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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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We do, as the old music hall number goes, like to be beside the seaside. But it turns out you don’t need to be by the sea to live there. Enter Crystal Lagoons, a visionary company creating manmade lagoons everywhere and anywhere.
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Dr. Hesham Sadek is pioneering research that could change the face of medicine. If his work in cardiac regeneration proves successful, he could end heart disease altogether.
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One of the most recognisable actresses from the Middle East, Hiam Abbass is also a talented filmmaker. Her latest collaboration with Italian label Miu Miu though, is a step in a different direction.
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Taking a bit of a gamble, Lexus, Japan’s luxury carmakers, are in the process of changing the way we think of them by changing the way they think of themselves.
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Inventor of the boutique hotel concept, Ian Schrager saw the future of the hotel industry before it came. Now, he goes even further by turning the concept on its head, redefining the notion of a boutique experience as being a matter of size.
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It takes a certain optimism to build a city in the middle of a desert. In fact, Kuwait's rapid urbanisation during the late 1970s represents a landmark in Middle East architecture, as seen in the pages of Modern Architecture of Kuwait, a book by Roberto Fabbri and Ricardo Camancho.
Ralph Masri’s path has been stellar. In just his first year at Central Saint Martins, he won the Swarovski Award. Two years later he became the youngest designer to ever be nominated for a UK Jewellery Award. Then after a stint at Pomellato, he went solo and already Queen Rania, Jessica Alba, and Gigi Hadid are fans.
Henry Dakak Jr. is a designer with a singular vision. His beautifully made creations, whether furniture, functional objects or jewellery, exemplify a judicious mix of modernity and antiquity, and bely a delicate attention to detail.
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