Appetite for Network-as-a-Service Rising, Driving Conversations Across 86% of Companies in Middle East & South Africa

Digital transformation in the post-pandemic era is drawing IT leaders towards new network models that are more agile, adaptable and fit for purpose

In light of the sustained digital transformation needed to navigate the post-COVID world, a new study from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, reveals a rising interest in Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) as technology leaders across Middle East & South Africa (MESA) re-evaluate their current infrastructure and network set up.

Defined in the survey as when a company has over 50% of its network rollout, operations and life cycle management delivered by a third party on a subscription basis, NaaS is a concept that 86% of companies in MESA are currently discussing in some capacity. In fact, it is a topic of frequent discussion in almost 1 in 3 companies (29%).


When asked about the reasons behind this interest, financial efficiency emerged as one of the main anticipated benefits, with nearly three quarters (69%) of respondents in MESA expecting NaaS to help reduce operational costs, and 58% thinking it could enable a shift from CapEx to OpEx. But flexibility – both in terms of the network and team time – was another primary driver.

Over three quarters (82%) of companies agree that having the flexibility to scale their network based on business needs is key to their interest, and 43% see it as a potential game changer in how they are able to manage activities. Meanwhile, less than half (48%) are looking at NaaS to help them reduce IT staff levels – instead believing it will free up team time for innovation and strategic initiatives (42%).


The appetite for NaaS is evident. Unfortunately, the road towards implementation looks less clear, with the survey identifying a number of key barriers.

On the surface it appears that internal processes may be the issue. Among the top concerns identified by technology leaders in MESA were budget rules and investment cycles (80%), redeploying talent and skills (52%) and finding the budget (52%).

However, a deeper dive into the data reveals a much more fundamental barrier: a lack of overall understanding of NaaS. While 100% of technology leaders across the broader EMEA region said they are familiar with NaaS as a term, only two in five claim to fully understand what it means. Even among the EMEA companies discussing NaaS on frequent basis, only 46% of technology leaders claim full understanding.

And this education gap is also evident in the perception of NaaS’s viability. 7% of technology leaders in MESA currently see NaaS as an established and viable solution. The remainder either consider it to be a concept looking for a market (41%) or in its early beginnings (52%).

“As we emerge from the pandemic, the need for agility and flexibility in network management is greater than ever,” said Morten Illum, Vice President, EMEA at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. “We know that NaaS can ensure the critical flexibility needed by businesses as they look to recovery and beyond, as well as solve a range of issues from security and scalability to budget and team constraints. However, in order for businesses to unlock the potential of NaaS, we must focus on bridging the gap between awareness and knowledge.”

Jacob Chacko, Regional Director, Middle East, Saudi & South Africa at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company said, “As device counts grow, endpoints diversify, and connectivity demands increase, planning a network and keeping up with change can be overwhelming. Enterprises need the flexibility of cloud agility, security, scale, and compliance from their network – which is what NaaS provides.”

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Nutanix to Bring Message ‘Cloud on Your Terms’ to LEAP Saudi Arabia 2022

Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX) a leader in hybrid multicloud computing, today announced its participation at LEAP, the global platform for the most disruptive technology professionals, taking place in Riyadh between 1 – 3 February. The company will exhibit under the theme ‘Cloud on Your Terms’ and demonstrate Nutanix’s simple, flexible, and cost-efficient platform – one that offers freedom of choice and enables true hybrid and multicloud computing.

Mohammad Abulhouf, Senior Sales Director KSA, Bahrain & Qatar at Nutanix comments, “Our participation represents Nutanix’s commitment to the Saudi market, with the intention of building on the tremendous success and growth we have experienced in the Kingdom over the past five years. LEAP brings together the world’s greatest minds and leading technology corporations. As an organization that is leading innovation in the cloud computing space, Nutanix sees the event as an important platform to share our vision and strategy for helping regional enterprises leverage the power of the cloud on their own terms.”

“A flexible hybrid multicloud solution enables businesses to select the cloud platform that makes the most sense for their needs, along with choosing from a flexible subscription-based consumption model that delivers resources as needed, eliminating waste. Businesses are able to leverage their existing investments, processes, and skill sets without needing to rework the entire organization. Nutanix’s technology encompasses these concepts. Nutanix is the best suited cloud platform provider for enterprise customers, bringing the public cloud experience down to their operations, and paving the way to hybrid cloud and multi cloud operations. Our agile solutions easily enable maximum flexibility, choice and cost savings. We believe that our technology will play a very important role in the digital transformation initiatives taking place within the government and private sectors in the Kingdom.”

Nutanix will showcase three main solution categories – Cloud (Private or Hybrid), End-User Computing and Databases. These technologies are designed to work holistically together to build a resilient IT infrastructure for organizations. They have security in their DNA, simplicity at their core, and flexibility to ensure the customer always has the power of choice.

Nutanix executives are keen to educate trade attendees about DBaaS (Database-as-a-Service) as a way to modernize data operations and simplify database management. DBaaS solutions offer customers cloud efficiencies and flexibility, but with the operational and security oversight they have grown accustomed to from existing database implementations. The Nutanix solution for databases delivers consumer-grade ease of management and delivery, operational efficiency, agility, and scale to handle even the most demanding workloads on a single cloud-ready software platform.

At the event, trade visitors will learn about Nutanix’s exciting partnership with RedHat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions. The collaboration between the two vendors enables customers to more easily build, scale and manage containerized and virtualized cloud-native applications. The alignment between Nutanix and Red Hat is set on a clear strategy of helping regional enterprises bridge the gap between private clouds and public clouds and build the right hybrid cloud model, which is the targeted model for most enterprises in the next five years.

Nutanix will exhibit from Stand Number H3-A20, Hall Number 3 at LEAP, taking place at Riyadh Front Expo Centre in Saudi Arabia.

RoyalJet Group expands its fleet with BBJ acquisition

The aircraft is undergoing upgrades and expected to be available for charter in April.

The RoyalJet Group – the Abu Dhabi owned and operated award winning global leader in premium private aviation –  has again expanded its growing fleet with the acquisition of yet another Boeing Business Jet.

The purchase transaction was completed recently and this pristine, low time aircraft is currently undergoing technological and communications upgrades in Basel, Switzerland.  It is expected to enter into service with RoyalJet and be available for charter globally in April 2022.

Rob DiCastri, CEO at RoyalJet said:  “Despite the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic, demand in the past 6 months has exceeded supply in our sector of the aviation industry and in our region.  The overall health of the global private jet market has now been strong for an extended period of time, and growth is expected to continue.”  

“Fleet expansion, renewal and upgrade are integral elements of our ongoing customer experience transformation, allowing us to continue to provide an even more exceptional experience to our guests,” he added. 

This Boeing Business Jet boasts 23 passenger VVIP interior with a forward crew rest area for long journeys, an aft private master bedroom with private lavatory and shower, and a mid-cabin open plan VVIP lounge.  It has been finished with state of the art materials and a custom configuration designed for functionality and maximum comfort and can sleep up to 12 in VVIP lie-flat seats and its queen sized bed.     

It has also been previously upgraded with special soundproofing to reduce in-flight noise levels, along with a low cabin altitude modification, special humidifiers and a HEPA filtration system, all designed to optimize health and comfort, leaving passengers more relaxed and fresher upon reaching their destination.

To further enhance the on board experience this aircraft is being fitted with the latest technology and the best connectivity available in the market.  This will include the very latest lighting, cabin management and in-flight entertainment systems, complimented by a high-quality sound system including overhead speakers and subwoofers.  Passengers will also be able to stream high definition video content throughout the flight, including via their own personal accounts with providers such as Apple TV, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video utilizing the industry leading on board wifi system.

This aircraft will also become the longest range BBJ in RoyalJet’s fleet, with auxiliary fuel tanks giving it the capability to fly non-stop for more than 12 hours and reach almost any destination globally with only one short fuel stop.  It will be the 14th aircraft in RoyalJet’s fleet, which will now include 11 BBJs – already by far the world’s largest fleet of its type. 

“This is an exceptional aircraft with exceptional capabilities, along with an interior which we are confident will delight our current and future customers.  It reduces the age of our fleet, however it is only one more step in our continued upgrade and expansion, as we are actively pursuing further additions of new aircraft going forward.” added DiCastri.

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AZIMUT YACHTS LAUNCHES THE NEW MAGELLANO 30 METRI: the crossover line flagship is born.

Launched in Viareggio, the first Magellano 30 Metri is the ultimate expression of Azimut Yacht’s pioneering spirit. The new flagship is designed for the experienced owner and connoisseur who plans to enjoy long-distance voyages, whatever the weather conditions and in a constant dialogue with the sea. The Magellano 30 Metri takes this desire for freedom and expresses it in the form of unprecedented seakeeping and a design that offers a view of both the sky and the sea from every point on the yacht. The intimate relationship with nature is also respected in sustainability-related choices that aim to reduce the yacht’s environmental impact.

The Magellano Collection is the Azimut Yachts line for yachtsmen who have a predilection for long cruises: Magellano is always smooth and safe at sea, with low fuel consumption and a wide range of speeds. The interiors too are designed for long stays on board. The new flagship is the perfect fit for the brand’s crossover line, reprising features such as generous volumes and a desire to amaze in different sea conditions, without however compromising on elegance and attention to detail. This result has been achieved thanks to the collaboration of the winning team that proved itself with the previous model (Magellano 25 Metri): Ken Freivokh, who handled the exterior styling and volumes, and Vincenzo De Cotiis, who designed the interiors. Freivokh has created refined and modern but in no way aggressive lines that catch the eye of expert yachtsmen, also from the world of sailing yachts. Unexpectedly striking, the teak louvres that close and complement the extensive glazed surfaces in the superstructure are a signature feature of the Magellano line. In keeping with its calling as a crossover, the new 30-metre yacht offers spacious, light-filled interiors that De Cotiis has successfully made intimate and inviting.

Freivokh and De Cotiis have designed the three decks of the new Magellano by breathing life into their shared vision of a yacht in seamless contact with the sea, from the Infinity Terrace that welcomes guests on board, to the generous terrace on the Upper Deck for socialising and enjoying the pleasure of cruising in the open air. The huge windows – over 70 square metres of glazed surfaces – also ensure uninterrupted visual continuity between the interior spaces and the surrounding natural environment, which has a metaphorical presence in every setting on the yacht, from the full-beam Owner Suite and the living space on the Main Deck to the gracious Skylounge on the Upper Deck.


The innovative thrust of the Magellano 30 Metri is also expressed in the choices made to reduce environmental impact. The second-generation Dual Mode hull, designed by naval architecture firm P.L.A.N.A. on a joint basis with the Azimut Yachts R&D centre, ensures an excellent level of stability, keeping fuel consumption down both at midrange speeds – even in rough seas, delivering on the promise of cruising in freedom in any conditions – as well as at higher speeds, reducing consumption in this case by about 15% compared with traditional hard chine planing hulls.

The new Magellano line flagship establishes a truly harmonious human relationship with the water, even and especially during periods spent at anchor: the Magellano 30 Metri is designed to be fitted with the Hotel Mode package, which includes 100kWh lithium batteries so that she can stay at anchor with zero emissions for up to 4 hours during the day and 8 hours at night. The result is total silence broken only by the sound of the sea.

Key Business Risks Behind the Internet of Things

By Joe Robertson, Director of information security and EMEA CISO at Fortinet

Digitization is transforming how businesses operate. This transition is often referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0 because it represents the fourth manufacturing revolution. The first industrial revolution was mechanization, the second was mass production and assembly lines using electricity, and the third was the adoption of computers and automation.

Now the Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us, with the digital transformation of businesses largely consisting of automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and rapid technological innovation. Industrial processes and machines are becoming smarter and more modular, with automation and data exchange that include the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). These smart, always-connected devices provide real-time contextual information with low overhead to optimize processes and improve how companies and individuals interact, work, and live.

It’s no wonder McKinsey estimated that investments in IoT technology would grow at a rate of 13.5% throughout 2022. This growth in IoT is contributing to an escalating explosion in production and industrial data. This data is being collected and analyzed to improve productivity, monitor activity, and enhance predictive maintenance. With so much business-critical data passing through IoT and IIoT devices, organizations must take measures to secure their technology.

Why is IIoT Security Important?

Digital has not gone unnoticed by cybercriminals, who seek to exploit IoT and IIoT as weak links in the data chain. The increasing volume of structured and unstructured data being generated by these devices, and their oftentimes anomalous behavior spanning across global ecosystems challenges even the best organizations. Further complicating the situation is that many of these devices are wireless (WLAN or 5G) and often have communication channels to their manufacturers for maintenance and troubleshooting purposes, which can make them a potential backdoor into the production network.

Most organizations are not well prepared for IoT and IIoT device vulnerabilities. The ubiquitous interconnectivity among devices, users, and distributed networks presents a substantial challenge for traditional siloed security solutions. Focusing defenses on a single point in the network is becoming increasingly ineffective. The lack of single-view visibility across devices, users, and the entire network creates blind spots that cybercriminals can exploit. According to a study conducted by EY, almost half of enterprises indicate they are concerned about their inability to track security across their IoT and IIoT assets, keep them virus-free, and patch vulnerabilities. This complexity is exacerbated by comingling IIoT devices with wired devices on the same network segments, and can lead to uncertainty as to exactly what is connected where.

IoT and IIoT Security Risks to Be Aware Of

From a security perspective, IoT and IIoT devices present a number of risks. One problem is that most of these devices were not designed with security in mind. Many of them are headless, which means they do not have a traditional operating system or even the memory or processing power required to include security or install a security client. In addition, an alarming number of devices have passwords hard-coded into their firmware. 

The result is that many IoT devices cannot be patched or updated. And even when security can be installed on the device, the underlying installed software is often cobbled together from commonly available code or is untested, which means that most installed security tools can be circumvented by exploiting a wide range of known vulnerabilities. Additionally, most IIoT and IoT devices have limited or no configurability. And when devices are compromised, most IT organizations admit they are unlikely to be able to detect the event before it impacts systems and data.

How to Mitigate IoT and IIoT Security Risks

Some organizations are working to address these issues by promoting authentication, key, and credential management, and other capabilities. But these tools must be tested, integrated with the network architecture, updated, managed, and monitored. So, what is the answer? Simply sticking your head in the sand will not work. IoT and IIoT devices are a vital part of most businesses and they are here to stay. It is important to view IIoT as part of your broader security environment rather than as isolated units. Here are a few additional recommendations for securing this technology:

  • Segmentation of the production environment, with all IIoT and wireless devices in segments outside of the SCADA or ICS network. In many cases micro segmentation should be performed to further restrict communications between devices to further isolate and confine them to only authorized communications.
  • Network Access Control for accurate information on what is connecting to the network and verification of each device’s security posture before allowing it to connect.
  • Security must be redesigned to provide seamless visibility on what is happening across all networks and devices, from IoT to multi-cloud networks.
  • Because of the minimal intelligence and security functions included in most IIoT devices, an Intrusion Protection System upstream of these devices should be used to detect attacks on known exploits and to provide “virtual patching” of devices that cannot have software updates applied.
  • Security monitoring and management must be done through a single console. Enterprises must be able to see all devices, assess risk levels, segment traffic, and assign policies across the entire network in real-time. This should include both production and IT networks to reduce the risk of attacks on IT resources propagating into the production network, and vice-versa.
  • Active protection solutions against unknown threats should be deployed, including sandboxing technology (to determine if files, attachments, or other code is malicious or not), and deception technology, (also known as honey pots), to attract attackers, confirm their presence in the network, and expose them to tools to block and eliminate them.
  • Zero trust access can provide simple, automatic secure remote access that verifies who and what is on your network and secures application access no matter where users are located.
  • Security solutions should automatically adapt to network changes, anticipate threats, interpret and implement business language commands, and interoperate in a cybersecurity mesh architecture to share threat intelligence, and proactively coordinate responses to threats across all security devices and network ecosystems. 

Going Forward

Unfortunately, IIoT devices are typically not designed with security in mind and finding ways to secure every device on your network is daunting. Because of this, organizations must take immediate action to protect their systems from attack. 

A new generation of tools is helping organizations meet today’s ever-expanding attack surface, delivering not only visibility of the network environment, but also enforcement and dynamic policy control. Whether devices are connecting from inside or outside the network, they can automatically respond to compromised devices or anomalous activity.

Fortinet has developed products, services, and tools that directly meet the operational and regulatory requirements of industrial and manufacturing networks. The expansive Fortinet Security Fabric platform offers a cybersecurity mesh architecture approach that includes centralized management and a unified context-aware security policy that provides complete visibility and granular control over the entire organization.

Russian Helicopters

The Mi-171A3 Completes Its First Flight

The multipurpose helicopter Mi-171A3, developed by the Holding Company (Rostec State Corporation), started flight tests. The maiden flight in hover mode lasted 15 minutes and passed properly; all systems evinced stable operation. The rotorcraft is designed for offshore operations and maintenance of offshore drilling platforms.

During the flight, the crew consisting of chief test pilot, Hero of Russia Alexander Klimov and test pilot, knight of the Order of Courage Vladimir Kutanin performed a series of short vertical maneuvers, while turning and moving the helicopter in all directions at various speeds.

The development of the Mi-171A3 began in 2018. The latest helicopter fully complies with IOGP (International Association of Oil and Gas Producers) standards and meets the increased requirements for promoting the safety of flights over-water.

Mi-171A3 is fully designed in digital form, which made it possible to form a broad industrial cooperation within the Russian Helicopters Holding Company given the established competence centers. Various parts of the fuselage are manufactured at Kazan Helicopters, the Far Eastern enterprise AAC Progress, and the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, where the final assembly of the helicopter also takes place.

The Mi-171A3 has unique transport capabilities for its class: the maximum takeoff weight of the rotorcraft equals to 13,000 kg, the number of passengers transported is up to 24 people, the maximum flying distance is 1,000 km.

The helicopter is designed for all-weather operation in a wide range of climatic conditions, including marine, tropical and cold climates, within an ambient temperature range from −50°C to + 50°C. The Mi-171A3’s onboard equipment will provide automatic and manual control of the helicopter at all stages of the flight, from take-off to landing, with the possibility of automatic piloting both in airways and in unregulated airspace, regardless of the degree of ground radio navigation support.

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The new 62-metre vessel has been christened in a memorable private ceremony

The Ferretti Group brand CRN has launched  a new bespoke  steel and aluminium yacht, Project C138, to be delivered as M/Y RIO. This 62-metre creation entered the water today for the first time, to the great satisfaction and pride of all the expert professionals, technicians and craftspeople who have contributed to the project.

Motoryacht RIO was sold by Alex Heyes & David Westwood of TWW Yachts. The yacht was designed and built by CRN in close collaboration with design and architecture studio Omega Architects, who created the exterior concept, and designers Pulina Exclusive Interiors for the styling inside.

At 62 metres long and 11.2 metres in the beam, this 4-deck superyacht can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests in the Owner’s suite and the 5 guest suites. These are comprised of 2 full-beam  VIPs

– one on the main deck forward, the other on the lower deck – and 3 suites on the lower deck – 2 doubles and a twin – served by an elevator to all decks.

M/Y RIO is an entirely bespoke opus with a strong  artisanal stamp, an elegant yet supremely sporty

vessel with flowing hull lines and a near-vertical bow.

Numerous aspects have been carefully conceived to offer the owner family a cruising experience together  like no other, in a world of freedom  and privacy:  the discerning distribution and quality  of the spaces, with generous  indoor  and outdoor living  areas; a superb wellness  lounge and fitness area in the beach club;  and the exclusive Owner’s  deck, a great oasis of intimacy that can also be enjoyed as a social zone.

Like all CRN pleasure yachts, the new 62-metre M/Y RIO in under construction in Ancona, Italy, at the Ferretti  Group Superyacht Yard, a centre of true nautical excellence. Its core values include a deep commitment to sustainability, geared to reducing the environmental impact  of the production processes. Important examples of this approach in action are the trigeneration and solar-power systems  which have helped to cut the yard’s  heat and power consumption, by 32% and 79% respectively.

M/Y RIO is an expression of CRN’s in-depth expertise and its design and build quality, another unique work of art by the Ancona yard that reflects and celebrates her owner’s personality and vision to the full.

Comfortable Cruising Experience: 100 Sunreef Power

Shereen Shabnam

As an Islander, I always found Catamarans more reliable for stability than the river boats we hopped on as kids.  The stability of the Catamaran meant less seasickness for passengers and often, more open space. Taking motor catamaran design to the next level is the 100 Sunreef Power, a transatlantic luxury craft built to offer unmatched comfort and a unique cruising experience.

This is Sunreef Yacht’s largest super Catamaran. As Hull number one of the shipyard’s latest super cat model, it is a highly-customized yacht with a powerful presence and a striking finish combining dark grey and rose gold.

For relaxation, the area of the main deck comprises a large lounging space to portside with a drop down 55’’ TV and a custom-designed drinks bar to starboard. Towards the bow part of the saloon, the yacht’s galley offers restaurant quality amenities and access to a cold room below decks.

The main deck also houses a well-equipped gym looking out over the ocean and leading to the vast bow terrace.
 With natural oak veneers, rose quartz, brass accents and custom-built cabinetry, the interior décor of the yacht reflects the owners’ liking for classic design. This homelike interior styling is continued in all the catamaran’s staterooms. Guest accommodation for ten is spread across five large en suite cabins.

The master suite features a king-size bed and a relaxation area with an ocean view. One of the suite’s stand-out features is the generous master bathroom with classic black and white tiling.

The owner’s cabin neighbors one of the guest rooms which offers a double bed, voluminous storage, an en suite bathroom and a vanity desk. For added convenience, the starboard hull houses three guest cabins offering the same level of comfort. It also has comfortable crew accommodation in three crew cabins, two located in the bow part of the hulls and one to the aft.

The 100 Sunreef Power uses an ultramodern, energy-saving air-conditioning system and is able to provide air-conditioning throughout the whole night without using the generators.

The megayacht flybridge of the100 Sunreef Power offers extreme comfort with plenty of relaxation areas, including a bar and a large dining table. Guests can also enjoy baths in the custom-built spa pool flanked by large sunpads. The area can also be transformed into an outdoor cinema with a high-end audio system, a retractable projector and screen.

The yacht’s stern cockpit spans over the entire 13.5m beam of the catamaran, offering a large dining space, a daybed, a wet bar and access to the day head. The 100 Sunreef Power also boasts a large aft hydraulic platform and a voluminous garage concealing two three-seater jet skis, a refueling station and plenty of storage for water toys.

The 100 Sunreef Power is versatile and designed for all-year navigation, offering unrivalled living space with reliable performance and outstanding performance.

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Maximum Cruising Pleasure: New Azimut 68

Edited by Shereen Shabnam

Azimut 68, the latest model in the Azimut Yachts Flybridge collection, is a yacht designed around the owner. It offers a choice of three interiors layouts for different onboard lifestyles. proposing three different interior layouts designed for different lifestyles on board. Thanks to the combination of carbon fiber and optimized hull that allows reduced consumption, sustainability is also a significant aspect.

The new model of the Flybridge collection is designed in collaboration with Alberto Mancini for the exteriors and Achille Salvagni for the interiors. Thanks to the shipyard’s in-depth knowledge of the market and owners from all over the world, Azimut Yachts designed a 21 meters yacht that adapts to the desires of contemporary owners who increasingly insists on bespoke solutions even for smaller boats. 

The interiors were designed to produce maximum stylistic harmony, in which every single detail, from the ambience as a whole down to the smallest furnishing accessories is contrived by the same hand to arrive at an absolute project in the truest sense of the term.

An important feature of the interiors is the spaciousness of the night area, configured to offer four cabins and three bathrooms of decidedly generous dimensions (high ceilings, roomy wardrobes and long beds). The fourth cabin even has L-shaped beds and capacious wardrobes, significantly increasing the level of comfort.

The first layout has an elegant lounge at the entrance to the Main Deck, with a galley off to one side, closed off by a solution that combines ribbing and plexiglass. This “Lanterna” configuration gives the galley privacy but allows light to flow throughout the space, creating a large and light-filled ambience.

For owners seeking a more convivial layout, the version with an open-style galley is ideal. Eliminating the sliding door opens up the view astern, as the galley connects directly to the dining area which, as in the Lanterna layout, can also be turned into a second lounge area.

The galley is in the stern to facilitate direct flow between interior and exterior, while the living area is set apart towards the bow. The option with the galley near the entrance is perfect for serving both exterior and interior dining areas, encouraging conviviality. 

The stand-out feature in the 68’s interiors, lastly, is the refined owner’s suite, characterised by a natural and unaffected sense of luxury and an atmosphere of wellbeing that is close to the modern concept of wellness. The part of the bathroom with the sink is open-style in fact, in direct communication with the suite and reminiscent of the serenely relaxed atmosphere of a refined modern spa.

The suite has a large bed designed to look like it is suspended in mid-air, like the drawer units, and a wardrobe with floor-to-ceiling doors. Here too, Salvagni has preferred materials and lines that exude natural elegance, not least thanks to the muted, matt colours.

Whatever the configuration chosen, there will always be an additional lounge setting over and above the conventional sofa area: a multi-purpose area in the middle of the Main Deck that can serve as a space for lunch, for conversation or reading, or even a small screening room.

Exterior designer Alberto Mancini works surfaces using a modern language, also adopted in car design to guide the evolution of the Flybridge collection and point up the distinctive features of Azimut Yachts with ever sharper cleanness of line.

Azimut 68 features various solutions identified by Azimut Yachts’ Innovation Lab as part of its ECS – Enhanced Cruising Solutions programme, such as the Joystick Driving System, the Garmin Control Monitoring System, and active trim control.

Extensive use of carbon fiber in the new 68’s topside (superstructure, hard top and part of the deck) lowers the center of gravity, for impeccable cruising considering the generous spaces offered by the yacht.

The high efficiency hull is paired with the ideal propulsion system, comprising two Volvo IPS 1350 engines delivering a top speed of 32 knots. The new Azimut 68 is therefore light, silent and easy to manoeuvre.

This project is a new step forward in Azimut Yachts’ drive to build lighter vessels with more space onboard, but without making any sacrifices in terms of their excellent consumption levels, stability and manoeuvrability.

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Traditional culinary experiences: Turkish Village Restaurant

Shereen Shabnam

Recently we ventured to the Award-winning Turkish Village Restaurant to sample their diverse range of unique authentic culinary experiences that included especially curated dishes blending authentic Turkish ingredients and flavors, complete with the much-loved art of Turkish hospitality.

We discovered that the restaurant offers so much more than just good food as we entered the Jumeirah branch of the restaurant. Starting from a retail experience to a selection of delectable food with seasonal flavours and impeccable presentation, we tried different inspiring food concepts, and each was a fun and social culinary experience best enjoyed in a group.

The Turkish Village Restaurant has a capacity for large events that can accommodate over 500 guests over three levels and can curate menus that can be custom made to suit any corporate or family event. When I visited with family, we opted for the a la carte menu as we wanted to try different dishes and each one was better than the next. My favourite was a metre long ‘pide’ or pastry which came with interesting fillings of meat and cheese fresh from the oven.

More recently we ventured with there with a group of friends and tried the Turkish mangal or barbecue that includes staple starters with meat marinated with spices overnight. We selected tender marinated chicken, succulent lamb, beef, kebabs and sausages and prepared the meal together at grill tables that come equipped with a private charcoal barbeque and a custom-made extractor.

The mangal meal was served with salads, fresh bread out of the oven, sauces, cold starters and water or ayran. The Mangal experience can be enjoyed for lunch and dinner at AED 50/- per person that includes charcoal, water, ayran, salad and cold starters on the table while the chicken and meat can be availed from the in-house butcher starting at AED 110/- per kg to share.

We then ended the meal on a sweet note with traditional Turkish sweets that include kunafa, baklava stuffed with cream and pistachios and the creamiest rice pudding in the city. This was the best Turkish culinary experience we have had in Dubai as it offers an authentic dining experience at par with what we normally find in Istanbul or other parts of Turkey.

Before leaving the restaurant, we stopped at the gourmet grocer named Bakkal (Meaning Grocery store in Turkish) on the ground floor for retail therapy. Bakkal features a diverse range of fresh, dried and frozen goods imported from Turkey every week and is a dream store for party lovers looking to get ready snacks that can be prepared easily for large families and intimate parties.

The three level Turkish Village Restaurant is located strategically in Jumeirah 1 (across La Mer, next to Spinneys and the Jumeirah Grand Mosque). It offers a laid-back memorable and interactive dining experience, within a warm and welcoming ambience and is also a one-stop shop for artisanal Turkish products. We left with bags full of Turkish delights and naturally, I got some extra desserts to enjoy at home later.

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