Time to reflect

Expected to begin on May 16, the holy month of Ramadan is a truly special time in the UAE. As the region slows down and devout Muslims mark the occasion by fasting from dawn to dusk, the change in the air is palpable. After sunset, the city comes to life with iftar feasts that bring families and friends together. The holy month draws to a close with Eid al Fitr in June, which sees plenty of festivities taking place across the UAE with dining feasts and cultural activities for local...

Exploring Alserkal Avenue

Al Quoz, previously thought of as something of a Bermuda Triangle among Dubai dwellers thanks to its maze of indistinct warehouses and similar-looking streets, is now one of the city’s most up-and-coming quarters. A complete contrast to the emirate’s more well known luxury offering, Al Quoz’s charm lies in its back-to-basics approach and hip industrial façades – making it the perfect spot for Alserkal Avenue’s creative vision. The brainchild of Dubai-born Abdelmonem bin Eisa Alserkal, the art district was conceived by combining his passion for the arts and his love...

Dubai World Cup 2017 – Racing season has begun

The stage is set for one of the world’s biggest sporting and social events. World Cup fever is in the air. Top jockeys from across the globe and the world’s best thoroughbreds are getting ready to vie for one of the biggest purses in horse racing history. While the Dubai World Cup Carnival officially kicked off on January 5, 2017, the who’s who of Dubai, seasoned race-goers, equestrian enthusiasts and trackside fashionistas will come together as racing season culminates with the much-anticipated Dubai World Cup on March 25, 2017. Held...

UAE’s Pearl Culture – National treasure

Long before the discovery of oil, pearls were an important source of wealth for the people of the United Arab Emirates. During the 18th and early 19th centuries, pearl divers would sail for four months at a time, working from sunrise to sunset, scouring the depths of the Gulf waters for this natural treasure. It was a very dangerous practice and pearl diving equipment at the time was rudimentary. Divers had to take to the waters with just a nose clip, or fetam, fashioned from goat or gazelle horns and...

Equestrian portraits by Dubai artist Michael Arnold

Equestrian portraits are not necessarily the obvious choice for architect turned Dubai artist Michael Arnold, having found local renown mostly for his distinctive depictions of some of the UAE’s most famous buildings. Yet his new, much-anticipated series on horses is a stunning study of these majestic animals, and it’s precisely this impeccable eye for detail that has resulted in a beautiful body of work. From his studio, tucked away down the labyrinthine alleyways of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai artist Arnold blends a keen understanding and passion for horses, with...
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