Ahmad Sameer Al-Adl named ‘King of Drift’ in UAE qualifier

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Ahmad Sameer Al-Adl performs during Red Bull Car Park Drift in Dubai on April 12th, 2019 (Supplied)
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Ahmad Sameer Al-Adl with his trophy for winning the Red Bull Car Park Drift UAE Qualifier on April 12th, 2019 (Supplied)
Updated 22 April 2019
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Ahmad Sameer Al-Adl named ‘King of Drift’ in UAE qualifier

DUBAI: The UAE qualifiers for Red Bull Car Park Drift 2019 took place on April 12 on a circular course in the rooftop car park of Dubai Marina Mall.

UAE-based Egyptian driver Ahmad Sameer Al-Adl came first out of 17 participants with an overall score of 342 points — an impressive total on the technically challenging course designed by pro drifter and Red Bull athlete Ahmad Daham, who won the event’s regional finals two years in succession in 2014 and 2015.

“It’s the first time we’ve done this on a rooftop,” Daham told Arab News. “It was inspired by Tokyo Drift — the way they do it in Japan. It was very tight, very technical. There was no margin for error. Anyone who made a mistake, crashed.

“So it didn’t depend on the car; mostly it was dependent on the skill of the driver,” he continued. “Which is the way we wanted it, to give people who don’t have money to build good cars a chance to be able to win it.”

Al-Adl’s closest challengers included Lebanese drivers Mohammad Chehab (283 points) and Ayman Bou Fakhreldine (333 points), and Jordanian drifter Fadi Abu Shehadeh (301 points). Al-Adl will now go on to represent the UAE at the 2019 Red Bull Car Park Drift finals in Istanbul on September 1.

Daham said Al-Adl is “one of the best drivers in the region.”

“His car was perfect for the track — it’s not a very high horsepower car. It’s small and short. But he was technically very good too,” Daham explained. “He’s getting better every year.”

Daham is well-aware of what it takes to win such contests, having won four Middle East drift championships himself. Indeed, later this year he is one of just five drifters worldwide to be invited to take part in this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. And next month he’s heading to Europe to compete in the Drift Masters European Championship — regarded as one of the toughest competitions around.

Before Red Bull Car Park Drift’s September final, the Middle East will host more qualifying rounds, including Lebanon (May 4 and 5), Jordan (August 16), and Saudi Arabia — although a date has yet to be announced for the latter.


Bambah’s Ramadan 2019 edit is pastel perfection

Updated 26 May 2019
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Bambah’s Ramadan 2019 edit is pastel perfection

  • The new collection sports a lot of pastel colors and gold embellishments
  • The prices range between $430 to $790

DUBAI: Egyptian designer Maha Abdul Rasheed, founder of the fashion label Bambah, is showing off a summery new line this Ramadan.

The Ramadan 2019 collection is making waves this season with its laid back, pretty pastel take on the traditional kaftan.

Mint green color blocked stripes on cream and gold-flecked embellishments on lilac, the collection’s colors are light and refreshing.

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Luxurious jacquard with gold-flecked floral detailing add sheen to largely pastel bases, while the ruffled sleeves on the Isabella Kaftan are a welcome structural update on the traditional flowing silhouette of the robe.

While florals and gilded materials litter the Ramadan 2019 collection, there are a few options that are fresher and more urban. Rasheed makes good use of thick stripes in a few of the available kaftans, offering up combinations in a sorbet-like color palette of peach, green and cream.

Modest, full coverage fabric, high necklines and long, wonderfully detailed sleeves mark the collection — making it ideal for the Holy Month, as well as for your sartorial needs this Eid Al-Fitr.

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Prices range from $430 to $790, with many of the designs hovering around the $500 mark.

Rasheed initially opened Bambah as a stand-alone boutique in Dubai, selling a carefully curated selection of vintage pieces. While the concept of one-of-a-kind, pre-owned fashion was almost entirely new to the region at that time, Rasheed persevered, educating fashionable Emiratis about the kind of couture one can’t find in malls.

Vintage Valentino blazers and Dior dresses flew off the shelves and before long, the boutique became a hub for Dubai-based fashion influencers looking to add unique character to their wardrobes.

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After noticing that her clients were drawn to the hyper-feminine princess skirts and sweet-heart necklines popular in the 1950s and 1960s, Rasheed began designing herself. In a few short years, the company has expanded widely, with a loyal, cross-continental client base.

Today, global A-listers known for their refined, high glam-style like Amal Clooney and Priyanka Chopra have donned Rasheed’s designs.