Walid Claus celebrates everything that makes Dubai great
OK, let’s admit it…we’re lucky to be living in Dubai. We might moan about the traffic or groan about the heat, but deep down, if you’re like us, you’re in love with this city. Where else can you rub shoulders with more than 200 nationalities and immerse yourself in such different cultures? Dubai is the ultimate melting pot, and in a world filled with multicultural challenges, acts as a beacon of hope. This winter season, we celebrate this true essence of Dubai with Walid Claus.
Walid Claus gives the festive season in Dubai its own unique meaning, and embodies everything that’s great about Dubai. He’s cool, he’s passionate and he embraces our amazing mix of cultures. He’s been brought to life by a completely home-grown group of resident artists and fashion designers, who share our passion for our new home.
Our fashion products that proudly feature Walid Claus aim to connect people, whatever their background. So, let Walid Claus spread a little of that Dubai magic, both here and wherever your families and friends may be around the world.
Walid Claus is a home-grown, Dubai-based initiative with many friends and little helpers. Through their magical support we are spreading the winter festive spirit even further across our wonderful city. So here we celebrate the hard work of our great partners…thanks guys!
Walid - Hero
My name is Walid Claus, and although my family hails from a grotto far, faraway, I was born and brought up in Dubai. I’m so proud to be part of our vibrant expat community and to call this great city ‘home’. When I’m not preparing presents, or running my desert safari company, I love getting my adrenaline flowing. I try my hand at jet skiing, downhill skiing, beach volleyball and even mess about with helicopters. For something a little less adventurous, and a bit more relaxing, I enjoy taking to the desert and relishing the peace of the dunes whilst playing my oud. And nothing beats a spicy curry with my friends, and maybe a sneaky shisha afterwards!
What's your favourite Winter Festive Season moment in Dubai?
A Camel Horizon!
Lana - Fashion designer
My name is Lana Qatramiz. I was born and raised in Paris, originally Syrian. Art has always been a hobby for me and that's why I decided to enter a foundation year at LISAA l'institut des arts appliques in Paris. From there I found a beautiful correlation between art and fashion and that's how it all started. I moved to Dubai to continue my studies at ESMOD in Fashion Designing. After 3 years now in Dubai, I feel it has just the perfect mix of diversities, it combines many cultures together and that makes it magical.
What is your favourite Winter Fair/ Market in Dubai?
My favourite is the Winter Festival in Media City, so much fun things to do, see and buy! Hopefully Walid Claus will have his own grotto there sometime.
Sreelesh - Character architect
My name is Sreelesh, I hail from Kerala, India and have been living in Dubai since 2013. My first exposure to the world of art began at a very young age. Later, I got my formal education in art while studying at Kerala School of Arts in Kerala. I see design in everything – be it life or any object. As an artist, I believe, I have a strong role to play in expressing my emotions and reflecting that of the society and in this process, I enjoy inspiring the world.
What gift would you buy your best friends for this Winter Festive Season?
Walid Claus caps for all my mates of course!
Vpin - Graphic designer
Namaste! I'm Vpin Babu. An Indian born artist, art director and photographer living in the city of amazing records - Dubai. I've worked in a few countries in the Middle East and enjoy taking on any challenge related to design, including photography. I moved to Dubai 4 years ago and I'm loving every bit of it. I grew up in Kerala, South India, and being on the happy side of life, I enjoy everything I do. Traveling, sketching, adventure sports, coffee, and photography keeps me alive. Sounds interesting? Feel free to take a look at my photos here.
Where would you spend a winter festive get together with your family in Dubai?
Definitely at Apres in the MOE! The unique view on the ski slope and winter environment makes for a great atmosphere for a festive family dinner.
Dzovig - Stylist
I am Dzovig van Kleef, Armenian of origin and Dutch at heart. My journey into the world of style began long ago, walking the catwalk, working in fashion boutiques, and always lovingly browsing fashion. After attending styling courses at the London College of Fashion and winning several prestigious prizes, my brand 'Style Codes', for Styling and Personal Shopping, was born. Currently residing in Abu Dhabi, my journey continues, with the dream of changing women’s lives and confidence in their appearance, one purchase at a time!
If you could choose any gift for this Winter Festive Season, what would it be?
A decorated Palm Tree Island of my own to celebrate the season with all my family and friends.