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SEPTEMBER 2017 | ISSUE 04

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From the EDITOR

Your schedule is about to get a whole lot busier

this month with children back at school and a

calendar chock-full with events, garnering all

your attention. If you do have a few minutes

to spare, and in DIFC or Al Quoz for a meeting, stop by

a gallery and enjoy a peaceful moment with the artistic

talent that surrounds you. Art has become an element of

interest from investors, which is why if you are looking

to buy a piece, it’s worth consulting with an art advisor

(page 14). This month, we speak to two inspirational Emiratis and discover

their journey and challenges they’ve faced during their climb to the top (page

17-23). Our cover star, the stunning and sophisticated Nicole Kidman has

much to reveal about her career too. Read all about how she resonates with

each role as a mother and the happiness she derives from spending time with

her little ones (page 25).

Automobile aficionados, Ford may not be your first choice when it

comes to luxury cars, but turn to page 50 and you will find out why this

American sports car should be the latest addition to your fleet. And if you

are looking for a different mode of transportation to invest in, perhaps an

all-aluminium Pershing 140 yacht may be of interest? (page 52)

The lush tropical islands of Seychelles offered everything I wanted from a trip:

white sandy beaches, a bit of adventure (read hiking and snorkelling), culture and

city life. There’s another long weekend looming, so if you are looking for

inspiration, turn to page 59. While in the UAE, make the most out of your

weekend with a staycation (page 65) and sumptuous brunches (page 56).

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Take note of these events

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CURATE WITH CAUTION

Is investing in art worth the risk?

PHILANTHROPIST:

OMAR AL BUSAIDY

The Emirati humanitarian reveals

his bumpy journey

ENTREPRENEUR: AMER

ABDULAZIZ KHANSAHEB

Get a peek into the career path

of this ambitious businessman

A MOTHER'S LOVE

Nicole Kidman discusses her

latest roles

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CALENDAR

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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

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THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FALCONRY

WHERE: Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Abu

Dhabi, UAE

WHEN: September 4-9

The national bird of the UAE has been a significant

element of the country’s history. The sport of falconry or

“Saqqara” as it is locally known, is regarded as a noble

pursuit that harks back to ancient Bedouin times. The

International Festival of Falconry is a unique platform for

the world’s best falconers and a reputable event dedicated

to falconry and its heritage. Falconers participate in the

festival that occurs once every three years, so this is an

event that shouldn’t be missed by bird lovers.

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WHERE: Oslo, Norway

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THE MYBA POP-UP SUPERYACHT SHOW

WHERE: Porto Montenegro, Bay of Kotor, Tivat

WHEN: September 8-10

Montenegro and its coastal cities have been

blessed with the waters of the Adriatic like its

more famous competitor Venice. Over time,

it has become the superyacht hotspot of the

Mediterranean, with its natural beauty, yachtfriendly

tax and legislation benefits, as well as

rapidly growing infrastructures making it an

ideal destination for yachts of any size. Sit

back, relax and feel the Mediterranean sun

warm your face.

ULTIMA OSLO CONTEMPORARY

MUSIC FESTIVAL

WHEN: September 7-16

Let’s face it, summer is all about

music and festivals, with the Ultima

Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

celebrating the best of contemporary

music in the capital of Scandinavia.

Enjoy the new art space Sentralen,

events, concerts, dance and art

exhibits across the city.

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PHOTOFAIRS 2017

WHERE: Shanghai Exhibition Center,

Shanghai, China

WHEN: September 8-10

Asia’s leading contemporary art fair

offers collectors and curators a

once-in-a- lifetime experience at the

art world in Shanghai. Art

aficionados shouldn’t miss this.

Book your tickets to feed the artistic

soul within you.

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BIJORHCA PARIS

WHERE: Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris, France

WHEN: September 8-11

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and other jewels come in a real close

second. BIJORHCA PARIS is the only international trade show dedicated

to jewellery and all sectors of the industry in France. Held twice a year, it

allows nearly 12,000 buyers to meet 400 designers, suppliers, manufacturers

and service providers. With new designs and an astounding number of

precious jewels, this expo is one for jewellery-lovers and brides to be.

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WHERE: Dubai Opera, Dubai,

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MOZART: COSI FAN TUTTE AT DUBAI OPERA

WHEN: September 8-15

We have had outstanding performances at the Dubai Opera, from

Les Miserable, to Cats and many others. Cosi Fan Tutte, Wolfgang

Amadeus Mozart’s most popular collaborations with librettist

Lorenzo da Ponte, is coming to town to add to the list. The comical

story evolves around two young officers and their efforts to discover

whether they have found true love or not. We can’t wait to head back.

BERLIN ART WEEK

WHERE: All over Berlin, Germany

WHEN: September 12-17, 2017

Art weeks are a celebration of culture and beauty, and the city of Berlin explodes

with creativity during Berlin Art Week. The Week combines several events that take

place every September, for instance, the two art fairs “abc art berlin contemporary”

and “Positions Berlin.” A number of Berlin-based institutions for contemporary art

use the opportunity to collaborate with many artists and galleries for a series of

events, promoting the city as a place for the arts and artistically inclined.

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Glitz, class and glamour are synonymous with Monaco and so are yachts.

The La Belle Classe reflects Monaco’s unwavering attachment to the sea

and its maritime heritage. Launched in 1994, this biennial event brings

together in one harbour a full spectrum of boats, from the small

recreational crafts to the luxury units, with classic sailing yachts,

motorboats and period motor yachts all jostling for space and recognition.

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WHEN: September 15-17

A glamorous event set to turn the asphalt of the city state

ablaze, the Singapore Airlines Grand Prix is the place to be

seen at. See the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian

Vettel battle it out for the ultimate glory at the podium and

while you are at it, enjoy the world-class performances by

Calvin Harris, Ariana Grande, Duran Duran, Seal and

many more. Buckle up and book your tickets ASAP.

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WHERE: Rixos Premium Hotel, Dubai, UAE

WHEN: September 24-27

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practices of the industry in today's day and age, from

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Emirati entrepreneurs Omar Al

Busaidy and Amer Abdulaziz

Khansaheb give us an insight into

their bumpy journeys. This

month, read all about our cover

star Nicole Kidman, who talks

about her multiple roles as a

mother. You can also learn more

about investing in art and your

child's education

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FINANCE

CURATE

WITH CAUTION

That stunning piece of art you want to get your hands on can either be a great

investment, or a risky one. Discover why an art advisor is not only essential for

novice collectors, but also those looking to grow their portfolio

By Nicola Monteath

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Above: Salma Shaheem

from The Fine Art Group.

Right: The "Untitled"

Basquiat painting that

sold for $110.5 million

You either love a Basquiat or you don’t. It isn’t

everyone’s cup of tea. But there are some who

understand the value of art as an investment, and

adding a contemporary piece from the late Jean-

Michel Basquiat to your collection, makes for a great longterm

investment. However, investing in art doesn’t mean you

pass up on pieces of interest. In fact, it’s vital to buy a piece

you love, one with a great history, that you connect with and

speaks volume. After all, it will most likely be hung in your

home or office. Take for instance the Japanese billionaire

Yusaku Maezawa, who purchased the Basquiat ‘Untitled’

impressionist, contemporary piece for $110.5 million at a

Sotheby’s auction in New York earlier this year. Maezawa’s

affection for the artist’s collection resulted in a recordbreaking

sale, the most expensive piece ever bought, that was

previously purchased by a couple (who left it to their two

daughters) for a mere $19,000 in the Eighties. The piece

appreciated by $109,981,000 in just 33 years, yielding a high

return that could never be anticipated. This isn’t the only

piece in Maezawa’s collection however, he previously bought

another painting by Basquiat for $57.3 million. Other works

in his collection include the likes of Jeff Koons, Christopher

Wool and Richard Prince.

Evidently, Maezawa has a penchant for contemporary art,

but if we had to follow in his footsteps, where would we

begin and how does one go about securing, or investing in, a

piece that appreciates overtime? That’s where art advisors

are brought into the equation. “There’s been a huge shift in

appetite for art. We’re seeing great, exponential growth in

the post warrant contemporary art genre in particular,” says

Salma Shaheem, head of Middle Eastern Markets of The

Fine Art Group (an art investment advisory house). “Over

the last 10-15 years or so, art has been made accessible to

everyone. Ten years ago, it probably wouldn’t make the

headlines of the New York Times and no one would talk

about it. Now, every time there’s a record-breaking auction,

all the media outlets talk about it. So, people are constantly

bombarded by this art news which I think is great,” says

Sylvain Gaillard, who transitioned from private banker to

an art advisor and Director of the Opera Gallery, to immerse

himself and grow his adoration for art and curation.

The sudden inflation can be attributed to the increase in

wealth, people looking to build a collection for investment

purposes and the fundamental law kind of mix, of supply and

demand. “You have a lot more people who want to buy art.

And the good pieces are either taken care of, spoken for, or in a

private collection or museums. So, when a good piece comes

out on the market, you have many who want to acquire it and

that drives the price and demand up,” he goes on to say.

The UAE, as Shaheem states, is an emerging market with a

strong foundation for the future of arts. As an advisor, her

job entails visiting museums, galleries, keeping an eye out for

art that has just come up on the market, and helping clients

pick the right piece for their specifically curated collection.

There are several ways in which art advisory works. “I meet a

client that knows they want to start collecting art and might

have an affinity towards it but they don’t know where to

begin. That's one scenario, the other is a person who began

collecting a few years ago, or inherited art, and now has over

40 pieces and doesn’t know what to do with it. We come in

and help with disposing of that and reinvesting whatever

money we can gain into better pieces,” she tells us.

But with art comes a price tag that can be considered quite

a risky investment. That’s where Shaheem stresses on the

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Left: The Louvre Museum

Below: Sylvain Gaillard,

Director of Opera

Gallery in DIFC

necessity for an advisor. “The market is highly

unregulated and very opaque. If you don’t know

what you’re doing, you will spend and not be able

to recover it,” says Shaheem. “I'm not saying don’t

buy art you love. All I’m saying is you can have a

piece that you’re in love with, and one that may

have the ability to increase in value over time too.

It’s significant that thorough research is conducted

with every transaction,” she explains further.

Gaillard, on the other hand, suggests approaching

art as an investment with caution. “By definition,

I’m always very cautious when people approach

art as an investment because it is something you

buy hoping that the value will go up in the future.

Art must be taken extremely cautiously, because

you can strike gold.” His guidelines? “Always buy

what you like because you are going to leave with

the piece, and should go for the long run. People

always hear about the guy who made millions from

selling one or two paintings, but what they don’t

tell you is that probably in the same year, he bought

another five paintings which are worthless today.

So, you always have to be careful about investing

in art as there’s always two sides of the story.”

There are a few established names that are rooted

in history and probably will continue to be a great

investment opportunity over the next few years or

so. For instance, Gaillard reveals that Picasso has

done over 50,000 pieces, most of which are in the

Catalogue Raisonné. He is amongst the top five

artists at 2017 auctions. “If you buy a piece right

now, guess what? In 30 years, it’s going to be older,

rarer, so most likely, will appreciate again. There’s

no guarantee but most likely it will.” The lesson to

learn is if you’re adamant about investing in art,

think long term. “Go with true and tested names

and make sure you buy them at the right price.

That’s where you’re going to get the upside. If you

just want to flip things, you will flip it around one,

two, three or four times and then the fifth time you

may go bust and lose everything. Just because you

buy a painting and sit on it for ten years doesn’t

mean it will appreciate,” says Gaillard.

At The Fine Art Group, Shaheem works with

clients on a retainer basis, wherein she advises on a

piece, evaluates something a client spotted while

travelling and even pitches artwork her team have

spotted, reporting on the provenance, condition and

value. Opera Gallery in DIFC, on the other hand, is a

playground for art enthusiasts and those who want to

see talent before their eyes. Here, you can walk in and

build a relationship, gaining guidance and support

along the way. “The goal is not to sell the piece. It is

to get into their brain, understand what their aim is,

whom they are buying it for, the purpose, and then

manage their expectations. We also advise clients

what might be tax-efficient. It’s a lot more than just

the transaction,” says Gaillard.

At the end of the day, any investment requires

careful thought, and art is just the same.

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PHILANTHROPY

PEOPLE GET INTO

PHILANTHROPY

BECAUSE THEY

WANT TO BE SEEN

DOING GOOD. I

ENCOURAGE THEM

Omar Al Busaidy talks about his role at the

Global Shapers Community and how

he makes time to give back despite

performing a plethora of other duties

Words by Meryl D’Souza

You may have heard the expression:

“Time and tide wait for no man”.

For Omar Al Busaidy, the tides have

been rough, but time certainly stands

still. By day, the 31-year-old is the Accessibility,

Chartered & Commercial Flights Manager

for the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture

Authority, and by nightfall, he’s an entrepreneur,

part-time student and teacher, author and a

Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum.

That’s too many feathers for one cap, especially

given the man’s age.

Omar credits his boss for his ability to juggle

his many roles. “I have a very cool boss,” Omar

says. “He understands that the more he puts me

in an office, the more he kills my vibe. So, his

only rule is that I get my work done on time. I like

that kind of flexibility.” And who wouldn’t?

Omar stresses on the importance of time

management though. “Like everyone else, my job

is my bread and butter,” he says. “It helps pay the

bills, which is why I prioritise office work over

everything else. As soon as I’m done, I make time

for my various other duties.”

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My mother tried hard, very hard, but a child needs both parents. One can never

compensate for the absence of the other. When you don’t have that figure of authority,

you can end up doing a lot of wrong things. And I did

You could call Omar the Man of Steel. Not because, like

Superman, he seems to have the time to work a day job

while giving back to the people – although that wouldn’t be

an incorrect analogy. His claim to the title is more literal,

owing to the metal plates in his back, the result of a nearincapacitating

bout of spinal tuberculosis in 2008. Born,

brought up and educated in the UAE, Omar only began his

philanthropic agenda after a bitter divorce. Unfortunately

for him, it coincided with a time when he was unemployed.

The close call with paralysis, unemployment and the

divorce, caught him like a swift MMA combo that knocked

the wind – and any fleeting sense of happiness – out of him.

“As you can imagine, I was in a rough state,” Omar recalls.

“At the time, all I wanted to do was run away from the

negativity because it was burning a hole through me.”

The then 26-year-old sought to fill that gaping hole by giving

back to people less fortunate than him. “I was reeling,

unemployed for eight months in my own country. I realised that

the only way I was going to feel better, was by trying to do things

for people who were in a worse situation, which is why I started

volunteering at orphanages and old-age shelters. I thought of it

as a calling – an SMS through pain, if you will. Working there

really opened my eyes. It was my lowest point in life that brought

me the most exposure. Life is funny like that.” It’s crazy to think

how someone who has gone through so much can still look at

the positive side of life. Although for Omar, those trials were just

more of the same. As a boy, he didn’t have the best relationship

with his father. His father was barely around to have one. “I

learned at a very early age that a fractured relationship like that

affects a child’s development,” Omar says. “My mother tried

hard, very hard, but a child needs both parents. One can never

compensate for the absence of the other. When you don’t have

that figure of authority, you can end up doing a lot of wrong

things. And I did.” Undoubtedly, those experiences as a boy

drew him towards younger people in need of help. Even his

book, Just Read It, directly addresses the youth, asking them to

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not lose hope while educating them from the hard lessons life has taught him. Think of

Omar as the cool, yet wise elder brother who wouldn’t want you to get into the kind of

trouble he did, but is there to bail you out if you do.

“Look around you today,” Omar commands. “Terrorism and extremism is

destroying the world. These things have nothing to do with poverty. There are

many places over the world that are poor and don’t have these problems. No,

these things happen because there is lack of hope and guidance. This makes kids

do wrong things, which is why I focus on youth. If we can just look after them

today, they will build a beautiful tomorrow.”

It’s this zeal and commitment towards helping adolescents that brought him to the

attention of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative by the World Economic

Forum. It is essentially a network of hubs developed and led by young people,

primarily between the ages of 20-30, who are exceptional in their potential,

achievements and drive to make a change in their communities. Each hub is

comprised of a maximum of 25 people. The UAE is home to three hubs: Abu Dhabi,

Dubai and Sharjah. Omar claims he didn’t even know about the Global Shapers

Community’s existence until he got a phone call from them. “They just told me that

they have been following my work and like what I’m doing,” Omar says. “They asked

me to continue my work but under the

umbrella of the community. We’re

expected to compile a report every

month and send it over to Switzerland so

that they know what we’re doing here.

The work I’ve done doesn’t even

compare to the kind of work some of

these people do. It’s incredible.”

As we know, social media trolls love

taking on celebrities and activists.

Considering his work and age, there’s a

high chance Omar has a couple hundred

trolls on his social media platforms. In

life, you don’t get to 14.4K Instagram

followers without a few who doubt and

question everything you do. Omar,

however, is unfazed by them. “There

are people who get into philanthropy

because they want to be seen doing

good. It helps their clout,” says the

blunt Emirati. “I encourage them

because although they’re doing it just

for the publicity, a lot of good comes

from it. The people who follow these publicity-hungry people will try to

emulate them, which means at most they will do what they can to help

other people. At the very least, they will become aware of the problems

in their society. I’m a big picture kind of guy.”

When asked whether more people outside the realms of social media

should be educated on the problems within their society and how best to

see them through, Omar says, “Not really. The truth is everyone has

problems. We’ve just trained ourselves to hide behind facades of

happiness. Nevertheless, I believe the UAE already does more than its

fair share to help others. According to a new Organisation for Economic

Co-operation and Development (OECD) report, the UAE is the world’s

top aid donor for a third consecutive year. Not many know this because

news like this gets lost in the hullabaloo around the UAE being the

destination of the world’s tallest building and all that. We prefer it this

way. In Islam we follow a saying, “If you do something good with your

right, your left hand should not know.' Therefore, we will continue to

work behind the scenes, silently helping those that need it.”

How very un-Superman like.

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Amer Khansaheb takes

us through the history of his family business and its

journey from the bottom to the top

Words by Meryl D'Souza

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ENTREPRENEUR

Dubai has

grown a lot.

It’s time for it

to start

maturing.

Business is supposedly a dynamic environment

where successful firms shine for a few years, until

livelier competitors outmanoeuvre them in a

constant tussle that spans from being feted to

forgotten in less than a generation. Seeing your company

evolve from a relative newbie to an established powerhouse,

in a matter of years, can be very fulfilling. But, seeing it

maintain that stature for generations is inexplicable.

The UAE turns 46 this year. Rather young for a country,

isn’t it? It’s hard to imagine it being nothing but acres of

desert. Even the piece of land that you’re currently reading

this story on used to be a stretch of sand – or a sea if you’re on

the Palm Islands. Few will be able to give you detailed

accounts of just how much the Emirati nation has changed

over the years.

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ENTREPRENEUR

Amer Abdulaziz Khansaheb, Managing Director of

Khansaheb Investment, is one of the few. Not because he’s

Emirati and has learned about it through his UAE Social

Studies’ books – as anyone who grew up here would – but

because his company is 83 years old. For those of you who

can’t be bothered to do the math, that makes the company 37

years older than the UAE.

Currently the longest serving contractor in the UAE,

Khansaheb was founded in 1935 by Khansaheb Hussain Bin

Hassan Amad, Amer’s grandfather’s uncle. “Somewhere in the

late Fifties my grandfather took over the reins and now we

have about three generations working here,” Amer says.

“Currently we have about 12 people from the family.”

The Khansaheb family business started out as a trading and

maintenance company that mainly worked with oil companies

before Amer’s grandfather, Hussain Abdulrahman Khansaheb,

grew the company with an emphasis on construction. In fact,

the company was responsible for building the first causeway

that connected Abu Dhabi to the mainland in 1952. “Before

that, the island could only be accessed during low tide. During

the high tide… nothing,” says Amer. Imagine having to sit

through that. Sheikh Zayed Road at peak-hour traffic isn’t

looking so bad now, is it?

By the Seventies, Khansaheb started facing numerous

difficulties in terms of finding the right personnel to lead the

company. “Dubai was a desert at that time. It was empty. Who

would want to come to that?” says Amer. Fair enough, but the

company needs to keep evolving. Enter R.M. Douglas

Construction. “The partnership with RM Douglas helped us

through a rough time, but we helped them too,” says Amer.

“You see, they had the engineers but were struggling to get

work. We had a lot of work but didn't have the right personnel.

Plus, they were a family business too. We shared similar

ideologies. It was the perfect marriage.”

“I remember building the City Tower on Sheikh Zayed

Road,” reminisces Amer. “At the time, it was one of the tallest

buildings in the country and we were progressing so fast. We

were going at about three floors every week. Even H.H. Sheikh

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum was curious to find out

how we were doing it so quickly.” The secret, it turns out, was a

construction method called slip forming wherein concrete is

poured into a continuously moving form. This enables

continuous, non-interrupted, cast-in-place “flawless” (i.e. no

joints) concrete structures that have superior performance

characteristics to piecewise construction. Of the many

structures that Khansaheb has had a hand in creating over the

years – including the likes of Bab Al Shams and the Mall of the

Emirates – Amer takes particular pride in the Khan Murjan

restaurant at Wafi Mall. “It was my first job as an engineer,”

Amer says. “That’s why it will always be close to me.”

Growing up, Amer always knew he would join the family

business. It’s what he wanted. When he came back to Dubai

after completing his Bachelor’s in Engineering from the

University of Beirut, there was no hesitation. He worked in the

family business for about a year and a half before moving to

Deloitte. There he completed the Chartered Financial Analyst

programme that helped him see things from a financial and

investment perspective. He soon returned and helped diversify

Khansaheb Investments.

Why the time away from the family business though? The

whole point of owning a company means you don’t need to

work again, right? Wrong. Despite being an owner, Amer had

to earn his stars. The problem that then arises is you start at the

bottom with no one to really guide you. You become ‘one of

them’ and people start to keep you at a distance. “It becomes

difficult because you’re not being managed by anyone. There’s

no feedback or appraisal. It’s a bit frustrating,” Amer says.

“That’s one of the reasons I left. I needed experience outside.

It’s precisely why everyone from my generation who’s working

here has spent at least one-and-a-half to two years outside the

family business.”

On paper, Amer took over Khansaheb in 2012, but

there’s a stark difference between what happens on paper

and what goes on behind closed doors. “Back then, although

I saw many opportunities, I had trouble convincing the

people here to see where I was coming from and to invest,”

says Amer. “We only broke the ice two years later.” Owner

or not, you need to prove your mettle to take a seat at the

big table. In time, everyone came around. Amer had to take

baby steps. Once he got his first big decision right, he could

decide the next order of business. Business has boomed

though. “Since January 2014, we’ve delivered four realestate

developments in three years, which is something

we’ve never done before,” announces Amer. “We’re even

diversifying into healthcare, manufacturing, food and

beverage and fitness.”

When he isn’t busy with Khansaheb, Amer takes charge as

the President of the CFA Society Emirates. The title sounds

fancy but again, is a lot of work. “The society has been growing

fast. We were about 500 members when I became president.

We’re now at 800,” Amer says. “Managing volunteers, who

have other jobs, families, and are not paid anything for the

work they do on behalf of the society is an interesting

experience,” he adds coyly.

Khansaheb isn’t just a construction company anymore but

the question remains, with all the competition from

counterparts in the construction industry, where does the

company see its future and its vision of Dubai?

When posed with this question, Amer takes a minute to

gather his thoughts before answering meticulously, “Dubai

has grown a lot. It’s time for it to start maturing. By that I

mean it’s time to find innovative services, technologies and

industries that are geared towards energy efficiency.”

Not to be snooty, but I'd like to point out that in the same

year that – an old, “developed nation” – the United States

pulled out of agreements that champion the cause for

climate change and energy efficiency, one of the oldest

companies in the UAE – a young, “developing country” –

has set its sight on and urged other companies in the region

to going greener. Make of that what you will.

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A MOTHER’S

LOVE

Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman dishes

out on her on-and off-screen roles as a mother

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Nicole Kidman’s two youngest

daughters get a little freaked out by

the strange women who sometimes

shows up in their kitchen. They

didn’t mind the villain from Paddington because

Paddington, is well, Paddington, and villains are

pretty cool. But the most recent woman who

showed up while mom was shooting the new

series of Top of the Lake with Jane Campion –

wild grey hair, freckles?

“I loved the way I looked in it,” Kidman says.

“It was very freeing. My kids were, like, ‘Oh my

God, you look like a witch!’ And I was, like,

‘Come on, not a witch!’ They’re used to seeing

all the different women. I morph into – these

funny women showing up in the kitchen. Yeah,

they don’t like it. It’s, ‘Where’s Mom?

Right now, mom is sitting in a private room in

the restaurant of the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills,

while her husband, the country singer Keith

Urban, lays down some tracks in a studio not too

far away. Wearing a Michael Kors shirt, jeans

and Gucci loafers, Kidman has caught a break

from planning dinner and breaking up fights

between her daughters to talk to me about

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I’ve had such a weird, windy,

twisty road with it, So, this year’s

been where people have kind of decided

to discover things and support me

– but other times they haven’t,

so I’ve lived through it all

the extraordinary run of work she’s had, with roles in Sofia

Coppola’s latest, The Beguiled, the upcoming second season

of BBC2’s Top of the Lake and, before that, HBO’s Big Little

Lies, playing a photo-perfect Monterey housewife trapped

in a cycle of spousal abuse. The last of these performances

drew gasps, an Emmy nomination and a rash of career

reassessments with headlines like “How many times does

Nicole Kidman have to prove herself?” Variety ran a Nicole

Kidman World Cup on Twitter to determine her best

performance; those paying tribute ranged from the actress

Zoe Kazan to Moonlight’s director, Barry Jenkins. “She's

become cool again without ever seeking it out,” says the

director John Cameron Mitchell, who made 2010’s Rabbit

Hole with her. “She has this blueblood aura, this sort of regal

poise, but in her film choices she’s incredibly punk.”

The woman who shows up at the Four Seasons couldn’t

be further from the cool ice queen of media myth, standing

guard over the secrets of her previous marriage to Tom

Cruise like a sphinx. Candid, deep-feeling to the point of

tears when the subject of family comes up, Kidman, who

turned 50 in June, is much warmer and more offbeat than

you’d think – a kooky empathy attuned to an almost

spooky degree to the emotional temperature of whomever

she’s with, with an unruly laugh that seems to absorb all

the ups and downs of a 30-year Hollywood career. “I’ve

had such a weird, windy, twisty road with it,” she says. “So,

this year’s been where people have kind of decided to

discover things and support me – but other times they

haven’t, so I’ve lived through it all.” Out comes that big,

jaunty Aussie cackle. The second season of Top of the Lake

took Kidman back to suburban Sydney, where she grew up

and where, in the series, Elisabeth Moss’s detective is on

the trail of a prostitution ring. Kidman plays a feminist

matriarch with a glorious cascade of grey hair, whose

dinner table abounds with talk of Germaine Greer and

revolutionary politics, but whose relationship with her

adopted daughter, played by Campion’s actual daughter,

Alice Englert, has degenerated into a haggard war of

attrition. Kidman’s performance – ferocious, knotted, full

of thwarted love – joins a growing throng of mothers she

has played in recent years, from her saintly adoptive

mother in Lion, to her Medea-like, murderously fierce

mother in Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others.

“The strongest force I can find within me, right now, is

the maternal force,” she says. “Romantically, I’m obviously

incredibly awake and alive. I have a really, really strong,

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good marriage. But maternal love brings you to your

knees. Its surfacing in pretty much everything I do.”

What lends this weight is the hard-fought, and at times,

torturously winding nature of Kidman’s path to

motherhood. The woman has had to fight. Two

miscarriages, two adopted children with Cruise. A

miraculous, unexpected late pregnancy with Urban, and

finally a fourth daughter, born via a surrogate just a few

years ago. The plot of Top of the Lake: China Girl, too,

touches on surrogacy, which in Australia is still illegal,

feeding a black market.

“Jane said to me, ‘Would this be a difficult place for you

to go in terms of what the theme of this is?’ And I said,

‘No, because my story seemed very different.’ Mine was

agreed upon and it was a beautiful thing that a woman

chose to give us. It was an incredible gift she made.”

The role brought her home in other ways, too. Her mother

was a nurse who sacrificed her career to raise a family, but

remained active in the women’s movement of the Seventies.

“I grew up in that world of feminism,” Kidman says. “I grew

up watching those dinner parties. That’s been my life since I

was probably four.” If actors have long enough careers, they

often end up playing their parents at some point, Brando

burst onto the scene playing rebels, wounded and bristling

against authority, but his maturity was reached when he

stepped into the shoes of Colonel Kurtz and Don Corleone,

the very authority figures his youthful rebellion presupposed,

viewed through a glass darkly.

Kidman as a teenager was a handful, hitting the clubs

in Sydney by the time she was 14 in tutu, fishnets and

lace-up black boots, fighting with her mother every step

of the way. Her fights with her tear-away daughter in

Top of the Lake thus played like rematches with her

teenage self, this time from her mother’s point of view.

“Absolutely. I can do, and wear, and behave any way I

want – and screw all of this. And I’m going to be with

any man I want, and who cares about your beliefs?

Totally. So, I’ve come at it from both sides, which is

why Jane is so clever – she could sort of flip things.

She’s incredibly perceptive.”

Kidman and Campion go a long way back, not just to the

1996 Henry James adaptation The Portrait of a Lady, but to a

handwritten note Campion sent the then 13-year-old actress

after her headmistress refused to let her appear in the

director’s student film. “It said, Don’t let anyone break your

spirit,” Kidman recalls. She started acting at 12, playing

Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named

Desire, attending classes where they studied mime, fencing,

the classics, the Greeks, Medea . “I was fascinated by all

the sexuality. That was probably the strongest element,

because the hormones are going for me, and I was trying to

put some sort of meaning to it. There were just so many

ways in which it could be expressed... I was always an intense

child. I wanted to connect.”

When the critic David Thomson wrote about

Kidman, itemising her “hide-and-seek eyes, boyish hips

and elegant Australian body,” like a Renaissance poet

eulogising his mistress’s eyebrows, he was roundly called

out for his heavy breathing. But Kidman’s most vivid early

performances were all to be found somewhere between

Catholic school and red-light district, whether her alpha

prefect in 1991’s Flirting, raising a toast to “risk” ; her pre-

Rapha elite host age, fighting back against her attacker in

1989’s Dead Calm; or best of all, her perky, murderous

small-town machiavel in Gus Van Sant’s To Die For (1995).

That was the performance that won Variety’s recent

tournament, with second place going to 2004’s Birth,

Jonathan Glazer’s haunting masterpiece (if you haven’t,

see it now) and third to Moulin Rouge (2000), Baz

Luhrmann’s pop-bohemian rhapsody, with Kidman

enduring broken ribs and bloody knees to play a doomed

courtesan who sacrifices everything for love. “It’s hard to

be a wife and a mother and do those performances,” she

says. “Emotionally it’s taxing. I would love to be able to

turn it on and turn it off that easily. I wish I could skim

more, but I’m no skimmer... That’s the massive struggle of

pretty much every artist, unless they’re alone, right? And I

don’t want to be alone.”

Acting and romantic love are alike, for Kidman, in that

both involve the obliteration of self. She loses herself in roles

and relationships alike – which may be one reason why her

American film career seemed to truly take off after her

marriage to Cruise ended abruptly in 2000. Before that it was

the usual array of neurosurgeons, nuclear scientists and batshrinks.

But soon she had won an Oscar for playing Virginia

Woolf in The Hours, then collaborated with Anthony

Minghella, Alejandro Amenabar, Lars von Trier, Noah

Baumbach... Was she hampered by being thought of as Mrs.

Cruise? “It’s so hard to come over here,” she says after much

thought. “I was in a small pond before, then I came to

America and was being given things and I was like, ‘These are

the roles? Oh, I want to go home!’ But I got married, and

when I’m married, I’m married. Then I was out of [the

marriage] and suddenly the energy shifted in my ability to go

anywhere. Yes, I can go to Europe if I want, and I can work

with Lars von Trier, and I can do Birth and just follow my

interests. And I didn't have to be answering to a relationship

– we had a two-week rule, of not being away for more than

two weeks. I didn’t have any of that.”

These days, home base is a farm in Nashville, where

Kidman goes largely unbothered: there it is the country

star Urban who is the more recognised celebrity. She likes

it that way. It was to this farm she retired when she first

found out she was pregnant with Sunday Rose. The subject

brings tears to her eyes. “I just went, okay, well, I’ve

adopted two children and I’m never going to have a birth

child, that’s going to be my path. I had to come to terms

with that. That was part of the thing when I married Keith

– ‘I probably can’t have a child, I hope you’re okay with

that.’ And he was. Then suddenly – I got pregnant, against

all odds. Really against all odds. Doctors were shocked.”

She withdrew to the farm, calling her doctor every week to

fret. “I can’t feel her.” He’d come by and let me see her. I

needed that, I needed to be told ‛No, it’s okay’, because I

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had so much loss and tragedy. It’s a big thing in

my life, things, people getting taken suddenly.

Stanley [Kubrick], my father. I hear a phone call

at 3am and I’m terrified.” But she adds, pluckily:

“I’m determined to beat it.”

They go everywhere together, her, Keith and the

kids – packed onto the tour bus with dad or on

location with mom, off to Morocco for Werner

Herzog’s Queen of the Desert or Cincinnati for

Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer, out

in November. “We’re very tight,” she says. “And

we’re hard to penetrate, we’ve been told.” We

almost have our own language.” The balance is

immensely precious to her. “I’ve lost a marriage by

not being willing to have that happen. My daughter

came running in yesterday screaming – she had a

tick. And I’m thinking, gosh, I’m so glad I’m here

to take the tick out. I don’t want to miss those

things, so that’s why I now say no to a lot. The

career I have in my imagination is superb. The one

I have in reality is sort of back on track in a way.”

She has just completed a film called Untouchable,

and one with Joel Edgerton called Boy Erased, with

Russell Crowe – another childhood friend, from

the age of 14 – as her husband. Liane Moriarty, the

creator of Big Little Lies, is about to turn in a

novella, commissioned exclusively by the

producers to see if there's another series in there.

Then Kidman is off to Australia to film Aquaman

for James Wan, a Malaysian -Australian director.

“I wanted to do something nobody would think I

would do, and I know James,” she says. “I play

Queen Atlanna. She births a superhero. I said to

James, ‛If I’m birthing a superhero, you better give

me a good birth scene. And the Queen. Come on. I

was, like, okay. Now we’re talking.” What will her

daughters do when they find Queen Atlanna in the

kitchen? “They’ll be, like, ‘Yeah, yeah, where's the

crown? ” Her laugh fills the room.

It’s hard to be a wife

and a mother and do

those performances,

Emotionally it’s taxing.

I would love to be able

to turn it on and turn it

off that easily

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EDUCATION

THE RIGHT CHOICE

FOR YOUR CHILD?

In conversation with Daniel Lewis, Principal of North London

Collegiate School (NLCS), ahead of its first academic year

North London Collegiate School Dubai, the latest

addition to the city’s wide array of prominent

educational establishments, will be opening its

doors this September, adding to their growing

portfolio alongside London and Jeju, South Korea. The

International Baccalaureate (IB) system caters to students

between the age group of three to 18. Founded in partnership

with Sobha Group, the North London Collegiate School,

boasts a rich heritage in the UK dating back to 1850. For over

160 years, the London school has remained at the forefront

of academic excellence, consistently ranking as the highest

performing IB school in the UK. Here we find out more

about the Dubai outpost.

Why did NLCS launch in the UAE?

Dubai is a thriving international hub and a natural choice for

a location to establish a new international school. We were

also encouraged by the KHDA’s vision to bring truly worldclass

schools to Dubai, to provide parents with the confidence

to stay in the city for the duration of their childrens

education. Another key factor was our choice of partner.

Ultimately, we were looking for an organisation who shares

the same values and ethos as the NLCS family – it happened

to be Sobha Group’s commitment to deliver a quality

education that inspired us and confirmed our next location as

Dubai.

Any significant differences between North London

Collegiate School in London and in Dubai?

Our aim is to ensure that, whilst the location and student body

are different (NLCS Dubai is co-educational whereas the

London school is girls only), it retains a deep connection to our

‘mother’ school in London and an unremitting commitment to

replicating the quality and ethos. The school there has a key role

when it comes to recruiting and training our teaching staff. We

also benefit from its regular monitoring visits and inspections

and are committed to the sharing of best practice, online learning

activities, debates and staff/student exchanges. Of course, at

NLCS Dubai we are passionate about teaching children local

customs and language through engaging lessons and experiences.

Describe some of the highlights of the facility here

in Dubai?

NLCS Dubai is a purpose-built 38,000 square metre campus

which has been carefully designed for the best possible learning

experience for our students, as well as a close community feel.

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The classrooms and other teaching spaces are equipped with

the latest technologies. There will be 13 science laboratories,

premium IT facilities, a state-of-the-art Performing Arts

Centre, a large airy dining hall and sporting facilities, including

tennis courts, outdoor basketball court, full-size sports-hall,

cricket and rugby field and an eight-lane indoor pool.

What do you think makes North London Collegiate

School exceptional when it comes to academics?

NLCS Dubai is a highly aspirational school. Our academically

ambitious education challenges students to discover their

passions, push beyond their horizons and become leaders of

the future. We provide our students with a quality of education

that allows them to transfer into any other system around the

world. Most importantly, we ensure that we recruit some of the

best teachers from around the world, who are highly qualified

and inspire their students to develop a love of learning. We

select teachers carefully for their passion towards each subject,

to encourage students to explore beyond its curriculum

boundaries and discover their own passions. In fact, several

teachers at NLCS Dubai had previous teaching history with the

NLCS family (London and Jeju) so they are well-versed in the

ethos. The Sutton Trust has described NLCS as the most

successful school in the United Kingdom, in placing its

students into the country’s most competitive universities. Our

2017 average IB Diploma score of 42 places NLCS as

consistently the most successful IB school in the UK for the

past 13 years and among the very best IB schools in the world.

Could you explain further the International Baccalaureate

Middle Years Programme?

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

(MYP) is the curriculum we offer to students from grades six to

ten. The programme contains eight subject groups which

include: language acquisition, language and literature, individuals

and societies, sciences, mathematics, arts, design, and last but not

the least, physical and health education. It consists of projects

intended to develop our students’ independence and initiative, as

well as a sense of community. They are encouraged to decide

what they would like to learn, discover what research they will

need to do to complete the project and then present their

findings to the school community. The purpose is for our

students to be prepared for the IB Diploma. This is especially

key as they grow throughout their senior school years and are

encouraged to gain an awareness of their surroundings. In doing

so, they will develop resilience, leadership and international

mindedness that positively impacts the school community,

Dubai, the UAE and, we hope, the world.

With the school fees being relatively high here in the

UAE, enrolling a child is more of an investment for the

parent. Would you agree?

We tend to attract parents who are prioritising education

and many of our parents are supplementing education

allowances or making other sacrifices to send their son or

daughter to a school, which they believe will serve them

best and set them up for a successful future. In particular,

we seem to be appealing to parents who have experienced

private education in another country themselves, either as a

child, or for their own children and are looking for that kind

of experience here in Dubai. There are many schools here

and some of them are very good, but not many are able

effectively to emulate that ‛private school experience,

which these parents appear to be seeking. So, in terms of a

value proposition, with our strong track-record in the UK

and, more recently in Jeju, in terms of admissions to worldclass

universities, along with our truly ‛private school ethos

and approach, these parents are seeing us as value-formoney

and a sound investment for their childs future.

Does a good foundation prep them for Ivy League or

Golden Triangle institutions?

Of course, this is critical. Students who are able to enjoy

teaching and learning which truly stretches and challenges

them, and who can think on their feet and cope well with the

unfamiliar material, will tend to do well in public examinations

and during the selection processes for competitive universities.

Our students have confidence in their abilities and will be

encouraged to believe in themselves, take risks and reach

beyond what they thought possible. All of this prepares them

not only to apply and to be accepted into Ivy League or Golden

Triangle colleges but also to thrive during their studies there.

Are there any other advantages for students?

We have a lot of experience, both from London and Jeju, in

supporting students and providing guidance regarding work

experience and internships. We also have a large and

growing network of professional contacts due to our vibrant

alumni network, so we are well-placed to assist students not

only while they are at the school, but for their entire

professional career. NLCS prides itself on being a

‘community for life’. We are in the planning phase of

opening a campus in Singapore. Through our growing

global network, we will provide our teachers and pupils with

the opportunity to work and collaborate with their fellow

NLCS family-members across the world.

For more information, visit nlcsdubai.ae

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#SUPPORTLOCAL

Discover this entrepreneur’s journey

American engineer and clean-energy

specialist Charles F. Blaschke IV is a

risk taker, helping build high-end

projects with reduced consumption of

energy. Blaschke graduated in 2007 from the

Missouri University of Science and Technology

with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was

recruited immediately to assist with the construction

of innovative, clean buildings. Charles is the

Founder and Managing Director at Taka Solutions,

an energy consulting company based in Dubai.

Tell us about yourself?

I grew up playing in my grandfather’s workshop,

nestled in his house basement, where he had a

small framing business during retirement that

gave us a chance to play with tools, machinery

and build things. I started pulling bikes and

Nintendo sets apart and assembling it again. That

gradually grew to dissassembling computers, cars

and now buildings. I guess, it's one of the reasons

I took up engineering at university.

What was your impression of the UAE when

you first landed here?

I have been here for a decade and was recruited by

Burt Hill (now Stantec) who came to recruit the

top young engineers from the US, to grow and

lead their Dubai office. I moved literally knowing

nothing about the company, job or projects. Like

most UAE expats, time swept by while living the

good life here.

Tell us about your company and how did you

identify the need for it?

Taka Solutions is the new face of energy in

the world. We use the latest in finance, engineering

and technology to help people reduce their energy

consumption and impact through efficiency.

We see it as an impactful way to reduce carbon

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consumption and mitigate climate change. We

use an innovative paid-from-savings business

model with no capital cost for customers. It's

paid from the savings generated from the project,

creating perfect alignment with customers,

ourselves and the planet. If we don’t save, we

don’t get paid. The investment is made on behalf

of the customer, so their budget constraints are

no longer a roadblock to save and do well. In

today’s world, using energy correctly is an

economic and social global priority. Energy

efficiency is the most important fuel of the future

and buildings around the world, and especially in

the UAE, need to be energy efficient.

What are your long-term goals?

Our mission is to help reduce the world’s energy

and carbon by 20 per cent. This can be achieved by

reducing the consumption of the world’s existing

building stock by 50 per cent, which is possible

with today’s technology. Over this period,

renewable energy will begin to replace

conventional power generation technology,

providing all the new energy required to power the

world, creating a complete cycle of renewable

energy powering highly efficient, technologically

advanced buildings that feed into larger smart

cities. As the cost of technologies drops, and

savings increase from this technology, buildings

and homes will near net zero energy consumption.

What have been your major challenges?

The challenges of starting a company in the UAE

are huge. Launching a non-app based company,

and a traditional, capital intensive company

instead, makes it even harder. One of our largest

hurdles though is educating and teaching

customers about energy and efficiency, and how

we offer a paid-from-savings model.

Have you secured funding or gearing up for

the first round?

During the seed stage of funding, we worked very

hard, were smart about spending and able to

become profitable through our services and

projects. This gave us time to find the right

investor in 2016 when we finalised our partnership

with Corys Environmental, part of the GreenCoast

Enterprises family. They not only saw the value

and quality of us as a company but truly understood

our business of retrofitting buildings and offering

financed solutions. Together with Corys, we offer

100 per cent financed projects for any budget in

record time. We can approve financing for a

project within two weeks, as this allows us to

invest and save faster, as we can never get back lost

savings. For instance, a building that can save

Dhs5,000,000 per year loses over Dhs13,000 per

day in waiting.

Any interesting launches rolling out this year?

One of the biggest and most exciting things in the

next few months is our Taka AI cloud-based

artificial intelligence. We are using the latest

technology to analyse in real-time building

performance and learn how to optimise to save,

and make the building more comfortable and

longer lasting using AI.

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&

soul

Crystal clear water, city life

and adventuorous trails

awaits readers at Seychelles -

turn over for inspiration.

Also, prep for next season or

a big trip, with a visit to the

stores for the latest in gadgets

and accessories

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BILL GATES DONATES $4.6 BILLION

IT’S THE LARGEST DONATION HE’S MADE SINCE 2000

BMW UNVEILS THE CONCEPT Z4

The two-seater roadster will enter production

next year

SAMSUNG’S NEWEST TV

MOONLIGHTS AS A PIECE OF ART

Because nothing exudes affluence like

buying art

ROBERTO CAVALLI’S NEW SUPERYACHT

The 27-metre Freedom superyacht is a fine

Italian job

THE WEALTHIEST INDIANS IN THE GCC

One of them started as a taxi driver while another was working

out of a basement

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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

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

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

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The

CHECKLIST

Chic picks to keep you vogueish this summer

PURE TALENT

Antonio Marras is in a league of its own,

with striking patterns, mish mash of textures,

and fabrics and prints adding a burst of

colour to their Pre Fall 17/18 collection.

Think velvety jersey, grey and brown fabrics

borrowed from Savile Row workshops,

bomber jackets, parkas, duffle coats and

kimonos in haute couture materials featuring

damasks and brocade that can soon make

its way into your wardrobe, prepping you

for any occasion to come. The collection’s

elegant dresses with rose fabric inlay and

concretions of macramé ooze sophistication

and are a statement in itself, making it suitable

for afternoon tea and wedding receptions.

Visit the boutique at Citywalk

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NOSTALGIA IN A BOTTLE

Fragrances have the capacity to bring back memories and transform your mood almost instantaneously.

Amna Al Habtoor’s newly launched line, Arcadia, has us reaching out for their minimalist-style bottles

that capture the essence of the Gulf, with ingredients that are environmentally conscious and crueltyfree.

The theme of each focuses on nostalgia, with the concept of a modern apothecary at the

forefront, making each scent a delightful experience – especially for those who call the UAE their

home. The unisex perfumes are available individually and in a gift set of ten (15ml) fragrances for

Dhs650. Available at arcadiame.com, City Walk 2 and The Zoo Concept

PLAYFUL TAKE

Fendi’s Can Eye embellished sunglasses

give this pair a feminine touch with the

addition of pearls and a subtle hint of

colour. Wear it with an all-white

ensemble or a stunning kaftan.

Dhs2,490 at Solaris and Rivoli Group

BOLD BEAUTY

Power, speed and excitement

are the elements that make the

Akillis Mini Bang Bang

collection pendants a gift for

those with a hint of

rebelliousness. With handselected

materials and only the

highest quality of gold, diamonds

and gemstones used in each

piece, it makes for a stunningly

edgy accessory.

From Dhs10,500 at Ahmed

Seddiqi & Sons

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HOP

talk

The stores to visit for

Syour next shopping haul

SCENTSATIONAL AROMAS

If the aroma of a Diptyque candle

instantly relaxes you the minute

you get home and light it, you may

want to head to the store to

get your hands on the all-new

Fragrance Gestures collection.

L’Ombre dans l’Eau, Do Son,

Philosykos and Eau Rose

scents that are now

available in the form of

balms, gels, oils and

foams, with the

fragrance being just as

strong as an eau de

toilette – which we

all know, lingers on

for hours.

Visit Diptyque at

Dubai Mall

ALL IN THE DETAILS FALL READY

Karl Lagerfeld’s Fall-Winter 2017

Ermenegildo Zegna’s See Now, Buy Now collection reveals

the comfiest shoe to don this season. The Tiziano presents

itself in two different colours, off-white and green, with calf

collection has us swooning over reinterpreted

pieces that are easy to throw on, and exude

androgyny, while being timeless yet youthful.

leather, minimalist style, Vicuna lining, triple stitch on the Eighteen-and nineteenth-century military

spoiler and the signature herringbone pattern with a

contrasting coloured leather insert.

Available at the store in Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates

and Al Maryah Island

uniforms get a feminine update with tonal

patches, embroidery and decorative elements.

Meanwhile, high-waist sailor pants and

tuxedos with dainty bows pave the way for

effortless dressing, from board room to

dinner parties, while an oversized leather

jacket oozes edge. The entire collection

comprises a palette of black and white that

either pops with soft pink or adds a hint of

edge with army green.

Karl Lagerfeld stores can be found at CityWalk

and Dubai Mall

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INDULGE YOURSELF

Tried-and-tested experiences of the month

Tried-and-tested experiences of the month

V

Need to know:

A Royal Shave starts

from around Dhs240,

call +9714 340 0800

The venue: THE ART OF SHAVING

Service: A royal shave

The verdict: Ask any six-year-old and he’ll refer to the act

of shaving as aspirational. Something that only grown-ups

do. It’s the reason he’ll lather up for no apparent reason

other than trying to imitate his father’s morning ritual. Once

that six-year-old turns 18, shaving is inevitably reduced to a

necessary and mundane chore.

As I found out recently, there is a way to put the fun back

into your grooming regime – by visiting a barber spa. I

dropped by The Art of Shaving store in Citywalk to get their

top-of-the-line Royal Shave treatment.

The facility is built like a lounge, rather than a barbershop.

A reception area doubles up as one where you can purchase

all of Art of Shaving’s products and accessories. I was ushered

to a spacious room adjacent to the reception area with two

plush barber chairs occupying the floor.

Here, shaving isn’t a rushed job. The master barber places a

hot towel over my face to loosen the stubble and work the

grime off. He applies a pre-shave oil to prep my skin and next

up, a breadbox-sized machine dispenses warm foam – a first

in all my years of shaving. Using a straight razor, he tackles the

stubble in a couple of artful strokes. If you’ve got a particularly

stubborn stubble, he’ll repeat the foam and straight razor

shave, this time against the grain.

Another hot towel with fragranced oil is then applied to

soothe the skin, followed by a face mask to rehydrate. Another

cold towel later, and a refreshing product is massaged onto my

face – the oud after-shave balm is highly recommended.

Getting a shave here is all about discovering how one of the

manliest acts of grooming – even if you’ve been at it for

decades – can be aspirational all over again.

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Need to know:

The full colour with

highlights and blow-dry

is priced at Dhs1,400

for medium-length hair

(Price depends on

hair length), call +9714

338 1111

The venue: MIKE AND JACK

Service: Full colour with highlights and blow-dry

The verdict: Housed at the Emirates Financial

Towers, the Jordanian stylist duo Mike and Jack

– who are also cousins – have swept Dubai by

storm with their expertise and exclusive access

to certain L’Oreal hair products. After being in

awe of coloured manes for months, I decided it

was time to jump on the bandwagon and opt

for a bright colour. Senior hairstylist Joe

Alkerdim and Mike Alam were both on hand to

share ideas upon arrival. A quick refreshment

and off to the seat I went to highlight my hair

with non-damaging bleach, L’Oreal Smart Bond

additive, that also strengthens hair while

preventing damage. Heat was then applied for

30 minutes to let the bleach penetrate my hair,

after which it was blow-dried. This was followed

by a thorough rinse and comb through, after

which the colouring process began. I opted for

a pink hue that suited my facial features and skin

tone, and around five hours later, post tinting

and colouring from light to dark shades –

multiple washes and a trim to snip off split ends

– my hair looked vibrant. Highlights were added

in, in a shade lighter, to add depth and

dimension. While the entire experience was

well worth it, it can be time consuming –

especially if you have dark hair. Do take a friend

along for company.

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ON OUR RADAR

Striking statement pieces

JEWELLERY

BVLGARI

THE VIPER RING

The first Serpenti jewel, a snake watch that wrapped around the wrist with the jaw locking the

timepiece, was first created in the forties to represent the distinct character of the Italian house.

Following the success, the brand has since launched annual gemstone reinterpretations, capturing

the boldness and essence of BVLGARI. This year’s creation showcases the sensuality of the viper

snake, the combination of gem colours and materials that make it a striking statement, and the

bold Roman design that exudes seduction.

BULGARI.COM

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TIMEPIECE

Arnold & Son

Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36

FOR HIM

The La Chaux-de-Fonds watchmaker has been around since 1764 and has some serious pedigree behind it. Founder John

Arnold’s son even worked with Abraham-Louis Breguet in the eighteenth century – the latter remains to this day one of the

ten most important people to have contributed to the development of mechanical watchmaking. Breguet’s skill has arguably

influenced and guided Arnold & Son through the centuries and still influences its watchmaking know-how even today.

This new Tourbillon Chronometer No. 36 is a tribute to some of the earliest chronometers that John Arnold created

for the British government in the eighteenth century. The 46mm rose gold case frames the dial that displays the intricate

mechanics of the watch including the tourbillon, barrels and going train. As a COSC-certified chronometer – only two per

cent of all Swiss watches made annually receive this certification – it’s an ultra-accurate timepiece too. Where do we sign?

$54,000 (Dhs 198,000) AT AROLDANDSON.COM

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TIMEPIECE

Graff Diamonds

MasterGraff Floral Tourbillon 38mm

FOR HER

In 2014, Graff unveiled a $55 million wristwatch – the world’s most expensive timepiece – that was decorated with

110 carats worth of rare coloured diamonds. This year’s novelty, the MasterGraff Floral Tourbillon, signals the British

jeweller-and-watchmaker’s intent to be taken seriously within the mechanical watchmaking space. This manual-winding

timepiece with 68 hours of power reserve features a tourbillon at 5 o’clock and was developed through Graff’s

watchmaking division in Geneva.

The white-gold flowers on the dial are hand painted and set on a mother-of-pearl dial in a process that takes up to

50 hours to execute. To add some drama to the timepiece, Graff also designed blooms at eight, nine and 12 o’clock

that turns along with the wrist movements of its owner. True to Graff’s roots, the 38mm white-gold case is covered in

diamonds, as are the lugs and the crown. Bling it on.

PRICE ON REQUEST AT GRAFFDIAMONDS.COM

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GADGETS

Oswalds Mill Audio

AC 1 TENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Former filmmaker Jonathan Weiss started up Oswalds Mill Audio in 2006. The

bespoke American high-end audio equipment manufacturer debuted its first

loudspeaker, the AC1, in 2007. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, OMA has recently

unveiled this three-way speaker hand built from wood. Weiss’ background in

filmmaking means the midrange uses a vintage compression driver used in an actual

movie theatre. It also has a 15-inch woofer for some serious bass. Limited to just ten

pairs, it takes six months to build this 82-inch tall speaker after you sign up for one.

$171,200 (Dhs 630,000) AT OSWALDSMILLAUDIO.COM

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Riese & Müller

DELITE GT SIGNATURE

COLLECTOR'S PIECES

This electric bike designed by German duo Markus Riese

and Heiko Müller is a handsome GT machine. A capable

Bosch Performance CX 1,000 Wh battery drives the

11-speed Shimano gear set. The German marque has also

integrated Control Technology into its construction which

is a system that governs the relationship between the front

and rear wheel’s Fox Factory suspension and the frame to

deliver improved traction for spirited riding adventures.

Each bike is numbered and delivered with a certificate of

authenticity signed by Müller and Riese.

$11,099 (Dhs 40,000) AT R-M.DE

HP

Z VR BACKPACK

Wearables are having a moment. This military-grade dust- and water-resistant backpack PC is built tough and can take

a couple of hard knocks. Inside its take-no-prisoners exterior is an advanced processor: It packs a quad core i7

processor, Quadros P5200 graphics and 16 GB of video memory. Pair the backpack with any third-party virtual reality

system including the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive Business Edition. Game on.

$3,500 (Dhs 13,000) AT HP.COM

The New York-based startup has built an allelectric

sports utility truck. Kitted with twin

electric motors, this permanent all-wheel

drive vehicle is a proper off-roader. We’re

talking Jeep-rivalling break-over angles,

adjustable suspension and anti-roll bars. The

electric motor generates 360hp of power

and 472 lb ft of torque. It can do 0-100kph in

under five seconds and hit a top speed of

204kph. There are two battery options

available: A 60kWh version delivers 193km

of range, while the more powerful 100kWh

returns 321km of range. Deliveries are

expected to commence within the next two

years. Put us down for one already.

Bollinger Motors

B1

PRICE TBA. AVAILABLE AT

BOLLINGERMOTORS.COM

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AUTOMOBILE

AMERICAN SUPERHERO

Born on a track, finished on the highway – it’s everything we ever wanted in a supercar, and

some more

Words by Varun Godinho

In the Sixties, Ford made a play for Ferrari. The American

carmaker wanted to buy the Italian Prancing horse. Il

Commendatore strongly rebuffed Hank the Deuce and –

as the legend goes – he was neither polite nor gentle when

going about it either. Ford got mad, and then decided to

get even.

Ford got around to building its own supercar that could

compete with a Ferrari. If you are going to stick it to Ferrari

though, you need to do more than just raise the bar – you

must fling it right off its hinges. That’s precisely what Ford

did with the GT40, a ground-up home-grown supercar.

In 1966, Ford entered the GT40 into the 24 Hours of Le

Mans – one of the most gruelling endurance races in the

world. It finished in first position, and repeated that feat in

’67, ’68, and ’69. Ford had a bonafide champion on its hands.

Fifty years after that inaugural Le Mans race-winning

performance, the American carmaker decided to re-enter

the endurance race once again. It initially wanted to do so

with a modified Mustang, but swiftly discarded those plans

when it discovered that the Mustang was too large and

unwieldy to do the job. Instead, it decided to build a

bespoke GT car and that’s how it went about building this

all-new Ford GT last year. Mind you, it won in its category

at the 2016 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

For a car to be entered into the endurance racing

category though, one of the rules stipulates that there

needs to be a homologated street-legal version of it.

That’s how we got the 2017 Ford GT road-going supercar

which was pressed into production late last year, with

deliveries commencing this year.

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There’s plenty of carbon fibre used across the

body of the car to keep the weight down to a

bare minimum. Under the hood, Ford made a

bold decision to strap in a V6. For those who

think Ford should have crammed in a few more

cylinders, it’s worth noting that the compact twin

turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 commands 647hp of

power and can launch the machine from

0-100kph in 2.8 seconds. The GT can hit a top

speed of 347kph. In the case of this V6, its size is

inversely proportional to its performance.

On the steering wheel is an aluminium knob

that has five drive settings. To really let loose in

the GT, turn it to T – aka Track mode – and

confirm by pressing another button. The car’s

suspension instantly drops 50mm, the chassis

stiffens and the rear spoiler hoists up in

anticipation of some serious speed. Pin the

throttle and the car’s active aerodynamics system

kicks in to divert airflow effortlessly across its

surface as you happily paddle shift your way

through the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

It’s heartening to know that there is an integrated

roll cage in the chassis that strengthens the frame

and prevents the car from rearranging your face

should you make a mistake at the wheel. To curb

your enthusiasm, the carbon ceramic brakes will

scrub off the speed just as fast as you gain it.

At a base price of approximately $580,000, the

Ford GT is more expensive than the average

Ferrari or McLaren, but cheaper than a Bugatti or

Pagani. Only 1,000 units will be produced up until

2020 when production will cease. If you aren’t

down for one already, you may need to wait for

Ford’s centenary celebrations of its ’66 Le Mans

win before you get your very own GT.

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YACHT

MAJESTIC

CREATION

A look at the largest model from Ferretti, the Pershing 140

Words by Nicola Monteath

Ferretti Group has long been one of the pioneers

in the design, construction and motor yacht retail

industry. By combining Italian craftsmanship with

centuries old yachting traditions, the Group –

established in 1968 – have managed to expand

to over 80 countries, providing cutting-edge

technological solutions with leisure boating

options. Some of these include boats such as the

fly bridge, runabout, open, coupé, lobster boats,

maxi and superyachts.

The latest launch from the group features the

largest and most anticipated one yet, the allalluminium

Pershing 140. Created in partnership

with architect Fulvio De Simoni, who boasts a

nautical culture and fervency towards aquatic

vessels, the yacht will be the first in the company’s

32-year history to be built in Ancona, where

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most of the fleet’s production currently takes place. The

sea vessel’s interiors possess clean, neat structures and lines

with a monochrome scheme, while pops of colour are

noticeable through oceanic-themed accessories.

Those who can’t wait to get their hands on the yacht

will be delighted to know that recent stages of work saw

the outfitting and on-board installation of the

superstructure blocks. Meanwhile, in late September,

further activity will focus on the hull and superstructure

that will be assembled. The following months will also see

the outfitting of the engine room, technical systems and

interiors. Yacht enthusiasts will get a thrill from knowing

that the Pershing 140 will be equipped with four MTU

M96L 16V 2000 engines, each generating 2,600 Mhp,

propelling it at a maximum speed of 38 knots at the trial

load – this, however, is preliminary data.

FERETTIGROUP.COM

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EID GIFT

SCRUMPTIOUS TREAT

Fine indulgence for a chocoholic

BOUTIQUE LE CHOCOLAT

HANDCRAFTED CREATIONS

Imagine this, a chocolate boutique that’s an enticing sensorial shopping experience,

complete with personalised blends, bespoke items, an extensive selection of

handmade items, complete with gold shavings, and rows and rows of freshly prepared

chocolate, with cocoa bean aromas that waft through the air. It’s a modern-day retail

version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, spanning 13,000 square feet, and an

additional 20,000 square feet planned for its upcoming expansion. Whether you are

looking for a customised chocolate bar for yourself, or a box of truffles as an Eid gift,

Boutique le Chocolat offers everything to appease chocolate lovers.

THE CHOCOLATE (PICTURED HERE) IS AVAILABLE IN A BOX OF

EIGHT PIECES FOR Dhs875. VISIT THE BOUTIQUE AT CITYWALK,

BOUTIQUELECHOCOLAT.COM

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WEEKEND DINING

Two brunches worth a visit

THE LATE BRUNCH

1

WAKA, THE OBEROI DUBAI

Friday brunch has long been a Dubai institution and with

the launch of extravagant offerings now springing up at

night, the sumptuous meal has become even more

convenient – especially for those who want to sleep in on

a Friday morning. The vibrant setting at Waka, with hints

of Mexican décor, colourful accents, dim lighting and

comfortable couches embrace you the minute you walk in.

Lively music sets the tone for the evening as you order

drinks and begin your Latin American meal at the ceviche

station. We loved the corn salad, showcasing kernels in a

variation of sizes and colours, followed by tuna and

seafood in a citrus dressing. Hot appetisers are brought to

the table, beginning with nachos and guacamole, seafood

and vegetarian maki rolls, and finally, anticuchos (beef

heart) with a delectable sticky marinade. By now, you may

be slightly full so take your time and choose one main

course. Options are available for every protein, with dishes

such as spare ribs in a spicy Cantonese marinade, roasted

baby chicken, and truffle quinoa risotto to name a few.

Round the meal off with tres leches, a decadent dessert

soaked with three types of milk – you may want to

re-order this one! – cheesecake and sorbets.

Need to know: The Late Brunch takes place every

Friday from 8.30-11.30pm. From Dhs200 per person,

call +971 4 444 1455

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THE GATSBY BRUNCH

2

BAZXAR, DIFC

Themed brunches make dining out all the more exciting.

And while flapper dresses and Leonardo DiCaprio’s white

tuxedo aren’t part of the dress code at this DIFC outpost,

dressing for the occasion isn’t frowned upon either. The

sprawling venue offers a three-course menu beginning with

freshly prepared appetisers brought to the table. Savour

dynamite shrimps, fried mac and cheese balls with a crisp

bite, pepperoni and margherita pizza, crisp tofu bao, chicken

pot stickers, a nutritious and refreshing beetroot salad with

herb-coated goat cheese and hazelnuts, and chicken wings.

You can re-order the starters as many times as you like.

However, we suggest leaving space for the next few

courses, especially desserts. While every appetiser

impressed in terms of portion sizes and taste, we have to

say the signature dishes lacked originality, with usual

suspects including miso-glazed cod and slow-cooked beef

on offer. Other main course options looked enticing and

innovative – judging from a quick peek at a neighbouring

table – and include wok pepper beef and chicken, pasta,

risotto and burgers. That said, the hot skillet cookie dessert

topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream was oozing with

chocolate and instantly changed our perception of the

brunch. If you prefer a less chocolate-y take on dessert, pick

the light and fluffy tiramisu served in a glass. The brunch

doesn’t really come to a close here, as most people drift

away to the bar to sing along to upbeat R&B and hip hop

tunes, while indulging in happy hour specials.

Need to know:

The Gatsby Brunch

takes place every Friday

from 1-4pm. Packages

range from Dhs295,

call +971 4 355 1111

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TRAVEL

PARADISE

BECKONS

Seychelles isn’t merely the honeymooners island escape you may think it is.

Discover the island bursting with vivacity, culture and friendly faces

Words by Nicola Monteath

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When you hear of the tropical Seychelles, you

imagine sun, sand and sea. Lush green hills

definitely don’t spring to mind, let alone

mingling with the locals to get an

understanding of the cuisine and culture. However, the

verdant islands of Seychelles are filled with fresh crisp air that

touches your skin upon arrival. To briefly paint a portrait of

the country, Seychelles was initially a French colonisation,

and even though the British rule was in power for over 150

years, the French influence never managed to dispel. The

country got its independence only recently, in 1976, and has

since developed the economy through tourism, processing

of vanilla, coconut fibre, and trade – the country exports

over 50 per cent of tuna from the Indian Ocean, to France

and the United Kingdom.

Mahé, the country’s largest and main island, is the most

inhabited city in the country and from here, you can take a flight

or boat to your island destination. Seychelles is also home to the

smallest capital city in the world, Victoria, which oozes charm

from its little Big Ben landmark to the colourful temple and Sir

Selwyn Clarke Market where locals sell everything from fish and

fruit and vegetables, to spices and souvenirs. To best discover

Seychelles, spend time at one of the island resorts when you

first arrive. Picking one can be a tough choice though. Praslin is a

hotspot for the Garden of Eden – where the world’s largest nut

in the world, coco de mer, can be found – while La Digue is

renowned for its boulders and beaches. North Island is the

honeymoon destination of choice – Prince William and Duchess

Kate Middleton vacationed here – whereas Silhouette is

favoured for adventure and absolute serenity.

PERFECT SILHOUETTE

Each island is steeped in history and this one is no

different. Nestled just 20 kilometers away from the

northwest of Mahé – the third largest archipelago in

Seychelles – is Silhouette, home to the sprawling familyfriendly

Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa and the first

leg of our trip.

The island can be seen from a distance and as you

gradually get into holiday mode on your 45-minute sea

journey, you will begin to conjure up images of days

spent lazing by the white sandy beach. That isn’t all

there is on offer though. Most countries are best

experienced through their culinary offerings, so it’s

best to begin your holiday on Silhouette at Grann Kaz,

to tempt your taste buds with authentic Creole cuisine,

which heavily boasts French and Indian influences.

Once you’ve enjoyed a tangy and fresh fish salad,

octopus coconut curry and a comforting warm banana

dessert, it’s time to explore the premises. Grann Kaz,

within the Village of La Passe, is perhaps the best

starting point to get an idea of the island’s historical

origins. Once home to Henri Dauban – owner of the

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island for over hundred years – the original plantation

house established in the first half of the Nineteenth

century has since been preserved, with minor tweaks

conducted to sustain itself and function as a restaurant

serving Creole dishes. Letters and newspaper clippings

are framed and hung at the bedrooms upstairs for visitors

to learn more.

The resort appeals to holiday-goers of all ages. Go on a

hike, enjoy a picnic by the sea, experience rare flora and

fauna sightings and immerse yourself wholly within history.

On the way to your hike, make a pit stop at the Dauban

Family Mausoleum, which contains the remains of Auguste

Dauban, his wife Catherine and their first child Eva. Once

you’ve ticked off the sights, it’s time to enjoy the comforts

of your room. The expansive villas boast an outdoor lounge

with an infinity pool, just a few steps away from the ocean,

outdoor rain showers within the bathroom, large bath tubs

with views of the sand and sea, and a plush bed that you

will sink into every now and then as you nap. For a bit of

activity, play a game of chess on the large set outdoors,

meander through the gorgeous pathways and lakes on a

push bike, begin your morning with a yoga class and go

snorkeling to spot turtles, octopus and colourful sea

creatures. The mystical spa, set amidst the forest on a

hillside, is worth a visit – large boulders and gekkos woo

you on your way to the treatment rooms, built around tree

barks. While Seychelles may not seem like your typical

family vacation destination, your notion will be proved

wrong at this resort, which offers plenty for little ones.

Culinary offerings are nothing short of exemplary here

either, with cooking styles to suit all palates. A favourite

with most guests is quite possibly the quaint beach bar that

plays reggae tunes to set the mood. However, the Italian

eatery (Portobello) is the place to dine at for an alfresco

meal with comfort food – think, ravioli doused in a creamy

sauce, fresh seafood and risotto. When cravings for Asian

food kick in, make your way to Sakura for contemporary

Japanese, or Teppanyaki for grilled fish prepared at the live

cooking stations. Feeling peckish by the pool? Order pizza,

salads, island-inspired cocktails and light snacks at Lo Brizan.

Couples looking to carry on their stay at Seychelles, and

in need of the humdrum of the main island after a few

days, can make their way to Mahé for a bit of culture,

sight-seeing, nightlife and shopping.

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Book now

To make a reservation,

visit hiltonseychelleslabriz.

com and hilton.com/hiltonseychelles-northolme-resort

MAGNIFICENT MAHÉ

The stunning adults-only resort on Mahé, Hilton Seychelles

Northolme Resort & Spa, is a picturesque abode perched atop

a hill, with wooden villas and suites that make up the space. The

cabin-like vibe exudes cosiness, making guests want to stay in

their villas to enjoy a cuppa on the terrace while gazing at the

hills and ocean. Upon walking around, we could see why author

of the James Bond series, Ian Flemming, felt a fervency towards

GETTING THERE

Air Seychelles offers direct flights from Abu Dhabi and is

just under five hours away. The codeshare with Etihad

Airways, gives Business Class passengers access to the

Lounge where they can help themselves to a widespread

buffet, unwind with a beverage, and make use of the

facilities. The Lounge also boasts a Six Senses Spa and

Style & Shave outlet for ladies in need of a manicurepedicure,

and men who want to avoid the 5pm shadow.

Business Class tickets are available from Dhs6,650 per

person. Visit airseychelles.com

this resort – the smallest Hilton hotel in the world – with its

charming nooks and tucked away beaches, allowing the creative

juices to flow as he penned away. The stunning infinity pool that

looks out to the shimmering waters is where you will most likely

want to spend all your time, whiling away with a book and fresh

coconut water.

While the resort doesn’t offer plenty of activities – it is a

relaxing honeymooners getaway after all – you can head into

town to explore. Begin your journey at the Seychelles National

Botanical Gardens located on the outskirts of Victoria to learn

about endemic plants, explore exotic trees within the tropical

gardens, spot a few fruit bats (also a delicacy in Seychelles) and

feed giant tortoises, some of which are over 150 years old.

Make your way to the Mission Lodge after, a vantage point

that offers panoramic views of the ocean and mountains

southwards across Mahé. By this point the hunger pangs may

kick in, and there’s no better spot to enjoy an authentic Creole

lunch than at the highly-recommended hilltop restaurant at Le

Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden. Savour fresh fish cooked in a

banana leaf with a side of gravy and rice, mango salad, and

banana crepes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. All dishes are

cooked with the plantation’s own spices. Walk through the

25-hectare garden after and tour the eighteenth-century

gardens developed by the French to promote spice trading in

the colonies. The nature walk exposes you to plenty of spices

and plantations including cinnamon, cotton, and a strangely

named Lipstick tree – the fruit’s flesh stains your fingers with a

vibrant pink-red hue.

Make your way back to the hotel for a much-needed

massage at the spa, with treatment rooms that look out to the

landscape, or a hot bath drawn in your suite. For the perfect

conclusion to a summer sojourn, enjoy dinner at the Hilltop

restaurant for local entertainment accompanied by Italian and

Asian specialties, or Les Cocotiers, which offers a Creoleinternational

fusion meal under the stars.

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JETSETTER JOURNEYS

Explore the latest in experiences, tours and culinary breaks

TIME TO HUNT

Living in the countryside gives you the added advantage of foraging produce for your next meal. When will you ever

get to do this in the UAE? Barring plucking dates, of course, for a seasonal dish. If this sort of experience sounds

enticing, head to the picturesque Aristi Mountain Resort and Villas in Greece (40 minutes away from Ioannina

airport) for their specially curated mushroom hunting package, combined with the Tsipouro festivities – an autumnal

spirit production festival that harks back to the Fourteenth century. Available from €250 (around Dhs1,080) for

two, inclusive of two nights stay, breakfast, the foraging experience with an expert and dinner. Visit aristi.eu

LATEST ADDITION

Travelling to the Chinese capital? Book a

stay at the Bulgari Hotel Beijing, an urban

resort nestled in the Genesis complex,

that fuses the best of art and nature.

Highlights include the Genesis Art

Foundation, designed by Tadao Ando,

and sculpted gardens that extend along

the Liangma River. If you do need to

meet your business partner or colleague,

hotfoot to Romito, the contemporary

fine-dining Italian eatery helmed by

Michelin-starred Italian chef Niko Romito.

The hotel will open its doors on

September 27th, visit bulgarihotels.com

WINTER PREP

The latest Wilderness Safaris Class Camp,

Qorokwe in Botswana, will make you want to plan

ahead for the holiday season. Set to open in

December, the camp offers a wildlife-rich landscape

featuring eight tented suites, a spacious family suite

with a splash pool, and the main area that offers

everything from a library and bar to an infinity pool.

The 100 per cent solar-powered camp is the ideal

escape for those looking for an adventure-packed

journey. Visit.wilderness-safaris.com

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HOTEL REVIEW

STAY OF THE MONTH

An all-access pass to peek into the multi-million dollar

refurbishment at Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai

Words by Varun Godinho

Picture Dubai back in 2003. The Dubai

Mall and Burj Khalifa didn’t exist. The

city’s rapidly altering skyline though just

witnessed a 200m tall glass-and-steel

building rise from the ground right

along the boundary of Sheikh Zayed

Road opposite DIFC. At the time, the

42-storey Shangri-La Dubai was among

the 20 tallest hotels in the world.

Switch to 2017. It’s boom time in

Dubai’s burgeoning tourism industry.

There were over 15 million visitors in

Dubai last year alone and more than

4.5million in the first quarter of 2017.

Dubai is consistently beating cities

like New York, Singapore, Milan and

Hong Kong in attracting highspending

tourists.

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To keep up, the city’s hospitality industry is also raising its

game, which explains the Asia-inspired Shangri-La’s decision

to undertake a massive renovation on its property last year.

The first phase of the two-stage renovation was completed

towards the end of 2016. It involved redesigning the lobby

area and fitting it out with new furnishings including two large

Lasvit chandeliers. Incredibly, the hotel stayed open right

through the renovation process with the check-in counters

moved up to the third floor of the hotel.

Office spaces occupy levels 5-8 of the hotel. For longstay

guests, there are residences located on levels 12-19

and serviced apartments from level 20-27. From the 29th

floor up, there are the 302 rooms and suites that are

getting a once over in the second part of the renovation

process currently underway and which is slated to be

completed by next year. We checked into one of the

renovated rooms that featured new panelling, fresh

artwork and changes to the fixtures in the room. Tip:

When making a reservation, ask for a room with a view of

the Burj Khalifa. You won’t be disappointed.

If you’re going to opt for the all-in experience, book

yourself into either the 39th, 40th or 41st floor – those

are where you’ll find the Horizon Club one-bedroom

suites and also the Presidential Suites. Jackie Chan

checked into one of them a while back. For guests

occupying these three floors, you’d have a dedicated

check-in counter on the 41st floor, a lounge, a heated

infinity swimming pool, private gym and Jacuzzi. This is

where you’ll find that one percent of the one percent of

Dubai’s 15 million annual visitors kicking back.

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EAT

Walk into any Shangri-La property worldwide,

and you’ll see one of two flagship restaurants:

Shang Palace or Summer Palace. Here in Dubai,

we dined at Shang Palace, the hotel’s awardwinning

Cantonese restaurant, located on the

same level as the Vietnamese eatery Hoi An

(charmingly helmed by the manager and the

head chef who are also siblings). We asked Chef

Chunlin Xu at Shang palace to surprise us with

his favourite dishes. The crispy prawns with

mango-mayonnaise sauce, Mongolian lamb, eel

fried rice, and green tea-infused dessert were all

packed with flavour and on-point. Make sure

your sugar comatose wears off early next

morning, as the Pan Asian and continental buffet

breakfast served up at Dunes Café is reason

enough to book a wakeup call with the

receptionist before you go to bed.

UNWIND

You can get professional therapists to tease the

knots away from your body at Chi, the hotel’s

spa. Fitness enthusiasts can pack in a gym visit or

a few laps at the outdoor swimming pool. During

the evenings in winter, the pool area is converted

into a trendy lounge called iKandy that attracts

the city’s hip crowd.

HIDEOUT

Head to the rooftop, essentially a

balcony that skirts the sides of the

building. The area can be set up for an

intimate dinner for two, or for a get

together of up to 20 people. It delivers

a breathtaking view of the Dubai Mall

intersection with lit skyscrapers to

your left and also of the low-rise

sprinkled Jumeirah with the Arabian

Gulf beyond that to the right.

Need to know:

The Deluxe Room (views

of the Burj Khalifa) start

at Dhs1,850 per night. The

Presidential Suite starts at

Dhs18,000. Shangri-la.com

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REAL ESTATE

THE NEXT PHASE

The Four Seasons Private Residences One Dalton Street is an architectural masterpiece in the heart of the city

Words by Olive Sevilla

Imagine Boston, and the Red Sox, Harvard, and

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

springs to mind. Boston, Massachusetts’ capital

and largest city, has a history rooted in the legacy

of arts, culture and education. However, only

recently it has begun garnering the attention of

global investors for alternative investments. In

particular, for Boston's latest development, Four

Seasons Private Residences One Dalton Street.

Located in the city’s most prestigious address

of Back Bay, the Four Seasons residences offer

the ultimate in luxury, tastefully fitted out by the

renowned Thierry Despont. This 61-storey, 742

ft building will be New England’s tallest residential

building – a towering architectural landmark in a

dynamic city. Comprising 160 ultra-luxury

condos and 215 rooms, the Four Seasons will,

upon completion in 2018, redefine the city’s

skyline while setting a benchmark for its

counterparts.

CEO of Carpenter & Company, Richard L.

Friedman, engaged celebrated architect and

Boston native Henry N. Cobb, of the

internationally acclaimed firm Pei Cobb Freed &

Partners, to create this soaring addition. A

massive 5,000 sq ft urban park designed by

renowned landscape architect Michael Van

Valkenburgh, will seamlessly integrate the

building with the Back Bay area. To offer

residents complete privacy, all entrances will

face the beautifully landscaped space, providing

an exclusive precinct while playing an integral

part in the building's grand arrival experience.

Privacy is a priority as residents and hotel guests

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Richard Friedman,

CEO of Carpenter & Company

will have separate entrances and private

elevators at their behest. Sheathed in glass

sourced via three cities (California, Barcelona

and Toronto), it will be the only building in the

city to provide residents with panoramic views

of Boston, the Charles River and Boston

Harbor. Special UV-coated glasses minimise

internal reflections thereby increasing energy

efficiency. The building also boasts an array of

engineering feats to ensure there is no excessive

movement during high winds. The roof of One

Dalton is home to a state-of-the-art wind

dampening system, while the buildings’

foundations extend 165 ft below the Earth’s

surface, anchored to the bedrock.

Richard Friedman, CEO of Carpenter &

Company says; “Middle Eastern investors have

always been attracted by the breadth and depth

of the US markets and with the majority of GCC

countries' currencies pegged against the US dollar,

the financial risk of investment into this market is

reduced. With an extremely balanced economy

for technology, medical, venture capital and

financial management, plus most importantly the

incredible diversity of world-class educational

institutions, Boston is one of the safest places to

invest, commanding the attention of sophisticated

Middle Eastern buyers.”

Speaking of quality, luxury, and privacy, the

development keeps in mind Middle Eastern

investors looking for a new home. “The highest

levels of quality, service, privacy and luxury are

key factors for consideration for Middle Eastern

investors. Our sales success for Four Seasons

One Dalton validates our vision and we look

forward to building upon this,” he says.

THE PRICE

From $2.75 to 40 million

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

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