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The most anticipated event in the world of luxury – the Gala Ceremony of the Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2015 Middle East – took place on the 21st of May at the fabulous Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Dubai. More than 250 guests, anxious to be the first to find out the names of the Winners, gathered for the Gala Dinner.

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After months of excitement and anticipation, the names of the Winners were finally revealed. Please welcome the Winners of the following categories:

Luxury Hotels: Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah (United Arab Emirates), Waldorf Astoria Jeddah – Qasr Al Sharq (Saudi Arabia), Rixos Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt), Palmalife Marina Hotel (Turkey)
Luxury Spa and Wellness Center: Dalouk Wellness Spa (United Arab Emirates), Al Faisaliah Spa by ESPA (Saudi Arabia), Celebrity Spa (Kazakhstan)
Luxury Restaurant: Zuma Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Nozomi (Saudi Arabia), EAST restaurant a part of Parmigiano Group (Kazakhstan), Mangal Steak House (Azerbaijan)
Luxury Residential Real Estate: Alfardan Properties (Qatar), Tatweer Housing Company (Saudi Arabia)
Luxury Jewelry Brand: Toujous Jewellery (United Arab Emirates), L’azurde Jewelry (Saudi Arabia)
Luxury Beauty Salon: Rimax Beauty Center (Kazakhstan)
Luxury Interior Design Company: 4 SPACE interior design (United Arab Emirates), CHELEBI Furniture and Décor (Azerbaijan), Batyr Ospanov Designs (Kazakhstan)
National Brand: SYLKA™ Carpets (United Arab Emirates), Sia & Moore Architecture Interior Design (Turkey), Sara Hegazy (Egypt), Pasha Life Insurance (Azerbaijan), Fanilla Couture (Qatar)
National Fashion Designer: Zeina Slaiby (Lebanon), Mamzi by Mariam Abdelghany (Egypt)

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Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2015 Middle East was attended and evaluated by the honorary guests and juries including the members of Royal Families of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar, representatives of world-renowned luxury companies such as Bvlgari and LVMH, Xerjoff International, RFMAS Group, EMEA Trump Hotel Collection, The Kanoo Group, ESCADA, Vertu, L’oreal Luxe and others.

All the Winners have been rewarded with the Golden Crowns by the Italian jewelry brand Faraone Mennella, as well as with the custom-made certificates in support of their undeniable excellence.

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Luxury Lifestyle Awards expresses its deepest gratitude to its Title Partner Audi Corporate for its contribution to the event and providing the guests with an opportunity to appreciate the perfection and magnificence of Audi RS7 and A8 models.

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The time flew by with Talos Diamond Watches Partner that dazzled the guests with its high-end timepiece craftsmanship and exclusive diamond encrusted pieces. The Artisanal Partner Le Vault displayed the extraordinary handcrafted pieces and presented the custom-made gifts to the Luxury Interior Design Studio Winners while Atelier Habib, Interior Design Partner, displayed the artwork by Helmut Zwerger.

BLK, an Official Water Partner of the Luxury Lifestyle Awards granted the guests with the refreshing experience of tasting the first fulvic-enhanced mineral water. Crochet Flowers, Official Flower Partner, provided the beautiful flower arrangements and stunning winners’ bouquets for the Gala Ceremony.

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Luxury Lifestyle Awards also expresses its gratitude to the Falcon Aviation Services – Jet Partner, Pasha Life Insurance – Insurance Partner, and Luxury World Key – Concierge Partner for their supporting the Middle East Gala Ceremony.

An unforgettable evening in Casino Royal style would have been impossible without the help and support of the event agency Plan A Events, creating the real “Bond” atmosphere.

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Luxury Lifestyle Awards wishes all the participants to maintain their high-level status and to delight clients by excellent quality and would be pleased to see them among the guests of the Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2015 Singapore.

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6 Ways Music Affects Your Productivity
Complete silence or a non-stop Pandora playlist? People are often divided on what type of work environment they prefer. Whether you’re a frequent loud music listener or you can’t stand any kind of background noise, chances are you’re pretty set in your ways.No matter your stance, music has a number of important effects on our workplace performance—and it could make you a better, or worse, worker.

Your Favorite Songs Give Your Brain a Boost

Though your coworkers may hate trying to get your attention when you’re jamming away with earbuds in, tuning out your environment and turning on a playlist of songs you enjoy boosts your mood, creativity, and productivity.

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Music triggers our brains to release dopamine, a chemical that typically makes its appearance when we’re feeling happy. Dopamine increases the positive feelings we experience when hearing music, helping to keep us in an upbeat mood.

Seeing our workload in a positive light motivates us to get working and opens our minds to a broader range of possibilities and solutions, according to University of Miami assistant professor Teresa Lesiuk in an interview withThe New York Times.

Repetitive, Boring Tasks Become Easier

If you dread the hundreds of emails that flood your inbox overnight, make the task easier by turning on some music while you read through them. Why? The less immersive, or mentally demanding, a task, the better it is to turn up your music.

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Work that’s easy to understand and repetitive benefits from background noise—partially due to the way in which music improves our moods. Yet, as researchers J. G. Fox and E. D. Embrey discovered in their study, workers who listened to some kind of background music while completing monotonous tasks became happier and more efficient. No matter what kind of music you hear in the background, your productivity will pick up—but it’ll increase even more if you like what you hear.

However, keep in mind that when faced with projects that require a great deal of creativity, or involve a variety of skills and mindsets, it’s better to work silently.

Your Mind Stops Wandering When Listening to Music

Distractions are easy to fall into when you’re not exactly thrilled about sitting down to work. Though giving in to temptation and letting your mind run free might seem like a good idea, reigning your brain in will help you stop wasting time.

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Typically, an unfocused mind is a sign of unhappiness. To get back on task, the work before us needs to become more enjoyable—or, at the very least, appear less misery-inducing. That’s where music comes in.

When we listen, the tunes snap our minds out of their funk and help us block out distractions. With a little background music, you’ll forget about your coworker’s loud typing, and better ignore those chattering away.

Music Distracts You During the Learning Process

When trying to master a tricky new skill, or understand a complex problem, it’s better to tune out than in. Although you might think your favorite music makes learning fun and easy, silence is actually best.

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Attempting to complete a task for the first time requires your brain to focus on every little detail. You need to memorize and grasp each step in order to perform it again at a later time. When music is thrown into the mix, it becomes a source of distraction. Researchers found that, when learning and listening to songs, people became unable to properly execute the task. Music didn’t keep them focused; instead, it drew their attention and brain power away from memorization.

Source: By Heather Fishel

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Startup Live

All startup founders believe that their startup is the best thing in the world, but is there anyone else buying that? Every early-stage startup needs to get recognition, if not capital or funding. Thus, if the startup founders can’t convince people on how their startup product can change people’s lives, the startup won’t be one long-lasting startup.

Really, one of the best ways to get attention for your startup is not just having a mind-blowing product. Else, you need to able to tell a great story about your startup. They say, “Great leaders are great storytellers!”, and it is true in the startup world.

Selling your startup story is not a piece of cake, especially if you are only specialised on coding or design. You need to grab people’s attention to be your prospective investors or customers. In fact, being successful in business depends on how well you can master the art of telling a captivating story.

Here are several keys on selling your startup story, especially at the beginning stages of the startup:

1. Tell your personal journey

People love to have personal connections to the storyteller, especially emotional attachments. If you only talk about your product, you’re not a storyteller but a salesman, instead. You need to tell them the backstory in a compelling way. That way, you can make the connection evident to your audience.

Here are a list of questions to help you tell-all your startup story:

  • What events in life led you here?

  • Why now?

  • Why are you creating this product/service?

  • How will this product/service value-add to people’s lives?

  • What challenges have you faced along the way?

  • How did the challenges affect your outcome?

  • What about this venture has you most excited?

2. Keep it short, keep it simple

Since you are not revealing your memoir, keep it simple and short. Crafting the story, but still keep it brief, because nobody would listen to long draggy stories. Connect any relevant dots and make sure it will excite other people who are listening. No need to ramble on.

3. Honest confession

Although you have to tell an exciting story, keep your startup story straight! Don’t make a single false confession to the listeners. Nowadays, people can easily double-check whatever you are saying. If people found out, your startup would be considered as a fraud. Of course, you don’t want to make this blunder.

4. Listen to people’s responses

After they hear your startup story, you should now focus on listening to their feedbacks. Some of them might ‘fall in love’ with your startup product, immediately. While some others might feel your startup not relevant to their lives. Do not be upset if you meet those people. Rather, listen and ask them about what they care and matters to them. Their priceless feedbacks may improve your startup product.

Are you ready to tell and sell your startup story? You must be!

Source By Startup Jobs Asia

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The supercar business is for the most part commanded by European auto producers. Generally, we relate supercars with Italy. Past Italy, Germany has Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, Sweden has Koegnigsegg, and England has Aston Martin.

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Chance to Bid on the pope's ferrari enzo


Chance to Bid on the pope\'s ferrari enzo
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source: Matt Robinson

RM Sotheby’s will be auctioning off an extraordinary display of supercars at Pebble Beach, including an Enzo once owned by Pope John Paul II, two Bugatti Veyrons, a McLaren F1, a Ferrari 275 GTB and others.

For its big auction event held at this August’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance at Monterey this year, RM Sotheby’s is throwing out phrases like “The Pinnacle Portfolio” and “An Unrepeatable Opportunity.” And the company has good reason to, as the list of cars going under the hammer – all belonging to the same unnamed collector – is simply incredible. The one that caught our eye was Ferrari Enzo number 400, the car donated to the Vatican in 2004. But, it’s by no means the only special car here.


There’s a brace of Bugatti Veyrons, a Ferrari 250 LM, one of only two McLaren F1s factory upgraded to LM specification, A Porsche 959 and a Lamborghini Reventon. Oh, and a Koenigsegg CCXR. And a Saleen S7. No estimates have been given just yet, but each is pretty much guaranteed to fetch a rather significant figure when auctioned off on 13 August.

The full list of cars – images of which can be seen on RM Sotheby’s website – is below. If you could have just one, what would it be?

  • 2006 Bugatti Veyron 16.4
  • 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport
  • 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider by Scaglietti
  • 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Scaglietti
  • 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti
  • 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
  • 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider by Scaglietti
  • 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
  • 2005 Ferrari Enzo
  • 1994 Ferrari F40 LM
  • 1995 Ferrari F50
  • 1993 Jaguar XJ220
  • 2008 Koenigsegg CCXR
  • 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone
  • 2008 Lamborghini Reventón
  • 2005 Maserati MC12
  • 1998 McLaren F1 “The Road Going LM”
  • 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing
  • 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
  • 1956 Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster by Reutter
  • 1988 Porsche 959 ‘Komfort’
  • 2005 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo
  • 1967 Toyota 2000GT

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Book Bill Gates want you to read
Book Bill Gates want you to read
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Source: by Kim Lachance Shandrow

You don’t become the world’s richest man by wasting away the day binge-watching Netflix. You learn, you grow, you hustle. And you read, and a hell of a lot. Heavy reads, light reads, even breezy beach reads from time to time.

We’re talking, of course, about Bill Gates: inventor, philanthropist and voracious reader. Keeping up with his own tradition, the Microsoft co-founder recently took to his blog to publish his annual “beach reading (and more)” list, a collection of books he thinks everyone should add to their summer reading roundup.

Most of his selections, which he says made him “think or laugh, or, in some cases, do both,” are as cerebral as you’d expect, though a couple of surprising easy reads made it into the mix, too. Seems Gates, 59, is lightening up a bit with age.

Looking back, he credits much of his entrepreneurial success to reading. “I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid,” he said, “and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.” Apparently even in the summer.

To see Gates explain why he likes each book in his own words, check out the clip below:

With the first day of summer coming up on June 21, there’s plenty of time to dig into Gates’s picks. Check out his recommendations from your local library or spring for them at the neighborhood bookstore. Happy reading.

Here are the seven titles that made the cut:

1. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened (Touchstone Books, 2013) by Allie Brosh

Why he recommends it: “You will rip through it in three hours, tops. But you’ll wish it went on longer, because it’s funny and smart as hell. I must have interrupted Melinda a dozen times to read to her passages that made me laugh out loud.”

2. The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True (Free Press, 2012) by Richard Dawkins

Why he recommends it: “It’s an engaging, well-illustrated science textbook offering compelling answers to big questions, like ‘how did the universe form?’ and ‘what causes earthquakes?’ It’s also a plea for readers of all ages to approach mysteries with rigor and curiosity.”

3. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014) by Randall Munroe

Why he recommends it:  “It’s an entertaining read, and you’ll also learn a bit about things like ballistics, DNA, the oceans, the atmosphere, and lightning along the way.”

4. XKCD: Volume 0 (Breadpig, 2010) by Randall Munroe

Why he recommends it: “They research press conferences and find out that sometimes it’s good to serve food that’s related to the subject of the conference. The last panel is all the reporters dead on the floor because they ate arsenic. It’s that kind of humor, which not everybody loves, but I do.” (Ouch, that hurts, Gates.)

5. On Immunity: An Inoculation (Graywolf Press, 2014) by Eula Biss

Why he recommends it: “When I stumbled across this book on the Internet, I thought it might be a worthwhile read. I had no idea what a pleasure reading it would be. Biss, an essayist and university lecturer, examines what lies behind people’s fears of vaccinating their children. Like many of us, she concludes that vaccines are safe, effective, and almost miraculous tools for protecting children against needless suffering.”

6. How to Lie With Statistics (W. W. Norton & Company, 1993) by Darrell Huff

Why he recommends it: “One chapter shows you how visuals can be used to exaggerate trends and give distorted comparisons—a timely reminder, given how often infographics show up in your Facebook and Twitter feeds these days.”

7. Should We Eat Meat? Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) by Vaclav Smil

Why he recommends it: “The richer the world gets, the more meat it eats. And the more meat it eats, the bigger the threat to the planet. How do we square this circle? Vaclav Smil takes his usual clear-eyed view of the whole landscape, from meat’s role in human evolution to hard questions about animal cruelty.”

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