As it turns out, there is yet another great reason to visit the best Peruvian restaurant in town besides the mouth-watering anticuchos and Josper grilled octopus. Coya Dubai will be showcasing an exhibition of Salvador Dali's surreal wall candy from 19 June to 31 August. There is no entry fee to the exhibition areas.
So if you're a fan of Mister "I dont't drugs, I am drugs", then you are in for a treat as Coya will be displaying 60 pieces by the artist in partnership with Alpha Soul. Some of the wall art works to look forward to include Space Elephant and the Surrealist Flowergirl as well as a variety of prints and lithographs of pieces in private collections around the world.
Address: The Four Seasons JBR
Have a look at some other amazing restaurants opening in Dubai over the next twelve months here.
What a twist. Catch Dubai one of my favourite seafood restaurants downtown has closed its doors. Permanently.
In case you had never checked it out before, the venue was kind of a New York style eatery featuring leather booths, exposed brick faced walls plus one of thee best industrial themed restroom designs. It arrived on the scene in 2015.
It comes as a bit of a surprise since the restaurant also underwent a revamp at the beginning of 2018 and it was named Time Out’s Seafood Restaurant of the year last year. Sad news indeed however word is that a new funky concept is set to take its place in the Fairmont hotel.
I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned to find out.
.Who can forget New Years 2016 when the iconic Address Downtown caught alight ahead of the record breaking NYE fireworks display? The fire was found to be caused by an electrical fault which caused considerable damage to the building. However the hotel has finally been reopened and been given a totally fresh new look.
Read: Get the lowdown on the Salvador Dali Exhibition in Dubai
The hotel is possibly one of the most centrally located down town hotels and overlooks the Burj Khalifa. CEO of Emaar Hospitality Group Olivier Harsnisch stated to The National, Emaar is bringing to life a crowning glory in its hotel assets. Working with world-leading designers and consultants, the all-new address Downtown ushers in an exceptional lifestyle choice and set new standards in luxury hospitality.
The Address showcases some new features, a fresh interior and The Galliard which serves Spanish, Turkish and French Cuisine as well as another instalment of STK restaurant and a revamped Neos on the 63rd floor.
Want to check out which other amazing venues will be opening in 2018? Click here.
When it was revealed last week that The Arts Club, one of London's most famous private members clubs is opening in Dubai next year, everybody got excited but that's not the only new venue we're welcoming into the city. Lets have a look at what else is happening over the coming months.
The Arts Club
The Art's Club was founded by none other than Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope in 1863 and is described as an arts and cultural hub for people coming together in a sociable but exclusive members-only setting. How exclusive? It's around Dhs10 000 for current annual membership fees at its Mayfair site on Dover street besides the joining fee which is also Dhs10 000 - not forgetting that you need to have your application to join supported by an existing member. The Dubai edition, which is the first overseas location for the club will take over 40 000 ft. of indoor space and 23 000 ft. of outdoor space consisting of a cigar club, a rooftop terrace, art exhibition spaces, three restaurants and a business centre spread over five levels. It will be housed in the new development, ICD Brookfield Place in the DIFC in 2019.
Avli by Tasha's
South African restaurateur, Natasha Sideris is taking over Dubai one location at a time. After her success with the Tasha's cafe brand in the Galleria Mall and also in Outlet Village, she launched her elegant restaurant concept, The Flamingo Room in Jumeirah Al Naseem. Natasha will now be launching a Mediterranean-style restaurant in September this year called Avli which means "courtyard" in Greek open for a more relaxed breakfast and lunch vibe.
Coming soon to the 70th floor of the Address Boulevard Hotel, Downtown is Dolce Sky and it sounds like it’s going to be pretty spectacular. Think aerial performances above the tables - as seen in their rendered image above - and multiple venue choices. The concept will be made up of two restaurants, French La Vie led by Michelin starred Chef Jerome Lagarde which is said to come with a floating kitchen and Japanese spot, Takumi, lead by acclaimed Chef Hide Yamamoto which comes with the regions first Sake Lounge. The venue also features a rooftop terrace - with what I imagine to be breathtaking views from the 70th floor as well as a members-only space called Ellecti Lounge.
This Hollywood famed restaurant will be setting up shop in the Dubai Marina in the InterContinental hotel on the Waterfront level. Its been described as Japanese cuisine with a modern twist and embraces "traditional Kyoto culture from 1920 to the modern and futuristic Tokyo of 2050". That's hot. Chefs will uses their authentic Japanese cooking styles and a bar area will serve up exotic mixed drinks and traditional teas using spices and Japanese ingredients. The restaurant was originally in LA before closing down in 2013 and looks like it’s all set for a dazzling revival in Dubai - the opening date has not been confirmed.
The Trophy Room
Something a little different to the usual pub and grub style sports venues is coming to the Fairmont on the Palm at the beginning of June. The intimate 75-seater venue offers guests the option to listen to sports commentary in a variety of languages by using disposable headphones and downloading a dedicated app on their phones. The menu includes options like golden chicken nuggets to beverages topped with bacon stuffed olives and parmesan cheese accompanied by homemade beef jerky as a stirring stick. And they will be deducting 5% off the bill for every goal scored during selected Premier League Games.
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It was announced this week that finally Marvel has created its first Muslim superhero and guess what? It’s a girl!
In an interview with BBC Marvel Studios President said that Marvel cinematic Universe would be including Ms Marvel who's identity is 16 year old Kamala Khan, a Muslim girl from New Jersey.
After discovering her own superhero powers by shape shifting and lengthening her arms and legs, she dons a red, blue and yellow costume before kicking ass. And in the meantime she juggles her medical studies and her family's expectations. The character was created by Sana Amanat and was inspired by her own life growing up in New York.
What brought on Marvel's decision for a more diverse superhero army? Could it have something to do with realising that cultural diversity opens up a whole new world of box office bucks especially with Black Panther's massive 1.3 billion dollar success at cinemas? Maybe, maybe not but then again, does it really matter? I think it’s definitely a huge leap in the right direction.
Super excited to see how it turns out.
When it comes to the biggest and best of most things, you’ll probably find it in Dubai so it comes as no surprise that the worlds biggest Rolex store should be housed in the biggest shopping centre in the world, Dubai mall.
Rolex brand ambassador and one of the best tennis players of all time Roger Federer was on hand at the opening this week with CEO Jean Frederic Dufour. Also in attendance were the guys from Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons - including the gentleman renowned for wearing various exquisite watches - but on both wrists - Mr Abdul Hamied Seddiqi who is Vice Chairman of Seddiqi Holdings. The boutique was made possible by the partnership between Rolex and Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.
What’s really awesome about this three storey boutique (besides being surrounded by some of the most elegant watches ever made) is that every interior element is based on details related to the design of Rolex. For example the façade resembles the fluted bezel found on the majority of Rolex watches and the centrepiece of the store is a chandelier inspired by “the Cyclops” which is the little bubble shaped element in the magnifying the dial on many Rolex models.
The second floor is accessible by invitation only and showcases the brands gem-set and precious metal Rolexes while the third floor is a space referred to as “The Rolex Experience”. Set up like a plush loungey area, the space is where watch enthusiasts are welcome to explore the history of the Rolex heritage.
Have a look at some of the other offerings in Dubai Mall's Fashion Avenue from Prada and Alaia.
It might sound dramatic at first glance but whether you’re into Burberry or not, as this is currently the last collection we may see of the brand as we know it - in all its prim and proper British glory - I’ve been savouring it more in the months leading up to Riccardo Tisci’s first show. The label is unlikely to remain anything as traditional as we’ve come to expect and if Givenchy’s ex-creative director lives up to his reputation it’s going to be very exciting to see how it evolves in the future.
The arrival of The Burberry Conservatory in Dubai is something to look forward to then, as it takes over the Farjam Foundation in DIFC from Sunday May 6 to May 10. The aim of the event is to celebrate the latest runway tote, named “The Belt Bag”. Designed by previous creative director, Christopher Bailey, The Belt Bag is inspired by the iconic Burberry trench coat. Customers can have a first-hand experience of the bag as well as shopping the latest Burberry collection to a gorgeous, English summer garden backdrop created for the experience.
Shop the collection below:
Speaking of which, if you haven't seen model-activist Adwoa Aboah's Burberry photo project with her family in Ghana, shot by Juergen Teller - you're missing out on some heart warming moments. Take a look here.
Images: Burberry Instagram
Prada is one of the latest luxury brands to set up shop in the swanky Fashion Avenue extension at Dubai Mall. If that's not enough of an excuse to head down the block, they've released an exciting bit of news on their latest experience. To coincide with the launch of their fabulous new boutique, Prada is offering a service which allows you to create your own pair of unique Prada sandals.
This made to order project is exclusively available here in the Middle East and features the brands heeled sandal collection which you can select in your colour of choice. Next you're able to choose your material of choice from croc skin to the signature Saffiano leather and customise it with the options of jewelled bracelets and metallic lettering.
This will be available from tomorrow, May 3 at the new Prada boutique in the Fashion Avenue extension.
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It looks like the next dazzling instalment of Arab Fashion Week is going to drippin’. The Arab Fashion Council announced yesterday that the 6th Edition of Arab Fashion week Dubai will take place onboard the QE2 from May 9-12 making it the world’s first ever floating fashion week. The spectacular event features 18 designers showcasing their latest pieces for resort and ready couture including Aiisha Ramadan, Anastasia Raykova and Amato Couture who will represent the UAE.
Arab Fashion Week Dubai will also feature industry panel discussions and a glamorous awards ceremony on the final eve of the event. This year sees the launch of an eco-friendly collection under the AFC Green Label which promotes fashion sustainability as well. For more details have a look at the official site here.
Image: Arab Fashion Council Instagram
Read about the race between HyperloopTT and Hyperloop One so far here.
Following last week’s announcement from HyperloopTT stating plans are underway for the development for the first ever hyperloop route in partnership with Aldar properties, the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) 'pulled the brakes' on the festivities by taking to Twitter and basically telling everyone (but especially HyperloopTT) to calm down.
In a series of tweets last Thursday RTA said that there are no plans to build hyperloops in the UAE anytime soon, stating “the system is still under the process of research and development and RTA is closely following the developments in this technology”.
Well that was quick, as it was then announced on Sunday evening in a glam ceremony on-board the Queen Elizabeth 2 that Richard Branson’s competing hyperloop tech company Virgin Hyperloop One would be behind the first hyperloop system in the UAE in partnership with DP World, set to be operational by 2025 (at the earliest).
The newly named company is called DP World Cargospeed and this hyperloop system is designed to move cargo at a speed of 1200 km/hr. The announcement was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE – and as far as endorsements go in the UAE, it doesn’t get any more official than that.
Well played Hyperloop One.