Where We Are Going Today: 2welve Moons

Where We Are Going Today: 2welve Moons
Updated 05 July 2019

Where We Are Going Today: 2welve Moons

Where We Are Going Today: 2welve Moons
  • The cafe is always looking to keep up with the latest international coffee trends

Coffee lovers in a Saudi city are waking up to a fresh cafe experience.

Recently opened 2welve Moons cafe in Jeddah has been offering something of a coffee bean feast to its customers.

The coffee shop’s drinks come in all shapes and sizes, and are served to perfection hot, cold and flavored by trained baristas.

And the cafe is always looking to keep up with the latest international coffee trends.

Social media was recently buzzing over the craze of serving coffee in waffle cones lined with thick chocolate, and in no time 2welve Moons was offering the tasty new drinking experience to its clients.

The cafe’s desserts are not bad either, coming in a wide variety of decadent and delicious forms.

For the icing on the cake, the coffee house’s cozy interior includes an impressive counter-area wall peppered with little lights that shine like stars in a night sky.


Check in for culture at Dubai’s art-dedicated Hotel Indigo

The Hotel Indigo lobby. Supplied
The Hotel Indigo lobby. Supplied
Updated 25 January 2021

Check in for culture at Dubai’s art-dedicated Hotel Indigo

The Hotel Indigo lobby. Supplied

DUBAI: Facets from Dubai’s rich cultural heritage have been meshed together to create an eclectic art-inspired vibe at the recently opened Hotel Indigo in Dubai. Located on the banks of Dubai creek, the design of the hotel brings local Emirati elements alive. Each of the 269 rooms at this boutique property are inspired by the story of Dubai creek’s transition from a trading port to the city of the future. Surrealist wallpaper created by local artists, bespoke shisha lamps and mother-of-pearl styled bathrooms that pay homage to the city’s heritage of pearl diving comes together in an ode to the city.

The artistic aspects of the hotel were designed in collaboration with local creative organisations, including the Alserkal Cultural Foundation, Tashkeel and XVA Gallery. Supplied

“We believe that our space should sing the story of where it was born. That’s why we have built the stories of our neighbourhood into every surface, fusing Emirati culture in a contemporary and modern setting, incorporating local designers, artists and suppliers to showcase the electric clash of local culture, old and new,” sa General Manager Laura Eggleton told Arab News.

Surrealist wallpaper created by local artists, bespoke shisha lamps and mother-of-pearl styled bathrooms pay homage to the UAE culture. Supplied

The artistic aspects of the hotel were designed in collaboration with local creative organisations, including the Alserkal Cultural Foundation, Tashkeel and XVA Gallery. Over 200 exclusive art pieces are housed within Hotel Indigo. The ceiling of the hotel’s driveway, for instance, is embellished with a set of glistening copper plates, used in Emirati kitchens, representing boats docked at the creek’s bay. At the centre of the hotel’s lobby hangs an eye-catching mixed media art installation titled “Bedouin 2020.”  An ode to late iconic Emirati artist Hassan Sharif, the installation weaves together clusters of computer discs assembled in the shape of desert roses hung on fishing wires with strips of traditional Al-Sadu fabric.

Each of the 269 rooms at this boutique property are inspired by the story of Dubai creek’s transition from a trading port to the city of the future. Supplied

 “All selected artworks on display at the hotel illustrate the local cultural narrative. Collectively, they encompass eclectic art styles to ensure a fresh experience for our guests,” Eggleton said.

The hotel is also hosting an ongoing Power of Art exhibition featuring curated artworks by Emirati and regional artists until Jan. 31.

The hotel is hosting an ongoing Power of Art exhibition featuring curated artworks by Emirati and regional artists until Jan. 31. Supplied

“This exhibition is a feast for more than the eyes, as we also have a series of culinary story-telling sessions titled ‘Forgotten Tastes and Tales of Arabia.’ The guests go on a journey of Arabian history and folk tales with storyteller Professor Idris while enjoying the traditional flavours of a curated three course menu prepared by Chef Nak-Ha,” shared the hotel’s artmanager, Astrid Lesuisse.