Life by Sarah Joseph 57 mins ago A small loving gesture always goes a long way especially for our mums. Celebrated on March 21, 2024, this special day is observed to value motherhood and all the memorable bonds that accompany it. Whether you’re on the lookout for something sentimental or wish to honour her with a timeless piece of jewellery, there are plenty of options to ensure the day is cherished for a lifetime. Every mother deserves to be showered with presents and Mother’s Day is the perfect occasion to express how much she means to you. If finding the perfect present is almost near to impossible, Emirates Woman has got you covered with an array of gifts, to ensure you’re not a last-minute shopper this year. – For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and Instagram Images: Supplied & Feature Image: Instagram @cindycrawford More
Life by Ruman Baig 46 mins ago Prepare for possible rain next week as per the latest forecast from the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM). Sunday and Monday are expected to experience varying intensities of rain cross different regions, accompanied by partly cloudy to cloudy skies. Temperatures will also dip, particularly in western areas, creating cooler conditions. Sunday, February 24th, will bring partly cloudy skies in coastal and northern regions, with a chance of light rainfall by morning. Monday, February 25th, will continue with cloudy conditions and the possibility of rainfall, with increased humidity expected by night and into Tuesday morning, potentially leading to mist formation in some inland areas. Recent heavy rainfall and noticeable temperature drops serve as reminders of the unpredictable weather patterns in the region. Stay informed and prepared for changing conditions ahead. – For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and Instagram Images: Instagram: dubai_photoconcierge More
TV/Radio broadcaster and speaker Rorisang Thandekiso’s biggest turning point came in Grade 8. Vocal from a very young age, Rorisang often got into trouble for being too opinionated or mediating a fight between classmates, for instance. “So much so that the principal called me Winnie Mandela. My mother would get called in because I talked a lot,” she recalls.
The ‘talking’ started affecting her marks via the school’s demerit system, where for every wrongdoing, points would be deducted from the learner’s final year mark. “At the end of Grade 4, I received two report cards – one with my actual marks, where I’d passed, and one where the demerit points had been deducted and I’d failed. The school went with the latter report card, meaning I had to repeat the Grade 4.”
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Nothing But A Minor Hurdle
Livid, Rorisang’s mother wanted to take her daughter out of the school, to which her grandfather advised: “Don’t, it will shrivel her up forever!” That year, Rorisang repeated Grade 4 and vowed to keep silent, which killed her confidence and made her feel as though there was something innately wrong with her.
Fast-forward to Grade 8…Rorisang’s English teacher would always sing her praises on just how well she narrated stories and carried out her class presentations. “That year, he encouraged me to enter the English Olympiad competition that was actually meant for Grade 11 and 12 learners. I won and we only declared afterwards that I was, in fact, in Grade 8,” she shares, adding that in that moment a light bulb went on in her head.
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“Winning the English Olympiad competition made me feel seen and reaffirmed that there had been nothing wrong with me throughout primary school. The competition celebrated me for having an opinion. All of a sudden everything that I loved – engaging, debating and trying to change the world through my opinions – suddenly had a place to live,” she enthuses.
As a result of wanting to be an agent of change, Rorisang studied International Relations after matric. And even though she didn’t get to change the world through championing policies – being cooped up in an office was just not for her – she did find another platform when the yesteryear children’s TV show YOTV headhunted her. This, after seeing her making waves locally and internationally through her debating engagements.
“At 18, my first presenting gig was a show called Blue Couch, which dealt with the more serious stuff – and I later started producing it. This was the beginning of a broadcast career that has spanned nearly 20 years.”
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The secret to her longevity is from another lesson she learnt while waitressing as a teen. “I worked at a restaurant where Tata, one of the chefs, would always encourage me to arrive at work early so he could show me how the kitchen operates. He wanted me to get the complete picture of how a restaurant functions,” she says. Tata taught her a valuable lesson: “In any place, the most knowledgeable and impactful people are usually behind the scenes – and are often the most disregarded,” he said. This lesson guides Rorisang to this day.
“I’ve learnt that no one is beneath me. There can never be anything that makes me feel too important. Many of my work opportunities come through ordinary people. Therefore, there can never be anything that makes me feel too important. Fame, for me, is a weird concept,” she concludes.
I could never live without…God. I’m fully dependent on Him and it’s the one relationship I cannot compromise on. The things people enjoy about me – be it TV, radio or an MCing gig – I pull them from God. Family has also been my biggest source of support.
One thing most people don’t know about me is that…I only watch Nollywood films and K-Drama series. So much so that I usually get into trouble when I meet local personalities that I’m supposed to know [chuckles].
What I hope to build more of in 2024 is…I’d like to zone in more on my ‘speaking’ era. I really want to travel the world with my speaking engagements.
This article originally appeared in the Jan/Feb 2024 edition of Women’s Health SA. More
Life by Ruman Baig 9 mins ago As the Islamic month of Ramadan approaches, Dubai residents are gearing up for a period of reflection, community, and adjustment to daily routines. With each passing year, questions arise about the practical aspects of observing Ramadan in the bustling city. From altered working hours to school schedules and parking regulations, here’s a comprehensive guide to navigating Ramadan in Dubai. Adapting Working Hours As the holy month unfolds, both public and private sectors in Dubai traditionally experience adjustments to working hours. While the official announcement is pending, it’s customary for employees, fasting and non-fasting alike, to benefit from reduced working hours. Government offices also typically close early, allowing employees to observe the rituals of Ramadan with ease. School Timings and Spring Break This year, Ramadan coincides with the spring break holidays, impacting school schedules for children across Dubai. With the break starting on March 25, students can expect reduced hours, typically amounting to five hours of schooling per day. This adjustment ensures that both education and religious observance are accommodated during this period. Public Etiquette In recent years, Dubai has seen a shift in attitudes towards eating and drinking in public during Ramadan. While there were once stringent regulations in place, many restaurants now operate as usual, catering to both fasting and non-fasting individuals. While there are no official requirements for non-Muslims, a spirit of respect towards those observing fasting traditions is encouraged. Many establishments offer special suhoor and iftar menus, providing opportunities for communal dining experiences. Parking Protocol During Ramadan, changes to parking regulations are common in Dubai, affecting both weekdays and weekends. Paid parking hours typically undergo adjustments, with variations in timing throughout the city. While certain areas may see consistency in parking fees, it’s advisable to stay updated on any changes announced by local authorities. As preparations for Ramadan commence, Dubai residents can anticipate a blend of tradition and adaptation in navigating the city’s dynamics during this sacred month. With awareness, respect, and flexibility, individuals can fully embrace the spirit of Ramadan while enjoying all that Dubai has to offer. – For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and Instagram Images: Instagram: @visitabudhabi More
Welcome to the Emirates Woman weekly series ‘How I got my job as…’ where we speak to some incredible entrepreneurs and businesswomen both based in the UAE and globally to find out about their career paths that led them to where they are now; what their daily routines look like; the advice they’d give to those starting out; and the hurdles they’ve had to overcome. This week, we speak to Katia Nounou Boueiz, the visionary Head of Sotheby’s in the UAE since 2017. With her poignant leadership, she has transformed Dubai into a global hub for unveiling remarkable artworks and groundbreaking news, putting the city firmly on Sotheby’s map of cultural significance. In a detailed chat with Emirates Woman, Katia talks about her journey so far and how she envisions to shape the future of art in a thriving landscape like Dubai. You’ve been at the helm of Sotheby’s in the UAE since 2017, what inspired you to take on this role and contribute to Dubai’s emergence on the global arts scene? Looking back, it all came together almost as if by fate. I actually joined Sotheby’s all the way back in 2008, working in the London office but with a core focus on nurturing the new generation of collectors in the Middle East. When I married my husband in 2015, we decided to move to Dubai, and so I had to of course let management know. I certainly didn’t expect that they would turn around and offer me the chance to open Sotheby’s first office and gallery space in the Middle East (as you can imagine, it was an offer I could hardly refuse!). Shortly after, I found out I was pregnant, and nine months later, I was pregnant once again! Before I knew it, by the time the office had officially launched in 2017, I had two little ones under two, and an entire office to manage and run (my third child in a way!). It was terrifying and exhilarating all at once, and I can’t imagine it any other way. Eight years later – we are not only still here, but our team of three has expanded to eleven of us permanently on the ground in the UAE – so not only did we manage to survive, but we have also gone beyond our initial scope and feel proud to be part of the Emirates’ thriving ecosystem for the arts. Your involvement in bringing major artworks to Dubai, like the recent Picasso that sold for $139 million in New York, has been transformative. How do you approach curating and unveiling such significant pieces in the region? Dubai has long held a reputation for hosting the biggest, the best, the tallest, the most valuable… and so my strategy with which artworks and gems to travel to the doorstep of collector’s here has always partly aligned with that. Put simply, lets being the very best of the best that is on offer at our global auctions, because, why not? Standards and expectations here are high. With UAE as one of the culture capitals of the Middle East, and with the great appetite we have witnessed, it doesn’t take much convincing for the business to send us these incredible highlights. Whenever something major is about to be announced for auction at Sotheby’s, I jump on a call with the head of department or most relevant specialist, and we talk through bringing it to the UAE as part of its global travelling exhibition (or indeed, more and more, as the very first stop on the tour). When we know what it is that is coming, we plan a whole host of programming around it – from collaborations with our wonderful neighbours The Arts Club, to educational talks with our specialists and relevant spokespeople. For the most exceptional lots, we also make sure we work closely with Dubai Culture and DIFC, who have been so supportive in the past. We have been lucky enough to bring the likes of Marie-Antoinette’s pearls, artworks by Botticelli, Rubens, Picasso, Kandinsky, Boetti and Warhol, and important stones from across the rainbow, including the once-in-a-generation Estrela de Fura (a 55.22 carat ruby), the Infinite Blue and Eternal Pink diamonds, and the Enigma (the largest polished black diamond in the world at 555.55 carats). The ‘Made in the Emirates’ exhibition showcased local artists. Can you tell us more about the importance of promoting local talent and how it contributes to the cultural fabric of Dubai? The UAE is home to some amazing artists, designers, architects, jewellers, the list goes on, and we feel very lucky to be part of this ecosystem together. I myself collect works by Emirati artists, including a piece by Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim that I am particularly fond of. Though Sotheby’s is very much a heritage company whose history goes back to 280 years, we feel very closely connected to the DNA of our particular location. We believe it is super important to promote this cultural scene and celebrate these creatives – offering them a platform (given our reach is so international) and raising awareness – as much as possible wherever we can. As well as our selling, and non-selling exhibitions, the educational side of things is also key, for example our series of public talks with collectors. Very excitingly, and something quite new for us, during Dubai Fashion week in February we have teamed up with the Arab Fashion Council and Mrs. Keepa to be the venue for the much-anticipated launch of the French-Egyptian designer’s latest line. We’ll be styling her avant-garde creations with jewellery and handbags that we are offering for private sales, so it’s all very symbiotic. We always have an exhibition during Art Dubai week too. I can’t say too much, as the details are still under wraps, but we are planning a sort of love letter to Beirut, and Lebanon more generally, as a melting pot for the arts – having been the home of, but also inspired, so many of the major artists from our region. I would love to shout out a few other homegrown talents as well: Engage101, who are a platform that study, support and exhibit young emerging Gulf artists, and Bayt AlMamzar, a great community space for artists. Beyond traditional auctions, you’ve organized charitable collaborations, including a post-explosion charity auction for Beirut. How do you see the role of the arts in contributing to charitable causes, especially during challenging times like the ones we are in? Charity auctions have always been important to Sotheby’s, as part of our ongoing dedication to giving back and our commitment to making our industries more accessible, sustainable and collaborative. Globally just this past year, we played a role in raising over $200 million for various non-profit organizations, with more than $58 million directed towards museums. From providing one of our fabulous auctioneers (whose skills on the rostrum are fully unleashed when raising bids for charity), to more full blown initiatives where we partner with a charity to put together an auction of donated lots, we hope that we can continue to give back where we can. Your commitment to engaging the local arts community is evident, with talks, workshops, and involvement of children. Why is it essential for you to foster this community engagement, and how do you envision its impact on the future of the arts in Dubai? Education and investment in education is key for the continued evolution of the art scene of any nation, and we believe it is critical to focus our attention on providing the unique insights and content that come from our centuries of expertise. Whether our audience is a child, a seasoned art collector or a young, first-time buyer, our number one priority is to educate (and also to learn!). When we brought the Picasso portrait to Dubai last year it felt like a landmark moment, just watching every person who walked through the door was so rewarding: it really shows you that the thirst is there. From men in their work suits coming in on their lunch break, to gaggles of young children, the awe and wonder was palpable. Bringing my own children to see it was actually one of those lovely career moments for me – I had been talking about it to them for days over the dinner table (they always know first what is coming!), and so it was very fun for them to see it in person. They went back home that evening and did their own little drawings of the painting, which were pretty good! How does your multicultural background influence your approach to curating and connecting with artists from various parts of the world? Much in the same way as Dubai itself, I feel like I am a melting pot of everything from the West and the Middle East. I am half Iraqi, half Iranian, married to a Lebanese man, born and raised in London but French-educated, it is difficult to put a label on it! I have such a strong, natural affinity to the Middle East, and am so proud to be working and living here – and at the same time, I am so keen to showcase international artists, and expose clients to art from all over the world. Given your success in bringing renowned works to Dubai, what is on your wish list for future art collections or exhibitions in the region? I have quite a few ideas that we are working on, but one that I come back to a lot is the concept of a ‘Prints’ online sale here, as prints are just such a great entry point for young collectors, and are a great way to decorate your home (with pieces by some of the best known and best loved artists). A personal favourite of mine is Latin art, as well as African American art, and this is something that hasn’t really been done before – its always nice to add new flavours to the UAE. Last year we had a talk about the late Fernando Botero, with his eldest son, and it really inspired us to think about these themes and explore further, as there was such a huge appetite. Watch this space! Are there specific artists or genres you hope to introduce to the local art scene of Dubai? Over the years, we have had a sort of roll call of the great artists who are international household names, from Old Masters to pioneering Modernists, and so I love the element of surprise of what might emerge next from a great collection, ready to be shown to the world once again. I am keeping my fingers crossed for a Monet and a Magritte. Beyond that on my wishlist are Henry Taylor, Amy Sherald, Lynette, Kehinde Wiley, Kerry James Marshall, Basquiat and Rashid Johnson. – For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and Instagram Images: Supplied More
Life by Camille Macawili 9 mins ago VIEW GALLERY/ 5 IMAGES 37x Director of Arts and Events, Clemence Cazeau, shares the conception of this hybrid creative space that aims to bridge the gap between art and technology. Tap the gallery above for a tour inside 37x. How long have you been in this space? The gallery officially opened its doors to the public on November 1st, 2023. However, I’ve been in the art world pretty much since I was born. My parents were both in art, and I knew this was what I wanted to do. I’ve been combining my love for art with tech since about 2018. This is when I first started digging deeper into NFTs and the power of blockchain technology. In 2021, we started looking for venues, architects and contractors to build what is now 37xDubai. Have you custom-built any bespoke pieces? We have not built any bespoke pieces for 37x. But we have curated many interesting artists for our current “Radiance” exhibition. Some of the works are from The SHIMURABros, a sister-brother duo from Japan, Justin Weiler, a French artist, and Juno Shen from China, who have all created unique artworks that beautifully reflect the power of light – as well as the combination of art and technology. How do you think the interior reflects you? The design of 37xDubai embodies art, innovation, and creativity. As an initiative by Morningstar Ventures, it has a strong DNA derived from the world of technology. Describe your taste in three words. Beauty, creative, environment-inspired. February’s – The Tech Issue with Christiana Maxion – Download Now – For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and Instagram Photography by Mark Mathew More
Life by Sarah Joseph 5 mins ago If you’re in search for an aesthetic H20 fix, we’re here to help. With the viral Stanley cup making its rounds on social media, it’s time to find different options as the original gets sold out in almost every store. To find a suitable alternative, there’s a handy list of tumblers that will ensure you stay healthy and hydrated throughout the year, while still staying on trend. These tumblers keep hot drinks steamy and cold ones icy, whether you have meetings, a long day in the sun or simply just want to lay in bed and ensure the temperature of your beverage remains the same. So, swipe through our guide, of alternate Stanley Cups to see which one to *add to cart*. – For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and Instagram Images: Supplied & Feature Image: Instagram @carrieunderwood More
Life by Ruman Baig 40 mins ago Nestled in the heart of the majestic Thar desert, overlooking the sweeping sands of Rajasthan, Mihir Garh by Relais & Châteaux stands as a timeless fortress, a beacon of luxury and heritage. Designed by Sidhart Singh and his wife Rashmi, this architectural marvel pays homage to the local villages, seamlessly blending into its surroundings with rounded edges, open fireplaces, and the warm hues of sandstone. As Avijit Singh, the next-gen successor of Mihir Garh, articulates, “Mihir Garh acts as an envoy of Rajasthan’s rich heritage and culture.” It’s a place where every detail reflects the rugged beauty and timeless allure of the desert landscape, from the handcrafted furnishings sourced from Jodhpur to the age-old techniques used by local artisans in its construction. But what truly sets Mihir Garh apart as the perfect luxury boutique hotel in Jodhpur? Let’s explore five reasons which will compel you to make this the ultimate destination for the upcoming Eid escape. Exquisite luxury Firstly, Mihir Garh offers an unparalleled guest experience, epitomizing luxury and bespoke hospitality. With just nine exclusive suites, each spanning over 1700 square feet and adorned with private terraces, courtyards, and plunge pools, Mihir Garh invites guests to indulge in serenity and splendour. Avijit Singh affirms, “Its status as an exclusive nine-suite boutique hotel ensures an intimate and bespoke stay for every guest.” Sustainable oasis Secondly, Mihir Garh is a testament to sustainability and eco-friendliness, actively contributing to environmental conservation and community development in its surrounding area. From rainwater harvesting and sewage treatment to solar heating and a plastic-free initiative, Mihir Garh’s commitment to sustainability is unwavering. Avijit Singh elaborates, “Mihir Garh is deeply committed to sustainability and eco-friendliness, recognizing the importance of these considerations in the hospitality sector.” Cultural haven Thirdly, Mihir Garh preserves Rajasthan’s rich cultural heritage, celebrating the region’s traditions and craftsmanship at every turn. Through its integration of local artisans and crafts into its design and operations, Mihir Garh fosters a deep connection to the land and its people. Avijit Singh emphasizes, “By showcasing authentic Rajasthani craftsmanship and architecture, we aspire to serve as a beacon of heritage preservation.” Unforgettable experiences Fourthly, Mihir Garh offers an array of unforgettable experiences that immerse guests in the essence of Rajasthan. From signature village safaris and equestrian programs featuring Marwari horses to culinary workshops highlighting traditional recipes, Mihir Garh invites guests to partake in the rich tapestry of Rajasthan’s culture and landscapes. Avijit Singh underscores, “We envision introducing new experiences and amenities that elevate the guest experience while staying true to our core values of authenticity and sustainability.” Timeless traditions Lastly, Mihir Garh is not just a hotel; it’s a destination where memories are made and traditions are honored. Whether it’s savoring a meal crafted from old family recipes or exploring the rugged beauty of the desert on a camel safari, every moment at Mihir Garh is imbued with a sense of wonder and enchantment. As Avijit Singh reflects, “Mihir Garh stands as a tribute to all the things Rajasthan is best known for—its rich culture, warm hospitality, majestic desert, and unforgettable experiences.” Mihir Garh is more than just a luxury boutique hotel; it’s a sanctuary where luxury meets heritage, and where every detail is crafted with care and reverence. As the winter winds sweep across the Thar desert, there’s no better place to escape and immerse oneself in the timeless beauty of Rajasthan than Mihir Garh. – For more on luxury lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty follow Emirates Woman on Facebook and Instagram Feature Image: Supplied More