Seemingly overnight, Jim Chapman has become one of the Internet’s most popular stars. Good looks and his never-ending enthusiasm for daily life have put him on a short list of males dominating the social media sphere.
The billionaire founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk is not one to shy away from outlandish goals. His latest involves colonising Mars via manned missions that should start as soon as 2022.
Peking to Paris is one of the world’s most demanding classic car rallies. Comprising 36 days straight of driving through some of the most remote and inaccessible places on the earth, it is a serious adventure. This year, for the first time, it will be attempted by an Arab team.
Marc Quinn is one of the world’s most important living artists. Having emerged in the early 1990s, his organic readymades and sculptures of the human body have provoked astonishment and enthusiasm – in equal measure – and though he may have softened with age, he still looks to the rigorous world of science for guidance.
Founded in 1980, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an organisation that lives and breathes its one mission statement: ‘Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on or use for entertainment.’ No matter what you think of their tactics, you can’t but respect their dedication.
Mansoor Bhatti is a collector, not of things, but of people and their ideas rather. Via his Dubai-based creative agency Thingsbypeople, he’s been accumulating a roster of international visual artists and challenging them in the fields of photography, fashion, illustration, graffiti art and advertising.
It could be argued that Rubaiyat brought high-end fashion to Saudi Arabia. With their latest venture, the Rubaiyat Department Store in Jeddah’s Stars Avenue Mall, they’re offering over 300 brands as well as a personal shopping service to create a whole new retail experience.
When it comes to government-backed initiatives in the Arab world, the Qatar Foundation is a unique one. It’s a non-profit that’s leading the way not only in education, but also in scientific advancement, cutting edge research and technological capabilities.
Owner of Cookie Dough, Yasmin Agha, isn’t afraid to think outside the box. By combining the most exclusive, children’s fashion with expert tailor-made advice for parents, hers is a children’s boutique with rare added value.
From singing notes to smelling them, Amouage’s creative director Christopher Chong hasn’t entirely left his opera background behind as he usually draws from musical masterpieces. His latest fragrance, though – a tribute to the smoky Jazz clubs and Chinese Film Noir of his youth – is more personal.