An artist from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics works on a model at the Dubai Mall branch.
An artist from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics works on a model at the Dubai Mall branch.

Tried and tested: Designer cosmetics

WHAT I TRIED A Bobbi Brown make-up tutorial with a Bobbi Brown make-up artist, Dubai Mall.

WHAT I WANTED Smoky eyes, pouty lips and bronzed skin. Inspired by those strutting down the international catwalks, I wanted to know the secrets of creating a polished yet natural look, or at least some tips on choosing the right foundation that isn't three shades different from my face.

WHAT HAPPENED I spend a small fortune every month on make-up that, once I've left the shop and gone into the light of day, turns out to be completely the wrong colour. So I decided to save face (and money) with a make-up lesson. After selecting from eight tutorials lasting from five to 45 minutes such as "Instant Pretty" "Smoky Eyes" and "Lips and Cheeks", I opt for the "Pretty Powerful Makeup Lesson", Brown's signature 10-step tutorial.

After cleaning my face I hop into the chair, which is surrounded by every make-up colour, brush, bronzer and lipstick imaginable. The store's professional lighting helps my artist, Elianjo, read my skin's texture and hues. He makes suggestions and offers hints (always use a brush, never your fingers, to apply under-eye concealer, so you can get it right under your lashes; for balance, make sure your blush colour matches your lipstick), noting products that will work for my skin type. Then he applies, handing me a mirror after each step. Under his guidance I then try everything myself.

THE VERDICT As expected, the "bare" face look is far from effort-free, but thanks to Elianjo I leave with great tips that really do take only five minutes to follow. Having one-on-one contact with a professional makes applying my own make-up easy, leaving the hard-to-follow "simple smokey-eye" tutorials on YouTube far behind. I now have the confidence to recreate looks I wouldn't have tried before and the best thing is, like YouTube, these tutorials are free.

Jemma Nicholls

Bobbi Brown make-up classes are complimentary but you must call the particular shop beforehand to set up an appointment. Bobbi Brown, Dubai Mall, 04 330 8151 and elsewhere

How to get exposure to gold

Although you can buy gold easily on the Dubai markets, the problem with buying physical bars, coins or jewellery is that you then have storage, security and insurance issues.

A far easier option is to invest in a low-cost exchange traded fund (ETF) that invests in the precious metal instead, for example, ETFS Physical Gold (PHAU) and iShares Physical Gold (SGLN) both track physical gold. The VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF invests directly in mining companies.

Alternatively, BlackRock Gold & General seeks to achieve long-term capital growth primarily through an actively managed portfolio of gold mining, commodity and precious-metal related shares. Its largest portfolio holdings include gold miners Newcrest Mining, Barrick Gold Corp, Agnico Eagle Mines and the NewMont Goldcorp.

Brave investors could take on the added risk of buying individual gold mining stocks, many of which have performed wonderfully well lately.

London-listed Centamin is up more than 70 per cent in just three months, although in a sign of its volatility, it is down 5 per cent on two years ago. Trans-Siberian Gold, listed on London's alternative investment market (AIM) for small stocks, has seen its share price almost quadruple from 34p to 124p over the same period, but do not assume this kind of runaway growth can continue for long

However, buying individual equities like these is highly risky, as their share prices can crash just as quickly, which isn't what what you want from a supposedly safe haven.


Company/date started: 2015

Founder/CEO: Rami Salman, Rishav Jalan, Ayush Chordia

Based: Dubai, UAE

Sector: Technology, Sales, Voice, Artificial Intelligence

Size: (employees/revenue) 10/ 100,000 downloads

Stage: 1 ($800,000)

Investors: Eight first-round investors including, Beco Capital, 500 Startups, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Hala Fadel, Odin Financial Services, Dubai Angel Investors, Womena, Arzan VC


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For the shrimp murabian and Kuwaiti options including Kuwaiti machboos with kebab and spicy sauce.

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For the fish hubul, regag bread, biryani and special seafood soup. 

What is Diwali?

The Hindu festival is at once a celebration of the autumn harvest and the triumph of good over evil, as outlined in the Ramayana.

According to the Sanskrit epic, penned by the sage Valmiki, Diwali marks the time that the exiled king Rama – a mortal with superhuman powers – returned home to the city of Ayodhya with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, after vanquishing the 10-headed demon Ravana and conquering his kingdom of Lanka. The people of Ayodhya are believed to have lit thousands of earthen lamps to illuminate the city and to guide the royal family home.

In its current iteration, Diwali is celebrated with a puja to welcome the goodness of prosperity Lakshmi (an incarnation of Sita) into the home, which is decorated with diyas (oil lamps) or fairy lights and rangoli designs with coloured powder. Fireworks light up the sky in some parts of the word, and sweetmeats are made (or bought) by most households. It is customary to get new clothes stitched, and visit friends and family to exchange gifts and greetings.  


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Sustainable Development Goals

1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation

10. Reduce inequality within and among countries

11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its effects

14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development