Dubai news round-up: August 15

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The family-owned Italian powerhouse Alessi is a company that everyone in the design industry can relate to. It has managed to conquer the European and US markets while the Middle East market is next on its wish list — so teaming up with Bloomingdale’s Home in Dubai was an opportunity not to be missed.

"We’ve had a long-standing relationship with Bloomingdale’s in the US, so it’s been a positive move for us and they will help us grow in this market," says Matteo Alessi, trade marketing and international director, Alessi.
Full story: Gulf News

British actress Sienna Miller is set to star in the first in a trilogy of films about the changing relationship between Americans and the Arab world, it has been reported.

“Just like a Woman” will be the first film in the French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb’s planned trilogy that will have Arabic sensibilities, the director told The Wrap website.
Full story: Arabian Business

Would you wear diamond contact lenses? They may sound like a hoax, but gold-plated, diamond-encrusted lenses are available in India.

Forget bling on your finger, now you can have eyes that literally light up a room for a whopping $15,000.
Full story: Emirates 24/7

Residents of Dubai will not see a hike in their utility tariff in the near future, authorities assured on Sunday. An official statement in this regard was issued by Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy.

Nejib Al Zaafrani, Secretary General and CEO of the Council said that “there will be no increase in the tariff of electricity and water consumption during the few coming years in Dubai”.
Full story: Khaleej Times

By Jamie Goodwin
Time Out Dubai,

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