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Liveliness of Mind & spirit

in the Eye The Paris of the East

on Screen Singing to Superstardom

September- 2004


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Liveliness of Mind & spirit

September- 2004

in the Eye The Paris of the East

on Screen Singing to Superstardom

Photographer: Ibrahim Assi Model: Atiah

Editor in Chief: Eman Mohammed Editor Anthon Garcia Contributing Editors Debra Berriman Bandana Jain Birjees Hussain Helga Bosman Photographer Ibrahim Assi Design: DUBAI MEDIA CITY

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Editor’s Letter Good Morning

It has been a busy summer, and things are not about to slow down in the coming the autumn season. For those who went on a trip, welcome back to the hustle and tussle of the dynamic city. For those who stayed, well, the weather should be more pleasant and provide a great relief to the long, hot yet very enjoyable summer season. This month, we highlight the Fall/Winter collections 2004/2005 of high profile fashion brands where each fashion house came with new modern-classic cuts and designs translating their philosophy of innovation. It is back-to-school for many of us therefore; we have tried to include topics that cover how to deal with stress as schools re-open. We also found specialized shops that provide A-Z back-to-school requirements and clothing. We hope that we our attempt of help is a success! Saoud Abou Sultan, the fast-rising singer is our guest for this month. He is assertive, lucky and continuously ambitious for more success. We wish him all the best now and always. Because we care for your beauty and charm, we have covered the launch of the latest perfumes and beauty products. Moreover, you will read about keeping your home better, from kitchen to the garden. Pack up to fly to the “Paris of the East – Budapest”. If you are a fan of the high-speed-driving, then you must see the new awesome Audi A6! In this issue, we are starting a Photography series for any one who feels of his/her self the potential to be a professional photographer. Salam Studios-the pioneer in this field is rewarding them! Read more… Don’t miss out the reviews about the places of entertainment for this month! Be the first to see the new production stills of the great movie ‘ALEXANDER – The Great’. At the last but not the least, we are trying to spread our knowledge for our all our readers out there. We will be glad to hear from you, by you…

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10 DIBLA The New Diamond Wedding Ring Brand From Damas 12 Day Spa For Women Only 14 Beauty in the eyes 16 Beauty Products 18 Scentsational fragrances 20 Fashion Parade – Get stylish in time for Fall/Winter 34 Style Time 38 Fashion News 40 Saoud sings his way to Superstardom 42 Toy R Us 46 Back to the Future - Benetton 48 Health - Back to School Jitters 50 Crepe Along to the Bocadillo 52 D. Porthault Load up on Style 54 Hydroculture plants, no mess, no fuss 55 Hansten’s Bed

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56 Softly adventurous in Sri Lanka 58 Discover why Budapest is called the Paris of the East 62 Awesome Audi A6 – the new kid on the block 64 Photography 67 Café of the Month – Carpe Diem 68 Get into the Blues at a unique concept restaurant 70 End of the Rope 74 Great Legends on Screen 76 Big on Books 78 Mall Walk takes us to The Village 80 Flavours of the World – Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Dubai 82 Properties 84 Ilkone i800 - Islam calls 86 Have you heard? 88 Hotel Happenings 89 Mall News 90 Listings

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YOUR PAGE … Dear Editor, Please add more pages on gadgets and electronics. There’s a lot about hotels and restaurants, as well as fashion and malls. But there are a lot of people interested about gadgets and would love to see those features in your magazine. It will be a great addition. Prakar Banthiya *****

of Pyramids. I am looking forward to more travel articles in the future. Maha Yassine ***** Dear Editor, I’m a great fan of movies and I thoroughly enjoyed your movie reviews. In future issues, I hope you can feature Arabic and Hindi movie reviews as well. Thanks in advance. Huda Ochani

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DIBLA The New Diamond Wedding Ring Brand From Damas, the leading retail jewellery chain in the UAE, has announced the launch of Dibla, a collection of exquisite diamond wedding rings especially designed for young brides. However the rings are also appropriate for any memorable special event or anniversary. Each ring is a full eternity, set with diamonds all around, in 18k white and yellow gold. Each piece in the Dibla collection is an exclusive design from an Italian team especially commissioned for the range. The Dibla collection symbolises not only the eternal relationship of love and trust between a couple but also reflects their mutual appreciation of exquisite taste.

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Classic

For brides whose taste favours the timeless elegance of the classic look, this collection offers a range of designs, incorporating from one to seven rows of diamonds. The diamonds themselves are available in a number of shapes: round brilliants, baguettes and Princess cut. The Classic collectionÂ’s appeal extends across all facets of modern society to include the young and fashionable sophisticate.


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Floral

Inspired by the intricate designs of nature’s flora, this range, whose fancy Marquise shape of diamond rings is set in floral patterns, will appeal to brides who appreciate the essential beauty and sensuality of the natural world.

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High-flyers will recognise this range as setting them apart in their search for elegance, prestige and beauty. Set with ingeniously-crafted “Damas Cut” diamonds – an exclusive 65 faceted cut registered by Damas worldwide – this collection thus enjoys maximum brilliance as the cut enhances the facets of each stone.

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For Women Only By Debra Berriman

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ometimes a person can stumble onto something they never knew existed and then feel torn as whether to tell everyone about it, or to keep it a secret. And personally, having lived in Dubai for 6 years I’m quite ashamed I had not discovered the treasure that is the Paris Gallery Day Spa. You may well ask the question, “Where? At Paris Gallery?” Well, yes. After you’ve wandered around Paris Gallery on the 2nd level of Deira City Centre taking in all the fabulous brands they have in beauty products, make-up, accessories and sunglasses, hop onto the escalators to the left that takes you to the upper section. Here there is an almost palpable hush as you walk on marble flooring past plush seating and a whole corridor of big brand jewellery towards the glassed entrance of the Paris Gallery Day Spa. The Day Spa is a very large, sumptuous emporium catering to everything a woman could possibly wish for in total face, body, make-up and haircare, utilising premium products exclusive to Paris Gallery every step of the way. The rather large, opulent - and quite busy at the time of my being there - hair

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salon covers the full spectrum of cutting, colouring, blow drying, straightening, perming and hair extensions with a speciality being hair for special occasions like weddings and engagements. Stylists in black appear chic, sharp and professional and the salon buzzes with energy. JF Lazartique (only available in London’s Fortum & Mason) and Kerastase products are used from simple washing to luxurious hair treatments. Further along one comes to the hushed, hallowed inner sanctum of the spa proper where all the body and facial treatments are conducted. The first area I came upon was the awesome, pillared jacuzzi flanked by a sauna and steamroom. Soft lighting and a lightly perfumed atmosphere just beg you to sink into the jacuzzi’s warm waters to let the cares of the day slip from your shoulders, but soft-spoken attendants lead you to beautifully appointed treatment rooms. Soft, subtle lighting and scented candles ensure a completely relaxed atmosphere and the rooms are cosy and intimate. The completely natural, internationally acclaimed Decleor products are used for their treatments for both face and body.

The host of massages range from treatment massages for cellulite, slimming, firming, detoxifying, Swedish, Californian, Shiatsu and Reflexology. Special facial treatments also cover the spectrum, utilising specially blended products to work with a specific skintype. From whitening, and micradermabrasion treatments there are also specially designed facials for deep cleansing, revitalising, face and neck lifting, a special Eye Collagen treatment and an Eye Lifting Treatment. The very private hydrotherapy bath offers a chance to relax and be pummelled by warm jets of water using essential oils or algae to slim, relax or firm. For hair removal there is the highly specialised laser Ellips-Light hair removal system as well as waxing, threading and eyebrow shaping. Feeling very smooth after an hour-long Moroccan Bath it was time to move onto the dedicated hand and nail area. A range of specialised manicures and pedicures are available as well as various choices of nail extension systems like acrylic and French gel, as well as nail art design. I also popped my head into the Clarins Institut. This area offers their own


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range of exclusive facial and bodycare treatments using only Clarins products including their acclaimed self-tanning treatments as well as make-up. A major highlight was having a peek in at the Bridal suite. The beauty of this is that it is a private, opulently decorated room dedicated to the bride where she, along with her attendants can be given the full treatment for the day from manicure, pedicure, henna application, hairstyling and a professional make-up applied by professional make-up artists. Then she can be dressed in her gown and whisked away through the private, redcarpeted entrance to a waiting car. There are a choice of bridal packages to choose from that begin with hair, face and body treatments as much as two weeks prior to the wedding, carefully planned right up to and including the big day.

There are also annual memberships available that go up in status from standard, gold and platinum. The benefits vary, as does the price but all include discounts on spa services and products, free access to the sublime jacuzzi and sauna, a month free plus a myriad amount of free treatments on body, face and hair. The spa is absolutely exclusive to women and open from 10am to 10pm. So even if you have a late, romantic dinner planned you could pop in for a facial or anti-stress massage after work and then have your special make-up applied before you flounce out ready for a wonderful evening, feeling wonderful and looking fantastic. With all there is to offer, I think it probably is best to keep it a secret or next time I wonÂ’t get through the door. Shhh!

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Beauty is in the eyes… by Birjees Hussain An Italian proverb says, “One may have good eyes and yet see nothing.” Our eyes are the most important feature on our faces. With them we can show love, hate, anger and happiness. When we’re at a loss for words we often speak with them; our eyes can often be our silent tongue. It is important, therefore, that we pay special attention to their appearance and women have found numerous ways to do that. They wear designer frames, coloured contact lenses and eye make-up. Cleopatra and the Egyptian influence It is, however, impossible to talk about eye make-up without references to cosmetics in general, and history is riddled with its various rudimentary applications. The word ‘cosmetic’ comes from the Greek kosmetikos which means ‘skilled in adornment’. Throughout history people have found crude yet innovative means to cleanse and decorate their bodies. References to make-up go as far back as 100,000 BC when early man used ochre to paint his body. But it is from Ancient Egypt that we learn the most about make-up and its earliest applications. Ancient Egyptian women used green powder to coat their eyelids and kohl made from antimony or soot to line their eyes. During her reign Cleopatra was reputed to bathe in asses’ milk to whiten her skin and it is she who is most renowned for her use of kohl to line her eyes. Then the first century AD saw Roman women emulating their Egyptian counterparts by using kohl to darken their eyelashes and eyelids. Since then the history of cosmetics has had its ups and downs. In the early 1600s Louis XIII encouraged their use but by the mid-1600s their use was discouraged by Oliver Cromwell. However, during the reign of Charles II cosmetics gained in popularity once more and this phenomenon seemed to proliferate throughout the 1700s. But in the latter part of this century the use of cosmetics seemed to be frowned upon yet again and Parliament even passed a law banning its use by women who were courting. Make-up as a ritual Nowadays wearing make-up has become almost a ritual. Women wouldn’t dare leave home without it. Like fragrances, wearing make-up can have enormous psychological benefits on women. It gives them self-esteem, self-confidence and makes them look professional. Wearing make-up gives others the impression that she cares enough about herself to spend that small amount of time in the morning in front of the mirror. She owes it to herself and to those around her to make that extra effort even if it’s lipstick or mascara. One fashion guru says that a woman who leaves her house without it is vain enough to think she doesn’t need it. Today’s statistics show that the average woman uses over twenty products on her body as part of her daily beauty routine.

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Just as lipstick is essential to complete a look, eye make-up can often make or break it. Changing looks Like all fashion trends, the type of eye make-up worn is determined by what’s hot and what’s not and this is as true today as it was throughout history. During the Elizabethan era make-up was limited to white face powder made from lead compounds whilst the Victorians bit their lips and vigorously rubbed their cheeks to give them that pinkish hue. That was the extent of their make-up. This look,

or its remnants, seemed to remain throughout the late 1800’s and early 1900’s until the 1920’s when the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen hailed in the gothic look. Then came the mod look of the 60’s followed by virtually no eyeliner in the 70’s and 80’s. Today’s eye make-up is a marriage of both the trusted kohl and the artist’s eye shadow pallet and it’s impossible to talk about one without the other. But with so many shades and types of eyeliners and eye shadows on the market how do you know what to buy? Choosing the right eye shadow The array of shades on offer can be overwhelming but the secret, as with choosing all cosmetics, is to find a shade that best complements your skin tone. Cools go great with lighter tones whilst warmer colours are ideal for darks. But wearing make-up should be fun, so experiment with colours. Sometimes, under the right conditions, even the cooler shades flatter

The timeless look Most women shy away from eye shadow because they’re not sure which shade would suit their skin tones or because they don’t know how to apply it. Many women just stick to mascara. Although looks go in and out of fashion the smoky look is timeless and is perfect for evening-wear. Here are a few simple steps to achieving it. 1. You need a light colour (highlighter) that’s a few shades lighter than your skin and a dark colour (base) a few shades darker. 2. Apply the highlighter under the eyebrows to accentuate your arch. 3. Coat your upper lid with the base. 4. Take a deep brown eye shadow and apply it over the base coat reaching into the crease of the lid. 5. Don’t forget to apply this colour to the bottom eyelid too but as close to the lashes as possible. 6. Next, apply a grey tone over the brown on both eyelids. 7. Blend with a cotton bud or your finger. 8. Finally, run your eyeliner around the eyelashes and inside the bottom eyelid and this completes your look.

the warmest skins. If you tend towards dark tones the shades that would best suit you are gold, mocha, soft brown and deep reds. For those on the paler side try greys, blues and greens. And remember, no shade is unobtainable. If you see one that you like, even if it’s on a fabric, with a little bit of hunting you should be able to find an exact or even a close match. And if one brand doesn’t carry it try another. Choosing the right eyeliner Eastern women have been wearing eyeliner for donkey’s years. In the West, eye shadows have been around for decades but eyeliners only started becoming fashionable in the last 20 years or so. But unless you know how to use it the results can be messy. There is, however, help on the market. To get the best results from your pencil you need steady hands. If you are shaky some eyeliners will be easier to use than others so if you’re a beginner buy the one that will minimise the wobbles. First time users should try those retractable pencils that are softer than ordinary pencil liners. Although they don’t need sharpening the range of shades is often limited to grey, black and brown. Liquid liners are longer lasting and give a smooth and silky finish. The only problem is that if your hand is shaking the liquid can easily get on other parts of your eyes. So it’s better to avoid them until you are more experienced. They say our eyes are the window to our souls so what better way to give them more aesthetic appeal than by dressing them up. So, go on, make eyes at your mirror and, above all, have fun!

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B EAUTY L INE ... Idealist Micro D Your Idealist Micro-D experience begins the moment this cushiony formula touches your slightly damp face. Unique thermal technology releases a warm sensation that reaches deep within pores to help dissolve and dislodge the build-up of impurities that can push pores open, making them appear larger. As the warm sensation dissipates, the exclusive TripleSphere Refinishing System begins its remarkable work. This system was developed with a high-performance blend of three specially chosen micro-resurfacing spheres.

Moisturizing. . .Mystifying Clinique’s New Moisture Surge Face Spray New Moisture Surge Face Spray, the newest addition to Clinique’s Moisture Surge Franchise, quickly and easily works to treat and replenish thirsty skin, restoring skin’s moisture equilibrium, and boosting firmness via a bioactivated hydrating complex. Appropriate for all skin types, it absorbs quickly, leaving skin soft and smooth to the touch.

Estée Lauder introduces Electric Intense Lipcreme A spectacular experience, from the elegantly modern packaging, to the long-lasting creamy-smooth color, and finally to the all-day comfort and wear it provides. Electric Intense LipCreme’s unique and extensive color palette turns up the heat on color. A new approach was taken to create this color variants, featuring seven color families: Spare and chic.

CARLA Creme de Soie Parfumee pour le Corps Touch is the sense which interests our whole body and puts its trust in perceptive instrument, as precise as it is delicate: the skin. Creme de Soie Parfumee pour le Corps knows how to take care of the skin, giving it long-lasting smoothness and fragrance

RoC® gives 10 years back to Skin The RETIN-OX CORREXION™ gold range is the ultimate intensive deep wrinkle treatment, clinically proven to visibly correct deep wrinkles and expression lines. For the first time ever, wrinkles reduction is expressed in years, as the RETIN-OX CORREXION™ range is now proven to make skin appear 10 years younger in just 12 weeks! The RETIN-OX CORREXION™ range comprises Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer for Day, Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Care for the night and intensive Eye Countor Care.

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ILLUSIONIST Waterproof Maximum Curling Mascara from Estée Lauder

Give lashes dramatic curl and lift in a lasting waterproof formula. It’s the same eye-opening curl as with original ILLUSIONIST, now made waterproof so it lasts—rain or shine. Patent-pending flex-fiber brush—exclusive to Estée Lauder—allows precise application. And the unique soft-touch wand puts superior control at your fingertips. You’ve never experienced a waterproof mascara like this. It’s beyond modern...and way ahead of the curve. Fragrance free. Ophthalmologist-tested.

Wellapon Sun, with effective UV filter to protect hair all summer long. Wella has developed a haircare range in answer to all summertime hair problems, with the new Wellapon Sun range. With an effective UV filter, the Wellapon Sun range contains a unique formula that shields and protects hair from the sun’s damaging rays and heat. With a combination of Aloe Vera and Panthenol hair is left completely moisturised, lustrous and full of vitality. Wellapon Sun is Wella’s latest addition to the Wellapon range, which combines the best of nature and science.

Advanced Stop Signs Preventive Eye Cream from Clinique It’s time to put a stop to the visible signs of photo-aging around your eyes. Clinique’s new Advanced Stop Signs Preventive Eye Cream protects delicate eyelid skin with an SPF 15. Eye creams that include a sunscreen are hard to come by. The delicate nature of the eye area makes it ultra-sensitive to sunscreens. Clinique’s exclusive Floating Sunscreen Technology allows for protection against future damage by safely including sunscreens that never come into contact with the skin.

Moschino Bath Line A fresh, vivacious bath line, with the exuberant introduction of citrucy notes and more pungent notes of pepper. For the couture woman, this bath line is the ideal body care product that provides a pleasant and indispensable moment of revitalization

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Trussardi Jeans Men The tone of Trussardi Jeans Men is relaxed and comfortable, a warm Italian-style fragrance with balanced, finely sculpted notes – much like a perfectly-fitting, totally personal pair of jeans. Trussardi Jeans Men evokes a fresh, sparkling head note with crisp luminous citron, followed by the bold alliance of fig and black currant leaves creating a very pleasant and comforting aroma.

KenzoAir Vetiver takes flight in the air arousing familiar childhood impressions through careful combinations of star anise, vetiver, light, amber woods. For the eau de toilette, bergamot is accompanied by anise against a vetiver base note – essential oil – vetiver from Haiti. Elegance is subdued yet readily evident as KenzoAir takes for a light trip in heavenly scents.

Man in Blue Eau de Toilette Parfums Aubusson There is nothing more masculine than a man dressed in blue! Man in Blue is a scent of distinction that features salted marine notes of teak wood, amber, seagrass and lime.

Ghost Man Ghost Man is sensual, absolutely masculine, inspirational and mysterious. It embodies the perfect union of strength and sensitivity. Zesty bergamot from Calabria interlaces with the warm exotic spices of clove, cardamom and cinnamon, blending with the tingling sharpness of the aromatic notes of thyme, anissed and the ever-crisp coolness of mint, giving a sensuous yet irresistible scent.

Calligraphy of Light, Eau de Toilette for Men : an intense, elegant and very masculine fragrance. An aromatic accord, spicy and woody with an incense and musk base.

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MEXX waterlove Woman makes the joy of life a reality. Created by Nathalie Lorson, the fragrance exudes white peach, rounded out by apricot and melon on the top note. The heart comprises fine freesia tones, surrounded by delicate lily of the valley and refined with feminine heliotrope.

The Bounty of Bamboo

Hanae Mori Haute Couture is a subtle fragrance with lots of character, not only in design, but also in the choice of flowers and wood for its composition. It is a com-

Sporty and elegant, the new fragrance from Byblos combines the casually modern, keyed-up charge of fast business deals with inspiring allure of nocturnal passion ans festivity in perfect balance.

bination of classicism and modernity, thus enduring the bounds of time and trends making this new fragrance both priceless and timeless.

Bain de Soie Parfume Water envelops the body, protecting us with its flowing movement and regenerating us with its intense jet. Bain de Soie Parfume, through gentle immersion in the world of Carla Fracci, puts us in contact with the deepest part of ourselves. The transparent ambercoloured gel gives the skin the softness of an inborn femininity.

BVLGARI The sensual and “gourmande” notes of the OMNIA fragrance evolve into OMNIA BAIN, a precious bath and body collection for unique moments of pleasure. The surprising mix of aromas, scents and colours of OMNIA evolves into OMNIA BAIN , a precious and refined bath collection, meant to reawaken the senses through sumptuous moments of self-indulgence and well-being. Bath & Shower Gel, Body Lotion & Deodorant

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Modern and mischievous...

yet so very self-assured Self confident girls dress up in EscadaÂ’s signature fuchsia pink that comes with luxurious details designed in a witty and off-beat way with style variations for a drop-dead chic look.

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Ibiza is cool

Escada jeans exudes a luxury mood with a mostly black denim line with touches of scarlet red, ruby and vanilla. Escada combines the sporty look with refinement and makes a strong fashion statement with color and sophisticated rhinestone and spangled effects.

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Exotic is en vogue

In blazing earth colors of vanilla, brown and even pumpkin orange, Escada gives exotic the fashionable touch such as with the faux fur that teams with shiny and iridescent ink prints. Orange is used for linings and makes the coats and parkas sparkle. Exotic is back en vogue thanks to Escada.

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Mix and match. . . produce a budding fashion icon Teenage fashionistas love to experiment. And they have a lot to choose from in EsacadaÂ’s Fall/Winter 2004 collection, matching every possible mood and satisfying every whim.

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EMPORIO ARMANI

Womenswear Collection Autumn Winter 04/05

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he style and inspiration are contemporary and eclectic. A taste for refined elegance with a certain suggestive sensuality that evokes the boudoir, and making allusions to the freedom of a gypsy lifestyle, ArmaniÂ’s Winter Collection takes fashion to a more sensual and exciting level. In a wardrobe where day and night mix, male items blend with more sensual female garments, embroidery with rustic fox and wolf furs, little velvet jackets with apparently well-worn trousers. Everything is lavish and opulent, everything is deliberately uncoordinated to the point of seeming accidental and adventurous. There are no rules. A sense of fun is the only guiding principle, as though you were rifling through a magic dressing-up box.

Peeping out from under the highly flared over-the-knee skirt is a pair of slim-fit pants ending in a frill, elongated at the back, adding movement to the legs. On the tiny jacket, jewels and brooches sparkle and glitter, with collars in contrasting colours of semi-precious stones.

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Coats in frothy fur with narrow shoulders, waisted with billowing skirts but always tightly closed with straight or flared collars. Mermaid skirts, gathered and flared, worn with flat heeled boots, move with every step.

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Under the jacket in boiled wool, a top resembles a vest borrowed from lingerie. Fringes hang down from pullovers like threads. Occasionally a bandanna with beads and embroidered fringing adds a furtive touch.

Bags offer trend-setting details such as ring hook and steel clasps stamped with small logos in high tech materials and sometimes with an usual synthetic foam covering. The great selection of elegant 30Â’s inspired afternoon and evening bags in elongated rigid clutch styles and shoulder purse shapes reflect the mood from the latest catwalk shows.

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Boots have inserts set in see-through sides. New romantic style knee high and ankle boots are edged with macramĂŠ embroidery. Shoes with a silk screen finish that are co-ordinated with a selection of bags, offer special details such as velvet trimming, lace covering, organza petal applications, and quilted bows.

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MangoÂ’s 2004 Autumn Collection is all about celebrity glitz and glam. Karolina Kurkova makes her third Mango/MNG campaign appearance in style. The young Czech model has been the face for Salvatore Ferragamo, Celine and Louis Vuitton, among others; and has starred on the covers of the most important fashion magazines around the world: Vogue, HarperÂ’s Bazaar, Marie Claire and Elle. In this Autumn 04 preview, Mango takes inspiration from the glamour and mystique surrounding celebrities, using images, settings and styling that are at once elegant and seductive, making this autumn collection one of MangoÂ’s coolest, most stunning ever.

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Blue green sweats over a simple, yet sexy undergarment to match knee-length jeans and preppy blue-green boots.

Seductive pink top accented by a shawl goes so well with a playful, printed skirt and matching pink shoes.

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ItÂ’s a body-hugging pale-golden top with matching skirt, plus a stylish pink fur coat fit for a celebrity ready to face the cameras. ItÂ’s showtime!

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Stylish pink sweats with matching floral accent and gloves with a black skirt and light brown laced boots make for a simple, yet elegant casual wear.

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fashions. The story of Triumph International dates back well over a century and its history parallels developments in the world of fashion. Founded in Germany in 1886 by the Spiesshofer and Braun families, who still manage the business today, the company grew from small beginnings to Europe’s biggest lingerie manufacturer and a leading garment maker throughout the world. By 1930 Triumph had become the largest corsetry manufacturer in Europe, followed by Lingerie and swimwear designs. By the 1950’s Triumph had become ‘Triumph International’ to reflect it’s worldwide standing. They expanded rapidly into countries such as Britain, Italy, Belguim and Norway. With this growth into new countries, Triumph became established as Europe’s top lingerie manufacturer. Soon the company had independent subsidiaries for swimwear, daywear and nightwear and new technological developments such as moulding and high frequency welding, used instead of traditional stitching, were revolutionising looks and possibilities for Triumph designers.ional stitching, were revolutionising looks and possibilities for Triumph designers. Today Triumph International continues to lead the way as Europe’s largest lingerie manufacturer, setting trends and creating new looks year after year. On a global scale, Triumph International is represented in almost every country in the world and the company produces and markets foundation garments, lingerie and nightwear, swimwear and beachwear, sportswear and leisurewear. Brief abt. The 2004-2005 collection Divine Reds is the choice of Triumph International for their new Autumn / Winter Lingerie Collection. Gorgeous, mysterious shades of shimmering Rococo, glowing Wine and rich heady Merlot represent joie de vivre and a welcome with open arme to all the new experiences life may bring. As a contrast, Delicate Naturals are gentle, claiming and harmonious. Exquisite lingerie that satisfies the soul, in natural, flattering shades of Caramello, Mocca, Dark Grey, Marrone or Linen. And Basics have expanded to include not only classic Black and White , but also tasty Milktea, Quite Brown, Chamois or Capuccino, ideal companions in achieving a balanced, harmonious state of mind. But however good these styles make you feel, here’s a warning. This lingerie can spark a flame!

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RIVIERA A myth reborn The 4ELEAH= watch, a more contemporary design superbly underscores the purity and elegance of its lines. Reworked from every angle, its dial has received particular attention and features a central tapestry décor highlighting the Greek letter Phi, the brand’s emblem. The Phi also appears on the hour hand to confer on the 4ELEAH= just the right dose of distinction and refinement, without forgetting Roman numerals for a touch of tradition. 4ELEAH=: a legendary watch that is as contemporary as ever… the rebirth of a myth!

The LANGE DOUBLE SPLIT: The new era of chronography has begun The new era of chronography has begun: A. Lange & Söhne has extended the functionality of the “watch in the watch” by a fascinating dimension. The intricate complication of a rattrapante sweep-seconds hand in a chronograph has always been an awesome horological accomplishment for short-time measurements. From the very beginning, it was admired as a milestone in precision engineering, but alas, it had its limits. Unfortunately, the possibility of taking a lap-time reading with the rattrapante sweep-seconds hand during an ongoing measurement was restricted to the 60-second scale and thus to laps of less than one minute.

Contemporary designer collection of Carrera 2004 watches The new collection features brand new ‘High Flyer AutomatiX’ and ‘High Life’ and is available at Bin Hendi Jewellery boutiques in Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Deira City Centre as well as leading watch and jewellery shops in Dubai. The High Flyer AutomatiX is the very first automatic timepiece from Carrera. Portraying a lifestyle constantly on the move, the watch brings together the traditional appeal of mechanic inner values and a highly unconventional appearance. It is available in two styles- all-white and all metal.

Van Der Bauwede SPIDER, This new high-end jewellery timepiece by Van Der Bauwede Genève offers a uniquely perfect balance of classic design and non-conformist spirit. From chestnut brown to Bordeaux red, via pearl grey and plum blue, the VDB spider will appeal to every woman who has a liking for rare and precious objects. Beware of the spell of the Spider!

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Jaques-Yves Cousteau is immortal diving legend without equal. A pioneer of humanity. The Cousteau Society, which continues the life of the great Frenchman, took a partner on board-in the form of IWC – for the first time on a new expedition into “The Silent World”. There were and are many good reasons for this. It’s “Aqua-Time”: The Coral, Aquatimer Automatic Aquatimer Chrono- Automatic, Cousteau Divers, Aquatimer Minute Memory

The DATOGRAPH has an unconventional, very fresh new look with unique characteristics such as offset subsidiary dials for the small seconds hand and the classic 30-minute counter. The balanced arrangement of the dials leaves room for the outsize date mechanism and makes up the visually striking equilateral triangle that gives the DATOGRAPH such an inimitable face.

Hamilton Khaki Navy GMT The Hamilton Khaki Navy GMT divers’ watch is by no means restricted to underwater timekeeping. In addition to being water resistant to a depth of 200 meters (660 feet), the Khaki Navy GMT is capable of measuring time in two different time zones on dry land. A total of 24 cities on or near to the ocean are available for selection for a second time zone. The new Hamilton timepiece is the latest expression of an action-oriented and pioneering tradition dating back almost 100 years. The design of the Khaki Navy achieves a fine balance between robustness and elegance. A tough, brushed stainless steel case with a sapphire crystal contains either a blue or a black dial with easy-to-read luminous figures and luminous hands. A window at the back of the watch reveals the 2893.1 automatic Swiss-made movement from ETA Mecaline in action.

Ulysse Nardin launches exclusive collection of Michelangelo Gigante Chronometer timepieces Ulysse Nardin, the popular Swiss watchmaker, widely respected as a specialist in chronometers, today unveiled an exclusive collection of Michelangelo Gigante Chronometer timepieces in Dubai. With a strong focus on technical prowess, Ulysse Nardin has been awarded the Innovation Prize 2004 for the fourth time in five years – an honour that is bestowed by a jury of watch experts on the most outstanding technical innovation of the year. The Michelangelo Gigante Chronometer Watches are currently available at the Bin Hendi Jewelry stores in Deira City Centre and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

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Pure Glod Opens a new Shop

The new shop in Madinat Jumeirah is the first exclusive boutique of Pure Gold offering mainly diamond and precious stone collection as well as designer jewellery from Italy. The Sahara Mall showroom meanwhile, carries premium jewellery pieces in gold, diamond, semi-precious and precious stones. Pure Gold is the exclusive distributor of Italian jewellery designed pieces like Cauduro, Marciano, and, Leaderline. Shown in the photographs some design available in PURE GOLD.

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Back-to-School collection At Marks & Spencer, day-to-day stresses and strains on school uniforms are overcome with a host of features to make life easier for mum and dad. All clothing is machine washable, can be tumble dried and features advance technology to ensure the garments keep their style and shape for longer. Lee Harper, School Uniform Technologist from Mark & Spencer UK, says: “School uniforms have to be able to go through extreme stress on a daily basis - and still look smart. Our school uniforms are water repellent and Teflon coated - which means that spills and grubby hand prints will not leave a mark.

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Saoud: singing his way to superstardom

Saoud Abou Sultan learned early on from his father, famous “Oud” player Selim Abou Sultan, that if he ever had any passion for music, then he had to sing, no matter what the quality of his voice was. And so young Saoud would always sing to entertain his kin when the family came together for gatherings.

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aoud’s journey towards stardom started with daily training in music and vocalization. Rigorous as it was, the young Saoud was determined. He took inspiration from artists such as Wadih El Safi, Abdel Halim Hafez and Georges Wassouf. And since there is no Music Academy in the UAE, he decided to go to Egypt, where he would hone his musical gift. However, he soon returned to Dubai to finish his studies. But the passion for music burned deeply inside. A great opportunity came through the Super Star program. So he moved to Beirut and stayed there till the last episode of the program where he finally succeeded in showcasing his talent for singing. Esprit caught up with Saoud recently and had this enlightening and intimate conversation. Esprit:How old were you when you went to Egypt to study music? Saoud: I was 18 years-old when I went to Egypt. Anybody who wants to learn and practice music has to go to Cairo. It’s the training ground and inspiration for may famous Arab singers, musicians and Oud players. E:What was it like to be in Egypt and away from your family? S: I was very sad being away from my family. I missed them a lot, especially my mom’s cooking. But it was also a sacrifice that I had to make, because of my passion for singing and music. E: Did you stop music completely when you

E: How did your album come about? S: It wasn’t easy. My first CD had music from four Arabic countries - the UAE, Kuwait, Iraq, and Lebanon. It’s a good mix, between various types of accents and music. Thought it was difficult, we managed to pull it off and make the best out of it. E: What has been the response to the album? S: This is my first CD. And so far the response has been encouraging, especially when I present it to the public. I try to mix with some songs of the places where I am at, so people will get familiar with my music and my style. E: Are you working on or thought about another album? S: Yes, I am preparing and arranging five songs already. I am also listing and choosing poetry, meeting writers, composers, and hopefully by the end of this year it will be ready. E: What is your favourite part of being in the music business, the performing, the fame, the promoting or creating music? S: Of course, the performing aspect. I am an artist and I love to perform, to entertain, especially when I can see my fans react to the way I perform. I’ve also done an MTV for “Mashi Wen” which is showing in all Arab TV, E: When you have time to relax, what do you like to do? S: Playing “Oud” and going out with my family and friends, chatting with friends. E: Do you find that image is very important? S: Nowadays. Yes, Yes, Yes. Because people give a lot of importance to how you look, what you wear, which brand and this not wrong in my opinion. People expect a lot from the celebrities they look up to, and these celebrities must live up to those expectations. E: What would be your favourite place to go shopping? S: Small shopping malls are very good for me, like the one in Jumeirah Beach Road where I find a lot of nice, cool stuff. E: Do you conform to fashion demands or do you think you have your own style? S: In summer here we normally wear the local dress kandora, but when I travel outside to Europe I dress fashionably, according to my own sense of style and tastes. E: Are there certain brands that you go for? S: No, I like classic wear and simple things. E: What would be your favourite place to buy gifts for friends and family? S: I like jewellery shops. For Mothers‘ Day, I bought my mother a diamond and she liked it. For ms sisters, it’s usually gold jewellery, which they like to have a lot.

decided to go to university and the Police Academy? S: In the beginning yes, I told my self that I have to focus on my career. But in the end, my love for music still prevailed. But if anything happens, then I have at least an education to fall back on. E: How did the opportunity come about to participate in the Super Star programme? I heard about the program through a friend of mine who is a composer working in Dubai TV. He said that the Super Star Program was taking place in Lebanon on Future TV. They have offices in most Arab countries, even in Europe for the Arabs living there. So, I went to an audition. I passed along with other people and we then moved to Lebanon to start the competition. It was a great feeling, as I was very excited and looking forward to the contest. E: Has Beirut become your home since Super Star or do you still consider the UAE to be home? I was I born in Dubai. I have spent all my life, and this is where I intend to live. Beirut is my favourite place to work, because all the recording studios and composers and production is being done there. E: Tell us a bit about what it was like to participate in the Arab Song Festival in Cannes. S: I was young and it was a great chance for me to visit France and sing before so many people. The experience was special, and it was a good exposure for me. I wish Esprit magazine all the best.

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THINKING TOYS THINK

Think toys, and what reality comes to mind is the most famous toyshop in the world, Toys R Us a part of Al Futtaim Group Since the opening of the first store in the 1950’s, Toys R US has become a household name for parents and children, and has become the ultimate toy store with every toy and game you can imagine all under one roof and totally dedicated to kids. Because children are the heart and soul of the business, and its family of brands Kids R us , Babies R us, Universe of Imagination and Toysrus.com, they feel a strong sense of responsibility to do whatever they can to make the lives of children happier, healthier and safer. Toys R US follows the European and US safety standards. EN71 is a European safety standard which is given to a toy after it passes the quality and durability tests. All Toys R US products have a label on to prove this. No toy can enter the stores without proof of this, thus ensuring that the ulti-

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mate safety of our customers is guaran- fied into 8 main super groups: Babies R us, Boys, Girls, Teentronics, R-Zone, Outdoors teed. All of Toys R US meet specific require- and Sports, Learning Center and Family. ments for different aged kids, and they There are also many toys which one could , like the edu-sciendeavour to offer toys that not only find exclusively at appeal to a child’s sense of play and fun, ence and all other science related toys. but that also to meet educational needs. Bruin – the best range in infant care and Toys offer stimulation to children and accessories and toys. Animal alley, plush Toys R US realize the influence and imporFast Lane tance of this. Our largest global toy brand and This educational aspect the second largest of all R/C also aids parents in encouraging their children to brands. Toys R Us also offers a value alternalearn in a fun way. With Toys R US tive to the category leaders in Trucks and Die learning need not be boring! The cast while rounding out other wheeled segeducational section, in the stores ments in Trains and Road Race. contains toys like laptops for chilEDU Science dren from well known brands like In existence for over 30 years, the VTECH, Leaf Frog and Scientific EDU science brand has established Oregon. There is a huge variety of itself as a cornerstone of the founpre-school education toys as well dation of the Toys R Us learning world with and an EDU Science range of toys affordable, quality telescopes; microscope and like telescopes, microscopes, bio science sets. There are no comparable lines at lab and much more. If its pure fun, then Toys R US has other mass market retailers. a huge selection that caters to all Universe of Imagination types of playing needs of a child Universe of imagination product is whether boys or girls. quality toys that enhance learning A highly active boy / girl can select for children 18 months to 12 years a toy from the stats range, which old. There are 7 areas of speciality has a selection of sports products for boys and girls from 4 years to merchandise. These 7 areas’are; early learning 14 years. A boy who loves cars can toys, arts & crafts, books, science and learning choose from a wide range of software. remote control or die cast cars. A Animal Alley girl who loves dolls can choose Very high quality plush toys at from the wide range of Barbies, very affordable prices. Animal Jessica, Baby Born and Bratz. alley is a high quality line of Housing huge variety of products, the range of toys and games avail- affordably priced, always new, soft, cuddly able at the store is truly stuffed animals. exhaustive, they have been classi-


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Our own exclusive doll with great value for girls age 6-12. a large range of Dolls and accessories are available at all Toys R Us for Jessica. Our Own Brand of high quality, great value baby dolls and accessories. Bruin Our Own Brand of high quality, great value, from newborn to 3 yrs, bright and vibrant color packing in ‘TRY ME’ packing. Colors used are tried and tested to attract kids of this age group. The used is a bear, which is a sign of happiness. Retail price starts from 3-399 Dhs covering all customers. Pavilion Acknowledged to be the 4th largest game line in toy industry, pavilion offers the Toys R Us guest what they cannot get from major national manufacturers: Value-priced traditional games that are fun for the whole family, i.e. chess; checkers; backgammon; dominoes. Private label only in

(soft) toys, Dream Dazzler, a wide range in girls lifestyle accessories, Fast lane, Die cast Toys, stats top quality and wide range in sports toys, You and Me range of dolls. Toys R US simply wants to help all visitors to their stores to find the toys and gifts they want, at great value. The result is an environment that is second to none, fun, lively and well laid out. With specially created theatre look with lifesize images of spiderman, Geoffrey the giraffe, action man, dragon ball, the hulk, Barbie, bratz and a fairy tale tree for animal alley at the entrance to greet customers. The R-zone which is a zone for all electric games, like PS2, XBOX consoles and games, has been given a more futuristic look with neo-lighting, Plasma TV, and new fixtures. Bold painted colours and music further add to the exciting atmosphere of this zone. Toys R US basically supply the hottest products on the market, a total of 5000 toys – a wider assortment and selection than anyone else in the business and a price range from Dhs. 3 – Dhs. 8,900. Why not take a family trip and visit the Toys R US store today, and enter a toy universe that will take your breath away. The Toys R US store is located in Salahuddin Street in the Al-Futtaim Centre, Dubai. The other location in the UAE is at the Sahara Center in Sharjah, Mina Zayed in Abu Dhabi. In Bahrain, we are located in the Seef Mall, in Oman we are located in the Markaz Al Bajaa Mall. The other stores in the region are in Doha, Kuwait and Cairo. See you at our stores!

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For its 2004 Winter Collection for Kids, Benetton brings to fore shades of its fashion genius with a perfect blend of the past and the future. Benetton’s winter collection plays around with colours and textures I keeping with the playful, yet stylish mood of today’s children.

Boys are having fun, too, in sporty sweats and comfortable denims, looking all cheery and ready for school (or the nearest park).

Girls look charming in classic pastel shades of every color you’ll find on the rainbow – whether in striped sweats to or mono-chrome bubble jackets – with matching adorable bags and kiddie purses.

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J B a c k to S c h o o l i t t e r s

How to help your child overcome those first day anxieties

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uring the summer months most families take a long vacation away from the UAE. Most go back home or take a trip to a foreign country. But even if you decide to spend your holidays staying put your daily routine certainly changes. You can get up later, watch television, go shopping or do absolutely nothing for a whole month. However, once it’s all over, it’s back to the grindstone, and I dare say that most of you reading this have just returned from your holidays. All of us have experienced this and know only too well the sinking feeling of having to go back to work and to embrace the routine of getting up early once again. If we feel this way as adults, no matter how much we love our work, can you imagine how a child of eight or nine feels at the prospect of going back to school? “I have a stomach ache….” or “I don’t want to go to school today…” are familiar symptoms on the first day back. I enjoyed school and throughout the summer months I would ask my mother when I would be able to go back to school. But not all children have this attitude. Some actually dread the idea of returning to school, for many reasons. Sometimes it’s simply first day jitters which quickly subside when the child has met up with all his old friends but at other times there may be an underlying reason which the child has not been vocal about. Take your child’s anxiety about returning to school seriously. There could be a reason behind it. But before addressing the problem you have to have some idea of what it could be. These problems fall into several categories which you can tackle at home during the holidays. To help you understand what is going through your child’s mind at

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this crucial time, here are some pointers. Is the child afraid of failing in class? Does he lack self-confidence? Perhaps you, as a parent, are expecting too much from him. Therefore, it’s important that you set goals based on your child’s capabilities; goals you know your child can achieve. Don’t forget, unless you talk to your child throughout the school year and especially during the summer, you’re not going to know whether or not he is having trouble keeping up in class or has the courage to ask for help when he is. It might also be a good idea to get him a tutor during the holidays for subjects that he is weak in. When I was at school I had problems with algebra, until my parents found me a tutor. Every weekday I’d spend two hours with her and by the time I got to

back to school I was getting ‘A’s in class. Also, encourage your child to read books, fiction and non-fiction, during the holidays. My parents did and my teachers were pleased that my vocabulary had expanded. Is he bored with his studies? Adults often become bored with the same routine at work. We like variety and entertainment in our working day so is it a wonder that children are the same when it comes to school work? They say that children have the attention span of a fruit fly but remember children dread homework when they’re bored with what they’re studying or are having difficulties with it. Making learning more interesting may overcome this. Firstly, offer to help him with his homework and be enthusiastic

about it. Remember, your indifference will rub off on the child. If the child is reading fiction why not make time to read with him, discuss the characters and even roleplay? Science can also be made more interesting. As an example, you can make up a song to help your child learn the elements of the periodic table. Is he being bullied? Bullying is a major reason for a child to avoid school and should never be played down. It is the most widespread problem in schools around the world and is of increasing concern to educators. Different children react differently to bullying. In America some children have actually committed suicide as a result of it. Therefore, it is not to be taken lightly. Because it can take many forms teachers have a hard time tackling the problem as most do not recognise the symptoms unless they are clear. For example, most teachers assume that unless the child is being physically hurt he is not being bullied but this is not the case. Even teasing, naming calling or poking fun at is regarded as bullying and children who indulge in this activity should be seriously spoken to by the school. Parents who have even the slightest suspicion that their child is being


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bullied should approach the school. No matter what the reason is, even if it’s as trivial as dreading the notion of having to get up early, it should never be ignored. Moreover, parents should try and make the transition from holidays to schooldays as painless as possible. This isn’t as difficult as it sounds and there are many positive things you can start doing before the big day arrives. Here are some suggestions. Preparing for the big day The first day back is indeed an important needs to see what they’re for and to get event and should be treated as such. used to it. Preparations for that day should take 3. Ensure that your child starts sleeping place well in advance and the child should early to get used to the idea of rising be an active participant. early. 1. Involve him in the shopping for ‘back to 4. Ask your child to make a calendar on school’ items. Make it an expedition and which to mark the countdown to the big be enthusiastic about it. day. Hang the calendar somewhere else 2. Don’t hide the school stationery you that is visible to your child. buy. Find a display area for them. He 5. Plan a trip to school with your child so that he can see his classroom and become familiar with his surroundings. If you are worried about anything in particular make an appointment to see his teacher well before the big day. 6. If your child is very young how does he react to separation? Perhaps you could get him accustomed to separation by sending him to a playgroup during the holidays. The big day 1. Don’t get irritated when your child cries or is especially upset on the morning of the first day. Give him words of encour-

agement and offer reassurance. 2. Spend extra time in the morning chatting to your child but do not prolong the goodbyes. 3. Do not show any signs of anxiety no matter how worried you might be. Your child will pick up on it and this will cause him to be anxious too. 4. Teachers should make the first day as pleasant for children as possible. They should try and get to know each child as soon as possible, show them around the school and make activities fun and exciting. The first day back to school is an annual time of change for the entire family. People say that children are resilient but whilst this is true you should remember that they are sensitive too. Children need to feel safe and secure and it is the job of parents and teaching professionals to ensure that this happens.

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Crepe Along to the Bocadillo Ever popular in France, delicate and delicious crepes, both savory and sweet are once again basking in the international culinary spotlight. Suddenly wafer-thin pancakes are turning up on restaurant menus and in creperies throughout the globe. So what of the history of this amazingly versatile culinary treat that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert? It all began in the Middle Ages when the people of Brittany, the northwest region of France, began to enjoy pancakes (Crepe is the French word for pancake from crispus , the Latin meaning crisp). When bread was short, the lady of the house would set to work in front of the “cooking-slab.” Masters and servants alike were treated to delicious butter dripping pancakes. They were usually eaten with one’s fingers since cutlery only became common in the country areas towards the beginning of the 20th century. Crepes as we know them now are more

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recent and date back to hardly 100 years ago. Until about one hundred years ago, all crepes were made of buckwheat flour as ordinary wheatflour used to be expensive and it was only at the end of the 19th Century that it’s use became commonplace. Farms had their own “Creperie,” the corner of the cellar (or barn) fitted out especially for the purpose. Crepes just used to be flavoured with a large knob of salty butter. Today, however, we can see a long list of imaginative fillings and flavourings, such as: Savory Crepes Marseilles – Gruyer, mushrooms, butter and oregano Four Cheese Crepe – Tomato sauce, ham, cheddar, mozzarella, Gruyere, parmesan, mushroom, olives and oregano Provence - Mozzarella, tomato, basil, olive oil & pesto genovese Florence – Eggplant, mozzarella, tomato sauce, parmesan & basil Santa Maria – Roasted chicken, mozzarella, barbecue sauce and spring onion Paysanne – Cheddar, turkey, mushrooms and oregano La Espanola – Chicken, avocado, cheddar, oregano, tomato, lettuce, green pepper, jalapeno with sour cream


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Sweet Crepes Suzette – Sugar, butter and orange juice with cinnamon and lemon zest Roma – Chocolate with nuts and vanilla ice cream Latina – Banana, chocolate and nuts Barcelona – White and black chocolate with caramel sauce Deanville – Chunky apple sauce with maple syrup Amore – Fresh strawberries, which chocolate and strawberry sauce* People enjoy such pancake variations as French crepes, Hungarian palacintas, Indian dosa, Italian cannelloni and crespelle, Scandinavian plattars, Greek kreps and Russian blini. Of course, our very own Arabic varieties of manakish are also close culinary relatives of the crepe. Today, creperies that specialize in serving sweet and savory crepes are found throughout France. The savory pancakes, served as a main course, are usually made of buckwheat flour and called galettes, or galettes sarrasines, while dessert crepes are made with wheat flour. In France, crepes are traditionally offered on Candlemas (the feast of Purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of Christ in Temple) and Shrove Tuesday to celebrate renewal, family life, and hope for good fortune and happiness ahead. It is customary to touch the handle of the frying pan and make a wish while the pancake is turned, holding a coin in the hand. In earlier times, in French rural society,

farmers offered crepes to their landowners Bocadillo Partners expect their new premises to open in the Abu Dhabi Shopping as a symbol of allegiance. Probably the most famous crepe dish in Mall this September. the world is the Crepe Suzette which is Of Bocadillo’s success, Shadi, Managing often prepared in a chafing dish in full Partner had this to say: “The secret to our view of the guests. They are served hot success is using fresh, high quality ingrewith a sauce of sugar, orange juice, and dients and generous servings. We are curliqueur (usually Grand Marnier). Brandy is rently turning out between 80 and 150 crepes per day in both our restaurants. “ poured over the crepes and then lit. It was invented by Henri Charpentier, a Bocadillo often updates the variations of French chef who became John D. both sweet and savoury dishes and the Rockefeller’s chef in the U.S. In preparing current favourites are La Espanola and the sweet for the soon to be King Edward Roma. I sampled a delicious crepe made VII, Henri spoiled the sauce (burnt it - with Galaxy chocolate and caramel sauce, flambéed it) and as a recovery named it and found it to be extremely satisfying. after the only little girl present with eight- Soon, Bocadillo will add a low-fat option een men that day. He called it Crepe variety to their menu. Princesse. The Prince asked that he rename it for the little girl, Princess Suzanne Savoury Crepe Dough: (daughter of Edward, 2 Eggs (use only one egg if you prefer a lighter texture) Fresh Milk Prince of Wales, who 100ml Flour (plain) was the son of Queen 100grms Butter Victoria), and so it 50grms Salt to taste became Crepe Suzette. Here in Dubai, in my Lemon Zest to taste search for the perfect Method crepe I was directed to Whisk all ingredients together and always whisk in the the Bocadillo which has same direction! developed a fantastic For the sweet version of crepe dough, use the above reputation over the last recipe but replace the salt with sugar and add a small five years. Bocadillo has amount of crème fraiche. Learn to experiment and have two restaurants in Dubai fun! * All available at the Bocadillo Café located on Sheikh Zayed Sheikh Zayed Road, Tel: 04 – 3313133 Road and at the Grand Grand Cineplex, Wafi, Tel: 04 – 3243466 Cineplex in Wafi.

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Load up on Style by Debra Berriman

If you are looking for the perfect wedding gift to bestow on a bride or want to spoil yourself and invest in some superb quality soft furnishings for your home, then look no further than the newly opened, and tres elegant D. Porthault shop at The Boulevard Shopping Mall at Emirates Towers. Originating and based in France the D. Porthault name has been around for almost 80 years during which time it has created and projected an image as the “grand couturier” of household linen. Everything from the weaving, dying, printing, tailoring, hand embroidering and hand painting that go into all their products is of the highest standard and is clearly seen in the attention to detail of every item. Today the company is a 100% family run concern that enables D. Porthault to ensure their quality and techniques never change and that they continue to enjoy their reputation for excellence. They are highly

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sought after by top international hotels whose patrons have come to expect the best. Their flagship stores on Avenue Montaigne, Paris and Madison Avenue, New York places D. Porthault alongside the greatest names in fashion and haute couture. The glassed and beautifully styled shopfront invites you inside to browse around and discover the incredible and beautiful range of refined tablecloths, table linen and napkins, attractive towels, mats, dressing gowns and slippers. There is also a delightful range of porcelain, room sprays, lavender bags and sublime scented candles.

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ydroculture is the practice of growing plants without “soil” in the traditional sense of the word. This is not a new practice, and commercial hydroculture as well as hydroponic systems have been around for the last 60 years. The system is best used for indoor container plants. This system although relatively new to the UAE is used extensively throughout the world to maintain commercial and domestic indoor plants. The hydroculture system involves replacing the soil or peat mixture that you normally find plants grown in with expanded clay pellets. The clay pellets replace and enhance all the functions that a soil medium provides. Normally soil provides the plant with: stability or a point of anchorage for roots, a medium for absorbing and retaining water and fertiliser and lastly an oxygen exchange base for the roots. Growing plants in the hydroculture system provides all of these factors, but better and more efficiently. As the system does not use true soil, a water gauge is incorporated into the system which tells you exactly how much water there is in the container. There is no more guess work involved in watering, you simply fill the water up to the indicator

on the gauge and check it every week; top water up when the gauges shows the plant requires water. The system uses less water than what you would normally use on your pot plants as there is less surface evaporation from the container. Harmful insects and soil borne pathogens are unable to survive and multiply in between the clay pellets as they would in a soil medium. There are a number of secrets that makes the system work so well. As previously mentioned the system uses baked clay pellets as a substitute for soil. These pellets are between 5 and 10 mm in diameter. As the pellets do not compact like soil they allow atmospheric oxygen

to penetrate well into the root zone of the plant. Unlike conventional pots the hydroculture system has an inner perforated container that houses the plant and a waterproof outer container which has no drainage holes. Plants are grown in the inner container which fits into the outer; water is added to the system which fills the cavity between the inner and outer containers. The roots of the plant stand partially immersed in the water reservoir; the reservoir is then topped up to ensure that the roots never dry out completely. The clay pellets have a neutral pH, this means that they will not react with the soil or the plant, as a peat medium would. Due to the neutrality of the medi-

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um you would not find plants that show signs of nutrient deficiencies (such as yellowing or stunting) as you may with other soil mediums. Fertiliser is added to the solution in the reservoir every 4 to 5 months; this ensures the plant receives the correct amount of fertiliser when it requires it. An additive in the fertiliser prevents algal growth and ensures the water does not stagnate. As the system is self contained and waterproof any external planter can be used: clay, ceramic, wood, metal, fibreglass; a saucer is not required. Plants used in the system are specially grown for this purpose; you cannot use standard container or outdoor plants. The root systems of hydroculture plants have adapted to live in this environment; hydroculture plants should not be grown in a regular soil medium. Dependant on the size of the reservoir it may be possible to extend the periods between watering of the plants up to 1 month. This is ideal if you are travelling or going on holiday. Plants, container and fertiliser are available from Dubai Garden Centre, 4th Interchange Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.


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raditionally perceived as a tropical beach paradise, Sri Lanka actually offers more than the standard golden beaches, waving palm trees and azure waters associated with that theme. When travel trends developed towards more active holiday pursuits, the country positioned itself to capitalise on this growing sector as well by offering a wealth of soft adventures to suit all tastes. For those who opt for the really soft stuff, there are world-class spectator sports with the famed Sri Lankan cricket team regularly hosting the world’s best in the white flannel stakes. Lovers of the turf might not find such an international level of their sport, but the spring race season at the Nuwara Eliya racecourse in the hills offers up its own charm. With a history of racing dating back some 150 years, the sport was revived in 1981 by the Sri Lanka Turf Club, and events such as the SriLankan Airline’s Governor’s Cup make for an interesting day out, with all the champagne, bookies and hats of Ascot combined with a local flair. This year, energetic dancers jived their way through a Thoroughly Modern Millie display, one horse went round the course the wrong way, and a soft rock band accompanied much of the day … while the jockey silks shone brilliantly and it was possible to get up close and personal with both horses and riders.

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For those who like a walk with a stick, golf is another pursuit that has a history in Sri Lanka, where the Royal Golf Club in Colombo dates its origins back some 125 years and is the second oldest Royal Club outside of the UK. Run very much along the old traditions along with its counterpart in Nuwara Eliya, it offers a very different take on golf in the tropics and , combined with other courses at Hunas Falls, Pelwatte and Victoria, offers keen golfers a week to 10-day tour of surprises as well as the usual bogies, eagles and sand traps. Getting serious about adventure, Sri Lanka does have potential to rival some of the world’s established activity destinations, with its mountainous centre the source of around 130 rivers that make their way down to the coast through gorges and across plains. Navigable rapids range from grade 1 to grade 6 in breath-taking difficulty stakes for white-water enthusiasts, while calmer stretches and the island’s coastal lagoons offer perfect venues for more serene canoeing expeditions. Trekking, too, is ideally suited to Sri Lanka where walkers can transit craggy highlands, mountain forests, alpine grasslands, precipitous tea estates, paddy

fields and scrub jungles in just a few days. Alternatives include mountain climbing or even mountain biking, offering opportunities to freewheel down the slopes visiting caves, temples, reservoirs and tea estates on the way. Cycling generally is well suited to Sri Lanka, although only for those serious bikers who are not easily fazed by cacophonous traffic, errant donkeys and Schumacherstyle taxi drivers. The National Cycle Trail offers up four geographical areas for consideration, with 240km of coastal routes from Colombo to Galle (good for beach, coconut and rubber plantations, village life and fauna and flora); a 150km route in the cultural triangle in the middle of the island (good for culture vultures); 200km of trails in Sabaragamuwa province, famed for gem stones and rain forest, and a 300km high maintenance route through hill country. Less exhausting scenic opportunities include paragliding and ballooning, while on the coast, Hikkaduwa is the famed centre of surfing, and many resorts offer excursions offshore to explore the wrecks and coral ‘hotels’ that litter the west and east coasts. And then there’s elephant beach polo, too.


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riginally two cities on each side of one of the most beautiful stretches of the Danube River - Buda, now the older, more graceful part, with cobbled streets and medieval buildings; and Pest, the commercial center. The “Pearl of the Danube,” as it is more popularly known, is a lively city and has long been a haven for writers, artists and musicians. Budapest boasts grand architecture, a chequered history, culture, great restaurants, an amazing public transport service and excellent local wines. Budapest offers all these and more without putting so much of a dent on a tourist’s budget. Rewarding experience Budapest can be an interesting and rewarding shopping experience. Prices for most goods are considerably lower than in Western European or North American countries. Don’t forget that tax will be refunded to you at the airport (before you pass through customs!!), so always ask the shop assistants to complete the necessary documentation for this. Vaci Utca in Pest is a must as it has some of

Duna Plaza XIII. Váci út 178, Tel: 465 1666. Open: Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm. With over 120 shops, a nine-screen “Hollywood Multiplex”, video arcade and bowling alley. The Virgin Megastore stocks probably the widest selection of CDs anywhere in Budapest. There’s also an Internet club for those who just have to ‘surf the Net’ while on their holidays. Lurdy Ház IX. Bevásárló Központ, Könyves Kálmán krt. 12-14, Tel: 456 1100 An impressive complex that, as well as housing a Marks & Spencer Store, contains big name sports retailers (Adidas, Umbro and Nike), trendy fashion (Levi’s, Kookai, Saxoo and Roger McGill), a multiLeisure and shopping plex cinema and a ten-pin bowling alley. Árkád X. Örs vezér tere 25, Tel: 434 8200. Open: There are over 120 shops in total, including an excellent range of food / drink Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-7pm. Boasts over 170 retailers including big options. names such as Nike, Budmil, Mexx, Esprit, WestEnd City Centre Salamander, Humanic and MediaMarkt. VI. Váci út 1-3, Tel: 238 7777 Well-built, with a very pleasant atmos- This is Central Europe’s largest (and arguably most impressive) shopping mall. phere, although it can get rather busy! With over 400 shops, the WestEnd City

the finer shops in the city and smaller wig stalls, which can be a lot of fun to wander around. You’ll also find that shops along the Nagy Körút (main road) cater to even the most discerning of tastes. It’s worthwhile walking down Andrassy ut (“ut” meaning street) where you will find the Museum of Terror (an experience you will never forget) and some friendly bars and restaurants, plus La Boutique shoe shops which specialise in very reasonably priced D&G, Gucci, Prada, and other familiar brands. Budapest is a also a great place to shop for antiques, jewellery, silverware, fine art, porcelain, furniture and Objet D’Art

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Center aptly demonstrates the pace and grand scale of new developments in the city. It incorporates the Hilton WestEnd Hotel and a pleasant roof garden. Eat, drink and be merry Romkert Location: Buda on the embankment. This bar is open air and is therefore only open during the summer months. It has a really happening atmosphere which begins to heat up late and continues until the notso-early hours of the morning. Good fun and very causal. Ping Pong Location: Kiraly Utca, Pest. This is a newly opened Asian cocktail bar which also serves Asian food. Barakka Location: Magyar Utca 12, Pest. Serving international cuisine and is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Budapest! Trattoria Toscana Location: Belgrad Rakpart, Pest. Very good Italian restaurant with seating both inside and out (during summer). A great people-watching restaurant with marvelous views of the Danube and of Buda. Tom George Location: Oktober 6 Utca, Pest. Very trendy restaurant serving international cuisine and sushi. Fans of Nobu, Bice and Sho Cho’s will love this place.

Café Negro Location: Behind Basilika, Pest. Yet another new and very trendy bar / bistro serving more international cuisine and sushi. Oscar’s Cocktail Bar Location: Near Moskva Ter, Buda. A must-go as it currently has the reputation for being the best cocktail bar in town. Iguana Bar and Grill Location: Zoltan Utca, Pest. Mexican cantina and cocktail bar with really funky décor and a great atmosphere – fabulous! Soul Café Location: Raday Utca, Pest. Serving international cuisine at very reasonable prices and great food to boot! There is terraced dining during the summer which certainly enhances the ambiance of any restaurant. Dionysis Location: Belgrad Rakpart, Pest. A rather pleasant Greek Taverna with an infectious, lively atmosphere and a good view of Gellért Hill and the Citadella. Ocean Bar and Grill Location: Apazai Csere Janos Utca (opposite the Marriott Hotel), Pest. A good seafood restaurant. Articsoka Location: Buda Castle. Fabulous international cuisine and a good place for walking and sight seeing before or after eating.

Spoon Restaurant Location: On a boat in front of the InterContinental Hotel, Pest. This is a new and already very popular, trendy restaurant. Remiz Location: Szep Ilona, Budakeszi Ut, Buda. Traditional restaurant serving wonderfully delicious Hungarian food. Café Vian Location: Liszt Ferenc Ter, Pest. Ideal for mid-shopping / sight seeing lunch and coffee in the town center, just off Andrassy ut which is the main procession road. Where to stay ATRIUM HYATT V. Roosevelt tér 2. T.: 2661-234. With 356 rooms, 28 apartments. Town centre. BUDAPEST MARRIOTT V. Apáczai Csere János utca 4. T.: 2667000. With 340 rooms, apartments. All rooms overlooking the Danube. HILTON I. Hess András tér 1-3. T.: 1751-000. 323 rooms. Superb location on Castle Hill, overlooking the Danube. THERMAL XIII. Margitsziget. T.: 1321-100. 205 rooms. On the island in the Danube, the hotel offers a wide range of therapeutic services.

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KEMPINSKI V. Erzsébet tér 7-8. T.: 2661000. New, exclusive hotel, exclusive prices. Places of Interest Socialist Statue Park Located in the XXII district (extreme southern Buda) on Balatoni út (Tel. 1/227-7446). Ever wonder where all the vanished Communist statues went after the fall? Well, they sat for a few years in warehouses gathering dust, until a controversial plan for a Socialist Statue Park was realized. The museum park is a memorial to an era, to despotism and to bad taste. The museum gift shop sells all sorts of Communist-era memorabilia, such as T-shirts, medals, and cassettes of Red Army marching songs. Hero’s Square VI. H?sök tere Built in 1896 to celebrate the millennium of the Hungarian conquest of the Carparthian Basin, Heroes’ Square is a vast and grandiose symbol of 19thcentury Hungarian nationalism. Margaret Island The 1½ mile long Margaret Island, which is connected to both Buda and Pest by the Margaret and Árpád Bridges, is one of the most beautiful open spaces in the city. Visitors wanting to take time out from the noise and bustle of Pest will enjoy the serenity of the island’s park. It has two spa hotels situated in close proximity to each other (they are actually linked by an underground tunnel). The first is the Grand Hotel which shares its facilities with the relatively modern Thermal Hotel. A short distance away is the island’s distinctive and colourful rock garden. There are two public baths on the island - the first being the sprawling Palatins Strand, which can hold up to 20,000 people in the summer (with both cold/warm water pools and an artificial wave maker). The Matthias Church Szentháromság tér 2, Varbusz, Open daily 9am-5pm. At the very heart of Buda’s Castle District is the Mátyás Templom. Officially named as the Church of Our Lady, it has been popularly named after King Matthias Corvinus who ordered the construction of its original

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southern tower. In many respects, the 700 year history of the church serves as a symbol of the city’s rich, yet often tragic history. Opera House VI. Andrássy út 22. Box office opens: 10am 7pm daily, Guided Tours 3pm and 4pm daily. Regarded as one of the most important historical buildings in Hungary, the elegantly styled neo-Renaissance proportions of Budapest’s magnificent State Opera House fit in perfectly with neigh-

bouring buildings on Andrássy ut and makes for an unforgettable evening. Parliament Conceived and built for the millennium celebrations of 1896, the Imre Steindl design was only finished in 1902 (the year of his death). Inspired in part, by the Houses of Parliament in London, its white neo-gothic turrets and arches stretch for over 250 metres along the Danube embankment. Gellért Hotel and Thermal Baths XI. Kelenhegyi út 4. Open: 6am-6pm Mon-Fri, 6am-4pm Sat-Sun. The main attraction here is the Art Nouveau Gellért Hotel, which houses a wonderfully lavish indoor swimming pool alongside separate thermal baths, steam rooms and saunas. What’s more, you don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to use the facilities. Fisherman’s Bastion I. Buda Castle District. The Fishermen’s Bastion is made up of seven round towers - each one symbolising the seven Magyar (Hungarian) tribes that effectively gave rise to the nation a thousand years earlier. Almost fairytale like in appearance. Citadella XI. Gellérthegy. Built by the Habsburgs in the middle of the 19th-century, the Citadella’s hill top position was used to strengthen their hold over Buda’s inhabitants after the failed War of Independence between 1848-1849. Still scarred by bullet holes from many wars, the building today houses a restaurant and a café while the area around the Citadella commands some of the most breathtaking views of the city. Just a short walk away is the statue of St. Gellért and the Liberation Monument. Danube Embankment On a warm summer’s day, it’s fashionable to sit and chat over a cold beer or coffee in one of the many riverside cafés. Alternatively, book a short cruise on the Danube and benefit by seeing both the Buda and Pest views whilst enjoying a healthy breath of ‘river air’.


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t wasn’t just Will Smith who was smiling after I-Robot scored a big hit in the box-office. Audi executives were also overjoyed now that aggressive German carmaker is fast catching up in the automotive industry big league. In IRobot, the futuristic and stylishly designed car that Will Smith used was an Audi. It looked impressive, even if what we saw in the movies were mostly the exterior. It isn’t that Audi is lagging in terms of design and technology. It’s just that for most people around the globe, it’s still Mercedes, BMW or Jaguar that are the top favourites. Not surprising, because in this sector, image is everything. But the last few years have seen the ascendancy of Audi models. This year, the latest generation of the A6 is a saloon that is destined to leave its competition behind, literally. It graces the hot and humid highways of the Middle East this September. The new A6 is aiming for leadership in its seg-

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ment through outstanding driving dynamics and high technology, superior comfort and a wide range of equipment. The car will be officially launched in the Middle East in October 2004. And exactly how will the Audi A6 do it? Powerful petrol engines, as well as frontwheel or quattro permanent all-wheel drive set the foundation for the supremacy of the new A6 sports saloon. Benefiting from its highly developed suspension and very stiff bodyshell, the AudiA6 opens up a new dimension in driving dynamics. The new Audi A6 is of course highly pedigreed. Its big brother, the Audi A8 has received worldwide acclaim from both consumers and critics as the sportiest car in its class. And now, it’s the turn of the A6 to show its class. A design coup, inside. . . Inside the new A6, you also see at first glance that this is a brand-new model generation. The high and wide centre con-

sole, for example, with controls and switches within perfect reach, emphasizes the sporting architecture of the interior integrating the driver as the central player. Straightforward sporting character and perfect ergonomics – these are the features to be admired in the design of the cockpit. A joint cover connects the central instrument panel and the upper section of the centre console facing slightly towards the driver to form one common unit. Within the newly designed, drop-shaped surrounds, you will find not only the two large rev counter and speedometer dials, but also the round dials for the coolant temperature and fuel level. Audi’s new generation of steering wheels is making its production debut in the new A6. A visible symbol of the three- and four-spoke steering wheels is the optical reference to the single-frame trapezoid with the four rings on the airbag cap in the middle. The oval outer geometry also


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offers a distinctive variation of the single-frame design. . . . and out Right from the start in the design and configuration of its body measuring 4.92 metres in length, 1.86 metres in width, and 1.46 metres in height, the new Audi A6 visibly set new standards. The classic proportions of Audi’s sports saloon with its low-slung row of windows and the coupé-like roofline is now elevated to a new level of excellence: the contours of the upward-curved shoulder lines and the powerful, sweeping motion of the dynamic line above the side sills give the entire body of the car a forward-moving, dynamic appearance. And the powerfully rising centre section on the engine compartment lid symbolises the performance and muscle of the new Audi A6. Seen from the front, the trapezoidal single-frame radiator grille clearly characterises the A6 as a representative of Audi’s latest model generation. The most advanced headlight technology, in turn, is to be admired behind the clear glass covers on the headlight unit. Drivetrain The new Audi A6 comes with a choice of three petrol engines fitted lengthwise – 4.2 V8, 3.2 V6, 2.4 V6. All of these engines share a level of output and torque absolutely superior in their respective segment:

The six- and eight-cylinder power units come from Audi’s new V-engine family. Their highlights in design and construction are the 90° cylinder angle and a distance of 90 millimetres between the cylinders, compact dimensions, maintenancefree camshaft drive via a chain and lowfriction roller-arm valve drive. Driving dynamics and comfort Torsional stiffness up by more than 34 percent: progress of this kind over the bodyshell of the former model already lauded for its supreme stiffness clearly confirms the qualities of the new Audi A6. These qualities are borne out in terms of both vibration comfort and driving dynamics. Vibration amplitudes reduced to a minimum are a clear indicator of the body’s outstanding stiffness and solidity. Audi’s dynamic suspension in the new A6 rests on sporting, proven technology: the upgraded four-link front suspension so typical of Audi and the self-tracking trape-

zoidal-link rear suspension carried over from the Audi A8 – a combination featured on both the front-wheel-drive and quattro models. This ensures a ease of handling and superior control. Equipment Even in standard trim, the new Audi A6 sets a standard clearly above average even in the executive class. And this superiority is borne out at very first sight by the use of premium materials and the perfect quality of finish. A feature quite unique compared with the competition is the Multi Media Interface “MMI basic” comprising not only the 6.5-inch monochrome display, but also an integrated radio with CD player and four loudspeakers. Another feature standard on all A6 models (but by no means to be taken for granted even in this class) is high-comfort automatic air conditioning with enhanced output and optimised acoustic control. The safety equipment featured as standard in the new-generation A6 is equally impressive. Active safety, for example, benefits from the latest generation of ESP including brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution EBD. In a collision the occupants are effectively protected by the robust structure of the body with its specific, pre-determined deformation and the highly stable passenger cell. Front and side airbags as well as the sideguard head airbag system, in turn, interacting with the seat belt, offer a high standard of safety and protection for both driver and passenger. With such stylish features and rev-inspiring power, the Audi A6 may have found itself a winner.

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ife, they say, is a series of moving pictures. Those moments that we want to cherish a bit longer, we capture in pictures. Even in this age when videography has increased in popularity, a vast majority still uses photography to preserve the most memorable moments of their lives. Indeed, we document every significant moment of our lives – from birth until death – with pictures. For amateur photographers, taking pictures is nothing but a simple click of the camera, with the occasional, sometimes simply mechanical focusing of the lenses. But for those with a passion for photography, it is an amazing combination of art and technique. Now considered a genuine art form, photography was previously not as highly esteemed as traditional painting. The latter, many argued, was more artistic and natural compared with photography, which was thought of as artificial involving as it does technology. Photography 101 Photography started in the early 19th century and was discovered based on the principles of light, optics and chemistry. The word photography has Greek origins With its myriad uses – e.g. as a work of that means “drawing art, piece of evidence, historical docuwith light.” ment, and record of family life – photography has since become an essential part of our society. Today, photography has not only established itself as a genuine art medium, but as a legitimate commercial enterprise as well. Whether for art or commerce, taking pictures will require the photographer to have a certain set of essential skills. Just to illustrate, give an apple to five different photographers and their photographs will reveal their varying skill levels. Whether you take photography as a hobby or a profession, and even before you even think of buying any camera, you should ask yourself, “Am I ready for this?” A lot can go into the “production” of a single photograph. There are things to

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consider like camera body, lens, film, light, time, spot and others, which can be both time and resource consuming. Then there is the issue of imagination, art, and harmony synchronization. However, despite all these, photography can be both a rewarding and fulfilling experience. What do I need? Having the right tools or equipment is indeed important. But the two most important elements of photography are the subject and the photographer. A skilled and talented photographer with a simple camera can take better pictures than an unskilled person equipped with a hit-tech camera. As it can be a demanding hobby or profession, anyone interested in pursuing photography needs a basic level of interest and commitment. With the growth of photography came the rise of training schools with diploma and short-term courses in basic and advanced photography. It is a subject in many arts-related schools. There are internships and seminars as well about photography. In other words, there are a number of opportunities for you to broaden your knowledge and skills. You need to invest some time in understanding light and film development, as well as shot selection and blocking. Camera essentials


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Having developed an interest in photography, you will have to deal with the issue of which camera you are going to use. A lot of it will depend on your purpose – personal, as in just for the sake of taking pictures or as a hobby; or artistic and commercial, as in for the sake of selling photographs as artwork or making a living as a commercial photographer. Essentially, a camera is a lightbox with a lens on one side and a light-sensitive film on the other. Camera technology has improved dramatically over the years, giving photographers a better control over the quality of their photographs. Despite present-day cameras being “hitech,” the principle used is essentially based on 16th century technology called camera obscura. The earliest form of this device was a darkened room with a tiny hole in one wall through which light entered, and resulting in a projected upside-down image on the opposite wall. The camera obscura has since

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evolved into a handheld box with a lens replacing the pinhole and an angled mirror at the back. The mirror reflected an image onto a ground-glass viewing screen on the top of the box. The inventors of photography later adapted the principle behind camera obscura adding a device for holding sensitized plates in the back of the box. Professional photographers still use a similar camera today, a large-format camera known as the view camera. A significant improvement in camera technology was the development of lens shutters, devices that could limit the time of exposure to a fraction of a second. In 1888 George Eastman introduced the first Kodak camera, making photography available to a great num-

ber of people, thus paving the way for a camera craze, which continues to this day. Modern cameras come in a variety of forms. Whereas cameras once required many decisions on the part of photographers, most of today’s cameras offer a range of automated

features, thanks to digital technology, that greatly simplify picture taking and reduce the likelihood of error. Digital technology offers a huge potential in terms of perfecting the art and technique of photography. Although its benefits are tremendous, only recently has the technology been adopted by both amateur and professional photographers. In fact, out of 13 billion shots taken every year around the world, there is 3 billion only taken by digital cameras. The world of photography is indeed fascinating, and there is a lot to discover about photography, of which cameras is only but a part. In future issues, we will talk about the various aspects and elements of photography. In the meantime, have fun taking pictures.


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Seize the day at Carpe Diem by Debra Berriman

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y venture into finding the best coffee shops around Dubai led me to a real gem at Town Centre that has become and institution for many a Jumeirah resident and that is in the form of Carpe Diem La Cafette. Like it’s namesake, the lovely Carpe Diem “the art of living” soft furnishings and furniture showvilla just further up Beach Road, the atmosphere is stylish yet cosy. On entering the café there is an alcove to the right showing off wares and furniture pieces available for sale at Carpe Diem, but then again, everything that can be seen and used can be purchased, from the lovely pictures on the walls to the dainty spoons you use to stir your frothy cappuccino. Opposite this small showcase is the inviting and comfortable seating area, with stylish wicker chairs all dressed in lovely earth shades with splashes of green in the form of potted plants and softly textured walls to create the cosy atmosphere. A lovely touch is the assortment of earthtoned pashmina’s hanging nearby to use if anyone feels a little chilly. What is almost instantaneous on entering is how the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and freshly baked pastries assails the senses and invites you to sit down and browse the

menu. The choice of coffees covers the spectrum from Espresso, Ristretto, Cappucino, Café Latte and American Coffee and then there is a selection of classic teas and herbal and fruit tea infusions, all served with freshly made cookies. Or there is a brilliant Hot Chocolate Milk made with real Belgian Chocolate, as is the chocolate milkshake! The croissants are warm, flaky and melt in the mouth and the freshly baked cakes I spied on the counter were equally tempting. The selection of meals would satisfy anyone from meat lovers who can enjoy a Classic Belgian Steak Tartare as a main, starter or sandwich, or delicately Norwegian Smoked Salmon with avocado and goat cheese for fishy people. Vegetarians and dieters have a lively selection of salads, and the healthy kid’s menu is refreshing. The choice of sandwiches comes on freshly baked white or brown French Baguette bread and has tasty fillings like Deluxe Crab Salad, Brie cheese, warm goat cheese with a pine nut crust with spinach or try the Chicken in Curry and Pineapple Dressing with tomato and crispy lettuce. Given the choice of pancakes and waf-

fles on the menu this is obviously their speciality. Salted pancakes have wonderful fillings like tossed spinach with Smoked Salmon and creamy herb dressing, or melted Mozzarella on pesto and tomato. The sweet pancake choice would make any dieter’s determination wobble when tempted by an array like real Belgian chocolate melted over vanilla ice-cream, or caramelised red apple with vanilla icecream – all with whipped cream! But she could settle for the delightfully classic lemon and sugar. The luxurious authentic Brussels waffles have the same toppings – and more whipped cream! And just when you thought that was all there is the range of Belgian Tradition and New Zealand’s Creamiest Ice Cream that can tempt you by the scoop or assembled into a myriad of combinations. All in all just too tempting for words. Carpe Diem La Cafette is open 7 days a week from 08h00-00h00 and has an extensive take-away menu as well as made-to-order cakes, special breakfasts and a delightful Friday brunch. Carpe Diem La Cafette, Ground Floor, Town Centre Jumeirah, Beach Road, Tel: 344 3629 Answere & you can Win One of 10 gift voucher

Q1: When was the last time u shopped in Toys R Us and which is your favourite section? ............................................................................. Q2: What was your most pleasurable experience in Toys R Us? ............................................................................. Name:................................................................. Address:............................................................. Tel:...................................................................... Email:................................................................. Age:.................................................................... Please send your reply to P.O Box. 34257 or fax : 04 222 1218 or E-mail: oscar.pinto@alfuttaim.ae September 2004

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We all have our idiosyncrasies, especially when it comes to food. We like to have our salad in a particular way, or our chicken cooked in a certain style or manner. And so when I heard about this seafood restaurant that will cook my favorite seafood the way I wanted it, I simply had to try it out. Off I went to the Blues Seafood Restaurant located at the Marina Walk. This new concept restaurant is an excellent addition to the already myriad fine dining restaurants that we have in Dubai. As you enter the restaurant, you will be impressed with the unique ambience. As I knew it was a seafood restaurant, I was

nonetheless amazed at how unique the whole ambience is. Once inside, the wait staff is prompt and polite. The service quality is maintained consistently all the while I was eating until I left. But the highlight of my dining experience was naturally the food. Blues has a large seafood collection from which you can choose. It is a virtual seafood market tastefully displayed in keeping with the restaurant’s classy ambience. For me, the obvious choice was the lobster sautéed in soy sauce, garlic and spring onion, and it was the best that I have ever tasted. The lobster was absolutely fresh,

and the taste superb. Every bite was flavorful, and my only regret was the fact that my personal diet regimen would not allow me to go for a second serving. But, there is always another day. I did try some shrimp in ginger and Oyster sauce. And it was just as mouth-watering as the lobster. The fact that the seafood was fresh made it truly an exceptional dish. But what made it even more sumptuous was the consistency of the cooking so well done by the international chef that Blues brought on board from abroad. Excellent as its main courses try, you should also try a good number of the restaurant’s appetizers from the trey bien seafood pastry rolls to the sumptuous caviar served with crème fraiche diced onion and egg. The seafood chowder as well as the calamari and crab salad are not be missed. In addition to the seafood delights, Blues also serves Grilled Baby Chicken, Fillet Steak and Lamb Cutlets, which only serve to emphasize the excellent kitchen staff that Blues has. Blues had its soft opening last July and has seen a steady increase in regular patrons. DAMAC is redefining Dubai’s dining scene with the Blues restaurant concept. All in all, Blues has superb facilities, a remarkable ambience, a well-trained staff and hotel-like services and dishes at non-hotel prices.

Blues Restaurant, Dubai Marina, Telefax: 04.3674747 / e-mail: blues@damacgroup.com

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hai cuisine takes center stage yet again, as Movenpick Hotel Bur Dubai celebrates its first anniversary with a traditional Thai Food & Cultural Festival from 22 September to 5 October 2004. During the festival, special cooking classes will also be conducted by one of Thailand’s renowned culinary experts, Guest Master Chef Wachira Putim. Thomas Tapken, General Manger Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai flew to Bangkok to interview Chef Putim that reveals brief insights into Putim’s passion and inspiration for cooking. How many years have you been in the culinary game? I have officially been cooking up a

storm for the last 28 years. Gosh, that does sound like a real long time… From a very young age, I used to help with the daily meals for the family and visited the market to get the best bargains in quality and price. This has embedded my respect and passion for fine food. Will you personally be hosting the Cooking Classes that will be presented during the festival? With a legacy of culinary and traditional cookery, I am very excited and enthusiastic to share my knowledge and passion of the intricacies of preparing and cooking Thai food. How will they be presented? Thai Cooking Classes are available by prior reservation only, will include a welcome drink, demonstration and hands on participation, all ingredients, recipes for all dishes presented, souvenir menu, apron and chefs hat, a Thai contemporary Cookbook and lunch after the demonstration with me. How much will this experience cost? Only Dhs333.00 per person What would you say to be the best ingredient for Thai food? The very essence of the secret of Thai food is all in the freshness of the produce, fresh herbs and selective spices will whisk your taste-

buds on an aromatic and flavorful journey. Is all Thai food spicy? No, on the contrary, Thai food is the harmonious blends of mild and spicy, sweet and sour experiences. What is your favourite dish? ‘Tom Khaa Gai’, a Royal Thai dish is an example of Thai tradition of living in harmony with nature, when food is eaten as medicine and medicine is taken as food. How would you best describe the art of Thai dance? It depicts oriental grace, humble movement and sounds of traditional Thai folk dancing and music. Thai dancing tells of ancient stories and legends and has very special meanings. What is your final word on the Thai culinary experience for those? Quite apart from the wonderful tastes and the exotic blends be in awe of the always-beautiful and colourful presentation that are an integral part of this local cuisine. You can view the artistic excellence of my team of Chefs who will bring to you the long lost art, which was once reserved for Royalty and the nobility. Thai Food & Cultural Festival 22 September – 5 October 2004

Thai Cooking Classes Competition

Learn the art and secrets of Thai Cooking with our Guest Celebrity Chef at the Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai Prizes include: Guided demonstration and handson participation of a popular full course menu Welcome Drink, Ingredients, Recipes, Menu, Souvenir Apron and Chef’s Hat, Thai Cookbook, Participation Certificate, Photo & Lunch Questions: Who is our celebrity chef? _________________________________________ What is the date for the Thai food and cultural festival? _________________________________________ What is the value of your prize? _________________________________________ Fax this form before 19th Sept 2004 to Intergulf Media Fax:04 3439577 September 2004

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If you are looking for a leisure activity that is both mentally stimulating and physically challenging then look no further than Wall Climbing? “Wall Climbing?” you may well shriek, and quite frankly, “Yes!” Okay then, the next question would be, “Where?” and the simple reply would be, “Pharaohs’ Health & Leisure Club at Wafi City.” by Debra Berriman

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had visited the Pharaohs’ Health & Leisure Club a few times for various reasons and on each occasion my eye kept on being drawn to some very high, interesting looking walls with strange configurations and assorted coloured protrusions sticking out that to my untrained eye seemed more a modern art sculpture than anything else and on enquiry was told it was the Climbing Wall – the highest one in the region for that matter. Again, curiosity got the better of me and I was shown a collection of equipment, helmets, some very sassy looking climbing shoes and a multitude of ropes. On seeing all this paraphernalia I automatically assumed that one had to be an experienced climber and also that one had to have superhuman strength – i.e. like Tom Cruise defying gravity and hanging upside down whilst clinging to a rock face with his fingertips in Mission Impossible II. “Not so”, I was informed by the knowledgeable staff and so a practice session was initiated much to my trepidation. The idea is actually quite a simple one. The various protrusions are painted in 4 different colours that on closer examination reveal a set course for one to navigate – yellow being the most difficult, red the easiest. There are also four different walls with varying degrees of angles at different stages, and these too have the four different colours for four different difficulty levels – so basically sixteen courses - or should I say challenges? As I had absolutely no experience I was to try

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the easiest (hah!) and highest wall that is 3.5m straight up! This is done with a trainer and is called ‘Top Roping’. First, the all important helmet, and then you get clipped into a harness. A rope is attached to you which goes up to the top of the wall and the other end is held by the trainer, so that as you climb you can feel completely safe. The trainer does not pull you up but you can feel him taking up the slack as you go higher, and higher, and higher. The most daunting thing is actually taking the first step. The handholds and footholds actually appear too small to give any kind of help and the wall is right in your face, but after a few false starts a kind of rhythm seems to set in

and you find yourself reaching out, stretching, twisting and continuously looking up for the next hand or foothold. Once you reach the top you signal the trainer below that you will be coming down and with a push off the wall the trainer will bring you back safely back to earth by manipulating the ropes. And I think it can safely be said that you will immediately want to do it again. Well I did anyway! It is an amazing rush that gets the adrenaline pumping through your veins and you can hear your heartbeat in your ears. The sense of achievement is overwhelming and I looked at my body in a completely different light. Aside from this immediate benefit, the long term benefits are increased body muscular strength, co-ordination and agility and when performed on a regular basis it increases general cardio fitness. The basic equipment that is required is: Harness Figure of 8 ( type of belaying equipment ) Gri-gri (type of belaying equipment ) Ropes Helmet Chalk Chalk bag Special climbing shoes are recommended as they are specially designed to have more grip, support and flexibility, however sneakers can be worn as well. The chalk is used on your hands to help you get a better grip and this is especially so in hot weather when sweaty hands are quite prevalent. The best way to pursue this sport is to go on a course. The introductory course offered at Pharaohs’ Health & Leisure


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Club consists of 6 sessions where you learn ‘Top Roping’ on the various levels, correct rope procedures, how to use your equipment correctly, climbing etiquette and safety procedures, as well as an introduction to Free Climbing. (Free Climbing known as “Bouldering Free Climbing” is performed without safety equipment and is only for experienced climbers going no higher than 3.5m around the wall horizontally, not vertically.) Follow up courses are also available which are the intermediate and advanced courses for improving climbing technique. After completing the introductory course you can regularly attend climbing sessions, or attend the Public Sessions that are not supervised and you will have to sign a disclaimer. Courses are open to anyone with the minimum age of a climber being 6. At present the youngest climber at Pharaohs’ is 6 years old, and their oldest member is 58! All equipment excluding shoes (dependant on stock availability) can be borrowed

against a deposit of Dhs 250/- per set, or purchased at Pharaohs’. The Introductory Course consists of 6 sessions of 1 hour each costing Dhs 40/- per session. Pharaohs’ Health & Leisure Club Wafi City Tel: + 971 4 324 0000

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King Arthur The stuff of Arthurian legends has filled paint camouflage. It’s a savage, intolerant many pages of books and used many rolls time where religion is a tool for subjugaof films over the years. In Hollywood, in tion, yet concepts of justice and heroism particular, there have been many versions do flourish.” of King Arthur’s life and the Knights of What’s not? the Round Table, though it still is a ques- The film begins strongly, pulsing energy tion whether King Arthur and his valiant from the camaraderie and charisma of the Knights were for real or not. But that is Knights of the Round Table. Sadly, the final act spins into a predictable death spianother story. The subject of this brief review is an ral of groaner clichés, stock images, and Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) version of hordes with swords. No longer is King King Arthur. It has impressive sets and Arthur about a man who became a legend; great action. Unfortunately, there is very instead, it’s Brave Heart-Troy-GladiatorLords of the Ring. little else going for this film. The verdict What’s hot? It actually did a great job the first hour or The film attracts a wide demographic, for so of the movie. King Arthur, a “histori- despite male orientation there is enough cal” version of the British myth, strips of the romance and legend of Arthur to away the magic of Camelot for the cold interest women of all ages. Starring Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, filth of the Dark Ages. The Hollywood Reporter found the movie in Mads Mikkelsen, Keira Knightley abundant supply of great action and said, Director(s) Antoine Fuqua “Battles are fought with vastly different Screenwriter(s) David Franzoni weaponry — highly accurate archery, Studio Buenavista Pictures heavy swords and spears, balls of fire, Production Company Jerry Bruckheimer axes, shields, hefty body armor and body- Films

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Alexander

This film is Oliver Stone’s take on the Alexander the Great saga which stars Colin Farrell as the 20-year-old king of Macedonia. Alexander The Great was a relentless conqueror who by the age of 32 had amassed the greatest empire the world had ever seen. In this movie, past and present collide as the story unfolds about the myth and mystery surrounding one of the greatest charismatic leaders of all time. Alexander, the movie, presents a tapestry of triumphs and tragedies in which childhood memories and Alexander’s rise to power unfold side by side with the later day expansion of his empire, its gradual decline and ultimate downfall. From his youth, fueled by dreams of glory and adventure, to his lonely and mysterious death as a ruler of a vast state, from the tumultuous relationship with his parents a powerful king and a queen determined to put her child on the throne at any cost, including murder - to the rousing “band of brothers” bond with his closest companions and vast army, as they fought from

the sun-scorched battlefields of the Persian Empire across the snow-peaked mountains of India, the film chronicles Alexander’s journey to become a living legend. For as Virgil wrote, “Fortune favors the bold.” And no king or emperor, either before or after, ever achieved such fortune, or indeed was so bold, as Alexander the Great. What’s hot? Colin Farrell in a potentially Gladiatortype of movie. And Oliver Stone, who is expected to deliver another superb blockbuster, if not an Oscar potential. What’s not? The budget is a reported $150 million, but if filmed somewhere other than in the North African country of Morocco, it might have been twice that much Starring Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Jared Leto, Rosario Dawson, Val Kilmer Director(s) Oliver Stone Screenwriter(s) Christopher Kyle Studio Warner Bros. Production Company Intermedia, Pacifica

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Big on Books … Birds Without Wings

by Louis Bernières This is the story of a small coastal town in South West Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire told in the richly varied voices of the people - Christians and Muslims of Turkish, Greek and Armenian descent whose lives are rooted there, intertwined for untold years. There is Iskander, the potter and local font of proverbial wisdom; Iskander’s son Karatavuk, and Mehmetçik, childhood friends whose playground stretches across the hills above the town, where Mehmetçik teaches the illiterate Karatavuk to write Turkish in Greek letters. There are Father Kristoforos and Abdulhamid Hodja, holy men of different faiths who greet each other as “Infidel Efendi”, and Rustem Bey, the landlord and protector of the town, whose wife is stoned for the sin of adultery. There is a man known as “the Dog” because of his hideous aspect, and another known as “the Blasphemer,” who wanders the town cursing God and all of his representatives of all faiths. And there is Philothei, the Christian girl of legendary beauty, courted from infancy by Ibrahim the goatherd. It is also the story of Mustafa Kemal, whose military genius will lead him to victory against the invading Western European forces of the Great War. When the young men of the town are conscripted, we follow Karatavuk to Gallipoli, where the intimate brutality of battle robs him of all innocence. And in the town he left behind, we see how the scourges of fanatical religion and nationalism unleashed by war quickly, and irreversibly, destroy the fabric of centuries-old peace.

The Bookseller of Kabul

By Asne Seierstad Two weeks after September 11th, awardwinning journalist Asne Seierstad went to Afghanistan to report on the conflict there. In the following spring she returned to live with an Afghan family for several months. For more than 20 years Sultan Khan defied the authorities, be they Communist or Taliban, in order to supply books to the people of Kabul. He was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned by the Communists, and watched illiterate Taliban soldiers burn piles of his books in the street. He even resorted to hiding most of his stock in attics all over Kabul. But while Khan is passionate in his love of books and hatred of censorship, he is also a committed Muslim with strict views on family life. As an outsider, Seierstad is able to move between the private world of the women, including Khan’s two wives, and the more public lives of the men. And so we learn of proposals and marriages, suppression and abuse of power, crime and punishment. The result is a moving portrait of a family and a clear-eyed assessment of a country struggling to free itself from history.

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Diana: In Pursuit of Love

by Andrew Morton When Andrew Morton’s worldfamous biography, Diana: Her True Story was first published, it caused a media frenzy, severely jolted the royal family and the Palace hierarchy, and shook the British Establishment to its foundations. Later revealed as having been written with the Princess’s full cooperation, this world best-seller is now seen as the nearest thing to her official biography. Yet it was not the full story, nor could it have been, given the circumstances at the time. This is even more apparent in the light of events that have occurred since her death and which have been played out under the harsh gaze of the media, once again catapulting Diana’s name back into the spotlight. Figures such as her sometime lover James Hewitt, her butler Paul Burrell, and Prince Charles’s valet Michael Fawcett have emerged. In addition, intriguing comments that Diana made to Morton in taped conversations that have never been published, become supremely important in the light of subsequent events. Friends, advisors and colleagues now feel a greater freedom in speaking of her than they once did. In what is bound to be seen as the most definitive study of the Princess in the most crucial period of her short life, Andrew Morton, the biographer she herself chose, provides the last word on one of the most admired, influential and bestloved figures of our era.

The Touch

By Colleen McCullough At the centre of this epic saga is Alexander Kinross, remembered as a young man in his native Scotland only as a shiftless boilermaker’s apprentice and a godless rebel. When years later, he writes from Australia to summon his bride, his relatives quickly realise that he has made a fortune in the gold fields and is now a man to be reckoned with. Arriving in Sydney the sixteenyear-old Elizabeth Drummond meets her husband-to-be and discovers to her dismay that he frightens and repels her. Offered no choice, she marries him and is whisked at once across a wild, uninhabited countryside to Alexander’s own town, named Kinross after himself. Isolated in Alexander’s great house, with no company save Chinese servants, Elizabeth finds that the intimacies of marriage do not prompt her husband to enlighten her about his past life, or his present one. She has no idea that he still has a mistress, the tough, outspoken Ruby Costevan, whom Alexander has established in his town and made a partner in his company. Ruby has a son, Lee, fathered by the head of the beleaguered Chinese community. Lee becomes dear to Alexander, who fosters his education as a gentleman. Although Ruby loves Alexander, Elizabeth does not. However she bears him two daughters - brilliant Nell, so like her father; and beautiful, haunting Anna, who is to present her father with a torment out of which for once he cannot buy his way. Thwarted in his desire for a son, Alexander turns to Ruby’s boy as a possible heir to his empire, unaware that by keeping Lee with him, he is courting disaster.


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n a shopping haven like Dubai, expect shopping malls of all shapes and sizes to bedeck the cityscape. The flurry of shopping activities covers the entire year, punctuated by the Dubai Summer Surprises and the Dubai Shopping Festival. And whether it’s a new promotion or a new store opening, there’s always something to look forward to in Dubai’s shopping malls. This month, we visit The Village, a Mediterranean-inspired shopping and leisure mall that takes the shopping experience to new heights. Just as there are chic clothes and chic boutiques, The Village is perhaps the best example of a chic mall in

Dubai. It’s location couldn’t be any more appropriate – it’s along Jumeirah Beach Road, and in the middle of a thriving, upper-class residential and commercial area. The Village opened

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its doors to the avant-garde public April of this year. It brought in many new brands, many of which have never before been seen in the UAE or the Middle East. Previously hard to find brands and inaccessible to many (except to those in the know), The Village goes some way to satisfy the appetite for that little something which is different to mainstream stores. And so if it’s the finest things in life that you are looking for, The Village will not disappoint. Try Candella, which has the finest shoes, bags and belts on offer in Europe. These collections are complimented by shawls from India that are works of art other accessories such as Siggis ascot hat collection


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from London and costume jewellery from Mikey of Selfridges. Some of the more familiar exclusive brands found in Candella include Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Givenchy, Cerrutti, Pura Lopez, Nude, Park Lane, and Hadexport. Among the popular exclusives in The Village are Offshore Legends and Oxbow. Offshore Legends is a brand synonymous with high-end fashion sports wear, its unique designs addressing sports minded, fashion-conscience individuals. Personifying the flamboyance that is the world of offshore racing - an exhilarating spectacle, a sport where every second counts. But The Village isn’t just about stylish clothes; it offers stylish home furnishings as well through three premium stores such as Edouard Rambaud, Jim Thompson and

Irony Home. And after a hectic shopping schedule, you can unwind through a relaxing spa at Sensasia located on the upper floor, or choose to satisfy your gastronomic pleasures in any of the mall’s restaurants and delis. Barely six months after its launch, The Village has found a niche in the highly competitive shopping and leisure services sector. With new exclusive and trendy store opening very soon, as well as a carefully planned events line-up, shopping can only get better in The Village. Further details about The Village available at www.thevillagedubai.com.

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This month we turn our sights on the very elegant Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Dubai. Situated on the exclusive Jumeirah strip it is one of the premier resort hotels in Dubai with its elegant beach, extensive, lush gardens, and marvellous Roman-themed spa. For the discerning diner the resort boasts 12 restaurants and bars. For this issue we concentrate on four very different outlets.

of the world Mi Vida If you are looking for very fresh, very fine seafood then look no further than Mi Vida and what better way to enjoy it than in this distinctive Mediterranean style restaurant or al fresco overlooking the ocean from whence the fine fare came. Start off by gazing at the live fish on offer before helping yourself to the typical Mediterranean buffet-style selection of antipasti including vegetables, meat and fish and two hot antipasti on chef’s recommendations. The soup selections are also typically Mediterranean in flavour including a hearty fish soup, or the delightful Spanishinfluenced ice cold Gazpacho soup. The beauty of the menu is that it clearly states where the delights of the sea on offer have come from with a good share of it coming from our very own waters. The menu also shows you the chef’s recommendation on how your choice is usually best enjoyed, with classic presentations like langoustines simply being pan fried with herb and butter or steamed, or the Belon oysters presented raw with lemon, shallot vinegar and bread and butter. Clams and mussels are recommended either in a creamy Mariniere sauce or typical Provencal style with a sauce of tomato, basil and garlic. On the fish side, descriptions of the type of flesh of the fish helps one decide on the cooking method used and papilotte-style (cooked in a paper case) very often seems to be the way to go, followed by grilled, pan-fried or steamed. All in all the dishes are prepared in simple, classic variations

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and served with simple herbed rice and grilled vegetables. On the dessert side fruit plays an important role with delights like a Fruit Minestrone, an exotic Fruit Platter or a selection of fruit sorbets. To be a bit more decadent try the White Chocolate Mousse with a Raspberry Gelee or the delicious Catalane Cream, a caramelised cream with lemon flavour. Mi Vida is open from Saturday – Thursday 19h00-24h00 Al Khaima This is a superb Arabic restaurant situated so close to the beach you can almost run sand through your toes as you sip on a freshly squeezed juice or beverage of your choice. The choice of Mezzeh is large covering the typical cold selections of Hommos, Moutabal, Babaghanouj and Tabouleh amongst others. What is not so typical is the Muhamarah, a delicious spicy dip made with breadcrumbs, walnuts and onions blended with chilli paste and olive oil which is just brilliant to dip hot mezzeh selections like Fried Kebbeh or Grilled Halloumi Cheese, or the mouth-watering Chicken Livers flambéed in lemon juice and drizzled with pomegranate syrup! From the charcoal grill enjoy traditional offerings like Shish Kebab, Shish Tawouk and the ubiquitous Lebanese Mixed Grill, or enjoy what the sea has to offer with Grilled Jumbo Gulf Prawns flavoured with olive oil, lemon juice and garlic, or Grilled Hammour served either with lemon juice and the infamous garlic sauce, or tomato, coriander and chillies! House Specialities

include the popular Koussa Mehshi – Lamb stuffed baby marrows simmered in tomato sauce, the Shish Barak – Lamb dumplings simmered in yoghurt, or the delicious Mloukhieh – the traditional Lebanese ‘spinach’ cooked with garlic, lamb and chicken. Tradition also comes to the fore on the dessert side with melt-inthe-mouth Baklawa or Mohallabiah with honey, or a lovely assortment of sliced fruits or ice-cream. Al Khaima is open daily from 10h00-18h00 serving cocktails, BBQ and an a la carte menu. The traditional Arabic menu is served from 20h00 to late.


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Fusion This unique restaurant brings you three cuisines under one roof. Here you can have it all from Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, so expect variation, expect spicy and above all expect warm Asian hospitality all served up in a modern yet warm atmosphere. The menu is large but for the uninitiated the country of origin is shown next to each dish and don’t be shy asking about the level of heat one can expect. A good start would be the assorted Thai Appetisers, a delightful platter for two with deep fried spring rolls, fried fish fingers, shrimp cakes and barbequed chicken or a typical Malaysian starter of mixed Satays. Enjoy the spicy Thai Tom Yam Kung soup or a delicious, non spicy Malaysian Shrimp Wanton Soup before deciding on the large selection of salads where vegetables and

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fruit play a large part. For seafood lovers the Thai style lobster with red curry and coconut milk is superb (but hot!) or try it simply fried with garlic and black pepper. The Indonesian braised hammour fillet topped with dark soya sauce is perfect if you are not into too much spice. Naturally there is a large choice of steaming hot, sizzling stir-fries to choose from like the Indonesian pan-fried beef with mixed vegetables and oyster sauce, the Malaysian grilled chicken and lemongrass and coconut milk or the Thai roasted duckling served with young broccoli leaves and gravy. With the rice and noodle selections you cannot go wrong with the traditional Indonesian Nasi Goreng or just a plain bowl of steamed rice to sop up the juices. For curry lovers run the full gauntlet of roast duck with red curry and coconut milk or opt for a milder chicken or prawn green curry, and for meat lovers there is a delightful spiced beef curry. Fruit also plays an integral part of the desserts on offer like sweet sticky rice with mango or fresh mango in coconut milk. For something really different and refreshing try the delightful coconut ice cream served in a half coconut shell. Fusion is open daily from 19h00-24h00. Prime Rib This award-winning outlet specialises in serving Prime Beef and is a haven for the meat lover who craves his slice of beef served up in a modern, contemporary atmosphere. However a glance at the menu will tell you that the gastronome will be equally at home here. An example would be the Fresh Oysters as starters served fried with Horseradish whipped cream, poached in champagne butter or

classically raw with a shallot vinaigrette; or a “Surf ‘n Turf” consisting of grilled lobster tail, sautéed Foie Gras and corn bread with candied figs. Exotic salads whet the appetite with offerings like the Boston Bib salad with Roquefort and dried tomatoes in a shallot thyme vinaigrette or the explosion of flavours in the Mesclun greens with a dried fruit and goat’s cheese crouton, roasted beetroot, French beans and candied cashews! Moving onto the meat choose from various cuts, the smallest being the 10 oz tenderloin of beef fillet, the 12 oz Rib Eye and Sirloin Strip Steak or the mammoth 18 oz Grilled T-Bone. A delightful dish for two people is the 32 oz Grilled Prime Rib with grilled vegetables and Yorkshire pudding. The steaks are done exactly to your specification from ‘bleu’ to well-done and come served with 6 sauces, and a choice of potato preparations. A variety of vegetables can be ordered separately like Baked Broccoli with Aged Cheddar Cheese or delicious Sautéed or creamed spinach as an example. House Specialties include the Le Royal Mixed Grill where you can enjoy a combination platter including lobster, tenderloin, chicken, rack of lamb or hammour; or the lovely panfried snapper with braised leeks, artichoke hearts and lemon olive oil, and for non meat eaters there is a glorious platter of Cardamom spiced vegetables “Mille Feuille” with grilled artichokes, roasted capsicum, pumpkin, and grilled onion in a carrot syrup. The classic Apple Tart with Calvados Crème Brulee and Vanilla Ice cream is a dessert triumph amongst others like Strawberry Shortcake with Strawberry Ice Cream and Devon Double Cream, or the very different Flavoured Cinnamon and Star Anis Crème with Cookies. Or perhaps a selection of fine French cheese would be your choice of ending a perfect meal. Prime Rib is open daily from 19h00-24h00 Win dinner for 2 at Ma Vida including a bottle of house beverage Q1: What cuisines are served at Fusions? ............................................................................. Q2: What is the speciality of Prime Rib? ............................................................................. Q3: Name the cold soup available at Ma Vida? ............................................................................. Name:................................................................. Address:............................................................. Tel:...................................................................... Email:................................................................. Age:.................................................................... Please send your reply to P.O Box. 34257 or fax : 04 222 1218 or E-mail: oscar.pinto@alfuttaim.ae

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Tel: + 971 4 399 5555

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he inspired Arabian Ranches development has begun welcoming it’s first residents. This premium multi-billion Dirham desert paradise developed by EMAAR Properties, acknowledge as the region’s premier real estate developer, brings an exciting new leisure and residential concept to Dubai. Incorporating the natural beauty of the desert landscape and providing on-site amenities of two of the most beloved pastimes of the region, namely golf and the horse. Located on the Emirates Road in the new growth area of Dubai, at the intersection of three key ring roads leading to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai it is an entire community a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle that is Dubai. The desert resort is constructed around a world-class golf course, equestrian and polo grounds, a network of man-made lakes and health spas covering an area of around 3,000 acres. The upscale, gated residential community provides buyers a

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choice of luxurious, upscale one vate reserve but be part of the community. and two story single-family villas and A Clubhouse also offers a squash court, townhouses with a wide choice of floor tennis court, basketball and netball courts, plans. It is a community of riding trails swimming pool, restaurant, library, games with bicycle and pedestrian links, neigh- room and gymnasium. bourhood parks, swimming pools; chilThe 18-hole Desert Course forms the dren’s play areas, a state-of-the-art com- centrepiece of the development and is one munication network, mosque, retail out- of only around 100 genuine desert courses lets, supermarkets and 24-hour security. in the world and was developed by former The Equine Centre itself is the only facil- Open Champion, Ian Baker-Finch, in ity of its kind in the region to combine association with Nicklaus Design. horse riding, polo, dressage and show Designed to follow dune patters to jumping. The centre, with 300 stables is enhance the natural beauty of the site it also home to the Dubai Polo Club that also provides one of the most testing recently closed in Nad Al Sheba. Fifty of courses for golfers. Measuring 7,691 yards the horses at the Centre will be dedicated from the black championship tees, there polo ponies, and whether one is a novice are a further four tee boxes catering to all rider or an experienced polo player, each levels of proficiency. The Golf Academy level is catered to. His Highness, Sheikh houses a reservation desk, men’s and Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ladies changing and shower rooms, a fully Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister equipped pro shop, two air-conditioned of Defence gifted 200 horses to the Equine swing rooms, a full restaurant and bar Centre early this year. The horses are service, a driving range with short game nearly as pampered as residents with practice and teaching areas as well as a every four horses having their own groom practice putting green. as well as resident trainers, farriers and Unit Sizes & Prices a vet with access to a 3,216 sq ft (from Dhs 998,888) fully equipped treat- 3 Bedroom 5 Bedroom 4,849 sq ft (from Dhs 1,549,888) ment room. Additionally there are International standard turf Home Finance Options are available from polo fields, a grass practice Dubai Bank, Amlak Finance, field, arenas for dressage and Mashreqbank and Dubai Islamic Bank show jumping and a shaded grandstand to provide spectaArabian Ranches tors with a prime view of all the Tel: + 971 4 884 6556 equestrian action. However Fax: + 971 4 884 5409 the intention is not for the Toll Free: 800 4990 Centre to be an exclusive priEmail: enquiry@emaar.ae


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ith the vision of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister the Dubai, the establishment of the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) is soon to become a reality. The aim of DIFC is to create a financial marketplace to serve the GCC region and fill the gap not covered by the international financial centres of Europe, the Far East and North America. It will become an international leading financial centre matching those of London, New York and Hong Kong. The end of 2003 saw DIFC getting the approval to operate as a Financial Free Zone and as one drives down Sheikh Zayed Highway it is clear to see that huge progress has already been made on the first phase known as “The Gate”, situated remarkably close to the Emirates Towers. Running 24/7 the purpose built, self contained financial hub will combine a unique integration of building which in combination will offer everything one would expect from a world-class cosmopolitan city – including offices, serviced apartments, hotels, shops and restaurants. The inclusion of a museum, art gallery and performing arts centre will add to DIFC’s attraction. People will be able to

walk from one part of the city complex to another in a temperature-controlled environment, and on the outer perimeter there will be an automated transit system circumnavigating the entire district. Park Towers, the outstanding two new residential towers under development by the multi-million Dirham DAMAC Group and holding a freehold facility for UAE Nationals and expatriates alike, aims to provide top executives coming to live in the region’s newest financial zone a luxurious and exclusive lifestyle. Surrounded by lush green walkways, cafes, restaurants, shopping boulevards and equipped with 5-star amenities such as room service and housekeeping. Designed by some of the finest architects in the world, each of the towers offers approximately 230 exquisitely planned one, two, and three bedroom apartments with superb finish and quality, not to mention the outstanding panoramic views. Every apartment includes central airconditioning, ceramic floors throughout, double-glazing and kitchen amenities including designer fridge and cooker. Buyers can customise their kitchen and bathrooms by choosing a combination of interior finishes from outstanding interior sample pallets. The intelligent design of the towers ensures that every apartment has a wide balcony offering you the freedom to relax and enjoy the stunning views. In addition to this the following amenities and services are included: World-class recreational facilities featuring the most advanced temperaturecontrolled swimming pool, health club and gymnasium, spacious steam and

sauna room, Jacuzzi, tennis court and BBQ area. Exquisitely designed lobby area with a concierge desk offering 24-hour service. This leads to an adjoining, elevated coffee lounge with a dazzling view A highly equipped business centre including high-speed Internet access, faxing, photocopying and round-the-clock manned help desk. Banquet hall and meeting room facility designed for private parties, gatherings, special occasions and business meetings. Round-the-clock security, professional housekeeping, individual post boxes and underground parking. An executive restaurant that also supplies room service. All registered owners of Park Towers at DIFC apartments will be entitled to a UAE residence visa (issued by the relevant Dubai government authorities under their standard terms and conditions). Additionally DAMAC will also assist all homeowners in obtaining mortgage finance from participating financial institutions. www.damacproperties.com www.parktowers.damacproperties.com

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hese days, it is nor surprising for one person to be changing mobile phones after just six months. In that period of time, a new model would have come out in the market. New models, or even just new upgrades are flooding the mobile phone market, making it increasing very competitive. Then comes Ilkone’s mobile phone, the new kid on the block. With such variety in the market, is there really room for one more mobile phone? Saqer Tallawi, CEO of Ilkone, believes Ilkone will survive the competition and succeed. “While there was only a five percent growth of the global mobile phone sector, the Gulf region is experiencing a boom,” Tallawi said. He cited that the life cycle of a mobile phone in the region has reduced from two years in 1998 to less than nine months in 2003, making the GCC one of the fastest growing mobile phone markets with highest phone replacement turnover. He also added that “the current size of the GCC mobile phone market is five million units a year, set to grow by 40% annually. The tremendous increase in number of potential first-time users as well as those who keep abreast of latest phone technology and frequently upgrade their phone models is one of the main reasons for the projected growth.” But the Ilkone i800’s ace lies in the fact that it is serving a niche market. It is unique compared with the others not because it looks or sounds different, but because it has incorporated technology that will address specific needs of a specific market. “Consumers nowadays view mobile phones as devices which can add value to their self being and inner feelings rather than just a simple communication tool. Ilkone i800 is specially designed to serve Muslims all across the world to address their needs, and add value to their spiritual self being,” Tellawi added. The launch of ilkone i800, rightly positioned as the smart Islamic mobile phone, is a perfect example of how mobile wireless technology enhances the power and functionality of a mobile device, tailoring to the specific needs of the Muslim enduser.

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Among its many features, ilkone i800 offers automatic precise prayer timing anywhere in the world, an alarm option which can be set to sound before and after the call to prayer (Azan) with actual Azan voice which could be automatically set to silence throughout prayer. It is also capable of establishing Qibla directions from anywhere in the world, automatically pointing towards Mecca, giving full text of the Holy Qur’an approved by AlAzhar, with English translations. It also provides other features such as Hijri calendar converter and automatic alarm for Sohour Imsak and Iftar during Ramadan. Moreover, the revolutionary phone is equipped with GPRS Class 12, giving users the fastest internet connection anywhere in the world. The name ‘ilkone’ is derived from the Arabic word meaning ‘universe’. Ilkone has harnessed the specialist expertise of the different international companies to develop unique applications for specialinterest market segments. The i800 is the product of an international consortium, comprising partners from the U.A.E., Egypt, England, Australia, and South Korea. Ilkone’s CEO Mr. Saqer Tellawi says the consortium has devoted two years of research and development in bringing this new phone to the market, focusing on key areas from design to manufacturing and distribution networks. The Ilkone i800 was launched earlier this year in many markets including Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Sudan, Algeria and the Far East, and will be introduced to the GCC countries and other major Islamic countries by September 2004.


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Have You Heard Better Life Adds a Touch of Magic to the UAE The 2,200-watt kettle has a capacity of two litres, a 360-degree revolving cordless base, removable filter for easy cleaning, and an automatic thermostat. Available at all five Better Life outlets in the UAE, Binatone’s Magic Kettle is priced at AED100 and stocks are limited.

Fujitsu Siemens Computers unveils new generation of Intel-based monoprocessor servers The PRIMERGY TX150 S2 has been enhanced to operate even more economically while offering better performance and reliability thanks to its sheer range of functionality and integration of quality future-oriented technology. The PRIMERGY RX100 S2, meanwhile, offers ultracompact economy with its improved utility and expanded data center fail safety. Both servers come with Server Management Suite, ensuring simple installation and configuration, as well as a choice of Intel Pentium 4 or Celeron processors.

Braun The New Store launched recently the latest Braun Blood Pressure Monitor BP2550 at the Burj Al Arab. Attending the affair were representatives from pharmacies who distribute Braun BP monitors and important guests. Photo Caption: (left to right) Mr. Mustafa Eshaq, GM of The New Store; Mr. Samir N. Haddad, Gillette Regional GM-ME& Africa; and, Mr. Siavash Motemavilian, Gillette GMGulf/Pakistan.

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Philips is the World’s Favourite Ironing Brand Philips is the world’s favourite ironing brand, according to combined data that includes independent research conducted in Asia, Europe and Eastern Europe. Philips irons lead all other brands, both in terms of total sales value and in the number of individual units sold, the research shows.

EPSON unveils revolutionary image restoration system in new scanner Perfection 4870 Photo This high performance flatbed scanner for the photography or graphics professional offers the power and quality of a film scanner with the flexibility of a flatbed, all without sacrificing the scan quality. With an optical resolution of 4800 x 9600dpi – the highest in its class – the new scanner allows a 35mm piece of film to be enlarged to 60cm x 80cm. By coupling this vast resolution with a moving TPU (transparency unit) lamp, EPSON’s newest flatbed scanner not only challenges the traditional film scanner manufacturers on quality, but also on price.


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IDdesign specialises in quality furnishings and accessories for all rooms of the home. It also has a complete range of office and garden furniture. All products come with a two-year guarantee, and free delivery and assembly at the customer’s premises. “There is always something to look forward to at IDdesign. Being a Danish company, our furnishing is different in style and quality from those available at other furniture and accessory stores,” said Ajai Dayal, General Manager, Retail and Marketing, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group.

Nokia Wireless Keyboard The Nokia Wireless Keyboard is optimized for heavy use of text-based applications in the mobile phones and includes a full-QWERTY keyboard, four directional arrow keys and short cut keys to speed up access to the main terminal menu and messaging applications including SMS, email and more. The Nokia Wireless Keyboard is a perfect business tool and offers support for 3rd party applications.

The new 2005 IKEA catalogue now available! Conquering the UAE with prominent success, the totally new IKEA catalogue promises customers the chance to furnish their homes in the most stylish and affordable way ever. TNT, the sole distributor of the 2005 IKEA catalogue in the UAE, is making sure that the new catalogue is delivered to every door step within the next three weeks.

Panasonic to introduce 3CCD digital video camera that also records still images with 4-megapixel quality at GITEX Dubai 2004 The flagship model in the range is the NV-GS400, a 3CCD digital video camera that can record still images at a record-breaking four-megapixels, the highest in the industry. The GS400 incorporates 3CCD technology used in professional broadcast equipment, and fuses the Leica Dicomar lens; developed in collaboration with the worldrenowned Leica, with Panasonic’s advanced digital technology, making it a truly remarkable e.cam.

LG upgrades LCD TV portfolio The new model offers a range of features designed to appeal to style-conscious and technology-savvy consumers in the region. It combines sharp, clear-cut picture quality with a sleek and elegant design. Besides compatibility with other entertainment systems through S-VHS, AV inputs and a PC compatible connection for maximum versatility, it also features a built-in TV tuner, 3D dynamic edge filtering systems and a built-in subwoofer, creating sharp pictures and crystal-clear sound.

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Dusit Dubai THE BRUNCH Dusit Dubai has re-launched its Friday meal of the day - ‘The Brunch’. Starting September 10, ‘The Brunch’ served on level 24, will feature an extensive menu from various regions around the World. The Brunch is on every Friday afternoon on Level 24, from 12 noon until 3 pm and is priced at Dhs.99 net per person including house beverages. Children below 5 dine with our compliments and between the ages of 6 to 12 years at Dhs.50 net per child including soft drinks and juices. Reservations Tel: 00 971 4 3433333

SINGING SENSATION SYLVIE CHEDID GRACES AWTAR Awtar, Grand Hyatt Dubai’s Lebanese restaurant, will host one of Lebanon’s famous singers, Sylvie Chedid, every Wednesday and Thursday night from September 1 until the middle of October. Well known for her authentic Lebanese style of singing, Sylvie has participated twice in the prestigious Bealbak Festival (1996 and 1998).

Hilton Dubai Jumeirah AWGYU AT PACHANGA The most pampered and prized beef in the world can be enjoyed throughout the second half of September in Pachanga at the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah. Known as the ‘foie gras’ of beef, Wagyu beef is rare, special and on the way to becoming the latest gourmet hit. Wagyu beef will be served throughout the second half of September at Pachanga – beef lovers don’t miss out! Tel: 04 399 1111

Yum Cha fever at The China Club! The China Club provides the ultimate dining experience. Our A La Carte menu features the largest selection of live seafood of any Chinese restaurant in Dubai, with over 20 different types of fish and a wide range of Dim Sum, vegetarian dishes and many more….The vast selection of seafood in elegant surroundings with stunning traditional settings and impeccable service, make The China Club’s experience at its finest. Tel: 04 205 7333 or 04 205 7444.

Shangri-La Seafood & Spa (Valid until 30 Sept) Have you visited the new Amwaj seafood restaurant at the Shangri-La yet? If the answer is no…then the summer is the perfect time to do so. Why not combine a visit to the Spa at Shangri-La and pamper yourself with some indulgent treatments and follow that with a delicious meal from the “Spa Cuisine” menu at Amwaj. Known as “Spa Journeys” guests can choose from A Short Journey (AED 550 per person), A Day to Detox (AED 750 per person) or the ultimate journey, the Chill Out Day Spa (AED 1000 per person). Bookings are essential – Tel: 04 405 2441

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30 Notebooks Up for Grabs in SAHARA Centre Sharjah's Sahara Centre has made its Back-To-School 'Win-A-Laptop-Day' promotion an annual event, giving mature and school-age shoppers the chance throughout September to win one of 30 feature-rich Acer P4 Arabic-enabled laptops every day. By spending AED200 at Sahara, the UAE's family Shopping and entertainment destination, customers can be winners when the promotions' weekly raffle draws take place. By filling in any entry form at the Customer Service Desk, they can enter the prize draw series, which comes hot on the heels of the centre's successful Summer Surprises.

Al Bustan Centre Opens Its Newly Renovated Food Court Al Bustan Centre & Residence, the luxurious residential, shopping and entertainment complex, opens its newly refurbished food court located at the shopping mall and offers a wide range of international cuisines. In the new food court, the guests can choose what they want to eat from the food display and be cooked as a fast food or have the option to select from the menu. The food court is open Fridays thru Wednesdays from 11am-11pm and on Thursdays from 11am-12am. STYLE IN THE CITY On 05th September, a unique fashion and style extravaganza entitled “Style in the City” took place. The big event featured the latest collections, trends and styles of the season where these brands will be displayed prominently throughout the Centre during September 2004. Held on Centre Court Stage, the event captured the attention of thousands of shoppers as they moved throughout the mall. A selection of Dubai’s most talented young models were positioned around colorful, life-size props that were strategically placed on the stage, displaying retailers’ latest collections, trends and colors of the season. Music was supplied by Virgin Megastore, adding a final, creative touch to the evening.‘Style in the City’ will take place at Deira City Centre throughout the month of September.

Dubai’s first Leonardo da Vinci exhibition unveiled at Mercato As part of its second birthday celebrations, Mercato, the first themed mall in the UAE and Middle East, has announced that, it will inaugurate the Dubai’s first ever Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, which will be held at Mercato from 15 September to 14 October 2004. Running parallel to the exhibition will be the Leonardo Promotional Draw, where those who spend AED200 will receive a raffle coupon for the opportunity to win a tailor made family holiday to Florence and Vinci in Italy for two adults and two children under the age of 12, with da Vinci-orientated guided tours and excursions thrown in for good measure. The winner’s name will be drawn from the barrel at 12 noon on Saturday 16 October.

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Shopping Malls DUBAI AL GHUURAIR CENTRE

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AL BUSTAN CENTRE

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AL MANAL CENTRE

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BEACH CENTRE

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BURJUMAN CENTRE

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CENTURY MALL

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DEIRA CITY CENTRE

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HAMARAIN CENTRE

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HOLIDAY CENTRE

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LAMCY PLAZA

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MAZAYA SHOPPING CENTRE

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