Highlights: November & December 2013
Event: The Color Run
I love taking part in runs during the year and I must say… Dubai has gone quite far from their only annual Terry Fox runs. The Color Run which happens in cities across the world from Miami, Chicago to Singapore took place in Dubai this week. The colourful 5km run took place at the Autodrome and garnered a vast crowd of 8,500 participants from runners to parents to kids all the way to friends who just wanted to enjoy the run at their leisure with friends. Everyone showed their creative side by customising their tshirts or wearing the signature tutu skirts or neon sunglasses sold at The Color Run booths. Every Km, a different coloured powder were thrown at the colour runners, and finished off with a festival with more colours, paint, music and F&B booths from Costa Coffee, Frozen yogurt, healthy bites to a juice bar. Proceeds went to the participants charities of choice via Just Giving.
Make sure to check out for next year’s run because registration shut a month early this year!
As a Finishing school graduate, I was so excited to hear about Etiquette sessions here in Dubai… Patricia Gonzalez Cobos – a Certified coach, started her company two years ago – Bonnetiquette. They are an etiquette and protocol consultancy that delivers seminars on Afternoon Tea Etiquette, Fine dining and business etiquette. I recently met up with Patricia for a one on one Afternoon tea Etiquette session at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. Our session consisted of a study of teas and the tea process, learning about the different kinds of teas, a tea ceremony experience followed by a session on Afternoon tea Etiquette. What I love about Etiquette is the fact that it really saves you from putting yourself in awkward situations, as well as impressing the people around you with your class and elegance. I didn’t even worry about forgetting all the tips she gave because I left with a file with digestible notes of our session. Highly recommended to do yourself or with a group of friends.
For more information, check out www.bonnetiquette.com and https://www.facebook.com/bonnetiquette.
Night Spot: Sake no Hana
There are places opening up every day in Dubai, but I constantly find myself going to the same places. One of them is Sake no Hana. Sake no Hana is situated at Souk Al Bahar in Downtown and is part of the Crystal group. Used as venue for big fashion parties like Fendi, but also buzzing on the weekdays and weekends. The Japanese restaurant and lounge just launched a Sunday night initiative that takes place in the lounge called ‘Sake Sounds like Sunday’ starting from 9pm – It’s a little more chilled than the weekends with a more retro feel, yet still has a chic turnout of a crowd. They also launched Zensai, offered between Sat-Thurs in the bar area from 6-9pm – complimentary food bites inspired by trendy Japanese street food on hand whilst having their delicious Japanese inspired cocktails (they have a vast menu of delicious cocktails…) Personally, I love coming in on a weekend or Weekday after dinner but if you’re hungry – book a table at the restaurant for Sushi and Japanese food (The soft shell crab salad is delicious.)
Market: Ripe Market, Safa Park
One thing I really loved about living in London were the markets I can visit on the weekends. I especially loved Brick Lane, Portobello and Borough Market. I was super excited to hear that Dubai have launched The Ripe Market at Safa Park from November till June – except I feel like this is the time we should be popping there or it gets too hot. The Farmer’s market have a numerous stalls from fresh groceries & vegetables to manaeesh from Lebaneesh, Croissants, burgers and coffee from The Pantry to Juice bars – to name a few. They also have stalls with children’s manicures, accessories to buy and interesting ornaments. It happens every Friday morning from 9am to 2pm – great energy, atmosphere, live music and places to sit down to each your breakfast or lunch.
Just make sure to come early as it gets crowded so parking becomes a pain.
Jewelry: Shamsa AlAbbar
I have been so impressed with the range of designers coming out of the region. I’ve got my eyes on new talented designer from the UAE, Shamsa AlAbbar. The designer has released her first collection of saint jewellery featuring culture symbols and Arabic typography with a modern and creative touch. The collection is available at Symphony Boutique, Dubai.
Collaboration: Tommy Hilfiger x George Esquivel
After the success of a partnership, Tommy Hilfiger & American designer, George Esquivel teamed up for another partnership – this time a Capsule collection for Fall ’13 featuring a range of Menswear and Womenswear loafers. Handmade in California, by skilled craftsmen featuring Tommy’s preppy style with a twist of Esquivel’s quirkiness.