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Dar Al Hekma’s Dukkan Supports Their Own!

Photo Credit: dukkandah.com

Dukkan DAH, a concept store started by Dar Al Hekma (DAH) University’s Visual Communication Department, aims to promote the startup young designers of the DAH community to get recognition in the marketplace.


At the store, graphic designers, fashion designers, interior designers, and different artists at the university have the opportunity to showcase their creations.

Instagram: Shaima Qadi

Instagram: Shaima Qadi

You can shop books, planners, fashionable pieces, jewelry, and stationery items – all created by the university’s students and alumni. Some notable designers include Dalia Chawany (owner of Hijaz), Alaa Balkhy (owner of Fyunka), and Sara Reyess (owner of Foulard).

Instagram: Lina Kurdi

Instagram: Lina Kurdi

After its successful launch at the Westbay event in February 2018, Dukkan opened its first official shop on campus along with its online store.

The concept store gives visitors more reasons to spend time shopping there, with new artistic pieces regularly added to both the online and in-person stores, from emerging designers who are just starting out, or want to build more on their careers.

Designed by Wegdan Ba Sondawah

Designed by Wegdan Ba Sondawah

The shop also aims to raise funds to help support the Dar Al Hekma University scholarship fund. This past year, Dukkan DAH managed to sponsor one student through the sales of their items.

Editor’s Pick

Instagram: N. Merve Goknil

Instagram: N. Merve Goknil

We fell in love with this beach-themed cheese/bread service platter from Dukkan Dar Al Hekma! Designed by N. Merve Goknil, Dar Al Hekma University graduate and faculty member in the Interior Design department, this plate is coated with resin and topped with micro glitter – it will definitely add a touch of glam to your gatherings.

Location: Dar Al Hekma University, Fayhaa Dist., Jeddah
Instagram: dukkan_dah
Web: dukkandah.com

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Beverage Corner

From the Heart of Paris, a limited Edition Flavors in Saudi Arabia

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Nespresso releases Parisian Gourmandise Limited Edition festive coffee collection.


As it does every year, Nespresso is celebrating the festive season with the launch of its limited edition coffee variations, Parisian Gourmandise. Designed in partnership with the renowned interior designer, India Mahdavi, and inspired by traditional Parisian sweets, the range features coffees that add a touch of European glamour to the holiday season.

Mahdavi’s influence on the Nespresso variations is evident in the range’s pastel hues and playful designs. With two unique flavored coffees and one non-flavored coffee, Mahdavi has created collection fit for the most discerning of coffee connoisseurs.

“I sought to bring a oneiric dimension to Nespresso, in which the new capsules appear as imaginary delights, floating like sweet clouds in the sky. Reminiscent of childhood memories, the capsules suggest a fantasized gourmandize; celebrating taste from sight, to touch, with subtly sweet aromas,” shared Mahdavi.

This year’s limited edition variations bring French flavors to coffee lovers around the world, transporting them to a Parisian patisserie through unique flavor creations, with an India Mahdavi designed aluminum capsule.

Each of the variations has been based on Nespresso’s Livanto coffee blend, consisting of pure Arabica from Southern and Central America, well-balanced with a roasted caramelized note, providing roundness and balance in the finished coffee. 4

Nespresso Variations, Macaroon

A harmonious combination of Livanto’s cereal notes and a subtle, sweet almond flavor, emblematic of the macaroon pastry.

Intensity: 6

Serving size: Espresso (40ml)

Nespresso Variations, Praline
A blend reminiscent of a praline dessert, pairing the roundness of Livanto’s base with a delicate roasted hazelnut flavor, and a touch of caramel sweetness.

Intensity: 6

Serving size: Espresso (40ml)

Nespresso Paris Black

An aromatic blend of Arabica’s emboldened by Robusta, with notes of cereal and nuts in a syrupy texture, combined with spicy and woody tones.

Intensity: 9

Serving size: Espresso (40ml)

It’s time to get ready to celebrate in style and add a touch of indulgence to your coffee moments.

Web: buynespresso.com


 

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From the Heart of Paris, a limited Edition Flavours in Saudi Arabia

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Nespresso releases Parisian Gourmandise Limited Edition festive coffee collection.


As it does every year, Nespresso is celebrating the festive season with the launch of its limited edition coffee variations, Parisian Gourmandise.
Designed in partnership with renowned interior designer, India Mahdavi, and inspired by traditional Parisian sweets, the range features coffees that add a touch of European glamour to the holiday season.5

Mahdavi’s influence on the Nespresso variations is evident in the range’s pastel hues and playful designs. With two unique flavoured coffees, and one non-flavoured coffee, Mahdavi has created collection fit for the most discerning of coffee connoisseurs.

“I sought to bring an oneiric dimension to Nespresso, in which the new capsules appear as imaginary delights, floating like sweet clouds in the sky. Reminiscent of childhood memories, the capsules suggest a fantasised gourmandise; celebrating taste from sight, to touch, with subtly sweet aromas” Shared Mahdavi.4

This year’s limited edition variations bring French flavours to coffee lovers around the world, transporting them to a Parisian patisserie through unique flavour creations, with an India Mahdavi designed aluminium capsule.

Each of the variations has been based on Nespresso’s Livanto coffee blend, consisting of pure Arabica from Southern and Central America, well-balanced with a roasted caramelised note, providing roundness and balance in the finished coffee.2

Nespresso Variations, Macaroon
A harmonious combination of Livanto’s cereal notes and a subtle, sweet almond flavour, emblematic of the macaroon pastry.
Intensity: 6
Serving size: Espresso (40ml)

Nespresso Variations, Praline
A blend reminiscent of a praline dessert, pairing the roundness of Livanto’s base with a delicate roasted hazelnut flavour, and a touch of caramel sweetness.
Intensity: 6
Serving size: Espresso (40ml)

Nespresso Paris Black
An aromatic blend of Arabica’s emboldened by Robusta, with notes of cereal and nuts in a syrupy texture, combined with spicy and woody tones.Intensity: 9
Serving size: Espresso (40ml)

3It’s time to get ready to celebrate in style, and add a touch of indulgence to your coffee moments.

Web: sa.buynespresso.com

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Offbeat

Gateway KSA

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Inviting the world’s best and brightest international students to experience the real Saudi Arabia.


With recent and ongoing changes in the Kingdom, and in support of Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision, Gateway KSA is opening up the door to the best and brightest international students, to visit Saudi Arabia, and experience the evolving global powerhouse, from a unique perspective.

Gateway KSA’s Program is an approach to learning, driven by authentic, real word experiences. In collaboration with a number of carefully selected universities and organizations across the world, such as Harvard and Yale, amongst many others, Gateway will select candidates such as influencers, policy makers and leaders of tomorrow, to be a part of this program.

On Gateways KSA’s executive team is HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, the chairman of the King Faisal Center; in addition to Nelleke Van Zandvoort-Quispel, CEO and founder of Gateway KSA.static1-squarespace-com

Offering a true, one-of-a-kind, intensive 9-day experience to explore the county and its cities, including Al’ula, Jeddah, Riyadh, and Dammam. From old-archaeological sites, to cutting edge science and research facilities; combining open discussions from history, to literature and scientific progress, geopolitics, Islam, and the future of energy.

Gateway KSA offers a unique opportunity for next-generation leaders to engage firsthand with Saudis, uncovering a world of both tradition and transition, and challenging each other to learn more about themselves and this vibrant country’s ambitious young population.

Organizations behind Gateway KSA are IYADINE and King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.

Web: gatewayksa.com
Instagram: gatewayksa
Email: info@gatewayksa.com

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Food, Food News, Offbeat

Italian Food Awareness in KSA

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The way of eating is a way of being.


We attended a talk at the Italian Business Group in Jeddah (IBG) titled Italian Food Awareness in KSA; where challenges, and opportunities for the future of Saudi quality food market were discussed.

The “Italian Food Brand” is globally recognized and appreciated. Based on a recent study conducted by Nomisma, “Italian food exports in 2017 increased by 7% compared to 2016, thanks the excellent performance of Made in Italy products: cheese (+11%), chocolate (+20%), and bakery products (+12%).

Italian Food’s DNA is linked to tradition and culture, where Man is bonded to and inspired by Nature. Currently, Italy ranks 15th among top countries exporting food in KSA, but there is a significant room for improvement.file-61

During the Italian Cuisine Week in the World (Nov. 18-26, 2018), IBG has promoted an online survey and interviews, to understand how Italian food is perceived.

The result confirmed that in Saudi, the Italian Food Brand enjoys a high reputation, linked with the quality of ingredients, culture, and tradition. Many of the interviewees plan trips to Italy to have an original experience of Italian cuisine, and once back home, they love to find the same ingredients experienced during the trip.file-71

The interviews largely confirmed the interest and demand of Saudi consumers, and suggested possible initiatives to help boost awareness and consumption, to fully monetize the Italian Food Brand and quality food in general.

IBG’s intent is to provide a discussion amongst guest speakers and the attending public, on how to fully grasp the opportunities and monetize the valuable “Italian Food” brand; benefiting both businesses and the social community.

“In the light of the intense government programs aimed at stimulating the growth of the SMEs in the country, IBG has involved in the initiative a significant number of young Saudi entrepreneurs who work or are interested in working in the Food sector”, said Dr. Bashar Jabban, IBG president.

Web: italianbusinessgroup.net

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Online Magazine, Travel News, Travel Trends

Relax, Unwind, Indulge

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Experience the best of Rome and Florence with Rocco Forte Hotels.


Hotel de Russie

Hotel de Russie, under The Rocco Forte Hotels, is a fascinating mix of old and new designs with a modern feel. Designed by world-famous architect Tommaso Ziffer and established in 1996 by Sir Rocco Forte and his sister Olga Polizzi, the hotel sits – with its 121 bedrooms – on Rome’s fashionable Via del Babuino, between the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo. Today, Hotel de Russie is the finest of all the 5-star hotels in Rome.

From the private apartment concepts of the Popolo and Picasso suites to the distinctive style that combines luxury and comfort, the hotel’s detail and elegant furnishings brings a sense of vibrancy and Roman flair to the rooms. It has four meeting rooms to host events, as well as the Nijinsky Suite with its extensive private terrace, ideal for al fresco dining and exclusive entertaining. rfh-hotel-de-russie-entrance

One of the highlights of Hotel de Russie is the Secret Garden; full of orange trees and antique roses, it features the Stravinskij Bar, offering delicious Mediterranean dishes created by Chef and Creative Director of Food, Fulvio Pierangelini. Le Jardin de Russie Restaurant, also located at the Secret Garden, is a gourmet culinary revolution, with superb Italian cuisine overseen by the illustrious Chef Fulvio.

Guests will enjoy the ultimate urban retreat in the heart of Rome at the de Russie Spa, an exclusive oasis of beauty and health, with a Hydrotherapy Pool area, sauna, and Turkish bath. The Spa offers lovers of well-being an escape into the unexplored beauty of Rome, giving them an option to jog or cycle through the capital with personal trainer Danilo Palmucci. Hotel de Russie also offers a state-of-the-art gym, with the most up-to-date fitness products from Technogym.

The experience at Hotel de Russie only keeps getting better and better. For the fashion enthusiasts, the hotel provides a VIP experience called ‘A Venue of Style,’ in partnership with 11 internationally renowned Italian brands, in which guests get a backstage pass to experience the history and secrets behind the fashion houses of Rome.

Hotel Savoy

To those visiting Florence, Hotel Savoy is the perfect place to absorb the exhilarating atmosphere of Florence. Inaugurated in 1893, it was known as one of the most modern and luxurious hotels of that period. Now, it has been modernly re-styled by Olga Polizzi.

Hotel de Russie and Hotel Savoy have been named Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotels in the official 2017 annual star rating list.

Hotel de Russie and Hotel Savoy have been named Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotels in the official 2017 annual star rating list.

Hotel Savoy has 102 luxury rooms, including 14 newly redesigned suites, with their charming views over Piazza della Repubblica and contemporary Italian-style rooms and suites, featuring carefully chosen ceramics and mosaics. Hotel guests can enjoy private steam rooms located in the Brunelleschi Suite and Signori Suite. The fitness center on the top floor has panoramic views over the Duomo. Better yet, within walking distance are elegant shopping streets and monuments.

When you’re at Hotel Savoy, you must stop by Irene Restaurant, which offers a great dining experience – a journey through flavor and tradition with simple, authentic flavors, and light and healthy reinventions of Tuscan classics. If you’re a passionate foodie, you’ll get to enjoy dishes like Lemon and Parmesan Stracciatella soup, and Tagliolini with fava bean and fresh Tillos sheep cheese.Interested in art and culture? Discover Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, from a different perspective – through the immersive experience created by Hotel Savoy. Guests can choose one of two newly launched exclusive destination experiences, “The Medici Experience” and “Art Hunt: Discover the Uffizi with Your Children.”

Web: roccofortehotels.com

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Style & Shopping

The Hottest Fashion Trends for Fall 2018

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Here are the trends that you need to know about.


Fashion trends are undeniably changing every season. But what we love most about fashion, is that it keeps recycling these trends every couple of years.

If you have pieces that you think are “out of style now”, don’t get rid of them just yet! Before you know it, they’ll be back in style; like these trends you’re about to see.

Leopard

The good old 90’s, where everyone must have owned a pair of leopard pants, shirt, or even a bag.

It’s making a major comeback this season, and you can find it easily at most stores.

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Our pick: The Leopard Print Mom Jeans From Pull & Bear – SAR 189

Hot Pink Everything

You can never go wrong with pink. You can match it with white, black, blue, and red (yes, red).

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Our pick: The Corduroy Trousers from Zara – SAR 199

Leather

Leather is always timeless!

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Our pick: The Zipper Leather Biker Jacket from Mango – SAR 649

Plaid Pattern

From runway models to street styles, we’re seeing plaid patterns everywhere!

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Our pick: Knee-length Skirt from H&M – SAR 149

Sequins

Sequins have made a comeback in 2010, yet it never went out of style ever since then (and we’re so glad!)

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Our pick: Sequinned mini dress from Bershka – SAR 299

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Offbeat, Online Magazine, Travel Tips, Travel Trends

18 Countries,15 Months

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A tale of wandering scrubs.


In a fast paced life, where our world is transforming into a cyber one, we tend to lose touch with life, nature, one another, and eventually, ourselves. One of the best ways for one to reconnect with himself is through new experiences, and what a better way to do so, than to experience traveling.

Connecting with Kenya

Connecting with Kenya

“I never liked to travel as a tourist. I like to have a main objective while I still get a chance to see the country”, that’s how Rayyan Abdulwahed decided to change the traditional perception of traveling, to an unconventional one. It all started during Rayyan’s first year of Dental School in Jordan. Not wanting to be restrained with the idea of him being a typical, busy dentistry student, he wanted to step away from the average, and be his own kind of unique. Traveling in-between semesters was what he opted for. Thus, he took his first solo trip to Spain, he stayed with a Spanish family, and learned the language, to truly experience the Spanish culture; “my mother was a big motivation to me. She’s the one who made me love languages”.

Taking in the peaks of Tanzania

Taking in the peaks of Tanzania

After coming back, Rayyan couldn’t wait for his next adventure. He took a 5-week trip to France while staying with a French family. “I was the first Muslim, Arab, Saudi they have ever accommodated” although he faced some barriers in the beginning, he realized that it was caused by the lack of Arab travelers. This incident made him want to introduce other nations to our culture.

Conversations in Peru

Conversations in Peru

Rayyan traveled to Kenya through a volunteering organization after, where he volunteered at an orphanage for 2 weeks, and taught English, and it was a transformational experience to him, “I saw a part of Kenya that tourists don’t get to see. There were people living in between mountains of garbage; and that really struck a chord with me” he explained with a hint of sorrow on his face.

Reflecting back on his trip, Rayyan didn’t believe that he made a significant change, to him, he only provided temporary entertainment for children. Henceforth, after obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery, he traveled to Cambodia for a month; wanting to achieve a purpose beyond just traveling. Through a volunteering organization for professionals, he reached there as a dentist, treating orphans and HIV+ children.

Backpacking in South America

Backpacking in South America

Unfortunately, Rayyan faced some challenges while treating patients, due to the limited supplies provided. His time in Cambodia consisted of performing dentistry in the morning, teaching English at a school in the afternoon, and exploring what the country had to offer during the weekends.

Rayyan then started a post graduate specialization program in Advanced General Dentistry in Riyadh, and during his first residency break, he traveled to China and stayed at a Buddhist monastery for almost a month, living without electricity, eating vegan food, practicing Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and meditation.Rayyan loves instilling the culture of unconventional traveling and experiencing new things, hence, he took his brothers to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya, then they went backpacking in Zanzibar. “I wanted my younger brothers to experience unconventional traveling, and it did kick start something within them”p1004578

There were no post-graduation plans; but his passion to give back to the world lead him to Greece for 3 months with only a backpack, while he volunteered as a dentist through Health-Point Foundation at dozens of refugee camps. He spoke Arabic, English, Spanish and French, and wasn’t only a dentist, but also a coordinator between patients and other volunteers. We all know that the refugee crisis is painful, what we see on news and social media is completely different than being at a camp, seeing, talking and treating them, it was a challenging experience to Rayyan, but worthwhile.

“The refugee crisis in ongoing, and unfortunately only getting worse. If you feel like you can help out, don’t over think it. There are countless ways to lend a helping hand.” – Rayyan Abdulwahidimg_2591

With an unplanned destination next, Rayyan decided to travel to Colombia, and the most affordable way for him then to catch a flight to Colombia, was to fly from Romania. “I was moving based on feelings. It’s nice to have the freedom of choice, no obligations, enjoying my own company, and not worrying about what’s next”.

He took a bus from Greece and traveled to Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania for a week, and finally, flew to Colombia. Rayyan spent an average of 4 days at each country, enjoying their history, and many beautiful experiences.Rayyan was lucky enough to get introduced to the people and the culture. In Colombia, everyone was welcoming so he stayed for 2 months. Thereafter a month and a half in Ecuador came next, climbing a volcano for 8 hours, hiking in the amazon, and almost getting bit by a snake, were only snippets of what Rayyan experienced there. dsc00184

After, he took a bus to Peru for a 2 months stay, then another bus to Bolivia. According to Rayyan, if you want good coffee, chocolate and Spanish lessons, it is the place to be. Three months in Chile follows, where he experienced paragliding; hiking, camping, and stargazing in Argentina, then he accidentally visited Brazil during Carnival. Before saying goodbye to his journey on backpacking through the world, Rayyan visited the US and UK before going back to Greece and volunteer for 2 months; it was a great ending to a 15 month journey. “How do I put it in words… I guess I’m an adventurous person, I do get bored easily,” chuckling, “but I like to finish whatever I started, before jumping to the next thing.”

Traveling on a budget tips and tricks from Rayyan

1. Practice common sense, be realistic with where you want to go, and know your budget.
2. Backpack, it’s easier to move around, and teaches you to be minimalistic
3. Stay at hostels, but don’t go too cheap. You can also try couchsurfing.
4. Transportation? it’s time to take buses! Hitchhiking is free too, but you have to be cautious.

Instagram: rayyan.abd1

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Art, Style & Shopping

All the Good Feels

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Your guide to all things inspiring.


How many of us have scrolled through an Instagram account and wanted to own everything that was posted on it? You might have stumbled upon a concept store!

Concept stores are usually targeted towards a specific audience, evoking a certain lifestyle that matches their interests. The set-up is always eye-catching, enough to make you want to indulge in some serious shopping for yourself, or your loved ones.

Vintage Selections

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These nostalgic, feel-good designs on their different products, definitely put us in the mood for listening to Umm Kulthum and Fairouz.  

Instagram: i_vintages
Mob: +966-593617572

Hafeez

DS Pick: Who doesn’t love a cool, funky makeup case?

Instagram: al.hafeez.co
Location: Dhahran

Posta Gallery

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Exclusive, handmade and artistic pieces, like their notebooks and trays that are designed with Arabic poetry, will definitely make you feel unique.

Instagram: postagallery
Location: Kuwait (Delivery to KSA)

Bahja

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To anyone who’s obsessed with home accessories! You can find unique rosaries, plates, pots, accessories, and colorful bags.

Instagram: bahjaofficial_
Location: Bahrain

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Local Designers, Style & Shopping

Get Your Car Keys Ready

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Drive in style.


We’re all happy to be celebrating the decision of women driving in Saudi, where the ban was officially lifted on the 24th of June, this year.

By now, most women in the Kingdom have received their driving licenses and started driving, but even if they chose not to, it is always nice to know that all women have the option to drive.

To support this decision, Destination Sharqiya collaborated with Own Design 09, a Saudi brand based in Khobar, to showcase their latest T-shirt collection, celebrating the decision of women driving.

Brand: Own Design
Instagram: owndesign09
Location: Prince Naif St., Khobar Al Shamalia

Model: Majdoolen Hammad
Instagram: majdoolenhammad

Photographer: Abdulrahman Al Binali
Instagram: d7_binali

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