Gulf Connoisseur, the leading luxury lifestyle magazine of the region, hosted the Connoisseur’s Night in the lavish environs of The Palace - the Old Town for over 250 discerning guests, who represent the heights of the myriad markets that reflect the luxe of life of the region and the world of fashion.

Marking the ninth anniversary of the publication, the function saw the best of luxury brands vying for the Gulf Connoisseur Awards in their respective fields of specialisation, ranging from automobiles, watches, personal accessories, beauty and skincare products to hospitality, spas and restaurants. During these nine years the magazine received the Gold Award from the Dubai Chamber of Commerce for quality.

The Gulf Connoisseur Awards celebrate the ultimate achievements in luxury, recognising initiatives for innovation and exceptional product launches over the last year. It is about congratulating the key players in the luxury spectrum, who have taken the extra step to represent the highest form of craftsmanship and excellence in service offering, differentiating themselves from their peers.

The Awards were decided by a panel of three judges, all of them acknowledged connoisseurs in different fields, who identified the very best from amongst the latest, outstanding luxury products: Nooruddin Mustafa Bin Abdul Latif, Chairman of MANCO; Yogesh Mehta, Managing Director of Petrochem; and Janette Green, Director of Brand Communications, Aston Martin. 

Walking down the black-carpet, strewn with petals, guests went on to enjoy cocktails and canapés, while being serenaded with beautiful saxophone music in enchanting settings, against a backdrop of the towering Burj Khalifa. A four-course dinner was served as the award ceremony ran its course, beginning with a video presentation on the evolution of the Gulf Connoisseur magazine. Some of the awardees spoke about their accomplishments and shared their experiences with the gathering against the background of video clippings of highlights of each winning brand.

Apart from the brands, the Awards also recognise personalities, who have made outstanding contributions as individuals in their chosen fields. The first Connoisseur’s Award went to Mr. Mishal Kanoo, the Vice Chairman and CEO of the Kanoo Group, one of the largest independent, family owned groups of companies in the Gulf region. The other coveted Connoisseur’s Award went to the dynamic fashionista, Ms. Ingie Chalhoub, the Founder, President and Managing Director of the Etoile Group, who is widely respected for her pioneering influence on the UAE fashion scene over the last two decades.

With the awards ceremony completed, the stage was set for two sessions of fascinating fashion shows: the first – sponsored by the watch brand, Balmain – was a display of the latest collections from Miguel Palacio of Madrid and the next was a Fashion Show by Dubai’s own Amato.

The scintillating saxophone music held the gathering spellbound till the curtains came down on an unforgettable evening when Gulf Connoisseur and the best of luxury brands came together to celebrate excellence.

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Sajith Balan

Administrative Assistant

The Twenty First Century Publishing House FZ LLC

P.O.Box: 502143

Bldg. 10, Office 243, DMC

Dubai. UAE

Ph. +9714 3901441, Fax: +9714 3904530




Dubai, UAE, November 21, 2011

About Gulf Connoisseur Magazine

Gulf Connoisseur – one of Gulf’s premier lifestyle, coffee table magazines epitomizes luxury and the art of fine living, sharing with its affluent readers a world of glamour and substance that is seductive and accessible. The magazine features exotic destinations, sophisticated golf courses, luxurious spas & resorts, collectibles, designer watches and jewellery, yachts, exquisite autos, private jets, sport, investing, luxury estates, architecture, interior design, technology, haute couture, beauty, the arts and gourmet cuisine – topics of interest for the jet setters and the uber-wealthy. Gulf Connoisseur also recognizes influential individuals in the Gulf and around the world and includes their profiles and interviews, reflecting on them being connoisseurs in their respective fields. Sumptuous photography and fine writing makes Gulf Connoisseur the premier source to everything that is beautiful, sophisticated and opulent.