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The Intriguing Charm of Abu Dhabi

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The Intriguing Charm of Abu Dhabi

Fusing breath-taking skyscrapers, cosmopolitan scenes and luxury shopping, Abu Dhabi has an air of grandeur. Like many major cities around the world, this stunning location offers you an array of exquisite attractions, whether you’re searching for tranquillity, excitement, or elegance. If you’re planning your next escapade or have a layover, relish the opportunity to explore one of the most decadent places on earth and consider visiting these Abu Dhabi landmarks.

Things to do

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, adorned with marble, semi-precious stones and chandeliers could easily be the eighth wonder of the world. Holding space for 40,000 people, the mosque offers self-guided walks alongside free tours in both English and Arabic. The dress code is Arabic dress or you can loan an abaya on entrance. This magical experience is even more beautiful at night.

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Yas Island

For thrill-seekers, look no further than Yas Island. This exhilarating, adventure land promises attractions that you’ll find nowhere else in the city. Live concerts, formula 1 racing and the world’s largest waterpark are some of the key attractions to visit. Alternatively, head to a haven of serenity with a spa day or dine in one of the 90 restaurants. The stunning beaches and sensational hotels like the Yas Viceroy make the island an idyllic setting for a vacation.

The Galleria Mall

Located on Al Maryah Island, The Galleria is undoubtedly the home of luxury shopping in Abu Dhabi. Featuring the crème de la crème in designer fashion, brands like Balenciaga, Dior, Gucci, and Lanvin are just a handful of notable names occupying the mall. Grab a coffee at Magnolia Bakery as you explore the finest in retail, or partake in a dining experience at Rosewood or Cafe Milano located inside of the four Seasons Hotel next door.

 

Art & Galleries

Art is a popular pastime in Dubai so the N2N Gallery is the perfect place to visit. Combining art collections from Abu Dhabi and Europe, the gallery showcases over 170 pieces from 13 artists. As well as viewing sculptures, contemporary art, and paintings, N2N also offers art classes, providing a pleasant opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the local art scene.
And The Louvre Abu Dhabi, opening in 2017 is a universal museum in the Arab world. It’s  intended to be a place of discovery, exchange and education.

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Where to stay

The Emirates Palace

A regal, seven-star hotel, the Emirates Palace is set in 85 hectares of lush greenery and is the world’s most expensive hotel. Decorated in marble, silver, and gold with Swarovski crystal chandeliers, the 200 fountains, 114 domes and 2000 staff members make this hotel one of the grandest locations in the city. The world-class caviar bar (all though I don’t like caviar) serves a traditional caviar menu with champagne, set against a backdrop of live music, while each room boasts 24-hour butler service, iPad mini, and wi-fi of course. Experience fine dining at one of the 14 restaurants, or relax in the spa and swimming pool.

 

What to wear

The culture of Abu Dhabi is rooted in Arabic traditions. While nationals of UAE wear traditional dress, visitors are welcome to wear liberal clothing. However, any short or tight clothes may be deemed unwelcome so dress appropriately and respectful.

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Dior’s new Home Collection

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Dior’s new Home Collection

A large number of people are aware of the Christian Dior the brand, but few have any idea about the man who gave his name to one of the leading fashion houses.
Christian Dior was a French designer, who founded the world renowned fashion brand Christian Dior in 1946. Although, he died in 1957, his legacy as a designer and artist is alive even though more than half a century has passed since his death.

Christian Dior has had a lifelong passion for arts and during his youth he used to sell paintings of the likes of Pablo Picasso and his own sketches. Over the years he was also associated with other leading designers of the 20th century such as Robert Piguet and Pierre Balmain.

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Christian Dior was passionate about arts, fashion and design. His talents as a gifted artist were visible since his schooldays. He shared a special love for nature and is reported as saying that

“After women, flowers are the most loving thing god has given to the world”.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Christian Dior shared a lifelong fashion for arts and in his free time he was often seen decorating his Paris apartment, paying minute attention to every aspect of the house, curating his gilded chandelier, medallion chairs. During his stay at his country houses, he even tended to care for flowers in his gardens as his love for flowers and nature is also cited as a reason by many for his success in fashion and design.

“Living in a house that doesn’t reflect who you are is askin to wearing someone else’s clothes.”

This quote explains his passion and love for interior design which was an emerging field in post war Europe. This desire to design their own houses was also present in many other artists of Avant Garde and Modernist era, although few were as successful as Christian Dior.

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Dior’s New Home Deco Collection
Dior’s New Home Deco Collection can be considered as the best tribute to its founder as it contains many elements modelled after Christian Dior’s belongings and have a feel of minimalist and natural design. Indeed, Dior’s newly opened 4 story store in London has been modelled after a conservatory, using greenery and light. Few know that Christian Dior himself preferred a natural way of life and the new store in a sense resembles a tribute to his love for flowers and greenery.

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Guest Writer Hamza K.

 

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Five Reasons To Visit Lisbon – Portugal

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Five Reasons To Visit Lisbon

The capital of Portugal, Lisbon (Lisboa in the local language), is a great place to visit for lovers of art, fashion, food, architecture and sport. So, aside from its warm climate, why is it such a wonderful city?

 

A wealth of art galleries

Lisbon is home to a number of world-class art galleries.

Paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet, Van Dyck and Renoir are all on display at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum; while works by Romney and Gainsborough form part of the superb private art collection at the Medeiros e Almeida Museum.

The city also has a number of acclaimed contemporary galleries, such as the Museu Coleção Berardo (which has over 900 works) and the Centro de Arte Moderna.

For something more quirky, why not visit the Coaches Museum, and see the magnificent vehicles in which Europe’s artisans travelled in years gone by.

 

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A fashionista’s dream

Lisbon is not one of Europe’s most expensive cities, so you may find that you can buy designer clothing relatively cheaply. The Avenida da Liberdade in the upmarket Chiado district is perhaps the nearest equivalent to London’s Bond Street. Here you can buy items by Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry Prorsum, Chanel, Gucci, Armani, Versace and Prada.

When you’ve finished shopping, pay a visit to MUDE – the Design and Fashion Museum, which displays items from some 230 designers.

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Foodies will not be left hungry

The Chiado area of the city is home to Belcanto, where the skills of head chef José Avillez have been rewarded with a Michelin star.

Eleven (also the recipient of a Michelin star), Largo, Tavares and 100 Maneiras all serve top quality Portugese and Mediterranean food; Doca Peixe is the go-to dining destination for seafood lovers; while superb French cuisine is on offer at Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho. If you want to sample Brazillian cuisine, then try Estrela da Bica.

 

The architecture is remarkable and hugely varied

Lisbon has everything from the 16th century Jeronimos Monastery to the glass tower blocks of the modern Parque das Nacoes area.

The Basílica da Estrela, the Igreja de São Domingos and the Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora are also fine religious buildings.

Many of the city’s railway stations are especially fine buildings, so if you find yourself catching a train from Gare do Oriente Station or Baixa-Chiado Metro Station, then allow extra time to look around.

Guiding Architects offer bespoke English language tours of the city’s architectural gems.

 

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See the Euro champions play

On July 10 2016, Portugal won the Euro 2016 football tournament. You can watch the newly crowned champions of Europe in home international matches on November 13 2016 and March 25, August 31 and October 10 2017, although it has not yet been confirmed whether all of these matches will be played in Lisbon.

Cristiano Ronaldo, possibly the greatest player of the modern era, captains Portugal.

Lisbon is home to two famous football clubs: Benfica and Sporting. These teams have regular home matches during the football season. Of the victorious Euro 2016 squad, Eliseu plays for Benfica; and Rui Patricio, William Carvalho, Adrien Silva and Joao Mário all play for Sporting.

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Princess Ezurin Khyra’s Fashion Diary

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Welcome to a sneak peak into the world of the lovely Princess Ezurin Khyra’s Fashion Diary. 
Malaysian Royalty, Kind & Sweet A Gorgeous Style Council, A Mother & ‘Our Society’s Fashion Darling’, quote by Prestige Malaysia.

You will love her Fashiondiary … Follow her Instagram @ezurinkhyra and travel the globe with her fashion inspiration and love for design and colors.

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Q: Datin Ezurin, what is your favorite city right now?

  •  LONDON

 

Q: Your Make Up is always flawless…   what’s your Lipstick of choice?

  • LIPFUSION

 

Q: #Currentmood for favorite food?
       

  • JAPANESE

 

Q: Your favorite Fashion Designer of the hour?

  • STELLA MCCARTNEY 

 

Q: And your favorite flowers are?

 

Collage from @ezurinkhyra’s Instagram

 

 

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