Soundcore by Anker introduces ambient light-enhanced Bluetooth speakers

Revolutionary audio experience enhanced with intensified bass and ambient beat driven lights

Soundcore by Anker introduces the Flare Series of audio products to the region in the form of ambient light-enhanced Bluetooth speakers that bring life to the rhythm accompanied with a synchronized brilliant light show.

Thoughtfully engineered, Flare’s custom, dual full-range speakers deliver room-filling 360-degree sound, perfect for party lovers. It features Soundcore’s proprietary BassUp™ technology, allowing music to blast with solid lows at any volume.

To provide true left-right stereo sound to any room, two Flares can be paired for enhanced music plus the Boost Mode doubles the volume sound without distortion and amp-up any get-together.

For user convenience, the ambient LED ring can be controlled through the Soundcore app, which includes multiple preset options. And to ensure the music stays with you all day long, Anker’s world-class charging technology in Flare features 12-hours of wireless playback.

To enjoy music on the go and true portability, the compact and resilient Flare’s unique cloth-covered, spherical design provides visual accent while the LED light ring at the bottom highlights its minimalist design.

For party and adventure enthusiasts who like music on all occasions whether they are by the beach, camping by the wadi or at a party by the pool, Flare Series is rated at IPX7 waterproof, which makes pool parties, beach games and boating trips much more entertaining.

In keeping with Flare’s design and versatility, the speakers come in four color options: red, black, blue and gray to suit all tastes and available in major retail stores in the Middle East.

New bus service for Mushrif mall eases commute for local residents

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Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, Mushrif Mall, in collaboration with Department of Transport (DoT) represented by the Integrated Transport Center (ITC) in Abu Dhabi announced the implementation of a free bus service to and from nearby areas in a bid to reduce traffic congestion and enhance community comfort and happiness.

As part of a community outreach campaign on sustainability, the initiative is inspired to improve the quality of services for public transport by adopting a focused, integrated and sustainable infrastructure set up by the Mushrif Mall and endorsed by DoT and its commitment to champion innovative solutions in eco transport around Abu Dhabi.

Mohammed bin Hamad Al Muhairi, Executive Director of Public Transport Sector at the ITC, reiterated the positive benefits of the initiative and said “We are delighted with the sustainable integrated transport offer provided by Mushrif Mall as it such cooperation between the private and public sectors fulfills the sustainable economic growth demands in Abu Dhabi, reduces the negative impact resulted from carbon emissions from large number of cars on the road and hence improves quality of life.”

Al Muhairi added that the new bus service launched in Mushrif Mall aims to decrease the traffic congestion in the areas around the shopping mall. The service will include three routes in its first phase and will operate within 10km in the surrounding area. The Bus Transport Team from the ITC worked closely with Mushrif Mall team to identify the routes and bus stops needed to meet the public demand. He added that this service is expected to attract many of the residents in the neighboring area.

Yusuffali M. A, Chairman and Managing Director of LuLu Group said, “The free and comfortable bus service to Mushrif Mall is a campaign that outreaches to the community and takes an initial step to promote sustainable and eco friendly living in Abu Dhabi. We hope that the popularity of the service will prompt other malls to implement similar green initiatives.”

In addition to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with DoT and the flag off of the bus service at the launch, the mall also unveiled the route map of the buses at the entrance of the mall forcustomer ease and convenience.

The free community bus service will be operated from Mushrif Mall and cover the catchment of the surrounding area as well asevaluate the customers’ feedback and satisfaction to improve the bus service further.

The bus service is a CSR initiative of Mushrif Mall offering alternative and innovative solutions to reduce traffic congestion in the nearby communities.

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

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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.

Why Turkey is a must visit

Natasha Dury

We absolutely love everything about Turkey and mum flies Turkish Airlines a lot to discover their new destinations in other parts of the world. From amazing shopping in places like Grand Bazaar, boating on the Bosphorous, the most amazing fresh cuisine to art and culture heritage sites…Turkey has it all.

Some pictures below give you an idea what you will see in Turkey.

 

Buckle Up with Burberry

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

 

The St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club to Host British Polo Day

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The recently-opened St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club will play host to British Polo Day on Friday 24 March 2017. The hotel, which has just opened will welcome 500+ polo enthusiasts at the event.

The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, located in the heart of Dubailand is a luxury lifestyle destination which is devoted to equine sports. There are stables for more than 500 horses, a veterinary clinic, a polo club and academy, and a riding school offering multiples disciplines including polo, dressage, show jumping and traditional horseback riding.

The centerpiece of the resort is the five-star St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, an Andalusian-style hotel, comprising of 151 guest rooms including 30 suites and 25 St. Regis branded villas. The hotel features an exquisite range of culinary experiences inspired by global themes and influences. There are a range of indoor and al fresco dining options including Andalucia – offering flavours of the Mediterranean, The Grill Pit steakhouse, Taperia – a Tapas bar and restaurant overlooking the polo fields, St. Regis Polo Bar – a sports bar, Equestrian Lounge and the soon-to-open Oasis pool side restaurant.

The hotel marks the legendary brand’s first ever equestrian-inspired resort worldwide – reinforcing Dubai’s standing within the global polo circuit and the St. Regis’s rich polo history, which dates back to the Astor period. The St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club is ideally placed within close proximity to Dubai’s main touristic attractions. The resort is designed around four international-standard polo fields.

This weekend also marks an exclusive invitation to the resorts neighbours to a Neighbourhood Cocktail & Canapé Event on Thursday 23 March 2017. Nearby residents will get the chance to view the facilities and experience the St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club’s bespoke hospitality while enjoying the Sport of Kings.

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Founding Chairman, Al Habtoor Group – the developer of luxury lifestyle destinations in Dubai, said, “We welcome the local community with open arms. This event will give them the opportunity to experience our latest luxury development in Dubai. The resort exudes relaxation and elegance, while at the same time it showcases some of the world’s best polo.”

The Neighbourhood Cocktail & Canapé Event will take place on Thursday 22 March 2017 from 4:40-7pm.

Residents from nearby communities should RSVP to:

Tel: (04) 435 4414

Email: joanne.madriaga@stregis.com