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JUST A THOUGHT Dear Passionate Readers, If passion is what drives you, then the limitless sea surely inspires you. I have yet to meet a person who is not in awe of the open waters, yet few have the opportunity and luxury to conquer it! And those select few are always as humbled by the experience as they are thrilled. For everyone who has been on the sea knows that it must be respected. The same thing applies to the passion that boils within our beings… And yet… The infinite horizon will forever beckon us… On the journey to our 5th edition of the Kuwait Yacht Show, driven by the nation’s passion for the sea, we are humbled... Humbled by every kind gesture, every support and every collaboration we are getting along the way… See you on March 28th for the opening of the show at Al-Kout Marina! May your aspirations be as limitless as the endless sea, Till next issue,
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Amera Al-Awadhi March 2017 For this special issue of Men’s Passion, we turn our eyes largely to the seas – or more specifically Al Kout Marina at Fahaheel. For four days at the end of the month, Al Kout will be the focus of the marine world as the fifth edition of the Kuwait Yacht Show gets underway. With a new location and renewed growth in the number of exhibitors, all the signs are right for this to be the biggest and best show yet. We meet the key players and share a view of what’s in store.
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THE MARINE EDITION Kuwait Yacht Show 2017
MANAGING EDITOR Simon Balsom EDITORIAL MANAGER Aradhna Singh CONTENTS 18 S e a P ro s Ya c h t s Your dream is their passion
Ali Alghanim Automotive The new BMW 5 Series Sedan
Bader Alyahya Be Unique
A Passion for the Sea Bader Alyahya
Seas & Deserts Marine Excellence
Power Boat Centre Gone in Sixty-Seconds
24 Mavericks Wakeboarding and watersports
3 6 Riding the Wave Seas & Deserts Group
Gulf Master Mastery in marine
38 Powersports Seas & Deserts Group
SF Yachts First view - Two new models for 2017
Tan Services Navigating the Market
Fresh Boat Marine Co. Service at your fingertips
Al Kout Kuwait’s largest mixed-use w aterfront destination
Zed Motorz Co. The return of the king
The Finest Yachting Experiences Ten ‘must see’ destinations
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54 Porsche Expands Platinum Edition Range to include Cayenne S models
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56 The BMW 7 Series Redefining contemporary luxury
80 Ralph Lauren Purple Fall 2017 Preview
58 Maserati’s new Quattroporte
82 La Biennale di Venezia Preview 1 – Jean Boghossian
62 Elevated performance The 2017 Range Rover 64 The Speedmaster 38 mm Simplicity meets iconic design 66 Zeitwerk Decimal Strike Acoustic signal in ten-minute intervals 68 The OrisAquis High-performance diver’s watch 69 Tissot T-Race MotoGPTMAutomatic Limited Edition 2017 70 Sama Eyewear Spring Summer 2017 Men’s Collection 72 Gucci Spring / Summer 2017
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Sea Pros Yachts
Your dream is their passion
ounded and operational since 1998, Sea Pros Yachts is one of the leading yacht distributors in the Middle East.
With offices in Kuwait, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia Sea Pros Yachts is the exclusive distributor of Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Riva, Custom Line, Itama and Mochi, Galeon and Regal for several countries in the Middle East, as well as being the authorized agent for CRN, and Wider and authorized distributor for Seabob and Sealver. Sea Pros Yachts’ results and sales performance are incomparable and due to its highly experienced and trained staff, always keeping in mind the initial levels of commitments with “Client satisfaction first”, our clients keep coming back with a high rate of 80% sales to repeat clients. Yachting Services, the after sales company of the Sea Pros Group consists of over 25 highly skilled technicians, marine engineers and certified surveyors providing a comprehensive range of services for yacht and boat maintenance and repairs. Yachting Services is also the exclusive distributor and authorized service center for many international brands covering different aspects of the marine industry such as ZF, Seakeeper, International paints, Rina, Condaria, Dometic, Naviop, Idromar to name a few. The Sea Pros Group has developed over the years to include in its activities crewing and crewing management as well as chartering, and an array of other professional marine services, making yacht ownership an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Bader Alyahya Be Unique
or many years, Bader Alyahya Yachts has been a reference in the world of motor yachts in the Middle East. The company was born of a vision to bring together a complete line of motor yachts from around the world while keeping their customers at a high level and luxury world. Hereâ€™s a taste of their line-up for 2017â€™s Kuwait Yacht Show.
Sealine Prestige The 750 combines French savoir-faire, cutting-edge technology, Italian aesthetics and unique design features. Here, the Garroni design cabinet and Prestige design department have conceived a 75-foot motor yacht that upends traditional design codes, offering an outstanding level of comfort and a contemporary design. Joining the line of Prestige luxury motor yachts, the 680 comprises all the key points that have made the line a success, as well as some of the excellent qualities of the Prestige 750.She features an interior design synonymous with light, space, ease of movement and privacy. With bold, timeless lines and high-quality materials, fit and finish, the 680 offers the same technical attributes found throughout the line, while also benefitting from the latest innovations. The 630 adopt the latest innovations by Garroni Design. She can be recognized by her well-balanced exterior design with bold, clean lines and by the elegance of her bright interior layout.Generous living spaces include the immense saloon, three cabins with private head and shower compartments, including a centre-line owner’s cabin, and the flybridge, for absolute comfort on board. Sealine The F530 has a length of 15.94 meters and a width of 4.63 meters. The model is equipped with three large cabins and two wet areas with a separate shower. The F530 is powered by two Volvo IPS 600 engines (standard) or two Volvo IPS 700 or IPS 800 engines (optional - available from 2016). Drawn by world-renowned designer Bill Dixon, this flybridge yacht impresses with a level of comfort that is usually only
Galeon found on yachts over 60 ft. A yacht for the whole family: Both the exterior and interior have the typical Sealine character. Galeon The 780 Crystal is more than just a flagship model – it is a showcase of engineering, design and technological prowess. The stunning exterior created by Tony Castro Naval Architects offers an abundance of space on all three decks. The clever seating arrangement on the flybridge allows for the placement of an optional hot tub, comfortable sunbeds, second steering station and a wet bar for the guests to enjoy. The 700 Skydeck enhances functionality of the hardtop model without compromising its sleek design. The saloon doors, one of its key features, slide swiftly and quietly into the deck to create a vast common space with the stern area – perfect for leisure and relaxation. Flawless finish, high-end equipment, and exhilarating performance speak for themselves. The 620 Fly will be a game changer, once again offering solutions never before seen in this class. This transformer yacht will revolutionize the segment with its innovative approach to layout and space distribution. This transformer model will follow a new design path to allow for bigger volume and better space distribution, all while maintaining the great exterior appearance Galeon models are known for.Outside, the aft cockpit dining area holds eight people who can enjoy an entertainment system with a 40 inch TV sliding up from the kitchen top, all while protected from the elements by the electric aft sunshade. Further back, find the hydraulic bath platform capable of handling all water paraphernalia and a convenient access to a large skipper cabin.
Seas & Deserts Marine Excellence
ne of the region’s leading marine companies, Ahmad Al Ameeri’s Seas &Deserts is an ever-present at the Kuwait Yacht Show; this will be their fifth appearance. Let’s get a taste of what they’ve got lined up for KYS 2017.
Azimut 95 RPH Azimut Yachts is one of the leaders in the design and build of luxury motor yachts. The company is proudly Italian and has spent the past four decades to establish one of the world’s largest mega yacht production networks enabled via its network of shipyards. Azimut is a specialist in producing yachts ranging from 38 to 120 feet in length; this offering from the company is the ninety four feet Azimut Grande 95RPH. This yacht has a new hull, new design, and innovative solutions for a vessel with a number of special surprises in store. The 95RPH is part of the Grande collection, the line of 95’-120’ luxury yachts from the Italian shipyard. Sea Ray 400 Fly Entertainment comes naturally on the Fly 400, with an open floor plan that creates generous, interconnected social zones throughout the boat. Large windows and a convenient sunroof, part of Sea Ray’s Sky Flow Design™ philosophy, let in an abundance of natural light. Rich materials and finishes enhance aesthetics as well as comfort, while two full-beam staterooms invite you and your guests to relax, settle in and savor the full experience of life on the water. Boston Whaler 420 Outrage Huge comfort, legendary capability and unmatched state-ofthe-art features make the flagship 420 Outrage® a boat like no other. From the expansive bow with innovative seating galore, to the beautifully designed convertible helm and cockpit areas, to the gracious, well-equipped cabin with enclosed head, the 420 is a champion at onboard entertaining and pleasure cruising, whether close to home or way offshore.
With so many inviting spaces to settle in for the day, this is the yacht you’ll want to enjoy with family and friends. Step aboard and into the future of boating. Garmin Marine Global leader in marine electronics and navigational equipment’s for fishing, sailing and boating. ‘Built to Last’ these 3 simple words describe the products, the company, their culture. As a leading worldwide provider of navigation, they are committed to making superior products for automotive, aviation, marine, outdoor and sports that are an essential part of their customers’ lives. User-friendly products are not only sought after for their compelling design, superior quality and best value, but they also have innovative features that enhance the lives of their customers.
Mavericks Wakeboarding and watersports
ince the founding of Kuwait, Kuwaiti people have been dependent entirely on the sea to make a living so, that makes all Kuwaitis born with passion towards the sea.
Wakeboarding in Kuwait is a growing sport; it gained its audience instantly. A lot of the youth are interested in wakeboarding and watersports in general, so Mavericks took the step and opened a local watersports shop and took watersports to the next level. It’s also a fun way to draw people in and encourage them to play sports. Mavericks Marine was founded in 2015 and is located in AlRai, Kuwait. They offer a variety of products at their shop including Liquid Force Wakeboards, Swimming Apparel and Axis Boats. They also have their ‘Mavericks Wake School’ that takes place during the summer, and are also working on ‘Mavericks Kite School’! They aspire to reach higher achievements in the near future, and their aim is to be one of the leading water sports company in Kuwait.
Mastery in marine
ulf Master Boats was founded in 1994, and gained an excellent experience and competence in the field of boat building, During this period of time the company has built a diverse and unique series of kind of models and sizes of Gulf Master Boats in three divisions: Pleasure Boats, Commercial Boats, and Military Boats, which have become a trusted and recognized by the government sector, the corporate sector, and individuals.
Gulf Master Boats has gained a wide reputation in the State of Kuwait and made it in the forefront as a leader in the field of boating industry with wide fame because of the outstanding performance, safety, quality, rigidity, efficiency, and high durability which are known characteristic of Gulf Master Boats for more than two decades. Gulf Master Boats team is proud of producing boats worthy of bearing the name Gulf Master... all thanks to the great efforts of this team starting with the excellent designs and technical operations through manufacturing until the final touches. Weâ€™ve developed in recent years and become the largest boat builder in Kuwait and a leading boat builder in the region. Gulf Master Boats currently have 18 different sizes from 17â€™40â€™ boats
SF Yachts First view - Two new models for 2017
F Yachts serves as a conduit between individuals with a burning passion for sailing and yachting and the ever-expanding landscape of modern marine services.
They will be participating at the Kuwait Boat Show 2017 with two brand new 2017 models one is the MCY86 Montecarlo and the second is the Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht. Both yachts will come to the Middle East for the first time and will have their regional premiere at the Dubai Boat Show.
Fresh Boat Marine Co.
Service at your fingertips
t Fresh Boat, they believe that the marine industry is booming in response to a market that is high in demand. Yet, it needs more development and investment in the marine e-commerce and services sector, especially with this rapidly growing market in mind. Fresh Boat Marine is an online marine services website and application that consists of two main sections:
First is the marine equipment e-commerce that provides a variety of marine products from boat accessories and electronics to water sports equipment from most of Kuwait’s marine supply companies. The Fresh Boat website and application has more than 12 categories divided into subcategories that cover most marine industry products. It delivers added value to the market with an easy way to shop using your smartphone. In addition to that, there is a marine directory for all water sports schools and boat rentals as which provides company’s contact information and service listings. Second is the Fresh Boat mobile garage which provides maintenance and detailing services. We appreciate the significance and importance of maintenance and detailing, especially with Kuwait’s hot and dusty weather in summer and rainy days in winter. Owning a boat involves a large amount of cleaning, detailing and maintenance, which can be timeconsuming and not particularly fun. We aim to provide high-quality maintenance and detailing services with a fully equipped team trained on the job providing full preparation of customer’s marine vehicles offered at their doorstep. Customers can book service appointments either by calling or using the online appointment system.
Zed Motorz Co. The return of the king
or over 40 years, Kawasaki Jet Ski® watercraft have supplied high-powered thrills on the water and the new Jet Ski SX-R™ is a continuation of the legacy. With a broad range of four-stroke power and agile rider-active handling, the new Jet Ski SX-R breathes new life and excitement into the stand-up category. Offering a wide range of riders an unprecedented riding experience, the Jet Ski SX-R is here and ready to reclaim Kawasaki’s status as the king of stand-up watercraft.
The new Jet Ski SX-R has plenty of added comfort and convenience features to make your ride more enjoyable. The 6-gallon fuel tank offers a greater range. A key-operated magnetic ignition switch helps deter theft and a wrist lanyard connected to the engine stop switch automatically cuts power to the engine if the rider falls off the watercraft. Moreover, a small-item storage area located beneath the handle pole helps secure items. The new SX-R will be featured at the upcoming Kuwait Yacht Show, and Zed will also feature the Kawasaki Jet Ski ULTRA 310LX; the most powerful personal watercraft in the world. It’s also one of the most advanced, with a Deep-V hull that provides class-leading stability in rough water for racinglike performance and the first-of-its-kind JETSOUND® audio system. At the event, we are pleased to invite you to the autograph signing of Kuwait’s own Yousef Al-Abdulrazzaq, recordbreaking three consecutive time World Champion Pro Jet Ski rider.
Ali Alghanim Automotive
The new BMW 5 Series Sedan
he 2017 Kuwait Yacht Show isn’t all yachts – there’s plenty of interest for land-lubbers too. Ali Alghanim Automotive will be showcasing the new BMW 5 Series Sedan. The seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan will cut a sporty, elegant and stylish figure when it hits the roads in markets around the world in February 2017. Further enhanced dynamics, an unbeatable lineup of assistance systems, an unmatched degree of connectivity and a new and innovative operating system are the most important new features.
The new BMW 5 Series Sedan, therefore, has all the tools it needs to continue the remarkable success recorded by its predecessors; around 7.9 million BMW 5 Series cars were sold across its first six generations. “The seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series points the way into the future, as we have defined it with our NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. We see technological leadership, emotionally rich products and digitalisation as
essential factors in achieving success. With the expansion of our model portfolio in the large-vehicle classes, we are satisfying the wishes of many customers. I’m in no doubt that the new BMW 5 Series will set new benchmarks technologically, but also have huge emotional appeal. It remains the epitome of the business sedan,” says Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG.
A Passion for the Sea Bader Alyahya
ader Alyahya Yachts, founded in 2013 by oil engineer Bader F. Alyahya, has an unusual story. Born of a simple love of the sea and a passion for yachting, what was Mr. Alyahyaâ€™s hobby, is now a booming business. It all started by chance when, on a trip to France, a European yacht dealer suggested to his Kuwaiti client that he might like to try his hand at representing luxury yacht brands in Kuwait. The Kuwaiti engineer took up the offer and Bader Alyahya Yachts was established, writes Carla Sommers.
This year the company will be attending Kuwait Yacht Show with an even more expanded portfolio. All the brands have been chosen personally by Mr. Alyahya, many of which are picked specifically for Kuwait’s growing mid-range (30- 50 foot) market and the waters of the Arabian Gulf where, as he astutely observes, “the waves never get too high”. This means the more stable–and more expensive–big boats are not really needed. Smaller vessels he points out, also offer more privacy, you do not need to set sail with a huge staff and maintenance costs are inevitable, much lower. Careful selection of his brands is imperative he insists. “First, I have to trust and like it, then I have to check the quality and assets its advantages over others. Also, I don’t want a brand that overlaps with the others I represent like Jeanneau, Prestige, Fjord and Sealine, and the new, modern Italian brand, De Antonio. This is, after all, my hobby, not my primary business, so I want everyone to be happy”. At the 2017 Kuwait Yacht Show Bader Alyahya Yachts will, therefore, showcase a smorgasbord of designs from across Europe including the Polish brand Galeon. Established in 1982, Galeon is known globally for specializing in the construction of luxury yachts and motorboats. The company now employs over 800 people working on an 18,000m² workshop. The company was thrilled that Mr. Alyahya agreed to represent them in Kuwait. “In fact, there is already a Lebanese dealership in the GCC, but last year they invited me to be their dealer, I was very happy. I chose to work alongside the Lebanese agents. My first order was for three Galeon models so the Polish company was ecstatic. Apart from Galeon, I am also bringing to the show a number of other brands including a Prestige yacht” he confides. Bader Alyahya Yachts is the first company to own the GCC dealership for the multi award-winning, French yacht brand Prestige. Known for their slick interiors and highly perfected hulls by designer Jernej Jakopin, Prestige has won major prizes at all the major boat shows in Cannes, Dusseldorf, Milan, and in Hainan, in South China. A further two models will be exhibited from another favourite brand, Jeanneau. Part of Prestige, Jeanneau famously combines luxury and efficiency with top-end names in yacht design such as Camillo and Vittorio Garroni and Premorel Concept. The models at the yacht show have been chosen for their suitability for Kuwait, both size-wise and budget-wise. There will also be two boats on display from Suprema, says Alyahya. Suprema are yachts unlike any other in the same price range, because they have super yachts standards, and are built by superyacht builders. The lines of the Suprema range are unequivocally Italian; the interiors are hand-crafted by some of the finest yacht-builders in the industry. The build quality of Suprema yachts is also superlative, with the Vinylester resin used throughout, resulting in a stronger, more flexible hull, guaranteed to last longer. Carbon fiber—famous in Formula 1 for having a superior strength-to-weight ratio—is used in the longitudinal and lateral stringers, ensuring a stiffer hull.
Bader Alyahya Yachts will be showcasing the unmistakable Sealine brand at KYS. This brand is known for its luminous interiors, flexibility and style. Some of the Sealine products are the work of renowned master yacht designer, Bill Dixon, based out of Southampton in the UK, who has worked on all sizes of the boat from 120-foot custom sailing yachts to 50-foot production motor yachts. A newcomer to Kuwait, De Antonio is an innovative Italian brand that has Mr Bader Alyahya’s eyes sparkling. With the ink on the dealership agreement still fresh, Alyahya explains how this new concept of the motor boat will perfectly suit Kuwait’s new generation seeking style and performance. “De Antonio is like the fine chocolate that goes with coffee” laughs Bader Alyahya. “It is for somebody who wants to be unique; someone looking to be different from the others”. De Antonio is also one of the companies at the forefront of today’s changing trends in yacht building. “There are huge changes in yachts, in terms, of design and function as the next generation look for new styles” projects Alyahya.“In the last decades we have been moving away from those ‘classic’ hand-made yachts with their expensive wood, glass and brass fittings, and we have embraced a style that we can say is ‘modern’. However ‘modern’ is now evolving towards yacht designs, that make use of new high-tech’ materials. We see the less bespoke craftsmanship and detailing more matte finishes; it’s a style we can call ‘super-modern’. It’s not that ‘classic’ yachts are no longer available, they are, but the trend is definitely moving towards this new direction”. And he adds, as less expensive materials are being used and production shifts to regions with cheaper labour costs, it means the prices are being kept down. Another trend Bader Alyahya is keen to underline is the need for a more ‘Green’ mindset. He points out how solar power and renewable energy, including rechargeable batteries, must be the way forward for the sake of our planet and our children. A brand new concept that Bader Alyahya Yachts will be introducing to Kuwait soon is the brand Overblow from Italy. It transforms a yacht into a luxurious live-aboard. Overblow’s 58-foot model benefits from high ceilings, no less than five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen, living room and a dining room, all 100% Italian design. Alyahya says excitedly “I plan a very special event to launch this product. Believe me, people, will love it! Imagine if you don’t have a beach house or chalet, instead, you have a luxurious floating home, with bedrooms that are 10m². It’s an amazing concept. Plus, we made a great deal, so the price is very flexible so everyone can own this class of yacht. We all know yachts depreciate in value but if you think that the enjoyment of the entire family increases, therefore we could say there is an appreciation in lifestyle”. It is a lifestyle that Bader Alyahya clearly loves, one that he clearly enjoys so much that in just a few years, that hobby has now become an extraordinary business success.
Power Boat Centre Gone in Sixty-Seconds
ahad Al Ghareeb at Kuwait’s Power Boat Centre enjoys life in the fast lane. In this special sixty-second interview, we ask him to take us on a lightning tour of his company’s boat brands and what to expect at KYS 2017.
What are the key brands you represent in Kuwait? Why did you pick these brands? We primarily deal in Sunseeker and IMG yachts. We picked them because they are both synonymous with luxury, performance and style. Sunseeker started in the UK in Poole, and have a long history dating back to 1969, by the 70s they were already world leaders and highly advanced, a tradition they have continued to this day.IMG are popular as they are highly versatile fishing boats that although they are not produced in large numbers, compared to other big boat brands, they are technically advanced.
Please tell us about the appeal of Cigarette yachts? The Cigarette powerboat is a great brand for those who like the excitement of speed combined with a truly luxurious ride. It’s glamorous and powerful. We always say the Cigarette speed boat is not a boat it’s a legend – you see it being enjoyed by people like Formula 1 racing drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the Monaco Grand Prix last year. Here in Kuwait, our 50-foot Cigarette powerboat is best-selling.
What products will you show at the Yacht Show? We will showcase our best brands that cater to a wide range of customers here in Kuwait; these include Sunseeker, IMG, Cigarette, Mercury and Marine spare parts.
IMG yachts are well suited to Kuwait as we have many people who enjoy going out fishing in the Gulf; it’s part of our tradition here. IMG offers a very versatile range of fishing boats that are of high quality, and it is, of course, a brand that has a very generous range of features that come as standard - which gives the customer the satisfaction of knowing he gets value for money, plus you have the sheer enjoyment factor which gives the brand great credibility especially for those who love sea fishing.
What do Kuwaitis find so special about Sunseeker yachts? The Sunseeker brand is known worldwide for its high-quality boats, they come with superb interior design and they feel very luxurious. The largest boat we have sold here was an 116 footer.
Please tell us more about the IMG brand and their most popular models that are suited to Kuwait
Riding the Wave Seas & Deserts Group
uwait-based Seas & Deserts Group is a regular attendee to Kuwait Yacht Show. Menâ€™s Passion speaks to Sales Manager, Abdul Hamid Marhaba, about the companyâ€™s growth in the GCC and finds out how business has remained so buoyant in these challenging economic times.
What will S&D be showcasing at Kuwait Yacht Show 2017 and what will your company’s attendance at KYS bring?
What are the most important changes S&D has witnessed over the past year in terms of its business and dealerships?
We will showcase a full range of Azimut Yachts in addition to brands such as Sea Ray, Boston Whaler and Garmin, they are the boats we feel are most appropriate to the show and to customers here in Kuwait. The Kuwait Yacht Show is a place where we always look for serious prospects, it’s a huge social gathering so it also enables us to meet clients and gather information for further follow up. We are confident the show will bring a boost to the market as it is exclusive to Kuwait and an important opportunity to introduce our wide range of brands to new customers.
Our company is still growing! Very soon we will open a new office Qatar in the new ‘Pearl’ development, which includes a large marina, luxury shopping and residences. We’ve been in the Qatar market for a few years now but we believe moving to this address carries a lot of prestige and we feel certain it’s the ideal location for the marine business in Qatar.
Which of S&D’s latest products are you most proud of? And which product is most relevant to Kuwait?
The economic downturn is in truth global and didn’t just affect the Gulf, it affected all sectors and domains, not only the marine industry. That said, we feel very blessed, thanks to careful marketing strategies and loyal clients we have been able to maintain our sales, even in these tough times, and indeed we are expanding our presence by open luxurious new offices in Qatar, which will add further benefits and give us a higher profile.
It has to be the Azimut brand! As everyone knows this is an Italian yacht-manufacturing company founded by Paolo Vitelli, based in Avigliana, Italy. Azimut is not only a worldrecognized name, it’s the world leader simply because the Azimut-Benetti Group has been commended as the number one yacht builder for sixteen years in a row. The company started by chartering a single sailing boat and then went onto develop into a large luxury yacht-building company. The latest 66 Fly is a great example of their innovation and success; she won The “Most Technologically Advanced Yacht” in the World Yacht Trophy awards, considered among the prestigious awards in the industry, in Cannes in September 2016. Among the entire Azimut lineup, my favorite yachts are the 50-foot and 80-foot Flybridge 77S and 95-foot RPH Grande. What do you feel gives S&D the edge over other Kuwait companies in the yacht/marine industry? Long experience in the marine business, dedication, good planning and professionalism are our strong points. We always try to offer our clients the best sales and aftersales service and this means building good relations with them, so we can work very closely to address their needs and understand what they want to get out of their yachting experience. Our offices cover Kuwait, UAE and Qatar which also means we have a regional presence.
Has S&D been affected by the economic downturn here in the Gulf? If so, how has that impacted business? If not, why not?
How has the yachting industry changed in the last decade? Is technology now playing a much greater role in the industry? Overall the industry has seen many improvements in many areas, especially in terms of design, spatial management, innovation and technology, not forgetting advances in safety and comfort. Today we see the extensive use of pure carbon fibre such as in the Azimut 66 and 72 Flybridge, which before was just used in limited areas of the yacht. In addition, we now have electric power steering, which gives a sensation similar to driving a topof-the-range car; this is used in the Azimut 66 and Flybridge. Furthermore we see better and more innovative propulsion systems such as those used by Benetti Super Yachts. All the above have significantly improved the speed, efficiency, comfort, and safety of the yacht owners. It has brought about lower noise levels and better maneuverability; plus it has also allowed the increasing of internal space for the same size and weight of the boats, so the client who buys a boat today gets a better all-round experience at sea compared to a few years ago.
Powersports Seas & Deserts Group
eas & Deserts Group is synonymous with outdoor adventure in Kuwait. The company offers a broad range of products and services related to ships, yachts and mega-yachts, as well as navigational electronics, in addition to All-Terrain-Vehicles (ATVs) such as Can-Am ATV, SSV and roadsters.
The company is proud to provide its clients with the finest international brands as well as the latest products for yearround use a variety of terrains and a superior range of services to go with them. As the demand for such products in the Kuwait market is so high, in 2016 Seas & Deserts took the opportunity of securing the Kuwait dealership for Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), a prestigious Canadian brand that was originally founded in 1942 in Quebec. The BRP brand is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of power sports vehicles and top-of-the-range propulsion systems and is distributed in over 100 countries. Their product range includes EVINRUDE outboard engines, propellers and rigging, as well as an amazing selection of the latest personal watercraft by SEADOO, which makes them ideal for Kuwait where the Gulf provides a great natural playground. The different lines of products all come with reliable spare parts, accessories and clothing. The Kuwait Yacht Show is the perfect venue to showcase Seas & Deserts latest 2017 marine products, such as MY17 SEADOO PWC line-up, featuring the totally revamped 2017 SPARK TRIXX and supercharged GTR-X 230-HP, alongside more models with some exceptional riding gear and unique accessories. BRP claims it is taking marine outboard engineering to a whole new level. Attendees to the show will be able to see the brand new, state-of-the-art 2017 EVINRUDE G2 outboard engines, starting from 200-hp and going up to 300-hp. Customers can choose from a range of contemporary colours, such as metallic lime green, electric blue and sand. The E-TEC G2 delivers up to 30% more torque and is more fuel efficient by up to 15% compared to other competitive outboards.
In 2017, BRP introduced a new range of enhanced products including the all-new MAVERICK X3, powered with the ROTAX three-cylinder engine,bringing154hp of turbocharged energy to the high seas, while the new SEADOO spark TRIXX has features to allow better maneuvering at high speed in water. In addition, the newly-released SEADOO GTR-X 230 — powered with the supercharged 230-hp ROTAX engine –enables it to accelerate from 0-60mph (0-96.6km/h) in 5.29seconds. The fully integrated I-Trim, Dynamic Power Steering and the hydrodynamic SLX gearcase reduces the effort required for steering and offers much-improved handling, delivering a silky smooth and exhilarating experience. One of Seas & Deserts most popular BRP products has proved to be the SEADOO PWC RXP-X. Seen as the ultimate top-ofthe-line racing watercraft and powered with the 300-hp ROTAX 1630 ACE engine, it combines incomparable power, ease of handling and all-important control. Land-based vehicles have been a huge hit too; the Roadster Can-Am Spyder F3-S DAYTONA 500 EDITION is the boldest and sportiest Can-Am Spyder, while the all-new MAVERICK X3 154-hp is a leap into the next generation of high-performance, side-by-side vehicles. An unbeatable 0-60 in 4.9 seconds! A turbo charged four-wheeled fury. Seas & Deserts are adamant the company offers an entire ‘experience’ to a customer. The company organizes events and test drives at the beginning of the season for land vehicles, giving clients the chance to drive the vehicle and feel the power and the difference that it offers. Kuwaitis are fond of such sports, however, the season is very short, and most land-based action happens only in the winter. Happily, the Kuwait summers are long and the crystal clear Gulf waters are perfect for enjoying the action on the water, whether on a big boat or on personal watercraft. All the products offered by Seas & Deserts are about the quality experience; anyone of any age will be able to enjoy both the land and sea to the maximum.
Me and my Paul&Shark. Tom Strangwick producer
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Tan Services Navigating the Market
an Services is the Middle East distributor for a number of world- renowned brands: Lagoon for catamarans, Beneteau for monohulls and motor boats, CNB for sailing and motor yachts. Managing Director, Xavier Bouin, says “We will put all our passion, energy and expertise to help clients in choosing the right boat for their project. We can assist not only in finding the boat and taking care of all the logistics and technical aspects, but we can also make the boat a home, and make ready to go- even recruiting a crew or training owners”. Tan Services also provide a customized service – Bouin stressing that each boat should be unique. Tan’s aim? To surpass every owner’s expectation to navigate, enjoying their boat - in a world, realizing his dream.
At KYS Oceanis 38.1 Optimized performance, balance and comfort in her size category. With her “further aft” positioned mast, her optimized sail plans and her mainsail arch to protect the cockpit, Oceanis 38.1 offers ease of manoeuvring, balance and performance under sail. Her tailor-made interior (6 versions) is another asset for her size category where usually function outweighs personalization. It can offer 3 cabins- 2 heads, quite unique on the market! Their other brands The lagoon is the worldwide leader in catamaran market, offering catamarans from 38 to 77 feet to suit any catamaran’s
lovers. The lagoon is offering “always more”: more choice, more comfort, more performance, more space, and more fun! Lagoon catamarans are made in Bordeaux- France, the land for cruising and racing multihulls. With Beneteau motor boat and mono hulls, the sea will be your kingdom. With 7 ranges, 40 models for motor yachts, you can pick up your boat for fishing, quick trips, long trips, all types of boating: discover, cruise or sportive. With 3 ranges for mono hulls; there is a model for each dream. You will be sailing all latitudes safely with Beneteau boats, built in France since 1884. CNB offers you “French elegance” in yachting: balance, refinement in every detail and performance. The shipyard can also concretize your dream yacht with its “one-off” organization.
Al Kout Kuwaitâ€™s largest mixed-use waterfront destination
l Kout is set to become the largest mixed-use waterfront destination in Kuwait, offering world-class retail, lifestyle, dining, entertainment and leisure experiences within the region. A project under the overarching umbrella of Tamdeen Group, that aims to reshape the urban and social landscape of Kuwait through innovative projects, will be unveiled by end of this year.
The new development through its fusion of traditional architecture and modern contemporary design will create a landmark destination with timeless appeal. In its entirety, Al Kout will be a single but multi-faceted destination with diverse offerings. When completed, the development will include six different experiences. A major component of the project is the new Al Kout Mall,built at a cost of KD 70 million, and will reflect additional 260 retail spaces within the entire project. In addition, through the redevelopment and expansion of the existing Al Kout mall and its transformation into Souq Al Kout, the project will boast over 100,000 m2 of retail space. The new retail component will have outlets, restaurants, cafes, as well as a food court, a gym and spa. Also with multi-storey car parking to accommodate 2,700 cars, the parking woes will be a thing of the past in this area. Leasing for the mall is ongoing with huge interest from several leading international and regional players. The mall is over 70 percent leased and committed for by tenants and will include a popular anchor and retail stores from groups including M.H.Alshaya Co. and Azadea Group to name a few. The adjacent luxurious 200-suite Rotana Hotel has been a huge success from the day it opened. The hotel will connect directly to the shops and restaurants within the new Al Kout Mall. Rotana has a huge demand for weddings, conferences and other gala events. To cater to this, a brand new purposebuilt ballroom is being added to the property. This facility will be unique and will add value to the entire destination.
The new Al Kout Mall will be linked by a signature bridge to Souq Al Kout which is significant for its traditional design and serves as the community hub of southern Kuwait. With its landmark fountains and stunning views of the marina and the sea, the redeveloped souq which has two piers will have new upscale offerings and retail partners in its North Pier that will best resonate with the ambience being curated. The existing South Pier focuses on fresh food offerings, with 172 fresh food stall/stores, that import produce from over 18 different countries across five different continents. Alongside the Souq Al Kout fresh markets, is Nag’at Al Kout, the traditional fishing wharf where fishermen ply their trade with the facility of close to 67 traditional fishing dhows. Al Kout’s stunning 1.6 km of immaculate seafront across Fahaheel Beach is now being renamed Sahel Al Kout. This serene stretch of sand is among Kuwait’s largest, beckoning azure waters and offering pristine and clean white beach. The beachfront offers uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf and blends seamlessly with the state-of-the-art marina, Marsa Al Kout with its excellent facilities with 156 berths, of which 13 are for visiting boats that can pull up straight to Souq Al Kout and the new Al Kout mall. Upon completion of all phases, Al Kout will occupy a massive 300,000 m2 of the total area creating Kuwait’s largest mixeduse waterfront destination. Programming of pedestrian walkways, landscaping and environmental graphics between all elements will help visitors move effortlessly across the entire development and have a truly great experience.
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Ten ‘must see’ destinations
ne of the best things about owning or chartering a motor yacht, is that you can go just about anywhere. Where to go on a yacht is limited only by your time, your budget, and the kind of boating experience you want to have. We turned to 26 North’s Will Snyder for the inside story.
The French Riviera
The Lesser Antilles Whether you want to spend your time island hopping, club hopping, or hopping clear across the ocean, here in no particular order is Will’s Top Ten places to see, and be seen, aboard a luxury motor yacht! Italy’s Amalfi Coast – From Naples to Positano and the legendary island of Capri, Italy’s Amalfi Coast is a yacht charter destination filled with striking harbors and historic sites. Drawing people to its shores since the time of the Caesars, this charming stretch of the Italian coastline is synonymous with beauty, history, and romanticism. The Lesser Antilles – Halfway down the eastern Caribbean, you’ll find the Leeward Islands, also known as the Lesser Antilles. The island chain consists of names that have defined “tropical paradise,” such as St Bart’s, St Martin, Antigua, Montserrat and Guadeloupe. On a yacht charter through the Leeward Islands you can experience it all, from powdery white sand beaches, to exotic cuisine and outrageous nightlife.
Italy’s Amalfi Coast
The French Riviera – What list of places to see, and be seen on a luxury motor yacht could possibly be complete without including the French Riviera? The Côte d’Azur is “ground zero” for the superyacht culture and lifestyle, and is home to such international events such as Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix, which make it one of the world’s most popular areas for yacht charters.
Bermuda Bermuda – Bermuda is soon to be known for more than shorts and great golf resorts. Always a popular destination for boaters, it is increasingly one of the places “to be” for high end yacht charters, as the island was recently named the host island for the next America’s Cup in 2017. Exumas and The Bahamas – Just a hop, skip and a jump from South Florida, the Bahamas are a well-known yacht charter destination. Forget the cruise ships, the only way to experienceall the Bahamas, from Nassau to the Exumas Archipelago, is from your own private yacht.
Exumas and The Bahamas
Newport, Rhode Island – The coastal town of Newport, Rhode Island has been synonymous with sailing for
Newport, Rhode Island centuries, but it is a great summer destination for motor yachts as well. Yacht charters in and around Newport include not only the Newport area with its impressive array of mansions, but also exclusive vacation spots such as Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. The Azores – The Azores are an autonomous group of islands forming an archipelago off the coast of Portugal. It is an ideal summer charter location, but thanks to the Gulf Stream, has mild weather year round. From volcanoes, to beaches, to preserved wetlands, and home to about 1/3 of the world’s species of whales, the Azores are a little-known paradise, and one experienced best from a yacht.
The Galapagos Maine – Maine may not pop into your mind when you think of exotic locales for a private yacht charter, however, it’s hard to imagine a better place to enjoy a summer charter in the Northeast US. Maine has everything you could hope for in a New England Yacht charter destination, from quaint fishing villages, to a jumping off point for cruising to more remote out-islands. The Galapagos – Channel your inner Charles Darwin on a yacht charter to the Galapagos Islands. Located about 600 miles west of Ecuador, if encounters with nature is what you want in a yacht charter, we would be hard pressed to find any better destination than Galapagos.
Alaska – Can you possibly imagine a richer, or more amazing experience than lounging in the hot tub on the sundeck of your private yacht charter, sipping champagne while cruising past glaciers that are letting lose huge chunks of blue ice as if it is being sliced off by the hand of God? That is just one of the incomparable things you can experience during a yacht charter in Alaska.
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The Ferrari 812 Superfast Geneva world premiere to come
errari has selected the 87th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show for the world premiere of the new 12-cylinder Berlinetta, the 812 Superfast, the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in the marqueâ€™s history. This new car not only introduces a plethora of innovative features but is also particularly significant as the V12 series marked the official start of the glorious Prancing Horse story in 1947, 70 years ago this year.
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The 812 Superfast thus ushers in a new era in Ferrari 12-cylinder history, in doing so building on the invaluable legacies of the F12berlinetta and F12tdf. It is aimed at clients demanding the most powerful and exclusive Ferrari in the range: an uncompromising sports car that will deliver exhilarating driving both on road and track yet also be comfortable enough to allow its owners enjoy it as an all-around experience. Engine Powered by a new 6.5-litre V12 engine that unleashes 800 cv, the 812 Superfast is the new benchmark in the mid-frontengined sports car segment, achieving maximum power output at 8,500 rpm, which translates to a specific power output of 123 cv/l. Figures that no other front-engined production car has ever even come near to delivering and which ensure the kind of thrilling top-end performance that is the exclusive characteristic of Ferrari’s noble V12 heritage. Maximum torque is 718 Nm @ 7,000 rpm, a significant 80% of which is already available at 3,500 rpm, improving both driveability and pick-up even at low revs. These performance levels were achieved in part by adopting a 350 bar direct injection system for the very first time on a highperformance engine and pairing it with variable geometry intake tracts conceptually derived from those of naturallyaspirated F1 engines. The 812 Superfast’s dual-clutch transmission has specific gear ratios which, combined with shorter up and down-shifting times between gears, sharpen throttle response still further. Vehicle dynamics The 812 Superfast is equipped with leading-edge control systems and components, resulting in unparalleled handling and road holding. It’s the first Ferrari to sport EPS (Electric Power Steering) which, in accordance with Ferrari’s uncompromising engineering approach, is used to fully exploit the potential of the car’s performance and, through the complete integration with all the electronic vehicle dynamics controls – including the latest 5.0 version of Ferrari’s patented Side Slip Control (SCC) make its powerful performance easier to handle and even more thrilling to exploit. Styling and aerodynamics Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the new 812 Superfast
redefines the formal language of front-engined V12 Ferraris, underlining the car’s exceptional performance with very sporty lines and proportions. Seen in silhouette, the 812 Superfast has a fastback sleekness: a two-box design with a high tail reminiscent of the glorious 365 GTB4 of 1969. The design of the flanks visually shortens the tail and is characterised by impressively muscular wheel arches which imbue the 812 Superfast with the power and aggression warranted by its imposing V12. Full-LED headlights integrated into the design of the sculpted air intakes on the bonnet also emphasise that front muscle, integrating with, and wrapping around the front wheel arch. At the rear, four round taillights inspired by Ferrari tradition emphasise a design crafted around horizontal lines and give the 812 Superfast a broad, imposing stance, visually lowering both spoiler and cabin. As with all Ferraris, style and aerodynamic function are seamlessly integrated to produce innovative solutions and forms. Two examples are the multi-functional frontal section, which incorporates a cluster of aerodynamic solutions including active flaps at the front of the underbody, and the rear flank which features an unprecedented aerodynamic by-pass to increase downforce. The car is being launched in a special new colour, Rosso Settanta, which marks the company’s 70th anniversary. Interior The interior of the 812 SUPERFAST has been revisited in line with the more extreme exterior whilst maintaining unaltered the exceptional onboard comfort and space that Ferrari’s frontengined V12 Berlinetta have always offered. The cabin has been given a sportier, more radical look with the main elements seeming to float, creating an effect of both thoroughbred racing eagerness and lean elegance. The horizontal dash loops stylishly around the central air vents for a sophisticated, sculptural look. New, more sporty and ergonomic seats feature alongside the new HMI, including new steering wheel and instrument clusters and the latest infotainment and air-conditioning
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Porsche Expands Platinum Edition Range to include Cayenne S models
he Platinum Edition range has grown, with the addition of Cayenne S and Cayenne S Diesel models which feature more high-quality equipment. Now available as standard are 21-inch Sport Edition wheels in Platinum with a satin finish, eight-way leather sports seats with Alcantara centre from the Cayenne GTS and a variety of comfort features.
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The high quality appeal of the latest Platinum Edition models is demonstrated by their refined yet understated appearance. In addition to the standard exterior colours of black and white, four optional metallic paint finishes are also available: Jet Black, Mahogany, Carrara White and Rhodium Silver. The exterior package includes elegant and sporty touches in highgloss black and wheel arch extensions in the vehicle colour. Platinum Edition models offer sporty functionality in the form of Bi-Xenon main headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), Power Steering Plus and front and rear ParkAssist, as well as automatically dimming interior and exterior mirrors to prevent glare from the traffic behind. All features make driving effortless, whether travelling on long-distance journeys or cruising around the city. Inside the vehicle, “Platinum Edition” lettering is located on the front door entry guards, whilst all outer headrests bear a Porsche crest and front seats with heating option. The range is equipped with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment, which includes Navigation and the BOSE® Surround Sound System. A further feature typical of this edition is the sporty analogue clock on the dashboard. Power and consumption values for the Platinum Edition models remain the same. The 420 hp 3.6-litre six-cylinder bi-turbo engine in the Cayenne S consumes between 9.8 and 9.5 litres of fuel every 100 km, depending on the tyres. The V8 engine with twin turbocharging in the Cayenne S Diesel generates 385 hp and depending on tyre, consumes between 8.2 and 8.0 litres of diesel every 100 km. The new Cayenne S Platinum Edition models are available to order now.
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The BMW 7 Series Redefining contemporary luxury
he new BMW 7 Series set new benchmarks within the premium segment. Combining state-ofthe-art comfort with dynamic agility and styling, the latest installment of the sophisticated sedan is available in three luxury packages: Pure Excellence, M-Sport and Individual Design.
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Amongst its enhanced refinement includes elements such as the futuristic headlamp technology, BMW Laser Light, the glamorous welcome of the Light Carpet and star-gazerinspired panorama glass “Sky Lounge” sunroof. Inside the vehicle, superior technology offers both driver and passenger extraordinary levels of comfort and luxury. A host of new BMW Connected Drive driver assistance features includes the intuitive Touch Command: a 7-inch Samsung tablet positioned in the rear of the vehicle that offers passengers a completely new experience in controlling multiple in-car functions. Through Touch Command, rear passengers are able to control in-car infotainment and comfort features, such as the new BMW 7 Series Vitality Programme, which offers luxurious in-seat massage options. A unique Gesture Control function, which offers those inside the vehicle with the option to increase the volume of the radio only by gesturing at the screen, is also one of the new technology features. The refined model’s utmost commitment to providing highend technology continues on the exterior, as pioneering headlamp technology, BMW Laser Light, shines a light on the vehicle’s unrivalled design as it offers a high beam range of up to 600 meters, double the length of regular LED headlamps. Driver and passengers can also enjoy the BMW 7 Series’ Sky Lounge, a panorama glass roof that provides passengers with unhampered views of a sunlit sky during daytime or a starfilled at night. Additionally, illuminated light patterns provide a luxurious interior light ambience in six colours. Proving that personalised innovation is as crucial as design and ambience, the vehicle’s advanced chassis technology, which allows the driver to adjust the car’s set-up to their preferred requirements, creates an ideal balance between sports performance and comfort. Similarly, the vehicle’s progressive Driver Assistance Systems, including Lane Control Assistance, ensures drivers do not have to change the customary positioning of their hands on the steering wheel in order to undertake on-road manoeuvres.
Exuding confidence and power, the new model also comes armed with two comprehensively revised engines: the 6 cylinders 740iLi and 8 cylinders 750iLi xDrive. The 8 cylinder 750iLi xDrive accelerates from 0–100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds at 450 hp, while the 6 cylinder equivalent offering an impressive 326hp, with a maximum torque of 450 Nm at 1 380 rpm. The on-road performance of both variants is enhanced through the incorporation of BMW. Efficient Dynamics, such as the premium vehicle’s lightweight Carbon Core, ensures that the car is 130kg lighter than its predecessor. The BMW 7 Series is exclusively available at Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive, the exclusive importer for BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce, Land Rover and McLaren automobiles in Kuwait.
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Maseratiâ€™s new Quattroporte
fter three and a half years of unprecedented success in the international markets, the Quattroporte undergoes a substantial restyling that accentuates its elegance and its signature Maserati personality. The restyled flagship will be available in Kuwait as of now and is destined to continue a success story that commenced over 50 years ago.
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“The Quattroporte was born when Maserati decided to lower the engine of a race car into a four-door “Quattroporte” - salon car in 1963. Nobody had done anything like that before and until today our Quattroporte drives with a Ferrari produced engine. A legacy that now continues with the new model ” said Steve Brown, the Director of Al-Zayani Trading Co., the exclusive Maserati importer in Kuwait. The restyled Quattroporte’s exterior can be recognised by the new bumper design with a matte black profile at the front and the matte black extractor at the rear. Even the new front grille, a centrepiece of the Maserati identity, evolves into a new shape inspired by the Alfieri. It is more pointed and imposing and introduces new vertical chrome elements in contrast to the deepness of the shark nose effect. Other distinguishing details of the new Quattroporte are the matte black side skirts and the exterior mirrors, slightly restyled as well to incorporate some new technical features. On the interior, the redesigned central dashboard now accommodates a high resolution 8.4” screen with multitouch function. The central, lower console has also been redesigned and now features a rotary knob for volume and functions control.The new infotainment system is compatible with both the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring functions. The new Air Quality Sensor substantially improves the comfort for the occupants
through an intelligent sensor and a signal analysis system that calculates the external pollution levels and prevents polluted air and toxic gases from entering the cabin. A new package of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems is available as an option in the new Quattroporte. It includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning with Advanced Brake Assist and Automated Emergency Braking as well as a new Surround View Camera. With the restyling of the flagship, the Quattroporte, Maserati launches a new trim strategy in order to offer its highly demanding clientele the additional choice of two unique trim lines that emphasize the two key pillars of the brand’s DNA: GranLusso and GranSport. Each trim level was conceived to meet the needs of clients that seek a differentiated and unique product in the luxury sedan segment. The GranLusso can be recognized by the new front lower fascia design, while the rear is characterized by a sculptured retroreflector and a body coloured spoiler. The exterior look is completed by 20” Mercurio rims and black painted brake calipers. In the cabin, the GranLusso soul is emphasized by either full premium leather or the ErmenegildoZegna Edition interior that features a patented silk fabric. The cabin ambience is further refined thanks to fine wood inserts and further comfort oriented equipment.
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The GranSport trim underscores the sportive character of Quattroporte. On the front revised centre and side air intakes improve the cooling function while showcasing an aggressive front area. The lower fascia is linked to the grille with aerodynamic inspirited splits. The back is characterized by a prominent composition between a centre fuselage and two side pockets that focus the attention on the exhausts. An aggressive black piano spoiler completes the rear view.The QuattroporteGranSport is fitted with 21” Titano rims and features gloss black finish on the bumpers, red brake calipers and blue inserts in the front Trident and side Saetta logo as, well as blue Tridents on the hubcaps. The interior of the QuattroporteGranSportoffers a significantly heightened sporty experience with the brand new sport seats, the sport steering wheel - in carbon fibre version or full leather - fitted with aluminium gearbox paddles and the inox sport pedals, as well as high gloss Piano Black wood trim on the dashboard. As further opportunity of customization, an
optional Exterior Carbon Pack is available for the GranSport trim to further enhance the sporty exterior. Overview • Exterior restyling • New GranLusso trim with individual contents • New GranSport trim with individual contents • 3.0 V6 petrol version with additional 20hp (now 350hp) • New infotainment system with high resolution 8.4” capacitive touch screen • Redesigned central console with rotary knob • Standard Air Quality Sensor on all versions • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems optional package o Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go o Lane Departure Warning o Forward Collision Warning with advanced Brake Assist o Automated Emergency Braking o Surround View Camera • New Electronic Parking Brake
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Elevated performance The 2017 Range Rover
and Rover has reinforced Range Rover status as the world’s finest SUV with the introduction of advanced autonomous driving technologies and an all-new model from Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) – the Range Rover SV Autobiography Dynamic. Since it redefined the luxury SUV sector more than 46 years ago, Range Rover has achieved more than one million sales and sits at the pinnacle of the Land Rover family. Range Rover’s unique combination of peerless refinement, timeless design and unrivalled all-terrain capability seen. It used to transport Royalty, undertake gruelling expeditions and even developed into a high-security fortress in the form of the armoured Range Rover Sentinel. The original Classic model debuted in 1970 and over four generations the luxury SUV has established itself as a design reference, representing the ultimate in all-terrain luxury. The new SVAutobiography Dynamic brings new levels of performance to the Range Rover, powered by a 550PS V8 supercharged engine. Building on the successful launch of the long-wheelbase Range Rover SVAutobiography, the SVAutobiography Dynamic is available exclusively in standard wheelbase specification and comes fitted with the specially configured suspension designed to optimise agility without compromising Range Rover’s trademark refinement and comfort. The 2017 model year Range Rover also debuts a selection of innovative new technologies, which provide the building
blocks towards fully autonomous driving. The innovative features include Advanced Tow Assist, an intelligent driver aid, which takes the stress out of reversing a trailer, In addition, Driver Condition Monitor and Blind Spot Assist*, which autonomously steers the vehicle back into its lane if sensors detect the driver is steering into the path of another road user, are added to an extensive selection of advanced safety features. Interior changes include a new larger 10-inch dual-view touch screen display, powered by Land Rover’s market-leading In Control Touch Pro system. The pinch and zoom tabletstyle touchscreen provides a host of new features including customisable homepages, enhanced satellite navigation functions and instant access to the driver’s favourite apps. Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, said: “Range Rover has been the world’s leading luxury SUV since its debut more than46 years ago. The design is fundamental to this vehicle and the latest refinements reinforce its status as the ultimate luxury SUV. By offering our customers more choice, more technology and more power we ensure Range Rover remains in a class of its own.”
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The Speedmaster 38 mm
Simplicity meets iconic design
he OMEGA Speedmaster is one of the most recognised chronographs in the world. Now, OMEGA introduces this refined 38 mm collection. The famous look and heritage are still at the heart of creation, but this time, the enduring design has been given a pure and new aesthetic touch.
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This model nicknamed “Cappuccino” is just one piece in the complete collection for both men and women. Its case is made from stainless steel and 18K Sedna™ gold, while the strap has been made from taupe-brown leather. One of the watch’s most interesting features is the diamondpaved bezel that also includes a tachymeter scale on a brown aluminium ring. This dual design has enabled OMEGA to add the elegance of diamonds and also retain the sporty DNA of the original Speedmaster models. The watch features a bicolour dial with unique oval subdials in brown. At a closer look, these oval subdials closely resemble OMEGA’s own brand logo. Continuing on the dial,
an oval date window has been positioned at 6 o’clock and the “baton” hands and the indexes have been created from 18K Sedna™ gold. The case back has been stamped with the Speedmaster’s iconic Seahorse medallion, and on the inside, the watch is driven by the OMEGA Calibre 3330, complete with CoAxial technology and a silicon balance spring. This superb craftsmanship gives the watch a 4-year warranty. 60 years after the launch of the very first Speedmaster, the chronograph is still a great source of inspiration. Although its spirit remains the same, this new 38 mm collection has been created with simplicity, size and colour in mind.
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Zeitwerk Decimal Strike
Acoustic signal in ten-minute intervals
he Zeitwerk Decimal Strike makes time audible in a new way: its striking mechanism sounds every ten minutes. The case of this timepiece, limited to an edition of 100, consists of honey gold as used exclusively by Lange. Introduced in 2009, the A. Lange & Sรถhne ZEITWERK gave time a new face with a mechanical jumping numerals display. Now, the ZEITWERK DECIMAL STRIKE is enriching the successful, unusually designed watch family with a third model featuring an acoustic time indication.
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Given its mechanical architecture, the ZEITWERK calibre offers ideal prerequisites for the integration of a striking mechanism: A large amount of energy is built up for advancing it’s mechanical, precisely jumping numerals displays. As was already the case with the ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER and the ZEITWERK STRIKING TIME, this energy can be put to good use by an automatic striking mechanism. In the new model, it relies on two differently tuned gongs to indicate the full hours as well as the tenminute intervals between the start of one hour and the next. The two hammers that are visible on the dial side consist of polished steel and, like the hammer bridge, are decorated with a tremblage engraving. The hammer on the left strikes the low-pitched gong once every full hour. The right-hand hammer sounds a higher-pitched tone every ten minutes, or in other words, every time a new ten-minute interval begins. With its large, precisely jumping numerals display, the ZEITWERK DECIMAL STRIKE assures excellent legibility. In one-minute intervals, the units’ disc instantly advances by exactly one increment. The patented constant-force
escapement between the mainspring barrel and the balance delivers the power. It makes sure that the balance has a constant amount of energy across the entire power reserve period. The high-pitched tone sounds every time the tens disc advances; at the start of the hour, when the low-pitched tone is struck, all three numeral discs jump synchronously by one increment. The striking mechanism can be switched off. When the button at 4 o’clock is pressed, the hammers are deflected away from the gongs. This also happens when the crown is pulled to set the time. The technical concept is paired with an innovative material. The case of the ZEITWERK DECIMAL STRIKE, limited to an edition of 100 watches, consists of honey gold as used exclusively by A. Lange & Söhne; it has a diameter of 44.2 millimetres. The lavishly finished manually wound calibre L043.7 has a maximum power reserve of 36 hours. Langetypical quality hallmarks include the three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver and decorated with Glashütte ribbing, the hand-engraved balance cock, and a camPoised balance with a free-sprung hairspring crafted in-house.
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The OrisAquis High-performance diver’s watch
ris has been making diver’s watches since the 1960s. The vintage-inspired Divers Sixty-Five collection serves as a reminder of the company’s pioneering spirit and innovative approach to watchmaking. numerals delivered outstanding underwater legibility. Both features delivered practical benefits that have made the Aquis a design icon and one of the first names in diver’s watches. The new Aquis Date continues both the spirit and design DNA of its predecessor. Oris’s designers have added a touch of elegance to the tool watch to reflect the versatility owners now expect from a divers’ watch. Oris diver’s watches are no longer just for underwater adventures, they’re often found under a cuff. Much of the effect is in the detail. The horns and the bracelet are now thinner, giving the case and the whole watch a more slender profile. The hands and indices have been redesigned to look bolder and sharper, and the screw-in security crown and crown protectors have been refined to give the watch a sleeker silhouette. The bezel inlay is made of black, scratchand fade-resistant ceramic, and the dial now proudly carries the Aquis name. Oris has been making diver’s watches since the 1960s. The vintage-inspired Divers Sixty-Five collection serves as a reminder of the company’s pioneering spirit and innovative approach to watchmaking. The Oris Full Steel of the late 1990s was a high-performance sports watch. It demonstrated the inventive ethos of Oris and sowed the seeds of the iconic Aquis collection, which became rapidly synonymous with diving watches. The new Aquis Date presents the next chapter in a story that began over 50 years ago. The first Aquis was characterised by the design of its muscular horns and uni-directional rotating bezel. While the horns were designed so the metal bracelet or rubber strap would pivot to fit a wide range of wrist sizes, the broad bezel and its oversized
As well as aesthetic improvements, the new Aquis Date also delivers practical enhancements. The uni-directional bezel is now easier to grip, thanks to a small gap introduced between the case and the body, allowing greater purchase. The Aquis Date is water-resistant to 30 bar (300 metres), making it ideal for experienced scuba divers. As a result, the new Oris Aquis Date is a stylish, highperforming diver’s watch. ‘We are extremely pleased with the next generation Aquis diver’s watch,’ commented Oris Chairman Ulrich W. Herzog. ‘This is a beautiful, hugely reliable underwater tool watch, made using the exacting techniques and according to the highest standards of Swiss watch manufacturing that have made Oris famous all over the world, and in the diving community in particular.’
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Tissot T-Race MotoGPTMAutomatic Limited Edition 2017
he Tissot T-Race MotoGPTM Automatic Limited Edition 2017 acknowledges the successful partnership between Tissot and MotoGP with a watch that has a winning attitude. It earns the first place on the podium with its rose gold PVD case. Its golden attributes also emphasize some of the iconic bike features of the watch such as the dashboard counters on the carbon like dial, the footrest pushers and the rear suspension rode illustrated in the bracelet’s attachment to the case. The dynamism and speed the watch is inspired by, are reflected in the tyre tread bracelet.
Powerful engine No details are left out. They go all the way to the automatic movement, visible through the transparent rim-like back case. The brake-disk, as well as having its place on the bezel, is also portrayed on the oscillating mass, with the lines illustrating further tyre treads. It would take a lot of breaking to stop this piece from winning. It is an exceptional watch, with only 2017 pieces like it. As a collector’s item, it comes in a special helmet box. It’s time to bring out your winning attitude to earn this watch !
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Sama Eyewear Spring Summer 2017 Menâ€™s Collection
ama Menâ€™s Collection for Spring/Summer 2017 takes us on a fantastic journey with new advances in tech, artisanal metalwork, mixed materials, and some of the most intricately designed feats in eyewear engineering. For Sheila Vance, CEO & Designer nothing is embellished without purpose as she is always pushing the art of discovery, creating flawless features and nuances that are part of intimacy with the wearer. Even the most basic Sama style has an intricate feature or complexity and a design subtlety definable only by the most discerning eye. Beta-titanium metals, combinations of raw materials and natural elements, flat facing matte finishes, futuristic forms and custom colors, offer newly evolved models.
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Nano temples are introduced with intricate laser etching in vintage washed metals that enhance the frame. Layered insets of the thinnest, flat layer of metal shown both in and out of the acetate create textured combinations. Rounding out the classics this season is the extension of the director’s series, pairing rich antiqued metal nano temples with custom colored acetate faces. For summer 2017 Sama introduces a modified club master shape, with the flat metal temple and front frame inserts giving a sleek, multi-dimension effect. Also, new for the season is the addition of a beta-titanium, flat nose piece in matte white or gold tones paired with the frame. The new single piece metal, a totally hypoallergenic pad, ensures the frames are “mark-free” for comfort and as good looking inside as out. Men’s driving frames and aviator styles continue to take a front seat and are a force for the collection. Aviators are seen in bold sizes and a new scale. Ambitious, geometric shapes and chunkier, bold matte gold, replace the traditional top bar for a futuristic flavor to the key coastal classic with
the new Bravado frame. Square and more exaggerated shapes push new limits in the premium category. Futuristic forms continue with designer Sheila Vance’s state of the art one-piece, pure titanium “block” piece in her 1991 series. A newer version of the inspired aviator was created with only one piece of metal and a single milled eye wire screw in full flat and 2 base curve options. New in the combustion series she offers round and classic oversized aviator shapes with flat lenses and its signature diamond plate detailed temple in titanium for a sleek, sporty look and that is still a featherweight. Exciting new custom lens options for the collection include a light wash, milder mirrors and pale ombres, in addition to their liquid gold (24K yellow, 18K white and rose), 100% pure platinum and an array of opaque colored mirrors. The cool factor certainly heats up for Men for Sama Summer 2017.
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Gucci Spring / Summer 2017
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The Runway Dolce & Gabbana SS17
usic is the driving force behind a collection full of flair, with a distinctly 80s feel. Musical instruments become prints, oversize top-heavy silhouettes punctuate a collection which merges Sicilian tailoring with flamboyant fashion statements.
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â€œJazz, blues, swing, mambo, pop, dance, hip-hop, reggae, all leave a mark in the moments of our life, certainly the beautiful ones that lead us to remember unforgettable, glamorous and special memories.â€?
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In Store At Hugo Boss
e’re well into the New Year and well its well beyond time to get on track. Check out the newly refitted Hugo Boss stores at The Avenues and Marina Mall. The new store concept is already adopted in major global cities and features clean, angular aesthetics – the perfect showcase for the brand’s collections grounded in tailoring and elegance.
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For over 90 years Hugo Boss has become a leader in men’s and women’s fashion. Through those years Hugo Boss has risen from a small tailor’s shop Germany to a giant in the fashion world. Now boasting ranges that include the classic Boss, the casual Boss Orange, the sporty Boss Green, and the stylish Hugo By Hugo Boss, they have every base covered. The Boss brand is growing in Kuwait. It has been in the market for more than 30 years and has developed a loyal clientele with growth year on year offering something for whatever the occasion may be, whether it’s the sharpest Hugo Boss suit, the latest Hugo Boss trainers, or much more in between.
They’re introducing the new BOSS Green collection for Spring/Summer 2017 - bringing together high style with peak performance. Plan your return to the gym in style with the new collection of sports-driven styles in modern monochrome that will ensure you’ll be at your best. Formerly known as Boss Sport, the Boss Green label was relaunched in 2003 taking a huge influence from the golfing world, resulting in an exceptionally unique, sports casual range. Now synonymous with forward-thinking, stylish and functional sportswear, Boss Green is worn by active, fashion-conscious gents on greens, fairways and in clubhouses around the world. Encompassing t-shirts, trainers, trousers, jackets, bags and more featuring the signature green branding, Boss Green’s unrivalled luxury sports assemblage is here to stay.
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Ralph Lauren Purple
Fall 2017 Preview
n his return to New York Fashion Week: Men’s, Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label collection once again redefined classic men’s wear shapes and patterns. The line’s signature purple velvet peak-lapel tuxedo blazer kicked off an eveningwear capsule that also included the use of unconventional fabrics, such as corduroy and jacquard silks updated with a tonal Navajo print. That same print showed up in a variety of other Western-influenced looks such as cropped outerwear and textured knits.
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La Biennale di Venezia Preview
1 – Jean Boghossian
ean Boghossian, a Brussels-based Lebanese artist, sculptor, and painter of Armenian descent, has been chosen to represent Armenia at its National Pavilion at the 57th Art Biennale in Venice.
Titled “FiammaInestinguibile”, the exhibition, to be held from 13th May to 26th November 2017, will be curated by Bruno Corà, Italian art critic and President of the Fondazione Burri, and commissioned by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia, represented by Svetlana Sahakyan. The name of the exhibition is inspired by the blowtorch flame, which Boghossian uses as a flamboyant brush, leading to a passionate quest as flames transform to create inextinguishable art. Works presented by Boghossian at the 2017 Venice Biennale will be displayed at two venues, CollegioArmenoMoorat-‐ Raphael, at Palazzo Zenobio, and Chiesa di Santa Croce degliArmeni, on Calle Dei Armenia (Armenia Street).
Boghossian is one of the few artists globally who experiment by applying fire and smoke. To various works. Fire ishis artistic language of choice, and he uses a wide array of torches as his medium. Boghossian’s paintings are supported by artistic inspirations such as Jackson Pollock, Simon Hantaï, Joan Mitchell, and Yves Klein. The artist will be showcasing the most advanced results of his painting experiences using diverse techniques and materials developed with fire, flame, smoke, pigments, and water. Objects burned often include canvas, paper, books, chairs, and paintings, at times leaving behind patterns of perforation, using distinctive and diverse techniques.
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Ditch the Spinach Get mean and lean on a sailing machine
opeye relied on his trademark spinach in the beloved cartoon, but sailing is no child’s play as the sport has proven to be one of the most demanding and dynamic activities that one can do. Indeed, what likely got Popeye his ‘guns’ was the fact that he was a sailorman, rather than a leafy green fiend. So what makes the sport a challenge both on and off the water ?Fahad Al Hasni, skipper of Team Renaissance for this year’s EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour (SATT), shares his insights into the fitness levels required to be a successful sailor and the top exercises to focus on to get sailor fit. “Sailing is a great sport that tests you both mentally and physically. People of all fitness levels should be open to trying it as a new experience, but should be aware that although it’s a fun activity, it’s also demanding and at the best times, highly competitive,”says Al Hasni, who has participated in seven SATT tours and is a record-breaking sailor in his solo career. “It’s an equal challenge for both men and women, and young and old. In preparing for any demanding race, especially an off-shore race like EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour, fitness is key,” Al Hasni continued. “You never know the conditions on the water that you’re going to face so it’s important that your body is able to react and handle anything.” “As part of your fitness routine you train for long races as well as short because when you’re in competition there will be times when you have long stretches of water to cover, but you’ll also have very quick in-port sailing to perform. Preparation is the key to be successful in both types of racing and to make sure you’re healthy overall. When it comes to health and sailing, having a plan is an integral component.” Below are a few tips that are a part of any sailors’ fitness plan. The key to a strong sailor is a strong core Back and abdomen muscles are instrumental to helping you stay upright and keep your balance, a seemingly impossible task when you first start out and you’re battling 5-metrewaves in Farr 30 one-design keelboats. The core muscles support your abdomen and lower back, providing support for your entire body. All sailing techniques will engage your abs at some point, with some of the more advanced moves requiring you to keep your core tensed for an extended amount of time.
By Fahad Al Hasni, the skipper of Team Renaissance for his seventh EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour and record-breaking Omani sailor
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Key exercises to target your core are leg raises, superman stretches and planks. To perfect leg raises follow the tips below: 1.Lie flat on your back with your legs stretched out in front of you. 2.Gradually raise your legs towards the ceiling keeping them straight. You should end with your toes pointed toward the ceiling and your thighs perpendicular to your body. 3.While keeping your legs straight, slowly lower them to about an inch off the floor. Donâ€™t just let gravity work for your - make sure youâ€™re in control. 4.Slowly raise your legs back up to the ceiling, without them ever touching the floor. You should do as many lifts as you can in one minute, then take a 30 second rest. This should be completed three times. Effective Superman Exercise 1.Lie flat on your stomach with arms stretched out in front of you, keeping your legs straight. 2. Slowly lift your arms and legs keeping them straight, without arching your back. Hold this position for a few seconds 3.Repeat 10 times. To make the exercise more challenging try lifting the opposite arm with opposite leg like scissors 10 times on each side. Perfect Planks This exercise is one of the most challenging and effective for targeting abdominals and back. To master this, get into a push up position with your elbows bearing your weight. Hold for 30-60 seconds. Your abs should be engaged, and your back should be completely flat while performing this exercise.
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Lean and Mean Upper Body It should be no surprise that sailing puts the arms and shoulders to good use. A strong upper body will help you better when you need to maneuver the boat and control its direction. Whether male or female a strong chest helps you power the rest of the upper body and will help you perform your newly acquired sailing skills with ease, time after time.
Do this five times. You use the same muscles on the way down that you use on the way up which teaches the muscles in your upper body how to coordinate with each other. To engage more of your biceps simply complete the exercise with your hands facing towards you instead. Tricep Dips - Tricep dips will target the often ignored back of the upper arm.
When developing your upper body it’s important to focus on balancing out the muscles so that you build an even structure over time. Below are some great upper body workouts to get you ready for your first sailing adventure.
1.Sit on a stable chair that will support your weight.
3.Use your arms to lift yourself off the chair and lower yourself toward the floor.
1.Line your body up perpendicular to a pull-up bar. 2.Placing your hands shoulder width apart on the bar facing away from you, pull yourself up until your chin is over the bar. 3.Try to hang for 30 seconds, then slowly lower yourself down in a slow and controlled manner.
2.Place your hands palm down on either side of your hips on the chair.
4.Hold yourself in this position for 20 to 30 seconds. 5.Using only your arms, lift yourself back up again. You’ll want to do this 10 to 20 times then rest for 30 seconds before you repeat two additional sets.
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Push - Ups Push- ups also help strengthen and tone the muscles of the arms, shoulder s and chest. You should aim for 10 to 20 push-ups a day and gradually increase this number as you get stronger. Modified push-ups are easier if you’re just star ting out and provide the same benefits. Just put your weight on your knees instead of your feet, but make sure that you still focus on keeping your back straight. Car diovascular s t r engt h Finally, to complete your sailor fit routine, you’ll need to have built up your overall cardiovascular health and lower body strength. J o g g i n g i s a g r e a t exe r c i s e to b u i l d c a r d i o h e a l t h a n d s t r e n g t h e n t h e e n t i r e l e g . A n o t h e r g r e a t exe r c i s e to b u i l d c a r d i o h e a l t h a n d g e t yo u a c q u a i n te d w i t h wa te r eve n f a s te r i s sw i m m i n g . T h i s l ow i m p a c t exe r c i s e w i l l wo r k t h e e n t i r e b o d y a n d h e l p b u i l d u p yo u r s t a m i n a .
The most important thing to remember is to have fun. Sailing is a great sport that brings together people from all over world to enjoy the great outdoors. It doesn’t take much for someone to get hooked on the feeling of wind their hair, sun on their face, and a boat deck beneath their feet! Local sailing enthusiasts could witness the skills of some of the world’s most talented sailors this February. EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour 2017 as it traversed the Oman shores before arriving in the UAE on February 22, followed by the longest offshore leg to Doha before heading back to Dubai forth much-anticipated finale and inport race on 1 March. For more information visit www.sailingarabiathetour.com
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Swiss Reservation La Réserve Genève
t La Réserve Genève, Paris or Ramatuelle, Michel Reybier invites his guests to accompany him in his quest for discreet elegance, to experience a unique story– always different and inﬁnitely reﬁned. A token of recognition naturally sought after by members of a circle of demanding connoisseurs, the Michel Reybier Hospitality label stands for establishments with their own unique style, exceptional locations where regained and jealously guarded intimacy is a fundamental value.
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From excellence to emotion In a world of perfection, only unexpected personalized little touches have the ability to make every second truly extraordinary. It is these simple yet sublime tokens of attention that give each La Réserve a unique, warm and caring family mindset. A signature that one rediscovers with delight with each new stay, for the sheer pleasure of letting go in an atmosphere that is chic, authentic and incredibly rare. A sense of being at home Hotels, spas, restaurants… La Réserve interprets its way of life like an invitation to get in touch with the inner self, the body, the senses. A world of high standards where the best that nature has to offer in a plate rubs shoulders with the latest avant-garde, science in the realm of treatments. Where guests feel as if they are in a home from home, ﬁnally ready to relax and recharge their batteries in complete peace. To, savor the slow pace and the art of living as an utter privilege. A secret territory far from prying eyes A 5 star hotel and spa designed as a lodge in a world beyond time, reminiscent of a lost paradise on the outer edges of a legendary Africa. A spa, four restaurants, 29 suites and 73 rooms that tell a story of a wonderful journey, far from the rest of the world. A warm, relaxed atmosphere, with a magical view over the waters of the lake beyond the park. Miracle or mirage? Some places just exude a mysterious power, as if the waves of positive harmony created a feeling of plenitude, of a natural connection with the inner self. La Réserve Genève is one of these. Whether for a night or a few days, it procures a delicious sensation of feeling at home right from the ﬁrst moment. Nestled in a tawnycolored leather club armchair in front of a monumental ﬁreplace in winter; or lazing in the sun beside the pool in summer.
Geneva, the Swiss art of living At once cosmopolitan, sporting, artistic, historic, natural, tranquil and vibrant, the city that gave us the philosopher JeanJacques Rousseau and some of the greatest watchmakers in the world lives in several time zones at once. • Over 40 museums, numerous art galleries, theaters and an opera house. • The pleasures of the mountains and nature at the gates of the city, 26 golf courses within easy reach. • European headquarters of the United Nations and numerous international organizations such as the Red Cross. • An historic city with a medieval quarter, famous English garden and relaxed terraces, as well as a shopping paradise complete with luxury boutiques and antique shops. • Nearby there is Lausanne for the Olympic museum and cathedral, Montreux for the famous summer jazz festival, and the romantic castle that inspired Lord Byron for his famous poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’. Frank Xu, a virtuoso of subtle flavors Representing the third generation of a dynasty of cooks, the Chef offers a resolutely high-end interpretation of Chinese gastronomy, renowned as one of the ﬁnest in the world. He notably excels in offering new takes and twists on traditional Cantonese dishes. Excellent products, wellmastered cooking times, clever texture effects, plates that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate… His Peking-style roast duck served in two stages is a benchmark in the domain. In keeping with tradition, the chef is backed by his personal team including four master chefs, each responsible for their own specialty: woks, dim sums, grilling and carving.
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The marriage of textures and the fragrance of rarespices offer amazing culinary experiences, to be tasted in the quiet peace of private rooms or on the terrace, with a view over the lake and the mountains. A comet on a star-studded trail In October 2016, the Michelin guide rewarded the Tsé Fung. Frank Xu originally hails from Shenzhen and initially exercised his talents in Geneva. Now in Geneva since August 2015, it has taken him just over a year to gain this much-coveted recognition and earn Le Tsé Fung the first Michelin star ever awarded to a Chinese restaurant in Switzerland. “Canton and indeed China as a whole has found itself an incomparable ambassador in Frank Xu! HIs creations are authentic and delicious, meticulously put together with first-class products; the desserts in particular delight the taste buds and make a lasting impression… Beautiful views over the gardens and the lake”. MICHELIN Guide inspectors
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Brooklynian Rhapsody Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg
ocated in the heart of Brooklyn, the Wythe Hotel is an 8-story hotel on the Williamsburg waterfront. Built in 1901, this former cooperage has been meticulously converted into a 70-room hotel offering service and amenities yet to be seen in the borough, while the building’s industrial character – including its concave corner entrance, original pine beams, masonry, arched windows and cast-iron columns – has been beautifully preserved. Like its surrounding neighborhood, the Wythe Hotel melds historic with modern, creating something entirely unique and authentic.
Atop the original 5-story structure sits a new 3-story glass and aluminum that references the hotel’s existing factory windows while dramatically pulling the building into the present. Throughout the hotel, 70 guest rooms feature 13’ high original timber ceilings, oversized windows, radiant heat concrete floors, custom amenities and work by local artists. Many rooms boast floor-to-ceiling views of the Manhattan skyline and East River. Renowned Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow, of Marlow & Sons, Diner, and Roman’s, manages the hotel’s expansive food and beverage program. Venues include Reynard - a ground floor restaurant and bar with a wood-fired oven and grill, courtyard seating, and a daily menu featuring market-driven American fare and seasonal cocktails, and The Ides - a 6th-floor bar and terrace with stunning Manhattan and Brooklyn views. There are various event spaces as well, including the main event hall, a private dining room, large guest lofts and 60-seat screening room and bar. Wythe Hotel is in Brooklyn’s most dynamic neighborhood, with Williamsburg’s best galleries, boutiques, bars, restaurants and concert halls within walking distance. It is one subway stop from Manhattan, and minutes from the central hub of Union Square.
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ZEITGEIST Good design, where form and function come together so exquisitely, should always be celebrated.
This month Menâ€™s Passion features some of the most desirable and well executed products that define the times in which we are living.
Impossible I-1 Polaroid Camera
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The I-1 is the first new camera system in over twenty years for the original Polaroid® photo format. The I-1 makes real photos, that you can pin to the wall or give to a friend. Photos with a life after the shutter clicks. The I-1’s advanced ring flash adapts to your environment, capturing your subject in the right light no matter where you shoot. The optional I-1 App lets you do even more with your camera. Access useful additional features, add creative effects to your images and experiment with manual controls. I-type film is optimized for I-type cameras. It’s cheaper and more energy efficient than our standard film, because it doesn’t contain batteries - unlike classic Polaroid® cameras, the I-1 doesn’t need them. You can also use the I-1 with any 600 type film.
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Sea level rise in global cities
s the threat of rising sea levels is imminent, architects and urban planners look for innovative solutions that protect people and cities around the world â€“ Cityscape investigates
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Most of the world’s important cities like New York, Singapore, and Hong Kong are situated on the coast of a sea or ocean or at the heart of a major river like London and Paris. All are exposed to sea level rise, which means all may experience destruction related to excess water flowing past barriers that no longer suffice at some point in the coming years. Because no one can predict accurately when, preparations have to be made by city planners and architects for the tsunami, super storm, or another black swan that can cause disaster in a few hours. To prepare for black swan crises caused by water, drought, migration, and other risk factors, in 2013 the Rockefeller Foundation created the 100 Resilient Cities programme. By November 2015 the 100 cities had been selected. Although they cover every continent and face different kinds of problems, they are united in readiness to prepare for future problems before they happen. 100 Resilient Cities The 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) were selected from among 1,000 cities that applied. They include Accra, Bangalore, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Christchurch, Jakarta, Kyoto, London, Miami, New York City, Panama City, Paris, Ramallah, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Rotterdam, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Toronto, and Vancouver. On the 100RC website, the tagline is “Crisis is the new normal for cities in the 21st century.” Crises may be caused not only by the black swan “shocks” but also by “the stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a day to day or cyclical basis,” such as high unemployment, violence, chronic food and water shortages.
Role of Chief Resilience Officer A few years ago, the title didn’t exist, nor did the concept of a city’s resilience as something that could be studied, analysed, and improved. On the job for less than a year, Jim Murley is the first Chief Resilience Officer in Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade encompasses the City of Miami, the cities of Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Doral, and a host of neighbourhoods with a total population of 2.7 million. That means many people face potential risks. As Murley told a reporter for the Miami Herald, “We’re on a peninsula surrounded by water … That defines the very issue that we have to deal with as we think about sea-level rise and climate change.” In the short run, Murley says, the city is focusing on projects with multiple benefits. “We protect the infrastructure as we upgrade it.” The water and sewer system in one district is being expanded and deepened for greater capacity. A waste treatment plant is being upgraded to withstand a Category 3 storm surge. “Each time we look at major infrastructures such as the port or the airport,” explains Murley, “we build in resilience … so that we make no-regrets changes,” and adds, “We’re adjusting our processes to do that.” Role of architecture Illya Azaroff is an architect with +LAB in New York, a studio with the mission “to explore, build resilient capacity and advance goals for a sustainable future.” He’s also Regional Representative to the American Institute of Architects’ National Strategic Council.
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Azaroff considers sea level rise “the imperative of our time” that “impacts all aspects of the built environment, where people live and work as well as transportation, infrastructure, culture, and beyond.” He points out that most of the world’s people live in cities at risk. “We have a great deal of the GDP and cultural capacity of the world in these areas of risk not to mention some of the most vulnerable populations in the world.” The devastation caused in New York City and surrounding counties by Super Storm Sandy in 2012 led to the creation by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of Rebuild by Design, a competition announced in 2013 for adding resilience to communities victimised by Sandy. Seven of 10 winning projects are under implementation. The Big U in Manhattan The Big U from the Bjarke Ingels Group has received the most publicity and is the most ambitious. The design encompasses raising streets and parks around the tip of Manhattan to create more public sports and entertainment areas as well as protect the area from the future sea level rise.
Getting the Big U and the other projects from rendering to reality requires extensive communication with local communities and input from many stakeholders, which slows progress but guarantees buy-in from groups that might tend to fight a project perceived as coming from the outside. The Panel on Climate Change in New York City collects documents that are available to architects working there. “To project forward for sea level rise, models are available, or climate action plans that have been developed by cities,” says Azaroff. “There is science available for projecting a future that can be tied to the lifecycle of a building to inform how to design and where to build.” The architect has to understand “site location, conditions of current risks such as periodic flooding, mapped flood zones as well as potential inland flooding sources from upland rain, snow melt,” and so on. Monad Terrace in South Beach Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel from Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris has designed a condominium residence in South Beach for JDS Development Group that he calls a “reflection machine.” Rather than building to keep the sea out,
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Nouvel brings it into the design of Monad Terrace. Two mid-rise towers of 14 and 7 storeys are separated by a lagoon open to South Beach Bay and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Monad Terrace will provide 51 residences with high ceilings, water views, and natural light as well as tropical foliage and the unfettered sea. In an exclusive interview with critic and author Alastair Gordon published in the Miami Herald, Nouvel said, “We are working to accommodate the water rise through the landscape itself.” On the land side, Monad Terrace is bounded by West Street where the city has been raising street levels and upgrading pumping stations to control endemic flooding after strong rains.
Everyone should be thinking about “resource stresses” due to sea level rise, Azaroff believes.“Global migration will increase to 200 million people by 2050 and over 550 million by 2100…It is the role of architects and planners to recognise these concerns and plan for them, advise communities and governments as well as design for a better future,” he concludes. It’s a huge job but someone has to do it. This article is supplied by Cityscape Magazine.
Cities at risk “Think of any city on the water that was a major harbour for trade and commerce historically, and you have your answer,” says Azaroff. In addition to New York, “the entire Boston-Washington Megalopolis is at risk,” - comprising 20 percent of U.S. GDP - “and around the world, London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Rio, Shanghai, Sydney, the list goes on and on.”
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Up-to-date with Startup Kuwait On February 5th of 2017, Kuwait University signed an MOU with the Kuwait National Fund for SME Development committing to bilateral support for the Startup Kuwait consortium. On February 12th, 2017, Startup Kuwait National Competition was held at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The program was opened by Dr.Muna Husain, Assistant Vice President for Planning (Kuwait University) welcoming and explaining broader outreach of Startup Kuwait 3 pillars focusing on student’s business idea generation, faculty research proof of concept to commercialization, and industry collaboration with academia on innovation and research. The keynote speaker was KU President Dr. Husain AlAnsari stating the importance and key roles played by academia in supporting student’s initiatives and transformation to new businesses. Dr.RedhaBehbehani explained the background of Startup Kuwait program of 90+ day business plan competition leading to National Competition where 7 teams from 4 different universities (7 teams represented as follows: AOU 1 team, GUST 4 teams, KU 1 team, and PAAET 1 team) pitched to a panel of judges(Mr. Mohammad AlBahar, Mr. Sanjay Gautum, and joining Mr. Sadoun Ali, Vice Chairman & CEO of Qurain Petrochemical Industries) for equity free seed financing, mentorship, and guidance with regards to proceeding their work on their projects for equivalent of cash and non-cash of KD 10,000. AlzheiGlass from Kuwait University and I-Talk from The Public Authority for Applied Education &Training; and Techno Fun Games from the Gulf University for Science & Technology scored the highest in the National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge. AlzheiGlass by AishahAlenezi and AljaziAlajmi is a project that brings together hardware and software to provide a solution for patients, family members, and caregivers to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. I-Talk by Aida Alazemi, HissaAlshimary, and AbkhatAlfarah is a project that also combines software and hardware to enable both hearings and speaking impaired individuals to communicate. Techno Fun Games is a gaming studio that sells Smartphone games and helps aspiring game developers in learning how to prepare and sell their own games. Dr.RedhaBehebhani stated that fall 2016 2nd National Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge offering success is owed a lot to student teams, program directors, and faculty advisors of the schools in Startup Kuwait consortium. Also Dr.Redha pointed out that that 3rd offering (spring 2017) of
Startup Kuwait National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge kicked off on February 11, 2017, with an entrepreneurship process program boot camp for faculty and program directors, to be followed by another boot camp for entrepreneurship process and idea generation for students and their advisors on March 4th, 2017. In the interim, Startup Kuwait is delivering preidea generation series to universities in the Startup Kuwait consortium. The Startup Kuwait 90+ day business plan for spring 2017, would have series of bi-weekly review and mentor to student teams besides the regular guidance they would receive from their respective schools’ advisors as preparation to pitch at Startup Kuwait National Competition (3rd) which would take place on May 16-17, 2017
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Al-Sayer aims for customer convenience first
Mohamed Naser Al-Sayer (MNSS), one of the Al-Sayer Group Holding Companies held an opening ceremony to announce the opening of the new licensing department for customers to obtain car number plates at Al-Rai showroom. The event was held under the patronage of The Interior Assistant Undersecretary of the Citizenship and Passports Affairs General Sheikh Mazen Jarrah Al Subah, in the presence of VIP delegates from Ministry of Interior General Fahd Al Shuwai, General Adib Al Swaidan, General Ali Al Moauali and General Yakoub Al Yasin. The event hosted by Mohamed Naser Al-Sayer was also attended by Mubarak Naser Al-Sayer CEO Al-Sayer Group Holding, Bengt Kurt Schultz Chief Operating Officer, Abdullah Saleh Alshuwaie Senior Manager Customer Relations and Legal Representative along with representatives from Toyota Group Sales and Marketing team.
purchase of new cars from Mohamed Naser Al-Sayer and car dealerships in Kuwait. The operations and the customer relations team at Al-Sayer will continue to focus on offering great customer experience and excellent customer satisfaction.
Speaking on the occasion Mubarak Naser Al-Sayer CEO AlSayer Group Holding said “I take this opportunity to thank the traffic department for their support to introduce this special service to our customers.This occasion reflects the “Al-Sayer in this regard has been a leader in initiating new cooperation between Ministry of Interior and the private sector. customer centric services and solutions, commencing Such service will definitely add convenience for customers operations of the first ever traffic department at Al-Rai and help drive customer satisfaction.” showroom during April 2002 is a testimony of this approach. I also take this opportunity to thank everyone involved who have The authorized licensing department at Toyota Al-Rai worked towards making this opening event of the licensing showroom will provide registered number plates for the department a great success” Mubarak Al-Sayer added.
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Maserati’s new Quattroporte arrives in Kuwait It’s early February, and after three and a half years of unprecedented success in the international markets, the Quattroporte has undergone a substantial restyling that accentuates its elegance and its signature Maserati personality. The restyled flagship is now available in Kuwait and is destined to continue a success story that commenced over 50 years ago. “The Quattroporte was born when Maserati decided to lower the engine of a race car into a four-door - “Quattro Porte” - salon car in 1963. Nobody had done anything like that before and until today our Quattroporte drives with a Ferrari produced engine. A legacy that now continues with the new model” said Steve Brown, the Director of Al-Zayani Trading Co., the exclusive Maserati importer in Kuwait. You can read a full view of the new Quattroporte in the motoring section of this month’s edition, as well as at menspassiononline.com
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New Audi A5 Coupé Unveiled The new generation of the A5 Coupé is athletic, sporty and elegant. Its design goes hand in hand with sophisticated aerodynamics. Under the skin, the A5 impresses with an allnew chassis, powerful engines, and innovative infotainment features and driver assistance systems. The new Audi A5 and S5 Coupé are now available at Audi Kuwait showroom represented by Fouad Alghanim& Sons Automotive Company. Tarek Al Shafie, General Manager of Audi Kuwait represented by Fouad Alghanim& Sons Automotive Company, said: “The first generation A5 was truly revolutionary for its class, we are excited to present the all-new second generation model in our showroom.” He added “The early arrival of the all-new S5 coupe provides our customers with the opportunity to own the sportier version of the A5 family. The launch of the A5 and the S5 cater to the needs and driving enjoyment of all our customers.”
Fadi Yazigi’s Tribute to Khaled B. As reflective and as it contemplative, the show is in part a tribute to a special friend of the artist who recently passed away. Memories of the past and coping with both loss and survival are amongst the themes that run through this exhibition. Recalling his late friend, Yazigi says, “He could be a bird made of bronze – because he was here and suddenly he’s no longer around”. The exhibition ran at Kuwait’s Dar al Funoon from 6th – 24th February 2017.
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Panem et Circenses Mohammed Ben Bader, co-founder of The Divan, hosted Kuwait’s very own Panem et Circenses in February. The evening’s bread-and-circus (Google it, really) event included two short films and a book-signing of Ounces of Oneness. Held in the Multi-purpose Hall at the city’s Al Shaheed Park it also featured the collaboration of Abdullah Asem, Altersal, Azzam Hassan, Aziz Mutawa, Fatma Abodoma, Mohammad Alowaisi, Mohammed El Salloul and Nejoud A-Yagout.
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Listings Our carefully curated monthly list of events not to be missed.
Beethoven’s 4th & Faure’s Requiem What: Oratorio and Orchestral Concert Where: Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre When: 23rd March, 2017 With a programme including Beethoven’s 4th Symphony and Fauré’s Requiem, the Ahmadi Music Group – led by Richard Bushman - will perform a full classical symphony for the first time ever in Kuwait. Orchestras have visited and played before, but largely performing fragments of symphonies. The orchestra of around 50 players is drawn largely from within Kuwait and, for the Requiem, will join with massed choirs including those of Ahmadi Music Group, Kuwait Male Voice Choir, and St. Thomas’s Church Choir to make a group of around 80 singers. Ahmadi Music Group has always tried to present music in its true format, as intended by the composer. This concert is part of AMG’s ambitious aim to extend and expand this programme at JACC.
Absence What: Photography Exhibition by Aziz Mutawa Where: Visual Therapy Gallery When: 1st March, 2017
ADASA Festival What: Arts Festival Where: Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre When: 3rd - 14th March, 2017
‘Absence’ is photographer Aziz Mutawa’s homage to the colours of Kuwait’s northern coast. The exhibition follows a dreamlike story-line of being stranded on a forgotten coast seemingly detached from any familiar reality. Opens on Wednesday March 1st from 6 – 9pm at the Visual Therapy Gallery, Kuwait.
ADASA, an art festival organized by the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs, aims to create a platform to empower creative expression through film, photography, fine art, and performance art by showcasing and celebrating Kuwaiti artists. Films / Musical Concerts / Art Exhibitions / Workshops / Lectures
The Salt of the Earth What: International Film Night Where: Yarmouk Cultural Centre When: 21 March, 2017
Wednesday Music Live! What: Weekly Concert Night Where: Yarmouk Cultural Centre When: Every Wednesday thru’ March, 2017
Photographer Sebastiao Salgado has been traveling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history: international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet’s beauty.
The weekly concerts held at DAI’s Yarmouk Cultural Centre are the highlight of the season for many people. Offering great diversity of musical styles and origins, the concerts allow the audience to appreciate their favourite genre and discover new ones. Traditional music, classical music, jazz, opera.
March 2017 For this special issue of Men’s Passion, we turn our eyes largely to the seas – or more specifically Al Kout Marina at Fahaheel....