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Celebrate the Festive Season in Dubai

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The festive season is that time of year when family and friends gather to wish each other well and make wonderful memories. Whether you are searching for a place to celebrate Christmas on December 24th and 25th, or looking for a venue where you can welcome the New Year in full sophistication, we’ve come up with a list of the perfect spots that will make the festivities as joyous as ever.

 

The Festive Season at Bvlgari Resort Dubai is all about glamour, indulgence and memorable moments. Enjoy traditional Italian festive favorites on December 24 and 25, while you spend your last night of the year at Il Café’s Gala Extravaganza and make this New Year Eve a wonderful one.

 

Permanently docked on Dubai’s Mina Rashid, the Queen Elizabeth 2 is one of the most iconic destinations in Dubai and invites you to celebrate the festive season onboard. Whether you choose to go for a brunch on the 24th of December or for a dinner on the 25th, you will surely enjoy your time to the fullest.

 

Nothing can beat New Year’s Eve spent at Atlantis The Palm. In fact, the Atlantis Royal Gala is the most exclusive New Year’s Eve party in Dubai, starting at 7:30, the party keeps going until 3:00 am with a live band. All you have to do is get dressed up and enjoy the celebrations!

 

This festive season, Four Seasons Dubai has a lot to offer you as well. From festive breakfasts to celebratory buffet dinners and a New Year’s Eve spent in Dana Ballroom, sophistication will set your celebrations apart and make this year a memorable one.

 

Get ready for a festive journey filled with joy and excitement at La Ville Hotels & Suites City Walk. From festive feasts for family and friends at Chival Global Social on December 24th and 25th, to New Year’s Eve Dinner at Graze, followed by a party at Look Up, your calendar will be screaming fun, fun, fun.

 

Looking for some outfit inspiration? Check out our feature “How to Style Your Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Pieces This New Year's Eve”.

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Books We Love – The Night Before BAFTA

By Charles Finch

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Rare are the women who don’t get swooned by the unique energy that spreads on the eve of the famed British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards. And if you agree, then we’re more than glad to tell you that this book would be the perfect addition to your collection.  In fact, we have all heard of the Pre-BAFTA Party and it’s time we find out what the backstory is!   

Entitled “The Night Before BAFTA”, this release by Charles Finch – son of British actor Peter Finch – invites you to go behind-the-scenes to the Pre-BAFTA party. How did it all start? Here’s how! In 1999, Finch returned to his British roots after 20 years abroad and celebrated this event with friends and fellow actors that offered him the support throughout his career. And soon, this private gathering morphed into a much anticipated star-studded event with celebrities joining the entrepreneur to celebrate this occasion with him.

It’s with a foreword by American actor and director John Malkovich and 200 illustrations that this edition captures Charles’ charismatic charm and creative skills, as well as the glamorous vibes taking over this night.

 

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Make It a Beautiful Ramadan Night with These Home Gifts

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As the Holy Month of Ramadan kicks off, your calendar starts getting filled with Iftar invitations. Although it’s such a great joy to join family or friends for a wonderful meal, you can’t go empty-handed. With this in mind, offering them a gift would be a great way to show how much you appreciate their hospitality and care.

We know how hard choosing the perfect gift might be, especially if you’re not into personal gifts or if you’re not so close to the person who has invited you. So in this case, a little something for their beautiful home would be an ideal way to make this task a whole lot easier. You might choose a vase, a tray, a backgammon set, a table light, or anything that could find a place in their house to remind them of your taste, but one thing’s for sure, you should always make sure that your gift is top notch!

And if it was the first time you visit their home sweet home, ensure that the gift you choose for them goes with any décor style.

To help you achieve this task successfully, here’s our list of objects that would be a great way to thank them for having you over on this beautiful Ramadan night!

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10 Years of Saving the Children with Bvlgari

Discover Bvlgari’s Ramadan edit here.

This year was not only about the 20th anniversary of B.zero1 for Bvlgari, as the house is also celebrating 10 years of partnership with Save the Children. It all started in 2009, when Bvlgari commemorated its 125th anniversary by committing to a better future. With this in mind, the journey with Save the Children debuted to help over 1.5 million children make their dreams come true through the power of education. 

In fact, this is a joint anniversary, as Save the Children is also celebrating its 100th anniversary and to make the celebration even more special, Bvlgari unveiled – in addition to the New Give Hope campaign – a new pendant in sterling silver and onyx inspired by the iconic BVLGARI-BVLGARI collection. Reimagining one of the Maison’s most distinctive designs, a hard stone disk is encircled by the bold double logo and topped by a precious red ruby. On its back, it unveils the charity’s emblem, as well as its promising and hopeful message.

This new piece, which celebrates Bvlgari’s commitment to this cause and the message carried by this NGO, joins the custom-made jewelry collection that now counts three silver and black ceramic creations inspired by B.zero1’s design: a ring, a bracelet and a pendant. Are you wondering how you can make a difference? We’ll tell you all about it. By simply buying any piece of the Bvlgari Save the Children collection, 100$ of your purchase will go to the charity.

This is not all, as Bvlgari took over the Bvlgari Resort in Dubai on May 1st to celebrate the launch of its first local campaign for Save the Children. Shot by celebrity photographer Rankin who’s renowned for his creative fearlessness, the campaign stars a series of local celebrities, influencers and public figures, which include Lebanese actress Nadine Nassib Njeim, Tunisian actress Dorra Zarrouk, Saudi actress and singer Aseel Omran, Egyptian actress Tara Emad, Lebanese actress Aimée Sayah, Tunisian model Rym Saidi and her husband, Lebanese TV host Wissam Breidy, Lebanese-Iranian TV figure Diala Makki, Saudi writer Abdullah Jumah, British Entrepreneur Louise Nichol, Bahraini entrepreneur Dana Al Khalifa, Saudi designer Alanoud Badr and Saudi entrepreneur Marriam Mossalli.

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What About Some Warm Weather Fun with the Kids?

When the sun shines, we, as adults, are so happy and excited to go back to our summer activities, so just imagine how your kids will feel. They have been studying all year long and the least you can do for them is treat them to some outdoor fun. With temperatures rising, you have to let them enjoy the beautiful weather before it gets too hot. With this in mind, we have come up with a list of activities that will definitely make this season as enjoyable as it could be.

  • While the temperature is still bearable, the first activity that comes to mind is a hiking trip in nature, or a day spent in the desert. So don’t forget to prepare some snacks, just in case the kids get hungry!
  • The second idea would be to let your kids enjoy the outdoor space of your house. But before they do so, make sure they are wearing some old clothes because it can get really messy out there.
  • If your outdoor is big enough, bring some old sheets, ropes and wood batons and help your kid learn how to build a tent to which they can invite their friends.
  • Since the summer is not in full swing yet, you can always find some time where it’s a bit windy; so take this opportunity to take your kids to the beach and let them fly some kites. Believe us, this will definitely trigger their sense of exploration, so prepare yourself for some questions!
  • If you feel like your children like to cook, let them enjoy preparing some homemade ice cream, sorbets or popsicles with their favorite fruits. This will allow them to enjoy a healthy, refreshing snack.
  • Biking, roller-skating and playing football are always options that allow your children to have fun and enjoy the nice weather and the sun.

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Bvlgari Joins Forces with The Luxury Hive

When it comes to a house rich in history and heritage like Bvlgari, jewelry enthusiasts are always looking for a way to know more and that’s exactly where The Luxury Hive comes in. To make this wish come true, this partnership will bring you tailored events and lectures about Bvlgari’s heritage and iconic creations in the Middle East.

In fact, The Luxury Hive will tell the story of the brand’s iconic style and creativity that goes back to more than 130 years. And that’s not all because the company will also promote and support Bvlgari’s buyback initiative to re-acquire or borrow pieces in the Middle East that were created before 1995. What’s the aim, you wonder? It’s definitely to be featured in endless exhibitions that will immerse us even more in this rich history, while highlighting significant moments for the Roman house.

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Dana Hourani Launches Her Debut Single

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Remember that raven-haired beauty whose good looks and enviable wardrobe were all you could stalk on Instagram? Well guess what, she’s got the voice too!

Lebanese-born Dana Hourani is not only a dedicated mother, but she’s also an avid trendsetter, a remarkable fashion figure in the Gulf and now, the author to her own musical journey. It all began with a series of short covers of international hits she used to post on her Instagram page – a talent that grew into something more with the enthralling encouragements of her followers and entourage. And so was born the inevitable need to create an original song, one that would mirror her own musical vision. Which brings us to “Ella Enta” (Except For You), Dana’s debut song and music video, the offspring of a collaboration between several talented Beirut-based musicians and producers.

So what’s it about? The song talks about the effect of the power of love on the curing of melancholy, in a modern time where image obsession has taken its toll on the world.

 “The song is about a public figure who despite her success can only find peace and inspiration in love. It is a rendition of my life as a modern Arab woman who questions the boundaries we draw between what is public and what is private, between life projected on social media and reality. It is about me using the universal language of music to reflect what I usually express in my photographs: the correlation between East and West that inspires my visual art. “Ella Enta” is my attempt to translate into Arabic, the emotions that so far I have been so accustomed to expressing in English”, says Dana.

Music Video: Directed by Nadim Hobeika
Styled by Amine Jreissati
Dressed by Lado Bokuchava
Song: Lyrics & Music by Anthony from Adonis Mixed and mastered by Sleiman Damien and Tarek Majdalani
BTS Pictures and Video: Filmed and shot by Anthony Yazbeck
Project Management: BUREAU DES CRÉATEURS

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