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MORALMODA

ISTANBUL ISSUE (16)

MAGAZINE

2018

Interview: Saana Azzam MENA Speakers founder first exclusive: our

Luxury travel: Istanbul by Wael Alteen

Year of Zayed: Emirate Al Ain

IstanbulLuxury travel:

Istanbul by Wael Alteen

One&Only  in Greece  EMRÉ  New York brand expands

Aline Watfa in Ellie Saab 2017

news in 2018:

ELSSA AFTER ELIE SAAB HAUTE COUTURE FASHION SHOW IN PARIS

Aida & Nazanin Fara in interview on Fara Beauty - Dubai

Mercedes-Benz review by Saeed Ahram Dubai

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 Contents

EDITOR YEAR OF ZAYED

RAMIS HORSES ISSAC DIBS

PAGE 12 SAANA AZZAM

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Letter from Editor Ahmet Nermin

Emirate Al Ain in focus

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Emirate Al Ain in focus with calendar of cultural events

The 1st edition of the Gallops of Morocco 2018

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Gallops of Morocco

Dubai International Boat Show

Founder of Biggest Speakers Competition in the Arab World

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By Wael ALteen

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ISTANBUL

Ottoman City on two continents

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ART

Islamic art and Ottoman tradition

LUXURY TRAVEL

PAG PA E G2E

Letter from Editor

ISTANBUL GUIDE 2

Affluent consumers consumption patterns

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Dubai International Boat Show review

Saana Azzam in interview about Biggest Speakers Competition in the Arab World Luxury palace hotel review inIstanbul on two continents

Istanbul is among world's top destinations Islamic art and Ottoman tradition of tespih making Istanbul guide things to do in one of world's top destinations


MORALMODA MAGAZINE Dear reader, welcome and thank you to open our first Istanbul issue, which would never be possible without huge help and support from everybody who contributed with images or text about this trully magical city. I am sure you will enjoy the exclusive content by travel expert Wael Alteen, who is Dubai based, but travels this time to Istanbul to test the best that this city has to offer. Henceforth we bring you extensive profile of the ultraluxury hotel Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul. This is our cover story and also first cover with Wael Alteen, who has contributed to 3 articles about

Istanbul, we also have stories about remarkable history of design and how sultans in Ottoman Istanbul dictated all development in design to smallest detail, and how this likely set rules for all aspects of social life. Understanding social way and norms can help us grasp the complexity of social structure and development in Istanbul, which is a neverending process and which is something that made me long to visit Istanbul since i was maybe teenager. I finally visited Istanbul alone in 2014 and realised it is like no other city. In this issue I will try to represent this.  

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Our first interview with Saana Azzam (the founder of MENA Speakers), is a story I am happy to share here, as an inspiration to us all and Saana shared more details & how to join her latest  project-Biggest Speakers Competition in the Arab World, its easy and she is inviting everybody to join. Besides our second in series of stories about the United Arab Emirates, in the year of Zayed, where Al Ain is in focus, we have latest from the art world, too.  Find out more about upcoming events and news from Dubai, Paris, Geneva, Milano and Los Angeles on our social media pages. Thank you and welcome to this Istanbul issue. Your comments are welcome - send to Insta/Twitter or by email: designersyou@ymail.com  Sincerely, Ahmet Nermin Editor-In-Chief


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After successful Emirati Look Al Ain is preparing long list of new events to celebrate the Year of Zayed

One of the UAE’s most historic buildings, Al Jahili Fort was erected in 1891to defend the city and protect precious palm groves.

A line-up of events and activities for Al Ain’s new season of artistic and cultural programmes have been launched to provide an array of family-focused experiences for visitors and residents. Al Ain Palace Museum The former home of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Al Ain Palace Museum celebrates Emirati hospitality and culture with My Heritage, My Responsibility, the seasonal outdoor programme highlighting different elements of the heritage of the UAE with workshops, performance and traditional craftmarket to celebrate Emirati heritage. World Heritage Day from 19 to 20 April. Until then visit also: Ramsa, a weekly community majlis event where the Emirati dialect and customs will be discussed by experts in Emirati heritage; and a Handicrafts Workshop, weekly Telli, Khoos and Sadu  presentations. The cultural programme shows Al Ain as the cultural heartland of the nation, the only; UNESCO World Heritage - Al Ain Oasis The Al Ain oasis is 3,000-year-old falaj irrigation system.  ‘Ramsa’ Every Sunday through April 2018 Handicrafts Workshops: Every Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the year. Images: visitabudhabi.ae

After organizing Emirati Look (the biggest Emirati fashion show) under the patronage of HH SHEIKH SAEED BIN TAHNOON AL NAHYAN, the emirate of Al Ain is preparing another big celebration next month at the Al Ain Palace Museum, the former home of the late UAE founder, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (in the Year of Zayed ). Al Ain is said to be one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, and is the UAE’s only UNESCO heritage site.


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GALLOPS OF MOROCCO Gallops of Morocco (February 25th to March 4th 2018) under the high patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, is the first horse race of its kind, thanks to  Bady Kebir, organizer of numerous equestrian excursions abroad and Benoît Perrier, manager of the Polo Club of Domaine de Chantilly in France. The two men created a new original concept: the horseback ride. The second edition of their competition, Gallops of Morocco, take place in  Morocco in the Sahara, after premier in Oman.  The first edition of this competition off the beaten path (in a style of the rally Paris-Dakar,) took place in the Sultanate of Oman, in 2014. This year, the participants had to overcome 200 kilometers from Arfoud, in the region of Drâa-Tafilalet to the high sand dunes of Merzouga. Every evening, they got entertained with their families, who could follow in 4x4, with traditional Moroccan shows and animations. A total of 110 riders (22 teams of 5 riders each) joined to compete for the second edition of Gallops of Morocco. registrations for 6 days to an  all inclusive programme was 4,200 euros. All riders, in good health and mastering the three paces could complete this race which is sporty and requires endurance.Every day, the ridesr achieved 5 to 6 hours of horse. Info & images //gallopsofmorocco.com

Gallops of Morocco is a great ride, a passionate challenging race, a unique experience at Sahara's gates.

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GALLOPS OF MOROCCO WORDS & IMAGES BY KRISHNA RAJ, DIAMOND MARKETER AND LUXURY INSIDER, DUBAI, UAE

Having heard so much about the Dubai International Boat show (DIBS); its grandeur & astounding influx of HNIs, business insiders and visitors across the country & overseas, I was excited long time in advance to visit it. On the last day of the show, Saturday 3rd of March I finally  made it to fancy new location of  DIBS at the new Dubai Water Canal. The UAE’s one of the prominent show  having success legacy of more than 25 years, this gigantic 5 day long luxury & lifestyle event hosted over  800 companies of leisure crafts and yachts, maritime products, services, naval architects and designing services, boating machines and equipments, boating interior products and safety equipments from all over the globe. Dubai International Marine Club at Mina Seyahi used to host the event until Dubai’s another master architectural structure - the Dubai Water canal came into existence earlier in 2017. The event witnessed few launches of Equipment Supplies & Services, Diving, 

It is undoubtedly the most luxurious and grand outdoor exhibition I have been to and I am really excited for next year already. (other images personal by Krishna Raj

water sports, fishing and sailing gears with the latest technology, marine lifestyle that were delight for the buyers and boat and yacht industry insiders. Super Car Promenade was buzzing with selfie fanatics and car shutterbugs, while the fishing competition and paddle race fuelled the adrenaline rush. Major attraction for me was Marine Art Gallery aiming to attract VIP visitors and high profile art enthusiasts to view and purchase the collection. Top yachts at DIBS GALEON 380 FLY , TARGA 53 GRAND TURISMO, SQUADRON 53, SQUADRON 48 , FERRETTI YACHTS 550, LAGOON 52F are few of the water beasts that have caught my eye and heart. Entertainment highlight was Oraib Hamdan and Faisal Al Jassem concert, the Arabic singing sensations mesmerized everyone on the 1st and 2nd of March that I missed big time, however MUSIC BY THE BEACH where Dubai’s talented musicians kept everyone captivated throughout.

dubai KRISHNA RAJ IS DIAMOND MARKETER AND CREATOR OF MENANDDIAMOND BLOG DEDICATED TO MEN’S JEWELLERY & LUXURY. HE IS BASED IN DUBAI SINCE 2013, AND ATTENDS VARIOUS LUXURY AND LIFESTYLES EVENTS ACROSS THE GULF, AS HE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT JEWELLERY. RAJ PENS DOWN NEW LAUNCHES, ART AND CREATIVITY AROUND HIM. BEING A JEWLLERY INSIDER & A DIAMOND GRADUATE HE IS WORKING TOWARDS SPREADING AN AWARENESS AMONGST MILLENNIAL TO BE MOTIVATED FOR THE JEWELS THE SAME WAY AS GADGETS.

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It is undoubtedly the most luxurious and grand outdoor exhibition I have been to and I am really excited for the next year already. President,   Prime   Minister   and   Ruler   of   Dubai,   His   Highness Sheikh   Mohammed   bin   Rashid   Al   Maktoum   graced   the   event   and   was shown around UAE best 20 yachts.

boat show dubaiboat yacht dubaiboat showboat show dubai dubai boat dubaiboat dubai Entering its 26th year, Dubai International Boat Show has once again brought together some of the biggest yacht-builders and designers as well as experts in the global supply and manufacturing chain, including the SYBAss members in the specially created Superyacht Avenue such as profiled Baglietto, Benetti, Fincantieri Yachts, Lürssen, Feadship, Oceanco, Sanlorenzo, CRN and Heesen. The largest superyacht project in the Emirates is the much-anticipated Majesty 175 by local builder Gulf Craft. One of the biggest exhibitors at Dubai International Boat Show, the UAE-based manufacturer of luxury boats and yachts has brought a selection of its breathtaking vessels to Dubai International Boat Show 2018.

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Biggest Speakers Competition in the Arab World Biggest Speakers Competition in the Arab World - MENA Speaks, is now launched Dubai based company KnoWho   Market,   a   platform   that   connects corporations   and   organizations   with   experts   and   speakers, announces an exciting public speaking competition, MENA Speaks that is launching from  the first of March. "KnoWho Market is proud to launch  MENA Speaks, a competition that aims at uncovering the next   super-speaker of  the   Middle East. For  this competition, participants   are   asked   to   share   their   most   compelling,   heart-breaking   and shocking stories. We want want to hear about that event that changed your life, that made you who you are. In short, this competition is about finding out what makes you you, and whether you will become the next superstar speaker of the MENA Region. But above   all,   MENA Speaks would like to   give you, all  the inspiring speakers, a platform to get recognised for your talent. Everyone is welcome to send a video and become part of this project. Everyone is encouraged to become part of their movement and would like to hear the voices of the MENA region, and what makes us all unique! As the UAE is recognised as a business hub of the Middle East, more and more companies rely on the talents of speakers improve the employees’ skill-sets in soft-skills such as sales, negotiation and others, as well as to anchor changes and strategic decisions. For these reasons, the main partner, MENA Speakers, leading   speakers   bureau  in   the   Middle   East  are   offering   the   winner   of   the competition professional coaching and representation. This   competition   is   perfect   for   speakers   in   the   region   seeking   to   become professionals and get the reach they need to share their vision. The website will feature a form where the participants can fill in their basic bio info. The participants can upload their videos on online platforms like youtube, vimeo   etc.  For   more   information   about   MENA   Speaks,   please   visit KnoWhoMarket.com."

MENA Speakers: Founded by Saana Azzam,   MENA  Speakers is a social enterprise  that is for  the community   and   by the community, with  no  compromise   on   standards.   When   MENA  Speakers recruit for new speakers, they see this as the formation of a new partnership. MENA Speakers believe in empo-wering, educating and entertaining audience using   strong   and   intelligent   voices   throughout   society.   The   main   aim   is   to    facilitate that interaction between speaker and different  forums and  to   make  sure that the right voice is matched to the right audience. MENA Speakers  background comes from standing on stage, speaking to thousands and also from listening to thousands to leave you educated, engaged and empowered. MENA   Speakers   is   organizing   a   regional   competition   to   identify   the   next speaking super star of the MENA region to give a platform to the MENA people to express themselves and get an opportunity to get identified and recognized for their speaking talent. If   you  are   a   knowledge   trader,   event   manager,   HR   Manager   or   in   a   high-powered  position  and   looking  for  training  or   coaching  then trust  that   MENA Speakers will offer you the right solution for your needs.

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SAANA AZZAM IS THE FOUNDER OF MENA SPEAKERS, WITH LIFE MISSION AND PURPOSE TO CREATE AN IMPROVED STATE OF THE WORLD THROUGH DIALOGUE. SAANA'S  LOCAL MISSION IS TO BECOME THE BIGGEST EXPORTER OF MIDDLE EASTERN VOICES TO THE WORLD. HAVING GRADUATED FROM THE ESTEEMED STOCKHOLM SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS WITH A MASTERS IN ECONOMICS, HER ADEPT SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE IN MARKET ANALYSIS, INVESTMENTS, RESEARCH AND FINANCE HAS NOT ONLY GIVEN HER THE ADVANTAGEOUS POSITION OF KNOWING HER MARKET, BUT HAS ALSO EARNED HER THE PRESTIGIOUS TITLE “FEMALE ECONOMIST OF THE YEAR”. "MY HOPE IS TO HAVE IMPROVED SOME LIVES BY GIVING THEM THE KNOWLEDGE TO INDEPENDENTLY LEAD COMPASSIONATE AND SUCCESSFUL LIVES. I ALSO HAVE A DREAM THAT WE GET MORE GLOBAL SPEAKERS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND THAT WE SHOWCASE THE RENAISSANCE MOVEMENT THAT IS HAPPENING HERE. IF THAT ALSO HAPPENS TO BE FEMALE VOICES, THEN I WOULD TRULY HAVE LIVED A LIFE WORTH LIVING. THE CAUSE OF IMPROVING WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND ADDRESSING INEQUALITY ISSUES WILL ALWAYS BE A TOPIC CLOSE TO MY HEART." SAANA’S EXEMPLARY EXPERTISE LIES IN THE ART OF PUBLIC SPEAKING. TRAINED BY EXPERTS FROM CNBC AND MBC, ETC. LISTED AS ONE OF SWEDEN’S 101 SUPER TALENTS IN 2012, AND RECOGNIZED AS A “TOP 30 UNDER 30 INFLUENCERS” IN 2015. HER BIGGEST CLIENTS INCLUDE ERICSSON, SPOTIFY, EMIRATES NUCLEAR ENERGY CORPORATION, RTA, DEL MONTE  AS AN EXPERT HEADHUNTER SHE USES NLP TECHNIQUES, SUBLIMINAL AND NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION TO ENSURE THAT HER CLIENTS ARE POWER COMMUNICATING. SAANA  IS DUBBED AS THE EXPERTS’ EXPERT.

The founder of MENA Speakers, Saana Azzam is launching her new project - that is Biggest Speakers Competition in the Arab World. We interviewed Saana Azzam in a mail interview about her road to founding own company in Dubai and how can someone join her Speakers Competition. You have pursued to master the art of communicating in marketing and competitive market early, and your focus to develop skills in investment market analysis and finance, led to award title as the Female Economist of the Year; how was it to be awarded this title so early in your career and where were you based at the time? Saana: "To win that award (the Female Economist of the Year) was a dream come true, I have wished the award since the second I heard about it at my university, so it was a 4-year long dream. I can only accredit that award and its founder Barbro Ehnbom for giving me a chance to be in the public eye which lead to being on stage to share my knowledge. This was in 2010 and ever since, the stage has become part of my comfort zone and a beloved platform to voice thoughts and knowledge that I am passionate about. I was based in Stockholm, Sweden; getting my masters from Stockholm School of Economics."  What were your initial inspirations to do marketing & communication? Saana: "The interest for this came up much earlier. It was actually at an internship at a bank. I was working as a news writer starting at 4 AM in the morning to brief equity traders and their clients on macro news. 

What was interesting about that job, was definitely not the 4AM start, but I was put in an environ-ment with fellow high achievers and it really was frustrating to not be recognized. This is where my interest in building relationships, networking and understanding communication became a passion of mine;it became a really important skill for my career and something that I constantly read about to date." And she continues: "When it comes to marketing, this is a skill that I was forced to learn because I set up a business two years ago and I had to replace the digital marketing agencies that were not doing an excellent job. I could intuitively feel something was off, but I wasn’t sure why so this put me in a place where I needed to study and learn the principles of marketing, the success of my business depended on it." Your professional collaborations with stakeholders in the Gulf has led to the growth of your firm and increased demand of your expertise, how did you enter this field after graduating  from the Stockholm School of Economics and how was it to be part of so fast developing firm? Saana:"My first visit to the Gulf was already in 2004 and it was love at first sight. I knew, already as a high school student, that this was where I belonged. After that, I have been sporadically trading with the Gulf since but it wasn’t till 2011 where I decided to officially relocate. It is wonderful to live in the most visionary country on earth that is innovating at an incredible speed. To live here trains us all to be agile and adaptable because there are so many improvements and changes."


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ways appreciated. Sometimes we are es but if you always treat people with hen these things will not matter. I started my career in banking and I worked at American Express, Saxo Bank and even for a Swiss gold trading house. At every job, I would get invited to hold speeches at different confer-ences or to facilitate high profile con-versations on stage.A seed was planted already in 2010 when I found myself being quite often the only different person at conferences in Europe. The difference was that quite often I was the only female speaker, the youngest or the only Arab speaker. I got headhunted by speaking agencies quite early on in my career however, when I moved to Dubai there was no centralized speaker agency. What was noticeable though was that there were a lot of very high intellectual, powerful voices with no representation. There was a real opportunity to showcase and support these speakers to the region and globally." You seek a multidisciplinary approach in your projects. Do you focus on cross-cultural projects or how do you grow? Saana: "There are two reasons to build a brand.My primary driver is to spread a message to the world. The secondary driver is to be able to generate an income to live comfortably by living passionately. Today’s digital age holds lot of opportunities and specially with all the capabilities out there. It can be overwhelming to always have a massive outlook on marketing. I always for the number 1000 in every project; 1000 super fans or supporters will be able to scale up any project to reach at least 100 people each. If you run any numbers on the basis of 100,000 then reasonably you should be comfortable in your business even if that translates to just a sale of a 1 USD each. The more niche that audience is, the better. Again it doesn’t have to be geographical it can be based on demographics. We just launched the biggest speakers'

Which is typical communication error that beginners tend to make? Can you share any daily communication advice? Saana: "Three things. We communicate on a daily basis, this can be the thing that improves your personal relation-ships, your career and your confiden-ce. Do yourself the favour and invest in your life by training and improving your communication.

The second thing, having been trained by many different schools, individuals and from testing this on stage and with clients; my conclusion is that every individual needs to find their authentic true voice. On stage - be yourself, just be a more intentional and prepared version of yourself. The audience or people you talk to can identify inauthenticity and over-construction, thus communicators who do that do not rate very high. Communication is all about listening actively, being present when someone speaks. We are called MENA Speakers but in reality, we are The steps are: MENA Listeners. 1. Do you have a story to tell or It means to understand what humans knowledge to share? want and sometimes, what they don’t 2. Can you communicate that on say in words but express through their stage? non-verbal communication. Once you 3. If yes to both, register to start getting that, you can understand www.KnoWhoMarket.com 4. If you want to compete then rally the people you talk to on a deeper your friends to vote for you. Or else level." just fully populate your profile and leave it for clients and agents to have SAANA AZZAM access to you. And if you know any FOUNDER OF speakers in the Arab World Please MENA SPEAKERS DUBAI, UAE help me reach them, everyone deserves a chance to participate." Which project are you most proud of? What inspires you daily? Saana: "I find inspiration in every human being. Have an authentic conversation with a person and you will get to hear the most beautiful and powerful stories. Generally, it is the people that challenge status quo, defeat the odds or simply live their passion. " competition in the Middle East called KnoWho Market, the rationale is exactly the same and we are currently breathing this."  Please describe your latest project, the MENA Speakers regional competition  Saana: "It is called MENA Speaks and it is shared on the KnoWho Platform. I want to give anybody with a story to tell a chance to do so! We want to find the most authentic and sincere stories across the whole Middle East regardless of background.

What are differences in the marketing world in Gulf and Europe? Saana: "The one similarity globally is that authenticity dominates and the future of marketing is moving more and more towards that. The staged pictures and videos are not going to touch people’s hearts in the same way."


ISTANBUL - WELCOME CITY ON TWO Ottoman-luxury, completely redefined

THE PALACE TO STAY THE ONLY OTTOMAN IMPERIAL PALACE AND HOTEL ON THE BOSPHORUS. ÇIRAĞAN PALACE KEMPINSKI OFFERS A RESORT AMBIENCE IN THE CITY AND REFLECTS THE ULTIMATE LUXURY OF A GENUINE OTTOMAN PALACE. SITUATED ON THE EUROPEAN SHORES OF THE BOSPHORUS, CULINARY HIGHLIGHT INCLUDE SIGNATURE DISH FROM THE SULTANS KITCHEN, “TESTI LAMB” SERVED AT TUĞRA RESTAURANT, TO ACCOMPANY GLITTERING BOSPHORUS SCENERY, 

Built across the two continents of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is home to 20 million people, who take big pride to live in Istanbul. Indeed there is lot to be proud of for its people, who live cross-cultural life that unites best of both continents in highly sophisticated way.

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Istanbul on Asia and Europe The only city in the world to occupy two continents, Istanbul was also the only imperial capital to three empires during almost 16 centuries. Today, its rich history is evident everyvhere. Istanbul is more than a city, it is a destination - the world's 5th most popular - until recently; 12.56 million foreign visitors arrived to Istanbul in a year. The unique blend of European and Asian beauty and design is seen in the streets, in the faces of people, but also in architecture that forms its present skyline; of many minarets and ottoman palaces (or ancient churches like Hagia Sofia), which crown the narrow Bosporus strait. Formerly a waled-up Byzantine city, for protection, during the years of the Ottoman rule, Istanbul became open harbor city in the heart of its Empire. The city where sultans felt so secure and confident to commission the construction of most opulent palaces directly on the Bosphorus shore. All these completely exposed from the

sea-side (in a very Venetian style), for the benefit of cool air during hot Turkish summers. Today exceptional  location-of these palatial buildings -benefit discerned travellers, as some are transformed into luxurious resorts, with all the services that one might expect available for a guest to an Ottoman palace. The Palace to Stay The only Ottoman Imperial Palace and Hotel on the Bosphorus, Çırağan Palace Kempinski offers a resort ambience in the city by the sea and reflects ultimate luxury of a genuine Ottoman Palace. Situated on the European shores of the Bosphorus, the hotel is within close proximity of the business district and cultural and historic sites. Besides lavish interior decor, in the Second Empire style with lot of ornamentation in decor in and outside, it offers big, extravagant palm tree garden with heated pool and culinary highlight include dish by the authentic recipe from the Ottoman Empire,“Testi lamb” served at Tuğra Restaurant.


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This important, historic Ottoman Marmara marble and  Egyptian palace is now a five-star hotel, an alabaster, took five more years. example of hospitality and luxury Owner Sultan Abdülâziz enjoyed service by Europe’s oldest luxury the finish palatial masterpiece  hotel group - Kempinski. With 70 during four years, until his and more luxury hotels, they are dethronation. Çırağan seems fairly restrained creating history since 1897. With Çırağan Palace and Ottoman compared to the excesses of the inspired design and life style, the 20 years older Dolmabahçe guests can relive history again.  palace, with 45,000 m2 it is even Çırağan's splendor is juxtaposed extensively decorated with gold by older palaces built across the and crystal, as if the sparkling Bosporus in same Second Empire waters of Bosphorus were insufficient backdrop, almost style. Çırağan was engineered by royal  half of the construction costs (14 architect family Balyan. Sultans tonnes of gold) went to gild the of the mid 19th century built own palatial interior, while the total new palaces in a trend wave that construction cost was 35 tonnes started with construction of the of gold, the equivalent of ca. $2 Dolmabahçe Palace in 1943. Çıra- billion in today's values. This is ğan Palace is the last example of something worth to visit in near this tradition. Balyan architects area of Çırağan Palace hotel, it is built it in four years, 1863-1867, also possible to book city’s most distinguished high profile venue but the interior decorations in for meetings & congresses.  gold, Bohemian and Baccarat,

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The Palace to Stay The only Ottoman Imperial Palace and Hotel on the Bosphorus. Çırağan Palace Kempinski offers a resort ambience in the city and reflects the ultimate luxury of a genuine Ottoman Palace. Situated on the European shores of the Bosphorus, the hotel is within close proximity of the business district and cultural and historic sites. Besides lavish interior decor, in the Second Empire style with lot of ornamentations and chrystals used for staircases and chandaliers, it offers equally extravagant palm tree garden with heated outdoor pool and culinary highlight include signature dish by the authentic recipe from the Ottoman Empire,  “Testi lamb” served at Tuğra Restaurant, which serves Ottoman and Turkish dishes to accompany glittering Bosphorus scenery, under managment of Executive Chef Sezai Erdoğan. Such expertise in hospitality an service is provided since ---as the te appealing As Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, we are committed to providing our guests with memorable journeys inspired by exquisite European flair. We believe life should be lived with style.Since 1897, our employees have been a part of creating

AS THE WORLD'S FIFTH MOST POPULAR TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2015 VISITORS CAN VISIT AND EVEN STAY IN ONE OF SPLENDID ISTANBUL'S COLLECTION OF PALACES AND HISTORIC ARCITECTURE, SUCH AS ÇIRAĞAN PALACE KEMPINSKI ISTANBUL WHERE NUMEROUS ROYALS AND HEADS OF STATE SLEEP OVER IN ACCORDIANCE WITH THRADITION-PREVIOUSLY THIS GRANDIOSE PROPERTY WAS A RESIDENCE FOR SULTAN DYNASTIES. THE REGAL FEELING IS MOST PRONOUNCED IN THE PALACE DECOR, WHERE VAULTED CEILINGS, ELEGANT ANTIQUES AND TEXTILES EVOKE THE OPULENCE OF THE OTTOMAN ERA. . ITS 279 GUEST ROOMS AND 20 SUITES IN THE MAIN HOTEL AND 11 SUITES IN THE IMPERIAL PALACE OVERLOOK EITHER THE BOSPHORUS OR YILDIZ PARK, FORMERLY A HUNTING FOREST FOR THE SULTANS. ON-SITE DINING OPTIONS INCLUDE TUĞRA RESTAURANT UNDER MANAGMENT OF EXECUTIVE CHEF SEZAI ERDOĞAN, WHOSE CLASSIC TURKISH CUISINE IS CONSIDERED AMONG ISTANBUL’S FINEST. .   ÇIRAĞAN PALACE IS REGARDED AS THE CITY’S MOST DISTINGUISHED HIGH PROFILE MEETINGS & CONGRESSES VENUE.


ISTANBUL UNITES THE BEST OF BOTH CONTINENTS  City travel, completely redefined ISTANBUL HAD MORE VISITORS THAN NEW YORK CITY IN THE YEAR 2015

ISTANBUL, TURKEY'S CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC CENTER PROVIDES NEW CULTURAL EXPERIENCE AT EVERY STEP. VISITORS SEEKING THE BEST OF EUROPEAN AND ASIAN TRADITION WILL BE SPOILED

London has its landmark Big Ben and Paris has the Eiffel Tower, while Istanbul has too many landmarks to count, demonstrating its rich history as a capital to three exchanging empires, since Greek colonialist founded it in 660 BC, the city developed to become one of the most significant in history. Istanbul is Turkey's cultural and economic center, although Ankara is the capital. 20 million people live and work in Istanbul to sounds from church bells and 5 daily calls to prayer - the daily life follows established traditional routines. but something new happens every day. A simple walk down the famous pedestrian Istiklal Avenue with all street entertainers and musicians can be as exciting experiance as attending a football game in one of many stadions or simply taking a boat ride between the European and Asian sides. Indeed there is lot to experiance in this cross cultural city not only for r its people who have access at their finger points to million of cross-clultural experiances, from tasting turkish coffee at new trendy coffee/narghile to participating in international events like annual top events   The unique blend of  European and Asian lifestyle and beauty has led to Istanbul being designated to the European Capital of Culture in 2010 by the European Union. By 2015 Istanbul has 12.56 million visitors annually and is rated among top 5  destinations in the world which benefit the most from international travel until recently.  Around the world, tourism is driving the economic engines of growth and development. 

Istanbul & international travel trends Since 2009, international travel and spending by overnight visitors to cities have grown faster than real GDP, according to MasterCard. Top destination cities of today and tomorrow, based on visitor volume and spend need to offer few but essential key preconditions that will attract the visitor. Today, for an example Mastercard identifies Dubai at the top of fastest growing destination cities in the world, (in 2016 international overnight visitors spent $28.50 billion USD in Dubai), visitor growth forecast for 2017 for Dubai was 10.2%. This trend can gve an deeper understanding of why people travel to a specific city. “We are seeing more people than ever visiting cities for business or leisure. At the same time, we know that people expect their experiences when traveling to be both seamless and personal,” said Carlos Menendez, from Mastercard. “Cities that apply technology to simplify services and connect people with their passion points can become true destination cities.” The Mastercard Index has identified that visitor spend 1/3 on food and dining  in Istanbul. THis is not a surpise since Istnbul has so much to offer from fine dining to fresh juice seller on the street. Istanbul can develop this aspect greatly in th efuture


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ISTANBUL IS THE MOST DIVERSFIED DESTINATION, WITH 50% OF ITS INTERNATIONAL OVERNIGHT VISITORS COMING FROM 33 FEEDER CITES. FOR 2018, ISTANBUL PREPARES TO OPEN ITS 3RD AIRPORT THAT WILL BE THE BIGGEST AIRPORTS IN THE WORLD, WITH 6 RUNWAYS, FLIGHTS TO 350 DESTINATIONS AND ANNUAL CAPACITY OF 200 MIO PASSENGERS, WHO WILL SHOP IN WORLD BIGGEST DUTY FREE SHOP. IMAGES BY WAEL ALTEEN


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ISTANBUL ISLAMIC ART & OTTOMAN TRADITION    The Ottoman design expertise and traditions have played an important role in Islamic Art. Ottaman design tradition itself has developed by preserving, collecting and improving different Islamic Art techniques from west Sahara to East Moghul Empires. Ottoman antiques are often auctioned at record prices, which confirms the high quality and popularity of Ottoman design and product. Turkish 16th century Iznik pottery (a 33cm bowl), set a world record for Islamic Art sold in 2014, auction in London for GBP 1,426,500, surpasing auction prices of older Indian or Persian Islamic art. This indicated highly specialisation in Ottoman Islamic Art down to every detail. Ottoman tespih maker named Beylerbeyli Galip Usta was one of those specialised in every detail hand making process. Beylerbeyli Galip Usta name is among renowned makers from the late Ottoman period 1900 up to 1960. -.TEXT & IMAGES by Özer Yurtdaşer In the Islamic tradition, beauty and  patience plays important role in every aspect of life. This tradition is evident in production of tespih, too. In the past the loveliest tespih, as Muslim rosaries are called were made by Istanbul craftsmen and sold to buyers throughout the world. The best tespih makers became famous for their skill at carving the beads. Drilling the holes through them is one of the most difficult parts, the finer the hole, the more skill being required. A late 19th or early 20th century tespih maker named Beylerbeyli Galip Usta was one of the most renowned makers in the late Ottoman period 1900-1960.

The red tespih (on the left) has unique tespih maker's signature, it is engraved with inscription, around its middle part, with delicate lines. Best tespih like hand made by Beylerbeyli Galip Usta have beads of equal size, that are always strung on silk thread. The beads may be fitted with bands, engraved with inscriptions, and otherwise decorated, before being strung together, and a silk Mr Özer Yurtdaşer writes about Islamic art and Turkish tradition. tassel attached. Tespih made of fragrant Ottomans tespih makers had access to long list of materials for production. woods are kept in closed boxes to retain the fragrance. Used 5 times daily at least Usual tespih materials are of tree origin: sandalwood, trampoline, teak, tespih production was an important part ebony, which are softer than tespih of mine origin like: emerald, ruby of Ottoman art history and design, which diamond, crystal, agate, star stone, gold, silver. was dictated by certain demand. Thus Animal materials were popular too: ivory, mammoth tooth, sea elephant, antique tespih reveals a lot about the hippopotamus, camel bone, bull or buffalo and rhino horn were used and social life and aesthetic (moral) ideals of from the sea: pear, coral and mother of pearl. Of fossil origin most the society in a given period precious were red amber, black amber. Less precious are made from plants.


Ancient science discovery Tespih from material discovered by scientist in 1870 This pearl material was discovered by a German scientist in 1870 and he did not share with anyone how it was made until the 1900, when the Germans used it in jewelery, gift items, umbrella stalks, and other different daily objects. They stopped using it because they changed color later. Later in the Ottoman state, ruler living at that time who were often using Turkish produced materials for tesbih, upon discovering this material in 1910, thay has since begun to use in the construction of tespihs. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND: Between 1890 and 1970, very important master tespih makers were trained. Among them we focus on Beylerbeyli Galip Usta. More about Beylerbeyli history on page 2o.

THE VALUE AND USE OF TESPIHS TODAY Nowadays, tespihs represent material aid and spiritual support: both are qualities that can increase the value of the already highly valuable tespih material. Having a distinct place in this world market, this product now represents an immense value to buyers who know its true worth. Unique tespih can today find a buyer for prices that are amount to fortune. Past and present are linked in value During the past in Turkey it was normal that masters had a separate place to live and work since they are unmarried. But for those who expect to get married, the hand made Ottoman tespihs that our grandfathers left us as heirlooms are still hidden in the dowry chests that stand on a corner of the house.

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THERE ARE 69 MUSEUMS COMPARABLE TO 76 IN LONDON AND 51 IN BARCELONA. THE CITY'S MOST POPULAR—THE HAGIA SOPHIA AND TOPKAPI PALACE, WITH CHORA CHURCH A DISTANT THIRD—ARE OF A HISTORICAL NATURE, BUILDINGS STRIPPED OF THEIR RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL FUNCTIONS AND CONVERTED TO MUSEUMS

Hagia Sophia Museum First the Orthodox basilica of Constantinople, then one of Istanbul’s most important mosques, this museum is an awe-inspiring embodiment of the city’s history. Sultanahmet Meydan.

What to see The Golden Horn in Istanbul is home to city's most popular museums—the Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace, with Chora Church—are of important historical nature, but now stripped of their religious and political functions and converted to museums. The Golden Horn area exhibits 2,000 years of continued cultural history and is one of 17 World Heritage Sites in Turkey. Its masterpieces include the ancient Hippodrome of Constantine, the 6th-century Hagia Sophia and the 16th-century Süleymaniye Mosque, that unites cultural traditions of both continents in highly sophisticated way. The unique concetrated around the narrow Bosphorus strait.

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ISTANBUL WAS THE CAPITAL OF THREE EMPIRES AND IT STILL IS THE CROSS-CULTURAL BRIDGE BETWEEN TWO CONTINENTS FROM WHICH ISTANBUL GETS THE BEST IN LIFESTYLE

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Istanbul is a historically unique city. Its strategic location on the narrow Bosphorus strait played strategic role at key points of human civilisation. Today its unique location at the crossroads of East and West embodies the ideal of harmonous unification, perhaps more than any other city in the modern world, where else can you find Roman aqueducts, Byzantine churches, Venetian towers and Ottoman palaces in the same time.

Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque & Haghia Sophia These iconic sites have kept Istanbul on the travelers map, and are essential to any first-timer’s visit to the city.

Where to Mingle Mikla Restaurant - With white soft furnishings, an outdoor pool, a cool DJ spinning mellow tunes, breathtaking views of the Golden Horn, the roof terrace bar promises to leave anyone in awe.


Beylerbeyi, Istanbul BACKGROUND: The 20 years older Dolmabahçe palace, with 45,000 m2 served as an example to the Beylerbeyi palace. The s (14 tonnes of gold) that went to gild the palatial interior of Dolmabahçe rised the total construction cost to 35 tonnes of gold, the equivalent of ca. $2 billion in today's values. This sum corresponded to around 25% of the yearly tax revenue. Such numbers indicte how extensive knowledge old masters had. We can imagine knowledge needed just to work with so different material like amber or wood in tespih production different materials are also mixed.  The maker first,  needs to select best material. Secondly, we need to understand the ideal forms of the material and compare it with final design. In this production, maker must give himself with whole heart to the work, as one does during the prayer time also when tespih is used. Thirdly he needs to be very curious which materials work best at which time of the year. You can not polish an amber pearl to perfection in the summer, it sticks in the heat. On the otherhand working with cool mine materials is more pleasent in the summer.  Palace constructions show that even tespih making was  dictated by certain demand and access to certain materials, and finally the design ideal of the time. Who set the general design that influenced all designs produced for and by the palace?  For an example Sarkis Balyan (1835–1899), who was awarded the title Chief Architect of Ottoman Empire, Ser Mimar, from the famous Balyan architect dynasty, which also engeneerd Dolmabahce. Sarkis himself constructed Çırağan Palace (1863–1871), Dolmabahçe Clock Tower (1895), Imperial School of Medicine. He graduated in Paris, and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, but returning to Istanbul to work alongside his father and his brothers. His professional life was interrupted by the Abdülhamid II's accession to the throne (1876–1909), still the design tradition he founded with Beylerbeyi Palace survived until 1960s with skillful Beylerbeyli Galip hand made tespihs.

Beylerbeyi meaning "Lord of Lords" in Turkish, is also today high-end neighborhood of Istanbul, which some of the wealthiest people in Turkey call their homes, (including the Sabancı family). Its location-on the Asian shore of the Bosporus-provides splendid panorama views across to the Ortaköy neighborhood, and the younger Çırağan Palace, as described earlier in this magazine. Beylerbeyi Palace and Ottoman design Beylerbeyi exclusivity was established during the Ottoman period thanks to its main landmark the Ottoman Beylerbeyi Palace, which played important role in developing the rich and sophisticated art and artisinal tradition of the same neighbourhood. The Imperial Ottoman summer residence from the early 1860s, commissioned by Sultan Abdülaziz (1830–1876) served as a summer residence and a place to entertain visiting heads of state. Empress Eugénie of France visited Beylerbeyi on her way to the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, (the Empress Eugénie was so delighted by the elegance of palatial design that she copied its window for her bedroom in Tuileries Palace, Paris.) Other regal visitors to the palace included the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The palace was the last home of the deposed sultan Abdulhamid II (1918). Style Designed in the Second Empire style by Sarkis Balyan, Beylerbeyi Palace seems fairly restrained compared to the excesses of the earlier Dolmabahçe palaces. Egyptian reed matting is used on the floor as a form of insulation. The crystal chandeliers are mostly French Baccarat and the carpets are from Hereke.

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FINEST ART FAIRS AND CONFERENCES Art Dubai Fair at Madinat Jumeirah Art Dubai from 21-24 March is one of highlights in the international art calendar. Set at the Madinat Jumeirah  beautiful venue and resort at the sea, Art Dubai will again host its leading sponsors French jeweller Piaget and leading Swiss private banking banking group, Julius Bär for four days of art and jewellery exhibits and installations to visitors and art lovers visiting Dubai from all over the world.

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1st Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia The Arab Fashion Week will be the first international fashion week set up in Riyadh from the 26th - 31st of March 2018 at the Carlton 5star Hotel. The Arab Fashion Council (AFC), the world’s largest non-profit fashion council representing the 22 Arabic countries members of the Arab League, in a multi-year partnership with The British Fashion Council (BFC), London.

Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2017 that totalled £5.1 billion / $6.6 billion. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. UPCOMING AUCTION IN DUBAI: Important Watches: Incl. Contemporary Wristwatches from an Important Swiss Collection 23 March 2018, The auction is at Dubai Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel,  Viewing is open to public from:  19-23 March.

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The 2017 edition had  over 140 exhibitors across 5 continents showcased 4,000+ artworks; of paintings, prints, photography, mixed media, sculptures, etc.

CHRISTIE’S TOTAL GLOBAL SALES UP 26% IN 2017 TO £5.1 BILLION, LED BY THE RECORD BREAKING SALE OF LEONARDO DA VINCI’S SALVATOR MUNDI, SELLING FOR $450.3 MILLION IN NOVEMBER IN NEW YORK.  

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The 4th edition of Dubai’s leading affordable, contemporary art fair returns on 18 21 April 2018 at Dubai World Trade Centre. Dubai, UAE.


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WHITE TURF - PART OF INTERNATIONAL HORSE RACING CALENDAR SINCE 1907 WELCOMED AGAIN THE HH SHEIKHA FATIMA BINT MUBARAK LADIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP After winning HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival-in the first weekend of White Turf races, Dynamites won the IFAHR race under Germany’s R. Danz on the third and final race weekend.

HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan's Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival: (Images: www.sheikhmansoorfestival.com) The Festival is an important factor in the increased diversity of the activities of pure-bred Arabian racing horses. Est. in 2009, as directed by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

THE WINNERS OF H.H. SHEIKHA FATIMA BINT MUBARAK LADIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - (IFAHR) IN ST. MORITZ IN THE YEAR OF ZAYED

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IFAHR part of the world’s richest arabian horse race (Sheikh Mansoor Festival, Abu Dhabi, UAE), participated again at historic White Turf (est. 1907) in St Moritz, Switzerland. Seven professional lady jockeys were in the fray in this HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival-supported race that carries a prize fund of 33,000 Swiss francs. Jockeys raced on 4-year-old or older noble Arabian troughbreds in a flat race of 1600 Meter, over a frozen lake in the Swiss alps, for prize amounts of CHF 13'860 - 6'930 - 4'950 - 3'300 - 1'650 1'320. 57 horses from six countries clearly underscores the internationality of the horseraces in St. Moritz. In a press release Ms. Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, General Manager of Wathba Stallions, Chairperson of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA), Chairperson of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR) said, “We thank HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affair and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood for supporting and giving the lady jockeys the opportunity to experience such different racing conditions.”.

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Guests can stay huddled under Cartier blankets,as polo players are replaced by noble trough-breds and jockeys, who compete in White Turf over 3 weekends for the top prize H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Champ. 


DIAMOND DINNER GALAS IN GSTAAD - A SWISS VILLAGE - AND WORLD'S MOST EXCLUSIVE & EXPENSIVE By Nermin Ahmet The diamond dinner galas, which are quie the thing around here during winter months are hosted by the French, Italian and Swiss luxury jewelers to the upper 1% of the society - the word exclusivity does not even begin to describe this small Swiss village, 2 hours from Geneva, property prices in Gstaad are at the level with Hong Kong, London and now Monaca (world's 3 most expensive cities to live in).  With recent record housing prices at 60,000 euro for a m2 in Gstaad's Oberbort quartier you can hardly find finer in Western Europe, and there are not many billionaires in the world who can afford this either, not to mention the exclusivity of getting admitted inside the most expensive boarding school in the world - Le Rosey at an annual fee of 75 000 euros.  After Porto Cervo, the travelling high-jewellery collection of the Maison de GRISOGONO takes you to the Bernese Alps, on the border of the Pays d’Enhaut in Switzerland. An intimate glimpse of an authentic location imbued with a family spirit (this is prefered resort among royal families most of all it was glamourised by the royal house of Monaco, when Her Serene Highnes Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly came here with little Prince Albert and his sisters, who still return now with their children). Swiss village Gstaad is trully a place recounted by people who symbolise, love and shape its magic and its aura. GSTAAD IS TO THE MOUNTAINS WHAT CANNES IS TO FESTIVALS It is the most popular of all resorts among the jet-set and billionaires in search of luxury, calm and bliss. Everybody from Madonna to Formula 1 boss has a summer villa here. Perched at 1050 metres above sea level, its picturesque village is overlooked by the Gstaad Palace, a hotel that opened on December 8th 1913 and is like Exclusive EAGLE CLUB - place to join in Gstaad. Co-founded in something out of a fairytale. Gstaad is 1957 by several present club members including Ernst Scherz (the owner of the Gstaad Palace), the legendary Club overlooks Gstaad an authentic village which maintains from the  2,000 metres above sea level and is an an ultraselective traditions and craftsmanship. A place private club with a restaurant and the new ski lift from 1999 (was which attracts the light while sponsored by many Eagle members), and it is  open for everyone to promoting discretion and privacy.The ski on and enjoy. To gain access to the Club however, you have to be a member or be Leading Hotels of the World of which Swiss upscale village holds  2, have invited by a member (there is a waiting list of nearly three years joined their best competitiors and for annaul membership of 30,000 euro). One can be invited up to three times a season by a member. Entrance to the Club is opened doors to  endless diamond celebrated in style, like a sort of ascension to the throne. Here, parties and dinners troughout the kings and queens, actors, politicians, senior finance professionals month of February.  and leaders enjoy the views and old fashioned Italian service. It is a Club of friends, and the tradition lives on, as their children wait to join.(Images insta-repost ccercle and info data deGrisogono.) MORALMODA MAGAZINE


"LA CASA AZUL" “Tú me llueves - yo te cielo.” A pop-up dinner series, inspired by Frida Kahlo LA CASA AZUL A pop-up dinner series, inspired by Frida Kahlo During Art Dubai Week 2018, INKED, in collaboration with flora& faunavisions present “La Casa Azul “, a pop-dinner series inspired by the artistic universe and musings of Frida Kahlo - one of the most momentous artists of the 20thcentury. The dinner experience will take guests into a three-dimensional immersive culinary representation of the artist - from her home andsanctuary which is known as the “Caza Azul”, to her love for the varying shades of cultures which Mexico boast.  Though she was trapped in a body constantly wracked with pain and the many dramatic episodes of her life, she has let light and the freedom of a life without boundaries in/ltrate herinside out. About: INKED is a creative expression in the presence of food: a space fully-fitted with equipment, aesthetic and expertise. Earlier this month INKED dinner series hosted inspiring global fundraising initiative #CookForSYRIA during the  Dubai Food Festival. As part of this initiative, INKED hosted the fundraising dinner on March 2nd, curated by London based Foodie @ClerkenwellBoy and SUITCASE Magazine’s Serena Guen, with the support of Gemma Bell & Co and in partnership with Unicef NEXTGeneration London, the global movement works alongside top chefs, restaurants, and volunteers to raise vital funds for Unicef’s Children of Syria fund.

La Casa Azul will conceptualize in a culinary food experience the reality of Frida Kahlo in a 360° multimedia installation INSIDEOUT by flora&faunavisions. Frida Kahlo was not only a renowned Mexican artist, but also an indomitable spirit. Her paintings were a juxtaposition of mixedrealism and fantasy, often depicting her own emotions. Both joyful and dramatic, her paintings portray strength and female empowerment, melancholia and perseverance. INSIDEOUT is a traveling art installation created by flora&faunavisions, revealed in Hamburg, Vienna and in Paris at the Palais de Tokyo. Today, it makes its appearance in Dubai at INKED, as part of Art Dubai 2018. The exquisite culinary dinner is open to the public from March 19- 24, as part of Art week’s design initiatives and activations in Alserkal Avenue.

Details: La Casa Azul will take place from March 19 to 24, 2018. One dinnerseating will take place each evening at 8:30pm for a maximum capacity of 40 guests. Open: viewing 19 – 24 March 2018, 12:00 – 18:00, dinners each night at 20:30 for 40 guests, tickets AED 485 per person, available online.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul The best looks from the 5th season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul. Do you remember? And next season is coming! It will be on 27-30 March 2018

March 27th-30th About Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (MBFW): MBFW in Istanbul is organised two times per year as a celebration of Turkish fashion talent and culture. MBFW Istanbul is Turkey's premier fashion and lifestyle event. MBFW Istanbul is the main platform to Turkish leading designer brands, and it showcases ready-to-wear and couture collections by leading Turkish designers, Atil Kutoglu, Erol Albayrak, Niyazi Erdogan, Les Benjamins, Hakan Akkaya, Emre Erdemoglu, to mention few.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul is among a series of international fashion weeks sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and produced by IMG. Designers featured at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul include notable designers such as Atil Kutoglu, Les Benjamins, Hakan Akkaya and many more. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks include events in Berlin, Australia, Georgia, Miami, Russia, Mexico and New York, held during New York Fashion Week.

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- Artists from 'Little Stones' the award-winning documentary -

About: Little Stones is an award-winning documentary that unites the personal Panmela Castro artis from 'Little Stones' the award-winning narratives of four women around the documentary is having a pop-up GALLERY EXHIBITION in world using art to create positive Washington DC. It is a chance to meet the artist and see her studio change in their communities. From a paintings in person. All sales will benefit Castro's non-profit Rede graffiti artist speaking out against Nami, which works to end domestic violence in Brazil through domestic violence in the favelas of street art. Brazil to a dancer rehabilitating sextrafficking survivors in India, each of these women is contributing a stone to the mosaic of the women’s movement through their art. This 87-minute documentary directed by EMMY® Award-winning filmmaker Sophia Kruz and cinematographer Meena Singh (HOLLIDAYSBURG), with music by Amritha Vaz (500 DAYS OF SUMMER), was named Best Documentary at the 2017 Vail Film Festival, Best Foreign Documentary at the Female Eye Film Festival, and an Award of Excellence from the Impact Docs Awards. The global women artists featured in Little Stones are in the US during March for a series of events celebrating International Women's Day!  List of public screening and lectures include, Sunday 3/11 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in DC with all the women from the film, and heading to New York for a PUBLIC screening at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on March 14! Along the way, Panmela Castro is hosting a gallery exhibition at The Stew (3/10), director Sophie Kruz and Panmela S. Castro are speaking at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies | SAIS (3/9). And film screening to members of congress and staffers on Monday 3/12, on the Hill, D.C. This is only possible thanks to many  partners and participants incl.: Global Fund for Women Vital Voices CARE DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Zonta International American Dance Therapy Association National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations Driftseed Sohini Chakraborty Kolkata Sanved Alyse Nelson Panmela Castro SISTER FA Anna Taylor Judith & James James 127 Foundation NGO CSW NY (NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York) Rob Migrin Negin Salmasi Rede Nami Meena Singh etc.

CNN describes Panmela Castro as "Brazil's graffiti queen, delivering justice through the nozzle of a paint can" in an interview published on the 5th March 2018, the artist told CNN:, "I was a victim, but that was a very long time ago." Her story and strenght to survive is an inspiration to women and men all over the world, we are in contact with artist's team for a future intervie for our magazine too.

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About the artist: Mario Loprete, born in Catanzaro, Italy in 1968, is a graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Catanzaro, Italy . Address: Via Magenta 31, 88063 CATANZARO. e-mail mario.loprete@libero.it .

Mario Loprete - Italian artist

Mario Loprete was born in 1968, Catanzaro (Italy). Since he achieved a degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in “My work focuses on research and Catanzaro, Italy, Mario's art career is extensive and his art is documentation of the world of hip hop. internationally renowned. Artist exhibited in 100s galleries as a solo This philosophy of life now is no longer artist or as a part of  group exhibition, which of the latest was at Art relegated to just u.s.a. boundaries, but Landing Gallery in Los Angeles. USA.  rather it can be found at any latitude. I use as a support of my new works the concrete,  as I find it is the link between my project and hip hop. concrete as the Internet has cleared all geographical boundaries, it's a material created by the ancient Romans, but today it's modernity and contemporarity indicator LATEST SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2015 MARIO LOPRETE – curated by Janny Nijhof – Dikker & Thijs Art Gallery Amsterdam GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)   2017 -VISUAL ARTS – curated by Eduardo Bonilla – Art Landing Gallery – Inglewood – Los Angeles - NEW WORKS SPRING 2016  –  curated by Ronald Radwanski Ilume Gallerie – Dallas 2017 -EMBODIED MEMORY – a cura di Chiara Isadora Artico, Ludovica Rossi, Elisa Torchio – Villa Manin -Passariano di Codroipo – Udine 2012 - Tradition and Innovation - Italian Olympic Spirit -Casa Italia CONI The Queen Elizabeth II   Conference   Centre Broad Sanctuary - Westminster - London

Mario is versatile artist, specialised and experimenting with host various styles of Art including figurative Art, Nonfigurative art, Abstract art, Modern and Contemporary paintings, drawings and graphic art. All these artworks in different styles are executed in popular mediums like Water Colour, oil, Acrylic, Pencil and charcoal, and also in mixed mediums and new media like computer graphics and digital art. Mario Loprete has been exhibiting his works in and out of Italy since his student hood years both in solos and major international curetted exhibitions across Europe , Canada and the US. MORALMODA MAGAZINE


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