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A Luxurious Oasis in the Urban Excitement: A Preview of the New Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

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A Luxurious Oasis in the Urban Excitement: A Preview of the New Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

4181Sweeping into the palm-lined drive after a remarkably brief ride from Dubai International Airport, the first thing guests will notice are eight ancient olive trees, evoking a Mediterranean vibe and perhaps hinting at the pleasures of the palate to come. Entering the palatial lobby with its dazzling view of the sea here in one of the world’s most exciting cities, the moment all but says aloud, you have arrived.

Welcome to the new Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach - a green oasis perfectly located just minutes from all the pleasures and key business hubs of this open, modern city by the Arabian Gulf. Everything is right here - warm and elegant service, an astonishing array of dining temptations, a truly luxe pool and beach experience, beautiful spaces to do business or celebrate special occasions, an indulgent spa that is a destination unto itself, and the quiet retreat of light, airy guest rooms and suites.

For those already familiar with Dubai’s over-the-top, often ornate formality, prepare to be surprised says Regional Vice President and General Manager Simon Casson: “Our Resort is an intimately scaled, luxurious enclave of comfort and style.  Throughout, guests can expect highly personalized service that is consistent with Four Seasons hotels and resorts around the world.”

At five stories, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is comparatively low rise amid the city’s soaring towers, in keeping with the surrounding coastal community. The prestigious Jumeirah neighbourhood - sometimes compared to Beverly Hills with its mansions and celebrity hotspots - is mostly residential, with cafés, shops and galleries within strolling distance. Flanked by Dubai’s longest stretch of natural beachfront, it’s also just ten minutes from the commercial district on Sheikh Zayed Road and the Dubai International Finance Centre, and well as Burj Khalifa - the world’s tallest building - and the tourist attractions of Downtown Dubai.

Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is scheduled to open on November 1, 2014, and is now confirming arrivals from December 1. Guests who book beforeSeptember 30 can take advantage of special rates with the Introductory Offer or the Introductory Bed and Breakfast Rate for stays between December 1 and February 28, 2015.

Casual Elegance and Modern Style

Envisioned as a welcoming enclave by world-renowned architects WATG, the Resort’s fresh, sophisticated contemporary style is by San Francisco-based interior designers BAMO. Arabic accents highlight Spanish-Mediterranean architecture, with colours and textures influenced by the seaside lifestyle of this 14 acre (5.6 hectare) Resort. For example, the 10-metre (33-foot) lobby is capped by an octagonal dome finished with gold leaf, casting a warm glow on the space’s creamy marble and enhancing the natural light coming through large windows that look across the gardens to the sea. No expense has been spared here - even the handrails in the elevators are made of Murano glass.

Balconies off each of the 237 guests rooms and suites - some so large as to accommodate both a daybed and a dining table - offer panoramic sea views or the city’s glittering skyline, punctuated by the Burj Khalia.  Inside, extra high three metre (9.8 foot) ceilings are accentuated by full height leather headboards in an almost loft-like environment. The bed itself is the new fully customizable Four Seasons Bed. Lavish details include marble flooring in the foyer, bath and dressing room, which includes a wood-paneled walk-in closet. Comfortable seating includes an L-shaped sofa plus a bench at the foot of the bed, and business travellers will appreciate the executive size desk. The baths include ceilings leafed in silver to reflect a flattering hue from the Murano glass light fixture, while a mosaic tile wall is the backdrop for a free-standing tub.

Thoughtful design elements include recessed entries to pairs of rooms behind a second door to the hallway - the perfect option for families and friends travelling together who wish to connect their rooms and enjoy expanded private space.

Three sumptuous suites on the Resort’s uppermost fifth floor include the two 510 square metre (5,900 square foot) Presidential Suites, each boasting its own media room, private gym and panoramic sea views from the enormous terrace; and the Royal Suite, with a luxurious 600 square metres (6,458 square feet) including a spa, gym, butler’s room and, at the heart of the space, a grand living room with its own piano, perfect for entertaining.

And, while both of these incredible suites are surely destined to take their place among Dubai’s most coveted accommodations, there is still one more surprise to come: “We will soon unveil a very special freestanding villa hidden in the gardens of the Resort that will rival the very best accommodations in the Middle East, if not the world,” hints Casson.

Luxurious Leisure: The Beach, Pools and Super Cabanas

Situated on a pristine 270 metre (886 foot) natural beachfront, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is the ideal choice for a getaway with friends, a family holiday, or a business trip that can include both work and play. An on-property watersports centre sets up leisurely hours spent on the calm waters in kayaks, dinghies and catamarans, or atop a paddleboard.  In the evening, an inviting firepit is surrounded by seating, right on the beach.

Within the Resort’s gardens are two outdoor, free-form swimming pools, in addition to the indoor pool in the Spa and fitness complex. Set amid lush gardens, both the family-friendly Active Pool and the Quiet Pool shimmer with white and gold mosaic tile beneath towering palms.

With Four Seasons signature service pampering guests on the hour, it’s an easy choice to spend the entire day by the pool - especially if one has reserved one of the Day Villas. These “super cabanas” each include a private sun terrace plus mini bar and flatscreen tv in an air-conditioned interior. As an added luxury, each Day Villa offers private indoor and outdoor showers and a bathroom.

Relaxed and Energized: Spa, Fitness and Recreation

In a city known for its spas, The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is set to become a destination unto itself.

“Our Spa has been designed as a Four Seasons showpiece on a global scale,” says Spa Director Hayley Bluett. “A full menu of traditional healing rituals and cutting-edge therapies will be highlighted by a deluxe aqua-thermal experience that includes rain tunnel, scrub bar, chill zone, steam and whirlpool. Each of our treatment rooms opens to a discreet outdoor space and has its own foot ritual bath. The Royal Spa Suite includes wet and dry suites within, along with a secluded outdoor terrace, relaxation lounge and bathtub for two. We’ll also offer rasul mud treatments for couples in this very private, exclusive space.”

In all, 706 square metres (7,600 square feet) will encompass ten treatment rooms, the U-shaped aqua thermal area, a juice bar and boutique, and complete changing and relaxation facilities. A salon by En Vogue as well as a men’s grooming lounge will offer hair, nail and beauty services.

A stunning indoor pool is at the heart of the complex, framed by classically-inspired columns and bathed in natural light from above.

The adjacent 748 square metre (8,050 square foot) 24/7 fitness centre will be the best in Dubai.  Harnessing the natural energy of the sun, the gym features floor-to-ceiling windows looking out across the gardens and pools. Certified personal trainers are available to provide expert guidance on equipment that includes free weights and cardio machines, and guests can take complimentary spinning, yoga and pilates classes in the movement studio.  Runners can follow routes through the garden and along the beach, and tennis players will find two on-site courts at the Resort.

On the Menu: Ten Unique Dining and Lounge Options

On the beach or by the pool, on a pulsing dance floor or settled into a cozy club chair, out in the garden or up on the roof, there will be many options to dine, drink and meet with colleagues or friends (or like-minded strangers!) at Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach. Choices include five restaurants and lounges managed by Four Seasons, and an additional five independent, on-site venues:

Suq is conceived as a lively, market-style restaurant with three open kitchens featuring eclectic international cuisine, while the casual beach and pool grill Sea Fu will transform into an open air fine seafood restaurant each evening. The Shai Salon - meaning “tea” in Arabic - is the ideal meeting place for friends or colleagues to social over tea and light fare, right by the main entrance and opening into the gardens. Further in, the Hendricks Bar is fashioned as a traditional club, with leather-panelled oak walls, deep chairs and a cigar room.

The fifth venue is one that locals and ex-pats are already buzzing about: guests will be whisked past the velvet ropes and up to sixth floor rooftop, where the Mercury Lounge sets the stage for seeing and being seen in an intimate club setting. Private majlises with exclusive alcove seating are surrounded by views of the Burj Khalifa and glittering urban skyline on one side, and the Burj Al Arab and sea on the other, with a large glass sphere inspired by the bulb of a mercury thermometer as a dramatic central focal point.

Executive Chef Gilles Arzur, a French native who comes to Dubai straight from the glamorous Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel) in California, is already sourcing the very best ingredients from far and wide, as well as those close at hand - he’s been seen eying the Resort’s palms and the ancient olive trees with an aim to incorporate their bounty on his menus, both on the plate and in the glass.

Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach will also be home to five independent venues in a stand-alone building, easily identified by its unusual curved structure and façade of greenery. Within, guests and locals will find two concepts by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, two additional venues by Zuma restaurants, and the Provocateur Night Club, a small and exclusive lounge featuring top international DJs.

Meet Me at Four Seasons: The City’s Premier Address for Business and Social Functions

Already the choice of top meeting planners, galas hosts and wedding couples internationally, the impeccable service and attention to detail for which Four Seasons is known is now coming to Dubai. A total of 1,199 square metres (12,900 square feet) of event space is designed to smoothly shift from high tech meetings to society galas and beachfront weddings at the whim of each host and planner. Specializing in outdoor events on the ballroom terrace and beachfront lawns with sophisticated urban style, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach features the Dana Ballroom for up to 360 seated guests, as well as four smaller rooms accommodating 12 to 100. A separate arrival area takes guests directly to the function rooms without having to go through the main lobby, and all rooms open to the Resort’s gardens and pools.

Beyond the Resort

While the temptation may be to never leave the Resort, Four Seasons recommends experiencing the myriad attractions of the ever changing city of Dubai. Business travellers will find that they are minutes from the key commercial centres, while time to relax, explore and have fun includes options from traditional gold and spice souks to international designer label shopping, world class golf to skydiving, sailing and even indoor skiing. Families will love the Atlantis Dolphin and Water Park, and everyone will enjoy the spectacle of Dubai’s famous fountain shows. Just outside the gates, the Resort’s charming neighbourhood invites a casual day of shopping and gallery hopping, while the more adventurous may wish to head out for a sand dune safari in the desert.

Four Seasons in the Gulf

Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach and the new Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, also set to open later this year, join Four Seasons Hotel Doha in Qatar as the brand’s collection of Arabian Gulf properties continues to expand. Future developments have also been announced in Oman and Kuwait, as well a second UAE property in Abu Dhabi and a second location in Doha, with more to come.

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Bentley Oman organises an preview and test drive of the new V8 Continental GT for select customers

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Bentley Oman organises an preview and test drive of the new V8 Continental GT for select customers

244Bentley Oman has organised an exclusive preview and test drive of the new V8 Continental GT for select customers following a regional media ride and drive event that was hosted in Oman.

The 2012 Continental GT V8 was received with great enthusiasm by discerning customers who have traditionally experienced exceptional levels of performance in a Bentley motor car.

James Armstrong, Brand Manager of Bentley Oman said, “The reception and feedback we had this time from our customers and prospects who saw and drove the V8 Continental GT has been incredible. And the first reports from top Middle East journalists also confirm how much they enjoyed driving the V8-powered Continental GT in the winding roads of the Sultanate enjoying the nation’s outstanding natural beauty. The Continental GT always had that ‘wow’ factor and now we match the breathtaking GT with superlative V8 performance for the first time.”

The event was hosted at the Al Husn Hotel at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa providing a dramatic setting of rugged mountains and inviting beaches as the backdrop to the event. Customers who drove the 4.0-litre, 500bhp twin turbocharged Bentley Continental GT V8 coupé were enormouslyimpressed with the car’s exceptional standards for power-to-emissions in the high luxury sports car sector.

This new Bentley V8 engine delivers maximum power at 6,000 rpm and an extraordinary peak torque of 660 Nm which is available across virtually the entire rev range from 1,700 to 5,000 rpm. This helps the marginally lighter car [when compared with the Continental GT W12] to offer exhilarating performance and effortless power delivery in the Bentley tradition. Combined with a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission, this translates into a sub-5 second acceleration time for the 0-100 km/h sprint and a top speed of over 290 km/h.

The new V8 engine features variable displacement with a highly sophisticated engine management system, ensuring a seamless and imperceptible transition from V8 to V4 mode under light throttle load. This arrangement helps the new V8 Continental models achieve outstanding levels of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions for the luxury performance sector and depending on driving conditions are capable of travelling over 800 km on a single tank of fuel. The arrival of the new V8 Continental models fulfils Bentley’s environmental commitment to produce a new powertrain that delivers a 40 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.

“We are confident that besides the performance, our customers in Oman will appreciate the driving range and fuel economy benefits that this car has to offer. After driving the car myself and experiencing it, I am sure that the V8 CGT will attract many new customers to the brand who had not considered a Bentley in the past.” said Chris Buxton, regional director of Bentley Middle East.

While the W12 and V8 models look similar in their exterior profile, Bentley has made some changes to the exterior detailing and jewelrythat help differentiate the siblings. In the new V8 variant, the mesh grille is finished in black, air scoops in the lower front valance have a different design and the Bentley badging on the wheels and bonnet and boot lid sport a red background instead of the traditional black.

The new Continental GT V8 is available to order from Bentley Motors Wattayah showroom in Oman along with the other models in the line-up.

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Conversation, Screenings and Reception introduces the UAE audiences to the past achievements and the exciting programme of the 5th March Meeting

2365Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) — Sharjah Art Foundation in collaboration with Dubai non-profit Traffic presented March Meeting: Past and Present. The event at Traffic received an overwhelming response from the audience of artists, students and UAE art world.

The evening began with presentations on the history of the March Meeting and how it has become, both locally and internationally, the region’s leading gathering for artistic and cultural exchange. Presenters from Sharjah Art Foundation included Reem Shadid, Deputy Director; Nawar Al Qassimi, Public Programming & Outreach Officer and Uns Kattan, Researcher and Project Coordinator. Following the presentation Sharjah Art Foundation hosted a reception and a screening of two short films commissioned by Sharjah Biennial 10: Short Scenes from a Long Marriage (Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia), which was nominated for the Rio de Janerio International Short Film Festival Curta Cinema prize, and Traitors (Sean Gullette), which was screened at the 49th New York Film Festival as well as various film festivals around the world. The March programme was also announced including a series of exhibitions and events showcasing work created through commissions and residencies.

Topics covered during the evening’s presentation included an introduction to the twenty-year history of the Sharjah Biennial and the reasons for the establishment of the Sharjah Art Foundation in 2009 by Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi who continues to act as the organisation’s President.  Also discussed was the growing international significance of the March Meeting and why it remains one of the core initiatives of Sharjah Art Foundation’s work as a non-profit and non-commercial public institution.
Sharjah Art Foundation Deputy Director Reem Shadid stated, “We were very pleased to see the reaction of the audience, which included many new faces.  The Sharjah Art Foundation is a young team and we are eager to engage more actively with the arts communities throughout the Emirates.”

The speakers encouraged the audience and other members of the public to attend the three-day event and the programme of exhibitions openings, film premieres and events that all take place between March 16 – 19, 2012.  Members of the audience were able to register for March Meeting at the Traffic event.
In collaboration with ArtBus, Sharjah Art Foundation will also be providing a shuttle bus that will be available all day from March 17 – 19, 2012 to take people from various locations in Dubai to the March Meeting and event venues.

Sharjah Art Foundation March Programme
The opening of Ziad Antar’s exhibition will be the inaugural event of Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual March Meeting. Taking place from March 17 - 19, 2012, March Meeting is an annual gathering of artists, art professionals and institutions concerned with the production and dissemination of art in the region and internationally.

March Events
March 16 – Ziad Antar’s exhibition and book launch Portrait of a Territory
March 17 – Screening of 1395 Days Without Red an Artangel commission by Šejla Kamerić and Anri Sala in collaboration with Ari Benjamin Meyers
March 18 – Basma Alsharif’s exhibition Farther Than the Eye Can See
March 19 – Revisiting Tarab an Evening of Music by Tarek Atoui
For further information on Sharjah Art Foundation and the March events please visit www.sharjahart.org

About March Meeting

The fifth annual March Meeting is a three-day symposium featuring presentations by artists, art professionals and institutions on the production and dissemination of art in the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa, South Asia) region and internationally. March Meeting 2012: Working With Artists and Audiences on Commissions and Residencies will take place March 17–19, in Sharjah’s scenic Heritage Area. The three-day forum will be held daily from 10 am–6 pm and will coincide with a programme of exhibitions and events.

Select speakers of this year’s March Meeting include:
H.E. Abdul Rahman Al Owais, UAE Minister of Culture; H.E. Dr. Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Advisor to the Ministry of Presidential Affairs; Omar Ghobash, Ambassador at UAE Embassy in Moscow; Dr. Yousef Aidabi, Cultural consultant to His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi; Salwa Mikdadi, Head of Arts & Cultural Program, Emirates Foundation; Khalil Abdul Wahed, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Noura Al-Sayeh, Architect & Curator Ministry of Culture, Kingdom of Bahrain; Palmina D’Ascoli, Manager of Department of Residencies, Institut Français (France); Peter Eleey, Curator, MoMA/PS1 (USA); Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT) (Japan); Danda J, Director, Kuona Trust Centre for Visual Arts (Kenya);  Eungie Joo, Curator, New Museum (USA); Jude Kelly, OBE, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre (UK); Riyas Komu, Director of Programmes, Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India); James Lingwood, Co-Director, Artangel (UK); Salwa Mikdadi, Head of Arts & Cultural Program, Emirates Foundation (UAE); Ayeh Naraghi, Cultural Programmes Specialist, UNESCO Doha Office (Qatar); Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery (UK) Susan Pfeffer, Curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin); Beatrix Ruf, Director/Curator, Kunsthalle Zürich (Switzerland); Ramin Salsali, Founder, Salsali Private Museum (UAE).

The March Meeting and related events are free and open to the public. Registration is recommended at marchmeeting@sharjahart.org

For more information about Sharjah Art Foundation and its programmes, visit www.sharjahart.org

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