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    HH Sheikh Mohammed revisits Atlantis The Royal

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    by Sarah Joseph
    30 mins ago

    The Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum revisits Atlantis The Royal for the second time since its opening.
    The property even shared a video on their Instagram feed with the caption, “An honor to welcome back His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum @hhshkmohd to the resort”.

    Previous visit to the property
    On January 21, 2023, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed on the resort’s remarkable concept crafted by the world’s leading designers, architects and artists. Reimagining modern resort architecture, the resort is a 500-metre-long, 178-metre-tall mega structure.
    Additionally, His Highness toured the resort and was briefed on its interior design inspired by Bedouin culture. The hotel celebrates the preciousness of water with beautiful water features, sculptures and colour palettes.
    Previously, Sheikh Mohammed was spotted at this ultra-luxe haven after having spent a week. He even experienced the all-day diner, Gastronomy.
    Inside the property

    Most recent restaurant visit
    Recently, the newly opened bkry in Alserkal Avenue welcomed His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai yesterday, June 12, 2024.

    The must-visit hotspot, bkry even shared a photo on Instagram with the Royal, with the caption, “ We were honored yesterday by the visit of HH. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum @alserkalavenue .We are beyond thankful for your continued support.”
    As a keen enthusiast to visit and explore Dubai’s hotspots, Sheikh Mohammed is often seen around the emirate at various restaurants, cafes and even hotels.
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    5 aesthetic afternoon tea experiences to book in Dubai

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    by Sarah Joseph
    19 seconds ago

    Fancy an afternoon tea with your loved ones? You’re in the right place as we’ve rounded up a selection of premium offerings around Dubai to not miss this season.
    Regarded as a traditional British meal typically served in the mid-afternoon. It originated in the early 19th century and was popularized by Anna, the Duchess of Bedford. She introduced the idea of having a light meal between lunch and dinner, usually consisting of tea, finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and an assortment of pastries and cakes.
    Today, afternoon tea in Dubai enjoys celebratory status. Flutes of Champagne and pretty pastries are a given, while exotic nibbles and potent cocktails mean that what now constitutes this most genteel of refreshments
    Here’s a breakdown of what you might find at a traditional afternoon tea:
    Tea
    A variety of teas are usually offered, including black, green, and herbal teas. Popular choices include Earl Grey, Darjeeling, and Assam.
    Sandwiches
    These are typically small, crustless sandwiches with fillings such as cucumber, smoked salmon, egg salad, and ham with mustard.
    Scones
    Freshly baked scones are a staple, served with clotted cream and strawberry jam.
    Pastries and Cakes
    A selection of sweets, including mini cakes, tarts, and sometimes more elaborate pastries, are served to finish the meal.
    Extras
    Some afternoon teas may also include other items like small quiches, savory pastries, or fruit preserves.
    From glistening views of Dubai’s skyline to unmissable decadent delights that each venue has to offer, there are a host of venues to visit. We’ve sat down to countless cups of tea, finger sandwiches, scones and macarons to bring you our editors’ reviews of the best afternoon teas in the emirate – from the traditional spreads to the modern interpretations that roll on into evening drinks.

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    A historic first: Saudi women change the Kiswa on the Kaaba for the first time

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    by Ruman Baig
    7 seconds ago

    For centuries, the changing of the Kiswa, the sacred cloth that drapes the Kaaba in Makkah, has been a revered tradition carried out solely by men. But this year, a historic first unfolded.
    Saudi women joined the ranks of the artisans and technicians, not only participating in the ceremony itself, but also playing a vital role in crafting the magnificent cloth.

    لأول مرة .. مشاركة منسوبات الهيئة العامة للعناية بشؤون المسجد الحرام والمسجد النبوي في مراسم تغيير #كسوة_الكعبة_المشرفة. pic.twitter.com/M5pO3f82RP
    — الهيئة العامة للعناية بشؤون الحرمين (@AlharamainSA) July 7, 2024

    Saudi women take a step forward
    This inclusion marks a significant step forward for women in Saudi Arabia. The Kiswa, adorned with intricate gold and silver embroidery, is a symbol of holiness and a centerpiece of the Hajj pilgrimage. Being involved in its creation and replacement elevates the role of women within this sacred tradition.
    The process itself is a marvel of meticulous planning and craftsmanship. A team of 159 skilled artisans, now including women, meticulously handcraft the Kiswa using a staggering amount of materials – 120kg of gold thread, 100kg of silver thread, and 1,000kg of silk. Each piece takes between 60 to 120 days to complete, ensuring the intricate details and symbolic motifs are flawlessly produced.

    What is a Kiswa and how is it made?
    The installation is equally intricate. The massive Kiswa, weighing 1,350 kilograms, is carefully lifted section by section onto the Kaaba. The meticulous choreography involves removing the old Kiswa while the new one is transported,ensuring a seamless transition.
    Previously, the Kiswa changing ceremony coincided with the Hajj pilgrimage. However, a recent change allows the ceremony to take place on the first day of the Islamic New Year. This shift not only streamlines the process but also allows the Kiswa to be pristine for the influx of pilgrims during Hajj.

    The inclusion of women in this historic tradition is a powerful symbol of progress. It signifies a future where women play a more prominent role in preserving and celebrating Islamic heritage. This is a momentous occasion, not just for the beauty of the Kiswa itself, but for the message of inclusivity it conveys.
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    The Tastemaker’s Take: Nat Morcos’ guide to exploring Mexico City in style

    Creative and entrepreneur, Nat Morcos, shares her quick-fire recommendations for architecture, culture, and gastronomy that showcase Mexico City at its best and finest.

    For a stylish stay“Soho House Mexico City – a newly opened outpost is absolutely breathtaking. It has only four rooms so if you are a member and are lucky, you can spend a couple of nights there. It’s fantastic for people watching by the pool on weekends or evening cocktails with friends around its multiple indoor and outdoor bars.”
    Soho House Mexico CIty (Image: Supplied / Fernando Marroquin)

    For a lavish stay
    “Four Seasons Mexico City is the epitome of classic 5-star luxury, the hacienda-style property has a beautiful garden and excellent spa. It is located right in the busiest part of Reforma and in front of magical Chapultepec Park, where all major museums are located.”
    Four Seasons Mexico City (Image: Supplied)
    For an authentic stay
    “For design-oriented boutique style hospitality institutions choose La Valise Hotel, Brick Hotel, Pug Seal Anatole France, Nima Local House, or my favourite Casa Izeba.”
    La Valise (Image: Supplied / Nolan Burger)
    WHERE TO EXPLORE
    For once-in-a-life- time experiences
    Museo Frida Kahlo, Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, and Pyramids of Teotihuacan
    “The best way to see and experience the Pyramid of Teotihuacan is via hot air balloon.”
    Teotihuacan Pyramids (Image: Unsplash); Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo (Image: La Valise / Leandro Bulzzano)

    For the culture mavens
    Roma Condesa and Polanco art galleries, Soumaya, Tamayo, Museo Jumex and Anthropology Museum, Fundacion Casa Wabi Sabino, and Casa Gilardi
    “Casa Gilardi is the last house designed by Louis Barragan – book an appointment in advance!”
    Casa Gilardi (Image: Supplied / Nat Morcos)
    For hidden city gems
    Kurimanzutto Gallery, Tlacuilo Library, Jamaica Flower Market, Pastelería Ideal, Tetetlan, and Chic by Accident
    “Make sure to book an appointment before you visit Chic by Accident – it’s an incredible shoppable design gallery.”
    Chic by Accident Gallery (Image: Supplied / Marie Taillefer)
    WHERE TO DINE

    For Mexican delicatessen
    Orinoco Taqueria, Passilo de Humo, Churreria El Moro, Pujol
    “You need to book a few weeks ahead to secure a reservation at Michelin-Star restaurant Pujol – the hottest table in CDMX.”

    For design-led Mexican fusion
    Rosetta, Meroma, Maximo Bistrot, and Taverna
    “Taverna is a must on the agenda for its breathtaking design.”

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    15 luxe Saturday brunch spots in Dubai to try this year

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    by Sarah Joseph
    2 mins ago

    As you unwind from a stressful week, each upscale brunch located around Dubai is sure to let you relax. While you get your money’s worth with a specially curated menu of cocktails and delicious food accompanied by splendid views of Dubai’s skyline.
    It’s no secret brunch is a rite of passage in Dubai. However, it can be overwhelming to decide on where to go.
    From Japanese to Italian, each restaurant offers a myriad of delectable dishes are all crafted to perfection with live music and an enchanting ambience to let guests begin their weekend in style.
    Also, if you’re on the lookout of what to wear. Comfort is key—so it’s best to rely on those easy breezy slip dresses and co-ords. To not make dressing up feel like a chore. Be it Massimo Dutti or Cos, these free-flowing midi dresses can be worn all year round. Overall, the simplest piece can really add depth to the laziest of outfits, and leave you feeling put together for what really matters: gossip shared over mimosas and your favourite playlist. We’ve also compiled the best high-street pieces we use as brunch fit inspiration all year.
    To help you whittle it down, Emirates Woman has rounded up some of the best brunches in Dubai, which hopefully might help you find some new favourites in your mix or help you rediscover old favourites that are just only reopening.

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    Advice For Your 20s And 30s: What They Don’t Tell You About Ageing

    It’s rare to find an older woman who doesn’t wish they could give their younger self some advice. With age comes adaptation, lessons and a good dose of resilience. So why not tap into those who have lived it – consider this a page from a thick-ass adulting textbook. We asked three women, all with varying qualifications and experiences on the joys of ageing. Below, some lessons for women in their 20s and 30s as they look to the future. One thing’s for sure: so many things get better with age!

    READ MORE: Actress Temi Otedola On Why She Prefers A Simple Wellness Routine

    Advice #1: Let Go Of Self-imposed Limitations

    The forties for Palesa Boka have been about fully owning and embracing who she is, sans any societal limitations. In the process, she’s decided to show up the best way she knows how. As many of us already know, growing older is always a daunting thought or that arduous but necessary task we avoid, until you actually turn the page! AGE: 44

    I turned 40 in 2019 and oh boy what an unpredictable ride it has been! No one warned me about the self-assuredness that comes with this age! The constant taking stock of all facets of my life, and the self-growth that comes as a result, are just some of the things I wouldn’t trade in for anything. Then there’s the ‘I chooseme’ that comes with this age! I’m learning to prioritise myself and my needs despite the urgency of others’requests. I’d like to believe that I’m a late bloomer. A lot of changes started taking place later in my life. Our 40s aren’t about trying to fit in, I’ve learned. It’s as though our bodies and souls fight back any forced effort placed on them to conform, be likeable or to tone down.

    “I can confidently say that I have finally met my truest self at this age. I’m letting go of self-imposed limitations and embracing the fact that I’m right where I need to be – well, on most days.”

    It’s also the best time for me spiritually, physically, emotionally and sexually. I’m more confident in my skin. I honestly couldn’t give two hoots about what anyone thinks of me [chuckles]. My body? This is all I have to work with, so let’s! Mentally? I can only do better and that’s that! Financially? Well, this remains a tricky area but one that I’m working hard at. The sins of my 20s money mistakes are catching up with me. For instance, if I’d bought a house in my 20s, it’d be paid up by now. But all’s not lost!

    PALESA’S BEST ADVICE

    You don’t suddenly wake up one day to find the guilt, shame and past mistakes magically gone, but your mind evolves to see them differently. In a way, this approach is gentler and more solution-driven than self-pity.

    READ MORE: How To Get Fit In Your 20s – This Is Your Healthy Routine

    Advice #2: Live For Yourself

    Thami Magele, founder of Leungo Education Learning Circles, a company aimed at preparing future-fit children for their active participation in building a better Africa, is passionate about curating a life that overflows with purpose, love and rich experiences.AGE: 49

    As I edge closer to 50, I find myself sympathising with my own mother more and more. She married her parents, siblings, her husband and her children before marrying herself. As a result, her self-worth was left in their hands, and nothing for herself. My mother’s worst mistakes came from the depth of her love for her children, as well as wanting to honour her parents. Her lowest point was her inability to reconcile her mistakes as courage – she could only recognise them as shameful because her decisions didn’t attract the applause of those people whose opinions she valued the most.

    Now more than ever, I’m sympathetic to how we, parents, can hold onto and do things for the sake of our children – to a point where we are broken and left functionally handicapped. Just because a plan failed, doesn’t mean that you have failed as a parent. Children need their parents whole.

    With that bit of reflection out of the way, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciate the grace I receive daily. I’m not self-made and my life is not in my hands. I do my absolute best daily to indulge in some of my favouritethings. Those include watching the sky at night while sleeping alfresco in nature, swapping playlists with my daughter each morning, solo morning walks in nature and spreading love however and wherever I please.The thought of being in love no longer scares me because I now measure love, first and foremost, by how much of it I give to myself, how I choose the company I keep, the spaces I visit, the activities I spend my time doing and the people I choose to share my life and love with. In fact, my worst fear is not doing what I love. My joy and peace are currently my greatest currencies!

    “Whatever fears used to plague and contain me are gone. My life is richer right now! I no longer fear losing assets. “

    THAMI’S BEST ADVICE

    Identify and invest in the things, spaces and people that always bring you peace, joy and fulfilment – instead of those that leave you feeling depleted or questioning yourself. Remember that the societaldefinition of success is informed by an inferiority complex, maintained by power and control and continually instills a feeling of inadequacy. The sooner you ditch the societal definition, the better. Lastly, spend the bulk of your time creating pleasing memories and experiences for yourself and those less fortunate.

    READ MORE: How To Get Fit At 30 – And Important Healthy Habits

    Advice #3: Do Things Without Needing To Excel

    After a long spanning career as an education consultant, Vanessa Francis took her expertise to Room To Read, an NGO dedicated to improving children’s literacy and girls’ education across Asia and Africa – a job she describes as purposeful.AGE: 65

    In 2019, just a few days shy of my 60th birthday, our house burnt to the ground. Days went by and I waited for the shock and sadness at how much we’d lost to kick in, but it just never came. We lost some sentimental items such as family photos, but I was most grateful that no life had been lost.

    Naturally, friends and family thought I’d postpone the 60th birthday celebration that was scheduled in Ballito, KZN, a week after the fire, to another time. I think everyone became more surprised when I announced that the celebration would go ahead as planned. This incident confirmed two things for me: that relationships are important. The photos may be gone but I still have many more chances to create and capture happy memories with my loved ones. I also realised just how much resilience I’ve built over the years. We were now careful and minimalistic about what we were accumulating. I mean, I now have a woman cave as a result of this rebuilding and renovation exercise!

    “When we’re younger, we get upset over the smallest things but as we get older, we allow painful experiences to glide past without getting stuck in that sad moment. Ours was a real cleansing by the fire and an opportunity to do things anew.”

    READ MORE: How To Get Fit At 40 – And Thriving Healthy Tips

    Also, 65 is when I should be slowing down and preparing for retirement. Yet I feel more energised, grounded, centred and eager to learn (which is key for me). I’m also more amped to leave behind a legacy rooted in meaning and purpose through my work as country director for Room To Read. Years ago, I signed up for a drawing class. Now,I take pottery lessons – and I’m so bad at it [chuckles]. The point here is to learn to go with the flow and not listen to my ego’s need for perfection. My perfectionism serves me well at work but in pottery, I get to learn to do things for pure enjoyment without needing to excel.

    VANESSA’S BEST ADVICE

    Whatever’s happening now is for now. Basically, this too shall pass. Your task is to balance yourself and create space for the storm to pass through with ease. More

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    Margot Robbie plus all the other celebrities expecting a baby in 2024

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    by Ruman Baig
    1 second ago

    Margot Robbie is having a baby! The ‘Barbie’ actor is expecting her first child with husband Tom Ackerley
    She was recently spotted with a bump while vacationing in Italy – congratulations to the happy couple.

    2024 is the year where every celebrity (even the ones you didn’t think of) is expecting a baby.
    Whether it’s the Crown Prince Hussein and Princess Rajwa or the recently announced expectant parents, Hailey and Justin Bieber, a number of celebrities are welcoming their first first baby in 2024 .
    Shared in a sweet Instagram post yesterday, where Hailey (dressed in white dress, showing her bump) is seen renewing her vows with her husband. The couple looked so in love, ready to expand their family.
    Recently, Sheikha Mahra and Sheikh Mana also shared the joyous news of the arrival of their baby girl. Born on May 1, 2024, named ‘Mahra’ just like her mum.
    Actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh announced their pregnancy back in February, while Superman Henry Cavill and partner Natalie Viscuso joined the baby-on-board wagon recently.
    Everyone’s favourite ‘it’ girl Sophia Richie Grainge, who married music producer Eliiot Grainge in a dreamy ceremony last year, is also set to welcome her first child in 2024.
    ICYMI, here’s a list of all the celebrities expecting a baby in 2024:

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    Dubai hits 50° this week: Here’s how to stay cool in this heat

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    by Ruman Baig
    19 seconds ago

    Dubai is no stranger to scorching temperatures, but this week promises to be a scorcher. With highs expected to reach around 52°C, it’s crucial to take precautions to stay healthy and avoid heatstroke.
    Here are some tips to help you beat the Dubai heat and stay cool:
    1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

    This one can’t be stressed enough. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid sugary drinks and opt for water, coconut water, or diluted fruit juices. Carry a reusable water bottle and refill it frequently.
    2. Seek Shade and Limit Sun Exposure

    The sun is at its strongest between 11 am and 4 pm. During this time, stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces or seek shade outdoors. Plan outdoor activities for early mornings or evenings when the temperatures are cooler.
    3. Dress for the Heat

    Wear loose, lightweight, and breathable clothing made from natural fibers like cotton or linen. Opt for light-colored clothing that reflects sunlight. Protect your head with a hat and wear sunglasses to shield your eyes from UV rays.
    4. Cool Down Regularly
    Take refreshing showers or baths throughout the day. Cool down your wrists and ankles with cold compresses or wet towels. Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day.
    Bonus Tip:
    Malls: Dubai boasts some of the world’s most extravagant malls, like the Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. They offer air-conditioned shopping, entertainment options like arcades and aquariums, and even indoor ski slopes.
    Museums: Immerse yourself in culture at the Dubai Museum, Etihad Museum, or explore the world of illusions at the Illusion Museum.Art Galleries: Discover local and international art at galleries like Salsali Private Museum or Alserkal Avenue.
    Water Parks: Cool down with thrilling rides and refreshing water features at Wild Wadi Water Park or Aquaventure Waterpark.Cinemas: Catch the latest blockbusters in luxurious comfort at IMAX cinemas or enjoy traditional Arabic movies at Novo Cinemas.
    By following these simple tips, you can beat the Dubai heat and stay healthy throughout the week. Remember, even if you’re acclimated to the climate, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Stay cool and enjoy the summer in Dubai.
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