Monthly Archives: September 2015

Galeries Lafayette Showcases Fashion Forward Designers at FFWD Pop Up Store

Buyers at Galeries Lafayette have selected seven labels showcased at FFWD to be stocked in store throughout October, as part of the first-ever dedicated FFWD Pop Up Store.  Selected looks from Autumn/Winter ‘15 collections, presented at FFWD Season Five, will be on sale from September 30th- October 27th, at Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall.
“In Galeries Lafayette we support regional and upcoming fashion designers and new talents: it is very important for them to be considered and represented within our store,” said Pascal Abchee, General Manager, Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall. “We have chosen to partner with Fashion Forward because we feel that they are the perfect fit for this strategic vision, being pioneers in the launch of local talents in the Middle East and having grown side by side to Galeries Lafayette in Dubai.”

“Hosting these talented designers will introduce them to a wider customer base, and in parallel affirm the expertise of Galeries Lafayette as pioneer in fashion, nurturing local talent and coming closer to the market. It is an exciting project for us, and we are proud to be associated to Fashion Forward through this collaboration,” added Abchee.

 The labels available at the FFWD Pop Up Store are:
Aiisha Ramadan – Lebanese designer Aiisha Ramadan revealed her new direction ready-to-wear collection at April’s FFWD. “The inspiration behind ‘City Lights’ was geometry, colours, the darkness that reflects from buildings and shadows that create shapes, which play on imagination,” said Aiisha. “A million lights flickering are memorizing and the simple lines that define them, like jewels cast in the finest settings,” said Ramadan.
Arwa Al Banawi – Saudi designer Arwa Al Banawi’s A/W ’15 collection, aptly named “Suitable”, features a mix of ready-to-wear shirts and suits that can be bought as a full look or as separates. In an array of bold, bright patterns each piece is designed to make you push fashion boundaries and standout in the right way. Describing her debut collection Al Banawi said: “With so many ways to mix and match the different separates this collection is suitable for all women on all occasions, whether you’re at an important work meeting or going out for dinner with friends.”
Bouguessa – French-Algerian designer Faiza Bouguessa made her FFWD debut in April 2015, showing her line of contemporary, luxury Abayas. “The collection introduces a relaxed style with restructured basics for the modern women’s wardrobe. It includes a variety of silhouettes sensibly designed to suit all types of women,” said Bouguessa.
Daneh – Saudi designer Daneh Buahmad produces ready to wear collections that are simple and clean cut, but with a twist. The ‘Transition’ collection was inspired by Daneh’s realisation that imperfection is perfection. “Lines are clean and finishing is flawless, yet hems are unfinished and pants are twisted. Fabrics are mixed and colours are neutral, all giving the collection that edgy charm making each item a staple in any wardrobe – but only for those who dare to be comfortably different,” said Buahmad.
Lama Jouni – Lebanese designer Lama Jouni created her eponymous label in Paris in 2013. The A/W ‘15 collection is inspired by the 1970s Rock and Roll era. Describing her pieces, Jouni said: “My fascination with Bianca Jagger and the cooler-than-cool glamour girls of that era were my muses for the collection. From plunging necklines and high waistlines to long capes with exaggerated shoulders, this collection celebrates women in every way.”
La Terre Est Folle – Beirut-born Joe Arida is a 27 year-old multi-disciplinary designer who founded his brand LA TERRE EST FOLLE in 2014. “The I-HUSTLER collection is inspired by gang culture and rap music, it references the juncture between sports and street-wear tempered by the purity of white and transparency,” said Arida.
 Said Mahrouf – Moroccan-born, Said Mahrouf’s love of costume design, artistry and partiality to feminine elegance defines his collections. For A/W ’15 Mahrouf drew his inspiration from paintings by Kazimir Malevich. Mahrouf explains: “The Suprematism collection is my interpretation of Malevich’s basic geometric forms and use of a limited range of colours, expressing ‘the supremacy of pure artistic feeling’.”
“FFWD is committed to supporting regional design talent in all aspects of their businesses, including facilitating introductions to key buyers and leading regional retailers,” said Ramzi Nakad, Founding Partner, FFWD. “We are delighted to be partnering with Galeries Lafayette, and thank them for selecting these deserving designers, and for showing such continued support to FFWD. Having Middle Eastern labels recognised and supported by such a huge force in retail shows not only the levels of talent the region has, but also proved the demand from consumers is growing.”
The FFWD Pop Up Store is located in the Womenswear Department, First Floor, Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, and will be open to shoppers from 30th September – 27th October 2015.
 Be amongst the first to see next season’s key looks as the best couture, ready-to-wear and accessories designers will showcase their Spring/Summer ’16 collections at FFWD Season Six, which takes place this October 22nd-25th at Madinat Jumeirah.
For more information visit the FFWD website.

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Turns Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the world’s most luxurious hotel, continues to show its support for Breast Cancer Awareness month by launching a pink-themed campaign and hosting an event to highlight the importance of this worthy cause.

Starting from Thursday 1 October 2015, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah will light its sail in pink and join a number of global landmarks participating in the worldwide illumination campaign. The hotel’s sail will continue to turn pink each Thursday throughout the month.

Burj Al Arab

For the first time, Burj Al Arab’s Royal Suite will blush pink on Thursday, 22 October, to play host to 20 breast cancer survivors from Breast Friends support group in Dubai.

All guests visiting the property next month will be in for some pink-inspired culinary and visual surprises. The creations designed by Johannes Bonin, Burj Al Arab’s Executive Pastry Chef, for the signature afternoon tea in Skyview Bar andSahn Eddar, include yuzu and raspberry opera cake, macaroons filled with rose-flavored cream and pink-glazed traditional French mille-feuilles. Pink-infused Pink Cooler and Pink Velvet mocktails and cocktails will also be available throughout the month.

To complement the dining experience at the hotel, a symbolic pink souvenir will be presented to guests who visit during the month.

Armani Hotel Dubai Celebrates First-To-Date Culinary Showcase With The Stylish ‘Gourmet 10/10’ Experience

Armani Hotel Dubai, the world’s only one-of-a-kind property, defined by its location in the world’s tallest building and intimate association with fashion legend Giorgio Armani, is showcasing a rare culinary treat with ‘Gourmet 10/10,’ the first-to-date culinary showcase covering all the restaurants at the property from October 1 to 10, 2015.

‘Gourmet 10/10’ will feature an exclusive menu of signature dishes at all its dining destinations – Armani/Ristorante, Armani/Amal, Armani/Hashi and Armani/Deli. The full-course ‘Gourmet 10/10’ experience at any of the outlets will not only celebrate culinary excellence crafted by expert chefs but is also priced competitively at only AED 390 per person inclusive of soft beverages.

Armani/Ristorante serves a four-course set menu that includes baby squid filled with king crab, tomato compote and lemon confit to start with followed by the middle of Risotto ‘Mantecato’ with carrot, kaffir lime, mace and scallop carpaccio; and smoked veal tenderloin, vegetable charcoal, watercress potato and glazed vegetables for the main course. Savour lemon semifredo, orange sablé, blood orange jelly and grapefruit sorbet for dessert.

Armani Hotel Dubai - Exterior

Armani/Amal welcomes diners with masala black cod or prawn porichatu and coriander chutney for starter; black pepper and curry leaf chicken tikka or grilled balsamic lamp chop as middle course. The main course is a choice of Guinea Fowl Mussalam or morrel stuffed breast, apricot chutney and smoked korma sauce served with Dal Makhani, Bombay Aloo, sun-dried tomato and smoked Mozzarella Kulcha.

Vegetarians can opt for a starter of Burrata Mutter Ki Tikki or Olive and Cashewnut Bonda, while the middle course choices include Barwan Mirchi or Nimbu Paneer Soola. Select from Khajoor Malai Kofta or Dates and pinenut stuffed cottage cheese dumplings, cashew sauce served with Dal Makhani, Bombay Aloo, sun-dried tomato and smoked Mozzarella Kulcha. The Amal sampler platter of desserts includes: Saffron Phirni, Coconut Semifredo, Gulab Jamun, tea, coffee and Indian Petit fours.

Armani/Hashi ‘menu includes Chirashi ceviche, ginger bubble and popping miso sauce for starter, followed by spicy salmon, salmon roe bowl sushi and miso marinated cream cheese tuna roll to experience the inimitable Sushi & Maki choices. The middle course includes soft shell crab, cherry tomatoes, avocado and fried ginger with olive soy dressing, while the main course is an Angus tenderloin, asparagus, shimeji mushroom, cherry tomato and sesame miso. Round off the meal with Mochi ice cream in a choice of three flavours, chocolate, green tea, cafe macchiato, caramel pudding, and fresh fruits.

At Armani/Deli, enjoy seared Octopus and scallop with pumpkin sauce and saute spinach for starter, risotto mantecato with mushroom and black truffle as middle course, and seared veal liver with red onions, polenta and saute vegetables for the main course. Dessert includes: Piemont Hazelnut finger, 64% chocolate and Chantilly lactee.

Making signature dining even more accessible, ‘Gourmet 10/10’ is planned to be an annual event highlighting the competencies of Armani Hotel Dubai’s culinary team.

What: Gourmet 10/10 at Armani Hotel Dubai

When: October 1 to 10, 2015

Price: AED 390 net per person including soft beverages

For more information, please visit, email, or call +9714 888 3888.

RTA Deploys 5 Modern Abras In Dubai Creek

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched the operation of five modern abras featuring a heritage-inspired design emulating the shape of traditional abras shuttling in Dubai Creek. These new abras are being deployed on four lines linking five stations: Baniyas, Al Sabkha, Al Ghubaiba, Dubai Old Souk, and Al Fahidi station which is an alternative station for Al Seef station which has been closed temporarily to give way for works undertaken by Meraas Company in the surrounding area. Three lines now link Baniyas station with Al Fahidi, Dubai Old Souk and Al Sabkha stations, and the fourth line links Dubai Old Souk station with Al Ghubaiba station.

HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, said: “Operating the new abras is part of RTA’s master plan for upgrading the marine transport in the Emirate of Dubai as it is considered a vital transit mode used by 13 million riders per annum. The plan envisages the construction of 12 new marine transport stations at the Business Bay Canal and the Dubai Water Canal by 2018. Thus the number of marine transport stations in Dubai Creek as well as the Business Bay Canal and Dubai Water Canals will rise to 18 stations. The plan also includes the operation of the Dubai Creek lines, the coastal line along Jumeirah beaches, and lines to serve new islands, in addition to lines in the Business Bay Canal and the Dubai Water Canal.


“The design & manufacturing of these new traditional abras focused on preserving the traditional shape of abras plying the Dubai Creek, adopting the highest standards of security & safety of riders, and conserving the environment through using high-octane petrol which generates low carbon emissions. The new abras are characterized by light weight and speed exceeding three times the speed of their traditional counterparts, yet maintaining high balance on the waves coupled with zero noise level. These abras are fitted with convenient & safe seats, and sheds for protecting riders from sunlight. The location of the driver is switched in the new abras to the front side, thus offering the driver clearer view. Over the next five years the RTA is set to beef-up the number of traditional abras in service to 50 abras in 2017, 100 abras in 2019, and up to 150 abras by 2020,” continued Al Tayer.

“The marine transport sector is poised to witness a quantum shift in the number and means of transit modes as well as stations & riders with the completion of the link of the Business Bay Canal and the Dubai Water Canal with the Arabian Gulf beach. Marine transit modes are expected to be the favourite choice of many citizens, residents and tourists in moving around to enjoy the picturesque view of the iconic tourist and urban facilities. The RTA has recently completed the construction of the Marina Station and is working on Al Jadaf Station; which is one of the key marine transit stations in Dubai Creek. This station can boost the integration of mass transit means by linking the Dubai Ferry service (Dubai Festival City-Al Jadaf line) with the public bus service, and the Creek Metro Station. The RTA is also constructing a station for maintaining marine transit means at Al Garhoud spanning an area of 5000 square meters. It has a 250 meter-long platform, and comprises a two-floor building for management & operation in addition to five different maintenance workshops along with a mobile crane (90 tons). The huge expanse of the station enables the maintenance of seven abras, one ferry, one water taxi, and one water bus at a time,” said RTA Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors.

Talise Fitness Gives High Tea A Healthy Makeover

Talise Fitness is giving high tea a healthy makeover with an exclusive Wellness Afternoon Tea event at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah complete with a live cooking demonstration on Tuesday 20th October 2015.

Created by the innovative team at Talise Fitness, the event will be a culinary feast sure to delight even the most discerning palate as traditional high tea favourites are transformed into nutritious delights in the signature Talise wellness fashion.

Gluten-free scones and muffins paired with low sugar jam provide a health-conscious starter, while sandwiches on wholesome pumpernickel and country loaves filled with organic ingredients ensure guests receive a nutrient-rich lunch. The exquisite culinary experience is completed with an array of indulgent desserts ranging from fat-free cheesecake, soy milk panna cotta to gluten and sugar-free chocolate cake that tastes so good it will be hard to believe they are good for you.


Talise Nutrition Executive Chef Gabriele Kurz, who created the delectable and nourishing menu, will host the event, providing guests with the chance to not only sample the delicious treats but also take home inspiration and timeless techniques for nutritious cooking and healthy living through an engaging masterclass with live cooking demonstrations.

Set in the opulent surroundings of the Assawan Amphitheatre at Burj Al Arab, the Wellness Afternoon Tea provides the perfect opportunity to relax and catch up with friends all while indulging a sophisticated high tea with a healthy twist.