Category archives: Wanderlust

The Crest

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This autumn, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum received the latest from Zaha Hadid. The celebrated architect revealed the ‘Crest’ installation, which was commissioned by ME by Melia ? Hotels in celebration of ME Dubai Hotel. One of the highlights ofThe London Design Festival this year (13-21 September) has been the ‘Crest’ installa- tion - commissioned by[...]

DjerbaHood

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1 village - 150 artists - 30 nationalities This summer, under the cool breeze of the village of Djerba in Tunisia, 150 artists from 30 different nationalities came together, by invitation from Itinerrance gallery, to bring a new life to this small town. Itinerrance gallery, founded in 2004 by Mehdi Ben Cheikh, has a goal to promote the recognition of stre[...]

RIGHT ON THE BALL | Rocking & Rolling with Kurt Perschke

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You probably saw it if you were in Abu Dhabi last year or in Taipei the year before that. And if you happen to be in England from June to July, you will likely see it dribble down the streets in time for the Cultural Olympiad. It is a 15-foot, inflated sphere that weighs 250 pounds and is always cloaked in red PVC fabric. It is Redball, the world famous scul[...]

elBulli Foundation | A Culinary Think Tank

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It isn’t easy being a real Willy Wonka. With his innovative insight and provocative productions, Ferran Adrià enjoys conducting new culinary experiments as much as our beloved Wonka adores the creative creations of his chocolate factory. The main difference, however, is that Adrià has yet to open his factory, but that will not remain a hindrance for long. A[...]

Zooba with Chris Khalifa

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“Egyptian food is underserved locally and almost nonexistent globally. There is no difference in quality, in my opinion, between Egyptian food and Lebanese, Turkish, Persian, or even Syrian, yet the latter are all well known and widespread internationally while Egyptian food is comparatively non-existent. I think that a trend of Egyptian food concepts will c[...]

London’s Café Royal Hotel

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Café Royal has always been the preferred haunt of the intellectual, political and artistic literati. Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Winston Churchill and Muhammad Ali were all patrons. After a four-year renovation, Café Royal is finally welcoming a new generation of guests into its beautifully renovated space[...]

Dihzahyners Brush Up Beirut

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It was a scorching hot July evening when the sun would not just give it a rest. The setting was a deliriously dull arts bazaar in Beirut’s epicenter. My significant other was force dragging me out of there, sensing our skin was only minutes away from melting off our bones. He was concerned he would pass out before he could find us some shade or maybe even an[...]

A Woman's Journey

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How far would you go for someone you love? A typical response would be that the sky is the limit. For a certain group of women, however, reaching the sky is merely one of the ways of expressing their love. Last May, a fellowship of ten Saudi women climbed to the cotton cloud surrounded Mount Everest Base Camp in an attempt to raise awareness about a topic th[...]

Etched into Stone

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Serving as a backdrop to David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, Wadi Rum is one of Jordan’s most famous tourist destinations and has been inhabited by different cultures since prehistoric times. In 2014, the wadi will play host to a new resort. Etched into the natural landscape, the Wadi Rum Resort is the culmination of Florida-based architecture firm Oppenheim’s[...]