How the world went crazy for Jollibee

Last October, Jollibee opened their 37th store in America. It was their second in New York State, but their debut in Manhattan. The first person arrived and started to queue 20 hours before its 8am opening. Despite the cold and persistent rain, a steady stream of people joined the queue throughout the night and into…

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Playing video games with your child is a good thing

Right now, the news cycle in the US would rather blame mass shootings —17 and counting in 2019—on the effect of playing video games than on the wide availability of guns. WalMart has announced more restrictions on the games in store, rather than the guns they sell. But playing games with your young child is…

35 things to look out for in the new Premier League season

Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech Mo Salah might be the Arab world’s biggest footballing star, but Hakim Ziyech of Ajax and Morocco is right up there in terms of performance. In the 90 league games he’s played so far for Ajax he’s recorded 39 assists and scored 32 goals, which for a midfielder is a phenomenal return.…

Riyadh metro

Five Ways The New Metro Will Transform Riyadh

Next year, Riyadh is expected to open the biggest urban mass transit system that has ever been created from scratch. Here are five ways it will transform the city for the better The network will comprise six metro lines – both overground and underground – that connects 85 stations and span nearly 110 miles of…

How The Middle East Will Win An Oscar

Five of our favourite regional contenders have been longlisted for an Academy Award, here’s what you need to know Middle Eastern cinema is riding something of a wave at present, and here are five movies from the region that have been announced on the longlist for next year’s Best Foreign Film Academy Award. The winner…

Why London’s greasy spoon cafes are important

We start with a sad fact – Starbucks now makes more money from selling food than it does coffee, and along with all the others coffee chains, Prêt a Mangers and their like, the independent cafes are being pushed out and slowly vanishing from the streets of London. And with them goes not only fry…

Pierre’s Bistro & Bar

For Pierre Gagnaire, this is his second act in Dubai. A reinvention upon his return to the city that once lauded and loved him. His previous restaurant, Reflets, ran from 2008 until it’s closure in 2016 and was the Gallic temple of fine-dining, regarded by many as the best restaurant in the city. But times…

Andrea Incontri

Tod’s Andrea Incontri on Why Less is More

With his penchant for not complicating things, Andrea Incontri is bringing Tod’s into the modern era. “We just want to have a life that is not only better but easier,” says Andrea Incontri, creative director of menswear at Tod’s, when asked why so many high-end brands are now making sneakers. It’s part of the casualization of menswear,…

Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin Vantage

There’s a moment, somewhere between the third and fourth gear, where the magic happens. The road straightens out just enough so you can pull out and overtake. A squeeze of the accelerator and the Aston Martin Vantage launches you forward, making one of the most beautiful noises you’ll hear on the road: a glorious roar,…