Full lenght of blue lace textile, digitally generated, Florence Italy.
There are many types of lace, each intricate and difficult to produce, including cutwork (made by removing threads from a piece of fabric to leave a geometric design), knotted lace (macramé and tattinShow more

Deconstructing: lace

Lace first appeared in Europe in the late 1400s, and is claimed by both Italy and Flanders (modern Belgium). The first recorded depiction of lace trimming is in a 1490 painting by German artist Hans Memling. And the name itself has travelled from the Latin laqueus, meaning noose, via old French, into English.

There are many types of lace, each intricate and difficult to produce, including cutwork (made by removing threads from a piece of fabric to leave a geometric design), knotted lace (macramé and tatting) and bobbin lace (weaving multiple threads, as in Chantilly lace). Knitted lace is so fine it created the Shetland "wedding ring" shawls, which can be pulled through a ring, while the most prestigious is needle lace, made with exceptionally fine threads that are no longer made.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, Venetian Gros Point lace was in demand for collars for royalty and nobility, as a marker of both wealth and taste. This was thanks largely to the Dogaressa of Venice, Giovanna Dandolo, who in the late 1400s became a powerful supporter of lacemaking in Burano. British monarchs wore lace as huge collars and cuffs from the reigns of Elizabeth I (1558 to 1603) to William of Orange (who died in 1702), while Queen Victoria donned black lace for 40 years after the death of her husband, Albert. In Spain, lace was adopted by ladies of status during the late 1500s in the form of the mantilla shawl. In France, lavish sums were spent on lace trimmings by monarchs up to the 1792 French Revolution. In modern fashion, Prada used trails of lace to trim its Cruise 2018 negligees, while Givenchy carved gossamer gowns entirely from lace, complete with capes.


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Founder: Mohammed Alnamara
Based: Dubai
Sector: Microfinance
Current number of staff: 16
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Family offices


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  • Four swim sessions (14km)
  • Three bike sessions (200km)
  • Four run sessions (45km)
  • Two strength and conditioning session (two hours)
  • One session therapy session at DISC Dubai
  • Two-three hours of stretching and self-maintenance of the body

ITU Abu Dhabi World Triathlon

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Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

Source: Emirates

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Six industrial scale vats of 500litres each are used to cook the kanji or broth 

Each vat contains kanji or porridge to feed 1,000 people

The rice porridge is poured into a 500ml plastic box

350 plastic tubs are placed in one container trolley

Each aluminium container trolley weighing 300kg is unloaded by a small crane fitted on a truck

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Based: Dubai 

Sector: FinTech 

Funds Raised: $10 million 

Current number of staff: 28 

Investment stage: undisclosed

Investors: MS&AD Ventures, Middle East Venture Partners, Astra Amco, the Dubai International Financial Centre, Fintech Fund, 500 Startups, Khwarizmi Ventures, and Phoenician Funds


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Started: 2017
Founders: Dr Noha Khater and Rania Kadry
Based: Egypt
Number of staff: 120
Investment: Bootstrapped, with support from Insead and Egyptian government, seed round of
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Started: 2023
Founders: Abdulaziz bin Redha, Dr Samsurin Welch, Eva Morales and Dr Harjit Singh
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Industry: Sustainability & Environment
Funding: $200,000 plus undisclosed grant
Investors: Venture capital and government


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Bayern Munich 1
Kimmich (27')

Real Madrid 2
Marcelo (43'), Asensio (56')