People, places and things to do for the national celebrations on December 2.
Things to do and buy on National Day
Kick off the party in style
What better way to complete your UAE colour-coded outfit than a pair of Christian Louboutin’s shiny, red-lacquered soles? Saks Fith Avenue is the latest home of the world-renowned designer with a 55 square metre area sporting the latest collections in shoes and accessories. A name synonymous with elegance and style, Louboutin shoes can literally morph a mundane outfit into a show-stopper. From razor-sharp heels to leopard print boots and studded wedges, the famed creator of skyscraper stilettos knows that the way to a woman’s heart is definitely through her feet. Be nothing short of fabulous on National Day.
Louboutin, Saks Fifth Avenue, BurJuman Centre 04 351 5551
Show your true UAE colours with these quilted bags from Sandra J. The Lebanon-based handbag designer is known for re-creating timeless pieces and adding her own interesting spin, such as the studs (as seen on the black bag). Match with your friends or siblings on National Day and wear afterwards with a long across-the-body strap, or in the evening as an oversize clutch.
Dh2,675 (black), Dh2,585 (green and red), Sandra J at S*uce
Chocolates to commemorate
Bring together your love of chocolate and the celebration of National Day in a mouth-watering union of local treats by Forrey & Galland. Choose from local favourites such as chocolate-covered Omani Halwa dates, nougat and macaroons, all encased in beautiful boxes decorated in the UAE colours. Prices range from Dh49 for a small box of assorted delicacies to Dh1,700 for a VIP box handmade in velvet and accompanied by fresh red roses. A chocolate fan’s ultimate celebration.
Forrey & Galland, Dubai Mall, 04 339 8850
Nothing screams Middle Eastern chic more than this latest design in kaftans. Elegant and exotic, yet timeless and stylish, they are the perfect beach-to-evening ensemble. This beautiful black-and-white Domitia kaftan is straight from the new Cruise 2011 collection by the quintessentially British designer Alice Temperley’s coveted line, Temperley London. An essential item for the glamorous UAE dweller or stylish world traveller.
Dh6,550, Temperley, Dubai Mall, 04 339 8169
Cushion for a cause
This brightly coloured cushion cover would look good in any home or at any National Day gathering. But it is so much more than just a great home accessory. Each one is hand-made by Palestinian women in the Qalandia Refugee Camp on the outskirts of Jerusalem and takes two months to embroider. This is one purchase to be proud of.
Dh995, The One, Zayed The First Street, Abu Dhabi, 02 681 6500; Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, 04 345 66867
Points for preening
The national carrier Etihad Airways, has teamed up with Kaya Skin Clinics and for every US dollar spent (Dh3.67) you earn an Etihad Guest mile. What better way to earn a free upgrade than sitting back and being pampered? Plus, if you buy Botox or Fillers at Kaya clinics before the end of the year, you will get 20 per cent off any other Age Control Package.
Kaya Skin Clinic, various locations throughout the UAE, www.kayaclinic.com
Twisted leather and fabric strings, coloured beads, murano glass, 14 carat gold and silver charms all make up these fabulous UAE themed bracelets. Established in 1982, the international brand Pandora has become known for its intricate and unique charm bracelets and now you too can let your imagination run wild and be your very own designer. Create your own wish list and customise your jewellery to suit your taste and mood. Whether you want something special for a glam night out or simply to dress up jeans and flats, choose a blank bracelet and then adorn it with your favourite charms. Prices range from Dh120 per charm to Dh3,000. Pandora, Mirdif City Centre, 04 238 9611; Mercato Mall, 04 349 1967
WIN A UAE PANDORA CHARM BRACELET
In celebration of National Day you can dazzle in Pandora jewellery. The brand has kindly donated a charm bracelet, worth Dh555, (similar to the one pictured) to one lucky reader of
M magazine. To win this fabulous prize, e-mail your name and mobile number with the words PANDORA PRIZE in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org