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The Battle For E-Commerce Domination in the Middle East Is On

The Middle East may have been late to join the e-commerce party but as and compete for domination, the growth of online retail is also challenging the long-held reign of the shopping mall in the region. To put e-commerce in historical context, you might think of it as…

Four Seasons Beirut Rooftop
Level 26 at The Four Seasons Hotel Beirut is Now a Year Round Rooftop

The Four Seasons Hotel Beirut has a new rooftop playground. The best part is it’s open year round, so you can keep that summer feeling going even when the clouds roll in. Just because autumn is rolling in doesn’t mean you have to concede summer’s over. The pool, bar and…

How Hyperloop is About to Revolutionize the Way We Travel

The idea for Hyperloop began in 2012, when Elon Musk revealed his vision of a super-fast train that could overcome friction by levitating above its track on air-bearings in an enclosed low-pressure tube. But, rather than develop it himself, the visionary entrepreneur decided to subsequently share its details via an…

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Sanlorenzo’s 52-metre Seven Sins May Have Found the Magic Number

Technology and design converge in Sanlorenzo’s 52-metre Seven Sins, a flagship vessel for the brand. It’s also the gateway to a bright future for the visionary team behind Officina Italiana Design Contrary to her name, Seven Sins is a floating symbol of design virtue. From her glass-bottomed pool to her…

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Arab-French Connections Abound at Hôtel de Crillon in Paris

Hôtel de Crillon may forever be as quintessentially French as pétanque, café culture and the double kiss, but it was an ageing star. Now though, through some new links to the Middle East, it has been thoroughly renovated and is back among the best hotels in Paris. My arrival in…

Jean-Marc Pontroué Officine Panerai
Panerai’s Submersible PAM683 Wants to Go Diving With You

The first thing that Officine Panerai’s new CEO, Jean-Marc Pontroué (a 20-year-Richemont veteran who was previously at Montblanc and Roger Dubuis) did upon taking the helm was clean up the brand’s line-up into four easy categories: Radiomir, Luminor, Luminor Due, and Submersible, and it was the last of these that…

The Monaco Yacht Show
Monaco Yacht Show Isn’t Just About Boats

Every September the luxury world casts an eye around the new nautical offerings tied up along the quays at Port Hercules in Monaco. But it’s not just the world’s largest collection of superyachts (for sale or charter) that makes the Monaco Yacht Show so special, it’s the fact that the…

MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT women
Feast Your Eyes On MB&F’s First Women’s Watch

Ever since the founding of MB&F back in 2004, all of its watches have been designed for men. That changes this year with the launch of the stunning Legacy Machine FlyingT, their first watch dedicated to women. Featuring a flying tourbillon movement, an unusually highly domed sapphire crystal and a…

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Architect Adib Dada is Saving Beirut’s River With an Urban Forest

Litter doesn’t just take decades, or sometimes even centuries to decompose; it also contaminates our soil, air and water. Luckily there’s at least one Beirut-based architecture firm that’s doing something about it. Adib Dada describes his firm, theOtherDada, as: “a Beirut-based for profit architecture company with an environmental and social…