Daily Archives: March 16, 2015

Listing: Unprecedented Brunch Experiences At The Address Montgomerie Dubai

A Sparkling Gourmet Brunch

Savour the full culinary creativity of our chefs, now with the added fizz of bubbly. Our brunch fuses fine dining with a buffet experience. From evening style table service and à la carte specials, to delicious salads, cheese and dessert buffets, you enjoy the best of both worlds: gourmet taste and unlimited buffet indulgence.

Date: Every Friday
Time: 12pm to 3:30pm

Price: AED 245 including soft beverages; AED 345 including soft and selected house beverages; AED 550 including bubbly; Children between the ages of 6 to 12 will be given a 50% discount

Easter Gourmet Brunch at Nineteen

Experience an Easter themed brunch allowing you to celebrate Easter in an elegant, relaxed and unique fashion. Sit back and enjoy the company of loved ones on Nineteen’s superb terrace view of the 18th hole and Emirates Hills ­ a truly refined atmosphere! Enjoy a delectable selection with an impeccable array of dishes highlighting the real taste behind the Nineteen culinary journey.

Date: April 3, 2015
Time: 12pm to 3:30pm


Price: AED 245 inclusive of soft beverages; AED 345 with selected house beverages; AED 550 inclusive of bubbly; free of charge for children of 5 years age or old below; 50% discount ­ children 6 to 12years

Live Performer: Saxophonist
Easter Roast at Nineteen

Expect a traditional British Roast Easter theme that is bursting with flavour! Choose from an array of superbly succulent meats, accompanied by crisp roast potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables. Create memorable escapades with Nineteen at The Address Montgomerie Dubai!

Date: April 4, 2015
Time: 12pm to 3:30pm

Price: AED 235 inclusive of soft beverages; AED 325 with selected house beverages; AED 550 inclusive of bubbly; free of charge for children of 5 years age or old below; 50% discount ­ children 6 to 12 years


Fashion Victims Season 2 Schedule

Fashion Victims Season 2 has brought together talents from around the world to relish a holistic fashion event on April 3rd 2015 at the Atlantis. The event will see Nancy Ajram, Lebanese singer and Arabic music icon attend the fashion shows and the awards dinner, and have labels like Sorapol, Math Collective, Joshua Fenu, Taibo Bacar, Sponsa, and Canella Hostal and Am1ra of ESMOD showcasing their magnificent collections to leave the audience mesmerized.

“Fashion Victims is all about recognising local and international talent and we are very honored to have Nancy Ajram, one of the most celebrated artists in the region grace our event to support this initiative,” says George Kanoun, CEO of Babylon Marketing and Events.

Fashion Victims Workshops

To better understand the fashion industry in the UAE and worldwide, Fashion Victims is hosting three workshops from 11:30am to 2:30pm. The first workshop by ESMOD Dubai, the established fashion school, will talk audience through the evolution of fashion through different stages in history, particularly fashion studies and how online learning has changed fashion education.

Following ESMOD, the renowned stylist and fashion author Kelly Lundberg will hold an interactive workshop on ‘The Power Of A Stylist’. As a part of the interactive workshops, Kelly will also answer audience’s questions on the topic and provide general styling tips.

The last workshop by Shahzad Mohayudin, founder of the label Math Collective along with Georgina Woollams, founder of Evolution of Fashion will consult young designers and fashion devotees on how to grow brands internationally. Both the speakers have been frequent participants at London Fashion Week and will cover subjects that would help designers secure a spot on different fashion weeks, the technical aspects of showcasing and even understanding fashion from a buyer’s perspective.

Fashion Victims Season 2 Runway

Adding on to the lineup of designers, Fashion Victims is thrilled to announce that UK based designer Shahzad Mohayudin will showcase his label Math Collective. Known to have taken the London Fashion Week by storm, Math Collective’s designs reflect luxury and capture the essence of wNancy Ajram Fashion Victimshole rather than it being more than a single element. Combinations of contrasting texture with strong graphic influences have become a signature of the brand.

Alongside his own collection, Shahzad has also collaborated with French Footballer Djbril Cisse to create a new luxury concept, Mr. Lenoir / MAVRO.

Fashion Victims is also pleased to host Sorapol. The prized UK based design house is the creation of Head Designer Sorapol Chawaphatnakul and Creative Director Daniel Lismore. The designs blend conventional artisanal techniques with modern silhouettes and decadent luxury. Along with their Autumn/Winter collection, Sorapol is eager to showcase luxurious and plush Grand Soir collection at the second season of Fashion Victims. Acclaimed for their unique and mesmerizing visions, Sorapol and Lismore’s outfits have been spotted on style icons from Paloma Faith, Cara Delevingne, to Azealia Banks and Nicki Minaj, in addition to a coterie of discerning private clients.

Along with Math and Sorapol, the other brands who are confirmed to showcase at Fashion Victims include celebrity accessories designer, Joshua Fenu, who also is the consultant for Alexandar McQueen; Taibo Bacar, the first ever African designer to showcase at Milan Fashion Week;and the exceptionally talented Canela Hostal and Amira Salim, presented by ESMOD.

The Middle East Fashion Awards

Nominations are now open for The Middle East Fashion Awards by Fashion Victims for the categories of Best Emerging Designer, Best Abaya Designer, Most Innovative Designer, Outstanding Achievement, Special recognition, Best Accessories Designer, Best Fashion Blogger, Best Fashion Photographer, Best Make Up Artist, Best Hairstylist and Best Stylist. The winners would be decided by a prestigious group of panelists and industry experts, would be announced at the awards dinner, hosted by Shereen Mitwalli on the same day of the event. Nominations can be made through: www.fashionvictims.co.

Emaar’s World-Class ‘Dubai Trolley’ Arrives To Downtown Dubai And Is Set To Roll Out So

Dubai Trolley has arrived. The region’s first hop-on hop-off trolley system in Downtown Dubai, also featuring the world’s first hydrogen-powered trolley trams, is currently being tested, following the delivery of the first trolley tram at Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.

Emaar Properties is redefining the norms of urban mass transit within Downtown Dubai, its flagship mega-development that welcomed 80 million visitors in 2014, with the roll out of Dubai Trolley. It will soon become another popular visitor attraction and a convenient mode of transit in Downtown Dubai.

The hydrogen and electric-powered trolley tram is being assembled on site with testing and commissioning to be undertaken shortly. Work on the elegantly designed Dubai Trolley stations is also progressing as per schedule.

To eventually span 7 km across the entire breadth of the 500-acre Downtown Dubai, Dubai Trolley’s first phase that will be unveiled soon connects visitors and residents over a distance of 1 km, passing by some of the world’s iconic landmarks including Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, The Dubai Fountain, Souk Al Bahar and Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.

The imported double-decker trolley trams have been specially designed for Emaar. They are resplendent in bright red with aesthetic gold pin-stripes and green trim colours, and have Arabesque design features. Each double-decker trolley tram can carry 74 passengers, who can opt for open-deck or air-conditioned seating. They can then conveniently hop on and hop off at locations of their choice, significantly enhancing connectivity within Downtown Dubai.

dubai trolley

Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director of Emaar Properties, said: “The Dubai Trolley is an innovative and sustainable mode of transit that fits perfectly with the requirements of visitors and residents alike to Downtown Dubai. With so many world-class attractions in one square kilometre, visitors and residents needed a convenient mode of transit that provides them seamless connectivity while assuring a leisured pace. We are continuously innovating on the lifestyle choices we provide for our visitors and residents and the Dubai Trolley will be a fascinating attraction for people of all ages.”

Work on the Trolley Terminus near Old Town Island, which will feature F&B offerings, and other depots are being accelerated. The stations have an aesthetically appealing façade and will be air-conditioned to maximise visitor comfort.

Being hydrogen and electric powered, the Dubai Trolley has zero emissions and will travel at an operational speed of 16 km per hour, although it has a maximum speed of 80 km per hour. Several crossings have been provided along the tramway to safe pedestrian traffic.

Assuring high degree of urban mobility, Downtown Dubai, described as ‘The Centre of Now,’ is linked to the Dubai Metro through an air-conditioned travellator. It is well-serviced by public transport including Roads & Transport Authority’s buses and taxis. Visitors also have the choice of touring the 500-acre development through The Boulevard Bus Tour.

A thriving city within a city, Downtown Dubai has the most sought-after residential and commercial property and several world-class hotels.



Alserkal Avenue Announces 15 Art Galleries, Cultural Organisations, Creative Businesses & Unique Homegrown Initiatives To Open Fall 2015

Dubai ­ Alserkal Avenue announces a selection of 15 new art galleries, cultural organisations and creative businesses to join the developing arts and culture hub in the fall of 2015. The announcement marks the first in a series of concept launches planned throughout the year in tandem with commissions and events by Alserkal Avenue’s newly established homegrown programme.

Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, Alserkal Avenue Founder and Patron of the Arts comments, “Today, Alserkal Avenue is a community unlike any other. It is a community of creative visionaries, rising in unison with the patronage and providence of our country’s leaders, who put culture at the core of their worldview. It is a community of creative thought leaders and talents who mark not only this new ground, but also the fabric of the city and country beyond, and the entire cultural landscape of the region.”

Contemporary art remains at the heart of the Avenue with the following international galleries making their first foray onto the regional stage: Leila Heller Gallery, New York, will join the Avenue to exhibit an extensive programme of contemporary Western and Middle Eastern artists, including exceptional works from the 20th century; Stephane Custot Gallery, Dubai aims to create dialogue between influential modern masters and international contemporary artists from East and West; MB& F M.A.D. Gallery, Geneva/Taipei, introduces kinetic art and limited edition design with a focus on horology.

Vilma Jurkute, Director of Alserkal Avenue, remarks, “The interest from international galleries in moving into MENA reflects the growth of the region’s contemporary art scene. Together with our homegrown galleries, they create a strong foundation for dialogue, collaboration and exchange – all central to what Alserkal Avenue is passionate about and strongly invested in.”
Bringing local flavour to the lineup of contemporary art galleries, regional pioneer The Third Line, Dubai, which represents preeminent Middle Eastern contemporary artists, including Monir Farmanfarmaian and Farhad Moshiri, will move to its new home on the Avenue.

The galleries will be joined by Paris-initiated Jean-Paul Najar Foundation, a partnership with Alserkal Avenue, which will present European and American post-minimal works from the 1960s through the 1990s and host a programme of activities around abstraction.

In addition to galleries and arts organisations, the Avenue will welcome an increasingly diverse range of creative businesses in design, performance, film, and food, all of which will be supported by a strong homegrown programme featuring a live-in artist residency and a cultural radio project. Tairone Bastien, Programming Director of Alserkal Avenue adds, “These new platforms are initiatives through which Alserkal Avenue will be working directly with artists going forward, establishing new fora to connect and give voice to the region’s artists.”

In the realm of the performing arts, the Avenue will have a new community black-box theatre The Junction, and the established community arts space thejamjar.

Trained architect and engineer inter | act design studio will focus on creating interactive installations that influence the surrounding spatial experience.

Design will be represented in the Avenue with SVENM, an architecture and design firm specialising in the cultural and residential sectors, and Limah Design Consultants, an international multi-disciplinary design firm with a focus on wayfinding, urban elements and public art. Nostalgia Classic Cars pays homage to vintage motoring and will display limited edition, hard-to-find masterpieces.

Unique food concepts will also be moving to the Avenue; Inked is about food and creativity. The space will host events and serve as a platform for everything culinary. Good Vibes Market aims to bring together the community in vibrant themed markets around the streets of Alserkal Avenue. Wild and the Moon is a cold-pressed juice and smoothie bar with a focus on natural, organic, raw, plant based, gluten and dairy free food that provides a healthy and delicious alternative.

In line with its mission to advance the growth of art and culture in the region by nurturing a diverse and sustainable ecosystem, Alserkal Avenue will make further announcements on homegrown initiatives and new concepts in 2015.
For a full list of art galleries and cultural organisations currently on Alserkal Avenue, including those participating in the evening’s Galleries Night on Monday, 16 March, please visit <http://media.ne.cision.com/l/pawcbrop/www.alserkalavenue.ae/>www.alserkalavenue.ae

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts To Open The First St. Regis Polo Resort

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced the signing of the first-ever St. Regis polo resort, The St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Clubin partnership with Al Habtoor Group LLC. Scheduled to open early 2017, the 136-room hotel will be the centerpiece of a six-million square-foot equestrian sports complex in Dubai.

“St. Regis has long been associated with the world of polo, and we are excited to lead this milestone project together with Al Habtoor Group- an important partner for Starwood who shares the St, Regis brand’s passion for ‘the sport of kings’,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “We are also delighted to extend our partnership with the Al Habtoor family, with whom we are working to open our first St. Regis hotel in Dubai later this year.”

Mohammed Al Habtoor said, “We are delighted to partner with Starwood for another landmark project in Dubai. The St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club will be part of a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community. Every guest of the hotel will be able to watch polo from their rooms, suites and the restaurant terraces. This offers something truly unique.”

The St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club will feature 136 luxury guest rooms, 24 luxury bungalows and various culinary venues. In addition, there will be a 138 St. Regis branded residential villas within the resort, alongside a polo club, a state-of-the-art polo academy and a riding school with 500 stables. Guests will also have access to the polo academy, which will offer a wide range of programs including dressage, riding, and show jumping for riders of all ages. The resort will be home to four world-class polo fields which will reinforce Dubai’s leading position on the global polo circuit.

Led by British architects WS Atkins & Partners, the design of the resort will be inspired by Andalusian architecture. The St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club will be part of Dubailand, a landmark project on Emirates Road just 25 minutes from Dubai International Airport. Set to become a regional and global tourism hub, Dubailand will feature various sports, leisure, entertainment and shopping attractions, and is expected to attract an additional 15 million tourists to Dubai annually once completed.

St. Regis has a rich polo history, beginning at the turn of the last century when polo matches on Manhattan’s Governors Island were the highlight of the New York social calendar and where St. Regis’ founding family, the Astors, were a prominent fixture. As St. Regis continues to grow globally, the brand expands its polo presence in nearly as many destinations: this year, hosting spirited polo matches and marquee events in  Aspen, Buenos Aires, Bridgehampton, and the United Kingdom just to name a  few. St. Regis recently participated in the Sentebale Polo Cup which took place in Abu Dhabi and featured Prince Harry and St. Regis Connoisseur, Nacho Figueras. The match raised funds for the Sentebale charity benefiting the children of Lesotho.

“The UAE is our largest market in the Middle East, and we continue to see opportunities to grow our brand portfolio across the country,” said Bart Carnahan, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “This signing will strengthen Starwood’s portfolio in Dubai, as we continue to strategically expand our luxury footprint in the region.”

Starwood operates nearly 50 hotels and resorts across the Middle East under eight of the company’s nine distinct lifestyle brands including The Luxury Collection, St. Regis, Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, Le Méridien, Four Points by Sheraton, and Aloft. The company has plans to further expand its portfolio in the region with a pipeline of over 35 hotels due to open by 2017.

Dubai is the company’s second largest market after New York City with 15 operating hotels and seven properties in the pipeline. In addition to The St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, Starwood is also partnering with the Al Habtoor Group to open three new hotels across its St. Regis, W and Westin brands in Dubai.  Al Habtoor Group is also the owner of Le Méridien Budapest in Hungary.