The All-new Nissan Tiida – Shaped for Life

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After checking out the interior and sitting briefly in the boot of the All New Nissan Tiida last week (I am obsessed with boot space as you can judge form previous posts), we can say that this car is complete refresh of region’s best-selling compact hatchback that adds more style, technology and versatility.

Arabian Automobiles, the exclusive dealer of Nissan in Dubai and the Northern Emirates has begun sales of the All-new Nissan Tiida, shaped to complement the lifestyle of the young at heart of customers throughout the region.

With dynamic styling looks, advanced technology and class-leading spaciousness, the completely revised second generation of the UAE’s best-selling compact hatchback has everything to build on the Tiida nameplate’s established success. Already commanding 32% of the expanding compact hatchback segment in UAE, Arabian Automobiles aims extend market share beyond 50% with the introduction of the All-new Nissan Tiida.

Under the umbrella of Innovation that Excites, the All-new Nissan Tiida communication campaign centers on sharing special moments of our lives: ‘Tiida Moments’. On September 18th, Arabian Automobiles together with Nissan Middle East created a special ‘Tiida Moment’ with a unique launch event held simultaneously in multiple locations across the region.

All-new Nissan Tiida hatchback has arrived with sleek styling, best-in-class fuel economy, class-leading interior spaciousness, advanced technology and features typically expected from far more expensive vehicles.

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The origins of Islamic Art

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Dome of the Rock. Jerusalem. Completed AD 691

I’ve always been a big fan of Art Sawa and their next few classes are particularly on subjects I am passionate about. Marta Ameri will touch on the origins of Islamic art on the 23rd of September.

The middle of the 7th century A.D. saw with the rise of Islam the creation of a new religion and of a great military empire.  It was in these early years that Islamic Art developed and coalesced into a definitive style. By looking at early monuments such as the Dome of the Rock and the Great Mosque of Damascus, this class will explore the ways in which the rulers of the first Islamic empires combined existing artistic styles with new Islamic elements to develop what we now identify as Islamic art.

The class will also discuss issues such as how the precepts of Islamic belief affected early Islamic Art, and the ways in which the early Islamic rulers used art and architecture to express their growing power.

If you are in Dubai and interested in Islamic Art history, then learning about at after work may be a perfect start to your evenings over the next few weeks.

Uterqüe presents its new Perception: Autumn Winter 2013/14

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After going back to Torrevieja and falling in love again with my Spanish home, I’ve decided to support brands emerging from Spain and in my own little way, helping with the economy of the country I have invested in…and when it comes to fashion, you just can’t beat the uniqueness and pizzazz of Spanish designers.

Uterqüe, one of the leading Spanish fashion brands, is launching its new Fall/Winter 2013-2014 collection through a campaign in which sensations are the basis for inspiration; the touch of mohair and silk, the sound of a heel on wood… a whirlwind of stimuli that reach us through the senses.

Uterqüe presents a confident woman, comfortable in her beauty and extremely feminine without losing an ounce of spontaneity and elegance. She is a woman who knows that accessories are what define her personality and make her looks special and unique.

Renowned photographer Mariano Vivanco’s makes the model in the campaign look serene, powerful and with exquisite femininity.

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The Perception: First Issue campaign is the first of three parts that will be unveiled as the days of the Autumn Winter season unfold, revealing a collection that begins in the darkest blue tones and ends up in shades of fig and make-up.

This Autumn Winter season features a feminine and elegant collection, rich in fabrics and finishes. The accessories line is gaining strength, with fantasy jewellery made with natural stones and agates. It is also a collection committed to Home Made. A large part of the shoes and handbags line is made 100% in Spain.

So people…let’s support the Spanish economy and look superb while at it!

The UAE on a journey to Leadership in Customer Excellence

Neveed and Rashid go through workshop notes together at the Ritz Carlton DIFC

Naveed and Rashid go through workshop notes together at the Ritz Carlton DIFC

We in the UAE are used to best of everything and in particular, we can proudly say that we have the best customer service one can get in this region but there is room to be the best in the world. To ensure the quality of service even gets better, the Academia of Excellence announced it’s opening with a comprehensive summit at the Ritz Carlton DIFC, showcasing global business leaders and key UAE institutions on how to achieve true customer centricity.

To those not in the know, the Academia of Excellence is a specialized institution for the creation and enhancement of the “Customer Experience”. Real Customer Excellence demands a deep and thorough understanding of the ideas, skills, tools and techniques for achieving customer excellence.

I was lucky enough to see some of the brainstorming notes on the walls after work last night and it was amazing how much thought went into ensuring the success of the institution as well as the summit. 

The raison d etre of the Academia of Excellence is to provide Emiratis and expats with the requisite skill sets for a differentiated and admired UAE market known for its passion and success based on an unrelenting but practical focus on customer values.

The Academia of Excellence is founded by Mr. Naveed Syed and Mr. Rashid Mahboob. Naveed is a successful entrepreneur with over 18 years of chronicled success in driving benchmark-setting growth and expansion for globally focused fortune 500, turnaround, and start-up organizations.

“The UAE is a young country growing at an exponential pace in a dynamic global economy in which paradigms are created and demolished at an increasingly fast pace,” says Naveed. “The one constant in all this is the Customer – we needed to create a set up in which the requisite skills, tools and techniques are provided to achieve true customer centricity.”

The Academia of Excellence has partnered with the Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) with master-class courses in Xtreme Customer Loyalty™, Increasing Revenues through Customer Loyalty and Best Practices of Chief Customer Officers to name a few.

The Academia of Excellence opening summit at the Ritz Carlton DIFC Dubai was an interesting showcase of what the Academia of Excellence offers with workshops and seminars by global as well as UAE based business leaders towards the achievement of the ultimate Customer Experience.

As Naveed says, “The UAE now continues on a Journey to Leadership in Customer Excellence.” With UAE hosting more and more international events and growing in all spheres of life, we can be assured by the Academia of Excellence that customer service will be top notch in the near future.

Fall collection at ValleyDez

An awesome chick, Seema will be revamping my wardrobe soon but with all the clothes that I have, she knows I will not be buying anything to revamp it but more figuring out what I have altogether and how they go with each other depending on my mood. All I hope is that she does not try to coax me to go to Valleydez – This season, Valleydez is all about contrasts; making a statement with bold colours and graphic prints while maintaining a soft femininity through flowing materials, delicate accessories, playful skirts and a selection of sophisticated dresses.

I know if I get there, Seem will have an easy task to get me buying so while I shall steer clear, those with ample space in their wardrobes may want to check the new collection out.


The colour palette captures the essence of the winter’s dramatic and elegant look with black, shades of pink and purple with splashes of red. Remaining true to what’s a la mode this season, prints and graphic designs are staples- lush bouquets of flowers on long skirts, wild animal motifs, exciting digital patterns on cropped pants, and an aesthetic combination of colour blocking laced with gold accents.

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With an exciting variety of collections to choose from, you are sure to find the right pieces to brighten and embolden your winter wardrobe. Scouting the latest in Fashion drop by the shop to get acquainted with some new kids on the block this season such as 75 Faubourg denim, Stark Clutchs, Meli Melo,Project 104, WILBUR & GUSSIE among others.

Skincare and men

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Just had some comments that I am biased and write only for women….not true because until now, I have written loads on toys for boys, in particular cars and yachts so this time, its different. Skin care for men. Not that I know much about skincare for men but after over a century of listening to the needs of its customers, Kiehl’s know a thing or two about men and their skincare.

Now Kiehl’s brand celebrates the introduction of Facial Fuel “Heavy Lifting” Firming, Lifting, Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer for Men. The latest introduction to Kiehl’s popular Facial Fuel franchise, “Heavy Lifting” is a clinically-proven anti-aging treatment specifically formulated for men’s thicker, coarser skin.

“Men are from Mars.  Women are from Venus”
–John Gray, Ph. D, best-selling author

Men take a different approach than women to nearly everything in life. That difference extends even to their skin physiology and even their skincare routine. Men want to look good, professional, successful, youthful and healthy, yet they won’t use 4-8 products to get there.  Men want easy-to-use, multi-tasking products with ingredients they’ve heard of – and they want to see tangible results.

Kiehl’s, a pioneer in men’s skincare, continues to meet a man’s very specific skincare needs

With nearly 50 years of experience formulating products that meet the unique needs of a man’s skin, Kiehl’s chemists are true experts in developing skin care that delivers the superior results for today’s more sophisticated man. Facial Fuel “Heavy Lifting” Firming, Lifting, Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer for Men is a dual-action anti-aging formula to battle the aging skin of men.  This formula begins with a first, very important action – gentle, yet thorough exfoliation to clear away surface layer debris.  Utilizing LHA Exfoliating Actives to break away surface layer debris on men’s tougher, thicker skin, this step immediately improves dull looking skin and it allows for the second action – lifting and firming to occur more effectively.

So there…you have it from the experts. And I get to change the perception that I only highlight news and stuff related to women 🙂

Fall Winter 13/14 Accessories from bimba & lola

I’m loving the bags from bimba & lola – This season’s collection draws its soft, playful and feminine inspiration from the two ladies of the famed Grey Gardens, Edith Ewing Bouvier and her daughter, Edith Bouvier Beale.

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Mirroring the Beales’ opulent past in their jewellery pieces Bimba and Lola creates a ‘vintage heirloom’ look.

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Scarves, handbags and hats are essential to an elegant fifties ensemble. The Autumn-Winter collection pairs delicate patterns with bright, bold colours. Love it!

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The Porsche 918 Spyder celebrates world debut

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Diva is on about Porsche again…This time for good reason as the technologically pioneering Porsche 918 Spyder celebrated its debut at this year’s International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The super sportscar with plug-in hybrid drive marks the beginning of a new era for sportscar manufacturing.

Never before has a super sportscar designed for everyday use offered such an impressive dynamic performance combined with the fuel consumption of a compact car. In setting this technological benchmark, the Porsche 918 Spyder is taking on a pioneering role similar to that of the 911 when it was unveiled at the IAA fifty years ago.

Anyway…to mark this anniversary, Porsche is presenting the “50 years 911” limited edition model. Based on the 911 Carrera S platform, this special model combines traditional 911 features with state-of-the-art technology. Porsche is completing its sportscar line-up with the new 911 Turbo, which is being presented to the public for the first time at the major trade show in Frankfurt.

The 918 Spyder is the continuation of the traditional Porsche DNA in a ground-breaking sportscar concept. Designed from the start to be a high-performance hybrid, the 918 Spyder boasts an unprecedented combination of performance (offering the 887-bhp output of a super sportscar) and the virtually silent locomotion of an electric vehicle.

What excites me most – The vehicle is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and offers an average standard fuel consumption of between 3.0 and 3.3 litres/100 km. The 918 Spyder concept also allows a combustion engine to be combined with an electric motor-based drive to further optimise the dynamic performance of the vehicle.

Going back in history – Since its debut at the IAA in September 1963, the 911 has been revered by car enthusiasts around the world as the epitome of the sportscar. The bestseller is now celebrating its 50th anniversary in Frankfurt, and Porsche is marking the occasion with a limited edition model based on the current 911 Carrera S.

Only 1963 special models are available – the same number as the year of the 911 world premiere. In addition to a comprehensive features package and various visual references to the early years of this iconic sportscar, this very special 911 model exclusively combines the wide body of the all-wheel models with the traditional rear-wheel drive of the original 911, which also featured a flat-six engine that transmitted power to the rear wheels.

Science of Photography workshops at Bahrain Science Centre


One of the interesting and the most recent workshops that will be held in Bahrain Science Centre, a part of the Ministry of Social Development in the month of September 2013 is the “Science of Photography Workshop”

The main objective of this workshop is to introduce the participants to the basic concepts of the science behind photography. The goal is to illustrate the fundamental basics and terms of digital photography such as ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed to the audience in an interactive and comprehensible manner. The trainers will also be discussing the simple basics and “rules” of photocomposition.

By the end of this workshop, the participants will learn how essential it is to understand and control light in order for them to attain the desired results. They will also understand how the human eye functions and how similar the mechanism is to that of a camera.

The workshop will conclude with a practical exercise of a technique called “Light Painting.” Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera.

The workshop primarily targets youngsters from the age of 12 and above. Interested visitors can download the weekly programme on the website for more information.

The Bahrain Science Centre is located in Building 334, Road 109, Block 801, Riyadh Avenue, Isa Town, Kingdom of Bahrain and can be contacted on 17686466