Shoe Connoisseur


Zeina Zebian – Artist, Designer, and Creator

Zeina Zebian, Dubai based artist and designer has taken her love for shoes to another level by elevating her creativity and design experience into sculptural art pieces.

Zeina is a Lebanese who was born in Dubai and was brought up in the Emirates. Growing up, she spent many summers in Vienna, which influenced her artistic side by visiting many museums and old European Palaces. Traveling and exploring is one of her passions.

After completing one year of Fashion Design, Zeina graduated with a BA in Marketing and Advertising. In 1998, she was amongst the first graduating batch from the American University in Dubai. She then started a successful career in advertising with multinational companies and International agencies like Grey and BBDO/OMD as Senior Media Planner.

Zeina’s life was influenced by her dad, a successful businessman, as well as by her artistic mother. Design is in her blood as her great grandfather was a shoe designer working from his own atelier in Beirut. His wife was a hat designer and their daughter, Zeina’s grandmother, designed and handcrafted coats.

Zeina and her husband Tarek enjoy travelling and adventurous experiences, her favourite being bungee jumping and skydiving. They moved to New Zealand started a family there, becoming proud parents of Elisa and Aref.

Due to her mother’s illness, Zeina moved back to Dubai to be by her side. Over the years, she supported her mother through numerous challenges, accompanying her during extensive treatments in Germany, Beirut, and Dubai. The 14-year journey with her mum battling cancer influenced Zeina and contributed to her growth, mental and spiritual awareness.


Starting from 2000, Zeina continued her journey of spiritual awareness though learning many modalities, like Reiki, Breath work, and Access consciousness. Her favourite course was Self Revitalising, as it directed towards self-healing and discovery. She follows an alternative holistic approach and is a strong believer in Homeopathy and natural healing.

Throughout these years, Zeina felt that she neglected her artistic side and revisited her childhood dream of art and designing SHOES!!! Since the age of two, she mastered walking in her mom’s high heals, and that vivid memory kept on ‘haunting’ her.

Following her dream, Zeina signed up for few art courses, her favourite being Art Journaling and a Shoe Design Short course with London College of Fashion. It was the best gift she gave herself, awakening her creativity and artistic talents.

On joining a clay-scultpturing course, Zeina decided to handcraft art pieces in the form of shoes, inspired by different stages of her Journey and personal development. She created three sculptures from the heart:

Her First Sculpture, “Polarity” is inspired by Rene Magritte after visiting his museum in Brussels. Zeina is a big fan of surreal art and her piece reflected masculinity vs. femininity and white (purity) vs. Black. The shoe base is feminine and the heel was the pipe represents the Masculine. The piece was intentionally left unfinished, as this is an ongoing battle of our world! It also represents her experience as a woman and her experiential journey as a mother.

Zeina’s 2nd sculpture, “Grounding” is inspired by her beautiful Mother. The piece features leaves surrounding and hugging the feet to enhance unity and earthly connection. The colour of the leaves red, yellow and orange are inspired by autumn, which are also colours of the first 3 chakras or energy centres. The color gold is associated with higher ideals, wisdom, and enlightenment. It inspires knowledge, spirituality, and deep understanding of self. The OM sign is present inside the sculpture.

This piece represents Zeina’s experience of landing into real life, marriage, work, pregnancy, children, and facing fears. It is dedicated to her beautiful mother who taught her strength, endurance, courage, and love for life and family.

Zeina’s 3rd sculpture is “Hermes”, messenger of God in Greek religion and Mythology. He is considered a god of transitions and boundaries. The colours represent Greece and its blue sea and ancient gold. Hermes is always seen carrying a Caduceus, which is the staff entwined by two serpents and wearing Talaria, his winged sandals.

This sculpture represents Zeina’s journey of healing, forgiveness and harmony. The snakes represent the triggered fear felt by Zeina after an accident that killed her beloved dog. Bella, her pet chihuahua, received the deadly snakebite meant for Zeina. This act of loyalty and love, along with the triggered fear of snakes, led her into another soul-searching journey. The message of the sculpture is learning to accept loss, to understand death, and to move forward. The wings of the sculpture represent the liberating experience of her overcoming those fears, and finding forgiveness in her heart. She believes in the need to coexist in harmony and peace with animals.

Zeina is now pursuing her childhood dream, by merging her spiritual development with her creative entrepreneurship of shoe art. She is combining her love for art and design, into her sculptures and shoes. Her sculptures ideally serve as decorative art pieces and yet evoke new ideas for innovative shoe lines amongst creative designers. Zeina is contemplating and searching for the possibility of conceptualising her art into wearable statement shoes.


KAMAT SHIREEN launches Gifting packages for the festive season

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Inspired by the traditional local and international customs of gifting sweets and snacks on special occasions and the end of year festive season, KAMAT SHIREEN has on offer beautifully packaged delights for guests hosting parties to close 2016 or when visiting parties to see the end of year with friends and family.

Under the creative direction of Irfan Gaya, Managing Director of KAMAT SHIREEN, end of year gift boxes and baskets include sweets, savoury products, and can be customised as per customer requirements.

For customers with a sweet tooth, KAMAT Shireen offers ice cream, sweets such as Gulab Jamun, Mango Kalakand that melts in your mouth, colourful and extravagant Anarkali, Barfis, Katlis, Laddoos and Pedas.

Savoury snack connoisseurs will find a perfect mix of savoury, spicy, tangy and sweet, to create an array of delectable Namkeen, including Navratan Mixture and Khatta Meetha are bound to awaken your senses.

Kamat SHIREEN also offers gift vouchers that make excellent wedding gifts, corporate gifts and birthday presents. The brand also offers B2B business opportunities to restaurants, hotels and Cafes looking to incorporate traditional snacks, sweets and ice cream into their menus.

Gift boxes and hampers can be prepared between AED 75/- to AED 150/-.

Weill launches Spring/Summer 2017 collection

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French luxury brand Weill hosted a preview of its inspiring Spring/Summer 2017 collection in Emirates Towers, in the presence of International Manager and 5th generation family member Elie Weill and Creative Director Edward Achour.

A fusion of organic and fresh tones brings the collection to life this season. New and classic shapes are encased in crisp hues, exuding a refreshing feel which makes this offering cool, vibrant with chic flavors.

The classics with a twist and other unconventional accents… Original proportions, tried and tasteful combinations ranging between the chic and the casual, masculine and feminine, sporty and urban… With Weill, the formal adopts a cheerful attitude with highly contrasted alliances and luminous themes, a spruce Parisian style determined to interpret dress codes freely.

The Spring Summer collection represents Weill’s timeless craft combined with a modern muse, skillfully presented in an array of exquisite materials and colours to create an offering destined for longevity.

Paul Smith Announces opening of new store at Mall of the Emirates

CHT_6536_HI-RES.jpgUK based brand Paul Smith has announced the opening of its new space in the heart of the dynamic Fashion District at Mall of The Emirates, where consumers can now shop the latest in men’s fashion across the brand’s array of collections.

To celebrate the new Paul Smith shop opening, the top regional funk-rock band, Abri & Funk Radius, played tracks that have inspired Sir Paul in his creative process. The tracks were selected from Paul’s series of curated playlists for Apple Music.


Spanning over a total surface area of 140 square meters and sprawled across two curated rooms, the new shop houses men’s ready-to-wear, shoes, and accessories including key product lines such as A Suit To Travel In, seasonal dinosaur-print products and a wide range of suits, shirts and formal accessories.

Lovers of the brand can also shop the newly launched line ‘PS by Paul Smith’, a less formal take on the iconic British designer’s mainline collection, which features tailored sports jackets and polo shirts in a range of bold colors and unique prints. Embracing the label’s classic, laidback sensibility, PS by Paul Smith includes ready-to-wear, footwear, bags, and accessories, all finished with the new circular logo.

The Perfect Date


Bateel Dates are known in the region as being the best for personal consumption and as the perfect gift to take to friends and families. We met with Tina Memic, General Manager, Retail & Operations Bateel International to talk about the brands gourmet food business; their expansion plans for luxury Boutiques and her journey with Bateel

Our meeting was at Bateel Cafe on Beach Road, which has a full range of gourmet products with an extraordinary selection of gifts suitable for all occasions. From high-quality dates and premium chocolates, pralines and truffles, to other exclusive fine food products such as date biscuits, nuts and dressings – it certainly is an invitation to experience the exceptional.

Tina is a German national, living in the UAE for over 10 years. She gained professional experience in China, Europe and the MENA region among cultural diversification and change management roles, which today are her key strengths.

Renowned for inventing and cultivating the world’s only gourmet dates, Bateel, according to Tina is the ultimate indulgence. Tina is passionate about healthy food, is an advocate of an active lifestyle and is regarded as the “Date Specialist” of the region.

She is on a mission of education. “Most consumers are not aware of the health aspects of dates and that it is a power fruit of nature. I am on a mission to make the date, tomorrow’s Banana. Bringing ever new taste sensations to the consumer, making them experience new tastes and flavours and seeing their facial expressions while they taste something for the first time in their life is price less, ”states Tina.

Tina is part of the Bateel International and leading their retail and franchise operations worldwide for over 6 years. She is now seen as a figure head who gets involved with training and is hands on with every aspect of the business.


Empowerment for Tina is key for employee development and satisfaction. For her, staff members are often regarded as “exchangeable” into areas they best excel in and this has helped increase sales and customer satisfaction profoundly.

According to Tina, all Bateel products are free of any pesticides and all produced under fair conditions from suppliers honoring “fair trade” agreements. The brand remains fair to their staff as well and is one of few companies that do not ban staff.

There are now 600 employees and Tina maintains a open door policy and she gets involved in HR, Supply chain and Marketing roles. Tina mentions that Bateel will open in 20 new locations in the next 12 months mainly in GCC markets such as Saudi, UAE, three in Kuwait, three in Qatar in November as well as Oman, Bahrain and Jordan.

The brand is also in London and Tina is excited about shop openings in Geneva and Detroit. Taking the brand a step beyond gourmet products, Café Bateel now offers gourmet Mediterranean cuisine which is a worth checking out.

On Tina’s request, I tried some of the desserts and have been going back to the Cafe for a regular fix. It is not just about simple dates anymore with Bateel and I for one am glad that they have brought dates into our everyday cuisine as well.

SANDALYECI Furniture launches flagship showroom


SANDALYECI, leading Turkish furniture brand, has launched its new flagship showroom on Al Quoz / Umm Sequim junction opposite Mall of Emirates, a 4,400 sq feet interior destination-featuring brand’s collection of chairs, sofas, tables and accessories.

Established in 2001 in Turkey, SANDALYECI opened its regional headquarters in Dubai in 2014 to service private and corporate clients across GCC, Middle East and North Africa. A leader in hospitality interiors, SANDALYECI Middle East, has worked on major projects including restaurants, cafes and bars providing turnkey interior solutions.

A contemporary high-end furniture brand, SANDALYECI caters to those looking to create elegant space without giving up on comfort or durability. Affordable luxury furniture combines the best of modern design and fabrics with unique styles to create perfect balance.

‘Jeans for Refugees’ celebrity collection

Jeans For Refugees By Johny Dar Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2017The online auction house for extraordinary things, Catawiki announced [Johny Dar’s] highly anticipated ‘Jeans for Refugees’ celebrity collection is now officially open for bids. UAE residents can now bid for these jeans along with people across the globe.

‘Jeans for Refugees’ is a global artistic collaboration dedicated to helping refugees all around the world. The project is the brainchild of iconic fashion designer and artist Johny Dar, [and] involves 100 celebrities who have achieved worldwide recognition in fashion, film, music and the arts.

Each individual has donated a pair of their jeans which [has] been painted and given various artistic treatments by Dar. From Hollywood A-listers Ryan Gosling and Sharon Stone to Britain’s very own Sir Elton John and Victoria Beckham, these celebrities and Dar have joined forces to create this unique initiative. With all proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the project will help fund the IRC’s initiatives which help millions of refugees worldwide on a daily basis.

Bidding has started with 15 initial pairs available from Sharon Stone, Anna Wintour, P!nk, Elle McPherson, Emma Watson, Lily Allen, Eva Longoria, Heather Graham, Kate Moss, Joan Smalls, Sofia Coppola, Rachel McAdams, Zoe Saldana, Tal and Jessica Hart.

Clive Christian Launches Modern ‘Twists’ on its Classic Perfumes


Clive Christian, the British luxury perfume brand, has reimagined some of its most popular fragrances in a new pair of limited edition luxury perfumes.

Each Clive Christian Limited Edition Original Collection Twist [‘Twist’] is a uniquely modern fragrance that enhances and celebrates a single ingredient in each one of the Clive Christian X Original Collection perfumes

The playful Twists retain the quality, complexity and depth of all Clive Christian perfumes while presenting a distinctively modern collection created for loyal fans of the brand and connoisseurs of luxury perfumery alike.

The Limited Edition perfumes have been launched in exclusive partnership with Paris Gallery one of the world’s most prestigious luxury shopping locations, and are limited to 1000 bottles of each of the Narcissus and Saffron X Twists.

Tamleek Real Estate Co. Ranked No. 1 Investment Advisory and Brokerage Company in the Arab World 

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Tamleek Real Estate Co. is proud and honoured to receive the highest award for being the Arab World’s No. 1 Investment Advisory and Brokerage Company from Forbes Middle East in a recent gala event that brought together the real estate sector’s biggest developers, companies and International property consultants.

Dr. Brian Etemad Esq. CEO, Tamleek Real Estate Co. said, “Receiving the highest recognition in the industry is a reflection of our commitment to provide tailor made quality services to our valued clients and assist them in achieving greater levels of success. We are delighted to be recognised as the No.1 entity in our field, especially as we were benchmarked against established agencies and peers in the Real Estate sector.”

“We dedicate this award to our clients and our team as we believe each member of the Tamleek Real Estate family adds value when servicing our clients according to our organisation’s quality standards,” added Dr. Brian.

The team at Tamleek Real Estate Co. excels in marketing Dubai as one of the top global cities with high infrastructure investment, excellent connectivity and profitable prospects in the real estate market. The award from Forbes Middle East offers an incentive to continue the journey of excellence in optimizing the current portfolio of projects at Tamleek Real Estate Co.

Tamleek Real Estate Co. success lies in highlighting Dubai both a financial hub for investors and a safe heaven for all to invest and reside in as this great Emirate under the visionary leadership of His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum personifies an ideal place for all to enjoy! The firm will be marketing commercial, residential and hospitality projects at Cityscape with their clients, highlighting UAE as the best place to invest in for a place to live and to enjoy a good quality of life.

Dr. Brian Etemad Esq. adds, “The real estate market in the UAE continues to be robust and particularly positive amongst our hospitality clients as we see Dubai International Airport maintaining its position as the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic, up 12% year-on-year.”

The UAE leads globally for Government prioritization of the travel and tourism industry and Tamleek Real Estate Co. projects the company’s hospitality client portfolio to increase substantially in the Q4 of 2016 and Q1 of 2017.

Tamleek Real Estate Co. is the exclusive entity selling the Residential Collection of the unique Al Habtoor City Development and were recently appointed by the Kempinski group to Exclusively sell their exclusive building located at Business Bay and also was granted Exclusivity by Manazil Global Property Development to be its exclusive sales representative in the UAE for the Adagio Hotel Apartments in Dubai Jumeirah Village Triangle.

Tamleek Real Estate Co. appointed exclusive sales representative for the Adagio Hotel Apartments


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Manazil Global Property Development, the Dubai based real estate developer, has announced the signing of exclusive partnership with Tamleek Real Estate Co. to be its exclusive sales representative in the UAE for the Adagio Hotel Apartments in Dubai Jumeirah Village Triangle.

Engineer Abdul Mohsen Al Hammadi, CEO Manazil Group, developer and owner of the Hotel announced, “We are pleased to partner with Tamleek on this exciting project, which is part of a new trio-cluster of properties located at the Jumeirah Village Triangle (JVT) bringing together a 164-room Majlis Grand Mercure, a 330-room Mercure, a 336-room Adagio and 110 furnished and serviced apartments. These hotels will tap into the evolution of the previously residential-focused community of JVT, which is witnessing the development of important corporate, leisure and MICE segment, in addition to the economic and growth in tourism with the expected increase of visitor numbers to exceed 20 million following the Expo 2020.”

Al Hammadi added:” Adagio Hotel apartment is located in proximity to new attractions such as Al Khail Avenue and JVC Mall, with the hotel site being easily accessible from both Al Khail Road and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. The hotel is planned to open in 2019 and attract both families and corporate travelers, offering guests a unique water themed play area, a vast retail space, and multiple food and beverage outlets in addition to extensive meetings facilities, health clubs, spas and infinity swimming pools.

Dr Brian Etemad Esq. CEO, Tamleek Real Estate Co. said: “Adagio Hotel Apartments offers promising and rewarding investment opportunities in Dubai’s hotel sector. The development, operated by AccorHotels, the largest hotel operator in the world, will benefit from its strong global network in over 94 countries. Hence, we expect high occupancy rates and competitive prices for the rooms, resulting in better financial returns for the investors. Our team, being experts in UAE property advisory are looking forward to introducing Agadio Hotel Apartments with its unique selling points to clients.”

Commenting on the investment opportunity that Adagio represents, Engineer Abdul Mohsen Al Hammadi, said: “Manazil Global Property Development presents a new and innovative concept in real estate investment through Hotel Room Investment where the investor is able stay in the room during holidays while the unused days for the rest of the year can be used for rental gains leading to guaranteed financial return of investment.”

Terhab will supervise the performance of the hotel Management Company, financial planning, and administrative and legal operations for these hotel assets for an effortless Investment for the clients.

Al Hammadi added: “We have carefully selected the most successful Hotel Operator worldwide. We are also confident that with AccorHotels global network of more than 4,000 hotels in 94 countries and their recognized management experience, Adagio will reward investors with the highest return on investment.”