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    Platinum Club

    46TrailblazerGolf has over the past few years acquired a loyal fan following in Oman, although it is not a mainstream sport here yet. Awareness and interest in the sport has been seeing a steady increase especially as a result of the various golf courses that are up and functioning now

    52eTiquetteA gentlemans game, golf is rooted in qualities like integrity, dedication and honesty. It is imperative to follow the rules of the game, which are often unwritten

    56adverTorialIts back and its bigger. Muscat Festival 2011 promises new shows, famous personalities and new experiences. A sneak peek into the much-awaited event of the year

    Business and Finance

    60enTrepreneurMae Ballout started the first day spa in Oman and revolutionized the spa culture with Ayana Spa back in 2004. The entrepreneur shares all about her journey over the years

    64exclusive The Luxury Forum held in Dubai brought together

    some of the luxury industrys top names to discuss and understand about the luxury market in the international arena as well as the Middle East

    66adverTorialWaking up to the view of lush greenery against the backdrop of the majestic Hajjar Mountains is a dream come true for many. Muscat Hills Golf and Country Club presents a select collection of apartments that can make the dream come true

    Automobilia

    70FirsT look MINI Countryman, the revolutionary four-door automotive from the popular brand is creating ripples in the auto world. Spacious, contemporary and agile, the Countryman is a great new creation by MINI

    74driveVolkswagens new 2011 Touareg showed off its prowess on a trip to Jebel Akhdar. A true on and off road companion, the 4WD does not fail to impress

    78rideThe 2nd Hajjar Rally was recently held in Sohar that witnessed Harley bikers take to the roads with gusto. Bikers enjoyed two days of action packed activities which included rides, games and much more

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    Art and Design

    84impressionsForty artists got together to present their mesmerising art works where the canvas was acrylic Oryx. The traveling Oryx Caravan is part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Al Said

    88archiTecTureFerrari World Abu Dhabi offers a thrilling brand experience like no other, a multi-sensory celebration of a design icon. Mike Lewis of Benoy ***** gives a detailed description on its architectural feat

    Gourmet & Hospitality

    96review Tokyo Taro in Al Falaj Hotel has been offering authentic Japanese cuisine; coupled with impeccable ambience and top class chefs for the past 25 years. The experience is not only unique but a memorable one as food is prepared and served straight from the heart

    100culinaireShangri-la Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa is hosting three exemplary chefs from the renowned French restaurant, Lasserre known for its rich gourmet history

    Travel and Lifestyle

    104desTinaTion Princely cities Jaipur and Jodhpur are visitors delights. Among their many famed attractions are the breathtaking palaces in both cities

    108GolF specialPutting on a green course in the desert might have been a dream more than two decades ago but today the region is home to top golf courses. A look at some of the best golf courses in GCC

    112lounGe Books not be missed this month - William and Kate: A Royal Love Story by Christopher Andersen and The Guinness World Records Gamers Edition 2011 by Brady Games Staff and Guinness World Records Editors

    Style and Beauty

    116Fashion Classic meets eco-friendly in the new Spring/Summer 2011 collection from H&M

    120showcaseGirard-Perregaux is one of the few authentic Swiss watch making manufacturers who specialises in a comprehensive approach to design. Launched by Khimjis Watches, watch aficionados can now find some of those exquisite collections at the showroom now.

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    126simply musTs A selection of the finest buys for connoisseurs of luxury

    130my viewBebhinn Kelly, renowned fashion blogger from UAE, presents her take on why business houses need to embrace online marketing

  • 42 January 2011

    R e f l e c t i on s

    Editoranne@sjsoman.com

    Happy New Year!I was at a dinner recently where this gentleman remarked, I feel this is going to be a special year. A lovely thought to begin the new year with especially if you are as convinced as the person mentioned. 2010 has been a rough year for many and theres nothing like a new year to, although a clich, ring out the old and ring in the new.

    We have done that in Crme de la Crme by introducing some new features in the magazine. To begin with we have sharpened the personality of the magazine by including a theme every month. This month we have turned to the game that is making headlines in the country golf. More about that later.

    We tweaked the font and design a bit; we have in fact experimented different styles of layout. We will also bring you more stories from around the world with special emphasis on the region. For this is where the action is happening personalities, companies and brands from the region are creating ripples in the international circuit and we will be bringing them to you through Crme de la Crme. And we just cant wait!

    Back to the current issue. Crme de la Crme January 2011 is The Golf Issue. The gentlemans game, as golf is often referred to, has been played in the country for almost 40 years. Yet, it is only with the arrival of green courses that the game has attained the popularity it enjoys today. Having said that, there is still a lot to be done in the field of golf in the country. Our lead story takes a look at the development of the game, especially with the arrival of green grass courses.

    Besides the various stories related to golf, there are interesting reports, city happenings and articles in this issue. One of our recommended reads is the article on the Palaces of Jaipur and Jodhpur (pg***). A thought provoking article by Dubai-based blogger, Bebhinn Kelly addresses the need for business houses to adopt internet marketing to achieve goals and be more successful (pg**).

    Do let us know your comments about the magazine what you like and dont like. Your opinions matter to us and keep us going.

    Have a great year and a lovely month!

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    EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ABDULLAH AL TAIE

    January 2011 Vol - III Issue - 26

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