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Curtain call

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To the rescue

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A taste of Italy

Why a Mediterranean diet can help you live longer

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Lifestyle 44 Shine on Dazzle in diamonds by Bulgari 48 Suits you Pal Zileri’s Creative Director, Mauro Ravizza Kreiger on contemporary men’s fashion 50 Get well Wellbeing trends for the year ahead 54 A taste of Italy Our pick of the best Italian food in Dubai


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Travel 66 Make yourself at home Enjoy the day (and night) at Jumeirah Al Naseem 68 Turtle power The home of rescued turtles at Jumeirah Al Naseem 70 Around the world Carolyn Kremins on Skift, the travel business information and marketing platform 72 Featured spaces Etihad Towers Observation Deck at 300 74 The insiders guide to… Istanbul Life with the locals of Istanbul 82 High life Rockfish, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Dubai |

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Key dates for your diary


Sartorial Secrets Until February 13 Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style was first shown in The Barbican in London in 2012. It is now showing in the Annex, Burj Khalifa. Curated by The Barbican, fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming, the exhibition includes items such as Scaramanga’s golden gun from 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun and the Aston Martin DB10 driven by Daniel Craig’s 007 in 2015’s Spectre. Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style, Burj Khalifa, Dubai.

Tee Time January 30 until February 5 Emirates Golf Club has played host to the Dubai Desert Classic, the final tournament on the European Tour’s Desert Swing, which also encompasses the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and the Qatar Masters, since 1989. This month, English golfer Danny Willett, who won his first major championship, the 2016 Masters Tournament, in April will be looking to retain the title he won in Dubai 12 months ago. Dubai Desert Classic, emirates Golf Club, Dubai. compiled by Gareth Rees / Images: Getty

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JanUarY SaleS Until January 28 Dubai is one of the world’s foremost shopping destinations, offering an eclectic consumer experience that runs the gamut from the Souk

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s multi-award winning musical – Cats makes its Middle East

Madinat Jumeirah to the traders of Deira’s Gold

debut with a two week run at Dubai Opera. Based on English poet T S Eliot’s 1939

Souk. Dubai Shopping Festival, which celebrates

collection, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Cats is a fantasy tale set on the

its 22nd anniversary this year, promises a month of

night a tribe of junkyard-dwelling cats called the Jellicles meet for the Jellicle Ball.

daily deals, raffles and entertainment.

The hit musical features numerous classic songs including the Ivor Novello-winning

Dubai Shopping Festival, various locations, Dubai.

Memory. Cats, Dubai Opera,


Abu DhAbi/istAnbul

Eco Entertainment January 24 and January 25 In honour of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Masdar City hosts The Festival, a two-day family-friendly street festival promoting sustainability. The event will feature an exhibition of eco-technology for the home, stores selling organic arts and crafts, activities such as flower planting, windmill building and a book swap to encourage re-use, food stalls, live music and entertainment. The Festival, Masdar City, abu Dhabi.


TraveLLer’S TaLeS

Until January 15

January 13

Turkish contemporary artist Nil Yalter’s

Grammy Award-winning conductor Jordi Savall, Swiss ensemble Hespèrion XXI and

work focuses on the experience of people

artists from India, China and the UAE perform Ibn Battuta: The Voyager of Islam, From

living on the margins of society, primarily

Afghanistan to China (1336-1346), a musical interpretation of the 14th century Arab explorer

exploring the immigrant experience.

Ibn Battuta’s journey from Afghanistan to China. The concert, part of the Abu Dhabi

Istanbul gallery Arter’s Yalter: Off the

Classics series, is the sequel to 2014’s Ibn Battuta: The Voyager of Islam, From Morocco to

Record exhibition features paintings,

Afghanistan (1314-1336).

photographs, writing, collages and

Ibn Battuta: The voyager of Islam, From afghanistan to China (1336-1346), emirates Palace

performance and video pieces.

Hotel, abu Dhabi.

Yalter: Off the record, arter, Istanbul.

Artistic Voyage Until January 29 Pera Museum’s Felix Ziem: Wanderer on the Sea of Light exhibition is dedicated to the work of 19th century French painter Felix Ziem. Ziem’s landscape paintings in oil, predominantly of Istanbul and Venice, explore the relationship between the land and the sea. Felix Ziem: Wanderer on the Sea of Light, Pera Museum, Istanbul.



Fun and Games Until March 12 Imagine life in the Victorian era and fun is probably not the first word that springs to mind, but judging by The British Library’s Victorian Entertainments: There Will Be Fun, the Victorians did like to have a good time. Featuring advertising posters and flyers, tickets, film and sound recordings, the exhibition aims to bring to life the world of the Victorian pantomime, music hall and fairground. Victorian Entertainments: There Will Be Fun, The British Library,

Start Collecting January 18 to January 22 The 29th edition of the London Art Fair, in London’s Business Design Centre, is for collectors, whether you are looking to purchase your first piece of art or add to an established collection. The fair, featuring work created between the early 20th century and the present day, offers something to suit all tastes and budgets. Highlights include: Art Projects, an exhibition featuring work from new galleries; and Photo 50, an exhibition of contemporary photography. London art Fair, Business design Centre, London.

aMErICan MaSTEr Until april 9 Robert Rauschenberg was one of the foremost American artists of the 20th century. One of the antecedents of the Pop Art movement of the 1950s and 1960s, Rauschenberg was known for his appetite for innovation, exemplified by the “Combines” - combinations of painting and sculpture – he created in the 1950s. Tate Modern’s Robert Rauschenberg exhibition, the first retrospective of the artist’s work since his death in 2008, features work created during his six decade-long career. robert rauschenberg, Tate Modern, London.

IndIE CInEMa January 6 to January 15 London Short Film Festival (LSFF) is a celebration of independent cinema focused on short films by up and coming British and international filmmakers. The schedule for this year’s event includes film screenings in independent cinemas across London, parties, workshops, networking events and an awards ceremony. London Short Film Festival, various locations, London.



Big Draw Until January 15 Eighteenth century French painter Antoine Watteau is best known as the godfather of Rococo painting, but he was also a fine draughtsman. Staedel Museum’s Watteau: The Draughtsman features 50 of Watteau’s drawings, six of his paintings and a selection of drawings by his contemporaries and successors. Watteau: The Draughtsman, Staedel Museum, Frankfurt.

HAppY NeW YeAr! January 8 Taiwan’s Tung-Chieh Chuang conducts the Young German Philharmonic Orchestra for the Alten Oper Frankfurt’s annual 1822 Neujahrskonzert (1822 New Year’s Concert). The orchestra will perform Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings in G minor, Bruno Mantovani’s Time Stretch and Ottorino Respigh’s Pines of Rome. 1822 Neujahrskonzert, Alten Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurt.

GAllic GreATS Until January 15 Closing on January 15 after a successful three-month run, Shanghai Exhibition Centre’s Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou 1906 to 1977 comprises a selection of work from the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris’s Centre Pompidou. Covering the period 1906 to 1977,


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the exhibition features one work per year and

Until January 15

per artist, and includes work by Picasso and

Yuz Museum Shanghai, in collaboration with New York’s Dia Art Foundation, presents pop


artist Andy Warhol’s Shadows series. Produced during the later years of the artist’s career, in

Masterpieces from the centre pompidou 1906

1978, Shadows comprises 102 large abstract silk-screen printed canvases. It is the first time

to 1977, Shanghai exhibition centre, Shanghai.

the series has been exhibited in China.

Andy Warhol: Shadows, Yuz Museum Shanghai, Shanghai.

Shanghai Chinese new Year

Millions of people around the world will welcome the Chinese New Year on January 28 – the Year of the Rooster – with China’s biggest city, Shanghai, set to host spectacular celebrations. Originally a time to relax and prepare for a new year of farm work, the Chinese New Year takes the country’s growing urban population back to its rural roots to celebrate good health, wealth and luck, with festivities lasting for up to 16 days. Traditions include having a New Year’s Eve dinner with family and taking part in activities such as giving ‘red packets’ of ‘lucky’ money to children. As China’s most important celebration of the year, there’s ample entertainment to look forward to in the form of dragon and lion dancing as well as Niu Yangge – a traditional dance that originated in northern China. The streets will be decorated with glowing red lanterns while fireworks, thought to help ward off evil, will illuminate the night’s sky. Those with a baby due this year will be pleased to learn that Roosters (also born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005) are typically hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented.

Words: Gareth Rees / Images: Getty

Chinese New Year is being celebrated worldwide on January 28



London London Boat Show at ExCeL London

Break out your boat shoes and climb aboard the London Boat Show, which draws adventure seekers in droves. As well as offering a sneak peek into the most sought-after nautical products and watersports trends for the year ahead, visitors will have the chance to browse more than 300 exhibitors showcasing the best the marine world has to offer. A host of celebrity speakers have signed up to impart their wisdom, including yachtswoman Dee Caffari, who is the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions. Saskia Clark, an Olympic gold and silver medallist who recently scooped the Rolex World Sailor of the Year accolade, is also set to take a turn on the stage. Make sure you visit the Dream Lodge Marina & Boating Lake, where active types try their hand at kayaking and sailing or get to grips with zorbing on water. Other fun show features include the series of high-octane fashion shows highlighting the latest trends to wear on the water. The London Boat Show at ExCeL London is taking place from Januaray 6 to 15, 2017. Visit

MaLLorCa Johann Strauss Grand new Year Concert

Fans of the arts can make a civilized start to 2017 thanks to this traditional New Year’s concert, which has been seen by more than five million people during its 26-year run of success across Europe. Inspired by the traditional musical event held annually in Vienna, this impressive concert is returning to Spain with a selection of the best waltzes, polka and Strauss marches that will have audiences tapping their feet in their seats. The show will also feature the Strauss Festival Dance Ensemble, who will be performing stylised choreographies in stunning costumes. The Johann Strauss Grand New Year Concert is taking place on January 2 at 9pm in the Palma Auditorium, Mallorca. Visit


Featured 26 Being John Malkovich The actor shares his travel stories

30 Curtain call

Behind the scenes at Dubai Opera

38 The many lives of Xiaolu Guo

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Critically acclaimed author and film maker Xiaolu Guo on her memoir: Once upon a time in the east

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The independant / The interview People/ edited by Faye Rowe

The award-winning thespian, sartorialist and winemaker shares the travel experiences that have inspired him the most. By Sophie Lam.


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He’s known as one of the world’s most versatile actors and a quick glimpse into John Malkovich’s well-travelled life makes it easy to understand how his worldly experience must feed his talent for playing complex characters. The actor, producer and director who has starred in critically acclaimed films such as In The Line of Fire, Dangerous Liaisons and, most recently, the oilspill blockbuster Deepwater Horizon, has trodden an uncommon path that's about as far from the typical Hollywood existence as one could imagine. Embarking on a theatrical renaissance of sorts, his London directorial debut of the play Good Canary won several Moliere Awards and his new play Call Me God is debuting in Europe in the coming months. None of this is surprising given his thespian roots and four-decades-long membership of the esteemed Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chigaco. With a home in Provence, it stood to reason that he would venture into winemaking – something he refers to as a ‘hobby’ he and his wife enjoy rather than an enterprise, though his two fashion lines have been successful in their own right. Malkovich’s career has created a legacy of almost 100 films, a life achievement he sites as “a grand tour: an incredible exploration” but it is his lifelong travel experiences – from his Croatian roots to his bi-continental


lifestyle – that have shaped his view of the world. Here he reveals the nine most influential aspects of his journey so far. My father was the publisher of a conservation magazine called Outdoors Illinois. For our first holiday, we went from our little hometown in Illinois to somewhere on Lake Michigan. All I really remember about it is that we had these plastic drinking glasses shaped like little cowboy boots. We also camped in southern Illinois, which is Indian country and can be quite hilly. We did a lot of canoeing there, as well as in Missouri. My first trip abroad was to Thailand for The Killing Fields in 1983. The context of the film itself, about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, had a big impact on me, but so did being in Thailand and soaking up the life. We were based in Bangkok for a long time and also in Hua Hin, Chiang Mai and Phuket. There was also a degree of travelling off the beaten track. My grandparents were Croatian. I have been there several times and like it, but I only know Zagreb. On two occasions, however, we've taken boats and toured a lot of the islands and the coast, which was lovely. I once took an enormous car trip from Paris to Provence. My wife and I decided to see if

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we could find a house in France that we could live in part-time in the 1990s. I already knew France quite well, so we drove from Paris to Normandy along the Atlantic coast to Brittany and further south looking for a place.

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Eventually we found a farm in the Luberon that was owned by a South African woman called Betty Woolpert and she decided to sell it to us. We still have it and although don't live there any more we go whenever we can. It's in a lovely area, midway between Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. Istanbul is a powerful city. I first visited around 12 years ago, which wasn't as soon as I had wanted to. I'd read a lot about it and loved the idea of it. Part of the appeal is the geography, with the Bosphorus cutting between Asia and Europe. I recently stayed by the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and it was fascinating to go out onto the terrace of my hotel and see the constant traffic – people from the European side going to Asia and vice versa. The city is such an interesting mixture of culture, history and religion. I’m shocked at the extent Shanghai has changed. I'd spent a number of weeks there in 1987 and my wife and I went back about four or five years ago. The city, which was enormous in 1987, was a completely different world. I had a hard time believing that I'd been there before. It's like New York multiplied by 4,000.

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I love travelling for food. My wife went to university in Beijing so she knows it quite well. One of the best meals I've eaten was at the J E Mansion. It's a kind of modern reinterpretation of an alleged ancient Chinese style and the food was extraordinary, with a bit of Cantonese and a bit of Sichuan cuisine. San Sebastían in the Basque Country springs to mind for great food, too.

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From the constant travelling to the near nocturnal existence and the rush of a standing ovation, acclaimed performer John Owen-Jones describes a life in the theatre


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‘‘ es Misérables is one of those shows that I never get bored of doing,” says John Owen-Jones who has been a performing professionally for more than 10 years. “I travel so much and sometimes don’t quite know what to expect from the audience, but when I receive a standing ovation with shouts of ‘bravo’, it feels extraordinary.” As theatre legends go, John Owen-Jones is certainly deserving of the spotlight. His work takes him around the world, from London’s West End to Broadway in New York and, most recently, Dubai where he spent two weeks playing the iconic role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables at Dubai Opera in November 2016. “I rejoined the cast of Les Mis specifically to come to Dubai,” says OwenJones, who first took on the role of Valjean in the West End at the tender age of 26 – the youngest actor ever to do so. “Jean Valjean was a role I’d always wanted to play so, when I was first offered it, I accepted immediately. Even though I knew, deep down, that I was probably too young it would have been crazy to turn down such a fantastic opportunity. I’m glad to say it turned out ok. So many doors have opened for me as a result.”


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“I travel so much and sometimes don’t quite know what to expect from the audience, but when I receive a standing ovation with shouts of ‘bravo’, it feels extraordinary.”




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“I rejoined the cast of Les Mis specifically to come to Dubai.” Jean Valjean was a role I’d always wanted to play so, when I was first offered it, I accepted immediately

Indeed, Owen-Jones has come a long way since that very first curtain call. He currently holds the title of the West End’s longest running Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, with almost 2,000 performances under his belt. In 2016 alone, he worked in London, New York, Canada, Japan, Korea, Ireland, France and Italy, with Dubai marking a journey that's come full circle. “I was in Dubai 16 years ago doing Much Ado About Nothing with the English Shakespeare Company – we were here for 10 days in August so you can imagine how hot it was. “It’s good to be back,” he continues. “Dubai Opera is an amazing space. There’s loads of space back stage and the architect for this theatre actually designed the theatre in Cardiff, Wales, where I first performed the show, so it’s kind of like a homecoming.” Originally from a small town in Wales, in the UK, Owen-Jones has always harboured a desire to travel. “Thanks to my job I have been able to travel and meet amazing people and see things I may never have otherwise have seen,” he says. “As a result, I am probably more open to different ways of behaving and doing things. Travelling is great – it can be tiring but it’s always an interesting experience and I relish that.” He flies business class when possible – “it’s more to do with resting my voice than my body” – and usually has to find his own ‘digs’ when on the road. “Spending my working life in the theatre means my day is in reverse – I set off for work when most other people are travelling home,” he says. “My working life is a little topsy turvy and unpredictable. I often don’t know where my next paycheck is coming from, so my finances are often in a state of feast or famine. That can be unsettling as I have a family but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Money isn’t everything and nothing can replace the rush of performing live. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”



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Xiaolu Guo was seven when she left the fishing village in Zhejiang, China where she had spent her early childhood living with her illiterate grandparents. Now 43, she is the author of several critically-acclaimed novels, a prize-winning filmmaker and a British citizen. Gareth Rees spoke to Guo ahead of the publication this month of her memoir Once Upon a Time in the East: A Story of Growing Up


If somebody produced a novel or a film script based on the life of ChineseBritish novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo, the plot would seem fanciful. In 1973, shortly after Guo’s birth, in Zhejiang, a mountainous province on the eastern coast of China, her parents left her in the care of a peasant couple who lived in the mountains. It didn’t go well, so Guo, then a severely undernourished two-year-old, was taken to live with her grandparents in a fishing village on the East China Sea. Guo’s first novel in English translation, Village of Stone, which was published in 2004 and shortlisted for The Independent newspaper’s Best Foreign Fiction Prize in 2005, depicts the kind of harsh life endured by her grandparents and their fellow fishermen. The young girl who would go on to become a celebrated international author spent her formative years living with illiterate peasants. “That’s just old China,” says Guo. “There’s nothing extreme or unique about it.” Perhaps not, and if Guo had remained in that fishing village, her story would have been as unremarkable as those of millions of other dispossessed Chinese peasants. But she didn’t. When Guo was seven her staunchly Communist parents plucked her from her “feudal” village life and took her to live with them in the “industrialised urban landscape” of Wenling, a city in southeastern Zhejiang. The Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao Zedong’s attempt to cement his control of the Communist Party of China by utilising the power of the masses, had ended with his death in 1976, and when Guo moved to Wenling, China was in the process of opening up to the western market economy. “The peasants were being abandoned and the new urban workers became the new social force,” says Guo. “I was a product of that transition.” It wasn’t easy for Guo, whose “emotions were still connected to those old peasants” who had been “abandoned by society”, to adjust, but with Mao gone western culture was beginning to infiltrate China’s previously closed Communist society. Ninety-nine per cent of what Guo read was Chinese, but she suddenly also had access to Western literature. Her father gave her a copy of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea and she fell “very much in love with” the work of the French writer Marguerite Duras. “I didn’t have much access to western culture but one or two books were enough to open up [my mind] to new ideas about literature and I began to write and publish poems when I was 12 or 13,” says Guo. When she was 20, the girl who had spent the first seven years of her life in a book-less environment with no cinema for miles around secured a place at the Beijing Film Academy. “In China there is a high level of competition to enter university – it’s such a privilege", says Guo. “The majority of Chinese peasants had no education.” Having existed on a diet of Chinese communist propaganda films and Russian cinema during her teenage years, Guo was introduced to the work of European directors such as titans of the Nouvelle Vague Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. “Those years were so precious, for my writing and filmmaking,” says Guo. “[The western visual arts] are, intellectually, a very strong influence on me.”


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In 2002, Guo won a scholarship to the National Film School in London. Since then she has spent time in France, Germany and Switzerland, and although she recently became a British citizen – she lives in London with her husband, a philosophy professor at the University Of Nottingham, and young daughter – she regards herself as a European. Sort of. “Biologically I’m Chinese, culturally I’m a proud European, politically I’m an internationalist,” she says. “My real identity is that I stand independently. I proudly say that I am a bi-cultural writer. I don’t define any culture without looking at what is going on [first].” Guo believes that national identity is an artificial construct imposed on individuals by society, and says that she doesn’t want to feel “trapped” by it. Later, in our conversation, when I ask her about the UK’s recent referendum on EU membership, she says, “Separating people with borders – manmade obstacles – is a huge problem for human life.” To date Guo has made 10 films, including the 2004 documentary The Concrete Revolution, which won the Grand Prix at the International Human Rights Festival in Paris, and the 2009 feature She, A Chinese, which won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. But it is for her novels that she has garnered most praise. Her first book written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, the story of an affair between a young Chinese woman who has moved to London to learn English and an older Englishman, was published in 2007. It was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, in which a peasant girl tries to make it as a film extra in Beijing, and UFO in Her Eyes, in which a young Chinese girl rescues a westerner from a UFO and becomes a local celebrity, followed in 2008 and 2009 respectively. In 2013, Guo was included on Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists list, produced by the prestigious literary magazine only every 10 years. Then, in 2014, came I Am China, in which a Londonbased translator attempts to reunite a Chinese punk guitarist and political revolutionary seeking asylum in the UK with his longtime love, a poet in Beijing. Despite her success, Guo has struggled to come to terms with the day-today life of a writer. “I became a writer at a young age, so it is more natural than filmmaking, but I have never really appreciated the writer’s life,” she says. “I felt so constrained sitting in the house and writing. Virginia Woolf said a woman should have a desk for herself, but I thought, No, that’s not enough at all – a desk embedded in the domestic setting. It’s depressing.” She finds making films “liberating”, and the time away from her desk allows her to “feel better” when she returns to writing. When Guo last returned to her desk, it was to write Once Upon a Time in the East: A Story of Growing Up, a memoir charting her journey from China to London, published this month. Guo says that she might never write another novel again. “I feel very depressed by mainstream fiction,” she explains. “It’s all about stories, character and plot. The spiritual aspect, the philosophy behind it, is so thin. I have lost faith in the format.” For her the “primitive energy and authenticity” of non-fiction written in the first person is the future. Who needs fiction when you have a story like Guo’s to tell?


LIFESTYLE 44 Shine on

Dazzle in diamonds by Bulgari

54 A taste of Italy

Our pick of the best Italian food in Dubai

58 Drive On

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Cars to add to your collection


Shine on

From design to decadence, delve into the exquisite world of Bulgari

Founded over 130 years ago in Rome, multi-faceted jeweller Bulgari stands as one of the oldest Italian jewellery houses of today. Acknowledged for its artisanal craftsmanship and unrivalled opulence, the prestigious brand started in 1884 by Greek silversmith Sotirio Bulgari. His timeless vision and skill led the house forward and by the 1950s icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Grace of Monaco were all devotees.Today, the modern Bulgari woman still has a penchant for the rich colour and trademark cabochon-cut gems made famous by Bulgari as the pieces remain true to their ancient elements of Rome and Greece.

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Symbolising wisdom and vitality, the serpentine is a timeless choice Words: Rachel Bassett

for the modern Bulgari woman.


Dating back to ancient Greek and Roman mythology, the snake is said to hold magnetic power in the eyes, reflected here with the stunning gaze of rubies in the Serpenti Seduttori necklace.


The Fiore ingenuo necklace

Meticulously set blue gemstones form romantic delicate petals while a rare moonstone dangles alongside the feminine flower. Dripping with precious tanzanite, sapphires and diamonds this is a statement piece crafted for the most special of occasions.



Catwalk design from Slouchy’z



The Divas Dream collecTion

The ispirazioni iTaliane necklace

Blue sapphires, emeralds and diamonds are married to emulate the

Unique, sophisticated and glamorous, this original sketch is brought

vibrant and proud parade of a peacocks fanned tail.

to life with a celebration of rich and passionate colour. Amethysts, tourmaline, emeralds, spinels and diamonds move with the body as a drop gemstone closure trails down the back of the neck.


SuitS you

A man of many moods, Mauro Ravizza Kreiger creative director at Pal Zileri talks contemporary men’s fashion on his visit to Dubai



featured: Pal Zileri

Pal Zileri’s man is a bold, in-control and fashionminded one, a doer and maker. for us age is less important as we tend to focus more on personality

Tell us abouT your own background in Tailoring

I had started studying something totally different but when I was just 20, changed my mind to follow my passion. I started in a sampling department of an important European and English fabrics company where they immediately assigned me to the pattern cutting departments of some of the most prestigious tailors in London, Paris, Milan, Rome and Berlin. How would you describe your role in Pal Zileri’s growTH as a brand, since THe Time you Took over in 2014?

What we tried and are still trying to do is evolving the DNA of the company. On a structural level we reviewed all the fits, focusing on a new balance of proportions and working on the silhouettes. On an aesthetic point of view, the collections have been brought from a traditional and classical language to an urban and international one that merges sartorial aspects with innovative fabrics and processes. do you Have a ParTicular man in mind wHen you creaTe?

Pal Zileri’s man is a bold, in-control and fashion-minded one, a doer and maker. For us age is less important as we tend to focus more on personality. We aim to a contemporary man with a subtle eye for detail, modern, curious, upbeat and international. Has THe digiTal age cHanged THe way your cusTomers consume fasHion?

For sure menswear has changed over the years. Pal Zileri is keeping up to date with these changes without being victims of the

trends or forgetting where we come from. It is true that we want to direct our attention to a new modern-minded and digitally-plugged in buyers, who are more informed on quality and trends; but we don’t want to lose contact with the affectionate clientele, the one who would only wear our classic suits.

Pal Zileri in numbers

How does THe use of new

workers emPloyed aT THe sewing

TecHniques and TecHnology, and

PHase: 270

cenTuries old Tailoring TradiTions come TogeTHer?

workers aT THe ironing and TesT

We combine contemporary sensibilities, proportions and techniques with the knowhow and the execution of the best Italian craftsmen.

PHases: 68 workers aT THe cuTTing PHase: 36 workers emPloyed aT THe

wHaT is your Personal vision for

Trousers manufacTuring 54

Pal Zileri moving forward?

Pal Zileri is renewing itself but at the sametime it is still and will be a steadfast proponent and supporter of the high quality craftsmanship of Italian tradition. For sure the brand is evolving but following a precise path. Being a historical Italian brand we will always start from the past and we will always find and take a lot of inspiration from our cultural roots and heritage. Every day we look into this heritage of the brand to discover a new and modern way of wearing it.

sewing macHines: 300 ironing macHines: 90 Pal Zileri make 400 to 420 suits daily 92,000 To 96,600 suits per year fabrics (in meTers) aT THe wareHouse: 500,000 main markeTs: Italy, Europe, USA,

do you Have any Plans for

Middle East, Russia

exPansion in THe region?

At the moment we are paying a great attention in redeveloping our distribution network. This is especially true for the main target markets we are focusing on. Apart from the US market, our business is tilted toward Europe, Russia, and of course, the Middle East.

Today, Pal Zileri has 34 flagship stores, with key boutiques in Milan, Venice, London, Moscow, Istanbul, Beirut, Teheran, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Mexico City, Lima and Bogotà and is carried in over 500 multibrand shops worldwide.



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get well

From spiritual spa treatments to health-boosting herb water – we’ve got the skinny on the wellbeing trends taking the world by storm in 2017


1. New age spa treatments People the world over are becoming more spiritual, welcoming mindfulness and mediation into their everyday lives and now new age has made its way to the spa. From karma cleansing massages to energy boosting facials, there’s a host of treatments cropping up that offer holistic benefits. As a case in point, the AlphaSphere Deluxe by the artist SHA at Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah, is winning fans for its ability to inspire all the senses through sound, colour, light, vibration, touch, temperature and aromas. Simply lie back on the futuristic-looking pod and the clever invention will help reduce stress, re-energise body and mind, enhance creativity and heighten perception. There are four different programmes available, but we rate the Basic Blue programme, which is great for first-timers and targets the fifth chakra (the throat) to enhance relaxation and spirituality, clarity and inner peace.


ment, relaxation and meditation or mindfulness is being ditched in favour of a mini break that packs it all in over two days. According to Global Wellness Institute** research, hitting spa resorts for shorter time periods is easier to slot into our increasingly busy lives and many people are choosing to stay closer to home instead of boarding a flight. “Yoga holidays are becoming especially popular among busy people looking for a healthy break,” says Vijay Sharma, Wellbeing Consultant - Spa, Talise Spa and Wellness, Madinat Jumeirah. “Many guests also choose to do a detox programme during their holiday and take part in activities that focus on breathing and mediation.” A three-day yoga retreat is offered four times a year at Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.

2. Sleep easy snacks

4. The buzz about jujube

Functional food and drink made especially for the evening is becoming a hot trend, according to research by the Mintel*. This is due to the increasingly hectic pace of modern life, which is creating an appetite for snacks that help people feel calmer before bedtime, sleep better and restore the body while at rest.

We went crazy for super foods and couldn't get enough of super herbs such as ginseng in our juices and now it's time for super fruit, with jujube is leading the pack.

Those who enjoy a brew will be pleased to learn that we can expect to see tea fall back in favour in 2017 – especially blends that contain chamomile, lavender and other calming herbs. Smart snacks that provide functional benefits while we sleep – such as protein shakes that boost the metabolism – will also weave their way into our lives.

Cultivated in China for more than 4,000 years, a jujube has seven times more vitamin C than a blueberry. Plus, eating them may help improve the condition of the skin, relieve stress and combat insomnia. The fruit has the texture and flavour of an apple when eaten ripe and, when left to dry, is like a sweet date or plum. It’ll even be popping up in tea in 2017 – Tg Green Teas, for instance, is introducing jujube in its new range of chilled green teas.

3. Mini wellness staycations

5. Functional training zones

The time-honoured European tradition of embarking on a 10-day-long health holiday incorporating bathing rituals, spa treatments, nutritious food, move-

It's time to wave goodbye to the traditional gym setting. Fitness buffs can supercharge their workouts in a way that’s more relevant to their daily lives


thanks to the trend for functional training zones. These especially designed areas encourage gym-goers to focus on exercises and movements that are used in everyday life, incorporating weight training targeting the core muscles of the abdomen and lower back, so the body works more efficiently overall.

“As well as taking care of our intestinal health, friendly bacteria also live in our mouth and help to take care of our teeth and gums,” explains Cassandra Barns, Nutritionist at “For this reason, chewable probiotics could help to keep our oral health in check.”

“This form of exercise training marks the evolution of the fitness industry and is extremely popular,” says Des Cawley, Director of Talise Fitness Operations, Jumeirah, which has dedicated functional training zones at its clubs in Dubai. “We have a wide array of equipment and accessories to help people maximise their workout potential.”

8. Hydrating herb water

6. The craze for cryotherapy Ancient Egyptians knew a thing or two about health and beauty and now one of their most controversial techniques is making a comeback. Cryotherapy – exposing the body to cold temperatures for short periods of time – may not be the most relaxing treatment around but the benefits are impressive.

The trend for multi-tasking smart water – tonics that help you stay hydrated while offering extra health or beauty benefits – is about to get even bigger thanks to the rise of Aromatic Herb Water. A big fan of the movement is Gabi Kurz, Talise Wellness Executive Chef for Jumeirah Group, who first started making herb waters as a child in her homeland of Germany. “My mother used to step out into the garden and to pick the freshest herbs, flowers and aromatic leaves – whatever was growing at that time – and infuse them in still water to make a seasonal aromatic drink,” says Gabi. “You can tailor them to suit your needs. Using relaxing herbs and flowers such as orange and lavender, for instance, can help you unwind after a busy day and support a deep sleep.” Gabi now serves her Aromatic Herb Water at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.

9. Purple plates The future of modern cuisine is purple, as foodies wise up the powerful, disease-preventing punch offered by these vibrant fruits and vegetables.

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“Purple kale, purple carrots, purple cauliflower, purple broccoli and the purple potato are all amazingly rich in anthocyanins,” says Lily Soutter, nutritionist and weight loss expert at “Anthocyanins are the pigments and associated flavonoids responsible for the purple colour, which offer amazing disease-fighting properties while soothing inflammation and boosting immune function. Anthocyanins have also been shown to help improve memory and brain function.”

It claims to rev up metabolic rate (hello, weight loss) improve the circulation (great for detoxing) and calm inflammation – all while having an anti-ageing effect on the skin. Indeed, Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham recently revealed her youthful looks are down to cryotherapy. It’s getting more accessible for those who want to brave it. The first fullbody, non-nitrogen cryotherapy chamber in the UK – 111CRYO – launched recently at Harvey Nichols in London’s Knightsbridge, just around the corner from Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel. It uses electrical cryotherapy technology to cool the atmospheric air to a chilly -90°C. All you need to do is grin and bear it.

Sources: *Mintel: **Global Wellness Institute: a8ee4b07ea66ea32cc0/t/5764618bbebafb3c282d5b0d/1466196365710/ TenPredictions-Europe_v4.pdf

HealtHy investment You can’t put a price on good health and travellers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) aren’t scrimping on their spending. The value of wellness trips across MENA has reached US$7.3 billion, with health-focused tourists forking out 130% more than

7. Chewable probiotics for an A-list smile

regular travellers, according to a recent report by Global Wellness

We’re used to seeing probiotics added to yoghurt, water and even chocolate for a delicious way to help maintain a healthy gut. Now, probiotics in chewable form is emerging as a convenient way to look after our dental health by working to prevent infection and the build-up of bacteria in the mouth.

achieve revenues of US$2.26 billion by 2017 making it one of the

Institute. Furthermore, the UAE’s spa industry is forecast to most valuable tourism-related industries in the Middle East. Source: Global Spa and Wellness Economy Monitor


A TASTE OF ITALY A Mediterranean diet is said to help you live longer and is becoming increasingly popular around the world. Novelist Helena Frith Powell recalls summers spent exploring her roots through her love of Italian food

Segrato, Duck Carbonara

The Italian beauty Sophia Loren once famously said: “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.” And while few of us are under any illusions that we would look anything like her if we over-indulged, there is now growing evidence that an Italian diet is among the healthiest there is. Not only are there parts of Italy where people routinely live to the age of 100 but studies show even if we are not lucky enough to live there, a diet of Italian goodies such as olive oil, fresh fruit and vegetables will mean we are healthier than our counterparts who aren’t eating the Italian way. It seems the whole world is increasingly turning Italian. Pasta routinely tops surveys of the world’s most popular foods. Every single gram of the 3.2 billion tonnes Italy produces a year gets eaten, with Italians themselves consuming 26 kilogrammes per head. Italian food is the single most popular ethnic cuisine in America, topping Chinese and Mexican by a large margin, according to a report by the US National Restaurant Association in 2015.


In the UAE, there is no shortage of places to indulge our passion for Italian food, not least the heavenly Bice restaurant in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, where you will eat as well as you do in Rome. I love the fact it has seasonal weeks where you can enjoy different cuisine from different regions of Italy. Meanwhile Dubai hosts a celebration of all things Italian every year with a world summit of chefs; the city heaves with dining options year-round for lovers of the country’s finest fare. I remember the first time I tasted proper pasta. It was in the late 1970s, so of course it was in Italy; this was before Italian cuisine really took off in Britain, where I grew up. If we were cooking it at all, we were still overcooking spaghetti until it was practically unrecognisable. I had arrived in the Adriatic seaside town of Rimini to meet my Italian family. My parents were divorced when I was a baby and I was not reunited with that side of the family until I was in my early teens.

LifestyLe One of the first things my new grandmother told me to do was to grate the parmesan. Then she mixed the parmesan with a little butter and tomato passata before pouring it all onto thin spaghetti called angel hair. The result was an astounding combination of flavours and textures. I ate so much I could not move for hours afterwards, in part because my grandmother kept encouraging me to “mangia, mangia”. It is such a simple dish but super-tasty. I still make it today for my children and it is a family favourite. I never found out its official name but we call it pasta alla nonna, or grandmother’s pasta. I think one of the keys to Italian food is its simplicity. By comparison, French food seems almost over-fussy. Who needs to get stressed out over a bechamel sauce when some olive oil and lemon juice will do the trick? And if you were to do a taste test comparing frog’s legs or perhaps foie gras with risotto alla Milanese (made with saffron, which turns it yellow) or minestrone soup, I know which I would vote for. I think, though, that the reputation of Italian food has slightly suffered because it is so popular. All over the world people try to emulate it. There are very few places you will eat a pizza margherita that

tastes exactly like it does in Italy, with its thin crust cooked to perfection and the interior almost moist with the liquid seeping out of the mozzarella and the tomatoes as they cook. In Italy you can taste great food in the most unlikely places. As the son of the last king of Italy said upon being jailed: "It really is true what they say – in Italy you can eat well everywhere." There are some keys to eating good Italian food. If you are going to cook pasta, the trick is to show it some respect. Always buy pasta that is made in Italy, unless of course you are making your own and then be sure to use Italian flour. And please do not overcook the pasta – there is nothing worse. It needs to be al dente, or still firm, when you bite into it. Packets of pasta will often have two cooking times on them, one for al dente and the other for completely cooked. You will soon get used to the al dente option and anything else will just taste wrong. After all, Loren did not say she owed everything to overcooked pasta. Helena Frith Powell is the author of Ciao Bella, published by Gibson Square Books and available on

eNJoY A tAste oF itAlY with JumeirAh’s restAurANts iN duBAi

Alta Badia, Clams Pasta

AltA BAdiA, JumeirAh emirAtes towers Alta Badia

Best for: Impressing business associates the lowdown: Soaring above many of Dubai’s skyscrapers, this 50th floor venue with an upstairs bar offers stunning views of the city from 1,000 feet up. Floor to ceiling glass walls

Seafood Salad

offer jaw-dropping panoramic views by day and the neon city lights by night. The ambience is low-key, understated but elegant. the food: The menu is vast and organised by antipasti, soups and middle courses of pasta or risotto, followed by second courses categorised, rather charmingly, by land or sea. Pace yourself: it is a struggle to make it past the middle course otherwise. The fritto misto di pesce was a mini-meal in itself with chunky morsels of deep-fried squid, whitebait, courgette and tiny whole soft shell crab presented with a tangy dipping sauce. The oxtail ravioli was silky smooth pasta wrapped around flavoursome meat. We left just enough room for a prettily plated tiramisu with a delightful hazelnut ice-cream. must-try: Truffles are liberally scattered throughout the menu but throughout January, the restaurant is running an Alba white truffle promotion with specials such as egg yolk tagliolini with truffle butter and balsamic marinated strawberries with shavings of white truffle.


Trattoria Toscana, Pico allo Scoglio

Trattoria Toscana

TraTToria Toscana, souk MadinaT JuMeirah

Best for: a family get-together The lowdown: A casual dining venue in the heart of the Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the inviting interior features multi-coloured, oversized peppermills lining the walls, large wooden tables and a delightful soundtrack of Italian classics playing in the background. But don’t be fooled by the rustic cucina-style setting; it belies clever technique and sophisticated flavours in the cuisine. The food: Helpful staff point us toward favourite or recommended dishes and are knowledgeable about the ingredients. Portions are huge but arranged on the menu according to size, which is useful. A lobster risotto comes with juicy tails; the chanterelles mushroom version is given a meaty, earthy twist with marinated beef and black truffle. After trying a pasta dish, we never make it to the secondi piatti, which features an enormous seafood platter, baby chicken and the classic ossobucco alla Milanese. We do, however, manage to squeeze in a Nutella lava cake, which comes with vanilla ice-cream and a divine salted caramel sauce. Must-try: I would happily return just for the mezzelune verdi al salmone. Green samphire-infused ravioli parcels are wrapped around a surprisingly light mousse from salmon whipped with ricotta cheese and given a delicate touch with lobster cream.



Not only are there parts of italy where people routinely live to the age of 100 but studies show even if we are not lucky enough to live there, a diet of italian goodies such as olive oil, fresh fruit and vegetables will mean we are healthier than our counterparts who aren’t eating the italian way.

Segreto, Beef Carpaccio

Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Carnevale, Baked Ricotta

Segreto, Souk Madinat JuMeirah

Carnevale, JuMeirah BeaCh hotel

Best for: A romantic dinner a deux

Best for: Gourmet fine dining

the lowdown: Nestled behind large roman-style double doors in the

the lowdown: Imposing paintings of masked Venetian characters

souk lies a gem of a restaurant. As you walk along the narrow path

and ornate mirrors take pride of place inside while the charming

that leads to the main space, you feel you are entering one of the

outdoor terrace boasts its own dose of drama with views of the

best-kept secrets in Dubai – but this Italian eatery needs its secrets

twinkling marina and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in the distance. The

to be told. Start your evening with an aperitivo on the outdoor

atmosphere evokes its namesake event, complete with all the vivid

terrace overlooking the canals of the Madinat Jumeirah resort then

colours and sensual beats that entails to give an unmistakable aura

head down the staircase to the main reception, where you will be led

of la dolce vita.

through a vast modern dining room space to your table.

the food: With a menu of staple Italian classics to choose from, the

The food: The menu offers Italian favourites with a modern twist

chefs at Carnevale also have a few culinary surprises up their sleeves.

and encourages sharing. We started with role di pollo – circu-

We let the friendly, knowledgeable staff take the lead in recommend-

lar slices of delicate chicken with roasted artichoke and walnut

ing signature dishes. To start, the eggplant parmigiana presented

sabayon. We also shared a selection of artisan cheeses that came

layers of tantalising flavours while polenta bruschetta topped with

with kiwi lime jam, baby shallots, honey and flaky grissini. This

cheese tasted sublime. If joy were a taste, it would be the perfect way

was followed by one of the best carbonaras we have ever had.

to describe the restaurant’s lobster ravioli, presented as tent-like par-

The homemade bucatini pasta came with cured duck instead

cels waiting to be unwrapped. An Italian restaurant is only as good

of traditional pancetta and was mixed with a light sabayon and

as its tiramisu and after just one taste of Carnevale’s decadent coffee

sarawak pepper – a great twist on an Italian favourite. For the

and Amaretto-laced creation, we didn’t need any convincing.

main we went for spigots al sale, a whole seabass baked in salt

Must-try: The fresh homemade pappardelle with lamb ragout shines.

crust, which was meaty but delicate and offered a great balance

Twirling pasta ribbons smothered in rich, meaty flavours zing with

of flavour.

vibrancy, thanks to a delicate dusting of cacao powder.

Must-try: The chocolate melt-in-the-middle lava cake served with a scoop of spiced raspberry ice cream is pure indulgence and the perfect end to a sumptuous meal.

Booking details for all restaurants: Call +971 4 432 3232 or email



Words: Damien Reid


Drive on introducing two new motors by Maserati

It’s incredibly rare these days for a car to be so revolutionary that it breaks the mold and creates a new segment. When it does though, it often becomes the benchmark for generations to come, which is exactly how the 2016 Maserati Quattroporte came to being. Back in 1963 the world had sports cars and luxury cars but it took Maserati to build a large, four-door saloon, then throw a muscly, race-derived, Ferrari V12 engine under the hood to create the first four door (Quattro Porte) luxury sports car. To be fair, it was actually the Aga Khan who invented the concept of the luxury sports saloon back in 1962 when he commissioned Maserati to design him a one-off, four-door concept. So beautiful was this tailor-made prototype that the factory went about creating a similarly styled car for a wider audience. Choosing an engine was as simple as turning to their motorsport department and borrowing one of the 3.8-litre, quad-carburetored, V12 engines Maserati used in their race cars and just over 12 months later, the Quattroporte made its debut. The likes of the AMG Mercedes S-Class, Porsche Panamera, Aston Martin Rapide and the Audi S8 probably wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the Quattroporte, so whenever a new model hits the streets, it always grabs attention from both customers and the industry alike. The new, just released 2017 Quattroporte still embodies the same traits from the original classic,

such as its heady mix of beautiful coachwork on the outside combined with hand-stitched Italian leather and timber grain on the inside and race-bred engineering underneath. Comprising power and style with a roomy statesman-like interior wrapped in a body that’s just over five metres long, this new Quattroporte takes the fight squarely to the likes of the BMW 7-Series and flagship Mercedes-Benz range. The 2017 revision to the sixth generation body comes three and half years after the all-new shape hit the streets and features substantial restyling inside and out. The new Quattroporte features the company’s latest design signature with a front grille that takes inspiration from the Alfieri concept sports coupé shown at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and can also be been on the company’s new Levanté SUV. It’s more pointed and imposing and introduces new vertical chrome elements. The new-look grille is complemented by a revised bumper design with a matte black profile at the front and rear as well as matte black side skirts and exterior mirrors that have been restyled to incorporate some new technical features. Being part of the giant Fiat/Chrysler empire is paying off for Maserati as the company has access to a myriad of new technologies that can be seen throughout from the large screen entertainment system in the centre console to the remote starting mechanism that’s a boon for





the new, just released 2017 Quattroporte still embodies the same traits from the original classic, such as its heady mix of beautiful coachwork on the outside combined with hand-stitched italian leather and timber grain on the inside and race-bred engineering underneath.


hot days as it fires up and cools the cabin down before you climb in. So while the synergy with Fiat/Chrysler is there, fear not that this V6 engine might come from the company’s North American parts bin. No, the heart is all-Italian in the best way possible as this new V6 unit is made entirely by Ferrari in Maranello. The three-litre V6 is more fuel efficient and eco-friendly than the V8 options we’ve seen previously in the Quattroporte range yet still produces a very welcome 350bhp which marks an increase of 20bhp over the previous generation. Thankfully too, for those who think a V6 may have distilled Maserati’s seductive exhaust note, it sounds as sweet as its predecessors and is refreshingly extrovert when compared to some of its whisper-quiet executive rivals. A driver assistance package is available as an optional extra which includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning with Advanced Brake Assist and Automated Emergency Braking as well as a new Surround View Camera. The interior is dominated by a restyled central dashboard which now accommodates a high-resolution, 8.4-inch screen with multi touch functions. The central, lower console has also been redesigned and now features a rotary knob for volume and functions control while the new infotainment system is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphones.



Air quality has been improved with a new, intelligent Air Quality Sensor and a signal analysis system that calculates the external pollution levels and prevents polluted air and toxic gases from entering the cabin. For 2017 there are two new trim lines, the GranLusso and the GranSport that emphasize the Italian brand’s DNA. The GranLusso is distinguished by a new front lower fascia design, while the rear is characterized by a subtle body coloured spoiler and 20-inch Mercurio alloy wheels housing gloss black brake callipers. Stepping inside, the cabin of the GranLusso is swathed in full premium leather, unless it’s the Ermenegildo Zegna Edition, in which case that interior features a patented silk fabric and is highlighted throughout by fine timber inlays. By contrast, the sports oriented GranSport trim highlights the Quattroporte’s more purposeful side featuring unique centre and side air intakes to improve the engine’s cooling while showcasing an aggressive front stance. The back has styling that’s designed to focus on the exhaust tips by featuring a composition between a centre fuselage and two side pockets pointing to the quad stacks, while an aggressive piano black


spoiler completes the rear view. The GranSport is fitted with 21-inch Titano rims and features gloss black finish on the bumpers, red brake callipers and blue inserts in the front Trident grille and on the side Saetta logo behind the rear doors. As with most Maserati models, there’s also the chance to further individualise its looks with the optional Exterior Carbon Pack. The GranSport’s interior offers a distinctly racier experience with new sport seats and a sports steering wheel that’s available in either full leather or carbon fibre and is fitted with aluminium gear selector paddles. Additionally it uses the traditional Maserati sports pedals and the timber veneer on the GranLusso makes way for a high gloss piano black treatment. Each of the five previous generations of Quattroporte have been benchmark cars in their own right and it’s no fluke that the previous Generation Four model collected more than 50 awards globally during its eight-year reign, so the pressure is on this latest model to deliver a worthy successor to the Quattroporte name.

TRAVEL 66 Make yourself at home Enjoy the day (and night) at Jumeirah Al Naseem

74 The insiders guide to‌ Istanbul Life with the locals of Istanbul

82 High life

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Rockfish, Jumeirah Al Naseem

Lobby Lounge

Words: Faye Rowe

Talise Spa


Ocean Suite


MAke yourself At hoMe

The final chapter of Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Jumeirah Al Naseem, has opened its doors inviting guests to sit back, relax and enjoy the sea breeze

From admiring the stunning Emirati artworks on display to taking a culinary journey around Arabia, the thought that has gone into making the Jumeirah Al Naseem experience extra special is clear to see. The desire to make an impact is understandable considering the hotel, which opened on 1 December 2016, is the final chapter in the story of Madinat Jumeirah Resort – a development that began in 1997 and has transformed two kilometres of Dubai’s coastline into a major tourist destination. The motivation for Jumeirah Al Naseem, which brings a more contemporary architectural twist to the resort has been led by the concept of ‘Al Bait Baitak’, meaning ‘make yourself at home’. As such, guests will find it easy to settle into their rooms, which are inspired by the sea breeze, sand dunes, Dubai’s pearl diving heritage and Bedouin traditions. All this is demonstrated in luxurious yet understated features, such

as Hammam-style showers and spacious terraces that create an extended living space. Outside of the property’s 430 rooms, stand out features include the secluded swimming pool, purpose built turtle lagoon for rehabilitating critically endangered turtles and seven restaurants and bars including The Hide, Zheng He’s, Kalsa Pool Bar and Tortuga. Four outlets surround the turtle lagoon, creating a miniature social hub that invites foodies to dine while watching the world go by. These are New York favourite Black Tap, offering artisan burgers and shakes; Il Borro Tuscan Bistro Dubai, the first outpost of Il Borro in Tuscany (an estate owned by the Ferragamo family); the Philippe Starck-designed Japanese eatery Katsuya; and the popular Dubai-grown brand Flamingos by Tasha’s. Rates start from AED1,200 (plus tax) on a half board basis. To find out more, visit


TuRTle poWeR

The new lagoon at Jumeirah Al Naseem is providing a welcome home for rescue turtles on the road to recovery


Words: Faye Rowe / Image: Getty

r om baby turtle Jameel, who was given the seven-star treatment at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, to ‘teenage’ turtle Seabiscuit who TM was cared for at Wild Wadi Water Park , Jumeirah’s dedicated team of marine biologists works hard behind the scenes to help rehabilitate sick and injured turtles that are rescued on a weekly basis from the shores of the Arabian Gulf.


Home to the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) since 2004, Jumeirah has aided the release of more than 1,000 rescued sea turtles – many of which are critically endangered hawksbills – back into their natural habitat. A roster of impressive facilities have been built especially or the project, which is run in collaboration with Dubai Wildlife Protection Office, with the new 150 metre lagoon at Jumeirah Al Naseem providing a much-needed boost for the programme to continue its good work. Indeed, Jumeirah Al Naseem is the first hotel in the world to feature a custom-built sea-fed, outdoor lagoon for rehabilitating critically endangered sea turtles before releasing them back into the wild. It builds on the five quarantine facilities already in place at Burj Al Arab, which are used for the initial stages of treatment, and the larger outdoor enclosure at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, used to monitor rehabilitation.

Save the species All seven species of marine turtles found globally are listed as vulnerable to extinction, endangered or critically endangered.“The hawksbill turtle, native to the Middle East, is listed as critically endangered with only an estimated 8,000 nesting females left worldwide,” said aquarium manager Warren Baverstock.

Some sustain injuries caused by entanglement or ingestion of plastic waste that’s been discarded in the sea, for instance, while others accumulate abnormally heavy barnacle growth on their shell, causing them to wash up on the beaches. Furthermore, as turtles are cold-blooded reptiles that gain their body heat from the surrounding environment, they can suffer from the effects of cooler sea temperatures during the winter months. This is why the majority of sick turtles are found during December, January and February. When an injured turtle is discovered, the DTRP calls on expert veterinary support provided by the Dubai Falcon Clinic and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory. Once a turtle has been assessed, it can start its road to recovery.

Global gains For the rehabilitated turtles that are released, a satellite tracking initiative is in place to help keep track of the project’s success and research turtle movements throughout the region. Once, a turtle travelled an impressive 8,600 kilometres in nine months – almost reaching the coast of Thailand. This goes to show that the project not only affects the local and regional turtle population but is also having a greater impact globally. Those who want to see for themselves can participate in turtle feeding sessions at Jumeirah Al Naseem where you can also learn about the native fish thanks to the lagoon’s discovery trail. For all the latest information about turtle releases and events, visit the Facebook page at


Facts about sea turtles •There are two types of turtle commonly found in the Gulf of Arabia, the hawksbill and green. •A female turtle can lay between 60 and 150 eggs depending on the species. •It takes the eggs around two months to incubate depending on the temperature. •The gender of a baby turtle can depend on the temperature it’s kept at. Eggs incubated above a temperature of 31˚C will most likely be female while eggs below 29˚C will be male. Eggs incubated between 29˚C and 31˚C will be of mixed sex. •Turtles will always try to return to the very beach where they emerged to lay their eggs. •Only one out of a thousand hatchlings survives until maturity – so only one hatchling out of every ten nests will survive to adulthood. •It's estimated that sea turtles can live for more than 150 years.

Found a turtle? If you see a sick or injured turtle on the beach, don't panic, but make sure you call the DTRP on +971 4 3017198 to let them know. Lines are open daily from 8am to 6pm, but if there’s no answer (as they’re busy saving sea turtles), simply leave a message or email leaving your contact information so they can get back to you as soon as possible. Keep the turtle comfortable and in shallow freshwater at about 26°C so the turtle can easily lift its head to breathe and wait for the DTRP team to get back to you.




Around the world

Carolyn Kremins has dedicated much of her life to luxury travel and now brings her expertise to Skift – the largest travel business information and marketing platform. The accomplished media operator met with Claire Hill to reveal current travel trends and the path to personalisation.

Born in New York, Kremins has led the likes of Condé Nast Traveller and visited all seven continents - impressive achievements for the avid traveller. We met for coffee in the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Kremins was delighted to be back in town. “I’ve been to India three times and have never seen the Taj Mahal and the UAE three times and never seen the souks or old Dubai.” So when the opportunity came up to visit again, Kremins jumped at the chance to combine a spot of business with pleasure. “I thought it would be wonderful to bring both my girls and husband. They have been very fortunate to see many places around the world but haven’t been to the Middle East. This trip was a great opportunity for them to see a part of the world they don’t know much about and explore the authentic experiences on offer.” As the first President of Skift - the world’s largest industry intelligence platform which deciphers travel information and defines the trends we see - Kremins is now tasked with increasing the company’s footprint and excitedly revealed plans are in place to launch Skift in London, and within 12-24 months, she hopes Skift’s footprint will expand into the UAE as well as into Asia. So as a professional in travel trends – what’s emerging right now? “I’d say the overarching trend, first and foremost, isn’t brand new but it’s the whole notion of experiential travel. Millennials and Gen Z, who are coming up as our next group of travellers. They value travel and culture, and it’s very important for hoteliers to recognise they are sitting on an incredible opportunity to create memorable experiences for them. “The second is certainly culinary tourism - 95% of people travel and choose a destination with food leading the choice. Food is an entry point into different cultures; it really gets to the soul of a destination and provides a multi-sensory experience. ‘Fast casual’ and ‘barefoot luxury’ are also up and coming trends. “In terms of luxury travel, people want to get dressed up and enjoy the finer things, but also want to do it in a way that they

can fully relax. Fast casualization of food is certainly emerging.” As an expert in all things travel, I was keen to know what Carolyn thought Dubai does well. “I’ve been in some beautiful hotels, I have to say service [here] has been incredible, as well as the architecture. We took the abra boats going back and forth [at Madinat Jumeirah] and I was so impressed with how knowledgeable the drivers were. They were very, very well trained in terms of understanding the area knew the answers to and any questions we asked. I was really, really impressed. I come from New York and appreciate the architecture there. It’s incredible to be in a magical building like this [the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah]. It’s a piece of art. I was last in Dubai for the opening of a hotel whose design was inspired by palm trees. The skyline changes so quickly – it’s a sight to behold.” Expectations in luxury travel are always changing – what are people looking for now? “There’s a certain expectation when you walk into a five star hotel, you expect the beautiful fresh flowers, but travel today is really about personalisation. It’s about giving the traveller as many options as possible to customize their own experience. It’s not about putting the most elaborate orchid in my room — in a way people expect that — it’s more personalised service, that’s what luxury is. When you stay in a room and the housekeeping team notices which side of the bed you’re sleeping on and move the water and glass to that side, that’s what defines luxury and Jumeirah does this very well. We ate at The Hide restaurant and they presented a cake for my daughter’s birthday although we hadn’t informed anyone we were celebrating!” Then, It’s the storytelling that needs to be told to guests and you’re starting to see that. It’s really a great opportunity for brands - these stories are really powerful, that creates memories and creates loyalty. The rise of social media for storytelling around experiential travel goes hand in hand. “The biggest thing luxury hotels should concentrate on, which we’re starting to see but needs to happen in a more accelerated way, is bringing local into play. Guests don’t want to be fenced in to just

their beautiful surroundings, they want to understand the soul of the destination they’re in. I think Madinat Jumeirah did a really good job [in creating the souk] and bringing the waterways in. I would say partnering with local activities, cultural events and bringing that into the fabric of the hotel is something that luxury hotels should start doing more often. “Experiential travel is becoming one of the core reasons people travel. You’re always going to have the American traveller who goes to the same hotel in the Caribbean each year. But seeing the world is a really big part of continued education, especially with the next generation and the ‘millennial traveller.’ There is definitely a ‘cool factor’ especially with social media, of broadcasting ‘look at me, I’m here,’ and that social clout is only going to continue to grow.” “I feel very safe in Dubai. I think a lot of people don’t really know what to expect. It’s such a modern and diverse city, it just offers so much opportunity for a traveller, I think the juxtaposition of being in the desert, in a city and by the sea makes it very unique. It presents a fantastic opportunity to appeal to those travellers who are looking to get away from the typical travel to Europe and open up their eyes to this region.” So what could Dubai do differently? “I think there’s something missing that everyone could be doing. I speak from the vantage point of a passionate traveller. My kids are seeing the world in a very different way. There’s nothing I want more than for my two girls to sit down with local teenagers over coffee or lunch and talk about what their life is like, to have a really open conversation. This would open my children’s eyes to find out what it’s like living on the other side of the world. I think this is critically important and whoever nails that will have a great story to tell on behalf of their brand. The more a hotelier can facilitate and bring this interaction into the hotel, the better position they can be in as this whole notion of experiential travel continues to rise.”


featured SpaceS Etihad towErs obsErvation dEck at 300 The skyscraper viewing platform and afternoon tea have become essential features of a visit to any modern city, but few venues combine them into a luxury experience. Perched 300 metres above the Corniche, the Etihad Towers Observation Deck at 300 sits atop the most exclusive hotel in Abu Dhabi and offers unique views of a city that is changing day by day. There’s no fighting for crowded views: this is a first-class experience of cool, wood-panelled ambience, whether you’re relaxing in leather seats with a snack or strolling the marble floors to take in the full range of views. Tall panoramic windows overlook the Corniche Beach to the east, the marina and Arabian Gulf to the north, and the fabulous Presidential Palace to the west, where you can watch the sun set. You’re of course welcome for morning coffee, with premium single estate roasts including a soft, sweet high-grown Colombia Excelso Arabica, lively Tarrazu Arabica from Costa Rica. The light Ethiopian Mocha is delicate with floral aromas and hints of apricot, while if you’re seeking a full-bodied flavour, the Sumatran Mandheling will deliver an exceptionally long finish with its woody tones.

Words: faye rowe

If you have more time to enjoy the views, Senior Executive Sous Chef Oliver Jackson has created a unique menu of light salads, sandwiches and French mini pastries to nibble alongside the hotel’s exclusive range of teas. The TWG Tea Grand Crus Prestige blends hail from Japan, South Africa, China, Ceylon and Morocco, with exclusive blends boasting evocative titles to match their flavours, such as Alexandria, Silver Moon, White House, Maharajah Darjeeling, Five O’clock, Lemon Bush and 1837 Black Tea. It will be worth returning simply to enjoy them all.


Observation Deck at 300 entry costs Dhs175 and is open from 10am to 6pm daily, with High Tea served from 2pm to 5pm. Refreshments begin from Dhs35, with tea and coffee from Dhs28. To book call +971 2 811 5666 or email



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The InsIders’ GuIde To…


Inside the lives of Istanbul’s most talented tastemakers

Murat Bozok

Murat bozok, 40

Chef, restaurant consultant and founder of Murat bozok's kitchen

I grew up in Florya, Istanbul. Forty years ago people had summer houses in Florya; they were attracted to the neighbourhood by the beautiful Marmara Sea and the forest. My mother still lives there, but now the sea is polluted and there is little left of the forest. I have lived in Emirgan for the last five years. I love it; it’s close to everything but it is not overcrowded, and it‘s home to the best fish restaurant in the city, Kiyi. The owner, Mr. Yorgi, has been running it for 50 years, and the food and service are always good. I would also recommend Yeni Lokanta in Beyoglu for modern Turkish cuisine and Karaköy Lokantası in Karaköy for mezze. One if the main reasons I became a chef was so that I could work all over the world, and I am lucky to have lived and cooked in great cities such as New York, London and Paris. I love Istanbul – it is home and it is where I want to grow old – but when it comes to food we are not quite at the same level as the other cities I have worked in. Istanbul is not the perfect place to do my job – the suppliers, cooks and clientele are just starting their gastronomic journey – but Turkey has a long culinary history and Istanbul can surprise you. A revolution has taken place in the last five years; the idea of being a chef has become popular and Turkish gastronomy is waking up. There is huge demand for educated chefs and I take great pleasure in teaching others what I have learned, which is why I set up my culinary school, Murat Bozok's Kitchen.




travel ÖzlEm SüEr, 48

Fashion designer and academic

Napoleon Bonaparte once said, "If the Earth were a single state Istanbul would be its capital.” You can find anything and everything in Istanbul – our city rarely sleeps and its beauty still surprises me every day. I grew up in Erenköy on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. It was a quiet neighbourhood where I played on the streets with my friends. It is still beautiful but now children prefer to play alone with their mobile phones, tablets or computers in their apartments. Most people who live in Istanbul live on the Anatolian side and cross the bridge to the European side for work, so if you want to see how the people of Istanbul live, you must visit Caddebostan, Moda, Kalamıs or one of the other neighbourhoods on the Anatolian side for lunch. I now live on the European side, in Nisantası, where our flagship boutique, Özlem Süer House, is located. Istanbul is a very cosmopolitan city where different cultures, languages, cuisines and ways of living meet, and it’s full of inspiration, which is really important for a fashion designer. Istanbul gives birth to a new designer every day. If you’re exploring the city, avoid the traffic jams and take the tram to Sultanahmet, the heart of Istanbul. Visit the antique shops and bazaars and enjoy a Turkish coffee near the Bosporus while you think about the history of the great empires that conquered this land. If you’re interested in contemporary art, you must visit Istanbul Modern. Özlem Süer

Şebnem Burcuoğlu ȘEbnEm burcuoĞlu, 34


I grew up on the Anatolian side of Istanbul but I now live on the European side. The Anatolian side is peaceful and residential with wide streets and lots of greenery, but the heart of this city beats on the European side. I live in Nisantası. I am an awful driver and I don't have a car so I spend a lot of my time in the district Every morning you will find me reading newspapers at Cafe Kruvasan and at lunchtime I might be eating at my favourite restaurant, Kantin. In the evening I enjoy spending time at Soho House Istanbul in Beyoglu. If I am looking for peace and quiet, I go to the Princess Islands in the Marmara Sea. I wrote two books on Burgazada, one of the largest of the islands. We don’t choose the city we are born in – I think it’s destiny – but I am glad I was born in Istanbul. I am curious, a wanderer, and I love to wander in this magical city. I travel a lot and I fall in love with many of the cities I visit; I lived in Paris for two years, and I loved every minute. But Istanbul is exceptional; there is no other city in the world that embraces so many cultures. Places change at the speed of light in Istanbul; it is a dynamic city and there is always a new place to visit. Turkey has a strong literary heritage and there are lots of courageous young writers in Istanbul, which as a novelist myself is awesome. If you had just 24 hours in Istanbul, I would advise you to enjoy a boat trip on the Bosphorus. Then go to Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace, Suleymaniye Mosque, Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia to discover our roots. Walk around Galata Tower. Have a coffee at the historical Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah, once one of Agatha Christie’s favourite spots. Taste our Turkish cuisine at Hacı Abdullah in Beyoglu and end the day where it began, on the Bosphorus, with fish and Turkish mezze in Arnavutköy.


travel GörGün taner, 57

General manager of İstanbul Foundation for culture and arts (iKSV)

Istanbul is chaotic but at the same time intimate. It is not as diverse as it once was but it is still a cosmopolitan city with many layers of culture, a young, dynamic population and a strong heritage. I am proud to be involved in organising the İstanbul Biennial, which is part of that heritage and presents Istanbul’s contemporary arts scene to the world. In 2015 the İstanbul Biennial attracted 545,000 people; the next edition will run from September 16 to November 12, 2017. IKSV also organises film, theatre, music and jazz festivals. I love human beings, and I am happy to be part of creating a platform for them to create and perform. I grew up in Kadıköy, which is a lovely, green neighbourhood with a lot of bookstores, restaurants and cultural spaces, but if it is your first time in Istanbul you should visit the Fatih district and then head to Nisantası in order to compare old and new Istanbul and gain a better understanding of the city. If I want to escape I visit Kuzguncuk on the Anatolian side of the Bosphorus or Yeniköy on the Europeans side. My favourite restaurants are Yeni Lokanta and Mila in Beyoglu; Kantin and Hünkar in Tesvikiye and Kiyi in Tarabya. I would also recommend a trip to Tarihi Sarıyer Muhallebicisi in Sarıyer for Kazandibi, a very special desert. For shopping I go to Çukurcuma; I love the record shops, such as DeForm Müzik, and the small cafes. Görgün Taner

Demet Sabanci Çetindoğan

Demet Sabanci ÇetinDoğan, 51

businesswoman, chairwoman of mediasa, vice-chair of marinsa, vice-chair of Demsa

I am a third generation member of the Sabancı family. My grandfather, Haci Ömer Sabancı, founded Sabancı Holding, and my father, Özcan Sabancı, and uncles built it into one of Turkey's foremost corporations. I had a chance to work with my father and learned so much from him. He was a very prominent businessman and I wanted to walk in his footsteps. I was born and raised in Adana, a city in southern Turkey, but when I was a child my family and my uncles’ families spent our summers in Istanbul. We all stayed at my grandfather’s house, Atli Kosk, on the Bosphorus, which is now the Sabancı Museum. Today I live in Zarif Mustafa Pasha Mansion, a 300-year-old waterfront property on the Bosphorus. It is the second oldest residence on the Bosphorus, and I have hosted hundreds of dignitaries and prominent individuals there from HRH Prince Edward to John Malkovich. Istanbul was founded around 660 BCE; it is the bridge between East and West. No other major city comes close in historical terms. Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah, built in 1892 by FrenchOttoman architect Alexander Vallaury to host passengers travelling on the Orient Express, is a part of that history. That is why I purchased the hotel in 2012. I wanted to preserve an Istanbul landmark I feel like I am at home in this hotel and I can feel the soul of the city. The founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was a frequent guest of the hotel in the early part of the 20th century, and his room, 101, is now preserved as a museum. Agatha Christie wrote Murder on the Orient Express at the Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah.



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The high life: Rockfish, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Dubai

The lowdown: Boasting a prime seafront location, Rockfish is the place to

The food: All the dishes are prepared very simply. Diners can choose

go for delicious seafood with a twist. This stylish new venue, which opened

from a wide variety of seafood such as grouper, octopus, turbot, mackerel,

in December 2016, specialises in Mediterranean classics infused with subtle

squid and prawns or head to the raw bar station to sample different types

Arabic flavours that add a delicious new dimension to each and every dish.

of oysters from the region. The freshly prepared crudo – the Italian version of sushi – is a must-try.

The concept for Rockfish was inspired by the role that fishing has played in both the Mediterranean way of life and Arabian culture. Indeed, the

The aTmosphere: Vibrant and fun, Rockfish is great for a casual lunch by

links between Arab culture and the Mediterranean go way back.

the beachfront, where you can kick off your shoes and sink your toes into the sand. Evening meals are made all the more special with sunset views

The Arab Empire once controlled three-quarters of the Mediterranean

and the twinkling lights of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah illuminating the night’s

region – the only other empire besides the Romans to rule most of the

sky. The dress code is smart casual.

Mediterranean Sea. To this day, countries such as Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon and Turkey still present Arabic influences in their fashion,

InsIder’s TIp: Crudo – not to be confused with sashimi – is set to be

architecture and food.

big in 2017. Prepared Italian style, the raw fish is drizzled with different oils – from virgin olive oil to nut and truffle oil – to enhance the flavour

Rockfish aims to capture the essence of the historical relationship within

and the result is simply delicious.

an eclectic design space masterminded by Bill Bensley, a world-famous


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