Equity Magazine August 2017 Issue

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AUGUST 2017 | ISSUE 03

TRAVEL

WELLNESS

RETREATS

FOR A HEALTHY

MIND AND BODY

THE TRUE COST

UNCOVERING THE

BUSINESS OF CEO

COMPENSATIONS

LILY

COLLINS

ON CONTROVERSY

AND HOLLYWOOD


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A BUYERS'S GUIDE TO

OFFSHORE INVESTMENT

Reasons why you should invest

in international properties

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THE REVOLUTION OF

THEMATIC INVESTING

Alternate investments to

diversify your portfolio

WHO YOU GOING TO CALL?

HOWARD LEEDHAM

Explore this war veteran's

journey

MONEY MEN

Get a peek into the business

behind a CEO's compensation

REFLECTIVE ENCOUNTERS

Lily Collins discusses her latest

Netflix movies

A SKILL FOR LIFE

Need a hobby? Try these

SUPPORT LOCAL

A chat with the startup founder

of Apotheca Beauty, Nora Al

Ramadhan

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TRENDING NOW

The latest in summer fashion

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WEEKEND DINING

Two venues worth talking

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ON THE MENU

Take a seat and indulge at these

fine restaurants around the UAE

WELLNESS RETREATS

Memorable mind and soul

rejuvenating experiences

JETSETTER JOURNEYS

Travel inspiration for your next

big holiday

STAY OF THE MONTH

Explore Al Wadi Desert,

Ras Al Khaimah

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A peek into her life

On the cover

LILY COLLINS

Read her interview on page 24

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From the EDITOR

Just a month to go before the next long Eid

break, that was quick, wasn’t it? Speaking of

time flying by, this month we spoke to Howard

Leedham about his past and transition from war

veteran to finance expert (p17). On the topic of

finance, the latest acquisitions (read our Business

section on equity.media) and current stock market

status has investors exploring new avenues for

alternate investments (p12-15).

Netflix movies are becoming all the more interesting, with controversial

topics raising awareness amongst society. Lily Collins speaks to us

about her past, present and future in Hollywood, following the success of

her most recent Netflix movie To The Bone (p24). Gizmo-lovers and

car enthusiasts, we have a treat for you, turn to page 48 for the latest in

aerial vehicles and page 53 to feast your eyes on the Mercedes-Maybach

G650, such a beauty!

If you’re looking to escape this month, before September kicks in, in full

swing, do so either with a staycation in the middle of the desert (p68) or

recoup with a wellness break (p61). Need to impress a friend, visiting

family member or business partner, look to page 56 for inspiration on

dining spots that are worth relishing a meal at.

Happy reading

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CALENDAR

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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

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ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET: ROMEO AND JULIET

WHERE: South Bank Centre, London

WHEN: August 1-5

Watch the eternal story of Romeo and Juliet unfold

in this opera created by the English National Ballet

in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee as it

comes to the Southbank Centre Royal Festival Hall

this summer. Sit back and be dazzled with Nureyev's

passionate choreography and Prokofiev's

exhilarating score performed live by English

National Ballet Philharmonic.

WA! WONDER

JAPAN EXPERIENCE

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WHERE: Stellar Ball, The Prince

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

ON CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

& BUSINESS ETHICS

WHERE: Village Hotel Albert Court, Singapore

WHEN: August 3-5

Hotel, Tokyo

WHEN: August 1 - September 30

An Argentinian Cirque Du Soleil style

group called the Fuerza Bruta

(meaning “brute force”) is about to

stun Japan with their Japanese inspired

“WA!” show. It has captivated

audiences in over 30 countries and

with all tickets being standing-only, it is

sure to be an interesting watch.

Global Business Research Journals (GBRJ)

and SDMIMD invite researchers, scholars,

economists, accounting and finance

professionals from across the globe to

submit their abstracts/full papers/case

studies at the upcoming conference which

focuses on ethical and governance practices to be followed not only by the corporate sector but

anyone involved in business and services activities with the motive of earning profit. After all,

profit should not be the only outcome of the business.

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MASTER ILLUSIONIST – AHMED EL BAYED

TAKE OFF WORLD TOUR

WHERE: Al Raha Beach Theatre, Abu Dhabi

WHEN: August 3-5

If you are a fan of Criss Angel or Houdini-like artists, this

is for you. Master Arab Illusionist Ahmed El Bayed has

stunned audiences around the world with his unique

tricks, and has developed quite the following. Come and

watch his show in Abu Dhabi to experience it yourself.

This is one the little ones will be amazed with too.

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CALENDAR

LES FÊTES DE GENÈVE 2017

WHERE: The banks of Lake Geneva

WHEN: August 3-13

Get ready to yodel your way through the Swiss Alps, literally! The

Les Fetes de Geneve is an annual 10-day festival held in the early

days of August. There will be singers, music concerts and shows,

food stalls, games for kids and amusement rides, with the fair lit up

by their famous fireworks display. Attendees range up to 2 million a

year and many rooms get sold out for the time of festival - so be

sure to book early if you want to stay at Geneva's Hotel President

Wilson.

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WHERE: Ayia Napa, Cyprus

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LIVING COLOR MUSIC FESTIVAL

WHEN: August 5-6

As being the fabled birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of

love, it should come as no surprise that the colourful and vibrant

Living Color Music & Arts Festival will be held in Cyprus. Watch

talents like Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nicky Romero and Nervo

make you bust a few moves. International audiences have to purchase

tickets online and provide ID ticket info at the entrance.

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HANS ZIMMER LIVE

WHERE: Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles

WHEN:August 11

Let’s face it; any movie without an impressive score is

soon forgotten. And when Hans Zimmer is the score

provider, you know what you are going to hear will be

otherworldly. The prolific film composer plays through

his silver screen hits backed by a sizable orchestra and

featured soloists during his live shows.

FESTIVAL OF FOLK ARTS

WHERE: Buda Castle, Budapest, Hungary

WHEN:August 17-20

This festival celebrates Hungary’s birthday on August 20th.

The fete is set on the open air courts of the Buda Palace, with

breathtaking views making you feel ou have stepped into the

medivial era, with cobblestoned yards, street food, live craft

shows and Hungarian Folk dance shows. The entry fee is the

same as the entry to the Budapest History Museum.

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SWEDISH HOUSE OF FINANCE FINTECH CONFERENCE

WHERE: Swedish House of Finance, Stockholm

WHEN: August 22-23

This year’s conference at the Swedish House of Finance revolves around FinTech and deals with the ever increasing and

ever-changing use of technological solutions in the financial world. This two-day conference brings together representatives

from the finance industry, regulators, and leading academic scholars. The first day will feature key- note presentations and

panel discussions, aimed primarily towards a non-academic audience, while the second day is built around presentations of

research papers with comments by invited guest.

LA PERLE BY DRAGONE OPENING NIGHT

WHERE: La Perle Theatre, Al Habtoor City, Dubai

WHEN: August 31

Dubai finally gets it very own Franco Dragone production called La

Perle, or “The Pearl” as Dubai is fondly referred to as the Pearl of the

Gulf. The one-of-a-kind venue houses a state-of-the-art aqua theatre

with 130 cast and crew, and a 1,300 seat theatre purpose-built to host

Dubai’s first permanent show. With only 14 rows around the aqua-stage,

each seat offers an engrossing perspective as the action unfolds.

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A BUYER’S GUIDE TO

OFFSHORE INVESTMENT

Richard Bradstock, Head of IP Global Middle East discusses

the perils of investing in property

Purchasing property is seen to be a prudent

investment as it can provide an individual with a

solid income, increase their net worth and enable

portfolio and geographical diversification.

Property is often characterised as a stable and reliable

asset, when compared to more volatile alternatives like

stocks and shares. Finally, owning property can also bring

with it a sense of pride and security, being a tangible,

physical asset to pass on to future generations.

IP Global recently conducted a survey with respected

polling company YouGov, exploring the property trends

within the UAE market. We found that 33 per cent of UAE

residents plan to invest in property in their home country

rather than stocks, shares or bonds (21 per cent) while 13

per cent have plans to invest in property overseas in the

next year. Reviewing the results of the YouGov study from

a global perspective, residents of the UAE had the highest

percentage of people planning to invest in property abroad

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Words by Richard Bradstock, Head of IP Global, Middle East

in the next 12 months, compared to Hong Kong, Singapore,

China and the UK.

The YouGov study clearly highlighted a strong appetite

for offshore property investment. However, choosing the

right market for your investment is key. At IP Global our

approach involves extensive research and due diligence

that can be best summarised by the ‘PIE’ acronym;

understanding each market’s population, infrastructure

and economy before making our recommendations to

clients. The simple reason for this is that as a location’s

population grows so does demand for dwellings, driving

property prices upward. Additionally, a government’s

approach to regeneration and improvement to transport

infrastructure often correlates with rising population

density, further increasing an asset’s value. Finally, a stable

and robust economy with diverse industries and growing

employment levels makes for a perfect investment

opportunity. However, before purchasing property

further, due diligence is required. Investors should

consider how easily you can extract your profit; researching

the income, capital gains and inheritance tax implications

of investing in foreign markets. Another important factor

to investigate is the process of obtaining mortgage finance

in international markets. For example, properties in Berlin

are now extremely popular because, in comparison to

British properties, they do not undergo capital gains tax

after ten years.

Although a market may make an attractive investment,

when purchasing overseas properties, it is important to

understand the entire purchase process, including the legal

and tax implications for foreign investors. Variables such

as how and when to apply for a mortgage should be

considered as the procedure changes significantly as per

each country’s jurisdiction which can present a challenge

in unfamiliar markets. A trusted mortgage advisor to guide

you through the process is often an invaluable partner. As

a foreign investor, it is also important to consider the

exchange rate and how currency fluctuations might affect

the investment in the medium-to-long term. Currently, the

strengthening US Dollar, combined with a post-Brexit

world, makes it cheaper for investors to buy properties

abroad residing in countries like the UAE, which is pegged

to the US Dollar. Once the purchasing logistics have been

confirmed, potential investors also need to conduct their

due diligence on their partners on the ground, assessing

the credentials of all involved, from the developer to

agents and lettings, to the property management teams.

Additionally, they must understand the local rental market

to ensure there is strong demand and future saleability

prospects. Again, choose your partners wisely – ensure

you are working with advisors that have a strong track

record of success.

Choosing a buy-to-let property can enable investors to

repay their mortgage via the proceeds of their rental income.

We have seen customer buying behaviour change in the last

decade, as due to recent world events investors are becoming

more cautious. Now our clients do not tend to buy trophy

properties outright, but use their budget instead buy multiple

properties in numerous locations – using mortgage as

leverage to maximise their returns and enable their money to

go further. On the other hand, many clients do possess the

total cost of purchase. Yet we would continue to promote the

strategic advantages of leveraging (borrowing money). By

using leverage to finance their investment, investors with a

large amount could not only buy more than one property but

buy types of property that they could not otherwise afford.

For example, a recent analysis of IP Global’s London

property portfolio found the return on property investment

was magnified 2.7 times on average using this strategy.

Once investors have bought their property it is

important to constantly asses the value and progression of

your portfolio and if necessary re-evaluate your strategy

whilst simultaneously managing tenants and property

upkeep. The majority of UAE residents come to the region

on a contract basis and so when the time is right, we advise

our clients to plan their exit strategy. By purchasing

overseas this gives you more freedom but, overall, we

recommend a seven-to-ten year minimum hold on an

investment property. To the majority of investors, the

legal, mental and financial implications of purchasing

overseas properties can be quite daunting. Therefore,

most rely on companies like IP Global, which has both

local and global expertise in research, consulting, working

with solicitors and facilitating the purchase and

conveyancing, arranging mortgages, lettings and managing

the property as well as advising on the optimal time for

reselling.

Ultimately, the advantage of acquiring offshore property is

that it provides continuous reliable returns through capital

growth and rental yields, whilst giving investors a passive

income with minimal active management. Individuals

wanting to drive their net worth, property is the most reliable

asset and with the existing opportunity to monopolise on the

strengthened US Dollar, the time to buy is now.

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THE REVOLUTION OF

THEMATIC INVESTING

How thematic investing has grown to become the next

disruptive innovation in the investing industry

By Itsparipassu

Prior to 1976, it was not possible for

investors to replicate the performance of

an index. Every stock that formed a part of

the index had to be bought individually

and fractional stock buying was not possible. Back

then, active mutual funds dominated the investing

world, where fund managers hand-picked stocks they

expected to perform the best. However, consistently

beating developed market indices was an extremely

hard feat for them. Almost 80 per cent of active funds

failed to sustainably beat their benchmark indices.

The reason for this was usually the fees charged by

the mutual funds. Managing an active fund costs

money – hiring a team of research analysts, building

research infrastructure, paying transaction costs for

buying and selling etc., ate away any excess returns

that the funds tried to generate. The famous John

Bogle (founder of Vanguard Group) pioneered index

investing when he launched Vanguard 500 (a lowcost

mutual fund that mirrored the S&P 500) in 1976.

His philosophy - “If you can’t beat 'em, join 'em” –

kick-started the revolution of index investing. Index

performance trackers such as Index funds and ETFs

took over the reins and ushered in the era of low-cost

passive investing. Investors were able to track the

performance of major market indices by paying as

low as 20 to 40 bps per instrument.

With technological advancement, such passive

index investment tools became available to all kinds

of investors on every investing platform. Vanguard,

iShares (by Blackrock), and many more prominent

players dominated the market and provided easy

access to these low-cost strategies. Once the

revolution took over in a sustainable manner, index

funds that tracked major sector indices started

entering the investing world. For instance, an investor

who was bullish on the U.S. market and specifically

the U.S. Oil & Gas industry could take exposure to 2

index funds – one that tracked the S&P 500 and the

other that tracked an index of major U.S. Oil & Gas

companies. Eventually, passive investing became

possible across various regions, as well as, sectors.

Today, we live in a world that is going through a

paradigm shifting regime. In intervals of less than six

months, technological innovations are responsible

for turning obsolete the most familiar facets of our

lives. People are adapting quicker to transformation

and have learned to anticipate the unexpected.

Analysts are spending hours, days and weeks in trying

to predict the next mega trend in the coming decades.

Will renewable energy take over, robotics be the next

leading industry or will big data analytics become a

necessary tool for corporates to survive? Similarly, are

flying cars set to receive billions of dollars’ worth of

investments? A vast majority of the new generation

investors are excited to jump in on these mega trends.

Most millennials have not only grown to distrust

large financial institutions with traditional offerings,

but also thrilled to see new offerings by technological

corporations, embracing the wave of digital investing

in long-run mega trends. Naturally, where there is a

demand for an untapped space, it gets met by frontrunning

innovators. An example of one such inspired

individual is Hardeep Walia, Founder of Motif

Investing. A few years ago, Walia was trying to invest

a trend at the moment, mobile internet. He was

advised by his peers to buy Apple’s stock. However,

he wanted a broad exposure to the entire ecosystem -

chip manufacturers, cell phone towers and operators.

At that time, no index existed for such a specific part

of the technology space and hence, there were no

funds or ETFs that tracked it. Buying single stocks of

various companies would lead to a massive

transactional cost so that wasn’t a prudent choice.

Recognising a gap in the investing industry, he put

together a team that created a concept-based

investing tool. The platform creates intelligently

weighted and diversified baskets of up to 30 stocks or

ETFs called ‘motifs’ that can be bought into for a

little less than $10 (Buying 30 stocks individually can

make the investor incur around $300 purely as

commissions). The motifs can be used to track

trends, such as the robotics revolution, or trading

strategies, such as ‘buy the dip’ and many more

creative thematic investments. It is possible to even

own fractions of shares in these motifs, something

that is not possible in traditional stock investing.

Over 150 investment styles have been created

in-house and investors can directly buy these or even

create investment styles of their own.

Similarly, PureFunds is another corporation that

is continuing to revolutionise thematic investing.

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CEO of PureFunds, Andrew Chanin, realised that

people wanted to invest, were not covered by

ETFs yet. PureFunds licenses indexes that are

created by International Securities Exchange, LLC

(ISE). ISE creates indices for specific new themes,

such as cybersecurity, big data, fintech, drones,

gaming etc. and PureFunds launches low-cost

ETFs, that track these indices, into the

marketplace. Just like PureFunds and Motif,

several focused tools are penetrating the investing

world today. Strategies now exist that allow

investors to get exposure to any concept they wish

to buy into, be it technological mega trends,

innovative real estate investing or even trading

strategies they believe have the potential to beat

traditional benchmarks.

Today, such companies that are at the forefront of

innovative thematic investing are seeing massive

inflows into their strategies, which is proof that

investors are looking for alternative ways and means

to invest in the world that is their future. These firms

have disrupted traditional banking and conventional

investments and are innovating in line with the

desires of the new generation investors. Costeffectiveness,

unprecedented access, user-friendly

trading tools and, above all, concept driven

methodologies, have helped these firms in

revolutionising thematic investing. Numerous

competitors are recognising this trend and moving

away from traditional strategies. Thus, an increase in

competition will only serve to improve the experience

for investors. That said, many UHNWIs continue to

be unaware of these new generation investing tools

that are easily available to them. The main reason

being that conventional banking and wealth

management continue to propagate affluent active

funds and traditional investment strategies. It is

imperative that financial advisors lead the progress

and introduce modern age investing tools, such as

these, to their clients, lest they be left behind in

strategies turning obsolete by the day.

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are innovating in line with the

desires of the new generation

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WHO

YOU

GOING TO

CALL?

HOWARD

LEEDHAM

The former UK Navy Commando Pilot,

Clearance Diver and Special Forces Officer

Howard Leedham MBE, takes us

through his journey

Words by Nicola Monteath

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There’s something stimulating about interviewing a man

from the finance world, exploring his past ventures and

what brought him to this side of the world. Especially if

that past involves tales of war and leading a force of

soldiers to raid Taliban camps and hunt down victims in Pakistan.

Howard Leedham isn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill finance expert.

He didn’t graduate from an Ivy League, or even in economics or

finance as a matter of fact. However, his journey has led him to

become the Chairman of Dubai-based hedge fund firm Dalma

Capital and most recently, a partner at Consilium. Upon meeting

Howard, I could sense a sort of mystery, one where you get the vibe

that much has happened in this gentleman’s life. He’s calm, almost as

though everything in the past is a distant memory, with the excitement

of his latest venture, Consilium, taking over. Thankfully, this makes

our interview a breezy chat that goes on longer than I anticipated.

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Howard began his career at the age of 18 as a diver, due to

not being able to afford training. “I joined the Navy, became

a clearance driver and was in bomb disposal and the

clearance diving team for four years. I soon realised that

divers don’t have much work and decided to become a pilot.

I passed all the tests and went into flight training to pursue

my career as a commando pilot. That was my first real brush

with the men from the Special Forces,” he tells us. Soon

after, Howard found himself joining the Special Forces,

serving three tours thereafter. His love for flying never

weaned throughout and Howard found himself between

flying and at the Gulf War with the US Marines. As with

to run his firm and told me he could teach me everything I

needed to know about convertible bonds in six months.”

Howard is the go-getter, take-up-a-challege type of

individual. That said, life had other plans for him and he had

to refuse the offer, as this came immediately after 9/11. The

reason why was as terrifying as exciting, with Howard being

commissioned by the US Government for a year-long

mission in Pakistan. Kindly enough, the gentleman with the

offer said, “serve us the courtesy of living through the next

year, we’ll serve you the courtesy of offering you the job

when you’re back.”

“To me there are two types of adventures. One, which

most army men, there comes a time when you feel you need

to spend more time with the family and so Howard left the

Navy to settle in the US, where he got the opportunity to get

into business aviation in Maryland. “They had all the right

certification but not the size of business I needed. I decided

to advertise management of business jets in the business

journal and lo and behold, it took off.” Opportunities came

along, and one such offer altered the course of Howard’s

life. “The CEO of a hedge funds company offered me a job

people are aware of and the other that happens when you

reach your destination. You know it’s an adventure when

you’re on ground but it’s an adventure you may not want to

experience ever again,” he tells us. That’s exactly how

Howard felt when he was commissioned. “I rounded up

militia and off we went for our mission,” he says. The

conversation went off record for a few minutes, where we

discovered his near-death experiences and stories that can’t

be disclosed. But from the sounds of it, the risk Howard

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took gave him a story to write home about. And years later,

for the public too. After much persuasion from comrades,

he released his first non-fiction book, Ask Forgiveness, Not

Permission, revealing gritty details of his tenure in Pakistan.

Fast forward a year and Howard saw himself joining the

gentleman who offered him the position. “I used to pass

through the UAE when going to Pakistan and always

thought ‘Wow, this place is like a gold rush.’ When I got

back, I joined the company and pressed them into setting

up here,” he tell us. After two-and-a-half years Howard

left the company, and assisted with the launch of several

other hedge fund firms before joining Dalma Capital.

“What I learned about the financial industry is that you

need two sorts of people, in my opinion. Those who focus

specifically on what they need to do, like Portfolio

Managers, and those who I term as generalists, who run

the company – they know the strategies, the know-how,

but they don’t make the investments.”

While he still has a foot at Dalma Capital, his heart and

soul are wholly at Consilium. “I like to build things and

make a difference. Trying to make a difference is very

difficult with hedge funds where around – a random

throwaway figure – but probably 90 per cent of the assets

are managed by 10 per cent of the company, and yes,

To me there are two types of

adventures. One, which people are

aware of and the other that happens

when you reach your destination. You

know it’s an adventure when you’re on

ground but it’s an adventure you may

not want to experience ever again

there’s something for you there but trying to make a

difference isn’t easy. That’s one of my frustrations of the

finance sector,” says Howard.

Judging by his past, Howard relishes the thrill of being on

his feet at all times, especially for work. Two to three years

ago, he was invited to a lunch in London by a man who

served with him in the Special Forces, now his business

partner, Simon Fordham OBE. “Him and another

gentleman said they were going to roll security companies

into one, offering risk management and crisis response.

They had a great solution to create a global footprint and to

deal with only the things we specialised in. I thought this

was a great idea and out of that Consilium was born.”

“For me, I feel like I’m building something here and

making a difference. We do crisis response wherein we deal

with kidnap and ransom negotiation. We are retained by

numerous insurance companies, so if there is a kidnap the

company calls us and we react immediately. Two to three

months ago we had a case where three people were

kidnapped. It was a three-week process and we got them

out. It’s an amazing feeling when as a company, you go

through this and get the job done,” says Howard. The

company specialises in various other services, including

specialist consulting and advisory. If either government

cooperates or individuals think they are going to have a

problem, or do, then their team is called in. “One of our

team members always know the answers, we’re a great

brunch. One of the members was a Former Colonel in the

UK, while the other is a forensic accountant, we are all part

of the brotherhood. We also have a cyber security team and

it has really started to take off as people are becoming more

and more aware,” he says.

Besides concentrating on the global footprint, they are

also focusing on specialised services that will roll out in

Q4. At the moment, Consilium is based in London, Lagos,

Abu Dhabi and Milan, with an affiliate in New York.

“We’re setting up West Africa, and that’s more boots-onthe-ground

operations. In Abu Dhabi, we were the first

security company to set up at the Global Market, while in

Dubai, we have a corporate membership with Capital

Club.” The company also looks after HNWI families when

they travel abroad.

Through the eyes of a layman, Howard is a brawny army

man. But as we chat about life, visits to unfortunate

countries and his humanitarian efforts, we discover he is

soulful too. “I tried to launch a charity that would airlift aid

to countries that require it and almost got there, everything

was good. But, 9/11 happened,” he tells us. “My view is this

is going on all around the world and we live in a privileged

environment. If something happens to us, we know

someone will come and risk their lives to save us. What I’ve

seen is that in unfortunate places, if a person gets ill or the

building collapses, they know that nobody is going to come

and they have minimum hope of survival. So, the concept

of trying to put something together was that at the back of

mind they know someone will get there,” he tells us.

While it is on the back burner, Howard has much to be

excited about. As we delve into his book, we learn that the

movie pilot was created with the film going into production

at just about any time. I began to imagine the blockbuster,

the feeling of having once interviewed the protagonist, but

began to wonder, who would play the lead? “Anyone but

Tom Cruise,” he laughs and reveals, as we go on into a

discussion about our background and life in the UAE.

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The CEO decides how much you get paid, but who decides his pay? Enter

the secretive and complex world of the executive compensation consultant

Words by Varun Godinho

Warren Buffett and his chief

lieutenant Charlie Munger are

united in their overt distaste for

executive compensation

consultants – professionals appointed by the

boards of some of the world’s biggest companies

to determine the compensation-and-benefits

packages of its top bosses. At the annual Berkshire

Hathaway annual meeting in May this year, Buffett

said, "If the board hires a compensation consultant

after I go, I will come back – mad," while Munger

added, “I have avoided all my life compensation

consultants. I hardly can find the words to express

my contempt."

But is the business of compensation

consultants getting an undeserved bad rap?

“There is always a risk of us having an inflationary

pressure on compensation. But the more

balanced view is that we act as a controller and

brake on executive pay. We’re very aware of what

the market rate for a job is and the HR

professionals inside the institutions that we deal

with need third-party validation of what they are

doing. In many instances, I find myself arguing

for compensation to go down rather than up.

That’s the bit of the discussion that Mr. Buffett

might miss because he only receives the headlines

where the numbers are going the other way,” says

Dubai-based Martin McGuigan, Partner at Aon

Hewitt Middle East, who also heads up the

McLagan division at Aon that specifically deals

with compensation within the financial services

sector in the MENA region.

Globally, Aon Hewitt is one of the biggest

players in the industry – reportedly, over 70 per

cent of the Fortune 500 and FTSE 100

companies in America and the UK have

contracted its services to determine the pay of

its upper-crust management.

Contrary to what you believe, these

consultants aren’t the empowered sharks that

dole out packages worth tens of million on a

whim to slick CEOs. McGuigan explains its

business model. Most organisations have what

is known as an internal nomination and

remuneration committee (NRC). The NRC is

tasked with finding executive-level candidates –

often accepting names pitched by headhunters

– vetting and interviewing them and, most

importantly, will act as the penultimate authority

on determining the quantum of pay.

To help them reach that decision though, the

NRC cannot rely on headhunters who are

motivated by securing a higher pay for their

candidate because they are paid a percentage of

the final package. Instead, they turn to thirdparty

neutral external bodies like the Aon

Hewitt to gather market intelligence on what

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executives within the candidates’ peer group are

being offered and to advise on a fair

compensation package. Does he think that

compensation packages are far higher today

than they should justifiably be? “If a CEO is

going to make you a billion dollars and you want

to pay him 50 million, shareholders will say,

‘That’s fine. We’re going to make 950 million.’

There is no limit to how much it should be or

could be, but the control should be in the design

of the incentives that ensures that shareholders

are taken care of first, and that the employees

are always paid after the shareholders,” says

McGuigan.

In the wake of 2008 crisis, reports of millions

being disbursed among the senior management

of freshly-bailed out financial institutions

caused shareholders to rile against the system

that allowed these excesses. As McGuigan

explains, 2008 led to the creation of governmentbacked

financial legislation and checks-andbalances

to prevent the abuse of the system,

though they’ve fallen short of entirely remedying

the matter. “The way compensation packages

are set up is that one-third is guaranteed pay,

one-third annual bonus, and one-third are longterm

incentives like equity. It’s the bonus and

incentives that are directly correlated to the

performance of the organisation they lead, and

that component was previously entirely at the

discretion of the shareholders. However, in

Europe you now have CRD IV regulatory

authority that mandates that the bonus of those

in the financial services sector in the European

Union, can be a maximum of 100 per cent of

their fixed component. That didn’t bring total

MARTIN MCGUIGAN, PARTNER AT AON HEWITT MIDDLE EAST

If a CEO is going to make you a billion

dollars and you want to pay him 50

million, shareholders will say, ‘That’s

fine. We’re going to make 950 million.’

There is no limit to how much it should

be or could be, but the control should be

in the design of the incentives

compensation levels down. It was, in fact, bad

for shareholders because the guaranteed

component of the compensation was increased

so that they [the executives] would be eligible

for 100 per cent bonus of a bigger number.”

That took away the uncertainty of having

these men and women work harder to secure

larger bonuses. The higher fixed component,

says McGuigan, also had an adverse knock-on

effect on end-of-service benefits, pension, and

national insurance, among other things.

In countries like America, regulation has had a

better impact and now beginning to stick. “In the

States, the same regulatory pressure was applied

via Dodd Frank, a consumer protection act put in

place by the US legislative institutions, in 2009. It

capped compensation for senior executives and

bank professionals and spelt out exactly how the

risk and reward mechanisms should be linked.

They made a very strong linkage on how people

were incentivised and the risks they took which

were previously responsible for the collapse of its

financial institutions.”

Everything isn’t always above board though,

and there is a more sinister side to the

compensation consulting business. To navigate,

sometimes circumvent, these international

regulatory mechanisms, often companies will

appoint compensation consultants to sit on

their board and NRC councils. “You can’t

design [the compensation and benefits] plan and

then sit on the same boards and say, ‘What a

great plan that is.’ Believe it or not, five or six

years ago, you could have done both.”

“So now we’ve seen many [compensation

consulting] companies split the design and

consulting part from the regulatory advisory

part so that they can work both sides of the

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fence, but under two completely different

company structures. Those employees are very

clearly divided by Chinese walls internally.”

The compensation consulting industry isn’t a

one-size-fits all operation. The packages structured

are varied across financial markets worldwide. In

the West, executives are gung-ho on equity as their

long-term incentives. In the Middle East, where

many large corporations are family or state-owned,

cash is still king. “In the Middle East, 95 per cent

of the deals are cash based and this won’t change

in the foreseeable future. Historically, we’ve had a

transient population in the region. So when you

bring talent in, they are interested in a cash deal

because they are able to up

sticks and leave with no

encumbrances to taking the

money with them.”

While the matter of

executive pay in the Middle

East isn’t very closely

regulated or as structured as

it is in the West, things are

changing even it’s still a case

of the cart leading the horse.

“There are many well-run

forward-thinking

companies who are

divesting responsibilities

outside of its family

members to professionals.

To secure the contract of

these talented individuals, they [the companies]

will revamp and reinvigorate their internal

perspective on pay and use proper executive

compensation metrics and techniques. It is

happening, but slowly.”

The executive compensation business is here

to stay. As McGuigan saliently points out,

companies will always require third-party

validation and intelligence on the prevailing

market conditions during the hiring process.

“Shareholders will always demand an expert

point of view on the reasonableness of what is

being put in front of them.” If McGuigan is

right, Buffett might never be able to rest easy.

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REFLECTIVE

ENCOUNTERS

Lily Collins chats with Christopher Hooton about her humble beginnings,

latest Netflix movies and fascination with old-school Hollywood

Lily Collins has had a busy year, appearing in

Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes biopic Rules

Don’t Apply, Netflix’s biggest feature film yet,

Okja and starring in one of its latest indie films,

To the Bone (streaming now - the story of a girl dealing with

anorexia. I caught up with her on a warm Tuesday afternoon

at the Corinthia Hotel in London.

There’s common ground here, you studied journalism

right?

Yeah I went to USC. Broadcast Journalism and

Communications.

I’ve always ultimately wanted to be directing and I’m

trying to segue into that - with you, was it the case that

you studied journalism and did a little after college, but

the hope was always to go into acting?

Yeah, I always knew that I wanted to act. But I was always

super intrigued about asking questions and seeing human

nature and human response and knew it would better inform

me as an actor. And then, taking that on camera, I could

better understand my angles, what it was to edit, how edits

happen and how to take direction. There are so many facets

of the industry I think can be applied to other areas you

wouldn’t necessarily associate them with. So having those

skills is really important because a lot of people in the field

you end up in haven’t necessarily had the type of experience

you’ve had. It can give you an interesting perspective I think.

You’ve done some wild stuff in journalism, I read that

you covered the 2008 presidential election for

Nickelodeon!

[Laughs] Yeah! It was really fun - I got to do the ’kids pick the

president’ campaign which - I was 18 at the time so it was my

first time voting, I had a lot of questions myself, so I got to go

out in the field and ask questions for the kids but also for

myself, which was interesting. I got to be there for the

inauguration and all the parties afterward and the conventions

too, it was crazy.

You know that Nickelodeon kids' president poll has

only been wrong like twice! It’s a more accurate

predictor than many broadsheet polls.

No way, that’s so funny!

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So with To The Bone, you had personal experience of

anorexia, right? When you were approached about it

were you immediately like ’yes, I want to draw on it’ or

was there a wariness and you weren’t sure whether you

wanted to make that part of your life something to put

on the screen?

So I was sent the script by my team who didn’t know my

association with it [anorexia] at all - they just thought it was an

amazing opportunity for an actor. I’d ironically just written a

chapter in my book about my experience with eating disorder a

week before, so I was already reliving it by reading journals

from that time period. It was like the world in a kismet situation

saying ’this is something that maybe you need to expand upon,

something you can may bring to more people - start a larger

conversation.’ Before I read the script I was hesitant to step

back into those shoes when I’d gone so far away from them but

I also figured it’s about telling a larger story, so I gave it a shot

and when I did it hit me in the gut - the writing was so spot on;

I could really relate to some of the experiences in it. It was witty

and had this dark humour that I think only someone who’d

gone through it could write. It was semi-autobiographical for

Marti [Noxon, the writer-director] so that made total sense,

and when I finished it I called up right away and was like ’I have

to meet with somebody about this.’ I met with Marti who had

no idea about my connection with it whatsoever; we started

talking, had a little bit of a lovefest and I explained to her my

association with it and what I could relate to. And that was it

really, I went home and expressed to my team my hopes of her

liking me and she expressed her hopes of me liking her and it

was kind of like a marriage from there.

A film like that needs the humour doesn’t it, otherwise it

can get a bit morbid.

Yeah, it’s already a dark subject matter so you want to make

sure you have lightness in there. Also, there’s a real truth to

dark humour being used as a deflection from issues, especially

with this kind of topic, you don’t want to address the elephant

in the room, you just want to deflect, deflect, deflect. I

personally used dark humour or in general in that way and so

did Marti. My character, Ellen, is very sarcastic and fun and

witty - she’s a bright young women who got a lot of darkness

in there.

And the scenes where you looked very emaciated, I’m

guessing some it was body doubles, some of it was VFX?

So some of it was me, some was a young woman who was in

recovery, and they kind of molded the two of us together.

The shot at the end is obviously not me that’s CGI, but it’s a

dream sequence so you can kind of allow that.

You obviously had to stay really thin for the role as well,

was it weird having to go back to the kind of behaviour

you’d put behind you, in terms of really worrying about

what you eat?

It was, but what was weird about it was someone else telling

me what I could and couldn’t eat. It wasn’t about the

satisfaction of me controlling it, it was actually being held

accountable by a professional. And I started to go like, 'well

maybe I want to eat that,’ and I had to remind myself it’s for a

greater purpose. So, I wanted to eat, whereas before it would

have been me telling myself I didn’t. It was interesting being

held accountable throughout the process; I had a lot of

people supporting me to help me through it. But also, I feel

proud of the fact that, because of the regimen and

supplements I was on as well as constantly eating throughout

the day, I never forgot my lines, I was never late and never

skipped out on work or was ever overly tired, and I had a

great time shooting. I think a lot of what propelled me

forward was that I was so passionate about the story and

determined to get through it, make it to the end and have that

feeling of pride. I knew the greater purpose of the story was

much bigger than myself and that there was potential for

change after this movie or at least a conversation starting

about the subject matter, so I didn’t want to mess it up.

Obviously, it was a little bit of pressure, but sometimes

pressure can be good.

So what is the healthy way they recommend actors to get

down to a small size for roles?

There really isn’t a recommended way. I know other actors

who would literally eat a piece of fruit a day and smoke a lot

and drink a lot of coffee, and that was totally not the vibe I

wanted - I don’t even smoke - so I don’t condone that and, I

reminded myself they’d hired me as an actor, not for the

potential of what my body could look like. And so, it was just

about limiting certain food groups, having smaller portions,

lots of water and just the basics really. But always having

supplements with every meal as well to make sure your body

is functioning properly.

I know one obviously draws on one’s own life with every

role to an extent, but did this movie feel different

because it was something so close to you, did it feel

easier to tap into the emotion when you were in the

scene?

It definitely was a dissimilar type of experience for me and,

watching it back, I can spot the moments where I’m actually

having revelations of my own in the movie as myself, because

the way Marti wrote the script is so accurate and there are

things I’d never been open to talking about or ever really

spoken to a professional about. The therapists in the house

talking about why people stay in disorder or what we like

about it, for instance, was so spot-on and creepily similar to

my mindset at the time that I was just in awe that someone

understood me, and that’s what Ellen’s going through in that

moment, you know, someone’s caught me out’.

I really was so present in this movie that I allowed myself to

have those moments of clarity and they just happened to be

captured on film. Like the scene in the bathroom where my

step mom makes me step on the scales, take my clothes off

and she takes pictures of me and asks me if I think they’re

beautiful, I didn’t know that Kerry Preston, the actress,

was actually going to use the iPhone and take a photo - I

thought she’d turn it around and there’d be a blank screen -

but she took a photo of me and it shook me in that moment

because I was faced with something that I just hadn’t seen in

myself. When you’re in disorder you don’t see yourself the

way that everyone else does really, it’s distorted, so that was a

real moment that shook me as Ellen but also as Lily. To

the Bone provided me a lot of those ’aha’ moments.

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I think in order to start conversations about them you have to take

the taboo out of it, you have to put it out into the universe in some way

Did you see the whole furor about Netflix’s 13 Reasons

Why?

I know that there was controversy surrounding it, but I think

when you take any subject matter that is so relevant today

people are really afraid to talk about, or don’t know how to talk

about, there’s always going to be negative attention because it’s

uncomfortable. With 13 Reasons Why, that’s something they set

out to do from the start, this [To The Bone] was something that

we’re indebted to Sundance in that they acquired and wanted

to distribute it. In both situations I think it’s to be applauded

that they’re taking risks on subject matter like that, because I

think in order to start conversations about them you have to

take the taboo out of it, and in order to do that you have to put

it out into the universe in some way, and entertainment is a

perfect platform for young people to pay attention. I think

Netflix is really bringing change because conversations turn

into change. There’s going to be negative attention with

anything that people consider uncomfortable.

It was weird to me because it seemed like everyone was

coming from a liberal standpoint, but what they were

asking for was essentially censorship, for the approach

to be ’let’s just not talk about suicide and pretend it’s not

happening’.

Yeah, not talking about it’s not going to help. I wrote a book

last year and the whole point of it was for readers not to feel

alone, and in order to not feel alone you need to be able to

share experiences with people, and that comes from opening

yourself up and talking about what can be quite terrifying.

The idea that you’re not alone also promotes the idea that

asking for help is not a weakness, it’s a strength, and I think

so often we consider needing help as meaning we can’t handle

things ourselves, when really we’re just seeking out someone

else to understand us, and I think these shows and this movie

is a way of doing that.

I’m always interested to ask actors how they feel about

social media, because with so many industries now it’s

become an accepted part of things and is just expected

that people use it. I was talking to Alicia Vikander a few

weeks ago and she was saying how she prefers just not

to have it at all; I know you’re on Twitter and other

mediums, how do you deal with social media and how

much do you engage with it?

It’s interesting, I was pretty against social media at the very

beginning, because I love old Hollywood actors and actresses -

the mystery around them. A real mystery and like, studios kept

them secret. I was talking to Sir Michael Parkinson recently on

his radio show and he was saying how it started at the very

beginning of people being allowed to even go on talk shows.

They didn’t come with publicists, they’d never done it before

and there was almost no censorship because they just wanted

to share things. And now it’s interesting because you can more

easily control what you put out there and what you don’t. The

journalist in me always loved relating and socialising and

connecting with people, but there came a point where I needed

to make a decision to stop that being my focus and really focus

on acting - an audience are only really going to believe me as a

character to an extent if they don’t know me as Lily that well.

Instagram was the first place I went to because I could

express my love of photos and I thought well, photos speak

for themselves and I can just add a little caption, but it created

this positive environment for young women supporting each

other that I wasn’t expecting and it was that interaction that

inspired me to write my book because they were all telling me

their insecurities and their experiences assuming I couldn’t

relate because I was an actor, whereas that was the furthest

from the truth, I had just never really been open about it

before. I wrote my book to basically say, ’wait a second, I

actually can relate completely to you and I wanted my voice

to be unfiltered, which is the title of the book, and also the

photos in it to be unfiltered.

It’s difficult, I really enjoy social media - certain forms of it -

because I get to connect with young people around the world

and really use my voice in a way that hopefully encourages others

to as well, but also you do risk opening yourself up too much. I

think if you can get a grasp on a balance, then that’s a really good

thing, it’s healthy. It’s not easy, but I think I’m finding that

balance and grateful for the interactions I’ve had on social media.

That said, I don’t like, check it all the time, I’m not constantly

tweeting and updating everything - Instagram’s the one I feel like

I really curate because I love photography and visual art.

Instagram’s weirdly my favourite one too, even though

on the surface it seems all about façade.

Exactly, it’s a lot of fast-paced opinions and that’s great that

people are using their voice but, personally, I think photos for

me say more.

I haven’t heard much about The Last Tycoon in a while,

is that still happening?

Yes! I shot the first season like a month ago and it comes out

this summer. I’m hoping people like it and that we go to a

second season which would be amazing. It’s fun; it’s the

golden era of Hollywood and we get to really dive deep and

go dark in it as well.

I can tell old school Hollywood is obviously in your

interest what with Rules Don’t Apply as well.

I know! I’ve really got the period stuff covered I guess, that’s

why it’s been fun to do To The Bone and Okja and go outside of

the box people might put me in, because that’s the last thing

I’d ever want as an actor. I want to keep switching it up, to

surprise them but also mainly to keep myself guessing.

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Fees: Dhs13,300

If you enjoy collaborating with an interior expert or designing your home

and shopping for accessories and artsy pieces at treasure troves, this may be

one for you. Textures, colours, structures and worn-out pieces of bits and

bobs might inspire you, making you feel as though you can transform a spare room or a friend’s attic. Cement your desires with

a qualification. Founded by the famed Giulio Marangoni, The Instituto Marangoni offers an executive short course for those

familiar with the rigours of interior design. The course will guide participants through the latest trends in the contemporary

interior design sector presented during Salone del Mobile (the international reference point for the furnishing and design

sector, often setting the benchmark worldwide) by developing a style capable of defining decor with originality. Whatever

artistic abilities the participants have is fine-tuned and honed into stellar skills at the Institute.

THE PERFECT PICTURE

The course: Digital Photography Workshop Overview

Venue: New York Film Academy

Destination: New York City, USA

Dates: September 11 - October 7, 2017

Fees: Dhs15,000

Ever get that feeling of being a photographer whenever you hold

a sophisticated camera with a lens so powerful, you can see the

moon at daytime? Your wish may come true. The New York

Film Academy provides a digital photography workshop where

students are immersed in the art and craft of still photography

and introduced to the tools necessary to capture great images

and refine them through digital imaging. Students are further taught the artistic and aesthetic element of their work

through various photography techniques. No experience is required to enrol in the program and it is mandatory for

students to bring their own camera with manual exposure control. If this hobby turns out well for you, you could

perhaps exhibit your work someday.

LEARN TO SURF

The course: Surf Development Course

Venue: Mojo Surf

Destination: Sydney, Brisbane, or Baron Bay, Australia

Dates: Available all year round for one month, five

days per week

Fees: Dhs11,600

Australia brings to mind a land of sun and surf, with

miles of endless sandy beaches and breathtaking

scenery. The sunny coast down under and shimmering

waters beckon keen surfers and water enthusiasts. The

courses here are the ultimate learn-to -surf experiences.

At the camp, you will focus on improving your technical

skills, awareness, physical fitness and basically learn to

live and breathe like a surfer. You will also be challenged

and coached through various levels of development.

There are quite a few packages to choose from but as a

novice, this is the best, followed by the other complex

courses, if you are up for the challenge.

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LOCAL STAR

#SUPPORTLOCAL

Discover this entrepreneur’s journey

Kuwaiti-national Nora Al

Ramadhan, Co-Founder

and General Manager of

Apotheca Beauty was

born and raised in her home country

with her sisters, who are now her

partners. Having grown up in a

household primarily dominated by

women and an inspirational, healthconscious

mother, it was only natural

for her up-bringing and career to be

sparked by her love of beauty. Her

career didn’t begin within the beauty

industry though, she spent six years in

the US, acquired her B.A. in Finance

from the University of Southern

California, and set foot into a career on

Wall Street in New York.

Tell us about your company?

Apotheca was formed by three sisters,

all of us equally fixated with finding

the perfect solutions to our everchanging

beauty needs. We exclusively

distribute a curated selection of beauty

brands, each of which excel in their

category of beauty. We have been

customers of these products ourselves

and have collectively experimented

with nearly every treatment and

regime. Everything from the look to

quality of the products is taken care of.

We then analyse the potential of the

brand by confirming there is a gap for

it in the home market. It’s important

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to us we keep our portfolio small and tight, so we are able to

dedicate ourselves to the commitment each brand needs, as

opposed to bringing anything and everything.

What field were you in before you launched your brands?

Before launching Apotheca, I was working in investment

banking in New York. Having majored in finance, the natural

move was to spend time in the financial hub of the world and

learn all that I could. In doing so, I became fascinated with

studying retail companies – analysing the steps each took to

evolve and innovate in their industry.

How long has it been operating?

Apotheca has been operating for a little more than four years

and has been growing strong ever since. We have a lot of plans

coming up, including the launch of our e-commerce site later

this year, in addition to the regional launch of new brands. We

are constantly busy and deriving new ways to get the products

that we love into the hands of our customers. Prior to launching

Apotheca, we studied the market and noticed a serious niche,

young beauty brands. While there was a demand for such

specialty brands, the market still seemed to lack diversity in

beauty. From there, Apotheca was born.

What have been your major challenges till date?

There are a range of challenges – such as legal processes and

registrations can take a lot of time, and be difficult to

complete particularly when we enter new countries. It has

often been challenging to be taken seriously in male

dominated societies. Also, hiring is always difficult, and

finding quality staff can be a challenge. Probably the largest

challenge, though, is educating the market on the importance

of skin-care being equal to that of cosmetics.

Where do you see your brand in five years?

We plan to continue to expand our brands into new territories

and retail partners. Our goal is always to ensure the growth of

our brands is in line with their philosophy. We are also very

fortunate that our brands continue to launch new and exciting

products that we can then bring to the region.

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THE CASE FOR SHORT-TERM PHILANTHROPY

IS JEFF BEZOS RIGHT ABOUT HERE-AND-NOW PHILANTHROPY?

V&A MUSEUM’S INCREDIBLE

MAKEOVER

The Victoria and Albert Museum gets a $70

million revamp

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The Swiss watchmaker

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celebrating its 50th

anniversary this year

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EQUITYMEDIAUAE


ody

Discover the latest trending

colours, collections and

timepieces to add to your

wardrobe. Spa treatments

are aplenty in this city, but

here are two apt for the

season and weather

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TRENDING NOW:

FASHION

The depth of this hue of yellow makes it a transitional colour for the season to come. The less intimidating

deeper shade of yellow offers a cheerfulness to outfits, making it easier to wear from office to late

night soirees. On the runway, Preen and Chloe showcased the trend in romantic silhouettes, with

subtle pleats, neat structured shapes and ruffles, for a sophisticated feminine take. To wear it, without

being over-the-top, carry a mustard yellow bag to accesorise with a statement piece, or pair the top

with white trousers for a classic elegant day-time look. We love the sleek Galvan Lace-Trimmed velvet

slip dress (seen here) for impromptu gatherings. Layer it with a flowy sheer kaftan, a denim jacket ot

wear it on its own, with a pair of vibrant earrings that gracefully brush your shoulders.

TALITHA

MASAI

EMBROIDERED

COTTON TOP,

Dhs 2,190 at

Boutique 1

MARTIN GRANT RUFFLED

SHIRT DRESS, Dhs3,819

at modaperandi.com

Sylvie stud messenger bag at

MICHAEL KORS

GALVAN LACE

TRIMMED VELVET

SLIP DRESS,

Dhs9,165 at

modaperandi.com

Handbag,

Dhs4,145 at

MULBERRY

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TRENDS

The

CHECKLIST

Chic picks to keep you vogueish this summer

SUMMERY TEXTURES

Movement and an airy vibe come across in Halston

Heritage’s latest collection, with a palette of soft blush,

almond and sultry whites. Light ribbed cashmere tanks, a

white trouser suit, and satin gowns allow for effortless

dressing, while a sleek printed red midi and black gown

showcases understated elegance for evening wear.

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TRENDS

MICRO TREND:

OVERSIZED EARRINGS

More is definitely more with large circular

earrings that are bang on trend for seasons

to come. Don a pair of statement earrings,

such as this bohochic pair from Olivia Dar,

for a bold look that puts jewellery at the

forefront. We love the hand-beaded details

and tassels on this shoulder grazing piece.

Available at sauce concepts stores.

LUST-WORTHY

Shoes are stealing the limelight

at Fall Winter collections. And

while we just aren’t there yet in

terms of weather, we are in

mindset. Take your pick: Above,

Dhs2,250 at Mulberry, and on

the left, Penelope Arty

collection, Dhs7,660

at Longchamp

GOLD AND COLLAGEN – THE PERFECT MATCH

Jetlagged skin reveals ageing, dehydrated skin and a lack of

radiance, and let’s face it, it isn’t a look adored by any. This

month we’re unwinding with the Gold Collagen Hydrogel

Mask, that immediately cools and when reaches body

temperature, allows the active ingredients to penetrate

through the skin. The beauty saviour contains hyaluronic acid

to plump skin while keeping it moisturised, pearl extracts to

aid inflammation and wound healing, botanical complex

including houttuynia cordata leaf and green tea leaf extract

to protect against climatic conditions, and glycerine for that

perfect glow. Available at Boots and Gold-collagen.com

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IN STYLE

HOP

talk

The stores to visit for

Syour next shopping haul

SCANDINAVIAN

ORIGINS

If you’re a fan of By Malene Birger, Acne

Studios and Scandinavian brands that

have achieved perfection with structure,

textures and cuts, then look no further

than Twisted Roots by Emirati/

Danish designer Latifa Al Gurg. The

contemporary womenswear label’s

latest collection, The Savannah, features

khaki, camel, nude and ivory hues,

stemming inspiration from the African

Safari. Shop for delicate silk camisoles,

button-down shirts, sleeveless cardigans

and belted safari style jackets for a

neutral tone summer wardrobe.

The brand is available at Robinsons,

BeYou, Ush Boutique and House of Fraser

MIXING OLD WITH NEW

Mulberry’s Fall/Winter ’17 collection takes us

right back to the 70s, with equestrian and country

looks making a comeback, to form a stimulating

collection fusing the aristocratic with urban, and

countryside with city-life. The result, a distinct

combination of patterns, elements and fabrics

making you reminisce clothing spotted at a vintage

store, except, with a stylish upgrade this time

around. Sturdy tweeds, Edwardian embroideries,

dainty lace and elongated hemlines are

showcased in blouses, jackets and pieces that can

be thrown on to form a sophisticated fluid

ensemble. The autumn winter palette features

caramel, oxblood, ginger, rich Mulberry green,

rust and a bright buttercup yellow, along with

pastel tones. Accessories are nothing short

of exemplary with signature quilting and

bijoux charms showcased in handbags,

while smaller leather bags are evocative of

hat-boxes and antique luggage.

BUG’S LIFE

Your teen may want to borrow

your Momento Fendi Bugs

timepiece from time to time

and we wholly understand why.

With playful elements and a jolt

of vivacity, the iconic eyes set

with two diamonds on a silverwhite

or black dial and intricate

details lends an endearing charm

to just about any outfit.

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WELLNESS

INDULGE

YOURSELF

Tried-and-tested experiences of the month

SHINE SPA

The treatment: Elemis high performace skin

energizer facial

Verdict: Connected to Sheraton Grand Hotel Mall of the

Emirates, the spa is a great escape for when you’re lingering

around the mall while little ones are at play, or when you’re in

need of a pick-me-up. We were in dire need of a thorough

cleanse, and the added pore minimisation, cell regeneration

and pigment reduction didn’t hurt. Elemis products are used

for all treatments, offering natural ingredients sans harmful

chemicals, that leaves skin hydrated and cleansed. A run-down

of the treatment was given to let us know what we opted in

for. A quick cleanse, inhalation of floral aromas, and an

invigorating, good-for-the-skin type of exfoliant was scrubbed

on to our face, gently peeling off dead skin cells. Steam and

extraction followed, to decongest pores, with the therapist

really getting into every white-and black-head possible – the

pricks are oddly pleasurable. A fruity-scented papaya enzyme

was then slathered on to reduce discolouration, after which

we felt a hot towel touch the surface of our skin to wipe away

the dried mask. We’re a bit squeamish of people touching our

feet, if not during a massage, but when asked if we’d like a foot

rub, we didn’t oppose. To end our facial, the therapist applied

a serum and moisturizer before immediately handing us a

mirror. Staring back was fresh glowing skin, albeit with a few

red bumps from the extraction that later wore off. We’re now

gracing a no-make up face with a dollop of sunscreen smeared

on before we head outdoors.

Need to know: Dhs525, call +971 4 377 2380.

NATURAL ELEMENTS SPA, LE MERIDIEN HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

The treatment: Ku Nye Massage “For Head-to-toe healing” By ILA

Verdict: Tying in perfectly with our wellness breaks (p61), we figured a similar treatment is something that needs to be

undergone every month or so, to perform at optimal levels. With that in mind, we drove down to this hotel in Garhoud for

the head-to-toe healing massage. Upon entering, sounds of flowing water put us at ease. We instantly changed up and

headed to the Breeze treatment room where our feet were washed and the treatment began. The back, neck and shoulders

were massaged with medium to hard pressure in long strokes to ease out knots. The therapist spent around 40-45 minutes

on the back, neck and shoulders, pressing down joints along the back with a combination of oils that help detox while

promoting blood flow and circulation. Legs, feet and arms are massaged in the same way, followed by a chest and upper back

massage. The scalp was rubbed vigorously, waking us up from our nap with a 'Thank you' that soon followed. Ending with a

cup of ginger tea is always blissful and on we went home, which took a mere 30 minutes to reach the end of Al Khail road.

Need to know: The 90-minute treatment is available for Dhs680, call +971 4 217 0000.

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soul

Take a trip to a luxury

wellness retreat to give your

mind, body and soul the rest

and relaxation it requires.

For an escape in the city,

head to the gorgeous desert

hotel (p68) or on a culinary

journey at these talk-of-thetown

hotspots (p55).

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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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ULYSSE NARDIN BOUTIQUES: The Dubai Mall +971 44341421, Mall of the Emirates +971 43950577, Beirut Souks +961 1992092

Abu Dhabi: Al Manara International Jewellery Amman: Time Center Bahrain: Asia Jewellers Cairo: BTC Exclusive Doha: Ali Bin Ali

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COLLECTOR'S PIECES

ON OUR RADAR

Striking statement pieces

JEWELLERY

Tiffany & Co.

CHAIN WRAP NECKLACE

IN 18K YELLOW GOLD

The iconic blue box puts a smile on a face almost immediately. The launch of Tiffany HardWear collection by Tiffany &

Co. is no different, offering powerful pieces that make a statement. Drawing its name from the urban soul of New York

City, the collection exudes a rebelliousness that fuses high fashion with street style. Inspiration stems from a unisex

bracelet created in 1971, to now boast a collection including earrings, rings, necklaces and pendants that easily injects

sophistication to a couture ensemble and edginess to a denim or leather jacket. The industrialism of the city is

encapsulated within the metal-intensive design, with the signature gauge links reflecting clean, simple shapes of

functional hardware.

CHAIN WRAP NECKLACE IN 18K YELLOW GOLD, DHS48,600 AT TIFFANY & CO.

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COLLECTOR'S PIECES

PERFUME

Thomas Kosmala

WHITE OUD

Oud is the type of scent your either absolutely love or despise. Its strong notes waft through the air long after it has been

sprayed or placed onto skin. Thomas Kosmala’s White Oud is hard not to love, with floral accords including white rose,

jasmine and gardenia, fused with musky oud. A gift apt for any occasion.

THOMAS KOSMALA IS AVAILABLE FOR DHS2,500 AT HOUSE OF FRASER, PLETHORA, ATELIER PERFUMERY,

ROBINSONS DEPARTMENT STORE, AND OBSLIFESTYLE.COM

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FURNITURE

Jaime Hayon

THE RUG COMPANY

Born in Madrid in 1974, Spanish artist-designer Jamie Hayon is known for his extraordinary artisan skills and intrinsic creativity.

His work being regularly showcased at world renowned design museums such as London’s Design Museum, Rotterdam’s Vivid

Gallery, the Germany’s Vitra Museum and Basel Art fair, has captured the eye of reputable art collectors. The latest collaboration

with the Rug Company encapsulates Hayon’s creative energy, reflecting his ingenuity and affection for unconventional design.

Our favourite, the ‘Silhouette’ reflects Hayon’s offbeat design, extremely fine knots to exhibit detailed drawing lines and shading,

wool silhouettes layed above the piles exquisitely unravelling the floral and whimsical design, all handmade by weavers on

Kathmandu whose skills are passed down through generations. Definitely a stunning piece to add to your collection.

PRICE DHS52,830. VISIT THE THERUGCOMPANY.COM/INT/DESIGNERS/JAIME-HAYON

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COLLECTOR'S PIECES

GADGETS

AeroMobil

FLYING CAR

Wishful thinking that your car could miraculously grow a set of wings and soar above the traffic is now a reality thanks

to Slovakian firm Aeromobil. This six-metre long, two-seater car-airplane hybrid isn’t the figment of a Hollywood

producer’s imagination – it’s a fully-operational prototype. Only 500 units will be produced in the first phase of its

production, bookings for which are now open, followed by deliveries that will commence from 2020. In car-mode, this

vehicle powered by a 2-litre turbocharged hybrid engine with electric motors has a top speed of 160kph with a range

of 700km. Flick a button, and the wings that are nine-metres across will take three minutes to deploy. It will transform

this machine into an airplane with an air cruising speed of 360kph and a range of 750km, rated to fly at altitudes of up

to 10,000ft. And yes, you’ll need both a driver’s license and a pilot’s license to operate one.

$1.5 MILLION (DHS 5.5 MILLION) AT AEROMOBIL.COM

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Elite Innovations

X1 EVEREST

If you’ve rounded up the crew for a game of pool at your home, the bog-standard green felt-surface isn’t going to earn

any fistbumps. What you really need is this X1 Everest pool table by Aussie firm Elite Innovations which is the world’s

first pool table with a transparent playing surface. The 8x4 table has a trippy LED lighting scheme that makes it look as

much a part of the living room as it does the game room in your mansion. Each one is shipped with a set of custom

balls, chrome cue ball, a bridge stick and a custom triangle. Elite is equipped to produce only four of these tables each

year, and the custom build takes six months to complete.

$85,500 (DHS 314,000) AT ELITEINNOVATIONS.COM.AU

Grand Prix Audio

PARABOLICA

There is a strong case to be made for a direct-drive

turntable. Not only are they the most popular turntable

setup in the market, they’re also what DJs prefer to use

when performing. Colorado-headquartered Grand

Prix Audio has now unveiled this F1-inspired carbon

fibre turntable called the Parabolica. How advanced is

it? There are up to 150,000 measurements during each

revolution, and that information is fed into an inbuilt

supercomputer that controls the rotor. Get behind the

deck, and even amateurs will look like they know how

to spin a track and work a crowd.

$20,000 (DHS 73,500) AT GRANDPRIXAUDIO.COM

LG

SIGNATURE OLED TV W

This 77-inch 4K TV measures in at just under 3mm thick –

look at it from the side, and it’ll disappear. That’s a good

reason they’re dubbing this device as “picture-on-wall” and

“wallpaper design”. Connectivity isn’t a collateral for the

engineers who built this TV – it features in-built WiFi, HDMI

and audio ports too. For the full home-theatre experience,

this TV also boasts of the Dolby Vision HDR and a Dolby

Atmos-sound optimised technology to project off the

soundbar beneath it. We’re guessing you’re already thinking

of Dunkirk as the first movie you’d want to watch on this TV?

$24,500 (DHS 89,999) AT LG.COM

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COLLECTOR'S PIECES

TIMEPIECE

Bulgari

Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Monete

FOR HIM

Bulgari has made winning a habit. In 2014, it unveiled the world’s thinnest automatic flying tourbillon, the Octo Finissimo

Tourbillon, and followed that up in 2015 with the world’s thinnest minute repeater, the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater.

Then, earlier this year, it broke out the world’s thinnest automatic watch, the Octo Finissimo Automatique. If you spot the

pattern, you’ll notice that not only is Bulgari becoming a powerhouse in the luxury mechanical watchmaking space, but

that the Octo Finissimo is also the crown collection reserved for its finest novelties.

Which is why we were suitably stoked when Bulgari recently announced an addition to the collection, this new Octo

Finissimo Tourbillon Monete. It packs a skeletonised version of the BLV268 movement, the world’s thinnest tourbillon

movement. But the reason you’ll pay top dollar for this wristwatch is the cover, hinged to the bezel at 9 o’clock, that

features an image of Emperor Constantine Augustus on the outside and a very rare and mega expensive 4th-century

Roman coin on the inside. This is a unique timepiece and Bulgari is offering up just one Monete for sale.

$472,000 (DHS 1.7MILLION) AT BULGARI.COM

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TIMEPIECE

Breguet

Tradition Dame Ref 7038

FOR HER

Breguet does bold and elegant in a combination that entertains, charms and mesmerises in equal proportions. The

French-Swiss watchmaker was founded by Parisian Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1775 and has spent nearly two-and-ahalf

centuries refining its craft to a level where its watchmaking prowess is unmatched in the world of haute horlogerie,

barring a handful of top-shelf watchmaking exceptions.

This Tradition Dame Ref 7038 has a 37mm rose gold case and a bezel set with 68 brilliant-cut diamonds. A selfwinding

movement with a 58-hour power reserve occupies a large part of the real estate on the openworked dial. You

can tell the time off the mother of pearl sub dial at 12 o’clock that features those distinctive Breguet hands.

Marie Antoinette was one of Breguet’s earliest royal customers around the time of the genesis of the brand. This

Dame Ref 7038 is what you’d expect a 21st-century royal to rock.

$38,000 (DHS 140,000) AT BREGUET.COM

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AUTOMOBILE

THE BEAST

The new Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet is dialled all the way up to attack mode

Words by Varun Godinho

A pall of gloom descended on petrolheads around the

world on that bleak day in November 2011 when Daimler’s

CEO Dieter Zetsche announced that the iconic Maybach

would be euthanised. This was the car that hip hop royalty,

actual royalty and heads of state from around the world

loved and owned. The Maybach badge was to Mercedes-

Benz what Bentley is to the Volkswagen Group or Rolls-

Royce to BMW – flagship statements of gratuitous luxury.

The universe has its way of mending itself though.

Forward to 2014, and Daimler had a change of heart. The

Maybach was reborn, christened now as the Mercedes-

Maybach (hyphen not optional). The Mercedes-Maybach

S600, S500 and Pullman that were subsequently released

under the new partnership showed that even though the

brand was consigned to the cold storage for three years, it

hadn’t lost its mojo.

Then at the Geneva Motor Show this year, Mercedes-

Maybach pulled the covers off its first-ever SUV with

Maybach signage on it – the G650 Landaulet.

So how did it come up with this steroid-addled machine?

Simple. It started off with a portal axle chassis of the 4X4 2 ,

threw in a meaty G65 AMG twin-turbo V12 and added the

first-class rear seats from an S-Class into the mix to create

a blend of a highly-capable off-road vehicle that is also one

of the most luxurious SUVs within its segment.

With a ground clearance of 17.7 inches, even if you

pointed this in the direction of errant cabbies who think of

driving as a contact sport, you’re more likely to drive over

them, rather than into them – well, almost.

Like with any G-Class, the driver’s seat is the best seat

in the house. Still, that’s not where you want to be if you

are prone to bouts of road rage. The V12 6-litre biturbo

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If the driver’s seat is the most coveted in the

G650 Landaulet, the rear seats come in at a

close second. The two “first class” massageenabled

rear seats can recline nearly flat. The

folding tables stow in the centre console and

the thermal cup holders can keep your soy latte

warm during the drive. Robbe & Berking silver

champagne flutes are tucked away in another

compartment and each rear passenger has their

own independent 10-inch infotainment screens.

A glass partition separates the front seats

from the rear. Need privacy? Flick a switch, and

it’ll go from transparent to opaque. If you want

to be admired by the hoi polloi instead – not an

entirely irrational urge considering you are

riding in one of the world’s most expensive

SUVs – you can electronically retract the fabric

roof that covers the rear passenger area.

There are only 99 units of the G650 Landaulet

on sale, with customer deliveries beginning this

month, at a jaw-slacking price of over $740,000

each. The Maybach is alive.

produces significant bite – 630hp and 737lb ft

of torque that begins to kick in as low as

2,300rpm. It’ll hit the 60mph mark from a

standstill in under six seconds and can keep

accelerating until it gets to its top speed of

150mph.

The automatic gearbox has a seven-speed

torque converter and the four-wheel drive

system features three separate differential locks.

In plainspeak, this SUV can scale a hill with the

sure footedness of a mountain goat, ford a river

with the grace of an Olympic synchronised

swimming team and completely destroy a sand

dune in a scene straight out of Mad Max.

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GASTRONOMY

WEEKEND DINING

Impress your business partner at these two authentic dinner hotspots

TASTE OF INDIA

1

KHYBER

Culinary enthusiasts who have travelled

to Mumbai, or natives from the state,

may be familiar with this restaurant and

its offerings. Set on the 15th floor of

Dukes Dubai, the Indian eatery that’s

well-loved amongst celebrities including

Sir Paul McCartney and Brad Pitt, back in

Mumbai, offers stunning views of the

Palm Jumeirah from a bird’s eye view – it

can be seen by the naked eye or through

the rustic telescope kept in every nook

and corner of the restaurant. The menu,

we were told, offers signature dishes and

classics that have stood the test of time,

making a mark for the brand over the

years. Sharing-style dishes are served,

and we began with a bite into a tender

shrimp with a beautiful charred flaky

crust, tandoori broccoli, and a mild spicy

chicken tikka packed with flavour that

were all eaten with chutney and pungent

lotus root pickle. The lamb raan has

always been spoken off with rave

reviews, with the Mumbai outlet often

selling out the dish within a few hours of

opening. The lamb leg is marinated with

spices and highly recommended

eaten on its own, as each strand of

meat melts gorgeously upon touching

your tongue. What’s an Indian

restaurant without a great curry?

Khyber impresses with prawns masala

in a spicy red semi-gravy and thick and

indulgent dal makhani (black lentils

with cream, butter and tomato

puree) devoured with freshly baked

naan. The highlights, however, were

the robust Nihari with depth and

smoky bone-sucking meat, and

creamy paneer korma – a dish Sir

Paul McCartney sneakily requested

the recipe for. The slightly sweet

vegetarian dish comprises homemade

cheese and cashew sauce and is quite

heavy, although, hard to resist.

Desserts play a significant role within

India’s dining culture, so you can’t head

out until and unless you round off the

meal with gajar ka halwa (carrot halwa

with almonds and sweetened milk)

and kulfi (homemade ice cream),

followed by a cup of hot Masala chai.

Need to know: Open for dinner

service, call +971 4 393 9456.

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GASTRONOMY

BRITISH CLASSICS

2

MARINA SOCIAL

Training with top chefs including Ferran Adrià at elBulli

and Marco Pierre White, and launching Gordon Ramsay’s

Maze in London, gives you an overall understanding of

the Food and Beverage business. Jason Atherton gained

plenty of experiences from these culinary stars, launching

his own restaurant group, The Social Company and

picking up a Michelin star and accolades for his flagship

outlet Pollen Street Social soon after. The brand has

since been operational in Hong Kong and Shanghai, with

the next natural step being the Middle East, and where

better to launch than in Dubai? The InterContinental

Dubai Marina is home to the Social Room, an elongated

dimly-bit bar with perfect fruity and classic cocktails, with

the sprawling dining outlet Marina Social set towards the

other side. Atherton’s creativity comes through with the

starters featuring substantial portions of goat’s cheese

churros with truffle honey and a chunky succulent beef

tartare with egg yolk jam, mixed tableside, and served

with a dollop of horseradish cream. Up next, we dug into

shredded chicken dumplings with crisp chicken skin, sunk

under a moreish seductive foam with white onion and

tarrago, to enhance the aromas and flavours. Chunky

cloud-like pieces of potato gnocchi were served with

mushrooms and a full-bodied wild garlic puree that

gradually creeps up. The Munchies tasting menu followed

on with a tear-apart slow-cooked BBQ veal short rib

accompanied by mashed potato, perfectly done

Yorkshire pudding and honey glazed carrots that offered

a bite with nutty texture from the crumble atop. The

delicate juicy duck breast is best enjoyed as one big

morsel with the baked kohlrabi and truffle creamed

savoy cabbage beneath it. New dishes have been added

to the menu showcasing seabass with coco beans and

green asparagus with a two-hour slow cooked egg.

Desserts feature a chocolate coated banofee-style bar

and gelati accompanied with a fun guess-the-flavour

game. The mango, banana – tastes like pudding –

lemongrass and parsnip were our favourites. A dessert

trolley rolls around as you are about to depart, to create

a complimentary box filled with jelly, brownies, tiramisu

macarons and marshmallow, to take home. It’s a lovely

little touch that makes the meal even more memorable.

Need to know: Tasting menus range from Dhs325+ with

grape pairing available. An a la carte menu is also

available. Call +971 4 446 6664.

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A World of Sophisticated Beauty

Armani Hotel Dubai brings to life the “Stay with Armani” philosophy

delivering a genuine home approach and a unique lifestyle experience

where every need and desire is fulfilled for each guest individually.

www.armanihoteldubai.com

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HOTSPOTS

ON THE

Culinary offerings and flavours to try in the country

MENU

BEST OF ASIA

Cho Gao has opened its doors at

InterContinental Abu Dhabi, offering

lunch, dinner and a casual lounge spot

with signature dishes from Indonesia,

Japan, Vietnam and Thailand to

impress. The waterfront dining spot

overlooks the marina and here you

can breathe in the dizzying aromas of

spices while feasting on Thai roasted

duck red curry with pineapple, grape

and basil, Chinese black pepper beef,

Vietnamese banana blossom salad

with chicken and plenty more.

Open for lunch and dinner,

call +971 2 616 6166

FIT FOR TWO

When date night rolls

around, or if you and your

dining partners are

carnivores, hotfoot to

folly by Nick & Scott for

their weeknight dinner.

The sharing dish of

Australian grass-fed beef

arrives over a charcoal

grill, cooked to the guest’s

liking, with hand cut chips,

béarnaise sauce, button

mushroom compote and

vine tomato chutney. The meal is accompanied by a bottle of grape.

The offer is available on Wednesdays for Dhs350, call +971 4 430 8535

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HOTSPOTS

SPICE IT UP

Burger & Lobster have added a piquant twist to their menu with the launch

of the lobster tikka. The crustacean is marinated in garam masala, coriander

and coconut milk, and slow-cooked to become a juicy succulent dish served

with cumin rice and brioche. Call +971 4 514 8838.

BELGIAN SPECIALTIES

The upscale Le Petit Belge at Pullman

JLT is the place to head to for a couple

of hops – a wide selection of fruity

varieties are available – grape and

comforting pub nosh. We highly

recommend the Salad maison with a

mixture of asparagus, beetroot, dried

tomato, honey dressing and crunchy

crushed hazelnut, beef carpaccio with

cheese shavings and mushroom with

truffle crostini to begin with, followed

by a pot of mussels, steak and creamy

vegetable casserole. End with a twist

on the apple crumble and decadent

chocolate mousse.

Call +971 4 242 7794

AFTERNOON DELIGHT

Grab a couple of ladies and head to Brunello at Kempinski for the quintessential

British tradition of afternoon tea, coupled with a soothing massage, at the Cinq Modes

Spa. You can either begin with the treatment, or with scrumptious cakes, baked

scones, pastries and a selection of brewed teas from the Ronnefeldt loose lead

collection. The 30-minute massage, pool and beach access and afternoon tea are

available from 3-6pm, at Dhs1,040 per person. Call +971 4 444 2501.

EQUESTRIAN VIBES

Horse-lovers can now enjoy an

espresso at the first horsethemed

café, Stable Caffe, at The

Walk, Al Seef Resort & Spa by

Andalus. Savour Italian specialities,

gourmet burgers and a range of

nutritious juices while basking in

the cosy ambience. A great spot

for relaxed business meetings or

catch-up with friends.

Call 800-ANDALUS (2632587)

/ +971 2 307 6 207.

EASY LIKE A

FRIDAY MORNING

Wake up and head to Address

Montgomerie for a relaxed breakfast

with the family. The menu comprises

healthy offerings such as

Granolalicious parfait, French brioche

toast, burritos, sandwiches, made-toorder

omelettes and plenty more.

Every Friday and Saturday,

call +971 4 363 1275

NEW ADDITIONS

Bocca, Hilton Abu Dhabi, has long been favoured for its Nonna-style comfort food, and we can now look forward to

plenty more Italian specialties with the focus on simple premium ingredients. Relish tuna or beef carpaccio, slow-cooked

octopus with marinated potatoes, and seared scallops with beans puree. For mains, try a pizza made from scratch at the

live dough station, or opt for corn-fed baby chicken, grilled rack of lamb and pan-fried sea bream fillet. Leave space for

marinated summer peach, banana panna cotta or coconut semifreddo. Call +971 2 692 4247.

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TRAVEL

WELLNESS

RETREATS

Awaken your senses at a luxury retreat

Summer is nearly halfway done but the wanderlust bug that refuses to disperse is pestering us for adventures. Instead of a

city-break for your next getaway, opt for a wellness trip to recoup and rejuvenate. We’ve picked the five outstanding

retreats to treat yourself to.

THE GODDESS SANCTUARY

Where: Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, Thailand

When: October 27-31

Leading nutritionist, body coach and the UK’s Goddess of

wellness Mel Wells invites women to take part in The Goddess

Sanctuary, a four-day retreat offering a luxurious private haven

set amidst the lush oasis of northern Phuket. It’s one that

encourages emotional, physical and nutritional restoration and

relief for women who want to set themselves free of diets and

fall in love with their bodies. The Health and Eating Psychology

Coach assists women through the transformation of their

mindset, making peace with food. Carefully selected for its

location, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort will aid in bringing to

life self-love, encouraging people to celebrate themselves and

each other in a safe and luxurious environment. For a bit of

activity, Thai Boxing (Muay Thai), paddle boarding on the

Andaman sea, exploring bustling local wet markets, cooking

classes, spa treatments, yoga sessions and lounging setups by

the infinity pool, will keep you active. Gather a few girlfriends

and pack your bags for Thailand!

Need to know: The Goddess Sanctuary retreat starts at Dhs

9,400++ per night, visit phuketlayan.anantara.com/Mel-Wells-

Goddess-Sanctuary-2017

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TRAVEL

WELLNESS TREEHOUSES

BY BODYISM AT AMILLA FUSHI

Where: Maldives

When: Depending on Amilla Fushi for Wellness

Treehouse’s availability

The very mention of the Maldives evokes days by the beach, a

walk along the sandy beaches and trips to the spa. Located 30

minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport, Amilla

Fushi offers a choice of 59 island homes and eight beach

residences nestled among lush tree tops, flanked by the warm

waves of the Indian Ocean. An exclusive collaboration between

this luxury Maldives resort and global healthy living phenomenon

Bodyism has borne fruit to a spectacular program called

Wellness Treehouse by Bodyism. Imagine one-bedroom ‘spa

nests’ with dedicated treatment suites, high in the treetops

where guests can enjoy a unique wellness experience by the

Specialists. Guests can form their own program from the Javvu

Spa treatments and several Bodyism classes, all aimed to

energise and revive the mind whilst creating a foundation for

balance and health. Add to that an array of restaurants and

healthy eating options, and this resort is a win-win for everyone.

Need to know: Dhs 3,900 to Dhs 4,600 ++ per night, visit

amilla.mv/wellness-tree-house

SHA WELLNESS CLINIC

Where: Alicante, Spain

When: Dates depending on available wellness programs and treatments

Spain may already be on your travel list, so why not make a quick stop

at the SHA Wellness Clinic? The pioneering clinic brings in guests from

all across the globe, and with the launch of a new Mind & Body unit, you

can head there for a wellness break just about anytime. The energy

balance treatment, is apt for those who are either stuck at a point in

their life and need direction, or those looking for new avenues to

explore. It helps free energy blockages on a physical, emotional, mental

and spiritual level; while the stress management session features an

assessment carried out with a thorough diagnosis of stress and its

related problems. Activities such as energy healing, nature walks and a

bevy of holistic experiences are newly-launched features the latest unit

includes. You can also partake in Chikung, which stands for Chinese

therapeutic art where “Chi” signifies vital energy and “Kung” for

movement. Like the graceful Tai Chi, it focuses on serene, gentle

movements to achieve a healthy balance between the mind and body.

If Spain’s beaches, nightlife, breathtaking scenery and the La Liga weren’t

enough of a temptation to visit the country, this surely tops the cake.

Need to know: The stress management session is priced at Dhs 14,000

for seven days, shawellnessclinic.com

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LIGHT RAGAZ PACKAGE

AT GRAND RESORT BAD RAGAZ

Where: Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

When: July 18-September 30

Arguably Europe’s leading wellness and medical health

hotspot, this Swiss retreat is supplied by healing thermal

waters from the Tamina Gorge, which rumor has it, was home

to dragons. Resort officials have joined forces with local

tourism offices and municipal authorities to create a light show

celebrating the folklore of the gorge’s coloured past in a

spectacular light show called Light Ragaz. Strategically placed

to make the best use of the healing waters, the resort offers

guests a range of services from pampering massages to

therapeutic spa treatments. A medical centre with over 70

doctors and therapists are available at the resort, with the

thermal waters forming the basis of a number of treatments

and therapies such as the 36.5° wellness package which gives

you Access to the 36.5° Thermal Spa and the legendary

Helena pool, throughout your stay as well as bathing

experiences in the popular Tamina Therme. Guests looking to

experience the multisensory spectacle of Light Ragaz, the

resort has put together a special package which includes two

nights, a wellbeing package, four-course dinner and an

admission to the Tamina gorge.

Need to know: The Light Ragaz package starts at

Dhs 1,300 ++ per night, visit resortragaz.ch

THE SUCIMURNI RETREAT AT TANJONG

JARA RESORT

Where: Terengganu, Malaysia

When: October 27-29

For a country that boasts it is truly Asia, the Tanjong Jara

Resort is a pure reflection of that saying. Located along

Malaysia’s pristine east coast, the stunning resort is

reminiscent of tropical rainforest and architecture brimming

with the grandeur of 17th-century Malay palaces – it won

the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The word

“Sucimurni” is an ancient Malay way of life that embraces

tranquility and purity through wholesome living, need we say

more? The Sucimurni Retreat will be led by Malaysia’s most

recognised yoga teacher, founder and instructor of Upward

Yoga studio, Ninie Ahmad. The unique wellness experience

aims to provide guests with a refuge from the pressures of

daily life. The highlight of this retreat is the Zendoodling

session (Zen and doodles). This freeform art-practice has

been dubbed as “finger yoga” by some, as it enables

practitioners to enter a calm, meditative state through the

drawing of shapes. Additionally, guests will also partake in the

resort’s signature Sucimurni Exercise – a series of stretches

inspired by the main animal chakras, led by the resort’s very

own Captain Mokh and yoga. Looks like we will be stretching

ourselves to a new us thanks to this retreat.

Need to know: The Sucimurni Retreat starts at Dhs 800++

per night, visit tanjongjararesort.com

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TRAVEL TALES

JETSETTER JOURNEYS

Explore the latest in experiences, tours and culinary breaks

ISLAND POP-UP

Baros Maldives have launched their latest destination dining venue,

offering a tranquil experience under the stars, on a white sandy

beach. Sandbank, the pop-up restaurant, is the place to propose,

enjoy a memorable romantic dinner and feast on contemporary

Maldivian and Mediterranean dishes including tandoor seafood

platter, mixed grills and grape from the spectacular cellar. It’s an

experience worth whisking away your loved one to.

Visit baros.com

MONTE-CARLO NIGHTS

Jimmy’z is no stranger to Monte-Carlo’s

regulars. The iconic club has re-opened its

doors making it the destination to rub

shoulders with celebrities or dance the

night away. You could also relax back at

the all-new Summer Bar, set down on a

lagoon, which features unrivalled sea views.

The club also boasts a private space

devised by fashion designer Philipp Plein,

boasting thousands of Swarovski crystals

that inject a glitterati touch to the venue.

Visit jimmyzmontecarlo.com

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TRAVEL TALES

IT’S BACK!

Sunny Lisbon’s renowned Sky Bar at Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisbon has

reopened its doors on the top floor of the hotel, offering panoramic views over

the city’s hills and the Serra da Arrábida mountains. Guests can visit the newly

designed VIP lounge, that now boasts a private suite for business meetings and

intimate gatherings. Savour truffle white fish ceviche, dried tomato, wakame and

tiger’s milk, tartare taco with confit egg and plenty of sushi combinations.

minorhotels.com

MEETING HOTSPOT

On your next trip to Jeddah, visit or stay

at the Assila Hotel, a Rocco Forte

Hotel known for its prime location,

rooms boasting views of the Red Sea

and gastronomic offerings. The newlyopened

Pampas has been the talk of the

city, with Argentinean style grilled meats,

Patagonian octopus and empanadas

served with Llajua sauce being some of

the highlights on the menu.

Visit roccofortehotels.com

FROMAGE WITH A TWIST

Tucked away in the Provençal hills is

the stunning Hotel Crillon le Brave

where guests can try some of the

finest cheese available in Provence.

The selection curated by resident

Maître fromagère Claudine Vigier, is

sourced from her local cheese shop

in Carpentras and features a wide

selection for cheese-lovers. Think

fourme des dentelles affiné au

Beaumes de Venise (blue cheese

flavoured with muscat de Beaumes

de Venise), le dartagnant affiné au marc de Châteauneuf du Pape (cow milk, ripened

with Châteauneuf du Pape wine), the secret de Provence ripened with Ventoux

truffles, and the Tournesol with raisins, infused with bourbon. Visit crillonlebrave.com

YOUTH IN A BOTTLE

If you’re the kind of person willing

to spend on creams and serums

and literally anything to remain

youthful, but won’t resort to

invasive treatments, the

SpectraMed’s personalised biomolecular

formula is something to

look into on your next trip to

Switzerland. Guests at Beau-Rivage

can now ‘bank their youth’ thanks

to this innovative service, which

bottles a formula containing your

bio-molecules (DNA amongst

them) that are taken from saliva.

The extraction and formulation

process creates a bespoke product

that can be preserved for 20 years

and aids in preventing further skin

aging, from the time the DNA has

been extracted. The serum-like

formula is then stored in a

personalised box with the client’s

name on it, and can be used either

as a skin insurance or according to

the client’s needs. The biomolecular

formula takes ten to

fourteen days to be produced, so

you have plenty of time to savour

cheese fondue and shop your next

timepiece while in the country. The

product can be purchased in yearly

doses at CHF 6,000 (approximately

Dhs22,980) per year; and can be

re-ordered two months before the

year is up, retrieved from the Swiss

laboratory bio-bank and sent via

express transporter to the client

anywhere in the world. You can

also opt for a one-time payment of

CHF 10,000 to store bio molecules

in a Swiss secured bio-bank to

guarantee their bio-molecules

supply for 20 years.

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HOTEL REVIEW

STAY OF

THE MONTH

Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah,

a Ritz-Carlton partner hotel

OVERVIEW

The meandering pathway to this hotel in

Ras Al Khaimah gives you the chills,

especially if you make your way up and

down-hill with a drop-top Rolls Royce

Dawn. Nestled amongst dunes, Al Wadi

Desert is merely an hour away from

Dubai and doesn’t need an introduction.

The palatial hotel, formerly known as

Banyan Tree Al Wadi, has long been

known for its Arabesque décor, age-old

activities and the renowned Rainforest.

Rolling up to the hotel, you may come

across an Arabian Onyx, but fear not,

they’re harmless just as long as you keep

your distance.

ACCOMODATION

As you enter your villa, you will notice

it is segregated down the centre, with the

washroom almost taking up half of the

villa, a walk-in closet in front, and a

mashrabiya beyond which the plush bed,

a TV lounge area and outdoor terrace

with pool beckons. Lanterns hang from

the silk draped ceiling over the bed and

are prevalent all over the villa, offering a

subtle glow during the evening. Neutral

hues and a Bedouin-inspired theme make

it an uplifting retreat from the modernday

staycation offerings. We highly

recommend a hot bath with the provided

Asprey bath salts, before sinking into bed.

ACTIVITIES

There’s plenty on offer at this desert

getaway, with everything from

archery to a nature trail where you

can explore birds within the

landscape. We opted for the falcon

watching show, a must-see if you

haven’t experienced them in their

natural habitat. Once the show is

over, click a picture with the gorgeous

owl and falcon.

For years, Banyan Tree Al Wadi has

been known for its Rainforest, a spa

experience comparable to none other.

While we imagined it to be an area

with rainforest showers, we found

ourselves quite far from wrong. Here

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Need to know:

The villas are available

from Dhs1,700 +10%

service charge

per night, while

The Rainforest is

Dhs200+ per person.

Visit ritzcarlton.com/

en/hotels/uae/

al-wadi-desert.

you can embark on a journey through a

Crystal Maze set-up, where you follow

the path through 12 stops to

experience the various climates of a

rainforest. It begins with a pebble walk

under water after which you enter an

herb and flower infusion steam room,

fresh showers, a brine salt cave, bucket

shower, sauna, ice igloo and a tension

release thunder storm shower. Each

station offers either hot or cold

temperatures to stimulate blood

circulation, clear the nasal passage,

detoxify the body, improve skin tone

and clarity, target cellulite-prone areas

and leave your body and skin cleansed,

brighter and refreshed instantly. End

the 60-minute experience at the vitality

pool, complete with hydra jets, at

various stations, to soothe upper and

lower body pain. We loved the

waterfall that gushes out of a large

faucet right onto your shoulder and

neck, to instantly rid pain and signs of

fatigue caused from sitting at a desk.

GASTRONOMIC OFFERINGS

For a secluded desert getaway, the

hotel offers plenty in terms of culinary

options, including destination dining

experiences. One we would have

loved to try was The Wadi Tower,

where you enjoy a meal under the

stars. However, since the

temperatures don’t permit alfresco

experiences, we opted for Samar

Lounge instead, where we relished

coconut curry with prawns, butter

chicken and an assortment of naans

and steamed rice. Portion sizes from

the sides could do with a little

improvement here, especially since

Indian cuisine is all about sharing, so

you may need to order extra sides to

complement the aromatic and

mouthwatering curries.

Next morning, grab the push-bike

kept outside your villa and make your

way down to Al Waha for a buffet

breakfast. Request the divine eggs

benedict from the live cooking station

and indulge in a nutritious morning

meal alongside a mango smoothie or

fresh juice, fresh fruit, wide variety of

bread and pastries – including gluten

free options – and sweet selections

such as waffle and pancakes. Asian

spring rolls, noodles, Arabic spreads,

pickles and the usual suspects (hash

brown, beans and sausages) are

available too.

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REAL ESTATE

Breathtaking views of the Mediterranean coast

and Spain are on the horizon from the gorgeous

Villa Putman, which stands majestically on the cliffs

of Tangier, Morocco. Built in the Thirties and

renovated by the late grand French dame of

interiors, Andrée Putman, in 2001, Villa Putman is

a sanctuary, celebrating the marriage of east-west

design with tasteful décor.

Spread over 6,700 square feet, the six-level villa is

a lofty space comprising a maze of steps, terraces,

decks, mezzanines and courtyards, all with a coastal

panorama from every room. The four bedrooms of

the property are elegantly positioned to catch early

morning sunrays while the living space and terraces

are intertwined seamlessly with just the right

amount of natural light and shade. An abundance of

light is made prominent with floor-to-ceiling

windows and are interspersed with Piet Mondrian

influences, with the entrance hall typical of Putman’s

approach to design – sharp, crisp lines with a

monumental staircase leading up to the first floor,

acting as the spine to the house. Boasting six

bathrooms, a sauna, gym, terraces with sunbeds

and a 25-metre swimming pool with an outdoor

salon, the villa is the ultimate retreat for those who

want to kick back and recoup while enjoying the

Mediterranean sunset.

Previously purchased by French public

intellectual and philosopher Bernard- Henri Lévy,

16 years ago, the house showcases his

globetrotting adventures with interiors

incorporating materials such as limestone, metal,

wood and glass. With boulders protruding from

walls, floors of rough Sicilian stone, and dark

TANGIER

BEAUTY

A peek into Andrée Putman’s architectural

masterpiece perched on the cliffs of Tangier

Words by Olive Sevilla

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Canadian timber with a Moroccan dome topped roof

terrace, it seems as though his vision came through. It isn’t all

about the materials and décor though, to complement the

estate, artwork of well-known faces adorns the walls. These

include Elizabeth Taylor, Jean Cocteau, Frida Kahlo and

Diego Rivera amongst many others. Rare books are stacked

in the art nouveau glass display cases, with Bernard- Henri

Lévy himself writing some of his best work in the villa.

The city of Tangier bears the hallmarks of being a hybrid of

two continents and has long been a hotspot luring artists and

intellectuals seeking peace and inspiration. It remains a blissfully

mysterious coastline city, the tranquil sister of Casablanca,

inviting people to a mix of hillside homes, scented souks and

gardens. North Africa with mystery; the city is destined to be a

spot to watch out for and invest in, as FDI gear to pump funds

into its economy and ambitious projects lined up to reinvent

this port city into the ‘Moroccan Saint-Tropez’.

THE PRICE

DHS 26 MILLION

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

visit www.christiesrealestate.com

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ENTREPRENEUR

THIS SUMMER I’M…

heading home to Cork, Ireland for my

sons’ graduation. It's a great time to

be amongst family and friends. I’ll

also be visiting Lebanon, a planned

visit to Beirut and Byblos to view

possible opportunities to perform

there post summer.

IF YOU COULD FLY

AWAY FOR A MEAL

I'd visit Chez Zakia Restaurant in

Byblos, Lebanon. I had the most

delicious freshly caught fish and local

grape I have ever experienced.

ON MY BOOKSHELF

Biographies and autobiographies is

something I tend to gravitate towards; it

is very hard to pinpoint which particular

one is my favourite because all of them

are quite a fascinating read. I learn a lot

from other people’s experiences; Frida

by Frida Kahlo is one I can never read

enough of – she was a mesmerising

character with a colourful lifestyle.

GET TO KNOW…

ANITA

WILLIAMS

Resident performer at Music Hall

Dubai, Zabeel Saray Hotel,

Palm Jumeirah and jazz, swing,

theatre and cabaret artist

MORNING ROUTINE

I am an early bird and usually wake up at

6.30am with a strong espresso. I then head to

the beach for my morning swim, which I must

say is the best part of my day.

PREVIOUS CAREER

I focused on TV and radio presenting when I

had my two children. Working as a fashion

stylist for a TV show gave me a new exposure

and an opportunity to maintain my creativity

during this time. I returned to pursue music

full time when the boys were old enough. I am

now working to launch my online store - I

design vintage hats and scarves which will

soon be available for purchase.

MUSICAL INSPIRATION

My love for good old school jazz singers like

Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Gershwin Benny

Goodman and Ernest Hemmingway is what I

listen to for inspiration. I am a big fan of vintage

and everything from that era of the Twenties,

Thirties and Forties is also a big inspiration.

DUBAI HOTSPOTS

I love the old souks in Deira, Satwa

and Bur Dubai, such a dynamic

experience. That buzz is so unique.

Dubai Design District has a great

range of pop up shopping experiences

too. For food, I have a passion for

Indian cuisine, with one of my

favourites being Indigo by Vineet at

Grosvenor House Hotel.

THE BEST DHS1,000

EVER SPENT

My Sure 55s vintage microphone, worth

every penny.

WHAT DOES INVESTING

IN YOURSELF MEAN TO

YOU?

Working towards self-development;

acquiring and learning new skills for

instance is a priority. At the moment I

have registered for Arabic classes to

help me communicate better with the

local community. I would love to

collaborate with an Arabic artist.

NOTEWORTHY ADVICE

Stay focused and

don’t waste time on

the small stuff. Use

your gift to your

best potential

ONE THING PEOPLE

DON’T KNOW ABOUT

YOU?

I am a home bird; I love nothing more

than having my home filled with

laughter – having my sons, their friends

and all our friends. We love to cook and

eat Irish dinners with jazz playing in the

background. That’s who I am.

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