As soon as this title is read the first thought that pops into most people’s head is the Balearic gem of Ibiza, however in this case you would be very much mistaken.
Set to rival our favourite little Mediterranean hotspot is somewhere twice as hot and twice as sandy. Come 2018 we expect a fully fledged party island situated just outside Dubai running 24hrs of partying madness. The titled “Dream Island” will be set to boast space for 20,000 revellers who will have the option of two mega clubs, four beach bars, five hotels and 100 restaurants.
Navigating strict alcohol policies of the Middle East is also dealt with through its location of Ras Al Khaimah in UAE meaning no license is required to purchase. The true intentions of this hedonistic island are expressed through sales and marketing director George Saad:
“We’re trying to make it the new Ibiza – a mini Ibiza dedicated solely to partying. People will be able to come here, stay in the hotel party at clubs on the beach, anything in the world you can do… And we are trying to attract festivals to come here – like Burning Man.”
There is no doubt then that it is a truly fantastic spectacle in the planning however the biggest question that all partygoers will have is will this replace Ibiza as the go to party destination?
Only time will tell on this.
Key Piece: Artist Impression; Island Layout Plans.
When we talk about handmade, tailored items, we enter the realms of yearly salary prices and very long waiting times.
Enter then Meermin Shoes from Mallorca.Since 2001 this shoemaking dynasty have sought to deliver handmade shoes at a reasonable price for customers. I for one love their craftsmanship and I feel their varied range of tasseled loafers for the summer, to a very James Bond esq Skyfall boot for winter, really does cater for all.
Recently they have ventured into producing accessories with a new wonderful range of belts to pair with said shoes rangeing from Balearic tans to dark brown museum calf, colours that really do compliment an outfit.
This then brings me back to Meermin’s key selling point in their fantastic price for a stunning pair of handmade shoes which is sure to set you apart from other chaps in the bar or office, without denting your bank balance.
Key Piece: The double monk strap in Cognac €160 (£116)
In an era of daily banking shenanigans, who better to exploit this mess than the work of one Alec Monopoly.
My love of Alec’s work has been growing for a while now and has never been more relevant than in our current banking climate. His main muse, the “Top Hatted” rich uncle pennybags of the Monopoly game, with appearances from Scrooge McDuck and Patrick Bateman, really pokes fun at the banking misguidance of today.
Named as one of the most searched artists of 2014 by artnet.com this graffiti artist’s work in vibrant colours is sure to grow further this year with an array of celebrity followers in tow.
Key piece: Christian Bale as “Patrick Bateman” with his blood soaked face. Check him out at: