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JANUARY 2018 | ISSUE 08

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WILL SMITH

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From the EDITOR

The New Year marks a fresh start for all of

us. A time to turn over a leaf, embark on a

journey and succeed at whatever it is that

our heart desires. While December was all

about reflection of the year’s past, January

is more universally known for resolutions. This year,

I’ve decided to keep none. Instead, I’m going with the

flow and making a list of things that bring me happiness,

activities I want to attempt or do more of – I skied for

the first time in Courchevel and can’t wait to plan my

next ski getaway. Read all about it on page 58.

Less about my journey, and more about the remarkable personalities we

interviewed this month. Asma Saeed Al Hamiz, an investment manager and

emotional wellbeing consultant talks misconceptions and stereotypes in the

UAE (page 18), while Gregg Sedgwick, the Founder of Gallery One, discusses

the significance of cultural retail for the region’s diverse population (page 14).

Securing an exclusive interview with the CEO of Roberto Cavalli, Gian

Giacomo Ferraris, during his visit to Dubai, is by far one of the highpoints of

Equity’s journey (page 22), making me reminisce my love for Roberto Cavalli.

Speaking of the past, we look at the history of the ATM (page 32), as well as

Will Smith’s prolific journey from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to a cop in Bright, a

Netflix film. Digital Editor Varun Godinho takes us through his tour of the

BOVET factory in Switzerland, revealing nitty-gritty details that will make any

timepiece enthusiast giddy with delight (page 46).

Since January is just the beginning of a great 2018, take time to unwind (page

66), cater to your wellbeing (page 40) and spend quality time with family and

friends either at a new hotspot (page 54) or on the course (page 64).

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

The hottest events happening

around the globe

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THE RISE OF CULTURE RETAIL

Local arts and souveneirs offer a

piece of a country. Here's where

you need to shop

THE CHANGEMAKER

Asma Saeed Al Hamiz talks

wellbeing and mental health

INTERVIEW:

GIAN GIACOMO FERRARIS

The CEO of Roberto Cavalli

discusses the past, present and

future of the brand

NOW THIS IS A STORY...

Will Smith returns to the screen,

with Netflix

THE EVOLUTION OF ATMs

Have you ever wondered?

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soul

THE CHECKLIST

New Year, new wardrobe

SHOP TALK

The latest collections in stores

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WELLNESS TALK

It's time to get on the right track,

with a health and fitness regime

INDULGE YOURSELF

Statement pieces to covet

and add to your wishlist

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ON OUR RADAR

Gift inspiration for your loves ones,

or just a treat for yourself

DINING CONCEPTS

These hotspots need to be ticked

off your list this month

ALPINE LIVING

Make Courchevel 1850 your next

ski getaway destination

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JETSETTER JOURNEYS

Explore the best hotels around

the globe

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HIT THE LINKS

A review of Dubai Creek Golf

& Yacht Club

HOTEL OF THE MONTH

Escape mainstream cities to Sir Bani

Yas island

REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

The property market according to

Harry Tregoning

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MUSTAFA Y.KOITA

A peek into this CEO's life

On the cover

WILL SMITH

Read his interview on page 27

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With Dubai Shopping

Festival and sales all around

the malls in the country, it's

time to take a closer look at

the retail sector and ways in

which it has evolved, along

with industries including

the entertainment business

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CALENDAR

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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

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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW

WHERE? Las Vegas, USA

WHEN? January 9 – 12

The annual CES in Las Vegas is where

technophiles descend in droves come January.

From mobile phones and gaming solutions to

drone technology and home solutions, this

consumer electronics show debuts cutting-edge

gadgets and nifty concepts. This year’s big

themes are expected to be AI and ways to

bridge the gap between Blockchain tech and the

internet of things.

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WHERE? Dubai, UAE

WHEN? December 26 – January 27

DUBAI SHOPPING FESTIVAL 2018

Pull out your credit card. Better still, call

your bank, raise your credit limit, and

then pull out your credit card. The mega

Dubai Shopping Festival 2018 is equal

parts entertainment and shopping as you

race from one mall to the next, slightly

slowed down only by those oversized

shopping bags. Enter as many raffle

draws as you can. Remember, the law of

averages means that you might stand a

better chance at winning a jackpot than

you think. Fingers crossed.

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AUTO SHOW

WHERE? Detroit, USA

WHEN? January 14 – 29

Geneva, Frankfurt and Paris might all have

excellent auto shows. But it’s the one in Detroit,

at the start of the year, that industry pundits

have their eyes fixed on. As one of the largest

consumer markets for cars in the world,

marquees from around the world debut their

new cars and reveal to a hungry press fleet what

they’ve got lined up for the rest of the year.

We’re certain that hybrid will be a bigger theme

this year in Detroit than it was last year.

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WHERE? Geneva, Switzerland

WHEN? January 15 – 19

This is one of the world’s most prestigious annual watch shows. It might not be as large as

Baselworld, but it certainly pulls in the big names in watchmaking. From Vacheron

Constantin, Audemars Piguet and Cartier to Panerai, Roger Dubuis and Richard Mille, this

is where you need to be to understand not only what some of the year’s biggest launches

are, but also to gauge the overall health of the Swiss watchmaking industry.

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PARIS FASHION WEEK MEN’S

WHERE? Paris, France

WHEN? January 17 – 21

Pitti peacocks take note. There is no judgement cast

here. Street style photographers will be kept busy as

dandies from around the world show up in Paris to

strut their own style and also get up close with the new

collections of some of the world’s biggest labels and

independent sartorial craftsmen.

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN

WHERE? Melbourne, Australia

WHEN? January 15-28

Roger Federer is the reigning champion of the

Australian Open. But the one who you should punt on

Novak Djokovic. The Serbian has won six of the last 10

Australian Opens and he looks set to return to his

winning streak in 2018. There’s a great deal of

speculation on whether Serena Williams will make her

tennis comeback this month – a pregnant Williams won

the Australian Open last year, becoming a 23-time

Grand Slam Champion. We’ll wait and see.

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SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

WHERE? Park City, USA

WHEN? January 18 – 28

With the Weinstein scandal looming large, film

festivals and award ceremonies towards the end of

2017 and 2018 are expectedly muted. However,

expect Sundance to make some noise – in a good

way. From indie, noir to borderline mainstream,

there are several films that will be showcased at one

of the most high-profile film festivals of the year.

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WHERE? Davos, Switzerland

WHEN? January 23 – 26

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

There’s a good reason that the neologism

“Davos Man” has taken root in popular

culture. Wealthy businessmen, world

leaders and the 0.1 of the 0.1 financial

elite will show up at the alpine ski resort in

Davos in January to discuss, dissect

and commit to economic policies that

will impact the lives of hundreds of

millions, if not billions of people. The

key theme of the big debate at Davos

this year is “Responsive and Responsible

Leadership”

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“WE’RE EXPERTS AT

COMMERCIALISING

CULTURE”

Gregg Sedgwick, Founder of Gallery One, talks about

the rise of cultural retail in the UAE

By Meryl D’souza

There isn’t much I remember about my father.

Not a lot of good anyway. However, I do

remember him claiming to be a hustler. A highschool

dropout, one of his favourite stories to

tell was when he took up a job as a bellboy in a hotel. The

pay obviously wasn’t great but he found a way to con

tourists and make a quick buck. At the time, postcards were

the rage. He would convince guests not to buy postcards

from the hotel because they were overpriced. Instead, he

would sell them postcards from his “personal collection”.

His victims didn’t know that as the bellboy, one of his duties

was to give the hotel’s guests a complimentary postcard

before their departure. He knew tourists wouldn’t mind

paying a fee if it meant they could take a bit of their vacation

destination’s culture with them. He didn’t know it, but he

was already a cultural retailer. Thankfully, not everyone out

there is out to deceive people.

“For me, it all started from a small unit in Souq Madinat

Jumeirah about 10 years ago,” says Gallery One Founder

Gregg Sedgwick. “I was not a retailer. I was a designer

who had previously worked in branding and had sold his

media company in London to WPP. Gallery One was

simply a passion project that, very naturally, became what

it is today.”

For those wondering, today, Gallery One is the region’s

leading cultural retailer that brings art to the masses in the

hopes of creating a non-elitist environment around the

subject. “Very often, there’s this misconception that

people need to have a deep understanding of art in order

to appreciate it,” he says. “Art can be appreciated in a

purely aesthetic level. I say that as a creative person who

studied art and as someone who is trained as a designer.

And despite being so informed on the subject, I get

nervous about the pretentiousness that surrounds art. Art

doesn’t need to be complicated, it shouldn’t be

complicated and over intellectualised.”

Basically, art isn’t just for the fedora- and monoclewearing

snobs who spend hours debating the deeper

meaning behind an abstract painting. “When people like

Andy Warhol were working in the Sixties, they weren’t over

thinking about their art pieces. He, for instance, just went

about producing highly visual works that appealed to him.

It’s the snobs today that tend to read too much into it.”

When Sedgwick started Gallery One about a decade ago,

he saw an opportunity: cultural retail. Cultural retail is

essentially the art of taking culture expressed through a

painting, sculpture, pattern or calligraphy and

commercialising it into a product. “Think about it for a

minute,” Sedgwick says with a twinkle in his eyes. “If you

go to any of the great museums or galleries in the world,

like the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan or

the Tate Modern in London, the busiest spot is not the

exhibition hall but the shop. I was at the Peggy

Guggenheim Collection in Venice recently. It was such a

beautiful gallery. She’s got original Mark Rothko and

Alberto Giacometti pieces in there, which are amazing and

busy, but then you go to the shop which is a tiny little

room and it’s packed. Those shops in those galleries and

museum spaces, they epitomise cultural retail.”

Sedgwick reckons that the first idea of cultural retail

started with the production of postcards about 200 years

ago. People visiting tourist hotspots would spend

thousands on postcards to remind themselves of their

experiences. Sedgwick noted that despite being steeped in

culture, no one in Dubai thought to commercialise it.

Sedgwick took regional artists and photographers and

started creating products like boxes, coasters and other

memorabilia. “Taking a local artist and creating a painting

or taking a calligrapher and using his talents to craft a

commercial product is the easy bit,” he says. “The hard

part is making a sustainable business model out of it.”

In any other part of the world, it would have been

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Taking a local artist and creating

a painting or taking a calligrapher

and using his talents to craft a

commercial product is the easy bit.

The hard part is making a

sustainable business model out of it

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relatively harder. Sedgwick, and by extension Gallery One,

was smart enough to use circumstances to further the

business model. “We were a tad lucky,” he confesses. “We

piggybacked on the exponential rise

in the UAE’s tourism sector. Gallery

One grew along with that trend and

went from one person in a tiny shop

to a staff of about 130 people.”

The art scene in the UAE, Dubai in

particular, is unrecognisable from

where it stood about 10 years ago.

It’s far more vibrant, alternative and

interactive, yet still brimming with

opportunity. Sedgwick claims he’s

at his most creative when he’s in

Dubai. “Dubai has always been an

opportunity,” he says. “It’s not a blank

canvas anymore, but there are still gaps

to be filled. Today, we’re not the only

ones engaging in cultural retail and

despite that, we’re inundated with work. We’re experts at

commercialising culture.”

Products at Gallery One sell from anywhere between

Dhs20 to Dhs15,000. While customers who feel far more

Dubai has always been

an opportunity.

It’s not a blank canvas

anymore, but there are

still gaps to be filled.

Today, we’re not the only

ones engaging in cultural

retail and despite that,

we’re inundated with work

comfortable with purchasing limited-edition pieces remain

the target market, Sedgwick and his team refuse to neglect

customer with lighter wallets. Surprisingly he’s not even put

off with millennials. Sedgwick believes

millennials aren’t dissimilar to other

generations. “They seek products that

are authentic and of limited edition,”

he says. “I think millennials appreciate

those values. Probably more so than

other generations because they’re

looking for that point of difference. In

a mass market, it’s hard to stand out,

by using regional influences, we create

products that do just that.”

The challenge for Gallery One now

though is appealing to those

millennials through their most

preferred channel of consumption:

social media. “Our products tend to

be visual and social media is

imperative to that exposure. Having said that, I’m far more

analogue as you can see,” Sedgwick says running his hand

through his perfectly coiffed salt and pepper hair. “It’s

something we still need to get up to speed with.”

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WOMAN LEADER

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CHANGEMAKER

Breaking stereotypes and misconceptions is Abu Dhabibased

investment manager Asma Saeed Al Hamiz,

an emotional wellness consultant who is giving women

in the region a fighting chance

By Varun Godinho

The Sofia University,

formerly known

as the Institute

of Transpersonal

Psychology, is

located smack dab in

the middle of Silicon

Valley. Founded

back in 1975, you’d

imagine that this

university would have already witnessed

nationalities from nearly every country across the

world studying in its corridors. But you’re wrong.

Back in 2012, when Asma Al Hamiz – an Abu

Dhabi-based investment manager – enrolled

there for a Masters of Arts in Psychology, she

was the very first Emirati to do so.

Doing so, meant that she had to challenge

perceptions and stereotypes about the region she

came from in the otherwise progressive Palo Alto

community that’s fostered tech giants from Tesla

and Facebook to Pinterest and Hewlett Packard.

“Many people who met me were surprised

because they see Dubai and the UAE only on

screens and I was bridging that gap between

reality and fantasy. They would say, ‘Are there

people who are actually natives of the UAE?’ ”

But it worked the other way around too. The

Emirati student also needed to shatter some of

her own pre-conceived ideas about westerners.

“It was an eye-opening experience for me

despite my exposure to the West from my

extensive travels, despite the UAE being a

melting pot of cultures, despite my work in the

hedge fund world. Going to California which is

one of the most progressive states and also to a

school which attracted creative exceptional

students who are looking for transformative

education experiences was an eye-opener.”

THE FINANCE WHIZ

Asma comes from a family that was already

well-intertwined with the local investment field

in the UAE. “My dad until very recently, he

retired this year, was the assistant governor of

banking supervision in the Central Bank of the

UAE. He was always keen on my academic and

professional development.” Meanwhile, her

mother, the eldest of four women siblings, is

responsible for her family business after she

retired from her job as a teacher.

Asma began her investment career in 2004

and was hired as the assistant vice president in

the hedge funds department of the Abu Dhabi

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Investment Company shortly after she

completed her bachelor’s in business

administration. But to move up the ranks, she

quickly realised that she needed to tool herself

with additional qualifications. In 2009, she

enrolled herself into an executive MBA

programme at the London Business School. “I

did a 16-month executive MBA course from the

London Business School. My boss at that time

at the Abu Dhabi Investment Council would say

to me, ‘You’re a part-time student, but a fulltime

employee.’ But I managed both worlds.

The studies were very intense.” Here too, she

was again a torchbearer for women from the

UAE breaking their own glass ceilings. “I am

one of the first few Emirati women who

graduated from the London Business School.”

The gamble to go back to her books paid off and

Asma quickly found herself not long after that

appointed as the director of the national bank of

Abu Dhabi global multi-strategy fund. Having

reached a new peak in her financial career, she

decided to take a two-year sabbatical and go to San

Francisco where she could study psychology.

PSYCHOLOGY AND THE UAE

While the UAE has made remarkable strides in

the areas of infrastructure and technological

advancements, there are areas that are only

recently gaining traction – chief among them is

the requirement for locally trained and qualified

psychologists who can additionally recognise

and cater to the need to create a greater

awareness among people seeking help. “You

must appreciate the UAE is 46 years old and this

field was underrepresented. I was fortunate to

have my parents who studied and lived abroad

and had the necessary awareness. Ten-twenty

years ago there wasn’t much awareness of

mental health or self-development. It’s

surprising how quickly we’ve caught up though

with what the West is doing in this field.”

In San Francisco, Asma began conducting

community workshops where she counselled

homeless communities and children diagnosed

with Autism. She fulfilled over 360-hours of

one-on-one counselling and community

development work that she required to earn her

degree. Equipped with a freshly-minted

professional set of skills in psychology, Asma

decided to return to the UAE and conduct ‘selfdevelopment’

workshops here.

She prefers the term ‘self-development’ over

‘mental health’ not so much because of the

stigma surrounding the latter term, but because

the former is more inclusive to the course

content of her workshops titled ‘Creative

Expression’. “Mental health taps the emotions

and behaviour. Self-development is specifically

focused on interpersonal and intrapersonal

relations and focused on the development of

self.”

“My workshops focus on reinforcing one’s

own sense of self, asserting one’s own

personality, understanding all aspects the

character especially the less pretty ones, and

offering guidance and support. Creative

expression is tapping into a non-verbal message

of success in yourself. It can be through

movement meditation, painting, drawing or

writing.”

These workshops, as Asma explains, serve

three main purposes: assembling a like-minded

community, helping participants to set goals and

focus on what they want to achieve and thirdly

help them to learn more about themselves

during the course itself.

Interestingly, ever since Asma began

conducting her workshops here in the UAE, all

the participants have been women. “So far it’s

been 100 per cent Arab women who have

attended my workshop. Of these, around 90 per

cent are Emiratis. I’m actually quite surprised

how open and ready and encouraged these

women already are,” says Asma.

While committing herself to one-on-onecounselling

sessions and group workshops,

Asma has continued to pursue her finance

career. She’s now an investment banker with the

UAE’s sovereign wealth fund. “I’m part of the

asset management and treasury team. It’s my

responsibility to recommend high performance

managers, monitor the existing funds, do

investment diligence on new funds, and to

maintain relationships with fund managers.” As

a woman who has broken many firsts in the field

of finance and psychology, Asma remains

optimistic about the future of women in finance

in the region. “Emirati women are blessed to

have the opportunity to join investment banks

in the UAE. And we have all the support we

need whether its training or exposure from our

leaders and our management.

“The cultural aspect is very important. Us

Arab women have gone beyond the cultural

hurdle. There are some families in a few regions

where it’s difficult for women to work or enter

the workplace. But this is changing quickly and

I’ve seen the drive and motivation of women

change a lot.”

Through her workshops, Asma is driving that

change rather than passively waiting on the

sidelines and expecting the change to happen,

one woman at a time. Props.

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The cultural aspect

is very important.

Us Arab women

have gone beyond

the cultural hurdle.

There are some

families in a few

regions where it’s

difficult for women

to work or enter

the workplace. But

this is changing

quickly and I’ve

seen the drive and

motivation of

women change

a lot

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ENTREPRENEUR

“WE AREN’T

JUST luxury

In an exclusive interview, CEO

of The Roberto Cavalli Group,

Gian Giacomo Ferraris, touches

upon the evolution of the brand

synonymous with seduction

fashion.

By Nicola Monteath

ROBERTO

CAVALLI

is a

way of life”

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ENTREPRENEUR

Reminiscing the

brand over 15

years ago, my first

memory of

Roberto Cavalli

was a perfume

gifted by an aunt.

The slender bottle

with a snake cap

lured me into the

world of glamour.

In a classroom

filled with

feminine, fruity

and floral aromas (remember Fantasy by Britney Spears?)

my seductive scent stood out like a swan among ducks.

Maybe a little too mature for my age at that point, but it

wasn’t just the scent that earned my affection. It was the

packaging, distinct print and allure of it all that made me

fall head over heels for the brand. A year later, my ambition

was to become Roberto Cavalli’s muse – this was around

the time 5 ft 6 inches Kate Moss came onto the scene.

Naturally, being the same height, even though nowhere

close in appearance or measurements, made me dream big

and wished the young girl from Dubai was scouted. The

dream faded when I realised no one was coming for me,

and my true calling was in journalism.

Fast forward to 2018. Roberto Cavalli isn’t in the picture

anymore – he sold the company and kept 10 per cent of

the shares – however, his heritage lives on. When Equity

was approached with the opportunity to be the exclusive

business publication to interview the newly appointed

CEO of the Roberto Cavalli Group, Gian Giacomo

Ferraris, I jumped at the chance to discover more about

the brand I recollect distinctively since my teenage years.

I met with Gian Giacomo Ferraris, an Italian gentleman

who grew up in Turin, north of Italy, and fell into the

industry almost by chance. “I had a lucky career. After I

graduated I had the possibility to work with a management

consultant and through that I entered the fashion business.

I studied Engineering with textiles on the side, and for this

reason, I entered the industry and worked in Germany,

with the Gucci group, Prada, Versace and now finally,

Roberto Cavalli,” he tells me. Ferraris is a sophisticated

man, boasting that Italian charm that the men from the

country emanate effortlessly. From the sounds of it, he

was at the right place, at the right time, climbing the ranks

with perseverance. “The fashion industry was expanding

in Italy, making it a natural fit to step in and progress

within the sector. I knew I would advance into other

luxury fashion brands.”

As we speak of the drastic changes within the retail sector,

it’s unimaginable to think of an age without e-commerce.

Sure, most of us grew up without clicking away on Net-a-

Porter or Amazon, but with the boom of technology and

retail, the demand for brick and mortar stores diminished.

That isn’t to say people don’t want, or prefer, that tactile

feeling and shopping experience. It’s just all the more

convenient to shop online, and return anything that you

don’t like, without the hassle of spending a few hours in the

process. Ferraris comments, “I began my journey at a point

when e-commerce didn’t exist. 10 years ago, brick and

mortar businesses were all the craze. Now, brands develop

without a physical shop. It’s all about creativity and catching

the customers through these platforms. It’s taken over our

lives in terms of shopping.” And when there is change and

opportunity, there are threats.

Ferraris was pulled into Roberto Cavalli to evolve the

brand, yet retain the DNA and lifestyle Roberto Cavalli

built through the decades. “Some years ago, if you were

great in Europe, you were great worldwide. In today’s day

and age, you need to have a distinguishing presence

worldwide. I think we were called to clean up the dust

after the situation, after Roberto sold the company two

years ago,” he says. To allow the brand to reach its essence,

major steps were taken, including permitting the brand to

bleed and run over, because under certain dimensions it

does become hard for a brand to compete. The second

step, was to balance the cost and respect the turnover,

which after one year, they are happy to report will be as

promised. The most challenging and significant part,

Gian Giacomo Ferraris

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This is an exciting

time for the brand,

even more so since the

menswear collection

is close to ready and

to be presented at this

year’s shows

however, was to find a fresh and ground-breaking Roberto

Cavalli brand. “He was one of the top designers for

women in the Nineties, being renowned for seduction. But

this concept has changed. A young woman from this era

has a different idea of seduction,” says Ferraris.

To diversify the portfolio and grow with the industry’s

demands, the CEO reassessed and restructured the

company’s Osmannoro manufacturing plant, bringing the

production of the men, children and textile accessories’

collections in-house. To branch out into certain markets,

especially Asia (for menswear) it became vital to manage

the collections from design and product development,

down to the supply chain, through to distribution.

“Internalising the men and children’s wear was important.

Knowing the brand, and the fact that it is a luxury fashion

lifestyle concept and has a distinctive DNA. One of the

things we are changing is to not delegate the business to

others. We bought back the licenses of menswear,

accessories, and every important aspect as we didn’t want

dilution,” Ferraris comments on the future of the brand.

Creative Director Paul Surridge was an essential element

of the mix. Previously at ACNE, the Swedish brand,

Surridge was knowledgeable of the trends the younger folk

leaned towards. “It took me time to convince him. He was

at a great contemporary brand, already engaging the

younger generation. So, he fit in with what we were looking

for,” says Ferraris. Surridge spends his days in Florence,

and has managed to respect the DNA of Robert Cavalli,

while embracing the future. “He was able to translate the

code of the brand and interpret it in a contemporary

seductive manner. It’s athletic but luxurious at the same

time,” he goes on to say, talking about the latest collection

that has progressed from seductive evening wear to

ensembles apt for the modern-day woman. Similarly,

developing the menswear collection has become vital for

the brand to succeed. Ferraris tells us that it’s impossible

to be successful in the Asian market without menswear

and accessories. When asked to define the collection, he

does so in Paul’s words, “progressive luxury”

Roberto Cavalli has been quite a renowned fixture

within the Middle East as well, with the core business

being womenswear, followed by lifestyle products

including watches and home décor. “We aren’t just luxury

fashion. Roberto Cavalli is a lifestyle concept that is a way

of life,” says Ferraris. People prefer to live in a similar

lavish environment, with home furnishing and high-end

pieces that surround them, not just slip in and out of attire

from time to time.

When asked if the brand creates collection to suit certain

markets, Ferraris replies, “We are going through the

evolution of the brand right now. It’s important to have

one voice, one identity. We aren’t doing collections

specific to a market or the locals, but we are careful the

way certain categories are presented. In Asia, it’s quite

casual, very bombastic, so we do tailor the pieces to

appeal to all. In the Middle East, historically, evening

gowns own the biggest share of the market. But with this

new collection, we are proposing a different way to be

seductive through trousers, coats and knitwear,” he tells

me with thrill.

“This is an exciting time for the brand, even more so,

since the menswear collection is close to ready and to be

presented at this year’s shows.” When our interview

ended, we looked at the latest womenswear collection,

noticeably characteristic with plenty for women who live

in trousers, pant suits and statement jewellery and slides.

Since I can’t be a muse, I could live in Roberto Cavalli’s

attire at least, right?

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COVER STORY

NOW THIS

IMAGES BY SUPPLIED; SHUTTERSTOCK

IS A STORY…

Fabián W. Waintal takes a walk down memory lane, while

discussing the recently launched Netflix movie, Bright, with Will Smith

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It was quite the surprise when Will Smith

appeared at the Cannes Film Festival as a

member of the jury. And an even bigger

surprise when he was the only one

defending Netflix for showing their movie

without releasing it at a movie theatre. But

now that we know he’s the star of the new

Netflix film Bright, it all makes sense. And

around an audience more familiar to his

movie styles, in Comic Con-San Diego, he

talked about it for the first time.

Could you present yourself to those who don’t know you

at all?

Will Smith, Libra. I like long walks on the beach. I’m around

if you’re around [laughs].

People knew who Will Smith was first with a TV show

like ‛The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’, then the international

audience with movies. Do you think Netflix will open

yourself to another type of audience, or do you consider

it a millennial modern movie theatre?

You know I have a 16-year-old, a 19-year-old and a 25-yearold

at home. Their viewing habits are almost anthropological.

It’s a great study to be able to see how they still go to the

movies on Friday and Saturday night and watch Netflix all

week. You know, so it’s two completely different experiences.

But it’s an experience. I don’t think anyone’s trying to say that

it’s an identical experience. Yes, I was on The Fresh Prince of Bel

Air. People would see me on the street and scream “Will!

Will! Will!” And then Independence Day came out and that

Monday after that everybody referred to me as Mr. Smith. So

there’s definitely something about that big screen that

penetrates people in a very different kind of way. But it’s a

different medium than Netflix.

But do you understand that movie theater owners are

worried about Netflix as their competition?

It’s very different. I’m sure it was the same kind of vibe when

the transition happened from theater acting, where you went

to go see a play and then someone decided they were going to

film it and put it together and move it to a movie theater. You

know, I’m sure that you know the purists had that same kind

of feeling, but it’s different. It’s not the same thing. It’s

something different; it’s almost a new art form.

Is there more creative freedom in Netflix, when they

don’t need to worry about getting their money back with

the box office?

Well, the major difference is the Netflix business model is

different in a way, because it’s subscription based where what

gets created is that their risk profile is different. Netflix can

make a hard rated R film for $170 million. The studios can’t do

that. If the executive wants to be at work on Monday, but you

know the risk profile if they’re going to spend $170 million,

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The Netflix business model is

different in a way, because it’s

subscription based where what

gets created is that their risk

profile is different. So, Netflix can

make a hard rated R film for $170

million. As an artist, it’s free in that

way that you get to be creative

that gets slightly just confined

when everybody’s jobs are on the

line for the success

of the three days

Well, I think Mr. Nolan is a wonderful director, and I will

not say anything that will keep me from being in his next

movie (laughs).

when you make a movie that expensive you have to broaden

the audience which means that you have to be P.G. 13. Right?

It is a huge decision where you make a film of that magnitude

based on the risk profile. So, at Netflix, based on the

subscription, they can make anything for any number that they

feel like they’re fan base is going to want to see. As an artist, it’s

free in that way that you get to be creative that gets slightly just

confined when everybody’s jobs are on the line for the success

of the three days.

Should we compare Netflix with the TV productions or

Cable TV, then, where you don’t try to make more

money with the box office?

They work off of specific data they know ahead of time, for

instance with the director of ‛Suicide Squad’ and with me at this

point in my career and you know they go through and they

have numbers on everybody. They add the numbers up and

say, ‛Yes it works.’ They go and they know who’s going to buy

the movie even before you shoot it. It’s a completely different

basis of how they work that the trickle down is that between

action and cut we get to do whatever we want.

And what do you think when you hear a director like

Christopher Nolan saying that the Netflix film strategy

is mindless and he would refuse to work with them?

Is that your nice way out to ignore a question?

I don’t want to ignore your question. But I think that you

know there are certain things that you want to see on a big

screen. You know, it’s like I remember the Christmas that

Avatar came out and our entire family rushed out on

Christmas day to go with the glasses and all that. There is

an experience and you know specifically the type of films

that Chris Nolan makes you want to see them in in that

space. It’s like the venue is a part of the experience.

Have you ever felt any transition in your career, the

way the movie world is feeling it with Netflix?

It is such a new world. I released my first record in ’86, you

know I’m over 30 years in the business. I’ve seen you

know, my first album. There were no CDs. So, it wasn’t

until my second album that they came out with these hot

little discs called CDs, so I’m seeing that transition.

Essentially the fans being more and more involved in the

creative process in terms of movie stardom. It’s a huge

difference. It’s like today you almost can’t make new

movie stars anymore.

Why?

There was a certain amount of privacy and there was a

certain amount of distance that you had from the

audience and only on July 4th, did you have access so

that amount of access created is bigger than life kind of

thing. But in the shift into this new world it’s almost like

a friendship. Like with the fans the relationship is less

like the time of Madonna, Michael Jackson, these gigantic

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figures because you can’t create that anymore.

The shift is to, we’re best friends, with the

comments and with those pictures and I like that.

Do you like it?

I love trying to make that shift and make that

transition into the new demands of the fans in

this business.

Do you realise that your fans are comparing

your Bright character with the look you used

to have in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air?

It’s that damn mustache. I hated that mustache.

It was so bad.

How much reality is behind the fantasy of the

movie Bright?

This is a drama that happens to be set in a world

where there is a huge difference, but it is our world;

it should feel like our world. They went to great

pains to make it look like our world and we shot in

Los Angeles, always at night, which was very

difficult but for some of us.

What did you like the most about the idea of

the movie?

The idea was spectacular for me as an African

American playing a police officer that was racist

against the first orc on the force. It’s like the flip of

those social concepts. As a black dude, you just don’t

get a lot of movies where you’re the racist. And it was

really great. “Yo man, I don’t want no orc in my car.”

You know you never get to say that (laughs).

Will we see those kind of violent dynamics

played between law enforcement and also

the Orcs and the supernatural creatures on

the show?

Yeah for sure. You know, our director David

Ayer doesn’t find a necessity to be delicate with

those issues. This is a film that is about enjoyment

and entertainment. And those under currents and

undertones of the film are specifically for people

to be able to think about it.

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FINANCE

THE EVOLUTION OF

1962

USA

The City Bank of

New York installed

an experimental

Bankograph – a

machine that

accepted envelope

deposits of coins,

cash and cheques.

1965

UNITED KINGDOM

While in the bathtub,

John Shepherd-Barron

comes up with the idea

of a cash dispensing

machine after hitting

upon the idea of a

chocolate bar dispenser.

1966

UNITED KINGDOM

1967

James Goodfellow

earned a meagre $15

after patenting the

Personal Identification

Number (PIN).

JUNE

UNITED KINGDOM

Barclays Bank and John

Shepherd-Barron, who worked

for printing firm De La Rue,

unveiled the first iteration of the

ATM christened “Barclaycash” in

the bank’s Enfield Town branch.

Transactions were initiated by

inserting paper cheques issued

by a teller or cashier, marked

with carbon-14 for machine

readability and security.

USA

Following the success

of these machines

in the UK, systems

similar to magnetic

card ATMs make

their United States

debut in Long

Island, New York.

1969

UNITED KINGDOM

A month after

Barclaycash, Westminster

Bank’s debuted the Smith

Industries-Chubb

machine. The CHUBB

MD2 became the first

automated cash

dispenser to use a plastic

card with perforated holes

and read a PIN.

JULY

1967

SWEDEN

A mere nine days later,

Sweden showed off the

Bankomat – an automated

cash dispensing machine

that used an optical device

to read an encoded serial

number on a plastic card

to withdraw money from

an account.

JULY

1967

UNITED

KINGDOM

Back then,

the machine

only allowed

for maximum

withdrawal

of $14.

JUNE

1967

1975

USA

IBM took it upon

themselves to launch

the second generation

of ATMs and

revolutionized banking.

It was among the first

true ATMs,

similar in

function to

today’s

machines.

1984

USA

Using IBM’s tech, the

United States’ National

Cash Register

Corporation (NCR)

creates the first fully

functional ATM that

offers transfers,

payments, bank

statements and

envelope deposits.

1994

USA

Ten years later, the

world’s first

independently

owned ATM, Triton

9500, is installed at

a convenience

store in the

United States.

1996

USA

Cirrus and Pulse networks

remove rule that bans

surcharging on ATMs in

their networks.

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FINANCE

USA

The world’s first

wireless ATM is

deployed on a riverboat

casino in USA.

1998

POLAND

The world’s first

biometric ATM is

unveiled in Poland.

2010

UNITED ARAB

EMIRATES

The Emirates Palace

hotel in Abu Dhabi

installs a gold

dispensing ATM.

2010

The world celebrates

50 years of the ATM.

Not too shabby for an

invention that even the

inventor thought

would die out after a

couple of years.

2017

FIRST ATM DEPLOYMENTS BY REGION

Russia

Canada

Iceland

Norway

Finland

Denmark

Sweden

Switzerland

United Kingdom

Ireland

Netherlands

Germany

France

Poland

Ukraine

Belarus

Republic of

Korea

1960's

1970's

1980's

1990's

2000's

Mexico

Nicaragua

Guatemala

Costa Rica

El Salvador

Columbia

Ecuador

Peru

USA

Jamaica

Honduras

Virgin Islands

Dominican

Puerto Rico Republic

Venezula

Guyana

Chile

Bolivia

Argentina

Uruguay

Brazil

Spain

Portugal

Ghana

Nigeria

Cyprus

Greece

Turkey

Egypt

Iran

Lebanon

Pakistan

Kenya

Tanzania

South Africa

India

Afghanistan

Iraq

Kazakhstan

Vietnam

Laos

Singapore

Indonesia

China

Hong Kong

Malaysia

Philippines

Thailand

Japan

Australia

New Zealand

THE FUTURE

With digital payment systems like Apple Pay,

Samsung Pay and Google Wallet; digital currencies

like Bitcoin and Ethereum; and not to mention the

ability to pay using debit and credit cards, many

believe ATMs are getting redundant. The problem

with that theory is that there is more cash sloshing

about than ever before. Euro notes and coins in

circulation have doubled in number since the

introduction of the common currency. Twice as

many dollar bills are in circulation now than two

decades ago. Americans took more money out of

ATMs in 2012 than they did in 2003. Digital money is

well and good, but there’s still a long way to go

before we stop using ATMs.

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When you hit the stores this

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up your wardrobe. Read on

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The

CHECKLIST

Chic picks to keep you vogueish this winter

FASHION FORWARD

Here at Equity, we understand that

our readers are always ahead of the

game, and seasons – wardrobe

planning does take time after all.

Oscar de la Renta’s Pre-Fall 2018

collection is where you should begin

your closet planning, the minute it’s

available at stores. Expect shirts in

starchy white poplin coupled with

dramatic cuffs, black wool crepe

dress with pearls, and a reversible

ivory shearling that works just as

good on a chilly night out, as it

would at work.

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TRENDS

ROYAL APPROVAL

Luxury handbag designer, Lana

Marks, has finally launched her

retail outlet in the UAE. The brand

has been a favourite amongst

celebrity clientele including the late

Diana, Princess of Wales, Angelina

Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Charlize

Theron, to name a few. To paint a

picture of the designer’s background,

Lana Marks was once commissioned by

the late Princess Diana to create a spectacular piece that would soon

live within her closet, while transcending the test of time.

The designer’s collection features handbags, belts, luggage and small

leather goods in exotic leathers by Italian craftsman, and over 150 styles

in 100 vibrant colours. On top of the list is none other than The Lana

Marks Princess Diana Handbag in emerald green, as well as the Cleopatra

Clutch, an icon that has graced the Academy Awards Red Carpet one too

many times. Visit the store at Atlantis, The Palm

THE RIGHT FOOT FORWARD

New Year, new collections, new shoes. René

Caovilla’s latest creation, the Caovilla Natale,

is a piece of Venetian art. The designer’s pieces are

rooted in history, with over 80 years of heritage,

showcasing the city’s shoemaking industry

at its finest. The workmanship, intricate

embellishments and lace detail from ankle to toe,

make this piece a timeless one. There’s a reason

Marilyn Monroe said, “give a

girl the right shoes, and she can conquer

the world”. We have no doubts with this pair.

Available at René Caovilla (Mall of the Emirates)

EDGY EDITION

Victoria’s Secret have released their

first-ever limited-edition capsule

collection with BALMAIN. The PUNK

ANGEL collection entails 22 pieces

including everything from lingerie to

custom graffiti graphic tees, bras with

Swarovski crystals, and seductive yet

glamorous elements including mesh,

studs and tartan prints. Olivier

Rousteing, Creative Director of

Balmain Paris, carefully designed these

pieces to suit the modern stylish

silhouette Victoria’s Secret is renowned

for, and we’re sure women agree.

Visit your nearest store to take your pick

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HOP

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The stores to visit for

Syour next shopping haul

BON VOYAGE

Etro’s Cruise Collection 2018

will have you yearning for a trip

to the French Riviera, to don

these timeless pieces with a

hint of Oriental elements.

Floral designs, paisley

elements and elegant fabrics

complement tassels and

bold accessories. A coat or

cardigan keeps you warm

and cosy enough to beat

the evening chill, while

robe dresses, layered skirts

and easy-to-wear kaftanlike

dresses add

sophistication to a day

wardrobe. It’s all in the

details. Etro.com

LOCAL TALENT

We’re all for supporting local talent, especially when its

led by an ambitious woman who embraces feminism,

women and empowerment. Hind Adib’s latest

collection, The X, features a selection of gorgeous

oversized vintage military and denim jackets, t-shirts and

skirts with the iconic logo. hindadib.com

SCENT OF MOROCCO

A luxury product with a backstory is always worth

investing into. Sana Jardin perfumes are created to

empower the female flower harvesters of Morocco. Each

fragrance offers the purest floral elements with a

seductive scent that lingers from day to night. The natureinspired

aromas include Berber Blonde (orange blossom),

Savage Jasmine, Sandalwood Temple, Tiger by her Side

(Amber), Celestial Patchouli, Nubian Musk and

Revolution de la Fleur (Ylang Ylang). Each bottle is

available for Dhs870, shopatsauce.com/sanajardin

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WELLNESS

WELLNESS

talk

Keep fit with the latest in wellbeing

trends and studios in the city

Meet Amir Siddiqui, founder of

Symmetry Gym, one of Dubai’s

most exclusive facilities for

personal training. Here, the fitness

expert answers topical questions

to suit our busy lifestyles

Q

A

I’ve been hearing rave reviews of the Keto diet.

Could you please tell me more about it from

your perspective - is it worth trying?

I'm not one for simplistic cookie-cutter replies, but

if you would prefer my experience and researchbacked

opinion right off the bat, without delving into the

empirical and scientific reasoning, the answer is simple:

The keto diet is the wrong diet for 99.9 per cent of the

population and will do more harm than good.

The long answer: The keto diet's popularity is

inversely proportional to its effectiveness for fatloss.

Initial weight loss is quick, but that's because

you lose water and the glycogen (stored form of

carbs in the body) that holds the water in your cells

and tissues. So, it doesn’t cause fat-loss at all. But

you end up losing water and glycogen, plus the fact

that the latest research shows you end up losing

more muscle than on other diets which do not

lower carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are demonised

for no good reason. We love finding scapegoats for

our over-eating, over-indulging lifestyles. It used to

be fat that we thought "caused" obesity. Now it's

carbs. It's neither one of those. Any macronutrient

excess (eating too much of anything) can result in

adiposity (the flabbiness). Period.

Keto and low carb dieting can be notorious for

regained weight, if not well maintained. Why? People

need carbs for optimal brain functioning, mood, and

health. Not eating carbs for a little while gives you a

kick of energy - but that is an "emergency" response -

a result of increased stress and all its devious

hormones. The key to fat loss is simple. Exercise

more and eat less. No specific exercise or particular

nutrient type is responsible for any physiological

effects, negative or positive. Everything works in a

cohesive net of an effect.

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

It’s time to jump on the healthy eating bandwagon with a

meal delivery service. You may be satiating hunger pangs

with anything in sight, and eating more than your required

carbohydrate or calorie intake. This leads to lethargy, lack of

optimal cognitive functioning and a few extra pounds that

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rid of. With the launch of THE LUNCHBOX, all that can

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calorie, protein and carbohydrate content of each meal

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Type 2 diabetes, as it is low in carbohydrates.

Meal plans are available from Dhs193 for lunch (weekly),

Dhs760 for lunch (monthly) and Dhs1,490 for lunch and dinner

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HOT IN HERE

The latest fitness centre to pop up on the scene, and one to

enjoy a class at with the ladies, is DRYP in Dubai Marina. The

sweat hub offers hot yoga and fitness classes conducted in

40-degree heat and +40 humidity. We can’t wait to try the

90-minute Hatha yoga and the hot yoga sculpt to boost

metabolism and build muscle with upbeat tunes playing in the

background. Quench your thirst after at The DRYP Kitchen,

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dairy-free smoothies, kale snacks and parfaits. dryp.ae

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you’re the type that allots minutes doing up eye brows.

The semi-permanent makeup treatment, also known as

eyebrow embroidery, is a manual technique conducted

by using a blade hand-tool to create pigment hair strokes

on the eyebrow. Micro-blading has been on my list for a

while, and I couldn’t pass on the invite to visit the newlyopened

and vibrant Dollhouse Beauty Lounge at The

Dubai Ladies Club.

Before the treatment begins, an aesthetician checks

your medical conditions and allergies. To proceed, a

numbing cream is placed on for 30 minutes, followed by

six measurements of your brow bone - using an eyebrow

measurement ruler. This is to create the perfect shape for

your brows according to your face profile. After

measuring, the aesthetician begins the procedure and you

can literally feel the cuts on your skin, with the slightest of

pain. But it’s all worth it right? The whole process usually

takes between one-a-half-to-two-hours.

Weeks down the line, I’m incredibly pleased with my

results. The aesthetician told me to keep it dry for a week

so the effect lasts long. During the healing process, I

experienced a bit of skin peeling and my brow started to

lighten. Much of it faded in those first six weeks, so I

headed back for a complimentary touchup to achieve a

dark, fuller eyebrow look. We were told the results last a

couple of years, depending on your skin type.

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WELLNESS

Need to know:

The Shellac manicure is

Dhs150, blow dry from

Dhs200 and facial

from Dhs750.

Contact +971 4 343 7100

The venue: STUDIO 91

The service: Blow dry and Shellac manicure

The verdict: Let’s face it. Today’s women aren’t left with

much me-time. In between work, hopping from meeting to

meeting, travels, events, and catching up with the ladies, we

try to squeeze in spa days and salon appointments. With the

launch of Studio 91 at DIFC, luckily a manicure, quick blow

dry and even an express facial has become incredibly

convenient. We skipped lunch for a date with the manicurist,

and opted in for a Shellac manicure to keep our tips fresh

and polished for two weeks. The process is pretty much

similar to a regular manicure, although the selection of nudes,

pastels and darker tones will leave you in two minds for sure.

Nails were buffed, filed, polished and cleaned - at this stage it

feels best left bare - before polish was applied to the nails,

dried under the UV light machine and re-applied again. The

entire process took less than an hour, with the hair wash and

blow-dry taking place simultaneously.

The wash and blow dry is a whole other ball game here.

Purified water from a vibrant-blue tank is used to wash the hair.

The scalp is scrubbed squeaky clean with shampoo, followed by

a mini head massage and application of conditioner. Locks are

immediately conditioned and ready to be combed through,

thanks to the assistance and glide from the Kerastese serum.

Beach waves are popular any given season, offering the most

natural look for occasions and since I wanted this to last a whole

weekend, I kindly asked for an extra dose of hairspray. I was all

decked up, boosted with caffeine - thanks to the much-needed

Nespresso -and ready to head back to work for a meeting.

If you do have a bit of time on your hands, hop into the

treatment spa (Skin 111) right besides the salon, for a

30-minute hydrafacial where your skin is exfoliated,

vacuumed to suck out gunk from pores, and hydrated with

an antioxidant-packed serum.

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ON OUR RADAR

Striking statement pieces

ACCESSORY

Marni

Leather Shoulder Bag

FOR HER

Baby pink never goes out of style. This compact silhouette leather bag is a nod to retro femininity with just enough

space for the essentials, making it the adorable arm candy you will want for a night out. The vibrant resin handle adds a

pop of colour to just about any outfit, and pairs well with a chic pair of earrings for oomph.

DHS8,537 AT THEMODIST.COM

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FOOTWEAR

SWEAR

Customisable Sneakers

"Hey! I put some new shoes on and suddenly everything is right." And it makes

sense, since London-based SWEAR, the customisable luxury sneakers brand

that you probably spotted at Barneys Madison Avenue, 10 Corso Como Milano,

Browns London, or Joyce Hong Kong, has finally launched exclusively with Level

Shoes in Dubai. Born in the Nineties, SWEAR has become a cult-favourite with

sneakerheads, and those looking to express themselves through their accessories

– quite the craze in the UAE at the moment. Options are aplenty with digital

customisation of materials ranging from nappa leather to suede and hairy calf,

and exotic materials comprising crocodile, python and ostrich.

AVAILABLE FROM DHS1,000-35,000 AT LEVEL SHOES

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TIMEPIECE

THE RISING STAR OF

BOVET

A medieval castle in Switzerland and a port city in China played a curious role in

the genesis of 19th-century Swiss watchmaker Bovet that has come a full circle

By Varun Godinho

Watches are glamorous, watchmaking isn’t. If

you need proof, visit Bovet 1822’s

manufacturing and engraving sites spread across

Tramelan and the Val-de-Travers in the canton

of Neuchatel in Switzerland. Seeing the men

and women sitting hunched over a desk for

hours on end, peering through a loupe and

ensuring their hands are rock steady while

painstakingly assembling hundreds of

components – a few are thinner than the width

of a strand of hair – makes me realise that these

folk haven’t signed up for a cushy 9-5 role.

Theirs is a vocation.

Not long ago, we visited the Bovet’s boutique

and manufacturing sites in Switzerland. For the

last decade or so, the brand has largely flown

under the radar. For the owner, Pascal Raffy, we

suspect it was intentional. Make no mistake.

Bovet is a top-drawer brand that can hold its

own when spoken off in the same breath as

Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe or

Breguet, among others other venerable Swiss

watchmaking houses.

THE ORIGINS

In 1814, Edouard Bovet, the son of Fleurier

master watchmaker, was sent to London – then

the epicentre of the European watch trade –

along with two of his brothers shortly after he

completed his watch apprenticeship. Back then,

Edouard and his brothers weren’t making their

own watches, but rather sourcing them from

independent artisans in Switzerland and

reselling them. In 1818, Edouard decided to vet

the East’s appetite for Swiss watches. Taking

four watches along with him, he sailed from

London to Guangzhou (Canton) where he sold

all four very quickly for 10,000 Swiss francs

(equal to around a million dollars today).

He stayed on in Guangzhou and served as a

watch repairer in the port city. Quickly, he

realised that there was more money to be

made in manufacturing watches rather than just

trading them. That’s how in 1822, the Bovet

Bovet CEO and owner,

Pascal Raffy

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watch brand was registered in London where Edouard’s

brothers Alphonse and Frederic resided. Edouard

continued to stay in Guangzhou to coordinate the imports

while another brother, Gustave, was their watchmaker

manufacturer based out of Fleurier.

BOVET 2.0

Bovet has two distinctive periods of existence. The first

began in 1822 and continued into the middle of the 20th

century when the revolution in China took place in 1911

forcing Bovet to downsize its China operations, followed

by the two World Wars and a host of other factors meant

that production ceased in 1960. It wasn’t until 2001 when

Raffy who had already made a fortune from the

pharmaceutical business and was an avid collector himself,

decided to buy the brand and resurrect it.

Raffy spent the next few years building the brand as a true

manufacture that could rely on itself rather than third-party

suppliers for the components it requires to make timepieces.

This included buying the castle in Neuchatel where he set up

an assembly and engraving workshop, as well as the Dimier

1738 Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Artisanale in

Tramelan that specialised in movement creation and the

Bovet 1822 Manufacture de Cadrans et de Sertissage in Planles-Ouates

which manufactures hand-crafted dials. The idea of

becoming self-reliant early on is also what allowed Raffy to

keep Bovet independent to this day. To further tap into the

brand’s pedigreed roots, he even renamed it as Bovet 1822.

THE MANUFACTURE

We visited the Dimier manufacture in Tramelan. It’s here

where a Bovet watch begins life as nothing more than a

few bits of metal in a workshop littered with industrial

tools and machines. We see a “stamping” machine that

presses down with a force of 30 tonnes to create the

base of the movement. Lab coat-suited technicians nearby

peer through Leica laser-guided magnifying machines to

inspect the plate for imperfections.

In a separate room, four people are engrossed in

polishing and engraving the movement – for a complex

engraving procedure, it can take nearly two days to finish

the bridges of the movement alone.

It’s in another room not far away where the most secretive

and perhaps the most important function of Bovet’s watch

manufacturing process takes place. It’s here where hairsprings

The front and caseback of

the Bovet Récital 20 Astérium

– or the beating heart of any movement – are manufactured.

Bovet is one of only a handful of watchmakers in Switzerland

who have the necessary tools and know-how to create this

very intricate component which is the core component of

the balance wheel and varies in length anywhere from

0.6mm to 0.07mm.

In another room, all the different components

manufactured across the facility are brought for the final

assembly. The day we visit, a lady was assembling the

Recital 20 Asterium timepiece, one of Bovet’s finest

tourbillon watches which has a total of 580 components

and costs $350,000. Adjacent is the R&D facility where

finished movements are subjected to strict quality control

checks to ensure that they’re up to spec.

The watchmaking atelier

at Château de Môtiers

The Dimier 1738

Manufacture in Tramelan

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Bovet’s medieval castle,

the Château de Môtiers

THE WATCHES

The day before we visit the Dimier manufacture, we stroll

across the bridge from Hotel Bristol in Geneva and into

the Jardin Anglais garden which is in full bloom. We

continue walking briskly along the promenade of Lake

Geneva until we quickly duck across the road onto Rue

Pierre-Fatio and into Bovet’s flagship boutique. There are

only four Bovet boutiques worldwide: Geneva, Moscow,

Baku and New York City.

Here at the Geneva boutique, we are shown some of the

brand’s most popular timepieces for both men and women

including the Bovet by Pininfarina collection that first debuted

in 2010 to celebrate Pininfarina’s 80th anniversary; the entrylevel

19Thirty collection; and 2015’s $340,000 Recital 18

Shooting Star tourbillon world-timer. We’re also shown the

brand’s signature statement, the Amadeo, whose case is built

in such a way that it can be used as a pocketwatch and a

wristwatch too.

Bovet’s timepieces are typically priced between $20,000

to $65,000. However, the grand complications and oneoff

commissioned watches range from $220,000 to $1

million a pop. The brand makes less than 2,000 watches a

year – spotting one in the wild is difficult.

THE CASTLE

The Count of Neuchatel built the 5,800 square-metre

castle in the 14th century. The Chateau de Môiters,

perched over the village of Môtiers, is where we head to

straight after the Dimier manufacture visit. The Bovet

family acquired the castle in the nineteenth century and

owned it until 1957 when they decided to gift it to the

Canton of Neuchatel. By 2006, it needed urgent repairs

and the state could no longer afford to maintain it. It was

offered for sale, and Raffy decided to buy and renovate it.

Raffy is based in America, and whenever he visits

Switzerland, he stays here at the castle. Some of Bovet’s

sales and logistical operations are managed out of this

location. Also located here is a state-of-the-art

manufacturing facility where some of the brand’s most

exquisite and complex timepieces are engraved.

I try my luck at engraving on a rough piece of metal – and

fail miserably. There is just one school of engraving in

Switzerland and only three students graduate each year. I’m

only too happy to get up from my seat and allow the

exceptionally talented engraver whose desk is flooded with

natural light from the window that opens out into the valley

below to resume his work as he sets about engraving a

solid gold plate with artful, effortless strokes of his wrist.

THE RETURN TO CHINA?

Bovet doesn’t have any boutique in China (although it does

have points of sale in the country). Returning triumphantly to

China with Bovet’s own boutique is on the agenda for Raffy.

In many ways, it would mean a homecoming for Edouard

Bovet himself. Doing so would mean that Raffy hasn’t only

resurrected Bovet, but instead, he’s also reconnected it with

its core. We’ll raise a glass to a brand that’s still hasn’t lost

sight of what made it great nearly two centuries ago.

The Bovet Braveheart

grand complication can be

used as a pocketwatch as

well as a wristwatch

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GADGETS

McIntosh

XRT2.1K LOUDSPEAKER

Boutique American high-end electronic manufacturer McIntosh is at it again. A

few months ago they debuted the excellent MA9000 integrated amplifier. Last

month, they unveiled their latest creation, the seven-foot-tall lithe floorstanding

speakers called the XRT2.1K that they claims were 45 years in the

making. The speakers have a four-way design and are fitted with 81

Nanocarbon Fibre/Nomex Honeycomb drivers. There are six eight-inch longthrow

woofers, two 6.5-inch low-frequency midrange drivers, 28 two-inch

midrange dome drivers and 45 0.75-inch dome tweeters. Collectively, these

speakers can handle up to 2,000 watts of power, generating enough sound to

keep the neighbours awake. Or frighten unsuspecting pets too.

$130,000 (DHS478,000) FOR A PAIR AT MCINTOSHLABS.COM

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Samsung

POWERBOT STAR WARS LIMITED EDITION

DARTH VADER VACUUM

With last month’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi release, the

mania surrounding one of the most successful film

franchises ever created extends to its paraphernalia too.

Cross over to the dark side with this Darth Vader vacuum.

It’s a nifty gadget with Wi-Fi connectivity that allows you

to control it using use your smartphone or by using voice

control via Alexa. It also has an inbuilt mapping software

that couples with nine sensors on the vacuum to help

create a cleaning path for it that avoids obstacles and

furniture in the room. Intermittently, it’ll also make creepy

the creepy breathing noise that’s a signature of Darth

Vader. If you want to be one of the good guys instead,

Samsung also has a Stormtrooper vacuum.

$600 (DHS2,200) AT SAMSUNG.COM

Xbox

ONE X

With Microsoft and Sony constantly duking it

out for alpha position in the in the gaming

universe, Microsoft seems to have finally

delivered a body blow with this one. The

4k-capable Xbox One X is being positioned as the

world’s most powerful gaming console. It has a jaw-slacking

6 teraflops of raw power (nerd alert: that’s six trillion floating

points of operations per second), 12GB of RAM and a 1TB hard

drive that doesn’t lead us to believe otherwise. The only question

here is: Have you loaded Assassin’s Creed: Origins, already?

DHS1,200 AT XBOX.COM

Hermés

FOOSBALL TABLE

If you’ve already got the Birkin, we trust you’re a dyed in

the wool fan of the brand. Fancy a piece of the French

luxury brand as a permanent fixture in your living room?

We suggest you order this Hermés foosball table. The

materials, expectedly, are extremely high quality. Think

maple wood, swift calfskin and players dressed in silk Jockey

jerseys and riding boots that are a nod to the brand’s

equestrian heritage. This foosball table has handcrafted

upholstery and saddle stitching too. In the centre of the

table is the number 24, a reference to the brand’s iconic 24

Faubourg Saint-Honoré HQ in Paris.

$68,300 (DHS250,000) AT HERMES.COM

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THE ETERNAL MOVEMENT

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

innovation of Haute Horlogerie. For over 170 years, the

powerful movement of the ocean has inspired Ulysse Nardin

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

watchmaking, time and time again.

Marine Regatta

Chronograph

Countdown timer

Silicium technology

ulysse-nardin.com

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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AUTOMOBILE

IMMORTAL

Examining the all-new McLaren Senna, the most extreme car ever made by the

British marque, in the words of the legendary F1 driver Ayrton Senna

By Varun Godinho

The straight-talking, smoothdriving

Brazilian F1 superstar

is widely considered as one

of the best the sport has

ever seen. During the late eighties and

early nineties when Ayrton Senna was

at his peak, it was in a McLaren that he

won three world championships and

became the near-mythical hero that he

is today. Now, McLaren has unveiled a

supercar named after him. What would

Senna make of it if he were

he alive today? We examine the

supercar through some of the most

famous quotes of the star driver.

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“Being second is to be the f irst of the ones who lose”

Believe these words for Senna ended up on the podium in

80 of the 162 F1 races he participated in during his career.

The McLaren named after him goes after the jugular as well.

It is part of the Ultimate Series, the first of which was the P1

followed by the GTR version of the P1 and now this. Bruno

Senna, Ayrton’s nephew, was reportedly roped into the

development of the car. The supreme confidence of

McLaren loyalists is such that even while the Senna was still

under development, months before anyone saw what the

car would look like, all 500 units of this limited-edition car

were already sold. With McLaren, seldom are there any

doubting Thomases.

“Fear is exciting”

If there is ever a machine purpose-built to instil unholy

amounts of fear into you, this is it. The 4-litre V8 engine that

sits between the two carbon fibre seats produces 800Nm of

torque and 789hp of power. Not a lot of horses, you might

add. And you’re right. But remember that by stripping away

even basic creature comforts like air-conditioning, McLaren

has effectively reduced the weight of the supercar to measly

1,198kgs. We’re now looking at a similar power-to-weight

ratio as the LaFerrari.

“Racing, competing, it's in my blood. I have been

doing it all my life.”

What is true about Senna’s life, is true about McLaren’s as

well. It was a brand that was born on the track. Bruce

McLaren built and raced his first McLaren F1 at the 1965

Monaco Grand Prix. Since then, the marque has been one of

Formula One’s most successful teams. In 1988, with Ron

Dennis at the helm, McLaren embarked on a project to build

its maiden road-legal supercar. By 1993, it debuted a car that

was officially homogenized for the street called it F1 in a nod

to its racing heritage. Since then, there’s been no looking

back for McLaren Automotive. This Senna, like all the

previous McLaren road cars, takes the best technology from

Formula One and trickles it down to its supercars.

“If you no longer go for a gap that exist, you are

no longer a racing driver.”

McLaren is billing their latest wunderkind as “the ultimate

road-legal track car”. To make the Senna a proper racing

car, McLaren has innovated. They’ve kitted it with bespoke

Pirelli P Zero center-locking lightweight wheels that can

blitz a track and have also added a new generation of

smaller and lighter carbon ceramic brake discs which are

believed to be four times more thermally efficient than

conventional carbon discs. A shout-out to the aerodynamics

of the car too which is what makes this machine possibly

faster around a track than the P1.

Step into a Senna and you’ll notice that to recreate a

“cockpit”, the Start button is located on the roof as are the

buttons to release the top-hinged doors. Switch the car into

“race mode” and the chassis drops nearly two inches

resulting in a machine that hunkers down with sinister

purpose. The movable flaps inside the air intakes on both

sides of the front bumper will increase or decrease grip, as

the need arises, to keep it balanced. The large rear spoiler is

nearly four feet off the ground and creates the necessary

downforce keep the supercar from lifting off.

“I have no idols”

If only Senna were alive to see the McLaren named after him,

he might have changed his mind after all.

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WEEKEND DINING

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

Intimate brunch

1 THE PERUVIAN EXPEDITION

LIMA DUBAI

Binge-watching Chef’s Table, admiring chef Virgilio Martínez

Véliz’s passion for food and produce, and discovering Peru’s

cultivation of over 3,000 varieties of potatoes, made Lima

Dubai a winner on our list already. My dining partner had

dined here previously and highly commended the ceviche

and corn cakes that he could never really get out of his mind,

and was eager to relish once again. Luckily, it was included

within the five-course menu.

Peruvian food isn’t just about flavours, but textures too,

with a heavy emphasis on local produce. Our brunch began

with cushion-like bao buns filled with tender duck slices,

shredded beef and pickles with a mild spiced rocoto sauce.

The seabass ceviche was soon presented with crisp red

onions, cancha corn for a crunchy bite and traditional tiger’s

milk for sweetness. The ceviche salmon showcased chunky

cubes with yellow tiger milk, beetroot and asparagus tempura,

to balance out the flavours. A striking blue plate sat before

our eyes, and on it, a traditional chicken causa featuring tangy

yellow potato, shredded chicken breast and Peruvian olive

that was pureed and drizzled over the contents of the plate in

a bright purple hue. Up next was one of my favourite dishes,

a snack I need to recreate at home and savour while watching

TV, the tequenos (lomo saltado with huancaina and andes

leaf chilli). These crisp finger-sized rolls are crunchy and crispy

on the outside, with the delectable sauce-packed filling of

meat and veggies dripping out upon every bite. Prawns

anticucho was the next beautifully-plated dish presented,

highlighting the renowned traditional Inka Panka chilli. Each

piece of prawn was incredibly luscious and flavoursome. To

tie this course together, a Chinese style rice with oyster

mushrooms, spring onion and asparagus and broccoli was

served - much-needed carbs with a bit of greens.

For mains, my dining partner picked the generously portioned,

fleshy and spiced chicken breast pachamanca with sautéed

potatoes, corn brûlée (the dense, moist corn cake he praised on

several occasions), while I opted for the slow cooked lamb seco

with pumpkin done two ways (puréed for the base and a crisp

garnish) topped with a citrus coriander marinade and kiwicha

(also known as amaranth), a superfood seed. A side of colourful

Andean potatoes that were sweet, boiled, crisp and fried were

presented to us on the side as well. We ended up sharing both

mains and unfortunately couldn’t get through all of it, as the

portions were quite enormous. Remember dessert is an integral

part of brunch, and if you do have space to squeeze in a few

bites – we tried our best – it’s worth tucking into the purple corn

jelly-textured mousse with cream, ice lollies and crème brûlée.

Need to know:

Fridays from 12-4pm.

From Dhs325-550 per person. Contact 800 5462

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Family friendly

2

SATURDAY BBQ BRUNCH

AMALFI, PALAZZO VERSACE

A relaxed Saturday by the pool with grills to sate hunger

pangs is our idea of a perfect weekend, and exactly what the

doctor ordered. Well, maybe not, but if he/she thought like

us, in terms of wellbeing and happiness, it would be up there

on the list. Palazzo Versace’s chilled out Saturday brunch

takes place at the café by the pool. You can choose to plonk

yourself on a cabana and soak up the rays, or head straight for

an alfresco lunch – it’s completely up to you. We chose the

former, sipped a few cocktails and made use of the expansive

pool that rivals most hotels in the city. As the afternoon went

by, we headed to a table to feast on the selection of fresh

salads placed before us, including a Greek salad with feta and

refreshing watermelon with baby squid. Cravings for hot

substantial food followed, and we opted for succulent flamegrilled

lamb chops and tender chicken with a side of corn

from the buffet. I love a great pizza, and will never turn down

one. The wood-fired pizzas here are crisp with a thin crust,

and gooey cheese that perfectly blends in with the tomato

sauce. We also chose to tuck into fresh juicy lobster and

prawns, instead of the Wagyu beef burgers that looked

incredibly tempting. Naturally, we saved space for dessert –

sweet popcorn ice cream and hot churros with chocolate

and dulce de leche dips. The DJs tunes had us captivated by

this point, making us look forward to an afternoon laze

around session at the pool cabana, with electro and salsa

beats in the background.

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MISS TESS

TAJ DUBAI, DUBAI MALL STREET

Located on the third floor of the Taj Hotel, we recently

visited the eponymous restaurant. There’s a psychedelic

pop of colour in the décor of this Asian street-food themed

restaurant. A few diners make their way to the al fresco

section with a commanding view of the Burj Khalifa outside.

We prefer to sit inside, not far away from a full-sized tuk tuk

(an autorickshaw) placed in the centre of the room and not

far from the DJ and a few video game machines further on.

The pan-Asian menu covers Thai, Korean, Chinese,

Japanese and Vietnamese food. We get started with the

Miss Tess selection platter. There are generous portions

of fish cake, prawn tempura, and chicken spring rolls. We

asked the team to replace fried tofu with calamari instead

and they were only too happy to oblige. There’s Sriracha

kept on your table, just in case you need to fire up any of

the entrées. Just as we begin to go through our Tom Kha

Khai soup with galangal evenly balancing the coconut and

the crowd-favourite chicken wonton soup, Miss Tess

herself comes up to chat with us regarding her new

concept. Midway through our conversation, two of her

team members break out into a well-rehearsed streetfight

style routine that reoccurs every half hour.

When it comes to mains, we’d highly recommend the

bibimbap from South Korea. It arrives at our table in a hot

stone bowl filled with rice, beef, kimchi and julienne strips

of assorted vegetables all of which is capped by a sunny

side up egg that invites you to create a mess as you

furiously work at mixing all the components together

before tucking in. If you’ve got space for dessert, the

matcha green tea mousse must be on your radar. Then go

and try your hand at Super Mario video games.

Nocturnal hotspot

Need to know: Saturdays from 12-5pm.

Dhs295 per person inclusive of food and pool access.

Contact +9714 556 8888

Need to know:

The restaurant is open for dinner.

Contact +971 4 275 9056

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An experience

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NOIRE

FAIRMONT DUBAI

Are you afraid of the dark? Those with scotophobia may find Noire a bit

unnerving. My dining partner and I, on the other hand, found it to be one of the

most amazing dining experiences we’ve come across in Dubai and have been

recommending it to friends and family ever since. Here’s why. You arrive at the

pool bar where you are served a cocktail and are immediately put to the test to

detect the ingredients. We scored 100/100, but can’t say the same for the

three-course meal that followed.

The experience begins with the night vision goggle-equipped staff escorting

each couple into the pitch-black setting. It is incredibly dark once you get in, and

my dining partner and I admitted to never being in such a dark setting before.

Your eyes take a few minutes to adjust to the setting and the team are kind

enough to indicate where your glasses and the bread plate is for you to get an

idea of placement. First off, I’m glad I didn’t spill any food or beverage on myself

or my dining partner’s white shirt – which by the way, is a terrible colour choice

for this occasion. The one-and-a-half-hour long meal began with an appetizer

that tasted like some sort of fish with carrot and crumble – we later found out

it was tuna with apple cubes, spiced carrot puree, and tempura crumble. The

guessing game is not only interesting but hilarious too. You get to hear every

individuals’ opinions as they guess flavours - sounding similar to a professional

taste tester - only to discover later that their dream to make this a day job is

doomed, for now at least. Wine is served with each course, and somehow, we

guessed all three correct.

The main course was incredibly delightful, confusing our senses as we tried

to pick, feel and smell each little drop and pieces we picked up from our plates.

The textures were similar to meat, with flavours showcasing mushrooms – got

this correct – some sort of fried garnish, droplets of sauce, and greens. The dish

was revealed later and we got almost 50 per cent correct. To put it simply,

even though our assumptions were poles apart, the dessert was a mixture of

sponge texture, ice cream, matcha, sesame seeds and crumble. Note, we didn’t

disclose the complete ingredient list, as it is worth the sensory journey you will

embark on. The big reveal takes place outdoors after the meal, where you

giggle and quite proudly confirm the ones you got right. The presentation was

perhaps what appealed to me the most, and admittedly, does play an integral

role in a dish. Everything was beautifully plated and I could only imagine the

mess we may have all made, jumbling everything while testing. One thing is for

sure, we didn’t miss snapping shots for Instagram and got to enjoy an exquisite

intimate meal with chatter and laughs throughout.

Need to know:

Dhs325 per person with pairings.

Contact +971 4 311 8316

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

Bab Al Qasr Hotel

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ALPINE

LIVING

Staying at a penthouse in a residential complex might not seem like a typical

holiday for some. Six Senses Residences Courchevel, however, is guaranteed

to be the reason you change your perception, and perhaps even invest in one.

Besides, it’s at the heart of Courchevel 1850 – a ski playground to the elite

By Nicola Monteath

IMAGES SUPPLIED BY SIX SENSES RESIDENCES COURCHEVEL

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Driving into Courchevel is magical. Soft powdery

snow enhances every solid surface, from cars to

rooftops, making the picturesque cluster of

villages – lit up with fairy lights – a ski resort

village comparable to none other. Courchevel attracts a

trendsetting affluent clientele, and comprises four

distinctive towns - Courchevel 1850, Courchevel 1650,

Courchevel 1550 and Courchevel 1300, each signifying the

altitude it is located at, in metres. The four are linked by

lifts, pistes and a windy path, taking you all the way to the

top to the chic Courchevel 1850 - our destination and

home to the fairly new Six Senses Residences Courchevel.

Courchevel 1850 is where you will want to stay, shop and

dine. Streets are lined with fur-clad women carrying Birkins

and a teacup puppy in hand, cafés serving a generous glug of

vin chaud, French eateries worth a stop for fondue, and

luxury fashion boutiques boasting the latest collections, and

classic pieces that sell like hot cakes. I visited Louis Vuitton to

check if a certain bag was in stock, and returned hours later

to purchase it, only to find out they sold all three pieces –

make sure you reserve your selection. There’s never a boring

moment in Courchevel 1850. When you aren’t skiing, or

treating yourself to spa treatments, you may just rub

shoulders with footballers, artists and the top one per cent

of the world, as it is the lavish ski destination to flock to come

season time.

A HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Staying at Six Senses Residences Courchevel is a warm and

cosy chalet experience that will enrich your ski holiday. I set

foot into my three-bedroom apartment decked with a clean

look of timber, subtle lighting, and pine aromas that wafted

through the air. Each day began with a view of the sunrise,

Nespresso and Sinatra, courtesy of the friendly smart home

automation system in every room. I usually judge my stay by

the appearance and amenities in the bathroom, and here, it

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didn’t disappoint. Showers are fitted with three types of

options (including rain-showers), while The Organic

Pharmacy products keep skin soft, supple and moisturised,

prepped for the weather conditions at the slopes.

The European-style property is the first residential project

in the continent from Six Senses, nestled at the heart of the

crème de la crème of the French Alps, between Rue de

Tovets and Rue de Verdons. The project is a joint venture

between Cain International and Promocour 1850 and has

been developed in partnership with Six Senses.

The finest of freehold apartments merges with the luxuries

of hotel and concierge services here. Residents can park at a

private garage, stow away luggage and purchases at storage

caves, and beat the hassle of lugging around ski equipment –

visit the shop located within the premises to get fitted out

with boots and Lacroix skis, amongst other brands. Services

such as the ski concierge at the slopes, where your gear is

transported to from the in-house ski shop, is what truly sets

this residential property apart.

53 penthouses and apartments, designed by the architect

Alain Foeillet, showcase a neutral complementing palette of

taupe, beige, tan and grey hues, alongside organic materials

and a whole lot of timber, blending in with the alpine

aesthetic. The units, ranging from 70 to 268 square metres,

are available from two-bedroom apartments, to duplex

penthouses that feature five bedrooms, a wine cellar,

hammam, a terrace boasting mountain views, fireplace, and

art work that lends an element of sophisticated quirkiness.

Residents have the option of choosing furniture packages

carefully curated by the award-winning Morpheus London.

Before heading off to the slopes, visit the relaxed and

warm Club lounge for a substantial breakfast brimming

with local cheese, freshly baked pastries, detoxifying and

revitalising smoothies, and a nutrient-packed menu free

from gluten and dairy – the smashed avocado with

poached eggs became a daily favourite. When you are

back from the slopes, head straight for the private on-site

spa to beat lethargy with holistic spa treatments and

restorative therapies. Other features at the spa include a

sauna and steam room, relaxation lounges by the pool, a

fitness studio, and an outdoor hot tub surrounded by

snow - worth a try.

The spa and swimming pool at

Six Senses Residences Courchevel

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The inviting Club Lounge at

Six Senses Residences Courchevel

While some may be worried about

the returns on their investment off

season time, it's worth noting that

Courchevel now offers a range of

summer activities, so you can enjoy a

stay during winter and rent it out during

summer, if you wish to.

DINE AT...

Leave the slopes to experience

Courchevel 1850 at its best. These

hotspots are a shuttle or ten-minute

walk away from Six Senses

Residences Courchevel

LE CHALET DE PIERRES

The sight of Chef Gerber Alvim

roasting meat on the spit meets the

eye as you enter this traditional

Alpine restaurant on the Verdons

slope. You can ski in, take a seat at

the heated terrace and enjoy an

alfresco lunch of hearty French onion

soup, cheese fondue and fresh

seafood or meat (order ahead).

Don’t miss the dessert table featuring

pistachio-cream filled profiteroles

and a divine lemon curd tart.

chaletdepierres.com

LE GENÉPI

When a restaurant is headed by

natives from the village, you know

you are in for a great meal. This

fireplace-fitted all-wood interior

restaurant by chef and owner Thierry

Mugnier and his wife Cecile is apt for

an elegant fine-dining experience.

Fresh local char tartare with blini and

whipped cream and a side of oysters

are highly recommended as an

appetizer. Follow this with beef fillet

Rossini; a succulent generous portion

douse in a beautiful reduction,

topped with a slice of foie gras and

perfectly paired with warm pillowtextured

bursts of gnocchi. And to

end, the comforting hot baked pippin

apple and silky salted caramel ice

cream are worth trying, guaranteed

to be polished off within minutes.

legenepi-courchevel.com

Need to know:

• Prices for apartments at Six Senses

Residences Courchevel, range from €1.5m

(Dhs 6,629,491) to €8.8m (Dhs38million).

Buyers have the option of renting out their

apartment when not in use.

Visit one-courchevel.com

to invest in your ski home.

• Those in need of ski lessons can make a

request with the concierge at the residences.

I took my first lesson on the slopes and

highly recommend the patient Olivier

Sadargues or Nicolas Germain at Le Cercle

Private Ski School. Visit lecercle-ski.com

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JETSETTER JOURNEYS

The latest in experiences, tours and wellbeing breaks

MYSTICAL ASIA

There isn’t a time of year when Japan isn’t appealing.

This winter, Niseko Village comes to life with

boutiques that beckon, renowned restaurants and

five-star hotels. If you’re travelling for a culinary

experience, warming ramen and udon, fresh

sashimi, and Hokkaido seafood and yakitori will

satiate all cravings. Those who love a warm soak at

the end of the day can dip into their own private

onsen fed by geothermal waters, to reap the

benefits. And those who love the outdoors and

nature can enjoy skiing at it’s best, at the Mizuno no

Sawa, offering the steepest runs and a track for

novices. A stay at the Kasara Niseko Village

Townhouse is a must, boasting Japanese charm,

and a resident concierge, for reservations and to

make fresh tracks for a guided mountain orientation.

Visit ytlhotels.com for more information

SOULFUL ESCAPE

Re-boot your body, mind and soul with a

yoga retreat at Rudding Park in partnership

with Lara Darby. Escape to the country

where you will learn to de-stress through

a combination of yoga practices and

meditation sessions, including a gong bath

sound therapy workshop. The weekend

will also include a nutrition workshop,

spa-treatments and wholesome cuisine to

leave you recharged for the year ahead.

The Luxury yoga and de-stress weekend

takes place from January 12-14,

and is Dhs2,960 per person, inclusive

of a two-night stay at Rudding Park,

breakfast, the yoga retreat package

and workshops.

Visit ruddingpark.co.uk

IT’S HERE!

By now you may have heard that the UAE’s most expensive hotel

has opened its doors at the seahorse-shaped Jumeirah Bay island.

The highly-anticipated Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai, in

collaboration with Meraas, is an urban oasis offering the ultimate in

luxury for those who want to sail up to their resort, or treat

themselves to a staycation. Guests can choose to stay at one of the

101 suites that boast gorgeous views of the shimmering waters, as

well as a plush Bulgari throw on each bed, to cosy up in comfort.

Attention to detail is key, with everything from Dhs2,000+ noisecancellation

headsets to shoe-fitting collaborations with Berlutti, a

beach bag, and plenty of other gorgeous necessities. The 20 villas

boast a sizeable private pool on the terrace – large enough for an

intimate gathering – a leather couch to rival most home options,

dining table fit for a feast, and a walk-in closet. Gastronomic offerings

feature the sun-soaked all-day dining Italian café, and Il Ristorante by

renowned chef Niko Romito. Can’t squeeze in a stay at the resort

anytime soon? A trip to the Spa for a hammam treatment and La

Mer facial, followed by a few laps at the indoor pool, will allow you

to experience the resort’s hospitality and Italian luxury at its best.

bulgarihotels.com

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THE FAIRWAY

HIT the

LINKS

Fore…breathtaking

views

and challenges that distract,

that’s what the Dubai Creek

Golf & Yacht Club is all about

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Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club with its

majestic clubhouse, where the design

mirrors the sails of the traditional

Arab dhow, has been one of the most

photographed landmarks in the UAE since it

opened in 1993.

The course is always impeccable and it’s no

wonder either. Many staff members from the

heads groundkeeper and other members engaged

in the upkeep have been with the Club from day

one. Upon entering the clubhouse to the first tee,

every player is greeted and treated as though they

were on the professional tour.

Dubai Creek is shorter than the city’s more

modern courses, but very challenging due to the

abundance of water hazards. In fact, 10 out of the

18 holes on the course are directly affected by

water hazards in some capacity. Accuracy is

rewarded over length here, besides the water and

the tree-lined fairways, don’t get excited and try

to crush your drivers when seeing the yardages,

the wind is a major factor and stunts your length,

accuracy and thinking.

At par 71, Dubai Creek has a varied collection

of holes each majestically set against the backdrop

of the creek and the developments being built.

The views, feel and experience on this course are

breathtaking. The pinnacle is when you reach the

stunning sixth tee. Built on to a jetty that stands

above the waters of the Creek, there is water left

here as well, and the smart play is to lay up short

of this and hit a longer shot in. Good luck trying to

hit your tee shot whilst taking in the sites and

experience of teeing off while literally standing in

the middle of the creek.

As mentioned, the course has been around

for some time, where the course record of 63

held jointly by Lee Westwood and Darren

Clarke seems like a score only achieved by the

golfing gods.

Thomas Bjorn’s redesigned the course and all

credit to him especially with the finishing two

holes, 17 and 18. Both these holes are played

directly along the bank of the creek, towards the

clubhouse. Dangerous holes that have the smile,

charm and allure of an assassin. Overcoming the

challenges of the 17th can still be achieved with

some smart play. The 18th requires thought,

execution and confidence involvement on every

shot. There is water on the left and a long bunker

on the right, beyond which is water again. A good

drive will still leave you with a long iron into the

tiered and sloping green, which is guarded at the

front and right by a body of water.

Even the professionals have sweaty hands while

executing the final tee shot, but there’s no better

way to finish a round here than with two wellstruck

shots to the heart of the green.

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club offer more

than just golf – they have fantastic restaurants with

facilities to host everything from a wedding to a

major corporate function. The views, staff and

facilities on hand are second to none. Whilst you

are out on the course, battling the elements, the

family can enjoy the pool, gym, par 3 golf and

outside activities that would keep the most

energetic families entertained without missing

you. To ensure that you have your place secured

in Dubai Creek, securing your own personalized

locker only costs Dhs550 per annum and that is

the just the start of true value for money in this

club from the practice range, academy, restaurants

and fully stocked stores on site. Every day seems

like you are winning without even teeing off.

For rates, booking and further information visit

dubaigolf.com/dubai-creek-golf-yacht-club

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HOTEL REVIEW

STAY

OF THE

MONTH

Escape the emirates for a nature and

wildlife island-getaway at Al Sahel,

Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts

By Nicola Monteath

Driving towards Sir Bani Yas Island, practically near

Ruwais, is far - it takes around three-hours-andthirty

minutes to get to the jetty lounge (from

Dubai) and a 20-minute boat ride thereafter.

But that’s the beauty of this retreat. You leave behind the

stress and humdrum of the city and escape to an island

established in 1977 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al

Nahyan. The wildlife reserve spans over 87 square kilometres

and is home to gazelles, peacocks and other beautiful animals

you will hardly ever spot in the country – unless at a zoo, of

course. The resort is split into three spectacular experiences

to suit couples and families. We stayed at Al Sahel Villa

Resort where free-roaming peacocks and gazelles visited us

in the backyard of our rustic-style one bedroom pool villa

ever so often. The villa boasts all the modern-day facilities

and items you require, from great WiFi coverage, to a yoga

mat, bird food, Nespresso coffee machine and hairbands, for

women like me who can never figure out where they

disappear off too. The interiors comprise an Arabesque vibe

with wooden beams, Rattan ceiling fans, framed local

handicrafts and a stunning carved bronze standalone tub

with Elemis toiletries. We spent most of our time at the

plunge pool, listening to birds chirping, and admiring peacock

feathers and gazelles as they graze.

EXPLORE

The resorts offer plenty of activities for adults and

children. Try archery, kayaking, play a game of tennis, visit

the library, go snorkeling or mountain biking and explore

the island with a culture and history tour. We opted for

the Nature and Wildlife drive for a one-of-a-kind

experience that felt similar to an African safari. Hop into a

Discovery and embark on an hour and a half journey of

the savannah, to spot one of the world’s most endangered

Oryx species, Arabian Oryx, ostriches, geese, cheetahs,

giraffes and plenty of animals in their natural habitat.

The wildlife sanctuary tour is highly recommended

and includes stops at each site for photo ops – children

will love it.

DINING OPTIONS

The island offers culinary offerings to sate all cravings. Pick

from African barbecue and Arabic fare, to International

and Middle Eastern specialties, or Italian. We couldn’t

make up our minds until the hunger pangs kicked in, and

chose the latter for a hearty rustic lunch. Fresh cherry

tomato bread was dunked into olive oil and balsamic as

we waited for our ravioli filled with ricotta cheese, topped

with creamy taleggio and pecan nuts to offset the dairy

and add a little crunch. For mains, I dove into an incredibly

generous portion of six juicy mint-crusted lamb chops

with mashed baby potatoes, asparagus, and fragments of

garlic and rosemary. My partner opted for the beef

tenderloin with a side of creamy polenta and truffle to

complement each bite, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction

for acidity. Both dishes comprised of succulent premium

quality meat. We shared a traditional coffee-soaked

tiramisu to end the meal and retreat to our rooms for a

long-walk and siesta.

Seafood-lovers can make a trip to Amwaj for dinner, to

devour crunchy and meaty soft-shell crab, and nourishing

shrimp and scallop laksa, while dining al fresco. Choose

from crustacean or fish – we had a fresh and plump

seabass – served grilled or baked with just the right

portion of spinach and ceps, comforting mashed potatoes

with black truffle oil and grilled Mediterranean vegetables,

our chosen sides. A sublime lemon tart with a cup of tea

is the only way you should end your meal here.

Breakfast is best enjoyed outdoors, while watching

creatures pass by as you tuck into freshly prepared eggs,

fruit with muesli, salad with cold cuts, and an extensive

selection of pastries and baked goods.

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Need to know:

The One Bedroom

pool villa with breakfast

is available for

Dhs3,187 per night.

Visit sir-bani-yas-island.

anantara.com

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REAL ESTATE

REVOLUTIONARY

ROAD

Looking for a new home in Dubai that would be ideal for the family?

Tregoning Property is the solution to that conundrum. Here’s why

By Meryl D’souza

Dubai can be quite taxing and overwhelming if you land

here without someone to hold your hand and take you

through the rigours of the city life. It’s far better now than

it used to be, as Harry Tregoning, Managing Partner at

Tregoning Property, found out when he went through his

first housing ordeal back in 2011. Before we get to that,

you should know that since the tender age of eight, the

man from Essex, United Kingdom studied in boarding

schools – first Maidwell Hall in Northampton and then

Harrow School in London. While that may seem like an

uninteresting detail, know that boarding schools aren’t as

easy to navigate as regular day schools. These schools

cultivate a sense of no-nonsense independence from a

very young age.

Imagine Tregoning‘s dismay then when he had to deal

with an appallingly incompetent agent when he and his wife

tried to rent their first home in Dubai. Having worked in

property insurance in the UK, Tregoning took up a job in

Dubai to increase his experience in the property world. “I

was fairly shocked by the process and the lack of response

and co-operation of the agent involved,” Tregoning said. “I

called the agent five times to organise a viewing but we

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had to do the viewing ourselves. He was pretty prompt

once we decided to rent but after the meeting with the

landlord, he refused to talk to me. This one time, he

answered my call from a second number and told me it

was not his problem and to contact the landlord directly.

After signing the contract, he flat out refused to help us

with anything else. I felt this was unacceptable and a

process that lacked any personal touch or customer

service and I started planning from there.”

That’s where the idea of the Tregoning Property website

came from. Tregoning describes his brainchild as “a bespoke

real estate brokerage aiming to help our customers and

landlords to provide top customer service and

straightforward honest advice.” The aim here is to keep the

customer happy while keeping transactions transparent with

minimum fuss. He’s basically the Batman of the property

world: the protagonist who endures agony in the hope to

never let anyone else go through that again.

Thanks to the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), the

property market today isn’t as disconnected as it was when

Tregoning was house hunting. “The real estate business has

become more regulated with RERA increasing their control,”

he said. “One of their main reasons for existing is to make

the Dubai property market attractive to investors; both from

the region and from overseas. To do this, more regulation

was needed. The training that RERA and Department of

Land and Property in Dubai (DREI) offer is valuable and

makes you aware of many aspects of the market even if you

are not working in those areas.”

Tregoning Property is mostly marketed through the

digital sphere through some of the biggest property portals

in the region like Propertyfinder, Dubizzle and JustProperty.

Having said that, the website is a behemoth on its own

boasting over 1,500 individual visitors most months. Not

too shabby for a boutique real estate website that was only

founded in 2016. Of course, no one can serve people on

their own. After all, even the Caped Crusader had to

assemble a Justice League. Tregoning’s league is dominated

by parents. “All my team are parents and this is certainly

attractive to new customers,” he said. It’s no surprise then

that his target audience, by default, happens to be families.

It’s a happy coincidence that most of those gainfully

employed parents happen to be mothers. “I get a lot of

help from mothers who provide softer skills with clients. In

most transactions, the lady of the house is highly

instrumental in the decision and they like discussing the

benefits of a villa with another lady,” Tregoning astutely

notes. “This also helps in terms of discussing wider

community concerns such as schools, shopping and the

challenges of living in that certain area.”

Tregoning maintains that although hiring a woman-dominant

team wasn’t a conscious decision, he’s happy with the way

things panned out. “There are many highly capable mothers

who put their careers on hold when they have children. They

then want flexible working hours on their return and this

business can often offer that as they need to get going again

whilst keeping their family running smoothly,” Tregoning said.

Those aren’t empty promises either. “We tend to meet up

mostly during operations. There is no problem with school

runs, doctor visits etc. as you can generally schedule your day

to suit your plans.” It doesn’t stop there. Ever the workaholic,

Tregoning even ensures his employees get all the digital

training they need to stay up to speed and with more and

more business opportunities arising from social media, they’ll

need to be at the top of their game.

“Being able to target an audience so precisely on social

media is fabulous and obviously pays dividends,” he says.

And while his property website isn’t keen on jumping on to

the app bandwagon just yet, he’s shown some astute

business acumen to ensure that his company features on

adverts of the bigger advertising portals that are investing

heavily in creating apps. Like the Dark Knight, he’s always

thinking 10 steps ahead of everyone else.

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IF YOU COULD TRAVEL

FOR A MEAL, WHERE

WOULD YOU GO?

That’s easy, Italy. I love going to

their regular pizzerias (nothing

fancy) and having a porcini

mushroom pizza with chilli oil.

GET TO KNOW…

MUSTAFA

Y. KOITA

CEO of Koita, a premium foods

and distribution company that

specializes in long life (UHT)

organic milk

SHOPPING HOTSPOTS

I’m a big Tom Ford fan. For

everyday clothes I prefer two

American brands called

Bonobos and Banana Republic.

THE PERFECT FRIDAY IS…

when I can sleep in, but that

never happens as I have three

crazy kids.

MOST RECENT

PURCHASE?

Organic almond milk. I haven’t

been spending on myself lately,

but instead expanding our

company’s product range.

MORNING ROUTINE

I’ve turned into an ‘early bird’ as of late. I wake

up at 5.45am, workout at 6am, drop the kids

to school at 7.30am and get to work around

8.30am. Once I get to work, there is no such

thing as a routine as every day is an adventure

when you are a growing SME. If I’m not

traveling, however, I’m in the office listening to

customers, reviewing plans with our

department heads, and developing the new

product road map.

WHAT FIELD WERE YOU IN

BEFORE THIS? I used to work for Boeing

Defense Systems selling National Security

systems to the government. Yes, I know what

you’re thinking! Notably, the food and the

defense business have some commonality.

Business is based on trust, persistence is key

and you certainly need a good sense

of humour.

FAVOURITE READ

Focus by Al Reis. I really liked

the author’s commonsense

approach to business

management; founded on the

premise that long-lasting

success depends on focusing on

core products and eschewing

the temptation to diversify into

unrelated enterprises. The case

studies are a bit old, but quite

fun to read.

DINING HANGOUTS

The typical fine dining places

are Zuma and Le Petite

Maison, however I’m a bit

bored of them now and

appreciate street-style eateries

with a good vibe. Nola’s, Mr.

Miyagi’s, Ramusake, Reform

and the Maine Oyster Bar are

some of my favourites.

WHAT DOES INVESTING

IN YOURSELF MEAN

TO YOU?

Hard cash going into my

company, but also education

for my employees and myself.

There are some great classes/

workshops out there that are

worth their weight in gold.

ONE THING MOST

PEOPLE DON’T KNOW

ABOUT YOU?

I was born in New Jersey,

USA, grew up in Chicago

and New York City, then

moved to London for four

years and have now been

in Dubai for the last 12

years. This is home now.

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