even viruses can significantly impact our respiratory health and overall well-being. To combat these issues, innovative air purification technologies like the Molekule Air Purifier have gained attention for their advanced filtration capabilities and efficient purification processes.

The Molekule Air Purifier is a cutting-edge air purification device that employs a unique technology called Photo Electrochemical Oxidation (PECO). Unlike traditional air purifiers that rely on filters to trap pollutants, PECO technology actively destroys harmful airborne particles at a molecular level.

PECO technology works by creating a catalytic reaction when UV-A light interacts with a nanoparticlecoated filter. This reaction generates hydroxyl radicals, which act as powerful oxidisers, capable of breaking down a wide range of pollutants, including bacteria, viruses, allergens, and VOCs.

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Benefits of the Molekule Air Purifier: Effective Filtration: The PECO technology used in the Molekule Air Purifier has been shown to effectively eliminate pollutants smaller than the particles typically captured by traditional air purifiers. This includes ultrafine particles that can be particularly harmful to human health.

Comprehensive Coverage: The Molekule Air Purifier is designed to purify the air in larger spaces, making it suitable for various environments, such as bedrooms, living rooms, offices, and even commercial spaces.

User-Friendly Features: The device includes intuitive controls and a companion mobile app that allows users to monitor and control air purification remotely. It also provides real-time air quality data, filter replacement notifications, and personalised recommendations for optimal performance.

Sleek Design: The Molekule Air Purifier boasts a sleek and modern design, making it an aesthetically pleasing addition to any space.

With its PECO technology and comprehensive approach to air purification, the Molekule Air Purifier represents an innovative solution for improving indoor air quality. By actively breaking down pollutants at a molecular level, it offers the potential to create healthier and more comfortable living and working environments. As technology continues to advance, air purifiers like the Molekule Air Purifier are likely to play a significant role in promoting cleaner and safer indoor air for all.



The Oculus Quest 2 has emerged as a game-changer in the world of virtual reality (VR). With its advanced features, enhanced performance, and affordable price, the Quest 2 has captured the attention of both gamers and VR enthusiasts. The Quest 2 boasts impressive hardware, featuring a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor and 6GB of RAM. These upgrades translate into seamless performance, allowing users to enjoy graphically intensive VR experiences without any lag or latency issues.

Unlike its predecessor, the Quest 2 does not require a PC or external sensors to function. It is a standalone device, combining the power of a VR headset and a gaming console in one.

This untethered nature offers users the freedom to explore VR without being restricted by cables or limited play areas. Equipped with a high-resolution display, boasting 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye, the Quest 2 delivers stunning visuals and improved clarity. The increased pixel density enhances the overall visual experience, making virtual environments more immersive and lifelike.

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The Quest 2 comes with a vast library of games and experiences, catering to a wide range of interests. From immersive RPGs to intense action games and captivating puzzle adventures, there is something for everyone. Additionally, users can also access popular VR titles from other platforms through Oculus Link.

The Quest 2 introduces a redesigned user interface that is intuitive and user-friendly. The interface focuses on ease of use, allowing users to navigate effortlessly between games, apps, and settings. The addition of hand tracking technology further enhances the user experience, enabling interaction with virtual objects using hand gestures alone.

The Quest 2 encourages social interaction through its built-in social features. Users can connect with friends, join multiplayer games, and engage in virtual gatherings using the Oculus platform. Whether it’s playing games together or attending virtual events, the Quest 2 fosters a sense of community in the VR space. Oculus consistently releases software updates for the Quest 2, bringing new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes.

This commitment to ongoing development ensures that users always have access to the latest enhancements and experiences. The Oculus Quest 2 has made significant strides in pushing the boundaries of VR technology. Its impressive performance, standalone nature, high-quality visuals, extensive game library, intuitive interface, social VR features, and continuous software updates make it a top choice for both casual gamers and VR enthusiasts. With the Quest 2, virtual reality has become more accessible and immersive than ever before.



The Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus is the epitome of cutting-edge technology and innovation. As Samsung’s flagship smartphone, it offers a myriad of exciting features and improvements that will undoubtedly captivate tech enthusiasts and smartphone users alike. With a sleek design, enhanced performance, and an array of advanced functionalities, the Galaxy S23 Plus raises the bar for what a premium smartphone can deliver.


The Galaxy S23 Plus features a stunning design that embodies elegance and sophistication. With a sleek, slim profile and premium materials, Samsung’s signature craftsmanship shines through. The device sports a bezel-less, edge-to-edge display, offering an immersive viewing experience with vibrant colours and sharp details. Additionally, Samsung incorporates under-display front-facing camera technology, further enhancing the device’s sleek appearance.

Display and Camera

Samsung has always excelled in display technology, and the Galaxy S23 Plus is no exception. The smartphone boasts a high-resolution Dynamic AMOLED display with a larger screen size, delivering vivid colours, deep blacks, and impressive brightness. It also supports a high refresh rate, providing smoother animations and a more responsive touch experience.

The camera setup on the Galaxy S23 Plus offers users the ability to capture professional-grade photos and videos. Samsung has introduced a multi-camera system, including wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle, and telephoto lenses, along with advanced image stabilisation technologies. It features improved low-light performance and enhanced computational photography capabilities.

Performance and Battery

Powering the Galaxy S23 Plus is Samsung’s latest and most powerful processor, which provides lightning-fast performance and seamless multitasking. The device features an ample amount of RAM and internal storage, ensuring smooth app launches and effortless storage management.

Furthermore, the smartphone supports 5G connectivity, enabling users to take full advantage of high-speed mobile networks. To keep up with the demands of modern users, Samsung has equipped the Galaxy S23 Plus with a robust battery that offers extended usage time. The device supports fast charging technology, allowing users to quickly replenish the battery and minimise downtime.

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Software and Features

The Galaxy S23 Plus comes with Samsung’s latest user interface, offering a refined and intuitive user experience. It is based on the latest version of Android, complemented by Samsung’s customisations and exclusive features. The smartphone offers enhanced security measures, including advanced biometric authentication options such as an in-display fingerprint scanner and facial recognition technology.

Moreover, the Galaxy S23 Plus supports various software features that improve productivity and convenience. These include a comprehensive digital assistant, advanced multitasking capabilities, and seamless integration with other Samsung devices and services.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus represents the pinnacle of Samsung’s smartphone offerings, combining top-tier specifications, innovative features, and an elegant design. With its advanced display, exceptional camera system, powerful performance, and intelligent software, the Galaxy S23 Plus delivers an exceptional user experience. Samsung continues to push the boundaries of what a flagship smartphone can achieve, and the Galaxy S23 Plus is a testament to their commitment to excellence.

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