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    In pics: A luxurious new Grecian-inspired beach club opens its doors in Dubai


    by Olivia Morris
    1 hour ago

    Now that the cooler weather is well and truly on its way, all of us in the UAE can finally get excited about the beach season.
    Enter Kyma. Just in time for the cooler temperatures arriving, the luxurious new Grecian-inspired beach club has opened its doors on Dubai’s Palm West Beach.
    The new concept by Rikas Hospitality Group – which is known for some of the most renowned concepts in the emirate including La Cantine du Faubourg, Ninive, Mimi Kakushi, Twiggy and more – and The St. Regis Dubai is set to be the go-to place for winter.
    Taking inspiration from the shores of the Mediterranean, the sophisticated beach club entices guests to escape from the ordinary with a breath of fresh air.
    Earthy tones complete the colour palette of the venue which features an infinity pool, private cabanas, luxe sun loungers, as well as a chic restaurant complete with a high-end curated menu by Gilles Bosquet, the corporate chef at Rikas Hospitality Group.
    The menu’s hero dishes include a plethora of much-loved Greek staples including taramosalata, tyrokafteri and truffled seabream to cheese saganaki, feta loukoums, moussaka and biftekia.
    Take a peek inside Dubai’s newest hotspot below.

    Kyma, Palm West Beach, pool open daily 10am to 8pm, restaurant 12pm to 2am. +971 46 665 999,,
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    30 Sheikh Hamdan-approved restaurants in Dubai you need to try

    When it comes to knowing the best restaurants to dine at in Dubai, the emirate’s Crown Prince always knows best.
    From sophisticated alfresco havens to all the authentic food choices, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is regularly seen dining out at some of the best F&B concepts Dubai has to offer.
    No stranger to Dubai’s foodie scene, when it comes to dining at the city’s fine-dining spots, Fazza knows best. From alfresco havens to new speakeasies, Dubai’s Crown Prince has paid a visit to a myriad of restaurants, to ensure he’s always on top of the food game.
    If you’re in need of some inspo on where to dine next, Emirates Woman has curated a list of all the sophisticated restaurants that have received Sheikh Hamdan’s stamp of approval.
    L’Amo Bistro del Mare

    Sheikh Hamdan made a visit to L’Amo Bistro del Mare in May 2022, an Italian restaurant that opened its doors at Dubai Harbour this year. The waterfront restaurant welcomed His Highness for lunch on Saturday. The Dubai Crown Prince also posed for a photo with Chef Lorenzo Buccarini, Carlo Tinelli, General Manager of the restaurant and Piero Giglio, MD & Partner of MINE Lifestyle Managing. This upscale seafood restaurant is a partnership between Sunset Hospitality Group and Mine and Yours Group, making this yet another notable addition to the Dubai dining scene. From signature dishes such as red and violet prawns, delicate sea urchins, Margherita Pinsa and Italian oysters and scallops, the restaurant is sure to transport visitors to the rustic streets of Italy with every serving of each dish. With freshly caught seafood, the flavours are enhanced to capture the essence of the Mediterranean sea.Situated in the heart of the city at the Dubai Harbour Yacht Club, L’Amo Bistro Del Mare is open daily from 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to midnight.

    Spotted at Chef Izu’s latest venue, Alaya in DIFC this month, Sheikh Hamdan gave the restaurant his royal seal of approval.Masterminded by Chef Izu and one of Emirates Man’s former cover stars Evgeny Kuzin, the concept is nothing short of extraordinary, with a combination of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. Inspired by their travels, each dish is prepared with the freshest ingredients. After only opening last month, the restaurant has gained quite a bit of traction as the duo has brought a new concept to DIFC. By taking each visitor on a culinary journey, the warm inviting space, ensures guests feel at home from the moment they enter.
    La Maison Ani

    On one of his most recent foodie outings, Sheikh Hamdan paid a visit to a brand new concept by Chef Izu Ani and Evgeny Kuzin. Fazza stopped by La Maison Ani at the end of May 2022 just weeks after it officially opened.  The restaurant’s team described it as an “honour” to welcome the Crown Prince, sharing a photo from his visit. “It was a complete honour and privilege to host The Crown Prince @faz3 at La Maison Ani by Chef Izu,” they said. “The first of many visits we hope.”

    This restaurant is already a household name in London and Las Vegas. Having arrived in Dubai late last year, SUSHISAMBA has already made its mark on the emirate. So much so, Sheikh Hamdan thought it fit to host one of his most famous friends at the restaurant on his recent visit to Dubai. The emirate’s Crown Prince was seen visiting the hotspot with famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. In late January, the pair enjoyed lunch together with some of their entourage. We’re definitely adding this new hotspot to our list of must-trys.
    11 Woodfire

    For one of the first outings in 2022, Sheikh Hamdan visited this new concept – the brainchild of chef Akmal Anuar and Ahmass Fakahany, CEO and Founder of Atelier House Hospitality – which opened later last year. Located in a villa on Jumeirah Beach Road, 11 Woodfire opened in November 2021. Sharing the news of the Crown Prince’s visit to 11 Woodfire with a photograph, the restaurant said it was an “honour” to host him.

    This picturesque new restaurant brings a piece of Aegean paradise to the heart of Dubai. Situated at the Address Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan was spotted there in January 2022. This outdoor venue perfectly captures views of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountains which were captured in Sheikh Hamdan’s story. From fresh seafood to a plethora of must-try dishes, these delectable mezes are sure to be savoured with your loved ones as Dubai’s Crown prince did.

    Gohan, the new Japanese speakeasy by the team at La Cantine du Faubourg is one of the latest hotspots to visit. The space is quite intimate being able to seat no more than 30 diners at a time and Fazza gave his stamp of approval in late 2021. While the restaurant may have been a well-kept secret previously, now that Fazza has paid a visit the word about Gohan is well and truly out.
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    The Arts Club

    This sophisticated private members-only club is situated in the heart of DIFC. Having welcomed Sheikh Hamdan last year, this ultra-luxe venue was honoured to have him and even posted a picture on their feed. The Crown Prince enjoyed a hearty meal at Rōhen.
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    Mimi Kakushi

    Known for their cosy interiors and ultra-luxe décor, this restaurant is a must-visit with all the Japanese classics under one roof. On the UAE’s 50th National Day, Sheikh Hamdan paid a visit and was so impressed by hospitality and service as he celebrated the country’s birthday.
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    Sheikh Hamdan’s a fan, and so are we. This contemporary Japanese restaurant opened back in 2020 and Sheikh Hamdan was one of the first to visit post-lockdown. Known for its contemporary Japanese robatayaki cuisine and sushi, this restaurant has become a firm favourite on the Dubai dining scene.
    Twiggy by La Cantine

    The Crown Prince of Dubai stopped by this incredible venue late last year and no doubt enjoyed the impeccable views that Twiggy has to offer. At the time, Sheikh Hamdan shared a series of images on his Instagram story of some of the exquisite cuisine he was enjoying. Twiggy by La Cantine opened at the beginning of 2021 and it’s safe to say it has been the go-to hotspot for Mediterranean dining in Dubai.

    Bringing the charm of Greek cuisine to Dubai, this restaurant provides an unforgettable experience with authentic Mediterranean hospitality offering culinary textures and aromas to your plate. Located in Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, Fazza has previously been spotted dining there.
    Sal at the Burj Al Arab

    In mid-December 2020, the Crown Prince of Dubai was pictured at Sal at the Burj Al Arab. This restaurant opened its doors back in September 2020 and has been a popular destination for restaurant-goers ever since. It offers guests endless ocean views with seamless service and a sophisticated menu. Described as “barefoot luxury meets Southern European culinary excellence”, the restaurant also comes fully equipped with a 100-metre infinity pool to relax at after a delightful meal.
    Caviar Kaspia

    Fresh from the hustle and bustle of Paris, Caviar Kaspia opened its first venue outside the French capital in Dubai late last year. One of the first people to visit was the Crown Prince of Dubai. A photo of Fazza’s visit was posted to the restaurant’s Instagram page, where His Highness was seen posing with a Matryoshka Doll, which is a signature to the restaurant and is known to hold caviar.
    The MAINE Land Brasserie

    Sheikh Hamdan and his entourage visited this luxe steakhouse located in the ME by Melia Hotel in Business Bay at the beginning of 2021. It’s the third restaurant in Dubai by restauranteur Joey Ghazal and has become a firm favourite on the Dubai dining scene.
    Avli by Tashas

    Having opened just over three years ago in January 2019, Sheikh Hamdan is a frequent visitor to Avli by tashas in DIFC. The restaurant captures the essence of Greek cuisine combined with a chic and sophisticated space reminiscent of the Mediterranean.

    Loved by Sheikh Hamdan, Gaia is the brainchild of Chef Izu. The restaurant encompasses the Greek Goddess of Earth, the mother of the sun, the mountains and the sea and is the inspiration for each exquisite Mediterranean dish. In January 2019, the Crown Prince of Dubai and his father, the Ruler of Dubai, were spotted dining at the Grecian-inspired restaurant. But even before that, Sheikh Hamdan gave Gaia his seal of approval back just five days after it opened in October 2018. After his visit, Chef Izu posted a cheeky picture with the Dubai royal, as he sported a wide grin.
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    Il Borro

    This high-class Tuscan Bistro welcomed the Crown Prince of Dubai along with his team, with authentic cuisine and dishes that are made with ingredients that are freshly imported for a bespoke Italian experience. In 2021, it was one of the first outings Sheikh Hamdan made following the announcement he has become a father to twins, Rashid and Sheikha.

    While continuing to extend his support to several homegrown restaurants in the UAE, Sheikh Hamdan has been a long-time fan of Chef Izu, the brainchild behind two notable restaurants in the UAE. Seen posing in this snap with Chef Izu, Sheikh Hamdan paid a visit to Carine, located in Emirates Golf Club. At the time of his visit, the Dubai-based restauranteur said, “Always an honour and great pleasure to have HH Sheikh Hamdan with us at Carine.”
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    L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

    Adding another high-end eatery to his list of restaurants with his stamp of approval is L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. His Highness paid a visit to the eatery to the authentic French restaurant in June 2021, with a photo being shared by the DIFC-based restaurant on their official Instagram page. This establishment is famed for its celebrity clientele alongside its Michelin star cuisine which offers guests dishes including a crispy poached egg with caviar, truffle pizza and Dover sole à la plancha, all prepared in front of the guests.
    Gudee Pizza Café

    Known for their Afghani specialities, this eatery pushes beyond the borders of authentic cuisine in the heart of Dubai, with some of the most creative pizza combinations offered under one roof in the highly comforting atmosphere with a modern interpretation of the aforementioned cuisine with innovative desserts. Located at Gate Avenue mall level in DIFC, the Crown Prince’s uncle, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, also known as Uncle Saeed on Instagram, is a regular at Gudees.
    BB Social Dining

    The homegrown concept serving Eastern cuisine has a compact space offering various cuisine options. Located in Gate village 8 DIFC, the atmosphere is both sophisticated and elegant.

    After having spotted Sheikh Hamdan at this stunning seafood restaurant, he posed for a picture with the head of operations and also seemed to enjoy the restaurant’s freshly baked bread with one of the lighthouse salads on his visit.

    This Mediterranean-inspired travel-themed café is extremely Instagrammable and is known for its topographic design. Located in Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue extension, the theme of the restaurant has certainly caught everyone’s attention.
    She Burger

    Are there any burger fans here? Then you would be happy to know that Fazza is a fan of this edgy urban burger chain. Open in Dar Wasl Mall, the burger place caters to chicken and beef lovers alike, and if you are vegetarian, then you should try She Burger’s ‘Krazy Kale’ or ‘Avo Salad’ salads.

    Located in the popular tourist spot of Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the Crown Prince of Dubai has previously made a visit to this quaint Greek restaurant. Taverna is located on the waterfront of Souk Madinat Jumeirah and embodies the true rustic charm of Greece with exposed wood, white walls and neutral tones used throughout the venue.

    A Mykonos favourite, Nammos Dubai offers incredible views of the Arabian Seam, as well as incredible cuisine.  the iconic Dubai Skyline – if you’re looking for a fun afternoon, this is the location. Sheikh Hamdan made a visit at this delicious eatery back in December 2019.

    This popular spot first opened back in 2018 and one of the first to visit was Sheikh Hamdan. Located in the secluded area of La Mer, the Masti menu offers a reinterpretation of Indian cuisine, designed to share.
    CZN Burak

    This Turkish-Middle Eastern restaurant is the first Dubai-based establishment for Chef CZN Burak, who is hugely popular on social media with over 17 million followers and already has three popular restaurants in his home country of Turkey. In late 2020, he decided to crack the Dubai F&B space and within the first month of opening welcomed Sheikh Hamdan to his Downtown Dubai venue.

    This uber-chic Mediterranean and Greek experience is inspired by modern and contemporary testes in a lively atmosphere. By bringing warm Emirati hospitality in a luxurious setting, the restaurant is definitely a hit amongst all its visitors. Fazza visited the restaurant in June 2019 and the team shared an image with the caption: “We are always blessed and honored to have HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum dine with us.”
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    7 fabulous things to do (and buy) in Dubai this weekend


    by Olivia Morris
    4 hours ago

    Your ultimate guide to this weekend in Dubai – September 23 to September 25, 2022.
    Tune in to Milan Fashion Week
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    With Fashion Month well under way, the who’s who of the industry have descended upon Milan as various Maisons showcase their SS23 collections. As per usual, one of the most highly anticipated shows of the season is Bottega Veneta. Set to unveil its second collection under the vision of creative director Matthieu Blazy, the Italian fashion house comissioned Gaetano Pesce for the set design for the show. So, for those who werent’ able to make it to MFW, you can watch the show from the comfort of your own home this Saturday, September 24, 8pm CEST (10pm GST).
    A sophisticated brunch

    Get a group of freinds together this weekend and indulge in a sophistaced brunch inspired by New York’s Broadway. Located on the 18th floor of the Waldorf Astoria DIFC, Bull & Bear’s ‘Best of Broadway’, guests will embark on a joruney into the theatrical world with a live band renacting Broadway hits paired with an unbeatable ambience and delicious food. Taking place every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm, packages start from Dhs300 per person.
    Level up your skincare game

    Level up your skincare game this weekend by investing in a game-changing new launch by Dr Barbara Sturm. Adding to her popular Super Anti-Aging range, the new Night Cream from the skincare brand optimizes the skin’s detox processes with a special peptide from the Avocado, which helps eliminate oxidized protein and helps the body regenerate proteins, lipids, and cells that have been damaged during the day due to free radical oxidation. It also contains an exclusive DBS Night System TM – a three-fold, advanced science system that fully supports the skin’s nocturnal renewal processes and leaves cells completely hydrated so that they’re able to function effectively and focus their energy on repair and rejuvenation. The new launch is available to purchase at Apotheca Beauty both in-store and online.
    A terrace refresh

    Scalini has unveiled its stunning redesigned terrace just in time for the cooler weather. The stunning terrace has been beautifully decorated with an abundance of verdant cascading foliage, enchanting florals and Scalini’s signature citrus tree in full bloom. Captivating and contemporary artwork adorns the walls and diners are seated at elegant tables with crisp white linens, delicately accented with subtle hints of sage green soft furnishings and chic and elegantly refined tableware. Guests are invited to indulge in Scalini’s exquisite menu, with thoughtfully curated dishes that capture the essence of quintessential Italian cuisine, designed to be shared between friends, family and loved ones.
    Party time

    Looking for an upmarket party vibe for brunch this weekend? Then ‘Dare to Brunch’ at STK is the one to go to. With top of the line entertainment including live musicans and aerial acrobatcis and classic dishes such as buratta and beef tataki, this brunch is always a winner. The brunch takes place every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm with packages starting from Dhs300. An evening brunch from 8pm to 11pm is also available.
    Skin reset

    Give yourself a skin reset this weekend courtesy of the experts at Skin Laundry. Known for their signature laser treatments, this clinic offers medical laser services offered by highly trained DHA registered nurses with no downtime. Effective for all skin types, each treatment results in collagen production with minimised pores and a smooth appearance. By exuding a beachy charm, the calming environment makes it the perfect place to lay back, relax and completely unwind while getting a treatment done. The hero treatment is the ‘Signature Laser Facial’ that deep cleans removes oil, improves pigmentation and boosts collagen. First-time clients also have an opportunity to avail themselves of free treatment. The 20 minute treatment is priced at Dhs795.
    Pick up the latest copy of Emirates Woman

    For our September issue – The Entrepreneur Issue, we are proud to have partnered with PEACEFULL for our cover shoot with Salama Mohamed. A powerhouse of a woman, Salama is an exceptional example of what it means to be an entrepreneur, combining both strength and femininity to build her platform and beauty brand, which celebrates its first anniversary this year. In this issue, we champion those who have built something incredible from the ground up, have walked the extra mile and shown the grit and determination to grow something from a vision into full-scale success. Pick up a copy now or download here.
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    Abu Dhabi will soon unveil its very own Michelin Guide


    by Sarah Joseph
    3 hours ago

    After a successful launch in Dubai, the Michelin Guide is all set to take the UAE’s capital by storm.
    As Abu Dhabi continues to establish itself as a culinary haven, the first ever-announcement selection will take place in November 2022.
    “By sharing Abu Dhabi with the world this way, we can also introduce an array of inspiring, exciting and restoring experiences that visitors can find at their own pace,” said Director General for Tourism at the Department of Culture and Tourism, His Excellency Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry.
    With a team of in-house inspectors, each selected restaurant is examined on the basis of its popular star ratings and using its tried and tested methodology to judge several other crucial elements. This includes quality of the ingredients, mastery of cooking, the harmony of flavours, the personality of the chef through the cuisine, and consistency over time across the entire menu.

    “The Michelin Guide inspectors have been working in Abu Dhabi for some time now, discovering and enjoying the rich and varied cuisines that the city has to offer, from creative and cosmopolite dishes to more traditional cuisines of the region, like Middle Eastern, Lebanese and of course Emirati,” International Director of the Michelin Guides Gwendal Poullennec revealed.
    Another category introduced in Dubai this year includes the Bib Gourmand selection, awarded to establishments for that value-for-money three-course meals.
    In June 2022, Dubai revealed its very first Michelin Guide with 69 restaurants making it to the list. A total of two, two Michelin Star restaurants and nine, one Michelin Star restaurants were given the title. Emirates Woman was present at the VIP event that took place in partnership with Dubai Tourism at the Dubai Opera.
    The complete selection of restaurants in each category will be available online. For more details on the guide, visit
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    This Zuma venue is defining the ‘next 20 years’ of the renowned restaurant brand


    by Olivia Morris
    6 hours ago

    For those who have been gallivanting around Europe this summer (and we’re sure that’s many of you), you may have happened to stumble across the Zuma name more than once.
    The globally renowned luxury restaurant brand debuted three new venues this summer in key holiday destinations: Ibiza, Sardinia and Mykonos.
    It marks a milestone in the 20-year history of the restaurant when it first opened its doors in London two decades ago. In fact, according to Zuma’s Creator and Co-Founder Rainer Becker, the new Mykonos venue is a marker for what the next 20 years hold for the brand.
    “This is a momentous summer for Zuma, with three new venues opening across Europe, including our brand-new Mykonos lifestyle hub,” he explained. “We opened the first Zuma in London 20 years ago and look forward to embarking on our next 20 years as we launch this new venue concept internationally.”
    The opening of the Mykonos venue is a first-of-its-kind for Zuma, encompassing a multi-purpose destination including a restaurant, lounge and bar, as well as a sleek infinity pool, day beds and resident DJ.
    The new venue offers the same exquisite cuisine many Dubai residents will know and love but on a different level. Visitors can indulge in the beloved staple dishes during the day as they soak up the Mediterranean sun as they chill out poolside. Then, when the sun sets, the space transforms into the ultimate night-time hotspot with a DJ playing chilled house into the early hours.
    Go inside the chic new European hotspot below.

    If this is a marker for what’s set to come for the Zuma brand globally, we can’t wait to see what’s next.
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    This luxe hotspot is the perfect place to spend the last days of summer in Dubai


    by Team Emirates Woman
    9 hours ago

    We’re excited to finally say the cooler weather is on its way as the UAE bids goodbye to the sweltering summer heat.
    Escape to the shores of the Côte d’Azur right here in Dubai to close out the summer months at Twiggy by La Cantine.
    With a menu swinging between Ibiza, Saint-Tropez, Cassis and Formentera via Okinawa, Chef Fabio Luz takes you on a culinary journey with Mediterranean-inspired dishes from classic burrata to refreshing lentil salad to the decadent lobster cannelloni. As well as this, there’s also a plethora of sushi options.

    Dine in style in the restaurant which features Provence-inspired decor with pastel and cream hues and touches of rattan, paired with some of the most impressive views of the Downtown Dubai skyline.
    For those looking to soak up the sun beachside, opt to spend the day at Twiggy’s beach club.
    Soak up the sun in style on one of the many loungers or for those who prefer more privacy, opt for one of the three cabanas at Twiggy.

    Perfect for bigger groups, the cabanas – Coco Cabana, Bardot Cabana and Grace Cabana – comfortably seat six to 12 people, where you can enjoy the day, lounging, swimming, chatting and indulging in the finest cuisine all day, until the sun sets.
    It’s a place where, from dusk until dawn, from beach club to restaurant, you can relax and unwind. Open until 2am daily, bask in the sun at the beach club in the company of an upbeat soundtrack during the day and dine out at the restaurant at night – and then repeat!
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    Is this the most exclusive dining destination in Dubai?

    When it comes to the F&B industry, Dubai has everything you could think of and more, so it takes a concept that is truly unique to stand out from the crowd.
    Enter Le Guépard. Located in the heart of the arts and culture hub Alserkal Avenue, Le Guépard encompasses many different concepts in one.
    Firstly there’s the elegant 20th-century-inspired French brasserie paired with the ultimate private dining experience. Complete with three rooms, the first being a private lounge where guests can enjoy canapes and mingle prior to their dinner, then there are the two different dining rooms: Le Guépardeau, a cosy garden-like room that sits up to 12 guests, and La Guéparde, a sultry bronze, larger dining room that fits up to 65 guests.
    The concept was founded by Sara Daher who hails from Beirut, Lebanon. However, her foray into the culinary world wasn’t immediate. Having studied at a Master’s in finance at Imperial College London, Daher went on to carve a successful career in the corporate world. However, after six years she realised it wasn’t her true calling and decided to follow her passion for food and eventually went on to study cuisine at Cordon Bleu in Paris.
    “Following my passion really enabled me to express myself and create something completely new,” she tells Emirates Woman. “My experiences around the world helped inspire the concept of Le Guépard.”
    With various new concepts set to launch under the Le Guépard umbrella, Emirates Woman sat down with the restauranteur to discover more about the concept and what it takes to be truly unique in such a competitive F&B market.

    Talk us through your career.
    I began my career working in the finance industry after obtaining a Masters in finance from Imperial College London. After six years I decided to go back to school and pursue my true passion: food! I studied cuisine at Cordon Bleu, Paris before spending a year travelling and immersing myself in different cultures and cuisines. Following my passion really enabled me to express myself and create something completely new. My experiences around the world helped inspire the concept of Le Guépard.
    What initially inspired you to enter into the F&B realm?
    As soon as I left my corporate job and moved to Paris, I knew that I had to create something completely unique in the culinary field. I wanted to switch things up. Something more than just food – I wanted to open up a whole new world of emotions and memories by igniting different senses whilst ensuring that no two experiences at Le Guépard are the same; keeping an element of surprise and thrill. This kind of experience will stay with people indefinitely.
    What eventually brought you to Dubai?
    After seven years in Europe, I felt a calling to move back to the Middle East and be closer to home (Lebanon). Dubai had always intrigued me due to its international scene and exponential growth. I felt that Dubai is where I wanted to invest my time and creativity as it is an ambitious city that empowers and supports entrepreneurs’ dreams. It immediately felt like home to me. Running a business and life, in general, feels a lot easier in Dubai than in Europe: the service is impeccable, people are warm and there’s always something new and exciting happening.

    Talk us through the concept of Le Guépard.
    The intention behind Le Guépard is to curate a personalised, fine-dining experience with utter elegance and delicacy. These intentions are demonstrated through our highly-seasonal menu inspired by traditional French dishes with a twist, impeccable service, and charming interior. As a nod to the likes of design masters Madeleine Castaing and Henri Samuel – the maximalist Art Deco interiors create a fantastical setting that invites guests to move away from reality and enter an enchanting universe. We have an elegant brasserie at the entrance and a hidden private section in the back. The private section consists of three rooms; a lounge where guests can mingle and enjoy our canapés before making their way into the dining room. We have two dining rooms, Le Guépardeau, a cosy garden-like room that sits up to 12 guests, and La Guéparde, a sultry bronze, larger dining room that fits up to 65 guests.
    How did you assemble your team together to create the concept?
    For me, it was important to find people that shared the same values as us: integrity, respect, dedication, quality, creativity, and team spirit. Of course, this has not come without its challenges but from the designer to the chefs, gradually the team started coming together beautifully. One year into the business, I can confidently say we have built a strong team of talented individuals that are all aligned with our vision. As cliché as it may sound, I am delighted to be living the ‘one team, one dream’ motto!
    What sets it apart from other concepts in Dubai?
    Our personalised approach and versatile, multi-dimensional space gives our guests and clients the opportunity to express themselves and tell their own story. No two events at Le Guépard are the same – it is an ever-changing space full of surprises. We go beyond to ensure we create unique experiences based on our client’s needs, customising the menu, setup, and everything in between. La Guéparde’s dining room will soon be used as a showcase room where we create different experiences each time through different visuals and culinary experiences.
    In your opinion, what are the hero dishes at Le Guépard?
    For our fine dining experience, our signature dishes are the Beetroot & Truffle Beef Tartare followed by the Thyme & Strawberries Marinated in Shizo for dessert. The flavours are so distinct they will leave you with a pleasant feeling for the rest of the day. In our brasserie, our hero dish is the Black Octopus Signature. It is my favourite for lunchtime as it is so light and fresh.
    What sets the F&B industry in Dubai apart from the rest of the world?
    The F&B industry in Dubai has quickly become one of the most renowned scenes in the world. With the Michelin guide recently expanding into Dubai, the culinary scene will undoubtedly continue to grow and flourish. We are so grateful to be part of this globally attractive industry and truly believe that Dubai restaurants will be pioneers in the culinary world with unmatched talent, service, and design.

    What are the hurdles you’ve experienced throughout your career?
    One of the hurdles I experienced was building the right team. I truly believe that a solid team is the basic engine of a sustainable business. I feel lucky that it didn’t take too long to get there, but there were moments were it felt very challenging.
    On another note, anyone who knows me can confirm that I am someone rather intense and quick! I brought that to my business and ended up expanding into many different areas very quickly. Le Poppard, our vintage boutique was created in a matter of days with the support of my two rockstar friends/business partners, Time and Aya. If I see an opportunity and I just leap trusting that I will figure it out as I go. I always believed in throwing myself in the deep end and swimming my way up from there. This plays in my favour as it allows me to always grow, innovate and seize opportunities – but on the flip side, it also leaves me overwhelmed and stretched out at times.
    What have been the milestones?
    For me this year has been filled with milestones! From celebrating engagements, weddings and baby showers with our clients to being part of the most fruitful corporate collaborations. We also hosted our first Four Hand Dinner experience with a Michelin star chef. Being in the kitchen with two brilliant chefs transcending all cultural and traditional culinary barriers through their smooth and progressive collaboration was a magical experience.
    Finally, launching Le Poppard, our curated selection of vintage and unique pieces has also been a big milestone, especially after moving the concept to Cana Pepeta, Ibiza this summer! We collaborated with so many talented local and international designers and enjoyed building a sense of community both in Dubai and in Ibiza.
    Finally, what are the future plans for Le Guepard?
    There are so many plans in the pipeline! Firstly, we will be starting the new season with a revamped café design and new menu. The items will have an unexpected and innovative twist on classical French dishes. We will then be launching Le Poppard and the Terrace with weekly activation parties every Sunday. We will showcase different talents each week from musicians to performers and more. Our aim is to start a fun Sunday ritual for our guests to brunch, shop, dance, and connect with like-minded people.
    Then, our fine dining restaurant will reopen on the mezzanine floor. I don’t want to disclose too much about this but it will be a very progressive and modern take on the traditional fine dining culture. A concept that will offer guests way more than a dining experience but a true, unmatched culinary journey.
    After the success of our events such as the Four Hands Dinner, we will continue hosting regional and international popups to continue growing the Le Guépard community worldwide. In fact, the Four Hands Dinner will become a monthly occurrence with a very exciting lineup for fall/winter.
    Le Guépard is an ever-changing, ever-growing concept that will always be the base for cultural fusion and a hub for emerging talent across the culinary, fashion and art world.
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    This Dubai hotspot embodies beachside luxury like no other


    by Team Emirates Woman
    1 minute ago

    We’re reaching the halfway point of the UAE summer thankfully, but there’s still a couple of months left of scorching temperatures.
    To help pass the time in style, this Dubai hotspot is the ideal place to beat the heat.
    Exuding opulence and luxury, Twiggy by La Cantine instantly transports you to the Côte d’Azur in the heart of the Mediterranean all day, every day.
    With Provence-inspired decor with pastel and cream hues and touches of rattan, soak up the sun in style on one of the beach club’s many loungers or for those who prefer more privacy, opt for one of the six cabanas at Twiggy.
    Perfect for bigger groups, the cabanas – Coco Cabana, Bardot Cabana and Grace Cabana – comfortably seat six to 12 people, where you can enjoy the day, lounging, swimming, chatting and indulging in the finest cuisine all day, until the sun sets.

    Open until 2am daily, bask in the sun at the beach club, located at the foot of the Park Hyatt Dubai Lagoon, in the company of an upbeat soundtrack during the day and dine out at the restaurant, which has gone indoors for summer, at night.
    With a menu swinging between Ibiza, Saint-Tropez, Cassis and Formentera via Okinawa, Twiggy is the perfect spot to indulge in delicious dishes for lunch and dinner, all of which are made from the freshest ingredients.
    Favourite summer dishes from the menu curated by Chef Fabio Luz include classic burrata, refreshing lentil salad, seabass fillet, king crab avocado and many more.
    So, whether you’re looking to soak up the sun poolside or indulge in a decadent dining experience, Twiggy is the perfect place to spend the rest of the hot summer months.
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