Sing Your Way through Summer at the Middle East’s Music Festivals

Cover Photo Courtesy of

Music is a delight and watching a great artist you love performing live on a stage right in front of you might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and luckily for us, the Middle East is filled with music vibes this summer. Therefore, book your tickets and pack your bags to start your summer journey.

Start your summer journey in Rabat, Morocco with Mawazine Festival Rythms of the World which starts on June 21st and ends on June 29th. This festival – which welcomes artists from countries around the world such as Morocco, Africa, Asia and North America – will this year present concerts for the likes of Mayada El Hennawi, Carole Samaha, David Guetta, Elissa, Machrou’ Leila, Black Eyed Peas and many more.

Continue to Lebanon, where Baalbeck International Festival starting on July 5th and ending on August 3rd present an array of international artists, such as Marcel Khalife, Omar Bashir, Jahida Wehbe and Melody Gardot. In fact, you can only expect the best from one of the region’s oldest music festivals.

If you’re more into Jazz, Istanbul Jazz Festival has so much in store for you. From June 19th to July 18th, you will enjoy listening to the music of international jazz artists and bands such as Joss Stone, Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martinez, Kamasi Washington and Melanie de Biasio – to name a few.

In September, Lebanon welcomes you again but to its famed Wicker Park Festival taking place in Batroun. Why is this festival one to look out for? Well, because it highlights emerging local talents and features quirky classes such as instrument-making.

For the month of October, stay tuned on all that may be published about the Cairo Jazz Festival, which focuses on Middle Eastern jazz talents such as Riff band and Nour Project.

For the past 10 years, Abu Dhabi has been celebrating F1 in its own special way and this year will be no different. Yasalam After-Race Concert will be closing each of the Grand Prix’s 4 days at the Arena with a different A-List artist. Well, Imagine what this year would be like, when the list of previous performers includes The Weeknd, Lionel Richie and Guns ‘N’ Roses.


Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Share article

Escape the Heat of August in These 5 Destinations

August is fast approaching and needless to remind you that temperatures are about to reach unprecedented highs. With this in mind, a getaway that gives you the chance to escape the heat and unwind is well deserved.

Whether you’re travelling alone, with friends or with your family, many destinations have their special place on the list and to make the task of choosing your favorite easier, we’ve gathered a list of 5 places that you will really enjoy! 

Share article

CHANEL Partners Up with the Deauville American Film Festival

In the world of fashion, some partnerships just seem right and that’s the case that brought together CHANEL and the Deauville American Film Festival. The historical French fashion house joins forces with the biggest European festival dedicated to American cinema held between September 6th and 15th.

Established in 1975, this festival welcomes each year a selection of A-list actors and directors while highlighting new talents in the world of cinema, the field with which the house’s founder Gabrielle Chanel always had a connection. With this in mind, expect to witness a Deauville Film Festival à la CHANEL this year, with a lot of stars such as director Sofia Coppola and actresses Keira Knightley, Kristen Stewart, Vanessa Paradis, Penelope Cruz, Margot Robbie and Lily-Rose Depp all dressed in the house’s fabulous creations while making their stunning appearance on the red carpet.

Share article

Books We Love – La Colombe d’Or

Cover Photo Courtesy of Assouline

“Provence has a treasure; it’s a Colombe d’Or. It has the precious scent of thyme and nostalgia and the golden color of olive oil and happy days. The Colombe is a part of my life. For me, it’s a place that’s as full of promise as of magnificent memories. The Colombe is indefinable, inimitable. I’m happy that today a book brings back the atmosphere of this place which is like no other in the world,” said French artist César in his preface for this release. Indeed, somewhere in the South of France, world-renowned La Colombe d’Or hotel and restaurant brings together Provençal art de vivre and a stunning private collection of modern art. It all started in 1920, when the place was first opened as Chez Robinson café. It didn’t take too long for this charming place and its astonishing open-air terrace to become very popular and expand into what it is today.

Thanks to owner Paul Roux’s passion for arts, the walls quickly became a display of paintings that were often exchanged for a stay or a few meals. This actually comes as no surprise, taking into consideration that Matisse, Braque, César, Calder, Léger and many other artists were regular visitors leaving magnificent works in this wonderful place. With such an impressive history, this book truly reflects the charm of this treasure in the South of France, in which this unique art collection continues to grow until today with the next generation of the Roux family taking care of the legendary Colombe d’Or.


Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Share article

A Home with a Captivating Fragrance

With summer comes heat and soon, you will notice that your home is lacking that breezy freshness that you have always loved about it in the cooler months, just before the temperatures started to rise. This season, it’s time to find a solution and experience much-needed freshness in the hottest of days. So why not go for candles to get that freshness?

Yes, these wonders are not only made to enhance your spa experience and make it more relaxing, they are also your way to add fragrance to your house and add a one-of-a-kind refreshing feel to it while giving you the privilege of choosing the scent that you like the most. Quite a deal, don’t you agree?

With this in mind, we have gathered a list of the best scented candles out there. From Guerlain to Dolce & Gabbana, Dyptique and Acqua Di Parma, the universe is offering you freshness on a silver platter and all you have to do is appreciate its wonder. Now, join us to take a look at our picks!

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Share article

Things to do the Night Before your Wedding Day

Getting married is probably one of the most – if not the most – memorable event in a woman’s life. And planning for the big day? Well it might just be one of the most stress-inducing, nerve-wracking, tiring processes in the world of events. But the fact is, it never stopped anyone from doing it properly and it probably never will.

A bride only wants three things: one, for everyone to have fun at her wedding, two, for the groom not to run awa, and three, for every single thing to go as planned. And while these requests might seem extremely small to any other human being, a bride can never contain the level of stress when it comes to her one and only wedding – hopefully. With that in mind, can you imagine how nervous a bride must be the night before the big day?

So bride-to-be, if you’re having wedding jitters and can’t help shake off the horrible thoughts, then we’ve got just the thing for you. We’ve compiled a list of must-do things before you get hitched. You’ll thank us later.

  1. There’s nothing quite like peace of mind. But in order to achieve that, you’re going to want to align everything so that it all goes smoothly. Last-minute arrangements can range from packing flats for the party, to making sure the rings are in good hands and so on. Make a checklist and make sure you follow through every point.
  2. Pack a bag of personal items – items that you might be needing come the big day. Don’t over-pack though!
  3. Eat well. We can’t stress this enough. We don’t want you to end up not fitting in your wedding gown but we also don’t want you to faint as you walk down the aisle. Eat lots of fruits and veggies and make sure you load upon Vitamin C before the big day.
  4. Touch base with your wedding planner. Odds are she knows what she/he’s doing more than you do, so delegate your last-minute tasks and give yourself some time to rest.
  5. Drink a lot of water to help reduce your anxiety level. Enough said.
  6. Sleep well. Don’t stay up until 3 am and complain the next day about how tired you are. The more you relax, the better you’ll wake up in the morning.
  7. Spend your last night with your friends and keep your worries tucked away, deep in a little drawer!


Article Written by Cindy Menassa

Share article

Protect Your Kids from the Sun with These Indoor Activities

It’s July, which means the weather is pretty hot and the sun is sizzling. Therefore, the best thing to do is to keep your kids indoors, especially between 12 noon and 4 in the afternoon. However, it’s always hard to convince a child to stay indoors when all they want to do is go out and play, so you better find them a fun alternative and that’s what we’re here for!

  • Your little ones just want to have some fun and by scheduling play dates once a week, you will get your kids to look forward to meeting their friends.
  • Does your kid like camping? Well luckily for you, children’s toy stores are full of easily buildable indoor tents that can also be considered a décor item in their room. Help them build it and let it be the realm that will be the house of their puppets and dolls.
  • No matter the weather or the circumstances, your children spend at least one hour on YouTube a day, so why don’t you use this app to teach them some handcrafts and spend hours trying to do them together?
  • Legos, puzzles and crafts are a few activities that can help your kid’s imagination and creativity grow, so let them tell you which one is their favorite and make it a hobby. Book them some time with a teacher who can help them learn how to play an instrument or teach them how to dance, if this is what they like.
  • Summer is the perfect time to eat ice cream and sorbets, so instead of buying them from the supermarket, why don’t you put your aprons on together and prepare them in the comfort of your own kitchen – the healthy way of course!

These are just a few ideas that will encourage your kid to spend some time indoors, and we’re sure that we’ve provided you with some inspiration to come up with other creative ones yourself.


Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Share article