- Dubai based Jamal Alsharkas is announced as the winner of the second Audi Innovation Award for his design ‘EZ Move’.
- Second place winner is Benjamin Piper for ‘iLuminating Space’ and Ricardas Blazukas from Kuwait achieved third place for his design ‘Monumental Shadow’.
- The theme for the third Audi Innovation Award will be announced on wwww.audiinnovationaward.com in January 2018.
Over 180 registrations from throughout the Middle East and Levant regions were received for the second Audi Innovation Award. A respected panel of designers, architects, professors and experts from throughout the region judged the 2017 theme ‘Autonomy’ to select the top three submissions. At Design Week Dubai, Jamal Asharkas was victorious for his ‘EZ Move’ innovation and is rewarded with $25,000 worth of consultancy to protect and develop his design. In addition, his award includes a visit to the Audi factory in Germany to meet with the company’s automotive designers. Second and third places were won by Dubai based Benjamin Piper and Ricardas Blazukas, from Kuwait with ‘iLuminating Space’ and ‘Monumental Shadow’ design projects .
For the 2017 Audi Innovation Award, the theme ‘Autonomy’ is inspired by the leadership that Audi has in the field of autonomous driving. The challenge for designers who took part in the competition, was to explore design solutions that are capable of regulating themselves in response to changing environmental circumstances and different user requirements, with minimal human intervention.
Commenting on the theme for 2017, Enrico Atanasio, Brand Director of Audi Middle East said “With everything we do, we strive to improve the daily life of our customers: Giving back to them the most valuable thing in these days: time – we call this the 25th hour. Keeping our customers connected to the world and surprising them with sustainable solutions and unique experiences. It has been fascinating to see how the designers would interpret the theme of Autonomy into self-sustaining innovative ideas, and we congratulate Jamal for ‘EZ Move’ as a product that could change people lives in the future, giving them the freedom to move around cities.
‘EZ Move’ is the first innovation of its kind to give those with mobility challenges and visually impaired people, the freedom of movement, freedom of choice and the dignity of being in control of their own destination.
On receiving the trophy, a thrilled Jamal Asharkas enthused “My idea for ‘EZ Move’ came from an injury I experienced in 2016 and the doctor advised me to keep active but the difficult part was depending on others for assistance. It was from here I thought it is necessary to design a product that can give personal freedom. My product also has the potential to explore different applications, such as, visual impairment, navigation for tourism, physical injury and personal training. The Audi Innovation Award has given me a fantastic opportunity to showcase my idea. For me, it could help a lot of people and Audi Middle East are supporting me to reach that achievement.”
The winner of the first Audi Innovation Award was Jordanian designer Sahar Madanat, who perfectly demonstrated the 2016 theme ‘Alternative’ by interpreting a seemingly resolved everyday object and redefining it for a new use. Her innovative multifunctional tableware set enables one-handed users to cut food and navigate between courses while concealing the limitations imposed by their disability. She is now in the process of finding a partner to commercialize the product in both local and international markets.
William Knight, Managing Director and Head of Design of Art Dubai Group said “We were very excited to see what the second year of the Audi Innovation Award would bring in terms of talented creativity in the region and showcasing the shortlisted projects to Dubai Design Week audiences. Audi has always represented progressiveness and stylish design so this award perfectly expresses our partnership. It is fantastic to see how successful the award is becoming in inspiring a new generation of designers.”
The three shortlisted candidates were each awarded up to $2,500 towards the presentation of their concept model at Dubai Design Week and the prizes for the overall winner of the Audi Innovation Award include a trophy and a trip to the Audi factory in Ingolstadt, Germany to experience the automotive design journey at Audi headquarters. In addition to this, Audi Middle East awards $25,000 worth of consultancy to cover items such as IP registration, legal counselling and business development.
The third Audi Innovation award will be announced on the website http://www.audiinnovationaward.com in January 2018.
- Thursday, 30 November – free admission
- Friday, 1 December – in advance AED300, on the day AED400
- Saturday, 2 December – in advance AED300, on the day AED400
- Season Tickets (Friday and Saturday) – in advance AED500, on the day AED600
- Children under 12 admitted free
- Special Reserved Seating and Corporate Hospitality packages are available – please visit: www.dubairugby7s.com
- Emirates Skywards Members can redeem tickets for the event using their Miles; members should visit the Sports and Culture section of Skywards at www.emirates.com to avail this offer
If you browse health related websites and social media pages on a regular basis – chances are, you have stumbled upon a post or two about the rise of Veganism. While some might argue that celebrities like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Olivia Wilde might have influenced this generation to adopt Veganism just like fashion and beauty trends – many individuals pursue Veganism to claim the benefits that come with this healthy lifestyle, to stand against animal cruelty around the world and guarantee a sustainable source of food.
This plant-based diet has been proven to boost energy, provide younger looking skin and reduce the chances of life threatening issues like heart diseases, obesity, diabetes and cancer. Luckily, vegan food options have become increasingly accessible at restaurants, supermarkets and food outlets – providing nothing but healthy alternatives to animal products.
ENCAS offers a wide range of gourmet and vegan friendly products prepared from all natural ingredients without compromising on the taste. The Carré raw bites are made of a biscuit base, delicious fillings and a chocolate top. The bites are free from gluten, dairy, grains, preservatives and refined sugar, and the preparation method is limited to preserve the nutritional value and quality of ingredients.
The Carrés are available in four different flavour variants and three different sizes. The sophisticated Carré boxes were named after major cities around the world to give the sweet escape that one deserves at any time of the day. The New York-New York!. Beautiful Istanbul, Stop to Zanzibar and Magical Bali include 4 mini bites with various flavours to match all tastes. While the Dubai With Love box includes an assortment of 12 or 36 mini Carrés. Not to mention the new range of delicious spreads, ideal for adding that sweet indulgence to your yogurt/oatmeal based breakfast or to your mid- afternoon snack.
LuLu offers an ultra-modern shopping ambience by integrating all conceivable needs of the consumers under one roof. Firmly following the tagline “LuLu, where the world comes to shop”, the Group has always tried to be a one stop shop for the multi-ethnic community of the region with an international mix of products as well as staff of different nationalities. The 700,000+ shoppers who patronize LuLu daily are the true testament to the popularity of the LuLu brand.
In February 2017 Deloitte in Annual Global Retailers Report has ranked LuLu Group as the top retailer in the Middle East and 27th among the top 50 fastest growing retailers in the world. Currently, LuLu Group is operating 136 stores across UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Indonesia and Malaysia, with more new stores coming up.
Products are sourced from 21 countries including UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Brazil, apart from local sources. LuLu Central Logistics is a fully integrated logistics and warehouse management unit of LuLu. In UAE, LCL has more than 2.4 million sq. feet warehouse space to serve the needs of UAE residents.
Some quick facts about LCL (DIP) unit are:
• 24 hour & 7 days a week operation.
• The whole Logistics chain is integrated & paperless – receiving, storing reorder from store, picking & loading, dispatch to store, receiving at the store.
• 1st in Middle East to start “voice picking”
• 200+ trailer trucks deliver goods into LCL (DIP) each day.
• 12 containers of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables are received each day.
• 8000+ different skus are delivered each day into LCL (DIP)
• 45,000 skus are stocked at any given point in time
• 350 truck-trips each day between the LCL (DIP) & stores in UAE
• Each day, about 15,000 skus are sent to the stores
• All LCL trucks are temperature controlled and fitted with GPS to enable quick, safe transport to the stores
• The LCL (DIP) also has food repacking and central kitchen for UAE
- o 2.5 tons assorted sweets produced and sent to stores each day
- o 400 varieties of items are made in the central kitchen
- o 100 chefs from 8 countries to cater to the needs of LuLu’s diverse customers
- o Free from cookies, sweets also made here.
- o 7 tons of rice is sent to the stores each day
- o 3 tons of pulse is sent to the stores each day
“Accept only perfection, only manufacture watches of the highest quality”. More than just a motto, this is a philosophy embedded in the DNA of Baume & Mercier since 1830. Profoundly attached to the Swiss Made label, the Maison produces all its watches in the Swiss Jura and adopts a deliberate historical approach – known as “établissage” – that has shaped its success. In contemporary language, this term refers to in-house mastery of the key stages of watch development, assembly, quality control and maintenance, and calls upon the finest watch specialists to produce its components. A pledge of quality, reliability and performance – and all at the fairest price. Close-up and personal with Baume & Mercier.
As one of the oldest Swiss watch Maisons, Baume & Mercier has been shining in the watch industry firmament for almost two centuries. Such longevity commands respect and the inevitable question comes to mind: what is the recipe behind this success? The key ingredient is undoubtedly expertise, continuously distilled with authentic passion. This perpetually enriched heritage features two other essential elements: rigorous discipline and carefully controlled movements. All enhanced with a timeless flavor.
B for Baume
The story begins in the mid-19th century in the Swiss Jura, with the creation of a family firm that developed rapidly. The two siblings Louis-Victor and Joseph-Célestin found themselves at the head of “Baume Frères” and set up a subsidiary company in London, before extending their watchmaking reach to encompass the entire British Empire. Their combined assets – notably commercial flair and rigorous industrial standards – helped spread the brand’s reputation across borders. Known for its classical watches, chronographs and grand complication models, it won a number of international prizes, particularly for the precision of its models. In the early 1920s, William Baume, representing the third generation of the watchmaking dynasty, associated with Paul Mercier in founding “Baume & Mercier” in Geneva, where the brand has its current headquarters. In this temple of luxury watchmaking, the Maison became one of the most active firms in the realm of wristwatches. Expressed through a blend of horological mastery and timeless elegance, the founders’ vision has lived on through a dedication to making high-quality watches incorporating the latest technological advances.
Epitomizing the very best
In almost 200 years, the watchword of the Baumes brothers has been scrupulously upheld and applied. One might almost imagine it echoing through the corridors of the Maison. This imperative demand for quality, matched by the fairest possible cost, is based on an historical artisan-style production method: établissage. The term carries echoes of the past, just as it should do! In the 19th century when the Baume family opened a watch dealership in the Swiss Jura, its watches were assembled from components made by specialized artisans, each dedicated to a specific part of the watch. Based on the établissage mode of operation, the Maison Baume handled the making of the finished product, and its subsequent sale. Much later, at the dawn of the 21st century, Baume & Mercier returned to its roots and set up its Ateliers Horlogers in Les Brenets, a village of its native Jura. Adopting a meticulously careful approach based on manual craftsmanship, the Maison thus revived the “Frères Baume” approach while incorporating all the assets of modern times. The “établissage 2.0” concept at Baume & Mercier – an original artisanal method applied to the modern era – is notably designed by in-house control of each stage involved in creating a watch: design, development, assembly and quality control. It also implies drawing on the know-how of the finest specialists when it comes to component production. The core of this organizational mode consists in scrupulous attention devoted to every detail, along with the patience and dexterity of passionately dedicated watchmakers with a sure, deft touch.
Swiss made, for ever and ever
Ever since its origins, Baume & Mercier has made its watches in Switzerland. In the course of its history, the quality, innovation and precision of its creations have earned it numerous distinctions, of which some have been patented. These stringent standards were rewarded in the 1920s by the “Poinçon de Genève” quality hallmark, the highest certification of watchmaking craftsmanship. The demand for quality, a full-fledged corporate philosophy at Baume & Mercier, has been a constant characteristic right from the beginning. A fervent ambassador of the ‘Swiss made’ label, the Maison designs and develops its movements in its own design studio inside its Geneva headquarters. All of them are subsequently assembled and tested in its Ateliers Horlogers in Les Brenets, in the Swiss Jura. These light-filled, perfectly equipped workshops also handle after-sales service and restoration of vintage models.
A perfectly balanced identity
In the 1960s, Baume & Mercier adopted the Greek letter “Phi” as its visual identity. Now the brand logo, this “golden number” symbolizes finely balanced proportions. It lays the foundations of the archetypal aesthetic – the traditional round watch – as well as the ‘affordable luxury’ status of Baume & Mercier. Through its collections, the Maison offers both classically understated watches as well as chronographs with various useful functions. Women’s models enjoy a special place within this sphere of quality watchmaking at an affordable price. This close attention to their needs and wishes goes back a long way: in 1869, one of the Baume brothers gave his daughter a gold pocket watch; and between 1920 and 1940, the brand offered a number of modern and inventive feminine models, some of which are now legends. Today, two lines are exclusively dedicated to them: Promesse and Linea.
C for classic, and more besides…
Firmly rooted in the Baume & Mercier values, a mixed approach appealing to both men and women also characterizes the brand’s two flagship collections: Classima and Clifton. As its name implies, Classima – inspired by a 1965 ultra-thin automatic watch with a micro-rotor – comprises elegant and classical watches. Its range of sizes, materials, Swiss made mechanical and quartz movements, features a blend of understated elegance and technical refinement. Housing Swiss mechanical movements in both men’s and women’s timepieces, the Clifton range is intended for urbanites with a taste for Fine Watchmaking. Aesthetically speaking, the collection draws inspiration from a 1950s model, the epitome of traditional and artisanal watchmaking according to Baume & Mercier. In 2017, the new Clifton Club range marks a turning point in the history of Baume & Mercier, by reinterpreting the ultimate sports watch – one that accompanies urban, active and elegant men on every occasion.
Offering luxury watches embodying the full spectrum of Swiss expertise and featuring an excellent quality-price ratio: such is the enduring mission of Baume & Mercier, and a promise duly kept.
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The St. Regis Dubai, in collaboration with Sulty Events and Entertainment will open the third installation of the “Your Perspective: Art Exhibition” featuring numerous artists in the surrounding area of ‘Le Patio’ on the second floor of the hotel from July 12th, 2017 for two months.
The artists featured in the new exhibition include Elisabeth Krogull of Germany, Reta Richards of Canada and six artists from Korea – Nahyun Hwang, Hyojung Kim, Jiyoun Jeon, Eunyoung Heo, Hakman Hwang and Sunhee Kim.
Faiek El Saadani, Hotel Manager, The St. Regis Dubai, said, “Our third art exhibition reflects the diversity of artists we intend to showcase through the year as it adds a touch of International culture and heritage to the area around ‘Le Patio’. We are committed to bringing world art to the city and there is no better venue than Le Patio that combines a Parisian inspired Courtyard with a contemporary international look and feel.”
Vanessa de Caires, Owner of Sulty Events and Entertainment Dubai said, ”After the success and positive response to our last exhibition, we are excited to bring in a multicultural mix of artists set to enthrall art connoisseurs and collectors in the region. We hope the new installation deepens our understanding of the messages behind the new paintings in this collection.”
The art selected in this initiative are ideal as masterpieces in art galleries and private collector’s residences. Diplomats, Art Collectors, regional Business leaders and media will be attending the opening night of the exhibition.
The China International Development and Investment Corporation Limited, Red Orange Events Management, Gallery The Grace Seoul, Art Couture and Coral Coast PR will be supporting the Event.
1. Artists designed and built eight race tracks for the film: Los Angeles International Speedway, Copper Canyon Speedway (Arizona), Heartland Motor Speedway (Iowa), Motor Speedway of the South, Thunder Hollow Dirt Track, Thomasville Speedway, Georgia Super Speedway, Florida International Super Speedway.
2. Lightning McQueen made his rookie debut in “Cars” in 2006; more than a decade has passed since he was a young superstar.
3. Artists, designers and technicians at Pixar Animation Studios were able to install 30,000 lights at the Florida Speedway for the final race of the film. They all work.
4. Artists created more than 80,000 storyboards during the production of the movie. Just 10,102 made it into the final sequences.
5. Junior Johnson, NASCAR driver from the 1950s-60s who inspired “Cars 3” character Junior “Midnight” Moon, won 50 NASCAR races before retiring in 1966.
- “Cars” (2006) and “Cars 2” (2011) took in more than $1 billion in combined worldwide box office.
- “Cars” won a Golden Globe® for best animated feature film and two Annie Awards for best animated feature and best music in an animated feature production. Composer Randy Newman won a Grammy® for best song written for motion picture, television or other visual media (“Our Town”). The film was nominated for an Oscar® for best animated feature film, as well as best achievement in music written for motion pictures, original song (“Our Town”).
- “Cars 2” was nominated for a Golden Globe® for best animated feature film, in addition to a host of other industry nominations.