Dubai Weekend: Design Days, Art Week, DFF & More


Ever since Picasso, Miro and Chagall painted in exchange for meal at La Colombe d’Or, the 1920s café turned hotel in the south of France, the close connection between art and food has flourished. La Petite Maison Dubai, in collaboration with Opera Gallery, became a museum of dining on March 13th in celebration of Art Week.

Douglas Kirkland’s iconic image of Coco Chanel is featured at La Petite Maison from March 13th until March 20th .

Diners can view sculptures from New York artist Jonathan Seliger, whose “Born To Shop” collection comprises eye catching pieces of pop art in the form of over-sized shopping bags including Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel.

Photography from Toronto native Douglas Kirkland – who found fame after photographing Marilyn Monroe for Look Magazine’s 25 th anniversary in 1961 – will also be on display, giving diners a glimpse of Kirkland’s most iconic subjects including Coco Chanel and Brigitte Bardot.

The works will be on display at La Petite Maison from March 13th until March 20th, 2016.


Maraya Art Centre and 1971 Design Space are gearing up for Art Week, which takes place March 13-19 in Dubai.

Through participations at Sikka Art Fair and Design Days Dubai, Maraya Art Centre and 1971 Design Space will present an artist commission by UAE based Architecture + Other Things, a project by Italian artist Eva Frapiccini, the current artist in residence and workshops in collaboration with Crafts Council. These activities will engage the public, art community and global visitors with Maraya Art Centre’s varied programming.

Castillo Rivolli – Maraya Art

1971 Design Space presents Almost Natural Shelter, a commission by Architecture + Other Things, during Dubai Design Days, which explores the production of space and its aesthetics in the ‘Anthropocene’. The Anthropocene is a new geological era that has emerged out of the unprecedented influence of the human race on the planet’s ecology.

Dubai Design Days is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. The event takes place in Downtown Dubai March 14-18, 2016. During Design Days Dubai, 1971 Design Space is hosting a schedule of public workshops in collaboration with the UK Crafts Council.

At Sikka Art Fair, Maraya Art Centre presents Eva Frapiccini’s project Dreams’ Time Capsule. This is the first phase of a process-based research project which aims to trace the evolution of dream states. Focusing on a largely international cross-section of society, the work is installed temporarily for a varying timeframe, and is mobile: travelling with the artist in her luggage. It has made appearances all over the world since the start of the project in 2011.

Once the audio archive of dreams is completed, it will be sealed and re-opened by the artist after ten years and sent back to the dreamers. The ongoing project is inspired from dreams as collective imagery, and made up of the participation and engagement of its visitors, who remain anonymous, but part of an international audio-archive that travels the world. Dreams are recorded in Arabic, English and French, when each dreamer is alone in the capsule recounting their dreams in privacy.

WAFI Mall’s Matryoshka Festival Celebrates Russian Culture

The sights, sounds, smells and taste of traditional Russia were alive at WAFI Mall as the Matryoshka Festival returned to the Mall March 3rd-12th, 2016. A celebration of spring and vibrant colors coincided with a spotlight on Russia’s dynamic culture.

The Matryoshka Festival celebrated empowered women.

In keeping with the theme of celebrating empowered women, the Festival’s opening day hosted a book signing by Sheikha Hend Al Qassemi for her new title, the “Black Book of Arabia”. The collection of stories bridges social class, strata and gender to narrate gripping tales of love, heroism and betrayal from a Gulf female perspective.

The event also coincided with a celebration of women on International Women’s Day and the Festival celebrated 8 women for talent, beauty, charitable works, aesthetics, and contribution to society. The Matryoshka Festival saw thousands of visitors mingling with the celebrities flying in from Russia. The former Miss Russia Victoria Lopyreva was the face of the festival and was present at the opening.

A celebrated contingent of famous designers including Kristina Fidelskaya, Elena Burba, Irina Soprano (Solo atelier), Olga Osipenko and Yuliya Sudakova showcased the latest in haute couture, evening, and casual wear. Local celebrities in attendance included MC and TV presenter Tatyana Vishnevskaya, Natalya Yartseva and Virgin Radio’s Kris Fade.

Dubai Mall Celebrates Dubai Food Festival 2016

Mondays in White was a smashing success and a grand experience in fine dining on The Dubai Mall waterfront promenade. Each Monday evening customers were invited to dress in white and enjoy special set menus from participating restaurants. Musicians also roamed along the promenade to add unforgettable ambience to nights and prizes were awarded to the ‘best dressed’ customers.

Attendees of Mondays In White reveled in the awe of the event at The Dubai Mall.
Attendees of Mondays In White reveled in awe at the event held at The Dubai Mall.

Events also included Kids Workshops and the Dubai Food Festival Mascot Parade, which delighted customers young and old.

The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest and most-visited retail and entertainment destination offering an unparalleled retail mix combined with world-class dining, entertainment and leisure attractions. With a total internal floor area of 5.9 million square feet, The Dubai Mall has over 1,200 retail outlets and over 200 food & beverage outlets.


Audemars Piguet’s presence in the golfing world continues to grow with the addition of three young talented players under its wing.

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Danny Willett won his fourth career title in Dubai on the last green with a 12-foot putt for glory.

Winning one of the European Tour’s big tournaments in Dubai propelled Danny Willett to the world’s 13th rank. Willet joins Byeong Hun An, Renato Paratore and Emiliano Grillo as part of the Audemars Piguet Dream Team of Golf Ambassadors.

Byeong Hun An was named “Rookie of the Year” on the European Tour in 2015, a milestone year. Born in Seoul in 1991, he moved to Florida at 14 to perfect his unique powerful style and became the youngest winner of the US Amateur Championship at 17.

Emiliano Grillo had just joined the elite of the PGA Tour in October 2015 when he made a name for himself. Emiliano’s incredible drive and competitor’s mentality enabled him to win his very first tournament at the Open in California.

Renato Paratore claimed his first professional title at his native Italian National Championship and joined the European Tour at the end of that year. In July 2015, the teenager surprised everyone by becoming the first player in the history of the French Open to score a four on every single one of the 18 holes.

Danny, Ben, Emiliano and Renato are part of the Audemars Piguet Dream Team of Golf Ambassadors, composed of Keegan Bradley, Darren Clarke, Victor Dubuisson, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Louis Oosthuizen, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Peter Uihlein, Lee Westwood and Bernd Wiesberger. Individually and together, they embody Audemars Piguet’s brand philosophy “To break the rules, you must first master them.”