LaLaQueen Launches Flagship Boutique in Beirut

     LaLaQueen Launches Flagship Boutique in Beirut

“We believe that every woman has a ‘queendom’ which she must conquer and, when she does;

she becomes the queen.”  


Beirut, Lebanon —  LaLaQueen founder and designer Sally Sarieddine is proud to announce the launch of the first stand-alone LaLaQueen boutique in Downtown Beirut. The concept store is located in The Beirut Central District, otherwise known as the Centre Ville – a name that has been attributed to this historical and geographical core as a vibrant commercial hub of the country.


With outdoor cafes, restaurants and high end designer stores lining the streets, the new LaLaQueen store embodies the vibrancy of the area. Designed by Fadi Naccour, the concept store location takes customers on a journey that is full of wonder, inspiration and surprises. Naccour translates an online brand to a physical space spanning two floors, where iron frames, oak wood and marble floors create  the context for a ‘fashion art gallery’, whilst reinforcing the essence of the brand: authentic, luxury, sustainable and handmade.


The ground floor hosts the label’s collection of bags while the mezzanine is utilised by the creative team of LaLaQueen. Set against chalk white walls the bags add splashes of colour amidst an industrial feel when displayed on versatile iron frames covered with oak wool and plexi. Each frame displays a collection and reflects the inspiration, the story and the material used to develop the bag. Further to this the frames are designed in constant movement and allow for a dynamic layout that can be changed as pleased.


The new boutique will house exclusive pieces alongside LaLaQueen’s key styles, from the collections of  handmade leather handbags to pouches, reflecting the brand’s offering. Once a customer has explored the tactile leathers and found a size and shape of a bag they will be provided with a tablet displaying a digital catalogue, so that they can view the colour combinations available whilst enjoying coffee with the LaLaQueen creative team.


Timeless, versatile and full of surprises, the new LalaQueen store houses a contemporary fashion label that continues to deliver handcrafted leather handbags that aim to provide a trendsetting and sustainable brand, complementing the global demand to maintain and protect natural resources by targeting progressive women who are influential and making a difference in today’s changing market.




About Sally Sarieddine:


Sally graduated with a BA in Communications Arts (radio TV, Film) from the Lebanese American University, and during her years of study she focused much of her energy in theatre leading to a job as Assistant Director in a local Lebanese TV station before a move to Dubai.


In Dubai Sally landed a job in the satellite broadcasting industry. Eleven months later, another prospect was presented to work as a PR Executive in an investment company that led her to the fashion capital London where she completed her Masters in Marketing. Once graduated, Sally moved back to Dubai and secured a job in advertising and went on to undertake fashion design courses at the renowned Central Saint Martins in London.


Nurturing her creativity for design, Sally set out to create pieces of art, notably the Dr. Bag that embodies an expression of  her personal message to the world through her brand creation LaLaQueen.




Saad Zaghloul Street, Bldg./ Lot 157 Marfaa – section 8.

Phone: 70906013

Inn the Park, Dubai’s newest cafeopens its doors in the serene haven of Al KhazzanCadillac Park!

Inn the Park, Dubai’s newest cafeopens its doors in the serene haven of Al KhazzanCadillac Park!


~ Solar powered, local corals for décor and a menu to satisfy your taste buds, Inn the Park is your chill out haven ~


13 December 2016: – Think big blue water tank, yes, that’s the location pin to reach the city’s lateststate of the art ‘green’ park. Al Khazzan CadillacPark which is now the home to Dubai’s newest café, Inn the Park, brought to us from the creators of Bystro on Sheik Zayed Road.


The menu at Inn the Park has something for everyone, with healthy organic range of eggs, breads and local produce make up some of the key dishes likethe ‘Crunchy Shrimp Taco’ orthe groups legendary ‘Smashed Avocado with organic eggs, asparagus feta & mint’ for main course along with healthy smoothies and fresh juices and if you are a breakfast food lover, their jam packed breakfast menu consists of various egg preparations including choices of healthy salads. Inn the Park serves RAW Coffee products, which is one of the most popular coffee brands in the country. There is also a variety of artisan teas and home made blends available to quench your thirst.


Bringing the F&B offering to this tranquil getaway is Josh Benson,, Founder of Bystro Group of Restaurants, whose first project was one of Dubai’s most loved café’s Bystro – located on Sheikh Zayed Road. Talking of his latest venture Josh highlights, “ The idea was to have a organic name that is easy to associate with when you are planning an outing with family and friends. ‘Inn the Park’ is acafé with a chilled and relaxed environment for a great day out. Our menu is a modern café offering along with healthy fresh juices and organic eggs and gluten free range for the health conscious. ”


Known for their hospitality and F&B management, Bystro Group of Restaurants were approached to bring their skills in partnership to run the parks requirements of dining for visitors. Inn the Park café has an urban and social vibe giving visitors a calm and refreshing feel through their stay at the park.


One of the key features of the park is the lush green landscape that overlooks the Dubai skyline. Powered completely by solar panels, the park was constructed as the brainchild of two Emirati brothers Ahmed & Rasheed Bin Shabib.


The park also boasts of a library curated by the ‘Brownbook’ team– Brownbookis a bimonthly magazine that acts as an urban guide to the Middle East and North Africa. Visitors can take advantage of free books that can be loaned while spending time at the park or the café.. With many other activities and events in the pipeline for the local community and visitors from far and wide, Inn The Parkwill be a place where guests can escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and kids can stretch their legs on the swings and slides.  There is plenty of Vitamin D for free when you spend time at ‘Inn the Park, so bring along your family and friends and escape to a tranquil getaway.


About Bystro Group of Restaurants

Bystro is by name, a family friendly restaurant and pastry house specializing in delectable homemade desserts and hearty Modern European classic bistro cuisine.The décor includes a Mediterranean –style tiled entrance, Kid’s Corner so busy parents can enjoy a little down time, furniture in vibrant hues of purple and green, as well as a visually striking chalk wall featuring art and menu descriptions. However, the centerpiece of Bystro is undoubtedly the imported Italian chiller filled with delicious breads, pastries, cakes and desserts made fresh on the premises each day. They also have a large range of homemade preserves, pickles, chutneys and sauces available.


The newest venue from Bystro Group of Restaurants – launched December 2016

Falconcity of Wonders honored by the Ministry of Economy as a strategic partner during the launch of “UAE in Business” Film

Falconcity of Wonders honored by the Ministry of Economy as a strategic partner during the launch of “UAE in Business” Film

UAE, December 13, 2016–The UAE ministry of Economy has honored “Falconcity of Wonders” for its strategic sponsorship during the Ministry’s Annual Partners Forum 2016 which was held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 in The Meydan Hotel, Dubai.


The plaque of appreciation was presented by H.E Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, to Mr. Alharith Almoosa, Vice Chairman and Deputy General Manager of Falconcity of Wonders.

The appreciation award comes in recognition of the exceptional efforts and the valuable contributions of Falconcity of Wonders in promoting the UAE as a premium destination for business in the global economic landscape.

Pantone reveals 15-0343 Greenery as its 2017 Color of the Year

Pantone reveals 15-0343 Greenery as its 2017 Color of the Year


Greenery offers a refreshing and revitalizing shade that is symbolic of new beginnings


December 13, 2016


Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, has revealed Pantone 15-0343 Greenery as its Color of the Year for 2017. According to the company, Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that is reminiscent of the first days of spring–just about that time when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals individuals to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.


The new PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery is a life-affirming shade that best exemplifies the pursuit of personal passions and vitality. The more submerged people are in their own modern realities, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.


Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute, said, “While Serenity and Rose Quartz, the PANTONE Color of the Year for 2016, expressed the need for harmony in a chaotic world, Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope that we collectively yearn for amidst a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”


A Color of Innovation

Often associated with environmentalism and nature, Greenery is also a unifying thread in tech and innovation, which complements the UAE’s strong focus towards inviting more growth and development through innovation. In fact, many new apps, animation iconography and digital-first start-ups express this energy by using the riveting and attention-getting shade of green in their logos. Conveying progression and a pioneering spirit, Greenery portrays an entrepreneurial essence that aligns with the industries that have embraced it.


Greenery in Fashion

Greenery is dubbed as nature’s neutral shade—it acts as a great harmonizer that merges undertones of cool blues with vibrant yellows. The hue is a natural complement to a wide range of palettes like the spectrum of possibilities in colorful petals and blooms paired with lush green leaves, plants and trees, Greenery provides a pop of color in accessories and footwear, or acts as a bold accent in a pattern.  Prominent in fashion for men and women, as seen in the recent collections of Kenzo, Michael Kors, Zac Posen, and Cynthia Rowley, Greenery has also been shown in a variety of solids and prints in children’s wear. Greenery blends fashion and tech as well, as a prominent color for wearables and activewear.


Greenery for Home Décor and Architecture

Open spaces in interior and exterior design and floor-to-ceiling windows allow the green outdoors to become part of a room’s backdrop and ambience. Adding Greenery through living walls, terrariums, botanically-themed wallpaper, paint, accent furniture and decor provides respite and breathing space. A Greenery-painted wall or piece of furniture delivers a pop of color, with the added benefit of creating the illusion of nature indoors. Bringing the outside in, the shade – like the plant life it represents – can improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety and heighten awareness of one’s surroundings.


Greenery for Beauty

In the ultimate personal display of boldness and vitality, Greenery is deployed as a chic, confident punch of color for hair, lips, eyes and nails. It is also a camouflaging base for natural beauty looks, with green makeup rooted in color-correcting trends. A complementary color to red shades, Greenery plays down ruddiness in the skin.


Greenery for Food & Beverage

Holistic and harmonious living is linked to the power of plants—the invigorating shades of Greenery is prominent in many health food trends today, including matcha, seaweed and avocado, while the growth of urban agriculture and indoor vertical farms brings the essence of Greenery to unexpected places. On the table, Greenery plates and chargers provide an appetizing backdrop for food – making dishes pop and appear fresh. Greenery is also often used in design for the hospitality and culinary industries to convey organic healthfulness.


Greenery for graphic design

Because of green’s prevalence in nature, it maintains a perception of being inherently good for you and organic. People respond on a visceral level to the hue, making the eye-catching Greenery an ideal shade for many applications of graphic design. This is especially true for packaging, where the sight of Greenery provides an instant message of freshness.


“The tangy yellow-green speaks to our desire to express, explore, experiment and reinvent, imparting a sense of buoyancy. Through its reassuring yet assertive vibrancy, Greenery offers us self-assurance and boldness to live life on our own terms, during a time when we are redefining what makes us successful and happy,” concluded Eiseman.


Greenery was taken from the PANTONE Fashion, Home + Interiors Color System, which is the most widely used and recognized color standards system for fashion, textile, home and interior design. For more information on the PANTONE Color of the Year for 2017, please visit or please call Grapheast, the Master Distributor of Pantone products for the Middle East region.



About the Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone’s Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention. For 17 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.


About Pantone and the Pantone Color Institute

Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. Pantone products have encouraged colorful exploration and expressions of creativity from inspiration to implementation for more than 50 years. Through the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone continues to chart future color direction and study how color influences human thought processes, emotions and physical reactions. Pantone furthers its commitment to providing professionals with a greater understanding of color and to help them utilize color more effectively. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


About X-Rite

X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global leader in color science and technology. The company, which now includes color industry leader Pantone, develops, manufactures, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services. X-Rite’s expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical. For further information, please visit

Accenture Inspires Abu Dhabi Students to Learn Coding Through ‘Hour of Code’ Campaign

Accenture Inspires Abu Dhabi Students to Learn Coding Through ‘Hour of Code’ Campaign

December13, 2016 Accenture, in collaboration with to support Hour of Code,has teamed upwith Australian School of Abu Dhabi in the capital emirate of Abu Dhabi,as part of its global educational movement to computer science and computer programming.

Accenture employees in more than 200 cities across 55 countries, have pledged to complete more than 10,000 Hours of Code during Computer Science Education Week. In the UAE, the leading global professional services company joined the international campaign through a one-hour session at the Australian School of Abu Dhabiwith 29of its students.

According to the World Economic Forum’s January 2016 report, 65 percent of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new jobs that do not exist yet. Last year, there were 500,000 new computing jobs available in the United States alone, but only 40,000 qualified graduates to fill them. Hence, Accenture’scommitmentto inspire and educate students about coding and computer science, in order for them to be able to explore all career possibilities.



“Coding is the language of technology that has touched every aspect of today’s world,” said Omar Boulos, Accenture Regional Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “The aim of our campaign is to demystify the basics of code for all and demonstrate the power of computer coding at schools worldwide. During our school visit in Abu Dhabi, we have met some very passionate students who were eager to learn code.We encourage all educational institutions in the region to adopt such innovative ideas thatinspire creative learning and elicit interest in computer science.”

A brainchild of, a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science,Hour of Code brought together more than 350 partner organizations and tens of millions of students in every country of the world. The campaign culminated with a massive coding event the week of December 5-11,encompassing191,000 registered coding sessions. The goal of the grassroots movement was to give every student in every school the opportunity to learn computer science, aswith an early start, they will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.

Accenture encourages its employees and computer engineers to volunteer at schools in their communities, to help students learn the basics of coding through online tutorials that inspire students to continue learning. To learn more or participate in the Hour of Code visit or

The Hour of Code campaign by Accenture saw the participation of an enterprising group of grade 10 students from the Australian School of Abu Dhabi. This stimulating and challenging platform proved to be a great hit with the students, who saw it as an opportunity to put their coding skills to the test. Acknowledging the students’ participation and achievements at the hour-long event, Anthony Wethereld, Principal of the Australian School of Abu Dhabi, noted that the aim and structure of the event was very beneficial for academic excellence. Being an ex-computer engineer who dabbled in programming (or cutting code as it has been called) himself, Wethereld believes that the study and practice of computer coding results in tangible positive outcomes, and that it enhances the way students think and persevere through a task to reach a successful conclusion. When asked if he would like to have the School involved again next year, he said “bring on the next Hour of Code event!” The School looks forward to a fruitful, ongoing relationship with Accenture.

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