Equity Magazine April 2018


APRIL 2018 | ISSUE 11
















From the EDITOR

It’s spring. Well, in most countries

at least. Here in the UAE, we’re

making travel plans to a land far

far away (page 58), prepping for

Ramadan, and planning events and

exciting happenings for Q4. Leading

our list of needs is a wellness escape at

SHA, read more about the lavish

retreat in Spain (page 14), and of

course the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (page 50).

The success of our first-ever event WILEF (Women

Inspiring Leadership and Entrepreneurship Forum) – turn to

page 68 – saw us meeting with women leaders from the

region, financiers, trend-makers, and entrepreneurs.

Adding to our list of successful women leaders is the CEO

of Al Tamimi Investments Rachael Wunsch (page 19) and

philanthropist, actress and icon Angelina Jolie (page 27).

To make the most out of the great weather conditions,

we drove down to the stunning Six Senses Zighy Bay for

two-days of bliss (page 65) and played a round at Abu

Dhabi Golf Club (page 62). As always, we’ve covered the

latest collections and trends in stores. Take a look at a

selection of statement pieces and portfolio must-haves

from page 43.


I love making a statement with

jewellery and this month my

collection grew with a stunning

piece from DANI by Daniel K. Look

no further for beautiful gems set in

gold and platinum

Happy reading


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Events to attend this month



Improve your wellbeing in a

getaway that's pure paradise



Rachael Wunsch explains her

journey, while shaping the

business leaders of tomorrow



Do you know how many apps

you have downloaded and used?



Divorce, depression and

Hollywood, how does

Angelina Joile continue

on her successful path?





A chat with Dawn Metcalfe,

author of the Hard Talk







Add these pieces to

your wardrobe




What’s new in stores

this season?


The studio to try this month,

and tips to keep fit



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Head to Address Montgomerie

for a round of golf


A trip to Six Senses Zighy Bay


A look at our first-ever women’s

event WILEF



Treatments worth a try



Charlotte Oliver, Managing

Director of CEO Dubai

On the cover


Read her interview on page 27






Splurge on yourself


A round-up of hotspots in the city


Punta del Este is high up on

many celebrities lists, make it

on yours as well


The latest in experiences,

packages and wellbeing breaks


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Looking to rejuvenate over a short

break? Discover why SHA Wellness

Clinic may be a great choice, as we

interview Vice President Alejandro

Bataller Pineda. This month’s

women leaders Rachael Wunsch

and Angelina Jolie are a success in

their respective industries. Read

about their journey to the top





Jetsetters, don’t forget to add these dates to your diary




WHERE? Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club

WHEN? April 6-13

Held under the patronage of H.H Sheikh

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice

President and Prime Minister of the UAE, the

Dubai Cup is a medium eight-ten goal handicap

tournament, and the final of the series. A

family-friendly event to watch some of the

world’s top teams battle for the Gold Cup.



WHERE? Indio, California

WHEN? April 13-15 & 20-22

With top-of-the-line music talent, a comprehensive

events list, street food stalls, pop-up restaurants and

gourmet fare, this renowned festival is sure to be a

memorable one. Making it an absolute must-attend,

this year’s lineup is yet to be announced, but rumours

are swirling that Queen Bey (Beyoncè), Lana Del

Ray and Alt J will be making an appearance.



WHERE? Orlando, Kalamazoo, S.T Louis,

Binghamton and Tulsa (USA)

WHEN? April 1-29

It’s not about the miles you clock, but the

memories you make. You are sure to come

out feeling exhilarated, after being doused

in colour at regular intervals and finishing

at an unforgettable party zone, complete

with music, dancing and bursts of colour

explosions. No prior experience or

training required; but make sure to come

dressed in white.


WHERE? Central Florida

WHEN? April 12-15

Join the 15th annual Celebration Exotic Car Festival for

a children’s charity event. The event takes place over four

days, showcasing North America’s largest collection of

exotic-and race-cars, Hollywood movie vehicles and

plenty more. After two days on the track, racing at the

world famous Daytona International Speedway, the

event moves along to Hard Rock Live with legendary

rocker Reo Speedwagon entertaining guests. It isn’t just a

car festival, head along to a grape-pairing dinner at the

Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World after, or

participate in the acclaimed road rally.





WHERE? Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai

WHEN? April 17

Looking to invest in a startup, or gathering

information and trends on the current

SME scene? The summit brings together key

players from the SME ecosystem where

they can network, bounce ideas off each

other, gain feedback on their product,

and participate in workshops to get

insightful knowledge.


WHERE? Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London

WHEN? April 18-19

The IOT Tech Expo Global is the world’s leading

Internet of Things event aiming to introduce and

explore the latest innovations across the entire IoT

ecosystem. The Expo covers the manufacturing sector,

transport, health, logistics, government, energy,

automotive and various other fields. Expect cuttingedge

technology from over 300 exhibitors and expert

advice from over 300 speakers, who share their

extensive industry knowledge and real-life experiences.


WHERE? World Trade Centre, Dubai

WHEN? April 18-21

Buying art doesn’t have to be expensive. The

art event returns for another year, with their

fourth edition featuring artists from all over

the world. As well as representing a diverse

range of cultures, pieces are available from

$100 (Dhs367) to $20,000 (Dhs73,462). The

event is part of Dubai’s Art Season and will

showcase a collection of paintings, prints,

sculptures, photographs and more.



WHERE? Laguna Phuket Food and

Music Festival

WHEN? April 27-29

“East Meets West”, the three day food

and music extravaganza will once again

heighten Phuket province’s status as a

“City of Gastronomy” attracting foodand

music-lovers. The festival comes to

life alongside the pristine Bangtao

Beach of Phuket, with entry free for

everyone. It’s worth a visit, if you

happen to be there on a business trip.




A spot for


Alejandro Bataller, Vice President of SHA Wellness Clinic takes us through

their journey as they commemorate ten years at this wellness spot

By Nicola Monteath

Relocating from

Argentina to Spain

was quite a radical

change for ten-yearold


Bataller. But it felt

like a natural move

for the family. “My

parents had a ninemonth


touring 23 countries in Europe, and fell in love

with Spain. They dreamed of living in Spain for

years, so when they decided to relocate, we were

glad,” he tells us. The Argentinian-national has

Italian and Spanish roots and reminisces his

childhood between Valencia and Madrid, where

life was rather slow-paced and all their time was

spent with family. During the summers,

Alejandro and the family visited their country

home in Alacant (a Province of Alicante) perched

atop a hill between the bay of Altea and the

natural park of Sierra Helada. This land is now

home to SHA Wellness Clinic – a leisure health

and wellbeing clinic that focuses on natural

therapies, nutrition, and medical innovations.

“The reason we launched SHA is because my

father recovered from a very serious illness when

he was in his 50s, solely by changing his diet. To

bring this change to the public, he created SHA,”

says Alejandro, Vice President of SHA Wellness

Clinic. His father, who was previously in the real

estate development business in Spain, was always

on the lookout for a business project that would

transform and enhance lives. “We felt this was a

signal, something we could do to help others. We

began with zero experience in the hospitality

industry, but were very passionate to give back to

the country.”

Noticing a tremendous gap in the wellness

industry, the family created the concept by

bringing in the best of Eastern and Western

medicine, with healthy, yet enticing culinary

offerings. The SHA method integrates natural

therapies with the latest advancements in

preventive medicine and technology, to combat

everything from fatigue to anti-aging, while

bringing your body, mind and soul to a balanced,

healthier form. The programmes range from

wellness to weight-management and detox, antistress,

recovery, rejuvenation and fitness. To get

the most out of the programme, guests are

encouraged to say for a minimum of four nights.

Most end up extending their stay due to the

comforts of the lavish suite, which face the

Mediterranean Sea and mountains. “It’s a

privileged area in Spain as it has a micro-climate.

We have 330 days of sunshine per year and it’s

surrounded by a natural park. It was the ideal place




because the environment was quite important. We

wanted to create a place far from city-life, where

you have great climatology and don’t feel the need

to go out dining or partying,” says Alejandro.

The entrepreneur has always had a passion for

the luxury industry, and prior to working at his

family business and SHA, was with LVMH. He

even worked at Royal Bank of Scotland right out

of university. “The wellness industry, that I’m in

now, is something that allows me to help people.

Plus, it has the luxury element to it. We are

constantly looking for innovation and excellence.”

The global wellness economy was last valued at

$3.7 trillion in 2015 (according to the Global

Wellness Institute, Global Wellness Economy Monitor).

Wellness tourism in itself was valued at $536

billion, and it’s on the rise. The word wellness is

currently on everyone’s radar, with most now

boasting a deeper knowledge of the term and what

it means to them. Health institutions were once

considered clinical, and yes, some of these are still

in existence with the element of fun so far

displaced, that calling it a retreat is slightly ironic.

This is how SHA stands apart. “The wellness

industry is experiencing a great moment in time.

It’s been growing exponentially since 2010 – over

40 per cent per year since 2013,” says Alejandro.

What’s interesting about SHA is that they attract

a much younger audience, in comparison to others

in the industry. “Perhaps people expect to find

60+ individuals, but they see Victoria’s Secret top

models, business moguls, and of course those in

their sixties and seventies too. We also have

approximately 60 per cent of solo travellers,

because it’s quite a nice experience to do by

yourself.” The clinic sees guests from the Middle




The reason we

launched SHA

is because

my father

recovered from

a very serious

illness when he

was in his 50s,

solely by

changing his diet




East, Europe and South America visiting quite

often too. Nowadays, SHA is booked pretty much

year-round. “We’ve been working with the same

intensity since the beginning, and always want to

be a leader in the industry. The clinic initially

launched with 20 rooms and now we have over 80.

We also restyled all the suites, which is quite rare

for a company that’s only ten years old.”

As we sip Kukicha tea - one from their signature

collection that has over 15 times more calcium than

a glass of milk, and keeps the body alkaline - I learn

that there’s plenty in store for

SHA. “We are launching

SHA residences which is very

important to us as we have

followed sustainable

construction practices, and

placed health and wellbeing at

the forefront. Everything

from the orientation to the air

you breathe, the water and

lighting, it’s all sustainable. It

allows you to leave the SHA

experience feeling like you

were at a home away from

home, which is great for

those who stay for a month or so,” he says. I briefly

chat to Dr. Ribero who goes into detail about their

cognitive unit, another highlight that commemorates

the tenth anniversary.

Those visiting SHA get to experience cognitive

treatments that combine techniques from the

East and West. “What we have is a different

approach to stimulate the brain. With these

gadgets, you can measure exactly the biological

We’ve been

working with the

same intensity since

the beginning, and

always want to be a

leader in the


impulses, to measure if you are stressed, sleeping

well, or relaxed. That’s the diagnosis point but we

also have an intervention point wherein we can

give you energy,” he says. The minute a guest is

diagnosed with a lack of attention or memory; a

certain head gear is used to give electrical

impulses to stimulate the area of the brain that’s

related to what needs to be improved. “It’s very

new technology and something that Harvard

Medical school has been working on for years,”

says Dr. Ribeiro. The main objective is to treat

neurological and

psychological diseases such

as depression or anxiety; as

well as neurodegenerative

diseases that enhance the

cognitive capability of

guests who have suffered

traumatic injury or a stroke.

SHA Wellness Clinic isn’t

merely a business for the

family. It’s a lifestyle, their

passion, and one filled with

experience and fond

memories. The location

itself is testament to this.

“The infinity pool is where our pool used to be,

so we always remember our childhood. My

mother always wanted us three brothers to create

a home each, to spend holidays there. That

obviously didn’t happen as everything was

demolished to build this 6,000 square metre

retreat,” says Alejandro. With the launch of SHA

Residences, their mother’s dream is coming

through in a way, even if it’s just as a rental.






Rachael Wunsch, the CEO of

Al Tamimi Investments

in Dubai, is shaping

the business leaders

of tomorrow

By Varun Godinho

Television shows like Shark Tank operate

on the premise of a visionary

entrepreneur who brings to the table a

business idea so revolutionary that it

promises to throw a lit match into a

tinderbox of a market which is otherwise

saturated with mediocre ideas. The

Apprentice, another television show,

hones the business acumen of fledgeling

entrepreneurs to prepare battlehardened

executives who will become

future CEOs and business leaders.

Melding the underlying themes

of Shark Tank and The Apprentice into a

real-life not-for-television act is Rachael

Wunsch, the CEO of Dubaiheadquartered

Al Tamimi Investments.




“Al Tamimi is an investment company. We tend to do

greenfield investments. So a majority of our investments

have grown from an idea. We identify an opportunity within

the market, build a plan, find people, enter the market and

scale the business,” says Wunsch.

Wunsch worked in a variety of different of business

marketing roles including insurance, telecommunication

and even led an NGO in Taiwan before heading to Dubai

to set up Al Tamimi Investments in 2006 along with Essam

Al Tamimi, the Chairman of the investment firm.

Wunsch’s role as CEO is to identify and cherry pick the

ideas with the most potential. There are several ways

through which Al Tamimi identifies a greenfield investment.

One such method is individual entrepreneurs who have a

great idea which is then pitched to Wunsch and her team –

think Shark Tank. A good example of this is the group’s

The Big Start initiative where it went to grassroots levels

and connected with very young men and women and

encouraged them to pitch

Al Tamimi with their

brightest ideas. “The Big

Start came out of our

CSR programme. We

approached schools

saying that if you

have talented

students who have

an idea but don’t

have the capital,

present the idea to

us. If we believe

in the idea, we

will give you the

opportunity to

make your

idea a reality.”

United Designers, a retail chain of fashion

stores in the UAE, had its genesis in The Big

Start. “We had a young student who said, ‘Look,

in other places in the world local designers have

platforms to showcase small capsules collections

without having big budgets.’ It was an idea that

we believed in.” The flagship store opened in

Mirdif City Centre in 2009. “United Designers

has grown beautifully. We work with regional

designers. It’s very much the type of shop our

customers go to if they’re looking at a kaftan,

abayas, dresses for weddings or a one-of-a-kind

piece. We have our own tailor on-site. In terms of

the growth, it went from a young person’s ideas

to a realized store in Mirdif and then on to

another store in Dubai as well as Abu Dhabi,

with one more opening soon in Al Ain.”

Al Tamimi’s investment portfolio includes

retail, healthcare, education, manufacturing and

services. “We’re running 18 different subsidiaries

across the group. Each industry sector that we

focus on has a business leader who is that subject

matter expert. In its entirety, we employ 3,000

people,” says Wunsch.

As CEO, Wunsch needs to channel The

Apprentice when guiding the sometimes young

business leaders who are tasked with managing

the subsidiaries. Apart from a mentoring role, her

team also offers a shared-services solutions.

“Often when you are starting from a small

business, you don’t usually have the resources to

have too many above-the-line costs. From a head

office perspective, the businesses we invest in can

pull from the various industry experts we have

here be it business analyst, research, marketing,

HR or finance. So rather than hiring full-time

resources dedicated to each business function,

they can pull these experts from our head-office

team as and when they need.”

Apart from bright entrepreneurs pitching ideas

to Al Tamimi, sometimes they derive their

investment business ideas from more personal

experiences. “For example, with Emirates Home

Nursing, it came from a direct experience with our

Chairman whose mother required home care.

When we looked at the market, we realised that

there was a gap in terms of qualified nurses who

could seamlessly go into a home and provide a

great level of support. Coming from Australia,

what would typically happen is a family member

would go into an assisted living environment. That

doesn’t really exist here. Culturally, it’s important

to keep the family member close and so we were

able to leverage off that opportunity and build the

business we have with Emirates Home Nursing.”

One of Wunsch’s role has been to shape the

corporate culture at Al Tamimi. “We are an

investment company and financial success is one

of the cornerstones, but we do like to do

investments that give something back to the




community.” Another

example of one of their

ventures that services the

community, apart from

Emirates Home Nursing, is

Hummingbird Nursery in

Dubai. “Hummingbird again

was quite personal. In

Australia, it is typical for

there to be good quality

nurseries in business districts

supporting working

professional women. The

UAE has a plethora of

nurseries, but often they tend

to be suburb based, not

necessarily there supporting

the business district or not

certainly when we opened 10

years ago. So DIFC was developing into an international hub

and we saw this as an essential service that other international

financial hubs provided to executives.”

Al Tamimi has since 2006, under Wunsch’s leadership,

evolved and updated themselves to introducing technology

into their overall operations. For example, Wunsch and her

team are now exploring the idea of building United

Designers’ e-commerce platform. “We’ve recently

partnered with Namshi to help grow our reach into the

Saudi Arabian market. We do believe in brick-and-mortar

because of the relationship we have with our customers. But

it’s all about convenience. The region here is very

e-commerce savvy and it’s certainly also a way for us as a

business to test, regionally, where our customers are.”

Wunsch will crack the whip when necessary and explains

A true manager understands

what these people bring to the

table, where they need

assistance and surrounds

themselves with people that

give them that 360

the red flags for her when

deciding whether to invest

in a business. “There needs

to be a vision. If the vision

isn’t clear – so not just what

you’re going to do today,

but how you’re going to

grow from just a concept

into something great – that’s

a red flag. But also, the

numbers need to stack up.”

Wunsch credits her

success in part to a positive

business environment in

Dubai. “The environment in

Dubai is incredibly

conducive to supporting

women in finance. There are

some excellent role models

in the community in both the private and public sectors. The

rulers of the UAE have never made any distinction between

male and female.”

Wunsch has always maintained a people-first approach in

her business and encourages the business leaders of Al

Tamimi’s subsidiaries to do the same as well. Unlike some of

the ruthless tactics employed on shows like The Apprentice,

Wunsch says that in her books “people are bigger than the

ideas.” She adds, “It comes down to empowering the people

around you. Everybody has talents or strong areas. A true

manager understands what these people bring to the table,

where they need assistance and surrounds themselves with

people that give them that 360.” It’s a business lesson that an

MBA school might not necessarily teach you, but one that

Wunsch lives out every single day in her professional life.




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Apple’s wildly successful

App Store turns a decade

old this year By Varun Godinho



Unlock your smartphone and inspect its

contents. There are probably a dozen apps

including WhatsApp, Careem, YouTube,

Facebook and a personal banking app, at the

very least. To imagine a world without apps is to

time warp yourself into an era without ATMs or

photocopying machines or even cell phones for

that matter – yes, people existed and the world

didn’t stop turning, but then again you really

wonder how the world got by back then.


Back in 1983, Steve Jobs predicted that one day

there would be a software-distribution centre

which would allow software to be purchased via

the phone lines. The oracle of Cupertino was

predicting the birth of the App Store two-and-ahalf

decades before it came into being.

Jobs unveiled the iPhone in 2007, though it

didn’t yet have an App Store. Instead, it relied

on a little over a dozen built-in apps. In fact,

Jobs was hostile to the idea of allowing thirdparty

apps onto the iPhone. He encouraged

developers to create web apps that would

operate on Safari instead.

By the fall of 2007, Apple started shipping

devices that had a new app on it – iTunes. The

iTunes app was a game changer when you

consider that it showed that Apple could take a

desktop e-commerce platform and transition it

to mobile. It gave them the confidence to

explore the idea of introducing an app store. By

the end of 2007, Jobs unveiled the iPhone SDK

(software developer’s kit) which essentially

gave developers the tools they require to start

building their own apps.

In July 2008, Apple launched the App Store

in 62 countries, with around 500 apps on

it. Facebook, Shazam, and Yelp were among

the first 500 apps on the App Store. With it,

the prolific tech company now had a unified,

secure and centralised place where users could

get apps vetted by Apple and primed for their

mobile devices.


In the first weekend that the App Store was

introduced, there were 10 million downloads. In

the first three months, that number skyrocketed

to 100 million downloads. It took less than ten

months, for Apple to hit the one billion

download mark which it did in April 2009. With

the insatiable appetite for apps, developers

around the world began furiously designing

apps for the App Store. By June 2009, less than

a year since the inception of the store, there

were 50,000 apps – a 9,900 per cent increase.

The phenomenal growth of the App Store

didn’t come without its own set of problems.

For example, it didn’t allow for demos or trial

versions of apps, which meant that customers

were forced to buy an app merely on the

recommendation of others or on the marketing

material used to promote the app. Developers

were compelled to price their apps at rockbottom

prices to encourage sceptics to

download their app. Cleverly though, Apple

introduced the concept of in-app purchases for




free apps – a model that has become a hit with

the mobile gaming industry.

By 2010, Apple introduced the iPad, creating

a further opportunity for app developers who

began to design apps specifically for iPads. By

2011, the App Store had recorded 10 billion

downloads. With the explosion in the number

of apps, Apple brought in two small, yet

significant, innovations. The first was the

concept of folders to place the dozens of apps

that each user would download on their phone,

and the second was the ability for apps to

multitask on the Apple devices. For example,

you could play music off one app and

simultaneously browse the internet.

By January 2012, over $4billion had been paid

out to developers and by March that year Apple

said that it had hit 25 billion downloads from its

store which was by then operational in 155

countries. By 2015, the Apple Watch launch

meant one more canvas for developers to unveil

a whole host of apps specific to the wearable

device, with many of them focused on health

and well-being. Last year, Apple gave the App

Store a much-needed aesthetic overhaul.

Reportedly, the App Store is now home to

over two million apps and there are around

498,000 app publishers developing content for

the repository. Worldwide, there were 23.4 app

downloads in Q4 2017, 7.3 billion of which

were from the App Store and 16.1 billion from

Google Play. WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook,

Messenger and Instagram are some of the most

downloaded apps.

The biggest challenge for app developers today

isn’t designing them in as much as monetising

them. The App Store revenue model is based on

four categories: Free Model that includes apps

which are completely free to download and use;

Freemium Model where users download an app

for free, but are then charged an additional fee

for premium features or services which block

adverts on the app. Popular gaming apps operate

using this in-app purchase model and now

accounts for 80 per cent of the total spend in app

stores. Apart from the Paid Apps model that

requires you to pay an upfront fee to download

the app, there’s also the Subscription Model,

with an auto-renewable option and a Paymium

Model too which is a hybrid between the Paid

and Freemium Model.

to over $110 billion. China is the market that

Apple is watching the closest – it is the top

market for iOS consumer spend, having

overtaken the US in 2016. The predictions are

that by 2020, there will be 5 million apps in the

App Store.

Even though the number of apps in the App

Store will shoot up exponentially, it’s also

becoming a more crowded space where people

are being far pickier than they were earlier and

only downloading apps they absolutely need.

The new wave of apps integrates machinelearning,

big data, AI and more. For example,

the San Francisco health-tracking company

Cardiogram has developed an app that can be

loaded onto an Apple Watch and uses its

machine-learning model called DeepHeart to

predict with 97 per cent accuracy abnormal

heart rhythms, sleep apnea with 90 per cent

accuracy, hypertension with 82 per cent accuracy

and diabetes with 85 per cent accuracy.

The App Store, figuratively and literally, is

a lifesaver.


Market research firm App Annie

has predicted that in 2018,

worldwide consumer App

Store spend will grow 30

per cent year-on-year




Finding the right support centre for your child is crucial for their

development. Discover why Autism Rocks is a seamless fit

World Autism Awareness

is celebrated on April

2 nd every year, with

organisations across

the globe gathering for fundraising-and

awareness-building events. By

definition, Autism is a developmental

disorder characterised by complications

with social interaction and

communication, and by restricted and

repetitive behaviour. Signs are usually

noticed within the first two or three

years of a child’s life. The UAE has

played an integral role in raising

awareness on Autism.

Sanjay Shah and his wife Usha

launched Autism Rocks in the UK in

2014, after their son Nikhil was



diagnosed with Autism at the age of

two. The unique venture fused music

and autism to raise awareness and

funds for autism research. The

UK-registered charity have since

hosted performances with musical

icons including Prince, Lenny Kravitz,

Michael Bublè, Drake and Flo-Rida, to

name a few. If the name Autism Rocks

sounds familiar, it’s because you

probably attended the Ed Sheeran or

Elton John concert at the Autism

Rocks Arena near Dubai Outlet Mall.

Currently in its first operational

year, Autism Rocks Support Centre at

Dubai Healthcare City began as a

support centre for Nikhil, and has

now become the go-to facility for

families seeking guidance and

assistance for their loved ones. Why?

Mainly due to their carefully

handpicked team of professionals

that offer one-to-one therapy for

children up to 18 years old. Finding a

centre that understands the child and

parent’s needs isn’t an easy task, here

in the UAE. Autism Rocks caters to

the demand, while providing expertcare

and dedicated attention for

personal growth and development.

Services at the centre include ABA

(Applied Behavioural Analysis) to

teach children essential interaction

skills; Speech-Language Therapy,

Occupational Therapy, School and

teacher consultation services, School

Shadow/Learning Support Assistants,

parent and professional training, and

Registered Behavior Technician

(RBT®) training for those keen to

pursue a career within the sector.

The centre’s vision is to successfully

notice an improvement in each child’s

life, supporting them while they reach

their utmost potential. With this in

mind, Usha has hired some of the finest

professionals in the industry, with her

clinical team now comprising a PhD

Level Psychologist, two Board Certified

Behavior Analysts (BCBA®),

Registered Behavior Technicians

(RBT®), Occupational-and Speech-

Language-Therapists. In addition,

Autism Rocks not only provides

services for children, but coffee

mornings, social calendar events,

complimentary parent training and

presentations, to provide support to

families with autistic children.




The making of…



In keeping with the theme of International Women’s Day,

Fabián W. Waintal interviews filmmaker, humanitarian and actress Angelina Jolie




The large crowd outside the Glen Gould Studio

in Toronto continued to attract people, knowing

that Angelina Jolie was going to walk through

those doors (albeit if it was with one condition:

no questions about Brad Pitt). The gracious

actress is least bothered about arriving

fashionably late to the interview, and makes it a

point to shake hands with most of her fans and

take selfies, on her way in. For Angelina Jolie,

fans always come first, interviews come later.

Her six children are here, in the theatre, hearing

every word she says. That is why Angelina Jolie

doesn’t want to talk about her divorce to Brad

Pitt. Since she was born, one of the first words

she heard was ‘divorce’, when at the age of two,

her father, the Academy Award winner Jon

Voight and her mother Marcheline Bertrand,

separated. Angie

was only 14 when

she got her first

taste of the

I am one of those actors

that was always aware

of the whole business

simply because I believe

strongly that it’s about

how we contribute to the

whole movie process. I

never thought I could

make a movie ever, or

that I could write. It

never was my plan

marriage life

while her

boyfriend at the

time lived with

her and her

mother. At the

age of 21, she left

home to get

married to British

actor Johnny Lee

Miller, after

meeting him on

the set of Hackers.

They separated

the following

year, although the

legal divorce was

requested in

1999, one year before getting married to Billy

Bob Thornton (they met through Pushing Tin,

while he was engaged to Laura Dern and Angelina

was dating Timothy Hutton). She later adopted

her first son Maddox, in Cambodia in March

2002. And when they decided to get divorced

three months later, she went through with the

baby adoption papers. Years later, she was the

reason for another divorce between Brad Pitt and

Jennifer Aniston. Angelina Jolie lived the real

romance they played in the movie Mr & Mrs

Smith. In January 2006, she even confirmed she

was pregnant and together they had three

biological children and another three adopted

ones, when they were finally married in August

23, 2014. The word divorce came up again, when

the legal papers with Brad Pitt were signed on

September 2016, and Angelina Jolie kept custody

of all her children.

Do you remember that day when you thought

“I want to be an actress, just like my father”

(Jon Voight)?

Well, a funny thing is that I did grow up around

films. I grew up around films in a town where it

is so important that it’s really all anybody talked

about. And when I was growing up, I remember

my mom telling me she wanted to be an actress

and how my grandmother wanted to as well, and

was so excited that I could be an actress. I never

really thought I could be anything else and I

never really questioned it. I did start to get into

acting and did it partially because it had

something to do with my mom - it made her so

happy. I do love self-analysis and to try and

figure out who I am, what it means, what I feel,

and I love history. You get to act it. You get to

be different people at distinctive times, but I

realised when my mom passed away that it was

something I was very much doing for her and it

changed a little bit when she wasn’t here.

What is it that changes then?

I haven’t done much in front of the camera

since she passed away, but now I’m going to do

it for my kids. I do love it. It is fun. Who doesn’t

love to get silly; I think every parent is an actor.

We do things all day long where we act like a

crazy person or something, so it’s a great job,

but I think had I been told maybe that I could be

a writer or I could be something else, I don’t

know. Maybe I would’ve found that sooner, but

I never had that.

Tell us a bit about your recollections of your

training days?

Well, I was with the Strasberg Institute, but I

think you really have to grow up first, before

you decide to act. There’s a funny thing in the

Stanislavski method where they say you’re

supposed to pull from something that happened

seven years ago, so obviously, I was 13 and it

didn’t make much sense, so it took me a while to

get that. I think it’s so much life. When I meet

young actors and they say to me, “What should I

do or study?” I say just have a very full life. Have

as full a life as possible. Listen. Spend most of

your time acting, by just listening. Listen to the

other actor. Be aware of what’s around you and

respond. And if you do that in life, you become

a better person. Do that as an actor, and you

communicate more honestly, and that’s what I

think resonates when people watch you.




Is it true that personal moments in

life alter an actor?

Well, I did Gia and Wallace and I kind

of left and went through divorce at a

young age. Then I went to New York to

attend film school, with a shaved head

and a little backpack. I think six months

into film school, I started to get noticed.

I wore the same outfits and had to leave

film school and the bus was different

and the subway was different. I actually

got very depressed.

What made you go into depression?

Oh, because I was very young and I loved my

freedom and I loved to be with people and I was

also very, very aware that I didn’t have very

much to say. I didn’t deserve a microphone. I

had nothing to say and I was still trying to

figure out who I was. I was certainly no different

from anybody else and I didn’t want to be on

the other side, so it felt wrong. By

the time I did Girl, Interrupted, I

think it was a strange thing. You’re

happy to be able to work and that

people think your work is good. At

the same time, you just want to be

with everybody else. It’s just a

strange feeling.

I do remember the film was about

somebody who’s not very mentally

stable in an institution. I never read

any news at that time and didn’t

want to know good or bad. I was in

Mexico and somebody said, “Oh,

there’s a nice thing about it. You

might win an Oscar.” I said, “Oh, well, that’s

nice,” and then he said, “But it says the only

reason you wouldn’t is because people aren’t sure

you’re not actually crazy.”

Was that a compliment or…?

I just took that on the chin (Laughs).

Did you ever have your children’s help, for

example, to develop one of your movie


Maleficent. All of it, the accent and everything

about her I discovered during play time with

with my kids, so they were my audience. I think

I’ve tried 17 different things on them before

they asked, “What are you doing?” One day I

finally got nutty and just did that accent and they

were laughing. And then I did it all night long

and got it right. Yeah, I tested it. It was exactly

what I knew they would respond to.




Having done three animated movies including

the tigress in Kung Fu Panda, what made you

pursue Maleficent?

I hadn’t done anything like Maleficent and even

though I’m trained in a little bit of theater, I’ve

never been confident about being on stage. I’m

very much a film actor, I think, where it’s more

internal. I’m always in awe when I go to the

theater. I love watching the actors and when I

knew I was going to do this role, I thought I

must train. I’m not good enough. I’m not

actually ready for this.

What made you cross paths and become a

movie director?

I am one of those actors that was always aware

of it simply because I believe strongly that it’s

about how we contribute to the whole movie

process. We have a responsibility and however

small or big our role is or if we’re supposed to

be the antagonist or whatever it is that we are,

we’re feeding what everybody else needs, so I

tried to stay very aware of that. I like working

with crews and care about what everybody’s job

is. I never thought I could make a movie or that

I could write. It never was my plan.

What changed?

Well, it was kind of an accident. This sounds so

strange. Every time I say this, I know it sounds

strange. I wanted to learn to become a director.

I wanted to learn more about the war in

Yugoslavia because when I was a teenager I felt

I didn’t understand enough. It was a war I really

couldn’t get my head around. I wasn’t planning

on making a movie at all. I was sick for a few

days. I was away from my kids and I thought I’ll

try to write a screenplay for fun, for me. Nobody

will ever see it and I’m going to just start with

two people that love each other deeply and I’m

going to end with one of them killing the other

and somehow figuring out how they get from

here to there in the study of it, and what I’m

going to have to discover about what happened.

I’m going to learn something that’s going to

help me to come to terms with it. It can help me

with my work. I’m going to explore this. I would

travel and meet amazing people, learn from

them, talk. I’ve met many women who were

victims of sexual assaults, and so the (first) film

(as a director) grew from there. I gave myself an

excuse, a homework to study something.

Somebody who saw the script said it wasn’t that

bad, and then suddenly very quickly, it turned

into I could make it. That was ‘In the Land of

Blood and Honey’, my first film as a director.




Are you now more comfortable behind the

camera than in front of it?

Yes. I love watching other people act. I love

performance, emotion, stories. I think I have a

whole different relationship to film from dealing

with it behind the camera, and I like to champion

other people. That’s the nice thing about being a

director. You get to find other people’s greatness

and highlight it and push it and it’s such a

pleasure to do that.

What do you expect as a director after

releasing a new movie about the genocide in

Cambodia with First They Killed My Father?

We screened it there first and it was amazing

because we were all quite nervous and it was

really bringing the film back, and people who

would see it would be survivors. It would be

people who were participating in the next

Khmer Rouge. The government, Royal Family,

it was going to be everybody and we weren’t

sure of the reaction because it’s not often

spoken of. We prepared the next day to meet

with people and have town halls so we could

debate and discuss, but it was really such a

moving experience and we premiered it across

the country in many places such as the Olympic

stadium, also where so much horror happened.

The country itself deserves this film and needs

this dialogue, and when I heard people driving

home at night talking about it and grandparents

for the first time telling their grandkids about it

because they hadn’t spoken, I realised why.

Your older son Maddox who was born in

Cambodia. Did he have anything to do with

this movie?

I also made it for Maddox. I really wanted him to

work on it, to see it, to live with it. He goes back to

Cambodia often, but this was different. He was

going to immerse himself in what his birth parents

most likely went through and learn about himself

as a Cambodian in a very different way.

Do you feel the need to be a role model for

your children and so many young women who

admire you?

I take it very seriously. I have a lot to learn and

certainly I need role models like myself to keep me

grounded, but I take it very seriously if I am in any

way a role model and I try to be that for my children.

If I am that in any way, I do want to take make sure

that I’m able to communicate to young people

around the world and help if I can. I wish I had

more guidance when I was younger, so I’m very

happy to be a part of that community discussion.





Dawn Metcalfe is an executive coach, facilitator, trainer, leadership advisor, and author of two books,

Managing the Matrix and The HardTalk Handbook. The HardTalk Handbook is accompanied by the

HardTalk training programme – a fully blended, customisable, certified, modular programme designed

to help individuals and teams to have difficult conversations more effectively. She is also the founder of

Dubai based PDSi, which helps individuals and teams get even better at what they do best

Tell us about yourself

I was born in Ireland, but left at the age

of 17 to study in Manchester. Since then,

I have lived and worked in Europe, rural

Japan and China, before landing in

Bangkok and then the UAE. When I

need to escape, I go to Sri Lanka and

allow the beauty to relax me and recharge

my batteries. Having worked in seven

countries, Metcalfe has had the privilege

of meeting leaders at all levels, around

the region and beyond, to change the

way they see the world, their behaviour

and impact on others.

How long have you been in the UAE?

I’ve been based in Dubai for almost ten

years which seems crazy given I didn’t

really know where it was in relation to

Abu Dhabi, when I first got here. I’ve

come to love living here. In particular, I

love the diversity of this young nation.

The fact that every day I learn a name

I’ve never heard before, and something

new about the various ways we’ve found

to navigate our journey on this planet

makes this a fascinating place to live. It’s

ambitious and I’ve seen so much change

in the short time I’ve lived here. I’m

looking forward to seeing (and being a

small part of) what happens next.

Tell us about your company PDSi?

I started PDSi in 2010 and we essentially

do one thing: we help individuals and

teams to get even better at what they do.

We do this through coaching, training

programmes and facilitated retreats. Our

clients are in every sector because people

are the same whether they’re running a

bank, an engineering firm or are in retail.

What field were you in before you

launched this?

I’ve pretty much always been in

education. Starting from when I was a

little girl, learning my Irish verbs (and

forcing my best friend to learn them with

me). I’ve been interested in how we learn

and how we change. After becoming ill, I

moved from the public sector to the

private sector and was quickly part of

building a business. It was an obvious

progression to marry my love of business

and my understanding of education to

build my own company. As for the

books? I never thought of writing my

first book until I realised I had clients

with the same questions and no answers.

The next thing I knew, I had written a

book proposal and accepted an advance.

After that there’s no going back. But it

just happened and Managing the Matrix

was published in 2014. My second book,

HardTalk, is different. I’ve been involved

with every single step along with a great

team of people. It’s my current obsession

and I guess I’ve gotten over my

impostor syndrome, with regards to

being an author.

Why did you write HardTalk?

In some ways, the book and the

accompanying programme are the results

of more than 20 years of thinking about

what it takes to communicate effectively.

I work in a diverse place: across a lot of

different industries, with people from

varied backgrounds, and from all over the

world. This brings many opportunities,

but it also makes it difficult for us to speak

up. And it’s already difficult enough with

our brains working against us more often

than not. When we choose not to speak

up, it has horrible consequences for

morale, then quality and turnover and

ultimately, the bottom line. All because

people are afraid or don’t want to or don’t

know how to have a difficult conversation.

I built HardTalk based on extensive

research and using techniques from many

disciplines, including neuroscience, to

give people the skills they need to engage

effectively in such conversations. It’s not

easy – as the name suggests – but the

benefits of successful HardTalk can be

transformative for individuals, teams

and organisations.

Why should companies hire an

executive coach?

Everybody needs somebody who’s on

their side but doesn’t have any personal

“skin in the game”. As an executive coach

your role can change from being a teacher

or cheerleader, to reflecting a client,

showing them how they are really

perceived by others. You’re the person on

the outside who wants them to win and is

okay with being “the bad guy” or the

“shoulder to cry on” or whatever that

person needs to get them to where they

want to go. We all need somebody like

that. The more senior you are, the harder

it is to find somebody who really doesn’t

have an agenda beyond yours. If you’re a

team then you need one person whose

role it is to focus on making that a great

team - on the intent and interaction rather

than the content. Somebody who forces

you to think about how and why you’re

doing what you’re doing as individuals

and teams rather than just “what”.






The ideal weekend begins

with a trip to the golf course,

a shopping trip for statement

pieces, a meal at one of the

city’s finest restaurants and

an escape to a lavish hotel

for a staycation. Turn over

to get inspired






Chic picks to keep you vogueish this winter


When a 21-year old counts Lady Gaga,

Dita Von Tesse and Emma Roberts has

his clients, you know he has made it.

Nicoló Giannico Beretta, Fonuder of

Giannico, launched his brand just over

five years ago, after the Milan-born shoe

designer received rave reviews upon

presenting his sketches to Manolo

Blahnik. Beretta spent most of his

childhood designing clothes and

accessories and shifted to Australia to

pursue his dream, at the age of 14. His

latest collection, which comprises five

embellished styles, are a combination

of heeled and flat mules, boasting an

eclectic flare with every piece.

Shop the collection exclusively at






Daniel Koren, the son of a second-generation diamond dealer has

been astounded by the industry ever since he was little. The launch

of his high-end jewellery brand, Daniel K in New York, in 1999,

further proved his passion for the industry. The brand has since

expanded to Russia, Australia and Dubai, with fine jewellery featuring

simulated diamonds set in sterling silver. His latest brand, DANI by

Daniel K made its debut at Baselworld few years ago, now featuring

real gems set in gold and platinum. We at EQUITY love his selection

of rings, statement necklaces and cufflinks, that bring just about any

outfit to life. Take your pick from classic pieces to bold accessories.

The store is located at Dubai Festival City


Get your hands on the D’Artiste sunglasses from Giorgio Armani

before anyone else does. Boasting a classic round shape with

ultra-light metal frame, the design approaches the all-time favourite

frame with a contemporary touch in the form of oversized

floral-patterned mirrored lenses. The shades are available in shiny

pale gold frame with brown gradient floral lenses and polished black

temples; gunmetal frame with navy floral lenses and polished black

temples; and rose gold frame with pink floral lenses and polished

black temples. Available at Giorgio Armani outlets


British menswear brand, Hackett

London, have launched their

Spring Summer ’18 campaign titled

“Show Your Stripes,” apt for those

prepping for sporting season. Men

can expect a bold and primary

colour palette with a classic mix of

navy, white with pops of mint and

sky blue, chinos, a timeless double

breasted blazer for casual weekend

attire and complementary

accessories including panama hats

and stripe ties. Travelling to attend

a game? Take along the all-new

Hurlingham luggage available in a

travel bag and holdall.

The Hackett London store is

located at Dubai Mall






The stores to visit for

Syour next shopping haul


Aquazzura’s Spring/summer 2018 collection

stems inspiration from India and the Nineties. A

trip to Rajasthan found Edgardo Osorio, Creative

Director and Founder of the brand, falling in love

with the vibrant colours of saris showcasing vivid

pinks and yellow, embroidery, and shoe styles such

as the Jaipur pumps and sandals boasting miniature

mirrors. We love the Lily of the Valley Sandal

showcasing linen fabrics with suede, and the Lotus

Blossom Mule and Sandal 105 boasting a playful

element with hand-woven pom poms and delicate

silk. Aquazzura boutique is at Dubai, with the

collection available at Level Shoe District, Harvey

Nichols, Etoile La Boutique and Tryano


E-commerce shopping has made our lives as

convenient as it can get. Order the pieces you like with

the click of a button, return the items that don’t fit well,

and keep whatever it is you need to update your

wardrobe. It’s as easy as that. Recently launched THE

LIST, offers curated luxury, from art to fashion, with

brands including Gucci, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Rolex

and Cartier; rare vintage pieces from Louis Vuitton,

Chanel and Hermès, and new labels such as Vetements,

Off-White, and Yeezy, to name a few. Gotothelist.com


Emirati brand Louzan Group, best known for their

contemporary abayas, has launched their line of

fragrances for everyday wear. With collections

featuring a Fresh, Floral and Oud line, expect blends of

Arabic and French ingredients. Produced at their

facility in Al Ain, you can choose from fresh, citrus

notes, florals, fruit and musky notes. Available at Louzan

City Walk and over 35 retail points across the UAE




Ulysse Nardin, from the movement of the sea to the perpetual

innovation of Haute Horlogerie. For over 170 years, the

powerful movement of the ocean has inspired Ulysse Nardin

in its singular quest: to push back the limits of mechanical

watchmaking, time and time again.

Marine Regatta


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Keep fit with the latest in wellbeing

trends in the city

Meet Amir Siddiqui, founder of

Symmetry Gym, one of Dubai’s

most exclusive facilities for

personal training. Here, the fitness

expert answers topical questions

to suit our busy lifestyles



My schedule is quite stressful nowadays, and

when I do make it to the gym in the evening, I

feel quite exhausted after. I eat clean and

exercise daily. Do you have any tips on how

to beat lethargy after?

Remember, ritualisation + routine +

regimentation = results. Don’t think it’s just

about driving to the gym. Prep mentally by telling

yourself that you will only do one exercise, and if you

feel like training afterwards, go ahead. Give yourself

permission to say no, whenever you feel like it, and

you almost never will. Secondly, having a pre-workout

coffee en route the gym will give you the energy you

need to hit the gym hard. And don’t worry, being

tired after is natural – you just exercised after all.

Embrace it, have a meal, and go straight to bed.




An intimate boutique fitness studio complete with LED lights

– it doesn’t get more exciting than this when it comes to

exercise. If you, like us, prefer an energetic class, this is the

place to visit. Men and women can try LunarFlow Yoga

which takes place on the outdoor terrace (while the weather

permits), and a range of workouts including BodySculpt,

RhythmRide, PartyAtTheBarre, BootyBootcamp and plenty

more. We reviewed FightFit, as a way of getting back into

boxing. The class begins with Kamran guiding you through a

quick stretch and warm-up followed by the fundamentals of

boxing: the jab, hook, undercut and finally, sparring - to try

your moves on a partner. The focus then shifts to kickboxing,

where you learn how to position yourself and do a roundhouse

kick and push forwards – handy self-defense

techniques. Each boxing round is interspersed with squats

and push-ups. Finish the class with crunches, mountain

climbers and long deep stretches before you help yourself to

water, or head to the dressing room to freshen up. To view

the class schedule, visit vibefitnessdxb.com




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Tried-and-tested experiences of the month


The service: Facial and body acupuncture

The verdict: “De-puff your face,” those were the words

that persuaded me into trying facial acupuncture. I was aware

that it wouldn’t hurt. Having done everything from laser to

lip fillers prior to this, acupuncture was a treatment I knew I

would see instant results, not just on the surface, but from

the inside. Dr. Lanalle, Founder of The Chiron Clinic, sat me

down to explain the process. Facial and body acupuncture is

an invasive organic treatment that is slowly gaining popularity.

We learn that most women try it out as a beauty treatment,

however, after achieving great results, continue to do so due

to the benefits. After analysing my skin, I was informed that if

I continued with facial acupuncture twice a year, I wouldn’t

need botox in the future. At the bed, my ears were pricked

first with fine sterile needles to calm the body. My face was

then pulled up, all the way from my chin to the head, to prick

the scalp with three needles. The area that had a little

discomfort was below the jawline, and I was told this is either

due to a blockage of energy or because I grind my teeth a lot.

My kidney energy was analysed during the process, through

my pulse, and I was given tips on how to increase it – have

around 20 goji berries a day, and brisk walk or jog. My legs,

feet and arms were pricked too. Once done, I was asked to

rest for 20 minutes to allow the needles to improve blood

and energy circulation, increase natural collagen production

and diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dull

skin. Other benefits include calming regular breakouts,

controlling rosacea by reducing redness, and tightening and

toning of the skin. My skin felt refreshed, as though I had a

sound eight-to ten-hours sleep. I did notice a slight lift as well,

with my jawline now being a bit sculpted. To notice drastic

improvement, you obviously have to continue the sessions.

There’s no doubt I’m going back, not just for acupuncture,

but for their DNA-age test and a full-body massage too.

Think of The Chiron Clinic as your one-stop-shop to heal

the body. Walk in, explain your problem – be it digestion,

irregular sleep patterns, weight loss difficulty, or body

misalignment – and Dr. Lanalle and her team have a solution.


Need to know:

The facial acupuncture is Dhs400, while the body acupuncture is Dhs600.

Contact +9714 349 7444




Need to know:

Colour starts from Dhs580,

while the cut begins from

Dhs300. Call +9712 645

3313 or +9714 330 0073


The service: Hair makeover (Cut and Balyage)

The verdict: I’m the kind of woman who colours her hair

– almost always dark brown – perhaps once every year, or

two, and gets a haircut approximately every six months. I

usually air-dry it and prefer it longer during winter and

shorter during summer, and it doesn’t change much in

between, apart from the layers that grow to one

horrendous witch-like length. Obviously, no hair dresser is

ever pleased to hear this. Which is why I was lucky to have

the understanding and friendly Jennie by my side. Jennie

confirmed it was fine if I didn’t brush my locks every day,

just as long as I combed through in the shower while my

conditioner was on, even if just with my fingers. However,

she did mention that while she understands time is a luxury

and hair appointments can be hard to schedule in, it’s a

must every six weeks for healthy hair. When put in that

manner, it seems worthwhile right? She took one look at

my hair, condition, face cut and tone, asked if she could go

a little lighter, and recommended a style instantaneously.

Balyage was her choice, one that was apt for my hair

movement and lifestyle. The treatment began with the

colour being placed on, wrapped in foil and left to absorb.

It was then washed off, with Olaplex – a turbo-charged

conditioning treatment – added in to protect by hair. While

I sat in the chair with my hair washed, conditioned and

treatment on for an hour, I listened to music, read a few

magazines and sipped on copious amounts of green tea

with biscuits. Back to the styling chair and I was ready for

my haircut. I know it’s time to cut my hair when it starts to

feel heavy, and mentioned this to Jennie. Her solution? Add

layers at the back to make it feel much lighter thereafter. A

few inches off, glossy beach-wave style blow-dry and I was

ready to head out to my events.



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Striking statement pieces



Spicchi di Luna Collection

Damiani, founded in Valenza, North Italy in 1924 has been a firm-favourite with celebrities including Jennifer Aniston,

Gwyneth Paltrow, Brad Pitt, Sophia Loren, and Sharon Stone, particularly due to the brand’s craftsmanship. Each jewel

goes through a meticulous process, with attention to intricate details in every creation. The latest collection, Spicchi di

Luna, showcases an elegant shape that reflects the various phases of the moon. The collection’s highlight is the full pavé

version in white gold and diamonds, with others from the range featuring a yellow gold set with diamonds in yellowbrown

tones, and our favourite (pictured here) which combines rose gold with onyx and diamonds, to create a dark and

light colour contrast that enhances the shape and structure.








Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”


This year’s a big one for the Schaffhausen watchmaker – it’s celebrating its 150th anniversary. On cue, IWC showed up at

the SIHH earlier this year with a special-edition “150 Years” collection which paid tribute to its pedigree.

The halo piece was this Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”. IWC isn’t one to make diminutive

watches. It’s little surprise then that this is a 46mm watch, whose platinum case is 13.5mm thick, occupies a large piece of

real estate on your wrist. All of that allows for a rather big dial which displays an oversized tourbillon supported by vertical

bridges at nine o’clock and a moonphase at one o’clock which is accurate for the next 577.5 years. It is the first time that

the new Calibre 94805 combines a constant-force tourbillion and a moon phase.

The manual-winding timepiece has a power reserve of 96 hours (the dial displays has a power reserve indicator at four

o’clock). Flip it over and you’ll see the Jubilee medallion in 18-carat gold on the back of the movement. The blue lacquered

dial, rhodium plated hands and Santoni alligator leather straps make for a ruggedly handsome dress watch. This timepiece

is limited to just 15 units, while a similar one with a white lacquered dial is limited to another 15 pieces as well.

$249,000 (DHS914,500) AT IWC.COM






Rendez-Vous Tourbillon


Jaeger-LeCoultre is synonymous with the Reverso – the rectangular, reversible timepiece that has become as

recognisable an icon for JLC as the octagonal bezel of the Royal Oak has become for Audemars Piguet. But Jaeger-

LeCoultre has a rich collection of watches beyond the Reverso as well.

The Rendez-Vous collection which was first launched in 2012 is the brand’s main collection for women and features

circular cases. While the Rendez-Vous has been going through several stages of evolution in the last six years,

JLC has hit a high note this year with the Rendez-Vous Tourbillon which features a midnight blue dial. That tourbillon

is operated by way of a self-winding Calibre 978 movement which contains 302 parts and has a power

reserve of 45 hours.

There’s plenty of diamonds tastefully arranged on this timepiece. A larger row of brilliant cut diamonds on the dial

intersects a smaller circle which in turn frames the tourbillion at six o’clock. The white gold bezel is also set with

diamonds, as are the sides of the case, lugs and crown which has an inverted diamond.






Cassina LC4

Louis Vuitton Special Edition

After a hectic day of meetings and events, we look forward to plonking

ourselves on a comfortable, perfectly structured chaise lounge, with an

espresso on the side of course. A statement chaise lounge can define

your space, and enhance the aesthetics, be it in the living room or

bedroom. The newly-opened Poltrona Frau Group showroom on

Jumeirah Road brings together high-end brands including Cassina,

Cappellini and Poltrona Frau. One for your home is this LC4 CP Louis

Vuitton Special Edition chaise lounge by Cassina. The modern-style

design, manufactured in Italy, comprises a chrome-steel, finished with

basalt-coloured 100 per cent genuine leather. Each piece is one-of-akind,

with one to two weeks required for production.


















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Bang & Olufsen


This handsome piece of technology complements any art-deco units of

furniture you place alongside it in your living room. That’s mainly because of

an elegant strip of oak between the OLED screen and the base which serves

as the cover for the integrated three-channel SoundCenter speaker bar. The

Wood Edition TV is designed in collaboration with Torsten Valeur of David

Lewis Designers. The Wood Edition is available in options of a 55-inch screen

and a 65-inch screen – when it comes to watching television, you don’t need

us telling you that bigger is always better. If you’ve already bought an Eclipse

TV recently and would like to have the wood panel installed, B&O are retailing

the oak panel for $1,295.







At this year’s CES, Razer unveiled a concept called Project

Linda. The 13-inch laptop is powered by the company’s

own Razer smartphone which is docked into the hollowedout

slot otherwise used as a trackpad on a conventional

laptop. The already in-production Razer Android

smartphone packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU

which serves as the processor, RAM, operating system and

the source of the laptop’s apps, and can be used as a

second screen as well as a touchpad for the laptop. There’s

no word yet on the pricing or on a specific release date,

though expect to see it debut soon.




The self-propelled electric wakeboard from Swedish startup

Radinn can cruise over the surface of the water at speeds of

up to 36mph. The G2X is a battery-powered waterjet that

comes with a waterproof remote control which allows you

to control the device while standing atop of it. The remote

also displays the battery life. At its top speed, you can stay

out on the water for up to 25 minutes. But Radinn also

supplies an extra battery pack, that can be swapped on the

go, and will keep you out there for 10 minutes longer. The

board weighs only 88.2 pounds and once you lug it out of

the water, it’ll charge up in just two hours – before you’re

ready to go out on the water again.

$12,000 (DHS44,000) AT RADINN.COM



Although this latest creation from Hi-powered Cycles has

the vibe of a dirt bike, it is more accurately described as an

electrically-assisted pedal bicycle. The suspension is

custom-tuned to your weight. There are up to eight-inches

of travel on those rugged DVO front forks. You can have

the bike fitted with either a 6,000w- or a 7,000w-motor,

generating up to 160Nm of torque and a top speed of

42mph. There are also Magura hydraulic disc brakes to rein

in that speed. The lithium-ion battery gives the bike a range

of 100 miles, though if you’re going to be riding at an

average of 18mph, you’d get a range of 70 miles. To extend

the range, HPC also gives you the option to install an 1800-

and 2,400-watt-hour battery.








The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is pure muscle

By Varun Godinho

Two words: Racing Sport. Say no more. The RS

nomenclature dates back to 1973 when

Porsche first introduced the Carrera RS 2.7.

The positioning of RS-badged cars is simple:

It’s meant to serve as halo cars for cutting-edge technology

which will subsequently make its way into the other

models within the fleet.

At last month’s Geneva Motor Show, Porsche rocked

up to the party with an all-new 2019 Porsche 911 GT3

RS. The GT badge on any Porsche signifies that it has

been bred for speed. Add an RS suffix to its name and

that car suddenly elevates to the status of a dastardly fast

machine that obliterates the competition.

All the design elements you see on the new 911 GT3

RS are deliberate and calculated. The carbon fibre hood

has NACA ducts that not only cool the engine and brakes

but also flush air towards the windscreen to create

additional downforce. The body panel of the car is made

from a carbon fibre, magnesium and aluminium. The car is

kitted with iron brakes as standard, though we’d suggest

going with the optional carbon-ceramic units which are

50 per cent lighter than iron ones. On the RS model, you

get bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber that can

well cope with a driver pushing the machine to its limits.

Floor the accelerator and the car will burst forward

with the glorious engine screeching, howling and barking

all at the same time. After all, there’s a 4-litre flat six that’s

been dialled up to maximum attack mode. This is the

third GT car to emerge in the last year and the most

powerful aspirated engine ever stuffed into a 911 – it’s




good for 520hp. That’s 20hp more than the last GT3 RS.

There’s also 346lb ft of torque generated and it’s fed to

the rear wheels using Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dualclutch

automatic transmission – no luck for those who

were hoping that the manual transmission from the GT3

would make its way into the new RS variant. It can rev all

the way up to 9,000 rpm making it the highest revving

GT3 RS model ever. It will catapult from 0-60 mph in 3

seconds, a tenth of a second quicker than the previous

GT3 RS, and keep going until it hits a top speed of

193mph or 310kph. The carbon fibre bucket seats with

reinforced backrests keep you locked in place should you

want to attempt to verify those numbers.

Porsche is selling the new 911 GT3 RS hard not just on the

amount of power under the hood, but specifically on the

downforce that it now creates. A tough rigid manually

adjustable carbon fibre rear wing creates enough downforce

to keep it pinned to the road. A larger lip on the front spoiler,

larger side skirts and the reworked rear diffuser, means that

at 124mph the GT3 RS achieves twice the downforce of the

current GT3. In fact, the downforce generated is so much,

that Porsche had to reconfigure and strengthen the

suspension as well to balance the downforce.

As an RS model, you get rear-wheel steering, torquevectoring

electronic rear differentials and dynamic engine

mounts as standard trims. Additionally, some markets will

also have the car fitted with a titanium roll cage. The

interiors have a combination of micro suede upholstery

and carbon fibre, keeping things minimal though classy.

Like the GT3 non-RS model, here too the rather

inconvenient rear seats have been removed which helps

in cutting down its weight. To further reduce its weight –

the 911 GT3 RS weighs just 1,430kgs – Porsche has added

lightweight glass panels in the rear and sides, the door

panels are fitted with nylon door-opening strap and

there’s much less sound deadening material used in the

car – but then again you would want to hear that beautiful

engine sing at the top of its voice, won’t you?

The car is priced starting from $188,550. If you’ve got

deep pockets – and we’ve never come across Porsche

owners who don’t – opt for the Weissach package that

includes more carbon fibre sprayed across the car from

the roof and steering wheel to the paddle shift and antiroll-bars

that cost an additional $18,000. For $13,000 on

top of that, you could get ultra-light magnesium alloy

wheels to have a bit more fun out on the track.

There’s a sense of nostalgia to be had with this car. It

might well be the last naturally aspirated GT3 model.

While we cannot predict the future, the 911 GT3 RS

reminds us that it’s all about living in the now – and having

a blast while you’re at it. VISIT PORSCHE.COM




Overlooking the pristine southern coast of

beautiful Sri Lanka, Shangri-La's Hambantota

Golf Resort & Spa is located along the ancient

Spice Route in a city steeped in rich history.

Hambantota is known for its natural beauty and allows

visitors to explore Asia’s most fascinating nature and

wildlife sanctuaries, including the Yala, Udawalawe,

Lunugamvehera and Bundala National Parks.

The luxury resort spans 58 hectares, making it the largest

resort in Sri Lanka, and boasts 300 spacious rooms,

including 21 suites, all surrounded by stunning tropical

gardens. The beachfront resort is an adventurer’s dream,

with a mosaic of activities and unique curated expeditions

to help you absorb the diversity of the island at its best.

Play at the first and only resort golf course in Sri Lanka

for a memorable golfing experience with spectacular

views of the Indian Ocean. Designed by world-renowned

golf architect, Rodney Wright, the 18-hole golf course

spreads across a vast coconut palm plantation, a sapphire

quarry, lakes and sand dunes, offering distinctive

challenges for both beginners and seasoned players.




Escape to this idyllic

resort in Sri Lanka

Unparalleled recreational activities, and the

comprehensive kids' club, make this resort the ideal place

for a family vacation. Experience the thrills of a sevenmetre

high trapeze, an outdoor water park and many

more fun-filled activities. The resort also offers three

swimming pools and a health club. If you seek relaxation,

Chi Ayurveda Spa is a place of personal peace that offers

ancient healing therapies and personalised Ayurveda

consultations with our expert doctor.

The unique Artisan Village gives you an opportunity to

explore and interact with local artists and craftsmen.

The Village is a space dedicated to supporting and

preserving the treasures of southern Sri Lanka's artisan

communities, and comes alive with regular traditional

dance and music performances in the evening.




Take a gastronomic stroll across our vibrant dining

destinations. Indulge in the finest Sri Lankan cuisine at

Bojunhala, take in the South East Asian flavours, inspired by

the famous hawker stalls, at Sera, enjoy international fare in

a lush, green setting, at Ulpatha, the resort's Golf Club

House, and cap off the day with a sundowner at Gimanhala

Lounge, offering specially crafted cocktails and magnificent

views of the Indian Ocean.

Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa features

inspired venues for your event – from a magical wedding

under swaying palms to a high-powered conference in our

ballroom, they are dedicated to designing the most

memorable event for you.

Unlock a world of wonder and discover the true spirit of Sri

Lanka at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa.






An experience, nocturnal hotspot, and brunches you can’t miss this month




The element that draws me into a

movie or TV show, apart from the

storyline, is the food they consume.

After weeks of binge-watching Korean

dramas, my cravings for bibimbap

heightened, bringing me to the newlylaunched

ONI at Shangri-La Dubai.

The Japanese-inspired menu

comprises street-style Asian dishes,

with everything from sushi and

sashimi, to ramen, rice bowls, robatta

grills, and noodles. Most diners may

recognise the venue – they have

taken over Junoon – however the

décor has undergone a makeover to

reveal an intimate, ambient space

with the only colours being hues of

red and grey, to brighten the black

surfaces. We headed for the cocktail

lounge – the venue has two bars, the

other serving sake specialties – to sip

on carefully curated cocktails by the

restaurant’s 21-year old mixologist.

Try the Sakura for a refreshing

strawberry concoction that tastes

similar to an antioxidant-packed

smoothie. We highly recommend

starting the meal with truffle tuna

tacos in a citrus dressing. Each crisp

bite of the rice taco shell reveals

chunky juicy pieces of fresh tuna with

avocado. Follow this with the

beautifully presented hamachi crudo,

comprising yellowtail, wasabi salsa

and yuzupon foam. The sliced fish,

flown in from Hokkaido complements the lemon ink on

the plate, adding in a tart flavour. Don’t miss the pan-fried

octopus balls for a hot appetiser packed with flavour.

Classic signature rolls such as California and dynamite are

available, with fresh salmon and tuna sashimi for a bite in

between courses. For mains, I had to tuck into the

Bibimbap, a rice bowl presented with egg yok in the

centre, minced meat, zucchini, and peppers on the side.

The mixture arrives in a sizzling bowl and is mixed by the

table with gochujang (chilli pepper paste) to form a

beautiful crisp rice mixture. My partner chose the ONI

ramen, a generous portion big enough for two, with a

flavour-packed broth, bone marrow, meat and noodles.

Both were eaten with skewers of tender chicken thighs

Asia on a plate

with scallion, miso marinated black cod, angus beef

tenderloin, and chicken wings, all cooked on a charcoal

robata grill. Each piece of protein was succulent, bursting

with flavour and spice. To end the meal, we shared a

scrumptious matcha green tea fondant with vanilla ice

cream, and a side of hazelnut, coconut and mango mochi

(bite-sized frozen ice cream with a soft outer coating.)

There wasn’t a single dish that disappointed. If you are a

fan of Asian food, dumplings or craving sushi, look no

further than this new hotspot.

Need to know: Contact +971 54 721 3245




Friday brunch




Having been down to Masti previously, we headed back

for a lazy afternoon of great Indian-flavoured international

specialties at The Reserve (upstairs) to try their newly

launched energetic brunch. Vibrant dishes liven up the

afternoon beginning with selection of three cold appetisers

including edamame bhel, cassava chaat (a chopped

mixture of cassava mixed with sweet and sour chutney),

and tuna bhel tartare featuring small pieces of the fish with

avocado cream and chickpea crisp.

Diners can choose one hot appetiser each – my dining

partner and I opted for the signature Burrata and Truffle

pizza with a thin crust and flavoursome tomato sauce, and

the masala clams with a light coconut dressing. Keeping

with the international theme, my partner tucked into the

double beef burger with an Indian-spice twist, while I

relished the chicken bharta; a thick tomato gravy with

shredded chicken, scooped up with flatbread. Desserts

are aplenty, with a corner table featuring everything from

halwa to a chocolate fondue fountain.

Need to know: Contact 800 62784







InterContinental Dubai Festival City’s latest addition

features this stunning nautical-themed seafood eatery that

sprawls out onto an expansive terrace. Take a seat

indoors, where you can see the chefs create every dish

with passion, and pick fresh fish from the ice display.

Outdoors, the view is stunning, with a water show that

takes place every 30 minutes or so, and a slight breeze

that beckons. My dining partner and I sat outdoors and

began our meal with a three-tiered chilled tower featuring

fleshy and tender king prawns, king crab legs, plump

scallops, poached lobster and jumbo shrimp cocktail. Each

piece was devoured with chermoula and a delectable

marie rose sauce, as we made our way through each tier,

finally tucking into tomato and pomegranate oysters. You

can customise your fish order by picking your catch of the

day, cooking style, and sauce. We opted for the signature

Seafood delight

Need to know: Contact +9714 701 1127

special, Samak bil meleh; organic seabass baked in rocksalt

with a tangy shiraz salad, harrisa spiced potato salad, and

saffron rice. The fish broke apart from the bone gently,

and every soft piece complemented the tahini remoulade

and mango salsa that accompanied it. While the meal is

quite a decadent, substantial one, leaving the outlet

without dessert will have you feeling regretful later. The

slow baked cheesecake topped with tahini jelly and tonka

bean syrup not only smells divine, it also tastes absolutely

scrumptious. It may seem like an unusual combination, but

trust us, the moreish cake is a must-have. For a lighter

dessert option, and one that refreshes your palate, try the

caramelised pineapple ravioli presented as bites of jelly

with coconut-date brulée and a tart lime sorbet.




An experience




Bringing the authentic churrascaria experience to Dubai is

this American export with outlets across the United

States, Brazil, and Mexico. This fine-dining Brazilian

steakhouse nestled in DIFC is split into various sections,

with a lunchtime dining area, bar, shisha terrace and dining

room for dinner. Order a drink, grab a plate and head to

the salad bar for an assortment of fresh veggies, cold cuts,

cheese and fruit. Our plates were brimming with fresh

artichoke hearts, papaya, chicory with blue cheese and

walnuts, fresh salmon and salad leaves. We opted for the

Fogo Churrasco experience to get a taste of signature-cut

fire-roasted meat served table-side. The minute our tab

was flipped to the green side, a large skewer of filet

mignon (tenderloin) was presented by the passadore.

Tender, succulent and grilled to perfection. This was

followed by Picanha (prime part of the top sirloin), our

favourite, with a crisp coating and tender meat. Beef ribs,

bottom sirloin, ribeye, prime rib, top sirloin, a fatty leg of

lamb, shoulder and lamb chops, hump, and some of the

juiciest chicken we have ever eaten. Each meat was eaten

with a side of homemade sauces, warm pao de queijo

(cheese bread), crispy polenta, mashed potatoes

and caramelised bananas. Since we were bursting at the

seams, we skipped the fogo feijoada (traditional black

bean stew with beef sausage) and rice, to save room for

desserts. A contemporary spin is added to all-time

favourites such as churros, with each churro ball filled

with dulce de leche and chocolate.

Need to know: Contact +971 4 383 8867






Recoup in Uruguay’s second largest city,

Punta Del Este, best known for its resort lifestyle

By Fabián W. Waintal

Antonio Banderas, Shakira, George Clooney and Naomi

Campbell have placed Punta del Este high up on their

list, making it the ultimate escape in South America. It

may be a 25-hour journey from Dubai, but the allure of

sun, sand, beach and nightlife is what draws celebrities into this

resort-city sited on a narrow peninsula in southeast Uruguay. With a

luxury style ‘imported’ from Europe, Brazil and Argentina, fused

with local flavor, it’s no surprise this place is being referred to as the

St. Tropez of Uruguay. To get a feel of what to expect, we’ve

rounded up activities for you and the family:

Yachts and boats,

Punta del Este,


Lighthouse in Jose

Ignacio near Punta

del Este, Atlantic

Coast, Uruguay





Couples gallop by the sea from the

Godiva Haras stable for a one-hour

tour – known as Cabalgata Jose

Ignacio. To make the excursion a

romantic one, choose the

Cabalgata Full Moon package

where guests are welcomed with a

glass of bubbly before they embark

on a 14-kilometre trail along the

beach during sunset.

Contact: +598 99 100 057 for more information

Punta del Este, Uruguay: Panoramic

view of Punta del Este resort town

from El Fasano, Las Piedras, Uruguay

atlantic coast, Maldonado province





Fly Uruguay offers a panoramic

helicopter tour of the city and its

stunning beaches. You can also learn

how to fly, with a 90-minute training

class explaining the basics. It’s a great

way to see the city from up above.

Visit: vueloshelicoptero.com


A distinctive attraction and must-see

for tourists are the caverns in Punta

Ballena (a Sea Museum at La Barra) and

the artistic Casa Pueblo; a museum and

hotel built by Carlos Paez Vilaró

perched on a cliff. Locals recommend

riding around on a bicycle to stop for

photo-ops. Ralli Museum is worth a

visit too. It boasts a selection of modern

and contemporary Latin American art,

alongside European Modernist and

Post-Modernist pieces. You can’t leave

Punta del Este without seeing “The

Hand” designed by Chilean artist Mario

Irrazábal. The ominous sculpture is a

landmark, with five gigantic fingers

rising from the sand, at the beginning of

Brava Beach. Swing by the market

nearby for souvenirs and local food.


Hotel Fasano Punta del Este is not

what you’d expect, given the

surroundings. The award-winning

architectural project is the first Fasano

brand outside Brazil, overlooking the

Maldonado river. Relax at one of the

stunning 20 bungalows and engage in

activities and experiences including

tennis and golf.

To book: fasano.com.br/hoteis/fasano-punta-del-este

View of the sea from Punta

del Este Uruguay, Casapueblo.

This is a hotel and a gallery

art where the famous artist

and celebrity Carlos Paez

Vilaro used to work

Hand Sculpture,

the symbol of

Punta del Este, Uruguay





The latest in experiences, packages and wellbeing breaks


Take your love for Hublot one step further, by

checking into the first-ever Hublot 107 Suite at

Atlantis by Giardino. Naturally, the watch

theme is prevalent throughout, with the space

comprising a spacious living room, master

bedroom, two wardrobes and private terraces.

Expect grey and black hues, polished aluminum,

black smoked mirror panels, and grey velvet

hanging down from walls. An artsy installment

of a chronograph chandelier with rainbowcoloured

LED lighting system catches your eye,

with the lighting fixture resembling an exploded

view of the Hublot Unico chronograph. Visit



For the ultimate in recovery and relaxation, Anantara

Vilamoura in Portugal is the place to flock to. Week long

programmes on May 5-12 and 12-19 have been specially

curated. Choose from the post-natal package, to recovery

(for the injured), back to health, or vitality. Sited along Algarve

coast amidst orange grove trees, your days will include

physiotherapy, yoga sessions, massages, restoration classes,

Pilates and stretching. It’s a lavish holiday and rehabilitation

programme combined in one - just what your body yearns

for. The programme is available from Dhs6,180 per

person. Visit anantara.com for more information


The Pink Sands Club, Canouan in St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

Mandarin Oriental’s first Caribbean resort is a tucked-away gem

where you can make the most out of sun and sea. Canouan is

the spot to head to for pristine private beaches, a championship

18-hole Fazio-designed golf course and lavish superyacht

marine. Opt in for the Ultimate Private Jet Experience for

concierge services at Barbados airport, daily honor bar,

complimentary WiFi, watersports, fitness-activities, and plenty

more. The complimentary private jet round-trip for two is

available for guests who book a stay of seven or more nights,

with rates from $1,400 (Dhs5,140). mandarinoriental.com





Tee off at The Address Montgomerie,

with the backdrop of Dubai Marina as your game view

Address Montgomerie is the ideal

place for golfers of all levels to

challenge a course that is truly an

unforgettable experience. The

course is by Colin Montgomerie, who won a

record eight European Tour Order of Merit

titles, including a streak of seven consecutively -

from 1993 to 1999. Montgomerie has won

over 31 European Tour events, the most from

any British player, placing him fourth on the alltime

list of golfers with the most European

Tour victories. With credentials like this as a

player, and in association with renowned course

designer Desmond Muirhead, you cannot help

yourself from being overly excited to challenge

the course.

The Championship Course at Address

Montgomerie is a links-style course that

features 14 lakes, 81 bunkers, and the largest

single green in the world at 58,000 square feet.

Generous "links land" fairways and deceptive,

undulating greens challenge golfers even

further. The course is immaculate and is a true

links style course, right slap bang in the middle

of Emirates Hills and Meadows, a densely

built-up affluent area of new Dubai.








A signature hole on the golf course that gives

you the feeling of being Tiger at heart, is the

par-5 fourth hole, (the “Snake hole” because of

its saddleback fairway which doglegs towards

the green, with two bunkers behind forming the

eyes of the snake). The par 5 ninth, with water

down the left, is a tough finish to the opening

half. A long hole that depending on the wind,

humidity and day, has you seeking each club to

reach the green before putting out.

Muirhead could have either been brilliant or

quirky when designing courses, with the par 3

thirteenth designed in the shape of the UAE - a

testament to his personality. It has a 360-degree

teeing area around an island green, allowing for

a completely different golf hole to be played

every time. This may sound a bit contrived but

the quality of the greenery and the overlooking

half-way house makes this a memorable set

piece. There are several other memorable

holes that are beautiful, firm, true and tricky

greens. Don’t be fooled by the widespread

fairways, accuracy is a must, because just a little

of the fairway or wrong angle approach leaves

you few options at par or below. This is truly a

course worth the challenge, but nothing

designed to break the average golfer’s spirit.

We noticed a hand-shaped bunker protecting

the green on the 17th, and perhaps the best

hole is the par 5 eighteenth – some 656 yards

with water protecting the front of the green, it

defies even the best player to hit the green in

two. In fact, water is in play for just about each

shot except for your putt.

In addition to the Championship Course,

Address Montgomerie Dubai Golf Club offers a

par-3 golf course that is ideal for beginners.

After having done one beginner’s lesson prior

to this, I was taken to the golf academy to

perfect my swing, the power of each putt, and

basically learn how to hit the ball in the right

direction. I was given a bucket of balls to

practice with, and a learner’s club with the

finger marking for placement. My coach Ricky

Neil-Jones was quite patient, encouraging and

complimenting me with every attempt, while

correcting any wrong move instantly. A tip I

picked up was to aim for the grass, so as to take

a little off it off while hitting for the ball with

force. My posture and angle were immediately

fixed too, as I realised my body twisted in a

certain angle with the position changing the

minute the club touched the ball.

As the heat started to kick in, with humidity

levels rising, we decided to depart. I realised by

the end of the session I could hit farther along,

in the direction it was meant to head off in, and

with the force required. The Academy offers a

long-term development programme with four

months’ access to the academy facilities,

development and trackman lessons, physical

screening, and plenty more, including a round

of 18 holes of golf.


The Individual 45-minute development lessons

are available from Dhs480 per person.

Email academyreception@themontgomerie.

ae for the rate card. Visit themontgomerie.

com for more information on the course

layout, green fees and membership packages



T he e s s e n c e o f A r a b i a

Bab Al Qasr Hotel







Take a road-trip to Six Senses Zighy Bay

for a secluded escape by the ocean

By Nicola Monteath

Musandam, just two hours away

from Dubai, is a governorate

of Oman that can be easily

accessed by road. The path is

rugged, and you may feel like you’re lost as

soon as you cross the border – the hotel

arranges your visa, which is handed over to

you at the checkpoint – but there’s

something about Musandam that lures

travellers in. You immediately notice the

change in scenery, the corniche waters are

blue as ever, with small buildings along the

side of the road, every shop being either a

laundry, restaurant or service outlet. There’s

something about this quaint city. As we

drove through the steep mountains to get to

the hotel at the foot of the cliffs, the pristine

crystal waters came into view. The journey is

about 20 minutes long – be prepared for a

bumpy ride.




Six Senses Zighy Bay is the idyllic beach resort

you dream of getting away to. Modelled after a

typical village, the resort comprises 82 villas

built from crude rock in a square-shaped form.

Check-in, sip a thirst-quenching date smoothie

and jump on a buggy to head to your room. In

each villa, the element of wood and stone is

prevalent, with a neutral theme taking you from

the living room, right through to the bedroom,

bathroom in the far corner, outdoor rain

showers, and cabana and private pool. The

rustic-style villa also boasts reading material, a

chess board/coffee table and the usual in-room

amenities, including a pillow menu – the antisnore

pillow is a must for your partner, if you

suffer from interrupted sleep thanks to your

other half. Most days are most likely to be spent

by the pool, beach or at the lounge and bars.


While our stay was just for two nights, it’s not

unusual for guests to stay a week or more. Our

tour began on personalised push-bikes, parked

right outside the villa, heading off to the outdoor

infinity pool, lounge area, 2,500 square metre

organic garden and the salt water pool. For an

alternative to the gym, adventurous guests can get

a workout in at the Jungle gym. Since we wanted

to do nothing but unwind, we opted out of any

strenuous activity and cooking classes, and chose

to spend our days sunbathing. This getaway is one

where you take in the beauty of every element of

nature in your surroundings, breathe in fresh air

and unwind with the sounds of bird chirping.





The breakfast buffet is served at the resort’s allday

dining restaurant, Spice Market, where you

can indulge in everything from crab cake eggs

benedict with mashed avocado, to ramen and

shakshouka. A wide selection of fresh fruit

juices, smoothies and dried fruit are available –

made with produce from the resort's farm –

alongside fresh bread, cheese, fruit – they serve

some of the most delicious mango and papaya

– and chocolate crepes. Lunch is best enjoyed

at Summer House, where you can tuck into a

lentil soup and mezze. Culinary experiences are

aplenty with Sense on The Edge offering a setmenu

on a mountaintop, dinner in the Wine

Cellar and Shua Shack for an authentic Arabic

dining experience. We chose the latter to

experience the Bedouin dining experience and

tuck into Shuwa (slow-cooked lamb prepared

under the ground for over six hours). The meal

begins with fresh hummous, dates and an

assortment of spreads with fresh bread,

followed by a viewing of the lamb dug out from

beneath the surface. This meat is then broken

into pieces, served with rice. There’s only one

sitting, at 7:30pm, with the experience taking

place on Mondays and Fridays – make sure to

book ahead.


to know:

The Pool villas are

available from $1,155

(Dhs4,240) per night.

Visit sixsenses.com

















Sahar Madani speaks about

her journey and entering the

world of graphic design

Zoe Coussens demonstrated examples

in her comprehensive presentation

The ambitious

Sara Al Madani

inspired the crowd

Hanna Ylijukuri

provided a thorough

case study

Saleha Osmani-Eliard

offers life advice while

sharing personal


Equity Media’s first-ever conference, WILEF

(Women Inspiring Leadership and

Empowerment Forum) took place at the

stunning Bab Al Qasr, Abu Dhabi, last month.

Keynote speaker, entrepreneur and Founder of WE

(Women Empowerment) Group Sahar Madani discussed

her entrepreneurial journey and setting foot into the design

industry at the age of 40. Touching upon the topic of

entrepreneurship and the world of finance was Saleha

Osmani-Eliard, one of the Managing Directors at Société

Générale Investment Banking. Saleha’s inspirational story

took us through her first job at McDonald’s, right up to her

current job and being instrumental in the launch of the

Middle East chapter of 100 Women in Finance. Sara Al

Madani, one of the youngest Board Members at UAE SME

and enterprise council, ShjSEEN, and Director at Rouge

Couture Fashion discussed perseverance, home/work balance

and how there isn’t a job too small, on the path to success.

For expert knowledge from women within the finance

world, Hanna Ylijukuri, Client Solutions Director of the

MENA region at Asiaciti Trust Administration presented

examples of individuals that need to structure and protect

their wealth. Zoe Cousens, Founder of the Women’s

Investment Network and one of the first women on the

London Stock Exchange taught us how to build and manage

an investment portfolio.

WILEF offered an understanding of the finance world,

entrepreneurial journeys, and tricks of the trade. Each lady

also walked away with goodies from Maison Des Fleurs and

Alexandre J perfumes, courtesy of our sponsors.










All you can do is try your best.

No matter what happens after that,

at least you won’t have any regrets.


The feeling you get at the end

of a particularly well-executed

event is always rewarding.

You can see from the guests’

faces that they have had a

fantastic time. Your client is

happy that their guests

engaged in the experience in

the way they had hoped. You

are usually exhausted, but in a

good way, and there is a real

sense of achievement among

the events team.


Shoes. Always shoes. I have a

problem. My all-time favourite

brands are Chloe for flats, and

Gianvito Rossi for heels.


Sri Lanka. We are going there

with the whole extended family

in April and I cannot wait.




Managing Director of CEO Dubai


My day begins with a cup of tea, otherwise I

struggle to get anything done. I follow this

with getting my two-year-old daughter

ready for nursery, and then its off to an

event or the office.


On site at events is always my favourite. No

two days are the same. You’re either

outdoors in the lovely sunshine or in a

fabulous venue that has been transformed

to create a unique experience. There is

always a buzz with lots of people working

together to pull off a successful event.






I would like to take my husband,

but if it had to be an inanimate

object, I would settle for a

lifetime supply of English

Breakfast tea with fresh cold

milk on the side. Is that allowed?



A quality camera so that I can

properly capture our events,

and showcase a solid visual

representation of what we do.


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What

Do You See by Bill Martin Jr

and Eric Carle – because I have

to read it every night to

my daughter.





Passion for excellence is our trademark. In everything we do, our goal

is to meet and surpass your expectations. Our highly trained staff are

always on hand to ensure your complete satisfaction, both on the ground

and in the air. Our unrivalled facilities located at Dubai World Central

guarantee your utmost discretion, comfort and convenience

every time you fly.

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