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    The ultimate capsule wardrobe with these 10 fashion basics

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    by Sarah Joseph
    2 hours ago

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    Ever felt the need to pack less? Or simple spend less time in the morning decided what to wear?
    With endless options in the sartorial world, a decluttered wardrobe rarely lets us make quick decisions on what to wear without spending too much.
    To curate the perfect capsule wardrobe it’s essential to invest in timeless high-quality items and statement pieces in basic hues such as black, white, camel, beige, brown and off-white.
    It all begins with a meticulous edit of impeccably crafted pieces that can stand the true test of time. By focusing on classic pieces that transcend seasons and trends, you’ll be able to purchase must-have pieces that that can successfully create a seasonless closet.
    The key is to curate a collection that exudes sophistication and can be edited accordingly for any occasion.
    So if you’re thinking of revamping your space and starting from scratch, we’re here to guide you with all the basics to buy on your next shopping spree.
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    7 Instagrammable Dubai spots to visit for all your matcha dessert cravings

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    by Sarah Joseph
    3 hours ago

    As a healthier alternative to your caffeine intake, Matcha has increased in popularity over the years.
    With various cafés in Dubai bringing on a new take to Matcha in the form of new desserts, there’s a plethora of hotspots to visit with Japan’s most loved
    This delectable incarnation in cakes and other sweet tooth variables has been seen throughout the Emirate as the ingredient continues to rise in fame.
    So if you’re on the lookout for an experimental take on matcha, Emirates Woman has curated a guide to all the must-visit spots in Dubai.
    NETTE

    Situated in the heart of Dubai’s premium boutique padel club, this urban sanctuary brings the perfect blend of Japanese with Parisian. Surrounded by a padel court and yoga studio, this culinary space is a home for must-try wellness activities. With a wholesome menu, the café serves both iced and hot matcha with an array of alternative milk choices to choose from. Their vegan Matcha and Chocolate éclair is a must-try for your matcha cravings. The quaint café is located inside MATCHA Club, Al Quoz.
    Megumi Matcha

    As Dubai’s first matcha specialty shop, this woman-owned and operated café works as a farm-to-packaging concept. For all the macaron lovers, this Korean-style macaron comes with Black sesame matcha flavour with an irresistible taste. Run by women, guests can also delve into the history of the Japanese tea ceremony. Megumi hosts a matcha workshop at Vanilla Sukkar – a local mother-and-daughter-owned gem in Jumeirah.
    For more information visit megumimatcha.com
    The Kakao Guy

    Satisfy your sweet tooth with their luscious Matcha Nama Chocolate. Made with premium quality ingredients, this indulgent treat is a fusion of rich, creamy chocolate and earthy matcha flavors that will tantalise your taste buds. Known for their freshly bakes cakes and desserts this Nama chocolate with customers craving for more and can now be delivered straight to your doorstep.
    For more information visit thekakaoguy.com
    Yamanote Atelier

    At this artisanal Japanese bakery and café concept guests can expect a wide variety of savoury and sweet dishes. Inspired by Japanese minimalist and pastel colours, this venue comes with a modern quirky edge. Reminiscent of the cafés Japanese culture, the pieces are baked fresh with authentic ingredients. For the matcha lover, the newly introduced matcha-flavoured dessert, Ya Baum is the perfect treat. Guests can visit the brand’s several locations across Dubai including Mirdif Hills, Dubai Frame, Al Seef Village Mall, Motor City, Al Ferdous Dubai and The Dubai Mall.
    For more information visit yamanoteatelier.com
    Bageri Form

    Inspired by Scandinavian design, this artisanal café was elevating bakery classics and serving dishes with the freshest of ingredients. With Nordic-infused interiors, the bakery also serves freshly sourced matcha in minimal cups for a rejuvenating start to the day. With an aesthetic presentation, this place is beyond Instagrammable-worthy. For all the matcha fans, the restaurant has recently added the matcha tartine with matcha butter and biscuit crumb. It’s located in Dubai Design District, Building 4.
    For more information visit bageriform.com
    Soo Matcha

    As UAE’s all Matcha-inspired café, visitors are sure to have the whole matcha experience. After first launching in early 2020, this hotspot comes with all things matcha. By experimenting with different flavours and constantly tailoring their menu, the brand even has its own matcha-flavoured ice cream that’s irresistible and must-try.
    For more information visit soomatcha.com
    More Matcha

    Located in DIFC, this new hotspot will have matcha lovers hooked, as it cater to all their craving. Besides the regular matcha drink and coffee, you can also enjoy matcha éclairs, donuts or soft serve. The decor and the aesthetic completely elevates the vibe of the place in a complementary pastel green palette, giving it a fresh facelift.
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    10 times Sheikh Hamdan was a doting dad to twins Rashid & Shaikha

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    by Sarah Joseph
    3 hours ago

    Since welcoming twins Rashid and Shaikha in May 2021, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, has truly become the ultimate doting dad.
    Throughout this time, His Highness, affectionately known by his nickname Fazza, has shared tidbits of the growing twins on social media, sharing some adorable doting father moments with his 14 million followers on Instagram.
    As the twins celebrated their first birthday this year, we look back on some of the special moments Fazza has shared with his growing little ones.

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    9 fine-dining restaurants in Dubai offering home delivery

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    by Sarah Joseph
    2 hours ago

    Treating yourself to some fine food at home after a long week couldn’t be easier with all the options you have available in Dubai.
    From homemade BBQ kits to signature dishes delivered right to your doorstep, there’s plenty that cater to every palate.
    Make sure you bookmark this Emirates Woman editor-approved list because there’s a lot of fine-dining delivery options to work your way through.
    Couqley French Bistro & Bar

    This French restaurant ensures that they serve all the delectable dishes under one roof. Known for using fresh ingredients, each meal is prepared with careful attention to detail. From their popular tuna tartare to their delectable truffle-mushroom pasta, the entire menu is carefully curated and can be delivered to your doorstep. By offering their very own BBQ kit, customers also have an opportunity to recreate the juice steak in the comfort of their homes.
    For more information visit couqley.ae
    La Cantine du Faubourg

    This sumptuous Parisian restaurant has each dish specially curated by renowned chef Gilles Bosquet. To celebrate any special occasion in style, one can choose from a selection of delectable dishes including salmon carpaccio, foie gras terrine and many more exotic dishes to relish with your loved ones.
    For more information visit lacantine.ae
    Amazónico

    This rainforest-inspired South American restaurant Amazónico, includes all the seasonal favourites such as the Ensalada Amazónico and Guacamole, along with hero dishes such as a selection of desserts including the famous Pina rostizada, caramelized pineapple, corn cake and coconut sorbet. This expansive menu calls for a relaxed night at home to enjoy with your friends and family.
    For more information visit amazonicorestaurant.com
    Shanghai Me

    Inspired by the culinary traditions of East Asia, this restaurant serves recipes that have been brought done from generations with an urban twist. By adding a playful twist that’s preserved from generation to generation all the delicate dishes have been perfected over time and enhanced with irresistible flavours. From Wagyu beef to sushi, the options are endless and it can be relished by all.
    For more information visit shanghaime-restaurant.com
    The Artisan Il Ristorante

    By bringing a piece of Tuscany to Dubai, this much-loved restaurant ensures it takes Italian inspiration with the preparation of each dish. Through the art of gastronomy, the Michelin star chef has prepared an ingredients-driven menu that offers a selection of antipasti and salads. From pizzas to their delectable pasta, everything is freshly prepared by using the art of skilful cooking.
    For more information visit theartisan.ae
    Ninive

    Known for their authentic sharing-style meal, the dishes come from the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf. This Arabic restaurant imbibes a culinary history that comes with a variety of traditions that use a modern touch. From the pumpkin spinach kibbeh to lobster tagine, the options are endless and can be devoured by all for the perfect family-style meal at home.
    For more information visit ninive.ae
    COYA

    From guacamole to maki rolls and Arroz Nikkei, COYA has all the vibrant vibes you need for a delicious celebration at home. From fresh guacamole to delicious ceviche, this restaurant adds their own twists to traditional Peruvian dishes, there’s plenty to try from the menu. Using traditional cooking techniques, the menu focuses on innovation and shaking up classic recipes with their own twists.
    For more information visit coyarestaurant.com
    Hutong

    This contemporary Northern Chinese cuisine restaurant is home to all the delicious dishes ranging from dim sums to the freshly carved Peking duck with pancakes. With a signature dessert collection including Jasmine Tea Brûlée and chocolate mousse, it makes for an irresistible menu that’s surely loved by all. With dishes that can’t be missed this restaurant is surely drawn to ensuring each dish is skillfully prepared.
    For more information visit hutong-dubai.com
    LPM Restaurant & Bar

    LPM offers their celebrated cuisine to loyal fans and newcomers alike or home delivery in Dubai. The specially curated menu will include signature dishes such as Burrata with tomatoes and basil, warm prawns in olive oil, roast baby chicken marinated in lemon, vanilla cheesecake and a selection of make at home mocktails. All dishes will be served in eco-friendly, biodegradable take-out containers. To give you the most authentic experience at home, each delivery includes the restaurant’s trademark table décor a bottle of olive oil, tomato, lemon and freshly baked baguette. A playlist will also be available on Spotify ‘LPM – La Vie en Rosé’, to bring the vibrant French Rivera atmosphere into homes. Très Bien!
    For more information visit lpmrestaurants.com
    All orders can be placed via Deliveroo
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    7 hot chocolate cafés in Dubai that will melt your heart

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    by Sarah Joseph
    2 hours ago

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    As the rainy drops continue to hit our window pane, all we can dream about is a cup of hot chocolate as we’re all wrapped up while watching a classic 12rom-com.
    With one heavenly sip at a time, this winter drink serves as the perfect comfort beverage to cater to all crave something richer from time to time.
    For all the hot chocolate aficionados, we’ve curated the ultimate guide of where devour a warm cup with your loved ones.
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    6 restaurants in Dubai that transform into a sensory dining delight

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    by Sarah Joseph
    43 mins ago

    For a high-octane dining experience you’re in the right place.
    Known for its elaborate theatrics and a one-of-a-kind dining experience, Dubai is never short of venues to visit to experience with your friends and family.
    With a combination of dining and dinner, we’ve curated a guide of upscale dining spots that are sure to impress on your next visit.
    Babylon

    Drawing inspiration from the Mesopotamian city of Babylon, this entertaining haven merges with enchanting fairytales every day in the ‘Gardens of Love’. Prepare to be swept off your feet as you embark on a journey into a world of pure magic at the award-winning DIFC hotspot and step boldly through a mystical portal to enchantment, immersing yourself in an entirely fresh concept for Babylon’s thrilling season three. Located at the Podium Level of Gate Village 05 in DIFC, it’s open from Tuesday to Saturday 8:30pm to 3am and is close on Sunday and Monday.
    For more information visit here 
    Josette

    For a thrilling evening of cabaret performances, burlesque dancers and artists from Paris, this traditional Parisian restaurant amps it up a notch with its old Hollywood charm that guests simply can’t get enough off. With cutting-edge video projection technology to elevate he visual experience, these interactive shows are reminiscent of a bygone era. Located in DIFC, near ICD Brookfield, the Josette shows transcend eras, dance styles and aesthetics with fascination in every performance. The candy-coloured grandeur is elevated with exuberant romance from the ‘1920s taking the dining experience up a level. To experience Josette thrilling shows, a minimum spending of Dhs500 is required in both main dining and lounge areas.
    For more information visit here. 
    Krasota

    By combining all elements of food, art and show, guests can seamlessly dissolve on a journey between reality and artistry. Through the medium of storytelling, this multisensory dining experience merges haute cuisine and artistic brilliance through an ingenious performance. The intimate venue only caters to 20 guests ensuring a personalised experience for everyone who visits. Designed to savour the hidden meanings behind the masterpieces, this multisensory adventure leaves an indelible impression on every palate and imagination. The experience is priced at Dhs1,830 per person and is located at Downtown Hotel.
    For more information visit here. 
    DREAM

    The dreamy venue offers an all-in-one escape from reality. With a range of talented international acts and show-stopping acrobatics, the venue stands out with its Mediterranean-inspired menu and unparalleled mixology, combining classic and signature cocktails. They bring magic and fantasy to life with spectacular 3D visual mapping, captivating performances and acrobatic dancers alongside exquisite Mediterranean cuisine and is located at Address Beach Resort, JBR. It’s open from Wednesday to Sunday 8pm until late and a minimum spend starts at Dhs1,000 and varies depending on the day of the week.
    For more information visit here. 
    Q’s Bar & Lounge

    Q’s Bar and Lounge showcases world-class performances from emerging artists handpicked by the music legend himself who has won 28 Grammys across his career spanning over seven decades and who has collaborated with legendary icons across various music genres. Q’s Bar and Lounge provides the perfect old-world charm that can be enjoyed with sumptuous bar bites, and a wide selection of beverages inspired by the legendary achievements of Quincy Jones. With Versace-designed leather couches, mahogany tables and unmatched acoustics, this spot is a must visit. Located in Palazzo Versace, the performances take place Wednesday to Sunday, 7pm onwards.
    For more information visit here. 
    Theater

    As one of the most unique entertainment hotspots in the Middle East, Theater is committed to presenting real artists and incredible shows while serving up delicious and innovative dishes created by award winning Chef Mattheus Stinnissen. With the debut of ‘Lost in Time’, Theater continues to push the boundaries of entertainment, offering an immersive experience unlike anything seen before. From the swinging melodies of the 1920’s to the revolutionary spirit of rock ‘n’ roll and disco fever of the 1970’s, ‘Lost in Time’ is guaranteed to have audiences of every age. Located at Fairmont Hotel, it’s open from Tuesday to Saturday 10pm to 3am.
    For more information visit here. 
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    Stunned by Burj Al Arab’s striking interiors? See the design journey behind this landmark

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    by Sarah Joseph
    55 mins ago

    Go inside Burj Al Arab’s interior as London-based interior designer Khuan Chew shares her journey of designing one of the most striking designs of the Gulf.
    How did you get into the interiors space?
    Growing up in a household where art and music were integral to one’s daily life, I was immersed in a culturally rich environment from a young age. Initially pursuing a degree in Music during my formative years in the UK, I later transitioned to Interior Design, stemmed from a love of the Opera, an Artform combining Music, Drama and Theatre set design. This passion for Theatre and Opera has profoundly influenced the dramatic and spectacular elements in my work. Whether creating bold and daring interiors or minimalist and understated spaces, each project reflects my passion for vibrancy and intrigue. I find equal enjoyment in crafting luxurious, layered environments as I do in designing sleek, contemporary scenes or timeless, neo-classical rooms.

    Inside Burj Al Arab is known for its iconic photo moments – tell us how the interiors are an ode to this?
    No expense was spared by obtaining rare materials. In the Burj Al Arab, every interior space is meticulously composed to evoke a sense of grandeur and spectacle. Each space tells a story. Referring to the geographical position of Dubai, situated in the vicinity of the original Silk Route, it is at the epicenter of the Earth’s map, making it a great hub. Therefore, people from the four corners of the Earth have been coming to Dubai, and especially in the last 25 years due to the Burj Al Arab, which has put Dubai on the map. While it is quintessentially designed as a Modern Arabic Palace, there are decorative elements and purposeful selections of furniture, as well as entire areas inspired by different parts of the world. The intent was to delight guests who may recognise and identify with these items when they visit the Burj Al Arab and experience Inside Burj Al Arab Tours. Likewise, if you were to visit Buckingham Palace or any affluent global tycoon residence of yesteryear, it is not unusual to see similarly eclectic collections of their possessions – displayed from their or their ancestors’ travels through the ages. As I used to say to visitors of Inside Burj Al Arab, there is a room here for each and everyone of you.
    What were the challenges you faced during your design journey and how did you overcome this?
    You need to know that in August 1997 (the year I was appointed), the world was still reliant on fax machines. There were hardly any computers, and it was pretty much still the pre-digital age. Therefore, I relied “abundantly” on my little black book of secret sources (which I still have today) for the most exclusive materials and products on our planet! To this day, the knowledge I have gathered extends beyond the usual suppliers and agencies to the hotel industry, setting KCA apart from other interior design consultancies, as a considerable proportion of our clientele requires super luxury interiors.Having been appointed rather late in the day on the Burj Al Arab, it was truly a race against time. My team in London worked day and night. Christmas and Eid were cancelled, and we also physically traveled to different parts of the world to choose marble (e.g., Brazil, China, India, Italy, etc.), fine weaves of silk, carpet specialists, and chandelier craftsmen. In total, we had over 50 different countries involved in contributing to the interior fit-out of the Burj Al Arab. The design and construction of the interior of the Burj Al Arab took literally 2 years and 3 months. This is quite an achievement and certainly a fast-track record in my book.

    “I find equal enjoyment in crafting luxurious, layered environments as I do in designing sleek, contemporary scenes or timeless, neo-classical rooms.”
    The hotel also features an abundance of design references from the Arab culture – tell us more.
    The four elements of water, fire, earth and air are seen throughout the property. Looking at Dubai today, you wouldn’t think of it as being in the desert. Thirty years ago, Dubai looked very different – you wouldn’t recognise it if you looked at archive photos. For the interiors, I effortlessly based the theme on the four elements of water, fire, earth, and air – they depict raw nature and the essence of life on earth. Emirati culture and life have endured the harshest of climates and environments through their understanding of nature to survive. The four elements were naturally inspirational when we worked through spaces to reflect the perception of, for example, fire – an array of bright and deep reds, oranges, and yellows or water hues of blues and turquoises, earthly greens, and the pale translucent mists of air. The Burj Al Arab is a Modern Arabic Palace. Arab culture is undeniably rich – the magical arab calligraphy and infinite geometric patterns alone are monumental references, and one is spoilt for choice as to what we could include from all over the Middle East. The twin internal swimming pools in the Burj Al Arab are modelled around a Turkish Bath experience. Patterns in carpets throughout the palace are contemporary evolutions of traditional motifs. And just like the Chinese Dining Room in Buckingham Palace, the Royal Suites at Inside Burj Al Arab have antique furniture, cabinetry, and Coromandel Screens from the Chinoiserie period of the 17th and 18th centuries. Inside Burj Al Arab was truly a fine example of an “abundance” of inspiration when we designed it.

    What piece of advice would you give to your younger-self?
    You can’t please everyone. So, it is important that you please yourself.
    This is ‘The Abundance Issue’ – how do you focus on an abundance mindset?
    In life there is an abundance of material, thought, influence, art and culture, intelligence (not artificial) to draw from. Debussy once said that you should always try to escape your success, the repeat is the enemy of your art. More

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    When’s the next public holiday in the UAE?

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    by Ruman Baig
    1 hour ago

    You can now plan your 2024 escapades in advance as The United Arab Emirates has your back with a lineup of public holidays approved by the UAE Cabinet.
    Here’s a sneak peek into the festivities awaiting you throughout the year.

    New Year’s Day Extravaganza
    Kick off the year with a leisurely break! January 1st marks a day off for both private and public sectors, setting the stage for a rejuvenating long weekend. With January 2nd as the official return to work, it’s the perfect time to recharge before diving into the year’s challenges.
    Eid Al Fitr: A Feast after Ramadan
    Following the sacred month of Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr beckons in 2024. Astronomical predictions suggest Ramadan will commence on March 11, 2024, with Eid Al Fitr expected from April 8 to April 12. If the crescent moon plays hide and seek, brace yourself for a seven or nine-day break, depending on your workweek.
    Arafat Day and the Journey of Pilgrimage
    June 15, 2024, stands sacred as Arafat Day, marking the pivotal second day of Hajj. It’s a Saturday, setting the stage for spiritual reflection and a serene weekend. Right on its heels is Eid Al Adha, celebrating Ibrahim’s devotion and divine intervention. Dhu Al-Hijjah 10 to 12 will be days of reverence and festivities.
    Hijri New Year: A Fresh Start
    July 7, 2024, witnesses the Hijri New Year, symbolizing the commencement of a new lunar Hijri year. It’s a Sunday, offering a serene day to reflect on beginnings and aspirations for the months ahead.
    Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Birthday: A Day of Reflection
    On September 15, 2024, Al-Mawlid Al-Nabawi, commemorating Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday, takes center stage. A Sunday celebration, it offers a day of reflection and gratitude.
    Commemoration Day and UAE National Day: A Grand Finale
    As the year winds down, December 1 marks Commemoration Day, a time to honor the nation’s heroes. But the festivities don’t end there! UAE National Day on December 2 and 3 extends the jubilation into a glorious four-day break. Whether you’re enjoying a two-day weekend or more, it’s a perfect opportunity to revel in the spirit of unity and national pride.
    Mark your calendars and get ready for a year filled with cultural celebrations, moments of reflection, and well-deserved breaks. The UAE’s public holidays in 2024 promise a perfect blend of tradition, spirituality, and leisure.
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