Photo: Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Sports Council
The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy is all set to host its inaugural GCC Volleyball tournament in Abu Dhabi as an initiative toward encouraging younger women to step out of their comfort zones and indulge in the seasonal games. The tournament will be held between August 26 and 31 at the Jio-Jitsu Arena in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi.
The tournament will be hosting six talented women’s volleyball teams, three of which are from the UAE: Fatima Bint Mubarak Academy Team, Al-Wasl Club, and Sharjah Ladies Club. The rest come from different surrounds of the Arab region including the Saudi Noura Club from Saudi Arabia, Salwa Al Saba from Kuwait, and lastly, the Bahrain Club from Bahrain.
The women’s championship, which is set to be held towards the end of this month will be coinciding with the dates of Emirati Women’s Day on August 28. This was no stroke of luck, instead, an inspired and carefully curated decision made by the FBMA, as the organization wishes to highlight its empowering motives.
As more women are finding inspiration and new perspectives with the ongoing attention directed towards female-oriented sports by the government, the FBMA is gathering momentum. The Volleyball tournament is set to have a total of 72 women players competing in the championship.
Photo: Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Sports Council
The announcement of the GCC volleyball tournament took place during a press conference held at Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s headquarters. Many influential figures were in attendance at the conference, including Talal Al-Hashemi, Executive Director of sports development at the council, and Amal Al-Afifi, board member of the FMBA.
“The launch of the first GCC Volleyball Cup for Ladies represents another significant moment in FBMA’s history as we continue our journey of creating regular opportunities for females to participate and succeed in sport,” said Al-Afifi in his statement during the conference. “Volleyball is a game that is going from strength to strength and rising in popularity and we are delighted to be bringing this important Gulf competition to Abu Dhabi that will showcase the best talent that the region has to offer,” he added.
On the other hand, Al Hashmi brought light to different uplifting factors of the tournament. While the tournament was a great addition to the world of women’s sports and ignited the spark of women’s empowerment, it also brought people from the Arab region closer together. “We believe this new tournament that brings together players from different countries across the GCC will be a valuable opportunity for teams to interact and gain more experience and deliver better performances,” said Al Hashmi.
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The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE
With vaccination programs well underway in many parts of the world as well as the UAE, several amendments have been made to Covid-19 safety protocols. The UK and Abu Dhabi have eased travel and quarantine requirements after months of strict precautionary measures.
UAE travelers to the UK who have received a full dose of any of the vaccines authorized by the government (AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Janssen) are not required to complete a quarantine period from October 4. The UK has currently grouped countries into red, green or amber lists with different travel requirements for travelers coming from these nations. With the update, the UK has done away with the green and amber list and retains only the red list, with vaccination and quarantine rules set for each country. Several nations are also going to be removed from the list including Oman, Bangladesh, Kenya, Egypt, among others.
Delighted that international travel is opening up.
We are finalising arrangements with UAE to include their nationals and residents in our plans to open up to the fully vaccinated from other countries from 4 October https://t.co/XEQtNxsE6r
— James Cleverly🇬🇧 (@JamesCleverly) September 17, 2021
As for Abu Dhabi, two amendments have been made to Covid-19 safety protocols, effective from September 19.
Individuals who have been in contact with confirmed cases of Covid-19 or those who have arrived from overseas completing home quarantine will not be required to wear tracking wristbands, according to the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee. However, they have to still comply with quarantine requirements and alternative measures to ensure the same will also be implemented. These individuals would still have to undergo PCR tests after the stipulated quarantine period.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved home quarantine without the use of wristbands for international travellers and those in contact with positive cases, effective Sunday, 19 September 2021. Positive cases must still wear a wristband. pic.twitter.com/8kxtQGJYS2
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Abu Dhabi has also updated entry rules within the UAE to the emirate. From September 19, a negative PCR test will not be required for entry into Abu Dhabi via the borders between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The decision was made “following a decreased Covid-19 infection rate of 0.2% cases and the activation of the Green Pass system,” The Abu Dhabi Media Office said in a statement.
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Mthayel Al Ali. Shirt and trousers, Max Mara; boots, ByFar; sunglasses, Bally. Photography Sabrina Rynas
Vogue Arabia’s ongoing campaign in collaboration with Retail Abu Dhabi aims to support retail and further the positioning of Abu Dhabi as the summer’s style hub with various programs, including in-store brand activations and global style masterclasses.
Creating content with local talent, Vogue Arabia has produced photoshoots with leading Middle Eastern influencers dressed and captured by ten regional stylists and photographers. Shot at iconic Abu Dhabi locations, each picture highlights the cultural and contemporary beauty of the capital, fusing the photographed venues with expertly handpicked fashion hallmarks.
Here, your front-row pass to five unmissable photoshoots.
Deema Al Asadi, by Sarah Keyrouz – Lebanese celebrity stylist
A luxurious backdrop on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi offers flame-colored dunes, calm waters, hefty desert plants, and misty skies near Empty Quarter Desert, the world’s largest sand desert, at the Anantara Qasr al Sarab. TV host of Arabic channel MBC1, Deema Al Asadi, brings to life bold luxury statement coats, dresses and accessories styled by Lebanese celebrity stylist Sarah Keyrouz.
Eleen Suliman, by Jennifer Kolomoni – Dubai-based fashion consultant
Surrounded by lavish white and liquid gold architecture depicting motifs of Yas Island’s iconic waterways at the W Abu Dhabi hotel, Saudi TV presenter and influencer Eleen Suliman both effortlessly blends into the background and stands out in stunning creations styled by Dubai-based fashion consultant Jennifer Kolomoni.
Layla Kardan, by Celia-Jane Ukwenya – Dubai-based stylist and London College of Fashion alumna
Whether it’s riding camelback in Al Ain, vacationing at Emirates Palace tucked away from the hustle of the city, looking out from a skyscraper office in the Etihad Towers, or losing herself in the gigantic Al Jahili Fort, Dubai-based Iranian singer-songwriter Layla Kardan evokes quintessential Abu Dhabi experiences dressed in various voluminous textures and silhouettes styled by London College of Fashion alumna Celia-Jane Ukwenya. The alt-pop artist, behind musical hits such as Closer and Goddess, is currently working on an album set to release soon.
Mthayel Al Ali, by Sabrina Rynas – Dubai-based photographer
At Al Wathba Hotel, an intimate retreat suffused with palm trees, natural arid beauty and serene tranquility, Emirati businesswoman Mthayel Al Ali becomes one with classical dwellings, traditional artwork, and playful creatures of the desert, donning layered pieces with timeless local details, photographed by Dubai-based creative Sabrina Rynas.
Mohammed and Humaid Hadban, by Rudolf Azzi – Dubai-based photographer and artist
Sporting geometric patterns and traditional protective coats with modern splashes and twists, Emirati influencer twins Mohammed and Humaid Hadban, photographed by Dubai-based artist Rudolf Azzi at the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, reflect the city’s commitment to nurturing Emirati heritage, art and literature, and a welcoming culture of tolerance and hospitality.
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Mthayel Al AliStyle: Chloe BosherHair and makeup: Athina DoutisAssistant: Emanuel OraoLocation: Al Wathba Hotel
Deema Al AsadiStyle: Sarah KeyrouzHair and makeup: Michel KiwarkisAssistant Photographer: Jaffar ShereeyLocation: Anantara Qasr al Sarab
Eleen SulimanStyle: Jennifer KolomoniHair and makeup: Michel KiwarkisPhotographer Assistant: Maryame TmiriLocation: W Abu Dhabi
Humaid Hadban and Mohammed HadbanStyle: Rabih RowellHair and makeup: Michel KiwarkisAssistant: Karimar SalarioLocation: Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation
Layla KardanStyle: Celia-Jane UkwenyaHair and makeup: Athina DoutisFashion Stylist Assistant: Nebal El Assaad, Astrid MoraLocation: 8th Street Studios
Louvre Partnership x Vac 2020 Christie’s Experience
A bespoke, one-of-a-kind Vacheron Constantin watch is up for auction at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Its Les Cabinotiers watch, whose dial reproduces in miniature enamel an artwork kept in the Louvre Museum and chosen by its buyer, is part of the Bid For The Louvre auction on until December 15.
“Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers watch is the only horological lot among the unique and exclusive pieces put up for auction,” shares Christian Selmoni, style and heritage director for Vacheron Constantin. “This participation was a natural choice for the manufacture, testifying to its profound attachment to art and culture as well as its concern for safeguarding and passing on heritage in all its forms.”
A mock-up of the Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers watch.
Donated on behalf of the Swiss watch brand, which has been a partner of the Louvre since 2019, it will join other bids, with the aim to bolster arts and culture and celebrate beauty and art. It presents a unique opportunity for the future owner to experience an unforgettable artistic exchange between Paris and Geneva.
“We are proud to be taking part along other artists and maisons in this exceptional auction organized by the Louvre and Christie’s in support of the museum’s solidarity projects,” comments Louis Ferla, Vacheron Constantin CEO. “Our ongoing commitment to art and the transmission of savoir-faire – which has been expressed alongside the Louvre since the announcement of our partnership a year ago – takes on even greater significance within a global context that is troubled and challenging in more ways than one. Putting up for auction a Les Cabinotiers timepiece based on a masterpiece, a one-of-a-kind model personalized in accordance with the acquirer’s wishes, symbolizes the identity of our maison and its mission to promote the sharing of culture and emotions.” The owner will also be able to choose the case material of platinum, pink, or white gold, have an engraving made on the officer-type case-back; and choose the strap from a selection of various materials and colors.
Autumn by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
The successful bidder will start their journey in Paris with a private visit to the Louvre, led by its best expert. There, they will select the piece to be reproduced in enamel on the dial. Known as the Geneva technique, and dating from the 18th century, this miniature enamel is done by only the most experienced artisan masters of both pigment and fire. One of the main challenges consists in composing a color palette compliant with the original shades of the work, while remaining keenly aware that the multiple firings in the kiln at over 800°C are liable to alter its color and brilliance share the team behind Vacheron Constatin. Grisaille enamel as a craft, appeared in the 16th century and consists of superimposing touches of a rare white enamel on a layer of dark enamel coating the gold dial base. Each layer of enamel is then fired in a kiln, timed to the second.
100% of the sale proceeds of the Christie’s auction will support the solidarity projects of Le Louvre.
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