LIFESTYLE

BUSINESS | Parisian Fragrance House Ex Nihilo Cuts Ribbon On Its First Saudi Boutique

JEDDAH | SAUDI ARABIA – Parisian fragrance maison Ex Nihlio has cut the ribbon on its first flagship in Saudi Arabia. The new perfumery is situated in Jeddah’s Nojoud Center, alongside other brands like Lacoste and Femi9. The new store evokes the brand’s French flagship with its iconic cobalt blue interior, marble floors, Art Deco … Continue reading BUSINESS | Parisian Fragrance House Ex Nihilo Cuts Ribbon On Its First Saudi Boutique

BUSINESS | Extremely Rare, Purple-Pink Russian Diamond Up For Action, Worth $38 Million

MILAN | ITALY – An extremely rare, vivid purple – pink diamond mined in Russia is expected to fetch up to $38 million when it goes under the hammer on November 11, the auction house Sotheby’s said on Monday. The oval gem, which is named after a Russian ballet ‘The Spirit of the Rose’, is … Continue reading BUSINESS | Extremely Rare, Purple-Pink Russian Diamond Up For Action, Worth $38 Million

LIFESTYLE | Maserati Aims To Be ‘Crown Jewel’ Of FCA-PSA Merger With New Super Car

MILAN | ITALY – After more than a year on the skids, Maserati has taken the wraps off a new high performance sports car which parent Fiat Chrysler hopes will help turn the brand into the ‘crown jewel’ of its merger with France’s Peugeot. The sleek and super – lightweight MC20 offers acceleration from zero … Continue reading LIFESTYLE | Maserati Aims To Be ‘Crown Jewel’ Of FCA-PSA Merger With New Super Car

LIFESTYLE | Aston Martin’s New 007 ‘No Time To Die’ Inspired Vantage And DBS Superleggera

To celebrate the upcoming 25th James Bond ‘No Time To Die’, Aston Martin’s bespoke division is releasing two special 007 editions of the Vantage and DBS Superleggera. Just as much as one associates a martini ‘shaken and stirred’ with special agent 007 James Bond, it is undoubtedly British automaker Aston Martin that jumps to mind … Continue reading LIFESTYLE | Aston Martin’s New 007 ‘No Time To Die’ Inspired Vantage And DBS Superleggera

LIFESTYLE | Audemars Piguet’s Frosted Gold Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon Revealed

Audemars Piguet’s newest Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillion has been revealed and features a clean circular design that draws the eye inward to the diamond – encrousted flying tourbillion cage. The latest in the ‘Royal Oak Concept’ range, this is a smaller design compared to the majority of the oversized Royal Oak Concept men’s watches … Continue reading LIFESTYLE | Audemars Piguet’s Frosted Gold Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon Revealed


FINE JEWELRY | Sonam Kapoor And Arab Stars Preview Bulgari’s Collection Inspired By The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Celebrities from all over the Arab flew to Abu Dhabi for the launch of Bulgari’s new Jannah Collection. The glorious high jewelry designs unveiled at the Louvre Abu Dhabi are the results an unprecedented collaboration between the Italian house and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member  of the ruling UAE … Continue reading FINE JEWELRY | Sonam Kapoor And Arab Stars Preview Bulgari’s Collection Inspired By The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

SUPERCARS | Limited Edition Lamborghini Aventador SVJ XAGO: Only 10 Will Be Made

Lamborghini announces the new limited-edition Aventador SVJ Xago for ten select customers who order through the new virtual Ad Personam Studio. In celebration of the new ‘virtual’ Ad Mersonam Studio experience, Lamborghini has announced ten select clients will have the opportunity to order the limited edition Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Xago exclusively through the virtual program. … Continue reading SUPERCARS | Limited Edition Lamborghini Aventador SVJ XAGO: Only 10 Will Be Made

FASHION | Billy Porter’s 2020 Emmys Ensemble Was Custom – Made By This Saudi Label

Billy Porter is known for his unapologetic style and statement red carpet looks. Despite this year’s Emmy Awards being held digitally, porter didn’t hold back from bringing his show-stopping outfits to the event, wearing a custom-made ensemble by Saudi label, Ashi Studio. The actor, who was nominated for the award for outstanding lead actor in … Continue reading FASHION | Billy Porter’s 2020 Emmys Ensemble Was Custom – Made By This Saudi Label

FASHION | ‘We Must Go On’, Says Lebanese Designer Elie Saab After Blast

It felt like an eternity rather than just a few minutes as haute couture fashion designer Elie Saab scrambled to make sure his 200 staff members, including his son, were safe when this month’s massive explosion shook Beirut. Like many Lebanese on Aug.4 when chemicals at the port detoned, the 56-year-old felt the blast was … Continue reading FASHION | ‘We Must Go On’, Says Lebanese Designer Elie Saab After Blast

FASHION | Lebanese Designers Count The Damage of Massive Blast In Beirut

Designers including Elie Saab and Rbih Kayrouz reported no vitcims from the explosion, which destroyed their headquarters. Lebanese designers were left picking up this pieces on Wednesday after a massive warehouse explosion in the port of Beirut sent a shockwave across the capital, killing at least 100 people and injuring nearly 4,000 according to news … Continue reading FASHION | Lebanese Designers Count The Damage of Massive Blast In Beirut

BUSINESS | Diane Von Furstenberg To Pay Laid Off Employees ‘In Full’

MILAN | ITALY – Iconic fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg wrote on Instagram that laid-off employees of her struggling company will be paid in full including severances. The statement was in response to a New York Times article that was written about the closing of her company’s clothing stores which laid off 60 percent of … Continue reading BUSINESS | Diane Von Furstenberg To Pay Laid Off Employees ‘In Full’

FASHION | H&M Collaborates With Sandra Mansour For Its First Collection With An Arab Designer

In H&M’s storied collaboration history, there has never been one with an Arab designer, until now. Enter Lebanese designer Sandra Mansour with her trailblazing new collection that is an empowering demonstration of hope and resilience even in the most turbulent of times. Inspired by a quartet of powerful female artists, Mansour dares to dream of … Continue reading FASHION | H&M Collaborates With Sandra Mansour For Its First Collection With An Arab Designer

FASHION | Saudi Designer Yousef Akbar Wins Competition To Debut At Fashion Forward Dubai

MILAN | ITALY – – Saudi-born designer, Yousef Akbar, was selected out of 170 competitors to participate in Fashion Forward Dubai’s (FFWD) 2020 edition in April, the UAE-based initiative announced. The competition, which he won, was by ‘Not Just a Label’ – a community that helps give emerging talent an easily accessible network and retailing … Continue reading FASHION | Saudi Designer Yousef Akbar Wins Competition To Debut At Fashion Forward Dubai


HEALTH | Prenatal Air Pollution Exposure Tied To Childhood Blood Sugar

Kids who are exposed to air pollution in the womb may have higher blood sugar level during childhood than kids without this exposure, according to a study that suggests particle pollution could be an environmental risk factor for diabetes. The current study included 365 children in Mexico City who were exposed to average daily PM … Continue reading HEALTH | Prenatal Air Pollution Exposure Tied To Childhood Blood Sugar

BUSINESS | L’Oréal To Drop Words Such As ‘Whitening’ From Skin Products

PARIS | FRANCE – L’Oreal, the world’s biggest cosmetics company, will remove words referencing ‘white’, ‘fair’ and ‘light’ from its skin-evening products, a spokeswoman said on Friday, a day after Unilever made a similar announcement in the face of growing social media criticism. Unilever and L’Oreal are two big players in the global market for … Continue reading BUSINESS | L’Oréal To Drop Words Such As ‘Whitening’ From Skin Products

BUSINESS | Chanel, Revlon, L’Oreal Pivoting Away From Talc In Some Products

Los Angeles – Chanel, Revlon and L’Oreal, three of the biggest brands in cosmetics, are quietly moving away from using talc in some products as U.S. cancer lawsuits and consumer concerns mount. Luxury beauty company Chanel has removed talc from a loose face powder and dropped a talc body powder because of negative perception around … Continue reading BUSINESS | Chanel, Revlon, L’Oreal Pivoting Away From Talc In Some Products

BEAUTY | Tips For Staying Fit While Stuck At Home During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Just because the gyms are closed, doesn’t mean you still can’t get fitter in time for summer. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, more and more people are finding themselves working from home. At the same time, many local businesses (including gyms and fitness centers) have temporarily closed their doors, creating a situation where some may … Continue reading BEAUTY | Tips For Staying Fit While Stuck At Home During The Coronavirus Pandemic

HEALTH | Dubai International Nutrition Congress To Highlight Latest Research, Best Practices In Clinical Nutrition

DUBAI – Under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of the Dubai Health Authority, DHA, the 6th edition of the annual Dubai International Nutrition Congress, DINC, will take place from October 22-24, 2020. The three-day event will be held under the theme ‘Tour … Continue reading HEALTH | Dubai International Nutrition Congress To Highlight Latest Research, Best Practices In Clinical Nutrition

BUSINESS | H&M Says Recovery Uneven After March – May sales tumble 50%

STOCKHOLM – H&M, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, on Monday reported a sharp but slightly smaller than expected drop in second-quarter sales as measures to slow the COVID-19 pandemic slammed the sector. The Swedish company’s net sales for the three months to May 31 fell 50% from a year earlier to 28.7 billion crowns. Analysts … Continue reading BUSINESS | H&M Says Recovery Uneven After March – May sales tumble 50%

MASTERWORKS OF TIME | Rolex Daytona ‘JPS’ 6264 Fetches a record $1.5 million in online sale

An ultra – rare Rolex Cosmograph Daytona JPS  reference 6264 in 18k gold achieved more than $1.5 million in a single-lot online sale held by Sotheby’s in London. The 1969 ‘John Player Special’, named after Formula 1 livery, because of its black and gold ‘Paul Newman’ dial. The price set action record for a watch … Continue reading MASTERWORKS OF TIME | Rolex Daytona ‘JPS’ 6264 Fetches a record $1.5 million in online sale

TRAVEL ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Resume Flights For 33 Destinations In November

Saudi Arabia’s national carrier Saudi announced it will resume flights to 33 destinations in November. Destinations include major international capitals across Europe, Asia and Africa. Regional destinations that include Dubai and Beirut also resume next month. Saudia travellers who are going to U.S. will only be able to fly to Washington. The airlines said flights … Continue reading TRAVEL ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Resume Flights For 33 Destinations In November

TRAVEL | Abu Dhabi’s Qasr Al Watan Open For Visitors After Months Of Closure

Abu Dhabi’s presidential palace Qasr Al Watan announced on Monday its reopening for visitors with enhanced safety measures to combat the spread of coronavirus. According to the site’s website, the reopening of the majestic palace comes hand in hand with a set of new precautionary health measures. First, the site will be subject to an … Continue reading TRAVEL | Abu Dhabi’s Qasr Al Watan Open For Visitors After Months Of Closure

TRAVEL ALERT | Saudia Resumes International Flights To 20 Cities

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi airline has resumed international flights to 20 destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Europe, after seven months of travel disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Kingdom’s flag carrier said permitted travelers could now fly to Amman, Dubai, Tunis, Cairo, Alexandria, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, … Continue reading TRAVEL ALERT | Saudia Resumes International Flights To 20 Cities

LIFE IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC | Prague Café Hits Sweet Spot With Coronavirus – Shaped Dessert

MILAN | ITALY – A restaurant in Prague’s historic center has invented a dessert shaped like the novel coronavirus, an attempt to arrest a slump in business that is already proving a hit with customers. The Black Madonna would normally be bustling with tourists admiring its cubist interior, but it has suffered as travel to … Continue reading LIFE IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC | Prague Café Hits Sweet Spot With Coronavirus – Shaped Dessert

TRAVEL | Al-Asha Named World’s Largest Date Palm Oasis By Guinness

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Culture Minister Prince Bader Bin Abdullah Bin Frahan announce Thursday, that Al-Ahsa Governorate has been registered in the Guinness World Records at the world’s largest date palm oasis. According to Guinness’s website, the oasis includes more than 2.5 million palm trees feeding on a vast aquifer through 280 artesian … Continue reading TRAVEL | Al-Asha Named World’s Largest Date Palm Oasis By Guinness

TRAVEL ALERT | U.K. To Make Announcement On Airport Testing Later On Wednesday: Shapps

LONDON – British transport minister Grant Shapps said he will make an announcement later on Wednesday regarding COVID-19 testing at airports which could lead to the U.K.’s 14-day quarantine period for travellers being shortened. ‘I will be making the announcement later today to parliament but it involves a task force. So looking at the systems … Continue reading TRAVEL ALERT | U.K. To Make Announcement On Airport Testing Later On Wednesday: Shapps

BREAKING NEWS | Mohammed Bin Salman Calls On ‘Dreamers’ To Join Saudi Arabia In Building ‘Economies Of Knowledge’

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, called on Wednesday ‘all dreamers to join Saudi Arabia in building economies of knowledge’. ‘At this summit, we look forward to unveiling a number of important initiatives with our global partners to help speed up the adoption … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Mohammed Bin Salman Calls On ‘Dreamers’ To Join Saudi Arabia In Building ‘Economies Of Knowledge’

G20 SAUDI ARABIA | King Salman Says Pandemic Proved Flexibility, Strength Of Saudi Economy

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz stressed on Monday that the novel coronavirus pandemic demonstrated the flexibility and strength of the Saudi economy. In an address before the Business 20, he said: ‘We are determined to boost development and prosperity through empowerment and investment in new sectors’. Minister of Investment Khalid … Continue reading G20 SAUDI ARABIA | King Salman Says Pandemic Proved Flexibility, Strength Of Saudi Economy

ROYALS | Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Prince Andrew’s Social Media Accounts Were Removed From the Royals’ Website

After stepping back from their roles as working royals earlier this year Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as well as Prince Andrew, have had their social media accounts removed from the official royal family website. People pointed out that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s @SussexRoyal Instagram page and Prince Andrew’s Twitter and Instagram pages were … Continue reading ROYALS | Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Prince Andrew’s Social Media Accounts Were Removed From the Royals’ Website

BREAKING NEWS | Mohamed bin Zayed, King of Spain Review Global Fight Against COVID-19

ABU DHABI – Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, discussed over a phone call with King Felipe VI of Spain the global fight against COVID-19. The two leaders underlined the necessity of maintaining global channels of coordinate to curb the spread … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Mohamed bin Zayed, King of Spain Review Global Fight Against COVID-19