|Posted on August 7, 2017 at 4:45 AM||comments (4)|
Constantly expanding its established hospitality portfolio, Katch International is pleased to announce that it has been appointed to manage the integrated communications of three new B&F concepts by internationally-acclaimed celebrity chef and global restaurateur David Myers in the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai. Chef David Myers is as well known for his gastronomic artistry and distinct flavours as he is for his insatiable wanderlust and this will be the first time diners in the region will have a chance to experience his unique style. Guests will be able to get a taste of David’s extensive travels through the Southern French-inspired Bleu Blanc, vibrant Italian restaurant BASTA! and cocktail bar Poppy.
Katch International has been instrumental in representing numerous personalities and brands that have been pioneers in their respective spheres and it is all set to use its creative vision and expertise in the hospitality arena to give the David Myers brand an edge in a competitive market.
Speaking about launching David Myers in the region, Georgie Woollams, Managing Director, Katch International says, “Working with people who are as passionate about what they do as David Myers is always a pleasure and more so because each of the signature concepts he’s introducing in the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, has a personal story linked to his own travels. What we hope to reflect across our communications is David’s own journey, while also giving diners an authentic feel of each venue.”
|Posted on June 27, 2017 at 7:20 AM||comments (1)|
Hassan Akhras, Alex Hirschi, Fred Fugen, Vince Reffet and Raha Moharrak came together to test the limits of their endurance over a day all while displaying the soon-to-be released exclusive Dubai Special Edition of the Connected Watch Modular 45.
To mark the upcoming post-Eid release of the Dubai Special Edition of the Connected Watch Modular 45, which was first unveiled at the Arabian Travel Market this April, TAG Heuer invited five very special friends of the brand - including Hassan Akhras of Arab Watch Guide who will be undertaking the next Iron Man; extreme-sport athletes Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet who base-jumped off The Burj Khalifa and are popularly known as The Soul Flyers; Raha Moharrak the youngest Arab and first Saudi woman to conquer Mount Everest; and Alex Hirschi better known as Supercar Blondie who is followed for the exciting content she generates mainly around supercars in Dubai – to undertake an exhilarating day of activity all while flaunting the durable and versatile Dubai version of the Connected Watch Modular 45.
The watch is a living testimony to an encounter between TAG Heuer and the Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and combines Swiss watchmaking tradition and the TAG Heuer Avant-Garde spirit with the modern aesthetic of Dubai, all aspects that are touched upon in the video while displaying the watch set against the vibrant and diverse backdrop of the city and highlighted as the group of five move from desert to skydiving zone to the autodrome arena and finally a contemporary urban hotel.
All five friends of the brand donned the watch from the beginning of their action-packed day, which kicked off in the desert at 5:00 am, right through to the subsequent challenges they took on while skydiving at Skydive Dubai at 11:00 am, car drifting at the Dubai Autodrome at 14:00 pm and while cross training at 17:00 pm at the rooftop of a contemporary hotel overlooking Burj Khalifa and under the training of Bare Gym coaches. Throughout the video, useful features of the watch such as its in-built GPS and interchangeable strap are emphasized, drawing to attention the fact that this is a timepiece which can really step up to a challenge under extreme conditions.
Priced at AED 8,000, each watch will come with a special case back and will be mounted on a brown calfskin strap with rubber lining and an exclusive “DUBAI” embossing. It will also have a spare strap in the unmistakable shade of blue associated with DTCM. The watch faces, themselves, will boast three innovative looks. The first option will allude to the fact that Dubai is a “City That Never Sleeps”, the second is titled “The Land of Desert and Sea” and recreates a sense of tranquility that takes users on a sensory voyage and the third titled “Your Time, Our Essence”, focuses on icons that represent Dubai and its culture.
|Posted on June 27, 2017 at 7:10 AM||comments (0)|
Thanani, the contemporary restaurant in Ajman’s serene Al Zorah pavilion hosted the official opening event of the ‘Zayed Humanitarian Day’ launched by Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD). The initiative which is aimed at training and integrating people of determination in the government and tourism sectors across Ajman commenced with a hearty and delectable Iftar served on the evening at Thanani who were also the official sponsors of the event.
The initiative was launched under the patronage of Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Tourism Development Department and is in line with the ATDD’s initial CSR plans and programs. Through this the department aims to fulfil its responsibility towards the community, contributing to integrate people of determination into society. Following interviews with all candidates, the 4-week internship program started on 15th June, where fifteen Interns were placed in various government and tourism sectors across Ajman.
The kickoff event was attended by a number of directors and senior officials from the government and tourism sector along with all the Interns and their families, who gathered for Iftar on Wednesday where they savored a selection of dishes while soaking in views of the mangrove forests, creek and the Al Zorah Golf Course. Guests were offered a range of sharing dishes including red quinoa and herb salad with dried cranberries, quail eggs, shallots, roasted garlic and a lemon and sumac vinaigrette as well as a Turkish chicken with yoghurt and spring onions.
HE Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, Director General of ATDD, said: “We have decided to launch the “Zayed Humanitarian Day” as a valuable opportunity to express our commitment to social responsibility and empowering people of determination with the tools they need to take job opportunities in various government and tourism sectors. This initiative comes in line with the Year of Giving, and is aimed at promoting the culture of giving in future generations, strengthening social security, and achieving solidarity.”
Amy Siviter-Smith, General Manager of Thanani, said: “Giving back to the community is something that Thanani sees as every corporate organisation’s responsibility, so to be able to play host to a noble initiative conceived by the Ajman Tourism Development Department, marking Sheikh Zayed Humanitarian Day, is a privilege. Extending disabled people the opportunity to take up a one-month internship placement in the hospitality sector is an extremely positive step and hopefully one, that will see more of them finding their way into the work environment.”
To encourage the initiative and provide an opportunity of empowerment to the people of determination, the Ajman Executive Council, as well as ATDD, each offered an internship placement, with further positions having been filled in some of Ajman’s leading hotels such as the Fairmont Ajman, the Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort, the BAHI Ajman Palace, the Kempinski Hotel Ajman and the Ramada Hotel & Suites.
Zayed Humanitarian Work Day falls on the 19th day of Ramadan every year in memory of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (May Allah rest his soul in peace), who passed away on this day.
|Posted on June 27, 2017 at 7:05 AM||comments (0)|
THG Paris, has become a name synonymous with quality since 1956 and is regarded as THE brand for high-end bathroom fittings and accessories. The idea for THG was conceived when Julien Haudiquez, Andre Tetard and Alexandre Grisoni, together T, H and G, joined forces. Over the years and through partnerships with a variety of prestigious designers and luxury brands, the company has grown to become the industry leader it is today.
A living testimony to excellence in design, craftsmanship and the art of living, THG marries an inimitable blend of old-world artisanship with 21st century technology, culminating in a timeless collection of products. The brand places utmost emphasis on attention to detail and quality manufacturing and various subtle nuances reiterate the fact that every range is exceptionally well-designed and will stand the test of time.
From semi-precious stones to crystal, porcelain, onyx, optical glass and natural marble, the brand constantly endeavours to select only the highest quality materials that stay true to its core values. The artisans themselves leave their mark by displaying a total respect for traditions. Some of the brand’s eclectic ranges include the Prestige Pétale de Cristal, Mandarine, Metropolis and Sully line; the contemporary Beyond Crystal; and the transitional Saint Germain collection. THG Paris’ renowned partners include Baccarat, Lalique, Bernardaud, Waterworks, Christofle, Daum, Manufacture de Monaco and Haviland.
Every manufacturing stage from design and machining through to the foundry is subjected to rigorous quality control to meet the requirements of the brand’s clientele. THG Paris has proven its mettle by being awarded the prestigious EPV Entreprise du Patrimonie Vivant (Living Heritage Company) label. In addition to this, the brand’s design department assists clients in selecting the right style, function and materials to meet personalised needs. THG Paris’ products are also designed and adapted in such a way that they comply with standards across the world.
|Posted on June 7, 2017 at 6:30 AM||comments (0)|
LE66, the Parisian concept store located in City Walk encouraged Dubai’s fashionistas to embrace the spirit of summer with a fun interactive workshop hosted by fashion stylist and winner of the Instastar of the Year Grazia Awards 2017, Samantha Francis Baker on May 23rd between 7 and 9 pm. Popularly known by her Instagram handle of @Styleisnecessity, the session was aptly titled “Style Necessities for the Summer” and saw Samantha dressing 12 male and female mannequins on the boutique floor in the season’s most-talked about trends.
Samantha teamed her own individualistic aesthetic with current sartorial looks that are heating up the fashion world. The lovely ladies in attendance were shown how to pair corsets with androgynous military-inspired shoulders and give them a feminine twist with belts to cinch in the overall look. Those eager to incorporate something fresh into their wardrobes were told how stripes could be paired with florals. Pink is definitely having a fashion moment and Samantha explained how guests could make the most of this flattering shade. For those who always considered bikini tops an item best reserved for the beach, Samantha showcased how they could be incorporated in one’s day-to-day life by pairing them with full-bodied, flowing silhouettes.
The men too received their fair share of tips and tricks and Samantha paid ode to Kanye West’s fashion quotient with some Kanye-inspired oversized and nude pieces. The 50’s and 70’s are definitely having a renaissance and those with a passion for all things dapper were shown how to combine preppy high-waist trousers with rolled up ankles.
Image consulting is something Samantha is well-known for and guests were also treated to invaluable advice as to how to pick color palettes and cuts that accentuate for the summer months.
|Posted on April 27, 2017 at 5:50 AM||comments (0)|
TAG Heuer announced an exciting collaboration with the Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), which starts with the Dubai Connected Watch Modular 45 Special Edition
In the ultimate tribute to Dubai, TAG Heuer announced the launch of a unique timepiece it has designed in collaboration with the Dubai Department of Tourism & Marketing (Dubai Tourism) at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) held at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Senior Dubai Tourism representatives and Philippe Roten, Commercial Director of TAG Heuer, were present for the occasion. The Dubai Special Edition was exhibited during ATM, the market leading, international travel and tourism event unlocking business potential within the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals.
The Dubai Connected Watch Modular 45 is a living testimony to a successful partnership between two brands whose brand values both represent a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity. While TAG Heuer prides itself on its rich Swiss watchmaking heritage and Avant-Garde Spirit, Dubai has become a name synonymous with dynamism and a digitally connected spirit.
The Dubai Special Edition timepiece is mounted on a brown calfskin strap with rubber lining with an exclusive “DUBAI” embossing. The piece also has a spare strap in the unmistakable shade of blue associated with Dubai. A special case back has been created with an engraving of the Dubai logo.
The partnership between TAG Heuer & DUBAI has also resulted in the creation of three innovative digital watch faces that will be animated throughout the day.
The first option alludes to the fact that Dubai is a “City That Never Sleeps” and is for the fashionable user who aspires to attain an understated yet sleek night time look and feel. It will reflect a metallic finish and elements included are the shade of blue that is specific to the Dubai branding.
Titled “The Land of Desert and Sea”, the second face recreates a sense of tranquility that takes users on a sensory voyage of the senses. The colours presented suggest an ocean or desert-like vibe and change slightly through the day, representing a different state of time. The stylistic approach lies between classic and thematic.
“Your Time, Our Essence”, the third option focuses on icons that represent Dubai and its culture. A unique icon - such as the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, and a falcon and peacock - will be used for each hour while the background remains sleek to give the icons a statement pop. This approach gives users an element of surprise and personalization for each hour with 24 icons for 24 hours of the day.
Watch connoisseurs will be pleased to know that 200 timepieces, priced at AED 8,000, will be made available to the public from the third week of June, which will make it the perfect g ift for Eid.
|Posted on April 25, 2017 at 3:25 AM||comments (0)|
The Middle East Film and Comic Con powered by Rani for 2017 drew to a close after welcoming enthusiasts, fans and cosplayers who all came out in full force to catch their favourite stars and experience the best of the festival from 6th to 8th April at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The date for the next edition is set for 5th to 7th April 2018 leaving fans with plenty to look forward to. The organizers have also announced a partnership with the Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) for the first-ever VIDXB.
Anthony Mackie, Liam Cunningham, Greg Grunberg, Kane, Josh McDermitt and Cas Anvar lent some major star presence to the event. There were several workshops hosted by professional cosplayers like Nicole Marie Jean and Linda Le, award-winning film makers such as Faisal Hashmi, and comic artists. The cosplay competition, which has always garnered overwhelming attention and participation, witnessed avid Comic Con fans dress up as their favorite characters and winning titles for ‘Best Play-Station Cosplay’ and ‘Best Manga/Anime Character’. And the addition of the International Artists Alley featuring over 30 professional artists was a huge hit.
Another highlight of this year’s event was the announcement of an exciting collaboration between the Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC), a member of Dubai Creative Clusters Authority, and Youtube to launch VIDXB 2017. Produced in association with The Alliance LLC, organisers of MEFCC, VIDXB is the MENA region’s first annual gathering celebrating the world of online video. Happening from 8th to 9th December, it will kickstart an ongoing series of programmes to promote local talent, showcase emerging technologies and facilitate the development of skills for Dubai’s growing digital media talent pool.
Speaking about this new development Benjamin Caddy, CEO of MEFCC organisers, The Alliance LLC, said, “We have been really successful with hosting the MEFCC over the last six years and we have always looked at the event as not just a platform to showcase big international names but also as an outlet to support the development of regional talent. I’d like to believe that we will be able to replicate this success with our collaboration with VIDXB and give dynamic, new media content creators in the region an organic platform to share knowledge and find opportunities to grow further in this industry.”
The target audience of VIDXB is everyone who has embraced digital platforms to create, consume and share content. The spectrum of interests covered will be extensive and range from lifestyle and beauty to gaming, technology and sports. Knowledge will be shared through hands-on, fun activations and interactive workshops and panels with top creators.
For more information, visit www.mefcc.com.
|Posted on March 30, 2017 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
Ajman – UAE. Thanani, the recently opened contemporary restaurant in Ajman’s serene Al Zorah Pavilion has opened its doors. An urban sanctuary, the venue is poised to indulge guests with its unique culinary offering all set against the beautiful backdrop of the Al Zorah Creek with sweeping views of flamingos and one of the region’s most prized natural mangrove forests.
Derived from the Arabic word for “pairing”, Thanani’s culinary inspiration comes from the power house kitchens of modern-day Europe, Paris, Barcelona, London, Rome and the north of Italy. Diners can sample a unique European “grazing” style menu, with sumptuous dishes designed to be shared, complemented by a well-crafted beverage menu. Great attention has been paid to ensuring that only the finest quality seasonal ingredients are used and the restaurant’s premise is simple – clean, distinct flavours are presented in a simple but beautiful way.
An array of specialities feature on the menu, carefully curated by Head Chef Ricardo Menta who believes in enhancing the natural profile of every ingredient. Some of the delicacies on offer include a bespoke Burrata trolley featuring smoked and flavoured Burrata from Puglia in Italy, Loch Duart salmon, Kataifi prawns marinated in garlic olive oil and parsley with a sweet and sour apricot puree, Turkish chicken, freshly baked baskets of flavoured brioche and focaccia sliders with slow braised wagyu beef cheeks in a tarragon sauce. Thanani will also introduce the much-loved pintxos concept to the region. In addition, there will be a selection of mocktails with home-made ingredients such as freshly squeezed juices and home-made ginger beer.
The laidback, refined atmosphere at Thanani is enhanced by a lounge-style seating area, perfect for the cooler months.
Thanani is open on weekdays and weekends from 12:00 pm to 12:00 am. For reservations or enquiries, please call 06 573 3109 or email [email protected]
|Posted on March 29, 2017 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
Bringing to life the ultimate Oriental dream, Amato Couture captivated audiences at this year’s edition of the event with his striking “Flower of War” collection in what could only be dubbed an inspiring but unconventional ode
Dubai, UAE March 2017 – Gorgeous midnight blues, full-bodied purples, ruby reds, magnificent maroons, pistachio greens, blush pinks and powdery teals were just some of the vibrant colours to dominate the ramp at Amato Couture’s show at Fashion Forward on the 25th of March. Never one to shy away from pulling out all the sartorial stops, creative designer Furne One proved yet again why he has become a name to contend with on both the regional and international fashion scene in a theatrical display.
Titled the “Flower of War”, his dramatic collection focused on the emotion of finding beauty amidst destruction and war. Drawing inspiration from the history of Pearl Harbour, the show began with an emotional monologue by a modern Japanese woman who is moved by the devastating history of her ancestors. The show featured flashbacks and stayed true to its theme, with models walking the ramp amidst the sound of screeching sirens and devastation.
The collection itself was a standing testimony to Amato’s signature style with floaty, feminine silhouettes in fabrics such as lace and tulle, which were embellished with embroidery, sequins and all the delicate trimmings that have become synonymous with the label. In keeping with couture traditions, Amato textures its own fabrics and fashions its own luxurious materials.
Having exhibited at Fashion Forward every year since its inception, Amato Couture has enjoyed a close relationship with the event and every piece that walks the Fashion Forward runway is exclusively crafted for the season. ‘Pret-Couture’ was the innovative format that took centre stage, displaying a versatile blend of ready-to-wear meets haute couture clothing that can be worn both on the street and as evening dresses.
Speaking about the inspiration for his bespoke collection, Furne One, Creative Designer, Amato Couture said, “Showcasing my work in Dubai is always special and more so because of my enduring association with Fashion Forward. Aside from this, the fact that ours was the closing show made me want to give the audience something to remember that resonated with the times we live in, which resulted in the hashtag #WARISSTUPID. With this collection, I wanted to take the audience on a sensory voyage and recreate the enchantment and beauty of the Orient that existed against the devastation of Pearl Harbour. To bring my creative vision to life I chose an opulent colour palette, rich textures and details such as Swarovski crystals.”
Amato is located in Building 4 R01 of the city’s bespoke fashion destination Dubai Design District.
|Posted on March 27, 2017 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
* Sir Tom Jones captivated audiences with an incredible opening night performance on February 22nd featuring cult classics. He was supported by New York live act favourites The Rad Trads.
* Mariah Carey owned the stage on day two with iconic hits including ‘Hero’ and ‘We Belong Together’. Musical maestro Raul Midon was the supporting act for the night.
* Closing night on the 24th dubbed a resounding success with Enrique Iglesias performing crowd-pleasers like ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘Bailando’. Nathan Sykes opened for Enrique.
* This year’s edition introduced two secondary stages presenting the Anghami Sessions powered by Yamaha, showcasing exceptional local and regional talent.
Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival proved once again why it has come to be regarded one of the most awaited events on Dubai’s entertainment calendar with the completion of its 15th anniversary edition at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre from February 22nd to 24th. On the final day, the founders, ChillOut Productions were joined by their sponsors Emirates Airline and Dodsal for a ceremonial cutting of the cake to mark the occasion.
The three-day festival played host to Sir Tom Jones, Mariah Carey and Enrique Iglesias – three powerhouse performers who have made a mark across an international audience. The festival is the most recognised music event in the UAE and the region and has received more than 20 awards and nominations since its inception in 2003. This year’s edition, drew more than 37,000 guests including a large number who had flown in from different parts of the world exclusively to attend this event.
Opening night saw Sir Tom Jones dazzle with an irresistible live performance that traversed musical eras and genres and cut across class, age and gender barriers to demonstrate the staying power of a true star. He belted out hits such as ‘Mama Told Me Not to Come’, ‘Delilah’, ‘Sex Bomb’ and ‘Green Grass of Home’ and had the crowds singing along to his tunes. Sir Tom was supported by one of New York’s most entertaining live acts The Rad Trads, featuring powerful horns, a driving rhythm section and four captivating lead vocalists.
Mariah Carey, the original diva, took to stage on the second night and fans witnessed the award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer perform classic hits including ‘Hero’, ‘We Belong Together’ and her new song ‘I Don’t’. The high point of the night was when Mariah, dressed in a sparkly ensemble by LaBourjoisie, honoured George Michael with a poignant tribute of ‘One More Try’. The supporting act for the night was multi-talented artist Raul Midon. According to The New York Times, he is a “one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus”.
Closing night saw Enrique Iglesias lend some inimitable Latin flavour to the event and he interacted with the audience, pulling a lot of his followers up on stage and making them dance and sing along with him. Enrique was his usual charismatic self and thrilled fans by accepting some of their gifts including an Enrique Iglesias trophy, bouquet of flowers and a UAE flag. The show ended on a soaring note with a sexy rendition of ‘Hero’. Opening for Enrique Iglesias was Nathan Sykes. Having released two of his own tracks in 2015, Nathan has already topped the US Billboard Dance Chart with his debut single ‘Kiss Me Quick’ and embarked on a sell-out headline UK tour.
This year’s edition also saw the exciting addition of two secondary stages presenting the Anghami Sessions powered by Yamaha that presented exceptional local and regional talent. Rouba Zeidan and Postcards showcased on the first night, Blu Fiefer and Mougleta delighted audiences on the second night and Hamdan Abri of Abri and Funk, Layla Kardan, Soul Gorilla’z and Still Raw worked their magic on closing night.