Concierge Dubai blog » dubai Tue, 13 May 2014 13:17:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Watch and learn Sun, 03 Jun 2012 15:41:22 +0000 admin By Charlotte Van den Broucque

What better way to spend an afternoon than a long lunch in the luxurious surroundings of the One&Only Palace hotel and being shown the latest, beautifully displayed, Versace and Salvatore Ferragamo watches?  Fresh from Basel, both collections feature stunning updates and additions for the new season.


VERSACE Vanity collection

Timepieces from the Gancino Sparkling collection by Ferragamo boast encrusted bezels and coloured stones including topaz and garnets. Combined with a double wrap-around strap in traditional tan and white leather or t hot pink and bright orange, the effect is ideal for those who like to stand out. More sparkle comes with the Idillio range with sapphire-, ruby- and diamond-covered faces and a subtle ‘galaxy’ arrangement of diamonds across the dial.

For men, the F-80 collection provides an opportunity to own a sporty watch reinforced with carbon fibre. Pick from classic black or brighter options, where colourful second hands or hour markers match bright rubber straps in yellow, blue and orange. Alternatively, the ‘Colour on time’ project for men and women allows shoppers to choose different design specifications for their own F-80s using a special app in-store. Add gemstones for extra glitz and engrave the back of the case with a personal message.

From Versace comes a combination of class and glamour to cater to a wide spectrum of tastes. For men, the limited-edition Versace Character Automatic boasts classic good looks. Combining a stainless steel case with rose-gold details on the hands, indexes, buttons and crown makes for a sophisticated accessory. The Character Quartz is a sportier, more contemporary watch with a two-tone black and gun-metal dial that has three counters and a grooved rubber strap.

Taking its lead from the springtime hues seen on the Versace S/S ’12 runway and clothing collection, the Vanity watch range features sky blue, mauve, white and pistachio green straps and faces. Bezels are adorned with either diamonds or raised stud detailing and the famous Versace emblem (Medusa’s head) adorns the strap.

With many more besides, it’s well worth a trip to Paris Gallery to take a look at the superb timepieces that both Versace and Salvatore Ferragamo have to offer this season.

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Meet Angela Missoni Mon, 21 May 2012 06:47:44 +0000 admin By Naomi Chadderton, Fashion Editor, Concierge

I’ve long been a fan of Angela Missoni’s artistic talent. So when I was invited to have lunch with the design guru herself earlier this week, I jumped at the chance to pick the brains of arguably one of the most talented Creative Directors on the scene.

For those who don’t know, Missoni is an Italian fashion house famous worldwide for its stunning knitwear and playful patterns. In town to host an exclusive preview of the Missoni Pre-Fall 2012 collection at Boutique 1, myself and a select group of media were invited to Salmontini in Mall of the Emirates to grab a bite with Angela before the event, where we talked about everything from fashion and to holiday homes in Lake Como and her gorgeous daughter Margherita’s upcoming nuptials (she’s set to marry a long-term friend of the family next month).

When it comes to personalities, they don’t get more welcoming than Angela Missoni. Bubbly, bright and super-friendly, she oozes a familiarity I suspect you won’t find with many world-class designers and she was an absolute pleasure to chat to. As for the collection, think everything from over-sized cardigans to wide jackets and skirts in a delectable colour palette of grey, purple and earth tones. I’ll definitely be saving up for a little piece of my own Missoni from this stunning collection.

Concierge Fashion Editor, Naomi Chadderton, with Angela Missoni

Carefully contrasting geometric designs in an eclectic yet stylish mix

Missoni's amazing knitwear

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The lighter side of luxury Thu, 09 Feb 2012 07:17:35 +0000 admin By Scott Birch

Mon Dupont

Mon Dupont by Karl Lagerfeld

On a glorious day in Dubai, out on the terrace of The One & Only Royal Mirage, ladies are lunching and the affluent are enjoying afternoon tea. Nothing unusual there. Then at another table, a rather dashing French gentleman is holding court surrounded by enough ladies to make up a netball team. Again, nothing so unusual there. But one thing did seem amiss.


Unless I was very much mistaken, all of the eight were smoking – the gentleman toking on a Clint Eastwood-esque cigarillo, the ladies daintily pulling on Gauloise (or so I would like to think). It was exactly as I had expected. After all, the contingent were in Dubai with the luxury Parisian brand ST Dupont, who specialise in, amongst other things, lighters.


ST Dupont has been around since 1872. One hundred and forty years later, and after a few false starts, the brand is now focused on four main pillars which it calls the Art of Living – writing instruments (that’s pens to you and me), lighters, leather goods and accessories.


Alain Crevet, president of ST Dupont

Alain Crevet, president of ST Dupont

Alain Crevet is the cigar-smoking, rock guitar-playing president who has helped to turn ST Dupont around after some lean years and an ill-fated departure into men’s ready-to-wear.


Going back to basics, Alain has brought the brand back to life and refocused attention on its strengths. And the brand itself is strong, particularly in the Middle East, where it has been operating for 60 years.


Alain and his netball team are here to showcase the latest products, aimed squarely at the female market and with a celebrity designer par excellence behind them. Karl Lagerfeld, the genius currently behind Chanel and Fendi, has created luxe lighters with a distinctly feminine feel (they look like lipsticks) and unique pens in the shape of his trademark fan.


Recently launched in Europe, this is the Middle East debut of the Mon Dupont range before Alain heads to Asia with his Lagerfeld loot.


Lagerfeld's sketch for the Mon Dupont pen

Lagerfeld's sketch for the Mon Dupont pen

An engaging, affable and refreshingly ‘cool’ president, Alain waxes about the wonderful lighters that are the ST Dupont signature and also the reintroduction of their bespoke luggage factory after a 65-year hiatus.


Interestingly, the last piece of the small production line in 1947 was a wedding gift for the future Queen Elizabeth II of England. The first piece produced at the new factory was an identical wedding gift for Prince William and Kate Middleton last year, at the request of President Sarkozy. Happy coincidence.


Steeped in history, with a clear focus and some handsome luxury items, expect to be hearing more about ST Dupont, especially in the pages of Concierge magazine.

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Sail away Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:43:34 +0000 admin With the calm waters of the Arabian Gulf, year-round sunshine and 800 kilometres of coastline, Dubai is the perfect place to jump aboard a luxury yacht and take in the magnificent sights from a different perspective. Witness the breathtaking size of the Palm Jumeirah from the aquamarine waters, sail around The World development or take a tour past the buildings of historic Dubai Creek and watch the city illuminate as the sun goes down.

Lap of luxury
The superyacht has become today’s symbol for the rich, powerful and influential and the UAE is home to more than its fair share of the gleaming multi-million-dirham floating palaces. In 2006 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE, added a superyacht called Dubai to his breathtaking fleet. Featuring eight decks spread across a 551-foot length, this gargantuan beast of the sea can accommodate 115 people, has numerous restaurants, bars, a whole deck of suites, pools, Jacuzzis and a helipad among its facilities. The lavish interior design work is the talent of Platinum Yachts and it cost more than US$300 million (AED1.1 billion) to complete. At one point the Dubai was the largest yacht in the world, but it was overtaken in 2010 by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich’s largest superyacht Eclipse.

Plan an escape
While it might not be possible to charter yachts on such a large scale, there are plenty of breathtakingly impressive models which will undoubtedly please those looking for the crème de la crème of the boating world. A plethora of sailing options and activities are available and all meet a variety of requirements.

First Yacht, based in the heart of Dubai Marina, offers exclusive use of yachts to individuals or groups and sails daily. With crafts that range from 43ft to 88ft, each vessel is professionally crewed to offer a luxurious and safe charter experience. For those in a large group, it’s the perfect opportunity to privately charter a yacht for up to 38 people and to take in the sites of the coastline. Alternatively you can opt for something smaller, such as the 43ft Silver Craft, which has a maximum capacity of 10 and can be hired for a minimum of two hours.

Visitors can arrange to take their own food and beverages, however First Yacht can arrange anything from canapés and cocktails to a fivecourse gourmet meal. Many yachts have an on-deck barbecue, which guests can use themselves or have a bespoke menu prepared for them by the boat’s chef.

Yachts can be chartered for a couple of hours or even days, with many of the bigger boats offering luxurious cabin facilities with ensuite bathrooms. Aim to set sail in the early evening to catch the beautiful colours of the sunset before darkness falls over the city. The dazzling lights of the city skyline make for an incredible scene. Let your imagination run wild as private charter experiences can be tailored to please even the most discerning guest and fulfil the most outlandish requests.

For more high-octane passengers, First Yacht also offers the opportunity to hire the Sea Rocket boat – an offshore racinginspired catamaran adapted for fast offshore tours. Alternatively book in for something a little more sedate, such as a sea fishing trip or a private dinner cruise.

Art Marine is the largest marine hospitality company in the region and caters to corporate clients as well as individual guests. For something truly different, try the romantic dinner cruise while the sun sets over the Arabian Gulf. A private chef will prepare a gourmet five-course dinner as the lucky couple enjoys some quality time together on the water. Or for a trip aimed at pampering, Art Marine’s wellness and relaxation cruise serves healthy cocktails and fresh fruit before anchoring at a lagoon inside Palm Jumeirah where you can enjoy a relaxing spa treatment of your choice. For those in a sporting mood, fishing competitions can be arranged with team-branded clothing, trophies, certificates and prizes. You can even have the catch of the day cooked fresh for you aboard a yacht.The possibilities are endless.

Want moor?
There are several marinas in Dubai where yacht owners can moor their boats. Festival Marina, which is located in Dubai Festival City, is a Mediterranean-inspired marina with 78 permanent berths, state-of-the-art facilities and quayside mooring for yachts between 10 and 35 metres in length. This Riviera-style setting is also home to an abundance of fine eateries. From five-star French cuisine in the form of Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, to low-key waterside alfresco dining, there is something to suit every palate.

On the Deira side you’ll find the Dubai Creek Marina. Complete with chandlery, workshop and boat repair yard this marina, located in a historically rich area, boasts 121 berths. In the heart of Dubai Marina, the Dubai International Marine Club offers berthing facilities for 300 yachts and the Marina Yacht Club has in excess of 500 walk-on walk-off berths in four stunning locations within the Dubai Marina development. With a buzzing community feel and spectacular views this is one of the most desirable spots in the city.

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Sky-high Dubai Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:33:10 +0000 admin Two years ago and seven years after excavation work began, the Burj Khalifa opened with a dramatic ceremony that was shown live around the world. The world’s tallest building at 828 metres, it shattered the previous record by 320 metres and may never be beaten.

Burj Khalifa


Officially opened by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, the tower was originally called Burj Dubai but was renamed Burj Khalifa after the president of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“This great project deserves to carry the name of a great man,” said Sheikh Mohammed. “Today, I inaugurate Burj Khalifa.”

More than just a building, Burj Khalifa is a symbol of progress and an icon for the modern Middle East.

Mohammed Alabbar, chairman of developer Emaar, described the Burj Khalifa as “the Arab world’s tribute to the art and science of modern engineering and design. Burj Khalifa symbolises the aesthetic unison of many cultures – from Arabia and the rest of the world.”

Simply, the Burj Khalifa is stunning and an essential sight and experience for all visitors to Dubai.

Burj Khalifa - New Year 2012



Realising the dream

Building something as impressive and groundbreaking as the Burj Khalifa required bold thinking and solid science.

Before work even began, the feasibility of the project needed to be analysed. The architects and construction teams were in unchartered territory and many factors had to be taken into account and tested – from the effect of the wind to the change in air pressure and temperature at altitude.

Shaped at the base to resemble the hymenocallis desert flower, the Burj Khalifa has a Y-shaped structure which provides greater stability. The final height of the building was a closely guarded secret, with even the engineers admitting they did not know the final height that would be achieved.

“We weren’t sure how high we could go,” said Bill Baker of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the building’s structural engineer. “It was kind of an exploration… a learning experience.”

As building work progressed, the Burj Khalifa became the world’s tallest building in 2007 and still the construction continued. News emerged that it would be at least 700 metres tall and few even considered that 800 metres would be possible.

At the height of construction, more than 12,000 workers from 100 countries were on site every day. In total, 22 million man-hours went into creating the tower.

The results are there for all to see and for the select few to savour. At the base of the Burj Khalifa is the Armani Hotel Dubai, which takes up concourse level to level eight, as well as two higher floors – levels 9 to 16 also house the luxurious Armani Residencies.

From 45 to 108, private residences enjoy fabulous views of the city’s skyline, from the world’s most exclusive address. Most of the remaining floors are used for corporate suites, with the notable exceptions being the fine-dining At.mosphere and the observation deck.

View from the top

View from observation deck

Dubai is a jaw-dropping city with many landmark buildings and developments to admire. Now you can see them all from one place – At the Top.

Located high on the 124th floor and with 360-degree panoramic views, this observation deck not only provides stunning vistas but also insight into the construction of the city as well as the tower in which you are standing.

The journey begins on the lower ground level of The Dubai Mall (the world’s largest shopping complex at the base of the Burj Khalifa). From this reception area, a travelator trip takes you through the emirate’s recent history. It’s then time to hop inside the super-swift high-speed elevator, which travels at a rate of10 metres per second all the way to At the Top. Throughout the journey to the top, visitors are entertained by a multimedia presentation of the exotic history of Dubai and the marvel of the Burj Khalifa.

Once at your destination, special binoculars allow you to spot Dubai’s famous sights, as well as provide a virtual journey through time, showing the city as it was. Tours generally last an hour but visitors can take their time. Souvenirs are available at the gift shop but you are already going to take away unforgettable memories of this manmade marvel.

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New in town Wed, 11 Jan 2012 07:19:55 +0000 admin New year, new dining scene. Concierge rounds up Dubai’s hottest new haunts.

Words by Catherine Langley

The Ivy

Famed as the UK ‘meet & drink’ for A-listers, next to Buckingham Palace, The Ivy is probably the most photographed address in London. Fortunately, we’re pleased to report that while The Ivy Dubai has all the culinary dynamism and atmosphere of the London-based haunt, it boasts a more intimate feel than the celebrity-filled alma mater.

Located at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, The Ivy Dubai ticks all the boxes when it comes to décor, service and menu. The trademark wooden panels and stained-glass windows are in place, while the bill of fare reflects the traditionalism of the London branch. Delicious signature dishes such as seared foie gras, herb-roasted lamb rack and shepherd’s pie are unforgettable and the staff, who are known for their attention to detail, are on hand to give you a detailed report of any dishes on the menu. The mains are particularly mouth-watering, but we recommend you save some space for dessert because the crème brûlée, baked Alaska and banana sticky toffee pudding all pack quite a punch on the culinary scale.

For those who would like to take a taste of The Ivy home, The Ivy Cookbook is available from the restaurant for AED195.

The Ivy

Location: The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Try: Dover sole
Open: Sat-Wed 12 noon to midnight, Thu-Fri 11.30am to 11.30pm
Tel: 04 3198767

Toro Toro

Seasoned carnivores can enjoy a feast of meaty delights at celebrity chef, Richard Sandoval’s newest culinary spot, Toro Toro. Perched over two floors with a view of Dubai Marina, this Pan-Latin dining experience borrows tastes from a variety of locations including Buenos Aires and São Paulo. Choice mains include the rocoto releno, which is beef stuffed baby pepper, prepared with mozzarella cheese and rosemary potatoes; chorizo empanada – a pastry dish with beef chorizo; and cheese and the pollo estofad, which is better known as braised chicken with green peas, carrots and chipotle-tomato sauce.

The décor is as mesmerising as the menu. Striking burnt orange tones are complemented by the open kitchen and pillared candles, which add a touch of drama. An eye-catching floor-to-ceiling fireplace cultivates a warm and welcoming feeling, which goes a long way to explaining why Toro Toro is always such a hive of activity.

After your meal don’t forget to take a seat by Cachaça Bar, where you can enjoy everything from the classic margaritas to the Latin favourites like Fresatini (vodka, strawberry and lime) and Latin Love (rum mixed with raspberry, coconut and pineapple).

Toro Toro

Location: Toro Toro, Grosvenor House
Try: Picadillo empandada
Open: Sat-Wed 7.30pm to 2am, Thu- Fri 7.30pm to 3am
Tel: 04 3998888

Table 9 by Nick and Scott

Scott Price and Nick Alvis are the latest gastro geniuses to burst onto the Dubai food scene. Having scooped the Best Newcomer prize at this year’s What’s On Awards, the British-born chefs, who met in Claridges’ kitchen in 2004, are at the helm of Hilton Dubai Creek’s newest signature restaurant, Table 9 by Nick and Scott. Named after the number on the chef’s table, at which guests can opt for a menu exclusively designed for them by the heads of the kitchen, the new menu features 28 dishes with a European theme.

With a markedly relaxed ambience – hand-pottered crockery and homemade menus are two of the trademarks – it’s impossible not to feel at home in this trendy Bur Dubai-based eatery. The menu is engaging with mouthwatering starters such as pig trotter served with a cucumber marmalade (tastier than it sounds), lobster with crackling and mango, and chicken with foie gras, hibiscus and prunes. The mains, which are all priced at AED100 per plate, are equally sumptuous. Try the sea bass, which is served with winkles and oregano butter, or the quail, which comes with a delicious truffle terrine, artichoke and broccoli. A top notch dessert menu includes old favourites with a new twist, such as liquorice meringue and clementine and Nick’s apple pie and custard.

Raoul, the sommelier, is on hand to pair each course with tipples from the extensive wine menu, which includes 50 types of wine available by the glass. Ultimately, Table 9 offers elegant cuisine with a chilled out setting, which is sure to be a recipe for success.


Location: Table 9, Hilton Dubai Creek
Try: Pork belly
Tel: Sun-Fri 6.30 to 11pm
Open: 04 2271111

Terra Firma Steakhouse

Situated next to the picturesque Festival Marina on Dubai Creek and taking its spot at water level, the InterContinental Dubai Festival City’s newest restaurant, Terra Firma, serves succulent, juicy steaks as well as a variety of other delicious dishes. Specialising in Australian Blackmore wagyu, the only hardship about dining at Terra Firma is the tough time you’ll have making your order. Simply put, everything looks amazing.

However, a great starting point is the tasty half dozen oysters, which are served with your choice of chilli, lemon parmesan or bread crumbs. Alternatively if you really feel like spoiling yourself, select the beluga caviar, which is served in 30g portions. For the main course the Blackmore wagyu striploin is a top choice, as is the grade five tenderloin. Those with a sweet tooth will find themselves in a world of indecision once more when it comes to dessert because both the baked American cheesecake and the warm apple and nut cobbler (served with flavoursome buttermilk ice-cream) promise to tickle the tastebuds.

Finish off the night with a shisha on the restaurant’s idyllic outdoor terrace. You can puff away on a selection of exotic flavours including apple, strawberry and blackberry.

Terra Firma Steakhouse

Location: Terra Firma Steakhouse, InterContinental Dubai Festival City
Try: Grade 5 Australian wagyu beef
Open: Daily 7pm to midnight
Tel: 04 7011111

Hakkasan Dubai

A lavish retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, award-winning Cantonese fine dining phenomenon Hakkasan is one of Dubai’s newest culinary haunts. Located at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, this elegant eatery has an appetizing menu, which has been carefully fashioned by chef de cuisine, Pang Pin Lee. Pang, who previously worked at Hakkasan Abu Dhabi, has brought more than 10 year’s experience to the role and unsurprisingly the bill of fare is filled with delicious dishes such as grilled wagyu beef and Peking duck.

The opulent décor, which was designed by famed concept interior designers, Gilles & Boissier, feature two private-dining rooms and two semi-private sections, as well as the Ling-Ling lounge, which is stylishly decorated in black, gold and white.

An outside terrace surrounded by a wall of vegetation is also available for alfresco diners.

Hakkasan Dubai

Location: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Try: Steamed dim-sum platter
Open: Daily 6pm to 2am
Tel: 043848484



Located at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on the edge of Palm Jumeirah, this elegantly decorated restaurant is the gem in Palm Jumeirah’s crown. From the glitzy mirrored columns to the flashy chandeliers, Vôi exudes old-style glamour and is reminiscent of French colonial Southeast Asia. For those who prefer to dine alfresco, check out the scenic outdoor terrace, which has charming views of the pool and beach. However, be aware these favoured spots are awarded on a first come first seated basis, so make sure you arrive early.

Start your meal with a delicious Hanoi mojito. Made with sweet basil and lemongrass, it’s a fresh take on the original cocktail, but one that will undoubtedly be received well, thanks to its refreshing flavour.

A fusion of French and Vietnamese cuisine, head chef Phuong Mai, who has over twenty five years of culinary experience, has done a marvelous job of crafting and developing the extensive menu.

If you’re new to Vietnamese dining, try out the Vôi Experience, which is a set menu of six dishes. The fried net rolls explode with flavour and the freshly made Vôi bread is unforgettable.


Location: Vôi, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Try: French scallops
Open: Daily 7 to 11.30pm
Tel: 04 4530000

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The Dubai Mall welcomed 54m visitors in 2011 Mon, 09 Jan 2012 12:53:53 +0000 admin The Dubai Mall has reported an incredible annual footfall of 54 million in 2011.

The Dubai Mall, Grand Drive


Putting the numbers into perspective, the mall quoted the fact that New York welcomes 50.2 million visitors each year, Las Vegas 39.2 million, and Los Angeles 26.3 million people.

The Dubai Mall, Waterfront Promenade at New Year

The Dubai Mall is the world’s most visited shopping and leisure destination, assisted by a host of attractions that include its almost-one-kilometer high neighbour– The Burj Khalifa, indoor aquarium and marine zoo, Olympic-sized ice rink and worlds largest musical fountain.

With leading brands choosing to operate their flagship stores at the mall, retail sales across the 1,200 outlets were boosted by an average 35 percent.

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Bars in the stars Mon, 09 Jan 2012 07:08:22 +0000 admin Dubai is famous for its ever-changing skyline. From the ultramodern Burj Khalifa to the fantasia-like Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, the awe-inspiring horizon is peppered with an intricate network of innovative architectural wonders. And what better way to take in the city’s impressive skyline than from a luxury rooftop bar? Home to an assortment of high-end night spots, many of which are situated at high altitude, whether you’re enjoying a tipple at night, during the day, alone or with a date, nothing sharpens your senses like height, so prepare for some jaw-dropping sights of the city while you socialise.

Bar 44
Champagne aficionados come one, come all because perched on the 44th floor of Grosvenor House Dubai you’ll find Bar 44. With 52 varieties of Champagne and a list that includes bottles from all over the Champagne region in Northern France, this is where to come if you want a stylish tipple coupled with a to-die-for view. Not keen on bubbles? Peruse the extensive wine list, which has an excellent selection of red, white and rosé wines. Likewise, the cocktails are equally promising. For a sip of something special order the delicious Royale 44, which is made with smashed fresh strawberries, ginger and Demerara sugar, muddled and topped with Taittinger Brut Champagne.

Location: Grosvenor House Dubai
Signature drink: Bubbling Berries. Containsvodka, raspberries and pineapple juice, finishedwith Taittinger Brut Champagne. AED148
Open: 6pm to 2am Friday to Wednesday and 6pm to 3am on Thursdays
Contact: 04 3998888

Bar 44



Vu’s Bar

This bar has serious altitude thanks to its location on the 51st floor of Jumeirah Emirates Towers. High-vaulted ceilings and chic minimalist design makes this one of Dubai’s most sophisticated spots so expect a stylish clientele and a hip ambience. For the ultimate Vu’s experience, take a table overlooking Sheikh Zayed Road. The striking skyline combined with the heaving highway below is contrasted with the chilled atmosphere of the bar. From here you can sip on a refreshing Vu’s Mojito, made with Matusalem Platino rum, mint, lime, sugar and soda, and quite literally watch the world go by.

Location: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Signature drink: 1800 Hibiscus. Containshibiscus-infused tequila, aloe vera concentrate,agave syrup and lime. AED65
Open: 6pm to 3am daily
Contact: 04 3198088

Vu's Bar

With a spot on the 122nd floor the unique selling point speaks for itself, but being the world’s highest bar is just one of At.mosphere’s many attributes. Situated inside the Burj Khalifa, this ultra-modern haunt oozes style. With a polished wooden bar, elegant low lighting and twinkling candle lights, At.mosphere would look good anywhere, whether it be the second floor or the 122nd. Fortunately, in this case the lofty location gains it extra points. Head up early and watch the sun go down and the lights go up across the city. The whole experience is made all the sweeter thanks to the bar’s delectable cocktail list. The jasmine and lychee martini, made with citron vodka, lychee and grapefruit juice, mixed with jasmine syrup definitely gets our thumbs up.

Location: Burj Khalifa
Signature drink: Zacap Mojito. Contains minttea-infused white rum, mint leaves and lime. AED70
Open: 6pm to 2am daily
Contact: 04 8883828


Suspended 200 metres above sea level, it goes without saying that the views from the Burj Al Arab’s signature cocktail bar, Skyview, are hard to beat. One of the few bars in Dubai that requires an advance booking, this glitzy haunt is the stomping ground for the crème de la crème of the Dubai social scene. The dazzling décor, which combines kitsch interior design with elegant floorto- ceiling windows, is one of the bar’s trademarks, along with the palatable cocktail menu, which includes a variety of signature concoctions. The Arabic Lemondrop, which is made with citrus vodka, Cointreau, lemon juice and sugar syrup comes highly recommended by the bartenders and The Legacy – a blend of rum, pineapple, lime, coriander, passion fruit and vanilla – is a house special.

Location: The Burj Al Arab
Signature drink: Dubai Dreams. Gin, violet liqueur,elderflower syrup, lemon juice, black grapes andlime leaves. Dhs120
Open: 12pm to 2am Saturday to Thursday
Contact: 04 3017600


You know you’re in for a treat when you have to change lifts to reach your destination, so a speedy elevator swap on the 61st floor is a sign of things to come. Located on the 63rd floor of The Address Downtown Dubai, the first thing that hits you about Neos is the stunning view from the floor-to-ceiling windows. You’ll have a job tearing yourself away from the breathtaking sights of the Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Fountain and the buzzing Downtown Dubai Boulevard, but fortunately the indoor scenery is just as mesmerising. With a sleek 1920s feel, the place is reminiscent of a bygone era. Art deco paintings fill the walls while the bartenders don bowties and white tuxedos. The drinks menu is equally appealing with a long list of beverages to suit each and every palate. From single malt whisky to Champagne cocktails, the biggest dilemma of the evening is which tipple to try first.

Location: The Address Downtown Dubai
Signature drink: Royal Moon. Contains orange-flavoured vodka, mandarin liqueur, passion fruit, grapefruit juice, Laurent-Perrier Brut NV. AED70
Open: 6pm to 2.30am daily
Contact: 04 4368888


The Observatory
As the saying goes: ‘cream rises to the top’, which is why Dubai’s ‘it’ crowd has been steadily flocking towards The Observatory on the 52nd floor of the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites. With panoramic views of the Dubai Marina and Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, the unparalleled vistas are the pièce de résistance of this trendy bar, but the wideranging drinks menu and the impeccable service is also a major bonus. No matter how busy the bar is you can expect a warm welcome upon arrival and if you get there early (before the post-work crowd) the chances are you’ll be guaranteed a window seat, where you can look out over the idyllic Arabian Gulf and the lights of Dubai Marina. From Long Island iced teas to martinis and mojitos, all the expected concoctions are on the menu, but if you want to try something a bit different order the French 75, which is a tasty mix of gin, Cointreau, lemon juice and prosecco.

Location: Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
Signature drink: Sleepless in Dubai. Contains gin,cherry brandy and lemon juice. AED40
Open: 5.30pm to 1am daily
Contact: 04 3194000

The Observatory

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The winners of the tenth annual Concierge Competition… Wed, 16 Nov 2011 06:57:53 +0000 admin The winners of the tenth annual Concierge Competition have been announced by the Department of Tourism, Commerce and Marketing (DTCM), during an awards ceremony on November 15 at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club.

Eugene Ismael from the Burj Al Arab took home the Special Jury Award and the Outstanding Knowledge & Culture Award, while Ali Manauwar from The Palace – The Old Town was honoured for his Outstanding Knowledge of Attractions & Events. First Class Customer Care was scooped by Deodati Martinez from the Mina A`Salam, while the much-coveted Concierge of the Year 2011 Award went to Farrukh Akhmedov, also from the Mina A`Salam. Farrukh, who was rewarded with AED20,000 in prize money, will be jetting off to London to take part in the UK-based Concierge of the Year Competition in 2012.

The Concierge Team of the Year Award went to Mina A`Salam and the other winners included Anita Lottero from The Ritz-Carlton Dubai who bagged the Outstanding Knowledge of Shopping in Dubai Award and Ashwin Fernandez who was named Best Head Concierge.

The Concierge Competition, which is organised by DTCM and sponsored by BurJuman, Big Bus Tour and Concierge Magazine, is an annual contest designed to develop the hotel and hospitality services, while also honouring key players in the concierge world.

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Cammilli elegance and sophistication Sun, 30 Oct 2011 14:35:45 +0000 admin Raffaella Renai in Dubai

Raffaella Renai in Dubai


Raffaella Renai, the daughter of Annamaria Cammilli, is a regular visitor to Dubai and has seen many changes since her first stay in the city back in 2007.


“I like the traffic now!” she jokes, referring to the jams that clogged Dubai’s main arteries back in the heady days of the construction and economic boom.


Raffaella wears an intricate broach that is dark in colour and encrusted with stones. She explains that it is gold, true to the family’s status as goldsmiths.


“We are unique from other designers as we use several different types of gold,” says Raffaella. “There are six colours, from icy white to yellow bamboo, which is greener than yellow gold. We also use pink instead of red gold and also orange gold, which is our niche – we’re the only ones who use this colour in our designs.”


Renai explains some family background: “My mother was introduced to the jewellery business thanks to my father, as he was the fourth generation of the Renais – a family of goldsmiths. Mine is now the fifth generation of jewellery makers.


“My mother wasn’t originally in the jewellery business – she was a painter and sculptor. Originally, she married my father and had the name Renai, but my father sadly passed away when I was five. She started to make jewellery as customers were asking her for different styles, and she decided to return to her maiden name. She started to use the name Annamaria Cammilli Gioielli for her jewellery brand in 1982.”


Going back to the subject of Dubai, Renai enthuses: “Dubai is changing so quickly; every time I come back I find new things. I like this hotel [Jumeirah Zabeel Saray] as it has a really beautiful Arabic design. Yesterday night I went to Buddha bar and it was excellent. I love Japanese food too – I’ve been going there since I was 15 and it’s my second home. But I definitely plan on doing some shopping whilst I’m here.”


Annamaria Cammilli Gioielli jewellery is exclusively available from Levant boutiques.



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