22 Jul 2017

Our Most In-Demand Travel Destinations Of 2017

Two Instagram-worthy trips to take this summer

Woman on a red scooter in Europe


Island Escape

Luxury pool and beach in the Maldives 
Are you tired of the city life? Escape to the tropical surroundings of the Maldives for a real taste of paradise. Clear azure waters, luxurious resorts, and exotic marine life make these exclusive atolls one of the most popular travel spots in the world.

The chain of islands is located in the warm Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka and India, ensuring visitors can spend their sunshine-filled days relaxing on the postcard-perfect beaches or scuba diving in the clear turquoise sea.

Where to stay: JA Manafaru is an award-winning resort located just over an hour’s seaplane transfer from the country’s main airport in Malé. This family-friendly resort has plenty to keep you occupied on your holiday, from pristine beaches and a variety of swimming pools to a host of restaurants and specialised children centres.

What to pack: Bright swimsuits to ensure you stand out poolside.

Printed swimsuit from Ted Baker at City Centre Bahrain

Printed swimsuit, Ted Baker, City Centre Bahrain

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Sightseeing Adventure

The pyramids of Giza, Egypt   

One of the ancient world’s most important historical lands, Egypt has more than enough to offer for eager culture vultures.

In Cairo, the capital and Africa’s largest city, visitors can capture sight of the iconic Egyptian pyramids at Giza – including the biggest of the structures, the incredible Great Pyramid have been built for the Pharaoh Khufu and it was finished around 2560 B.C.E.

Situated just on the outskirts of Cairo, the impressive pyramids are the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world and are not to be missed on your trip.

You will discover lots more to explore in Cairo, from historical mosques to century-old palaces and enough museums to fill a guidebook - we recommend the Egyptian Museum, home to the world's largest collection of pharaonic antiquities and artefacts.

To refuel after a day of extensive sightseeing, head to the newly opened Mall of Egypt. The sprawling retail haven contains countless shops, restaurants and entertainment activities, including Ski Egypt, Magic Planet Egypt and Vox Cinema Egypt.

For the second leg of your sightseeing trip, jump on a 45-minute plane journey (you can also drive or take the train) to Alexandria. Take to the vibrant streets filled with souks, market stalls and cafes.

If the heat gets too intense (temperatures can reach up to around 30 degrees Celsius in the summer months), seek solace in the air-conditioned comfort of City Centre Alexandria. With well over a hundred shops, plus a wide variety of food and beverage options, this bustling retail complex will keep the whole family entertained.

Where to stay: The Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano is a luxurious stay complete with a spa, swimming pools, fitness facilities and a number of gourmet restaurants.

What to pack: Comfortable sandals to save tired soles after long days out and about seeing the sights.

Printed sandals from Aldo at City Centre Bahrain

Printed sandals, Aldo, City Centre Bahrain

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08 Jul 2017

How To: Pack Like A Pro And Fly Like The JetSet

The insider’s guide to travelling in style and know how to save space in your suitcase.

Model Izabel Goulart arrives at Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival

Model Izabel Goulart arrives at Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival.

Preparing for a trip starts with the suitcase and more to the point what exactly to put in it.

If you’ve ever seen those well-dressed girls, the ones gliding effortlessly through the terminal with little more than a compact carry-on, and thought ‘how on earth do they manage to squeeze all their worldly goods in such a small case’? The answer is easier than you think, simply plan each and every outfit in advance. While this might seem like more work than it’s worth, you’ll reap the rewards and end up with a carefully curated holiday wardrobe, and no excess baggage!

Expert packing requires pre-planning and a thorough edit – after all, will you wear ten pairs of heels on a week-long holiday?

Scroll down below to discover our essential packing tips…

  • Look for lightweight luggage (always on wheels for ease) and invest in good quality cases by brands such as Samsonite or Tumi.

  • Pen a list of everything you want to take or lay everything out on your bed into piles, e.g. swimwear, sun dresses, sports gear, etc…before removing at least two items from each heap.

  • Think about your holiday itinerary, the activities you’ll be doing and the places you’ll be visiting. Embrace your inner stylist and piece outfits together, including undergarments, accessories, and shoes – heels are heavy so only take styles than can be worn with numerous outfits.

  • Pack versatile items (think little black dresses or tailored shorts) which can be worn for a multitude of occasions day or night - you can always jazz up plain pieces with statement jewellery.

  • Try rolling clothes as opposed to folding. This saves precious suitcase space and reduces creases.


The capsule closet 

To look the part on the plane (and perhaps bag yourself an upgrade), opt for foolproof airport chic such as skinny jeans (with stretch for comfort and in a dark wash to hide stains) paired with a bright printed blouse (because plane dressing doesn’t have to be boring) and always layer with a cosy cashmere or soft wool throw to ward off the fierce airplane air conditioning.

There is little need for towering heels, especially as feet can swell due to air pressure, instead go for embellished ballet flats or beaded sandals, and swap for in-flight socks once you board.

Look for a smart leather tote with enough space to fit your in-flight skincare essentials, reading materials and most importantly, a stash of snacks.

Skinny jeans available at H&M at City Centre Bahrain

Skinny jeans, H&M, City Centre Bahrain

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Flat shoes available at Steve Madden at City Centre Bahrain

Flat shoes, Steve Madden, City Centre Bahrain

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Leather Tote Bag available at Michael Kors at City Centre Bahrain

Leather Tote Bag, Michael Kors, City Centre Bahrain

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01 Jul 2017

Fashion Finds You Won’t Be Able To Resist

The must-have buys that will see you through summer in style.

Summer style hits to shop now

Whether you’re prepping to jet off on a summer holiday, have a special occasion on the horizon or are quite simply in need of a few new season style buys, now is the time to buy as all the shops welcome their latest wears.

After combing through the new season collections, we’ve hand-selected a few of our favourite fashion finds from the City Centre malls.

These three coveted new arrivals (all available to shop now) will instantly spruce up your look for the months ahead.

Be it the end-of-the-month payday or a weekend shopping spree in Dubai, we think you deserve to treat yourself to a little something special from the mall this month.

Happy shopping ladies!

Floral printed dress available at Mango at visit City Centre Bahrain

Floral printed dress, Mango at visit City Centre Bahrain

Flowing, floral and splashed in rainbow brights – this printed maxi dress ticks all the right boxes. We especially love the waist tassel detailing.

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Mirrored sunglasses available at H&M at City Centre Bahrain

Mirrored sunglasses, H&M at City Centre Bahrain

These metallic mirrored shades are well worth having passers-by check their reflection in your lens. Wear with summery tousled locks to the beach and beyond all summer long.

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Tailored jumpsuit available at Karen Millen at City Centre Bahrain

Tailored jumpsuit, Karen Millen at City Centre Bahrain

This white lace jumpsuit is the perfect tailored piece to add to your capsule wardrobe for the current season. Team with a sharp blazer for the office or sky-high heels and big hoop earrings for the evening.

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07 Oct 2016

A Fashion Blogger's Guide to the New Season

Born and raised in Dubai, Zahra Lyla is one of the region’s most loved fashion bloggers.

The graphic designer turned fashion content creator behind website has garnered a loyal following on social media platforms since launching her blog seven years ago.

The IT girl can often be found combing the shops at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. “It’s my one-stop destination for everything I might need (or want!), from high-street fashion at Zara, to high-end labels such as Gucci and Burberry,” Zara told us. “I love the location as it has everything under one roof and isn't too big a mall that you can't navigate and walk around it easily.”

Zahra also visits Mall of the Emirates for a spot of pampering. “As well as fabulous fashion stores, MoE also has my favourite beauty brands – I shop at Sephora Dubai and go to get pampered at the new TNS location,” she revealed.

Here, Zahra shares her top new season picks from the Middle East’s leading shopping malls.

Jumper, H&M, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Ajman, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Qurum, City Centre Alexandria, City Centre Maadi and City Centre Beirut

“What is better than a cosy grey knitted sweater? One with ruffles of course. Two of my favorite things in one piece! I would pair this H&M sweater with my trusty boyfriend jeans for a casual day look.”

Dress, Zara, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, Centre Alexandria and City Centre Maadi

“Floral prints are all the rage this season so I just have to have this Zara dress in my wardrobe. I will keep it casual with a pair of sneakers during the day or dress it up with my highest pair of heels.”

Shoes, Alameda Turquesa at Harvey Nichols Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates

“How can a girl say no to pompoms on her feet? These Alameda Turquesa flats are going to be my wardrobe staple this season.”

Sequin top, KOCHÉ at Boutique 1, visit Mall of the Emirates

“I am a total magpie, so this sequin top by Koché is calling out my name. Paired with some skinny jeans and strappy heels and I am ready for a night out with my girls.”

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26 Jul 2016

Your weekend wardrobe sorted

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    #TGIF! The weekend has arrived and it’s time to ditch your corporate threads and open up your off-duty closet.

    Whatever your weekend plans, these are the new season buys you need in your life. And don’t panic if you’re trying to save for the summer holidays, as these fashion favourites all ring in at a budget-friendly price.

    Shop our top picks form the best shops across the Middle East now…

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    Dress, Mango, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat and City Centre Qurum,

    Nothing sets our hearts aflutter quite like a sparkly new frock. This glitzy racer-back minidress features hundreds of light-catching silver sequins.

    Style tip: Our go-to for party season, sequins can also be worn during the day, simply pair with a denim jacket and gladiator sandals for easy summer style.

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    Kaftan, Zara, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, Centre Alexandria and City Centre Maadi

    Covered, cool and oh so comfortable – our love of kaftans never wavers. This electric blue number features a deep V neckline and flattering side splits. If this is the silhouette for you, buy it in ruby red too.

    Style tip: If a billowing kaftan is swamping your figure, nip in with a wide waist-belt, or for a more Grecian take, tie with metallic rope.

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    Printed neck scarf, H&M, visit Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Ajman, City Centre Fujairah, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Me'aisem, City Centre Bahrain, City Centre Muscat, City Centre Qurum, City Centre Alexandria, City Centre Maadi and City Centre Beirut

    In case you have missed it, chokers are having a major moment in the world of fashion. We’ve spotted every IT girl, from Kendall to Gigi and everyone in-between, sporting this sought-after accessory.

    Style tip: If the goth-esque black velvet chockers of the nineties’ don’t fit your aesthetic, steer towards pretty printed neck scarves instead, which can also be used as a head band for the beach.

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08 Nov 2015

The Best of Bahrain Shopping

Behind every facade in Bahrain lies layers of life. While the city of speaks of a rich history of the Dilmun civilization, it has much more to offer. With one foot in its deep rooted history, Bahrains Bahrain moves forward to embrace a modern cosmopolitan lifestyle and is also a haven for shoppers.

Get a dose of retail therapy as the shopping offers in Bahrain are some of the best in the region. From the hustle and bustle of the busy souqs in Manama to high end fashion at shopping malls in Bahrain, this little island has lots of offer. Our definitive guide will help you to unearth the best shopping spots in Bahrain.

Get the best of fragrances in Bahrain. From a Chanel 5 to a personal blend of your own, the perfumers in Bahrain have it all. What’s best about perfume shopping in Bahrain is that they are duty free and you can easily splurge on your favorite fragrances without burning a hole in your pocket. Al Hawaj and Sephora at the City Centre Bahrain boast of international fragrances from across the world. Keep an eye out for the frankincense oil, a true treat for your senses, also one of the most expensive fragrances in the world. If you are bold and adventurous, you can experiment with your favorite essential oils at the perfume souks of Bahrain. Voila, you have your own personal perfume to write home about!

Hi-Tech Gadgets
From jewellery to chocolates, gadgets and more, the shopping malls in Bahrain are great for shopping sprees. If you are looking for the hottest gadgets then Sharaf DG Bahrain and Samsung Bahrain at the City Centre Bahrain has the latest techie stuff.

Haute Couture
You can shop for top labels and brands from across the world, in the shopping malls of Bahrain. You can get in-vogue collections at premium stores like Zara, H&M. Step into Saks Fifth Avenue at City Centre Bahrain for designer apparel and accessories.

Carpet shopping
No trip to Bahrain will be complete without buying that perfect carpet. Each rug has a story to tell. Every tapestry has been carefully crafted and woven to lush perfection. Carpet shopping in Bahrain can take an entire day even, as the carpet collections is practically peerless. The amazing collection of rugs made in silk and wool with mind blowing designs have made their way to Bahrain from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey. You will find vendors who have been dealing with carpets for generations. If you are tired of shopping at the souks, step into Rug Land to take a look the ultra-luxury carpets displayed there. The Naheen carpet is a prized possession worth checking out with its famed floral borders and silk outlines. After all a Persian carpet is not something you buy every day. So make this one count.

Souks of Bahrain
Shopping at the Souks of Manama, lets you experience the real heart and soul of Bahrain. The string of open air shops at Bab Al Bahrain offer anything and everything that you can possibly want. Come armed with your bargaining skills as you can haggle your way around these shops. Don’t worry though; the vendors are really friendly and helpful. In this part of the city, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have anything specific to shop for. You can browse the little nooks and corners and bargain for all that you want.

Historically known as the pearl diver’s paradise, Bahrain’s pearl collection is nothing like you might have seen before. These natural pearls are definitely a class apart from the mediocre cultured ones; the natural pearls are bewitchingly beautiful. The shopkeepers are particular when it comes to the quality of pearls. The best part of pearl shopping in Bahrain is that you can get the perfect combinations set in the purest of gold with virtually the most precious pearls on the planet. Purchases from authentic licensed shops are generally recommended while shopping for pearls and Alwazzan Jewellery has been in the business of dealing with pearls for decades.

A souvenir from Bahrain is a must-have if you are visiting this beautiful island. If gold and pearls are not your cup of tea, you can always go for in for something in silver. From ancient Bedouin silver chains and pendants to glamorous watches, gifting options at Bahrain’s silver boutiques are aplenty. Artistic silver collections and elegant cutlery make memorable gifts for your close friends and family. The rusty little shops along the streets of Manama houses some of the finest of Bahrain’s silver collections.

Bahraini pottery with its intricate designs is famous all over the world. Be sure to check out the amazing collection at the traditional village of A’ali. These pottery kilns follow the ancient traditions of pot making which probably date to the time of Dilmum era. Regular artisan workshops held in and around Manama will give you the golden opportunity of watching this traditional art up, close and personal and you can even pick up an artifact, as most of exhibits will be on sale.

You can pick up beautiful souvenirs in Bahrain; they range from exotic gifts that boast of the ancient Dilmun legacy to the replica of the United Towers the glass spiral building set to open by the end of 2015. If you don’t like kitschy ones, walk into the Al Jasra Handicraft Centre. Set up by the Tourism Directorate, the centre is a treasure trove of traditional crafts. The indigenous arts of the country are kept alive and you can pick up exquisitely woven baskets, mats and wall hanging of palm fronds. Woven tapestry, striking stained glass mosaics also make great take-home presents.

Take your time navigating around the exciting shopping spots in Bahrain. Because when you are in the Kingdom of Bahrain, you can be sure that you can shop like a king.








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