Fashion stars descend on Dubai as Elie Saab unveils new collaboration

Updated 06 April 2019

Fashion stars descend on Dubai as Elie Saab unveils new collaboration

DUBAI: Influencers and the region’s business elite descended on the Dubai Opera on Friday night for the unveiling of a new project by real estate developer Emaar and Lebanese fashion house Elie Saab.

Influencers, including the likes of Dubai-based Ola Farahat and TV host Diala Makki, posed for the cameras before the event and took to Instagram to show off their outfits.

Farahat boasted a peach gown with a peekaboo cut out, while Makki showed off a rainforest green jumpsuit with a cape on one shoulder by the designer himself.  

The Elie Saab at Emaar Beachfront project, a gated island destination in Dubai, was unveiled at Dubai Opera by Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar, and Elie Saab, founder and chairman of the Elie Saab Group.

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The world-famous Lebanese designer is collaborating with the Dubai-based developer on Art Deco-inspired luxury apartments, offering Palm Jumeirah, Dubai skyline and Arabian Gulf views.

In addition to one to three-bedroom apartments, the tower by Elie Saab at Emaar Beachfront will boast a collection of four-bedroom penthouses.

“Elie Saab is the pride of the Arab world, and a fascinating international success story. Through our first association with Elie Saab, admired by the world’s leading celebrities, we are offering discerning customers a new lifestyle address. Every aspect of these glamourous residences is personally designed by Elie Saab,” Alabbar said in a released statement.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Emaar and Mohamed Alabbar on this new project,” Saab, who has dressed the world’s brightest stars on many a red carpet, added.

“Over the years, Elie Saab has evolved into a lifestyle brand, through the development of diversified product categories that deliver a unique experience of the brand’s universe. Through this new collaboration, brought by Emaar, leaders and experts in real estate, Elie Saab is confident that its aim at extending the brand experience into home and interiors will be a granted success,” he said.

What We Are Reading Today: Infinite Powers by Steven H. Strogatz

Updated 19 June 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Infinite Powers by Steven H. Strogatz

  • It harnesses an unreal number — infinity — to tackle real‑world problems

Without calculus, we would not have cellphones, TV, GPS, or ultrasound. We would not have unraveled DNA or discovered Neptune or figured out how to put 5,000 songs in your pocket. 

Though many of us were scared away from this essential, engrossing subject in high school and college, Steven Strogatz’s brilliantly creative, down‑to‑earth history shows that calculus is not about complexity; it is about simplicity. It harnesses an unreal number — infinity — to tackle real‑world problems, breaking them down into easier ones and then reassembling the answers into solutions that feel miraculous. 

Infinite Powers recounts how calculus tantalized and thrilled its inventors, starting with its first glimmers in ancient Greece and bringing us right up to the discovery of gravitational waves (a phenomenon predicted by calculus), says a review published on

Strogatz reveals how this form of math rose to the challenges of each age: How to determine the area of a circle with only sand and a stick; how to explain why Mars goes “backward” sometimes; how to make electricity with magnets and how to ensure your rocket does not miss the moon.