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    Exclusive: At home with… Founder and CEO of Z7 Communications, Zeina El-Dana

    Lifestyle

    by Dan Robinson
    1 hour ago

    Nothing excites us more than aesthetic interiors and clean spaces.
    One such place that stands out prominently is Zeina El-Dana’s home. As the founder and CEO of one of the region’s prominent PR agencies, Z7 Communications, she has made strides in every aspect of her career and it all lies at the place she works from.
    From muted hues to carefully curated furniture pieces, every room is tailored to complement her sought-after interior choices.
    For an exclusive peek, Emirates Woman shares all our most loved elements from El Dana’s home.
    How long have you lived/worked in this space?
    I moved to this house five years ago after a long hunt of over 40 different villas. I fell in love instantly as this space felt like home when I walked in. The light, the bright feel from the double-height ceiling and windows and the lush green garden resonated with the elements that I was looking for. I am very close to the beach, the vibrant cultural communities in Dubai as well the Z7 offices in Dubai Design District.
    Did you have a clear concept from the outset, and which key pieces are your favourite?
    Given my busy schedule, which involves a lot of travelling, finding my happy place was vital. I con- sider my home to be my haven, where I can recharge. I was on the lookout for an airy, bright space with an open living area where I could host my friends and family. I also like to be surrounded by nature and my home strikes the perfect balance with natural elements such as wood, plants, and flowers in the interiors and the beautiful garden where I enjoy spending the winter months in the warm company of my friends. Some of my favourite interior pieces are the collector’s Sumo edition of Murals of Tibet from Taschen, signed by the Dalai Lama, a vintage tribal carpet from Tribal Rugs in Beirut, and of course the art pieces I’ve collected over the years.

    Have you custom-built any bespoke pieces?
    My square red dining table was custom-made by The Line Concept and the marble bar that an independent designer in Dubai created. Both are unique pieces that stand out in the space.
    How do you think your interior reflects you/your brand?
    I created my home interior around my lifestyle, which I like to maintain as healthy, neat, and peaceful. I love the white interiors, which exude a holistic effect, Zen, and oodles of positive energy. There are also influences from art, vintage pieces, and my fashion choices to a certain extent. My style is minimalist, but I like mixing patterns and colours to add warmth. Similarly, my home’s mini- mal, white base is layered with splashes of colours and details, and I am always on the hunt for new, stylish, and subtle items I could add to my house. Being an ardent traveller, I’ve collected unique pieces throughout the years which add a personal touch to my space and reflect my journey. I love the charming old yet minimalistic design of the house overall.

    Describe your taste in three words.
    Minimalist, bohemian and evolving!
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    Saudi National Day 2022: 9 inspiring women share how The Kingdom empowers them

    Saudi Arabia marks its 92nd Saudi National Day today, September 23, 2022.
    With patriotism comes an evolving sense of how women’s roles have changed in the Kingdom. The unification of the country throughout the years inspired women with immense pride and strength about paving the way for the next generations.
    From successful entrepreneurs to pioneers in their industry, inspiring Saudi women are taking the lead in evolving the future of the country.
    Since the unification of the country by King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud in 1932, the occasion has been marked annually since 2005 and has brought its members together to overcome all obstacles.
    As Saudi women continue to increase their participation in society and the workforce, the recent rising opportunities represent their growth in various industries.
    To understand more about how the nation is helping them grow, Emirates Woman spoke to several notable women about various reforms over the years.
    Nora Al ShaikhFashion Designer of her namesake luxury ready-to-wear line

    Talk us through your career.
    I launched this Jeddah-based contemporary luxury label in 2012. With clothing, fragrances and accessories, the brand has grown over the past decade into a lifestyle brand. As I was always passionate about design and textiles, I received a degree in Business Administration from King Saud University before enrolling at Riyadh’s Art & Skills Institute, which was the first fashion programme of its kind in the Kingdom. Shortly after graduating, my first collection was presented at Saks Fifth Avenue, Riyadh in 2009. Since my early days, the brand focused on bridging cultures. Filtered through a contemporary lens for a global audience, these influences are reflected in the unique proportions, cuts and embellishments of the brand’s garments. I’ve always taken inspiration from the landscapes, art, architecture and individuals she encounters during her travels to cities such as London, New York and L.A.Five years later, I was one of three Saudi fashion designers selected by the Ministry of Culture to participate in shaping the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, by envisioning the role fashion can play in shaping perceptions of the country and its rich heritage.
    What steps is Saudi Arabia taking to empower its citizens?
    It was about fives year ago that I was one of three Saudi fashion designers selected by the Ministry of Culture to participate in shaping the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, by envisioning the role fashion can play in shaping perceptions of the Kingdom and its rich heritage. To be asked to participate in that process is an example of positive change. In a few days, I will be heading to Milan to show my collection during fashion week, with a group of Saudi designers. When I began my label there was very little support or credibility fashion industry in the Kingdom. Now we are able to engage with a global audience in ways we never thought possible. We are still building the foundation for the fashion industry and that takes time but we are on the right track.
    What advice do you have for the younger generation who wish to follow in your footsteps?
    Don’t be afraid to make mistakes along your journey because that is ultimately how we learn and grow.
    What are your hopes for the country going forward?
    My hope for my country is the same hope I have for the rest of the world. That we can live in peace, experience a sense of opportunity to better our lives, and maintain a sense of pride in who we are as a people and culture.
    The slogan for this year’s annual National Day is “This is Our Home”, how does the Kingdom give you a sense of belonging?
    Home for me means many things. I was born and raised in Riyadh and now live in Jeddah, and looking out on the Red Sea, reminds me that we are a diverse country shaped by centuries of global trade, cultural fusions and migration. I immediately feel at home when thinking about our rich history.
    Sofana DahlanFirst female lawyer to have been granted the permit to practice law in Saudi Arabia

    What steps is Saudi Arabia taking to empower its citizens?
    Currently, the sky’s the limit for the citizens of Saudi Arabia. In the past five years, the Kingdom has witnessed a unique transformative and social reform, from youth to women empowerment to the advancement of economic growth and preservation of cultural values.
    What advice do you have for the younger generation who wish to follow in your footsteps?
    To uphold the values of perseverance, taking responsibility and being part of the social-economic development in the country.
    What are your hopes for the country going forward?
    Embrace technology whilst safeguarding our values and culture.
    The slogan for this year’s annual National Day is “This is Our Home”, how does the Kingdom give you a sense of belonging?
    Belonging comes from the common values that the Kingdom embraces as an Islamic and Arab country. We hold our traditions, unique value system and identity very dear to our hearts, both as individuals and collectively as a nation. Saudi Arabia allows its citizens to participate in its social-economic development and transformation thereby bringing together everyone to work towards shared values – prosperity and growth of our country, safeguarding our culture and promoting our national identity.
    Lulwah Al HomoudContemporary Artist

    Talk us through your career.
    I always believed that art is not for fun but a truly serious channel that changes perspective in so many ways. My current career is a result of a huge shift in my life. I started as a sociologist and in a short time I realised that the creative field is what I want to spend my life doing. Between curating and producing art, I believe I can make a positive change.
    What steps is Saudi Arabia taking to empower its citizens?
    Saudi Arabia opened so many closed doors to its citizens, by putting them in touch with their ancient heritage and creating a force to push them towards a bright future. The energy I see in young people is impeccable.
    What advice do you have for the younger generation who wish to follow in your footsteps?
    I would advise young people to absorb as much knowledge as possible about whatever they want to explore. Accumulation of knowledge is the source of creativity.
    What are your hopes for the country going forward?
    My hopes are endless. I hope that the kingdom becomes a destination for education, art and culture and I think we will see that in the near future.
    The slogan for this year’s annual National Day is “This is Our Home”, how does the Kingdom give you a sense of belonging?
    By being proud when I look back at our history and being part of the development towards a better future.
    Raha MoharrakFirst Saudi woman to summit Mount Everest

    Talk us through your career.
    I’ve always dreamed of challenging adventures and seeing the world from a different angle. After graduating from the American University of Sharjah, I started my career by working at a leading advertisement agency. One day my life changed when I decided to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro and this later opened the doors to eight more summits, leading to my insatiable love for altitude. I then set my eyes on Mount Everest and eventually made history by being the first Saudi woman to summit Everest.
    What steps is Saudi Arabia taking to empower its citizens?
    There are so many amazing leaps in the overall empowerment of its citizens but I would have to say that the efforts that have been made in the empowerment of women speak volumes about the country’s evolution.
    What advice do you have for the younger generation who wish to follow in your footsteps?
    The doors have been opened and ceilings have been shattered, this is your time to thrive.
    What are your hopes for the country going forward?
    I’m very hopeful about the future, we have an incredibly rich history and I’m optimistic we will have an amazing future as well.
    The slogan for this year’s annual National Day is “This is Our Home”, how does the Kingdom give you a sense of belonging?
    My love for my ancestor’s land is written on my face and my loyalty to my family is thicker than blood and my eyes sparkle at the pride that I feel for out legacy.
    DanehDubai-based Saudi fashion designer

    Talk us through your career.
    Something many may not know about me is that I have a career in Information Technology and deep into my career, I wanted to add another element to my life which involved working in fashion. The form of how I would be in fashion was not clear. I initially worked in styling and eventually thought about opening a concept store and then in 2011, it was clear after courses practice experimenting and more and finally, DANEH was born.
    What steps is Saudi Arabia taking to empower its citizens?
    Saudi Arabia is nurturing talent in various sectors and in several fields including the creative space. Now opportunities are everywhere, and the country is providing support if there is an idea, citizens can ask for support to bring their vision to life. Saudi Arabia has a strong belief and faith in its citizens and that in itself is empowerment.
    What advice do you have for the younger generation who wish to follow in your footsteps?
    Learn the business, seek professional advice, seek mentorship, be patient, be resilient and control the ego, as your designs should have meaning and purpose. It’s important to create good products and prioritize this.
    What are your hopes for the country going forward?
    My hopes are endless and things are happening every day in front of my eyes. hope for constant stability and prosperity and for us as citizens to further advance with this country and be part of achieving the plan and vision of 2030 and beyond.
    The slogan for this year’s annual National Day is “This is Our Home”, how does the Kingdom give you a sense of belonging?
    Through our people, I belong to this country and it is my home. The family and friends I have in the country make it home. I feel Saudi Arabia is always giving us a big hug saying, “you are home”.
    Razan AlazzouniSaudi Fashion Designer

    Talk us through your career.
    My sisters and I established Razan Alazzouni in 2008. Since then, we have launched many different lines expanding the brand. We now have bridal, ready-to-wear, children’s wear, accessories, shoes and kaftans. The brand began started focusing mainly on the Middle East market in 2008 and manage to extend its sales globally by having retail partners and an online presence. The brand is also not part of the Saudi 100 brands programme.
    What steps is Saudi Arabia taking to empower its citizens?
    The government is taking amazing strides to create new industries empowering Saudis to follow their dreams and work in fields that were not available to them in the Kingdom. The government also launched many different initiatives to promote education in those fields providing the much-needed training to be successful.
    What advice do you have for the younger generation who wish to follow in your footsteps?
    Be true to yourself. Find your style your trade mark and don’t worry about trends. Being you is more important than becoming a trend as they always fade.
    What are your hopes for the country going forward?
    To keep moving forward. Honestly, the government is so supportive and continues to create opportunities for the new generations. We have new thriving fashion community that is legitimising the Saudi fashion industry worldwide. I hope that we continue to shine as a collective community and show the world the many talents hidden in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
    The slogan for this year’s annual National Day is “This is Our Home”, how does the Kingdom give you a sense of belonging?
    One of the most evident traits in Saudis is their hospitality. The country and its people are all so welcoming to different cultures and beliefs. It is the best home to have the most welcoming.
    Sawsan AlbahitiSaudi Arabia’s first professional Saudi opera singer

    Talk us through your career.
    Although I began my training as an opera singer in 2008, I started my career as an opera singer 10 years later in 2018. I never imagined I could have a professional career in music, let alone in opera, as a Saudi woman. My training started at the American University of Sharjah during my bachelor’s degree studies, where I trained and performed for three consecutive years with the resident opera singer and vocal coach, and the resident choir conductor. After I graduated in 2011, my training slowed down as I came back to Saudi Arabia and there were no venues for music training. I started my career in marketing and advertising and went on to executive management after that leading my family company in catering. In 2018, I reached a point where I couldn’t run away from the feeling of frustration and lack of purpose. I realized at that point, with the launch of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, that it is the right time to pursue my life passion and dream of becoming a musician. I appeared in several media interviews announcing myself and shortly after that I was invited by the Minister of Culture, His Highness Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud, to perform the Saudi national anthem at the opening of La Scala’s concert in Riyadh and the rest is history.
    What steps is Saudi Arabia taking to empower its citizens?
    The Kingdom is putting a real effort to improve the quality of life for citizens from all aspects and with that comes great enablers for Saudis in different sectors. When it comes to culture, for example as my own area of interest, the Ministry of Culture was formed in 2018 and with it 11 commissions were formed under its umbrella: music, film, theater, literature, libraries, architecture, visual arts, culinary, museums, heritage, and fashion. I am currently working with the music commission in leading different projects in the music performance sector. I am working along with colleagues who are also musicians with a background in management and that is giving us a real advantage in our work as you rarely find good musicians with good business and management skills on a global scale. This has allowed us to pursue our dreams in our home country and truly work in something we love and literally be part of history as we make the change in the country. This applies to all other commissions and all other entities formed under Vision 2030.
    What advice do you have for the younger generation who wish to follow in your footsteps?
    Set your goals clearly, get the training and knowledge you need to achieve those dreams and don’t do anything with less than 100 percent effort and finally I tell them, dream BIG, this is the time for it.
    What are your hopes for the country going forward?
    I hope for Saudi to prosper even more and be a role model of a country on a global level.
    The slogan for this year’s annual National Day is “This is Our Home”, how does the Kingdom give you a sense of belonging?
    I have never felt prouder to be Saudi. The amount of support we are given as Saudis in various fields is unprecedented compared to other countries around the world. I find myself, as well as my friends and family, returning from vacations abroad and thinking how blessed we are to be living in the Kingdom and how well of a quality of life we are living here. May we be blessed with a life filled with joy, health and security in our beloved Kingdom.
    Honayda SerafiFashion Designer

    Talk us through your career.
    Well, HONAYDA isn’t just a clothing brand; when I first launched it, I had a vision for it, to not only be an international player on the fashion scene; being myself a Saudi female fashion designer, but to also create a movement and a community regionally and internationally to the strong, powerful, and independent women. HONAYDA was born from a single belief, Empowering women. The brand was raised and nurtured in a way to have a cause, to become a brand with a voice. We believe in always raising the bar, and I never gave up on my long-dreamed goal of going global, but rather endeavored to overcome the obstacles one by one, leading HONAYDA to where it is positioned today, among international brands.
    What steps is Saudi Arabia taking to empower its citizens?
    We are witnessing incredible progress on many levels currently for a land that is rich in talents, from introducing new national development initiatives to empowering women and encouraging the new generation of multidisciplinary talents. Precisely in fashion, with the Fashion Commission’s great efforts into developing the sector in line with the Kingdom’s vision 2030, by implementing several programs considering promoting fashion locally and internationally such as the 100Saudi Brands which introduced the participating brands in an outstanding launch in the most vibrant capital of New York, with the amazing support of our ambassador who we pride ourselves with, HRH Princess Reema Bint Bandar Alsaud.
    What advice do you have for the younger generation who wish to follow in your footsteps?
    Life is full of endless opportunities for everyone to create and grow using their own ingenuity. We are blessed with a land packed with culture and invaluable artistic heritage. Absorb all the inspiration that is around you, and learn from those who preceded you. However, the road to success is never an easy one, and consistency in your efforts is what will take you places.
    What are your hopes for the country going forward?
    I am proud and grateful for what the Kingdom is achieving from progress, and always looking forward to what is coming next, especially as we all witness the vision 2030 concretizing, one project after another. My hopes are that Saudi Arabia remains the land of opportunities, and a role model for a united nation.
    The slogan for this year’s annual National Day is “This is Our Home”, how does the Kingdom give you a sense of belonging?
    My family taught me the values of my culture and the richness of my ancestors’ heritage, where belonging is mirrored in my creations. The warmth of its people, the beauty of its regions, and the power of its ambitions are what strengthen this sense of belonging in me. It is a very special feeling of pride that I cannot really express in words when I am introduced as a female Saudi designer at international events and in my daily life.
    Dina AltayebFirst Arab woman to qualify for Ironman

    Talk us through your career.
    I started my triathlon Journey 20 years ago. My first race was in 2002 and since then have competed in over 100 races. 18 of these include the full ironman which is 4km swimming, 180km cycle and 42km run) over 45 ironman races and sever marathons including Boston Marathon in 2010. I am proud to be the first Saudi female to complete an Ironman distance race in 2005, the first Saudi national and the first Arab woman to qualify and compete at the world championship ironman race in Hawaii in 2018 and 2019. I am proud to also be the first Saudi national to compete in the half ironman championship in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Besides this, I am also a mother of three children and a dentist practicing in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
    What steps is Saudi Arabia taking to empower its citizens?
    Saudi Arabia is doing an exceptional job to empower its citizens in different fields. My experience is in the sports field. We now have great support by the government in all athletic fields for both men and women. I am a board member of the first Saudi Triathlon federation and with the help and support of the government, we are working hard to develop a young generation of female and male athletes that can compete at national and international levels. We have the best coaches and mentors to help these young athletes. For example, our national team just finished a two-week training camp in Tabuk, hosted by international and national coaches. We are also excited to have government support and guidance to encourage the general population to adopt a healthy lifestyle and introduce the sport of triathlon. Our federation is hosting over 15 races next year in different cities of Saudi Arabia that are open to the general public.
    What advice do you have for the younger generation who wish to follow in your footsteps?
    When I started my journey, the sport of triathlon was new in the Gulf region, It was hard to get support, find coaches and be part of a community. Today, it’s a different story, we have the facilities, the support, the coaches, the community and events. I am proud to be part of the ASICS frontrunner community, a great group of runners and triathletes that share the same passion. I believe that having people that share the same goals and dreams is a great motivator. I encourage the young generation to have a dream, to find a sport they like. To take the first step.
    What are your hopes for the country going forward?
    I am so proud of my country and I can see great potential for our young athletes to compete and achieve international recognition at the highest level. Saudi Arabia is giving unbelievable support to all of us. There has never been a better time to be a Saudi Athlete
    The slogan for this year’s annual National Day is “This is Our Home”, how does the Kingdom give you a sense of belonging?
    Saudi Arabia is my home. I carry my country in my heart wherever I go and I try to set a good example. I do my best, I try as hard as I can,I hold my flag proudly. I am proud to be a Saudi national.
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    A new Dubai reality show is premiering on Netflix next month

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    by Sarah Joseph
    4 hours ago

    Netflix is always keeping us entertained with a slew of new shows launching every month and now a new reality series is set to launch which will be based right here in Dubai.
    Premiering next month, Netflix is set to debut a reality series based on the life of 10 millionaires in the emirate entitled Dubai Bling.
    The featured personalities will hail from various countries around the globe including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Lebanon, Kuwait, India, Australia and more, depicting how diversity reigns supreme in this part of the world.
    With a healthy dose of drama, it will shed light on everything from cars to exotic resorts, to ensure the audience is glued to their screens. Behind the bling, lies the intriguing lives of the rich and changing friendship equations accompanied by it.
    Released four days ago, the trailer starts with one of the leading protagonists referring to the emirate as ‘The Diamond City’.
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    The show’s snippet ends with the TikTok famous line from a man saying, “Habibi, welcome to Dubai.”
    While the names are yet to officially be released, per Arabian Business, some of the names to feature in this anticipated series include Farhana Bodi, Iraqi-British content creator Safa, Kris Fade and more.
    After The Real Housewives of Dubai received massive success this summer, this show’s release has gained quite a bit of traction as individuals from around the world are eager to see what Dubai has to offer.
    The will premiere on Netflix on October 27, 2022 and comes as the second Arabic show on the streaming platform this month after the Kuwaiti series The Cage.
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    6 luxurious resorts to experience around the globe

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    by Olivia Morris
    3 hours ago

    If you’re planning your next vacation, we’re here to help.
    With travel back in full force, there are a host of beautiful hotels and resorts to make sure you escape for your next holiday in style.
    From over-the-water bungalows to low-impact eco-resorts, there are a host of high-end hideaways, the globe over that will help you escape your mundane routine.
    To plan your next memorable stay, Emirates Woman has curated a guide of all the editor-approved resorts that will make you appreciate how stunning Mother Earth is.
    ÀNI Dominican Republic – Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic

    The story of ÀNI Private Re- sorts began back in 2010, when the group was founded by arts patron and philanthropist, Tim Reynolds, bringing the meaning of bespoke, private travel to the next level. The resort group now consists of four properties in Thailand, Anguilla, Sri Lanka and the Dominican Republic. ÀNI Dominican Republic is located on the island’s north coast, offering an ultra-exclusive stay for up to 28 guests. With a team of 30 staff members, the concept of each ÀNI stay is to fine-tune it to the standalone group’s needs from dining experiences to immersive cultural experiences, spa treatments, fitness and more.
    For more information visit aniprivateresorts.com/ani- dominican-republic
    The Goring Hotel – London, UK

    The Goring Hotel was founded by Otto Goring in 1910 and has been run by the family for over a century. The hotelier had his sights set on a plot of land right near Buckingham Palace, which officially became the home of The Goring Hotel on March 2, 1910. Now under the leadership of Jeremy Goring, the hotel has also been a favourite of royalty throughout the years and even had a Royal Warrant granted back in 2013. Complete with 69 luxury suites and rooms, it embodies true “English luxury” right in the heart of the country’s capital city.
    For more information visit thegoring.com
    Nofa Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Resort

    Surrounded by green lawns, sand dunes and mountains, this resort is situated just outside Riyadh with its very own safety park, luxury villas, private gardens and swimming pools. With a plethora of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, this property ensures guests unwind with all the activities the resort has to offer. With freshwater lakes and adrenaline-fuelled activities such as horseback riding, everyone can experience the ultimate escape amidst nature. Designed to take each visitor on a culinary journey, there are different cuisines varying from Japanese at Aji Sushi Lounge to grilled delights at The Butcher’s Den.
    For more information visit radissonhotels.com
    Masseria Torre Maizza – Puglia, Italy

    Luxury hotel group Rocco Forte Hotels was founded by siblings Sir Rocco Forte and Olga Polizzi in 1996. With 14 luxury properties located across Europe, one of the group’s newest hotels is Masseria Torre Maiz- za, which opened in 2019. Located in Puglia, Italy, the resort blends the heritage of its sur- roundings with contemporary luxury. With the suites designed by Polizzi herself, a luxury spa and impeccable views of the Italian Adriatic coast, a stay at this resort is one for the books.
    For more information visit roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and- resorts/masseria-torre-maizza
    Habitas Tulum – Mexico

    Luxury hotel group Habitas was founded by Oliver Ripley, Kfir Levy and Eduardo Castillo back in 2014 with the aim to bring a like-minded community together with a love for travel, connection and authentic experiences. “We were building something for ourselves, an experience that didn’t exist,” Ripley previously told Emirates Woman. The first location the group opened was its Tulum property, back in 2016. The property features a mixture of jungle rooms, pool rooms, oceanfront rooms and ocean breeze rooms, all of which are designed to “coexist with nature”, built with sustainability in mind, using materials with no impact on its surrounding environment. The Tulum-based resort encourages its guests to immerse themselves in the local culture and experience through music, wellness, adventure, art and more. Eight years since launching, the group now has five properties under its name, with six more sets to open soon.
    For more information visit ourhabitas.com/tulum/
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    Find your dream number plate at Dubai’s RTA auction next week

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    by Sarah Joseph
    24 mins ago

    Dubai is never short of high-value number plates.
    If you want heads turning as you zoom up the Sheikh Zayed Road, the upcoming RTA auction in Dubai next week will give you the plate of your dreams, which is now up for grabs.
    All set to take place on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Grand Hyatt Dubai Hotel from 2pm onwards at hall number 17, you’ll be able to bid on your dream letter-number combo that could soon be associated with your car.
    Varying from codes K to Z, participants can choose from 90 special vehicle licensing plates of two, three, four and five digits on offer at RTA’s 110th auction.

    The cost for registration for each bidder is a non-refundable auction fee of Dhs120, accompanied by a Dhs25,000 security deposit cheque addressed to RTA and a five per cent VAT.
    Potential buyers can register their attendance for the auction by visiting RTA’s website, physically going to any of RTA’s Customer Happiness Centres at Umm Al Ramool, Deira and Al Barsha or downloading the Dubai Drive app.
    With the plate of your choice, you’re sure to make a statement wherever you go.
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    Dubai’s Emirates to introduce premium economy to five more cities in December

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    by Team Emirates Woman
    3 hours ago

    Dubai carrier Emirates has announced plans to debut the retrofitted A380s featuring its premium economy cabins to New York JFK, San Francisco, Melbourne, Auckland and Singapore from December.
    The carrier will operate EK203 and EK204 to New York JFK, starting from December 1. To Auckland, Emirates will debut its premium economy cabin on EK448 and EK449, starting January 15, 2023.
    Meanwhile, from February 1, 2023, Melbourne will become the second Australian destination to be served with premium economy on EK406 and EK407. San Francisco will become the second US destination to be served by A380 on EK 225 and EK 226, starting on February 15, 2023. To Singapore, Emirates’ will fly its A380 with premium economy for the first time on March 1, 2023, operating as EK354 and EK355.
    Emirates will also update its schedule to London Heathrow, which will receive its third daily service with premium economy on EK005 and EK006 from January 1, 2023. From March 15, 2023, Emirates will operate its second A380 with premium economy to New York JFK on EK201 and EK202.
    From December 15, 2022, Sydney will become the first city in the Emirates network to offer premium economy seats on all flights, with the introduction of the airline’s retrofitted aircraft on EK414 and EK415. The carrier will also start A380 services with a premium economy debut to Christchurch from March 26, 2023, as an extension of the Dubai to Sydney service, operating with EK412 and EK413.

    The airline launched its premium economy bookings from June 1, 2022. On a four-class Emirates A380, the premium economy cabin is located at the front of the main deck with 56 seats laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration. The airline has said that it will ramp up its A380 services to 42 destinations by the end of March 2023. Tickets can be booked on the carrier’s website and app or via both online and offline travel agents.
    It is also enhancing its existing schedules to over 400 A380 departures from Dubai, offering 460,000 weekly seats by March 2023, including 81,000 seats across its premium cabins. By year-end, the airline will be serving close to a third of its network with its flagship on 85 A.
    Emirates recently announced plans to kick-off its fleet retrofit programme, consisting of a multi-billion dollar investment to ensure customers continue to have the best experience in the sky.
    This article was originally published on Gulf Business and has been repurposed here with permission.
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    17 luxe Saturday brunches to try out in Dubai in 2022

    As the UAE embraces a new weekend with Saturday becoming the new Friday, one staple that is in for a big change in schedule is brunches.
    Keeping this in mind, Emirates Woman has curated a guide of all the Saturday Brunches to try out this year.
    Le Rosé

    This sophisticated restaurant gives us all the vintage feels with a minimal blush pink and grey palette. A super sophisticated brunch takes place with delectable dishes, a stunning terrace and professional service. Guests can experience a sensational culinary affair with a plethora of dishes ranging from camembert au four to organic black chicken roulade with truffle sauce and much more. As the perfect day to catch up with friends and family, visitors can take in the dreamy spot that’s accompanied by gorgeous views of Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa. It takes place every Saturday at the Address Fountain Views from12pm to 4pm for three hours and packages are priced at Dhs225 for soft beverages, Dhs345 for house beverages and Dhs395 for premium beverages.
    For more information visit lerosedubai.com
    Bar Du Port

    This Mediterranean-inspired brunch with chic bohemian décor offers an experience unlike any other. With luxe views of shores and yachts, guests can experience hours of fun with a resident DJ that’s all set to play the latest hits, while enjoying an array of must-try dishes. From smoked salmon to dark chocolate coffee cake, the options are endless with an exclusive selection of cocktails to keep the party going. This Instagrammable venue hosts the brunch every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm with the soft beverages packages priced at Dhs290, house beverages package at Dhs360, premium packages at Dhs460 and the Champagne package at Dhs560. Located at the Dubai Harbour Pier Club in Dubai Marina and is truly an unmissable experience.
    For more information visit barduportdubai.com
    Bla Bla

    Bringing something new to the table is an exclusive new brunch by Secret Parties at this popular new hotspot. With a delightful sharing menu and live cooking stations, guests can relish the very best dishes at this zesty brunch. To top it up, international DJs and live entertainment featuring dancers and musicians will liven up the atmosphere to ensure every detail is covered. Located at The Beach, opposite JBR, this brunch takes place between 1pm and 4:30pm with the soft drinks package starting at Dhs300, the house beverages package for Dhs395 and the sparkling drinks package for Dhs450. For those who wish to stay, an afterparty takes place from 4:30pm to 8pm , with drink prices starting at Dhs35.
    For more information visit secret-parties.com
    TAIKO at Sofitel Dubai Obelisk

    By transporting all those who visit to Asia, this bustling venue provides a contemporary take on traditional Far East cuisine. From watermelon sashimi to fresh sashimi, guests can enjoy a plethora of dishes with a contemporary twist, featuring nothing but the best. Adding to the charm of the venue is the cherry blossom décor and an open kitchen with the char-fired robata grill. With a bold yet elegant presentation, guests will always be up for a surprise with every visit. The Saturday brunch takes place from 1pm to 4pm, with the soft drinks package priced at Dhs355, the house beverage package priced at Dhs495 and the premium package priced at Dhs750. Located at Sofitel The Obelisk, guests enjoy this enchanting menu and venue with an afterparty from 4 to 7pm.
    For more information Sofitel-dubai-theobelisk.com
    Zengo

    This one-of-a-kind brunch takes all those visits, down the spice route with all the delectable delights such as handcrafted cocktails and dishes that are sure to tingle your taste buds. The intimate venue brings fresh ingredients from Asia to create dishes such as duck pancakes, firework shrimp, chicken curry and more. Priced at Dhs350 for soft beverages and Dhs450 for the four-course set menu and house beverages The brunch takes place from 1:30pm to 4:30pm and is located Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa.
    For more information visit zengo-dubai.com
    Caviar Kaspia

    This brunch will transport diners to a Parisian cafe with a twist. Pair your meal with a carafe of bubbles or select refined drinks and bottles from the extensive beverage menu. With a wide array of choices, guests can choose an appetizer, main and dessert and pair the meal with one complimentary hot beverage, alcholic or non-alcoholic drink. Located in Gate Village Building 2, DIFC, the brunch is priced at Dhs375 per person and takes place from 12pm to 4pm.
    For more information visit kaspiadubai.com
    Fi’lia

    This genuine Italian eatery with Mediterranean influences offers a five-course brunch menu which includes an aperitivo, antipasti, a pizza course, a main course, and a cracking tiramisu to complete the meal. With an Italian homestyle menu, guests can enjoy every Saturday with from 12:30pm to 4pm starting at Dhs250 inclusive of soft beverages, Dhs395 inclusive of house pouring beverages and Dhs550 inclusive of bubbles. Located at SLS residences, this women-led restaurants has scintillating views of Dubai’s skyline.
    For more information visit sbe.com
    SHÌ

    Home to authentic Chinese and Pan-Asian cuisine, this delicious haven offers an array of delicious dishes alongside free-flowing beverages. With an indulgent three-course menu including favourites such as Chilean seabass and dim sums, all those who visit can enjoy the delights prepared by Chef Li Yuan Hui. The packages start at Dhs380 for the soft beverages, Dhs480 for the house beverages package and Dhs650 for the bubbly package. The brunch takes place every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm and it’s located in the heart of Bluewaters with unmissable views of Ain Dubai.
    For more information visit shirestaurant.com
    Isola Ristorante

    With live entertainment and all the signature dishes at this venue, guests can enjoy the experience with live entertainment and refreshing outdoor space to dine at. The soft drinks package is priced at Dhs250 per person and the house beverages package is priced at Dhs375 per person with live entertainment by Mark Zitti and his band throughout March . Located at Jumeirah Islands Clubhouse, this brunch takes place from 1pm to 4pm and is sure to promise a luxe Italian affair.
    For more information visit isolarestaurant.com
    The London Project

    For those looking for a botanical-themed brunch, here’s where you need to go. From sharing-style starters to free-flowing beverages and live entertainment, this luxe spot has all the essentials to make it a memorable afternoon. The soft beverages package is priced at Dhs250 per person, the house beverages at Dhs450 per person and the premium at Dhs550 per person. The brunch takes place from 1pm to 4pm and is located on Bluewaters Island with scintillating views of Dubai’s skyline.
    For more information visit thelondonproject.com
    Siddharta Lounge by Buddha Bar

    Unwind at this quintessential venue that offers an unmissable experience. With expertly crafted cocktails and delectable bites and entertainment, guests are sure to enjoy a refined level of sophistication with their friends or family. Priced at Dhs350 for soft drinks, Dhs450 for hops and grapes and Dhs550 for premium drinks, it ensures a party every Saturday with must-try dishes such as tuna tataki, espresso panna cotta and much more. The brunch takes place from 1:30pm to 4:30pm and is located at Grosvenor House.
    For more information visit siddhartalounge.com
    Saffron 2.0

    If you’re looking for a high-energy atmosphere, this is the place to be. This brunch comes with all the chart-topping hits, non-stop food, drinks and the ultimate party ambience. From an array of food kiosks to flavour-packed dishes, there’s plenty of onboard entertainment at this venue. It’s priced at Dhs455 for the house beverages package and Dhs495 for the sparkling wine package. The brunch takes place from 1pm to 4pm and is located at Atlantis, The Palm.
    For more information visit atlantis.com
    La Cantine

    This Parisian-inspired haven offers a multi-sensory experience beyond the usual. From truffled burrata pizza to exceptional dishes in an inimitable style, this restaurant has one of the sleekest outdoor areas that make it a luxe haven for an occasion with lush foliage to complement the setting. Located in Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotel, this exclusive brunch 105 takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm with packages available for three hours and is priced at Dhs345 for the soft drinks package, Dhs465 for the house beverages package and Dhs695 for the premium package.
    For more information visit lacantine.ae
    Roberto’s

    This hotspot is amongst the favourite of all those who visit. With unforgettable iconic skyline views, guests can dine in style at the lounge terrazza and cortina with delicious food and world-class service. With fine Italian dishes crafted to perfection, this restaurant promises a menu that enthrals a unique dining experience every time you visit. It’s located in Gate Village 1 in DIFC and takes place every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm with packages priced at Dhs395 for soft beverages, Dhs595 for house beverages, Dhs745 for the champagne package and Dhs925 for the premium champagne package.
    For more information visit robertosrestaurants.com
    Maya Mexican Kitchen + Bar

    This Mexican haven offers an exciting menu with all the traditional dishes that can be enjoyed together with all your loved ones. The vibrancy of the place is enhanced with a selection of delectable offerings and DJ Diego who livens the atmosphere. From authentic taco options to fresh guacamole, this brunch is definitely not one to miss out on. It’s priced at Dhs350 for the soft beverages package and Dhs450 for the house beverages package. The brunch takes place from 1:30pm to 4:30pm and is located at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa.
    For more information visit maya-dubai.com
    Torno Subito

    As one of Chef Massimo’s luxurious venues, the La Vacanza Candy Pants Brunch showcases all his culinary creations blending traditional techniques with modern-day classics. As an ode to the 1950s, the venue offers live entertainment and a playful environment to unwind at. It’s priced at Dhs349 for the soft beverages package, Dhs399 for the house beverages package and Dhs499 for the bubbly packages. The brunch takes place from 1pm to 4:30pm and is located at W Dubai, The Palm.
    For more information visit mariott.com
    Tortuga

    This Latin American restaurant hosts the popular El Secreto brunch every Saturday with an unforgettable experience. From premium cocktails to delectable dishes, the soft drinks package starts at Dhs360, the house beverage package is for Dhs460, Dhs560 for the sparkling package and Dhs760 for the bubbly package. Adding to the charm of the venue is a Mexican band, percussionists and dancers, allowing guests to continue the full until 7pm. The brunch takes place from 12:30pm to 4pm and is located at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam.
    For more information visit secret-parties.com
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    8 exciting things to do in Dubai this weekend

    Lifestyle

    by Sarah Joseph
    2 hours ago

    Your ultimate guide to this weekend in Dubai – September 9 to September 11, 2022.
    Book a pampering session

    For a weekend refresh, The Ritz-Carlton DIFC ensures an invigorating experience through their 75 minutes signature treatment that puts the entire body and mind into a complete and deeper state of relaxation. The journey begins with a steam or sauna and foot ritual, followed by a 60 minutes Balinese massage with warm oil and ending with a refreshment of choice. Priced at Dhs1,100 per person, this unique session is sure guests feel rejuvenated for the week ahead.
    For more information visit ritzcarlton.com
    Savour a healthy breakfast

    This popular Danish concept, Joe & The Juice has opened two outlets in Dubai with freshly prepared coffee, shakes, juices and sandwiches. With the flagship store in Dubai Design District (D3), visitors can enjoy the outdoor terrace with views overlooking Burj Khalifa and the second at mall of the Emirates, this health-conscious restaurant ensures it focuses on experiential dining. With an incredible array of fresh juices and other high-quality offerings such as vegan shakes and breakfast bowls, guests can enjoy a weekend breakfast or catch up with their loved ones.
    For more information visit joejuice.com
    Visit Dubai’s coolest new beach club

    One of Dubai’s most bustling beach spots, Palm West Beach has yet another sophisticated beachside venue to add to your must-visit list. The newly launched Playa Beach Club is all set to welcome guests in a scenic setting designed with an infinity pool and a creative menu offering Japanese and Peruvian classics. This delectable dining haven has created its own vision of Nikkei cuisine, with Pisco-inspired cocktails that take you back to its origin. Guests can also opt for the sharing-style menu to make each visit a special one. From wagyu beef meat to authentic ceviche, there is a range of delectable dishes that beautifully blend this fusion. If you’re on the lookout for something more relaxing, this spot also offers relaxing sound-healing sessions, yoga and workshops for a holistic day of unwinding.
    Open daily from 10am to 2am, to make a booking at this luxe beach club visit playadxb.com
    Loungewear Refresh

    Redefine your loungewear with the latest collection from L’Couture. This refined collection will take you from a lazy Sunday at home to a fun outing around the city. The interchangeable selection combines both comfort and style, effortlessly. From double-knit jersey sets to wide-leg fit trousers, each timeless set is designed to create a relaxed versatile wardrobe. Starting at Dhs150, the sets are available in eggnog, chocolate and black.
    To purchase your set visit lcouture.com
    Try a groundbreaking new beauty treatment

    To effectively treat any skincare concerns, Dubai’s premier aesthetic clinic, Biolite, is the first in the region to introduce the Advalight Laser treatment. With effective results from the very first session, this new generation of medical laser eliminates rosacea, acne, acne scars, and any undesired vascular abnormalities for rejuvenated skin. Based on each customer’s requirements, the treatment is personalised accordingly, to improve the skin tone and texture. With one of the most advanced yellow light and infrared lasers. Designed to activate the body’s natural healing system, this system improves collagen formulation from within. To book your treatment visit Biolite Aesthetic Clinic, located in villa 57, Al Thanya Road, Umm Suquiem 2. The clinic is open from Saturday to Thursday, 9:30am to 9pm, with Fridays closed
    For more information visit biolitedubai.com
    Dine at one of Dubai’s aesthetic restaurants

    Dubai’s burgeoning food scene is growing by the day. With unique offerings and an endless array of food and beverage options, these quaint cafés offer a space for like-minded individuals to connect or enjoy some alone time with a book. Known for its aesthetic interiors and artisanal coffee culture, each creative space allows a quick escape from any mundane routine. If you’re looking for a midweek refresh or a co-working environment to inspire you, we’ve compiled some of the most inspiring and Instagrammable spaces such as Carine, Lana Lusa and more for your next visit.
    It’s roast time

    The Roast by Bubbalicious is all set to bring the very best of British bites, beverages, music and nostalgic memories. With the great British menu, guests can relish delectable classics such as Yorkshire puddings, prawn cocktail cups, roast chicken and other trimmings to embrace its true spirit. During brunch, guests can listen to those unwinding lazy Sunday beats. For a family-friendly experience, there are a host of activities such as Jenga, mini golf and more to ensure the kids remained entertained throughout. The brunch takes place every Sunday from 1pm to 4pm at Mina’s Kitchen, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, with packages starting from Dhs350 for free-flowing soft beverages, Dhs450 for free-flowing house wine and spirits and Dhs595 for free-flowing English bubbly.
    To book your spot visit minaskitchendubai.com
    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 it here.
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