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Dirty Kitchen Secrets, the foodies’ blog by Lebanese-American Bethany Kehdy, is starting to gain a serious international following. With her charm, wit and easy-to-follow guidelines, Kehdy is converting the uninitiated to the wonders of Middle Eastern cuisine.
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Kokichi Mikimoto not only helped pioneer the technique of pearl cultivation, he also made the craft known around the world. Bespoke takes a look back at this remarkable man’s legacy.
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Started with Arab talent and investment in late 2007 and with a multi-million dollar buyout just over two years later, it now boasts 50 million monthly active users, 10 million daily active users. Playfish should make us all proud.
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Saudi Arabian horseman Ramzy Al Duhami completed a clean sweep of show jumping gold medals at this year’s Asian Games. His single-minded dedication, extraordinary focus and significant triumph have garnered him this year’s Bespoke Visionary Award.
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A joint venture between the Qatari United Development Company (UDC) and the Emirati National Central Cooling Company Tabreed, Qatar Cool leads when it comes to district cooling in the region. And we'll tell you why.
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Nicolas Hayek, born in Beirut in 1928, passed away earlier this year. He was not only the saviour of the ailing Swiss-watch industry but also the founder of the biggest horological manufacturing group in the world. Bespoke looks upon Hayek’s legacy.
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Cairo-born Karim Rashid is the world’s most prolific contemporary industrial designer. His projects range from interiors, fashion, furniture, lighting, art and music to installations. Bespoke gets a chance to pick Rashid’s brain.
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Tom Ford, far and away the most exciting man in fashion, is the latest, greatest icon to stalk the catwalks of the world; undeniably suave, intelligent and adventurous, Ford has taken the world by storm. Here, he talks to Bespoke.
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Farah Behbehani is a humble soul – you’d never know the magnitude of her achievements from speaking with the 28-year-old Kuwaiti graphic designer.
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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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