the ksa edition ISSUE 09 | MAY - JUN 2023 EXPERIENCE ULTRA LUXURY
Executive Ofﬁcer at Boutique Group
ISSUE 09 | May - Jun 2023
Qannati Objet d’Art Wins Two Prestigious Industry Awards for Excellence in Design Innovation and Jewelry Design
Interview with the CEO at Boutique Group, Mark DeCocinis
Interview with Rowaida Raffa
The Impact of Motorsports and Motorcycles on Investment, Tourism, and Education
Talking Hospitality with Kirti Anchan
Rolls-Royce Ghost: Purity is Possibility
Discover the Top Five Private Suites in the Region for an Exclusive Getaway
The Counter of Sweet Indulgence
The World’s Best Polo Players The Luxury Network
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TONDA PF SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH
A World Class Master Calibre is presented in a New Rose Gold Case with Platinum Dial
Dedicated to shorttime measurement, the TONDA PF Chronographe Rattrapante (Split Seconds Chronograph) with its two column-wheels is an exceptional watchmaking instrument. Powered by Calibre PF361, a manually wound movement that beats at a rate of 5 Hz or 36,000 Vph, the chronograph times intervals to one-tenth-of-a-second precision.
This new reinterpretation of the timepiece is presented with an 18ct rose gold case and bracelet, and a sandblasted platinum dial complemented by rose gold hands and applied rose gold hour-markers. The sapphire crystal caseback allows the wearer to admire the 18ct rose gold movement, which features open-worked bridges and a barrel bearing the signature of Michel Parmigiani, who created the calibre to mark his Maison’s 20th anniversary.
Split-seconds chronographs represent the best of the chronograph complication category. Designed to measure intermediate (split) times, they are equipped with two superimposed chronograph hands. Activating the 1
o’clock pusher makes the two hands turn together. Pressing the 4 o'clock pusher stops the upper hand while the lower hand continues running. Another press at 4 o'clock brings the upper hand back to the second one in a move that has led to the French term rattrapante (“catchup”) for this function. The split time is measured at the first stop. This highly sophisticated function is one of the most difficult
complications to create, on a par with a tourbillon or a minute repeater.
The TONDA PF Split Seconds Chronograph is all about performance. Its integrated Manufacture movement, Calibre PF361, is a highly sophisticated mechanism with a vertical clutch, along with two column-wheels each playing a different role: one is dedicated to the chronograph and the
other to operating the split-seconds function via the pusher integrated into the crown.
The balance wheel is held in place by a cross through bridge in 18ct rose gold – a material used to form the entire structure (baseplate and bridges) holding the moving parts. The architecture of the calibre has been designed to ensure its longevity and enable it to withstand shocks; devotees of haute horlogerie will appreciate the challenge of shaping a material as malleable as gold into a structure that is both robust and elegant. Naturally, the movement components are adorned with the haute horlogerie finishes that are a signature of Parmigiani Fleurier, including hand-bevelled edges on all of the bridges. Calibre PF361 comprises 309 parts, including 35 jewels, and offers a 65hour power reserve.
The purified aesthetic of the dial is designed to enhance readability of the hours and minutes as well as the chronograph indications, which are complemented by a small-seconds indicator at six o’clock. Tachymeter and pulsometer scales encircle the dial, while
the central split-seconds hands are distinguished from each other by different colours. Complementing the 18ct rose gold applied hour-markers, the skeletonised hour and minute hands are also 18ct rose gold.
The TONDA PF Split Seconds Chronograph displays all the aesthetic signatures of the TONDA PF collection. The case and bracelet are integrated into a fluid overall design, framed by the Maison's signature knurled
bezel and featuring teardrop-shaped chronograph pushers.
Epitomising the expertise of an integrated Manufacture, the new rose gold TONDA PF Split Seconds Chronograph is
offered in a limited and numbered edition of 30 pieces. Complementing the 18ct rose gold case and bracelet, it is delivered with an additional alligator leather strap.
NEW BLACK AND GREEN HUES FOR THE ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE SELFWINDING FLYING TOURBILLON CHRONOGRAPH
Audemars Piguet is happy to unveil a new black ceramic iteration of its Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph highlighting its architectural micro-mechanics with new striking green accents. Mounted on a matching green interchangeable rubber strap, this sporty timepiece brings intricate hand-craftsmanship, in concert with cutting-edge technology. With this new limited edition of 100 pieces, Audemars Piguet’s mastery of materials and colours takes another step forward on the occasion of the collection’s 30th anniversary.
BLACK CERAMIC A BLEND OF TECHNOLOGY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP
In 2021, the Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph marked the beginning of a new generation of Royal Oak Offshore with a 43 mm diameter. This year, the Manufacture launches a new version crafted in black ceramic.
The manufacturing of the ceramic case follows a complex industrial flow, requiring meticulous programming, dedicated tools and skilled personnel. Zirconium Oxide
(ZrO2) powder is combined with binder content, the composition of which remains a closely guarded secret. This feedstock is given preliminary shape by five-axis computer-numerically controlled (CNC) milling machines, before the binder is removed. Each component obtains its hardness and final colour by sintering at approximately 1,000 °C. The component is then hard machined with diamond-tipped tools before being pre-polished and pre-satin-brushed.
Ultimately, all the components of the black ceramic case are hand-finished with the Manufacture’s
trademark alternation of satin brushing and polished chamfers. This juxtaposition of finishing techniques gives life to the multifaceted case which toys with the light with each move of the wrist.
This labour of love now extends rearside, too, as the timepiece encompasses a ceramic caseback for the first time in the 43 mm Royal Oak Offshore collection. This fine component, engraved with “Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition of 100 Pieces,” frames a sapphire-crystal display window revealing the inner work of Calibre 2967 and its blackened 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight matching with the case colour.
BLACKENED ARCHITECTURAL DIAL WITH GREEN ANODISED ACCENTS
The 2023 iteration presents a dramatic evolution of the selfwinding Calibre 2967 launched in 2021. This 526-part flyback chronograph movement is regulated by a flying
tourbillon, whose single underlying bridge holds the rotating cage at 6 o’clock. While calling on historic Haute Horlogerie techniques, this movement also sports a contemporary, 3D architecture which offers an exciting canvas for aesthetic experimentation.
The architectural black PVD-coated titanium bridges, finished with satin-brushing and hand-polished angles, are enriched with vivid green inserts endowed with an even aluminium coating, achieved through an electrolytic process called “anodisation.” Lastly, the bright external polished chamfers highlight the bridges’ titanium base and add depth to the multi-layered movement.
The two translucent chronograph counters, outlined with a black outer ring, leave the view of the two-tone movement unencumbered, while 18-carat pink gold hands, illuminated with luminescent coating, glow on their journey around the dial. Furthermore, a
green anodised inner bezel, keeping in with the bridge inserts and strap, serves as the minutes track, while red chronograph hands add a racy flash of colour.
STRAP IN, SWITCH UP
This limited timepiece is fitted with the Manufacture’s interchangeable strap system complementing the latest generation of Royal Oak Offshore models. This system has been directly integrated into the case’s studs and buckle. The ease and efficiency of the new system allows wearers to change the straps and buckles of their new timepiece themselves with a quick click and release. The double-push system also grants optimum security when the watch is worn on the wrist.
The watch’s green rubber strap can be swapped out for the second black rubber strap coming with the model. Owners benefit furthermore from the ‘AP’ folding clasp in lightweight, satin-finished titanium.
INTRODUCING THE EXCLUSIVE
GIRARD-PERREGAUX LAUREATO GREEN CERAMIC
ASTON MARTIN EDITION
Aston Martin and Girard-Perregaux proudly present the Laureato Green Ceramic Aston Martin Edition, the first Laureato timepiece to feature a green ceramic case and bracelet. This is the latest collaboration between the prestigious Swiss maison and the British ultra-luxury marque, two institutions with a rich history of creating iconic products that stand the test of time, through excellence in design, materials and craftsmanship. The limited-edi-
tion timepiece also marks Aston Martin’s iconic association with the colour green, from its early heritage in motorsport to today’s Aston Martin Racing Green.
While some of the materials used for this new timepiece are ultra-modern, the essence of Girard-Perregaux’s inaugural 1975 Laureato, which translates to English as “Graduate” and was named following the 1970s film, has been
respected. The highly exclusive Laureato Green Ceramic Aston Martin Edition is offered in a choice of two case sizes - 42mm and 38mm - and limited to just 388 and 188 examples.
Sleek, contemporary and notably elegant, the design of the Laureato Green Ceramic Aston Martin Edition encompasses elements inspired by Aston Martin cars, from powerful engines to sleek contours and lightweight construction. It is this latter trait which encouraged Girard-Perregaux to equip this new model with skeletonised ‘baton’ type hour and minute hands, both light and functional. The watch dial is presented in a cross-hatch design, a diamond-like pattern found on Aston Martin’s original ‘AM’ logo used from 1921-1926, as well as the quilted leather upholstery found in some of the marque’s high-performance vehicles.
In the same way that the timeless design of the Laureato has attracted the admiration of enlightened commentators and watch aficionados, Aston Martin has repeatedly shown its prowess for sculpting iconic shapes that have never lost their appeal. Whether it’s a DB4 of the early 60s, a DBS V8 of the 70s or a modern-day Vantage, all models share the same attributes of elegance, luxury and performance.
Aston Martin’s iconic association with the colour green began many decades ago, when manufacturers raced in the colours of their country of origin, in this case British Racing Green. Since then, Aston Martin racing cars have competed in various shades of green before resting on the now familiar Aston Martin Racing Green, which adorns its Formula 1® cars. It was a logical conclusion for this co-branded timepiece to be dressed in green, a colour that evokes thoughts of performance and success.
Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Girard-Perregaux, said: “From the outset, the design of the Laureato was distinctive, yet cohesive. Its styling encompassed geometric, clean-cut lines while exhibiting a slightly gentle character. Contrasting polished and satin finished surfaces, an ergonomic integrated bracelet and, of course, as always, an in-house movement… these are the essential ingredients which have made the Laureato a remarkable success. The same ingredients are much in evidence with the new Laureato Green Ceramic Aston Martin Edition, along with the addition of an interesting, highly contemporary material.”
Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, of Aston Martin added: “Our goal was to conceive an advanced luxury product. Interestingly, Patrick and I spent a lot of time talking about the folklore of the Laureato and the design play between shape and proportion of its iconic bezel. When he shared GP’s
exploration into the optical properties of technical ceramics, micro beads and microns, I became quite enchanted by this idea of the past becoming the future. We’re always exploring combinations of technology, colour, and materials in Aston Martin sports cars to enrich performance, functionality and owner enjoyment. Together we’ve fused these ideas and attributes to generate this cool new Aston Martin GP Laureato”.
Both Aston Martin and Girard-Perregaux operate within a world of excellence, where time-honoured skills imbue products with a distinctive character and an enduring quality, creating rare objects that confer lasting appeal. The Laureato Green Ceramic Aston Martin Edition is the latest offering from this unique collaboration, which began in 2021. Presented in a 42mm or 38mm model, the new timepiece will be available to buy worldwide in selected Girard-Perregaux retailers from June 2023.
QANNATI OBJET D’ART WINS TWO PRESTIGIOUS INDUSTRY AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN INNOVATION AND JEWELRY DESIGN
Qannati Objet d’Art, premier maker of precious wearable art objects, is pleased to announce that its debut collection “Celebration of Time” has received two prestigious awards in separate global competitions.
The awards, given in November 2022 by the French Design Institute and the Middle East Watch & Jewelry awards, come within just months of Qannati’s launch of its inaugural collection of Eternity bracelets and Quantum timepieces. Marking Qannati’s breakthrough into the world of jewelry bracelets and métiers d’art timepieces, Celebration of Time was unveiled on July 5, 2022, at an exclusive presentation in Paris, in the
presence of the Maison’s founder, Mahmood Qannati, a Bahraini-born global entrepreneur; jewelry conceptor and designer Frédéric Mané, artistic director of Qannati; Jothi-Sèroj Ebroussard, master jeweler and sculptor; and Corentin Quideau, jewelry industry veteran and chairman of Qannati.
• Qannati Objet d’Art and Frédéric Mané were jointly awarded the JANUS Patrimony & Innovation prize by the French Design Institute, for the collection Celebration of Time;
• Qannati’s “Space Conquest” Eternity bracelet” won Best Theme Jewelry, and Qannati Objet d’Art was recognized as one of the Middle East’s top three “Best Independent Watch Brands” at the 18th annual Middle East Watch & Jewelry Awards 2022.
These two awards are a crowning achievement for Qannati Objet d’Art, an independent brand dually anchored in France and Bahrain. Qannati is thrilled to have been recognized for both its aesthetics and its sustainable approach by industry specialists and peers in two separate and independent competitions.
“We are thrilled that Qannati Objet d’Art, a young brand, has received two world-class awards that
recognize our dedication to craft, our attention to detail, and our commitment to preserving the resources of our planet. The entire Qannati team is proud of this achievement which marks a milestone in the first year of our existence.
We are especially pleased that our authentic storytelling expressed by the hands of France’s most exceptional artists, has been rewarded,” says Mahmood Qannati, founder and chief executive of Qannati Objet d’Art.
JANUS PRIZE FOR PATRIMONY & INNOVATION
A multidisciplinary jury of 14 experts awarded the “JANUS prize for Patrimony & Innovation 2022” jointly to Qannati Objet d’Art and Frédéric Mané, artist director of Qannati, for Celebration of Time, recognized as a “high-end watch collection that promotes sustainable practices.”
The JANUS award, a label of excellence created in 1953 by the French Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade, is awarded by the French Design Institute (L’Institut Français du Design) to companies with an “outstanding and long-term commitment to progress in the service of people, industry and the environment.”
This year’s JANUS prize for Patrimony & Innovation recognized the outstanding qualities of Qannati’s métiers d’art timepiece collection for its authentic narrative and its cultural footing. The jury found that Qannati seamlessly conjugates “temporal elements through the lens of ancient myths of humanity.” On his point, the French Design Institute said:
“The jury appreciated the artisanal quality of a collection of luxury objects which, in a hyper-competitive market where tradition and continuity are highly valued, brings true innovation, with an original and coherent narrative that inspires thanks to its unique archaeological footing and its quality craftsmanship at the pinnacle of high jewelry and watchmaking.”
Additionally, the jury praised Qannati for its sustainable approach to upcycling materials, and for creating exceptional pieces without encouraging mining activity” and through sustainable practices that “promote alternatives to mining.”
Qannati is thrilled that the jury found that the Maison’s approach reinforces the brand’s positive image in a world where reputation and the ability to “make people dream” are essential.
MIDDLE EAST WATCHES AND JEWELRY AWARDS 2022
Before an audience of 200 guests, Qannati Objet d’Art received this year’s distinguished award for “Best Theme Jewelry” at the 18th annual Middle East Watches & Jewelry Awards held at the Music Hall, in Dubai. This year’s Middle East Watches and Jewelry Awards ceremony, sponsored by Arabian Watches and Jewelry, featured 23 jewelry and watch categories.
The piece that stood out in the eyes of the event’s prestigious jury in the Best Theme Jewelry category was the “Space Conquest Eternity Bracelet” a “futuristic” piece that features a miniature spaceship suspended over a “lunar landscape” under the glass dome of the bracelet. The spaceship is crafted from white gold and stainless steel sourced from the NASA Discovery Space Shuttle that traveled to space in 1992, with touches of fiery orange sapphire. Labradorite, fragments of volcanic-stone meteorites, peridots, and black diamonds make up the precious landscape. The exquisite piece took 786 days to craft.
Additionally, Qannati Objet d’Art was recognized at the same event, as one of the Middle East’s top three watch brands in the “Best Independent Watch Brand” category. That is a resounding endorsement by industry peers, and an absolute achievement for a new brand that has only just emerged on the global landscape of luxury watches and jewelry.
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SERPENT BOHÈME PINK QUARTZ
Unveiled in 1968, the Serpent Bohème collection has traversed the decades and has since become a Boucheron classic. The design’s elegant twists are a perfect example of Maison Boucheron’s expert craftsmanship. The style and materials of the motif have evolved over the years, where glittering pavé diamonds are sometimes replaced by the elegant hues of aquaprase®, rhodolite, and mother-of-pearl.
This season, Serpent Bohème is embracing La Vie en Rose. Maison Boucheron sees its 1968 design in a new light—rose-tinted—where Serpent Bohème’s iconic motifs are reworked with elegant rose gold and pink quartz.
The pastel tones of this gemstone give a warm glow to rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings for a look that is both modern and elegant.
1- Single Stud Earring
A teardrop stud with pavé diamonds. Another teardrop made from pink quartz. These Serpent Bohème rose-gold earrings strike the perfect balance.
Serpent Bohème double motif single stud earring, paved with diamonds, set with a pink quartz, in pink gold
2- Ring S Motif
A softer take on the iconic Serpent Bohème ring. The twisted band, a signature of the collection, is adorned with a teardrop of pink quartz that highlights the warm tones of the rose gold.
Serpent Bohème S motif ring, set with a pink quartz, in pink gold
3- Ring, Three Motifs
Two Serpent Bohème diamond-encrusted motifs illuminate a pink quartz teardrop surrounded by rose-gold beads. A winning trifecta that is both elegant and subtly stylish.
Serpent Bohème triple motif ring, paved with diamonds, set with a pink quartz, in pink gold
1 2 3 Brilliant Bijoux
This Serpent Bohème pendant comes in monochrome tones. On one end, a round-cut diamond delicately rests on a twisted rose-gold rope chain. On the other, the soft hues of pink quartz are blended into the iconic teardrop design.
Serpent Bohème XS motif pendant, set with a diamond and a pink quartz, in pink gold
Bracelet, Two S Motifs
A diamond-encrusted teardrop and a pastel-colored drop of pink quartz, both surrounded by rose-gold beads, appear to balance each other on a twisted bangle. Free of a clasp, the Serpent Bohème bracelet easily slips on and off the wrist.
Serpent Bohème double motif bracelet, paved with diamonds, set with a pink quartz, in pink gold
This sublimely soft-colored Serpent Bohème watch keeps time in rose quartz. The bracelet is adorned with sixteen teardrop motifs with alternating rose quartz and diamonds. However, the watch face, complete with an encrusted diamond setting and rose-gold beads, is a treasure in itself.
Serpent Bohème watch set, set with pink quartz, paved with diamonds, in pink gold
4- Pendant, XS Motif
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INTERVIEW WITH THE CEO AT BOUTIQUE GROUP, MARK DECOCINIS
Can you share the story behind the founding of Boutique Group and its mission in the hospitality industry?
The Arab region, particularly Saudi Arabia, has long been renowned for its warmth and welcoming nature. The idea behind His Royal Highness’ vision was to communicate the tale of this rich culture of the kingdom. At Boutique Group we aim to develop, manage, and operate historical and cultural palaces in the Kingdom and transform them into ultra-luxury boutique hotels to revive the vibrant national heritage with the authentic culture of the Kingdom, and provide an exceptional and unique hospitality experience.
What differentiates Boutique Group’s hotels from other luxury accommodations in Saudi Arabia, and how do you maintain a unique identity across your properties?
Our properties at Boutique Group are more than just buildings; they hold history and stories within their walls. Take for instance The Red Palace which has hosted a variety of state receptions and celebrations throughout its existence. We are proud to be turning it into a state-of-the-art hotel, preserving
its historical structure for future generations to enjoy.
AlHamra Palace is another example of a property that has hosted some of the most prominent public figures from around the world. Our goal is to take our guests back in time to witness the same treatment of royalty and hospitality, offering them a one-of-a-kind experience that they will never forget.
Each of our properties is completely unique, with its own story of age, architecture, and the people who once occupied them. It is important that we respect the use of the space and protect its integrity, so that our guests can truly appreciate the historical significance of these magnificent structures.
In what ways does Boutique Group incorporate local culture and heritage into the design and guest experiences at its hotels?
At our hotels, we strive to create a perfect blend of modern design and traditional Saudi culture. We take major components of the local community and implement them into our modern designs, giving our guests the best of both worlds. For example, we incorporate traditional greenery, tailored to each region, selecting native tree species
that flourish naturally. In addition, we feature intricate patterns drawn from ancient Islamic architecture in our interior designs, showcasing the rich history and culture of Saudi Arabia.
Of course, dining is an important part of any guest’s experience, and we are proud to offer local cuisine that allows our guests to savor the unique flavors and delicacies of Saudi Arabia. Our goal is to create a truly immersive experience for our guests, where they can connect with the local culture and community while still enjoying all the comforts and amenities of modern hospitality.
How do you approach selecting new locations for expansion and ensuring that each property aligns with the overall brand image of Boutique Group?
When considering potential new locations for our boutique hotels, we analyze several factors to ensure that we create a truly unique and memorable experience for our guests. One of the most important factors is the history and story behind the property. We believe that each of our hotels should have a unique and interesting story to tell, which adds to the overall guest experience.
In addition to the historical significance of the property, we also consider technical factors such as the infrastructure, location, and dimensions of the space. These factors must meet our high standards to ensure that we can provide our guests with an ultra-luxury experience.
Building a strong team is crucial for success. What strategies do you employ to attract and retain talented individuals within Boutique Group?
At Boutique Group, we believe that our team is the heart and soul of our operations. That’s why we carefully select individuals who not only have years of experience, skill, and passion for the hospitality and tourism industry, but also a strong connection to their homeland and country. Our team members are proud Saudis who embody the values and principles of their culture and provide our guests with the warmest and most welcoming experience possible.
We understand the importance of maintaining global standards for boutique accommodation, which differ from standard commercial accommodation guidelines and expectations. That’s why we will be providing our team members with boutique trainings to ensure that they understand and meet these standards and can provide our guests with the highest level of service.
How do you foster a culture of exceptional customer service and guest satisfaction across all levels of the organization?
We are fortunate to have a team of people who are well-traveled and experienced in staying at some of the best hotels in the world. This means that they can provide valuable insights from a guest’s perspective, sharing what matters most
to them in luxury accommodation based on their past experiences.
We also believe that exceptional customer service is key to creating a memorable and positive guest experience. To achieve this, we focus on creating a personal connection with our guests while also maintaining boundaries and respecting their privacy. By taking a solution-first approach to any challenges or issues that may arise, we
can ensure that our guests always feel valued and well taken care of.
Boutique Group places emphasis on creating memorable experiences. Can you share an example of a unique guest experience or special event that truly represents the essence of Boutique Group?
Hospitality and service is usually the first thing a customer remem-
bers. Not only do you remember the people that you experience memorable moments with, but you also remember the tiny details that made it a memorable experience.
We strive to involve the local community in our story as much as possible, to remind our guests that although there is great diversity in the community, the Saudi people are the hosts and the true heart of our operation. We are committed to educating our guests about the rich heritage and culture of Saudi Arabia during their stay.
The memory we want to imprint on guest’s minds is how they were treated like royalty, attention to detail, and adding the awe aspect.
The travel and hospitality industry are evolving rapidly. How do you stay ahead of trends and ensure that Boutique Group remains relevant and competitive in the market?
It’s no secret that many companies are relocating their headquarters to Saudi Arabia. When a city, its facilities, and services are growing at this speed, you need to take advantage of this growth as an opportunity. By being engaged with the business community, we can better cater towards their needs from a B2B perspective.
We understand the importance of staying relevant and competitive in a rapidly changing market. To achieve this, we are constantly
adapting to cost changes, such as increased rent and services due to the growing population. By staying ahead of these changes and adapting our strategies accordingly, we can continue to provide our guests with high-quality service and exceptional experience.
Collaboration with partners and local communities can be beneficial. How does Boutique Group engage with local stakeholders to create mutually beneficial relationships?
At Boutique Group, we are committed to supporting the Saudi tourism sector and fulfilling the Kingdom’s vision to diversify its economy. We believe that by building up the skills of the Saudi people and offering job opportunities, we can contribute to the growth and development of the country. In doing so, we also aim to increase the value of the Public Investment Fund’s assets and strengthen our social responsibility. Additionally, we have signed several MoUs with local entities that share our values of preserving the Saudi Arabian culture, collaborating, and creating the best products that match the ultra-luxury level we are striving for.
As a leader, what values and principles do you prioritize in guiding Boutique Group’s growth and success?
I believe that setting an example is key. Being genuine and sincere in your leadership style; titles don’t
set leaders apart, but passion is for sure the number one principle. I believe that for people to succeed and perform to the best of their ability, they must love what they do and work from the heart.
Starting with adaptation, communication, transparency, limitless imagination, creativity, and determination, these are all the building blocks to ultimate accomplishment. By embodying these principles, we can inspire our team members to strive for excellence and bring their best selves to work every day.
How do you stay informed about industry trends and developments, and how would you apply that knowledge to drive innovation within Boutique Group?
It’s important to identify challenges and opportunities. When it comes to the massive growth of the
hospitality and tourism scene in Saudi Arabia, this is a challenge disguised as an opportunity. We work very closely with the Ministry of Tourism to understand the projected and current tourism statistics to manage and plan capacities as best we can. Looking at last year for example, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Tourism reported that a total of 93.5 million domestic and international tourists spent more than $49 billion in the country, with the tourism sector accounting for 3.2 percent of the GDP.
What is your leadership style, and how would you motivate and inspire the employees at Boutique Group to achieve their best performance?
I personally believe in empowering our team members to make decisions that enhance the success and progress. I understand that confidence comes from trust, and
I strive to build a culture of trust and empowerment that enables our team members to take ownership of their roles and responsibilities. As a leader working outside of your territory or home country, I also believe that it’s important to embrace the local culture and connect with the land. By respecting local traditions and staying educated about different perspectives, we can gain a deeper understanding of the community and create a more authentic experience.
Looking ahead, what are your future plans and goals and how do you envision the company’s expansion and development in the coming years?
At Boutique Group, we have an unwavering commitment to providing our guests with a truly exceptional and unforgettable experience. Our focus for the coming years is to finalize all our ongoing projects and ensure that they meet our high standards of perfection.
By dedicating ourselves fully to each of these palaces, we can create a level of excellence that sets us apart.
Our target is to set the Saudi Arabian hospitality as a benchmark for the world. Saudi Arabia is still a mystery to some parts of the world; we need to get the narrative out there of all these unique cultural palaces, people, and experiences that the kingdom has to offer.
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INTERVIEW WITH ROWAIDA RAFFA
How did you first become interested in playing the piano and what drew you to this instrument?
Franz Liszt’s composition “La Campanella”, was the piece that captivated my heart and soul at the age of 7. I heard L Campanella in a film that was randomly on TV, and I won’t forget that moment, I remember losing sense of everything around me in that room except that sound playing in the film. It was classy, sensational, and beautiful in every way. Shortly after that, I traveled to Europe, and started gathering as many music books as I could and began reading and teaching myself. At that time, there was no available channels to learn from; yet books taught me more than a short video would, and I’m grateful for that knowledgeable journey.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences and how have they shaped your playing style?
Fredrick Chopin has always been my inspiration. He is one of the greatest masters and composers of the Romantic Era. His compositions include Sonatas, Mazurkas, Waltzes, Nocturnes, Impromptus, and many other pieces. While his music style is romantic, yet it’s expressive and innovative; it is fascinating to listen to, even more to play. I am also
inspired by Johan Sebastian Bach, Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Mozart and Brahms. Through continuous listening to their masterpieces, you begin to understand the emotions they had while composing, and in other times, their compositions help you connect your to your own.
Can you tell the reason you are interested in classical music in specific?
Classical music played a major factor in the evolution of music and its genres across decades. I strongly believe learning is a journey that requires going back to the roots and understanding and learning of history and theory. Being a performer is great, but being a performer and
a great musician is a whole other level. I will always cherish classical music, not just for the beauty of it, but also for its major role in the music evolution which will always remain undeniable.
How does your passion for cars intersect with your passion for music, and do you see any connections between the two?
Being an artist is not limited to your field of profession. If you take a closer look at cars, it is by far one of the most beautiful machines to roam on earth; with their unique models, designs, colors, engines, and ability. If Music gives us the freedom to express feelings and
emotions, cars disconnect us from the confines of our bodies to a new world full of adventure, excitement, and freedom. Especially when involved in car racing of any kind, I’m sure that cars experts can’t agree more. Yet, music remains my favorite kind of adrenaline.
What advice would you give to young people who are interested in pursuing a career in music or in the automotive industry?
Patience comes at the top of the list. Learning music takes a lot of effort and time; to also determining what kind of a musician you would like to be, whether a Pianist, a Violinist, A Composer, a Music Conductor, Orchestrator or maybe even just playing as a hobby in your free time. Exploring, listening, learning, failing, then learning again; are very important steps to becoming a real artist, not giving up is the key. Understanding and learning music helps remove that shallow layer, where you begin to understand the story and the brilliance that is underneath each composition, Of course, that is a skill that we develop through years of practicing. There are no limits to knowledge, the more you learn, the more there is to learn.
The automotive industry is exciting! Becoming a skilled driver requires tremendous amount of skill and courage. Experts in the automotive field may provide the right technical tips, as for my personal tips, a passion towards anything with the right guidance will always lead to great results.
Can you tell us about any particularly memorable performances or experiences you’ve had in your career as a pianist?
Before sharing my music on social media in 2017, I got a call from a friend who asked me straight if I would like to perform with the Orchestra of William Ross. That was unexpected! William Ross is a prolific award-winning composer and arranger whose work has spanned feature films, the recording industry and television, which would be an honor to meet and even
play with. And of course, I agreed without hesitation. The next day, I got a call from William Ross himself. His encouraging and positive words about my skills meant more than I can put into words, especially since he was the first composer that I got to share my work with, and not just any composer. He encouraged me like no other and played a major role in my development as an artist.
I was very fortunate to play his compositions along with his talented team of musicians. That was my first show with a full Orchestra on
stage. And I learned that being an artist isn’t about playing a few notes on a keyboard, it’s much more than that. If your music won’t make you a better person, you might need to rethink why you are pursuing it.
What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a female musician and car enthusiast in Saudi Arabia, and how have you overcome them?
After many years of practicing, learning, and growing, I can honestly say that the only challenge
anyone could face is him/herself. It won’t matter where you come from, where you love, or your gender. If you really want to pursue something, you will always find a way to achieve it. The challenge is a part of the journey, overcoming it with grace and confidence will get you to your desired destiny.
What are your plans or goals for the future, both in terms of your music and your automotive interests?
It would be my absolute pleasure to support young talents to grow
in their music careers. We have a bright future for young talents, and I’m positive they will become worldwide top musicians in the future. And as for my automotive interest, I’m planning to take on several thrilling driving experiences around the world. Porsche Ice Experience that I have applied to and looking forward to it!
Can you describe how you first got the opportunity to perform with Alicia Keys, and what was going through your mind when you found out you would be sharing the stage with her?
The Royal Commission of Al Ula reached out and presented this great opportunity. I grew up listening to Alicia Keys music. In addition to being an amazing singer and songwriter; she is an incredible pianist. It is an honor to have met her and shared a stage together.
What was it like working with Alicia Keys, and what did you learn from collaborating with her and how did it impact your career as a musician and your profile in the music industry?
Working with Alicia Keys is an experience many musicians would be thrilled to have. While the audience only watch the final show, the backstage is filled with different challenges. Her guidance during rehearsals were marvelous. Alicia, her family, and her team were amazing throughout the event and backstage. Couldn’t be more grateful for this wonderful opportunity.
THE IMPACT OF MOTORSPORTS AND MOTORCYCLES ON INVESTMENT, TOURISM, AND EDUCATION
Motorsports, including auto racing and motorcycle racing, have become a vital cultural and economic phenomenon. These adrenaline-fueled sports have a significant impact on investment, tourism, and education, particularly in countries such as Saudi Arabia.
The global automotive industry, encompassing renowned manufacturers from the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, and China, is a weighty economic powerhouse. This high-octane industry has a profound influence on education, particularly in mechanical engineering, with the development and innovation of cars and motorcycles being at the forefront. The industry’s allure and prestige are further heightened by renowned sport cars brands such as Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, Bentley, McLaren, Lamborghini, and Mercedes. On the motorcycle front, championships such as MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3, and Riders like Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, and Casey Stoner have etched their names in the annals of MotoGP history, showcasing skill, courage, and a deep understanding of their machines on the racing circuits.
In recent years, Saudi Arabia has asserted itself as a major hub for high-profile motorsports events, attracting the world’s attention with its commitment to international standards, advanced facilities, and exceptional hospitality. This article shines a spotlight on the kingdom’s rise in the global motorsports scene, hosting prestigious events such as Formula 1, Dakar, and Formula E, and nurturing local talent through events like the Saudi Toyota Championships.
Al-Reem International Circuit’s crowning glory lies in the champions it has produced. Saudi motorsports legends such as Abdulaziz bin Turki, Prince Khalid bin Sultan, and Mamdouh Khayyat, President of the Automotive Federation, have graced its podiums. They’ve shared the limelight with global motorsports icons such as Giuseppe Farina, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jack Brabham, and Phil Hill, who
have all been crowned champions at Al-Reem International Circuit, as well as Saudi heroines such as Aseel Al-Hamad, Dania Aqeel, Reem Al-Aboud, Reema Juffali, and Mashael Al-Obaidan, have graced the tracks.
Aside from the sporting thrill, motorsports play a vital role in attracting local and international investments, supporting tourism at all levels, and enhancing the quality of life. The industry’s influence even extends to film and culture, with a symbiotic relationship with equestrian, marine, and other adventure sports, and the generational industry.
The growing interest in motorsports is backed not only by the Ministry of Sports but also by the Automotive Union (FIA), the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Investment, and the Fashion Authority. This support has led to the creation of up to 100,00 permanent and seasonal jobs at all levels, further underlining the sport’s economic impact. The precision and integrity of motorsports are maintained through strict and accurate laws for cars and motorcycles. The sport’s referees ensure the honesty and integrity of Racing and championships under the vigilant supervision of the International Automobile and Motorcycle Federation.
TALKING HOSPITALITY WITH KIRTI ANCHAN
What inspired you to pursue a career in the hospitality industry, and how did you get started in this field?
While initially planning to join the Navy, my career path took an unexpected turn due to the influence of my close friends’ deep fascination with the hospitality industry. This ignited the curiosity within me, prompting me to explore this field further.
As I progressed in my hospitality studies, I sought out internships and positions in hotels to complement my academic learning. These experiences allowed me to immerse myself in the fast-paced environment of the hospitality industry, and I have then grown to love the intricacies of providing exceptional experiences to guests.
Lastly, I am also inspired by the constant interaction with a diverse guests and colleagues profile we have, and the thrill of experiencing a unique day each time.
Can you share some of your career highlights and accomplishments, and how have they contributed to your success as a general manager?
I take great pride in mentoring and coaching my colleagues and guiding them on their professional journeys within the industry. It is my way of giving back for being extended the opportunity to grow my career within Jumeirah Group, working in four beautiful hotels of the group.
I had the opportunity to lead as the General Manager of Jumeirah Emirates Towers at the age of 36, making me one of the youngest individuals in this position within the group.
Witnessing the growth and development of my colleagues alongside me brings me immense satisfaction.
Another highlight of my career was being part of the team navigating through the challenging times of the pandemic. Despite the difficulties, we stood strong and emerged as one of the brands that demonstrated resilience and successful recovery.
Lastly, I hold my experiences of working on special projects for the group close to my heart, particularly my involvement in the pre-opening of Jumeirah Nanjing, one of our prominent properties in China. Additionally, I had the privilege of serving as the General Manager during the opening of Jumeirah Living World Trade Centre, even amidst the challenges posed by the pandemic. Participating in a task force for this endeavour was a significant achievement, allowing me to contribute to the successful launch of such a key establishment.
How do you ensure that the guest experience is always a top priority, and what steps do you take to continuously improve it?
At Jumeirah Emirates Towers, providing an exceptional guest experience is our utmost priority. We achieve this by adopting a customer-centric approach, with focus on attentiveness to each guest’s preferences, taking the time to understand and remember them. Additionally, we strive to create moments of surprise and delight throughout their stay. This could involve small gestures like personalised, hand-written notes to wish them luck or arranging celebratory cakes to mark their achievements and milestones. These thoughtful
touwhatches aim to exceed expectations and leave a lasting impression on our guests.
To ensure memorable guest experiences, we have implemented an internal strategy that empowers our colleagues to excel. Through comprehensive training, we emphasize the significance of guest satisfaction, effective communication, and problem-solving skills. We actively seek feedback from guests through various channels to identify areas for improvement and enhance our services. A culture of personalized service is nurtured, empowering our colleagues to anticipate and fulfil guest needs, fostering genuine interactions, and building rapport. Internally, we continually review and streamline operational processes to enhance efficiency and eliminate bottlenecks.
What role does technology play in the hospitality industry, and how do you leverage it to enhance the guest experience and improve operational efficiency?
Various touchpoints of our guest experiences have been recently enhanced by technology and we intend to
utilize it more to further elevate our guest experience. Examples would be our seamless hotel booking platforms allowing guests to secure their stay through online channels.
Technology has also paved the way to one of our most successful guests stay feature – the E-Butler programme - where we take pride in our response time of less than 30 seconds to all in-house guest requests received via our portal.
In terms of our operational efficiency, our property management systems (PMS), point-of-sale (POS) systems, and inventory management software streamline our operations, reduce manual work and enhance efficiency. Automation in areas like housekeeping, maintenance, and colleague scheduling also further improves operational efficiency. These tools also enable a heightened level of personalised experiences tailormade to each guest preference.
Our property has also recently launched the mobile check-in process, designed in partnership with Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET). The
biometric and digital technology solution significantly shortens the check-in process and provides further ease and convenience to our guests.
Lastly, our investments in technology have allowed us to implement a robust and sophisticated data protection system. This system ensures the security and confidentiality of valuable guest details, including their preferences, within our company.
What sets Jumeirah Group apart from other hotel brands, and how do you maintain a competitive edge in the market?
Jumeirah changed the face of luxury hospitality with Burj Al Arab in 1999 setting a new benchmark for service excellence, the guest experience and innovative design and we continue to adopt that same pioneering spirit today.
Whether it is the arrival experience, the culinary craftmanship at our award-winning restaurants, the amenities we provide in your rooms, the exceptional service standards, or the bespoke experiences we curate for our guests, we are committed to delivering on our brand promise of Stay Different.
Jumeirah Group stands out for its portfolio of iconic and world-class properties located in key destinations around the world. These properties are renowned for their remarkable architecture, stunning design, and exceptional service. We also take pride in offering distinctive and exceptional experiences that exceed guest expectations. Our commitment to providing exceptional service creates an environment where guests feel truly at home. This fosters a strong connection, leading to a high rate of guest loyalty and return visits to our properties. We strive to consistently exceed guest expectations and create a warm and inviting atmosphere that keeps guests coming back time and time again.
Our culinary excellence is another highlight. We invest heavily in our culinary talent and concept development to offer our guests a diverse range of innovative and award-winning restaurants which are unique to our brand. We have seen great success with our in-house concepts with our signature restaurants receiving international recognition from MICHELIN and Gault&Millau Guides.
A key differentiator for Jumeirah Group is our focus on lifestyle and wellness. Today’s consumers are increasingly interested in longevity, life balance, and self-care and we actively engage our guests in holistic experiences that promote well-being and rejuvenation, through fitness, signature spa treatments and therapies, nature and nutrition.
Our strength lies not only in how we engage the guest in unforgettable moments, but how we keep the experience relevant. The eco-conscious millennial population will reign until 2034 when Gen Z will take over –so culturally connected, sustainable tourism is a keen focus for the group and is being integrated across the entire guest journey, focusing on five pillars that minimize environmental impact, support local communities, and promote sustainable growth.
The backbone of any hospitality company is its people. They are the face of our brand and responsible for crafting the guest experience that we are so fondly known for.
Our commitment to building a culture that inspires, fosters innovation and nurtures talent is key to our success as an employer of choice. Our recent certification from Great Place to Work™ UAE is a reflection of the comprehensive programmes we have in place to recognise, reward, engage and develop our talent. We are one of very few hotel operators that have an academic arm (Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management), supporting the flow of new talent and relevant expertise to the industry. We are also involved in numerous training and development programmes in collaboration with Dubai College of Tourism (Kafaát), Emirates Down Syndrome Association and Evolvin’ Women, helping underprivileged women from developing nations enter the hospitality sector.
Furthermore, we are proud to run an extensive internship programme that welcomes and accommodates hundreds of interns from around the world each year. This programme plays a crucial role in helping aspiring professionals kick-start their careers and gain valuable industry experience.
do you maintain a strong team culture, and what strategies do you use to motivate and empower your employees?
We highly value our team culture as one of our vital components of success in Jumeirah Emirates Towers. We uphold teamwork by employing various strategies, including clear and open communication channels
which are established to ensure information flows freely within the team, keeping employees informed and engaged. Coffee with GM, our regular dialogue participated by colleagues of all levels is an effective platform for raising concerns, suggestions, and best practices of the team.
We have a shared vision and core values that resonate with our colleagues of all levels, creating a sense of purpose and a unified team culture. Empowerment and autonomy are promoted, allowing colleagues to make decisions and take ownership of their work. We recognize and reward their efforts through a comprehensive recognition program, offering both formal and informal acknowledgments and competitive compensation.
Continuous learning and development are prioritized, with investment in employee training and growth opportunities that align with their aspirations and organizational goals. As part of our commitment to ongoing professional development, we recently participated in the Forbes Hospitality Training. It was a pleasure to see our team actively engaging in the learning experience and further enhancing their skills and knowledge. By embracing such opportunities, we ensure that our team remains at the forefront of industry best practices, enabling us to deliver exceptional service and meet the evolving needs of our guests.
Collaboration and teamwork are fostered through cross-functional projects and team-building activities. Regular individual feedback and coaching are provided to facilitate professional development, while strong leadership and role modelling help set the tone for the
desired values and behaviours. By implementing these strategies, we maintain a strong team culture, motivate our employees, and foster an environment where they can thrive and contribute to our overall success.
What sustainability initiatives has Jumeirah Group implemented, and how do they align with the company’s values and goals?
Jumeirah Group has been implementing several sustainability initiatives that align with our focus areas of Planet, People & Culture, Responsible Supply Chain, Ethical Business and Community Impact.
These include prioritizing energy efficiency using technologies like LED lighting and smart energy management systems. We actively promote water conservation through water-efficient fixtures. Jumeirah Emirates Towers has also recently phased out plastic bottle usage by installing an onsite bottling plant with NORDAQ, to provide guests with sustainable bottled water.
Robust waste management programs are in place to reduce, recycle, and responsibly dispose of waste. In our food and beverage operations, we promote local and sustainable sourcing of ingredients and reduction of food waste and have recently teamed up with the National Food Loss and Waste Initiative Ne’ma to promote actions to reduce food loss and waste across the whole value chain, from farm to fork, and build new national social norms around responsible consumption.
Furthermore Jumeirah has joined the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance which brings together 40% of the global hospitality industry along with strategic and supply chain partners to create shared solutions for environmental and social challenges. These initiatives demonstrate our commitment to responsible tourism and environmental stewardship, minimizing our environmental impact and contributing to a more sustainable future. By prioritizing sustainability alongside luxury and hospitality, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, along with Jumeirah Group is leading the way in a new era of responsible tourism.
How do you stay current with industry trends and best practices, and what resources do you use to continuously learn and grow?
Staying current with industry trends and best practices is vital for Jumeirah Group to maintain a
competitive edge and remain as the top hospitality brand in the UAE. Firstly, we actively participate in industry conferences, trade shows, and networking events to gain valuable insights, forge connections, and stay updated on the latest trends and innovations. Additionally, we engage with industry associations and networks, collaborating with peers to share knowledge and learn from one another. Thorough market research and analysis help us understand changing guest preferences, market dynamics, and emerging trends. We also maintain close relationships with partners and suppliers, collaborating and exchanging information to gain insights into industry trends and technological advancements.
Our team members undergo comprehensive training and development programs that cover industry trends, guest experience management, technology advancements, and sustainability practices.
Guest feedback and reviews are invaluable sources of information and learning, allowing us to identify areas for improvement and align our practices with guest expectations. Furthermore, we foster a culture of research and innovation within our organization, encouraging teams to explore new ideas and experiment with innovative solutions. One of our successful colleague programmes, called IGNITE, encourages and incentivises colleagues to share their creative ideas on how to improve our operations and work environment. Each year, we select the most promising ideas and implement them in our hotel. This approach not only fosters a culture of collaboration and innovation but also empowers our colleagues to take ownership of their ideas and see them come to life.
Lastly, we follow industry thought leaders and publications, seeking insights, thought-provoking articles, and expert opinions on industry trends and best practices. By utilizing these resources and strategies, we ensure that we continuously learn, evolve, and implement the latest industry trends and best practices to provide exceptional experiences for our guests.
Can you share any exciting upcoming projects or developments for Jumeirah Group, and how do you envision the company evolving in the future?
Jumeirah Group is thrilled about its ongoing projects and future developments. Our CEO, Katerina Giannouka, has recently shared this year is about defining our brand and aligning our growth strategy, including capital commitments to expand the portfolio in key cities and resort destinations around the world. The company is actively seeking assets that fit our brand and the luxury sector landscape and complement our existing portfolio. We are excited about our recent acquisition of Le Richemond hotel in Geneva, marking our first property purchase in Switzerland and our fifth in Europe.
In Dubai, we eagerly await the highly anticipated opening of Marsa Al Arab, poised to be the next iconic destination for this vibrant city and another incredible addition to the Dubai skyline.
While specific details of this project is yet to be announced, the new luxury lifestyle resort, which includes a striking, architecturally designed hotel, superyacht marina, exclusive residences and a wealth of
unique dining and lifestyle experiences, marks a new era for the brand.
The future holds exciting opportunities for Jumeirah Group as we continue to expand and enhance our global presence, exploring new destinations, and enhancing our portfolio of iconic properties. We will continue to leverage technology, personalized service, and sustainability initiatives to stay at the forefront of the luxury hospitality industry. Our focus will remain on delivering unparalleled experiences, fostering a strong team culture, and maintaining our reputation as a leader in the market.
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ROLLS-ROYCE GHOST PURITY IS POSSIBILITY
When Rolls-Royce Motor Cars set out to create the first Goodwood Ghost in 2009, the renowned House of Luxury embarked on a journey to cater to a specific group of clients. These individuals held Rolls-Royce Motor Car’s unwavering commitment to perfection in high regard but sought a slightly smaller and mild settled entry into the prestigious brand. The outcome was the Rolls-Royce Ghost, a motor car that exuded simplicity, elegance, and a refined presence. Since its inception, Ghost has surpassed all expectations, becoming the best-selling product in Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ illustrious 118-year history.
Rolls-Royce Motor Car’s dedication to understanding their
clients and their preferences has reached new heights with the development of the latest Ghost. To capture the evolving behaviors and desires of their discerning clientele, the marque turned to the popular medium of animated illustrations.
One of the defining characteristics of Ghost is its dedication to simplicity. While still retaining the unparalleled luxury and craftsmanship associated with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Ghost presents a more understated and refined exterior. The animated illustrations beautifully showcase this approach, portraying a motor car that is smaller in scale and less overt in design. Every element of Ghost has been meticulously crafted to embody a harmonious
balance between sophistication and subtlety, appealing to those who seek elegance without ostentation.
Rolls-Royce Ghost has achieved remarkable success by catering to a distinct clientele that values perfection, elegance, and a refined motoring experience. With the release of the highly progressive Ghost, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars demonstrate their unwavering commitment to meeting the evolving needs and desires of their clients.
As the latest chapter in Ghost’s history unfolds, it is evident that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars continues to set the benchmark for automotive excellence with an unwavering pursuit of perfection.
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MERCEDES-MAYBACH EQS SUV
PREMIERE OF THE LEGENDARY BRAND’S FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC MODEL
With the Mercedes-Maybach EQS 680 SUV (provisional figures: combined power consumption: 24.4-22.5 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km), the legendary brand is presenting its first all-electric series model. It is based on the technology of the EQS SUV from Mercedes-EQ and combines it with the exclusivity of Maybach – in line with Karl Maybach’s maxim: “What is good must also be beautiful.” The special exterior with an upright Mercedes star on the hood and a striking black panel front,
which carries the specific Maybach radiator grille into the age of electromobility, ensures an unmistakable appearance. The optional two-tone paintwork is also typical of the brand. Thanks to exquisite materials, perfect craftsmanship, and exclusive details, the spacious interior offers a holistic comfort experience with a cocooning effect. With its consistent interpretation of Sophisticated Luxury, the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV sets the new benchmark in the all-electric topend luxury SUV segment.
“Mercedes-Maybach customers expect the extraordinary, and we aim to exceed their high expectations. The Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV unites our ambition to lead in digital and electric with our focus on the luxury segment. The very first all-electric vehicle from Mercedes-Maybach complements the best technologies from Mercedes-Benz with the extra comfort and individual details that are only available from Mercedes-Maybach.”
Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management Mercedes-Benz Group AG
“The Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV is our first all-electric, full-size luxury SUV. At Mercedes-Maybach we strive to add the shine of the extraordinary to the beautiful. The interior is an emotional and stylish statement. The lounge character promises luxurious travel at the highest level. Together with the innovative, progressive SUV proportions, we are completely redefining the SUV luxury of the future.”
The exterior design: Front end is typical of the brand, with chrome accents, and a brand emblem as a design element
Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer
“The Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV is a milestone in our brand history. For us, it embodies nothing less than the redefinition of automotive excellence in the age of electromobility. Our customers can look forward to an absolutely top-class electric driving experience – with the aura of the extraordinary that is typical of Maybach.”
Daniel Lescow, Head of Mercedes-Maybach, Mercedes-Benz Group AG
Mercedes-Maybach enriches the dynamic purpose design of the EQS SUV from Mercedes-EQ with exclusive elements that give it its very own character. The Mercedes star sits enthroned on the hood, defining the status. The front is characterised by the brand-typical black panel with vertical, chrome-plated trim strips in a three-dimensional depth look. The large black panel is smoothly closed for the first time. The high-tech element for the radar sensors is fully integrated and no longer visible. Chrome-plated, filigree slats can also be found on the air intake of the bumper. The classic MAYBACH lettering is discreetly incorporated into a chrome-plated decorative strip, which forms a unit with the continuous light strip of the standard DIGITAL LIGHT headlights. The Maybach pattern with several small brand emblems can also be found in trim parts of the side bumper. DIGITAL LIGHT welcomes and says goodbye to the driver with a special light show. As a further greeting, an animated projection of the Maybach pattern shines in all four doors.
When viewed from the side, specific features include the bold chrome surrounds on the side windows and the chrome-plated B-pillar trim. This decorative element is an integral part of the Mercedes-Maybach signature and highlights the length of the rear seating area. A Maybach emblem on the D-pillar underlines the high quality. The lettering EQS is subtly integrated into the front window triangle. The pronounced wheel arches with claddings in high-gloss black emphasise the SUV’s power and emotional presence. Appropriately, the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV rolls on exclusive 21 or 22-inch alloy and forged wheels. The MAYBACH lettering can be found on the integrated, exquisitely designed wheel hub caps. Another eye-catcher is the standard running boards, which are illuminated in the dark. The treads are made of anodised aluminium, which echoes the pinstripe look of the black panel front. The Maybach emblem is also stylishly integrated here.
At the rear, the rear lights underline the exclusive character as a continuous light strip with a two-part helix. The lights are animated across the entire width. There are also chrome trim elements on the tailgate, on the rear apron, and on the spoiler lip, as well as the MAYBACH lettering.
The special appearance of the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV also includes the brand-typical two-tone paintwork with a filigree pinstripe. It is applied by hand according to the highest quality criteria and is available in five color combinations: high-tech silver/obsidian black, high-tech silver/nautical blue, obsidian black/ selenite grey, obsidian black/Kalahari gold, and velvet brown/onyx black.
The interior design: The Fusion of tradition and avant-garde
The design of the interior also consistently follows the Maybach credo “What is good must also be beautiful”. A highlight for the front passengers is the standard MBUX Hyperscreen with “zero layer” and Mercedes-Maybach-specific start-up animations on all three displays. The overall visual appearance is specially designed for the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV in an elegant deep blue. The numerous exclusive features include the animated display of the instrument cluster in “MAYBACH” mode. The pointers in the two tubes are designed like a silk scarf that moves elegantly in the wind according to the speed and driving style. At the same time, the digits change their size and are dynamically faded in or out. The surrounds for the round instruments are in rose gold, which is typical of the brand. An alternative display form to the tubes is the sporty “Pure EV” style. A three-dimensional performance bar conveys the respective driving status (driving, accelerating, charging).
The central display starts with the familiar home screen and the so-called “zero layer”. In this basic setting, the navigation map dominates. The driver can carry out 80 percent of the most common interactions directly without changing the application. The system reacts situationally and is personalised with intelligent suggestions and forward-looking offers.
The functional content and operating structure of all three displays correspond to those of the EQS SUV from Mercedes-EQ. The appearance can be custom-
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ised with three display styles (discreet, sporty, MAYBACH) and three modes (navigation, assistance, and service). In the discreet style, the content is reduced as much as possible and harmoniously coordinated with the colour change of the selected ambient lighting.
The rear passengers experience the same extensive range of infotainment and comfort features with two 11.6-inch displays on the backrests of the front seats. With the standard MBUX High-End Rear Seat Entertainment, content can be shared quickly and easily on various displays. It is also possible to select and modify the navigation destinations from the rear seats. The standard equipment also includes the MBUX rear tablet, which can also be used outside the vehicle, and the MBUX Interior Assist. With the help of cameras, it can recognise the operating requests of the passengers from body and hand movements and carry out the corresponding functions – for example, switching on the reading lights.
Natural materials made with perfect craftsmanship create a stylish contrast to the high-tech look. The Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV comes standard with
Maybach Exclusive Nappa leather in the warm colours espresso brown/balao brown pearl. Macchiato beige/ bronze brown pearl is optionally available. For an even more sophisticated look, Maybach MANUFAKTUR Exclusive Nappa leather is available as an option in crystal white/silver grey pearl. The leather in all interior colours comes from sustainable processing. Natural woods are available as decorative parts: MANUFAKTUR brown open-pore birch wood and brown open-pore MANUFAKTUR walnut wood, as well as MANUFAKTUR piano lacquer black flowing lines.
The Maybach emblem, which is integrated at various points as a design element, underscores the high-quality appearance that is typical of the brand. It adorns the stainless steel pedal system, the cushions on the headrests, the front seat backrests, and, as a projection, the footwell in the rear. In conjunction with the first-class rear, it can also be found on the wood trim between the rear seats. When the trunk is open, it can also be seen on the inner lining of the tailgate. The brand lettering differentiates the steering wheel and welcomes all passengers on the stainless steel door sills in illuminated form.
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ASTON MARTIN LAUNCHES DB12 WITH STUNNING PREMIERE DURING THE CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
• 110 acclaimed figures from entertainment, sport and the arts gather to celebrate the iconic brand’s 110th anniversary and herald its next generation
• Aston Martin proudly partners with amfAR – the foundation for AIDS research
• Aston Martin toasts new DB12 with glittering event at Hotel du CapEden-Roc
• Car unveiled by Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One® Team drivers Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso
Aston Martin toasted the start of its next generation of sportscars, as the iconic British brand presented the new DB12 with a glittering premiere near Cannes.
Proudly unveiled in the serene surroundings of the French Riviera, the grand Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc provided a fitting backdrop for Aston Martin’s sparkling newcomer to steal the spotlight during the Cannes International Film Festival.
Celebrating Aston Martin’s 110th anniversary, 110 esteemed guests from across the fields of entertainment, sport, the arts, and business gathered to witness the arrival of a new icon and enjoy stunning live performances from multi-award-winning British chart-topping singer and actress Rina Sawayama and international DJ Peggy Gou.
Stars of cinema in attendance included Academy Award winners Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas and Leonardo Di
Caprio, whose critically acclaimed performance in Flower Moon has wowed critics in Cannes this week. Other actors in attendance included Kate Beckinsale, Tobey Maguire, James Marsden and James Bond actor Jeffrey Wright.
They were joined by other celebrated personalities from the worlds of entertainment including Grammy Award winning rapper, singer and actress Queen Latifah and American singer songwriter Adam Lambert. The world of fashion was also represented by leading models Winnie Harlow, Lais Ribeiro, Alessandra Ambrosio and Poppy Delevingne.
Billed as the world’s first Super Tourer, the bold DB12 is defining its own new category of one and sets the benchmark for performance, driving excitement, ultra-luxury, and style. DB12 is the first of Aston Martin’s highly anticipated next generation of sportscars, which herald a new era of high performance and ultra-luxury.
With an exhilarating top speed of 202mph and best-in-class power output of 680PS/800Nm from its 4.0 V8 Twin-Turbo engine, DB12 combines exceptional performance and handling with an ultra-luxurious interior design focusing on a driver centric cockpit, integrating latest technologies with luxury craftmanship and materials.
In the week of Formula One’s jewel in the crown race in Monaco, Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One® Team drivers Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso were on hand to personally unveil the new performance model that proudly joins Aston Martin’s 75-year-old DB bloodline of exceptional British sportscars. The two drivers will hope to continue Aston Martin’s stunning start to the 2023 F1® World Championship, with the team currently second in the Constructor’s Championship.
Lawrence Stroll, Executive Chairman of Aston Martin said: “The launch of DB12 marks not just the start of our next generation of sportscars, but also a key step forward in our vision to establish Aston Martin as the world’s most desirable British ultra-luxury performance brand.
“Given the focus on celebrating our unique combination of ultra-luxury and high-performance, there could be no better place to unveil DB12 than here in Cannes on the eve of the amfAR Gala and during the Monaco Grand Prix week.”
Aston Martin is proud to be a Presenting Sponsor of the prestigious amfAR Gala Cannes, with the privileged opportunity to own the very first DB12 customer car to be auctioned tomorrow evening in support of the foundation for AIDS research that was co-founded by the late Elizabeth Taylor.
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This summer, indulgence is the name of the game, and private villas and suites are the ultimate way to escape the everyday and embrace luxury.
With an array of properties around the region offering exclusive retreats, there has never been a better time to indulge in the privacy and personalised service that comes with staying in a luxe villa or suite offering the best of regional hospitality
These lavish accommodations boast stunning views, world-class amenities, and a sense of seclusion.
KING TWO BEDROOM VILLA AT MAYSAN DOHA - LXR HOTELS & RESORTS
Whether travelers are looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, here are five properties with luxury villas and suites that are sure to provide an unforgettable escape. Located in the Al-Rayyan area of the Aspire Zone, Maysan Doha defines luxury and brings an exceptional and private experience to the city of Doha. The property also features state-of-the-art facilities and amenities to meet all guests’ needs, including a 13,000 sqm spa
and wellness centre with luxury treatment rooms and Moroccan-inspired hammam, a modern fitness center with separate zones for men and women, two padel tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and a fully supervised, interactive children’s club with an exciting schedule of activities that allow younger guests to enjoy whilst the parents spend time discovering the resort.
Comprised of 33 palatial villas and suites, the resort is rooted in royal Qatari tradition yet reimagined for modern-day living. The property’s King two-bedroom villa is expansive
and offers 230 sqm of space with access to the pergola-covered patio and pool from both bedrooms for ultimate privacy. With exceptionally designed interiors, the living room provides an open social concept, thoughtfully combining dining table and chairs with a lounge area all in one space.. All guests have access to 5-star culinary cuisine, bespoke concierge service, a 70sqm main pool and immersive local experiences making Maysan Doha the ultimate destination for affluent families looking for a regal retreat in Doha.
ROYAL VILLA AT KATARA HILLS HOTEL DOHA – LXR HOTELS & RESORTS
Located in the heart of the Katara Cultural Village Foundation, Qatar’s culture and heritage hub, Katara Hills Hotel is perched on the green hills of Katara and is inspired by Scandinavian architecture, marking the project as a significant architectural landmark in the country and the region.
Serving as an ideal address for residents and tourists looking for a stay that combines luxury and privacy with comfort and relaxation, the property offers exceptional service, world-class amenities, and attention to detail to meet the needs of all guests.
Elegantly and thoughtfully designed, 15 detached luxury villas are set privately, each featuring a private swimming pool, personal butler, and dedicated concierge service providing guests with a luxurious and comfortable stay. Guests can select from the one, two and three-bedroom villas, each offering a private pool, floor-to-ceiling glass windows with incredible and unobstructed hilltop views, extravagant style, decorated with subtle nature colours, and touched with sophisticated details.
The 657sqm Royal three-bedroom villa offers a spacious living and dining area, private pool, personalized butler service and incredible Katara views for a truly luxurious
escape. The upper floor features three separate bedrooms, two rooms with a king-sized bed, and one room with two double beds, each equipped with signature amenities. An elevator connects to the lower floor which offers a separate living room as well as a dining area with pantry.
Accompanying the resort’s unique architecture is an all-day dining signature restaurant – Gymkhana, inspired by the clubs of Colonial India, offering a wide choice of sophisticated and contemporary dishes. The restaurant’s stunning location, overlooking the resort’s infinity pool and the Arabian Gulf beyond, makes it the perfect place for a romantic dinner or a special celebration.
The resort’s spa offers guests a range of treatments and therapies
that are designed to soothe the mind, body, and soul. The spa features six treatment rooms, including a private couples’ suite, and offers various options, including massages, facials, body treatments, and beauty services.
THE QATAF SUITE ZULAL WELLNESS RESORT BY CHIVA-SOM
Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som, Qatar’s largest wellness resort and the world’s first wellness destination to blend Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine (TAIM) with a holistic wellness approach The resort is a sanctuary dedicated to the power of nature, harnessing its beauty, its strengths, and its resources to revive the human body, mind and
spirit, bringing back natural energy to where it belongs.
Located at the northmost tip of the Qatari peninsular on a private coastal location, Zulal Wellness Resort brings guests a luxurious wellness experience, offering the highest international standards that are inclusive of local values. Qatar’s largest wellness destination, Zulal Wellness Resort offers guests a wide selection of unique services and treatments based upon Islamic wellness principles and use local ingredients indigenous to the region.
Exclusively located on the Qatari coast, the Qataf Suite at Zulal Wellness Resort offers guests an opulent, villa- style three-bedroom residence to call home. Showcasing breath-taking views
of the waterfront, this self- sufficient sanctuary of tranquillity and seclusion boasts a private infinity pool and sauna, providing guests with an ultimate haven of peace and rejuvenation.
WALDORF ASTORIA KUWAIT’S PRESIDENTIAL SUITE
Connected to The Avenues, the country’s largest retail, entertainment and lifestyle destination, the ultra-luxury Waldorf Astoria Kuwait is excited to welcome GCC travellers. When staying at the property, guests can treat themselves to an impressive array of shops, restaurants and entertainment options, Waldorf Astoria Kuwait is an unrivalled destination for prestige and luxury. Just 11km and a 15-minute drive from Kuwait International Airport, the property’s prime location offers guests convenient access to
beloved local attractions such as the Kuwait Opera House, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre, and the Grand Mosque.
Sleeping up to four guests, the Presidential Suite boasts panoramic views high above the city, two spacious king-size bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large living and dining area. Guests will feel at home with a fully equipped stateof-the-art kitchen featuring an espresso machine, microwave, oven, stovetop, and dishwasher perfect for entertaining and hosting loved ones. Those travelling for business can catch up with work at the inroom office area, or retreat to the Ikaros Club where they can enjoy breakfast, snacks and drinks with access to high-speed internet, the library, business centre and a private meeting room.
Alternatively, guests can relax and unwind in the spacious bathtub
before settling in to enjoy a movie on one of the three HDTVs found throughout the suite. From the signature Waldorf Astoria Spa, a Technogym-equipped fitness centre and the family-friendly Waldorf Astoria Kids’ Club, to an eclectic array of first-class restaurants such as Mediterranean restaurant, AVA, and Roka, award-winning Japanese Robatayaki, Waldorf Astoria Kuwait offers an incredible, tailored exclusive experience to guests of all ages and interests.
ROYAL SUITE AT SHANGRI LA JEDDAH
Spread over the 22nd and 23rd floors, with separate entrances on each and connected by an internal elevator and staircase, Shangri La Jeddah’s three-bedroom Royal Suite offers uninterrupted sea views, expansive wraparound balconies, and plenty of space for socializing.
Guests can enjoy the sea-view living room with coffee from the fully
equipped kitchen, take time for productivity in the central glasswalled study, or host dinner for family and friends at the 12-person dining table. The luxuriously appointed guestrooms include the extraordinarily spacious master bedroom, as well as two additional twin-bedded rooms. After a workout in the private gym, guests are set to recover in the en-suite sauna or Seaview jacuzzi, and refresh in the comfortable relaxation area complete with yet more balcony space.
Guests of the Royal Suite are invited to enjoy a full 24-hour stay, checking in at any hour of the day or night at their convenience.
WRITE YOUR OWN LOVE STORY AT MILAIDHOO MALDIVES
If one had to choose a small island on which to write their love story, there is no place on earth like Milaidhoo Maldives. A picture-perfect tropical paradise, an intimate, warm and welcoming resort, where luxury is reinvented, laid-back is the status quo, dining is nothing short of exceptional, hospitality is genuine and heartfelt, and experiences are curated to help you make memories to cherish forever.
With only 50 villas on its pristine shores – whether the serene thatched-roof water villas complete with private pools and endless views over sparkling azure waters, or beach villas that open up 180 degrees onto a spacious deck inspired by Maldivian outdoor living, just a few steps away from the white, powder soft beach. The island also features an extraordinary two-bedroom 564sqm Ocean Residence, an expansive over-water utopia where privacy is key, and romance takes centre stage.
Embark on a journey where you sleep under the stars on a deserted sandbank – complete with canopied bed, curated menus, anchored yacht, to picnic lunches and dinners for two on a secluded stretch of beach. Take the yacht and go dolphin watching or on a sunset cruise with canapes and cocktails, indulge in couple’s spa retreats and bubbles galore; all with your own personal butler to make it all absolutely seamless.
Name your own star, dine by candlelight on your deck, or enjoy the finest of dining at Ba’theli, the Maldives’ only gourmet culinary offering to present local cuisine to such an exacting level, have a sumptuous floating breakfast, and maximise time to appreciate each other. The possibilities are endless; Milaidhoo is a haven in the true sense of the world, designed to celebrate love.
Be it for that one-in-a-lifetime proposal, your wedding ceremony, a honeymoon or babymoon, a special occasion or simply just because, Milaidhoo promises the most idyllic of stays, sure to make your bucket list, dreamy escape a reality.
FEEL FULLY REJUVENATED WITH A “GREEN SEASON” ESCAPE AT PIMALAI, THAILAND’S NATURAL FIVE-STAR SANCTUARY
Middle Eastern guests invited to escape the summer heat with an eco-friendly vacation in Koh Lanta, including luxurious pool villas, immersive activities, dining experiences, spa therapies and more, plus generous benefits for extended stays
KOH LANTA, THAILAND: The green season is an inspiring and evocative time to visit Thailand. As the rains refresh the land and nature starts to bloom, the country comes alive with vivid colours, heady fragrances and a sense of freshness that never fails to revitalise the body and revive the spirit.
This feeling of rejuvenation is especially powerful at Pimalai Resort & Spa, the five-star haven of tranquility
nestled in 100 acres of lush jungle on the tropical Thai island of Koh Lanta. This ecological paradise blooms with exotic native plants such as banyan trees, coconut palms, jasmine bushes, bird of paradise flowers and even century-old, 80-metre-tall ton yang trees, where colourful birds including hornbills roost. This heavenly hideaway is also a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s (SLH) Considerate Collection, an exclusive community of socially responsible and eco-conscious luxury hotels.
Couples, families and multi-generational groups can discover their own private sanctuary with Pimalai’s collection of beachfront and hillside pool villas, which promise plenty of space, up to three bedrooms, private pools and panoramic ocean views. Nature lovers can spend endless hours exploring this organic paradise, or following a choice of hiking trails up to jungle-clad peaks and Klong Chak waterfall, which flows freely during the green season. A professional guide can be arranged. Alternatively, the resort’s 900-metre-long sandy beach and glistening Kantiang Bay are perfect for low-impact water sports, such as paddle-boarding, sailing or kayaking.
This aquatic wonderland also sets the stage for offshore excursions. While some parts of the local marine reserve are closed to visitors at this time of year (to allow the flora and fauna to be replenished), adventurous guests can visit the island of Koh Talabeng, which is famous for its caves, beaches and clear water – ideal
for swimming, snorkelling and sea kayaking. Koh Lanta’s mangrove forests are great for wildlife enthusiasts, while the Old Town is a captivating place to soak up the culture, which includes a deep and historic Islamic influence.
Back at the resort, Pimalai offers a wealth of activities for couples and families alike. The Pimalai Spa is nestled deep in the heart of the forest and promises highly soothing Thai-inspired therapies, while active travellers can choose from a series of complimentary fitness classes, including yoga, circuit training and TRX, or take part in Thai boxing, tennis and badminton. Bicycle hire is also available.
World-class halal cuisine can be enjoyed at a choice of restaurants, such as Rak Talay, which serves Andaman seafood by the beach, Seven Seas, a spectacular international fine-dining destination nestled in the hillside overlooking the bay, Spice & Rice, the highly authentic
Thai restaurant that focuses on local and seasonal produce, and The Banyan Tree Poolside Café, which specialises in light bites and daytime refreshments.
“The green season is such a special time of year in southern Thailand. After the heat of recent months, the entire region is rejuvenated. Waterfalls flow, flowers bloom, wildlife thrives and everything feels fresh and full of life. Guests should not worry about the rains spoiling their vacation; the cloud bursts are usually short and any puddles dry quickly in the tropical sun. I would encourage everybody to discover Koh Lanta at this vibrant time of year,” said Brice Borin, Pimalai’s General Manager.
To celebrate the green season in Koh Lanta, Pimalai is inviting Middle Eastern visitors to escape the heat and experience “Summer Wellness” breaks in paradise. Available for stays until 30th September 2023, this enticing package offers five nights of luxurious private pool villa, plus daily exercise sessions, beach activities, spa classes, generous resort credit up to THB 5,000, and one complimentary dinner.
For more information and to book a green season escape at Pimalai Resort & Spa, please email reservation@ pimalai.com, call +66 (0) 2 320 5500 or visit pimalai.com.
DAIMUMAH A JEWEL IN ALULA’S CROWN OF LUXURY
From the Arabic word for ‘sustainability’, Daimumah weaves together art, nature, and heritage in the scenic and serene heart of the Oasis.
The picturesque pathways that weave through Daimumah’s shaded palm groves, fragrant botanical gardens and open fields are free to explore at your leisure. Also nestled within this ancient oasis, you’ll discover art installations by Talin Hazbar and Sofiane Merabet, inspired during the Oasis Reborn Artist Residency. You’ll
pass old mudbrick dwellings and ancient qanats (irrigation channels) too, together with the crops local farmers still grow here sustainably today.
Rangers and guides at visitor centres are on hand to help you navigate the six-hectare swathe of fertile farmland, plus you’ll find a restaurant and café onsite to refuel among this unique setting. A programme of workshops, performances and art-led events also add to this not-to-be-missed area of AlUla.
Nestled amidst the mystical landscapes of the ancient city of AlUla in Saudi Arabia, a hidden gem awaits the discerning traveler seeking an unrivaled luxury experience. Daimumah, a sanctuary of opulence, seamlessly blends traditional Arabian hospitality with contemporary elegance. This magnificent retreat stands as a testament to the rich heritage and natural splendor that define AlUla, offering an extraordinary escape for those seeking the pinnacle of luxury.
A Serene Oasis:
Daimumah is more than just a hotel; it is a sanctuary of tranquility, where guests are enveloped in a haven of serenity. Surrounded by dramatic rock formations and stunning desert vistas, this enchanting retreat provides a seamless fusion of traditional Arabian design and modern comfort. From the moment you step through the majestic entrance, you are transported into a world of exquisite beauty and refinement.
The accommodations at Daimumah redefine luxury, combining opulent furnishings, bespoke amenities, and breathtaking views. Each suite is meticulously crafted to offer a harmonious blend of Arabian aesthetics and contemporary sophistication. From handcrafted furnishings to sumptuous linens, no detail is overlooked in creating an atmosphere of unparalleled
indulgence. Whether you choose a spacious suite or a secluded villa, you can expect an experience of sublime comfort and utmost privacy.
Indulgent Culinary Experiences:
Daimumah tantalizes the senses with its exceptional culinary offerings. The resort boasts a collection of gourmet restaurants, each presenting a distinctive dining experience. Savour exquisite Middle Eastern delicacies expertly prepared by renowned chefs, using locally sourced ingredients to create a symphony of flavors. Enjoy an intimate dinner under the stars, or indulge in a lavish feast in the elegant surroundings of the main dining room. Whatever your preference, every meal at Daimumah is an epicurean delight.
Beyond its luxurious accommodations and culinary delights, Daimumah offers a plethora of extraordinary experiences. Embark on a guided tour to explore the ancient archaeological sites of AlUla, steeped in history and wonder. Engage in adventurous pursuits such as hot air ballooning over the breathtaking landscape or embark on a thrilling desert safari. For those seeking relaxation, the resort’s spa offers rejuvenating treatments inspired by ancient Arabian rituals, ensuring complete restoration of mind, body, and soul.
At Daimumah, the staff’s commitment to service excellence is unparalleled. From the warm welcome upon arrival to the attentive care throughout your stay, every detail is meticulously attended to. The dedicated concierge team is always on hand to curate personalized experiences and fulfill your every desire, ensuring a stay that exceeds even the highest expectations.
Preserving Natural and Cultural Heritage:
Daimumah is deeply committed to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of AlUla. The resort actively engages in sustainable practices, respecting and protecting the pristine environment that surrounds it. By blending seamlessly with the breathtaking landscape and showcasing the region’s rich cultural heritage, Daimumah serves as a responsible steward of AlUla’s past, present, and future.
Daimumah in AlUla is a sanctuary of luxury, where discerning travelers can immerse themselves in a world of refined elegance and natural splendor. From its opulent accommodations to its exceptional culinary offerings and unforgettable experiences, every aspect of Daimumah is designed to create an unforgettable journey of indulgence. As you luxuriate in the tranquil embrace of this enchanting retreat, you will discover the true essence of Arabian hospitality and experience the timeless allure of AlUla.
BENETTI LAUNCHES THE NEW 67-METER FULL CUSTOM YACHT
THE VIVID ARTISTIC RENDERING OF HER OWNER’S
TASTE AND FLAIR TRANSFORMS THE YACHT INTO THE FAMILY’S NEW HOME
This morning, at its Livorno yard, Benetti launched the new mega yacht built for an owner couple with very clear ideas: to transform this 67-meter vessel into their new home, taking advantage of valuable input from the yard, with Cassetta Yacht Designers for the exterior concept and the outstanding original touch of the owner herself, an experienced interior designer, in her own area of expertise.
The design of FB285NK is inspired by a combination of passion for the sea, refined aesthetic taste and, most importantly, understanding. Understanding between the owner couple, the Benetti shipyard and the architects, whose expertise translated the owners’ aspirations and desires onto paper.
In this new adventure, the soul of the project, with exteriors by Cassetta Yacht Designers and interiors by the owner herself, lies in this being a totally custom 67-meter yacht, with the owner playing an important role in the choice of style and interior decor, the wood selection, and the layout of the spaces. Drawing on her experience as a designer in the luxury real estate business, the owner was involved in the project right from the design phase when, together with the yard and the designers,
she outlined a boat that behind the traditional lines and layout reveals a whole host of ingenious solutions for life on the water.
This is because FB285NK is now the owner couple’s new home, an elegant and refined beach house with a breath-taking view and fully appointed with every comfort for spending the day in complete relaxation, tranquillity, peace and quiet. To ensure better service on board, the owners decided to reduce the number of cabins to only five, fewer than any other yacht this size.
A sense of wonder hits you like a blast when you enter the lounge on the Main Deck. The space between the hull sides is over ten meters wide while the large windows contribute to the overall elegance of the architecture and give an even more fluid feel to the design, which floods the interior with natural light through the circular side windows.
Almost 2 meters in diameter, their effect is spectacular, becoming a signature feature of the yacht’s
silhouette and filling the interiors with light, from the generous main lounge to the cabins on the Lower Deck. Aesthetically original, they please the eye with their feeling of modernity and luminosity and give the yacht’s design a distinctive look. They were strongly desired by the owner, who wanted to establish a connection between the interiors and the natural environment by framing the beauty of the scenery outside. Designed as a beautiful and luxurious residence on the water, it was essential for the design to include a constant reminder of the natural environment around the yacht.
FB285NK is also a triumph of FSC®-certified teak, used extensively for the decks, doors, pillars and furniture, in a perfect combination of colours with the chromatism of the steel elements and the paint coating the hull. FSC® certification is a guarantee that the teak used for the flooring is sourced from responsibly managed forests with a planned cycle of environmentally sustainable tree harvesting and replanting.
ARCADIA YACHTS RETURNS TO THE VENICE BOAT SHOW WITH SHERPA 80
The yard owned and managed by Ugo Pellegrino returns to the Venice Boat Show – from May 31st to June 4th – in collaboration with dealer Blu Yachts, Brand Representative for the Adriatic, with one of its most successful models, Sherpa 80. Ideal for cruising in the utmost privacy and comfort, this 24-metre yacht is characterised by its generous windows, large solar panels and seamless continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces, all strong points in the brand’s design philosophy.
The Venice Boat Show comes, for Arcadia, after months of important sales and deliveries, with two boats destined for the Turkish market soon to be delivered.
Given its success here in 2022, Arcadia Yachts has decided to return and take part in this year’s event too, the fourth Venice Boat Show held at the city’s Arsenale venue from May 31st to June 4th. Staged in a 55,000 m² dock with over 1,100 linear metres of landing stages, the show has proved very effective because its visitors differ from and are in a certain sense complementary to those
who flock to the autumn events. “It’s partly down to our participation in the main boat shows in our sector that the yard is doing such good business at the moment, with the entire range currently in production, the recent sale of an A105, five launches planned for the coming weeks, and the launch of the first unit of the new A96s that will open a new era for the brand,”
commented Arcadia Yachts’ CEO and founder Ugo Pellegrino.
The Yard is attending the show in partnership with Blu Yachts, Brand Representative for the Adriatic, and showcasing its Sherpa 80. With a length of 24 meters and a beam of around 7 meters, this yacht offers a total of 220 square meters of liveable indoor and outdoor spaces.
The unmediated relationship with the sea and surrounding environment – one of the hallmarks of the Yard’s design philosophy from the outset – is particularly intense in the cockpit, which is directly connected to the stern platform by an elegant series of steps set into the thin bulkheads on either side of the low-set sun pad. The cockpit covering almost 65 m² is uncluttered
and available throughout day thanks to the decision to position the lateral garage (for a tender up to 4 m long) forward of the engine room.
A strong interplay with the surrounding environment is a feature of the interior design too, characterised by sophisticated furnishings in an essential, uncomplicated style in which simple geometries amplify the volumes, making the most of available space and offering every possible comfort for life at sea. The use of avant-garde materials has also made it possible to significantly reduce the overall weight.
In the best tradition of the Yard, the hull and propulsion system were designed in parallel to optimise performance in terms of both consumption and comfort. Sherpa 80 has a top speed of over 23 knots and a range of 1,400 nautical miles at 10 knots. To minimise the environmental impact of the boat, like all the brand’s models, it is fitted with solar panels that provide around 2-3 kW of clean energy (enough to power the yacht’s main hospitality services), as well as with low-power devices and LED lighting.
Arcadia Yachts was founded in 2008 by Ugo Pellegrino and is based on the Sorrento coast, near Capri and just a few kilometres from the Pompei Archaeological Park, in a modern 47,000-square-metre facility where the company builds
yachts with green credentials and an unmistakable style synonymous with innovation, excellence and Italian design. The key features of the brand’s yachts are generous outdoor areas for socialising, spacious interiors with extensive glazed surfaces, fuel consumption efficiency, thermal and acoustic insulation provided by multi-layer insulating glass, ceilings with solar panels that create a remarkable play of light and shadow, side openings, convertible terraces, and up and down windows for seamless fluidity between the interiors and exteriors. The fleet, which will soon be joined by the new A96, at present consists of A85, A105, A115, Sherpa 60 and Sherpa 80.
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Bringing in a new dawn of palatial hospitality in the beating heart of Qatar’s capital, The Ritz- Carlton Doha’s Grand Amiri Suites celebrate the captivating heritage and remarkable narrative that has exempliﬁed Qatar, with all the chic abodes telling fascinating architectural tales through intricate detailing, tone and textures.
Prepare to settle into a wondrous escape where each guest becomes part of the story.
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SAUDI DESIGNER HONAYDA SERAFI DESIGNS MISS. RAJWA
KHALID ALSAIF ‘S HENNA
DRESS, CROWN PRINCE OF JORDAN HRH
HUSSEIN BIN ABDULLAH
‘S WIFE TO BE
From a world that combines the cultural beauty of the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, blending the civilization of each of them, Honayda Serafi designed the henna dress for Miss. Rajwa Khalid AlSaif, a traditional celebration preceding the wedding.
Inspired by the traditional Najdi dress known as Sahabi thoub, originating from the Najd
Runway À La Mode
region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the design bridges past and present staying true to Ms. Rajwa’s Khalid AlSaif’s roots and contemporary persona. The design features a fully handcrafted veil and dress, flourishing through 3-D ornaments with a mix of silk, metallic threads and traditional reed strings. 7 starts are exclusively present on the veil, symbolizing the 7-pointed Jordanian star.
The veil was accomplished in a record time of approximately 760 hours with a gathered team of experts, craftsman and women, bringing to life 10 meters of fully handcrafted tulle for the occasion, a process that would generally take about 2,000 hours of work. While the dress was completed over 340 hours of dedicated work, from start to actual realization.
HENRY JACQUES UNVEILS CLIC-CLAC DESIGNED FOR RAFAEL NADAL
Late last year, Henry Jacques unveiled its “In All Intimacy” collection – three very special perfumes crafted for tennis legend Rafael Nadal and his wife Maria Perello, who chose to share their bespoke creations with the world. Now, the Haute Parfumerie house takes the partnership with the duo one step further with the launch of a limited edition Clic-Clac designed for Nadal.
The Clic-Clac Rafael Nadal Edition, limited to 120 pieces, is made from grade 5 Titanium, with a vibrant yet
discrete nod to tennis thanks to a sweeping neon yellow abstract line, reminiscent of a ball. The minimalistic design of the Clic-Clac is contemporary and avant-garde, an extraordinary cult object that seamlessly merges technical excellence with almost 50 years of olfactory savoir-faire.
The launch of Clic-Clac in 2021 was a true turning point for the brand and perfectly reflects Henry Jacques’ DNA, an inspiring blend of heritage and innovation. A mark of allure, a daily companion to keep close, and
a small accessory that fits into every pocket (or handbag), Clic-Clac houses an interchangeable solid perfume capsule allowing you to easily carry your most-loved fragrance with you on the go.
With a swift gesture, the case is opened to reveal the capsule, the balm-like perfume is applied, and the case snaps closed, all thanks to a highly technical, patented mechanism. All 50 of the Henry Jacques Classiques, or core collection, are available in the solid form – and now, the couple’s own
CLIC-CLAC RAFAEL NADAL EDITION COMPLETES “IN ALL INTIMACY” COLLECTION
personalised scents, RAFAEL NADAL N° 1, RAFAEL NADAL N° 2 and MARIA PERELLO too.
“In All Intimacy” was born of a series of firsts: a first for Henry Jacques to partner with an icon, a first for Nadal to collaborate with a perfume house, a first for the husband-andwife duo to join forces on such a project – and a first for Henry Jacques’ bespoke offerings to be made more widely available.
The couple put all their heart, identity, and strong connection with the Mediterranean into the “In All Intimacy” fragrances. For Maria and Rafa, much of their inspiration throughout the creative process was taken from their home, Mallorca; in all three scents, notes of orange blossom, citrus, bergamot, jasmine, lavender and thyme are testament to this.
With the launch of the Clic-Clac Rafael Nadal Edition, and accompanying solid perfumes, “In All Intimacy” is now complete. The perfumes are available in all 3 forms true to the Henry Jacques marque: solid, spray (Les Brumes), essences (Les Classiques).
The Clic-Clac is available at Henry Jacques boutiques in The Dubai Mall Fashion Avenue extension - Dubai, The Galleria Mall - Abu Dhabi, and Galeries Lafayette - Doha.
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THE COUNTER OF SWEET INDULGENCE
with Paloma, coffee ganache. Be unconventional with Bohème and its surprising crunch of crispy praliné with crispy lace crêpes. Enjoy timeless taste with Tiaré, praliné à l‘ancienne with almonds and hazelnuts. See the light side of life with Aurora, praliné with cashew nuts. Enjoy the zesty freshness with Laluz, smooth hazelnut praline with orange. Embrace simplicity with Marly, pure milk chocolate ganache. Be frivolous with Frivole, gold chocolate with tender hazelnut praline. Or expand your horizons with Asie, striking yuzu ganache.
Feel the Gratification of Pleasures
WHAT’S BEHIND THE COUNTER?
There’s something special waiting to be discovered at the wonderful Patchi boutiques with a café area which are dotted around major cities throughout the Kingdom and online via Patchi’s e-commerce platform featuring convenient delivery all over Saudi Arabia: The Counter. The Counter is an experience of its own within Patchi’s immersive chocolate worlds experience. It’s an invitation from the finest chocolate host to journey into new dimensions of awesome flavours, incredible aesthetic temptation, appetizing aromas, rich textures, and the sweet sounds of anticipation. An awakening of the senses that reflects contemporary luxury, sparks stories worth telling, evokes emotions, strengthens the bonds between people, and celebrates moments. The Counter is a universe of unwrapped chocolates; Pleasures (bite-sized treats); chocolate rocks, blocks, and batons; mini-cups; freshly baked cakes; and authentic French macarons.
Uncover the Wonders of Unwrapped Chocolates
The Counter’s unwrapped milk and dark chocolates come in 12 flavours and fillings. 12 diverse expressions of personality and feelings. Travel to exotic lands with Loa, ganache infused with combawa. Relish the well-rounded Corail with orange ganache. Unleash your passion with the heart-shaped flaming red Coeur Framboise. Appreciate intense fruitiness with Malina, sweet raspberry ganache. Feel stimulated
9 different Pleasures. 9 statements that reflect Patchi’s savoir-faire and HeartMade philosophy. Choose Raspberry for the allure of chocolate covered vanilla ganache with raspberry confit and vanilla almond biscuit. Select Brownie for a biscuit brownie, almond, and dark chocolate extravaganza. Pick Hazelnut Gianduja for a ganache, gianduja, chocolate biscuit, milk chocolate, and hazelnut medley. Opt for Peanut for an explosion of homemade peanut praline, vanilla shortbread, almond biscuit, and golden milk chocolate. Feel sweet with Honey, a symphony of honey biscuit and caramel cream. Go nuts with Milk Chocolate Bréton, a fanfare of hazelnut bréton biscuit topped with milk chocolate ganache and pastille. Crumble with satisfaction with Mini Cake Crumble, the playful joy of dark chocolate coated mini chocolate cake topped with hazelnut crumble. Succumb to the charm of Cocoa
Milk Chocolate, the enticing balance of biscuit cake filled with chiffon cream and covered with melted milk chocolate. Embrace subtlety with Mellow, the impactful joy of bite-sized chocolate cake.
Rock Your World with Rocks
12 different Rocks. 12 solid reasons to experience how the little things in life are sweet. Melt into Azura’s cosmos of raspberry ganache. Dive into Lolanda’s constellation of caramel truffle. Explore Sienna’s tidal wave of salted caramel. Jump into Milena’s cascade of chocolate spread. Indulge in Fiamma’s kick of yuzu ganache. Savour Morela’s contrasting blast of white chocolate, apricot, and cashew. Rush towards Dark Rock’s dramatic dark chocolate croc, almond, and cocoa nib excitement. Feel serene with White Rock’s silky white chocolate croc with hazelnuts and raspberry sugar. Reach higher with Golden Rock’s dazzling gold power sprinkled milk chocolate croc with caramelized hazelnuts. Taste luxury with Milk Rock’s nutty milk chocolate croc with pistachio and gold marzipan. Find your destination with Coco Rock’s marvellous coconut cream. Dare to be bold with Haze Rock’s astonishing gianduja, feuilletine (crispy crêpes) and caramelized hazelnut.
Smash the Routine with Chocolate Blocks
Stick to Your Cravings with Chocolate Batons
4 different chocolate batons that encourage you to stick to your preferences and opinions. 4 fabulous examples of how sticking to essentials can be very rewarding. Give in to the opulence of Caramel Chocolate that transforms milk chocolate into a festival of caramel, cardamom, and pistachio croquant. Don’t settle for plain dark or milk chocolate, instead treat yourself to Dark Chocolate filled with dark ganache and cocoa nibs or Milk Chocolate filled with crispy crêpe or even Grue Chocolate with caramelized cocoa nibs
Experience How Mini Cups are Massively Memorable
3 different mini cups that are mega satisfying. 3 adventures into magnitudes of flavours. Raspberry Mini Cup is an aromatic breeze with a dark chocolate shell filled with dark chocolate raspberry ganache, crisped rice, and crispy blackberry sugar. Crêpes Mini Cup is a delicious parade with a milk chocolate shell filled with praliné, crispy lace crêpes, and roasted hazelnut pieces. Almond Mini Cup is a scrumptious mosaic with a milk chocolate shell filled with salted caramel, praliné à l’ancienne, milk chocolate ganache, and almond.
Say it with Cakes
4 different freshly baked cakes to whet your appetite for quality. 4 fluffy stories worth slicing into. Patchi’s Chocolate Cake is not an ordinary chocolate cake. It’s a luxuriously velvety experience that’s sprinkled with crunchy cacao nibs. The zesty Lemon Cake is luxurious ecstasy that’s topped with candied lemon slices. The Chocolate Cake with Ganache is an amazing tale of dark chocolate cake with rich dark chocolate ganache covered in dark chocolate and crushed roasted almonds. The Pecan Cake is a nutty sensation with salted caramel ganache and smooth milk chocolate hazelnut.
Taste Authenticity with Macarons
11 different flavours of authentic French macarons made from finely ground blanched almonds that showcase artisanal chefmanship. 11 exquisitely crisp yet soft macaron varieties that bring a rainbow of colour to your day. The praliné, chocolate nibs, caramel, and pistachio are ideal if you adore classics. The orange, raspberry, passion fruit, and blackcurrant are just right for fruit fans. While the aromatic rose, lemon and crispy crêpes are especially for people who are keen to try new things.
4 different chocolate blocks to spice up everyday indulgence. 4 perfect “just because” excuses to enjoy premium chocolate any day, any time. Blocks are a great twist on chocolate bars. Take a bite out of milk or dark chocolate with crunchy roasted almonds or hazelnuts. Be different with creamy white chocolate with richly roasted pistachio. Love the multi-layered sensations of dark chocolate with crispy raspberry sugar. patchi.com
CELEBRITY CHEF ALVIN LEUNG
Shang Palace, home of soulful and modern Chinese cuisine, is proud to announce the exclusive visit of renowned celebrity chef, Alvin Leung. From the 8th to the 12th of June, guests will have the extraordinary opportunity to savor Chef Alvin’s exquisite culinary creations through an indulgent 8-course set menu, accompanied by carefully crafted beverages.
British-born; Canadian-raised Alvin Leung has been making waves at every stage of his culinary journey. Often referred to by his nickname, “The Demon Chef”, Alvin is lauded for modernizing century-old ingredients and traditional recipes with modern techniques and flavors, delivering novel dishes that are aligned with contemporary tastes.
Chef Alvin Leung, a master of his craft and recipient of three Michelin stars, is widely acclaimed for his groundbreaking approach to Chinese cuisine. Through a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation, Chef Alvin’s dishes transcend expectations, leaving diners awe-inspired and their taste buds tantalized. With his trademark fiery charisma and “rock and roll” image, Chef Alvin has blazed a trail of his own in the culinary arts.
This limited-time dining experience at Shang Palace promises an unforgettable evening of gastronomic adventure. Each course has been meticulously crafted to showcase Chef Alvin’s signature style, where classic Chinese flavors are ingeniously paired with contemporary
culinary techniques. From his renowned “X-treme Chinese” creations to thoughtfully curated delicacies, guests will embark on a culinary journey like no other.
In the elegant surroundings of Shang Palace, guests will be immersed in a captivating ambiance that perfectly complements the culinary artistry on display. The restaurant, celebrated for its commitment to excellence, is renowned for serving the finest Chinese cuisine in Jeddah. The collaboration with Chef Alvin Leung elevates this reputation to new heights, ensuring an unparalleled dining experience.
The exceptional dinner menu, priced at SAR 888 per person invites guests to savor the finest ingredients, artfully prepared and presented. each dish tells a story, with flavors, textures, and aromas meticulously crafted to showcase Chef Alvin’s mastery of culinary craftsmanship.
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BLOOMS – A VISION THAT GOES BEYOND SUSTAINABILITY
THE DOLDER GRAND, ZURICH TO OPEN NEW SUMMER GARDEN KITCHEN OFFERING THE FINEST IN VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN DINING.
The Dolder Grand is set to unveil a new al fresco lifestyle restaurant in June, “blooms”. Situated on the edge of a forest, amid vegetable beds, herbs and fruit bushes, blooms will offer a relaxing outdoor dining experience with an array of light, refined creations on the menu that are either vegetarian or vegan, using only the finest in organic, regional and seasonal ingredients.
Already recognised all over the world as a revered culinary destination thanks to the success of its 2 Michelin starred “The Restaurant”, the recent opening of MIKURIYA omakase restaurant, and wider gourmet offerings, The Dolder Grand is now adding to the incredible culinary diversity on offer with the opening of blooms in June.
Headed by Culinary Director & Chef Fine Dining Heiko Nieder, blooms will offer a unique al fresco dining experience in natural surroundings for hotel guests, city residents and those visiting the hugely popular travel hotspot in the warmer months to enjoy. The summer restaurant concept was borne of a desire to offer healthy, yet highly innovative eating options, using seasonal, organic ingredients, and to address the rising global trend of plant-based eating.
Designed in the style of a terrace, blooms kitchen garden seats 36, with awnings sheltering the tables
and kitchen. Light, modern, and simple vegetarian and vegan dishes are served in the flavourful style of The Restaurant – accompanied by summer garden vibes and a glass of grape.
“We are inspired by our kitchen garden – an assortment of vibrant
colours, flavours, and tactile sensations. At blooms, many of the delights will come straight from our own garden; otherwise, we’ll source top-quality products from local producers,” says Nieder. Hotel General Manager Markus Granelli adds, “blooms goes far beyond a culinary offering – it embodies a
lifestyle. Now with four restaurants in addition to seasonal pop-ups, the Dolder Grand firmly strengthens its positioning as a gastronomic haven in Zurich.”
blooms restaurant will be open from June to September, weather permitting.
4 REASONS TO DINE AT THE SHANGRI-LA JEDDAH THIS SEASON
Shangri-La Jeddah is delighted to announce an exciting series of world-class culinary experiences at its celebrated dining establishments this season. Families, couples, individuals and corporate companies from the region and beyond can indulge in a wide range of exquisite new offers catering to every palate.
Since opening, Shangri-La Jeddah has quickly become the city’s new dining destination with a variety of lifestyle restaurants set to compete with the best-in-class standalone concepts in the city. This includes the Award-winning Chinese Restaurant Shang Palace, home to soulful and modern Chinese cuisine, and The Waterfront Kitchen,
which offers a unique panoramic view of the Jeddah waterfront.
Experience soulful and modern Chinese cuisine with Shang Palace’s new menu items
Shang Palace unveils exciting new additions to its menu of authentic Chinese cuisine. Diners can embark on a gastronomic journey of the senses through Sichuan, Yunnan and Cantonese dishes with unique local twists that pay homage to its residence along the Red Sea. Shang Palace combines traditional techniques gained through the brand’s 50-year heritage with new-generation energy and creativity to deliver an experience like no other in
Jeddah and the best authentic Chinese food in the city.
The new menu features delicacies including a Roasted Wagyu Sirloin Steak, served with Hong Kong Oriental BBQ sauce and Sous Vide Herbal Soy Beef Shank, served with cucumber, chili, garlic and vinegar. Guests can also indulge in a delicate Lobster Salad, served with micro greens and spicy Yuzu dressing, or Crispy Butter Cereal Chicken, with chili and curry leaf seasoning. For a sweet ending, a Chocolate Xiao Long Bao will tempt chocolate lovers, while a decadent Passion Fruit Crème Brulé will have diners returning time and time again for more. To complement the meal, visitors can discover a new selection of artfully concocted beverages from the resident mixologist, including Signature Negroni, Black Diamond and Butterfly Gimlet.
With a fresh take on classic dishes, while introducing new, innovative options, Executive Chef Keith Yeap ensures every palate is catered for, to surprise and delight with
elevated flavors at Shang Palace. The menu is available now.
Indulge in an ‘All You Can Eat’ dim sum at the Dim Sum Yum brunch
Families can head to the signature Chinese restaurant, Shang Palace to celebrate joyful moments with their loved ones at the popular Dim sum Yum Brunch. every Friday and Saturday with an extension of
time to be from 1:00PM to 6:00 PM. Guests can indulge in a menu offering all you can eat dim sum, a main dish, choice of noodles, rice, and dessert, accompanied with a fine selection of Chinese tea, for SAR 188 per person.
Traditionally, Dim Sum, translating to ‘touch the heart’ in Chinese, is a meal made up of small plates of dumplings and other appetizers, usually accompanied by tea.
Following this beloved tradition, Shang Palace encourages guests to share the dishes amongst family and friends, enjoying an exquisite vibrant afternoon of authentic Szechuan specialties. Brunch at Shang Palace promises an enjoyable menu of colorful and fiery Chinese cuisine featuring an unlimited choice of the famous dim sums.
Start your week with the Sunday BBQ Shaokao
Shang Palace invites guests and foodies from around the world to experience their famous BBQ Peking Duck, a Chinese delicacy that will be the star of the restaurant’s new Sunday offering, BBQ Shaokao.
Diners can visit Shang Palace on Sunday evenings to rediscover the iconic dish cooked in three different styles: traditional, tea-smoked and Cantonese. The BBQ Duck will be served with pancakes, hoisin BBQ sauce, cucumber, leeks, and spring onions, while other Chinese BBQ specialties will also be available. Executive Chef Keith Yeap will
expertly orchestrate the event and showcase his fine culinary talents through this delectable dining experience.
Guests can indulge in Shang Palace’s signature item in new, re-imagined ways as conceptualized by Chef Keith’s innovative technique and passion. This unique new culinary experience paired with great company and conversation will be sure to entice diners from across the city to treat themselves as the week starts. Available every Sunday, with a half price on the BBQ duck whether it’s char siu, Cantonese, or even traditional style, our Peking duck is guaranteed to leave you wanting more.
Navigate to international flavors at The Waterfront Kitchen
Drop your anchor at The Waterfront Kitchen, where life aboard a luxury yacht combines with inspired cuisines from around the world for an
extraordinary culinary adventure. The perfect location for a gathering with the family, The Waterfront Kitchen presents an interactive dining experience to both hotel and visiting guests. An exceptional team is on board to serve up an exquisite spread ranging from classic breakfast favourites including fresh juices and smoothies, fruits, cold cuts, freshly baked croissants and healthy bowls cooked to order. The multi-kitchen cooking stations feature a spectacular buffet and a
multi dining experience, adding a theatrical flair to the upper deck to impeccably showcase different flavors every day of the week. Guests can settle in with and gaze out to the glittering Red Sea or dine near the stations to stay closer to the action and be rewarded with a unique vantage point. Breakfast is available every day from 7:00 AM to 11:30 AM, with a rate of SAR 175 per person and Lunch from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, with a rate of SAR 220 per person.
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CONSTANCE HOTELS & RESORTS LAUNCHES # CONSTANCEARTLOVE CAMPAIGN
Art has always been a means of capturing the essence of the world around us, and what better source of inspiration than the beauty of nature? From the intricate patterns of a seashell to the breath-taking majesty of a mountain range, artists have long found inspiration in the natural world. The islands of the Indian Ocean provide a pristine setting for nature that can inspire artists to create their masterpieces. Whether it’s the spectacular white beaches surrounded by a spectrum of vibrant coral reefs or the lush green vegetation that blankets these exotic islands, the diversity of these landscapes is truly fascinating.
Constance Hotels & Resorts is proud to present the #ConstanceArtLove campaign, which celebrates the untouched beauty of the Indian Ocean. To ensure that this campaign is truly exceptional, the group has invited a select group of talented artists from around the world,
including Chau Hang from Hong Kong, Nina Brooke from the United Kingdom, Rabi Alieva from Munich, and Emanuele Dascanio from Italy, to visit Constance properties in Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles, and Madagascar. The artists will create astonishing artworks inspired by the exotic beauty of these islands that can capture the hearts of art lovers around the world.
Art can transport us to a world of natural wonder and remind us of the beauty that surrounds us. A painting that captures a specific event or location can make us feel as if we’re there, experiencing the beauty firsthand and travel through time and space. Similarly, a photograph of a stunning landscape can evoke a sense of awe and wonder. By using nature as their muse, artists can create works that not only reflect the beauty
of the natural world but also inspire us to appreciate and protect it.
Constance Hotels & Resorts is partnering with Lieu.City to explore the potential of the Metaverse in revolutionising the hospitality industry. Guests can experience the beauty of Constance Hotels & Resorts properties and the artworks created by the four artists in an immersive and interactive platform. This campaign showcases the brand’s commitment to providing unique and unforgettable experiences in harmony with nature. Moreover, a philanthropic element is featured, with proceeds from the auction of the artworks benefiting four selected NGOs in Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar, and Maldives.
#ConstanceArtLove is a testament to the brand’s dedication to art, nature, and philanthropy.
MILA AL ZAHRANI, ANJA RUBIK & ROSSY DE PALMA
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On the occasion of the Women’s Stories Gala, held on 18th May at Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, ambassadresses of the Maison Mila Al Zahrani and Anja Rubik, as well as actress Rossy de Palma chose to wear creations from Maison Boucheron.
Mila Al Zahrani wore the Lavallière Diamants pendant earrings and ring, from the Histoire de Style, Art Déco High Jewelry collection, paved with diamonds and onyx, with black lacquer, in white gold, and the Vendôme ring, set with a 4.20 ct pear-cut diamond, paved with diamonds, in white gold and black lacquer.
Anja Rubik chose to wear the Quatre Radiant Edition pendant earrings, paved with diamonds, in white gold, as well as the Miroirs Infinis ring, from Carte Blanche, Contemplation High Jewelry collection, set with a 5.31 ct emerald-cut diamond and rock crystal, paved with diamonds, in white gold.
Rossy de Palma decked herself with the Serpent Bohème XL motif sleepers, paved with diamonds, in white gold.
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OSOOL ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF A NEW MODERN RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, OBHUR CITY
Osool has achieved a milestone in Saudi real estate with the newly launched Obhur City, the largest real estate project in the Obhur area.
Obhur City is an unparalleled, sustainable communal living experience, on Jeddah’s North Coast, boasting individuality while changing the landscape of the North of Jeddah.
This project was launched on Tuesday the 16th of May at the Shangri-La in Jeddah, attended by leaders and representatives of Osool Real Estate development company, aside to other executives and CEOs of well-established companies. The event discussed Osool’s vision of this project as they maintained their commitment to perusing the structure of a productive and healthy community.
A stone’s throw away from the Jeddah Metropolis, central to major landmarks such as King Abdullah Sports Stadium and King Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Obhur City is a modern communal-living complex.
On the Northern shores of Jeddah City lies the picturesque Obhur neighbourhood, a lively and exciting destination brimming with a variety of new business opportunities, contemporary living spaces, and entertainment, allowing residents to enjoy premium living.
This project represents Osool’s values to promote a growth and productivity-led lifestyle for the young and ambitious. With a layout that encourages sustainability and physical health, this project goes hand-in-hand with the current developments in the country.
Obhur City will become home to thousands of residents with different sized luxury apartments catering to individual needs and preferences.
Projects as such strive towards enhancing the quality of life for many residents of the area and place a benchmark for upcoming real estate residential projects.
Osool’s attractive surroundings and functional layout encourage a practical and higher standard of living as it enhances the human experience through developing the meaning of community.
THE WORLD’S BEST POLO PLAYERS
The world’s best polo players compete at the Souissi Royal Guard Polo Club in Rabat and at the PGH la Palmeraie polo club Assilah from May 22 to 27 for the prestigious Mohammed V International Trophy. the national team to its counterpart from Argentina and ended in victory for the nationals (9-3). Eight nations among the best in the world in this sport take part in this competition, namely: Morocco, the organizing country, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United States, Spain, Nigeria, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and the ‘Argentina.
Placed under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI and organized under the aegis of the Royal Moroccan Polo Federation, the 4th edition of the Mohammed VI Trophy this year brings together the best teams from around the world.
The kick-off of the 2023 edition was given on Monday, May 22 at the magnificent Polo club of the Souissi Royal Guard in Rabat. Eight teams are taking part in this competition, namely Morocco, the host country, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United States , Spain , Nigeria , Egypt , the United Arab Emirates and Argentina .
The opening match pitted the national team against their Argentina counterpart. The matches will follow each other every day this time until Friday, May 26th at the PGH la Palmeraie Polo Club Assilah which is owned by Patrick Guerrand-Hermès who is a Moroccan sports entrepreneur and billionaire. He is noted for his involvement with Morocco and redevelopment there.
The matches for third place and the final will take place at the Royal Guard Polo Club Souissi in Rabat.
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THE LUXURY NETWORK KSA HOSTS SPECTACULAR IFTAR EVENT, SPREADING JOY AND UNITY DURING RAMADAN
The Luxury Network KSA, a prominent community leader and advocate for cultural understanding, hosted an enchanting Iftar event on Friday, 7th April 2023, bringing together people from diverse backgrounds to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. This memorable occasion showcased the beauty of Ramadan traditions, fostered interfaith dialogue, and promoted unity and compassion within the community.
The event, held at the elegant Diora Restaurant, was attended by Council General of USA, Council General UK, Council General Italy and the CEO of the Luxury Network KSA Abdullah Fakeeh, and a diverse group of guests, including community leaders, religious representatives,
public figures, and residents from all walks of life. The evening commenced with a warm welcome by The Luxury Network KSA, who expressed gratitude for the attendees’ presence and their commitment to fostering a harmonious society.
Throughout the evening, guests were treated to a delectable Iftar feast, featuring a wide array of traditional dishes that honored the culinary richness of Ramadan. Mouthwatering delicacies delighted the taste buds of all attendees, serving as a reminder of the shared heritage and cultural diversity within the community.
Reflecting on the success of the event, The Luxury Network KSA stated, “The Iftar event aimed to bring people together, transcending differences and fostering a sense of unity. It is through these moments of shared experiences that we build bridges of understanding and compassion. I am grateful to everyone who attended and contributed to the success of this remarkable evening.”
The Iftar event, hosted by The Luxury Network KSA, demonstrated the power of community, empathy, and cultural exchange during the holy month of Ramadan. By breaking fast together, engaging in dialogue, and celebrating shared values, attendees left the event with a strengthened sense of unity and a renewed commitment to building a more inclusive and harmonious society.
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