Chopard’s L.U.C 1937 Classic Rally Dubai launched

Updated 24 November 2018
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Chopard’s L.U.C 1937 Classic Rally Dubai launched

Chopard’s L.U.C 1937 Classic Rally Dubai Special Edition is a 20-piece limited edition dedicated to Middle Eastern classic racing enthusiasts. Chopard has created this darkly handsome chronometer to accompany the second edition of the Classic Rally Dubai. The only such competition of its kind in the region, this regularity rally winds its way in November between skyscrapers and desert in the UAE.

“This 42-mm diameter chronometer is a paragon of sobriety whose ruthenium-toned satin-brushed dial provides a striking backdrop for the metallic black dauphine-type hands and hour-markers. Created in honor of Chopard Classic Rally Dubai’s second edition, this special series exudes the refined taste one would expect from this indispensable companion of Emirati gentlemen drivers,” Chopard said in a statement.

The Chopard Classic Rally Dubai saw a total of 30 vehicles compete for two days across the contrasting territory of the UAE. 

“This competition reserved for classic car enthusiasts is entirely in keeping with Chopard’s aspirations, which partners a number of events dedicated to collector’s cars,” Chopard said.

Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the maison’s co-president, both collects and drives these venerable vehicles, meaning that the creation of this rally stems from an emotional and authentic bond, much like that which Chopard enjoys with the Mille Miglia and the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.

This entire series is exclusively available from the network of Ahmed Seddiqi and Sons boutiques, a distributor in the Middle East and co-organizer of the event. The L.U.C 1937 Classic Rally Dubai is a 20-piece limited edition, of which two were awarded to the rally winners. 

Like all L.U.C watches equipped with a seconds hand, the L.U.C 1937 Classic Rally Dubai is chronometer-certified by the COSC, reflecting the wish of Scheufele, a horology enthusiast who attaches great importance to the independent certification of L.U.C watches’ chronometric precision. 

The strap of this timepiece is crafted from hand-sewn black alligator leather with large square scales. Chopard has also made the lining in chestnut brown alligator leather with small square scales.


Real estate landscape to be explored

Updated 17 February 2019
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Real estate landscape to be explored

Informa Middle East, organizer of the Cityscape portfolio of events, will roll out a trio of back-to-back events across Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE between March 24 and April 18.

With the specific market dynamics of each destination being explored through dedicated country events, the 2019 Cityscape series springs into action with Cityscape Egypt at the Egypt International Exhibition Center (EIEC) in Cairo. A two-day conference kick-starts the Egypt schedule on March 24 and 25, before the exhibition takes centerstage from March 27 to 30. 

Cityscape then moves to the Center for Forums and Events in Jeddah, which includes an exhibition from April 5 to 7, before a one-day workshop on April 7. Finally, a return to Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) includes a three-day exhibition from April 16 to 18 with an influential agenda on the lineup at the conference set for April 16.

“It’s a packed three-week schedule with a very distinct market approach and program for each destination,” said Chris Speller, Cityscape group director. “This year more than ever, Cityscape will drill down into the specifics and varied issues affecting each market. While opportunities continue to abound across the region, each market requires very different approaches from consumers, government entities and private developers to realize them. 

“With each market at varying stages of maturity and subject to very different developmental concerns, the conference and exhibition stops in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi enable industry professionals and public investors to engage with people at the sharp end of the business, understand and seize opportunities, and network for future growth,” added Speller.

In Egypt, the conference will focus on “Energizing the Market and Reinstating Confidence” with government authorities, experts, and market influencers scheduled to spell out the country’s strategic vision to achieve real estate market maturity. 

Expecting a turnout of more than 40 exhibitors and over 8,000 visitors, Cityscape Jeddah this year looks to align with the goals of the Kingdom’s real estate market in light of its Saudi Vision 2030 economic diversification plan.

“Vision 2030 reforms are expected to attract major investment into a Saudi real estate sector predicted to double its contribution to the national economy right through this decade,” said Speller. 

“Over the past few years, we have witnessed Saudi Arabia make significant strides in attracting foreign and local investment, implementing various urban regeneration initiatives, and investing in infrastructure.”

This recent progress, when aligned with the various projects being green-lit, will no doubt transform the country into a global investment powerhouse. We believe Cityscape Jeddah will help drive investment in the Saudi sector by enhancing its standing as a crucial meeting point for regional and international leaders who can contribute to making Vision 2030 a reality.”

With a focus on “Achieving Diversification and Energizing the Market,” the Jeddah workshops will feature prominent investment panel discussions which dive into how the country’s tourism and hospitality sector agenda can impact Vision 2030. The Cityscape outings in Cairo and Jeddah will both feature dedicated editions of the Cityscape Awards, which recognize and celebrate excellence in real estate development and architecture. 

The UAE capital’s official real estate event platform, Cityscape Abu Dhabi is held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The one-day conference agenda will explore the future of regulatory and technological innovation with a strong focus on the government sector’s growth strategy for the UAE capital.