First Impression
A word from the Editor-in-Chief

Wwe are still in the beginning, yet 2017 is shaping up to be quite an interesting year. Whatever happens around the world, our readers can be certain that Durrah will always remain committed to being the best source of information for everything luxury, bringing you yet another Issue packed with articles, interviews, and the latest news from the world’s most coveted brands.

In this issue, we talk to Bahrain Basketball Association President, Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa on the heels of Bahrain’s national basketball team’s recent win of the Bronze medal at the Arab Basketball Championship, and to get an insider’s perspective of the basketball scene in the Kingdom, which many believe is the highest quality among GCC countries today, based on its high numbers of spectators and passionate followers.

We also explore the preservation of history with Sheikha Hussah Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah, the co-owner of the al-Sabah Collection and the Director General of Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, which was created to manage the loan of objects from the collection to the Kuwait National W Museum. The al-Sabah Collection is a veritable treasure of historical artifacts, containing more than 35,000 objects dating from the early Bronze Age to the 19th century CE.

Durrah’s passion for the arts remains unwavering and it perhaps shows the most in our interview with veteran French artist Aime Venel, who is highly regarded within the art circles as the heir to the legendary Symbolists of the late 19th century. His form is unique for its elegant figurative style and lyric compositions, and he’s been regaling art lovers in exhibitions for over four decades.

These are just some of the treats we have for you in this issue, which includes our usual round up of the world’s best and latest in hospitality and leisure, culinary arts, travel destinations, cherished timepieces, and much more. We hope you enjoy your read!

Khalid A. Juman

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