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GEMSTONE GENIUS

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Meet China’s haute couture jewellery star

RAMSAY STREET

Gordon Ramsay debuts at Atlantis, The Palm

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Irina Shayk’s beautiful rise to stardom

SOLE MEN

The story of bespoke Berluti shoes

EMOTIONALLY CHARGED

Reinventing culture at Dubai Opera House


The Luxury of Ease


Private Sanctuaries so you can enjoy the simple pleasures Within the fantastic walls of Atlantis lies an extraordinary gem for the discerning. It’s called Imperial Club, a defining experience for your Atlantis stay. As an Imperial Club guest, unlock an array of exclusive benefits that will elevate your stay to a splendid and comfortable one. With a dedicated team to provide personalised service from the moment you enter; experience private check-in and check-out, plan your entire stay with our dedicated Imperial Club Concierge team, be served breakfast in the distinguished Imperial Club Lounge and so much more. We aim to make your stay at Atlantis extraordinary.

INDULGE Enjoy exclusive all-day access to the Imperial Club Lounge which includes complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening drinks

PLAY Plan your entire stay with the Imperial Club Concierge team, dedicated to meet your every need. Fast-track your unlimited entry into Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium

UNWIND Discover the heights of relaxation and tranquility with exclusive access to the Imperial Club Beach and ShuiQi Spa’s state-of-the-art facilities

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ooking is about passion,” says Gordon Ramsay and I can only agree with this! Our aim here at Atlantis is to wow our guests and this goes also for our food and beverage offerings, which we hope you are enjoying as much as we enjoyed creating. Welcome to the third issue of Atlantis, The Magazine! This issue is dedicated to our most ‘delicious’ stories. Since its opening in 2008, Atlantis, The Palm has long been considered the culinary destination in Dubai, offering a variety of dining experiences that are as unique and multi-faceted as the resort itself. We are very excited to add to our already diverse selection of 23 restaurants and bars another sensational outlet – Bread Street Kitchen & Bar by the internationally renowned chef Gordon Ramsay. Bread Street Kitchen & Bar will follow in the steps of its highly successful London counterpart, offering an eclectic restaurant and bar space creating an atmosphere-led, high quality dining experience serving a British European menu. We cannot wait to welcome Gordon Ramsay and Bread Street Kitchen & Bar to Atlantis and amaze you with tamarind chicken wings or roasted cod served with crushed potatoes,

caramelised onions and a beautiful baby artichoke and lemon sauce or the generously topped oven fired flatbreads. Hungry yet? At Atlantis, we like to push boundaries, especially within the culinary landscape, whether it is dreaming up new, home grown concepts such as Shawafel and Asia Republic, or the elevation of existing experiences such as the creation of the Friday High Brunch in Nobu (the only Nobu in the world to offer brunch). We are passionate about our food and are very happy that we receive numerous awards for our restaurants including winner of Best Chinese Restaurant for YUAN or Best Seafood Restaurant for three years in a row by Time Out Dubai magazine for our mesmerising underwater themed restaurant Ossiano. Bread Street Kitchen & Bar will fit perfectly with the other celebrity chef restaurants at Atlantis, from Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Chef Giorgio Locatelli. In the video announcing the new restaurant, Gordon asked if Dubai was ready for his new venture - we certainly are!

Serge Zaalof President and Managing Director, Atlantis, The Palm

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From Serge Zaalof, President and Managing Director, Atlantis, The Palm


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Check In A mix of news, trends and reviews to see you through your holiday

MANAGING DIRECTOR ATLANTIS, THE MAGAZINE

Victoria Thatcher EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

John Thatcher GROUP COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR

David Wade

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Best Foot Forward Discovering the legacy behind handcrafted Berluti shoes

EDITOR

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Andy Knappett

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Shayk It Up DESIGNER

Emi Dixon

Irina Shayk’s journey from rural Russia to model of the moment

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Chalitha Fernando To contact any of the above people, email firstname@ hotmediapublishing.com EDITORIAL INTERN

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Rock Star Wallace Chan – the unlikely star at the heart of China’s fine jewellery world

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Two’s Company How to make your stay a romantic escape to remember Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from HOT Media Publishing is strictly prohibited. All prices mentioned are correct at time of press but may change. HOT Media Publishing does not accept liability for omissions or errors in Atlantis Magazine. Tel: 00971 4 364 2876 Fax: 00971 4 369 7494


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What the Butler Saw

Dubai Insider

An exclusive look inside The Grand Atlantis Suite

All you need to know to navigate the city’s hotspots

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Park Life

Imperial Club members have a new private beach to enjoy

Discovering Dubai’s hidden green spots

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Bare Foot Brilliance

All the Action

We sit down with pedicurist to the stars, Bastien Gonzalez

There’s lots going on in Dubai this season, time to find out more

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An Ancient Discovery Everything you need to know about our brand new albino alligators

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Check Out Olympic swimmer Florent Manaudou shares his holiday to-do list

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Aquaventure Awaits Dive right in to Dubai’s best waterpark with this great guide to all the action

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A Day in the Life With our resident dolphin expert, Dr. Ana Salbany

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Seasons Greetings Discover all our winter events

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Epicurious A culinary update on all things gourmet at Atlantis, The Palm

Gordon Ramsay is bringing Bread Street Kitchen & Bar to Atlantis, The Palm


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Yachts in the harbour of Monte Carlo, Monaco

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A round-up of the things we will be talking about this season


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This season sees the luxury yachting world come alive with events. Set sail with our pick of the best

SILVER CELEBRATIONS

BALEARIC BOATING

Running from September 29th until October 3rd in Palma de Mallorca, Oyster is hosting a regatta featuring racing by day and parties by night. Intended as an occasion for Oyster owners to unwind and enjoy, the event is perfect for the whole family. Those who don’t fancy racing can still attend, yacht in-tow, and partake in the social side of the festivities. oysteryachts.com

SUNNY SIDE UP

Known as the Yachting Capital of the World, the Florida city of Fort Lauderdale hosts the 56th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from November 5th until the 9th. With exhibits ranging from yacht builders to brokerage yachts and exhibition space covering three million square feet, this is one boating extravaganza you don’t want to miss. showmanagement.com

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Following its success last year, the Qatar International Boat Show will be held from November 10th to 14th in Mourjan Marinas -Lusail City, a venue known to be one of the best marina facilities in the Middle East. The show features five premier exhibition spots coupled with panoramic sea views and a luxury VIP area. With more than 120 brands on display, it promises plenty. qibs2015.com

PARISIAN GLAMOUR

Set in the romantic Porte de Versailles, the annual Salon Nautique International De Paris brings together luxury exhibitors, owners and buyers. Marine experts are on hand to offer valuable direction during the event which runs from December 5th to 13th. As one of the world’s most popular watersports hubs, this show is a must-visit for sports enthusiasts. salonnautiqueparis.com

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Celebrating its 25th year, the annual Yacht Show in Monaco takes place in the iconic Port Hercules until September 26th. Featuring 120 exclusive super yachts, as well as 40 new launches of world premieres, the show will also see 500 of the globe’s leading luxury yachting companies host exhibits. A must-see for those who want to keep abreast of the latest trends in premier yachting. monacoyachtshow.com


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16 Döettling’s travel case

BESPOKE SECURITY

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Easily transport your valuables on your next adventure Travellers take note. If you’re after a striking souvenir from your time in the UAE, Le Vault maison in Abu Dhabi might have the answer. Presenting the world’s first high-security travel case by Döettling, the double-walled tube with built-in GPS transmitter can be carried by hand, slung over a shoulder, or thanks to its sturdy construction safely packed in a suitcase. Designed to carry anything from jewellery to precious stones, there’s also a tube-style cushion that can hold up to six timepieces. Ideal if you’re seeking a stylish and useful momento of your time in the Middle East.

Emirates

Etihad Airways

British Airways

Virgin Atlantic

MILE HIGH VANITY

ECO-FRIENDLY FEET

Havaianas pair-up with Conservation International to help protect the world’s ecosystems Funky flip-flop brand Havaianas has put an eco-friendly foot forward with its latest sandal. Teaming up with Conservation International (CI), a private organisation dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of endangered ecosystems around the world, Havaianas present the CI sandal. For every pair sold, a portion of proceeds will go to help CI preserve Brazil’s threatened marine ecosystem. Fittingly designed in an ocean-themed palette, these cool blue-hued flip flops promote eco-friendly fashion and are available exclusively at Atlantis, The Palm.

Airlines go the extra mile to ensure their first and business-class amenity kits reflect the luxury that their bigspending passengers are used to. We take a look at the products, pouches and perfumes dished out to high flyers Emirates Dubai’s national carrier opts for designer-led products when it comes to its first class amenity kits with plush Bulgari-designed leather pouches filled with body lotion, aftershave and perfume from the luxury Italian brand, as well as a host of other essentials including toothpaste, a razor and mini-deodorant.

Etihad Airways Inspired by centuries-old Emirati craftsmanship, these distinctive pouches are filled with toiletries from Le Labo, the niche New York brand. Inclusive of hand cream, moisturiser and lip balm, they also contain little essentials like dental kits and pillow mist. Business class passengers receive natural toiletries from Greek brand Korres.

British Airways Sticking firmly to their British roots, first-class passengers receive a generously filled leatherette pouch in either dusky pink or slate grey that’s brimming with Aromatherapy Associates of London products. With body lotion, eye cream, a mini-deodorant and a foldable hairbrush complete with an inlaid mirror, guests have all they need, no matter how long their flight. Meanwhile, Club World passengers get to enjoy award-winning Elemis goodies in a drawstring canvas bag adorned with a graphic print of the London skyline.

Virgin Atlantic Whilst this funky pouch isn’t exactly overflowing with products, it’s sustainability ethos earns it big brownie points. Housed in a funky grey rPET kit - crafted from a sustainable material that’s made from crushed plastic bottles - the kit contains socks, earplugs, a toothbrush and a few other handy essentials. And the winning factor? Passengers can reuse the pouch afterwards as a handy tablet case, continuing Virgin Atlantic’s sustainability theme.


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Up for grabs: Richard Mille’s RM 27-02 as worn by Rafael Nadal

ONE OF A KIND

Horology under the hammer On November 7th, the world’s finest watchmakers present a collection of exceptional one-off timepieces at Only Watch debuting in Geneva and aimed at raising funds for the Monaco Association Against ATLANTIS, THE MAGAZINE

Muscular Dystrophy.

Every piece on offer is the ‘only watch’ of its type - whether the first in a limited edition, a novelty unavailable elsewhere, or created specially for the occasion. With notable offerings from Chanel, Richard Mille and Harry Winston to name a few, Only Watch offers something truly unique for horology connoisseurs. onlywatch.com Raja Shehadeh

THE NEXT BIG THING A SHIFT IN PERCEPTION

Launched during the Edinburgh International Book Festival - Shifting Sands (Profile Books) is a fascinating read penned by 15 informed writers from the region. Palestinian editor, Raja Shehadeh, explained the theory behind the pages. “Only by better understanding of what is going on in the Middle East today can we hope to bring about change.”

Get ready to discover a new adventure filled with fun at the awe-inspiring Atlantis, Sanya Hainan According to Atlantean myth, the discovery of ancient artefacts from the lost civilisation of Atlantis on Hainan Island has revealed a new understanding of the submerged civilisation that will now see the first Atlantis resort in China open by 2018. Rising majestically out of the South China Sea, the brand new Atlantis will be 62 hectares of

unparalleled excitement and larger-than-life experiences. In a vibrant tribute to an aquatic world of wonder, guests will be able to come face-to-face with an abundance of exotic marine life at the five-star resort. Boasting around 1,300 rooms, the resort will play host to lifeguards and marine biologists as well as top chefs and innovative event planners. Alan Leibman, CEO of Kerzner, said: “This resort is set to quickly become a new landmark in China and will introduce the fun, interactive entertainment experiences at the heart of the Atlantis philosophy.”

DIGITAL DISPATCHES Farfetch.com

Amble

Mastihashop

JetSmarter

On-the-go consumers can make use of Farfetch’s new service that delivers luxury goods to ports around the world, ideal for anyone enjoying cruising around Europe by yacht.

Designed by Louis Vuitton, this app allows users to track travel paths through some of the world’s hippest cities, follow fashionable city insiders and upload recommendations for others.

Founded by Mansoor Al Bastaki, this site offers fully customisable gift boxes reflecting traditions of the Arab culture and filled with products made from mastiha, a rare and expensive Greek tree resin.

Available for iOS and Android, this app is Uber for private jets. Offering users access to the most soughtafter travel experience ever created, it aims to take the headache out of booking private travel.


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Speedback GT

A FINE BRITISH PEDIGREE

David Brown Automotive made its US debut with a contemporary GT boasting the heart and soul of a classic Showcasing the best of British craftsmanship, bespoke carmaker David Brown Automotive premiered the Speedback GT at The Quail, California’s most prestigious motorsport event. Hand built in Coventry, the car is a made-toorder fusion of the Jaguar XKR and the Aston Martin DB5 augmented with modern mechanics and traditional British materials. Featuring exquisite details including hand-formed panels,

hand-crafted interiors and even a fold-down picnic seat, the sleek lines and sculptured design are inspired by the simplicity of supercars of the sixties. Retailing at around $750,000, each Superback GT takes six months and input from a team of around 50 people to create. Using the Jaguar XKR convertible as its foundation, the car features the same front-mounted 5 litre V8 supercharged engine, pre-strengthened chassis and an identical wheelbase. Modern engineering sees the vehicle go from 0 to 100 in 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 240kph. Paying homage to the Touring Superleggera-designed Aston

Martin DB5, the model made famous by Sean Connery in his James Bond era, the Speedback’s Aston Martin persona is undeniable, especially from a rear vantage point. Inside, it’s a true accomplishment of tailoring – classically styled seats upholstered in luxury leather in various colours and textures with an excellent finish and designed by the same group who do interiors for Jaguar Land Rover. Evoking the ghosts of bygone British touring cars paired with modern technology and engineering, this truly is one to arouse emotions in any British-vintage car enthusiast. davidbrownautomotive.com


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20 FOR THE LOVE OF CHOCOLATE

Atlantis, The Magazine sat down with Oussama Choucair, CEO of gourmet Middle East-grown chocolate brand Patchi, to find out about life as a chocolatier

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riginating from Lebanon, the story of Patchi began in the 1950s, when a young Nizar Choucair started helping out in his family’s confectionary shop. From the age of 11, he would spend school holidays and weekends crafting, tasting and selling chocolate in the familyrun store so that by the time he left school, he was officially a chocolate aficionado. According to Nizar’s son and Patchi UAE CEO, Oussama: “He [Nizar] is often quoted as saying he had chocolate in his blood.” And it was this sweet tooth that essentially propelled Nizar to success, realising his dreams when he opened the first Patchi boutique in 1974, in the heart of Beirut. From the beginning, exceptional care and attention has been given to every aspect of the chocolate crafting process at Patchi, an effort that has paid off with the brand growing to be one of the most-loved in the Middle East region. The company draws distinction from the family history of confectionary, pairing it expertly with methods from the chocolate masters of Europe. “Our production and outsourcing are on a par with Swiss and Belgian chocolatiers and we use Swiss technology in our manufacturing,” Choucair explains. “With cocoa obtained only from the Theobroma cacao tree, the sources of our import remain the secret behind our best quality of cocoa beans.” Today, Patchi is more than just a chocolate brand. With its own printing and packaging plant, a silver and porcelain factory and a division focused solely on producing handmade flowers and intricate accessories to adorn the chocolates, it’s an entire production. With over 80 varieties of chocolate on offer, there’s also specialised lines released to celebrate a variety of festivities. Choucair acknowledges this with pride: “Patchi celebrates every occasion with our customers, from Ramadan to Adha, Christmas to Diwali and even Chinese New Year – we are at the heart of these joyous events.” Having risen from a small store in Lebanon to one of the biggest luxury chocolate manufacturers in the Middle East and beyond, Patchi clearly understands its customers’ tastes and needs, something that has allowed it to stand the test of time over 40 years and, by the taste of things, for many more to come.

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TALKS CHOCOLATE With so many varieties of chocolate on offer at Patchi, which is your favourite? Honestly, it’s too difficult for me to choose a favourite, since each flavour has its own appealing taste and aromas.

What new developments can chocolate-lovers look forward to? We’re always researching new flavours, in fact, we recently developed five new flavours for the UAE market, designed to appeal to the local palate.

Tell us about Patchi at Atlantis, The Palm. Since its opening, Atlantis, The Palm stood out as a must-see destination, attracting tourists and celebrities from around the world, we knew we had to be there. Patchino Aqua is our special line for kids. Exclusive to the resort and featuring adorable characters and marine designs, it has been a great success with the younger guests.

Dealing with chocolate on a day-to-day to basis, do you ever feel sickened by the thought of it? You would think so, but that’s not the case. I enjoy every bite as if it was my first. During my travels across the world, I’m always sourcing new varieties and eager to taste flavours from across the globe. One can never have enough chocolate… don’t you think? Vist Patchi at West Tower, Atlantis, The Palm.


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FORWARD SINCE 1895, BERLUTI HAS DARED TO STRETCH THE BOUNDARIES AND BEND THE RULES OF TRADITIONAL GENTLEMAN’S SHOEMAKING. WE EXAMINE ITS ADVENTUROUS LEGACY AND MEET THE MAN AT THE HELM OF ITS SUPERLATIVE BESPOKE SERVICE WORDS BY

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erluti is one of the world’s most iconic gentlemen’s brands – but it took a woman to really put it on the map. When the bright-eyed, pixie-haired Olga Berluti joined the family business as an apprentice in 1959, the house had been producing bespoke leather shoes for almost 80 years. Movie stars, politicians and even eminent fashion designers flocked to its Paris boutique, and yet Olga wasn’t satisfied. A keen artist, she began experimenting with tanning processes, using natural minerals to dye its fine leather creations a rainbow of colours. While she tinkered in the workshop, her cousin Talbinio held the company’s reins, the third generation of his grandfather’s business. In 1962, a young Andy Warhol came to the boutique on Rue Marbeuf, and sketched out a pair of “square and impossible” shoes – an order that would change the company’s fortunes forever. Olga crafted a pair of loafers with an angular toe, coloured in a vivacious hue. They were the work of an apprentice, crafted awkwardly from scarred leather. But Warhol saw past their imperfection, and was charmed by Olga’s assertion that she chose the blemished

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material because it came from unruly cows – rebellious creatures just like him. “In the future, I only want shoes made from the hide of wayward cows!” Warhol replied – and a Berluti classic was born. Now, 53 years on, the Andy model remains one of the marque’s most sought-after designs. The coloured patina that Olga pioneered has also become a signature of Berluti – and countless other brands have followed suit. Olga


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OPENING PAGE: Berluti’sµagship boutique. CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Carefully measured hornbeam lasts; A single pair of shoes takes around 50 hours of craftmanship; Olga Berluti changed the company’s fortunes; Each and every stage is hand-assembled; Master shoemakers study for over six years to perfect the intricate craft.

and she continues to work on exclusive designs. Her leather skills have, of course, improved immeasurably – she created the divine Venezia leather, with a finish so soft and so durable that it remains the brand’s most popular material. It’s this passion for craftsmanship and innovation that keeps Berluti at the forefront of gentlemen’s shoemaking. Many of its clients prefer anonymity, but high-profile customers include Yves Saint Laurent (it was he who introduced Warhol), the Duke of Windsor, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert de Niro. Berluti delights in its subversive charm: “The House cultivates an art de vivre that rejects the boredom of banality,” reads its mission statement. It’s an ethos that permeates the brand’s

flagship boutique, a centrepoint which was established by Torello Berluti in the 1940s. After inheriting the business from his father Alessandro – Berluti’s founder – he chose 26 Rue Marbeuf, an esteemed location close to the Champs-Elysées. The current design was inspired by Olga’s signature patinas (indeed, it was her who commissioned the décor), and is adorned with a few fascinating heritage pieces from Berluti’s illustrious past. It feels slightly more like a convivial gentleman’s club lounge than a shoe boutique. Whether in Paris or in one of Berluti’s international stores, almost every bespoke client is met by one man: Anthony Delos, Berluti’s Bespoke Shoemaker. He’s a master craftsman,


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who joined the company from his own handmade shoe company in rural western France. Today, he travels all over the world, meeting customers who shun prêt-à-porter designs in favour of hand-crafted individual pieces. It’s a profession that takes him from Paris and London to Russia, the Middle East and Asia, measuring and delivering the leather works of art. “Bespoke is the ultimate personalisation in the world of luxury,” muses Delos during a rare lull in Dubai. “The perfect shoe is one that combines a man’s personal taste and unique flair with absolute comfort based around the shape and anatomy of his foot.” But Berluti’s bespoke offering goes beyond

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the form and fit of a shoe: it extends to Olga’s colourful patinas, to hand-crafted unique embellishments, and to ‘tattooing’ on the leather – depicting everything from simple monograms to elaborate family crests. “It is imperative to include the client in the entire process,” says Delos. “Choosing the leather samples, patinas and shaping their last [the unique model around which the shoe is constructed]… We come up with the perfect creation together.” There are 12 craftsmen in the Berluti workshop, a busy studio around the corner from the Paris boutique. Each set of made-to-

measure shoes requires 50 man-hours, but the processes can take up to six months to complete. That figure rises to 150 hours (and nine months) for a pair of bespoke boots. Delos may be on the road much of the time, but he is a craftsman at heart. When he joined Berluti, he pledged that he would make at least one pair of shoes in his own studio per month. After owning his own much smaller-scale company, is Delos daunted or inspired by Berluti’s legacy? “The basics of luxury shoemaking remains the same at the core, but it has evolved so much with the introduction of new leather and technology. When you work for a brand which holds over 120 years of mastery and heritage in the shoemaking field, one can only be inspired.” It helps, of course, that Delos has some of the industry’s most talented craftsmen at his service. The resident shoemakers train at the Compagnons du Devoir, a dedicated school with a specialist six-year course. In order to qualify as a ‘master’, students must take additional study and have ten years of experience under their belts – only then can they graduate to Berluti’s bespoke offerings. Many of the clients are anonymous, but do the craftsmen create shoes with a particular client profile in mind? “The Berluti customer is very unique,” says Delos. “An international, chic man, who is stylish, educated and loves the product.” He could well be describing himself… So which is Delos’s favourite Berluti style? “The Alessandro. It is traditional and elegant, very symbolic of the brand.” And in a vibrant patina, of course – in honour of Olga.

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SHAYK IT UP HOW DOES A COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER FROM RURAL RUSSIA BECOME THE MODEL OF THE MOMENT? IRINA SHAYK CAME FROM NOWHERE TO BEGUILE THE WORLD OF FASHION – WE TAKE A LOOK AT HER JOURNEY SO FAR WORDS BY

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I DIDN’T THINK I’D BE A MODEL WHO LIVED IN NEW YORK, BUT I KNEW I WAS GOING TO LEAVE THE VILLAGE

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very interview with Irina Shayk begins with the same question. Every single interview. Whether she’s featured in a national UK newspaper or on one of America’s biggest talk shows, the first query is always “Where are you from?” – to which Shayk, by now surely tired of explaining her roots, trots out the tales of her childhood. Go on, Google it: this really is the formula. But the journalists aren’t lazy – they’ve got a nose for a great story. Shayk is one of the world’s most beautiful women, but nobody had heard of her just a few years ago. She hasn’t just risen to fame – she’s rocketed. So where on earth has she rocketed from? Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova certainly wasn’t born with a name for showbiz. She grew up in Emanjelinsk, a small town three hours away from St. Petersburg, with a music teacher mother and a coal miner father. It was a simple childhood, spent “planting potatoes and tomatoes,” she told USA’s V magazine in a rare candid interview. “I’m completely a village girl. We planted that garden because we had to eat.” But she had bigger ambitions: “I knew I wasn’t going to be a village girl forever. I didn’t think I’d be a model who lived in New York, but I knew I was going to leave the village.” Shayk got her chance when her sister Tatiana dragged her to beauty school. Irina had been a reluctant guinea pig (“She would test her hair and makeup products on me, dye my hair, pluck my eyebrows…”), but talent scout Guia Jikidze happened to be in town when the sisters were in class. Jikidze was the man who discovered Natalia Vodianova – aka ‘Supernova’, a Russian beauty who signed a seven-figure modelling contract with Calvin Klein. He immediately twigged Shayk’s star quality. Jikidze asked Shayk if she’d like to work in Paris, so she packed her bags, shortened

her name, and headed to the City of Light. A dream come true? “I like Paris, but I prefer St Petersburg.” After a couple of frustrating years competing against European models, she turned her sights to New York. In 2007, Shayk hit the big time. She was discovered by Sports Illustrated, the apex of glamorous, sunkissed eye candy – and became the first ever Russian to grace its cover. In New York, that gawky gardening teenager had blossomed into a show-stopping model – a Russian reinvention of the American Dream. As the shoots came rolling in, so did the accolades: Shayk was voted ‘Sexiest Girl in the World’ by the readers of DT magazine, and reached number 10 in both the ‘Top 20 Sexiest Models’ (models.com) and ‘100 Sexiest Women in the World’ (FHM, 2011) lists. But the magazines weren’t the only ones sitting up to take notice: Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo became a permanent fixture on her arm when the pair started dating in 2010. Shayk graced the cover of more magazines – but this time, Ronaldo was at her side. They became one of New York’s most photographed couples, splashed across the media in paparazzi shots, fashion campaigns and features. In 2014, they posed for a shoot by Mario Testino for Spanish Vogue – the coverline ‘Amor y Fútbol’ (Love and Football) writ large in thick gold type. As life would have it, the couple split in February 2015 amid stories that Ronaldo had cheated. Since then, Shayk has been linked to American actor Bradley Cooper – although she remains tight-lipped about their relationship. Perhaps Shayk is learning from her mistakes? “The thing you realise as a public person is that press attention is part of your job,” she said in an interview with the UK’s Telegraph newspaper. “Of course, sometimes you want to hide and don’t want the attention, but it doesn’t matter what’s said. My friends and family know me”

That desire for privacy is at odds with Shayk’s livelihood – after all, she’s made a living from posing in the public eye. But she has a strategy: “If you’re happy you build a wall around you,” she told V. “What’s important to me stays behind that wall.” Maybe we’ll never see behind the wall, but in front of it Shayk is feisty, flirty and forthcoming. In television interviews, when not fielding questions about her love life with a tight-lipped grimace, she’s light-hearted and fun, ready to be the kooky-sexy combination that raises ratings and eyebrows. Her outfits are always skimpy, her English cutely broken, her smile permanently a mile wide. She plays up to the ditzy model stereotype too – on the Ellen DeGeneres show, she was asked to spell her last name but almost wasn’t up for the task. “It’s difficult. I don’t know if I can do it,” she said as she smoothed down her glossy hair. “Thanks to God I have good memory.” And her favourite writer? “Dostoevsky,” she told the Telegraph. “If I’d been around in 1867 I would [have] loved to date him.” Is the dizziness genuine, or a calculated, disarming act? Who knows. But one thing is clear: Shayk is ambitious. Last year, she made her silver screen debut in Hercules, the Greek mythology transformed into a big-budget Hollywood movie. She played Megara, “A very small role but a very important character for the movie,” she told UK Vogue. “When you’re on set for modelling, even for a lingerie shoot, you have maybe 10 people behind the camera, but on a film you have 200 people! You have to perform and you have to forget that you’re a model; you have to be real. It’s certainly very different.” Is this a permanent move away from modelling? “It’s my first time, but hopefully not the last time. Modelling opens so many doors – television hosting, acting, designing – so you can never plan. Let’s see.”


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allace Chan lives a simple life. He has a humble apartment in Hong Kong, and takes the ferry to work every day – he’s a jeweller by trade, making brooches and necklaces and sculptures by hand, and he has lived in this city all of his life. It would be an unremarkable story, were it not for Chan’s inimitable creations: one of his most recent pieces of jewellery sold for $75 million in Paris. Chan’s work isn’t quite as modest as his lifestyle. I must admit, I was cynical when I first heard about this humble star of the jewellery world. “It is not important where I sleep, what I eat or how I go to work,” says Chan, from his office in Hong Kong. We are chatting via email, but I’m pretty sure he’s picked up on my scepticism. Can he really retain such strong values while creating fine jewellery for the rich and famous? “I am simply content as long as I can continue to create,” is his concise answer. “I started as a carver and sculptor in 1973 and have got used to working with my own hands. When I have a vision, I mold with clay, mixing the materials, making the tools and so on. I prefer it this way as it is a direct expression of the images on my mind.” And does he really make everything by hand today? “Yes; that is where the joy is.” Chan’s creations are more than just jewellery – they’re miniature works of art. ‘Return of the King’ is a white jade, diamond and titanium cuff bracelet, but its sheer detail and impossibly intricate carving, make it look more like a relic of an ancient civilisation than a mere bangle. ‘The Mighty’, a sparkling, spindly ant-shaped brooch is really a tiny sculpture: the insect’s body is made from silky pearls; its antennae are topped with rubies. Chan is fascinated by nature – “Beauty is everywhere, the veins of a leaf, the strength of an ant” – but it is more than just a source of inspiration. For his butterfly brooch, he incorporated the actual wings of a real butterfly: “No matter what gemstones you use, it is very difficult to convey the colours of the butterflies.” The wings are encased beneath a veil of gemstones, and bestow a rainbow of vivid hues. The urban energy of Hong Kong is a constant stream of inspiration: “Growing up here has allowed me the opportunities to learn from philosophies of the East and of the West,” says Chan. “Anything that comes my way can be inspiring. I am highly curious. I absorb like a sponge.” He is also deeply Buddhist – and travelled with a Zen master for six months in the early days of his career. “That was when I first began meditation, it helps me reconnect different dots in my mind and generate creativity.” I’m beginning to understand how this artisan jeweller reconciles his haute couture creations with his humble lifestyle. Quite simply, he is a craftsman at heart – a devotion which surpasses any suggestions of grandeur. It doesn’t matter to

Chan how much his creations cost – only that he has the opportunity to make them. Am I on the right track? “My work has become my life,” Chan confirms. “Instead of the ‘great success’ that people see, this is the greatest thing that has happened to me, the meaning of existence: I create therefore I am.” This passion for creation is rooted in the most basic of instincts: the fight for survival. “In 1973, the stock market crashed and my father lost everything. My siblings and I had to start working full-time to sustain our family. I started on this path out of the purest idea that only through hard work could food and warmth be obtained.” To support his family, Chan created art and sculpture works, then turned his hand to stupas before discovering his talent for fine jewellery. His breakthrough came while tinkering in the workshop in 1983, when he invented the ‘Wallace Cut’, a technique of carving motifs into gemstones. “The idea fascinated me. So when my carving skills started to mature I began the experiments.” The painstaking technique creates a striking 3D image within the stone – and the detail is jaw-dropping. The ‘Now and Always’ pendant is perhaps the finest example of the

I LOOK AT THE MAIN STONE, I COMMUNICATE WITH IT AND WE ARE IN LOVE Wallace Cut: inspired by the Horae – Greek goddesses of the four seasons – Chan carved one face into its central aquamarine stone. But with the square cut of the gem, four faces appear in flawless symmetry, surrounded by a glittering frame of opal, sapphire and diamond. For Chan, the materials he uses aren’t just the world’s finest gemstones – they’re treasures to be nurtured: “I look at the main stone, I communicate with it and we are in love. I want to bring out the best of it.” He is also famously choosy when it comes to commissions – legend has it, he has turned away some high-profile would-be clients. “It is not really about whether I like or dislike someone,” he says. “It is about having the perfect homes for my creations.” It’s this ingenuity that has secured Chan at the helm of China’s fine jewellery world. His creations are the country’s most sought-after – but how do such accolades make him feel? “I am honoured and overwhelmed. It occurs to me that people do not see me as a random individual; they relate me - and my work - to my country. The development of fine jewellery had been dormant in China for a few hundred years, and it is time for the dormant to wake and join the world.” Chan’s enduring sagacity and steady hands make him the perfect man to carve out the future.


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OPENING PAGE: Wallace Chan. LEFT TO RIGHT: The Fish’s Dream brooch features a rare 87.35 carat ametrine; The Forever Dancing butterµy brooch incorporates the actual wings of a butterµy sealed into rock crystal.


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DID YOU KNOW? From Atlantis, The Palm’s Royal Pool you can enjoy stunning views of the skycraper-lined Dubai Marina. It makes for a great backdrop for holiday snaps.

SHOP THIS LOOK: Piotr wears: Shirt and shorts, both Vilebrequin. Laura wears: Top, Taj, Harvey Nichols - Dubai; Sunglasses, Escada.


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SHOP THIS LOOK: Laura wears: Dress, Parker, Harvey Nichols - Dubai.


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DID YOU KNOW? If you’d like to sharpen your court skills, or even learn from scratch, Atlantis, The Palm has certi´ed tennis professionals at its dedicated Tennis Academy with whom you can book a lesson during your stay.

SHOP THIS LOOK: Laura wears: Dress, Lacoste; Trainers, Carolina Herrera; Sunglasses, Escada. Piotr wears: Sweater, Lacoste; Shorts, Lacoste; Trainers, Chrisitian Louboutin; Sunglasses, Rayban.


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DID YOU KNOW? Nobu has its own garden designed to reµect the zen gardens of Japan. It’s a truly magical setting in which to enjoy a romantic meal. Nobu also boasts the Sake Bar, which stocks the ´nest selection of sake you’ll likely ´nd.

SHOP THIS LOOK: Laura wears: Jumpsuit, Elisabetta Franchini; Necklace, CC Skye. Piotr wears: Shirt, Purifacacion Garcia; Trousers, Hugo Boss; Belt, Hugo Boss. Both from Harvey Nichols - Dubai.


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SHOP THIS LOOK: Laura wears: Dress, Roland Mouret, Harvey Nichols - Dubai. Piotr wears: Shirt, Purifacacion Garcia; Trousers, Paul Smith; Belt, Hugo Boss. Both from Harvey Nichols - Dubai.

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hen visiting a hotel, often the most important things on guests’ criteria are nearby landmarks and exceptional views; and at Atlantis, The Palm we certainly have plenty of both. For spectacular 270-degree views comparable to no other hotel room in the city, the Grand Atlantis Suite is the place to go. Located on the top corners of the hotel, these two sister signature suites are the dramatic crowning glory of the resort. With panoramic views over The Palm and the Arabian Gulf, the suites boast sun terraces that span three sides of the building. And if that wasn’t enough, there are no less than five balconies in each suite to choose from, meaning guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to spots from where to soak up the stunning views. And stunning they surely are, with panoramic scenes of The Palm, Dubai Marina, Aquaventure, Burj Khalifa, clear blue skies and, of course, the beautiful Arabian Gulf waiting to greet them. Back inside, a beautiful marine-themed fountain welcomes guests into the suite, leading them onto the ornate living space decorated in gorgeous gold tones with 24-carat gold French La Ric products throughout. A huge dining table, with seating for up to ten people, commandeers the centre of the entertainment area and is a great spot for dinner parties. One of the real VIP advantages of staying in the Grand Atlantis Suite is the option to request a chef from any of Atlantis’s signature restaurants to come to your room and cook a private dinner for you and your guests. Offering an individual service is something that we pride ourselves on at Atlantis. As soon as a guest makes a reservation for the Grand Atlantis Suite, we speak to them and find out all of the small but important details that aren’t covered in the general reservation process. Things like whether it’s a special occasion, likes and dislikes, and general expectations that guests have for their stay are important for me to know in order to present a schedule that’s tailored exactly to their needs. This is a suite that has hosted some of the world’s most prominent royal families, presidents and prime ministers, as well as celebrities and their families. For a room with not one, but multiple, views – it has to be the Grand Atlantis Suite.

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VIP ROOM EXTRAS INCLUDE… Complimentary private butler service 24/7 Complimentary daily access to Kids’ Club and Club Rush Two complimentary dolphin encounters Complimentary private cabana at pool, beach and Aquaventure Opportunity to request any of the chefs from any of the signature restaurants to cook an exclusive in-suite meal

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your time at Atlantis? Then the Imperial Club package could be for you. Offering a private beach club, exciting leisure choices and fantastic money-saving offers, it’s the ultimate affordable indulgence Do you want to make the most of your holiday spending money and ensure you live the ultimate luxury lifestyle? Access to the Imperial Club gives you the chance to do exactly that with savings of up to Dhs3,000 a day and access to some fantastic experiences! On top of the benefits already afforded to all Imperial Club guests, a brand new, ultra-private beach complete with fully-serviced bar is set to open in October, meaning Imperial indulgence just got even better. The easiest choice for those seeking the ultimate getaway; you can also enjoy airport transfers, private check-in and access to your own dedicated concierge team. This is one treat you don’t want to miss out on.

UNWIND What better way to soak in Dubai’s stunning views than from the ultra-exclusive Imperial Club Beach, due to open in October. This private sanctuary is the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. To take relaxation even further, try the ShuiQi Spa where you can enjoy free access to the steamroom, sauna and ice-fountain, and get great daily offers on many of the indulgent spa treatments on offer.

PLAY Perfect if you’re travelling with kids and after some serious fun, Imperial Club guests get to skip the queue and enjoy fast track entry at Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium. With money-saving rates at Dolphin Bay, kids will love swimming with these fantastic marine mammals. After all that, if the adults still have energy for a night out, then head to N’Dulge nightclub where you’re guaranteed free entry.

INDULGE Make the most of your all-day access to the Imperial Club Lounge. Serving a delicious breakfast, you can also indulge in daily afternoon tea. As evening falls, indulge in carefully created cocktails accompanied by mouthwatering canapés - the best way to start any evening at Atlantis, The Palm.

CONNECT You may be on holiday, but keeping in touch matters. Make use of the Club Lounge’s iPad and enjoy unlimited access to a huge library of online international newspapers and magazines.

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IN & AROUND BASTIEN GONZALEZ

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From professional skier to podiatrist, Bastien Gonzalez is known as pedicurist to the stars. We chatted with him about his legendary Studio treatment

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asing its roots in tradition, a Bastien Gonzalez pedicure certainly puts the emphasis on the ‘cure’. Partly inspired by his 90-year-old grandmother’s nail care rituals, and partially based on the Latin translation of pedicure - which means feet treatment - the man that Vogue deemed, “the name to watch if you want your feet to stay beautiful,” seems to have revolutionised the nail industry. Gonzalez explains: “I wanted to create a full treatment, a treatment to the literal meaning.” Available at ShuiQi Spa, Bastien’s podological makeover involves drilling, buffing and shaping nails until they are barely recognisable. Polish is rarely applied, due to the damaging effects of varnish, and a massage, focusing on each muscle group from toe to knee, concludes the therapy. Gonzalez came to his fascination for foot care completely by chance. “I used to be a professional skier. I broke my knee and met a podiatrist for physiotherapy - my passion was discovered!” he accounts. After studying the subject for three years, he opened a podiatry studio in upmarket Place des Vosges in Paris and in two short years had amassed quite a following. “Everybody asked me, ‘Bastien, how did you become so famous in Paris so quickly?’” he recalls. “I liked to say, I serve the best coffee in town to all my clients! A luxury moment, mixing quality and services so naturally.” And it’s that luxury combination that has propelled him to the forefront of the best spas in the world, garnering him a reputation as pedicurist to the stars. Stories denote he’s worked with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Campbell but Gonzalez remains respectfully quiet on the matter saying only: “Several names of my guests have appeared in interviews but I’ve never given them myself. If you want to work with the most talented and famous people in the world, you never go out with them, you never stay with them, and you

never talk about what you have seen or heard.” Complementary to the treatment is the Reverence de Bastien, a luxurious range of products, available exclusively at ShuiQi Spa at Atlantis, The Palm. Made from natural ingredients and essential oils, the carefully considered products protect and nourish feet. Gonzalez explains: “I created my first product ten years ago; just one product per year. I took time to understand exactly the needs of my guests.” The products follow the educationethos that Bastien tries to include as part of all treatments, his aim being to elevate foot care to the same level as skin or hair care. Explaining further, he says: “You eat, you brush your teeth. You walk, you massage your feet. That is the basis of the education for my guests.” If you want to rediscover baby-soft feet, the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio treatment is available exclusively at ShuiQi Spa. Bastien Gonzalez Combination Dhs720, 1hr15min

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Indulge in these treatments from ShuiQi Spa to make sure you are party-prepared. After all, getting ready is half the fun...

Gentleman’s Tonic A Traditional Shave is the ideal choice for men prepping for the season. It includes a post-shave moisturising ritual, eye treatment and a relaxing shoulder massage to ensure you’re in top condition. Dhs250, 30mins Shine On Try the Radiance Lifting Facial by Margy’s Monte Carlo which combines intensive skin regeneration supported by micro-nutrients. It reduces lines and wrinkles and leaves your skin radiant, perfect for parties. Dhs680, 60mins Tress Up Be ready to go at any moment with a shampoo and blow dry. Keep hairstyles simple with an elegant look by the talented stylists at ShuiQi Salon who can transform your tresses in an instant. Starting from Dhs210

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WAKE UP BODY AND MIND Start your day by combining inner wellness with outer beauty and indulging in the ShuiQi Spa Morning Wellness programme 8am

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Kick-start the day with a personal training session - receive guidance and motivation to ensure you’re getting the most out of your workouts.

Enlighten the senses and relax with a 30-minute session in ShuiQi’s Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and ice fountain.

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Recharge with a delicious and nutritious breakfast of organic muesli, fresh fruit and delicious natural juices.

Complete the experience by indulging in a full body massage performed by one of ShuiQi Spa’s exceptional therapists.

Dhs730. For more information and bookings contact ShuiQi Spa, +971 4 426 1020

Perfectly Polished Treat your nails to the best manicure and pedicure they have ever known with the Bastien Gonzalez treatments. Expect naturally beautiful nails and a relaxing massage for hands and feet. Mani-Dhs310, 45mins; Pedi-Dhs470, 1hr

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Glam It Up The Dubai Glamour Ritual invigorates and revitalises with a full body exfoliation followed by a detoxifying wrap, a full body massage and a luxurious damask rose facial it’s sure to leave you glowing. Dhs1380, 2hr 20mins


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Unearthing more about albino alligator brothers Blue and Bruce, the latest additions to the fantastic marine life at Atlantis, The Palm

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illennia have passed since the high culture of Atlantis, the legendary lost city, sank into the ocean. Since then, the myth has captivated imaginations and dreams the world over and at Atlantis, The Palm the parabolic creatures and discoveries of this revered utopian society have been unearthed for all to see. On a bid to continuously uncover the story behind one of history’s greatest mysteries, the team at The Lost Chambers Aquarium recently discovered another fascinating creature to add to the legend; the rare albino alligator. With milky-white skin and vivid pink eyes, the Atlantean version of this discovery states that the creatures were found lurking far below the surface, in a cave eternally-shielded from the dazzling rays of the sun. Legend also has it that their diet consisted of minerals; hence their stone-like, marble appearance. Excited to meet the new additions in person and find out more about these unfamiliar animals residing in the abyss at the heart of The Lost Chambers Aquarium, we spoke to Nicholas Derbyshire, the man in charge of the newcomers.

Having first appeared on earth around 37million years ago, alligators have since evolved to near perfection which is perhaps one of the reasons why these new albino-trait alligators are so rare. Nicholas explains: “It’s a really rare occurrence, this albino mutation, so much that there’s none in the entire Middle East. They are so unique, so rare, that even people visiting from the States or South Africa where alligators are common have never seen an albino one. These guys really are capturing people’s imagination.” In fact, it’s believed that only one in every 100,000 alligators carries the albino gene. In the wild, being that chosen one spells disaster. “Very soon after they’re born, they either get sunburned because they don’t have the melanin pigment to protect them from UV rays or they are spotted by predators because they’re white – which doesn’t work well as a camouflage,” says Nicholas. At Atlantis, The Palm, the two-year-olds have nothing of the sort to worry about. Their living area has been specially designed for the

brothers from Florida, who currently measure about a metre each in length. “We’ve heated the water – it’s just like a little Jacuzzi in there – and they have a rock island with little heat pads of varying temperatures on it so they can move around and get whatever temperature they want,” adds Nicholas. Watching them swim around in their own little alligator cavern, the pair are almost cute, interacting playfully and each having their own distinct personalities. Speaking with Nicholas, it’s clear the trainer already knows his new arrivals well: “Bruce is the dominant one, he’s a little bit bigger and will do things like playfully dip Blue under the water. They are brothers so they romp around together, pushing and play-biting.” Barely able to survive in the wild, the team at Atlantis, The Palm hope that by getting to know Blue and Bruce they can find out a lot more about these animals and help to conserve this critically endangered species. Visit the alligators at The Lost Chambers.


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DIVE RIGHT IN

PIRANHA These flesh eaters are known for their sharp teeth, powerful jaws and voracious appetite for meat.

Scuba Fun Three new programmes at Dive Atlantis allow kids as young as 8 to pick up scuba skills surrounded by marine life. The PADI Bubblemaker is a great intro, or kids can complete Aquamissions with the PADI Seal Team. For those aged 10+, the PADI Scuba Diving programme certifies kids to dive up to 12m anywhere in the world, accompanied by a dive master.

Sharks

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Ancestors of today’s horseshoe crabs date to over 450 million years ago - long before the age of the dinosaurs.

These cute fish are related to sharks. They have no bones, broad fins and a long tail that’s armed for self defense.

Hammerhead, black tip, white tip, grey reef, guitar – see all of these and more with a Shark Safari. Or try the brand new diving experiences where kids as young as eight years old can dive with the sharks, take underwater pictures and learn basic scuba skills. An unforgettable experience awaits whether you choose to dive with these ancient creatures or don a special helmet and effortlessly walk along the seabed beside them.

Sea Lions Head to Sea Lion Point to meet our friendly South African Fur Seals – or Arctocephalus pusillus to give them their full title! Take a selfie as part of the Sea Lion Photo Fun or wade into the water to learn more about these social creatures, finishing off with a fishy kiss.

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Eels have a keen sense of smell, can travel on land for short distances and can even tie their bodies in knots.

Some of the ocean’s most intelligent invertebrates, these creatures have green-blue blood and three hearts!

Meet the friendly pod of dolphins that reside at Dolphin Bay and learn all about them with fun interactive edutainment sessions hosted by our marine mammal specialists. Tickle the dolphins as they swim past, give them a kiss or even go scuba diving with them.

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EAGLE RAY Native to the Arabian Gulf, the spotted eagle ray has a flat disk-shaped body and can grow up to five metres in length.

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54 AQUAVENTURE GUIDE Dive right in with our guide to all the best bits Aquaventure has to offer

1. The Tower of Neptune Feel the fear Filled with dark tunnels, shark-infested waters and incredible aqua-coasters, the bravest of the brave can also attempt The Leap of Faith.

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2. The Tower of Poseidon Record-breaking rides and slides Take on Aquaconda - the world’s largest water slide, experience weightlessness on Zoomerango and tackle Poseidon’s Revenge.

3. Atlantean Flyer Zip Line Soar above the sea If you have a head for heights, the longest zip line in the Middle East will fly you across Aquaventure, 20 metres up in the air.

4. Cownose Ray Feeding Hands-on fun Learn all about these adorable sea creatures then feed them lunch in the shallow waters of Shark Lagoon.

5. Aquaventure Beach Escape the crowds Take a break from the action and soak up some sun on 700 metres of private beach, lapped by the peaceful waters of the Arabian Sea.

6. Shark Safari Into the deep You don’t need to be a scuba diver to get close to our sharks. Don a special helmet and immerse yourself in an underwater safari like no other.

7. River Rides Sit back and relax Hop into a rubber ring and simply float around the park in this 1.6 metre-long ride, with surprises at every turn.

8. Splashers Heaps of fun for little ones Stand under the Big Bucket Splash and wait for it to drop, slide down some slippery slopes or climb to the top of the colourful climbing frames.

Best for thrill-seekers The Surge The Leap of Faith The Atlantean Flyer Poseidon’s Revenge

Best for little ones Big Bucket Splash Slippery Slides Cool Climbing frames

Best for chilling Aquaventure beach Torrent River The Rapids Waterpark Cabanas


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56 A DAY IN THE LIFE Dr. Ana Salbany

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Director of Veterinary Services and Laboratory at Dolphin Bay

12:30pm With half of the processing finished, it’s time for lunch.

1pm Back into the lab to finish analysing the remaining samples. The most satisfying part of my job is ensuring their continued health.

2:30pm Each dolphin has a file, just like a doctor would have for a patient. Entering the data is timeconsuming, but very important.

3pm Different things happen on different days maybe the aquarium staff need help weighing rays or checking on baby sharks that may have been born.

After studying veterinary medicine in her native Portugal, Dr. Ana Salbany embarked on a new adventure, leaving Europe for Dubai to take charge of marine mammal care at Atlantis, The Palm. We take a look at a typical day in her world…

8:30am My team and the trainers meet at the pool to start the daily health examinations; checking that all of the dolphins are in good shape.

10:30am I take samples from the animals that are scheduled for examinations as part of our preventive medicine programme. This helps us to notice any changes before they become a problem and involves carrying out ultrasounds, checking blood and taking samples.

4pm Time to focus on management duties. We’re a team of five and I work closely with other managers to make sure everything works well. There’s lots to organise, meetings to host and scheduling to do to ensure everything runs like clockwork.

6:30pm We spend the last moments of each day getting everything set up so that we are entirely prepared for the next day.

11am I head to the lab and begin processing samples. If the trainers notice anything unusual while working with the animals, they call me to come and check it out.

7pm I’m home, but on-call 24-hours a day. My phone never leaves my side in case there’s an emergency.


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57 SEASONS GREETINGS With the festive season just around the corner, there’s plenty to celebrate at Atlantis, The Palm Diving Santa Say hello to Santa Claus as he takes some time out to enjoy a spot of scuba diving in the Ambassador Lagoon.

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Visit our very own little piece of the North Pole at the Atlantis Winter Wonderland. Brimming with cheer, here you can indulge in festive goodies from around the world, buy beautifully wrapped gifts, eat candy canes and pay a visit to Santa’s sleigh.

Shopping Galore Find the perfect Christmas gift at any of our shopping boutiques or take a stroll through The Avenues and indulge in a little bit of luxury.

Festive Feasts Whether you opt for a traditional roast at Seafire, tuck into Italian treats from a festive menu at Ronda Locatelli, or try a seasonal buffet at Saffron, our signature restaurants have got you covered for all your festive feasts.

For the Kids Christmas really is all about the little ones. At Atlantis, The Palm, they can enjoy cookie decorating, face painting, elf bedtime tuck-ins

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and fun-filled Christmas parties before hanging their wish lists on the beautiful tree of hope.

Ring in the New Year There’s no better place to say hello to 2016 than at Atlantis, The Palm with our legendary firework display and unforgettable Royal Gala dinner. Live entertainment and fantastic fireworks are on offer to bring in the new year. For more information about any of these events, see atlantisthepalm.com/festive

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PARTY TIME DATES FOR YOUR DIARY OCTOBER

1st: Full Moon Party 16th: Nasimi Sessions 29th: Nasimi Halloween Party NOVEMBER

6th: Nasimi Sessions 13th: Nasimi Sessions 19th: Nasimi Sessions DECEMBER

3rd: Nasimi Sessions 11th: Full Moon Party 18th: Nasimi Sessions 31st: NYE Party Nasimi Beach

Get ready to gear up for the next session The much-loved Nasimi Sessions concert series returns to Dubai’s best beach club this season and there’s plenty to look forward to. Kicking off in October, partygoers can expect an exciting plethora of international DJs and top-class gigs at the iconic Nasimi Beach. With a fantastic sound system and the stunning facade of Altantis, The Palm as a glittering backdrop, Nasimi Sessions is the place to head for a great night on the sand. If you’re staying in the hotel and want to attend any of the upcoming events, see the concierge team for more details.


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EPICURIOUS A culinary update from Atlantis, The Palm

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Let this season’s ingredients guide your food choices this quarter…

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PEARS

BEETROOT

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DUCK

Delicate and sweet, pears improve in flavour and texture after they’ve been picked, ripening from the inside out. Indulge in Ossiano’s tender pear served with poached berry juice, Madagascar vanilla ice-cream and a hint of violet.

Roasted, blended or raw, you can’t beat the sweet earthy flavours of beetroot and they’re at their most tender this month. Head to Nasimi and order the beetroot salad for a colourful crunch bursting with taste.

Rich and full of flavour, wild duck season reaches its peak in November. Bread Street Kitchen & Bar will be serving it up with potato boulangère, cabbage puree and mulled berry sauce, the perfect dish for winter.


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59 POLISHING A DIAMOND

Kerguelen Island Legine with French peas, baked shallots, potato chips and Yuzu sauce

Dubai’s best seafood restaurant has a new chef at the helm and he’s very, very happy to be here aving started his career scraping fish from pans in the freezing cold grounds of a Brittany restaurant, it’s no wonder that Gregoire Berger, Ossiano’s Chef de Cuisine, has a smile on his face. “I love my job very, very much,” he says, “I love this restaurant, I’m so happy to be working here.” And all of this is delivered with a passion that’s all too clear to see. Having launched a restaurant in Casablanca, cooked privately for the President of France and served plenty of face time in one of the world’s busiest Michelin-starred restaurants, Gregoire isn’t afraid of a challenge. Which is a good thing given that Ossiano is already the winner of a rare hat-trick in the annual Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards, how does he plan to make it any better? “This is the best seafood restaurant in Dubai,” he agrees. “We have the Gout de la Mer and so many guests come specifically for that. For me, it’s obligatory to keep this - I don’t want to change it.” That, however, is not to say that the Frenchman isn’t making an impact. Having created a menu that retains the best of the old whilst introducing mouthwatering new dishes, there’s now an abundance of variety on offer coupled, of course, with one of the most spectacular restaurant settings in the world. In spite of the glistening Ambassador Lagoon

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Gregoire Berger

THE MAINE LOBSTER POT IS AN EXPERIENCE IN ITSELF

teeming with marine life, Gregoire is adamant that the main attraction should be the food. “The idea behind the changes is that Ossiano is, first and foremost, a restaurant. Guests might come because of the aquarium, but I want them to come back for the food, it shouldn’t be secondary.” And secondary it certainly is not. The Maine Lobster Pot is an experience in itself, with the chef slicing truffle at the table and inviting diners to get involved in the spectacle of it all, smelling the herbs and spices before they are added. The sumptous Alaskan King Crab is expertly paired with grapefruit and watermelon rendering it unmistakably refreshing. There’s also a daily market menu, prepared by Chef Gregoire and promising six-courses of the freshest ingredients around. Despite being at the highest end of the fine dining spectrum, Gregoire is determined to

ensure guests receive good value for money. “It’s an expensive restaurant and it’s a beautiful place, but we make sure that guests are more than satisfied. To me, it’s important to satisfy each and every table - I drive my team crazy asking them if everyone is happy, but when you pay a premium you cannot have mistakes. It has to be worth it.” Perfection is the goal and something Gregoire instills in the entire team. “When I build my menu, I involve all my chefs. Their creativity is included as, at the end of the day, they do a lot of the cooking - and they have to be invested in it to ensure it’s right.” And while many chefs have a reputation for being fierce or fiery, that’s simply not how

Gregoire operates. “I want people to be happy, it’s important to be kind to everyone. When I worked in Morocco, I went in and was a typical French chef, yelling at everyone. Within a week, they all hated me and I realised that in order to change others, I had to first change myself. Here everyone comes in with a smile, and the guests really feel it.” Gregoire explains his vision for the future: “Ossiano is beautiful, but we need to bring out the best of it. It’s like a stone - even if that stone is a diamond - you have to cut it properly to see the best of it.” And with a focus on exceptional ingredients, stunning plating and befitting value, Chef Berger looks set to make Ossiano shine even brighter.


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60 INTRODUCING BREAD STREET KITCHEN & BAR Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay launches a fantastic new concept in Dubai, where the focus is firmly on informal dining and innovative ideas t’s exciting times at Atlantis, The Palm as the doors to the much-anticipated Bread Street Kitchen & Bar from internationally acclaimed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay swing open. Coming to Dubai with a casual dining concept that has already seen huge success in London, Hong Kong and Singapore, there’s somewhat of a buzz around Ramsay’s new spot. The new venture for the much-loved British chef offers up casual dining where everyone is welcome. With a plethora of restaurants around the world, many of which boast Michelin stars, it’s no surprise that Gordon’s latest venture is set to be a roaring success, a success to which evolution is key. Each Bread Street Kitchen & Bar concept differs slightly from the others with ideas and menus constantly changing to create something new, something better. In Dubai, this is most obvious in the form of the colossal ice-cream bar. Initially appearing as a small station in Bread Street Kitchen & Bar at St Paul’s, London, it’s been taken to the next level in Dubai. Featuring bread and butter flavoured ice-cream

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THE RESTAURANT FUSES A TOUCH OF NOSTALGIA WITH BRASSERIE-CHIC (created exclusively for the restaurant), a whole range of gelato with new flavours each week, ice-cream sandwiches and a fun toppings bar where kids are encouraged to get involved, it’s set to be a hive of excitement. The massive bar is another exciting element, with mixologists set to create delicious concoctions that people can enjoy as they unwind, soak up the atmosphere and listen to fantastic live music. When it comes to looks, the restaurant fuses a touch of nostalgia with brasserie-chic, using plenty of white tiles, chunky wood and exposed shelving. There’s also a huge energy about the place with good music, live bands and a general whirr of activity. Heading up the team in this bustling hotspot is Argentinian Chef de Cuisine Cesar Bartolini,

Gordon Ramsay Bread Street Kitchen’s steak with mac and cheese


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Rendering of Bread Street Kitchen & Bar dining area showing one of the exposed kitchens

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62 who tells us a bit more about it. “Bread Street Kitchen & Bar isn’t about exquisitely plated fine-dining. It’s about simple food that you’ll want to eat every week. It’s food that you’ll be craving.” Ramsay has been thoroughly involved in every aspect of the development, and isn’t afraid to get stuck right in. “Gordon is very much hands-on. He knows what he wants; he’ll be in the kitchen, tasting what everyone is doing,” says Cesar. “He might come for lunch or dinner but he’ll also be back there, tasting from the pot or scooping a spoonful from a bowl of whatever the chefs are working on at the time.” Hailing from a family that love food, it’s no wonder that Chef Bartolini had a culinary calling. His grandfather used to grow vegetables and keep chickens in the backyard and he was preparing his own lunch since he was old enough to catch the bus. Having worked for the Gordon Ramsay Group in London for over seven years, and boasting a culinary career that spans three continents, why did he decide to take up the challenge? “It’s exciting, it’s Gordon’s biggest launch and the concept is awesome, it’s pretty cool,” enlightens Cesar. Despite having only been in the city a few months, it seems that he is settling in well. “Dubai is excellent. From the produce you can get, to the lifestyle, the culture…everything. And I love the weather.” Bread Street Kitchen & Bar is ideal for casual family dining or late night bites. The energy coming from the open kitchens, the relaxed vibe and the variety of food on offer is a perfect match for the hustle and bustle of Atlantis, The Palm. With a menu that has a strong British heartbeat coupled with an international pulse, and a promise to use only top-quality produce, Gordon’s Ramsay’s foray into Dubai’s casual dining scene, complete with a first-rate bar, is certainly set to impress.

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63 FIVE MINUTES WITH… GORDON RAMSAY Why did you choose to partner with Atlantis, The Palm for this outpost of Bread Street Kitchen & Bar? The place is a phenomenon; it’s got something for everybody. It’s family orientated, and the culinary scene at Atlantis, The Palm is a hotspot in the middle of the desert. I couldn’t think of a better partner with whom to launch Bread Street Kitchen & Bar in Dubai.

Bread Street Kitchen & Bar is all about the buzz, the atmosphere, the all-day excitement behind the menu. It’s a fantastic vibe, whether for a quick brunch, or something unique for a romantic dinner, a great bar, phenomenal cocktails, great ales, and a kitchen that’s live on show. So it’s almost like a theatre style operation; pretty unique.

Describe the dishes at Bread Street Kitchen & Bar Dubai? The menu at Bread Street Kitchen & Bar draws on great British influences, but gives a nice modern twist. It’s light, it’s exciting, there is something for everybody, whether it’s the most incredible rib eye, or even something as sumptuous as a chocolate fondant with chocolate ice-cream, it’s pretty unique but very stylish.

What about the bar? Chef de Cuisine Cesar Bartolini

WHAT’S ON THE MENU? When it comes to the food at Bread Street Kitchen, there’s an ethos on simple dishes done well, using first-class produce and drawing from British tradition, yet the menu is entirely international. Chef Bartolini says: “The food is from around the world, there’s a bit of everything; Italian, a bit of Asian and fusion dishes.” Local ingredients are also represented, says the chef. “We’re not going to compete with the local cuisine, but we’ll include regional ingredients and flavours depending on the season, and definitely make them into specials.” Otherwise, the focus is on sourcing as much British produce as possible, from the butter

to the cheese. Stand out dishes include the Tamarind chicken wings, which come in a spicy, sweet sauce. The roasted cod served with crushed potatoes, caramelised onions and a beautiful baby artichoke and lemon sauce is another top choice. One of Gordon’s own favourites is the beef wellington which is set to be served up in style. The steak with mac and cheese is another you don’t want to miss, as it’s Chef Bartolini’s favourite dish to cook. Look out too for the generously topped oven-fired flatbreads, which introduce exciting toppings like butternut squash puree, pine nut pesto and delicately crisp chicken skin to the palate.

The bar scene at Bread Street Kitchen & Bar is an amazing addition, the vibe, the excitement behind the cocktails, the whole menu has been put together by a brilliant mixologist, and there really is something for everybody. Spicing up the drinks, making them somewhat unique and, for the first time in a long time, making sure the drinks have a synergy with the menu. It’s quite a hard match, but we’ve pulled it off.

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64 FOOD DIRECTORY

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Skip room service and head to one of the myriad of restaurants and bars. Below you’ll find the chefs’ top tips for what to eat where. Go on, tuck in...

OSSIANO Winner of best seafood restaurant three years in a row, Ossiano serves elegant seafood alongside the hotel’s mesmerising aquarium.* Order: The Saturday afternoon tea with caviar. Ossiano’s Black Sole with Chorizo Beignets, Carrot and Tarragon Sauce

BREAD STREET KITCHEN & BAR Modern British food and delicious drinks in an eclectic atmosphere. Order: Signature tamarind wings.

NOBU Contemporary Japanese with subtle South American influences. Order: Black cod in miso.

SEAFIRE New York-style steakhouse perfect for the entire family. Order: Atlantis Beef.

RONDA LOCATELLI Authentic Italian cuisine from the North and South of Italy. Order: A wood-fired pizza.

YUAN Winner of best Chinese restaurant, YUAN serves up contemporary Chinese with a modern twist.* Order: The Friday Yum Cha brunch.

SAFFRON Award-winning Asian cuisine with a reputation to match. Order: Try the Friday brunch, the biggest party in Dubai.

KALEIDOSCOPE Buffet restuarant with international flavours from all around the world. Order: Try the Indian Heat theme night each Monday.

NASIMI BEACH Relaxed beachside dining venue that transforms into a lively bar at night. Order: The king prawns.

POSEIDON CAFÉ

Quick Eats

Casual bites served with a great view of The Ambassador Lagoon. Order: Continental breakfast, served 8am to 11am.

SHAWAFEL

THE EDGE Mediterranean cuisine served beachside. Order: The grilled seafood platter and a signature cocktail.

A cool fast-food joint offering a blend of two Middle Eastern favourites, shawarma and falafel. Order: The signature shawafel wrap

TBJ

THE SHORE

A fun and family friendly burger joint serving gourmet burgers to go. Order: The ‘Beast Burger’

Tex-Mex cuisine served beside the Royal Pool. Order: An authentic Mexican chimichanga.

ASIA REPUBLIC

PLATO’S

Cuisine from the Far East served in a beautifully decorated restaurant. Order: Curry Laksa followed by Chinese tea.

Traditional Arabian coffee house, ideal for refuelling during the day. Order: Freshly baked cakes and pastries.

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65 THE GOOD LIFE @Seafire Renowned for dishing up some of Dubai’s most succulent steaks, Seafire serves up much more than just fantastic fare.

“I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life,” said Frank Sinatra, and that’s exactly what Seafire’s Sinatra Wednesdays are all about. With waiters sporting the singer’s classic style - think bow ties, dark hats - coupled with live entertainment from the Sinatra Pack, guests can choose from seven exclusive cocktails, all made with the exquisite taste of Sinatra Select. Named after some of Frank’s biggest hits, opt to sip on a Fly Me to the Moon, or quaff on a That’s Life, these drinks are something to take your time over. When it comes to food, opt for Sinatra’s Endless Ribs and feast on unlimited slabs of baby back beef, smothered in signature Jackinfused sauce. Otherwise, try the Sinatra seven-course set menu specially created by Chef de Cuisine John Buenaventura. Begin with sumptuous croquets then try hickory smoked bush tomatoes before tucking into a traditional beef toastie followed by a smoke and coke sorbet, served in quirky retro Coke bottles. Atlantis beef pairs beautifully with the smoky taste of Jack as the star of the show, and is followed by the drama of a delicious melting affogato. Finish the show with a creamy JD milkshake. Much like Frank himself, Sinatra Wednesdays are something pretty special.

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DOWN SOUTH From October, Tuesday nights at Seafire will play host to a dedicated Cuban night. Not only will Chef Buenaventura be taking things south with a menu inspired by Cuban dishes, all infused with the unmistakable taste of Havana - guests will also be entertained with live music from a brand new Cuban trio, one of whom used to play with the renowned Buena Vista Social Club. A special cigar menu, cubanos galore and, of course, plenty of mojitos will ensure it’s an evening filled with authentic fare, mouthwatering drinks and the best beats in town.

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Dubai: Meet the people, visit the sites and experience its best bits


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68 DUBAI INSIDER All you need to know to navigate the city’s cultural spots

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Being billed as the city’s newest cultural icon, the Dubai Opera House is set to open next year and aims to bring the art form to the masses

Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, The Opera District in Downtown Dubai is set to become the cultural hub of the region. And the shining star at the centre of this development is the multi-billion dirham Dubai Opera House. This 2000-seat, multi-format venue draws its inspiration from the traditional sailing vessels of the Arabian Gulf, having been styled on the classic wooden dhows synonymous with the Dubai Creek. With ambitious plans to be as iconic as the world-famous Sydney Opera House - one of Australia’s top tourist destinations that has a history spanning over 40 years – the Dubai Opera House really is set to revolutionise the city’s cultural scene. The bow of the structure will contain Dubai Opera’s main stage, orchestra and seating areas as well as proposed sky gardens and restaurants while the elongated hull area will cater for taxi services, parking and valet. Thanks to exceptional planning and design, the venue will have the capacity to be transformed easily from theatre to auditorium, exhibition hall or lobby space. Almost half of the seating will be removable thanks to the use of hydraulic technology coupled with huge garages beneath the theatre that will offer storage space. A series of towers on stage will create an acoustic shell surrounding the orchestra, allowing the venue to perform as a concert hall. This innovative set-up means that the venue will be able to host almost any show in the world. Steering the helm of the new development is Jasper Hope, ex-Chief Operating Officer at London’s world-famous Royal Albert Hall. Bringing with him a wealth of experience gained in one of the world’s most prestigious cultural

A rendering of The Opera District

and entertainment facilities. Hope is excited for what the Opera House will mean for the city of Dubai. He commented: “Dubai Opera is a fantastic development with tremendous potential to serve as the Gulf region’s defining destination for cultural events… An iconic development such as Dubai Opera will be a catalyst for the city’s cultural scene and serve as a magnet to attract international professionals and large-scale productions, further building Dubai’s reputation globally.”

When complete, the entire cultural district will cover 5-acres of land and will include a modern art museum, art galleries, two art-hotels and residences as well as shopping destinations, restaurants and waterfront promenades. Opera Grand will be the first residential tower in the district and is set to attract culture enthusiasts who want to live right at the heart of Dubai’s newest space. Speaking about the project, Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director of Emaar


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Properties, said: “The Opera District is one of the most defining new developments by Emaar that focuses on creating a compelling arts and cultural destination in the heart of the city. “ With opera having somewhat of an elitist reputation worldwide, perhaps Dubai’s multipurpose venue in the heart of the city will help to banish barriers and open more people up to the idea that it’s a very attainable art form. And with the city hosting over 11 million visitors per year from across the globe, a figure

that’s only set to increase the closer we come to Dubai Expo 2020, plans to introduce a cultural icon coupled with sustainability can only be a positive thing. Hugely powerful and perhaps the most emotionally direct of all art forms, opera is storytelling at its most manipulative. And with the opening of the Dubai Opera House scheduled for March next year, the stage truly is set for the next chapter of Dubai’s cultural development - a new form of global culture.

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71 A WORKING HOLIDAY For a real insider’s view of Dubai, why not take one of the many workshops held across the city? Whether you fancy trying your hand at photography in the souk or are keen to tackle desert driving terrain, there’s a course out there for you...

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Take part in a photo walk

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Whether you’re a budding Ansel Adams or you simply want some fantastic holiday photographs to take home and show your friends, #Unseen Dubai is the place to go. Organised by Gulf

Photo Plus, photo trails takes in some of the most interesting regions of Dubai with itineraries including Naif by Night, Market to Majlis and the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. The photo walk season starts from October and is the perfect way to take in Dubai’s old neighbourhoods, indigenous species and authentic traditions from behind the lens of your camera.

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Put pen to paper with an intricate calligraphy lesson

Design and create your very own jewellery – the perfect Dubai souvenir

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Do you admire the elegance and grace of calligraphy but have never had the opportunity to learn the art? Why not make the most of your time in Dubai by taking part in the Creekside Café’s Arabic calligraphy evenings. Led by Sorour Amini, the evening course runs over four 90-minute sessions starting on October 7th but visitors are welcome to drop-in for a single class. Using bamboo pens, Surour shows participants how to create the Arabic alphabet, offering a hands-on perspective on this ancient art form.

Would you like to take home a piece of jewellery as a memento of your time spent in Dubai? How about going one step further and handcrafting that piece of jewellery yourself ? Don Sankey offers visitors the chance to do exactly that with half-day workshops teaching participants how to create their own designs before transforming the raw materials into beautifully wearable pieces of silver jewellery. Classes are a lot of fun, very hands-on, and include all the equipment needed to get started in the fascinating art of silver making.

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The European Tour Performance Institute

TEE OFF Improve your skills on one of the world’s most iconic greens Jumeirah Golf Estates Tour Player Signature School offers golfers the opportunity to take advantage of world-class coaching and practice facilities during a one-day course at one of the world’s best golf courses. Start the day at the European Tour Performance Institute with a computerised video swing analysis, followed by an instructional clinic focusing on short game technique and bunker play. After lunch, spend the afternoon on the Earth course, with a 9-hole-playing lesson, focusing on course management and shot strategy. Available for a minimum of three students, classes also include a welcome pack, swing development portfolio, unlimited use of practice balls and practice facilities.

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If you are a fan of sushi, then you’ve probably dined at Nobu – the legendary Japanese restaurant at Atlantis, The Palm. Get set to impress dinner guests by signing up to one of

the restaurant’s Sushi Master Classes, held every first Saturday of the month. While sushi making is undoubtedly an art, the basics are easy to pick up, especially when guided by Chef de Cuisine, Herve Courtot and his team. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to wrap seaweed, make the perfect sticky rice and create bite-sized masterpieces, this is the class for you.

DUNE DRIVING A one-day driving course that teaches you how to navigate your way across Dubai’s stunning sandy dunes EDI.AE

Driving in the desert

If you fancy exploring the beauty of the untamed desert wilderness behind the wheel of a vehicle, Emirates Driving Institute has the perfect course for you. Before you get let loose on desert terrain, you’ll learn the basic mechanical knowledge of a 4x4 as well as discovering more about the topography of the desert and situtations that may arise. Then, it’s out to the dunes where the institute’s advanced driving trainers will guide you through a series of drills, practical exercises and driving manoeuvres, all the while providing you with tips and advice for surviving desert driving. You’ll be given a certificate to take away with you, meaning you can boast about your new-found driving skills to anyone who’ll listen.


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74 PARK LIFE Not just high-rise buildings and towering skyscrapers, there’s plenty of green to be found in Dubai’s concrete jungle ZABEEL PARK

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Zabeel Park has been dubbed Dubai’s first technology-driven park. There’s Wi-Fi connectivity throughout, but a wide range of facilities ensure you’ll be doing a lot more than looking at your phone. With designated areas for picnics and barbecues, as well as Stargate Dubai - a children’s entertainment centre offering everything from boating to mini golf it’s perfect for the whole family. Taxi reference: Zabeel, near DWTC

AL BARSHA PARK Next to Al Barsha Mall, this park is perfect for those looking to get active while unwinding. Facilities include running tracks, fitness machines, bicycle rentals, tennis and basketball courts, and there are also plenty of play areas. In the evenings, the park comes alive with underpalm floodlights, making it a beautiful spot for an evening stroll. Taxi reference: Opposite Barsha Mall

MUSHRIF PARK There’s lots to see at the eclectic Mushrif Parkfrom a display of small-scale traditional houses from around the world, to horse riding and a swimming pool. A bicycle and walking track keep adults entertained while the little ones are happy in the play areas. With so much to do, the whole family will be happy. Taxi reference: Al Khawaneej Road, near Mirdif

MIRACLE GARDEN While not strictly a park, this is a great spot to visit for a burst of greenery thanks to the estimated 45 million flowers and plants inside, a pretty impressive alternative to Dubai’s urban metropolis. Only open during winter and spring, the park boasts a world record-breaking wall of flowers, colourful parasol shaded walkways and a butterfly garden filled with an estimated 15,000 insects. Taxi reference: Arjan Dubailand, Barsha South

CREEKSIDE PARK One of Dubai’s oldest and prettiest parks, situated in the heart of the old city. With lush gardens, nature trails, bicycle hire and beautiful waterfront views, it’s also home to Children’s City - a fascinating interactive and educational entertainment complex. Taxi reference: Riyadh Road, Bur Dubai

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77 ALL THE ACTION Make the most of Dubai’s winter weather by heading along to these alfresco events

The European Tour Race to Dubai ends with spectacular flourish with The DP World Tour Championship, taking place at Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 19th to 22nd. Now celebrating its seventh year, the event is the culmination of a season-long occurrence spanning 48 tournaments in 26 destinations across five continents. This year, it will play host to the world’s top 60 golfers and is set to attract around 55,000 spectators. The four-day event promises world-class sporting action and plenty of off-course entertainment and, with Atlantis, The Palm being the official hotel sponsor of the tournament, you may be lucky enough to spot your favourite player at breakfast. jumeirahgolfestates.com

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EMIRATES AIRLINES DUBAI RUGBY SEVENS For thrilling action, great crowds and a party atmosphere, Emirates Airlines Dubai Rugby Sevens celebrates its 46th episode this year from December 3rd to 5th. Located at The Sevens stadium on the Dubai-Al Ain Road, it’s one of the top sporting events in the region and this year will also host the first women’s Netball Tournament alongside the Rugby. Away from the pitch - where the action is pulsating - it’s a fantastic weekend for family fun with fancy dress and colourful wigs aplenty, not to mention giant inflatables, live dancers, drummers and kids’ play areas. Fun for everyone. dubairugby7s.com

UAE NATIONAL DAY

Emirates Airlines Dubai Rugby Sevens

It’s time to celebrate everything about the UAE with National Day celebrations taking place across the country on December 2nd. Downtown Dubai will host a huge parade in celebration of the nation’s 44th year, and visitors can expect to see flags, fireworks, military performances and more at Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. Meanwhile, across the country there will be parades, fireworks and a host of activities celebrating the heritage, history and achievements of the nation. uaenationalday.ae


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79 RED BULL FLUGTAG This incredulous challenge returns to the UAE after a nine-year hiatus. Hosted at Dubai Creek Park, November 20th will see teams compete to build and fly the biggest, wackiest and most imaginative flying machines off a 30-foot high flight deck into the blue sky above, before an inevitable descent into the water below. Set to attract around 30,00 spectators, participants will be trying to beat the current world-record, held by Californian team Chicken Whispers and their giant flying-poultry invention. redbullflugtag.com

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Entering its seventh year, Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island will once again play host to Formula 1’s only twilight fixture in the racing calendar as it hosts the final leg of the 2015 tournament from November 27th to 29th. Bigger and better than ever before, visitors can expect an aweinspiring experience on a waterfront setting to easily rival the likes of Monaco and Singapore, coupled with top-notch live concerts from major international artists. yasmarinacircuit.com

SPINNEY’S DUBAI 92 CYCLING CHALLENGE Now in it’s fifth year, the UAE’s biggest community cycling event of the year takes place on December 11th and aims to attract more than 2,500 riders. A challenge for beginners and experts alike, the race sees riders cycle across 92km of Dubai roads. cyclechallenge.ae

THE SAND PIT For an obstacle course like no other, get involved in The Sand Pit taking place on November 20th in the green surrounds of Al Barari. The 10 km course tests competitors’ physical and mental abilities and demonstrates the value of teamwork whilst ensuring that everybody has a whole lot of fun. Whether you’re swinging through the Rings of Terror or trying not to get tangled in the Arachnophobia net, it’s a day of fun-filled action. thesandpitrun.com

Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

AL AIN AIR CHAMPIONSHIP Previously termed the Al Ain Aerobatic Show, this aviation extravaganza takes place from December 17th to 19th, and attracts flying aces from across the world. Spectators can participate via an interactive voting system and flying aside, there is plenty of fun to be had. alainairchampionship.ae If you’re staying at the hotel and want to attend any of these events, speak to the concierge team.

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FLORENT MANAUDOU The French Olympic swimmer and world record holder spent time splashing around at Atlantis, The Palm The joy of travel “As an international athlete I travel a lot, but don’t have time to really enjoy what each destination offers. That’s why I’m happy to take some time off and discover all the activities available at Atlantis, The Palm.

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Dubai Memories “I’ll remember for the rest of my life diving in the gigantic Ambassador Lagoon among the marine life. I’ve also loved spending time relaxing in ShuiQi Spa and playing like a child in Aquaventure.” Diving in the Ambassador Lagoon

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