Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

Driv­ing to our of­fices over the past few weeks has been so ex­cit­ing, wit­ness­ing the fin­ish­ing touches to the Dubai Wa­ter Canal, and watch­ing the live stream of the open­ing. So this week I headed to the board­walk to see this amaz­ing project first­hand. I was blown away – such a huge un­der­tak­ing, and yet it felt like it had al­ways been there. Mark Setch­field, Art Edi­tor

I’m not a choco­holic (I’ll take a cheese plate any day) but even I couldn’t help but fall in love with the Mirzam Choco­late fac­tory in Alserkal Av­enue. The min­i­mal­ist space puts the work­ings of a choco­late fac­tory on show be­hind glass walls – but the scent of roast­ing, churn­ing choco­late thank­fully doesn’t stay be­hind the glass. The staff will talk you through the process and then it’s up to you if you choose to buy the beau­ti­fully pack­aged bars – or how about choco­late tea? It’s a thing. Natalie Long, Edi­tor

The high­light of my week? Meet­ing not one, not two… but three Bond girls – To­nia Sotiropoulou (Sky­fall), Irka Bochenko (Moon­raker) and Ca­te­rina Murino (Casino Royale). The ac­tresses were in Dubai to kick off De­sign­ing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style, a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­hi­bi­tion at Burj Khal­ifa An­nex that runs un­til Fe­bru­ary 13 next year. Anand Raj OK, Fea­tures Edi­tor

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