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WRITER: Ziad Taha

The post-summer period is always a busy time for events so it's best to strategise if you don't want to miss the ones that interest you most. Here are our picks for what to add to your busy calendars.



It’s almost that time of the year for the annual coming together of artworks, gallerists and collectors in the (unofficial) capital of Middle Eastern culture. This will be the eighth edition of the the Beirut Art Fair and one particular highlight we're looking forward to this year is the return of 'Revealing' (a space dedicated to the selection committee’s favourite up-and-coming global talents), which has been given a much larger area now.

In addition to this, around 50 galleries from all over the world will be descending on Beirut with the hope of penetrating the Lebanese market and its dense and diversified network of local and international collectors. Last, but certainly not least, the fair has secured the services of London-based independent curator and Middle-Eastern contemporary art expert Rose Issa (right), for the curation of their 2017 focal exhibition, 'Ourouba, The Eye of Lebanon'. Issa will endeavour to reflect, through installations, paintings, photography and sculptural works, the aesthetic, conceptual and socio-political concerns that have surfaced in the Arab world over the last decade. “Even in tragedy, there is humour and cynism," she reveals.

September 21st – 24th at BIEL



Though menswear, resort, and haute couture shows happen at different times, Fashion Week normally refers to the womenswear spectacles that happen twice a year in the ‘Big Four’ fashion capitals. And even if you’re not dying to see what's in store for S/S18, September is one of the best times of year to visit these cities (if you can find a room), as post-summer revelry is guaranteed with smashing happenings, parties, and after-parties taking place across each city’s hot spots.

September 7th – October 3rd



Simply put, the MYS is the most important event in the superyachting calendar. During the four days in which it's held, more than 30,000 of the world's most affluent people jostle to see the best yachts launched over the past year, as well as the finest yachts for sale and/or charter. Last year's show encompassed 125 boats, 40 of which were global debuts. But there's plenty of other stuff too, with a myriad of gadgets, innovations and toys on display.

September 27th – 30th at Port Hercules



“The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys,” said Doris Rowland in 1975. She was referring to her husband, Ross Rowland Junior, who had been responsible for creating the American Bicentennial Freedom Train. But her memorable quote also inspired an entire event in the UAE and it's the place to go if you're after mind-boggling vehicles, watches and Bond-worthy gadgets.

November 2nd – 4th at DWTC



The idea behind the DWW, an annual event coming up to its third instalment, is to help turn the occasional watch buyer into a sophisticated horology enthusiast. And by connecting the public with watchmakers, collectors, brands and the media through non-commercial exhibits and panels that focus on history and craftsmanship, they're hoping to demystify the world of mechanical time-keeping.

November 16th – 20th at DIFC


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