Monthly Archives: October 2015

Dubai Design Week Hosts The First #Empty In The Middle East At Dubai Design District (D3)

Dubai Design Week opened its doors outside of opening hours to a select group of regional and international Instagrammers, an event known as an #empty.

The #empty movement began in 2013 when New York’s Metropolitan Museum gave Dave Krugman (@dave.krugman) and a group of local Instagrammers access to the museum after it had closed to the public.


It sees Instgrammers invited to events and buildings when they are closed to the general public, providing them with a rare opportunity to explore the beautiful, but often crowded spaces, after hours.

In the United Kingdom, visitors were recently welcomed into the Frieze London event (#emptyFrieze), as well as the Guggenheim in New York (#emptyGuggenheim). Dubai Design Week is proud to be the initiator of the movement’s arrival in the Middle East. By reaching out to and supporting the thriving creative community here in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai Design Week is nurturing another set of designers and artists.

Big Chefs Studio Opens It’s Doors At Boxpark

Be spoilt for choice this October as Dubai’s favourite family-friendly restaurant Big Chefs announce the opening of their second outlet, Big Chefs Studio, at Dubai’s offbeat outdoor destination BOXPARK.

At Big Chefs Studio, friends and family can indulge in a gastronomic selection of flavoursome dishes from all over the globe. Renowned for their exquisite breakfast menu, early risers can expect platters like ‘Homestyle Breakfast’, ‘Breakfast Bruschetta’,’ Farmer’s Breakfast’ or the extravagant ‘Morning Delight’.

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Extensive all-day dining options on the menu range from sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and sizzlers to seafood, pasta, or a juicy steak.  For after’s, diners can choose from a delectable variety of  desserts like ‘Pumpkin Cheesecake’ and ‘Hot Chocolate Souffle or a signature selection of refreshing teas such as Rooibos Tea, Rosehip Iced Tea or Jasmine Tea.

For a healthy pick Big Chefs Studio offers fresh salads and grills that pair marvellously with revitalizing vitamin boosting beverages like Strawberry Surprise or Pineapple Sunshine.

Big Chefs Studio also caters to children with a dedicated Kids Menu featuring main courses like junior schnitzel and mini burgers, desserts such as junior banana split and profiteroles with warm chocolate sauce, or milkshakes such as Banana Kong and Berry Monkey.

Gamze Cizreli, CEO of Big Chefs says: “We opened our first global restaurant in Dubai at THE BEACH and in just under a year, we have successfully served over 150,000 gastronomes.

Accolades like the ‘Best Hospitality Award’ at the Global Retail & Leisure Awards and nomination for What’s On’s ‘Best International Restaurant under AED 400’ since our launch are a testament to the great relationship we share with our local partners.

“Big Chefs are extremely excited for the opening of the second outlet at BOXPARK and look forward to spreading our brand’s presence throughout the region. We are humbled by the response we’ve received to our taste and culture.” she adds.

Certain to appeal to foodies from all over the world, Big Chefs provides a ‘home away from home’ experience using top-of-the-line ingredients made in-house, and the freshest produce from the best meats to the finest pastries.

BOXPARK continues its streak of bringing debut and niche offerings to the city’s landscape, with Big Chefs Studio being its most recent addition.

Dubai’s Discerning Gentlemen Get The Best Vantage Point In Town

Discerning gentleman in Dubai now have a unique vantage point with the launch of Dubai’s best Gentleman’s Evening at Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel.

Targeting all modern men in Dubai, gentleman can now visit Vantage for their own version of ladies night with live sports on a number of screen, complimentary gastropub bites and special promotions on exclusive beverages such as craft hops and old fashioned cocktails.

The launch event, which kicked off last night, was held in affiliation with men’s luxury lifestyle partners such as Swiss watch manufacturer Vacheron Constantin, as well as Parisian bespoke footwear creator Corthay.  Pierre Corthay’s expertise in the art and know-how of shoe making first started at the Compagnons Du Devoir, a French organisation of craftsmen dating back to the middle ages and still active today. A gifted shoe designer and respected craftsman – Pierre is the only men’s shoe-maker to have been awarded the title’Maitre d’ Art (Master of Art), a distinction given by the French Ministry of Culture.

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We are delighted to be able to provide Dubai’s dapper gents with the best vantage point in town to experience an evening catering specifically to them. Whether it be sports, fashion or food, our Gentleman’s Evening at Vantage is the ideal location, said Waleed al Sadik, the hotel’s Executive Chef.

Taking place every month from November onwards, the Gentleman’s Evening at Vantage starts at 7pm. For more information or to book please visit, email or call +971 4 377 2356

For an alternative brunch, Vantage bar and lounge also hosts a Sports Brunch every Saturday.  Guests can watch live football games and all other live sporting events, as they indulge on a selection of burgers, roast beef and chicken gourmet sandwiches and sharing bites, paired with craft hops.  Starting from AED 179 per person, this Sports Brunch is a brunch for the sophisticated sports fan.

Fashion Forward Dubai Strides Further Into Commerce

Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD), the region’s definitive fashion platform, closed its Spring/Summer 16 season to great acclaim from industry figures, having presented 59 designers to a hugely influential regional and international audience.  The attendance from buyers was the most significant to date with representatives from more retail outlets than ever before.

FFWD took place from 22nd-24thOctober at Madinat Jumeirah where 32 designers showed across 21 runway shows and 9 presentations, and 27 jewellery and accessories brands exhibited at the new concept space – The Showcase.

Dany Tabet - Runway - Dubai FFWD October 2015

Each season, FFWD attracts an increasing number of buyers from the region and internationally. This season saw buyers from Al Tayer, Bin Hendi, Bloomingdales, Darmystique, Galeries Lafayette, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Landmark, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sauce, Symphony, Tryano and Valleydez peruse the Spring/Summer 16 offerings from some of the best couture, ready to wear and accessories designers in the region.

In addition to the runways, presentation space and The Showcase, FFWD’s Day at d3 on October 25th, allowed all participating designers display their collections in dedicated showroom spaces for appointments with key buyers and media at Hai d3, located in Dubai Design District (d3).

FFWD 16 also hosted a series of significant industry figures through the d3 Fashion Talks including:  Karen Buglisi Weiler, Global Brand President of MC Cosmetics; Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist; and Imran Amed, Founder and CEO of The Business of Fashion.

Speaking about his impressions of FFWD, Amed said: Fashion Forward Dubai is taking the early steps of showcasing creativity, providing attention, criticism and feedback to the designers. The shows and events are a great first step but any successful fashion business also requires an infrastructure to support it and great education to train not just the designers but all the professionals that make the fashion industry tick. You need to create that full ecosystem for Fashion Forward Dubai to have its full impact.

Further adding to the commercial reach of FFWD and coinciding with the S/S 16 shows, seven brands from FFWD’s April 2015 event, selected by buyers from Galleries Lafayette, were sold throughout October at the first ever FFWD Pop Up Store on the womens wear floor of Galeries Lafayette Dubai.

The collaboration between Galeries Lafayette and FFWD has marked a step forward in supporting local and upcoming designers in a retail environment, and has proven to be successful thanks to the PR leverage obtained and interest from customers, in addition to the successful sales figures, said Mr.Pascal Abchee, General Manager, Galeries Lafayette.

With stellar attendance from key buyers, influential guests, media and members of the regional and international fashion communities, FFWD closes yet another incredibly successful season, and continues forward with its mission promote a sustainable and increasingly commercially viable fashion platform for the Middle East, with Dubai as its hub.

Jumeirah Group Celebrates Success At Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards 2015

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, is proud to announce five hotels have been featured in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2015.

Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, in Dubai, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah were all listed in the ‘Top 15 Hotels in the Middle East.’ Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul was ranked among the ‘Top 12 hotels in Greece and Turkey.’

Alison Broadhead, Chief Commercial Officer, said: “The Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards demonstrate the outstanding quality and exceptional service offered at our properties in the Middle East and Europe. We are extremely proud that five Jumeirah hotels were voted in the ‘Top 100 Hotels in the World.’ The awards are a credit to our brand and our colleagues who continue to exceed our guests’ expectations.”

The results of the 28th annual survey were based on millions of votes submitted by 128,000 readers of the Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Categories included the world’s best cities, islands, hotels, resorts, and cruise liners.