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S I M P LY A B U DH A B I
EDITOR & Co-EDITOR’ S LETTER
Dear lovers of luxury
We hope you have enjoyed some fruitful explorations of the fascinatingworld
of luxury since our last issue.
It’sbeenahugelyexcitingtimeforushereinAbuDhabi.EarlyNovembersaw
the Emirate host its annual Formula One Grand Prix. The sport is always
thrilling, but this year was exceptional. A massively eventful race saw Lotus’
Kimi Räikkönen edge home over FernandoAlonso by just a second. See page
84
for our full report – and page 90 for a fascinating interview with the
charismatic FormulaOne supremo, Bernie Ecclestone.
Of course, the Formula One weekend is legendary in Abu Dhabi – not only
for the spectacular racing, but also for the sumptuous, entertaining and
rewarding cultural and social events surrounding it.
This year we took full advantage of the exquisite riches on offer. We attended
the gloriou
s
ChequeredFlagBall (page 94), sawspectacular concerts fromthe
likes of Kylie Minogue, Nickelback and Eminem, and mingled with F1 stars
like Räikkönen and the legendary Michael Schumacher at the extravagant
Amber Lounge event.
And that’s not all. As well as the Formula One weekend, this month’s issue
centres on a simply extraordinary staywe had at the Shangri-LaHotel, Qaryat
Al Beri, Abu Dhabi (page 20). As well as enjoying our lavish rooms and the
tranquil spa, we dined in pure style at two of the hotel’s superb restaurants:
Pearls andCaviar andHoi An. (See Simply Food on page 43).
We also had the good fortune to dine again at the sumptuous Cipriani
restaurant (page 44) and visit its sister nightclub Allure (page 74). We then
wanted to understand better the philosophy behind them – so we spoke to
the hugely distinguished Giuseppe Cipriani – whose grandfather was the
celebrated founder of Harry’s Bar in Venice – about his family’s philosophy
of ‘luxury in simplicity’.
And we’ve been travelling again – though this time not too far from Abu
Dhabi. Turn to page 192 to read about our wonderful stay at the Address
Downtown inDubai – and to page 106 for Jordana’s account of a fascinating
trip to the Gulf of Naples with the peerless Breguet brand.
The word luxury originates from the Latin “luxus” signifying “soft or
extravagant living, indulgence, sumptuousness or opulence”. But Luxury’s
definition is continuously evolving – and so is that of its audience’s mindset.
So we explore luxury in all its forms. We want to help our readers discover
the immense heights of pleasure and creativity that a pursuit of luxury can
inspire.
We’ve only touched upon the realms of sheer opulence included within these
pages.Wearedevelopingareputationforhavingthemostconsistentandincisive
coverage around on the latest trends in luxury fashion, cars, watches, jewellery,
andmore–sotakeallthetimeyouneedtoimmerseyourselfinoursumptuous
world.
If this magazine helps convey to you our deep love of the finer things in life,
even in a small way, thenwewill be very happy.
Yours luxuriously
Arnie SHira and JordanaLynch
Arnie S Hira – CEO & Founder
Jordana Imogen Lynch –
Managing Director & Co-Founder
Manoj S Hira – Director –
Editor: Arnie S Hira
Co-Editor: Jordana Imogen Lynch
Copywriters: Jordana Imogen Lynch, Arnie S Hira & Chrystan Paul
Creative Directors: Colin Statham & Ellis Valentine
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