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Christie's Middle Eastern Art sale
If you an art lover and you are well endowed with loose change, you can join the ranks of the art connoisseurs. A total of 63 works of Modern and Contemporary Art from the Middle East are being offered at the Christie's Dubai online store. Price estimates range from $1,500 to $40,000.
Christie's Dubai branch is located in the financial hub of Dubai - DIFC. The sale room and viewing of art can be done at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai. The online sale is taking place from October 16-30 2014.
Remember not to be intimidated. 57% of the visitors to the Christie's Dubai online art site are new to Christie's and about 20% of their worldwide buyers are under 45 years old.
Last Updated on Sunday, 19 October 2014 22:09
Team Abu Dhabi race alongside dolphins
Team Abu Dhabi who are on the first leg of their nine months long Volvo Ocean Race had a pleasant surprise when some dolphins decided to compete with them off the coast of Morocco.
The round-the-world yacht race is a gruelling challenge which started in Alicante, Spain, on October 11 2014. The first leg will take the teams to Cape Town where they are expected to arrive between November 2-6. After a two weeks pit stop the teams will set off for Abu Dhabi where they are expected to arrive between December 11-15.
Departing early January from Abu Dhabi, the teams will set sail for China and onwards to New Zealand, Brazil, Portugal, France and finally aim to reach Gothenburg in Sweden next summer - June 21-24 2015. Bon voyage!
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 18:04
Emirates Palace Hotel launches new spa
The Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi has recently upgraded its spa to feature four brands each of which focus on a different area of relaxation and grooming. The full range of treatments for men and women combines precious elements such as gold, diamonds, and caviar with ancient spa traditions like the Moroccan Hammam.
A designated manicure and pedicure salon features products from leading podiatric beautician Bastien Gonzalez, while a gentlemen’s grooming area offers barber and grooming services from luxury UK establishment Gentlemen’s Tonic.
The skincare and massage services on the menu feature scientifically driven products Forlle’d and Amra. Forlle’d offers facials that guarantee results after the first treatment. Other facial and body care treatments offer the power of precious elements such as pearl, gold, diamond and caviar stimulated by scientific actives, through Amra. The signature Palace Massages feature tailored massage techniques, combined with 24-carat gold oil to rebalance the mind and body, Diamond oil to restore vitality or caviar infused oil to calm the muscles.
Visit the Emirates Palace Spa for a truly palatial spa experience.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 17:20
US concerned about sale of Waldorf Astoria New York to China
The venerable New York hotel, The Waldorf Astoria, was sold by Hilton to China's Anbang Insurance company in a deal valued at $1.95 billion. The new buyers will invest in renovating the hotel but Hilton will retain the rights to operate the landmark hotel for another 100 years.
The US State Department has expressed concerns about the renovation of the hotel and thinks that the Chinese may be preparing to bug the hotel rooms which are regularly used to host State Department officials and foreign heads of state during the annual United Nations General Assembly session.
Every US President since 1929 has stayed at the Waldorf Astoria's Presidential Suite during trips to New York.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:54
Irhal wishes everyone "Eid Mubarak!"
Last Updated on Sunday, 05 October 2014 05:22
Top 10 hotels for multi-millionaires
The chances of meeting a multi-millionaire are highest if you are staying at a hotel in Las Vegas. But not any hotel. The Bellagio Las Vegas hosted 6,400 people in 2013 who each have a net-worth north of US$10 million. Other Vegas hotels making the list of multi-millionaire friendly hotels are Ceasars Palace (No.3) and the Wynn Resort (No.10).
New York comes in second place with The Plaza (No.2) and the Waldorf Astoria (No.4). Singapore's Marina Bay Sands comes in at No.5. The Breakers in Palm Beach (No.6) and the Grand Floridian in Disney World (No.9) show that seven of the ten hotels that host the most multi-millionaires are in the United States. One reason for this is that the United States has 183,500 multi-millionaires - the highest in the world. China is a distant second with only about 25,000 multi-millionaires.
The other top hotels on the list revealed by the wealth watch group, New World Wealth, are: Hotel de Paris, Monaco (No.7) and The Ritz, London (No.8).
Feeling small. Don't worry. A couple can stay in a Resort King Room at the Bellagio Las Vegas for three nights for only US$500 - that is under $170 per night. Go ahead and share a roof with a multi-millionaire!
Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 12:34
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