Equity Magazine July 2017 Issue

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JULY 2017 | ISSUE 02

THE BUSINESS

OF DIVORCE

HOW MUCH WILL

A BREAKUP

COST YOU?

TRAVEL

THE BIRTHPLACE

OF FINE

WATCHMAKING,

GENEVA

DEMI

MOORE

ON LOVE, DIVORCE

AND BLINDNESS


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STOCKS WILL CRASH:

SELL OR STOP BUYING?

Turmoil simmers within

the market

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THE BREAKUP

Divorce lawyer Ayesha Vardag

gives us an insight into the world

of divorce cases

SMOOTH OPERATOR

Thomas Ovesen from 117 Live

shares his journey

PHILANTHROPIST: JUMANA

ABU-HANNOUD

Get a peek into the life and

happenings of this humanitarian

A TALE OF TWO...

Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin

get together ahead of their latest

movie Blind

SUMMER CAMPS 2017

The best spots for children and

teens to learn a skill or two

during the summer break

SUPPORT LOCAL

A chat with a startup founder

Jelena Bin Drai

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TRENDING NOW

The latest in summer fashion

straight from the runway

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THE CHECKLIST

Add these items to your summer

wardrobe for a quick refresher

SHOP TALK

Your next shopping haul sorted

INDULGE YOURSELF

Make an appointment for the

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JETSETTER JOURNEYS

Travel inspiration for your next

summer vacation

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STAY OF THE MONTH

Explore FIVE Palm Jumeirah

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REAL ESTATE

Koa Canvas is changing up the

urban landscape

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ON OUR RADAR

The latest statement pieces on the market

THE PERFECT FOLD

Origami is trending in the art world

ASIAN FANCY

Two hotspots worth a visit over

the weekend

ON THE MENU

Hotfoot around town to these spots apt for

a business lunch or a meal with the family

TRAVEL: GENEVA

A culture-packed Swiss city ideal

for horologists

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THE MAN BEHIND

THE BRAND

A peek into Hussein Bazaza's life

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On the cover

DEMI MOORE

Read her interview on page 24

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From the EDITOR

July is the month I find myself looking for travel

inspiration, escaping to climes at least 15-20

degrees lower and predominantly staying

away from the humid outdoors. Which is why

the July issue offers plenty of stimulus, be it for adults

or children.

If you can’t escape just yet, send the young ones on

a flight to camp, where they can pick up life-long skills

– at least you won’t have to hear them weep about

boredom (p30). When you do manage to get time-off or need a quick

refresher over the weekend, head to FIVE Palm Jumeirah (p67) or ruminate

over Geneva. The city known for bucolic air, verdant greens and not-toforget

skilled watchmaking, is the destination of choice (p62).

An intellectual take on the stock market will leave you wondering

whether you should sell or hold tight (p12), while a chat with divorce

lawyer Ayesha Vardag (p14), gives us an insight into the business of divorce.

Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin weigh in on their views of love, divorce and

the film industry too (p24).

I won’t lie, I’m in awe of the sleek and impressive Buggati Chiron and

you may be too (p52). If you are investing in art or roaming the world for

novel pieces, look into origami structures for a playful element to add to

your collection (p55). We’re never short of culinary options in Dubai and

this month we have two that are ideal for business meetings and date

nights (p60).

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my T’s with this classy Montblanc

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Exupéry 1931.

Happy travelling

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of La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Liquid

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skin exposed to long-haul flights.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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

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WHERE: Various locations,

Montreux, Switzerland

WHEN: July 1-16

MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL

This jazz festival in Switzerland,

and second largest jazz fest in the

world, has been one of the best for

half a century and is now a

favourite of music lovers all over.

Watch and listen to every kind of

sound imaginable with crowds of

over 200,000 people, with new and

established acts providing

entertainment every day.

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WHERE: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy

WHEN: July 1-14

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LITERATURHAUS AT NADI

WHERE: Nadi Al Quoz, Dubai, UAE

WHEN: July 1 – September 30

WHERE: The Artillery Garden at the HAC, London, England

WHEN: July 1

Some of the finest financial minds in the world

come together to engage visitors and entrepreneurial

buffs in the sharpest debates. Spread across five stages,

more than a hundred speakers will be discussing

topics from globalisation and tax havens. This

festival seeks to improve the mediocre analysis

and untested information, and provide access to

premium information.

LA BOHÈME MILAN

Witness an epic operatic tale at the epic

Teatro alla Scala in Milan in the form of La

Boheme. Since its debut in 1963, Franco

Zeffirelli’s La Boheme has enchanted

countless people with its story and

interpretations. Some of the best theatre

talents make this a performance never to

forget. Book your tickets soon!

A celebration of literature will take

place in Nadi Al Quoz, Dubai.

Literaturhaus is set to revive the

famed 19th-century salon, where

contemporary questions were

debated alongside an assortment of literary and cultural initiatives, inspiring and challenging

audiences with new thoughts. International and regional authors, poets, critics, curators,

publishers, translators and musicians will gather to share their ideas through readings, discussions

and performances. With events held at 4pm every Saturday from July 1st until September 30.

The events are free of charge and open to the public however spaces are limited so booking at

rsvp@alserkalavenue.ae is essential.

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ECO EDO NIHONBASHI ART AQUARIUM 2017

WHERE: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall, Tokyo, Japan

WHEN: July 7–September 24

Like all things quintessentially Japanese, this is modern yet

traditional at the same time. The theme for the venue is

“Edo: Ryo of Kingyo”. Edo was the former name of Tokyo

and kingyo (goldfish) was a deep-rooted part of common

folk culture of Nihonbashi during the Edo period. With a

venue styled after an ancient palace and more than 8,000

goldfish celebrating contemporary Japanese art on display,

you mustn’t miss this at all.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: KOOZA

WHERE: Bayfront Avenue, Singapore

WHEN: July 13 - August 13

CALENDAR

Anything from Cirque du Soleil is a reason

to celebrate and their recent production called Kooza

is one that will touch the hearts of many.

It tells the story of a melancholy loner in search

of his place in the world. The show revisits the

Cirque’s storied roots in acrobatics and clowning.

Tickets are selling fast for this show, so hurry up to

avoid disappointment!

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OPRAH'S ALASKA HAL CRUISE ADVENTURE

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WHERE: Alaska (Leaves from Port of Seattle)

WHEN:July 15 – 22

The undisputed queen of talk shows Oprah Winfrey has

done it again and is now inviting prospective adventurers

into joining her for a roundtrip cruise from Seattle into one

of the most stunning natural destinations in the world-

Alaska. This trip is part of Oprah’s Year of Adventure

initiative and asks people to come out of their comfort

zones and experience life.

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UNITE WITH TOMORROWLAND

WHERE: Dubai, Germany, Israel, Lebanon, Malta, Spain,

South Korea and Taiwan

WHEN: July 29

This music festival knows no boundaries and come July 29th, the mega

extravaganza of music and good times will put you in a euphoria for the

rest of the summer, if not the year. With an eclectic mix of international

and local DJs belting out groovy tunes, TOMORROWLAND aims to

build bridges between cultures and people. We can't wait.

ARSENAL VS CHELSEA PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY MATCH

WHERE: National Stadium, Beijing, China

WHEN: July 22

Good old-fashioned football rivalry never fails to impress and it gets fans pumping

adrenaline in their system faster than a Bugatti. As China forges ahead to become a

serious sporting destination with the success of Beijing 2008 and other tournaments,

this pre-season friendly is a great way to spend time when visiting the city.

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WHERE: All around Melbourne, Australia

WHEN: July 29–July 30

This year celebrates a decade of Open House Melbourne with plenty of

activities lined up for lovers of urban culture and heritage. Talks, tours,

workshops and interviews explore the challenges and success stories of

Melbourne's built environment. The Open House Weekend, where

people visit significant buildings and sites across the city to learn about

how the manmade environment and urban planning influence and

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Should you sell or stop buying

shares? Make your decision after

reading our feature (p12). Explore

the business of divorce, entrepreneur

journeys and the camps to send your

little ones to this summer. What are

Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin

upto? Read more on p24

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STOCKS will CRASH:

SHOULD YOU SELL OR

STOP BUYING?

The curernt turmoil is one to keep an eye on

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Words by Sam Instone: CEO at AES International

Tumbleweed is blowing across the scorching marbled

pavements of DIFC. Is it just a seasonal effect, or

the lull before the storm? Stocks are at an all-time

high with Vanguard’s Total Stock Market Index

depicting a tsunami on the rise. In the five-year period ending

December 26, 2016, it swelled 97.61 per cent. To put things

into perspective, if $10,000 had been invested in the index just

five years ago, it would have grown to $19,761 today. That’s

just the kind of rise that comes before a crash. Or is it?

After a chat with investors within the space, it’s come to my

realisation that concerns over luxury goods are on the decline.

Despite happily buying watches, boats, cars and houses, they’re

too afraid to invest right now. What’s worth keeping in mind, is

that stocks are constantly hitting an all-time high. I’m 40 years

old and over the course of my lifetime the S&P500 (with

dividends reinvested) has hit all-time highs during 26 different

calendar years – the most recent being. 2007 and 2012 right up

to 2016. During these years, the headlines broadcasted a stock

crash, most of which were wrong, to be honest, who got lucky

were almost always wrong the next time. Truth is, the bullish

and bearish state of stocks can never be depicted. The reason

why Warren Buffett claims the stock market forecasters exist is

to make fortunetellers appear good.

Vanguard’s recent report looks at popular metrics to predict

stock returns. Researchers Joseph Davis, Roger Aliaga-Díaz and

Charles J. Thomas looked at data from 1926 until 2012. They

examined and cyclically adjusted the price to earnings ratios;

trailing dividend yields; corporate earnings growth trends and a

consensus of predicted earnings growth. They also looked at five

measurements of economic fundamentals, followed by three

different multi-variable valuation models. The findings revealed

that stock returns are essentially unpredictable at short horizons.

This lack of predictability is not surprising given the poor track

record of market-timing and related tactical asset allocation

strategies. More importantly, you’d be much better off without a

soothsayer calling the market and distracting you.

For example, assume you’re a new investor and it’s 2008.

While playing in a sandbox you find Aladdin’s magic lamp. You

rub that lamp and a genie appears. He says: “Over the next 12

months you’ll see the worst stock market drop since 1929.”

Frightened by his forecast, you decide to wait to invest until

stocks “stabilise.” Instead, you add $200 a month to your bank’s

savings account. If it paid $100 in interest (that’s a pipedream!)

you would have accumulated $4,900 by January 2010. It’s at this

point that your genie deems stocks to have stabilised, so you put

the proceeds into Vanguard’s Total Stock Market Index Fund

(VTSMX). If you continued to add $200 a month – putting the

proceeds into the index – you would have a total of $38,004 by

November 30, 2016. Morningstar’s Russel Kinnel reported that

the average mutual fund dropped 30 per cent in 2008. So, you

actually sidestepped that mess. Now let’s imagine you never

found the lamp, didn’t know stocks were going to tumble in

2008 and you invested $200 a month into the stock market index

starting in January 2008. Stocks crashed, however, you continued

adding $200 a month in any case. By November 30, 2016, your

portfolio would have been worth $39,926. In other words, you

would be almost $2,000 richer than if you’d met that genie and

tried to guess and time the market. But what if it’s 2008 and you

have a lump sum to invest. Perhaps $500,000? With U.S. stocks

at an all-time high, you might be afraid to invest that money or

tempted to wait until stock prices are lower. If you do, your

human emotions are taking you for a ride. Don’t believe me?

Then consider the question from a different angle. If you’d

been investing for years and had accumulated $500,000 in a

pension by 2008, would you sell everything and wait for stocks

to fall? You probably wouldn’t. But that’s exactly the same as

waiting to invest. By jumping out of stocks (or not getting in)

you may miss some big gains.

The S&P500 averaged a compound annual return of 9.85 per

cent between January 1995 and December 31, 2014. That

would have turned a $10,000 investment into $65,475. But,

investors who missed the best five stock market days in that

period would have averaged a compounding return of just 7.62

per cent per year. Instead of seeing their money grow to

$65,475, they would have ended up with $43,435 – 33% less.

By missing the best 20 days, this money would have grown to

just $20,360 – 69 per cent less. And those investors, unlucky

enough to be out of the markets for the best 40 days, would

have lost money. Their initial $10,000 would have shrunk to

$9,143. U.S. stocks hit an all-time peak in 1989. They gained

279 per cent during the previous ten years. Forecasters were

calling for a crash, however, anyone who sold (or decided not

to buy) might have missed the market’s new “all-time highs” in

1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999. In

the nine years that followed 1989, stocks gained another 316

per cent. Nobody, not even Nostradamus, saw that coming.

DIFC is home to market gurus and successful investors, like

you. As an already successful investor, my best advice is to keep

ignore the market noise. If you’re looking for the highest

returns and the lowest costs, a diversified portfolio of low-cost

index funds including a U.S. index, an international index and a

bond index works best. If you have a lump sum to invest, the

evidence points to the fact the best time is as soon as you have

money available. No one can guess the market; be an evidencebased

investor, not a reactionary emotional investor if you

want the strongest possible returns long term.

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THE

BREAKUP

There’s a good reason that Ayesha

Vardag has earned the sobriquet of

‘divorce lawyer to the billionaires’

Words by Varun Godinho

The British divorce litigation industry is

worth around £1 billion annually. The

most expensive lawyer in London you

can hire to fight in your corner of the

ring is 49-year-old Ayesha Vardag. That’ll cost you

£795 per hour, plus taxes.

On a telephone call from Europe, the peripatetic

lawyer explains why London has earned its billing

as the divorce capital of the world to the very rich

and famous. “It is an excellent place to get

divorced from the perspective of fairness and

quality of contribution in a marriage. England has

very strongly the idea that there is no discrimination

between breadwinner and homemaker. You can

expect intellectually elite judges who are highlytrained

and incorruptible. England has very

powerful powers of forensic examination. You can

decide it’s a 50-50 split of the marital pot. But then

to determine what that marital pot is, becomes the

big debate.”

That’s why she’s set up an internal financial

forensics division at her law firm Vardags that she

founded in 2005 and which now employs around

70 people with an annual turnover of close to £10-

15 million located in Old Bailey, London. “The

division looks at valuations, hidden assets and

assets that are downplayed. If we are acting for the

people that have the money, then we don’t tell

them to hide their assets, but we seek to argue why

their valuation should be lower than the other side

claims it to be.” She cites the case of her client

Michelle Young who she represented against her

husband, Scot, who declared himself bankrupt

during the divorce. That didn’t stop Vardag from

securing a £26 million order against the husband –

the highest ever against someone made bankrupt.

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There are some other high-profile cases for

which Vardag has scored large settlements.

“Pauline Chai received £64 million recently. The

Marchioness of Northampton is reported to have

got £17 million.” But as she explains, most of the

really big payouts that may run into the hundreds

of millions never get publicised, because they get

quietly settled out of court.

The defining case for Vardag that set her on a

path destined for a meteoric rise was the 2010

receive a large settlement, but the problem is the

cash flow. The courts sometimes help to an

extent but to help put them on a level playing

field, there is litigation lending available to them

that lends them the fees and then recoups the

money at the end.”

Divorce litigation isn’t something Vardag was

involved in from the beginning of her career. She

started out in financial and commercial law

working with top-tier firms like Linklaters in

I was met with quite a lot of resistance, a degree of mockery.

I was seeking to change the law. It (Radmacher) was the biggest case

in the history of family law. There were nine judges in the Supreme

Court. The judges agreed with me

Radmacher v Granatino case. Vardag represented

German heiress Katrin Radmacher who had an

existing prenup signed with her banker husband

Nicolas Granatino. At the time they filed for

divorce, prenuptial agreements were void in

English law. Vardag argued to the contrary. “I was

met with quite a lot of resistance, a degree of

mockery. I was seeking to change the law. It was

the biggest case in the history of family law. There

were nine judges in the Supreme Court. The judges

agreed with me.”

Apart from the landmark ruling on prenups, the

aspect of the ruling that got lost in the hysterical

media commentary over the Radmacher case was

gender neutrality before the law. In that specific

case, it was the man arguing for a piece of the

financial pie from the woman. Vardag is clear that

she will represent men as well as women. “We

have cases of husbands claiming against female

bankers, artists, celebrities. We act for both men

and women – whoever reaches us first.”

Litigation lending is a trend that Vardag has

increasingly seen in her industry. “It used to be

the case where you’d have someone married to

someone immensely rich, but they were unable to

get proper legal representation because they were

not given any money. When you see the assets,

you can predict that the claimant is going to

London and Moscow and Weil, Gotshal &

Manges in London drawing up lending and

securitisation structures, before going to the bar

in London. But then her own divorce broke upon

the family. She was represented by Raymond

Tooth (whose roll call of millionaire clients

include Irina Abramovich and Sadie Frost).

“When it (her divorce) was all over in 2002, we

went out for dinner one day and he hired me.

That was the point at which I moved to

matrimonial law because the impact you have

through family law is transformational. You

enable people to keep their homes and businesses,

to have a relationship with their children.”

Contrary to popular opinion from the gallery,

divorce litigation – as Vardag argues – need not

be an unconscionable business. She is now

campaigning for two key laws in the UK that will

radically change the dynamics of family law. The

first is no-fault divorce law. “In America, you can

get divorced based on irreconcilable differences.

In England, you must allege fault against the

other side. It comes from an era when divorces

were seen as innately evil and there had to be

someone to blame. It is extremely damaging to

start the whole process by slinging mud at your

partner. We’re trying to end this anomaly of

fault-based divorce.”

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We don’t become the means for someone to use their children as a

weapon. I’ve had husbands come to me and say, ‘I don’t really

want custody of the children. But I want you to tell my wife that I do

so that I get a bigger financial settlement

The other law, anointed by the press as the

anti-fecklessness law that she is campaigning for

necessitates that both parents play a role in caring

for their children after the divorce. “Unless you

have a joint residence order for the children,

there is no obligation on the other parent to see

their child at all. One parent gives the primary

care and the other one doesn’t bother. This is

very damaging for the children and the primary

carer too.” Vardag already has a red line that she

doesn’t cross when it comes to taking up divorce

cases – using children as a pawn. “We don’t

become the means for someone to use their

children as a weapon.

“I’ve had husbands come to me and say, ‘I don’t

really want custody of the children. But I want you

to tell my wife that I do so that I get a bigger

financial settlement.’ I’ve had mothers say to me, ‘I

want to deny him contact with the children so that

he’ll give me a better settlement or just because

I hate that woman he has taken up with and I can’t

bear that my children go anywhere near her.’

I won’t do that.”

Vardag has now set up base in Dubai and has a

private consultancy here. However, she only

practices law in the UK. “We have a lot of Middle

Eastern clients and I wanted to effectively promote

that. I absolutely love Dubai. It’s like a paradise.

It’s wonderful being part of a state that has a

strong vision and such positivity for the future. I

am available to my firm in London all day and I go

back every other month to meet with clients who

want to meet me in person.”

Which reminds me that my phone conversation

with Vardag has lasted nearly an hour. In Vardag’s

world, like the billionaires she represents, time

directly and measurably equals money. Good thing

I didn’t get billed £795, plus taxes.

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ENTREPRENEUR

SMOOTH

OPERATOR

Thomas Ovesen, the man behind Dubai’s highly-rated

concerts takes us through his journey from air traffic

controller to Founder of 117 Live

Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Jennifer

Lopez, you hear of famed artists across

social media and the radio, ahead of

their gigs in the city, but who’s behind

117 Live and the brand that brings your favourite

artists to town? It’s Danish-national Thomas

Ovesen. Chief Executive Officer of 117 Live has

been in the Middle East since the summer of

1998, setting foot in Bahrain as an air traffic

controller, just as the no-fly zone in Iraq was

terminated and the civilian air traffic started

booming again. So how did he transition to form

one of the best live event companies within the

country? “Being an air traffic controller in

Bahrain meant I was doing night shifts, as it was

busy. When you work three-night shifts back to

back, you have four days off. I was often the guy

at the British or the Rugby club and whenever

someone asked for help for events they would

look to me as they thought I was never working. I

was keen as I yearned for more,” he tells us.

After a few live events including a New Year’s

Eve party, Thomas began to get the thrill of it,

craving to work on projects the minute he got an

evening off. The one thing that did cross his

mind at that point was, “Why is everything so

poorly organised?” Naively, he threw himself

head first into the field, approaching a company

in Bahrain for part-time work. “They probably

thought I was mad but they needed someone to

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help at the Westlife press conference

in Lebanon. I managed it and thought

that’s easy and fun, I want to do

more.” Few months down the line and

Thomas saw himself slowly losing

interest in air traffic control, and

gravitating towards hosting events.

At that point in time, Dubai was an

exciting hub, the treat he would get

occasionally for a business meeting and

Thomas couldn’t get enough of the

nocturnal scene here. “It was a city

where if you were willing to work hard,

you could make something happen.

There was also a social and nightlife

scene but there weren’t many concerts.

That’s when I thought, why not go to

Dubai and do it on a larger scale?”

In 2000, the journey began, setting up

an office to host and promote shows

that mainly catered to western expats.

Has-beens and artists that were looking

to make a bit of retirement money were

the only ones that arrived in the Middle

East, as most people’s notion was that it

was a troublesome region. And even then, most

concerts took place either in hotel ballrooms and

gardens. “The first concert that we (Meraas

Promotions) held here was the British singer

Gabrielle and it was at the old Jumeirah Beach

Club. I remember it was one of those events where

suddenly the permission was revoked as it became

a dry night and we had to postpone it to the next

day and persuade her to stay,” he tells us.

“Elements like the ticketing system were obviously

less sophisticated back then and the team had to

make sure everyone was aware that it was

postponed and then suddenly it became a sell-out

event as all the others couldn’t cancel or prepone.

Those days a sell-out event was 3,000 people.”

Another fond memory is when Geri Halliwell

began touring by herself after breaking away from

the Spice Girls.

Natural progression led Thomas to launching

AEG Live Middle East followed by a deal with Arab

Media Group where he took over Done Events.

Most recently, Al Ahli built a venue and in December

2016, 117 Live was launched with Nikki Minaj being

the first concert from the brand. With every business

arrives a few unsolicited challenges and Thomas

recalls encounters with international talents quite

distinctly. “Getting the artists to work with you in the

beginning is a bit of a challenge, as most of the artists

thought it was a troublesome area to visit. Luckily, the

owner at Meraas conducted events for many years, so

that’s how we got around it.”

The industry, according to Thomas, is

straightforward. “If you pay your dues, people will

work with you. The best way to establish a good

relationship is when you lose money and you still pay

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what you owe,” he says. Unfortunately,

the team had a few events that ran at a

loss, however, bill payments allowed

them to stand out from counterparts.

Locally, the events business isn’t

legislated or governed, in the way the

financial industry is. “Many times, you

make up the standards and I always

followed the British live events

standards, so if there was ever to be

any legislation I knew we would meet

that and surpass the requirements,”

says Thomas.

Having met the crème de la crème,

Thomas tells us he also got to play

manager at a certain point in time. “I

was lucky enough to work with

Destiny’s Child and was appointed

Beyonce’s agent for a matter of months, when her

father – also her manager – wanted to see the

business they could gain in less-developed markets

like Africa and the Middle East,” he tells us. For an

individual who switched fields without any

schooling or prior work in the industry, to

transpire to managing clients such as Queen Bey,

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reveals Thomas’ dedication and hard work. He is

also working with Dubai Tourism to support the

new Events Academy. Does he think academics is

all it takes to break into the industry, or get a foot

in? “To be honest, there were no promoters at my

age that had an event’s degree, they all ended up in

the field by coincidence or in the music industry.

It’s difficult to rely only on academics and I would

hire people with the right attitude and appearance,

a bit old school, but I think that’s what makes the

industry exciting,” he goes on to say.

Clients can be demanding, but Thomas is on

hand to cater to every request. “I usually meet with

the artist when they arrive and see to them during

their entire stay, including taking care of the

ground transportation and sight-seeing. They

always say they get a bespoke welcoming here in

Dubai. I think it’s a great way of building rapport.

It’s nice to be that personal,” he tells us. Thomas

vaguely recalls Sharon Osbourne quoting in her

book that the only place in the world where the

promoter would meet the artist was in Japan, and

she loved that. “I remember thinking that’s what

I’ve been doing all my life, but obviously, I haven’t

worked with her. That made me think I should

keep that up. A lot of celebrities have remarked,

you got up at 2 am to welcome us? That’s unusual.

But I think it just sets the terms and tone for how

you work together. It’s very rare that we have

problems with the artists.”

While problems are a rarity, demands most

certainly aren’t. With the leak of Ed Sheeran’s

backstage demands at Glastonbury – a couple of

sodas, squash and a jar of Manuka honey at a total

of around £57.31 – which only further reveals his

humble requirements, we had to delve into the

matter to explore bizzare demands Thomas has

received. Justin Bieber’s latest request in the

concert dressing room comes to light. “We have

had a few demanding artists, for instance the

jacuzzi for Justin Bieber. Same goes for Mariah

Carey wanting a beautiful beach view to be

blocked out by gaffer tape as she didn’t want to

ruin her skin and needed five humidifiers under

her bed,” he says. Thomas regards these as mere

logistical challenges though and doubts whether

it’s the artist who requires it, or someone who

thinks they do. Thomas does mention that he

would love for celebrities to visit charities and

appease the stakeholders, but when asked, they

usually feel like it’s a commercial request that

they should be paid for as other markets don’t

call for this. He does mention that there hasn’t

been anyone who was rude or unappreciative.

We do touch upon support of local talent and he

tells us while he would love too, they just have to

rely on international ones due to rules and

regulations. In the meantime, we have Ed Sheeran,

Jennifer Lopez, Elton John and Fiesta De Los

Muertos to look forward to next season.

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WOMAN LEADER

PHILANTHROPY IS JUST

WHERE MY HEART IS AND

WHAT I DO BEST

Jumana Abu-Hannoud talks SOS Children’s Villages,

entrepreneurship and working for H.R.H. Princess Haya

There are certain people that exist for a purpose,

whether to advise individuals through their path

or merely exude goodness in every way possible

to benefit others. Jumana Abu-Hannoud is one

such woman. Her journey within the non-profit sector

commenced at the age of 18 and has continued ever since.

“It was something I always wanted to do. I loved going

around the projects in Jordan and the villages, learning

about microfinance and income generating possibilities

for women,” says Jumana. The Jordanian-national was

born in the UAE, raised and educated back home and

returned to this country 15 years ago.

Graduating in Communications from university, due to a

passion for writing, Jumana initially found herself working

in organisations that weren’t humanitarian. However, she

made it a point to focus on social impact, be it in technology

or the development sector. Upon relocating to Dubai,

Jumana worked in healthcare, education, poverty and the

development sector through the office of H.R.H. Princess

Haya for five years. “This is where I sunk into my dream

job, it was a very important turning point. I got a lot of

fantastic experience and when I look back, some of the jobs

I was exposed to are lessons that still refresh themselves in

my mind when I have challenges in the workplace. When

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you work for a person like H.R.H. Princess Haya, everything

you do is so meaningful,” she says. Since then, Jumana has

engaged as an entrepreneur, partnered with a humanitarian

agency that specialised in fund raising, consultancy and CSR

and communications for the humanitarian and non-profit

sector, and became a partner at a branding agency where she

focused on sustainability and CSR consulting. “It’s just

where my heart is and what I do best,” she goes on to say.

The right opportunities came along naturally, bringing

Jumana to her current role as the Managing Director of

SOS Children’s Villages International (Gulf Area office),

an independent, non-governmental, social development

organisation that provides family-based care for children

in 135 countries and territories and advocates the

concerns, rights and needs of children. Approximately

84,500 children and young people live in 571 SOS

Children's Villages, with more than 296,800 children and

youth in educational programs worldwide. “I was exposed

to SOS since I was in Jordan, it’s well-known there and

back in the day it had the support of the Royal family,” she

tells us. SOS has been established for 68 years and was

conceptualised in Austria in the aftermath of World War

II. “Our founder (Hermann Gmeiner) wanted to make

sure they were provided with family care rather than

institutionalised care that doesn’t cater to their personal

growth, as we believe a child is a child anywhere they

are, or they find themselves in. They all have the same

right to grow up and have the support of a family.”

533 family strengthening programmes have been

created worldwide, reaching 583,300 children

and adults to help families stay together. 77 SOS Medical

centres are also on hand, offering over 893,300 singleservices

help families stay healthy. In times of crisis and

disaster, SOS Children's Villages helps through emergency

relief programmes – approximately 317,900 single services

have been provided through 23 SOS Emergency

Relief Programmes.

“I started volunteering at the SOS Children’s Villages

four years ago when they began to strengthen their

presence here in the Gulf. I stayed with them for three

years and consulted on all sorts of activities, strategy

setting, communication advisory and even a bit of

translation services,” she tells us. Three years later, Jumana

took over the reins for the Gulf area and moved to her

new title. As we chat about life and her journey to date she

tells us an incident that gave her even more of a sense of

I started volunteering at the SOS Children’s

Villages four years ago when they began to

strengthen their presence here in the Gulf.

I stayed with them for three years and

consulted on all sorts of activities, strategy

setting, communication advisory and even

a bit of translation services

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achievement and gratitude. “I caught up with an old friend

from Jordan a few weeks ago and she said, I’m so happy

for you, you’re in the right place, you’ve always been on a

mission and always wanted to save someone or fix

something. I felt it was very reassuring because sometimes

deep down you know what you want, but when your close

friends and community know that this is what you’re made

of and cut off to do, it’s great.”

While humanitarian practices are ingrained in Jumana,

her strengths also lay in entrepreneurship, particularly

mentoring. She is one of the founders of the first nonprofit

organisations registered in the DIFC, known as

Reach. The company provides structural mentoring for

professionals and has been operational for over three

years, having mentored over 200 women. “The non-profit

began from the belief in the value of mentoring and the

kind of support women need to succeed in the workplace.

It’s something that helps and allows people to reflect and

it’s very fulfilling,” she tells us. Reach is a programme

which works through algorithms on a technology platform

to match mentors and mentees. The programme spans

over one year, with the requirement of commitment to

succeed. “We bring together a pool of amazing mentors,

provide orientation training to set expectations, guidelines

and our code of ethics to let them know of the Reach

approach. They then fill matching forms related to

personal and work objectives, after which the best pairs

are linked,” says Jumana. Throughout the year, Reach also

offers networking opportunities, as they are keen on

fostering a community. Intakes comprise of two batches,

one in January and the other in April, of around 25-30

pairs per cohort. Most women are from law, finance,

business, corporate and entrepreneur backgrounds, with

mentors being men and women.

Jumana’s mentoring process began through Reach as

well, with her mentor based in Lebanon. “When mentees

ask me what to expect I always tell them to trust the

process, you must allow yourself to grow. I also tell

mentees to be realistic, not aspirational, so that you match

with the right person,” she says. Her mentee phase came

about at a juncture in her career, when she was pregnant

with her second child not too long ago. “My second child

was after a ten-year gap and it wasn’t a coincidence. Being

a working mother was always a challenge, so I felt it was a

critical time for me to work with someone and get help to

place me on the right track. It worked wonders for me.”

A typical day is never the same for a woman of her calibre.

It begins early, with a school drop off and straight to work.

At times, Jumana finds herself rushing home to pack a bag

for travels, or meetings and events during the day. The one

thing she cherishes the most, however, is downtime with

her children at the end of the day. Jumana is one to praise

that her line of work comprises of a day job and a passion,

both of which she is truly lucky are correlated.

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A TALE OF

TWO...

Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin come together after

20 years for their latest release Blind

Hollywood actress Demi Moore gives her

thoughts on love, divorce and marriage

alongside everyone’s favourite Donald Trump

impersonator Alec Baldwin, who stars with

Demi in new film Blind. It’s been over 20 years since Demi

Moore and Alec Baldwin last starred in a film together. The

pair teamed up for the first time in 1996 for The Juror and

they are back on screen soon with new film Blind. The film

– directed by Michael Mailer – tells the story of a blind

novelist [Baldwin] who rediscovers his passion for life and

writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected

wife [Moore] of an indicted businessman.

SO WHEN THIS PROJECT CAME UP, WAS IT

ALWAYS MEANT AS A REUNION? OR WAS IT JUST

YOU CAME ON OR YOU CAME ON, AND THEN IT

HAPPENED?

Demi Moore: I’ll let you speak, because it was Alec and

Michael Mailer who had their motors going.

Alec Baldwin: For these movies you go, they rise, they fall,

they’re either going to get made, they’re not going to get

made. Finally, when we got this group together, which

includes Dylan by the way, because I think you’ve got to have

somebody well known in all three roles. We live in a world

now where film financing is something where they want Julia

Roberts to play the nurse in one scene. They want names in

every role. But I wanted to do the film and we got her to do

the film and her schedule and him, then we were ready to go.

WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT THE

JUROR WHERE YOU FIRST MET?

Alec Baldwin: I have a few distinct memories.

Demi Moore: We met long before that, when we were both

little babies.

Alec Baldwin: In the early Eighties. What I remember was

that George Dawes Green who wrote the book The Juror

was a best-selling thriller.

Demi Moore: His memory is incredible. It’s crazy.

Alec Baldwin: He was the ...

Demi Moore: What was the date that it was published?

[laughs]

Alec Baldwin: That was on Penguin, that was the imprint.

No. George Dawes Green wrote the book and adapting that

kind of book and the behaviour of the people was tough.

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Paris is one of my favourite

cities, but there was

something in that when we

were doing that scene I was

thinking about that, like

somebody who had a dream

but it got so buried. Her

dream got so buried and she

got so disconnected from

that girl that she used to be.

That was one of my

favourite things in that

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Alec Baldwin: I’m lucky because you’ve got to get people

who can play. This, It’s kind of quiet. There’s one really

rip-snorting scene where he attacks me, her husband,

Dylan. But the rest of the movie is an attempt, which is

always harder for me, to just let it live and be honest

and be real and assume that that’s enough. Because

I’ve worked with directors who are always like, they want

more acting.

Alec Baldwin: Yeah, ‘Do more’. To work with people who

can play in that key which is very honest, it emboldens you to

do the same. She’s very real. She’s not doing a lot of stuff. It

was nice to be able to do a movie where we sat in that world

and that tone.

DID YOU DO ANYTHING SPECIFIC BEFORE

THE MOVIE BEGAN ABOUT PLAYING BLIND?

Alec Baldwin: Honestly speaking, visiting the Lighthouse for

the Blind. We both went there together, interviewed blind people

who were born blind, became blind, and talked to them about...

Go ahead.

Demi Moore: No, exploring. We had, particularly the woman

really speaks so openly on a very intimate level about how it is

to be with someone in a romantic way. How do you navigate

that? How does it work?

Alec Baldwin: In that way, the people tell you with their eyes.

They tell you. You go to the checkout counter and the checkout

girl is like, ‘That’ll be 4.95.’ And there’s something going on

where you read people. When that’s removed, how do you read

people? They have got a very reliable programme for that.

Demi Moore: It becomes much more internal, which is such

an interesting thing, that they have to go through.

Alec Baldwin: Feel.

Demi Moore: And probably in a much more deep and

truthful way.

Ted... don’t embarrass me. Google Silence of the Lambs.

Alec Baldwin: Ted Tally. He wrote the screenplay and

Irwin Winkler produced and an amazing group of people.

Brian Gibson, who did What’s Love Got to Do with It? did

the whole thing.

Demi Moore: Joseph Gordon-Levitt played my son. And

James Gandolfini was one of the enforcers.

Alec Baldwin: I kill him. I cut his throat.

THIS IS SUCH A DIFFERENT MOVIE, QUITE A

ROMANTIC MOVIE IN A WAY, ABOUT TWO

PEOPLE WHO SORT OF FIND EACH OTHER

UNEXPECTEDLY.

Demi Moore: Yeah. I think they’re two people who in different

ways have completely lost their identity and in a way, each at a

bottom. Yours very different, but hers in a very raw way - you’ve

been dealing with it - but who kind of find each other at a time

when in a way, they don’t have anything else to lose.

WHAT DO YOU THINK THE MOVIE IS REALLY

SAYING ABOUT LOVE, DIVORCE, MARRIAGE?

Alec Baldwin: You ask us like you think we’re experts on

love, divorce and marriage. [laughs] How presumptuous of

you. I think that for me the movie says and this is true in my

life and it’s very basic is, no risk, no reward. The risk-free life

is just not the way to go. You have to risk it.

Demi Moore: And that it’s never too late.

YOU’RE TWO PEOPLE WHO HAVE FAMOUSLY

BEEN DIVORCED AND REMARRIED AND

WHERE DO YOU GET THE HOPE, AFTER

SOMETHING THAT CAN BE SO DEVASTATING?

Demi Moore: Where does anybody? I think you have to look

at life as having.

Demi Moore: Yeah and that has a public element to your

pain being exposed, but it’s all relative. Everyone’s pain we

all experience the same and you can either give up or show

up and keep moving forward, and it isn’t easy, always.

Alec Baldwin: I think you and I, we had our hard times and

it got us down. Then eventually you and I, I think one thing

we have in common is we woke up and we said, ‘Why

wouldn’t anybody want to be with me?’ [laughs]

Demi Moore: We’re like Phoenixes and we just rise. We

just rise.

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER THIS WEEK JUST

SAID, ‘THIS IS THE YEAR OF ALEC BALDWIN.’

Alec Baldwin: Wow. What do they know?

BOSS BABY, $275 MILLION OR SOMETHING.

IT’S REALLY A PERSONAL TRIUMPH.

Alec Baldwin: It did $500 million worldwide, yeah.

THERE WILL BE UNDOUBTEDLY A SEQUEL?

Alec Baldwin: Yeah, we signed a sequel.

Demi Moore: I don’t get to be a Boss Baby? [laughs]

THE TRUMP THING WITH SNL? WILL THAT

CONTINUE?

Alec Baldwin: I’m sure it will in some sense. Lorne

[Michaels] is obviously the great arbiter of that and he’s

very smart.

Demi Moore: If it doesn’t cut into his weekends.[laughs]

Alec Baldwin: Right, I want to be with my kids. But we’ll

do something.

HAS TRUMP BARRED YOU THE WAY HE HAS

SOME PEOPLE FROM HIS TWITTER?

Alec Baldwin: I really don’t know. I really don’t keep track

of that, because obviously what I’m doing now is reading

the news, reading my feed. Twitter for me is a news feed

among other things, and I’m trying to read it and hack my

way toward what really matters. I’ve learned, it’s taken me a

while, what is really trite.

IS THIS A PLANNED THING – ‘I WANT TO GO

BACK TO WORK SOME MORE?’

Demi Moore: I think the intention of yeah, things gearing up

and then it aligning, because this obviously we shot awhile

back, so it’s interesting how the universe worked to actually

converge them to be coming out at the same time, which was

perfect. We were shooting it at the end of 2015.

YOU END UP IN PARIS AT THE VERY END AND

SHE SAYS, ‘PARIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY

FAVORITE CITY.’ DOES THAT STRIKE YOU AS

SOMETHING YOU WOULD SAY?

Demi Moore: It is one of my favourite cities, but there was

something in that when we were doing that scene I was

thinking about that, like somebody who had a dream but it

got so buried. Her dream got so buried and she got so

disconnected from that girl that she used to be. That was one

of my favourite things in that.

ALEC, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR

FAVOURITE CITY?

Since I met my wife, I don’t know why I have this very peculiar

love affair with Madrid. My wife was raised in Spain and when

we go to Spain and go to Madrid I love that, because the

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mask and you could not tell a thing.

Alec Baldwin: I think and the same is

true with her. Eventually, if you’re lucky,

because I know that I only deal every day

with what’s real. I don’t wake up in the

morning and go, ‘Oh mirror, mirror on

the wall. Who’s the most fabulous

59-year-old mediocre Trump

impersonator of them all?’ I don’t go

there ever, ever in a self-aggrandising way.

I think for her and I, you wonder with

what we’ve been through, that you just

have to see that it’s not real. None of it is

real. What they say about me, if I was who

they said I was, I would have jumped off a

cliff by now. I just don’t believe it’s real.

Demi Moore: You live with what you

know is the truth and what’s important

and you ride the wave of the other.

Alec Baldwin: You make your

own world.

Spanish people are very kind and loving, but polite. They’re not

too aggressive. They nod to you and they ask if you want to

take a picture. Although my favourite moment, I think I told

this to you, is I was at the Prado and I go to see the Velazquez

Christ, which is the most beautiful painting in my mind of

Christ on the Cross. I go to see it and I meander through the

Prado one day and I get tired because it's so intense. You’re

there for two hours. I go back to the hotel. My wife was driving

down to the south to see her friends in Murcia, where she grew

up. Then she comes back and I go the next day for round two

and finally at the end of the trip to visit, I find the little ante

room and there was the Velazquez Christ, and the tears just

start rolling down my face - it’s the most beautiful painting.

As I’m sitting there, the places are closing and people are

filing out. As I’m standing there taking this in, this woman

taps me on the shoulder and she looks at me and she has a

camera and I think she was from Japan but she goes, ‘Photo?’

I literally think I said to her, I was like, ‘Could I have just one

more moment with Christ, if you don’t mind and then I’ll

take the photo? Just one last moment with Jesus on the cross

here, and then you and I will do the photo.’ But I find that

usually there it’s the opposite. People kind of leave you alone.

FOR CELEBRITIES NOW IT SEEMS LIKE IT’S

BECOME A 24/7 NEWSCYCLE. HOW DO YOU

TWO MANAGE TO LIVE WITH THAT? IS IT

EASIER AS IT GOES ALONG? DO YOU GET

DISGUISES, WASN’T THERE SOMEBODY WHO

JUST SAID HE WEARS A FALSE NOSE?

Demi Moore: Who does that? I don’t know who that is.

I have known of people who’ve had full CIA-type masks made.

I know someone.

Alec Baldwin: Really?

Demi Moore: Yeah, big actor, big director.

Alec Baldwin: Wow.

Demi Moore: I think he finally got busted because he went in

some club and they noticed the same shoes. It was an old man

WILL YOU GO BACK TO STAGE?

Alec Baldwin: Probably not in New York. In those

moments that I have the time, in the seams of my schedule

where I can do that. Long story short is maybe London,

maybe L.A. I’d like to do something outside of New York.

I’ve done New York before. I’d love to go to London.

London’s my passion.

AND DEMI, YOU MADE YOUR OFF-BROADWAY

DEBUT, WHICH WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL.

Demi Moore: My one and only play.

Alec Baldwin: No.

Demi Moore: It is, my one and only play.

Alec Baldwin: You just don’t like the schedule.

Demi Moore: No, no. It was just, I think I had, it was with

Circle Rep and it was overall a great, incredible experience.

The Early Girl it was called. Caroline Kava wrote it.

Alec Baldwin: In what year?

Demi Moore: Like '83.

Alec Baldwin: You were a child.

Demi Moore: Maybe '84. I think that I had a terrifying

experience which I’m sure everyone does, which is at one point

came onto the stage and it was like I had left my body and I

came back and I didn’t know where we were, what my line was.

I think that so panicked me that I haven’t done another one.

Alec Baldwin: I love plays because I sit there, not all the

time, but I’ll sit there and in some sense I’ll be in my dressing

room and I’ll think, ‘My God. I’m going to go out there now

and I know exactly what I’m going to say, I know exactly

what you’re going to say. I know exactly what effect it’s

going to have on them. I love it. I love doing plays.

Demi Moore: I would like to do it again. I think I should,

because I would be cheating myself if I didn’t. I did one of

those 24-hour plays. That’s the only other thing I’ve done and

that was great. I did that here.

WHERE YOU DO IT ALL IN 24 HOURS?

Demi Moore: Yes. It was great, though.

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and with the camp running at nearly two

months duration, your children will have plenty

to keep them occupied. Hurry up and register as

seats get taken up quickly.

www.camplaurel.com

NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY

SUMMER CAMP

When: Dates depending on the Adventure

Package

Where: Various locations

Price: $1,000 to $7,500++

The prestigious New York Film Academy is

the alma mater of many seasoned and

decorated directors and performers and if your

kids harbour the dream, this is a chance to

hone their craft. There are three campuses in

the United States in NYC, LA and South

Beach, so take your pick.

www.nyfa.edu/summer-camps

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EDUCATION

JUNIOR & TEEN CAMP

When: July 2 - August 13

Where: Laax, Switzerland

Price: $2,200 to $16,500++

Part of an international chain of camps

designed for children from the ages of

seven to 16, this family owned

enterprise has been instrumental in

many children's summers since 1965.

A truly multicultural camp, these

camps have seen friendships thrive

and survive. With activities rivalling

their international counterparts, this

Swiss masterpiece of a camp is sure to

keep your young ones entertained all

summer long.

www.jtcamp.ch

ACTION QUEST

When: Dates depending on the Adventure Package

Where: Various locations

Price: $4,000 - $20,000

For thrilling child and teen adventures programs, look no further than Action

Quest that has been operation for over 40 years. If your offspring is interested in

marine biology, wants to learn scuba diving or engage in water sports and sailing in

a safe environment, watched over by professionals, it can all be done and learned at

these camps. Life-long skills they can learn, have fun at and cherish for years and

years to come.

www.actionquest.com

HIGH CASCADE SNOWBOARDING CAMP

When: June 16 - August 12

Where: Portland, Oregon, USA

Price: $2,000 to $3,000++

Snowboarding is a fun experience that doesn’t need to be just for adults, and it's

definintely a sport everyone enjoys. This camp located in Clackamas County,

Oregon is the world’s only 100 per cent dedicated snowboarding camp with

activities ranging from beginner to pro. As this is a camp both adults and children

will enjoy, make it worth your family’s while by indulging in everything they have to

offer. Who knows, maybe your child will compete at the next Olympics?

www.highcascade.com

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LOCAL STAR

#SUPPORTLOCAL

Discover this entrepreneur’s journey

Emirati-national Jelena Bin Drai is

no stranger to the social scene. The Miss

Yugoslavia World (title winner in 1998)

was born in Žabalj – North of Serbia

– raised in the country and graduated in

Architecture, with a Masters in

Economics. After living in Italy and

Greece for her modelling career, Jelena

relocated to the UAE in 2001, and has

made the country home ever since,

launching a plethora of business entities.

JELENA BIN DRAI

Tell us about your company?

Jelena Bin Drai is a luxury brand catering to sophisticated

women who are modest and modern at the same time. We

are a small company with ten employees, and have grown

rapidly since we launched due to the highest quality fabrics

we use for our chic and wearable collections.

What field were you in before you launched your

brands?

I was a model for 12 years and afterwards launched several

business entities before launching my brand. The other

business I launched include Al Das Medical Clinic, Asya’s

Nursery, Milk and Honey Trading company and high end

deli’s and Vanilla Cosmetic salon. Starting Jelena Bin Drai,

the brand, was a very natural step for me since I was an

international model for 12 years. By working with all the

big names and famous designers that built and constructed

their dresses on me for years, I learned first-hand from the

best. Working with those great designers is how I learned

everything about constructing beautiful dresses and doing

good fittings, which now I’m known for. We launched

four years ago – the first two years were more like a hobby

which grew rapidly into a serious brand.

Why/how did you see a need for your brand in the

market?

Living in the region, I noticed a gap in the market for modern

pieces that are timeless and sophisticated. I constantly saw

items that were either too long or too short. When I started

Jelena Bin Drai, I made pieces that represent me and who I

am. I wanted to merge the East and the West and cater to

ladies like me who are Europeans married to Middle Eastern

men, along with business women with a family.

What have been your major challenges till date?

We have had amazing exposure through media in the region,

however it’s very difficult to enter the regional department

stores. It’s always challenging to compete with the more wellknown

and international brands. I feel like the region should

have a broader budget to support the regional designers and

give them more exposure.

Have you secured funding or gearing up for a round?

It’s difficult to answer since the fashion industry is different

than managing my other businesses which are more established.

I can only forecast seasonally depending on our sales.

Where do you see your brand in five years?

We don’t have an exact plan since we cannot project so far

ahead. We usually take it by season to season. For the next

four collections, we hope to reach all the major shops in the

market and be more recognized. To increase sales through

our online shop, studio and department stores we are stocked

in. I also want to reach the international market and grow the

brand internationally. We already stock in two shops in UK,

but would be great to expand and reach different markets.

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THE RITZ-CARLTON YACHTS

WILL REVOLUTIONIZE THE

HOSPITALITY BUSINESS

The first of three vessels, each

fitted with 149 suites, will

embark on its maiden

voyage in 2019

THE HENNESSEY THAT’S FASTER

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The Hennessey Venom F5 has the Bugatti

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EQUITYMEDIAUAE


ody

Pastel tones are here to stay

this summer and so are

stripes for men. For the latest

in beauty, trends and wellness

treatments, look no further

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FASHION

TRENDING NOW:

Stripes have emerged from almost every show at

London Fashion Week offering the flattering pattern

in a relaxed and formal manner. Particular highlights

feature brown and blue strips as seen at Etro and

the statement jacket from Salvatore Ferragamo.

In keeping with soaring temperatures, Versace’s

pinstripe suit is ideal for a statement-worthy outing

that calls for smart casuals. If you aren’t convinced

just yet, don the trend with one striking piece – either

a vertical striped tee or casual playful shorts.

SALVATORE

FERRAGAMO

MEN'S SS18

ZEGNA

SS18

LES BENJAMINS

ETRO MENS WEARCOLLECTION SS18

VERSACE

MEN'S SS18

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TRENDING NOW:

FASHION

When in need of an ensemble that exudes

femininity, softness and playful elements, you

can’t go wrong with pastel shades. Take your

outfit from business meetings to ladies’ lunch

with the addition of a statement necklace and

a graceful swipe of red lipstick. Post sundown,

team it with a diamond encrusted timepiece –

perhaps the Chanel Première Camélia Skeleton?

– that’s sure to be a conversation-starter.

PAULE KA

Pre-Fall 17

KRISTINA

FIDELSKAYA

JELENA

BIN DRAI

SS17

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FIDELSKAYA

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TRENDS

The

CHECKLIST

Chic picks to keep you vogueish this summer

THE PERFECT MATCH

To mark the third edition of the Rallye Passione Caracciola, taking place from June 21st to 25th, Santoni has

launched a series of products featuring a sneaker, lace-up, backpack and travel documents holder, all in

hand-coloured, polished calfskin shades of brown. Adorned with 144RC logo, in honour of the great pilot

Rudolph Caracciola, the capsule collection offers timeless pieces for classic car aficionados. Available on

Santoni’s e-shop and in the Milanese boutique on Via Monte Napoleone starting from June 21st, when the

convoy of historical cars will start their competition driving through Milan.

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TRENDS

RIVETING RUBIES

A ruby’s luring demeanour, symbolic of passion, love and

energy makes it a striking gemstone to don at gala dinners

and gatherings. July-born individuals can grace their

birthstone with this stunning pair of Stephen Webster

earrings featuring Gemfields Mozambican Rubies.

Dhs164, 500 at stephenwebster.com.

NEED A LIFT?

We love caviar on our skin, just as much as we adore it on

blinis. This season, we’re reaping the condiment’s benefits

with the re-launch of La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Liquid Lift.

Back with an enhanced formula, the skin saviour produces

long lasting results leading to diminished ageing, firmer

skin and a rejuvenated glow, thanks to the beads in this

peptide gel combined with the Recovery Complex

emulsion. Dhs2,225 at La Prarie.

4 REASONS TO…

GET YOUR HANDS ON

The Bandit

1) This slouchy everyday bag showcases a stunning

silhouette with two bags in one, featuring a

detachable interior compartment.

2) Travelling light? This is just the bag you need to lug

around, as it can be used as a shoulder bag for a fussfree

stroll around the city, or detached to use the

clutch for a soirée.

3) The buttery pebbled leather is as soft as baby’s

skin, with minimal hardware highlighting the natural

drape of leather and distinct lining that infuses a

bold and textural touch.

4) The bag is available in six colours and various

textures, while the interior pouch comes in assorted

prints, including pretty florals.

DHS3,500 AT COACH.COM

AND SELECT COACH STORES

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IN STYLE

HOP

talk

The stores to visit for

Syour next shopping haul

WINTER

IS COMING

It’s a bit too early to be

filling our closets with

next seasons’ items, but

there’s nothing worse

than missing out on key

pieces. Paule Ka’s latest

Fall-Winter collection has

us falling head over heels

in love with classic tweeds,

patterned woolens,

unusual fabrics such as

Lurex knit sparkles, and

the playfulness of the

ultra-feminine corset.

High-shine patent leather,

python skins and mirrored

heels will soon be spotted

around town.

CLASSIC TAKE

AIGNER'S Zoe Bag from the Spring

Summer 2017 collection introduces us

to the colour and texture of the late

Seventies, disco flair and Studio 54

silhouettes, prominent in the Nineties.

The gorgeous pieces feature an

adjustable shoulder strap allowing for

comfortable carrying while sightseeing,

and if that isn’t convincing enough,

perhaps the personalised textile lining in

grained cowhide may tempt you.

LACE AND LAYERS

Heading off to a gala dinner, wedding or

summer soiree? Kristina Fidelskaya’s Côte

d’Azur collection showcases 25 dresses to suit

every individual’s style. Floral lace, layers and

Swarovski crystals are just a few of the stunning

elements that make these pieces dazzle under

the moonlight.

Available at the Kristina Fidelskaya Boutique in

Wafi Mall Dubai and the showroom located in

Dubai Design District (D3), Building 7.

SUMMER SCENT

If you’re looking for a fragrance that complements

your summer wardrobe, look no further than the

Lengling apéro from the LENGLING Parfums

Munich. Two contrasting notes of Leng and Ling

amalgamate for a fresh, warm and sensual aroma

apt for balmy evenings. Sophisticated chardonnay,

sparkling citrus and mimosa giving the scent its

signature notes, while musk, oud, cashmeran and

tonka bean lend intensity. Dhs945 at Paris Gallery.

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WELLNESS

INDULGE

YOURSELF

Tried-and-tested experiences of the month

MARQUEE

Service: Treat Me moisture mask and styled cut

Verdict: Your hair says a lot about you, aside from framing

your features. When the temperatures rise, and the split

ends come to light, it’s time to take a few hours of me-time

and get your locks back to its glossy natural state. After

sinking into plush leather chairs, hair was washed and

conditioned several times before a Kevin Murphy moisture

mask shot was applied all over lacklustre locks. If cashmere

had an aroma it would smell like this treatment, as it

instantly made us feel warm and cosy, especially with the

hot towel wrapped around the scalp to sink into the pores.

Quick wash and on the chair we sat to shorten hair length

while getting a few tips from the senior hair expert. We

were told, a leave-in serum or argan oil works wonders for

hair, while a coconut oil application or hair mask is ideal for

sauna visits. To give the cut oomph, we opted for a

glamorous blowout with curls, leaving tresses as light as

ever with a silky finish. We couldn’t resist running fingers

through our glossy structured mane.

Need to know: The Treat Me moisturising treatment is

priced at Dhs150, with the styled cut (by the salon

director) at Dhs425. Call 04 399 5336

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CARO BEAUTY SPA

Service: Moroccan bath

Verdict: Step into the beauty lounge, tucked away at Dar Al Wasl

centre, and you will feel as though you have arrived at a tropical

Moroccan paradise, complete with water features, glass lanterns

that hang from the ceiling, plush velvet cushions and candles dotted

around each corner. The treatment room is covered in steam,

featuring ornamental gold elements that give the spa a regal vibe.

The treatment begins with a natural black soap applied all over your

body, after which it is rinsed and the loofah scrubbing commences.

It does seem a bit abrasive at first, however, this is the technique

traditionally used to slough off dead skin cells and trust me, you get

used to it almost enjoying the tingle a little. After being rinsed off, an

argan oil soap is smeared all over, rinsed off again, and followed up

with a scented scrub – pick between coffee and a subtle honey

aroma. The latter was chosen and scrubbed into the skin before a

clay mask was massaged in to hydrate skin. A little nap, quick hair

wash and rinse off, and we were laying in bed with water dripping

down from the rain showers above – this was probably the best

part of the ritual. There’s no other way to end the ceremony, then

with a glass of freshly prepared Moroccan tea and scented argan oil

rubbed into the skin. That’s exactly what happened before we

walked away with rejuvenated, glowing and supple skin.

Need to know: The Moroccan bath treatments begin from Dhs350,

and can be accompanied by a full body massage. Call 04 227 7719


soul

Explore picturesque Geneva

with our nifty guide and

discover gifts, the latest in

automobiles, gadgets and

art. Asian cuisine lovers can

pick two top eateries to try

in the UAE, as well as other

spots worth a visit in town

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COLLECTOR'S PIECES

ON OUR RADAR

Striking statement pieces

WRITING INSTRUMENT

Montblanc

WRITERS EDITION ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY 1931

There’s that tactile feeling of putting pen to paper which clicking away on a keyboard can never appease. Montblanc’s

Writers Edition pieces have constantly been much-anticipated amongst pen enthusiasts, with the 26th edition living up

to the legacy. Paying homage to French author and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the writing instrument

was created based on his celebrated novel Night Flight and experiences as an airmail pilot. The shape of the pen elicits

his Caudron Simoun plane with engravings on the night blue precious resin barrel and cap, reminiscent of the rivets of

the aircraft. The cockpit of his plane, where he spent hours alone on long flights contemplating life, is indicated through

the platinum coated fittings, with a nod to his nomadic lifestyle exuded by the geographic position of significant cities in

Saint-Exupéry’s life, finely engraved on the cone. The delicate star engraving on the platinum coated Au750 solid gold

nib is an indication to the illustrated star from the tale of The Little Prince. An engraving of Saint-Exupéry’s signature

adorns the cap as if penned by the author himself.

To coincide with the launch, Montblanc has created a new ink inspired by the colour of the desert at sunset,

referencing the author’s mechanic crash in the Sahara. The piece is available as a fountain pen, rollerball, ballpoint and

mechanical (only as part of a set).

MONTBLANC.COM

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COLLECTOR'S PIECES

GADGETS

Cirrus Aircraft

SF50 VISION JET

It’s the world’s smallest and most reasonable private jet and,

might we add, one of the safest too. It has a parachute

system that deploys a parachute encompassing the entire

aircraft allowing it to float back to terra firma from its cruising

altitude of 28,000 feet in the event of engine failure. The

aircraft can seat five adults and two children and has a range

of 1,380 miles – that’s Abu Dhabi to Mumbai in a single hop.

The Cirrus manufacturing facility at Grand Forks in North

Dakota and Duluth in Minnesota is tooled to manufacture

125 units of this lightweight single-engine carbon fibre jet

each year. It has an operating cost of just $600 an hour,

compared to other small private jets that run into the

thousands, making the Vision Jet a value proposition you

wouldn’t want to pass up.

$2 MILLION (DHS7.3 MILLION) AT CIRRUSAIRCRAFT.COM

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McIntosh

MA9000 INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER

COLLECTOR'S PIECES

It’s the most powerful integrated amp produced by the New

York-headquartered audio specialist, generating 300 watts of

power per channel – plenty enough to drive any high-end speaker.

Don’t be fooled by its sharp-edged boxy aesthetic that looks as

though it was a product of the Nineties. This integrated amp brings

things up to date with 10 analogue and six digital inputs including a

USB port. Moreover, the optical module can be switched up and upgraded

as new technology comes along. Sounds like the future to us.

$10,500 (DHS38,500) AT MCINTOSHLABS.COM

Vulcan Innova

V152 WINDER

It’s a BMW straight-six engine block that has been converted into a watch

winder. We all love our manual-winding mechanical timepieces, but spending

the better part of the commute to the office winding it up isn’t an attractive

proposition. This watch winder will take over the job for you. Mount your

watch, or up to six of them, on the pistons that are configured with cushions

that submerge into the block during the winding process. You can electronically

control the speed, acceleration and frequency of the winding process to

prevent damage to the movement. These made-to-order watch winders are

numbered and limited to just 52 units.

$25,000 (DHS91,8000) AT VULCANINNOVA.COM

Trondheim Trawlers

TRONDHEIM 43

This is the world’s first electric trawler – the

kind you’d want to use to wade into

Norwegian fjords and freezing Alaskan

waters and leave behind a minimum carbon

footprint. There are two Torqeedo Deep

Blue i 1,400rpm electric motors powered

by two battery packs. Built as a Class A

vessel, this one’s set up for long-range

(2,500 nautical miles) expeditions. On fullelectric

mode, it can travel for up to six

hours. There are two diesel generators on

board to recharge those batteries. It can

accommodate up to six people with all the

necessary creature comforts on board. Get

set to plot those navigation charts.

$650,000 (DHS2.3 MILLION) AT

TRONDHEIMTRAWLERS.COM

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COLLECTOR'S PIECES

FURNITURE

THE RUG COMPANY WITH THE HOUSE OF

Elie Saab

Renowned fashion designer Elie Saab is synonymous with elegance, femininity

and modernity. The latest collaboration with The Rug Company has resulted in a

sophisticated rug design created with naturally the highest levels of craftsmanship.

Inspiration stems from foliage, floral motifs, textures and abstraction, with each

rug from the collection instilling personality to a room. Those looking for a

grey hue rug can opt for In Bloom featuring mirror patterns of oversized florals in

silk tones of teal, gun metal and green. The barely-there piece, Lace Leaves,

features the designer’s signature delicate lace motifs, accompanied by abstracted

leaves in raised silk yarns that float on a matte wool background.

Art enthusiasts will love the Brushstrokes with painterly movements in subtle

colours, perfectly complementing the lustrous silk.

VISIT THERUGCOMPANY.COM

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THE ETERNAL MOVEMENT

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

Chronograph

Countdown timer

Silicium technology

ulysse-nardin.com

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Jeddah: First Jewelry Kuwait: Morad Yousuf Behbehani Muscat: Le Carat Riyadh: First Jewelry

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TALKING WATCHES

HOROLOGY

THE ADMIRAL

Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin is powering full steam ahead, never mind the headwinds

Words by Varun Godinho

Not many hallowed Swiss watchmaking houses have the

derring-do to debut a luxury watch christened Freak. But

courage is something Ulysse Nardin has in spades. When

it introduced the Freak wristwatch in 2001, it used a

material that no other watchmaker had ever used until

that point – silicon (the French call it silicium).

Ulysse Nardin has a 171-year-old history that’s deeply

steeped in the manufacture of chronometers – ultraprecise

mechanical devices used as navigation instruments

in the nineteenth century.

The former owner and CEO of the brand, Rolf

Schnyder, set a brave course for the brand ever since he

acquired it in 1983 right until his death in 2011. It was his

trusted lieutenant Patrik Hoffmann who took over as

CEO in 2011. Hoffmann continues to helm the brand that

was acquired by French luxury conglomerate Kering

in 2014.

Here, in an exclusive interview with EQUITY, Hoffmann

charts his vision for Ulysse Nardin.

Why did you choose to exhibit at the SIHH (Salon

International de la Haute Horlogerie) instead of Baselworld?

The word that comes to mind is exclusivity. Now, after

being there (at the SIHH) for two days last January, I am

even more convinced that we made the right choice.

What were the biggest lessons you learnt from Rolf Schnyder?

At a business level, I learnt from him to be courageous,

make bold decisions and be flexible. On a personal level, I

learnt from him to stay with both feet on the floor and to

be humble even when one is successful. The personal

lesson also helps in the business world.

Is there an example where you’ve implemented it recently?

The latest example is the new model called the Marine

Torpilleur that we introduced this week. A year ago, we

had our three-year strategic plan and this timepiece

wasn’t on our list. It’s a typical decision which was out of

the plan, a courageous decision.

ULYSSE NARDIN CEO PATRIK HOFFMANN;

THIS FACILITY IN LA CHAUX DE FONDS

IS ONE OF FOUR MANUFACTURING

SITES IN SWITZERLAND

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TALKING WATCHES

You started your career as an accountant. How did you

get involved in the watch industry?

I had a mentor who was the owner of Oris, and still is the

owner of Oris. He approached me and said, ‘Look, if you want

to make a career even though you have a degree in finance, I

recommend you go abroad and you study marketing or

management, either in England or America.’ It was he who

pushed me towards doing that and today I’m thankful to him.

When did you first meet Rolf Schnyder?

I moved to Malaysia in 1996. I was with a distribution

company that distributed Blancpain and Ulysse Nardin. Even

though we both (Schnyder and I) lived in Malaysia only

5oo-metres apart from each other, we didn’t meet until

Baselworld that year on a sailing yacht on the River Rhine.

And the first time Rolf offered you a job you turned it down?

I was approached by him two-three times. He was a very

persistent person. Each time I told him, ‘There are two things.

Firstly, in your company everything is in French. The second

thing is that Le Locle is at the end of the world. So, I’m sorry I

cannot join you.’

What changed then?

He offered me a job in Florida and said, ‘I’m going to ask you

again, but this time it’s not for Switzerland, it’s for Florida. Would

that interest you? I would like to build up the market for Ulysse

Nardin in America.’ When I heard that, I immediately said yes.

Have there been many changes after Kering acquired

Ulysse Nardin?

When I see my colleagues, the engineers and the brains

behind the brand, nothing has changed and neither has our

decision-making process which is still very fast. Kering has

supported the decisions we took regarding our manufacture

and investments in silicium. What has changed is the whole

financial reporting system. My work has changed because

the reporting is different and there are more corporate

things going on at my level. I always say that it’s the same

thing, just different.

A WATCHMAKER ASSEMBLING THE

MOVEMENT OF A FREAK TIMEPIECE

MARINE TORPILLEUR

INNOVISION 2

NORTH SEA MINUTE

REPEATER

Could you give us an overview of Ulysse Nardin’s

manufacturing facilities?

We have four plants in Switzerland. The one in La Chaux de

Fonds produces all our movements. In Le Locle, we have an

administration facility that conducts after-sales service and is

also where we do our high complications. We have a second

location in Le Locle, an enamelling facility, where we produce

dials. We have a fourth plant in Sion where we produce

silicium parts for ourselves and our competitors.

What are your plans for the Middle East?

We have two standalone boutiques, one in Dubai Mall and

the other in Mall of the Emirates. The one in Dubai Mall is

our largest boutique in the world.

Four years ago, we approached my colleague Christophe

(Chorao) who was already with us for around ten years at that

time. We moved him to the Middle East to open our office as

a commitment to put more emphasis on the Middle East.

Which are the novelties from 2017 you’re most proud of?

The first is the Regatta watch which has a new movement

and the second is the Marine Tourbillon that is affordably

priced, very technical, and has a grand feu enamel dial

produced in-house. The one that shows the real future of

Ulysse Nardin is the Innovision 2 concept watch. It included

ten different innovations, ten different patents – it even has

some parts made from glass. What I can confirm to you now

is that four of those ten innovations will find their way into

novelties that will be shown at the SIHH 2018.

Is the Innovision 2 as revolutionary as the Freak?

I must be honest with you, probably too honest. I think the

real revolution and innovation over the last thirty years was

the material silicium we introduced in the Freak in 2001. It

was the first time that silicium was used in a timepiece.

Today, if you walk the halls of Basel you will see to your left

and to your right very reputable companies like Rolex, Patek

Philippe and Breguet use silicium today. That’s an enormous

achievement and compliment for Ulysse Nardin.

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AUTOMOBILE

SPEED MERCHANT

The engine of the new Bugatti Chiron is positively weaponised

Words by Varun Godinho

This is a story about a physics-bending machine. But first,

let’s crunch a few numbers. A W16 turbocharged eightlitre

engine with 1,479 horsepower on tap. The result?

The car can warp from o to 62mph in 2.5 seconds dead. It

has a top speed of 310mph. To put that into perspective,

the take-off speed of fighter jet is about 150mph, the top

speed of an F1 car is 230mph.

Just so you know, the Chiron hasn’t yet hit the 310mph.

Its speed is electronically limited to 261mph. Why?

Because there exists no tyres in the world today built to

handle that top speed.

Project Bugatti was always an exercise in outrageously

forward-thinking engineering, not necessarily sound

economics. Take the Chiron’s predecessor, the Veyron, for

example. When it debuted in 2005, it was the world’s

fastest and most expensive production car of its time. Even

though it had a multi-million-dollar price tag, Bugatti still

reportedly weathered a loss of between $4-6 million on

every Veyron it sold during the 11 years that the car was in

production. The Chiron which will be limited to 500 units

and sold at a base price of around $2.75 million, is expected

to bring Bugatti into the black.

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BUGATTI OPENED ITS LARGEST SHOWROOM IN

THE WORLD IN MAY THIS YEAR IN DUBAI IN

PARTNERSHIP WITH AL HABTOOR MOTORS

The reason that the Chiron can turn a profit for Bugatti is

because when it came to the Veyron, the Molsheimheadquartered

Volkswagen Group-owned carmaker had to

start from scratch and incur tens of millions in R&D and

development costs. With the Chiron, Bugatti already has a

solid base to work off and improve – which they have – and

that has significantly reduced the development costs of the car.

The Chiron uses the framework of the Veyron, and then

raises the bar. The front and rear discs on the brakes are

20mm larger and 2mm thicker, the Michelins are 14 per

cent wider at the front and 12 per cent wider at the rear

and there’s an all-new carbon-fibre monocoque frame to

knock off 8kgs off the Veyron’s weight.

Floor the throttle and you will empty out the 100-litre

fuel tank in 9 minutes. At its limit, there are 60,000 litres of

air being sucked into the engine per minute to keep its

beating heart from overheating, and there’s 800-litres of

coolant circulating at any point in time to aid the process.

Apart from the quad exhausts that you can see at the

back of the car, there are two more underneath that

provide additional downforce – a feature borrowed from

F1 cars that proved so advantageous to teams that

implemented it right, that it was banned citing reasons of

creating unfair competition – to keep this machine planted

when you’re racing towards the top speed. In any

competition that involves top speed or brute power, the

Chiron brings a nuclear-tipped warhead to a knife fight.

Fair competition be damned.

Which brings us to the important question of the

Chiron’s target buyer. According to the company’s survey

of its customer base, a Bugatti owner already has “64 cars,

three jets, three helicopters and a yacht.” With that sort

of a customer profile, it was almost organic for Bugatti to

announce in May this year the opening of its largest

showroom in the world, a 240-square metre boutique, on

Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai in partnership with Al

Habtoor Motors. There are over 30 Chirons ordered

from this showroom that accounts for over 25 per cent of

the total number of Chirons booked globally to date.

The story of Chiron is much more than a physics-bending

machine, it’s one that’s capable of rewiring your core

understanding of what a hypercar can do. Even at 310mph.

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ART AND CRAFT

THE

PERFECT

FOLD

Award-winning Vietnamese

artist Nguyen Hung Cuong enlightens us

with the craft of Modular Origami structures

Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, may be

child’s play to some, however Vietnamese

artist Nguyen Hung Cuong is gradually shifting

our perspective. A look at Cuong’s origami

structures portrays a pattern of movement, an element the

young artist reveals he’s quite fond of. “I actually like

structures in motion, and focus more on animals because I

like seeing them in nature. When I create anything, I like

to show the way it moves - the gorilla can be seen shouting,

while the shark is ready with its’ mouth open for prey,” he

tells us. The Hanoi-born artist learned the craft at the age

of five, after being handed origami books from his parents.

By seven, Cuong created every origami possible, from

owls to dinosaurs. At 10, the artist tweaked his current

origami models, challenging himself with thinner paper to

create multiple layers for each structure.

After years of practice, trial and error, Cuong took the art

style to a larger scale, with the construction of bigger

structures. “I fold one whole 50cm square piece of paper,

without cutting it, to have a beautiful structure. Each piece

is very detailed, with teeth and eyes for the gorilla and

expression on the shark’s face,” he tells us. His structures

are complex; with every challenge bringing on excitement.

Designs are created from inspiration sourced online or on

TV, with each taking up to three months for completion.

As for making origami synonymous with mainstream art,

Cuong, who recently won first place for Best Solo Artist at

World Art Dubai, reveals there is a community of around

30+ members in Vietnam. While his career may not be a

means of living for now, according to the artist, Cuong has

been exposed to unimaginable opportunities – he recently

created origami characters for an animation movie.

“The aim is to constantly challenge myself, create large

structures with volume, geometric shapes and pieces as

complex as possible, so that people are stunned,” he tells

us as we admire the pieces on display.

I fold one whole 50cm square piece of paper,

without cutting it, to have a beautiful structure.

Each piece is very detailed, with teeth and eyes for

the gorilla and expression on the shark’s face

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GASTRONOMY

ASIAN FANCY

Two impressive hotspots to see and be seen at

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JAPANESE FUSION

1

KATSUYA BY STARCK

US-based Japanese Master sushi chef

Katsuya Uechi is at the helm at the latest

independent property at Jumeirah Al

Naseem. Quirky paintings, artsy

elements and chants of ‘irasshaimase’

welcome guests upon arrival, quickly

exciting diners. We learn of the sharing

concept from our lovely host, which

was quite handy, given how easy it can

be to over-order in such scenarios. To

accompany the signature chilli cocktails,

we opted for thin slices of tender

delicately flavoured octopus topped

with citrusy lemon and yuzukosho (a

paste made with chillis and yuzu) that

certainly awakens the palate. Up next

was shrimp dynamite offering bite sized

crisp morsels and our favourite, the

crispy Brussel sprouts, a vegetable we

certainly never dared to touch if served

outside a festive gathering. Flash fried,

the sprouts arrive crispy in a toppling

pyramid, featuring notes of sweet and

tart balsamic and soy, with crunch from

slivered almonds. Most main courses

are judged by the quality, presentation

and taste ARABIAN of the neo-Japanese AMBIENCEsignature

dish, miso marinated black cod and at

Katsuya, it didn’t disappoint. The fish

breaks apart easily with a buttery

texture and miso coating that lingers -

thumbs up from our end. Medium

temperature slices of wagyu tenderloin

arrive quickly, doused in a sweet

dressing, and along with it the Instaworthy

bop bowl that almost every

diner ordered. A stone bowl filled with

rice, mushrooms, flaky and juicy short

rib, and veggies are prepared sizzling

hot, table side. It’s a delectable side,

especially for those who love rice and

hot comfort food. To end the meal, we

dived into a decadent double chocolate

lava cake that’s gooey, however slightly

light in consistency as opposed to a

molten chocolate dessert. On the side,

we refreshed our palate with mango

mochi, beautifully offering a flattened

gelatin texture coating over incredibly

light fruity ice cream.

Reserve a table: Call 04 419 0676

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MADE IN CHINA

2

MAIDEN SHANGHAI

When the waiter shows up with

three menus, the third being a dim

sum menu, you know you’re in a

restaurant that’s lives up to its billing

as one of Dubai’s most authentic

Chinese restaurants. There’s further

proof of that in the food that arrives

at our table set up amidst elegant

environs of dark panelled furniture

and elaborate chandeliers. The hot

lobster soup is offset by the cold

Boom Boom Chicken which

includes shredded poultry stuffed

inside a bao. If you have space for

one more appetiser, opt for the

Chilli chicken that’s presented

against a backdrop of an elaborate

rice flour latticed creation that is

definitely Instagram friendly.

The waitstaff isn’t only attentive, they’re clairvoyant.

They’ll probably already have the menu in hand when

you turn to them and are ready to order the mains.

Pretend to deliberate over the menu rather fastidiously,

before going right ahead and taking our advice of

ordering the Peking duck that tips its hat to the province

of Beijing that has smooth crisp skin and is exactly as

you’d imagine it to taste on the streets of the capital of

China. For the other main, you can’t go wrong with the

Kung Pao Lobster which is a mighty portion of succulent

and flavourful meat – don’t blame us for the involuntary

sounds of appreciation that’ll originate from the guests at

your table.

For dessert, the chef asked us to trust his choice. We

did and weren’t disappointed. If you’re in doubt of

whether you should order the ginger baked yoghurt or

the mandarin ice cream with lemongrass and four berries,

order both. The Palm’s just scored a new restaurant

that’s nailing the brief.

Reserve a table: Call 04 247 5222

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HOTSPOTS

ON THE

Culinary offerings and flavours to try in the country

MENU

MEETING HOTSPOT

The quaint Revo Café at Anantara

The Palm Dubai Resort offers

bottomless coffee and a slice of cake,

ideal for those who want to meet up

by the seaside for business matters,

or perhaps work remotely. The café

also serves up eggs benedict, pulled

beef, burgers, pastas and a delectable

giant triple decker cake.

Call 04 567 8322

FRIDAY FRY-UP

When you’re craving a traditional

English breakfast with all the trimmings,

Nezesaussi Grill is the spot to head

to. Relish everything from eggs to

sausages, beans and much more for a

sumptuous Friday morning meal.

Dhs45 per head, inclusive of tea

and coffee, and Dhs135 per

person, inclusive of four selected

beverages. Call 04-423 8899.

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WEEKEND BRUNCHING The city’s brunches are back in full swing. Here are two to try:

❶ JAPANESE SETTING

If a brunch where you don’t get off

your seat is your cup of tea, then The

Garden Brunch at Downtown Toko

is the perfect setting. Expect salmon

sashimi salad with a moreish yuzutruffle

dressing, sushi, dim sum,

chicken cashew and authentic mochi

cream to conclude.

Every Friday from Dhs190 for the soft

drinks package and set menu and

house sparkling beverage for Dhs325.

Call 04 422 8383

THE GARDEN BRUNCH AT

DOWNTOWN TOKO

❷ INCOMPARABLE VIEWS

For a brunch with views of the iconic

Burj Khalifa, The Palace Gardens

and poolside, the 1001 Flavours at

Ewaan is one to try. A lavish spread

of seafood, meats, cold cuts, BBQ,

Asian delicacies and a wide selection

of cheese are available to feast from.

The Luxurious brunch is available

at Dhs695 per head inclusive of

selected premium bubble and grape.

Call 04 428 7888

TREASURES FROM THE SEA

Seafood lovers can eat to their heart, or tummy’s, content at Pierchic, with

the launch of six distinctive concepts hailing from the shores of Italy, Spain,

Portugal, England, France and Belgium, for a two-week period. The journey

begins with paella de arroz from Spain, following on with Catalana di Crostacei,

an elaborate poached crustacean platter served with vegetable crudité from

Italy. Portuguese shellfish and fish stew are served in the form of Cataplana de

Peixe y Marisco, while Posh Fish & Chic, beer-battered turbot and triple

cooked “Maries Piper potato” chips are served as inspiration from Britain. The

last two weeks offer Le Crabe & Crevettes Tour, a Normandy-inspired

dressed Atlantic crab and cevette tower before ending with the classes creamy

Moules Mariniere, fresh black mussels, white wine, parsley, cream, and

pommes pont neuf from Belgium.

Available between 7th July to 28th September, call 04 432 3232.

ETHIOPIA ON A PLATE

Authentic Ethiopian specialties await diners at Gursha, Club Vista

Mare, flanked by the sea on The Palm. Begin with a taster platter

for appetisers comprising chickpea dip, tangy lentils and crisp Injeera

(gluten-free moist flatbread). To get a taste of authentic everyday

dishes opt for the Taste of Ethiopia platter. Mild chicken curry,

delectable lentil stew, chickpeas powder stew, beef curry and plenty

of other options served alongside the rolled-up flatbread.

Call 04 554 2665

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TRAVEL

THE

GENEVA

DIARY

Skip the tourist traps and live like a local in one

of the richest cities in the world

Words by Varun Godinho

ST. PIERRE CATHEDRAL

If you’re flying into Geneva, your aeroplane will land

in France and taxi into Francophone Geneva.

Switzerland and France share the airport, runway

and a history too that’s joined at the hip.

Geneva wasn’t always the placid lakefront city that it is

today. It was the seat of unrest during the 16th century with

the rise of Calvinism and the social upheaval that resulted in

its wake. The French Huguenots brought the know-how of

watchmaking to Geneva during those tumultuous times, but

it was perfected to an art form by the indigenous population

who couldn’t farm during the winters and had to spend all

their time indoors. Today, Geneva’s ground zero to some of

the most venerable names in watchmaking from Vacheron

Constantin to Patek Phillippe.

You’ll notice primarily two types of visitors that come to

Geneva. The first are the pin-striped suit elite ready to do a

day’s business in one of the world’s richest cities which has a

private banking system so secretive that you have a better

chance of finding out whether aliens reside at Area 51 than

knowing the names of its account holders. The second are

the ski-set that head straight to the outskirts of the city to the

mountain ranges that line the valley.

If you’re a wide-eyed tourist and belong to neither of the two

groups, you’re likely ready to soak in the city sights and patisserie

smells that seems to waft through every alley in the city.

The city is best enjoyed on foot. You can start by walking

the length of the Promenade du lac Léman with the lush

garden to one side and the lake to the other – the Jet d’eau

fountain pushes132 gallons of water up to a height of 459ft

every second is one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks.

Stray from the waterfront and cross the road and into the

intersecting alleys to eventually wind up at St. Pierre Cathedral

in the old town of Geneva. Make sure you walk up the 150-

plus steps of the tower to enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

Geneva is old-moneyed and discreet – there’s none of the

flash cash and the abrasive attitude among locals or

establishments in the city. The vibe is warm, never pretentious.

Geneva is used as the staging ground for diplomatic back

channels which explains the presence of permanent outposts

of international missions including the UNHCR (you can book

a tour of the facility), WTO and the Red Cross. It is also where

some of the world’s biggest expos are held. Come January and

the sprawling Palexpo plays host to the annual Salon

International de la Haute Horlogerie, the world’s most

prestigious watchmaking exhibition. Every other March, the

same venue hosts the Geneva Motor Show.

There’s Zurich, Lucerne, Basel and Biel/Bienne. While each

has their charms, it’s the cosmopolitan cultured powerhouse

of Geneva that steals the show. If you aren’t fortunate

enough to be born a Swiss citizen, it takes up to 12 years of

residency to become one and even that doesn’t deter the

multitude determined to call Switzerland home. A visit to

Geneva can answer why.

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Stay:

LA RESERVE HOTEL AND SPA GENEVA

If you check-in and need to get to the city centre,

take the hotel’s motoscafo that cuts a swift path

through the water to get you there. Located

within a 10-acre park, La Reserve has an ice rink, a

2,000-square foot spa and seventeen suites,

besides a host of fine dining establishments

including Tse Fung which serves up Geneva’s best

Cantonese fare.

+41 22 959 59 59; lareserve-geneve.com

LA RESERVE HOTEL AND SPA GENEVA

HOTEL DE LA PAIX GENEVA

This Ritz-Carlton Partner property is located on

Rue Quai du Mont-Blanc that laps Lake Geneva.

Book the Mont-Blanc two-bedroom suite that

allows for excellent views of the both the lake and

the Alps out in the distance.

+41 22 909 60 00; ritzcarlton.com

HOTEL DE LA PAIX GENEVA

Eat:

LA BOTTEGA

Francesco Gasbarro and Paulo Airaudo’s La Bottega establishment is only two

years old, but that hasn’t stopped it from notching up a Michelin star already. The

Italian food is served up with a twist and if you’re confused about what to order go

with the seven-course tasting menu and let chef Gasbarro make the call. Veal with

pecorino, anyone? +41 22 736 10 00; labottegatrattoria.com

Cafe:

CAFÉ DU SOLEIL

We’re told that this is Geneva’s oldest restaurant

with roots that go back 400 years all the way back

to the Reformation movement. Go here for just

one thing: fondue. The cheese is sourced from the

village of La Roche located to the north of

Gruyère and the English-speaking staff here are

quick to explain its merits.

+41 22 733 34 17; cafedusoleil.ch

Shop:

THE RUE DU RHÔNE is Geneva’s answer to

Paris’ Rue de la Paix and New York’s Fifth Avenue.

This street has some top names in the world of

fashion from Cartier and Hermès to Louis Vuitton

and Chanel who have set up shop here. Not far away

is the city centre also packed with high-fashion labels

as well as a few independent artisans including local

chocolate makers that are well worth a visit. Fair

warning: most of the boutiques in the city centre are

closed all-day on Sunday.

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TRAVEL TALES

JETSETTER JOURNEYS

Explore the latest in experiences, tours and wellness breaks

ONE FOR THE MEN

When you think of Tuscany, the first images that spring to mind are vineyards, cheese and verdant landscapes. It may

not seem like the ideal getaway for the lads, however, Tuscany Now & More have launched the Gentleman’s Escape

Package and there’s never been a better time to round up the men. Tailored specifically for the modern-day man, men

get to train as noble warriors and master the traditional Japanese martial art of Bokken, visit the Nera River for White

Water Rafting, and hunt for truffles. Only the best dining experiences are naturally included, with a cooking workshop

within the Umbrian surrounds. A bit of wellness is included in the form of yoga.

Tuscany Now and More offer the Gentlemen’s Escape Package from £165 (approximately Dhs798) per

person. The Santi Terzi villa is available from £2,567 for 14 people on a self-catering basis, inclusive of help.

Visit tuscanynowandmore.com.

A FITNESS VACATION

Bramble Ski and Haute Montagne have launched bespoke biking

packages for Swiss-alpine resort guests. Cycling enthusiasts can opt

for the Haut Velo and Kudos bike-based activities to keep fit and

increase performance, while gazing at the picturesque surroundings

– the route showcases the stunning alpine passes in France,

Switzerland and Italy passing through quaint villages along the way.

All cycling tours are led by current and former professional cyclists

and those looking to challenge themselves can even ride the

unique tour du Mont Blanc.

From CHF375 for a one day guided tour, visit hautemontagne.

com or brambleski.com

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AUTHENTIC ASIAN

If you’re a fan of authentic Chinese cuisine, catch a flight to Conrad

Maldives Rangali Island for the 1930s Shanghai mystique pop-up

event at Ufaa by Jereme Leung. Set against crystal-clear waters, palm

trees and white sandy beaches, diners will be transported to

Shanghai’s Golden Age with the eatery resembling The Great

Gatsby, featuring modern-day interpretations of dishes including

double boiled chicken soup with mushroom, oven baked cod fillet in

spicy sauce, and Yunnan rose petal ice cream. Best of all, celebrity

chef Jereme Leung is at the helm of the menu and will be at the

event for those who want to mingle and pick his brains on cooking

tips. Available from July 16-18, visit conradmaldives.com

ARTSY TRAVELS

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra have launched an

all-new art safari, acting as a hub for those interested in

cultural and artistic journeys within the Ghanaian capital of

Accra. Showcasing emerging talent through Gallery 1957,

the programme presents exhibitions, installations and

performances. The curated safari also features visits to art

and design venues that are being created, such as Untamed

Empire – a new concept store uniting luxury fashion, art

collaborations and design – and one of the “African Centres

of Excellence” created by the Songhai Trust.

Visit kempinski.com/en/accra/hotel-gold-coast-city

C'EST LA VIE

Looking for tours that are off-the-beaten-path? The Luxury

Travel Book is now offering its third instalment of ‘Behind the

Scenes’ concierge service, set to launch in Paris this summer.

Skip the usual tourist traps and discover charismatic corners

of the French capital frequented by the locals. What else

does the concierge service offer? Think sold-out concert

tickets, dinner reservations at the hottest spots in town, wine

tasting, cookery classes, French lessons and plenty more.

Visit theluxurytravelbook.com

IT’S BACK!

Monaco’s much-loved restaurant, Le

Grill, has reopened its doors on the

eighth floor of the Hôtel de Paris

Monte-Carlo. Head there to dine

under a starlit sky or take in the

unrivalled views of the Mediterranean,

while relishing an alfresco meal inspired

by Provence and Tuscany featuring

wood-fired rotisserie, fish skewered

on the split, meat cuts hanging from

table racks – an old tradition from the

restaurant – baby squid and crustacean

Pasqualina ravioli.

Visit hoteldeparismontecarlo.com

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HOTEL REVIEW

STAY OF THE MONTH

Explore FIVE Palm Jumeirah,

the latest addition on the man-made island

OVERVIEW

Let’s face it, FIVE Palm Jumeirah is no stranger to the

scene, in specific due to the current re-branding confusion

that places them in the hospitality industry’s spotlight – it

was formerly known as Viceroy Palm Jumeirah. When you

do manage to look past the branding, which isn’t

problematic during the visit to be honest, you can

immerse yourself in a relaxing staycation with unrivalled

views of the glistening waters, an infinity pool hailed to be

one of the city’s best, and culinary offerings that cater to

all taste buds. The minute you set eyes on the floor to

ceiling glass-frame structure, with art pieces dotted

around the venue, you instantly feel as though you’ve

been transported to a city-style paradise by the sea. And

from here on, it doesn’t disappoint.

feel like you are in a stylish home away from home.

A plush king-size bed faces the Smart TV and a vividly striking

armoire/bar, which caters to every snacking requirement,

from nutritious organic varieties to a guilty bag of caramel

popcorn for a late-night movie in bed. Enter

THE ROOM

Imagine looking out to the Arabian Gulf, Dubai Marina and

the nearly completed Dubai Eye. It immediately excites,

while the waters puts you in a state of zen, with cosy vibrant

and neutral-hue interiors making the Luxe Sea View room

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the Italian and Greek marbled bathroom to

soak in the royal-esque tub – don’t forget to

carry your bath salts – and breathe in the scents

of Roil and Natura Bisse amenities while you shower.

Need to know:

To book a stay,

visit fivehotelsandresorts.com

BREAKFAST AL BLVD ON ONE IS

AN ABSOLUTE DELIGHT

THE FACILITIES

Soak up the rays by the poolside and take a dip to cool off,

you can’t leave the hotel without doing so. The site is also

home to a spa, fully equipped gym and a spa pool complete

with partially submerged sun loungers – for those looking

to get away from the fairly crowded main swimming pool.

GASTRONOMIC OFFERINGS

Dimly-lit interiors complement the coral-coloured walls

painted with the landscape of an Italian city, while neutral

hues set the tone for an intimate dinner at Quattro Passi.

Brace yourselves for a meal that will certainly make you

wonder if an Italian Nonna is hiding away in the kitchen.

The menu comprises freshly imported ingredients from

chef Antonio Mellino’s farm in Italy, combined with age-old

family techniques. We highly recommend the vitello

tonnato (tender veal slices) and fresh creamy burrata with

juicy Sorrento tomatoes for appetisers. The Nerano’s style

linguine pasta is worth a try for the middle course, especially

if you love a simple pasta with zucchini and a hint of cream

that lingers on your palate. Those looking for Italian with a

contemporary twist can opt for the teriyaki Scottish salmon

with a moreish zucchini cream and chanterelle mushrooms

that offer a bite. Carnivores have the option of succulent

lamb chops with pistachio, sweet potato, zucchini and a

full-bodied lamb jus, amongst plenty of other options

including a revisited veal Milanese. Desserts can either be a

fruity affair with the mille-feuille, mango cream, passion

fruit and sorbet, or a decadent chocolate and coconut tart

offset by the tanginess of creamy passion fruit and raspberry

sorbet. In true Italian style, conclude with an espresso.

DON'T MISS THE ITALIAN QUATTRO PASSI FOR

AN AUTHENTIC MEAL

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REAL ESTATE

KOA

CANVAS

Transforming Dubai’s urban landscape

with a modern-day canvas Words by Olive Sevilla

In a market where there has been slight stagnation,

Mohammed Bin Zaal promises to change all that. The former

CEO of Al Barari Development is a veteran when it comes

to pushing the boundaries of what real estate is capable of

and his latest project, KOA Canvas, is a game changer.

Located in Mohammad Bin Rashid City, KOA Canvas

connects to the inner artistic vibes of people who revel in the

here and now. The project aims to make the residents feel

alive and it seamlessly merges old with new, with craftsmanship

that brings out the innovation in design. The project spans

across two buildings, with 70 contemporary luxury apartments

made of 41 different layouts. In a unique new addition to the

Dubai property profile, the KOA Canvas will boast of a

vibrant, shared working space that is set to become a hub for

global entrepreneurs and innovators, which will add to the

creative dynamic of the property. Each of the 70 apartments

of city views, with seven floors dedicated to apartment style

living. The apartments have been tastefully dressed in concrete,

steel, wood and stone to add to its environmental factor,

which is the product of the vision of its revolutionary architect

Tarik Zaharna, Founder and Director of T. Zed Architects.

Such a high-profile project is sure to catch the eye of many

however, limited amount of penthouses and duplex are

available, with prices ranging from Dhs1,000-1,200 per

square foot. KOA Canvas is offering studio-one-two and

three-bedroom apartment floorplans, with 41 unique layouts

available for excellent contemporary living. Some units also

feature internal courtyards, rooftop or outdoor terraces,

allowing residents true indoor-outdoor living. Residents will

be able to enjoy an unmatched range of amenities including

fitness studios, pool, water features, landscaped gardens,

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gourmet markets, daycare, barbeque areas and art

installations throughout the grounds. Like its name, it aims to

be the canvas from which an authentic community with a

creative spirit can be fostered. Koa Canvas wants to capture

the soul of the next generation of Dubai’s creative and

entrepreneurial society, to become a dynamic hub that's

developing, growing and evolving. The name ‘Canvas’

perfectly captures the intention of the properties – to act as

a literal canvas for residents to live and grow within, making

their homes a canvas to showcase personal elements that

mean the most to them. Much like artists living and breathing

their installations.

The KOA Canvas apartments are due for completion in

early 2018, with phase one of the co-working facility

launching in December 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Visit koa.ae or contact the KOA team at

+971 4 422 1491.

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I'M TRAVELLING

TO...

Italy: Sicily and Positano.

DINING HOTSPOT

Zuma is always a go-to, especially for their

dynamite spider roll.

BEHIND

the BRAND

Lebanese designer

Hussein Bazaza gives us

a peek into his life

MY JOURNEY

I was never in any other field. I graduated

from school and enrolled in ESMOD

strictly for fashion design and the funniest

part, it wasn’t even my idea – my mother

practically forced me into it.

THE LATEST COLLECTION

Every launch has a story behind it, a

fairy-tale I envision and create. My

inspirations come from that story.

The characters in the tale are

my muses.

RECENT SPLURGE

A ring I customized from Bil Arabi with my

mother’s name on it.

FAVOURITE PIECE OF ADVICE

To believe in one'self

INVESTING IN MYSELF…

is all about improving and becoming better

at things I wish to ameliorate.

MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW…

I hate the fact that I am a fashion designer as the industry

has become too shallow and dull for my liking.

THE PERFECT FRIDAY IS…

spent at home or at the beach

FAVOURITE BOOKS

I prefer illustrations more

than words, so mainly comic

books such as Batman.

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