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

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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

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Maid-of-Honor Etiquette – What’s the 411?

We know what you’re thinking – what could possibly be so hard about being a maid-of-honor. Well ladies, contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t only require you to approve of anything the bride says and does. But before we go into the gory details, let’s take a step back for a second.

Roughly translated, “Maid-of-honor” is an honored role for both parties. Granted, you’ll be the first one to know about the juicy wedding-related details, but we must warn you, you’ll also be the first to face the wrath of bridezilla herself should anything go wrong. Also – and we don’t mean to freak you out – with great power come big responsibilities. And so before we congratulate you on landing this amazing role, allow us first to share with you some essential maid-of-honor etiquette rules that you’ll have to stick to.

  1. A maid-of-honor should always be both physically and emotionally there for the bride. That means putting up with great pressure and always being the first one to feed her with good energy and positive thoughts. Also, a constant smile goes a long way.
  2. A maid-of-honor should always be the right-hand to the bride. In other words, should she need you at 4 am in the morning with crazy eyes, be there always and forever – well until the wedding is over. Odds are she’s going to be needing your advice on various issues, from the cake to the decoration and the latest fight she had with the wedding planner.
  3. A maid-of-honor should always make sure the bridal party is not having any internal problems. Be the leader of the bridesmaid troop and be the one to lead the way should any problem occur. The last thing the bride needs is to put up with another problem she won’t have time to solve.
  4. A maid-of-honor should always be present during fittings and important meetings. Be constantly there even if the bride is screaming bloody murder at the third party.
  5. A maid-of-honor should always respect the bride’s boundaries. Always remember, it’s her wedding and not yours. So keep it calm and simple.

Oh, and congratulations!

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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This Season Cozy Up Your Home with Flowers

After a pretty warm summer, it’s finally time to enjoy the colder weather at home. When temperatures drop, something in our home sweet home calls us to stay in and feel cozy whenever we get the chance. With this in mind, nothing makes your space more welcoming than a fresh flower bouquet that, in addition to adding a fresh touch to the atmosphere, treats your eyes to a beautiful and most probably colorful sight. 

We all know that heat severely affects plants and the choices of greenery in Gulf countries are quite limited due to this exact reason. Now, with these lower temperatures, it’s your chance to enjoy flowers and plants that adapt to this season’s weather. So, here are five flowers that you can enjoy during the coming few months!

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Books We Love – The Big Book of Chic

By Miles Redd 

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Quirky, cozy and glamorous are nothing but a few ways to describe the aesthetic vision of Miles Redd, the internationally acclaimed interior designer. Playful mélanges of contrasts set his unique work apart, especially when joined by vibrant splashes of color and modern touches. After opening his own design firm in New York City’s NoHo neighborhood in 1998, he was tapped creative director at Oscar de la Renta Home in 2003. 

The least such an interior design sensation could do is spread his beautiful art across the globe with a book and that’s exactly what The Big Book of Chic is set to do. This 300-page release features illustrations of rooms bursting with boldness, fantasy and sophistication. It gives us a glimpse into the inspiration that fuels him and therefore, inspires everyone interested in eclectic design. From his own townhouse and beach house to projects he achieved in Houston, Atlanta, Millbrook and Locust Valley, this volume is a treat to all interior design enthusiasts. 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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The Best Bedtime Stories for Your Baby Boy

You might think that reading to your child before going to sleep is nothing but a nighttime routine that makes tucking him into bed less of a hassle, but the truth is that there’s more so much more to story time then just routine. Not only does it help you bond with him, but bedtime reading actually enhances his brain’s development.

In fact, reading decreases his stress levels after a day full of activity – which explains why bedtime stories give your kid sweet dreams. In addition, it improves his logic skills and that’s why it’s so great that you repeat the story when your child asks to read the it again because kids don’t catch everything from the first time. It also helps him master languages faster thanks to the words they hear from you and the sentences that tell the story.

With all this in mind, we have gathered some books that your little boy will definitely enjoy. Also remember that this nighttime routine will be the reason behind making bedtime such an enjoyable and comfortable moment for both your angel and you!

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Chopard’s Happy Must-Haves

Diamonds are there to always make women happy and what actually make them happier are dancing diamonds! Exuding joy and elegance, Chopard’s Happy Diamonds collection - which is available at Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons - makes the heart of every woman who wears these playful creations skip a beat. With every new selection of pieces that Chopard unveils under the name of Happy Diamonds, elegance gets redefined and jewelry proves once again to be a reason behind the smile of a sophisticated woman who never misses the chance to update her jewelry box with novelties.

In addition to carrying a message of love and joy, Chopard’s new Happy Hearts and Happy Hearts Wings jewelry pieces earn their place as the house’s new talismans of happiness, accompanying the modern woman through her daily adventures and drawing a smile on her face with nothing but a simple look at them every now and then.

One heart became a bouquet of hearts – spreading even more love through a necklace that embraces your neck with elegance. The same goes for the earrings, in which the heart has doubled to leave one resting against the earlobe and another positioned beneath the ear. More freedom and lightness is expressed through the new Happy Hearts Wings pieces – which bring together three hearts to create a butterfly effect.

With these novelties, Chopard proves once again that “Little Diamonds Do Great Things”. Join us and check out the new “happy” must-haves.

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Where to Spend the Holidays This Year?

Oh yes, it’s November and only a few days separate us from the joyful holiday season! That’s right, we don’t travel this month yet there is a vacation to plan for the coming one. We’re not just about an ordinary one, we’re talking about destinations filled with the warmth and fun that your children look for in a December trip.

With this in mind, here are 5 European cities that will leave you in awe of how magical this time of the year could be.

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