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The Executive Traveller Guide: Mauritius If you want to take time out of your hectic schedule for a truly spectacular vacation, why not do so in Mauritius? Jo Caruana discovers why this island heaven remains the ultimate, luxury destination.



Finding Inspiration

Photographer Michele Agius; from a hobby, to becoming one of Malta’s most respected photographers.

The world is your restaurant

Cheese cookie with rocket, chocolate cake with cold almond cream and Baked Alaska cooked at your table, Veronica Stivala’s mouth waters as she picks five of the top places around the world to dine.


Salt and Smoke A guide to Scottish whiskies from Islay


Malta - a destination for top class dental aesthetics


Higher temperatures, higher stakes - Spring summer 2014

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Executive Traveller – Flaunting Malta’s wealth in history and lifestyle whilst promoting the island’s attractiveness through diverse perspectives Andrea Trapani publishing editor

Dear all, A year has gone by since the launch of the Executive Traveller Magazine and I must say, as the editor of this publication, it has been a year of exciting times for all the team including my designers, reporters, interviewers and writers. Together, we have managed to create a magazine which does not target the mass; however, it specifically caters for a selected audience, the kind of audience that can really appreciate reading through our choice of exclusive content. For the past year, we have been freely distributing copies of our publication by mail or even delivered by hand to selected local and international company CEOs, VIPs, government

officials, business aviation entrepreneurs, aircraft owners, brokers and a database of high profile business people. It is regularly and freely available at the La Valette Club lounges at Malta International Airport, within Executive Aviation Malta’s crew and executive lounges, on board the company’s executive vehicles and business jets handled, at numerous other high profile venues and locations including on request during high profile local events and occasions. The online copy of the magazine has been reviewed by thousands of readers all over the globe. With our reader’s feedback and support, we have managed to grow into a successful publication in no time and we look forward to keep up this pace.

and more than 12,000 attendees from all over the world. This issue marks the first issue of 2014 bringing in more interesting easy reading articles, interviews and other attractive content related to luxury living and business aviation. We also intend to prepare our high profile readers for the upcoming summer and once again we focus on the attractiveness of the Maltese Islands. I hope that you will enjoy reading through this issue.

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The Executive Traveller Guide: Mauritius

If you want to take time out of your hectic schedule for a truly spectacular vacation, why not do so in Mauritius? Jo Caruana discovers why this island heaven remains the ultimate, luxury destination.

We’re all looking for that little piece of paradise to call our own. For some, that paradise lives within a sprawling metropolis or lake-side cabin; while, for others, it all revolves around turquoise waters, tall palm trees and an understated touch of luxury. For those in the latter category, Mauritius is undeniably hard to beat. Spread over 2,040 square kilometres of beauty, this compact, year-round island continues to be a well-kept secret. Here, white beaches are protected by a coral reef barrier, while extinct volcanic craters and dramatic cliffs are all part of the standard outlook. There are so many natural spectacles to take in. Among them, the eastern coastline – nicknamed the Jewel in Mauritius’ Crown – provides a stunning warren of exquisite coves and emerald lagoons for you to explore. Alternatively, go inland to follow the Tea Route that starts at the Domaine Les Aubineaux in Curepipe, or wind your way to the Trou aux Cerf, an 85 metre-deep crater and extinct volcano that culminates in a natural lake. Here, wherever you travel, there are little-known gems just waiting to be discovered. Nevertheless, despite this aura of untouched tranquillity, Mauritius also has a buzz about it and you can look forward to sourcing the cosmopolitan commodities you may otherwise miss while away from home. The island’s capital, Port Louis, bustles with office workers and markets by day, and transforms to welcome diners and partygoers as the sun sets.

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has a buzz about it and you can look forward to sourcing the cosmopolitan commodities you may otherwise miss while away from home.

While in this city, be sure to visit the Government House – a splendid building dating back to the 18th century, as well as Places d’Armes – a beautiful palm-lined square at the very core of the capital. For a fun day out, stop by the

Champ De Mars Racecourse and place your bets on the stallion of your choice, or shop for designer fashion and jewellery brands along the beautiful Caudan Waterfront. Or, for a more laid back shopping experience, stop by the Central Flacq Market for foodie provisions, and enjoy a street-food brunch of unleavened bread and moreish curries. Meanwhile, the country’s luxury facilities are another major draw. Mauritius promises to provide everything that’s worth indulging in – magnificent beaches, waterside cocktail lounges, world-quality golf courses and lavish spas. You can also select accommodation to suit your whim, as the range includes small to medium boutique hotels, charming villas and extravagant resorts. If really good food is what you’re looking for, then you won’t be disappointed. Although the island isn’t yet home to a Michelin-star eatery, several do come close. Among them, chic lunch spot Chez Tino serves up specialities of grilled lobster and prawn curry, while L’Alchimiste, in the south-west, is renowned for its venison and fine-wine collection. Of course, if none of that suits, then the chefs here will be only too pleased to modify their menus to please your palette. This desire-to-please is an attitude mirrored across the country and nothing here will ever be too much trouble – which is, naturally, what makes this part of the world a perfect piece of paradise.


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The Malta Individual Investor Programme by Benjamin Tabone Grech COO at Engel & Völkers Sara Grech Malta

The Malta Individual Investor Programme (IIP), introduced in the first quarter of 2014, offers citizenship in an EU Member state that is stable, neutral and highly respected in the international community, making it a viable investment and gives a lasting bond with the country. This programme gives the person a grant for citizenship to reputable foreign individuals and families. It is interesting to note that this programme is open to all nationals be it non EU nationals or EU nationals.

children. In the case of dependent children that are 18 to 26 years of age, or dependent parents over 55 years, a €50,000 contribution is applicable.

This programme is a good opportunity for investors to contribute to the Maltese economy while at the same time benefiting from a citizenship in Malta. Successful candidates will be granted citizenship by a certificate of naturalization, which can also be extended to include their families and dependents.

Bonds Investment: An investment of €150,000 in Government bonds is also required, which also must be maintained for a minimum period of 5 years.

The Maltese authorities shall guarantee an efficient application process, and it will also adhere to the strictest diligent standards and vetting of applicants, thus ensuring only highly respectable clients will be admitted. Benefits: Successful candidates will be awarded citizenship, which automatically includes EU citizenship. This in turn gives the right of establishment in all 28 EU countries and Switzerland. With that said it extends the new citizen to the largest Internal Market opening up many economic options. Other benefits also include the ability to work and set up a business in Malta and visa - free travel to over a 160 countries in the world, including the USA. Eligibility criteria for the Malta IIP: The main applicant must be the minimum age of 18 years and is given the right to add his/her spouse, children, parents or grandparents, given that certain conditions are met. Financial contribution: All individuals and families applying to the Malta IIP must make a significant contribution to the National Development and Social Fund established by the Government. This consists of a financial contribution of €650,000 for the main applicant and an additional €25,000 per direct dependents, including the spouse and minor

Property: The applicant must also commit to retain a residence in Malta for a period of at least 5 years, either through the purchase of a property for which the minimum value must exceed €350,000, or by renting out a property for which the minimum annual rent must exceed €16,000.

Residency Status: Upon buying or renting a property in Malta, candidates are issued an Identity Card. Citizenship is granted after 12 months from date of property purchase or rental. Candidates do not need to spend 365 days in Malta before citizenship is granted. Residence, under Maltese law is defined as an intention to live in Malta for any fiscal year. This is translated into a minimum stay of 183 days or by the purchase / rental of property together with a visit to Malta. Fit and Proper Test: The fit-and-proper-person test or director’s test is a test undergone to show that they are in good standing and repute. Clean Criminal Record: The applicant must not have a criminal record. Applicants must provide a police code of conduct which must be submitted subsequently to the submission of the application but before approval. Any applicant who has been denied a visa to a country with which Malta has visa -free travel arrangements shall not be able to take part in this programme. A person who is deemed a potential national security risk or reputation risk, or is subject to criminal proceedings will also be denied citizenship. Applications: The programme is limited to the first 1,800 approved applications. The application will be processed by Identity Malta (a government institution) and is to be submitted through a local approved agent.

Through its hands - on participation in promoting Malta on an international level, and in association with a number of local and highly specialized agents; Engel & Völkers Sara Grech can assist international clients in obtaining a residence and citizenship under the respective programmes, including the Malta IIP. Taxation Merits tied to the Malta Citizenship by IIP: The acquisition of Maltese citizenship under the IIP does not have any tax consequences, and even if one’s residence is moved to Malta, one would still retain the status of a non-domiciled person and thus have a limited, advantageous tax exposure. Candidates that become residents and domiciled in Malta are required to pay income tax on their worldwide income. Personal income is taxed at progressive rates of up to 35%. However, individuals that are resident in Malta but not domiciled in Malta will only be required to pay tax on income arising in Malta and income (excluding capital gains) that arises outside Malta that is received in Malta. Capital Gains Tax: Malta does not impose estate or donations tax but it does levy a capital gains tax on various assets (mainly immovable property and shares). Capital Gains Tax is not levied on transfer of immovable property if the person transferring the property has owned it and occupied it as his main residence for a period of three years and has not vacated it for more than one year. Otherwise tax shall be levied at the 0 to 35% tax regime on the gain if the property is sold within the first 12 years of ownership or 12% of the sales consideration if the transfer is affected after 12 years of ownership. However the 12% final tax does not apply if the individual property owner is not resident in Malta. The standard VAT rate in Malta is of 18%. The corporate tax rate is 35% however special tax concessions apply for non-resident / non-domiciled owners. Malta has concluded double taxation treaties with around 60 countries with a number of other agreements signed but not yet in force.


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The world is your restaurant

Cheese cookie with rocket, chocolate cake with cold almond cream and Baked Alaska cooked at your table, Veronica Stivala’s mouth waters as she picks five of the top places around the world to dine. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain Style of Food: Modern Spanish Standout Dish: Charcoal-grilled prawn, king-prawn sand, ink rocks, fried legs, head juice and king prawn essence Superb cooking runs in the Roca family’s blood. It was the Roca brothers’ parents who first instilled their passion for creating sumptuous meals. The boys grew up in Can Roca, the establishement their parents manage in Taialà, a neighbourhood lying on the outskirts of Girona. The bar was their living room, their playground, where they did their homework, watched television... and from where the aroma of the stews generously, simply and honestly prepared by their mother, wafted in. Flash forward to the present and the three brothers are running the best restaurant in the world. This three Michelin star Catalan favourite entered the top 50 list eight years ago and continued to climb the rankings until it peaked in 2013 at the very top. The cuisine is traditional Catalan, but with creative twists. And let’s not forget the large wine cellar that boasts 60,000+ bottles. Look out for dishes based on perfumes, and those presented on bonsai trees.

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Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark Style of Food: Seasonal, terrior-led Scandinavian Standout Dish: Brown crab, egg yolk and herbs

times be shocking but it strives to reflect the Danish landscape and culture. The menu boasts numerous small appetisers and courses to a stunning array of ‘treats’ that round off the meal. Why not try the 20-course tasting menu at the upstairs chef’s (communal) table? Or perhaps try Cheese cookie, rocket and stems, or sardines in a doughnut, the table fried ostrich egg or even the reindeer moss, Nordic kelp, gooseberries, candied apples and bread and butter. Although originally based in Denmark, this restaurant is quite mobile. In 2012, Noma decamped to London for a 10-day pop-up restaurant and last March it announced that it will be relocating to Japan for two months at the beginning of 2015. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy Style of Food: Modern Italian Standout Dish: Camouflage – a hare in the woods Eccentric is the best way to describe this restaurant that is widely recognized as one of the world’s top restaurants. Osteria Francescana offers guests a full a la carte menu or the choice of three tasting menus: Traditions (which explores Emilian ingredients and traditions from a contemporary point of view), Classics (where nine of the restaurant’s most renowned dishes are served) and Sensations (featuring 12 courses from the restaurants’ experimental kitchen). Proprietor and Chef Massimo Bottura’s signature Five Ages of Parmiggiano Reggiano in Different Textures and Temperatures is a culinary tour-de-force. A new dish for this year is ‘camouflage’ – a thin layer of foie gras decorated with powders (hare blood, chestnut, various herbs), arranged to look like army woodland camo – but this is tempered by more traditional fare.

as “the most important gastronomic phenomenon of the World in recent times”. Diners at this fantastic restaurant are treated to a multiple-course tasting menu of intricate yet small dishes developed through a creative process and an attention to detail that borders on the obsessive. The vegetarian dishes deserve to be tasted as they are some of the best vegetarian you can eat, anywhere. A word must be said about the stunning location: situated at the border of Errenteria and Astigarraga, Mugaritz has its own herb garden and its sprawling kitchen leads onto an equally spacious dining room, and a leafy paved courtyard. Savour a glass of cava on the terrace while you are served a pre-starter of what appears to be pretty grey stones but which are in reality boiled potatoes served with mayonnaise. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA Style of Food: Modern French with a New York twist Standout Dish: Surf clam with morcilla sausage and celery root clam bake with whelk, Parker House roll and chowder. The talented Swiss chef Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park is renowned for his creativity both in and outside the kitchen. Look out for the mysterious string-tied box that diners are presented with, and be prepared for a meat grinder to be fixed to your table midway through your meal. The divine dessert, Baked Alaska is also served tableside. This contemporary American restaurant is located in a landmark Art Deco building, known as the Metropolitan Life North Building, with soaring 35foot ceilings and a view of Madison Square Park. The restaurant offers guests one multi-course tasting menu inspired by the agricultural bounty of New York and its culinary traditions.

If you’re thinking of dining here, think early as there are only 12 tables in this sleek, modern dining room.

Noma is renowned for its reinvention and interpretation of Nordic cuisine – strictly sourced and foraged. It was been voted as the best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine three years in a row, starting in 2010.

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Salt and Smoke - A guide to Scottish whiskies from Islay by Alexander Sobolla

A strong smoky taste, overpowering at first, but becoming lighter and sweeter; I started to smell a hint of vanilla, followed by a wonderful citrus note. My first sip of Ardbeg began with a slight burn on the tongue, soon replaced by a sweet-sourness of vanilla, lime and lemon. For a moment, the taste brought to mind a bathroom cleaner, but a damn tasty one at that. And then I tasted salt, as if the tide swept right into my mouth. And with the tide the smoke came back with all its force. I felt like a fire breathing dragon that had fallen in love with liquid gold. Ardbeg may not be for everyone. It’s a Scottish whisky and even the one I tasted first - the Ardbeg Ten - is quite a smoke bomb. Some may be reminded of burning car tyres, disinfectant or swamp water; they may hate the taste and run back into the safe arms of Johnnie Walker or Jack Daniels. But when I tried my first glass of Ardbeg, I fell in love with Scottish whisky, particularly the ones from an island called Islay. Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides; a rugged and handsome place with an untamed sea, majestic rocks and green mountainous scenery. Imagine a line going straight up north from Dublin and another line coming west from Glasgow and you should find it on a map. Please don’t ask a pilot to find a landing strip with these directions though. The exact coordinates are not given by people with a drink in their hands, but they will at least teach you correct Gaelic pronunciation. It’s neither Ice-Ley nor is it Is-Ley but Eye-La, like saying the word ‘eye’ and starting to sing la la la. Just like French wine-growing districts such as Burgundy, Bordeaux and Rhone, Scotland is divided into several whisky producing regions: the Lowlands, Highlands, Islands, Speyside, Campbeltown and, of course, Islay. In the same way that you do with wine, you attribute a certain production process to a region and a certain taste. Speyside, for example, is well-known for very smooth and very light whiskies like Glenlivet or Glenfiddich; both single malts that provide an easy drinkable entry into the whisky world. To clarify, a Scottish single malt whisky is produced by one single distillery with barley being the only grain used for the distilling process while blended Scotch whisky, like Chivas Regal or Johnnie Walker, is a mixture of unmalted grain whisky and malt whisky. With a population of just 3,000 people, Islay manages to have eight actively run distilleries: Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Isla, Kilchoman, Lagavulin and Laphroaig. All

produce single malts, none produce blends, but some of their whiskies are used in blends for an extra edge. Blenders are careful though to not add too much of that certain Islay flavour. The main reason for this is peat. Peat is rotting moss and decaying organic matter. Peat looks like soil and dirt but dried it burns as good as brown coal. And Islay has a lot of peat right at the distilleries’ doorsteps, perfect for malting barley. How does the distillation process work? Barley is dried for a few weeks and re-immersed in water. The moist barley sprouts, creating sugars for alcohol and enzymes for yeast in the process. Once the barley is ready for distilling the germination is stopped with heat. This is where the peat comes in. While coal is mostly used in the Scottish High- and Lowlands, Islanders rely on peat to keep their so called kilns burning. But peat smoke and coal smoke are not alike; peat smoked barley contains high amounts of phenol leading to whiskies that may smell like salt, tar, iodine, gunpowder, petroleum, sulphur and old fishing nets while tasting like pepper, licorice and cigarette ash. This is not for the faint-hearted but the brave-hearted. But once you embrace the salt and the smoke, your bravery will be rewarded. The Ardbeg Ten is a great start at a good price and healthy phenol content. You’ll get the smoke, the salt and a zesty dash of lemon. If you want to try more Ardbeg, then the Ardbeg Uigeadail adds a dash of fruity sherry flavour for a gentler experience while the Corryvreckan has even more extra salt and iodine madness. If you desire more spices and a never-ending roller-coaster of an aftertaste, then the 16 year old Lagavulin is a wonderful warming concoction, especially on cold days. For a more medicinal, sour and slightly earthy taste, go for Laphroaig. The 10 year old is strange but delightful stuff while the Quarter Cask and the 18 year old provide a more refined albeit slightly tamed experience. Adventurers should give Kilchoman

a try, the youngest distillery in Scotland. Their excellent Mahir Bay is a bit rough around the edges but not to be underestimated. And after overdosing on peat these non-smoking alternatives are highly recommended: Bruichladdich’s The Laddie Ten is a fine unpeated whisky combining a light flowery aroma with surprising boldness and a dash of salt. Bunnahabhain in contrast has very rich flavours, and both, the 12 and the 18 year old, are highly enjoyable everyday whiskies with ample berry aroma and smooth hints of smoke. If you desire more spices and a never-ending roller-coaster of an aftertaste, then the 16-yearold Lagavulin is a wonderful warming concoction, especially on cold days. For a more medicinal, sour and slightly earthy taste, go for Laphroaig. The 10-year-old is strange but delightful stuff while the Quarter Cask and the 18-year-old provide a more refined albeit slightly tamed experience. The more adventurous among you should give Kilchoman whiskies a try, the youngest distillery in Scotland. Their excellent Mahir Bay is a bit rough around the edges but not to be underestimated. And after overdosing on peat these non-smoking alternatives are highly recommended: Bruichladdich’s The Laddie Ten is a fine unpeated whisky combining a light flowery aroma with surprising boldness and a dash of salt. Bunnahabhain in contrast has very rich flavours, and both, the 12- and the 18-year-old, are highly enjoyable everyday whiskies with ample berry aroma and smooth hints of smoke. No ice is needed for these whiskies but some benefit from a few teaspoons of water. Don’t use a tumbler though as its wide opening tends to lose a lot of flavours. Try the Glencairn whisky nosing glass or grab a white wine glass as an emergency solution. Both will keep the smoke in your glass and will help you feel more like a fire breathing and very happy dragon. So go on then, enjoy your smoke bomb.




Malta – A destination for top class dental aesthetics Dr Joseph Xuereb tells Rebecca Pace why so many patients travel to Malta for dental treatment.

1. Give us a brief idea about the history of your practices. Savina Clinic – Dental & Implantology Centre was established in Victoria, Gozo in 1985. In 2013, a second Savina Clinic was inaugurated at Malta International Airport. Both clinics are complete dental and oral health centres, catering for locals, foreign residents and visiting patients from all over Europe. Both enjoy an excellent reputation primarily due to the professionally trained staff and the services of visiting consultants in the various specialities of dentistry. 2. What your patients would specifically benefit from, in terms of the standard of care, range of procedures and treatments that you offer? We are friendly, state-of-the-art practices dedicated to Comprehensive Quality Dental Care. We cater for all our patients’ dental requirements from routine care and preventive dentistry, through restoration, treatment of gum disease and aesthetic dentistry, to full rehabilitation using the latest materials and techniques. These include tooth-coloured fillings (mercury-free), inlays, porcelain crowns and veneers, precision attachment-retained partial dentures, conventional crown and bridgework and implants. Perfect tooth shade matching is achieved with SpectroShade® digital photography. Non-surgical facelifts are also catered for. Child and Adult Orthodontics including Invisalign® (invisible tooth straightening)and Inman Aligners is available as is bite correction for aching and clicking jaws and some forms of chronic headache. In 2006 Savina Clinics were accorded International Visiting Centre status for Zimmer® Dental Implants (California, USA), a point of reference for colleagues and patients. Various techniques of periodontal disease treatment, including Vector® root planning and curettage and Deka® KTP Laser surgery as well as gum regeneration procedures are standard. Oral Hygiene, spa-style ZOOM!® and Smartbleach™ Tooth Whitening and Fresh Breath clinics are conducted by our resident dental hygienists. Children, Emergencies and Phobic patients are also welcome.

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our patients’ dental requirements from routine care and preventive dentistry, through restoration, treatment of gum disease and aesthetic dentistry, to full rehabilitation

3. There is a phenomenon of growing, global patient community with regards to healthcare services. What would you say are your areas of expertise on offer to patients travelling to Malta and specifically to your clinics? For several years, Savina Clinics have been sought after by visiting patients for extensive oral rehabilitation procedures. In the days preceding implants, this was mainly crown and bridgework and gum surgery. Nowadays, implantology cases with associated bone augmentation procedures, as well as non-surgical facelifts, designer smile makeovers and tooth whitening form the bulk of patient requests. 4. Travel for healthcare and wellness is expanding with expatriates, business travellers and health tourists choosing to use services available abroad. Are you seeing an increase in this sector of business at your practices? And if so, why do you think patients choose your clinics?




A steady flow of European patients has always formed an important portion of our business. There are strong signs that this flow is increasing, both in volume as well as in diversity of country of origin of these patients. Word-of-mouth has traditionally been our only means of advertising and it is amazing how far word travels! Our web profile is constantly being updated and improved and this has helped us immeasurably – also, our patients’ comments and testimonials give credibility and a personal touch to our service.

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a joint official language helps tremendously. Our staff also speak Italian, French, German and Arabic fluently

5. What do you feel are the benefits, specifically to the European and North African patient, at your practice? Having English as a joint official language helps tremendously. Our staff also speak Italian, French, German and Arabic fluently. Ease of communication is paramount in healthcare. Friendly, dedicated staff and service that is second to none are guaranteed to give complete peace of mind to any patient seeking treatment outside their native country. 6. As the industry for medical and health travel continues to grow rapidly, what do you feel are the benefits of any health traveller using your services opposed to that in their domestic market? Treatment has to be planned for and time off dedicated for oneself is essential. Travelling abroad for treatment makes this nonnegotiable. The complete absence of waiting lists works extremely well in our favour as does the reputation of Malta as having the

highest standards of medical and dental care and offering value for money. Being away from family and friends when undergoing extensive rehabilitation is considered a bonus. 7. What, in terms of specific or special packages can you and your team offer the patient? For a first-time visitor in particular, we can arrange anything from a free initial consultation in the field of their choice to a complete travel, accommodation and treatment package. All proposed treatment is discussed thoroughly, written treatment plans and estimates are provided, and all treatment is carried out under the strictest international protocols. Through our arrangements with local service providers we can also organise all auxiliary posttreatment services ranging from special dietary requirements through medical domiciliary visits to spa therapy 8. Geographically speaking, with the strategic position of Malta, what would the benefits be

to the European or North African healthcare traveller when coming to Malta as opposed to, say, the Far East or other destinations? The relatively short travelling times from most of our patients’ cities of origin, as well as the availability of many low-cost flight options make it quite easy for patients to choose to return for all their follow-up appointments as well as to see the same treatment provider in the event of difficulties, complications or variations in treatment plans 9. With regards to costs, how do you compare with other areas around the globe, more specifically, to the European market? It seems as though our wages and overhead costs allow us to price our services at a level that is considered very advantageous for our visiting patients. As with everywhere else, even locally, costs vary, but the fundamental consideration for every patient contemplating treatment in Malta should be the standard of care provided. www.savinadental.com





Higher temperatures, higher stakes Spring/Summer 2014 The Clouded Revolution offers tips on the hot trends this season Spring tends to be regarded as the season before summer, and not much else. While Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies are welcomed with open arms and the prospect of summer grows heavier with anticipation, personal image may be put on the back burner in favour of holiday planning and general revelry. It doesn’t have to be that way. The Clouded Revolution has gathered the latest trends just in time for the new season.

part, about empowering women. With darker hues filling the runways, together with military jackets, exaggerated shoulders and harnesses, Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs give the female form a stronger look better likened to a tribal warrior than your everyday suit-wearing power dresser. Never fear though, the timeless suit still lives on with

used to create the most ladylike of silhouettes. Think high-rise pencil skirts with soft flowing blazers and a delicate round-neck collar.

The Art Form

One for All, All-in-One

perfect tailoring by the likes of Hedi Slimane (skinny tie and all) for Louis Vuitton and crisp cuts and shirt collars aplenty by Victoria Beckham and Altuzarra. High Shine, Low Key When we think of Spring 2014, we can’t help but recall Karl Lagerfeld and his jaw-dropping, largerthan-life art installations strewn along the runway for Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2014 show. Art is definitely the driving force behind this season’s biggest collections. From Phoebe Philo’s abstract brushstroke prints for fashion powerhouse Céline, to Miuccia Prada’s muralist-inspired portraiture, the painterly look is more than a trend – it’s one big fashion statement. Look out for bold coloured brushstrokes to liven up your summer whites. Urban Jungle

More often than not, however, workwear has to take us from day to night and sometimes a perfectly tailored look just won’t do. Whether it’s casual drinks with a friend or a hot date, design houses like Roberto Cavalli, Balmain and Lanvin introduce eye-popping metallics into otherwise commonplace looks. Whether it’s an alloy bomber or a liquid silver jumpsuit, adding just a glimmer of metal can give your standard outfit the edge needed to wear it all the way into the night. Dentelle’s Paradiso

Speaking of bold, Spring/Summer 2014 sees power dressing taken to a whole new extreme. While summer fashion is generally know for its candyfloss colour palette and lighter forms, 2014 is, for the most

If you do tend to go for a softer look though, you haven’t been forgotten! The key word here is ‘lace’. Redefined and reworked in the Spring 2014 shows, lace graced the runways in pretty pastel hues at Burberry and in all-white looks at Elie Saab. In its most recent manifestation, this intricate fabric is

There you have it, the top trends for Spring-Summer 2014: Painterly Prints, Power to the Max, Metals, and Lace. Nevertheless, before you run off and put your credit card to good use, there’s one last micro-trend we’d absolutely love to see you try. Brace yourselves, it’s dungarees. One too many childhood memories? Too reminiscent of a janitor? This season, we’ll guarantee you’ll find a pair to challenge either of those connotations. Whether it’s in leather at Trussardi or altered to end in a high-slit skirt at Balmain, you’ll definitely find the perfect pair to integrate into your wardrobe. Worn over a crisp shirt or a loose tee, this particular item of clothing looks great dressed up or down.

Remember, trends are all about rethinking your silhouette and wardrobe, so go ahead and have a little fun! After all, when is it more forgivable to add some joy and unexpected twists to your wardrobe than when the sun is shining bright?


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Business Aircraft Europe 2014 EBACE 2014

May 20th – 22nd, 2014. Geneva, Swizerland

3rd Annual MECAS

Middle East Corporate Aviation Summit 12th June 2014 Abu Dhabi, UAE

2nd Annual BBA

Baltic Business Aviation Thursday 26th June 2014 Tallinn, Estonia

10th - 11th September 2014 London Biggin Hill Airport

3rd Annual MBA

Mediterranean Business Aviation 12th September 2014 Sliema, Malta

Legal Aviation Workshop – LAW

Cannes AirShow June 12, 2014 Cannes International Airport – Mandelieu, France

Legal Aspects Of Aircraft Repossession 7th December 2014 Dubai, UAE

Middle East Corporate Aviation Summit June 12, 2014 Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach Dubai, UAE

Malta International Airshow 2014 27th-28th September 2014 Malta International Airport

International Business Aviation Symposium 16th - 17th October 2014 Kursaal Congress Centre Republic of San Marino

6th Annual BALA Business Aviation in Latin America 13th August 2014 - LABACE, Sao Paulo, Brazil


Middle East Business Aviation 8th - 10th December 2014 Dubai World Central, UAE




Finding Inspiration

Balluta Bay - Fireworks

by Michele Agius

Ever since he picked up his first camera, Michele got hooked on photography. Initially starting off as a hobby, he has now become one of Malta’s most respected photographers. The camera helps interpret his thoughts, in visualizing shots with his naked eye. He sees life in angles, continually observing the play of light and shadows, constantly looking searching for faint glimpses of magic, which other people may ignore.

Renowned for showing off Malta’s splendour, one of Michele’s strengths is that of versatility, striving to bring the best out of every shoot that comes his way. He achieves this through his different approach and unique style. He approaches work with the perfect balance of creativity, passion and enthusiasm, whilst having fun in the process, resulting in quality work and loyal clients. He has been entrusted into photographing some of Malta’s leading hotels and restaurants, corporate photo-shoots

Sunset - Fomm ir-rih bay, Malta

for some of Malta’s top law firms and several high profile events. Along the years he has also had the privilege to photograph musical artists of the likes of Joseph Calleja, Zucchero, Ronan Keating and most recently Queen legend, Brian May to name a few. To get in touch with Michele or view his work one can like his page on Facebook via www.micagius. com or follow him on Instagram and Twitter via @ micagius.

Sunrise – Xlendi, Gozo




Valletta, Malta

Joseph Calleja & Zucchero

The Granaries - Concert

Cittadella, Gozo



MEBA will be held at DWC, 8-10 December 2014. This event is the Middle East and North Africa’s premier business aviation event.

2013 2014 ACCOMPLISHMENTS GOALS SAFETY, INSURANCE & REGULATION Emergency Response Planning (ERP) workshop, insurance workshop (MAIS) and IS-BAO certification.

GIVING BACK MEBAA has partnered with the WFP in starting the Fly and Feed initiative which provides flight operators and passengers the opportunity to help end hunger.

COMMUNICATION Launched a bi-weekly newsletter, improved social media presence on Twitter, Linkedin and Youtube, as well as the new “member spotlight” initiative.

REGIONAL FOOTPRINT Hosted MEBAC in Jeddah and Marrakesh and MEBAA now has over 220 members. Visualized and regional industry data is shared with our members.

New MAIS products for all MEBAA members. MEBAA to shape regional regulatory framework for business aviation, including the fight against illegal flights.

Fly and Feed initiative will be officially launched, and with your support we can help fight world hunger.

MEBAA’s newly designed website includes a new platform for members to discuss regulatory or industry related concerns.

More MEBAC educational and networking events. Plus, two additional membership categories for both educational and professional.

The Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association is the principal forum for promoting the interests of the Region’s business aviation community. Providing a platform for members to share best practices, helping resolve issues of concern and enabling the industry to achieve its full potential. Join MEBAA and discover benefits that take your business to a higher level of business aviation excellence. For more information on how your business can benefit by joining MEBAA, visit us now at www.mebaa.com




When money is not an issue The fifth richest person in Russia and the 50th richest in the world is bound to have expensive taste. Executive Traveller takes a look at Roman Abramovich’s lavish forms of traveling around the world.

Known outside Russia as the owner of Chelsea Football Club, since June 2013, with an estimated fortune of U.S. $14.6 billion, Roman Abramovich is currently the fifth richest person in Russia and the 50th richest in the world, according to the 2012 Forbes list. Abramovich’s net worth in 2014 as per Bloomberg’s most recent estimates reaches $14.2 billion.

“By 1996, at the age of 30, Abramovich had become so rich and politically wellconnected that he had become close to then President Boris Yeltsin, and had moved into an apartment in the Kremlin at the invitation of the Yeltsin family. In 1999, and now a tycoon, Abramovich was elected governor of Russia’s remote, far eastern province

of Chukotka, and has since lavished £112 million (€132 million) on charity to rebuild the impoverished region. The identikit image being pieced together for us was of a selfmade man who was not only powerful and wealthy, but acutely aware of those who had done less well in the tumultuous times during the 1990s, when the Soviet Union fell.”

With 557 feet (170 m), The Eclipse, is the second largest private yacht in the world belonging to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. The name Eclipse was given to her as the yacht was built to literally eclipse other super yachts. In fact, the Eclipse overshadowed all competitors on price. According to various sources, its price today ranges from 400 million to 1.2 billion dollars. She was constructed by Blohm + Voss of Hamburg, Germany and the interior polished by no less famous designer Terence Disdadal. It is perfectly neat and owns a huge owner’s cabin with an area of 5,000 square feet, which is protected by armor-piercing glazing and coating of gold foil, preventing the paparazzi to photograph the Eclipse yacht interior. Furthermore, few luxury cabins for 24 VIP guests of the governor of Eclipse yacht has a cabin crew for numerous visitors, sailors and support staff (cooks, valet, fitness trainers, bodyguards and what not). The biggest Eclipse yacht in the world has two helipads on the top deck and an indoor hangar for the third helicopter. 16-meter pool can be emptied in order to be transformed into a disco opened after its floor is raised. On board there is a spa, movie theatre, restaurant Eclipse yacht. Each guest cabin is equipped with a cinema screen with 6-foot (1.82 meters) diagonal. Abramovich’s floating palace is protected by radar, missiles and all kinds of sensors. If necessary, the governor of Eclipse yachts and his relatives can be evacuated by helicopter to a board or a mini-submarine in the boat shed.

Photo by: Jordi Grifé

Abramovich owns a private Boeing 767-33A/ ER, registered in Aruba as P4-MES. The aircraft was ordered by Hawaiian Airlines however Abramovich bought it off from Boeing after the order was cancelled. He refitted the plane to his own requirements and tastes, spending around the same amount it cost on the luxurious interior. The Guardian concludes Abramovich’s career as follows:

The Eclipse berthed at Boiler Wharf – Isla, Malta Photo by - Capt. Lawrence Dalli - www.maltashipphotos.com




Experience luxury and world-class service at Jetex, Le Bourget Since the establishment of Jetex Flight Support in November 2005, the company has placed tremendous efforts on ensuring their clients experience luxury that exceeds their expectations, at every Jetex location. Established in 2009, the Jetex FBO at Le Bourget offers a range of service for passengers and crew. Multilingual staff handles clients’ requests with expertise and precision. Conveniently located at the main entrance of Paris Le Bourget, the Jetex FBO is the ideal place to start or end a trip. With spacious lounges and first class amenities including showers and rest

areas, passengers and crew can relax, freshen up and revitalize after a long flight. There’s ground equipment for all types of aircraft and more than 20,000 square meters of aircraft parking – that’s the largest amount of parking for executive aircraft in all of Paris. Jetex’s facility also provides the shortest possible distance between aircraft and car. Additional facilities offered at the Jetex FBO include trip planning and weather services, NOTAMs, a conference room, secured car parking, personalized first-class catering, interior and exterior aircraft cleaning and fueling

services. Jetex ensures maximum security and privacy in the FBO, as in all other Jetex locations. Dedicated concierge services are offered to clients at the FBO. This includes hotel accommodation, ground transport, fine dining and security arrangements. In addition to the services provided at the FBO, Jetex France offers you impeccable trip planning solutions at every airport in France. For more information contact Jetex at france@ jetex.com / +33 1 74372522




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Malta, the great story of a small island-nation through 100 objects Size isn’t all. Five times smaller than London, the Maltese Islands have staged some of the most momentous happenings in history and treasure a concentration of World Heritage Sites per kilometre square surpassed only by the Eternal City. Home to the oldest free standing stone structures in the world, subject of a few epic sieges that impinged determinedly upon the unfolding of events during the second millennium after Christ, and a dazzling setting for the end of the dreaded Cold War aren’t but the pinnacles of an eventful story spanning millennia.

Malta, the great story of a small island-nation though 100 Objects aims at presenting in an easily digestible and colourful way a general overview of the Maltese Islands from their geological inception to the more recent major political achievements. More importantly, it strives to fulfil this goal through a selection of 100 objects from the National Collection, in particular the numerous and multifaceted assortment of priceless artefacts, works of art and exceptional memorabilia entrusted to Heritage Malta as the National Agency for Museums, Conservation and Cultural Heritage. For the sake of completeness, though, a few intrinsically important documents and artefacts have been sourced from the Office of the Prime Minister, the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Office of the Ministry of

Foreign Affairs, the Central Bank, the National Library, the Notarial Archives and the Akkademja tal-Malti respectively. The storyline is fashioned in 12 phases. The first is dedicated to geology and the colonisation by prehistoric flora and fauna, the following ten mirror the prevailing chronologic succession following the arrival of the first Neolithic settlers, while the twelfth and concluding phase deals with post-independent Malta. Each of the twelve sections is set in context by a brief presentation. The most remarkable occurrences and endeavours of the respective twelve phases are, in turn, represented by a corresponding number of varying objects, or occasionally, groups of artefacts. As expected, the complement of objects varies from one phase to the other. The Late Neolithic, the Classical period, the stay of the Knights of St John, and the British tenure feature a more abundant group due to their high-profiled standing in human history or lasting imprint in Malta’s socio-cultural DNA.

1. Female statuette (popularly known as Venus from Ħaġar Qim Temples) 2. Discoid figurine from Tarxien Cemetery levels at Tarxien Temples 3. Trapetum from rural villa at Tad-Dawl 4. Hand-operated Columbian printing press (1864) 5. George Cross




Redefining Fine Living by Lidia von Gogol

Celebrity style is all about standing out, being different and expressing your personality. It’s about finding the right balance between comfort and elegance and creating your unique space. If you’re looking to create a space that is uniquely yours, one of the first rules is to keep a step back from bog standard style by avoiding the big box stores. The five-star bedroom The focal point of a bedroom is, of course, the bed. Lately, canopy beds have been taking pride of place in the master bedroom. A canopy bed offers more than just intimacy and elegance, it also offers protection and, moreover, mystery.

The healing properties of your furniture A coffee table can offer more than just basic comfort or aesthetic complaisance. It is believed that some coffee tables go as far as to help to increase one’s psychic ability or to release stress. Designer Danna Weiss, at Vibrational Furniture creates “personal vortex pieces designed to elevate the energy of your space.” They are designed to fit the client’s choice, turning their visions into reality. At this rate, psychologists will soon be prescribing coffee tables as antidotes.

Starlight side table - Vibrational Furniture

One gem of a coffee table is surely Tamara Mellon’s golden rams coffee table and Ralph Lauren’s custom-made cocktail table.

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s canopy bed - AD Design

Among celebrities who have succumbed to the timeless chic of the canopy bed are designer Bunny Williams, for her Manhattan apartment and Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne for the master bedroom in their California house. Irish designer Joseph Walsh brings out the best in canopy beds with his innovative design, which he will present at Collective 2 Design Fair in New York City.

Irish designer Joseph Walsh brings out the best in canopy beds with his innovative design - josephwalshstudio

The living room sofa The perfect sofa makes quite the difference when it comes to your living room’s ambience and it is indeed its star. The shape of your sofa is just as important as its fabric, size and quality. From Chesterfield sofas to Chippendale Camelback, comfort and style key when choosing the right sofa. Donatella Versace hits the nail on the head with her living room, for example. Look at the gorgeous graphic sofas from the Versace Home Collection. If you want a laid-back look, actress Sophia Bush’s cozy living room’s sofa in her Hollywood Hills house is the perfect example.

Donatella Versace living room arrangement - 2luxury2.com

And, of course, nothing quite beats the iconic Marshmallow Sofa, originally designed in 1956 by George Nelson for Herman Miller, available to purchase at Lost City Arts, with a featured price of $16,000. Art Decor Art, with its inner beauty, creates a unique atmosphere, a noble and elegant space. Luxury itself is marked by the personality of the person creating it, and not by objects. Simply bringing art objects into our home will not necessarily turn it into a five-star home. But when art meets personality, that’s when magic happens. Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto and Matthew Barney create an elegant gallery wall in actor Ben Stiller’s living room. Art in the entrance hall of Ralph Lauren’s Manhattan house is varied, to say the least, with his original Star Wars storm trooper standing alongside a painting by Joseph Stashkevetch. If you love ceramics, this sculptural vase from award winning ceramic Sandra Davolio might find its place in your house (available for purchase at J. Lohmann Gallery, NYC) Rich bathrooms The bathroom is the most private room in your house, a space of composure and relaxation. It is a space where simplicity meets functionality to give the harmony and style that most fits you. 2014 is all about seamlessness, functionality and bold accents, and designers are turning bathrooms into perfect spaces for escaping and recharging. Play with colours and materials to create a serene and lively master bathroom in your house. If you want to add a wow factor a chandelier casts soft light across a bathroom and for something really different, how about going for the outdoors look. Step out of the ordinary and enjoy the fresh serenity of nature with a deck side soaking tub.





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