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Contents June / July / August 2017
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Join the social media movement by sharing your best photographs
11 The Edit
Everything you need to know to ensure a fun summer stay in the emirate
24 All That Glitters
Learn about the history of gold
in Dubai and discover ways to experience the gilded lifestyle
26 6 Of The Best
A selection of the best hotels that are conveniently located nearby top shopping sites
29 The Insider
Myrna Ayad, fair director of Art Dubai, shares her artistic highlights of the city
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32 The Great Indoors
From theme parks to a snowy ski resort – escape the heat at these top family attractions
40 Spa Trekking
Unwind in these striking spas built to take you on a journey to wellness
48 The Centre of Wow
Discover the cinematic cityscape of Downtown Dubai
Take a visual tour of the emirate’s iconic architecture
62 Design For Life
Why Dubai Design District is at the heart of the emirate’s transformation into a regional creative hub
66 At The Cutting Edge Add some Arabian style to your wardrobe thanks to these one-of-a-kind shopping experiences in the city
72 A Look Ahead
Dubai’s first resident show, La Perle, is set to be the hottest ticket in town when it opens after the summer
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Submarine Adventure, Legoland Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts (page 32)
Cover image: Set sail across Burj Lake for an up-close look at The Dubai Fountain, with Burj Khalifa as the backdrop
LOVE BEING TOGETHER. LIVE THE MOMENT Celebrate Life this summer with family & friends at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai. Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, located on Pearl Jumeira is a 5-star contemporary style beachfront property, featuring 132 luxurious hotel rooms, suites and private villas, 5 restaurants and lounges, 450-meter private beach, Tone Gym, Nikki Spa and two oversized pools. The serene resort experience is further enhanced with beachside pampering, spa days and personalized service. Kids stay free and avail of complimentary breakfast at CafÃ© Nikki. The offer is valid from 17 May - 30 Sep 2017.
For reservations or more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org NIKKI BEACH RESORT & SPA DUBAI | Pearl Jumeira, P.O. Box 8286, Dubai, United Arab Emirates T: +971 4 376 6000 F: +971 4 376 6333
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Summer has arrived, but don't let the heat dampen your thirst for thrills. Seasoned drivers can get behind the wheel of a four-wheel drive and head out toward the desert dunes for an off-road adventure. Alternatively, book one of the many guided tours led by skilled instructors who will take you on a high-octane journey youâ€™ll never forget. Platinum Heritage puts a luxurious twist on the experience, traversing the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in vintage Land Rovers. The company runs a number of special summer desert safaris to accommodate the rise in temperature. Photo by @gmr83 visitdubai.com 7
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Street art fans are sure to be impressed by the striking graffiti that adorns the buildings in Satwa. Part of an urban art initiative known as Dubai Street Museum, much of the artwork can be found along 2nd December Street. As a result, the area has been transformed into a vibrant open-air gallery that pays tribute to the heritage and history of the United Arab Emirates. This particular mural depicts a group of Emirati children hoop rolling. Photo by @joycaasi visitdubai.com 9
EdIT What’s new, what’s hot, what’s not to be missed: your definitive guide to summer in Dubai
SHAKE IT UP
Indulge your cravings at Black Tap Like edible works of art, the ‘crazy shakes’ at Black Tap are stacked sky-high with delicious toppings, from sticky chocolate brownie to fluffy cotton candy. They’re the star of the show at the American burger and shake institution spearheaded by Michelin-starred chef Joe Isidori, which has a huge following in New York and has recently opened at Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah.
As one would expect, the burgers are equally as impressive. Each one is made from scratch using the freshest ingredients and diners can choose from 14 flavour combinations, such as the classic All-American and the novel Pizza Burger. Team with a delicious side, such as signature fries with buttermilk dill dip, sticky teriyaki broccoli, or the popular BT wings with spicy Korean BBQ. Open daily from 11am to 12.30am. +971 4 422 9904. visitdubai.com 11
TAlK of the ToWN Our pick of popular events, activities and attractions WHErE To…
take the kids
NoTE IT: Turtle feeding at Jumeirah Al Naseem WHAT’S IT All AboUT? Help care for sick and injured turtles by taking part in the live feeding sessions at the hotel’s outdoor turtle lagoon. The initiative is part of the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project, which has seen the release of more than 560 rescued sea turtles back into Dubai’s waters. WHAT To ExPEcT? Sessions take place at 11am every Wednesday. They are free to join and last around 20 minutes. Feeding priority is given to children. jumeirah.com
NoTE IT: Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) WHAT’S IT All AboUT? Summer is the perfect time to snap up those buys you’ve been coveting thanks to the citywide shopping and entertainment celebration DSS, taking place from 1 July to 12 August. WHAT To ExPEcT? Malls, entertainment venues, theme parks and even hotels join in the festivities by dropping their prices and pumping out promotions. Enjoy weekly deals and special sales on a variety of leading brands, plus more ways to keep the whole family entertained. dubaisummersurprises.ae
grab a bite
NoTE IT: Hangry Hangar WHAT’S IT All AboUT? Food trucks are all the rage in Dubai right now and you can eat your way around the best of them at Hangry Hangar. This indoor street market brings together a selection of muchloved vendors along with some new pop-up concepts so you can enjoy a homegrown foodie experience in comfort. WHAT To ExPEcT? Join people of all ages catching up with friends over a bite to eat while enjoying the live music. Taking place from 30 June to 2 September at Warehouse Four in Al Quoz. hangryhangar.com
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Legoland Water Park
NoTE IT: Legoland Water Park WHAT’S IT All AboUT? Cool down at this awesome waterpark, which is the only one in the region designed especially for families with children aged two to 12. WHAT To ExPEcT? There are 20 attractions and water slides to splash your way through, including a wave pool and the popular Build-A-Raft-River, where you can create your own custom Lego raft before floating along the lazy river. There’s also a fun Duplo Splash Safari area especially for toddlers. See the website for opening times and prices. legoland.com/dubai
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NoTE IT: Skydive Dubai WHAT’S IT All AboUT? The emirate’s ultimate skydiving destination, Skydive Dubai, usually closes up shop for summer. This year, thrill seekers can continue leaping from aeroplanes at the Palm dropzone location, which will be open during July and August with limited hours.
WHAT To ExPEcT? Gain a bird’s eye view of Dubai by braving a tandem skydive. Not for the faint-hearted, you’ll need to keep your nerves in check as you leap out of the aeroplane door and experience a two-minute free fall before parachuting down to the designated landing spot. skydivedubai.ae
BOOK it list Make sure you don’t miss any upcoming shows and events with our look at what’s on the horizon
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Unite with Tomorrowland
Glow sticks at the ready. The mother of all electronic dance music festivals, Belgium’s Tomorrowland, will be broadcast live via satellite in eight countries around the world in July, including in Dubai at Festival City Arena. Three of the world’s top DJs – Armin Van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Kshmr – will headline the show by working their magic on the Tomorrowland Mainstage. Meanwhile, Martin Solveig, Tom Swoon, Franky Rizardo, Ferreck Dawn, Robert Falcon, Mikael Weermets, Siege, Arcade 82 and Barry Force will entertain audiences live in Dubai on the Unite stage. Party-goers can get into the spirit of the festival thanks to the synchronised special effects, which are designed to help ‘Tomorrowlanders’ around the world feel connected. Get set to bust out your best dance moves – it’s the next best thing to being there. For those aged 21 and over. Taking place on 29 July at Festival City Arena from 2pm to 3am. Tickets cost from Dhs490 to Dhs590.
For up-to-the-minute, comprehensive listings, download the new Dubai Calendar app at dubaicalendar.ae
Ed Sheeran live in Dubai
If, like us, you can’t get Shape Of You out of your head, then it may be time to see Ed live in concert. The good news is that the multi-platinum selling singer songwriter is heading back to Dubai in November for a oneoff performance that’s not to be missed. We can’t wait! The concert is taking place on 23 November from 4pm to 1am at the Autism Rocks Arena at Dubai Outlet Mall. dubaicalendar.ae
A littlE OpErA
You’re never too young to go to the opera. Indeed, those with small kids in tow can enjoy the Dubai Opera experience thanks to the family-friendly Xavier & Aisha’s Amazing Choral Adventure. Coordinated by celebrated composer, Joanna Marsh, the show tells the heart-warming tale of Xavier (Aladdin’s little brother) and his quest for true love as he seeks to defeat the evil conductor, learn to sing and marry Aisha, the girl of his dreams. The show is created by the choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Taking place at 11am and 2pm on 6 and 7 July at Dubai Opera Studio.
What’s cooking Eat your way around this culinary melting pot of a city at the newest, hippest restaurants and cafés FoodiE Focus
Try Turkish pide at Babaji For a delicious interpretation of the humble flatbread, head to Babaji. The newly-opened Turkish pide (pronounced pea-dhay) restaurant by Alan Yau brings this timeless Middle Eastern favourite to life by baking it in a wood fired oven before adding a range of delicious toppings, such as chargrilled courgettes, prawns and walnuts. Located at City Walk, the venue marks Babaji’s first international venue outside of London. Diners can soak up the vibrant atmosphere, which is brought to life by large-scale pide ovens and a bustling open kitchen concept, complemented by its trademark Turkish hospitality. The menu is enhanced with classic mezze, from tabbouleh salad to cheese and spinach borek. Plus, there’s a master grill section offering everything from chargrilled baby chicken to whole seabream. Finish off your meal in style with a traditional Turkish tea and a sweet treat from the dedicated baklava counter. babaji.com
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Waka, The Oberoi Dubai Hotel. This vibrant venue brings a taste of Latin America with a twist to Dubai. Under the direction of Executive Chef Roberto Segura, Latin American flavours are combined with Japanese seasonings, using French techniques. The result is a menu of yummy dishes, including Hot Rock Ceviche and Beef Pachamama. Open Saturday to Wednesday from 6pm to midnight and Thursday and Friday from 6pm to 1am. +971 4 444 1455, waka.ae.
Almayass, Sofitel Downtown Dubai. Founded by an Armenian family in Beirut in 1996, this Lebanese-Armenian restaurant has expanded across the Middle East – and even to New York. For its latest venue in Dubai, Almayass stays true to its Armenian roots, from the Lebanese cuisine fused with warm and exotic spices to the vibrant colours and decorative fixtures in the venue. Try the beef kebabs with sour cherry sauce. Open Sunday to Saturday from noon to 1am. +971 4 503 6666.
Eshak, City Walk. Taking a contemporary approach to Middle Eastern cuisine, Eshak is the place to go for a colourful, flavourful meal that’s packed full of laughter. Dive into a fusion menu that blends Uzbek, European and Middle Eastern tastes and sample dishes such as daily pilafs, mantas and khachapuris. The portions are generous but be sure to save space for a sweet, from baklava to the famous assal cake. Open daily from noon to midnight. +971 4 385 5435, eshak.ae.
do play With your Food
The popular PLAY Restaurant & Lounge is showcasing its sweeter side with a playful new dessert – an edible banana tree, which is delicious from root to tip. The pot is packed with layers of passion fruit steamed custard, banana cotton sponge cake, caramelised salted peanuts, banana ice cream, banana foam and chocolate ‘soil’. Eat your way up to the branches made from vanilla biscuits before devouring the leaves of passion fruit meringue sheets topped with black sesame. Dhs45. Located at H Hotel, 1 Sheikh Zayed Road. The restaurant is open daily from 7pm to 1am. +971 4 336 4444.
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Please note: Aquaventure Waterpark will be closed for maintenance from 4 to 24 June 2017.
Majestic architecture, iridescent blue water and a cityscape backdrop – we highlight some of the reasons why this man-made island makes its mark Large enough to be seen from space, Palm Jumeirah attracts tourists in their droves due to its impressive blend of hotels, restaurants and attractions. This stunning man-made archipelago is designed in the shape of a palm tree and comprises a trunk with 17 fronds, encircled by a crescent-shaped island. Visitors enjoy easy access thanks to the Palm Monorail (palm-monorail.com), which runs along the trunk of the island, connecting the Gateway station at the entry point to Atlantis The Palm, Dubai (atlantisthepalm.com) at the far end. As well a being one of the most popular places to stay in the emirate, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai lures day guests eager to explore Aquaventure Waterpark. Get the adrenaline pumping by braving the rides and slides, including the near-vertical Leap of Faith, meet the sea lions and kick back and relax at the 700-metre-long private beach. New hotels on the island include Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai (viceroyhotelsandresorts.com), which has 477 rooms and suites, three swimming pools, four international restaurants, a rooftop venue and a 200-metre stretch of private beach offering some fab watersports. Situated on the west trunk is the quintessentially British Dukes Dubai (dukesdubai.com), which features 279 guestrooms including 64 suites, as well as a ladies-only Liberty Duchess floor. There are six dining experiences to choose from, including signature outlet Great British Restaurant (GBR), which serves up everything from cod and chips to Lancashire hot pot in a stunning setting overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Join in the fun at Club Vista Mare (nakheel.com), a beachfront promenade of restaurants, lounges and cafés. It is the newest addition to Palm Jumeirah, offering spectacular views of the cityscape. Among the dining venues is Breeze, a beach grill concept that has a raw bar and deli counter. There’s also Aji (pronounced ‘ah-hee’), which specialises in Japanese-Peruvian (Nikkei) cuisine as well as Gursha, which is the first Ethiopian restaurant in the area. Each restaurant has indoor and outdoor terrace seating, with some featuring space directly on the beach. For a quick snack before you leave, head to The Boardwalk, which stretches the entire length of the 11-kilometre crescent and is home to around 20 food trucks serving everything from fish and chips to falafel, and spaghetti to shawarma. Tuck into your favourite food before taking a stroll along the waterfront, which is a popular spot for cyclists, joggers and, of course, tourists on a quest for the perfect selfie.
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Marvel at the city’s most prominent landmarks
Tick some of the most admired modern marvels off your checklist by heading to the awe-inspiring Burj Khalifa before ducking into The Dubai Mall to cast an eye over some of its design highlights, from the elegant The Souk to the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, which features a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel. Next, hop in a taxi to Etihad Museum on Jumeirah Beach Road, which is designed by Moriyama & Teshima Architects. Inside, you can find out more about the history of the UAE. The Gate Building and Jumeirah Emirates Towers
For a masterclass in traditional Arabian design, wander around Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood – one of the oldest heritage sites in the city. Dating back to the early 1900s, the neighbourhood is characterised by its traditional wind towers, bustling courtyards and maze of winding alleyways. Zip across to Dubai International Financial Centre to view the imposing The Gate Building and Jumeirah Emirates Towers, which was designed by architect Hazel Wong. Madinat Jumeirah
Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
Hail a cab to Souk Madinat Jumeirah, an authentic re-creation of an ancient marketplace complete with traditional Middle Eastern style and ambiance. Have a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants offering stunning views toward Burj Al Arab before heading back to the airport to catch your flight.
Pierchic Destination Lunch. Impress your clients without blowing the budget thanks to the three-course lunch at Pierchic, which is situated at the end of the pier at Al Qasr Hotel. Feast on fresh seafood and drink in the stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. Dhs199 per person. Saturday to Thursday from 12.30pm to 3pm. jumeirah.com. Roberto’s. Step inside this sophisticated Italian restaurant located at Gate Village, Dubai International Financial Centre, for a classic fine dining experience in a relaxed setting. Choose from a selection of delicious mains, such as wild forest and portobello mushroom risotto with black truffle. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer great views of the Dubai skyline. robertos.ae. The Lima Lunch, Lima Dubai. Cinch the deal over a meal at this impressive Peruvian restaurant now open at City Walk. The three-course lunch menu features signature dishes such as Hot Chicken Ceviche with sweet potato and hot rocoto tiger’s milk. Dhs120 per person. Sunday to Thursday from noon to 4pm. limadubai.com.
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MAKING ITS mark Dubai gets creative with these bespoke designs Upgrade your watch Timepiece connoisseurs around the world will be pleased to learn that Dubai Tourism has teamed up with Tag Heuer to launch a special edition timepiece. Designed to pay tribute to the emirate, the Dubai Connected Watch Modular 45 Special Edition blends the rich Swiss watchmaking heritage of Tag Heuer with Dubai’s dynamism and digitally-minded spirit. The result is an impressive timepiece mounted on a brown calfskin strap with rubber lining and exclusive ‘Dubai’ embossing. It also has a spare strap in Dubai’s trademark shade of blue and a case back engraved with the Dubai logo. “I am incredibly pleased with this successful partnership as these are two rare brands whose values both represent a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity. TAG Heuer prides itself on its rich heritage while Dubai has become a universal visionary and is truly a digitally connected spirit,” says Nicolas Pic, Area Sales Director TAG Heuer Middle East. The partnership has also given rise to three digital, animated watch faces. We like the ‘Your Time, Our Essence’ face, which features 24 icons, such as Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and a falcon, to represent the hours of the day. The Dubai Connected Watch Modular 45 Special Edition has a run of 200 and is available to the public from the third week of June. Dhs8,000. tagheuer.com
It’s all in the font
Dubai is the first city in the world to have an official font. The Dubai Font, a project launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, in partnership with Microsoft, is a blend of Latin and Arabic elements. Designed by Monotype’s Dr Nadine Chahine and its design team, it is intended to unite the world through the power of expression and embodies a vision to promote literacy, unity and forward-thinking. The font is free for use around the world and is available in Office 365. dubaifont.com 22 visitdubai.com
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All That Glitters
How Dubai earned its namesake as the City of Gold. Plus, where to find a nugget of your own
he emirate may make headlines for its extravagant offerings, from glamorous nightspots bedecked in gold leaf to edible gold dust sprinkled onto gourmet dishes, but Dubai’s links to the precious metal are born from a rich heritage. The UAE’s strategic location at the centre of global trade – and namely its proximity to India, Africa and China – has long provided a major advantage in serving the gold industry. Indeed, it was Dubai’s prosperity as a trading port that first brought the rich commodity to its shores. In the early 1900s, the destination’s trade-friendly environment inspired a handful of merchants to set up a marketplace near Dubai Creek where the wooden dhow trade was flourishing. The move supported the import and export of gold and, as such, their self-made souk began to thrive. Today, the Gold Souk in Deira is one of the largest retail gold markets in the world home to hundreds of vendors. It is a popular first stop for those who want to shop for gold in a traditional setting. The busy marketplace provides a fascinating glimpse into those historic trading days, with a dazzling showcase of jewellery and gemstones. If you’re not an expert, don’t fret, as the government carefully regulates the quality of gold, so you can be sure that your purchases will be genuine. Just be prepared to barter for the best price.
A more modern, air-conditioned alternative is Gold & Diamond Park situated on Sheikh Zayed Road, near FGB metro station. Home to 90 leading retailers, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to growing your jewellery collection. For a special keepsake, take advantage of the skills of the resident artisans by commissioning your own design.
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Fun ways to enjoy the gilded lifestyle. Shop the Gold Souk. Meander through the narrow cobblestone alleys lined with shops at this historic souk in Deira and get set to barter for your favourite pieces of jewellery. Pamper yourself. Try the Egyptian Gold facial at Raffles Spa at Raffles Dubai, which harnesses the power of 24-karat gold to boost the skin’s radiance. Taste it. Tuck into the gold-dusted wagyu Billionaire Burger on the menu at At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa. Drink it down. Stop by Armani Hotel Dubai for a gold cappuccino sprinkled with 23-karat gold flakes. Join the glitterati. Party people should head to popular nightspot Gold On 27, which is situated on the 27th floor of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and is bedecked in gold leaf. ◆ Enjoy great deals on gold jewellery at the city’s best malls as part of Dubai Summer Surprises. The shopping and entertainment festival is taking place from 1 July to 12 August. dubaisummersurprises.ae visitdubai.com 25
Boutique shopping at The Dubai Mall
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Make the most of the summer shopping season by checking into these top hotels offering easy access to the city’s best malls
Address dubAi MAll This popular property overlooks Burj Khalifa and is attached to The Dubai Mall – the world’s largest and most-visited retail and entertainment destination, so you can embark on a spree without having to venture outdoors into the summer heat. theaddress.com
rove City Centre This hip hotel in Deira presents the perfect excuse to team a shopping trip with a dash of culture thanks to its location nearby historic Dubai Creek. The property is a stone's throw from City Centre Deira – the largest shopping and entertainment complex in 'old Dubai'. rovehotels.com 26 visitdubai.com
lA ville Hotel & suites City WAlk dubAi, AutogrApH ColleCtion This stylish boutique hotel is the first property to pop up at City Walk – a lowrise neighbourhood with an awesome mixture of shops and gourmet eateries. marriott.com
interContinentAl dubAi FestivAl City Picture yourself breezing through the plush lobby of this glamorous hotel with some shopping bags dangling from your arm. The property has direct access to Dubai Festival City Mall and its anchor stores Robinsons and Marks & Spencer. ihg.com
W dubAi – Al HAbtoor City A hotspot for new wave fashion, music and design, this super cool hotel is nearby The Dubai Mall. Guests can get plugged into the local shopping scene thanks to the W Insider service, which connects global jet-setters and local tastemakers to all that's new in the city. wdubaialhabtoorcity.com
sHerAton dubAi MAll oF tHe eMirAtes Hotel This five-star property is attached to Mall of the Emirates, which boasts hundreds of top brands and is home to family-friendly attractions including Ski Dubai and a 14-screen VOX Cinemas. starwoodhotels.com
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Myrna Myrna Ayad Ayad
As fair director of Art Dubai, As fair director of Art Dubai, Myrna Ayad is one Myrna Ayadofisthe oneMiddle of the Middle East’s leading voices and cultural East’s leading voices and cultura commentators. She shares commentators. Sheher shares her expert take on take the emirate’s expert on the emirate’s flourishing art scene flourishing art scene
How has Dubai’s How hasarts Dubai’s scenearts evolved scene evolved over the years? over the years? A decade ago, A decade thereago, was there just a was handful just a handful of art galleries of artscattered galleries scattered around Dubai around Dubai International International Financial Financial Centre (DIFC), Centre (DIFC), Christie’s Christie’s Dubai hadDubai only been had only openbeen a open a year and Art year Dubai and Art launched, Dubai launched, welcoming welcoming 40 galleries 40and galleries 8,000and visitors. 8,000 visitors. Today, theToday, entirethe country entireiscountry celebrating is celebrating the arts and thepockets arts andofpockets creativity, of creativity, such as such as Alserkal Avenue Alserkal and Avenue the galleries and thearound galleries around Al Quoz, have Al Quoz, emerged. have emerged. This year’s This year’s Art Dubai,Art which Dubai, took which placetook in March, place in March, welcomedwelcomed 94 galleries 94from galleries 43 countries from 43 countries and more and thanmore 30,000 than visitors, 30,000sovisitors, it’s so it’s clear to see clear howtoDubai see how hasDubai grownhas as an grown art as an ar hub. Of course, hub. Of this course, is aided thisbyisthe aided efforts by the efforts of the other of emirates, the other emirates, such as Sharjah, such as Sharjah, which is home whichtoisahome number to aofnumber incredible of incredible museums,museums, and Abu Dhabi, and Abu where Dhabi, where Guggenheim Guggenheim Abu DhabiAbu is currently Dhabi is currently hosting itshosting secondits exhibition. second exhibition.
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D ub a i Insider Commissioned artwork on a wall at City Walk
“City Walk has commissioned street artists to create site-specific works” Lastly, take an early evening tour of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and admire the exhibits that are scattered across the district. Tell us about the best places to go to see some street art. City Walk has commissioned street artists to create site-specific works. Drive or walk along 2nd December street, too, where buildings have been painted as part of the Dubai Walls initiative, which contributes to the city’s appreciation of art. Where can we go to view local art? Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde represents a number of UAE-based and Emirati artists, as does Lawrie Shabibi, Carbon12Dubai and Ayyam Gallery. 30 visitdubai.com
What else is a must-see? It is impossible for me to pick a favourite. The new Etihad Museum, however, is fantastic with beautiful architecture and a stunning interior. It is located on the same historical site of Union House – the very place where the constitution of the UAE was signed in 1971. I have been there several times already and can thoroughly recommend it. It’s unmissable. What is special about art in the emirate? Art is a way to access and learn about different cultures. Coming from a region that can be misunderstood and misrepresented, art is an important form of expression. Galleries collectors, and artists are working hand-in-hand to put the country on the cultural map. ◆
Running at The Third Line (thethirdline. com) until 25 July, Amir H. Fallah’s Almost Home explores what it means to exist outside of one’s homeland, via his signature style landscapes and portraits. Until 30 August, Ayyam Gallery (ayyamgallery.com) hosts selected works from celebrated calligrapher Mohammad Bozorgi. While over at Lawrie Shabibi (lawrieshabibi.com), Yazan Khalili explores law and justice through multiple mediums until 27 June. Ayyam Gallery Dubai
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Swap the hot summer sun for some inside fun at these top family attractions
Dubai Parks anD resorts
Comprising three separate theme parks and a water park, Dubai Parks and Resorts provides plenty of options for thrill-seekers of all ages. The colossal attraction is operating summer hours and promotions, so guests can make the most of all that’s on offer. Make your way through Riverland Dubai – a fun, themed gateway packed with shops and eateries – and get set to explore the various attractions thanks to the trams that transport visitors around the parks. Here’s a glimpse of what you can find inside… Motiongate Dubai showcases some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters from DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures and Lionsgate. Check out Kung Fu Panda Academy or put their creative skills to the test at Flint’s Imagination Lab. Bollywood Parks Dubai is bursting with rides and attractions based on some of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters, such as Lagaan: The Thrill of Victory. 32 visitdubai.com
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Legoland Dubai is an interactive theme park that brings the Lego brick to life in a playful learning environment. Four themed lands â€“ Miniland, Kingdoms, Adventure and Imagination â€“ are indoors. Legoland Water Park invites families to splash around and have some fun. To stay close to all the action, consider checking into the on-site Polynesian-themed Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection Hotels. How much: During the summer, tickets cost from Dhs85 per person for one-day admission to Bollywood Parks Dubai. Opening times: Daily summer operating hours are: Motiongate Dubai 4pm to midnight, Bollywood Parks Dubai 4pm to midnight, Legoland Dubai 4pm to midnight and Legoland Water Park 10am to 7pm. Summer packages are valid until the end of August. Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, opposite Palm Jebel Ali. Contact: +971 4 820 0000, dubaiparksandresorts.ae. visitdubai.com 33
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Step into an underwater world at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, which mesmerises visitors with its vast suspended aquarium that is home to thousands of aquatic animals, including more than 300 sharks and rays. There are a number of ways to experience it, from the 48-metre-long walk-through tunnel to the glass-bottomed boat tour. Adventurous types can sign up for the cage snorkelling experience or test their nerve with a shark dive. Those seeking a less frenzied affair can visit the Underwater Zoo, which counts Humboldt penguins, otters and seahorses among its inhabitants. The star of the show, however, is King Croc. One of the largest crocodiles on the planet, this monster reptile from 34 visitdubai.com
Queensland in Australia weighs in at 750kg – that’s the equivalent of around 14-and-a-half fully-grown men. It measures over five metres in length, with 60 razor-sharp teeth to boot. Kids will love the educational UAE’s Night Creatures tour, which showcases the diverse Arabian wildlife that thrives in the desert environment, from fruit bats to giant camel spiders, scorpions and more. How much: From Dhs100. Those aged under three go free. Opening times: Sunday to Wednesday, 10am to 11pm; Thursday to Saturday, 10am to midnight. Location: The Dubai Mall. Contact: +971 4 448 5200, thedubaiaquarium.com.
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Transport yourself to somewhere exotic at The Green Planet, a bio-dome that recreates a tropical forest environment complete with regulated temperature and humidity levels for an authentic sensory experience. Home to more than 3,000 plants and animals, this fully immersive attraction provides a fantastic opportunity for nature lovers to learn more about one of the world’s oldest living ecosystems and explore the lush vegetation through a variety of fun and educational experiences. First stop is the ‘flooded forest’ where you can take a look inside the giant aquarium filled with arapaima, arowana and stingrays. Next, you’ll be guided to the top of the bio-dome for panoramic views of the venue’s stunning 25-metre-tall tree – the largest indoor man-made and life-sustaining tree in the world. As you make your way back down along the winding path, keep your eyes open for exotic animals such as South American toucans, crocodile lizards and pre-hensile tailed porcupines. How much: Dhs95 for adults and Dhs70 for children aged three to 12. Opening times: Saturday to Wednesday 10am to 10pm, Thursday and Friday 10am to midnight. Location: City Walk, Jumeirah. Contact: +971 4 317 3999, thegreenplanetdubai.com.
When you need a fuss-free bite to eat, try these family-friendly mallbased restaurants. aubaine the Dubai mall (+971 4 501 6970) and City walk (+971 4 510 8391) Don’t be put off by the elegant setting, as the vibe is decidedly casual at this French restaurant, which is known for its handcrafted bread and indulgent pâtisserie. We rate the weekend brunch menu, which offers everything from truffled scrambled eggs to sweet pancakes with berries and clotted cream. aubaine.co.uk al hallab restaurant & sweets mall of the emirates (+971 4 341 1880) and the Dubai mall (+971 4 330 8828) Tuck into authentic Lebanese cuisine at this traditional eatery, which serves delicious dishes passed down through the generations. The grills are sure to satisfy larger appetites. alhallabrestaurant.com Din tai FunG mall of the emirates (+971 4 265 1288) Din Tai Fung was founded in Taipei, Taiwan and specialises in soup dumplings and noodles. The restaurant has won rave reviews around the world for its yummy cuisine. Try the steamed chicken dumplings with a healthy side of sautéed kale and garlic. malloftheemirates.com the CheeseCake FaCtory mall of the emirates (+971 4 419 0497), the Dubai mall (+971 4 419 0227/8), the beach, Jumeirah beach residence (+971 4 315 3652), Dubai Festival City mall (+971 4 419 0880) Known for its generous portions that are ideal for sharing, The Cheesecake Factory has a vast menu featuring everything from pasta to seafood, steak, salad and pizza. Be sure to save space for dessert so you can sample one of 30 legendary cheesecakes. alshaya.com visitdubai.com - 35
IMG Worlds of Adventure As the world’s largest indoor theme park, IMG Worlds of Adventure is set to be a firm favourite this summer. Thrill-seekers can ride the adrenalinepumping attractions based on iconic Marvel Super Heroes including SpiderMan, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and The Avengers. Children will love exploring Lost Valley, which will transport them to prehistoric times when dinosaurs roamed the land. Next, immerse yourselves in the world of your favourite Cartoon Network character or dare to step into the Haunted Hotel for a scary encounter. 36 visitdubai.com
Slow down the pace and catch your breath by watching a movie at the 12-screen multiplex cinema before doing a spot of shopping and tucking into some delicious eats from the wide selection of dining options at IMG Boulevard. It’s sure to get the thumbs up. How much: Tickets cost Dhs245, or Dhs225 for juniors (under 1.2 metres tall). Children under 1.05 metres tall go free. Opening times: Sunday to Wednesday, 11am to 9pm and Thursday to Saturday 11am to 10pm. Location: E311 (Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, near Arabian Ranches, next to Global Village). Contact: +971 4 403 8888, imgworlds.com.
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Experience the novelty of real snow in the desert at Ski Dubai – the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. Keen skiers can navigate the slopes, which cater to all skill levels. Boarders can tackle the 400-metrelong run or demonstrate their skills on the jumps and rails in the Freestyle Zone. Professional instructors are on hand to teach you the basics or help you polish your skills. If you’re feeling the chill, take the chair lift to Avalance Café for a hot chocolate but keep an eye open for the resident colony of gentoo and king penguins embarking on their daily marches. If you do happen to miss them, don’t fret, as you can always book an up-close encounter. You can even swim with 38 visitdubai.com
them for Dhs1,300 (participants must be over 18 years old). Finish off your session in style with a go on the Snow Bullet, a 150-metre-long zip line that sends you whizzing over the slopes. How much: Prices vary according to the activity but unlimited access to the snow park costs from Dhs180 per child (standing less than 1.2 metres tall) and Dhs200 per adult. Those aged under two are not permitted. Opening times: Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 11pm, Thursday 10am to midnight, Friday 9am to midnight and Saturday 9am to 11pm. Location: Mall of the Emirates. Contact: 800 386, theplaymania.com/skidubai.
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Jump around and get some exercise at Bounce, a fun indoor playground filled with wall-towall trampolines and circus grade padding. The huge free-jumping arena has approximately 50 interconnected trampolines and is the perfect place for those who want to move to the house music that fills the venue. Seasoned bouncers can head to the dodgeball court, check out the performance area or get to grips with the slam-dunk hoops. There’s also a special area for little bouncers. How much: From Dhs70 for Junior Jumpers (for those aged three and over and under 110cm tall). A family ticket (two adults, two children) costs Dhs240. Opening times: Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 10pm, Thursday 10am to midnight, Friday 9am to midnight, and Saturday 9am to 8pm. Location: Al Quoz. Contact: +971 4 321 1400, bounce.ae.
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keep the little ones entertained, and steal some time for yourself, thanks to these popular hotel kids’ clubs. 1. luna & nova kids and teens Club, lapita, Dubai Parks and resorts, autograph Collection. Offering a range of fun activities and games, the first three hours at this club are free for hotel guests. For ages four and over. Open Sun to Weds from 9am to 8pm and Thurs to Sat from 9am to 9:45pm. dubaiparksandresorts.com 2. sinbad’s kids Club at Jumeirah beach hotel. Let them mess around and have their faces painted at Sinbad’s Kids Club, which is supervised by a professionally trained team. Free for hotel guests. For ages two to 12. Open daily from 8am to 10pm. jumeirah.com 3. Dukesy kids’ Club at Dukes Dubai, Palm Jumeirah. Let the in-house ‘playmakers’ entertain the children with top activities, such as movie nights on the lawn. Free for overnight hotel guests. Ages four and under must be accompanied by an adult. Open daily from 10am to 10pm. dukesdubai.com 4. Camel kids Club, mövenpick ibn battuta Gate hotel Dubai. Arts and crafts and access to the Wii and PlayStation 3 are among the boredom busting activities at this club. Free for hotel guests. For ages 3 to 12. Those aged under three must be accompanied by a parent. Open daily from 10am to 9pm. movenpick.com 5. Fairmont Falcons kids’ Club, Fairmont the Palm. Little ones can explore the splash park while older kids can busy themselves with computer games plus more. For those aged 18 months to 15 years. Dhs60 per child. Sat to Weds 10:30am to 7:30pm and Thurs and Fri 10:30am to 9pm. fairmont.com visitdubai.com 39
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SPA trekking Unwind in these striking spas designed to take you on a journey to wellness For an oriental touch
Anantara Spa, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort Housed in a cluster of pagodas surrounded by water, frangipani trees, smiling Buddhas and chirping birds, Anantara Spa is evocative of a Southeast Asian island. The spa is rooted in Thai tradition with bamboo and an abundance of water setting the scene for an array of contemporary treatments designed to soothe and pamper. There are 24 treatment rooms including those dedicated to Thai massage and ayurveda, as well as a Turkish hammam and wet facilities such as the crystal and gemstone steam room, ice fountain and salt inhalation room. Treatment to try: The Traditional Thai Massage uses a technique passed down through the generations known as â€˜passive yogaâ€™ to alleviate stresses and strains. Dhs700 for 90 minutes. The details: Open daily from 10am to 10pm. +971 4 567 8140, dubai-palm.anantara.com visitdubai.com 41
For an oriental touch
Anantara Spa, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort Housed in a cluster of pagodas surrounded by water, frangipani trees, smiling Buddhas and chirping birds, Anantara Spa is evocative of a Southeast Asian island. The spa is rooted in Thai tradition with bamboo and an abundance of water setting the scene for an array of contemporary treatments designed to soothe and pamper. There are 24 treatment rooms including a Thai massage room, holistic cocoon room and ayurveda room, as well as Turkish hammam and wet facilities including a crystal and gemstone steam room, ice fountain and salt inhalation room. Treatment to try: The Traditional Thai Massage uses a technique passed down through the generations known as ‘passive yoga’ to alleviate stresses and strains. Dhsxxx for 90 minutes. The details: Open daily from 10am to 10pm. +971 4 567 8140, dubai-palm.anantara.com
For Turkish delight
Talise Ottoman Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray For those seeking a royal retreat, Talise Ottoman Spa is sure to impress. This palatial spa is centered around a spectacular Turkish hammam built from marble and decorated with dark wood, mosaics and murals. Sink into jewel-coloured velvet banquettes and gaze up at the vaulted marble ceilings, or simply close your eyes and surrender to the sensory journey that awaits within its maze of treatment rooms. Treatment to try: The Arabian Royal Hammam, followed by your choice of a rose or gold body mask, is the ultimate indulgence for two. It takes place in Talise Couple’s Spa and costs Dhs1,169 for two people for 60 minutes. The details: Open daily from 9am to 9:30pm. +971 4 453 0456, jumeirah.com.
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Nikki Spa, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai Boasting an idyllic beachfront setting, this hip retreat offers the aesthetic appeal you’d expect from the international Nikki Beach club brand – think breezy interiors with plenty of space to lounge around the pool to an Ibiza soundtrack. There are seven beautifully designed spa suites, as well as a couples’ suite, hammam, sauna, steam room, ice fountain and vitality pool to discover. All the treatments utilise ESPA concepts and products, which are known for delivering results. Treatment to try: Billed as ‘total escapism, Nikki Beach style’, the signature Drifter treatment provides two hours of personalised pampering including a facial, massage and foot ritual. Dhs925 for 120 minutes. The details. Open daily from 9am to 10pm. +971 4376 6150, nikkibeachhotels.com.
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For minimalist chic
Armani/SPA, Armani Hotel Dubai With a premier location within the only Armani hotel outside Milan, nestled within Burj Khalifa, Armani/SPA is a super sleek sanctuary that’s as relaxing as it is impressive. Every last detail, from the decorative white orchids to the bespoke aroma that scents the air, is the work of Giorgio Armani himself, so it is a given that elegance, precision and comfort characterise the space. There’s no pomp or pretension, just expert treatments delivered in an impeccable setting. Treatment to try: Plump for the Signature Body Treatment, which fuses Thai and Japanese shiatsu massage with acupressure, aromatherapy and a silk wrap for total body rejuvenation. Dhs600 for 60 minutes. Details: Open daily from 9am to 10pm. +971 4 888 3888, armanihoteldubai.com.
The Spa & Wellness zone at Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai (viceroyhotelsandresorts.com) spans 1,675 square metres, with 14 treatment rooms – four of which are open-air. We like the sound of the Desert Crystal Massage (Dhs750 for 60 minutes). For a boutique experience, head to La Ville Relaxation Suites at La Ville Hotel & Suites City Walk Dubai, Autograph Collection (marriott. com), which is ideal for express services, such as facials and foot baths. Lastly, the Iridium Spa, opening soon at St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club (stregisdubaialhabtoorpoloresort. com) is sure to impress. Spa & Wellness zone, Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai
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The SPA, Palazzo Versace Dubai From the marble floors and the white birch wood walls with mother-of-pearl details to the vibrant turquoise mosaics in the pools, The SPA at Palazzo Versace Dubai is a haven for those who appreciate the finer things in life. There are dedicated thermal suites for men and women, each containing a spa pool, sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge and luxurious Moroccan hammam. Step into one of seven treatment rooms for a holistic massage or splash out on the spa suite, which comes complete with its own private Jacuzzi and monsoon rain shower. A word of warning: the bathrobes (Versace, of course) are so indulgent youâ€™ll have trouble parting with yours at the end of the day. Treatment to try: Golden Glow is a decadent facial that includes the application of 24-karat gold leaf to boost the skinâ€™s radiance. Dhs1,100 for 90 minutes. Details: Open daily from 9am to 11pm, with treatments offered from 10am to 10pm. +971 4 556 8750, palazzoversace.ae.
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Jiva Spa, Taj Dubai Inspired by India’s ancient wellness heritage, Jiva Spa has a peaceful look and feel that blends natural fabrics with warm, calming tones. The space draws on the traditional Indian art of Vastu Shastra to create a serene ambience that is the perfect setting for its treatments, which champion physical, mental and spiritual equilibrium. Ayurveda therapies, yoga and meditation and aromatherapy treatments are among the experiences available. The beauty treatments harness the power of Indian herbs and rich essential oils. Treatment to try: Taghthia Amiqa involves an aromatic footbath, gel body wrap, scalp massage, camel milk bath and bespoke relaxation massage. Dhs870 for 120 minutes. The details: Swimming pool open daily from 7am to 8pm daily and wet areas from 7am to 10pm. +971 4 438 3100, jivaspa.tajhotels.com.
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Experience the best the local spa culture has to offer
timeless spa, al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & spa Timeless Spa is a peaceful sanctuary within Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, located just outside the city. It has deep connection to the destination’s Bedouin past, evidenced through the ornate lanterns, tapestries and rugs that adorn the space to signature treatments that draw on Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian aromatherapy traditions. treatment to try: Rasoul Ritual is a ceremonial clay, steam and rain shower experience designed to cleanse and nourish. Dhs500 for 75 minutes. al-maha.com
ahasees spa & Club, grand Hyatt Dubai With a wellness philosophy inspired by water, this award-winning spa captures the history and cultural customs of Dubai through the use of pearls, spices and herbs. Experience the ultimate body treatment on the thermal flotation bed, enjoy a couples’ experience in the oversized suite, or slip into an aromafilled tub for a soak. Everything about the space is designed to foster harmony of mind and body. treatment to try: The Ahasees Signature - Trade treatment is inspired by the early days of Dubai and comprises a Crushed Pearl Polish and Calming Pearl Massage. Dhs1,000 for two hours. dubai.grand.hyatt.com
saray spa, Jw Marriott Marquis Dubai Spanning an entire floor of both towers of the world’s tallest hotel, Saray Spa pays tribute to the Caravanserai tradition of the Silk Route. With arabesque flourishes at every turn, the attention to detail is impressive and perfectly matched by a tempting menu of ancient treatments that make use of local remedies. The crowning jewel is the Dead Sea flotation pool, which is filled with healing Dead Sea salt. treatment to try: Embark on the Saray Signature Dead Sea Journey, which includes an energising scrub, full body mask, flotation in your own private heated pool and a nourishing body oil massage. Dhs990 for 120 minutes. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com visitdubai.com 45
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City of the future
From its awe-inspiring architecture to the creatives who are joining forces to create a thriving new community, Dubai is always looking to the future. In this special section, we shine a light on a selection of the emirateâ€™s greatest feats. Let us take you on a tour of Downtown Dubai, sharing the vision for this modern metropolis that has helped to put the city on the global map. Also, we picture a selection of the wider cityâ€™s architectural gems, delve into Dubai Design District and profile the homegrown designers and concept stores offering a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. visitdubai.com - 47
the centre of Discover the cinematic cityscape of Downtown Dubai, the extraordinary urban development that has placed the emirate at the helm of the new world
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owntown Dubai has captured the imagination of a generation. Home to the tallest tower on the planet, Burj Khalifa, as well as the world’s highest performing fountain, The Dubai Fountain, and the largest and most-visited retail and entertainment destination, The Dubai Mall – it’s easy to understand why. Even if you’ve seen a thousand and one social media posts about this epic development, from the Hadid sisters at The Dubai Mall to Tom Cruise clinging onto the side of Burj Khalifa while filming scenes for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Downtown Dubai has to be seen to be believed. From its awe-inspiring rooftop lounges to the highest outdoor observatory on the planet – At The Top, Burj Khalifa SKY – there’s plenty to keep your head among the clouds at Downtown Dubai, but don’t forget to come down to ground level. A visit with the kids to the 10-million-litre tank at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo inside The Dubai Mall, or a stroll along the palm tree lined Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard at the magical hour of dusk are all part of the experience. And with the recent completion of Dubai Water Canal, encircling Downtown Dubai with a glittering blue strip of water, along with a host of smart new hotels from which you can explore the area, Downtown Dubai more than lives up to its billing as ‘The Centre of Now’.
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Described as the world’s most prestigious square kilometre, the 500-acre Downtown Dubai is a year-round hive of activity. A never-ending stream of sports cars cruise the boulevard while residents weave their way through the throngs of tourists snapping selfies in front of The Dubai Fountain. One of the newest icons is Dubai Opera, a multiformat venue for opera, theatre, concerts, art visitdubai.com - 49
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exhibitions and more. Opened in August 2016, it is the centrepiece of the city’s new Opera District, and is already one of the most popular places to see and be seen in the emirate, with top shows including Mary Poppins and Les Misérables receiving rave reviews. Architecture enthusiasts will appreciate how the building provides a perfect example of cutting-edge design inspired by a traditional emblem of Arabia – the dhow – which has been brought to life by architect Janus Rostock. “The elements of cultural exchange which, in addition to the pearl-diving and trading uses of the dhows of Dubai Creek from olden times, helped inspire Janus 50 visitdubai.com
Rostock to weave a number of maritime themes into the shape of Dubai Opera and many of the internal design features,” said Jasper Hope, chief executive of Dubai Opera. “These include bespoke pieces of commissioned art to enhance the links still further. My team and I helped with many of the functional considerations for a building of this kind, particularly within the auditorium and, even more crucially, behind the curtain where artistic and technical stage considerations are paramount in order to be able to boast a world-class performance auditorium.” Nearby, the recent inauguration of the Dubai Water Canal further serves to enhance the area’s appeal.
Dubai Opera is the place to see and be seen
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Standing more than 828 metres high, the 160-storey Burj Khalifa is more than just the world’s tallest building – it’s a state-of-the-art monument to modern design inspired by the Hymenocallis flower and the onion domes of Islamic architecture. It is also home to the only Armani hotel outside Milan, Armani Hotel Dubai, which houses around 1,000 especially commissioned artworks. Dine in At.mosphere or book tickets to one of the observation decks for an elevated perspective of the area. burjkhalifa.ae
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Dubai opera Opened in 2016, this defining venue located at the heart of The Opera District attracts the finest productions from around the world. It’s worth buying a ticket just to marvel at the building’s unique architecture. Designed by Janus Rostock, the waterside icon takes the shape of an Arabian dhow in a contemporary tribute to the emirate’s rich maritime history. Dubai Opera also has a stunning rooftop restaurant and sky garden with views of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa. dubaiopera.com
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At the foot of Burj Khalifa lies The Dubai Fountain – the world’s largest choreographed fountain, which dances to an eclectic soundtrack. Stretching 900 feet (around the same as two football pitches), its powerful jets launch 22,000 gallons of water 500 feet into the air. burjkhalifa.ae
This sprawling mall isn’t just a shopper’s paradise. It’s also home to an impressive roster of attractions including Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, which features one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world and The Waterfall, which spans all four floors. thedubaimall.com
Nearby Downtown Dubai, this recently opened waterway has a stunning mechanical waterfall where the canal meets the Sheikh Zayed Road bridge. Along the waterfront, there are three properties: W Dubai – Al Habtoor City, The St. Regis Dubai and The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City. alhabtoorcity.com visitdubai.com - 51
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The 3.2-kilometre-long waterway winds its way to the Arabian Gulf from Dubai Creek in Old Dubai through Business Bay, transforming the historic Bur Dubai into an island and creating a completely new look and feel for the area. On the fringes of Downtown Dubai, Al Habtoor City has sprung from the desert sands. It is home to three hotels lining the canal: W Dubai – Al Habtoor City, The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City and The St. Regis Dubai. After the summer, the hotly anticipated La Perle by Dragone (see page 72) will open there, marking Dubai’s first resident show.
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It may be difficult to imagine but, just 13 years ago, Downtown Dubai didn’t even exist. The area was occupied by an abandoned army barracks, before Emaar Properties pushed the button on a US$20 billion plan to completely redevelop it. “The entire development was conceptualised and its masterplan unveiled in 2004, with the goal of developing a new lifestyle central and
Just 13 years ago, Downtown Dubai didn’t even exist economic catalyst right in the heart of the city,” explains Ahmad Al Matrooshi, managing director, Emaar Properties. “We envisaged a fully integrated community that offers every modern lifestyle choice – malls, hotels, residences, offices and leisure attractions. Anchoring all these was the iconic Burj Khalifa.” Fast-forward to today and the 500-acre development is a place where old and new Dubai comes together. Incredibly, there is more to come. The Dubai Mall, which Al Matrooshi says “helped establish Dubai as a global fashion hub”, is currently undergoing a massive expansion that will
a local’s GuIde Downtown Dubai resident, writer Emma Laurence, shares some of her favourite spots. “Each area of Dubai has its own particular charm but, for me, Downtown Dubai is definitely the one that best represents the city. There’s always something new and exciting going on. “A stroll along the pretty, horseshoe-shaped Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard is the best way to get your bearings as it loops around all the major attractions, from Burj Khalifa to The Dubai Mall, via Dubai Opera. Follow the sculpture trail, which will steer you past an eclectic mixture of Arabian and modern art pieces. “A special way to experience Burj Khalifa is by reserving a table at At.mosphere. The restaurant and lounge sits on Level 122 and provides stunning views across the city. Also keep an eye out for events at The Annex, Burj Khalifa on Level 11, which has played host to high-profile exhibitions, including those featuring the works of Picasso and Miró. “Label lovers will find all they need in The Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue, while Level Shoes is the place to go for footwear. Refuel with a camel-milk coffee at Al Majlis Coffee Shop before heading to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo to marvel at the aquatic animals. “The Dubai Fountain can be seen from many of the mall’s eateries, but my favourite spot is Thiptara at Palace Downtown, which serves delicious Thai food. “Another lakeside spot worth visiting is the small but immaculate Burj Park. This pretty green space has plenty of sculptures to admire and a packed programme of pop-up events.” 52 visitdubai.com
add a further one million square foot to its popular Fashion Avenue. Once complete, the new extension will feature a selection of shops, leisure facilities and luxurious serviced apartments, plus a range of great hospitality choices. It’s not all about being the biggest and the best, however. As Al Matrooshi explains: “The various iconic attractions of Downtown Dubai were not conceived with the principal aim of breaking records. With each of these projects we were pushing our boundaries, but His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, inspired us to push the envelope. He was not asking us to develop the tallest or largest, but encouraging us to create icons that add to the civic pride of the nation.” “Most importantly,” he adds, “Downtown Dubai brings incredible joy to visitors – we see that every day in their smiles as they watch in awe the performance of The Dubai Fountain or bond with family and friends at the myriad attractions.” ◆
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aDDress boulevarD. Featuring 196 rooms and suites, this property combines luxury, comfort and technology to create a home-fromhome feel. The signature restaurant is modelled on a luxury apartment complete with �dressing room’ and �lounge’. A cascading outdoor pool and some 250 artworks and installations add to the allure. theaddress.com PALACE DOWNTOWN. Classic themes and Arabian tradition combine at this luxurious hotel. The guestrooms and suites exhibit a captivating Middle Eastern style and there is an array of dining options from across the globe. theaddress.com ROVE DOWNTOWN. Providing the ideal base for urban exploration, Rove Downtown is located right across the road from the city’s most happening neighbourhood. This homegrown brand delivers a smart, fuss-free hospitality option for modern travellers. rovehotels.com
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Elevate your expectations This modern metropolis has risen from the desert over the space of a few decades to become a showcase for architecture
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From the charming Arabian neighbourhoods to the high rises that punctuate the skyline, Dubai’s intriguing blend of architecture represents its evolution from tiny fishing village to major international city. Today, the emirate is a beacon for building design, with its numerous skyscrapers standing tall. On a rare foggy morning, the structures can even appear to pierce the clouds. Boom time for architecture in the emirate began in the 1970s, when Dubai’s fortunes were given a major boost thanks to the discovery of oil and the pioneering vision of the ruling family. Over the next decade, the foundations were laid for much of the infrastructure that can be found in the city today. One of the most breathtaking modern developments is Dubai Marina (pictured here) – a 50 million square foot Rivierastyle waterfront development that features a large canal spanning 3.5 kilometres with access to the sea from both ends. It’s a cosmopolitan mixture of high-rises, hotels, shopping and entertainment facilities, including Dubai Marina Towers – six towers named after precious stones (Murjan, Al Mass and Fairooz) and Arabic fragrances (Mesk, Yass and Anbar). A top destination for foodies is Pier 7 in Dubai Marina, a multistorey tower that’s home to a diverse selection of restaurants. Take a table by the window and watch the yachts bobbing in the water. visitdubai.com 55
The view from The Gate building in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) toward Jumeirah Emirates Towers, with Dubai World Trade Centre in the distance
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The 'twisting' pedestrian bridge at Dubai Water Canal
office and a hotel tower connected by a central podium), the design is inspired by traditional Islamic themes. Construction began in 1996, following the designs of architect Hazel Wong, and the hotel opened in April 2000. One of the emirate’s newest marvels is the �twisting’ pedestrian bridge at Dubai Water Canal. It is suspended 8.5 metres above the water and supported by a twisting truss that stretches along the entire 140-metre-long pathway. ▲
The city’s first skyscraper, the 39-storey Dubai World Trade Centre was inaugurated in 1979. Designed by British architect John Harris, it remains an iconic landmark along Sheikh Zayed Road, although it now competes for attention among the numerous other structures that have been constructed in the city. One of the most celebrated is Jumeirah Emirates Towers, which is a visual statement of the region’s business success. Comprising two equilateral triangles (an
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The Waterfall at The Dubai Mall is one of the most photographed features of the mall
Cayan Tower in Dubai Marina spirals by 90 degrees
Dubai flies the flag for futuristic city design, with a selection of imposing towers that break the mould. American architect Adrian Smith designed the worldâ€™s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, which burst onto the scene in 2010. The structure inspired the minds of people around the world and helped to put the emirate on the map, not only as a top tourism destination, but as a world leader for architectural feats. Even the malls are packed with design marvels, such as 24-metre-tall The Waterfall at The Dubai Mall, which is adorned with divers sculpted from fibreglass. More recently, architectural powerhouse Skidmore, Owings and Merrill penned the stunning 75-storey Cayan Tower, which spirals by 90 degrees over the course of its height.
The sail-shaped Burj Al Arab has a timeless appeal
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Dubai’s compelling blend of architectural gems is a drawcard for photographers who come from around the world to capture the city from a fresh perspective. One of the most admired icons is Burj Al Arab. The sail-shaped structure by architect Tom Wright, of WS Atkins, was designed to reflect the emirate’s Arabian heritage and traditions of hospitality. Construction began in 1994 and it took two years to reclaim the island in the Arabian Gulf that it stands on, plus a further three years to erect it. Burj Al Arab officially opened its doors in December 1999 and its appeal is timeless. Whether you want to snap a selfie at the emirate’s famous landmarks or take an up close look at the one-of-a-kind building design, there is a structure to inspire you at every turn. All you need to do is point and click. ◆ visitdubai.com 61
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Join the creatives putting their stamp on the emirateâ€™s design scene at Dubai Design District
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he stunning Dubai Design District (d3), which was officially launched in April 2015 and is located across the canal from Downtown Dubai, is at the heart of the emirate’s transformation into a regional creative hub. The minimalist buildings with their distinctive façade alone signal an important step in the city’s design identity. They are now home to some of the city’s most cutting edge design and creative firms, as well as The Design Quarter, where visitors will find homegrown restaurant concepts, innovate boutiques and unique art installations. Come on in…
THE STORY SO FAR
“d3 started as a vision and has now flourished into a thriving design community within the UAE,” proudly states Mohammad Al Shehhi, COO of d3. “Our ambition was to pioneer a location where passion and purpose come together to connect each area of the design sector and drive forward the region’s design community and the growth of the UAE’s design industry.” According to a MENA Design Outlook Report, the sector is expected to be worth an impressive US$35.8 billion (Dhs131.75 billion) in 2019. Locally produced design goods and services comprise 35 percent of the total market size. With this in mind, the partners at d3 mainly represent segments such as fashion (33%), design (10%), graphic design and visual arts (13%) and interior design (26%). “We want to inspire, engage and enable every creative entity within our community, as well as visitors and tourists, through the A temporary installation at d3
exciting programme of events and activities that we host each year,” says Al Shehhi. The district’s first phase, The Design Quarter, is home to more than 415 licensed business partners and over 200 operational partners, bringing around 6,000 creative professionals to its 11 buildings. Inspired by Miami Design District and New York’s Meatpacking District, d3 has courted an eclectic mixture of tenants ripe to discover. “At d3 we are home to an array of creative partners, from small design start-ups to iconic global brands,” says Al Shehhi. “Our design quarter offers a unique dining experience with several homegrown innovative concepts, world class chefs, retail stores and design galleries showcasing regional talent.” Key diary dates for visitors include Downtown Design (November 2017) and Design Days Dubai (March 2018), a fair dedicated to collectible and limited-edition furniture and design objects. Earlier this year, d3 also played host a cutting edge new version of Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD) – the definitive fashion platform for Dubai and the Middle East held bi-annually in April and October – featuring runway shows and presentations by the best couture, ready-to-wear and accessories designers in the Middle East. There’s also Sole DXB, a platform for all the latest news in footwear, fashion, design and alternative culture in the Middle East. For now, make the most of the pedestrianised zones and wander from one section to another, admiring the street art and market installations as you go.
EMERGING DESIGN TRENDS
Isabel Pintado, managing director of design firm Wilson Associates, shares her expert take on Dubai Design District and the design scene in Dubai. “The carefully curated selection of firms and wide range of large, medium and small businesses at d3 have been accepted and chosen to form part of the community,” she says. “Most of the firms have joined with a similar mission: to take part in the various events and to integrate and collaborate with each other to further enhance the village ethos." Of Dubai’s design credentials, Pintado is effusive: “Design is very much at the forefront of the UAE and local designers. Product designers in particular are producing outstanding work – contemporary designs that reflect a true design aesthetic as well as their roots and passions. If I were to name just a couple, I would highlight jewellery designer Nadine Kanso and furniture designer Khalid Shaffar.” In terms of trends, Pintado has noticed a distinct shift: “Dubai in general has been very successful in adapting and absorbing international trends in all areas of design, ranging from food and beverage to retail. We have moved away from the excessively ornamented interiors and, if I had to identify only one strong trend of the moment, it would be simplicity. We see interiors that do not seem to have been designed and environments where the arrangements appear random and basic. However, it is important to note that achieving this look takes enormous skill." She adds: “The letters of the Dubai Font typeface that are dotted along Sheikh Zayed Road are a superb example of how prominent design is in Dubai right now and how simplicity is very much present. Every time I spot them it makes me smile."
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The Amato show at fashion forward Dubai held at d3 in March 2017
morE HiGHliGHts Amorino Artisanal gelato maker Amorino launched its first UAE-based outlet in Dubai at d3. Choose from a wide variety of flavours made from the best organic ingredients available in the market. amorino.com
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There are numerous lifestyle boutiques, art galleries and culinary concepts to explore at The Design Quarter. Among the highlights are Amato (amatocouture.com), an acclaimed avant garde label led by creative designer Furne One and textile expert Rashid Ali. The store showcases the prêt-à-porter collection for the first time in Dubai. Interiors enthusiasts should stop by Finasi (finasi.ae). Founded in Italy in the 1970s, the company has delivered projects for a variety of leading clients and distributes sought-after brands such as Armani/Casa, Ghandia Blasco and Varaschin in the region. Foodies will find plenty to delight. One Life Kitchen and Café (onelifedxb.com), developed by a Dubai based entrepreneur, is a firm favourite among the health conscious crowd. All the food is made daily on-site and the all-day breakfast options, such as gluten-free pancakes, are not to be missed. New restaurant Molecule (molecule. restaurant) is also generating a lot of buzz with its ‘bistronomy’ concept. Hailed as the next big food movement, bistronomy focuses on combining bold and rich flavours, using fresh ingredients served in a casual setting. The venue, which takes visitors on a sensory journey, is the brainchild of executive chef Udo Moreau. Mains include fish and crisps with tartare sauce while lobster roll features in the ‘Naughty But Nice’ section. The interior has been designed in collaboration with leading talent in the region, including Nadine Kanso and Fadi Sarieddine, so is not to be missed. ◆
Art HUb DUbAi With a focus on emerging and established visual artists from across the world, Art Hub Dubai serves as a platform for interaction and crosscultural artistic exchanges between national, regional and international artists. Check out the gallery. arthubdubai.com Eli CosmEtiCs this cosmetics and beauty focused original concept store is the place to go to get your make-up done. HArpEr’s bAzAAr CAfé the first of its kind Harper’s bazaar Café offers speciality food and beverages in a sophisticated setting. harpersbazaarcafe.com CHEz CHArlEs rEstAUrAnt showcasing a brasserie charm with a contemporary flair, the philosophy of the cuisine at Chez Charles restaurant is simple yet in tune with
the highest standard of the michelin dining worldwide. chezcharlesrestaurant.ae ClosEt CAsE Direct from london’s soho, Closet Case carries exclusive pieces from menswear designers like rick owens. closetcase.eu CrAft CAfé this homegrown food concept is a haven for creative types. it specialises in serving the finest coffee and affordable breakfast and lunch options. craftcafe.ae fAtimA bint moHAmED bin zAyED initiAtivE (fbmi) Admire the hand-knotted carpets, embroidered furniture and handicrafts at this interactive showroom, which showcases the traditional skills of Afghan people. fbmi.ae tHE liGHtHoUsE this concept store features a handpicked selection of gifts, such as travel accessories, as well mediterranean food by chef izu Ani. facebook.com/ thelighthouseAE
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OTT Spring/ Summer 2017 collection
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cutting e d g e Add some Arabian style to your wardrobe with some choice buys from the talented designers and curated concept stores shaping the local fashion scene
style choices around the world, Dubai is certainly at the fore when it comes to the latest trends.
DESIGNERS TO COVET
For an education in homegrown style, spend some time checking out the leading designers making their mark. One of the most celebrated talents based in Dubai is Syrian designer Rami Al Ali who launched his eponymous label, Rami Al Ali Couture (ramialali.com), in the UAE in 2000. Femininity is the core design aesthetic – a sentiment that is rooted in his childhood, watching his sisters transform dramatically (in both appearance and confidence) after stepping into a glamorous dress. His big breakthrough came in 2009, when his Spring/Summer couture collection graced the runway at Rome’s AltaRoma couture week and his garments have since adorned the likes of Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Kerry Washington, among others. ▲
ubai may be best known for its malls, but beyond the wealth of international brands available, the mammoth shopping scene is enriched by an impressive roster of regional designers and one-off stores. The good news is that it’s easy to find a one-ofa-kind shopping experience in the emirate that will allow you to take home a slice of local style. Indeed, the emirate is well on the way to earning its title as a leading fashion capital, driven by a number of important factors. Namely, Dubai Design and Fashion Council, established in 2013, which aims to raise the emirate’s profile as a regional and global destination for design. Further to this, emerging creative hubs such as Dubai Design District (d3), home to a number of top brands including Amato Couture, are helping to shine a light on top talent. With the recent launch of Vogue Arabia causing a buzz among the style set and the rise of modest fashion influencing the
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Rami Al Ali prêt-à-porter Autumn/Winter 2017/18
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Among the key events helping to raise the profile of Dubai’s style scene is Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD), which is held bi-annually in April and October at Dubai Design District (d3). It is a calendar highlight with its runway shows and presentations by leading couture, ready-to-wear and accessories designers in the Middle East. Industry bods fly in from around the world in support of the region’s design talent and to join in the series of inspiring seminars and panel discussions led by global industry experts that takes place alongside. FFWD is a fashion industry focused event, but it is also open to the public so you can get a front row glimpse of the upcoming collections. fashionforward.ae 68 visitdubai.com
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Zeina Zain Autumn/Winter 2017
Zeina Zain is inspired by the designer’s travels
For Autumn/Winter 2017/18, the house launched its sixth prêt-à-porter collection which introduces a modern and feminine take on the military look showcased on flowing silhouettes, mermaid shapes and voluminous trains with contrasting structured sleeves. Rami Al Ali Couture is available at Harvey Nichols, Mall of The Emirates and Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s at The Dubai Mall. Another favourite among those in the know is Syrian designer Zeina Zain Al Abdeen, who curates the Dubai-based womenswear label Zeina Zain. This contemporary ready-to-wear label, inspired by her travels, is ideal for those seeking a chic, flattering and feminine look. Her Autumn/Winter 2017 collection takes a cue from powerful Spanish art and architecture and the work of Antoni Gaudi. Key pieces include loose fitted, asymmetric midi and maxi length gowns enhanced with statement ruffles. Those who aren’t afraid of colour should check out KAGE (bykage.com), which was founded in 2009 by Basma Abu Ghazaleh, a Palestinian Emirati born and raised in Dubai. The Spring/Summer 2017 collection is inspired by the 1980s television cartoon series Rainbow Brite. As such, the mix and match style garments are bursting with pastel pink, blue, green and yellow teamed with classic neutrals. Choose your favourites from the assortment of dresses, tops, skirts, tees, tanks and jumpsuits. Alternatively, make a statement this season with a maxi dress or full-length skirt. The fabrics used are mostly cotton and viscose, which are light and airy enough to wear in summer. Lastly, step outside of your comfort zone with OTT, whose Spring/Summer collection will take you on a journey through the Asian orient and the art of chinoiserie. Although the UAE-based designers wish to remain anonymous, it is known that the label was started by two best friends who began by collaborating on tee-shirts. Now, their retro inspired, cutting edge fashions are stocked in leading department stores and high-end boutiques in the Middle East. visitdubai.com - 69
Sauce has a curated mixture of contemporary regional and international brands
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As well as checking out the region’s top designers, make sure you pay a visit to some of the unique shopping destinations in the city. Nestled at the heart of old Jumeriah, Comptoir 102 (comptoir102.com) creates a homely environment, featuring an eclectic mix of fashion, interior design and furniture from around the globe. It is the brainchild of Parisian tastemaker Emmanuelle Sawko who, as director and co-founder of the concept, brings a bohemian mixture of fashion, jewellery and home décor, including serendipitous finds from her travels. It’s a great place to go for edgy and cool fashion from around the world. The award-winning multi-brand fashion and lifestyle concept store Sauce is also well worth a visit. It’s a hit among style seekers due to its curated mixture of contemporary regional and international brands, complemented by unique pieces by up-and-coming designers, limited edition collaborations and its own inhouse designs entitled BY Sauce. Brands you can find at its The Village Mall and The Dubai Mall locations include Filles a Papa, Zayan the Label, Alice McCall, Rixo Mira Mikati, Rebecca Vallance and Zimmermann. There are a number of brand extensions to explore too, including the Sauce On-Sea at The Beach, JBR,
which stocks everything from swimwear to loungewear, beach bags, donut floats, quirky sandals and more, with a focus on exclusive regional collaborations and new international collections from the likes of Rhode Resort, Caren Lola and Hadid Eyewear. Another top stop off is Symphony (enuae.bysymphony.com) at The Dubai Mall, which is curated by Emirati entrepreneur Salama Alabbar. Born in 2010, the luxurious boutique is a joy to shop and is regarded as a hotspot for discovering local talent.
ONES TO WATCH
The emirate is not short of fresh, young talent either. There is a new wave of designers hitting the scene thanks to ESMOD Dubai – a branch of the prestigious ESMOD International Fashion Institutes & University Group in Paris – which aims to offer aspiring designers hands-on training that provides them with the practical skills needed to make their own garments and build a viable business. Courses include everything from the popular BA Fashion Design Undergraduate Program to Fashion Marketing, Luxury Brand Management and Fashion Buying as well as masterclasses in haute couture, corset, draping and wedding dresses – not to mention the one and only iFASH modest wear
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programme in the Middle East. As such, ESMOD Dubai is celebrated for shaping the future leaders of the fashion industry while actively contributing to the creative and economic growth of the UAE. Currently, there are 350 students attending, representing more than 70 different nationalities. “If you don’t know how to make a garment then you are not a designer,” says its CEO, Denis Ravizza, who has an impressive background in creative direction and art direction for leading brands including Jean-Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent and Esprit. “We are proud to say that we have introduced 47 brands to the fashion economy of the UAE.” Success stories include Lubna Al Zakwani who co-founded her label Endemage, along with her sister Nadia Al Zakwani. There’s also Lilian Afshar, whose clutch bags caught the attention of Vogue, while Reema Albanna, founder of Reemami, won Arab Women’s Young Designer award in 2016. Madiyah Al Sharqi is another top talent to watch. “These kids are proving that what we do works,” says Ravizza. Check out their creations at the new Pôlette Concept Store at City Walk, which launched in April, providing students with a platform from which to sell their collections straight out of graduate school. As the first and only retail start-up platform in the world to launch the fashion brands of university students, it’s a gem for getting ahead in the style stakes. ◆
Spotlight on CanElla hoStal Canella Hostal was among the first batch of graduates to complete the Fashion Design Undergraduate Program at ESMOD Dubai in 2009. She credits Pôlette Concept Store with providing a fantastic platform from which to showcase her label Canella Hostal (CH) to the Middle East market while, at the same time, providing an invaluable window to the global fashion industry. “Through Pôlette, I have been able to convert my passion and
dreams into a reality, now creating two collections per year for both women and men,” she explains. “The concept store is such a fantastic initiative for emerging talent and, for me, it has been integral to starting my own label. “My latest SS17 collection Tropical Symphony, which is currently featured in store, is inspired by graphics and motifs combining delicate flower prints and clashing stripes to bring a dynamic tropical flair to the creations.” +971 (0)50 879 6518, citywalk.ae visitdubai.com - 71
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La Perle by Dragone Dubai’s first resident show is set to be the hottest ticket in town once it opens after the summer
If you’re a fan of gravity defying acrobatics and aerial stunts, then you’ll want to be among the first to take a seat at La Perle by Dragone. Located in the heart of Al Habtoor City, it will be the region’s first permanent show when it opens after the summer, staging an impressive 450 performances a year. All the action will take place inside the purpose-built 1,300seat theatre, which has been designed especially to provide an immersive experience. This is achieved thanks to its hi-tech ‘aqua-stage’, which is filled with 2.7 million litres of water and has the ability to transform from an aquatic stage to a dry platform as needed. You’ll be on the edge of your seat watching the cast of talented artists perform breathtaking feats. From diving into the water from a height of 25 metres
to flying around the auditorium on high-powered winches at a speed of 15 kilometres per hour – it promises to be nothing short of amazing. The show is masterminded by Franco Dragone, one of the world’s most sought-after artistic directors and the visionary behind theatrical spectacles including Celine Dion – A New Day, Le Rêve in Las Vegas and The House of Dancing Water in Macau. He said: “New and unique for the region with the world’s best creative team and incredible performers, La Perle is inspired by the spirit of Dubai and will reflect the beauty and flavours of Arabia.” ◆ Tickets are available to purchase now for performances from 31 August onwards. Performances run Tuesday to Friday at 7pm and 9:30pm and Saturday at 4pm and 7pm. dubaicalendar.ae
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