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THE TRAVEL EDITION Here comes summer


ISSUE NUMBER 87 - JUNE / JULY / AUGUST 2017

JUST A THOUGHT Dear Passionate Readers, Between discovering one’s self and discovering the world, I often wonder which of the two is more fascinating! But then again, isn’t each and every one of us a world in our own right? And isn’t the world our inspiration to grow and enhance ourselves? Can we ever be intrigued by one journey without being pulled by the other? This is indeed a unique summer as it will start with Ramadan, an invitation to travel into one’s self before we all set off to discover what the world has to offer us. So, enjoy both, just as much, for each offers its own pleasures!

Till next issue,

Zeina Mokaddam Managing Director


ON THE COVER:

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Amera Al-Awadhi June / July / August 2017 Summer is a time for us to stretch our wings and to take in the sights, sounds and cultures of the world far and wide. It’s a time for guilt-free travel; a time when the city empties and email auto-responders fall regularly into our inbox. So, what are you going to do? Where are your going to go? Our annual Travel Edition is a great place to be inspired.

LEGAL CONSULTANT Khaled Al-Kandari Al-Kandari Law Firm PUBLISHED BY

MANAGING DIRECTOR Zeina Mokaddam GENERAL MANAGER Chimene Ibrahim BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Nouf Al-Hajri MANAGING EDITOR Simon Balsom

THE TRAVEL EDITION Here comes summer

EDITORIAL MANAGER Aradhna Singh CONTENTS 12 O wn A P ie c e Of Sh e e r Bl i s s The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum 16

Marie Anne Benedetti Managing Director, Jumbo Tour & Travel Co.

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Fatima AlMattar The curious traveller

24 Suzanne Al Houby Founder & CEO, Rahhalah Explorers 28

My Perfect Vacation What’s yours?

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The Grand Tour The best from 5 continents

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Spa Metropole by Givenchy Monte-Carlo, Monaco

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Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre London, England

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Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait Now accepting reservations

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Footballer’s Paradise Behind the scenes at Bayern Munich

CONTRIBUTORS MaryAnn D’Silva CREATIVE DIRECTOR Nidal Al-Shaker HEAD OF PHOTOGRAPHY Maher Al-Nouri PRODUCTION MANAGER Jad Nahhas

48 W h at’s N ext? Are millennial travellers re-writing the tourism landscape? PH7 is a specialized publishing house based in Kuwait. Telephone +(965) 2572 0810 Fax +(965) 2572 0860 Website www.ph7-kw.com To maintain the desired quality of our publication, your contribution and feedback are welcomed. Please email your suggestions to zeina@ph7-kw.com For advertising, do not hesitate to contact info@ph7-kw.com For subscription, please email your details to info@ph7-kw.com PH7 wishes to state that the opinions expressed in MEN’S PASSION are those of the authors concerned and not necessarily those of the publisher. BPA Audited - 2015


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THE RESIDENCES

Own A Piece Of Sheer Bliss The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum

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e’ve just returned from a unique experience on Turkey’s luxe Bodrum Peninsula. One where natural beauty, luxury, service and tranquillity combined, and delivered a feeling nothing short of sheer bliss. This is what ownership in The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum offers. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, away from day to day hassles, The Residences draw their special magic from nature; and soon draw you peacefully in again and again.


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Nestled on a 60-hectare waterfront site the resort features a 2.5 kilometer stretch of shoreline with three private bays. The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, comprises 96 villas and 116 residences – where few remain unsold, and current owners are an eclectic mix of the Turkish and international elite - overlooking unique views of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas and features soft sandy beaches surrounded by pine and olive trees offering a truly sophisticated lifestyle. Built on the citrine crystal-enriched soil, indeed the residences themselves infuse a sense of prosperity and abundance of their own. With unparalleled attention to detail, these exquisitely designed and furnished apartments and villas offer even the most discerning of eyes all the requirements for the ultimate private, luxurious and prestigious life. The Residences at Mandarin Oriental represent an exclusive address for a fortunate few homeowners here on the Bodrum Peninsula, a prime destination, often referred to as the new Saint-Tropez by the international jet set.

owners enjoy privileged services and unparalleled luxury on a daily basis. The grounds of the resort are remarkable in themselves, and create a seamless connection between the architecture and landscape that charts the romantic journey from Mediterranean pine forest and the garrigue shrubland, to olive groves and savannah. The Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum has become the center of attraction for the Bodrum Peninsula with its world-class cuisine and some of the top culinary experiences in the region. It’s ten restaurants and bars include the Japanese Restaurant Kurochan, Italian Restaurant Assaggio, a seafood restaurant called Bodrum Balıkçısı and the Beach Bar & Bistro. Mandarin Oriental’s Legendary Services

Designed by award-winning Italian architect Antonio Citterio, The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum offer a truly unique lifestyle with the best of both worlds – the comforts of a private home combined with the unsurpassed amenities and legendary service of Mandarin Oriental.

• Private on-site helipad
• Exclusive access to nearby marina
• 5 minutes to the vibrant beachfront village of Türkbükü with exciting restaurants, beach clubs and nightlife • 20 minutes to world-class golf courses
• 30 minutes to Bodrum Airport Common Areas include resident-only facilities and club houses with private decks, outdoor infinity pools and boat approaching areas, offering homeowners an incomparable lifestyle in this exclusive and prestigious destination

The 640 204 day

• Dedicated resort entrance
• 5 kilometers of trekking paths, through private untouched natural terrain • Two tennis courts
• Basketball and volleyball courts and an internationally recognized Kids Club.

villas, with infinity edged pools, range from 560, and 760 sqm and the residences range between and 447 sqm. From the award-winning spa and allconcierge services to in-residence dining, residence

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Architecture • Modernizing traditional Bodrum architecture and providing insight into the future of the Mediterranean, all villas offer breathtaking views of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas and surrounding pine forests and olive groves from all rooms • Made with natural materials, the indoor gardens feature open roofs, the design of the villa and residences allows for ventilation as well as natural light • All villas have L-shaped floor plan layouts, enhancing privacy
• Outdoor areas include infinity pools and expansive terraces with natural wood decking, providing true outdoor pleasure with panoramic views.
 • Holiday homes offer private gardens ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 sqm to experience a new Mediterranean lifestyle


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The Ultimate Mediterranean Experience Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group redefines luxury Mediterranean lifestyle with its award-winning services at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum offers the widest range of health and wellness options in the region with a state-of-the-art facility made with natural materials. Spread across 2,700 sqm, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum is unique in combining Asian philosophies with Western techniques, an approach to the spa that has won the Group numerous awards and accolades. The SPA at The Mandarin Oriental Bodrum has received many awards including the World Luxury Spa Awards 2016, European Hotel Design Awards for the best SPA 2015 and TatlerMagazines’s Best for Adult Entertainment via SPA Award 2015.

Have we piqued your interest? Then Aybige Aknar, Sales Manager for The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum is arranging private viewings of available villas and apartments to buy for readers of Men’s Passion magazine. Call her on +90 252 311 2626 and e-mail to aybige.aknar@astasbodrum.com and see more at http://www.moresidencesbodrum.com/

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THE PROFESSIONAL

Marie Anne Benedetti Managing Director, Jumbo Tour & Travel Co.

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e all travel, and rare amongst us are those who do not look forward to the final click of the suitcase and the arrival of the Uber at our door - for we know that adventures lay ahead. How did you book your last vacation? With another click – this time of the mouse? You may be missing out on the advantage of developing an intimate relationship with your travel agent. Alongside our dentist, doctor and tailor the trust we place in the hands of our travel agent remains amongst the most valuable and enriching in life.


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Cape Town

We turned to one of Kuwait’s favourite – Jumbo Travel’s Marie Anne Benedetti – to have her lift the curtain on the state of the current travel market in Kuwait, to learn this year’s top destinations and what are her travel essentials. How has Kuwait’s travel sector evolved over recent years? The evolution of Kuwait’s travel sector has shifted from the traditional holiday activity structure of shopping and dining in the cities into more adventure and experience driven travel for small groups of 8 to 12 people. This is highlighted especially amongst the youth who want to explore new destinations and take numerous short travel breaks. The trend is also diversifying in terms of travel spend, duration and destinations with more interest in wellbeing, spas and religious tours. A wide range of activities - as well as combining a human touch where clients look for places to go and volunteer and help lesser fortunate areas and villages in various countries - which gives them great satisfaction and a sense of crosscultural exchange. What has been the impact of the arrival and wide scale adoption of high-profile online booking sites? How does a bricks-and-mortar agency counter this? What’s your added value? Well, while there is no doubt that the emergence of multiple online travel agents(OTA) constitutes a direct competitive aspect to traditional travel agencies. They will most likely divert a significant amount of the market share.

In terms of added value of a bricks and mortar agencies? The personalized human touch: travel agents provide customers with their expertise, advice and guidance. Having an interlocutor who knows you and whom you trust in case of amendment, cancelation and emergency while abroad is a plus. It gives comfort to the traveller who feels safe. Until they face a situation, often, customers are unaware of the difficulties involved in contacting someone when travel services are booked online. Most importantly, bricks and mortar travel agencies are not more expensive than OTA. Where are 2017’s hot destinations? For summer: UK, USA - Los Angeles in particular, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Austria, France, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Sarajevo, Spain, Turkey and cruises in the Mediterranean and the Arctic. For winter: Cape Town in South Africa, Brazil, Thailand, Zanzibar, and Tanzania. For spring and autumn: Japan and Seoul in South Korea Have the recent travel restrictions to the United States impacted bookings to that part of the world? The tourism agency NYC & Company revised its 2017 forecast to predict a drop in inbound international travel to New York City, with 300,000 fewer visitors compared to 2016. It would be the first drop in visitation to New York since the start of the recession in 2008.

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Sarajevo

It’s difficult to really measure the impact as of now but for summer, most of the flights to the USA are fully booked even on the Gulf carriers. Emirates have, however, reduced the frequency of flights to the USA. What are travellers looking for in terms of the balance between extra comfort and lower fares? Between lower fares and extra comfort, I would say the overall trend is towards lower fares for the flights, but customer won’t reduce their hotel and accommodation standard. VIPs and high spenders still prefer luxury, but are price conscious. Where are you looking for future growth in the travel industry? Where will we be holidaying in 2018? The luxury segment will grow, OTAs will pop up like mushrooms. South America is the next attractive, trendy destination. Russia will host the FIFA World Cup in 2018, so we can expect big numbers for Russia next year - that is also an unexplored destination from Kuwait Seoul

Marie Anne’s personal recommendations


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What are the essentials you’ll never travel without? -

A book iPhone to listen to music and take photos Travel kit of beauty products My perfume Sunglasses Small notebook and a pen Hand sanitizer Panadol

Favourite destination? Japan / New York /Myanmar Where is next on your list to visit? Korea and Antarctica Any key travel tips for summer 2017’s vacationers? Respect the traditions and rules of the country you visit be generous and flexible. Keep a copy of your important documents (passport, driving license etc)

Los Angeles

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THE INFLUENCER

Fatima AlMattar The curious traveller

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logging and posting for several years now, if you don’t currently have restless feet and the urge to travel, read on and then visit Fatima Al Mattar’s social media feeds - @Hello965 will get you locked in – and you’ll soon be reaching for the number of your favourite travel agent. A perpetually curious traveller, she’s the owner of a passport crammed full of visas from across the globe’s continents. Who better to get a piece of ‘insider information’ from, than Fatima?


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We’re firm believers in the art of deliberate discovery, and insist that a journey will only be a success through some preparation. How do you plan your trips? What are the key essentials you’ll lock-down in a city or region prior to arriving? Most of the time, I prefer to pre-organize a full plan and itinerary for the year for my trips. Every year, I have a couple of countries that I’d like to visit. That begins with a long list, which is filtered and divided each year depending on my annual schedule. Country or even city visits are mostly based on seasons of travels; summer, winter, humid, rainy and so on. Most countries are usually recommended to visit during the peak season, other countries are recommended to visit in the off-season to avoid the crowds as well as the associated higher prices. Moreover, I love exploring hotels and staying in different boutique hotels - whether they’re hostels or 5 star hotels. As soon as the country is picked, I do further research to choose a city or a series of cities in one country (or even multiple countries). After that, I go to the hotel. Everything else follows depending on the destination. I generally though like to research restaurant options, and set myself at least 2 restaurants to try out. The rest I prefer to let unfold and explore in the destination itself. I don’t typically have a preference for any type of transportation at my destination; I go for the most convenient and cost-effective option. What’s your state of mind as you step off an airplane in a new country? How is your sense of anticipation and excitement? Excitement! Always excited to see new places and take on new adventures.

For us, people are the new places. A city is nothing without its citizens. Where have you visited that most surprised you in terms of friendliness and openness? Cubans took my breath away with their kindness and friendliness. Like everyone else, I visited Cuba with some concerns regarding safety because of what we’ve heard around us. I was positively surprised by the atmosphere and the friendliness of the people. They were so happy, so simple, so friendly and always smiling. You’re best known as a solo traveller. What’s the attraction of this for you? Self-discovery, pushing my own limits repeatedly. But I’d like to differentiate between socializing and traveling solo. I’m very social, and I like being around people - but I don’t mind traveling alone. I do, however, try to meet new people or even catch-up with friends living in different countries during my travels. On the other hand, I enjoy solo traveling, and I strongly believe that it changes one’s personality. You’re well-known to your followers on social media, does this change your approach to travel and to what you share? Do you feel any sense of responsibility in this respect? (We mostly share to friends, you share with tens of thousands of people you’ll never know – daunting at all?) In travel itself, that doesn’t change anything. I refrain from sharing personal daily activities and focus on cultures, adventures, hotels and experiences - because this is what I’d like to portray and to inspire my followers with. I do what I do based on love, and since the beginning, the account was very travel-focused and followed a specific agenda – I continue to follow it but that doesn’t limit me from sharing anything.

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Where do you look for travel inspiration? Keen to follow the trends or content to find your own path? A mix of both. There are bucket lists and things to do and that is usually following a trend of a list or a website. For instance, for the 7 Wonders of the World, I definitely followed and researched before visiting these. Other times, and this goes back to visiting friends living in different countries, when you’re with locals it’s a whole new experience and opens new paths. From there, you decide to go to different places that you feel connected with and that aren’t part of any trend. In the case of specific countries that aren’t touristy, I feel that I owe it to my curiosity to visit and explore; to get to know the culture, the food and try to understand it even more. Packing. What are the essentials you’ll never embark on a journey without? Camera, headset, phone, passport.


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Finding your way around a city – head down on Google Maps, paper maps in the wind, or head up and ask the locals? Google maps all the way for me. Believe it or not, I’m bad when it comes to maps and have a very bad sense of direction. Thanks to Google maps, life has been made so much easier for me. However, and when the internet is not at hand, I tend to ask for directions from the locals rather than read from a map. I tend to avoid looking like a tourist in some cities to avoid any danger - especially when I’m alone. Where is next on your itinerary? Central America. You can instantly follow Fatima’s globetrotting exploits via her tag @Hello965 on Instagram and Twitter, or visit her blog at www.hello965.com for a lengthier read. She’s also broadcasting short films of her travels on YouTube – great insights, and each delivered with a slice of her refreshing humour.

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THE ADVENTURER

Suzanne Al Houby Founder & CEO, Rahhalah Explorers

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s travellers go, Suzanne Al Houby is one of the region’s most accomplished – and certainly amongst the most adventurous. She’s made travel her life, and along the way she’s enriched the life of countless others as she journeys throughout the globe, as well as many back home in this region through the establishment of Rahallah Explorers. A passion undimmed, and an enthusiasm that is contagiously infectious, she and Rahhalah should be the first port of call for anyone seeking a journey rather than a simple vacation. Life changing? For sure. We learn the hows and whys from Suzanne.


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The Arabian world had a great tradition of adventure travellers and explorers throughout history. It’s perhaps not so sparkling now. Why do you feel things are changing for the better now though?

only through sightseeing. They are ready to immerse themselves in different cultures, to explore and to learn more. Today they are enjoying experiences far removed from the mass tourism they were used to in the past.

I think that we are maturing as a people. We are connecting better to ourselves and to the rest of the world. When we were still trying to find ourselves through wars, colonization and then sudden wealth, the attitude and behaviour towards travel changed. It became more about luxury, shopping and dining and less about connecting with others, less about learning from ethnic diversity. For many generations, we Arabs didn’t feel comfortable going to places where they didn’t speak our language, or where we didn’t know the food. We felt uncomfortable travelling with no guarantees that our familiar way of life would not be practiced overseas. Now, it is different. More and more people not only want to be more physically active, but they also want to really learn through travel, and not

They’ve also got bored with how travelling has long been done. I mean, how many times do you see Arabs strolling down the streets of big cities - both east and west - looking bored amidst such uncreative experiences. The more they thought I guess the more they learned and realised that they can travel differently and still have a blast at the same time. They are breaking some taboos and letting themselves experience ‘out-of-the-box’ travel experiences. Globalization and the revolution of in media is continuously showing us exotic images of people adventuring around the world – this appealed to the imagination of the Arab traveller as well. Worldwide, the largest growing segment of travel is adventure travel and we are also following the trend. We were behind, but now we are slowly but surely catching up.

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We’ve become accustomed to travel being so easy that in the modern era the focus is on the destination. There’s a return to the journey itself being a focus. Can you give me your thoughts on this? Definitely. It is about the journey. It is about the experience. People who choose to do adventure travel come back inspired, motivated and most importantly transformed. People around them see the difference and start becoming curious and then maybe even decide to experience this for themselves. They don’t just want to see a temple; they want to hike and experience a wild or exotic culture before they get to the temple. They don’t want to sit on a terrace sipping tea and watch rice fields; they want to cycle around these rice fields and sip tea with locals somewhere on the journey itself. That’s the beauty of the journey itself. What are your personal reasons for seeking adventure in this form? To me, this is the only way to travel. This is the only way I learn more about myself and the others. To me exploration, learning, physical challenge, connection with nature, and to see things off the beaten track are what I live for. The positivity of these experiences led me to establish Rahhalah Explorers. I wanted nothing more than to share what adventure travel does to you and how positively it impacts the way we live amongst others. It really does change lives. Explorers and adventurers are different from others. You’ve selected a small number of the region’s adventurers in the role of Rahhalah brand ambassadors. What are the qualities of Rahhalah you see within them? Curiosity, humility, willingness to adapt, and a mind-set that adventure is about expecting things to change all the time, as well as flexibility, an enthusiasm for fitness, a love for nature and the wild, they’re storytellers, and of course know how to enjoy an adventure and have fun. We’re particularly inspired by your ‘7’ series of adventures. What is your process of selecting challenges for inclusion in the series? The magical number seven came from our passion for the mountains and achieving the seven summits - the highest mountain on each continent. We then fell in love with the number seven and we played around with it choosing what we think are the seven best hikes in the world, and the seven best family adventures, the seven budget adventures and so on. We, as founders and partners, travel the world and experience many adventures. We then sit down and decide what ‘earned’ a place in our 7 series. We don’t offer anything that we haven’t experienced ourselves and everything is designed it to fit our very own Rahhalah soul: adventurous, exotic, value for money, attention to detail, scenic, primitive or exotic culture, off the beaten track when possible and, for sure, ethnic.


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Are Rahhalah’s journey’s simply sanitized ways for people to feel they’ve had an ‘experience’ – or do you offer a genuine experience that extends beyond luxury travel? How? You want luxury and glamping (glamourous camping) adventure, we give you that. You want a budget adventure we will also give you that. That’s why we have many different 7 series. However, the experiences of adventure (cycling, hiking, climbing, rafting and so on) will all be the same! Meaning we all must do what it takes to experience the journey. No one can hike on your behalf, and no one can cycle instead of you – although we do help sometimes! Some of our adventures are based on homestays with people in faraway villages that don’t have electricity or stoves. Can you give me a couple of unforgettable personal travel experiences? Papua New Guinea remains on the tip of my all-time favourites. The tribes that live in PNG’s jungles have been living as if time never moved. They are totally isolated from the rest of the world. They are naked, with spears and war-paint on their faces to intimidate outsiders. They eat what they grow. I trekked in the jungle for six days, and in sometimes waist deep swamps and torrential rain that never stopped. I was miserable and cold and tired many times but now, when I reflect back, it is indeed my wildest adventure. Another one is Bhutan - a lost Buddhist kingdom which was closed to tourists until recently. So very genuine, untouched, beautiful and spiritual. Trekking in the mountains in Bhutan is so magical because you feel that you are so far from everything else. Even staying in its charming little towns and watching the world go by offers a memorable adventure. Best moment on an expedition? Finally summiting my last mountain to finish the 7 summits -Denali in Alaska. It was after four previous attempts that failed because of weather or altitude sickness. Worst moment on an expedition? I had a low moment when I was climbing Everest back in 2011 at Camp 2 and at almost 6,400 meters. I was really beaten up, hit by the altitude, didn’t acclimate well and was as slow as a snail. Then, when I finally reached camp, I was so cold and couldn’t sleep the whole night because of the altitude. I was surely as miserable as it is possible to be, and I seriously doubted that I would make it anywhere higher on the mountain! It was all about the demons in my head telling me that I can’t do this and I actually contemplated quitting the climb. I didn’t. And I reached the summit. Where is top of your list of places for future adventure and exploration? Colombia tops my list in South America; Zimbabwe and Mozambique top my list for Africa, and I want to do more of the Arctic Circle up north in Scandinavia.

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THE IDEAL VACATION

My Perfect Vacation What’s yours?

As the summer arrives, we love nothing more than planning our ideal vacation. We’re not alone in doing this - and we learned the secrets and wishes of a few of the people we’ve spent time with over the past twelve months. We think you’ll spot some familiar faces from recent editions of Men’s Passion, and perhaps discover a surprise or two!

Ebrahim ElQassab Managing Director at State Media, OTC Creative Concepts; founder of FA Gallery and The Hub.

Well known for his creativity and innate style, Ebrahim will return in Men’s Passion in his role as Guest Editor for our annual Style Edition in September. How are you spending the summer? In an attempt, trying to avoid the busy high season, I usually divide my summer travel into two parts; the first beginning from May and again then of September. For the rest of the season I try to enjoy Kuwait by exploring and developing new concepts at work – it’s quiet period and a great time to organise things and be ready for a heavier workload from the end of September. I also arrange family gatherings and reconnect with friends who are in town. Who would be your ideal travel companion (real or fictional, dead or alive)? I usually travel with friends who have same interests. Will you share your summer experiences on social media? I love to share. My favourite media are Instagram and Facebook.

What will be your soundtrack to summer 2017?

What’s on your summer reading list?

I am more of mood-oriented person, so the Soundcloud app is always open. I go for long vocal mixes with DJ-infused themes, nothing hard.

I usually choose my book before traveling and am attracted to light and inspirational reading. Last summer I had ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ by Robin Sharma with me.

If you could go to any place at any time, where would you go and why?

Do you try to keep up with the news when you’re on holiday?

It should be a busy cosmopolitan city that offers lots of choices. Short weekends are my favourite quick regular breaks. The city has to offer a lot of culture and art.

I never do that.

If you had one top travel tip, what would it be?

Are holiday selfies ever acceptable?

Avoid staying at 5 star big hotels - look for luxury boutique and themed hotels that offer more personal service (these hotels need planning ahead as they have limited rooms), and never fall short on the food experiences - do your homework and book at Michelin-starred restaurants.

I do that occasionally, and only when it explains more about where am I and who I am with.


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Shurooq Amin Artist and poet How are you spending the summer? I’ve been invited to do the Art Omi Residency in New York as one of their 12 annual artists, so am lucky to be spending my June and July in New York surrounded by diverse artists, meeting curators and gallery owners, and traipsing around the NY countryside on a bicycle discovering its nature and hopefully finding inspiration in the studio they will be providing for me. After my residency at Art Omi I will also spend a week or so in NYC itself to visit the art galleries and museums. Work never escapes me, even in the summer! August, however, will be downtime with a short island vacation (Spain, Italy or Greece) with friends or family. Who would be your ideal travel companion (real or fictional, dead or alive)? My late father. He was a man of exquisite taste, yet with a keen sense of adventure. Great combination. Will you share your summer experiences on social media? But of course! Doesn’t everyone? There are times, however, when you’re having so much fun that you forget about your phone. Those are the real precious memorable moments. What’s on your summer reading list? I’m reading a few fictional books set in Paris or Tuscany (signs signs signs). But most of my books are non-fictional, focusing on spirituality, psychology, or world affairs. I particularly love biographies, as they teach lessons in success and overcoming failure via the lives of successful people. I also recently re-read The Art of War: a perfect book to teach you about strategy in life, love, and war. Do you try to keep up with the news when you’re on holiday? Never. But it does tend to stalk you, doesn’t it? The curse of being instantly connected.

Photo credit: Abdullah Al-Saab

Are holiday selfies ever acceptable? Always. Even my mother has jumped on the selfie bandwagon; it’s an inevitable vice of current social media. Snapchat filters have taken us to a whole new level of vain. What will be your soundtrack to summer 2017? A cross between Latino music (Luis Fonsi’s Despacito for one), some oldies like Buffalo Springfield’s For What It’s Worth, some feed-my-soul-music like Michael Kiwanuka, and lots of Sia. If you could go to any place at any time, where would you go and why? An island where the temperature is a perfect 30 degrees Celsius all year round, with mountains in the background and fields of flowers at the foot of the mountains, with perfect Wi-Fi and plumbing, but where I live a quasi-rustic lifestyle, eating off the earth and being grounded with nature, where there are no bugs and insects (except for ladybirds and butterflies), and there are no jelly fish or sharks in my ocean. And I’m living with my ideal partner, my kids, and my friends. Basically, my idea of heaven on earth. If you had one top travel tip, what would it be? Travel light! If you cannot carry it yourself, don’t take it. Make sure you can move fast in airports, train stations and subways, and make sure you can hail a taxi while holding onto your stuff. Traveling light = independence and freedom.

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Abdulla Alawadi Artist, curator, designer

How are you spending the summer? Part with the family; part with myself Who would be your ideal travel companion (real or fictional, dead or alive)? Can I choose two? Leonardo da Vinci and Bette Midler… that would cover art, science, music and comedy with an interesting melange of food items. What more would I want? Will you share your summer experiences on social media? Not all of it… I like to keep something for myself What’s on your summer reading list? The Angel of History by Rabih Alameddine; Cinder by Marissa Meyer; Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi; Beauty’s Kingdom by Anne Rice Do you try to keep up with the news when you’re on holiday? I try - but I don’t always succeed Are holiday selfies ever acceptable? I try to make them look like I was not paying attention What will be your soundtrack to summer 2017? Lots of jazz and interesting covers of songs I know. ‘Postmodern jukebox’ comes to mind If you could go to any place at any time, where would you go and why? I would like to be a guest of Pope Julius II in the Vatican during the high renaissance when Michelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel, Raphael was painting the Raphael Rooms and Leonardo da Vinci was also there, during the last stages of his life doing work for the Pope If you had one top travel tip, what would it be? Try something new, something outside your comfort zone

Photo credit: Tarek Moukaddem


THE IDEAL VACATION

Talal Al Muhanna Filmmaker and producer

How are you spending the summer? As I recently came back from a trip to Washington D.C. and New York City, I’ll probably spend summer in Kuwait to focus on a couple of documentaries in postproduction, including a Texas-set Arab-American project and a film shot between Lebanon and Argentina. Added to that, I’m organizing a crowdfunding campaign for an Iraqi feature called “Another Day in Baghdad”, so things are busy this summer. Still, I’d like to take time out to attend Valetta Film Festival in Malta, which runs from June 16-25. It’s a promising place for creative enterprise as it will be European Capital of Culture in 2018 and I’m fascinated by the idea of Kuwaiti artists having a presence there during the year of festivities and events ahead. Who would be your ideal travel companion (real or fictional, dead or alive)? When I was a teenager, I was into mystery novels and fancied the idea of being a successful sleuth. So I could imagine trailing Hercule Poirot - the detective in Agatha Christie’s novels – on one of his exotic trips on the Orient Express or a Nile riverboat. And as there’s always a crime to solve, there’d be no shortage of puzzling intrigue either… Will you share your summer experiences on social media? I am not the most agile user of social media – Facebook is about it for me. But, yes, you’ll get to see the occasional posting… What’s on your summer reading list? I just picked up a couple of poetry collections from Q8 Bookstore at Yarmouk Cultural Centre, one penned by Nada Faris (Artemis and other Spoken Word Poems) and another by Nejoud Al-Yagout (Awake in the Game of Pretending). I’m always curious to see what Kuwait-based creative talents are up to and it’s good to support local artists whenever possible.

What will be your soundtrack to summer 2017?

Do you try to keep up with the news when you’re on holiday?

I met Jacques Cousteau in Kuwait when I was kid and was a huge fan. So I’d say access to deep sea diving would be a great privilege. There are the most amazing sights and species in the depths of our oceans – but so much of it is under threat from environmental pollution sadly.

Only if its fake news of course – so much more entertaining after all! Are holiday selfies ever acceptable? Sure, why not, but don’t overdo it. While it’s nice to get a glimpse of a place and see what friends are up to – one doesn’t need to see EVERY. SINGLE. MOMENT.

Turn back the clock I say: Sinatra, Piaf, Nina Simone… If you could go to any place at any time, where would you go and why?

If you had one top travel tip, what would it be? Be sure you take the right combination of chargers for all your devices…

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THE IDEAL VACATION

Hatem Chatter Senior Director – Middle East, Leading Hotels of the World

How are you spending the summer? Most of my summer is spent in and around the Middle East. More than 65% of our revenue is generated in these months and I spend my time travelling around the region to meet new clients and evaluate proposals from new and exciting properties. Who would be your ideal travel companion (real or fictional, dead or alive)? My father. He passed away five years ago but I was very close to him. He was an extremely learned and wise doctor and he had a very calm personality. I used to travel with him a lot when I was young and used to thoroughly enjoy his company. With my hectic travel itinerary, I sometimes wish I could just enjoy a great conversation over a cup of coffee or travel with him on a small holiday. Will you share your summer experiences on social media? Yes absolutely! I believe in sharing my travel experiences with people but only when they are extraordinary and can inspire someone. With my work, I end up travelling a lot but I only like to share certain moments that impress me. What’s on your summer reading list? I read this book long back but I plan on reading it again this summer – The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne. I like reading books on positive thinking that inspire and motivate me. Do you try to keep up with the news when you’re on holiday? I think it is now a habit engrained into my lifestyle. My father always encouraged me to watch the news when I was younger and that just became a part of my life. If I am on the move and don’t really have access to the television, I atleast try to catch the top news on my mobile apps.

What will be your soundtrack to summer 2017? I am a big fan of classical French music. I recently bought CD’s of Garou, Joe Dassin and Charles A znavour. I will be listening to a lot of their music this summer even in my car or on my laptop when I travel.

Are holiday selfies ever acceptable?

If you could go to any place at any time, where would you go and why? MALDIVES!! That would be my choice even if you asked me two years back! The white sand and turquoise water gives me positive vibes and a sense of relaxation that I have not experienced anywhere else till date.

Oh yes! I love selfies. But they must be meaningful. Not the ones taken in bathrooms or in front of the mirror!

If you had one top travel tip, what would it be? Always travel in comfortable clothes and shoes.


THE IDEAL VACATION

Abdul Hamid Marhaba Sales Manager, Seas & Deserts Group

How are you spending the summer? For both business and leisure, I will be roaming the GCC, Lebanon, and Europe. Who would be your ideal travel companion (real or fictional, dead or alive)? My best friend. Will you share your summer experiences on social media? Yes -but discreetly. And I don’t post every time I go somewhere. What’s on your summer reading list? The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, Make Your Bed - Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World, and of course the all-time favourite The Holy Quran. Do you try to keep up with the news when you’re on holiday? Definitely. Especially with smartphones now permanently in our hands. Are holiday selfies ever acceptable? Yes sure. Selfies are lovely - especially with loved ones in special and fun moments. What will be your soundtrack to summer 2017? I always listen to classical music as well as Spanish guitar. If you could go to any place at any time, where would you go and why? The French and Italian Rivieras for their exceptional scenery, tranquility, and charm. If you had one top travel tip, what would it be? Wear light, comfortable shoes.

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THE GRAND TOUR

The Grand Tour

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The best from 5 continents

he only thing that excites us more than our current travel is getting home and planning the next. We know what we like, and we like it luxe and fine – but not unceasingly pretentious. We’re never short of inspiration but, acknowledging the world is a very big place and expert curation is a very good thing, we turn to our friends at Leading Hotels of the World when looking for those extra special destinations. They share our passion for the best, and between us we’ve put together the richest of itineraries by selecting the most unique and luxurious properties on each of the five continents and brought them together in our special one-off journey - The Grand Tour. Strap yourselves in, and prepare to wind yourself down on a memorable exploration of the finest hospitality in Africa, The Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. And you can find out more about each at www.lhw.com


THE GRAND TOUR - AFRICA

Thanda Safari Lodge South Africa

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roudly conservationist. Uniquely Zulu. Incomparably Thanda. More than a luxury lodge, more than a dream safari destination, and more than an African escape, Thanda Safari offers guests an authentically South African wildlife experience matched with a sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and passionate conservation of the environment. Meaning ‘love’ in isiZulu, Thanda is a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World and multiple winner of World’s Leading Luxury Lodge. It is known for meaningful safari experiences and exclusive close-up encounters with Africa’s magnificent Big Five. Step out on your wooden deck. Take a dip in your infinity pool. Enjoy dinner served in your own private boma. And admire the African sunset from your circular outdoor daybed. Thanda Safari Lodge is known for its nine beautiful bush suites – each self-contained for absolute privacy. Shaped like traditional Zulu homesteads, the suites have panoramic views of the surrounding game reserve. Each suite is a tribute to abundance, Africa-style –with a spacious lounge, majestic master bedroom, and doublesided fireplace. An early morning or late afternoon safari is the best way to absorb the sights, smells and sounds of Africa. Encounter the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo): the animals that inspire a long-lasting connection with the continent. With 14 000 hectares to explore, you’ll also see plenty of other wildlife including cheetah, hyena, warthog, as well as abundant bird and plant life. What is more, it’s all exclusively yours. Thanda is a private game reserve and our dedicated staff are the only people you’ll encounter on the roads while you’re here. Experienced guides and trackers supervise all game drives: They track, you marvel.

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THE GRAND TOUR – THE AMERICAS

The Alvear Palace Hotel Buenos Aires, Argentina

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he Alvear Palace Hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels around the world. The hotel features magnificent architecture and décor and is recognized worldwide for its unparalleled combination of hospitality, personalized service and hi-technology. The hotel offers 207 rooms and suites, 11 magnificent ballrooms, meeting rooms, and the best restaurants in Buenos Aires.

The Alvear Palace Hotel was named a Historical Monument by the City of Buenos Aires in 2003 and international media have voted the hotel among the 20 best in the world, thus positioning it as one of the most award-winning hotels in Latin America. The hotel’s elegance as well as its caring and dedicated staff, guarantee a remarkable experience for everyone who visits the hotel. A true palace and undisputed symbol of the Belle Époque, the Alvear Palace Hotel opened its doors in 1932. The hotel is in Recoleta, one of the most stylish neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. The majestic rooms and suites, as well as the lobby and other public areas, reflect the style of Louis XIV and Louis XVI. The historical furnishings, crystal chandeliers, golden walls and works of art, transport visitors to another era. With 16 floors of luxurious architecture, the hotel stands at the corner of Alvear Avenue and Ayacucho Street, and symbolizes the best of Buenos Aires.


THE GRAND TOUR – THE AMERICAS

The Biltmore Miami, Florida

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raced with effortless beauty and sophistication, The Biltmore Hotel is a national historic landmark located in the exclusive Coral Gables area, with close proximity to Miami Beach and downtown Miami. The 273-room resort includes 133suites and features spectacular Mediterranean architecture with classic Italian, Moorish, and Spanish influences spread over 150 acres of tropical landscape. A favorite of world leaders and celebrities since its opening in 1926, the hotel offers a restored Donald Ross 18-hole, 71-par championship golf course; tennis courts; the largest hotel pool on the EastCoast of the United States with private cabanas; a European spa and a renowned fitness center.

The hotel’s dining destinations include the award winning Palme d’Or, recognized by Zagat as one of the best restaurants in the country; Fontana, a traditional Italian restaurant surrounding The Biltmore courtyard and fountain; the poolside Cascade and the 19th Hole golfcentric restaurant. The hotel also recently unveiled its culinary academy offering an array of hands-on cooking classes for adults and children. The Biltmore is one of South Florida’s preferred sites for leisure and business travel, high-level corporate briefings and public policy conferences, and is an extraordinary wedding destination. The Biltmore Hotel is situated within minutes of downtown Coral Gables and the illustrious Miracle Mile, where a large variety of renowned restaurants, boutiques and businesses are located. The hotel is also a short drive away from downtown Miami and Miami Beach, among other major Miami attractions.

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THE GRAND TOUR – ASIA

Rayavadee Thailand

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ayavadee’s setting on the edge of Krabi’s National Marine Park at the heart of the stunning Phranang Peninsula perfectly blends lush foliage, limestone cliffs, white sand beaches and the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea.


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The resor t’s award winning architecture and tropical landscapes were inspired by the atmosphere of a southern Thai village. 96 two-storey pavilions and 5 luxurious villas are dotted throughout tropical gardens and coconut groves and feature fully equipped, spacious accommodation and stylish details throughout. The pavilions’ unique circular design blends per fectly with the resor t’s natural surroundings. Deluxe Pavilions boast fully equipped, spacious accommodation and stylish, tropical decor with polished wood, richly coloured fabrics and handcrafted details throughout. Terrace Pavilions offer a contemporar y take on the popular Deluxe pavilion design featuring an open and air y ground floor living plan with tropical décor and glass doors that open onto a breezy outdoor terrace with lounge area and lots of space for relaxation and private barbecue dinners surrounded by lush palms and garden greener y. The design of each of the 5 luxurious villas is totally unique and decorated with an exquisite sense of taste and style that per fectly reflects the colours and textures of the natural environment. With a personal butler assigned to each villa and the superb restaurants, spa and recreational facilities of Rayavadee near at hand, guests will have their ever y wish fulfilled. The Rayavadee Spa’s extensive range of therapies draw on ancient Thai healing traditions and a philosophy of well-being that combines body, mind and spirit to create treatments that impar t a deeply felt sense of relaxation in luxurious, private surroundings. Choose between revitalizing facials and scrubs, energizing body wraps, soothing massages and a variety of salon treatments or combine several offerings into a package individuallytailored to your needs.

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THE GRAND TOUR - EUROPE

Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa Interlaken, Switzerland

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n the hotel sector, VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU Grandhotel & Spa is like a world unto itself: it is a business hotel, special event hotel, health and fitness hotel and family hotel under one roof. Its design is spacious enough to accommodate all of these facets with ease while allowing guests from all walks of life to enjoy an undisturbed stay.


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With 224 rooms – including 102 Suites and Junior Suites – the VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU is an imposing establishment: large enough to be described as ‘Grand’ yet compact enough to retain a unique character and cachet developed over 150 years and more. The great thing about the VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU is its capacity to combine the luxuries of a five-star hotel with the coziness of a well-tended private home where the interior is never less than tasteful. This is a hotel guests often return to, finding the familiar but also discovering something new each time. The elegant interior of the VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU reflects the unique landscape surrounding the hotel. The views of the Jungfrau massif from the balconies are unforgettable, as is the journey through the Kleine Scheidegg and the Jungfraujoch. Nestling between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, the city of Interlaken itself also has many to offer holidaymakers – everything from sporting activity on the golf course to a trip on a steamer dating from the early industrial days. The décor of the 224 rooms at the VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU Grand Hotel & Spa impressively blends functional furnishings (individually selected for every room) with carefully chosen decorative elements, from the wallpaper and curtains to the pictures adorning the walls. Consideration is thereby given to the architecture, some of which is 150 years old (while other parts of the hotel are only decades old). The public and private areas of the hotel share a common theme, with luxury embodied through style, class and occasional understatement. The whole work of art creates an atmosphere that is nothing less than unique. Even for business travellers at the VICTORIAJUNGFRAU who have no time to visit the spa, the working day melts away the minute they enter their room (and especially one of the suites).

The VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU Grand Hotel & Spa has been a feature of Interlaken for over 150 years. The hotel exudes the atmosphere of the pioneering days of alpine tourism – a time when nobody would have believed the north face of the Eiger could be conquered. The rich history of the hotel is tangible at every turn, but never overpowering, and that explains its very special charm: the old and the new coexist in harmony. As an ideal addition to the sports facilities, the spa at the VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU rightfully qualifies as an attraction in itself on account of its sheer size (5,500 square meters) and the variety of its facilities. The water world is a place of both cozy relaxation and exercise. The pool, reminiscent of a hot spring in Rome or Budapest, is big enough for serious swimming too, while the two whirlpools and outdoor brine bath form part of a relaxation zone (especially when steaming up in the depths of winter). However, the spa zone at the VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU is much more than a beautifully designed oasis of well-being. Through its SPA NESCENS label, the hotel offers a holistic and longestablished concept devoted to the theme of ‘better-aging’. To bring about a better quality of life in every sense, a full team of specialists (osteopaths, fitness trainers, nutritionists, medically qualified massage therapists and more) is on hand to support guests at the VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU in whatever way they require. Those seeking to take up a healthy new lifestyle can make a confident start at the VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU. The Nescens program was developed and validated under the direction of Professor Jacques Proust of the Center for the Prevention of Aging at the Clinique de Genolier. Naturally, the SPA NESCENS offers everything else the hotel guest could possibly desire, from facial treatments and manicures to hairdressing services. The Sensai Select Spa also ensures a special experience for those guests wishing to indulge in face and body treatments with fine Japanese Koishimaru silk.

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THE GRAND TOUR – OCEANIA

Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa Tahiti

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oised on Motu Tevairoa, only a ten-minute boat ride from the airport and fifteen minutes across the lagoon from the village of Vaitape, the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa combines heavenly location and proximity to the mainland.


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The resort boasts authentic Polynesian style and architecture and certainly offers some of the most traditionally designed rooms and villas in Bora Bora. While overwater bungalows are Bora Bora’s iconic accommodation type, the resort also features spacious Garden Pool Villas and Beach Suites with jacuzzi and magical views of iconic Mount Otemanu. The eighty rooms and villas are nestled in a beautiful tropical garden, on the beach and of course above the turquoise lagoon. It is all about the authentic Polynesian experience and hospitality. The resort is set on beautiful grounds were tropical flowers and old trees abound. With no neighbours around, guests enjoy ultimate privacy and tranquillity. At the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, they care about the environment. The To’a Nui Coral Garden was created in an effort to help restore and rejuvenate broken corals. Coral colonies in distress are identified and placed in an underwater nursery installation to recover. This technique called Biorock helps to activate the decalcifying process of the damaged corals. Once these are mature enough, biologists will reintroduce them into their natural habitat, hence repopulating reefs and coral gardens. Snorkelers can enjoy To’a Nui and the marine biologists’ work. The team on the property is mostly from the islands, sharing their passion and love for their islands to their guests.

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THE SPA

Spa Metropole by Givenchy Monte-Carlo, Monaco

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he Givenchy House just opened its first spa in Monaco, within Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, one of the most prestigious addresses of Monaco. A luxury hotel from another era, a sumptuous retreat away from the hustle and bustle in the heart of the Principality... Located in the Carré d’Or overlooking the Mediterranean, Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo has a unique atmosphere steeped in history and soul. The palace was built in 1889 in the purest Belle Époque style. It was fully renovated in 2004 under the direction of French designer Jacques Garcia, who knew how to preserve its Mediterranean charm while giving it a new lease on life that combines sophistication and delights for the senses. Three restaurants, run by Joël Robuchon and Christophe Cussac, offer a unique and varied culinary experience for the discerning palate. It’s fair to say that thanks to a genuine quest for perfection, Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo offers its guests the very best in design, gastronomy and well-being. This is why Givenchy came to unveil a spa specifically designed for this exceptional hotel. Spa Metropole by Givenchy, the luxury of taking time for yourself Clean lines and noble materials... Designed by architect Didier Gomez, Spa Metropole by Givenchy reflects the House’s sophistication and modernity down to every detail. The entrance sets the tone with its marble finish and proportions accentuated by sleek, bold black lines. Contemporary materials can be found alongside a digital plant wall throughout the interior, for absolute serenity. All ten treatment rooms are decorated in nuanced shades of white, with embossed walls that evoke the lace of Haute Couture gowns. These include a double suite and a single suite equipped with a bath and private hammam. The spa offers a “Heat Experience” package, which includes the sauna, hammam, caldarium, ice fountain and sensory showers. It also boasts a gym with all the latest equipment (Technogym, Kinesis Personal and Kinesis Stations) as well as a Pedi:Mani:Cure studio by Bastien Gonzalez. The background music was created by Béatrice Ardisson to accompany and personalise the experience in the treatment rooms, where guests can choose a playlist based on their own musical preferences. Last but not least, a dedicated Givenchy beauty store brings together all the brand’s products, from makeup and skincare to fragrances. The exclusive L’Atelier de Givenchy fragrance collection makes its debut in Monaco.


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Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre London, England

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panning over 1,200sqm, the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre is an urban retreat at the Hotel Café Royal in the heart of London underneath buzzing Regent Street. Akasha is a Sanskrit word that encapsulates the core vision to harmoniously unite the four basic elements of nature: earth, water, fire and air. The combination enables a transformative and balancing experience where body, mind and soul are aligned.

Akasha provides a unique wellbeing experience that assists guests and members in promoting health, happiness and fulfilment, while improving personal balance. Akasha is home to one of London’s only Watsu pools, an 18m pool and 300sqm gym fully equipped with the latest technology including Life Fitness equipment. An 18m long lap pool, Hammam, sauna and Jacuzzi – as well as the best spa treatments in London – form an oasis at the centre of Akasha and in the heart of the city, enhanced further by mood lighting, restorative sounds and uplifting aromas. Nine treatment rooms, including a double treatment Akasha Suite, offer signature treatments which marry innovative Western practices with ancient Eastern traditions. There is a private Hammam for purifying scrubs and massages and a Vichy shower for cleansing hydrotherapy rituals. Akasha also boasts London’s first Watsu pool for tailored hydrotreatments and guided meditation. Treatments The holistic treatment menu features a curated collection of signature treatments, facials, beauty treatments, hydrotherapy rituals and specialist treatments which are carried out in one of the nine treatment rooms. Treatments are created to energize, revitalise, rejuvenate or calm depending on the guest’s personal needs. Hydrotherapy rituals Akasha offers a range of specialist hydrotherapy treatments including Watsu sessions carried out by certified staff in the dedicated Watsu pool and Vichy shower treatments, both the first of their kind in London, as well as private Hammam experiences.

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TRAVEL BRIEFS

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait Now accepting reservations

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n anticipation of its opening later this year, the all-new Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya is now confirming arrivals as of September 1, 2017. Located in one of the city’s most architecturally striking buildings in the heart of its government and business areas, the Hotel will welcome international business travellers, weekend getaways and local clientele with its chic dining options and extensive event space.

“It’s an exciting time as we prepare to introduce Four Seasons signature luxury and personalised service to Kuwait for the first time,” says General Manager Didier Jardin, who leads a team of 415 hand-picked staff of 40 different nationalities. “Whether in town to do business or enjoy an urban getaway, Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait is set to become the focal point for both the city’s elite and our international guests.” The glamorous new centrepiece of Kuwait City, all-new Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait is part of an impressive, modern twotower mixed use complex on Al Soor Street, offering a new experience in luxury just 20 minutes from the international airport. The location is convenient for business travellers, with easy access to leisure pursuits including shopping at Souk Al Mubarakiya and Kuwait’s largest luxury shopping mall, as well as important sites such as Kuwait Towers, the Sheikh Jaber Cultural Centre and the Kuwait National Museum. Hotel features include 284 guest rooms and suites, five restaurant and lounge concepts, the city’s most elegant and well-equipped event spaces, and numerous leisure facilities, including a two-story spa and fitness centre, and indoor and outdoor pools.


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Footballer’s Paradise Behind the scenes at Bayern Munich

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andarin Oriental, Munich has launched a luxury accommodation offer for football enthusiasts. With the second half of the German football season fully underway, the hotel is offering fans a behind the scenes tour of current Bundesliga champions, FC Bayern Munich, as part of its Footballer`s Paradise accommodation package.

By booking the Footballer’s Paradise package, guests will have an opportunity to visit FC Bayern Munich’s inner sanctums at its Allianz Arena ground, where many historic games have been played. They will also receive an exclusive FC Bayern Munich football jersey signed by one of the players. The Footballer’s Paradise package is priced from EUR 1,287 per double room, and includes: • Full daily breakfast in the hotel restaurant or in-room • Welcome Drink of the Champions at BAR31 • Football themed surprise in guestroom on arrival • Exclusive FC Bayern Munich jersey signed by one of the players • 90-minute behind the scenes guided tour at FC Bayern Munich’s stadium, Allianz Arena The Footballer’s Paradise package is available until 30 September 2017 for a minimum stay of two nights.

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What’s Next?

Are millennial travellers re-writing the tourism landscape?

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ew data from YouGov Reports reveals the many ways millennials aren’t vacationing like their parents’ generation. With summer just on the horizon, young people across the globe are preparing to travel. New numbers from YouGov, however, show that millennials born between 1980 and 1999 aren’t preparing in the same way, or for the same things, as older generations. Unlike their elders, today’s youth want individualized experiences that explore local culture — a need largely unmet by traditional travel and tourism companies.

Millennials from the UK, US, Germany, and China, for example, are booking their trips online at higher rates than older consumers. These young people are also showing more interest in platformbased services, such as Airbnb and Uber, than older consumers, while simultaneously showing less interest in conventional car rental companies and national hotel chains, however chains such as Jumeirah have bucked the trend by adapting to the millennial market with more targeted marketing efforts. Beach holidays rate high for millennials from the UK, US, Germany, and China. When compared to the types of leisure trips older generations enjoy, however, young people as a whole are far more inclined toward adventure and cultural trips. In short: Millennials want more esoteric, unique experiences when compared to other groups. While many destinations have the types of activities they seek, many have not taken appropriate steps to fully develop their offerings or highlight them through marketing. Ultimately, the data stresses that traditional travel and tourism companies need to evolve if they hope to remain relevant to today’s young travellers.


THE LUXE REVIEW

THE LUXE REVIEW Our exclusive guide to the finest from the spheres of horology, automobiles, style, travel, design and much more. In the Luxe Review we look at the best, and meet the people that are making it happen.

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THE LUXE PERFUMES

Christopher Chong Creative Director at Amouage

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nitially entering the perfumery world as an unknown, the naturally born artist Christopher Chong marked his triumphant debut in 2007 with ‘Jubilation 25’ for women and ‘Jubilation XXV’ for men with no formal training or experience, and has now become a respected , wildly celebrated craftsman who defies convention and pushes artistic boundaries. Hailing from Hong Kong via New York and London, his life is a tapestry of cultural exchange. With a degree in Comparative Literature, he’s also an accomplished opera singer. Chong now ‘sings’ various song cycles as the Creative Director of Amouage. As he describes it, “It is bottling art and emotions.” We had our own ‘cultural exchange’ with him on the occasion of the launch of his latest – ‘Figment’. The brand’s roots are not too far from here, in Oman, and you frequently express your love for Arabian scents. Yet, Amouage is not an Arabian perfume house. How have you balanced your own passions with the growth of Amouage across a global marketplace? That’s a very challenging question. I’ve drawn inspiration from my own life – I was brought up amongst so many cultures; I never define myself through my culture. I think that’s why Amouage is so successful, because since becoming creative director ten years ago I’ve made sure that Amouage isn’t defined in a narrow focus. I am who I am because of many different aspects of my life experiences – Amouage reflects these. I think most of our customers are the same, so Amouage speaks to them. They can find a fragment of themselves within what we do. How would you collection today?

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We use three words – artistry, creativity and integrity. This will never change. By maintaining these elements, we’re creating rich, opulent perfumes. Perfumes are as much a part of the fashion cycle as are skirt lengths. What are the current trends you see the sector following? I go to trend forecasting and I work closely with manufacturers where they share with me their new discoveries within raw ingredients. While I listen and learn with interest, I don’t necessarily follow – I do my own thing. This is Amouage. Everything I do depends on a feeling and what I want Amouage to be doing in a year or two year’s time. But you asked about trends, and I can tell you for the next two years it is green scents, watermelon scents. This is something I will never do at Amouage. It’s part of the integrity of the brand – we create our own trend.


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FIGMENT BY AMOUAGE An extraordinary and beguiling perfume, Figment is an expression of the elusive beauty inspired by Chong’s enduring fascination with Bhutan, the Land of Happiness. This scented work of art sublimely sings the ethereal wonder that cloaks the kingdom in his dreams.

You’re operatically trained, and we understand you have quite a voice. Do you feel there are complementary elements of art and emotion shared between opera and your life with Amouage? Opera gave me the discipline. It’s something you must work on every day in the same way an athlete must work on himself every day. Opera gave me a very strong work ethic. And then memorising music helped me when I moved on to memorising scents. Both are very difficult – but the way you train yourself for one is the same as the way you train yourself for the other. The artistic elements of opera and perfumes are very interesting. Opera is monotonous – it’s the same music throughout – but the magic comes from our interpretation of it. It’s the same with perfumes – we’re using the same ingredients, but perfume’s magic comes from how I interpret them and create something unique, special, desirable. What’s the inspiration behind your latest line – ‘Figment’? I’m trying to capture a feeling, a moment. Rather than creating a type, I’m creating a moment. This year’s theme is ‘Life is Beautiful’. I find life’s experiences invariably don’t match up to the expectation – so I’m focussing on the imagination. One question I’m often asked is which countries I’ve most enjoyed. I reply that, usually, I enjoyed the anticipation – the imagination – of them more than the reality. One country I’m excited by is Bhutan – but I’ve

never been, and I’m too afraid to go for fear of the reality ruining the way I feel about it. So, with ‘Figment’ I’ve captured my feelings of Bhutan, and its mountain air, the rocks and its happiness in the perfume. My imagination – my interpretation. My world. You have standalone stores in key global cities. You are present in all the world’s leading department stores. Given this coverage, your wholesale distribution adds further to your network. How fine is the balance between exclusivity and becoming commonplace? Do you feel there are areas of the world you’ve yet to comfortably expand in to? We are still very selective of stores and cities we go in to. We think the next big area for us is Africa. We have a growing number of African clients who insist on visiting us when they’re in London for example. Where will your imagination lead you next? For ten years, I haven’t had a break. I’ve been living and working constantly within my imagination. But what’s happened, what we’ve created, it’s real - it happened. It’s been the most amazing experience – really beyond my imagination. I’m still learning, and I still want to experience the same within and beyond whatever I can think of.

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THE LUXE DESIGN

DesignedbyHind ‘Al Nad’ Tableware Collection In collaboration with Bernardaud, Christofle and Mario Cioni At Tanagra for Ramadan 2017

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hen Tanagra set its sights on creating a first exclusive Ramadan collection designed by a GCC national, they found a natural partner in Sheikha Hind Al Qasimi. Sheikha Hind and Tanagra share the same passion for craftsmanship and creation – and the Sharjah-based designer has lifelong love of tableware.


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This love of tableware was inspired by her mother. “I grew up watching my mother setting the table for guests,” says Sheikha Hind. “Everything was perfect - it was like a ritual for her. All the plates, the flowers, the cutlery, what she would serve and in which dish she would serve it. She used to sketch out the table to plan it - each plate and what it would hold. I learnt from her.” In 2009, frustrated that the market didn’t offer the style of coffee cups she was seeking, she started sketching her own designs and, in 2011, started her own business producing collections of bespoke tableware: DesignedbyHind.The first collections were given to her friends as Ramadan gifts, and quickly her reputation grew. When Tanagra approached Sheikha Hind for this Ramadan collection she embarked on a period of lengthy research and hard thinking, and the desert dune idea came to her mind. She says;“I started working around the theme of dunes - their shapes, their colors, their texture”. Sheikha Hind sees nuances in desert sand that many of us may overlook. The different shades of colour when wet or dry; changing again when kissed by the morning rays or the warm glow of sunset.The shapes defined by the region, with dunes compelled to shift to new shapes as they are driven by the wind.

porcelain factory Bernardaud, Parisian silver flatware makers Christofle and family-owend Italian crystal manufacturer Mario Cionni. Bernardaud - from whom she used to buy her mother presents as well as collect for herself – crafted fine porcelain bowls and coffee cups - both (for the first time in Bernardaud’s history) lidded as a reflection of Sheikha Hind’s oriental theme and with rose gold decoration in three patterns, each design inspired by grains of sand as they run through hands and the wind-formed rivulets that sculpt the dunes. In another first, the Arabian coffee cup is accompanied by porcelain spoons. There’s also a porcelain incense burner. Mario Cioni worked on the glassware, mirroring Sheikha Hind’s dune pattern around the base in brilliant crystal, and a silver tray by Christofle and engraved with the words “blessing, caring and giving” in Arabic calligraphy completes the collection. Sheikha Hind accepts that to some the desert might look arid and inhospitable, as such she created her serving tray as a reminder to all that the desert is indeed a “blessing”, as it is “caring” and “giving”; the three words she used as calligraphy to ornate Al Nad’s silver tray by Christofle.

And so, ‘Al Nad’ was born. Al Nad – the medium dune of Arabia’s Empty Quarter.

“It was a privilege to collaborate with Tanagra and to bring the Al Nad collection to life,” concluded Sheikha Hind, “and I feel proud having worked with three distinguished manufacturers.”

With the ‘Al Nad’ collection for Tanagra, she worked with three of the world’s most unrivalled manufacturers; Limoges-based

The ‘Al Nad’ collection from DesignedbyHind is available exclusively at Tanagra stores across the GCC.

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The Future Is Now Bentley defines luxury

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hen it comes to the world of luxury, Bentley is a well-established name, known for its fine craftsmanship and breath-taking design that has made it one of the most luxurious car brands in the world. The manufacturer’s rich artisanal heritage stretches back generations but its recent technological advances have been developed with an eye on the expectations and requirements of luxury car customers of the future. With a recent study on ‘The Future of Luxury’ from Bentley identifying instant, unobstructed access to technology, information and convenience as high priorities for the future luxury buyer, the British marque is leading the way with its current range of cutting edge technologies that lie inside and outside of its sumptuous cabins.


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1. The Bentley entertainment system integrates a suite of technology, including the WiFi hub. The optional 4G LTE WiFi hub provides seamless access to online music and video, cloud services and other internet-based content, allowing occupants to remain connected. 2. While a luxurious sound quality is present across all Bentley models, the Naim™ for Bentley premium audio system – arguably the finest in-car audio system ever created – provides a higher level of listening pleasure. With 20 highperformance speaker drive units, and a 2200-watt digital amplifier, it sets new standards in sound reproduction. 3. For those who prefer being driven, the Bentley Theatre rear-seat entertainment system offers added entertainment and features twin 10.4” touch screen tablets that can be deployed electrically from within the backs of the front seats to give passengers access to many of the car’s systems, including journey and vehicle data, games and locally-stored digital music.

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4. The Bentley ‘Inspirator’ is a facial recognition smart app that makes bespoke recommendations to prospective Bentley customers by reading and analysing their reactions. Using the latest in emotional recognition technology, it guides users through a film while using the device’s camera to carefully look for slight changes in their facial expressions and evaluates their emotional reaction to a various element of the film. It then uses this data, in tandem with algorithms based on a database of 3.4 million faces from 75 countries, to suggest colours and styling options that the customer may not have consciously considered but complement how they reacted to the film.

possibilities. To achieve this technical feat, the full-screen image of the car it displays is pieced together from over 20,000 separate images.

5. The Bentley Configurator delivers a truly luxurious digital commissioning experience. Unlike its rivals, Bentley offers millions of colour and trim combinations for each model – and that’s even before engaging Mulliner’s personal commissioning services. So, it stands to reason that Bentley’s configurator has been designed to demonstrate the full extent of these

7. Bentley Bentayga passengers have the benefit of controlling a selection of in-car systems from their Apple Watch, thanks to an app developed by the luxury marque. The technology, which uses bespoke digital architecture, enables those being driven in the Bentayga to remotely control the on-board climate and entertainment systems; adjust the heating, ventilation

6. Also defining the future of luxury is other in-car technology from Bentley such as front seat ventilation system which draws out excess heat from the seat backrest with silent-running fans. This option is paired with a seat massage system, including two lumbar massage cells and ten surface massage cells, and with a near unrivalled range of eight different massage functions, guarantees to keep passengers alert and relaxed.


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and massage functions of their seats; and monitor real-time information, such as vehicle speed, distance travelled and outside temperature. 8. Bentley’s Dynamic Ride System is the world’s first electric active roll control technology which utilises an unrivalled 48V system. The adaptive and reactive system instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces, inherent in larger vehicles with a higher centre of gravity, when cornering and ensures maximum tyre contact to deliver class-leading cabin stability, ride comfort and exceptional handling. 9. The Bentayga’s suite of state-of-the-art driver assistance systems include an exceptional eight different drive settings, allowing drivers, at the simple turn of a dial, to select the perfect dynamic set-up for any surface or road. By varying the settings of the powertrain, suspension and steering feel, the intelligent system ensures a perfect ride.

10. For urban environments, there are a number of advanced driver aids that Bentley has developed. These systems – such as Traffic Sign Recognition, which detects a wide variety of traffic signs and displays information to the driver; Rear Crossing Traffic Warning, which detects crossing traffic when reversing; and Top View, a system which uses four cameras to display an overall picture of the vehicle’s surroundings – combine to enhance everyday usability and convenience. 11. Meanwhile, the Head-Up Display in the Bentayga reduces driver distraction and increases safety by projecting important information onto the windscreen so the driver can keep eyes on the road. 12. Other systems that Bentley has developed and introduced on the Bentayga include Electronic Night Vision, which has a display inside the vehicle that uses infra-red technology to identify potential obstacles beyond the range of the headlights and alert the driver.

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All-new Lexus LC500 Not just a luxury car – it’s a feeling

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he emotional designs and high-performance models issued by Lexus in the last few years prefaced a new chapter for the brand, one that begins now with the arrival of the all-new 2018 Lexus LC flagship performance coupe. Available now in Lexus dealerships across the GCC and Levant, the LC combines stunning design, scintillating performance, long-distance comfort and premium craftsmanship to join an elite group of international grand touring coupes.


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The Lexus LC is a powerful, emotionally stirring realization of the vision of Lexus master driver Akio Toyoda for a flagship production coupe that echoes the spirit of the hand-built Lexus LFA supercar and delivers the visual impact of the Lexus LF-LC concept. Provocative, elegant and purely Lexus Based on the groundbreaking design of the LF-LC concept car which was shown at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Immediately identifiable as a Lexus thanks to its hallmark spindle grille and dynamic character lines, the 2018 LC represents the most passionate expression of the brand’s design direction. The grille itself features a unique mesh texture that changes visual tension as it spreads across the front of the car. Independent L-shaped daytime running lights beneath new ultra-compact triple LED headlamps create the distinctive LC front lighting signature. The combination of a large glass panel and blacked-out rear pillars creates a floating roof appearance, and chrome-plated moldings along the edges, which echo the lines of a traditional Japanese sword, amplify the effect. High-output V8 with sound and fury Powered by a high-performance V8 engine, the all-new Lexus LC 500 exhales through the variable Active Exhaust upon startup, with the 5-liter naturally aspirated V8 issuing a clarion call to driving enthusiasts. The LC 500 can sprint from zero to 100 km in less than 4.7 seconds. It’s a well-proven performance engine, with a low-mass reciprocating assembly using lightweight forged connecting rods, along with titanium intake and exhaust valves to allow a 7,300rpm redline. The 32-valve cylinder heads, equipped with performance-tuned

VVT-iE (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent by electric motor), take full advantage of the engine’s low internal friction and aggressive valvetrain specs. The Lexus LC debuts the first 10-speed automatic transmission for a luxury automobile. The Drive Mode Select feature provides integrated control of multiple systems, offering enhanced driving pleasure by allowing the driver to select drive modes suitable for the situation, or to match their preferred driving style. In addition to the five drive modes set in advance, a Custom Mode has been provided, enabling the user to freely combine each mode. SPORT S+ extracts the most from the powertrain and transmission shifts and also fully opens the baffles in the Active Exhaust under acceleration.   A new benchmark for GT cabins The dynamic luxury theme of the exterior is carried through into the LC’s cabin, which brings together elegance, quality and sophistication with a driver-focused cockpit. The ideal grand touring coupe cabin must strike a balance between function and comfort, sporting intent and luxury. The Lexus LC hits that note with an intuitive layout and an optimal seating position that set the stage for spirited driving. The design places the driver’s hip point as close as possible to the car’s center of gravity, where feedback from the car is the most communicative to the driver. Comprehensive suite of safety technologies Both versions of the LC are equipped as standard with Lexus Safety System+, an array of active safety features that can help the driver avoid an accident, or help lessen the consequences of a collision. The system uses a camera and millimeter-wave radar to monitor the road ahead for potential hazards and collision risks.

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Pure McLaren Track days

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cLaren Automotive announced full details of the 2017 Pure McLaren programme – a series of exclusive events that bring together the most passionate McLaren owners and enthusiasts. The 2017 calendar started on April 5 at Monza, Italy and promises exhilarating track days at some of the most iconic Grand Prix circuits across the world.


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For this year, the programme of courses has increased with the introduction of several packages focusing on high performance driving with the aim of transforming those interested in entering the world of motorsport into amateur racing drivers. Pure McLaren takes advantage of the McLaren brand’s racing know-how to develop performance driving skills in a controlled environment and at all levels of driving ability. The events are open to potential customers wanting to experience a McLaren’s full capability and for enthusiasts looking for an opportunity to get behind the wheel of a McLaren sports car. Current McLaren owners can also join the programmes with their own car or cars, driving away from the limitations of the road in an open and relaxed environment, whilst socialising with fellow owners. Guests who want to take their driving skills to another level are encouraged to join Pure McLaren Performance Academy – a graded programme of intense one-to-one driver training. Several courses are available, which through expert tuition and integration of on-board telemetry, can take participating guests all the way up from track beginner to performance driver. There are four proficiency levels covering all aspects of track driving that are undertaken in a number of McLaren vehicles, starting from 570S Coupé for the entry-level

Dynamic Principles course and culminating with a 650S Sprint for the advanced Sprint level course. Finally, at the pinnacle of the Pure McLaren offering are two all-inclusive Race Academy courses. The initial Race Level 1 programme culminates in MSA Race License assessment* and focuses on preparing the participant for their first motorsport competition. The final Race Level 2 is open to those that have already completed Level 1 and want to get their first real race experience in a familiar McLaren environment. This elite programme is enhanced with comprehensive race preparation, featuring an in-depth strategic planning session, and concludes after six official races with other participants. Upon completion of the races, it is possible to gain the signatures required to upgrade to a National A License* (International D License equivalent) and start competing in motorsport events. The 2017 season of Pure McLaren commenced on April 5 at Monza, moved to Silverstone in May, with four further core European events scheduled across the year: June 22 – 25, Hockenheim, Germany July 13 – 16: Portimao, Portugal September 1 – 4: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium September 28 – October 1: Paul Ricard, France

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Jaeger-LeCoultre The unique spirit of Eid-Al-Fitr generosity

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hen the season calls for an unforgettable celebration where every moment is treasured, a timepiece from Jaeger-LeCoultre’s special Eid-Al-Fitr gifting collection adds an elegant flourish, creating memories that will last forever.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Night & Day Medium in yellow gold

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Moon High Jewellery

Whether for him or for her, Jaeger-LeCoultre has the right watch, beautifully encased, ready to delight with its fusion of skilled craftsmanship, clever innovation and stylish design. Each Jaeger-LeCoultre timepiece comes with a promise of the exper tise and heritage of the Grande Maison, expressed through an array of iconic styles. These timepieces, specially chosen for Eid, encapsulate some of the watchmaker’s finest qualities, its confident style, enduring values and authentic technical detailing.

woman’s hear t with its two faces to enchant, both night as well as day.

There are numerous timepieces to choose from this Eid. The Reverso Tribute Moon in steel, seen earlier this year at the SIHH event, takes its inspiration from the original 1931 model, showing both a moon phase as well as date indicator. Ideal for gentlemen who love complication watches, the Reverso Tribute Moon features a Duo concept, with a single movement that drives two dials, and therefore, two time zones. Its captivating finish includes a silvered front dial with hand-applied, bluetoned hour markers.

For ladies who are inspired by the moon, the RendezVous Moon 39 in white gold is a perfect fit. The deep blue night sky forms the backdrop in this timepiece, with the moon and its precious halo taking centre stage. As the moon evolves slowly on the dial, its mother-of-pearl circle is constant in its precious brilliance, requiring no correction for 972 years.

For her, there is the Reverso One Duetto Moon in pink gold, sure to appeal with its graceful, elongated lines and jeweller y-like dimensions. Presenting two faces with its Duetto concept, its ‘verso’ side features a motherof-pearl moonphase indicator. Its great simplicity, however, should never be underestimated: the blued steel dauphine hands, slightly rounded Arabic numerals and sunburst guilloché finish only serve to emphasize its delicacy, while adding a contemporar y look. The Reverso One Duetto Moon cannot fail to capture a

Feminine wrists look more graceful when adorned with the Rendez-Vous Night & Day Medium in yellow gold, a timepiece that was also seen earlier at the SIHH event. Its elegant propor tions serve to accentuate its day/night indicator, an everlasting symbol of the Rendez-Vous line that lies at the hear t of its dial.

Last but not least - the Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master UltraThin Perpetual in steel model. Watch aficionados will gravitate towards its perpetual calendar, housed in an ultra-thin exterior, set off by the intriguing black dial and strap. Above the deep black, the sunray-brushed dial is a discreet moon phase indicator displaying the everchanging lunar profile. Men cannot help but be drawn to the strong design element of this masculine timepiece, heightened by its deeply shaded alligator-skin strap. With so many timepieces to select from at JaegerLeCoultre, choosing the per fect Eid gift becomes both easy and meaningful, ensuring a season of joyful celebrations for family and friends.

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Omega Retraces Its Italian Heritage The new Seamaster “EdizioneVenezia”

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MEGA has proudly unveiled its new collection of Seamaster “EdizioneVenezia” watches, which are to be sold exclusively in the famous Italian city. The decision to create a watch in tribute to Venice is no coincidence. In the late 1950s, Venice provided the inspiration for one of OMEGA’s most famous symbols!

At that time, the OMEGA Seamaster was a relatively new collection and it beautifully represented the brand’s famous diving heritage and ocean spirit. All it needed was its own unique emblem. The answer was found by a member of OMEGA’s design department. He had already created the iconic “Observatory” medallion that the brand used for its Constellation models. But it was on a visit to Venice that his imagination was captured by the famous gondolas and the beautifully sculpted representations of Neptune’s Seahorse on each side. For OMEGA, Venice embodied the meeting point of culture, history and elegance – perfectly matching the attributes of the Seamaster models. Just like OMEGA’s own pioneering heritage, Venice also represented a place where many ocean explorers had once begun their voyages. Upon seeing the exquisite craftsmanship of the Seahorse, OMEGA knew that a symbol for its Seamaster collection had been found, and the emblem began appearing on models from 1957. Today, OMEGA is paying tribute to that story, as well as the city, through this new collection. The domed opaline-silvery dial on each model draws its design influence from the vaulted ceiling effects of Venetian architecture and features 12 applied indexes as well as elegant “leaf” style hands. The Venice theme even extends to the spherical crown, which follows the shape of the dome of St Mark’s Basilica and gives the timepiece a classic, timeless look. Turning to the other side, the caseback is one of the distinguishing features of each watch. The famous Seahorse medallion has been laser engraved on sapphire crystal and the words “SEAMASTER” and “EdizioneVenezia” have been transferred onto the inner caseback ring. There is also a transferred pattern which closely resembles the intricate detail of Venice’s own flag.

Two different styles of the Seamaster “EdizioneVenezia” are now available to customers – either with an 18K Sedna™ gold case on a brown leather strap, or a stainless steel version on a black leather strap. Both versions come presented in their own special black-lacquered presentation box, lined in burgundy velour reminiscent of a Venetian gondola’s interior. With a Master Chronometer calibre of the industry’s highest precision, and a design story filled with true OMEGA heritage, these new models are sure to appeal to collector’s the world over. They can be purchased only at the OMEGA Boutique in Venice, or at T FondacodeiTedeschi by DFS.


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Hublot and Berluti Classic Fusion Chronograph Berluti

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he new Classic Fusion Chronograph Berluti fuses Hublot’s creative watchmaking genius with the innovative — and inimitable — patina of Berluti leathers.

“Over the generations, Berluti has developed its exceptional expertise to perfect the patina of its leathers. Combining traditional craftsmanship with our technical expertise has enabled us to marry this natural material with the mechanical refinement of Hublot. With a coordinated style from wrist to toe, the modern gentleman is the epitome of elegance!” Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO, Hublot Founded in France in 1895 by Italian Alessandro Berluti, the Parisian House now dresses men from head to foot. The most elegant men choose Berluti for their footwear, captivated by its bold and inventive patinated leathers. In 2016, Hublot released its first innovation: the Classic Fusion Berluti line. In honour of Berluti’s 120th anniversary these pieces encapsulated the inimitable style of the famous shoemaker in a watch for the first time. This model employed Berluti’s famous Venezia leather for both its strap and its dial. Developed by Olga Berluti, a proud descendent of Alessandro, this exclusive tanning technique needed to be developed into a delicate and complex process before it could be used to craft a watch. For example, all of the moisture had to be removed from the leather before it could be enclosed within the sapphire crystal. One year on, Hublot decided to take its use of Berluti’s signature leather even further, combining this prestigious, natural material with its Classic Fusion chronograph. Evidently a more complex task, as the dial features two counters at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, craftsmen had to go back to the drawing board and develop new practices to ensure the leather could be made stable despite these new additions. The result: the new Classic Fusion Chronograph Berluti, available with a 45 mm case in a choice of two finishes, Scritto King Gold and Scritto All Black. Limited to 250 pieces of each, both models feature hand-crafted straps, presented in a Berluti bespoke box containing a complete Berluti leather care set. Thanks to Hublot, the expertise of the Berluti leather is now worn on the wrist.

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Panerai Submersible 3 Days Automatic

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wide choice of materials – sports or precious, classic or avant-garde – and the P.9010 manufacture automatic movement, with a power reserve of three days, are used in a series of creations which enhance the great tradition of Panerai Submersible watches.


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They are solid and strong, with unrivalled visibility even at great depths and a uniquely distinctive appearance. The new Panerai Submersible watches draw inspiration from the history of a brand which has its roots in the world of the sea but which is also always looking forward to the future, presenting excellent technical solutions and surprising innovations. The innovations are apparent in the variety of materials used in producing the cases: traditional high specification materials, such as titanium and AISI 316L stainless steel; precious materials such as red gold: fascinating, evocative ones such as bronze, or innovative ones such as BMG-TechTM, a metallic glass remarkable for its resistance to external shocks and corrosion. Another innovation concerns the movement: all the new Panerai Luminor 1950 Submersible watches use the P.9010 automatic calibre, with a power reserve of three days. Entirely developed and produced at the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, the movement has the date, the classic small seconds counter at 9 o’clock, the mechanism for stopping the balance wheel and the device for changing the time by moving the hour hand backwards or forwards in jumps of one hour without interfering with the running of the watch. The design of the new Panerai Submersible reveals the great attention paid to perfecting every little detail, preserving intact all the characteristics which have made this model a classic of high quality sports watchmaking. The Luminor 1950 case has a unidirectional rotating bezel with a graduated scale for calculating the time of immersion, connected through a special system designed and patented by Officine Panerai to ensure the extreme accuracy of each click. The distinctive Panerai bridge device protects the winding crown and exercises a light pressure on it, helping to ensure the high level of waterresistance – a standard feature of these Panerai models – to a depth of 300 metres (30 bar), and 100 metres for the red gold model. Lastly, the dials are clear, perfectly legible in the dark as well as in the light, and immediately recognisable as Panerai.

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Oris - A Lifetime In Flight Special limited edition piece

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vents of the past don’t change, but our understanding of them can. Until recently, Oris believed that its first pilot’s watch was the Big Crown of 1938, an iconic piece of design named after its oversized crown that still informs the company’s aviation-inspired watches today. But a recent discovery made it clear history had a different story to tell.


Recent research in the company’s Hölstein archives (Oris has been on the same site since it was founded in 1904) revealed that Oris first made watches for pilots in the early 1910s. One catalogue featured a pocket watch with a Blériot airplane engraved on its case. Louis Blériot, the French pioneer aviator, successfully completed the first flight across the English Channel on July 25, 1909.

button at 2 o’clock is pushed down, in keeping with a quirk of the original.

The same research uncovered what appears to be Oris’s first pilot’s wristwatch, and also one of its first wristwatches. The round, brass-cased watch had a big crown, an aluminium dial and a pin-lever movement, and was essentially a pocket watch with wire loop lugs soldered to its case. This was common practice during the First World War as officers looked for practical ways of wearing watches and as aerial warfare developed.

The case is polished stainless steel and water-resistant to 5 bar, and set on a beautifully crafted brown leather cuff strap with a stainless steel pin buckle. The bubblecurved glass is made of scratch-resistant sapphire cr ystal, and the Arabic numerals and hands are finished with luminescent Super-LumiNova®.

Today, Oris is remembering that landmark wristwatch with the Big Crown 1917 Limited Edition. In design terms, the new watch is faithful to the original. It has the same onionshaped big crown, the same early 20th century Arabic numerals, the same blued steel hands, and the same domed glass. Even the vintage Oris logo has been revived. Most memorably, Oris is introducing a new calibre into the watch, Calibre 732, which the company’s watchmakers have engineered so that the time can only be adjusted when the

While the aesthetic is lifted from the early days of wristwatches, the Big Crown 1917 Limited Edition is ever y bit a 21st centur y watch, manufactured according to Oris’s exacting standards.

The Oris Big Crown 1917 Limited Edition has a number of additional special touches. The case back is embossed with the original ‘OWC’ trademark, which stood for ‘Oris Watch Company’ and was used as a ‘Poinçon de Maître’ quality stamp on Oris’s 18-carat gold watches. The case back also carries the limited edition number – only 1,917 examples will be made. The final flourish is a travel pouch, which contains an additional leather strap with twin rivets, as per the original, and a stainless steel pin buckle. The Oris Big Crown 1917 Limited Edition is an historic watch and a charming reminder of Oris’s rich watchmaking heritage.

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Clifton Club

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Shelby ® Cobra 1964-pieceLimited Edition from Baume & Mercier

elebrating courage and ambition is at the heart of the new Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra watch editions. It is a statement of arrival for those who believe no goal is out of reach, and maintain the relentless drive to accomplish the impossible. With its bold signature touches and elegant sense of purpose, this is a series of limited edition chronographs, elaborated in collaboration with designer Peter Brock, that celebrate life’s special achievements.


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At the heart of the Clifton Club, Shelby® Cobra collection are 2 limited edition chronographs that exude style and performance. Featuring automatic Swiss-made movement (Valjoux 7750) for true accuracy, all elements of the design are born from the original Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe and created in consultation with Daytona designer Peter Brock. The 44mm diameter case forged from polished and satinfinished stainless steel matches the aerodynamic contours of the timeless Daytona Coupe body shape. In the center is a modern dial available in silver-colored or Daytona blue replete with Arabic numerals, vertical chronograph ringed counters inspired by those of the dashboard highlighted with red touches, day and date displays at 3 o’clock, and tachymeter scale placed into the flange. The hours and minutes hands shaped as the steering wheel feature Superluminova C1 blue emission, while the Cobra logo

created by Peter Brock is forged onto the chronograph’s second hand. When you wish to control the Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra 1964 edition, two inspired design touches come into play. Key functions are activated via exact replicas of the Daytona’s foot pedals. The magic continues with the Daytona’s bold alloy wheel design featured on the oscillating weight. The limited-edition number (one out of 1964) is etched in tribute to the year of this iconic car’s introduction. For style and comfort, a black “automotive carbon-like” calfskin strap with red rubberized soft-touch calfskin lining is standard, offset by an adjustable triple-folding clasp with security push-pieces. Completing the tribute to legendary car and designer are subtle vertical racing stripes on the Clifton Club Shelby® Cobra dial.

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The New Romantics Four romantic hues to adorn your wrist

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ado’s thinnest-ever timepieces are getting a colourful new look. The Swiss watchmaker’s super slim True Thinline collection has added chic models in four colourful new high-tech ceramic variations.


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With their detail-free dials and monochrome colour schemes, this fantastic foursome follows in the footsteps of recent minimalist designs in the True Thinline collection. Contemporary and understated, each timepiece is fashioned from high-tech ceramic in one of four colours – inky blue, forest green, lunar grey, or chocolate brown. This stylish marriage of colour and material is allowed to take center stage thanks to the True Thinline’s restrained design and barely-there 4.9 mm profile. The colour of poetry The True Thinline Colours dazzle without being flashy, conveying a mood of subtle luxury. With their alternating matt and polished high-tech ceramic surfaces, a rhyming of textures permeates the collection. The grey and blue hightech ceramic models are almost entirely polished, but their shine is offset by contrasting matt middle links in the bracelet,

while the green high-tech ceramic model is fully polished and the brown entirely matt. This colourful collection is well-suited for a generation that is embracing a more imaginative language of style. Thanks to the True Thinline’s minimalist shape and abandonment of detail, the watches are at home in a variety of scenarios: cradling a vintage leather suitcase, crafting a letter with a fountain pen, donning silk and velvet, slowing down and taking the time to appreciate exceptional quality and cultivate individual taste. These colourful timepieces offer all the same beauty and performance as Rado’s other high-tech ceramic wristwatches. In addition to being lightweight and hypoallergenic, high-tech ceramic is also known for its incredible scratch resistance, making the True Thinline an ideal companion to accompany you throughout the ebb and flow of time.

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Gucci Pre-Fall 2017

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or Gucci’s Pre-Fall 2017 collection, Alessandro Michele has maintained his unique design approach through mixing different inspirations.


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The main statements this season are led by the iconic bee – this time with new fabrics and motifs. Outwear remains an important part of the collection also with different prints and styles. We’re seeing oversized statement knitwear – accompanied with many embroideries. Military and work wear inspirations are aplenty, as are jacquard trim and embroidered details. Style notes:

Tailored new preppy: a key theme this season with solid color suits – some with iconic embroideries patches and pin details Casual new preppy: casual pieces with a vintage attitude creating contemporary looks with romantic sophistication Street wear: characterized by bright colors, vintage t-shirts, denim with patches, and embroidered sweatshirts

Formal wear: key role within this collection with different jacquard motifs and classy fabrics. Linings have different details with decorated interiors

Active wear: characterized by bold colors and new iconic prints used to enrich classic athletic styles – this includes layering activewear pieces with oversized knitwear, wool jackets and coats

Evening Icons: important statement of tailoring wardrobe with eccentric and sophisticated jacquard fabrics – some also have embroideries and patches

New punk: characterized by an underground inspiration mixed with a vintage flair – the perfect merge between streetwear, sportswear and preppy influences

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Versace Menswear Spring/Summer 2017

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he gentlemen of Versace – men of the world, men of character and individual attitude. Lightweight, layered, fluid, functional: for the way men live their lives today. Summer coats bring a new ease and nobility, from ultra-light long parkas of near transparent nylon, or an open weave flowing trench.


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The Versace silk shirt is reborn as a zip-up blouson, with iconic prints over-dyed to create a deep and intense colour palette for summer. Tailoring is about functionality, whether it’s the unstructured jersey suit jacket that keeps its shape, or the tailored pants with elasticated waist and cuff. Leather blazers have a defiant attitude, while leather bikers and coats have been slashed then embellished with small studs. Silk knitwear is light and often tied round the waist, like the fine-knit sweater with a back of cupro, or a fine knit polo shirt with a gold Medusa at the hem. Tie prints appear on long silk shirts, or a silk pyjama set, while the print also appears on elegant single-breasted tailoring. The new Versace Active athletic performance wear underpins the collection, with technical cycling shorts and running leggings adding modern reality. Versace technical sneakers are super lightweight, while hiking sandals have webbing straps woven with the Greek key, worn with Versace socks. Versace’s Empire bag is worn across the body, carried as a large weekender, or transformed into a backpack. A new watch, the sporty V-Race Diver, has the attitude of the global traveller.

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Endurance challenge on home soil BMW brand ambassador Alessandro Zanardi to compete in the IRONMAN 70.3 Italy, Pescara

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taly’s Alessandro Zanardi has added another event to his 2017 triathlon schedule: on 18th June, he will take part in the IRONMAN 70.3 Italy, Pescara. After he had won two more Paralympic gold medals in handcycling in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, the BMW Brand Ambassador decided to intensify his activities in long distance triathlons for this year. Before he tackles the AustriaKärnten event in Klagenfurt (2nd July) and the World Championship in Hawaii (14th October), he will compete on his home soil in Pescara.

Pescara is located on the Adriatic coast and offers a scenic backdrop for the event. The swimming portion of 1.9 kilometres will be held in open water. It is followed by a 90 kilometres bike section through the foothills of the Abruzzo Mountains. Zanardi will use his handcycle for this course through vineyards and groves of olive trees. The running section, that Zanardi will complete with his Olympic wheelchair, will be held on a 21.1-kilometre course along the beach promenade and through downtown Pescara.


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BMW M6 GTLM on the podium BMW Team RLL at COTA

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double-podium finish for BMW Team RLL in the fourth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), in Austin, Texas, was a well-deserved reward for the team’s hard work during the past months.

Bill Auberlen (USA) and Alexander Sims (GBR) drove the No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM to second place in the two-hour-fortyminute contest, completing 71 laps of the 3.4-mile track and finishing 2.498 seconds behind the winning number 3 Corvette. John Edwards (USA) and Martin Tomczyk (GER), driving the number 24 BMW M6 GTLM, finished in third place, after a strong run from pole position. With the benefit of pole position, Edwards led the field from the green flag into the first turn and Sims, from third on the grid, moved up one position to follow his teammate at the front of the field. A scrum developed at the back of the GTLM field and multiple contacts resulted in a couple of competitors effectively being out of the battle for the win. Sims relinquished the second position 34 minutes into the race to the number 911 Porsche after a 14-lap battle. Edwards continued to lead, opening up a 3.2 second gap. The Porsche passed for the lead on lap 22, after which the second yellow flag of the race waved to close up the field with Edwards P2 and Sims P3. Pit stops began on lap 26 as the field circulated behind the safety car with the Porsche and both BMWs

coming in. Quick service by the No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM crew got Tomczyk out ahead of the Porsche with Auberlen, now in the No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM, right behind. Unfortunately, a pair of rare mis-cues saw Auberlen leave the pits before the fuel man had finished and the Californian was forced back to the pits for a drive-through penalty. Tomczyk and two other competitors missed the illuminated pit exit lights and had to return to serve a stop plus 60-second penalty. The number 3 Corvette had pitted earlier and inherited the GTLM lead with Auberlen, now P2, and Tomczyk, now P4, began their stints. The second set of stops was completed under the green flag on laps 44 and 45 with Sims back in the number 25 BMW M6 GTLM and Edwards back in the number 24 BMW M6 GTLM to finish the final hour of the race. The third and final caution flag of the race flew with less than ten minutes remaining for a burning prototype car. The track was quickly cleared and the race restarted with some four minutes to go. Sims gave chase, but there was not enough time to catch the Corvette. Ultimately, the result was Sims second and Edwards third and the first two BMW Team RLL podium finishes of the season.

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ZEITGEIST Good design, where form and function come together so exquisitely, should always be celebrated.

This month Men’s Passion features some of the most desirable and well executed products that define the times in which we are living.

The Light Phone

Even before it shipped to a single user, the Light Phone was one of the most compelling riddles in tech. The slender phone that only takes and receives calls has attracted a slew of attention and descriptors in the last year that simultaneously seemed to nail and slightly misunderstand its raison d’être. It’s been called everything from the “anti-smartphone” to a “pro-human” phone, to just plain weird. Its slight appearance and even more enigmatic function has challenged users in a way that the current tech vanguard isn’t exactly known for: Surfacing important philosophical questions, not just inventing a way for urbanites to lead slightly more convenient lives.


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Ferrari Kuwait launches its most powerful production car ever Al Zayani Kuwait, the official Ferrari dealer in Kuwait, has unveiled the all-new 812 Superfast at the new state of the art Ferrari showroom with a breath-taking ceremony. The exceptionally futuristic 812 sets a new benchmark in the midfront-engine sports car segment, pushing the boundaries of speed and performance like never before. True to its name, the 812 Superfast is unquestionably the fastest road-going Ferrari ever built. Powered by the new naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12, the vehicle achieves its maximum power output at 8,500 rpm with a maximum speed of 340 Km/h, prancing from 0 to 100 in a blistering 2.9 seconds. Designed as the flagship V12 Berlinetta, the model embodies Ferrari’s revered V12 heritage that sprung to life in 1947, with the birth of the brand and building on the invaluable legacies of the F12berlinetta and F12tdf. Its timely world premiere at Geneva Motor Show coincides with Ferrari’s 70th anniversary celebrations this year, building on its recognition as the only manufacturer to have continuously produced sports cars with 12-cylinder engines throughout that time. Commenting on the launch of the brand new super car, Mohammed Dawleh, Ferrari Brand Manager at Al Zayani Kuwait, said: “The 812 Superfast is one of the most important models in the history of Ferrari. Not only is the fastest, but it is also the most powerful production car to date. We are incredibly excited to launch this model in Kuwait so soon after its reveal at Geneva Motor Show in March. The demand for the 812 Superfast has already been unprecedented, which accentuates Ferrari’s powerful leadership in the luxury sports car segment.”


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All-new Lexus LC500 unveiled Mohamed Naser Al Sayer and Lexus have unveiled the all new LC in Kuwait, the world-class prestige luxury coupe introduces a new era of uncompromising design and performance. The launch event held at Lexus Center Shuwaikh was attended by distinguished guests Manabu Ochihata Project Manager of the LC, Koji Nagata General Manager for the Middle East and North Africa region, Takayuki Yoshitsugu Chief Representative of Middle East and North Africa Regional Office accompanying delegates from Lexus along with members of the press and media who were welcomed in the presence of Faisal Bader Al-Sayer Chairman, Mubarak Naser Al-Sayer CEO Al-Sayer Holding along with top Management of the Group. According to Mubarak Naser Al-Sayer “The LC is not just a luxury car; it’s a great feeling and experience. It is not only a step-up, but a step-up better than everyone else. Offering the classical segments but now moving the product line-up. After today Lexus will no longer be the same. I am confident that you will find it incredibly fascinating.” “Lexus is here to make the impossible possible, ready to face the challenge head on – to create Experience Amazing. The journey of evolution at Lexus will continue as it aims to become a luxury lifestyle brand. And we at Al-Sayer will reflect the Lexus values to offer 7-star customer experience exceeding expectations” said Mahmoud Abou-Zahr Business Director Lexus Mohamed Naser Al-Sayer & Sons.

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Chopard Novelties Launch Trafalgar hosted the launch of Chopard’s audacious 2017 novelties at the Chopard Boutique in Prestige at Avenues. As usual besides jewellery, Chopard and Trafalgar showcased sophisticated timepiece novelties too. From the extraordinary L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony – which takes fleurisanne engraving to the peak of its art – to Happy Sport where the Happy Ocean delivers a sea breeze that is energising the collection - It’s always a treat to visit Chopard.


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Chopard celebrates “Happy Dreams” in Kuwait Chopard revealed their Happy Dreams collection to guests at Kuwait’s Salhiya Mall. With an ethereal fantasy ambiance, the spectacular Chopard Happy Dreams foamlike clouds covered the ceiling of the halls. Aroused by the theme of the collection, the boutique was adorned with beautiful white hydrangeas along with splendid clouds designs on all window displays creating a dreamy ambiance. Invitees were amazed by the Happy Dreams Collection and by the joyful atmosphere. While mingling with the sound of the French band “The Gypsy Queens” playing live in the background, invitees could delicately create their own headpieces, bracelets, and necklaces made of flowers at the exquisite flower station put up at the boutique for this occasion.

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Welcome To Crazyland! For one night only, de Grisogono welcomed us in to their own unique Crazyland. Born of FawazGruosi’s imagination, the Crazymals provide an introduction to the world of glamour, infused with the elegance and retro charm of the 1950s. From the top of Mount Lee and its iconic hills to the palm trees of PalmSprings, meet Lady Flamingo, Crooner Snake, Great Ladybug, Stogie K, Tux’Penguin, Hip Hop Panda and Buddy. Amid a retro-inspired stage-setting reminiscent of Hollywood, they invite us into their world of sparkle, humour and immoderation. Mobile figurines with a captivating appearance and colourful personalities that come to life beneath the daring creative jewellery skills of the Maison de Grisogono. Characters that reveal the most closely guarded aspects of our personality. Which Crazymal are you?


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TAG Heuer’s 2017 Collection Revealed TAG Heuer, together with Kuwait-partner Trafalgar, hosted a special presentation of the 2017 collection in the TAG Heuer Boutique at Avenues Mall. With Aquaracers, Autavias, Carreras, and Link Ladies aplenty, guests and invited media had much to admire from the Swiss-brand’s latest collection of timepieces and novelties.

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Abolish 153 receives Chaillot Prize for Human Rights The Campaign to Abolish Article 153 of the Kuwaiti Penal Code aims at promoting non-violent culture and spreading awareness against all types of violence that have become increasingly observed in Kuwaiti society recently, especially violence against children and women. The recognition of this independent campaign by the European Union’s Chaillot Prize for Human Rights is an international tribute to Kuwait’s vibrant civil society and its vital role in bringing about change. The ceremony, which was held at Dar Hamad on Monday, May 8, 2017, featured a presentation of the prize by the EU Managing Director in the GCC Nicholas Westcott, the Ambassador of Malta (currently presiding over the European Union) Patrick Cole, the French, Belgian and German Ambassadors who have been strong supporters of the cause, the Ambassadors of Hungary, Spain, Austria, Greece and the Netherlands and a representative of the UK. The US ambassador to Kuwait Laurence Silverman, who is a great supporter of the campaign, also attended the event, along with representatives of the Kuwaiti civil society and those interested in human rights issues. In the three years since the establishment of the campaign, and through cooperating with volunteer committees and other public benefit organizations, the campaign’s programs have been trying to consolidate and develop Kuwaiti society culturally and morally to reduce violence and to promote peaceful coexistence especially by enacting strict, firm and effective laws. Therefore, the campaign works with the legislators of the State to give birth to legislations that protect against domestic violence and to amend and abolish others to safeguard the dignity of all; every resident and citizen. One of the fundamental criteria for the advancement of nations is the preservation of the dignity of individuals and the preservation of freedoms and rights. The campaign to abolish Article 153 includes studies, lectures and training programs to empower the public and raise awareness about the violation of women’s rights in some laws. Kuwaiti women have proved their worth in various fields, and their protection and equality is a guaranteed right within the articles of the Constitution of the State of Kuwait.


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Abolish 153 Art Exhibition Mid-May saw Kuwait and the region’s artists and collectors come together in support of the Chaillot Prize for Human Rights-awarded Abolish Article 153 campaign as The Hub Gallery hosted the latest Abolish 153 Art Exhibition. At an opening attended by over 300 people, and with works donated by artists that ranged from KD150 – KD1,000, the campaign’s third annual exhibition – a combination of art and humanitarian common sense – proved their most successful so far.

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Fawaz Al-Duweish at Becarre For his latest exhibition, Fawaz included 84 ceramic works of different shapes highlighting various techniques mastered by the artist. The exhibition opened at Kuwait’s Becarre Gallery and was attended by many Kuwaiti artists and collectors. His work was roundly praised for the creation of art that reflects feelings of joy and sorrow, and brings out – in his use of ceramic - pieces that simulate the suffering of man throughout the ages and time.


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INDEX 1.0 at Visual Therapy Visual Therapy hosted the opening of Index 1.0 - the first part of an ongoing series of creative exchange between Visual Therapy and Keep It Fresh Projects, an Amsterdam based creative collective - on 10th May. The series aims to both introduce and create an archive of cultural and artistic projects between Kuwait and the international art world. The exhibition featured a diverse collection of prints and original artworks by a group of five emerging Spanish artists, namely Arantxa Recio Parra, Laguna, Leon Ka (Kafre), Malakkai and Skount. The artworks presented explore a variety of mediums, abstractions, and inspirations.

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Ali Makhseed is Red Bull Car Park Drift Champion All eyes were on Kuwait’s Sirbb Circuit in early May as competitors taking part in Red Bull Car Park Drift set the ground on fire with the crowning of Ali Makhseed as ‘King of Drift’ for 2017, scoring 375 points in total with his Toyota GT86. The annual event was held in the presence of Lebanon’s drift and rally world champion AbdoFeghali, and under the sponsorship of the Public Authority for Youth & Sports, Basel Salem Al-Sabah Motorsport Club, Drag 965, GoPro, Acqua Eva, Al Anbaa Newspaper, Kuwait Times, Falken tires, Shop & Ship and Total.


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Startup Kuwait - Rekindling Kuwait’s Tradition of Entrepreneurship Startup Kuwait’s 3rd national Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge was delivered during spring 2017 for college students. During May 2017, Startup Kuwait’s Internal and National Competition took place before an esteemed panel of judges from leading private sector institutions in Kuwait, academia, private sector, and public sector. 7 teams out of 28 finalists have been recognized by judges to receive funding and/or business advisory and business acceleration advisory services. These teams are from Kuwait University, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Arab Open University, and PAAET. Startup Kuwait’s unique awards for the Most Social Impact Project and People’s Choice Awards were received by the same team - Diabetic Breathalyzer (Kuwait University – non-invasive measuring tools for diabetic patients). Startup Kuwait Awards and DEMO Day took place on May 21, 2017 with attendance of Mr. Essa AlKandari, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, and Dr. Husain AlAnsari, President Kuwait University, along with participating universities management, the private sector, the public sector, and students teams’ family and friends. Student teams’ projects were presented during Startup Kuwait Awards and DEMO Day from KU, GUST, AOU, PAAET, BHCK. Dr. Redha Behbehani stated that Startup Kuwait Accelerator pace can be attributed to people working with Startup Kuwait be it domestically or internationally, Kuwaitis or non-Kuwaitis. Indeed, collaboration is quintessential in focus at Startup Kuwait, and an example of this is the consortium of universities in Startup Kuwait representing 95% of total college students in Kuwait, ensuring many voices speaking the same message amongst youth. Starup Kuwait is thankful to key institutions that have provided pre-see funding for the winning teams, namely, Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development, Zain, Boubyan Bank, AlKout Industrial Projects, and on business advisory and business acceleration services, E&Y, and StratQ. And thanked the judges who gave their time and effort to recognizing the finalist as well as the winners. Dr. Redha, announced during Startup Kuwait Awards & DEMO Day, that the winning projects have been invited to participate at Startup Istanbul October 2017, and potentially to qualify to pitch among finalists for top 3 funding prizes.

Finally, Startup Kuwait would be offering 4th and 5th National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge in fall 2017, and spring 2018 (Academic year 2017-2018) as well as an accelerated program for youth who are no-longer students. Dr. Redha concluded with Startup Kuwait’s motto “to the Pioneers, the Bold, the Unrestrained ... youth “the World is Your Pearl… Ride the Wave”

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Studentalk’s Class of ‘17 PH7 Group celebrated 17 years of Studentalk, and the magazine’s final edition, with a Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony at Backyard, FTZ. Invited guests and members of the media and the magazine’s current team were joined by many of Studentalk’s previous ‘alumni’ – team members from earlier years. A ground-breaking magazine for every one of its 17 years, it has witnessed and been part of significant social changes within Kuwait for more than a decade-and-a-half and 189 issues. As with every graduation, it was far from the end as PH7’s MD Zeina Mokaddam announced the group’s latest title – Passions Arabia. A website dedicated to English speaking trendsetters, both males and females, regardless of their age, when launched this summer it will complement ahlan.com.kw - the group’s website dedicated to socially active Arabic speakers.


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The Grand Tour Listings Our pick of summer events

Tango Buenos Aires Festival y Mundial What: Dance festival Where: Various locations across Buenos Aires When: from 10th May – 23rd August 2017 The tango’s evolution from back-street bordellos to high-society ballrooms proves that sexuality cannot be contained by class—passion is in everyone. That passion is celebrated every August during the Tango Buenos Aires Festival. Pairing this famously intimate dance with half-million spectators may seem strange, but the festival’s artistic director Gustavo Mozzi insists there’s no better platform. “Tango is at a time of growth, evolution and expansion, and the more the festival is in tune with the booming, effervescent scene, the more it turns into a live, provocative space.”While the festival itself is free to attend, it’s worth the extra cost to take a tango class in BA—if you haven’t already taken one at home.

America’s Birthday Bash What: Open-air party Where: Bayfront Park, Miami When: 4th July 2017

Boon Bang Fai What: Rocket festival Where: Yasothorn Province When: June / July 2017

America’s Birthday Bash is a yearly Fourth of July celebration presented by the Bayfront Park Management Trust and the City of Miami hosted in downtown Miami at Bayfront Park. This free event offers a Kids’ Zone, live music, and a beer garden for grown-ups. The night is concluded with the largest free fireworks show in South Florida on the water.

In the farming communities of Issan (north-eastern Thailand), rocket festivals are important events attended by entire villages as they’re considered the last big ‘knees-up’ before the planting season begins. The main rocket festival is in Yasothon Province, although many districts hold their own smaller rocket festivals.

Iziko South African National Gallery What: Museum not to be missed Where: Government Avenue, Cape town When: Every day

Greenfield Festival What: Music festival Where: Interlaken, Switzerland When: 8th – 10th June 2017

This premier museum houses an outstanding collection of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. The collection changes regularly to enable the gallery to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture.

Three days of fabulous open-air festival atmosphere on the site of the Interlaken airfield with about 30,000 visitors. Featuring more than 40 international cutting-edge bands from the rock, punk and alternative scenes. Loud. Wild. Probably not to be recommended for the faintof-heart.


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Mp issue #87 June / July / August 2017  

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