Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts, heritage, and literature, launched a photo exhibition in August under the theme ‘Mosques of the World’ in cooperation with the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) and Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU).
This exhibition aimed to highlight the role of mosques in societies and reveal unique architectural masterpieces in the Arab and Islamic world. Visitors can learn about the evolution of architecture, designs, and styles from one civilization to another.
The best photos were selected from a pool of diverse photographers who participated in HIPA on Instagram, each portraying a different mosque from all over the world, reflecting the beauty inherent in these magnificent structures. Some of the photos being showcased at the exhibition are for Esam Omar Kabli (KSA) – Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Siraj Basheer Alquraish (KSA) – Ahlu Albayt Mosque, KSA.
The exhibition comes in line with Dubai Culture’s mandate to support local and international talents in the field of Islamic culture and arts, highlighting its tireless efforts to build partnerships and develop innovative projects and initiatives that support the leadership’s vision of strengthening Dubai’s global position as one of the most artistically conscious and established cities in the world.
The launch of the exhibition coincided with the Hajj season, supporting the Authority’s efforts to highlight the importance of Islamic arts and culture, and to establish Dubai as the capital of Islamic economy. The collaboration with HIPA and SMCCU is one that highlights the architectural mastery of the mosques, placing the Islamic cultural economy in the forefront to create this unique visual experience.
Dubai Culture aims to enhance Dubai’s cultural scene and draw attention to the UAE’s rich heritage. The Authority’s mandate is to build bridges of constructive dialogue between different civilizations and cultures to enhance Dubai’s position as a creative and sustainable global city for culture, heritage, arts, and literature, with the aim to empower these sectors by developing creative and innovative projects and initiatives locally, regionally, and globally.
Easy to use comfortable scarves launch by Malaysian brand Sakinah
Malaysia’s visionary entrepreneur known for introducing exquisite products to the Gulf, Sakinah Sheikh Osman will be launching her new modest fashion brand, Sakinah for the modern and on the go powerful and glamorous women looking for traditional yet timeless easy to manage scarves.
The ambitious brand aims to meet the needs of the modest wear clientele globally, starting with the Middle East market by introducing a design of scarves that are easy to manage and yet look elegant.
The concept gave birth when Sakinah started wearing scarves and realised how difficult it was to get scarves that looked great and yet felt comfortable, stayed on and came in colours that are easy to combine with different outfits.
According to Sakinah, it was necessary to start the project with conventional styles and use embellishments such as the use of Swarovski crystals to appeal to the Arab region.
Sakinah was inspired by the fashion sense of the confident, career minded and yet sensual Muslim woman who valued simplicity, practicality and comfort combined with elegance and glamour.
Combining Sakinah scarves with existing modern and traditional attire in the wardrobe helps the wearer make a fashion statement for all occasions.
Sakinah scarves are available at all Lulu Hypermarkets in various colours including green, maroon, purple, black and brown. A video link on the styling of scarves is available online.
The Museum of Illusions, the world’s fastest growing museum chain, has officially opened its doors at the heart of the emirate’s signature Al Seef by Meraas development near the iconic Dubai Creek.
Boasting the largest collection of optical illusions in the Museum of Illusions’ worldwide portfolio, Museum of Illusions Dubai is a flagship attraction in the heritage and cultural Al Seef development.
“Museum of Illusions Dubai brings together the respective fields of science, mathematics, biology and psychology to create a truly sensory experience that defies logic,” said Dr Mohammed Al Wahaibi, Owner, Museum of Illusions Dubai. “Visitors can learn a lot about vision, perception, the human brain and science through bespoke exhibits that highlight how and why our eyes see things that our brain does not understand.
“Our exhibits are mostly reinvented classical illusions that have been carefully selected to ensure the widest possible appeal to the city’s uniquely cosmopolitan residents and international tourists. In that sense, our exhibits rekindle childhood memories among adults and bestow a sense of wonder in children. The museum is an interactive and visual concept unlike anything else in Dubai that is perfect for all ages to enjoy.”
Counting 80-plus exhibits of all shapes and sizes, Museum of Illusions Dubai has classified its unique visual and sensory experiences into three categories: Master Illusions, Grand Illusions and Optical Illusions.
A key highlight, and one which has captured the imagination of visitors to its existing museums will be the Clone, which allows you to sit at the table beneath a chandelier with five clones of yourself. The Infinity Roomwill have you walking in circles as you try and navigate through infinite corridors around an endless space.
The Dubai venue will also feature TheVortex Tunnel, a rotating cylinder that tricks the brain into thinking the ground under their feet is shifting, as well as the Ames Room, where guests shrink or grow depending on their position in the exhibit. Other exhibits include a collage of indented Albert Einstein heads, called Hollow Faces, that stalks visitors with their strangely moving gazes; the Chair Illusion, whichexplores perception and size using the most common of everyday objects; captivating holograms; and Head on a Platter.
With a dedicated playroom full of didactic games and puzzlesfor younger visitors, Museum of Illusions’ also features a number of full-size illusions in dedicated spaces, including The Infinity Room, TheTilted Room, The Rotated Roomand The Colour Room.
Unlike more ‘classical’ museums, visitors to Museum of Illusions Dubai will be encouraged to interact with the exhibits and take as many photos as they can during their visual, sensual and educational adventure.
In coming weeks, Museum of Illusions Dubai will also house a full-time magician to entertains visitors as they move through the 450 square metre venue. Visitors can also pop into the Museum of Illusions Dubai gift shop and purchase souvenirs such as Dilemma Games, miniature optical illusions, 3D lighting, T-shirts, pencils, notebooks, and educational toys for little ones.
Museum of Illusions Dubai is the ninth permanent branch, with a dozen more openings slated for 2018 alone, including Athens, New York, Toronto and Berlin. The first Museum of Illusions opened in the Croatian capital of Zagreb in 2015.
Museum of Illusions Dubai is open from 10am to 10pm from Sunday to Wednesday, and 10am to 12am (midnight) on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays. Entry prices are AED80 for adults aged 16-years-old and up, and AED60 for children aged 16-years-old and below. Children under the age of five-years-old enter for free. Special family packages are priced at AED225 and include two adult and two child tickets. There is no age limit for entry – Museum of Illusions Dubai is open to all.
To commemorate the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, The St. Regis Dubai, in collaboration with Sulty Events and Entertainment opened an exhibition this week featuring over 15 artists from 8 countriesin the surrounding area of ‘Le Patio”.
Over ten of the artists are from Alfalasi Artz. Emirati Artist, Ahmed Al Falasi is the founder while the art curator is Bhairavi Mistry. Ahmed Alfalasi said, ”We are promoting a number of new artists and in future see alfalasi.artz as an institution for all types of art form. We also see us arranging art events in cafes and fairs in the future.“
Artists Chris Robb represented by Art Couture gallery said, ”My use of colour reflects not only my mood and general demeanor, but my appreciation for the wonderful experiences and life I have in the UAE. Each art piece is hand drawn, and my pigments mostly hand mixed to achieve the depth and vibrancy that is so important to me. My paintings are a celebration and a manifestation of positivity and happiness.”
Mahsa Jasfaazadeh from Mahsa Art Gallery said, “We are delighted to have six of our artists with Persian influence. We hope that the audience at Le Patio find our art inspirational.”
Vanessa de Caires, Owner of Sulty Events and Entertainment Dubai said: “The new exhibition brings together a strong line up of artists for art enthusiasts and the public alike. We are delighted with the range of artists showcasing their work and hope the platform gives them the exposure they deserve.”
The artists featured include Chris Robb, Reem Al Falasi, Shair Aboushi, Dr. Sharmila Tulpule, Ahsan Khan, Swanil Javale, Sonu Sultana, Israa Shajar, Mahsa, Shahd Almutawa, Amr Wadea, Sana Maarrawi, Bushra Malik, Jan D’Sa, Rashm Dayal, Hend Rached Abdulrahman and Mohammad Reza Rafatneshan.
Sulty Events and Entertainment, and Coral Coast PR will be supporting the Event.
New indie movie by Zenofer Fathima is a timely release that highlights prayer as a mighty spiritual force
Guest Blogger: Natasha Dury
The debut of the independent film ‘The Power’ is especially strong with a timely theme and a compelling ending that is sure to give viewers a spiritually uplifting Ramadan. Produced and starred in by Zenofer Fathima and directed by Sachin Ramdas, the short film premiered last night at Marriott Hotel in Al Jaddaf, Dubai with Her Highness Sheikha Hend Al Qassemi as guest of honor.
The Power is inspired by a true story and offers a stirring testimony that a strong faith and consistent prayer can indeed bring miracles. Zenofer plays the lead role opposite Casey Shannon, the double for Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. The female lead, on her way home from work is faced with fearful circumstances when a strange man started watching and following her, delivering the tense, suspense sequences in the film. The thrilling ending comes with an exceptionally moving, yet motivating message that will lift spirits up this Ramadan and beyond.
“The Power is a concept I derived from my own experience in a very similar situation and how my strong faith yielded miracles to this day. My personal experience instigated my desire to share my story with everyone. This is a perfect story for this special Holy Month. Whatever your faith is, prayer plays a crucial part in it so this movie is something everyone can relate to,” Zenofer commented.
The movie was shot in Dubai’s old souks, easily capturing the charm and rich heritage of the Emirate. More than just film aesthetics, Zenofer however said there is a deeper reason why she chose old Dubai as the setting for the movie. “Dubai is now acknowledged as one of the hottest movie locations among international filmmakers, and I can honestly say that the city indeed offers a lot to make movies standout. The choice of Dubai’s old souk district as location is somehow symbolic and adds extra meaning into the film. The Power takes place in the modern era yet days of old are entrenched in the film, to assert that the message The Power conveys is as true today as it was ancient years ago,” Zenofer explained.
For his part, Casey was grateful for the experience of being a part of an indie movie teeming with a special universal message. “The Power is worth watching especially because it focuses on something that transcends time, gender, ethnicity and religious beliefs,” he said.
The Power is now available for viewing on Zenofer’s official YouTube channel House of Zen.
du welcomed performers from Dubai Opera’s latest international sell-out show, ‘Shaolin Warriors,’ in-store on Monday.
du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) welcomed Kung Fu Masters from the Shaolin Warriors to its Al Salam, Dubai store on Monday 26th February 2018. Shaolin Warriors performed and taught special moves to du customers and employees. du strives to enhance the customer’s experience by bringing shows from around the world to Dubai.
The Shaolin Warriors will make their debut appearance in the GCC at Dubai Opera from 27th February to 3rd March, 2018. Their fully-choreographed performance, which tells the story of a young child’s initiation and journey to become a warrior, will include trained warriors balancing on sharp spears and smashing slabs of marble with their bare hands – it truly has to be seen to be believed.
du has partnered with the Dubai Opera since it originally opened in 2016. The Dubai Opera is a prominent hub for the artistic and cultural legacy of the emirate and aligns with du’s mission to promote engagement in a creative and knowledge-based country as well as to give customers interesting opportunities and experiences.
Bank commissions Emirati artist Fatema Al Mazrouie to honour history and culture of UAE and Emirates NBD
In loving memory of the UAE’s founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Emirates NBD today unveiled a commissioned painting by celebrated Emirati artist Fatema Al Mazrouie, at the official launch of its new Dubai Design District (d3) branch.
Ahead of Dubai’s annual art month and in the Year of Zayed, the bank’s specially commissioned painting pays tribute to the rich history and culture of the UAE, and the growth of Emirates NBD, under the leadership and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Zayed. The painting will be on display at Emirates NBD’s newly opened d3 branch, which has been designed in line with the bank’s philosophy of blending high tech with high touch, featuring a self-serve zone with cash machines and tablet stations, digital information walls and a lounge area for customers, in addition to conventional teller and agent services. The new branch is also disability-friendly, empowering people with disabilities (people of determination) to bank with greater ease.
Commenting on the unveiling, H.E. Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Emirates NBD said: “As a bank embedded in the community, Emirates NBD has always been interested in encouraging Emirati talent and creativity. We could think of no better time than the Year of Zayed to commission an art piece that captures the rich history of the bank and its success story, led by our nation’s founding father. His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan remains a source of inspiration and pride for us, and his values and teachings are deeply instilled within our business model. I would like to thank Fatema Al Mazrouie for the beautiful artwork that she has created and welcome our customers and the UAE community to visit the branch and appreciate our tribute.”
Emirates NBD’s d3 branch, the only bank branch in the district, is located in Building 1B of Dubai Design District and will be open for extended hours from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week. The commissioned painting will be on display at a central location in the branch and can be viewed by anyone who visits during working hours.
Talking about the branch concept, Suvo Sarkar, Senior Executive Vice President & Head – Retail Banking & Wealth Management, Emirates NBD added: “The design and functionality of our branch in d3 has been adapted to cater to the people that live and work in the area. Emirates NBD continues to realign its network to keep pace with how cities and communities are evolving as well as in line with the nation’s changing demographics and customer requirements, combining digital innovation and personalised services to provide enhanced experiences for our customers.”
The first helipad cinema in Dubai launches this week at Dubai Festival City Mall
Dubai Festival City Mall is launching the first cinema on a helipad from 22 February to 14 April. In collaboration with Al-Futtaim Toyota, the unique Camry Helipad Cinema is situated on the iconic Festival Bay and will screen family favourite movies each weekend, including Overdrive, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Monster Family and more.
Shoppers need to simply provide any receipt of purchase from the Mall to get their ticket to the cinema experience.
As part of Dubai Festival City Mall’s redevelopment, the once operational helipad has now been converted so that shoppers can enjoy “one of the most instagrammable sunsets in Dubai”, with views of the entire Dubai skyline and the Burj Khalifa.
In the month of March, Dubai Festival City Mall shoppers can get up-close and personal with the recently launched all-new Toyota Camry and experience its ultra-modern design and the powerful performance of its 3.5L engine on the following dates: 15-17th, 22-24th and 29-31st.
Special IMAGINE Toyota Camry Show
Date: 22 Feb – 14 Apr
Time: Once a day, 8.00 PM, Location: Festival Bay – Free of Charge
Experience the all-new Toyota Camry with ultra-modern design and powerful 3.5L engine
Dates: 15-17 Mar, 22-24 Mar, 29-31 Mar
Time; Mall operating hours
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Having witnessed history, through its windows.
Having travelled the world, each and every continent,
met and loved so many people, famous or anonymous, from all cultures.
Having looked through all these eyes, watched.
Collecting ideas and multiplying the surprises along the way,
(but not) having aged over time…
diptyque, despite its respectable age, has not lost any of its clever vivacity nor its appetite for all that is vanguard. Loyal to its curiosity, its sense of refinement, its delight in undertaking, today it celebrates the 50th anniversary of its very first eau de toilette launch and, at the same time, announces the birth of two new creations. Respectively the 36th and 37th opuses in a constantly flourishing repertoire.
In Paris, in the early 1960s, three happy artists manage a Parisian corner shop at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain. Their names are Desmond (Knox-Leet), Christiane (Gautrot) and Yves (Coueslant). This painter,
interior architect and theatre set designer are part of the great upheaval. In this chic bazaar, predecessor to the concept store that they opened at the beginning of the decade, you can find rare and wonderful things. a few homemade treasures including printed fabrics and the brand’s first scented candles (Aubépine (Hawthon), Thé (Tea), Cannelle (Cinnamon), as of 1963) and, spurred by the British influence of Desmond, English colognes (lilacs, lilies of the valley, mock orange, and various exotic frictions such as bay rum, ignored south of the Channel). Since the store had two display windows, the store was named diptyque.
The first niche perfume. The first genderless perfume. The first perfume authored like a tale. L’Eau also distinguished itself with two canons that became integral to the brand: product names bearing the sound O (in homage to “Eau”) sound (Oponé, Tam Dao, Ofrésia, Eau des Sens, Olène, etc.) and the olfactory “accident”, meaning an unexpected note (making a connection, breaking away or making an exclamation), the serendipitous surprise we never imagined… L’Eau, the origin of all that was to follow.
TEMPO & FLEUR DE PEAU
Tempo and Fleur de Peau, the latest works of art by diptyque, are not only new and completely modern, they’re also reverent nods to their big sister, L’Eau, to her historic birth year, 1968…
Tempo, written for diptyque by its long-time friend, the perfumer Olivier Pescheux, revisits the patchouli theme, but (of course) refining it to reveal its most exquisite beauty and artfully combining three different extractions, each from a sustainable supply chain managed by Givaudan on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. A persistent vibration, like an ongoing echo of a musical wake. A bit of moist earth deep within a primitive forest, amidst a fray of ferns, beneath the towering teak trees, laced in the mysterious shadows of the ancient endemic tribes that still live there. They call it Nilam.
Powerful pinnacles of remarkably pure woody notes (softened by a maté absolute) almost camphoric, edged in green (bolstered by violet leaves). Leading to the slightest impression of wild cocoa beans. It resists and embellishes all that chimes in. Pink peppercorns, bergamot and fresh jasmine add peps and colour.
FLEUR DE PEAU
The smell of skin: the smell of musk. Sometimes natural (imported from Tibet where it is still available), but usually synthetic, the most beloved smell that echoes (almost to a tee) that of lovers’ bodies: navel, back of the knee, palm of the hand. That which, on an olfactory level, is rather akin to the soft, surprising scent of the fringed nubuck vests young bare-chested men used to wear.
Opening with Italian notes of mandarin orange and bergamot, and a dash of pink peppercorns that hover between petals and seeds. Aldehydes. Everything awakens, and fuses. Then, an unusual contrast (the happy accident) follows, round and moist.
No doubt the three founders of diptyque were above all visual, tactile artists, so their approach to making fragrances is as visual and tangible as it is ethereal – inviting you to discover the invisible.
Each raw material is like a dab of paint on the artist’ palette, like the memory of a place, a landscape, a time.
The illustrations on the bottles are of utmost importance to each narration.
For Tempo, it’s the vision of a shaman (referred to as a guru in India) communicating ritually with the forest where patchouli was born, where animals and spirits live freely.
For Fleur de Peau, the illustrator was inspired by the word psychedelic, rooted in an ancient Greek myth in which an incomparably gorgeous princess falls madly in love with Aphrodite’s son. He sneaks out at night to meet with her. She wraps herself around him in her dreams.
Just like the first illustration Desmond Knox-Leet designed for the L’Eau bottle 50 years ago, the ones created for Tempo and Fleur de Peau were drawn with Indian Ink. Each is also double sided – the story continues on the back, visible only from the inside, through the fragrant liquid. Floating
images, like in a dream! Figurative, they tell the tale of each fragrance as much as they reflect it. Back and forth, in harmony, like a twin ship. Around the iconic oval, the trademark font stamps the immutable address: diptyque, 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 5e.
Tempo, Eau de Parfum, 75 ml
Fleur de Peau, Eau de Parfum, 75 ml