MAGZOID - Luxury Magazine in the Creative Space | March 2023

We are thrilled to invite you to delve into the March 2023 edition of Magzoid Magazine! Our cover features a wonderful artwork by contemporary surrealist artist Daniel Merriam, best known for his dry brush technique and imaginative style. This month, we celebrate Emirati Mother’s Day, International Women’s Day and Earth Hour. Indulge in our curated selection of Magzoid Picks, specially tailored to offer women a world of luxurious experiences, from cozy cafes to exquisite restaurants, tranquil retreats to rejuvenating spas, and exciting activities to engage your senses. Discover the latest picks of makeup and skincare products curated by Magzoid this month.

We are thrilled to invite you to delve into the March 2023 edition of Magzoid Magazine! Our cover features a wonderful artwork by contemporary surrealist artist Daniel Merriam, best known for his dry brush technique and imaginative style. This month, we celebrate Emirati Mother’s Day, International Women’s Day and Earth Hour. Indulge in our curated selection of Magzoid Picks, specially tailored to offer women a world of luxurious experiences, from cozy cafes to exquisite restaurants, tranquil retreats to rejuvenating spas, and exciting activities to engage your senses. Discover the latest picks of makeup and skincare products curated by Magzoid this month.


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"Beauty is beyond what <strong>the</strong> eyes see"<br />

“The aim of art is to represent not <strong>the</strong> outward appearance<br />

of th<strong>in</strong>gs, but <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>ward significance.” — Aristotle<br />

We've all heard <strong>the</strong> expression "beauty is <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> eye of <strong>the</strong> beholder," but<br />

how many of us understand what it actually means? Butterflies cannot<br />

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perceive <strong>the</strong>ir beauty, but everyone around <strong>the</strong>m does; <strong>the</strong> same is<br />

of Magzoid <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>! Our cover features a wonderful artwork<br />

true for humans. There is beauty all around us, but not everyone can perceive it.<br />

by contemporary surrealist artist Daniel Merriam, best known<br />

It is determ<strong>in</strong>ed by your heart and thoughts. Each person def<strong>in</strong>es beauty <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

for his dry brush technique and imag<strong>in</strong>ative style. Our pages<br />

own unique manner.<br />

are brimm<strong>in</strong>g with works from artists such as Luigi Profeta, Gunjan Daga,<br />

We all know that beauty isn't perfect, yet it may sh<strong>in</strong>e through <strong>the</strong> flaws. True<br />

Agnes Rob<strong>in</strong>, Anna Matykiewicz, Daniel Gerhartz, Hopex John, Jorge Pavon,<br />

beauty is about be<strong>in</strong>g comfortable <strong>in</strong> one's own sk<strong>in</strong>; sk<strong>in</strong> tones or wr<strong>in</strong>kles on <strong>the</strong><br />

and Puja Kumar, all showcased <strong>in</strong> sections like “Inspire & Empower,” “Artists<br />

eyes have noth<strong>in</strong>g to do with it. It's all about streng<strong>the</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g what you have so that<br />

<strong>in</strong> Focus,” and “Digital Artist.”<br />

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Emirati<br />

Mo<strong>the</strong>r’s Day<br />

The 21st of <strong>March</strong> is recognized as<br />

Emirati Mo<strong>the</strong>r’s Day <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> United Arab<br />

Emirates. This day is a celebration to<br />

express appreciation and celebrate<br />

mo<strong>the</strong>rs. Mo<strong>the</strong>r’s Day is commemorated <strong>in</strong><br />

several ways, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g with gifts, visits, and<br />

special events. Mo<strong>the</strong>rs are frequently <strong>the</strong><br />

recipients of expressions of adoration from<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir children <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> way of flowers, cards, and<br />

presents. Treat<strong>in</strong>g a mo<strong>the</strong>r to a day at <strong>the</strong><br />

spa or giv<strong>in</strong>g her a massage are also popular<br />

ways to show appreciation on Mo<strong>the</strong>r’s Day.<br />

Local communities and groups also host public<br />

celebrations <strong>in</strong> addition to private ga<strong>the</strong>r<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Concerts, festivals, and parades are just a few<br />

of <strong>the</strong> ways <strong>in</strong> which communities may unite to<br />

celebrate mo<strong>the</strong>rs and appreciate <strong>the</strong> value<br />

<strong>the</strong>y add to our lives.<br />

As a celebration of <strong>the</strong> contributions mo<strong>the</strong>rs<br />

make to society and <strong>the</strong> future of <strong>the</strong> United<br />

Arab Emirates, Mo<strong>the</strong>r’s Day is a particularly<br />

momentous occasion. The government of <strong>the</strong><br />

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made great<br />

strides <strong>in</strong> support<strong>in</strong>g women and families,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g offer<strong>in</strong>g free health care and education<br />

and flexible work arrangements for work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

mo<strong>the</strong>rs. In addition to <strong>the</strong>ir role as mo<strong>the</strong>rs,<br />

many women are also balanc<strong>in</strong>g careers and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r responsibilities, mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir contributions<br />

all <strong>the</strong> more impressive. The UAE government<br />

recognizes this, and its support for work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

mo<strong>the</strong>rs helps to ensure that mo<strong>the</strong>rs are able<br />

to make a positive impact <strong>in</strong> both <strong>the</strong>ir personal<br />

and professional lives. This underscores mo<strong>the</strong>rs’<br />

prom<strong>in</strong>ence <strong>in</strong> society and <strong>the</strong> impact of <strong>the</strong><br />

contributions toward <strong>the</strong> collective future. The<br />

United Arab Emirates (UAE) and <strong>the</strong> world<br />

celebrate Mo<strong>the</strong>r’s Day as a special occasion to<br />

honour and appreciate mo<strong>the</strong>rs. It’s a moment<br />

to celebrate mo<strong>the</strong>rs for everyth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>y do for<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir children and families and to appreciate<br />

<strong>the</strong> positive impact <strong>the</strong>y have on society. There<br />

are many ways to appreciate <strong>the</strong> remarkable<br />

mo<strong>the</strong>rs <strong>in</strong> our lives on Mo<strong>the</strong>r’s Day, from little<br />

gestures of appreciation to vibrant community<br />

celebrations.<br />

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Heart Brush: A celebration<br />

of love and color<br />

On 15th February, a group of local<br />

artists and community members<br />

came toge<strong>the</strong>r at <strong>the</strong> Wild Pa<strong>in</strong>t<br />

House to celebrate love and color<br />

<strong>in</strong> a unique way. The event, called Heart Brush,<br />

was a celebration of pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and love where<br />

blank canvases where turned <strong>in</strong>to beautiful<br />

pieces of art.<br />

The Wild Pa<strong>in</strong>t House was <strong>the</strong> perfect<br />

venue for <strong>the</strong> event, provid<strong>in</strong>g ample space<br />

for participants to express <strong>the</strong>ir creativity. Wild<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>t House is an art studio that offers unique<br />

and excit<strong>in</strong>g activities for people of all ages.<br />

Experience pendulum art, trapezes, acrylic<br />

pour on canvases, Fluid Bears, manual sp<strong>in</strong> art<br />

mach<strong>in</strong>es, and UV light splatt<strong>in</strong>g or sp<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

For <strong>the</strong> adventurous, try legal wall tagg<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

spray<strong>in</strong>g on outdoor walls, available <strong>in</strong> cooler<br />

months. Activities are suitable for adults and<br />

kids over 1m tall, and provide a dynamic and<br />

unconventional way to create art.<br />

Participants were provided with pa<strong>in</strong>t, brushes,<br />

and canvases to express <strong>the</strong>ir love <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> most<br />

colorful way possible as each couple received<br />

two regular canvas and one heart-shaped canvas<br />

to pa<strong>in</strong>t toge<strong>the</strong>r. From simple heart designs to<br />

<strong>in</strong>tricate love letters, <strong>the</strong> walls and canvases<br />

were filled with a burst of vibrant colors that<br />

expressed <strong>the</strong> spirit of <strong>the</strong> season.<br />

Heart Brush was not just a celebration of art,<br />

but a celebration of community. People of all<br />

ages and backgrounds came toge<strong>the</strong>r to create<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g beautiful. Whe<strong>the</strong>r it was couples<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g toge<strong>the</strong>r or strangers collaborat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on a wall, Heart Brush was a rem<strong>in</strong>der of <strong>the</strong><br />

power of love to br<strong>in</strong>g people toge<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

Throughout <strong>the</strong> day, <strong>the</strong>re was music from<br />

a live DJ, add<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> already energetic<br />

atmosphere. Food and dr<strong>in</strong>ks were also available,<br />

as well as artists on hand to provide <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

and guidance. Children were encouraged to<br />

participate, and <strong>the</strong>re was a special section<br />

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of <strong>the</strong> Wild Pa<strong>in</strong>t House reserved just for <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

Parents watched proudly as <strong>the</strong>ir little ones<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ted <strong>the</strong>ir hearts out, creat<strong>in</strong>g memories<br />

that will last a lifetime.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> end of <strong>the</strong> day, <strong>the</strong> walls were filled<br />

with an explosion of color and love. It was a<br />

beautiful sight to see, a true testament to <strong>the</strong><br />

power of art and community. Florescent neon<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ts flashed brightly after <strong>the</strong> lights went off<br />

giv<strong>in</strong>g off an extra bit of punch to <strong>the</strong> entire<br />

experience.<br />

Heart Brush was not just an event, but a<br />

movement that brought people toge<strong>the</strong>r to<br />

celebrate love and creativity.<br />

As one participant put it, “Today was more<br />

than just splash<strong>in</strong>g colors on walls, it was about<br />

spread<strong>in</strong>g love and positivity. Heart Brush was<br />

a celebration of our community and <strong>the</strong> power<br />

of love to br<strong>in</strong>g people toge<strong>the</strong>r.”<br />

Heart Brush was truly a celebration of love<br />

and color, a testament to <strong>the</strong> beauty of art<br />

and community. We can’t wait to see what this<br />

group of passionate artists and community<br />

members will create next.<br />

Scan to experience<br />

<strong>the</strong> event<br />

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Sikka Art and Design Festival<br />

celebrated Dubai’s grow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

creative landscape<br />

The 11th edition of Sikka Art and Design<br />

Festival was held <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> heart<br />

of Old Dubai’s Al Fahidi Historical<br />

Neighbourhood from February 24<br />

to <strong>March</strong> 5. The festival was held under <strong>the</strong><br />

patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa<br />

b<strong>in</strong>t Mohammed b<strong>in</strong> Rashid Al Maktoum,<br />

Chairperson of Dubai Culture and a member<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Dubai Council. The festival celebrated<br />

Dubai’s grow<strong>in</strong>g creative landscape<br />

by showcas<strong>in</strong>g various exhibitions, <strong>in</strong>stallations,<br />

talks, poetry nights, musical performances,<br />

workshops, and thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

films.<br />

Dubai Culture’s flagship <strong>in</strong>itiative, Sikka<br />

Art & Design Festival, aligned with Dubai’s<br />

cultural vision of cement<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> emirate’s<br />

position as a global center for culture, an <strong>in</strong>cubator<br />

for creativity, and a thriv<strong>in</strong>g hub for<br />

talent. This year, Sikka presented a variety of<br />

art projects and performances, which were<br />

displayed across 13 houses, each showcas<strong>in</strong>g<br />

different types of art, <strong>in</strong>stallations,<br />

digital pieces, and various <strong>in</strong>teractive spaces.<br />

These <strong>in</strong>cluded Sikka House, Khaleeji<br />

House, Bait Al Film, Digital Arts House, Photography<br />

House, Bait Al Khazaf, and Talli<br />

House, <strong>the</strong> latest addition to Sikka.<br />

The festival also featured six murals and<br />

n<strong>in</strong>e outdoor <strong>in</strong>stallations, <strong>in</strong> addition to hold<strong>in</strong>g<br />

over 100 panels, talks, and workshops<br />

highlight<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> developments of <strong>the</strong> arts<br />

sector and its global trends, as well as various<br />

c<strong>in</strong>ema, music, and enterta<strong>in</strong>ment activities<br />

and performances. The festival provided<br />

a unique platform for over 188 Emirati<br />

and UAE & GCC-based creatives to showcase<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir creativity and artistic <strong>in</strong>novations.<br />

Sikka Art & Design Festival was a unique<br />

event on <strong>the</strong> regional art map that represented<br />

an opportunity for emerg<strong>in</strong>g artists to<br />

create new success stories <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> framework<br />

of <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>teraction with <strong>the</strong> cultural <strong>in</strong>dustries<br />

as one of <strong>the</strong> ma<strong>in</strong> catalysts for Dubai’s<br />

growth and economic diversification. This<br />

year’s edition highlighted <strong>the</strong> developments<br />

and successes made by Sikka Art and Design<br />

Festival on <strong>the</strong> local and regional scene<br />

over <strong>the</strong> past decade.<br />

Overall, <strong>the</strong> festival was an excit<strong>in</strong>g celebration<br />

of creativity and <strong>in</strong>novation that<br />

showcased <strong>the</strong> grow<strong>in</strong>g artistic talent <strong>in</strong><br />

Dubai and promoted culture and creativity<br />

among children and visitors alike.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

16 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com


Experience <strong>the</strong> beauty and diversity<br />

of art at World Art Dubai <strong>2023</strong><br />

World Art Dubai is an annual <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

art fair that br<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r art collectors, galleries,<br />

and artists from around<br />

<strong>the</strong> world. The 9th edition of <strong>the</strong> event is set<br />

to take place from 9th to 12th <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

at Dubai World Trade Centre, offer<strong>in</strong>g visitors<br />

a chance to explore a diverse range of<br />

artwork. The fair aims to cater to all tastes<br />

and budgets, featur<strong>in</strong>g affordable as well as<br />

more expensive pieces of orig<strong>in</strong>al art.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> most unique features of World<br />

Art Dubai is <strong>the</strong> Urban Art DXB area, which<br />

is dedicated to live street art. This section of<br />

<strong>the</strong> exhibit is particularly popular with younger<br />

visitors who appreciate <strong>the</strong> dynamic and<br />

<strong>in</strong>teractive nature of this art form. The Artwalk<br />

is ano<strong>the</strong>r popular feature of <strong>the</strong> fair,<br />

which showcases a range of artwork along a<br />

designated walkway, allow<strong>in</strong>g visitors to engage<br />

with <strong>the</strong> art <strong>in</strong> an outdoor sett<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Art for Every Wall is ano<strong>the</strong>r highlight of<br />

<strong>the</strong> event, featur<strong>in</strong>g a range of affordable<br />

and unique art pieces that are suitable for<br />

any space. This section of <strong>the</strong> fair is particularly<br />

popular with visitors who are look<strong>in</strong>g for<br />

unique and affordable art to decorate <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

homes.<br />

WAD NEXT is a new feature of World Art<br />

Dubai that showcases NFT art from local and<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational artists and galleries. This section<br />

of <strong>the</strong> fair reflects <strong>the</strong> grow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>terest<br />

<strong>in</strong> digital art and <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>g popularity of<br />

NFTs.<br />

The World Art Dubai Emerg<strong>in</strong>g Visual Artists<br />

Prize is a competition that provides upand-com<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artists with <strong>the</strong> opportunity to<br />

showcase <strong>the</strong>ir artwork <strong>in</strong> a complimentary<br />

space at <strong>the</strong> next edition of <strong>the</strong> exhibit. This<br />

prize is designed to support emerg<strong>in</strong>g talent<br />

and provide a platform for <strong>the</strong>m to showcase<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir work to a wider audience.<br />

Overall, World Art Dubai <strong>2023</strong> is an excit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

event that offers visitors <strong>the</strong> opportunity<br />

to explore a diverse range of artwork, engage<br />

with artists and galleries from around<br />

<strong>the</strong> world, and expand <strong>the</strong>ir creative skills<br />

through workshops, art talks, lectures, and<br />

live art performances. The fair aims to br<strong>in</strong>g<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r Dubai’s <strong>in</strong>ternational community of<br />

passionate art collectors and fans, as well<br />

as regional and global artists and galleries,<br />

to celebrate <strong>the</strong> beauty and diversity of art.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />




18 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com


Earth Hour<br />

On <strong>the</strong> last Saturday <strong>in</strong> <strong>March</strong>, from<br />

8:30 to 9:30 pm, people worldwide<br />

will switch off <strong>the</strong>ir lights <strong>in</strong> honour<br />

of Earth Hour. And it’s always local<br />

time for you. So, <strong>the</strong> planet won’t become<br />

completely dark at once. Instead, <strong>the</strong> time<br />

zones will determ<strong>in</strong>e when it gets dark.<br />

Additionally, noth<strong>in</strong>g will become dark. The<br />

goal is to cut off unnecessary light<strong>in</strong>g. You<br />

won’t have to work by candlelight or sit <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

dark for an hour.<br />

On <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r hand, it might be enjoyable to<br />

spend an hour <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> dark. But <strong>the</strong> decision<br />

is entirely yours.<br />

Earth Hour is an annual event that encourages<br />

people and organizations to turn off <strong>the</strong>ir nonessential<br />

lights for one hour as a symbolic<br />

gesture to raise awareness about <strong>the</strong> importance<br />

of tak<strong>in</strong>g action to combat climate change.<br />

The event has been tak<strong>in</strong>g place s<strong>in</strong>ce 2007<br />

and is organized by <strong>the</strong> World Wide Fund for<br />

Nature (WWF).<br />

The goals and implications of Earth Hour<br />

<strong>2023</strong> <strong>in</strong>clude:<br />

• Rais<strong>in</strong>g awareness: The primary goal of Earth<br />

Hour is to raise awareness about <strong>the</strong> need<br />

to take action to combat climate change.<br />

By participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> event, <strong>in</strong>dividuals<br />

and organizations can show <strong>the</strong>ir support<br />

for this cause and encourage o<strong>the</strong>rs to<br />

do <strong>the</strong> same.<br />

• Encourag<strong>in</strong>g action: In addition to rais<strong>in</strong>g<br />

awareness, Earth Hour also aims to encourage<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals and organizations to take concrete<br />

actions to reduce <strong>the</strong>ir carbon footpr<strong>in</strong>t and<br />

make a positive impact on <strong>the</strong> environment.<br />

• Promot<strong>in</strong>g renewable energy: Earth Hour is an<br />

opportunity to promote <strong>the</strong> use of renewable<br />

energy sources, such as w<strong>in</strong>d and solar<br />

power, as a way to reduce greenhouse gas<br />

emissions and combat climate change.<br />

• Build<strong>in</strong>g a global movement: Earth Hour is<br />

a global event that br<strong>in</strong>gs toge<strong>the</strong>r people<br />

from all over <strong>the</strong> world to demonstrate<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir commitment to <strong>the</strong> environment. By<br />

participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Earth Hour, <strong>in</strong>dividuals and<br />

organizations can become part of a larger<br />

movement to create a more susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

future.<br />

• Advocat<strong>in</strong>g for policy changes: Earth<br />

Hour is an opportunity to advocate for<br />

policy changes at <strong>the</strong> local, national, and<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational levels that support efforts to<br />

combat climate change. This can <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

support<strong>in</strong>g policies that promote renewable<br />

energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions,<br />

and protect natural habitats.<br />

• Generat<strong>in</strong>g media coverage: Earth Hour is a<br />

high-profile event that generates significant<br />

media coverage, w hich can help to amplify<br />

<strong>the</strong> message of <strong>the</strong> importance of tak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

action on climate change and <strong>in</strong>spire more<br />

people to get <strong>in</strong>volved.<br />

• Show<strong>in</strong>g leadership: Participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

Earth Hour is a way for <strong>in</strong>dividuals and<br />

organizations to demonstrate <strong>the</strong>ir leadership<br />

and commitment to susta<strong>in</strong>ability. By tak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

action to reduce <strong>the</strong>ir carbon footpr<strong>in</strong>t and<br />

promote renewable energy, <strong>the</strong>y can <strong>in</strong>spire<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs to do <strong>the</strong> same and create a more<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>able future for all.<br />

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<strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



Public Art <strong>in</strong>stallations and<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir impact on communities<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

Public art <strong>in</strong>stallations have become<br />

a common sight <strong>in</strong> many locations<br />

globally, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> United Arab<br />

Emirates (UAE). In <strong>the</strong> UAE, public<br />

art <strong>in</strong>stallations are considered a means to<br />

appreciate <strong>the</strong> nation’s cultural legacy and<br />

identity, as well as to enrich public places and<br />

foster a feel<strong>in</strong>g of community and belong<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

transcend<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> thread of diversity among<br />

people. Public art projects <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE have<br />

had a profound social and cultural <strong>in</strong>fluence<br />

on communities that have aided <strong>the</strong> public<br />

projects to emerge as key social and cultural<br />

navigators for <strong>the</strong> communities <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

and beyond.<br />

• Appreciat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> rich cultural heritage<br />

Public art <strong>in</strong>stallations <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE are often<br />

<strong>in</strong>spired by traditional Emirati culture and<br />

history, such as calligraphy and geometric<br />

patterns. These works help to preserve and<br />

promote <strong>the</strong> country’s cultural heritage and<br />

serve as a source of pride for its citizens.<br />

• Encourag<strong>in</strong>g a sense of community<br />

Public art <strong>in</strong>stallations can br<strong>in</strong>g people<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r, creat<strong>in</strong>g a sense of community and<br />

promot<strong>in</strong>g social <strong>in</strong>teraction. In <strong>the</strong> UAE,<br />

public art <strong>in</strong>stallations are often located <strong>in</strong><br />

public spaces such as parks, shopp<strong>in</strong>g malls<br />

and public squares, provid<strong>in</strong>g opportunities<br />

for people to come toge<strong>the</strong>r and enjoy art<br />

<strong>in</strong> a shared space.<br />

• Boost<strong>in</strong>g tourism prospects<br />

Public art <strong>in</strong>stallations can also have a positive<br />

impact on local economies, by attract<strong>in</strong>g<br />

tourists and visitors to <strong>the</strong> area and boost<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> local economy. The UAE’s <strong>in</strong>vestment<br />

<strong>in</strong> public art has helped to establish <strong>the</strong><br />

country as a lead<strong>in</strong>g cultural dest<strong>in</strong>ation,<br />

attract<strong>in</strong>g millions of tourists every year.<br />

• Compliment <strong>the</strong> urban renewal efforts<br />

Public art <strong>in</strong>stallations can play a role <strong>in</strong><br />

urban renewal and <strong>the</strong> revitalization of public<br />

spaces. In <strong>the</strong> UAE, public art <strong>in</strong>stallations<br />

are often located <strong>in</strong> areas that were once<br />

neglected or underdeveloped, transform<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>se spaces <strong>in</strong>to vibrant, thriv<strong>in</strong>g areas.<br />

• Deliver<strong>in</strong>g education, creatively<br />

Public art <strong>in</strong>stallations can also be a source<br />

of education, help<strong>in</strong>g to raise awareness<br />

about important issues such as environmental<br />

conservation, social justice, and human<br />

rights. In <strong>the</strong> UAE, public art <strong>in</strong>stallations<br />

often serve as educational tools, teach<strong>in</strong>g<br />

people about <strong>the</strong> country’s rich cultural<br />

heritage and <strong>the</strong> importance of preserv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

it for future generations.<br />

• Encourag<strong>in</strong>g creativity<br />

Public art <strong>in</strong>stallations can <strong>in</strong>spire creativity<br />

and encourage people to th<strong>in</strong>k outside <strong>the</strong><br />

box. In <strong>the</strong> UAE, public art <strong>in</strong>stallations<br />

often showcase <strong>in</strong>novative and cutt<strong>in</strong>gedge<br />

designs and serve as a source of<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration for artists, designers, and <strong>the</strong><br />

general public.<br />

Public art projects <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE have had a<br />

great <strong>in</strong>fluence on communities, promot<strong>in</strong>g<br />

cultural heritage, encourag<strong>in</strong>g a sense of<br />

connectedness, and <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g creativity.<br />

Despite <strong>the</strong> challenges of creat<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g public art <strong>in</strong>stallations, <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE’s <strong>in</strong>vestment <strong>in</strong> public art has helped to<br />

promote <strong>the</strong> country as a prom<strong>in</strong>ent cultural<br />

dest<strong>in</strong>ation, with a beneficial <strong>in</strong>fluence on<br />

<strong>the</strong> local economy, public spaces, and<br />

education. As public art evolves and<br />

becomes a more essential element of<br />

urban life, it will be <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g to witness<br />

how it shapes and impacts communities<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE and beyond.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

20 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com


www.magzoid.com<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



North Shore<br />

By Daniel Merriam<br />

22 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Unique visions layered with colourful<br />

imagery<br />

“I’m constantly approach<strong>in</strong>g a subject with a<br />

different method. I have my repertoire of build<strong>in</strong>g<br />

blocks for composition or icons I use as familiar<br />

touchstones,” says Daniel.<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

Daniel Merriam is a contemporary<br />

surrealist best known for his dry<br />

brush technique and imag<strong>in</strong>ative<br />

style. Merriam’s unique visions<br />

are layered with colourful imagery <strong>in</strong> a style<br />

that reclaims <strong>the</strong> territory of dreams and romance<br />

for both classical and contemporary<br />

art lovers alike.<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> 1963 <strong>in</strong> York, Ma<strong>in</strong>e and one of<br />

seven children, he taught himself to pa<strong>in</strong>t<br />

at a very young age and used his art as a<br />

method of reflective play throughout his<br />

childhood. He studied mechanical and architectural<br />

design and applied his dimensional<br />

skills and passion for architecture to<br />

<strong>the</strong> family’s design and construction bus<strong>in</strong>ess.<br />

He <strong>the</strong>n turned his talents to <strong>the</strong> commercial<br />

art field, work<strong>in</strong>g as an architectural<br />

and commercial illustrator for a number of<br />

mult<strong>in</strong>ational corporations.<br />

By <strong>the</strong> age of 16 he had already garnered<br />

national media attention for his political cartoon<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

He studied architecture and journalism<br />

and applied his discipl<strong>in</strong>es to illustration<br />

and design. At age 23 he turned his focus<br />

away from political and commercial applications<br />

of his work and began build<strong>in</strong>g a body<br />

of work <strong>in</strong>tended solely for a f<strong>in</strong>e art exhibition.<br />

Well know<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> power of <strong>the</strong> pen, Merriam<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporated his <strong>in</strong>tuitive sense of design<br />

and human behaviour <strong>in</strong>to an immersion of<br />

surrealism that borrowed from Dadaism but<br />

diverted to ideals of <strong>the</strong> romantic and aes<strong>the</strong>tic<br />

movements. In his early career, he<br />

worked primarily <strong>in</strong> watercolour.<br />

Now Merriam works with various pa<strong>in</strong>ts<br />

and substrates, f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g excitement <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> exploration<br />

of how each material handles. The<br />

range of viscosities with<strong>in</strong> mediums, paired<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>st <strong>the</strong> tooth of any given canvas or<br />

board, leaves ample space for <strong>the</strong> exploration<br />

of possibilities.<br />

Daniel Merriam has been shown throughout<br />

<strong>the</strong> world and has been <strong>the</strong> subject of<br />

over 100 solo exhibitions.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

“This was a generation of<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ely cast hot press papers<br />

that handled very well with<br />

my technique. When those<br />

mills stopped produc<strong>in</strong>g this<br />

substrate, it was a signal<br />

to me to explore o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

mediums.” – says Daniel.<br />

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private lounges that can seat up to 30 people. Come and enjoy a fun-filled even<strong>in</strong>g of dr<strong>in</strong>ks, s<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g and good times at Mirage, every<br />

Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 pm to 2 am.<br />

Offer Days: Tuesday & Wednesday<br />

Location: Palm Jumeirah, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah Hotel, Dubai - UAE<br />

Website: www.miragedxb.com<br />


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your besties and make unforgettable memories at Soul Street. Don’t miss out on this mid-week treat, book your spot for CHICA CHICA Ladies’<br />

Night every Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm. Get ready for a night to remember!<br />

Offer Days: Wednesday<br />

Location: FIVE Jumeirah Village, Lazuward S W, Jumeirah Village, Dubai - UAE<br />

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Top 10 tips and tricks to get your<br />

artwork sold<br />


Understand<strong>in</strong>g your target audience is a<br />

crucial aspect of creat<strong>in</strong>g artwork that resonates<br />

with people and appeals to <strong>the</strong>m. By identify<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>terests, preferences, and needs, you<br />

can tailor your artwork to meet <strong>the</strong>ir specific<br />

tastes and demands. Understand<strong>in</strong>g your target<br />

audience can also help you decide where to<br />

display your artwork. If you know that your<br />

target audience frequents art galleries, you may<br />

want to display your artwork <strong>in</strong> those spaces.<br />

On <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r hand, if you know that your target<br />

audience is more likely to attend street festivals<br />

or public events, you may want to showcase<br />

your work at those types of events.<br />



Build<strong>in</strong>g an onl<strong>in</strong>e presence is crucial for<br />

artists look<strong>in</strong>g to reach a wider audience and<br />

attract potential buyers. A professional website,<br />

active social media presence, and onl<strong>in</strong>e portfolio<br />

can help you showcase your work, connect<br />

with potential customers, and <strong>in</strong>crease your<br />

exposure <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world. By <strong>in</strong>vest<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> your<br />

onl<strong>in</strong>e presence, you can ensure that your<br />

artwork reaches <strong>the</strong> right people and makes<br />

<strong>the</strong> impact that you want it to make.<br />


Personal brand<strong>in</strong>g is an important aspect<br />

of creat<strong>in</strong>g a successful art career. It <strong>in</strong>volves<br />

establish<strong>in</strong>g a strong and dist<strong>in</strong>ct identity for<br />

yourself as an artist, which can help you stand out<br />

<strong>in</strong> a crowded marketplace and attract potential<br />

buyers. It’s important to remember that personal<br />

brand<strong>in</strong>g is not just about market<strong>in</strong>g yourself,<br />

it’s about creat<strong>in</strong>g a mean<strong>in</strong>gful connection<br />

with your audience and communicat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

value and significance of your work.<br />


Network<strong>in</strong>g is a critical component of success<br />

for artists. Attend art events, jo<strong>in</strong> artist communities,<br />

and collaborate with o<strong>the</strong>r artists to expand<br />

your network and connect with potential buyers.<br />

These opportunities allow you to showcase<br />

your work, learn from o<strong>the</strong>rs, and make new<br />

connections that can lead to new sales and<br />

opportunities.<br />


Pric<strong>in</strong>g your artwork wisely is an important<br />

aspect of sell<strong>in</strong>g your work and establish<strong>in</strong>g<br />

your professional stand<strong>in</strong>g. Research <strong>the</strong><br />

market, consider <strong>the</strong> cost of materials and time<br />

<strong>in</strong>vested and take your professional stand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>to account when determ<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g a fair price for<br />

your work. By pric<strong>in</strong>g your artwork wisely, you<br />

can ensure that you are fairly compensated<br />

for your efforts and attract potential buyers<br />

who value your work.<br />


Offer<strong>in</strong>g limited edition works can add value<br />

and exclusivity to your artwork, mak<strong>in</strong>g it more<br />

attractive to buyers. By communicat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

number of pieces available and keep<strong>in</strong>g<br />

accurate records, artists can build trust and<br />

credibility with <strong>the</strong>ir buyers and use limitededition<br />

works to test <strong>the</strong> market and gauge<br />

demand for <strong>the</strong>ir work.<br />


Participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> exhibitions and competitions<br />

can <strong>in</strong>crease your exposure, build your portfolio,<br />

and help you connect with potential buyers.<br />

These opportunities allow artists to showcase<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir work, ga<strong>in</strong> recognition, and make valuable<br />

connections that can lead to new sales and<br />

opportunities.<br />


Seek<strong>in</strong>g feedback from o<strong>the</strong>r artists and<br />

art professionals can help you improve your<br />

work and reach new audiences. Embrac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

constructive criticism and collaborat<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r artists can help you ga<strong>in</strong> new <strong>in</strong>sights,<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration, and growth opportunities.<br />



Art galleries can be an effective way for<br />

artists to get exposure and sell <strong>the</strong>ir artwork.<br />

By partner<strong>in</strong>g with a gallery that aligns with<br />

your brand and audience, you can ensure<br />

that your work is seen by <strong>the</strong> right people and<br />

has <strong>the</strong> best chance of sell<strong>in</strong>g. Galleries can<br />

also provide artists with valuable support and<br />

resources, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g market<strong>in</strong>g and promotion,<br />

access to exhibitions and events, and assistance<br />

with sales and distribution.<br />


FOLLOW<br />

Focus<strong>in</strong>g on produc<strong>in</strong>g high-quality, wellcrafted<br />

artwork is crucial for success as an<br />

artist. By creat<strong>in</strong>g pieces that truly resonate<br />

with your audience and reflect your unique<br />

brand and style, you can establish a strong<br />

reputation, differentiate yourself from o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

artists, and <strong>in</strong>crease your chances of mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a sale.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


Indian Artist<br />

Artwork By<br />


30 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Undy<strong>in</strong>g passion for<br />

captur<strong>in</strong>g life’s simple<br />

beauty<br />

“Be somebody nobody thought you could be,” says Gunjan<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

The quote that has stuck <strong>in</strong> Gunjan’s<br />

m<strong>in</strong>d and pushed her to pursue <strong>the</strong><br />

field of art despite be<strong>in</strong>g a commerce<br />

graduate. One might consider her lack<br />

of attend<strong>in</strong>g any formal art school as her deficiency;<br />

however, she feels that this is what has<br />

helped her to grow <strong>in</strong> an unconditional manner.<br />

“I am drawn to <strong>the</strong> beauty <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> little th<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

around me. They are <strong>the</strong> th<strong>in</strong>gs that <strong>in</strong>spire<br />

me every day to portray <strong>the</strong>ir simple beauty<br />

<strong>in</strong> my art. I have always had an artistic flair<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce I was a child,” says Gunjan.<br />

Art was someth<strong>in</strong>g that came naturally to her<br />

and it was an outlet that gave her <strong>the</strong> space to<br />

express herself. No matter what she has been<br />

do<strong>in</strong>g, somehow, she always found time to draw.<br />

Her <strong>in</strong>terest and dedication have pushed<br />

her to work towards specializ<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> portraits<br />

and realistic sketches us<strong>in</strong>g charcoal as a<br />

medium. She has honed her skills by sketch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her friends and family (<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g her dog!) She<br />

has a keen <strong>in</strong>terest towards detail<strong>in</strong>g and she<br />

makes sure that this is what catches <strong>the</strong> eyes<br />

of her onlooker.<br />

My mantra is<br />

simple: “Only an<br />

undy<strong>in</strong>g passion and<br />

dedication can take<br />

you places!” says<br />

Gunjan<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



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Luigi<br />

Profeta<br />

A Perfect union between <strong>the</strong> arts of<br />

sculptur<strong>in</strong>g and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

“You become an artist because you are, not because you want to be,” says Luigi<br />

Lights, geometries and colours; Luigi<br />

Profeta’s canvases are prism whose<br />

faces correspond to beams of light,<br />

which lead to <strong>the</strong> dreamlike world he<br />

created. A world where bright colours cross<br />

and collide with ordered geometric shapes, a<br />

perfect union between metaphysics and dada,<br />

where <strong>the</strong> return to order and <strong>the</strong> poetics of<br />

<strong>the</strong> useless object is s<strong>in</strong>cere.<br />

Luigi Profeta was born <strong>in</strong> Milan on 13 July<br />

1969.<br />

From an early age, he developed a natural<br />

propensity towards art, which, already at an<br />

early age, led him to try his hand at small<br />

wooden constructions. A reference more<br />

towards sculpture than towards pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

not surpris<strong>in</strong>gly, his works are a perfect union<br />

between <strong>the</strong> two arts.<br />

Driven towards o<strong>the</strong>r studies, Luigi graduated<br />

as an electrical eng<strong>in</strong>eer and <strong>in</strong>herited his fa<strong>the</strong>r’s<br />

passion for cycl<strong>in</strong>g. His nature, that of an artist,<br />

is <strong>the</strong>refore obscured <strong>in</strong> favour of sport, which<br />

led him to compete <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> amateur category.<br />

After he stopped runn<strong>in</strong>g around <strong>the</strong> age of<br />

eighteen, his passion, which <strong>the</strong>n, accord<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

<strong>the</strong> artist, is “more than passion is a mission”,<br />

comes out “strong and ferocious, like a scream<br />

of love.”<br />

He, <strong>the</strong>refore, opens a knitwear workshop<br />

with his wife, where he beg<strong>in</strong>s to create his<br />

first draw<strong>in</strong>gs and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. After all, Luigi<br />

claims, “you become an artist because you<br />

are, not because you want to be.” There is no<br />

escap<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> call of art and so, encouraged by<br />

<strong>the</strong> master Alfonso Madaluni, who encouraged<br />

him to cont<strong>in</strong>ue, he decided to close <strong>the</strong> knitwear<br />

workshop and devote himself exclusively to art.<br />

Influenced by artists such as Kand<strong>in</strong>sky, by<br />

his geometric and compositional rigour, his<br />

works are pictosculptures, carefully studied<br />

and meditated, which conceal <strong>the</strong> artist’s soul<br />

between shapes and colours. A cathartic soul<br />

seeks to externalize his emotions through<br />

collective psychology, that is, to speak not<br />

“Art is <strong>the</strong> fruit<br />

of <strong>the</strong> thought<br />

of whoever<br />

makes it,” says<br />

Luigi<br />

only of himself but of each of us. In fact, Luigi<br />

claims art “is <strong>the</strong> fruit of <strong>the</strong> thought of whoever<br />

makes it” and <strong>the</strong>refore, like someone who eats<br />

a fruit picked from a tree, so art must be able<br />

to create or feed a collective consciousness.<br />

Currently, Luigi Profeta lives and works <strong>in</strong><br />

Cormano, where toge<strong>the</strong>r with <strong>the</strong> lov<strong>in</strong>g help<br />

of his wife, he pa<strong>in</strong>ts and manages <strong>the</strong> Click<br />

Art cultural centre.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />




34 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

ART NEWS<br />

Foodverse OneRare officially launches <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE<br />

OneRare, <strong>the</strong> world’s first food<br />

metaverse and known as Foodverse,<br />

announced its official launch <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE market. Developed by real-life<br />

husband and wife team, Gaurav Gupta and<br />

Supreet Raju, <strong>the</strong> duo is creat<strong>in</strong>g a metaverse<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Global F&B Industry to Web3 for<br />

<strong>the</strong> first time ever – allow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m to create<br />

virtual experiences, food NFTs and games, &<br />

<strong>in</strong>teract with foodies from across <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

Created while <strong>in</strong> lockdown, Supreet Raju,<br />

co-founder and CEO of OneRare states, “I<br />

have long said that food has a language of its<br />

own and makes <strong>the</strong> world a happier place. It<br />

is what connects us and <strong>the</strong> metaverse only<br />

br<strong>in</strong>gs us closer toge<strong>the</strong>r <strong>in</strong> a unique way <strong>in</strong><br />

which we can share our culture and our food.<br />

Now with <strong>the</strong> launch of <strong>the</strong> foodverse, <strong>the</strong>re is<br />

no reason why brands and consumers can’t<br />

come toge<strong>the</strong>r <strong>in</strong> this safe, virtual sett<strong>in</strong>g.”<br />

The Foodverse developed by OneRare will<br />

feature various zones where users can discover<br />

Celebrity Chefs, Food Brands and Virtual<br />

Restaurants. Designed like <strong>the</strong> real world, <strong>the</strong><br />

foodverse features various geographical areas<br />

like <strong>the</strong> beach, forest and lakeside, and you<br />

can explore <strong>the</strong> open world at your will. There<br />

is also an exclusive Gam<strong>in</strong>g zone, with activity<br />

areas for players to explore, earn, collect and<br />

battle. “The platform is <strong>in</strong>credibly unique and<br />

offers <strong>the</strong> end-user with so many opportunities to<br />

explore food,” adds Gaurav Gupta, co-founder<br />

of OneRare.<br />

OneRare will also allow users to claim Dish<br />

NFTs from across <strong>the</strong> world, by collect<strong>in</strong>g Ingredients<br />

and follow<strong>in</strong>g Recipes to m<strong>in</strong>t exclusive<br />

NFT artworks. Dishes <strong>in</strong>clude global cuis<strong>in</strong>es,<br />

festive specials, keto and vegan-friendly reci-<br />

pes, as well as signature recipes from celebrity<br />

chefs and restaurants. Raju expla<strong>in</strong>ed, “As we<br />

grow, users will also be able to swap <strong>the</strong>se<br />

NFTs for real meals & deals – amalgamat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

our real & virtual lives.”<br />

With <strong>the</strong> first-ever foodie platform on <strong>the</strong><br />

blockcha<strong>in</strong>, OneRare is creat<strong>in</strong>g a unique<br />

opportunity for food bus<strong>in</strong>esses <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

to explore new technology and leverage it for<br />

market<strong>in</strong>g, growth and social impact. Raju<br />

concludes, “S<strong>in</strong>ce OneRare is a celebration<br />

of food, we would be remiss to not address<br />

world hunger. Work<strong>in</strong>g with our F&B partners,<br />

we aim to raise funds with special NFT sales<br />

and foodverse events.”<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



The 16th edition of Art Dubai concludes with<br />

resound<strong>in</strong>g success for global art and<br />

culture<br />

Art Dubai, <strong>the</strong> foremost <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

art fair <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Middle East, held its<br />

16th edition from 1-5 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

at Mad<strong>in</strong>at Jumeirah <strong>in</strong> Dubai. The<br />

event showcased over 100 galleries from<br />

43 countries across four gallery sections:<br />

Contemporary, Modern, Bawwaba, and Art<br />

Dubai Digital. The fair featured both affordable<br />

and more expensive artwork, with over 60% of<br />

<strong>the</strong> gallery programme drawn from <strong>the</strong> Global<br />

South, reaffirm<strong>in</strong>g Art Dubai’s position as a<br />

lead<strong>in</strong>g marketplace for art from this region.<br />

Art Dubai Contemporary exhibited works<br />

from 72 galleries from 33 countries, with a<br />

particular emphasis on art and artists from <strong>the</strong><br />

Global South. The <strong>2023</strong> edition showcased 21<br />

Dubai-based galleries, a record number that<br />

reflected <strong>the</strong> cont<strong>in</strong>ued growth of Dubai’s artistic<br />

ecosystem and its <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>g importance as<br />

a global creative and cultural hub.<br />

The <strong>2023</strong> edition of Art Dubai Digital, which<br />

featured galleries with <strong>in</strong>novative new media<br />

programmes and digital platforms build<strong>in</strong>g virtual<br />

art spaces, was curated by S<strong>in</strong>gapore-based<br />

educator and arts writer Clara Che Wei Peh.<br />

The Bawwaba section, which means ‘gateway’<br />

<strong>in</strong> Arabic, featured solo presentations by 11<br />

artists hail<strong>in</strong>g from across <strong>the</strong> Global South<br />

and explored contemporary artists’ concerns<br />

with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir worlds.<br />

The <strong>2023</strong> edition of Art Dubai Modern,<br />

which was curated by Paris-based critic and<br />

curator Mouna Mekouar and Italian art historian<br />

Lorenzo Giusti, focused on <strong>the</strong> pioneers of<br />

contemporary art <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> MENASA area. This<br />

section featured solo presentations by <strong>the</strong><br />

region’s Modern masters, reflect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> cultural<br />

richness and diversity of <strong>the</strong> region. Art Dubai<br />

Modern was also accompanied by a special<br />

talks programme.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> heart of <strong>the</strong> fair’s not-for-profit programme<br />

was Art Dubai Commissions, which <strong>in</strong>vited<br />

artists to produce site-specific works at <strong>the</strong><br />

fair, support<strong>in</strong>g artistic production by local and<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational artists. The <strong>2023</strong> Commissions<br />

programme featured daily performances and<br />

food-based experiences explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>mes of<br />

community, celebration, hope, and connection.<br />

421, Abu Dhabi’s <strong>in</strong>dependent platform<br />

support<strong>in</strong>g emerg<strong>in</strong>g artists, presented a group<br />

exhibition curated by UAE-based artist and<br />

researcher Dania Al Tamimi, explor<strong>in</strong>g time<br />

as <strong>the</strong> b<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g element of <strong>the</strong> biography of<br />

objects, <strong>the</strong> active archive of lives, and <strong>the</strong><br />

solidify<strong>in</strong>g catalyst of experiences.<br />

Art Dubai was held under <strong>the</strong> patronage of<br />

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed b<strong>in</strong> Rashid<br />

Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime M<strong>in</strong>ister<br />

of <strong>the</strong> UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and was held<br />

<strong>in</strong> partnership with A.R.M. Hold<strong>in</strong>g. The fair<br />

was sponsored by Swiss Wealth Management<br />

Group Julius Baer, and <strong>the</strong> Dubai Culture &<br />

Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was <strong>the</strong> fair’s<br />

strategic partner.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

36 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com



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<strong>MAGZOID</strong> PICKS<br />

Your ultimate guide to girls<br />

night out this month<br />

SoBo DXB<br />

Step <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> vibrant world of <strong>the</strong> SoBo DXB Desi Brunch. Located at Nonya Restaurant <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> luxurious Taj Hotel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, this<br />

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The London Project<br />

The London Project is a cul<strong>in</strong>ary and cultural wonderland that embodies <strong>the</strong> essence of London by celebrat<strong>in</strong>g diversity <strong>in</strong> art, music, fashion,<br />

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tapas and cosmopolitan dishes crafted by talented world-class chefs. The carefully curated artworks and playlists add depth to <strong>the</strong> soul<br />

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followed by <strong>the</strong> electric Carnival After Party with beats from DJ Marcella.<br />

Location: Bluewaters Island, DubaiI<br />

Website: https://<strong>the</strong>londonproject.com/<br />

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LE PATIO<br />

<strong>MAGZOID</strong> PICKS<br />

Le Patio Restaurant and Lounge is offer<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

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Harvest Time<br />

By Anna Matykiewicz<br />

40 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Unveil<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> sacred: The emotional<br />

portraits of an artist<br />

“To me, life is a series of strides towards greater self-awareness and growth, but I can’t help<br />

but be <strong>in</strong>trigued by <strong>the</strong> shadowy aspects of <strong>the</strong> human condition. My artwork blends <strong>the</strong>se<br />

factors,” says Anna Matykiewicz<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

Nestled <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> wild and mystical forests<br />

of Co. Wicklow, Ireland, artist Anna<br />

Matykiewicz creates expressive<br />

and thought-provok<strong>in</strong>g portraits that<br />

probe <strong>the</strong> complexity of <strong>the</strong> human soul and<br />

chime with <strong>the</strong> Irish landscape. The artist’s<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs are a reflection of her wide-rang<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>terests and experiences, which <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

spiritual development, psychology, and true<br />

crime podcasts. Draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from her<br />

surround<strong>in</strong>gs, Anna’s portraits embody <strong>the</strong> dark<br />

and eerie ambience of <strong>the</strong> Irish wilderness,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g an eerie and captivat<strong>in</strong>g energy <strong>in</strong><br />

her works.<br />

Driven by a desire to explore <strong>the</strong> depths of<br />

human emotion, Anna delves <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>nermost<br />

aspects of <strong>the</strong> human psyche, focus<strong>in</strong>g on<br />

female faces and <strong>the</strong> range of emotions that<br />

<strong>the</strong>y convey. The artist’s approach to express<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her artistic works is quite <strong>in</strong>tuitive, lead<strong>in</strong>g her<br />

over <strong>the</strong> veil of reality and <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> magical<br />

world as she beg<strong>in</strong>s with seem<strong>in</strong>gly unrelated<br />

pictures as a reference. Every creation is a<br />

one-of-a-k<strong>in</strong>d reflection of <strong>the</strong> artist’s deepest<br />

feel<strong>in</strong>gs and ideas, summ<strong>in</strong>g up <strong>the</strong> transient<br />

nature of <strong>the</strong> human soul. In some works, Anna’s<br />

self-portraits take centre stage, showcas<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her personal journey of growth and change,<br />

both <strong>in</strong>ternal and external.<br />

Through her portraits, Anna <strong>in</strong>vites <strong>the</strong><br />

viewer to contemplate <strong>the</strong> darker aspects<br />

of human nature, explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

depths of <strong>the</strong> human psyche<br />

<strong>in</strong> a haunt<strong>in</strong>gly beautiful<br />

and mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g way.<br />

Connect<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong><br />

artist’s work lets you<br />

be transported to a<br />

mystical realm where<br />

<strong>the</strong> boundaries<br />

between reality and<br />

<strong>the</strong> unknown blur and<br />

emotions take centre<br />

stage. Buckle up to be<br />

moved and mesmerized<br />

by this talented artist’s<br />

emotional portraits.<br />

Anna likes to focus on<br />

emotions and create new<br />

faces, although some images<br />

show more directly as self-portraits.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


ART NEWS<br />

A piece of art by Jafri to rema<strong>in</strong> on <strong>the</strong> moon<br />

“For Eternity”<br />

The Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft<br />

were launched from Cape Canaveral,<br />

Florida, <strong>in</strong> 1977. They were sent<br />

on a mission to <strong>in</strong>vestigate <strong>the</strong> solar<br />

system and beyond. Each had a “golden<br />

record,” a copper phonograph disc that<br />

had pictures, sounds from <strong>the</strong> natural world,<br />

and music to give any <strong>in</strong>telligent species<br />

<strong>the</strong> craft might come <strong>in</strong>to contact with a<br />

glimpse of life on Earth. These were <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>itial pictures that were sent <strong>in</strong>to space.<br />

Artists are start<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>in</strong>vestigate what<br />

<strong>the</strong>y can do outside of Earth as <strong>the</strong> Voyagers<br />

move <strong>in</strong>to <strong>in</strong>terstellar space right now.<br />

A work by philanthropist and artist Sacha<br />

Jafri, who is based <strong>in</strong> Dubai, is scheduled<br />

to touch down on <strong>the</strong> moon <strong>in</strong> <strong>March</strong>. We<br />

Rise Toge<strong>the</strong>r — By <strong>the</strong> Light of <strong>the</strong> Moon,<br />

a piece of art by Jafri, is slated to launch<br />

<strong>in</strong>to space aboard a United Launch Alliance<br />

rocket us<strong>in</strong>g eng<strong>in</strong>es made by Jeff Bezos’<br />

Blue Orig<strong>in</strong>.<br />

The Kennedy <strong>Space</strong> Center near Cape<br />

Canaveral, Florida, will host <strong>the</strong> launch<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> first week of <strong>March</strong>. A guy and a<br />

female figure are shown <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> engrav<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

which is surrounded by 88 hearts. “This<br />

lovely heart motif was used <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> orig<strong>in</strong>al<br />

artwork. Two <strong>in</strong>dividuals are <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>ed and<br />

reunit<strong>in</strong>g, while <strong>the</strong> environment around<br />

<strong>the</strong>m is <strong>in</strong> blossom,” said Jafri. In his design,<br />

he claims he aimed to express “<strong>the</strong><br />

union of humanity through love and empathy.”<br />

For his canvas, a gold alloy was developed<br />

over two years to withstand <strong>the</strong><br />

extreme environment on <strong>the</strong> lunar surface<br />

whilst keep<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> artwork <strong>in</strong>tact. But <strong>the</strong><br />

piece isn’t <strong>in</strong>tended only for extraterrestrial<br />

art lovers. “When we land <strong>the</strong> physical work<br />

of art on <strong>the</strong> moon, a little beep sounds <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> control room,” said Jafri. On that signal,<br />

88 NFTs will be released for sale back on<br />

Earth.<br />

Jafri plans to donate all proceeds to<br />

humanitarian charities. “I’m hop<strong>in</strong>g to raise<br />

a huge amount of money for <strong>the</strong> four ma<strong>in</strong><br />

charitable concerns of our world — health,<br />

education, susta<strong>in</strong>ability, and equality,” he<br />

said. The project will be launched to <strong>the</strong><br />

moon by <strong>Space</strong>bit and NASA Commercial<br />

Payload Services. <strong>Space</strong>bit is a UK-based<br />

company that creates tools for data analytics<br />

and space robotics (CLPS). The<br />

<strong>in</strong>troduction of <strong>the</strong> NFTs will be facilitated by<br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE-based company Selenian Network,<br />

which specializes <strong>in</strong> blockcha<strong>in</strong> technologies.<br />

A lunar lander will place <strong>the</strong> work <strong>in</strong> a<br />

crater known as Lacus Mortis (<strong>the</strong> Lake of<br />

Death) where it will rema<strong>in</strong> “for eternity.”<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to Jafri, <strong>the</strong> mission will take<br />

between five days and two weeks to reach<br />

<strong>the</strong> moon, depend<strong>in</strong>g on conditions.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

42 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com


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Reflection<br />

By Daniel Gerhartz<br />

46 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Masterful portrayals of <strong>the</strong> human<br />

spirit: An artist’s journey<br />

“I always try to pa<strong>in</strong>t from <strong>the</strong> heart. Every day I thank God for <strong>the</strong> opportunity to do this,” says<br />

Dan Gerhartz<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> 1965, Gerhartz grew up <strong>in</strong><br />

rural Wiscons<strong>in</strong>, an area he cont<strong>in</strong>ues<br />

to call home. The unspoiled<br />

beauty of <strong>the</strong> nearby Kettle Mora<strong>in</strong>e<br />

State Forest was his playground as a<br />

child and provides <strong>in</strong>spiration for many of<br />

his pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs today.<br />

“I’ve been really lucky. I can pa<strong>in</strong>t what I<br />

want to pa<strong>in</strong>t. The area around here is so<br />

beautiful, with its roll<strong>in</strong>g hills, deciduous<br />

forests, and prairies. I love to place a figure<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>st that landscape.”<br />

Gerhartz credits an <strong>in</strong>spirational high school<br />

art <strong>in</strong>structor, John Bait<strong>in</strong>ger, for help<strong>in</strong>g<br />

shape his artistic direction. “He guided me<br />

through my formative years when I didn’t<br />

know where I wanted to go with my art. But<br />

I already knew it was go<strong>in</strong>g to be a very<br />

important part of my life.” He cont<strong>in</strong>ued<br />

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<strong>the</strong> Faculty Recommendation Scholarship<br />

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artist Richard Schmidt was important <strong>in</strong><br />

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Despite his remarkable early success, Dan<br />

Gerhartz is determ<strong>in</strong>ed to keep grow<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

“This is just <strong>the</strong> beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g,” he says. “All I<br />

have to do is open a book with <strong>the</strong> work of<br />

<strong>the</strong> masters. Their technical ability is just so<br />

humbl<strong>in</strong>g. Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is a never-end<strong>in</strong>g learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

process. I look forward to learn<strong>in</strong>g my<br />

entire life.” To this end, he spends a great<br />

deal of time study<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> work of artists who<br />

<strong>in</strong>spire him, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g John S<strong>in</strong>ger Sargent,<br />

Alphonse Mucha, and <strong>the</strong> French and<br />

American Impressionists. Particularly important<br />

have been Russian artists, especially<br />

Nicolai Fech<strong>in</strong>. “The Russians are so loose<br />

but so honest,” he expla<strong>in</strong>s.<br />

Dan is quick to credit his wife Jennifer,<br />

whom he married <strong>in</strong> 1988, for her emotional<br />

support and objective critique. “She was a<br />

physical <strong>the</strong>rapist and knew anatomy and<br />

muscle structure better than I did. She can<br />

catch flaws I would never see.” Their son<br />

Nicolai was born <strong>in</strong> 1992.<br />

Dan Gerhartz’s brilliant use of light and colour<br />

has earned him numerous awards <strong>in</strong> his<br />

young career. His work has been featured <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>vitational exhibitions, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Prix de<br />

West and <strong>the</strong> Artists of America exhibitions,<br />

as well as <strong>in</strong> public and private collections<br />

nationwide. He has taught workshops at <strong>the</strong><br />

Scottsdale Artists’ School and <strong>the</strong> Fech<strong>in</strong><br />

Institute <strong>in</strong> Taos.<br />

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International<br />

Women’s Day<br />

International Women’s Day is a global celebration<br />

of women’s social, economic, cultural, and<br />

political achievements. Observed annually<br />

on <strong>March</strong> 8th, <strong>the</strong> day is an opportunity to<br />

acknowledge <strong>the</strong> contributions and struggles<br />

of women throughout history, and to promote<br />

gender equality and women’s empowerment.<br />

The <strong>the</strong>me for International Women’s Day<br />

<strong>2023</strong> is DigitALL: Innovation and technology for<br />

gender equality. The day provides an opportunity<br />

for people to come toge<strong>the</strong>r and celebrate <strong>the</strong><br />

progress that has been made towards gender<br />

equality, while also recogniz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> work that<br />

still needs to be done.<br />

International Women’s Day has been celebrated<br />

for over a century, with <strong>the</strong> first observance<br />

tak<strong>in</strong>g place <strong>in</strong> 1911. S<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>n, <strong>the</strong> day has<br />

grown <strong>in</strong> significance and is now observed <strong>in</strong><br />

many countries around <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

International Women’s Day is marked by<br />

various events and activities, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g rallies,<br />

marches, conferences, and cultural programs.<br />

The day is also an opportunity to raise awareness<br />

about issues affect<strong>in</strong>g women, such as genderbased<br />

violence, <strong>the</strong> gender pay gap, and <strong>the</strong><br />

under-representation of women <strong>in</strong> politics and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r decision-mak<strong>in</strong>g roles.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

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<strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


<strong>MAGZOID</strong> PICKS<br />

Relax and unw<strong>in</strong>d: A guide to <strong>the</strong><br />

best spas near you<br />

Anantara Spa<br />

Relax and rejuvenate <strong>in</strong> luxury Hammam, with elegant furniture and<br />

antiques that create a royal spa ambiance, at this Palm Jumeirahbased<br />

spa. Anantara is known for <strong>the</strong> mixed comb<strong>in</strong>ations of<br />

treatments <strong>the</strong>y offer- from a traditional Turkish bath or an Ayurvedic<br />

massage to <strong>the</strong> latest technology-based sk<strong>in</strong> treatments like<br />

Microsilk technology whirlpool and Diamond Microdermabrasion.<br />

Apart from <strong>the</strong> extensive range of treatments, <strong>the</strong>y also have exotic<br />

steam rooms like aroma steam rooms, crystal or gemstone steam<br />

rooms, bamboo saunas, herbal baths, a liquid sound pool, an ice<br />

cave, and a salt <strong>in</strong>halation room. The spa guests can take a stroll<br />

along with <strong>the</strong>se spots, visit <strong>the</strong> Zaki salon, and leave <strong>the</strong>ir kids<br />

aged 4 to 12 <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Kids Club.<br />

Location: East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah.<br />

Qua Spa<br />

For a futuristic spa experience, <strong>the</strong> Qua Spa is where you<br />

should head. The Iyashi Dôme - <strong>the</strong> first of its k<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong> Dubai<br />

helps you go beyond <strong>the</strong> usual spa experience with its <strong>in</strong>frared<br />

treatment aids <strong>in</strong> weight loss, cellulite reduction, and sk<strong>in</strong><br />

rejuvenation. The Psammo Concept Quartz Bed is ano<strong>the</strong>r star<br />

treatment performer here, with its heated quartz granules-filled<br />

massage bed that provides tension-reliev<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>rmal <strong>the</strong>rapy.<br />

The aromatic frank<strong>in</strong>cense and cedar-wood herbal compress<br />

massage are worth a try and promise a rejuvenated comeback.<br />

Location: Caesars Palace Bluewater<br />

Talise Ottoman Spa<br />

This multi-award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g spa <strong>in</strong> Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel has<br />

prolific fame for its plush <strong>in</strong>frastructure with marble, dark wood,<br />

mosaic and mural <strong>in</strong>teriors and <strong>the</strong> spectacular Turkish Hammam.<br />

The place has 42 treatment rooms with steam rooms, snow<br />

rooms, hydro<strong>the</strong>rapy rooms, thalasso<strong>the</strong>rapy pools and float<strong>in</strong>g<br />

baths, and you have an array of treatments to choose from. The<br />

treatments are Talise Ottoman Hammam, Talise Facials, Talise<br />

Massage, <strong>Luxury</strong> Body Treatments, Talise Couple’s Spa, and Day<br />

Spa Rituals, to name a few.<br />

Location: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm Jumeirah, Crescent<br />

Road (West) – Dubai.<br />

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The Spa at Address<br />

The Spa at Address Boulevard and Palace Downtown<br />

locations are considered by many over <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r Address<br />

Spas dotted around <strong>the</strong> city, for <strong>the</strong> opulent facilities <strong>the</strong>y offer.<br />

This spa <strong>in</strong> Dubai has an <strong>in</strong>door vitality pool and outdoor spa<br />

pools with private cabanas. They offer oriental treatments <strong>in</strong><br />

unique Arabic decor, lakeside cabanas, and separate spa<br />

areas for males and females. The spas come with a fitness<br />

center, showers, F<strong>in</strong>nish sauna, <strong>in</strong>vigorat<strong>in</strong>g steam rooms,<br />

traditional Hammams, and relaxation lounges, offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>dulgent massage and aromatic cleans<strong>in</strong>g rout<strong>in</strong>es.<br />

Location: Level 4, Address Boulevard, Sheikh Mohammed b<strong>in</strong><br />

Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai.<br />

Tao Spa<br />

This Jumeirah-based spa relies on <strong>the</strong> philosophy of Taoism to<br />

provide heal<strong>in</strong>g treatments to both m<strong>in</strong>d and body us<strong>in</strong>g a fusion of<br />

oriental and o<strong>the</strong>r around-<strong>the</strong>-globe techniques. They offer custommade<br />

<strong>the</strong>rapies suitable for each sk<strong>in</strong> type, from facials to body<br />

massages and beauty treatments from eyelash extensions and<br />

manicures, to body wrapp<strong>in</strong>g, exfoliation, and wax<strong>in</strong>g. They also<br />

have home service options for head-to-toe salon treatments.<br />

Location: The Mall - Ground Floor, Jumeirah Road, Opposite<br />

Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai.<br />

Saray Spa<br />

Tucked away beh<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong>tricately carved doors, Saray Spa is a<br />

splendid escape, one that your body, beauty, and health need.<br />

This restful spa has won many accolades testify<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong><br />

luxuriousness it offers, so rest assured you’re go<strong>in</strong>g to have a<br />

memorable experience here. The <strong>the</strong>rapies are deep-rooted,<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>gredients and techniques from <strong>the</strong> Arabic tradition<br />

with rituals that have withstood <strong>the</strong> test of time. The ancient<br />

heal<strong>in</strong>g techniques and locally sourced natural <strong>in</strong>gredients<br />

present an aura of an experience, uniquely different from every<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r spa <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> city.<br />

Location: JW Marriott Marquis<br />

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Us<strong>in</strong>g art as a medium<br />

to express <strong>the</strong> wildest<br />

dreams<br />

Hopex fell <strong>in</strong> love with <strong>the</strong> craft’s ability to br<strong>in</strong>g life,<br />

exuberance, and color to <strong>the</strong> people and places that<br />

colored his world<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

Hopex, a Nigeria-born and raised<br />

artist, has been express<strong>in</strong>g his<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ation through pencils and<br />

pieces of paper s<strong>in</strong>ce childhood.<br />

However, it was not until 2017 that he began<br />

to develop his skills professionally. Hopex’s<br />

passion for art is driven by his desire to<br />

tell <strong>the</strong> stories of his wildest dreams and<br />

to amplify <strong>the</strong> voices of those around him,<br />

particularly with<strong>in</strong> African narratives.<br />

Hopex is a self-taught artist who was<br />

encouraged by his peers to pursue portrait<br />

work. He fell <strong>in</strong> love with <strong>the</strong> craft’s ability<br />

to br<strong>in</strong>g life, exuberance, and color to <strong>the</strong><br />

people and places that colored his world.<br />

His artwork reflects <strong>the</strong> vibrant and diverse<br />

culture of Africa, as he draws <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

from everyth<strong>in</strong>g and everyone, f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g<br />

beauty and potential <strong>in</strong> conversation and<br />

dialogue.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> most strik<strong>in</strong>g aspects of<br />

Hopex’s art is its ability to tackle political<br />

and sociocultural issues. He uses thick paper<br />

and charcoal pencils to embolden even<br />

<strong>the</strong> most complex topics on <strong>the</strong> canvasses<br />

that we call life. His work is a reflection of<br />

his commitment to amplify<strong>in</strong>g voices and<br />

issues that might o<strong>the</strong>rwise go unheard.<br />

By us<strong>in</strong>g art to br<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>se issues to light,<br />

Hopex is able to provoke thought and stimulate<br />

conversation, contribut<strong>in</strong>g to a larger<br />

dialogue surround<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>se topics.<br />

Hopex’s journey as an artist is an <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g<br />

one. He demonstrates <strong>the</strong> power of<br />

perseverance and dedication to one’s craft,<br />

hav<strong>in</strong>g taught himself <strong>the</strong> skills necessary<br />

to create his stunn<strong>in</strong>g works of art. Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore,<br />

his will<strong>in</strong>gness to tackle difficult<br />

issues <strong>in</strong> his artwork is a testament to <strong>the</strong><br />

power of art to provoke thought and <strong>in</strong>spire<br />

change. In a world where <strong>the</strong>se issues can<br />

be challeng<strong>in</strong>g to confront directly, art can<br />

serve as a powerful medium for br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>m to light.<br />

Hopex’s work reflects <strong>the</strong> beauty and diversity<br />

of Africa and serves as an important<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>der of <strong>the</strong> importance of amplify<strong>in</strong>g<br />

voices and issues that might o<strong>the</strong>rwise go<br />

unheard. Through his art, Hopex is able to<br />

tell <strong>the</strong> stories of his wildest dreams and<br />

contribute to a larger dialogue surround<strong>in</strong>g<br />

important social and political issues. His<br />

dedication to his craft and commitment to<br />

amplify<strong>in</strong>g voices are qualities that make<br />

Hopex not just an exceptional artist, but an<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration to o<strong>the</strong>rs as well.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Ramadan <strong>2023</strong><br />

Ramadan is an important month for<br />

Muslims around <strong>the</strong> world, and <strong>the</strong><br />

United Arab Emirates is no exception.<br />

As one of <strong>the</strong> most culturally diverse<br />

countries <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world, <strong>the</strong> UAE is home to<br />

people from various nationalities, religions, and<br />

cultures, and Ramadan is a time that br<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

<strong>the</strong>m all toge<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

In <strong>2023</strong>, Ramadan <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE is expected to<br />

beg<strong>in</strong> on <strong>March</strong> 23rd and end on April 21st.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g this time, Muslims <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE will fast<br />

from dawn to dusk, refra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g from food, dr<strong>in</strong>k,<br />

and o<strong>the</strong>r activities. This month is a time for<br />

self-reflection, spiritual growth, and <strong>in</strong>creased<br />

devotion to Allah.<br />

The UAE is known for its generosity dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Ramadan. Many <strong>in</strong>dividuals and organizations<br />

across <strong>the</strong> country come toge<strong>the</strong>r to provide<br />

food and o<strong>the</strong>r necessities to those <strong>in</strong> need.<br />

The government also encourages bus<strong>in</strong>esses<br />

to reduce work<strong>in</strong>g hours to allow for more time<br />

with family and to observe religious practices.<br />

In addition to <strong>the</strong> traditional practices of<br />

Ramadan, <strong>the</strong> UAE also offers a wide range<br />

of cultural events and activities dur<strong>in</strong>g this time.<br />

From Ramadan tents serv<strong>in</strong>g traditional Emirati<br />

cuis<strong>in</strong>e to art exhibits and music concerts, <strong>the</strong>re<br />

is someth<strong>in</strong>g for everyone to enjoy.<br />

Overall, Ramadan <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE is a time of spiritual<br />

growth, community, and cultural celebration.<br />

It is a time when people from all walks of life<br />

come toge<strong>the</strong>r to share <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> traditions and<br />

practices of this important month.<br />

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<strong>MAGZOID</strong> PICKS<br />

Top visits this Ramadan<br />

Iftar & Suhour at Armani/Pavilion<br />

Armani/Pavilion is once aga<strong>in</strong> provid<strong>in</strong>g a unique contemporary<br />

Ramadan experience with a blend of tradition and modernity.<br />

Guests can break <strong>the</strong>ir fast at a cross-cultural Iftar and Sohour<br />

buffet while enjoy<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> gentle sounds of traditional oud and<br />

tabla musicians under <strong>the</strong> stars. The al fresco d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g features<br />

an array of seasonal delicacies and signature dishes from<br />

award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g restaurants at Armani Hotel Dubai. The venue<br />

exudes elegance and sophistication, with <strong>the</strong> stunn<strong>in</strong>g skyl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

view add<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> magical ambiance. Indulge <strong>in</strong> a feast for <strong>the</strong><br />

senses and make unforgettable memories at Armani/Pavilion’s<br />

Ramadan celebration.<br />

Location: Armani/Pavilion, Armani Hotel, Downtown Dubai<br />

Website:www.armanihoteldubai.com<br />

Iftar Buffet at The Restaurant,<br />

Address Founta<strong>in</strong> Views<br />

The Restaurant is <strong>the</strong> perfect place to break your fast this Ramadan<br />

with its <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g atmosphere and an array of mouth-water<strong>in</strong>g dishes.<br />

Indulge <strong>in</strong> an extensive selection of traditional Iftar delicacies and<br />

live cook<strong>in</strong>g stations, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g sushi, salads, ma<strong>in</strong>s, and desserts.<br />

Enjoy a fusion of global and local flavors while listen<strong>in</strong>g to traditional<br />

music, mak<strong>in</strong>g it a complete d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience. The lavish spread is<br />

accompanied by refresh<strong>in</strong>g Ramadan juices to quench your thirst.<br />

With someth<strong>in</strong>g to satisfy every palate, The Restaurant promises to<br />

provide a homely atmosphere where you can relax and savor <strong>the</strong> best<br />

of Ramadan cuis<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

Location: The Restaurant, Address Founta<strong>in</strong> Views, Downtown Dubai<br />

Website: www.addresshotels.com<br />

5-Course Iftar Feast at High<br />

Note Pool & Sky Lounge<br />

Experience <strong>the</strong> ultimate Iftar feast this Ramadan at High Note<br />

Pool and Sky Lounge’s open rooftop lounge while tak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

breathtak<strong>in</strong>g views of <strong>the</strong> capital. For just AED 99 per person,<br />

enjoy an extensive 5-course menu featur<strong>in</strong>g traditional Arabic<br />

dishes such as cold and hot mezzeh, mixed grill, and assorted<br />

fresh bread, topped off with a selection of desserts. Perfect for<br />

large groups, a buffet option is also available for AED 149 per<br />

person. The menu caters to both veg and non-veg options and<br />

runs from 6 pm until 9 pm throughout Ramadan, mak<strong>in</strong>g it <strong>the</strong><br />

perfect place to break your fasts this holy month.<br />

Location: High Note Pool & Sky Lounge, Aloft Al M<strong>in</strong>a Hotel,<br />

Dubai<br />

Instagram: @highnotedxb<br />

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Kulture House<br />

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EKAI<br />

Ramadan Lounge at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort<br />

The Farm, Al Barari<br />

Experience <strong>the</strong> ultimate taste of Levant<strong>in</strong>e cuis<strong>in</strong>e at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort’s Ramadan Lounge, featur<strong>in</strong>g an Iftar buffet served<br />

from sunset until 9 pm, followed by a suhoor spread from 9.30 pm until 2 am. With its contemporary Lebanese garden decor, breathtak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

views of <strong>the</strong> Arabian Gulf, and a menu packed with creative and traditional dishes, d<strong>in</strong>ers can <strong>in</strong>dulge <strong>in</strong> a feast of mezze platters, grilled<br />

meats, GONPACHI<br />

fresh seafood, and delicious desserts. The suhoor offer<strong>in</strong>g has been a popular choice <strong>in</strong> previous years, mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Ramadan Lounge<br />

<strong>the</strong> perfect spot to share with family, friends, and colleagues.<br />

Location: Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort<br />

Website: www.hilton.com<br />

Arabian Tea House<br />

Iftar by Celebrity Chef Kunal Kapur at P<strong>in</strong>code<br />

P<strong>in</strong>code, located <strong>in</strong> Dubai Hills Mall, is offer<strong>in</strong>g an unforgettable Iftar experience curated by Indian Celebrity Chef Kunal Kapur. Guests of<br />

all faiths can break <strong>the</strong>ir fast toge<strong>the</strong>r, enjoy traditional Ramadan juices, and <strong>in</strong>dulge <strong>in</strong> an elaborate buffet spread. The set menu <strong>in</strong>cludes<br />

seedless dates, a variety of chaats, salads, small plates, ma<strong>in</strong>s, and an assortment of sweets and desserts. The Iftar feast is available from<br />

sunset until 8:30 PM at AED 169 per person. Highlights from <strong>the</strong> menu <strong>in</strong>clude Roasted Eggplant Salad, Lamb Chapli Kebab, Hyderabadi<br />

Haleem, and an assortment of desserts such as Coconut Payasam and Creme Brulée.<br />

Location: Dubai Hills Mall<br />

Instagram: @p<strong>in</strong>code.dubai<br />

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<strong>MAGZOID</strong> PICKS<br />

Top activities to do with your<br />

Girlies this season<br />

<strong>MAGZOID</strong> PICKS<br />


Experience <strong>the</strong> ultimate rooftop pool oasis at Aura Skypool. Situated atop <strong>the</strong> iconic Palm Tower <strong>in</strong> Dubai, this 50th-floor <strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ity pool offers<br />

spectacular panoramic views of <strong>the</strong> city skyl<strong>in</strong>e and <strong>the</strong> Arabian Gulf. The luxurious poolside loungers, private cabanas, and exceptional<br />

d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g options make it an unforgettable experience. Indulge <strong>in</strong> a range of refresh<strong>in</strong>g beverages and snacks while soak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> sun and<br />

enjoy<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> beats of <strong>the</strong> resident DJ. The stunn<strong>in</strong>g ambiance, comb<strong>in</strong>ed with <strong>the</strong> excellent service, sets Aura Skypool apart as one of <strong>the</strong><br />

must-visit dest<strong>in</strong>ations <strong>in</strong> Dubai for a perfect day of relaxation and <strong>in</strong>dulgence.<br />

Location: The Palm Tower, Palm Jumeirah<br />

Website: https://auraskypool.com/<br />


Take a trip to a beautiful universe at AYA Universe - Dubai’s immersive and experiential enterta<strong>in</strong>ment park. With 12 dist<strong>in</strong>ct zones, AYA<br />

Universe is a unique comb<strong>in</strong>ation of art and technology, offer<strong>in</strong>g an extraord<strong>in</strong>ary experience that will leave you spellbound. From digital<br />

observatories full of stars to gardens of bloom<strong>in</strong>g light, you will encounter a plethora of vibrant <strong>in</strong>teractive experiences. Ushers will guide<br />

you through different rooms, each tell<strong>in</strong>g a different story. With audio-responsive features and doorways that reveal waterfalls and more, AYA<br />

Universe is an ideal place for Instagrammers look<strong>in</strong>g to light up <strong>the</strong>ir social media feed or for families seek<strong>in</strong>g a one-of-a-k<strong>in</strong>d experience.<br />

Book your tickets now and become a part of <strong>the</strong> AYA universe.<br />

Location: Wafi City Mall, Dubai<br />

Website: https://www.aya-universe.com/tickets/amount<br />

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The Unw<strong>in</strong>d Specialty Boardgame Cafe is a haven for those seek<strong>in</strong>g a blast from <strong>the</strong> past. Relive your childhood memories play<strong>in</strong>g board<br />

games with friends and family. With over 800 board games to choose from, guests can enjoy an excit<strong>in</strong>g and engag<strong>in</strong>g even<strong>in</strong>g. From play<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> role of <strong>the</strong> bribe-hungry Sheriff of Nott<strong>in</strong>gham to a ravenous Werewolf, <strong>the</strong> possibilities are endless. Experienced Game Masters are also<br />

on hand to assist with game selection and teach new games. Unw<strong>in</strong>d also offers a new murder mystery experience, add<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> fun and<br />

excitement. Roll <strong>the</strong> dice and let <strong>the</strong> games beg<strong>in</strong> at Unw<strong>in</strong>d.<br />

Location: Hessa Street, Dubai<br />

Website: https://unw<strong>in</strong>ddubai.com/<br />


Skydive Dubai offers adrenal<strong>in</strong>e-fueled thrills for those seek<strong>in</strong>g an unforgettable experience. With stunn<strong>in</strong>g views of <strong>the</strong> Arabian Gulf and<br />

<strong>the</strong> Palm Jumeirah, skydiv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Dubai is a once-<strong>in</strong>-a-lifetime opportunity. Prices for a tandem skydive start at AED 1,499, and packages<br />

are available for both first-time jumpers and experienced skydivers. The skydiv<strong>in</strong>g centre is located <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> desert near Dubai, provid<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

breathtak<strong>in</strong>g backdrop for your jump. All jumps are supervised by experienced <strong>in</strong>structors to ensure your safety. Whe<strong>the</strong>r you’re seek<strong>in</strong>g an<br />

adrenal<strong>in</strong>e rush or simply look<strong>in</strong>g to try someth<strong>in</strong>g new, Skydive Dubai offers <strong>the</strong> ultimate thrill-seek<strong>in</strong>g adventure. Book your skydive today<br />

and soar like a bird over <strong>the</strong> city of Dubai.<br />

Location: Skydive Dubai, Al Seyahi St - Dubai Mar<strong>in</strong>a – Dubai - UAE<br />

Website: www.skydivedubai.ae<br />

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Interview<br />

Atif Aslam on his musical<br />

journey: From <strong>in</strong>spiration to<br />

success and philanthropy<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

How did you get <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> music? Can<br />

you share a little bit about your journey to<br />

becom<strong>in</strong>g a successful musician?<br />

I have to say that I wasn’t <strong>in</strong>itially <strong>in</strong>terested<br />

<strong>in</strong> play<strong>in</strong>g music. It was actually my eldest<br />

bro<strong>the</strong>r who played a lot of music at home that<br />

<strong>in</strong>spired me to pursue music. One album that<br />

particularly stood out to me was Nusrat Fateh<br />

Ali Khan and Michael Brooks’ collaboration,<br />

which <strong>in</strong>spired me to do what I’m do<strong>in</strong>g today.<br />

For me, music provides a unique high that<br />

cannot be compared to anyth<strong>in</strong>g else.<br />

What was <strong>the</strong> biggest challenge you faced<br />

when you first started out <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> music<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry, and how did you stay motivated<br />

to pursue your dreams?<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> biggest challenges I faced when I<br />

first started out <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> music <strong>in</strong>dustry was <strong>the</strong><br />

release of my album. Ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g success and<br />

com<strong>in</strong>g up with one hit after ano<strong>the</strong>r was not<br />

an easy task, and it was even more difficult to<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> relationships with people <strong>in</strong> my life<br />

while pursu<strong>in</strong>g my career.<br />

How did you handle rejection and criticism<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> early days of your career, and what<br />

advice would you give to aspir<strong>in</strong>g musicians<br />

who are struggl<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong>se issues?<br />

When it comes to handl<strong>in</strong>g rejection and criticism,<br />

I strongly believe that whatever is meant for<br />

you will come your way eventually. I never<br />

paid attention to critics or engaged <strong>in</strong> negative<br />

behaviour towards <strong>the</strong>m. Instead, I focused on<br />

improv<strong>in</strong>g myself, my music, and my talents<br />

to ga<strong>in</strong> appreciation from my audience. For<br />

aspir<strong>in</strong>g musicians who are struggl<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

<strong>the</strong>se issues, my advice would be to stay true<br />

to yourself and not let <strong>the</strong> negativity of o<strong>the</strong>rs<br />

affect you.<br />

Can you tell us about a turn<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t <strong>in</strong> your<br />

career when you knew that you had made<br />

it as a musician?<br />

As for a turn<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t <strong>in</strong> my career, I’ve never<br />

really thought that I’ve “made it.” I believe that<br />

<strong>the</strong>re is always room for improvement and that<br />

it’s important to challenge oneself constantly to<br />

grow and improve as a person and musician.<br />

Can you share a particularly memorable<br />

experience from one of your live performances<br />

or tours?<br />

There are many <strong>in</strong>cidents that I remember, but<br />

one that comes to m<strong>in</strong>d happened dur<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

recent gig <strong>in</strong> New Jersey. While perform<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

<strong>the</strong>re wasn’t enough light, caus<strong>in</strong>g me to fall<br />

off <strong>the</strong> stage and leav<strong>in</strong>g me with a scar. It<br />

took me about 5 seconds to realize I needed<br />

to go back on stage despite <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>jury, and<br />

thankfully <strong>the</strong> audience didn’t seem to notice.<br />

Later, I found out that I needed stitches. It’s not<br />

always easy be<strong>in</strong>g a star, despite what some<br />

may believe. People often th<strong>in</strong>k it’s a glamorous<br />

life, but it can be quite tax<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

What do you consider to be your biggest<br />

achievement so far <strong>in</strong> your music career,<br />

and what are you most proud of?<br />

My biggest achievement is <strong>the</strong> 99 names of<br />

Allah. My entire career pales <strong>in</strong> comparison to<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g able to share <strong>the</strong>se names and reach<br />

such a diverse audience. The impact it has<br />

had is simply m<strong>in</strong>d-boggl<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

You are known for your charitable work,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g your support for <strong>the</strong> Shaukat<br />

Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. What<br />

motivates you to give back to <strong>the</strong> community,<br />

and how do you balance your music career<br />

with your philanthropic efforts?<br />

It can be difficult to balance my music career<br />

with my philanthropic efforts, especially s<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

some people <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustry may view charity<br />

as a form of show<strong>in</strong>g off. However, I strongly<br />

believe <strong>in</strong> giv<strong>in</strong>g back and often choose to<br />

keep my charitable work hidden. Ultimately, I<br />

just love mak<strong>in</strong>g people happy, whe<strong>the</strong>r that’s<br />

through giv<strong>in</strong>g money, and time, or simply hav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a conversation with someone.<br />

You have <strong>in</strong>spired many people with your<br />

music and your journey. What message do<br />

you have for your fans and followers who<br />

look up to you as a role model, and what<br />

advice would you give to aspir<strong>in</strong>g musicians<br />

and artists who are just start<strong>in</strong>g out?<br />

I would advise fans and followers not to look up<br />

to me as a role model because I believe personal<br />

life should be kept private. However, <strong>in</strong> terms<br />

of my work, I encourage aspir<strong>in</strong>g musicians<br />

and artists to work hard, follow <strong>the</strong>ir dreams,<br />

and cont<strong>in</strong>ue to learn and grow <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir craft.<br />

As long as <strong>the</strong>y’re not hurt<strong>in</strong>g anyone and<br />

are respectful to <strong>the</strong>ir parents and have faith,<br />

<strong>the</strong>y’ll be just f<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

What advice would you give to your younger<br />

self if you could go back <strong>in</strong> time to <strong>the</strong><br />

beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g of your career?<br />

I wouldn’t change anyth<strong>in</strong>g because I believe<br />

everyth<strong>in</strong>g happens for a reason, and my journey<br />

has helped me learn and grow as an artist.<br />

So, my advice to my younger self would be<br />

to cont<strong>in</strong>ue liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> same life and trust<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> path that I was meant to take.<br />

F<strong>in</strong>ally, what message do you have for <strong>the</strong><br />

readers of Magzoid <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>?<br />

Thank you for hav<strong>in</strong>g me, and please cont<strong>in</strong>ue<br />

to listen to my music and watch my series.<br />

Thank you for appreciat<strong>in</strong>g my serial Sang-e-<br />

Mah. Your support means everyth<strong>in</strong>g to me,<br />

and I appreciate you for tak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> time to<br />

read this <strong>in</strong>terview.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Perchoir<br />

royal<br />

By Marie-Agnes Rob<strong>in</strong><br />

62 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> soul of human emotions:<br />

A self-taught pa<strong>in</strong>ter’s passion for<br />

storytell<strong>in</strong>g through portraits<br />

“We all love stories, and it is <strong>the</strong> ability of <strong>the</strong> portrait to allow us to weave one. I<br />

thus <strong>in</strong>vite <strong>the</strong> viewer to <strong>in</strong>vent <strong>the</strong>ir own story <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> face of this stolen moment.<br />

This fugitive moment was taken from <strong>the</strong> heart of life to capture <strong>the</strong> similarities<br />

that resonate with<strong>in</strong> us,” says Agnes.<br />

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Born <strong>in</strong> 1963 <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> suburb of Paris,<br />

artist Marie-Agnes Rob<strong>in</strong> has<br />

been liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Quebec for more<br />

than 30 years. She moved to Terrasse-Vaudreuil,<br />

where she has been work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> her home studio for <strong>the</strong> last few years.<br />

Agnes has always been <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong><br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, and her job has allowed her to<br />

rediscover this passion. Artistic pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is<br />

now an important part of her life. As a passionate<br />

and self-taught artist, she started<br />

by explor<strong>in</strong>g various mediums like collages,<br />

markers, and pastels.<br />

“S<strong>in</strong>ce my first works, I have dedicated<br />

a preponderant place to <strong>the</strong> human be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> heart of my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. Self-taught, I<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t portraits that are primarily acrylic and<br />

<strong>in</strong> which I <strong>in</strong>sert mixed media (gold leaf or<br />

collages) <strong>in</strong> my studio at Terrasse Vaudreuil,”<br />

says Agnes.<br />

“It is through <strong>the</strong> gesture and <strong>the</strong> transposition<br />

of <strong>the</strong> material on <strong>the</strong> canvas that I<br />

give a dist<strong>in</strong>ctive signature to my new series<br />

focused on emotions. Us<strong>in</strong>g black and<br />

white for <strong>the</strong> face, I <strong>in</strong>vite <strong>the</strong> viewer to enter<br />

my works to vibrate to <strong>the</strong> rhythm of <strong>the</strong><br />

colors of <strong>the</strong>ir own emotions,” says Agnes.<br />

These faces, ma<strong>in</strong>ly fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e, stand out<br />

as eng<strong>in</strong>es of dialogue with <strong>the</strong> viewer. The<br />

presence of <strong>the</strong> soul is materialized through<br />

<strong>the</strong> subject and enhanced by <strong>the</strong> surround<strong>in</strong>g<br />

colors.<br />

“We all love stories, and it is <strong>the</strong> ability of<br />

<strong>the</strong> portrait to allow us to weave one. I thus<br />

<strong>in</strong>vite <strong>the</strong> viewer to <strong>in</strong>vent <strong>the</strong>ir own story <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> face of this stolen moment. This fugitive<br />

moment was taken from <strong>the</strong> heart of life to<br />

capture <strong>the</strong> similarities that resonate with<strong>in</strong><br />

us,” says Agnes.<br />

Agnes’ question<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong> news about <strong>the</strong><br />

place and respect for women and all vulnerable<br />

liv<strong>in</strong>g be<strong>in</strong>gs push her to create. Faced<br />

with a brutal and beautiful external world,<br />

she aims to present combative and strong<br />

women while reveal<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir great <strong>in</strong>ner<br />

emotional conflict. Often trapped by <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

own feel<strong>in</strong>gs, it is a constant tug between<br />

strength and vulnerability, coldness and<br />

sensitivity, well-be<strong>in</strong>g, and guilt.<br />

Agnes’ <strong>in</strong>volvement is also ecological: “I<br />

raise <strong>the</strong>mes such as <strong>the</strong> disappearance<br />

of species, <strong>the</strong> importance of car<strong>in</strong>g for our<br />

animal world, and <strong>the</strong> respect every liv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g deserves. I like to create a complicity<br />

between my portraits and selected animals,<br />

highlight<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> importance of our <strong>in</strong>ter-relationships,”<br />

says Agnes.<br />

“What I see on TV, what I read <strong>in</strong> magaz<strong>in</strong>es<br />

and newspapers, what I experienced<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g my many travels around <strong>the</strong><br />

world and <strong>in</strong> my private life, and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r artists, are all sources of<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration to allow me to convey<br />

an emotion through<br />

<strong>the</strong> image that I create to<br />

arouse a reaction <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

viewer. Each pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is<br />

thus a new beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

a new way (voice) to<br />

express how I feel.”<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Filters of Perception<br />

By Jorge Pavon<br />

64 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>tersection of design<br />

and art<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce 2010 Jorge Pavon has been <strong>the</strong> Coord<strong>in</strong>ator<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> design area of <strong>the</strong> Cultural Center of Spa<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong><br />

Nicaragua.<br />

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Jorge Pavon is an accomplished<br />

Nicaraguan graphic designer, digital<br />

artist, and digital collage enthusiast. His<br />

exceptional skills and unique approach<br />

have earned him a reputation as one of <strong>the</strong><br />

most talented designers <strong>in</strong> his country. Pavon’s<br />

work has been published <strong>in</strong> several cultural<br />

magaz<strong>in</strong>es, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g MarcaAcme, Patadeperro,<br />

and HECHO magaz<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

Currently, Pavon is a member of <strong>the</strong> Support<br />

Committee of <strong>the</strong> Ibero-American Design Biennial<br />

(BID) <strong>in</strong> Madrid, Spa<strong>in</strong>. His project Poster Design<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Cultural Center of Spa<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> Nicaragua<br />

was selected to exhibit at <strong>the</strong> third edition of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Ibero-American Design Biennial BID held<br />

<strong>in</strong> Madrid, Spa<strong>in</strong>. At <strong>the</strong> event, he received a<br />

special mention from <strong>the</strong> jury, highlight<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

exceptional quality of his work. In 2014, he<br />

represented Nicaragua with his project Cultural<br />

Visual Communication <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> fourth edition of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Ibero-American Design Biennial BID.<br />

Pavon’s unique approach to design comb<strong>in</strong>es<br />

traditional techniques with modern design tools<br />

to create orig<strong>in</strong>al works of art. His passion<br />

for digital art and design has <strong>in</strong>spired many<br />

young designers <strong>in</strong> Nicaragua, who look up<br />

to him as a source of <strong>in</strong>spiration. His work<br />

is known for its strong cultural <strong>in</strong>fluence and<br />

its reflection of <strong>the</strong> rich cultural heritage of<br />

Nicaragua. Pavon’s commitment to promot<strong>in</strong>g<br />

design and digital art <strong>in</strong> his home country has<br />

also played a significant role <strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g young<br />

designers and foster<strong>in</strong>g creativity <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> region.<br />

In addition to his design work, Pavon has<br />

been <strong>the</strong> Coord<strong>in</strong>ator <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> design area of <strong>the</strong><br />

Cultural Center of Spa<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> Nicaragua s<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

2010. In this role, he has played a crucial part<br />

<strong>in</strong> promot<strong>in</strong>g cultural visual communication <strong>in</strong><br />

Nicaragua, and his coord<strong>in</strong>ation skills have<br />

helped him make a significant contribution to<br />

<strong>the</strong> design field <strong>in</strong> his home country. His work<br />

has helped to establish <strong>the</strong> Cultural Center of<br />

Spa<strong>in</strong> as a hub for design and digital art <strong>in</strong><br />

Nicaragua, and he has played an <strong>in</strong>strumental<br />

role <strong>in</strong> help<strong>in</strong>g to connect young designers<br />

with o<strong>the</strong>r professionals <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> field.<br />

In conclusion, Jorge Pavon is an outstand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

graphic designer, digital artist, and digital<br />

collage enthusiast who has made a significant<br />

contribution to <strong>the</strong> world of design. His work is<br />

known for its unique and creative approach,<br />

which blends traditional techniques with modern<br />

design tools. Pavon’s exceptional coord<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

skills and his passion for design and digital art<br />

have helped him make a significant contribution<br />

to <strong>the</strong> design community <strong>in</strong> Nicaragua and<br />

beyond. His commitment to promot<strong>in</strong>g design<br />

and digital art <strong>in</strong> his home country has made<br />

him a valuable asset to <strong>the</strong> design field, and<br />

his work has <strong>in</strong>spired many young designers<br />

<strong>in</strong> Nicaragua and <strong>the</strong> wider design community.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



Octophant<br />

By Adam Cous<strong>in</strong>s<br />

66 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection of<br />

Photo manipulation and digital<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g: A London-based<br />

artist’s unique style<br />

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Adam Cous<strong>in</strong>s is a skilled artist<br />

and designer whose work<br />

primarily <strong>in</strong>volves comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

photo manipulation techniques<br />

with digital pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g us<strong>in</strong>g Photoshop. This<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>ation of techniques allows him to<br />

create unique and captivat<strong>in</strong>g works of art<br />

that blend various elements <strong>in</strong> excit<strong>in</strong>g ways.<br />

In his artwork, Adam often comb<strong>in</strong>es<br />

different images, textures, and colors to create<br />

surreal, dream-like scenes that are visually<br />

stunn<strong>in</strong>g. He also enjoys experiment<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with different techniques, such as us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

various blend<strong>in</strong>g modes and layer masks,<br />

to achieve his desired effects.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> th<strong>in</strong>gs that Adam enjoys most<br />

about creat<strong>in</strong>g art is shar<strong>in</strong>g his work with<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs. He has built a follow<strong>in</strong>g on social<br />

media, particularly on Instagram, where<br />

he shares his latest creations with <strong>the</strong><br />

photo manipulation community. He f<strong>in</strong>ds<br />

this community to be a great source of<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration and support, and he is always<br />

eager to receive feedback and engage with<br />

fellow artists.<br />

In addition to shar<strong>in</strong>g his work onl<strong>in</strong>e,<br />

Adam also offers pr<strong>in</strong>ts of his art for sale on<br />

Displate. This allows his fans and collectors<br />

to own a physical copy of his unique and<br />

captivat<strong>in</strong>g artwork.<br />

Overall, Adam Cous<strong>in</strong>s is a talented and<br />

passionate artist who is constantly explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

new techniques and ways to create beautiful<br />

and engag<strong>in</strong>g works of art. His unique blend<br />

of photo manipulation and digital pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

has earned him a dedicated follow<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

a reputation as a skilled artist and designer<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> digital advertis<strong>in</strong>g world.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



68 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong> www.magzoid.com

Cimmaron S<strong>in</strong>gh’s ‘Untold<br />

Stories’ Exhibition sh<strong>in</strong>es<br />

light on cultural diversity<br />

and <strong>the</strong> beauty of <strong>the</strong><br />

ord<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

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Indian-born artist of mixed heritage, Cimmaron<br />

S<strong>in</strong>gh held her <strong>in</strong>augural Photography<br />

exhibition ‘Untold Stories’ <strong>in</strong> Dubai from 24th<br />

to 26th February <strong>2023</strong>. The exhibition, a<br />

celebration of cultural diversity and <strong>the</strong> beauty<br />

of landscapes, left a last<strong>in</strong>g impression on all<br />

who were fortunate enough to attend. S<strong>in</strong>gh’s<br />

exceptional talent <strong>in</strong> captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> essence of<br />

each moment, <strong>the</strong> play of light and shadow,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> vibrancy of <strong>the</strong> world around us, was<br />

a true masterpiece of artistic expression. Her<br />

captivat<strong>in</strong>g photographs left an <strong>in</strong>delible mark<br />

on <strong>the</strong> hearts and m<strong>in</strong>ds of <strong>the</strong> visitors, evok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

emotions that will l<strong>in</strong>ger on for years to come.<br />

‘Untold Stories’ was a photographic journey<br />

that captured <strong>the</strong> artist’s fasc<strong>in</strong>ation for <strong>the</strong> play<br />

of light & shadow, cultural diversity, vibrant<br />

landscapes and soulful stories beh<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong><br />

eyes <strong>in</strong> her portraits. S<strong>in</strong>gh’s expertise lies<br />

<strong>in</strong> captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> depth of <strong>the</strong>se stories, whilst<br />

transform<strong>in</strong>g an ord<strong>in</strong>ary moment <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

extraord<strong>in</strong>ary, forc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> viewer to look deeper<br />

<strong>in</strong>to each image she captures.<br />

The exhibition was graced with <strong>the</strong> presence<br />

of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan b<strong>in</strong> Mubarak<br />

Al Nahyan, <strong>the</strong> UAE’s M<strong>in</strong>ister of Tolerance<br />

and Coexistence. His visit to <strong>the</strong> exhibition<br />

was a testament to <strong>the</strong> grow<strong>in</strong>g recognition<br />

of <strong>the</strong> artist’s work and <strong>the</strong> significance of her<br />

contribution to <strong>the</strong> art community.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>gh’s exhibition displayed a diverse range<br />

of photographs, each captur<strong>in</strong>g a unique story<br />

and reflect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> rich tapestry of cultures that<br />

make up our world. From <strong>the</strong> vibrant streets of<br />

India to <strong>the</strong> sun-kissed beaches of <strong>the</strong> UAE, each<br />

photograph told a story of people, places, and<br />

experiences that were at once familiar and yet<br />

imbued with a sense of mystery and wonder.<br />

One of <strong>the</strong> most strik<strong>in</strong>g features of <strong>the</strong><br />

exhibition was S<strong>in</strong>gh’s masterful use of light<br />

and shadow to create depth and texture <strong>in</strong> her<br />

photographs. Whe<strong>the</strong>r it was <strong>the</strong> soft glow of<br />

a sunset or <strong>the</strong> harsh glare of a streetlamp,<br />

S<strong>in</strong>gh captured <strong>the</strong> nuances of light <strong>in</strong> a way<br />

that made each image come alive.<br />

But it wasn’t just <strong>the</strong> technical mastery that<br />

made S<strong>in</strong>gh’s work so magnificent. It was also <strong>the</strong><br />

way she captured <strong>the</strong> essence of her subjects,<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g out <strong>the</strong>ir unique personalities and<br />

emotions through her lens. From <strong>the</strong> wr<strong>in</strong>kled<br />

faces of old men to <strong>the</strong> joyous smiles of children,<br />

S<strong>in</strong>gh captured <strong>the</strong> human experience <strong>in</strong> all<br />

its richness and diversity.<br />

Overall, Cimmaron S<strong>in</strong>gh’s ‘Untold Stories’<br />

exhibition was a celebration of <strong>the</strong> beauty and<br />

diversity of our world. It was a powerful rem<strong>in</strong>der<br />

that beh<strong>in</strong>d every face, every landscape, and<br />

every moment, <strong>the</strong>re is a story wait<strong>in</strong>g to be<br />

told. And through her exquisite photography,<br />

S<strong>in</strong>gh brought <strong>the</strong>se stories to life, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g us to<br />

see <strong>the</strong> world <strong>in</strong> a new and more profound way.<br />

-Reported by Varsha Sureka<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Creat<strong>in</strong>g art that is<br />

<strong>in</strong>spired by colour, form<br />

and emotion<br />

“Passion is what def<strong>in</strong>es everyone, and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g which does that for me, watercolour to be<br />

exact,” says Puja Kumar.<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

Puja Kumar is an accomplished Indian<br />

watercolourist, <strong>in</strong> addition to be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a dedicated educator. Now based<br />

<strong>in</strong> Faridabad (NCR), India, she cofounded<br />

<strong>the</strong> female artists’ collective Opus<br />

Kala Sanyojan and works as <strong>the</strong> Country Head<br />

(India, East) for Fabriano InAquerello.<br />

The artist found solace <strong>in</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, particularly<br />

<strong>in</strong> watercolour. Flowers have always fasc<strong>in</strong>ated<br />

her, and she loves to capture <strong>the</strong>ir essence<br />

<strong>in</strong> her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, us<strong>in</strong>g bright and <strong>in</strong>tense<br />

colours to express her moods and feel<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

She uses analogous colours <strong>in</strong> her work as<br />

she believes, “Analogues colours give you <strong>the</strong><br />

sense of balance and serenity. It communicates<br />

a message of tranquillity.” The artist’s passion<br />

for art blossomed from a young age but was<br />

overshadowed by her academic and career<br />

pursuits. However, she believed that it is never<br />

too late to pursue what really excites you<br />

and she decided to rek<strong>in</strong>dle her artistic side.<br />

In addition, she spent six months study<strong>in</strong>g<br />

watercolour lessons under <strong>the</strong> tutelage of<br />

Tarak Shankar and Praween Karmakar, two of<br />

India’s celebrated watercolour artists.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>n, Puja has been mak<strong>in</strong>g waves<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world. She has been featured <strong>in</strong><br />

a wide variety of national and <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

group exhibits. Her work has been featured<br />

<strong>in</strong> several notable exhibitions, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

2016 Spandan International Art Festival, Silent<br />

Grandeur at AIFACS <strong>in</strong> New Delhi, <strong>the</strong> 2017<br />

Spectrum at Koh<strong>in</strong>oor Cont<strong>in</strong>ental <strong>in</strong> Mumbai,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> 2017 International Artist Confest:<br />

Artist Way to World Peace at KIIT University<br />

<strong>in</strong> Bhubaneswar, Odisha. She has also been<br />

a guest artist at a number of prestigious<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational art exhibitions and has attended<br />

a number of artist camps, sem<strong>in</strong>ars, and<br />

residential watercolour courses. In 2022, Puja<br />

co-founded Opus Kala Sanyojan, a platform<br />

for women artists to showcase <strong>the</strong>ir work and<br />

connect with each o<strong>the</strong>r. The organization has<br />

organized several art residential camps for<br />

women artists <strong>in</strong> various locations, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Kashmir and Khajuraho. Puja’s work has been<br />

recognized and appreciated by many, and<br />

she cont<strong>in</strong>ues to be a source of <strong>in</strong>spiration for<br />

aspir<strong>in</strong>g artists. Puja Kumar is a gifted artist<br />

who has found her call<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> watercolour. Her<br />

passion for art and her dedication to her craft<br />

have earned her a place <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> hearts of art<br />

lovers around <strong>the</strong> world. The artist’s <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g<br />

story speaks about it’s never too late to go<br />

for what you love and pursue what really<br />

excites you.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Interview<br />

Praveen S<strong>in</strong>gh,<br />

Group Executive Chef at Goldmead Hospitality Dubai<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

Can you share details about your background<br />

and experience with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> cul<strong>in</strong>ary <strong>in</strong>dustry?<br />

I began my cul<strong>in</strong>ary career <strong>in</strong> Delhi, India,<br />

where I worked for six to eight years on various<br />

state foods, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g south, west, north,<br />

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Indian cuis<strong>in</strong>es. Start<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong> basics of<br />

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from amaz<strong>in</strong>g chefs. In 2012, I moved to<br />

Dubai to work with Sanjeev Kapoor and had<br />

<strong>the</strong> opportunity to open his first f<strong>in</strong>e d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

Indian outlet, Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor, at<br />

<strong>the</strong> Melia hotel. Dur<strong>in</strong>g this time, I also had <strong>the</strong><br />

privilege to work with Chef Marco Pierre White<br />

as he opened Titanic by Chef Marco Pierre<br />

White <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> same hotel. Work<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong>se<br />

celebrity master chefs was a milestone <strong>in</strong> my<br />

cul<strong>in</strong>ary journey, where I ga<strong>in</strong>ed knowledge<br />

about <strong>the</strong> depth of cul<strong>in</strong>ary arts, <strong>the</strong> operation<br />

of <strong>the</strong> art, <strong>the</strong> importance of <strong>in</strong>gredients, how<br />

to make food creative and attractive, and <strong>the</strong><br />

importance of detail <strong>in</strong> each <strong>in</strong>gredient. After<br />

open<strong>in</strong>g my first f<strong>in</strong>e d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Indian outlet, Signature<br />

by Sanjeev Kapoor with chef Sanjeev<br />

Kapoor where I got <strong>the</strong> chance to became <strong>the</strong><br />

executive chef of <strong>the</strong> hotel as I ran <strong>the</strong> hotel<br />

for <strong>the</strong> next 8 years and I opened multiple cuis<strong>in</strong>es<br />

here such as Azalea and Sushi Bar, and<br />

expanded my knowledge of Spanish, Arabic,<br />

and Wester cuis<strong>in</strong>es. My latest property was <strong>in</strong><br />

The Opus by OMNIYAT <strong>in</strong> Dubai, a luxurious<br />

hotel located <strong>in</strong> Bus<strong>in</strong>ess Bay. It has been over<br />

12 years s<strong>in</strong>ce I started my cul<strong>in</strong>ary journey <strong>in</strong><br />

Dubai, and I am still shar<strong>in</strong>g my experience<br />

with different cuis<strong>in</strong>es.<br />

Can you describe your journey before decid<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to become a chef? And what career<br />

would you have chosen if not cook<strong>in</strong>g?<br />

Before pursu<strong>in</strong>g a career <strong>in</strong> cook<strong>in</strong>g, I completed<br />

my education up to diploma level. Initially,<br />

I never considered becom<strong>in</strong>g a chef. As<br />

a child, I had a passion for go<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to detail<br />

and understand<strong>in</strong>g how th<strong>in</strong>gs worked, which<br />

led me to consider becom<strong>in</strong>g a mechanic or a<br />

doctor. However, my lack of skill and dest<strong>in</strong>y<br />

prevented me from pursu<strong>in</strong>g ei<strong>the</strong>r of <strong>the</strong>se<br />

careers.<br />

Later, I became drawn to cook<strong>in</strong>g after be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluenced by my grandmo<strong>the</strong>r, who was an<br />

amaz<strong>in</strong>g cook. I was always fasc<strong>in</strong>ated by <strong>the</strong><br />

way she could create delicious food us<strong>in</strong>g only<br />

basic <strong>in</strong>gredients. This fasc<strong>in</strong>ation led me to<br />

study cul<strong>in</strong>ary art, and I eventually obta<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

a certification from a school <strong>in</strong> Delhi.<br />

Now, I work as a chef <strong>in</strong> various outlets and<br />

restaurants, and I am currently based <strong>in</strong> Dubai<br />

after work<strong>in</strong>g with Sanjeev Kapoor.<br />

Can you expla<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> concept beh<strong>in</strong>d The<br />

Saffron Boutique?<br />

The Saffron Boutique is founded on <strong>the</strong><br />

concept of “Atithi Devo Bhava,” which means<br />

treat<strong>in</strong>g guests as gods. We aim to provide a<br />

welcom<strong>in</strong>g and unforgettable experience for<br />

our guests. We want to see happy faces and<br />

smiles, and for <strong>the</strong>m to leave with memories<br />

of <strong>the</strong> delicious food we serve.<br />

Our menu features dishes made us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

best <strong>in</strong>gredients, with more than 10-15 spices<br />

and herbs, creat<strong>in</strong>g a full and flavorful taste.<br />

Our ma<strong>in</strong> objective is to use <strong>the</strong> best talent,<br />

technique, and memories to give our guests a<br />

familiar and unforgettable experience.<br />

How do you blend traditional Indian flavors<br />

and techniques <strong>in</strong>to your dishes?<br />

When I plan to add new dishes to my menu,<br />

especially for Indian cuis<strong>in</strong>e, I always aim to create<br />

art on <strong>the</strong> plate. It’s important to <strong>in</strong>corporate<br />

traditional spices and never compromise <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

unique flavors. All <strong>the</strong> spices and <strong>in</strong>gredients<br />

should be fresh, and <strong>the</strong> best techniques, talent,<br />

and spices should be utilized to make <strong>the</strong> food<br />

flavorful and visually appeal<strong>in</strong>g. It’s not only<br />

about look<strong>in</strong>g beautiful, but it should also be<br />

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delicious and memorable for <strong>the</strong> guests. After<br />

leav<strong>in</strong>g my outlet, guests should talk about <strong>the</strong><br />

food as it creates a last<strong>in</strong>g experience for <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

Can you outl<strong>in</strong>e your strategy for accommodat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

vegan and plant-based d<strong>in</strong>ers?<br />

As more people are mov<strong>in</strong>g towards veganism<br />

and plant-based food, I’ve added several<br />

plant-based dishes to my menu. Some<br />

people th<strong>in</strong>k <strong>the</strong>y cannot get <strong>the</strong> rich prote<strong>in</strong>,<br />

m<strong>in</strong>erals, or o<strong>the</strong>r health benefits from plantbased<br />

food that <strong>the</strong>y get from meat. However,<br />

my menu offers plenty of plant-based options<br />

that are not only healthier but also provide<br />

more prote<strong>in</strong> and fat than meat-based dishes.<br />

For example, <strong>the</strong> Tandoori avocado, roasted<br />

basil pesto sauce with cashew and yogurt, is<br />

made with avocado that is a good source of<br />

fat. We serve a variety of plant-based dishes<br />

that offer prote<strong>in</strong>, fat, vitam<strong>in</strong>s, and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

nutrients. I believe that plant-based food can<br />

offer everyth<strong>in</strong>g that meat-based food does,<br />

so it’s worth promot<strong>in</strong>g to attract people who<br />

want to be vegan.<br />

Do you believe <strong>the</strong> popularity of veganism<br />

will cont<strong>in</strong>ue to <strong>in</strong>crease?<br />

The popularity of veganism has been <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>g<br />

over <strong>the</strong> past few years, and I’ve<br />

noticed more guests request<strong>in</strong>g vegan, keto,<br />

and plant-based options. People care about <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

health and want to be more immune, especially<br />

after <strong>the</strong> COVID-19 pandemic. Veganism can<br />

help streng<strong>the</strong>n <strong>the</strong> gut and <strong>in</strong>crease immunity,<br />

which is important <strong>in</strong> fight<strong>in</strong>g bacteria and<br />

illness. The market has seen a lot of people<br />

transition<strong>in</strong>g to veganism, and I believe this<br />

trend will cont<strong>in</strong>ue.<br />

How do you keep up with current food trends<br />

and <strong>in</strong>corporate <strong>the</strong>m <strong>in</strong>to your menu offer<strong>in</strong>gs?<br />

The food <strong>in</strong>dustry is constantly evolv<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

and it is essential to keep up with <strong>the</strong> latest<br />

food trends to ensure that your menu rema<strong>in</strong>s<br />

relevant. From modern cuis<strong>in</strong>e to Indian, Western,<br />

Arabic, and beyond, people are now more<br />

<strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> appearance of <strong>the</strong> food as<br />

well as its taste. However, it is important not to<br />

sacrifice <strong>the</strong> traditional flavors of your dishes<br />

for <strong>the</strong> sake of presentation. Instead, focus on<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g an artistic presentation that complements<br />

<strong>the</strong> dish’s traditional flavors. By do<strong>in</strong>g so,<br />

you can create an eye-catch<strong>in</strong>g and attractive<br />

dish that guests will love.<br />

Can you share a particularly memorable<br />

dish or experience from your career?<br />

As a chef, I believe that guests should be<br />

treated like gods, as per <strong>the</strong> Indian tradition of<br />

“Atithi Devo Bhava.” This philosophy is always at<br />

<strong>the</strong> forefront of my m<strong>in</strong>d when plann<strong>in</strong>g menus<br />

or creat<strong>in</strong>g dishes. One particularly memorable<br />

experience occurred when I was serv<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

family with dietary restrictions. I took <strong>the</strong> time<br />

to understand <strong>the</strong>ir needs and desires, and I<br />

was able to create a meal that met all of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

requirements. After serv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> meal, I was<br />

touched to see tears of joy <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> lady’s eyes,<br />

and I received compliments and gestures of<br />

appreciation from her and o<strong>the</strong>r guests. It is<br />

moments like <strong>the</strong>se that make me proud to be<br />

a chef and to serve o<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

How do you ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> consistent high<br />

quality of your dishes?”<br />

The food <strong>in</strong>dustry is rapidly grow<strong>in</strong>g, with<br />

many aspir<strong>in</strong>g chefs eager to make a name for<br />

<strong>the</strong>mselves. From Master Chefs to young blood,<br />

chefs are emerg<strong>in</strong>g from all over <strong>the</strong> world, with<br />

<strong>the</strong> United K<strong>in</strong>gdom, <strong>the</strong> United States, Canada,<br />

Dubai, and India be<strong>in</strong>g popular dest<strong>in</strong>ations.<br />

With <strong>the</strong> rise of social media platforms such<br />

as TikTok and Instagram, aspir<strong>in</strong>g chefs are<br />

more determ<strong>in</strong>ed than ever to enter <strong>the</strong> field.<br />

However, many young chefs are too focused<br />

on achiev<strong>in</strong>g top positions, such as head chef<br />

or executive chef, <strong>in</strong> a short period of time.<br />

They lack <strong>the</strong> patience to learn <strong>the</strong> basics<br />

and end up gett<strong>in</strong>g stuck <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> middle. In<br />

<strong>the</strong> past, it was much harder to learn about<br />

cuis<strong>in</strong>e or food, but nowadays, many colleges<br />

and tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g programs offer various degrees,<br />

diplomas, and courses to help aspir<strong>in</strong>g chefs<br />

ga<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> necessary knowledge and skills.<br />

What advice would you give to aspir<strong>in</strong>g chefs?<br />

My advice to young chefs is to complete<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir studies before pursu<strong>in</strong>g a career <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

cul<strong>in</strong>ary field. Determ<strong>in</strong>e what type of cuis<strong>in</strong>e<br />

or chef you want to be, and choose your education<br />

path accord<strong>in</strong>gly. If you want to be an<br />

Indian or Western chef or a multi-cuis<strong>in</strong>e chef,<br />

focus on build<strong>in</strong>g a strong cul<strong>in</strong>ary foundation<br />

first. Higher education can lead to better job<br />

prospects and higher salaries.<br />

Practical experience is essential to becom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a skilled chef. You need to spend time practic<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and hon<strong>in</strong>g your skills to become proficient.<br />

But <strong>the</strong>ory is also important. By complet<strong>in</strong>g<br />

your degree, diploma, or graduation, you will<br />

ga<strong>in</strong> a deeper understand<strong>in</strong>g of cuis<strong>in</strong>e and<br />

make practical learn<strong>in</strong>g easier.<br />

In conclusion, if you want to reach your<br />

goals as a chef, take <strong>the</strong> time to complete<br />

your education, ga<strong>in</strong> practical experience,<br />

and build a strong foundation. This approach<br />

will help you ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> consistent high-quality<br />

dishes and achieve your desired position <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> cul<strong>in</strong>ary <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

How do you ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> consistent high<br />

quality of your dishes?<br />

To ensure consistency and high quality <strong>in</strong><br />

your dishes, it’s crucial to use <strong>the</strong> right <strong>in</strong>gredients,<br />

techniques, and skills. There’s a myth<br />

that us<strong>in</strong>g expensive items will <strong>in</strong>crease costs,<br />

but I’ve proven this wrong by consistently us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

high-quality, high-priced food <strong>in</strong> my cuis<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

Provid<strong>in</strong>g guests with a high-quality food menu<br />

results <strong>in</strong> fewer compla<strong>in</strong>ts and higher feedback,<br />

positive energy, and trust. Believ<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> food you serve and trust<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> your guests’<br />

satisfaction will lead to well-cooked meals and<br />

a happy d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience.<br />

What message would you like to convey to<br />

readers of Magzoid <strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>?<br />

As <strong>the</strong> executive chef at Gourmet Hospitality’s<br />

Saffron Boutique, I want readers to know that<br />

we serve <strong>the</strong> best quality Pan Indian cuis<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

We aim to make our guests happy, create<br />

memories that <strong>the</strong>y can cherish, and fulfill <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

needs. Trust<strong>in</strong>g us means that <strong>the</strong>y can d<strong>in</strong>e<br />

with confidence and share <strong>the</strong>ir experiences<br />

with o<strong>the</strong>rs. Cook<strong>in</strong>g has been my passion for<br />

almost 18 years, and I know that good food<br />

creates happ<strong>in</strong>ess.<br />

The food <strong>in</strong>dustry has evolved, and now<br />

people want to see art on <strong>the</strong>ir plates before<br />

eat<strong>in</strong>g. To balance this concept, we leave art<br />

on <strong>the</strong> plate, not <strong>the</strong> food itself. While keep<strong>in</strong>g<br />

traditional flavors <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d, I try to keep<br />

th<strong>in</strong>gs engag<strong>in</strong>g and surpris<strong>in</strong>g for our guests.<br />

Aes<strong>the</strong>tics are important, and I strive to make<br />

each dish visually appeal<strong>in</strong>g and delicious.<br />

As someone who has worked <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

for 17 years, I’ve learned about <strong>the</strong> depth of<br />

different cuis<strong>in</strong>es and have tried over 70% of<br />

<strong>the</strong> world’s cuis<strong>in</strong>e. My eagerness to learn cont<strong>in</strong>ues,<br />

and I prioritize growth by work<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

master and good chefs, ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g hygiene<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> kitchen, and cont<strong>in</strong>uously expand<strong>in</strong>g my<br />

cul<strong>in</strong>ary knowledge. I aim to learn more about<br />

Asian and Lat<strong>in</strong> American cuis<strong>in</strong>es and travel<br />

<strong>the</strong> world to br<strong>in</strong>g new and excit<strong>in</strong>g concepts<br />

to my menu for guests to enjoy.<br />

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Art Exhibitions<br />

and Events to look out for<br />


World Art Dubai<br />

World Art Dubai <strong>2023</strong> will mark its 9th edition <strong>in</strong> spr<strong>in</strong>g! The unique show celebrat<strong>in</strong>g art <strong>in</strong> all its forms has prepared an excit<strong>in</strong>g programme<br />

full of activities at Dubai World Trade Centre.<br />

World Art Dubai <strong>2023</strong> will display diverse, affordable and orig<strong>in</strong>al art across <strong>the</strong> venue halls. The region’s most prom<strong>in</strong>ent retail art fair will<br />

unite galleries and artists worldwide, from emerg<strong>in</strong>g Emirati artists and pop-art icons to f<strong>in</strong>e art and photography practitioners, each with<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir unique style.<br />

When: 09th <strong>March</strong> – 12th <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE.<br />

Dubai Culture organizes ‘Dubai<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Year 1962’ exhibition<br />

The Dubai Department of Culture and Arts organized a photo<br />

exhibition called “Dubai <strong>in</strong> 1962” <strong>in</strong> collaboration with <strong>the</strong><br />

Consulate General of Japan <strong>in</strong> Dubai, Dubai Culture. 50th<br />

anniversary of <strong>the</strong> establishment of UAE-Japan relations.<br />

The exhibition, supported by <strong>the</strong> Sankei Shimbun newspaper<br />

and Kimi Makishima Akai, <strong>in</strong>cluded 25 photographs depict<strong>in</strong>g<br />

lifestyle <strong>in</strong> Dubai <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 1960s, taken by Japanese photojournalist<br />

Yoshio Kashima of <strong>the</strong> Sankei Shimbun newspaper dur<strong>in</strong>g a visit<br />

to Dubai and <strong>the</strong> Middle East region.<br />

When: 30th January to 17th <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Where: Al Safa Art and Design Library<br />

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In Renaissance Italy, <strong>the</strong> term “grotesque” was used to describe<br />

a type of decorative art that comb<strong>in</strong>ed elements of fantasy and<br />

nature <strong>in</strong> imag<strong>in</strong>ative ways.<br />

The Mona Lisa’s smile is believed to change<br />

depend<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> viewer’s perspective and<br />

movement. This is due to <strong>the</strong> technique used by<br />

Leonardo da V<strong>in</strong>ci, known as “sfumato,” which<br />

creates a soft, blurred effect.<br />

The caves at Lascaux <strong>in</strong> southwestern France conta<strong>in</strong> some<br />

of <strong>the</strong> world’s earliest known cave pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, dat<strong>in</strong>g back to<br />

approximately 15,000 BCE.<br />

The Bayeux Tapestry, an 11th-century work of embroidery, is one<br />

of <strong>the</strong> longest pieces of art <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world, stretch<strong>in</strong>g over 230 feet<br />

<strong>in</strong> length.<br />

The world’s largest oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, “The Boundless,” was created<br />

by a s<strong>in</strong>gle artist, Danish-Norwegian pa<strong>in</strong>ter, Johannes<br />

Gumaelius, and measures 11,000 square feet.<br />

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The rock pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs of <strong>the</strong> Indigenous people of Australia, known<br />

as <strong>the</strong> Dreamtime, are some of <strong>the</strong> oldest and most <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

works of art <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world, and tell stories of <strong>the</strong> creation of <strong>the</strong><br />

world and <strong>the</strong> Ancestral Be<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

In ancient Greece, red-figure pottery was a popular art form that<br />

featured images <strong>in</strong> silhouette, with <strong>the</strong> background left <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

natural clay colour, while <strong>the</strong> figures were pa<strong>in</strong>ted <strong>in</strong> red.<br />

The ancient Mayans were skilled artists and architects, and <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

pyramids and sculptures are some of <strong>the</strong> most impressive works<br />

of art from ancient times.<br />

The art of k<strong>in</strong>tsugi, a Japanese method of repair<strong>in</strong>g broken pottery<br />

with gold or silver lacquer, has been practiced for over 500 years<br />

and represents <strong>the</strong> philosophy of embrac<strong>in</strong>g imperfections and<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g beauty <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> repaired object.<br />

The Ch<strong>in</strong>ese paper cut-outs, known as Jianzhi, are a form of folk art<br />

that has been practiced for over 1,500 years, and feature <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

designs cut from colorful paper.<br />

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Daniela<br />

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Aakanksha Kshatriya<br />

Edcel Cabalan<br />

Mal<strong>in</strong>i Emel Karani Cevikan<br />

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Mariam Mariam Abu Abu Eida Eida<br />

First First Year Year<br />

University University of Petre of Petre<br />

Andrei, Andrei, Romania Romania<br />

Emily Yu<br />

Jumeirah college Ece Ece Eris Eris<br />

Class Class of <strong>2023</strong> of <strong>2023</strong><br />

Menlo Menlo A<strong>the</strong>rton A<strong>the</strong>rton<br />

High High School, School,<br />

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Malak Shafey<br />

Belvedere British school<br />

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Australian Australian International International<br />

School, School, Sharjah Sharjah<br />

Bhargav Chandrasekar<br />

Bright Riders School<br />

Keyuri Keyuri Buranpur Buranpur<br />

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The Heydar Aliyev Center is an important cultural centre<br />

<strong>in</strong> Baku, <strong>the</strong> capital of Azerbaijan, housed <strong>in</strong> an iconic<br />

build<strong>in</strong>g designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. It is located<br />

<strong>in</strong> a 10-hectare public park close to <strong>the</strong> Baku Convention<br />

Center.<br />

The centre takes its name from Heydar Aliyev (1923 – 2003),<br />

<strong>the</strong> national leader of Azerbaijan who is considered to be<br />

<strong>the</strong> founder of modern Azerbaijan.<br />

The centre is famous for its fluid shape, which <strong>the</strong> architects<br />

<strong>in</strong>tended as a reaction to <strong>the</strong> rigid architecture of <strong>the</strong> Soviet<br />

era as well as a reference to Islamic calligraphy and elements<br />

of traditional Azeri architecture.<br />

Spann<strong>in</strong>g eight levels, <strong>the</strong> array of column-free functional<br />

spaces of <strong>the</strong> centre is enclosed by a free-form curvil<strong>in</strong>ear<br />

envelope made <strong>in</strong> Glass Fibre Re<strong>in</strong>forced Concrete and<br />

Glass Fibre Re<strong>in</strong>forced Polyester.<br />

Zaha Hadid Heydar<br />

Aliyev Centre<br />

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The build<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong> Fondation Louis Vuitton is sited with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Jard<strong>in</strong><br />

d’Acclimatation, a children-and-family-oriented garden part of <strong>the</strong><br />

Bois de Boulogne – an 846-hectare public park created <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> mid-<br />

19th century <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> sixteenth arrondissement of Paris.<br />

Gehry’s design was <strong>in</strong>spired by both <strong>the</strong> traditional 19th-century glassand-steel<br />

greenhouse architecture, and <strong>the</strong> image of a “sail<strong>in</strong>g ship”.<br />

It is characterized by twelve large glass-and-steel “sails” envelop<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a core, named “The Iceberg”, made <strong>in</strong> white Ultra-High-Performance<br />

Fiber-Re<strong>in</strong>forced Concrete.<br />

The Foundation’s build<strong>in</strong>g conta<strong>in</strong>s 11 galleries, storage areas,<br />

offices, education spaces, a museum store, a restaurant, and an<br />

auditorium – a concert hall which can accommodate from 350 to 1000<br />

people depend<strong>in</strong>g on its configuration. A bas<strong>in</strong> was also created<br />

around <strong>the</strong> Foundation to emphasize its dynamic forms and vessellike<br />

appearance.<br />

Louis Vuitton<br />

Foundation, Paris<br />

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The Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger<br />

Lynn Pendant is a beautifully<br />

designed piece of jewelry that<br />

adds a touch of sophistication<br />

to any outfit. Made from 18K<br />

gold, <strong>the</strong> pendant features<br />

<strong>in</strong>tricate details and is set with<br />

sparkl<strong>in</strong>g diamonds, creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a stunn<strong>in</strong>g and eye-catch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

look. Whe<strong>the</strong>r dressed up or<br />

dressed down, this pendant<br />

is a luxurious statement piece<br />

that is sure to make a last<strong>in</strong>g<br />

impression.<br />

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PIAGET<br />

The Piaget Possession Diamond<br />

Earr<strong>in</strong>gs feature a bold and stylish<br />

design, perfect for add<strong>in</strong>g a touch<br />

of glamour to any look. The earr<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

are made from 18K gold and<br />

feature a rotat<strong>in</strong>g central diamond,<br />

surrounded by smaller diamonds,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g a dynamic and eyecatch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

sparkle. With <strong>the</strong>ir versatile<br />

design, <strong>the</strong>se earr<strong>in</strong>gs are <strong>the</strong><br />

perfect choice for any occasion.<br />

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Ever s<strong>in</strong>ce its launch <strong>in</strong> 1999, <strong>the</strong> Ice Cube collection<br />

has offered successive <strong>in</strong>terpretations of its modern<br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tic <strong>in</strong>spired by t<strong>in</strong>y blocks of ice. Symbolis<strong>in</strong>g<br />

perfection and miraculous geometry, <strong>the</strong> cube is a<br />

source of <strong>in</strong>spiration <strong>in</strong> all creative fields. In select<strong>in</strong>g<br />

this figure, <strong>the</strong> Ice Cube collection dares to play on<br />

its rare nature, its disruptive aes<strong>the</strong>tic.<br />

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The Forget-Me-Not Diamond R<strong>in</strong>g by Harry W<strong>in</strong>ston features a stunn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

flower design set with sparkl<strong>in</strong>g diamonds. The center diamond is<br />

surrounded by petals of smaller diamonds, creat<strong>in</strong>g a romantic and<br />

delicate look. This r<strong>in</strong>g is crafted with <strong>the</strong> highest standards of quality and<br />

is a beautiful symbol of love and commitment.<br />

www.harryw<strong>in</strong>ston.com<br />


The Tiffany Victoria Mixed Cluster<br />

Drop Earr<strong>in</strong>gs feature a beautiful<br />

blend of diamonds and pearls <strong>in</strong> a<br />

unique and elegant design. These<br />

earr<strong>in</strong>gs are crafted from 18K gold<br />

and feature a mix of round and<br />

pear-shaped diamonds, suspended<br />

from delicate pearl drops. Perfect<br />

for add<strong>in</strong>g a touch of sophistication<br />

to any outfit, <strong>the</strong>se earr<strong>in</strong>gs are a<br />

luxurious statement piece.<br />

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From <strong>the</strong> New York Collection, this<br />

high jewelry necklace pays homage<br />

to <strong>the</strong> Metropolitan Museum of<br />

Art and its grand Fifth Avenue<br />

entryway. A work of art unto itself,<br />

<strong>the</strong> jewel features over 77 carats<br />

of round brilliant, marquise, pearshaped,<br />

baguette, and square-cut<br />

diamonds that are masterfully set <strong>in</strong><br />

a strik<strong>in</strong>g arrangement.<br />

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GRAFF<br />

Trac<strong>in</strong>g a delicate V shape upon <strong>the</strong><br />

décolletage, <strong>the</strong> white gold Wild Flower diamond<br />

necklace is beautifully articulated to bloom with<br />

an irresistible beauty. Featur<strong>in</strong>g a sequence of<br />

diamond flowers that ascend <strong>in</strong> size, every last<br />

petal is uniquely realised to burst with life..<br />

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GRAFF<br />

Captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> perfect symmetry of a<br />

butterfly’s w<strong>in</strong>gs, <strong>the</strong> Classic Butterfly<br />

necklace <strong>in</strong> white gold depicts <strong>the</strong><br />

allur<strong>in</strong>g form of a butterfly <strong>in</strong> pear shape<br />

and marquise diamonds. An allur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>ation of marquise and round are<br />

expertly set by <strong>the</strong> master craftsmen to form<br />

a ribbon of brilliance around <strong>the</strong> neck.<br />

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The Buccellati 18K Gold Etched Earr<strong>in</strong>gs are a luxurious and elegant<br />

statement piece. The earr<strong>in</strong>gs feature <strong>in</strong>tricate etch<strong>in</strong>g and are crafted<br />

from 18K gold, creat<strong>in</strong>g a stunn<strong>in</strong>g look that is perfect for dress<strong>in</strong>g up or<br />

dress<strong>in</strong>g down. These earr<strong>in</strong>gs are a beautiful and timeless accessory,<br />

perfect for add<strong>in</strong>g a touch of sophistication to any outfit.<br />

www.buccellati.com<br />


The Chopard Happy Diamonds Earr<strong>in</strong>gs are a stunn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

piece of jewelry that features a unique and playful<br />

design. The earr<strong>in</strong>gs are made from 18K gold and<br />

feature danc<strong>in</strong>g diamonds with<strong>in</strong> a clear capsule,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g a stunn<strong>in</strong>g and sparkl<strong>in</strong>g effect. Perfect for<br />

add<strong>in</strong>g a touch of luxury and sophistication to any look.<br />

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The Cartier Love Wedd<strong>in</strong>g Band is a timeless<br />

symbol of love and commitment. Made from 18K<br />

gold, <strong>the</strong> r<strong>in</strong>g is crafted with <strong>in</strong>tricate details and<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ished with <strong>the</strong> iconic screw motifs. A luxurious<br />

choice for wedd<strong>in</strong>gs or anniversaries, this r<strong>in</strong>g is a<br />

beautiful expression of your love and devotion.<br />

www.cartier.com<br />

The Cartier Tr<strong>in</strong>ity Wedd<strong>in</strong>g Band<br />

is a timeless symbol of love and<br />

commitment. The r<strong>in</strong>g features three<br />

<strong>in</strong>terlock<strong>in</strong>g bands of 18K gold,<br />

symboliz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> past, present, and<br />

future of your love. With its sleek design<br />

and luxurious f<strong>in</strong>ish, this r<strong>in</strong>g is a<br />

beautiful expression of your love and<br />

devotion.<br />

www.cartier.com<br />

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F-80 Skeleton, produced <strong>in</strong> a limited<br />

edition with an automatic movement visible<br />

through <strong>the</strong> transparent caseback and<br />

dial, on which <strong>the</strong> double Ganc<strong>in</strong>i symbol<br />

stands out, comb<strong>in</strong>es <strong>the</strong> tradition of Swiss<br />

watchmak<strong>in</strong>g with sophisticated Italian<br />

design.<br />

www.ferragamo.com<br />


A matte, mascul<strong>in</strong>e timepiece<br />

equipped with chrono movement and a<br />

three-counter dial. The r<strong>in</strong>g is detailed<br />

with an engraved Greca pattern and<br />

Versace letter<strong>in</strong>g all around, while <strong>the</strong><br />

dial features a w<strong>in</strong>dow date located<br />

at three o’clock and a tonal, all-over<br />

Greca motif. The metal band is f<strong>in</strong>ished<br />

with a butterfly closure and pushers.<br />

www.versace.com<br />

FARER<br />

A rich cherry red colourway gives some bite<br />

to <strong>the</strong> Farer 36mm Three Hand Discovery,<br />

which is one of <strong>the</strong> brand’s newest<br />

launches. Small but mighty, each watch<br />

is powered by <strong>the</strong> La Joux-Perret calibre,<br />

while <strong>the</strong> case is made from mar<strong>in</strong>e-grade<br />

sta<strong>in</strong>less steel.<br />

www.farer.com<br />


A modern watch that embodies Versace’s<br />

essence, equipped with chrono movement<br />

and a three-counter dial. The case is<br />

accented by a three-dimensional Medusa<br />

emblem and logo at 12 o’clock, and <strong>the</strong> r<strong>in</strong>g<br />

features an engraved Greca pattern and<br />

Versace letter<strong>in</strong>g all-around. A metal band<br />

with a butterfly buckle f<strong>in</strong>ish <strong>the</strong> timepiece.<br />

www.versace.com<br />

ARMANI<br />

This watch comes with 44mm watch<br />

featur<strong>in</strong>g a black cd f<strong>in</strong>ish, sunray dial,<br />

at least 50% recycled sta<strong>in</strong>less steel<br />

case and strap buckle, chronograph<br />

movement and brown lea<strong>the</strong>r strap. The<br />

entire Armani brand revolves around<br />

style, elegance and high fashion designs<br />

www.armaniexchange.com<br />


The F-80 Tonneau Chrono fully embodies<br />

<strong>the</strong> essence of <strong>the</strong> Ferragamo sport-luxury<br />

segment. The guillouchè dial has a sunray<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g and encloses <strong>the</strong> chronograph<br />

with lum<strong>in</strong>ous counters, <strong>in</strong>dexes and hands.<br />

www.ferragamo.com<br />

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Patek Philippe enhances <strong>the</strong> mechanical<br />

sophistication of its most complicated<br />

wristwatch <strong>in</strong> a white gold Haute Joaillerie<br />

version adorned with 409 baguette-cut<br />

diamonds (31.35 cts) and “<strong>in</strong>visible sett<strong>in</strong>g”.<br />

Among <strong>the</strong> 20 complications are five<br />

chim<strong>in</strong>g modes, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g two patented<br />

world exclusives: an alarm with time strike<br />

and a date repeater sound<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> date at<br />

will.<br />

www.patek.com<br />


Historically worn by <strong>the</strong> likes of Roger<br />

Moore, Andy Warhol and Bjorn Borg,<br />

consider Piaget’s ultra-handsome Polo<br />

Perpetual Calendar a must-have. The <strong>in</strong>house<br />

12P movement launched <strong>in</strong> 1960 was<br />

<strong>the</strong> th<strong>in</strong>nest <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world because it drew on<br />

<strong>the</strong> idea of us<strong>in</strong>g a micro-rotor to ensure its<br />

ultra-th<strong>in</strong>ness. Fifty years later, this calibre<br />

<strong>in</strong> turn gave rise to <strong>the</strong> new generation of<br />

1200P calibre.<br />

www.piaget.com<br />



Ultra-contemporary and encased <strong>in</strong><br />

titanium, <strong>the</strong> streaml<strong>in</strong>ed silhouette of <strong>the</strong><br />

Ulysse Nard<strong>in</strong> Diver X Skeleton is cloaked<br />

<strong>in</strong> white. The Manufacture calibre UN-<br />

372 brea<strong>the</strong>s all its power <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> 44 mm<br />

titanium case, while <strong>the</strong> escapement wheel,<br />

pallet and balance-spr<strong>in</strong>g are also made<br />

of silicium – a preferred material at Ulysse<br />

Nard<strong>in</strong>, who <strong>in</strong>troduced it to <strong>the</strong> world of<br />

watchmak<strong>in</strong>g.`<br />

www.ulysse-nard `<strong>in</strong>.com<br />

ZENITH<br />

Zenith’s new DEFY Skyl<strong>in</strong>e collection was<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> biggest surprise hits of 2022 so<br />

it makes total sense for Julien Tornare and<br />

his team to build on that success. At 41mm,<br />

this Skeleton version is a killer sporty<br />

number and is powered by <strong>the</strong> legendary El<br />

Primero movement.<br />

www.zenith-watches.com<br />


Vega New, <strong>the</strong> successful collection of<br />

Ferragamo timepieces reta<strong>in</strong>s <strong>the</strong> clean,<br />

geometric l<strong>in</strong>es that characterize <strong>the</strong> Vega<br />

collection, but is made more precious by<br />

a new 5-l<strong>in</strong>k bracelet and topr<strong>in</strong>g. The<br />

guillochèdial features Roman numerals and<br />

a double Ganc<strong>in</strong>i symbol at 8H.<br />

www.ferragamo.com<br />

ARMANI<br />

This three-hand Black Silicone watch<br />

comes with a 44mm watch featur<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

black matte dial, three-hand movements,<br />

and a black silicone strap. The high-quality<br />

materials used <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> creation of each watch<br />

ensure that <strong>the</strong> models are long-last<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

will quickly become a well-loved element <strong>in</strong><br />

anyone’s collection.<br />

www.armaniexchange.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



CHANEL<br />

This year, Gabrielle Chanel, who was<br />

fasc<strong>in</strong>ated by celestial bodies, was <strong>in</strong>spired<br />

by heaven to design her first and only<br />

High Jewelry collection. The glamor of<br />

this collection was reflected <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 1932<br />

perfume, which is a precious and attractive<br />

fragrance with notes of woody powder.<br />

www.chanel.com<br />

CHANEL<br />

These classic square sunglasses have a timeless, m<strong>in</strong>imalist<br />

design. Made with durable acetate <strong>in</strong> different color options,<br />

<strong>the</strong> lightweight frames are perfect for casual everyday wear.<br />

Chanel sunglasses designs range from chic to shock<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

each hold<strong>in</strong>g its own secret homage to Coco herself. All<br />

stylish frames are equipped with lenses that offer 100% UVA/<br />

UVB protection.<br />

www.chanel.com<br />


Composed of 21 G VS1 brilliant-cut<br />

diamonds totall<strong>in</strong>g 16.98 carats and<br />

baguette- and pr<strong>in</strong>cess-cut diamonds,<br />

this brooch showcases both <strong>the</strong> art<br />

of symmetry and <strong>the</strong> art of comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

diamonds of different cuts. With one<br />

goal <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d: to make <strong>the</strong>m sh<strong>in</strong>e with<br />

light.<br />

www.cartier.com<br />

CELINE<br />

The Cel<strong>in</strong>e M<strong>in</strong>i Backpack<br />

showcases <strong>the</strong> fashion house’s<br />

re<strong>in</strong>vigorated Triomphe logo all<br />

over it, which makes this piece<br />

a suitable option for giv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

logomania trend a-go. Along with<br />

<strong>the</strong> signature pattern, <strong>the</strong> accessory<br />

has an elevated light brown trim<br />

and contrast<strong>in</strong>g white stitch<strong>in</strong>g for a<br />

timeless feel.<br />

www.cel<strong>in</strong>e.com<br />


Navy blue and light beige suede pumps<br />

featur<strong>in</strong>g circular cut-out design with<br />

contrast white nappa lea<strong>the</strong>r pip<strong>in</strong>g trim,<br />

front strap with adjustable buckle and<br />

stiletto high heel.<br />

www.manoloblahnik.com<br />


The razor-sharp shape of <strong>the</strong> Scarlett<br />

embraces this season’s plastic fashion<br />

trend. Set on a manageable lea<strong>the</strong>rcovered<br />

kitten heel, <strong>the</strong>se super<br />

glossy sl<strong>in</strong>gbacks are paired with<br />

blush p<strong>in</strong>k patent lea<strong>the</strong>r featur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

subtle clear PVC <strong>in</strong>serts that design<br />

graphic l<strong>in</strong>es and low v-cuts on <strong>the</strong><br />

upper.<br />

www.casadei.com<br />

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When it comes to <strong>the</strong> word luxury, no<br />

brand is quite as synonymous with it as<br />

Cartier. Cartier has cast its covetable spell<br />

over handbags as <strong>the</strong> latest addition,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Panthère de Cartier bag, has classic<br />

written all over it. From <strong>the</strong> gold cha<strong>in</strong><br />

strap and exquisite clasp to <strong>the</strong> array of<br />

colours—choose from black, blue, white,<br />

grey, or red—this is a designer bag that<br />

shares <strong>the</strong> appreciation for timelessness.<br />

www.cartier.com<br />


Insects are a source of<br />

fasc<strong>in</strong>ation for <strong>the</strong> Maison, thanks<br />

to an anatomy that concentrates<br />

a multitude of details <strong>in</strong>to a<br />

m<strong>in</strong>iature space. Among <strong>the</strong>m,<br />

Cartier highlights <strong>the</strong> cicada and<br />

transcribes its delicacy <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

form of a diamond, rock crystal,<br />

ruby and onyx necklace.<br />

www.cartier.com<br />

CHANEL<br />

Debuted on Chanel’s Spr<strong>in</strong>g/Summer<br />

2022 ready-to-wear runway. The quilted<br />

lea<strong>the</strong>r and gold cha<strong>in</strong> straps give <strong>the</strong> bag<br />

<strong>the</strong> iconic Chanel feel while its slumped<br />

silhouette adds a modern cool-girl feel. To<br />

polish it off, <strong>the</strong> piece has Chanel’s iconic<br />

logo <strong>in</strong> gold across <strong>the</strong> front.<br />

www.chanel.com<br />


SJP is giv<strong>in</strong>g a whole new mean<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to “statement piece“. Paley is<br />

<strong>the</strong> perfect companion for every<br />

occasion!<br />

www.sjpbysarahjessicaparker.com<br />


The sophisticated Loubila clutch by<br />

Maison Christian Loubout<strong>in</strong> showcases<br />

rubber <strong>in</strong>serts evok<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> iconic sneaker<br />

soles. It comb<strong>in</strong>es W<strong>in</strong>e velvet and<br />

Bourbon brown patent lea<strong>the</strong>r. This can<br />

be carried by hand or over <strong>the</strong> shoulder<br />

with <strong>the</strong> detachable cha<strong>in</strong> strap. The bag<br />

comes with Zipped fasten<strong>in</strong>g evok<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

Maison’s iconic lipstick.<br />

www.christianloubout<strong>in</strong>.com<br />

MAUZAN<br />

The Mauzan new signature reversible abaya<br />

is made of black and grey light crepe fabric<br />

that is non-stretchy.<br />

The reversible feature of <strong>the</strong> abaya means<br />

that it can be worn on ei<strong>the</strong>r side, giv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

you two different looks with just one<br />

garment.<br />

www.mauzan.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



The celebrated French luxury fashion brand,<br />

Hermes, is renowned for its impeccable<br />

craftsmanship and timeless designs.<br />

Founded <strong>in</strong> 1837 by Thierry Hermès,<br />

Hermes has a long history of creat<strong>in</strong>g high-quality<br />

lea<strong>the</strong>r goods, cloth<strong>in</strong>g, and accessories. Over<br />

<strong>the</strong> years, <strong>the</strong> brand has become synonymous<br />

with elegance, sophistication, and exclusivity,<br />

and its products are sought after by fashion<br />

lovers all over <strong>the</strong> world. What sets Hermes<br />

apart is its commitment to traditional techniques<br />

and materials. The brand’s lea<strong>the</strong>r goods, for<br />

example, are made us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> same methods<br />

that have been used for generations, and <strong>the</strong>y<br />

are crafted from <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>est lea<strong>the</strong>rs available.<br />

This attention to detail and quality has helped<br />

to establish Hermes as a leader <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> luxury<br />

fashion market, and its products are widely<br />

regarded as some of <strong>the</strong> best <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

In addition to its exceptional craftsmanship,<br />

Hermes is also known for its <strong>in</strong>novative and<br />

endur<strong>in</strong>g designs. The brand’s iconic Birk<strong>in</strong><br />

and Kelly bags, for example, have become<br />

cult favourites and are highly sought after by<br />

fashion collectors. Similarly, <strong>the</strong> label’s apparel<br />

and accessories are designed to last, with<br />

ageless silhouettes and classic details that<br />

never go out of style. The luxury fashion brand<br />

embodies <strong>the</strong> very best of French style and<br />

elegance. From its commitment to traditional<br />

techniques and materials, to its timeless designs,<br />

Hermes is a brand that truly embodies <strong>the</strong> spirit<br />

of luxury and exclusivity. Operat<strong>in</strong>g 306 retail<br />

stores across <strong>the</strong> world, Hermes’ strong brand<br />

image, comb<strong>in</strong>ed with its consistent f<strong>in</strong>ancial<br />

performance and growth <strong>in</strong> new markets, has<br />

aided <strong>in</strong> establish<strong>in</strong>g it as a valuable player<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> luxury fashion <strong>in</strong>dustry. As a result, <strong>the</strong><br />

brand has a significant market value, and its<br />

products are highly coveted by consumers<br />

around <strong>the</strong> world. 2019 data revealed that<br />

Hermes emerged as <strong>the</strong> third most valuable<br />

luxury brand with a brand worth valued at<br />

$31 billion.<br />

The Hermes brand logo is a simple yet<br />

elegant design that consists of a horse-drawn<br />

carriage and <strong>the</strong> word “Hermes” written <strong>in</strong> a<br />

classic serif font. The horse-drawn carriage is<br />

a nod to <strong>the</strong> brand’s roots as a manufacturer of<br />

harnesses and saddles, and it symbolizes <strong>the</strong><br />

company’s commitment to craftsmanship and<br />

heritage. The logo’s m<strong>in</strong>imalist style embodies<br />

<strong>the</strong> company’s commitment to quality and its<br />

ethos of understated elegance.<br />

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