Icon Art Production and Latin Soul Dubai bring Tango World Champions live performance to Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa

Icon Art Production (IAP) together with Latin Soul Dubai and venue partners Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa bring to UAE the first ever Hyperion Ensemble’s Dubai Concert.  The event will also featureTango World Champions live performance at Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa on 21stMarch 2019 from 7.30pm to 2am the next day.

Dubai Marine Beach Resort is known historically for hosting the best Latin events in the city and this will be no different. There will be live tango performances by well-known dancers in the Tango dance circuit to enthrall the audience.

For the first time, the Tango Orchestra HYPERION ENSAMBLE and the Buenos Aires Tango Mundial World Champions 2018 (Dmitry & Sagdiana) will perform in a night to remember! The concert will be held under the stars with an open-air dance floor and six hours of nonstop dancing, in the beautiful venue of Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa.

The evening’s attractions also include a Tango show, gala drinks, raffle draws, gift vouchers, DJS and an open dance floor for dance lovers looking to spend a musical night out.

 

MonViso Water to have an active presence at the Mother of the Nation Festival

Monviso Water Al jalila.jpg

MonViso, the purest and minimally mineralized Italian water, reiterates its ongoing commitment to promoting empowerment, conservation, collaboration, and sustainabilitywith its presence at the Mother of the Nation Festival organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi to pay tribute to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak.

According to Stefano Iorini, Managing Director, MonViso Trading LLC, “MonViso’s shared values and vision is evident in the brand’s “Take Water. Give Life” campaign. The humanitarian and sustainable aspects of the Mother of Nation event also highlights the best of humanity through its multiple and diverse activity zones, as well as an entertaining and immersive atmosphere that welcomes the entire community of all age groups and nationalities.”

“We are delighted to support the Mother of the Nation Festival as we value the community spirit that brings people together in local events promoting tolerance. This is central to our principle as a brand committed to humanitarian values that promote solidarity and collaboration within the new generation,” added Stefano.

Stefano also appreciates that the festival focuses on people’s nutritional choices on their bodies and the environment, and the collective responsibility of the community towards the development of a healthy sustainable society. The festival is also known to celebrate the UAE’s rich heritage, cultural diversity, and the impact of the nation through recent history with impressive achievements.

The MonViso stand at the festival will emphasizethe vision and principles of the brand as for every 1 litre sold, MonViso is donating 1 AED to the Al Jalila Foundation, which supports the global cause of transforming lives through medical education and research.

The brand’s humanitarian and sustainability commitment is evident, as since January 2017 till February 2019, MonViso has donated the equivalent of over 347,190 liters.

Visitors to the MonViso stand at the Mother of the Nation Festival will be able to sample the Alpine Italian mineral water from Europe’s highest source with the lowest content of sodium in the world,contaminant-free purity, low-grade mineralization and low nitrate content.

An eco conscious brand, MonViso recently launched a recycling program for homes, in association with HomeCycle, which is the brand’s logistical partner for home collection of plastic bottles and glass. The sustainability program’s revenues from the net sales are donated to Al Jalila Foundation.

From the health perspective, the minimally mineralized waterhelps avoid fatigue, purifies the kidneys, helps maintain optimal blood pressure and makes it safe to consume in large quantities. The Italian Ministry of Health recognizes MonViso water as suitable for the preparation of baby food and formula.

Launched in Dubai 4 years ago, MonViso is now available in several outlets across the UAE.

Gadget gifts for the Tech loving mum

Eye catching fun accessories to make your mum stand out and stay in touch

Mother’s Day is the perfect occasion to thank and celebrate our heroic mums who have loved and nurtured each member of the family unconditionally through good times and trying times. To ensure we stay in touch with our mothers through calls and make their lives easier, Anker introduces a selection of gadgets and accessories that will reflect our boundless appreciation to the queen of the house.

eufy_robovac_30c

RoboVac 30C

Instead of cleaning the house, we would like to see our mothers relax with a cup of tea watching their favorite programmes or out for a walk to enjoy some fresh air. Stronger, slimmer, and the most convenient RoboVac to use, the RoboVac 30C makes a perfect gift for your mother as it comes with Wi-Fi, Amazon Alexa, and the Google Assistant-compatibility, meaning it is 100% hands-free cleaning.

The slim 2.85in profile glides under sofas and beds with super-strong 1500Pa suction power and three brushes that effectively cleans up dust and furs for up to 100 minutes, leaving the house spotless.

RoboVac uses drop-sensing technology to avoid falling down stairs and specialized dual-hall sensors detect Boundary Strips that ensures RoboVac only cleans the areas you want. Nine anti-collision infrared sensors helps RoboVac avoid bumping into obstacles and clean non-stop.

a1230h21.jpg

PowerCore II 10000 

We often get anxious when we call our mums and their phone is off because they have run out of charge. What she needs is the sleek and ultra-compact 10000mAh portable charger that provides high-speed charging with PowerIQ 2.0.

Providing three phone charges with Anker’s new generation advanced smart-charging technology, the Powercore IIadapts to your device’s unique charging protocol to deliver a tailored, blazing-fast charge. Mum’s can get fully charged up in between school runs in as little as 4 hours using a Quick Charge charger and stay in contact with the family all day long.

A8453

PowerLine II 3ft Lightning

Having frayed wires wrapped up amongst wallets and makeup in hand bags can be a drag for busy mums but with PowerLine II 3ft Lightning, the world’s most durable cable, worry about wires becomes alien as it is not only safe to use and walk around with but comes in a red colour that is easy to spot in the handbag and not easily mixed with the cables of other family members.
PowerLine’s cable tolerates being bent over 12000 times along with any knocks, drops, twists or yanks thrown at it. The MFi certification means total peace of mind because it is designed to work flawlessly with devices having a Lightning port. Lasting for an entire lifetime, it really will be a cable that helps keep you and your mum in touch at all times.

PowerCore+ 10050

Ladies like to have fun with colours when it comes to accessories. Anker’s high-speed, high-capacity portable charger, PowerCore+ 10050 – A1311H51 comes in pink while the A1311HB1 comes in gold for the woman on the go.

The small sized premium Aluminum Portable Battery Charger with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 combines three distinct fast-charging technologies to ensure devices are charged in the shortest time possible and comes with a look that matches the most advanced phones and tablets.

Liberty Air Black 3

Liberty Air

For mothers who like to be on the move without wires holding them down as they work out or enjoy music to wind down, Liberty Air is the answer – it is a true wireless in-ear headphones that comes with two built-in microphones with uplink noise cancellation and filters out ambient noises to ensure you sound crystal-clear even in noisy spaces.

The latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology and a FPC antenna create a rock-solid connection for skip-free music. One-Step Pairing ensures automatic connection to your mum’s device while a seamlessly concealed sensor in both the earbuds allows her to effortlessly answer calls or adjust music without reaching for the phone. The charging case provides a longer battery life on the go for the earphones.

Buckle Up with Burberry

BE 2251 3635.jpg AED935.jpg

Introducing The Buckle Eyewear Collection – the new collection of Burberry sunglasses and optical frames, detailed with a distinctive gold- tone buckle, inspired by design elements from our signature trench coat.

Featuring a distinctive gold-tone buckle, The Buckle Eyewear Collection is available in a colour palette that references the many shades and textures of The Patchwork by juxtaposing solid colours with different coloured tortoiseshells. The Collection features sunglasses in square, cat-eye and round shapes, with opticals in square and round, both with the distinct buckle as the focal point of design.

DIESEL FALL/WINTER 2017 MAIN COLLECTION

The raw energy of 90s alternative rock heads upstate this season for a camping trip with a difference.

“Fall Winter is about the energy of grunge in the forest at night time,” explains Diesel Artistic Director Nicola Formichetti. “The spirit of rock ’n’ roll is nocturnal and being surrounded by nature after dark can be a strange experience. A lot of crazy things can happen.”

Styled in a mismatched way, plastic raincoats are worn with silky dresses, whilst stripes and checks are clashed with polka dots and flower prints. The shiny and new is paired with the well-loved – and perfectly ‘destroyed’ denim.

Blue is the key colour for jeans. There are six new washes for men and eleven for women, from the premium Slow Indigo, crafted using artisan techniques to super soft JoggJeans.

Iconic striped grunge knits are transformed by incorporating lace, an element of the precious, whilst characteristic rock leathers, signature zips and knit beanies appear throughout the collection.

The feel of American vintage is present through trucker style, from shearling trimmed jackets to classic red-and-black plaid, alongside elements of uniform and utility.

Patches on classic military bombers, parkas and capes are taken from the Diesel archive, reworking codes of the past and paying tribute to Diesel heritage.

Slip-on style S-KBY footwear is lightweight, flexible and breathable, with a camo-knit upper in both men’s and women’s variations.

Iconic Lisa Corti

FEBABYNSGL_1.jpeg

Paloma bolster.jpeg

Lisa Corti designs things that she experiences and feels during her many trips around the world: the connection with India, which has been with her forever, her memories of Africa, but also her eastern fascination with China and Japan and her love for Milan and Italian Renaissance art, a passion she has always worn on her sleeve.

Her home collection Spring Summer 2017 is a nod to China, a vintage feel and timeless classicism in perfect Lisa Corti style. Floral and geometric designs create worlds built on stories of lands that are far away but instantly recognisable.

The colours are intense and remain vivid in the memory. They speak of Lisa Corti, but also capture the essence of contemporary style in her Home collection for spring summer 2017.

The new collection offers four new designs, in line with her best tradition, in a myriad of multi-coloured, ultra-fine textile solutions for the home, all hand-printed.

The Damask design has been a must in many collections: Lisa Corti has presented a new take on its faraway origins that date back to ancient China and reach as far as Italy in the sixteenth century, giving it a light feel by adding stylised flowers and endowing it with a chromatic contrast created between the lines and the background.

05_Lisa Corti_SS 2017.jpeg

For the new collection it goes back to its roots and in the design Chinese Spring, in the two versions Geranio and Mustard, it creates a trait d’union between East and West, between damask fabrics and velvety, multi-coloured silks.

The Camelia design is inspired by a water lily, decorated with spiral shapes that bring movement to the composition. Another flower, with a strong Oriental taste and a sacred symbol for Hinduism and Buddhism, is presented in Ninphea.

Geometric, a vintage print, kept in the brand’s archives up until now gets a new lease of life. The ethereal aquatic flower is set alongside a series of rhombuses that define the fields of colour.

Instead, the Acanto Escher design combines two drawings of the garment collection into one, causing fragile acanthus and geometric patterns inspired by contemporary graphics to interact in perfect harmony – in the best Lisa Corti tradition.

The best-selling pieces by the Milanese designer, including her mezzeri, mandalas, quilts, curtains and canvases, are joined by a new limited edition summer gudri, made of organza, which is lighter and cooler, a fine, shiny fabric ideal for the summer season. An even more prestigious double-faced version juxtaposes a plain edge with the floral print in the centre.

The new ideas for spring summer 2017 also include an accessory for the table. The Camelia design is back, printed on an American mat in masonite enhanced by a gold leaf applied by hand. The new Lisa Corti Spring Summer Home collection represents tradition and also a new style – one that is always timeless and iconic, as only Lisa Corti can be.

British Polo Day celebrates its 9th event in Dubai at the Al Habtoor Polo Club & Resort

Mr Ghazi Al Madani presenting the  plate to to the victorious Bentley Habtoor Polo Team at BPD Dubai- Sam  Churchill-17.jpeg

Friday 24th March 2017: British Polo Day, presented by RJI Capital, returned to Dubai for its 9th event. The British Polo Day 2017 Series was launched in style with Bear Grylls throwing the first ball of 2017, but British Polo Day began in Dubai in 2009, in partnership with Habtoor Polo. This was the first time that the event was held at the fabulous new St. Regis Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club. Some 450 guests and VIPs including Khalaf Al Habtoor, Mohammed Habtoor, Mr Ghazi Al Madani Paddy Meade, 8th Earl of Clanwilliam , and Randle Siddeley, 4th Baron Kenilworth came together to celebrate the best of UAE and British traditions.

The UK/UAE Year of Creative Collaboration was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and HRH The Prince of Wales in October 2016, with the aims of increasing the visibility of the UK in the UAE and vice versa in order to give greater focus, depth and contemporary relevance to the long-standing relationship between the two nations. The unique cultural programme has been initiated to strengthen existing relationships and broker new ones between people, institutions and businesses.

The British Polo Days in the UAE provide such a platform, with the best of British and the UAE on display, with Harrods, Bentley, Royal Salute and Hackett all supporting. There was also a chance to introduce the new British Polo Day global partner, Chelsea Barracks, the exceptional new neighborhood development incorporating 5 new garden squares in Belgravia, London, to the guests. Other new partners included VistaJet and YPI Luxury Yachts, further cementing the British Polo Day community.

The event kicked off with a Cavalry v Guards Camel Polo display, a sport that has its biggest annual showcase at British Polo Day. Next followed a bicycle polo demonstration, a sport played in the Olympics over 100 years ago, with players from the regiments of Cavalry and Guards competing in Bentley and St. Regis Dubai Polo Resort and Club Teams respectively for The Thesiger Trophy.

Mohammed Al Habtoor, Chairman of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club said: “It is wonderful to see British Polo Day here at our Polo resort and Club. I was very happy to take part in the forming of this event back in 2009 with my Habtoor Polo organization. I am always glad to see the British Polo Day team come back to Dubai and now I am especially honored to welcome them to our brand new and excellent facilities.

Mohammed Al Habtoor leading his  Bentley Habtoor team to victory at BPD Dubai- Sam Churchill-15.jpeg

At 3.15 pm, Stuart Wrigley captained the Oxbridge team, sponsored by Chelsea Barracks, against the Gulf team, sponsored by Vista Jet. RJI Gulf beat Chelsea Barracks with 8 ½ goals to 6.

British Polo Day Dubai’s official prize giving ceremony saw the winning teams collecting the bespoke-commissioned British Silverware British Polo Day trophies presented by Richard Oakes from Chelsea Barracks, James Houghton of British Silverware, and Mr Ghazi Al Madani. The agile Don Juan, ridden by Guillermo Cuitino, was named Jaeger-LeCoultre’s ‘Best Playing Pony’ by Marc de Panafieu, Brand Director for Middle East.

This completed the British Polo Day UAE events, and everyone is eagerly awaiting the 10th British Polo Day Dubai in 2018.

*British Polo Day Abu Dhabi took place on

Saturday 18th March at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club

The event is presented by RJI Capital, and partnered with Royal Salute, Harrods, Bentley, Chelsea Barracks, VistaJet, YPI Yachts, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Hackett London, Justerini & Brooks, Charles Russell Speechlys, Nyetimber, British Silverware, True Luxury Travel, InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Clinova, Taylor Morris Eyewear, DR Harris, Floris, Cassabo and Brompton.

 

Picturesque landscapes – New Zealand

shutterstock_325830038.jpg

New Zealand has to be one of my top five destinations not because it is on the way home for me when I travel back to Fiji Islands but the terrain truly is breathtaking. From spectacular glaciers, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hillsides, subtropical forests, volcanic plateaus to miles of coastline with beautiful sandy beaches.

New Zealand has two main islands, the North Island and the South Island and many smaller islands lie offshore. The country enjoys varied landscape and dramatic geographical features and is a popular location for tourists as well as the production of TV programmes and films, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy.

Maori Culture is an integral part of New Zealand society. Perhaps the most well known piece of Maori culture is the Haka, a Maori war dance that is performed at many important events, including before each All Blacks game of rugby. It is captivating and one of the things we look forward to during the Dubai Rugby 7s.

Like Fiji, Maori culture has roots in the Polynesian islands but Maori natives have their own particular style developed over centuries. Maori people still consider family and community to be paramount and aspects of this can be found in their art, music, dance and dress. Maori men and women are known to tattoo their faces and bodies with beautiful intricate patterns throughout history.

Nature has blessed New Zealand with some spectacular geothermal areas and relaxing hot springs, as well as providing electricity and heating in some areas. Rotorua is the centre of geothermal tourist activity, with plenty of mud pools, geysers, and hot springs in its active thermal areas–not to mention its trademark ‘Sulphur City’ smell.

First settled by Maori who used the hot springs for cooking and bathing, Rotorua soon attracted European residents. The reputed health benefits of its hot pools quickly earned the area the name of ‘Cureland’.

In addition to Rotorua, you can enjoy hot springs and other thermal activity in most regions of the North Island north of Turangi, as well as in Hanmer Springs and the West Coast in the South Island. The sandy beaches on the coast are perfect for swimming, surfing and sunbathing.

If you love nature, visit the Abel Tasman National Park to explore the most beautiful beaches, bays and lush forests NZ has to offer.  The Abel Tasman is quite like paradise and New Zealand’s only coastal national park. Enjoy long stretches of deserted golden beaches, turquoise clear waters with a fantastic variety of adventure activities.

For extreme adventure, adrenaline attractions are plenty in New Zealand. You can leap from an airplane for a sky diving experience, get dropped off by a helicopter on unique and rugged terrain and ski the slopes at a dizzying altitude, jump off a bridge or suspension pod attached only by a bungy cord to your ankles, or ride the Nelson Fly by Wire reaching speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour.

New Zealand’s Southern Alps have a number of glaciers, the largest being Tasman glacier, which you can view by taking a short walk from Mount Cook village. New Zealand’s most famous glaciers are the Franz Josef and Fox on the South Island’s west coast.

Health resorts and spas are ideal for spiritual retreats, rejuvenation, beauty treatments or as a getaway to improve your health and well being and New Zealand has plenty of these on both main islands.

If you are in Auckland, drive or take the ferry from Auckland City to historic Devonport, explore the naval caves at North Head, and admire the city view. Spend some time at Cheltenham or Devonport Beach. Browse through the boutique shops and cafes and visit the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, the official museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy.

If you have kids, they may enjoy the Kelly Tarltons SEALIFE Aquarium. An all-weather visitor attraction, you can see the world’s largest penguin colony, over 30 exhibits and more than 80 different marine species.

For a self-guided tour of Auckland City, visit the Aotea Square, which is used for a myriad of activities including festivals, parades and community events. Auckland’s newest waterfront neighbourhood Wynyard Quarter provides free activities for families in the weekends and school holidays as well.

Weather in New Zealand can change unexpectedly. As New Zealand observes daylight saving, during summer months daylight can last up until 9.30pm. Which can be a good thing, as you do need more hours in the day to explore the many attractions New Zealand has to offer.

 

EXTREME OFFSHORE POWERBOAT CATAMARAN TAKES THRILL SEEKERS ON RIDE OF THEIR LIFE AT DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

Dubai International Boat Show2.jpg

Two adventure thrill seekers had a once in a lifetime experience at the Dubai International Boat Show, riding along on board an extreme offshore powerboat catamaran which is capable of reaching speeds of up to 120mph.

Two more lucky winners will make wakes on Friday, with a hashtag-powered competition hosted by Dubai International Boat Show.

Karen Mclean, also known as the blogger Secret Squirrel, and Alex Jimenez took to the cockpit of the catamaran with Brett Luhrmann and Pål Virik Nelson, two of Team Australia’s top pilots.

Jimenez, known on Instagram as The Yacht Guy: “Of all the extreme things that I have done, this was one of the most exciting experiences of my life! It’s a two man operation, so I even got to drive a bit with the help of the pilot. We took the boat out on the water and got up to 114 mph!”

On Friday 3 March, two more winners of the Dubai International Boat Show’s Instagram competition will take a ride-along in the Team Australia Boat.

Winners landed their seat in the extreme boat by hashtagging their way using #dubaiboatshow and #extremeadventure on Instagram.

For more information on the competition please visit: http://www.boatshowdubai.com/x-cat

The 25th Dubai International Boat Show at Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi is open to trade visitors and the general public from 3pm – 9.30pm daily from Feb 28 to March 4, 2017. Tickets are available at the gates for AED 60.