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A text-intensive section in which our columnists offer insight into the world of luxury, opinions and comment, in a discerning, often humorous and nuanced manner.

Dr. Azzam Alwash is restoring Iraq's southern wetlands, one reed at a time.more
Kevin Hackett becomes convinced that technology may not make artists of us all.more
Anissa Helou discovers the joys of eating in the wild.more
Kevin Hackett takes a look at some of today's cars that are shaping our tomorrow.more

Michael Karam finds that honesty is not always the best policy.more
Anissa Helou sinks her teeth into a rather unusual animal part.more
Karim Munib looks into some really strange hotels in Europe.more

Jon Jensen charts the stratospheric rise of contemporary Arab art.more
Errol Barnett and Tim Hum take a trip to the ghostly colonial remains of Germany's African outpost.more
Eoghan Macguire explores the lucrative trade in sunken treasures.more
Monita Rajpal looks at how the online world is shaping the future of fashion.more
Myleene Klass goes behind the scenes with Anna Wintour at the Ritz for Paris Fashion Week.more

Hisham Abi Khalil discovers that friendship is a dish that is sometimes best served cold.more
Michael Karam discovers that not all Business Classes are made the same.more
Maya Khoury comes up with some alternate uses for your old wedding dress.more
Jibril Hambel delves into the fascinating world of online museums.more
Ziad Taha traces the beginnings of the dinner jacket and what it should, or should not, be worn with.more

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eL Seed’s sprawling mural brings attention to Cairo’s garbage collectors and shows it's all about perspective.more
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Baselworld is a hectic thing. The giant fair lasted eight days this year, attracting over 150,000 industry insiders, collectors, journalists and fans coming to see the latest products from 1,400 of the world’s top watchmakers and jewellers exhibiting in a Herzog & de Meuron-remodelled space that’s roughly the size of 20 football pitches.more
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Here's all you need to know about the 25th edition of the invitation-only SIHH watch fair including news from Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Montblanc, Richard Mille, Jaeger Le-Coultre, IWC, Piaget, Panerai and much, more more.more
Anissa Helou discovers that there's more to good food than taste.more
Michael Karam finds that the price of a portrait is more than he'd bargained for.more
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your picks
Dubai-based ready-to-wear designer Lama Jouni teams traditional techniques with a forward-looking approach.
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.
Sometimes there comes a story of someone overcoming adversity such as war, poverty, and displacement – to achieve beyond expectation. The story of Mark Haidar is one of those.
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